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SUNY Canton Emergency Management Degree Named Among Nation’s Best

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The Emergency Management Degree Online Program Guide website has named SUNY Canton’s Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management as one of the top ten online programs in the country.

The website, http://www.emergency-management-degree.org, is a resource for those who are interested in pursing a career in emergency management.

The program was chosen as eighth in the nation due to the curriculum’s emphasis on cutting-edge incident management and emergency operating center technology, as well as exercises and drills using virtual disaster simulations and hazard modeling.

Deepwater Horizon, courtesy of FEMA

“We are pleased that our Emergency Management program has received this recognition as a top online program,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of SUNY Canton’s School of Business and Liberal Arts. “Our faculty works hard to assure students gain significant practical experience that prepares them for immediate employment in the field.”

The Emergency Management degree is one of SUNY Canton’s signature online programs. Students are able to participate in exercises and complete internships with local, state and federal agencies.

“Emergency Management is a growing field in uncertain times of natural disasters and terrorism; in response to this, many institutions are offering online emergency management degree programs as a way to prepare professionals for careers in this field,” according to the website.

Emergency Management Degree Program Guide

SUNY Canton is in the running to become the State’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cyber Security through a partnership with Clarkson University, Potsdam. The Colleges would become the first in the nation devoted to homeland security and would establish integrated education, training and research in a comprehensive public-private partnership.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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Area Students Learn Career Options for Women in Engineering

Monday, May 19th, 2014
Pictured are, (l to r) Grace R. Bessette, Abby E. Warner and Lizzy C. Christy from Canton’s J.M. McKenny Middle School. The three students took turns learning to operate surveying equipment at SUNY Canton. They were among the 120 area students to participate in the College’s Women in Engineering Day. Faculty members held activities to demonstrate the hands-on aspects of careers that start with an education in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Pictured are, (l to r) Grace R. Bessette, Abby E. Warner and Lizzy C. Christy from Canton’s J.M. McKenny Middle School. The three students took turns learning to operate surveying equipment at SUNY Canton. They were among the 120 area students to participate in the College’s Women in Engineering Day. Faculty members held activities to demonstrate the hands-on aspects of careers that start with an education in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

 

Madelyn L. Lawrence, an eighth grader from Clifton Fine Central School tests water samples from the Grasse River as part of SUNY Canton’s Women in Engineering Day. Groups of students were given water samples and taught how to purify them during a demonstration in the College’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program.

Madelyn L. Lawrence, an eighth grader from Clifton Fine Central School tests water samples from the Grasse River as part of SUNY Canton’s Women in Engineering Day. Groups of students were given water samples and taught how to purify them during a demonstration in the College’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program.

 

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SUNY Canton Early Childhood Professor Receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Maureen Maiocco and President HoffmanA SUNY Canton professor is being honored for her dedication to her school, her students and the College.

Dr. Maureen P. Maiocco is the recipient of the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was recognized at the College’s 106th Commencement Ceremony May 10.

As the Early Childhood Program Director, she employs her extensive experience as a successful educator to provide the highest quality education to her students.

“Her dynamic personality and devotion to the school combine to make an incredible package,” said William J. Fassinger, Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice. “The techniques she uses to teach, motivate students and lead are unmatched.”

Dr. Maiocco is a well-respected leader in the early childhood profession throughout the country and abroad. She conducted a summer institute for visiting Chinese scholars in 2009 and was invited as guest lecturer by Xi’an University in China in 2010.

As a vibrant member of the SUNY Canton campus community, she was also chosen to receive College’s prestigious 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award and was selected to serve as interim dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Dr. Maiocco earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Curry College, her Master of Science in Teacher Leadership from Wheelock College, and her Ed.D. in Child and Youth Studies with a specialization in Curriculum Development from Nova Southeastern University.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Professor Receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Lawretta Ononye and President HoffmanA SUNY Canton associate professor has been recognized for her passion for research and commitment to student engagement.

Dr. Lawretta C. Ononye is the recipient of the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities and was honored for her achievements at the College’s 106th Commencement ceremony May 10.

As the principal coordinator for the National Science Foundation Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Grant, her efforts have garnered funding that is used to award scholarships to a diverse group of talented, but financially disadvantaged, students.

She has coordinated events such as the STEM Summer Program and the annual Women in Engineering Day. Through these efforts, she has inspired more students to seek education and careers in science and technology.

“Dr. Ononye is a preeminent teacher at SUNY Canton, a role model for her students, and a pillar of the campus community,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “Her peers, her superiors and her students hold Dr. Ononye in the highest regard.”

Dr. Ononye developed and coordinates the Applied Physics minor and is in the process of developing a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Technology.

She has authored a book and several peer-reviewed journal articles. Her dissertation earned the 2008 Electronic Theses and Dissertation Award.

Dr. Ononye earned her Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and her Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Staff Member Receives Northstar Award

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The SUNY Canton student body has recognized SUNY Canton’s grants coordinator for her contributions to the College and the community.

JoAnne M. Fassinger is the recipient of the 2014 Northstar Award, an honor that is given by the students annually to a faculty or staff member who makes the College a better place. Fassinger was among the honorees and award recipients that were recognized during SUNY Canton’s Commencement May 10.

President of the SUNY Canton Student Government Association Ornella T. Parker, class of 2014, presents the Northstar Award to JoAnne M. Fassinger at the College's 106th Commencement ceremony.

President of the SUNY Canton Student Government Association Ornella T. Parker, class of 2014, presents the Northstar Award to JoAnne M. Fassinger at the College’s 106th Commencement ceremony.

“I love being part of our campus community,” Fassinger said. “Through my work, I am able to assist faculty and staff with securing funding for new and improved tools for student learning, to develop new programs and curriculum, and most importantly, to help students be successful with reaching their academic and personal goals.”

As grants coordinator, she is responsible for matching faculty requirements with resources available from private foundations and government agencies. The grant funding she has acquired has enriched the educational experience for countless SUNY Canton students, as well as college-bound high school students in the North Country.

As the SUNY Canton Habitat for Humanity campus chapter adviser, she has led alternative spring break trips to construct and renovate homes for low-income families throughout the East Coast.

“Many students look up to Mrs. Fassinger as a role model,” said Miss Melissa Cummins, Habitat for Humanity campus chapter president and Veterinary Technology major. “She is incredibly encouraging and brings out the best in all of us.”

Fassinger is an active contributor to campus life through her volunteer work at orientation and leadership of recycling initiatives. Her dedication to SUNY Canton earned her the 2012 Excellence in College Service award.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Students Celebrate 106th Commencement at SUNY Canton

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

More than 1,000 students completed their respective programs of study and became SUNY Canton alumni at the College’s 106th Commencement Ceremony, held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

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Ornella T. Parker, SUNY Canton Student Government Association President, addresses her class, faculty members, family and guests at the College’s 106th Commencement.

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman congratulated the graduates at his final commencement at the College. Hoffman will be returning to SUNY Maritime when Zvi Szafran begins his presidency in early July.

“As this is my first and last SUNY Canton commencement, I would like to thank the faculty, staff and students for making it the most rewarding experience of my life,” Hoffman said. “I will forever cherish our time together.”

Dr. David J. Dupree, the keynote speaker for the event, joined the class of 2014 and received an Associate of Applied Science degree that he started 23 years prior. The Ogdensburg native began his education at SUNY Canton with the intention of becoming a nurse. He left to pursue a bachelor’s degree and eventually medical school without earning a degree from SUNY Canton.

Commencement keynote speaker Dr. David J. Dupree receives a degree from SUNY Canton. The Ogdensburg native has become a world-renowned surgeon after starting at the College 23 years prior.

Commencement keynote speaker Dr. David J. Dupree receives a degree from SUNY Canton. The Ogdensburg native has become a world-renowned surgeon.

He spoke about the importance of discipline and determination in pursuing a dream and shared stories of his own struggles during his journey to become a surgeon, including sleeping in his car and a janitor’s closet while completing his residency in New York City.

“Success is achieved by closing the gap between who you are now and who you want to be in the future,” he said. “But you will have to navigate through that gap through many countless, but necessary disappointments.”

Dupree is the Director of Robotic Surgery at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, New Jersey. He specializes in minimally invasive abdominal surgery and was the first surgeon to perform single-incision surgery at Riverview. He appeared on ABC News and the CBS television show “The Doctors” in 2012 after performing a life-saving operation to remove a 51-pound tumor from a patient.

The senior class address was presented by Ornella T. Parker of Brooklyn. Parker is the outgoing Student Government Association President and a 2014 Health Care Management graduate.

“Making it to this monumental day proves that we are prepared for anything the real world has in store for us,” Parker said.

Among the graduates receiving special recognition were Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recipients Lydia C. Dale of Norwood, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from Norwood, Meghan P. Gibson, a Sports Management major from Canton and Tiffany V. Moore, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Brooklyn. Moore also received the Outstanding Graduate Award at the associate level.

A brother and sister from Utica celebrated Commencement together at SUNY Canton. Pictured are Azra Ferkic and Denis Ferkic, who both earned four-year degrees online in Management.

A brother and sister from Utica celebrated Commencement together at SUNY Canton. Pictured are Azra Ferkic and Denis Ferkic, who both earned four-year degrees online in Management.

Melanie H. Mueller, a Law Enforcement Leadership major from Afton, received the College’s Outstanding Graduate Award at the bachelor’s degree level. Mueller completed her degree completely online and only needed to travel to campus for award ceremonies and commencement.

The David R. Maynard Student Activities Award was presented to Melissa Cummins, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Martville. Cummins is the president of the College’s Habitat for Humanity student chapter. She will be returning to SUNY Canton in Fall 2014 to pursue her four-year degree in Veterinary Science Technology and will serve as the College’s Student Government Association President.

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More than 1,000 students received their degrees at the 106th Commencement Ceremony.

One student graduated with the Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award. Cory Giczewski of Fountain Valley, Calif., was recognized for carrying a high grade-point average, playing on the men’s hockey team and volunteering for a number of service-based and charitable endeavors.

The top five bachelor’s degrees awarded were Nursing, Legal Studies, Finance, Management and Criminal Investigation.

The top five associate degrees awarded were Nursing, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, Business Administration and Veterinary Science Technology.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Names Reverend Mother Evette Austin as 2014 Distinguished Citizen

Friday, May 9th, 2014
Pictured are Acting SUNY Canton President Joseph C. Hoffman with Reverend Mother Evette Austin of Grace Episcopal Church, Canton. Austin received SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

Pictured are Acting SUNY Canton President Joseph C. Hoffman with Reverend Mother Evette Austin of Grace Episcopal Church, Canton. Austin received SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

SUNY Canton presented the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Award to a spiritual leader who has enriched the lives of those in the Canton community.

The Rev. Mother Evette Austin of Grace Episcopal Church in Canton was recognized for her leadership in bringing the community together and helping those in need.

Austin began working to raise funds to renovate the Grace Episcopal kitchen in 2011 to begin serving a weekly free meal to those less fortunate. The event provides food for approximately 250 people and has brought volunteers from all corners of the community to help cook and serve the meals, including students from SUNY Canton.

“This experience has both rewarded and enriched our students,” said Courtney Battista Bish, SUNY Canton dean of students. “Many have said that working in the soup kitchen and with Mother Evette has truly changed their lives.”

In her role as SUNY Canton campus minister, Austin provides spiritual guidance to students and organizes a “Blessing of the Brains” event where she, along with other campus ministers, assist students by giving out small gift bags with food and prayer just before final exams. She has also spearheaded a Thanksgiving Service, held each year before Thanksgiving break, for students, faculty and staff.

“Mother Evette is one of the most selfless people I know, never tiring of sharing her time and talents with both the SUNY Canton and Village of Canton communities,” said Janet E. Livingston, SUNY Canton secretary for the Division of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies. “She loves the students and loves to interact with them.”

After learning about community members’ need for basic necessities, Austin also created a food pantry and emergency closet for anyone who requires food or supplies.

“Mother Evette is truly a ‘giver’ in every sense of the word and has been a role model to all of us,” said Bish. “She provides hope to the to the economically and spiritually depressed, and she is certainly a beacon of light at SUNY Canton.”

Beyond campus, Austin has promoted the ecumenical community in Canton by holding monthly clergy meetings, supporting an ecumenical summer Bible school and organizing an annual Palm Sunday parade in Canton. She is also a member of the Rotary Club and the village Planning Board.

Austin was born and raised in Barbados. She completed her seminary education at the General Theological Seminary in New York City and previously served as a deacon in Connecticut. She was ordained at Grace Episcopal Church in 2006.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Preps for National Competition

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Students from SUNY Canton’s engineering technology programs are slated to compete against teams from about 50 other colleges and universities at the National Student Steel Bridge Competition.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Institute of Steel Construction competition will begin on May 23 at the University of Akron in Ohio.

The SUNY Canton ASCE student chapter, commonly referred to as the steel bridge team, recently finished third in the Upstate Regional Competition. Their high-scoring entry earned them an invite to the next level of competition.

Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena and Nathan A. Archer of Canton (background) work with Andrew C. Walker of Camden (foreground) to rapidly assemble SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena and Nathan A. Archer of Canton (background) work with Andrew C. Walker of Camden (foreground) to rapidly assemble SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

“The team picked up a couple of avoidable penalties at regionals,” said steel bridge team adviser Paul D. Hitchman, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology. “With a little work they can continue to be competitive at the national level.”

The students were upset by their longtime rival École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) from Montreal, Quebec, and by SUNY Buffalo. The team has swept the competition 15 times in 18 years.

The team designed the scale-model bridge to be extremely light, while maintaining its structural integrity during weight testing. ASCE Student Chapter President Alyssa M. Baker of Boonville pointed out that the team did win first place in the lightness category.

“I’m very confident in our bridge and in our team,” Baker said. “We are going to make a few changes so we can place higher at the national competition.”

Baker is one of several Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology majors in the eight-student team.

The students placed fourth in construction speed, eighth in aesthetics, second in stiffness, seventh in economy and second in efficiency at the regional competition.

The bridge team is now seeking donations to offset travel costs for their trip to Akron, Ohio, which are estimated to be more than $7,000. To support the team, please contact the SUNY Canton College Foundation at 315-386-7127 or email foundation@canton.edu.

For more information about the steel bridge team, please read the April 21 article “SUNY Canton Students Aim to Build a Bridge Better, Faster and Stronger.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Veterinary Technology Graduate Receives Outstanding Associate Award at SUNY Canton

Monday, April 28th, 2014

A graduate who aspires to become a veterinarian has received one of SUNY Canton’s top academic awards.

Tiffany V. Moore of Brooklyn was selected as the 2014 recipient of SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate Award at the associate level. Moore recently received her award at the David V. Guccione Honors Convocation and will be honored at SUNY Canton’s 106th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the College’s Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center.

The Veterinary Science Technology graduate also recently received the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Pictured are (l to r)  SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Outstanding Graduate Tiffany V. Moore of Brooklyn and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. Moore received the annual award at the associate degree level.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Outstanding Graduate Tiffany V. Moore of Brooklyn and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. Moore received the annual award at the associate degree level.

“Tiffany is extra caring and compassionate when working with animals,” said Mary T. O’Horo Loomis, a professor in the Veterinary Science Technology program. “Her focus and attention to detail make her an excellent student.”

Previously, Moore received an academic award for the highest GPA in her major in 2013. The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program named her an outstanding student. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and served as president of the Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society. Moore was the treasurer of the Black Student Union in 2012. She’s earned either President’s or Dean’s List honors during her four semesters at the College. She is a student member of the National Association for Veterinary Technicians in America.

“Tiffany is easily one of the best students I have ever had the privilege of having in my courses,” said Marriane P. DiMarco-Temkin, who worked with Moore in two sections of biology. “She is self-motivated, prepared and ready to participate in class. She is friendly and outgoing. She is certain to be successful in whatever she endeavors to do.”

She completed her preceptorship, or college-level practical experience training, with the Barbados Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “I’ve always had pets and love animals,” she said. “I’ve decided to turn my passion into a career.”

She is also a student assistant at the SUNY Canton Davis Health Center and has volunteered at the Potsdam Humane Society. She’s been active in the Pool Enthusiasts Club and is a member of the Zen Do Kai Martial Arts club.

Moore is continuing her education at Cornell University, Ithaca. She plans on becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine.

The Outstanding Graduate Award is given annually to an associate and bachelor’s degree graduate. It is SUNY Canton’s top award given to recognize academic achievement, community service and campus involvement.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Online Law Enforcement Leadership Student Receives Outstanding Bachelor’s Award at SUNY Canton

Monday, April 28th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s online programming allowed a graduating Law Enforcement Leadership student the flexibility to be with her children, work and volunteer in her community while earning her four-year degree.

Melanie H. Mueller of Afton was selected as the 2014 recipient of SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate Award at the baccalaureate level. Mueller received her award at the David V. Guccione Honors Convocation and will be honored at SUNY Canton’s 106th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the College’s Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center.

“Ms. Mueller has demonstrated excellent leadership skills and adaptability in her coursework,” said Paul Bowdre, an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice department who taught Mueller in several classes. “She clearly enjoys discussion with her peers and works efficiently and effectively with her classmates in online group activities.”

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Outstanding Graduate Melanie H. Mueller of Afton and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. Mueller received the annual award at the bachelor’s degree level.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Outstanding Graduate Melanie H. Mueller of Afton and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. Mueller received the annual award at the bachelor’s degree level.

Mueller is a single mother of two who held a career during the majority of her online education. “I never thought I’d receive this award,” she said. “Being an online student allowed me to support and be with my children. It also allowed me to assist my community while earning a degree. I would not have had it any other way.”

In one of her previous careers, Mueller was a welder who engineered custom car adaptations for handicapped drivers. She was also a consultant for Ambit Energy.

She and her daughters were involved in fundraising efforts for Hurricane Sandy relief. She said she plans to pursue a career where she can continue to help people on a one-on-one basis.

She is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies. She previously received the Canino Prize for Academic Excellence and an Academic Award for her high grade-point average within the Law Enforcement Leadership program.

Mueller lives with her two daughters, Emma and Angelina. “I couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.

The Outstanding Graduate Award is given annually to a baccalaureate and associate degree graduate. It is SUNY Canton’s top award given to recognize academic achievement, community service and campus involvement.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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