Archive for May, 2009

Clothing Fair Project Receives Award from AAUW

Friday, May 29th, 2009

David Norenberg and ?? trying on ties at the 2009 Clothing Fair.

This year’s fair included a “Dress for Success” fashion show with examples of what to wear (and what not to wear) to a job interview and in a professional work environment.

SUNY Canton has received an award from the St. Lawrence County branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for the 2009 Professional Clothing Fair.

The AAUW announced that the college had won a second place award in the Community program division at recent statewide Convention in Bolton Landing.

The SUNY Canton office of Human Resources, the Office of Career Services, and the St. Lawrence County One-Stop career center collaborate to host an annual clothing drive and fair for individuals who are preparing to join or rejoin the workforce. More than 250 people benefitted from the fair, according to Betty Connolly, SUNY Canton Director of Human Resources and AAUW member.

“We have individuals donate gently used clothing and distribute it to jobseekers from the community,” she said. “It’s been a well-received event. This year, our services were especially appreciated due to the sluggish economy.”

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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New Practical Nursing Program Starts this Fall at SUNY Canton

Friday, May 29th, 2009

SUNY Canton is broadening the spectrum of its career-driven healthcare options by adding a Practical Nursing program.

The one-year certificate program will begin this fall alongside the College’s recently added four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

“The Practical Nursing program rounds out our nursing options to serve a greater population,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students can come for the one-year certificate, two-year Registered Nurse major, the four-year bachelor’s in nursing, or progress through all three programs. Students in all of these programs will have fantastic career opportunities waiting for them when they graduate.”

Nursing Students

Nurses from all three programs are in high-demand locally and nationwide. According to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of LPNs is expected to grow 14 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

“The Nursing program perfectly reflects our ladder curricula, where students start in a one-year program and then stay for a two or four-year degree,” said William R. Trumble, the College’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We’ve seen fantastic success by students who choose to utilize this approach to their education.”

The program was designed to meet the needs of local health care organizations as well as those of the incoming students, according to Nursing Program Director John F. Conklin. “Previously, students would have to commute to Saranac Lake or Watertown to earn a similar degree,” Conklin said. “Were it not for this degree, we could very well have seen a decrease in qualified staffing here in St. Lawrence County.”

Career opportunities for LPNs include hospitals, nursing homes, mental health institutions, private homes, community health clinics, and public health departments.

Coursework in the program covers English, anatomy and physiology, psychology, and nursing courses that include supervised clinical practice in a patient care setting.

“Students who graduate from our Practical Nursing program will have met the prerequisites for admission into the RN program,” Conklin added. “They can also accumulate additional college credits through electives and supplementary courses that will help no matter where life leads.”

SUNY Canton is now accepting applications for admission into the competitive one-year Practical Nursing program. For more information, or to apply, contact the SUNY Canton Office of admissions at 315.386.7123, 1.800.386.7123, or email admissions@canton.edu.

“We’d encourage prospective students to apply to this program as soon as possible,” Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent said. “All of our nursing programs are highly competitive and spots fill up quickly with extremely qualified students. The Practical Nursing program is particularly appealing because students know that they can begin their career with a terrific job after just one year of study.”

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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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SUNY Canton Dean Receives College Service Award

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

The SUNY Canton College Council presented Linda D. Pellett, Dean of Science, Health, and Public Service with the 2009 Excellence in College Service Award.

Pictured is Linda D. Pellett, SUNY Canton Dean of the Science, Health and Criminal Justice receiving the 2009 Excellence in College Service Award from Ronald M. O’Neil, College Council Chair.

Pictured is Linda D. Pellett, SUNY Canton Dean of the Science, Health and Criminal Justice receiving the 2009 Excellence in College Service Award from Ronald M. O’Neil, College Council Chair.

“Linda works tirelessly for the benefit of our students and the College,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “She has played an integral role in the College’s tremendous recent progress, including the expansion of bachelor’s degree programs and online courses.”

The Excellence in College Service Award is given annually to a SUNY Canton non-teaching academic employee. Pellett is responsible for the organization, direction, and supervision of the School of Science, Health, Professional Studies and Public Service. She is also current chair of the Assessment Committee.

“Linda is a dean that strives to serve her faculty and students, a dean who continuously steps up to fulfill the need of the campus administrators,” said the Dean of Academic Services and Retention Molly A. Mott. “Linda is unwavering in her commitment and always does best job possible, sacrificing much of her personal time to fulfill her many responsibilities.”

According to her nominations for this award, Pellett has continually demonstrates her vast knowledge of the College’s programs at the school. She uses those skills to accurately help the College’s programs quantifiably measure its goals and objectives to help offer the best career-driven education possible. The school she oversees has most recently added a two- and four-year Dental Hygiene program and a four-year Nursing program.

“She is very conscientious to make sure that student interests are paramount,” said School of Science, Health, and Public Service Secretary Donalee Eggleston.

Pellett started her career at SUNY Canton in 1977 as an Instructor in the Medical Laboratory Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master’s in Education from St. Lawrence University, and another master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Media Management from SUNY Potsdam.

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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SUNY Canton Locksmith Receives 2009 Employee Recognition Award

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

The SUNY Canton College Council presented long-time employee Randall W. Teele with the 2009 Employee Recognition Award for his years of outstanding and unwavering commitment to the college.

Pictured are SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, College Locksmith Randall W. Teele and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neil. Teele received the College’s 2009 Employee Recognition award.

Pictured are SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, College Locksmith Randall W. Teele and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neil. Teele received the College’s 2009 Employee Recognition award.

“Randy is one of the people who work diligently behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the College,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “His dedication over the years and his daily attention to detail enable us to provide students with a safe, friendly environment to learn and succeed.”

Teele began working at the college more than 25 years ago on the College’s farm and later joined the maintenance staff at the college. In addition to his duties as locksmith, he also helps out with carpentry and mechanical maintenance.

“Randy’s duty of being the locksmith on campus is an enormous responsibility,” said Building Trades Supervisor Dave Mills. “He is responsible for thousands of keys on campus, all of the card access system keys, and all dorm room combination locks.”

Teele has also been involved in the North Country community. He has served as a member of the Lisbon Town and Recreation Boards. He is a marching band booster, he is a former elementary school volunteer basketball coach, and is active in his church.

“Randy can always be counted on when called upon. He receives calls in the middle of the night, weekends and holidays to return to campus to help keep it secure,” said Chief of University Police William F. Mason.

Teele graduated from SUNY Canton in 1981 with a degree in Animal Husbandry, a precursor to the Veterinary Science Technology program. He graduated again in 1982 with a one-year certificate in Electrical Construction and Maintenance. He earned his Journeyman General Mechanic certification while working at the college.

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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SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Wins National Competition

Monday, May 25th, 2009
Pictured is Tyler Purdy of Stephentown, a 2009 Graduate of the SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology Program and a member of the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Team. Purdy and his Teammates won the national Student Steel Bridge Competition.

Pictured is Tyler Purdy of Stephentown, a 2009 Graduate of the SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology Program and a member of the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Team. Purdy and his Teammates won the national Student Steel Bridge Competition.

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team hit it big in Vegas and built a better bridge than any other college in the nation.

The team won the 2009 National Student Steel Bridge Competition held Memorial Day Weekend at the University of Las Vegas.

“Good bridge design is determined by the correct balance between several factors,” said Paul D. Hitchman, an ASCE Steel Bridge Team Advisor and SUNY Canton faculty member. “The Canton team got the balance just right.

The team is judged on six categories that lead to a total aggregate score. SUNY Canton’s team placed 1st in speed, 3rd in economy, 10th in deflection, 14th in weight, 10th in efficiency, and 27th in aesthetics.

“It was a very close competition,” said Robert R. Blickwedehl, an ASCE Steel Bridge Team advisor and Civil Engineering faculty member Robert. “They won by less than one second and less than one pound.”

Faculty members said that the team practiced strenuously until to reduce the total assembly time down to 3 minutes and one second. “Speed of construction was the teams’ strength and the design of the bridge capitalized on it,” Blickwedehl said.

Students prepare for the annual competition for two semesters. They create new bridge designs and computer-generated drawings annually in preparation for the competition. The bridge is designed to satisfy the extensive rules outlined by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the ASCE.

The Steel Bridge team is comprised entirely of students in SUNY Canton’s career-driven Civil Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs.

North Dakota State University won second in the competition and Lakehead University of Ontario, Canada, took third. SUNY Canton also beat out schools including RPI, Clarkson University, Clemson State, RIT, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Members of the ASCE Student Chapter at SUNY Canton include:

· Michael Bagalonis of Gouverneur

· Yong Ding of Sichuan, China

· Robert LeFevre of Morrisonville

· Jonathan Liberty of Pennellville

· Milton Skinner of Lacona

· Peter Martin of Saranac Lake

· Tyler Purdy of Stephentown

· Patrick Norton of Edmeston

· Kristine Williams of Ogdensburg

· Michael Woodruff of Vermontville

· Ying Yang of Sichuan, China

· Miao Zheng of Sichuan, China

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 offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. 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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SUNY Canton Law Enforcement Academy Cadets Start Their Careers

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Cheryl Crayford of Heuvelton will be earning a diploma and a badge during her final week at SUNY Canton.

Crayford is one of several Law Enforcement Leadership students who opted to complete their senior-level internships as cadets in the David Sullivan/St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

“The 2009 academy graduating class included several students in the Law Enforcement Leadership and Criminal Justice programs,” said Academy Director and University Police Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. “By completing their cadet-level training while enrolled in courses, they have placed themselves in a prime position for employment immediately following graduation.”

Crayford is a sworn officer of the Canton Village Police Department and will be completing the field-training portion of her education with the department. She is the daughter of Debra Crayford and is a 2005 graduate of Heuvelton Central School.

Both the current students and traditional cadets will be honored at the Academy’s 14th commencement ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Among the cadets to complete the law enforcement academy are:

  • Timothy A. Bacon of Massena is a sworn officer of the SUNY Canton University Police. The son of Ronald and Barbara Bacon of Massena, he is a 2003 graduate of Massena High School and a 2007 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Robert Barlow of Norfolk is a sworn officer of the Norfolk Police Department. The son of Richard and Nancy Barlow, he is a 2007 graduate of Norwood Norfolk Central High School and a 2009 graduate of SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Michael Benedict Jr. of Akwesasne is a sworn officer of the St. Regis Tribal Police Department. The son of Michael and Leona Benedict of Akwesasne, he is a 1989 graduate of Salmon River Central School and a 1992 graduate of North Country Community College.
  • Ryan L. Bogardus of Gouverneur is a sworn officer of the Norwood Police Department. The son of Peter and Penny Borgardus of Fowler, he is a 1998 graduate of Gouverneur Central High School and a 2008 graduate of SUNY Canton with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation.
  • Ross Carnie of Turin is a sworn officer of the Antwerp Police Department. The son of Robert and Mary Jane Carnie of Turin, he is a 2007 graduate of South Lewis High School and a 2009 graduate of SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • David Cotey of Norwood completed his pre-employment police basic training. The son of Charles and Ann Cotey of Norwood, he is a 2005 graduate of Norwood Norfolk Central High School and a dual graduate at SUNY Canton with a certificate in Motorsports and an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Tandy Cyrus of Potsdam is a sworn officer of the Norfolk Police Department. The daughter of Joe and Janet Paul, she is a 1997 graduate of Parishville Hopkinton Central High School and is taking business courses at SUNY Canton.
  • Corbin Gates-Shult of Parishville is a sworn officer of the Norfolk Police Department. The son of Faye and step father Jeff Lamar and Keith and stepmother Sara Simon-Shult, he is a graduate of Parishville Hopkinton Central High School and a 2009 graduate of SUNY Canton with a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Kristen Jacobs of Hogansburg is a sworn officer of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department. The daughter of Lisa Jacobs of Hogansburg and Charles Jacobs of Owego, she is a 2003 graduate of Tioga Central High School and a 2007 graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Psychology.
  • David J. LeBeau of Ogdensburg is a sworn officer of the Ogdensburg City Police Department. The son of Mary Ellen Founier of Ogdensburg and David R, LeBeau of Lisbon, he is a 1994 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy.
  • Steven Lowell of Oneida is a sworn officer of Canastota Police Department. The son of John and Antoinette Lowell of Oneida, he is a 2005 graduate of Oneida High School and a 2009 graduate of SUNY Canton with a bachelor’s in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Mark Michaud of Norwood is a sworn officer of the SUNY Canton University Police. The son of Peter and Cynthia Michaud of Norfolk, he is a 1992 graduate of Norwood Norfolk High School and a 1994 graduate of SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Julia A. Serviss of Gouverneur is a sworn officer of the St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Office. The daughter of Martin and Catherine Serviss of Gouverneur, she is a 2003 graduate of Gouverneur Central High School and a 2005 graduate of SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Decota Thompson of Hogansburg is a sworn officer of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department. The son of Kim Loran and Charles Thompson of Hogansburg, he is a 1997 graduate from Salmon River Central High School and a 2008 graduate of St. Lawrence University with a bachelor’s in Marketing.

Cadets of the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy complete over 700 hours of training over an 18-week period. During that time they engage in strenuous physical training, life-like scenarios, comprehensive lessons in ethics, and life saving techniques to prepare them for their duties as officers of the law.

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 offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SBDC Offices Moving Back on Campus

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be moving its base of operations back on campus next month. The College also announced it will be closing its Massena Education Center located in Massena’s St. Lawrence Centre Mall. The two satellite offices are located in the same area in the mall.

“When we opened the Massena Education Center ten years ago, it was to provide residents in that area a convenient option to take college courses,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We are now doing that online with more than 100 courses per semester offered through SUNY Canton OL. As a result, we’ve seen enrollments decline in Massena enough where it didn’t make fiscal sense to continue our operations there, particularly in light of the massive state budget cuts we’ve experienced.”

SUNY Canton’s overall enrollment continues to experience extraordinary growth. The College surpassed 3,000 students for the first time this past fall. It marks a growth of nearly 50 percent from 15 years ago. Kennedy noted the two full-time employees at the Massena Education Center will be relocated back to the main campus.

The SBDC Offices are expected to relocate back on the SUNY Canton campus next month. They will be located in Wicks Hall.

“The SBDC will continue to provide tremendous support to the small businesses and entrepreneurs of North Country,” said SBDC Director Dale Rice. “We are also currently looking into options to locate a satellite office in Massena so we can maintain a presence here.”

The SBDC has been helping small businesses through all phases of growth for over 20 years. Advisors also provide free individual counseling on business planning, marketing strategies, tax requirements, financial analysis, government procurement, compliance issues, and record keeping in addition to periodic training sessions on a variety of business related topics.

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 offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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Potsdam Businessman Receives SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Alumni Award

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Ed Cloce

D. Edgar Cloce 2009 will be presented with the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award at SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony May 16.

A 1959 SUNY Canton Automotive Technology alumnus who owns one of the most successful North Country automotive dealerships will be honored by his alma mater.

D. Edgar Cloce, President of TJ Toyota in Potsdam, is the 2009 Recipient of the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The award will be presented at SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outdoors across from French Hall.

“Ed has been an exceptional advocate for the College and has employed many of our graduates,” said Dennis Tuper, an Automotive Technology Instructor and 2002 alumnus. “TJ Toyota is a business leader in St. Lawrence County and the company has been recognized for its continued outstanding service, customer satisfaction, and community involvement at the corporate level.”

Professor Emeritus Walter R. Kingston was among the individuals to nominate Cloce for the award. Kingston referred to Cloce’s outstanding commitment to the North Country community. “It makes me proud to see one of my former students become such a superb example of the success that can be achieved at SUNY Canton,” Kingston said. “He is an ambassador for the college and role model for students and alumni alike.”

During the college’s recent Centennial Celebration, Cloce donated a Toyota Prius to the SUNY Canton Foundation. The brand-new, fuel-saving hybrid vehicle was raffled to raise proceeds for an Automotive Technology scholarship. Ed and his wife, Clara, have also endowed a family scholarship that further aids students in the program.

When asked about what he would like to share with future graduates of the college, Ed replied: “You will always remember your time here at SUNY Canton. Your education and experiences will serve you well throughout your career and your life, as it did in mine.”

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 offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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Early Childhood Club President and Student Activities Staff Member Receive Awards

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates MacKenzie O. Belden of Hammond for receiving the 2009  David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates MacKenzie O. Belden of Hammond for receiving the 2009 David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

A SUNY Canton Early Childhood student and a Student Activities Office Secretary are being awarded for their involvement at the college.

MacKenzie O. Belden of Hammond has been selected to receive the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award and Student Activities Secretary Jennifer Kelsey has been selected to receive the Northstar Award. Both will be among the honorees at SUNY Canton’s 101st Ceremony to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outside across from French Hall.

Belden and the Early Childhood Club were involved with several key activities this year, including a winter clothing drive for economically disadvantaged children and families, and an “adopt a soldier” program. She and her peers helped ensure both projects were a complete success.

Jennifer Kelsey

Jennifer Kelsey will receive the Northstar Award at the 101st Commencement Ceremony on May 16.

“There is no doubt the recognition given to the club was in large part due to the leadership, dedication, and volunteer efforts of MacKenzie,” said Early Childhood Education Program Director and Associate Professor Maureen Maiocco. “She has put in a lot of time and effort into promoting the club. She ensures that members are engaged and that the club is on task.”

Belden will be earning her second SUNY Canton degree this year, having previously earned a degree in Liberal Studies in 2007. She has consistently been on both the President’s and Dean’s list for her academic achievements. She was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in the Fall of 2008 and currently serves as the organization’s vice president.

Kelsey, a 2003 SUNY Canton graduate, has consistently gone above and beyond her job duties, according to her colleagues and students. She’s one of the driving forces that makes the office a fun, vibrant place, and she is the first contact point for students.

This year, Kelsey served as a volunteer staff mentor, advisor, and supervisor of the student yearbook “The Paysonian.” She’s the go-to person for members of the Student Cooperative Alliance, the College Union Board, as well as all student-run clubs and organizations.

The David R. Maynard Student Activities Award is given annually to a student who demonstrates superior citizenship, outstanding leadership, and who has generously given time to extracurricular activities. The Northstar award is hand selected by students and is given annually to a faculty or staff member who makes the college a better place.

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 offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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Local Student Receives SUNY Canton Outstanding Associate Level Graduate Award

Friday, May 8th, 2009
Kristina Kaiser, an Early Childhood major from Colton, receives her Outstanding Graduate Medallion from SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Kristina Kaiser, an Early Childhood major from Colton, receives her Outstanding Graduate Medallion from SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

A SUNY Canton Early Childhood student’s enthusiasm for teaching and dedicated volunteerism led her to be recognized as the college’s Outstanding Graduate at the Associate Level.

Kristina Kaiser of Colton received the accolade at the recent Harriet A. Beggs Honors Convocation. She was presented with a ceremonial plaque and a medallion to accompany her academic regalia for SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outside across from French Hall.

“Kristina has enthusiastically demonstrated professionalism, leadership, and overall excellence when teaching children,” said Early Childhood Program Director and Associate Professor Maureen Maiocco.

The Early Childhood Program Director mentioned that Kaiser has been working at Building Blocks Day Care in Potsdam, as the school-age program director. She works with young children before and after their typical school day. “Kristina not only gives to the college and her peers, but also to the community,” Maiocco pointed out. “She even donated nine inches of her hair to an organization that makes wigs for children stricken with cancer.”

Kaiser is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Vice President of the Early Childhood club, and has been on either the President’s or Dean’s list throughout her time at the college.

She has volunteered and assisted in many school-wide activities offered through the college’s office of Student Activities and is a volunteer firefighter with the Hopkinton-Fort Jackson Fire Department.

“Kristina is always the first to take charge when given a group project,” said Ashley Chevier, another Early Childhood student. “She is quick to encourage everyone and anyone to join in activities.”

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 offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. 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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