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SUNY Canton’s Nafeesa A. Johnson Elected to SUNY Student Assembly

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Nafeesa A. Johnson, a SUNY Canton Law Enforcement Leadership student from Brooklyn, was elected as a representative for SUNY agricultural and technical colleges.

An outgoing and respected student leader at SUNY Canton has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the SUNY Student Assembly.

Nafeesa A. Johnson, a Law Enforcement Leadership student from Brooklyn, will be a representative for the agricultural and technical Colleges within SUNY.

“Nafeesa is the first student from SUNY Canton to be elected to this position that we know about,” said Michael J. Perry, the executive director of the SUNY Canton College Association. “She’s done a wonderful job as president of the College Activities Board and I’m certain that she will lend her charisma and enthusiasm to her post with the SUNY student governing body.”

The SUNY Student Assembly is purported to be the only statewide student government organization, and works on behalf of the over 435,000 students that attend school at one of the sixty-four SUNY Campuses. Students are elected by their peers to work on issues that concern the entire SUNY system including tuition, budgets, textbook affordability, and transfer and articulation policies.

“I’ve wanted to be on the executive committee since I found out about it,” Johnson said. “I have a feeling that I can help students from other campuses. I’m hoping we can inspire the more open lines of communication between students and administration, much like the ones we have with SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy.”

Johnson is an active member of SUNY Canton. She’s rallied students at home sporting events and participated in discussions with faculty and administration members on joint projects. “My philosophy is simple – gain respect by giving it,” Johnson said.

She explained that her appointment was a great professional stepping stone in the path toward her future career. “I can see myself working in a community development role in the future,” she said.

SUNY Canton Student Government Association president Jennifer P. Bernadotte, a management major from Brooklyn who graduated in May, nominated Johnson for the position.


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Martin Luther King III to Continue the Dream at SUNY Canton, Feb. 23rd

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The eldest son of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. will be continuing his father’s dream by advocating social justice and equity at SUNY Canton.

Martin Luther King III is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center. This event is free and open to the public.

“In this day and age, we’ve broken many of the barriers that divided previous generations, but we still have a long way to go,” said Student Activities and College Association Executive Director Michael J. Perry, who helped orchestrate the event. “At every juncture there is an opportunity for social change and another opportunity to make the King family’s dream a reality.”

Much like his father, King is a human rights advocate, community activist, and a political leader. He has been actively involved in significant policy initiatives to maintain the fair and equitable treatment in the United States and abroad. His messages and initiatives all support nonviolent conflict resolution.

“My father’s dream is a profound, eloquent and unequivocal expression of a world where the dignity and worth of all human personality are its ideals,” King said in a speech special to The Washington Times on the day of U.S. President Barack Obama’s inauguration. “It is a dream of a nation where men of all races, colors and creeds ‘live together as brothers’ he added, ‘or perish as fools.’”

In 1986, Mr. King was elected to political office as an at-large representative of over 700,000 residents of Fulton County, Georgia. King is CEO and President of the King Center. He serves as the founding president and chief executive officer of Realizing the Dream, Inc. a national nonprofit organization with an international vision to carry on the important work embodied in the legacies of his parents. Through Realizing the Dream, Mr. King has launched Poverty in America, a national initiative rooted in the legacy of his father’s Poor People’s Campaign.

King’s presentation will be a part of the College’s celebration of Black History Month. To keep up with all of the latest student activities, visit For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at 315.386.7315 or email

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

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