Duquette, B. Lucky, Behuniak honored with PACES Student Awards


Three SUNY Potsdam student-athletes were bestowed with the honor of being a 2014 Potsdam Auxiliary and College Educational Services, Inc. (PACES) Student Award winner on April 16 at Thatcher Hall.

The PACES Student Award Committee accepted nominations for the annual award.

These awards recognize graduating seniors who have excelled academically while providing exceptional service in college and student life activities.  Nominees must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated noteworthy, productive participation in college and student life activities.

Nomination packets must include a letter of nomination, two additional letters of support and the resume of the nominee.

Students were given framed certificates of appreciation and various cash rewards.

Men's basketball player Rob Duquette (Peru, N.Y. / Peru), women's hockey player Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario / Ottawa Senator), and women's cross country runner Sara Behuniak (Latham, N.Y. / Shaker) were among the athletes honored.

These scholarship awards have been funded by PACES employees since 1993.

"I was pleased to receive the award," Duquette said. "I'm glad that I received recognition for something other than being an athlete.  Usually, when I'm on campus, I get most of my attention for being a basketball player.  Not that it's bad that I get that attention, but it was nice to receive attention in another area other than athletics."

Duquette has begun an internship with the sports information office and been an active member of the community by volunteering for clean up day and participating in a run/walk support event for diabetes.  He's been on the Dean's List for multiple semesters and has worked the desk at the Shane T. Shaul Fitness Center. 

Lucky has worked as a chemistry and French tutor, has been a Biology and French teachers' assistant, worked at Shane T. Shaul Fitness Center, Lehman Fitness Center, and had volunteered by speaking to current freshmen on expectations within the education department and spoke with professor at the Academic Festival of incorporating social media in the classroom. 

Lucky has always been on the President's List for every semester and was voted a captain on the hockey team for three of the four seasons.

"I was taken aback because I know so many people on this campus who are  academically involved and who show a real commitment," Lucky said.  "It's humbling when you take into account the amount of the talent in our student body and all the volunteering that takes place."
Behuniak is the Student Government Association President, student member of the Foundation Board.

She has also held positions of senator of the Athletic Leadership Council, Greek Student Representative on the Greek Life Task Force, Student representative of the Inter Athletic Board, and captain of the women's cross country team and member of the Student Advisory Committee and Vice President of Arethusa.

"I was surprised and very excited about it," said Behuniak, who spent all four years on the women's cross-country team and serves on the PACES Board of Directors.

"I actually had nominated somebody else for this award.  There are many people who do a lot of amazing things on and off campus so I thought that others were far more deserving.  We have a really active student body that works as teacher assistants and stay involved with clubs and sports. And, I think that a lot of them do a very good job of it so the award was very generous."