Archive for September, 2010

Academic Support Services Receives Grant Funding

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

SUNY Canton’s Academic Support Services department recently received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The funding will be used for the Student Support Services (SSS) program, a federally-funded TRiO program that works with over 200 SUNY Canton students annually.

“The program contributes in a major way to the retention efforts of SUNY Canton,” said Patricia M. Cassara, director of academic support services and the TRiO SSS program. “Students within the program are followed throughout their college career. We help students overcome obstacles and reach their educational goals, we provide academic support, and we encourage them to be the best student they can be.”

The SSS program provides a number of services including:

  • information and resources to enhance collegiate success;
  • professional tutoring;
  • academic counseling; and
  • scholarship opportunities.

In addition, the TRiO SSS Program offers the opportunity to belong to Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society.

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


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SUNY Canton Students Make Alumni House Greener

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

SUNY Canton alternative and renewable energy systems students have made hot water cheaper and greener at the College’s Blanche K. Woodcock Alumni House.

A class of solar utilization students installed two rooftop heat collectors to learn about solar thermal systems and to benefit the home.


“This is a great example of the innovative ways our faculty implement our signature hands-on education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “These students’ efforts embody our mission to remain dedicated to sustainability and environmental conservation.”

Students were involved in the process from start to finish, gaining experience in discussing the benefits of renewable energy, technical training in determining material needs, costs, scheduling and layout. They made two presentations to the College Foundation and facilities personnel to garner support for the project.

The students then installed the two solar collectors on the roof of the house and made plumbing connections to the existing hot water system. The roof-mounted collectors utilize solar energy to warm antifreeze, which in turn warms water for showers, cooking, laundry, and other uses throughout the house. Much like conventional hot water heating, the newly installed system stores the water in a tank for later use.

“A solar thermal system is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce fossil fuel energy consumption for residential applications,” said Matthew D. Bullwinkel, associate professor of engineering technology who taught the course.  “The students did an excellent job adapting the new technology to the existing structure.”

Throughout the summer months, the system produced storage tank temperatures well over 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the minimum recommended temperature setting for hot water tanks.

“The system performed well,” Bullwinkel noted. “Many people don’t think there is enough sun in Northern New York to use the solar collectors. We actually have enough sunlight to produce more hot water than is currently used at the house.”

SUNY Canton students will continue to maintain the system and use it as learning tool. The system will also be used for research into solar hot water performance in the area.

“Being able to collect data from an actual residential setting versus what we would get from simulating one in a lab has been great,” Bullwinkel added. “We’re appreciative of the overwhelming support we received from Dr. Kennedy, the College Foundation, the Canino School of Engineering Technology, and our facilities department.”

The College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology is involved in solar thermal curriculum training programs through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

The SUNY Canton Alumni House is located at 8 Stillman Drive in Canton, just outside of the College’s 555 acre campus. It was named in 2008 to honor 2006 Honorary Alumna Blanche K. Woodcock.

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


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SUNY Canton Records Third Year of Record Enrollment

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton has broken total enrollment records for the third consecutive year.

The College has 3,686 students this year. The total contains an incoming class of 941 first-time, full-time students and 241 new full-time transfer students. In 2008, the College had 3,056 enrollments and 3,343 in 2009. The 2010 enrollment figure reflects a second straight year of more than 10 percent growth.

“We’re consistently growing in all the right areas,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We continually increase our selectivity in order to strategically grow our College’s student population while adding new career-driven four-year programs. The College is a completely different place from when I first came here. More students are making SUNY Canton their first choice when starting and continuing their higher education.”

The College has grown 73 percent in just the past ten years, up from 2,126 students in 2000, and it’s nearly doubled in size since enrolling 1,880 students in 1970.

“This growth has helped us avoid the layoffs and reduction of staff that we’ve seen in many other colleges around the state,” Kennedy said. “It’s also a big benefit to our local economy and area businesses to bring in additional students. We recognize our responsibility to the people of the North Country to continue to help energize and revitalize the economy.”

The College broke a 33-year-old record for the most applications in the school’s history with more than 5,500 applicants this year. The previous record was set in 1977 when 5,331 students applied. The College has increased applications nearly 20 percent for four consecutive years, up 77 percent overall from 2006.

Several key developments have led to the College’s explosive growth, including virtually no turnover in admissions counselors and support staff, a clear, concise marketing message, and the addition of more new bachelor’s degrees. Most recently, the College added degrees in sports management, civil and environmental technology, and electrical technology.

“We’ve grown in nearly every way and we anticipate another strong class next year,” noted Assistant Vice President for Advancement Randy B. Sieminski, who oversaw the admissions office through this year’s record enrollments. “The spring opening of our new athletic facility and our new residence hall opening next summer will make 2011 one of the most exciting years in SUNY Canton history.”

The College began construction on the Grasse River Housing Suites, a 305-room apartment-style living complex. Each suite contains single occupancy bedrooms surrounding a common living area. The new residence is designed for upper-class students and is expected to open in August 2011.

The new residence hall comes in addition to the College’s new Roos House, otherwise known as the Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, which is expected to open during the Spring 2011 semester.

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


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Fireworks Wednesday at SUNY Canton’s Fall Fest

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The SUNY Canton College Activities Board has sponsored a fireworks display as part of the College’s Fall Festival, Wednesday, Sept. 15.

The first fireworks will launch at 9 p.m. from the field behind SUNY Canton’s Smith Residence Hall.

The Kangaroos men's soccer team will take on the SUNY Potsdam Bears at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The College is holding a "pack the stands" event at the game as part of Fall Fest.

Other events during the student-orchestrated festivities include:

  • A construction celebration of the College’s Grasse River Housing Suites will be held at 3 p.m. across the street from the construction site on Cornell Drive.
  • Students from each residence will be competing in a raft race for their choice of rooms in the new 305-bedroom apartment-style suites and other prizes beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday on the Grasse River.
  • Plattsburgh-based hypnotist Michael Blaine will be performing at 5 p.m.
  • The Kangaroos men’s soccer team will take on the SUNY Potsdam Bears at 7 p.m. at the turf field. The athletic department is holding a “pack the stands event” with competitions and prizes for students attending the game.
  • The much-acclaimed North Country band Double Axel will be performing classic rock sets at 3:30 and 6 p.m. and a College DJ will be performing at 4:30 and 7 p.m.

All of the above events are free and open to the public, but specifically designed for college students. Events, unless otherwise noted, will be held in the field behind Smith Hall near the volleyball court and adjacent to the Grasse River. The rain location for all events except for the fireworks and soccer match is in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

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


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Students Racing for Rooms in SUNY Canton’s New Residence Hall, Sept. 15

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

First-float, first-served.

SUNY Canton students will compete in a raft race on the Grasse River to secure their first choice of rooms in SUNY Canton’s newest residence hall as part of the College’s Suite Construction Celebration.

The event will be commemorating the construction of the Grasse River Housing Suites and will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, across the street from the construction site on Cornell Drive. The celebration is free and open to the public.

“It will be our unique way to mark the momentous project and commemorate what it will mean for our College,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Following the opening of our new athletic complex this spring, it is the next biggest thing at our College and will allow us continue our dramatic growth and progress.”

“In addition to the raft races, members of our student government will be assembling a time capsule to be built into the building,” said Michael J. Perry, executive director of the College Association and director of student activities. “We are celebrating the latest progress during our Fall Festival line-up of student events.”

 

Construction of the new 305 bed residence hall began earlier this summer with a completion date of August 2011. The residence hall will be for upper class students and current plans include a mini-store, multi-purpose classroom, meeting space, and a large open courtyard for recreation and outdoor activities.

“We’ve seen explosive growth in enrollment numbers, especially in our four-year programs, and we expect the trend to continue,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The addition of this new residence hall is critical to the growth of our college as we add degree programs and welcome more four-year students to our community.”

Total project costs are currently estimated at approximately $22 million for the LEED Silver Certified building. Northland Associates of Liverpool will be heading up the project, its third simultaneous construction project at SUNY Canton. They are currently working on the College’s Roos House, otherwise known as the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, as well as overhauling Nevaldine Technology Center.

For more information about the Suite Construction Celebration, contact the SUNY Canton Foundation, 315.386.7127 or email rowleya@canton.edu.

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SUNY Canton’s Davis Health Center Receives Accreditation

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

The Davis Health Center has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association).

The Health Center, located on the first floor of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, achieved the accreditation by providing a safe work environment and the highest quality of care to its patients.

Accreditation in this arena is completely voluntary, and not mandated or stipulated by any governing agency. The Health Center staff filed for the accreditation on their own in order to further demonstrate their effectiveness.

“Our patients deserve the best,” said Patricia A. Todd, director of health services at the College. “We sought the accreditation from an independent, not for profit organization to help us show everyone that we strive for and provide the highest level of care possible.”

Organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by the Accreditation Association’s expert surveyors, including volunteer physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory healthcare. The survey is consultative and educational; presenting ways to help and organization improve its care and services. “Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients,” Todd said.

The Health Center is a resource for students on campus, providing education on healthy lifestyle habits in addition to offering in-clinic health services. Health Center staff recently began converting to an electronic system for maintaining medical records, allowing them to reduce paper waste and increase efficiency, according to Todd.

The Davis Center has six staff members and sees more than 4,000 visits annually. The main phone number is (315) 386-7333 and students can ask questions anytime by emailing askanurse@canton.edu.

AAAHC accreditation is specifically for organizations that provide diagnostic or medical care on an outpatient basis- where an overnight stay would not be required. Among the types of health care organizations that can seek AAAHC are ambulatory and office-based surgery centers, single and multi-specialty group practices, college health centers, dental group practices, community health centers, occupational health centers, and managed care organizations.

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


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Study Abroad Fair at SUNY Canton, Sept. 22

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The SUNY Canton Office of International Programs at SUNY Canton will be holding a Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 on the first floor of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Representatives from six SUNY colleges and universities offering study abroad programs will be available to share the opportunities to take courses overseas.

For more information, please contact the SUNY Canton Office of International Programs at 386-7608 or email fiaccom@canton.edu

SUNY currently offers more than 400 overseas study programs in more than 50 countries: in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Programs range from 2 to 3 week intensive courses to a semester or academic year abroad.

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Sign up for New York Alert through UCanWeb

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

SUNY Canton has reopened enrollment in the New York Alert emergency notification system for the Fall 2010 semester.

The NY-Alert system allows College officials to rapidly send out notifications to students, faculty, and staff through phone calls, email, and text message. If there is an emergency on campus, the College will be using this system as a way to relay potentially life-saving information and instructions.

The College will conduct a test of the system later in the semester.

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

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

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

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


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