Archive for March, 2008

SUNY Canton Student to be Published for Monkey Lesson

Friday, March 28th, 2008
Jessica Limoges

SUNY Canton Early Childhood student Jessica Limoges of Ogdensburg is slated to be published for her original game "Find the Monkey."

A SUNY Canton Early Childhood student’s monkey business will be highlighted in a national early childhood educator’s publication.

Editors of The Mailbox recently informed Jessica Limoges of Ogdensburg that they will be featuring her unique learning game “Find the Monkey.”

“I start by taking a photograph of a toy monkey hidden in the classroom,” Limoges explained. “Then I cut up the photo into four pieces and write questions about monkeys on the back of each piece.”

Preschool students are then asked monkey related questions. If they get them right, they win the puzzle piece. “I ask questions like ‘What’s a monkey’s favorite food?’ and ‘Where do monkeys live?’” Limoges said.

When they have all of the pieces of the puzzle, they embark upon a search to find the hidden toy using the photo as a clue as to its location.

Limoges developed the game as part of her Curriculum Development class and submitted it for inclusion in The Mailbox after a suggestion by Maureen Maiocco, Early Childhood Program Director.

“I am really amazed at the adaptability of this game,” Maiocco said. “It teaches children how to use problem solving skills and interact with their peers to work towards the common goal of finding the monkey.”

Educators often utilize The Mailbox to develop their curricula and class lessons. The publication is highly selective, and receives a vast number of contributions for each issue.

Limoges also developed a song about monkeys to go along with the game. Children and adults who have participated all seem to enjoy monkeying around.

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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New York Times Highlights SUNY Canton Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems Program

Friday, March 28th, 2008

NY TimesSUNY Canton was mentioned in The New York Times in the “Business of Green” special section as one of the few colleges offering a degree in Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems.

Majoring in Renewable Energy
By KEITH SCHNEIDER
Published: March 26, 2008

As business and industry are taking more interest in renewable energy, academia is not far behind. Anticipating increased demand for new technical and design skills, colleges and universities across the nation are offering degree programs in the field. Full story

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

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SUNY Canton Police Academy Receives $15,000 Grant

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Academy ShieldThe SUNY Canton David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy received a $15,000 Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) grant to bolster police officers’ defensive training.

“The funds will be used to purchase equipment and provide instructors with live tactics simulation,” said Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. “By adding high-tech components to an officer’s arsenal of training, we hope to further enhance their decision-making skills, reaction and response times.”

According the DCJS, this grant will facilitate training that covers all aspects of a real force-on-force situation, from the psychological to the physical; simulated weapons that act and feel like the firearms officers use every day will be used during the training. Also, instructors will learn how to develop training scenarios that are based on situations that officers are likely to encounter on the job, in their communities.

Nationwide, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 186 officers died in the line of duty in 2007, compared to 144 in 2006. Of those, 69 were shot to death, a 33 percent increase over 2006. And in New York State, 12 law enforcement officers were killed, five more than in 2006. “The grant was awarded to help decrease the number of officers shot in the line of duty,” Livernois pointed out.

As part of the grant, firearms and defensive tactics instructors at the Academy will attend a week-long training in April at the New York State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany in preparation to teach cadets and active officers locally.

Every year academy cadets receive extensive force-on-force training and many local law enforcement agencies utilize the college’s equipment and facilities for in-service training.

Typically, the Academy trains as many as 25 North Country police officers a year. “A very large percentage of our area law enforcement professionals have received training, and in many cases their education, through SUNY Canton,” Livernois 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 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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Women in Construction Day at SUNY Canton, April 12

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Women in Construction DayThe SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology has created a one-day series of seminars for women who are considering careers in the construction fields.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in Nevaldine Technology Center, instructors will be presenting the seminars in an effort to help eliminate the stereotype that construction is a “male-only” profession.

“We will be offering hands-on projects that will highlight several of our key programs in the building and construction trades,”  said David Wells, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “We hope to attract more non-traditional workers to the construction fields with the hopes of showing what options are available upon re-entering the workforce or when seeking new careers.”

The day is comprised of four separate classes that participants are invited to choose from, according to Colleen Stone, Electromechanical Technologies Instructional Support Associate.

Classes being offered include:

  • Design a house with Robert Boak, Building Construction Instructor.
  • Surveying instruction with Paul Hitchman, Civil Engineering Technology Instructional Support Associate.
  • Pipe soldering and copper pipe art with Marty Clark-Stone, Associate Professor of Electrical Construction.
  • Make your own extension cord, as taught by Stone.

Some of the classes offer free tools and projects that participants can keep.

This event is free and open to women of all ages, but space is limited to 15 people per class. Please pre-register with Stone by calling 386-7378, or emailing stonec@canton.edu. Childcare will be available courtesy of the Early Childhood program, and lunch will be provided free of charge.

The Women in Construction Day is funded through a Community College Workforce Development Training grant that supports programs at several colleges in addition to SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton also offers the annual Women in Engineering Day specifically designed to encourage high school and college-aged women to consider careers in engineering and technology. Women in Engineering will be held again in spring 2008.

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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Award-Winning Caribbean Author at SUNY Canton, March 25

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Andre PorterA tireless drive to persevere and a strong work ethic have led Andre M. Porter to become an award-winning self-published author and poet.

Porter will be holding a reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

The author’s works include Tears from My Pen and The Rise and Fall of a Jamaican Don.

In 2004 Porter was awarded Poet of the Year by the Famous Poets Society and was presented with the Shakespeare Trophy of Excellence. Later that year Andre was awarded number one Caribbean Author by the Philadelphia Multicultural Society.

The author has been described as highly determined and promotes a strong work-ethic through his own willingness to succeed.

“All our dreams can become reality,” Porter wrote. “People will call you a dreamer. Most lack vision or had a dream and stopped dreaming. America is not what you think of it, it’s what you make of it.”

The Rise and Fall of a Jamaican Don details the tumultuous rise of Jamaican boys to feared “Dons”, and gives an exposure to life as a Jamaican crime kingpin. It also reflects upon the first feelings of American Immigrants. The book is written as outtakes from a memoir authored on the run.

This event is presented by the SUNY Canton Carib-United club, the Office of the Provost, the Culture Arts and Technology Society, the School of Liberal Studies, and the English and Humanities Department.

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 Associate Professor Establishes Criminal Investigation Scholarship

Thursday, March 13th, 2008
Gilbert Scholarship

Associate Professor Steven V. Gilbert, Ph.D., recently awarded the Flora Bertram Geller scholarship to Sindy Afriat, a Criminal Investigation student from Chase Mills.

Associate Professor Steven V. Gilbert, Ph.D., recently awarded a brand new scholarship for Criminal Investigation students.

Gilbert personally funds the competitive $500 Gilbert Forensic Science Scholarship, which will be awarded to the student who best researches the field of forensics. “I’ve created an annual poster presentation that will allow students to present their research using both graphics and narratives,” Gilbert said.

Criminal Investigation students were invited to submit their research in the academic poster format that Gilbert will judge. Meg Boyer of Penfield received the first of the competitive awards.

“There have been a large number of advances within this field,” Gilbert said. “Many students are already researching these advances to complement their studies.”

In addition, Gilbert recently facilitated another annual scholarship in memory of Flora Bertram Geller, which is awarded to an Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society student. The inaugural recipient was Sindy Afriat of Chase Mills.

“This scholarship was established to award a student who has demonstrated a strong background in ethics and motivation within the Omega Upsilon chapter,” Gilbert said. “Sindy is the first recipient of this $200 scholarship, which is awarded annually at the Criminal Justice Honor Society induction ceremony.”

Afriat is the president of the Criminal Justice honor society and previously received the Leon and Rachael Bagley Endowed Scholarship through the SUNY Canton Foundation.

Gilbert said that the donors of the scholarship funding wished to remain anonymous.

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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Employers Fill SUNY Canton Career Fair

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

The SUNY Canton Career Fair has exceeded capacity for employers, creating more great opportunities for SUNY Canton students to secure pre- and post-graduate employment and internships.

More than 45 employers will be seeking prospects from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gym. Community Career seekers and students from other colleges are also invited to attend this free event.

“We are seeing a massive growth of recruiters attending the SUNY Canton Career Fair,” said David Norenberg, Director of Career Services. “Employers are recognizing the success with our students and alumni, which is both a testament to our academic programs and to the skills and dedication of our current and former students.”

Two state entities joined the roster of employers seeking to recruit SUNY Canton students for the first time this year. Norenberg said that the Racing and Wagering Board will be recruiting Veterinary Technicians for equine care and the Office of General Services Design and Construction will be seeking qualified Engineering Technology prospects. “We had a student intern with the Office of General Design, now they are looking to us for employees,” he said.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2008 survey, employers are expected to increase hiring college students by more than 16 percent and hiring projections are strong across the board regardless of industry, economic sector, or geographic region.

Leading area businesses, including Kinney Drugs, join businesses from across the state, including the Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom in Lake George.

“New York State based companies join nation-wide recruiters with operations in Texas and New Jersey,” Norenberg said.

The college has seen employment interest expand in the Business Administration and Information Technology fields, which joins the omnipresent search for engineering technology related fields. Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David Wells said, “There are more jobs available than we have students in our Air Conditioning Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Electrical Engineering Technology programs. This means companies are going out of their way to entice current students to join their companies.”

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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