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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

SUNY Canton Remembers Librarian and Archivist Mary L. Bucher

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Mary BucherA kind-hearted and dedicated member of the SUNY Canton family recently passed away.

College Librarian Mary L. Bucher, 59, of Canton, died on June 6th following an illness. She was a 34-year employee of the College and much revered for her wisdom and helpful nature.

She joined SUNY Canton in in 1978. She was recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Library Service in 1990, and SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy appointed her as university archivist in 1994.

“Mary is deeply missed by all of us,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Molly A. Mott, who oversees the Southworth Library. “She revered our campus and its unique history and she would light up at the chance to relay the stories and reflect on the personalities that made the campus what it is today.”

She was a member of the SUNY Librarians Association and the Eastern New York Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, in addition to serving as secretary for the College’s chapter of United University Professions.

Mary was an active and dedicated member of the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  She was chair of the committee for their AAUW Endowed Scholarship with the Canton College Foundation.  The scholarship is awarded to a SUNY Canton female student from St. Lawrence County who is planning to transfer into a four-year academic program.

This scholarship program was very close to her heart as she was a strong advocate for its promotion and support of SUNY Canton students.  Those who would like to make a gift to the scholarship as a tribute may do so by donating to the Canton College Foundation, Inc., 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY  13617.  Checks may be made payable to the Canton College Foundation. Please note in the memo section, “In Memory of Mary L. Bucher for the AAUW Endowed Scholarship.”

A complete obituary is available at North Country Now.

We invite the campus community and anyone who knew Mary well to leave comments below.


Honors Convocation Named for Former SUNY Canton Math Professor and Life-Long Educator

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
Faye White

Distinguished Professor Emerita Faye W. White of Ogdensburg is the namesake of the 2012 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation.

The 2012 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation has been named after Distinguished Professor Emerita Faye W. White of Ogdensburg.

“Professor White’s commitment to students and learning is an extension of who she is and all that she loves,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner. “It is extremely apt that we link her name with a ceremony honoring the pinnacle of student success.”

According to Schiffner, the recognition and awards committee unanimously recommended White for this honor. She is well known for her highly valuable contributions to the Math department, the College and community. She was also considered a conscientious faculty member who maintained a strong connection with her students.

“Standing in the ranks with Art Hurlbut, Harriet Beggs, and Herm Kalberer is a wonderful honor,” White said, in reference to several of the previous faculty recognized at honors convocation. “SUNY Canton is a great college for students and it’s a great place to teach.”

The former math professor received the SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award in 2001 and was awarded emeritus status the same year, denoting her excellence during her 15-year career at the College. Faye also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Heuvelton Central School in 2001.

Faye was a member of the New York State Mathematics Association for Two-Year Colleges. She served on numerous campus governance committees during her tenure, including the intercollegiate athletic board. She was also the division representative to the College Association, Inc. White returned to teach after her retirement.

White graduated from SUNY Potsdam with three degrees: a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Mathematics in 1968; a Master’s degree in Education in Secondary Mathematics in 1971; and a Master’s degree in Education in Instructional Technology and Media Management in 1993. She taught at Davisville Junior High and Morristown Central School until joining the SUNY Canton faculty as a Math Instructor in 1986.

Faye White

Distinguished Professor Emerita Faye W. White of Ogdensburg tutors Wayne A. Brown of Heuvelton. White’s continuing love of education led SUNY Canton to name the 2012 Honors Convocation in her honor.

She has been an active member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and was instrumental in the organization of the Professional Clothing Fair, which is held annually at SUNY Canton. She also coordinates the St. Lawrence County AAUW “Open Windows for Girls” program. Since her retirement, Faye has remained active in the community by tutoring students and serving as a Eucharistic Minister at Notre Dame Church and at the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center.

White lives in Ogdensburg with her husband, Eugene. They have a daughter, Kristen, who lives in Sebastopol, California. She enjoys reading, tutoring, gardening, traveling and spending time with her family.

The Faye W. White Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. May 2, at SUNY Canton’s Roos House Athletic Center Field House. The event is free and open to the public. Students receiving awards will be listed in a later release posted at

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SUNY Canton Screens Local Movie “Dissection of an Olive” on March 27

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The locally produced movie “Dissection of an Olive” will be airing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the SUNY Canton Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

The showing will be free and open to the public and will be the first time the movie has been shown locally since it played at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam as part of the Cinema 10 series last fall.

Several SUNY Canton students and faculty members contributed their talents to the movie, which was written and directed by former Potsdam resident Summer Dorr.

Kamal A. Turner, an instructional support assistant in the College’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program served as the assistant director and acted in the evolving story.

“I saw my parts in the movie as a way to be involved with a really large creative project right here in the North Country,” Turner said. “I contacted all of the students I knew who were interested in making movies so they could take advantage of the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a real production.”

SUNY Canton Graphic and Multimedia Design Instructional Support Assistant Kamal A. Turner and GMMD Student Daniel H. Grant (both far left) operate the boom microphone during a scene of “Dissection of an Olive.”

Additionally, Jesse L. Clark-Stone, a mathematics faculty member, served as the executive producer for the production. Graphic and Multimedia Design students Daniel H. Grant of Miller Place and Towfiq Akhtar of Queens both played roles in making the movie.

For more about the production and the official movie trailer, visit: