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SUNY Canton Concludes 2015 High School Mock Trial Tournament

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

After a hard-won battle against Hammond Central School, Potsdam High School emerged as the county winner of the 2015 Mock Trial Tournament hosted by SUNY Canton.

The Potsdam team will now represent St. Lawrence County in the regional Mock Trial Competition to be held on April 25 in Albany, New York. If successful, the team will then compete in the state-wide competition.

“It took a strong collaborative effort to host a 2-week Mock Trial Tournament,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, J.D., dean of SUNY Canton’s School of Business and Liberal Arts. “We thank all of the attorneys and judges who devoted countless hours in preparation and coaching the teams this year.”

Both Hammond Central School and Potsdam High School have been past county winners who have progressed to the regionals.

Marcia R. Thompson, teacher-coach for the Hammond Central School team, noted that she was exceptionally proud of her students for making it to the county finals. “The students are well-rounded individuals at the top of their classes, and active in sports, music, and science club as well as in Mock Trial,” Thompson said. “We will be back next year.”

The St. Lawrence County Mock Trial program is co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, the St. Lawrence County Bar Association, the New York Bar Foundation and the Law, Youth, and Citizenship Program.

The attorneys and judges represented included: Family Court Judge Cecily L. Morris, Surrogate’s Court Judge John F. Richey, St. Lawrence County Bar Association President Marcia L. LeMay, Surrogate’s Court Attorney Michelle H. Ladouceur, Jefferson County Family Court Attorney Lisa A. Proven, Chief Assistant District Attorney David A. Haggard, Assistant District Attorney A. Michael Gebo, Assistant District Attorney Otis Simon, Public Defenders James T. Farrell, James M. McGahan, and Frederick J. Petersen, Mental Hygiene Legal Services attorney Matthew Bliss, and private attorneys Diane J. Exoo and Thomas J. Snider.

For information about how to participate in the 2016 Mock Trial Tournament, please contact SUNY Canton Legal Studies Assistant Professor and County Coordinator Alexander Lesyk, J.D. at lesyka@canton.edu or (315) 386-7517.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton and AAUW Team Up for Professional Clothing Fair

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Students and community members who are searching for business attire are invited to SUNY Canton’s annual Professional Clothing Fair being held March 17 to 19 in the Dana Hall gymnasium.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), begins with a special student-only day from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

clothing fair

All guests are welcome to browse men’s and women’s gently used clothing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19. All clothing is free and available to the public.

“We want to make sure students and community members are ‘dressed for success,’ whether they are completing an internship, entering the workforce after graduation or changing careers,” said SUNY Canton Associate Director of Human Resources Nancy A. Rowledge.

Those interested in donating gently used professional clothing items are asked to drop them off at Dana Hall anytime between March 13 to March 17. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Rowledge at (315) 386-7010 or Tina M. Flanagan at (315) 386-7868.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

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SUNY Canton Hosts Wounded Warrior Sled Hockey Tournament March 6-8

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Wounded Warrior Project will be holding a Sled Hockey Tournament starting at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, at SUNY Canton’s Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center.

There will be a total of 15 tournament-style games on Friday and Saturday, culminating in the consolation and championship games Sunday morning. The tournament champion will be decided at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 8. The team from Fort Drum features U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalists Adam Page and Paul Schaus.

Wounded Warrior
Instead of traditional skates, players use a specially made sled to glide across the ice. They propel themselves using two small hockey sticks. The extra equipment allows veterans who are missing limbs, or are otherwise disabled, to compete.

The tournament is sponsored by the Society for American Military Engineers, the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1231 and Canton Knights of Columbus, Sarto Council 1059.

Wounded Warrior

The event is free and open to the public; however, donations will be accepted at the door and there will also be a 50/50 raffle and chuck-a-puck fundraisers. Memorabilia from the National Hockey League will be raffled off and sold during a silent auction.
About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton President Says SUNY is Great Investment

Friday, February 27th, 2015

A letter to the Editor that appeared in the Watertown Daily Times and North Country This Week.

To the Editor,

Invest in SUNYThe State University of New York has been investing in students for generations, creating unparalleled opportunities for personal success and sustained economic growth. With increased investment from the State, SUNY can do even more.

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, college graduates make more money, are more likely to be employed and are less likely to live in poverty than high school graduates who didn’t attend college. On average, people 25-32 years old with a bachelor’s degree or more have a median income of $45,500, compared to only $28,000 for high school graduates. The unemployment rate is 3.8 percent for those with a bachelor’s degree, compared to 12.2 percent for high school graduates.

These numbers show that going to college is more important than ever. SUNY Canton and SUNY’s 63 other campuses make it affordable, too. SUNY has among the lowest tuitions anywhere in the country – just over $6,000 per year. SUNY ensures that each and every New Yorker has access to a high-quality, low-cost education. This is summed up in the “SUNY equation”: Access + Completion = Success.

SUNY has consistently done more for its students and has done so in a cost-effective manner. With increased investment, SUNY is committed to tripling the number of college graduates by 2020. At SUNY Canton, more students will graduate from our career-based majors and enter the workforce ready to hit the ground running, adding value to their companies from day one. Over 37 percent of people in the North Country are SUNY students, employees, or alumni, contributing $600 million to our communities and sustaining our economy. Our alumni, many of whom have risen to very high positions, all tell me that their success started at SUNY Canton. By coming here, they learned that they were capable of achieving more than they ever thought possible.

Our commitment to access, completion, and success will never change. Our ability to continue to grow and give our students the very best education depends on increased State investment. We will offer new, innovative, hands-on programs that build on the strengths of our region. We will provide students from all backgrounds the tools they need to progress from the first day of class to graduation, careers, and beyond. We are committed to doing more and doing it better than ever before. Let the members of the State Assembly and Senate know that you support increased State investment in SUNY for the sake of New York’s most valuable assets: our students and our future.

Dr. Zvi Szafran

SUNY Canton President

 

About SUNY Canton

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

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Students of All Ages Learn About Engineering at SUNY Canton Open House Event

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Students and families from across the North Country were welcomed to tour the Canino School of Engineering to learn about future career paths in engineering and technology. Faculty and current students showcased award winning steel bridges, Lego Mindstorm robots, 3D topographical mapping, a massive wood splitter, smashing concrete cylinders, digital wrenches, laser communicators, and many other innovative technologies. The main event of the night was the Marshmallow Challenge which saw 20 teams consisting of students from 5-17 years old competing for a SUNY Canton scholarship and other exciting prizes.

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Direct Mail Marketing and Business Plan Competition Featured at Women’s Business Bootcamp

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

rp_sbdc_logo.jpgWomen business owners can learn how direct mailing can be used to promote their business at the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon. The annual workshop is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Even with the abundance of online marketing options, many small businesses successfully harness the power of direct mail to reach their local customer base. Grace Mueller, U.S. Postal Service business development specialist and Jill VanHoesen, industry co-chair for the Central New York Postal Council and CIO at Johnson Newspaper Corp., will present information on the Postal Service’s Every Door Direct Mail service. The pair will show how the service can help businesses target just the right customers and how marketing can be tailored to their specific marketing needs.

The day will also include a special announcement by Cathy Pokines of the U.S. Small Business Administration regarding the InnovateHER Women’s Business Challenge and the chance to compete for up to $30,000 in cash prizes.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon will also feature the popular Mini Marketplace, a display area where attendees can showcase and sell their products or services. The Women’s Business Bootcamp is sponsored by the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, Key Bank, 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 ten 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 St. Lawrence County High School Mock Trial Tournament

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

SUNY CantonArea high school students will compete in the St. Lawrence County Mock Trial Tournament from March 2 to 18 at SUNY Canton.

Six St. Lawrence County schools, coached by local attorneys, will argue a civil case involving the alleged embezzlement of funds. Participating local high schools will include Hammond Central School, Heuvelton Central School, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Morristown Central School, Ogdensburg Free Academy and Potsdam High School.

The goal of the tournament, co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association; the New York Bar Foundation; and the Law, Youth, & Citizenship Program, is to teach high school students basic trial skills. In preparing for their roles as attorneys and witnesses, students obtain first-hand knowledge of criminal and civil law, courtroom procedures, ethics, civility and professionalism, as well as gain a greater understanding of the fundamental rights granted by the U.S. Constitution.

“Student competitors will not only be exposed to various facets of the law, but will also hone important life skills such as critical thinking, public speaking and reasoning,” said SUNY Canton Legal Studies Assistant Professor and Tournament Coordinator Alexander Lesyk, J.D. “SUNY Canton is honored to have the opportunity to host this cooperative venture between our local high schools, members of the legal profession and the college.”

The county winner will compete in the regional tournament, and the top team from each of New York State’s six regions will then participate in the state final in Albany in May.

Several judges, including St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards, St. Lawrence County Family Court Judge Cecily L. Morris, and St. Lawrence County Surrogate Court Judge John F. Richey, as well as the President of the St. Lawrence County Bar Association Marcia LeMay, will preside in each competition.

For more information about the tournament, contact Lesyk at (315) 386-7517.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

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Prizes and Scholarships Up for Grabs at SUNY Canton Engineers Day

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

A $500 scholarship and other prizes will be up for grabs during SUNY Canton’s Engineers Day from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Nevaldine Technology Center.

The event will feature a team marshmallow design competition that will test participants’ engineering skills. The first place team will each receive a $500 SUNY Canton scholarship, and the second place team will each receive a waived tuition deposit. The competition and event are free and open to anyone.

Engineers Week

There will also be fun, interactive demonstrations that will provide a glimpse into the college’s engineering technology programs. Guests will be able to construct and program LEGO Mindstorms, test-drive an electric go-kart, experiment with a motion detection system, communicate using lasers and other activities.

“This event is the perfect opportunity for high schoolers, younger students and the entire community to learn about our technology degrees, take a tour, meet our faculty and have some fun,” said Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “We encourage everyone to join us and explore the high-tech resources we have on campus.”

The event is being held during National Engineers Week, Feb. 22-28, which is dedicated to increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.

The college is asking those interested in attending the event Feb. 24 to register by visiting http://www.canton.edu/engineers/ or calling (315) 386-7119.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

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Rep. Elise Stefanik Visits SUNY Canton

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik visited the SUNY Canton campus today as part of her St. Lawrence County higher education tour.

Stefanik and college representatives spoke about the importance of a hands-on education, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and math fields; the cost of higher education; and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Pictured are Lenore VanderZee, SUNY Canton executive director of university relations, Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Kenneth Erickson, interim dean of the School of Science Health and Criminal Justice, and Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the School of Business and Liberal arts.

Pictured are Lenore VanderZee, SUNY Canton executive director of university relations, Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Kenneth Erickson, interim dean of the School of Science Health and Criminal Justice, and Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the School of Business and Liberal arts.

“We need to have a discussion at the national level about college affordability,” Stefanik said. “Fortunately, we have some great institutions in Northern New York that are cost effective, and SUNY Canton is one of them.”

Her visit included a discussion with students who are enrolled in the college’s Early Childhood program, as well as a tour of the program’s lab facility. Stefanik asked students about their career goals and noted the importance of job creation in the North Country to allow graduates who want to stay in the area the opportunity to do so.

SUNY Canton Professor Maureen P. Maiocco shows Congresswoman Elise Stefanik resources in the Early Childhood program labs. Stefanik toured the college and met with school deans on Friday, Jan 30.

SUNY Canton Professor Maureen P. Maiocco shows Congresswoman Elise Stefanik resources in the Early Childhood program labs. Stefanik toured the college and met with school deans on Friday, Jan 30.

She also stopped at SUNY Canton’s Small Business Development Center and met with the owners of Adirondack Operations LLC, Mary Anne and Craig M. Kaputa, who will be working in conjunction with the college under the state’s Start-Up NY program. The partnership between Adirondack Operations and SUNY Canton, which was announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this week, aims to create jobs to keep qualified students in the area.



“It was an honor to host congresswoman Stefanik and speak with her about issues important to higher education in the North Country and showcase our hands-on programs,” said SUNY Canton Executive Director for University Relations Lenore VanderZee. “We know she will be a great advocate for us in Congress, and we look forward to continue working with the congresswoman and her outstanding team.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Free Tax Assistance Available Feb. 2 through April 14 at SUNY Canton

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

SUNY CantonStudents and faculty members from the SUNY Canton Accounting program will be helping individuals and families file their taxes.

For the 10th year, the college will be participating in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Students volunteer to increase their tax preparation skills and to help teach individuals how to correctly prepare their own taxes. The service is offered free-of-charge to SUNY Canton students and the community. There is a qualifying income bracket to participate in the program.

Tax returns will be processed by appointment beginning Feb. 2 and ending on April 14 in Cook Hall Room 100. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Assistant Professor Brian R. Trill, Ph.D., by phone, (315) 379-3916 or by email, trillb@canton.edu.

Required items include Social Security cards, photo identification, all W-2 forms and any other income documents, unemployment compensation (Form 1099G), interest or dividend income (form 1099INT and 1099DIV), and last year’s New York State and Federal Tax Returns.

 

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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