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Plant Engineer Receives SUNY Chancellor’s Award

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

A SUNY Canton employee and alumnus has been selected by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to receive the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Plant Utility Engineer Brett M. Furnia was presented with the honor at the college’s annual Recognition Day event.

Szafran and Furnia
Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran and Plant Utility Engineer Brett M. Furnia. Furnia is a 2012 graduate of SUNY Canton who won the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Furnia started his career at SUNY Canton in 2002 as a University Police Officer, obtaining the rank of lieutenant. He then began working for the Physical Plant as a utility assistant while taking courses to earn an associate degree in General Technology. After passing the Civil Service examination, he was promoted to plant utility engineer in 2009 and graduated from SUNY Canton in 2012.

Colleagues credit his willingness to proactively seek out professional development opportunities that benefit the college. Most recently, Furnia completed the rigorous requirements to become a New York State-certified code enforcement official (CEO). In this role, he will assist other campus CEOs with keeping staff, students and visitors safe.

He also gives back by serving as vice president of the SUNY Canton Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) chapter and as a member of the association’s Central New York Safety and Health Committee.

In addition to his exemplary job performance, Furnia has distinguished himself by being a positive role model for student workers and junior staff.

“Brett’s contributions to the campus and his commitment to lifelong learning make him the ideal candidate to receive this award,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “His outstanding work ethic, skill in mentoring students and staff, and efforts to promote a safe, welcoming campus environment have created a positive ripple effect that will be felt far beyond our community.”

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 Retail Dining Associate Receives Northstar Award

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

The SUNY Canton student body has selected a College Association retail dining associate to receive the 2019 Northstar Award.

Vicki J. Lavoie, who has worked at the college for 20 years, was presented with the honor by student representatives from the College Activities Board and the Student Government Association.

Courtney Bish, Kaitlyn Trusty, Sidei Clouden, Vicki Lavoie, and President Szafran
Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish, Student Government Association Vice President Kaitlyn Trusty, College Activities Board President Sidei Clouden, College Association Retail Dining Associate Vicki J. Lavoie, and SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

The annual Northstar Award is given to one faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the college. Lavoie has worked as the lead dining associate at one of the most popular eateries on campus, Cyber Café, since 2004. Prior to that, she was a supervisor at Chaney Dining Center. Students praised her dedication to customer service and efforts to create a welcoming environment throughout her entire career.

“Vicki is a beloved member of the campus community because of her warm and caring personality,” said College Activities Board President Sidei Clouden, a Veterinary Services Administration major from Brooklyn. “She has made significant contributions to the overall student experience, and we believe she is one of the many people who make SUNY Canton an outstanding place.”

Lavoie said she enjoys seeing students succeed in and out of the classroom, and it’s the relationships she forms with them that make her job worthwhile.

Vicki Lavoie gives an acceptance speech behind a podium.
College Association Retail Dining Associate Vicki J. Lavoie addresses a group of college students upon winning the Northstar Award. The accolade is bestowed upon a faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the college.

“It has always been my pleasure to be a part of their journey here,” she said. “I’m very grateful to the students for selecting me to receive this prestigious award.”

Lavoie’s dedication was previously recognized by the SUNY Canton College Council, who presented her with the annual Employee Recognition Award in 2010.

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.

Funeral Services Administration Professor Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Friday, May 24th, 2019

The SUNY Canton College Council has selected a highly respected expert in the funeral services field as the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Professor Emeritus Barry W. Walch was recognized at the college’s William J. Mein Honors Convocation Ceremony April 24.

Barry Walch speaks at Honors Convocation 2019

Walch’s career at SUNY Canton has spanned 30 years, during which time he played a key role in developing two academic programs: an associate degree in Mortuary Science, and a bachelor’s degree in Funeral Services Administration. His ongoing work to revise and update the four-year program’s curriculum has resulted in improved student test scores on the National Board Exam. His university service also includes 16 years as chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Many of Walch’s current and former students supported his nomination, saying he was an influential mentor and professor. The Phi Theta Kappa honor society has presented him with six Golden Apple Awards, which honors outstanding faculty members. 

“Barry’s teaching style exemplifies quality education at a collegiate level,” said Walch’s former student Steven L. Johnson, class of 2005 and 2016, a licensed funeral director and an adjunct instructor in SUNY Canton’s Funeral Services Administration program. “His ability to take complicated concepts and make them understandable by providing real-life examples and interesting anecdotes is what makes him unique.”

Walch’s colleagues also praised his skill in developing the right learning environment necessary to promote success.

Barry Walch receives his award from Brayden White and President Szafran

“Barry is a skilled educator who is passionate about teaching. His ability to engage and involve students in obtaining knowledge of subject matter is exemplary,” said SUNY Canton Professor Maureen P. Maiocco, Ed.D., director of the Early Childhood and Early Childhood Care and Management degree programs. “Students and colleagues appreciate his friendly demeanor, humor and collaborative nature.”

Walch’s position as a leader in his field was also a contributing factor to his selection. He is the former director of the New York State Funeral Directors Association and a founding director of the Tribute Foundation, the association’s philanthropic arm. The foundation seeks to stimulate research, improve and support professional education, increase public outreach, and sponsor forums to foster policy dialogue on end-of-life issues.

His commitment to education extends beyond campus, and he frequently leads continuing education seminars for licensed embalmers and funeral directors, as well as for hospice volunteers.  

Upon receiving his award, Walch spoke to the audience about the importance of college’s mission as an applied learning institution.

“We equip students with the skills and competencies to be on the front lines of socially significant fields like law enforcement, disaster mitigation and emergency health care,” he said. “You take care of our pets and farm animals; our young children and our computers. Our graduates serve the community, and I feel great about that.”

Walch holds an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science from the New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Science and Embalming; a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Colby College; and a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire.

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 Graduates Nearly 900 Students at 111th Commencement

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

SUNY Canton celebrated the class of 2019 at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony held Saturday, May 11, at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

SUNY Canton College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill, class of 1963, opened the ceremony by asking the graduates to reflect on the memories and lifelong friendships they have made.

Dan Miller opens the 111th Commencement
Dan Miller ’83 opens the 111th Commencement Ceremony.

“I hope that as you move forward in your lives and careers, you will not only remember this day, but remember all those remarkable people who helped you along the way,” he said.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran noted this year’s class comprises nearly 900 graduates who range in age from 18 to 63 years old and represent 22 U.S. states and 6 foreign countries, including Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

President Szafran, Andrew Fitch, and Courtney Bish
Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Outstanding Graduate Andrew P. Fitch and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish during the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony held May 11.

He then introduced two graduates who earned outstanding graduate awards: Andrew P. Fitch, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Australia, and Tia M. Tassava, a Management major from Chubbuck, Idaho. Ashley J. Livingston, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Lisbon, was also recognized as the winner of the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

Student Government Association President Brayden S. White gave the senior class address, noting the college’s commitment to its motto “everyone is welcome here.”

Ashley Livingston stands up to be honored for her David R. Maynard Student Activities Award
SUNY Canton graduate Ashley Livingston of Lisbon was recognized as the college’s David R. Maynard Student Activities Award winner during the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion are not just buzzwords; they are woven into the fabric of campus life, and because of that our education is holistically complete, which prepares us to go out and make a difference,” he said.

The keynote address was delivered by alumnus and retired Major General Fergal I. Foley, class of 1980. 

Foley, who earned an associate degree in Business Management and was commissioned as a second lieutenant from the ROTC program, said he owed much of his success to the college.

“SUNY Canton was a solid foundation for me, and my degree has been instrumental throughout my career. My experience was certainly a factor in building my confidence to take risks.”

Retired Major General Fergal Foley applauds graduates at the 111th Commencement Ceremony
Retired Major General Fergal I. Foley, class of 1980, applauds graduates at SUNY Canton’s 111th Commencement Ceremony. Foley was the keynote speaker and received an honorary doctorate at the event.

He served in the New York Army National Guard from 1982 until 2006, during which time his assignments included deputy commander and chief of staff for Joint Task Force “Operation World Trade Center” after 9/11. He has returned to campus several times to talk to students about his experiences.

Foley told the audience that graduation should signify a new chapter in their relationship with the college.

“When you cross the stage, it’s not the end—it’s a transition. You are part of this SUNY Canton family for life. I recommend remaining connected with alumni affairs to take advantage of all the great services and keeping in touch with your classmates. And if I can ever be of service to help you, I will. We’re all family now, and that’s what families do—we take care of each other.”

Upon presenting Foley with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, Szafran noted his “outstanding service to the nation, state and SUNY Canton.”

Fergal Foley awards a graduate with a medal.
Retired Major General Fergal I. Foley ’80 presents a graduate with a special medallion.

As the degrees were conferred, Foley and the President of the Alumni Board of Directors Kelly C. Obermayer, class of 1979, welcomed each graduate into the alumni family by presenting them with a special medallion.

The top five bachelor’s degrees awarded, in order of popularity, were Health Care Management, Criminal Investigation, Management, Nursing and Homeland Security.

The top five associate degrees awarded, in order of popularity, were Nursing, Criminal Justice, Veterinary Science Technology, Individual Studies and Liberal Arts.

Additionally, graduates from the college’s one and two-year Nursing programs were recognized at special pinning ceremonies held earlier in the week.

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 Two-Sport Athlete Receives Outstanding Graduate Award

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

A Management major who played hockey and golf for the SUNY Canton Kangaroos will be receiving one of the college’s top awards.

Tia Tassava

Tia M. Tassava of Chubbuck, Idaho, will receive the Outstanding Graduate Award at the bachelor’s degree level at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. 

Tassava, who has lived and worked in Canton for the last four years, is earning her bachelor’s degree in Management with minors in both Marketing and Graphic and Multimedia Design. She’s been noted as an exceptionally quick learner who adapts to new situations easily. 

“Tia was tasked with a leadership role within her student ambassador position in SUNY Canton’s Admissions office,” said SUNY Canton Senior Admissions Counselor Jacob M. Yaeger. “She communicates well, often gives positive feedback to her peers, and always looks for ways to improve herself.”

She’s consistently held the highest GPA in her academic program and received President’s List honors during her entire four years at the college. She also won a Student Ambassador of the Year award for her hard work and exceptional dedication.

As part of an internship, Tassava ran the Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts for the Actions for Change Food and Music Festival. The event was the grand finale of a weeklong series of concerts across the U.S. held with the goal of providing love, hope and healing in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland, Fla.

Tia Tassava hits a chip shot onto the green.

“Tia was chosen for this exclusive responsibility for her adept management and social skills,” said SUNY Canton Professor Charles R. Fenner, who teaches in the Management program. “Her organizational skills and attention to detail led her to perform above and beyond expectations.”

She originally came to SUNY Canton to play hockey but suffered a major injury in 2017. After recovering, she picked up women’s golf, where she tied for first place in the SUNY Canton Invitational and had four top-ten finishes in her final season. She was also named to the Colonial Hockey Conference All-Academic Team.

Following graduation, Tassava will work as a Client Advocate for Day & Nite All Service, a commercial refrigeration, kitchen equipment, HVAC, and plumbing company headquartered in Long Island.  

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.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Student and Basketball Standout Wins SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate Award

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

A standout basketball player and Mechanical Engineering Technology graduate is being recognized for his humble manner and goal-driven attitude.

Andrew Fitch

Andrew P. Fitch will receive the Outstanding Graduate Award for the associate degree level at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. 

Fitch was born in Manitoba, Canada, and came to SUNY Canton from Melbourne, Australia. He has earned President’s List honors, has achieved the highest GPA in his program for two years in a row, and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor society for his academic performance. 

“Andrew is a leader in the classroom,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Daniel J. Miller, who teaches in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. “His peers seek his help on group problems and respect his knowledge.” 

He’s become an active member of the campus community, serving as a resident assistant and as a student representative on the College Association Board of Directors.

Fitch’s true passion is basketball. He began his athletic career as an exceptional freshman for the SUNY Canton Kangaroos, when he broke the school record for single season blocks. He earned the American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) All-Second Team honors, three Eastern College Athletic Conference-North Rookie of the Week awards and an ACAA Player of the Week honor.

Andrew Fitch rises up for a two handed dunk.

“Andrew is one of the most well-rounded young men that I have ever had the pleasure of coaching,” said SUNY Canton Men’s Basketball Coach Benjamin P. Thompson. “He has done so many things for our program and this community behind the scenes and is always willing to lend a helping hand.” 

In his second season, the seven-foot-tall athlete broke his own record for blocks, placing him in the top five of all divisions in the NCAA. He has a career record of 170 blocks and counting. Most recently, Fitch has earned North Atlantic Conference (NAC) All-Second Team honors, NAC Defensive Player of the year, and was included on the NAC Sportsmanship Team.

Fitch plans to further his education in SUNY Canton’s four-year Mechanical Engineering Technology program, while continuing his basketball career at the college.

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.

Two SUNY Canton Graduates Receive Prestigious Chancellor’s Award

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Two SUNY Canton seniors have been selected by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to receive the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Hughes M. Ntwari from Burundi and Ryan Schubert from Centereach were recognized at a special ceremony held April 24 in Albany. They will wear a medallion denoting their accomplishment at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 11.

“This year’s award recipients emerged from their campuses as the top scholars, athletes, performers, and achievers, as well as a tremendous source of inspiration,” said Johnson. “The students being recognized made the choice to be leaders on their campuses, prioritize their studies, and serve their communities.”

As a member of the Order of the Sword and Shield, Alpha Phi Sigma, and Golden Key honor societies, Schubert has completed a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation in three years, in addition to earning a Forensic Science and Economics double minor.

Vice President Courtney Bish, Ryan Schubert, and Chancellor Johnson
Student Ryan Schubert ’19, center, receives the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence from SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, right, at a ceremony in Albany April 24. Also pictured is SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish.

“Ryan has continually demonstrated her intelligence, competence, and willingness to work hard to achieve her goals,” said SUNY Canton Visiting Associate Professor Susan E. Buckley, who teaches in the Criminal Investigation program. “She is a tremendous example of everything that we would love for our SUNY students to achieve.”

A standout athlete, Schubert is described as a leader and role model to her soccer teammates. In 2018, she was the second student in SUNY Canton’s history to be named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Women’s Soccer Team, which recognizes the top students in the U.S. and Canada. She was also chosen for the American Collegiate Athletic Association and United States Collegiate Association all-athletic teams.

She has volunteered at numerous community and campus events, including the Special Olympics, the “Hop to Help” Day, and youth soccer clinics.

Ntwari, who is receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management, has provided outstanding support to his peers through his extensive work as a tutor for the Equal Opportunity Program and in the college’s Business Tutoring Lab, where he specializes in accounting, business law, and finance. 

Vice President Courtney Bish, Hughes Ntwari, and Chancellor Johnson
Student Hughes M. Ntwari ’19, center, receives the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence from SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, right, at a ceremony in Albany April 24. Also pictured is SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish.

Fluent in five languages, Ntwari was selected to serve as a volunteer translator for the 2019 International Children’s Winter Games in Lake Placid, where he was assigned to the French delegation.

As the college’s varsity esports “FIFA” team captain, he led the squad to their first Eastern College Athletic Conference championship title in 2018. Ntwari has also displayed outstanding leadership abilities and conflict resolution skills as a Resident Assistant in Kennedy Hall and a Student Ambassador in the college’s Admissions Office.

“Hughes approaches his role as a student with professionalism—he is reliable, enthusiastic, and easy to work with,” said SUNY Canton Director of International Programs Erin E. Lassial. “SUNY Canton is honored to call him our graduate.”

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, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the chancellor to become recipients of the award. This year, 210 students across the state received the honor.

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.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology Major Receives SUNY Canton Student Activities Award

Friday, April 19th, 2019
Ashley Livingston

An outstanding student leader from the SUNY Canton Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program has been selected to receive the college’s David R. Maynard Student Activities Award. 

Ashley J. Livingston of Lisbon will be recognized at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Livingston is a founding member of the college’s Society of Women Engineers, and currently serves as the organization’s outgoing President. As an avid volunteer, she’s represented the thriving student-run club at numerous events both on- and off-campus. 

“Ashley is simply an amazing member of our community,” said Paul E. Todd, a faculty member in the Canino School of Engineering Technology who nominated her for the award. “Her work with the Society of Women Engineers brings new events to our campus that would otherwise not exist. I cannot think of a student more deserving of this award.”

Livingston started college with the goal of becoming an architect and focused on the structural side of her academic program. Her interests matured as she continued her education, and she’s developed a keen interest in the environmental side of her major. She’s particularly interested in soil and water analysis and remediation, as well as the design of water treatment facilities. 

She has been a public health inspector for the Department of Health and a transportation construction inspector for the Department of Transportation, in addition to serving as a certified peer tutor, family farm laborer and self-employed childcare provider. She has been affiliated with many clubs and organizations including the Commuter Club, College Activities Board and the Canton Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

She currently has a continuing internship opportunity with the New York Power Authority and career prospects in fields related to her major. 

The David R. Maynard Student Activities Award is given annually to a student who demonstrates superior citizenship, outstanding leadership, and who has generously given time to extracurricular activities.

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. 

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 Esports Teams Prep for First ‘Home’ Exhibition After ECAC Tournament

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Three teams are set to play in a home exhibition match against Alfred State sponsored by Mountain Dew Game Fuel, April 5.

The SUNY Canton “Overwatch” team placed second during the Eastern College Athletic Conference Esports (ECAC) Championships at HV Gamer Con. Two of the teams’ players picked up all tournament honors during matches, held Sunday, March 29 at the Capital Center in Albany.

My V. Dang, a Game Design and Development major from Syracuse, and Alexander DeLavergne, an undeclared major from Heuvelton, both received awards for their gameplay during the tournament. The team crushed competition in elimination rounds before falling to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the championship match.

My Dang and Alexander DeLavergne hold their All Tournament awards.
Pictured are (l to r) My V. Dang, a Game Design and Development major from Syracuse, and Alexander DeLavergne, an undeclared major from Heuvelton, holding their Eastern College Athletic Conference plaques. The teammates play on SUNY Canton’s “Overwatch” as part of the college’s competitive esports program.

“HV Gamer Con presented a new level of accomplishment for our team,” said Charles W. Murray III, SUNY Canton esports coordinator and Overwatch coach. “Our most defining match was played in the finals when we toppled Drew University before advancing to face RPI.”

The team had posted a 6-0 record during the regular season and were seeded second going into the tournament. Their loss was the team’s first recorded defeat in ECAC play.

SUNY Canton’s “League of Legends” and “Fortnite” teams also competed at the event but came up short during quarter final matches. The “League of Legends” team finished 3-3 prior to the championship, and the “Fortnite” team closed out a 7-2 season.

The “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” “FIFA,” and “Hearthstone” teams are still looking to finish their regular seasons strong.

Game Fuel Showcase Event

Although the majority of ECAC play is drawing to a close, the Roos esports teams are far from done playing. Mountain Dew Game Fuel has sponsored a series of exhibition matches against Alfred State beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the SUNY Canton eSports Arena. The vast majority of eSports matches take place online, so this event marks the first time the college has hosted a live home game.

The college has recently partnered with Mountain Dew Game Fuel, which has rapidly become the preferred drink among SUNY Canton gamers. The company has provided drinks and branded merchandise to be used in the esports program and for prizes.

Other partnerships include a campus-wide connection with Extreme Networks, who provides the high-speed low latency connections for competitive video games.

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.