Pair of SUNY Poly professors receive Community Builder Award

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MARCY — Two SUNY Polytechnic Institute professors have received the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency’s (MVCAA) 2019 Community Builder Award for commitment to improving lives of children throughout the Mohawk Valley, SUNY Poly announced.

Recognized were 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.”

Tichenor said she and Joseph for a number of years “have been working with local organizations, including the STOP ACEs Initiative and Ready for Kindergarten (R4K), to help address pressing needs in the lives of children and their families.”

It has “been a wonderful opportunity to work with a wide range of organizations, as well as to provide unique educational experiences for our Community and Behavioral Health students in the form of agency-based projects....”

Joseph said “MVCAA’s Head Start programs are dedicated to the health and welfare of our nation’s most vulnerable youth. SUNY Poly is vested in promoting a culture of civic responsibility. As professionals from SUNY Poly, it has been our privilege to support the efforts of MVCAA’s Head Start program on behalf of the children in Oneida and Herkimer counties.” 

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