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Funeral Services Administration Professor Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Friday, May 24th, 2019

The SUNY Canton College Council has selected a highly respected expert in the funeral services field as the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Professor Emeritus Barry W. Walch was recognized at the college’s William J. Mein Honors Convocation Ceremony April 24.

Barry Walch speaks at Honors Convocation 2019

Walch’s career at SUNY Canton has spanned 30 years, during which time he played a key role in developing two academic programs: an associate degree in Mortuary Science, and a bachelor’s degree in Funeral Services Administration. His ongoing work to revise and update the four-year program’s curriculum has resulted in improved student test scores on the National Board Exam. His university service also includes 16 years as chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Many of Walch’s current and former students supported his nomination, saying he was an influential mentor and professor. The Phi Theta Kappa honor society has presented him with six Golden Apple Awards, which honors outstanding faculty members. 

“Barry’s teaching style exemplifies quality education at a collegiate level,” said Walch’s former student Steven L. Johnson, class of 2005 and 2016, a licensed funeral director and an adjunct instructor in SUNY Canton’s Funeral Services Administration program. “His ability to take complicated concepts and make them understandable by providing real-life examples and interesting anecdotes is what makes him unique.”

Walch’s colleagues also praised his skill in developing the right learning environment necessary to promote success.

Barry Walch receives his award from Brayden White and President Szafran

“Barry is a skilled educator who is passionate about teaching. His ability to engage and involve students in obtaining knowledge of subject matter is exemplary,” said SUNY Canton Professor Maureen P. Maiocco, Ed.D., director of the Early Childhood and Early Childhood Care and Management degree programs. “Students and colleagues appreciate his friendly demeanor, humor and collaborative nature.”

Walch’s position as a leader in his field was also a contributing factor to his selection. He is the former director of the New York State Funeral Directors Association and a founding director of the Tribute Foundation, the association’s philanthropic arm. The foundation seeks to stimulate research, improve and support professional education, increase public outreach, and sponsor forums to foster policy dialogue on end-of-life issues.

His commitment to education extends beyond campus, and he frequently leads continuing education seminars for licensed embalmers and funeral directors, as well as for hospice volunteers.  

Upon receiving his award, Walch spoke to the audience about the importance of college’s mission as an applied learning institution.

“We equip students with the skills and competencies to be on the front lines of socially significant fields like law enforcement, disaster mitigation and emergency health care,” he said. “You take care of our pets and farm animals; our young children and our computers. Our graduates serve the community, and I feel great about that.”

Walch holds an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science from the New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Science and Embalming; a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Colby College; and a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire.

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. 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 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

2019 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation Named for Retired IT Professor, Assistant Dean

Friday, April 5th, 2019

SUNY Canton has selected William J. Mein as its annual Honors Convocation namesake. 

Mein will be the guest of honor at the ceremony, which will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. It is free and open to the public, with a special invitation extended to families of the students slated to receive awards at the event. 

Bill Mein stands in front of the SUNY Canton Ice Arena with figure skates over his shoulder.

“Bill made a tremendous impact at SUNY Canton as an esteemed faculty member during his 11 years at the college,” said Molly A. Mott, SUNY Canton’s interim associate provost. “Numerous faculty members nominated Bill for this honor, citing his exemplary leadership and mentorship abilities.”

Mein served as Decisions Systems department chair and was instrumental in developing, and later moving, the Computer Information Systems program to the Canino School of Engineering Technology. The department has since expanded to include majors such as Game Design and Development, Cybersecurity, Graphic and Multimedia Design and Information Technology. 

“I feel that I am in the company of a prestigious set of colleagues who helped to transform SUNY Canton from its early roots to the fine school it has come to be,” Mein said. “I am proud to be recognized as a member of that set.”

He received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2009. He was then promoted to professor in 2010 and served as the assistant dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology before retiring and earning emeritus status. He continued to work at the college for the following year.

In addition to teaching computing for many age levels for the majority of his professional career, Mein has also been involved with figure skating. He has served in various offices in the Potsdam Figure Skating Club and numerous national committees. He is a Gold Test, Senior Synchronized Skating and National Theater on Ice judge.

Since his retirement, Mein has volunteered with the Stimulating Opportunities After Retirement (SOAR) program. His positions as the vice chair of the board of directors and presenter have kept him involved with SUNY Canton. 

He received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam in 1966. He continued with his education at SUNY Potsdam and received his master’s in Mathematics in 1969. Further continuing his education at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, he earned another master’s in Computer and Information Sciences in 1975.

Mein lives in Hannawa Falls with his wife, Dorothy. They have one daughter, Jeanette Davey.

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. 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 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

Dr. Tony Beane Receives SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty Award

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The SUNY Canton College Council has selected a professor who teaches in the Veterinary Science Technology program as the recipient of a prestigious award.

Dr. Tony Beane was presented with the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award at the college’s Pauline A. Graveline Honors Convocation Ceremony April 26.

During his 18-year career at SUNY Canton, he has built a reputation as an engaging and caring educator. Students say his passion for animal care and emphasis on intellectual development inspires them to reach their full potential.

Anthony Beane

“Dr. Beane is devoted to creating a learning community that fosters the academic, social and professional growth of our students,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly A. Mott, Ph.D.

Upon accepting his award, Beane thanked the students, faculty and administrators who wrote letters of support for his nomination, and he congratulated those who were being recognized at the ceremony.

“I hope that I, along with your other teachers, advisors and mentors, have been able to prepare you for your futures,” he told the audience.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is an active member of the campus community, serving on the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and the Faculty Affairs Committee. His most visible contribution to the college is a beautification project in which he personally selected, planted and maintains a variety of tree and plant species across the campus landscape.

“Not only do Dr. Beane’s activities show his commitment to the school and the community, but they also serve to make him a tremendous role model to the students,” said Veterinary Science Technology Department Chair Dr. Mary O’Horo Loomis.

He is currently the attending veterinarian on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees for St. Lawrence and Clarkson Universities and has served as the Vice President of the Potsdam Humane Society Board of Directors. Beane is also the Secretary-Treasurer for the Northern New York Veterinary Medical Society.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from SUNY Potsdam in 1984 and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 1988.

 

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.

Jennifer McDonald Receives SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty Award

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Jennifer McDonaldA professor who teaches in SUNY Canton’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program has been recognized with one of the college’s highest faculty honors.

Jennifer S. McDonald was nominated for the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award by her peers for her innovative and enthusiastic teaching style. She received her award at the recent Sheldon Katz Honors Convocation.

“Jennifer is an accomplished educator whose professionalism, passion, and commitment make her a role model for both students and faculty alike,” said Kenneth M. Erickson, interim dean of the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice. “She contributes in important ways to the campus on a daily basis, and has done so since the day she arrived.”

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, McDonald oversees the clinical education aspect of the program, which is composed of more than 60 professional sites. Her leadership was instrumental in earning the PTA program a ten-year reaccreditation.

During her address at Honors Convocation, McDonald said it was a gift to be part of SUNY Canton students’, especially PTA students’, educations.

SUNY Canton Professor Jennifer S. McDonald addresses the audience at the college's recent Honors Convocation ceremony. McDonald teaches in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

SUNY Canton Professor Jennifer S. McDonald addresses the audience at the college’s recent Honors Convocation ceremony. McDonald teaches in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

“You come from many different places, with many different stories, and often face a multitude of challenges along the way to graduation,” she said, addressing the collected students in the audience. “Your perseverance, your grit, your determination to meet your goals inspires me. I’ve learned as much from you as you have from me; and I thank you for that.”

She is highly respected by her colleagues for her expertise in women’s health and is one of only 43 advanced credentialed clinical trainers in the nation recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy also recently inducted her into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers.

Her service to the college includes membership on the Online Learning Advisory Committee, the Institutional Review Board, the Applied Learning Committee and the Roo Club board. She is also a faculty athletic liaison for the men’s ice hockey team.

McDonald earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College, a Master of Science in Basic Sciences from Clarkson University, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont.

 

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 Mathematician Earns Distinguished Title

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

A devoted and well-respected associate professor of mathematics has been selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty award at SUNY Canton.

Daniel J. Gagliardi, Ph.D., will be honored at SUNY Canton’s 107th Commencement Ceremony which will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Dan Gagliardi

“Dr. Gagliardi has earned the admiration of the entire SUNY Canton community,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “His enthusiasm for his coursework and his exceptional devotion to his students inspires everyone around him.”

Gagliardi was instrumental in creating the college’s mathematics minor and developed several new courses within the program. He has published numerous research articles and routinely guest lectures at mathematics conferences. He coauthored the book “Linear Algebra with Applications” with St. Lawrence University Professor James V. DeFranza, Ph.D., and has served as a co-editor of the journal “Graph Theory Notes of New York.”

“To Dan, learning is a wondrous, exciting adventure,” said Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. “He inspires students to be a part of this adventure and gently guides them through the process.”

In addition to his work as an educator, Gagliardi is an accomplished double bassist. He and his colleagues, William Vitek, chair of the Humanities Department at Clarkson University, and Michael T. Magilligan, an assistant librarian at SUNY Canton, are part of the jazz trio “A Fine Line” and play at local cafes and area events.

He earned his Doctorate in Mathematics from North Carolina State University, his Master of Science in Mathematics from New Mexico State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from SUNY Purchase. He resides in Canton with his wife, Robin, and their three sons, Zachary, Michael and Eric.

 

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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Physical Therapist Assistant Professor Receives 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

A professor who has dedicated her career at SUNY Canton to ensuring student success will receive this year’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

The College Council will present Deborah S. Molnar, DPT, with the award during the David V. Guccione Honors Convocation ceremony at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center. Molnar is a professor and also the program director of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell of DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau of Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny of Keeseville.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell of DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau of Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny of Keeseville.

She was chosen for her unwavering dedication to developing the PTA degree into one of SUNY Canton’s premier offerings. She successfully guided the program through two rigorous reaccreditation processes in 2002 and 2013, and the degree boasts students who consistently pass the national exam at a higher rate than other graduates nationwide.

“It is Deborah’s passion for the subject matter and engagement with her students that uniquely qualifies her for this award,” said SUNY Canton Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly A. Mott, Ph.D. “Her commitment to excellence in her teaching and the PTA program has enriched the lives of our students and that of the campus community.”

Molnar was also instrumental in crafting a highly successful partnership between SUNY Canton and the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka. Students enrolled in the program attend IIHS for a year and a half before traveling to the U.S. to complete an additional three semesters at SUNY Canton. The first international students graduated in May 2013.

“Deborah has worked tirelessly to ensure the international initiative is reviewed properly, accreditation guidelines are met and the students are given an opportunity to change not only their lives but also the future of their country,” said SUNY Canton Visiting Professor and former Director of International Programs Marela Fiacco. “Bringing students from IIHS has also ensured that SUNY Canton students benefit from working side by side with students from Sri Lanka and gaining a better cultural understanding.”

Students are quick to note Molnar’s exceptional repertoire in the classroom and her dedication to helping others succeed.

“She was not just an instructor for us – she became one of the greatest teachers and friends we have ever met in our lives,” said Roshan Peiris, a PTA graduate from Sri Lanka. “She was always with us – supporting every way she could.”

Outside the classroom, Molnar is a member of numerous academic committees and serves as a faculty mentor. Her expertise in program development was instrumental in crafting the curriculum for the popular Health and Fitness Promotion bachelor’s degree, and she assisted with developing the four-year Veterinary Science program.

“Deborah has distinguished herself by maintaining an exceptional quality of work while ensuring attention and kindness to the people around her,” said colleague and Physical Therapist Assistant Professor Jennifer S. McDonald. “Her ability to listen attentively and act as a sounding board is unmatched. I consider it a privilege to work with her.”

Molnar resides in Norfolk with her husband, George, and two children, Sidney and Bodie.

 

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 Professor Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The SUNY Canton College Council has awarded a faculty member who has invested deeply in making the College a better place to work, learn and be successful.

The College Council selected Professor Raymond G. Krisciunas as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award. Krisciunas teaches History in the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Ray Krisciunas

SUNY Canton History Professor Raymond G. Krisciunas is the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award.

He will receive his award and be a guest of honor at the Nancy R. Auster Honors Convocation at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the SUNY Canton Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

Many of his peer faculty members endorsed or nominated him for the award. He’s enriched students’ experiences by providing an evolving awareness of world events, according to Associate Professor Patrick K. LaPierre, who also teaches history.

“Ray’s knowledge ranges widely,” LaPierre said. “His broad focus stems from a genuine interest and concern about the human community.”

Krisciunas is consistently changing his courses to meet current academic trends and adapt to the needs of his students. Numerous students commented that his courses are always interesting and informative.

For several semesters, he helped develop and present at the Liberal Arts Academic Film Festival. Students could participate in film showings that included topical themes encouraging rhetoric. Subjects included “Coming of Age” and “Resistance.”

Krisciunas has received numerous awards and has traveled the world to present and gather topics for his research. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Award on the topic of “Rethinking Europe/Rethinking World History,” which later became the foundation to develop a World History course at SUNY Canton.

He spent time in Argentina, Brazil and Chile on a State University of New York grant presenting on “Learning about the Americas.”

He served two 3-year terms as a senator in SUNY’s Faculty Assembly, served twice on the SUNY Faculty Senate Executive Committee representing SUNY Colleges of Technology chaired the SUNY Faculty Senate Student Life Committee and served on several standing committees for SUNY’s governing body for faculty. He has also served as the vice president for academics in SUNY Canton’s chapter of the United University Professions union.

At SUNY Canton, Krisciunas served on the Faculty Affairs Committee, Liberal Arts Committee and the Library Committee. He has been the department chair for History, Political Science and Economics and the Chair for Social Sciences. Krisciunas received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and continued with his doctoral studies in History at Indiana University. He also spent four years in a research position at the University of Kiel (German, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel).

Ray and his wife Diana have two sons, Gintas and Linas. He said his family played a critical role in his successful career.

Respected SUNY Canton Business Professor Passes

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Tom Duda A much-loved SUNY Canton Distinguished Professor Emeritus has passed away.

Thomas W. Duda, a retired professor who taught in the School of Business and Liberal Arts, died on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, July 18, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg.

“Dr. Duda was very respected by his students and colleagues,” noted Provost Carli C. Schiffner, who will become Interim President on Sept. 1, following current President Joseph L. Kennedy’s retirement. “He will be extremely missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife Virginia and all of his family. We are forever indebted to him for all of the educational contributions and the students he helped during his tenure with the College.”

Numerous friends of the SUNY Canton Community posted their remembrances and condolences on the College’s Facebook page. Cathy McCabe Beyette wrote, “He was an amazing teacher. I’d even giggle at his sense of humor he’d throw in on an on-line test… had to stop laughing because it was timed. SUNY [Canton] lost a wonderful man! Prayers and thoughts are with his family.”

To view the post and comments, visit, www.facebook.com/suny.canton.

Mr. Duda was born in Springfield, Mass., on December 31, 1943. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut in 1965 and his Master’s degree from Syracuse University in 1967. He received his Doctorate from the University of Sarasota Florida in 1981.

He first went to work at Penn State, and later at Penn State’s DuBois Campus. He first joined SUNY Canton (then known as Canton ATC) in 1984. During his time at the College, he served as the presiding Officer of the Faculty Affairs Committee and served on the president’s commission on planning and budgeting. He chaired the steering committee for the 1991 Middle States reaccreditation process, and served on numerous other committees. He also designed the College’s “Principles of Management” course.

The College Council awarded him with the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1992. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy awarded him emeritus status in 2008, and Mr. Duda continued to serve the College in an adjunct capacity after his retirement.

He was also a hobby farmer and mechanic. He was active in St. Mary’s Cathedral. He played Polka Music and belonged to the Tom Duda Orchestra.

Early Childhood Professor Selected as SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Maureen P. Maiocco, Ed.D., loves to teach students of all ages.

Maiocco began her career doing exactly what she loves, working with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-age children. She’s carried her enthusiasm over into the realm of higher education as a professor and early childhood program director at SUNY Canton, and her zeal has led her to be selected as the College’s 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient.

Maureen Maiocco

2011 SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient Professor Maureen P. Maiocco grading student projects in the College’s Early Childhood Lab.

She will be recognized at SUNY Canton’s 103rd Commencement Ceremony to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the College’s new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.

“Maureen is a model educator,” said Kyle Brown, Director of SUNY Canton OnLine. “During her seven years at SUNY Canton, she has grown the Early Childhood program into a thriving, popular major for SUNY Canton students.”

Outside of her interactive classroom, Maiocco schedules activities for the children of the campus community at nearly every single major College function. Most recently, she orchestrated and held a campus-wide children’s Christmas party on behalf of SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“She’s the perfect model for teachers and aspiring teachers,” said Christina Martin, Maiocco’s colleague and an adjunct instructor at SUNY Canton. “She’s provided me with outstanding mentorship.”

Faculty and staff members from across the College have benefitted from serving with Maiocco, including Feng Hong, an associate professor of physics and 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient. Maiocco and Hong worked together with a delegation of Chinese faculty members from Xi’an City, China, who were interested in the American methods of pre-kindergarten education.

“Dr. Maiocco’s exceptional organizational skills and tireless efforts during the 2009 Early Childhood Summer Institute made the event a success,” Hong said. “The event was not only a showcase of the early childhood program, but also a showcase for the College and for all of Canton.”

As a result of the Summer Institute, Maiocco was invited to teach in Xi’an, China in 2010. While there, she made the international television news for her positive work with Chinese children and faculty members.

Maiocco was also recently featured on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Academic Minute. She delivered a compelling argument against the practice of “time out” in a group educational setting, and even offered several alternatives in the allotted one minute 40 second timeframe.

Many of her students credit her with their educational success at the College, and 16 students have recognized her outstanding work through the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

“All of Dr. Maiocco’s classes were a healthy combination of hands-on activities and lecture,” said Tiffany Daily-Faulkner, a 2007 early childhood graduate. “She understood that everyone learns differently. There was never a dull moment in her classes. Her humor and creativity kept us all engaged and interested in the lesson at hand.”

Maiocco earned her doctorate of education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, with a specialization in child and youth studies and curriculum development. She earned her master of science in teacher leadership from Wheelock College in Boston, and her bachelor of arts in education from Curry College in Milton, Mass.

She lives in Potsdam with her husband Steven.

 

Associate Professor of Physics Selected as SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Feng Hong

An innovative faculty member in the SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology has been selected as the recipient of the College Council’s 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Associate Professor of Physics Feng Hong, Ph.D., will be among those recognized at the College’s 102nd Commencement Ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in an outdoor ceremony adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Students and faculty members have praised Hong for his advanced mastery of the field of physics in addition to his ability to make it tangible for his students.

“Dr. Hong is one our most accomplished and supportive faculty members,” said Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David J. Wells. “Physics is a foundational topic for all of the engineering technology curricula. Dr. Hong helps students acquire the knowledge and ability necessary for their career-driven fields of study.”

In addition to his teaching accolades, Hong has been integral in introducing the global community to SUNY Canton by serving as the Chinese program coordinator. He also worked as a liaison to students in the SUNY China 150 program and helped them learn adapt to college life in Canton. Many of his colleagues noted his countless hours of dedication to his volunteer work.

“His efforts and dedication have helped SUNY Canton meet with several potential partner institutions in China,” said Ryan P. Deuel, the college’s chief of staff. “He has helped to draw visiting scholars from China to the campus, helping SUNY Canton become a more culturally diverse and internationalized institution.”

Hong has also worked on numerous grant proposals on behalf of the College for the National Science Foundation including, Women in Engineering Day, a solar energy research project for Girl Scouts funded through Corning Foundation, and a program for the Salmon River School District exposing students to science, technology, and math.

“Anyone who has had the honor of working with Dr. Hong knows that he exceeds all expectations for any given task,” said Maureen P. Maiocco, director of the early childhood program and Hong’s colleague. “He is passionate about the education of his students, his field of study, his colleagues, and SUNY Canton.”

He received his bachelor of science degree in physics from Zhejiang University in China in 1986 and went on to earn his master’s and doctorate degrees from North Dakota State University in 2001 and 2004, respectively. While at North Dakota State, Hong worked as a research assistant, a lab instructor, and served as a BRIN Graduate Teaching Internship Fellow, teaching both physical science and tutored mathematics at Fort Berthold Community College.

Upon graduation from North Dakota State, he served as a postdoctoral research associate in the chemistry department at Washington State University until July 2005 when he began his work with SUNY Canton. He has won four golden apple awards from incoming Phi Theta Kappa honor society students denoting his excellence as an educator.

Hong lives in Potsdam with his wife Yimei Zhu, they have one daughter, Kaelynn.

The Distinguished Faculty Award is given annually to a current member of the SUNY Canton faculty who demonstrates a mastery of subject matter, effectiveness in teaching, the ability to contribute to the College in a scholarly way, a commitment to the College, and a desire to continue growing professionally. Hong is the 30th recipient of the award.

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