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SUNY Canton’s Megan Mydosh Receives Prestigious Ronald LaValle Leadership Award

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

SUNY Canton junior Megan M. Mydosh of Warwick is the first woman to receive the Ronald LaValle Leadership Award, a SUNY system-wide accolade.

Mydosh was chosen out of thousands of eligible SUNY student-athletes due to her numerous accomplishments in leadership, sportsmanship, as well as her role as an ambassador for the campus and SUNY.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski, Ron LaValle Leadership Award winner and Management major Megan M. Mydosh, Head Women’s Cross Country Coach Kathryn Kennedy and Head Men’s Cross Country Coach John M. Kennedy shortly after Mydosh received her award at SUNY Canton’s Faculty Assembly.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski, Ron LaValle Leadership Award winner and Management major Megan M. Mydosh, Head Women’s Cross Country Coach Kathryn Kennedy and Head Men’s Cross Country Coach John M. Kennedy shortly after Mydosh received her award at SUNY Canton’s Faculty Assembly.

Mydosh has been the captain of her cross-country team at SUNY Canton for three years. Her athletic achievements include a host of top-ten finishes, a first-place finish at Southern Vermont College in 2012 and numerous top-20 finishes in national competition for three consecutive years. Mydosh was also the first in SUNY Canton Athletics history to earn the Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Week Honors.

“Megan is an extraordinary person in so many ways,” said Women’s Cross Country Coach Katie Kennedy. “She is an exceptional runner, student, volunteer, teammate, worker and leader. She is truly one of the most accomplished and well-rounded students in SUNY Canton history.”

Aside from her role as an athletics leader, she works part time in the SUNY Canton Admissions and Public Relations offices and has maintained a 3.96 GPA. Mydosh is also actively involved in volunteering in community events and fundraisers, including the Roos Hop to Help Day, the Special Olympics, the annual Lake-to-Lake Relay and the annual Nicole Fleury Run.

In May 2013 Mydosh received SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Associate Graduate Award when she received her degree in Business Administration. She is continuing her studies to earn a bachelor’s degree in Management and will be eligible to graduate early in December 2014.

“I owe a lot of my success to the support I have received from the entire campus — it’s such a nice feeling to be welcomed to SUNY Canton by my coaches, teammates, faculty and staff,” Mydosh said. “It really keeps me motivated to do the best I can and makes me want to encourage others as well.”

Ronald LaValle was active in leadership development of student-athletes at Stony Brook University, and by extension, all of SUNY. LaValle placed great emphasis on mentoring and supporting all students, especially student-athletes. He was heralded as being an outstanding administrator and coach.

“This is one of the most prestigious awards ever won by a SUNY Canton student-athlete,” said Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “There were finalists for this award from NCAA Division I programs as well as Division III powerhouses. We’re extremely proud of Megan and all of her accomplishments during her time here at SUNY Canton. It’s been an honor to have her represent her team, her academic program, our athletic department and our school.”


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.

NCAA Division III Membership Committee Recommends SUNY Canton for Provisional Status

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

NCAAThe NCAA Division III Membership Committee has recommended SUNY Canton for first year provisional status beginning this fall. The recommendation comes following SUNY Canton conducting its NCAA exploratory year in 2011-12 and formally applying for provisional status in May.

“This is incredibly fantastic news for our athletic program as well as our entire College,” said Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “It’s a reflection of the tremendous efforts from everyone on campus and the remarkable progress and growth our school has experienced. The NCAA is the premier college athletic association in the world, and we’re excited about this important step forward in the membership process.”

SUNY Canton Women's Lacrosse Team

The SUNY Canton Women’s Lacrosse Team celebrates their first win in the team’s home locker room. They beat SUNYIT 14-9 on March 28.

SUNY Canton added four new varsity sports teams during the 2011-12 academic year: women’s volleyball, men’s golf, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse. The College has more than doubled the number of female student-athletes in the past two years from 45 to 91. Overall, the College has increased its total number of student-athletes from 127 to 251 in the past two years. Women’s ice hockey will be added this coming year and bring the total number of sports teams to 14 – seven for both men and women.

“The progress in athletics mirrors the outstanding growth we’ve seen everywhere on campus, but particularly in areas such as academics, student life and enrollment,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We’ve doubled the number of bachelor’s degrees in the past several years, opened a new residence hall and a new athletic facility, and we’ve set new records in enrollment for four straight years.”

SUNY Canton began offering bachelor’s degrees in 1997. The College now has 23 career-driven bachelor’s degrees. The school’s athletic teams previously competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) until 2007, and then in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) prior to joining the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) this past year.

“It’s an honor to receive this recommendation from the NCAA and become associated with more than 1,200 other NCAA colleges and universities, including approximately 440 Division III schools” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “While we’ve competed with numerous NCAA teams over the past several years, it will be great to formalize our relationship and eventually become a full member institution. This recommendation is the culmination of a tremendous amount of work and dedication for more than a decade.”

Prior to SUNY Canton joining the NAIA in 2007, former SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan encouraged the College to progress toward NCAA membership. In a letter to President Kennedy, Chancellor Ryan wrote, “As you add additional students and strengthen your athletic program, I encourage you to consider membership in the NCAA.”

“The future of our athletics is very exciting,” said Provost Carli C. Schiffner, who will serve as Interim President upon Kennedy’s departure. “Our provisional status with the NCAA will be helpful in scheduling more games against New York State schools and other northeast opponents. In doing so, we’ll be able to cut down on travel costs, reduce the number of hours students are away from campus and the classroom, and further strengthen our shared services goals and objectives with other SUNY schools.”

SUNY Canton’s sports schedules for next year already include prestigious schools such as nearby St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University, as well as SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNYIT, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Maritime, Cazenovia College, Wells College, Alfred University, Paul Smith’s College, Nazareth College, Union College, Utica College, Keuka College, Medaille College, Bard College, Johnson State College (Vermont), Green Mountain College (Vermont), Lyndon State College (Vermont) and numerous others.

If approved by the Division III Management Council, SUNY Canton will begin its first year of provisional status this fall.