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SUNY Canton Honors Area Business at Classroom Dedication

Monday, October 20th, 2014

SUNY Canton has named one of its newest classrooms in honor of Canton’s Coakley family.

 

William J. (Bill) and Carol M. Coakley, Carol J. and Ronald J. Spadaccini, and Thomas F. (Tom) and Nellie E. Coakley, the owners of Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, previously made a donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation for the college’s Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The family’s gift secured the right to name the Coakley Family Student-Athlete Study and Classroom.

Pictured are Carol J. Spadaccini, Thomas F. and William J. Coakley, co-owners of Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, sitting in the classroom that is named after their family.

Pictured are Carol J. Spadaccini, Thomas F. and William J. Coakley, co-owners of Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, sitting in the classroom that is named after their family.

“The Coakleys understand the connection between athletic and academic success,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Athletics build teamwork and leadership skills. The continuous practice and focus that students need for athletic success mirrors the set of skills that they need for academic success.”

 

New steel signage has been added to the exterior of the room and a ceremonial plaque with a photo of the family has been hung to denote their charitable contribution.

 

“The relationship between athletics and academics has been absolutely crucial to the success of our family,” Tom Coakley said. “For us, it was a natural fit to add our family name to a room that contributes to the academic success of student-athletes at SUNY Canton.”

Pictured are Thomas F. Coakley, Carol J. Spadaccini and William J. Coakley with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran at the Coakley Classroom unveiling.

Pictured are Thomas F. Coakley, Carol J. Spadaccini and William J. Coakley with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran at the Coakley Classroom unveiling.

 

The Coakleys’ ties to the College span over several decades. Tom, Bill and Carol’s father, Robert J. Coakley filled in as a construction instructor in SUNY Canton’s earlier days. Bill assisted the men’s ice hockey team for 15 years alongside Head Coach Terry Martin, during which time the team won numerous NJCAA Championships. Tom has been a member of the College Foundation Board of Directors since 1981, is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee, and serves with his wife, Nellie, on the Service Members Advisory Board.

 

“The college’s commitment to the community of Canton is evident through its continual push for growth,” Bill Coakley said. “The growth of the college brings new opportunities and revenue to the North Country.”

 

The family was the recipient of the Canton College Foundation’s Community Leadership Award in 2008, honoring their leadership and commitment to the North Country community. The Coakleys won both the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Syracuse District Family Owned Business of the Year award in 2011. Bill Coakley was inducted into SUNY Canton’s college-wide hall of fame in 2013.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton ‘Zombie Run’ Set for Oct. 18

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

SUNY Canton will host a “Zombie Run” at 1 p.m., Oct. 18, at the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, also known as Roos House.

Participants will evade “zombies” that will be stationed along the 5K course. Registration begins at noon in the Roos House field house. Entry fees are $10 for SUNY Canton faculty, students and staff and $15 for community members. Racers will receive a backpack, t-shirt and race bracelet. Funds raised will benefit SUNY Canton’s Intramural program.

For more information, contact SUNY Canton Intramural Coordinator David LaBaff at (315) 386-7101.

 

Zombie Run

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton to Host Down Syndrome Association’s ‘Buddy Walk’

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Buddy WalkThe Down Syndrome Association of St. Lawrence County invites the community to participate in the annual one-mile Buddy Walk at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, also known as Roos House.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness month, and funds raised at the walk support both local and national initiatives that benefit those with Down syndrome.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Nursing and President of the Down Syndrome Association of St. Lawrence County Christine Thompson said walk participation has been growing steadily since it began in 2008. This is the first time the organization has held the event at SUNY Canton.

“As a parent of a child with Down Syndrome, an alumni of SUNY Canton’s Nursing program and a faculty member, I am proud to be partnering with the college for this event,” said Thompson.

SUNY Canton nursing and physical therapy students will volunteer at the event, and there will be music, games, raffles and activities for kids.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Thompson at (315) 562-2118 or at dsaofslc@gmail.com.

 

About the Down Syndrome Association of St. Lawrence County

The association’s mission is to provide support, resources and advocacy, with the aim of increasing awareness and opportunities for individuals with Down Syndrome, their families and caregivers.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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Women’s Business Bootcamp to Help with Building Online Presence

Friday, September 19th, 2014

rp_sbdc_logo.jpgThe SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting its Fall Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the SUNY Canton Campus Center’s Conference Suites. Keynote speakers Megan-Jean Manson and Molly-Jean Manson, of Immortal Phoenix Studios in Malone, will discuss “Building a Strong Online Presence.”

Many small businesses are starting out with their first websites or looking to redevelop an existing one to better reach their market. At the Bootcamp, women will learn the best practices and dodge certain pitfalls that come with being on the World Wide Web. They will also learn how to tie their website to their social media accounts and apply content marketing to their sales plans. Women business owners can develop effective strategies for building up their business’ online persona. Megan-Jean and Molly-Jean will show Bootcamp participants how to get out there and be found online.

Manson'sThe Mansons will share their vast experience and expertise in design, public relations and online marketing to those who attend the Bootcamp. Megan-Jean, creative manager of Immortal Phoenix Studios, is a graduate of Cazenovia College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications. She is the winner of the Excellence in Visual Communications and the Excellence in Art and Design Awards among her graduating peers for her passion and ambition in the field of graphic design. Originally a gifted illustrator, Megan refocused her career in 2010 to become a more rounded designer, independently learning how to create and design websites to broaden her portfolio. In 2012, she struck out as an independent freelancer and began working full time on her design business.

Molly-Jean, social media manager, joined Immortal Phoenix Studios in 2014. She started offering marketing and public relations services in the fall of 2012, managing local business’ Facebook and other social media pages. She also provides marketing consultations to business owners beyond the realm of the World Wide Web. In addition, Molly manages the execution of advertising campaigns and manages several websites for her clients.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon will feature a delicious luncheon and the popular Mini Marketplace, a display area which will afford attendees the opportunity to sell their products or educate participants about their organization or business in a small and intimate forum. The participants in the Mini Marketplace will have a small table for product displays and materials.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp is sponsored by SUNY Canton, the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The cost is $30 per person and pre-registration is required. The fee includes the luncheon and panel discussion as well as a table for the Mini Marketplace (on a space-available basis) and plenty of networking opportunities. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or sbdc@canton.edu.

About the Small Business Development Center

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer resources for industry-specific topics. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs. More information is available at www.canton.edu/sbdc.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Camp Invention Provides Learning and Fun for Children at SUNY Canton

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A summer day camp at SUNY Canton can help area children become inventors.

SUNY Canton will be hosting Camp Invention from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning July 28. The weeklong program will be held in the college’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, is designed for youth in first through sixth grades. It provides students with the opportunity to cultivate the concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The “Morphed!” theme this year focuses on objects, minerals and organisms that change or can be changed.

Camp Invention

ALL SMILES – Nadia L. Cheng of Potsdam, Nicolas C. Kelson of Potsdam, Douglas G. Welsh of Canton, and Noah G. Bohl of Potsdam grin after completing the living quarters of the city.

“We supply the environment and resources for children to release their imaginations,” said Ronald J. Tavernier, an assistant professor who teaches biology at SUNY Canton. “We are always amazed at the creativity and innovation students bring to Camp Invention.”

Tavernier is one of several faculty and staff members who help coordinate the annual program. SUNY Canton has hosted Camp Invention since 2011. The college offers the program to help increase students’ exposure to STEM programs at an early age.

The program features different modules where students will attempt to discover solutions to problems. Each module is a hands-on experience that emphasizes exploration, discovery and creativity. Children will present their findings and inventions to family and friends at an inventors’ showcase at the end of the week.

The curriculum is designed for students in grades 1-6. All of the sessions are led by certified teachers from the area.

The cost of Camp Invention is $220 a week per student. Families registering two siblings save $25 per child. Families enrolling three or more children will receive $50 off per child.

Parents should register their children as soon as possible to ensure that they can participate. Register online at www.campinvention.org, or by calling 1-800-968-4332.

For more information regarding the program, contact Melissa Michno at (315) 323-0665.

 

About SUNY Canton 

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Recognizes the Area’s Newest Police Officers

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Some of the newest officers in the North Country started their careers through the David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton.

Twenty-six cadets recently completed the rigorous training necessary to graduate, according to Academy Director Albert R. “Sonny” Duquette.

The 2014 graduating class of David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Police Academy at SUNY canton stand with the Academy Director Albert R. “Sonny” Duquette (center).

The 2014 graduating class of David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Police Academy at SUNY canton stand with the Academy Director Albert R. “Sonny” Duquette (center).

“The cadets graduated with a full sense of how to do their job, and do it well,” he said. “Our goal is to make our training exceed what is offered at other academies. We want all of our officers to be the best at helping their communities.”

Cadets who completed their training and became sworn officers of area police agencies include:

  • Ryan J. Cole, Canton Police Department
  • Dustin D. Currier, Massena Police Department
  • Ryan E. Davis, Ogdensburg Police Department
  • Brian R. Guiney, Fort Edwards Police Department (No Picture)
  • Kory M. Keefer, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brittany E. Kenyon, Ogdensburg Police Department
  • Jason W. Knapp, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Marvin J. Laffin, Norfolk Police Department
  • Sean M. Lasala, Norwood Police Department
  • Robert W. Lent, Jr., St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
  • Brandon S. Murray, Norfolk Police Department
  • Kevin M. O’Connell, St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
  • Justin R. Polniak, Ogdensburg Police Department
  • Benjamin M. Rockwood, St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
  • Craig A. Rogers, Sackets Harbor Police Department
  • Andrew W. Stone, Norwood Police Department
  • Heidy L. Tharrett, Sackets harbor Police Department
  • Mollie J. Towles, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Cory A. Williams, Antwerp Police Department
  • Khrystyna Yefremova, Athens Police Department

Cadets who completed the pre-employment course in preparation for their future careers as police officers include:

  • Ryan F. Dean
  • Kinga Kanczura
  • Daniel P. LaDue
  • Kelly S. LaPrade
  • Isaac D. Lashomb
  • Eric C. Miles

The Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton provides further career and educational options for those studying in the criminal justice fields. Students in the college’s Law Enforcement Leadership program can complete their senior-level internship by participating in the academy training.

Cadets learn from current and former law enforcement professionals. Topics of study include defensive tactics, evidence collection, photography, radio communications, courtroom testimony, interviews and interrogations, among other topics.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Moves Ahead With Start-Up NY Plan

Monday, June 9th, 2014

SUNY Canton received approval to begin reviewing applications from businesses interested in partnering with the College in the Start-Up NY initiative.

“SUNY Canton provides the perfect partner for diverse industries,” said Executive Director for University Relations Lenore VanderZee, who oversees the College’s Start-Up NY ventures. “Empire State Development has given the green light to the College’s Campus Plan, which outlines the properties available and the application process.”

Start-Up NY was developed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to transform SUNY campuses and other university communities across the state into tax-free communities for new and expanding businesses. Eligible businesses that partner with SUNY Canton will be able to operate state tax-free for 10 years, including property, income, sales and corporate tax.

Qualified businesses include those that are just starting up, existing New York businesses expanding within the state and businesses relocating from another state or country into New York. In order o participate in Start-UP NY, businesses need to support the academic mission of the college or university with which they hope to work. SUNY Canton already has one business application under review and has several more proposals in the pipeline.

To learn more or about how to apply, visit www.canton.edu/startup or contact VanderZee at (315) 386-7109

Start-Up NY

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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Diagnostic Training for Mechanics Offered at SUNY Canton

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Students utilizing a VerusSUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development and the SUNY Canton Automotive Department will be offering a course on Snap-On’s VERUS PRO automotive diagnostic equipment.

The course will be held 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on June 23 and 25 at SUNY Canton’s Nevaldine Technology Center South 133. Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor who teaches in the Automotive Technology program, will lead the course.

Attendees will be introduced to VERUS PRO hardware and software. The scan tool system allows workers to connect to a vehicle and the Internet via a portable touch screen tablet. Software exclusive to the tool provides vehicle-specific code tips, symptoms and timesavers for a faster repair.

Tuition for this course is $175 per person. Registrations and payments are due by June 19. To register, or for more information, contact CREST Director Arthur S. Garno at (315) 386-7197 or email garnoa@canton.edu. A registration form is available on the CREST webpage, http://www.canton.edu/crest/pdf/Verus_Registration_June2014.pdf

The CREST Center for Workforce Development recently completed a course on programmable logic controllers. The course introduced sequencer systems that permit complex control and monitoring of machines. Area companies who sent representatives to the training included North Country Dairy, Potsdam Specialty Paper, and Dow Electric, Inc.

The CREST Center for Workforce Development brings industry training and education to professionals in northern New York. It offers Workforce Development by offering continuing education for obtaining and maintaining professional certifications.

 

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 Employees Elected to Local AAUW Chapter

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Two SUNY Canton employees were recently elected to the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), which promotes equity and education for women and girls.

Executive Director for Community Programs Betty Connolly was elected as president and Travel Coordinator Tina Flanagan was elected as vice president. They were installed by 116th Assemblywoman Addie Russell, a member of the Jefferson County Branch.

Connolly, Jenne-Russell, Flanagan

Flanagan became a member last year, and Connolly has been member of AAUW for 10 years. She previously served as vice president and received the association’s 2013 Emerging Leader Award. Both have been involved in AAUW events, including the annual professional clothing fair held at SUNY Canton, which helps students acquire business attire for internships and interviews.

AAUW and the SUNY Canton Foundation also co-sponsor an annual scholarship for a female SUNY Canton student from St. Lawrence County who is interested in pursing a degree in one of the science, technology, engineering or mathematic fields.

 

About AAUW

AAUW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW has more than 150,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners. Membership is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW, regardless of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.

 

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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Area Students Learn Career Options for Women in Engineering

Monday, May 19th, 2014
Pictured are, (l to r) Grace R. Bessette, Abby E. Warner and Lizzy C. Christy from Canton’s J.M. McKenny Middle School. The three students took turns learning to operate surveying equipment at SUNY Canton. They were among the 120 area students to participate in the College’s Women in Engineering Day. Faculty members held activities to demonstrate the hands-on aspects of careers that start with an education in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Pictured are, (l to r) Grace R. Bessette, Abby E. Warner and Lizzy C. Christy from Canton’s J.M. McKenny Middle School. The three students took turns learning to operate surveying equipment at SUNY Canton. They were among the 120 area students to participate in the College’s Women in Engineering Day. Faculty members held activities to demonstrate the hands-on aspects of careers that start with an education in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

 

Madelyn L. Lawrence, an eighth grader from Clifton Fine Central School tests water samples from the Grasse River as part of SUNY Canton’s Women in Engineering Day. Groups of students were given water samples and taught how to purify them during a demonstration in the College’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program.

Madelyn L. Lawrence, an eighth grader from Clifton Fine Central School tests water samples from the Grasse River as part of SUNY Canton’s Women in Engineering Day. Groups of students were given water samples and taught how to purify them during a demonstration in the College’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program.

 

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