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Students Celebrate 106th Commencement at SUNY Canton

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

More than 1,000 students completed their respective programs of study and became SUNY Canton alumni at the College’s 106th Commencement Ceremony, held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

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Ornella T. Parker, SUNY Canton Student Government Association President, addresses her class, faculty members, family and guests at the College’s 106th Commencement.

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman congratulated the graduates at his final commencement at the College. Hoffman will be returning to SUNY Maritime when Zvi Szafran begins his presidency in early July.

“As this is my first and last SUNY Canton commencement, I would like to thank the faculty, staff and students for making it the most rewarding experience of my life,” Hoffman said. “I will forever cherish our time together.”

Dr. David J. Dupree, the keynote speaker for the event, joined the class of 2014 and received an Associate of Applied Science degree that he started 23 years prior. The Ogdensburg native began his education at SUNY Canton with the intention of becoming a nurse. He left to pursue a bachelor’s degree and eventually medical school without earning a degree from SUNY Canton.

Commencement keynote speaker Dr. David J. Dupree receives a degree from SUNY Canton. The Ogdensburg native has become a world-renowned surgeon after starting at the College 23 years prior.

Commencement keynote speaker Dr. David J. Dupree receives a degree from SUNY Canton. The Ogdensburg native has become a world-renowned surgeon.

He spoke about the importance of discipline and determination in pursuing a dream and shared stories of his own struggles during his journey to become a surgeon, including sleeping in his car and a janitor’s closet while completing his residency in New York City.

“Success is achieved by closing the gap between who you are now and who you want to be in the future,” he said. “But you will have to navigate through that gap through many countless, but necessary disappointments.”

Dupree is the Director of Robotic Surgery at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, New Jersey. He specializes in minimally invasive abdominal surgery and was the first surgeon to perform single-incision surgery at Riverview. He appeared on ABC News and the CBS television show “The Doctors” in 2012 after performing a life-saving operation to remove a 51-pound tumor from a patient.

The senior class address was presented by Ornella T. Parker of Brooklyn. Parker is the outgoing Student Government Association President and a 2014 Health Care Management graduate.

“Making it to this monumental day proves that we are prepared for anything the real world has in store for us,” Parker said.

Among the graduates receiving special recognition were Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recipients Lydia C. Dale of Norwood, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from Norwood, Meghan P. Gibson, a Sports Management major from Canton and Tiffany V. Moore, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Brooklyn. Moore also received the Outstanding Graduate Award at the associate level.

A brother and sister from Utica celebrated Commencement together at SUNY Canton. Pictured are Azra Ferkic and Denis Ferkic, who both earned four-year degrees online in Management.

A brother and sister from Utica celebrated Commencement together at SUNY Canton. Pictured are Azra Ferkic and Denis Ferkic, who both earned four-year degrees online in Management.

Melanie H. Mueller, a Law Enforcement Leadership major from Afton, received the College’s Outstanding Graduate Award at the bachelor’s degree level. Mueller completed her degree completely online and only needed to travel to campus for award ceremonies and commencement.

The David R. Maynard Student Activities Award was presented to Melissa Cummins, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Martville. Cummins is the president of the College’s Habitat for Humanity student chapter. She will be returning to SUNY Canton in Fall 2014 to pursue her four-year degree in Veterinary Science Technology and will serve as the College’s Student Government Association President.

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More than 1,000 students received their degrees at the 106th Commencement Ceremony.

One student graduated with the Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award. Cory Giczewski of Fountain Valley, Calif., was recognized for carrying a high grade-point average, playing on the men’s hockey team and volunteering for a number of service-based and charitable endeavors.

The top five bachelor’s degrees awarded were Nursing, Legal Studies, Finance, Management and Criminal Investigation.

The top five associate degrees awarded were Nursing, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, Business Administration and Veterinary Science Technology.

 

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 Names Reverend Mother Evette Austin as 2014 Distinguished Citizen

Friday, May 9th, 2014
Pictured are Acting SUNY Canton President Joseph C. Hoffman with Reverend Mother Evette Austin of Grace Episcopal Church, Canton. Austin received SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

Pictured are Acting SUNY Canton President Joseph C. Hoffman with Reverend Mother Evette Austin of Grace Episcopal Church, Canton. Austin received SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

SUNY Canton presented the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Award to a spiritual leader who has enriched the lives of those in the Canton community.

The Rev. Mother Evette Austin of Grace Episcopal Church in Canton was recognized for her leadership in bringing the community together and helping those in need.

Austin began working to raise funds to renovate the Grace Episcopal kitchen in 2011 to begin serving a weekly free meal to those less fortunate. The event provides food for approximately 250 people and has brought volunteers from all corners of the community to help cook and serve the meals, including students from SUNY Canton.

“This experience has both rewarded and enriched our students,” said Courtney Battista Bish, SUNY Canton dean of students. “Many have said that working in the soup kitchen and with Mother Evette has truly changed their lives.”

In her role as SUNY Canton campus minister, Austin provides spiritual guidance to students and organizes a “Blessing of the Brains” event where she, along with other campus ministers, assist students by giving out small gift bags with food and prayer just before final exams. She has also spearheaded a Thanksgiving Service, held each year before Thanksgiving break, for students, faculty and staff.

“Mother Evette is one of the most selfless people I know, never tiring of sharing her time and talents with both the SUNY Canton and Village of Canton communities,” said Janet E. Livingston, SUNY Canton secretary for the Division of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies. “She loves the students and loves to interact with them.”

After learning about community members’ need for basic necessities, Austin also created a food pantry and emergency closet for anyone who requires food or supplies.

“Mother Evette is truly a ‘giver’ in every sense of the word and has been a role model to all of us,” said Bish. “She provides hope to the to the economically and spiritually depressed, and she is certainly a beacon of light at SUNY Canton.”

Beyond campus, Austin has promoted the ecumenical community in Canton by holding monthly clergy meetings, supporting an ecumenical summer Bible school and organizing an annual Palm Sunday parade in Canton. She is also a member of the Rotary Club and the village Planning Board.

Austin was born and raised in Barbados. She completed her seminary education at the General Theological Seminary in New York City and previously served as a deacon in Connecticut. She was ordained at Grace Episcopal Church in 2006.

 

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 Steel Bridge Team Preps for National Competition

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Students from SUNY Canton’s engineering technology programs are slated to compete against teams from about 50 other colleges and universities at the National Student Steel Bridge Competition.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Institute of Steel Construction competition will begin on May 23 at the University of Akron in Ohio.

The SUNY Canton ASCE student chapter, commonly referred to as the steel bridge team, recently finished third in the Upstate Regional Competition. Their high-scoring entry earned them an invite to the next level of competition.

Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena and Nathan A. Archer of Canton (background) work with Andrew C. Walker of Camden (foreground) to rapidly assemble SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena and Nathan A. Archer of Canton (background) work with Andrew C. Walker of Camden (foreground) to rapidly assemble SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

“The team picked up a couple of avoidable penalties at regionals,” said steel bridge team adviser Paul D. Hitchman, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology. “With a little work they can continue to be competitive at the national level.”

The students were upset by their longtime rival École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) from Montreal, Quebec, and by SUNY Buffalo. The team has swept the competition 15 times in 18 years.

The team designed the scale-model bridge to be extremely light, while maintaining its structural integrity during weight testing. ASCE Student Chapter President Alyssa M. Baker of Boonville pointed out that the team did win first place in the lightness category.

“I’m very confident in our bridge and in our team,” Baker said. “We are going to make a few changes so we can place higher at the national competition.”

Baker is one of several Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology majors in the eight-student team.

The students placed fourth in construction speed, eighth in aesthetics, second in stiffness, seventh in economy and second in efficiency at the regional competition.

The bridge team is now seeking donations to offset travel costs for their trip to Akron, Ohio, which are estimated to be more than $7,000. To support the team, please contact the SUNY Canton College Foundation at 315-386-7127 or email foundation@canton.edu.

For more information about the steel bridge team, please read the April 21 article “SUNY Canton Students Aim to Build a Bridge Better, Faster and Stronger.”

 

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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Veterinary Technology Graduate Receives Outstanding Associate Award at SUNY Canton

Monday, April 28th, 2014

A graduate who aspires to become a veterinarian has received one of SUNY Canton’s top academic awards.

Tiffany V. Moore of Brooklyn was selected as the 2014 recipient of SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate Award at the associate level. Moore recently received her award at the David V. Guccione Honors Convocation and will be honored at SUNY Canton’s 106th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the College’s Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center.

The Veterinary Science Technology graduate also recently received the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Pictured are (l to r)  SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Outstanding Graduate Tiffany V. Moore of Brooklyn and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. Moore received the annual award at the associate degree level.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Outstanding Graduate Tiffany V. Moore of Brooklyn and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. Moore received the annual award at the associate degree level.

“Tiffany is extra caring and compassionate when working with animals,” said Mary T. O’Horo Loomis, a professor in the Veterinary Science Technology program. “Her focus and attention to detail make her an excellent student.”

Previously, Moore received an academic award for the highest GPA in her major in 2013. The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program named her an outstanding student. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and served as president of the Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society. Moore was the treasurer of the Black Student Union in 2012. She’s earned either President’s or Dean’s List honors during her four semesters at the College. She is a student member of the National Association for Veterinary Technicians in America.

“Tiffany is easily one of the best students I have ever had the privilege of having in my courses,” said Marriane P. DiMarco-Temkin, who worked with Moore in two sections of biology. “She is self-motivated, prepared and ready to participate in class. She is friendly and outgoing. She is certain to be successful in whatever she endeavors to do.”

She completed her preceptorship, or college-level practical experience training, with the Barbados Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “I’ve always had pets and love animals,” she said. “I’ve decided to turn my passion into a career.”

She is also a student assistant at the SUNY Canton Davis Health Center and has volunteered at the Potsdam Humane Society. She’s been active in the Pool Enthusiasts Club and is a member of the Zen Do Kai Martial Arts club.

Moore is continuing her education at Cornell University, Ithaca. She plans on becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine.

The Outstanding Graduate Award is given annually to an associate and bachelor’s degree graduate. It is SUNY Canton’s top award given to recognize academic achievement, community service and campus involvement.

 

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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Online Law Enforcement Leadership Student Receives Outstanding Bachelor’s Award at SUNY Canton

Monday, April 28th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s online programming allowed a graduating Law Enforcement Leadership student the flexibility to be with her children, work and volunteer in her community while earning her four-year degree.

Melanie H. Mueller of Afton was selected as the 2014 recipient of SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate Award at the baccalaureate level. Mueller received her award at the David V. Guccione Honors Convocation and will be honored at SUNY Canton’s 106th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the College’s Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center.

“Ms. Mueller has demonstrated excellent leadership skills and adaptability in her coursework,” said Paul Bowdre, an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice department who taught Mueller in several classes. “She clearly enjoys discussion with her peers and works efficiently and effectively with her classmates in online group activities.”

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Outstanding Graduate Melanie H. Mueller of Afton and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. Mueller received the annual award at the bachelor’s degree level.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Outstanding Graduate Melanie H. Mueller of Afton and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. Mueller received the annual award at the bachelor’s degree level.

Mueller is a single mother of two who held a career during the majority of her online education. “I never thought I’d receive this award,” she said. “Being an online student allowed me to support and be with my children. It also allowed me to assist my community while earning a degree. I would not have had it any other way.”

In one of her previous careers, Mueller was a welder who engineered custom car adaptations for handicapped drivers. She was also a consultant for Ambit Energy.

She and her daughters were involved in fundraising efforts for Hurricane Sandy relief. She said she plans to pursue a career where she can continue to help people on a one-on-one basis.

She is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies. She previously received the Canino Prize for Academic Excellence and an Academic Award for her high grade-point average within the Law Enforcement Leadership program.

Mueller lives with her two daughters, Emma and Angelina. “I couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.

The Outstanding Graduate Award is given annually to a baccalaureate and associate degree graduate. It is SUNY Canton’s top award given to recognize academic achievement, community service and campus involvement.

 

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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Senior SUNY Canton Students Launch Multimedia Exhibition April 25

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Students graduating from SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design (GMMD) program will be showing their work at the Senior Multimedia Exhibition. The opening for the show will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, in Nevaldine Technology Center North, Room 102.

Video and multimedia projects will be shown at the opening. Visual works will be on display in Nevaldine and in the Southworth Library Learning Commons through May 9.

Gary M. Dunkelberg of Potsdam works with his large-scale sound activated lighted painting in preparation for the Senior Multimedia Exhibition at SUNY Canton. Photo by Hailey E. Swinyer of Canton.

Gary M. Dunkelberg of Potsdam works with his large-scale sound
activated lighted painting in preparation for the Senior Multimedia
Exhibition at SUNY Canton. Photo by Hailey E. Swinyer of Canton.

“I have seen the students grow as artists and designers through the design development and production of their senior exhibition,” said Kathleen Mahoney an Instructor in the GMMD program. “Their talent and dedication is inspirational.”

Lydia C. Dale of Norwood, 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award Recipient, will be showing her movie to an audience for the first time at the exhibition. She worked with many of her peers to create a 30-minute digital video for her senior project.

“I have always had a vision to create a film based on one of the stories I have written,” Dale said. “The project has helped me to realize that it is something I want to pursue and I hope to find a career involving film and media production after graduation.”

Other displaying seniors are:

  • Casey L. Bastian of Seneca Falls
  • Gary M. Dunkelberg of Potsdam
  • Jontai Q. McClain of the Bronx
  • Francesca M. Popple of Canastota
  • Colby W. Prinsen of Keeseville
  • Laurie L. Thompson of Rooseveltown
  • Hailey E. Swinyer of Canton

Full bios of the students and examples of their work can be viewed at http://www.canton.edu/csoet/gmmd/senior_exhibition/

 

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 Aim to Build a Bridge Better, Faster and Stronger

Monday, April 21st, 2014

SUNY Canton students will be competing in the 2014 American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference and Steel Bridge Competition.

The conference will be held April 24 to 26 at Cornell University, Ithaca. It will be the 18th time that the College has entered a steel bridge in the competition. SUNY Canton’s ASCE Student Chapter, commonly known as the steel bridge team, has won the regional competition 14 times prior.

Bridge team members said this year’s bridge is much more complex than the previous year’s bridges.

“We were trying to make it as light as possible,” said Ethan J. Fregoe, an Engineering Science major from Massena. “There are three times as many pieces and three times as many bolts as last year’s bridge.”

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team members Andrew C. Walker of Camden and Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena tightening the bolts on their competition-ready bridge.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team members Andrew C. Walker of Camden and Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena tightening the bolts on their competition-ready bridge.

The challenge changes each year and students must come up with a completely new design to compete. This year’s objective is to rapidly replace a timber railroad trestle over a river. The line is essential for transporting ore from a lithium mine for a battery production facility, necessitating rapid construction of a replacement bridge.

Codi D. McKee of Barker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major and vice president of the steel bridge team, said that the competition helped him apply his education with hands-on practice. “Sometimes things you work out on paper don’t work in real life,” McKee said. “The real challenge is to apply everything you’ve learned into something tangible.”

McKee and former bridge team president William W. Corbine III of Potsdam designed the bridge together during the fall semester. Corbine graduated in December, 2013.

Rules of the competition dictate that students design and construct a scale model of a bridge that will meet all of the rules for the competition. Entries are evaluated on stiffness, lightness, construction speed, display, efficiency and economy, according to steel bridge team advisor Paul D. Hitchman, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Hitchman recently received a letter from ASCE commending the SUNY Canton student chapter’s vast improvement through increased student activities, community service and student leadership. “The Chapter’s accomplishments reflect the enthusiasm and hard work of your student officers and members, as well as your fine guidance as faculty advisor,” wrote Leslie Payne, ASCE director of student and younger member programs.

In addition to Fregoe and Mckee, steel bridge team members include:

  • Nathan A. Archer, an Industrial Technology major from Canton.
  • Alyssa M. Baker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Boonville. Baker is the President of the student run club.
  • Michael Crowner, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Gouverneur.
  • Gregory R. Denner, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Ogdensburg.
  • Michael J. Verstraete, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Marion.
  • Andrew C. Walker, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Camden.

Dennis Tuper, an Automotive Technology instructional support associate and Paul P. Nasados, a Civil and Environmental Technology assistant professor join Hitchman as the steel bridge team’s advisors.

 

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 York Times Bestselling Author to Cap Off SUNY Canton Living Writers Series

Monday, April 21st, 2014

An American writer who has been hailed by Time magazine as one the most influential people in the world will visit SUNY Canton for the final installment of the College’s spring Living Writers Series.

George Saunders, author of the New York Times bestselling book “Tenth of December,” will speak at 6:30 p.m. May 1 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

George Saunders

“George Saunders is a national treasure, one of our best living storytellers,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “While his satire gnaws at our contemporary culture, the heart of his work always embraces the humanity of his characters, holding them close and dear.”

A creative writing professor at Syracuse University, Saunders has earned fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded the Pen/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. His writing has been featured in The New Yorker and GQ, among others.

“Tenth of December” has earned praise from the New York Times, Washington Post, Time magazine and Harper’s Magazine. The Chicago Tribune named Saunders “the best short story writer in America.”

 

 

He has appeared on “The Charlie Rose Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Colbert Report.”

Saunders is also the author of two screenplays and three other short story collections: “Pastoralia,” “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline” and “In Persuasion Nation.” His children’s book, “The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip,” was also a New York Times bestseller.

Now in its second year, the Living Writers Series was created by LaMarche to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. Past guests have included New York Times bestselling author Mary Carr and sports columnist William Rhoden.

 

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 Online Staff Member Hits 200 mpg in Toyota Green Grand Prix

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Colton resident hand builds a car that appeared in “Total Recall” to tie for the top award in a national competition.

A February 1982 copy of “Mechanix Illustrated” inspired Jerry J. Bartlett to construct a futuristic coupe capable of reaching 200 miles per gallon.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

Bartlett is a learning systems manager for SUNY Canton OnLine and a 2004 alumnus who loves to make modern technology more efficient. He tied for the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award in the Toyota Green Grand Prix Doris Bovee Memorial Road Rally, held April 11 at the Watkins Glen International racetrack. He entered with his modified Urba Centurion, which was originally designed by Robert Q. Riley.

“The Centurion is built on a 1966 Triumph Spitfire frame with a custom body made with fiberglass over foam,” Bartlett said. “It runs on a three-cylinder Kubota diesel engine and can hit 65 mph. Attention to detail enabled the Centurion to rightfully earn its name on one of the most prestigious racetracks at the most unique green car and driver event on the planet.”

Bartlett recently won the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award at the Toyota Green Grand Prix. His ultra-efficient vehicle is approximately 41 inches tall.

Bartlett recently won the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award at the Toyota Green Grand Prix. His ultra-efficient vehicle is approximately 41 inches tall.

During the first stage of the challenge, he and a passenger drove on the racetrack for over 100 miles against more than 40 other contestants. The award was determined by calculating time, distance and fuel economy of each car. He ultimately tied with a completely electric vehicle. “The competition is a challenge of your technology, your ability as a driver and your car,” Bartlett said.

While building the Centurion, Bartlett modified the retro wedge-shaped design to be more aerodynamic, which gave him an advantage at the Green Grand Prix. The entire car is approximately 41 inches tall and the driver’s seat is about four inches above the road. He said the car performed better than taller, heavier, commercially produced vehicles during the rally because of its design.

The magazine article that inspired Bartlett 30 years ago now hangs on the wall above his desk. Early testing of the car began with hopes of meeting the 128 mpg touted in the article. The small displacement engine coupled with the low weight and custom gearing make it a desirable alternative to larger cars, especially when diesel fuel costs more than $4 a gallon.

His custom creation is powered by a 17 horsepower three-cylinder diesel engine and can achieve 65 mph.

His custom creation is powered by a 17 horsepower three-cylinder diesel engine and can achieve 65 mph.

His award came with a $1,000 prize. Bartlett donated all of his winnings back to the Green Grand Prix, which is a non-profit corporation. Robert Gillespie, Chairman of the Green Grand Prix said the mission of the event is educational and is used to promote sustainable transportation technologies. “This event is truly something I can stand behind,” Bartlett said.

The fuel-efficient Centurion had a big-screen debut. A version of it appears briefly throughout the 1990 movie “Total Recall” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“As far as I know there are only three of these vehicles in existence,” Bartlett said. “One is the car used in the movie and it is in California. Another is in the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, [Tenn.], and the other is the one that I built.”

Bartlett acquired the original wheels used on the “Total Recall” car for his own vehicle, but didn’t use them for the race due to their excessive weight. He also prepared for the race by dressing in a lightweight jogging suit and using a two-gallon fuel tank to reduce the weight of both the driver and vehicle. “Every pound matters when you are working with a 17 horsepower engine,” he said.

An avid do-it-yourselfer, Bartlett previously built a diesel motorcycle which averages 115 mpg. He also made a hybrid-electric trike that combines human and battery power. He lives off-grid in Colton and powers his home with solar panels and wind turbines. “The whole thing is one big science experiment,” he said. “Once you start, you can’t stop.”

The Centurion is one of Bartlett’s daily-use vehicles and can often be seen in SUNY Canton’s Parking Lot 5.

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Sustainable Design Pioneer to Speak at SUNY Canton April 22

Friday, April 18th, 2014

George IrwinGeorge Irwin, CEO and founder of the Rochester-based company Green Living Technologies, will discuss revolutionary trends in environmentally conscious design at SUNY Canton during the final installment of the spring Sustainability Lecture Series.

He will speak at 6 p.m. April 22 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Irwin’s company specializes in living walls and roofs, also known as vertical gardens. His patented designs reduce the energy needed for heating and cooling through shading and evapotranspiration. They can remove pollutants and carbon dioxide and are known as the “new graffiti,” according to Irwin.

“I hold a degree in education and maintain a passion for out-of-the-box learning; I combined my love for environment and zest for learning,” he said. “I personally oversee all green wall and roof education, integrating the state-of-the-art technology into a continuously-evolving curriculum.”

Living roofs can also reduce storm water run-off, filter pollutants and heavy metals out of rain water, and increase real estate value. Vertical agriculture gardens, which are also a growing trend, provides families with food within reach, reducing the need to travel to the store.

Vertical Green WallIrwin said his passion is agriculture, utilizing vertical green living walls and roof systems. His organic edible plants include tomatoes, celery, eggplant, potatoes, root crops, melons, beans, peppers and onions. His mission is to help create solutions to the challenges of food scarcity and the amount of job opportunities for at-risk populations throughout cities around the world.

He is also a published author and is a leading resource for Time magazine, Fortune, CNN, NBC, CBS TEDx, National Geographic and Newsweek. He has co-hosted many radio, television and garden shows in the U.S. and abroad.
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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