Archive for January, 2014

Environmental Activist to Speak at SUNY Canton

Friday, January 31st, 2014

SUNY Canton adjunct instructor Robin McClellan will discuss the challenges and solutions surrounding green living at the next SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series event.

McClellan will speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. The event is free and open to the public.

“Addressing sustainability issues means working with people, natural resources and all the associated parameters and relationships,” McClellan said. “It’s important to discuss the ways to effectively navigate these complex bureaucracies toward accomplishing goals.”

McClellan teaches in the Alternative and Renewable Energy program and has served on the boards of the New York State Citizens Environmental Coalition and Great Lakes United. He is also the founder of Seedcorn, an organization dedicated to supporting grassroots community movements.

The Sustainability Lecture Series was designed to accelerate awareness of environmental, economic and social concerns through presentations and interactive demonstrations. The series will continue with other environmental experts throughout the spring. For additional information, visit http://www.canton.edu/sustainability/lecture.html.

The events are just one facet of SUNY Canton’s focus on sustainability. The College was recently ranked among the top 50 colleges in the nation that are committed to saving the planet, according to the Online College Database website. The 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.

 

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 to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their 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 in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Student Organization Hosts Panel Discussion on Poverty

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A discussion on February 5th will address the core problem of numerous social ills.

The International Student Activist Organization (ISAO) will be holding a poverty awareness campaign beginning Feb. 3 at SUNY Canton.

The week is dedicated to informing students and the public about the overall problem of poverty and its related impediments on society, according to Sabel Bong, an advisor for the ISAO and an Educational Opportunity Program counselor at the College.

“Poverty is the underlying cause of many other issues, such as social injustice, malnutrition, and many other social ills,” Bong said. “By addressing the issue, we can find meaningful solutions to reduce and eliminate many other problems. We are part of a global community and hope to address poverty at the local, statewide, national and international level.”

Among the week of events is a discussion panel beginning at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Panelists for the discussion include:

  • Amani M. Awwad, PhD, and associate professor and chair of the social sciences department at SUNY Canton.
  • Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley
  • Thomas R. Burns, superintendent of St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES.
  • Christopher Rediehs, St. Lawrence County commissioner of social services.
  • Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell.
  • Steven J. Todd, assistant superintendent of St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES.

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Donna Seymour, a member of the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Public Policy Vice President for AAUW-NYS, helped organize the panel discussion and will serve as the moderator. AAUW-St. Lawrence County is a co-sponsor of the panel. “Poverty is a critical issue facing women and their families at every level and is something that AAUW works to address through our advocacy,” said Seymour.

Maleek C. McKenzie, ISAO president and an electrical engineering technology student at SUNY Canton, wants to discuss the prevalence of poverty in the greater North Country area and internationally. He said there are many misconceptions of what poverty looks like.

“As tomorrow’s leaders, it is important that we are aware and educated on issues plaguing our society so that we can change them in the future,” said McKenzie.

Last year, the organization presented a week of activism to raise awareness about human trafficking. The student-run organization also provides community assistance by sponsoring local food drives.

 

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 to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their 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 in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Bestselling Author to Speak at CSTEP Symposium at SUNY Canton

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Daniel SeddiquiDaniel Seddiqui, author of the bestselling book “50 Jobs in 50 States,” will speak to area college students at Northern New York’s annual career symposium for the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at SUNY Canton Feb. 1.

Seddiqui is widely known as the “world’s most ambitious job seeker,” yet has been named by USA Today as the “most rejected person in the world. After failing more than 40 consecutive job interviews and sending out thousands of emails seeking a job after college graduation, he set out on a quest of finding and working 50 jobs in 50 states. His book chronicles his journey, and he has appeared on CNN, Fox News, “World News Tonight” and the “Today” show.

More than 80 students from the Associated Colleges are expected to attend the all-day event, where they will have the opportunity to network and hear from local experts in law, health care, science and engineering.

The goal of CSTEP is to increase the number of students from under-represented groups who are pursuing professional licensure and careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. The program is sponsored by the New York State Education Department’s Bureau of Professional Career Opportunity Programs.

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 to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their 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 in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Students Receive College Honors for Fall 2013

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Students were recently recognized for outstanding academic achievement during the Fall 2013 semester at SUNY Canton.

“Congratulations to our President’s List, Dean’s List and Part-Time Honors students! The Provost, deans, faculty and I are very proud of the way you applied your best efforts to the semester’s coursework,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “The work ethic and the enthusiasm for learning you develop here at the College will serve you well in your professional careers after graduation.”

To receive President’s List honors, full-time students must earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. For Dean’s List, full-time students must receive a GPA of at least 3.25. Part-Time Honors are awarded to students earning at least a 3.25 GPA in six to 11 credit-bearing courses.

An email notification has been sent to each recipient’s canton.edu account and a press release has been sent to each individual’s hometown newspaper.

» President’s List

» Dean’s List

» Part-Time Honors

 

 

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SUNY Canton Hosts First Annual MLK Day of Service

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The SUNY Canton division of Student Affairs welcomed members of the Boys & Girls Club of Ogdensburg to campus on Monday to participate in a play day in celebration of Martin Luther King Day.

For 90 minutes the children got to enjoy numerous activities from an open skate to basketball, kickball and knockout. The activities, which took place in the Roos House, were in conjunction with the first annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

SUNY Canton, along with SUNY campuses across New York State, hosted events as a wonderful opportunity to give back to the campus and the community and to continue Dr. King’s message and legacy of service.

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Sustainability Lecture Series Brings Environmental Experts to SUNY Canton

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Curtis StagerA renowned science journalist and paleoclimatologist will kick off the spring 2014 installment of the popular Sustainability Lecture Series at SUNY Canton.

Curt Stager, Ph.D., a professor of Natural Science at Paul Smith’s College, will discuss climate change at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Stager is the acclaimed author of several books, including “Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth,” and the co-host of NCPR’s “Natural Selections.” He was recently honored as New York State’s Professor of the Year, an award conferred by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

“Speakers this semester will address a multitude of topics ranging from renewable energy technologies and climate education to sustainable agriculture and invasive species,” said series creator Matthew J. Burnett, assistant professor of Graphic and Multimedia Design at SUNY Canton. “In an effort to bring awareness to the breadth and complexity of various sustainability issues, our speakers include professors, experts and thought leaders from across the public, private and corporate sectors.”

In a coordinated effort, experts will also appear at SUNY Potsdam and Paul Smith’s College throughout the semester to discuss environmental, economic and social challenges and solutions.

The series will culminate with collaborative discussions among students, faculty and staff at SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam and Paul Smith’s College. The round-table events will allow students to channel their knowledge, awareness and dialogue into sustainable action on campuses and in the North Country community. For more information about the series, contact Kelly Carter, sustainability coordinator for SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam, at (315) 386-7566 or carterkelly@canton.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 to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their 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 in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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New Executive Chef Will Serve Up Local Flavor at SUNY Canton

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Steven W. Maiocco preparing some glazed carrots with local organic thyme.

Steven W. Maiocco preparing some glazed carrots with fresh organic thyme.

SUNY Canton’s new executive chef will bring the best food the North Country has to offer to the campus’ community table.

Steven W. Maiocco assumed his duties as assistant director of dining and executive chef in December. The guiding principle of his culinary approach is to serve fresh, local food.

“It’s my job to ensure we’re using the freshest ingredients whenever possible, with a focus on locally grown and produced foods,” Maiocco added. “I am very excited to be working with dedicated members of the Dining Services team to continue the great work they do and to identify opportunities for us to improve our service to students, faculty and staff.”

Susan D. Law, director of dining services, said Maiocco’s duties entail overseeing food production across the entire campus, including catering services. He also will be responsible for training and overseeing food service team members.

“We are thrilled to welcome Steve to the SUNY Canton community,” Law said. “His talent and experience will be an invaluable asset to our campus.”

Maiocco is a 2004 graduate of Johnson & Wales University. Prior to joining SUNY Canton, he served as SUNY Potsdam’s executive chef. He also previously worked for Blue Hills Country Club in Canton, Mass.

“Our dining services are a significant part of campus life,” Maiocco said. “My commitment to the culinary arts, coupled with an outstanding team, will allow us to further enhance our students’ experience.”

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 to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their 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 in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant Program Earns Reaccreditation

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) recently reaffirmed SUNY Canton’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program’s accreditation.

The process included submission of a self-study report and an external review in which CAPTE representatives met with faculty, administrators, clinicians and students. The reaccreditation was granted for a period of 10 years.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell from DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau from Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny from Keeseville.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell from DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau from Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny from Keeseville.

“Receiving and maintaining accreditation is a team effort,” said Deborah S. Molnar, physical therapist assistant program director. “The efforts of the program faculty and students, along with the support of administration, clinical instructors and advisory board members, allow us to provide a high quality program in which we are preparing graduates to become effective healthcare providers.”

Students in the PTA program complete two years of liberal arts courses, technical coursework in physical therapy and clinical education experiences. Upon successful completion of the PTA curriculum, students graduate with an associate in applied science degree. They are then eligible to take a National Licensing Examination and apply for certification as a physical therapist assistant.

The PTA program began in 1996 and in 2011 entered into a partnership with the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka. Students enrolled in the program attend IIHS for a year and a half before traveling to the U.S. to complete an additional three semesters at SUNY Canton. The first international students graduated in May 2013.

Sri Lankan Physical Therapist Assistant students Aruna Dissinayake, Roshan Peiris, Supun Fernando and Chathura Karunarathna.

Sri Lankan Physical Therapist Assistant students Aruna Dissinayake, Roshan Peiris, Supun Fernando and Chathura Karunarathna.

“They’ve brought a whole new dynamic to the classroom,” said Molnar. “They are very well prepared academically and have been sharing their extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology with their classmates. The students demonstrate a very strong work ethic and high level of professionalism making them good role models for other students.”

SUNY Canton presented a very different, but a very good learning experience according to the Sri Lankan young men and women, who traveled approximately 8,600 miles to participate in the unique program.

“My favorite part is the way we learn,” Aruna P. Dissanayake, one of the IIHS graduates, said. “There is a lot of student-teacher interaction.”

The students mentioned everyone at the College and in the community had been exceptionally polite and helpful during their transition, which included adopting a completely different lifestyle, adapting to a new climate and completely different cuisine. “The people we’ve met at SUNY Canton and in the community have been nicest we’ve ever met,” said Supun Buddhi Femando, also a graduate of the program.

“It’s been great for our students as well,” said Molnar, “They have gained appreciation for cultural differences and enhanced their own interpersonal skills. The students have a had a lot of fun interacting both in and out of the classroom.”

 

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 to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their 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 in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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