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SUNY Canton’s College Council Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Monday, September 18th, 2017

SUNY CantonThe SUNY Canton College Council is seeking nominations for its annual Distinguished Citizen Award.

Since 1976, the council has given this prestigious award in recognition of distinguished service to SUNY Canton and/or to the community.

Members of the community are invited to submit nominations for the award. Nomination packets must include: a nomination letter from the nominator(s); name and position of the nominee; a description of the distinguished services, recognitions, facts, or characteristics that is pertinent or informative; a brief biography of the nominee; and at least three supporting letters from non-family members. Optionally, additional supporting documentation can also be included.

Nominations, which are due on or before November 1, 2017, should be addressed to the Chairman of the College Council, Office of the President, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617 or electronically to youngm@canton.edu.

The SUNY Canton College Council will act on the nominations at their spring award meeting. The recipient will be honored at the Faculty and Community Awards Dinner (formerly the President’s Gala), prior to Commencement 2017, and their name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Last year’s recipient of the prestigious award was WWNY Sportscaster Melvin J. Busler Jr.

For more information, contact Michaela Young, executive assistant to the president, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at youngm@canton.edu.

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.

WWNYTV-7 News Sportscaster Honored by the SUNY Canton College Council

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Melvin J. Busler, Jr., the longtime sports personality of WWNY-TV 7 News, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the SUNY Canton College Council’s Distinguished Citizen award.

“Mel has become the face and voice of televised sports in the North Country,” said College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. “He’s generous with his time, and he takes great pride in the North Country.”

Mel Busler

Busler was nominated for the award after volunteering extensively with area charitable organizations, including Meals on Wheels, the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County and the Disabled Persons Action Organization (DPAO), among numerous others. He will receive his award at the annual Faculty and Community Awards Dinner held Thursday, May 11, at SUNY Canton.

“Every disabled person who has met Mel comes away with the feeling that they have just met a long-lost friend,” said DPAO Respite Coordinator Terri A. Fulmer. “One individual told me ‘his smile always seems to make things right’.”

A Watertown native, Busler graduated from Immaculate Heart Central in 1977 and attended Jefferson Community College. He began his broadcast career with WATN radio in 1978 and joined WWNY-TV four years later. He became the full-time sportscaster on the evening news in 1984.

“Mel continues to use his celebrity [standing] to help, support and lead many different organizations here in the North Country,” said American Cancer Society Community Executive Director Don Boshart.

WWNY-TV News Director Scott D. Atkinson said Busler’s community connection is one of the reasons the local newscast is so popular.

“Mel delivers for Meals on Wheels, hosts Relay For Life events and serves as master of ceremonies for countless charity events,” Atkinson pointed out. “People can tell when someone’s the real deal, and they know they’ve got that in Mel – and that’s before you talk about all the local athletes he reports on in sports. We’re lucky to have him.”

He has won awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association, Associated Press and the Syracuse Press Club for his area sports coverage. He’s been inducted into the Red and Black Football Hall of Fame, the American Football Association Hall of Fame and the Jefferson Community College Hall of Fame. He’s also received the Immaculate Heart Central School Gala Award for Community Service and the Macsherry United Way Community Spirit Award.

 

About the Distinguished Citizen Award

The SUNY Canton College Council bestows this citation in recognition of exceptional, unusual and distinguished service to the college, to the community, to the State, or to the nation. It is awarded annually at the sole discretion and judgment of the College Council.

 

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 as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Selects Thomas Coakley as 2016 Distinguished Citizen

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Thomas CoakleyA longtime benefactor and advisor to SUNY Canton has received SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

Thomas F. Coakley was chosen for his 35 years of service on the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors, where he served as chair from 1988 to 1996 and treasurer from 2013 to 2016. During that time, he and his family have been generous donors to SUNY Canton and most recently made a substantial gift to the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

“Not only has Tom been an ardent supporter and advocate for SUNY Canton, he has also shared his leadership skills and financial knowledge with a number of other community organizations, including Canton-Potsdam Hospital and the boards of both Canton and St. Lawrence County chambers of commerce,” said President Zvi Szafran. “His longstanding dedication to the well-being of the North Country has earned the respect of our entire community.”

A Canton native, Coakley earned his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and subsequently served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. After being wounded in battle, he returned to earn his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

College Council Chair Ronald M. O'Neill presents Thomas Coakley with the Distinguished Citizen Award

College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill presents Thomas F. Coakley with the SUNY Canton Distinguished Citizen Award

He joined St. Lawrence University in 1982 as a visiting lecturer in economics and rose to the rank of vice president for administrative operations where he oversaw major campus enhancements and became a leader in improving town-gown relationships. In honor of his contributions, St. Lawrence University established the Thomas F. Coakley Distinguished Service Award for employees who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the university.

He and his wife, Nellie, a former Army nurse who also served in Vietnam, advocate on behalf of the physically disabled through their work with the Amputee Coalition and the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics and Pedorthics.

Coakley is a previous recipient of the Canton College Foundation’s Community Leadership Award and was inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Friday, October 16th, 2015

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton is seeking nominations for the annual College Council Distinguished Citizen Award.

Since 1976 the College has given this prestigious award in recognition of exceptional and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the state, or to the nation.

Members of the community are invited to submit nominations for the award. Nomination packets must include: a nomination letter; the name and position of the nominee; a description of the distinguished services, recognitions, facts or characteristics that is pertinent or informative; a brief biography of the nominee; and at least three supporting letters from non-family members. Additional supporting documentation can also be included.

Nominations, which are due on or before Feb. 1, 2016, should be addressed to SUNY Canton President Dr. Zvi Szafran or SUNY Canton College Council Chairman Mr. Ronald M. O’Neill, Office of the President, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY, 13617. Nominations can also be sent by email to youngm@canton.edu.

The award will be presented at the Faculty and Community Awards Dinner in May 2016, and the recipient’s name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Last year’s recipient of the prestigious award was Banford Elementary School Counselor Kelley F. Glasgow.

For more information, contact Michaela Young, Assistant to the President, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at youngm@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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Kelley Glasgow Named 2015 SUNY Canton Distinguished Citizen

Friday, July 17th, 2015

A Canton elementary school counselor who has been an advocate for less-fortunate students has received SUNY Canton’s 2015 Distinguished Citizen Award.

Kelley F. Glasgow was recognized for her leadership in bringing various community resources together to assist students and families who may be struggling financially or emotionally. She created the “Golden Bear Pack” program, which provides take-home meals for approximately 90 students every week. The program is now in its second year and ensures disadvantaged children receive nutritious meals during weekends and holiday breaks.

Kelley Glasgow

She has also been instrumental in organizing support groups for those who are experiencing emotional or physical trauma, such as the death of a loved one or physical or emotional abuse.

“Kelley is always there to provide empathy and support to a student who is going through a difficult situation,” said colleague Kathleen M. Willette, a teacher at Canton Central School. “The children find comfort, security and love in her presence.”

Glasgow also works with Canton’s Church and Community Program to organize food and gifts for children and families in need during the holiday season.

“Kelley has extensive knowledge of our community, the agencies that serve our students and the programs that are available to them,” said Kirstin L. Newman, director of guidance at Hugh C. Williams High School. “She is able to make connections for families regularly that help to make their daily lives better.”

Glasgow began her tenure at Banford Elementary School in 1999. She resides in Canton.

 

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 ten 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 Names Reverend Mother Evette Austin as 2014 Distinguished Citizen

Friday, May 9th, 2014
Pictured are Acting SUNY Canton President Joseph C. Hoffman with Reverend Mother Evette Austin of Grace Episcopal Church, Canton. Austin received SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

Pictured are Acting SUNY Canton President Joseph C. Hoffman with Reverend Mother Evette Austin of Grace Episcopal Church, Canton. Austin received SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

SUNY Canton presented the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Award to a spiritual leader who has enriched the lives of those in the Canton community.

The Rev. Mother Evette Austin of Grace Episcopal Church in Canton was recognized for her leadership in bringing the community together and helping those in need.

Austin began working to raise funds to renovate the Grace Episcopal kitchen in 2011 to begin serving a weekly free meal to those less fortunate. The event provides food for approximately 250 people and has brought volunteers from all corners of the community to help cook and serve the meals, including students from SUNY Canton.

“This experience has both rewarded and enriched our students,” said Courtney Battista Bish, SUNY Canton dean of students. “Many have said that working in the soup kitchen and with Mother Evette has truly changed their lives.”

In her role as SUNY Canton campus minister, Austin provides spiritual guidance to students and organizes a “Blessing of the Brains” event where she, along with other campus ministers, assist students by giving out small gift bags with food and prayer just before final exams. She has also spearheaded a Thanksgiving Service, held each year before Thanksgiving break, for students, faculty and staff.

“Mother Evette is one of the most selfless people I know, never tiring of sharing her time and talents with both the SUNY Canton and Village of Canton communities,” said Janet E. Livingston, SUNY Canton secretary for the Division of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies. “She loves the students and loves to interact with them.”

After learning about community members’ need for basic necessities, Austin also created a food pantry and emergency closet for anyone who requires food or supplies.

“Mother Evette is truly a ‘giver’ in every sense of the word and has been a role model to all of us,” said Bish. “She provides hope to the to the economically and spiritually depressed, and she is certainly a beacon of light at SUNY Canton.”

Beyond campus, Austin has promoted the ecumenical community in Canton by holding monthly clergy meetings, supporting an ecumenical summer Bible school and organizing an annual Palm Sunday parade in Canton. She is also a member of the Rotary Club and the village Planning Board.

Austin was born and raised in Barbados. She completed her seminary education at the General Theological Seminary in New York City and previously served as a deacon in Connecticut. She was ordained at Grace Episcopal Church in 2006.

 

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 Names John Gray as 2013 Distinguished Citizen

Monday, May 20th, 2013

SUNY Canton honored a longtime supporter of the College and community volunteer with the 2013 Distinguished Citizen Award.

John J. Gray Jr., CPA, founder and managing partner of Gray & Gray Certified Public Accountants in Canton, was recognized for his decades of public service and dedication to the area’s economic development.

Gray

“John Gray has worked tirelessly in the community to make Canton and the North Country a better place to live and work,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “It is fitting that SUNY Canton is recognizing his many achievements and contributions with this award.”

Gray has helped develop long-range economic development goals for the village through his work on the Canton Economic Development Steering Committee. He also lends his financial expertise to the Canton Chamber of Commerce where he has served as treasurer since 2004.

“John has vast financial knowledge, which, over the years, he has shared generously with several volunteer organizations throughout the North Country.” said retired SUNY Canton Vice President for Administration Charles F. Goolden.

Gray has sponsored numerous exhibits with the Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), a not-for-profit folk arts organization in Canton, and he was instrumental in transforming an abandoned building in downtown Canton into professional office space and luxury condominiums.

In addition to his position as treasurer for the St. Lawrence Childcare Council, he serves on the Town of Colton Planning Board and was a member of the SUNY Canton Business Advisory Board. Gray is also actively involved in his church, where he donates his time to assist with events and acts as a consultant on financial matters.

“I feel honored and fortunate to know John Gray,” said the Rev. Raymond J. Moreau. “He is a person who has, and continues to be, involved with his church and community and has brought hope, spread joy and enlivened people — myself included.”

Gray received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Clarkson University. He and his wife, Christine, have four children and live in Colton.

Since 1976, the SUNY Canton College Council has given the Distinguished Citizen Award in recognition of exceptional and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the state or to the nation.