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SUNY Canton Takes Third in Regional Steel Bridge Competition

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Students from SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology won third place for their steel bridge entry in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate Regional Conference.

The ASCE Student Chapter, commonly known as the Steel Bridge Team, designed their bridge to be assembled faster than their competitors. Overall, the team won first in speed, third in lightness, fifth in stiffness, third in aesthetics, first in economy and fifth in efficiency.

Steel Bridge Team

“The students assembled their bridge structure in 4.57 minutes, whereas the next-fastest entry completed theirs in 11.97 minutes,” noted Instructional Support Associate Paul D. Hitchman, who is the faculty advisor for the student-run club. “Of the fifty teams that competed, they were only topped by École de technologie supérieure, Montreal [Quebec] and SUNY Buffalo.”

The SUNY Canton team finished ahead of Clarkson University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University and other standing rivals.

The ASCE issues a set of rules designed to challenge young engineers. The students then design a steel bridge to best fit within the guidelines. Typically, the contest asks colleges to create a bridge that can be constructed on-site and span a body of water, necessitating calculated assembly techniques and precision manufacturing.

The team then spends time practicing assembling the 40 individual pieces within the tightly regulated confines of the competition, according to bridge designer Codi D. McKee a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Barker.

Steel Bridge Team

“We knew going in that we wanted to be fast so we designed all of our connections to be quick,” McKee said. “We calculated the amount of time needed and used the fewest number of bolts we could to hold it together.”

He added that the steel bridge project was a real world hands-on experience that allows students to apply what they’ve learned in their classes. McKee also presented research at the conference, earning a fourth and sixth place award.

The students have now been invited to compete in the national competition on May 22 at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

In addition to Mckee, student members of the Steel Bridge Team are:

  • Nathan A. Archer, an Industrial Technology major from Canton.
  • Alyssa M. Baker, the club president and a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Boonville.
  • Michael Crowner, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Gouverneur.
  • Gregory R. Denner, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Ogdensburg.
  • Justin J. Fuschino, a Mechanical Technology major from Schenectady.
  • Zachery S. Limoges, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Ogdensburg.
  • Sarah N. Nuss, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Wynantskill.
  • Daniel Rohan, a SUNY Canton Mechanical Technology major from North Babylon.
  • Alex D. Sterling, a Mechanical Technology major from Champlain.
  • Jonathan Tennant, a SUNY Canton Engineering Science major from Ogdensburg.
  • Joseph D. Thompson, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Edwards.
  • Michael J. Verstraete, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Marion.
  • Andrew C. Walker, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Camden.

Numerous faculty and staff members assist the team, including:

  • Dennis E. Tuper, an instructional support associate for the Automotive Technology program.
  • Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate for the Powersports Performance and Repair program.
  • Daniel J. Miller, an assistant professor for the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

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 10 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 Holds Rosanna M. Moser Honors Convocation April 22

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Rosanna MoserThe college’s annual ceremony recognizing student success was named for a retired faculty member from Lowville.

SUNY Canton will be honoring a well-respected distinguished professor emerita alongside the college’s top-achieving students.

The 2015 Honors Convocation celebration has been named in honor of Rosanna M. Moser, the former program director of the Office Technology Program. More than 150 students will be receiving awards for their outstanding academic achievement and civic involvement at the ceremony. Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Moser began working for SUNY Canton in 1983 and taught a variety of courses in the Office Technology Program. She was well known as dedicated, professional, responsible, respectful and, above all, exceptionally kind to her students and colleagues. She helped her students become career-minded, work-ready professionals and helped them secure internships that most often led directly to employment.

“Rosanna was a mentor for new and established faculty,” said Criminal Justice Professor William J. Fassinger. “Her attention to detail, resourcefulness and advocacy for students exemplifies the mission of SUNY Canton.”

Rosanna Moser in the classroom

Moser assisted in revising and developing new courses for the Office Technology and Computer Information Systems curricula, and in restructuring the Office Technology curriculum to include concentrations such as accounting, business, computer, finance, legal, and medical. She also organized Professional Development Week, allowing students from all curricula to hone their interview skills, learn to dress for success and engage in extra-curricular learning.

Along her career, she was promoted to assistant professor in 1986, associate professor in 1988 and professor in 2000. Rosanna served terms as secretary for the Faculty Assembly and Faculty Affairs committee. She was the Public Service department chair from 2002 until 2004 and the Business Department Chair from 2005 until 2008. She received the SUNY Canton College Council’s Distinguished Faculty award in 2007 and received emeritus status upon her retirement.

 

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 10 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 Hosts CIA Analyst for Law Enforcement Day, April 20

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

SUNY Canton’s Criminal Justice Department has chosen “Emerging Issues in Homeland Security” as the theme for the fifth annual Law Enforcement Day.

All presentations will be held April 20 in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater. A variety of experts in the field are invited to speak at the event.

storerThe day’s keynote address will be made by Cynthia Storer, who was a member of the sisterhood of CIA intelligence analysts whose work was crucial to the U.S. effort against Osama bin Laden. Their work led to locating bin Laden in a safe house in Pakistan. Her work with the CIA is featured in the HBO documentary “Manhunt: The Search for bin Laden.” Storer is an internationally recognized expert on radical Islam and terrorism. She continues to provide analysis training and education to federal, state and local agencies and teaches at the university level. She is also a consultant with the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.

The schedule for Law Enforcement Day is:

  • A Coast Guard Investigative Service presentation at 9:30 a.m.
  • A U.S. Customs and Border Protection presentation at 11 a.m.
  • A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement presentation at 1 p.m.
  • Storer’s keynote presentation at 3 p.m., followed by a meet-and-greet with the speaker.

Law Enforcement Day is held as an extra-learning opportunity for students in the criminal justice programs. Other interested parties, including other students, members of the law enforcement community and members of the public, are also encouraged to attend the free presentations.

SUNY Canton offers a bachelor of technology program in Homeland Security that provides students with the theory and practical skills necessary to understand challenges faced by the homeland security enterprise. This is offered in addition to the college’s Criminal Investigation and Law Enforcement Leadership programs.

For more information about Law Enforcement Day, contact Visiting Associate Professor Susan Buckley at (315) 386-7135 or email buckleys@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 10 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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‘Amazing Chemistry Race’ Comes to SUNY Canton

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

The Amazing Chemistry RaceLocal high school and college students who are interested in chemistry can test their knowledge at an upcoming event at SUNY Canton.

The Amazing Chemistry Race will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is designed to stimulate interest in the field of chemistry through fun activities, such as a trivia contest and demonstrations. The day’s main event will be a team competition where students will be asked to uncover clues and solve chemistry problems by completing a series of challenges, which will range from performing experiments to completing team-building exercises.

“This event is the perfect opportunity for students to show off their knowledge by competing with peers in a fun and educational way,” said organizer and SUNY Canton Chemistry Professor Nicole A. Heldt, Ph.D. “We also want to inspire attendees to pursue a career in the chemical sciences.”

The Amazing Chemistry Race is sponsored by the Northern New York Section of the American Chemical Society. Area students who would like to register for the event should contact Heldt at (315) 386-7983 or send an email to heldtn@canton.edu

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 ten 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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Environmental Activist Bill McKibben Talks Global Warming at SUNY Canton

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Renowned climate change expert Bill McKibben brought a message about the dangers of continued reliance on fossil fuels to SUNY Canton.

More than 700 students, faculty and community members from throughout the North Country region packed the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to hear McKibben discuss the alarming rate at which global warming is progressing.

McKibben

“We’ve already raised the earth’s temperature one degree Celsius, which is the heat equivalent of 400,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs – enough to melt the Arctic,” he said. “It’s enough heat that the world’s hydrological cycles are completely chaotic.”

According to McKibben, the increase is responsible for historic drought in areas like California, as well as extreme weather events, most notably in the Pacific Ocean, where there have been three consecutive super typhoons that have destroyed more than 80 percent of housing in Micronesia.

He quickly pointed out that some of the poorest areas in the world are hit hardest by violent weather patterns and sea level rise. And although scientists agree the earth’s temperature will increase even more, the fossil fuel industry continues to seek access to more coal, gas and oil.

McKibben’s grassroots environmental organization 350.org has become a voice of resistance to the fossil fuel industry. The group, which he founded with seven Middlebury College students in 2007, most notably led the charge against the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

This campaign, along with an initiative to encourage colleges and universities to divest their shares in fossil fuel companies, are ways 350.org is taking an offensive, rather than defensive, stance against the opposition.

It is with this strategy in mind that McKibben reminded attendees about the importance of cooperation across nations and generations to curb the progression of global warming.

McKibben crowd

He urged the entire audience to get involved and engaged in the movement, noting, “Young people are leading the fight against climate change.” He also made an appeal to his own generation, stressing the importance of their duty as elders to set a positive example in their communities.

“This crisis makes it clear we are all connected,” he said. “We’re all in this together, and I look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with all of you.”

 

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 ten 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 Joins U.S. Coast Guard’s Auxiliary University Program

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Coast-Guard-AuxiliaryStudents now have the option of adding free training from the U.S. Coast Guard to their SUNY Canton education.

The college was recently selected for the Auxiliary University Program (AUP), which allows students to gain nautical education, operational training experiences, aviation studies training and homeland security training. SUNY Canton is the 20th AUP in the nation and among the first in New York, according to Professor Brian K. Harte, Ph.D. Harte is the faculty member responsible for establishing the new partnership.

“Students who participate in this free program will have the ability to establish internships and apply for officer candidate school opportunities,” Harte said. “Those who successfully complete the program will receive the distinction of being recognized as Auxiliary University Program graduates.”

The Massena Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be holding a formal ceremony to recognize the new partnership with SUNY Canton at 6 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites Room 212.

 

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 10 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 President Says SUNY is Great Investment

Friday, February 27th, 2015

A letter to the Editor that appeared in the Watertown Daily Times and North Country This Week.

To the Editor,

Invest in SUNYThe State University of New York has been investing in students for generations, creating unparalleled opportunities for personal success and sustained economic growth. With increased investment from the State, SUNY can do even more.

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, college graduates make more money, are more likely to be employed and are less likely to live in poverty than high school graduates who didn’t attend college. On average, people 25-32 years old with a bachelor’s degree or more have a median income of $45,500, compared to only $28,000 for high school graduates. The unemployment rate is 3.8 percent for those with a bachelor’s degree, compared to 12.2 percent for high school graduates.

These numbers show that going to college is more important than ever. SUNY Canton and SUNY’s 63 other campuses make it affordable, too. SUNY has among the lowest tuitions anywhere in the country – just over $6,000 per year. SUNY ensures that each and every New Yorker has access to a high-quality, low-cost education. This is summed up in the “SUNY equation”: Access + Completion = Success.

SUNY has consistently done more for its students and has done so in a cost-effective manner. With increased investment, SUNY is committed to tripling the number of college graduates by 2020. At SUNY Canton, more students will graduate from our career-based majors and enter the workforce ready to hit the ground running, adding value to their companies from day one. Over 37 percent of people in the North Country are SUNY students, employees, or alumni, contributing $600 million to our communities and sustaining our economy. Our alumni, many of whom have risen to very high positions, all tell me that their success started at SUNY Canton. By coming here, they learned that they were capable of achieving more than they ever thought possible.

Our commitment to access, completion, and success will never change. Our ability to continue to grow and give our students the very best education depends on increased State investment. We will offer new, innovative, hands-on programs that build on the strengths of our region. We will provide students from all backgrounds the tools they need to progress from the first day of class to graduation, careers, and beyond. We are committed to doing more and doing it better than ever before. Let the members of the State Assembly and Senate know that you support increased State investment in SUNY for the sake of New York’s most valuable assets: our students and our future.

Dr. Zvi Szafran

SUNY Canton President

 

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 ten 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 Online Degrees Garner National Recognition for Affordability

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Affordable Colleges OnlineAffordable Colleges Online has chosen SUNY Canton’s bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership and Legal Studies as two of the most economical online programs of their kind in the nation.

The 2015 list ranked both programs at 36th in the country. In addition to affordability, degrees were rated on quality, graduate job placement, flexibility and low student-to-faculty ratio.

“We are proud that SUNY Canton is once again being recognized as a leader in online learning,” said President Zvi Szafran. “These programs provide students an excellent educational experience at an affordable price, coupled with an invaluable opportunity to balance work, family commitments and education.”

The Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership degree offers a blend of public service and business courses to prepare students for supervisory positions in law enforcement agencies. It is one of only a few programs in the country that allows qualified students to finish their studies at a certified law enforcement academy.

The Legal Studies program is the only four-year undergraduate program of its kind in the SUNY system. It prepares students for careers as paralegals, legal assistants, occupational health and safety specialists, and contract administrators. It has also served as a pre-law program for several students looking to enter law school.

“We wanted to highlight schools that are driving innovative learning and meeting the demands of students,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Foundation. “These schools are not only offering excellent criminal justice degree programs, but they are expanding their program excellence to the much-desired online environment.”

To view the rankings in their entirety, visit http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/criminal-justice-programs/. For more information about SUNY Canton’s degree programs, visit www.canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 ten 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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Students of All Ages Learn About Engineering at SUNY Canton Open House Event

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Students and families from across the North Country were welcomed to tour the Canino School of Engineering to learn about future career paths in engineering and technology. Faculty and current students showcased award winning steel bridges, Lego Mindstorm robots, 3D topographical mapping, a massive wood splitter, smashing concrete cylinders, digital wrenches, laser communicators, and many other innovative technologies. The main event of the night was the Marshmallow Challenge which saw 20 teams consisting of students from 5-17 years old competing for a SUNY Canton scholarship and other exciting prizes.

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SUNY Canton to Host St. Lawrence County High School Mock Trial Tournament

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

SUNY CantonArea high school students will compete in the St. Lawrence County Mock Trial Tournament from March 2 to 18 at SUNY Canton.

Six St. Lawrence County schools, coached by local attorneys, will argue a civil case involving the alleged embezzlement of funds. Participating local high schools will include Hammond Central School, Heuvelton Central School, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Morristown Central School, Ogdensburg Free Academy and Potsdam High School.

The goal of the tournament, co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association; the New York Bar Foundation; and the Law, Youth, & Citizenship Program, is to teach high school students basic trial skills. In preparing for their roles as attorneys and witnesses, students obtain first-hand knowledge of criminal and civil law, courtroom procedures, ethics, civility and professionalism, as well as gain a greater understanding of the fundamental rights granted by the U.S. Constitution.

“Student competitors will not only be exposed to various facets of the law, but will also hone important life skills such as critical thinking, public speaking and reasoning,” said SUNY Canton Legal Studies Assistant Professor and Tournament Coordinator Alexander Lesyk, J.D. “SUNY Canton is honored to have the opportunity to host this cooperative venture between our local high schools, members of the legal profession and the college.”

The county winner will compete in the regional tournament, and the top team from each of New York State’s six regions will then participate in the state final in Albany in May.

Several judges, including St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards, St. Lawrence County Family Court Judge Cecily L. Morris, and St. Lawrence County Surrogate Court Judge John F. Richey, as well as the President of the St. Lawrence County Bar Association Marcia LeMay, will preside in each competition.

For more information about the tournament, contact Lesyk at (315) 386-7517.

 

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 ten 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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