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SUNY Canton Hosts Broker and Owner of Blue Heron Realty for Leadership Lecture Series Event

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

SUNY Canton has announced the first guest for the fall semester’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Jennifer Stevenson, the broker/owner of Blue Heron Realty in Ogdensburg, will speak at noon, Tuesday Oct. 16, in Cook Hall, Room 201. The event is free and open to the public.

Jenn Stevenson stands in front of her Blue Heron Realty sign.

A member of the SUNY Canton class of 1988, Stevenson’s interest in real estate began while earning her associate degree in Accounting. Shortly after graduation, she obtained her real estate broker’s license and began working for a national agency.

In 1999, Stevenson opened Blue Heron. In addition to being a successful small business owner, she generously donates her time and talent to a wide range of community organizations. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Committee, which aims to improve rental and home ownership options for low-income individuals and families. She is also the secretary-treasurer for the New York State Association of Realtors and serves on the State and Local Issues Policy committee for the National Association of Realtors.

The Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series connects working professionals who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The events are are funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the Canton College Foundation and the SUNY Canton President’s Office.

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. The college’s 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 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Living Writers Series Hosts Keely Hutton Sept. 25

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

An author who has written a critically acclaimed novel about the Ugandan civil war will visit SUNY Canton this month as part of the popular Living Writers Series.

Keely Hutton will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Keely Hutton

She is the author of the 2017 book “Soldier Boy,” which is based on the life of Ricky Richard Anywar, who at age fourteen was forced to fight in the guerilla army of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. Years after escaping, Ricky founded the charity Friends of Orphans and has dedicated his life to assisting in the rehabilitation of other child soldiers.

“Keely Hutton has written a tremendously powerful novel about Ricky’s experience as a child soldier,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the series. “In the midst of a wartime nightmare, we see young men and women struggling to maintain the faintest shreds of kindness, compassion and dignity. The book is simultaneously horrifying and heartwarming as it shows both the best and worst of human behavior. It is also an insightful lesson on how we can help individuals recover from tragedy and trauma.”

Hutton, a Canton native, is a former eighth grade English teacher and recipient of the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop scholarship at Chautauqua. Since 2012, she has been working closely with Ricky to tell his story. “Soldier Boy” is a 2017 Booklist “Editors’ Choice” and was selected by the International Literacy Association as a “Notable Fiction of 2017.”

Ricky is a recipient of the Harriet Tubman Freedom Award and previously visited SUNY Canton in 2008 to tell his story of childhood slavery and discuss his charity work.

Hutton is the first of three guest speakers who will visit the college this fall. Bestselling author Mary Karr will appear Oct. 30 and writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah will be the final speaker Nov. 28. For more details, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

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. The college’s 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 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

Students Get Excited about STEM at SUNY Canton’s Women in Engineering Day

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology hosted more than 200 middle and high schoolers for its annual Women in Engineering Day held Wednesday, May 16.

Students from Canton, Hammond, St. Regis Falls, Gouverneur, Tupper Lake, Ogdensburg, Madrid-Waddington, Potsdam and others took part in interactive activities and conversations related to STEM.

“We are thrilled that 241 students from the surrounding area came to spend the day learning about engineering technology fields, hearing from a leader in solar energy research and experiencing SUNY Canton’s hands-on, applied learning philosophy,” said Women in Engineering Day Committee Chair and SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Kathleen Mahoney, who teaches in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program.

A student launches a bottle rocket outside of Nevaldine Hall

A student launches a bottle rocket during the 2018 Women in Engineering Day.

The guest speaker was Deidra R. Hodges, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. She previously worked on NASA’s Space Shuttle program in Avionics while with IBM’s Federal Systems Division, and later joined Martin Marietta Manned Space Systems where she conducted independent research in support of NASA’s Unmanned Shuttle C proposal.

Students gather around Adrienne Rygel as she teaches about water filtration.

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Adrienne Rygel teaches a group of students about clean drinking water and filtration techniques.

“Dr. Hodges has experienced a lot of adversity throughout her life, particularly when she and her family had to relocate from Louisiana after their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina,” said Lisa M. Beldock, a living environment science teacher at Ogdensburg Free Academy high school. “I think it was important for students to hear from someone who has persevered despite major setbacks, as well as the added obstacles she faced as a woman in a male-dominated field.”

There were several new workshops offered this year, two of which aligned with the college’s recently added four-year Game Design and Development program and varsity eSports team. A “Women in Gaming” presentation was led by student and Game Design major Emily A. Oeser, who is the captain of the college’s all-female and co-ed “Overwatch” eSports teams.

Brandon Baldwin uses a touch screen to instruct a small group of students.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Brandon Baldwin showcases the technology in the Automotive Technology Lab.

Other highlights included demonstrations about cutting-edge research in the field of artificially intelligent prosthetics and how virtual reality is used in the architecture and construction industries. Students also had the chance to learn about aerodynamics by launching homemade water rockets.

Arconic Inc. was the lead sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors were the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women, the North Country Young Women’s Leadership Institute, and New York State’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program. Funding support for the keynote speaker was provided by a Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant.

 

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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

Grocery Entrepreneur Speaks at SUNY Canton, Nov. 15

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Jeffrey Proulx stands in front of some Save-A-Lot products.The president and owner of 10 area Save-A-Lot Food Stores will be speaking at SUNY Canton as part of the Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Jeffrey L. Proulx, a 1984 graduate of the college’s Business Administration program, will be speaking at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center room 212. The event is free and open to the public.

After college and a brief successful career with Sherwin-Williams in Boston, Mass., Proulx entered into his family’s business and ran the IGA grocery store in Canton. In 2000, he joined with the Save-A-Lot Foods chain. He now owns 10 Save-A-Lot stores and has expanded his operation to include the UPS Store in Potsdam.

He was the 2015 recipient of the Canton Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year award, the recipient of a Small Business Administration Award and was featured in the national magazine, “Grocery Entrepreneur.”

Proulx is also a former student athlete who played hockey during his time at SUNY Canton. He’s active with area youth sports. He started the Canton Pee-Wee Football program in 1989 and has spent time as a minor-league hockey coach.

The Save-A-Lot chain prides itself on using a highly-efficient supply chain, which enables locations to sell at prices below other retailers. The stores are smaller with wider aisles are wider, making it easier for customers to shop quicker than in large supermarkets and big-box retailers.

The Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series connects working professional alumni who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The program is funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the College Foundation and the SUNY Canton President’s Office.

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 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.

State and Local Politicians to Lead SUNY Canton Constitution Day Celebration

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Three female trailblazers in New York state politics will participate in a panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities for women in public service as part of SUNY Canton’s Constitution Day celebration.

State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), former Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley and Waddington Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada will speak at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The panel will be moderated by SUNY Canton Adjunct Instructor and former St. Lawrence County Manager Karen St. Hilaire.

Senator Betty Little, Mary Ann Ashley, Janet Otto-Cassada

The event is co-sponsored by the St. Lawrence County Attorney’s office.

In addition to Constitution Day, which commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, New York has also reached the centennial anniversary of signing women’s suffrage into state law in 1917, three years before the United States passed the 19th Amendment.

“The origins of the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. can be traced back to our neighbors in Central New York,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “So as we celebrate Constitution Day, it’s also a fitting occasion to recognize this important voting rights anniversary that was the result of a lengthy and difficult struggle by our state’s foremothers.”

There will be other events to observe the milestone, including a visit by Lt. Gov. Kathy C. Hochul Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, Room 212.

In addition, a collection of memorabilia related to the suffrage movement will be on display at the Southworth Library Learning Commons from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22.

The college will also hold a voter registration drive from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at several locations on campus.

“One of the best ways to honor Constitution Day and New York’s women’s suffrage centennial is to encourage young people to get involved in our democracy, partularly by registering to vote,” Szafran added.

All events are free and open to the public.

 

About State Sen. Betty Little

Little is serving her sixth term representing the residents of the 45th Senate District, which comprises Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren and parts of St. Lawrence and Washington Counties. Prior to first winning election to the State Senate in November 2002, Sen. Little served in the New York State Assembly for seven years.

About Former Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley

Ashley served as the Mayor of Canton from 2014 to 2016. She also served three years as a village trustee and is a past member of the Canton Central School Board. She retired in 2016 from her job as a counselor for St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

About Waddington Mayor Janet Otto-Cassada

Otto-Cassada has served as the Mayor of Waddington for more than 10 years. She also previously worked for the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and currently works for the St. Lawrence County Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2013 Otto-Cassada was selected as “Woman of the Year” by the St. Lawrence County Chapter of New York State Women, Inc.

 

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 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 Announces Upcoming Leadership Lecture Series Presentations

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Myrna Thomas

The SUNY Canton College Foundation will be hosting two alumni speakers who focus on the medical and health professions during the month of September.

  • Myrna Thomas, a 1979 graduate and the vice president for quality assurance and regulatory affairs at Accupac Inc. will be presenting at noon, Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 214. Accupac fills and packages a wide range of over-the-counter and prescription products for the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Prior to her current position, Thomas held senior management positions at Merck as managing director of worldwide clinical data management and vice president of global quality operations at Isolagen, among other positions.

 

  • Jeffrey PlaceJeffrey Place, a 1980 graduate and the vice president of centralized nursing services at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, will be presenting at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept 18, in Wicks Hall Room 102. After graduating with a degree in Nursing, Place moved to Texas to begin his career in a neurological intensive care unit, and later served as nursing supervisor and clinical manager of the intensive care and critical care units. He then took a position with Baylor University Medical Center as the administrative supervisor, and completed his bachelor’s and two master’s degrees. Place has served as a mentor to various students seeking leadership roles in nursing.

The Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series connects working professional alumni who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The program is funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the College Foundation and the SUNY Canton President’s Office. These events are free and open to the public.

 

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 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.

Lt. Gov. Hochul to Speak at SUNY Canton

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Lt. Gov. HochulNew York Lt. Gov. Kathy C. Hochul will visit SUNY Canton as part of a statewide celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York state.

Hochul will discuss the role of women in politics and the voting rights movement at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, Room 212.

She is the chair of the New York State Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission, whose mission is to educate the public about this transformative moment in American history.

“As New Yorkers, we have so much to be proud of,” said Hochul in a statement on the commission’s website. “We are living in one of the most progressive states in the nation, and we are living out the legacy of leaders who started the women’s rights movement in Seneca Falls.”

The state celebration began early this year and will continue throughout 2020, which marks a century after the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

“We are pleased to welcome Lt. Gov. Hochul to campus to help us celebrate this milestone as well as the accomplishments of women and their contributions to our history,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “As a leader and advocate for women and families across the state, Lt. Gov. Hochul can inspire the next generation of young women to get involved in politics and achieve great things.”

SUNY Canton will also welcome three other female trailblazers in New York state politics as part of its Constitution Day celebration. State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne (D-Theresa) and Waddington Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada will speak at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Both events are free and open to the public.

 

About Lt. Gov. Kathy C. Hochul

A native of Buffalo, Hochul is the the 77th and current Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York. She served previously as U.S. Representative for New York’s 26th congressional district from June 1, 2011 to January 3, 2013.

 

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 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.

Acclaimed Hospitality Consultant and Entrepreneur Speaks at SUNY Canton, Sept. 11

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Doug ZeifA non-traditional SUNY Canton graduate who turned his lifetime of experience in the food and beverage industry into a multimillion-dollar consulting firm will be sharing his entrepreneurial success strategies during a college presentation.

Douglas Zeif, the principal of Next! Hospitality Advisors and founder and president of The Concept Gurus, will be the first Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series speaker of the fall semester. He will be presenting at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the college’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212. The event is free and open to the public.

“Doug has experience throughout all levels of management,” said Professor Dr. Charles R. Fenner, who teaches business at the college. “His knowledge focuses on fixing problems within the hospitality industry and making companies more efficient. His presentation will be especially useful for our entrepreneurial students and can benefit north country business owners.”

Zeif is a true American success story and began his food service career as a grill cook at the age of 14. He held restaurant jobs throughout high school and his first years of college, and left his education to choose a career in restaurant management. He’s traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and The Americas honing his skills in the hospitality business and building a solid foundation on operations management.

His extensive resume includes serving as senior vice president for the Cheesecake Factory. He was partially responsible for developing the restaurant’s universal appeal and was responsible for overseeing the company’s explosive growth and development of the its product line.

Zeif returned to college at SUNY Canton and completed his bachelor’s degree in the Management program in 2013. He now works as an adjunct instructor at the college.

Next! Hospitality advisors provide profit improvement and concept development for hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars. The Concept Gurus is a highly successful global food and beverage agency specializing in bringing all genres of restaurants, bars and lounges to life by blending design with a sense of consumer behavior.

The SUNY Canton Excellence in Leadership Lecture series is presented by the SUNY Canton College Foundation. Upcoming presentations will include alumni from Accupac, Inc., and Baylor University.

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 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 Opens Center for Diversities and Inclusion

Friday, April 21st, 2017

SUNY Canton held a grand opening for its Center for Diversities and Inclusion April 20.

The center will serve as a home for an array of services and programs, such as diversity events, sensitivity training, student leadership development, mediation, tutoring, advising and advocacy.

Representatives from the college, SUNY and the community attended the grand opening of the Center for Diversities and Inclusion.

Representatives from the college, SUNY and the community attended the grand opening of the Center for Diversities and Inclusion.

“At SUNY Canton, our motto is ‘Everyone is Welcome Here,’ and the establishment of this center exemplifies our commitment to that philosophy,” said President Zvi Szafran. “We’re determined to be the place where everyone knows about and celebrates the diversity within our community, our state, our country and our world.”

After a blessing by spiritual leader and member of the Mohawk Bear Clan Thomas R. Porter, college and SUNY representatives spoke about the importance of a space that ensures inclusivity and celebrates different ethnicities and cultures.

SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Carlos N. Medina was on hand for the event and congratulated the entire community on the achievement.

SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Carlos N. Medina speaks at the ceremony.

SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Carlos N. Medina speaks at the ceremony.

“As our national discourse becomes increasingly polarized, some groups may feel under attack and isolated,” said Medina. “With the creation of this center, the campus can assist diverse populations by creating safe spaces – and what I also like to call ‘brave spaces’ – that educate through compassionate behavioral modeling.”

Funding for the center was provided in part by Sen. Patty A. Ritchie.

“We’re grateful for Senator Ritchie’s continued support of SUNY Canton and, specifically, this center,” said Szafran.

 

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.