Archive for November, 2011

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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