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2019 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation Named for Retired IT Professor, Assistant Dean

Friday, April 5th, 2019

SUNY Canton has selected William J. Mein as its annual Honors Convocation namesake. 

Mein will be the guest of honor at the ceremony, which will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. It is free and open to the public, with a special invitation extended to families of the students slated to receive awards at the event. 

Bill Mein stands in front of the SUNY Canton Ice Arena with figure skates over his shoulder.

“Bill made a tremendous impact at SUNY Canton as an esteemed faculty member during his 11 years at the college,” said Molly A. Mott, SUNY Canton’s interim associate provost. “Numerous faculty members nominated Bill for this honor, citing his exemplary leadership and mentorship abilities.”

Mein served as Decisions Systems department chair and was instrumental in developing, and later moving, the Computer Information Systems program to the Canino School of Engineering Technology. The department has since expanded to include majors such as Game Design and Development, Cybersecurity, Graphic and Multimedia Design and Information Technology. 

“I feel that I am in the company of a prestigious set of colleagues who helped to transform SUNY Canton from its early roots to the fine school it has come to be,” Mein said. “I am proud to be recognized as a member of that set.”

He received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2009. He was then promoted to professor in 2010 and served as the assistant dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology before retiring and earning emeritus status. He continued to work at the college for the following year.

In addition to teaching computing for many age levels for the majority of his professional career, Mein has also been involved with figure skating. He has served in various offices in the Potsdam Figure Skating Club and numerous national committees. He is a Gold Test, Senior Synchronized Skating and National Theater on Ice judge.

Since his retirement, Mein has volunteered with the Stimulating Opportunities After Retirement (SOAR) program. His positions as the vice chair of the board of directors and presenter have kept him involved with SUNY Canton. 

He received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam in 1966. He continued with his education at SUNY Potsdam and received his master’s in Mathematics in 1969. Further continuing his education at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, he earned another master’s in Computer and Information Sciences in 1975.

Mein lives in Hannawa Falls with his wife, Dorothy. They have one daughter, Jeanette Davey.

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 Canino School Celebrates Distinguished Faculty Member

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

William Mein

Assistant Dean and Associate Professor William Mein will receive the 2009 Distinguished Faculty award.

An Assistant Dean and Associate Professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology at SUNY Canton will be receiving the 2009 Distinguished Faculty award for his patience, understanding, and guidance.

William Mein will be among the faculty, staff, and scholars highlighted at the college’s 101st Commencement Ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outdoors across from French Hall.

“He was my mentor as a student, and now, he is my mentor as a peer,” said Robert Randall, an Instructor in the Computer Information Systems program. “After working with Professor Mein I understand just how dedicated he is to his students, his various duties, his fellow faculty members, and SUNY Canton.”

Mein helped develop the Computer Information Systems program at the college. He has participated in numerous committees and volunteer activities, including the Faculty Affairs Committee and the IDAP Awards Committee. He is a member of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Community Relations Board, an active member of the Potsdam Rotary Club, and a judge for the United States Figure Skating Association.

“Bill is hardworking and extraordinarily capable,” noted Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David J. Wells. “I’m impressed with his low-key, casual, and extremely effective leadership style. He continually demonstrates his commitment to life-long learning and encourages other faculty to do the same.”

When Mein was nominated for the Distinguished Faculty Award, numerous students stepped forward to add their support. Many of those nominations mentioned his patience and kindness toward all students. “His kindness put me at ease when I was frustrated with the assignments,” noted Stacia Dutton, another of Mein’s protégés. “As a single mother who was working full-time and attending college, I was often overwhelmed. It was Mr. Mein’s faith in me that kept me persevering.”

Mein received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam in 1966. He continued with his education at SUNY Potsdam and received his master’s in Mathematics in 1969. Further continuing his education at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, he earned another master’s in Computer and Information Sciences in 1975. Mein started working for SUNY Canton in September of 2000 as an Assistant Professor in the Information Technology Department.

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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