Archive for September, 2013

SUNY Canton is Among the First SUNY Colleges to Join ‘Read Aloud 15 Minutes’ Program

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Students majoring in SUNY Canton’s Early Childhood program are advocating the educational advantages of reading to children beginning at birth. The two-year program recently partnered with Read Aloud 15 Minutes, a non-profit organization committed to making its namesake the new standard for parenting and improving children’s school readiness.

Read Aloud 15 Minutes

“We are proud to join SUNY in this system-wide effort and national campaign promoting and supporting the Read Aloud 15 Minutes mission,” said Maureen P. Maiocco, SUNY Canton professor and Early Childhood program director. “The Early Childhood curriculum stresses the importance of early encounters and engagement with books, reading to young children, and how this enhances language development and literacy skills.”

The premise of Read Aloud 15 Minutes is every child should be read to every day, for at least 15 minutes from birth. Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s school readiness. Reading aloud has lasting effects; children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school, according to the organization’s website.

Pictured are Michael D. Carbone, a SUNY Canton Sports Management student from Raymondville, and Kristy L. Monroe, a student in the Early Childhood program reading to their 21-month-old daughter, Annabella G. Carbone.

Pictured are Michael D. Carbone, a SUNY Canton Sports Management student from Raymondville, and Kristy L. Monroe, a student in the Early Childhood program reading to their 21-month-old daughter, Annabella G. Carbone.

In September, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced that the University System would be partnering with Read Aloud 15 Minutes. “SUNY’s partnership with Read Aloud will complement our work to mend New York’s education pipeline and ensure that more of today’s youth are on the right path for success throughout school, and ultimately in college and career,” Zimpher said in a press release.

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood program plans to adopt several Read Aloud specific events, beginning with the annual Early Childhood Conference, which provides continuing education opportunities and workshops for early childhood educators, family and group child care providers and parents. The conference will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at SUNY Canton.

Other initiatives include students offering Read Aloud family story time events throughout the year and creating informational displays to increase awareness and parent participation in the program. The Early Childhood student club is currently planning a book drive campaign to collect high-quality children’s literature. Maiocco said her faculty and students will be working with the Southworth Library Learning Commons to feature favorite children’s books selected by SUNY Canton faculty and staff.

As a partner of Read Aloud 15 Minutes, SUNY Canton will be eligible to display a badge on its website denoting its partnership with the organization.

For more information about the Early Childhood Conference contact Maiocco at maiocco@canton.edu. To become involved with the Read Aloud 15 Minutes Partnership and Campaign, visit www.readaloud.org

 

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 150 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction of the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center nicknamed Roos House is nearing completion, while the new apartment-style residence hall, featuring 305 single-occupancy rooms, is under construction and will open in August 2011.

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SUNY Canton SBDC provides Financial & Legal Check-Up at Women’s Business Bootcamp

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Women entrepreneurs can make sure their businesses are in good health by participating in a Financial and Legal Check-Up as part of the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) fall Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 in SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

SBDC

The semi-annual event will feature Angela Gray, CPA, and Attorney Cathleen O’Horo who will speak to attendees about the common mistakes and pitfalls experienced by many small businesses at various stages of growth. A question and answer period will follow each speaker.

The day will feature the popular “Mini Marketplace, a display area for attendees to sell their products or educate participants about their business. Those participating in the “Mini Marketplace” will be able to utilize a small trade show table for product displays and materials.

“This is a great chance for women entrepreneurs to learn about potential legal and financial problems and how to avoid them,” said SBDC Director Dale Rice. “For the nominal registration fee, participants will be getting some great advice and insight from an accountant and an attorney.”

Registration is $30 per person, which includes the luncheon, access to presentations, a small table for the “Mini Marketplace” and plenty of networking opportunities. The Women’s Business Bootcamp is open to new, existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or sbdc@canton.edu.

 

About the Small Business Development Center:

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer resources for industry-specific topics. Business planning services are provided free of charge.

 

About SUNY Canton

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.

 

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SUNY Canton Veterans Association Launches Cellphone Drive for Soldiers

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Cell Phones for Soldiers

Pictured are Michael S. Tribble, a SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant student from Gouverneur, and Amanda R. Blanton, a Veterinary Technology major from Grand Island, organizing donated phones for Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. Both students are members of the SUNY Canton Veterans Association.

The SUNY Canton Veterans Association is collecting used cellphones to help deployed troops keep in touch with loved ones.

Donated phones are sold for refurbishment or recycling, and the profits are used to purchase calling cards for soldiers overseas. Donation bins are located in French Hall, the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, Cook Hall, Dana Hall and Cooper Service Complex.

“Our group has teamed up with Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. to try and help our men and women in uniform stay in touch with their families and loved ones while they are deployed,” said SUNY Canton student and Veteran’s Association Treasurer Douglas A. White. “We are asking the SUNY Canton community for help to keep them connected to those at home.”

So far, the student organization has collected about 30 used cellphones.

Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist. The charity has since provided 181 million minutes of free talk time to service members stationed around the world. On average, Cell Phones for Soldiers distributes 12,000 calling cards each week to military bases overseas and Veterans Affairs hospitals.

“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like SUNY Canton’s Veterans Association that take the initiative to support our troops,” said co-founder Brittany Bergquist. “The communication gap between those serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones for Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.”

Donations will be accepted until Dec. 15. For more information about the program, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.

 

About SUNY Canton

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.

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Native American Poet Kicks Off SUNY Canton’s Fall Living Writers Series

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

A nationally-known poet will discuss the complexity of Native American life in Cherokee country as part of SUNY Canton’s Fall 2013 Living Writers Series.

Santee Frazier will speak at 6:30 p.mSantee Frazier. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Frazier will read from his collection of poetry “Dark Thirty,” which is loosely based on his experiences, offering a portrait of Native people surviving in contemporary America.

“Frazier’s work captures the lives and voices of those we so often tend to (or try to) overlook: ‘huffers and drankers and plank-floor seductresses, car-part rippers, cane choppers, and root-juice healers,’” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “He tells us the stories of their lives as they are, without romance, pity or judgment, showing us in the process that they are just as worthy of poetry as anyone.”

Now in its second year, the series was created by LaMarche to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College.

“By bringing professional, award-winning writers to our campus, it is my hope that the Living Writers Series exposes our students and community to a diverse chorus of voices who reinvigorate our relationship to literature, while also encouraging us to increase the depth and complexity of our understanding of the world in which we live,” LaMarche added.

Frazier’s visit is the first of a three-part series this fall. Melissa Febos, author of the memoir “Whip Smart,” will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, and writer Chris Fink will discuss his debut book, “Farmer’s Almanac: A Work of Fiction,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. All guest writers will be available for book signings at the events.

For additional information go to: http://www.canton.edu/writers/

 

About SUNY Canton

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.

 

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New Grant Funding at SUNY Canton Increases Learning Opportunities for High School and College students

Monday, September 16th, 2013
Perkins Grant

Pictured is Toni-Ann Manzi, a SUNY Canton Powersports Performance and Repair student from Staten Island, working with one of the College’s rapid-prototype printer kits.

Students in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program are building rapid prototype machines for area high schools. The kits to build the sophisticated three-dimensional printers were purchased through the most recent Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant.

“We were awarded approximately $178,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year to be used on six projects,” said SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger. “Part of this project will be to reach out to area high schools to spark interest, especially among female students, in the engineering fields by providing them access to three-dimensional printers.”

Students at the College will assemble and calibrate some of the machines, which students can use to print complicated projects in plastic. Then they will be distributed to area high schools. “Canton Central [Hugh C. Williams] High School will be receiving our first machine,” said Assistant Professor Daniel J. Miller, the Mechanical Engineering Technology program director.

Other grant funded purchases at the College include: new equipment in the Electrical, Mechanical and General Engineering Technology programs; new welding equipment for the Automotive Technology Program; new computer servers for the Information Technology computer laboratory; and new equipment for the Dental Hygiene program.

Additionally, the College used a portion of the funding to create an Engineering Tutoring lab in Nevaldine Technology Center. Students can go to this specific lab to receive individual attention outside of class.

 

About SUNY Canton:

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.

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SUNY Canton to Host Dining and Health Awareness Showcase Sept. 18

Monday, September 16th, 2013

The SUNY Canton College Association Dining Services Inc. and Davis Health Center will hold an event to promote healthy lifestyles from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Chaney Dining Center.

The showcase will put diners in touch with the people responsible for growing or producing the raw ingredients of some of the dining options on campus. Most menu items served during the event will be grown, purchased or produced in the North Country.

There will also be a mini health fair where Physical Therapy students will be performing mini massages, Nursing students will be testing blood pressure, and Claxton Hepburn Medical Center will be holding blood sugar and cholesterol screenings. A registered dietician will also be on hand to discuss nutrition.

“We are holding this event to educate our students on where and why we purchase locally grown foods,” Assistant Dining Center Manager Jason Bartholomew said. “It provides a fantastic opportunity for our growers to explain what goes into producing their food items.”

The cost for the public is $10.00 per person at this special event. Regular charges will apply for students, and they can use their meal plans to participate.

 

About SUNY Canton

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.

 

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SUNY Canton Earns ‘Military-Friendly’ Designation

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Military Friendly School 2014SUNY Canton was recently recognized as a 2014 “Military-Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The exclusive list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success. G.I. Jobs uses Victory Media’s survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide that are approved for Veterans Affairs tuition funding to compile the list.

Military Friendly

“We are honored to be among the top military-friendly colleges nationwide,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, led by Patrick Massaro, along with our faculty and staff, work hard to ensure that all those who have served our country, and their families, feel at home here at SUNY Canton.”

SUNY Canton was chosen for the support services and programs that benefit current and former military members and their families, such as a dedicated study lounge and flexible online learning options. The College also participated in a Department of Veterans Affairs retraining assistance program for former U.S. Armed Forces personnel.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of military-friendly schools shows SUNY Canton’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The entire list of 2014 military-friendly schools will be published in October and can be found online at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

 

About SUNY Canton

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.

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U.S. News and World Report Ranks SUNY Canton Among Best Regional Colleges

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Best Colleges US News

SUNY Canton has once again earned a spot in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” publication.

The College is among the top 73 schools in the “Regional Colleges—North” division. Selection in the category is based on colleges that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal art disciplines. The North division includes colleges specifically located in the Northeastern United States.

“SUNY Canton consistently strives to do the best for our students,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “Our wide-ranging degree offerings, combined with our exemplary student services programs, make our College an excellent and accessible choice for students looking for a hands-on, real-world education.”

Colleges are compared against their peer institutions on a variety of factors including graduation and retention rates, class size and selectivity. This is the third year in a row that SUNY Canton has been included in the top Regional Colleges—North division.

“As we continue to work with Governor Cuomo to position SUNY and New York to lead in affordability, access and quality, and President Obama puts these issues into focus nationally, we are proud to be recognized and ranked favorably by U.S. News and World Report,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to SUNY Canton and the many campuses representing SUNY on this list.”

More information about the rankings is available now at www.usnews.com/education.

 

About SUNY Canton

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.

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SUNY Canton Receives National Recognition for Environmental Program

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

SUNY Canton joins Stanford, Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth as most environmentally friendly in U.S. 

SUNY Canton has been ranked among the top 50 colleges in the nation that are committed to saving the planet, according to a list published by The Online College Database website.

The list highlights schools that offer innovative academic programs aimed at preparing students for future environmental challenges. SUNY Canton’s four-year Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program within the Canino School of Engineering Technology was specifically recognized for its appeal to technical students who are interested in pursuing a career in clean energy.

Students installing a solar panel.

Pictured are Paul E. Todd of Canton and Molly K. MacNeill of Potsdam installing solar panels for a class in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program at SUNY Canton.

“The Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program was launched in 2006 and focuses on imparting skills that allow students to respond to the dynamic needs of the alternative energy market,” said Interim Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown. “Students learn about the best way to employ wind, solar, geothermal and other emerging sources of energy.”

SUNY Canton was ranked 26thon the list and joins an elite group of schools, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Penn State University, Harvard University, Yale University and Dartmouth College.

“Tons of colleges have environmental science courses and programs,” said Wes Ricketts, vice president and general manager of The College Database. “However, those on our list stand out not only for unique concentration and scopeOnline College Database, but also for going beyond the classroom, turning lessons learned into long-term, life-changing results.”

The campus has pursued other ways to become more environmentally friendly through energy conservation and recycling efforts. The Grasse River Suites residence hall, the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, and the renovated Nevaldine Technology Center South received LEED Silver certification, and the College is developing a plan to build a wind turbine that would provide electricity to the campus.

“The College has been focusing on sustainability for several years, and it is gratifying to be recognized for our efforts,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “With the construction of a wind turbine in the works, we are hoping to continue to be the sustainability leaders in the SUNY System and beyond.”

The entire list of colleges can be found at http://www.onlinecollegesdatabase.org/50-colleges-saving-the-planet.

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SUNY Canton to Host OSHA Construction Safety Course

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

OSHAThe New York State Builders Association (NYSBA), in conjunction with SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development, will offer safety specialty training for construction site workers and supervisors.

A two-day Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) construction site safety course will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 7 and 8 at SUNY Canton’s Nevaldine Technology Center South, Room 133.

The course will provide an introduction to OSHA standards and general health and safety provisions. Other topics will include personal protective equipment, tools, scaffolds, cranes and conveyors, excavations, and stairways and ladders.

Upon completion, participants receive a safety training card, which does not expire. New York State requires all construction site personnel to attend the OSHA 10-hour training for state-funded construction projects in excess of $250,000.

The course fee is $180 per person for NYSBA members and $235 for non-members. For more information, or to register, contact CREST Director Arthur S. Garno at (315) 386-7197 or garnoa@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

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.

 

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