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SUNY Canton Celebrates More than 900 Graduates at 109th Commencement

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Family, friends, faculty, professional staff and distinguished guests gathered Saturday, May 13, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to congratulate more than 900 graduates on their academic achievements.

“I am extremely proud that you have achieved this major goal in your lives,” said President Zvi Szafran. “I know that as you move forward, you’ll be able to accomplish many great things, as have the many alumni from SUNY Canton who have preceded you.”

SUNY Canton Student Government Association Vice President Fitzroy Saunders addresses his fellow graduates at the college's 109th Commencement Ceremony.

SUNY Canton Student Government Association Vice President Fitzroy Saunders addresses his fellow graduates at the college’s 109th Commencement Ceremony.

The keynote address was delivered by Mohawk Bear Clan Matron Wa’kerakats:te Louise McDonald Herne, who received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of her work to improve the overall health and economic standing of the Haudenosaunee during the past decade.

Herne spoke about her family’s personal connection to the college, and was enthusiastic about strengthening SUNY Canton’s partnership with the Mohawk Nation.

Louise McDonald Herne, receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

Pictured are (L to R) Wa’kerakats:te Louise McDonald Herne, receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

“I am humbled by this honored invitation, and I would like to use this moment to rekindle our relationship upon these indigenous lands,” she said. “I hope to bring home inspiration and renewed dedication to a joint quest for self-determination, justice, freedom and peace in our traditional territories.”

Speaking directly to graduates, she encouraged them to adopt the core Native American values of a unified approach to nature and the quest for balance and equilibrium in their lives. “Above all, love and respect mother earth,” she said.

Fitzroy Saunders, the Student Government Association vice president, offered words of encouragement to his fellow graduates and several students received special recognition, including:

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology major Alex D. Sterling of Champlain, who earned the Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award.
  • Nursing major Claudette Dossou-Kitti of Brooklyn, who earned the Outstanding Associate Graduate Award.
  • Healthcare Management graduate Julian S. Shaw of Jamaica, N.Y., who was chosen to receive the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.
 Kelly Obermayer greets Morgan L. Johnston, a Finance graduate.

Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton Alumni Association President Kelly Obermayer greets Morgan L. Johnston, a Finance graduate from Chase Mills. Obermayer bestowed ceremonial medallions to each graduate as they walked across the stage.

As students collected their diploma, the President of the Alumni Board of Directors Kelly 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 Criminal Investigation, Management, Nursing, Health Care Management and Sports Management.

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

Nicholas Vasilopoulos of Montreal stands with graduates from the SUNY Canton School of Health, Science and Criminal Justice.

Nicholas Vasilopoulos of Montreal stands with graduates from the SUNY Canton School of Health, Science and Criminal Justice at the college’s 109th Commencement Ceremony. Vasilopoulos is a graduate of the Criminal Investigation program.

 

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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Recognizes 2017 Outstanding Graduates

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Two students earned the 2017 SUNY Canton Outstanding Graduate title today (Saturday, May 13) SUNY Canton’s 109th Commencement Ceremony.

Alex D. Sterling, a mechanical engineering technology major from Champlain, received the Outstanding Graduate Award at the bachelor’s degree level and Claudette Dossou-Kitti, a nursing major from Brooklyn, received the award for associate degree graduates.

Alex D. Sterling addresses the audience at commencement.

Alex D. Sterling, SUNY Canton’s 2017 Outstanding Graduate at the bachelor’s degree level, addresses the audience at commencement.

Sterling is the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter at SUNY Canton. The student-run club recently earned second place at the ASCE regional steel bridge competition. The bridge, and the team of students who design and assemble it, are a tremendous point of pride at SUNY Canton.

He has consistently earned President’s List honors for his academic achievement and received a Leaders of Tomorrow award from the Student Affairs Division. He’s a member of the Tau Alpha Phi Engineering Honor Society, the Engineering Club and the Auto Club.

“Alex has the exceptional ability to always come up with a solution or a way to work around a problem to meet an end goal,” said Jessica M. Fischer, one of Sterling’s peers. “He is a role model to other students.”

Sterling completed an internship with Plattco Corporation in Plattsburgh, and he will continue his career with the company after graduation.

Dossou-Kitti is being recognized for high levels of success in two on-campus jobs in addition to her performance in the academically rigorous Nursing program.

President Zvi Szafran, Claudette Dossou-Kitti, and Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Claudette Dossou-Kitti, and Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish. Dossou-Kitti received the 2017 Outstanding Graduate award at the associate degree level.

Faculty and staff members describe her as highly organized and exceptionally mature. She has worked as both a resident assistant and a building manager at Southworth Library Learning Commons. She’s also worked as a student volunteer in the college’s TRiO program.

“Claudette is one of those special students who, as a professor, you never forget,” said Assistant Professor William David Barnes, who teaches Biology. “She leaves an indelible mark on your heart because she is such a wonderful person. She’s tenacious in working to achieve her goals.”

She is the former member of the African Student Union and has received Dean’s List honors for academics. She has linked students with the help available at the college in addition to being a mentor and a tutor to students in the Nursing program.

 

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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Condoled Bear Clan Matron to Deliver SUNY Canton Commencement Keynote Address

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Wa'kerakats:te Louise McDonald HerneA matriarch of the Mohawk Nation will be the keynote speaker at SUNY Canton’s 109th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

As a Condoled Bear Clan Matron of the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs, Wa’kerakats:te Louise McDonald Herne has worked for more than a decade to continue the historical and traditional strength of the Haudenosaunee through education and empowerment initiatives. During the ceremony, she will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of her contributions.

“Like her ancestors who built stable and bountiful communities, Ms. Herne is making the same efforts by developing and cultivating rich opportunities for her people,” said President Zvi Szafran. “We’re honored to celebrate her untiring work to preserve her culture, as well as to improve the overall health and economic standing of the Mohawk Nation.”

One of her most influential societal contributions is her work to revive the Oheró:kon Rites of Passage ceremony, which helps youth make their transition into adulthood. She said renewing the ancient ritual was intended to combat social ills, such as drug abuse and suicide, and reconnect youth with their identity as Indigenous people. She also secured grant funding to expand the rites of passage to other Haudenosaunee communities across Ontario, and as a result, the program earned the 2015 Harvard Kennedy School’s prestigious “Honoring Nations” award for exemplary tribal governance.

She is also a founding member of the Konon:kwe Council, a grassroots organization that develops and advances policies to end domestic violence. Through this work, she has mentored and empowered young women to use their voice and stand in their rightful place of honor within their communities.

Herne visited SUNY Canton in 2015 to discuss ESPN’s documentary “Keepers of the Game,” which chronicles the trials of the Salmon River High School girls’ lacrosse team as they broke down barriers in a sport that Native American culture traditionally reserves for men. She and her daughter, Tsiotenhariio, one of the team members, were central figures in the film. Tsiotenhariio went on to play for SUNY Canton’s women’s lacrosse team during the 2016 season.

In addition to Bear Clan Matron, Herne also serves as Indigenous Knowledge Keeper and Haudenosaunee Knowledge Guardian, helping to preserve traditional culture, traditions and language for future generations. Her professional area of research is the Haudenosaunee women and their influence on early feminism, and in 2016 she was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar in Indigenous Studies by the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She is the first Indigenous woman to receive this honor.

“Ms. Herne is ever mindful of the importance to record and recognize the past and balance it with the needs of the future, and most importantly, provide opportunities for our youth,” Szafran added.

Growing up, Herne said there was a lack of emphasis on formal education; however, the concepts she learned from her mother were something that could not be measured in the form of a degree.

“She was an oracle of knowledge who gave me an appreciation for informed ideas and the value of intelligent discussion and argument, with a respect for both sides,” Herne said. “The oratory skill with which she shared our history and culture taught me about the land where our people came from, their ideals and morals, as well as what they held as important.”

She advocates for an education system that allows for individual prosperity and places value on students’ uniqueness and ancestral history.

Herne resides on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation with her husband, six children and seven grandchildren.

 

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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Graduates Nearly 900 Students at 108th Commencement

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

The SUNY Canton class of 2016 was honored at the college’s 108th Commencement Ceremony held Saturday, May 7, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Ph.D., congratulated the nearly 900 graduates on their hard work and dedication.

SUNY Canton Interim Dean Kenneth A. Erickson of the School of Science Health and Criminal Justice shakes hands with Steven J. Bueno of Yonkers. Bueno was one of about 900 students who were eligible to graduate this year.

SUNY Canton Interim Dean Kenneth A. Erickson of the School of Science Health and Criminal Justice shakes hands with Steven J. Bueno of Yonkers. Bueno was one of about 900 students who were eligible to graduate this year.

“I am extremely proud of you as you achieve this major goal in your lives,” he said. “I know that as you move forward in life, you’ll be able to accomplish many great things, as have the many alumni from SUNY Canton who have preceded you.”

Alumnus John G. Duken, class of 1981, delivered the keynote speech and talked about the importance of hard work and preparation as they begin their careers.

“Luck is found at the crossroads of preparation and opportunity,” he said.

SUNY Canton Alumnus John G. Duken, class of 1981, delivered the keynote speech at Commencement 2016. Duken is a former top executive with Dick’s Sporting Goods.

SUNY Canton Alumnus John G. Duken, class of 1981, delivered the keynote speech at Commencement 2016. Duken is a former top executive with Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Duken is a former top executive with Dick’s Sporting Goods and helped lead the multi-billion dollar company during a remarkable period of growth from 1999 until his retirement in 2014. He earned his Associate Degree in Accounting at SUNY Canton prior to attending the University of Southern California.

The Student Government Association President and David R. Maynard Student Activities Award winner Khaina Solomon also congratulated her fellow graduates on their achievements and advised them to continue to learn from their accomplishments and mistakes. Solomon is from Brooklyn and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Management.

SUNY Canton Alumni Association President Kelly Obermayer (class of 1979) gives Sarah M. Ray a special medallion at the college’s Commencement Ceremony. Ray is a graduate of the Veterinary Technology program and the college’s Outstanding Graduate at the Bachelor’s degree level.

SUNY Canton Alumni Association President Kelly Obermayer (class of 1979) gives Sarah M. Ray a special medallion at the college’s Commencement Ceremony. Ray is a graduate of the Veterinary Technology program and the college’s Outstanding Graduate at the Bachelor’s degree level.

Several other students were recognized at the ceremony, including:

  • Veterinary Technology major Sarah M. Ray from New Windsor, who earned the Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award.
  • Criminal Justice major Kaitlyn N. Tibbetts from Farmingville, who earned the Outstanding Associate Graduate Award.

A special medallion was presented to all graduates on behalf of the SUNY Canton Alumni Association.

The top six bachelor’s degrees awarded, in order of popularity, were Management, Nursing, Criminal Investigation, Sports Management, Veterinary Technology.

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

 

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.

Kaitlyn Tibbetts Earns SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate Award

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

TibbettsKaitlyn N. Tibbetts of Farmingville was named SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate for the class of 2016.

Tibbetts is graduating with her Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and has dedicated much of her free time to volunteering on campus and in the community while earning her degree.

Her leadership experience includes positions as vice president of the American Criminal Justice Association, senator for the Criminal Justice Student Association, treasurer of the Residence Hall Association, and secretary of the SUNY Canton Emergency Medical Service (EMS) squad. She is also a volunteer firefighter with Canton Fire and Rescue.

“As one of the founding members of SUNY Canton’s on-campus EMS program, we have relied on Kaitlyn to help get our organization off the ground,” said EMS Advisor Richard J. Mattimore. “She is incredibly mature and has proven to be a great asset.”

She has also volunteered at campus fundraising events, such as the Buddy Walk, the Alzheimer’s Walk, and the Nicole Fleury Run. She has earned both Dean’s List and President’s List honors while fulfilling her work obligations as an assistant in the Athletics Department, a note taker for the Office of Accommodative Services and a Resident Assistant in Kennedy Hall.

Tibbetts plans to continue her studies at SUNY Canton in the four-year Criminal Investigation program.

 

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.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winners Honored at SUNY Canton Commencement

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

SUNY Canton will be honoring four faculty and staff members alongside nearly 900 graduates at its 108th Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at SUNY Canton’s Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Among those receiving special recognition this year are:

  • Michelle CurrierMichelle L. Currier, director of library services, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service for helping to transform Southworth Library Learning Commons into one of the best libraries in the SUNY System. Among other improvements, Currier has increased the library’s technology offerings by adding iPads, expanding the electronic textbook collection and increasing the number of circulating laptops. She has engaged students through the use of platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud. Currier has also met student requests for expanded library hours on weekends and 24-hour availability during midterms and finals. As a result of improved customer service, the library won the prestigious Joseph F. Shubert Excellence Award from the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, in addition to becoming the highest-ranked library as determined by students in the SUNY-wide student opinion survey.
  • William JonesAssociate Professor William T. Jones, J.D., received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Jones teaches in the Business Administration and Legal Studies programs and is also the chair of the Business Department. He has become one of the college’s top advocates for Native American students. He helped orchestrate the first-ever round table discussion with members of the Six Nations tribes to help envision and guide the creation of a Haudenosaunee University. He is the faculty advisor for the new Native American Student Association and the men’s soccer team. Jones’ educational and professional careers have been built on public service. Prior to joining SUNY Canton, he held faculty positions at SUNY Oswego, was a law enforcement officer with the Sackets Harbor Police Department, was a New York State certified police instructor and a corrections officer.
  • Umesh KumarAssistant Professor Umesh Kumar received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities for his role as a collaborative scholar. Kumar teaches in the Finance program and recently advocated for and assisted with the design of the college’s Business Learning Center, which employs new technology to help students analyze stock market data in real time. He’s held in high regard for helping students develop a comprehensive understanding of the financial industry. He also led the creation of the Investment Club, which has allowed more than 600 students to gain real-world investing experience. He has won four awards from the Academy of Business Research with collaborator Brian K. Harte, Ph.D. Together, they have presented research related to retirement investing and the financial implications of corporate crime. His work has also been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Climate and Development, the Journal of Future Markets, and the Global Finance Journal.
  • Di ParaProfessor Diane J. Para, Ph.D., received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to her faculty position, Para is the director of the Sports Management and Health and Fitness Promotion programs. She was nominated by her peers for this award for enriching athletic and academic experience for students during her 27-year career at the college. Prior to her academic career, Para served as the college’s athletic director and helped lead the transition from a two to a four-year athletic program. She was a member of the design team for the college’s Roos House Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center and was instrumental in advocating for facility improvements such as a new turf field, baseball field and softball field. She earned the SUNY Canton President’s Meritorious Service Award in 2007.

For more information about SUNY Canton’s Commencement, visit www.canton.edu/commencement.

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.

SUNY Canton Alum, Retired Dick’s Sporting Goods Exec John Duken to Deliver Commencement Keynote Address

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

John DukenA former Dick’s Sporting Goods top executive will be the keynote speaker at SUNY Canton’s 108th Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m. in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

John G. Duken, class of 1981, retired from his position as executive vice president of global merchandising for Dick’s Sporting Goods in 2014 after 15 years of service. He helped lead the $6.8 billion Fortune 500 Corporation during a remarkable period of growth. Prior to working for Dick’s, Duken spent several years working in leadership positions for electronic retail chains Circuit City and The Good Guys.

“We are pleased to welcome John back to campus as our keynote speaker this year. His professional success, volunteer endeavors and contributions to SUNY Canton serve as an inspiration to our graduates,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

A native of Plattsburgh, Duken is a graduate of Mount Assumption Institute high school. After receiving an Associate Degree in Accounting from SUNY Canton, he went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1984.

Since his retirement, Duken works as an independent consultant and travels extensively for his duties as a board member of several companies. His community service includes volunteer work for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

In 2014 John and his wife, Colleen, established the Duken Family Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a SUNY Canton student from Clinton County who demonstrates a strong interest and passion for business.

“Being able to support other people’s dreams and help them accomplish their goals is what life is all about,” Duken said.

He resides in the Pittsburgh area with his wife and two daughters.

 

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.

More Than 1,150 Students Receive Degrees at SUNY Canton’s 107th Commencement

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

SUNY Canton recognized the accomplishments of approximately 1,150 graduates at the college’s 107th Commencement Ceremony held today, May 9, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

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Pierre Nzuah, an international student from Cameroon who has lived in Canton for the past four years, sits among his peers at SUNY Canton’s 107th Commencement.

“I am extremely proud of everyone as you achieve this major goal in your lives,” said President Zvi Szafran, Ph.D.  “I know that as you move forward in life, you’ll be able to accomplish many great things, as have the alumni from SUNY Canton who have preceded you.”

This is Szafran’s first commencement as SUNY Canton’s president. He was officially inaugurated April 10.

Among the faculty members recognized at the ceremony was Associate Professor of Mathematics Daniel J. Gagliardi, Ph.D., who received the 2015 Distinguished Faculty award.

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Associate Professor of Mathematics Daniel J. Gagliardi addresses the audience at SUNY Canton’s commencement after receiving the Distinguished Faculty award.

“SUNY Canton is a place where people can make a new life for themselves,” Gagliardi said. “Some people go from a minimum wage job to a meaningful career with the potential for unlimited growth. I’ve seen this happen year after year with every graduating class, and I’m very proud to be a part of the institution that’s making it happen.”

The keynote address was given by retired Congressman William L. “Bill” Owens, who received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in recognition of his advocacy for the North Country and his devoted support of SUNY Canton.

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SUNY Canton’s Commencement keynote address was delivered by former U.S. Congressman William L. “Bill” Owens. He was presented an honorary doctorate at the ceremony.

“When I look around the audience today and see the fresh faces of graduates, I think of how you are going to lead us as we go forward,” Owens said. “I want you to focus on the idea that you are going to lead us. Whether if that is leading in your community, whether it is in your job, you need to understand what it means to be a leader.”

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Students prepare to hear their names called at SUNY Canton’s 107th Commencement. More than 1,150 students were recognized on stage for their accomplishments.

A number of students were recognized at the ceremony, including:

  • Electrical Engineering Technology major Christopher A. Dwyer from Chittenango, who earned the Outstanding Associate Graduate award. Dwyer now resides in Ogdensburg.
  • Civil Engineering Technology major Alyssa M. Baker from Boonville, who received the Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate award.
  • Electrical Engineering Technology major Pierre Nzuah from Cameroon, and Veterinary Science Technology major Danielle St-Denis from Massena, who both earned the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
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A student celebrates the joyous occasion with a graduation “selfie.”

The top five bachelor’s degrees awarded, in order of popularity, were Legal Studies, Management, Finance, Nursing and Criminal Investigation.

The five most popular associate degrees were Criminal Justice, Nursing, Liberal Arts, Veterinary Science Technology and Individual Studies.

SUNY Canton Mathematician Earns Distinguished Title

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

A devoted and well-respected associate professor of mathematics has been selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty award at SUNY Canton.

Daniel J. Gagliardi, Ph.D., will be honored at SUNY Canton’s 107th Commencement Ceremony which will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Dan Gagliardi

“Dr. Gagliardi has earned the admiration of the entire SUNY Canton community,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “His enthusiasm for his coursework and his exceptional devotion to his students inspires everyone around him.”

Gagliardi was instrumental in creating the college’s mathematics minor and developed several new courses within the program. He has published numerous research articles and routinely guest lectures at mathematics conferences. He coauthored the book “Linear Algebra with Applications” with St. Lawrence University Professor James V. DeFranza, Ph.D., and has served as a co-editor of the journal “Graph Theory Notes of New York.”

“To Dan, learning is a wondrous, exciting adventure,” said Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. “He inspires students to be a part of this adventure and gently guides them through the process.”

In addition to his work as an educator, Gagliardi is an accomplished double bassist. He and his colleagues, William Vitek, chair of the Humanities Department at Clarkson University, and Michael T. Magilligan, an assistant librarian at SUNY Canton, are part of the jazz trio “A Fine Line” and play at local cafes and area events.

He earned his Doctorate in Mathematics from North Carolina State University, his Master of Science in Mathematics from New Mexico State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from SUNY Purchase. He resides in Canton with his wife, Robin, and their three sons, Zachary, Michael and Eric.

 

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. 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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Recognizes Faculty, Staff and Dignitaries at Commencement

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Former 21st District Congressman Bill Owens will receive an honorary doctorate at the ceremony.

SUNY Canton is set to hold its 107th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The college will be presenting special awards to honorees who have influenced education in the North Country and the state.

“Commencement allows us the chance to recognize the quality and achievement of our faculty, staff, community members and supporters alongside our graduating class,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “I add my congratulations and want to thank all of the individuals who have made a lasting mark on the college.”

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The Keynote speaker for commencement will be retired Congressman William L. “Bill” Owens, representative for New York’s 21st Congressional District. Owens spent his time in office supporting higher education, prioritizing job creation and boosting the North Country Economy.

The college has benefited significantly from his efforts. Congressman Owens helped improve the overall economic viability of the region, which helped the college attract prospective students, employers, faculty members and regional businesses.

Owens will be receiving a SUNY Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in recognition of his advocacy for the North Country and his devoted support of SUNY Canton.

Other notable commencement highlights include:

Jill L. Martin will be recognized for receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Martin has been an adjunct instructor teaching English at SUNY Canton since 2000 and started an initiative to incorporate volunteer service components into her courses. Martin previously taught at General Brown, West Hill and Canton High Schools.

Pamela P. Quinn, the founding faculty member for SUNY Canton’s two-year Dental Hygiene program, is being recognized for receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. She is an assistant professor and Dental Hygiene curriculum coordinator who helped the college launch the program in 2006 through a partnership with Mohawk Valley Community College.

Stephen Frempong, program coordinator for the college’s four-year Electrical Engineering Technology Program and Chair of the Electrical Technology and Engineering Science Department will be recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Frempong developed the bachelor’s degree program as an extension of the successful career-driven program of the same name.

Johanna M. Lee will be recognized by the SUNY Canton student body with the 2015 Northstar Award for her ongoing support of students’ academic and personal success. Lee is the college’s director of tutoring services and a 1997 graduate of SUNY Canton. Lee helped international students adjust to life in Canton, helped students overcome setbacks and graduate on time and otherwise aided students to become successful.

Other awards will be announced before and after Commencement. For more information about SUNY Canton’s Commencement Ceremony, or the awards given, please contact the SUNY Canton Public Relations Department by phone, (315) 386-7300 or email pr@canton.edu.

 

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. 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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.