Archive for May, 2012

SUNY Canton Schedules Summer-Long Footbridge Project

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

SUNY Canton is updating its bridges with scenic timber-framed covered walkways.

The footbridges spanning the Grasse River and connecting the College to Downtown Canton will be unavailable beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 4. Pedestrian access to the area will be unavailable during the project. The estimated completion date is August 10, shortly before the start of the Fall 2012 Semester.

“The new bridges will add to the atmosphere of the walking paths and islands bordering our campus,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve selected a design similar to the pedestrian bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River in Golden, British Columbia (Canada).”

The footbridge replacement project is one of approximately seven ongoing construction undertakings currently underway at SUNY Canton. All projects are slated to make the campus more attractive, more educationally accommodating and more energy efficient.

The College’s footbridges were opened alongside the campus in the late 1960s. They have served as an identifiable landmark specific to the SUNY Canton and inspire fond memories for many alumni.

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The Kicking Horse River pedestrian bridge in Golden, BC.

Murnane Building Contractors, Inc., will be building the bridge and C&S Engineers, Inc., provided consulting services. Both companies have worked with the College previously. Murnane is currently overseeing renovations to Wicks Hall, and C&S is currently involved with exterior renovations of Heritage and Rushton Residence Halls and was involved with the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall and the new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

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

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SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Hire Joint Veterans Affairs Officer

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Patrick Massaro, veteran and alumnus of both institutions is set to serve two campuses.

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam are pleased to announce the appointment of the first employee who will serve both institutions. Patrick Massaro is a unique fit for the newly created position of veterans and military services coordinator, a joint position that will serve students on both campuses.

Massaro will be the primary point of contact for the military families and serve as an advisor to the veteran’s organizations on each campus.

“This is a great opportunity for me to give back to both colleges and to those that have served and to the families of those that have served,” he said.

The veterans affairs position will enhance the student experience for veterans at both institutions and is the first joint hire to result from the ongoing shared services discussions between SUNY Potsdam’s and SUNY Canton’s Campus Alliance Network.

“Filling this position was a significant step in the goal of greater shared services for our colleges. We learned a lot about the search process and what we need to do in the next years to more efficiently use our resources,” SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy said.

“First and foremost, this hiring will positively impact the lives of service members and veterans working toward their higher education goals at the two colleges,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller. “Both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will benefit and learn from the experience of filling our first joint position, as Patrick navigates the unique learning environments at both campuses.”

Patrick Massaro is uniquely qualified to tackle the job, given his military background and the fact that he is an alumnus of both colleges. In 2003, he graduated from SUNY Canton and in 2005 from SUNY Potsdam. The Massena Central High School graduate then served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2006 to 2010, including one tour of duty in Iraq. He now holds the rank of Captain in the U.S. Marine Reserves. Most recently, Massaro completed his Master of Science degree in sports administration while working as the director of hockey operations at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

A member of the search committee, SUNY Canton Associate Professor William Fassinger, a retired Military Police First Sergeant, said, “If we could have built a person for this job, it would look like Patrick. He is a graduate of both institutions, with recent military service, and in the past two years having dealt with the Veteran’s Administration for his own education.”

“He will inherit the work done by others at Canton and bring those ideas to Potsdam, and then in turn assess how the things we do well at SUNY Potsdam might benefit Canton,” said SUNY Potsdam Director of Extended Education Thomas Fuhr, who co-chaired the search with SUNY Canton Professor Robert Edwards.

Both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton have been named military-friendly colleges for their dedication to serving service members, veterans and their families.

About SUNY Canton:

The State University of New York at Canton offers 22 career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 190 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. The College is home to a brand-new athletic facility, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites, offering students single rooms in apartment-style settings while they live on campus.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.

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SUNY Canton Graduates More than 900 Students

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy conferred degrees for approximately 920 students at the College’s 104th Commencement Ceremony.

The ceremony was held today, Saturday, May 19th in the Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

Commencement 2012

“This is my 21st and final commencement at SUNY Canton,” Kennedy said. “I’m very proud of today’s graduates and I’m honored to spend the day with them and their families. I look forward to further growth and development in the College’s academic programs, with the end result of seeing even more students enroll, graduate and launch successful careers in the future.”

The President is scheduled to retire on August 31. He said he is keenly interested in future commencement ceremonies as an indicator of the College’s ongoing success. “I will always feel a sense of accomplishment when I see SUNY Canton students complete their educations,” Kennedy said.

President Kennedy congratulating students.

The top five bachelor’s degrees awarded, listed in order of popularity, were: management, criminal investigation, health care management, legal studies, and graphic and multimedia design.

The top five associate degrees with the most graduates were nursing, liberal arts, criminal justice, veterinary science technology, and business administration.

Notable honoraries at ceremony included:

  • Karen M. Spellacy, professor of economics, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in College Service. Spellacy was awarded for providing dynamic education in her business and economics courses, in addition to her inspirational leadership in a variety of roles. Based on her tremendous service, Spellacy will assume the role of Interim Provost on Sept. 1.
  • John F. Conklin, associate professor of nursing, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Faculty members and students have said Conklin demonstrates a deep and genuine concern for his students and helps them to succeed in any way that he can. He also was instrumental in the development of the college’s practical nursing certificate program, as well as the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.
  • SUNY Canton Student Government Association President Daynelle N. Richards, a health care management major from Ozone Park delivered the address on behalf of her fellow graduates. Richards was selected as the recipient of the 2012 David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.
  • Kristen B. Roberts, the College’s associate director of residence life and residence director of the new Grasse River Suites was honored with the Northstar award. This award is completely determined by the student body to recognize a faculty or staff member. Roberts was selected for making a positive impression on students and their parents with her positive, can-do attitude. She’s been a role model for many students and is involved with many student-run organizations. The student government association president presented the award to Roberts.
  • State Senator Patricia A. Ritchie was presented with the Honorary Alumna Award from the SUNY Canton Alumni Association for continually supporting and promoting SUNY Canton. She recently backed the College’s newest educational options to benefit of both students and the greater North Country Community, and has demonstrated a remarkable interest in the ongoing success of the College and its graduates.

During the week prior to Commencement, the David Sullivan-St. Lawrence Law Enforcement Academy held a special ceremony for more than 20 graduates of the semester-long intensive course. Many of the Academy graduates were sworn in as new officers in area police departments.

Commencement 2012

Additionally, nearly 90 graduates of SUNY Canton’s Nursing program were recognized at a special ceremonial pinning ceremony. Registered Nurses are in high demand, and many of the graduates will immediately start their employment at area hospitals and health-care facilities.

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

 

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State Senator Patty Ritchie to be Honored at SUNY Canton Commencement

Friday, May 18th, 2012

SUNY Canton will be honoring State Senator Patricia A. Ritchie with its Honorary Alumna Award at its 104th Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, May 19) in the field house portion of the Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House. The Senator will be honored alongside the more than 900 students eligible to participate in the ceremony.

Senator Ritchie

“Senator Ritchie has promoted SUNY Canton and the mission to provide career-driven educational options to the benefit of both its students and the greater North Country Community,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “Her involvement and support will aid in our overall success and future growth.”

She received bipartisan endorsement from those who nominated her for the award.

Last year, Ritchie assisted SUNY Canton by backing its newest four-year program in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. The much-anticipated Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology will help provide qualified graduates for high-needs positions in local human services related careers.

Senator Ritchie, a lifelong resident of Upstate New York, was raised in DePeyster, graduated from Heuvelton Central School, Mater Dei College, and SUNY Potsdam.

She was elected to the State Senate in 2010, following a campaign that focused on the need to strengthen Central and Northern New York economies, create jobs, lower taxes and decrease overregulation. Prior to her election, she served as County Clerk for more than a decade. During her time in that position, she rallied her fellow Clerks to halt a plan requiring new license plates for every vehicle in New York, successfully saving area families more than $7 million.

Senator Ritchie lives in the Town of Oswegatchie with her husband, Tom. The couple 
has three adult children, and in 2010, welcomed their first grandchild.

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SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation Graduate Earns Outstanding Recognition

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

A motivated leader with career aspirations of becoming a New York State Trooper has been selected as the Outstanding Graduate at the Baccalaureate Level.

Matthew J. Wissman of Forestburgh, who is graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal investigation, recently received his award at the recent Faye White Honors Convocation.

Wissman

“He’s the student that I can always count on to step up and help out,” said Elizabeth A. Erickson, an assistant professor in the criminal investigation program. “He’s really outgoing and happy to be a leader; I hate to see him leave us.”

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy presented him with a ceremonial medallion to adorn his academic regalia for SUNY Canton’s 104th Commencement Ceremony to be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in the field house portion of the Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, (nicknamed Roos House). Nearly 900 students are eligible to participate in Commencement.

Wissman is Senior Resident Assistant at the brand-new Grasse River Suites residence hall. He has demonstrated impeccable maturity and responsibility, according to Kristen B. Roberts, associate director of residence life and the 2012 Northstar Award Recipient.

“Matthew treats everyone with fairness and respect, and encourages others to do the same,” Roberts said. “He’s always one step ahead and proactively addresses issues before they arise.”

He’s been an active volunteer at events on campus and in the community; he worked with children in an after school program at Ogdensburg Free Academy, and participated in a career day at Gouverneur Central High School.

Mr. Wissman is the Vice President for the Criminal Justice Student Association and Secretary for the SUNY Canton chapter of the American Criminal Justice Honor Society. He is an active runner and a member of the men’s cross-country team. Wissman recently volunteered with the President’s 5K Run/Walk challenge, and previously helped out with the annual Nicole Fleury 5K race. He’s been on both the President’s and Deans’ Lists for his outstanding academic achievement and is a member of the College’s chapter of the Golden Key Honor Society.

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Two SUNY Canton Students Earn Recognition from SUNY Chancellor

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

A member of the SUNY Canton College Activities Board and a dedicated student worker were both selected as recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

Britney G. Livingston, a liberal arts major from Lisbon and Kenneth A. Burwell, a bachelor of science – nursing major, from Canton both recently received this award in person from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

“The students we honor today have taken full advantage of the academic and extracurricular programs that SUNY provides both in the classroom and in the community,” said Zimpher.

Livingston was recognized for her ongoing commitment to the College and extensive support of the Student Activities Offices programs. She is the vice president for the SUNY Canton chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a recipient of two scholarships created by Distinguished Alumnus John L. Halford of Gouverneur and a recipient of the Perry Family Scholarship.

“Britney is an excellent student,” said Patrick LaPierre, an associate professor of history, who has worked with Livingston in the past. “She takes her work seriously and she displays traits that bode well for her future success. She is an active steward of her educational future. She represents the Chancellor’s Award with distinction.”

Additionally, she is a representative for the Student Government Association, a member of SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy’s Student Ambassador committee, a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Board, and has been an orientation leader. She’s made both the deans’ and president’s list for her academic success.

Burwell was recognized for his academic excellence and his work with several departments and offices on campus. He is a member of SUNY Canton’s chapter of the Golden Key Honor Society for four-year students, has worked with the College’s Upward Bound program, and is a student assistant in the Davis Health Center.

Kenny Burwell

“Kenny has proven his dedication by spending many hours organizing, arranging, and assisting with our education outreach programs,” said Patricia Todd, director of the Davis Health Center. “The students love it! He does whatever it takes to make the programs a success.”

He is also a member of the St. Lawrence Area Poets and a red belt in Tang So Do, a Korean martial arts program. He has made the president’s list for his outstanding academic success.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence acknowledges students who have successfully demonstrated integrating academic excellence with leadership, campus involvement, community service, the arts, athletics, and career achievement.

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SUNY Canton President Hosts Second 5K Challenge

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Dr. Kennedy running last year's 5KSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy will be promoting health and fitness by hosting and running in the second President’s 5K Run/Walk Challenge.

The “5K with Dr. K” will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, near the College’s turf field next to the Roos House Athletic Center. The course will include the scenic cross-country trails bordering the Grasse River. The race and the walk are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

“There are a number of ways we encourage healthy lifestyles on campus,” Kennedy said. “We have spinning classes in our brand-new fitness center, healthy food options, and we are moving toward a tobacco free environment. Of everything we do, this race is my favorite event to promote fitness on campus and in our community.”

The first 25 registrants will receive a free t-shirt. Registration is available online at: http://www.canton.edu/challenge/

Kennedy is an avid runner who participates in numerous community-sponsored races.

Last year, the inaugural “5K with Dr. K” attracted approximately 120 runners and walkers from both the College and the area. On campus, the race has inspired good-natured rivalry among faculty, staff, and students.

For more information contact: Farren Davis at 315-379-3902, or davisf@canton.edu.

 

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