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SUNY Canton Commencement Graduates 700 Students

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Among the 700 graduates who had their degrees conferred at SUNY Canton’s 102nd commencement ceremony were two students whose friendship extended far beyond the normal realm of college roommates.

Students sitting at Commencement

Marquise Paillere of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, who received an associate degree in individual studies, and Xiaoli Zhang of Hefei, China, who received a bachelor’s degree in management, both received the Presidential Recognition Award for their efforts leading to the creation of the SUNY Canton Haitian Student Relief fund.

“We applaud the individual and collective accomplishments of all of our graduates,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “During the years that these graduates have attended SUNY Canton, our College has grown tremendously. They have helped to shape our College for years to come.”

Other commencement highlights included:

  • Approximately 20 students in Bosnia joined commencement via live video feed. Students from the American University in Bosnia Herzegovina received their bachelor’s degrees in finance alongside their classmates at SUNY Canton. In some cases, this will be the first time that the two contingents have ever met.
  • Student athletes Julie Vander Wiel, a legal studies graduate from Malone, and Mark Talamo, a management graduate from Oswego, both recently won awards from the SUNY Canton Kangaroo’s Athletic Department. Vander Wiel, who played basketball for four years, received the Nicole Fleury Memorial Leadership Award and the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award. Talamo, who played hockey for four years, won the Alden Chadwick Memorial Leadership Award.
  • Three graduates earned a diploma and a badge, having graduated from the SUNY Canton David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy the day before Commencement. Ian M. Vanier of Malone is a sworn officer of the Norfolk Police Department and a criminal investigation graduate; Jason A. Streeter of Canton is a sworn officer of the Antwerp Police Department and a Criminal Investigation graduate, and Jennifer A. Amo of Ogdensburg is a sworn police officer of the Antwerp Police Department and a criminal justice graduate.
  • All of the graduates of the nursing program were honored at a special pinning ceremony following commencement. Family members and influential friends were invited to present each nursing graduate with their ceremonial pin denoting their profession.

Students posing in a circle around the camera.

The College’s largest and most popular bachelor’s degree program was criminal investigation with 28 graduates. Finance saw 23 graduates, and management 22.

Two associate degree programs tied with the most graduates this year. Both nursing and criminal justice had 67 graduates. The third largest program was veterinary science technology with 49 graduates.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Students Reduce, Reuse, and “Roo-cycle”

Monday, April 19th, 2010

A recent competition challenged SUNY Canton students to “Roo-cycle” by donating their used belongings in addition to sorting out their waste.

Faculty and staff from the Green Campus Committee set up collections at each of the four residence halls for used clothing, electronics, and the traditional cardboard and mixed recyclables.

Students recycling paper

“Several members of our committee designed the competition as a way to increase awareness about recycling at the student level,” said Matthew J. Burnett, an assistant professor in the graphic and multimedia design program and Green Campus Committee chair. “We’re creating a culture of sustainability. Certainly it helps us as a college to be more eco-minded, but we want our students to continue these practices after they graduate.”

The recently completed “Roo-cycle” competition collected about 2,900 redeemable recyclables, raising a total of $145 for the student-run Habitat for Humanity club. It also drew together about 580 clothing and shoe donations and more than 40 books.

Amidst bags of clear and green tinted bottles stood a box with a photograph of two children wearing plastic bags on their feet taped to the side. Marquise Paillere, a Liberal Studies major, snapped the photo just after the earthquakes hit her home in Haiti. Paillere was stranded in Port-au-Prince at the beginning of the semester and has championed a local portion of the international drive to help people in her home country by collecting used shoes.

“Once students found out the clothing was going to St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the shoes were going to Haiti, they became even more inspired to pitch in,” said Joanne Fassinger, the College’s grants coordinator. “They began using the competition as a way to donate rather than just discard.”

Volunteers tabulated the total recycled by each residence and eager students looked on waiting to see who won the good-natured challenge. Heritage residence hall won the total competition by using word of mouth communication, according to Courtney B. Bish, Director of Residence life.

“Students stood by the front doors of their residences to tell everyone coming and going about the competition,” Bish said. “They even went door-to-door. Students became more involved because their pride was on the line. They wanted to win the challenge.”

The students in Heritage will be treated to a pizza party for their enthusiastic recycling efforts. The Kangaroo, nicknamed the Roo, presented representatives from the residence with the award at a student activities event. Plans are underway for another “Roo-cycle” competition.

SUNY Canton also participated in RecycleMania, an international competition for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities on their campus communities. Last year, the College reduced its total waste by approximately 21 percent.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.