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SUNY Canton Professor Receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Lawretta Ononye and President HoffmanA SUNY Canton associate professor has been recognized for her passion for research and commitment to student engagement.

Dr. Lawretta C. Ononye is the recipient of the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities and was honored for her achievements at the College’s 106th Commencement ceremony May 10.

As the principal coordinator for the National Science Foundation Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Grant, her efforts have garnered funding that is used to award scholarships to a diverse group of talented, but financially disadvantaged, students.

She has coordinated events such as the STEM Summer Program and the annual Women in Engineering Day. Through these efforts, she has inspired more students to seek education and careers in science and technology.

“Dr. Ononye is a preeminent teacher at SUNY Canton, a role model for her students, and a pillar of the campus community,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “Her peers, her superiors and her students hold Dr. Ononye in the highest regard.”

Dr. Ononye developed and coordinates the Applied Physics minor and is in the process of developing a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Technology.

She has authored a book and several peer-reviewed journal articles. Her dissertation earned the 2008 Electronic Theses and Dissertation Award.

Dr. Ononye earned her Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and her Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Engineering Scholarships Available at SUNY Canton

Friday, April 8th, 2011

A handful of prestigious, full tuition scholarships remain available for students planning to study in SUNY Canton’s four-year engineering technology programs.

In 2010, the College received a National Science Foundation grant to provide 18 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarships. There are several STEM scholarships left for the Fall 2011 semester. Each scholarship provides students with $7,200 a year, or $28,800 over four years. Annual tuition for bachelor’s degree programs at SUNY Canton is $4,970 for New York State residents.

Justin Seymour, a SUNY Canton electrical technology student and National Science Foundation scholarship recipient from Elmira.

In order to be eligible, applicants must be accepted into one of several SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology programs and be able to provide: proof of U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency; a transcript with Regents exam scores of 80 percent or higher, or a transfer GPA of 3.0; and household financial records.

Megan Sampier, a SUNY Canton engineering science student and National Science Foundation scholarship recipient from Colton.

Additionally, applicants will need two letters of recommendation and will need to author a 500-word essay. The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants until all remaining slots are filled. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible upon acceptance into a qualified program.

Graduates of the College’s engineering technology programs are among the most sought-after employees. The Canino School of Engineering Technology offers a low student to faculty ratio with hands-on access to advanced laboratories and learning facilities.

Terrance E. Davis, a SUNY Canton alternative and renewable energy systems major and National Science Foundation scholarship recipient from the Bronx.

For more information, visit www.canton.edu/nsfsstem, or contact Julie Parkman, associate director of advancement in the SUNY Canton Foundation, parkmanj@canton.edu, 315-386-7746 or the Director of the NSF STEM Scholarship, Lawretta Ononye, associate professor of physics, ononyel@canton.edu, 315-386-7521.

 

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SUNY Canton Receives Nearly $600,000 NSF Grant for Scholarships

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Over the next four years, SUNY Canton will receive a $596,160 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to be used for scholarships given to engineering technology students.

Dr. Lawretta Ononye, associate professor of physics, serves as the principal investigator and director of SUNY Canton’s project proposal. She is assisted by colleague Dr. Stephen Frempong, professor of electrical engineering technology and co-principal investigator of the proposal, as well as JoAnne Fassinger, the College’s grants coordinator.

“This is a monumental accomplishment for us as we continue to do everything we can to make college an option for all students, irrespective of their economic circumstance,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I thank the efforts of Dr. Ononye, Dr. Frempong and JoAnne for working as hard as they did over the last few years to make this a reality for SUNY Canton and our future students.”

SUNY Canton’s project, entitled “Scholarships for Engineering Technology,” will be funded through the NSF Scholarship for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) project. It will provide scholarships for 18 full-time students who have demonstrated superior academic performance but face economic hardships. An annual award of $7,200 for up to four years will help support the scholars through their degree completion at the College.

The scholarships will be awarded to students in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree or enrolled in a two-year associate degree program with plans of earning their four-year degree.

“A grant of this magnitude is an extraordinary achievement for SUNY Canton and brings us to a new level of grantsmanship,” said Fassinger, who noted that the NSF award is a first for the College. “Grants from the National Science Foundation are considered to be among the most prestigious and competitive in higher education. It is truly a sign of SUNY Canton’s tremendous growth in all areas.”

Programs at the College affected by the S-STEM project include electrical engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology, civil engineering technology, engineering science and alternative and renewable energy.

“I’m very excited that the countless hours and energy we put into the proposal has paid off,” Ononye said. “This award will encourage all students to consider engineering, science and technology, including underrepresented groups and women.”

Frempong emphasized the S-STEM project is of great significance to SUNY Canton and its Canino School of Engineering Technology.  “It has both intellectual merit and broader impact,” he stated. “The funding will help with new support programs, including a mentoring program, STEM seminar, and a tutoring center. We will have the resources to develop a summer program to boost scholars’ physics and mathematics backgrounds. It will also allow us to offer field trips to local businesses and into industry.

“It will enhance the ongoing efforts at SUNY Canton by promoting retention and building a community of scholars,” Frempong added. “It will assist in the placement of students in the workforce or graduate school.”

According to NSF’s website, the S-STEM program “makes grants to institutions of higher education to support scholarships for academically talented, financially needy students, enabling them to enter the workforce following completion of an associate; baccalaureate; or graduate-level degree in science and engineering disciplines.”

Institutions receiving awards are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients, reporting demographic information about student scholars, and managing the S-STEM project on campus.

For more information about SUNY Canton’s S-STEM project, visit: http://www.canton.edu/nsfsstem/.

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


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Record Number of Girls Attend ‘Women in Engineering Day’

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Eighteen middle schools from across the North Country sent nearly 400 girls to SUNY Canton recently to learn about exciting career opportunities available in engineering.

SUNY Canton and the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology hosted ‘Women in Engineering Day’ on Thursday, May 27, and experienced the highest attendance in the event’s five-year history.

Girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades were welcomed to campus and enjoyed various activities and conversation that exposed them to careers in engineering. Workshop topics included alternative energy, physics, civil engineering, motorsports, computer information systems, air conditioning, electrical and mechanical engineering technology, and automotive technology.

“It’s critical for young women to experience engineering through hands-on activities, and begin understanding the benefits and rewards of pursuing a degree within the field,” said Dr. Lawretta Ononye, associate professor of physics. “We want students to walk away with a sense that engineering and related fields are exciting, fun and enjoyable, but most importantly, that young women are more than capable of being successful in them.”

Several members of SUNY Canton’s engineering faculty and staff, including Ononye, were on hand for instruction, demonstrations and experiments.

The program branched off a national initiative that encourages girls to consider pursuing degrees in engineering. The Extraordinary Women Engineers Project (EWEP) coalition began its work in the early part of 2004 in hopes of increasing awareness and understanding of engineering and increase interest among young women in pursuing the field.

The initiative is led by a coalition of the country’s engineering associations and the American Association of Engineering Societies, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and WGBH Educational Foundation.

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


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SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Receives International Award

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Lawretta OnonyeCANTON – A SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Physics won one of the very first awards given by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

Lawretta C. Ononye authored “The Effect of Implantation Temperature and Ionizing Radiation on the Microstructure of Ion Implanted Sapphire” while completing her doctorate research in 2002 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

“Lawretta has received the high-level of recognition that her research deserves,” noted David M. Wells, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Our students and her peers will benefit from her expertise in this area.”

The Assistant Professor’s work was selected through a rigorous selection process consisting of the most downloaded electronic theses and dissertations, in addition to the critical and judicial review by scientific editors from Elsevier Journals, publishing associates of the NDLTD.

According to Ononye, her research can be applied in high-technology areas. “Implantation of many cation (a positively charged atom) species into sapphire often produce unique structures consisting of nanometer size metallic particles distributed in the sapphire matrix,” she said. “The production of nanostructures in sapphire can be used to make smart resistors.”

Ononye will receive $500, a custom medallion, honorable mention in future Elsevier publications, and honorary recognition on the Scirus homepage for her work.

The NDLTD is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations. Electronic Theses and Dissertation collections all around the world are regularly harvested by index publishers such as Scirus and Google Scholar.
Ononye’s dissertation and further details about her award are accessible at www.ndltd.org/community/awards/ndltd-etd-awards-powered-by-scirus-2008-winners.

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 85 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined 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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