Archive for November, 2009

Girl Scouts Learn at SUNY Canton through Corning Foundation Grant – Event Rescheduled for Dec. 5th

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Solar House Prototype

SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology will be challenging 50 young women from the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council to create sustainable pet shelters this weekend.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Nevaldine Technology Center Rooms 125 and 129 the scouts will be working with faculty members from the college on a variety of learning exercises to design and setup the structures.

The pet shelter theme was motivated by the recent strong community support and interest for the rehabilitation of the Potsdam Human Society and Animal Shelter.

“The girls will be challenged with a primary goal of using active and passive solar strategies to develop pet houses that could be used as part of a housing strategy at an animal shelter,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Construction Engineering Technology programs. “We will place special emphasis on using recycled building materials in the design, green energy utilization, and energy efficient construction.”

After the weekend, teams will be responsible for decorating and maintaining their pet shelter and routinely collecting inside and outside temperatures as experimental data. The end result of these experiments will be passed on to the Humane Society to help them consider incorporating passive solar strategies in their eventual building redesign.

This event, and the solar pet shelter kits are supplied through a grant from Corning Foundation. For the past five years, Corning has annually sponsored challenges and events at the college for the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council to introduce science and technology at an early age.

The event continues a series of learning opportunities offered specifically for Girl Scouts at the College. Previously, the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program worked with Girl Scout troops to construct small houses to collect solar energy data, similar to the pet shelters. Additionally, the Criminal Investigation program has held a Girl Scout Investigation seminar, that teaches young women crime scene analysis and evidence collection techniques.

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.

Schedule of events:

  • 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, project explanation with Matthew D. Bullwinkel, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology and Renewable Energy Systems Program.
  • 11 a.m.  - Concrete demonstration with Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Construction Engineering Technology programs
  • 11:30 a.m. – Ventilation and air temperatures for pets with Lin Tian Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program
  • 1 p.m. – Physics and science demonstrations with Feng Hong, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Engineering Technology programs
  • 2 p.m. – Pet shelter kits will be distributed

Media members should contact SUNY Canton in advance, 315.386.7527, kie@canton.edu


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SUNY Canton Wins Red Cross Award for Pints and Participation

Friday, November 20th, 2009
MORE BLOOD DONATIONS – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton students Kayla DiGiacomo, Caitlyn Hill, Jenifer Coon, Danielle Soule, Julie Feuerherm, Anne Conant, and Ryan Strate holding the American Red Cross Trophy for the highest percentage growth among four-year SUNY colleges.

MORE BLOOD DONATIONS – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton students Kayla DiGiacomo, Caitlyn Hill, Jenifer Coon, Danielle Soule, Julie Feuerherm, Anne Conant, and Ryan Strate holding the American Red Cross Trophy for the highest percentage growth among four-year SUNY colleges.

Several SUNY Canton student organizations were awarded by the American Red Cross for the highest percentage of growth in volunteer blood donations among four-year colleges in the SUNY System.

The College collected 253 units of blood during four blood drives held over the 2008-2009 academic year, which is over a 100 percent increase from the previous year. Students from Kappa Xi Omega sorority, and the Criminal Justice Association helped orchestrate the on-campus blood drives.

“The students did a fantastic job organizing, raising awareness and recruiting donors for SUNY Canton’s 3-day blood drive,” said Criminal Justice Club advisor and Associate Professor William J. Fassinger. “Their efforts helped provide much-needed lifesaving donations during local and national shortages.”

Collections at all State University of New York four-year colleges were up 19 percent in 2008-09, with a total of 14,898 units collected. In addition to SUNY Canton, four other SUNY schools were awarded for the highest gains. Red Cross representatives presented SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and student representatives with a trophy honoring the achievement.

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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Adirondack Artist Displays “Paradox Paintings” at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 16th, 2009
Matt Burnett

NEW PAINTINGS - SUNY Canton Graphic and Multimedia Design Assistant Professor Matthew Burnett installs one of his multi-panel oil paintings in the Wicks Hall stairwell.

Presentation and Discussion, Nov. 18

SUNY Canton Graphic and Multimedia Design Assistant Professor Matthew Burnett paints paradoxes.

His large-scale, multi-panel oil paintings combining nature and man-made elements are on display in the Wicks Hall Stairway, near the entrance to the College’s Faculty Office Building.
“The paradox in these paintings emerges around the need for human definitions of non-human concepts,” Burnett said. “When we talk about nature, we are talking about a human idea of nature, in which is embedded centuries of tradition, cultural bias, and metaphysics. These paintings were developed around this paradox of human and non-human perspectives.”

To accompany the collection, Burnett will be presenting “The Idea of Wilderness” a discussion of the themes that drive his work at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Wicks Hall Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Burnett is a native of the Adirondacks and an avid outdoorsman. He has gained regional acclaim by drawing upon his experiences and his interactions with the beauty inherent in the region.

In addition to teaching in the Graphic and Multimedia design program, Burnett has climbed all 46 Adirondack peaks and works for the Department of Environmental Conservation. He received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and his master’s degree from the Maine College of Art.

Most recently, his work was featured in the winter issue of Embark, a local outdoor and recreation publication. His work is also displayed at www.mattburnettpaintings.com.

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 arrangements should be made in advance by contacting SUNY Canton Public Relations at 315-386-7300, or email kie@canton.edu.


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Renowned Women Veterans Speaker at SUNY Canton, Nov. 19

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Military speaker and veteran Tia Christopher challenges audiences to walk a mile in a pair of women’s combat boots.

Christopher tours the United States, educating civilians and military personnel on the issues faced by women in the military. She will be presenting at 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 19 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Christopher is a disabled veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. She now works with the non-profit organization Swords to Plowshares with the title of women veteran’s coordinator.

“Swords created my position to respond to the specific needs of the fastest growing cohort of the U.S. veteran population: Women,” Christopher said in a prepared statement to U.S. Senate’s Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “My experiences have given me the passion and perseverance to do advocacy work on behalf of Swords to Plowshares. I mention this to illustrate that I am a VA consumer as well as a community avenue for my peers to seek and access care.”

Christopher will cover topics including:

  • The history of women in the military.
  • Current issues facing women veterans and women in the military.
  • Current research and pending legislation regarding women associated with the military.
  • Women veterans and military in the media.
  • Women veterans’ stories and art.

This event is co-sponsored by the SUNY Canton Veteran’s Association, which helps maintain SUNY Canton as one of the premiere military friendly colleges in the North Country.

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 arrangements should be made in advance by contacting SUNY Canton Public Relations at 315-386-7300, or email kie@canton.edu.


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Pro Sports Career Seminar at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 9th, 2009

jreinsdorfChicago’s Jonathan Reinsdorf will conduct a seminar at SUNY Canton entitled, “Starting Your Pro Sports Career,” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov.10, in the Richard Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The seminar is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in professional sports.

Jonathan’s father, Jerry Reinsdorf, is the Chairman of the Chicago Bulls, which co-owns and co-operates the United Center with the Chicago Blackhawks. The United Center has played host to the NCAA and Big Ten Basketball Tournaments as well as occasional University of Illinois basketball games. Jerry Reinsdorf is also Chairman of the Chicago White Sox.

Jonathan Reinsdorf is the managing partner of Stonegate Alliance, a full-service higher education and pro sports consulting firm currently working with SUNY Canton to design the college’s new Sports Management program.  In addition, Jonathan Reinsdorf is the managing member of a real estate development company.

“Professional sports teams see colleges and universities as a feeder base for their business ranks,” said Reinsdorf. “They are increasingly involved in supporting college curricula with internships and seminars – to be followed soon by co-branding and program adoption. SUNY Canton is currently developing those relationships that will allow their students a variety of opportunities with several different teams. It’s the best way for students to get a foot in the door.”

The Sports Management major at SUNY Canton is expected to begin as early as next fall. Former NHL Florida Panthers Vice President of Communications Randy Sieminski will be joining Reinsdorf at the seminar. Sieminski spent ten years in professional sports, including five years with the Panthers. He is now the Director of Public Relations at SUNY Canton.

“This program is designed for current college and high school students, as well as prospective college students, who are considering a career in professional sports,” said Sieminski. “It’s a difficult field to break into unless you know the appropriate steps to take. This seminar will provide attendees the information needed if they wish to pursue those dreams of working in minor league and major league sports.”

The seminar is presented in conjunction with the SUNY Canton Career Services Office and the SUNY Canton Foundation.

“Like all of SUNY Canton’s majors, the sports management program will offer its students the opportunity not only to study about their career interests, but actually gain valuable experience,” said Director of Career Services David Norenberg. “This seminar will be provide invaluable insight for people interested in pursuing a career in professional sports.”

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 arrangements should be made in advance by contacting SUNY Canton Public Relations at 315-386-7300, or email kie@canton.edu.


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SUNY Canton Offers Largest Winterterm Selection

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

SUNY Canton will be offering its largest and most comprehensive Winterterm to date. Registration is now available online. Courses will begin on December 21 and conclude on January 17.

Winterterm

“Historically, we’ve had one of the largest Winterterm online offerings available,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students from all over the state enroll in our courses.”

SUNY Canton OnLine Director Kyle Brown noted that approximately 80 percent of the 550 enrollments during the 2008-2009 Winterterm were not full-time SUNY Canton students, but rather students from other colleges who needed to catch up or get ahead on their general education requirements.

“Right now we’re offering 60 courses for Winterterm,” he said. “The classes that tend to be most popular are the General Education Courses, which are also referred to as Gen Ed Requirements or Gen Ed  Foundations. Those are the key courses that allow students to get ahead or catch up with the requirements within their majors.”

Brown mentioned that the four-week semester is an attractive fiscal option for students who are looking to save money on their education. “Students don’t have to travel, or set up residencies to participate in online courses,” he pointed out.

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, and the previously noted 550 enrollments in 48 courses in 2008-09.

The growth in popularity of these courses has led the College to open enrollment early, and Brown suggests that students register early through www.canton.edu/winterterm/.

SUNY Canton currently offers several completely online programs, including an associate degree in Criminal Justice, and bachelor’s degrees in Management, Finance, and Legal Studies, through its web-based branch, SUNY Canton OnLine. Several other programs, like Nursing, Veterinary Technology Management,  and Dental Hygiene have optional online junior and senior years that can allow students to get their four-year degree after joining their profession.

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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Sustainability Artist and Entrepreneur to Speak at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

DutchtubRenowned artist and sustainability advocate Todd Smith will be visiting SUNY Canton and demonstrating a revolutionary hot tub.

Smith will be offering a day of creative design workshops with students from the college’s Graphic and Multimedia Design (GMMD) program, and then will be hosting a campus-wide presentation at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. Smith’s presentation is free and open to the public.

“Todd’s background in design strongly complements his ideas about product image and branding,” noted the GMMD program’s Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett. “He will be talking about the realities and process of product design. His knowledge shows the balance between the creative and the practical side of product marketing and design.”

His presentation will focus on the theme “from concept to client,” which outlines non-traditional, progressive, networking and brand building for unique products, including success indicators and pitfalls. Smith also highlights future growth strategies that incorporate modern thinking for unique economic situations.

Smith is involved with the American division of API Design, creators of the “Dutchtub,” a modern portable wood-fired hot tub. He will be bringing one of innovative chemical-free units to campus for display and demonstration. Dutchtubs will be commercially available by 2010.

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Smith currently lives and works in Saranac Lake and is the president of local not for profit Adirondack Sustainable Communities, Incorporated.  He has been involved with the Solar Decathlon submission of University of Texas.  He won the critical regionalism competition in 2000 with his submission for responsible growth and planning in rural communities faced with rapid growth pressures. His current artistic work is on display at the 7444 Gallery in Saranac Lake.

Smith has taught Computer Graphics and Design through the State University of New York and Architecture through Montana State University. He is an avid skier, hiker, artist, and photographer. He also is the former North Country Community College women’s hockey coach.

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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