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More Than 1,000 Students Graduate Saturday at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

SUNY Canton will congratulate more than 1,000 students as they complete their degrees at the college’s 107th Commencement Ceremony. Commencement will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

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“We are immensely proud of our graduates’ success,” noted SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Our traditional students will be joining those who are working either part- or full-time jobs and who are supporting families in addition to completing their college coursework. Many students are the first in their families to attend college. Some are in the military or are veterans of the U.S. armed forces. In every case, we are proud to have been a part of their lives.”

Several graduates will be receiving awards and special recognition at Commencement, including:

Pierre Nzuah, an International Student from Cameroon, Africa, is being recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award. Nzuah is graduating with his Bachelor of Technology Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. He has been active in almost every facet of the campus community. He’s worked as a peer tutor, a student concierge, a peer mentor and involved with numerous honor societies and student clubs. Shortly before graduating, Nzuah founded the non-profit organization Against All Odds to raise money for educational materials and scholarships for students in his native village. After graduation, he’ll return home to Cameroon to deliver the supplies to elementary schools. He’ll be continuing his education at Clarkson University next fall.

Danielle N. St-Denis of Massena will be honored as a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. St-Denis is a two-time graduate of the college who has earned both her associate and bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science Technology. St-Denis is an advanced scuba diver who’s shared her love of aquatic exploration with the college by helping facilitate diving lessons on campus. Her love of animals led her to volunteer at the college’s animal labs, the Massena Humane Society and the North Country Animal Shelter. She’s received six endowed scholarships through the SUNY Canton College Foundation and received several awards for her outstanding GPA.

Alyssa M. Baker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Boonville, has been named the Outstanding Graduate at the bachelor’s degree level for the class of 2015. She’s served as the president of the college’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter, otherwise known as the Steel Bridge Team. This year, Baker led her team through a top-three finish in the ASCE Upstate Regional Conference, which secured them a spot in the upcoming national competition. The Syracuse section of the ASCE has selected her twice as a recipient of a scholarship for exceptional academic achievement. She’s also received awards for having the highest GPA in her major.

Christopher A. Dwyer, an Electrical Engineering Technology major from Ogdensburg, was selected as the Outstanding Graduate at the associate degree level for his academic achievements, leadership qualities and volunteer service. Dwyer maintained a 4.0 GPA and served as a role model to fellow students. He worked in the Writing Center and Engineering Lab as a tutor. He has earned numerous awards and scholarships including the Richard W. Miller Academic Excellence Award, the Phoenix Award, the Hahn-Kalberer Endowed Scholarship, and the Richard W. Miller Endowed Scholarship. Following graduation, Dwyer will begin employment at Ansen Corporation in Ogdensburg.

For more information about SUNY Canton’s Commencement Ceremony, or the awards given, please contact the SUNY Canton Public Relations Department by phone, (315) 386-7300 or email pr@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.

SUNY Canton Living Writers Series to Host Widely Acclaimed 
Author Daniel Torday April 30

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Daniel TordayAn author who is generating literary buzz with his recently published book will visit SUNY Canton for the final installment of the spring semester’s Living Writers Series.

Daniel Torday will read excerpts from “The Last Flight of Poxl West” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Last Flight of Poxl West” quickly garnered critical acclaim upon its release in March, and Torday recently appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. The book continues to earn glowing reviews, including Amazon’s designation as one of the 10 best books of March, as well as a prestigious spot on the cover of The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

The novel tells the story of Poxl West, a supposed World War II hero, and his nephew, Eli Goldstein. When Eli begins to delve into his uncle’s memoires, he discovers Poxl may not be the man he once thought him to be.

Torday’s literary peers have praised the novel, including award-winning author George Saunders, who called it “a wonderful accomplishment of storytelling verve: tender, lyrical, surprising, full of beautifully rendered details.”

“‘The Last Flight of Poxl West’ beautifully explores Jewish identity of past and present, the pitfalls of contemporary heroism and celebrity, and the nature of storytelling,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and series creator Phil K. LaMarche. “We are lucky to have Mr. Torday on our campus, and this event is not to be missed.”

This is Torday’s second Living Writers Series appearance. He previously visited the college in 2012 after his novella, “The Sensualist,” was published. His stories and essays have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Glimmer Train, Harper Perennial’s Fifty-Two Stories, the Harvard Review and the Kenyon Review. Torday is currently the director of creative writing at Bryn Mawr College.

For more information about the Living Writers Series, 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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.