Archive for April, 2013

Two SUNY Canton Students Receive Chancellor’s Awards

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

A student who helped build a primary school in South Sudan and the SUNY Canton men’s ice hockey captain each received a Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

“The students we honor have strong records of achievement as student leaders, scholar athletes, aspiring artists and community volunteers,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher at the April 4th awards ceremony in Albany. “By exhibiting excellence in class, on campus and in their local communities, these students truly represent the power of SUNY and we honor them with great pride.”

Zach Smith

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, Zachary J. Smith, an Industrial Technology Management major from Lisbon, and SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. Smith won the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Zachary J. Smith, an Industrial Technology Management major from Lisbon, was a recipient of the Canino Scholar Award and the College’s Academic Award in recognition of holding the highest grade point average while he was in one of the College’s certificate programs.

Smith is also the bachelor’s-level Outstanding Graduate for the year and will be honored at SUNY Canton’s Commencement Ceremony.

“I will earn three degrees in eight semesters when I graduate in May,” Smith said. “To achieve this, I’ve taken large class loads during regular semesters and additional classes during Summer Session and Winterterm.”

Smith also designed, engineered, managed and led the building of a training facility and primary school in South Sudan in the spring of 2012 through a Christian organization. “My faculty adviser thought this project would fit well within my academic studies,” he added. “Upon graduation, I hope to return to Central Africa, employing the skills I’ve acquired at SUNY Canton to lead further humanitarian and development projects.”

He was the vice president of Campus Ministries Club, and won a certificate of appreciation from the Christian Fellowship Center in Madrid.

John Payne

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, John Payne, a Sports Management major from Manchester, N.H., and originally from Port Moody, B.C., and SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. Payne won the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

John Payne, a Sports Management major from Manchester, N.H., and originally from Port Moody, B.C., was the men’s ice hockey captain from 2011 to 2013, and was among the select few players to reach 100 goals during his SUNY Canton hockey career. He was vice president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Board and the president of the Sports Management Student Association.

He received Academic All-American awards from three conferences and received the Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award in 2012. He was the recipient of four scholarships through SUNY Canton foundation.

“John’s leadership skills extend beyond the ice and locker room,” said Matthew G. Metcalf, assistant athletic director. “He always volunteers and participates in community service projects in the local community.”

His volunteer work included community service projects as part of the Roos Give Back program, volunteering at the Grace Episcopal Church’s Friday Soup Kitchen meal and participating in the Reading Roos program at local elementary schools.

Payne is currently interning with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.

Students Build a Spring Break for Habitat for Humanity

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

About a dozen SUNY Canton students are taking on extra work during their spring break.

On Saturday, April 6, members of the Habitat for Humanity student club will be traveling to Lexington, KY. They will spend five days helping with demolition of old structures, or building and/or restoring houses with the end goal of providing new homes for families who do not have access to affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity

Pictured are (l to r) Precious Cummings, Club Secretary Melissa Cummins, Club President Mark Phillips, Alexis Wiland, Ashley Dixon, Club Advisor and Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger, Ashley Chapin-Senator, Sarah Carver, Jordan Edwards, Club Treasurer Alyssa Baker, Nevada Schoonover, and Trish Poette. Photo by William Fassinger.

“I admire our students’ dedication,” said William Fassinger, president of the Raquette Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliate and a professor in the Criminal Investigation program. “They will learn new skills while helping others. I’m certain they will remember this experience for the rest of their lives.”

When they come back, the students will begin building components for an upcoming house in Norwood.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.


AAUW Scholarship Honors Late SUNY Canton Librarian

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is giving its annual scholarship in remembrance of SUNY Canton Librarian Mary L. Bucher.

Bucher was a 34-year employee of the College who passed away last spring. She was much revered for her wisdom and helpful nature. She was also the presidentially appointed College Archivist. Bucher was an active and dedicated member of the St. Lawrence County Branch of AAUW, and was the chair of the committee for the chapter’s scholarship.

Mary BucherThe scholarship is awarded to a female SUNY Canton student from St. Lawrence County through the SUNY Canton Foundation. Criteria for the scholarship include the submission of a 500 to 700-word essay, explaining the applicant’s future educational goals, career ambitions, and outlining their service to the community. The recipient must be planning to transfer into a four-year academic program. Preference will be given to non-traditional women who show leadership and community service potential who plan to pursue a degree in one of the science, technology, engineering or mathematic (STEM) fields.

Applications must be sent Betty Connolly, Assistant Vice President for Administration and Affirmative Action Officer for SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, N.Y., 13617. The deadline for receiving applications is 4 p.m. on May 3.

The scholarship will be awarded on June 13. For more information, email

AAUW Scholarship Application Form – (pdf)



SUNY Canton Schedules Public Forum on Proposed Wind Turbine Project, April 16

Monday, April 1st, 2013

SUNY Canton will host the first of three public informational sessions discussing a proposed wind turbine on the College campus beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural Gym.

The College openly invites the public, and refreshments will be served.

wind turbineThe College, in consultation with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Sustainable Energy Developments (SED), is considering the construction of a wind turbine that would provide electricity to the campus and provide support for academic programming, including Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems and Electrical Engineering Technology.

Representatives from SUNY Canton departments of Facilities and Planning and Public Relations will join Northland Associates, NYPA and SED to answer questions about the scope, purpose and outcomes of the proposed project. Additionally, Michael J. Newtown, Interim Dean of the School of Engineering Technology will speak about the educational benefits of having a wind turbine on campus.

From 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, two balloons will be floated at the proposed wind turbine location on campus to show its scale. The balloons will be representing the maximum height of the structure at the tip of a blade extending vertically, the other representing the position of the center of the blades. If weather conditions prohibit the balloon float on the 16th, the balloons will be floated at another time, according to SED.

Parking will be available in Lots 1 and 13. For directions, please refer to the campus maps

For further information, please contact the SUNY Canton office of Public Relations at 315-386-7300 or email