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Three SUNY Canton Staff Members Receive College Awards for Exceptional Service

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

A recent retiree was the surprise recipient of SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman’s Meritorious Service Award.

Sandy J. Livernois, the former assistant to the provost, received her award at the College’s annual recognition day ceremony, designed to acknowledge the College’s faculty and staff for exemplary service and milestone anniversaries.

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman presents Sandra J. Livernois with the President’s Meritorious Service Award. Livernois recently retired from her position as the assistant to the provost.

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman presents Sandra J. Livernois with the President’s Meritorious Service Award. Livernois recently retired from her position as the assistant to the provost.

“No one on the campus was left untouched by the generous, dedicated service that Sandy selflessly gave to the College,” Hoffman said. “She has been the epitome of professionalism and kindness, not to mention fun, in all of the capacities that she has served.”

Livernois worked at the College for 34 years. She previously won the Employee Recognition Award in 2003.

Additionally, Heather C. Lauzon, a secretary in the Accommodative and Disability Services Office received the Employee Recognition Award, and Peggy S. Levato, director of alumni and development, received the Excellence in College Service Award. Both awards are bestowed annually by the SUNY Canton College Council to recognize professional staff for their outstanding work.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Heather C. Lauzon, a secretary in the Accommodative and Disability Services Office and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. Lauzon received the Employee Recognition Award.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Heather C. Lauzon, a secretary in the Accommodative and Disability Services Office and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. Lauzon received the Employee Recognition Award.

Depending on individual needs, some students need to take their tests outside of the classroom. Lauzon schedules more than 1,000 exams each semester. She works with faculty and staff members to coordinate special accommodations to help level the playing field for students with disabilities. Her co-employees and supervisor said she exhibits grace and professionalism and goes above and beyond her assigned duties.

“Heather possesses a superior work ethic,” said Veigh Mehan Lee, director of Accommodative and Disability Services and Lauzon’s supervisor. “She keeps the office operating in an organized manner.”

As one of the college’s premier fundraisers, Levato developed a relationship that led to the first $1 million donation in the College’s history. She also assisted with the College’s Centennial campaign, which exceeded its $10 million goal a year early. She substantially increased alumni participation in donations and attendance at college events. The donations she works to secure benefits the entire college, primarily in the form of student scholarships.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. Levato recently received the Excellence in College Service Award.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. Levato recently received the Excellence in College Service Award.

“Peggy has been a phenomenal fundraiser and energetic supporter of SUNY Canton,” said David M. Gerlach, vice president for advancement. “She has played a significant role in transforming many alumni relationships. Beyond being a representative of the College, she is a friend to our many esteemed alumni.”

The College prepares video interviews with the award recipients that are played as an introduction at the recognition day ceremony.

 

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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SUNY Canton Online Learning Systems Manager Receives President’s Meritorious Service Award

Friday, May 31st, 2013

SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner recently presented the College’s highest honor to a staff member who has played a large role in the expansion and success of the school’s online learning program.

Bartlett

Jerry J. Bartlett, online learning systems manager, received the 2013 President’s Meritorious Service Award at the College’s Recognition Day May 24.

“Jerry has become part of the fabric of our college,” Schiffner said. “His sense of inquiry led him to be a leader in online learning.”

Bartlett began working for the College in 2006. He provides technical support to faculty who teach online and maintains the software necessary to administer the courses.

SUNY Canton OnLine has grown rapidly over the past several years. The College is one of the leaders in online education in the SUNY system.

Bartlett credited the success of the department to the high level of customer service that he and his colleagues provide to faculty and staff.

“The people who I’ve worked with in this department over the years have been amazing,” he said.

Bartlett also volunteers his time to assist with training St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy cadets and serves as a guest speaker during the College’s Sustainability Lecture Series.

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Bartlett’s other accomplishments include living completely off-grid and building vehicles that get more than 100 miles per gallon. Here, he is shown in an electric hybrid tricycle of his own design.

“His contributions to our community are immeasurable,” Schiffner added. “He is selfless with his time and gives more than 100 percent with anything he pursues.”

In 2004, Bartlett graduated from SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Liberal Arts and Science. He resides in Colton.

 

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

 

 

 

 

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SUNY Canton Facilities Director Receives President’s Meritorious Service Award

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Michael McCormickAs SUNY Canton’s new athletic facility nears completion, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy presented the College’s highest honor to a staff member who has been vital throughout the construction process of the building.

Michael R. McCormick, director of facilities, received the 2011 President’s Meritorious Service Award from SUNY Canton at the College’s Recognition Day on May 26.

“There is not a part of this campus that Mike’s hard work has not touched,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Without him, many of our larger renovations, new buildings and construction projects would not have been possible. His efforts to make this campus an even better place for students, faculty and staff have been exceptional.”

McCormick’s work with the Roos House athletic center received high praise from Kennedy at Recognition Day, which was just the second event held in the new facility. “We had the privilege of celebrating our faculty and staff members, as well as the College’s accomplishments, in the new building. That would not have been possible without the thousands of hours Mike put in to the athletic facility.”

As McCormick accepted the award, he thanked his family for their support and his staff for their work in making the athletic facility a reality. “My colleagues and the consultants and contractors responsible for the design and construction of the facility all worked together as a team,” he said. “It was everyone’s collective efforts that made this all possible.”

In his 14 years with the College, McCormick has taken on more responsibilities which include being SUNY Canton’s main interface with the State University Construction Fund and overseeing the College’s Physical Plant.

Throughout his tenure, McCormick has played a role in the many physical changes to the College’s campus. Recently, he has directed the rehabilitation of Nevaldine Hall and the first floor of Wicks Hall, as well as the repair and repurposing of Dana Hall. He also oversaw the construction of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center and the Newell Veterinary Technology Center.

In 1985, McCormick graduated from SUNY Canton with an associate degree in applied science in civil engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1988.

He lives in Canton with his wife, Amy, and their children, Andrew and Breda.

 

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SUNY Canton Employee Recognized for Outstanding Service

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

SUNY Canton recently honored a member of the College’s Physical Plant staff for her positive demeanor and attentiveness to the needs of her office and the College community.

Tammy Carr

Tammy L. Carr is the 2011 recipient of the SUNY Canton College Council’s Employee Recognition Award, which recognizes a member of the classified staff who demonstrates exceptional service and effectiveness in performance.

“Tammy is willing to do anything no matter the situation she faces,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “She will take on extra work to ensure everything gets done and does so with a smile. The entire campus community enjoys working with her because of her positive attitude and outlook.”

Carr graduated from SUNY Canton in 1987 with her associate degree in secretarial science. She began working in the Physical Plant soon after as a Stenographer and was promoted to Keyboard Specialist 2 in December 1996. In 2003, Carr was promoted her current position as Secretary 1.

“Tammy has developed into the main hub in the everyday operation of the Physical Plant in its relationship with the rest of the campus,” said Randall W. Teele, general mechanic and colleague.

Associate Facilities Program Coordinator Bruce F. Alexander echoed Teele’s sentiments. “Tammy is the ‘critical link’ between the campus and the physical plant staff office and she is willing to wear whatever hat is needed to make sure that the critical needs of students, faculty and staff are met. Her 24 years of service at SUNY Canton has given her a broad base of experience in the daily operations of the campus that she uses to provide practical solutions to problems and ensure quality services to the campus community.”

Carr is the 16th recipient of the award. She was recognized during the College’s Recognition Day on Thursday, May 26. She lives in Lisbon with her husband, Rick, and son, Andrew. Her daughter Amanda and granddaughter Alexia live in Norfolk.

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SUNY Canton Counseling Director Awarded for Excellence in College Service

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

SUNY Canton’s College Council has presented Director of Counseling Melinda Miller with the 2011 Excellence in College Service Award, recognizing her dedication to the College’s students and the campus community.

“In times of personal need and crisis, our students know they can rely on and trust Melinda,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Day in and day out, she takes an active interest in all of our students, both those who live on-campus and our commuter students as well. She is the type of person every college and university dreams of having in their counseling office.”

Miller came to the College in October 1996 as the coordinator for substance abuse and prevention and was named a senior counselor in August 1998. She was promoted to interim director in August 2006 before permanently becoming director the following March.

In addition to providing students with personal counseling around the clock, her office works to promote a safe and positive atmosphere on campus. They handle crisis intervention, present educational programs, workshops and activities that contribute to overall student development, and offer training for staff members and students serving as resident assistants.

“Her willingness to go above and beyond what her job expectations define has allowed her to make effective changes in the Counseling Center to meet the needs of SUNY Canton’s every changing population,” said Michael Herzog, a counselor at the College. “Besides effectively completing the responsibilities associated with her leadership position she also makes the time to be involved in just about every other aspect of campus life.”

Melinda Miller & Ron O'Neill

Miller serves as the advisor for the Peer Educators and the Commuter Club on campus. She also teaches two sections of Alcohol and Drugs in Society. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American College Counseling Association.

Her helpful demeanor can be felt throughout the local community. “Melinda has worked with many local agencies, trying to improve student access to mental health care which is so limited to the North Country,” said Patricia A. Todd, director of health services at the College’s Davis Health Center. “She is always ready to serve students, even in the middle of the night when there is a crisis. Her personal contact with students is the most outstanding quality of her professional character.”

Faculty and staff across campus have noted Miller’s enthusiasm when working with students. “She is one of those few professionals whom I could always look to for support and to count on for assistance,” said Michael J. Perry, executive director of SUNY Canton’s College Association. “Melinda is a student advocate and will do whatever necessary to support the needs and success of the students of our college.”

Prior to SUNY Canton, Miller worked as a parent enrichment coordinator and counselor at the St. Lawrence/Lewis Counties BOCES branch. She was also a mental health rehabilitation counselor for the Seaway House in Ogdensburg.

Miller received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam in 1991 and her Master’s of Education in Counseling and Human Development from St. Lawrence University in 1993. In 2005, she completed her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Counseling and Development from St. Lawrence.

She resides in Ogdensburg with her husband, Eric, and children, Jordan and Madison.

The Excellence in College Service Award is awarded annually to a member of the non-teaching professional staff who demonstrates effectiveness in performance and university service, professional ability and mastery in their specialization. She was recognized at the College’s Recognition Day ceremony on Thursday, May 26.

 

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