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SUNY Canton Opens Wall Street Inspired Business Classroom

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

A $20,000 pledge from Alesco Advisors helps students access and analyze current financial information as part of their business education.

Business students can become savvy investors in SUNY Canton’s new Business Learning Center.

The new learning space in the recently renovated Cook Hall Room 100 features a large interactive touch screen display showing financial indicators and an LED stock ticker displaying real-time stock prices of major companies. The classroom was designed specifically for students taking classes in the Finance, Management, Business Administration and Accounting programs.

SUNY Canton Business

“The space gives our students an opportunity to further explore long and short-term investing practices and their impact on business,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the school of business and liberal arts. “It certainly enhances the student experience in all of our business-related programs.”

Representatives from the SUNY Canton College Foundation noted that a charitable gift from Alesco Advisors of Pittsford for $20,000 over five years helped create the learning environment. Alesco is a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission registered investment advisory firm managing $2.5 billion for institutional and high net worth clients.

“We are delighted and proud to assist in the establishment of the stock exchange classroom, as well as the exciting growth of SUNY Canton,” said Todd D. Green, Alesco’s chief investment officer.

The College Foundation also supports the Investment Club, which will operate in the space in conjunction with other Business programs. Investment Club students have the opportunity to invest actual funds in a range of long-term investments and track results to build an asset base to support scholarships.

“The college created the Business Learning Center for students to help provide a hands-on learning experience with investments,” said Assistant Professor Umesh Kumar, a business faculty member who helped design the new classroom.

Improvements were made as part of the Cook Hall renovation project. Across the hall from the investment center, the Funeral Services Administration program has moved into a new chapel and student workspace. The college also recently completed brand-new classrooms on the second floor of the building.

 

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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Writer, Performance Poet Arthur Flowers to Kick off SUNY Canton Fall Living Writers Series

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Arthur FlowersSUNY Canton will begin the fall semester installment of the popular Living Writers Series when African-American author Arthur Flowers performs at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 in the Richard W. Miller Kingston Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Flowers utilizes African instruments in his unique style of storytelling. He considers himself a modern-day “griot,” a person who maintains a tradition of oral history, most notably in West Africa.

“There are those of us in African-American literature who feel that we are heirs to two literary traditions: the western written tradition and the African oral one, and try in the fusion to contribute something to the evolution of both,” Flowers said.

He is the author of the books “I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” “Mojo Rising: Confessions of a 21st Century Conjureman,” “Another Good Loving Blues” and “De Mojo Blues.”

“Flowers is a novelist and a bluesman, a storyteller and a sage,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “His performances defy literary convention, incorporating song, prayer, humor and heart. He is a man of wisdom and power and he is not to be missed.”

LaMarche created the series to in 2012 correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. Upcoming presenters this semester are acclaimed author Jennifer Finney Boylan Oct. 16 and novelist and short-story writer Patrick Lawler 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’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Gains Accreditation

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

SUNY Canton’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program recently earned its initial five-year accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The announcement was a result of a successful site visit by ACEN accreditors in February. The program was previously operating under ACEN candidacy status since its creation in 2009.

Nursing

“The accreditation reaffirms that our program is the right choice for our students,” said Nursing Professor and Program Director Debra M. Backus, Ph.D. “We have an ideal learning environment for employed nurses looking to advance their education.”

Backus said the program is still accepting students for the fall 2014 semester. Those interested should contact SUNY Canton’s Office of admissions at 315-386-7123 or email admissions@canton.edu.

The online program creates a flexible learning environment that adapts to the lifestyle of working students. Graduates of the program have enhanced career opportunities and are often enrolled to seek higher-paid positions in their field. Almost all of the program’s graduates are pursuing master’s degrees, according to Nursing Professor Peggy LaFrance.

“Students are very impressed with the connections they make with our faculty members,” LaFrance said. “Their interactions help them gain insight into the larger perspective of the health care field.”

The program offers open enrollment for students who posses a valid United States nursing license and have earned an associate degree in nursing. Some of the students are nurses working at area hospitals including Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Gouverneur Hospital, Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, Massena Memorial Hospital and Samaritan Medical Center. Another substantial population of students are from New York City and Long Island Hospitals.

The program was created in 2009 as one of a very few fully online two into four-year Nursing programs. In about four years it quadrupled its student enrollment and was recently ranked among the most affordable programs in the nation by SR Education group, an organization advocating for accessible higher education.

In addition to the Bachelor of Science Nursing program, SUNY Canton offers a one-year Practical Nursing certificate program and a two-year Associate of Applied Science Nursing program. Students who graduate from the two-year program often start their careers and begin working on their four-year degree.

The ACEN supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice and the public by providing a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality.

 

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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One-Hop Shop for Student Services Opens in the Campus Center

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

SUNY Canton showcases upgraded facilities for the fall 2014 semester.

Several key offices have moved into one location to provide students fast and easily accessible services.

The SUNY Canton Registrar’s office, Financial Aid office, student accounts and representatives from the College Association have relocated to the bottom floor of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center creating the “One-Hop Shop.” Students can register or change classes, pay their bills, set up a meal plan and get their college identification card all in one location. Previously these departments were in at least two buildings and were across campus from one another.

One-Hop Shop

An overhead view of SUNY Canton’s new “One-Hop Shop” which houses several high-traffic student service offices.

The space previously housed the intramural gym. It was repurposed when administrators found that students and teams had largely been using the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center or the reopened Dana Hall Alumni Gym for competitions and pick-up games.

One-Hop Shop

A student works with a member of the Registar’s Office in preparation for the fall 2014 semester.

Additionally, the college implemented a “Qmatic” self-service kiosk to help point students to the right office and reduce time spent waiting in lines. The large, open floor plan of the One-Hop Shop allows for a waiting area, an information desk and numerous open office spaces for representatives from each of the three areas.

 

Cook Hall Renovations Complete

Cook Science Center, commonly known as Cook Hall, has reopened following extensive summer renovations. The new classroom space will feature a room for Business and Accounting students to practice Wall Street-style stock trades, new Funeral Services Administration classrooms and other instructional space.

 

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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Roos Jump to Final Year of NCAA Membership Process

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council has announced that SUNY Canton has been approved to enter its fourth and final year of provisional membership, effective Sept. 1. The decision affirms a June vote by the Division III Membership Committee recommending the College’s advancement toward full membership.

SUNY Canton recently completed its second year of provisional status, and is just one year away from becoming an active NCAA Division III member. Schools typically must go through four years of provisional status before they are recommended for active membership. However, SUNY Canton applied for and was granted a waiver to consolidate year three and year four of the process. SUNY Canton - NCAA Division III “We are honored and ecstatic with the NCAA’s decision to waive our third year of provisional membership allowing us to take this huge step forward,” said SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “Our coaches, student-athletes, staff, faculty, administration, College Council and numerous departments campus-wide should be credited with their commitment toward making this transition. Their work and dedication is making it possible for us to successfully advance in this process.”

SUNY Canton recently added five new sports in a three-year span to their athletics program offerings. The athletics department has seen tremendous growth during this time, doubling the number of female student-athletes, and increasing its total number of student-athletes from fewer than 150 to nearly 300. The college sponsors intercollegiate teams in men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse.

Men's Basketball

“This is a tribute to the hard work the SUNY Canton Athletics staff have done to make sure that our programs meet and exceed the expectations of the NCAA”, said President Zvi Szafran. “Our student-athletes consistently demonstrate their outstanding dedication in their sport and their studies.”

Sieminski added the membership process encompasses nearly every area of the college, and the Athletic Department greatly appreciates the efforts of colleagues and professionals campus-wide.

“I’d also like to thank all the outstanding people we work with from the NCAA, especially Director of Division III Louise McCleary, Assistant Director of Academic and Membership Affairs Jean Orr and our NCAA Mentor Joe Walsh from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference,” added Sieminski. “They’ve been extraordinarily helpful and welcoming in guiding us through this process.”

All of SUNY Canton’s athletic programs have competitive schedules against top Division III programs such as nearby St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, and SUNY Potsdam, as well as Elmira College, SUNYIT, Morrisville State College, SUNY Cobleskill, Nazareth College, RIT, Keuka College, Alfred University, Utica College, Bard College, Johnson State College, Cazenovia College, SUNY Geneseo, Wells College, Lyndon State College and numerous others.

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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 Legal Studies and Finance Degrees Named Among Most Affordable in the Nation

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s four-year bachelor’s degrees in Finance and Legal Studies are among the most economical online programs in the U.S, according to SR Education Group, an organization that advocates for accessible higher education.

The group surveyed and ranked schools based on affordability. To be considered for inclusion, colleges are required to offer programs that are entirely online.

Most Affordable Law Degrees“We completed extensive research into the cost of attending different online colleges to enable students to find the most affordable online degrees,” said Kimberly Wetter, marketing director for SR Education Group. “With the average price of college skyrocketing, forcing many students to rely on student loans to fund their education, we were impressed with SUNY Canton’s ability to continue to offer affordable online degrees.”

SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies program, which was launched in 2006, was ranked 16th on the list. Students in the program have the opportunity to intern with law firms, courts, public defenders and district attorneys. Program graduates either attend law school or begin their careers working for law offices, government agencies or court facilities.
Most Affordable Finance Degrees

The four-year bachelor’s degree in Finance, which was ranked 17th, allows students to develop knowledge of banking, financial markets, insurance, and financial planning and forecasting and use this knowledge to start or continue careers in these fields. Seniors in the program can take advantage of internship opportunities to build practical skills and establish industry connections.

“Students in our undergraduate four-year Finance and Legal Studies programs receive a quality and flexible course of study to prepare them for careers in each field,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts. “The recognized affordability of the programs relative to others like them makes them even more attractive to students and their families.

Last year SR Education Group announced that SUNY Canton’s Bachelor of Science Nursing program was also one of the most economical online programs in the nation. To view the entire list of rankings, visit www.onlineu.org.

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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There’s Still Time! Complete Your College Application by August 1

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

The application deadline for first-time freshmen is set for August 1. Students should submit their college application by the closing date to receive full consideration for acceptance.

College officials set the August 1 deadline to help ensure that students obtain the courses they need in high-enrollment programs. Classes will begin on August 25 at SUNY Canton. Students who submit an application after the August 1 deadline will be encouraged to begin their education during the Spring 2015 semester.

Transfer students may continue to apply until the start of the semester. To apply, visit https://www.suny.edu/applysuny/. For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions at (315) 386-7123, 1-800-388-7123 or email admissions@canton.edu.

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Camp Invention Provides Learning and Fun for Children at SUNY Canton

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A summer day camp at SUNY Canton can help area children become inventors.

SUNY Canton will be hosting Camp Invention from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning July 28. The weeklong program will be held in the college’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, is designed for youth in first through sixth grades. It provides students with the opportunity to cultivate the concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The “Morphed!” theme this year focuses on objects, minerals and organisms that change or can be changed.

Camp Invention

ALL SMILES – Nadia L. Cheng of Potsdam, Nicolas C. Kelson of Potsdam, Douglas G. Welsh of Canton, and Noah G. Bohl of Potsdam grin after completing the living quarters of the city.

“We supply the environment and resources for children to release their imaginations,” said Ronald J. Tavernier, an assistant professor who teaches biology at SUNY Canton. “We are always amazed at the creativity and innovation students bring to Camp Invention.”

Tavernier is one of several faculty and staff members who help coordinate the annual program. SUNY Canton has hosted Camp Invention since 2011. The college offers the program to help increase students’ exposure to STEM programs at an early age.

The program features different modules where students will attempt to discover solutions to problems. Each module is a hands-on experience that emphasizes exploration, discovery and creativity. Children will present their findings and inventions to family and friends at an inventors’ showcase at the end of the week.

The curriculum is designed for students in grades 1-6. All of the sessions are led by certified teachers from the area.

The cost of Camp Invention is $220 a week per student. Families registering two siblings save $25 per child. Families enrolling three or more children will receive $50 off per child.

Parents should register their children as soon as possible to ensure that they can participate. Register online at www.campinvention.org, or by calling 1-800-968-4332.

For more information regarding the program, contact Melissa Michno at (315) 323-0665.

 

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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Alumni and Friends Fun Run 5K on July 19

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Former SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and his family will be hosting an Alumni and Friends Fun Run as part of SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend celebration. The 5K will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

The course is on the college’s scenic cross-country trails bordering the Grasse River and is open to runners and walkers of all ages. Raffle drawings will be held at the event.

Alumni Weekend also includes two dedication ceremonies, a Half-Century Luncheon and a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The college will also be welcoming brothers and sisters from two fraternities and sororities.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Alumni office at 386-7127 or email alumni@canton.edu.

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Local Business Leader Named as SUNY Canton 2014 Distinguished Alumnus

Monday, July 7th, 2014

SUNY Canton has chosen David A. Frary, class of 1970 and 1972, as the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

A Massena native, Frary received degrees in Banking, Insurance and Real Estate, as well as Mortuary Science. As a licensed funeral director, owner and manager of Phillips Memorial Home, he is an advocate of quality end-of-life care for community members through his volunteer work with the St. Lawrence Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. He also uses his skills as a funeral director to reach out to grieving families and provide comfort at difficult times.

Joseph Hoffman, David Frary, David Gerlach

His support of the college has included serving on the SUNY Canton College Foundation board of directors since 1990. He is also a member of the Mortuary Science Advisory Committee and is a scholarship sponsor.

“Mr. Frary has been extremely generous to SUNY Canton and the entire North Country community with his time, talents and financial contributions over the years,” said David M. Gerlach, SUNY Canton’s vice president for advancement. “He is a wonderful ambassador for our college and is an inspiration to our students.”

In 2012 the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce awarded Frary with the Distinguished Business Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding commitment to employees, dedication to customer service and service to the community.

“David has always been involved in the Massena Community through his many volunteer efforts,” said Michael Gleason, executive director of the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce. “It is not only his financial generosity to the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce events that he excels at – it is the time commitment that makes David an outstanding citizen.”

Frary will receive the award during SUNY Canton’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The event is part of the college’s Alumni Weekend celebration.

 

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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