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Chancellor Selects SUNY Canton Students to Receive Prestigious Award

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Two SUNY Canton students were selected by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to receive the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Senior Jessica L. Fischer, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major, and senior Kaitlyn N. Tibbetts, a Criminal Investigation major, were recognized at a special ceremony held April 10 in Albany. They will wear a medallion denoting their accomplishments at the college’s 110thCommencement Ceremony Saturday, May 12.

Kaitlyn Tibbetts and Jessica Fischer

Kaitlyn N. Tibbetts (left) and Jessica L. Fischer (right) were selected to receive the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

“I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities,” said Johnson. “From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognize today. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

Fischer is the founder and president of SUNY Canton’s Environmental Change Organization, which is dedicated to achieving a more eco-friendly campus. In this capacity, she has spearheaded efforts to coordinate clean-up days, establish a pollinator garden and organize recycling initiatives. She also obtained a grant to establish a campus food composting operation that has diverted tons of waste from landfills.

A champion of green energy, Fischer was selected by the WindAid Institute in 2016 to build a wind turbine in the rural community of Playa Blanca, Peru. She worked with a team of 12 fellow volunteer engineers to complete the four-week project.

“During my tenure at SUNY Canton, I have not seen any other student accomplish as much as Jessica has,” said Assistant Professor Lucas Craig, Ph.D., who teaches in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. “Her extracurricular activities throughout her academic career mirror that of a humanitarian, and she has made the entire campus proud.”

Fischer has maintained a 4.0 GPA every semester and is a member of Tau Alpha Pi Honor Society. A highly regarded peer mentor, she has shared her knowledge and experience by serving as a tutor, a guest speaker in the college’s first-year experience course for freshman, and an ambassador for the Mechanical Engineering Program at open houses and admitted student days.

Tibbetts is a founding member of the SUNY Canton Emergency Medical Service Squad and a volunteer with the St. Lawrence County Canton Fire and Rescue organization, where she provided patient care and transport to local hospitals. Her outstanding efforts in support of law enforcement earned her the New York State University Police Chief’s Dr. McBride Criminal Justice Student Achievement Award.

She also received SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Associate Graduate Award in 2016 upon earning a degree in Criminal Justice and is a member of the national criminal justice honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma. She will graduate with a double minor in Homeland Security and Forensic Science and also earned an associate degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2017.

Tibbetts was hired by the U.S. Secret Service last fall to complete an extended pathway internship in Knoxville, Tenn. Her duties include supporting criminal investigations and handling counterfeit currency.

“Having been in higher education for 17 years, and law enforcement prior to that, I recognize that Kaitlyn is the ideal person to have a career in law enforcement,” said SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Lecturer Lisa E. Colbert. “She is professional, serious about any task she is given, mature, personable and has great communication skills. No matter if it is academic, organizational or community-oriented, Kaitlyn takes what she does seriously and with pride.”

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

 

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 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Recognizes 2017 Outstanding Graduates

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Two students earned the 2017 SUNY Canton Outstanding Graduate title today (Saturday, May 13) SUNY Canton’s 109th Commencement Ceremony.

Alex D. Sterling, a mechanical engineering technology major from Champlain, received the Outstanding Graduate Award at the bachelor’s degree level and Claudette Dossou-Kitti, a nursing major from Brooklyn, received the award for associate degree graduates.

Alex D. Sterling addresses the audience at commencement.

Alex D. Sterling, SUNY Canton’s 2017 Outstanding Graduate at the bachelor’s degree level, addresses the audience at commencement.

Sterling is the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter at SUNY Canton. The student-run club recently earned second place at the ASCE regional steel bridge competition. The bridge, and the team of students who design and assemble it, are a tremendous point of pride at SUNY Canton.

He has consistently earned President’s List honors for his academic achievement and received a Leaders of Tomorrow award from the Student Affairs Division. He’s a member of the Tau Alpha Phi Engineering Honor Society, the Engineering Club and the Auto Club.

“Alex has the exceptional ability to always come up with a solution or a way to work around a problem to meet an end goal,” said Jessica M. Fischer, one of Sterling’s peers. “He is a role model to other students.”

Sterling completed an internship with Plattco Corporation in Plattsburgh, and he will continue his career with the company after graduation.

Dossou-Kitti is being recognized for high levels of success in two on-campus jobs in addition to her performance in the academically rigorous Nursing program.

President Zvi Szafran, Claudette Dossou-Kitti, and Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Claudette Dossou-Kitti, and Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish. Dossou-Kitti received the 2017 Outstanding Graduate award at the associate degree level.

Faculty and staff members describe her as highly organized and exceptionally mature. She has worked as both a resident assistant and a building manager at Southworth Library Learning Commons. She’s also worked as a student volunteer in the college’s TRiO program.

“Claudette is one of those special students who, as a professor, you never forget,” said Assistant Professor William David Barnes, who teaches Biology. “She leaves an indelible mark on your heart because she is such a wonderful person. She’s tenacious in working to achieve her goals.”

She is the former member of the African Student Union and has received Dean’s List honors for academics. She has linked students with the help available at the college in addition to being a mentor and a tutor to students in the Nursing program.

 

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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Engineering Technology Student to Bring Sustainable Energy to Peru

Monday, December 12th, 2016

A junior in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program will travel to South America this winter to manufacture and install a wind turbine that will provide green energy to the rural Peruvian community of Playa Blanca.

Jessica L. Fischer was selected to join 12 other students from around the world for the four-week volunteer project, which is organized by the WindAid Institute, an organization that builds and installs low-cost, residential-scale wind turbines in developing communities.

Jessica Fischer works on a wind turbine.

SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology student Jessica L. Fischer will travel to Peru this winter to help construct a wind turbine for the village of Playa Blanca.

Fischer, a native of Buffalo, said a passion for wind power is what prompted her to look into working with the nonprofit.

“While pursuing my degree, I had the opportunity to take courses that focus on alternative energy,” she said. “This project will take my education one step further and allow me to see first-hand how providing access to environmentally friendly power can transform someone’s life.”

Since the turbines are manufactured from scratch by volunteers, Fischer said the skills she has gained in the classroom will help her during the fabrication and installation process.

Jessica Fischer showcases a model turbine.“Every lab and lecture at SUNY Canton included real-world applications for the engineering concepts I was learning,” she added. “I have also completed a course that specifically focused on the design and technology of wind turbines, so I am very prepared for this project.”

Her duties will include constructing the blades, which are a mixture of carbon fiber and resin, and building the base, which is made from recycled stainless steel and fiberglass.

“This opportunity is most fitting for Jessica; she is a dynamic, hardworking and detail-oriented student,” said Daniel J. Miller an assistant professor who teaches in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. “The entire campus is very proud of the work she will be doing in Peru, and we look forward to learning about her experience when she returns.”

Approximately 37 percent of the Peruvian population lacks grid connectivity; however, according to the institute, the rural landscape of the country’s mountains and coastline offers the ideal climate for wind power, which is a preferable alternative to expensive diesel generators that emit carcinogens and other pollutants.

The turbine produces approximately 870 kilowatt-hours of energy annually, which is enough to power a television, laptop or 36 LED lightbulbs for the entire year.

Since the WindAid Institute began 2006, their engineers and technicians have led more than 50 installation projects in Peru. The cost of the materials is covered by the contributions from the volunteers, and maintenance costs are paid for by the recipient community.

Fischer’s trip was funded by donations from the Canton College Foundation, SUNY Canton’s offices of the President and the Provost, and alumnus Thomas P. Woodside, class of 1966.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who supported my efforts to become the first student from SUNY Canton to serve as a WindAid Institute ambassador,” Fischer said.

 

About WindAid Institute

We serve as an educational institute whose projects provide electricity to developing communities utilizing wind energy to provide a clean and reliable source of electricity in locations where traditional electricity is not available. Students and professionals come from all over the world to work together designing, building and installing wind generators. Each project contributes to the evolution of the design, or reinforces the solidity of the design concepts encouraging an environment of education and innovation. To learn more, visit www.windaid.org.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.