Archive for May, 2013

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Announce Shared Information Technology Position

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Kyle A. Brown to Oversee both SUNY Canton’s Information Services and SUNY Potsdam’s Computing & Technology Services

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Kyle A. Brown has been appointed the Chief Information Officer for both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

The latest of a series of shared positions between St. Lawrence County’s two State University of New York campuses will help solidify infrastructure and back-end operations.

Kyle A. Brown, a 2003 SUNY Potsdam graduate and the former director of Information Services at SUNY Canton, has been appointed the Chief Information Officer for both campuses. In the new role, Brown will also oversee the Computing and Technology Services department at SUNY Potsdam.

“It is an excellent move for both campuses to have one director who will combine our strengths,” said Shared Vice President for Business Affairs and Administration Natalie L. Higley. “The newly-created position will help us, as we look to expand the  technological infrastructure on both campuses.”

The two colleges are investigating the creation of a shared services center, which would create opportunities to benefit other North Country SUNY institutions by sharing expertise, providing efficiency and expanding service offerings for other campuses.

Brown, a 2003 graduate of SUNY Potsdam’s computer science program, previously served as the director of information services and director of SUNY Canton OnLine. He will dedicate half of his time to both colleges, and will report to Higley. Brown is a member of the SUNY Information Technology Transformation Team, as well as the Chancellor’s Online Learning Advisory Group.

Following Brown’s appointment, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will now seek to hire a shared Chief Technology Officer, a new position that would benefit both campuses.

“We are entering an exciting time in SUNY,” Brown said. “We have an opportunity to develop university-wide and regional initiatives that will transform the way our campuses do business, and expand quality support services for our students and faculty.”

In addition to his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam, Brown earned his Master of Science Degree from Clarkson University, Potsdam.

In addition to Brown, the campuses share the following administrators: Vice President Higley, Compliance Training Officer Stacey Basford, Interlibrary Loan Specialist Glen Bogardus, Life Safety Systems Manager Tony Caracciolo, Human Resources Director Mary Dolan, Chief of Police John Kaplan, Veteran’s Affairs Officer Patrick Massaro and Environmental Health & Safety Director Calvin Smith.

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. For more information, visit www.potsdam.edu.

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SUNY Canton Online Learning Systems Manager Receives President’s Meritorious Service Award

Friday, May 31st, 2013

SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner recently presented the College’s highest honor to a staff member who has played a large role in the expansion and success of the school’s online learning program.

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Jerry J. Bartlett, online learning systems manager, received the 2013 President’s Meritorious Service Award at the College’s Recognition Day May 24.

“Jerry has become part of the fabric of our college,” Schiffner said. “His sense of inquiry led him to be a leader in online learning.”

Bartlett began working for the College in 2006. He provides technical support to faculty who teach online and maintains the software necessary to administer the courses.

SUNY Canton OnLine has grown rapidly over the past several years. The College is one of the leaders in online education in the SUNY system.

Bartlett credited the success of the department to the high level of customer service that he and his colleagues provide to faculty and staff.

“The people who I’ve worked with in this department over the years have been amazing,” he said.

Bartlett also volunteers his time to assist with training St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy cadets and serves as a guest speaker during the College’s Sustainability Lecture Series.

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Bartlett’s other accomplishments include living completely off-grid and building vehicles that get more than 100 miles per gallon. Here, he is shown in an electric hybrid tricycle of his own design.

“His contributions to our community are immeasurable,” Schiffner added. “He is selfless with his time and gives more than 100 percent with anything he pursues.”

In 2004, Bartlett graduated from SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Liberal Arts and Science. He resides in Colton.

 

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

 

 

 

 

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SUNY Canton Secretary Recognized for Customer Service and Positive Attitude

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Renee Campbell, an administrative assistant in the School of Business and Liberal Arts, was selected as the recipient of the SUNY Canton College Council’s 2013 Employee Recognition Award.

“I am in awe of the work, time and dedication put forth by Renee,” said Interim School of Business and Liberal Arts Dean Maureen P. Maiocco. “She is collegial, empathetic and friendly. Students often tell me how helpful she is when assisting with scheduling, explaining policies or just listening.”

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Renee L. Campbell, a secretary for the School of Business and Liberal Arts received the 2013 SUNY Canton Employee Recognition Award. She is pictured with her supervisor, Kathy A. Limoges.

Maiocco recalled when Renee set aside her day-to-day work to assist a non-traditional student in need of a schedule. The student was very nervous about returning to college. “We were short staffed that day,” Maiocco recalled. “Despite how absolutely busy Renee was, she took time to put this student at ease.”

She is widely known on campus for her compassion and concern for students, faculty and staff members. One of her co-employees described her as a unique and classy person who brings out the best in people.

“Renee is a breath of fresh air in our office,” said Kathy A. Limoges, a secretary who works alongside Campbell. “She is a great source of wisdom for implementing change and constantly improving our service to the students and faculty in our school.”

Campbell started at SUNY Canton in 2002 as an agency service representative in the Student Service Center. In 2005, she was hired in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. She was promoted to secretary 1 in 2008. She won the Women of the Year Award from the student-run Women’s Concerns Club in 2004.

Campbell is also a member of the Affirmative Action Committee at the College. She helps ensure that the College maintains its record of hiring a diverse and gender-balanced workforce.

“She has a commendable devotion to duty and her friendly attitude makes working at SUNY Canton more enjoyable,” said Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., a professor teaching Business Management, who works closely with Campbell. “I can’t think of a more deserving person for this award.”

Renee is married to Tim Campbell. She has one son, Andrew; two stepdaughters, Kristen and Katelyn; and one stepson, Matthew.

About The Employee Recognition Award

The SUNY Canton College Council selects the Employee Recognition Award after reviewing nominations. The award is given to a SUNY Canton civil service employee annually at the College’s Recognition Day Ceremony.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

 

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Bridge Team Advisers Receive Prestigious SUNY Canton Excellence in College Service Award

Friday, May 24th, 2013

SUNY Canton’s College Council recently honored two instructional support associates for their contributions to the Canino School of Engineering Technology and to the incredible success of the College’s student steel bridge team.

Paul D. Hitchman ’95 and Dennis E. Tuper ’02 received the 2013 Excellence in College Service Award for their countless hours of dedication and work with the SUNY Canton student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers in preparation for regional and national intercollegiate competition.

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Dennis E. Tuper and Paul D. Hitchman, instructional support
Associates in the Canino School of Engineering Technology and ASCE Steel Bridge Team advisors, both received the SUNY Canton Excellence in College Service Award.

“Paul’s and Dennis’ enthusiasm and commitment to student success are well known across the SUNY Canton community,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “Their contributions to the College and to the bridge team have been invaluable and are most deserving of this award.”

Each year, engineering student teams from across North America construct a one-tenth-scale model bridge designed to meet certain criteria, such as construction speed, lightness, display, stiffness, economy and efficiency. Under Hitchman’s and Tuper’s guidance, the SUNY Canton team placed first in regional competition 14 times in the past 17 years, including this year, by besting rivals like Cornell University, Clarkson University and the Rochester Institute of Technology and even captured the national championship title in 2009.

Hitchman previously worked as a designer and draftsman for engineering firms before joining SUNY Canton as a Civil Engineering Technology instructional support associate. He advises the students in designing, drawing and fabricating the bridge. Tuper, an Automotive Technology instructional support associate, is a certified master technician with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. In addition to advising the students on bridge assembly, he welds all the bridge components for competition.

Outside the classroom, Hitchman and Tuper have worked with the Canton College Foundation to raise the necessary funds needed to purchase bridge materials and cover travel expenses for the team. They both also regularly volunteer their time to assist with other College events.

The Excellence in College Service Award is presented annually to a member of the professional staff who demonstrates effectiveness in performance and university service, professional ability and mastery in their specialization.

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

 

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SUNY Canton Names John Gray as 2013 Distinguished Citizen

Monday, May 20th, 2013

SUNY Canton honored a longtime supporter of the College and community volunteer with the 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award.

John J. Gray Jr., CPA, founder and managing partner of Gray & Gray Certified Public Accountants in Canton, was recognized for his decades of public service and dedication to the area’s economic development.

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“John Gray has worked tirelessly in the community to make Canton and the North Country a better place to live and work,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “It is fitting that SUNY Canton is recognizing his many achievements and contributions with this award.”

Gray has helped develop long-range economic development goals for the village through his work on the Canton Economic Development Steering Committee. He also lends his financial expertise to the Canton Chamber of Commerce where he has served as treasurer since 2004.

“John has vast financial knowledge, which, over the years, he has shared generously with several volunteer organizations throughout the North Country.” said retired SUNY Canton Vice President for Administration Charles F. Goolden.

Gray has sponsored numerous exhibits with the Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), a not-for-profit folk arts organization in Canton, and he was instrumental in transforming an abandoned building in downtown Canton into professional office space and luxury condominiums.

In addition to his position as treasurer for the St. Lawrence Childcare Council, he serves on the Town of Colton Planning Board and was a member of the SUNY Canton Business Advisory Board. Gray is also actively involved in his church, where he donates his time to assist with events and acts as a consultant on financial matters.

“I feel honored and fortunate to know John Gray,” said the Rev. Raymond J. Moreau. “He is a person who has, and continues to be, involved with his church and community and has brought hope, spread joy and enlivened people — myself included.”

Gray received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Clarkson University. He and his wife, Christine, have four children and live in Colton.

Since 1976, the SUNY Canton College Council has given the Distinguished Citizen Award in recognition of exceptional and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the state or to the nation.

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SUNY Canton Recognizes Nearly 1,000 Students at Commencement

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

SUNY Canton celebrated the accomplishments of approximately 964 new graduates at the College’s 105th Commencement Ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. today, Saturday, May 18, in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

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The entire stage is set for SUNY Canton Graduates. Pictured at the podium is Accounting Professor Daniel G. Fay, the longest serving faculty member and mace bearer for official College ceremonies.

“Upon graduation, you will have opportunities to take risks,” SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner said to the 2013 graduating class. “Make new connections and consider moving from familiar surroundings and landscapes. This is an exciting beginning — go for it. Don’t be idle.”

» View Video of the 105th Commencement

This will be Schiffner’s final commencement at SUNY Canton. She will step down May 31 to become vice president of instruction at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington State. Joseph C. Hoffman will begin his tenure as SUNY Canton acting president June 1.

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Student Government Association President Nafessa Johnson Addresses her classmates at SUNY Canton’s 105th Commencement Ceremony.

The senior class address was given by SUNY Canton’s Student Government Association President Nafeesa Johnson. She is graduating with a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership and is a representative for the agricultural and technical colleges on SUNY’s Student Assembly. She is also a member of the SUNY Canton College Council.

“The roads that we walk on are never easy, so we must pave the way for those who come after us,” Johnson said to her fellow classmates. “Many of us sit here as sons and daughters, mothers and fathers and veterans who have risked their lives for our great nation, but most of all we sit here today as graduates. Throughout my time at SUNY Canton many people have played a part in the person I am today.”

Johnson presented the annual Northstar Award to Assistant Professor Christa K. Kelson. This award is determined by the student body to recognize a faculty or staff member. Kelson teaches accounting and was selected for her kindness and helpfulness as a faculty member and adviser. She is an avid supporter of student activities and athletics.

Other honorees at commencement included:

  • Megan M. Mydosh, a Business Administration major from Warwick, who received the Outstanding Graduate Award at the associate level.
  • Zachary J. Smith, an Industrial Technology major from Lisbon, who received the Outstanding Graduate Award at the baccalaureate level. Smith also was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
  • John Payne Jr., a Sports Management major from Manchester, N.H., who received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award.
  • Ashley A. Abeling, a Dental Hygiene major from Perth, who received the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

The top five bachelor’s degrees awarded, listed in order of popularity, were Criminal Investigation, Management, Finance, Nursing and Legal Studies.

The top five associate degrees with the most graduates were Criminal Justice, Nursing, Liberal Arts, Veterinary Science Technology and Business Administration.

Yesterday, the graduating students from SUNY Canton’s Nursing programs were recognized at pinning ceremonies. Nearly 100 students are graduating and becoming registered nurses or licensed practical nurses. Additionally, 28 cadets graduated from the David Sullivan – St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy. Eight of the cadets were students from the Law Enforcement Leadership program who enrolled as part of their final semester of classes.

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SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Major Receives David R. Maynard Student Activities Award

Friday, May 17th, 2013

A SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene major is being honored for her volunteer work and fundraising efforts at the College’s 105th Commencement.

Ashley A. Abeling of Perth is the recipient of the annual David R. Maynard Student Activities Award and will be recognized among other award recipients and honorees at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

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Ashley A. Abeling of Perth is the recipient of the annual David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

Abeling led a fundraising initiative to cover expenses for 12 of her classmates to attend a dental hygiene seminar in Boston during winter break. She also made lodging and transportation arrangements for the group.

“In my 25 years of teaching, I have never worked with a student with so much energy who is so altruistic and dedicated to others,” said Pamela P. Quinn, curriculum coordinator for SUNY Canton’s Dental Hygiene program. “She is one of the most selfless people I have worked with.”

Abeling has also volunteered her time to mentor incoming SUNY Canton freshman. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene and a master’s degree in Public Health.

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.

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SUNY Canton Students Give Back at Local Soup Kitchen

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Members of SUNY Canton’s Greek organizations volunteer their time to help feed those in need at Grace Episcopal Church’s Friday Soup Kitchen in Canton.

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Gary W. Ennis, an Electrical Engineering Technology major from
Carthage and an Alpha Theta Gamma fraternity brother, prepares soup at the Grace Episcopal Church’s Friday Soup Kitchen. The students do all of the cooking for the meal with supervision from a chef.

Sorority and fraternity members help prepare and serve the food, and according to the Rev. Evette E. Austin, Grace Episcopal’s priest, their contributions extend beyond the kitchen.

“The students are very helpful and kind to everyone,” Austin said. “They take the time to assist the elderly and make them feel comfortable here.

Austin, who is also a SUNY Canton campus minister, said another part of the students’ responsibilities is to prepare take-home meals for the guests.

Martyna M. Crisafulli, a Law Enforcement Leadership major from Albany and member of Kappa Xi Omega sorority, said that she enjoys volunteering at the church.

“The best part about working here is being able to interact with the community members,” she said.

In addition to student volunteers, SUNY Canton’s Greek Council donates funding to purchase ingredients for the meals. The council raised approximately $700 for the Soup Kitchen and the Church and Community Program Food Pantry in Canton.

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Samantha A. Colarelli, a Criminal Investigation major from Baluvelt, and Martyna M. Crisafulli, a Law Enforcement Leadership student from Albany, make deserts for guests at the weekly meal. Both students are sisters of the Kappa Xi Omega sorority.

The Soup Kitchen is open from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the first, second and fourth Fridays of the month. For more information, call 386-3714.

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SUNY Appoints Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman as Acting President of SUNY Canton

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

President HoffmanThe State University of New York Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 7 appointed Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman as Acting President of SUNY Canton effective June 1.

Dr. Hoffman has worked at SUNY Maritime since 1977, serving as a mathematics and computer science professor and was named a distinguished teaching professor in 2001. He also served as the college’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2006 to 2012.

“Dr. Hoffman comes to SUNY Canton with an extensive history as a powerful and productive campus leader at SUNY Maritime College since 1997,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The students, faculty, and staff at SUNY Canton are certain to benefit from Dr. Hoffman’s experience and leadership as acting president.”

Dr. Hoffman earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from SUNY Maritime College in 1975. He went on to earn a master’s degree in mathematics from Adelphi University in 1977, and he received his doctorate in education from LaSalle University in 1998. The SUNY Board of Trustees awarded him the distinguished teaching professor title in 2001. He also served as a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve from May 1975 to August 1992.

“I am honored to be chosen as acting president of SUNY Canton,” Dr. Hoffman said. “The College has a strong reputation in many areas, and I look forward to leading the campus.”

Dr. Hoffman will replace Dr. Carli C. Schiffner, who has served as Interim President since September 2012. Dr. Schiffner will step down as interim president May 31 to become Vice President of Instruction at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington State.

“I would like to thank President Schiffner for her hard work and leadership,” Dr. Hoffman said. “I hope to build upon her efforts and continue to lead the College in a positive direction.”

Dr. Schiffner said Dr. Hoffman was an exceptional choice to lead SUNY Canton into the future.

“We’re delighted and excited to have Dr. Hoffman join the SUNY Canton community,” Dr. Schiffner said. “With his background at SUNY and his familiarity within the colleges of technology sector, Dr. Hoffman will be able to make an easy transition to SUNY Canton and will no doubt be successful.”

Dr. Hoffman, and his wife, Nancy, are both natives of Long Island. She will be joining him in his move to Canton.

“Nancy and I are looking forward to becoming members of the SUNY Canton community,” Dr. Hoffman said “And we look forward to living in the North Country.”

In his nearly 36 years at SUNY Maritime, Dr. Hoffman has chaired two Middle States Commission on Higher Education steering committees, leading to successful reaccreditation efforts. He also led the campus’ strategic planning efforts in 2011 and had participated in previous strategic planning efforts. Dr. Hoffman is a delegate on the U.N.’s International Maritime Organization, representing the International Association of Maritime Universities. He has co-authored two books, co-founded the Maritime Academic Council which consists of deans from all six State Maritime Academies. Dr. Hoffman also worked from 1980 to 2006 at Adelphi University, University College for Adults, serving as an adjunct instructor and chair for the Mathematics and Computer Information Systems Department.

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SUNY Canton Names Outstanding Associate and Baccalaureate Graduates for 2013

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The 2013 SUNY Canton Outstanding Graduate Awards have been presented to two students for their academic achievements and contributions to the College.

They were presented with the awards at the Nancy R. Auster Honors Convocation held May 1 and will be among other honorees and award recipients recognized during the College’s Commencement at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

 

Outstanding Associate Graduate Award

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Megan M. Mydosh from Warwick received the SUNY Canton Outstanding
Associate Graduate Award.

Megan M. Mydosh, a Business Administration major from Warwick, was the recipient of the annual Outstanding Associate Graduate Award, which recognizes students enrolled in two-year programs who have excelled in their academics and other areas of campus life.

Mydosh was named each semester to the President’s List, the College’s highest level of achievement that honors full-time students who earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. She is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was captain of the women’s cross-country team for two years.

In addition to being an outstanding student, her peers, professors and coaches describe her as a dedicated leader who excels at motivating others.

“Megan stands out as one of the most hardworking and motivated young women I have had the pleasure of knowing,” said SUNY Canton’s Women’s Cross Country Head Coach Kathryn Kennedy. “She is a true leader who expects hard work and commitment from her teammates and models the same behavior on a regular basis.”

Mydosh plans to continue her studies at SUNY Canton and earn a bachelor’s degree in Management.

“I’m so thankful to have been chosen to receive the Outstanding Graduate Award,” said Mydosh. “SUNY Canton gives everyone the opportunity to do their best, and I’m happy that I have been able to take advantage of all the resources the College offers to students.”

 

Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award

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Zachary J. Smith from Lisbon received the SUNY Canton Outstanding
Baccalaureate Graduate Award.

There are a select few students who can add overseas missionary work and business ownership to their college resume. Zachary J. Smith, an Industrial Technology major from Lisbon, designed, engineered, managed and led the construction of a $60,000 primary school and training facility in South Sudan.

“My adviser thought the project would fit well with my academic pursuits,” Smith said. “So I dropped my scheduled Spring 2012 classes and worked in Central Africa.”

Smith was selected as the College’s Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate, in partial acknowledgement of his outstanding missionary work. He was also the vice president of the Campus Ministries club and received a certificate of appreciation for his volunteer work from the Christian Fellowship Center in Madrid.

“Zach’s phenomenal mind gave him the extraordinary power to love and serve more people than most normally would,” said Yu Chin Cheng, an assistant professor and Smith’s adviser. “He is intelligent, diligent and honest. He always has a smile on his face. It has been an honor to be his academic adviser.”

He started college with the goal of graduating with a triple major. He has earned two associate degrees, one in Construction Technology Management and another in Business Administration. He will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology Management. Smith has accomplished this remarkable achievement while maintaining a 3.77 GPA.

After earning his Construction Technology Management degree, he started his own construction and contracting business. He attributes his ability to start Z&S Construction directly back to the skills he learned in the degree. “It has been my primary means of income since I started the business in 2011,” he said.

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