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Mentoring program recognized by SUNY

SARANAC LAKE North Country Community Colleges Athletic Mentoring Program (AMP) has been recognized as an outstanding student affairs program by the Office of University Life at SUNY System Administration and the Council of Community College Chief Student Affairs Officers. North Countrys Athletic Mentoring Program is designed to encourage successful academic, athletic and personal endeavors. Strategic and effective collaboration between students, faculty, institutional research and theLearning Assistance Center has made AMP a success. Director of Athletics, Heather Conger has seen first hand the impact of the program on athletes. The design of the program and resources the college provides efficiently and effectively gets students the support they need to succeed, she said. Dominic Mungen, a second year member of the basketball team pursuing his degree in Sports and Events Management, credits the AMP program for keeping him on target. Its the reminder I need to keep my priorities straight, said Mungen. The help Ive received to strengthen my study skills has been great. Larry McFaddin, Athlete Mentoring Program Coordinator and Sports and Events Management Program Coordinator said that receiving the SUNY Outstanding Student Affairs Award for our Athlete Mentoring Program is a fantastic tribute to the entire college community. The support from the Board of Trustees, Dr Gail Rice, Ed Trathen, Tom Finch, Sandy Baker, Scott Harwood, Athlete Mentoring Committee, Athletic Department, Faculty, and the NCCC Student-Athletes was instrumental in the innovation, development, improvement, and execution of this Program, he added. In order for a new major program to be successful it requires a tremendous effort from all of the stakeholders and constituents which was certainly the case for the Athlete Mentoring Program. We are very excited and will continue to further develop and improve this Program. In the spring of 2008, a selection committee comprised of representatives from the community college campuses and SUNY System Administration reviewed the nominations received. Nine nominations were submitted; three of these were selected for special recognition, and awards will be presented at the Council of Community College Chief Student Affairs Officers Conference to be held October.

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