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Learn to Make the Most of Facebook at the SBDC’s Women’s Business Bootcamp

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) spring Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon will feature a panel of local businesswomen who will be presenting “Best Practices for Facebook.”

The Business Bootcamp will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the SUNY Canton Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites.

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“Over the years we’ve found that our women entrepreneurs enjoy the opportunity to learn from one another at this event,” said SBDC Business Advisor and event organizer Michelle Collins. “The panel discussion will facilitate the sharing of ideas and strategies that will help develop or expand social media for businesses.”

Panelists will include: Jane C. Rue, of CJ Custom Creations; Patricia S. Kelley of Farrand’s Flowers and Event Planning; Erin E. Lassial of Coco Lassial Apron Co.; and Carol S. Pynchon of Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY).

The panel will share the Facebook strategies that have worked for them as well as challenges they’ve encountered with using social media to promote their business. The panel will be followed by a question and answer session and the chance for participants to share their own experiences.

The event will feature a delicious luncheon and the popular Mini Marketplace, a display area where attendees can sell their products or educate participants about their business in a small and intimate forum. Exhibitors in the Mini Marketplace will have a table for product displays and materials.

The event cost is $30 per person. Pre-registration is required. This includes the luncheon and panel discussion as well as a table for the Mini Marketplace 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.

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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Chaney Dining Center Hosts Canton Jamaican Restaurant ‘Da Kitchen’

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center recently presented students with a full menu of Jamaican cuisine.

Dining center staff invited guest cook Jody A. Pitt from Da Kitchen in downtown Canton to cook her specialties. Pitt is a former student who saw the opportunity to share her cooking alongside the dinner service at Chaney.

Jody A. Pitt owner of Da Kitchen Jamaican Restaurant in Downtown Canton makes rice and mixed vegetables in SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center Kitchen.

Jody A. Pitt owner of Da Kitchen Jamaican Restaurant in Downtown Canton makes rice and mixed vegetables in SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center Kitchen.

“Chaney provided the ingredients and I provided my recipes,” Pitt said, as she stirred a large pot of rice in Chaney’s kitchen. “I’m so happy to see students come out. I love to see people enjoying our food.”

She prepared ox tail, curry chicken, rice and peas and jerk pork.

Students lined up for the specialty fares. Tracy T. Miller, a Sports Management Major from Brooklyn, was already a regular customer at Da Kitchen. Miller said he loved the convenience of having the food at the dining center. “I wish they had this all the time,” he added.

Brandon M. Burrell, a SUNY Canton Homeland Security major from the Bronx picks out Jamaican entrees prepared by Da Kitchen in Chaney Dining Center.

Brandon M. Burrell, a SUNY Canton Homeland Security major from the Bronx picks out Jamaican entrees prepared by Da Kitchen in Chaney Dining Center.

Susan D. Law, director of dining services, said having guest cooks from local restaurants fits in with the overall mission to tie food services with local vendors and growers. “We like to tie our operations with local businesses whenever we can,” she said. “In this case it gives students new options while helping Jody market her business.”

Steven W. Maiocco, assistant director of dining and executive chef said, “Our students love to try new things and are very appreciative of the expanded selection.”

The Dining Center also hosts local vendor and grower exhibitions each semester to highlight its ties with local businesses.

 

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’s Outdoor Adventure Club Polar Plunges for Charity

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s Outdoor Adventure Club participated in the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Ogdensburg Feb. 15. Students Andrew S. Conlan, Melissa Cummins, Tyler Hawley, Tanner Chauvin, and well as club adviser James L. Sheppard braved the icy St. Lawrence River to raise more than $300 for the Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce and the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Counselor James L. Sheppard and Tyler Hawley before and after the plunge.

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Tax Preparation Assistance Available Through April 14 at SUNY Canton

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton accounting students will volunteer their time to help qualifying individuals and families file their taxes for free.

Students from the College work with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to increase their tax preparation skills and teach community members how to correctly file their own personal taxes in the future. The Internal Revenue Service sponsors the VITA program. Although this service is free to students, and open to the public, the qualifying income bracket for participants is a gross income below $49,000, according to the IRS.

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

Sessions are available from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Feb. 10 until April 1 (excluding the week of March 10) in Wicks Hall Room 031. Appointments are required for this service.

For more information, contact Brian R. Trill, Ph.D., at trillb@canton.edu. To schedule an appointment, call (315) 379-3916.

 

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 Student Organization Hosts Panel Discussion on Poverty

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A discussion on February 5th will address the core problem of numerous social ills.

The International Student Activist Organization (ISAO) will be holding a poverty awareness campaign beginning Feb. 3 at SUNY Canton.

The week is dedicated to informing students and the public about the overall problem of poverty and its related impediments on society, according to Sabel Bong, an advisor for the ISAO and an Educational Opportunity Program counselor at the College.

“Poverty is the underlying cause of many other issues, such as social injustice, malnutrition, and many other social ills,” Bong said. “By addressing the issue, we can find meaningful solutions to reduce and eliminate many other problems. We are part of a global community and hope to address poverty at the local, statewide, national and international level.”

Among the week of events is a discussion panel beginning at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Panelists for the discussion include:

  • Amani M. Awwad, PhD, and associate professor and chair of the social sciences department at SUNY Canton.
  • Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley
  • Thomas R. Burns, superintendent of St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES.
  • Christopher Rediehs, St. Lawrence County commissioner of social services.
  • Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell.
  • Steven J. Todd, assistant superintendent of St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES.

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Donna Seymour, a member of the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Public Policy Vice President for AAUW-NYS, helped organize the panel discussion and will serve as the moderator. AAUW-St. Lawrence County is a co-sponsor of the panel. “Poverty is a critical issue facing women and their families at every level and is something that AAUW works to address through our advocacy,” said Seymour.

Maleek C. McKenzie, ISAO president and an electrical engineering technology student at SUNY Canton, wants to discuss the prevalence of poverty in the greater North Country area and internationally. He said there are many misconceptions of what poverty looks like.

“As tomorrow’s leaders, it is important that we are aware and educated on issues plaguing our society so that we can change them in the future,” said McKenzie.

Last year, the organization presented a week of activism to raise awareness about human trafficking. The student-run organization also provides community assistance by sponsoring local food drives.

 

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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Bestselling Author to Speak at CSTEP Symposium at SUNY Canton

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Daniel SeddiquiDaniel Seddiqui, author of the bestselling book “50 Jobs in 50 States,” will speak to area college students at Northern New York’s annual career symposium for the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at SUNY Canton Feb. 1.

Seddiqui is widely known as the “world’s most ambitious job seeker,” yet has been named by USA Today as the “most rejected person in the world. After failing more than 40 consecutive job interviews and sending out thousands of emails seeking a job after college graduation, he set out on a quest of finding and working 50 jobs in 50 states. His book chronicles his journey, and he has appeared on CNN, Fox News, “World News Tonight” and the “Today” show.

More than 80 students from the Associated Colleges are expected to attend the all-day event, where they will have the opportunity to network and hear from local experts in law, health care, science and engineering.

The goal of CSTEP is to increase the number of students from under-represented groups who are pursuing professional licensure and careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. The program is sponsored by the New York State Education Department’s Bureau of Professional Career Opportunity Programs.

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 Hosts First Annual MLK Day of Service

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The SUNY Canton division of Student Affairs welcomed members of the Boys & Girls Club of Ogdensburg to campus on Monday to participate in a play day in celebration of Martin Luther King Day.

For 90 minutes the children got to enjoy numerous activities from an open skate to basketball, kickball and knockout. The activities, which took place in the Roos House, were in conjunction with the first annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

SUNY Canton, along with SUNY campuses across New York State, hosted events as a wonderful opportunity to give back to the campus and the community and to continue Dr. King’s message and legacy of service.

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SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Program Receives X-Ray Unit Donation

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About SUNY Canton

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

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SUNY Canton Students Spread Holiday Cheer Through Fundraising Events

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

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

Gifts for Children

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gifts for Animals

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About SUNY Canton

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

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SUNY Canton SBDC Event Provides Link Between Small Businesses and Purchasers

Monday, December 9th, 2013

SBDCThe Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Canton hosted its first Matchmaker event in October to connect local small businesses with large purchasers in Northern New York, such as hospitals and colleges.

According to organizer and SBDC Business Advisor Brooke Rouse, each of the purchasing agencies that attended the event plan to work with at least one local business.

Matchmaking is similar to “speed-dating” — businesses signed up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and had a short time to network and share marketing materials.

“The purchasing officers were very open to sharing information, and everyone was there with the purpose to help small businesses grow in the region,” Rouse said. “Some of the business participants have not even opened officially; others have been in business for many years. This type of event helps to bridge the gap and open conversation between supplier and purchaser.”

In all, nine agency purchasing offices, three resource partners and nineteen small business representatives attended the event.

In addition to the opportunity for business owners to pitch their product, Rouse said participants learned about the requirements for contracting with state, federal and private corporations.

The SUNY Canton SBDC plans to host the event again next fall. To learn more, call (315) 386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu.

 

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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