SUNY Canton President Selects 2020 Meritorious Service Award Recipients


SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently announced the recipients of the 2020 President’s Meritorious Service Award.

In a video message to the campus community, he congratulated college employees Christina L. Martin and Teresa K. Minckler on receiving the honor.

Christina Martin and Teresa Minckler

“This year’s winners embody the unique qualities that define who we are as faculty and staff —as mentors and advocates for students, as inspirational motivators, and as Kangaroos, who always move forward,” he said.

Martin has taught in the Early Childhood program since 2007, initially as an adjunct instructor and subsequently as a lecturer. In addition to being an outstanding educator, she was selected for her efforts to improve student success through her service on the First Year Experience Program’s Advisory Board, which seeks to help bridge the transition from high school to college life. In addition, as a member of the Retention Committee, she has helped implement a program that tracks students’ academic progress.

“Christina is deeply committed to her profession and consistently extends support to students to ensure their success and professional preparation,” Szafran said.

In addition, her volunteer work on the St. Lawrence Head Start Policy Council Board, with the St. Lawrence Childcare Council, and the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Early Childhood Advisory Board, among others, has “ensured that the early years of St. Lawrence's County’s children are enriching and placed them on a pathway of success,” said nominator and SUNY Canton Professor Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D.

Minckler began her career at SUNY Canton in 2004 as the assistant women’s soccer coach and was appointed to fitness center director and head women’s soccer coach a year later. She earned the Mid-State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award in 2006 and led the team to a Sunrise Conference Championship in 2007.

She was appointed associate athletic director in 2011 and named senior woman administrator, a position in which she has promoted meaningful representation of females in the leadership and management of the college’s athletic program.

Szafran said that in addition to being an outstanding employee, Minckler was selected for her abilities as a role model and mentor, serving as “a coach to the coaches and the glue that holds many of the pieces of the Athletic Department together.”

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Barat Wolfe, Ph.D, who nominated Minckler, said, “I can’t imagine a better person to receive an award of this nature. The Roos House staff are an essential part of the SUNY Canton family, and she is the heart and soul of the department.” 

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. 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 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 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.