Archive for April, 2008

Gay NFL Player Esera Tuaolo at SUNY Canton, Wednesday April 23

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Esera TuaoloDespite his incredible size, anti-gay sentiments nearly brought Esera Tuaolo to his knees. Now the 300 pound former Atlanta Falcons Defensive Lineman helps others be their best by embracing their individual truths without fear or intimidation.

Tuaolo will be presenting “Alone in the Trenches: My Life as a Gay Man in the NFL” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Kingston Theater. This event is free and open to the public. This program is sponsored by the SUNY Canton College Union Board.

For nine years, Tuaolo excelled in the NFL. He played in the 1999 Pro Bowl and went to Super Bowl XXXIII. As a gay man in the hyper-masculine culture of professional football, Esera was forced to hide his sexuality. The secret crippled him, leading him to drink excessively and contemplate suicide. It also hindered his football achievements, as he felt that if he were too good a player, he would be exposed as a homosexual. He left the NFL to achieve personal happiness.

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 Students Win Upstate New York American Society of Civil Engineers Conference

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
Bridge Team

WINNING BRIDGE - Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton students Tyler Purdy of Stephentown, Dan Fredendall of Holley, and Frederick Bach of Clayton assembling their winning bridge during the 2008 Upstate New York ASCE Student Conference

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter at SUNY Canton won the 2008 Upstate New York ASCE Student Conference last weekend ( at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

“Over all it was a very good weekend,” noted Andrew Durrin, ASCE Student Chapter Captain and SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology student from Plattsburgh. “This was the first year that ASCE offered a conference title and we won it.”

The students won first place in the Steel Bridge competition, the West Point Bridge Designer Contest, and the Mystery Competition, which led them to accumulate the points necessary to take home the conference title and an impressive number of trophies.

“The competition is getting better all the time,” Pointed out Robert Blickwedhl, ASCE Chapter advisor and SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology faculty member. “We still have a lot of work to do before the National Student Steel Bridge Competition.”

The students will be heading to the National Competition May 23 and 24 at the University of Florida – Gainesville.

In the steel bridge event, SUNY Canton ASCE Student Chapter members placed first in construction speed, construction economy, lightness, and aesthetics, and second in both stiffness and structural efficiency. The students faced fierce competition from universities and colleges including SUNY Buffalo, Clarkson, University of Quebec Ecole de Technologie Superieure in Montreal, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNYIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Cornell. SUNY Canton has won a remarkable 12 times in 14 years, according to ASCE Advisor Paul Hitchman, an Instructional Support Associate in the Civil Engineering Technology department.

“We’d certainly like to thank all of our sponsors,” Hitchman said. “We’ve received substantial funding from Jefford’s Steel, Haun Welding, and Hilti Tools.”

The students also received support from the SUNY Canton Foundation, and numerous individual alumni and friends from the extended community.

The ASCE Student Chapter at SUNY Canton also includes:

  • Frederick Bach of Clayton
  • Daniel Fredendall of Holley
  • Peter Martin of Canton
  • Milton Skinner of Lacona
  • Tyler Purdy of Stephentown
  • Patrick Norton of Edmeston
  • Robert LeFevre of Morrisonville
  • Travis Mourick of Norfolk
  • Austin Schwencke of Malone
  • Michael Deshay of Endicott
  • Mathew Mason of Gouverneur

The chapter is also advised by Dennis Tuper, an Instructional Support Associate in the Automotive 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 Honors Convocation Named for Varick A. Chittenden

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Event honoring students’ academic success heralds Emeritus Professor

Varick Chittenden

TRADITIONALLY MOTIVATED – Professor Emeritus Varick A. Chittenden stands in the Traditional Arts in Upstate New York Folklore Store. The 2008 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation was named in honor of Chittenden’s his contributions to education and to his continuing celebration of the North Country way of life.

The 2008 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation has been named in honor of Professor Emeritus Varick A. Chittenden, announced SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“Varick is extremely dedicated to the culture of the North Country,” said Kennedy. “During his time at the College, he created courses specifically designed to inform students about the traditions specific to this area.”

Chittenden was awarded emeritus status in 2001 after 32 years at SUNY Canton. He developed popular courses in American folklore and Images of Rural American Life, established the folk life festival on campus, served as Humanities department chair, and on the Canton College Foundation Board. He received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1974 and the SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award in 1991.

“Varick symbolizes the meaning of education and has never stopped teaching.” Kennedy said. “He has continued his dedication and his instruction through his involvement with Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) and is ensuring that a wide audience embraces the heritage and artistic merit of the North Country.”

In 1986, Chittenden organized TAUNY, a not-for-profit membership folk arts organization dedicated to identifying, recording, conserving and presenting examples of traditions, customs, and artistic expressions of the local culture. In 2000, TAUNY received the prestigious New York State Governor’s Arts Award during a gala awards ceremony at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art for their commitment to preserving the traditions of the communities of northern New York. As the founder and until recently Executive Director of TAUNY, he continues to celebrate folk artists and folk traditions through his North Country Heritage Awards which are presented annually to deserving individuals or community groups that carry on local traditions such as music, storytelling, crafts and community events. TAUNY recently purchased a former retail store in Canton’s historic district for its future home and Varick has been appointed Heritage Center Project Director to lead the organization in creating a regional interpretive center of folklife and local culture.

Chittenden was a longtime member and president of the board of trustees for the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, a founding member and past chairman of the board of Grasse River Heritage, and is the current president of the Canton Rotary Club.

The Honors Convocation celebration includes:

  • Folklore in the North Country: A Reading Celebration, featuring readings from Varick Chittenden’s New York Folklore Society Column and from humanities faculty members at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Kingston Theater. This event is free and open to the public.
  • The Varick A. Chittenden Honors Convocation Ceremony honoring the outstanding academic achievement of SUNY Canton students at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gym. This event is free and open to the public, with a special invitation presented to the families and friends of award recipients.
  • An invitation only reception will conclude the ceremonies on Friday, May 2. Graduating award recipients are asked to bring a faculty member who has influenced their academic success. For more information contact the SUNY Canton Provost’s Office at 386-7202 or email livernoi@ canton.edu.

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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Blevins Family Creates SUNY Canton Scholarship

Thursday, April 17th, 2008
Blevins Family

BLEVINS DONATION – The Blevins family has created a $25,000 scholarship endowment at SUNY Canton in honor of Leland Blevins. Pictured are (l to r) Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Elizabeth Irvine, Mike Blevins, Dave Blevins, Alumni and Development Associate John Wilson Jr., and Lynn Blevins.

A successful family of highly-respected North Country car dealers have created a scholarship that will honor their father and help generations of SUNY Canton Automotive Technology students.

“We are dually honored because the Blevins are a true North- Country family and are closely intertwined with the college,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

The Blevins family donated $25,000 for the Leland Blevins Scholarship Endowment. Each year an incoming automotive student will be awarded a scholarship in Leland’s name.

“Dad gave us our start in the automotive business, so it made sense for us to honor him by presenting others with an opportunity to enter the industry,” said Dave Blevins, who is a 1972 graduate of SUNY Canton.

Dave, and his brothers, Paul, Duanne, Lynn (class of 1979); three sisters, Sherry, Connie, and Beth; decided that the endowment would be a wonderful tribute to their father, who passed away last spring.

“I know Mom (Rita Blevins) is pleased that we’ve created this scholarship in Dad’s name,” Lynn said. “Over the years our businesses have benefited greatly from the hands-on training the college has provided our employees. I know all of the dealerships in the area appreciate the fact that it’s done here locally.”

Leland started the first Blevins dealership in Potsdam in 1969. He sold it to sons Paul and Duane in 1980. Dave and Lynn started the Ogdensburg Blevins Brothers in 1983. Blevins Ford in Gouverneur was added in 1990, and Team Blevins of Gouverneur was unveiled in 2006. The Potsdam dealership is run by Paul’s son, John.

Leland’s grandson Mike also graduated from SUNY Canton in 1999. Like his father Dave, he was an Engineering Technology major. He is now the sales manager for Team Blevins in Gouverneur.

Lynn’s daughter Leanne is a Nursing major at SUNY Canton and is expected to graduate in 2009.

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 North Country EMS Program Annual Spring Fling Conference, April 24-26

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

A helicopter demonstration and course on weapons of mass destruction will be among the highlights of the SUNY Canton North Country Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program’s annual Spring Fling Conference.

Spring Fling begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 24 at Bonnie Castle Resort in Alexandria Bay with events and activities running through Saturday, April 26.

“We extend a warm welcome to all first responders, emergency medical technicians, emergency nurses, and emergency physicians,” said Ann M. Smith, Director of the North Country EMS Program Agency. “The conference provides core content material that fulfills continuing medical educations required for EMT certification.”

The Spring Fling will kick off on Thursday, April 24, with a helicopter safety presentation.

On Friday, April 25, there will be weapons of mass destruction and Basic EMS education core content.

On Saturday, April 26, the EMS program agency will be welcoming Marjorie A. Geiger, New York State Department of Health Bureau of EMS Assistant Director, as a guest speaker. Other guest speakers include Dr. Paul Maurer, a neurosurgeon from the University of Rochester.

The 9th Annual Spring Fling Conference will conclude with cocktails followed by a Buffet Dinner and Recognition Ceremony

“As an added dynamic, attendants will have the chance to compare notes and network with their peers in emergency medicine,” said Smith .

The Conference is sponsored by the North Country Regional EMS Council Organization in conjunction with North Country Regional EMS Program Agency. The North Country EMS Region includes Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.

Registration for this event can be completed online at www.canton.edu/ncems under the “conferences” tab or by calling 315-379-3977.

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 Student Redistributes and Recycles Discarded Texts

Thursday, April 17th, 2008
Alysia Smith

SAVING BOOKS – Alysia M. Smith, a SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology major from Glens Falls holds up a book she recovered from a recycling bin at SUNY Canton.

Outdated books can be problematic in an academic setting.

A SUNY Canton student dedicated to environmental awareness is helping solve the textbook problem at Southworth Library by redistributing and recycling a number of books, video tapes, and magazines.

Alysia Smith, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Glens Falls and the President of Student Environmental Awareness Society (SEAS) found out that the library was disposing of outdated materials and sprang into action. She rallied other members SEAS and the college’s Green Campus Committee (GCC) to salvage the ill-fated texts.

The college was in the process of having the books sent to a recycling center through Casella Waste Systems, Inc. Smith, thinking that the books were headed to the landfill, said she originally thought to find homes for the texts. “I will be taking some of the more recent editions to professors, hoping that they could use them,” she said. “Some of the more out-of-date ones I asked Matt Burnett (Assistant Professor of Humanities) to take for his students to use in art projects.”

As fortune or fate would have it, a representative was on campus from the American Cancer Society text book drive. “He immediately took half of the books we had collected and a third of the books discarded.” Burnett said. “I think this reflects strongly on the dedication of our students and their willingness to work towards new solutions for contemporary issues.”

Smith has been combing the discarded books daily. She sorts them into categories for people she knows who can use them and is looking for other outlets to redistribute them. “I’m still driving around with a car full of books,” she 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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SUNY Canton Foundation Campaigns to Honor Harry King

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Harry KingThe SUNY Canton Foundation has revealed plans to raise $100,000 to honor Professor Emeritus Harry E. King, one of the most venerable and dedicated professors in the college’s history.

“We’d like to name the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory in Harry’s honor,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “In order to secure that right, we will be asking for donations from Alumni and organizations who know of King’s dedication and commitment to the college and community.”

King, who graduated in 1940, created the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program in 1946 in the corner of an old barn with only a few tools. He oversaw the program until he retired in 1983. Now, the high-tech SUNY Canton lab has computers utilizing the latest design software and numerous air-handling units for students to study.

“Since its beginning, the program has continued to evolve and meet the increasingly complicated demands and needs of our society,” noted Arthur G. Hurlbut, Emeritus Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Harry influenced my life and the lives of countless other SUNY Canton graduates.”

King’s foresight has produced countless successful graduates. Nearly 100 percent of Air Conditioning Engineering Technology alumni secure successful careers immediately following graduation.

King has been decorated with Distinguished Faculty and Distinguished Alumni awards and is a former Alumni Association president. Both a SUNY Canton Foundation scholarship and an American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers scholarship have been named in his honor.

“There are a select number of professors whose names echo in the history of SUNY Canton,” said David M. Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement. “Harry’s is high up on that list. I encourage anyone who has been influenced by Harry and his work to consider contributing to this namesake opportunity.”

King lives on Pleasant Street in Canton with his wife, Wilda. They have three daughters, JoAnne Danehy, Barbara King, and Martha MacArthur (class of 1974 and 1978).

The SUNY Canton Foundation began this campaign in February and is looking for donations of any size to reach the $100,000 goal. For more information, contact Development Associate Jeremiah J. Ayrassian at 386-7038, or by email at ayrassianj@canton.edu.

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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SBDC Ribbon Cutting at St. Lawrence Centre, April 23

Monday, April 7th, 2008

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be holding an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at their new location in the St. Lawrence Centre Mall in Massena.

Representatives from the Massena Chamber, SUNY Canton, New York State SBDC Central Offices, Small Business Administration, and Federal, State, County and Local politicians will be on hand for the ceremony and to provide brief statements in support of the SBDC program and the small business community that it serves.

“Our grand opening falls during National Small Business Week,”Dale Rice, Director of the SBDC said. “It seemed an appropriate time to invite the community in which we serve to an event that also recognizes the small business owner and aspiring entrepreneurs.”

The SBDC Open House is open to the public, refreshments will be provided throughout the day. The office is located in the Saint Lawrence Centre Mall next to the SUNY Canton Education Center.

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

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State Budget Includes SUNY Canton CARC Project

Monday, April 7th, 2008

The 2008-09 New York State budget included $21.2 million for SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center (CARC) Project, announced President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“This funding will not only help SUNY Canton build a new athletic center,” Kennedy said, “It will dramatically transform our entire campus and help bring additional funding and jobs to the area.”

Athletic Center

In 2006, the College received $18 million to construct an ice rink and convocation center. The scope of the initial project changed dramatically because of a need for a new athletic facility. The new project is estimated to exceed $40 million, and will include a gymnasium, field house, fitness center, locker rooms, staff offices, pool and an ice rink.

Last October, the athletic department unveiled a $1.8 million all-weather lighted synthetic turf field, which is currently being utilized by both SUNY Canton’s athletic teams and several area High School and College teams.

The College has already begun planning and design phases of the construction project utilizing M/E Engineering of Plattsburgh and Architectural Resources of Buffalo, for site sampling, surveying, and blueprints. An official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for later this spring, with a projected completion date of January 2010.

“The State University Construction Fund and the architects have worked closely with us to scope out the immediate and future needs of the campus,” Kennedy said. “We still may not have all the funding for equipping the entire building, but we are certainly moving in a very positive direction.”

SUNY Canton worked closely with both former Governor Eliot Spitzer’s and Governor David A. Paterson’s administrations, state senators Darrel J. Aubertine and Joseph A. Griffo, former State Senator James W. Wright, assembly members Dede Scozzafava and Janet L. Duprey, and several other members of the New York State Legislature, and local community.

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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