Archive for 2012

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Named as New Editor of Academic Journal

Friday, November 16th, 2012

SUNY Canton Associate Professor of Mathematics Daniel J. Gagliardi, Ph.D., has been named as an editor of the mathematics journal Graph Theory Notes of New York.

The publication is sponsored by the Metropolitan section of the Mathematical Association of America. Its purpose is to stimulate research in Graph Theory and to promote the exchange of ideas between researchers in the field.

“My new role as editor allows me to stay on top of new results in the field of graph theory, which I can then share with students,” said Gagliardi. “The mathematics department has introduced several new upper divisional courses, including Graph Theory, in support of the newly developed mathematics minor at SUNY Canton.”

Dan Gagliardi instructing a Calculus Class

Gagliardi shares his editorial responsibilities with founding editors Louis V. Quintas of Pace University and John W. Kennedy of Queens College. Graph Theory Notes of New York is published biannually and is distributed worldwide.

Gagliardi conducts research in both Lie Algebra and Graph Theory. His most recent article published in Graph Theory Notes discusses the surprising connections between these two fields of study. Gagliardi is also a coauthor of a textbook written with Saint Lawrence University professor James Defranza. Their book, Introduction to Linear Algebra With Applications, was published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education in 2008 and is being used worldwide. In 2011 the text was translated into Korean.

In addition to his work as a mathematician, Gagliardi is an accomplished double bassist. He and his colleague, Bill Vitek, a Clarkson University professor of philosophy, play jazz at local cafes and area events.

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Author Adam Levin to Speak at SUNY Canton Nov. 14

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Adam Levin, author of the critically acclaimed novel “The Instructions,” will speak at SUNY Canton Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theatre. He will be presenting the final installment of the fall semester’s Living Writers Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Adam Levin

SUNY Canton visiting author Adam Levin will be the final speaker in this semester’s Living Writers Series (photo courtesy of Renee Feldman). Levin will be reading from his most recent collection of short stories, “Hot Pink.”

Levin will be reading from his latest work “Hot Pink,” which is a collection of short stories that was published earlier this year. He will also answer questions and be available for book signings.

“SUNY Canton students have been fortunate to be able to meet and learn from some of the most talented writers today—like Adam Levin—thanks to the Living Writers Course that was created by Assistant Professor Phil LaMarche,” said School of Business and Liberal Arts Interim Dean Maureen P. Maiocco.Hot Pink

Levin is most noted for his dark and witty short work. Some reviewers have compared his writing to that of late literary great David Foster Wallace.

“Levin’s stories feel like crazed impersonations of bullies, sadists, and Chicagoland tough guys,” LaMarche said. “His prose rings true to their voices, gallivanting across the page with genius, bravery, and utter hilarity.”

Levin resides in Chicago, where he teaches writing at Columbia College and The School of the Art Institute.

Fall 2012 is the first semester that the Living Writers Course has been offered. Students enrolled in the class read the books by authors scheduled to visit the College. Authors Mary Karr and Daniel Torday were previous guest speakers.

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SUNY Canton Announces New and More Efficient Administrative Structure

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner today announced several departments and offices were realigned within the College’s organizational structure to better support priorities including student retention, strategic enrollment management and efficient shared services.

Some of the major changes under the new organizational structure include Athletics moving back to Student Affairs, Information Services and University Police shifting to College Administration, and Online Learning and Admissions moving under Academics.

“Canton has been a leader in SUNY’s system-wide shared service initiatives, and today’s realignment by President Schiffner mirrors our broader efforts to streamline administrative overhead so our resources can support student services and institutional priorities,” said Brian Hutzley, vice chancellor for financial services and chief financial officer for SUNY.

“These changes will result in a more effective organizational structure that will allow SUNY Canton to better address its issues and priorities moving forward,” President Schiffner said. “The restructuring of these areas will allow us to focus on student success and better align us with the model of both our SUNY counterparts and colleges and universities around the nation. This is part of the evolution of Canton as we look to continue our remarkable progress.”

Schiffner mentioned the College’s increased focus on academics and student completion as well as future opportunities to continue saving money through shared services. Last month SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam announced more than $1 million in shared services savings, and Vice President for Administration Natalie Higley expects those efforts to continue to benefit both schools.

“SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam have worked hard together to consolidate administrative services, become more efficient, and direct a larger percentage of funds toward the education of our students,” said Higley, who works for both colleges and is an example of the new shared services model. “We’ve already seen progress in areas such as payroll services and information services, and we look forward to continuing to standardize our processes and procedures for future savings.”

 

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SUNY Canton Student Assistant Earns Scholarship

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

SUNY Canton law enforcement leadership major Andre M. Lynch recently received a $1,500 scholarship from the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA).

Lynch is a student assistant in the Registrar’s office, and hails from Long Island. He now resides in Canton.

Andre Lynch

“Andre is one of the hardest-working students I know,” said Kerrie L. Cooper, director of financial aid/ Student Service Center.  “He proves that you can do anything if you are determined.”

Each year, the association awards five scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate students at New York state public and private colleges. The announcement was made in October at the association’s annual conference.

“I was very surprised when I learned that I won the award,” Lynch said. “This scholarship will really help pay for my tuition in the Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton next semester.”

Lynch is a senior and aspires to pursue a career in law enforcement after he graduates next spring.

NYSFAAA is a volunteer association of financial aid professionals representing various higher education institutions in New York.

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

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Registration Opens for SUNY Canton’s 2012-13 Winterterm

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Registration is now open for SUNY Canton’s extremely popular Winterterm online session, which begins Dec. 19 and concludes Jan. 15, 2013.

Winterterm 12-13

The classes are accessible via computer anywhere, which is convenient for local students and distance-learners alike.

“SUNY Canton has a reputation for providing quality courses, and our online offerings are no exception,” said Kyle Brown, SUNY Canton’s director of information services and online learning. “Our faculty members are extremely experienced in teaching online, and the thousands of students who have completed classes during Winterterm and Summerterm can speak to the quality of instruction they have received.”

Courses are not only open to SUNY Canton students, but those from other colleges as well. Brown said the college’s course offerings have become tremendously popular. “SUNY Canton has seen an approximate 20 percent enrollment growth each year, and we anticipate that trend to continue,” he said.

Courses in business, finance, criminal justice, social science and other disciplines will be offered. The entire course listing can be found at www.canton.edu/winterterm.

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SUNY Canton Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton is seeking nominations for its annual College Council Distinguished Citizen Award.

Since 1976, the College has given this prestigious award in recognition of exceptional, unusual, and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the state, or to the nation.

Members of the community are invited to submit nominations for the award. Nominations, which must be submitted in writing, should include the name; position/title; a description; and a brief biography of the nominee. At least three letters of support from non-family members should accompany the nomination. Nominations, which are due Feb. 1, 2013, should be submitted to Mr. Ronald O’Neill, College Council Chairman, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive – FOB 616, Canton, NY 13617.

The SUNY Canton College Council will select the recipient at its March 2013 meeting. The recipient’s name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Last year’s recipient of the prestigious award was Town Supervisor David T. Button.

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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Great-Grandmother Earns Degree with Great-Grandchildren

Friday, October 19th, 2012

An 83-year-old student demonstrated that age should never be a hindrance to higher education. Myrtle Butterfield of Canton is taking courses alongside her two great grandchildren, 65 years after graduating from high school.

Myrtle Butterfield

One of the senior-most nontraditional students in SUNY Canton, Myrtle Butterfield, 83, of Canton studies between classes. Butterfield is a liberal arts major scheduled to graduate in December.

“I went to the Office of Admissions with my granddaughter-in-law,” Myrtle recalled. “I met (Admissions Counselor) Brandon Davock and when I walked out, I was enrolled in the Liberal Arts program.”

Her great-grandson, Carter K. Cutway, was a Business Management student during the Spring 2012 Semester, and Myrtle’s great-granddaughter, Jamie L. Butterfield, is in the Criminal Justice program. “Who else can say they went to College with their great-grandmother?” Cutway said.

Myrtle Butterfield

Myrtle Butterfield, 83, with her great-granddaughter Jamie L. Butterfield (right) and Carter K. Cutway (Left). All three attended SUNY Canton at the same time.

“There’s a lot of my family connected with this College,” Myrtle said. “I watched both of my great-grandchildren grow up, and now I get to go to College with them.”

Adjusting to college life did not come easy to Myrtle. “I almost quit during my first week,” she recalled, “but the Accommodative Services Office has been amazing! Everyone is so supportive. What more can you ask for?”

During time at the college and after developing a new routine, Myrtle has developed a new love of learning. She’s been on the President’s list and inducted into two honor societies, and her GPA was in the top 10 percent of her class.

Myrtle often offers advice to her younger classmates. “I went straight from high school to marriage,” Myrtle recalled. “We didn’t have the resources then that we have today. I always regretted not coming to college, but work and family always came first. I tell all of the young, beautiful and wonderful students here not to waste this opportunity.”

Myrtle has also discovered she has a talent for writing prose and poetry. She is scheduled to earn her associate degree in December 2012 and plans to work toward her four-year degree and continue writing.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Professors’ Research Wins Award

Friday, October 19th, 2012

A research paper written by SUNY Canton’s Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Brian K. Harte, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Finance Umesh Kumar was recently awarded “Best Paper in [the] Financial Economics Session” at the Academy of Business Research Fall International Conference in Atlantic City, N.J.

Umesh Kumar and Brian Harte

Their paper titled, “The Regulation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Investor Response,” which analyzes investors’ response to firms that were convicted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) of 1977, was presented at the September conference.

In recent years, federal authorities have increased their attention toward firms violating FCPA compliance. If a firm is prosecuted and convicted under FCPA compliance, it affects not only the firm’s business interests but also the shareholders and consumers’ confidence. Their study analyzes 52 firms convicted for violations of the FCPA during 2006-2011.

“A firm operating internationally has to ensure that it doesn’t indulge in bribing a foreign official to seek business opportunities and also maintain a proper system of internal controls,” Harte said.

“Our research shows that investors are wary in making more investments in a convicted firm,” Kumar noted. “In fact, consumer confidence also suffers for these firms as sales growth becomes sluggish.”

The paper has not been published in its entirety yet. Their research paper “Corporate Social Responsibility and Investor Response in the Post-SOX Era” was also recognized as the Southern Journal of Business and Economics Best Paper in Economics at the Academy of Business Research Fall International Conference last year.

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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SUNY Canton to Co-Sponsor Veterinary Workshop

Friday, October 19th, 2012

SUNY Canton’s student-led Veterinary Technician Association and the North Country nonprofit organization Spay/Neuter/Now, Ltd., will co-host a workshop on animal homelessness for area veterinarians, veterinary technicians, shelters, rescue groups and others involved in animal welfare.

The workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, in SUNY Canton’s Newell Veterinary Technology Center, Room 109. Registration will begin at 6 p.m.

Vet Tech

SUNY Canton is one of only 20 colleges in the nation to offer a Bachelor's in Veterinary Technology.

Kathleen Makolinski from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will talk about animal identification methods, feral cat research, client education, and shelter and veterinarian-related issues.

“This important event is aimed at improving the health and welfare of animals in the North Country,” said Sophia Theodore, an Associate Professor in the veterinary science technology program. “Our students and area professionals can learn side-by-side about the latest research in the veterinary field.”

Registration for the event is free and attendees are encouraged to preregister before Oct. 31 by contacting Kevin Mace at Spay/Neuter/Now at (315) 486-0094. Completion of this workshop will allow attendees to earn New York State continuing education credits.

“There is a great need for public education to dispel the myths concerning spaying and neutering,” said Kevin Mace, general manager for Spay/Neuter/Now.  “We hope that this workshop will spread awareness of our area’s current situation and inform veterinary professionals, shelter and animal welfare workers on ways to cooperate to prevent pet overpopulation and educate the public on animal-related issues.”

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Retired SUNY Canton Employee, Author, Returns to Campus for Book Signing Oct. 17

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Young WorldA former SUNY Canton director of facilities has penned a new novel based on the rich history of Canton. His writing includes allegories to the late College patron, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Richard W. Miller.

Frederick Rycroft, author of the new book “Young World,” will be returning to campus from noon until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, for a book signing at Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Store. Copies of his book are also available at the Campus Center Store.

“Some of the characters are based loosely on people from the community of Canton,” Rycroft said. “Even though it is a work of fiction, all of the history is well researched and includes the local color of the late ’50s in our community.”

Rycroft’s book tells the tale of the adventures, and misadventures, of teenagers who became friends in 1957 in a small Northern New York town. It includes narrative descriptions of how the Village of Canton looked and felt. Former popular venues including Billy’s Restaurant, the Hotel Harrington and the Miss Canton Diner, are all described or alluded to in his work.

“There are a lot of things about both of Canton’s Colleges in the book,” Rycroft said. “Specifically, I remember when the Canton Hockey Team had an unprecedented 42-game winning streak.”Rycroft

Rycroft retired from SUNY Canton after working for the College for 35 years. He also was an assistant football coach for the College beginning in 1995. This is his first work of fiction and the first in a trilogy all bearing the same title. The second part of “Young World” is near completion.

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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

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