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SUNY Canton Honors Convocation Named to Honor Revered Criminal Justice Professor

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The ceremony’s namesake has 40 years in the law enforcement field as a police officer and an educator.

Dave GuccioneSUNY Canton has named its annual student award ceremony to honor a retired Criminal Justice professor who co-created the College’s first bachelor’s degree program.

The 2014 Professor Emeritus David V. Guccione Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in SUNY Canton’s Roos House Athletic Center.

“David’s commitment to generations of future law enforcement professionals is legendary among his students and cadets,” said Interim Provost Karen M. Spellacy. “Although he is very humble, and never looks for praise or accolades, he continues to be an inspiration to the College. I’m honored that he will join us as we honor our best and brightest students at Honors Convocation.”

Guccione and his colleague, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Theodore E. Marlowe, started the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy to train cadets to enter law enforcement careers in 1996. Guccione received the President’s Meritorious Service Award the same year. Guccione and Marlow also co-created the college’s first four-year degree, Criminal Investigation. The new program placed emphasis on pragmatic knowledge and skills needed by future law enforcement professionals.

“I was very surprised when I learned of my nomination and selection,” Guccione said. “Just as we teachers take pride in our students’ accomplishments, the people who inspired me and helped me should realize they have a share in my accomplishments and this honor.”

Guccione began working for SUNY Canton in 1979. He was promoted to associate professor in 1984 and full professor in 1988. In 1998, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He served as the coordinator of the Criminal Justice program 21 of his 23 years at the College. Guccione retired and received emeritus status in 2002. He has a combined 40 years of experience as a law-enforcement professional and a criminal justice educator and is well known and respected for his expertise.

Dave Guccione and 2014 Police Academy

Prior to his career at SUNY Canton, Guccione was a police officer and field-training officer with the St. Louis County Police Department in St. Louis, Mo. He is a retired chief warrant officer in the U.S. Army, a Vietnam War veteran and a member of the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Guccione started the Zen Do Kai martial arts club on campus that is still active today. In addition to continuing to practice and teach martial arts, he routinely teaches seminars on self-defense, weapons defense and legalities in self-defense.

Since his retirement, he has continued to teach for the St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, volunteers regularly at the United Helpers Nursing home and works to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project. Guccione has authored academic work in the criminal justice field and magazine articles on scuba diving. He currently enjoys writing about martial arts.

He lives with his wife, Lisa, in Canton. He has three children, Lisa, Mara, and David, and several grandchildren.


About Honors Convocation

The College’s Honors Convocation is an annual formal ceremony designed to recognize students’ academic, civic and overall achievement. Each year, the ceremony is named after the most dedicated and revered faculty members of the College’s history. More than 160 students will receive awards and recognition at the 2014 Professor Emeritus David V. Guccione Honors Convocation.


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 to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

DeLong Named as SUNY Canton Dean of Business and Liberal Arts

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Jondavid DeLong

SUNY Canton has selected a Legal Studies faculty member to become the new dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Associate Professor Jondavid “J.D.” S. DeLong was chosen to oversee the school and will begin his new duties July 15.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with my colleagues in the School of Business and Liberal Arts on strategies that lead to student success,” DeLong said. “We have an opportunity to build on successful planning and accreditation efforts recently completed at the College.”

DeLong began working for the College in 2008 and has taught undergraduate courses in American law, business law, personal finance, and legal research and writing.

“J.D. has been instrumental in building our Legal Studies Bachelor of Technology program and has served as the program’s curriculum coordinator since he arrived at SUNY Canton,” said Karen Spellacy, SUNY Canton interim provost and vice president of academic affairs. “He wrote our most recent Strategic Plan, chaired our Middle States Self Study Steering Committee and authored our Self Study.”

Prior to joining SUNY Canton, DeLong was an attorney with the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services and also served in several business development roles for legal publisher West, a division of Thomson Reuters. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College and earned a Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Buffalo.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

SUNY Canton Selects a Pioneer Female Faculty Member as its 2013 Honors Convocation Namesake

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Distinguished Professor Emerita Nancy R. Auster of Canton has been selected as the namesake of SUNY Canton’s 2013 Honors Convocation.

Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the SUNY Canton Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House. Students and faculty members will be receiving awards denoting their various successes during their respective careers at SUNY Canton

Nancy Auster

SUNY Canton Distinguished Professor Emerita Nancy R. Auster

“I am very pleased that Professor Auster was recommended unanimously by the recognition and awards committee,” said Karen M. Spellacy, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Professor Auster was a pioneer for women in the entire SUNY System throughout her career. She was also an outstanding educator of the highest integrity.”

The 2013 Honors Convocation namesake was the first faculty member at SUNY Canton to win the Distinguished Faculty Award. She also helped another faculty member, Distinguished Professor Emeritus John R. Pope, create the College’s system of governance now known as Faculty Assembly. She was then elected as a Senator in the statewide SUNY Faculty Senate, the governing body that oversees the entire SUNY System.

Two years later, Auster was elected as the first woman and the first faculty member from a two-year college to become the President of the SUNY Faculty Senate.

Auster taught Economics in the Social Science Department for more than 25 years. She served in numerous leadership positions, including department chair for Social Sciences. She was also on the Affirmative Action Committee and active with United University Professions, the union representing members of SUNY Canton’s faculty and professional staff.

Among her numerous accolades, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Professorship award form the SUNY Board of Trustees and was honored with the United University Professions Excellence Award. Most recently, Auster was inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame.

Beyond her academic achievements, Auster, who is 86, is known in St. Lawrence County as a triathlete, duathlete and avid runner. She has completed more than 500 races and won U.S. Track and Field Women’s 5K titles for women in the age ranges of 80-85 and 85-90.

She is a 1948 Alumnus of Barnard University with a bachelor’s in American Studies. She was one of the first women to receive a Master’s of Business Administration from Indiana University in 1954. She moved to Canton in 1957 and taught at St. Lawrence University in addition to her career at SUNY Canton.

Auster resides in Canton with her husband, Donald R., who kept her company while she ran for many years. They have two daughters, Carol, who lives in Lancaster, Pa., and Ellen who lives in Toronto, Ont. Both followed in their parents’ footsteps and are professors. The couple has four granddaughters, Lauren, Lisa, Lindsey and Shannon.

About Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation is an annual formal ceremony recognizing students’ academic, civic, and overall achievement. More than 100 students receive awards and are presented scholarships at the event. The College’s distinguished faculty award is bestowed, as are the Outstanding Graduate awards for the year. Each year the ceremony is named after the most dedicated and revered faculty members of the College’s history.

SUNY Canton Graduates More than 900 Students

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy conferred degrees for approximately 920 students at the College’s 104th Commencement Ceremony.

The ceremony was held today, Saturday, May 19th in the Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

Commencement 2012

“This is my 21st and final commencement at SUNY Canton,” Kennedy said. “I’m very proud of today’s graduates and I’m honored to spend the day with them and their families. I look forward to further growth and development in the College’s academic programs, with the end result of seeing even more students enroll, graduate and launch successful careers in the future.”

The President is scheduled to retire on August 31. He said he is keenly interested in future commencement ceremonies as an indicator of the College’s ongoing success. “I will always feel a sense of accomplishment when I see SUNY Canton students complete their educations,” Kennedy said.

President Kennedy congratulating students.

The top five bachelor’s degrees awarded, listed in order of popularity, were: management, criminal investigation, health care management, legal studies, and graphic and multimedia design.

The top five associate degrees with the most graduates were nursing, liberal arts, criminal justice, veterinary science technology, and business administration.

Notable honoraries at ceremony included:

  • Karen M. Spellacy, professor of economics, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in College Service. Spellacy was awarded for providing dynamic education in her business and economics courses, in addition to her inspirational leadership in a variety of roles. Based on her tremendous service, Spellacy will assume the role of Interim Provost on Sept. 1.
  • John F. Conklin, associate professor of nursing, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Faculty members and students have said Conklin demonstrates a deep and genuine concern for his students and helps them to succeed in any way that he can. He also was instrumental in the development of the college’s practical nursing certificate program, as well as the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • SUNY Canton Student Government Association President Daynelle N. Richards, a health care management major from Ozone Park delivered the address on behalf of her fellow graduates. Richards was selected as the recipient of the 2012 David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.
  • Kristen B. Roberts, the College’s associate director of residence life and residence director of the new Grasse River Suites was honored with the Northstar award. This award is completely determined by the student body to recognize a faculty or staff member. Roberts was selected for making a positive impression on students and their parents with her positive, can-do attitude. She’s been a role model for many students and is involved with many student-run organizations. The student government association president presented the award to Roberts.
  • State Senator Patricia A. Ritchie was presented with the Honorary Alumna Award from the SUNY Canton Alumni Association for continually supporting and promoting SUNY Canton. She recently backed the College’s newest educational options to benefit of both students and the greater North Country Community, and has demonstrated a remarkable interest in the ongoing success of the College and its graduates.

During the week prior to Commencement, the David Sullivan-St. Lawrence Law Enforcement Academy held a special ceremony for more than 20 graduates of the semester-long intensive course. Many of the Academy graduates were sworn in as new officers in area police departments.

Commencement 2012

Additionally, nearly 90 graduates of SUNY Canton’s Nursing program were recognized at a special ceremonial pinning ceremony. Registered Nurses are in high demand, and many of the graduates will immediately start their employment at area hospitals and health-care facilities.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.