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SUNY Canton Numbers on the Rise

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Online Winterterm Exceeds Expectations and Applications on the Rise for 2009

The SUNY Canton Winterterm session saw more than 500 students start courses on Monday, making it the College’s largest online Winterterm session to date.

Winterterm enrollment increased more than 40 percent from last year and has nearly tripled since 160 students were enrolled in the first Winterterm session in 2005-2006.

Applications with the admissions office for next year are similarly on the rise. Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent reports applications are up more than 60 percent for the Fall 2009.

“We’re excited to follow up our record setting enrollment this Fall with such a huge jump in applications for next year,” Kent said. “Prospective students and community members are continuing to recognize the excellent academic programs we offer, the affordable cost of tuition, and the flexibility of our class scheduling and online courses.”

Winterterm offers several economic, academic and time-saving benefits for students and faculty members. The entirely online courses can be accessed via computer from anywhere, reducing travel expenses and winter commuting difficulties.

“Winterterm is a great way for students to catch up or get ahead. It’s also an effective way to utilize time between semesters and on the weekends during the holiday break,” said Dean of Academic Services and Retention Molly A. Mott. “It’s also interesting to note that 64 percent of Winterterm students are coming to us from other colleges. It’s nice that we are able to accommodate them with our expanded offerings.”

SUNY Canton hit an all-time enrollment high this Fall with more than 3,000 students. Last year at this time, according to Kent, the admissions office had received just below 1,000 applications. That number has increased more than 60 percent with over 1,600 applications already received this year.

“We’re the fastest growing college in the North Country,” Kent pointed out. “We continue to offer majors reflecting in-demand careers and students are responding to that. There are a number of our programs that are recession-proof, meaning that regardless of the economy, graduates will continue to be sought after to fill those jobs.”

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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Ogdensburg Attorney Donates $5,000 to SUNY Canton

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Peggy S. Levato, SUNY Canton Director of Alumni and Development, receives a scholarship donation from Ogdensburg attorney Preston C. Carlisle.

Peggy S. Levato, SUNY Canton Director of Alumni and Development, receives a scholarship donation from Ogdensburg attorney Preston C. Carlisle.

A longtime SUNY Canton supporter and prominent Ogdensburg attorney has contributed $5,000 toward his scholarship.

Preston C. Carlisle, who has been practicing law for more than 45 years, made his generous donation despite downturns in the economy, noted Peggy S. Levato, Director of Alumni and Development.

“Preston has provided continual support of the college, its students, and its mission.” Levato said. “We are extremely grateful for his support over the years and particularly for this timely gift.”

Carlisle has established a pool of funds with the foundation to award scholarships that support St. Lawrence County students attending SUNY Canton. The attorney has supported the SUNY Canton foundation through unrestricted donations in addition to financing his annual scholarship.

“Contributing to students’ education is always the right thing to do,” Carlisle said. “In the face of the current economic climate and rising state-wide barriers to higher education, scholarships like mine are a critical component in a student’s education.”

This academic year, Carlisle’s scholarship was awarded to Jaclyn Maynard, a Health Care Management Major from Brasher Falls, and Sara McDonell a Nursing Major from Ogdensburg.

The SUNY Canton Foundation awards both annual and endowed scholarships. Scholarships can honor an individual or provide assistance for specific curriculums or geographic regions, like Carlisle’s. Numerous alumni and friends of the college make gifts either adding to existing endowments or create new funds. Annual scholarships are awarded each year as a result of an annual gift from the scholarship sponsor, and an endowed scholarship uses the earnings generated from a donation to fund an annual award. 

Carlisle has maintained a thriving law practice in Ogdensburg since 1961. He was the first Assistant District Attorney for St. Lawrence County and was formerly Corporation Counsel for the City of Ogdensburg, counsel for Lisbon School District and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He was selected as one of the top 100 trial lawyers of 2007 in New York.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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SUNY Canton Moves to Four-Day Academic Schedule

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Courses offered Monday through Thursday next semester

SUNY Canton will be switching to a four-day academic schedule beginning in Spring 2009 in an effort to cut operating costs and increase sustainability across campus.

On-campus courses will be offered primarily from Monday through Thursday under SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy’s plan to reduce expenditures in the light of the state’s system-wide budget cuts. 

“We originally began considering a four-day academic schedule as a way for our students and faculty to save money when gas prices were over $4 a gallon,” Kennedy said. “The state budget and current economic climate continue to make it a viable plan to reduce operating costs. We are the best that we’ve ever been at this College, and we plan to continue our growth in all areas while simultaneously becoming smarter in the way we conduct our business.”

Kennedy is also systematically researching ways to decrease the College’s environmental footprint. “Now we will be heating buildings one day less and fewer people will be driving to and from campus, drastically reducing our collective carbon emissions in addition to saving on utility costs,” he said.

Another benefit of offering a four-day schedule is that students can take all of their classes in as little as two days per week, which allows the flexibility to work or fulfill family obligations. The move will also allow the Student Activities Office the opportunity to plan more multi-day events.

Kennedy pointed out that the extraordinary popularity of SUNY Canton OnLine (also known as SUNY Canton OL) helped him decide that this was the proper course of action for the College. In the Fall 2008 Semester more than 1150 students were taking at least one of the College’s 104 online courses, and approximately 285 students were taking courses online only. 

“Students and faculty are designing their respective schedules and courses to incorporate even more online components,” noted Molly Mott, Dean of Academic Services and Retention. “That has given students increased flexibility in their schedules and allowed them to better balance their other obligations like work, family, and activities.” 

Portions of College’s workforce, including some of the maintenance and facilities staff, have already begun working on a four-day schedule. The results have been phenomenal, according to Kennedy. 

Not every aspect of the College will shut down on Fridays. The Southworth Library, the Fitness Center, Admissions, The Business Office, and other key locations will remain open for the fifth day. The College has also made plans to continue any course and work schedules that cannot be altered. In the past, only about 15 percent of the College’s courses were offered on Friday.

“In essence, we ended up distributing Friday’s schedule throughout the other days of the week,” Kennedy said. “Between offering more online courses and expanding some class options, the change wasn’t nearly as difficult as we originally thought it might be.”

Other colleges that have switched to a four-day academic schedule include Brevard Community College in Florida, which saved almost $474,000 in energy costs during its first year with the schedule, according to a recent Inside Higher Ed article. The College also reported a 50 percent reduction in the number of reported sick hours used by employees and a 44 percent reduction in staff turnover.

Missouri State University at West Plains moved to a four-day schedule in Fall 2007 and saw an 11 percent enrollment increase over the previous fall semester. Not only did the introduction of the new schedule bring more students, but those students also enrolled in more credit hours.

The SUNY Canton Admissions Office is reporting that applications for next year are currently up nearly 45 percent from last year. The College set an all-time enrollment high this Fall with more than 3,000 students.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Releases New OL Web Pages

Friday, December 19th, 2008

SUNY Canton has revamped the look and feel of the SUNY Canton OnLine  (SUNY Canton OL) web pages.

Online Learning“For many future SUNY Canton students, the OL page is the first point of contact with the college,” noted Molly Mott, Dean of Academic Services and Retention. “It is important that we maintain a site that is both user-friendly and attractive.”

During the Fall 2008 Semester more than 1150 students were taking at least one of the College’s 104 online courses through SUNY Canton OL, and approximately 285 students were taking courses online only. The pages were updated just shortly after the international pages, located at www.canton.edu/international. Both sections of the website are high-traffic areas for SUNY Canton’s off campus and international students. 

The College also uses SUNY Canton OL for its highly successful Winterterm semester, which enrolled twice as many students as it did in the 2007-2009 semester. Nearly 50 courses will be offered through SUNY Canton OnLine beginning on Dec. 22 and concluding on January 14. 

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Alumna Donates More Than $100,000

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Alumna Barbara “Bobbi” Butler Burnham, class of 1946, is hoping that her recent gift to the SUNY Canton Foundation helps to show others the importance of giving during a troubled economy.

Burnham has made a donation of more than $100,000 to the Foundation to directly help current and future students defray the costs of attending college.

“When the economy spirals downward, students are among those that are impacted the most,” said Burnham. “That’s why it’s so important to give now and make sure that qualified, hard-working students are able to pursue their dreams and aspirations.”

The rising costs of education combined with massive SUNY budget cuts from New York State have magnified the problem dramatically for colleges around the nation. More and more banks are also shutting down their student loan divisions.

Nationwide, student loan requests are up 16 percent from last year, but fewer loans are available. It’s the latest example of how the Wall Street crisis is hurting many of those who are the farthest removed from New York’s financial district.

“Instead of giving my money to the government in taxes and letting them decide where to invest it, I’ve decided where to invest it myself,” said Burnham. “The future and the well-being of our country depends on the education of our young people. And it’s even more rewarding and personal when you get the opportunity to directly meet the people you’re helping.”

Burnham is a native of Watertown. She graduated from ATI (Agricultural and Technical Institute at Canton) in 1946 and was a Home Economics and Food major. She is a Pi Nu Epsilon sister and was Vice President during her senior year. She met her husband Bob Burnham while she was attending ATI.

She is a retired teacher and realtor. Since retiring she has split her time between homes in Massena and Sun City, Arizona. Her husband passed away in 1988. Through the years, the Burnhams assisted several students with their college education demonstrating their personal commitment to higher education.

Burnham’s longtime companion Richard Randol assisted with the establishment of the Bobbi Butler Burnham endowed scholarship. Mr. Randol shares Mrs. Burnham’s commitment to making higher education possible for SUNY Canton students.

In establishing her scholarship, Mrs. Burnham recalled her appreciation for her education and remembers fondly her time at the “Aggie School”.

“Bobbi and Richard continue to dramatically impact the lives of current and future students,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach ‘83. “This gift is very timely given the nature of the economy and the need for increased support for scholarships.”

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation Students Join Honor Society

Monday, December 15th, 2008

The SUNY Canton Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society recently welcomed several new members.

Student lighting candles during Honor Society ceremony.

Student lighting candles during Honor Society ceremony.

“There are many levels of pride associated with being inducted into an honor society,” noted Steven V. Gilbert, Associate Professor of Criminal Investigation and Alpha Phi Sigma faculty advisor. “There is a personal pride in one’s own accomplishments, coupled with a pride in one’s peers, in addition to the pride in knowing that you are part of an organization that rewards success.”

Among those inducted into the SUNY Canton Omega Upsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society were:

 ·      Sapphire Isaac of Brooklyn

·      Chad Sherman of Louisville

·      Ashley Savino of Auburn

·      Mike Bronson of Brasher Falls

·      Chuck Calorusso of Potsdam

·      Diane LaRue of Ogdensburg

In addition to recognizing student success at the honor society induction, two scholarships were awarded to deserving students in the program.

“The Flora Bertram Geller scholarship was established to award a student who has demonstrated a strong background in ethics and motivation within the Omega Upsilon chapter,” Gilbert said. “And I personally fund the Gilbert Forensic Science Scholarship to support a student who shows a strong aptitude in forensics.”

The Flora Bertram Geller scholarship is funded by Barbara Geller Gilbert and Larry Geller in memory of their mother. Barbara presented the scholarship during the induction ceremony.

Heather Biamonte of Marcy received the Flora Bertram Geller scholarship and Caitlyn Hill of Ontario won the Gilbert Forensic Science Scholarship. “Caitlyn was recently accepted as a student affiliate with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences,” Gilbert said. Alpha Phi Sigma is the only National Criminal Justice Honor Society for Criminal Justice Majors.

The society recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate, graduate, as well as doctorate level students. Among its core goals and values are to promote academic excellence in order to make the Criminal Justice System and its practitioners more effective and ethical.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton and S.L.U. Math Profs Write Student-Friendly Textbook

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Two North Country college professors adopted a student-oriented, conversational writing style and integrated real world applications when they wrote their newly-published book on Linear Algebra.

 

McGraw Hill recently published “Introduction to Linear Algebra with Applications” by Daniel J. Gagliardi, assistant professor of mathematics at SUNY Canton and James DeFranza, professor of mathematics, computer science, and statistics at St. Lawrence University. Their motivation was to create an engaging text that students could read on their own to learn the fundamental ideas of linear algebra.

James DeFranza & Daniel Gagliardi

James DeFranza & Daniel Gagliardi


“Jim and I took a student-centered approach when we were writing this book,” Gagliardi said. “Our aim was to strike a balance between a rigorous development of linear algebra and building intuition.”

The two number-crunchers put their heads together to create their book that would be a perfect fit to the learning curve of college students who take the course, according to DeFranza. “We imagined ourselves in class with our students where we use accessible examples to motivate abstract concepts,” he said. “Teaching at Saint Lawrence University has given me the opportunity to work closely with mathematics students. This experience has helped in shaping this book and other texts I have written.”

“Linear algebra is one of the first courses in the mathematics curriculum where students are exposed to abstraction at a much higher level,” Gagliardi said. “They are required to write proofs of theorems and solve problems in higher dimensional spaces. Our book provides a gentle introduction where students can develop the necessary skills needed to achieve a greater understanding of the subject matter and its numerous applications.”

Over the last few decades the applications of linear algebra have mushroomed, according to the authors. Recent advances have allowed for the development of high powered search engines to scan and rank web pages at lightning speed. Linear algebra is also used extensively to manipulate graphical information in fields as diverse as aeronautical engineering, medical imaging, and even video game development. In their textbook, professors Defranza and Gagliardi show how linear algebra can be used to solve problems in Chemistry, Engineering, Economics, Telecommunications, Urban Planning and Nutrition.

Dr. Gagliardi joined the faculty of SUNY Canton in 2006. He began his technical career at IBM as a software engineer and received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in pure mathematics. His principle area of research is lie algebra and symmetric spaces. He also does work in graph theory and has collaboratively authored multiple scholarly articles in these fields.

Dr. DeFranza conducts research in functional analysis, sequence spaces, and classical summability theory. This is the fourth textbook he has authored. He is a 25-year St. Lawrence University faculty member and earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Kent State University. He is a frequent mentor and advisor to St. Lawrence students conducting independent research.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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SUNY Canton Contests Yield Creative and Original Student Work

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Several SUNY Canton students picked up awards during recent campus photo and song contests.

Among the winners of the recent Roo Song Contest sponsored by the Student Affairs department were Okyere Twumasi’s rap “That’s My SUNY Canton” and a swinging country melody “A UCan Roo” by Nursing student Glenn Federman. 


Approximately 20 students entered the Paysonian yearbook photography contest this year. Among those who submitted winning photos were:

Priceless Moment - Homero Flores, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Mexico

Priceless Moment - Homero Flores, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Mexico

Landscape - Stephen Fortune, a Telecommunications Technology major from Ogdensburg

Landscape - Stephen Fortune, a Telecommunications Technology major from Ogdensburg

Landscape - Shamira Perez, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Syracuse

Landscape - Shamira Perez, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Syracuse

Student Life - Gerardo Jurardo, an alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Chateaugay

Student Life - Gerardo Jurardo, an alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Chateaugay

Landscape - Alissa Jatsenti, a Business Administration major from Estonia

Landscape - Alissa Jatsenti, a Business Administration major from Estonia

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Foundation Awards $20,000 to Promote College Growth

Monday, December 8th, 2008

CANTON – The SUNY Canton Foundation awarded approximately $20,000 to fund student, faculty, and staff campus enhancements.

This the third year that the Foundation has sponsored the Campus Enhancement Award program, according to Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach.

“This program was created through unrestricted donations,” he said. “During a time when state budgets are under attack, we rely upon donations to fund the creative and innovative projects of our college community. We are deeply grateful for all of the donors who make these programs possible.”

This year, the College Foundation’s planning committee members reviewed more than 45 proposals, making this a competitive selection process.

“It’s nice that we can give to so many deserving programs particularly because so many faculty and staff members support the foundation through payroll deductions,” Gerlach said. “More than 150 employees currently give to the SUNY Canton foundation to benefit our students.”

Among the proposals awarded were:

·      Bean bag chairs for students in the Southworth Library

·      A latchkey and reading program

·      Parts for the college’s solar boat

·      Funding for the gospel choir’s travel and events

·      Photographic equipment for the athletic department

·      Frames and materials to display student artwork

·      Funding to display college’s archives online

·      An EMT casualty simulation kit

·      Funding for the American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Team

·      Travel expenses for the Auto Club to attend the Detroit auto show

·      Enhancements to the Mechanical Engineering Technology classroom

·      An energy management system for the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program

Also funded were various student and faculty research initiatives, campus-wide seminars, and other student-focused programming.

The awards come in addition to the $30,000 in Faculty and Staff Awards and $10,000 in employee tuition assistance that the foundation provides annually. “Any donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation directly helps continue the advancement of the programs and initiatives of the college,” Gerlach said.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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SUNY Canton Unveils New Television Commercials

Monday, December 1st, 2008

SUNY Canton officials recently announced the release of the college’s latest television commercials.

“Our newest commercials highlight our beautiful campus and its dedicated faculty, staff, and student populations,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “They also embody the mission of SUNY Canton, by highlighting many of our programs that prepare students to enter rewarding careers.”

The College’s annual television commercials are produced by the office of Public Relations in conjunction with Media Central, a Plattsburgh-based production company. The commercials aim to familiarize prospective students and encourage them to attend the college. They are a major catalyst in driving traffic to the college’s website (www.canton.edu) to further investigate academic offerings, campus atmosphere, affordable tuition rates, and career opportunities.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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