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Glens Falls Native Receives SUNY Canton’s Associate Level Outstanding Graduate Award

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Alysia SmithA dedicated student activist is the recipient of SUNY Canton’s 2008 Associate Level Outstanding Graduate Award.

Alysia M. Smith of Glens Falls is passionate about children, animals, the environment, and her education. She has committed herself to promoting environmental education and activism while maintaining a perfect grade point average in the Veterinary Science Technology program.

Smith will be among the approximately 500 students at the College’s 100th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, outdoors across from SUNY Canton’s French Hall.

Smith was a co-founder of the Student Environmental Awareness Society (SEAS) and worked with faculty and staff on the Green Campus Committee to improve recycling on campus.

On Earth day, Smith helped plant 100 trees and helped create unique sculptures out of recyclable materials to promote environmental awareness. She also recovered and found homes for recycled textbooks and helped the library sort items for recycling.

She was also a member of the college’s Habitat for Humanity club, the Outing Club and held a work-study position in the SUNY Canton Office of Public Relations.

She has worked as an equine assistant and barn manager at the Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch, a camp for critically ill children in Lake Luzerne. She witnessed the therapeutic effects of the interaction between children with disabilities and the animals. “The experience made me a more compassionate, patient, understanding, and loving person,” Miss Smith said. “I want to continue to be a part of programs such as these that not only benefit children, but animals as well.”

Smith is planning on a career in wildlife rehabilitation medicine and animal assisted therapy.

She has been recognized on the President’s List and received Part-Time Honors for academic excellence and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She received the Hahn-Kalberer Endowed Scholarship, the Anderson-Andre Endowed Scholarship, and the Zonta Club Scholarship.

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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SUNY Canton Student Redistributes and Recycles Discarded Texts

Thursday, April 17th, 2008
Alysia Smith

SAVING BOOKS – Alysia M. Smith, a SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology major from Glens Falls holds up a book she recovered from a recycling bin at SUNY Canton.

Outdated books can be problematic in an academic setting.

A SUNY Canton student dedicated to environmental awareness is helping solve the textbook problem at Southworth Library by redistributing and recycling a number of books, video tapes, and magazines.

Alysia Smith, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Glens Falls and the President of Student Environmental Awareness Society (SEAS) found out that the library was disposing of outdated materials and sprang into action. She rallied other members SEAS and the college’s Green Campus Committee (GCC) to salvage the ill-fated texts.

The college was in the process of having the books sent to a recycling center through Casella Waste Systems, Inc. Smith, thinking that the books were headed to the landfill, said she originally thought to find homes for the texts. “I will be taking some of the more recent editions to professors, hoping that they could use them,” she said. “Some of the more out-of-date ones I asked Matt Burnett (Assistant Professor of Humanities) to take for his students to use in art projects.”

As fortune or fate would have it, a representative was on campus from the American Cancer Society text book drive. “He immediately took half of the books we had collected and a third of the books discarded.” Burnett said. “I think this reflects strongly on the dedication of our students and their willingness to work towards new solutions for contemporary issues.”

Smith has been combing the discarded books daily. She sorts them into categories for people she knows who can use them and is looking for other outlets to redistribute them. “I’m still driving around with a car full of books,” she said.

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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