SUNY Canton’s annual staff awards include recognition of recent retiree with 34 years on the job
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 8:57 am

CANTON -- A recent retiree with 34 years on the job was the surprise recipient of SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman's Meritorious Service Award.

Sandy J. Livernois, the former assistant to the provost, received her award at the college's annual recognition day ceremony for faculty and staff.

"No one on the campus was left untouched by the generous, dedicated service that Sandy selflessly gave to the college," Hoffman said. "She has been the epitome of professionalism and kindness, not to mention fun, in all of the capacities that she has served."

Livernois worked at the college for 34 years. She won the Employee Recognition Award in 2003.

Heather C. Lauzon, a secretary in the Accommodative and Disability Services Office received this year’s Employee Recognition Award, and Peggy S. Levato, director of alumni and development, received the Excellence in College Service Award. Both awards are bestowed by the SUNY Canton College Council to recognize professional staff for outstanding work.

Depending on individual needs, some students need to take their tests outside of the classroom. Lauzon schedules more than 1,000 exams each semester. She works with faculty and staff members to coordinate special accommodations to help level the playing field for students with disabilities. Her co-employees and supervisor said she exhibits grace and professionalism and goes above and beyond her assigned duties.

"Heather possesses a superior work ethic," said Lauzon's supervisor, Director of Accommodative and Disability Services Veigh Mehan Lee. "She keeps the office operating in an organized manner."

As one of the college's premier fundraisers, Levato developed a relationship that led to the first $1 million donation in the college's history. She also assisted with the college's centennial campaign, which exceeded its $10 million goal a year early. She substantially increased alumni participation in donations and attendance at college events. The donations she works to secure benefits the entire college, primarily in the form of student scholarships.

"Peggy has been a phenomenal fundraiser and energetic supporter of SUNY Canton," said David M. Gerlach, vice president for advancement. "She has played a significant role in transforming many alumni relationships. Beyond being a representative of the college, she is a friend to our many esteemed alumni."

The college prepares video interviews with the award recipients that are played as an introduction at the recognition day ceremony. The videos are available at