An Assistant Dean and Associate Professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology at SUNY Canton will be receiving the 2009 Distinguished Faculty award for his patience, understanding, and guidance.
William Mein will be among the faculty, staff, and scholars highlighted at the college’s 101st Commencement Ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outdoors across from French Hall.
“He was my mentor as a student, and now, he is my mentor as a peer,” said Robert Randall, an Instructor in the Computer Information Systems program. “After working with Professor Mein I understand just how dedicated he is to his students, his various duties, his fellow faculty members, and SUNY Canton.”
Mein helped develop the Computer Information Systems program at the college. He has participated in numerous committees and volunteer activities, including the Faculty Affairs Committee and the IDAP Awards Committee. He is a member of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Community Relations Board, an active member of the Potsdam Rotary Club, and a judge for the United States Figure Skating Association.
“Bill is hardworking and extraordinarily capable,” noted Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David J. Wells. “I’m impressed with his low-key, casual, and extremely effective leadership style. He continually demonstrates his commitment to life-long learning and encourages other faculty to do the same.”
When Mein was nominated for the Distinguished Faculty Award, numerous students stepped forward to add their support. Many of those nominations mentioned his patience and kindness toward all students. “His kindness put me at ease when I was frustrated with the assignments,” noted Stacia Dutton, another of Mein’s protégés. “As a single mother who was working full-time and attending college, I was often overwhelmed. It was Mr. Mein’s faith in me that kept me persevering.”
Mein received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam in 1966. He continued with his education at SUNY Potsdam and received his master’s in Mathematics in 1969. Further continuing his education at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, he earned another master’s in Computer and Information Sciences in 1975. Mein started working for SUNY Canton in September of 2000 as an Assistant Professor in the Information Technology Department.
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.
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