Archive for 2009

Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher Set to Visit SUNY Canton

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
On June 1, 2009 Nancy L. Zimpher became the Chancellor of SUNY. Zimpher is visiting all 64 SUNY campuses as part of a summer tour to create a SUNY-wide strategic plan.

On June 1, 2009 Nancy L. Zimpher became the Chancellor of SUNY. Zimpher is visiting all 64 SUNY campuses as part of a summer tour to create a SUNY-wide strategic plan.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher will be visiting and touring SUNY Canton on Monday, July 27 as part of her summer-long tour of the 64 colleges and universities within the SUNY system.

“We plan on showing her several of the positive initiatives exclusive to our college,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This is a constantly evolving and growing environment, with extraordinary growth in our online and international initiatives, in addition to our facilities construction and renovations.”

The Chancellor will have the opportunity to meet with more than 80 international students and faculty members from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia, and several Chinese institutions.

Kennedy and the college’s faculty and staff will also be highlighting the most recent progress on the new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, residence renovations, and the major overhaul of Nevaldine Technology Center.

The Chancellor’s tour of campus will be open to the media beginning at 3 p.m. Monday, July 27, and will include a rooftop view of the campus and a stop at SUNY Canton’s newly renovated, state-of-the-art nursing labs in Wicks Hall. This portion of the visit is specifically designed for media desiring photographs or video footage.

The tour will conclude with a 3:30 question-and-answer session for the media with Kennedy and Zimpher, followed by a reception, in the Newell Veterinary Technology Center.

Media arrangements should be made in advance by contacting SUNY Canton Public Relations at 315-386-7300, or email kie@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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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SUNY Canton SBDC to Present Solutions to Energy Challenges, July 28

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

The SBDC Seminar will outline adoptable renewable energy systems and energy efficient business models.

The SBDC Seminar will outline adoptable renewable energy systems and energy efficient business models.

Tax incentives and low-cost loans are available for business owners

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Canton will be helping business owners adapt to a completely new set of energy demands through their upcoming seminar “Energy Challenges and Solutions for Business in the 21st Century.”

The seminar will be held in conjunction with the North Country SBDC in Plattsburgh at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, at ComLinks located at 343 West Main Street in Malone. Seminar speakers will outline the opportunities to adopt renewable energy systems and creating energy efficient business models. The event is free and open to the public.

The New York State SBDC, in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC), has formulated an Energy Savings Program that will encourage business owners to implement energy efficiencies that will allow their firms to compete on a favorable basis in a global economy.

Seminar speakers Anthony Presti, Program Coordinator for the SBDC’s Energy Savings Program, and NYSERDA representatives will detail measures which, when implemented, will produce maximum savings for the business owner.

Business owners will learn how they can work with NYSERDA and SBDC Advisors to: implement energy efficiency projects; secure the financing to achieve energy efficiency or even to build green buildings; evaluate other renewable energy sources such as solar and wind; improve environmental performance by being greener; evaluate energy efficiency opportunities in all areas; and improve their bottom line.

Under the Energy Savings Program, an SBDC advisor reviews the NYSERDA suggested efficiencies with the business owner to analyze the potential savings of implementing the changes. Eligibility is open to small and medium-sized businesses, as well as industrial and commercial facilities and the New York State SBDC will subsidize one half of the cost of the NYSERDA review for the first 100 statewide clients of the program.

There is no charge for the program, but pre-registration is required. Contact the Canton Small Business Development Center at: 315-386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu to register and to obtain up-to-date information.

The Canton and North Country SBDCs work one-on-one in a confidential setting with emerging, existing, and expanding entrepreneurs. SBDC staff members provide these services at no cost to clients in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren, and St. Lawrence counties. The Canton and North Country SBDCs are part of a statewide program funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of New York. Visit the North Country SBDC online at www.NorthCountrySBDC.org or the Canton SBDC online at www.canton.edu/sbdc.

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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Roos House Underway at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Northland Associates of Liverpool continues to make excellent progress towards the construction of SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed “The Roos House.” Construction workers have begun pouring the foundation main portion of the complex, which will feature locker rooms and athletic staff offices. They will soon begin shaping the ice rink and field house for the 140,000 square foot building. Construction is scheduled to be completed by January 2011.

The project, coupled with the College’s other cross-campus renovations and projects, will dramatically change the overall atmosphere of the College, according to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Roos House

Pictured are (l to r) Northland Associates Employees Tyler Richards and Dennis Baron surveying the construction of a new foundation wall.

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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International and High School Students Arrive at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Approximately 20 Bosnian students met their SUNY Canton professors in person for the first time when they started their on-campus classes on Monday, June 29.

Assistant Professor Charles Fenner, PhD., during a lecture in his finance class with students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Assistant Professor Charles Fenner, PhD., during a lecture in his finance class with students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Our international program with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) has sent a group of students to our campus to participate in our international summer program,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This is the latest expansion of our international online partnership that allows students from several different countries to obtain SUNY Canton degrees in Finance and Information Technology.”

After a round of face-to-face introductions, the students got down to business in their classes with Assistant Professor Charles Fenner, PhD., the lead faculty member in the Finance program.

“The students started taking Human Resources Management and Business Ethics courses two weeks ago through video-delivered distance learning courses,” Fenner said. “The courses continue seamlessly now that they are here on campus.”

During their stay, the students will be immersed in special trips and activities including a July 4th barbeque and visits to Niagara Falls and New York City.

In addition to the students from AUBiH, more than 80 area high school students are moving into the College’s Residences to get their first glimpse at college life. The Upward Bound program started their unique summer classes designed to introduce first-generation college students to higher education.

“Students augment their high school studies with traditional courses ranging from English and science to art and fitness,” said Upward Bound Director Daun A. Martin. “Some junior and senior-level students even have the chance to take college courses through SUNY Canton OnLine before they graduate.”

Both groups will be joined by a group of 45 students from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia on Friday, July 3. Kennedy will be officially welcoming all of the international students at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 5, in Chaney Dining Center.

“We will also be hosting 19 Chinese Faculty members starting on July 17,” said Marela Fiacco, the College’s Coordinator of International Initiatives. “They will be learning about the College’s Early Childhood program and studying English as a second language.”

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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2009 SUNY Canton Graduate Snaps Up Awards for Excellent Imagery

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Alissa Jatsenti has a mind for numbers and an eye for photography.

Alissa Jatsenti's untitled-floral photograph was included in the Best of SUNY Exhibit in Albany.

Alissa Jatsenti's untitled-floral photograph was included in the Best of SUNY Exhibit in Albany.

The 2009 SUNY Canton graduate has won several awards for her academic excellence within the college’s Accounting program, and has begun picking up more recognitions for her keen creativity.

One of Jatsenti’s photographs was recently selected for the Best of SUNY Exhibit, which runs until September 25 at the SUNY Plaza in Albany. The State University of New York judges selected one of her colorful floral creations, which is representative of her ongoing series of macro, or close-up images.

Alissa Jatsenti's “Golden Fields” photo won the St. Lawrence County Land Trust monthly image contest in March.

Alissa Jatsenti's “Golden Fields” photo won the St. Lawrence County Land Trust monthly image contest in March.

“Some of my macro work combines abstract or an ‘out-in-the-space’ feel,” she said. “It is somewhat challenging to take these photographs, but the results are almost always amazing. Each flower is so different, and it is thrilling to see each one’s personality and defining characteristics.”

Jatsenti also won the St. Lawrence County Land Trust monthly image contest in March with her photo “Golden Fields” The St. Lawrence Land trust owns a group page on www.flickr.com that allows area photographers to contribute and display their images. Jatsenti became involved with the group and encouraged her peer photographers in the Graphic and Multi-Media Design courses to contribute their work.

According to Business and Liberal Arts Dean Linda A. Heilman, “Our students can opt to engage in cross-curricular studies between business and the arts, leading to a very well-rounded education.”

Jatsenti immigrated to the North Country after graduating from high school in her hometown of Tallinn, Estonia, and now resides in Canton. She was a student leader in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, a Clarkson Transfer scholarship, and an American Association of University Women scholarship this year.

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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Corning Contributes to Liberty Partnerships at SUNY Canton

Monday, June 22nd, 2009
Pictured is Grant receiving a check from Alex Neubert, Corning Plant Manager.

Pictured is Grant receiving a check from Joseph Neubert, Corning Plant Manager.

Corning, Inc. of Canton recently donated $1,000 to support the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley Liberty Partnerships Program’s work-mentoring program. Liberty Partnerships provides services to students in 12 school districts helping high school students to graduate and enter college or the workforce. According to Agnes Grant, Director the Liberty Partnerships Program, work-mentoring helps students gain self-confidence and professional skills as they begin to consider future careers.  Liberty Partnerships is housed at SUNY Canton. Pictured is Grant receiving a check from Joseph Neubert, Corning Plant Manager.

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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SUNY Canton Summer Session Breaks Enrollment Records for Third Straight Year

Friday, June 19th, 2009

SUNY Canton OnLineMore students than ever are taking summer courses at SUNY Canton.

The highly successful SUNY Canton Summer Session semesters have reached an all-time high of nearly 1,000 total enrollments, which is a 38 percent increase over the 2008 Summer Session’s 690 enrollments.

“More students are recognizing the convenience and overall value of SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This is especially true during the condensed online and in-class Summer Sessions, where students can catch up or get ahead.”

The 2009 semester also reflects more than 100 percent growth from the 2007 Summer Session, which had approximately 470 enrollments. Molly A. Mott, Dean of Academic Services and Retention cited the college’s continuing online expansion as a definitive factor in summer session growth.

“About 72 percent of our Summer Session students are taking classes online through SUNY Canton OL,” she said. “As long as they have access to a computer and the Internet, students can participate in their college courses without having to forfeit other summer plans and responsibilities.”

The same holds true for SUNY Canton’s highly qualified faculty members who host their online courses from home or other locations. The college also works with several international professors who are offering their courses from international locations including China and Panama. SUNY Canton’s three Summer Sessions each have approximately 40 online courses.

Course registration remains open for the second term of Summer Session until Monday, June 22 and the college will continue registering students for the third sessions up until the first day of classes. Course topics range from general education courses to offerings in many of SUNY Canton’s career-driven academic programs. For more information, or to register, visit www.canton.edu/courses/summer.html.

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 Honors Area High School Students

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Lisbon Central School's Tessa Kelley for her achievement at the college.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Lisbon Central School's Tessa Kelley for her achievement at the college.

Nearly 80 area graduating high school students began college early at SUNY Canton. Some students earned the equivalent to an entire semester of college before finishing high school.

College officials celebrated those students’ commitment to their education at a recent recognition ceremony. The college presented each of the students with a ceremonial SUNY Canton honor cord to be worn during their high school commencement ceremonies.

“We want to honor everyone who will be graduating from high school this year with SUNY Canton college credits,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy at the ceremony. “These students have what it takes to be successful in the next steps of their education.”

The students, who accumulated between 3 and 18 college credits through the college’s distance learning partnership with St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, may be able to graduate early from their respective college programs or take a reduced course load to ease into the adjustment of college life. Approximately 25 of the students have already been accepted at SUNY Canton for the Fall 2009 semester.

“Your initiative speaks wonders to what you are going to achieve,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs William R. Trumble. “You are exactly the students that we want at SUNY Canton.”

The College has two academic classrooms dedicated for distance learning. Faculty members utilize the technology to instruct college-level students at partner locations including the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lomonosov Moscow State University, among other partner universities. The videoconference style courses supplement the College’s online initiatives through SUNY Canton OnLine.

High school students who are interested in taking college courses through SUNY Canton should make the necessary arrangements with their high school guidance counselors.

Among those high school seniors with college credits earned from SUNY Canton are:

Clifton-Fine Central High School

· Justin Jones

· Sarah Lackemann

· Jacquelyn Pomerville

· Jordyn Sullivan

· Ryan Tanner

Gouverneur Junior-Senior High School

· Tyler Boscoe

· Blake Burr

· Trevor Carr

· Jockquelynne Come

· Nicolas Cotton-Baez

· Tyler Davis

· Sean Dewhirst

· Rebecca Don

· Natasha Embry

· Jasmine Frasher

· Meggan Geer

· Derek Gordon

· Emily Jackson

· Dustin Lallier

· Miranda Lashbrooks

· Jeanne LaVack

· Drew Leonard

· Chelsea Myers

· Brandon Raymo

· Benjamin Schermerhorn

· Joseph Schuessler

· Jillian Sergel

· Michelle Smith

· Nicholas Sterling

· Tricia Storie

· Danielle Waugh

· J. Talan Weekes

· Rinnan Whitford

· Sabrina Whitford

Hammond Central School

· Whitney Atkins

· Cassandra Cunningham

· Aubrie Dunn

· Maxine Hill

· Brooke Hollister

· Katlyn Hunt

· Jackie Knight

· Jessica Measheaw

· Nicole Richard

Hermon-DeKalb Central School

· Tyler Amo

· Marissa Bacon

· Kory Besaw

· Kaitlin Corscadden

· Nicole Fountain

· Courtney Holt

· Natasha Sayer

· Amanda Southwell

· Caitlin Spadaccini

· Michele Watkins

· Samantha Wentzel

Heuvelton Central School

· Thomas Blackburn

· Jacob Cougler

· Casey Donnelly

· Heather Johnson

· Sean Kelly

· Katherine Lashua

· Janeel Spiva

· Alexa Stowe

Lisbon Central School

· Rachael Bowdish

· Janna Crosby

· Rodney Cross

· Mara Dawson

· Alyson Felt

· Brittany Hill

· Tessa Kelley

· David Lalonde

· Shawna LaTulip

· Natalie Putney

Norwood-Norfolk Junior-Senior High School

· Raychel Dulin

· Lauren Lashomb

· Holly Planty

· TJ Sawyer

St. Lawrence Central

· Shelby McGraw

· Stephanie Toomey

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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Dental Hygiene Program Wins Top Honors for a Second Year

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program has been selected as a recipient of the American Dental Hygienists Association’s prestigious Student Member Community Service Award for the second year in a row.

Students in the program were recognized for continuing a community outreach initiative that teaches youth the importance of proper oral health. This year, the future dental hygienists worked with almost 100 children from three Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency Headstart facilities in the greater Rome, N.Y. area.

Dental Hygiene Students

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene students provide exams and cleanings at the Veteran's Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, N.Y.

“Only three colleges in the United States win this prestigious award each year,” said Pamela P. Quinn, Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator for the Associate Program. “We’ve now won it twice, which further demonstrates the quality of our commitment to the communities we serve.”

Each child who participated in the project received an electric toothbrush, provided by a Health Preventive Dentistry grant. The SUNY Canton students demonstrated how to use the brushes to reinforce good home care habits. Some of the children also received a free examination.

“The project is very successful on a variety of levels,” Quinn said. “The children and young adults learn about the importance of healthy teeth and good daily habits. They also become more comfortable interacting with oral health care professionals. Our students, in turn, develop a deeper understanding of the dental needs of at-risk populations.”

To conclude the project, the Dental Hygiene students hosted a health fair for the parents at three Headstart facilities, to help further encourage healthy oral habits.

Dental Hygiene is a rewarding and flexible career. It is a progressive profession that allows those who are balancing a family and a career the luxury of choosing either part-time or full-time employment. The average annual salary for a full-time hygienist nationwide is $56,700.

SUNY Canton partners with Mohawk Valley Community College to offer this high-need associate degree program, located at the Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome. The College also offers a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene through SUNY Canton OnLine. The program is designed for working professionals and graduates who wish to further accelerate their careers.

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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Clothing Fair Project Receives Award from AAUW

Friday, May 29th, 2009

David Norenberg and ?? trying on ties at the 2009 Clothing Fair.

This year’s fair included a “Dress for Success” fashion show with examples of what to wear (and what not to wear) to a job interview and in a professional work environment.

SUNY Canton has received an award from the St. Lawrence County branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for the 2009 Professional Clothing Fair.

The AAUW announced that the college had won a second place award in the Community program division at recent statewide Convention in Bolton Landing.

The SUNY Canton office of Human Resources, the Office of Career Services, and the St. Lawrence County One-Stop career center collaborate to host an annual clothing drive and fair for individuals who are preparing to join or rejoin the workforce. More than 250 people benefitted from the fair, according to Betty Connolly, SUNY Canton Director of Human Resources and AAUW member.

“We have individuals donate gently used clothing and distribute it to jobseekers from the community,” she said. “It’s been a well-received event. This year, our services were especially appreciated due to the sluggish economy.”

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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