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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.

Nafeesa Johnson

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.

President Joseph and Dine Kennedy

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.

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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.

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

Monday, May 16th, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Assistant Professor of Accounting Receives Award from SUNY Canton Students

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Early Childhood Professor Selected as SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

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

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

Maureen Maiocco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She lives in Potsdam with her husband Steven.

 

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SUNY Canton’s College in Bosnia Recognized by President Clinton

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

In June 2010, the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated their inaugural graduating class of 18 students who received SUNY Canton degrees.

“As all of you surely know, Bosnia Herzegovina is dear to my heart.” Former President Bill Clinton said in a video address to the 2010 AUBiH graduating class. “Although I couldn’t be there to wish you well in person, I’m honored to be able to send this special message to the 2010 graduates, the first ever generation of students who studied at the American university of Bosnia Herzegovina to receive an American diploma. This remarkable achievement is something that you can be proud of. I congratulate the founders of this university and their partners at the State University of New York for this profoundly important initiative.”

The former president levied a challenge to graduates, telling them that they were the generation that will lead Bosnia and Herzegovina into Europe and help to make dreams of their compatriots come true.

The southeastern European nation has struggled economically since the Bosnian War. Top officials are partially looking toward higher education as means to create a contingent of entrepreneurs and other leaders who will help continue to rebuild the nation.

The students earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from SUNY Canton and a degree from their home university. They accomplished some of their course requirements through live video relayed classes and online courses broadcast and maintained by SUNY Canton faculty members under the guidance of College President Joseph L. Kennedy. Kennedy and top-level college staff attended AUBiH’s first commencement ceremony to recognize the College’s alumni.

“What makes our relationship with the American University in Bosnia Herzegovina so unique is they quite literally would not exist without SUNY Canton,” Kennedy said. “This is a completely new College that has become extension of us and all that we do well. We offer a career driven education where it’s needed most to those who will use it the best.”

Students take about 70 percent of their courses from professors at AUBiH and 30 percent from SUNY Canton faculty members. “Every course is our course, every student is our student,” Kennedy said. “The entire curriculum was developed at SUNY Canton.”

College officials from both universities have noted that the relationship is innovative because the European students have access to an American education from their home university. Students can also opt to attend a five-week summer program and be immersed in American culture in Canton. Currently, the 2011 class is attending their summer semester at the College.

Associate Professor Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D. is one of the lead faculty members to work with the classes from Bosnia. He said the students gain exposure to multiple viewpoints on business and finance issues, with examples of intellectual property and business management concepts. “The Bosnian students debate topical contemporary American issues as they pertain to their studies,” Fenner said. “They’ll discuss current events and discuss subjects including steroid use in sports, confidentiality issues, and whether health care should be universal or private.”

Dubravko Martinović, one of the top graduates at AUBIH, addressed his classmates, via live video feed at SUNY Canton’s Commencement. “To be the first at something gives one great satisfaction, and we are proud to be the first generation of graduates from AUBIH,” he said. “I want to thank you for four memorable years, and an unforgettable semester spent at SUNY (Canton). For us, it was never just an education, it was a life experience.”

SUNY Canton has articulation agreements allowing dual degrees with a half-dozen universities overseas, and several colleges in the United States. It was the first SUNY College to link with Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia. Most recently, College officials began creating a dual-degree program with the American University in the Emirates.

To view Clinton’s entire address to the AUBiH graduates, visit http://aubih.edu.ba/en/news/news.php?ano=119.

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