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SUNY Canton Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Monday, November 18th, 2013

SUNY Canton LogoSUNY Canton is inviting community members to submit nominations for the 2014 College Council Distinguished Citizen Award.

The College has given this prestigious award every year since 1976 in recognition of exceptional and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the state, or to the nation.

Nominations must be submitted in writing and should include the nominee’s name, position or title, and a brief biography. At least three letters of support from non-family members should accompany the nomination.

Nominations, which are due February 3, 2014, should be submitted to Mr. Ronald O’Neill, College Council Chairman, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive – FOB 616, Canton, NY 13617.

The SUNY Canton College Council will select the recipient at its March 2014 meeting. The award will be announced in May, and the recipient’s name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Last year’s recipient was John J. Gray Jr., CPA, founder and managing partner of Gray & Gray Certified Public Accountants in Canton.

For more information, contact the Assistant the President Michaela J. Young at (315) 386-7049 or by email at youngm@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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Clemente Family Visits SUNY Canton

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The family of National Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente visited SUNY Canton Wednesday.

Clemente’s widow, Vera, and their son, Roberto Clemente Jr., made the trip to the U.S. from Puerto Rico to visit Roberto Jr.’s son, Roberto Clemente III, who is a freshmen at SUNY Canton and will play baseball for the College next semester.

Vera Clemente, Sports Information Director Nate Hart, and Roberto Clemente, Jr.

Vera Clemente, Sports Information Director Nate Hart, and Roberto Clemente, Jr.

The visit marked Vera’s first visit to the North Country. She said she loves the people and will return to watch her grandson play baseball in the spring. Vera and Roberto Jr. are also planning to take part in a book signing in Watertown Saturday, Nov. 16.

During the visit, the two also met with the Athletic department’s staff and discussed SUNY Canton and Puerto Rican culture.

The SUNY Canton Athletic Department with the Clementes.

The SUNY Canton Athletic Department with the Clementes.

The legendary Roberto Clemente Sr. was born in Puerto Rico and played right field for 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 after his death in 1972. Widely known for his humanitarian work, Clemente died while on a flight that was delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Roberto Clemente III said he has learned a lot from his grandfather’s legacy and wants to carry on his traits of being a man of character.

 

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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Veterans Honored and Thanked at SUNY Canton’s Living History Ceremony

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

SUNY Canton welcomed more than 30 World War II veterans and thanked the servicemen and women for protecting American freedoms at Friday’s Veterans’ Living History Ceremony.

There was an audience of about 200 family members, friends and area politicians to support the former service personnel.

Charles W. Smith, a former 10th Mountain Division soldier from Plattsburgh speaks with Command Sgt. Major Thomas W. Geddings from Fort Drum.

Charles W. Smith, a former 10th Mountain Division soldier from Plattsburgh speaks with Command Sgt. Major Thomas W. Geddings from Fort Drum.

The event was punctuated by the first public viewing of a 20-minute slideshow with a soundtrack of oral histories from World War II veterans collected by Michael T. Magilligan, assistant librarian at the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

“I couldn’t believe how willing these brave men were to let me into their homes and share their lives with me,” Magilligan said. “I didn’t just interview them, they’ve become my friends.”

Magilligan began recording the stories of North Country veterans in June and made copies of their old photographs. “When you hear these stories told to you by the people who were there it’s as if you are right beside them,” he said.

Retired Maj. Gen. Robert J. Kasulke addresses the audience at the event.

Retired Maj. Gen. Robert J. Kasulke addresses the audience at the event.

The accounts retold ranged from storming the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, The Battle of the Bulge and attacks against the Japanese in the Pacific Theater from approximately 70 years ago.

The assistant librarian will be adding all of the digital content to a database at the Southworth Library Learning Commons. They will also submitted to the Library of Congress and the New York State Veterans’ History Museum in Saratoga.

As part of the ceremony, the SUNY Canton Veterans Association and retired Major General Robert J. Kasulke presented each veteran with a SUNY Canton challenge coin. Challenge coins are typical given in the military to prove membership, award special achievement and enhance moral. At SUNY Canton, the Veterans Association issued the coin as a symbol of pride and camaraderie, according to William J. Fassinger, the faculty advisor for the student club.

Other representatives included Daniel L. Kaifetz, director of North Country Honor Flight, an organization dedicated to transporting veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to their sacrifices. Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas W. Geddings was representing Fort Drum at the event.

 

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 Host Student Leadership Conference

Friday, November 8th, 2013

#4CoSUNY Canton will host a professional conference for student leaders from Clarkson, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Nov. 9.

Now in its third year, the Associated Colleges Student Leadership Conference, known as #4Co, brings students from a variety of campus organizations together to learn leadership and communication skills.

“SUNY Canton is thrilled to have the opportunity to host the #4Co Associated Colleges Student Leadership Conference this year,” said SUNY Canton Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “I am so proud of all the planning and hard work our Student Activities staff and our student leaders have put into making this year’s conference a success.”

More than 100 students are expected to attend the all-day event. Discussion topics will range from understanding and interpreting nonverbal communication to creating an inclusive and engaging organization.

 

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 Honor WWII Veterans at Nov. 8 Living History Celebration

Monday, November 4th, 2013
Otis Van Horne

Otis E. Van Horne, Canton, a 1942 graduate and former SUNY Canton instructor holds up his military portrait from 1945. Van Horne was one of approximately 30 World War II Veterans to provide oral histories for the College’s Living History project.

The storied bravery and valor of North Country World War II veterans will be retold at SUNY Canton in honor of Veterans Day.

The College will be holding a Veterans’ Living History Ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. It will be highlighting the recorded accounts of soldiers who served in all branches of the military in many notable battles. The Ceremony is free and open to the public and there will be a reception following the presentation.

“It’s our honor to recognize the brave soldiers who served during the war that permanently changed the world, and influenced our entire culture,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “These men stormed the beaches of Normandy and witnessed the horrors of Nazi concentration camps. They struggled against German occupation in France and beyond. Then, they came home and went about their lives in Northern New York.”

The event was created as a way to celebrate Veterans Day at the College and to spread the word about an ongoing project to collect oral histories from area veterans through the Southworth Library Learning Commons, according to Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan.

“The project started when I was talking to a co-employee who has an 87-year-old neighbor who dropped out of high school to join the military,” Magilligan said. “I ended up interviewing 33 veterans from around the North Country. I feel as though I’ve captured the true experience of American servicemen during the Second World War.”

Many of the veterans Magilligan interviewed will be attending the event. Selections from their interviews, and photos they shared will be shown in a multi-media presentation assembled by the assistant librarian.

Each of the interviews will be housed on a database at SUNY Canton to provide future generations with a comprehensive understanding of World War II and how it

impacted the home front. The recordings will also submitted to the Library of Congress and the New York State Veterans’ History Museum in Saratoga.

Kenneth D. Kirkey, Massena, who was a radio operator and a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army selected for a secret mission, relayed his experience for the project. Kirkey was the last one out of his plane as it was shot down. “We were sent into Normandy two days before D-Day [June 6, 1944],” Kirkey recounted to Magilligan. “We had carrier pigeons and radios half the size of a table.”

Mike Magilligan and Otis Van Horne

SUNY Canton Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan interviews Otis E. Van Horne, Canton, a 1942 graduate and former SUNY Canton instructor about his experiences serving during World War II.

In another account, Charles H. Alexander of Canton, who served in the U.S. Navy relayed his experience ferrying soldiers to and from the beaches of Normandy on Landing Ship, Tank (LST) vessels. “It’s scary at first, the first day or two, the first two or three trips. There’s a lot of combat going on,” he said. “But it kind of moves away. You get used it. You get calloused.”

Arnold Newkofsky, Canton, was a gunner on an LST for the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. Newkofsky said that when he heard the alerts he’d rush to his weapon and point it at the sun, waiting for Japanese planes to descend upon them. “Everyday was D-Day,” he said.

Magilligan has recorded many other accounts portraying many vivid and intensely personal remembrances from numerous fronts and battles, including those by SUNY Canton Alumni Frank J. White, Canton, (class of 1938) and Otis E. Van Horne, Canton (class of 1942). Van Horne also taught in the Electrical Construction program at the College.

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 Greeks Volunteer at Annual Phantoms in the Park Event

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

SUNY Canton sorority and fraternity members volunteered at the “Phantoms in the Park” event in Canton Oct. 26. Students helped with activities for kids, which included face-painting and a costume contest. The event is sponsored by the Canton Chamber of Commerce.

SUNY Canton Greeks

A SUNY Canton student preps a local child for the costume contest. Judging was provided by SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University students.

 

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SUNY Canton Veterans Association to Host ‘Hike 4 Hardship’ Fundraiser

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The SUNY Canton Veterans Association will sponsor a fundraising hike to benefit the College’s Food Bank and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Dana Hall and a 5K hike will commence at 10 a.m. on the cross-country trail. The entry fee is $20 per person; teams of four or more people are $15 per person. Registration fee proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Participants can also choose to hike with a backpack full of nonperishable food items up to 20 pounds to donate to the SUNY Canton Food Bank.

The first 50 people who register will receive a free t-shirt, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Douglas A. White, Veterans Association treasurer, at (315) 262-6861.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton SBDC Seeks Agencies, Prime Contractors and Small Businesses for Matchmaking Event

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The 2013 St. Lawrence County Matchmaker event will be held Thursday, Oct. 31, at SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Hosted by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center and St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, the event provides a great opportunity for agencies and prime contractors to support regional economic development by giving local businesses the opportunity to expand their client base and grow their businesses.

Matchmaker events are held around the country, but this is a first for St. Lawrence County. Matchmaking is like “speed-dating” — businesses will sign up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and have a short time to network and share marketing materials. When the bell rings, the business moves to the next agency. The hope is that agencies will learn about what is available locally, and a potential match can be made between supplier and purchaser.

Small Business Development Center

Agencies currently signed up include New York Power Authority, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, St. Lawrence County Purchasing Department, the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. and the Village of Canton. Registration is free for prime agencies, contractors and purchasing officers, and is needed by Friday, Oct. 25.

Registration and meeting sign-up begins at 8 a.m., and the Matchmaker will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Businesses looking to expand their markets and have one-on-one contact with purchasing officers can register for $10 by calling the SBDC office or through the event website registration form http://www.canton.edu/sbdc/matchmaker.html.

Pre-registration by Oct. 25 is encouraged. Pre-registered business participants will be given priority scheduling with purchasing officers at 8 a.m. Those who register the day of the event can enter the scheduling room at 8:20 a.m.

Please call SBDC Business Advisor Brooke Rouse at (315) 386-7312 for more information, to determine whether or not the event will be beneficial to you, and to sign up.

More information can be found at http://www.canton.edu/sbdc/matchmaker.html.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton is Among the First SUNY Colleges to Join ‘Read Aloud 15 Minutes’ Program

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Students majoring in SUNY Canton’s Early Childhood program are advocating the educational advantages of reading to children beginning at birth. The two-year program recently partnered with Read Aloud 15 Minutes, a non-profit organization committed to making its namesake the new standard for parenting and improving children’s school readiness.

Read Aloud 15 Minutes

“We are proud to join SUNY in this system-wide effort and national campaign promoting and supporting the Read Aloud 15 Minutes mission,” said Maureen P. Maiocco, SUNY Canton professor and Early Childhood program director. “The Early Childhood curriculum stresses the importance of early encounters and engagement with books, reading to young children, and how this enhances language development and literacy skills.”

The premise of Read Aloud 15 Minutes is every child should be read to every day, for at least 15 minutes from birth. Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s school readiness. Reading aloud has lasting effects; children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school, according to the organization’s website.

Pictured are Michael D. Carbone, a SUNY Canton Sports Management student from Raymondville, and Kristy L. Monroe, a student in the Early Childhood program reading to their 21-month-old daughter, Annabella G. Carbone.

Pictured are Michael D. Carbone, a SUNY Canton Sports Management student from Raymondville, and Kristy L. Monroe, a student in the Early Childhood program reading to their 21-month-old daughter, Annabella G. Carbone.

In September, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced that the University System would be partnering with Read Aloud 15 Minutes. “SUNY’s partnership with Read Aloud will complement our work to mend New York’s education pipeline and ensure that more of today’s youth are on the right path for success throughout school, and ultimately in college and career,” Zimpher said in a press release.

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood program plans to adopt several Read Aloud specific events, beginning with the annual Early Childhood Conference, which provides continuing education opportunities and workshops for early childhood educators, family and group child care providers and parents. The conference will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at SUNY Canton.

Other initiatives include students offering Read Aloud family story time events throughout the year and creating informational displays to increase awareness and parent participation in the program. The Early Childhood student club is currently planning a book drive campaign to collect high-quality children’s literature. Maiocco said her faculty and students will be working with the Southworth Library Learning Commons to feature favorite children’s books selected by SUNY Canton faculty and staff.

As a partner of Read Aloud 15 Minutes, SUNY Canton will be eligible to display a badge on its website denoting its partnership with the organization.

For more information about the Early Childhood Conference contact Maiocco at maiocco@canton.edu. To become involved with the Read Aloud 15 Minutes Partnership and Campaign, visit www.readaloud.org

 

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 150 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction of the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center nicknamed Roos House is nearing completion, while the new apartment-style residence hall, featuring 305 single-occupancy rooms, is under construction and will open in August 2011.

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SUNY Canton SBDC provides Financial & Legal Check-Up at Women’s Business Bootcamp

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Women entrepreneurs can make sure their businesses are in good health by participating in a Financial and Legal Check-Up as part of the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) fall Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 in SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

SBDC

The semi-annual event will feature Angela Gray, CPA, and Attorney Cathleen O’Horo who will speak to attendees about the common mistakes and pitfalls experienced by many small businesses at various stages of growth. A question and answer period will follow each speaker.

The day will feature the popular “Mini Marketplace, a display area for attendees to sell their products or educate participants about their business. Those participating in the “Mini Marketplace” will be able to utilize a small trade show table for product displays and materials.

“This is a great chance for women entrepreneurs to learn about potential legal and financial problems and how to avoid them,” said SBDC Director Dale Rice. “For the nominal registration fee, participants will be getting some great advice and insight from an accountant and an attorney.”

Registration is $30 per person, which includes the luncheon, access to presentations, a small table for the “Mini Marketplace” and plenty of networking opportunities. The Women’s Business Bootcamp is open to new, existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs. 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 offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

 

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