SUNY Canton Staff Members Honored by College Council at Recognition Day

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CANTON, NY (05/23/2017) The SUNY Canton College Council honored several employees for outstanding performance as part of the annual Recognition Day event Friday, May 19.

General Mechanic Stanley P. Robert received the 2017 College Council Employee Recognition Award, which is presented annually to a classified staff member.

Robert began his career as a cleaner and was promoted to janitor, maintenance assistant and, finally, to general mechanic. He retired in December after 29 years of service.

Colleagues describe Robert as a master craftsman who has extensive knowledge of the carpentry, plumbing and electrical trades. His outstanding customer-service skills, work ethic and keen attention to detail made him one of the college's most valued employees.

"There are very few people on campus who are known as the 'go-to guy' by staff as widely as Stan is," wrote Physical Plant Director Patrick G. Hanss in his nomination letter. "He has been a true asset to the Skilled Trades department, and I can think of no one more deserving of this honor."

The council also selected Registrar Memorie L. Shampine and the Public Relations Department to receive the 2017 Excellence in College Award, which is presented annually to non-teaching professional staff.

Shampine was chosen for her outstanding leadership and support of student success. During her 15 years with the college, she has worked in every position within the department, giving her expert knowledge about processes and procedures.

"Memorie works tirelessly for SUNY Canton to assure that course schedules meet the needs of students, faculty and staff, and that the Registrar's Office provides mission-critical services in a timely manner," wrote Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts, in his letter of support. "Although this is often a thankless task, she effectively balances the needs of all constituencies each term and maintains a high level of professionalism."

The Public Relations Department was selected for their collective contributions to promote the college's brand, mission and vision. The scope of their duties include media relations, website and graphic design, social media management, advertising and marketing, and video production.

The office's six employees are Director and Web Designer Travis G. Smith, Senior Media Relations Manager Gregory E. Kie, Public Relations Manager Lorette A. Murray, Publications Project Coordinator Matthew J. Mulkin, Videographer Morgan D. Elliot, and Office Assistant 2 Ellen M. Prashaw.

"The Public Relations Department's service can be measured through their incredible performance of individual tasks on a daily basis and their superb teamwork on larger projects," wrote Executive Director for University Relations Lenore VanderZee in her nomination letter. "Their unique skill sets and professionalism make it seem easy for them to provide the highest-quality service to SUNY Canton. But there is nothing easy about what they do and the extraordinary manner in which they do it."

All recipients received a plaque and gift from the College Council in recognition of their achievements.

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 13 exclusively online bachelor's degrees. The college's 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.