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SUNY Canton Announces 2018 Outstanding Graduates

Monday, April 30th, 2018

SUNY Canton’s 2018 Outstanding Graduate recipients overcame great challenges on the path to their college degrees.

The awards are given annually at commencement to deserving senior-level students who demonstrate citizenship, scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the campus community.

Jamie ReedJamie L. Reed of Canton, who will be graduating with a degree in Applied Psychology, was selected as the Outstanding Graduate at the bachelor’s degree level. Reed is a mother of six who maintained a full-time job at the Canton Department of Social Services while completing her four-year degree. She completed her course work over her lunch breaks, between her children’s sporting events and after her family had gone to bed.

“One of the things that makes Jamie so special is the way she juggles a very full life while earning some of the best grades in the history of the Applied Psychology program,” said Assistant Professor Barat Wolfe.  “She cares so deeply about everything she undertakes, whether it is writing a paper or an exam, running events for local sports teams, fundraising, working, or parenting.”

The civic-minded Reed is a foster parent, who is known for going out of her way to help children find a home and holding fundraisers for families in need. She serves on the Canton Pee Wee Association Board of Directors and the Canton Booster Club and runs the Canton Pee Wee girl’s lacrosse program. She has also inspired other non-traditional students to continue their education at SUNY Canton. She said she could not have done it without the continued support of her husband and children.

“I’m exceptionally grateful for the support of my family and the faculty at the college,” she said. “Determination to succeed was my motivation. I hope I have instilled those same goals in my children.”

Reed plans to continue her education and get a master’s degree in social work.

Michael VolpeMichael J. Volpe of Centereach, L.I., who will be graduating from the Criminal Justice program, was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award at the associate degree level. Volpe is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International honor society, the treasurer for Alpha Phi Sigma, the honor society for Criminal Justice students, in addition to the Order of the Sword and Shield honor society. He is a tutor who mentors students taking Biology and has maintained President’s List Honors throughout his time at the college. He volunteers to represent his program and his organizations at admissions events.

“Michael is very serious about his academics,” said Professor Brian K. Harte, who taught Volpe in the Criminal Justice program. “He is very goal oriented and strives for academic excellence in each of his classes.”

Volpe is a member of the college’s Cultural Competency Committee. As a youth with a hearing impairment, he experienced difficulties during his undergraduate education.

“I was met with open arms at this campus,” he said. “I hope to continue the supporting and welcoming environment and help new students feel the same way I do.”

He plans to continue in SUNY Canton’s four-year Criminal Investigation program with a minor in Forensic Science.

Both Reed and Volpe will be recognized at an upcoming student awards ceremony and will be among the students honored at the college’s 110thCommencement Ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 12, in the Roos House Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center.

 

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.

SUNY Canton Unveils New Four-Year Applied Psychology Degree

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

The new program will begin for the Fall 2012 semester and students can apply for admission immediately.

SUNY Canton’s newest Bachelor of Science degree will prepare students for direct employment in human services fields and will address the shortage of well-trained professional applicants for area organizations.

The College recently received approval from the State University of New York and the State Education Department to begin offering a new applied psychology program for the Fall 2012 semester.

Students studying in a group

“Psychology is one of the most popular majors for entering freshmen,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve created our own version of the popular program by designing a degree that allows students to graduate and immediately start their chosen careers. Adapting career-driven educational strategies are really what we do best at SUNY Canton.”

The addition of this program will have an impact locally, concurrent with SUNY’s system wide plans to target growth most needed most in regional economies and by providing a strong workforce.

“I thank both SUNY Administration and Senator Patty Ritchie for backing this program,” Kennedy added. “Their wisdom will help us supply a new contingent of professionals to address the shortage of qualified employees at our area agencies.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics employment is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, and about 54 percent of jobs are in healthcare and social assistance industries.

The College has received letters of support expressing interest in hiring graduates from the program from area agencies including St. Lawrence NYSARC; United Helpers, Inc.; Cerebral Palsy of Northern New York; and area autism advocacy groups.

“We need employees with a solid educational background in applied behavioral analysis,” said Daphne A. Pickert, the CEO and executive director of St. Lawrence NYSARC. “We are very grateful SUNY Canton will be able to provide graduates with those qualities.”

Pickert was involved in developing the program with both Kennedy and SUNY Canton faculty members to ensure students would graduate with the most employable skills.

“Applied psychology will be the first degree with a technological application of the social sciences at SUNY Canton,” said Carli C. Schiffner, SUNY Canton provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It will readily augment our current courses in law enforcement leadership, business, criminal investigation, nursing, and health services management, among other programs.”

Students entering the program should have an interest in learning about how to work with people, including in special needs settings, according to Professor Emeritus John T. Nixon, Ph.D., the lead faculty member in the applied psychology program.

“We will emphasize the ability to understand the needs of clients and consumers in a variety of human services fields,” Nixon said. “In these settings, employees need counseling skills and need to recognize intervention and adaptive strategies.”

Courses in the program include developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, intervention strategies in human services, and professional ethics courses. “We are going to get students out into the field as quickly as possible through internships and in-class placements,” Nixon said.

Internships with area social service agencies will be especially beneficial for students looking to gain employment locally. The College has seen numerous students hired through their credit-bearing internships with partnering agencies and companies in other four-year degree programs.

The program consists primarily of face-to-face courses, but students can fulfill some of their general education requirements through SUNY Canton OnLine.

Applied psychology joins the College’s newest four-year programs including veterinary technology, sports management, health and fitness promotion, and several new offerings in the engineering technology curricula. The program is the sixth bachelor’s degree available through the College’s School of Business and Liberal Arts and the second Bachelor of Science degree at SUNY Canton.

More information about the new major is available at: http://www.canton.edu/business/psyc/

To apply for the program, contact SUNY Canton Admissions by phone, 315-386-7123 (800-388-7123), or email admissions@canton.edu.