Archive for April, 2010

SUNY Canton Seeks Energy Expo Input

Friday, April 30th, 2010

SUNY Canton is interested in hearing the North Country’s opinion about the future of the area’s annual energy expo.

The Energy expo Committee at the College has created an online survey to gather information and ideas from community members for any future energy expos or related trainings that would focus on alternative energy sources.

“The survey questions cover a wide range of topics including public concerns about energy, usage habits, interests, and opinions about various energy education efforts,” said Douglas B. Welch, SUNY Canton’s sustainability coordinator. “The goal is to reach a wide cross section of the community so we can gauge a true interest in energy conservation and what people would like to know more about.”

Those interested in participating in the survey can complete it online at http://tinyurl.com/cantonenergysurvey or you can access it from SUNY Canton’s website at www.canton.edu/green.  The survey will be available from Thursday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 19.

If you have questions, comments and ideas regarding the survey or future energy expos, contact Welch at welchd@canton.edu.

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Dine Kennedy Recipient of Prestigious North Country Award

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Dine Kennedy, wife of SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, is the recipient of St. Lawrence University’s North Country Citation this year.

An exemplary community volunteer, Mrs. Kennedy is currently co-chair of the Traditional Arts of Upstate New York (TAUNY) Evergreen Campaign, is a Board member for Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, and represents the St. Lawrence Valley Educational Television Council, Inc. (WPBS) on the national Leadership Council for advancing public service media in America.

She served ten years on the Benton Board of the Canton Free Library, including serving as Treasurer and President; served on the North Country Public Radio Community Advisory Board; served eleven years as a Board member, vice chair, and chair of WPBS; and served eight years on the Board of Trustees for Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

“The people who welcomed us to the North Country were the impetus for me getting so involved in the community,” Mrs. Kennedy said.  “Many of the people we’ve met here have set great examples by really giving of themselves, and they’ve had a real impact on my life.”

St. Lawrence University annually awards the North Country Citation to an individual or group from the region who, through professional and volunteer endeavors, has improved the quality of life in the North Country and fostered a sense of community in the region. Recipients must live in one of the six counties of Northern New York (St. Lawrence, Lewis, Jefferson, Essex, Warren and Franklin).

The citation will be presented to Mrs. Kennedy by the University’s Board of Trustees at St. Lawrence’s Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 16.

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SUNY Canton Announces Linda L. Fay Honors Convocation Award Recipients

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

More than 200 students will be awarded for their excellence in academics and community involvement at this year’s SUNY Canton Linda L. Fay Honors Convocation.

“This is a day celebrating student success both individually and academically,” Professor Emeritus Fay said about Honors Convocation. “I’m honored to be able to share it with them.”

Honors Convocation is at the end of a week-long academic celebration at the College including a two-day Scholarly Activities Celebration. A complete schedule follows:

  • The Scholarly Activities Celebration begins with a keynote address entitled, “The Privilege of a Joyful Career” by Art Greenberg, professor of chemistry at the University of New Hampshire at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Theater. Student and faculty presentations will follow in the Woodcock Conference Suite.
  • The Scholarly Activities Celebration poster presentation will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 30, in Southworth Library.
  • A special presentation entitled, “Human Need Is Where You Find It” by Linda Fay will begin at noon on Tuesday, May 4, in the Woodcock Conference Suite Room 212. Fay will be providing an update on Anywar Ricky Richards who spoke at SUNY Canton in 2008 and has continued his work helping child soldiers in Uganda.
  • The Honors Convocation ceremony will begin at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gymnasium.

All events surrounding Honors Convocation are free and open to the public.

Students are slated to receive awards based on their grade point average specific to their year and their program. Students also will be awarded special recognition for service, continuing education, and overall success at SUNY Canton. Among those who will receive awards are:

  • Gabriel M. Anderson, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Nursing.
  • Katelyn D. Anthony, a SUNY Canton student from Spencerport majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Meredith Austin, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Liberal Arts.
  • Heidi L. Baker, a SUNY Canton student from Madrid majoring in Health Care Management.
  • Jordon D. Barney, a SUNY Canton student from Constable majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Rebecca R. Blackmer, a SUNY Canton student from Colton majoring in Finance.
  • Linda A. Boak, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in Computer Information Systems.
  • Lonny D. Bombard, a SUNY Canton student from Moira majoring in Heating & Plumbing Service.
  • Donald L. Bramer, a SUNY Canton student from Canajoharie majoring in Emergency Management.
  • Kelley E. Burkum, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Finance.
  • Karah C. Burns, a SUNY Canton student from Ontario majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Katherine L. Busch, a SUNY Canton student from Winthrop majoring in Criminal Justice.
  • John N. Butler, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in Liberal Arts.
  • Phillip J. Campbell, a SUNY Canton student from Hamlin majoring in Accounting.
  • Susan R. Campbell, a SUNY Canton student from Ogdensburg majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Jason E. Chapman, a SUNY Canton student from Canandaigua majoring in Motorsports Performance & Repair.
  • Tiffiny R. Charland, a SUNY Canton student from Glens Falls majoring in Health Science Career Studies.
  • Kailey L. Christy, a SUNY Canton student from Tupper Lake majoring in Graphic and Multimedia Design.
  • Tammy L. Cox, a SUNY Canton student from Brushton majoring in Legal Studies.
  • Avery R. Denney, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Facilities Operation.
  • Nicole E. Dodge, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Nursing.
  • James E. Du Bois, a SUNY Canton student from Norwood majoring in General Admission – Canino School of Engineering Technology.
  • Merissa A. Erdman, a SUNY Canton student from Gouverneur majoring in Business Administration-AS.
  • William R. Francis, a SUNY Canton student from Albion majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Jesse C. Frego, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Natasha Ghize, a SUNY Canton student from Ogdensburg majoring in Legal Studies.
  • Christopher R. Giczewski, a SUNY Canton student from Fountain Valley, CA majoring in Civil Engineering Technology.
  • Sara L. Gooshaw, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Finance.
  • Nicholas J. Graham, a SUNY Canton student from Queensbury majoring in Information Technology – Web Development.
  • Heather C. Harper, a SUNY Canton student from Lisbon majoring in Accounting.
  • Kendra M. Harris, a SUNY Canton student from Roscoe majoring in Funeral Services Administration.
  • Jay M. Hebert, a SUNY Canton student from Heuvelton majoring in Information Technology – Web Development.
  • Delia L. Herne, a SUNY Canton student from Akwesasne majoring in General Admission – School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice.
  • Katelyn A. Horton, a SUNY Canton student from Roscoe majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Katelynn B. Hunt, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in Nursing.
  • Ashley M. Hunter, a SUNY Canton student from Cicero majoring in Veterinary Services Management.
  • Caitlyn E. Huntington, a SUNY Canton student from Gansevoort majoring in Emergency Management.
  • Verner M. Ingram, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Individual Studies – Health.
  • Nicole L. Jayson, a SUNY Canton student from Gouverneur majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Chantel M. Johnston, a SUNY Canton student from Brushton majoring in Business Administration.
  • Jerian O. Kampnich, a SUNY Canton student from Croghan majoring in Dental Hygiene.
  • Ronald R. Kaszuba, a SUNY Canton student from Amsterdam majoring in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Mikel B. Kelso, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Air Conditioning Engineering Technology.
  • Julie A. Kreider, a SUNY Canton student from Gouverneur majoring in Nursing.
  • Elizabeth R. LaBrie, a SUNY Canton student from Amsterdam majoring in Management.
  • George A. Lavalley, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Liberal Arts.
  • Brad Lincoln, a SUNY Canton student from North Lawrence majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology.
  • John M. Liverio, a SUNY Canton student from Amsterdam majoring in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Joel M. Manchester, a SUNY Canton student from North Bangor majoring in Electrical Construction & Maintenance.
  • Jessica L. Marashian, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Legal Studies.
  • John H. Martin, a SUNY Canton student from Madrid majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  • Colleen P. Matzell, a SUNY Canton student from Colton majoring in Individual Studies.
  • Lindsay J. McCabe, a SUNY Canton student from Lombardy, Ontario majoring in Early Childhood.
  • Ethan C. McCrea, a SUNY Canton student from Gouverneur majoring in Alternative & Renewable Energy Systems.
  • Julie A. McCrum, a SUNY Canton student from Theresa majoring in Nursing.
  • Shaniqua A. McDonald, a SUNY Canton student from New York majoring in Accounting.
  • Alison E. McGinn, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Physical Therapist Assistant.
  • William Meaney, a SUNY Canton student from Oswego majoring in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Mario P. Mercaldi, a SUNY Canton student from Champlain majoring in Information Technology – Web Development.
  • Leos Mikulka, a SUNY Canton student from Czechoslovakia majoring in Engineering Science.
  • Robert E. Miller, a SUNY Canton student from Waddington majoring in Air Conditioning Maintenance & Repair.
  • Gregory J. Millington, a SUNY Canton student from Clifton Park majoring in Legal Studies.
  • Julie L. Mills, a SUNY Canton student from Ogdensburg majoring in Practical Nursing.
  • Wendy M. Morrell, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Physical Therapist Assistant.
  • John S. Nemeth, a SUNY Canton student from Glenfield majoring in Alternative & Renewable Energy Systems.
  • Diana R. Norman, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in Graphic and Multimedia Design.
  • Pamela Northrop, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Accounting.
  • Brett A. Nortz, a SUNY Canton student from Watertown majoring in Engineering Science.
  • Jeanine O’Hagan-Murphy, a SUNY Canton student from Brooklyn majoring in Nursing – BS.
  • Jonathan R. Pease, a SUNY Canton student from South Glens Falls majoring in Emergency Management.
  • David J. Pierce, a SUNY Canton student from Olean majoring in Construction Technology:  Management.
  • Lauren B. Pitman, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Ryan E. Powers, a SUNY Canton student from Star Lake majoring in Individual Studies.
  • Tyler D. Prashaw, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in General Admission – Canino School of Engineering Technology.
  • Matthew D. Rakas, a SUNY Canton student from Gloversville majoring in Management.
  • Maureen E. Regan, a SUNY Canton student from Hammond majoring in Health Science Career Studies.
  • Justin A. Richardson, a SUNY Canton student from Pavilion majoring in Alternative & Renewable Energy Systems.
  • Adam J. Roach, a SUNY Canton student from Ogdensburg majoring in Civil Engineering Technology.
  • Lauren N. Roberts, a SUNY Canton student from Ontario majoring in Legal Studies.
  • Kristie L. Rushing, a SUNY Canton student from Lowville majoring in Dental Hygiene.
  • Eric S. Schreiber, a SUNY Canton student from Baldwinsville majoring in Air Conditioning Engineering Technology.
  • Stacey J. Schroeder, a SUNY Canton student from Lisbon majoring in Health Science Career Studies.
  • Jessie J. Scott, a SUNY Canton student from DeKalb Junction majoring in Business Administration.
  • Andrew M. Simmons, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in Criminal Justice.
  • Stanley P. Skowronek, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Air Conditioning Maintenance & Repair.
  • Cheyanne S. Smith, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in General Admission – School of Business and Liberal Arts.
  • Kyle Szelestey, a SUNY Canton student from Salisbury Mills majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  • Mark J. Talamo, a SUNY Canton student from Oswego majoring in Management.
  • Ronna L. Terry, a SUNY Canton student from Star Lake majoring in Health Care Management.
  • Raymond K. Thibault, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Electrical Construction & Maintenance.
  • Crystal D. Thomas, a SUNY Canton student from Fabius majoring in Accounting.
  • Paul E. Todd, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in Individual Studies – Engineering.
  • Shanna-Kay T. Townsend, a SUNY Canton student from Bronx majoring in Health Care Management.
  • Kristina M. Tucker, a SUNY Canton student from Ilion majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Heather M. Vanalstine, a SUNY Canton student from Canton majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • David R. Walker, a SUNY Canton student from Fairport majoring in Alternative & Renewable Energy Systems.
  • Sam M. Warren, a SUNY Canton student from Elmira Heights majoring in Emergency Management.
  • Angeline D. Waryasz, a SUNY Canton student from Lowville majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Bridget A. Webber, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Graphic and Multimedia Design.
  • Michael J. Weller, a SUNY Canton student from Brasher Falls majoring in Business Administration-AS.
  • Jack W. White, a SUNY Canton student from Felts Mills majoring in Automotive Technology.
  • Anne E. Willer, a SUNY Canton student from Potsdam majoring in Nursing.
  • Amber D. Williams, a SUNY Canton student from Heuvelton majoring in Health Science Career Studies.
  • Lewis B. Williams, a SUNY Canton student from Philadelphia majoring in Information Technology – Web Development.
  • Steven Zyzik, a SUNY Canton student from Massena majoring in Computer Information Systems.

Recipients of Special Recognition

  • Canino Prize for Academic Excellence . . . . . Katelyn D. Anthony, Heidi L. Baker, Jordon D. Barney, Rebecca R. Blackmer, Donald L. Bramer, Tammy L. Cox, William R. Francis, Jesse C. Frego, Sara L. Gooshaw, Jay M. Hebert, Ronald R. Kaszuba, Elizabeth R. LaBrie, Jessica L. Marashian, John S. Nemeth, Diana R. Norman, Jeanine O’Hagan-Murphy, Jonathan R. Pease, Matthew D. Rakas, Lauren N. Roberts, Ronna L. Terry, David R. Walker, Bridget A. Webber, Lewis B. Williams
  • Canino Scholar Awards: Jacob J. Bunnell, Stacy E. Gushea, Julie A. Kreider, Kayla M. Peets, Jennifer M. Phillips
  • Canino Achievement Awards: Linda A. Boak, Lonny D. Bombard, Karah C. Burns, John N. Butler, Phillip J. Campbell, Jason E. Chapman, Tiffiny R. Charland, Mikel B. Kelso, Julie A. Kreider, Joel M. Manchester, John H. Martin, Colleen P. Matzell, Alison E. McGinn, Robert E. Miller, Julie L. Mills, Brett A. Nortz, Lauren B. Pitman, Ryan E. Powers, Maureen E. Regan, Adam J. Roach, Stacey J. Schroeder, Jessie J. Scott, Andrew M. Simmons, Stanley P. Skowronek, Raymond K. Thibault, Kristina M. Tucker, Heather M. Vanalstine, Michael J. Weller, Amber D. Williams
  • TRiO SSS Awards: Chelsea M. Allen, Joseph P. Amell, Sarah K. Bell, Courtney E. Butera, Alicia L. Curran, Penny A. Dafoe, Shane M. Dubay, Shane Franks, Raymond D. Hassett, Zachary T. Herbick, Katlyn M. Hunt, Lindsey R. LaTray, Nanette J. Maccannell, Marissa M. Misner, Matthew J. Mulkin, Marie R. Petrucci, Sandra E. Prashaw, Stacey J. Schroeder, Ryan J. Simpson, Carlos E. Tiburcio, Jonathan W. Turner, Jasmine S. Wells, Kylie L. Woods
  • The Outstanding Graduate Award-Baccalaureate: Jill M. Lizak
  • The Outstanding Graduate Award-Associate: Kale C. Hitchman

  • The David R. Maynard Student Activities Award : Edward A. Brown

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SUNY Canton Links with American University in the Emirates

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

SUNY Canton has continued its international expansion by joining with the American University in the Emirates (AUE) in Dubai.

Muthanna G. Abdul Razzaq, president and CEO of AUE, and Nabeel A. Jurdi, the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, recently visited Canton to officially sign the necessary agreements that will allow their students to earn SUNY Canton degrees.

“This partnership with an internationally renowned university is especially beneficial as we continue our international growth,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’re positioning ourselves as the college with the most international programs in the entire SUNY system.”

SUNY Canton plans to offer its four-year Finance program, and AUE officials expressed interest in three other four-year programs. “They’ve expressed an interest in our graphic and multimedia design program and several others,” noted Marela Fiacco, SUNY Canton’s coordinator of international programs. “This agreement should prove to be as successful as our dual degree programs with international universities.”

SUNY Canton currently links with the American University in Bosnia Herzegovina and Lomonosov-Moscow State University. All classes are offered using an online or distance learning format. The college has also developed summer programs for each contingent of international students. Each year students travel from their home countries to visit SUNY Canton and take classes in person.

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SUNY Canton Expects Record Summer Session

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

SUNY Canton has opened registration for its Summer Session and is expecting a record number of student enrollments to accompany its largest and most comprehensive list of summer offerings.

Summer Session will include 100 online courses and 20 on campus classes beginning June 1 and concluding August 20. It consists of three separate sessions, allowing students the opportunity to enroll in several courses during the three-month span.

“We’ve experienced extraordinary growth in our Summer and Winter Sessions the past few years,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students from all over New York State have realized how convenient it is to catch up or get ahead with our online courses without interfering with their summer plans.”

Last year’s Summer Session saw a 38 percent increase over 2008 with more than 1,000 total enrollments. Since 2007, SUNY Canton’s summer programming has grown more than 100 percent. Much of that success stems from a high number of enrollments from students throughout the SUNY system and private colleges. More than half of the students taking summer courses were from colleges other than SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton offered its first four online summer courses in 2002. Since, the online selections have grown consistently, reaching 65 courses during Summer Session 2009 and at least 100 this summer.

“I’d advise students to sign up early, particularly for our General Education courses. Those have a tendency to fill up quickly,” said SUNY Canton OnLine Director Kyle Brown. “We’re dedicated to bringing the same high-quality education we offer in our classrooms right to students’ fingertips.”

General Education courses, or Gen Ed requirements, fulfill numerous major requirements and are therefore highly sought after.  “These courses easily transfer to other SUNY schools,” Brown added. “We offer courses that count towards other majors and degrees, coinciding directly with what students are looking to achieve between traditional semesters.”

Course registration will remain open until either the first day of classes of each session or until courses are full. 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.

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Noted Author Speaking at Scholarly Activities Celebration

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

A noted author will explain how finding the right career is like turning lead into gold at SUNY Canton’s Scholarly Activities Celebration.

Arthur Greenberg, Ph.D., a chemistry professor at the University of New Hampshire, will be presenting “The Privilege of a Joyful Career” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. Greenberg authored From Alchemy to Chemistry in Picture and Story, a light-hearted overview of the history of chemistry including its transition from the pseudo-science days of converting lead into gold.

“Chemistry’s history is really fascinating,” Greenberg said. “Looking at it historically, you get a feeling for how chemistry went from this spiritual way of trying to make sense of nature to becoming a science.”

After Greenberg’s guest lecture, students and faculty will be making a series of presentations on research they’ve conducted during the past year in the Woodcock Conference Suites. There will also be artwork on display by students in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program. The Scholarly Activities Celebration continues with a poster presentation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 30, in the Southworth Library.

“Dr. Greenberg has made a career doing what he loves,” noted Scholarly Activities Celebration Chair Jeffrey Taylor, who is also an assistant professor of biology at SUNY Canton. “Our students can learn from his ability to find a path best suiting his interests and passion. He’s also found a way to share his enthusiasm for a given subject matter in a way that resonates with everyone.”

Greenberg is a 1967 graduate of Farleigh Dickinson University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry, while both his Master’s and Ph.D. are from Princeton University.  He has worked as a faculty member at Forstburg State College, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University. He was the chemistry department chair at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte before becoming the Dean of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire.

Greenberg’s research has focused on organic and environmental organic chemistry. He has published over 120 papers and chapters, authored and co-authored five books and edited 19 others.

The Scholarly Activities Celebration highlights the work of SUNY Canton students and faculty. Students will have the opportunity to present their research and have the chance to win one of several $100 prizes. Last year’s celebration had more than 100 presentations, ranging from art and design projects to poster presentations detailing the latest advancements in the engineering technology fields.

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SUNY Canton Students Reduce, Reuse, and “Roo-cycle”

Monday, April 19th, 2010

A recent competition challenged SUNY Canton students to “Roo-cycle” by donating their used belongings in addition to sorting out their waste.

Faculty and staff from the Green Campus Committee set up collections at each of the four residence halls for used clothing, electronics, and the traditional cardboard and mixed recyclables.

“Several members of our committee designed the competition as a way to increase awareness about recycling at the student level,” said Matthew J. Burnett, an assistant professor in the graphic and multimedia design program and Green Campus Committee chair. “We’re creating a culture of sustainability. Certainly it helps us as a college to be more eco-minded, but we want our students to continue these practices after they graduate.”

The recently completed “Roo-cycle” competition collected about 2,900 redeemable recyclables, raising a total of $145 for the student-run Habitat for Humanity club. It also drew together about 580 clothing and shoe donations and more than 40 books.

Amidst bags of clear and green tinted bottles stood a box with a photograph of two children wearing plastic bags on their feet taped to the side. Marquise Paillere, a Liberal Studies major, snapped the photo just after the earthquakes hit her home in Haiti. Paillere was stranded in Port-au-Prince at the beginning of the semester and has championed a local portion of the international drive to help people in her home country by collecting used shoes.

“Once students found out the clothing was going to St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the shoes were going to Haiti, they became even more inspired to pitch in,” said Joanne Fassinger, the College’s grants coordinator. “They began using the competition as a way to donate rather than just discard.”

Volunteers tabulated the total recycled by each residence and eager students looked on waiting to see who won the good-natured challenge. Heritage residence hall won the total competition by using word of mouth communication, according to Courtney B. Bish, Director of Residence life.

“Students stood by the front doors of their residences to tell everyone coming and going about the competition,” Bish said. “They even went door-to-door. Students became more involved because their pride was on the line. They wanted to win the challenge.”

The students in Heritage will be treated to a pizza party for their enthusiastic recycling efforts. The Kangaroo, nicknamed the Roo, presented representatives from the residence with the award at a student activities event. Plans are underway for another “Roo-cycle” competition.

SUNY Canton also participated in RecycleMania, an international competition for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities on their campus communities. Last year, the College reduced its total waste by approximately 21 percent.

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Law Enforcement Day Tackles School Violence

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The SUNY Canton criminal justice program will be commemorating the anniversary of the Columbine tragedy with a Law Enforcement Day symposium on violence in schools.

The day-long event will be honoring local law enforcement professionals and providing educational topics about raising awareness of violence in schools and the community at large. Sessions and presentations will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“It will have been 11 years since the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Brian K. Harte. “Our student leaders saw this date as an ideal time to reflect on school violence and create a dialog on how to best safeguard against future incidences.”

Among the topics presented at the symposium will be officer safety issues, self-defense techniques, and law enforcement recruitment. Presenters include local, regional, and SUNY Canton experts.

“These topics are highly relevant for professionals and future professionals working within education, law enforcement, and social services settings,” said Andrew C. Wood, a criminal investigation student and president of the College’s chapter of Beta Psi Delta, a Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association. “These discussions will review previous national events like Columbine, assess current preparedness and procedures, and take a glimpse into the future. It’s an eye opener to see such a high number of middle and high schools utilizing metal detectors at their front doors.”

For more information, or to register for the event, email harteb@canton.edu or call 315.386.7967.

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Richard W. Miller Donates Another Major Gift to SUNY Canton Foundation

Monday, April 12th, 2010

The Distinguished Professor Emeritus hopes to again inspire other donors with his gift.

A committed benefactor recently made his second major donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation.

Pictured are SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Richard W. Miller, and Dine Kennedy. Miller recently made a second major donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Richard W. Miller has given $50,000 in honor of his relationship with the College and SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and his wife Dine Kennedy. The retired electrical engineering technology professor had already donated $1 million in 2003.

“We truly cannot thank Mr. Miller enough,” Kennedy said. “The time he spent as a faculty member, the students he helped educate, and the careers he helped launch are remarkable. His donations are made from the heart and we greatly appreciate his enthusiasm and loyalty to the College and its students. Dick is the living embodiment of the phrase ‘a lifetime of dedication.’ His love of all things SUNY Canton is truly evident through his lifetime of commitment.”

In 2003, the College named its then newest building the Richard W. Miller Campus Center in honor of his first donation. At the time, it was the College’s first million-dollar donation. Centennial Campaign Co-Chairs Ronald M. (class of 1959) and Blanche K. Woodcock (honorary alumna 2003) noted Miller’s donation inspired other donations from alumni and community members alike, and helped fuel the success of the recently concluded capital campaign.

Miller explained previously that the College is the third greatest love of his life, following after his wife Irene, who passed away in 2002, and his family. He has hopes that this most recent donation will serve as a call to action for alumni and friends of the College to continue their support.

“I’m proud that SUNY Canton has remained a part of my life after my retirement and that I’ve had a chance to cultivate a strong relationship with Dr. Kennedy and his wife Dine,” Miller said. “In addition to driving the growth of the College that I hold so dear, they’ve been caring and kind. I’m proud to call them my friends.”

Miller has been involved with SUNY Canton for more than half of the College’s existence. In 1976, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, in recognition of his ability to help students attain academic excellence, his mastery of teaching techniques, and his record of scholarship in his field. The prior year, he was named an Outstanding Educator in America. In 1982, he received the SUNY Canton College Council’s Distinguished Faculty Award. Miller is an esteemed advisor to the Alpha chapter of the Theta Gamma Fraternity, a post he has held since 1948. He remains an active member of the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors and the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

“Dick and his wife Irene were among the first people to welcome our family to Canton,” said Dine Kennedy. “I recall so many wonderful evenings the four of us have spent together. I know that Dick’s gift is profoundly personal. He has deeply touched the emotions of the College community and Foundation members.”

Miller, who earned his bachelor’s of science from SUNY Oswego and his master’s of education from St. Lawrence University, worked at General Electric in Schenectady before coming to Canton in 1946.

“It is inspirational and emotional for the SUNY Canton Foundation to accept Mr. Miller’s gift to the College and Dr. Kennedy,” said Director of Alumni Relations Peggy S. Levato. “He is such a close member of our SUNY Canton family, and he recognizes that giving now is more important than ever before due to the economy. His legacy here will live forever.”

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SUNY Canton’s Honors Convocation Named to Honor Canton’s Linda L. Fay

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

A dedicated and decorated former nursing faculty member has been selected as the namesake of the SUNY Canton Honors Convocation.

“I am very pleased to announce that the 2010 Honors Convocation will be named for Professor Emerita Linda L. Fay,” said SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble. “She was recommended unanimously by the Recognition and Awards Committee for her illustrious service to the College and the greater North Country community.”

Distinguished Professor Emerita of Nursing Linda L. Fay was selected as the namesake of the 2010 Honors Convocation at SUNY Canton. Fay is pictured in the College’s state-of-the-art nursing lab.

The Linda L. Fay Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural Gym. More than 200 students will be receiving awards denoting their academic success, character development, and community involvement during the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.

“This is a day about the students,” Fay said about Honors Convocation. “I’m honored to be able to share it with them.”

Fay began her career at the College in 1972 and was granted emeritus status after teaching nursing for more than three decades. She received the SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award in 1995, the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996 and the Chancellor’s Recognition Award for Outstanding Service to SUNY and the people of the North Country in 1998.

“Linda was an innovative and tireless teacher and program director who became an exemplary role model for faculty and students at SUNY Canton,” said John F. Conklin, the current director of the College’s Nursing program. “Her mission was to always leave things a little better than when she found them. She taught here for more than 30 years, and certainly made the College a better place.”

During her tenure, she served on many committees, wrote grants, and developed seven 15-week courses for the bachelor of science, nursing program implemented last year at the college.

At the request of colleagues, students, and alumni, the Linda Lahey Fay Nursing Award was established in 2003. It recognizes annually a senior graduate who best upholds the saying, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted,” which represents some of Fay’s personal mantras and beliefs.

After graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1968, Fay worked at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City as head nurse of their pediatric tuberculosis unit and then became the nurse manager of intensive care. She earned her master’s degree in education from St. Lawrence University in 1979.

Fay is currently a Board of Director member for the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, CHMC Health Systems, the Canton Housing Authority and the Grasse River Heritage. She is the Director of Public Relations for SEM-Fund, a microfinance organization in Senegal, Africa, an officer in the Canton area Zonta Club and a cook for the Canton Free Will Meal program. She is a past member of the Canton Rescue Squad, was a professional program developer for the American Heart Association, item writer for the New York State Regents External Degree Program, and a volunteer with the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, St. Lawrence County Health Initiative, and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley.

She lives in Canton with her husband, Daniel G. Fay, who’s a professor in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. They have three children, Mrs. Steven (Kelley) Glasgow, Edward and John, and two grandchildren, Garret and Paige. She is considered the adoptive mother of Anywar Ricky Richard, the founder of Friends of Orphans, an organization that supports former child soldiers in Uganda, Africa. The Fays brought Richard to SUNY Canton as a guest speaker. His speech is widely remembered as one of the most poignant and informative lectures at the College.

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