Archive for 2012

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.

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


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SUNY Canton Invites the Community to Join ‘Purple People Fun Night’

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Special Event on Sept. 14 to Raise Funds and Awareness for Alzheimer’s Patients

Forget-Me-Knots: Hopping for a cure...A group of SUNY Canton employees will be hosting a free fun night at Roos House to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

The event, named “Purple People Fun Night,” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at Roos House athletic center.

The evening’s activities, which are open to the public, will include ice skating, swimming, spinning, Zumba classes, and basketball. SUNY Canton’s mascot, Rudy the Roo, will be making an appearance.

“We are encouraging everyone to wear purple to help raise awareness about the debilitating disease,” said Tina M. Flanagan, a calculations clerk in SUNY Canton’s Business Office, who is organizing the event. “Purple is the official color to support the end of Alzheimer’s. We will be awarding the top three best-dressed attendees.”

The Forget-Me-Knots is a local group, made up of many SUNY Canton employees, supporting the efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. The group derived their name from the purple Forget-me-not flower.

Although the event is free, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association will be accepted. There also will be a 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds benefitting the association. Food will be available.

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


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SUNY Canton Partners with Subaru in a Public – Private Partnership

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Subaru Distributors Corporation has made SUNY Canton its newest corporate training center.

The announcement was made today (Thursday, August 23) at an open house celebration. Subaru and area dealers will be contributing approximately $500,000 in tools, diagnostic equipment, and brand new cars to the College over the next five years to facilitate the partnership.

Barry Wells

Barry A. Wells, executive vice president of Subaru Distributors Corp., discusses the advantages of partnering with SUNY Canton to create a corporate training center. Wells is a 1975 and 2010 graduate of the College.

“SUNY Canton exemplifies the ‘Power of SUNY’ and how we can work with distinguished private sector partners like Subaru to boost economic opportunities across the state,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher in a letter to the College. “I commend Subaru Distributors Corp. and North Country Subaru Dealers for recognizing the strength of the SUNY system and SUNY Canton’s state-of-the-art and newly renovated Automotive Laboratory.”

Through the new partnership, automotive technology students can become certified to work with Subaru. Additionally, a third of the Subaru dealers in New York can send their technicians for training at SUNY Canton, saving the company money on travel to more distant training centers.

Brandon Baldwin

Assistant Professor Brandon J. Baldwin describes the unique partnership between Subaru Distributors Corp., area dealers and SUNY Canton.

“The SUNY Canton Subaru Training Center will be an inspiration for our automotive technology students and will be an example of the value of our partnerships for other corporations,” said Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “The training center will significantly impact our students’ educational opportunities, as well as increase the prestige of our automotive technology program.”

The partnership was first formed when Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the automotive program was introduced to Barry A. Wells, executive vice president of Subaru Distributors Corp. Wells graduated from SUNY Canton in 1975, and earned a second degree from the College in 2010.

According to Baldwin, students who complete the training will be exposed to the latest in automotive technology. “Subaru will give them an added edge as they begin their career search,” he said.

Wells pointed out that the collaboration is a great investment from Subaru’s perspective, because students who complete the training and go on to work for the company will already have the specific skills needed, saving dealerships thousands of dollars.

Subaru Group

The surprise announcement of the new public-private partnership in SUNY Canton’s Automotive Laboratories drew more than 50 guests. The labs were packed with the latest model Subaru vehicles.

“This is also another outstanding partnership between alumni and SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The power of our successful alumni reaching out to assist our community and our current and future students is profound and deeply appreciated.”

Dealerships in attendance included, Barstow Subaru in Potsdam, Fuccillo Subaru in Watertown, and Bill McBride Subaru in Plattsburgh.

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s Letter to Campus

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

 

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Major Automotive Partnership to Begin August 23 at SUNY Canton

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

SUNY Canton will be partnering with a major car manufacturer to provide advanced training and certification opportunities for automotive technology students.

The College will announce the details of the new public-private partnership at 10 a.m. Thursday (August 23) in the Automotive Technology lab (room 124) in Nevaldine Technology Center. The event is free and open to the public.

 

A birds-eye view of the Automotive Technology Lab, in SUNY Canton’s Nevaldine Technology Center South Room 124.

 

“The partnership will give our students an additional edge as they seek employment after graduating from SUNY Canton’s program,” noted Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “We certainly want to thank the manufacturer and the dealers who have made a fantastic opportunity available to our students.”

In addition to certification, students will also have access to three brand-new cars and specialized tools, according to Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the automotive technology program. Baldwin sought out this partnership alongside the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

“We provide our students with the latest tools and diagnostic equipment available,” Baldwin said. “Our new partnership takes their education to an even higher level with specialized industry-specific certification.”

The automotive program also recently became a Snap-On Tools Diagnostic Training Center. It is the only designated training center in New York, and one of only about 20 in the United States.

Previously, students in the motorsports performance program have benefitted from a similar partnership with Polaris Industries Inc. Students learn their profession with some of the latest vehicles made by Polaris, and the company hosts specialty training sessions at the College.

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

 

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Program to Assist Unemployed Veterans Now Available at SUNY Canton

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Department of Veterans AffairsSome former U.S. Armed Forces personnel planning on attending SUNY Canton are now eligible for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

“We very recently received good news that SUNY Canton was among the colleges eligible to enroll veterans seeking VRAP benefits,” said Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “The program must lead toward a high-demand occupation, making SUNY Canton the ideal choice for veterans in our area.”

The program offers 12 months of financial assistance to veterans who are between 35 and 60 years of age and are unemployed. They also must have been honorably discharged, among other criteria.

“The Department of Veterans Affairs reserves portions of this program for technical education,” noted Patrick S. Massaro, the Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator. “SUNY Canton is the only College in the area to fit within the regulations for the retraining program.”

Massaro serves both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam as the primary point of contact for active military students, veterans and their families. He is one of the successful hires created through SUNY’s plan to share services between the two colleges. “Being both an alumnus of SUNY Canton and veteran, I see this as a tremendous opportunity for unemployed former military looking to reenter the workforce.”

Veterans looking to take advantage of VRAP must apply before Sept. 30. The program is limited to 45,000 participants in its first year. The program will then be enrolling 54,000 participants from Oct. 1 (2012) through March 31, 2014.

SUNY Canton is among the top “Military Friendly Colleges and Universities” according to Military Advanced Education magazine, and was among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools to be recognized as a 2012 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs.

For more information, contact Massaro at his SUNY Canton office, 386-7073, or email massarop@canton.edu.

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Creative Minds Make Discoveries at SUNY Canton’s Camp Invention

Monday, July 30th, 2012

SUNY Canton’s first week of Camp Invention had students building model cities out of recycled materials.

Camp Invention

ALL SMILES – Nadia L. Cheng of Potsdam, Nicolas C. Kelson of Potsdam, Douglas G. Welsh of Canton, and Noah G. Bohl of Potsdam grin after completing the living quarters of the city.

Each group of four or five students was given a piece of cardboard to design a portion of a city. When they were complete, the cardboard, Styrofoam and duct tape creations were interlocked to create an entire metropolis. Students augmented their creations with magnets, and electric components.

LIGHT IT UP - Elyse M. Tavernier of Canton connects a battery and a small light bulb to one of her group’s buildings.

Other activities included an indoor hockey match using all homemade equipment.

Camp Invention runs until Friday August 3 in the Miller Campus Center.

 

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Solar Energy Training at SUNY Canton, July 30

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Builders and contractors can expand their knowledge of alternative heating techniques through a new SUNY Canton seminar.

The College’s Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST) will be hosting the five-day solar thermal training beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, July 30, in SUNY Canton’s Nevaldine Technology Center South, Room 133. Registration runs through Friday, July 27.

solar panels

“We’ve specifically designed the 40-hour training to prepare participants for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry-level examination,” said Matthew D. Bullwinkel, the instructor for the program and an associate professor at the College. “Builders will be able to install, use and maintain a solar thermal system for residential applications.”

SUNY Canton created CREST to extend renewable technologies to area builders. The Center works hand-in-hand with the alternative and renewable energy program.

For more information about this seminar and future trainings, visit http://www.canton.edu/crest/. To register, contact CREST Site Representative Arthur S. Garno by phone, (315)-386-7197, or by email garnoa@canton.edu.

 

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Respected SUNY Canton Business Professor Passes

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Tom Duda A much-loved SUNY Canton Distinguished Professor Emeritus has passed away.

Thomas W. Duda, a retired professor who taught in the School of Business and Liberal Arts, died on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, July 18, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg.

“Dr. Duda was very respected by his students and colleagues,” noted Provost Carli C. Schiffner, who will become Interim President on Sept. 1, following current President Joseph L. Kennedy’s retirement. “He will be extremely missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife Virginia and all of his family. We are forever indebted to him for all of the educational contributions and the students he helped during his tenure with the College.”

Numerous friends of the SUNY Canton Community posted their remembrances and condolences on the College’s Facebook page. Cathy McCabe Beyette wrote, “He was an amazing teacher. I’d even giggle at his sense of humor he’d throw in on an on-line test… had to stop laughing because it was timed. SUNY [Canton] lost a wonderful man! Prayers and thoughts are with his family.”

To view the post and comments, visit, www.facebook.com/suny.canton.

Mr. Duda was born in Springfield, Mass., on December 31, 1943. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut in 1965 and his Master’s degree from Syracuse University in 1967. He received his Doctorate from the University of Sarasota Florida in 1981.

He first went to work at Penn State, and later at Penn State’s DuBois Campus. He first joined SUNY Canton (then known as Canton ATC) in 1984. During his time at the College, he served as the presiding Officer of the Faculty Affairs Committee and served on the president’s commission on planning and budgeting. He chaired the steering committee for the 1991 Middle States reaccreditation process, and served on numerous other committees. He also designed the College’s “Principles of Management” course.

The College Council awarded him with the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1992. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy awarded him emeritus status in 2008, and Mr. Duda continued to serve the College in an adjunct capacity after his retirement.

He was also a hobby farmer and mechanic. He was active in St. Mary’s Cathedral. He played Polka Music and belonged to the Tom Duda Orchestra.

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