Alissa Jatsenti has a mind for numbers and an eye for photography.
The 2009 SUNY Canton graduate has won several awards for her academic excellence within the college’s Accounting program, and has begun picking up more recognitions for her keen creativity.
One of Jatsenti’s photographs was recently selected for the Best of SUNY Exhibit, which runs until September 25 at the SUNY Plaza in Albany. The State University of New York judges selected one of her colorful floral creations, which is representative of her ongoing series of macro, or close-up images.
“Some of my macro work combines abstract or an ‘out-in-the-space’ feel,” she said. “It is somewhat challenging to take these photographs, but the results are almost always amazing. Each flower is so different, and it is thrilling to see each one’s personality and defining characteristics.”
Jatsenti also won the St. Lawrence County Land Trust monthly image contest in March with her photo “Golden Fields” The St. Lawrence Land trust owns a group page on www.flickr.com that allows area photographers to contribute and display their images. Jatsenti became involved with the group and encouraged her peer photographers in the Graphic and Multi-Media Design courses to contribute their work.
According to Business and Liberal Arts Dean Linda A. Heilman, “Our students can opt to engage in cross-curricular studies between business and the arts, leading to a very well-rounded education.”
Jatsenti immigrated to the North Country after graduating from high school in her hometown of Tallinn, Estonia, and now resides in Canton. She was a student leader in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, a Clarkson Transfer scholarship, and an American Association of University Women scholarship this year.
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’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.