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Criminal Investigation Student Receives SUNY Canton’s Top Academic Honor

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Katelyn Anthony

Katelyn D. Anthony of Spencerport was the recipient of SUNY Canton’s 2011 recipient of the annual Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award at the College’s Honors Convocation on May 4.

A criminal investigation student has been honored by SUNY Canton for her outstanding academic achievements and leadership capabilities.

Katelyn D. Anthony of Spencerport is the College’s 2011 recipient of the annual Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award at the Bachelor’s level. She was presented with the award at SUNY Canton’s Arthur G. Hurlbut Honors Convocation held on May 4 and will be among other honorees and award recipients recognized during the College’s Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The indoor ceremony will be held in SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

The award recognizes students enrolled in two-year degree programs who have excelled in their academics and other areas of campus life. Each semester, Anthony has been named to the President’s List, the College’s highest level of achievement for one semester that honors full-time students who earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. She was also the recipient of the Canino Prize of Academic Excellence and the Public Safety Scholarship. She is a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) Criminal Justice National Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Anthony has been a member of SUNY Canton’s women’s cross country team and was voted Outstanding Scholar Athlete for the Sunrise Conference and also received the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete Award.

“Katelyn’s athletic commitments, coupled with everything else she does on campus, have never impeded her ability to maintain the highest quality of work in her studies,” said Elizabeth A. Erickson, assistant professor of criminal investigation. “Her ability to keep other students organized and get them excited to stay involved with projects and other tasks demonstrates a strong leader who will succeed in any career she chooses to pursue.”

Anthony has stepped into several leadership roles both in and out of the classroom. She was voted team leader in many of her major’s core classes and was named captain of the cross country team. This spring, Anthony was elected as vice president of APS. In addition to juggling both academic and athletic commitments, she played an integral role in setting up and running the College’s annual Nicole Fleury run each of the last two years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Early Childhood Major Recognized for Academic Achievement

Friday, May 6th, 2011

An early childhood major who worked with local students has been honored by SUNY Canton for his outstanding academic achievements and dedication to his intended profession.

Michael J. Jason of Crown Point is the College’s 2011 recipient of the annual Outstanding Associate Graduate Award at the Associate level.  He was presented with the award at SUNY Canton’s Arthur G. Hurlbut Honors Convocation held on May 4 and will be among other honorees and award recipients recognized during the College’s Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The indoor ceremony will be held in SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

 

Michael Jason

Michael J. Jason of Crown Point is awarded the College’s annual Outstanding Associate Graduate Award at the Associate level by President Joseph L. Kennedy.

The award recognizes students enrolled in two-year programs who have excelled in their academics and other areas of campus life. Each semester, Jason has been on both the Dean’s List and President’s Honors list each of his four semesters at the College. The President’s List is the College’s highest level of achievement for one semester that honors full-time students who earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. He also received a Certificate of Academic Achievement from the Office of Opportunity Programs.

“Michael has an outstanding character, is an exceptional student, puts every ounce of energy he has into all of his course work and projects, and volunteers in many campus events with a kind and giving attitude,” said Maureen Maiocco, professor and director of the Early Childhood degree program. “I can’t think of a better role model for young children to have. I know he will inspire his future students in the most important life lessons: to always believe in yourself despite life’s challenges, and to treat others with care and kindness.”

A member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Societies, Jason was elected Student Senate and Treasurer for the Early Childhood Club. During his senior year, he took on a leadership role in PTK and served as Vice President of Scholarship.  He also volunteered at the St. Lawrence Early Childhood Conference and student-taught at a local Head Start and at St. Mary’s in Canton.

Jason completed the New York State Office of Children and Family Services requirements for identifying and reporting child abuse, maltreatment and neglect. He attended and completed training dealing with topics such as helping children cope with grief and loss and early childhood science literacy.

In addition to his commitments related to his major, Jason was a member of the College’s gaming club and served as Vice President of the Outdoor Adventures Club his freshman year.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Team Builds Best Steel Bridge

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Steel Bridge Team

Michael D. Woodruff, a civil and environmental technology major from Vermontville and L. Tom Woodruff, a civil engineering technology major from Hermon, rapidly assemble their steel bridge. Michael is the student president of the SUNY Canton ASCE-AISC Student Steel Bridge Team.

SUNY Canton students built a better bridge faster than their competitors, placing first in the Upstate New York Regional Competition in Montreal, Canada.

The College’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Steel Construction competes almost every year in the regional and national-level intercollegiate challenge.

“SUNY Canton dominated the field of competitors and won first place in all categories judged,” said Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty advisor for the team of students. “We blew the competition out of the water with the overall stiffness, or rigidity, of our entry.”

The team clocked a 8.24 minute overall construction speed, with one penalty for a dropped bolt, according to the team’s president and civil and environmental technology major Michael D. Woodruff of Vermontville. “Our closest competition was the University of Buffalo with a 9.025 (minute) construction speed,” he said.

The challenge was to build a bridge over a scenic river for a new state park road allowing access to remote areas. SUNY Canton’s team prepares for a full academic year before the competition. The students design and experiment to solve the challenge before creating a steel bridge that they can rapidly assemble in front of a panel of judges. The bridge is then loaded with weights to test its integrity. Each team is evaluated on display, lightness, stiffness, speed, economy, and efficiency.

The students pitted their bridge design and building abilities against teams including those from the University at Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Hudson Valley Community College, and Clarkson University.

Tom Woodruff

L. Tom Woodruff, a SUNY Canton civil engineering technology major from Hermon assembles the steel bridge during a practice session.

The team is now preparing to reclaim their 2009 national title at the 2011 National Student Steel Bridge Competition to be held on May 20 and 21 at Texas A&M University.

To support the team, please contact the SUNY Canton Foundation at 315.386.7127 or email foundation@canton.edu. Numerous faculty and staff members at the College support the team and contribute to this cause through payroll deductions and personal donations.

 

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Students Recognized at Arthur G. Hurlbut Honors Convocation

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

More than 125 Students are scheduled to receive academic and community involvement awards and scholarships at the 2011 Arthur G. Hurlbut Honors Convocation Celebration.

 

Schedule of Events for Honors Convocation week:

  • The Arthur G. Hurlbut Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gym.
  • There will be Scholarly Activities Celebration presentations by students and faculty members at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Kingston Theater
  • An academic poster presentation and student art display will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 6, in the Southworth Library.

 

All events are free and open to the public.

See the below listing of students scheduled to receive SUNY Canton awards this year.

 

Academic Award Recipients:

  • Katelyn D. Anthony, a student from Spencerport majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Jordon D. Barney, a student from Constable majoring in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Phara  Bernadin-Felix, a student from Queens Village majoring in Undeclared.
  • Josh M. Beyer, a student from Castile majoring in Civil & Environmental Technology.
  • Rebecca R. Blackmer, a student from Colton majoring in Finance.
  • Lonny D. Bombard, a student from Moira majoring in Air Conditioning Maintenance & Repair.
  • Stephanie A. Bowman, a student from Ogdensburg majoring in Health Science Career Studies.
  • Jaylynn E. Boyce, a student from Carthage majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Matthew  Bradley, a student from Winthrop majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology.
  • Jacob R. Bunn, a student from Ogdensburg majoring in Undeclared Major.
  • Nathan R. Burlee, a student from Sodus majoring in Alternative & Renewable Energy System.
  • Emily E. Bush, a student from Ogdensburg majoring in Sports Management.
  • Robert L. Compton, a student from Webster majoring in Management.
  • Erick  Cox, a student from Buffalo majoring in Emergency Management.
  • Lydia C. Dale, a student from Richville majoring in Undeclared.
  • Timothy J. Dalland, a student from Winthrop majoring in Health Science Career Studies.
  • Andrea  Dominguez-Smith, a student from Hancock majoring in Management.
  • Shae E. Downey, a student from Ogdensburg majoring in Nursing – BS.
  • Ryan R. Eagles, a student from Delta, British Columbia majoring in Engineering Science.
  • Katrina S. Fagerlund, a student from Canton majoring in Nursing.
  • Shannon L. Farnham, a student from Rensselaer Falls majoring in Nursing.
  • Alyson E. Felt, a student from Ogdensburg majoring in Nursing.
  • Casey  Floyd, a student from Ottawa, Ontario majoring in Business Administration.
  • Amanda R. Forette, a student from Potsdam majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Briana K. Fosher, a student from Rouses Point majoring in Industrial Technology Management.
  • William R. Francis, a student from Albion majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • John W. Gardner, a student from Canton majoring in Liberal Arts.
  • William R. Gemmill, a student from Ogdensburg majoring in Individual Studies – Trades.
  • Michael P. Genyuk, a student from Brooklyn majoring in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Lindsay  Ghostlaw, a student from Massena majoring in Liberal Arts.
  • Meghan P Gibson, a student from Canton majoring in Sports Management.
  • Christopher R. Giczewski, a student from Fountain Valley, California majoring in Civil Engineering Technology.
  • Paul  Grazioso, a student from Hannawa Falls majoring in Nursing.
  • Brian R. Guiney, a student from Tupper Lake majoring in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Sherrick O. Guppy, a student from Brooklyn majoring in Computer Information Systems.
  • Kelsey B. Hamblin, a student from Chestertown majoring in Early Childhood.
  • Lloyd S. Hargrave, a student from Massena majoring in Accounting.
  • Carlton J. Harris, a student from Cazenovia majoring in Powersports Performance & Repair.
  • Shatalya P. Hendricks, a student from Bronx majoring in Business Administration-AS.
  • Sherry  Hmiel, a student from Liverpool majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Trevor  Honness, a student from Ellenburg Center majoring in Physical Therapist Assistant.
  • Katelyn A. Horton, a student from Roscoe majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Loretta L. House, a student from Canton majoring in Legal Studies.
  • Crystal G. Howse, a student from Oswego majoring in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Michael J. Hughes, a student from Staten Island majoring in Emergency Management.
  • Lorrissa L. Jackson, a student from Massena majoring in Individual Studies-Business.
  • Thomas G. Jacobs II, a student from Ogdensburg majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Nicole L. Jayson, a student from Gouverneur majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Jannelle L. Johnston, a student from Chase Mills majoring in Nursing.
  • Angela L. Jolicoeur, a student from Altona majoring in Physical Therapist Assistant.
  • Julie A. Jones, a student from Hailesboro majoring in Nursing.
  • Melissa M. Keller, a student from Tonawanda majoring in Health Care Management.
  • Ricky A. Kelly, a student from Ogdensburg majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology.
  • Zachary M. Laramay, a student from Massena majoring in Information Technology – Web Development.
  • Bridget A. Lavigne, a student from Norwood majoring in Nursing.
  • Zachery S. Limoges, a student from Ogdensburg majoring in Civil Engineering Technology.
  • Brad  Lincoln, a student from North Lawrence majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology.
  • Jacob L. Loveless, a student from Norwood majoring in Construction Tech:  Management.
  • Matthew K. Mager, a student from Derby, Vermont majoring in Industrial Technology Management.
  • Jessica L. Marashian, a student from Massena majoring in Legal Studies.
  • Thomas  Marlowe, a student from Massena majoring in Health Care Management.
  • Zachary D. Matthews, a student from Chateaugay majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  • Nicole J. McCann, a student from Fulton majoring in Dental Hygiene.
  • Joseph W. McCoy, a student from Cadyville majoring in Nursing.
  • Zachary E. Meacham, a student from St. Regis Falls majoring in Electrical Construction & Maintenance.
  • Christopher B. Merrill, a student from Edwards majoring in Graphic & Multimedia Design.
  • Frank  Merritt, a student from Beacon majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Wendy M. Morrell, a student from Massena majoring in Physical Therapist Assistant.
  • Tyler J. Morse, a student from North Creek majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Christopher R. Murray, a student from Watertown majoring in Individual Studies.
  • John S. Nemeth, a student from Canton majoring in Alternative & Renewable Energy System.
  • Kylee L. Noble, a student from Canton majoring in Health Science Career Studies.
  • Diana R. Norman, a student from Canton majoring in Graphic & Multimedia Design.
  • Pamela  Northrup, a student from Massena majoring in Accounting.
  • Bruce D. Northrup, a student from Massena majoring in Heating & Plumbing Service.
  • Justin D. Okay, a student from Pulaski majoring in Engineering Science.
  • Scott J. O’Marah, a student from Clay majoring in Funeral Services Administration.
  • Jennifer  O’Sullivan, a student from Camillus majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Matthew P. Phillips, a student from Freeville majoring in Legal Studies.
  • Michael W. Pittman, a student from Amarillo, Texas majoring in Business Administration.
  • Brandon S. Poulton, a student from Newcomb majoring in Forest Technology.
  • Daniel M. Provost, a student from Canton majoring in Automotive Technology.
  • Nathan  Radomski, a student from Wyoming majoring in Alternative & Renewable Energy System.
  • Krisha A. Rice, a student from West Stockholm majoring in Liberal Arts.
  • Justin A. Richardson, a student from Pavilion majoring in Alternative & Renewable Energy System.
  • William P. Rivers, a student from Canton majoring in Nursing.
  • Shawn J. Roberts, a student from Canton majoring in Individual Studies.
  • Erik L. Robinson, a student from Lisbon majoring in Information Technology.
  • Meghan  Roblee, a student from Fonda majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Kristie L. Rushing, a student from Lowville majoring in Dental Hygiene.
  • Katherine T Sarsfield, a student from Canton majoring in Individual Studies.
  • Ashley M. Savino, a student from Auburn majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Eric S. Schreiber, a student from Baldwinsville majoring in Air Conditioning Engineering Technology.
  • Justin  Seymour, a student from Elmira majoring in Electrical Technology.
  • Kirsten M. Skelly, a student from Brier Hill majoring in Criminal Justice.
  • Zachary J. Smith, a student from Lisbon majoring in Construction Technology:  Management.
  • Melissa F. Stafford, a student from Philadelphia majoring in Practical Nursing.
  • Jeffrey C. Stevens, a student from Canton majoring in Emergency Management.
  • Alexander J. Stevens, a student from New Berlin majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  • Jay  Stone, a student from Chittenango majoring in Finance.
  • Abigail D. Taber, a student from Heuvelton majoring in Physical Therapist Assistant.
  • Colton J. Taylor, a student from Mexico majoring in Air Conditioning Engineering Technology.
  • Marah E. Thompson, a student from Winthrop majoring in Early Childhood.
  • Lauren L. Tober, a student from Buffalo majoring in Dental Hygiene.
  • Briana  Tripp, a student from Fort Ann majoring in Health Science Career Studies.
  • Curtis L. Turner, a student from Sodus majoring in Information Technology.
  • Erica P. Vadala, a student from Lansing majoring in Criminal Justice Studies.
  • Justin A. Vaughan, a student from Conesus majoring in Information Technology.
  • Megan R. Vincent, a student from Copenhagen majoring in Criminal Investigation.
  • Jessica A. Waffle, a student from Freeville majoring in Veterinary Science Technology.
  • Heather L. Wainwright, a student from Ogdensburg majoring in Business Administration.
  • Sam M. Warren, a student from Elmira Heights majoring in Finance.
  • Bridget A. Webber, a student from Massena majoring in Graphic & Multimedia Design.
  • Kermit S. Wells, a student from Moira majoring in Automotive Technology.
  • Patricia  White, a student from Potsdam majoring in Nursing.
  • Anne E. Willer, a student from Potsdam majoring in Nursing.
  • Michael J. Wilson, a student from Latham majoring in Management.
  • Steven  Zyzik, a student from Massena majoring in Computer Information Systems.

 

Recipients of Special Recognition


  • Canino Prize for Academic Excellence

Jordon D. Barney, Josh M. Beyer, Emily E. Bush, Robert L. Compton, Erick Cox, William R. Francis, Brian R. Guiney, Katelyn A. Horton, Loretta L. House, Zachary M. Laramay, Matthew K. Mager, Thomas Marlowe, Tyler J. Morse, Scott J. O’Marah, Nathan Radomski, Justin A. Richardson, Jeffrey C. Stevens, Jay Stone, Lauren L. Tober, Curtis L. Turner, Megan R. Vincent, Sam M. Warren, Bridget A. Webber, Michael J. Wilson

 

  • Canino Scholar Awards

Joel A. Hargrave, Heather C. Harper, Daniel R. Jones, Rebecca F. Lawrence, Frank E. Merritt, John R. Olmstead, Zachary J. Smith, Melissa R. Ulm, Michael J. Zelyez

 

  • Canino Achievement Awards

Lonny D. Bombard, Stephanie A. Bowman,Timothy J. Dalland, William R. Gemmill, Lindsay Ghostlaw, Christopher R. Giczewski, Carlton J. Harris, Lorrissa L. Jackson, Nicole L. Jayson, Brad Lincoln, Zachary E. Meacham, Frank E. Merritt, Wendy M. Morrell, Christopher R. Murray, Kylee L. Noble, Bruce D. Northrup, Pamela Northrup, Justin D. Okay, Brandon S. Poulton, Shawn J. Roberts, Kristie L. Rushing, Eric S. Schreiber, Kirsten M. Skelly, Zachary J. Smith, Melissa F. Stafford, Alexander J. Stevens, Marah E. Thompson, Briana Tripp, Erica P. Vadala, Heather L. Wainwright, Kermit S. Wells, Anne E. Willer, Steven Zyzik

 

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Two SUNY Canton Students from Lowville Earn Chancellor’s Awards

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Two SUNY Canton soccer team captains from Lowville won Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recognized Justin C. Martin, an alternative and renewable energy systems student, and Angeline D. Waryasz, a veterinary science technology student, for their outstanding academic achievement and involvement at the College

Angeline Waryasz

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Women’s Soccer Captain Angeline D. Waryasz of Lowville, and Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott.

“These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants, and much more,” Zimpher said. “They represent the future of our state and are perfect examples of The Power of SUNY. I congratulate all of the students receiving recognition and thank them for the positive impact each of them has had on SUNY and the communities we serve.”

Martin has been a math tutor for three years, a member of the alternative and renewable energy club, served on the College’s Intercollegiate Athletic Board and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He was recognized as a Daktronics-NAIA scholar athlete, and an NAIA honorable mention All-American, and was the outstanding scholar athlete in men’s soccer this year.

Justin Martin

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Men’s Soccer Captain Justin C. Martin of Lowville, and Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott.

“Justin is upbeat and friendly,” said Daniel J. Gagliardi, associate professor of mathematics. “He is also well organized and has a tremendous work ethic. He is generous with his knowledge and is always willing to help his peers.”

In soccer, he played 61 games and had one goal and one assist. Martin was part of the team’s strong defensive line that only allowed 2.4 goals per game during his career.

Waryasz has been recognized as a member of the All-Sunrise Conference women’s soccer team during both of her years at the College and this year was named the outstanding scholar athlete in women’s soccer by the conference. She’s worked as a peer tutor and has volunteered to help Canton community members clean their homes and lawns each spring. She’s made the president’s list for her outstanding grades for three consecutive semesters, and received an honorable mention acknowledgement during the College’s annual Scholarly Activities Celebration.

“Angie is a fantastic student, a great player, and a wonderful teammate,” said Kate Thomas-Moody, head women’s soccer coach. “She works as tirelessly in the classroom as she does on the soccer field. She has a great work ethic and I’m certain that she is going to be very successful after SUNY Canton.”

She scored 19 goals and had 13 assists and played 35 games during her two years at the College.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence is awarded annually to both a bachelor’s and associate degree student from SUNY Canton.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


 

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Assistant Professor Awarded for Corporate Crime Research

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Brian HarteBusinesses that are engaged with the community and are focused on sustainability may be less likely to be involved in white-collar crime, according to a SUNY Canton assistant professor’s research.

Brian K. Harte, who teaches criminal justice, criminal investigation, and business courses at the College, will be receiving the Overall Best Applied Paper Award from the International Academy of Management and Business (IAMB) for his studies on the impact of federal regulations on corporate-level crime.

He said his topic of study was timely because the general public has shown outrage against unscrupulous companies, and demanded greater transparency of corporate behaviors.

“The lack of strong corporate ethics and fiscally responsible behaviors within corporations over the last decade has created the need for more external governmental controls,” Harte said. “I analyzed the behaviors and environments of Fortune 500 Companies to statistically find correlation between practices and conviction.”

Using statistical analysis, Harte was able to lend support to his hypothesis that businesses with greater access to resources are less likely to engage in corporate criminal activity. Additionally, businesses with a high level of corporate social responsibility are also less likely to be charged with corporate business felonies. “Examples of corporate social responsibility are far-ranging, and can include green initiatives, community involvement, and corporate stewardship,” he said.

He studied notable companies that had been investigated for fraudulent activities, including Enron, Worldcom, and Healthsouth.

“There were substantial differences in the corporate social responsibility reports of companies that had been indicted and those that hadn’t,” Harte said. “It supports the theory that businesses with a commitment to social responsibility are more apt to operate within the law.”

Financial measures and overall company size were not a clear indicator of illegal corporate activity, but instability, and market position may influence decisions to break business laws. Prior to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which was developed in reaction to several high-profile corporate and accounting scandals, it was commonly believed that larger companies were more likely to engage in illegal corporate behavior. Harte found after the regulatory measures were passed, smaller companies were more likely to be convicted of crimes. “One possible explanation is larger firms have more resources, and have the ability to avoid detection of illegal acts more than smaller, financially transparent firms,” he said.

Another area of Harte’s research evaluates the effectiveness of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, sometimes referred to as Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act. He’s trying to determine what, if any impact the act had – or if it is just business as usual in corporate America.

“The bottom line impacts all corporate decisions and the end goal is to generate revenue,” he said. “More and more I’m finding that businesses that can do that while giving back to their communities or support sustainable growth are the ones that operate within ethical boundaries. If a firm can do both then it is really a win-win scenario.”

Harte will receive his award and present his research Jan. 18 at a ceremony in Orlando, Fla., at an international conference of academic scholars from 20 countries. The IAMB is a professional association dedicated to advancing the research, teaching and practice of management and business worldwide through both academic publications and conferences.

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SUNY Canton Foundation Announces Campus Enhancement Awards

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The SUNY Canton College Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 5th annual Campus Enhancement Awards.

“In addition to student scholarships and faculty development awards, Campus Enhancements help the College grow and aid in the creation of new high-profile projects and learning experiences,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “During a time when state budgets are under attack, we rely upon donations to fund the creative and innovative projects of our College community. We are deeply grateful for all of the donors who make these programs possible.”

Campus Enhancements are funded through unrestricted donations made to the Foundation. Last year, more than 190 employees donated more than $55,000 to the College Foundation through payroll deductions.

The College Foundation will be providing funding for:

  • A project-based student learning series in the physics and engineering technology departments.
  • Healthy eating and life-saving training programs.
  • Upgrades to the College’s rope course.
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers/American Institute of Steel Construction Student Steel Bridge Team.
  • Software for students with disabilities.
  • A math peer study group.
  • A student health initiative through the counseling office.
  • A professional practice field trip for students in the graphic and multimedia design program.
  • Equipment for the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
  • New camera equipment for the athletic department.
  • A trip to the Bronx Zoo for veterinary science technology students.
  • The American Criminal Justice Association to attend national championship student competitions.

To support the College’s Campus Enhancement Awards, or to inquire about starting a scholarship opportunity, contact the SUNY Canton Foundation, foundation@canton.edu or call 386.7127, 1.800.811.6727.

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SUNY Canton Director Recognized for Outstanding Service

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

SUNY Canton’s director of financial aid was recently honored for her commitment and outstanding efforts in area high schools.

Kerrie L. Cooper, Madrid, was awarded the New York State Financial Aid Administrators’ Association (NYSFAAA) Region 8 Service Award at their annual conference banquet on Oct. 20 in Buffalo, NY.

Kerrie L. Cooper, center, receives the NYSFAAA Region 8 Service Award. Pictured from left are Curt Gaume, director of financial aid at Canisius College and past president of the Association, and current president Dan Tramuta, associate vice president for enrollment at SUNY at Fredonia.

“Kerrie has done so much for our financial aid office,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “During the busier times of the year, Kerrie is in her office late at night making sure e-mails are responded to and questions are answered. We are extremely lucky to have her as a member of our campus community.”

Cooper has contributed many years of regional service to Region 8, and at one point served as an executive council representative and as the regional chair. “Kerrie presents numerous financial aid night programs for many North Country high schools every year and always helps out with the annual guidance counselor training event,” the nominating committee said. “She is always willing to help a student with an aid issue or to offer guidance to a colleague with a regulation question. Her high level of professionalism and dedication are a tribute to Region 8.”

Cooper said it’s been a group effort in developing opportunities for financial aid nights for local high schools through the use of Distance Learning classrooms, arranged through BOCES.

“Our collaborative efforts have enabled me to present to 10 high schools in two nights,” she said, explaining they are able to do so through teleconferencing. “It’s allowed us to make sure the smaller schools also get financial aid updates each year. We are the only region in the state using this technology and it’s been highly successful. We are very proud of that.”

Cooper’s financial aid career began as a work-study student. While a graduate student at the University of Albany, Cooper continued to assist in the financial aid office. She became a financial aid counselor at Monroe Community College before arriving at SUNY Canton in 1992 in her present role.

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SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Students Win Regional Honors

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

While most criminal investigation and criminal justice students collect evidence, eight SUNY Canton students recently collected trophies.

The students, members of the Beta Psi Delta club, the chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association – Lambda Alpha Epsilon at SUNY Canton, competed in the Association’s Region 4 Conference October 21-23 at West Virginia State University. After two days of written exams and rigorous competition, the students walked away with 12 wins, picking up more than half of the academic trophies awarded.

Andrew C. Wood, Katelyn A. Horton, Elizabeth A. Ayers, Michael P. Genyuk, Katherine L. Busch, Thomas J. Stafford, William R. Francis, Kenneth A. Farrell, Brian K. Harte, assistant professor for criminal justice.

One of the most notable accomplishments was the trophy Elizabeth S. Ayers came away with. She was the top overall individual competitor and earned “Top Knowledge” honors, earning a first place finish in the juvenile Justice competition, second in corrections and third in police management.

The students competed in seven categories at the conference with several students earning top-three finishes, including T.J. Stafford, who also earned first place in corrections. The University of Connecticut, University of Pittsburgh, University of New Haven, West Virginia State University, James Madison University and Radford University were among the dozen schools in attendance.

“We spend so much of our time studying and preparing for these tests, so it was exciting to do so well,” said Andrew C. Wood, president of the club. “We are really lucky to have the experienced faculty and professors that we do. Because of the hands-on work they have us do in the classroom and the experience in the field we’re required to complete, we already have a leg up in terms of preparation.”

“The conference is a great opportunity for our students to network and engage with other students, faculty and professionals from across the region,” said Brian K. Harte, assistant professor of criminal justice and the club’s advisor. “It builds upon the notion that in this field, it’s often about camaraderie and being able to work together as a unit.”

One of the additional benefits of attending the regional conference was the Criminal Justice Job Fair, held before competition began. “It’s beneficial for our seniors looking for employment, but also for juniors who are getting a head start on looking for internships,” Wood said, who noted that the FBI, DEA and State Police were among the many organizations represented.

After their success at the regional event, the students are eager to find a way to attend the Association’s national conference, slated for March 20-25, 2011 in Memphis, Tenn. Their attendance will depend on raising funds for the club to travel and compete there.

“We’re seeking support from anyone willing to help us get to Memphis,” Wood said. “We are in the process of speaking with local businesses who are interested in helping us and we will be doing a number of fundraisers on campus throughout the next few months.”

The Student Cooperative Alliance on campus has financially assisted the club over the last few years to help them get to Regionals. “We’re so grateful to them for their consistent support,” Wood said. “We told them we would need a big box to bring back all the trophies from Regionals, and we filled that box. I know if we go to Memphis, we’d fill an even bigger box. We want the chance to prove we’re more than ready to compete at the national level.”

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SUNY Canton Garners Another Military Honor

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

For the second time in just a few months, SUNY Canton was recognized for their military friendliness.

The College has been selected as a “Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities” honoree by Military Advanced Education magazine. The list will be published in the upcoming December 2010 issue.

“This recognition reaffirms SUNY Canton’s outstanding efforts to be a welcoming and accommodating campus for the military community,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “It’s gratifying to stand out in comparison to other colleges and universities across the country.”

Over the last several years, the College’s Military Friendly Committee has assessed all programs on campus and their responsiveness to the needs of the military community. The College now features a Veterans Lounge, a specific individual within the Admissions office to work with military personnel, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training for the College’s counseling staff, and an on-campus Veteran’s Day ceremony.

In 2008, SUNY Canton illustrated the importance of the College’s veterans to its graduating class. In 1943, twenty-seven students were called into service just weeks before their commencement. The veterans, who have come to be known as SUNY Canton’s Greatest Graduates, left to serve the country in World War II. In a heartfelt and emotional ceremony, President Kennedy presented four members of the class and a spouse of a deceased veteran with honorary certificates in their respective programs. Those veterans who could not attend the ceremony were also honored for their sacrifice, some of them posthumously.

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton was among only 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools throughout the country to be recognized as a 2011 Military Friendly School by the magazine G.I. Jobs.

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