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SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant Program Earns Reaccreditation

Friday, January 10th, 2014

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) recently reaffirmed SUNY Canton’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program’s accreditation.

The process included submission of a self-study report and an external review in which CAPTE representatives met with faculty, administrators, clinicians and students. The reaccreditation was granted for a period of 10 years.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell from DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau from Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny from Keeseville.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell from DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau from Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny from Keeseville.

“Receiving and maintaining accreditation is a team effort,” said Deborah S. Molnar, physical therapist assistant program director. “The efforts of the program faculty and students, along with the support of administration, clinical instructors and advisory board members, allow us to provide a high quality program in which we are preparing graduates to become effective healthcare providers.”

Students in the PTA program complete two years of liberal arts courses, technical coursework in physical therapy and clinical education experiences. Upon successful completion of the PTA curriculum, students graduate with an associate in applied science degree. They are then eligible to take a National Licensing Examination and apply for certification as a physical therapist assistant.

The PTA program began in 1996 and in 2011 entered into a partnership with the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka. Students enrolled in the program attend IIHS for a year and a half before traveling to the U.S. to complete an additional three semesters at SUNY Canton. The first international students graduated in May 2013.

Sri Lankan Physical Therapist Assistant students Aruna Dissinayake, Roshan Peiris, Supun Fernando and Chathura Karunarathna.

Sri Lankan Physical Therapist Assistant students Aruna Dissinayake, Roshan Peiris, Supun Fernando and Chathura Karunarathna.

“They’ve brought a whole new dynamic to the classroom,” said Molnar. “They are very well prepared academically and have been sharing their extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology with their classmates. The students demonstrate a very strong work ethic and high level of professionalism making them good role models for other students.”

SUNY Canton presented a very different, but a very good learning experience according to the Sri Lankan young men and women, who traveled approximately 8,600 miles to participate in the unique program.

“My favorite part is the way we learn,” Aruna P. Dissanayake, one of the IIHS graduates, said. “There is a lot of student-teacher interaction.”

The students mentioned everyone at the College and in the community had been exceptionally polite and helpful during their transition, which included adopting a completely different lifestyle, adapting to a new climate and completely different cuisine. “The people we’ve met at SUNY Canton and in the community have been nicest we’ve ever met,” said Supun Buddhi Femando, also a graduate of the program.

“It’s been great for our students as well,” said Molnar, “They have gained appreciation for cultural differences and enhanced their own interpersonal skills. The students have a had a lot of fun interacting both in and out of the classroom.”

 

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 Dental Hygiene Program Receives X-Ray Unit Donation

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Sirona Dental Systems, in conjunction with Patterson Dental Supply, recently donated a digital X-ray unit to the SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program so students may learn by using the most up-to-date technology.

“Digital units are being used more frequently than their conventional film counterparts in dental offices, so this very generous donation will allow our students to familiarize themselves with equipment they will likely be using during their careers,” said Program Director and Assistant Professor Pamela P. Quinn. “Digital machines are also much more efficient and emit less radiation.”

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene student Charlotte A. Phippen, Parishville, takes a dental X-ray using the donated digital machine.

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene student Charlotte A. Phippen, Parishville, takes a dental X-ray using the donated digital machine.

Students, who work under the direct supervision of a licensed dental practitioner, provide no-cost preventive services to community members. Quinn said the facility has served more than 5,000 patients since it opened in 2006 and provided approximately $280,000 worth of free dental care this past academic year. In addition to exposing X-rays, students administer cancer screenings, cavity checks, evaluations, saliva testing, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants.

The hygiene students have spearheaded several community outreach projects to educate children and teens about the importance of good oral hygiene. The program has earned three national awards from the American Dental Hygienists Association.

The Dental Hygiene program is located at the College’s satellite campus in Rome, N.Y., and students can choose to earn either a two- or four-year degree. Quinn said graduates have had a 100 percent success rate on the national licensing exam for the past six years and the program has seen 100 percent job placement. Dental hygiene is a profession with an ongoing demand in the workforce, which is anticipated to continue through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

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 Graduate Receives Officer Commission

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

A SUNY Canton graduate was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) ceremony in Potsdam Dec. 18.

Second Lt. Thomas C. Hamberger, from San Antonio, recently graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation. He will attend the military intelligence officer basic course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

“SUNY Canton professors have a wealth of knowledge and have prepared me well for my career,” Hamberger said.

Second Lt. Thomas Hamberger & Capt. Hamberger

Second Lt. Thomas C. Hamberger ’13 (right) was commissioned into the military intelligence branch of the U.S. Army Dec. 18. His brother, Capt. Christopher W. Hamberger (left), earned two degrees from SUNY Canton in 2007 and 2009.

Hamberger’s brother and mother, who attended the ceremony, are SUNY Canton alumni. Capt. Christopher W. Hamberger earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation in 2009. Ruth E. Hamberger received an associate degree in Nursing in 2005.

Second Lt. Hamberger was among five cadets who were commissioned from the Golden Knight Battalion, which trains future Army leadership from the four universities of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley.

“Our military, veteran and ROTC students are a vital part of the SUNY Canton community,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “Their work ethic and drive to succeed make them leaders in the classroom and beyond. Thomas Hamberger is no exception; we are extremely proud of all he has accomplished.”

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton was recognized as a military-friendly College by G.I. Jobs magazine and was included in Military Advanced Education’s 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges and Universities. These exclusive lists honor the top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success.

 

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 Spread Holiday Cheer Through Fundraising Events

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Two SUNY Canton student clubs are spending the holiday season raising money and collecting donations for kids being cared for at local hospitals, as well as homeless animals at area shelters.

Gifts for Children

The president of SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair student club has a personal interest in giving hospitalized children a special gift during the holiday season.

“I remember how good I felt when I got a present when I was a neurology patient as a child,” said Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills. “I’ve always tried to collect toys for children in hospitals no matter where I’ve been during my life.”

Pictured are (l to r) Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program with students Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills, Marissa L. Dow of Massena, Kyle R.W. Whalen of Chase Mills and Macaulay A. Snell of Hermon, with the toys distributed to children at two area hospitals.

Pictured are (l to r) Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program with students Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills, Marissa L. Dow of Massena, Kyle R.W. Whalen of Chase Mills and Macaulay A. Snell of Hermon, with the toys distributed to children at two area hospitals.

The Powersports club collected approximately $800 in toys and donations to purchase toys. The students delivered the stuffed animals, dolls and other new children’s toys on Tuesday (Dec. 10) to Massena Memorial Hospital and Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in the program said that Excessive Adrenaline, a local motorcycle club made a substantial donation to their toy drive efforts. “I’d also like to especially thank Robert Morley and Steven Davis who both contributed substantially to our project,” he said.

 

Gifts for Animals

Student members of the SUNY Canton Veterinary Technician Association collected donations and supplies for the Potsdam Humane Society and the North Country Animal Shelter.

“Our students have a deep concern and love for animals,” said Robin I. Gittings, L.V.T, an instructional support technician in the Veterinary Science Technology program and the association’s adviser. “They eagerly took on the challenge to collect donations for the shelters we work with on a regular basis. These organizations are always in need of assistance due to tight budgets.”

Pictured are SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology students Katelyn D. Podwirny of Lake Luzerne, Stephanie N. Auberger of Whitney Point and Caitlin E. Reese of Waterloo.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology students Katlyn D. Podwirny of Lake Luzerne, Stephanie N. Auberger of Whitney Point and Caitlin E. Reese of Waterloo.

Organizer Katlyn D. Podwirny, a Veterinary Technology major from Lake Luzerne, said the association collected dog and cat toys, food, treats and bowls, as well as cleaning supplies and blankets. Monetary donations totaled more than $300 and will be used to purchase other items on the shelters’ wish lists.

“I am overwhelmed by the amount of donations we received,” Podwirny said. “It far exceeded my expectations.”

 

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 Releases Two New Television Commercials

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

SUNY Canton is airing two new commercials emphasizing real-world educational opportunities.

“Our programs demonstrate the same techniques used in professional careers,” said SUNY Canton Acting Director of Public Relations Travis G. Smith.

Both of the commercials are designed to show a glimpse of the overall experience of participating in SUNY Canton’s signature majors. One was developed to demonstrate the hands-on technology available within engineering technology programs.

“We are emphasizing our strong link with science, technology, engineering and math through our marketing by highlighting many of our career driven programs, such as Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems and Mechanical Technology, among others,” Smith added.

The two spots were filmed in high-definition over the course of two days. Aerial footage was obtained using a camera mounted to a remote-control drone. Almost all of the footage was obtained exclusively for the new format, and the music was selected specifically for the new 30-second spots.

The new advertisements feature current students in typical classroom settings unique to SUNY Canton. Students also provided the voice-over messaging. Some of the commercials’ backdrops consist of its unique footbridges as well as the turf field, fitness center and the Grasse River Suites residence hall.

The College contracts the Plattsburgh-based production company Media Central to film and edit the commercials. They will appear throughout the state and on local North Country channels. The videos are also posted to the College’s YouTube channel and are available at: http://www.canton.edu/public_relations/video.html

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 Opens Winterterm Registration

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Registration is now open for SUNY Canton’s popular Winterterm online session, which begins Dec. 18 and concludes Jan. 16, 2014.

More than 80 courses are being offered in a number of disciplines, including business, economics, history and English.

Winterterm 2013-14

The session is tailored for students who want to catch up on degree requirements or get ahead and graduate early. Since the courses are entirely online, they can be accessed via computer from anywhere in the world.

“SUNY Canton’s Winterterm session offers an affordable, accessible, flexible online learning experience,” said Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly A. Mott. “Students from across New York and the entire country take advantage of the opportunity to earn credits during Winter break.”

Many of the courses offered during Winterterm are general education courses that help students fulfill graduation requirements; thus making it easier for students graduate on time or early.

To register or view the entire course listing, 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 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 Nursing Program Ranked Among Most Affordable in the U.S.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

2014 Most Affordable Online Nursing DegreesA university research company, SR Education Group, has recognized SUNY Canton’s four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree as one of the most economical online programs in the nation.

The results for 2014 were released on the company’s website, www.onlineu.org. To be considered for inclusion, colleges are required to offer programs that are entirely online.

“We have long been innovators in online education,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman. “This recognition highlights SUNY Canton’s commitment to providing quality education and meeting industry employment demands, while ensuring that the program remains accessible and affordable.”

The four-year Nursing program, which was launched in 2009, was ranked 13th on the list. According to a statement released by the company, their mission is to highlight colleges’ affordability and quality and making access to online college information more transparent.

“Our main objective is to shift the discussion around higher education from prestige and selectivity to quality and affordability while empowering students to become better-informed consumers,” said Sung Rhee, chief executive officer of SR Education Group. “Skyrocketing college costs combined with the rising burden of student debt are compelling many American families to look for more affordable college education options.”

Nursing

In addition to the four-year program, SUNY Canton also offers a one-year Practical Nursing certificate and a two-year associate degree in Nursing.

The ranking is the latest in a number of recent accolades for the College. Earlier this year, SUNY Canton earned a military-friendly school designation by G.I. Jobs Magazine and was chosen as one of the top 50 colleges in the country committed to saving the planet by the Online College Database. SUNY Canton also earned a spot in U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 list of best colleges in the Northeast.

 

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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Author Chris Fink to Speak at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Chris FinkSUNY Canton will host writer Chris Fink as the final installment of the College’s Fall 2013 Living Writers Series.

Fink will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

He will discuss his 2013 debut novel, “Farmer’s Almanac: A Work of Fiction,” which is set in a rural Midwestern county. Fink drew inspiration for the book from his upbringing on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and his work as an agricultural journalist.

The book is described as a new Midwestern Gothic and is a dark imaginary handbook for rural living. According to the publisher, American’s rural core is cracked open to reveal moments of stark beauty and cruelty.

Fink is a professor at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he teaches literature, writing and journalism. He is also the editor of the Beloit Fiction Journal.

Now in its second year, the Living Writers Series was created by Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. For more information, visit http://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 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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Critically Acclaimed Writer to Visit SUNY Canton

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Melissa FebosAuthor Melissa Febos will discuss her memoir “Whip Smart” as part of SUNY Canton’s popular Living Writers Series.

Febos will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Since publishing her memoir, Febos has appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” CNN’s “Dr. Drew” and “Anderson Cooper Live.” Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Marie Claire and others. She has taught at SUNY Purchase, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, The New School, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University and Utica College.

“On one level, “Whip Smart” is a page-turning romp through the gritty world of professional S&M and drug addiction, while on another it is a much more universal tale of a young woman’s search for identity, comfort and power,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche.  “Written with striking honesty, impressive prose and intense emotional acuity, this book not only sheds light on some of the darker corners of our world, but on hidden parts of ourselves that so often go unexplored.”

Now in its second year, the 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.

Febos’ visit is the second of a three-part series this fall. The final guest, writer Chris Fink, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. For more information, visit http://www.canton.edu/writers/.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

 

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SUNY Canton Students Recognize National Veterinary Technician Week

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Students in SUNY Canton’s Veterinary Science Technology programs are recognizing Veterinary Technician Week from Oct. 13 to 19.

The weeklong celebration, sponsored by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and other organizations, seeks to elevate public awareness of the importance of veterinary nursing staff. Students who graduate from SUNY Canton’s two- or four-year Veterinary Science Technology are typically employed as animal nurses and work in the treatment area of a veterinary hospital. The week of recognition celebrates the tireless work they perform as advocates for animals and caretakers for hospitalized pets.

Morris the Cat with Vet Tech students

The Veterinary Science Technology program has been at SUNY Canton since 1978 and is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The mission of the Veterinary Science Technology program provides qualified students with the education and skills necessary to obtain licensure and seek employment as a veterinary technician. The program is a dynamic blend of instruction, extensive hands experience in small laboratory sections

The College’s four-year Veterinary Science Technology program compliments and builds off of the associate degree program. It is unique to the area, and one of approximately 20 programs in the nation. Both the two- and four-year programs run in tandem with the four-year Veterinary Services Management program.

Veterinary Technicians work throughout animal clinics and hospitals providing nursing care, patient assessment, and surgical assistance. Additionally, technicians work with a veterinarian as radiography technicians, dental hygienists, client communicators, educators, medical laboratory technicians, and often as hospital and practice managers.

The U.S. Congress voted to declare the third week of October National Veterinary Technician Week. The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America is a nonprofit organization that represents and promotes the profession of Veterinary Technology, such as those started at SUNY Canton.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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