Archive for September, 2008

SUNY Canton Celebrating Fall Festival and Family Weekend

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Fall FestivalCANTON – Two activities to support outstanding community organizations will be held in conjunction with SUNY Canton’s annual Fall Festival and Family Weekend.

A 12-hour relay to benefit the Canton Fire Department will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Canton Village Park and a Motorcycle run to benefit the St. Lawrence County chapter of Habitat for Humanity will depart at 11 a.m. from parking lot six on campus.

The two fundraisers come in addition to the college’s action-packed weekend line-up of activities. Some of the events are as follows:

  • The Verizon USA Luge Slider Search will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Parking lot six on the campus. This event requires preregistration.
  • The Automotive Technology Club’s Car show begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday on the Roselle Academic Plaza at SUNY Canton.
  • The college’s annual craft show and fair will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gymnasium.
  • The SUNY Canton Ropes Course will be open 10 a.m. adjacent to the footbridge behind SUNY Canton.

The drivers of SUNY Canton Racing will be on hand during the day for an autograph and photo session and the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team will be performing a demonstration with their nationally-recognized steel bridge. There will also be many other student and academic displays and demonstrations throughout the day.

Adding to the weekend, the SUNY Canton Kangaroos soccer teams will play rival Paul Smith’s College on Saturday. The men’s game starts at 1 p.m. and the women will take the turf at 3 p.m. on the Edson A. Martin Athletic fields.

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 85 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 Hits All-Time Enrollment High

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

CANTON – SUNY Canton’s Fall 2008 enrollment is the highest in the college’s 102-year history, surpassing 3,000 students for the first time.

Enrollment Graph

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The previous headcount highpoint was during the 1975-76 academic year when 2,833 students were enrolled.

The College has experienced dramatic growth over the last several years. Enrollment is up 10 percent from last year, 20 percent from four years ago, and more than 50 percent from the 1995-96 academic year, when there were a total of 2,013 students. There are currently 3,056 students enrolled this Fall.

College officials cite a number of reasons for the explosive increase, including several new highly-popular bachelor’s degree programs, returning students staying for four years instead of two, more transfer students, more international students, and a huge class of more than 1,300 new students.

“It’s been an incredible period of growth in the last 15 years,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy, who began his presidency in 1993. “Our faculty members have led the way by designing new in-demand career-oriented programs and diligently working to help transition seamlessly from a two-year college to a four-year college that offers both associate and bachelor’s degrees.”

SUNY Canton now offers 15 bachelor’s degree programs, five of which can be completed online. SUNY Canton OnLine, known as SUNY Canton OL, also continues to experience dramatic growth. The college is offering more than 100 online courses this semester, which is a 60 percent increase from just two years ago.

“The number of online classes and online students has grown every semester since we began offering them in 1998,” Kennedy said. “It has allowed students to enroll in courses from all over the world. This year’s first-year class includes students from 12 different countries and 20 different states.”

Applications from prospective students increased nearly 20 percent last year, 28 percent from four years ago, and approximately 50 percent from the Fall ’97 semester. That trend is expected to continue with the addition of up to five new bachelor’s degrees within the next year.

“We’re the fastest growing college in Northern New York,” said Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent. “The College has been progressing steadily since Dr. Kennedy took over 15 years ago, and lately it’s just been remarkable.”

In the last 15 years, the College has built new buildings, renovated numerous facilities, started offering bachelor’s degrees, began offering online classes, developed SUNY Canton OnLine, started offering completely online programs, as well as grown its Foundation assets from $1 million to more than $14 million, and much more.

Media inquiries should be directed to Randy Sieminski, Director of Public Relations, or call 315/386-7300.

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SUNY Canton Holds Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

CANTON – A memorial ceremony in honor of the victims and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, will be held at 8:45 a.m. Thursday in front of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

“We hold our 9/11 ceremony to help our campus and the North Country community remember the tragic events and ensuing heroism that the nation witnessed seven years ago,” said William J. Fassinger, Associate Professor of Criminal Investigations. “Our area firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel, soldiers and veterans stand with us in honor of everyone who lost their lives that tragic day.”

Sept 11

The ceremony is free and open to the public. Firefighters and emergency personnel are asked to wear their Class A uniforms.

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 85 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 Alumni House Dedicated to Devoted Benefactor Blanche K. Woodcock

Monday, September 1st, 2008
Blanche Woodcock

ALUMNI HOUSE NAMED - Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulating Blanche K. Woodcock after a dedication ceremony unveiling the newly-renamed Blanche K. Woodcock Alumni House.

CANTON – The SUNY Canton Alumni House has been named after an honorary alumna who helped guide the residence’s transformation.

The SUNY Canton Foundation recently announced that the College’s Alumni House has been renamed the Blanche K. Woodcock Alumni House.

Blanche, and her husband Ronald L. Woodcock (class of 1959) have played an integral role in involving alumni and businesses in the development and fundraising efforts of the college’s Advancement Division. Blanche oversaw the renovations at the College’s Alumni House located at 8 Stillman Drive, Canton. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy helped Blanche unveil a permanently affixed plaque to denote the name change during a ceremonial dedication this week.

“Blanche selected the furniture, interior color schemes, carpets, and even helped plan the landscape upgrades,” Kennedy said. “Numerous guests have complemented the new décor. We’ve renamed the house to recognize her commitment to the college and to highlight her work making this house a home.”

The Stillman Drive residence became available after Kennedy opted to purchase his own house instead of forcing the college to make costly state-mandated renovations to the building. The move allowed the college to adapt the building as a much needed respite for alumni and other distinguished guests. The house has now been utilized by visiting Russian faculty members from Moscow State University, high-level college foundation donors, faculty and staff retreats, and other College functions.

“The beautiful and welcoming home became a reality through Blanche’s vision and it is a tremendous asset for all who use it,” said Director of Alumni Affairs Peggy S. Levato. “It’s hard to put into words our gratitude toward the Woodcocks for their incredible dedication. They have volunteered an extraordinary number of hours working on this project.”

Ron and Blanche were both recently honored during SUNY Canton’s alumni weekend when the college unveiled the Woodcock Conference Suite, denoting the hard work and dedication of the husband and wife team. They have co-chaired the Centennial Campaign which has exceeded its $10 million by 2010 goal. Blanche is also the 2006 recipient of the college’s prestigious Honorary Alumna award. Blanche grew up in Ogdensburg and the couple now resides in Morristown.

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 85 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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USA Luge Slider Search at SUNY Canton, Sept 26-27

Monday, September 1st, 2008

CANTON- The USA Luge Slider Search has selected SUNY Canton as one of only eight recruiting locations in the nation this year.

USA LugeScouts, coaches and Olympic medalists will be holding luge training clinics from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28, at SUNY Canton, during the college’s Fall Festival and Family Weekend events. Each 3-hour clinic is open to athletes ages 11 to 14 who register prior to the event.

According to USA Luge Slider Search, the organization has traveled over 220,000 miles introducing the sport of luge to more than 19,000 eager young athletes. Guided by US Olympic and National Team coaches and athletes, each series stop allows participants to learn the fundamentals of riding a luge sled, including positioning, steering and stopping. Once these skills are developed, athletes then take several runs down a paved luge course on wheel-equipped luge sleds.

The clinics are very rigorous and challenging. Athletes should be in good physical form to compete.

Athletes who excel through this program are invited to Lake Placid, Park City, Utah or Marquette, Mich. to try luge on ice at a USA Olympic Luge sanctioned training site. Top young athletes from this group may be selected for the next year’s development team.

The USA Luge Slider Search is a grass roots organization sponsored by Verizon and U-Haul with the mission of identifying, training and qualifying young athletes for the USA Luge Junior Development Team. Athletes who progress through the six-rung development ladder have hopes of becoming members of the Senior National and Olympic Luge Teams.

Each participant will need to register for one 3-hour clinic before the event. Register by phone at 1-800-USA-LUGE or by visiting www.usaluge.org. Registration fee is $15 per athlete. A parent or legal guardian must attend the clinic with each athlete. Each participant will receive a free slider search t-shirt courtesy of Verizon.

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

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