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SUNY Potsdam & SUNY Canton Hold First Simultaneous Civility Sit-In Two Campuses Stand Up for Civility through Joint CARE & BEAR Projects

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam are joining together for a unique show of solidarity—the first-ever simultaneous Civility Sit-In. Students, faculty and staff from both campuses will sit down to demonstrate their commitment to civility, by protesting intolerance, ignorance and disrespect. Then, participants at both colleges will stand up together, in a display of common cause and purpose.

The joint event is sponsored by two initiatives with the same goals on both campuses: SUNY Canton’s CARES Committee, and the BEAR @ Potsdam Project.

CARE & BEAR

The SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton college mascots, Max C. Bear and Roody Roo, show that they won’t stand for incivility, either.

CARES stands for Character, Acts of Kindness, Respect, Environment and Spirituality. BEAR @ Potsdam is short for Be Ethical And Responsible at SUNY Potsdam. Both organizations support efforts to create campus environments rich in courtesy and respect for others.

The simultaneous Civility Sit-Ins are scheduled for noon on Thursday, Oct. 18, on both campuses. At SUNY Canton, the event will be held at the Roselle Academic Plaza. At SUNY Potsdam, the event will be held at Minerva Plaza.

There will be campus speakers at both events, and students will decorate T-shirts proclaiming what they “won’t stand for” at their college.

“SUNY Potsdam is one community, bound together by respect and integrity. We are dedicated to upholding the values in our Potsdam Pledge, and encouraging our students to help lead the way for all concerning civility. This unique event will offer an opportunity for the SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton communities to show our neighbors in the North Country what we stand for,” said Dean of Students Chip Morris.

SUNY Canton’s Dean of Students, Courtney B. Bish said, “The Civility Sit-In will

showcase theimportance of respect and tolerance within our campus community and will be the first of many events sponsored through our CARES Project. We are proud to co-host this event with SUNY Potsdam through their BEAR @ Potsdam initiative, and are looking forward to the student support at the event and future collaborations with the other area colleges.”

To end the sit-ins, the colleges’ two mascots—Max C. Bear and Roody Roo—will encourage everyone to rise at once, to show that they stand for civility.

“It is so exciting to be promoting the concept of civility with SUNY Canton. This Sit-In shows the North Country community that we are institutions dedicated to making the communities both on- and off-campus the best they can be,” said Annette Robbins, director of student conduct and community standards at SUNY Potsdam.

CARE & BEAR

From left, Roody Roo, Molly A. Mott, Chip Morris, Lashawanda Ingram, Annette Robbins, Gena Nelson, Courtney B. Bish and Max C. Bear. For the full caption with titles, see the attached release.

To mark their commitment to the project, faculty and staff from SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton gathered recently along with the college mascots. As seen in the accompanying photo, the officials included: (from left) SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott, SUNY Potsdam Dean of Students Chip Morris, SUNY Canton Director of Diversity Lashawanda Ingram, SUNY Potsdam Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards Annette Robbins, SUNY Potsdam Counseling Center Director Gena Nelson and SUNY Canton Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish.

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Nationally-Known Band Buckcherry Headlines SUNY Canton’s Fall Concert Oct. 14

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Los Angeles-based hard-rockers Buckcherry will headline a multi-band concert at SUNY Canton. Doors open for the concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Dana Hall Gym.

Amp Entertainment and the SUNY Canton Student Activities Office are presenting the fall concert.

Buckcherry

“This concert is the latest in a string of well-known acts that Amp Entertainment has helped bring to the College,” said Michael J. Perry, SUNY Canton College Association executive director, who oversees the Student Activities Office. “During the past year, they have secured national recording artists Gym Class Heroes and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus to perform live for our students.”

Formed in 1995, Buckcherry, who are known for hits like “Lit Up” and “Check Your Head,” have had mass appeal. Their 2006 album “15” went platinum and contained their first Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hit, “Sorry.” During their career, they have opened for artists like AC/DC and KISS. They are currently on tour in preparation for a release of their sixth album later this year.

Buckcherry

The band will be performing following Lit, Charm City Devils and local favorite Tyrade.

Lit is best known for their 1999 No. 1 hit “My Own Worst Enemy.” The California-based group has had other hits such as “Miserable,” “Zip-Lock,” “Over My Head,” “Lipstick and Bruises” and “Addicted.” They recently released their fifth album, “The View from the Bottom,” on June 19, 2012.

Charm City Devils were formed in Baltimore, Md., in 2007. They were named Best New Rock Band by iTunes for 2009, and their sophomore album, “Sins,” was released April 10, 2012. The single “Man of Constant Sorrow” from that album reached No. 20 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Tyrade is one of the most popular bands in Northern New York. It consists of Matt Farrell of Saranac Lake, Tim Anson of Canton, Thomas Arquitt of Saranac Lake, and Ronn Simser of Renesselaer Falls. Their style ranges from melodic ballads to metal anthems. Their top hits include “Outburst II” and “Scud Missile,” according to the band’s MySpace page.

Tickets are on sale through the Student Activities Office in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The show costs $15 for SUNY Canton students, and $25 for the public. For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at 315-386-7315.

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Author Daniel Torday to Speak at SUNY Canton Oct. 17

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Daniel TordaySUNY Canton will host author and Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College Daniel Torday as part of its Living Writers Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the College’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Torday will be reading from his latest novella, “The Sensualist,” which was published this spring. He will also answer questions about his writing and be available for book signings.

“We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Torday to SUNY Canton as part of our ongoing Living Writers Course created by Assistant Professor Phil LaMarche,” said School of Business and Liberal Arts Interim Dean Maureen P. Maiocco. “These events allow our students to meet and hear from some of the most talented writers today.”

Torday’s fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Glimmer Train, Harper Perennial’s Fifty-Two Stories, the Harvard Review and the Kenyon Review.

LaMarche described Torday’s writing as “A window into the world of his characters, but also a mirror, reflecting our own lives and the culture we inhabit.”

The Sensualist: A Novella by Daniel Torday“The Sensualist” tells the tale of 17-year-old Samuel Gerson, who is ready to rid himself of the tight-knit Jewish community in which he’s spent his whole life. But when he befriends enigmatic Dmitri Zilber, a recent Russian Jewish immigrant who is obsessed with the works of Dostoevsky, Samuel’s world begins to shift. As his life increasingly entangles with that of Dmitri and his beautiful sister Yelizaveta, it sets in motion a series of events that culminates in a disturbing act of violence.

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. Best-selling author Mary Karr visited the College in September, and the next presenter will be Adam Levin, author of “The Instructions,” on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

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SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center to Offer Free Business Counseling Sessions in Star Lake

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

SUNY Canton’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with Clifton Fine Economic Development Corporation, will be offering free advice for future entrepreneurs and individuals interested in starting their own businesses at a series of special outreach sessions in Star Lake.

One-on-one sessions with SBDC Advisor Brooke E. James will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday during the month of October at the Municipal Building in Star Lake. The sessions are held free of charge. Space is limited, so those who wish to participate are asked to make an appointment by contacting Ms. James at (315) 386-7312 or at jamesb@canton.edu.

The SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services, from helping start-ups develop a business plan and assist existing businesses prepare to expand, to offering resources for industry-specific companies.

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Award-Winning Alumnus and North Country Icon Addresses 2012 Scholarship Recipients at SUNY Canton

Monday, October 1st, 2012

A retired St. Lawrence Central teacher inspired community service and generosity for a new generation of students at SUNY Canton’s annual Scholarship Luncheon.

William D. Demo, a graduate of the class of 1957, and the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award and Hall of Fame inductee said that scholarship sponsors believe deeply in the quality of a SUNY Canton education.

Bil Demo

Pictured are (l to r) Carissa L. Durant, a SUNY Canton nursing major from Brasher Falls, William D. Demo, a graduate of the class of 1957, recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award and Hall of Fame inductee, Luke A. Thompson, a nursing major from Winthrop, and Kathleen Demo. The Demos sponsor two scholarships annually for students from St. Lawrence Central.

“I too was the recipient of a scholarship while I was studying here,” Demo recalled. “I deeply appreciated that scholarship then, and I hope that you cherish yours today.”

Demo is a member of the SUNY Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and created the Bill and Kathleen Demo Scholarship, awarded to two students from St. Lawrence Central School.

Pictured are (l to r) Jolene M. Truax, a SUNY Canton nursing major from Massena, Judy Chase, Board President of the E. J. Noble Guild of the Canton Potsdam Hospital, and Samantha J. LaBarge, a nursing student from Rensselaer Falls. The E.J. Noble Guild doubled their scholarship, which is given annually to two non-traditional students from St. Lawrence County.

Nearly 350 students received scholarships or awards at SUNY Canton this year. The College Foundation awards nearly $450,000 annually for student support.

“Your sponsors and I believe in you and the future you represent,” Demo said to the collected students at the luncheon. “You are our investment in SUNY Canton, the area, and world. Your commitment to others will make our world and our College a better place. I hope you will follow in the footsteps of your sponsors and will want to help future students accomplish their goals.”

Pictured are (l to r) Thompson-Weatherup Family Charitable Foundation Endowed Scholarship recipient Kerrie A. Mooney, a SUNY Canton nursing major from Ogdensburg, Robert Thompson, a graduate of the class of 1941, and Ruth McWilliams. McWilliams is the President, and Thompson is one of the two namesakes of the family’s foundation.

SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner complimented the Demo family’s commitment to education. “Mr. and Mrs. Demo have dedicated their lives to the success of North Country scholars, through their scholarship and their teaching careers,” she said. “On behalf of SUNY Canton, I thank you for your support.”

Demo won the Brasher-Winthrop firefighter of the year award in 1994. He was the first town of Brasher Parade Marshall to in 2004, recognizing his community service. In 2008 received the Quad-Town Lion’s Club first-ever Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the highest form of recognition given to acknowledge his dedication to humanitarian services, an award presented through the Lion’s Club’s International Foundation. He was also named Quad Town Lion of the year for his community service in 2009

Among his other accolades, he was named the St. Lawrence County Senior Citizen of the year at the St. Lawrence County Council of Senior Citizens Annual Festival in 2005. He is a life-long member of St. Patrick’s Church and Parish in Brasher Falls has served on the Parish Council, and has chaired numerous fundraising efforts. He was the co-recipient of the 2011 Betsey Kaplan Award for his years of dedicated service as a Town of Brasher councilmember.

Demo, who is now retired, owned and operated an auctioneering and appraisal service.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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