An administrative professional who has worked at the college for more than 38 years has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.
Janet E. Livingston, a secretary 2 in the office of the Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies, was presented with the award at the college’s annual Recognition Day ceremony May 13.
Established in 2008, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service rewards exceptional achievements and superior performance. Livingston is the first SUNY Canton employee to receive this honor.
She began her career at SUNY Canton as a stenographer in the Word Processing Center in 1977 and was promoted several times while working for Residence Life and Student Affairs. Her responsibilities in the Office of the Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies include organizing the college’s academic recovery effort, which is critical to student retention.
“Janet understands student challenges and provides exceptional customer service to those who may be struggling academically,” said President Zvi Szafran. “She offers guidance and support to help them work through stressful situations.”
Szafran also noted that Livingston has regularly gone above and beyond the scope of her duties during the course of her career, most notably during a recent leadership transition where she supported two divisions. She is a member of the college’s Emergency Communications Team and volunteers her time to assist students with their transition from high school to college, particularly during new student orientation events.
“Above all, Janet is a strong student advocate and passionate supporter of student success,” Szafran added. “She uses her incredible knowledge about the college to help students complete whatever process they are seeking to navigate.”
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.