Archive for February, 2014

Sustainability Lecture Series Hosts Climate Change Expert

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Jon RosalesJon Rosales, Ph.D., will discuss “climate refugees” as part of the SUNY Canton spring Sustainability Lecture Series.

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

Rosales’ current research focuses on the impacts of climate change on native populations in Alaska, and he will provide several case studies that illustrate how people are being displaced because of environmental factors.

Rosales is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence University. He addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations on Earth Day in 2013 and speaks regularly at the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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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New SUNY Canton Grant Funded Research May Help Offset High Home-Heating Costs

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced new grant funding designated for wood pellet boiler research following an application by SUNY Canton.

Skylar P. Reynolds of Ogdensburg loads wood pellets into the hopper of a large wood pellet boiler.

Skylar P. Reynolds of Ogdensburg loads wood pellets into the hopper of a large wood pellet boiler.

Rural residents in upstate New York may be able to offset the high cost of fossil fuels by implementing new wood pellet boilers with large-capacity feeding capabilities.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a $163,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for SUNY Canton to measure the efficiency of automatic-feeding wood pellet boilers.

“We will study all aspects of the combustion process of wood pellets and can determine how efficient a heating appliance will be when installed for residential or commercial use,” said Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “A component of this grant is to demonstrate the long term efficiencies and emissions from heating with wood pellets.”

Newtown and Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Dean Arthur G. Hurlbut filed the grant to demonstrate how pellet boilers could replace conventional fuel-oil furnaces. Fuel oil costs have spiked recently and can cost in excess of $4 a gallon in some areas. It would take approximately $1.70 in wood pellets to produce equivalent heat of a gallon of fuel oil, approximately 130,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs), according to Hurlbut.

“We are setting up three boiler systems as demonstration sites at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Canton,” Hurlbut said. “One of the units we are installing will automatically vacuum feed the pellets into a hopper, making it as convenient to maintain as a fuel-oil boiler.”

The grant was designed to deliver findings to the public, including the benefits of heating with pelletized wood over traditional cordwood. Wood pellets are manufactured locally by Massena-based Curran Renewable Energy and can be delivered in bulk to the end user, similar to current delivery methods for fuel-oil users. Bulk pellets are easier for a consumer to use than conventional cordwood, because they take up less space and the large-capacity machines require fewer refills.

Nathan M. Christy of Canton and John C. Johnson of DeKalb test the emissions of a wood pellet boiler in SUNY Canton’s Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory.

Nathan M. Christy of Canton and John C. Johnson of DeKalb test the emissions of a wood pellet boiler in SUNY Canton’s Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory.

The College has previously tested the buildings for energy efficiency using Building Performance Institute energy audits. All three structures will respond similarly to many homes in the North Country. Heating costs from previous years are also available, so the demonstration will show actual savings. The heating systems can be monitored remotely and data findings will be made public.

Newtown and Hurlbut previously studied the combustion of switch grass pellets in pellet-burning stoves based on a 2009 NYSERDA grant. Two journal articles were published based on the findings in Energy and Fuels, an American Chemical Society publication.

 

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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Noted African-American Poet To Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Tyrone WilliamsA poet who challenges and investigates language, history and race will kick off the spring installment of SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series.

Tyrone Williams will speak at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Williams’ literary career has spanned nearly 30 years. He is the author of a number of books including “Convalescence” (1987), “Futures, Elections” (2004) and “Pink Tie” (2011).

“I don’t ‘revere’ the English language but I use it and, on occasion, abuse it,” Williams said in an interview. “Every grammatical marker is purposeful … every torque of the language renders ‘meaning’ problematic — which seems to me the precise ‘condition’ of African-American existence in particular and ‘American’ life in general.”

Williams is the editor of “African American Literature: Revised Edition” (2008). He teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Now in its second year, the Living Writers Series was created by SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. Williams’ visit is just one of the many activities commemorating Black History Month.

Future guest speakers this spring will be author Jennifer Pashley March 26 and New York Times bestselling author George Saunders April 23. For more information on past and upcoming speakers, visit http://www.canton.edu/writers/.

 

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’s Outdoor Adventure Club Polar Plunges for Charity

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s Outdoor Adventure Club participated in the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Ogdensburg Feb. 15. Students Andrew S. Conlan, Melissa Cummins, Tyler Hawley, Tanner Chauvin, and well as club adviser James L. Sheppard braved the icy St. Lawrence River to raise more than $300 for the Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce and the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Counselor James L. Sheppard and Tyler Hawley before and after the plunge.

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Sustainable Lecture Series Guest Speaker Brings a Unique Health Perspective to SUNY Canton

Monday, February 17th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s Online Learning Systems Manager Jerry J. Bartlett will discuss the risks people take when they eat in his public lecture “Going Against the Grain.”

Bartlett is a presenter in the SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series and will speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. Admission is free and the community is openly invited.

The results of drug and alcohol abuse can wreak havoc on the human body to the point of an early demise. Bartlett asks if it is possible the food people eat will do the same. His goal is to have attendees re-think everything about “eating well.”

Bartlett has been living successfully off-grid for more than a decade in Colton. Through presentations, workshops and home tours, his goal is to enlighten and motivate people to challenge conventional living.

Jerry Bartlett

“Living off-grid and my alternative lifestyle is only part of the story,” Bartlett said. “My goal is to show that it’s not always exactly what we were taught, but there’s more to the other side that people don’t see.”

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.

 

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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Tax Preparation Assistance Available Through April 14 at SUNY Canton

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton accounting students will volunteer their time to help qualifying individuals and families file their taxes for free.

Students from the College work with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to increase their tax preparation skills and teach community members how to correctly file their own personal taxes in the future. The Internal Revenue Service sponsors the VITA program. Although this service is free to students, and open to the public, the qualifying income bracket for participants is a gross income below $49,000, according to the IRS.

Required items include Social Security cards, photo identification, all W-2’s and any other income documents, unemployment compensation (Form 1099G), interest or dividend income (form 1099INT and 1099DIV), and last year’s NY State and Federal Tax Returns.

Sessions are available from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Feb. 10 until April 1 (excluding the week of March 10) in Wicks Hall Room 031. Appointments are required for this service.

For more information, contact Brian R. Trill, Ph.D., at trillb@canton.edu. To schedule an appointment, call (315) 379-3916.

 

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’s Four-Year Nursing Program Seeks Initial Accreditation

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Community members and alumni are invited to provide feedback on the College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

SUNY Canton will be hosting the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for a site review of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as it seeks initial accreditation.

The program was created in 2009 by creating an additional two years of coursework for the College’s signature two-year Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. Students who graduate from the two-year program are able to secure employment and complete their bachelor’s degree.

Nursing students

“The bachelor’s degree program is an entirely online program that offers an open enrollment admission policy to qualified applicants,” said Nursing Professor Debra M. Backus, who oversees the four-year program. “In 2013, student enrollment has quadrupled to a record enrollment of 139 students.”

When the program was created, it was one of only a few fully online two-year into four-year nursing programs. It has been recognized as one of the most affordable programs in the nation, according to the university research company SR Education Group.

The program was previously operating with ACEN candidacy status. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by SUNY Canton meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality. The College will provide evidence of the effectiveness of its faculty members, curriculum and graduates to gain accreditation.

Nursing students

Those interested are invited to share their comments about the program at 4 p.m. on Feb. 19 in Cook Hall Conference Room 121. Written comments can be mailed to Dr. Sharon Tanner, Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, GA, 30326, or via e-mail: sjtanner@acenursing.org. All written comments should be received by Feb. 10.

 

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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