Archive for 2011

SUNY Canton SBDC Helps Businesses Save Energy and Money

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

SBDCThe SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will hold a free session to help small businesses receive a free NYSERDA energy efficiency study valued at $1500.

The 90-minute application session will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at SUNY Canton in Wicks Hall 006. The hands-on workshop will allow participants to complete the online Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) during the session with assistance from SBDC business advisors.

The NYSERDA study provides a comprehensive evaluation to identify cost-effective methods to reduce energy use and cost and to identify economically viable improvements that will yield substantial energy savings. The study is available to business owners who either own or lease their facility and is free if the building’s average electric demand is less than 100 kilowatts a year.

Small businesses and not-for-profits can also obtain generous financial incentives to implement the recommended energy-efficiency measures.

Attendees should bring the following information: estimated annual electric expenses and consumption (in kilowatt hours), estimated annual natural gas expenses and consumption (in therms) and square footage of the building(s). An email address is also needed to complete the online application.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at 315-386-7312.

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SUNY Canton Responds to SUNY Board of Trustees Resolution

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Taskforce created to initiate SUNY’s shared services efforts

SUNY CantonResponding to a Nov. 22 State University of New York Board of Trustees resolution, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy has initiated a proactive plan attempting to create new ways to share services with SUNY Potsdam and potentially other SUNY schools.

The resolution establishes a timeline and directs the presidents of SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to submit results of a joint report on shared services by July 15, 2012. To initiate these efforts, Kennedy has created a special taskforce and assigned his senior leadership team to investigate possibilities for the two colleges to share services and create a sustainable plan for continued growth and prosperity.

“It’s an opportunity, not a challenge,” Kennedy said. “Our goal is to ultimately improve the students’ experience, reduce costs, and direct an even higher percentage of our budget toward academics. There are opportunities for innovation and efficiency, and those are two traits our College takes great pride in.”

Members of the taskforce include two faculty members, two students, one community member, one College Council member, one Alumni Association representative, and one representative from each of the College’s labor unions (United University Professions and the Civil Service Employees Association). Kennedy said he expects many new concepts for shared services to emerge from the discussions. He has even suggested the possibility of sharing some services with other additional SUNY colleges and universities.

“We share in SUNY’s vision to provide the absolute best educational and career opportunities for our students, and we will continue to do everything we can to maximize their experience and our budget,” the president said. “Through an open environment and community input, we will establish clear guidelines and fiscally measurable outcomes for as many shared services as feasibly possible. We want constructive input toward our efforts college- and SUNY-wide. I’m confident by working together we can achieve significant cost reduction, and I’m hopeful some of our ideas may also be helpful to other colleges and universities within the system.”

The SUNY Board of Trustees resolved to maintain the presidencies at both SUNY Canton and Potsdam respectively while each of the campuses work together promptly, diligently, and cooperatively to explore and implement shared services where appropriate. Savings from the efforts will be redirected to academics and student support services, in accordance with SUNY’s ongoing directives.

Current plans include creating new revenue-generating opportunities – similar to the way the College has capitalized upon its online programming and supplementary semester offerings. Kennedy wants to see both colleges increase enrollments and work to strengthen each other’s academic offerings. “We can start by offering common start dates and expanding cross-registration opportunities,” the president suggested. “We can offer each other support for new degree programs and offer joint minor options. These are simple ways to further our collaborative efforts and add academic options for our collective student bodies.”

“We’ve already begun the process of sharing services with SUNY Potsdam,” noted SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner. “We currently have two joint searches underway for a Chief Financial Officer and a Military and Veteran Student Services Coordinator. These two positions will oversee their respective areas at both colleges.”

The searches came about following a series of discussions between Kennedy and SUNY Potsdam President John F. Schwaller and ongoing planning between the two college’s leadership teams to combine some administrative operations. The colleges are studying shared services within the purchasing, accounts payable, human resources, information technology, institutional research, continuing education, and research programs, among others. SUNY Canton officials have also reached out to SUNY Plattsburgh to discuss possible shared services.

SUNY Canton officials recently calculated that more than 52 percent of its expenditures are currently spent on academics. To view the expenditure breakdown, visit www.canton.edu/shared. The College will be updating the page with the latest news and resources about shared services. “Even though we’ve already exceed the Board of Trustees goal of 52 percent of expenditures geared toward academics, we are going to work hard toward increasing that percentage even more,” Kennedy said. “Our newly created Shared Services Taskforce will have the opportunity to assist in guiding those efforts and executing the directives of the Trustees and Chancellor.”

SUNY Provost David K. Lavallee has reassured both colleges and the Board of Trustees that shared or jointly appointed positions between the colleges would happen through attrition rather than the elimination of current faculty and staff members. “I’m truly proud that Provost Lavallee and Chancellor (Nancy L.) Zimpher have taken this stance and reaffirmed a commitment to maintaining jobs in St. Lawrence County,” said David F. Butler, SUNY Canton’s UUP President. “If our plans are effective, it will enable both colleges to hire more faculty members and further enhance our service to students.”

The concept for shared services was created to benefit students, according to SUNY Administration. “Our students are the very core of SUNY Canton,” Kennedy said. “We have been and will remain committed to providing them with every opportunity possible to ensure their success both academically and in their future careers. They deserve to be included in whatever decisions we make while moving forward with our plans.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Students, Professor Shine at Regional Competition

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Five SUNY Canton criminal justice students and their professor recently brought home three trophies they earned at a regional competition in October.

Junior Don Milos of Poestenkill, sophomore Dacia S. Arokium of Brooklyn, and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Brian K. Harte were among the top finishers from the College’s American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) Chapter, Beta Psi Delta, at the ACJA’s Lambda Alpha Epsilon Region IV conference.

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Sophomore Gilberto J. Gonzalez (left), freshman Emily R. Murphy, Junior Donald Milos, freshman Katie E. Hornbeck, and sophomore Dacia S. Arokium recently competed at the American Criminal Justice Association’s Lambda Alpha Epsilon Region IV conference with Milos and Arokium earning individual honors.

Three other students joined them at the competition, held at the University of New Haven in New Haven, CT, where they competed against other colleges and universities throughout the Northeast.

“Year after year, our criminal justice students continue to impress with their vast knowledge and skill sets they have acquired through their work with our top-notch professors,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Their many hours of hard work and determination to represent the College well truly paid off and I’m proud to have had these students represent us at this year’s regional competition.”

Arokium earned a first place trophy in the Lower Division: Police Management and Operations category while Milos earned third place in the Upper Division of the same category.

“Everyone takes the same exam,” Milos, who is the chapter’s president, explained. “The only difference between the divisions is age and year in school. The Lower Division is for freshmen and sophomores, while the Upper Division is for juniors and seniors.”

The conference included exams, agility tests, and crime scene competitions. In addition to police management and operations, the other four categories included criminal law, juvenile justice, corrections and knowledge of Lambda Alpha Epsilon.

“SUNY Canton’s criminal justice and criminal investigation students have a long standing reputation for being fierce academic competitors,” Harte said. “The criminal justice department promotes a culture of academic excellence and our students’ ability to continue to be competitive at both the regional and national levels is evidence of that. I appreciate our department’s hard work, but especially want to thank two of my colleagues, Shani Y. Curry and Paul Bowdre, who both helped with the students’ preparation for the competition.”

Harte, who is the chapter’s advisor, placed first in the Over 36 Physical Agility category, where he competed against professors as well as law enforcement officials.

In addition to Milos and Arokium, freshmen Emily R. Murphy of Colonie and Katie E. Hornbeck of Geneva, as well as sophomore Gilberto J. Gonzalez of Brooklyn, competed.

“I was proud of each member of our team, but especially our younger teammates who really stepped up to compete,” Milos, who is president of Beta Psi Delta, said. “They read through textbooks that would normally take an entire semester and learned the material in about a month. Most of the classes the exams cover are upper level and taken late during sophomore or junior year.”

Milos noted their efforts extended beyond cramming a semester’s worth of information into such a short amount of time. “My teammates learned how to process a crime scene in a month, something we don’t even begin to do until senior year. I feel nothing but pride for them and their ability to take on the commitment to compete at this level. Not only does it show their dedication to their future profession, but also their enthusiasm.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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SUNY Canton SBDC Hosts Government Contracting Workshop, Dec. 1

Friday, November 18th, 2011

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) wants to help area entrepreneurs secure some of the nearly $98 billion available through government contracts.

The SBDC will be hosting a Government Contracting Workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Woodcock Conference Suite Room 212. The event is sponsored by the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) and will be run by Roxanne Mutchler from the Mohawk Valley SBDC Procurement Assistance Center.

The workshop is being held in conjunction with a new bid-matching service that helps area firms find leads on government contracts. The web-based program, called BidLinx, monitors thousands of bid sources and automatically sends email alerts about opportunities tailored to match a firm’s products, services, and capabilities. The no-cost service is available to all SBDC clients.

In 2010, the Federal government awarded government contracts exclusively to small businesses for services and goods including: boat building and marine repair, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, real estate appraisal, construction work and supplies, medical assistance and equipment, printing and design, machine and auto parts and repair, paint and wallpaper, bottled water, as well as professional development training.

Potential bid sources include:

  • Federal government agencies and military branches
  • State agencies and authorities
  • County and local governments
  • All 50 states and U.S. territories
  • International government websites

The SUNY Canton SBDC is the area’s government contracting resource center. Since its start in 1998 SBDC advisors have worked directly with 4,435 businesses, helping them to invest $62,320,721 in the area’s economy, and create or save 1,469 jobs. Certified Business Advisors are available Monday through Friday.

To register for the workshop or to make an appointment, call 315-386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu. More information is also available at www.canton.edu/sbdc.

The New York Sate SBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration and is administered by the State University of New York.

 

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SUNY Canton Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

SUNY Canton is seeking nominations for the College Council’s Distinguished Citizen Award, to be presented at the President’s Annual Gala, May 17, 2012.

The College bestows the prestigious award in recognition of exceptional, unusual, and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the State, or to the nation. The award was first given in 1976.

Members of the community are invited to submit written nominations for the award. To nominate someone please include the name; position or title; a description; and a brief biography. At least three letters of support from non-family members should accompany the nomination. All nominations should be submitted to Ronald M. O’Neill, College Council Chairman, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive – FOB 616, Canton, NY, 13617, by Feb. 1, 2012.

The SUNY Canton College Council will select the recipient at its March 20, 2012 meeting. After receiving the award, the recipient’s name will be added to a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

In 2011, Dr. G. Michael and Barbara Maresca jointly received the Distinguished Citizen Award.

For more information, contact Stacey Basford, Executive Assistant to the President, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at basfords@canton.edu.

 

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Two SUNY Canton Professors Earn Recognition for Research

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Investors today are more likely to put their money and trust in companies that demonstrate corporate social responsibility, according to two SUNY Canton professors.

A research paper written by Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Brian K. Harte, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Finance Umesh Kumar was recently awarded “Southern Journal of Business and Economics Best Paper in Economics.” Their paper titled, “Corporate Social Responsibility and Investor Response in the Post-SOX Era.” was recognized at the Academy of Business Research Fall International Conference in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.

Brian Harte and Umesh Kumar

The paper examines Corporate Socially Responsible (CSR) behavior within convicted Fortune 500 companies and how it has become a cornerstone in corporate America, particularly in the post Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act era. CSR policy encourages companies to take responsibility for their actions and have a positive impact on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and beyond.

 “Corporate Social Responsibility became increasingly important for investors after companies such as Enron came under fire,” Harte said. “The SOX Act was enacted to try and create transparency for investors and curb unethical corporate behavior by providing severe punishments for both criminal offenders and the firms they represent. Before it was enacted, responsibility did not fall on single individuals within companies, but rather on the Boards within those companies. Now, many CEOs and CFOs have taken on the individual responsibilities if something goes wrong so there is a tangible person to assign blame to if need be.”

“Our research shows that companies who demonstrate social responsibility are being rewarded by investors,” Kumar noted. “Convicted firms adopting high levels of CSR behavior, garner more positive investor response in the Post-Sox era.”

The paper has not been published in its entirety yet.

The Academy of Business Research is an international society of scholars and practitioners who exchange ideas and collaborate in a conference setting.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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Registration Open for SUNY Canton’s 2011-12 Winterterm

Monday, November 7th, 2011

WintertermMore than 100 online courses are being offered during SUNY Canton’s upcoming Winterterm session and the College anticipates another year of record enrollments.

Registration for Winterterm is open and the session will begin Dec. 21 and will conclude Jan. 17, 2012. Winterterm offers several economic, academic, and timesaving benefits for students and faculty members. The entirely online courses can be accessed via computer from anywhere, reducing travel expenses and winter commuting difficulties.

“SUNY Canton has asserted itself as one of the premier colleges for students to turn to between semesters to catch up or get ahead,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We provide one of the largest winter sessions in the state that is both accessible and affordable because the courses are online. We have a reputation for offering quality online courses thanks to the tireless work of our faculty and several student service and support offices across campus.”

Last year’s Winterterm session was the largest in SUNY Canton’s history. Nearly 1200 students from 204 colleges and universities spent their winter break taking a class during Winterterm, a 46 percent growth in enrollment since 2009-10. The session was more than seven times larger than the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session six years ago.

Director of Information Services and Online Learning Kyle Brown said he expects enrollment trends to mirror previous years including the number of non-SUNY Canton student enrollments. In 2010-11, more than 75 percent of the enrollments came from institutions other than SUNY Canton.

“Our enrollments come from all over the state and throughout the country,” Brown said. “We had students enroll from more than 30 SUNY schools last year, but we also see enrollments from students at Siena College, Kettering University, Cornell, Tulane, University of Tampa, Arizona State University and the University of Maryland,” Brown said. “Because Winterterm is online, we can meet the needs of students from all parts of the U.S.”

Brown noted this year’s session offers a comprehensive list of General Education courses, which are also referred to as Gen Ed Requirements or Gen Ed Foundations, as well as a variety of elective courses that will appeal to a wider range of students.

“The general education courses are always very popular because they satisfy so many requirements in many SUNY degree programs,” he said. “We’ll also have courses from business, finance, nursing, computer science, criminal justice, social science, history, and other disciplines.”

SUNY Canton 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 550 enrollments in 48 courses in 2008-09.

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

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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SUNY Canton Welcomes CSTEP Program

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

CSTEPSUNY Canton has received a grant that will greatly impact students interested in pursuing science, math, technology and health-related fields.

The $150,000 grant from the New York State Education Department was awarded to the College in order to start the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) on campus. SUNY Canton joins 48 other colleges and universities throughout New York State that have the program as an additional resource for students.

“CSTEP’s success has been proven since its inception 25 years ago as students involved with the program have gone on to be highly successful in their career paths of choice,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We look forward to seeing our students continue to excel in the classroom while increasing their networking and career-advancement opportunities through this program.”

CSTEP is a scholars program designed to prepare minority and economically-disadvantaged students for careers in scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical, health-related and licenses professions. The program emphasizes academic preparation and achievement as well as career awareness. Eligible students must be in good academic standing, enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at the College, and a New York State resident.

The program is free for students since costs are covered by the Education Department and SUNY Canton. Students in the program must maintain a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above, meet with a CSTEP administrative member monthly, and attend and participate in at least one CSTEP or related event per semester.

“Having CSTEP will not only allow these students to be more successful, but it will also make SUNY Canton more successful,” said Stacia R. Dutton, program director. “When we invite speakers and presenters to campus, other students not involved with the program will be able to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Dutton is in the process of meeting with interested students who will begin their work with CSTEP at the beginning of the Spring 2012 semester. The program only has 75 slots available.

“There are so many benefits to being a part of this program and I think we’ll have a lot of students interesting in working with us,” she said. “The grant helps us fund trips for students to do tours of businesses, attend conferences across the state, hold and host workshops, use money to buy laptops, eBooks and textbooks. We’ll be able to offer stipends for internships and research opportunities as well as hire them as tutors here on campus.”

The grant will also cover the costs of licensing fees, graduate school exam preparation costs and admission application fees.

Dutton noted another goal is to build a community among the students through a variety of social activities.

“We’ll be taking part in a symposium in February that includes all CSTEP students from the Associated Colleges, and that will be a great way for our students to continue to network,” she said.

For more information, contact Dutton at 315-379-3804 or cstep@canton.edu. Letters of interest can also be sent to Stacia R. Dutton, CSTEP Director, 34 Cornell Dr., Nevaldine North 105, Canton, N.Y. 13617.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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Twin Toyota Donations Help Fuel SUNY Canton Students

Monday, October 24th, 2011

A prominent area business owner and Toyota Motor Corporation recently made matching gifts to the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

Ed Cloce, President of TJ Toyota in Potsdam and a1959 automotive technology alumnus, recently presented SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy with a check following a donation to the College by his parent company.

Kennedy and Cloce

MATCHING GIFTS - SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy receives a donation from the President of TJ Toyota and 1959 alumnus Ed Cloce.

“Mr. Cloce has been an active and supportive alumnus who cares deeply about the success and continued growth of the College,” Kennedy said. “He’s demonstrated his ongoing commitment to our College at many levels by helping develop our students’ learning experiences and by hiring many of our graduates.”

TJ Toyota recently expanded their business and completed a major facility upgrade. In recognition of the achievement, the New York regional offices of Toyota Motor Sales USA made a donation on behalf of Cloce to the SUNY Canton College Foundation to benefit the College’s automotive program. Cloce then matched the gift with an unrestricted donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation in honor of Kennedy.

“Together with his previous donations, Mr. Cloce has donated approximately $50,000 in assets and funding to the SUNY Canton College Foundation,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We can’t thank him enough for his support of our programs and our administration.”

Cloce previously donated a Toyota Prius during the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign in addition to establishing the Ed and Clara Cloce Scholarship in 1989. The family’s scholarship provides annual funding for one student enrolled in the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology. Combined, the donations totaled approximately $3,000.

A portion of the funding will be used to purchase new equipment for servicing late model and hybrid vehicles in the college’s state-of-the-art automotive laboratories.

“We made this donation because of the extraordinary accomplishments the college has achieved under the guidance of President Kennedy,” Cloce said. “It is my hope that my donations help SUNY Canton students remember and value their education.”

Cloce is a member of the SUNY Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the automotive program’s advisory board. He received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award at the College’s 101st Commencement Ceremony in 2009.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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SUNY Canton Going Tobacco-Free in 2013

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Hop the HabitSUNY Canton will soon join the growing list of U.S. colleges and universities to adopt a tobacco-free campus policy as the College continues its efforts to provide a healthy environment for its students and employees.

Becoming a tobacco-free campus will have a positive impact in many ways and will enhance community life, improve productivity through better health and possibly decrease health care costs,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Smoking has been prohibited in buildings and entryways for many years on our campus, so extending the ban to campus grounds and including all tobacco and smoking products is a natural progression for the College.”

Over the next three semesters, the College will implement an informational campaign to educate the community on the policy, which will be implemented in phases with full enforcement to begin in the Spring 2013 semester.

“This initiative was an idea brought forward by both students and employees,” Kennedy noted. “Most people understand the health advantages of implementing such a policy and I also hope to see less campus litter related to tobacco products.”

Kennedy appointed a committee to determine the College’s readiness to adopt a tobacco-free policy and to gauge public opinion. Committee members met to discuss the current SUNY Canton tobacco policies and potential changes during this planning and assessment period. Earlier this year, an internal campus survey was completed to garner further information from the campus community.

Kennedy is hopeful other colleges and universities will follow in the College’s footsteps. “SUNY Canton is among the first colleges within the SUNY system to implement this policy. We hope to lead by example and have other schools take similar actions on their campuses as it provides a healthier learning and work environment for everyone. It’s very similar to the tobacco policies already in place in public school districts,” he said.

The College will establish a series of programs to assist those who wish to break tobacco addictions between now and the implementation date. In Spring 2013, full compliance will be expected of all students and employees, according to Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Academic Services Molly Mott.

“The Roos House and surrounding athletic fields have already become tobacco-free areas,” Mott said. “Members of our campus community who use tobacco products are encouraged to begin taking steps to break those addictions so they will be able to comfortably comply with the policy when it goes into effect. Those who find compliance to be difficult should reach out and ask for help — either through the Health Services Center or the Division of Student Affairs.”

The Health Services staff will be on hand to assist anyone interested in making the decision to quit their use of tobacco products.

“Research tells us over 70% of tobacco users want to quit,” says SUNY Canton Health Services Nurse Julie A. Cruickshank. “We will provide all possible assistance as we move through the next three semesters and beyond. The development of effective support networks is critical in maximizing the potential of this policy. The great thing about this is everyone on campus will benefit greatly from its implementation.”

According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF), there are smoke-free colleges and universities in virtually every state. Arkansas and Iowa have instituted statewide bans at all their public colleges and universities. Other examples include the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Michigan, the University of Florida, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University and the University of North Dakota. Well over 300 colleges and universities across the country have adopted tobacco-free policies.

Additionally, the American College Health Association (ACHA) issued a September 2009 “no tobacco policy” position statement encouraging colleges and universities nationwide “to be diligent in their efforts to achieve a 100 percent indoor and outdoor campus-wide tobacco-free environment.”

More information about SUNY Canton’s policy will be available in the coming months and will include background on issues related to tobacco use, links to useful resources and a Frequently Asked Questions section. The information will be found on the College’s website, www.canton.edu.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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