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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.

Open SUNY

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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SUNY Canton Launches Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign with Selfie Challenge

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

SUNY Canton is joining the growing movement to combat sexual assault on college campuses by challenging all students to a selfie competition.

Students are encouraged to take photos of themselves promoting the national “It’s On Us” campaign and post them on Instagram and other social media sites.

It's on us

Hundreds of students hold “It’s on Us” signs at a SUNY Canton talent show.

“U.S. President Barack Obama launched the It’s On Us campaign as a rally cry for everyone to realize that the solution to sexual assault and violence begins with all of us,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We are joining in the It’s On Us campaign by using social media to promote the theme. It’s a very good thing when SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand, our president and our students all are speaking with one voice about this important issue.”

Student Government Association President Melissa Cummins officially launched the campaign at “Canton’s Got Talent” during Homecoming weekend. She orchestrated a large group photograph of students holding “It’s On Us” signs.

Selfie Competition Details

 Students should post photos promoting the It’s On Us campaign using their own Instagram accounts. The college will monitor responses by searching for the hashtags #sunycanton and #itsonus. Students are also invited to tag the college’s Instagram account, @sunycantongram, when posting their photos. The first-place selfie submission will receive a night out on the town, including transportation and dinner for two at the 1844 House and a movie at the American Theater. Winners will be announced publicly during one of two Oct. 20 sexual assault awareness events listed below.

Entrants are encouraged to take unique selfie-style photos around SUNY Canton and the community holding a sign recognizing the It’s On Us motto or the key points of the campaign. A sample sign is available here. Photo submissions may be retweeted, posted or otherwise used to support the college’s efforts.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

SUNY Canton is sponsoring numerous outreach programs for students during the month of October focusing on sexual assault awareness, prevention and student safety, including:

  • A Break the Chain program focusing on dating, domestic violence and sexual violence beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites. The program will conclude with a candlelight vigil. Canton’s Renewal House and the college’s Counseling Center and several student clubs are involved with planning the event.
  • The college is also sponsoring the improvisational show “Sex Signals” that explores how social pressures, gender stereotypes and false preconceptions all contribute to the tensions found in dating. Sex Signals will also be held at 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The winner of the selfie challenge will be announced at the show.

There will also be several outreach programs in the residence halls and numerous informational tables to raise awareness of sexual assault on campus during the month of October.

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 Burns a Model Dorm Room to Promote Fire Safety

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

SUNY Canton will be staging a fire in a model dorm room to raise awareness of fire safety.

The controlled burn is part of a daylong series of fire prevention training programs sponsored by the college’s Environmental Health and Safety office. SUNY Canton’s Fire Safety Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, on the Roselle Academic Plaza on SUNY Canton’s campus. The dorm room demonstration is scheduled for noon.

“The dorm room we will burn was built specifically for this demonstration by students in the Wood Structures class,” said Torey J. Russell, environmental health and safety coordinator. “It will be a learning exercise to demonstrate how quickly a fire can spread.”

Members of the Canton Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to put out the dorm fire.

There will also be a fire extinguisher training simulator, and Christopher Taylor of the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Office will be distributing information.

Fire Safety Day is designed to raise awareness and educate SUNY Canton students, faculty and staff members, but is also free and open to the public.

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 Endorses Governor Cuomo’s Sexual Assault Prevention Policy

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the SUNY Board of trustees approved a statewide policy to combat sexual assault, which will establish a uniform set of practices throughout its 64 campuses, including SUNY Canton.

New YorkThe resolution includes implementing a uniform, system-wide definition of consent that is required between participants before engaging in sexual activity; an immunity policy to protect students coming forward to report sexual assault; a statewide training program for campus police and administrators regarding how to address sexual assault incidents; a public campaign to increase awareness among students and parents; and a uniform Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights that will, in clear and specific language, inform a student of his or her rights following an attack including the option of approaching State Police.

“SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall said it best when he noted that keeping our students safe is our number one priority,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Having uniform policies and a standard definition of consent will help us educate our students about making the safe, and ultimately right, decisions. Over the next few weeks, we will be promoting a campus-wide campaign involving students, faculty, staff, and alumni aimed at increasing sexual assault awareness, education and prevention.”

SUNY Canton already meets many of the criteria outlined by Gov. Cuomo and SUNY. The college plans to adopt the new measures outlined in the new policy.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher said, “SUNY is committed to providing the best tools, resources, and services for students to protect them from sexual assault and support them in the event that an incident does occur. Governor Cuomo has helped us develop a comprehensive plan for increased awareness and police training that will complement our existing efforts and enhance our national leadership role in combating sexual assault and violence. We are proud to implement this new policy in partnership with the governor and the presidents at each of our 64 college and university campuses across New York State.”

Campus sexual assault prevention measures on a national level have also gained momentum. Szafran represented SUNY in August during an announcement of support for the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, a bill co-sponsored by New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, which strengthens accountability for institutions nationwide in reporting sexual violence on campus, among other measures.

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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Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker to Speak at SUNY Canton

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Bess O'BrienBess O’Brien, director of the internationally acclaimed documentary “The Hungry Heart,” will discuss drug addiction and recovery at SUNY Canton.

O’Brien will speak at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

O’Brien released “The Hungry Heart” last year, providing an in-depth look at the world of prescription drug addiction through the eyes of Vermont pediatrician Dr. Fred Holmes, who prescribes suboxone to his patients struggling with prescription drug addiction. Much like methadone, suboxone helps many addicts in their recovery process – for some taking suboxone is a crucial stepping stone to long term recovery, for others it is a crutch. Throughout the film, the viewer sees Dr. Holmes struggling with these challenges and trying to make sense and keep the faith in the midst of many contradictions.

The Hungry HeartThe documentary has received international praise for starting a conversation about opiate abuse and has been highlighted on CBS Evening News, Al Jazeera, the New York Times and ABC.

O’Brien is the winner of the 2014 Walter Cerf Award for Excellence in the Arts; the 2012 Labor of Love Award from Vermont Works for Women; the 2011 Voices For Vermont’s Children Youth Advocacy Award in recognition of O’Brien’s creative and artistic advocacy on behalf of Vermont children; the 2010 National Education Association Human and Civil Rights Award for Shout it Out for empowering youth voice; and other awards.

 

 

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 Assistant Professor Wins 31 Consecutive Criminal Prosecution Appeals

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

A SUNY Canton Legal Studies assistant professor has marked a milestone in his law career.

Alexander Lesyk, J.D., has won 31 prosecution appeals consecutively since September 2013. The appeals supported convictions in cases involving a wide range of criminal charges.

Alexander Lesyk“Our students benefit from receiving their education from a practicing attorney with Assistant Professor Lesyk’s breadth of experience,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the school of liberal arts. “We pride ourselves on our faculty members’ ability to use real-world knowledge in the classroom.”

Lesyk, a former chief public defender for Franklin County, and a former chief assistant district attorney for St. Lawrence County, served as assistant district attorney for appeals during the last quarter of former District Attorney Nicole Duvé’s tenure. He was then named a special prosecutor in St. Lawrence County in January, and is responsible for appeals in criminal cases in which the current District Attorney’s office has a conflict. The appeals won represent every case that Lesyk has been assigned to date.

He is currently the curriculum coordinator for SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies bachelor’s degree program. He also instructs in the college’s Criminal Justice and Funeral Services Administration programs. He was recently also named the county coordinator for the St. Lawrence County Mock Trial Program, sponsored by the New York State Bar Association. The mock trials pit local high school teams coached by area attorneys against each other in simulated civil or criminal cases.

Lesyk graduated from Fordham University Law School in 1982 and has won numerous awards in criminal law, admiralty, and indigent defense.

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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