Archive for September, 2011

Alumni and Area Employers Recruiting at SUNY Canton, Oct. 5

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Generally speaking, the best applicants arrive early and dress professionally for the SUNY Canton Fall Career Fair.

Employers will be recruiting at this year’s fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural Gym. The event is free and open to community and alumni job seekers, in addition to SUNY Canton students.

Career Fair

Vermont State Trooper and 2009 SUNY Canton graduate Ashley A. Farmer speaks with students at last year’s career fair.

According to David Norenberg, director of career services, students should treat a Career Fair as an introductory interview with every prospective employer they meet.

“Students who have been most successful at starting a career will use their first meetings with employers as a chance to demonstrate their unique talents and motivation,” he said. “In many cases our students already have the hands-on experience that employers are looking for in their next round of hires.”

The College’s faculty members have developed working relationships with key companies and consistently tailor the College’s hands-on education to mirror industry standard practices.

“Our alumni network reaches throughout the North Country and beyond,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We’ve consistently seen companies recruit our future graduates despite economic downturns and uncertain futures. Their loyalty speaks to the effectiveness of a SUNY Canton education.”

Among the companies and organizations represented at this year’s Career Fair are:

  • Ansen Corporation
  • C & S Companies
  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital
  • Cazenovia Equipment Company, Inc.
  • Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital
  • Clarkson University
  • Crouse Hospital
  • Eagle’s Nest Veterinary Hospital
  • Fastenal
  • International Brother of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • IBM
  • Massena Memorial Hospital
  • New York State Department of Transportation
  • Northern Federal Credit Union
  • Novelis
  • Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc.
  • SeaComm Federal Credit Union
  • Siemens Industries, Inc.
  • St. Lawrence County One Stop Career Center
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Tecta America Corp
  • TRC Power Delivery
  • Vermont State Police

Last year, the College interviewed several employers at the SUNY Canton Spring Career Fair.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Offers Late-Start Courses for Students, Community Members

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

SUNY CantonLearning the ins-and-outs of Microsoft Excel and how to identify various fingerprint patterns are just two of the dozen course topics being offered as late-start courses at SUNY Canton this fall.

Registration remains open and classes are open to students and members of the community. Some courses are being offered online while others will be held on-campus. Classes begin October 11 and will run through the end of the semester, December 2.

Course topics without prerequisites include:

  • Library Info/Literacy (online): focuses on the organization, use, and retrieval of print and electronic information, both within and outside of the library;
  • Introduction to Databases (online): introduces the fundamentals of database programs and illustrating the creation, maintenance and organizing of a database;
  • Introduction to Spreadsheets (on-campus): introduces the fundamentals of spreadsheet programs, including creating spreadsheets with literal and numeric data, printing of spreadsheets, and creating line, bar, stacked bar and pie graphs from a spreadsheet;
  • Expository Writing (on-campus): focuses on communicating more effectively through writing various forms of writing, including nonfiction writing that informs. This course is an alternate to Oral and Written Expression and students cannot take both;
  • Oral and Written Expression (on-campus): focuses on developing more effective skills in speaking and writing. The speech component is meant to make aware the many elements common to both speech and writing and to provide an opportunity to present written ideas orally; and
  • Approaches to Literature (on-campus): exposes students to different kinds of literature – plays, short stories, novels and poems – and with various methods of understanding literature.  Students will read a wide variety of literary works and will be encouraged to employ proper literary terminology in writing about them.

Other online courses include Risk and Hazard Impact Studies, Virtual Disaster Training I, and Global Investments, while Critical Issues in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Communications and Latent Prints and Impressions are all offered on-campus. Each of these courses have specific prerequisites or require permission from the instructor.

For more information about the courses or to register, contact the SUNY Canton Registrar’s Office at 315-386-7042 or registrar@canton.edu.

 

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SUNY Canton ‘Roos House’ Grand Opening Set For Oct. 1

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

SUNY Canton invites community members to celebrate the grand opening of the new Roos House Athletic Center this upcoming weekend with food, fun and a one-time fitness center membership discount.

The event kicks off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon on Saturday, Oct. 1. The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in Lot 3, and a shuttle service will be escorting visitors to the facility.

Roos House

“There is an energy that can be felt throughout our campus community that I believe stems from having these new facilities open,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Our athletic center, our new residence hall, our new eateries and our other renovations in recent years have transformed this campus and made it an even more welcoming place for students, employees and members of the community.”

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception, attendees are invited to take part in a variety of activities throughout the afternoon, including guided tours of the facility. The Roos have four teams playing at home on Saturday, including volleyball and women’s soccer at 1 p.m., men’s ice hockey at 2 p.m., men’s soccer at 3 p.m., and women’s volleyball again at 6 p.m. Each game will feature t-shirt and prize giveaways. In addition to the games and prizes, guests can enjoy face-painting, food at Joey’s, the new eatery in the athletic center, and a visit with Roody the Roo.

The College is offering a 15 percent discount on one-year single and family memberships to those who attend Saturday’s festivities. The membership must be purchased between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday only. The offer is not available to SUNY Canton faculty and staff members.

Student Weightlifting

The $45-million athletic center features a fitness center with brand-new equipment, a lap pool, a field house that includes basketball, volleyball and tennis courts as well as a track, an ice arena, locker room facilities, athletic department office space and a new eatery.

“We have enjoyed the many immediate benefits of having such an outstanding facility on our campus,” said Randy B. Sieminski, assistant vice president for advancement and athletic director. “Our athletic teams have been highly successful at a critical time in the College’s history as we move towards becoming a member of the NCAA at the Division III level. But the excitement extends far beyond our student-athletes and coaches as we see more students, faculty, staff and members of the community enjoying the facility every day.”

Northland Associates of Liverpool was the general contractor for the LEED Silver Certified building. Many area subcontractors were hired to help complete the project. Northland was also the general contractor for the College’s brand-new residence hall, which also opened this fall.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is the latest in a string of grand opening celebrations across SUNY Canton. The College recently celebrated a Taco Bell and KFC Express located next to the existing Jreck’s Subs in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center and the grand opening for the Grasse River Suites residence hall was held last week.

 

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SUNY Canton to Celebrate Newest Residence Hall

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Grasse River SuitesSUNY Canton will be sweetening the grand opening of the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall with an ice cream social.

The SUNY Canton Foundation and the Grasse River, LLC, will be holding a ribbon cutting celebration for its newest residence hall at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Grasse River Suites. Free ice cream will be available after the ceremony.

The residence hall opened to students at the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester, adding much needed on-campus housing at the College. Guided tours of the facility will be available.

“There has been a great deal of interest and excitement surrounding our newest buildings,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to showcase the beautiful new building and successful work of our foundation staff and our partnership with the Grasse River, LLC.”

Grasse River Suites

The apartment-style complex has 304 beds grouped into 83 independent living suites and is adjacent to the Cooper Service Complex. The residence hall is designed primarily for upper class students and includes a mini-store, multi-purpose classroom, and an open courtyard for recreation and outdoor activities.

The $26 million project was financed through bonds secured by a partnership created with the Town of Canton and the Canton Capital Resource Corporation. The Grasse River Suites were constructed without any state funding or taxpayer resources.

“The College and greater Canton community both benefit from our newest residence hall,” noted Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The building adds to the appeal of our campus and expands its four-year housing options, which will attract more students to the area. Each of those students will spend more time locally and our businesses and communities will continue to grow and thrive. And because these 305 students benefit from having kitchens in their suites and are only on partial meal plans, they will be shopping at local grocery stores and eating at local restaurants even more than most students.”

Northland Associates of Liverpool was the general contractor for the LEED Silver Certified building. Many area subcontractors were hired to help complete the project.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is the latest in a string of grand opening celebrations across SUNY Canton. The College recently celebrated a Taco Bell and KFC Express located next to the existing Jreck’s Subs in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Staff members are currently planning a grand opening for the Roos House Athletic Center.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Named a 2012 U.S. News Best College

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Roselle Academic PlazaSUNY Canton has been ranked among the Top Regional Colleges in the 2012 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report.

The College earned a ranking of 43rd on the ‘Regional Colleges-North’ list. Selection in the category is based on colleges that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal art disciplines. The North division includes colleges located in the Northeastern United States.

“As far as I know, this is the first time SUNY Canton has been included in these prestigious rankings, and we are extremely happy and proud to be among the select colleges honored,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This recognition reflects the perennial dedication of our faculty and staff members who provide outstanding opportunities for all of our students. We’ve seen our successes play out in our classrooms, in our student groups and organizations, and on our athletic fields. It’s encouraging to know those successes are being acknowledged by others, too.”

College officials believe SUNY Canton’s growing reputation and ranking is the result of many strategic initiatives and programs over the last several years. The College now offers 21 in-demand bachelor’s degrees that incorporate hands-on experience and internship opportunities that provide students with the real-world background they need to be successful in the workforce. Signature programs such as nursing, veterinary technology and criminal justice continue to attract high-caliber students while the College’s new majors, including sports management and graphic and multimedia design, have proven to wildly popular among prospective students.

US News RankingsSUNY Canton also offers one of the largest online course offerings in New York State in an effort to bring an affordable and accessible education to both traditional and non-traditional students. Since 2009, online course enrollments have grown more than 33 percent.

The 2012 rankings include fewer than half of all colleges in the country. U.S. News & World Report has been compiling rankings and publishing them for 28 years, grouping schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Colleges are compared against their peer institutions on a variety of factors including graduation and retention rates, class size, and selectivity.

The rankings will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting September 20. More information on the rankings is available now at www.usnews.com/colleges.

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

 

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9/11 Memorial Ceremony – Photo Gallery

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
911 Flags

SUNY Canton University Police Officer Brian J. Perry and criminal investigation student William R. Francis of Albion "posted the colors" for the College's 10th anniversary 9/11 remembrance ceremony.

Bagpiper

Frank N. Colbert played the bagpipes at the beginning and end of the ceremony.

State Trooper Parcell

New York State Trooper Robert M. Parcell, a 1995 SUNY Canton Alumnus, gave the keynote address at the remembrance ceremony. Parcell was assigned to Ground Zero as a dog handler.

Miller Campus Center

Students, faculty and staff gathered at on Monday at SUNY Canton's Roselle Academic Plaza for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony orchestrated by the College’s Criminal Justice Student Association. The college comes together annually to remember the lives and loved ones lost in the attacks 10 years ago.

President Kennedy

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy talked about the resilience of the American spirit when it has been placed under attack.

Addie Russell

New York State Assemblymember Addie J. Russell was among the elected officials to speak at the event.

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SUNY Canton Named ‘Military-Friendly’ for Second Straight Year

Monday, September 12th, 2011

SUNY Canton was recently recognized as a military-friendly campus for the second year in a row.

The College was among only 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools throughout the country to be recognized as a 2012 Military Friendly School, announced by G.I. Jobs on Monday. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

Military Friendly

“This is further proof that the hard work of many on our campus to assure the college continued with this designation has paid off,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We have known for a long time that we are a military friendly campus that serves the needs of those within that community. We are honored to know that others recognize our commitment to serving those that serve and their families.”

In support of the educational goals of the military community, SUNY Canton has had a Veterans Study Lounge on campus for several years. The College’s counseling staff receives regular Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training and a Veteran’s Day ceremony is hosted on campus each year.

SUNY Canton also recently started a fast-paced powersports performance and repair course to recently deployed U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Drum. The course is convenient for soldiers as it’s held on base.

Robert L. Edwards, who serves as the director of service member learning opportunities, and Associate Professor of Criminal Investigation William J. Fassinger, retired Army 1st Sergeant in the Military Police Corps, organized the SUNY Canton Veterans Association.

“The organization of the students was the basis to bring the other efforts of the campus into focus and has resulted in a solid support peer support network,” Fassinger said. “It has also raised the profile of the military community on campus. Students from the Association have presented the colors at the last three commencements, a tradition the College will continue. They also have organized a Veterans Day ceremony that has grown from a handful of participants to more than 500 students, faculty, staff, and friends.”

Edwards noted that receiving this designation for the second straight year confirms the dedication and efforts from every corner of the College community. “It is much different from my experience in college where no one talked about their service and preferred that it was not known,” he said. “More than 150 active duty service members, veterans, as well as their spouses and children were enrolled at the College last year. We have become a place that is trusted to serve our military and their families. In the coming weeks the college will enhance the commitment by hiring a Military and Veterans Service Coordinator followed by two work study students supporting that office.”

In 2008, SUNY Canton demonstrated the importance of the College’s veterans to its graduating class. In 1943, twenty-seven students were called into service just weeks before their commencement. The veterans, who have come to be known as SUNY Canton’s Greatest Graduates, left to serve the country in World War II. In a heartfelt and emotional ceremony, President Kennedy presented four members of the class and a spouse of a deceased veteran with honorary certificates in their respective programs. Those veterans who could not attend the ceremony were honored for their sacrifice, some of them posthumously.

G.I. Jobs  is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business. The 2012 list was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time to assist in its evaluation of institutions.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Powersports Class Starts at Fort Drum

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

SUNY Canton is starting a fast-paced powersports performance and repair course to recently deployed U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Drum.

“This program is part of our outreach with the SUNY North Country Consortium,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “As a premiere college for soldiers, veterans, and their families, we seek to offer our in-demand academic programs where they will be utilized the best. In this case, we’ll bring our class to Fort Drum, rather then having the soldiers come to us.”

Powersports

SUNY Canton powersports performance and repair student Stephen A. Weston of Potsdam helps Instructor Mark R. Hill load Polaris snowmobiles, motorcycles, and four-wheelers destined for Fort Drum.

The three-credit seven-week powersports service course (MSPT101) began at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Outdoor and Recreation Facility on the post. Mark R. Hill, the Powersports program instructor, said it was offered in a condensed version to minimize the time commitment for soldiers.

“We’ll be bringing approximately $50,000 worth of snowmobiles, motorcycles, and all-terrain vehicles – all donated by Polaris Industries – to Fort Drum for our newest students to work with during the course,” Hill said. “This is one of the first courses that we offer in the one-year program. Students find it very personally and professionally rewarding.”

Students working on snowmobile

SUNY Canton partners Polaris to provide certification training at the main campus, allowing students access to the latest Polaris line to complete their course requirements. Students diagnose, troubleshoot, repair and even rebuild the recreational vehicles during the one-year program.

At SUNY Canton, powersports performance and repair is a career-driven one-year certificate program. The program is part of the College’s ladder curriculum, allowing students to transfer into associate degree programs, including automotive technology, or a bachelor’s degree program that best fits each individual student’s interest.

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

 

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SUNY Canton to Host 9/11 Memorial

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

SUNY Canton students and faculty are organizing a memorial in remembrance of September 11th that will feature a speaker who spent time in New York City and assisted in the recovery efforts for nearly a year.

The College’s Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) will present the ceremony in honor of the 10th anniversary beginning at 8 a.m. on September 12 at the Roselle Plaza, adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The event is free and open to the community. Parking will be available in Parking Lot 13.

“It’s critical we take this opportunity to remember those who lost their lives, including the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in an effort to help others,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Ten years later, we are still grappling to further understand what happened on that tragic day. I applaud our Criminal Justice students for taking the initiative to host this event and several faculty members for playing a critical role in organizing it.”

September 11th Memorial

The memorial’s theme will be patriotism and recovery. The keynote speaker will be New York State Trooper Robert M. Parcell, who was assigned to ground zero as a dog handler and spent a year in New York City assisting with recovery efforts.

Senior William R. Francis of Albion was one of the CSJA students who played an important role in this year’s ceremony.

“We should never forget 9/11 because it has forged the country we now live in,” he said. “Like Pearl Harbor, it will forever be a day that lives in infamy. It marked a turning point for my generation.”

Among the other distinguished guests will be Assemblymember Addie J. Russell and Canton Mayor Charlotte Ramsay. Russell will address the crowd, as will President Kennedy. All fire stations and EMS personnel in St. Lawrence County have also been invited to the event and the Canton and Potsdam fire departments will provide ladder trucks from which a huge American flag will fly.

Several SUNY Canton faculty members and employees will be taking part in the service. The Color Guard will feature SUNY Canton University Police Officers Brian J. Perry and Byron Davis. Susan E. Buckley, department chair of the criminal justice, law enforcement leadership and criminal investigation programs, and Robert L. Edwards, professor of criminal investigation, will lay the wreath. William J. Fassinger, associate professor of criminal investigation, also played an integral role in the organization of the ceremony.

While the SUNY Canton did not lose any alumni in the attacks that they are aware of, several took part in the recovery efforts including Brigadier General Fergal Foley, a 1980 alumnus. He served as the Department of Defense Chief of Staff and Acting Commander for the Joint Task Force “Operation World Trade Center” from Sept. 11 through Sept. 29, 2001.

The College has hosted a memorial for September 11th each of the last nine years.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Named One of the Top Pet-Friendly Colleges

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

SUNY Canton students are not the only ones who think the College is the cat’s meow.

Petside.com recently named SUNY Canton to its 2011 Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges list because of its dedication to small animals and well-known Pet Wing housing option for students.

Pet Wing

“We have some of the most well-known veterinary programs in the state and with that comes passionate students who can’t bear to think about leaving their pet at home while they’re at college,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy. “Having the Pet Wing on campus makes SUNY Canton feel even more like a community than we already do. It not only benefits the students but also the faculty and staff.”

The College was featured on Petside.com’s website with the accolade, noting the nice environment and the opportunity for “pet lovers to live together and bond and forge friendships over the animal companions that become the conversation-starters between new students.”

“The Pet Wing is absolutely one of the most popular choices among students,” said Director of Residence Life Courtney B. Bish. “It gives them the chance to bring a small piece of home with them and also helps ward against homesickness.”

The College has offered the Pet Wing as a housing option since 1997. While students are not allowed to bring dogs, snakes or birds, they are permitted to bring small, caged pets from home with prior approval from Residence Life.

“We’ve had many cats, bunnies and other four-legged friends live in the Pet Wing,” Bish noted. “I think the most unique animal we’ve had was a duck by the name of Mr. Peeps. He wore a diaper and was a Pet Wing favorite.”

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


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