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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 Honors Convocation Named for Retired Criminal Justice Faculty Member

Friday, March 30th, 2018

William FassingerSUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt recently announced that the college’s annual Honors Convocation celebration has been named to honor a retired faculty member who taught in the Criminal Investigation and Criminal Justice programs.

“I’m pleased that the 2018 Honors Convocation will be named for Professor Emeritus William J. Fassinger, Ph.D.,” Scheidt said. “Dr. Fassinger will be the guest of honor as we celebrate our best and brightest students, and their academic achievements, for the past year.”

Honors convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Fassinger began his career as an instructor at SUNY Canton in 2003, following military police service in the U.S. Army, and successful teaching careers at both the secondary and college levels. He was promoted to assistant professor in 2005, associate professor in 2008, and was promoted to full professor in 2013.

SUNY Canton Professor Emeritus William J. Fassinger teaches a student how to take crime scene photographs for the college’s Criminal Investigation program.

SUNY Canton Professor Emeritus William J. Fassinger teaches a student how to take crime scene photographs for the college’s Criminal Investigation program. Fassinger is the namesake of the 2018 Honors Convocation Celebration.

“Thank you for giving me the humbling opportunity to share a day with the SUNY Canton students who have reached the pinnacle of their educational journey,” Fassinger said. “It is evident that our honor students have sacrificed much in order to achieve greatness. As they pass through the portals of life, they will continue to be great achievers in all that they set forth to accomplish.”

Fassinger was the primary advisor to the Criminal Justice Student Association and helped orchestrate the Save a K9 project, which provided bulletproof vests for eight area police dogs. Students held fundraisers to purchase the body armor, which is designed specifically for each animal and costs upwards of $1,000. Many area departments would not have been able to purchase this equipment without help from SUNY Canton.

As the inaugural faculty liaison for the Veterans Association at SUNY Canton, he devoted numerous hours to help establish the College’s award-wining program. He both helped student veterans start their education and helped them succeed during their academic career. SUNY Canton has been frequently recognized as a military- and veteran-friendly institution.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator JoAnne M. Fassinger and her husband, Professor Emeritus William J. Fassinger, at a Veterans Association memorial tree planting ceremony.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator JoAnne M. Fassinger and her husband, Professor Emeritus William J. Fassinger, at a Veterans Association memorial tree planting ceremony.

“We’ve all heard that actions speak louder than words,” said Professor Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., one of the faculty members who nominated Fassinger for the award. “When it comes to Dr. Fassinger’s love of people, his actions speak volumes.”

Will and his wife, JoAnne, were the lead faculty and staff representatives for the Habitat for Humanity student club. Since his retirement, he continues to work with the local Habitat Chapter and is leading the renovation of a local home with SUNY Canton Professor Emeritus Brian Washburn.

Additionally, he was a College Association board member and served as the board President in 2014 to 2015. He received the college’s Northstar award in 2008, two awards from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and a Dean of Students Specialty Award in 2014. He also helped organize the annual 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony for six years.

 

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.

Investigative Perceptions Explored at SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Day

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

SUNY Canton’s seventh annual Law Enforcement Day will feature new crime scene investigation methodology and will show the limited-distribution documentary by a north country native filmmaker.

Dr. Laura PettlerLaw Enforcement Day 2017 is titled “Investigative Perceptions” and will begin at 9 a.m. Monday (March 27) in the college’s Kingston Theater. It is held by the college’s Criminal Investigation and Criminal Justice departments to highlight the latest trends and developments in the law enforcement industry. All sessions are free and open to the public, but are specifically designed for current and future police officers.

Feature presentations include:

  • A Victim Centered Death Investigations session will run from 9 to 11 a.m. with Laura G. Pettler, Ph.D., a noted authority on physical and behavioral evidence. Pettler is an expert on crime scene staging, or the manipulation of evidence to misdirect an investigation. The presentation will offer a step-by-step demonstration on how to identify, analyze, and evaluate homicide cases while preventing a case from going cold.
  • The keynote presentation will start at 1 p.m. and will include a screening of “Officer Involved,” an unreleased film exploring perspectives in contemporary American policing. The film’s director and Ogdensburg native Patrick Shaver will provide the introduction and will lead a conversation at the conclusion of the movie. Shaver documented the detailed perspectives of American police officers involved in shootings. Officer Involved was an official selection of the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival.

Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation and related two- and four-year programs are among the most popular degrees offered at the college. SUNY Canton is also home to the state-certified David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, which trains the majority of the North Country’s police force.

 

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.

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.

Ethical Policing and Body-Worn Cameras Among Topics at SUNY Canton’s Annual Law Enforcement Day, March 28

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

SUNY Canton has invited speakers to address “Ethics in Criminal Justice,” including timely conversations about body-worn cameras and interrogation techniques at the sixth annual Law Enforcement Day.

The college’s Criminal Justice department will be holding the daylong series of presentations Monday, March 28, in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater.

“Law Enforcement Day allows our students to learn from experts and experienced professionals,” said Susan E. Buckley, SUNY Canton criminal justice department chair. “In the past, we’ve highlighted many areas of criminal investigation, anti-terrorism, and law enforcement management. This year’s theme will focus on the current ethical challenges criminal justice professionals face in many aspects of their daily careers.”

The event begins at 10 a.m., with “Ethical Policing is Contagious” presented by retired Minneapolis Police Department Decorated Sergeant Michael W. Quinn. Quinn was an instructor in use of force, deadly force, firearms, chemical agents, high-risk warrants, SWAT tactics, instructor development and officer survival and is a noted expert on police ethics. He published “Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence” in 2005, and wrote a monthly column on police ethics for Officer.com from 2006 to 2008. Currently, Quinn is working with the International Ethics and Leadership Training Bureau, LLP.

At 1 p.m., SUNY Canton Instructor Justin C. Spaulding will be presenting “Law Enforcement Considerations of Body-Worn Camera Technology.” Spaulding was previously employed as a police officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department, where he was assigned to patrol, investigations, revising standard operating procedures, training development, and teaching at the Colorado Springs Police Academy. “There has been an ongoing debate about the use and deployment of body-worn cameras,” Spaulding said. “The technology itself is part of a larger ethical conversation about policing philosophy and practices.”

Presentations conclude at 2:15 p.m. with “Mechanics and Dynamics of Obtaining and Evaluating Confession and Statement Evidence” with James L. Trainum, a former cold case homicide detective and the head of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department’s violent crime case review project. He’s a noted advocate of interrogation reform and video taping interrogations. Trainum has made a study of false confessions and strongly encourages systems to avoid wrongful convictions. He has authored several publications and has made numerous presentations on a variety of law enforcement topics.

Law Enforcement Day is held as an extra-learning opportunity for students in the criminal justice programs. Other interested parties, including students, members of the law enforcement community and members of the public, are also encouraged to attend the free presentations.

SUNY Canton offers bachelor’s degree programs in Homeland Security, Criminal Investigation, Law Enforcement Leadership, as well as an associate degree in Criminal Justice. Alongside the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, all of the college’s programs provide students with the theory and practical skills necessary to understand challenges and ethics of law enforcement.

 

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 Assistant Professor Wins 31 Consecutive Criminal Prosecution Appeals

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

A SUNY Canton Legal Studies assistant professor has marked a milestone in his law career.

Alexander Lesyk, J.D., has won 31 prosecution appeals consecutively since September 2013. The appeals supported convictions in cases involving a wide range of criminal charges.

Alexander Lesyk“Our students benefit from receiving their education from a practicing attorney with Assistant Professor Lesyk’s breadth of experience,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the school of liberal arts. “We pride ourselves on our faculty members’ ability to use real-world knowledge in the classroom.”

Lesyk, a former chief public defender for Franklin County, and a former chief assistant district attorney for St. Lawrence County, served as assistant district attorney for appeals during the last quarter of former District Attorney Nicole Duvé’s tenure. He was then named a special prosecutor in St. Lawrence County in January, and is responsible for appeals in criminal cases in which the current District Attorney’s office has a conflict. The appeals won represent every case that Lesyk has been assigned to date.

He is currently the curriculum coordinator for SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies bachelor’s degree program. He also instructs in the college’s Criminal Justice and Funeral Services Administration programs. He was recently also named the county coordinator for the St. Lawrence County Mock Trial Program, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association. The mock trials pit local high school teams coached by area attorneys against each other in simulated civil or criminal cases.

Lesyk graduated from Fordham University Law School in 1982 and has won numerous awards in criminal law, admiralty, and indigent defense.

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 eight 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 Students to Honor K-9 Officers with Kevlar Vest Donations at Law Enforcement Day

Friday, March 14th, 2014

SUNY Canton students will help keep local K-9 officers safe in the line of duty by presenting Kevlar vests to three dogs that work side-by-side with police during the College’s Law Enforcement Day March 19.

Three student-run organizations raised the funds to outfit dogs working for the Massena Police Department, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. The ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

The bulletproof vests are custom-made for each dog and cost approximately $1,000 each. The groups previously donated a vest to a K-9 officer working in the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

In 2013, SUNY Canton students outfitted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer, Hershey, with new gear that could save his life.

In 2013, SUNY Canton students outfitted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer, Hershey, with new gear that could save his life.

In addition to the ceremony, experts from across New York State and the country will share current criminal investigation and emergency response techniques. All presentations will be held in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public. Scheduled speakers and topics are:

  • David E. Chong, White Plains Department of Public Safety commissioner, will discuss law enforcement response since 9/11 at 9 a.m.
  • Scott Schmidt, funeral director, will discuss death scene investigations at 11 a.m.
  • James Wesley, forensic chemist with the Monroe County Crime Laboratory, will discuss emerging drug trends at 1 p.m.
  • Amy Mulnix, professor of biology at Earlham College, will discuss cadaver dog training and usage at 2:30 p.m.

“Law Enforcement Day is an opportunity for our criminal justice students – and the entire student body – to hear from experts in the field,” said Elizabeth A. Erickson, SUNY Canton assistant professor of criminal justice. “Our speakers will be discussing the latest methods and procedures that are being used to solve crimes.”

The day-long event, sponsored by the College’s Criminal Justice Department, is 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 certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

SUNY Canton Graduate Receives Officer Commission

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

A SUNY Canton graduate was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) ceremony in Potsdam Dec. 18.

Second Lt. Thomas C. Hamberger, from San Antonio, recently graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation. He will attend the military intelligence officer basic course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

“SUNY Canton professors have a wealth of knowledge and have prepared me well for my career,” Hamberger said.

Second Lt. Thomas Hamberger & Capt. Hamberger

Second Lt. Thomas C. Hamberger ’13 (right) was commissioned into the military intelligence branch of the U.S. Army Dec. 18. His brother, Capt. Christopher W. Hamberger (left), earned two degrees from SUNY Canton in 2007 and 2009.

Hamberger’s brother and mother, who attended the ceremony, are SUNY Canton alumni. Capt. Christopher W. Hamberger earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation in 2009. Ruth E. Hamberger received an associate degree in Nursing in 2005.

Second Lt. Hamberger was among five cadets who were commissioned from the Golden Knight Battalion, which trains future Army leadership from the four universities of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley.

“Our military, veteran and ROTC students are a vital part of the SUNY Canton community,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “Their work ethic and drive to succeed make them leaders in the classroom and beyond. Thomas Hamberger is no exception; we are extremely proud of all he has accomplished.”

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton was recognized as a military-friendly College by G.I. Jobs magazine and was included in Military Advanced Education’s 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges and Universities. These exclusive lists honor the top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success.

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 to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Pens Book on Forensic Investigation

Monday, March 25th, 2013

A new textbook written by SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Elizabeth A. Erickson guides readers through a mock crime scene investigation and gives them the tools they need to solve a homicide based on forensic evidence.

Elizabeth Erickson

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Elizabeth A. Erickson holds her new text book titled “Criminalistics Laboratory Manual: The Basics of Forensic Investigation”.

Erickson said the concept for the book, titled “Criminalistics Laboratory Manual: The Basics of Forensic Investigation,” was based on questions from many students in her Introduction to Forensic Investigation course.

“They were interested in how the crime scene evidence was gathered, used in the trial, and how it all tied together,” she said. “The book is geared toward students who have little to no prior knowledge of forensic science. The manual starts with an original crime scene narrative, setting up the crime that students are to solve.”

The book, which is Erickson’s first, can be purchased on Amazon in paperback or electronically for Kindle.

Erickson was formerly a latent print examiner for the Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences before joining SUNY Canton. She also worked as a forensic scientist for the Indiana State Police Forensic Laboratory. Erickson holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Sciences from George Washington University.

 

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

Great-Grandmother Earns Degree with Great-Grandchildren

Friday, October 19th, 2012

An 83-year-old student demonstrated that age should never be a hindrance to higher education. Myrtle Butterfield of Canton is taking courses alongside her two great grandchildren, 65 years after graduating from high school.

Myrtle Butterfield

One of the senior-most nontraditional students in SUNY Canton, Myrtle Butterfield, 83, of Canton studies between classes. Butterfield is a liberal arts major scheduled to graduate in December.

“I went to the Office of Admissions with my granddaughter-in-law,” Myrtle recalled. “I met (Admissions Counselor) Brandon Davock and when I walked out, I was enrolled in the Liberal Arts program.”

Her great-grandson, Carter K. Cutway, was a Business Management student during the Spring 2012 Semester, and Myrtle’s great-granddaughter, Jamie L. Butterfield, is in the Criminal Justice program. “Who else can say they went to College with their great-grandmother?” Cutway said.

Myrtle Butterfield

Myrtle Butterfield, 83, with her great-granddaughter Jamie L. Butterfield (right) and Carter K. Cutway (Left). All three attended SUNY Canton at the same time.

“There’s a lot of my family connected with this College,” Myrtle said. “I watched both of my great-grandchildren grow up, and now I get to go to College with them.”

Adjusting to college life did not come easy to Myrtle. “I almost quit during my first week,” she recalled, “but the Accommodative Services Office has been amazing! Everyone is so supportive. What more can you ask for?”

During time at the college and after developing a new routine, Myrtle has developed a new love of learning. She’s been on the President’s list and inducted into two honor societies, and her GPA was in the top 10 percent of her class.

Myrtle often offers advice to her younger classmates. “I went straight from high school to marriage,” Myrtle recalled. “We didn’t have the resources then that we have today. I always regretted not coming to college, but work and family always came first. I tell all of the young, beautiful and wonderful students here not to waste this opportunity.”

Myrtle has also discovered she has a talent for writing prose and poetry. She is scheduled to earn her associate degree in December 2012 and plans to work toward her four-year degree and continue writing.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.