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SUNY Canton Entrepreneur Recognized for Business Success

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
Sarah and Lucas Manning

CAFE SUCCESS – Pictured are Sarah and Lucas Manning, proprietors of The Partridge Cafe in Downtown Canton. Lucas recently won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award through the Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

A twenty-something SUNY Canton alumnus was recently honored by both the New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Lucas Manning, owner of The Partridge Café in Canton, received with the SBDC award at the organization’s annual staff training conference at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson. Manning was again recognized at the SBA’s Syracuse District Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon in Syracuse.

“In just three years, Lucas has made his business a successful venture and important part of the Canton community,” noted Canton SBDC Director Dale Rice. “His ‘just do it’ attitude and his ability to make wise business decisions will assure that The Partridge Café will continue to thrive.”

In 2005, after receiving a Business Administration degree from SUNY Canton, Manning purchased the Partridge Café in downtown Canton. The café features an inexpensive and unique menu of coffees, sandwiches, wraps, and locally-made bagels. Lucas said he is focused on providing an excellent atmosphere with good food, great coffee, and plenty of reading material.

While maintaining the café’s original ambiance, Manning has partnered with other businesses to increase services in accordance to his market. He is an agent for Trailways bus service, has partnered with The Birchbark Book Shop, and recently began selling microbrew beer and locally produced wines to compliment a slate of live entertainment on the weekends.

Manning worked with Canton SBDC Business Advisor Michelle Collins when he purchased the business and again later when it was time to expand. Collins, who is also an adjunct business instructor at the college, taught Manning during his college studies.

“From the very beginning, Lucas exuded confidence and determination,” Collins noted. “Lucas is the model entrepreneur, doing everything the ‘right’ way and works hard while keeping a smile on his face.”

At age 26, Lucas continues to take college courses while operating the business with his wife, Sarah.

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SUNY Canton Draws upon Area Professionals for Advisory Committees

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Numerous area professionals and business leaders, including 1980 alumnus and St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells, were recently appointed or reappointed to SUNY Canton’s curriculum advisory committees.

“We draw from the vast experience and professionalism exhibited by these dedicated individuals to help us further develop our career-driven academic programs,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L Kennedy. “Each of the appointed professionals play a critical role in ensuring that we are completely up-to-date with the latest technology and trends. Through this relationship, our students have contact with industry leaders in the fields that they are studying.”

Among the most recent additions to the SUNY Canton Advisory Committees are:

Air Conditioning Engineering Technology

  • Seth Peck of Cazenovia Equipment in Cazenovia accepted a three-year appointment.
  • Thomas Woodside, owner of T.P. Woodside in Williamsville, accepted a three-year reappointment.

Business Administration

  • Nancy Fyckes, a business teacher at Canton Central School, accepted a two-year appointment.
  • John Gray, Jr., a senior partner at Gray and Gray Certified Public Accountants in Canton, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • J. Thomas McCarty, chief financial officer at Nicholville Telephone Company, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Richard McNulty, director of human resources at Kinney Drugs in Gouverneur, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Todd Mashaw, a loan officer from St. Lawrence Credit Union in Ogdensburg, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Tom Scozzafava, President and chief executive officer of Seaway Valley Capital Corp. in Gouverneur, accepted a three-year reappointment.

Civil Engineering and Construction Technology

  • Tom Mauchly, a manager at Jeffords Steel and Engineering in Potsdam, accepted a three-year reappointment.

Criminal Justice

  • Scott Bonno, St. Lawrence County Undersheriff in Canton, accepted a two-year appointment.
  • Patricia Leconey, Deputy Superintendent at Gouverneur Correctional Facility, accepted a two-year appointment.
  • Kevin Wells, St. Lawrence County Sheriff in Canton, accepted a two-year appointment.

Dental Hygiene

  • Jeanette Brennan, a dental hygienist at Dr. Glenn Reaves Dentistry in New York Mills, accepted a two-year reappointment.
  • Dr. John Liang, a private practice dentist from Utica, accepted a two-year appointment.

Early Childhood

  • Dorothy Burlingame, a day care development specialist trainer with the St. Lawrence Child Care Council in Ogdensburg, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Karen Holland, assistant director of St. Lawrence Head Start in Canton, accepted a three-year reappointment.

Electrical Engineering Technology

  • Tim Foster, an electrical technician at Novelis in Oswego, accepted a three-year appointment.
  • Stewart Foster, a project manager at IBM in Essex Junction, Vt., accepted a three-year appointment.
  • Michael Gambuzza, specials manager at Verizon Communications in East Syracuse, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Harold Rozanski, production superintendent at Tyco Healthcare Group in Watertown, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Thomas Syrell, a senior sales engineer at Auburn Armature Inc. in Vestal, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • John Wetmore, owner of Scooter’s Sales and Service in Gouverneur, accepted a three-year reappointment.

Health Care Management

  • Angie Lancor, an administrator at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, accepted a three-year appointment.
  • Wheeler Maynard, an administrator at the St. Regis Nursing Home in Massena, accepted a three-year appointment.
  • Vicki Perrine, a registered nurse and administrative manager at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, accepted a three-year appointment.

Mechanical Engineering Technology

  • Brian Bush an advanced products product line leader at Corning, Inc., in Canton, accepted a three year reappointment.
  • Norman Gagnon, a CNC and CMM programmer at Young and Franklin, Inc., in Liverpool, accepted a three-year appointment.
  • Kevin Logan, a maintenance supervisor at Corning, Inc., in Canton, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Steven Marsh, an ABS Specialist at Alcoa Primary Metals in Massena, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • John Sylvester, a service supervisor at Schneider Packaging Equipment, Inc., in Brewerton, accepted a three-year reappointment.

Mortuary Science

  • Dr. Ralph Klicker, founder and President of the Thanos Institute in Buffalo, accepted a two-year reappointment.
  • Carl Trainor, owner and President of Trainor Funeral Home in Boonville, accepted a two-year reappointment.

Nursing

  • Kim Todd Richards, nurse practitioner at the VA Clinic at Massena Memorial Hospital, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Patricia Todd, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, and Director of Health Services at SUNY Canton, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Kirstin Newman, director of guidance at Hugh C. Williams High School in Canton, accepted a three-year appointment.
  • Patricia Ragan, school nurse at Canton Central School, accepted a three-year reappointment.

Office Technology

  • Maureen Bouchey, secretary to the superintendent at Morristown Central School, accepted a two-year appointment.
  • Barbara Burcume, annual giving coordinator at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, accepted a two-year appointment.
  • Anne Carberry, institution steward at Riverview Correctional Facility in Ogdensburg, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Pamela Morley, a business teacher at Ogdensburg Free Academy, accepted a two-year appointment.
  • Cathleen O’Horo, an attorney at Oliver Law Firm in Canton, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Robert Penski, owner of Penski, Inc., Personnel Services in Potsdam, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Timothy Perry, director of human resources at Ansen Corporation in Ogdensburg, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • John Ziegler, director of human resources at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg, accepted a two-year reappointment.

Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Gary Bryant, a physical therapist at E.J. Noble Hospital in Gouverneur, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Suzanne Hayes, a physical therapist at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Gary Hoose, a physical therapist at Hoose, Knight and Associates in Potsdam, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Kerry Newell, a physical therapist at Highland Nursing Home in Massena, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Bethany St. Hilaire, a physical therapist assistant at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, accepted a three-year appointment.
  • Susanne Yenoli, a physical therapist from Parishville, accepted a three-year reappointment.

Veterinary Science Technology

  • Dr. Gary Bennett, a doctor of veterinary medicine at Cornell University in Ithaca, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Dr. Andre Charlebois, a veterinarian at HillTop Mobile Veterinary Clinic in Watertown, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Aggie Kiefer, a licensed veterinary technician at Veterinary Learning Systems in Yardley, Pa., accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Mary Stepanian, a licensed veterinary technician for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets-Animal Industries in North Tonawanda, accepted a three-year reappointment.

Perkins Grant Local

  • Dee Burlingame, an early childhood specialist for the St. Lawrence Child Care Council in Ogdensburg, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Pamela Dority, senior vocational rehabilitation counselor for New York State Education Department and Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities in Malone, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Stephen House, manager of the St. Lawrence County One-Stop Career Center in Canton, accepted a three-year reappointment.
  • Charles French, career pathways coordinator at St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES in Norwood, accepted a three-year appointment.
  • Nancy Rutledge, vice president of patient care services at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, accepted a three-year appointment.
  • David Seymour, a supervisor at National Grid in Potsdam, accepted a three-year 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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High School Graduates Get Ahead with SUNY Canton

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

More than 80 North Country high school students will graduate this year having already earned college credits. During their high school years, these students have earned up to 15 college credits through SUNY Canton and BOCES distance learning.

High School Grads

HIGH SCHOOL GRADS – Pictured are (l to r) Michael Thayer from Hermon-DeKalb Central School, Whitney LaRock from Heuvelton Central School, Grace Martin from Clifton-Fine Central School, Kimberly Matthews from Lisbon Central School, Emily Fuller from Edwards-Knox Central School, Alexandria (Lexi) Reagan from Norwood-Norfolk Junior-Senior High School, and Matthew Bates from Gouverneur Junior-Senior High School

“As we applaud all of our area high school graduates, I’d like to make special note of the students who have already started their college studies,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “They have made the first steps towards higher education, and they should be commended for their efforts. Recent national trends indicate that many students take more than four years to graduate from college. This program gives North Country students a better chance of earning a bachelor’s degree within four years.”

Kennedy met with student delegates and guidance councilors from each of the participating distance learning high schools for lunch on Wednesday (June 25).

Every graduating student who earned college credit from SUNY Canton will be presented with an honors cord to adorn their regalia during their high school commencement ceremonies.

SUNY Canton originally partnered with BOCES to offer distance learning opportunities at area high schools and BOCES Technology Centers in 1985. According to Associate Provost Pauline A. Graveline, “In 1994, the program offered three college courses to 17 students at three locations,” she said. “This Spring, 82 high school students enrolled in six different SUNY Canton college courses.”

The College has two academic classrooms dedicated for distance learning. Faculty utilize the technology to instruct college-level students at partner locations including the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lomonosov Moscow State University, among other partner universities. The video conference style courses supplement the College’s online initiatives through SUNY Canton OnLine.

Portions of the master’s degree programs offered at SUNY Canton by SUNYIT, Utica, are also taught using distance learning classrooms.

Among the area graduates who took college courses were:

Clifton-Fine Central School

  • Grace Martin

Edwards-Knox Central School

  • Kassandra Averill
  • Kaitlin Clark
  • Benjamin Davison
  • Kyle Fountain
  • Emily Fuller
  • Trevor Hale
  • Jerrica Jones
  • Rebecca Johnson
  • Grace Martin
  • Nathan Pike

Gouverneur Junior-Senior High School

  • Michael Ablan
  • Matthew Bates
  • Jordan Denesha
  • Paige Devlin
  • Christopher Dixon
  • Emily Dolly
  • Danielle Easton
  • Douglas Elliott
  • Isaac Emrich
  • Kierstin French
  • Nancy Graybill
  • Aubrey Hamner
  • Carrie Hayes
  • Jennifer Holt
  • Kyra Knowles
  • Benjamin Lacy
  • Amy Palmer
  • Nickola Reddick
  • Jonathan Tatro
  • Nathaniel Travis
  • Hilliary Walters
  • Christine Warden

Hammond Central School

  • Mike Crowner
  • Brittany Kenyon
  • Melissa Marshall
  • Jessica Martin
  • Jasmine Becker
  • Kim Streeter
  • Jacob Tague

Heuvelton Central School

  • Jay Hebert
  • Nicholas Larche
  • Whitney LaRock
  • Betsy LaRue
  • Jessica Persons
  • Eric Ross
  • Scott Sharpes

Lisbon Central School

  • Morgan Beldock
  • Kassie Cross
  • Kendra Crossett
  • Laura Johnston
  • Kelsey Mallette
  • Kimberly Matthews
  • Jessie Mehaffy
  • Jordan Rayburn
  • Jasmine Relling
  • Andrew Richards
  • Samuel St. Pierre
  • Bridget Teele
  • Bradon Toomey
  • Jordan Woodside
  • Chelsea Young

Hermon-DeKalb Central School

  • Jessica Austin
  • Whitney Bishop
  • Adam Burnham
  • Cally Coffey
  • Dustin Fenlong
  • Whitney McRobbie
  • Paul Miller
  • Bryan Spear
  • Rebecca Starts
  • Whitney Stiles
  • Michael Thayer
  • Michael Webb

Norwood-Norfolk Junior-Senior High School

  • Briana Alford
  • Colleen Cotey
  • Alicia Fefee
  • Nick Fiacco
  • Alexandria Reagan
  • Tylor Reynolds
  • Ian Shantie
  • Jon Vari

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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Potential Record Enrollment for SUNY Canton

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Students in plazaIncreases in freshmen applications, transfers, continuing students and returning students are likely to generate the largest enrollment in the history of SUNY Canton this fall.

The school recorded its highest enrollment in 32 years last year and the second highest in school history. SUNY Canton’s all-time highest enrollment was 2,833 during the 1975-76 academic year. That number is likely to be surpassed this fall.

Last fall, 2,776 students enrolled for the 2007-08 academic year, an increase of 158 students from the 2006-07 academic year. College officials are anticipating even more growth with the possibility of reaching 3,000 students in 2008-09 for the first time ever. They are attributing the College’s growth to a number of factors.

“More and more students are approaching college as an investment toward their career, instead of just paying for an education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “That’s our specialty. We’re a great value and an excellent return on investment. We don’t just educate students, we help them develop their careers. In essence, they’re investing in themselves.”

Applications for this fall are up 16 percent from last year, 27 percent from two years ago, and 29 percent from four years ago. Admissions Director Jonathan Kent expects the College to process an all-time record number of freshmen, transfer, and overall applications. The College has already received more than 3,250 applications.

“Prospective students today are looking for quality, affordability, and results,” Kent said. “They recognize that SUNY Canton can give them all of that and much more. As a result, it’s been an extraordinary recruiting year for us.”

With 15 bachelor’s degree programs, students are now staying longer than when the school exclusively offered associate degrees. Former students are returning to earn their four-year degrees, and a growing number of international students, particularly from Bosnia, Russia, and Ukraine, are also contributing to the enrollment increase.

SUNY Canton OnLine, also known as SUNY Canton OL, continues to experience dramatic growth as well. The College is offering more than 100 online courses this fall and expects more than 2,000 online course enrollments.

“The number of online classes and online students has grown every semester since we began offering them in 1998,” Kennedy said. “We’ve nearly doubled the number of online courses in just the past two years.”

SUNY Canton OL had 210 online-only students last fall, a 52 percent increase from the previous fall’s total.

In the past 18 months, the College has added three new bachelor’s degrees: Graphic and Multi Media Design, Dental Hygiene, and Industrial Technology Management.

“The overall growth in our enrollment is beneficial not only to the College, but also to our local economy and businesses,” Kennedy said. “We conservatively estimate that every 100 students add an additional $250,000 annually to the North Country economy, so this growth is good news for all of us.”

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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Woodcocks to be Honored During Alumni Weekend

Friday, June 13th, 2008

WoodcocksA pivotal group of rooms in one of SUNY Canton’s newest buildings will be named in honor of a dedicated class of 1959 graduate and a 2006 honorary alumna.

The rooms, formerly known as the Multipurpose Rooms in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center will be renamed The Woodcock Conference Suite in recognition of the continuing service of Ronald L. and Blanche K. Woodcock who have residences in Morristown, Baldwinsville, and Estero, Fla. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, in the Miller Campus Center during the college’s Alumni Weekend celebration.

“Ron and Blanche have served the college in countless ways,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “In 2004, they accepted leadership roles as the Centennial Campaign Co-Chairs and led the SUNY Canton College Foundation through another successful campaign. Their outstanding generosity, visionary leadership, and devotion to SUNY Canton are inspirational for our future students, alumni, and friends.”

The Woodcocks have helped lead the Centennial Campaign to a total exceeding its $10 million dollars by 2010 goal. Ron and Blanche are also avid volunteers, who gladly help out with much of the advancement of the college. Most recently, they assisted with the renovations at the SUNY Canton Alumni House.

“We certainly couldn’t ask for two more model alumni,” said Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato. “Ron and Blanche step forward to help with just about any project even before we ask for their assistance.”

Ron is a longstanding member of the College Foundation. In 1990, the Woodcocks established the Woodcock Family Scholarship Endowment. That same year, Ron was honored as the recipient of the New York State Alumni Confederation Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He has also been recognized by SUNY Canton as the 1989 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient.

Blanche received SUNY Canton’s prestigious Honorary Alumna Award for her service to the college. She was involved in the college’s first ever campaign and played an integral role in involving alumni and businesses in development and fundraising on behalf of the college.

The Woodcocks will be joining Professor Emeritus Harry E. King as an honoree of the college during Alumni Weekend. King’s name will be added to the college’s Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory on Saturday, June 14. It will among the college’s three namesake events so far this year.

This year’s alumni weekend will be highlighted by very special celebrations for the classes of 1958 and 1983, as well as for Nursing, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Automotive Technology Graduates. “We are expecting the highest number of attendees in twelve years,” 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 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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Harry E. King Dedication Planned for SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Harry KingThe SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory will be renamed to honor the program’s founder and 1940 graduate, Harry E. King of Canton.

The naming ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14, in Nevaldine Technology Center South Room 101 during a reunion for graduates from the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program.

Over 160 donors came forward to contribute the $100,000 necessary to name the room in honor of King. President Joseph L. Kennedy suggested that the naming was a gift bestowed by King’s students, family, friends, and the SUNY Canton community.

“We’ve received tremendous support for the campaign to honor Harry,” Kennedy said. “It is extremely appropriate for the college to name the lab after the program’s founder and fitting that we forever attach his name to the program. It is a grand recognition of his dedication and devotion to teaching.”

King created the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program in 1946 in the corner of an old barn with only a few tools and helped orchestrate its tremendous growth until his retirement in 1983. 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.

All of the donors will be recognized on a plaque permanently mounted in the Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory. “The sheer volume of contributors further demonstrates how much Harry has positively influenced his former students and friends,” said David M. Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement. “The campaign to honor Harry has been so successful because of his wonderful dedication to the college and its students.”

King humbly said that he was honored to have his name associated with the program. “I certainly want to thank everyone who made this possible,” he said.

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

The naming ceremony is just one of the many events slated for SUNY Canton’s annual Alumni Weekend Celebration, which begins on Friday, June 13. This year’s celebration has special reunions for Automotive Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Nursing, in addition to Air Conditioning Engineering Technology graduates.

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 Picks Up National Dental Hygiene Award

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

The SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program has been selected as a recipient of the American Dental Hygienists Association’s prestigious Student Member Community Service Award.

“Only three colleges in the United States win this prestigious award each year,” said Pamela P. Quinn, Associate Professor and Dental Hygiene Program Director. “We are very honored to be one of the recipients.”

The program was recognized for its community outreach initiative with the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Center in Rome, N.Y. “It was a win-win situation for both student populations,” Quinn said. “Our hygiene students developed a deeper understanding of the dental needs of their patients while the children and young adults at that facility learned about their teeth and became more comfortable interacting with oral health care professionals.”

Each child received an electric toothbrush and the dental hygiene students utilized the brushes to reinforce good home care habits.

“This population of patients is at greater risk for cavities and periodontal disease,” Quinn explained. “During this 8-month project, the Dental Hygiene students screened each child’s teeth and applied fluoride varnish to reduce the risk of cavities. They also gave lessons on healthy snacks and other oral-health topics to the children and the staff as the year progressed.”

Some of the supplies for the project were provided through a Department of Health Preventive Dentistry Grant. The hygiene students also wrote letters seeking donations from dental product suppliers. “We have a larger class next fall so I am hoping that the project will expand,” Quinn said.

SUNY Canton partners with Mohawk Valley Community College to offer this high-need associate degree program, located at the Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome. The College recently began offering a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene through SUNY Canton OnLine. The program is designed for working professionals and graduates who wish to further accelerate their careers.

Dental Hygiene is a rewarding and flexible career. It is a progressive profession that allows those who are balancing a family and a career the luxury of choosing either part-time or full-time employment. The average annual salary for a full-time hygienist nationwide is $56,700; with an average annual salary of $48,000 to $52,000 in the Syracuse, Utica, and surrounding areas.

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 Shows Engineering Fields to Middle School Girls

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
Students around a computer

ENGINEERING FUN - Two middle school-age students videoconference with their friends at SUNY Canton’s Women in Engineering Day.

More than 300 girls from 14 different middle schools recently participated in SUNY Canton’s Women Engineering Day hosted by the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

For the third year, Women in Engineering Day provided girls a hands-on look at the education and subsequent careers available through the college’s engineering technology and related programs.

“We really emphasize developing science and math skills in preparation for these curricula,” said David Wells, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “The young women were all of exactly the right age to develop the interest necessary to consider a career-driven engineering technology program.”

The students learned about circuits in the Electrical Engineering Technology classroom and deployed video conference sessions in one of the Information Technology laboratories.

“Women in Engineering Day has widespread benefits for middle school-aged girls,” said Anne Latham, a SUNY Canton Admissions Counselor, who helps orchestrate the event. “It gives young women the chance to see what’s out there in the engineering disciplines, which are mostly considered non-traditional fields for females.”

Fun was a key component in the day’s activities, according to Latham. “There were a lot of smiles,” she said.

Typically, students in Canino School of Engineering Technology programs begin receiving multiple job offers even before they graduate.

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 Veterans Association Announces Ceremonial Flagpole

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
Canton Flagpole

PRESENTING THE COLORS - Robert L. Edwards, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Veterans Association advisor, raises the flag for the first time on SUNY Canton’s new ceremonial flagpole.

The newly-formed SUNY Canton Veterans Association has helped bring a new ceremonial flagpole to the college.

“The flagpole was a natural project for the association,” said Robert L. Edwards, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Veterans Association advisor. “We worked with the David Sullivan St Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, the SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Association, and the SUNY Canton Foundation to place this monument at the side entrance of Payson Hall.”

The ceremonial flagpole was built to serve a variety of purposes at the college. Cadets in the Law Enforcement Academy will present and retire the colors as part of their training. On other days, students in the Criminal Justice Association or the Veterans Association will perform the duty.

“I am proud that the academy was part of this project,” University Police Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. “During their careers our cadets and students will participate in many functions where they need to know the proper way to honor our national colors.”

The flagpole is located next to a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial garden which is maintained by Criminal Justice students. It will be used as a staging point during SUNY Canton’s future Sept. 11, 2001 remembrance ceremonies.

“This will become the place to honor Canton alumni on their passing and a place for our military veterans to have ceremonies,” said William Fassinger, Assistant Professor of Criminal Investigation and Veterans Association Advisor. “The flagpole project will become a good place for the campus community to be reminded of how many members of military families are on campus.”

The SUNY Canton’s Veterans Association was formed to connect students and alumni who serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The organization has filed their originating documents with the national organization of college veterans. Their group association is open to veterans from all generations and branches of service. “We openly invite community members to join,” Edwards said.

Edwards serves as the representative to the Service Members Opportunity Colleges, a national consortium that assists military members and their dependents in their educational programs.

For more information about the SUNY Canton Veterans Association, contact Edwards at 386-7666 or email edwardsr@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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SUNY Canton Commends Law Enforcement Academy Graduates

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Nine students recently completed the rigorous and extensive training to become police officers through the David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton.

“Much like our academic programs, the Law Enforcement Academy has a tradition of graduating students who immediately start in their chosen careers,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The majority of students graduating have already gained employment with area law enforcement agencies.”

Some students enroll as Academy cadets while taking college courses.

Bridget Benware

Such was the case of Bridget C. Benware of Saint Regis Falls, who earned her associate degree in Criminal Justice and her pre-employment certification from the Academy. Bridget is the daughter of James and Maureen Benware. She came to SUNY Canton to pursue a career as either a University Police Officer or a Village Police Officer in the North Country.

She was awarded with the Highest Academic Achievement Award at the Academy Commencement. Bridget is currently interviewing with several police agencies.

Other cadets who successfully completed the Law Enforcement Academy include:

Joshua David

Joshua M. David of Alexandria Bay has joined the Alexandria Bay Police Department. Joshua is the son of Randy David and Vickie Staie. He received the Outstanding Cadet award for Arrest Techniques and Defensive Tactics.


Bradley J. Frank

Bradley J. Frank of Massena has joined the Norwood Police Department. Bradley is the son of Richard and Betsy Frank. He has been a corrections officer for 25 years. Bradley was awarded the Academy Director’s 110 percent award.


Brian LaBarge

Brian J. LaBarge of Massena has joined the Massena Police Department. Brian is the son of Kevin and Denise LaBarge. He received his associate degree in Criminal Justice in 2003 and his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation in 2005 from SUNY Canton.


Tammy LaPage

Tammy LaPage of Norwood has joined the SUNY Canton University Police Department. Tammy is the daughter of Stuart and Loretta LaPage. Tammy has an associate degree in Business Administration in 2003 from SUNY Canton and earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.


Kyle E. Martin

Kyle E. Martin of Massena completed his pre-employment training. Kyle is the son of Timothy and Ronda Martin.


Theresa L. McCargar

Theresa L. McCargar of West Stockholm (now residing in Hannawa Falls) has joined the Antwerp Police Department. Theresa is married to Shawn C. McCargar.


Brandon Strader

Brandon J. Strader of Heuvelton (now residing in Potsdam) has joined the Norwood Police Department. Strader is the son of Terry and Trudy Covey. He was awarded for Outstanding Marksmanship, Highest Physical Achievement, and received the David Sullivan Best Overall Cadet Award.


Bryan Zimmer

Bryan D. Zimmer of Canton has joined the Norfolk Police Department. Bryan is the son of David and Ann Zimmer. He also simultaneously graduated from SUNY Canton and the Law Enforcement Academy.

 

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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