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Great-Grandmother Earns Degree with Great-Grandchildren

Friday, October 19th, 2012

An 83-year-old student demonstrated that age should never be a hindrance to higher education. Myrtle Butterfield of Canton is taking courses alongside her two great grandchildren, 65 years after graduating from high school.

Myrtle Butterfield

One of the senior-most nontraditional students in SUNY Canton, Myrtle Butterfield, 83, of Canton studies between classes. Butterfield is a liberal arts major scheduled to graduate in December.

“I went to the Office of Admissions with my granddaughter-in-law,” Myrtle recalled. “I met (Admissions Counselor) Brandon Davock and when I walked out, I was enrolled in the Liberal Arts program.”

Her great-grandson, Carter K. Cutway, was a Business Management student during the Spring 2012 Semester, and Myrtle’s great-granddaughter, Jamie L. Butterfield, is in the Criminal Justice program. “Who else can say they went to College with their great-grandmother?” Cutway said.

Myrtle Butterfield

Myrtle Butterfield, 83, with her great-granddaughter Jamie L. Butterfield (right) and Carter K. Cutway (Left). All three attended SUNY Canton at the same time.

“There’s a lot of my family connected with this College,” Myrtle said. “I watched both of my great-grandchildren grow up, and now I get to go to College with them.”

Adjusting to college life did not come easy to Myrtle. “I almost quit during my first week,” she recalled, “but the Accommodative Services Office has been amazing! Everyone is so supportive. What more can you ask for?”

During time at the college and after developing a new routine, Myrtle has developed a new love of learning. She’s been on the President’s list and inducted into two honor societies, and her GPA was in the top 10 percent of her class.

Myrtle often offers advice to her younger classmates. “I went straight from high school to marriage,” Myrtle recalled. “We didn’t have the resources then that we have today. I always regretted not coming to college, but work and family always came first. I tell all of the young, beautiful and wonderful students here not to waste this opportunity.”

Myrtle has also discovered she has a talent for writing prose and poetry. She is scheduled to earn her associate degree in December 2012 and plans to work toward her four-year degree and continue writing.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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SUNY Canton Staff Member Earns Recognition from Students

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The director of accommodative services at SUNY Canton is being recognized for going above and beyond to inspire and assist all students at the College.

M. Veigh Mehan Lee is the recipient of the 2010 Northstar Award, an honor that is given by the students annually to a faculty or staff member who makes the College a better place. Lee 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.

Lee is responsible for determining, coordinating and managing services for students with disabilities. She also coordinates tutoring services for all students.

Many students credit their academic and personal successes to her hard work, according to the numerous nominations submitted on her behalf. For several students, she has served as an excellent advocate. She’s helped students with hearing impairments get new hearing aids when all other avenues were closed, and she’s assisted students in learning how best to be a successful student.

“Veigh Lee has gone above and beyond her line of work to make me a better student,” said  an industrial technology management student at the College. “Whether it’s speaking with faculty, scheduling classes or even making sure I have a place to live while attending SUNY Canton, she does everything with a warm smile. She has had an impact on me and my family, and it will be felt for the rest of our lives.”

She’s a member of the College’s Retention Committee, the Green Campus Committee, the Peace Garden Committee and serves as advisor for the Delta Kappa Sigma fraternity. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, enjoys creating and teaching calligraphy and is a member of the Calligraphy Society of Ottawa.

Lee earned her associate degree in liberal arts from Maria College, her bachelor’s degree in art with a minor in education from Damien College, and her master’s of education in counseling and human development from St. Lawrence University. Lee is currently working on her second master’s from St. Lawrence and will complete the mental health counseling program in May 2011.

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


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