Archive for May, 2007

Criminal Investigation Student Wins Outstanding Graduate Award

Monday, May 14th, 2007
Gina Cosamano

Cosamano a Criminal Investigation major from Holland Patent receives the Baccalaureate Level Outstanding Graduate award from SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Excellence inside and outside the classroom has led Criminal Investigation graduate Gina Cosamano to be named SUNY Canton’s Baccalaureate Level Outstanding Graduate. She had previously earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice at SUNY Canton and is now graduating with a four-year degree.

“Gina was an outstanding student,” Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biology Nicole Heldt said. “She is very personable, friendly, and has a great sense of humor. She is definitely a high achiever.”

Cosamano was among the honorees at the Marie C. Regan Honors convocation and will again receive recognition at college’s upcoming 99th Commencement Ceremony held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Alumni Gymnasium at Dana Athletic Center.

She has been an active member of the Criminal Justice Club and served as club secretary this past year. She assisted with the Sept. 11, 2001 fifth anniversary memorial ceremony and has volunteered at numerous club-sponsored beneficiary events. She is also a member of Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Cosamano has been a math tutor and has been on President’s List for her high grade point average since the Fall 2003 semester. She is a recipient of the Agnes and John N. Burns Family Scholarship through the SUNY Canton Foundation and the New York State Sheriff’s Association Scholarship.

She uses a “lead by example” approach when in management roles and strives to ensure that everyone she works with has input on any given project. “I want everyone to succeed,” Cosamano pointed out. “I believe that sometimes all people need is one other individual to believe in them in order for them to believe in themselves.”


Maresca Family Issues Challenge and Donates $100,000 to SUNY Canton’s Nursing Program

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Maresca ChallengeCanton-Potsdam Hospital’s Chief of Radiology and Chief of Staff announced a $100,000 donation to the SUNY Canton Nursing program today and challenged other alumni and friends to join them in further supporting the educational needs of future nursing students at the college.

The Maresca Family Challenge is designed to create a circle of giving and inspire others to do the same. The Marescas committed to making a minimum gift of $100,000 to establish the Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca Family Endowment for Nursing Education.

They have also challenged SUNY Canton’s Advancement Division, the Development Office, alumni, and friends to raise a matching $100,000 for the nursing program. The Maresca Family Challenge is part of the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign, and it is hoped to raise a total of $400,000 in support of the Nursing program.

“The generosity of the Maresca family is truly inspiring,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This donation and challenge will not only dramatically affect the quality of education we’re able to provide our nursing students, it will also have a long-term positive effect on the quality of healthcare throughout the North Country.”

In addition to their endowment, the Maresca Family is donating four $1,000 scholarships to nursing students for the 2007-2008 academic year.

“We understand the importance of nurses and are dedicated to investing in students who desire an education,” said Dr. Maresca. “We believe that a nursing career has a tremendous impact on the students, their families, and the overall health of our own community, thus creating a full circle of giving and receiving.”

Dr. Maresca grew up in Elkton, Md., and attended West Virginia University and then the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He continued his studies for Diagnostic Radiology at SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse.

Dr. Maresca is also affiliated with the following New York hospitals: Massena Memorial Hospital, E.J. Noble Hospital, Clifton-Fine Hospital, Cortland Memorial Hospital, Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic, Olean General Hospital, and the Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He is also owner of Watertown Breast Imaging.

Dr. Maresca met his wife Barbara while in medical school in Maryland and moved to Potsdam in 1991. He and Barbara do many “behind the scenes” things for numerous community organizations. They are well known for their generosity.

“The Maresca Family Endowment will enable worthy students to attend regardless of their financial background, and it will also assist us in meeting the growing technology needs of our nursing education.” said John Conklin, the Director of SUNY Canton’s Nursing program. ”

Dr. Maresca was introduced at the event by former New York State Assemblywoman and SUNY Canton College Council member Chloe Ann O’Neil. O’Neil, who also serves as a member of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign’s Major Gift Committee, was credited with introducing the SUNY Canton Advancement Team to the Maresca family.

Several nursing students and community members were also on hand for the announcement, including two students that will receive the inaugural Maresca scholarships next year.

“Thank you for helping these students make their dreams a reality,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “Your support is a tremendous endorsement of our program and its influence on our community.”


SUNY Canton Students Build House for Sale

Monday, May 7th, 2007

The house that SUNY Canton students built is looking for a home.

Students from SUNY Canton’s Construction and Engineering Technology programs are building a three-bedroom, one-family modular home that will be completed by the end of the semester. The house is currently for sale and can be viewed at the college.

Home Construction

HOUSE FOR SALE – Steven Bullock, a SUNY Canton Construction Technology Management student from Edwards takes measurements amidst the rafters of this year’s project home.

“This is a great example of the hands-on approach we take toward educating our students,” said Dean of Canino School of Engineering David Wells. “This will be a beautiful home and the workmanship will be thoroughly inspected and approved. It will be a source of pride for our students and professors.”

The total contract price of the 23 foot 8 inch by 48 foot house will be below $40,000. It will be constructed and ready for delivery by June 1. It features an asphalt shingled roof and vinyl siding, highly efficient insulation, and will be 90 percent wired (and inspected) with electrical subpanels installed.

“Throughout the history of our college, many of our most successful graduates and eventual business owners have come from programs such as construction, engineering, and HVAC,” Wells said. “That’s because they leave here with the real world experience and knowledge to excel in their fields.”

Individuals interested in viewing the home should call 386-7411 for an appointment. In addition to the three bedrooms, the home will include a kitchen/dining room area, living room and a one bathroom.


SUNY Canton Students Compete at West Point Physics Conference

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Robots and fuel cells powered SUNY Canton student research for a recent American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers competition at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Tonya Buddie, an Engineering Science student from Cato, Heidi Tessmer, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies student from Gouverneur and Trey Theobald, an Engineering Science student from Victor, took second place for their poster presentation about fuel cell experimentation.

“The competition gave our students a wonderful opportunity to participate in professional activities and set their sights on their post-graduate careers,” said David G. Wells, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Additionally, Andrew Buyck a Mechanical Engineering Technology student from Baldwinsville, Nathan McDonald an Engineering Science student from Colton, Jason Bellinger, an Engineering Technology student from Canton, Mbaye Diop, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies student from New York City, and Theobald presented their research about robot design at the conference.

In October, students and faculty will be attending another APS conference with the New York State Astronomical Society about planets at Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs.


Canton’s Marti King MacArthur Wins SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Alumna Award

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Marti MacArthurSUNY Canton will recognize an alumna’s years of loyalty and dedication with the Distinguished Alumna Award at the college’s upcoming 99th Commencement Ceremony held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Alumni Gymnasium at Dana Athletic Center.

Marti King MacArthur’s volunteerism both on campus and throughout the North Country has dramatically and positively influenced a countless number of individuals.

MacArthur currently serves on the United Helpers Board of Directors and has used her leadership abilities to help the organization move forward with a major capital campaign. She is active with the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Guild, St. Mary’s Church and the Hugh C. Williams Parent Teacher Association.

“Marti has immersed herself in the community of Canton and is a marvelous representation of the college,” said Assistant Director of Development Julie Parkman.

She has shown a continued commitment to her family in addition to her astonishing record of community service. MacArthur left her career at Kodak in Rochester to support her husband, Peter, during his 20-year military career with the U.S. Air Force. She helped support the families of enlisted personnel and coordinated several benevolent events. During this time she also began fundraising and orchestrating large benefits for Air Force functions, a skill that she has honed to near perfect status after 24 years of volunteering.

MacArthur was the driving force behind the SUNY Canton Centennial Gala, which raised more than $43,000 for student scholarships. She spent countless hours of her own time planning, organizing, and marketing the college’s most successful celebratory fundraiser. Her efforts led the college to create an unrestricted scholarship endowment, which will allow more students to receive funding for their education.

MacArthur was one of the first two women to graduate from the heating and air conditioning program in 1978, which followed a 1974 degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

This year, she began working as an employee of SUNY Canton in the Alumni and Advancement Office and has served on the Alumni Board since 2002.

Marti and her husband reside in Canton. They have two children: Samantha, who is a senior at SUNY Oswego; and Shane, who is a sophomore at Hugh C. Williams High School in Canton.


SUNY Canton Professor Rosanna M. Moser Receives Distinguished Faculty Recognition

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Rosanna MoserBusinesses that hire SUNY Canton students from the Office Technology program know they are getting career-minded, work-ready professionals. Professor of Office Technology Rosanna M. Moser makes sure of it.

Moser has received the 2007 Distinguished Faculty Award and will be among the faculty, staff, and scholars highlighted at the college’s 99th Commencement Ceremony held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Alumni Gymnasium at Dana Athletic Center. She is known for her own professional, courteous demeanor and her diligent efforts to make sure students are equally prepared with immediately marketable skills.

“Professor Rosanna Moser is a terrific example of why SUNY Canton is thriving and why our students are so successful,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “She imparts wisdom directly applicable to each student’s future careers coupled with the hands-on approach of her programs.”

Professor Moser has a quiet demeanor and an “unsung” status belying the fact that she has positively impacted a countless number of students. She has helped secure internships for students within their chosen field, most of which lead to 100 percent placement.

Associate Professor Emeritus Robert W. Stilson describes her as, “… dedicated, professional, responsible, respectful, articulate, and kind.”

Professor Moser is the department chairperson of Business faculty within the School of Business and Public Service. She also organized Professional Development Week, allowing students from all curricula can hone their interview skills, learn to dress for success, and engage in extra-curricular learning. She dramatically and positively influences the lives of her students and colleagues on a daily basis.

She earned her baccalaureate degree in Personnel Administration from Empire State College in 1982 and her Master of Science degree in Vocational and Technical Education in 1985 at SUNY Oswego. She has subsequently completed 30 credit hours of additional post graduate coursework.


Two Associate Level Outstanding Graduates Win Chancellor’s Award for Academics

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

A future doctor and an upcoming educator are both recipients of the 2007 Associate Level Outstanding Graduate award at SUNY Canton.

Further highlighting their outstanding academic success, Tiffany Dailey, an Early Childhood student from Chase Mills, and Mbaye Diop, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies student from New York City, were also both recipients of the 2007 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Tiffany Dailey

STUDENT EXCELLENCE – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, Tiffany Dailey, an Early Childhood student from Chase Mills, and SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan. Dailey was recently honored for her academic success.

Both students will receive their Associate Level Outstanding Graduate award at SUNY Canton’s 99th Commencement Ceremony.

“The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence is given to the best and the brightest students across the SUNY System,” said Ryan. “I commend the campus presidents and their faculty and staff for discovering and enhancing student excellence throughout the year.”

Kennedy said. “Given Tiffany’s and Mbaye’s exemplary personal characteristics and academic standards, I feel they are among our finest graduates ever SUNY Canton and truly fit the description of Outstanding Graduates. I know that their motivation and determination will help them to succeed and continue to make a difference in their respective communities whether here in the North Country or even on another continent. ”

Dailey comes to class everyday after working a midnight shift with United Cerebral Palsy. “Tiffany is a responsible and highly respected student,” said Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco. “She is articulate and enthusiastic. She has a genuine interest in her education and it is quite evident that she has a passion for teaching. ”

Dailey is a recipient of the Garnett M. Lawrence Scholarship through the SUNY Canton Foundation, has received accolades for her high grades within the Early Childhood program, and is the secretary of the Early Childhood Club. She is the vice president of leadership in her honor society and has received a Character Development award for upholding the college’s Campus Creed.

Chancellor Ryan also awarded Dailey for making Phi Theta Kappa Second Team all-academic status.

Mbaye Diop

CHANCELLOR’S AWARD – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, Mbaye Diop, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies student from New York City, and SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan. Diop was recently honored for his academic success.

Diop is a native of Senegal, Africa, and moved to New York City in 2003. He plans on earning his bachelor’s and his medical doctorate degrees, then moving back to Africa to practice medicine in his hometown. “I believe that by doing my medical studies in the United States I will have the opportunity to use the latest technology and instruments, making me a more effective doctor than I would be if I studied in Africa,” Diop said.

Diop said he chose to attend SUNY Canton because it is quieter and less distracting than the city.

“Mbaye realizes the added value of conceptual understanding as compared to straight memorization,” Professor of Biology Kenneth Erickson pointed out. “His critical thinking skills are very developed and he responds well to a challenge. Mbaye is at his best when the material is most difficult.”

He has received both the Henning Keeler Scholarship and the Charles W. Johnson Scholarship through the SUNY Canton Foundation. He was also nominated for the national Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. He is the president of the college’s science club and is the vice president of scholarship within his honor society.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

The Outstanding Graduate Award is presented annually to the top student or students in two- and four-year programs at SUNY Canton. Among the many criteria for this award are high grades and active participation in extra-curricular activities.


Steel Bridge Team to give Community Demonstration, Saturday

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

The SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team will be assembling their bridge for the public to see from 11 to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Coakley Ace Hardware Carpet One in Canton.

The Steel Bridge Team recently swept the Upstate New York Regional Competition and is preparing to travel to the 2007 National Competition scheduled for May 25 and 26 at California State University, in Northridge, California. WPDM 99 Hits FM morning personality Dave Williams will broadcast live, and staff from Coakley’s will be cooking hot dogs for lunch. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team.