SUNY Canton professors receive Chancellor's Award for Excellence at graduation
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 9:03 am

CANTON -- Two SUNY Canton professors received a SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching at the school's May 10 graduation.

Maureen P. Maiocco is director of the early childhood program and Lawretta C. Ononye is coordinator for the National Science Foundation science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) grant.

"Her dynamic personality and devotion to the school combine to make an incredible package," criminal justice professor William J. Fassinger said of Maiocco in a news release. "The techniques she uses to teach, motivate students and lead are unmatched."

Maiocco is a well-respected leader in the early childhood industry throughout the country and abroad, according to SUNY Canton. She conducted a summer institute for visiting Chinese scholars in 2009 and was invited as guest lecturer by Xi'an University in China in 2010.

Maiocco has also received the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award and has served as interim dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Ononye's efforts have garnered funding used to award scholarships to a diverse group of talented, but financially disadvantaged students, the release says.

he has coordinated events such as the STEM Summer Program and the annual Women in Engineering Day. Through these efforts, she has inspired more students to seek education and careers in science and technology, according to SUNY Canton.

"Dr. Ononye is a preeminent teacher at SUNY Canton, a role model for her students, and a pillar of the campus community," SUNY Canton acting president Joseph C. Hoffman said in the release. "Her peers, her superiors and her students hold Dr. Ononye in the highest regard."

Ononye developed and coordinates the applied physics minor and is in the process of developing a bachelor of science degree in materials science and technology.

She has authored a book and several peer-reviewed journal articles. Her dissertation earned the 2008 Electronic Theses and Dissertation Award, the release says.