Archive for 2014

SUNY Canton Students Lend a Hand at ‘Phantoms in the Park’

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
SUNY Canton sorority and fraternity members volunteered at the annual “Phantoms in the Park” event in Canton Oct. 25. 
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Students helped with activities for kids, which included pumpkin coloring and a costume contest. The event is sponsored by the Canton Chamber of Commerce.

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Roody made an appearance at the event and had some fun with the kids.

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Arrest Made In SUNY Canton Social Media Threats

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

The individual who posted the threat against SUNY Canton’s campus via the anonymous social media site, Yik Yak, has been apprehended.

The suspect, Alexis Vazquez, has been arraigned by The Honorable Gary L. Favro, U.S. Magistrate Judge, on federal charges in Plattsburgh. He is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshall Service pending a bond hearing, scheduled for Tuesday. He was charged under 18 U.S. Code Section 875 (c), a law that prohibits the transmission of any communication containing a threat to injure any person or persons. He could face up to five years in federal prison.

Vazquez is a SUNY Canton sophomore from Brooklyn, majoring in Mechanical Technology.

Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations, Massena, are heading up the investigation in cooperation with the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, along with SUNY Canton University Police. Personnel at Yik Yak were fully cooperative and provided crucial information that led to Vazquez’s arrest.

“Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the Investigators from Homeland Security and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Along with our exceptional University Police officers, all law enforcement agencies involved acted with professionalism and utmost cooperation.”

Szafran also commended the SUNY Canton Community for their patience and resiliency during and after the campus lockdown on Thursday.

“The skills, talents, and determination of the Investigators from Homeland Security and the New York State Police are unparalleled,” said Chief of University Police John Kaplan. “All law enforcement agencies involved came together exceptionally well and operated seamlessly.”

The investigation into the Yik Yak threats is ongoing. University Police advises anyone with any involvement or information about these threats that it is in their best interest to come forward. University Police can be contacted at 386-7777 or police@canton.edu.

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Halloween Reading and Chemistry Magic Show, Oct. 30

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood program will be holding a Halloween Read Aloud from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

The program partners with the national Read Aloud 15 Minutes initiative, which promotes reading to children from birth. Early Childhood Program Director Maureen. P. Maiocco, Ed.D., will be reading the interactive book “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams.

Maiocco is an animated and gifted storyteller with the ability to excite and engage young children. She and her students host many early childhood events on campus and within the community, including the President’s Annual Holiday party for children and families.

Following the reading, SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran will be presenting his own chemistry magic show for the young spectators. Both the reading and the magic show are free and open to the public, but are especially designed for children ages 4 to 10.

The Early Childhood program partnered with Read Aloud 15 Minutes last year and holds events and trainings to integrate its themes in-class and in continuing education environments.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Nanotechnology Expert to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Elroy Tatem, Ph.D., a graduate research assistant at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany will discuss the nanotechnology industry at SUNY Canton at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Nevaldine North, Room 102.

Tatem will provide an overview of his research and share his experiences as a graduate student in a STEM field. The event is free and open to the public.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Union College in 2006, where he was the president of the Union College chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and a mentor in the Science and Technology Entry Program. He went on to attend the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) to work as a research assistant while obtaining his Ph.D.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Honors Area Business at Classroom Dedication

Monday, October 20th, 2014

SUNY Canton has named one of its newest classrooms in honor of Canton’s Coakley family.

 

William J. (Bill) and Carol M. Coakley, Carol J. and Ronald J. Spadaccini, and Thomas F. (Tom) and Nellie E. Coakley, the owners of Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, previously made a donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation for the college’s Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The family’s gift secured the right to name the Coakley Family Student-Athlete Study and Classroom.

Pictured are Carol J. Spadaccini, Thomas F. and William J. Coakley, co-owners of Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, sitting in the classroom that is named after their family.

Pictured are Carol J. Spadaccini, Thomas F. and William J. Coakley, co-owners of Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, sitting in the classroom that is named after their family.

“The Coakleys understand the connection between athletic and academic success,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Athletics build teamwork and leadership skills. The continuous practice and focus that students need for athletic success mirrors the set of skills that they need for academic success.”

 

New steel signage has been added to the exterior of the room and a ceremonial plaque with a photo of the family has been hung to denote their charitable contribution.

 

“The relationship between athletics and academics has been absolutely crucial to the success of our family,” Tom Coakley said. “For us, it was a natural fit to add our family name to a room that contributes to the academic success of student-athletes at SUNY Canton.”

Pictured are Thomas F. Coakley, Carol J. Spadaccini and William J. Coakley with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran at the Coakley Classroom unveiling.

Pictured are Thomas F. Coakley, Carol J. Spadaccini and William J. Coakley with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran at the Coakley Classroom unveiling.

 

The Coakleys’ ties to the College span over several decades. Tom, Bill and Carol’s father, Robert J. Coakley filled in as a construction instructor in SUNY Canton’s earlier days. Bill assisted the men’s ice hockey team for 15 years alongside Head Coach Terry Martin, during which time the team won numerous NJCAA Championships. Tom has been a member of the College Foundation Board of Directors since 1981, is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee, and serves with his wife, Nellie, on the Service Members Advisory Board.

 

“The college’s commitment to the community of Canton is evident through its continual push for growth,” Bill Coakley said. “The growth of the college brings new opportunities and revenue to the North Country.”

 

The family was the recipient of the Canton College Foundation’s Community Leadership Award in 2008, honoring their leadership and commitment to the North Country community. The Coakleys won both the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Syracuse District Family Owned Business of the Year award in 2011. Bill Coakley was inducted into SUNY Canton’s college-wide hall of fame in 2013.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton to Offer Online Degrees as Part of Open SUNY+

Friday, October 17th, 2014

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recently announced that SUNY Canton will offer ten online degree programs as part of the Open SUNY+ initiative, the university system’s signature online learning program.

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The college is one of 17 SUNY schools that were chosen to participate. The SUNY Canton programs that were selected met a number of criteria, including student interest, accreditation and their capacity to meet current and future workforce demands throughout New York State. They are:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Management
  • Bachelor of Technology in Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Bachelor of Technology in Dental Hygiene
  • Bachelor of Technology in Health Care Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Technology in Veterinary Services Management
  • Bachelor of Technology in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership
  • Bachelor of Technology in Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Technology in Legal Studies

“We are proud to have our programs chosen to be included in the Open SUNY initiative,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “This SUNY-wide effort will allow us to reach even more students and provide them with the knowledge and skills they need for successful careers in these high-needs fields.”

In all, more than 60 programs will be offered as part of Open SUNY+ and are expected to reach as many as 6,000 students next semester.

“Open SUNY embodies all of the ideals we aim to uphold in service to our students – increased access to quality higher education and improved avenues for degree completion and career success,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “The growth of Open SUNY in its first year is remarkable. We are more confident than ever that, at full scale, Open SUNY will emerge as the world’s largest online learning environment.”

Through a comprehensive set of support services unique to Open SUNY+, online students and faculty are able to connect in the same way traditional, on-campus students and faculty connect. For students, these new support services include:

  • A 24/7 HelpDesk that assists students with technical questions;
  • Access to online readiness tools;
  • A personal student concierge who connects students to representatives from their home campus when needed; and
  • Expanded access to applied learning opportunities that enhance student knowledge and give students a competitive edge by providing them with hands-on work experience in their field prior to graduation. SUNY is committed to providing every student with an applied learning opportunity, including all those attending exclusively online through Open SUNY.

To aid in degree-planning and student completion, the Open SUNY website includes a searchable database of offerings for students, faculty, and advisers. For more information, visit open.suny.edu.

 

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 460,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 college and university campuses, and online through Open SUNY. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Veterans Association and Alum Team Up to Create Scholarship

Friday, October 17th, 2014

The SUNY Canton Student Veterans Association and a college alumnus have joined together to establish an endowed scholarship to benefit a SUNY Canton veteran student or a spouse or family member of a former service member.

Student Veterans Association and John Halford

The association raised the funds for the scholarship over the past two years by selling t-shirts and challenge coins and holding raffles on campus. After raising a significant amount of their goal, John L. Halford Sr., a SUNY Canton alumnus and longstanding supporter of the college, donated the rest of the funds to endow the scholarship. Halford is a World War II United States Marine Corps veteran, a charter member of the Gouverneur Veterans of Foreign Wars and a lifelong member of the Masons.

“The members of the Student Veterans Association have worked incredibly hard to raise the funds for this scholarship,” said SUNY Canton’s Vice President for Advancement and Canton College Foundation Executive Director David M. Gerlach. “Their dedication, along with John’s financial support, is a wonderful way to give back to those who have sacrificed so much for our nation.”

The Student Veterans Association is made up of veterans and current service members, as well as spouses, family and friends of those who served our country. Their mission is to promote and advocate for the needs of veterans both on campus and within the community. They strive to support the educational goals of veterans and their families.

The scholarship is just one facet of the college’s military-friendly culture. SUNY Canton has been recognized several times by G.I. Jobs Magazine and Military Advanced Magazine for being among the top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. The college was chosen specifically for its robust military support services, dedicated study lounge and flexible online learning options.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton ‘Zombie Run’ Set for Oct. 18

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

SUNY Canton will host a “Zombie Run” at 1 p.m., Oct. 18, at the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, also known as Roos House.

Participants will evade “zombies” that will be stationed along the 5K course. Registration begins at noon in the Roos House field house. Entry fees are $10 for SUNY Canton faculty, students and staff and $15 for community members. Racers will receive a backpack, t-shirt and race bracelet. Funds raised will benefit SUNY Canton’s Intramural program.

For more information, contact SUNY Canton Intramural Coordinator David LaBaff at (315) 386-7101.

 

Zombie Run

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton to Host Down Syndrome Association’s ‘Buddy Walk’

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Buddy WalkThe Down Syndrome Association of St. Lawrence County invites the community to participate in the annual one-mile Buddy Walk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, also known as Roos House.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month, and funds raised at the walk support both local and national initiatives that benefit those with Down syndrome.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Nursing and President of the Down Syndrome Association of St. Lawrence County Christine Thompson said walk participation has been growing steadily since it began in 2008. This is the first time the organization has held the event at SUNY Canton.

“As a parent of a child with Down Syndrome, an alumni of SUNY Canton’s Nursing program and a faculty member, I am proud to be partnering with the college for this event,” said Thompson.

SUNY Canton nursing and physical therapy students will volunteer at the event, and there will be music, games, raffles and activities for kids.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Thompson at (315) 562-2118 or at dsaofslc@gmail.com.

 

About the Down Syndrome Association of St. Lawrence County

The association’s mission is to provide support, resources and advocacy, with the aim of increasing awareness and opportunities for individuals with Down Syndrome, their families and caregivers.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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Pioneering Author Jennifer Finney Boylan to Speak at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Jennifer Finney BoylanBestselling novelist and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist Jennifer Finney Boylan will discuss her groundbreaking memoir about transitioning from male to female as part of SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series.

Boylan will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Richard W. Miller Kingston Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Her memoir, “She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders,” is one of the first bestselling works by a transgender American. Until 2001 she published under the name James Boylan. Today, she is an activist for LGBT people through her writing and her involvement on the Board of Directors of GLAAD and the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

Boylan has been a frequent guest on a number of national television and radio programs, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “The Today Show,” and is a regular contributor to the op-ed page of the New York Times. She has been a member of the English Department at Colby College for 25 years.

“SUNY Canton is honored to host Jennifer Finney Boylan, one of the most esteemed civil rights activists of our time,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Humanities and LGBTQA student club adviser Melissa E. Lee. “Her visit constitutes a nod to our area’s diversity, and as such, acts as another step in the evolution of Northern New York into a place more openly accepting of differences.”

Boylan is the author of thirteen books. Her latest published work is “Stuck in the Middle with You: Parenthood in Three Genders,” a memoir about the differences between fatherhood and motherhood.

“Having a father who became a mother has helped my sons, in turn, become better men,” Boylan said about the book.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche created the Living Writers Series in 2012 correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. Short-story author Patrick Lawler will speak Nov. 19.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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