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SUNY Canton Automotive Students Receive Professional-Level Training and Certification

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Professional mechanics work side by side with SUNY Canton students to learn the latest technology in the automotive industry.

autoThe Automotive Technology department hosts a series of trainings for the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) and Snap-On tools, according to Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the program. He said the very first class of students recently completed the training and received professional-level certification.

“We offer the NAPA and Snap-On diagnostic trainings for area mechanics,” Baldwin said. “Our relationship with NAPA has expanded, and we are now able to include our students at no cost. This added training outside of their day-to-day classes helps them become more competitive when they graduate. This opportunity is really exclusive to our program.”

The NAPA training program consists of five training sessions on a variety of vehicle makes and models. For many mechanics, Canton is the closest option to participate in the six training sessions. For students, the hands-on trainings augment their in-class assignments.

Baldwin also facilitates training sessions with Snap-On’s VERUS [sic] Diagnostic and Information System. “The new tool rivals some of the most sophisticated hand-held mobile computers and is used to diagnose vehicle problems and track customer information from one location,” Baldwin said. “It has wireless Internet capabilities and can be used to access specific diagnostic resources as a mechanic is working on the vehicle. It even puts wiring diagrams at the mechanic’s fingertips.”


The assistant professor said students and mechanics have access to 6 of the tools, which cost almost $10,000 each. The computerized devices were purchased as part of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant. Last year, the Grant provided $245,000 in educational resources for SUNY Canton students.

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SUNY Canton Partners with Subaru in a Public – Private Partnership

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Subaru Distributors Corporation has made SUNY Canton its newest corporate training center.

The announcement was made today (Thursday, August 23) at an open house celebration. Subaru and area dealers will be contributing approximately $500,000 in tools, diagnostic equipment, and brand new cars to the College over the next five years to facilitate the partnership.

Barry Wells

Barry A. Wells, executive vice president of Subaru Distributors Corp., discusses the advantages of partnering with SUNY Canton to create a corporate training center. Wells is a 1975 and 2010 graduate of the College.

“SUNY Canton exemplifies the ‘Power of SUNY’ and how we can work with distinguished private sector partners like Subaru to boost economic opportunities across the state,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher in a letter to the College. “I commend Subaru Distributors Corp. and North Country Subaru Dealers for recognizing the strength of the SUNY system and SUNY Canton’s state-of-the-art and newly renovated Automotive Laboratory.”

Through the new partnership, automotive technology students can become certified to work with Subaru. Additionally, a third of the Subaru dealers in New York can send their technicians for training at SUNY Canton, saving the company money on travel to more distant training centers.

Brandon Baldwin

Assistant Professor Brandon J. Baldwin describes the unique partnership between Subaru Distributors Corp., area dealers and SUNY Canton.

“The SUNY Canton Subaru Training Center will be an inspiration for our automotive technology students and will be an example of the value of our partnerships for other corporations,” said Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “The training center will significantly impact our students’ educational opportunities, as well as increase the prestige of our automotive technology program.”

The partnership was first formed when Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the automotive program was introduced to Barry A. Wells, executive vice president of Subaru Distributors Corp. Wells graduated from SUNY Canton in 1975, and earned a second degree from the College in 2010.

According to Baldwin, students who complete the training will be exposed to the latest in automotive technology. “Subaru will give them an added edge as they begin their career search,” he said.

Wells pointed out that the collaboration is a great investment from Subaru’s perspective, because students who complete the training and go on to work for the company will already have the specific skills needed, saving dealerships thousands of dollars.

Subaru Group

The surprise announcement of the new public-private partnership in SUNY Canton’s Automotive Laboratories drew more than 50 guests. The labs were packed with the latest model Subaru vehicles.

“This is also another outstanding partnership between alumni and SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The power of our successful alumni reaching out to assist our community and our current and future students is profound and deeply appreciated.”

Dealerships in attendance included, Barstow Subaru in Potsdam, Fuccillo Subaru in Watertown, and Bill McBride Subaru in Plattsburgh.

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s Letter to Campus

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Major Automotive Partnership to Begin August 23 at SUNY Canton

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

SUNY Canton will be partnering with a major car manufacturer to provide advanced training and certification opportunities for automotive technology students.

The College will announce the details of the new public-private partnership at 10 a.m. Thursday (August 23) in the Automotive Technology lab (room 124) in Nevaldine Technology Center. The event is free and open to the public.


A birds-eye view of the Automotive Technology Lab, in SUNY Canton’s Nevaldine Technology Center South Room 124.


“The partnership will give our students an additional edge as they seek employment after graduating from SUNY Canton’s program,” noted Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “We certainly want to thank the manufacturer and the dealers who have made a fantastic opportunity available to our students.”

In addition to certification, students will also have access to three brand-new cars and specialized tools, according to Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the automotive technology program. Baldwin sought out this partnership alongside the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

“We provide our students with the latest tools and diagnostic equipment available,” Baldwin said. “Our new partnership takes their education to an even higher level with specialized industry-specific certification.”

The automotive program also recently became a Snap-On Tools Diagnostic Training Center. It is the only designated training center in New York, and one of only about 20 in the United States.

Previously, students in the motorsports performance program have benefitted from a similar partnership with Polaris Industries Inc. Students learn their profession with some of the latest vehicles made by Polaris, and the company hosts specialty training sessions at the College.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.


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SUNY Canton Students Take Eighth in ASCE National Steel Bridge Championships

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

SUNY Canton’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) placed eighth in the nation with their economical and efficient steel bridge.

The College was one of 47 teams to participate in the ASCE National Steel Bridge Championships, held over Memorial Day Weekend at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. Their top-ten position followed a first place victory at the ASCE Regional Championships recently hosted at SUNY Canton.

Bridge Team in Action

“The team members worked very hard to make sure all of the details were right and put in the extraordinary practice time necessary to compete in this level,” said Robert R. Blickwedehl, one of the three faculty advisors for the Steel Bridge Team. “Our team is in the top 20 percent of the competing universities, including some of the most famous, prestigious and expensive engineering schools in the nation.”

The team took third place in construction speed with a 6.70 minute overall assembly time. The students additionally took 11th place in the lightness category, and 13th in display.

“William Corbine, the Civil and Environmental Technology major who designed the bridge, struck an excellent balance between weight, stiffness and overall constructability,” noted Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty member and steel bridge team advisor.

The SUNY Canton steel bridge team has won the regional championships a remarkable 12 times in 16 years and accrued a national championship title in 2009.

The overall mission of each ASCE Student Steel Bridge challenge is to supplement the education of students in the technology and engineering fields. Students oversee all aspects of the fabrication, assembly and testing of their one-tenth scale model bridge to maximize performance and economy, as a way to apply their comprehensive engineering aptitude.

The 2011-2012 SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team members included:

  • Ralph Alfano, an individual studies major from Pleasantville;
  • Alyssa M. Baker, a civil and environmental technology major from Boonville;
  • Josh M. Beyer, a civil and environmental technology major from Castile;
  • William W. Corbine, a civil and environmental technology major from Potsdam;
  • Briana K. Fosher, an industrial technology management major from Rouses Point;
  • Daniel R. Jones, a civil and environmental technology major from Canton;
  • Mike J. Muller, an individual studies major from Malone;
  • Eric S. Schreiber, a mechanical technology major from Baldwinsville;
  • William L. Stevens, a construction technology management major from North Rose; and
  • Dusten S. Wells from Mexico, N.Y.

The team is also advised and supported by Dennis E. Tuper, an instructional support associate in the College’s automotive technology program.

For more about the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team, visit Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition Starts Friday at SUNY Canton’s Roos House, and SUNY Canton Wins ASCE Steel Bridge Competition.


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SUNY Canton Wins ASCE Steel Bridge Competition

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The SUNY Canton student steel bridge team outscored its regional competitors by building the most efficient and economical bridge at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference Championships. The competition is co-sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

Bridge Team in Action

SUNY Canton student steel bridge team vice president and bridge designer William W. Corbine of Potsdam (far right) tightens the final bolts on the College's bridge during the assembly stage of the competition.

The College hosted the bridge portion of the competition on Friday at the brand new Roos House Athletic Center. It was the 13th time in 17 years that SUNY Canton students have captured the regional title.

“Congratulations to our student steel bridge team for their regional victory and good luck to them in the nationals,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I’m very proud of the time and energy they’ve poured into designing and making their bridge. I’m also extremely proud of all the work the team did to make hosting the competition such a great success. I’m certain that these experiences and successes will serve them well as they prepare for successful careers.”

The competition challenges student teams to construct a one-tenth-scale model bridge designed to meet certain criteria, including construction speed, lightness, display, stiffness, economy, and efficiency.

“The students made all of the right choices from the beginning to make this bridge the winning entry,” said Robert R. Blickwedehl, a College instructor and SUNY Canton ASCE student chapter advisor. “I look forward to seeing them compete against top colleges and universities in the nation once again this year.”

The team will now prepare to head to the ASCE/AISC national competition scheduled for May 25 at Clemson University in South Carolina.

The judges use a formula to project how much implementation of each entry would cost, and the total cost determines the winning entry. The SUNY Canton bridge entry would cost an estimated $4.3 million and took just under eight minutes to construct. It was approximately $1.8 million cheaper and was assembled eight minutes faster than the nearest rival entry from second-place winner École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) from Montreal, Quebec.

Bridge Team

In order of finish, after the SUNY Canton and ETS entries were:

  • Cornell University
  • Clarkson University
  • SUNY at Buffalo
  • Hudson Valley Community College
  • The United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

“This was the best regional competition that we’ve been to as far as I can remember,” said Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty advisor for the student steel bridge team. “I can’t thank the faculty, staff, students and administration enough for helping us make the event a tremendous success.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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Regional Car Show at SUNY Canton’s Roos House, April 28

Friday, April 20th, 2012

SUNY Canton will have cars on ice at the Canton Automotive Regional Car Show.

From 10 am. To 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, the Roos House Athletic Center ice rink and field house will be home to unique, classic, new, and custom motor vehicles. Event organizer and SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Brandon J. Baldwin said the event is one of the only indoor car shows in the area.

“We’ve invited local and national vendors and scheduled live music for the event,” Baldwin said. “There will be lots of great cars inside one of the coolest new buildings on campus.”

Entry fees are $5 for adults, $3 for youth, and children 13 and under can attend for free.

“We have interlocking tiles that we place over the ice rink for this type of event,” said Roos House Director of Operations John D. Vandevere. “We are able to accommodate multiple or large-scale events at the venue by offering the ice rink as a useable space other than for skating.”

Individuals wishing to display a car must preregister and be on-sight before 10 a.m.  For more information, or to register, please contact the SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center at (315) 386-7051.

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Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition Starts Friday at SUNY Canton’s Roos House

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

SUNY Canton students will have home turf advantage while trying to build their bridge better and faster than their regional competition.

SUNY Canton and Clarkson University are cohosting the three-day American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference, featuring the Upstate Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition.

Steel Bridge Team

SUNY Canton ASCE Chapter members Briana K. Fosher of Rouses Point, Mike J. Muller, Jr., of Canton, and William W. Corbine of Potsdam, assemble their team's steel bridge during a practice run.

SUNY Canton’s ASCE student chapter has traditionally dominated the competition by annually planning, designing, and building a bridge that is stronger and more efficient than all of the other colleges and universities in the Northeast. The steel bridge portion of the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, at SUNY Canton’s Roos House Athletic Center Ice Rink.

“This is the first time we’ve ever hosted an ASCE conference at SUNY Canton,” said Paul D. Hitchman, one of the faculty advisors for the student steel bridge club. “Our new Roos House building will provide a great venue for the event.”

The competition portions of the conference are free and open to the public, and the bridge team anticipates many fans and onlookers at the event.

“This year’s challenge is to build a cantilever bridge from a man-made dam,” said SUNY Canton ASCE student chapter president Daniel R. Jones of Canton. “Our bridge is very different and more complicated than in previous years, but we’ve been practicing extensively.”

The SUNY Canton steel bridge team has won the regional championships a remarkable 12 times in 16 years and accrued a national championship title in 2009. Other colleges and universities competing include 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.

“We begin designing and planning for this competition on the first day of the fall semester, or almost eight months in advance,” said ASCE student chapter vice president and bridge designer William W. Corbine of Potsdam. “I like to think we have an advantage over other larger schools in the competition because we build our bridge on-site and then practice until we can build it fast and efficiently.”

Corbine and Jones are both seniors in SUNY Canton’s civil and environmental technology program.

The SUNY Canton Alumni office is hosting a reception for former team members and other graduates who want to be involved with the regional conference. The special RSVP only event will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, April 20, in the mezzanine area overlooking the ice rink.

The mission of the Student Steel Bridge Competition is to supplement the education of students in the technology and engineering fields, with a student-driven project. Students oversee all aspects of the fabrication, assembly, and testing of their one-tenth scale model bridge to maximize performance and economy as a way to best apply their comprehensive engineering aptitude.

For a complete schedule of events in the competition, which includes an awards banquet for participating teams, and a concrete canoe race at Norwood Pond, please visit:

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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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

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.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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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

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.


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