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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.

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.

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.