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Edwards Receives Chancellor's Award

UAlbany Sports Information   04-26-2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany senior Cassandra Edwards has been named a recipient of the Chancellor's Award, the university announced last week.  It is the latest in a long line of accolades that Edwards has received academically as a UAlbany student and athletically as a member of the women's basketball team.

The Brampton, Canada, native, who graduates in May with an honors degree in Psychology, along with a minor in Criminal Justice, was a 2014 winner of a Spellman Achievement Award for academic achievement and in 2016 won a second Spellman, this time for distinguished leadership. The accolades reflect her undergraduate career as a scholar, research assistant and community volunteer.

This spring, Wilson was named the winner of the Martin and Jean Goldsmith Scholarship for the third year in a row. The Goldsmith scholarship, generously established by Martin '68 and Jean Goldsmith, provides support to a member of the women's basketball team who has demonstrated high academic achievement.

“Cassie is an outstanding student-athlete and an amazing young lady,” said Great Dane Head Coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee. “She is a true role model for everyone. Her leadership and striving for excellence on the court and in the classroom will truly be missed.”

Edwards has already started her graduate work as a UAlbany master's degree candidate in Mental Health Counseling. After completing the Master's, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

In addition to her plans for graduate school, Edwards looks to future globetrotting. “Being a student-athlete, I had the honor of traveling throughout the U.S., but in future years to come I would love to visit the Caribbean, a few countries in Africa, and participate in a European tour,” she said. “I want to experience different ways of life and foods, and I think the best way to do so is to emerge myself in these different cultures.”

Ten years from now, she sees herself in research, helping minority youth and individuals suffering with substance-abuse or PTSD. “More importantly in 10 years I would like to be satisfied with all I have accomplished thus far, and settled down with someone I love, and potentially have a family of my own,” she said.

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