Archive for November, 2008

SUNY Canton Students Excel in Math Competition

Monday, November 24th, 2008

CANTON – Several SUNY Canton students placed among the best in the state in the annual NYSMATYC Math League Competition.

“Our students performed exceptionally well,” said Jiayuan Lin, assistant professor of Mathematics, who coordinated the college’s efforts in the competition. “All of our students demonstrated a deep understanding of math concepts and problem solving abilities.”

The competition is very challenging, according to Lin. The test consisted of 20 questions, and each question had to be solved using precise and innovative thinking. After the students completed the challenges, Lin submitted the results of the top students at the college for the overall competition. Several of SUNY Canton’s visiting Chinese students were among the state’s top finishers.

Among all students from 20 universities colleges competing in the NYMATYC Math League, Guanghui Zhang (Ken) took 7th place, Xiaolin Liu (Nick) took 13th place, Ding Yong is (Rein) placed in the top third, and Miao Zheng is (Mia) placed in the top third. Three of the participants are also volunteer tutors in the college’s Math Lab and all of the students are enrolled in the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

The New York State Math League’s goals are to provide a challenge and inspire interest in mathematics as well as provide friendly competition among colleges in the state.

SUNY Canton is one of 22 State University of New York Colleges to take in a total of 150 students displaced by Earthquakes in the city of Chengdu in the Sichuan Province of western China. SUNY Campuses are offering this one-year opportunity to create a team of young leaders. 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.

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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Prestigious Scholarships Awarded to Four SUNY Canton Students

Friday, November 21st, 2008

CANTON – Four SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students were recently awarded prestigious scholarships, including one national scholarship that will virtually cover all of a Potsdam native’s spring semester costs.

For the second year in a row, Benjamin D. LaRose has received an American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Scholarship.

LaRose applied for the competitive $3,000 national scholarship earlier this semester by turning in a written essay and several letters of recommendation. He and three of his classmates were awarded scholarships for their Air Conditioning Engineering Technology education at a recent ASHRAE conference.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS – Four SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Students Picked up scholarships at a recent American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers conference. Pictured are (l to r) Benjamin D. LaRose of Potsdam, Randy A. Brossoit of Ogdensburg, Andrew J LaFlair of Lisbon, and Brandon S. Baxter (seated) of Syracuse.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS – Four SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Students Picked up scholarships at a recent American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers conference. Pictured are (l to r) Benjamin D. LaRose of Potsdam, Randy A. Brossoit of Ogdensburg, Andrew J LaFlair of Lisbon, and Brandon S. Baxter (seated) of Syracuse.

 

 

“This scholarship pretty much covers my semester here at SUNY Canton,” LaRose said. “I really appreciate the support of the Central New York Chapter of ASHRAE. This makes a big difference in both my education and my classmates’ educations.”

Other ASHRAE scholarship recipients include:

  • Randy A. Brossoit of Ogdensburg received a $500 ASHRAE scholarship through the Central New York ASHRAE Chapter. Brossoit is working toward his second degree at SUNY Canton, having previously earned an associate degree in 2003.
  • Brandon S. Baxter of Syracuse also received a $500 ASHRAE scholarship through the Central New York ASHRAE Chapter. Baxter is in his first year of the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program, and was the 2008 recipient of the Baldwinsville class of 1957 scholarship that almost completely covers his two-year education at SUNY Canton. His scholarship was partially created by college benefactor Joel M. Canino.
  • Andrew J. LaFlair of Lisbon received a $750 Harry King scholarship through the Central New York ASHRAE Chapter. Benoit’s scholarship is named for SUNY Canton’s own Professor Emeritus and Innovative Air Conditioning Engineering leader. The Air Conditioning laboratory is also named in honor of King.

Several of the scholarship recipients mentioned that they were attracted to the program for its extremely high job placement. Nearly 100 percent of the program’s graduates are hired immediately upon graduation.

The Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program is one of the most widely respected programs in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Successful SUNY Canton alumni including longstanding college supporters Canino, John Halford, Ronald Woodcock, and Professor Emeritus Arthur Hurlbut, all graduated from the program.

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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Free Car Winterization Seminar at SUNY Canton

Friday, November 21st, 2008

The SUNY Canton Automotive Technology department will be offering a free car winterization seminar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Automotive Laboratory in Nevaldine Technology Center South Room 123.

“We will be covering some obvious and some not-so-obvious ways to get vehicles ready for the brutal North Country winter,” said Brandon Baldwin, Director of the Automotive Technology program. “There are certain items that are essential for the upcoming months, and there are also some suggestions that will help make the tough weather easier to handle.”

Automotive students will be on hand to check coolant freeze points, provide battery tests, and help prepare door seals and locks. “We will provide a winterization checklist that can be used yearly,” Baldwin said. 

This event is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. Please email baldwinb@canton.edu or call 386-3866 to register. 

“Community outreach is an important part of our curricula here at SUNY Canton,” noted Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David Wells. “This is a helpful and timely program as we get ready for the cold and snow.”

Other recent community outreach initiatives at the college include a volunteer income tax preparation service and the college’s outreach initiatives for women in engineering and construction. 

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 Winterterm Continues to Grow

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

CANTON– SUNY Canton’s online Winterterm semester will be offering more courses than ever in its four-year history.

Nearly 50 courses will be offered through SUNY Canton OnLine. The courses begin on Dec. 22 and conclude on January 14. Registration is easy and has already begun online at www.canton.edu.

Winterterm 2008“Each year, we’ve grown to meet the educational demands of our students,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs William R. Trumble. “This year, we had a record number of enrollments during our Fall Semester. Following that trend, we are expecting the largest Winterterm semester to date.”

The college began offering a completely online Winterterm in 2005-06 with 18 classes and 160 enrollments. Annually, the program has grown with more courses and more students. During the 2007-08 session there were more than 350 enrollments in 34 courses, which is almost a 120 percent increase since the college began offering the online semester-between-semesters.

“Many students have utilized Winterterm as a way to catch up or get ahead on their college work without having to sacrifice time with their families,” said SUNY Canton Associate Provost Pauline A. Graveline. “Students appreciate the convenience and flexibility of online courses, especially during the holidays and January.”

Already, more than 150 students have signed up for Winterterm courses this year with several weeks remaining before the session begins. The rise mirrors the overall popularity of online courses offered during the college’s Fall, Spring, and Summerterm semesters.

Students enroll from all over the country and sometimes internationally for SUNY Canton Winterterm. The college has had members of the armed forces enroll from Afghanistan and Iraq. Students vacationing abroad join students from other colleges, and those at home in upstate New York for online discussions and learning activities. “One of the key components of online courses is the lack of geographic boundaries, yet we maintain the flow of ideas and concepts through individual and group interactions,” Graveline said.?
To view a complete list of online Winterterm courses or to register for a class, visit www.canton.edu/winterterm.

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 Lauds Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Inductees

Friday, November 14th, 2008

SUNY Canton students were recently recognized for their academic excellence through their induction into the Lambda Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa was formed in 1918 and has become the largest and the most prestigious honor society serving associate-level students around the world.

As members, students must maintain a high grade point average and stay involved with the community through service-oriented projects.
Among the Fall 2008 inductees were:

  • Chiara Ashley, an Office Technology major from Madrid
  • Jason Astafan, a Nursing major from Carthage
  • Rebecca Beaudoin, a Nursing major from Massena 
  • MacKenzie Belden, an Early Childhood major from Ogdensburg
  • Adam Benedict, a Legal Studies major from Norfolk
  • Rebecca Blackmer, an Accounting major form Colton
  • Cara Bonno, a Nursing major from Massena
  • Genny Bush, a Nursing major from Gouverneur
  • Brooke Colby, a Nursing major from Norwood 
  • Victoria Damour, an Accounting major from Churubusco 
  • Trudy Foote, a Business Administration major from Canton
  • Zachary Fuller, a Construction Technology Management major from Norwood
  • Nicole Gordon, a Nursing major from Norwood
  • Margaret Haggerty, a Nursing major from Ogdensburg
  • Kristina Kaiser, an Early Childhood major from Colton
  • Richard Kolvik, a Construction Technology Management major from Morris
  • Katherine LaFaver, a Nursing major from Lisbon
  • Rober LeFevre, a Civil Engineering Technology major from Morrisonville 
  • Lucy Oshier, a Nursing major from Waddington
  • Amber Parmeter, a Nursing major from Norfolk
  • Nicole Parrish, an Accounting major from DeKalb Junction
  • Brian Pinkerton, an Electrical Engineering Technology major from Ogdensburg
  • Christin Powers, a Physical Therapist Assistant major from Canton
  • Melody Reed, an Accounting major from Norwood
  • Diane Reese, a Business Administration major from Edwards
  • Erica Rizzo, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Oneida.
  • Jamieka Rowe, a Nursing major from Hermon
  • Natasha Trefry, an Office Technology major from Potsdam
  • Jennifer Walck, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Watertown 
  • Tara Wood, a Dental Hygiene major from Camden
  • Amy Wright, a Nursing major from Ogdensburg

Induction into Phi Theta Kappa is among the highest honors available to undergraduate students.

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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Grass Grant Ignites SUNY Canton Study

Friday, November 14th, 2008

CANTON – A team of SUNY Canton professors are weeding out a solution to the energy crisis with help from a $159,000 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant.

Native northern New York grasses and weeds may be pelletized to create clean-burning heating sources, according to Michael J. Newtown, director of the college’s alternative and renewable energy systems program.

“Native plants, including switchgrass and reed canary grass will all be made into pelletized fuel for testing,” Newtown said. “Vacant farmlands can be used to grow these native grasses, potentially making an extra boon for our area farmers, while creating a whole new heating source in the North Country.”

Newtown is working on this research initiative with Professor Emeritus Arthur Hurlbut and Matthew D. Bullwinkel, Associate Professor of alternative and renewable energy systems.

The project is comprised of several phases. Initially, the SUNY Canton professors will be researching the various grasses as a fuel source in pellet stoves and boilers. “We will be studying combustion efficiency and the emissions when using these crops in highly-efficient European wood boiler units,” Bullwinkel said. 

Future phases of this project will include a live testing initiative. “We plan on installing these highly efficient heating systems to further test the viability of the pelletized grass fuel source and gain real-world usage data,” Newtown said. 

The initiative is funded through NYSERDA in conjunction with Cornell University and the Cornell Cooperative extension. 

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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Former Slave and Award Winning Humanitarian to Speak at SUNY Canton, November 14

Monday, November 3rd, 2008
SUNY CANTON GUEST SPEAKER - Award winning humanitarian and former childhood slave Anywar Ricky Richard will be speaking at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Kingston Theater.

SUNY CANTON GUEST SPEAKER - Award winning humanitarian and former childhood slave Anywar Ricky Richard will be speaking at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Kingston Theater.

CANTON – An upcoming SUNY Canton guest speaker helps children escape the horrors he once faced as a childhood slave in Africa.

Anywar Ricky Richard, who is the 2008 Harriett Tubman Committee Freedom Award Winner, will be presenting his tale of overcoming social injustice by escaping from childhood slavery at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Kingston Theater. This event is sponsored by the SUNY Canton Character Development Committee and the SUNY Canton Spiritual Life Committee. This event is free and open to the public.

Richard and his brother were just 2 of 25,000 Ugandan children abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army and forced into slavery as child soldiers. The 22 year old war is all that most of those children have ever known. All of the children see and do what no child should ever experience. 

“Sometimes I fear people forget that slavery is still a problem in modern society,” said William J. Fassinger, Associate Professor of Criminal Investigation and Character Development Committee member. “Anywar Ricky Richard knows first-hand about the political turmoil that is going on right now in the world. He beat the system and overcame the odds.”

Richard has since returned to the war zone and turned his freedom into a lifeline for other child slaves. In 1999, Ricky and his friends started Friends of Orphans, an organization dedicated to empower and reintegrate former child soldiers into the very society torn apart by atrocities the children were forced to commit. They carry out their peace building projects through organizing music, cultural, and sports programs, among other life reclaiming activities. 

Fassinger explained that Daniel G. Fay, Professor of Accounting, recommended Richard for this presentation. Fay’s son John, who is works for a foundation investing in emerging markets, had heard Richard speak in Washington D.C.

“He is one of the most riveting speakers he had ever heard,” Fay said. “Mr. Richard’s story epitomizes the worst and best of humankind. Anyone who listens will be deeply moved.”

The Character Development Committee exists, in part, to encourage members of the SUNY Canton community to promote a set of desirable core values including trustworthiness, honesty, responsibility, and sense of caring. 

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 Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

CANTON -SUNY Canton is seeking nominations for its annual College Council Distinguished Citizen Award, to be presented at its Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2008.

Since 1976, the College has given this prestigious award in recognition of exceptional, unusual, and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the state, or to the nation.

Members of the community are invited to submit written nominations for the award. All nominations must include the name; position/title; a description; a brief biography of the nominee; and at least three letters of support from non-family members. Nominations are due February 2, 2008, should be submitted to:

Mr. Ronald O’Neill
College Council Chairman
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
FOB 616
Canton, NY, 13617

Recipients of this award have the honor of having their names displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

The SUNY Canton College Council will select the recipient at its March 27, 2008 meeting. 

For more information, contact Mrs. Stacey Basford, Executive Assistant to the President, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at basfords@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 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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