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Criminal Investigation Student Wins Outstanding Graduate Award

Monday, May 14th, 2007
Gina Cosamano

Cosamano a Criminal Investigation major from Holland Patent receives the Baccalaureate Level Outstanding Graduate award from SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Excellence inside and outside the classroom has led Criminal Investigation graduate Gina Cosamano to be named SUNY Canton’s Baccalaureate Level Outstanding Graduate. She had previously earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice at SUNY Canton and is now graduating with a four-year degree.

“Gina was an outstanding student,” Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biology Nicole Heldt said. “She is very personable, friendly, and has a great sense of humor. She is definitely a high achiever.”

Cosamano was among the honorees at the Marie C. Regan Honors convocation and will again receive recognition at college’s upcoming 99th Commencement Ceremony held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Alumni Gymnasium at Dana Athletic Center.

She has been an active member of the Criminal Justice Club and served as club secretary this past year. She assisted with the Sept. 11, 2001 fifth anniversary memorial ceremony and has volunteered at numerous club-sponsored beneficiary events. She is also a member of Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Cosamano has been a math tutor and has been on President’s List for her high grade point average since the Fall 2003 semester. She is a recipient of the Agnes and John N. Burns Family Scholarship through the SUNY Canton Foundation and the New York State Sheriff’s Association Scholarship.

She uses a “lead by example” approach when in management roles and strives to ensure that everyone she works with has input on any given project. “I want everyone to succeed,” Cosamano pointed out. “I believe that sometimes all people need is one other individual to believe in them in order for them to believe in themselves.”


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Two More SUNY Canton Faculty Earn Doctoral Degrees

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently lauded two School of Health, Science, and Professional Studies faculty members for completing their doctoral degrees.

Science Instructor Beth Acton earned her Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Toronto and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biology Nicole Heldt earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Clarkson University.

Kennedy and Provost Jeremy D. Brown presented Acton and Heldt with their ceremonial hoods which will adorn their academic regalia during the upcoming Honors Convocation and Commencement ceremonies.

“Beth and Nicole made it a priority to continue their professional development,” said Kennedy. “They both deserve suitable honors for achieving the highest level of education. I commend their success and dedication to furthering their education and careers.”

The college currently has 18 faculty members working on their Ph.D.s, Kennedy pointed out. When they earn those degrees, more than 75 percent of the SUNY Canton faculty will possess their doctorates.

The union representing faculty and professional staff at SUNY Canton, United University Professions (UUP), offers a Retraining Fellowship comprised of funding from UUP and the State of New York. Currently, over $200,000 have been made available to SUNY Canton faculty for retraining.

There is also approximately $10,000 available in the UUP Individual Development Awards program for faculty and staff members employed both full- and part-time. These funds, which are supplemented by the SUNY Canton Foundation, are used for professional academic development and may include attending conferences or seminars, taking courses, and funding academic research or publication expenses.


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