Posts Tagged ‘Northstar Award’

SUNY Canton Retail Dining Associate Receives Northstar Award

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

The SUNY Canton student body has selected a College Association retail dining associate to receive the 2019 Northstar Award.

Vicki J. Lavoie, who has worked at the college for 20 years, was presented with the honor by student representatives from the College Activities Board and the Student Government Association.

Courtney Bish, Kaitlyn Trusty, Sidei Clouden, Vicki Lavoie, and President Szafran
Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish, Student Government Association Vice President Kaitlyn Trusty, College Activities Board President Sidei Clouden, College Association Retail Dining Associate Vicki J. Lavoie, and SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

The annual Northstar Award is given to one faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the college. Lavoie has worked as the lead dining associate at one of the most popular eateries on campus, Cyber Café, since 2004. Prior to that, she was a supervisor at Chaney Dining Center. Students praised her dedication to customer service and efforts to create a welcoming environment throughout her entire career.

“Vicki is a beloved member of the campus community because of her warm and caring personality,” said College Activities Board President Sidei Clouden, a Veterinary Services Administration major from Brooklyn. “She has made significant contributions to the overall student experience, and we believe she is one of the many people who make SUNY Canton an outstanding place.”

Lavoie said she enjoys seeing students succeed in and out of the classroom, and it’s the relationships she forms with them that make her job worthwhile.

Vicki Lavoie gives an acceptance speech behind a podium.
College Association Retail Dining Associate Vicki J. Lavoie addresses a group of college students upon winning the Northstar Award. The accolade is bestowed upon a faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the college.

“It has always been my pleasure to be a part of their journey here,” she said. “I’m very grateful to the students for selecting me to receive this prestigious award.”

Lavoie’s dedication was previously recognized by the SUNY Canton College Council, who presented her with the annual Employee Recognition Award in 2010.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Staff Member Receives Northstar Award

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The SUNY Canton student body has recognized SUNY Canton’s grants coordinator for her contributions to the College and the community.

JoAnne M. Fassinger is the recipient of the 2014 Northstar Award, an honor that is given by the students annually to a faculty or staff member who makes the College a better place. Fassinger was among the honorees and award recipients that were recognized during SUNY Canton’s Commencement May 10.

President of the SUNY Canton Student Government Association Ornella T. Parker, class of 2014, presents the Northstar Award to JoAnne M. Fassinger at the College's 106th Commencement ceremony.

President of the SUNY Canton Student Government Association Ornella T. Parker, class of 2014, presents the Northstar Award to JoAnne M. Fassinger at the College’s 106th Commencement ceremony.

“I love being part of our campus community,” Fassinger said. “Through my work, I am able to assist faculty and staff with securing funding for new and improved tools for student learning, to develop new programs and curriculum, and most importantly, to help students be successful with reaching their academic and personal goals.”

As grants coordinator, she is responsible for matching faculty requirements with resources available from private foundations and government agencies. The grant funding she has acquired has enriched the educational experience for countless SUNY Canton students, as well as college-bound high school students in the North Country.

As the SUNY Canton Habitat for Humanity campus chapter adviser, she has led alternative spring break trips to construct and renovate homes for low-income families throughout the East Coast.

“Many students look up to Mrs. Fassinger as a role model,” said Miss Melissa Cummins, Habitat for Humanity campus chapter president and Veterinary Technology major. “She is incredibly encouraging and brings out the best in all of us.”

Fassinger is an active contributor to campus life through her volunteer work at orientation and leadership of recycling initiatives. Her dedication to SUNY Canton earned her the 2012 Excellence in College Service award.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

 

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.

Assistant Professor of Accounting Receives Award from SUNY Canton Students

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Peggy JenkinsAn assistant professor of accounting who encourages student volunteerism will be receiving the top student-given award at SUNY Canton.

Peggy J. Jenkins will be recognized with SUNY Canton’s Northstar Award at the College’s 103rd Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the College’s new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.

Jenkins annually orchestrates the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the College, which helps low- to moderate-income individuals and families prepare their taxes. Through her involvement, student participation in the program has tripled, and the group prepared more than 150 returns for the 2010 tax period.

“Beyond providing a valuable service to individuals who might not be able to pay to have their taxes prepared, the VITA program provides students with hands-on real-world experience,” said Linda A. Heilman, Dean of the College’s School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Among the student recommendations for the Northstar Award were numerous mentions of Jenkin’s ability to provide exceptional real-world examples of accounting policies and procedures. One student said that Jenkins consistently goes above and beyond to help all of her students achieve their full potential.

“Whenever I bring up her name or her unique teaching style to a fellow student, they agree with my opinion that Mrs. Jenkins is one of the most remarkable faculty members at the College,” wrote a student in a letter of recommendation for the award. “She is very deserving of this award.”

Peggy Jenkins teaching a class

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor and 2011 Northstar Award Recipient Peggy J. Jenkins teaching an accounting class.

Eight students have recognized her outstanding involvement and presented her with awards through the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Jenkins is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania who received her Master of Business Administration from Penn State University, and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bridgewater College in Virginia. In addition to her courses at SUNY Canton, she’s lectured internationally at the University of Wales, Bangor, U.K.

Jenkins lives in Canton with her family. She has a son Colin, and a daughter Lucy.

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SUNY Canton Staff Member Earns Recognition from Students

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Veigh Lee helps a student.The director of accommodative services at SUNY Canton is being recognized for going above and beyond to inspire and assist all students at the College.

M. Veigh Mehan Lee is the recipient of the 2010 Northstar Award, an honor that is given by the students annually to a faculty or staff member who makes the College a better place. Lee will be among the honorees and award recipients to be recognized during Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, in an outdoor ceremony adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Lee is responsible for determining, coordinating and managing services for students with disabilities. She also coordinates tutoring services for all students.

Many students credit their academic and personal successes to her hard work, according to the numerous nominations submitted on her behalf. For several students, she has served as an excellent advocate. She’s helped students with hearing impairments get new hearing aids when all other avenues were closed, and she’s assisted students in learning how best to be a successful student.

“Veigh Lee has gone above and beyond her line of work to make me a better student,” said  an industrial technology management student at the College. “Whether it’s speaking with faculty, scheduling classes or even making sure I have a place to live while attending SUNY Canton, she does everything with a warm smile. She has had an impact on me and my family, and it will be felt for the rest of our lives.”

She’s a member of the College’s Retention Committee, the Green Campus Committee, the Peace Garden Committee and serves as advisor for the Delta Kappa Sigma fraternity. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, enjoys creating and teaching calligraphy and is a member of the Calligraphy Society of Ottawa.

Lee earned her associate degree in liberal arts from Maria College, her bachelor’s degree in art with a minor in education from Damien College, and her master’s of education in counseling and human development from St. Lawrence University. Lee is currently working on her second master’s from St. Lawrence and will complete the mental health counseling program in May 2011.

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Early Childhood Club President and Student Activities Staff Member Receive Awards

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates MacKenzie O. Belden of Hammond for receiving the 2009  David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates MacKenzie O. Belden of Hammond for receiving the 2009 David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

A SUNY Canton Early Childhood student and a Student Activities Office Secretary are being awarded for their involvement at the college.

MacKenzie O. Belden of Hammond has been selected to receive the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award and Student Activities Secretary Jennifer Kelsey has been selected to receive the Northstar Award. Both will be among the honorees at SUNY Canton’s 101st Ceremony to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outside across from French Hall.

Belden and the Early Childhood Club were involved with several key activities this year, including a winter clothing drive for economically disadvantaged children and families, and an “adopt a soldier” program. She and her peers helped ensure both projects were a complete success.

Jennifer Kelsey

Jennifer Kelsey will receive the Northstar Award at the 101st Commencement Ceremony on May 16.

“There is no doubt the recognition given to the club was in large part due to the leadership, dedication, and volunteer efforts of MacKenzie,” said Early Childhood Education Program Director and Associate Professor Maureen Maiocco. “She has put in a lot of time and effort into promoting the club. She ensures that members are engaged and that the club is on task.”

Belden will be earning her second SUNY Canton degree this year, having previously earned a degree in Liberal Studies in 2007. She has consistently been on both the President’s and Dean’s list for her academic achievements. She was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in the Fall of 2008 and currently serves as the organization’s vice president.

Kelsey, a 2003 SUNY Canton graduate, has consistently gone above and beyond her job duties, according to her colleagues and students. She’s one of the driving forces that makes the office a fun, vibrant place, and she is the first contact point for students.

This year, Kelsey served as a volunteer staff mentor, advisor, and supervisor of the student yearbook “The Paysonian.” She’s the go-to person for members of the Student Cooperative Alliance, the College Union Board, as well as all student-run clubs and organizations.

The David R. Maynard Student Activities Award is given annually to a student who demonstrates superior citizenship, outstanding leadership, and who has generously given time to extracurricular activities. The Northstar award is hand selected by students and is given annually to a faculty or staff member who makes the college a better place.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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