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Early Childhood Students Bring Their Classroom to the Community

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Emily, Ashley, Ace & Children

Emily Ramos and Ashley Chevier worked with Lawrence Avenue Elementary Students at Evans & White Ace Hardware.

Two SUNY Canton students brought area youth to an educational and hands-on learning exercise at Evans and White Ace Hardware in Potsdam.

More than 50 children from two classes at Lawrence Avenue Elementary School took a field trip with Early Childhood students Ashley Chevier and Emily Ramos.

The two student teachers planned a scavenger hunt with the classes of Jen Herrick and Brenda Martin as an educational lesson used to enhance cognitive skills and memorization techniques, according to Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco.

“I encourage all of the students to use their environments as a way to augment their day-to-day lessons,” Maiocco said. “Ashley and Emily really utilized their connections with the community to go above and beyond all expectations.”

The children were given clues about items in the store like, “I am green or black, and you use me to water flowers, or wash your parents car. What am I? Come find me!”

The children thought about the challenge and then searched the store’s inventory until they located a garden hose, among the cheers and encouragement of their instructors.

“This was a fun and creative way to share where I work with the children,” said Chevier, who works at the hardware store while attending SUNY Canton. “Through this exercise I learned how to adapt my lesson plans to get the children out of the classroom while maintaining the overall learning experience.”

The students were given a theme for the week, and it was up to Chevier and Ramos to create the lesson plan.

Children at Ace Hardware

“The theme was community helpers,” Ramos said. “Our scavenger hunt at Evans and White’s tied into that theme. I learned that the children get so much more out of lessons when they are up and involved in the process.”

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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

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SUNY Canton Accounting Students Volunteer to Prepare Taxes

Friday, January 30th, 2009

SUNY Canton Accounting students are volunteering to help low- and moderate-income members of the North Country community prepare their taxes.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) created the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to help individuals and families prepare their taxes. This is the fourth year that SUNY Canton has participated in the program.

“The students have really taken the lead with this program and they want to see it continue its success,” said Peggy Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Accounting. “They will be using their experiences with the VITA program to help prepare for their future careers.”

The qualifying income bracket for participants is a gross income below $45,000, according to the IRS. Students from SUNY Canton serve as VITA volunteers to increase their own tax preparation skills and help community members learn to do their own taxes and help others file theirs in years to come. “Our students are well versed in both customer service and confidentiality,” Jenkins said.

Students will be available to assist with taxes on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when the college is in session until April 15 in the SUNY Canton Accounting and Business Lab, Payson Hall Room 203.

Individuals or families who would like assistance must bring all W2 forms, the previous year’s tax returns and all other pertinent documents with them at the time of their appointment. For more information, contact Jenkins at jenkinsp@canton.edu or call the SUNY Canton Business Lab at (315) 379-3880.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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SUNY Canton Author Earns Hearst Fellowship

Friday, January 30th, 2009

CANTON – SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Robert Strong, PhD., has won a competitive William Randolph Hearst Foundation Research Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society.

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SUNY Canton's Assistant Professor Robert Strong, PhD

Strong, an award-winning author and poet, reached into one of the most turbulent times in American history for the inspiration for his newest manuscript, and the Hearst Foundation funding will be used to support his ongoing research. The upcoming publication is entitled Bright Advent.

“The book deals with a Puritan and Indian collaborative translation of the entire bible in the 1650s and related events leading to King Philip’s War,” Strong pointed out. “It will read much like a historical novel in verse and source.”

The Society’s goal in sponsoring Strong is to improve the ways that history is communicated, according to the society’s website. Strong’s manuscript investigates violence, language, and religion as it portrays the events and facts that lead to the creation of America.

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SUNY Canton and S.L.U. Math Profs Write Student-Friendly Textbook

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Two North Country college professors adopted a student-oriented, conversational writing style and integrated real world applications when they wrote their newly-published book on Linear Algebra.

 

McGraw Hill recently published “Introduction to Linear Algebra with Applications” by Daniel J. Gagliardi, assistant professor of mathematics at SUNY Canton and James DeFranza, professor of mathematics, computer science, and statistics at St. Lawrence University. Their motivation was to create an engaging text that students could read on their own to learn the fundamental ideas of linear algebra.

James DeFranza & Daniel Gagliardi

James DeFranza & Daniel Gagliardi


“Jim and I took a student-centered approach when we were writing this book,” Gagliardi said. “Our aim was to strike a balance between a rigorous development of linear algebra and building intuition.”

The two number-crunchers put their heads together to create their book that would be a perfect fit to the learning curve of college students who take the course, according to DeFranza. “We imagined ourselves in class with our students where we use accessible examples to motivate abstract concepts,” he said. “Teaching at Saint Lawrence University has given me the opportunity to work closely with mathematics students. This experience has helped in shaping this book and other texts I have written.”

“Linear algebra is one of the first courses in the mathematics curriculum where students are exposed to abstraction at a much higher level,” Gagliardi said. “They are required to write proofs of theorems and solve problems in higher dimensional spaces. Our book provides a gentle introduction where students can develop the necessary skills needed to achieve a greater understanding of the subject matter and its numerous applications.”

Over the last few decades the applications of linear algebra have mushroomed, according to the authors. Recent advances have allowed for the development of high powered search engines to scan and rank web pages at lightning speed. Linear algebra is also used extensively to manipulate graphical information in fields as diverse as aeronautical engineering, medical imaging, and even video game development. In their textbook, professors Defranza and Gagliardi show how linear algebra can be used to solve problems in Chemistry, Engineering, Economics, Telecommunications, Urban Planning and Nutrition.

Dr. Gagliardi joined the faculty of SUNY Canton in 2006. He began his technical career at IBM as a software engineer and received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in pure mathematics. His principle area of research is lie algebra and symmetric spaces. He also does work in graph theory and has collaboratively authored multiple scholarly articles in these fields.

Dr. DeFranza conducts research in functional analysis, sequence spaces, and classical summability theory. This is the fourth textbook he has authored. He is a 25-year St. Lawrence University faculty member and earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Kent State University. He is a frequent mentor and advisor to St. Lawrence students conducting independent research.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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Discussion: The Financial Crisis and the North Country

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

SUNY Canton Business Professors Discuss Impact of Financial Crisis this Friday

A “Financial Meltdown” discussion with SUNY Canton professors from the school of Business and Liberal Arts will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 24, in Payson Hall Room 205. The discussion is targeted for those without a financial background interested in the current economic climate, how the meltdown happened and how it is affecting the lives of north country residents. Speakers include (pictured below left to right) Professor of Accounting Daniel Fay, Assistant Professor of Financial Services Richard Hu, PhD., Assistant Professor of Legal Studies Jondavid DeLong, J.D., and Associate Professor of Economics Edouard Mafoua, PhD.

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SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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SUNY Canton Welcomes New Dean of Business and Liberal Arts

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Linda HeilmanCANTON – SUNY Canton’s newest dean has the perfect blend of Business and Liberal Arts expertise to run a newly formed school at the college.

Recently, the college restructured its academic units, combining the School of Liberal Studies with the School of Business and Public Service to form the School of Business and Liberal Arts. Dean Linda A. Heilman, Ph.D., will be overseeing the school and ensuring that its students continue to receive a high-quality education that leads directly to career advancement.

“Linda has worked with highly successful businesses and has an acclaimed academic career that perfectly matches our strategies and programs,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “She has a magnificent track record in marketing, business development, and program management that fits in well with our college’s career-oriented mission.”

The College’s newest dean brings both a Doctorate in Late Modern European History from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

“It is very evident that the people here have a passion for the college, the community, and especially the students,” Heilman said. “I’m looking forward to working with the faculty to develop new degree options and to expand existing academic programs.”

Dr. Linda Heilman comes to SUNY Canton from Cardinal Stritch University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she served as Associate Dean in the College of Business and Management. Her previous post oversaw associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s programs on four campuses in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. She has served as Vice President of Marketing for Honeywell Federal Credit Union, Team Leader at U.S. Bancorp, Chief Operating Officer of a software business at the University of Minnesota, and Director of Marketing at Weiss Research.

Among her goals for her time at the college, Heilman plans to integrate the Business and Liberal Studies programs and to help SUNY Canton excel among peer colleges and universities. “My own experience works well within the Liberal Arts and Business academic environments,” she said. “By blending technical training, theoretical knowledge and practical application, there is the potential here to develop terrific synergy both within and across programs.”

To allow for the school mergers, some programs and departments were moved to the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology and the School of Health and Professional Studies. Karen M. Spellacy, Interim Dean of Business and Public Service, and Kenneth Erickson, Interim Dean of Liberal Studies, will both be returning to their faculty positions.

“I want to personally thank Ken and Karen for their exceptional service to the College,” Kennedy said. “They have both been instrumental in continuing the development and advancement of our programs, while ensuring the success of their students.”

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


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SUNY Canton Gets $80,000 in Grant Funding for Course Innovation

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Two SUNY Canton faculty members will be receiving $40,000 grants for course development from the State University of New York Course Redesign Initiative.

Both will be using the funding to augment entry-level classes with ground-breaking improvements and learning enhancements.

“We received two of the 10 grants issued statewide,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “These are highly competitive grants, and I applaud our English and Biology faculty members for developing unique and innovative plans for their courses.”

Christopher Sweeney, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Graphic and Multimedia Design Program Director, explained that he submitted a plan to enhance student learning outcomes by integrating technology. “We’ve redesigned Expository Writing and Oral and Written Expression to integrate more online components,” Sweeney said.

Both courses will be divided into online lessons that allow students to fully grasp course objectives through self-paced online lessons, while maintaining face-to-face class time as necessary. “It will be similar to some of our hybrid courses we’ve previously designed with SUNY Canton OnLine,” Sweeney said.

Entry-level biology courses taught by Instructor Ronald Tavernier will undergo innovative changes as well and will utilize an additional faculty position. The added faculty member will provide extended office hours and respond to students’ discussions and questions via SUNY Canton OnLine, further improving the faculty to student ratio in these two courses.

The Humanities and Biology courses are among the most popular entry-level courses at the college. The redesigned courses aim to help more students excel in each curriculum and enhance their overall college experience. Pilot programs of each redesigned course are scheduled to be offered in Spring 2009.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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Award-Winning Caribbean Author at SUNY Canton, March 25

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Andre PorterA tireless drive to persevere and a strong work ethic have led Andre M. Porter to become an award-winning self-published author and poet.

Porter will be holding a reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

The author’s works include Tears from My Pen and The Rise and Fall of a Jamaican Don.

In 2004 Porter was awarded Poet of the Year by the Famous Poets Society and was presented with the Shakespeare Trophy of Excellence. Later that year Andre was awarded number one Caribbean Author by the Philadelphia Multicultural Society.

The author has been described as highly determined and promotes a strong work-ethic through his own willingness to succeed.

“All our dreams can become reality,” Porter wrote. “People will call you a dreamer. Most lack vision or had a dream and stopped dreaming. America is not what you think of it, it’s what you make of it.”

The Rise and Fall of a Jamaican Don details the tumultuous rise of Jamaican boys to feared “Dons”, and gives an exposure to life as a Jamaican crime kingpin. It also reflects upon the first feelings of American Immigrants. The book is written as outtakes from a memoir authored on the run.

This event is presented by the SUNY Canton Carib-United club, the Office of the Provost, the Culture Arts and Technology Society, the School of Liberal Studies, and the English and Humanities Department.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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SUNY Canton Adds Graphic and Multimedia Design Degree

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Student with cameraSUNY Canton’s newest bachelor’s degree focuses on new and emerging media and the ever-changing methods of communication.

Graphic and Multimedia Design has been approved by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department. Students can apply immediately for the four-year program which will begin next fall.

“The goal of this program is to produce work-ready graduates who know how to utilize the newest digital and interactive delivery methods,” said Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pauline Graveline.

The new program will further promote college-wide expansion into fine, performance, and digital arts according to Program Director and Assistant Professor Christopher Sweeney.

Sweeney and several other humanities instructors have already been offering specific courses for the major, including photography, film, theater, literature, and design classes. “This program is designed for students who want to be creative and who want to maximize their marketability after graduation,” said Sweeney.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that multimedia design careers will grow by approximately 15 to 30 percent by 2012.

The assistant professor pointed out several cutting-edge forms of communication, including podcasts, blogs, and sophisticated content driven websites. “We were barely beginning to have access to this technology ten years ago,” he said. “Twenty years ago, most were unheard of or even undreamed of. Through this program, students will use the current forms of communication and also prepare for the next ground-breaking advances within the digital realm.”

Program instructors also mentioned that the Graphic and Multimedia Design curriculum is designed for those who have an interest in journalism, public relations, marketing, publishing, web design, video game design and production, and the fine arts. “By integrating many facets of communications careers, we will create well-rounded graduates ready to integrate into tomorrow’s high-tech creative positions,” Sweeney said.

Some of the program specific program courses include:

  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Web Publishing
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Documentary Video
  • Video Games and Virtual Worlds
  • Journalism

Similar to the college’s other four-year programs, the Graphic and Multimedia Design major integrates a senior-level internship within a related field at an established business. Internships have given graduates a leg-up on their post-graduate careers and have often directly led to full time employment. Students can also opt to present their own individual or team multimedia products to launch as a cumulative focus of their studies.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

 

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SUNY Canton Welcomes 13 New Faculty Members

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

SUNY Canton Welcomes 13 New Faculty Members SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy welcomed 13 new faculty members to the college during his annual state-of-the-campus address.

NEW FACULTY – Pictured are some of SUNY Canton's new faculty members beginning this semester (l to r) Ali Zaidi, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Lawretta Ononye, Assistant Professor of Physics, Patrick LaPierre, American History Instructor, Brenda Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Susan Willette, Dental Hygiene Instructor, Christa Kelson, Accounting Instructor, Ronald Tavernier, Biology Instructor, Patricia Shinn, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Robert Boak, Building Construction Instructor, Rashid Aidun, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering.

“Each new employee will help the college expand and grow,” Kennedy said. “I am looking forward to working with all of the faculty and staff at the college to create another year of evolution.”

Among the new faculty members are:

  • Rashid Aidun joined SUNY Canton as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. He holds a doctorate from Clarkson University in Experimental Solid State Physics.
  • Brenda Armstrong joined the college as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. She earned her master’s degree in Nursing from Murray State University in Kentucky.
  • Robert Boak joined SUNY Canton as a Building Construction Instructor. He is a 1998 SUNY Canton alumnus.
  • Christa Kelson joined the college as an Accounting Instructor. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
  • Patrick LaPierre joins the college as an American History Instructor. He earned his master’s degree in History from Concordia University in Montreal.
  • Jiayvan “Jerry” Lin joined the college as an assistant professor of Mathematics. He holds a doctorate in Mathematics from the University of California Santa Barbara.
  • Lawretta Ononye joined the college as an Assistant Professor of Physics. She earned her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee.
  • Raghuraman Ramanathan joined the college as an Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications Instructor. He earned his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.
  • Joanne Rozanski joined the college as an Instructional Support Assistant in the Dental Hygiene program, and will be working at SUNY Canton’s satellite site in Rome, N.Y.
  • Patricia Shinn joined SUNY Canton as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from Russell Sage University in Troy.
  • Ronald Tavernier joined SUNY Canton as a Biology Instructor. He holds a doctorate in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • Susan Willette joins the college as a Dental Hygiene instructor. She holds a doctorate in Higher Education from East Tennessee State University.
  • Ali Zaidi joined the college as an Assistant Professor of Spanish. Zaidi holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester.

 

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