Archive for May, 2011

SUNY Canton Counseling Director Awarded for Excellence in College Service

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

SUNY Canton’s College Council has presented Director of Counseling Melinda Miller with the 2011 Excellence in College Service Award, recognizing her dedication to the College’s students and the campus community.

“In times of personal need and crisis, our students know they can rely on and trust Melinda,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Day in and day out, she takes an active interest in all of our students, both those who live on-campus and our commuter students as well. She is the type of person every college and university dreams of having in their counseling office.”

Miller came to the College in October 1996 as the coordinator for substance abuse and prevention and was named a senior counselor in August 1998. She was promoted to interim director in August 2006 before permanently becoming director the following March.

In addition to providing students with personal counseling around the clock, her office works to promote a safe and positive atmosphere on campus. They handle crisis intervention, present educational programs, workshops and activities that contribute to overall student development, and offer training for staff members and students serving as resident assistants.

“Her willingness to go above and beyond what her job expectations define has allowed her to make effective changes in the Counseling Center to meet the needs of SUNY Canton’s every changing population,” said Michael Herzog, a counselor at the College. “Besides effectively completing the responsibilities associated with her leadership position she also makes the time to be involved in just about every other aspect of campus life.”

Melinda Miller & Ron O'Neill

Miller serves as the advisor for the Peer Educators and the Commuter Club on campus. She also teaches two sections of Alcohol and Drugs in Society. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American College Counseling Association.

Her helpful demeanor can be felt throughout the local community. “Melinda has worked with many local agencies, trying to improve student access to mental health care which is so limited to the North Country,” said Patricia A. Todd, director of health services at the College’s Davis Health Center. “She is always ready to serve students, even in the middle of the night when there is a crisis. Her personal contact with students is the most outstanding quality of her professional character.”

Faculty and staff across campus have noted Miller’s enthusiasm when working with students. “She is one of those few professionals whom I could always look to for support and to count on for assistance,” said Michael J. Perry, executive director of SUNY Canton’s College Association. “Melinda is a student advocate and will do whatever necessary to support the needs and success of the students of our college.”

Prior to SUNY Canton, Miller worked as a parent enrichment coordinator and counselor at the St. Lawrence/Lewis Counties BOCES branch. She was also a mental health rehabilitation counselor for the Seaway House in Ogdensburg.

Miller received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam in 1991 and her Master’s of Education in Counseling and Human Development from St. Lawrence University in 1993. In 2005, she completed her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Counseling and Development from St. Lawrence.

She resides in Ogdensburg with her husband, Eric, and children, Jordan and Madison.

The Excellence in College Service Award is awarded annually to a member of the non-teaching professional staff who demonstrates effectiveness in performance and university service, professional ability and mastery in their specialization. She was recognized at the College’s Recognition Day ceremony on Thursday, May 26.

 

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Tony’s Canvas and Leather Wins Manufacturer of the Year from SBDC

Monday, May 23rd, 2011
Tony O'Geen

Tony O’Geen, owner of Tony’s Canvas and Leather in Massena and 1984 SUNY Canton graduate, mends a hockey glove in his shop. O’Geen won the SBDC’s Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year award.

If you rip it, Tony O’Geen can stitch it.

O’Geen, owner of Tony’s Canvas and Leather in Massena, has been selected by the New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year after working with the SBDC office at SUNY Canton. He will receive his award at a recognition dinner on May 24 as part of the SBDC’s Annual Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid.

The 1984 SUNY Canton graduate started Tony’s Canvas and Leather from his home in 2001 after realizing the demand for local sports equipment repair services. He traveled to Montreal, Canada, to learn the art of re-palming hockey gloves from Eagle Hockey and began posting flyers in the local hockey arenas and sports facilities. His grass roots efforts paid off and he quickly expanded his offerings to manufacturing and repair of all variety of sports bags and equipment. He soon began repairing hockey equipment for local colleges, including SUNY Canton.

“Tony represents the idea of a true American entrepreneur,” Dale Rice, SUNY Canton SBDC director said. “He saw a need in the market and found a way to fulfill it, beginning as a part-time, home-based business and growing gradually to become a force in the global marketplace.”

O’Geen began working with the SBDC in 2008 on a variety of business development initiatives. Over time, he amassed an impressive menu of services worthy of his slogan, “You Rip It, I’ll Stitch It.”

He gradually expanded to work on leather saddlebags, boat and trailer covers, tack repair and shoe repair. He also began creating custom printed and embroidered apparel, fire bags, hunting bags, signs and banners.

Several years ago O’Geen worked with the Northern Adirondack Trading Cooperative to develop his website, www.tonyscanvas.com. It immediately gave him access to a global market and in recent years he has attracted customers from as far away as Australia. His success is even more notable considering that up until this year the business was a part-time venture in addition to his full-time employment as a New York State Corrections Officer.

Upon retirement earlier this year, Tony set out to further expand his company by seeking grant and loan funding through the St. Lawrence County IDA. The funds allowed him to purchase new equipment that will greatly expand his printing logos and sign services.

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


 

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SUNY Canton Graduates 950 Students at 103rd Commencement

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

A number of firsts highlighted SUNY Canton’s 103rd Commencement on Saturday, including the event taking place in the College’s brand new athletic facility and three four-year degree programs graduating their first class.

The College’s impressive growth in enrollment and academic offerings was illustrated in a variety of ways throughout the ceremony. Approximately 950 students participated in the commencement exercises as compared to about 700 in 2010. This is also the first year SUNY Canton graduated students from the graphic and multimedia design, nursing, and funeral service administration bachelor’s degree programs.

The first two graduates to receive funeral service administration degrees came to campus for their second degree from SUNY Canton. Heather Reszka Miller of Longmont, Colo., received her associate’s degree from the College in 2002, while and Heather A. Rauch of Frankfurt earned hers in 2006. They were pleased to have the opportunity to complete many of the degree requirements at their alma mater through online courses.

“Because of the nature of our work, our schedules are always unpredictable,” Miller explained. “Having the ability to complete our make time for school work based on our work schedules was one of the best parts about the program. It gave us the flexibility we needed.”

Approximately 240 bachelor’s degrees were awarded, nearly twice as many as last year. The largest increase in graduates came from the School of Business and Liberal Arts, which awarded 137 bachelor’s degrees.

The College’s largest and most popular bachelor’s degree program was finance with 63 graduates. The criminal investigation program celebrated 37 graduates, while management was the third largest program with 35 graduates.

The most popular associate degree program was nursing with 103 graduates. The second largest two-year program was criminal justice which graduated 84 students, while both business administration and veterinary science technology graduated 34 students.

“The Class of 2011 will go as far as their dreams take them because they are armed with in-demand degrees and the skills necessary to be successful,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “As they’ve realized their potential, not only as individuals but as a collective group, they’ve contributed to ours. Their growth reflects our own.”

Among the honorees was Dr. Maureen P. Maiocco, recipient of the College’s Distinguished Faculty Award. She took a moment to thank colleagues and her students and then addressed the Class of 2011.

“Graduates, find joy in your work; put forth your best effort in all you do, be planned and prepared, and take advantage of every opportunity,” she said. “Always find excitement in discovering and learning. You are all capable of greatness, and all of you have something to teach.”

Maiocco concluded with the words of Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, a passage she has carried with her for years. “When I was young my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for my having been there.”

Other Commencement highlights:

  • For the second year, SUNY Canton held its simultaneous live videoconference Commencement with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The College recognized 70 students who earned degrees from both institutions. The graduates earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from SUNY Canton. Last year, 20 Bosnian students were awarded dual degrees.
  • Professor Emeritus Richard W. Miller attended his 65th SUNY Canton Commencement. Miller has not missed the ceremony since 1946. He was a distinguished professor of electrical engineering technology for 37 years and served on the College Foundation’s Board of Directors. The College’s Campus Center is named in honor of Miller’s consistent support and generosity.
  • Three SUNY Canton seniors graduated off-site as they competed in the NAIA Softball National Tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala. Danielle F. Callahan of Kingston, Carolina Olivares of Adelanto, Calif., and Jenifer L. Shaw of Helendale, Calif., were surrounded by coaches and teammates for the ceremony, which also included a video message from Dr. Kennedy.
  • Six graduates earned a diploma and a badge having graduated from the SUNY Canton David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, May 20. The class included Peter G. LaSala of Canton, a sworn officer of the Norfolk Town Police Department; Robert L. Latimer of Canton; Stephanie J. Reid of the Bronx; Jesse J. Sheen of Gouverneur; Mark C. Stewart of South Glens Falls, a sworn officer of the Norfolk Town Police Department; and Alex E. Stuart of Tupper Lake, a sworn officer of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

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Local Entrepreneur Named SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

A successful entrepreneur who has had a profound impact on the Akwesasne-St. Regis Mohawk Reservation and SUNY Canton is the recipient of the College’s 2011 Distinguished Alumnus award.

Guilford ‘Gil’ White, class of 1968, will receive the prestigious honor at SUNY Canton’s President’s Gala on Thursday, May 19.

“Gil’s leadership has benefited both the Akwesasne-St. Regis Mohawk Reservation and the SUNY Canton community,” College President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “He had the foresight to see the potential for education and economic growth on the Reservation and took the necessary steps to ensure a higher quality of life in his community. We are proud to honor him with this award as a small token of our appreciation for his continued work on the Reservation and with the College.”

White graduated from Massena Central High School in 1956 and was an ironworker on the St. Lawrence Seaway as well as Washington, D.C. and Boston. In 1966, he came to SUNY Canton where he pursued a degree in Construction Technology. While attending the College, he worked during vacations and helped build what is today’s campus.

After graduating from SUNY Canton, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Utica College of Syracuse University in Construction Management and went on to work with the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Ironworkers Union in Washington, D.C. White was chosen to create and administer a new program assisting local unions and contractors across the United States in the implementation of Equal Employment Opportunity programs.

He returned to the Akwesasne-St. Regis Mohawk Reservation in 1983 after realizing the significant economic potential high stakes bingo could have on the community. He and his partners operated the Mohawk Bingo Palace until 1995 when he diversified his business to real property and development holdings and construction projects. His efforts helped bring Class 3 Casino Gaming to the Reservation.

In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Mr. White and his family published a nationally-recognized Native People’s newspaper called the People’s Voice.

“Gil White is a true leader in his community and SUNY Canton’s community,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “He joined the Foundation Board of Directors in 2010 and he is most deserving of our Distinguished Alumnus Award.”

After joining the Board, White established a scholarship in memory of Professor Ross C. Hudson, who inspired him to continue his education and prepare him for a successful career.

White is known for his devotion to causes which he is passionate about and serves the greater community as a member of the Massena Rotary Club. “Gil is a believer in the Rotary’s motto, ‘Service Above Self,’ said John A. Murray, a fellow member. “He is generous in sharing his time, talent and treasures with others and has always been supportive of community and international projects. He is an exemplary community member and SUNY Canton alumnus.”

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


 

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Marescas Named Distinguished Citizens at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

A St. Lawrence County doctor and his wife will be receiving an award for their philanthropy and civic involvement from the SUNY Canton College Council.

Dr. G. Michael and Barbara Maresca will jointly receive the Distinguished Citizen Award at the 103rd Commencement Ceremony to be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in SUNY Canton’s new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.

Dr. Micheal and Barbara Maresca

Dr. G. Michael and Barbara Maresca are the 2011 recipients of SUNY Canton's Distinguished Citizen Award.

“The Marescas care deeply about their community and believe passionately that it is a privilege to be successful,” said Chloe Ann O’Neil, a SUNY Canton College Council board member and a retired New York State Assembly member. “They believe and inspire others with their responsibility to make opportunities to share that privilege. They are the kind of people who make our area a truly unique and wonderful place to live.”

In 2007, the Marescas issued a challenge to SUNY Canton’s alumni and friends to raise $100,000 to bolster the educational needs of the nursing program and its students and pledged matching donations to help continue the support. “Their efforts have led to nearly $500,000 in additional scholarship or program support benefiting the nursing program,” former College Council Chairman Wesley L. Stitt said.

Dr. Maresca is the chief of medical staff and chief of radiology at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, and the president and founder of St. Lawrence Radiology Associates. He is a champion of pioneering imaging technology, according to David B. Acker, president and CEO of Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

“Building a foundation for this community’s future has been a hallmark of the Maresca’s charitable work and of Dr. Maresca’s medical leadership,” Acker said. “In founding a nursing scholarship at SUNY Canton, and challenging others to match it, the Marescas have served students and have helped fill a critical gap in area hospitals and healthcare providers’ needs for additional well-trained nurses.”

Beyond their support for the health of North Country residents, the Marescas are avid motocross enthusiasts. This year they’ve sponsored a round of the American Motorcycle Association’s National Hare Scrambles series in Pavilion, and sponsored AMA rider Nathan A. Kanney. Both sponsorships were created in collaboration with SUNY Canton’s powersports performance and repair program and have led to high levels of visibility for the College.

“This is an experience we have wanted to put in place for our graduates for quite a while,” Mark Hill, director of the powersports program said. “The Marescas have helped create an opportunity for our students to see what goes into a national competition from a business standpoint. I think it will open their eyes to the many different opportunities that exist in the powersports industry.”

Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca moved to the area in 1991. They have two children, Margaret and Michael. Dr. Maresca is a graduate of West Virginia University, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

Barbara graduated from the University of Maryland.

The family is well known for their involvement behind the scenes with many philanthropic and charitable endeavors.

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


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SUNY Canton Commencement Broadcast Live Online Saturday

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Commencement VideoSUNY Canton’s 103rd Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast live online, allowing viewers to watch the events on their smart phones, computers and other video-enabled mobile devices.

More than 900 students are eligible to participate in the ceremony, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the College’s brand-new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House. The live web video feed will be available via www.canton.edu.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy praised the College’s Information Services Department for making the live streaming broadcast possible.

“Friends and family and even graduates can watch the video feed if they are unable to attend the ceremony,” Kennedy said. “It is a continuation of the phenomenal work that our faculty and staff members do annually in preparation for the event.”

During commencement there will be also be video conference between SUNY Canton and the American University in Bosnia Herzegovina so Kennedy can recognize 70 students who will be receiving degrees from both colleges.

College representatives will be updating the College’s social media outlets throughout the day. To follow along, visit www.canton.edu/twitter or visit www.facebook.com/suny.canton.

 

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Canton’s Dan Fay Wins SUNY Chancellor’s Top Faculty Award

Monday, May 16th, 2011

SUNY Canton Accounting Professor and 2011 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service recipient Daniel G. Fay at the College's recent Honors Convocation celebration.

A faculty member with more than four decades of service to SUNY Canton and numerous ties to the Town and Village of Canton will receive one of the highest recognitions possible from the State University of New York.

Accounting Professor Daniel G. Fay will be recognized as a recipient of Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service at SUNY Canton’s 103rd Commencement Ceremony to be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the College’s brand-new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.

“Professor Fay has an indelible love for accounting and business education,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Within the SUNY Canton Community, he’s embraced and helped shape our College as it stands today, and his commitment will be recognized for years to come. I’m proud SUNY has chosen to bestow this award for his unwavering support and service to our College.”

As a faculty member, Fay has influenced generations of students who have become among the most prominent alumni at the College. He is well known and highly regarded as an outstanding educator and community leader. According to letters of support from faculty members and students, he strives to provide every opportunity to increase scholarship, diversity and positive relationships. His unwavering dedication has been described as “amazing” and “unsurpassed.”

“Professor Fay offers a high level of excellence in his professional knowledge and in the high standards he maintains in his teaching,” said Assistant Professor of Finance Umesh Kumar, Fay’s professional colleague. “He is simply an outstanding individual. I especially appreciate his ability to be a caring, proactive and effective educator.”

Fay has been an active board member of the SUNY Canton College Foundation for more than 20 years. He has helped create student scholarships through the Eileen and George Fay Endowment and the Linda Fay Endowment. Additionally, he’s helped create the SUNY Canton Investment Club, which analyzes and recommends investments for the College Foundation.

“We can learn a lot from Dan beyond his keen business sense and accounting abilities,” said Julie A. Parkman, Associate Director for Advancement. “He teaches his students and peers alike that they can accomplish anything by working hard, being confident and courteous, while remembering to help others.”

Fay is a Town of Canton Councilman, an area business owner, and an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He’s served as a St. Lawrence County Legislator and a member of the Canton Highway, Audit, and Recreation Committees.

Sports have played a large role in his life. Included in Fay’s athletic accomplishments are his intercollegiate wrestling career and his participation on the U.S. Bobsled team during the 1971 Winter Games. He has coached lacrosse for second-grade students and was an assistant varsity lacrosse coach at Canton’s Hugh C. Williams High School for numerous years. His excellent record has led him to be inducted into Clarkson University’s Hall of Fame and Massena Central High School’s Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Hugh C. Williams High School Hall of Fame as an outstanding supporter of local athletics.

After the recent retirement of Biology Professor Michael M. Peebles, Fay became the senior-most faculty member at the College. Peebles passed on his duties to Fay at SUNY Canton’s Honors Convocation, which included carrying the College’s ceremonial mace at formal events. Fay will lead the procession of faculty for the first time at this year’s Commencement – the very same day he will receive public recognition for this prestigious award.

Dan is married to SUNY Canton Distinguished Professor Emeritus Linda L. Fay, who was recognized last year when the College chose to name Honors Convocation in her honor. They have three children, Mrs. Steven (Kelley) Glasgow, Edward, and John, and two grandchildren, Garret and Paige.

He is also closely associated with Anywar Ricky Richard, a former childhood soldier and the founder of Friends of Orphans, an organization that supports former child soldiers in Uganda, Africa. The Fays brought Richard to SUNY Canton as a guest speaker. His speech is widely remembered as one of the most poignant and informative lectures at the College.

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


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Inaugural ‘5K with Dr. K’ a Huge Success

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Nearly 120 runners and walkers joined SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy on Thursday, May 12  and took part in the College’s first ever President’s 5K Run/Walk Challenge.

Participants competed on SUNY Canton’s scenic 3.1-mile women’s cross country race course which is comprised of trails behind the campus and along the Grasse River, an uphill battle near the new apartment-style residence halls, and a finish down near the soccer fields and new athletic complex.

“I was thrilled with the turnout and seeing so many familiar faces from the College as well as the community,” Kennedy said. “The weather fully cooperated with us and every participant was smiling as they crossed the finish line. It was a great way to show people that exercise can be fun and I am already looking forward to doing this again next year.”

Kennedy was the top finisher in his age group. SUNY Canton men’s cross country runner Justin Richardson, class of 2013, finished first overall with a time of 18:40. The top women’s finisher was Kristin Shumway (23:02).

The race was one of many events taking place at the College this semester as part of the campus-wide Wellness Initiative, sponsored by the Student Affairs division. Kennedy, an avid runner, was an integral part of starting the Initiative, which has been put in place for students, faculty and staff to help encourage healthy habits that allow the mind, body and spirit to perform at their highest level.

Race Results (includes top-three finishers in each age group):

MEN: 19 & Under

  1. Scott Jeffers
  2. Brennan Dellanore
  3. Harrison DeRuggiero McGuiness

MEN: Ages 20-29

  1. Justin Richardson
  2. Michael Zelyez
  3. Daniel Romlein

MEN: Ages 30-39

  1. John Kennedy
  2. Kenneth Burd
  3. Brandon DaVock

MEN: Ages 40-49

  1. Will Glass
  2. Scott Toth
  3. Randy Sieminski

MEN: Ages 50-59

  1. Jeff Weeks
  2. Rick Bucalo

MEN: Ages 60+

  1. Joseph Kennedy
  2. Toby Irven

WOMEN: 19 & Under

  1. Maria Ricalton
  2. Melinda Whitty
  3. 3. Erin Conklin

WOMEN: Ages 20-29

  1. Kristin Shumway
  2. Jacqueline Danis
  3. Katie Kennedy

WOMEN: Ages 30-39

  1. Lorenda Prier
  2. Mary Beth Sieminski
  3. Jennifer Flint

WOMEN: Ages 40-49

  1. Heather MacKinnon
  2. Louise Parks
  3. Jennifer McDonald

WOMEN: Ages 50-59

  1. Nadia Marano
  2. Valerie Sestir
  3. Susan Law

WOMEN: Ages 60+

  1. Patricia Cassara

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Assistant Professor of Accounting Receives Award from SUNY Canton Students

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Peggy JenkinsAn assistant professor of accounting who encourages student volunteerism will be receiving the top student-given award at SUNY Canton.

Peggy J. Jenkins will be recognized with SUNY Canton’s Northstar Award at the College’s 103rd Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the College’s new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.

Jenkins annually orchestrates the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the College, which helps low- to moderate-income individuals and families prepare their taxes. Through her involvement, student participation in the program has tripled, and the group prepared more than 150 returns for the 2010 tax period.

“Beyond providing a valuable service to individuals who might not be able to pay to have their taxes prepared, the VITA program provides students with hands-on real-world experience,” said Linda A. Heilman, Dean of the College’s School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Among the student recommendations for the Northstar Award were numerous mentions of Jenkin’s ability to provide exceptional real-world examples of accounting policies and procedures. One student said that Jenkins consistently goes above and beyond to help all of her students achieve their full potential.

“Whenever I bring up her name or her unique teaching style to a fellow student, they agree with my opinion that Mrs. Jenkins is one of the most remarkable faculty members at the College,” wrote a student in a letter of recommendation for the award. “She is very deserving of this award.”

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor and 2011 Northstar Award Recipient Peggy J. Jenkins teaching an accounting class.

Eight students have recognized her outstanding involvement and presented her with awards through the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Jenkins is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania who received her Master of Business Administration from Penn State University, and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bridgewater College in Virginia. In addition to her courses at SUNY Canton, she’s lectured internationally at the University of Wales, Bangor, U.K.

Jenkins lives in Canton with her family. She has a son Colin, and a daughter Lucy.

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


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Early Childhood Professor Selected as SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Maureen P. Maiocco, Ed.D., loves to teach students of all ages.

Maiocco began her career doing exactly what she loves, working with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-age children. She’s carried her enthusiasm over into the realm of higher education as a professor and early childhood program director at SUNY Canton, and her zeal has led her to be selected as the College’s 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient.

Maureen Maiocco

2011 SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient Professor Maureen P. Maiocco grading student projects in the College’s Early Childhood Lab.

She will be recognized at SUNY Canton’s 103rd Commencement Ceremony to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the College’s new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.

“Maureen is a model educator,” said Kyle Brown, Director of SUNY Canton OnLine. “During her seven years at SUNY Canton, she has grown the Early Childhood program into a thriving, popular major for SUNY Canton students.”

Outside of her interactive classroom, Maiocco schedules activities for the children of the campus community at nearly every single major College function. Most recently, she orchestrated and held a campus-wide children’s Christmas party on behalf of SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“She’s the perfect model for teachers and aspiring teachers,” said Christina Martin, Maiocco’s colleague and an adjunct instructor at SUNY Canton. “She’s provided me with outstanding mentorship.”

Faculty and staff members from across the College have benefitted from serving with Maiocco, including Feng Hong, an associate professor of physics and 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient. Maiocco and Hong worked together with a delegation of Chinese faculty members from Xi’an City, China, who were interested in the American methods of pre-kindergarten education.

“Dr. Maiocco’s exceptional organizational skills and tireless efforts during the 2009 Early Childhood Summer Institute made the event a success,” Hong said. “The event was not only a showcase of the early childhood program, but also a showcase for the College and for all of Canton.”

As a result of the Summer Institute, Maiocco was invited to teach in Xi’an, China in 2010. While there, she made the international television news for her positive work with Chinese children and faculty members.

Maiocco was also recently featured on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Academic Minute. She delivered a compelling argument against the practice of “time out” in a group educational setting, and even offered several alternatives in the allotted one minute 40 second timeframe.

Many of her students credit her with their educational success at the College, and 16 students have recognized her outstanding work through the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

“All of Dr. Maiocco’s classes were a healthy combination of hands-on activities and lecture,” said Tiffany Daily-Faulkner, a 2007 early childhood graduate. “She understood that everyone learns differently. There was never a dull moment in her classes. Her humor and creativity kept us all engaged and interested in the lesson at hand.”

Maiocco earned her doctorate of education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, with a specialization in child and youth studies and curriculum development. She earned her master of science in teacher leadership from Wheelock College in Boston, and her bachelor of arts in education from Curry College in Milton, Mass.

She lives in Potsdam with her husband Steven.

 

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