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Physical Therapist Assistant Professor Receives 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

A professor who has dedicated her career at SUNY Canton to ensuring student success will receive this year’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

The College Council will present Deborah S. Molnar, DPT, with the award during the David V. Guccione Honors Convocation ceremony at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center. Molnar is a professor and also the program director of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell of DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau of Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny of Keeseville.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell of DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau of Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny of Keeseville.

She was chosen for her unwavering dedication to developing the PTA degree into one of SUNY Canton’s premier offerings. She successfully guided the program through two rigorous reaccreditation processes in 2002 and 2013, and the degree boasts students who consistently pass the national exam at a higher rate than other graduates nationwide.

“It is Deborah’s passion for the subject matter and engagement with her students that uniquely qualifies her for this award,” said SUNY Canton Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly A. Mott, Ph.D. “Her commitment to excellence in her teaching and the PTA program has enriched the lives of our students and that of the campus community.”

Molnar was also instrumental in crafting a highly successful partnership between SUNY Canton and the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka. Students enrolled in the program attend IIHS for a year and a half before traveling to the U.S. to complete an additional three semesters at SUNY Canton. The first international students graduated in May 2013.

“Deborah has worked tirelessly to ensure the international initiative is reviewed properly, accreditation guidelines are met and the students are given an opportunity to change not only their lives but also the future of their country,” said SUNY Canton Visiting Professor and former Director of International Programs Marela Fiacco. “Bringing students from IIHS has also ensured that SUNY Canton students benefit from working side by side with students from Sri Lanka and gaining a better cultural understanding.”

Students are quick to note Molnar’s exceptional repertoire in the classroom and her dedication to helping others succeed.

“She was not just an instructor for us – she became one of the greatest teachers and friends we have ever met in our lives,” said Roshan Peiris, a PTA graduate from Sri Lanka. “She was always with us – supporting every way she could.”

Outside the classroom, Molnar is a member of numerous academic committees and serves as a faculty mentor. Her expertise in program development was instrumental in crafting the curriculum for the popular Health and Fitness Promotion bachelor’s degree, and she assisted with developing the four-year Veterinary Science program.

“Deborah has distinguished herself by maintaining an exceptional quality of work while ensuring attention and kindness to the people around her,” said colleague and Physical Therapist Assistant Professor Jennifer S. McDonald. “Her ability to listen attentively and act as a sounding board is unmatched. I consider it a privilege to work with her.”

Molnar resides in Norfolk with her husband, George, and two children, Sidney and Bodie.


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.

SUNY Canton Partners with the International Institute for Health Sciences

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

SUNY Canton’s newest partnership will have an international impact on the healthcare profession.

Students from the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka will be coming to Northern New York to earn degrees in the physical therapist assistant program at the College.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently signed the memorandum of cooperation linking the two universities.

“Our latest expansion into international learning programs fits with our mission and the State University of New York’s plan to increase international educational opportunities,” said Kennedy. “The demands of this field include providing the global healthcare profession with students who have gained international perspective and experience.”

Students enrolled in the program will attend IIHS for two years before traveling to the United States to complete an additional year at SUNY Canton, which will include a semester of clinical instruction. The students will graduate with an associate degree. The first graduating class is scheduled to take part in SUNY Canton’s commencement exercises in May 2013.

Deborah Molnar, assistant professor and physical therapist assistant program director, noted the collaboration between the two institutions was set in motion more than a year and a half ago. “Our students and theirs will mutually benefit from working with each other,” she said. “Student’s knowledge of the science and practice of the program will expand, aiding the professional practice both locally and internationally.”

President Joseph L. Kennedy signing the IIHC agreement with Marela Fiacco, and Deborah Molnar.

Pictured is SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy signing the IIHC agreement with Marela Fiacco, director of international programs, and Deborah Molnar, PTA program director.

The College has partnered with several international universities in recent years, but the agreement with IIHS is the first of its kind for SUNY Canton. The College’s other international partnerships offer online bachelor’s degree programs that give students the opportunity to earn dual degrees from SUNY Canton and their home institution.

“The new partnership will bring even more international students to our area,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Each time we partner with other colleges overseas, we increase the diverse learning experiences available to our students.”

The International Institute for Health Sciences is a healthcare training organization whose mission is to bring innovation to healthcare training, infuse the traditional values of professionalism, while adhering to international training standards to improve the quality of lives of healthcare professionals. The Institute partnered with SUNY Canton and other international organizations to provide solutions to the global need of well-educated professionals working in healthcare.

This cooperation came about through SUNY Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs Mitch Leventhal and his contact Priyanthi Dissanayake, a guidance counselor and foreign university placement adviser. Dissanayake works with institutions in Sri Lanka to bring them together with Colleges in the United States.

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