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Bridge Team Advisers Receive Prestigious SUNY Canton Excellence in College Service Award

Friday, May 24th, 2013

SUNY Canton’s College Council recently honored two instructional support associates for their contributions to the Canino School of Engineering Technology and to the incredible success of the College’s student steel bridge team.

Paul D. Hitchman ’95 and Dennis E. Tuper ’02 received the 2013 Excellence in College Service Award for their countless hours of dedication and work with the SUNY Canton student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers in preparation for regional and national intercollegiate competition.

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Dennis E. Tuper and Paul D. Hitchman, instructional support
Associates in the Canino School of Engineering Technology and ASCE Steel Bridge Team advisors, both received the SUNY Canton Excellence in College Service Award.

“Paul’s and Dennis’ enthusiasm and commitment to student success are well known across the SUNY Canton community,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “Their contributions to the College and to the bridge team have been invaluable and are most deserving of this award.”

Each year, engineering student teams from across North America construct a one-tenth-scale model bridge designed to meet certain criteria, such as construction speed, lightness, display, stiffness, economy and efficiency. Under Hitchman’s and Tuper’s guidance, the SUNY Canton team placed first in regional competition 14 times in the past 17 years, including this year, by besting rivals like Cornell University, Clarkson University and the Rochester Institute of Technology and even captured the national championship title in 2009.

Hitchman previously worked as a designer and draftsman for engineering firms before joining SUNY Canton as a Civil Engineering Technology instructional support associate. He advises the students in designing, drawing and fabricating the bridge. Tuper, an Automotive Technology instructional support associate, is a certified master technician with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. In addition to advising the students on bridge assembly, he welds all the bridge components for competition.

Outside the classroom, Hitchman and Tuper have worked with the Canton College Foundation to raise the necessary funds needed to purchase bridge materials and cover travel expenses for the team. They both also regularly volunteer their time to assist with other College events.

The Excellence in College Service Award is presented annually to a member of the professional staff who demonstrates effectiveness in performance and university service, professional ability and mastery in their specialization.

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.


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SUNY Canton Counseling Director Awarded for Excellence in College Service

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

SUNY Canton’s College Council has presented Director of Counseling Melinda Miller with the 2011 Excellence in College Service Award, recognizing her dedication to the College’s students and the campus community.

“In times of personal need and crisis, our students know they can rely on and trust Melinda,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Day in and day out, she takes an active interest in all of our students, both those who live on-campus and our commuter students as well. She is the type of person every college and university dreams of having in their counseling office.”

Miller came to the College in October 1996 as the coordinator for substance abuse and prevention and was named a senior counselor in August 1998. She was promoted to interim director in August 2006 before permanently becoming director the following March.

In addition to providing students with personal counseling around the clock, her office works to promote a safe and positive atmosphere on campus. They handle crisis intervention, present educational programs, workshops and activities that contribute to overall student development, and offer training for staff members and students serving as resident assistants.

“Her willingness to go above and beyond what her job expectations define has allowed her to make effective changes in the Counseling Center to meet the needs of SUNY Canton’s every changing population,” said Michael Herzog, a counselor at the College. “Besides effectively completing the responsibilities associated with her leadership position she also makes the time to be involved in just about every other aspect of campus life.”

Melinda Miller & Ron O'Neill

Miller serves as the advisor for the Peer Educators and the Commuter Club on campus. She also teaches two sections of Alcohol and Drugs in Society. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American College Counseling Association.

Her helpful demeanor can be felt throughout the local community. “Melinda has worked with many local agencies, trying to improve student access to mental health care which is so limited to the North Country,” said Patricia A. Todd, director of health services at the College’s Davis Health Center. “She is always ready to serve students, even in the middle of the night when there is a crisis. Her personal contact with students is the most outstanding quality of her professional character.”

Faculty and staff across campus have noted Miller’s enthusiasm when working with students. “She is one of those few professionals whom I could always look to for support and to count on for assistance,” said Michael J. Perry, executive director of SUNY Canton’s College Association. “Melinda is a student advocate and will do whatever necessary to support the needs and success of the students of our college.”

Prior to SUNY Canton, Miller worked as a parent enrichment coordinator and counselor at the St. Lawrence/Lewis Counties BOCES branch. She was also a mental health rehabilitation counselor for the Seaway House in Ogdensburg.

Miller received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam in 1991 and her Master’s of Education in Counseling and Human Development from St. Lawrence University in 1993. In 2005, she completed her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Counseling and Development from St. Lawrence.

She resides in Ogdensburg with her husband, Eric, and children, Jordan and Madison.

The Excellence in College Service Award is awarded annually to a member of the non-teaching professional staff who demonstrates effectiveness in performance and university service, professional ability and mastery in their specialization. She was recognized at the College’s Recognition Day ceremony on Thursday, May 26.


SUNY Canton Honors Career Services Director for Dedication to Students

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

SUNY Canton’s College Council has presented Director of Career Services David F. Norenberg with the 2010 Excellence in College Service Award for helping students find careers.

“David has provided valuable career guidance to students and helped them leave SUNY Canton with a career,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “He’s played an important part in helping students during their entire education by working jointly with faculty and offering his services as part of each students education.”

Norenberg was awarded for his enthusiasm and teamwork with both students and faculty, and for his efforts in transforming the College’s Career Services office. In addition to organizing annual Career Fairs, he has coordinated Law Enforcement Career Days and gives training presentations to resident assistants and orientation leaders. Norenberg conducts workshops each year to simplify the job search process and assist students in achieving their career goals. As a result, there has been a steady climb in the percentage of employed graduates.

He has developed online surveys for graduates and alumni, tracking up-to-date graduate placement statistics. He’s developed the on-line recruiting site, “Jobs 4 Roos” and has made web-based tools available for students and alumni, such as Optimal Resume and the Vault Online Career Library.

“David’s utilization of new technology has enabled our office to be more effective and efficient in assisting our clients,” said Teresa Clemmo, secretary for the Career Services office. “On-line job postings, resume assistance and career related programs have streamlined the Career Services office and increased the number of students we’re able to serve.”

Norenberg is also often found in the classroom working with faculty and students, or meeting with employers and encouraging them to recruit SUNY Canton students for internships and job opportunities.

“David is a committed community member who has genuine concern for the well-being of students on multiple levels, which is expressed not only through his ability to help students plan for their futures, but also through his commitments to critical thinking and exploration,” said Assistant Professor of Humanities Dr. Kelly A. Concannnon-Mannise. “He is not only interested in helping students get to where they want to be, but is committed to playing a role in getting students to examine who they want to be.”

Norenberg received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1993 and earned his Master’s of Science in Education in Counseling in 1996. He worked for United Way in Schenectady from 1997-2001 before relocating to the North Country  to begin his work as Interim Assistant Director of Career Services at St. Lawrence University. Norenberg also worked in St. Lawrence’s University Communications office as the Digital Asset and On-line Data Manager from 2002 through October 2005 before joining SUNY Canton.

Norenberg is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and SUNY CDO (Career Development Organizations). He is also a member of SUNY Canton’s Council for University Strategic Planning (CUSP).

The Excellence in College Service Award is awarded annually to a member of the non-teaching professional staff who demonstrates effectiveness in performance and university service, professional ability and mastery in their specialization. He was recognized at the College’s Recognition Day ceremony on Friday, May 28.

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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.

Math Lab Coordinator Receives College Council Award

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
Linda Crowner

AWARDED FOR SERVICE – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton College Council Chairman Wesley Stitt, President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Math Lab Coordinator Linda Crowner. Crowner received the 2007 Excellence in College Service Award.

Math Lab Coordinator Linda Crowner’s ability to respond to the evolving needs of students led her to be recognized with the SUNY Canton College Council’s 2007 Excellence in College Service award.

“Linda clearly contributes to the continuing success of the college,” said College Council Chairman Wesley Stitt. “It is with great pleasure that I present her with this award on behalf of the SUNY Canton College Council.”

Crowner tailors her tutoring approach to fit each student’s learning style and again adjusts her teaching tactics for each faculty member at the college. Hundreds of students have personally thanked her for her assistance, some of whom even said they wouldn’t have made it through college without her.

Crowner is highly involved in campus activities including Faculty Assembly, and was a member of the Academic Standards Committee. She has also served as a member of the Learning Resources Group for the Middle States Assessment, received three Who’s Who Among American Teacher’s Awards, through nominations from students, and received a character development award.