Cooperation and commitment


It’s always gratifying to see local aid agencies and our educational institutions cooperate to make life better in our region for our citizens, especially those who are less fortunate than the rest of us.

Such is the case with Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA) and SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Two SUNY Polytechnic Institute professors have received MVCAA’s 2019 Community Builder Award for commitment to improving lives of children throughout the Mohawk Valley.

The honored educators are Associate Professor of Sociology Veronica Tichenor and Psychology Professor Joanne Joseph, core faculty members of SUNY Poly’s Community and Behavioral Health Program.

The award is presented to a business or group that has contributed unselfishly to the betterment of the community, said SUNY Poly, including being involved in the local community and committed to making a difference.

“The work and guidance given by both Dr. Tichenor and Dr. Joseph to MVCAA has been an integral part of MVCAA’s ongoing goal of helping children to overcome the many obstacles they face and for our staff to have a better understanding of those obstacles and have the proper tools to assist them,” said MVCAA Executive Director Amy Turner.

SUNY Poly interim President Grace Wang said Tichenor and Joseph “are to be commended for their dedication to guiding children as they overcome hardships, which can have a lasting, positive impact in our community.”

We congratulate both educators for their fine work and commitment to the community.


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