Ferguson wins SUNY Chancellor’s Award

Jasmine Ferguson

Jasmine Ferguson, a Marine Engineering senior from the Bahamas, was recently recognized with the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Since coming to SUNY Maritime College, Ferguson has distinguished herself on campus and in the community.

“Jasmine represents the best of our students, models our core values and is worthy of this recognition,” said William Imbriale, dean of student affairs at Maritime. “Jasmine has made an indelible mark in making Maritime welcoming to all students in her positions as a tour guide, a resident advisor and student leader.”

Ferguson is a campus tour guide and a member of STAR, or Sisters Taking Action for Recruitment, a student organization focused on showing prospective female students the opportunities for them at the college and in the maritime industry upon graduation. In both roles, she has been one of the first faces prospective students see as they explore the campus and learn about Maritime College’s programs and options.

A resident advisor, she has also helped to ensure that the students who live in her residence hall have someone to go to if they need help or advice. As an RA, she won the Office of Housing and Residential Life’s award for years of service for her continued commitment to the department throughout her Maritime careers.

As a Marine Engineering major, Ferguson has been active in several professional societies, including the Society of Women Engineers and the National Society of Black Engineers. She was voted the academic excellence chairperson of NSBE.

One of several students from the Bahamas on campus, Ferguson has shared her culture with the campus, and helped others to share theirs as well through her participation in the Cultural Club’s events and activities. She is president of the club and has helped in its growth as the largest club on campus. She has helped to plan the club’s annual fashion show, designed to showcase local designers and to build the confidence of the Maritime student models.

After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in shoreside engineering.

“I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognize today, including Jasmine Ferguson from SUNY Maritime. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

Ferguson was one of 249 students from across the State University of New York system to receive the award.