A SUNY Canton Early Childhood student’s enthusiasm for teaching and dedicated volunteerism led her to be recognized as the college’s Outstanding Graduate at the Associate Level.
Kristina Kaiser of Colton received the accolade at the recent Harriet A. Beggs Honors Convocation. She was presented with a ceremonial plaque and a medallion to accompany her academic regalia for SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outside across from French Hall.
“Kristina has enthusiastically demonstrated professionalism, leadership, and overall excellence when teaching children,” said Early Childhood Program Director and Associate Professor Maureen Maiocco.
The Early Childhood Program Director mentioned that Kaiser has been working at Building Blocks Day Care in Potsdam, as the school-age program director. She works with young children before and after their typical school day. “Kristina not only gives to the college and her peers, but also to the community,” Maiocco pointed out. “She even donated nine inches of her hair to an organization that makes wigs for children stricken with cancer.”
Kaiser is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Vice President of the Early Childhood club, and has been on either the President’s or Dean’s list throughout her time at the college.
She has volunteered and assisted in many school-wide activities offered through the college’s office of Student Activities and is a volunteer firefighter with the Hopkinton-Fort Jackson Fire Department.
“Kristina is always the first to take charge when given a group project,” said Ashley Chevier, another Early Childhood student. “She is quick to encourage everyone and anyone to join in activities.”
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.