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More Than 1,150 Students Receive Degrees at SUNY Canton’s 107th Commencement

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

SUNY Canton recognized the accomplishments of approximately 1,150 graduates at the college’s 107th Commencement Ceremony held today, May 9, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

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Pierre Nzuah, an international student from Cameroon who has lived in Canton for the past four years, sits among his peers at SUNY Canton’s 107th Commencement.

“I am extremely proud of everyone as you achieve this major goal in your lives,” said President Zvi Szafran, Ph.D.  “I know that as you move forward in life, you’ll be able to accomplish many great things, as have the alumni from SUNY Canton who have preceded you.”

This is Szafran’s first commencement as SUNY Canton’s president. He was officially inaugurated April 10.

Among the faculty members recognized at the ceremony was Associate Professor of Mathematics Daniel J. Gagliardi, Ph.D., who received the 2015 Distinguished Faculty award.

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Associate Professor of Mathematics Daniel J. Gagliardi addresses the audience at SUNY Canton’s commencement after receiving the Distinguished Faculty award.

“SUNY Canton is a place where people can make a new life for themselves,” Gagliardi said. “Some people go from a minimum wage job to a meaningful career with the potential for unlimited growth. I’ve seen this happen year after year with every graduating class, and I’m very proud to be a part of the institution that’s making it happen.”

The keynote address was given by retired Congressman William L. “Bill” Owens, who received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in recognition of his advocacy for the North Country and his devoted support of SUNY Canton.

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SUNY Canton’s Commencement keynote address was delivered by former U.S. Congressman William L. “Bill” Owens. He was presented an honorary doctorate at the ceremony.

“When I look around the audience today and see the fresh faces of graduates, I think of how you are going to lead us as we go forward,” Owens said. “I want you to focus on the idea that you are going to lead us. Whether if that is leading in your community, whether it is in your job, you need to understand what it means to be a leader.”

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Students prepare to hear their names called at SUNY Canton’s 107th Commencement. More than 1,150 students were recognized on stage for their accomplishments.

A number of students were recognized at the ceremony, including:

  • Electrical Engineering Technology major Christopher A. Dwyer from Chittenango, who earned the Outstanding Associate Graduate award. Dwyer now resides in Ogdensburg.
  • Civil Engineering Technology major Alyssa M. Baker from Boonville, who received the Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate award.
  • Electrical Engineering Technology major Pierre Nzuah from Cameroon, and Veterinary Science Technology major Danielle St-Denis from Massena, who both earned the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
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A student celebrates the joyous occasion with a graduation “selfie.”

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

The five most popular associate degrees were Criminal Justice, Nursing, Liberal Arts, Veterinary Science Technology and Individual Studies.

SUNY Canton Mathematician Earns Distinguished Title

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

A devoted and well-respected associate professor of mathematics has been selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty award at SUNY Canton.

Daniel J. Gagliardi, Ph.D., will be honored at SUNY Canton’s 107th Commencement Ceremony which will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

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“Dr. Gagliardi has earned the admiration of the entire SUNY Canton community,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “His enthusiasm for his coursework and his exceptional devotion to his students inspires everyone around him.”

Gagliardi was instrumental in creating the college’s mathematics minor and developed several new courses within the program. He has published numerous research articles and routinely guest lectures at mathematics conferences. He coauthored the book “Linear Algebra with Applications” with St. Lawrence University Professor James V. DeFranza, Ph.D., and has served as a co-editor of the journal “Graph Theory Notes of New York.”

“To Dan, learning is a wondrous, exciting adventure,” said Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. “He inspires students to be a part of this adventure and gently guides them through the process.”

In addition to his work as an educator, Gagliardi is an accomplished double bassist. He and his colleagues, William Vitek, chair of the Humanities Department at Clarkson University, and Michael T. Magilligan, an assistant librarian at SUNY Canton, are part of the jazz trio “A Fine Line” and play at local cafes and area events.

He earned his Doctorate in Mathematics from North Carolina State University, his Master of Science in Mathematics from New Mexico State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from SUNY Purchase. He resides in Canton with his wife, Robin, and their three sons, Zachary, Michael and Eric.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Recognizes Faculty, Staff and Dignitaries at Commencement

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Former 21st District Congressman Bill Owens will receive an honorary doctorate at the ceremony.

SUNY Canton is set to hold its 107th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The college will be presenting special awards to honorees who have influenced education in the North Country and the state.

“Commencement allows us the chance to recognize the quality and achievement of our faculty, staff, community members and supporters alongside our graduating class,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “I add my congratulations and want to thank all of the individuals who have made a lasting mark on the college.”

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The Keynote speaker for commencement will be retired Congressman William L. “Bill” Owens, representative for New York’s 21st Congressional District. Owens spent his time in office supporting higher education, prioritizing job creation and boosting the North Country Economy.

The college has benefited significantly from his efforts. Congressman Owens helped improve the overall economic viability of the region, which helped the college attract prospective students, employers, faculty members and regional businesses.

Owens will be receiving a SUNY Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in recognition of his advocacy for the North Country and his devoted support of SUNY Canton.

Other notable commencement highlights include:

Jill L. Martin will be recognized for receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Martin has been an adjunct instructor teaching English at SUNY Canton since 2000 and started an initiative to incorporate volunteer service components into her courses. Martin previously taught at General Brown, West Hill and Canton High Schools.

Pamela P. Quinn, the founding faculty member for SUNY Canton’s two-year Dental Hygiene program, is being recognized for receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. She is an assistant professor and Dental Hygiene curriculum coordinator who helped the college launch the program in 2006 through a partnership with Mohawk Valley Community College.

Stephen Frempong, program coordinator for the college’s four-year Electrical Engineering Technology Program and Chair of the Electrical Technology and Engineering Science Department will be recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Frempong developed the bachelor’s degree program as an extension of the successful career-driven program of the same name.

Johanna M. Lee will be recognized by the SUNY Canton student body with the 2015 Northstar Award for her ongoing support of students’ academic and personal success. Lee is the college’s director of tutoring services and a 1997 graduate of SUNY Canton. Lee helped international students adjust to life in Canton, helped students overcome setbacks and graduate on time and otherwise aided students to become successful.

Other awards will be announced before and after Commencement. For more information about SUNY Canton’s Commencement Ceremony, or the awards given, please contact the SUNY Canton Public Relations Department by phone, (315) 386-7300 or email pr@canton.edu.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

More Than 1,000 Students Graduate Saturday at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

SUNY Canton will congratulate more than 1,000 students as they complete their degrees at the college’s 107th Commencement Ceremony. Commencement will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

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“We are immensely proud of our graduates’ success,” noted SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Our traditional students will be joining those who are working either part- or full-time jobs and who are supporting families in addition to completing their college coursework. Many students are the first in their families to attend college. Some are in the military or are veterans of the U.S. armed forces. In every case, we are proud to have been a part of their lives.”

Several graduates will be receiving awards and special recognition at Commencement, including:

Pierre Nzuah, an International Student from Cameroon, Africa, is being recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award. Nzuah is graduating with his Bachelor of Technology Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. He has been active in almost every facet of the campus community. He’s worked as a peer tutor, a student concierge, a peer mentor and involved with numerous honor societies and student clubs. Shortly before graduating, Nzuah founded the non-profit organization Against All Odds to raise money for educational materials and scholarships for students in his native village. After graduation, he’ll return home to Cameroon to deliver the supplies to elementary schools. He’ll be continuing his education at Clarkson University next fall.

Danielle N. St-Denis of Massena will be honored as a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. St-Denis is a two-time graduate of the college who has earned both her associate and bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science Technology. St-Denis is an advanced scuba diver who’s shared her love of aquatic exploration with the college by helping facilitate diving lessons on campus. Her love of animals led her to volunteer at the college’s animal labs, the Massena Humane Society and the North Country Animal Shelter. She’s received six endowed scholarships through the SUNY Canton College Foundation and received several awards for her outstanding GPA.

Alyssa M. Baker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Boonville, has been named the Outstanding Graduate at the bachelor’s degree level for the class of 2015. She’s served as the president of the college’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter, otherwise known as the Steel Bridge Team. This year, Baker led her team through a top-three finish in the ASCE Upstate Regional Conference, which secured them a spot in the upcoming national competition. The Syracuse section of the ASCE has selected her twice as a recipient of a scholarship for exceptional academic achievement. She’s also received awards for having the highest GPA in her major.

Christopher A. Dwyer, an Electrical Engineering Technology major from Ogdensburg, was selected as the Outstanding Graduate at the associate degree level for his academic achievements, leadership qualities and volunteer service. Dwyer maintained a 4.0 GPA and served as a role model to fellow students. He worked in the Writing Center and Engineering Lab as a tutor. He has earned numerous awards and scholarships including the Richard W. Miller Academic Excellence Award, the Phoenix Award, the Hahn-Kalberer Endowed Scholarship, and the Richard W. Miller Endowed Scholarship. Following graduation, Dwyer will begin employment at Ansen Corporation in Ogdensburg.

For more information about SUNY Canton’s Commencement Ceremony, or the awards given, please contact the SUNY Canton Public Relations Department by phone, (315) 386-7300 or email pr@canton.edu.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Top 10 News Stories of 2014

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Happy New Year! In case you missed it, here are the top 10 SUNY Canton stories from 2014.

10. SUNY Canton Welcomes New Executive Chef

SUNY Canton’s new executive chef will bring the best food the North Country has to offer to the campus’ community table. Steven W. Maiocco assumed his duties as assistant director of dining and executive chef in December. The guiding principle of his culinary approach is to serve fresh, local food. » NCN

9. NY Times Bestselling Author George Saunders Visits SUNY Canton

An American writer who has been hailed by Time magazine as one the most influential people in the world will visit SUNY Canton for the final installment of the College’s spring Living Writers Series. George Saunders, author of the New York Times bestselling book “Tenth of December,”spoke at SUNY Canton on May 1. » NCN

8. Biomass Magazine features SUNY Canton’s Wood Pellet Boiler Research

Rural residents in upstate New York may be able to offset the high cost of fossil fuels by implementing new wood pellet boilers with large-capacity feeding capabilities. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a $163,000 grant from NYSERDA for SUNY Canton to measure the efficiency of automatic-feeding wood pellet boilers. » Biomass Magazine

7. SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Association Raises Funds to protect K-9 Officers

SUNY Canton students will help keep local K-9 officers safe in the line of duty by presenting Kevlar vests to three dogs that work side-by-side with police during the College’s Law Enforcement Day March 19.  » Channel 7 News

6. SUNY Canton Earns Top Honors from US News and World Report, Military Advanced Education Magazine and SR Education Group

U.S. News and World Report today announced that SUNY Canton has earned a spot in the 30th edition of its “Best Colleges” publication. The college was ranked among the top 61 schools in the “Regional Colleges—North” division.  » Courier-Observer  | » MAE  | » SR Education Group

5. Alumnus John Halford Supports SUNY Canton

John L. Halford Sr., a 1949 graduate, has made a series of donations to the college. He most recently contributed funding for an equipment endowment in the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program. Halford is a member of the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. » WDT  | » SUNY Canton News

4. More than 1,000 Students Graduate from SUNY Canton

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. 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. » Channel 7 News

3. Roos Jump to Final Year of NCAA Membership Process

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council has announced that SUNY Canton has been approved to enter its fourth and final year of provisional membership, effective Sept. 1. The decision affirms a June vote by the Division III Membership Committee recommending the College’s advancement toward full membership. » SUNY Canton News

2. Zach Meade Wins USCAA National Championship

SUNY Canton junior golfer Zach Meade came back to the North Country as a National Champion. Meade shot a round of 2-under par 70 in the final round to finish three strokes better than any other competitor in the 130 golfer field at the 2014 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championships on Tuesday at the Penn State Blue Course. » Roo Athletics

1. SUNY Chancellor recommends Dr. Zvi Szafran as next SUNY Canton President

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has announced her recommendation of Zvi Szafran as SUNY Canton’s next president. The SUNY board of trustees will hold a special meeting April 3 to consider appointing Mr. Szafran, who is vice president for academic affairs at Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia. » WDT

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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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