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Sunday, April 10, 2016

CANTON -- An aspiring engineer and president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter at SUNY Canton received a Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

Codi McKee
Codi D. McKee, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Barker, received his citation from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher at a special awards ceremony held Tuesday, April 5, in Albany. He will be recognized again at SUNY Canton's 2016 Commencement Ceremony.

"This award is our way of saying 'thank you' to stand-out SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and SUNY's world-class faculty and staff," Zimpher said.

McKee is one of the most active students at the college and in the School of Engineering Technology. He is the Engineering Club president, and helped design the ASCE chapter's competition-ready steel bridge. He's also the Student Government Association sergeant-at-arms and has been a resident assistant. He helped construct an outdoor remote-control car racetrack on campus, initiated the ASCE Student Chapter's Adopt-A-Highway Program and received the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club Helping Hands Award.

"When you are at school, you aren't only learning from your classes," McKee said. "You learn from other people and the experiences you have."

He received the SUNY Canton Academic award for the highest grade-point average (GPA) in his discipline three times. He also received the Richard W. Miller Excellence Award, Canino Prize for Academic Excellence, and is a National Science Foundation S-STEM Scholar. He has been on the President's List for his entire SUNY Canton career and has received multiple scholarships. He is a member of the Tau Alpha Phi National Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

McKee is a member of the St Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, SUNY Potsdam Campus Community Band section leader, Jack Kelley's Little Big Band, and even directed a small jazz ensemble at SUNY Potsdam.

After graduation, McKee is planning to attend graduate school and then earn his professional engineer's license.

The college produced a student spotlight video about Mckee and shared it with the college community, available below.

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