Archive for March, 2009

SUNY Canton Receives Approval for Four-Year Nursing Degree

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

SUNY Canton has received approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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Students working in SUNY Canton's newly renovated nursing lab.

The College’s Admissions Office will begin reviewing applications for acceptance immediately for courses beginning in the Fall 2009 Semester. The program will be a natural progression for nursing students that have received their associate degree. The third and fourth years of the program will be available entirely online.

“The approval of this program has been highly anticipated by our students, alumni and members of our nursing community,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “It was created with the convenience and flexibility that is the hallmark of all our online courses and degrees. Registered nurses with associate degrees, many of whom have work and family obligations, will now be able to return to their studies to obtain a bachelor’s degree online.”

The new nursing program is the College’s first bachelor of science degree program and the College’s 16th bachelor’s degree overall. New York State Gov. David A. Patterson signed a master plan amendment that allows the College to offer the bachelor of science degree in addition to its existing bachelor of technology degrees.

Nursing Lab

“Year after year, we see a tremendous interest and enrollment in our nursing program,” said Nursing Program Director John F. Conklin. “Registered nurses recognize that a bachelor’s degree will help them to advance their careers and prepare them for a broader scope of nursing career options. Often, they can use their employer’s tuition reimbursement programs to subsidize or completely pay for their advanced degree.”

The nursing program typically sees the majority of its students gain successful employment immediately following graduation. The SUNY Canton Office of Career Services indicates that 100 percent of the 2008 graduating class of nurses were either employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating.

“This program seamlessly connects with our two-year degree,” noted Peggy LaFrance, an associate professor of nursing. “Students will continue to learn how to creatively solve complex health related problems, while applying concepts of leadership and management within the nursing profession.”

This program was created in part to help meet the demand for more advanced trained nurses amidst a nation-wide professional health care shortage. Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2020 according to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Registered nurses are projected to generate 587,000 new jobs, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation.

The Bachelor of Science Nursing program is offered exclusively through SUNY Canton OnLine, the highly successful Internet branch of the College. Courses are offered in a partially self-guided, self-paced environment with asynchronous responses, meaning a student can participate in a course almost anytime from anywhere there is a connection to the World Wide Web.

The College also has plans to add an upcoming one-year Licensed Practical Nursing certificate program in the future. The proposal for that program is pending further state approval. When it is approved, students can enter a complete ladder curriculum that will lead them from a one-year certificate to a four-year degree within the nursing program.

For more information view the Nursing B.S. webpage.

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 Mourns Former Coach Lou Saban

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Inspirational football coach and mentor Lou Saban will be remembered fondly at SUNY Canton.

Saban, an 87-year-old native of Brookfield, Ill., died on Sunday (March 29, 2009) at his home in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

He helped launch the SUNY Canton football program in 1995 and coached the team for six years, the longest stint of his career.

Lou Saban

“We consider ourselves fortunate to have known and worked with Lou,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “He built the football program here from the ground up and was dedicated to SUNY Canton and our student-athletes. We had a lot of fun during our successful football seasons, and we have great memories of Lou and his teams.”

He compiled a 34-16 record during his career at SUNY Canton, including a 7-0 high mark during that inaugural 1995 season. The College’s football field was proudly named in his honor in the late 90′s.

Senior Athletic Staff Assistant Jerry Sawyer coached with Saban throughout his years at the College, and the two forged a long-lasting friendship.

“Lou brought a tremendous amount of experience to the program and was a no-nonsense coach,” Sawyer said. “My relationship with Lou allowed me to meet some people I never would have met and to do some things I never thought I would do.”

Saban spent 16 seasons coaching professional football with the Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and the Denver Broncos. He compiled a record of 95-99-7. He also coached at the University of Miami, Army, Northwestern, Western Illinois, Peru State, Chowan State, and the University of Maryland. His resume also includes time spent as president of the New York Yankees. He was also the athletic director at both the University of Miami and the University of Cincinnati.

Prior to coaching, Saban played football at Indiana University and professionally with the Browns.

SUNY Canton halted the football program following the 2003 season when the College began planning the transition to a four-year athletic program. Subsequently, the College began baseball and cross-country programs.

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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North Country EMS Program Agency Dedicates Conference to a Fallen EMT

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

The SUNY Canton North Country EMS (NCEMS) Program Agency will be honoring fallen EMT and firefighter Mark Davis at their annual Spring Fling conference.

Davis was fatally shot while responding to a medical call on Jan. 31 in Cape Vincent.

“Mark Davis made the ultimate sacrifice while trying to help someone else,” said NCEMS Program Agency Director Ann Smith. “That is why we want our conference to pay tribute to his life.”

The conference is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Bonnie Castle Resort in Alexandria Bay. A special ceremony for Davis will be held on the conference’s final day, Saturday, April 25.

The NCEMS Program Agency invites first responders, EMTs, emergency nurses, and emergency physicians to spend the weekend with their peers and attend the professional development trainings and workshops.

“This conference’s programs can help emergency medical personnel fulfill New York State requirements,” Smith said. “More importantly, it can help them save more lives.”

Among other topics and presentations, participants will have the chance to tour specialized water rescue units and learn how rescuers work to overcome challenges specific to North Country lakes and waterways.

The conference will also include advanced 12-lead electrocardiogram education, instructor updates, and basic EMS education.

To register for the event, visit www.canton.edu/ncems or call 315-379-3977.

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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Early Childhood Students Bring Their Classroom to the Community

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Emily, Ashley, Ace & Children

Emily Ramos and Ashley Chevier worked with Lawrence Avenue Elementary Students at Evans & White Ace Hardware.

Two SUNY Canton students brought area youth to an educational and hands-on learning exercise at Evans and White Ace Hardware in Potsdam.

More than 50 children from two classes at Lawrence Avenue Elementary School took a field trip with Early Childhood students Ashley Chevier and Emily Ramos.

The two student teachers planned a scavenger hunt with the classes of Jen Herrick and Brenda Martin as an educational lesson used to enhance cognitive skills and memorization techniques, according to Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco.

“I encourage all of the students to use their environments as a way to augment their day-to-day lessons,” Maiocco said. “Ashley and Emily really utilized their connections with the community to go above and beyond all expectations.”

The children were given clues about items in the store like, “I am green or black, and you use me to water flowers, or wash your parents car. What am I? Come find me!”

The children thought about the challenge and then searched the store’s inventory until they located a garden hose, among the cheers and encouragement of their instructors.

“This was a fun and creative way to share where I work with the children,” said Chevier, who works at the hardware store while attending SUNY Canton. “Through this exercise I learned how to adapt my lesson plans to get the children out of the classroom while maintaining the overall learning experience.”

The students were given a theme for the week, and it was up to Chevier and Ramos to create the lesson plan.

Children at Ace Hardware

“The theme was community helpers,” Ramos said. “Our scavenger hunt at Evans and White’s tied into that theme. I learned that the children get so much more out of lessons when they are up and involved in the process.”

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 T-Shirt Promotion at SUNY Canton

Friday, March 20th, 2009
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Spend $20 downtown and get a free T-shirt!


Students who spend $20 or more in Downtown Canton are eligible for a free T-shirt.

SUNY Canton has joined with the Canton Economic Development Office and St. Lawrence University to promote student exploration of Canton’s shops and boutiques.

To get a free T-shirt, students are asked to bring a receipt or receipts totaling more than $20 from any of the participating stores to the Student Activities Office in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Participating retailers include:

· Fashion Kraze

· Sposa Bella

· Dollar General

· Family Dollar

· Hackett’s

· Gamer Craze

· The Gallery

· The Pear Tree

· Victory Promotions

· Natures Storehouse

· Coakley’s Carpet One ACE Hardware

· Radio Shack

· Rex Hardware

· TAUNY Gallery & North Country Folkstore

· Video Plus II

· Videoliscious

· American Theater

· Whites Flowers

This promotion will run throughout the Spring semester while supplies last.

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 Wellness Health Fair, March 18

Monday, March 16th, 2009

rod_of_asclepiusMore than 15 community agencies will be joining together at the SUNY Canton Wellness Health Fair on March 18.

SUNY Canton’s Davis Health Center is sponsoring the Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites.

The college is holding the fair to educate students and North Country residents about healthy lifestyles and preventative measures. More than 15 representatives from area health care agencies will be on hand to demonstrate successful habits for a better, healthier life.

Free services include:

  • Blood sugar testing
  • Cholesterol testing
  • Blood pressure check-ups
  • Body fat testing
  • Nicotine cessation support

The Mobile Mammography unit from Canton-Potsdam Hospital will also be on campus for the day.

The Dental Hygiene program and the Lambda Eta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at SUNY Canton will also be helping with the event.

Contributing organizations include United Helpers, Natural Way, Nature’s Storehouse, North Country Adolescent Outreach, Renewal House, CAVA, Alzheimer’s Association, Planned Parenthood, Seaway Valley Prevention Council, Cerebral Palsy Association of the North Country, North Country Children’s Clinic, Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, St. Lawrence County Stop DWI and Traffic Safety, and the Rochester Eye and Tissue Bank.

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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RecycleMania Hits SUNY Canton

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Students have been monitoring recycling levels and documenting the amount of cardboard, glass, and plastic recyclables collected.

SUNY Canton has joined RecycleMania, an international competition that measures the success of colleges’ recycling and waste prevention efforts.

“The RecycleMania competition establishes a baseline of data for future improvement across campus,” said Matthew Burnett, who is the Green Campus Committee (GCC) Chair and an Assistant Professor in the Graphic and a Multimedia Design program. “It is important that we make sustainability a priority on our campus and in our classrooms.”

Students have been monitoring recycling levels and documenting the amount of cardboard, glass, and plastic recyclables collected. Each week, the standings are posted online for participants to see, motivating the campus community to recycle more and decrease the overall environment footprint of the college.

The challenge has been spearheaded by Accounting Instructor Christa Kelson and students Bridget Keegan and Rachel Baker, according to Burnett.

“I saw this as a great way to get involved and help out,” said Keegan. “A lot of people stop and ask what we are doing when we calculate the recyclables. We use our efforts as a means to emphasize the importance of recycling.”

RECYCLEMANIA

The college has been expanding its overall recycling efforts with help from the GCC and other departments. During its first year, SUNY Canton will be posting college-wide results in the benchmarking division of the competition, which will allow the college to compare its results to other schools. After one year, the college will be allowed to enter the competition level and compete against itself and other colleges.

Colleges in all 50 states and six international universities are represented in the competition.

The RecycleMania competition began in 2001 as a friendly challenge between recycling coordinators at Miami University and Ohio University. The competition was meant as a way to get participants more excited about recycling.

Several publications and college indicators use RecycleMania to gauge colleges’ and universities’ collective and individual commitments to sustainability. RecycleMania has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Boston Globe.

In addition to the RecycleMania competition, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has begun a fund-raising event that will keep the campus cleaner by recycling used ink jet and laser printer cartridges, and cell phones. The semester-long “Make a Difference” campaign aims to educate and engaging the campus in conservation and environmental protection. The SAAC members have set up recycling boxes around campus to collect the used cartridges and cell phones.

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 Canino School Namesake Passes

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Joel Canino

Joel Canino has been an active, supportive alumnus and friend for nearly 50 years.

SUNY Canton is saddened by the passing of one of its most dedicated alumni and greatest supporter.

Joel M. Canino of Glastonbury, Conn., a 1959 graduate, died this morning (Friday, March 13, 2009). He had been hospitalized since Monday.

“Although we are all deeply saddened by Joel’s passing, we celebrate his life and his legacy as we know he would like us to,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Joel lived a successful and richly rewarding life both personally and professionally. He has been an active, supportive alumnus and friend for nearly 50 years and we are proud that he has been such an influential part of our success.”

Mr. Canino is the former chair of the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors. He generously donated the largest gift in the College’s history in December of 2004 when he gave $2 million to the SUNY Canton Foundation in order to benefit students. The College commemorated his generosity by renaming the School of Engineering Technology the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Most students in the Engineering Technology curricula simply refer to it as the “Canino School.”

In 2007, Mr. Canino and his high school classmate George F. “Fred” Dennison donated an additional $1 million to create the Baldwinsville High School Class of 1957 Endowed Scholarship. Their contribution provides annual scholarships to incoming SUNY Canton students from Charles W. Baker High School near Syracuse, formerly known as Baldwinsville High School where Canino and Dennison attended.

The first recipient of that scholarship, Jacob M. Neely, will be graduating this May from the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program. Two other recipients are currently in the same curriculum.

Mr. Canino graduated from the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program under the tutelage of Professor Emeritus Harry E. King and alongside Ronald L. Woodcock, the college’s current Chair of the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Centennial Campaign. Canino also shared professional expertise with the college as a member of the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Advisory Committee.

According to David Wells, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology, “Joel is a role model for the students in our school. He will be remembered for his generosity to the College, certainly, but also for his groundbreaking innovations within his field and his remarkable work ethic, wisdom, and success.”

After graduating from college, Mr. Canino worked as an industrial purchasing agent for Inland Supply Company in Syracuse. He was soon noticed and just a year later he was offered a position at the Syracuse construction contracting firm of H.H. and F.E. Bean, Inc., where he eventually became executive vice president. In 1973, he moved to Orlando, Florida to work for the Pittsburgh-based mechanical contracting firm of Sauer Industries, where he served as president of various subsidiaries. In 1984, he became president of C.N.F. Industries in Meriden, Connecticut.

Mr. Canino and a business partner began Gemma Power Systems in 1997. Gemma Power Systems is among the largest power plant builders in New England and one of the top in the nation. The firm manages the engineering, procurement, and construction of multi-million dollar power projects. Mr. Canino sold Gemma in 2006.

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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College Car Poolers Rewarded with Coffee and Donuts

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Coffee and donuts for carpoolers on March 11.

Coffee and donuts for carpoolers on March 11.

CANTON – In an ongoing effort to increase environmental awareness and participation, members of the SUNY Canton Green Campus Committee are giving away coffee and donuts for car pooling.

From 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the entrance to SUNY Canton, GCC committee members will be distributing coffee and donuts to car poolers. Anyone driving on to the campus during this time with more than one person in their car will be offered free coffee and donuts, according to GCC chair Matt Burnett.

“Cutting costs and emissions is a good start to creating a more sustainable environment for the future,” Burnett said. “We are hoping to increase people’s awareness of how their individual roles can benefit society.”

To receive coffee, commuters must have their own reusable travel mug.

The Green Campus Committee is comprised of volunteer students and faculty members who are interested in increasing awareness, participation, and efficiency in sustainable ecological issues.

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 Prof Introduces iPod Content

Monday, March 2nd, 2009
Kevin Davis, a Criminal Justice student in SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Brian Harte's class holds up his iPod during a lesson.

Kevin Davis, a Criminal Justice student in SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Brian Harte's class holds up his iPod during a lesson.

CANTON – Assistant Professor Brian Harte tells his students turn their iPods on when they come to class.

He’s using the highly-popular multi-media devices to deliver audio and video content in some of his Criminal Justice classes.

“Now I’d like you to write down all of your observations after watching this video,” Harte said as his students popped the earbuds into their ears.

The normal lively conversation in his class has been replaced by the sound of about 20 students scrolling through the menus, and then absolute silence each gazes into their video capable iPod Nano Mp3 players.

“We are right at the front of the trends in higher education by integrating these new technologies,” Harte said after the students had begun their pod-based learning exercise. “I see my students tune out all other distractions when they are watching videos and listening to audio on their iPods.”

During the trial runs, students are asked to review videos at their own speeds and make notes about what they are watching as if they were drafting a police report. The first video showed a police chase down a busy interstate. The method allows the students to watch the videos at their own speed as many times as they’d like while they record their observations.

“I liked the podcast better than watching a video in class because I felt more in control of the content,” Benjamin A. Dent, a student in Harte’s class said.

Dent’s classmates nodded in agreement as a traditional in-class conversation about the video began. The students went on to compare their notes about the chase and the police response portrayed in the podcast.

Harte said he began considering iPods as an emerging educational technology last year and filed a Campus Enhancement grant through the SUNY Canton foundation to purchase 20 iPods. “For some lessons, I think that it is best to speak in a language that students are already accustomed to, or through a method that they consider cool,” he said.

So far, Harte’s lessons consist of interactive video and audio-based lessons like the police chase. He said in the future that he hopes to stream even more interactive content to students on the devices. “You can already download a searchable copy of the New York State Penal Code as an iPhone application,” he noted.

A recent study found that students using iTunes University do better on exams than those who are strictly bound to day-to-day lectures. Podcasted lectures offer students the chance to replay difficult parts of a lecture and therefore take better notes, according to Dani McKinney, a psychologist at SUNY Fredonia, who led the study.

This modernized course delivery is nothing new at SUNY Canton. Approximately four years ago, the college launched SUNY Canton OL to deliver its online courses to broader range of students. Some of the content integrated in the high-tech course offerings is also available for iPod downloads.

Harte is the first at the college to offer the devices as learning tools in his classroom.

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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