Archive for March, 2012

SUNY Canton Students Respond to Trayvon Martin Tragedy

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The racially charged case that has gripped headlines and conversations led Kevin L. Alexander, a student in one of SUNY Canton’s photography classes who currently resides in Potsdam, to submit a powerful self-portrait to CNN’s iReport.

SUNY Canton student Kevin L. Alexander of Potsdam published a self portrait with CNN's iReport in response to the Trayvon Martin tragedy.

“Incredible depth of field and very powerful image!” A CNN iReport staff member commented on Alexander’s post. “You’ve got the whole iReport desk clicking in admiration.”

Alexander submitted the photo as part of his photojournalism assignment for digital photography (GMMD201), taught by Adjunct Instructor Jason E. Hubbard.

“The case hit me hard and I felt compelled to make this image,” Alexander said. “I have three young sons who all wear hoodies. I don’t want this to happen to them.”

The photo and comments can be viewed online at http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-767024.

The College’s International Student Activist Organization is additionally planning to participate in the ongoing “Million Hoodie March” at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Canton Village Park.

“We invite students from the other Colleges and community members to join us in our peaceful gathering to show support for Trayvon’s family,” said International Student Activist Organization President Roberta A. Young a liberal arts major from the Bronx. “An unarmed teenager was shot and killed because of who he was and what he was wearing. Justice needs to happen.”

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

 

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High School Students Start College at SUNY Canton on Friday

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

North Country students will be attending classes as part of the grant-funded Early College High School Smart Scholars program.

Early College High SchoolApproximately 40 freshmen and sophomores from Massena Central High School and Ogdensburg Free Academy will officially become college students this Friday as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School program at SUNY Canton.

Early College High School was established through a $200,000 grant from the New York State Education Department. Teachers from participating high schools offer college-level instruction supplemented by exploratory learning opportunities at SUNY Canton.

“Our program is part of National Early College Awareness Week,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, an assistant professor in the civil and environmental technology program and Early College High School program coordinator “Our goal is to have students earn a minimum of 20 college credit hours before they graduate from High School.”

Their day-long visit, including a tour of the brand-new Roos House Athletic Center and Grasse River Suites residence hall, will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, March 30, at SUNY Canton.

Instruction begins at 12:15 p.m. and includes a crime-scene investigation, a computer building class, concrete experiments, and three-dimensional computer modeling presentation, among other glimpses into SUNY Canton’s signature career-driven programs.

The Early College High School ‘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. The initiative fits well within the SUNY-wide plan to create a seamless educational pipeline to prepare students for college at an earlier age.

More on the Early College High School Program is available in the article “SUNY Canton Partners with Local High Schools.”

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

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Historic Joint Meeting of SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton College Councils Sets the Stage for Future Shared Services

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The College Councils of SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton met on Monday, March 26, in an unprecedented joint session to create new pathways toward SUNY’s challenge to increase shared services.

The joint meeting was the first of its kind in recent history between the two College Councils. Historically, College Council members have made decisions for the benefit of their home institution.

“To the best of my knowledge, today marked the first time the two College Councils have officially met together,” said SUNY Canton College Council Chairman Ronald M. O’Neill following the meeting. “We are excited to work together for the betterment of both colleges and to the overall betterment of SUNY as a whole. By being proactive, we can further SUNY’s vision of increasing efficiency by sharing services and increasing ‘SUNY Systemness.’”

Shared Services

“This extraordinary joint session was very important from the perspective of both campuses and their respective leadership,” SUNY Potsdam College Council Chairman Roger B. Linden said. “It is thanks to the vision of Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher that we have been able to find many areas for further collaboration between the campuses and all of SUNY, by embracing ‘Systemness,’ so that we can capitalize on the unique strengths of both Potsdam and Canton for the good of both the North Country and New York State.”

Both College Councils unanimously passed a resolution requesting that each campus be allowed to hire its own respective vice president for business affairs or vice president of administrative services, in recognition of the unique educational programs and organizational structures at each campus. They additionally resolved to continue consideration and discussion on other avenues for combining administrative functions.

“The two positions are vastly different at each College,” O’Neill said. “It would not be effective to combine the position without hiring additional staffing, such as assistants, beneath one single shared vice presidential position, negating any cost savings on the administrative side of our operations.”

“The joint search committee reflected at great length on the enormity of combining these two very different positions on each campus into one, and just how difficult a job that would be. They found that they could not see how the job could be performed by a single human being,” Linden said.

The two colleges offer cross-registration, and common courses for both student populations. Both colleges extend these services and transportation to and from each respective campus, and partner with St. Lawrence and Clarkson universities to further educational opportunities for students in St. Lawrence County.

During the joint search, members gained new insight and a new appreciation of the neighboring colleges’ administrative responsibilities. By getting a sense of the inner workings of each College, both groups stand better poised to make recommendations into other cost-saving strategies.

“We want to continue this type of collaborative effort,” O’Neill added. “We are planning to meet together a minimum of once a year to continue our positive dialogue. By working together, we are making steps in the right direction and look forward to making recommendations for further shared services among the two colleges, and perhaps other colleges as well.”

“Today, I had the honor of chairing this historic joint meeting, as it was held on the SUNY Potsdam campus. I told Ron I would like the opportunity to watch him chair such a meeting on his campus, so we can continue to share ideas and work together, always keeping in mind that all that we do is for the advancement of our students,” Linden said.

 

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SUNY Canton Foundation Grant Lets Students Learn Latest Robotic Technologies

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Lego ConstructionSUNY Canton students are building robots out of Lego-brand building blocks to monitor the College’s Nevaldine Technology Center.

Students work with Lego-Mindstorm NXT 2.0 kits to learn the latest in robotic technology and problem solving computer programming as part of their education in the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology.

The 12 kits were purchased partially through a SUNY Canton College Foundation Campus Enhancement Award. Students use them as a resource to learn about programming interfaces and infrared sensors, according to Robert McClellan, an instructor in the alternative and renewable energy systems program.

“The Lego Mindstorm kits give the students a wonderful platform to develop a problem-solving machine designed to perform a specific task or series of tasks,” McClellan said. “This is hands-on learning at its finest, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Groups of three or four students constructed their own small automaton, which look similar to the robot “Number 5” from the 1986 movie Short Circuit. The finished machine is connected to a computer running software that allows students issue a specific set of commands to make their robotic room monitor. The process helps students learn logical decision-making skills.

Students working with Legos

SUNY Canton civil and environmental technology majors Alyssa M. Baker of Boonville, and Darran S. Raglin of Alexandria Bay construct and program a Lego Mindstorm robot as part of their MECH121 course.

“Lego Mindstorms are used by researchers and the military in the prototyping process,” said Joel M. “Miles” Canino, the grandson of the school of engineering technology namesake from Southington, Conn. “It really adds to the experiential learning opportunities available for students in the engineering technology programs.”

Canino and his fiancé, Natalie A. Kurgan of Rocky River, Ohio, transferred to the College in Fall 2011 to pursue their own research in the four-year mechanical engineering technology program. The couple has had previous experience with the robotic kits in their own prosthetic limb fabrication research. “It’s a challenging process to make the robots perform the complicated series of turns and analyze obstacles,” she said.

The Lego kits totaled more than $5,000 and were partially funded by the College Foundation following a grant proposal by Daniel J. Miller, an assistant professor in the mechanical engineering technology program. Matthew D. Bullwinkel, an associate professor in the program, redesigned the Mechatronics course (MECH128) to include the new technology.

The SUNY Canton College Foundation awarded approximately $20,000 in funding to unique or innovative programs through Campus Enhancement Awards this academic year. The program is funded through unrestricted donations to the Foundation. The specific goals of the program are to fund innovative or creative projects that will advance student-learning opportunities or advance the College’s overall mission.

In addition to the annual Campus Enhancement Awards, the College Foundation also funds student scholarships, professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and unique learning and research fellowships.

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


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Tax Assistance Available through April 6 at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

SUNY Canton students are offering free tax preparation assistance as part of their accounting coursework.

Sessions are available on from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays through April 6 in Payson Hall Room 208. Appointments are strongly encouraged.

Student preparing taxes.

“It’s the seventh year that students and faculty members have worked with the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to help low- and moderate-income individuals and families prepare their taxes,” said Peggy J. Jenkins, an assistant professor in the accounting program. “Our students are fully qualified and certified by the IRS to do this work and enjoy helping members of the community with this necessary service.”

The qualifying income bracket for participants is a gross income below $49,000, according to the IRS. Students from the College serve as VITA volunteers to increase their own tax preparation skills and, in turn, teach community members how to correctly file their own taxes for the future.

For more information, contact jenkinsp@canton.edu or call (315) 386-7979

Last year, SUNY Canton’s 2011 graduates recognized Jenkins with the Northstar award for helping orchestrate this valuable service. It is one of the highest forms of recognition bestowed to a faculty or staff member and completely determined by members of the student body.

 

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EMS Program at SUNY Canton Aids in Securing Medical Helicopter Service

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

SUNY Canton’s North Country Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program helped bring air medical transportation back to the North Country.

Air Methods Corporation announced that it would begin operating two medical helicopters in Jefferson and St. Lawrence County beginning this June at a press conference held the morning of Wednesday, March 14, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Helicopter

The announcement came after nearly five years of meetings and negotiations with area medical agencies, hospitals, first responders and medical flight services, according to Ann M. Smith, director of the North Country EMS Program.

“This is a big win for us and our area’s first responders,” Smith said. “It’s an even larger win for North Country residents who will benefit from the life-saving services provided by Air Methods.”

The helicopters will extend air ambulance service to more communities and add faster medical response for critically ill or injured patients in need of specialized treatment. The first of the two helicopters will be located in Watertown, and the second will be stationed in Potsdam.

Smith explained patients previously would need to be stabilized locally and transported by ground to advanced specialty facilities outside of the area. “In cases like a heart attack or a stroke, each minute increases the chance of survival,” she said.

In 2007, the Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic (MAST) was removed from service and stopped providing this much-needed service in the area. The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization worked with agencies to begin replacing the service. The Organization’s research indicated in 2010 more than 500 emergencies at hospitals in the Fort Drum region met the criteria for air medical transport.

The endeavor to re-establish medical flights received backing from Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, and Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell.

The North Country EMS Program will continue to work with area hospitals and first responders to expedite the process and aid Air Methods Corporation as they begin to provide airlift services. Smith said they would share office space at SUNY Canton with personnel from the company if necessary.

Smith and her staff help facilitate emergency medical services and provide technical support to area volunteer and paid support agencies. The EMS Program also serves as the credentialing agency for advanced life-support personnel in the tri-county area.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Screens Local Movie “Dissection of an Olive” on March 27

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The locally produced movie “Dissection of an Olive” will be airing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the SUNY Canton Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

The showing will be free and open to the public and will be the first time the movie has been shown locally since it played at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam as part of the Cinema 10 series last fall.

Several SUNY Canton students and faculty members contributed their talents to the movie, which was written and directed by former Potsdam resident Summer Dorr.

Kamal A. Turner, an instructional support assistant in the College’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program served as the assistant director and acted in the evolving story.

“I saw my parts in the movie as a way to be involved with a really large creative project right here in the North Country,” Turner said. “I contacted all of the students I knew who were interested in making movies so they could take advantage of the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a real production.”

SUNY Canton Graphic and Multimedia Design Instructional Support Assistant Kamal A. Turner and GMMD Student Daniel H. Grant (both far left) operate the boom microphone during a scene of “Dissection of an Olive.”

Additionally, Jesse L. Clark-Stone, a mathematics faculty member, served as the executive producer for the production. Graphic and Multimedia Design students Daniel H. Grant of Miller Place and Towfiq Akhtar of Queens both played roles in making the movie.

For more about the production and the official movie trailer, visit: http://www.dissectionofanolive.com/.

 

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Recent SUNY Canton Alumni Appear in ATV 4-Wheel Action Magazine

Monday, March 12th, 2012

North Country students used a course project to earn national recognition for innovation.

A SUNY Canton group project led to more national recognition for three recent Canino School of Engineering Technology graduates.

Joel R. Landry of Malone, Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills, and Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood (2011 graduates) are featured in the March edition of ATV 4-Wheel Action magazine for their reverse-engineered prototype ATV shock. The magazine is now available on newsstands.

“These three students demonstrated exceptional innovation and enthusiasm with their coursework,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Our scholars have limitless potential within their class projects, coupled with the wisdom and experience of our faculty. Kyle, Joel and Brandon’s creativity is an inspiration to current and prospective students.”

Greg Hall, the magazine’s technical editor, wrote “How College Kids made their Own ATV Parts” following an interview with all three students. The two-page spread includes photos of the students in the SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Lab with their prototype shock and computer renderings of their design.

Hall also offers readers a detailed description of the state-of-the art Dimension printer the students used to create each individual piece of their prototype.

Pictured are (l to r) mechanical engineering technology students Joel R. Landry of Malone, Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood, and Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills.

“The team previously displayed their project in the College’s Scholarly Activities Celebration and were top-10 finalists in a national competition sponsored by Dimension Printers,” said Daniel J. Miller, an assistant professor and mechanical engineering technology program director. “The Dimension Printer is ideal for students to prototype their unique designs and avoid costly and time-consuming production. It gives our students a clear advantage when they move from design to production.”

The project took shape in 2010 in a computer-assisted design (CAD) course as part of their mechanical engineering technology program. One of their friends brought a broken Honda 400EX shock to class, and the team saw it as a chance to advance the overall design of the broken part. They took the class project beyond the design phase and printed a three-dimensional scale reproduction in plastic to make a working model of the innovative shock.

All three students benefitted from this project, past the national recognition of their invention. Szelestey and Trimboli are continuing their studies at RIT. Landry started a career making CAD product designs, similar to the ones used to create the prototype shock.

Prior to the ATV 4-Wheel Action article, the team of future engineers and the College’s Dimension Printer were highlighted in The Watertown Daily Times. 

For previous details on the students and their project, read the March 24, 2011 article “SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Students Create Shock Value

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

 

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SUNY Canton SBDC Launches E-Commerce Training Series March 9

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Local businesses can become more successful and competitive in a larger digital-driven economy by implementing e-commerce strategies.

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering a series of lectures for employees and owners of small businesses to learn about the many aspects of e-commerce and how to successfully incorporate effective strategies into their business model.

The E-Commerce Training Series will include several sessions focused on specific strategies and many will include hands-on training allowing participants to try out various tools and resources under the direction of area experts.

“We hope that small businesses will use this training to get up to speed on all aspects of e-commerce so they can implement or update their e-commerce strategies,” said SBDC Director, Dale Rice. “By utilizing web-based tools in today’s marketplace, small businesses have an opportunity to increase sales, create brand recognition and form unique connections with their customer base.”

The E-Commerce Training Series will continue with the following sessions:

 

Information Security and PCI Compliance

9 to 11 a.m.

Friday, March 9

Wicks Hall Room 008

Presented by: Jill VanHoesen, CIO, Johnson Newspaper Corp.

When your customers make purchases with plastic, they are handing over their personal information. What sort of information security program does your company maintain?  If you accept credit cards, you need to ask “are we PCI Compliant”?  Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) is the standard businesses worldwide are actively adopting to protect the personal data of their customers. Join us to learn how to help protect your business from cyber crime.

 

QR Codes

9 to 11 a.m.

Friday, March 16

Wicks Hall Room 008

Presented by: Jill VanHoesen, CIO, Johnson Newspaper Corp.

Quick Response Code, or mobile barcodes, will greatly assist you in marketing. Where could you be using QR codes to market your business and expand your reach to your consumers in the digital age? Your business’s success with QR codes is dependent on the seamless interaction between the code and the online destination.  Learn this and more when you attend this hands-on, interactive seminar including a webinar from Proforma Products. Leave the seminar ready to use QR codes in your marketing campaign.

 

Social Networking

9 to 11 a.m. (class)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (hands on instruction)

Friday, March 23

Wicks Hall Room 006

Presented by: Matt Corey, North Country Library System

Do you understand how and why people use sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to promote their business? This class will cover the popular social networking sites. Afterwards, you’ll have a chance to create an account at the social network site of your choice or seek help on an account you already have with our instructor.

 

Internet Marketing 101

Wednesday, March 28

1 to 3:30 p.m.

Convocation, Athletic & Recreation Center (CARC), Mezzanine Area

Presented by: Kevin P. Schaffner, Site-Seeker.com

Topics include best practices for website design to encourage visitor conversion, search engine marketing, pay-per-click advertising, search engine optimization, what to measure and the convergence of search and social media.

 

Introduction to Facebook for Small Business

Friday, March 30

9:00 to 11:00 a.m. (class)

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (hands on instruction)

Wicks Hall Room 008

Presented by: Matt Corey, North Country Library System

This class will focus primarily on Facebook, one of the more popular social networking sites, where users create a business profile and build an online community among customers and potential customers.

 

All sessions will be held at SUNY Canton. Cost is $10 per session or $50 for all six sessions. Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, call (315) 386-7312.

 

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Gym Class Heroes to Rock SUNY Canton’s Roos House May 4

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

SUNY Canton will welcome Gym Class Heroes later this spring for one of the North Country’s largest musical performances of the year.

Amp Entertainment and the SUNY Canton Student Activities Office will be presenting the concert, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Field House area of the College’s new Athletic Center. It will be the first large concert to be held in the Roos House. The building was opened in 2011.

Gym Class Heroes

“Amp Entertainment has done a wonderful job providing the bands our students want to see,” said Michael J. Perry, SUNY Canton College Association executive director who oversees the Student Activities Office. “Last semester they helped us bring the nationally known band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and local favorites Tyrade to campus for a full evening of non-stop rock. This semester they’re working with us to bring Gym Class Heroes to our largest venue.”

Gym Class Heroes began performing in Geneva, N.Y., in 1997 and is noted for combining elements of rap, rock, R&B, and funk. The quartet uses live instruments rather than looped samples. MC Travis “Schleprok” McCoy and drummer Matt McGinley became friends during high school gym class, leading to the band’s name. McCoy has said previously their popular music was hard to pin down to one style or genre. “Musically, it’s just all over the place,” he said.

The band has recorded three albums with Fueled by Ramen and Decaydance Records. Some of their hit songs include Cookie Jar, Cupid’s Chokehold, Stereo Hearts and The Queen and I. Cupid’s Chokehold hit number four on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and received many plays on the radio and MTV in 2007.

Previously the band has played at the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW), Bamboozle, Warped Tour festivals, and the pregame show of the NBA All-Star Game. They’ve worked with other musical artists including Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes and Daryl Hall.

Tickets are $25 for SUNY Canton students and $35 for the public and are available in advance at the College’s Student Activities Office in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, at Josie’s Pizzeria in downtown Canton and at Northern Music and Video in downtown Potsdam. For more information about the concert, please contact 315-386-7315.

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

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