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Non-Profit Executive Earns Highest Student Honor at SUNY Old Westbury

Why Hunger? COO Named President's Medal winner at SUNY College at Old Westbury

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Old Westbury. NY - May 29, 2014 - Marc S. Weiss, a recent graduate of SUNY College at Old Westbury and a resident of Plainview, New York, ended his college career by earning the College's highest student honor -- the Old Westbury President's Medal for Scholarship. 
"This is an honor won as a graduating senior, but it can only be earned through stellar efforts throughout a collegiate career at Old Westbury," said College President Calvin O. Butts, III.  "Mr. Weiss’ story and what has become his mission in life is a testimony to our institution’s mission as we endeavor to stimulate in our students a passion for learning and a commitment to building a more just and sustainable world"
Weiss graduated on May 18 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations after having earned a 4.0 grade point average at Old Westbury.  As part of the Class of 2014, he and his fellow graduates made up the largest graduating class in the College history with nearly 1,100 earning degrees.
Having come to Old Westbury at the same time his oldest child was attending college, Weiss juggled his studies alongside his responsibilities as a parent and professional.  Currently, he serves as chief operating officer for Why Hunger?, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to erasing hunger and poverty.
The Old Westbury President’s Medal was created in 1986 to honor outstanding academic achievement among its graduating students.  To be eligible, a student must be a senior, have completed a minimum of 24 credits at Old Westbury, and have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or greater.
Located on the historic North Shore of New York’s Long Island, the State University of New York College at Old Westbury is a selective public liberal arts college with more than 4,400 students studying in more than 40 undergraduate degree opportunities in its liberal arts and professional programs and 15 graduate programs in business, education and mental health counseling.  On the College’s 604-acre campus, students and faculty participate in an environment that demands academic excellence, fosters intercultural understanding, and endeavors to stimulate a passion for learning and a commitment to building a more just and sustainable world. For more information on the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, visit