Archive for 2007

SUNY Canton SBDC Has Record Impact on Local Economy

Friday, October 19th, 2007

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Canton has had the best year ever, according to Director Dale Rice.

“The economic impact of the businesses that received our assistance in the past year has almost equaled the total economic impact for our past seven years of operation,” Rice said.

From Jan. 1, 2006 through September 30, the Canton SBDC’s clients recorded more than $24 million in economic impact as compared to the more than $25 million of economic impact reported from 1998 to 2005. The economic impact figure is tabulated by combining investments by entrepreneurs, financial institutions, and economic development agencies which resulted in the opening or expansion of a business.

In addition to economic impact, the SBDC also tracks the creation and retention of jobs by new and existing businesses. These figures show marked improvement with 752 jobs recorded from October 1998 to December 2005, and 284 jobs being created in the past 21 months.

“A key factor contributing to this increased investment by SBDC-assisted businesses is our effort to strengthen our strategic partnerships with local lenders and economic developers,” Rice said. “We have worked closely with several agencies to increase client funding, but Raymond Fountain (St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency Director of Economic Development) and Patrick Kelly (Deputy Director) have been particularly supportive of our center’s efforts to assist the business community.”

Rice also said Senator James Wright and SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph Kennedy contributed continuing support to the SBDC program. “Senator Wright and Dr. Kennedy worked diligently to have the SBDC at SUNY Canton,” Rice said. “If it weren’t for them we wouldn’t be here to offer our assistance to the area’s small businesses.”

The New York State SBDC recently underwent a state-wide accreditation review and was recertified without limitations or restrictions for the next four years. Accreditation without conditions is a level only attained by about 10 percent of all programs nationally.

The SBDC has been helping start-up and existing small businesses through all phases of growth for over 20 years. Advisors also provide free individual counseling on business planning, tax requirements, financial analysis, government procurement, compliance issues, and record keeping in addition to periodic training sessions on a variety of business related topics. To schedule an appointment with the SUNY Canton SBDC, call 315-386-7312.


Alumnus Helps Fuel a Greener SUNY Canton

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

GREENER MACHINES — SUNY Canton Senior Grounds Worker Todd Flanagan stands with Shaun Jones, an Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications student who helped produce 500 gallons of B20 biodiesel fuel for the college's lawnmowers.

SUNY Canton is getting a bit greener with help from Alfred R. Place, a graduate of the class of 1949.

Place funds a scholarship that helps students research biodiesel solutions within the Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications (AREA) program. This year Place’s scholarship was given to Shaun Jones who provided 500 gallons of biodiesel for the college’s Maintenance and Ground crews to use in their lawn mowers. Jones created the biodiesel solution with waste cooking oil garnered from Chaney Dining Center.

“By running biodiesel, the college helped combat the rising price gasoline while decreasing our impact on the environment,” Jones said.

Alternative and Renewable Energy Application Assistant Professor Matthew Bullwinkel said that the real world application of biodiesel also helped test the fuel’s reliability. “Workers were asked to observe any changes in the mechanical operations of the equipment while they were using the B20 solution,” Bullwinkel said.

The only notable effect of using the alternative fuel source was the new scent of the exhaust. Evidently area pigeons and seagulls found the scent of French fries irresistible.

Ongoing biodiesel research is just one of many ways that the AREA program is seeking to create a greener campus. Students will soon be installing photovoltaic cells on top of Nevaldine Technology center to power the lighting in their classroom and placing a solar hot water heater for research. “When someone flips on the lights in Nevaldine (Room) 110 they will be using energy collected from solar panels on the roof,” said AREA Program Director Michael J. Newtown.

Newtown explained that the new installations will provide hands-on applications of the same renewable energy systems that the students are studying.

Outside of the AREA program, Physical Plant staff members have been implementing greener cleaning agents to combat unnecessary pollution and waste. Almost all of the college’s cleaning products now meet the highest New York State green standards.

“Every year I look for new products that we can use that are safer and more earth-friendly,” said Head Janitor Walter Holmes.

Holmes said many of the cleaning machines and devices that they employ are also becoming more environmentally friendly by utilizing components manufactured from recycled parts that introduce advanced filtration and water saving technologies.


SUNY Canton Welcomes Governor Spitzer

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and his wife, Dine, extended a warm welcome to Governor Eliot L. Spitzer on Tuesday. Spitzer was on campus for the St. Lawrence County Democratic Dinner. He highlighted the political strength of St. Lawrence County and thanked SUNY Canton for hosting the event.

Global Cooling…A Call for Positive Change, Tonight

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Guruji Sri Vast, an internationally known advocate for environmental issues, will be presenting “Global Cooling… A Call for Positive Change” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

This event was orchestrated by the SUNY Canton Student Environmental Awareness Society, and is free and open to the public.

Sri Vast touts the spiritual connection between humans and nature. He is currently engaged in a campaign to encourage everyone to create ecologically sustainable societies. His teachings are said to be applicable to almost everybody’s daily life. More information about Sri Vast is available at


SUNY Canton Foundation Assets Rise Nearly 40 Percent in 2007

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

MAKING CONNECTIONS - (l to r) Longtime SUNY Canton Donor Rachael Bagley laughs with Kareen Bedford, a Nursing student from Ogdensburg, who received the Leon and Rachael Bagley Endowed Scholarship.

A remarkable increase in assets of nearly 40 percent has enabled the SUNY Canton Foundation to award a record number of scholarships this year. Foundation assets have surpassed $14 million, an increase of nearly $4 million from last year’s total.

The increase was most evident last week, when approximately 200 scholarship recipients attended the Foundation’s Scholarship Luncheon with scholarship donors and college officials. Nearly $300,000 in scholarship assistance was represented at the luncheon. This year’s event saw not only the largest number of scholarships, but also the largest total dollar amount awarded in college history.

MEETING DONORS - (l to r) Rebecca Trythall, a Veterinary Science Technology Student from East Syracuse, enjoys her lunchtime conversation with Professor Emeritus Varick Chittenden. Chittenden, who is also a SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Member, established the Chittenden Book Scholarship.

“We are extremely fortunate to have so many wonderful alumni and friends who believe in the ongoing success of our students,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Their investment in our college benefits our students, the college, and the entire North Country. Many of these bright scholars would not otherwise be able to afford a college education.”

Students from almost every curricula at the college received a scholarship this year. “The Scholarship Luncheon is a special event where scholarship recipients are able to meet the donors who have so dramatically impacted their lives,” Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach said. “It’s often an emotional experience for both the recipients and the donors and it reinforces why we work so hard to make these scholarships possible.”

HEARTFELT GRATITUDE - Jacob Neely, a SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology student from Baldwinsville expresses his heartfelt thanks to SUNY Canton Patron and Alumnus Joel Canino for creating the scholarship that will pay for his entire college education. Neely said, "You've changed my life."

The Foundation’s total assets have grown by more than $9 million, or more than 280 percent since 2001. The growth in assets is a result of an increase in giving as well as investment growth and interest. The Foundation supports a variety of endeavors.

“Scholarships are just one of the outlets of Foundation expenditures,” Gerlach said. “The College Foundation also supports continuing education for faculty and staff members in addition to funding research and campus enhancement initiatives. The benefits are far-reaching and dramatic.”

The Foundation primarily uses donations to help defray the continually-increasing cost of higher education. Over the last several years, the Foundation has re-invested $7 million to fund college programs and initiatives. Many of the new highly-visible initiatives come in the form of scholarships, assistantships, or in a variety of ways that positively effect students’ overall college experience.


Students and Job Seekers Invited to Career Fair at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Area high school students and North Country job seekers are invited to attend SUNY Canton’s Career Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gym.

Over 30 companies will be recruiting this year, according to Director of Career Services David Norenberg. Many of the businesses recruit yearly, including highly successful alumni-run companies.

“The fair can be the first face-to-face interview for job seekers,” Norenberg said. “It all can serve as an excellent opportunity for current and future students to speak with professionals in their field of interest. We’ve extended an invitation to area high school students to show the value of a SUNY Canton education and to highlight how companies specifically seek our graduates.”

At least three health care organizations will be recruiting at the fair, looking to fill the ever-growing need for qualified health professionals. “Our students graduate with the skills needed to step into employment in a variety settings,” Norenberg pointed out.

Among the current employers attending the fair are:

  • Adirondack Medical Center
  • Akwesasne Mohawk Casino
  • Atlantic Testing Laboratories, Limited
  • Barrett Paving Materials Inc.
  • BreconRidge Manufacturing Solutions
  • Bricklayers Local 2
  • Building Controls & Services, Inc.
  • Cannon Design
  • CME Associates, Inc.
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dow Electric, Inc.
  • Eastview Veterinary Clinic
  • Fastenal Company
  • Fused Solutions, Inc.
  • Massena Memorial Hospital
  • National Grid
  • New York Air Brake
  • Northern Area Health Education Center
  • Northern New York Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association
  • Novelis Corporation
  • Penski, Inc. Staffing
  • RL Kistler, Inc.
  • RobsonWoese Inc
  • Schlumberger
  • Shaker Veterinary Hospital, P.C.
  • Stearns & Wheeler, LLC
  • The Thomas Group
  • Time Warner Cable
  • US Army Health Care Recruiting
  • Vermont State Police

The Career Fair is held each semester as a direct employment outreach initiative for the SUNY Canton Office of Career Services, with support from the SUNY Canton Foundation. The college also extends an invitation to students from the other area colleges.


Alumnus John Halford Honored as SUNY Canton Hometown Hero

Friday, September 28th, 2007

John L. Halford of Gouverneur, has joined the growing group of SUNY Canton Alumni to be honored as a Hometown Hero.

Halford joins the prestigious list of Hometown Heroes by setting up a program to award SUNY Canton scholarships to students from his high school alma mater.

The John L. Halford Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to two graduating Gouverneur Central School seniors planning to pursue a four-year degree at SUNY Canton. He has established a charitable remainder trust and donates annually to fund the scholarships. All of the proceeds of his trust will ultimately and permanently fund this effort.

“John has been an extraordinary benefactor of both SUNY Canton and Gouverneur Central High School throughout his life,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “John’s commitment to students serves as an inspiration to high school seniors from Gouverneur and to many other alumni and friends of SUNY Canton who want to create opportunities for the youth of their hometowns.”

John Halford created this scholarship to remember and honor the wartime service of his family. At the young age of 17, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater. After more than 4 years of service, he returned to Gouverneur to complete high school. The abrupt end to his carefree youth taught him to appreciate and enjoy every day and the pleasures and opportunities life presents. His hope is that this scholarship will inspire young people from his hometown to continue their education and strive for their highest dreams.

Each recipient of the Halford Memorial Scholarship will be selected based on academic achievement, involvement in extra-curricular activities, and financial need, as determined by the Gouverneur Central School Scholarship Committee. The scholarships will be announced at graduation and students will be eligible to receive the scholarship until they complete their four-year degree.

“The best thing about this gift is not the gift itself,” Halford pointed out. “More important are the opportunities it will create by enabling these students to attend college. I hope that each student takes this opportunity to live life to the fullest, enjoy learning, and be successful. Gouverneur High School and SUNY Canton helped make that possible for me.”

Halford is the third alumnus to be honored as a “Hometown Hero” at SUNY Canton. He joins Joel M. Canino, who created a scholarship for Baldwinsville area students, and Bernard C. Regan, who targeted his endowment for Massena area students.

In 2005, Halford was honored for his record of service to the college by having a lobby named after him, at the crossroads of three major buildings.

He graduated from the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program in 1949. From 1952 to 1970, he worked for Associated Universities on Long Island in research and nuclear reactor development at Brookhaven Lab. From 1973 until his retirement in 1987, he was the building maintenance manager for Suffolk County. He and his wife, Nelta, live in Gouverneur.


SUNY Canton University Police Officer Awarded for Saving Life

Monday, September 24th, 2007

LIFESAVER – University Police Officer Timothy M. Ashley, II, received a New York State University Police Meritorious Service Commendation for saving the life of a fellow officer. Ashley added the red and blue Meritorious Service bar to his uniform denoting his valuable police service.

SUNY Canton University Police Officer Timothy M. Ashley II received the New York State University Police Meritorious Service Commendation for saving the life of a fellow officer.

Ashley rescued University Police Lieutenant Brian E. Kurish at a luncheon with SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy last semester.

“We were still wondering what was going on when Officer Ashley sprang into action,” recalled Kennedy.

While the rest of the guests only began to realize that Kurish was in distress, Ashley performed the Heimlich Maneuver on his coworker and dislodged a piece of food just as Kurish was about to lose consciousness.

“Officer Ashley’s quick response prevented me from becoming unconscious and cleared the obstruction from my throat,” Kurish recalled upon presenting Ashley with his award. “Had he not acted as quickly as he did, I feel that the situation could have been very dire. I am certain that he saved my life that day”

Ashley can both perform and teach life saving techniques and is a certified CPR and automatic external defibrillator (AED) instructor. He leads classes on using AEDs and CPR at the college. He is also a 1993 SUNY Canton Alumnus.


Early Childhood Conference at SUNY Canton, Oct. 13

Monday, September 24th, 2007

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood Program will be hosting their annual Early Childhood Conference from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

This event is designed for childcare professionals, early childhood educators, parents and students according to Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco. “Workshops at the conference fulfill mandated professional development requirements through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services,” Maiocco pointed out.

The hands-on interactive workshops include topics on working with children with special needs in the child care setting, literacy through child care programming, and engaging parent to professional collaboration.

The conference is held in collaboration with the St. Lawrence Child Care Council and the Northern New York Early Childhood Direction. The organizations have banded together with the SUNY Canton Early Childhood Program to create “Partners in Early Childhood Educational Services” otherwise known as PIECES.


Law Enforcement Career Day at SUNY Canton, Oct. 3

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

The first SUNY Canton Law Enforcement Career Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gym.

The event was designed by the Office of Career Services in conjunction with the University Police Department. The event is free and open to the public. SUNY Canton will also be holding its annual Fall Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 16.

“The Law Enforcement Career Day is designed to connect law enforcement professionals with students and community members interested in careers in criminal justice,” said SUNY Canton Director of Career Services David Norenberg.

Area law enforcement professionals will be distributing applications for the Nov. 17 civil service examination. Representatives from SUNY Canton University Police, David Sullivan/St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, Park Police, Environmental Conservation Police, Forest Rangers, State Troopers, Ogdensburg City Police, Vermont State Police, and sheriff’s departments from several counties will be recruiting at the event.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Career Services Office at 386-7119, or email