Two Guttman Students Receive Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Award

June 20, 2014 | Awards, Community Service, Student Feature

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(L-R): Associate Director of Leadership and Success Manny Lopez and first-year Guttman students Tannya Luna and Alfajo Jallow at the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Leadership Award Ceremony.

On May 9, second-year Guttman students Alfajo Jallow and Tannya Luna received the CUNY Vice Chancellor’s Excellence in Leadership Award for demonstrating extraordinary leadership at Guttman through academic and service-related activities during the 2013-2014 academic year. The awards ceremony took place on May 9in the Hall of Great Americans, located at The City College of New York.

Alfajo Jallow is a Business Administration major at Guttman . He is a self-taught artist whose abstract acrylic pieces incorporate recycled objects, giving new purpose to items such as Starbucks cups and pizza boxes. Alfajo’s work conveys the importance of not wasting materials by utilizing items in a productive way. The industrious student is bringing art to Guttman Community College by working with fellow students to create art to display throughout the building. In addition, Alfajo is an exceptional student leader who serves as both president of Guttman’s Student Government Association and is CUNY’s University Student Senate Vice-Chairperson for international students. Alfajo is an ethical and creative leader focusing on issues of equity and advocacy for student rights.

Tannya Luna is a Business Administration major at Guttman. Tannya serves as a motivator and role model not only to her own family, but also to her classmates and for the first-year students she mentors at the College. While taking the required Studio class during her first year, Tannya and her classmates helped craft an alternate instructional design for the course. As an Academic Success Peer Mentor, she is now team-teaching the newly-redesigned Studio course and enjoys learning and applying strategies of how to encourage students who are confident in their street savvy to take some risks in an academic setting as well. In addition to being a Peer Mentor, she is the co-founder and secretary of the Guttman Physical Action to Health Club (PATH).

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