Archive for January, 2011

SUNY Canton to Host Financial Aid Workshop

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

College-bound students interested in learning about the financial aid process can attend an upcoming workshop at SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam will co-host the event as part of SUNY’s Statewide Student Financial Aid Day on Saturday, Feb. 12. The session is open to students applying to both public and private institutions and will begin at 9 a.m. on SUNY Canton’s campus in the Faculty Office Building lobby. The event will include a general information session as well as workshops.

The program is being offered to answer questions about financial aid and provide assistance with the financial aid application (FAFSA) process. Prospective or current students and their families will have the chance to ask questions of SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam admissions and financial aid representatives. Those who attend can also receive hands-on assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Financial Aid Day Schedule of Events

  • 9 a.m.: Welcome and Refreshments, Faculty Office Building Lobby
  • 9:30 a.m.: General Information Session, Wicks Hall, Room 102
  • 10:45 a.m.: Small Group Sessions: “Complete the FAFSA on the Web,” Wicks Hall 006; “Get a Pin Number,” Wicks Hall 008

For more information on the event, contact SUNY Canton’s Student Service Center at 315-386-7616 or 1-800-388-7123 during regular business hours. Those interested in attending the event are encouraged to register online at www.suny.edu/studentevents.

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SUNY Canton Winterterm’s Record Enrollment Grows 46 Percent

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Nearly 1200 students from 204 colleges and universities spent their winter break taking a class during SUNY Canton’s Winterterm session.

Winterterm enrollment increased more than 46 percent from 2009-2010 and was more than seven times as large as the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session five years ago. The session was the largest in the College’s history.

“Our Winterterm session has experienced exceptional growth because we offer a wide variety of courses that students need and provide them with the flexibility of offering them online,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Winterterm has a reputation for its offerings and the quality of the faculty teaching that extends well beyond the North Country and New York State.”

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. The session’s enrollment numbers mirror the overall growth of the College. SUNY Canton has experienced all-time highs in enrollment for three consecutive years, including 3,700 students beginning this academic year.

Director of Online Learning Kyle Brown said there were several courses of the more than 100 offered that were popular with students in the session. “Many of the courses were full or near capacity,” he said. “Students turned to SUNY Canton not only to fulfill requirements, but also to take courses of interest to them.”

Brown noted that more than 75 percent of the enrollments came from institutions other than SUNY Canton.

“We had students enroll from Binghamton University, Siena College, Kettering University and the University of Maryland,” Brown said. “Because Winterterm is online, we can meet the needs of students from all parts of the country. Over the past five years, we’ve proven there are no boundaries with how far SUNY Canton’s Winterterm can reach or grow.”

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


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Assistant Professor Awarded for Corporate Crime Research

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Brian HarteBusinesses that are engaged with the community and are focused on sustainability may be less likely to be involved in white-collar crime, according to a SUNY Canton assistant professor’s research.

Brian K. Harte, who teaches criminal justice, criminal investigation, and business courses at the College, will be receiving the Overall Best Applied Paper Award from the International Academy of Management and Business (IAMB) for his studies on the impact of federal regulations on corporate-level crime.

He said his topic of study was timely because the general public has shown outrage against unscrupulous companies, and demanded greater transparency of corporate behaviors.

“The lack of strong corporate ethics and fiscally responsible behaviors within corporations over the last decade has created the need for more external governmental controls,” Harte said. “I analyzed the behaviors and environments of Fortune 500 Companies to statistically find correlation between practices and conviction.”

Using statistical analysis, Harte was able to lend support to his hypothesis that businesses with greater access to resources are less likely to engage in corporate criminal activity. Additionally, businesses with a high level of corporate social responsibility are also less likely to be charged with corporate business felonies. “Examples of corporate social responsibility are far-ranging, and can include green initiatives, community involvement, and corporate stewardship,” he said.

He studied notable companies that had been investigated for fraudulent activities, including Enron, Worldcom, and Healthsouth.

“There were substantial differences in the corporate social responsibility reports of companies that had been indicted and those that hadn’t,” Harte said. “It supports the theory that businesses with a commitment to social responsibility are more apt to operate within the law.”

Financial measures and overall company size were not a clear indicator of illegal corporate activity, but instability, and market position may influence decisions to break business laws. Prior to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which was developed in reaction to several high-profile corporate and accounting scandals, it was commonly believed that larger companies were more likely to engage in illegal corporate behavior. Harte found after the regulatory measures were passed, smaller companies were more likely to be convicted of crimes. “One possible explanation is larger firms have more resources, and have the ability to avoid detection of illegal acts more than smaller, financially transparent firms,” he said.

Another area of Harte’s research evaluates the effectiveness of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, sometimes referred to as Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act. He’s trying to determine what, if any impact the act had – or if it is just business as usual in corporate America.

“The bottom line impacts all corporate decisions and the end goal is to generate revenue,” he said. “More and more I’m finding that businesses that can do that while giving back to their communities or support sustainable growth are the ones that operate within ethical boundaries. If a firm can do both then it is really a win-win scenario.”

Harte will receive his award and present his research Jan. 18 at a ceremony in Orlando, Fla., at an international conference of academic scholars from 20 countries. The IAMB is a professional association dedicated to advancing the research, teaching and practice of management and business worldwide through both academic publications and conferences.

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


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SUNY Canton Airs New Television Commercials

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

SUNY Canton’s latest television commercials feature the College’s students and highlight the school’s recent growth.

Bruce Carlin and Paul Frederick from Media Central film Roxanne Brown, a veterinary technology student, in SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library while Mohammed Doumbouya operates the boom microphone.

“Our commercials represent our most recent developments and changes on campus,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “They also reflect our commitment to providing an affordable, career driven hands-on education.”

The two television spots mention the College’s new degrees and the new buildings currently under construction on campus. In 2011, SUNY Canton will complete its new Roos House athletic center and the new Grasse River Housing Suites.

Nafeesa Johnson, a criminal investigation major from Brooklyn and College Activities Board president, was featured in each commercial. Johnson said the recent Southworth Library renovations were her favorite recent campus upgrades.

“The school has grown a lot since I came here,” she said. “I really liked the way the new commercials emphasize motion and everything is moving. In my part, they had me walk through the library as I talked to them.”

The College contracts the Plattsburgh–based production company Media Central to film and edit the commercials. Bruce Carlin, the production director, hired Mohammed Doumbouya, a recent graduate of the SUNY Canton management program from Harlem, to record audio for the spots.

“We place special emphasis on the areas that define us as a unique learning environment,” noted Assistant Vice President for Advancement Randy B. Sieminski, who created the original scripts for the commercials. “Our students did a fantastic job highlighting our strengths.”

Media Central captured approximately 94 clips or 25 gigabytes of footage in one day. They primarily used digital single-lens reflex cameras, similar to those used by serious photographers, to create the two 30 second clips. Their technique was in line with popular trends on television and online video to maximize shallow depth of field and deemphasize the digital feel of the media.

Flights of commercials will run throughout the state and on local North Country channels. The videos are also posted to the College’s YouTube channel and are available at www.canton.edu.

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


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SUNY Canton Partners with the International Institute for Health Sciences

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

SUNY Canton’s newest partnership will have an international impact on the healthcare profession.

Students from the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka will be coming to Northern New York to earn degrees in the physical therapist assistant program at the College.



SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently signed the memorandum of cooperation linking the two universities.

“Our latest expansion into international learning programs fits with our mission and the State University of New York’s plan to increase international educational opportunities,” said Kennedy. “The demands of this field include providing the global healthcare profession with students who have gained international perspective and experience.”

Students enrolled in the program will attend IIHS for two years before traveling to the United States to complete an additional year at SUNY Canton, which will include a semester of clinical instruction. The students will graduate with an associate degree. The first graduating class is scheduled to take part in SUNY Canton’s commencement exercises in May 2013.

Deborah Molnar, assistant professor and physical therapist assistant program director, noted the collaboration between the two institutions was set in motion more than a year and a half ago. “Our students and theirs will mutually benefit from working with each other,” she said. “Student’s knowledge of the science and practice of the program will expand, aiding the professional practice both locally and internationally.”

Pictured is SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy signing the IIHC agreement with Marela Fiacco, director of international programs, and Deborah Molnar, PTA program director.

The College has partnered with several international universities in recent years, but the agreement with IIHS is the first of its kind for SUNY Canton. The College’s other international partnerships offer online bachelor’s degree programs that give students the opportunity to earn dual degrees from SUNY Canton and their home institution.

“The new partnership will bring even more international students to our area,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Each time we partner with other colleges overseas, we increase the diverse learning experiences available to our students.”

The International Institute for Health Sciences is a healthcare training organization whose mission is to bring innovation to healthcare training, infuse the traditional values of professionalism, while adhering to international training standards to improve the quality of lives of healthcare professionals. The Institute partnered with SUNY Canton and other international organizations to provide solutions to the global need of well-educated professionals working in healthcare.

This cooperation came about through SUNY Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs Mitch Leventhal and his contact Priyanthi Dissanayake, a guidance counselor and foreign university placement adviser. Dissanayake works with institutions in Sri Lanka to bring them together with Colleges in the United States.

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


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