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SUNY Canton’s Funeral Services Administration Program Receives Initial Accreditation

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The funeral services administration program at SUNY Canton recently received its initial accreditation from the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).

“By meeting stringent demands of the accrediting agency, we further highlight the strengths of one of our most intensely career-driven programs,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “This accreditation is the result of months of work and the cumulative efforts of Program Director David R. Penepent and Interim Dean Kenneth Erickson, with help from many departments and individuals.”

David Penepent and Carli Schiffner

Funeral Services Administration Director David R. Penepent presents SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner with the certificate of accreditation for his program.

The College’s funeral services administration program is one of the very few four-year mortuary science majors in the United States. It is also one of the only programs of its kind within the SUNY System.

“The funeral services administration program has been designed to place a greater emphasis on the skills and knowledge needed to equip graduates with practical information that can be used in the rapidly changing funeral profession,” Penepent said. “Students in the program have an opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom in their practicum and internship experience in a funeral home of their choosing.”

Currently, the funeral services administration program has approximately 40 students. The program is designed for first-time first-year students and working professionals.

Student pouring embalming fluid

Marissa L. Caskinette of Norfolk, James A. (Andrew) Podeszedlik of Highland, and Justise R. DelFosse of Norwood prepare embalming fluid during a funeral services administration lab.

One of the program’s many advantages is that funeral directors who are currently licensed and working in the profession have an opportunity to complete their degree online and complete their bachelor degree at their own pace, Penepent said. The program grants licensed funeral directors life experience credits for their skills and knowledge in the profession.

“I wish a program like this existed when I was going to mortuary school because I would have had an opportunity to see how mortuary theory was applied in a real-life setting before graduation,” the program director said.

Future plans for the program include new classrooms, a restorative art lab, and a new multi-purpose chapel to be used for mock funeral services.

The ABFSE serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation recognize it as the sole accrediting agency for academic programs that prepare funeral service professionals. Receiving programmatic accreditation ensures that the program has been evaluated and meets, or exceeds, set standards of quality determined by the ABFSE.

The four-year program was unveiled in 2010 and replaced the College’s two-year mortuary science program. Previously it was a candidate for accreditation through the same agency.

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SUNY Canton Scholars Join Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Monday, November 5th, 2007

More than 25 students were inducted into the SUNY Canton Lambda Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Dr. Kenneth Erickson, Interim Dean of the school Liberal Studies, was the keynote speaker at the college’s recent induction ceremony. He explained his pride in the honor society’s new members by highlighting their ability to reason and their aptitude to think coherently and logically.

“The world needs people like you,” he said. “The world needs people who are emboldened by reason who will speak truth to power. When I look at all of you I feel pride. But, more importantly when I look at you, I see hope.”

He further challenged the students to take the high road even though it may not be easy.

Among the students who joined Phi Theta Kappa during the Fall 2007 were:

  • Michael Adamitey, a Computer Information Systems major from Staten Island.
  • Christine Belgarde, an Office Technology major from Potsdam.
  • Cortney Brunet, an Office Technology major from Hermon.
  • Aidan Charbonneau, a Business Administration major from Manchester Center, VT.
  • Angela Craig, an Occupational Therapy Assistant major from Rensselaer Falls.
  • Sapphire Isaac, a Criminal Justice major from Brooklyn.
  • Alissa Jatsenti, an Accounting major from Estonia.
  • Gina Kearns, an Accounting major from Massena.
  • Craig Kirkpatrick, an Automotive Technology major from Russell.
  • Christine Langtry, a Nursing major from Chippewa Bay.
  • Brenea Moroney, an Early Childhood major from Lacona.
  • Nicole Noble, a Nursing major from Ogdensburg.
  • Jennifer Pirie, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Russell.
  • Holly Rogers, an Accounting major from Walworth.
  • Lillian Roy, a Business Administration major from Norfolk.
  • Christopher Sarsfield, a Nursing major from Canton.
  • Heather Smith, a Nursing major from Potsdam.
  • Mark Talamo, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Oswego.
  • Trey Theobald, an Engineering Science major from Victor.
  • Shanna-Kay Townsend, a Health Science Career Studies major from Bronx.
  • Michael Trefry, an Accounting major from Redwood.
  • Sarah Turner, an Engineering Science major from Oswego.
  • Julie VanderWiel, a Criminal Justice major from Malone.
  • Emberstar Wakefield, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Potsdam.
  • Henry Wason, an Engineering Science major from Ogdensburg.
  • Britney Wilkins, an Early Childhood major from Brasher Falls.
  • Crystal Wroblewski, a Health Science Career Studies major from Grand Island.

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence since 1918 and has become the largest and the most prestigious honor society serving associate-level students around the world. As members, students must maintain a high grade point average and stay involved with the community through service-oriented projects.

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