SUNY Canton Baccalaureate-Level Outstanding Graduate Follows Mother’s Lead

Erica Zaluski

OUTSTANDING – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy presenting Health Care Management student Erica L. Zaluski with the 2008 Outstanding Graduate Award.

Following in her mother’s footsteps was no small task for future doctor Erica L. Zaluski of Fine. Her mother, Heidi L. Zuhlsdorf of Oswegatchie, won SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate award in 1995. Now, 13 years later, both mother and daughter have reached the same level of excellence.

“Erica’s commitment to academics and the community have been exemplary, and we have no doubt that she will be returning to visit SUNY Canton in the near future as Dr. Zaluski,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy.

When she wasn’t working on her Health Care Management degree, she was taking care of her grandfather full-time and working weekends and holidays at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center or Samaritan Medical Center.

“Erica is a dynamic student,” said Dr. Anthony Signorelli, Health Care Management Program Director. “She has a strong sense of responsibility and receives glowing recommendations from faculty members and internship supervisors alike.”

She is planning to obtain her doctorate in Physical Therapy with the eventual goal of opening a practice in St. Lawrence County.

During her college career she has worked with several area schools in children’s fitness programs. She also is a certified clinical educator who collaborated with the Canton ARC on a six-week patient fitness program.

Zaluski won the Canino Award for Academic Excellence in 2007 and has received a partial tuition assistantship from Clarkson University, where she plans to continue her education.

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 65 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.

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