SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation Students Join Honor Society

The SUNY Canton Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society recently welcomed several new members.

Student lighting candles during Honor Society ceremony.

Student lighting candles during Honor Society ceremony.

“There are many levels of pride associated with being inducted into an honor society,” noted Steven V. Gilbert, Associate Professor of Criminal Investigation and Alpha Phi Sigma faculty advisor. “There is a personal pride in one’s own accomplishments, coupled with a pride in one’s peers, in addition to the pride in knowing that you are part of an organization that rewards success.”

Among those inducted into the SUNY Canton Omega Upsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society were:

 ·      Sapphire Isaac of Brooklyn

·      Chad Sherman of Louisville

·      Ashley Savino of Auburn

·      Mike Bronson of Brasher Falls

·      Chuck Calorusso of Potsdam

·      Diane LaRue of Ogdensburg

In addition to recognizing student success at the honor society induction, two scholarships were awarded to deserving students in the program.

“The Flora Bertram Geller scholarship was established to award a student who has demonstrated a strong background in ethics and motivation within the Omega Upsilon chapter,” Gilbert said. “And I personally fund the Gilbert Forensic Science Scholarship to support a student who shows a strong aptitude in forensics.”

The Flora Bertram Geller scholarship is funded by Barbara Geller Gilbert and Larry Geller in memory of their mother. Barbara presented the scholarship during the induction ceremony.

Heather Biamonte of Marcy received the Flora Bertram Geller scholarship and Caitlyn Hill of Ontario won the Gilbert Forensic Science Scholarship. “Caitlyn was recently accepted as a student affiliate with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences,” Gilbert said. Alpha Phi Sigma is the only National Criminal Justice Honor Society for Criminal Justice Majors.

The society recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate, graduate, as well as doctorate level students. Among its core goals and values are to promote academic excellence in order to make the Criminal Justice System and its practitioners more effective and ethical.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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