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SUNY Canton Students Respond to Trayvon Martin Tragedy

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The racially charged case that has gripped headlines and conversations led Kevin L. Alexander, a student in one of SUNY Canton’s photography classes who currently resides in Potsdam, to submit a powerful self-portrait to CNN’s iReport.

SUNY Canton student Kevin L. Alexander of Potsdam published a self portrait with CNN's iReport in response to the Trayvon Martin tragedy.

“Incredible depth of field and very powerful image!” A CNN iReport staff member commented on Alexander’s post. “You’ve got the whole iReport desk clicking in admiration.”

Alexander submitted the photo as part of his photojournalism assignment for digital photography (GMMD201), taught by Adjunct Instructor Jason E. Hubbard.

“The case hit me hard and I felt compelled to make this image,” Alexander said. “I have three young sons who all wear hoodies. I don’t want this to happen to them.”

The photo and comments can be viewed online at http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-767024.

The College’s International Student Activist Organization is additionally planning to participate in the ongoing “Million Hoodie March” at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Canton Village Park.

“We invite students from the other Colleges and community members to join us in our peaceful gathering to show support for Trayvon’s family,” said International Student Activist Organization President Roberta A. Young a liberal arts major from the Bronx. “An unarmed teenager was shot and killed because of who he was and what he was wearing. Justice needs to happen.”

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SUNY Canton Foundation Grant Lets Students Learn Latest Robotic Technologies

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Lego ConstructionSUNY Canton students are building robots out of Lego-brand building blocks to monitor the College’s Nevaldine Technology Center.

Students work with Lego-Mindstorm NXT 2.0 kits to learn the latest in robotic technology and problem solving computer programming as part of their education in the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology.

The 12 kits were purchased partially through a SUNY Canton College Foundation Campus Enhancement Award. Students use them as a resource to learn about programming interfaces and infrared sensors, according to Robert McClellan, an instructor in the alternative and renewable energy systems program.

“The Lego Mindstorm kits give the students a wonderful platform to develop a problem-solving machine designed to perform a specific task or series of tasks,” McClellan said. “This is hands-on learning at its finest, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Groups of three or four students constructed their own small automaton, which look similar to the robot “Number 5” from the 1986 movie Short Circuit. The finished machine is connected to a computer running software that allows students issue a specific set of commands to make their robotic room monitor. The process helps students learn logical decision-making skills.

Students working with Legos

SUNY Canton civil and environmental technology majors Alyssa M. Baker of Boonville, and Darran S. Raglin of Alexandria Bay construct and program a Lego Mindstorm robot as part of their MECH121 course.

“Lego Mindstorms are used by researchers and the military in the prototyping process,” said Joel M. “Miles” Canino, the grandson of the school of engineering technology namesake from Southington, Conn. “It really adds to the experiential learning opportunities available for students in the engineering technology programs.”

Canino and his fiancé, Natalie A. Kurgan of Rocky River, Ohio, transferred to the College in Fall 2011 to pursue their own research in the four-year mechanical engineering technology program. The couple has had previous experience with the robotic kits in their own prosthetic limb fabrication research. “It’s a challenging process to make the robots perform the complicated series of turns and analyze obstacles,” she said.

The Lego kits totaled more than $5,000 and were partially funded by the College Foundation following a grant proposal by Daniel J. Miller, an assistant professor in the mechanical engineering technology program. Matthew D. Bullwinkel, an associate professor in the program, redesigned the Mechatronics course (MECH128) to include the new technology.

The SUNY Canton College Foundation awarded approximately $20,000 in funding to unique or innovative programs through Campus Enhancement Awards this academic year. The program is funded through unrestricted donations to the Foundation. The specific goals of the program are to fund innovative or creative projects that will advance student-learning opportunities or advance the College’s overall mission.

In addition to the annual Campus Enhancement Awards, the College Foundation also funds student scholarships, professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and unique learning and research fellowships.

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Recent SUNY Canton Alumni Appear in ATV 4-Wheel Action Magazine

Monday, March 12th, 2012

North Country students used a course project to earn national recognition for innovation.

A SUNY Canton group project led to more national recognition for three recent Canino School of Engineering Technology graduates.

Joel R. Landry of Malone, Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills, and Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood (2011 graduates) are featured in the March edition of ATV 4-Wheel Action magazine for their reverse-engineered prototype ATV shock. The magazine is now available on newsstands.

“These three students demonstrated exceptional innovation and enthusiasm with their coursework,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Our scholars have limitless potential within their class projects, coupled with the wisdom and experience of our faculty. Kyle, Joel and Brandon’s creativity is an inspiration to current and prospective students.”

Greg Hall, the magazine’s technical editor, wrote “How College Kids made their Own ATV Parts” following an interview with all three students. The two-page spread includes photos of the students in the SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Lab with their prototype shock and computer renderings of their design.

Hall also offers readers a detailed description of the state-of-the art Dimension printer the students used to create each individual piece of their prototype.

Pictured are (l to r) mechanical engineering technology students Joel R. Landry of Malone, Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood, and Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills.

“The team previously displayed their project in the College’s Scholarly Activities Celebration and were top-10 finalists in a national competition sponsored by Dimension Printers,” said Daniel J. Miller, an assistant professor and mechanical engineering technology program director. “The Dimension Printer is ideal for students to prototype their unique designs and avoid costly and time-consuming production. It gives our students a clear advantage when they move from design to production.”

The project took shape in 2010 in a computer-assisted design (CAD) course as part of their mechanical engineering technology program. One of their friends brought a broken Honda 400EX shock to class, and the team saw it as a chance to advance the overall design of the broken part. They took the class project beyond the design phase and printed a three-dimensional scale reproduction in plastic to make a working model of the innovative shock.

All three students benefitted from this project, past the national recognition of their invention. Szelestey and Trimboli are continuing their studies at RIT. Landry started a career making CAD product designs, similar to the ones used to create the prototype shock.

Prior to the ATV 4-Wheel Action article, the team of future engineers and the College’s Dimension Printer were highlighted in The Watertown Daily Times. 

For previous details on the students and their project, read the March 24, 2011 article “SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Students Create Shock Value

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Twin Toyota Donations Help Fuel SUNY Canton Students

Monday, October 24th, 2011

A prominent area business owner and Toyota Motor Corporation recently made matching gifts to the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

Ed Cloce, President of TJ Toyota in Potsdam and a1959 automotive technology alumnus, recently presented SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy with a check following a donation to the College by his parent company.

Kennedy and Cloce

MATCHING GIFTS - SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy receives a donation from the President of TJ Toyota and 1959 alumnus Ed Cloce.

“Mr. Cloce has been an active and supportive alumnus who cares deeply about the success and continued growth of the College,” Kennedy said. “He’s demonstrated his ongoing commitment to our College at many levels by helping develop our students’ learning experiences and by hiring many of our graduates.”

TJ Toyota recently expanded their business and completed a major facility upgrade. In recognition of the achievement, the New York regional offices of Toyota Motor Sales USA made a donation on behalf of Cloce to the SUNY Canton College Foundation to benefit the College’s automotive program. Cloce then matched the gift with an unrestricted donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation in honor of Kennedy.

“Together with his previous donations, Mr. Cloce has donated approximately $50,000 in assets and funding to the SUNY Canton College Foundation,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We can’t thank him enough for his support of our programs and our administration.”

Cloce previously donated a Toyota Prius during the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign in addition to establishing the Ed and Clara Cloce Scholarship in 1989. The family’s scholarship provides annual funding for one student enrolled in the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology. Combined, the donations totaled approximately $3,000.

A portion of the funding will be used to purchase new equipment for servicing late model and hybrid vehicles in the college’s state-of-the-art automotive laboratories.

“We made this donation because of the extraordinary accomplishments the college has achieved under the guidance of President Kennedy,” Cloce said. “It is my hope that my donations help SUNY Canton students remember and value their education.”

Cloce is a member of the SUNY Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the automotive program’s advisory board. He received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award at the College’s 101st Commencement Ceremony in 2009.

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Two Student Artists Display in Southworth Library

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Two SUNY Canton students are displaying their artwork at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library. The exhibit was planned by Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett, as an ongoing effort to help students gain exhibition experience before graduation.

Dan Grant

Daniel R. Grant, a junior graphic and multimedia design student from Norwood hangs his work.

 

Tim Riley

Timothy Riley, a second-semester liberal arts general studies student from Dekalb Junction, helps design the exhibition.

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SUNY Canton Powersports Class Starts at Fort Drum

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

SUNY Canton is starting a fast-paced powersports performance and repair course to recently deployed U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Drum.

“This program is part of our outreach with the SUNY North Country Consortium,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “As a premiere college for soldiers, veterans, and their families, we seek to offer our in-demand academic programs where they will be utilized the best. In this case, we’ll bring our class to Fort Drum, rather then having the soldiers come to us.”

Powersports

SUNY Canton powersports performance and repair student Stephen A. Weston of Potsdam helps Instructor Mark R. Hill load Polaris snowmobiles, motorcycles, and four-wheelers destined for Fort Drum.

The three-credit seven-week powersports service course (MSPT101) began at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Outdoor and Recreation Facility on the post. Mark R. Hill, the Powersports program instructor, said it was offered in a condensed version to minimize the time commitment for soldiers.

“We’ll be bringing approximately $50,000 worth of snowmobiles, motorcycles, and all-terrain vehicles – all donated by Polaris Industries – to Fort Drum for our newest students to work with during the course,” Hill said. “This is one of the first courses that we offer in the one-year program. Students find it very personally and professionally rewarding.”

Students working on snowmobile

SUNY Canton partners Polaris to provide certification training at the main campus, allowing students access to the latest Polaris line to complete their course requirements. Students diagnose, troubleshoot, repair and even rebuild the recreational vehicles during the one-year program.

At SUNY Canton, powersports performance and repair is a career-driven one-year certificate program. The program is part of the College’s ladder curriculum, allowing students to transfer into associate degree programs, including automotive technology, or a bachelor’s degree program that best fits each individual student’s interest.

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SUNY Canton Team Builds Best Steel Bridge

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Steel Bridge Team

Michael D. Woodruff, a civil and environmental technology major from Vermontville and L. Tom Woodruff, a civil engineering technology major from Hermon, rapidly assemble their steel bridge. Michael is the student president of the SUNY Canton ASCE-AISC Student Steel Bridge Team.

SUNY Canton students built a better bridge faster than their competitors, placing first in the Upstate New York Regional Competition in Montreal, Canada.

The College’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Steel Construction competes almost every year in the regional and national-level intercollegiate challenge.

“SUNY Canton dominated the field of competitors and won first place in all categories judged,” said Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty advisor for the team of students. “We blew the competition out of the water with the overall stiffness, or rigidity, of our entry.”

The team clocked a 8.24 minute overall construction speed, with one penalty for a dropped bolt, according to the team’s president and civil and environmental technology major Michael D. Woodruff of Vermontville. “Our closest competition was the University of Buffalo with a 9.025 (minute) construction speed,” he said.

The challenge was to build a bridge over a scenic river for a new state park road allowing access to remote areas. SUNY Canton’s team prepares for a full academic year before the competition. The students design and experiment to solve the challenge before creating a steel bridge that they can rapidly assemble in front of a panel of judges. The bridge is then loaded with weights to test its integrity. Each team is evaluated on display, lightness, stiffness, speed, economy, and efficiency.

The students pitted their bridge design and building abilities against teams including those from the University at Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Hudson Valley Community College, and Clarkson University.

Tom Woodruff

L. Tom Woodruff, a SUNY Canton civil engineering technology major from Hermon assembles the steel bridge during a practice session.

The team is now preparing to reclaim their 2009 national title at the 2011 National Student Steel Bridge Competition to be held on May 20 and 21 at Texas A&M University.

To support the team, please contact the SUNY Canton Foundation at 315.386.7127 or email foundation@canton.edu. Numerous faculty and staff members at the College support the team and contribute to this cause through payroll deductions and personal donations.

 

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SUNY Canton Honors Convocation Named for Former Dean

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Arthur G. Hurlbut of Canton will be the special guest at the College’s annual award ceremony and Scholarly Activity Celebration during the first week of May.

The 2011 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation has been named for a former Canino School of Engineering Technology dean who helped instill the College’s career-driven educational values.

The Arthur G. Hurlbut Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural Gym. More than 125 students will be honored for academic success and outstanding achievement at the event. Hurlbut will also be a guest speaker at the Scholarly Activities Celebration, with presentations beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Kingston Theater, and a poster and artwork presentation beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, May 6, in the Southworth Library. All events are free and open to the public.

“Art helped students launch their careers straight out of college as both a professor and a dean in the Canino School of Engineering Technology,” noted Interim Provost Linda D. Pellett. “He assisted with or helped create several of the College’s four-year degrees, including the popular alternative and renewable energy systems program.”

Hurlbut is a 1965 Alumnus of SUNY Canton. He continued his education at Clarkson University earning his bachelor’s degree in 1969, master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1970, and his Ph.D. in engineering science in 1985. He was hired by the late Distinguished Professor Emeritus Harry E. King to work in the air conditioning engineering technology program in 1973.

Pictured is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and 2011 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation Namesake Arthur G. Hurlbut in his family-run sugar shack. Art and his son Andy run Hurlbut’s Maple Products in Canton.

“Art was one of the most dedicated well-liked faculty members in our school,” noted Michael J. Newtown, director of the alternative and renewable energy systems program. “He was always available to assist his students outside of class. Over the years he developed many industrial contacts to ensure excellent job placement for students after graduation.”

His educational philosophy was to make sure his students understood both the theory and the practical application of the subject matter. He emphasized open communications and teamwork while students created their professional projects. “As I was teaching, I was always learning,” Hurlbut said. “I learned a lot from my professional colleagues, the college’s administrators, and the students. I’m humbled to be recognized alongside the students at Honors Convocation.”

Hurlbut received the SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award in 2002, and the E.K. Campbell Award of Merit from American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc., (ASHRAE) in 2006.

He also advised SUNY Canton’s ASHRAE student chapter and the heating and air conditioning club. He co-advised the Beta Mu Chapter of the Tau Alpha Pi Engineering Technology National Honor Society.

Hurlbut’s community involvement matched his exemplary service to the College. He shared his expertise as a consultant with many local architects and has volunteered design work for SUNY Canton, the Canton Pavilion, Canton Central School, the Canton Library, Cooperative Extension Learning Center, and 4-H Camp Overlook. He designed and installed the air conditioning system in the College’s Alumni House on Stillman Drive.

Art lives in Canton with his wife, Diane. They have three grown children, Andrew, David, and Kimberly Trombly, and one newborn grandson, Noah Trombly. He enjoys maple sugaring, piloting his own plane, snowmobiling, hunting, and camping.

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Engineering Scholarships Available at SUNY Canton

Friday, April 8th, 2011

A handful of prestigious, full tuition scholarships remain available for students planning to study in SUNY Canton’s four-year engineering technology programs.

In 2010, the College received a National Science Foundation grant to provide 18 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarships. There are several STEM scholarships left for the Fall 2011 semester. Each scholarship provides students with $7,200 a year, or $28,800 over four years. Annual tuition for bachelor’s degree programs at SUNY Canton is $4,970 for New York State residents.

Justin Seymour, a SUNY Canton electrical technology student and National Science Foundation scholarship recipient from Elmira.

In order to be eligible, applicants must be accepted into one of several SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology programs and be able to provide: proof of U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency; a transcript with Regents exam scores of 80 percent or higher, or a transfer GPA of 3.0; and household financial records.

Megan Sampier, a SUNY Canton engineering science student and National Science Foundation scholarship recipient from Colton.

Additionally, applicants will need two letters of recommendation and will need to author a 500-word essay. The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants until all remaining slots are filled. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible upon acceptance into a qualified program.

Graduates of the College’s engineering technology programs are among the most sought-after employees. The Canino School of Engineering Technology offers a low student to faculty ratio with hands-on access to advanced laboratories and learning facilities.

Terrance E. Davis, a SUNY Canton alternative and renewable energy systems major and National Science Foundation scholarship recipient from the Bronx.

For more information, visit www.canton.edu/nsfsstem, or contact Julie Parkman, associate director of advancement in the SUNY Canton Foundation, parkmanj@canton.edu, 315-386-7746 or the Director of the NSF STEM Scholarship, Lawretta Ononye, associate professor of physics, ononyel@canton.edu, 315-386-7521.

 

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SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Students Create Shock Value

Monday, March 28th, 2011

A broken all-terrain vehicle shock helped lead a team of SUNY Canton mechanical engineering technology students to become finalists in a national competition.

Pictured are (l to r) mechanical engineering technology students Joel R. Landry of Malone, Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood, and Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills.

Joel R. Landry of Malone, Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills, and Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood recently found out that their project was among the top 10 considerations in the nation for the Dimension Printing 2011 Extreme Redesign Challenge at the collegiate level.

The project took shape when another student blew out the rear shock on his Honda ATV. Instead of repairing the damaged unit, the three aspiring engineers collaborated in their courses to design a brand new suspension system.

“Our (Advanced Computer Drafting) class assignment was to create a real-world solution using modern materials,” Trimboli explained. “We decided to reverse engineer the shock to improve its performance.”

Using what they had learned in their studies, the students generated renderings and designs of a brand-new shock creating a lower center of gravity on the vehicle and better overall control for the rider. Elements of their design have the potential to become high-end replacement parts within the ATV industry.

“Our design is top-notch,” Szelestey said. “We are curious where this project will take us from here.”

To take their project past the initial design phase, the students began printing out scale reproductions of the individual parts on the College’s Dimension Printer. They then assembled each light beige component into a functioning plastic reproduction of their concept.

Assistant Professor Daniel J. Miller said that the addition of the rapid prototyping machine has added further potential for experimentation and invention within the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

“Students previously had to cast or mill prototypes in metal,” Miller said. “Now they can run a program to print out scale models of their projects in plastic.”

Other student projects that have taken shape on the Dimension Printer include a scale-model working wind turbine and custom lightweight bicycle parts.

“One of our strengths is that we encourage students to apply theoretical calculations in real-world applications,” noted school Dean David J. Wells. “We emphasize efficiency and innovation all of our technology related curricula.”

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