Archive for September, 2012

SUNY Canton Named a Top Pet-Friendly College

Friday, September 28th, 2012

NBC Universal’s Petside.com recently named SUNY Canton as a 2012 Top Ten Pet-Friendly College.

SUNY Canton earned the spot for its well-known Pet Wing housing option, which began in 1997.

“Students who live in the Pet Wing are able to bring a little piece of home with them, which can make the transition to college life easier,” said Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “Like-minded students who love their pets are able to bond with one another and develop friendships over their animal companions.”

Student holding a cat

Sara N. Grazianoa, a veterinary science technology major from Utica, plays with a cat in Mohawk Residence Hall’s Pet Wing.

Students bring a variety of pets with them including cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

This is the second year in a row the College has appeared on the list.

“We’re always looking for ways to enhance the community-like atmosphere that we are known for, and the Pet Wing plays a role in achieving that,” said John M. Kennedy, the College’s Director of Residence Life.

The Pet Wing contains a large number of students pursuing an associate’s degree in veterinary science technology or a bachelor’s degree in veterinary services management or veterinary technology. SUNY Canton is one of only 20 colleges in the nation to offer a four-year veterinary technology program.

Other schools that made the list were Washington & Jefferson College, University of Illinois, and Lehigh University.

Petside.com is a website dedicated to informing pet owners about animal health, behavior, lifestyle and trends. They provide current, topical content from around the pet care world.

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SUNY Canton Footbridges Grand Opening Event to be Held Oct. 4

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

SUNY Canton will celebrate the completion of the newly constructed pedestrian footbridges, which span the Grasse River and connect the campus and downtown Canton, at a ribbon-cutting event at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at the bridge closest to campus behind Smith Residence Hall.

Footbridge

Replacement of the two original footbridges, which were installed in the 1960s, began this June. They have served as an identifiable landmark specific to the SUNY Canton and inspire fond memories for many alumni.

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“The beautiful new bridges symbolically and physically connect SUNY Canton with the community,” said Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “It is fitting that we celebrate the completion of one of the most unique and identifiable attributes of our campus.”

The timber-framed design was inspired by the pedestrian bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River in Golden, British Columbia.

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

Murnane Building Contractors, Inc., built the bridges and C&S Engineers, Inc., provided consulting services. Both companies have worked with the College previously. The project was funded through the State University of New York Construction Fund.

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$245,000 Perkins Grant Provides More Resources for SUNY Canton Students

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

The most recent Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant will assist with SUNY Canton’s textbook loan program and fund a host of other initiatives to benefit students.

Library

Areiba T. Edwards of Brooklyn pulls one of the reserve textbooks for a student at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons.

“Perkins Grant funding allows students who cannot pay for high-cost books to borrow them instead,” said Jennifer Whittaker, SUNY Canton assistant librarian. “If they have access to textbooks, they can prepare for class, which leads to higher retention rates and increased academic success.”

The textbook loan program has been ongoing for almost a decade. Students also have access to learning models specific to their curricula, and other resources at the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

Early Childhood Learning Lab

SUNY Canton students Leanne M. Greene of Fine and Alexandra M. Levine of Canton check out new supplies from the early childhood student teaching center.

The total grant awarded was approximately $245,000. The money is also being used to purchase equipment in many SUNY Canton laboratories and classrooms, including:

  • New equipment and models for the veterinary science program;
  • Additional manikins for the nursing program;
  • New tools for the Snap-on diagnostic center in the automotive technology program;
  • Refrigerant equipment for the air conditioning engineering technology program;
  • Database and web applications for the computer information systems program;
  • Additional equipment for the electronics and communications lab;
  • Early childhood student teaching center resources, among others.

Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger helped the College apply for the Perkins grant. Fassinger won the 2012 Excellence in College Service Award for helping her peers file for competitive funding.

Electrical Technology

Robert M. Gleason of Vestal and Andrew S. Conlan of Canton work together with new grant funded diagnostic equipment in SUNY Canton’s electrical engineering technology labs.

The grant is awarded from the U.S. Government to states, which is then allocated to various schools and colleges within New York based on the programs offered and the number of students in career and technical curricula.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Student Earns AAUW Scholarship

Friday, September 21st, 2012

The St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded Massena’s Lisa Furnace with a scholarship to continue her education at SUNY Canton.

Furnace, a mother of six, earned an associate degree in accounting in May and is continuing this fall to earn a bachelor’s degree in legal studies.

Carli Schiffner, Lisa Furnace, Faye White

Pictured from left to right: Interim President Carli Schiffner, Lisa Furnace and Professor Emerita Faye White

In addition to her academic accomplishments, she is a volunteer firefighter and has helped raise funds for local Catholic schools. Furnace also served as a volunteer income tax assistance worker and is active in the Massena MOMs group, which provides assistance to mothers and families in the Massena community.

Furnace won the associate degree Outstanding Graduate Award at the College’s 2012 Commencement. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and made President’s List for earning a 3.75 of higher grade point average during each of her four semesters in the accounting program.

Lisa Furnace and President Kennedy

Furnace won the associate degree Outstanding Graduate Award at the College’s 2012 Commencement.

In addition to her award, she also was given a membership in AAUW.

SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner and SUNY Canton Director of Human Resources Betty Connolly are both AAUW St. Lawrence County Branch officers.

“Lisa is a deserving recipient of this award because of her commitment to excellence in her academic pursuits, as well as her volunteer work in the community,” Schiffner said. “Fellow students said Lisa is inspirational and always willing to help. Faculty said she takes charge of her education and values her experience at the College.”

AAUW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW has more than 150,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners. Membership is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW, regardless of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.

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 Support New York State Museum’s Stoddard Exhibition

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

SUNY Canton has joined with SUNY Potsdam and other area colleges to support an Adirondack photographic exhibition at the New York State Museum in Albany.

The Way it Looks from the Stern Seat

"The Way it Looks from the Stern Seat"

The Seneca Ray Stoddard: Capturing the Adirondacks exhibition is open through February 24, 2013 in the museum’s Crossroads Gallery and showcases the works of the iconic Adirondack photographer and conservationist, who was instrumental in the establishment of the “forever wild” Adirondack Park. Visitors to the State Museum on Adirondack Day, Saturday, Oct. 27, will have free access to programs focusing on the natural and cultural history of the Adirondacks. The event will be free and open to the public.

“Seneca Ray Stoddard’s work captures the beauty and essence specific to our area,” said Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “His black-and-white photographs portray our extraordinary surroundings and inspire pride in the North Country. We were proud to work with our peer colleges to help promote and support this culturally-rich exhibition.”

Carry at Buttermilk Falls

"Carry at Buttermilk Falls"

The display includes more than 100 of Stoddard’s photographs, an Adirondack guideboat, freight boat, a camera, copies of Stoddard’s books and several of his paintings. These and other items come from the State Museum’s collection of more than 500 Stoddard prints and also from the collections of the New York State Library and the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls.

Willsborough Tunnel, NY & CRR

"Willsborough Tunnel, N.Y. & C.R.R."

Stoddard (1844-1917) was a self-taught painter and spent the majority of his life in the Glens Falls area. He sought to preserve the beauty of the Adirondacks through his paintings but became attracted to photography’s unique ability to capture the environment. He was one of the first to capture the Adirondacks using the then recently introduced wet-plate photographic process. Though extremely cumbersome by today’s standards, the technique was the first practical way to record distant scenes. He studied the Adirondacks intensely over a 50-year period.  An online version of exhibition is available here.

A newly formed consortium of North Country institutions of higher education and research are jointly helping to promote the exhibit. The Higher Education and Research and Development Consortium (HEARD) comprises Clarkson University, Clinton Community College, Jefferson Community College, the Miner Institute, North Country Community College, Paul Smith’s College, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Potsdam, Trudeau Institute and CITEC.  In addition to HEARD, other partners include: the Adirondack Center for Writing, Adirondack Life magazine, the Adirondack Museum, Adirondack Photography Institute, Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend, the Chapman Museum, Fort Ticonderoga, Great Camp Sagamore, the Hyde Collection, John Brown Lives, Lakes to Locks Passage, Mountain Lakes PBS, and The Wild Center.

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

 

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Best-Selling Author Coming to SUNY Canton

Monday, September 17th, 2012
Mary Karr

Mary Karr will be reading from "Lit: A Memoir" and answering questions about her writing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center¹s Kingston Theater.

SUNY Canton will be hosting New York Times Best Sellers List author Mary Karr to open its Fall 2012 Living Writers Series.

Karr, who has won multiple awards for her non-fiction work, will be reading from her book “Lit: A Memoir” and answering questions about her writing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Karr will be available for book signings at the end of her presentation.

“We are able to bring award-winning authors to SUNY Canton through our brand-new Living Writers (ENGL264) Course created within our humanities department,” said School of Business and Liberal Arts Interim Dean Maureen P. Maiocco. “Assistant Professor Phil LaMarche created the class, and invited authors to enhance our culturally rich programming.”

LaMarche described Karr as a writing rock star with relatable cathartic prose that modern students can easily identify with and learn from.

“Mary Karr’s ‘Lit’ includes a cast of characters that make modern reality-shows look like a pack of rank amateurs,” LaMarche said. “Her work is harrowing, hilarious and full of heart. Her story is no mere carnival ride, but a genuine tale of love, forgiveness and salvation.”

Karr is most widely known for her best-selling memoirs, but regards herself primarily as a poet. She’s a 2004 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, and has written four volumes of verse, including “Sinners Welcome.” Her most popular book to date is “The Liar’s Club,” which remained on the New York Times Best Seller’s List for more than a year. Her most recent book “Lit: A Memoir,” presents readers with the story of her alcoholism, recovery and conversion to Catholicism.

Future presenters include Daniel Torday, author of “The Sensualist” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, and Adam Levin, author of “The Instructions” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Both events are scheduled to take place in the College’s Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public.

Fall 2012 is the first semester that the ENGL264 course has been offered. Students enrolled in the class read the books by authors scheduled to visit the College. LaMarche plans to offer the Living Writers course, and the related Living Writers Series, again during the spring semester with several different authors.

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

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SUNY Canton Footbridges Reopen

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

The footbridges connecting SUNY Canton and downtown Canton were reopened for pedestrian use at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. Some final construction will be ongoing, but students and community members have begun taking advantage of the new walkways. An official grand opening celebration will be held in early October.

 Footbridge

Footbridge

Pictured are SUNY Canton students Carlos Remigio and Skylar Miller walking back towards campus.

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SUNY Canton Assistant Professor’s Research Featured in Academic Journal

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Eunjyu YuA SUNY Canton faculty member has published new research that can help high school educators better prepare students for higher education.

Assistant Professor Eunjyu Yu’s study, titled “Ready for College? What College Students Have to Say about Their High School English Experiences,” was published in the August issue of English Leadership Quarterly.

“In Assistant Professor Yu’s publication, she addresses the growing national phenomenon of helping students better prepare for their transition from high school to college,” said Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “Her work fits well within SUNY’s overall “Cradle to Career” views and will assist in our college’s retention efforts.”

She surveyed first-year student volunteers about their high-school experiences within the English language arts classes for her research. She found that students liked being challenged by their teachers, exploring multiple writing techniques and reading a variety of literature, using video and multimedia-materials among other information.

“Since an educational system is ecologically linked from primary education up to higher education, I needed to understand the effectiveness of high school literacy programs from the perspective of high school graduates to develop effective literacy pedagogy for my own students,” Yu said.

She pointed out that little research exists that addresses how effectively a high school English language arts class prepares students for academic reading and writing expectations at the college level.

“With respect to writing, in addition to learning grammar and language usage, the participants I surveyed would like to have more opportunities for hands-on practice with their writing skills,” the assistant professor noted.

Yu offers possible solutions to better prepare young adults, including establishing a stronger link between classroom learning and “real life,” by allowing students the ability to apply what they learn to their careers or personal lives.

English Leadership Quarterly is published by the National Council of Teachers of English. It helps department chairs, K-12 supervisors and other leaders in their role of improving the quality of English instruction.

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