FROM THE POUCH
Volume 3, Issue 13–May 10, 2017
Almost Time to Say Goodbye
We’re almost at the end of the semester, and most of you are busy taking your final exams. I wish you the best of luck with them, and hope you get nothing but “A’s”.
As to those of you who are graduating, I look forward to seeing you at Graduation this Saturday, and to shaking your hand as you come across the stage. If there’s a little tear in my eye, it’s because I’ll miss seeing you next year, so be sure to come back and pay us a visit.
For those who aren’t graduating, I’ll see you in the Fall if not sooner. Something you may want to think about is taking some summer courses—we offer a nice variety online. The new Excelsior Scholarships require students to have successfully completed 30 credits toward their degrees in all previous years. If you’re a couple of credits short for this past year, taking some summer courses might help you become eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship. There are a lot of rules for the scholarship, so you can check out whether you may be eligible at www.canton.edu/Excelsior.
Spotlight on Athletics
This has been a very good year for athletics at SUNY Canton. We’ve also just heard that four of our players have won SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for their athletic and academic success. The four players are:
- Romario Fletcher (Criminal Investigation, Basketball), is the first SUNY Canton basketball player to be named a First Team ECAC All-Star, and was named the ACAA Tournament Most Valuable Player, as well as an Association of Division III Independents Player of the Year. Romario led the Roos in rebounds (344) and was second in points (416).
- Noelle Niemiec (Sports Management, Ice Hockey), led the Colonial Hockey Conference in defensive scoring (16 points overall, 7 in league), and was named CHC First Team All-Conference.
- Peyton Robinson (Criminal Investigation and Homeland Security, Volleyball), led the Roos with 1,059 assists and 224 digs. She already has passed the 2,000 career assists and 500 career dig plateaus, in only her second year. Peyton was named the Association of Division III Independents Setter of the Year, and to the First Team All-Independent team.
- Joey Vocino (Applied Psychology, Ice Hockey) finished 4th on the Roos in scoring and led the team with seven power-play goals. He was named to the USCAA All-Academic Team as well.
This semester also had several of our teams making the playoffs. Our Men’s Basketball team did very well, winning the ACAA conference title, and winning the first game (which we hosted) in the ECAC championships. As everyone on campus knows, our guys are not only excellent with the hoops, but are also great student-athletes and just great people. In addition to Romario Fletcher’s accomplishments (above), Sam Annorh was named a Second Team ECAC All-Star, and led the Roos averaging 21.6 points and 4.9 assists per game, including a career high 37 points in one game. Sam’s career stats at SUNY Canton include 1760 points, 438 assists, and 333 rebounds. Adrian Williams was third in scoring with 382 points, and Rashad Richardson was fourth at 210. Walt Jeter was second in rebounds with 251.
I hosted a small thank-you dinner for the team on Monday at the Alumni House. It was originally supposed to be a barbeque, but the weather didn’t cooperate, so we moved it indoors. During the event, within a five-minute time period it changed from rain to a slushy rain to snow to cloudy to sunny! I guess the old story is true—if you don’t like the weather in the North Country, just wait a minute.
Women’s Ice Hockey
Women’s Ice Hockey had their most successful season in their five-year history, finishing with 14 wins during the regular season, and winning their first playoff game ever, against Becker College 2-1. Lots of our players won awards: In addition to Noelle Niemiec’s accomplishments (see above), Brooke Susac won three CHC Goalie of the Week, two Rookie of the Week, one Hero Sports Player of the Week, and named to the conference’s All-Rookie team; Tess Adams won CHC Player of the week three times, was twice recognized nationally on the D3hockey.com Team of the Week, and was named CHC First Team All-Conference. Others winning weekly awards were Jessica Pele and Sydney Jordan. Sydney was also named to the conference’s All-Rookie Team.
The team (which is more like a family) was also excellent off the ice, with one of SUNY Canton’s top two team GPA’s, and winning multiple Academic All-American nods. They’re all great student-athletes and great people as well. On Tuesday, I hosted a thank-you dinner for them at the Alumni House. While the weather was a bit better than on Monday, it was still a bit cold and threatening, so we moved it indoors again.
This just in! SUNY Canton’s Softball Team has extended its record-breaking season. They have just earned their first-ever bid (four seed) to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Tournament, which will be held in Akron, Ohio starting May 15th. They had a 22-15 season, breaking the school record for wins at the ACAA championship, where they came in second. Stephanie Miller, Lizzie Limonite, and Jordan Podkladek were named to the All-Tournament team. Courtney Hyland and Jordan Podkladek were also just named USCAA Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.
Looks like I’ll have the pleasure of hosting one more thank-you dinner when they get back from the national tournament!
Last Time’s Trivia Contest
Last time’s Trivia Challenge dealt with the letter “U”. Our fastest responder was Rebecca Harvey, who wins a $10 gift card spendable anywhere on campus. Just come up to my office on the 6th floor of MacArthur Hall to get your prize, Rebecca. Others getting all four right include Amanda Wilkinson, Randi Conway, and Shawn Savard. Here are the correct answers:
- You can rent a truck from them to carry your stuff, but you have to load it yourself. U-Haul.
- You can access online courses through this SUNY Canton portal. U-Can-Web.
- In the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this grew up to be a swan. The Ugly Duckling.
- When everyone votes the same way. Unanimous.
This Time’s Trivia Challenge
The Trivia Challenge is on summer vacation, but it will be back next year!