Archive for January, 2013

Acclaimed Sports Columnist, Author to Kick off SUNY Canton Spring Living Writers Series

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

SUNY Canton will continue its popular Living Writers Series next month with New York Times sports columnist and bestselling author William C. Rhoden.

Rhoden will be discussing his work at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center nicknamed Roos House. The event is free and open to the public.

William Rhoden

William Rhoden, author of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves,” will answer questions about his writing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Roos House.

“Focusing on the juggernaut of professional sports, Rhoden forces us to examine and question some of the fundamental ideas our culture has to offer about race, power, and history,” said Assistant Professor of English Phil LaMarche, who created the series to allow students enrolled in his Living Writers Course to meet and hear from the authors whose books they are required to read in class.

Rhoden is perhaps best known for his book “Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete,” which deals with the challenging issue of the status of the black athlete in contemporary America. Using the pervasive metaphor of the plantation, Rhoden describes a modern sports industry defined by white ownership and black labor.

During a journalism career that has spanned more than three decades, Rhoden has tackled complex issues in the sports world. He has written “The Sports of the Times” column since 1990, and his work has been included in a number of anthologies including “The Best American Sports Writing 2007.” Rhoden is also a frequent guest on ESPN’s long-running Sunday morning show, “The Sports Reporters.”

Rhoden’s accolades include a Peabody Award for his writing on the HBO documentary “Journey of the African American Athlete.” Most recently, he wrote the HBO documentary “Breaking the Huddle,” about the integration of College Football, which won a 2009 Emmy for outstanding Documentary Film. He is also author of the critically acclaimed book, “Third and A Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of The Black Quarterback.”

Rhoden will answer questions and be available for book signings after the event. Copies of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves” will be available for purchase.

Upcoming presenters will include Iain Haley Pollock, author of “Spit Back a Boy,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, and Siobhan Fallon, author of “You Know When the Men Are Gone,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. Both events will be held in the College’s Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public.

 

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

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Celebrated Sustainability and Environmental Advocates to Speak at SUNY Canton

Friday, January 18th, 2013

logo-lectureAn alumnus­ who has been featured in the New York Times will be returning to campus as part of SUNY Canton’s annual Sustainability Lecture series.

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Richard A. Destito, a 1998 graduate of SUNY Canton and real estate investor and entrepreneur, will talk about changing the way people think and feel about urban living March 6. Destito has received local and national media attention for his creative approach to revitalizing one of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse.

“We use this series to raise campus and community awareness about environmental and sustainability issues and how they touch each and every one of us in our careers and lives,” said Matthew J. Burnett, assistant professor of Graphic and Multimedia Design at SUNY Canton, who created the series. “This year, the speaker lineup includes a SUNY Canton alumnus with a fresh take on community development in urban centers, and a new star in LEED architecture who works in the Adirondacks.”

Jesse Schwartzberg, founder of the Saranac Lake-based green design and consulting firm Black Mountain Design Build, will discuss “Making the Home That You Want with Maximum Energy Efficiency” March 20. Schwartzberg was a consultant on the first LEED-platinum status home in the Adirondacks.

All lectures will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in Nevaldine North, Room 102. Each event in the series is free and open to the public. Other guest presenters are:

  • Michael J. O’Connor, Ph.D., associate professor of Emergency Management at SUNY Canton, will discuss sustainability when rebuilding after a disaster Jan. 23.
  • Robin McClellan, an instructor in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program at SUNY Canton, will discuss “Sustainability as a Process, Not a Product” Jan. 30.
  • Jon Rosales, Ph.D., an associate professor of Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence University, will present a case study in sustainability science called “Can We Afford to Drill for Oil in the Melting Arctic?” Feb. 6.
  • Jerry J. Bartlett, learning systems manager at SUNY Canton, will offer a light-hearted examination of America’s eating habits and question whether expert diet recommendations are “sustainable” Feb. 13.
  • Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., associate professor of Business and Public Administration at SUNY Canton, will discuss sustainability lessons from Alexis de Tocqueville Feb. 20.
  • Matthew J. Burnett, an assistant professor in the Graphics and Multimedia Design program at SUNY Canton, will discuss the “Bureaucracy of Nature” March 13.
  • Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the Automotive program at SUNY Canton, will discuss advances in automotive technology that increase efficiency March 27.
  • Rich Douglass is the owner of Sow’s Ear Farm, a 160-acre nonelectric horse-powered subsistence farm in Hermon. He will talk about low-tech solutions for a post-carbon world April 3.
  • Richard Burns from National Grid will be speaking about reducing oil dependency April 17.
  • Nicholas C. Kocher, an assistant professor for Business and Public Administration at SUNY Canton, will discuss marketing sustainability April 24.

For more information about the events, contact Burnett at 386-7212 or burnettm@canton.edu

 

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Kaplan Named University Police Chief for Both Potsdam & Canton

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

John Kaplan to Serve as Chief of Police for SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam Forces 

John KaplanThe two University Police departments at SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will soon share a chief. John Kaplan will assume the position of Chief of Police for both forces beginning on Jan. 19, 2013.

SUNY Canton’s current Police Chief Lisa E. Colbert announced her intentions to return to the classroom as an Associate Professor in the College’s Department of Criminal Justice last semester.

“Chief Colbert has done an exceptional job leading our University Police over the past year, but we respect her desire to return to the classroom,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “She is an exceptional instructor, and our students will benefit greatly, learning from her experiences in University Police and outside agencies.”

“Since joining his alma mater in 2010, John Kaplan has proven himself to be a valuable asset for both campus and community. His years of service to the Village of Potsdam and now to SUNY Potsdam have prepared him well to work closely in collaboration with the force at SUNY Canton,” SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller said. “We would like to thank Chief Colbert at Canton for her hard work, as she and John discuss how both departments can work together over the coming months.”

The University Police forces will soon conduct a comprehensive assessment of both departments’ operations.

“Chief Kaplan and I will be working together to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities and services,” said Colbert. “I will miss working on a daily basis with my fellow officers in University Police, but I truly look forward to returning to the classroom, rejoining the criminal justice department staff, and preparing students for successful careers.”

“We are going to lead an in-depth analysis of what we do and how, looking at best practices at both universities as we collaborate. It is vital to get that input from the men and women on the front lines,” Kaplan said. “This would allow for us to work on joint training, to share the special skills, abilities and expertise of our officers.”

Shared Services

After a careful assessment, the UP departments will evaluate opportunities for sharing services.

As the two campuses have done in their conversations regarding shared services in areas like human resources and environmental health and safety, this study will also help identify ways that the forces can improve upon how they operate.

A member of the SUNY Potsdam Class of 1982, Kaplan served as a member of the Potsdam Village Police Department starting in 1986, going on to serve as chief for seven years, before joining SUNY Potsdam in 2010. The Potsdam Chamber of Commerce awarded him the 2011 Commitment to Community Award in recognition of his service to a number of local organizations.

“I look forward to serving both institutions, as the two University Police forces focus on their top priority—protecting the students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors at SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton,” Kaplan said.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Earns Top Honors in Student Opinion Survey

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

SUNY Canton was recently rated best in several categories when compared with its peer colleges, according to SUNY’s 2012 Student Opinion Survey.

Every three years, all SUNY colleges and universities administer the survey to assess the quality of student life on each campus and use the results as a barometer to grow and adapt.

Cierra Wells

Cierra Wells uses a loaned iPad at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library, which was rated highly in a student survey for its resources and services.

“The results of the survey reflect the tremendous job our faculty and staff do to help students reach their educational goals,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “It is to their credit that we were rated first in these categories.”

When compared against other SUNY technology sector colleges, SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons scored highest for providing resources and services. The library has recently undergone major student-centered renovations, including expanding its laptop loan program, creating an iPad loan program, and adding new furniture.

“Much of the content students are expected to read for their education is available digitally,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott. “What has traditionally been a storehouse for books has become a hub of technological innovation.”

The College’s computer network was also top among its peer colleges, according to the survey. Most of the College’s Information Services Operations are housed in the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

The College was also first among tech sector colleges in the areas of:

  • General academic advising
  • Financial aid services
  • Availability of courses within a given major

Additionally, the College’s new athletic facilities received high praise from students. SUNY Canton’s new Roos House athletic center was listed first among similar SUNY colleges. Other areas that ranked high in the survey were student health services and personal counseling.

The information is gathered from a sampling of undergraduate students and gauges their satisfaction with services, facilities, environment and more. SUNY Canton’s rankings were calculated when compared against seven other colleges of technology within the SUNY System.

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

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SUNY Canton Goes Mobile with New Website

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Responding to the increase in mobile web traffic, SUNY Canton has developed a web site specifically for the modern smartphone user.

Mobile Web Site

SUNY Canton’s new mobile website displayed on a smartphone. Users can also navigate to the original website.

The new site makes it easier and faster for anyone with a web-capable cellphone to access information about academics, admissions, athletics, and directions to the College.

“We identified the top reasons users are visiting our website and used that data to create a slimmer, faster web experience for our viewers,” said the College’s Web Designer Travis G. Smith. “Our overall website displays well on hand-held devices, but our new mobile website is far more streamlined and easily viewed on a small screen.”

During 2012, the College’s website had more than 2.2 million hits. Mobile traffic accounted approximately 200,000 visits, or roughly 10 percent of overall traffic and usage was up approximately 6 percent from 2011.

Following trends and the overall availability and versatility of mobile devices, like Apple’s iPhone or iPad and related Droid-operated devices, Smith decided to create the reorganized version of the web page.

Mobile Web Site

The SUNY Canton website displays flawlessly on tablet devices. The mobile version is intended to add ease of use on smartphones.

“Our current webpage already looks great and functions well on most tablets. Our next step will be to develop a universal web site that provides the same experience on both traditional PCs and mobile devices,” Smith said. “This is known as a ‘responsive’ design which will automatically adapt to whatever device someone may be using.”

The College’s website has gone through several major redesigns in the past 10 years, each one made it more efficient, attractive, and user friendly. A major advantage, past its overall ease of navigation, is its complete faculty and staff directory. The mobile site includes efficient rendition of the faculty and staff directory, making it easier for users to contact faculty and staff.

Users can still opt to access the full page from their mobile devices. For more information, or to view the mobile site, visit www.canton.edu from a smartphone.

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

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