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SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Student Publishes Research

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Wanda L. Coleman, a SUNY Canton four-year dental Hygiene student from Adrian, Ga. Coleman recently published research in a national magazine.

Healthy teeth and gums can contribute to the overall health and well-being of older populations, according to an article recently published by Wanda L. Coleman, a four-year SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene student.

Coleman’s article, “Root Caries: Increased Risk in Nursing Home Facilities,” in the Nov. 2009 edition of Access, a publication of the American Dental Hygienists Association.

“The increasing size of the geriatric population and new knowledge about the link between oral and overall health makes it more and more evident that oral health care providers will need to be more prepared to treat older patients,” Coleman said. “The primary concern in nursing home facilities is the total care of the patient, including the health of their teeth and gums.”

Her research addresses the prevalence of dental decay for elder Americans in nursing home environments. It also highlights preventative practices for dental and medical professionals can do to enhance the dental care for the aging population.

“Research has become increasingly important in advancing the practice of dental hygiene,” noted Dental Hygiene Professor Susan Willette. “Through research we develop new techniques, materials, and treatments and it impacts education, and public health policy. We place an emphasis on continuing research in the four-year Dental Hygiene program.”

Coleman has been a clinical dental hygienist for 30 years and is a dental hygiene instructor at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia, Georgia. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene entirely online through SUNY Canton OL.

Access focuses on health and practice news, professional issues, and legislative developments. It provides late-breaking news on issues that are important to dental hygienists.

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


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SUNY Canton Top 10 of ‘09

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

10. Next Stop, Hollywood

Several SUNY Canton students were the stars of a media event promoting the DVD release of the movie Max Payne. Students and faculty from the Criminal Investigation staged a murder mystery scenario in New York City that stumped international television, magazine, and web-based journalists. » More

9. Roos House Breaks Ground

Many have been enthusiastically watching the rapid progress of the College’s new Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The “Roos House” is going up in leaps and bounds, alongside a complete renovation of Nevaldine Technology Center. The College also plans to add a new residence hall on campus in the near future. » More

8. Strong Awards

Assistant Professor Robert Strong, PhD., won a competitive William Randolph Hearst Foundation Research Fellowship and the Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities for his book-in-progress “Bright Advent.” The award-winning author and poet penned a lyric history of King Phillip’s War including key events that led to the creation of America. » More

7. Nursing Options

Over the past year, SUNY Canton added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a one-year Practical Nursing program. These programs were created to help meet the demand for more advanced trained nurses amidst a nation-wide professional health care shortage, and have built a full ladder curriculum for students to spend one, two, or four-years learning what they love. » More

6. Winterterm Becomes a Hot Item

Approximately 800 students took courses during the 2009-2010 Winterterm session. Enrollment increased nearly 60 percent from last year and is now five times as large as the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session four years ago. The semester between semesters has become a convenient and effective way for students to catch up or get ahead. » More

5. Coach Martin Keeps Winning

The American Hockey Coaches Association announced that former Hockey Coach Terry Martin was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award. Martin was the college’s head coach for 24 seasons (1974-1999), compiling a record of 527-211-29, including a 102-11-8 mark in his final four seasons. His teams won 12 national championship titles and were runner-ups five times. » More

4. SUNY Chancellor Visits

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher visited SUNY Canton in July as part of her summer-long tour of the 64 colleges and universities within the SUNY System. After being met at the College’s entrance by our Roo mascot, the Chancellor was introduced to the evolution and extraordinary growth that has distinguished the College among its peer universities. » More

3. Best Bridge Builders in the Nation

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team hit it big in Vegas on Labor Day weekend by building a better bridge than any other college in the nation. The team won the 2009 National Student Steel Bridge Competition by practicing strenuously and beat the odds that favored larger universities with bigger names (and higher tuition.) » More

2. Centennial Campaign Clocks in at $11 Million

The largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in SUNY Canton’s 100-year history was successfully concluded after raising $11 million for scholarships and overall college enhancements. To honor Centennial Campaign Co-Chairs Ronald L. ’59 and Blanche K. ‘06 Woodcock, the alumni and foundation boards procured a landmark clock which now adorns the Roselle Academic Courtyard. » More

1. Enrollment Tops the Charts

SUNY Canton smashed its all-time high enrollment record during the Fall 2009 Semester with more than 3,300 students. There was a 20 percent increase in first-year, full-time students, and a 10 percent increase in overall enrollment from the previous year. The expansion has led to increased selectivity in the College’s signature career-driven programs. » More

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Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation Students Win at Conference

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

SUNY Canton’s future law enforcement professionals received high marks at the American Criminal Justice Association northeast regional conference.

Members of Beta Psi Delta, the SUNY Canton chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, took home a handful of awards in competitions against students from 17 other colleges.

SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation students Andrew C. Wood of Ogdensburg, Elizabeth S. Ayers of Brooktondale, and Anthony M. Puretti of Canton with their American Criminal Justice Association conference awards.

SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation students Andrew C. Wood of Ogdensburg, Elizabeth S. Ayers of Brooktondale, and Anthony M. Puretti of Canton with their American Criminal Justice Association conference awards.

“This was the first time we competed at an American Criminal Justice Association conference,” noted Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Brian K. Harte, who advises the Beta Psi Delta chapter. “We hope to compete annually as a way to promote our excellent students and our career-driven programs.”

Harte and Criminal Justice Instructor Professor Elizabeth A. Erickson traveled with the students to the conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

Among the Criminal Investigation students who placed at the conference were:

  • Elizabeth S. Ayers of Brooktondale took first place in the upper division criminal law examination.
  • Andrew C. Wood of Ogdensburg took second place in the upper divisions of the criminal law examination and the police administration examination.
  • Anthony M. Puretti of Canton took second place in the upper division of the firearms competition.

The American Criminal Justice Association and its SUNY Canton Chapter emphasizes continuing excellence within the Criminal Justice fields and promotes academic excellence and leadership among students.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. 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.

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


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International Delegations Arrive at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Ukrainian Academics to Present, Oct. 29

SUNY Canton officials will be meeting with two delegations from overseas schools over the next week to begin the process of expanding the college’s international programs.

Faculty from the career-driven Dental Hygiene program will be receiving a delegation of Japanese dental hygienists on Thursday, Oct. 22. A second contingent of academics from Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs in Ukraine will be on campus on Monday, Oct. 26, to review the College’s Criminal Justice curricula.

(From Left) SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble, Dr. Keita Taguchi, Dr. Takuya Okyama, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy

(From Left) SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble, Dr. Keita Taguchi, Dr. Takuya Ohyama, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy

“Our international programs began with a duel-degree program with Moscow about five years ago,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “That program allowed us to expand our courses, and our classrooms, to students from more places. The articulations add a global approach to our signature programs.”

The delegation of Ukrainian Academics became connected with SUNY Canton through Assistant Professor Tom G. Dempsey, who has taught in Ukraine. Recently, Dempsey and Provost William R. Trumble, along with other College officials visited Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs to begin the process of offering the College’s Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation, and related programs in the former Soviet Union.

“By the end of this visit, we hope to create the plans to offer our courses at their college through on-line, distance learning, or exchange and on-campus programs,” Trumble said. “We hope to design and sign a memorandum of understanding that will allow the two colleges to collaborate further.”

During their visit, the four Ukrainian guests will be holding a symposium on the global recession and its impact on the eastern European criminal justice system from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Woodcock Conference suite 212. The event is free and open to both the college community and the general public.

Director of International Initiatives Marela Fiacco said that Dental Hygiene is a rapidly growing career in Japan. “During this visit, we’ll be looking to create a three-day workshop at our state-of-the-art Dental Hygiene Clinic in Rome (N.Y),” she said. “Our Japanese visitors are very interested in our techniques and program.”

The Japanese visitors will be meeting with Dental Hygiene Professor Susan Willette. The two-year Dental Hygiene program is offered in conjunction with Mohawk Valley Community College with labs and classroom facilities at the Veteran’s Administration at Griffis Technology Complex. Willette oversees the four-year Dental Hygiene program offered online through SUNY Canton OnLine.

“Geographic boundaries are not a concern for the bachelor’s degree program,” Willette said. “In the future, we could offer the program via virtual classrooms and online course delivery to students anywhere in the world.”

During the summer months, the college hosts on-campus students from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia, and students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. 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.

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

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SUNY Canton Celebrates National Vet Tech Week

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

If the neighbor’s dog swallows a tennis ball or the chubby cat suddenly stops eating, who will be there for them?

Although pets do not visit the same doctors and nurses as their owners, they do have someone that provides them with the same quality of care. Licensed veterinary technicians are educated professionals who work closely with veterinarians to ensure the best quality medical care for pets. The SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology and Veterinary Services Management programs will be recognizing the people who take care of our pets’ health by celebrating National Veterinary Technician week (Oct.11-17).

Vet Tech Students

“Veterinary technicians are part of the health care team that is largely responsible for the health of pets and large animals,” said Mary O. Loomis, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the Veterinary Science Technology program. “It is fitting that we recognize their continued service to the people in the community and the smaller, but equally important, additions to their families.”

Among the scheduled activities and events is a showing of the movie “Marley and Me” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.14, in the Kingston Theater.

SUNY Canton will also be hosting a New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians Seminar from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 in the Newell Vet Tech Center. Guest speakers include Licensed Veterinary Technician Cathy Dornton, Lisa Brownson from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dog Behavioral Trainer Rachel Baum, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine David Chico from the Empire State Animal Response Team. The seminar is free to members of the SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology Association (VTA). Non-VTA members are invited to attend for a $5 fee.

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in American, Inc. (NAVTA) holds the National Veterinary Technology week to recognize veterinary technicians for their contributions in pet healthcare, as well as the veterinarians, assistants, practice managers and others involved with animal care. This year, Hill’s Pet Nutrition is sponsoring the week-long celebration.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. 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.

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

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Dental Hygiene Program Wins Top Honors for a Second Year

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program has been selected as a recipient of the American Dental Hygienists Association’s prestigious Student Member Community Service Award for the second year in a row.

Students in the program were recognized for continuing a community outreach initiative that teaches youth the importance of proper oral health. This year, the future dental hygienists worked with almost 100 children from three Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency Headstart facilities in the greater Rome, N.Y. area.

Dental Hygiene Students

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene students provide exams and cleanings at the Veteran's Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, N.Y.

“Only three colleges in the United States win this prestigious award each year,” said Pamela P. Quinn, Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator for the Associate Program. “We’ve now won it twice, which further demonstrates the quality of our commitment to the communities we serve.”

Each child who participated in the project received an electric toothbrush, provided by a Health Preventive Dentistry grant. The SUNY Canton students demonstrated how to use the brushes to reinforce good home care habits. Some of the children also received a free examination.

“The project is very successful on a variety of levels,” Quinn said. “The children and young adults learn about the importance of healthy teeth and good daily habits. They also become more comfortable interacting with oral health care professionals. Our students, in turn, develop a deeper understanding of the dental needs of at-risk populations.”

To conclude the project, the Dental Hygiene students hosted a health fair for the parents at three Headstart facilities, to help further encourage healthy oral habits.

Dental Hygiene is a rewarding and flexible career. It is a progressive profession that allows those who are balancing a family and a career the luxury of choosing either part-time or full-time employment. The average annual salary for a full-time hygienist nationwide is $56,700.

SUNY Canton partners with Mohawk Valley Community College to offer this high-need associate degree program, located at the Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome. The College also offers a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene through SUNY Canton OnLine. The program is designed for working professionals and graduates who wish to further accelerate their careers.

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.

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

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New Practical Nursing Program Starts this Fall at SUNY Canton

Friday, May 29th, 2009

SUNY Canton is broadening the spectrum of its career-driven healthcare options by adding a Practical Nursing program.

The one-year certificate program will begin this fall alongside the College’s recently added four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

“The Practical Nursing program rounds out our nursing options to serve a greater population,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students can come for the one-year certificate, two-year Registered Nurse major, the four-year bachelor’s in nursing, or progress through all three programs. Students in all of these programs will have fantastic career opportunities waiting for them when they graduate.”

Nursing Students

Nurses from all three programs are in high-demand locally and nationwide. According to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of LPNs is expected to grow 14 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

“The Nursing program perfectly reflects our ladder curricula, where students start in a one-year program and then stay for a two or four-year degree,” said William R. Trumble, the College’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We’ve seen fantastic success by students who choose to utilize this approach to their education.”

The program was designed to meet the needs of local health care organizations as well as those of the incoming students, according to Nursing Program Director John F. Conklin. “Previously, students would have to commute to Saranac Lake or Watertown to earn a similar degree,” Conklin said. “Were it not for this degree, we could very well have seen a decrease in qualified staffing here in St. Lawrence County.”

Career opportunities for LPNs include hospitals, nursing homes, mental health institutions, private homes, community health clinics, and public health departments.

Coursework in the program covers English, anatomy and physiology, psychology, and nursing courses that include supervised clinical practice in a patient care setting.

“Students who graduate from our Practical Nursing program will have met the prerequisites for admission into the RN program,” Conklin added. “They can also accumulate additional college credits through electives and supplementary courses that will help no matter where life leads.”

SUNY Canton is now accepting applications for admission into the competitive one-year Practical Nursing program. For more information, or to apply, contact the SUNY Canton Office of admissions at 315.386.7123, 1.800.386.7123, or email admissions@canton.edu.

“We’d encourage prospective students to apply to this program as soon as possible,” Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent said. “All of our nursing programs are highly competitive and spots fill up quickly with extremely qualified students. The Practical Nursing program is particularly appealing because students know that they can begin their career with a terrific job after just one year of study.”

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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SUNY Canton Dean Receives College Service Award

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

The SUNY Canton College Council presented Linda D. Pellett, Dean of Science, Health, and Public Service with the 2009 Excellence in College Service Award.

Pictured is Linda D. Pellett, SUNY Canton Dean of the Science, Health and Criminal Justice receiving the 2009 Excellence in College Service Award from Ronald M. O’Neil, College Council Chair.

Pictured is Linda D. Pellett, SUNY Canton Dean of the Science, Health and Criminal Justice receiving the 2009 Excellence in College Service Award from Ronald M. O’Neil, College Council Chair.

“Linda works tirelessly for the benefit of our students and the College,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “She has played an integral role in the College’s tremendous recent progress, including the expansion of bachelor’s degree programs and online courses.”

The Excellence in College Service Award is given annually to a SUNY Canton non-teaching academic employee. Pellett is responsible for the organization, direction, and supervision of the School of Science, Health, Professional Studies and Public Service. She is also current chair of the Assessment Committee.

“Linda is a dean that strives to serve her faculty and students, a dean who continuously steps up to fulfill the need of the campus administrators,” said the Dean of Academic Services and Retention Molly A. Mott. “Linda is unwavering in her commitment and always does best job possible, sacrificing much of her personal time to fulfill her many responsibilities.”

According to her nominations for this award, Pellett has continually demonstrates her vast knowledge of the College’s programs at the school. She uses those skills to accurately help the College’s programs quantifiably measure its goals and objectives to help offer the best career-driven education possible. The school she oversees has most recently added a two- and four-year Dental Hygiene program and a four-year Nursing program.

“She is very conscientious to make sure that student interests are paramount,” said School of Science, Health, and Public Service Secretary Donalee Eggleston.

Pellett started her career at SUNY Canton in 1977 as an Instructor in the Medical Laboratory Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master’s in Education from St. Lawrence University, and another master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Media Management from SUNY Potsdam.

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 Law Enforcement Academy Cadets Start Their Careers

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Cheryl Crayford of Heuvelton will be earning a diploma and a badge during her final week at SUNY Canton.

Crayford is one of several Law Enforcement Leadership students who opted to complete their senior-level internships as cadets in the David Sullivan/St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

“The 2009 academy graduating class included several students in the Law Enforcement Leadership and Criminal Justice programs,” said Academy Director and University Police Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. “By completing their cadet-level training while enrolled in courses, they have placed themselves in a prime position for employment immediately following graduation.”

Crayford is a sworn officer of the Canton Village Police Department and will be completing the field-training portion of her education with the department. She is the daughter of Debra Crayford and is a 2005 graduate of Heuvelton Central School.

Both the current students and traditional cadets will be honored at the Academy’s 14th commencement ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Among the cadets to complete the law enforcement academy are:

  • Timothy A. Bacon of Massena is a sworn officer of the SUNY Canton University Police. The son of Ronald and Barbara Bacon of Massena, he is a 2003 graduate of Massena High School and a 2007 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Robert Barlow of Norfolk is a sworn officer of the Norfolk Police Department. The son of Richard and Nancy Barlow, he is a 2007 graduate of Norwood Norfolk Central High School and a 2009 graduate of SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Michael Benedict Jr. of Akwesasne is a sworn officer of the St. Regis Tribal Police Department. The son of Michael and Leona Benedict of Akwesasne, he is a 1989 graduate of Salmon River Central School and a 1992 graduate of North Country Community College.
  • Ryan L. Bogardus of Gouverneur is a sworn officer of the Norwood Police Department. The son of Peter and Penny Borgardus of Fowler, he is a 1998 graduate of Gouverneur Central High School and a 2008 graduate of SUNY Canton with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation.
  • Ross Carnie of Turin is a sworn officer of the Antwerp Police Department. The son of Robert and Mary Jane Carnie of Turin, he is a 2007 graduate of South Lewis High School and a 2009 graduate of SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • David Cotey of Norwood completed his pre-employment police basic training. The son of Charles and Ann Cotey of Norwood, he is a 2005 graduate of Norwood Norfolk Central High School and a dual graduate at SUNY Canton with a certificate in Motorsports and an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Tandy Cyrus of Potsdam is a sworn officer of the Norfolk Police Department. The daughter of Joe and Janet Paul, she is a 1997 graduate of Parishville Hopkinton Central High School and is taking business courses at SUNY Canton.
  • Corbin Gates-Shult of Parishville is a sworn officer of the Norfolk Police Department. The son of Faye and step father Jeff Lamar and Keith and stepmother Sara Simon-Shult, he is a graduate of Parishville Hopkinton Central High School and a 2009 graduate of SUNY Canton with a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Kristen Jacobs of Hogansburg is a sworn officer of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department. The daughter of Lisa Jacobs of Hogansburg and Charles Jacobs of Owego, she is a 2003 graduate of Tioga Central High School and a 2007 graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Psychology.
  • David J. LeBeau of Ogdensburg is a sworn officer of the Ogdensburg City Police Department. The son of Mary Ellen Founier of Ogdensburg and David R, LeBeau of Lisbon, he is a 1994 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy.
  • Steven Lowell of Oneida is a sworn officer of Canastota Police Department. The son of John and Antoinette Lowell of Oneida, he is a 2005 graduate of Oneida High School and a 2009 graduate of SUNY Canton with a bachelor’s in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Mark Michaud of Norwood is a sworn officer of the SUNY Canton University Police. The son of Peter and Cynthia Michaud of Norfolk, he is a 1992 graduate of Norwood Norfolk High School and a 1994 graduate of SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Julia A. Serviss of Gouverneur is a sworn officer of the St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Office. The daughter of Martin and Catherine Serviss of Gouverneur, she is a 2003 graduate of Gouverneur Central High School and a 2005 graduate of SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Decota Thompson of Hogansburg is a sworn officer of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department. The son of Kim Loran and Charles Thompson of Hogansburg, he is a 1997 graduate from Salmon River Central High School and a 2008 graduate of St. Lawrence University with a bachelor’s in Marketing.

Cadets of the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy complete over 700 hours of training over an 18-week period. During that time they engage in strenuous physical training, life-like scenarios, comprehensive lessons in ethics, and life saving techniques to prepare them for their duties as officers of the law.

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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Criminal Investigation Major Receives 2009 Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Heather Biamonte, a Criminal Investigation major from Marcy, on her Outstanding Graduate award.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Heather Biamonte, a Criminal Investigation major from Marcy, on her Outstanding Graduate award.

A SUNY Canton student who is working toward a law enforcement career is the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Graduate award at the bachelor’s degree level.

Heather Biamonte, a Criminal Investigation Major from Marcy, received the recognition at the recent Harriett 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.

“Heather is a very reliable, mature student both in a professional and academic environment,” said Criminal Justice Instructor Liz Erickson. “I commend her for her hard work and preparations in and out of the classroom.”

Biamonte has been involved in many activities during her four years at the college. She was the editor of the school paper, The Tribune, the secretary for Alpha Phi Sigma High Honor Society, and a member of the Criminal Justice Honor Society.

She received a John L. Halford Sr. Scholarship through the SUNY Canton Foundation for her first two years at SUNY Canton and the Flora Bertram Geller Scholarship in 2008.

“Heather is one of the most organized people I know,” said Sindy Afriat, a fellow Criminal Investigation student. “She has always proven herself as a valuable team member in all of our group projects.”

She volunteered at the College’s Girl Scout Investigation program (nicknamed GSI), which helps teach young women the aspects of Criminal Investigation. She has also participated in several community outreach programs through her honor society.

Currently, the award-winning Criminal Investigation major is completing her senior level internship in her hometown.

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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