The SUNY Canton employee responsible for recruiting North Country students has won an award for exceptional service to the high school counseling community.
Assistant Director of Admissions Chelsea E. Chase received special recognition at the annual SUNY College Admissions Professionals (SUNYCAP) conference in early June. She was nominated for the award by her peers and area high school guidance counselors and selected from a pool of employees from across the entire SUNY system.
“Chelsea has served our students and parents in a professional manner and unselfishly gives her time to all of the schools in our area,” said Ogdensburg Free Academy Guidance Counselor Richard D. “Dick” Christy. “Her interpersonal skills and depth and breadth of knowledge about the programs available to students at SUNY Canton have benefitted many of our students throughout her career.”
Chase has been working at the college for nearly 10 years, and is one of the longest serving members of the admissions team. The majority of SUNY Canton students come from her territory.
“Chelsea visits every high school in St. Lawrence County during the travel season and makes multiple trips back to each school for supplemental visits throughout the year,” wrote Senior Admissions Counselor Hannah Young in the formal nomination submission. “She also organizes financial aid literacy days for her applicants where she reviews each student’s award package with them so each applicant is completely prepared to start their first day of college.”
The Assistant Director of Admissions was completely surprised when she received the commendation. Director Melissa J. Evans was thrilled to see Chelsea recognized for her years of hard work and dedication. “It was exciting to see the surprise on Chelsea’s face when her name was called, but really I can think of no one more deserving.”
“It is great to recruit for SUNY Canton because our programs really do make a difference in today’s society,” Chase said. “The affordability, hands-on learning and dedicated faculty that characterize our college combine to produce a positive and caring educational environment. I truly enjoy representing the campus and it’s ideals.”
Director Melissa J. Evans was also a panel speaker at the SUNYCAP conference where Chase received her award. Senior Admissions Counselor Julia E. Radley also served on the organization’s executive board representing all of the SUNY Technology Sector colleges.
The State University of New York College Admissions Professionals was established in 1970 as an independent, incorporated, professional organization and celebrates 46 years of service to admissions and enrollment management professionals, school counselors and prospective students. The organization fosters the professional growth of its more than 400 members who represent SUNY campuses statewide.
About SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.