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SUNY Canton Early Childhood Major Recognized for Academic Achievement

Friday, May 6th, 2011

An early childhood major who worked with local students has been honored by SUNY Canton for his outstanding academic achievements and dedication to his intended profession.

Michael J. Jason of Crown Point is the College’s 2011 recipient of the annual Outstanding Associate Graduate Award at the Associate level.  He was presented with the award at SUNY Canton’s Arthur G. Hurlbut Honors Convocation held on May 4 and will be among other honorees and award recipients recognized during the College’s Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The indoor ceremony will be held in SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

 

Michael Jason

Michael J. Jason of Crown Point is awarded the College’s annual Outstanding Associate Graduate Award at the Associate level by President Joseph L. Kennedy.

The award recognizes students enrolled in two-year programs who have excelled in their academics and other areas of campus life. Each semester, Jason has been on both the Dean’s List and President’s Honors list each of his four semesters at the College. The President’s List is the College’s highest level of achievement for one semester that honors full-time students who earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. He also received a Certificate of Academic Achievement from the Office of Opportunity Programs.

“Michael has an outstanding character, is an exceptional student, puts every ounce of energy he has into all of his course work and projects, and volunteers in many campus events with a kind and giving attitude,” said Maureen Maiocco, professor and director of the Early Childhood degree program. “I can’t think of a better role model for young children to have. I know he will inspire his future students in the most important life lessons: to always believe in yourself despite life’s challenges, and to treat others with care and kindness.”

A member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Societies, Jason was elected Student Senate and Treasurer for the Early Childhood Club. During his senior year, he took on a leadership role in PTK and served as Vice President of Scholarship.  He also volunteered at the St. Lawrence Early Childhood Conference and student-taught at a local Head Start and at St. Mary’s in Canton.

Jason completed the New York State Office of Children and Family Services requirements for identifying and reporting child abuse, maltreatment and neglect. He attended and completed training dealing with topics such as helping children cope with grief and loss and early childhood science literacy.

In addition to his commitments related to his major, Jason was a member of the College’s gaming club and served as Vice President of the Outdoor Adventures Club his freshman year.

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


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Early Childhood Club President and Student Activities Staff Member Receive Awards

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates MacKenzie O. Belden of Hammond for receiving the 2009  David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates MacKenzie O. Belden of Hammond for receiving the 2009 David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

A SUNY Canton Early Childhood student and a Student Activities Office Secretary are being awarded for their involvement at the college.

MacKenzie O. Belden of Hammond has been selected to receive the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award and Student Activities Secretary Jennifer Kelsey has been selected to receive the Northstar Award. Both will be among the honorees at SUNY Canton’s 101st Ceremony to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outside across from French Hall.

Belden and the Early Childhood Club were involved with several key activities this year, including a winter clothing drive for economically disadvantaged children and families, and an “adopt a soldier” program. She and her peers helped ensure both projects were a complete success.

Jennifer Kelsey

Jennifer Kelsey will receive the Northstar Award at the 101st Commencement Ceremony on May 16.

“There is no doubt the recognition given to the club was in large part due to the leadership, dedication, and volunteer efforts of MacKenzie,” said Early Childhood Education Program Director and Associate Professor Maureen Maiocco. “She has put in a lot of time and effort into promoting the club. She ensures that members are engaged and that the club is on task.”

Belden will be earning her second SUNY Canton degree this year, having previously earned a degree in Liberal Studies in 2007. She has consistently been on both the President’s and Dean’s list for her academic achievements. She was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in the Fall of 2008 and currently serves as the organization’s vice president.

Kelsey, a 2003 SUNY Canton graduate, has consistently gone above and beyond her job duties, according to her colleagues and students. She’s one of the driving forces that makes the office a fun, vibrant place, and she is the first contact point for students.

This year, Kelsey served as a volunteer staff mentor, advisor, and supervisor of the student yearbook “The Paysonian.” She’s the go-to person for members of the Student Cooperative Alliance, the College Union Board, as well as all student-run clubs and organizations.

The David R. Maynard Student Activities Award is given annually to a student who demonstrates superior citizenship, outstanding leadership, and who has generously given time to extracurricular activities. The Northstar award is hand selected by students and is given annually to a faculty or staff member who makes the college a better place.

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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