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SUNY Canton Recognizes Student Chancellor’s Award Winners

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Two students will be receiving special recognition for outstanding academic and community achievement at SUNY Canton’s 109th Commencement Ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Poornima Rathika Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara, a Health and Fitness Promotion student from Sri Lanka, and Sarah N. Nuss, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Wynantskill both earned the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. They recently received their awards at a special ceremony in Albany and will wear special medals denoting their accomplishment at commencement.

“It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of students who have surpassed SUNY’s highest standards of academic excellence and leadership both on and off campus,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Every student we recognize today has demonstrated a strong commitment to their degree program, home campus, greater community, and much more. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

Chancellor Zimpher, Poornima Rathika Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara, President Szafran

Nanayakkara came to SUNY Canton through an educational agreement with the International Institute for Health Sciences in Sri Lanka, having previously earned a Computer Technology Diploma in her home country. She earned an Associate Degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program and then joined the college’s four-year Health and Fitness Promotion program.

She’s been on the President’s List every semester of her college career. She won the award for the highest GPA in her program and is a member of both the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program. Nanayakkara has also been a Resident Assistant on campus for the past year and has been both a volunteer and professional tutor in the college’s Math and Science Tutoring Center.

Chancellor Zimpher, Sarah Nuss, President Szafran

Nuss is the vice president of the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter and led the design team for this year’s steel bridge. She helped the team earn second place in a recent regional competition.

She has been a frontrunner and active member of six clubs and societies on campus, including serving as president of the Outdoor Adventure Club and a senator for the Environmental Change Organization. She is the cofounder of the new Society of Women Engineers and has been a role model for young women looking into entering the science, engineering and technology fields.

Nuss has been extensively involved with undergraduate research and has coauthored three publications in the Geological Society of America Conference Abstracts Bulletin related to water quality, erosion prediction, and sediment loading of the Grasse River in Canton.

 

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.

Veterinary Technology Student Earns Chancellor’s Award at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Rebecca BurnsA student who is earning both a two and four-year degree from SUNY Canton received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence during a special awards ceremony held April 5 in Albany.

Rebecca A. Burns of Pine City, who is graduating in May with her Associate Degree in Veterinary Science Technology, was among the student honored for academics and civic involvement.

“This award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to stand-out SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and SUNY’s world-class faculty and staff,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

Following a lifelong fondness of animals, Burns decided to attend college for the sole purpose of learning to be a veterinary technician.

“We’ve had a goat farm since I was about 10 years old,” Burns said. “I’ve always been interested in animals.”

She is a member of the SUNY Canton honors program and presented research twice during the college’s Scholarly Activities Celebration. She is a member of Tau Phi Zeta honor society and the SUNY Canton Veterinary Technician Association.

Burns received President’s List honors for two consecutive years. She received the Community Foundation Scholarship, Lawrence German Endowed Scholarship, Betsy B. Kaplan Memorial Endowed Scholarship, and Marie Simmons Scholarship. She is a student leader and student assistant in SUNY Canton Math and Science Tutoring Center, and works as a peer tutor through the Office of Accommodative Services. She volunteers at Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm, Pray Road Stables and the Potsdam Humane Society.

Burns will be returning to SUNY Canton next year to finish up her four-year degree in Veterinary Technology.

She is a member of the St. Therese Chapel Polyphonic Choir and Potsdam Community Chorus. Her twin sister studies music education at SUNY Potsdam.

 

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.

ASCE Student Chapter President Receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

An aspiring engineer and president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter at SUNY Canton received a Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Codi D. McKee, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Barker, received his citation from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher at a special awards ceremony held Tuesday, April 5, in Albany. He will be recognized again at SUNY Canton’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony.

Codi McKee

“This award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to stand-out SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and SUNY’s world-class faculty and staff,” Zimpher said.

McKee is one of the most active students at the college and in the School of Engineering Technology. He is the Engineering Club president, and helped design the ASCE chapter’s competition-ready steel bridge. He’s also the Student Government Association sergeant-at-arms and has been a resident assistant. He helped construct an outdoor remote-control car racetrack on campus, initiated the ASCE Student Chapter’s Adopt-A-Highway Program and received the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club Helping Hands Award.

“When you are at school, you aren’t only learning from your classes,” McKee said. “You learn from other people and the experiences you have.”

He received the SUNY Canton Academic award for the highest grade-point average (GPA) in his discipline three times. He also received the Richard W. Miller Excellence Award, Canino Prize for Academic Excellence, and is a National Science Foundation S-STEM Scholar. He has been on the President’s List for his entire SUNY Canton career and has received multiple scholarships. He is a member of the Tau Alpha Phi National Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

McKee is a member of the St Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, SUNY Potsdam Campus Community Band section leader, Jack Kelley’s Little Big Band, and even directed a small jazz ensemble at SUNY Potsdam.

After graduation, McKee is planning to attend graduate school and then earn his professional engineer’s license.

 

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.

2009 SUNY Canton Graduate Snaps Up Awards for Excellent Imagery

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Alissa Jatsenti has a mind for numbers and an eye for photography.

Alissa Jatsenti's untitled-floral photograph was included in the Best of SUNY Exhibit in Albany.

Alissa Jatsenti's untitled-floral photograph was included in the Best of SUNY Exhibit in Albany.

The 2009 SUNY Canton graduate has won several awards for her academic excellence within the college’s Accounting program, and has begun picking up more recognitions for her keen creativity.

One of Jatsenti’s photographs was recently selected for the Best of SUNY Exhibit, which runs until September 25 at the SUNY Plaza in Albany. The State University of New York judges selected one of her colorful floral creations, which is representative of her ongoing series of macro, or close-up images.

Alissa Jatsenti's “Golden Fields” photo won the St. Lawrence County Land Trust monthly image contest in March.

Alissa Jatsenti's “Golden Fields” photo won the St. Lawrence County Land Trust monthly image contest in March.

“Some of my macro work combines abstract or an ‘out-in-the-space’ feel,” she said. “It is somewhat challenging to take these photographs, but the results are almost always amazing. Each flower is so different, and it is thrilling to see each one’s personality and defining characteristics.”

Jatsenti also won the St. Lawrence County Land Trust monthly image contest in March with her photo “Golden Fields” The St. Lawrence Land trust owns a group page on www.flickr.com that allows area photographers to contribute and display their images. Jatsenti became involved with the group and encouraged her peer photographers in the Graphic and Multi-Media Design courses to contribute their work.

According to Business and Liberal Arts Dean Linda A. Heilman, “Our students can opt to engage in cross-curricular studies between business and the arts, leading to a very well-rounded education.”

Jatsenti immigrated to the North Country after graduating from high school in her hometown of Tallinn, Estonia, and now resides in Canton. She was a student leader in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, a Clarkson Transfer scholarship, and an American Association of University Women scholarship this year.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.