Posts Tagged ‘EOP’

SUNY Canton Nursing Student Wins Statewide Award

Friday, November 15th, 2019

A SUNY Canton student was recently recognized with a statewide award for overcoming difficulties during his education. 

Marcos L. Martinez, a Practical Nursing major from the Bronx, received the 2019 Norman R. McConney Jr. Award, which is bestowed to recognize excellence in the SUNY Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). The award is named after one of the architects of the statewide program that provides financial assistance and support to those facing obstacles in achieving their educational and personal goals.

President Szafran, Marcos Martinez, and Walvi DeJesus
EOP AWARD – SUNY Canton student Marcos L. Martinez recently received the statewide 2019 Norman R. McConney Jr. Award, which is bestowed to recognize excellence in the SUNY Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Martinez, and EOP Director Walvi DeJesus.

“Marcos is no stranger to life’s obstacles,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran during a ceremony recognizing Martinez. “For most people, those obstacles would have stood in their way. Marcos has defied the odds and rose above both personal and educational barriers and continues to actively better himself.” 

Martinez said he began in the college’s Liberal Arts and Sciences two-year degree program but had a rough start during his freshman year. Transitioning from high school to a college environment was difficult. After some initial setbacks, he was able to build up his GPA high enough to enter the Practical Nursing program, which is one of the more competitive majors at the college. 

Marcos Martinez practices using a stethoscope on a dummy.
NURSING STUDENT RECOGNIZED – Marcos L. Martinez listens to a mannequin’s breathing during a respiratory lab. Martinez, a SUNY Canton Practical Nursing major recently received a SUNY Educational Opportunity Program award for overcoming obstacles during his college education.

“I could’ve just given up after my first semester, but I didn’t,” he said. “It wasn’t easy, but I was able to do it with the amazing support system I have and the motivation to be and do better.” 

Martinez credits his family for offering tremendous encouragement. “My mother always believed in me and keeps me motivated every day,” he said. “Both my mother and father always help push me to be successful.  I appreciate how hard they work for me and my siblings and I’m doing everything I do to make both of them proud parents.”

The soon-to-be nurse’s aspirations don’t stop with his first degree. He said he plans on entering the two-year Registered Nurse program, with his sights set on earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

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.

SUNY Canton Students Advocate for Equal Opportunity Program in Albany

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Eight SUNY Canton Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students traveled to Albany recently to share their concerns about state budget cuts with lawmakers.

The EOP Advocacy Day is a statewide event that allows constituents to discuss higher education issues with their representatives. In all, 15 SUNY schools participated.

Pictured are SUNY Canton EOP Counselor Scott Quinell, student Ivanna M. Thompson from Brooklyn, student Crystal D. Hall from Brooklyn, Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, student Bimenyimana Onesime from Syracuse and student Richard M. McCants from Brooklyn.

Pictured are SUNY Canton EOP Counselor Scott Quinell, student Ivanna M. Thompson from Brooklyn, student Crystal D. Hall from Brooklyn, Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, student Bimenyimana Onesime from Syracuse and student Richard M. McCants from Brooklyn.

The State University of New York’s EOP provides access, academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college but who may not have otherwise been offered admission. Available primarily to full-time, matriculated students, the program supports students throughout their college careers within the University.

SUNY Canton students met with New York State Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell and State Sens. Tony Avella, Betty Little and Velmanette Montgomery. They encouraged lawmakers to restore a $632,000 cut to EOP in the state budget.

“It was a good experience for us because we were able to speak with Ms. Russell and others about EOP,” said Crystal D. Hall, a Criminal Investigations major from Brooklyn. “We shared our stories and explained why the program is so important.”

“It was a great learning experience for our students to be able to share their stories with lawmakers,” said EOP Counselor Scott Quinell. “I think they did a fine job addressing their concerns with the legislators and their staffs. It was all of the students’ first time visiting the State Capitol building in addition to speaking with elected officials.”

 

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.

 

Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society Welcomes New Members

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society recently inducted 26 SUNY Canton students for their academic performance, announced President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Chi Alpha Theta

SUNY Canton’s Chi Alpha Epsilon chapter recognizes the academic achievements of students in the College’s Educational Opportunity Program and those being served by the College’s Student Support Services. Its purposes are to promote continued high academic standards, to foster increased communication among its members, and to honor academic excellence achieved by those students.

Tifani Bartwitz

HONOR STUDENTS - Tifani Bartwitz, a SUNY Canton Computer Information Systems student from Fort Edward stands with her peers at the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society induction Ceremony.

The honor society’s motto is “The tassel is worth the hassle.”

  • Amma Amponsah, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from the Bronx. Amponsah is a 2005 graduate of Dodge Vocational High School.
  • Anna Atchie, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Canton. Atchie is a 1996 graduate of Harrisville Central School.
  • Brenda Bacon, an Information Technology major from Dekalb Junction. Bacon is a 1992 graduate of Hugh C. Williams Sr. High School.
  • Tifani Bartwitz, a Computer Information Systems major from Fort Edward. Bartwitz is a 2005 graduate of South Glens Falls Central High School.
  • Crystal Collins, a Criminal Justice major from Brooklyn. Collins is a 2005 graduate of Boys and Girls High School.
  • Chastity Davis, a Nursing major from Richville. Davis is a 1997 graduate of Gouverneur High School.
  • Charlene Edmonds, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from New York City. Edmonds is a 2005 graduate of Frederick Douglass Academy.
  • Kimberly Ellison, a Health Science Career Studies major from Ogdensburg. Ellison is a 1993 graduate of Forest City Regional High School.
  • Lisa Farr, an Office Technology major from Hailesboro. Farr is a 1984 graduate of Beaver River Central School.
  • Zachary Fitzgerald, an Electrical Engineering major from St. Regis Falls. Fitzgerald is a 2005 graduate of Saint Regis Falls Central School.
  • Chantal Guild, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Ogdensburg. Guild is a 2004 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy High School.
  • Juan Hernandez, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Canton. Hernandez is a 1985 graduate of Carey High School.
  • Javon Joslyn, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Bronx. Joslyn is a 2004 graduate of Foreign Lang Academy of Global Street.
  • Jason Lajoie, an Electrical Construction & Maintenance major from Heuvelton. Lajoie is a 2004 graduate of Lisbon Central School.
  • Dale Martin II, a Civil Engineering Technology major from Canton. Martin is a 1999 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy High School.
  • William Mensah, a Technology Management major from Bronx. Mensah is a 2005 graduate of Evander Childs High School.
  • Brenda Merrifield, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Canton.
  • Donna Peterson, a Criminal Justice major from Canton.
  • Jennifer Pirie, a Liberal Studies major from Russell. Pirie is a 2005 graduate of Hugh C Williams Sr. High School.
  • Kristina Schober, an Early Childhood major from Dekalb Junction. Schober is a 2004 graduate of Hermon-DeKalb Central School.
  • Emma Siaw, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Bronx. Siaw is a 2004 graduate of Park East High School.
  • Jeanne Tatro, a Health Science Career Studies major from Gouverneur. Tatro is a 1980 graduate of Taconic High School.
  • Charitie Thornhill, a Criminal Justice major from Ogdensburg. Thornhill is a 2001 graduate of Taconic High School.
  • Henry Wason, an Engineering Science major from Ogdensburg.
  • Stephanie Williamson, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Vernon Center. Williamson is a 2003 graduate of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Senior High Schools.

Honorary Inductees were:

  • Vice President of Student Affairs Daniel Sweeney.
  • Assistant Professor of Academic Development John Ohst.