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SUNY Canton Online Staff Member Hits 200 mpg in Toyota Green Grand Prix

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Colton resident hand builds a car that appeared in “Total Recall” to tie for the top award in a national competition.

A February 1982 copy of “Mechanix Illustrated” inspired Jerry J. Bartlett to construct a futuristic coupe capable of reaching 200 miles per gallon.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

Bartlett is a learning systems manager for SUNY Canton OnLine and a 2004 alumnus who loves to make modern technology more efficient. He tied for the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award in the Toyota Green Grand Prix Doris Bovee Memorial Road Rally, held April 11 at the Watkins Glen International racetrack. He entered with his modified Urba Centurion, which was originally designed by Robert Q. Riley.

“The Centurion is built on a 1966 Triumph Spitfire frame with a custom body made with fiberglass over foam,” Bartlett said. “It runs on a three-cylinder Kubota diesel engine and can hit 65 mph. Attention to detail enabled the Centurion to rightfully earn its name on one of the most prestigious racetracks at the most unique green car and driver event on the planet.”

Bartlett recently won the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award at the Toyota Green Grand Prix. His ultra-efficient vehicle is approximately 41 inches tall.

Bartlett recently won the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award at the Toyota Green Grand Prix. His ultra-efficient vehicle is approximately 41 inches tall.

During the first stage of the challenge, he and a passenger drove on the racetrack for over 100 miles against more than 40 other contestants. The award was determined by calculating time, distance and fuel economy of each car. He ultimately tied with a completely electric vehicle. “The competition is a challenge of your technology, your ability as a driver and your car,” Bartlett said.

While building the Centurion, Bartlett modified the retro wedge-shaped design to be more aerodynamic, which gave him an advantage at the Green Grand Prix. The entire car is approximately 41 inches tall and the driver’s seat is about four inches above the road. He said the car performed better than taller, heavier, commercially produced vehicles during the rally because of its design.

The magazine article that inspired Bartlett 30 years ago now hangs on the wall above his desk. Early testing of the car began with hopes of meeting the 128 mpg touted in the article. The small displacement engine coupled with the low weight and custom gearing make it a desirable alternative to larger cars, especially when diesel fuel costs more than $4 a gallon.

His custom creation is powered by a 17 horsepower three-cylinder diesel engine and can achieve 65 mph.

His custom creation is powered by a 17 horsepower three-cylinder diesel engine and can achieve 65 mph.

His award came with a $1,000 prize. Bartlett donated all of his winnings back to the Green Grand Prix, which is a non-profit corporation. Robert Gillespie, Chairman of the Green Grand Prix said the mission of the event is educational and is used to promote sustainable transportation technologies. “This event is truly something I can stand behind,” Bartlett said.

The fuel-efficient Centurion had a big-screen debut. A version of it appears briefly throughout the 1990 movie “Total Recall” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“As far as I know there are only three of these vehicles in existence,” Bartlett said. “One is the car used in the movie and it is in California. Another is in the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, [Tenn.], and the other is the one that I built.”

Bartlett acquired the original wheels used on the “Total Recall” car for his own vehicle, but didn’t use them for the race due to their excessive weight. He also prepared for the race by dressing in a lightweight jogging suit and using a two-gallon fuel tank to reduce the weight of both the driver and vehicle. “Every pound matters when you are working with a 17 horsepower engine,” he said.

An avid do-it-yourselfer, Bartlett previously built a diesel motorcycle which averages 115 mpg. He also made a hybrid-electric trike that combines human and battery power. He lives off-grid in Colton and powers his home with solar panels and wind turbines. “The whole thing is one big science experiment,” he said. “Once you start, you can’t stop.”

The Centurion is one of Bartlett’s daily-use vehicles and can often be seen in SUNY Canton’s Parking Lot 5.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Professor Receives 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

A professor who has dedicated her career at SUNY Canton to ensuring student success will receive this year’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

The College Council will present Deborah S. Molnar, DPT, with the award during the David V. Guccione Honors Convocation ceremony at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center. Molnar is a professor and also the program director of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell of DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau of Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny of Keeseville.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director Deborah S. Molnar (second from left) demonstrates laboratory equipment to students Kaylee M. O’Donnell of DeKalb Junction, Stephanie R. Rondeau of Watertown and Alyssa R. Recny of Keeseville.

She was chosen for her unwavering dedication to developing the PTA degree into one of SUNY Canton’s premier offerings. She successfully guided the program through two rigorous reaccreditation processes in 2002 and 2013, and the degree boasts students who consistently pass the national exam at a higher rate than other graduates nationwide.

“It is Deborah’s passion for the subject matter and engagement with her students that uniquely qualifies her for this award,” said SUNY Canton Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly A. Mott, Ph.D. “Her commitment to excellence in her teaching and the PTA program has enriched the lives of our students and that of the campus community.”

Molnar was also instrumental in crafting a highly successful partnership between SUNY Canton and the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka. Students enrolled in the program attend IIHS for a year and a half before traveling to the U.S. to complete an additional three semesters at SUNY Canton. The first international students graduated in May 2013.

“Deborah has worked tirelessly to ensure the international initiative is reviewed properly, accreditation guidelines are met and the students are given an opportunity to change not only their lives but also the future of their country,” said SUNY Canton Visiting Professor and former Director of International Programs Marela Fiacco. “Bringing students from IIHS has also ensured that SUNY Canton students benefit from working side by side with students from Sri Lanka and gaining a better cultural understanding.”

Students are quick to note Molnar’s exceptional repertoire in the classroom and her dedication to helping others succeed.

“She was not just an instructor for us – she became one of the greatest teachers and friends we have ever met in our lives,” said Roshan Peiris, a PTA graduate from Sri Lanka. “She was always with us – supporting every way she could.”

Outside the classroom, Molnar is a member of numerous academic committees and serves as a faculty mentor. Her expertise in program development was instrumental in crafting the curriculum for the popular Health and Fitness Promotion bachelor’s degree, and she assisted with developing the four-year Veterinary Science program.

“Deborah has distinguished herself by maintaining an exceptional quality of work while ensuring attention and kindness to the people around her,” said colleague and Physical Therapist Assistant Professor Jennifer S. McDonald. “Her ability to listen attentively and act as a sounding board is unmatched. I consider it a privilege to work with her.”

Molnar resides in Norfolk with her husband, George, and two children, Sidney and Bodie.


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 Assistant Librarian Gives Questions to Answers on Jeopardy!

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

SUNY Canton Assistant Librarian Cori Wilhelm will appear on NBC’s Jeopardy! game show at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 on WPTZ.

The story has widely circulated the local media and has been the subject of many conversations at the College. Wilhelm participated in the game show and was filmed in August at the SONY Lot in Culver City L.A. She has been limited about what she can say about the show until after the broadcast.

Alex Trebeck and Cori Wilhelm

Cori Wilhelm pictured with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebeck. Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

“I can’t wait until it airs so that I can talk about it openly with my friends and co-employees,” the Assistant Librarian said. “The attention has been a bit overwhelming, but I appreciate the support. It’s great to know how many people are supportive and are planning on watching.”

She said she began studying during the qualification rounds, but studied a lot more, and harder, when she got the call to be a contestant. She used an online database of old Jeopardy questions to prepare.

“It’s hard to study in advance, because you don’t know what’s on the show,” Wilhelm said. “But being a librarian, I help students do research all the time. It keeps me fresh and gives access to a lot of topics.”

The Assistant Librarian had previously taken online qualification tests and had auditioned to be on the show twice, after receiving encouragement of her friends and family.

Wilhelm is a graduated from Parishville-Hopkinton Central High School in 2000, earned her undergraduate degree in History from St. Lawrence University in 2003, a master’s in Education from SUNY Potsdam 2005, and another degree from the University at Buffalo in library science 2011. She began working in SUNY Canton Office of Admissions in 2006, and started her current position in 2012.


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SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Hire Joint Interlibrary Loan Specialist

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Glen BogardusIn the most recent step toward the goal of greater shared services, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam have selected Glen R. Bogardus to provide interlibrary loan (ILL) support to both campuses.

“We are very much looking forward to capitalizing on Glen’s considerable experience managing the ILL process, with an eye toward advancing our own unique library-services mission,” said SUNY Canton Director of Library Services Michelle Currier. “In our successful, student-focused learning commons environment, we are committed to providing forward-thinking, responsive service in support of our students’ needs.”

Bogardus received his bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and has previously worked for both Southworth Library at SUNY Canton and Frederick W. Crumb Memorial Library at SUNY Potsdam during his career. Most recently, he was charged with managing the SUNY Potsdam interlibrary loan department’s workload, which involved more than 10,000 loan requests per year.

“The most exciting thing about our shared Interlibrary Loan Specialist is that the addition of this position to our staff will allow SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to do more than we’ve been able to do before,” said SUNY Potsdam Director of Libraries Jenica Rogers. “Instead of focusing on only the day-to-day efforts of providing great ILL service to our users, we’ll both be able to look ahead and figure out which emerging technologies will be best for our users.”

Both colleges will not only see a cost savings by sharing this position, but it will also allow them to collaborate on new ways to improve information delivery to students.

Glen Bogardus

Glen R. Bogardus, the new shared interlibrary loan specialist, pulls books at Southworth Library Learning Commons and logs them on an iPad.

“This position isn’t about filling a staffing gap, it’s about creating the capacity for us to look forward, and find new things to try for our students and faculty,” Rogers added. “So, with the ILL specialist in place, our two ILL offices should be able to evolve faster, adapt more flexibly, and experiment more often.”

“The joint SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, IT/Library shared services team meetings, and the continued support and efforts of Carey Hatch, SUNY’s vice chancellor for library and information services and associate provost for Office of Library and Information Services, were instrumental in bringing this project to fruition,” said Currier.

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SUNY Canton Associate Professor Named as New Editor of Academic Journal

Friday, November 16th, 2012

SUNY Canton Associate Professor of Mathematics Daniel J. Gagliardi, Ph.D., has been named as an editor of the mathematics journal Graph Theory Notes of New York.

The publication is sponsored by the Metropolitan section of the Mathematical Association of America. Its purpose is to stimulate research in Graph Theory and to promote the exchange of ideas between researchers in the field.

“My new role as editor allows me to stay on top of new results in the field of graph theory, which I can then share with students,” said Gagliardi. “The mathematics department has introduced several new upper divisional courses, including Graph Theory, in support of the newly developed mathematics minor at SUNY Canton.”

Dan Gagliardi instructing a Calculus Class

Gagliardi shares his editorial responsibilities with founding editors Louis V. Quintas of Pace University and John W. Kennedy of Queens College. Graph Theory Notes of New York is published biannually and is distributed worldwide.

Gagliardi conducts research in both Lie Algebra and Graph Theory. His most recent article published in Graph Theory Notes discusses the surprising connections between these two fields of study. Gagliardi is also a coauthor of a textbook written with Saint Lawrence University professor James Defranza. Their book, Introduction to Linear Algebra With Applications, was published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education in 2008 and is being used worldwide. In 2011 the text was translated into Korean.

In addition to his work as a mathematician, Gagliardi is an accomplished double bassist. He and his colleague, Bill Vitek, a Clarkson University professor of philosophy, play jazz at local cafes and area events.

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SUNY Canton Professors’ Research Wins Award

Friday, October 19th, 2012

A research paper written by SUNY Canton’s Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Brian K. Harte, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Finance Umesh Kumar was recently awarded “Best Paper in [the] Financial Economics Session” at the Academy of Business Research Fall International Conference in Atlantic City, N.J.

Umesh Kumar and Brian Harte

Their paper titled, “The Regulation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Investor Response,” which analyzes investors’ response to firms that were convicted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) of 1977, was presented at the September conference.

In recent years, federal authorities have increased their attention toward firms violating FCPA compliance. If a firm is prosecuted and convicted under FCPA compliance, it affects not only the firm’s business interests but also the shareholders and consumers’ confidence. Their study analyzes 52 firms convicted for violations of the FCPA during 2006-2011.

“A firm operating internationally has to ensure that it doesn’t indulge in bribing a foreign official to seek business opportunities and also maintain a proper system of internal controls,” Harte said.

“Our research shows that investors are wary in making more investments in a convicted firm,” Kumar noted. “In fact, consumer confidence also suffers for these firms as sales growth becomes sluggish.”

The paper has not been published in its entirety yet. Their research paper “Corporate Social Responsibility and Investor Response in the Post-SOX Era” was also recognized as the Southern Journal of Business and Economics Best Paper in Economics at the Academy of Business Research Fall International Conference last year.

The Academy of Business Research is an international society of scholars and practitioners who exchange ideas and collaborate in a conference setting.

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


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Retired SUNY Canton Employee, Author, Returns to Campus for Book Signing Oct. 17

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Young WorldA former SUNY Canton director of facilities has penned a new novel based on the rich history of Canton. His writing includes allegories to the late College patron, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Richard W. Miller.

Frederick Rycroft, author of the new book “Young World,” will be returning to campus from noon until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, for a book signing at Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Store. Copies of his book are also available at the Campus Center Store.

“Some of the characters are based loosely on people from the community of Canton,” Rycroft said. “Even though it is a work of fiction, all of the history is well researched and includes the local color of the late ’50s in our community.”

Rycroft’s book tells the tale of the adventures, and misadventures, of teenagers who became friends in 1957 in a small Northern New York town. It includes narrative descriptions of how the Village of Canton looked and felt. Former popular venues including Billy’s Restaurant, the Hotel Harrington and the Miss Canton Diner, are all described or alluded to in his work.

“There are a lot of things about both of Canton’s Colleges in the book,” Rycroft said. “Specifically, I remember when the Canton Hockey Team had an unprecedented 42-game winning streak.”Rycroft

Rycroft retired from SUNY Canton after working for the College for 35 years. He also was an assistant football coach for the College beginning in 1995. This is his first work of fiction and the first in a trilogy all bearing the same title. The second part of “Young World” is near completion.

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.

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

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SUNY Canton Assistant Professor’s Research Featured in Academic Journal

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Eunjyu YuA SUNY Canton faculty member has published new research that can help high school educators better prepare students for higher education.

Assistant Professor Eunjyu Yu’s study, titled “Ready for College? What College Students Have to Say about Their High School English Experiences,” was published in the August issue of English Leadership Quarterly.

“In Assistant Professor Yu’s publication, she addresses the growing national phenomenon of helping students better prepare for their transition from high school to college,” said Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “Her work fits well within SUNY’s overall “Cradle to Career” views and will assist in our college’s retention efforts.”

She surveyed first-year student volunteers about their high-school experiences within the English language arts classes for her research. She found that students liked being challenged by their teachers, exploring multiple writing techniques and reading a variety of literature, using video and multimedia-materials among other information.

“Since an educational system is ecologically linked from primary education up to higher education, I needed to understand the effectiveness of high school literacy programs from the perspective of high school graduates to develop effective literacy pedagogy for my own students,” Yu said.

She pointed out that little research exists that addresses how effectively a high school English language arts class prepares students for academic reading and writing expectations at the college level.

“With respect to writing, in addition to learning grammar and language usage, the participants I surveyed would like to have more opportunities for hands-on practice with their writing skills,” the assistant professor noted.

Yu offers possible solutions to better prepare young adults, including establishing a stronger link between classroom learning and “real life,” by allowing students the ability to apply what they learn to their careers or personal lives.

English Leadership Quarterly is published by the National Council of Teachers of English. It helps department chairs, K-12 supervisors and other leaders in their role of improving the quality of English instruction.

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

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SUNY Canton Invites the Community to Join ‘Purple People Fun Night’

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Special Event on Sept. 14 to Raise Funds and Awareness for Alzheimer’s Patients

Forget-Me-Knots: Hopping for a cure...A group of SUNY Canton employees will be hosting a free fun night at Roos House to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

The event, named “Purple People Fun Night,” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, at Roos House athletic center.

The evening’s activities, which are open to the public, will include ice skating, swimming, spinning, Zumba classes, and basketball. SUNY Canton’s mascot, Rudy the Roo, will be making an appearance.

“We are encouraging everyone to wear purple to help raise awareness about the debilitating disease,” said Tina M. Flanagan, a calculations clerk in SUNY Canton’s Business Office, who is organizing the event. “Purple is the official color to support the end of Alzheimer’s. We will be awarding the top three best-dressed attendees.”

The Forget-Me-Knots is a local group, made up of many SUNY Canton employees, supporting the efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. The group derived their name from the purple Forget-me-not flower.

Although the event is free, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association will be accepted. There also will be a 50/50 raffle, with all proceeds benefitting the association. Food will be available.

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

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Respected SUNY Canton Business Professor Passes

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Tom Duda A much-loved SUNY Canton Distinguished Professor Emeritus has passed away.

Thomas W. Duda, a retired professor who taught in the School of Business and Liberal Arts, died on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, July 18, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg.

“Dr. Duda was very respected by his students and colleagues,” noted Provost Carli C. Schiffner, who will become Interim President on Sept. 1, following current President Joseph L. Kennedy’s retirement. “He will be extremely missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife Virginia and all of his family. We are forever indebted to him for all of the educational contributions and the students he helped during his tenure with the College.”

Numerous friends of the SUNY Canton Community posted their remembrances and condolences on the College’s Facebook page. Cathy McCabe Beyette wrote, “He was an amazing teacher. I’d even giggle at his sense of humor he’d throw in on an on-line test… had to stop laughing because it was timed. SUNY [Canton] lost a wonderful man! Prayers and thoughts are with his family.”

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Mr. Duda was born in Springfield, Mass., on December 31, 1943. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut in 1965 and his Master’s degree from Syracuse University in 1967. He received his Doctorate from the University of Sarasota Florida in 1981.

He first went to work at Penn State, and later at Penn State’s DuBois Campus. He first joined SUNY Canton (then known as Canton ATC) in 1984. During his time at the College, he served as the presiding Officer of the Faculty Affairs Committee and served on the president’s commission on planning and budgeting. He chaired the steering committee for the 1991 Middle States reaccreditation process, and served on numerous other committees. He also designed the College’s “Principles of Management” course.

The College Council awarded him with the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1992. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy awarded him emeritus status in 2008, and Mr. Duda continued to serve the College in an adjunct capacity after his retirement.

He was also a hobby farmer and mechanic. He was active in St. Mary’s Cathedral. He played Polka Music and belonged to the Tom Duda Orchestra.

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