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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.

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.

SUNY Canton Launches New Start-Up NY Partnership with Adirondack Operations, LLC

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

The new venture will provide jobs, internships and add to the college’s career-focused educational environment.

SUNY Canton has received approval to begin its first Start-Up NY partnership.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Adirondack Operations LLC, has been approved to begin working with the college. The business will receive tax incentives as it expands its operations in Canton.

Adirondack Operations, LLC

Adirondack Operations owners Mary Anne and Craig M. Kaputa speak with Small Business Development Center Director Dale Rice. The company recently began a partnership with SUNY Canton through the Start-Up NY program.

SUNY Canton is the first college in the North Country to have a Start-Up NY company in operation on its campus, and the first college in the SUNY Technology Sector to have an approved business in the program.

“Our partnership with Adirondack Operations will offer new professional opportunities for our students,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Zvi Szafran. “We’ll have an innovative and progressive business that fits squarely within our mission right here on campus.”

The business will be using the Start-Up NY partnership to create a new division specifically focused on developing software solutions for facility and construction management.

Owners Mary Anne and Craig M. Kaputa said they were eager to work with faculty and students from SUNY Canton. They will be offering student internships to assist with marketing. They plan to work with the Construction Management and Computer Information Systems programs and will provide lectures supporting the college’s entrepreneurial environment.

“We are looking at using innovative technologies to launch the next generation of construction management,” Craig said. “Students and faculty from the Canino School of Engineering Technology can help us with this project.”

The company plans on creating five new jobs within its first five years of operation. “Opening a technology-based business is going to help keep qualified graduates in the area,” Mary Anne said. “We will be looking for someone immediately to work with us in the Canton office.”

Adirondack Operations will be housed alongside the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center in Wicks Hall.

Start-Up NY

About Start-Up NY

Start-Up NY was developed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to transform SUNY campuses and other university communities across the state into tax-free areas 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.

 

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.

SUNY Canton Faculty Member’s Research Could Boost North Country Tourism

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Christina LesykA SUNY Canton faculty member’s research could help area hospitality and tourism businesses.

Christina Lesyk, who currently teaches Social Sciences courses, is the primary author of three research proposals that have been accepted for presentation at the 20th Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism. The proposals have direct implications on hospitality management and tourism concerns in the Adirondack and Thousand Islands regions.

“One of the proposals uncovers the needs and preferences of female business travelers,” Lesyk said. “Women are now the fastest growing segment of business travelers in the United States and are currently involved in 85 percent of household decisions, including leisure travel. A better understanding of this demographic could help create new revenue-generating strategies.”

Lesyk also proposes to increase tourism by specifically designing and marketing tourism opportunities for travelers with disabilities, who are a significant part of the hospitality market.

“Historically, it’s been very difficult to traverse the Adirondack and Thousand Island regions,” she said. “The lack of easily accessible mass transit options has been seen as a deterrent to greater tourism to the area, but interestingly, this may not be as great a deterrent to travelers with disabilities.”

Adirondacks

Photo courtesy of Joseph Goliber, a SUNY Canton student taking Digital Photography (GMMD 201).

Her presentation proposals were co-authored with Eric A. Brown, Ph.D., Thomas Schrier, Ph.D., and Liang Tang, Ph.D., from Iowa State University and Nicholas J. Thomas, Ph.D., from DePaul University.

Lesyk currently teaches both online and face-to-face courses at SUNY Canton. Prior to her SUNY Canton career, she was the lead event coordinator at Clarkson University in Potsdam and has extensive experience in the hospitality field.

She began doctorate studies in Hospitality Management at Iowa State University in June. This is an elite program, which only accepts eight students per year and has been ranked 15th in the world’s top 100 hospitality and tourism programs by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. In October, Lesyk was inducted into Eta Sigma Delta, an international hospitality management honor society that recognizes exceptional academic achievement among hospitality and tourism scholars.

 

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.

SUNY Canton Students Lend a Hand at ‘Phantoms in the Park’

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
SUNY Canton sorority and fraternity members volunteered at the annual “Phantoms in the Park” event in Canton Oct. 25. 
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Students helped with activities for kids, which included pumpkin coloring and a costume contest. The event is sponsored by the Canton Chamber of Commerce.

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Roody made an appearance at the event and had some fun with the kids.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.