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SUNY Canton Honors Two with President’s Meritorious Service Award

Friday, June 25th, 2010

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently awarded two people who have been vital to the College’s recent explosive growth.

Molly A. Mott, dean of academic services and retention, and Wesley “Wes” L. Stitt, who chaired the College Council from 1996 until 2008, were named the 2010 President’s Meritorious Service Award winners at SUNY Canton’s recent Employee Recognition Day on May 28.


Mott began her work at the College in 1989 as an instructor of veterinary science technology and was promoted numerous times as a faculty member before becoming director of the College’s OnLine program. She has most recently served as the dean of academic services and retention, and will begin her tenure as vice president of student affairs on July 1.

“Molly has helped to transform our library into a state-of-the-art, modern study area that reflects our efforts to keep up with the way students now study and research,” said President Kennedy in his address. “She has also led the way in the remarkable growth of SUNY Canton OnLine. Our summer and winter terms have grown dramatically each and every year since we implemented them and it is a direct result of her work and those she works closely with.”

Stitt was at the helm of the College Council during a period where SUNY Canton experienced dramatic growth both in enrollment numbers and four-year degree programs. He was instrumental in securing funds for the Newell Veterinary Technology Center, the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, and the College’s new athletic facility, the Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center (CARC), nicknamed Roos House, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2011.  He is a consistent proponent of SUNY Canton’s award-winning Steel Bridge Team and the University Police Department.

“Wes has been a tireless supporter of the College, the North Country and education at all levels for decades,” noted President Kennedy. “He often helps students throughout the college search process and assists many of our graduates locate employment. Wes is a passionate advocate for everything that he loves, and we are all very fortunate that he loves the North Country and SUNY Canton.”

Both Mott and Stitt have been recognized for their work before. Mott was the recipient of SUNY Canton’s Excellence in College Service Award in 2003 and Stitt earned the College’s Distinguished Citizen Award five years later.

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SUNY Canton Welcomes Newest College Council Members

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

SUNY CantonThe former mayor of Waddington and the Massena police chief are among SUNY Canton’s newest appointed College Council members.

“The College Council is an excellent resource for creating new strategies and measuring the effectiveness of our programs,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “As we welcome the newest College Council members, it is important to recognize and reflect upon the service of all of our College Council members both past and present. The College would not be where it is today without their commitment and dedication.”

Wesley L. Stitt of Canton was among the retiring members of College Council. Stitt was the College Council Chair from 1996 to 2008. He won the prestigious Distinguished Citizen Award for his extraordinary advocacy and tireless support for higher education.

The newest College Council Members are:

  • Grace Y. Burke of Watertown, a doctor of optometry and director of optometric services at the Watertown Center for Sight, replaced Steven F. O’Brien on the College Council. Burke is currently completing her second term on the New York State Board of Optometry. She is a past president of the Northern New York Optometric Association. She has traveled internationally to provide humanitarian eye care and has hosted community forums locally on a variety of eye health issues.
  • Timmy J. Currier of Massena, the chief of police for the Massena Police Department, replaced Joseph L. Thesier on the College Council. Currier has been an adjunct instructor in the College’s Criminal Justice program and is also a founding board member of the St. Lawrence County – David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy. He’s a certified police instructor and a member of both New York State and international associations of Chiefs of Police. Currier is also a junior varsity basketball coach at Massena Central High School.
  • Cecily LaVigne Morris, an associate court attorney for the St. Lawrence County Supreme Court, replaced Joseph L. Baruth on the College Council. Morris is a former attorney for the firm of LaVigne, Morris, and Peets in Massena. She is a member of the New York State and St. Lawrence County bar associations, a member of the St. Lawrence County Domestic Violence Task Force, and a past member of the Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley Board of Directors.
  • Roger J. Sharlow of Waddington, the owner of RJS Consulting, a firm that provides import and export services for CSX Transportation, replaced Stitt on the College Council. He’s the former mayor of Waddington and a former town trustee. Sharlow has also served with the Madrid-Waddington Central School Board, including three years as board president. He also served as the secretary to the St. Lawrence County Local Government Task Force Executive Committee. This year, Sharlow received the Silas A. Wright Award, the Democratic Committee’s highest honor.

All campuses of the State University of New York are advised by a ten-member College Council. Nine members are appointed by the Governor to serve in varied terms. In addition, a student representative is elected annually.

The College Council is entrusted with broad powers of advice and counsel. Members are concerned with all major institutional policy decisions, setting academic standards, budget review, and all manner of decisions that impact the growth and further development of the College.

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Well-known Heuvelton Resident Receives Distinguished Citizen Award

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Wesley StittSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that Wesley L. Stitt, outgoing SUNY Canton College Council Chair, will be the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Citizen Award.

Stitt will be recognized at SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, outdoors across from SUNY Canton’s French Hall.

“Wes has been an extraordinary advocate for the College,” said Kennedy. “His contributions to SUNY Canton and his tireless support for public higher education have been an integral part of the College’s success over the past several years.”

Kennedy secretly recommended Stitt to the other members of College Council, who in turn secured the nominations necessary to bestow the award. Much to Stitt’s surprise, the board voted unanimously to grant him the honor during his final year as SUNY Canton College Council Chairman.

Many faculty and staff members at SUNY Canton have acknowledged Stitt for his strong work ethic, relentless dedication, and visionary leadership skills. “Wes shows unbridled support of our American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team,” said Robert R. Blickwedehl, ASCE Steel Bridge team advisor and SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology faculty member. “He is one of the finest people I have dealt with in my 45-year career.”

Stitt has been involved with education for more than 50 years. He started as a History, English, Sociology, and Psychology teacher at Heuvelton Central School in 1957 and became the school’s Vice Principal and Guidance Counselor in 1964. He later became the Superintendent of Ogdensburg City School District until his retirement in 1990.

Stitt began his association with SUNY Canton in 1964. He recruited college professors to teach credit-bearing courses to high school students, which was a precursor to the modern distance learning and online courses available through the college. “I would describe Wes as the perfect ambassador for SUNY Canton,” said Daniel J. Miller, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Stitt serves on a variety of boards and gives his time freely to a number of charitable organizations. He is the Vice President of the Augsbury Institute and the Director of the Institute on Ethical Behavior. He serves on the Heuvelton Development Corporation Board of Directors, the Heuvelton Senior Citizens Board of Directors, the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility Advisory Board, and is a member of the Elks Lodge No. 772 and the Canadian Legion Branch No. 48. He is also an Honorary Trustee of the Frederic Remington Art Museum.

“Wes has been involved with the Remington Museum as a trustee, volunteer and advisor for over 27 years, through thick and thin,” said Edward LaVarnway, Executive Director of the museum. “Whether advancing the museum’s agenda in the political arena or simply rolling up his sleeves to help with various projects, Wes has been a great and true friend of our institution.”

Stitt has received numerous other awards and accolades through his years of involvement, including St. Lawrence University’s North Country Citation, a U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, an I Love New York Tourism Award, a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Ont., and an Elks Public Service Award.

Stitt earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science with honors in 1957 and his Masters in Education in 1959 from St. Lawrence University. He also earned a 6th Year professional Certificate in Guidance in 1963 from the University of Bridgeport.

Stitt and his wife Janet are well known for their involvement in their home community of Heuvelton and in the greater North Country region. Their daughter, Jennifer MacDonald, is a Physical Therapist and teaches at SUNY Canton. Their son Douglas is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.

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.

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

Math Lab Coordinator Receives College Council Award

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
Linda Crowner

AWARDED FOR SERVICE – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton College Council Chairman Wesley Stitt, President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Math Lab Coordinator Linda Crowner. Crowner received the 2007 Excellence in College Service Award.

Math Lab Coordinator Linda Crowner’s ability to respond to the evolving needs of students led her to be recognized with the SUNY Canton College Council’s 2007 Excellence in College Service award.

“Linda clearly contributes to the continuing success of the college,” said College Council Chairman Wesley Stitt. “It is with great pleasure that I present her with this award on behalf of the SUNY Canton College Council.”

Crowner tailors her tutoring approach to fit each student’s learning style and again adjusts her teaching tactics for each faculty member at the college. Hundreds of students have personally thanked her for her assistance, some of whom even said they wouldn’t have made it through college without her.

Crowner is highly involved in campus activities including Faculty Assembly, and was a member of the Academic Standards Committee. She has also served as a member of the Learning Resources Group for the Middle States Assessment, received three Who’s Who Among American Teacher’s Awards, through nominations from students, and received a character development award.