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SUNY Canton Students to Honor K-9 Officers with Kevlar Vest Donations at Law Enforcement Day

Friday, March 14th, 2014

SUNY Canton students will help keep local K-9 officers safe in the line of duty by presenting Kevlar vests to three dogs that work side-by-side with police during the College’s Law Enforcement Day March 19.

Three student-run organizations raised the funds to outfit dogs working for the Massena Police Department, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. The ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

The bulletproof vests are custom-made for each dog and cost approximately $1,000 each. The groups previously donated a vest to a K-9 officer working in the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

In 2013, SUNY Canton students outfitted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer, Hershey,  with new gear that could save his life.

In 2013, SUNY Canton students outfitted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer, Hershey, with new gear that could save his life.

In addition to the ceremony, experts from across New York State and the country will share current criminal investigation and emergency response techniques. All presentations will be held in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public. Scheduled speakers and topics are:

  • David E. Chong, White Plains Department of Public Safety commissioner, will discuss law enforcement response since 9/11 at 9 a.m.
  • Scott Schmidt, funeral director, will discuss death scene investigations at 11 a.m.
  • James Wesley, forensic chemist with the Monroe County Crime Laboratory, will discuss emerging drug trends at 1 p.m.
  • Amy Mulnix, professor of biology at Earlham College, will discuss cadaver dog training and usage at 2:30 p.m.

“Law Enforcement Day is an opportunity for our criminal justice students – and the entire student body – to hear from experts in the field,” said Elizabeth A. Erickson, SUNY Canton assistant professor of criminal justice. “Our speakers will be discussing the latest methods and procedures that are being used to solve crimes.”

The day-long event, sponsored by the College’s Criminal Justice Department, is free and open to the public.

 

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 to Present Start-Up NY Strategies to Canton Village Board

Friday, March 14th, 2014

A representative from the SUNY Canton President’s Office will be presenting the College’s Start-Up NY plans and progress at the Village of Canton’s board of trustees meeting.

Executive Director of University Relations Lenore E. VanderZee will be attending the monthly meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Canton Municipal Building. The meeting is free and open to the public.

VanderZee oversees the College’s Start-up NY ventures. She will be outlining the initiative and the related strategies SUNY Canton will use to implement the tax-free incentives for businesses.

“We’ve been in contact with several businesses interested in partnering with the College to participate in the Start-Up NY Program,” VanderZee said. “We plan to lay the groundwork with promising start-ups and expanding businesses that fit with the College’s educational mission. These partnerships can foster tremendous economic growth in our community.”

The initiative was originally developed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as the SUNY Tax-free Areas to Revitalize and Transform Upstate New York and is more commonly referred to as Start-Up NY. It intends to transform SUNY campuses and universities into tax-free communities for new entrepreneurs and expanding businesses.

For additional information, visit: http://www.canton.edu/startup/

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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 Wounded Warrior Project’s Sled Hockey Tournament

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The Wounded Warrior Project will be holding a Sled Hockey Tournament starting on Friday at SUNY Canton. It will be the second time that the organization has used the College’s facilities.

The matches will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House. Games will follow at 6 and 8 p.m. and will continue throughout the day on Saturday, March 15. A championship match will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 16.

Photo by Chris Lenney

Photo by Chris Lenney

Instead of traditional skates, players use a specially made sled, or sledge, to sit on and 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 and the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1231.

Donations will be accepted at the door and there will also be a 50/50 raffle and chuck-a-puck. 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 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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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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