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SUNY Canton Recognizes Faculty, Staff and Dignitaries at Commencement

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Former 21st District Congressman Bill Owens will receive an honorary doctorate at the ceremony.

SUNY Canton is set to hold its 107th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The college will be presenting special awards to honorees who have influenced education in the North Country and the state.

“Commencement allows us the chance to recognize the quality and achievement of our faculty, staff, community members and supporters alongside our graduating class,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “I add my congratulations and want to thank all of the individuals who have made a lasting mark on the college.”

Commencement 2013

The Keynote speaker for commencement will be retired Congressman William L. “Bill” Owens, representative for New York’s 21st Congressional District. Owens spent his time in office supporting higher education, prioritizing job creation and boosting the North Country Economy.

The college has benefited significantly from his efforts. Congressman Owens helped improve the overall economic viability of the region, which helped the college attract prospective students, employers, faculty members and regional businesses.

Owens will be receiving a SUNY Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in recognition of his advocacy for the North Country and his devoted support of SUNY Canton.

Other notable commencement highlights include:

Jill L. Martin will be recognized for receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Martin has been an adjunct instructor teaching English at SUNY Canton since 2000 and started an initiative to incorporate volunteer service components into her courses. Martin previously taught at General Brown, West Hill and Canton High Schools.

Pamela P. Quinn, the founding faculty member for SUNY Canton’s two-year Dental Hygiene program, is being recognized for receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. She is an assistant professor and Dental Hygiene curriculum coordinator who helped the college launch the program in 2006 through a partnership with Mohawk Valley Community College.

Stephen Frempong, program coordinator for the college’s four-year Electrical Engineering Technology Program and Chair of the Electrical Technology and Engineering Science Department will be recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Frempong developed the bachelor’s degree program as an extension of the successful career-driven program of the same name.

Johanna M. Lee will be recognized by the SUNY Canton student body with the 2015 Northstar Award for her ongoing support of students’ academic and personal success. Lee is the college’s director of tutoring services and a 1997 graduate of SUNY Canton. Lee helped international students adjust to life in Canton, helped students overcome setbacks and graduate on time and otherwise aided students to become successful.

Other awards will be announced before and after Commencement. For more information about SUNY Canton’s Commencement Ceremony, or the awards given, please contact the SUNY Canton Public Relations Department by phone, (315) 386-7300 or email pr@canton.edu.

 

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. 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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Instructor Receives Prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Jill MartinA SUNY Canton English adjunct instructor is being recognized for her dedication to her students, colleagues and community.

Jill L. Martin has been selected as a recipient of the 2014-15 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. It honors consistent superior professional achievement and encourages the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

Martin began teaching at SUNY Canton in 2000 and has had many notable successes, particularly an initiative to incorporate volunteer service components into her courses, giving students the opportunity to learn through community engagement.

“Jill works hard to connect course material to current events and life experiences her students have outside of the classroom, keeping them engaged,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “It’s wonderful to see faculty sending our exemplary students into the community to offer much-needed help to nonprofit organizations.”

Her 34 years of teaching experience at the high school level before joining SUNY Canton has allowed her to understand the unique needs of students who are transitioning from high school to college.

“Jill makes every student feel welcome and helps them build the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in future courses,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts. “She is always there to instruct, assist and support students, while maintaining high standards.”

Martin also serves as a trusted adviser to her peers. She created an Adjunct Mentorship Program and authored the college’s first adjunct faculty handbook to acclimate new part-time instructors to the campus.

“When I first came to SUNY Canton in the fall of 2012, Jill helped me every step of the way by sharing her experiences and teaching techniques, as well as walking me through administrative procedures I wasn’t familiar with,” said colleague Emily Hamilton-Honey, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and Humanities. “She is an incredible friend and mentor, and I continue to seek her advice when I am faced with challenges in the classroom.”

Martin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from SUNY Potsdam and holds a New York State Permanent teaching certification. She began her secondary education teaching career in 1965 and retired in 1999.

 

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. 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 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.