Archive for October, 2009

Free Car Winterization Workshops at SUNY Canton

Friday, October 30th, 2009

SUNY Canton’s Automotive Technology program will be holding car winterization workshops from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Automotive Laboratory in Nevaldine Technology Center.

“We can help people prepare their cars for the extreme North Country winters,” said Brandon Baldwin, Director of the Automotive Technology Program. “We’ll show them how to make sure their ready for the snow, ice, and freezing winter weather.”

During each half-hour session, automotive students will demonstrate how to check batteries and coolant fluids for freezing temperatures, make sure that tires are adequate for snowy conditions, and treat seals to prevent frozen doors. They will also provide a winterization checklist, so drivers can be prepared for adverse conditions and emergency situations.

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

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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Southworth Library Extends Hours

Friday, October 30th, 2009

The SUNY Canton Southworth Library has extended its weekday hours in response to students’ requests. The library is now open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight. Weekend hours remain the same.

SUNY Canton Graphic and Multi Media Design student Adam Gardam designed a poster promoting the Southworth Library’s Silent Zone, loosely based on the television classic “The Twilight Zone.”

SUNY Canton Graphic and Multi Media Design student Adam Gardam designed a poster promoting the Southworth Library’s Silent Zone, loosely based on the television classic “The Twilight Zone.”

Students are now also utilizing the new “Silent Zone,” located in the Math Lab from 4 p.m. to midnight during normal library hours. The space was designed for students who prefer intensely quiet surroundings for their studies.

The newly implemented extended hours and the Silent Zone are only two of the many changes and improvements that Southworth Library staff members have implemented to help students. In the past year, the library has upgraded signage, technology, and furniture. It has also expanded its laptop program and archive section.

Staff members have been responsive to suggestions received by students through the SUNY Canton Customer Service Committee and an online suggestion box. Further ideas for improvements and changes can be made through the online suggestion box at www.canton.edu/library.

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SUNY Canton Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Monday, October 26th, 2009

SUNY Canton is seeking nominations for its annual College Council Distinguished Citizen Award, to be presented at its Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 22, 2010.

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 nominations for the award. Nominations, which must be submitted in writing, should include the name; position/title; a description; and a brief biography of the nominee. At least three letters of support from non-family members should accompany the nomination. Nominations, which are due February 1, 2010, should be submitted to Mr. Ronald O’Neill, College Council Chairman, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive FOB 616, Canton, NY 13617.

The SUNY Canton College Council will select the recipient at its March 16, 2010 meeting. The recipient’s name will be displayed on plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

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. 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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Silent March Against Domestic Violence Oct. 28 at SUNY Canton

Monday, October 26th, 2009

SUNY Canton students will be speaking out against domestic violence through absolute silence.

Silent March

For the fifth year, the college will be holding a “silent march” to raise awareness about the issue at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, beginning in the Roselle Academic Plaza. The march is free and open to the public.

“Domestic violence is commonly unrepresented and often unreported,” said Melinda Miller, the College’s Director of Counseling. “We are making a statement without sound to give voice to those victims who remain unheard.”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the “Walk With Me,” silent march is promoted by New York State Assembly member Naomi Rivera of the Bronx to raise awareness at college campuses throughout the state.

Silent MarchThe march will go down the Plaza by the Faculty Office Building, up to French Hall, then back to the plaza. Renewal House will be providing information about preventing and recognizing domestic violence.

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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International Delegations Arrive at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Ukrainian Academics to Present, Oct. 29

SUNY Canton officials will be meeting with two delegations from overseas schools over the next week to begin the process of expanding the college’s international programs.

Faculty from the career-driven Dental Hygiene program will be receiving a delegation of Japanese dental hygienists on Thursday, Oct. 22. A second contingent of academics from Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs in Ukraine will be on campus on Monday, Oct. 26, to review the College’s Criminal Justice curricula.

(From Left) SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble, Dr. Keita Taguchi, Dr. Takuya Okyama, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy

(From Left) SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble, Dr. Keita Taguchi, Dr. Takuya Ohyama, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy

“Our international programs began with a duel-degree program with Moscow about five years ago,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “That program allowed us to expand our courses, and our classrooms, to students from more places. The articulations add a global approach to our signature programs.”

The delegation of Ukrainian Academics became connected with SUNY Canton through Assistant Professor Tom G. Dempsey, who has taught in Ukraine. Recently, Dempsey and Provost William R. Trumble, along with other College officials visited Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs to begin the process of offering the College’s Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation, and related programs in the former Soviet Union.

“By the end of this visit, we hope to create the plans to offer our courses at their college through on-line, distance learning, or exchange and on-campus programs,” Trumble said. “We hope to design and sign a memorandum of understanding that will allow the two colleges to collaborate further.”

During their visit, the four Ukrainian guests will be holding a symposium on the global recession and its impact on the eastern European criminal justice system from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Woodcock Conference suite 212. The event is free and open to both the college community and the general public.

Director of International Initiatives Marela Fiacco said that Dental Hygiene is a rapidly growing career in Japan. “During this visit, we’ll be looking to create a three-day workshop at our state-of-the-art Dental Hygiene Clinic in Rome (N.Y),” she said. “Our Japanese visitors are very interested in our techniques and program.”

The Japanese visitors will be meeting with Dental Hygiene Professor Susan Willette. The two-year Dental Hygiene program is offered in conjunction with Mohawk Valley Community College with labs and classroom facilities at the Veteran’s Administration at Griffis Technology Complex. Willette oversees the four-year Dental Hygiene program offered online through SUNY Canton OnLine.

“Geographic boundaries are not a concern for the bachelor’s degree program,” Willette said. “In the future, we could offer the program via virtual classrooms and online course delivery to students anywhere in the world.”

During the summer months, the college hosts on-campus students from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia, and students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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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SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign Draws to a Close

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

College adds Courtyard Clock to Honor Campaign Co-Chairs

Ronald & Blanche Woodcock pose in front of the newly dedicated Woodcock Centennial Clock.

Ronald & Blanche Woodcock pose in front of the newest addition to the Roselle Academic Plaza: The Woodcock Centennial Clock.

The largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in SUNY Canton’s 100-year history was successfully concluded at the recent Scholarship Luncheon celebration.

“We’ve reached a high-water mark in the history of the College,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Every donation from $2 to $2 million has helped us reach this point and has made a difference in the lives of our students.”

The SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign was launched in 2003 with the goal of raising $10 million by 2010. Campaign Co-Chairs Ronald L. (class of ’59) and Blanche K. (honorary alumna, class of ‘06) Woodcock announced the campaign’s ended after raising a grand total of just over $11.3 million. The College’s previous campaign raised about $1 million.

“Much of our fundraising efforts will be used for scholarships,” Ronald said. “When people give to SUNY Canton, they give to help students get the best education possible in order to start a career. Education is a worthy investment because it supports students and their families while benefitting the North Country as a whole.”

Ronald Woodcock received a scholarship in 1957 while he was enrolled in the College’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning program, which has since become the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program. Recognizing the importance of scholarships, and seeing the benefit to the students at the Scholarship Luncheon, he and his wife endowed their own scholarship to help students in the engineering technology fields.  Their leadership and generosity have led the College to name the Alumni House and a wing of conference suites in their honor.

“We had a series of key donations that helped us reach our goal ahead of schedule,” Blanche noted. “The $1 million donation made by Professor Emeritus Richard W. Miller, and the two donations totaling $3 million from Ronald’s classmate Joel Canino (class of ’59) really set the campaign in motion.”

The late Professor Emeritus Herman W. Kalberer also helped the campaign’s early momentum with an $803,000 estate gift. The College’s Foundation also received substantial gifts, each of about $1 million, from the estate of the late Alumna Elaine Claxton Pidgeon (class of ’39), and from an anonymous donor.

“The SUNY Canton Foundation helps ensure that each donor’s life and legacy is remembered and cherished for all times,” Blanche said. “In a very real way, our deceased benefactors will live forever through our memories and their scholarships.”

Bernard Creighton Regan (class of ‘65) donated the funding to create a flag station at the college’s entrance on State Route 68, in addition to financing four scholarships for students from Massena Central High School. John L. Halford (class of ’49) and his wife Nelta, provide similar scholarships for college students from Governeur.

The six-year fundraising project was punctuated by several influential College events that brought sponsors and donors in touch with the college. “With the help of Marti King MacArthur (class of ’74 and ’78), the Centennial Gala and Auction raised more than $40,000,” Blanche recalled.

Ron said, “Another highlight was Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca’s challenge to raise more $100,000 for SUNY Canton Nursing students. He matched the total donations, creating more opportunities for students to enter into the high-demand field of nursing.”

In honor of the Woodcock’s dedication to SUNY Canton and their inspirational leadership during the Centennial Campaign, the College’s Alumni and Foundation Boards of Directors procured a decorative courtyard clock to adorn Roselle Academic Plaza. As a surprise, the Woodcocks were asked to unveil the clock and a ceremonial plaque denoting their continued commitment to SUNY Canton.

While the majority of the donations from the campaign will be used to broaden student access to a SUNY Canton Education, a small portion of the endowment will be used for campus beautification projects and faculty and staff development awards.

“We want to thank all of the donors to the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “Whether their gifts were large or small, each individual has helped make a difference in the lives of our students.”

The College Foundation awarded almost $420,000 in scholarships, and will be awarding almost $45,000 in faculty, staff, and enhancement awards this year.

  • View videos displayed at the ceremony here.

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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University Police Civil Service Exam Application Deadline set for Oct. 13

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
SUNY Canton University Police Officers Mark J. Michaud and Timothy A. Bacon with the department’s all-terrain vehicle.

SUNY Canton University Police Officers Mark J. Michaud and Timothy A. Bacon with the department’s all-terrain vehicle.

The State University of New York Police Department is looking for officers, and the closing date for applicants is rapidly approaching.

“There are several upcoming Civil Service entrance examinations for University Police Officers around the state, but those interested need to apply by Oct. 13,” said SUNY Canton University Police Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. “Applicants need to take this test as their first step toward a new and rewarding career.”

There are approximately 500 officers stationed at about 28 colleges and universities across the state. “This career allows officers to go anywhere, or work near their hometown,” Livernois said.

SUNY University Police Officers are part of the educational process at each of their respective colleges. They speak on a variety of topics related to overall safety and teach life-saving classes in first aid. They develop and maintain a positive relationship with students, faculty and staff in order to continue the overall safety and wellbeing of the each entire campus community.

SUNY Canton is also home to the David Sullivan – St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, which offers the New York State basic course and the pre-employment basic course for police “Someone from the area can start here, finish here, and stay here, if they so desire,” Livernois said.

The next Civil Service Examinations will be held on Nov. 15. More information on the upcoming test, including the minimum qualifications and job descriptions, as well as the necessary application materials are available at the SUNY Canton University Police website, www.canton.edu/university_police/. For more information, contact the SUNY Canton University Police Department at 386.7777.

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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“The Sky is NOT a Ceiling” Author to Speak at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Noted spiritual author and scientist Aileen O’Donoghue will be making an appearance at SUNY Canton to discuss her recently released book, “The Sky is NOT a Ceiling.” Her visit was made possible by the College’s Healthy Hops Wellness program.

O’Donoghue said she has searched for, and found, a peaceful solution to the everlasting conflict between science and religion in her own life and has described that journey in her book. “The Sky is NOT a Ceiling.” She details a rich mix of science, spirituality, and mysticism that goes beyond religion to a universe without limits.

The award-winning astronomer and associate professor of physics at St. Lawrence University will be presenting her findings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. Both events are free and open to the public.

O’Donoghue is a regular guest on National Public Radio and her work has been featured in national periodicals. She writes for Living Faith, and holds retreats and workshops across the country.

This is one of several college wellness programs offered during the fall semester. For more information, and for ways to get fit and live well, visit www.canton.edu/wellness.

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.

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SUNY Canton Celebrates National Vet Tech Week

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

If the neighbor’s dog swallows a tennis ball or the chubby cat suddenly stops eating, who will be there for them?

Although pets do not visit the same doctors and nurses as their owners, they do have someone that provides them with the same quality of care. Licensed veterinary technicians are educated professionals who work closely with veterinarians to ensure the best quality medical care for pets. The SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology and Veterinary Services Management programs will be recognizing the people who take care of our pets’ health by celebrating National Veterinary Technician week (Oct.11-17).

Vet Tech Students

“Veterinary technicians are part of the health care team that is largely responsible for the health of pets and large animals,” said Mary O. Loomis, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the Veterinary Science Technology program. “It is fitting that we recognize their continued service to the people in the community and the smaller, but equally important, additions to their families.”

Among the scheduled activities and events is a showing of the movie “Marley and Me” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.14, in the Kingston Theater.

SUNY Canton will also be hosting a New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians Seminar from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 in the Newell Vet Tech Center. Guest speakers include Licensed Veterinary Technician Cathy Dornton, Lisa Brownson from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Dog Behavioral Trainer Rachel Baum, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine David Chico from the Empire State Animal Response Team. The seminar is free to members of the SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology Association (VTA). Non-VTA members are invited to attend for a $5 fee.

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in American, Inc. (NAVTA) holds the National Veterinary Technology week to recognize veterinary technicians for their contributions in pet healthcare, as well as the veterinarians, assistants, practice managers and others involved with animal care. This year, Hill’s Pet Nutrition is sponsoring the week-long celebration.

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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