Archive for August, 2009

New York Alert Open for Enrollment

Friday, August 28th, 2009

SUNY Canton has reopened enrollment in the New York Alert emergency notification system for the Fall 2009 semester.

The New York Alert system allows college officials to rapidly send out notifications to students, faculty, and staff through phone calls, email, and text message. If there is an emergency on campus, the college will be using this system as a primary means to relay information and instructions. By enrolling, everyone associated with the college can choose the method of alert that best suits their individual needs.

“We broadcast the alerts in a way that is convenient and accessible,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “By using multiple notification systems, we will inform as many people as possible if there is an emergency on campus.”

The NY Alert program is completely voluntary for students, faculty, and staff. Members who want to receive the alert messages and instructions can sign up via SUNY Canton’s UCanWeb application.

Go there now by clicking http://banweb.canton.edu. You will be prompted to enroll, decline, or edit contact information upon the first log in. For more details and precise instructions on how to use the registration form in UCanWeb, please visit: http://www.canton.edu/nyalert/.

The State University of New York and SUNY Canton value your privacy. Your information is confidential within the NY-Alert System. The system is completely voluntary but strongly encouraged. Registrants can change their enrollment status at any time by logging into UCanWeb. SUNY Canton joined the SUNY NY-Alert System as part of the statewide emergency notification initiative.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. 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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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

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Students Are Arriving at SUNY Canton

Friday, August 21st, 2009

SUNY Canton will be welcoming potential record numbers of students for the Fall 2009 semester.

Early projections indicate that total college student population will exceed last year’s record-breaking enrollment of more than 3,000 students.

A complete student population will be calculated in September.

Moving In

The following events and activities are scheduled for SUNY Canton’s opening weekend:

  • New students will be moving into the residences throughout the day beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22, at SUNY Canton.
  • Orientation Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug 23, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural Gym.
  • SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy will welcome the incoming students at 10 a.m. Sunday in the tent in Parking lot 13, behind the Miller Campus Center.
  • Group games and team building exercises will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the front-fields of the campus, near the water tower, immediately following Dr. Kennedy’s welcome
  • Bands and entertainment are scheduled from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday on the Roselle Academic Plaza.
  • The College’s Opening Convocation will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug 24, in the tent on Parking lot 13.
  • Returning students will be moving into the residences on Monday.
  • The annual campus-wide picnic will be held at 5 p.m. Monday on the Roselle Academic Plaza.
  • The College’s first day of classes begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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

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SUNY Canton Implements New Textbook Rental Program

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

SUNY Canton is implementing a new innovative textbook rental program in order to help students minimize the costs of attending college.

Pictured is Chelsie Paro, a SUNY Canton Criminal Justice major from Ogdensburg getting her books with her friends Brittaney Williams, a Criminal Justice major from Mexico, N.Y., and Crystal Redmond, a Nursing Major from Ogdensburg.

Pictured is Chelsie Paro, a SUNY Canton Criminal Justice major from Ogdensburg getting her books with her friends Brittaney Williams, a Criminal Justice major from Mexico, N.Y., and Crystal Redmond, a Nursing Major from Ogdensburg.

“This is a latest in a series of cost-saving strategies to help students save money and make college more affordable,” said College President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ll continue to work hard to provide the highest quality education at the most affordable price.”

Textbooks often cost more than $100 apiece and represent one of students’ biggest expenses after tuition and room and board. Many students attempt to save by buying used books or ordering books from other vendors.

Eight SUNY Canton classes will participate in the trial run of the program. Their students will have the opportunity to rent their texts rather than purchase them outright. The College Association has purchased the textbooks and students will pay approximately 45 to 65 percent of the cover price of the book for a one-semester rental. A $100 book could cost as little as $45, which is even less than buying a used book.

“This is a two-year pilot program to create more affordable options for students,” College Association Operations Director Sue Law said. “I can see this becoming a major initiative as more students express interest and enjoy the savings.”

Other colleges are implementing textbook rental programs through publishers as a way to adapt and grow in an increasingly on-line on-demand marketplace. SUNY Canton staff specifically created their model to reduce the expenditures by students.

“We are giving students the option of eliminating all of the hassle of buying and reselling textbooks,” said SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble. “I can see it making a big difference in a number of our students’ lives.”

Students will be responsible for the texts through the course of the semester and have the option to purchase the book outright at the end of their classes.

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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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2009 SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology Graduate Receives Recognition

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Tyler Purdy, a 2009 SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology graduate from Stephentown, has been recognized as this year’s New York State Engineering Technology Association (NYSETA) Scholar.

Tyler Purdy, a 2009 SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology graduate from Stephentown, was recently awarded a New York State Engineering Technology Association Scholarship.

Tyler Purdy, a 2009 SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology graduate from Stephentown, was recently awarded a New York State Engineering Technology Association Scholarship.

Purdy was recommended for this award by Civil Engineering Technology Professor Joseph Reilly. “Tyler is an extremely hard-working student and a leader among his peers,” Reilly said.

The NYSETA scholarship committee selected Purdy because he demonstrated talent and leadership in student activities and outstanding scholarship within the field of technology. He demonstrated many of those qualities through his involvement with the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Team, which recently won first place in the National Steel Bridge Competition.

“Tyler was very involved with the organization of the student team,” noted Bob Blickwedehl, an advisor for the student-run club and SUNY Canton faculty member. “He was a key member of the assembly crew that assembled the bridge in a record-breaking 3 minutes and one second overall time. The team’s speed led them to victory.”

The 2009 alumnus plans to continue his education and become a civil engineer.

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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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

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SUNY Canton’s Highest Ranking Military Alumnus Promoted

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

New York Guard commander Fergal Foley, a retired Army National Guard officer and 1980 SUNY Canton Alumnus, was recently promoted to the rank of Major General.

New York State Governor David A. Patterson recently presented General Foley with his second star, denoting his new rank. He is the highest-ranking military official known in SUNY Canton’s 101-year history.

 Fergal Foley, a 1980 SUNY Canton alumnus,  was recently promoted to Major General. Pictured is Rory Foley pinning the second star on his father’s uniform.

Fergal Foley, a 1980 SUNY Canton alumnus, was recently promoted to Major General. Pictured is Rory Foley pinning the second star on his father’s uniform.

“We take great pride in our students and alumni who serve in the armed forces,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “General Foley has achieved new heights in his military career and he is well deserving of this promotion. We are extremely pleased with his success and for his involvement with his alma mater.”

Earlier this year, General Foley returned to SUNY Canton and presented his first-hand account of the events surrounding the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. He spoke to a full house at the College’s Kingston Theater and answered numerous questions following his presentation. General Foley served as the Department of Defense Chief of Staff and Acting Commander for the Joint Task Force “Operation World Trade Center” from Sept. 11 through Sept. 29, 2001, and was involved with coordinating response and relief efforts during the disaster.

“General Foley serves as a fantastic example of what our students can achieve by combining their military service with their SUNY Canton education,” said Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Robert L. Edwards, who is the founder of the college’s Veteran’s Association.

General Foley has served as a Director and Chief Operating Officer for American Defense Systems, Inc. He retired from the United States Army in October 2006 as a Brigadier General.

His key military assignments included serving as Executive Officer of the National Guard Regional Training Institute from 1996 to 1999.  He was later assigned as Deputy Brigade Commander from 1999 to 2003. In 2003, he was selected for Brigade Command in New York City and remained there until 2005. General Foley was later assigned as the Facility Manager for a National Guard Training Base until his retirement in October 2006.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Military Association of New York.  General Foley earned an Associate’s degree in Business Management from SUNY Canton, a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College, and a Master of Science degree from the U.S. Army War College.

“We’re grateful that General Foley recently returned to campus to share his experiences with our students, faculty, staff, and community members,” said Vice President of Advancement David M. Gerlach. “His leadership and accomplishments are truly an inspiration.”

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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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

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