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Vander Wiel and Talamo Receive Highest Honors

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Seniors Julie Vander Wiel (Malone, N.Y.) and Mark Talamo (Oswego, N.Y.) received the Nicole Fleury Memorial Leadership Award and Alden Chadwick Memorial Leadership Award respectively at the Roos’ year-end student-athlete picnic.

Julie, with mom Lee, and Mark with parents Margaret and Matt

The awards are named in honor of Nicole Fleury, a former standout basketball and soccer player who tragically lost her life in a car accident during her senior season, and Alden Chadwick, who spent 30 years at SUNY Canton, the last 15 as athletic director.  The awards are given to a female and male student-athlete each year who inspire others and who exemplify strong leadership qualities and sound character.

Vander Wiel was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team and this past fall ran on the women’s cross country team.  On the court she played in 91 career games and scored 515 points, grabbed 304 rebounds, made 48 steals and handed out 38 assists. The legal studies major has received an academic achievement award from the athletic department for four straight years.  She was a three-time Sunrise Conference scholar-athlete and an Outstanding Scholar Athlete award winner during her junior year for achieving the highest grade-point average among all women’s basketball players in the conference.    Vander Wiel earned a place on the President’s Honor List in four semesters and the Dean’s List in another and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  In 2009 she received the Make a Difference Award for her outstanding effort and commitment to all of the athletic department’s community service projects.    This year Vander Wiel received the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Excellence and a Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award from New York State.

“Without a doubt Julie has made an incredible positive stamp on our department, the women’s basketball program and the college,” said athletic director Diane Para.  “Anyone looking for the true meaning of a student-athlete and all the desirable attributes one would want associated with the term only needs to look as far as Julie.”

Talamo, who received the award for a second time, was a four-year member of the men’s ice hockey team.  During his tenure he has been a Region 3 all-star, a Region 3 Scholar-Athlete, an NJCAA Academic All-American, an ACHA Academic All-American, and an Eastern Collegiate Hockey League academic all-star.  The business administration major has made the Dean’s List in each of his past seven semesters, has received an academic achievement award from SUNY Canton for four years and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  He joined the 100-point club this season and finished his career with 40 goals and 70 assists while being whistled for just 14 total penalties during his career.  This season Talamo, and  teammate Scott Zaryski, were two of 40 players chosen to compete in the ACHA Division-1 all-star game.

“What was said about Mark when he first won the award two years ago holds true even more today,” said Para.  “He is absolutely the kind of young man that Al would have loved and bragged about time and time again.  Mark is a model of maturity and politeness and has the type of behavior we want all of our student-athletes to be known for. “

“We have been blessed to have both Julie and Mark in our athletic family for four years and we will miss them dearly,” added Para.

Former athletic staff assistant Jerry Sawyer, who went back to a management position in the physical plant, was named the Athletic Staff Member of the Year by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Senior Dominic Creazzo (Massena, N.Y.) of the baseball team and freshman Abbey Shoen (Waddington, N.Y.) of the women’s basketball team received this year’s Make a Difference Awards for their outstanding contributions to the department.

In addition, 26 student-athletes received academic achievement awards for earning a grade-point average of 3.35 or higher.

Those winners are Katelyn Anthony (Spencerport, N.Y.)Lorraine Conover (Oneida, N.Y.)and Kristie Melven (Attica, N.Y.) of women’s cross country, Byron Danis (Rensselaer Falls, N.Y.)Brad Hamilton (Salem, N.Y.)Tyler Morse (North Creek, N.Y.), and Justin Richardson (Pavilion, N.Y.) of men’s cross country, Chris Cumella (Webster, N.Y.)Nick LeBoeuf (Gansevoort, N.Y.)Justin Martin (Lowville, N.Y.)Brett Nortz (Watertown, N.Y.), and Darren Ross (New York, N.Y.)of men’s soccer, Emily Bush (Heuvelton, N.Y.)(women’s basketball), Katelyn Horton (Roscoe, N.Y.) and Angie Waryasz (Beaver Falls, N.Y.) of women’s soccer, Vander Wiel and Heather Lottie (Canton, N.Y.) (softball) of women’s basketball, Tony Valentin (Perth Amboy, N.J.) and Tony Parker (Sodus, N.Y.) of men’s basketball, Talamo, Chris Giczewski (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and John Payne(Port Moody, B.C.) of men’s ice hockey and Matt Myers (Brandon, Vt.) and Michael Zelyez (Brasher Falls, N.Y. )of baseball.

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Two SUNY Canton Students Win Chancellor’s Award

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Two SUNY Canton students have received the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Julie Vander Wiel

Julie Vander Wiel, a Legal Studies major from Malone, and Amy Dufore, a Criminal Investigations major from Norfolk, were selected to receive the esteemed award. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy joined the students in Albany as they personally received their ceremonial medallion and certificate from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

“These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants and much more,” Zimpher said. “Congratulations to all of the students receiving today’s award and thank you all for your genuine dedication to student excellence.”

Vander Wiel maintained excellent grades while volunteering, participating in athletics, and holding leadership positions within the SUNY Canton community. She has been captain of the women’s basketball team for three years, is a student-representative on the College’s Intercollegiate Athletic Board, and has served as the secretary and treasurer for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Vander Wiel has been recognized by the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference as an Outstanding Scholar Athlete for achieving the highest grade point average in the conference. She worked as a tutor to her fellow classmates, volunteered at a New York City soup kitchen, and participated in Make a Difference Day. She currently works as a legal intern at Lekki, Hill, Duprey, and Bhatt Law Firm, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Vander Wiel received the Alden C. Chadwick Endowed Scholarship from the SUNY Canton Foundation.

Amy Dufore

Dufore is finishing up her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation after graduating from SUNY Canton in 2009 with an associate degree in Criminal Justice. In 2008, she was a team captain for the women’s cross country team and was vice president of the Beta Psi Delta Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association Lambda Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. In 2009, she was the vice president for the Omega Upsilon chapter of the Alpha Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. She also helped her program promote the DVD release of Max Payne, by orchestrating a simulated crime scene and an educational presentation for international members of the media in New York City. Dufore earned resident assistant of the year award and published works in Grasse Roots, the College’s literary magazine. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and helped members of the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council earn their forensic science badges. She won one of the SUNY Canton Foundation’s Canino Awards at last year’s Honors Convocation and a scholarship through the St. Lawrence County Sherriff’s Department.

Both Vander Wiel and Dufore will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Canton’s 102nd Commencement Ceremony on May 22.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 13 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, or career achievement. The average Grade Point Average (GPA) for all recipients this year is 3.8.

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