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SUNY Canton Media Relations Manager Receives Chancellor’s Award

Monday, July 1st, 2019

A member of the award-winning SUNY Canton Public Relations team has been selected by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to receive the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Gregory E. Kie, senior media relations manager and college photographer, was nominated by his peers for the system-wide honor. It is bestowed in recognition of consistently superior professional achievement to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. He received a medal denoting his success at the college’s Faculty and Community Awards Dinner held May 9.

Greg Kie stands with his camera outside Payson Hall

“Greg has helped improve the college’s image through his outstanding photography and news writing abilities,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “He’s contributed to every major college publication during his 15-year career and helped develop positive working relationships with the local media. His work has helped tell the ‘SUNY Canton story’ and elevated the college’s profile and prestige.”

Kie began as a temporary part-time writer and photographer in 2004, after a brief career as a correspondent reporter for the Massena-Potsdam Courier Observer. The year following, he was granted a full-time position under the direction of Randy B. Sieminski, who is now the college’s athletic director. He received his current title in 2014 while working for the college’s current Director of Public Relations, Travis G. Smith.

“Greg embodies the spirit of SUNY Canton through his unique skill set, work ethic and welcoming demeanor,” Smith said. “Throughout his tenure, he has juggled his media relations and photography responsibilities with great skill, professionalism and collegiality.”

As an adjunct instructor in the college’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program, Kie has helped several students start careers in photography. He was described as a focal point for mentorships and recognized for helping to foster an entrepreneurial spirit for students by Professor Charles R. Fenner, who teaches in the Management program.

Kie also volunteered as a Riot Games’ “League of Legends” coach in the college’s thriving esports program during the past year. He also supports the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team by helping students paint their bridge in preparation for their annual competitions.

SUNY Canton’s entire Public Relations Department received the Excellence in College Service Award in 2017. Kie contributed three of the department’s 12 State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) awards during his career, picking up two Excellence in Writing citations and a Judge’s Citation for news releases.

“I’m so very proud that my colleagues chose to nominate me for this career-defining achievement,” Kie said. “I’ve been exceptionally lucky to be a part of a continually innovating and evolving college that has allowed me to grow within my position. I look forward to everything that will happen next.”

Kie is a Plattsburgh native who graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Studio Arts in 1998.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 19 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Public Relations Wins Four SUNYCUAD Awards for Excellence

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The State University of New York Council for Advancement (SUNYCUAD) presented the SUNY Canton Public Relations Department with four first-place awards for video production, advertising and community relations at the council’s annual conference June 12-14 in Saratoga.

Greg Kie, Travis Smith, and Lorette Murray showcase the College's SUNYCUAD awards.
Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton Senior Media Relations Manager Gregory E. Kie, Director of Public Relations Travis G. Smith and Public Relations Manager Lorette Murray holding the department’s four State University of New York Council for Advancement awards.

The department earned the top spot in the “Excellence in Digital Marketing” and “Communications on a Budget” video categories for their 2019 esports promotional video. They also captured a win in the “Excellence in Advertising Campaigns” and “Excellence in Community Relations Campaigns” categories for the“It’s Your Time” and “50 Acts of Kindness” projects, respectively.

“Earning four first-place SUNYCUAD awards in one year is unprecedented for our department, and it’s a reflection of the depth of talent we have on our team,” said Public Relations Director Travis G. Smith. “We’re competing against some of the most creative professionals in higher education, so it’s quite an achievement to be recognized in this way.”

SUNYCUAD is an organization representing public relations, alumni and development, and marketing specialists at every SUNY campus. The annual awards competition recognizes excellence in more than 40 categories.

The winning esports video, created by Videographer Morgan D. Elliott, documents the college’s efforts to become a leader in the field of collegiate competitive video gaming. It features the college’s new state-of-the-art esports arena, which is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Northeast. It also includes testimonials from SUNY Canton varsity esports team members and incorporates footage from their matches and tournaments.

“Morgan did an outstanding job of capturing the excitement our entire campus feels about esports,” Smith said. “Viewers come away with an understanding of what the college has accomplished in a short period of time, and they get a sense of the program’s potential to grow exponentially.”

SUNY Canton It's Your Time logo

The first-place “It’s Your Time” campaign is a series of video and digital advertisements that promote SUNY Canton’s wide variety of in-demand online degrees. They were seen across several online mediums in 14 cities throughout the East Coast, as well as Southeastern Canada.

“The slogan and visual elements effectively convey the convenience and flexibility of our distance-learning options, particularly for those who may already be working full-time and want to continue their education simultaneously,” Smith said.

50 Acts of Kindness website screenshot

SUNYCUAD judges also gave a top prize to the “50 Acts of Kindness” community relations campaign, which promoted a volunteer challenge in conjunction with SUNY Canton’s “50 Years on the Hill” celebration.

“Our goal was to increase awareness about the positive impact that our students have on the surrounding community,” Smith said. “The project also represents SUNY Canton’s commitment to citizenship and commitment to strengthening our relationships with our North Country neighbors.”

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 19 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

Plant Engineer Receives SUNY Chancellor’s Award

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

A SUNY Canton employee and alumnus has been selected by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to receive the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Plant Utility Engineer Brett M. Furnia was presented with the honor at the college’s annual Recognition Day event.

Szafran and Furnia
Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran and Plant Utility Engineer Brett M. Furnia. Furnia is a 2012 graduate of SUNY Canton who won the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Furnia started his career at SUNY Canton in 2002 as a University Police Officer, obtaining the rank of lieutenant. He then began working for the Physical Plant as a utility assistant while taking courses to earn an associate degree in General Technology. After passing the Civil Service examination, he was promoted to plant utility engineer in 2009 and graduated from SUNY Canton in 2012.

Colleagues credit his willingness to proactively seek out professional development opportunities that benefit the college. Most recently, Furnia completed the rigorous requirements to become a New York State-certified code enforcement official (CEO). In this role, he will assist other campus CEOs with keeping staff, students and visitors safe.

He also gives back by serving as vice president of the SUNY Canton Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) chapter and as a member of the association’s Central New York Safety and Health Committee.

In addition to his exemplary job performance, Furnia has distinguished himself by being a positive role model for student workers and junior staff.

“Brett’s contributions to the campus and his commitment to lifelong learning make him the ideal candidate to receive this award,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “His outstanding work ethic, skill in mentoring students and staff, and efforts to promote a safe, welcoming campus environment have created a positive ripple effect that will be felt far beyond our community.”

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Retail Dining Associate Receives Northstar Award

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

The SUNY Canton student body has selected a College Association retail dining associate to receive the 2019 Northstar Award.

Vicki J. Lavoie, who has worked at the college for 20 years, was presented with the honor by student representatives from the College Activities Board and the Student Government Association.

Courtney Bish, Kaitlyn Trusty, Sidei Clouden, Vicki Lavoie, and President Szafran
Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish, Student Government Association Vice President Kaitlyn Trusty, College Activities Board President Sidei Clouden, College Association Retail Dining Associate Vicki J. Lavoie, and SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

The annual Northstar Award is given to one faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the college. Lavoie has worked as the lead dining associate at one of the most popular eateries on campus, Cyber Café, since 2004. Prior to that, she was a supervisor at Chaney Dining Center. Students praised her dedication to customer service and efforts to create a welcoming environment throughout her entire career.

“Vicki is a beloved member of the campus community because of her warm and caring personality,” said College Activities Board President Sidei Clouden, a Veterinary Services Administration major from Brooklyn. “She has made significant contributions to the overall student experience, and we believe she is one of the many people who make SUNY Canton an outstanding place.”

Lavoie said she enjoys seeing students succeed in and out of the classroom, and it’s the relationships she forms with them that make her job worthwhile.

Vicki Lavoie gives an acceptance speech behind a podium.
College Association Retail Dining Associate Vicki J. Lavoie addresses a group of college students upon winning the Northstar Award. The accolade is bestowed upon a faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the college.

“It has always been my pleasure to be a part of their journey here,” she said. “I’m very grateful to the students for selecting me to receive this prestigious award.”

Lavoie’s dedication was previously recognized by the SUNY Canton College Council, who presented her with the annual Employee Recognition Award in 2010.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

Funeral Services Administration Professor Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Friday, May 24th, 2019

The SUNY Canton College Council has selected a highly respected expert in the funeral services field as the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Professor Emeritus Barry W. Walch was recognized at the college’s William J. Mein Honors Convocation Ceremony April 24.

Barry Walch speaks at Honors Convocation 2019

Walch’s career at SUNY Canton has spanned 30 years, during which time he played a key role in developing two academic programs: an associate degree in Mortuary Science, and a bachelor’s degree in Funeral Services Administration. His ongoing work to revise and update the four-year program’s curriculum has resulted in improved student test scores on the National Board Exam. His university service also includes 16 years as chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Many of Walch’s current and former students supported his nomination, saying he was an influential mentor and professor. The Phi Theta Kappa honor society has presented him with six Golden Apple Awards, which honors outstanding faculty members. 

“Barry’s teaching style exemplifies quality education at a collegiate level,” said Walch’s former student Steven L. Johnson, class of 2005 and 2016, a licensed funeral director and an adjunct instructor in SUNY Canton’s Funeral Services Administration program. “His ability to take complicated concepts and make them understandable by providing real-life examples and interesting anecdotes is what makes him unique.”

Walch’s colleagues also praised his skill in developing the right learning environment necessary to promote success.

Barry Walch receives his award from Brayden White and President Szafran

“Barry is a skilled educator who is passionate about teaching. His ability to engage and involve students in obtaining knowledge of subject matter is exemplary,” said SUNY Canton Professor Maureen P. Maiocco, Ed.D., director of the Early Childhood and Early Childhood Care and Management degree programs. “Students and colleagues appreciate his friendly demeanor, humor and collaborative nature.”

Walch’s position as a leader in his field was also a contributing factor to his selection. He is the former director of the New York State Funeral Directors Association and a founding director of the Tribute Foundation, the association’s philanthropic arm. The foundation seeks to stimulate research, improve and support professional education, increase public outreach, and sponsor forums to foster policy dialogue on end-of-life issues.

His commitment to education extends beyond campus, and he frequently leads continuing education seminars for licensed embalmers and funeral directors, as well as for hospice volunteers.  

Upon receiving his award, Walch spoke to the audience about the importance of college’s mission as an applied learning institution.

“We equip students with the skills and competencies to be on the front lines of socially significant fields like law enforcement, disaster mitigation and emergency health care,” he said. “You take care of our pets and farm animals; our young children and our computers. Our graduates serve the community, and I feel great about that.”

Walch holds an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science from the New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Science and Embalming; a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Colby College; and a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Graduates Nearly 900 Students at 111th Commencement

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

SUNY Canton celebrated the class of 2019 at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony held Saturday, May 11, at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

SUNY Canton College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill, class of 1963, opened the ceremony by asking the graduates to reflect on the memories and lifelong friendships they have made.

Dan Miller opens the 111th Commencement
Dan Miller ’83 opens the 111th Commencement Ceremony.

“I hope that as you move forward in your lives and careers, you will not only remember this day, but remember all those remarkable people who helped you along the way,” he said.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran noted this year’s class comprises nearly 900 graduates who range in age from 18 to 63 years old and represent 22 U.S. states and 6 foreign countries, including Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

President Szafran, Andrew Fitch, and Courtney Bish
Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Outstanding Graduate Andrew P. Fitch and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish during the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony held May 11.

He then introduced two graduates who earned outstanding graduate awards: Andrew P. Fitch, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Australia, and Tia M. Tassava, a Management major from Chubbuck, Idaho. Ashley J. Livingston, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Lisbon, was also recognized as the winner of the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

Student Government Association President Brayden S. White gave the senior class address, noting the college’s commitment to its motto “everyone is welcome here.”

Ashley Livingston stands up to be honored for her David R. Maynard Student Activities Award
SUNY Canton graduate Ashley Livingston of Lisbon was recognized as the college’s David R. Maynard Student Activities Award winner during the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion are not just buzzwords; they are woven into the fabric of campus life, and because of that our education is holistically complete, which prepares us to go out and make a difference,” he said.

The keynote address was delivered by alumnus and retired Major General Fergal I. Foley, class of 1980. 

Foley, who earned an associate degree in Business Management and was commissioned as a second lieutenant from the ROTC program, said he owed much of his success to the college.

“SUNY Canton was a solid foundation for me, and my degree has been instrumental throughout my career. My experience was certainly a factor in building my confidence to take risks.”

Retired Major General Fergal Foley applauds graduates at the 111th Commencement Ceremony
Retired Major General Fergal I. Foley, class of 1980, applauds graduates at SUNY Canton’s 111th Commencement Ceremony. Foley was the keynote speaker and received an honorary doctorate at the event.

He served in the New York Army National Guard from 1982 until 2006, during which time his assignments included deputy commander and chief of staff for Joint Task Force “Operation World Trade Center” after 9/11. He has returned to campus several times to talk to students about his experiences.

Foley told the audience that graduation should signify a new chapter in their relationship with the college.

“When you cross the stage, it’s not the end—it’s a transition. You are part of this SUNY Canton family for life. I recommend remaining connected with alumni affairs to take advantage of all the great services and keeping in touch with your classmates. And if I can ever be of service to help you, I will. We’re all family now, and that’s what families do—we take care of each other.”

Upon presenting Foley with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, Szafran noted his “outstanding service to the nation, state and SUNY Canton.”

Fergal Foley awards a graduate with a medal.
Retired Major General Fergal I. Foley ’80 presents a graduate with a special medallion.

As the degrees were conferred, Foley and the President of the Alumni Board of Directors Kelly C. Obermayer, class of 1979, welcomed each graduate into the alumni family by presenting them with a special medallion.

The top five bachelor’s degrees awarded, in order of popularity, were Health Care Management, Criminal Investigation, Management, Nursing and Homeland Security.

The top five associate degrees awarded, in order of popularity, were Nursing, Criminal Justice, Veterinary Science Technology, Individual Studies and Liberal Arts.

Additionally, graduates from the college’s one and two-year Nursing programs were recognized at special pinning ceremonies held earlier in the week.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Two-Sport Athlete Receives Outstanding Graduate Award

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

A Management major who played hockey and golf for the SUNY Canton Kangaroos will be receiving one of the college’s top awards.

Tia Tassava

Tia M. Tassava of Chubbuck, Idaho, will receive the Outstanding Graduate Award at the bachelor’s degree level at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. 

Tassava, who has lived and worked in Canton for the last four years, is earning her bachelor’s degree in Management with minors in both Marketing and Graphic and Multimedia Design. She’s been noted as an exceptionally quick learner who adapts to new situations easily. 

“Tia was tasked with a leadership role within her student ambassador position in SUNY Canton’s Admissions office,” said SUNY Canton Senior Admissions Counselor Jacob M. Yaeger. “She communicates well, often gives positive feedback to her peers, and always looks for ways to improve herself.”

She’s consistently held the highest GPA in her academic program and received President’s List honors during her entire four years at the college. She also won a Student Ambassador of the Year award for her hard work and exceptional dedication.

As part of an internship, Tassava ran the Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts for the Actions for Change Food and Music Festival. The event was the grand finale of a weeklong series of concerts across the U.S. held with the goal of providing love, hope and healing in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland, Fla.

Tia Tassava hits a chip shot onto the green.

“Tia was chosen for this exclusive responsibility for her adept management and social skills,” said SUNY Canton Professor Charles R. Fenner, who teaches in the Management program. “Her organizational skills and attention to detail led her to perform above and beyond expectations.”

She originally came to SUNY Canton to play hockey but suffered a major injury in 2017. After recovering, she picked up women’s golf, where she tied for first place in the SUNY Canton Invitational and had four top-ten finishes in her final season. She was also named to the Colonial Hockey Conference All-Academic Team.

Following graduation, Tassava will work as a Client Advocate for Day & Nite All Service, a commercial refrigeration, kitchen equipment, HVAC, and plumbing company headquartered in Long Island.  

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Student and Basketball Standout Wins SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate Award

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

A standout basketball player and Mechanical Engineering Technology graduate is being recognized for his humble manner and goal-driven attitude.

Andrew Fitch

Andrew P. Fitch will receive the Outstanding Graduate Award for the associate degree level at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. 

Fitch was born in Manitoba, Canada, and came to SUNY Canton from Melbourne, Australia. He has earned President’s List honors, has achieved the highest GPA in his program for two years in a row, and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor society for his academic performance. 

“Andrew is a leader in the classroom,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Daniel J. Miller, who teaches in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. “His peers seek his help on group problems and respect his knowledge.” 

He’s become an active member of the campus community, serving as a resident assistant and as a student representative on the College Association Board of Directors.

Fitch’s true passion is basketball. He began his athletic career as an exceptional freshman for the SUNY Canton Kangaroos, when he broke the school record for single season blocks. He earned the American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) All-Second Team honors, three Eastern College Athletic Conference-North Rookie of the Week awards and an ACAA Player of the Week honor.

Andrew Fitch rises up for a two handed dunk.

“Andrew is one of the most well-rounded young men that I have ever had the pleasure of coaching,” said SUNY Canton Men’s Basketball Coach Benjamin P. Thompson. “He has done so many things for our program and this community behind the scenes and is always willing to lend a helping hand.” 

In his second season, the seven-foot-tall athlete broke his own record for blocks, placing him in the top five of all divisions in the NCAA. He has a career record of 170 blocks and counting. Most recently, Fitch has earned North Atlantic Conference (NAC) All-Second Team honors, NAC Defensive Player of the year, and was included on the NAC Sportsmanship Team.

Fitch plans to further his education in SUNY Canton’s four-year Mechanical Engineering Technology program, while continuing his basketball career at the college.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

Two SUNY Canton Graduates Receive Prestigious Chancellor’s Award

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Two SUNY Canton seniors have been selected by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to receive the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Hughes M. Ntwari from Burundi and Ryan Schubert from Centereach were recognized at a special ceremony held April 24 in Albany. They will wear a medallion denoting their accomplishment at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 11.

“This year’s award recipients emerged from their campuses as the top scholars, athletes, performers, and achievers, as well as a tremendous source of inspiration,” said Johnson. “The students being recognized made the choice to be leaders on their campuses, prioritize their studies, and serve their communities.”

As a member of the Order of the Sword and Shield, Alpha Phi Sigma, and Golden Key honor societies, Schubert has completed a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation in three years, in addition to earning a Forensic Science and Economics double minor.

Vice President Courtney Bish, Ryan Schubert, and Chancellor Johnson
Student Ryan Schubert ’19, center, receives the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence from SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, right, at a ceremony in Albany April 24. Also pictured is SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish.

“Ryan has continually demonstrated her intelligence, competence, and willingness to work hard to achieve her goals,” said SUNY Canton Visiting Associate Professor Susan E. Buckley, who teaches in the Criminal Investigation program. “She is a tremendous example of everything that we would love for our SUNY students to achieve.”

A standout athlete, Schubert is described as a leader and role model to her soccer teammates. In 2018, she was the second student in SUNY Canton’s history to be named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Women’s Soccer Team, which recognizes the top students in the U.S. and Canada. She was also chosen for the American Collegiate Athletic Association and United States Collegiate Association all-athletic teams.

She has volunteered at numerous community and campus events, including the Special Olympics, the “Hop to Help” Day, and youth soccer clinics.

Ntwari, who is receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management, has provided outstanding support to his peers through his extensive work as a tutor for the Equal Opportunity Program and in the college’s Business Tutoring Lab, where he specializes in accounting, business law, and finance. 

Vice President Courtney Bish, Hughes Ntwari, and Chancellor Johnson
Student Hughes M. Ntwari ’19, center, receives the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence from SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, right, at a ceremony in Albany April 24. Also pictured is SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish.

Fluent in five languages, Ntwari was selected to serve as a volunteer translator for the 2019 International Children’s Winter Games in Lake Placid, where he was assigned to the French delegation.

As the college’s varsity esports “FIFA” team captain, he led the squad to their first Eastern College Athletic Conference championship title in 2018. Ntwari has also displayed outstanding leadership abilities and conflict resolution skills as a Resident Assistant in Kennedy Hall and a Student Ambassador in the college’s Admissions Office.

“Hughes approaches his role as a student with professionalism—he is reliable, enthusiastic, and easy to work with,” said SUNY Canton Director of International Programs Erin E. Lassial. “SUNY Canton is honored to call him our graduate.”

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the chancellor to become recipients of the award. This year, 210 students across the state received the honor.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology Major Receives SUNY Canton Student Activities Award

Friday, April 19th, 2019
Ashley Livingston

An outstanding student leader from the SUNY Canton Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program has been selected to receive the college’s David R. Maynard Student Activities Award. 

Ashley J. Livingston of Lisbon will be recognized at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Livingston is a founding member of the college’s Society of Women Engineers, and currently serves as the organization’s outgoing President. As an avid volunteer, she’s represented the thriving student-run club at numerous events both on- and off-campus. 

“Ashley is simply an amazing member of our community,” said Paul E. Todd, a faculty member in the Canino School of Engineering Technology who nominated her for the award. “Her work with the Society of Women Engineers brings new events to our campus that would otherwise not exist. I cannot think of a student more deserving of this award.”

Livingston started college with the goal of becoming an architect and focused on the structural side of her academic program. Her interests matured as she continued her education, and she’s developed a keen interest in the environmental side of her major. She’s particularly interested in soil and water analysis and remediation, as well as the design of water treatment facilities. 

She has been a public health inspector for the Department of Health and a transportation construction inspector for the Department of Transportation, in addition to serving as a certified peer tutor, family farm laborer and self-employed childcare provider. She has been affiliated with many clubs and organizations including the Commuter Club, College Activities Board and the Canton Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

She currently has a continuing internship opportunity with the New York Power Authority and career prospects in fields related to her major. 

The David R. Maynard Student Activities Award is given annually to a student who demonstrates superior citizenship, outstanding leadership, and who has generously given time to extracurricular activities.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.