HAMBURG — Carl Lam, a senior from Hamburg, is the recipient of the State University of New York at Fredonia Lanford Presidential Prize, which recognizes a member of each graduating class who has exhibited balanced achievement and exemplified Fredonia’s ideals.
Crieria for the award, endowed by the late President Emeritus Oscar E. Lanford and Esther Lanford, include significant intellectual growth and achievement, a minimum grade point average of 3.5 and exemplary service to SUNY Fredonia, as well as a high degree of personal honesty and integrity.
Lam, son of May and Kenny Lam, has three majors – audio/radio production, applied music and journalism. He was given the 2014 Lanford award at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, and graduated summa cum laude.
Lam was also one of four SUNY Fredonia students who received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. That award recognizes students who integrate academic excellence with accomplishments in leadership, athletics, creative or performing arts and community service.
Additional accolades that Lam has earned include membership in Golden Key International Honour Society and Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, the Mark Cohen Student Association Award, Dr. Robert Hesse Violin Scholarship, Louis C. Adler Scholarship and L. Michael Dimitri Scholarship.
Lam has served as chair of three organizations: the student association student relations committee, music student representative council and alma mater society.
He has been an active member in a dozen campus organizations and committees. These include: president’s student cabinet, university senate, academic affairs committee, general education committee, general education revision committee, school of music leadership council, associate provost search, residence life director search, visual and performing arts dean search, Chi Tau Omega, senior challenge committee and society for professional journalists.
Lam also plays violin in the Fredonia Chamber Orchestra, Fredonia College Symphony Orchestra, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Southern Tier Symphony and Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra and is a board member of the WNYCO.
Lam has completed internships at WGRZ-TV and WBEN 930 AM, both in Buffalo, and is currently an announcer and host at WNED-FM, also in Buffalo. He also interned on campus in the office of admissions, office of liberal arts and academic advising and registrar’s office. Lam wrote a series of articles devoted to SUNY Fredonia’s adjunct professors for The Leader, the student-produced newspaper, and has been a host/producer at Fredonia Radio Systems.
After graduation, Lam plans to pursue a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration at Canisius College in Buffalo.