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SUNY Canton Faculty Members Named 2019 Online Ambassadors

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Two SUNY Canton professors have been recognized by the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE) for their contributions to distance learning.   

Michelle L. Currier, Ph.D., who is an instructor in the Criminal Justice Department, and Assistant Professor Marela M. Fiacco, Ph.D., who teaches in the Healthcare Management program, have been named as 2019 Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassadors. 

Marela Fiacco and Michelle Currier stand in front of a projected SUNY Canton OnLine Website.
Assistant Professor Marela M. Fiacco, Ph.D., (left) who teaches in the Healthcare Management program, and Instructor Michelle L. Currier, Ph.D., who teaches in the Criminal Justice Department, were recently named Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassadors for their accomplishments in distance learning.

According to Open SUNY, Teaching Ambassadors must be “exemplary online SUNY educators, who are enthusiastic and effective in online teaching, and who can be positive and strong advocates for online teaching in our SUNY community.” 

They were nominated by Christina M. Smith, an instructional technologist in SUNY Canton’s Online Learning Department.

“We are proud to have both Michelle and Marela as part of our online teaching faculty,” Smith said. “They are both excellent examples of educators who are willing to implement new and exciting pedagogies to enhance the student experience.”

In addition to being an experienced online instructor and course developer, Currier has presented and published research on a variety of student retention and relationship-building efforts and is the chair of SUNY Canton’s Student Online Learning Advisory Committee.

“In my research, which has centered around teaching and learning in a 21stcentury education environment, I have found that cultivating relationships between students and their institutions is of critical importance in building student satisfaction, success, and retention,” Currier said.

Fiacco has also developed numerous online courses and oversees the four-year Healthcare Management degree, which can be completed entirely online and is the college’s most popular program. She was part of a select group of professors who piloted SUNY Canton’s Flex Class program, an initiative that allows online learners the option to virtually attend and participate in on-campus lectures in real-time.

“To me, student engagement is the most important aspect of online learning,” Fiacco said. “Flex classes allow an online student to have a similar classroom experience as an on-campus student, which includes interaction with their classmates and professor.”

Both received their awards at the Open SUNY Summit March 7 in Syracuse. The conference brings together educators from across the state to discuss best practices. A student panel during the event included SUNY Canton student Sharon Wager, a senior in the online Legal Studies program, and SUNY Canton alumna Vanessa Trotter, a graduate of the online Management program. Both discussed how course design, support services, and faculty engagement impacted their learning.

“I enjoyed meeting the other panelists, and the faculty who attended found our session insightful,” said Trotter. “They were receptive to using the information to better serve their own students.”   

SUNY Canton is a pioneer in distance learning and currently has 18 online programs in areas such as finance, law, business, nursing, criminal justice, and homeland security. In addition to numerous national accolades for teaching with technology, the College recently received recognition from COTE for outstanding student support services.

“This award speaks to our efforts to create a vibrant experience for online students that encompasses academics, student life, support services and athletic opportunities,” said SUNY Canton Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott.  

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 features varsity eSports and cheerleading. 

SUNY Canton Health Care Management Degree Selected as a Top Online Program

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

SUNY Canton’s online bachelor’s degree program in Health Care Management has earned high marks for affordability, flexibility and earning potential in Best Degree’s 2016 guide.

The website praised the degree, saying “SUNY Canton rivals even the most accommodating online colleges with its B.S. in Health Care Management, which allows students to select any combination of online, hybrid and face-to-face courses.”Best Degree Programs - Most Affordable 2016

The guide’s purpose is two-fold: to determine the 10 most in-demand degree types that offer the greatest salary outlook, as well as identify the five most cost-effective online programs within those categories.

According to the site, those who pursue a career in Health Care Management can look forward to entering a healthy job market filled with opportunity. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 17 percent growth in positions until 2024, which equates to 56,000 new jobs.

“To us, the data indicate that a degree in this discipline could be a ticket to a reliable future with a high return on investment and room to grow,” the website said.

SUNY Canton Instructor and Health Care Management Curriculum Coordinator Marela Fiacco agreed with the organization’s job outlook assessment. “While medical personnel such a doctors, nurses and other frontline staff continue to be in demand, health care administrators are also needed to offer behind-the-scenes support that will improve the quality and efficiency of health care,” she said. “Our graduates possess a broad knowledge of health sciences, business law, healthcare ethics, communications and management, as well as practical skills necessary for a fulfilling career in the health care field.”

Health Care Management student working with professor

For more information about Health Care Management, visit SUNY Canton’s program website. The entire Best Degree Program rankings can be found here.


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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Baccalaureate-Level Outstanding Graduate Follows Mother’s Lead

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Erica Zaluski

OUTSTANDING – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy presenting Health Care Management student Erica L. Zaluski with the 2008 Outstanding Graduate Award.

Following in her mother’s footsteps was no small task for future doctor Erica L. Zaluski of Fine. Her mother, Heidi L. Zuhlsdorf of Oswegatchie, won SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate award in 1995. Now, 13 years later, both mother and daughter have reached the same level of excellence.

“Erica’s commitment to academics and the community have been exemplary, and we have no doubt that she will be returning to visit SUNY Canton in the near future as Dr. Zaluski,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy.

When she wasn’t working on her Health Care Management degree, she was taking care of her grandfather full-time and working weekends and holidays at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center or Samaritan Medical Center.

“Erica is a dynamic student,” said Dr. Anthony Signorelli, Health Care Management Program Director. “She has a strong sense of responsibility and receives glowing recommendations from faculty members and internship supervisors alike.”

She is planning to obtain her doctorate in Physical Therapy with the eventual goal of opening a practice in St. Lawrence County.

During her college career she has worked with several area schools in children’s fitness programs. She also is a certified clinical educator who collaborated with the Canton ARC on a six-week patient fitness program.

Zaluski won the Canino Award for Academic Excellence in 2007 and has received a partial tuition assistantship from Clarkson University, where she plans to continue her education.

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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