CANTON -- A SUNY Canton nursing student who started the college's first competitive club sports team was honored Saturday at commencement for his leadership and work ethic.
Edward A. (Eddie) Brown of Massena is the recipient of the annual David R. Maynard Student Activities Award. He was among the honorees and award recipients recognized during graduation exercises in an outdoor ceremony adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.
Two years ago, Brown's passion for ice hockey led him to SUNY Canton Varsity Hockey Head Coach Eric McCambly, who pitched the idea of starting a club hockey team in addition to the college's varsity squad. Since then, Brown has served as the club team president and its membership has grown to 50 members. He has orchestrated several fundraising events, put together travel accommodations and has been responsible for game day operations while helping the team gain membership into the Upstate New York Collegiate Hockey League. He also plays for the squad.
Brown is enrolled full-time in the nursing program at the college. He has helped other competitive club teams flourish on campus while also participating in student government. Following graduation, he plans to continue his education and become a pediatric nurse practitioner.
A father of two, Brown is currently at Massena Memorial Hospital as a health unit coordinator and at Canton-Potsdam Hospital as a ward clerk/monitor technician. He is also a former chaplain's assistant in the U.S. Army. He is engaged to Linda H. Akatsu of Torrance, Calif., a 2009 veterinary science technology graduate.
The David R. Maynard Student Activities Award is given annually to a student who demonstrates superior citizenship, outstanding leadership, and who has generously given time to extracurricular activities.