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SUNY Canton Recognizes Nearly 1,000 Students at Commencement

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

SUNY Canton celebrated the accomplishments of approximately 964 new graduates at the College’s 105th Commencement Ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. today, Saturday, May 18, in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

Commencement 2013

The entire stage is set for SUNY Canton Graduates. Pictured at the podium is Accounting Professor Daniel G. Fay, the longest serving faculty member and mace bearer for official College ceremonies.

“Upon graduation, you will have opportunities to take risks,” SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner said to the 2013 graduating class. “Make new connections and consider moving from familiar surroundings and landscapes. This is an exciting beginning — go for it. Don’t be idle.”

This will be Schiffner’s final commencement at SUNY Canton. She will step down May 31 to become vice president of instruction at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington State. Joseph C. Hoffman will begin his tenure as SUNY Canton acting president June 1.

Nafeesa Johnson

Student Government Association President Nafeesa Johnson Addresses her classmates at SUNY Canton’s 105th Commencement Ceremony.

The senior class address was given by SUNY Canton’s Student Government Association President Nafeesa Johnson. She is graduating with a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership and is a representative for the agricultural and technical colleges on SUNY’s Student Assembly. She is also a member of the SUNY Canton College Council.

“The roads that we walk on are never easy, so we must pave the way for those who come after us,” Johnson said to her fellow classmates. “Many of us sit here as sons and daughters, mothers and fathers and veterans who have risked their lives for our great nation, but most of all we sit here today as graduates. Throughout my time at SUNY Canton many people have played a part in the person I am today.”

Johnson presented the annual Northstar Award to Assistant Professor Christa K. Kelson. This award is determined by the student body to recognize a faculty or staff member. Kelson teaches accounting and was selected for her kindness and helpfulness as a faculty member and adviser. She is an avid supporter of student activities and athletics.

Other honorees at commencement included:

  • Megan M. Mydosh, a Business Administration major from Warwick, who received the Outstanding Graduate Award at the associate level.
  • Zachary J. Smith, an Industrial Technology major from Lisbon, who received the Outstanding Graduate Award at the baccalaureate level. Smith also was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.
  • John Payne Jr., a Sports Management major from Manchester, N.H., who received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award.
  • Ashley A. Abeling, a Dental Hygiene major from Perth, who received the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

The top five bachelor’s degrees awarded, listed in order of popularity, were Criminal Investigation, Management, Finance, Nursing and Legal Studies.

The top five associate degrees with the most graduates were Criminal Justice, Nursing, Liberal Arts, Veterinary Science Technology and Business Administration.

Yesterday, the graduating students from SUNY Canton’s Nursing programs were recognized at pinning ceremonies. Nearly 100 students are graduating and becoming registered nurses or licensed practical nurses. Additionally, 28 cadets graduated from the David Sullivan – St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy. Eight of the cadets were students from the Law Enforcement Leadership program who enrolled as part of their final semester of classes.

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


SUNY Canton’s Nafeesa A. Johnson Elected to SUNY Student Assembly

Friday, June 17th, 2011
Nafeesa Johnson works on some homework.

Nafeesa A. Johnson, a SUNY Canton Law Enforcement Leadership student from Brooklyn, was elected as a representative for SUNY agricultural and technical colleges.

An outgoing and respected student leader at SUNY Canton has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the SUNY Student Assembly.

Nafeesa A. Johnson, a Law Enforcement Leadership student from Brooklyn, will be a representative for the agricultural and technical Colleges within SUNY.

“Nafeesa is the first student from SUNY Canton to be elected to this position that we know about,” said Michael J. Perry, the executive director of the SUNY Canton College Association. “She’s done a wonderful job as president of the College Activities Board and I’m certain that she will lend her charisma and enthusiasm to her post with the SUNY student governing body.”

The SUNY Student Assembly is purported to be the only statewide student government organization, and works on behalf of the over 435,000 students that attend school at one of the sixty-four SUNY Campuses. Students are elected by their peers to work on issues that concern the entire SUNY system including tuition, budgets, textbook affordability, and transfer and articulation policies.

“I’ve wanted to be on the executive committee since I found out about it,” Johnson said. “I have a feeling that I can help students from other campuses. I’m hoping we can inspire the more open lines of communication between students and administration, much like the ones we have with SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy.”

Johnson is an active member of SUNY Canton. She’s rallied students at home sporting events and participated in discussions with faculty and administration members on joint projects. “My philosophy is simple – gain respect by giving it,” Johnson said.

She explained that her appointment was a great professional stepping stone in the path toward her future career. “I can see myself working in a community development role in the future,” she said.

SUNY Canton Student Government Association president Jennifer P. Bernadotte, a management major from Brooklyn who graduated in May, nominated Johnson for the position.

SUNY Canton Airs New Television Commercials

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

SUNY Canton’s latest television commercials feature the College’s students and highlight the school’s recent growth.

Bruce Carlin and Paul Frederick from Media Central film Roxanne Brown, a veterinary technology student, in SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library while Mohammed Doumbouya operates the boom microphone.

Bruce Carlin and Paul Frederick from Media Central film Roxanne Brown, a veterinary technology student, in SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library while Mohammed Doumbouya operates the boom microphone.

“Our commercials represent our most recent developments and changes on campus,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “They also reflect our commitment to providing an affordable, career driven hands-on education.”

The two television spots mention the College’s new degrees and the new buildings currently under construction on campus. In 2011, SUNY Canton will complete its new Roos House athletic center and the new Grasse River Housing Suites.

Nafeesa Johnson, a criminal investigation major from Brooklyn and College Activities Board president, was featured in each commercial. Johnson said the recent Southworth Library renovations were her favorite recent campus upgrades.


“The school has grown a lot since I came here,” she said. “I really liked the way the new commercials emphasize motion and everything is moving. In my part, they had me walk through the library as I talked to them.”

The College contracts the Plattsburgh–based production company Media Central to film and edit the commercials. Bruce Carlin, the production director, hired Mohammed Doumbouya, a recent graduate of the SUNY Canton management program from Harlem, to record audio for the spots.


“We place special emphasis on the areas that define us as a unique learning environment,” noted Assistant Vice President for Advancement Randy B. Sieminski, who created the original scripts for the commercials. “Our students did a fantastic job highlighting our strengths.”

Media Central captured approximately 94 clips or 25 gigabytes of footage in one day. They primarily used digital single-lens reflex cameras, similar to those used by serious photographers, to create the two 30 second clips. Their technique was in line with popular trends on television and online video to maximize shallow depth of field and deemphasize the digital feel of the media.

Flights of commercials will run throughout the state and on local North Country channels. The videos are also posted to the College’s YouTube channel and are available at

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.