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Criminal Investigation Major Receives 2009 Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Heather Biamonte, a Criminal Investigation major from Marcy, on her Outstanding Graduate award.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Heather Biamonte, a Criminal Investigation major from Marcy, on her Outstanding Graduate award.

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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Alumnus John Halford Honored as SUNY Canton Hometown Hero

Friday, September 28th, 2007

John L. Halford of Gouverneur, has joined the growing group of SUNY Canton Alumni to be honored as a Hometown Hero.

Halford joins the prestigious list of Hometown Heroes by setting up a program to award SUNY Canton scholarships to students from his high school alma mater.

The John L. Halford Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to two graduating Gouverneur Central School seniors planning to pursue a four-year degree at SUNY Canton. He has established a charitable remainder trust and donates annually to fund the scholarships. All of the proceeds of his trust will ultimately and permanently fund this effort.

“John has been an extraordinary benefactor of both SUNY Canton and Gouverneur Central High School throughout his life,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “John’s commitment to students serves as an inspiration to high school seniors from Gouverneur and to many other alumni and friends of SUNY Canton who want to create opportunities for the youth of their hometowns.”

John Halford created this scholarship to remember and honor the wartime service of his family. At the young age of 17, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater. After more than 4 years of service, he returned to Gouverneur to complete high school. The abrupt end to his carefree youth taught him to appreciate and enjoy every day and the pleasures and opportunities life presents. His hope is that this scholarship will inspire young people from his hometown to continue their education and strive for their highest dreams.

Each recipient of the Halford Memorial Scholarship will be selected based on academic achievement, involvement in extra-curricular activities, and financial need, as determined by the Gouverneur Central School Scholarship Committee. The scholarships will be announced at graduation and students will be eligible to receive the scholarship until they complete their four-year degree.

“The best thing about this gift is not the gift itself,” Halford pointed out. “More important are the opportunities it will create by enabling these students to attend college. I hope that each student takes this opportunity to live life to the fullest, enjoy learning, and be successful. Gouverneur High School and SUNY Canton helped make that possible for me.”

Halford is the third alumnus to be honored as a “Hometown Hero” at SUNY Canton. He joins Joel M. Canino, who created a scholarship for Baldwinsville area students, and Bernard C. Regan, who targeted his endowment for Massena area students.

In 2005, Halford was honored for his record of service to the college by having a lobby named after him, at the crossroads of three major buildings.

He graduated from the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program in 1949. From 1952 to 1970, he worked for Associated Universities on Long Island in research and nuclear reactor development at Brookhaven Lab. From 1973 until his retirement in 1987, he was the building maintenance manager for Suffolk County. He and his wife, Nelta, live in Gouverneur.