Archive for October, 2008

Two North Country Students Receive Inaugural E.J. Noble Guild Nursing Scholarships

Friday, October 31st, 2008
NEW SCHOLARSHIPS- Judy Chase, Treasurer of the E.J. Noble Guild at Canton -Potsdam Hospital recently met with the inaugural recipients of the Guild’s new scholarship at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r) Christina Harman of South Colton, Chase, and Megan Macauley of Ogdensburg.  

 

 

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS- Judy Chase, Treasurer of the E.J. Noble Guild at Canton -Potsdam Hospital recently met with the inaugural recipients of the Guild’s new scholarship at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r) Christina Harman of South Colton, Chase, and Megan Macauley of Ogdensburg.

CANTON – Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s E.J. Noble Guild recently awarded two newly-created scholarships to a pair of North Country students attending SUNY Canton.

“The E.J. Noble Guild at Canton Potsdam Hospital recognizes the importance of nursing education and the need to have well-trained nursing professionals in the North Country,” said Judy Chase, Treasurer of the E.J. Noble Hospital Guild. “To move beyond simple recognition, we have decided to make a donation to further the goals of the college and of the hospital.”

Annually, two SUNY Canton students will be awarded $1,250. The inaugural awards were received by Christina Harman of South Colton and Megan Macauley of Ogdensburg.

The scholarship was created in support of the Maresca Challenge, which was initiated by Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca of Hannawa Falls to increase overall support of the SUNY Canton Nursing Program and its students.
“These scholarships help us in seeking to alleviate the nursing shortage that we are experiencing locally and throughout our state,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We deeply appreciate the E. J. Noble Guild of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital and their support of the Maresca Challenge and the SUNY Canton Nursing Program,” 

The Maresca Family Challenge has now raised more than $200,000 for nursing scholarships. That total includes the Maresca’s original pledge of more than $100,000, a pledge of $25,000 from Canton-Potsdam Hospital, $25,000 from the Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation, and $5,000 pledges from the Kinney Drugs Foundation, 48th District Senator James Wright and the Development Authority of the North Country. 

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 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to 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 Honor Society Supports Renewal House

Friday, October 31st, 2008

 

RENEWAL HOUSE DONATION – SUNY Canton’s Lambda Eta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society members recently made a donation to the St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House as part of their Project Graduation. Through Project Graduation, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapters all over the United States and Canada collect donations of canned goods and children’s books for area service organizations during their commencement activities. Pictured are (l to r) back row, Jacob Neely, PTK President and an air conditioning engineering technology major from Syracuse; Kelly Forsyth, counselor and women’s group facilitator at Renewal House; Amy Robinson, legal advocate at Renewal House; Ilene Burke, director of Renewal House; Brad VanPatten, PTK senator and an air conditioning engineering technology major from Madrid; Brandon Baldwin, PTK advisor and assistant professor of automotive technology; front row, Michaela Young, PTK advisor and secretary in the president’s office; Linda Akatsu, PTK secretary and veterinary science technology major from Brooklyn; and Cassandra Hamilton, PTK vice president for leadership and a veterinary science technology major from Hannawa Falls.

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 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to 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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Discussion: The Financial Crisis and the North Country

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

SUNY Canton Business Professors Discuss Impact of Financial Crisis this Friday

A “Financial Meltdown” discussion with SUNY Canton professors from the school of Business and Liberal Arts will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 24, in Payson Hall Room 205. The discussion is targeted for those without a financial background interested in the current economic climate, how the meltdown happened and how it is affecting the lives of north country residents. Speakers include (pictured below left to right) Professor of Accounting Daniel Fay, Assistant Professor of Financial Services Richard Hu, PhD., Assistant Professor of Legal Studies Jondavid DeLong, J.D., and Associate Professor of Economics Edouard Mafoua, PhD.

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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 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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SUNY Canton Automotive Technology Program Receives National Certification

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

CANTON – SUNY Canton’s automotive technology program has received the highest level of national certification following an extensive review and analysis.

The program received certification by National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). It gives the already-renowned program instant credibility nationwide and will assist graduates in their career pursuits anywhere in the nation.

To achieve this coveted recognition, the school’s automotive technology program underwent rigorous evaluation and met or exceeded nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas including instruction, facilities, and equipment.

Brandon Baldwin, director of the automotive technology program noted that it had become necessary to add the ASE standards to continue the level of excellence established in the program.

“Many of our corporate contacts look for the ASE standard when they look to sponsor a program,” Baldwin said. “This will mean that our students have the latest vehicles and equipment to hone their skills and complete their education.”
Baldwin and other SUNY Canton faculty members within the Canino School of Engineering Technology worked side-by-side with the NATEF evaluators to ensure that the college met the stringent guidelines for the certification.
Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that SUNY Canton be certified by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE is a national non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to certifying automotive training programs.

“This program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders and gives even more assurance that SUNY Canton’s graduates are ready to step into a career,” said Donald Seyfer, NATEF Chair.

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 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to 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 Students Raise over $4,800 for Canton Fire Department

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

CHECK PRESENTATION – The SUNY Canton First Year Experience (FYE) program raised more than $4,800 for the Canton Volunteer Fire Department during their eight-hour relay on Sept. 27. The college has hosted the student-staffed relay fundraiser for four years and has annually contributed all donations to charitable life-saving organizations. Pictured are Chris Marquart, Men’s Cross Country Coach and Assistant Director of Residence Life presenting a check from donations received from the event to Canton Volunteer Firefighter Michael Morgan while First Year Experience students applaud.

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 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to 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 Career Fair Creates Career Opportunities

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Career FairCommunity members are invited to join SUNY Canton students and more than 30 businesses at SUNY Canton’s Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gym.

“By the time they walk across the stage at graduation, nearly 75 percent of our students already have jobs or plans to continue their education,” said SUNY Canton Director of Career Services David Norenberg. “This Career Fair plays an important role in that process. The interaction between students and employers directly contributes to our graduates’ success.”

Many companies routinely recruit SUNY Canton students for the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their education. In some cases, highly-successful alumni of the college return to recruit future generations of employees.

The Career Fair is a direct employment outreach initiative for the SUNY Canton Office of Career Services with support from the SUNY Canton Foundation. The event is free and open to the public.

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 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to 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 President Plans Continued Growth Despite State Budget Cuts

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Joseph KennedySUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy called for innovation and thoughtful planning in order to overcome the state’s budget cuts to the SUNY System and SUNY Canton during a Faculty Assembly meeting on Tuesday.

Kennedy said the College’s extraordinary growth and previous long term planning will help SUNY Canton continue to thrive despite inevitable decreases in state support. Enrollment at the college is at an all-time high with more than 3,000 students this semester.

“By expanding to four-year degrees, increasing our online abilities, and increasing our overall attendance, we’ve significantly decreased the pain that these cuts would have otherwise inflicted on us,” Kennedy said. “We’ll be able to use some of our current cash balances over the next couple of years to ease into a transition on the way we conduct business. We recognize the state’s current financial situation and we’re working to adjust to the new budget reality that exists statewide.”

Kennedy stated that his two highest priorities regarding the budgets were to not decrease the overall quality of students’ education and to not layoff any college employees. He has been meeting with groups of employees over the past few weeks and listening to suggestions on how to work smarter, more efficiently, and more environmentally proficient.

He mentioned that the solution will be found through a variety of adjustments. Small changes will include things such as mowing less grass, plowing less snow, and resetting computer systems to maximize energy efficiency. Potential larger solutions may include shifting to a four-day class schedule as early as next semester, which would reduce energy costs and create personal savings for students and employees.

“This is not a crisis, it’s a challenge,” said Kennedy. “We’ll have many solutions and they’ll come in all different sizes, but we are positioned to manage this situation successfully and should treat this as an opportunity to once again show why SUNY Canton is a leader in higher education.”

SUNY Canton currently has more than 500 employees. Kennedy said that number will decrease over the next two years to adjust to the new budget reality, but it will likely happen through natural attrition such as retirements and relocations.

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

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