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SUNY Canton Mathematician Earns Distinguished Title

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

A devoted and well-respected associate professor of mathematics has been selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty award at SUNY Canton.

Daniel J. Gagliardi, Ph.D., will be honored at SUNY Canton’s 107th Commencement Ceremony which will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Dan Gagliardi

“Dr. Gagliardi has earned the admiration of the entire SUNY Canton community,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “His enthusiasm for his coursework and his exceptional devotion to his students inspires everyone around him.”

Gagliardi was instrumental in creating the college’s mathematics minor and developed several new courses within the program. He has published numerous research articles and routinely guest lectures at mathematics conferences. He coauthored the book “Linear Algebra with Applications” with St. Lawrence University Professor James V. DeFranza, Ph.D., and has served as a co-editor of the journal “Graph Theory Notes of New York.”

“To Dan, learning is a wondrous, exciting adventure,” said Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. “He inspires students to be a part of this adventure and gently guides them through the process.”

In addition to his work as an educator, Gagliardi is an accomplished double bassist. He and his colleagues, William Vitek, chair of the Humanities Department at Clarkson University, and Michael T. Magilligan, an assistant librarian at SUNY Canton, are part of the jazz trio “A Fine Line” and play at local cafes and area events.

He earned his Doctorate in Mathematics from North Carolina State University, his Master of Science in Mathematics from New Mexico State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from SUNY Purchase. He resides in Canton with his wife, Robin, and their three sons, Zachary, Michael and Eric.


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Physical Therapist Assistant Professor Receives 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

A professor who has dedicated her career at SUNY Canton to ensuring student success will receive this year’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

The College Council will present Deborah S. Molnar, DPT, with the award during the David V. Guccione Honors Convocation ceremony at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center. Molnar is a professor and also the program director of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell of DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau of Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny of Keeseville.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell of DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau of Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny of Keeseville.

She was chosen for her unwavering dedication to developing the PTA degree into one of SUNY Canton’s premier offerings. She successfully guided the program through two rigorous reaccreditation processes in 2002 and 2013, and the degree boasts students who consistently pass the national exam at a higher rate than other graduates nationwide.

“It is Deborah’s passion for the subject matter and engagement with her students that uniquely qualifies her for this award,” said SUNY Canton Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly A. Mott, Ph.D. “Her commitment to excellence in her teaching and the PTA program has enriched the lives of our students and that of the campus community.”

Molnar was also instrumental in crafting a highly successful partnership between SUNY Canton and the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka. Students enrolled in the program attend IIHS for a year and a half before traveling to the U.S. to complete an additional three semesters at SUNY Canton. The first international students graduated in May 2013.

“Deborah has worked tirelessly to ensure the international initiative is reviewed properly, accreditation guidelines are met and the students are given an opportunity to change not only their lives but also the future of their country,” said SUNY Canton Visiting Professor and former Director of International Programs Marela Fiacco. “Bringing students from IIHS has also ensured that SUNY Canton students benefit from working side by side with students from Sri Lanka and gaining a better cultural understanding.”

Students are quick to note Molnar’s exceptional repertoire in the classroom and her dedication to helping others succeed.

“She was not just an instructor for us – she became one of the greatest teachers and friends we have ever met in our lives,” said Roshan Peiris, a PTA graduate from Sri Lanka. “She was always with us – supporting every way she could.”

Outside the classroom, Molnar is a member of numerous academic committees and serves as a faculty mentor. Her expertise in program development was instrumental in crafting the curriculum for the popular Health and Fitness Promotion bachelor’s degree, and she assisted with developing the four-year Veterinary Science program.

“Deborah has distinguished herself by maintaining an exceptional quality of work while ensuring attention and kindness to the people around her,” said colleague and Physical Therapist Assistant Professor Jennifer S. McDonald. “Her ability to listen attentively and act as a sounding board is unmatched. I consider it a privilege to work with her.”

Molnar resides in Norfolk with her husband, George, and two children, Sidney and Bodie.


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Professor Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The SUNY Canton College Council has awarded a faculty member who has invested deeply in making the College a better place to work, learn and be successful.

The College Council selected Professor Raymond G. Krisciunas as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award. Krisciunas teaches History in the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Ray Krisciunas

SUNY Canton History Professor Raymond G. Krisciunas is the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award.

He will receive his award and be a guest of honor at the Nancy R. Auster Honors Convocation at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the SUNY Canton Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

Many of his peer faculty members endorsed or nominated him for the award. He’s enriched students’ experiences by providing an evolving awareness of world events, according to Associate Professor Patrick K. LaPierre, who also teaches history.

“Ray’s knowledge ranges widely,” LaPierre said. “His broad focus stems from a genuine interest and concern about the human community.”

Krisciunas is consistently changing his courses to meet current academic trends and adapt to the needs of his students. Numerous students commented that his courses are always interesting and informative.

For several semesters, he helped develop and present at the Liberal Arts Academic Film Festival. Students could participate in film showings that included topical themes encouraging rhetoric. Subjects included “Coming of Age” and “Resistance.”

Krisciunas has received numerous awards and has traveled the world to present and gather topics for his research. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Award on the topic of “Rethinking Europe/Rethinking World History,” which later became the foundation to develop a World History course at SUNY Canton.

He spent time in Argentina, Brazil and Chile on a State University of New York grant presenting on “Learning about the Americas.”

He served two 3-year terms as a senator in SUNY’s Faculty Assembly, served twice on the SUNY Faculty Senate Executive Committee representing SUNY Colleges of Technology chaired the SUNY Faculty Senate Student Life Committee and served on several standing committees for SUNY’s governing body for faculty. He has also served as the vice president for academics in SUNY Canton’s chapter of the United University Professions union.

At SUNY Canton, Krisciunas served on the Faculty Affairs Committee, Liberal Arts Committee and the Library Committee. He has been the department chair for History, Political Science and Economics and the Chair for Social Sciences. Krisciunas received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and continued with his doctoral studies in History at Indiana University. He also spent four years in a research position at the University of Kiel (German, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel).

Ray and his wife Diana have two sons, Gintas and Linas. He said his family played a critical role in his successful career.

Respected SUNY Canton Business Professor Passes

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Tom Duda A much-loved SUNY Canton Distinguished Professor Emeritus has passed away.

Thomas W. Duda, a retired professor who taught in the School of Business and Liberal Arts, died on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, July 18, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg.

“Dr. Duda was very respected by his students and colleagues,” noted Provost Carli C. Schiffner, who will become Interim President on Sept. 1, following current President Joseph L. Kennedy’s retirement. “He will be extremely missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife Virginia and all of his family. We are forever indebted to him for all of the educational contributions and the students he helped during his tenure with the College.”

Numerous friends of the SUNY Canton Community posted their remembrances and condolences on the College’s Facebook page. Cathy McCabe Beyette wrote, “He was an amazing teacher. I’d even giggle at his sense of humor he’d throw in on an on-line test… had to stop laughing because it was timed. SUNY [Canton] lost a wonderful man! Prayers and thoughts are with his family.”

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Mr. Duda was born in Springfield, Mass., on December 31, 1943. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut in 1965 and his Master’s degree from Syracuse University in 1967. He received his Doctorate from the University of Sarasota Florida in 1981.

He first went to work at Penn State, and later at Penn State’s DuBois Campus. He first joined SUNY Canton (then known as Canton ATC) in 1984. During his time at the College, he served as the presiding Officer of the Faculty Affairs Committee and served on the president’s commission on planning and budgeting. He chaired the steering committee for the 1991 Middle States reaccreditation process, and served on numerous other committees. He also designed the College’s “Principles of Management” course.

The College Council awarded him with the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1992. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy awarded him emeritus status in 2008, and Mr. Duda continued to serve the College in an adjunct capacity after his retirement.

He was also a hobby farmer and mechanic. He was active in St. Mary’s Cathedral. He played Polka Music and belonged to the Tom Duda Orchestra.

Early Childhood Professor Selected as SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Maureen P. Maiocco, Ed.D., loves to teach students of all ages.

Maiocco began her career doing exactly what she loves, working with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-age children. She’s carried her enthusiasm over into the realm of higher education as a professor and early childhood program director at SUNY Canton, and her zeal has led her to be selected as the College’s 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient.

Maureen Maiocco

2011 SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient Professor Maureen P. Maiocco grading student projects in the College’s Early Childhood Lab.

She will be recognized at SUNY Canton’s 103rd Commencement Ceremony to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the College’s new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.

“Maureen is a model educator,” said Kyle Brown, Director of SUNY Canton OnLine. “During her seven years at SUNY Canton, she has grown the Early Childhood program into a thriving, popular major for SUNY Canton students.”

Outside of her interactive classroom, Maiocco schedules activities for the children of the campus community at nearly every single major College function. Most recently, she orchestrated and held a campus-wide children’s Christmas party on behalf of SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“She’s the perfect model for teachers and aspiring teachers,” said Christina Martin, Maiocco’s colleague and an adjunct instructor at SUNY Canton. “She’s provided me with outstanding mentorship.”

Faculty and staff members from across the College have benefitted from serving with Maiocco, including Feng Hong, an associate professor of physics and 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient. Maiocco and Hong worked together with a delegation of Chinese faculty members from Xi’an City, China, who were interested in the American methods of pre-kindergarten education.

“Dr. Maiocco’s exceptional organizational skills and tireless efforts during the 2009 Early Childhood Summer Institute made the event a success,” Hong said. “The event was not only a showcase of the early childhood program, but also a showcase for the College and for all of Canton.”

As a result of the Summer Institute, Maiocco was invited to teach in Xi’an, China in 2010. While there, she made the international television news for her positive work with Chinese children and faculty members.

Maiocco was also recently featured on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Academic Minute. She delivered a compelling argument against the practice of “time out” in a group educational setting, and even offered several alternatives in the allotted one minute 40 second timeframe.

Many of her students credit her with their educational success at the College, and 16 students have recognized her outstanding work through the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

“All of Dr. Maiocco’s classes were a healthy combination of hands-on activities and lecture,” said Tiffany Daily-Faulkner, a 2007 early childhood graduate. “She understood that everyone learns differently. There was never a dull moment in her classes. Her humor and creativity kept us all engaged and interested in the lesson at hand.”

Maiocco earned her doctorate of education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, with a specialization in child and youth studies and curriculum development. She earned her master of science in teacher leadership from Wheelock College in Boston, and her bachelor of arts in education from Curry College in Milton, Mass.

She lives in Potsdam with her husband Steven.


Associate Professor of Physics Selected as SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

An innovative faculty member in the SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology has been selected as the recipient of the College Council’s 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Associate Professor of Physics Feng Hong, Ph.D., will be among those recognized at the College’s 102nd Commencement Ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in an outdoor ceremony adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Students and faculty members have praised Hong for his advanced mastery of the field of physics in addition to his ability to make it tangible for his students.

“Dr. Hong is one our most accomplished and supportive faculty members,” said Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David J. Wells. “Physics is a foundational topic for all of the engineering technology curricula. Dr. Hong helps students acquire the knowledge and ability necessary for their career-driven fields of study.”

In addition to his teaching accolades, Hong has been integral in introducing the global community to SUNY Canton by serving as the Chinese program coordinator. He also worked as a liaison to students in the SUNY China 150 program and helped them learn adapt to college life in Canton. Many of his colleagues noted his countless hours of dedication to his volunteer work.

“His efforts and dedication have helped SUNY Canton meet with several potential partner institutions in China,” said Ryan P. Deuel, the college’s chief of staff. “He has helped to draw visiting scholars from China to the campus, helping SUNY Canton become a more culturally diverse and internationalized institution.”

Hong has also worked on numerous grant proposals on behalf of the College for the National Science Foundation including, Women in Engineering Day, a solar energy research project for Girl Scouts funded through Corning Foundation, and a program for the Salmon River School District exposing students to science, technology, and math.

“Anyone who has had the honor of working with Dr. Hong knows that he exceeds all expectations for any given task,” said Maureen P. Maiocco, director of the early childhood program and Hong’s colleague. “He is passionate about the education of his students, his field of study, his colleagues, and SUNY Canton.”

He received his bachelor of science degree in physics from Zhejiang University in China in 1986 and went on to earn his master’s and doctorate degrees from North Dakota State University in 2001 and 2004, respectively. While at North Dakota State, Hong worked as a research assistant, a lab instructor, and served as a BRIN Graduate Teaching Internship Fellow, teaching both physical science and tutored mathematics at Fort Berthold Community College.

Upon graduation from North Dakota State, he served as a postdoctoral research associate in the chemistry department at Washington State University until July 2005 when he began his work with SUNY Canton. He has won four golden apple awards from incoming Phi Theta Kappa honor society students denoting his excellence as an educator.

Hong lives in Potsdam with his wife Yimei Zhu, they have one daughter, Kaelynn.

The Distinguished Faculty Award is given annually to a current member of the SUNY Canton faculty who demonstrates a mastery of subject matter, effectiveness in teaching, the ability to contribute to the College in a scholarly way, a commitment to the College, and a desire to continue growing professionally. Hong is the 30th recipient of the award.

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SUNY Canton Canino School Celebrates Distinguished Faculty Member

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
William Mein

Assistant Dean and Associate Professor William Mein will receive the 2009 Distinguished Faculty award.

An Assistant Dean and Associate Professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology at SUNY Canton will be receiving the 2009 Distinguished Faculty award for his patience, understanding, and guidance.

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

“He was my mentor as a student, and now, he is my mentor as a peer,” said Robert Randall, an Instructor in the Computer Information Systems program. “After working with Professor Mein I understand just how dedicated he is to his students, his various duties, his fellow faculty members, and SUNY Canton.”

Mein helped develop the Computer Information Systems program at the college. He has participated in numerous committees and volunteer activities, including the Faculty Affairs Committee and the IDAP Awards Committee. He is a member of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Community Relations Board, an active member of the Potsdam Rotary Club, and a judge for the United States Figure Skating Association.

“Bill is hardworking and extraordinarily capable,” noted Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David J. Wells. “I’m impressed with his low-key, casual, and extremely effective leadership style. He continually demonstrates his commitment to life-long learning and encourages other faculty to do the same.”

When Mein was nominated for the Distinguished Faculty Award, numerous students stepped forward to add their support. Many of those nominations mentioned his patience and kindness toward all students. “His kindness put me at ease when I was frustrated with the assignments,” noted Stacia Dutton, another of Mein’s protégés. “As a single mother who was working full-time and attending college, I was often overwhelmed. It was Mr. Mein’s faith in me that kept me persevering.”

Mein received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam in 1966. He continued with his education at SUNY Potsdam and received his master’s in Mathematics in 1969. Further continuing his education at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, he earned another master’s in Computer and Information Sciences in 1975. Mein started working for SUNY Canton in September of 2000 as an Assistant Professor in the Information Technology Department.

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.

SUNY Canton Professor Rosanna M. Moser Receives Distinguished Faculty Recognition

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Rosanna MoserBusinesses that hire SUNY Canton students from the Office Technology program know they are getting career-minded, work-ready professionals. Professor of Office Technology Rosanna M. Moser makes sure of it.

Moser has received the 2007 Distinguished Faculty Award and will be among the faculty, staff, and scholars highlighted at the college’s 99th Commencement Ceremony held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Alumni Gymnasium at Dana Athletic Center. She is known for her own professional, courteous demeanor and her diligent efforts to make sure students are equally prepared with immediately marketable skills.

“Professor Rosanna Moser is a terrific example of why SUNY Canton is thriving and why our students are so successful,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “She imparts wisdom directly applicable to each student’s future careers coupled with the hands-on approach of her programs.”

Professor Moser has a quiet demeanor and an “unsung” status belying the fact that she has positively impacted a countless number of students. She has helped secure internships for students within their chosen field, most of which lead to 100 percent placement.

Associate Professor Emeritus Robert W. Stilson describes her as, “… dedicated, professional, responsible, respectful, articulate, and kind.”

Professor Moser is the department chairperson of Business faculty within the School of Business and Public Service. She also organized Professional Development Week, allowing students from all curricula can hone their interview skills, learn to dress for success, and engage in extra-curricular learning. She dramatically and positively influences the lives of her students and colleagues on a daily basis.

She earned her baccalaureate degree in Personnel Administration from Empire State College in 1982 and her Master of Science degree in Vocational and Technical Education in 1985 at SUNY Oswego. She has subsequently completed 30 credit hours of additional post graduate coursework.