Archive for July, 2008

SUNY Canton Admissions Counselor Excels in Ironman Competition

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Bryan ParkerCANTON – SUNY Canton Admissions Counselor Bryan Parker had an extraordinary debut as an Ironman tri-athlete, finishing third in his age group and 52nd overall in the Ford Lake Placid Ironman event on Sunday.

Overcoming torrential downpours and painful blisters, the Canton native finished the race in an amazing time of 10 hours 0 minutes 57 seconds. The race is a grueling 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike, and then a marathon (26.2 mile run.) More than 2,300 people competed in the race.

Despite a flat tire in the biking portion of the event that delayed him for more than 12 minutes, Parker placed just 40 seconds behind the winner in his 18-24 year-old age group and 10 seconds behind the second place finisher in the group. Had his tire not gone flat, he would have undoubtedly finished first in his age group and in the top 25 overall.

Parker is a 2002 graduate of Hugh C. Williams High School of Canton. He previously finished first in his division and third overall at the Tupper Lake Tinman event on June 30, an event that is half the distance of the Ironman.

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SUNY Canton Poll Seeks Input from Area Businesses

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Survey Deadline is August 1

CANTON – The SUNY Canton Office of Extended Studies and the St. Lawrence County Office of Economic Development are asking more than 2,300 area businesses, “How may we help you?”

The two agencies recently mailed a survey to industries, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions.

“We are looking for more ways to individually and collectively serve our primary community business owners and other stakeholders,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Both the Office of Economic Development and SUNY Canton are highly interested in advancing the economic well-being of the region.”

The college’s Office of Extended studies will be review the data to develop new lifelong learning and professional development opportunities.

According to Raymond H. Fountain, Director of the St. Lawrence County Office of Economic Development, “This survey will provide additional background information as we work to outreach the employer base of the County and connect them with not only our own economic and workforce development programs, but also with the services of our local, regional and state business assistance partners.”

The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, contains brief questions on the hiring and training practices of area businesses. The information will also help the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton’s Massena Education Center, and the Career Services Office to tailor their custom programs beneficial to businesses, future entrepreneurs, and career-seeking students.

Area businesses who did not receive a survey are invited to visit www.fusedsolutions.com/countyneeds, to complete it online. To receive a hard copy, contact Del Guidice at 315-386-7102 or email delguidicek@canton.edu, or Leigh Rodriguez of the County Economic Development Office, at 379-9806 or LRodriguez@co.st-lawrence.ny.us. The survey must be completed by Friday, August 1.

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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Six Chinese Earthquake Victims Coming to SUNY Canton

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

SUNY Canton’s international outreach program has accepted six students from the earthquake-ravaged city of Chengdu in the Sichuan Province of western China.

Three female and three male students will have the ability to continue their college studies by spending the next two semesters as full-time SUNY Canton students. They will be living on campus and beginning their studies later this month.

China“Our partnership in what has come to be known as the ‘SUNY China 150 Program’ presents a number of incredible learning opportunities for all of our students,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “In addition to the respective cultural learning that will occur, I anticipate that friendships, partnerships, and possibly even business ventures will develop from interactions between our students.”

All of the sophomore- and junior-level students have been taking general education courses toward degrees in the areas of Engineering Technology courses and Business. They will continue working in their chosen areas in addition to taking general education courses at SUNY Canton.

China 150

“There are a number of dynamic concepts and lessons taught exclusively through SUNY Canton courses that our visiting students can adapt to aid their country,” said Associate Provost Pauline A. Graveline, who has been overseeing the college’s international initiatives. “Our hands-on emphasis and career-focused courses will be especially useful for these students when they return to help rebuild their home provinces in China.”

Graveline has visited Chinese universities in Beijing, Hefei, and Xi’an, to create dual-degree programs and exchange opportunities similar to those the college has in place with colleges in Ukraine, Russia, Bosnia, and Japan. “Our first on-campus student from Hefei will begin this Fall,” Graveline added.

The college will be offering a special week-long orientation for its newest international students, which will serve as an introduction to the college, the North Country, and to the U.S.

The college is one of 22 State University of New York Colleges to take in a total of 150 students displaced by the disaster. SUNY Canton is part of the team of SUNY Campuses that are offering this one-year opportunity to create a team of young leaders.

The students were chosen after a careful review of their academic performance, as well as English language testing conducted by a team of eight experienced English language teachers from across China.

According to SUNY officials, each one of the students is committed to serving as a vanguard to help rebuild the economy and infrastructure in the impacted region. When they complete their studies in May 2009, they will engage in a period of national service in Sichuan to aid in the rebuilding efforts.

The State University of New York has been involved with educational exchange and research collaborations with China and anticipates that this initiative will increase the connections between New York State and the Sichuan Province, leading to economic, educational, and cultural benefits.

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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Upward Bound Students Gain College Experience at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
Upward Bound

SELF EXPRESSION – Raven Lemay, an Upward Bound student from Fort Covington, works on her sculpture made from found objects during an afternoon art class. High School students take classes and sometimes college courses during their stay at SUNY Canton.

Ninety-three students from nine different high schools in three counties have the opportunity to see what its like to go to college through the Upward Bound Summer Program at SUNY Canton.

The program runs through August 2, with students living in the dorms and getting a feel for college life.

“The Summer Program gives students the chance to live at college and begin taking classes in a friendly environment,” said Upward Bound Program Director Daun A. Martin. “Many of our students are potentially first-generation college students and this program can help give them the confidence they need to take the next step.”

The Upward Bound experience is far different than an average summer school program. Every day, students take classes varying from American Sign Language to a crime-scene investigator’s science class, as well as drama, art, and fitness. Some juniors and seniors also take an online class for college credit.

Some juniors and seniors opted to take part in a work-study program to help them choose a career path. They shadow local professionals to learn more about their future careers.

There are 10 camp tutor-councilors throughout the summer and five full time staff members who work with the high school students year-round, Students are also assigned study and reading time each night. Students are assigned an academic advisor and receive career planning and college-prep guidance. “They can also opt to get a little extra help with challenging subjects,” Martin said.

At the end of the Summer Program students will be taking a field trip to Philadelphia to visit Constitution Hall.

The Upward Bound program is grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education and has been a part of SUNY Canton for the past three years.

High schools with students participating in the Upward Bound program include: Hugh C. Williams in Canton, Clifton Fine Central School, Gouverneur Central School, Harrisville Central School, Heuvelton Central School, Massena Central School, Norwood-Norfolk Central School, Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, and Salmon River Central School.

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International Students Fill SUNY Canton Summer Program

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

International Summer ProgramSome students have traveled more than 4,500 miles to take classes at SUNY Canton this summer.

Thirty-six students, including two doctoral candidates, in addition to two faculty members have traveled from their home universities to take multi-disciplinary courses with an emphasis on finance and business.

“We have three times as many students visiting SUNY Canton than when we initiated the program last year,” said SUNY Canton Associate Provost Pauline A. Graveline. “Students have come from their home universities at Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia, Kazan State Financial and Economic Institute in Tatarstan, and Kherson State University in Ukraine to learn from our expert faculty. Many of the students have never been to the North Country or the United States before. They are all very excited to learn about U.S. culture and experience as much of it as they can.”

During their three-week stay, students take English as a Second Language and seminars targeted toward their individual career interests, according to Kathryn Del Guidice, Director of Extended Studies at SUNY Canton.

“Our students are interested in becoming investment bankers, entrepreneurs, business owners, and one is interested in developing his own energy company,” she said. “We are emphasizing that they find ways to bring the world to them, rather than leaving their homes in search of opportunities.”

Most recently, students have toured businesses including ALCOA in Massena and the Partridge Cafe in Canton to learn first-hand how area businesses operate. The program also enlists the college’s expert faculty to present special sessions on Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems and Financial Services, and Health Care Management among other SUNY Canton signature programs.

The students are joined by Alla Bobyelva, chair of the Department of Financial Management for the School of Public Administration at Moscow State University, and Olga Zinovieva, a State University of New York representative at Moscow State University. During her stay, Olga is developing an online class in Art History through SUNY Canton OnLine.

In addition to their studies, the students have many opportunities to experience the attractions available locally and in greater New York State. They will be touring Lake Placid, Niagara Falls, and plan to visit New York City before making the journey home. Most recently, the students visited Potsdam’s Summer Festival.

This is the second international student exchange built from SUNY Canton’s partnerships with foreign colleges. In the future, the College plans to send its on-campus students to its partner universities so that travel abroad can be an integrated part of their education.

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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Last Chance for 2008 Summer Courses at Canton – July 28

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Student on ComputerThe final session of SUNY Canton’s highly-successful 2008 Summerterm begins Monday, July 28 on campus.

“There is an English 101 Expository Writing course that is a freshmen requirement for all SUNY Canton programs and for most academic majors at every university,” said Associate Provost Pauline A. Graveline. “This is an excellent summer course offered to enable students to get a jump start on the upcoming academic year.”

A 300-level English course in Contemporary Young Adult Literature is also being offered. “This is an excellent opportunity for advanced students to focus on one upper-level course now, and then perhaps lighten their course load for the upcoming semester,” Graveline said.

This summer marked the third consecutive year of growth and expansion for the College’s Online and In-Class Summerterm session. There have been 687 enrollments during the first two sessions, which is a 10 percent increase from last year’s record-breaking Summerterm Sessions. College officials attribute the extraordinary growth to the implementation of online classes through SUNY Canton OnLine. Approximately 80 percent of this year’s summer students enrolled in OnLine Classes.

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