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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, 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.

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.

Kaitlyn Tibbetts Earns SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate Award

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

TibbettsKaitlyn N. Tibbetts of Farmingville was named SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate for the class of 2016.

Tibbetts is graduating with her Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and has dedicated much of her free time to volunteering on campus and in the community while earning her degree.

Her leadership experience includes positions as vice president of the American Criminal Justice Association, senator for the Criminal Justice Student Association, treasurer of the Residence Hall Association, and secretary of the SUNY Canton Emergency Medical Service (EMS) squad. She is also a volunteer firefighter with Canton Fire and Rescue.

“As one of the founding members of SUNY Canton’s on-campus EMS program, we have relied on Kaitlyn to help get our organization off the ground,” said EMS Advisor Richard J. Mattimore. “She is incredibly mature and has proven to be a great asset.”

She has also volunteered at campus fundraising events, such as the Buddy Walk, the Alzheimer’s Walk, and the Nicole Fleury Run. She has earned both Dean’s List and President’s List honors while fulfilling her work obligations as an assistant in the Athletics Department, a note taker for the Office of Accommodative Services and a Resident Assistant in Kennedy Hall.

Tibbetts plans to continue her studies at SUNY Canton in the four-year Criminal Investigation 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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Announces Outstanding Graduate Sarah M. Ray

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Sarah RayA SUNY Canton student Veterinary Technology graduate will be receiving the college’s Outstanding Graduate Award at the college’s 108th Commencement this weekend.

Sarah M. Ray of New Windsor is being recognized for her community service endeavors, academic achievements and leadership abilities. As a graduate of the Veterinary Technology program and member of the student Veterinary Technology Association, she has volunteered at animal shelters in the North Country and in her hometown.

She has been both a member and President of SUNY Canton’s Habitat for Humanity student chapter and has helped build homes for families in need in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Delray Beach, Fla.

“Sarah has played an integral part in the alternative spring break trips,” said Grants Coordinator and former Habitat for Humanity chapter advisor JoAnne M. Fassinger. “She also has superior organizational skills, which are evidenced through her coordination of several bottle and can drives that raised funds to cover travel expenses for the students.”

Ray is the Secretary of the Tau Phi Zeta honor society and was named to the SUNY Canton President’s List every semester. She works as a peer tutor in the Office of Accommodative Services and the Math and Science Tutoring Center. She previously earned an Associate Degree in Veterinary Science Technology from SUNY Canton and is a licensed veterinary technician. Following graduation, she plans to continue her education at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

 

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

Criminal Investigation Student Receives SUNY Canton’s Top Academic Honor

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Katelyn Anthony

Katelyn D. Anthony of Spencerport was the recipient of SUNY Canton’s 2011 recipient of the annual Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award at the College’s Honors Convocation on May 4.

A criminal investigation student has been honored by SUNY Canton for her outstanding academic achievements and leadership capabilities.

Katelyn D. Anthony of Spencerport is the College’s 2011 recipient of the annual Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award at the Bachelor’s level. She was presented with the award at SUNY Canton’s Arthur G. Hurlbut Honors Convocation held on May 4 and will be among other honorees and award recipients recognized during the College’s Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The indoor ceremony will be held in SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

The award recognizes students enrolled in two-year degree programs who have excelled in their academics and other areas of campus life. Each semester, Anthony has been named to the President’s List, the College’s highest level of achievement for one semester that honors full-time students who earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. She was also the recipient of the Canino Prize of Academic Excellence and the Public Safety Scholarship. She is a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) Criminal Justice National Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Anthony has been a member of SUNY Canton’s women’s cross country team and was voted Outstanding Scholar Athlete for the Sunrise Conference and also received the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete Award.

“Katelyn’s athletic commitments, coupled with everything else she does on campus, have never impeded her ability to maintain the highest quality of work in her studies,” said Elizabeth A. Erickson, assistant professor of criminal investigation. “Her ability to keep other students organized and get them excited to stay involved with projects and other tasks demonstrates a strong leader who will succeed in any career she chooses to pursue.”

Anthony has stepped into several leadership roles both in and out of the classroom. She was voted team leader in many of her major’s core classes and was named captain of the cross country team. This spring, Anthony was elected as vice president of APS. In addition to juggling both academic and athletic commitments, she played an integral role in setting up and running the College’s annual Nicole Fleury run each of the last two years.

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


SUNY Canton Early Childhood Major Recognized for Academic Achievement

Friday, May 6th, 2011

An early childhood major who worked with local students has been honored by SUNY Canton for his outstanding academic achievements and dedication to his intended profession.

Michael J. Jason of Crown Point is the College’s 2011 recipient of the annual Outstanding Associate Graduate Award at the Associate level.  He was presented with the award at SUNY Canton’s Arthur G. Hurlbut Honors Convocation held on May 4 and will be among other honorees and award recipients recognized during the College’s Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The indoor ceremony will be held in SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

 

Michael Jason

Michael J. Jason of Crown Point is awarded the College’s annual Outstanding Associate Graduate Award at the Associate level by President Joseph L. Kennedy.

The award recognizes students enrolled in two-year programs who have excelled in their academics and other areas of campus life. Each semester, Jason has been on both the Dean’s List and President’s Honors list each of his four semesters at the College. The President’s List is the College’s highest level of achievement for one semester that honors full-time students who earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. He also received a Certificate of Academic Achievement from the Office of Opportunity Programs.

“Michael has an outstanding character, is an exceptional student, puts every ounce of energy he has into all of his course work and projects, and volunteers in many campus events with a kind and giving attitude,” said Maureen Maiocco, professor and director of the Early Childhood degree program. “I can’t think of a better role model for young children to have. I know he will inspire his future students in the most important life lessons: to always believe in yourself despite life’s challenges, and to treat others with care and kindness.”

A member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Societies, Jason was elected Student Senate and Treasurer for the Early Childhood Club. During his senior year, he took on a leadership role in PTK and served as Vice President of Scholarship.  He also volunteered at the St. Lawrence Early Childhood Conference and student-taught at a local Head Start and at St. Mary’s in Canton.

Jason completed the New York State Office of Children and Family Services requirements for identifying and reporting child abuse, maltreatment and neglect. He attended and completed training dealing with topics such as helping children cope with grief and loss and early childhood science literacy.

In addition to his commitments related to his major, Jason was a member of the College’s gaming club and served as Vice President of the Outdoor Adventures Club his freshman year.

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


Outstanding Associate Grad Awarded with Scholarship Sponsor

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

An engineering science student will be honored with the alumnus who sponsored his scholarship at SUNY Canton’s 102nd Commencement Ceremony.

Kale C. Hitchman of Hannawa Falls is the College’s 2010 recipient of the annual Outstanding Graduate Award at the associate level. He received the John L. Halford, Sr. Endowed Scholarship in 2008, and Halford is this year’s recipient of the College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hitchman is one of nine North Country students who have benefitted from Halford’s generosity.

Hitchman and Halford are among the honorees and award recipients who will 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.

Described as “the single most impressive student, classmate, and person” by one of his nominees for the accolade, Hitchman has spent considerable time working with his peers. In his first year, he worked for the Office of Accommodative Services and was a note taker for two students with disabilities. He has also been a math tutor and a teaching assistant for a professor in the engineering department.

“Kale Hitchman is a hard-working, extremely motivated, and ambitious young man,” said Feng Hong, associate professor of physics and 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient. “He has an outgoing personality and enthusiasm for helping others. He is a leader among his peers.”

Hitchman recently completed an advanced course in materials testing with Michael J. Newtown, an associate professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. He was studying the strength of materials used in construction of bridges and buildings in preparation for his future career as a civil engineer.

“Kale was able to process very advanced topics and projects independently,” Newtown said. “He is the kind of student that you want to have in class. He’s prepared with advanced questions and challenges himself to take his work to the next level.”

Hitchman, who juggled academics and a part-time job throughout his two years at the College, was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society in his first year. The same year, he joined the Institution of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and served as secretary. He served as president of IEEE as a senior.

A previous recipient of the Merriman Scholarship Award, Hitchman was also awarded the Clarkson University Leadership Award and will be attending Clarkson in the fall. He will spend the summer interning with Barrett Paving.

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


SUNY Canton OnLine Student to be Honored at Commencement

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

A mother of six who works more than 50 hours a week and has an interest in the oral health of special needs patients has been selected as SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate at the bachelor’s degree level.

Jill M. Lizak of Hamburg will be one of the inaugural graduates of the College’s online dental hygiene program. She 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.

Lizak is a working dental hygienist in the Buffalo area. Her daughter, Kelsey A. Noeller, a 2009 SUNY Canton veterinary technology alumna, encouraged her to pursue her bachelor’s degree online. “I found online coursework to be an exceptional way for me to complete my studies while still maintaining both personal and professional commitments,” Lizak said.

In 2009, Lizak was honored for having the highest cumulative grade point average in her program. She developed an oral health manual for a course during her junior year and donated copies to the direct care staff of multiple skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities to ensure better oral care for their patients.

In her senior year, Lizak created a continuing education course geared towards educating dental health professionals in treating the oral health of special needs patients. SUNY Canton created a three-hour workshop for dental hygienists, dentists and dental assistants based on her research. She recently received an award at SUNY Canton’s Scholarly Activities Celebration for her poster presentation on the project.

“Jill has 19 years experience as a dental hygienist, a passion for serving special needs patients, and a gift for sharing her knowledge and inspiring others to help this segment of the population,” said Kathryn Del Guidice, director of extended studies and Lizak’s advisor for her senior year project. “She is articulate, engaging and in full command of her field of expertise.”

Lizak is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) and recently joined the Special Care Dentistry Association.

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


Criminal Investigation Major Receives 2009 Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Heather Biamonte, a Criminal Investigation major from Marcy, on her Outstanding Graduate award.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Heather Biamonte, a Criminal Investigation major from Marcy, on her Outstanding Graduate award.

A SUNY Canton student who is working toward a law enforcement career is the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Graduate award at the bachelor’s degree level.

Heather Biamonte, a Criminal Investigation Major from Marcy, received the recognition at the recent Harriett Beggs Honors Convocation. She was presented with a ceremonial plaque and a medallion to accompany her academic regalia for SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outside across from French Hall.

“Heather is a very reliable, mature student both in a professional and academic environment,” said Criminal Justice Instructor Liz Erickson. “I commend her for her hard work and preparations in and out of the classroom.”

Biamonte has been involved in many activities during her four years at the college. She was the editor of the school paper, The Tribune, the secretary for Alpha Phi Sigma High Honor Society, and a member of the Criminal Justice Honor Society.

She received a John L. Halford Sr. Scholarship through the SUNY Canton Foundation for her first two years at SUNY Canton and the Flora Bertram Geller Scholarship in 2008.

“Heather is one of the most organized people I know,” said Sindy Afriat, a fellow Criminal Investigation student. “She has always proven herself as a valuable team member in all of our group projects.”

She volunteered at the College’s Girl Scout Investigation program (nicknamed GSI), which helps teach young women the aspects of Criminal Investigation. She has also participated in several community outreach programs through her honor society.

Currently, the award-winning Criminal Investigation major is completing her senior level internship in her hometown.

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.

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

SUNY Canton Baccalaureate-Level Outstanding Graduate Follows Mother's Lead

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
Erica Zaluski

OUTSTANDING – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy presenting Health Care Management student Erica L. Zaluski with the 2008 Outstanding Graduate Award.

Following in her mother’s footsteps was no small task for future doctor Erica L. Zaluski of Fine. Her mother, Heidi L. Zuhlsdorf of Oswegatchie, won SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate award in 1995. Now, 13 years later, both mother and daughter have reached the same level of excellence.

“Erica’s commitment to academics and the community have been exemplary, and we have no doubt that she will be returning to visit SUNY Canton in the near future as Dr. Zaluski,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy.

When she wasn’t working on her Health Care Management degree, she was taking care of her grandfather full-time and working weekends and holidays at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center or Samaritan Medical Center.

“Erica is a dynamic student,” said Dr. Anthony Signorelli, Health Care Management Program Director. “She has a strong sense of responsibility and receives glowing recommendations from faculty members and internship supervisors alike.”

She is planning to obtain her doctorate in Physical Therapy with the eventual goal of opening a practice in St. Lawrence County.

During her college career she has worked with several area schools in children’s fitness programs. She also is a certified clinical educator who collaborated with the Canton ARC on a six-week patient fitness program.

Zaluski won the Canino Award for Academic Excellence in 2007 and has received a partial tuition assistantship from Clarkson University, where she plans to continue her education.

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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

Glens Falls Native Receives SUNY Canton’s Associate Level Outstanding Graduate Award

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Alysia SmithA dedicated student activist is the recipient of SUNY Canton’s 2008 Associate Level Outstanding Graduate Award.

Alysia M. Smith of Glens Falls is passionate about children, animals, the environment, and her education. She has committed herself to promoting environmental education and activism while maintaining a perfect grade point average in the Veterinary Science Technology program.

Smith will be among the approximately 500 students at the College’s 100th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, outdoors across from SUNY Canton’s French Hall.

Smith was a co-founder of the Student Environmental Awareness Society (SEAS) and worked with faculty and staff on the Green Campus Committee to improve recycling on campus.

On Earth day, Smith helped plant 100 trees and helped create unique sculptures out of recyclable materials to promote environmental awareness. She also recovered and found homes for recycled textbooks and helped the library sort items for recycling.

She was also a member of the college’s Habitat for Humanity club, the Outing Club and held a work-study position in the SUNY Canton Office of Public Relations.

She has worked as an equine assistant and barn manager at the Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch, a camp for critically ill children in Lake Luzerne. She witnessed the therapeutic effects of the interaction between children with disabilities and the animals. “The experience made me a more compassionate, patient, understanding, and loving person,” Miss Smith said. “I want to continue to be a part of programs such as these that not only benefit children, but animals as well.”

Smith is planning on a career in wildlife rehabilitation medicine and animal assisted therapy.

She has been recognized on the President’s List and received Part-Time Honors for academic excellence and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She received the Hahn-Kalberer Endowed Scholarship, the Anderson-Andre Endowed Scholarship, and the Zonta Club Scholarship.

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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