Archive for August, 2011

Roody Roo Hops Down to Local Newspaper Office

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Following a Watertown Daily Times and St. Lawrence Plaindealer editorial entitled, SUNY Central’s Trickle-Dumb Economics, SUNY Canton’s mascot Roody the Kangaroo was feeling a little unloved. So, he hopped down to the newspaper offices on Friday to seek out Editor Jeffrey A. Savitskie (JAS) to communicate his hurt feelings.

Roody Roo

The newspaper newsroom erupted with laughter at the sight of the seven footer’s attempts to correspond.

 
Roody Roo
Once invited inside, Roody met with Mr. Savitskie, who explained he meant no slight of either Roody or the Roos nickname. He said he was merely hypothesizing on whether SUNY officials were fond of the moniker. And then, in a remarkable moment full of furry emotion, the editor expressed his true fondness for the marsupial.

Roody with JAS

Roody’s ride to and from downtown also created quite a stir. He was seated in a car with his ears sticking out of the sun roof, which is a must for animals with his type of build.

(Special thanks to the staff at the Watertown Daily Times and Northern New York Newspapers, and especially Editor Jeffrey A. Savitskie for their open-minded attitude about meeting with a kangaroo and for the fun that ensued).

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Gift to SUNY Canton Honors Two-Time Alumna

Friday, August 19th, 2011

A recent gift made to SUNY Canton recognizes the significant impact a two-time alumna has had on both the College and local communities.

Barbara Theobald Rich Wilder, class of 1953 and 1970, will be honored at the dedication of ‘The Barbara Rich Wilder Nursing/PTA Study Suite’ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 20. The ceremony will take place in the suite, which features a lounge area for nursing students as well as a computer and study room.

The Wilders and Dr. Kennedy

Barbara Rich Wilder (third from left) will be honored at the dedication of ‘The Barbara Rich Wilder Nursing/PTA Study Suite’ on Saturday, August 20. She is pictured with (from left) her husband, Frederick, SUNY Canton Board of Directors Chair Bernie Regan, and President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“We’re thankful for Barbara’s constant efforts to help SUNY Canton and our students succeed,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Having her name on the suite will remind our students of the kind of professional and person they should aspire to be. We appreciate her leadership and guidance as a donor, volunteer and advocate.”

Wilder, who has served as a director on the Canton College Foundation since 2009, was unaware of the gift being made by her husband Frederick who wanted to surprise her. The gift was unveiled at a recent Canton College Foundation Board meeting.

“SUNY Canton has been great for the North Country as so many students have been able to obtain a sound education for a successful future. We feel very strongly that it is more important now to invest in SUNY Canton,” Wilder said. “Both Frederick and I hope this room will be a place for nursing and physical therapy assistant students to meet, reflect, plan, and study so they will be prepared to be among the best in all graduating health professionals.”

Wilder attended the College in 1953 and later returned as a non-traditional student in the nursing program and graduated in 1970. She then became a registered nurse and worked in the field.

Wilder has served in a number of volunteer roles throughout the community. She has served as a former trustee of the Benton Library Board and the Canton Methodist Church and was also a former board of director for St. Lawrence County Cooperative Extension, 4-H Division, and the Canton Garden Club. She has been an active volunteer for the American Red Cross, Well Child Clinics, and the Canton Rescue Squad.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Students Move In

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Classes begin at 8 a.m. Monday, August 22, at SUNY Canton.

More than 1,300 students have moved into SUNY Canton's residence halls for the Fall 2011 semester. Shown are students and their families moving belongings to one of the College's five residence halls.

Eric J. Cline, an air conditioning engineering technology major from Long Island sets up his single room in SUNY Canton's brand new Grasse River Suites. Cline plays soccer with the Kangaroos men's soccer team.

Cassandra Gray
Andrew M. Gray helps his daughter Cassandra A. Gray, a second-year veterinary technology student from Watertown, move into SUNY Canton’s brand new Grasse River Suites. Cassandra plays volleyball at the College, and was one of approximately 90 student athletes to move into recently completed building on Sunday, August 14.

Stefany D. Ibarra, a first-year health and fitness promotion student from Queens, puts her belongings away in SUNY Canton's brand new Grasse River Suites. Ibarra plays soccer with the Kangaroos women's soccer team and was one of the first student athletes allowed to move into the new residence hall.

Samuel J. Johnson, a third-year business administration student from Syracuse, sets up his room in SUNY Canton's new Grasse River Suites. Johnson is an orientation leader at the college, and one of the first students back on campus for the Fall 2011 semester.

Michael P. Romano, a first-year mechanical engineering technology major from Baldwinsville moves his belongings into SUNY Canton's Heritage Residence Hall. New this year, students are allowed to have one microwave per room in addition to the traditional small refrigerator.

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SUNY Canton Partners with Local High Schools

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Area high school students will have the opportunity to earn college credits through a new partnership with SUNY Canton.

The College recently received a $200,000 grant from the New York State Education Department enabling them to work with Ogdensburg Free Academy, Massena High School and St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School (ECHS) program.

Smart Scholars“Students who earn college credits in high school are more likely to graduate and successfully attend college,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This program allows us to provide quality, career-oriented educational opportunities to local high school students while preparing them for future success at the college level. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

The Smart Scholars ECHS program is a newly implemented program designed to give students the opportunity to accelerate the completion of high school studies while earning college credits at the same time, according to a recent press release from the New York State Education Department.

Students receive additional academic support from school and college partnerships to ensure they are at grade level and ready to participate in rigorous collegiate courses. This ‘dual enrollment’ program serves to increase high school graduation and college completion rates among those historically left in the gap, while reducing college tuition costs as a result of the more than 20 college credits earned in high school.

“I am thrilled with this award and the opportunities it will provide high school students in the North Country,” said JoAnne M. Fassinger, grants coordinator at SUNY Canton. “In the program’s first year, 90 total rising freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be eligible to participate. We want the younger students to see the success achieved by the older students obtaining dual enrollment credit.”

The entering ninth graders will attend the program at Massena Central and Ogdensburg Free Academy High Schools beginning during the 2011-2012 academic year. Teachers from participating high schools will teach the college-level credit bearing courses. Students will learn in a variety of formats in addition to the traditional face-to-face classroom experience, including online, video-conferencing, and distance learning. Students will be invited to participate in a variety of activities at SUNY Canton.

“When they graduate high school and arrive for the first day of college, we do not want the experience to be a foreign one to them,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, assistant professor in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology and the College’s program coordinator. “This allows us to better acclimate these students by providing them with a seamless transition between high school and college.”

Students in the program will have access to many of the opportunities as a college student, including e their own SUNY Canton identification cards, access to tutoring, the library, and events being held on the campus.

SUNY Canton received one of the 16 grants announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Education Commissioner David M. Steiner in May. Previously, eleven Smart Scholars ECHS partnerships were initiated in December 2009 with private funding, in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to this year’s $5.5 million in program grants, $500,000 was funded to provide technical assistance for all 27 ECHS projects.

Since the initial $6 million grant in 2009, the Smart Scholars ECHS program has supported 2,570 minority or low-income students. More than 2,600 students are expected to benefit from the additional funding provided this year.

 

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