North Country Citation

Name of Honor: North Country Citation
Established: 1941
Awarded by: The Board of Trustees

Criteria: North Country Citations are presented to those members of the six counties of Northern New York (St. Lawrence, Lewis, Jefferson, Essex, Warren, and Franklin) who, through professional endeavor or personal example, contribute in special ways to improving the quality of life or fostering a sense of community in the region.

Eligibility: Any citizen of the North Country is eligible, with the exceptions noted below. Generally, individuals who worked in the area for a period of time and subsequently left the area are not considered for this honor. Individuals whose professional accomplishments have benefited the North Country but who do not nor have not resided in the North Country, are generally not eligible. Further, alumni and employees of the University are not eligible for this honor, as the University offers other ways to recognize their contributions.

Selection process: Nominations are solicited on an annual basis from the campus and regional community.The on-campus Honors Committee of faculty, staff and students meets to select one finalist. That finalist is presented to the Honors Committee of the Board of Trustees. Assuming approval here, the finalist is presented to the full Board of Trustees for its vote of approval.

Opportunity for presentation: North Country Citations are awarded at Commencement.

Staff liaison: Lisa Cania, vice president for community and employee relations

Nominate Someone for a North Country Citation

Recent Recipients: Click on the name for biographical information

Martha Swan
Founder, John Brown Lives!
Newcomb, NY 

Phil Harnden
Founder, GardenShare
Canton, NY

Normadine Kennedy
Community volunteer
Canton, NY

No awards

Kenneth Andrews
Founder and music director, The Orchestra of Northern New York
Potsdam, NY

Bob Pette and Susan Neal
Founders of Pendragon Theatre
Saranac Lake, NY

Frank P. Piskor, president emeritus of St. Lawrence
Posthumous honor
Canton, NY

John B. Johnson, Jr.
Editor and Publisher of the Watertown Daily Times 
Watertown, NY

No award

Joseph Liotta
Founder of the Norwood Village Green Concert Series and Arts Advocate
Norwood, NY
Bill McKibben

Catherine Barnett Newell
Philanthropist and Volunteer
Hammond, NY

Michael Ringer
Alexandria Bay, NY

Ida Winter
Community volunteer
Eagle Bay, NY

Hon. John McHugh
United States Congressman
Pierrepont Manor, NY

Ruth Garner
Mayor of Potsdam
Potsdam, NY

John Wilson
Community Volunteer
Alexandria Bay, NY

John Deans
Retired President of Jefferson Community College
Watertown, NY

No North Country Citations were awarded this year.

Judith Foster
Community Volunteer
Cape Vincent, NY

Alex Velto
Executive Director of the Northern New York Foundation
Watertown, NY

Betty Bradley
Potsdam, NY

Aziel LaFave
Theresa, NY
Geraldine Sheehan
Watertown, NY
 Cynthia Wilson
Brasher Falls, NY