SUNY Canton recently recognized two staff members from Canton with top awards for professional staff.
Donna K. Matoes, an administrative assistant II in the TRiO Student Support Services Office, received the Employee Recognition Award, and Theresa C. Corbine, director of academic computing, received the Excellence in College Service Award. The SUNY Canton College Council bestows both awards after careful consideration of recommendations from the college community.
Matoes helps her office serve a population of first-generation students who may face academic challenges. She’s known to provide full support and assist students with care. She’s very giving of her time and has helped with student honor societies and various committees.
“Her compassion and empathy are seemingly endless and come naturally and effortlessly,” said Bruce P. Hanson, an academic specialist and Matoes’ colleague. “She can’t help it. It just spills out. It’s why students love her.”
Outside of work she has won the Caregiver of the Year Award twice from Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence County. She’s always willing to share her best with the people who need it the most.
Corbine has worked at the college for more than three decades and has been promoted four times. She’s been noted as a behind-the-scenes link to much of the success, growth and advancement of the college’s information technology structure and services.
“Theresa goes above and beyond to assist employees and find a solution to the problem immediately,” said Lisa E. Colbert, a lecturer in the Criminal Justice Department. “She is a wealth of knowledge as a staff member and is an important part of the SUNY Canton family.
Every member of the Information Services Department who reports to Corbine nominated her for the award, which served as testament to her abilities as a leader. She was previously recognized with the President’s Meritorious Service Award in 2005.
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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.