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SUNY Canton Powersports Club Continues Tradition of Holiday Giving

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Students from SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair club decided to help spread cheer to young patients at Canton-Potsdam Hospital during the holidays.

By collecting donations from local businesses, and holding numerous raffles, 10 students raised approximately $1,340. The students used the funds to purchase two well-equipped Xbox video-game systems and a handful of games.

SUNY Canton Powersports Performance and Repair Club members stand with two mobile Xbox systems that they will be donating to Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Pictured are (l to r) Gaige Gonyeau of Hailesboro, Frederick A. Dashnaw of Massena, Ben M. Breckenridge of Canton, James P. Levy of Canton, Erich J. Mattice of Norwood and SUNY Canton Instructional Support Associate Neil A. Haney.

SUNY Canton Powersports Performance and Repair Club members stand with two mobile Xbox systems that they will be donating to Canton-Potsdam Hospital. Pictured are (l to r) Gaige Gonyeau of Hailesboro, Frederick A. Dashnaw of Massena, Ben M. Breckenridge of Canton, James P. Levy of Canton, Erich J. Mattice of Norwood and SUNY Canton Instructional Support Associate Neil A. Haney.

“We had a lot of support from the community and the college,” said James Levy, one of the students who helped acquire the systems. “When people found out what we were doing they either gave us money or items to raffle.”

The portable gaming machines are fitted with attached flat-screen televisions, so children can play in their hospital rooms. They plan to deliver the systems to the hospital on Monday (Dec. 22).

Instructional Support Associate Neil A. Haney said it was the second time the students had come together to help young patients. Last year, the group raised approximately $800 to purchase toys that they distributed to children at area hospitals.

“There are so many people that we need to thank for helping us continue this tradition,” Haney said, naming about a dozen area businesses and organizations. “I’d especially like to thank Robert Morley for his continued support of our club.”

Club members not pictured include:

  • Morgan Stinson of Richville
  • Tyler R. Shwartzott of Canton
  • William C. Pharoah of Chase Mills
  • Craig Fountain of hermon
  • Jordan Fifield of Ogdensburg

 

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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BuzzFeed Profiles SUNY Canton’s Funeral Services Administration Program

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

A reporter from the social news and entertainment site BuzzFeed recently profiled SUNY Canton’s Funeral Services Administration program.

Staff writer Katie Heaney investigated the changing attitudes about death, grieving and the changing gender roles in the industry in an article titled Can The Next Generation Of Morticians Breathe Life Into The Death Industry?

The Funeral Services Administration program is one of the very few four-year mortuary science majors in the United States. It is also one of the only programs of its kind within the SUNY System.

Mock Funeral Service

“I love the SUNY Canton funeral service program,” said Katie E. Trombley of Champlain, who was one of the students mentioned and quoted in the article. “We certainly get a lot of hands-on experience and are in close contact with funeral directors from across the state.”

Students tend to be a close-knit group who work with friendly and charismatic professors to learn about the business, according to Trombley. “We are all a family,” she said.

Funeral Services Administration Program Director David R. Penepent spoke very highly of his students, and graduates of the program. “The students in the program are the people that I’d want to take care of me and my family in a time of need,” he said. “Our alumni have a vested interest in the future generations of funeral service professionals, so they are always ready to provide support.

This year, the college completely renovated the program’s classroom space in Cook Science Center, which includes a new chapel space in addition to a combined student lounge and study area. Some classes require students to orchestrate and hold simulated funerals. The new space provides ample access to practice their applied education.

The BuzzFeed article highlights the changing demographic of funeral service professionals. In the past, it has been a predominantly male-led field. Today, more women are choosing to enter the profession, and approximately 60 percent of the 67 SUNY Canton students in the program are female. “Women help bring caring and sensitivity to the industry,” said Penepent, who is authoring his thesis on the gender role characteristics that are unique to funeral directors.

Another changing aspect of the program has been driven by the change in beliefs, according to Penepent. He said as fewer people attend church, the more funeral directors must directly connect with the families to help them say goodbye to their loved ones. To partially address the changes, he runs role-playing exercises to help students interact and understand how to best help the bereaved.

The program and its students have previously been featured by Mountain Lake PBS, and BreakThrough Radio has interviewed Penepent for his thesis topic. The renovated classroom space has been featured on the funeral directors’ blog, SympathyNotes.

 

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 Selected as a Top School for Military and Veteran Students

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Military Advanced EducationSUNY Canton has once again been awarded the designation of a top school in Military Advanced Education (MAE) magazine’s 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities.

The annual publication enables prospective students to identify schools that follow best practices in military education. SUNY Canton was specifically chosen for its military-friendly culture, financial aid opportunities, flexibility, and on-campus and online support services. This is the third year SUNY Canton has been chosen as an MAE top school.

“We take great pride in our standing as a military-friendly school,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We work diligently to create a supportive, welcoming environment for our nation’s service members, veterans and their families.”

This year more than 75 veterans, National Guard members, reservists and veteran dependents are enrolled at SUNY Canton. The college’s Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator Patrick S. Massaro helps these students navigate the programs and services that can assist them in reaching their educational goals.

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The MAE magazine designation is the second award the college has received this year for its military friendliness. G.I. Jobs magazine announced in September that SUNY Canton was chosen as one of the top schools in the nation that are doing the most to support service members.

For more information about the MAE 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities, visit www.mae-kmi.com.

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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Enrollment for SUNY Canton’s 2014-15 Winterterm Session Now Open

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Registration is open for SUNY Canton’s Winterterm online session, which begins Dec. 17 and concludes Jan. 15, 2015.

More than 1,000 students have already enrolled in courses in business, finance, criminal justice, social science and other disciplines, which are accessible via computer anywhere.

Winterterm 2014-15

“Winter break is the perfect time for students to take advantage of SUNY Canton’s flexible, affordable classes in an online learning environment,” said Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. “They can earn credits that will help them fulfill graduation requirements, which makes it easier to graduate on time or early.”

More than 90 courses are available and offer the same high-quality, interactive learning that occurs in the classroom. Credits earned can also satisfy degree requirements at other SUNY schools, which supports SUNY’s goal to facilitate a seamless transfer of credits across campuses.

The Winterterm registration deadline is Dec. 16. For more information, visit http://www.canton.edu/winterterm/.

 

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 Named a ‘STEM Jobs Approved’ College

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Stem Jobs CollegeSTEM Jobs magazine today announced that SUNY Canton is included in its 2015 list of STEM Jobs Approved Colleges.

The list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations. SUNY Canton was chosen specifically for its program diversity and successful job placement.

“This distinction is a fitting recognition given SUNY Canton’s strong emphasis on applied learning in STEM fields,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “By preparing our students to be competitive in these high demand, high growth areas, we are helping fill a critical need in New York State’s job market.”

The college offers bachelor’s degrees in a number of STEM-related programs, including Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems, Civil and Environmental Technology, Electrical Technology, Mechanical Technology, Nursing, and Veterinary Technology. Associate programs include Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Science and Dental Hygiene.

Pictured is SUNY Canton Mechanical Technology major Daniel B. Geisenhof of Newark Valley assembling a three-dimensional printer. Mechanical Technology is one of many STEM-focused majors at the college.

Pictured is SUNY Canton Mechanical Technology major Daniel B. Geisenhof of Newark Valley assembling a three-dimensional printer. Mechanical Technology is one of many STEM-focused majors at the college.

Earlier this year, the Civil and Environmental Technology, Electrical Technology and Mechanical Technology programs received initial accreditation by ABET, the premiere engineering and engineering technology accrediting body. All three boast a 100 percent placement rate for graduates. Most new hires within these fields are earning salaries of more than $50,000 annually.

“With the list of STEM Jobs Approved Colleges we’re able to help parents, students and guidance counselors evaluate how well education is translating into real-world jobs, and how responsive institutions are to meeting those demands,” said Daniel Nichols, President of STEM Jobs. “We’re pleased to showcase schools like SUNY Canton as a school leading the way in this area.”

The entire list will be published in the magazine’s Winter issue and can be found online at www.stemjobs.com.

 

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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Nationally Known Poet to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Patrick LawlerA writer known for his award-winning poetry collections will cap off the fall semester installment of SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series.

Patrick Lawler will speak at 3:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

He has published three collections of poetry: “A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough,” “reading a burning book” and “Feeding the Fear of the Earth,” winner of the Many Mountains Moving poetry book competition in 2006. He has received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, two grants from the New York State Foundation for the Arts and an award from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.

“Lawler’s fiction always falls in that sweet spot between poetry and prose with an eye for the quirky details that make the most interesting characters and families come alive on the page,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “His performances are inspiring and hilarious, and I encourage everyone to come out for a great night of storytelling.”

His latest work, “The Meaning of If,” is a short-story collection that was published earlier this year.

An associate professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Lawler is the former director of the ESF Writing Program where he teaches environmental writing and nature literature courses. He is also a writer in residence at LeMoyne College.

LaMarche created the Living Writers Series in 2012 to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the college. The series will continue in the spring with author Ellen Litman Feb. 25. For more information, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 Researchers Say Investors Don’t Buy Bad Business

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Corporate crime doesn’t pay for a company trying to gain or retain investors, according to two SUNY Canton faculty members’ research.

Professor Brian K. Harte, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Umesh Kumar, Ph.D., recently received a best paper in session award at the Academy of Business Research fall international conference. Their presentation, “Investor Response to Convicted Firms Within and Outside of the United States,” examines stakeholders’ reaction to firms convicted of corporate wrongdoing.

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SUNY Canton’s Umesh Kumar, Ph.D., and Brian K. Harte, Ph.D., discuss how corporate crime impacts investor confidence. They recently presented award-winning research on the topic

Corporate crimes, even those committed outside of the United States result in a loss in investors’ confidence. These crimes also result in a loss of firm value in the long-term. This effect was found to be more significant when a firm is convicted for corporate crimes within the United States.

“Corporate crimes dent investors’ confidence severely,” Harte said. “It is important from an investors’ perspective to know whether or not a firm is convicted and the associated size of monetary penalties received for firms’ both inside and outside of the United States.”

Top global firms have been prosecuted and penalized for their corporate delinquency, including antitrust, fraud, environmental, health and safety laws, among other statutes. The researchers analyzed 127 businesses from the top global firms during 2001-2010.

“Our research shows that investors punish convicted firms by lowering equity premium,” Kumar said. “The higher the penalty imposed on firms convicted for crimes outside the United States, the higher the negative response is from investors.”

The two faculty members will be publishing their research at a later date.

 

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 Knows About Superheroes Running a University (Chronicle of Higher Education Editorial, Dr. Zvi Szafran)

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

President Szafran recently wrote into The Chronicle of Higher Education to tell them about SUNY Canton’s superheroes. For the full letter to the editor, please CLICK HERE.

 

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President Szafran is pictured here with Advising Center Wonder Twins, Marianne DiMarco-Temkin and Sharon Tavernier. SUNY Canton staff dressed-up like superheroes on November 3rd to promote Academic Advising Week.

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Halloween Reading and Chemistry Magic Show, Oct. 30

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood program will be holding a Halloween Read Aloud from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

The program partners with the national Read Aloud 15 Minutes initiative, which promotes reading to children from birth. Early Childhood Program Director Maureen. P. Maiocco, Ed.D., will be reading the interactive book “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams.

Maiocco is an animated and gifted storyteller with the ability to excite and engage young children. She and her students host many early childhood events on campus and within the community, including the President’s Annual Holiday party for children and families.

Following the reading, SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran will be presenting his own chemistry magic show for the young spectators. Both the reading and the magic show are free and open to the public, but are especially designed for children ages 4 to 10.

The Early Childhood program partnered with Read Aloud 15 Minutes last year and holds events and trainings to integrate its themes in-class and in continuing education environments.

 

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 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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