Archive for the ‘Commencement’ Category

Outstanding Associate Grad Awarded with Scholarship Sponsor

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

An engineering science student will be honored with the alumnus who sponsored his scholarship at SUNY Canton’s 102nd Commencement Ceremony.

Kale C. Hitchman of Hannawa Falls is the College’s 2010 recipient of the annual Outstanding Graduate Award at the associate level. He received the John L. Halford, Sr. Endowed Scholarship in 2008, and Halford is this year’s recipient of the College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hitchman is one of nine North Country students who have benefitted from Halford’s generosity.

Hitchman and Halford are among the honorees and award recipients who will be recognized during Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, in an outdoor ceremony adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Described as “the single most impressive student, classmate, and person” by one of his nominees for the accolade, Hitchman has spent considerable time working with his peers. In his first year, he worked for the Office of Accommodative Services and was a note taker for two students with disabilities. He has also been a math tutor and a teaching assistant for a professor in the engineering department.

“Kale Hitchman is a hard-working, extremely motivated, and ambitious young man,” said Feng Hong, associate professor of physics and 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient. “He has an outgoing personality and enthusiasm for helping others. He is a leader among his peers.”

Hitchman recently completed an advanced course in materials testing with Michael J. Newtown, an associate professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. He was studying the strength of materials used in construction of bridges and buildings in preparation for his future career as a civil engineer.

“Kale was able to process very advanced topics and projects independently,” Newtown said. “He is the kind of student that you want to have in class. He’s prepared with advanced questions and challenges himself to take his work to the next level.”

Hitchman, who juggled academics and a part-time job throughout his two years at the College, was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society in his first year. The same year, he joined the Institution of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and served as secretary. He served as president of IEEE as a senior.

A previous recipient of the Merriman Scholarship Award, Hitchman was also awarded the Clarkson University Leadership Award and will be attending Clarkson in the fall. He will spend the summer interning with Barrett Paving.

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SUNY Canton OnLine Student to be Honored at Commencement

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

A mother of six who works more than 50 hours a week and has an interest in the oral health of special needs patients has been selected as SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate at the bachelor’s degree level.

Jill M. Lizak of Hamburg will be one of the inaugural graduates of the College’s online dental hygiene program. She will be among the honorees and award recipients to be recognized during Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, in an outdoor ceremony adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Lizak is a working dental hygienist in the Buffalo area. Her daughter, Kelsey A. Noeller, a 2009 SUNY Canton veterinary technology alumna, encouraged her to pursue her bachelor’s degree online. “I found online coursework to be an exceptional way for me to complete my studies while still maintaining both personal and professional commitments,” Lizak said.

In 2009, Lizak was honored for having the highest cumulative grade point average in her program. She developed an oral health manual for a course during her junior year and donated copies to the direct care staff of multiple skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities to ensure better oral care for their patients.

In her senior year, Lizak created a continuing education course geared towards educating dental health professionals in treating the oral health of special needs patients. SUNY Canton created a three-hour workshop for dental hygienists, dentists and dental assistants based on her research. She recently received an award at SUNY Canton’s Scholarly Activities Celebration for her poster presentation on the project.

“Jill has 19 years experience as a dental hygienist, a passion for serving special needs patients, and a gift for sharing her knowledge and inspiring others to help this segment of the population,” said Kathryn Del Guidice, director of extended studies and Lizak’s advisor for her senior year project. “She is articulate, engaging and in full command of her field of expertise.”

Lizak is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) and recently joined the Special Care Dentistry Association.

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World War II Veteran Receiving Honors at SUNY Canton Commencement

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

A World War II Veteran who stepped forward as the first donor for SUNY Canton’s new athletic and convocation facility is slated to receive the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus award.

John L. Halford (class of 1949) will receive the prestigious honor at the 102nd Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in an outdoor ceremony adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

“John has been an extraordinary supporter of SUNY Canton and his hometown of Gouverneur,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “His commitment and dedication to our country and this College makes us proud in so many ways. His support and generosity toward his alma mater have been remarkable. We are proud to honor him with this award as a small token of our appreciation for his wonderful and productive involvement with us and his lifetime of exceptional achievements.”

Halford and his wife Nelta recently made a donation in support of the Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, which has been nicknamed Roos House. His donation secured the naming rights to an elevated seating and viewing area overlooking the new rink. Through their pledge, the exclusive area will be forever named the “Halford Alumni Suite.”

The Roos House seating area will be the second location on campus honored with the Halford name. In 2005, they pledged further support to the College Foundation, which led to the creation of the Halford Lobby on the entry level of the Faculty Office Building. They have also created an equipment endowment for the air conditioning technology programs and sponsor nine students annually through two scholarships.

“John has been a devoted SUNY Canton Alumnus for decades,” said Marti King MacArthur of the class of 1974 and 1978 and the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Alumna award. “He has diligently supported and encouraged students and is committed to the value of a SUNY Canton education. He’s also an active community member.”

Through his endowments, Halford strives to help students realize their dreams and create chances where none previously existed. “College is all about opportunities in life,” he said. “I hope that through my scholarships I can help students see all the possibilities that lay ahead.”

At the age of 17, Halford entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Gouverneur, finished high school, and went on to SUNY Canton (then called the Agricultural and Technical Institute) to study air conditioning technology. He then moved to Long Island and worked for Brookhaven National Laboratory as a technology specialist. He later became Suffolk County maintenance supervisor of buildings and grounds.

“John is one of the most impressive individuals I have ever met,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “He fought for our country in World War II. He achieved tremendous success in his professional life. And throughout his entire life and even now, he is a complete gentleman who assists others whenever possible, particularly the young people of Gouverneur and Northern New York.”

He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Gouverneur and a Mason of more than 50 years. He is a supporter of the E.J. Noble Hospital, Hermon-DeKalb Senior Citizens Center, and the Gouverneur Senior Citizens Center. He also volunteers for the Richville Library.

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Roos House Underway at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Northland Associates of Liverpool continues to make excellent progress towards the construction of SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed “The Roos House.” Construction workers have begun pouring the foundation main portion of the complex, which will feature locker rooms and athletic staff offices. They will soon begin shaping the ice rink and field house for the 140,000 square foot building. Construction is scheduled to be completed by January 2011.

The project, coupled with the College’s other cross-campus renovations and projects, will dramatically change the overall atmosphere of the College, according to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Roos House

Pictured are (l to r) Northland Associates Employees Tyler Richards and Dennis Baron surveying the construction of a new foundation wall.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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Potsdam Businessman Receives SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Alumni Award

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Ed Cloce

D. Edgar Cloce 2009 will be presented with the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award at SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony May 16.

A 1959 SUNY Canton Automotive Technology alumnus who owns one of the most successful North Country automotive dealerships will be honored by his alma mater.

D. Edgar Cloce, President of TJ Toyota in Potsdam, is the 2009 Recipient of the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The award will be presented at SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outdoors across from French Hall.

“Ed has been an exceptional advocate for the College and has employed many of our graduates,” said Dennis Tuper, an Automotive Technology Instructor and 2002 alumnus. “TJ Toyota is a business leader in St. Lawrence County and the company has been recognized for its continued outstanding service, customer satisfaction, and community involvement at the corporate level.”

Professor Emeritus Walter R. Kingston was among the individuals to nominate Cloce for the award. Kingston referred to Cloce’s outstanding commitment to the North Country community. “It makes me proud to see one of my former students become such a superb example of the success that can be achieved at SUNY Canton,” Kingston said. “He is an ambassador for the college and role model for students and alumni alike.”

During the college’s recent Centennial Celebration, Cloce donated a Toyota Prius to the SUNY Canton Foundation. The brand-new, fuel-saving hybrid vehicle was raffled to raise proceeds for an Automotive Technology scholarship. Ed and his wife, Clara, have also endowed a family scholarship that further aids students in the program.

When asked about what he would like to share with future graduates of the college, Ed replied: “You will always remember your time here at SUNY Canton. Your education and experiences will serve you well throughout your career and your life, as it did in mine.”

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Receives Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
Winner of the Dr. Robert Strong.

President Kennedy presenting Dr. Robert Strong with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. A SUNY Canton Assistant Professor’s published works have led him to receive one of the highest recognitions possible within the State University of New York system.

Assistant Professor of Humanities Robert Strong, PhD., is the 2009 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities for his book-in-progress “Bright Advent.” He previously received a competitive William Randolph Hearst Foundation Research Fellowship for the same work.

Strong will be among the faculty, staff, and scholars highlighted at the College’s 101st Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, outdoors across from French Hall.

“Dr. Strong’s awards are in recognition of his excellent scholarship and creativity,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “His highly successful research has augmented his success with his students. He is respected and admired by the campus community for his seemingly tireless inspiration. We are proud to have him at SUNY Canton.”

His latest book deals with a Puritan and Indian collaborative translation of the Bible in the 1650s and related events leading to King Philip’s War, when more than half of all of the towns in New England were attacked by Native American warriors. Both sides suffered staggering losses in what was proportionately the deadliest war in American History.

“Dr. Strong holds a stellar record of scholarship and commitment to research and professional development,” said Strong’s colleague, Assistant Professor of Humanities Kelly Concannon Mannise. “He embodies campus values and strikes a significant balance between dedication and leadership.”

Strong received his bachelor’s degree in 1991 in History from Boston College, his master’s degree in Writing and Poetics from the Naropa Institute and his doctorate degree in Creative Writing and Literary Studies from the University of Denver in 2004. He has been working at SUNY Canton since 2005, where he teaches courses in writing and literature, in addition to writing his own works.

“Dr. Strong’s success with his students is due in large measure to the extensive scholarly and creative background he incorporates in his classes,” noted the Dean of Business and Liberal Arts Linda A. Heilman. “He consistently seeks to present the best teaching, scholarship and creative activity in his work at the College and beyond.”

The assistant professor previously won the competitive Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship at the Massachusetts Historical Society, which led to his publication of his book “Puritan Spectacle” in 2006. He was the editor of “Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry” in 2007 and authored the poetry book “Brethren: Order of the Seasons” the same year. He has published over 30 poems and authored essays and reviews for the “New England Quarterly,” the “Encyclopedia of African American Literature,” and the “Boston Review,” among others.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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Former VP Receives SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Citizen Award

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
Charles Goolden: SUNY Canton’s 2009 Distinguished Citizen

Charles F. Goolden recognized as SUNY Canton’s 2009 Distinguished Citizen.

A retired college vice president and founding member of the SUNY Canton Foundation will be recognized as the 2009 Distinguished Citizen at the College’s 101st Commencement Ceremony.

Charles F. Goolden will be among the honorees and award recipients to be recognized with the 2009 graduating class at 10:30 a.m. on May 16th outdoors across from French Hall.

“Chuck provided years of dedicated service to the College and was meticulous in managing the College’s finances,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Now he’s taken his tremendous work ethic and dedication out into the community and helped charitable organizations in ways that go beyond measure.”

During his tenure at SUNY Canton Goolden chaired the committee that developed and implemented student identification cards that are still utilized by most SUNY campuses. Goolden also lead the College’s move to computerize the accounting and record keeping at the college.

“Chuck’s service to SUNY Canton is well known to almost everyone,” noted SUNY Canton President Emeritus Earl W. Mac Arthur. “It is marked with innovation and long range thought and planning, coupled with his far-reaching influence with the State University of New York.”

The Vice President Emeritus was a founding member of the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors and has served for more than 35 years. He created the Goolden Family Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually to incoming freshmen in the Mortuary Science or Business programs.

He has served tirelessly as a member and officer of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital (CPH) Board of Directors, according to Laura Cordts, Executive Director of the CPH Foundation. He and his wife, Linda, co-chaired the largest campaign in the hospital’s history, which lead to extensive upgrades at the hospital.

“Charles Goolden is a community treasure,” Cordts said. “Canton-Potsdam Hospital is a bigger and better place thanks to him.”

Charles joined SUNY Canton in 1966 after graduating from St. Lawrence University. Prior to his post as Vice President for Administration, he was the Executive Director of the College Association, Inc. Goolden retired from SUNY Canton in August 2001 after 35 years of service.

Charles and Linda also operated a family funeral business in Madrid for 20 years.As a licensed funeral director, he leant his insight and business sense to create the SUNY Canton Mortuary Science program. He continues to serve on the program’s advisory committee.

The Gooldens have two children, Andrew and Susan.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony Honors Students and Veterans

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

More than 600 degrees were awarded at SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremonies, which included an honorary presentation of certificates for the College’s World War II veterans.

WWII Veterans

HONORING WWII VETERANS – Five honorary certificates were awarded to members of the class of 1943 at SUNY Canton's 100th Commencement Ceremony. Pictured are (l to r) Anne Merrill who accepted a certificate on behalf of her husband John M. Merrill of Canton, Glenn D. Hastings of Morley, Douglas N. Kunz of Whitesboro, Clarence "Cal" Hansen of Madison, South Dakota, and Harold E. Ayers of Gouverneur. Veterans of the class of 1943 who did not graduate with their class due to the war efforts, were also awarded honorary certificates (some posthumously) in their respective programs of study.

Sixty-five years ago, twenty-seven students were called into service just weeks before their commencement in 1943. The veterans, who have come to be known as SUNY Canton’s Greatest Graduates, left to serve the country in World War II. In a heartfelt and emotional ceremony, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy presented four members of the class and a spouse of a deceased veteran with honorary certificates in their respective programs. Those veterans who could not attend the ceremony will also be awarded for their sacrifice, some of them posthumously.

The honorary ceremony was a first in a day of phenomenal firsts for the College. The centennial graduating class also saw the first graduates in SUNY Canton’s four-year Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications and Law Enforcement Leadership programs, and in the two-year-old Dental Hygiene program.

The top three most popular bachelor’s degree programs for the class of 2008 were: Criminal Investigation, Technology Management, and Information Technology.

The top three most popular associate degree programs for the class of 2008 were: Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies, and Nursing.

Many graduates in SUNY Canton’s four-year programs and career-driven associate degrees have already secured employment. SUNY Canton’s hands-on programs help prepare graduates to immediately start their employment and the College’s internships often lead to careers prior to commencement.

Photo Gallery of 2008 Commencement

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Rome’s Dale D. Major Named SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Dale MajorThe SUNY Canton Alumni Association has announced that Dale D. Major, graduate of the class of 1970, has been selected as the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus.

Major will be among the award recipients selected to speak to the 2008 graduating class at SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, outdoors across from SUNY Canton’s French Hall.

“This quiet, intelligent, hard-working individual is well deserving of the recognition associated with the Distinguished Alumnus award,” said William F. Peters, SUNY Canton Alumni Association Board Member (class of 1959). “Dale and his wife Sharon are highly active in the college’s continuing growth and development.”

Several of Major’s numerous qualities were continually highlighted in his letters of recommendation for this esteemed accolade. Among his traits were his unassuming character, his steadfast dedication, and his continuing volunteerism. “Many times a neighbor needs help, either with a small job or big one, and Dale is there,” noted Major’s neighbor, Sandy Reader. “He volunteers his time and energies whenever needed with no regard to the time required. He never complains or hesitates. He puts all he has into the tasks put forth and makes things happen.”

As a youth, he went through the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America earning the coveted Eagle Scout title. “I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful scoutmaster when I was in the scouts,” Major recalled. “As an adult I wanted to give back a little bit.”

Throughout his life, he has remained involved with the Boy Scouts. He earned the Silver Beaver Award in 2006, the highest honor bestowed upon an adult scout. “Dale has been an active registered Scouter for the last 22 years,” said Nathan Boguhn, Mohawk Cayuga District Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “He has served in the leadership position of Assistant Scoutmaster and received The District Award of Merit in 2002.”

Major is a retired healthcare professional, who worked for 33 years with the Central New York Disabilities Service Office. He won the W.T. Wheeler Award in 1991 for his outstanding professionalism. “He always showed a great deal of concern and respect for everyone that he worked with,” noted Sharon A. Hosey, Major’s former supervisor. “Dale is known for the many different ideas and approaches he employed to provide the best services to those within our care.”

Fred C. Liebi, 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, who graduated in 1966, said that he was highly pleased that Major will be receiving this award. He too mentioned Major’s unstoppable work ethic and quiet power, noting that Major never complains no matter what task he is assigned. “Dale is always the first one to ask what he can do to help you and the last to ask for any help himself,” Liebi said.

Major and his wife reside in Rome. They are both active in the McConnellsville Community Church. They actively attend alumni gatherings and are frequent guests at SUNY Canton’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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Well-known Heuvelton Resident Receives Distinguished Citizen Award

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Wesley StittSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that Wesley L. Stitt, outgoing SUNY Canton College Council Chair, will be the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Citizen Award.

Stitt will be recognized at SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, outdoors across from SUNY Canton’s French Hall.

“Wes has been an extraordinary advocate for the College,” said Kennedy. “His contributions to SUNY Canton and his tireless support for public higher education have been an integral part of the College’s success over the past several years.”

Kennedy secretly recommended Stitt to the other members of College Council, who in turn secured the nominations necessary to bestow the award. Much to Stitt’s surprise, the board voted unanimously to grant him the honor during his final year as SUNY Canton College Council Chairman.

Many faculty and staff members at SUNY Canton have acknowledged Stitt for his strong work ethic, relentless dedication, and visionary leadership skills. “Wes shows unbridled support of our American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team,” said Robert R. Blickwedehl, ASCE Steel Bridge team advisor and SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology faculty member. “He is one of the finest people I have dealt with in my 45-year career.”

Stitt has been involved with education for more than 50 years. He started as a History, English, Sociology, and Psychology teacher at Heuvelton Central School in 1957 and became the school’s Vice Principal and Guidance Counselor in 1964. He later became the Superintendent of Ogdensburg City School District until his retirement in 1990.

Stitt began his association with SUNY Canton in 1964. He recruited college professors to teach credit-bearing courses to high school students, which was a precursor to the modern distance learning and online courses available through the college. “I would describe Wes as the perfect ambassador for SUNY Canton,” said Daniel J. Miller, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Stitt serves on a variety of boards and gives his time freely to a number of charitable organizations. He is the Vice President of the Augsbury Institute and the Director of the Institute on Ethical Behavior. He serves on the Heuvelton Development Corporation Board of Directors, the Heuvelton Senior Citizens Board of Directors, the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility Advisory Board, and is a member of the Elks Lodge No. 772 and the Canadian Legion Branch No. 48. He is also an Honorary Trustee of the Frederic Remington Art Museum.

“Wes has been involved with the Remington Museum as a trustee, volunteer and advisor for over 27 years, through thick and thin,” said Edward LaVarnway, Executive Director of the museum. “Whether advancing the museum’s agenda in the political arena or simply rolling up his sleeves to help with various projects, Wes has been a great and true friend of our institution.”

Stitt has received numerous other awards and accolades through his years of involvement, including St. Lawrence University’s North Country Citation, a U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, an I Love New York Tourism Award, a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Ont., and an Elks Public Service Award.

Stitt earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science with honors in 1957 and his Masters in Education in 1959 from St. Lawrence University. He also earned a 6th Year professional Certificate in Guidance in 1963 from the University of Bridgeport.

Stitt and his wife Janet are well known for their involvement in their home community of Heuvelton and in the greater North Country region. Their daughter, Jennifer MacDonald, is a Physical Therapist and teaches at SUNY Canton. Their son Douglas is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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