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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 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.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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SUNY Canton Scholarship Honors Joseph and Dine Kennedy’s Service

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The College Foundation has received approximately $100,000 in initial donations from SUNY Canton students, faculty, staff and community members.

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SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and his wife Dine at the College's 104th Commencement Ceremony.y members.

A new scholarship endowment has been established to honor the commitment and dedication of SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy and his wife Dine.

“There is no better way to pay tribute to the commitment of the Kennedys than to establish this endowment,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “I’m not alone in this feeling. So far, we’ve raised close to $100,000 in gifts and pledges.”

Kennedy served the College for almost two decades and will be retiring August 31.

The Joseph L. and Dine Kennedy Endowed Scholarship waspublicly announced at the College’s 104th Commencement Ceremony by Student Government Association President Daynelle Richards, a 2012 graduate of the health services management program.

“For the past 19 years, students have benefitted from the advocacy from Dr. and Mrs. Kennedy,” Richards said. “The Student Government Association (SGA) contributed funds to help create this new endowment. Thisscholarship keeps with the spirit the Kennedys have always shown during their time at the college, and will benefit students who demonstrate high academic achievement for years to come.”

Prior to the public announcement, the Canton College Foundation had received support from SUNY Canton Faculty and Staff, who wanted to continue the Kennedys’ legacy. Financially, the SGA donated $20,000 to the new endowment and the College Association donated $30,000. Faculty and staff and alumni have contributed an additional $46,000 to create the scholarship.

“Dr. Kennedy has made a difference in students’ lives and in the overall life of SUNY Canton and the Northern New York community,” College Council Chairman Ronald M. O’Neill said. “It is a fitting tribute that the Kennedy family is honored through a scholarship that will continue their legacy beyond their time.”

Kennedy began rebranding the College when he started his career in 1994. Under his leadership, the College has moved from a primarily two-year school to a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution ofhigher learning. The College now offers 23 career-driven bachelor degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. Kennedy initiated the creation of SUNY Canton OnLine featuring 190 courses each semester and 8 fully online bachelor’s degree programs.

“It is difficult to put into words all of Dr. and Mrs. Kennedy’s accomplishments without overlooking something,” Gerlach said. “The campus we have today, the feeling of family this College offers to our students, their parents, and to our faculty and staff, all stem from Dr. and Mrs. Kennedy’s deep commitment to making SUNY Canton the best educational experience for all. They have transformed the College and over the past several years we have likely become the fastest growing college in New York State.”

The entire physical space of the campus has been changed under his presidency.  New building additions include the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, the Newell Veterinary Technology Center, the AthleticFacility, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites, an apartment-style residence hall.

The College’s enrollment has grown from below 2,000 students in 1993 to nearly 4,000 students today. The focus of providing the highest quality career-driven education for the most economical price has always been Kennedy’s top priority. He said, “A SUNY Canton education changes the lives of our students, their families, and our community because we provide the training for successful careers.”

Under his guidance, the assets of the Canton College Foundation have grown from $1 million to over $40 million today. The College awards nearly $500,000 annually in scholarship support to students in need.  As a result of Kennedy’s innovative leadership, the Foundation has received million dollar gifts from professors Richard W. Miller and Herman Kalberer as well as alumnus Joel Canino, Class of 1959, Elaine Claxton Pidgeon, and an anonymous donor.

“The College’s accomplishments under Dr. Kennedy’s leadership are extraordinary,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner, who will serve as Interim President upon Kennedy’s departure. “The entire faculty and staff look forward to continuing the successes and momentum he has created. I feel honored to be among the donors for this scholarship and all that it stands for.”

Dine Kennedy is a dedicated community volunteer who has worked with the Traditional Arts of Upstate New York (TAUNY) Evergreen Campaign, has served as a Board member for Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, and represents St. Lawrence Valley Educational Television Council, Inc. on the National Leadership Council for Advancing Public Service Media in America. She served 10 years on the Benton Board of the Canton Free Library, including serving as Treasurer and President, served on the North Country Public Radio Community Advisory Board; served 11 years as a Board member, vice-chair, and chair for WPBS, and served 8 years on the Board of Trustees for Canton-Potsdam Hospital. St. Lawrence University recognized her volunteer efforts in 2010 by awarding her their North Country Citizen Citation.

To make a donation to the Joseph and Dine Kennedy Scholarship endowment, contact the SUNY Canton College Foundation, 315-386-7527, 800-811-6727, or email foundation@canton.edu

 

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SUNY Canton Graduates More than 900 Students

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy conferred degrees for approximately 920 students at the College’s 104th Commencement Ceremony.

The ceremony was held today, Saturday, May 19th in the Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

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“This is my 21st and final commencement at SUNY Canton,” Kennedy said. “I’m very proud of today’s graduates and I’m honored to spend the day with them and their families. I look forward to further growth and development in the College’s academic programs, with the end result of seeing even more students enroll, graduate and launch successful careers in the future.”

The President is scheduled to retire on August 31. He said he is keenly interested in future commencement ceremonies as an indicator of the College’s ongoing success. “I will always feel a sense of accomplishment when I see SUNY Canton students complete their educations,” Kennedy said.

President Kennedy congratulating students.

The top five bachelor’s degrees awarded, listed in order of popularity, were: management, criminal investigation, health care management, legal studies, and graphic and multimedia design.

The top five associate degrees with the most graduates were nursing, liberal arts, criminal justice, veterinary science technology, and business administration.

Notable honoraries at ceremony included:

  • Karen M. Spellacy, professor of economics, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in College Service. Spellacy was awarded for providing dynamic education in her business and economics courses, in addition to her inspirational leadership in a variety of roles. Based on her tremendous service, Spellacy will assume the role of Interim Provost on Sept. 1.
  • John F. Conklin, associate professor of nursing, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Faculty members and students have said Conklin demonstrates a deep and genuine concern for his students and helps them to succeed in any way that he can. He also was instrumental in the development of the college’s practical nursing certificate program, as well as the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • SUNY Canton Student Government Association President Daynelle N. Richards, a health care management major from Ozone Park delivered the address on behalf of her fellow graduates. Richards was selected as the recipient of the 2012 David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.
  • Kristen B. Roberts, the College’s associate director of residence life and residence director of the new Grasse River Suites was honored with the Northstar award. This award is completely determined by the student body to recognize a faculty or staff member. Roberts was selected for making a positive impression on students and their parents with her positive, can-do attitude. She’s been a role model for many students and is involved with many student-run organizations. The student government association president presented the award to Roberts.
  • State Senator Patricia A. Ritchie was presented with the Honorary Alumna Award from the SUNY Canton Alumni Association for continually supporting and promoting SUNY Canton. She recently backed the College’s newest educational options to benefit of both students and the greater North Country Community, and has demonstrated a remarkable interest in the ongoing success of the College and its graduates.

During the week prior to Commencement, the David Sullivan-St. Lawrence Law Enforcement Academy held a special ceremony for more than 20 graduates of the semester-long intensive course. Many of the Academy graduates were sworn in as new officers in area police departments.

Commencement 2012

Additionally, nearly 90 graduates of SUNY Canton’s Nursing program were recognized at a special ceremonial pinning ceremony. Registered Nurses are in high demand, and many of the graduates will immediately start their employment at area hospitals and health-care facilities.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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State Senator Patty Ritchie to be Honored at SUNY Canton Commencement

Friday, May 18th, 2012

SUNY Canton will be honoring State Senator Patricia A. Ritchie with its Honorary Alumna Award at its 104th Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, May 19) in the field house portion of the Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House. The Senator will be honored alongside the more than 900 students eligible to participate in the ceremony.

Senator Ritchie

“Senator Ritchie has promoted SUNY Canton and the mission to provide career-driven educational options to the benefit of both its students and the greater North Country Community,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “Her involvement and support will aid in our overall success and future growth.”

She received bipartisan endorsement from those who nominated her for the award.

Last year, Ritchie assisted SUNY Canton by backing its newest four-year program in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. The much-anticipated Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology will help provide qualified graduates for high-needs positions in local human services related careers.

Senator Ritchie, a lifelong resident of Upstate New York, was raised in DePeyster, graduated from Heuvelton Central School, Mater Dei College, and SUNY Potsdam.

She was elected to the State Senate in 2010, following a campaign that focused on the need to strengthen Central and Northern New York economies, create jobs, lower taxes and decrease overregulation. Prior to her election, she served as County Clerk for more than a decade. During her time in that position, she rallied her fellow Clerks to halt a plan requiring new license plates for every vehicle in New York, successfully saving area families more than $7 million.

Senator Ritchie lives in the Town of Oswegatchie with her husband, Tom. The couple 
has three adult children, and in 2010, welcomed their first grandchild.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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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.

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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