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SUNY Canton’s Honors Convocation Named to Honor Canton’s Linda L. Fay

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

A dedicated and decorated former nursing faculty member has been selected as the namesake of the SUNY Canton Honors Convocation.

“I am very pleased to announce that the 2010 Honors Convocation will be named for Professor Emerita Linda L. Fay,” said SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble. “She was recommended unanimously by the Recognition and Awards Committee for her illustrious service to the College and the greater North Country community.”

Distinguished Professor Emerita of Nursing Linda L. Fay was selected as the namesake of the 2010 Honors Convocation at SUNY Canton. Fay is pictured in the College’s state-of-the-art nursing lab.

The Linda L. Fay Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural Gym. More than 200 students will be receiving awards denoting their academic success, character development, and community involvement during the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.

“This is a day about the students,” Fay said about Honors Convocation. “I’m honored to be able to share it with them.”

Fay began her career at the College in 1972 and was granted emeritus status after teaching nursing for more than three decades. She received the SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award in 1995, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996 and the Chancellor’s Recognition Award for Outstanding Service to SUNY and the people of the North Country in 1998.

“Linda was an innovative and tireless teacher and program director who became an exemplary role model for faculty and students at SUNY Canton,” said John F. Conklin, the current director of the College’s Nursing program. “Her mission was to always leave things a little better than when she found them. She taught here for more than 30 years, and certainly made the College a better place.”

During her tenure, she served on many committees, wrote grants, and developed seven 15-week courses for the bachelor of science, nursing program implemented last year at the college.

At the request of colleagues, students, and alumni, the Linda Lahey Fay Nursing Award was established in 2003. It recognizes annually a senior graduate who best upholds the saying, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted,” which represents some of Fay’s personal mantras and beliefs.

After graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1968, Fay worked at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City as head nurse of their pediatric tuberculosis unit and then became the nurse manager of intensive care. She earned her master’s degree in education from St. Lawrence University in 1979.

Fay is currently a Board of Director member for the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, CHMC Health Systems, the Canton Housing Authority and the Grasse River Heritage. She is the Director of Public Relations for SEM-Fund, a microfinance organization in Senegal, Africa, an officer in the Canton area Zonta Club and a cook for the Canton Free Will Meal program. She is a past member of the Canton Rescue Squad, was a professional program developer for the American Heart Association, item writer for the New York State Regents External Degree Program, and a volunteer with the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, St. Lawrence County Health Initiative, and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.

She lives in Canton with her husband, Daniel G. Fay, who’s a professor in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. They have three children, Mrs. Steven (Kelley) Glasgow, Edward and John, and two grandchildren, Garret and Paige. She is considered the adoptive mother of Anywar Ricky Richard, 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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Local Student Receives SUNY Canton Outstanding Associate Level Graduate Award

Friday, May 8th, 2009
Kristina Kaiser, an Early Childhood major from Colton, receives her Outstanding Graduate Medallion from SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Kristina Kaiser, an Early Childhood major from Colton, receives her Outstanding Graduate Medallion from SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

A SUNY Canton Early Childhood student’s enthusiasm for teaching and dedicated volunteerism led her to be recognized as the college’s Outstanding Graduate at the Associate Level.

Kristina Kaiser of Colton received the accolade at the recent Harriet A. Beggs Honors Convocation. She was presented with a ceremonial plaque and a medallion to accompany her academic regalia for SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outside across from French Hall.

“Kristina has enthusiastically demonstrated professionalism, leadership, and overall excellence when teaching children,” said Early Childhood Program Director and Associate Professor Maureen Maiocco.

The Early Childhood Program Director mentioned that Kaiser has been working at Building Blocks Day Care in Potsdam, as the school-age program director. She works with young children before and after their typical school day. “Kristina not only gives to the college and her peers, but also to the community,” Maiocco pointed out. “She even donated nine inches of her hair to an organization that makes wigs for children stricken with cancer.”

Kaiser is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Vice President of the Early Childhood club, and has been on either the President’s or Dean’s list throughout her time at the college.

She has volunteered and assisted in many school-wide activities offered through the college’s office of Student Activities and is a volunteer firefighter with the Hopkinton-Fort Jackson Fire Department.

“Kristina is always the first to take charge when given a group project,” said Ashley Chevier, another Early Childhood student. “She is quick to encourage everyone and anyone to join in activities.”

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 to Break Ground for “Roos House” May 6

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Groundbreaking LogoConstruction for SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center will officially begin with a ceremonial groundbreaking at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, adjacent to the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields.

The building has been nicknamed “Roos House.” The project is a celebratory point of pride for the College, its students, and alumni.

“There are a number of individuals and groups responsible for making this project a reality,” Kennedy said. “We will be formally thanking them by inviting those public representatives and community members to the ceremony.

The groundbreaking ceremony is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in Lot 4, and a shuttle service will be escorting visitors to the site.

Northland Associates of Liverpool will begin construction on the project this spring. Northland Associates recently constructed the Johnson Hall of Science at St. Lawrence University and is currently working on overhauling Nevaldine Technology Center at SUNY Canton.

“We’ve been anxious to get this project underway for a long time,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The new building will continue the transformation of our campus, and the facilities will benefit both the College and the community. We expect it to dramatically impact the regional economy.”

The Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center will provide ample space for indoor athletics, including basketball courts, a lap pool, and a field house. It will also house SUNY Canton’s fitness center and provide increased space for activities such as concerts, graduation ceremonies, trade shows, and other events. Additionally, it will provide the local community with further options to host larger events for entertainment, high school playoffs, and local sports tournaments.

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.

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

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SUNY Canton Announces Harriett A. Beggs Honors Convocation Award Recipients

Monday, April 6th, 2009

More than 100 students will be awarded for their exemplary academics and civic involvement at this year’s SUNY Canton Harriet A. Beggs Honors Convocation.

This convocation is a wonderful opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to join in celebration of students’ accomplishments and recognize the contributions of faculty and staff.

Honors convocation is part of a week-long cross campus academic recognition that starts with the Scholarly Activities Celebration held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, in the Southworth Library.

The Harriett A. Beggs Honors Convocation Ceremony will begin at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gymnasium.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The 2009 Harriett Beggs Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gymnasium.

The 2009 Harriett Beggs Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gymnasium.

Students receiving awards at the Harriet A. Beggs Honors Convocation include:

  • Sindy Afriat, a SUNY Canton student from Chase Mills majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Eric Agne, a SUNY Canton student from Herkimer majoring in Industrial Technology Management.
  • Courtney N. Bach, a SUNY Canton student from Fayetteville majoring in Early Childhood.
  • Ryan P. Barry, a SUNY Canton student from Geneva majoring in Alternative & Renewable Energy System.
  • Brandon S. Baxter, a SUNY Canton student from Fayetteville majoring in Air Conditioning Engineering Technology.
  • Kimberley J. Berg, a SUNY Canton student from Ogdensburg majoring in Nursing.
  • Diane F. Berwick, a SUNY Canton student from Ava majoring in Dental Hygiene.
  • Rebecca R. Blackmer, a SUNY Canton student from Colton majoring in Accounting.
  • Adam J. Blair, a SUNY Canton student from Adams Center majoring in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Emily M. Bouret, a SUNY Canton student from Woodhaven majoring in Veterinary Services Management.
  • Albert J. Breault, a SUNY Canton student from Chestertown majoring in Criminal Justice.
  • Cortney L. Brunet, a SUNY Canton student from Hermon majoring in Office Technology.
  • Chad M. Buckingham, a SUNY Canton student from Croghan majoring in Legal Studies.
  • Jim L. Buckley, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Electrical Construction & Maintenance.
  • Karah C. Burns, a SUNY Canton student from Spencerport majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Emily E. Bush, a SUNY Canton student from Ogdensburg majoring in Business Administration AAS.
  • Cassandra N. Carabello, a SUNY Canton student from North Syracuse majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Mary E. Case, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Nursing.
  • Jonathan A. Daniels, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Building Construction.
  • Megan Daniels, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Air Conditioning Engineering Technology.
  • Joseph L. Danza, a SUNY Canton student from Watertown majoring in Management of Technology.
  • Meshell Delgado, a SUNY Canton student from Montgomery majoring in Information Technology – Web Development.
  • Avery R. Denney, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Facilities Operation.
  • Amy R. Dufore, a SUNY Canton student from Norfolk majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Jolene D. Dulsrud, a SUNY Canton student from Ogdensburg majoring in General Admission – School of Science, Health & Public Service.
  • Bradley E. Elliott, a SUNY Canton student from Morristown majoring in Facilities Operation.
  • David W. Fortune, a SUNY Canton student from Ogdensburg majoring in Computer-Aided Drafting.
  • Zachary J. Fuller, a SUNY Canton student from Norwood majoring in Construction Technology:Management.
  • Corbin J. Gates-Shult, a SUNY Canton student from Parishville majoring in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • April L. Griffin, a SUNY Canton student from Queensbury majoring in Emergency Management.
  • Erin R. Hatch, a SUNY Canton student from Watertown majoring in Industrial Technology Management.
  • Jay M. Hebert, a SUNY Canton student from Heuvelton majoring in Information Technology – Web Development.
  • Loretta L. House, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in Legal Studies.
  • Nate S. Jacobs, a SUNY Canton student from Greene, Maine, majoring in Business Administration AS.
  • Nicole L. Jayson, a SUNY Canton student from Gouverneur majoring in Liberal Arts-General Studies.
  • Evan Johnson, a SUNY Canton student from Cooperstown majoring in General Admission – Canino School of Engineering Technology.
  • Jerian O. Kampnich, a SUNY Canton student from Croghan majoring in Dental Hygiene.
  • Julie A. Kreider, a SUNY Canton student from Gouverneur majoring in Nursing.
  • Felicia A. Lawrence, a SUNY Canton student from Brooklyn majoring in Individual Studies – Health.
  • John M. Liverio, a SUNY Canton student from Amsterdam majoring in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Jill M. Lizak, a SUNY Canton student from Hamburg majoring in Dental Hygiene.
  • Sally E. MacDonald, a SUNY Canton student from Richville majoring in Management of Technology.
  • Josephene M. Mailu, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Health Science Career Studies.
  • Benjamin P. Maki, a SUNY Canton student from Heuvelton majoring in Alternative & Renewable Energy System.
  • Jessica L. Marashian, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Legal Studies.
  • Joseph P. Marcellino, a SUNY Canton student from Amsterdam majoring in Financial Services.
  • George W. Martin, a SUNY Canton student from Madrid majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  • John H. Martin, a SUNY Canton student from Madrid majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  • Peter F. Martin, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in Civil Engineering Technology.
  • Nicole V. Mattoon, a SUNY Canton student from Albany majoring in Business Administration AAS.
  • Scott N. McAdoo, a SUNY Canton student from Hermon majoring in Engineering Science.
  • Ethan C. McCrea, a SUNY Canton student from Gouverneur majoring in Alternative & Renewable Energy System.
  • Alison E. McGinn, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Physical Therapist Assistant.
  • Mario P. Mercaldi, a SUNY Canton student from Champlain majoring in Information Technology – Web Development.
  • Eric W. Moody, a SUNY Canton student from Saranac Lake majoring in Alternative & Renewable Energy System.
  • Matthew J. Mulkin, a SUNY Canton student from Norwood majoring in Graphic and Multimedia Design.
  • Diana R. Norman, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in Graphic and Multimedia Design.
  • Brett A. Nortz, a SUNY Canton student from Watertown majoring in Engineering Science.
  • Nathaniel R. Pietropaolo, a SUNY Canton student from Rochester majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Kevin B. Pilus, a SUNY Canton student from Walden majoring in Management of Technology.
  • Brian T. Pinkerton, a SUNY Canton student from Ogdensburg majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology.
  • Lauren B. Pitman, a SUNY Canton student from Amsterdam majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Christin Powers, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in Physical Therapist Assistant.
  • Emily N. Ramos, a SUNY Canton student from Lyons Falls majoring in Early Childhood.
  • James W. Redmond, a SUNY Canton student from Gouverneur majoring in Health Care Management.
  • Adam J. Roach, a SUNY Canton student from Ogdensburg majoring in Civil Engineering Technology.
  • Erik L. Robinson, a SUNY Canton student from Lisbon majoring in Computer Information Systems.
  • Lillian M. Roy, a SUNY Canton student from Norfolk majoring in Financial Services.
  • Darcy A. Santimaw, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in Health Care Management.
  • Ashley M. Savino, a SUNY Canton student from Auburn majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Michael P. Schaff, a SUNY Canton student from Parishville majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Jessie J. Scott, a SUNY Canton student from Dekalb Junction majoring in General Admission – School of Business and Liberal Arts.
  • Laura Seidman, a SUNY Canton student from Webster majoring in Legal Studies.
  • Nicholas J. Serio, a SUNY Canton student from Ogdensburg majoring in Motorsports Performance & Repair.
  • Jennifer L. Smith, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Nursing.
  • Blake S. Spilman, a SUNY Canton student from Gouverneur majoring in Forest Technology.
  • Thomas J. Stafford, a SUNY Canton student from Malone majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Benjamin N. Sultzer, a SUNY Canton student from Norwood majoring in Accounting.
  • Tyler J. Terry, a SUNY Canton student from Lowville majoring in Mortuary Science.
  • Michael S. Thorpe, a SUNY Canton student from Ogdensburg majoring in General Admission – Canino School of Engineering Technology.
  • Thomas P. Titherington, a SUNY Canton student from Plattsburgh majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology.
  • Andrew O. Toyo, a SUNY Canton student from Gouveneur majoring in Liberal Arts-General Studies.
  • Natasha M. Trefry, a SUNY Canton student from Redwood majoring in Office Technology.
  • Ralph L. Trerise, a SUNY Canton student from West Stockholm majoring in Industrial Technology Management.
  • Andrew P. Trumble, a SUNY Canton student from Fulton majoring in Criminal Justice.
  • Kristina M. Tucker, a SUNY Canton student from Ilion majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Kyle A. Tuper, a SUNY Canton student from Fort Covington majoring in Individual Studies – Trades.
  • Heather M. Vanalstine, a SUNY Canton student from Chittenango majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Daniel J. Vanderlinden, a SUNY Canton student from Tenafly, New Jersey, majoring in Automotive Technology.
  • Brian Warner, a SUNY Canton student from Phoenix majoring in Automotive Technology.
  • Bridget A. Webber, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Graphic and Multimedia Design.
  • Michael J. Weller, a SUNY Canton student from Brasher Falls majoring in Business Administration AS.
  • Mathew A. Wells, a SUNY Canton student from Madrid majoring in Heating & Plumbing Service.
  • Robin A. Westcott, a SUNY Canton student from Brockport majoring in Veterinary Services Management.
  • Kari L. Williams, a SUNY Canton student from Hastings majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Jennifer L. Wright, a SUNY Canton student from Madrid majoring in Nursing.
  • Greg H. Yurgartis, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Individual Studies – Trades.
  • Nicholas A. Zirn, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Financial Services.

Recipients of Special Recognition

·Canino Prize for Academic Excellence . . . . . Ryan P. Barry, Adam J. Blair, Emily M. Bouret, Chad M. Buckingham, Avery R. Denney, Amy R. Dufore, Erin R. Hatch, Jerian O. Kampnich, John M. Liverio, Sally E. MacDonald, Jessica L. Marashian, Joseph P. Marcellino, Ethan C. McCrea, Mario P. Mercaldi, Matthew J. Mulkin, Kevin B. Pilus, Lillian M. Roy, Ashley M. Savino, Laura Seidman, Ralph L. Trerise

·Canino Scholar Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amanda K. Eschmann

·Canino Achievement Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kimberley J. Berg, Diane F. Berwick, Rebecca R. Blackmer, Cortney L. Brunet, Jim Buckley, Megan Daniels, Jonathan A. Daniels, David W. Fortune, Zachary J. Fuller, Cassandra K. Hamilton, Josephene M. Mailu, Peter F. Martin, Nicole V. Mattoon, Scott N. McAdoo, Brian T. Pinkerton, Christin Powers, Emily N. Ramos, Nicholas J. Serio, Tyler J. Terry, Andrew O. Toyo, Andrew P. Trumble, Kyle A. Tuper, Brian Warner, Mathew A. Wells

·The Outstanding Graduate Award-Baccalaureate . . . Heather M. Biamonte

·The Outstanding Graduate Award-Associate . . . Kristina M. Kaiser

·The David R. Maynard Student Activities Award . . .MacKenzie O. Belden

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.

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SUNY Canton Honors Convocation Named for Varick A. Chittenden

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Event honoring students’ academic success heralds Emeritus Professor

Varick Chittenden

TRADITIONALLY MOTIVATED – Professor Emeritus Varick A. Chittenden stands in the Traditional Arts in Upstate New York Folklore Store. The 2008 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation was named in honor of Chittenden’s his contributions to education and to his continuing celebration of the North Country way of life.

The 2008 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation has been named in honor of Professor Emeritus Varick A. Chittenden, announced SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“Varick is extremely dedicated to the culture of the North Country,” said Kennedy. “During his time at the College, he created courses specifically designed to inform students about the traditions specific to this area.”

Chittenden was awarded emeritus status in 2001 after 32 years at SUNY Canton. He developed popular courses in American folklore and Images of Rural American Life, established the folk life festival on campus, served as Humanities department chair, and on the Canton College Foundation Board. He received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1974 and the SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award in 1991.

“Varick symbolizes the meaning of education and has never stopped teaching.” Kennedy said. “He has continued his dedication and his instruction through his involvement with Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) and is ensuring that a wide audience embraces the heritage and artistic merit of the North Country.”

In 1986, Chittenden organized TAUNY, a not-for-profit membership folk arts organization dedicated to identifying, recording, conserving and presenting examples of traditions, customs, and artistic expressions of the local culture. In 2000, TAUNY received the prestigious New York State Governor’s Arts Award during a gala awards ceremony at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art for their commitment to preserving the traditions of the communities of northern New York. As the founder and until recently Executive Director of TAUNY, he continues to celebrate folk artists and folk traditions through his North Country Heritage Awards which are presented annually to deserving individuals or community groups that carry on local traditions such as music, storytelling, crafts and community events. TAUNY recently purchased a former retail store in Canton’s historic district for its future home and Varick has been appointed Heritage Center Project Director to lead the organization in creating a regional interpretive center of folklife and local culture.

Chittenden was a longtime member and president of the board of trustees for the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, a founding member and past chairman of the board of Grasse River Heritage, and is the current president of the Canton Rotary Club.

The Honors Convocation celebration includes:

  • Folklore in the North Country: A Reading Celebration, featuring readings from Varick Chittenden’s New York Folklore Society Column and from humanities faculty members at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Kingston Theater. This event is free and open to the public.
  • The Varick A. Chittenden Honors Convocation Ceremony honoring the outstanding academic achievement of SUNY Canton students at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gym. This event is free and open to the public, with a special invitation presented to the families and friends of award recipients.
  • An invitation only reception will conclude the ceremonies on Friday, May 2. Graduating award recipients are asked to bring a faculty member who has influenced their academic success. For more information contact the SUNY Canton Provost’s Office at 386-7202 or email livernoi@ canton.edu.

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.

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

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Honors Convocation Named for Potsdam Town Supervisor Marie C. Regan

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Marie ReganSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced the 2007 Honors Convocation has been named to honor Professor Emerita and Potsdam Town Supervisor Marie C. Regan.

Regan will be the guest of honor at Honors Convocation where 75 students will be recognized for outstanding academics and leadership at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in Alumni Gymnasium in Dana Athletic Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“Marie Regan was recommended unanimously by the Recognition and Awards committee for her years of dedication to the college and to the community,” said Kennedy. “I join with them in saluting Professor Regan’s years of outstanding service to the college. She exemplifies the drive that we instill in our current students and the leadership talent we encourage in our faculty.”

Regan retired with the highly-esteemed State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor status and the SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award in 1996 after 24 years at SUNY Canton. As a professor of English and Humanities, she taught numerous writing and literature courses. She remains one of the most recognizable faces to faculty and staff members on campus.

“I’m really surprised, overwhelmed, and grateful for this honor,” Regan said. “I think SUNY Canton offers a wonderful opportunity for student and faculty growth. It gave me the first opportunity to begin working in governance, which helped me during my second career as a town supervisor.”

Regan will also be reading with some of her SUNY Canton colleagues at “Readings from the American Past” at 4 p.m. Monday, April 30, in the SUNY Canton Kingston Theater.

During her time at the college, she spearheaded and served on many of the committees that helped shape the college. She was the English and Humanities Department Chair, a faculty senator, a member of the State University of New York Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and even served on the hiring committee that brought SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy to the college.

Among those who nominated her for this distinguished recognition was Regan’s long-standing colleague, Sue S. Rummel. “With such an impressive list of credentials, it is incredible that Marie excelled even more in the classroom,” Rummel said. “Her enthusiasm for her subject matter is contagious. I heard one student say ‘she makes you want to get involved,’ which is the highest praise for a professor.”

Professor Emeritus and 2006 Honors Convocation namesake Kermit D. Morgan said Regan’s reputation among her colleagues and students surpassed excellence. “Her efforts are constantly aimed at helping everyone do their very best,” Morgan said.

She has been a founding board member and a teacher an administrator for the Stimulating Opportunities after Retirement, or SOAR, which offers peer learning opportunities to North Country residents of retirement age. She has served as the president of the St. Lawrence County American Association of University Women chapter and served as the chair for Potsdam’s bicentennial.

Regan earned her bachelor’s degree in 1957 from SUNY Albany with a major in American and British Literature, and a minor in Speech and Drama. She received her Master’s degree in 1977 from SUNY Potsdam with a concentration in American Literature. She also has a permanent secondary-level English certification and taught at Massena Central High School.

Regan lives in the town of Potsdam with her husband, Robert. She has five adult children: Shawn, Denise, Gavin, Bridget, and Stephanie, and 11 grandchildren.

 

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