Scholar Who Wears Many “Caps” Receives Awards upon Graduation from Queensborough

Jace Dunn, ʻ13, who graduated from Queensborough on May 31, received The John F. Kennedy Memorial Award for demonstrating outstanding College and community leadership, as well as scholastic achievement.

JaceLast month, the Office of Student Affairs selected Jace to receive a Student Leadership Award at the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Leadership Award Ceremony.  The ceremony recognizes CUNY students who have displayed outstanding leadership within their respective college communities through academic and service-related activities during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Jace’s trajectory to success began upon his enrollment at Queensborough two years ago as a Criminal Justice major in theAccelerated Studies in Associate Program (ASAP).

A full course load, combined with responsibilities at home and a part-time job, did not prevent Jace from maintaining a high academic standard—he was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa(PTK) National Honor Society— and pursuing his passion to get involved on campus.

He joined the award-winning Mock Trial Team, where he acted as a lawyer and witness before volunteer “judges,” most of whom are practicing attorneys. Jace mentored a student in Men Achieving and Leading in Excellence and Success (MALES), helping him to navigate student support services and take advantage of enrichment opportunities.

During this period, Jace was elected as Executive Vice President of the Queensborough Student Association of Student Government for the 2012-13 academic year.

“Being a voice for my fellow students was an honor,” said Jace, who also served on the Student Election Review Committee (SERC). “They shared with me their victories and challenges and I’ll always cherish their friendship and trust in me as a leader.”

He added, “Queensborough allowed me to ‘charge out of the gate’ and encouraged me to channel my energy in ways that resulted in a great college experience.”

Jace—who will continue his studies at Queens College with a double major in sociology and anthropology—was a member of the Barnes and Noble Student Impact Team and has been granted membership in the 2012-13 Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior/Community Colleges.

His decision to attend Queensborough and move on to Queens College was inspired by his older brother, Jess, who obtained his Associate in Arts degree from Queensborough in 2010. Jess is currently a second-year student at Queens College where he is majoring in Liberal Arts. Jace resides with his family in Flushing, Queens.