A dedicated student activist is the recipient of SUNY Canton’s 2008 Associate Level Outstanding Graduate Award.
Alysia M. Smith of Glens Falls is passionate about children, animals, the environment, and her education. She has committed herself to promoting environmental education and activism while maintaining a perfect grade point average in the Veterinary Science Technology program.
Smith will be among the approximately 500 students at the College’s 100th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, outdoors across from SUNY Canton’s French Hall.
Smith was a co-founder of the Student Environmental Awareness Society (SEAS) and worked with faculty and staff on the Green Campus Committee to improve recycling on campus.
On Earth day, Smith helped plant 100 trees and helped create unique sculptures out of recyclable materials to promote environmental awareness. She also recovered and found homes for recycled textbooks and helped the library sort items for recycling.
She was also a member of the college’s Habitat for Humanity club, the Outing Club and held a work-study position in the SUNY Canton Office of Public Relations.
She has worked as an equine assistant and barn manager at the Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch, a camp for critically ill children in Lake Luzerne. She witnessed the therapeutic effects of the interaction between children with disabilities and the animals. “The experience made me a more compassionate, patient, understanding, and loving person,” Miss Smith said. “I want to continue to be a part of programs such as these that not only benefit children, but animals as well.”
Smith is planning on a career in wildlife rehabilitation medicine and animal assisted therapy.
She has been recognized on the President’s List and received Part-Time Honors for academic excellence and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She received the Hahn-Kalberer Endowed Scholarship, the Anderson-Andre Endowed Scholarship, and the Zonta Club Scholarship.
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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.
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