Archive for January, 2008

SUNY Canton Celebrates Foundation’s 35th Anniversary

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Thirty-five years of creating scholarships and positively impacting people’s lives is a fantastic cause for celebration at SUNY Canton.

The SUNY Canton Foundation will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary with a benefit dinner to honor several alumni and friends who have been integral forces behind the college’s success. The celebration will commence at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Chaney Dining Center with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner and a formal recognition ceremony.

According to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, “It will be wonderful to celebrate the successes of our past efforts and the promising future of our current endeavors. We’ll be honoring the support of all of our alumni, community members and friends, and 35 years of growth and giving.”

Numerous alumni and friends of the college have contributed to make this event possible and help ensure the continuing success and growth of the college. During the awards ceremony, four North Country families will be awarded for their years of extraordinary service and dedication:

  • The Coakley Family of Canton will receive the Foundation’s Community Leadership Award. Carol and Ronald Spadaccini, William and Carol Coakley, and Thomas and Nellie Coakley are well known for their civic pride, involvement in the community, and willingness to assist others. They have been longtime benefactors and advisors to the college.
  • The Bagley Family of Madrid will receive the Foundation’s Model Alumni Award. The late Leon E. Bagley, class of 1948, began a tradition of donating to the college along with his sister-in-law Alice Westaway Bagley. Their efforts have been continued by his wife, Rachael, son Timothy, class of 1985, grandson Alexander, class of 2005, and other family members.
  • The Fay Family of Canton will receive the Foundation’s Community Education Connection Award. The Fays have provided more than 100 years of combined educational service in the North Country: Accounting Professor Dan and Professor Emerita Linda Fay; Dean of the School of Business and Public Service Emeritus Ed Fay and his wife Patricia; Professor Emeritus Maurice and Sheila Fay Harrington, both of whom taught in the School of Business; and Director of Counseling Emeritus Harry and Peggy Fay Podgurski, an Edwards-Knox teacher. They are all well-known for their personal approach to education and their strong commitment to the community.
  • President Emeritus Dr. and Mrs. Earl W. MacArthur of Naples, Fla., and Morristown will receive the Canton College Foundation’s Impact Award. President Emeritus Earl MacArthur and his wife Joyce have positively influenced the college for more than 35 years. The Foundation was created through their vision and foresight. It continues to thrive with their continuing input and guidance.

“These four families are among the many friends, alumni and donors who are responsible for creating scholarships, improving the college, and dramatically impacting students’ lives,” Kennedy mentioned. “Every donation furthers our mission to offer an unparalleled educational experience. These families have been at the forefront of our efforts since the inception of the Foundation.”

The 35th Anniversary is an RSVP-only event. All proceeds will benefit a scholarship endowment for students in the Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation, Law Enforcement Leadership, and Emergency and Disaster Management programs. Donations can be made in honor of the distinguished families to the 35th Anniversary Celebration – Public Service Scholarship, SUNY Canton Foundation, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined 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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Text Messages to Help Keep SUNY Canton Students Safe

Friday, January 25th, 2008

NY AlertText messages will help keep SUNY Canton students safe, announced President Joseph L. Kennedy.

The college is implementing a system through the New York State Emergency Management Office’s (SEMO) NY-Alert emergency notification system.

“New York-Alert will allow us to send out alert notifications to faculty, staff and students’ cell phones, email accounts, and other phone extensions,” said Kennedy. “By using a multiple and redundant notification system, we hope to inform everyone on campus in the advent of an emergency.

The SEMO NY-Alert program was initiated by the State University of New York in Albany. Locally, college officials can write and send emergency alert notifications via the Internet, which are then sent to each student’s email accounts, cell phones via both text and voice, and even regular phones.

“The safety and well-being of everyone at the college is at the paramount of our daily preparations,” Kennedy said. “We want to reach students using the technology they already rely upon in their daily lives.”

The NY Alert program is completely voluntary for students, faculty, and staff. Members who want to receive the alert messages and instructions can “opt in” via SUNY Canton’s Northstar application.

To sign up for the alerts, visit www.canton.edu and select Northstar from the “Current Students” menu. Detailed instructions are available at www.canton.edu/nyalert.

This initiative is coupled with several other emergency management plans at the college. Two years ago, Kennedy added a Carillon Digital Sound System, which consists of four 100-watt loudspeakers, a 1,000-watt amplifier, and a computer-operated sound station. The system allows for voice and loudspeaker announcements if necessary.

“We would rather be over prepared for an emergency,” said Chief of University Police William Mason. “The speakers on the college’s faculty office building will be used if there is an emergency and we will be using the NY – Alert system to reach those out of auditory range.”

The college is currently researching the viability of adding additional speakers for auditory alerts and has begun testing all of its alert procedures.

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined 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 Part of Focus the Nation Event

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Several SUNY Canton professors will be presenting Teach-Ins to help develop a better understanding of the problems and solutions for climate change, as part of the national call-to-action “Focus the Nation.”

More than 1,300 colleges from across the country, including all four Associated Colleges of the North Country (SUNY Canton, Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam, and St. Lawrence University), will be participating in this event.

Teach-ins developed in the 1960s as a form of protest. At SUNY Canton, they will be used as a way to broaden points of view and develop solutions to rising environmental problems.

The complete schedule of “Focus the Nation” events is as follows:

  • To begin the three-day event, there will be a screening of the Focus the Nation Webcast featuring Actor Edward Norton at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Kingston Theater.
  • The first teach-in, entitled “Global Warming: Habitat Destruction and Technological Solutions,” will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in Nevaldine North Lecture Room 102. Veterinary Services Management Program Director Dr. Sophia C. Theodore, Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems Program Director Michael Newtown and Assistant Professor Matthew Bullwinkle will be presenting and moderating this event.
  • The second teach-in, “Climate Change: Psychology and Morals,” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, in Payson Lecture Hall Room 219. This teach-in will be presented and moderated by Assistant Professor of Psychology Joan Poulsen and Assistant Professor of Humanities Matthew Burnett.
  • Focus the Nation will culminate with a community forum on Friday, February 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Gulick Theatre at St. Lawrence University. The community forum will bring together the participants of the Teach-Ins, to share reports on discussions, pose questions, and propose possible actions.

All events are free and open to the public.

Detailed schedules are also available on each of the participating colleges’ websites.

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined 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 Adds Graphic and Multimedia Design Degree

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Student with cameraSUNY Canton’s newest bachelor’s degree focuses on new and emerging media and the ever-changing methods of communication.

Graphic and Multimedia Design has been approved by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department. Students can apply immediately for the four-year program which will begin next fall.

“The goal of this program is to produce work-ready graduates who know how to utilize the newest digital and interactive delivery methods,” said Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pauline Graveline.

The new program will further promote college-wide expansion into fine, performance, and digital arts according to Program Director and Assistant Professor Christopher Sweeney.

Sweeney and several other humanities instructors have already been offering specific courses for the major, including photography, film, theater, literature, and design classes. “This program is designed for students who want to be creative and who want to maximize their marketability after graduation,” said Sweeney.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that multimedia design careers will grow by approximately 15 to 30 percent by 2012.

The assistant professor pointed out several cutting-edge forms of communication, including podcasts, blogs, and sophisticated content driven websites. “We were barely beginning to have access to this technology ten years ago,” he said. “Twenty years ago, most were unheard of or even undreamed of. Through this program, students will use the current forms of communication and also prepare for the next ground-breaking advances within the digital realm.”

Program instructors also mentioned that the Graphic and Multimedia Design curriculum is designed for those who have an interest in journalism, public relations, marketing, publishing, web design, video game design and production, and the fine arts. “By integrating many facets of communications careers, we will create well-rounded graduates ready to integrate into tomorrow’s high-tech creative positions,” Sweeney said.

Some of the program specific program courses include:

  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Web Publishing
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Documentary Video
  • Video Games and Virtual Worlds
  • Journalism

Similar to the college’s other four-year programs, the Graphic and Multimedia Design major integrates a senior-level internship within a related field at an established business. Internships have given graduates a leg-up on their post-graduate careers and have often directly led to full time employment. Students can also opt to present their own individual or team multimedia products to launch as a cumulative focus of their studies.

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

 

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SUNY Canton Offering Instant Admissions Sessions

Monday, January 14th, 2008

SUNY ApplicationSUNY Canton admissions counselors will be holding instant admissions sessions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday from Jan. 14 until the first day of Spring Semester, Jan. 21 in the College’s French Hall offices.

“Students typically must send an application in for review before starting college,” said Jonathan Kent, SUNY Canton Director of admissions “We can eliminate all of that waiting and give students an answer quickly with instant admissions.”

For future students to complete the admission process, they should bring an official high school transcript or official GED test scores, a check or money order for their $40 application fee, and a completed application. Transfer students should also bring official transcripts from their previous college.

SUNY Canton financial aid counselors are also available to help students and their parents and can explain deferred tuition payment options. Potential students applying for financial aid should bring with them a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which can be completed online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Appointments are not necessary, but strongly recommended. Call 315-386-7123/ 800-388-7123 to schedule an appointment.

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

 

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