Martha Asselin, the acting president of Schenectady County Community College, will be added to Schalmont High School’s Alumni Wall of Distinction.
After graduating from Schalmont in 1980, Asselin earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from the State University of New York at Oswego before earning a master’s and Ph.D. in educational administration and policy studies from the State University of New York at Albany.
She has served SCCC in various capacities for nearly 25 years and was appointed its acting president in January.
Before coming to SCCC, she worked in residential life at the University of Delaware and the State University of New York at Cobleskill.
“Dr. Asselin is an amazing role model for students by demonstrating that hard work does pay off if you do not give up,” Jared Freeman, a high school senior and Schalmont Alumni Wall of Distinction committee member, said in a news release.
The committee is charged with selecting alumni who have made significant contributions to their school, community and/or country.
In addition to her role as a campus leader, Asselin serves on the boards for Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School and March for Babies of Schenectady County, and is co-president of the State University of New York Campus Safety Council.
In high school, Asselin participated in the color guard/marching band, choir, basketball, summer theater and student council. “Schalmont provided me with a sense of community,” she said. “It was impossible to get lost at Schalmont; class size was smaller; teachers knew the students; and students knew one another. This welcoming environment provided a plethora of opportunities that aided my development intellectually, personally, culturally and socially.”
Asselin will be inducted during a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, at the Schalmont High School library. At 7 p.m., she will be the guest speaker at the high school’s annual ceremony recognizing the top 10 percent of the senior class.