A SUNY Canton student who is working toward a law enforcement career is the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Graduate award at the bachelor’s degree level.
Heather Biamonte, a Criminal Investigation Major from Marcy, received the recognition at the recent Harriett Beggs Honors Convocation. She was presented with a ceremonial plaque and a medallion to accompany her academic regalia for SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outside across from French Hall.
“Heather is a very reliable, mature student both in a professional and academic environment,” said Criminal Justice Instructor Liz Erickson. “I commend her for her hard work and preparations in and out of the classroom.”
Biamonte has been involved in many activities during her four years at the college. She was the editor of the school paper, The Tribune, the secretary for Alpha Phi Sigma High Honor Society, and a member of the Criminal Justice Honor Society.
She received a John L. Halford Sr. Scholarship through the SUNY Canton Foundation for her first two years at SUNY Canton and the Flora Bertram Geller Scholarship in 2008.
“Heather is one of the most organized people I know,” said Sindy Afriat, a fellow Criminal Investigation student. “She has always proven herself as a valuable team member in all of our group projects.”
She volunteered at the College’s Girl Scout Investigation program (nicknamed GSI), which helps teach young women the aspects of Criminal Investigation. She has also participated in several community outreach programs through her honor society.
Currently, the award-winning Criminal Investigation major is completing her senior level internship in her hometown.
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 offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.
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