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: http://www.dissectionofanolive.com/.
SUNY Canton added 25 remarkable individuals to the College’s Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony on Friday, Feb 24 in the College’s Chaney Dining Center.
“Our College would not be where it is today without the hard work, dedication and thoughtfulness of these wonderful people,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy. “They laid the foundation for our many successes and we’re looking forward to celebrating their numerous contributions and accomplishments.”
Those eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame include, but are not limited to, alumni, founders, community members, and retired faculty and staff members. The recent inductees also include past presidents, distinguished faculty members, and numerous individuals who have significantly impacted SUNY Canton and the North Country.
The class is the second installment of the Hall of Fame’s Century Club, which will include the College’s first 100 inductees. The first class was inducted during SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend in June 2011.
“So many people have impacted our College in significant ways, but we could not appropriately induct them all at once,” Kennedy noted. “We wanted to make sure we took the time to honor each individual in the way they deserve to be recognized and thank them for all they have done for SUNY Canton and our students.”
The second installment of the Hall of Fame Century Club includes:
Dr. Adelord S. and Sylvia H. Blanchard – Dr. Adelord “Doc” Blanchard was a driving force in the secretarial science department for 22 years. He was admired as a professional who was deeply committed to his work and dedicated to his students. To perpetuate the high standards of excellence for which he was known, the Dr. Adelord S. Blanchard Endowment was established by the Student Cooperative Alliance and enlarged by Doc’s colleagues and friends. Sylvia H. Blanchard taught secretarial science and business at SUNY Canton for 25 years, from 1970 until her retirement in 1995. She was past president of ATC Women and a member of the Canton-Potsdam Zonta Club. Following her death in 1999, her family requested that this endowment fund be renamed to recognize her outstanding contributions to the College and thus the Dr. Adelord S. and Sylvia H. Blanchard Memorial Endowed Scholarship was named in honor of nearly fifty years of their combined service to the college.
Joel M. Canino ’59 – After graduating from SUNY Canton in 1959, Joel M. Canino worked as an industrial purchasing agent for Inland Supply Company in Syracuse. A year later he was offered a position at the Syracuse construction contracting firm of H.H. and F.E. Bean, Inc., where he eventually became executive vice president. In 1973, he moved to Orlando, Florida to work for the Pittsburgh-based mechanical contracting firm of Sauer Industries, where he served as president of various subsidiaries. In 1984, he became president of C.N.F. Industries in Meriden, Connecticut. Mr. Canino and his partner began Gemma Power Systems, one of the largest design/construct power plant builders in New England and one of the best in the nation, in 1997. His passion for the College was evident in his many gifts, which totaled more than $3 million and included the largest gift in SUNY Canton’s history. The College dedicated its School of Engineering Technology in his honor and renamed it the Canino School of Engineering Technology in 2005.
Mary Adele Chaney – A former professor of domestic science and academic subjects, Mary Adele Chaney was among the first group of women to graduate from the Agriculture School in 1910. After furthering her education at institutions such as Columbia University, Simmons College, Connecticut and later Providence, Ms. Chaney returned to teach at her alma mater in 1914 where she was hired as second assistant in domestic science and eventually became first assistant. Two years later she became the head of the domestic science program. For over two decades, she graced the institution with her youthful spirit, understanding, and patience, propelling her adaptation to changing times during her devoted time to higher education. She was also instrumental in starting the Pi Nu Epsilon, the first sorority for women. The Chaney Dining Center is named in her honor.
D. Edgar Cloce ’59 – D. Edgar Cloce is a 1959 graduate of the automotive technology program and is president of T.J. Toyota in Potsdam, one of the most successful automotive dealerships in the North Country. He was the 2009 recipient of the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In 1989, he and his wife, Clare, established the Ed and Clara Cloce Scholarship. He is a member of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and SUNY Canton’s Automotive Technology Advisory Committee and is also a regular supporter of the SUNY Canton College Foundation.
Dr. Solomon Cook –Dr. Solomon Cook was named to the SUNY Canton College Council by then-Governor Hugh Carey in December 1978 and served in that capacity until retiring in February 1989. In the later years of his Council term, he served as a Council representative on the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors. As chief of the tribal council, he played a crucial role in helping his community recover from a period of unrest. Dr. Cook dedicated his skills to improve the quality of life in his community. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II; was elected chief of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council; served as president of his church parish council and as an officer of the Knights of Columbus; is active in Farm Bureau and the 4-H Advisory Committee in program development; and donated land for a library in Hogansburg.
Henry and Macy Davis – In the 1930s and 40s, Henry and Macy Davis worked in a greenhouse at the College for more than a dozen years. Mr. Davis started working in the greenhouse as a newlywed with Macy. Mr. Davis began taking evening classes in 1941, which served as preparation for World War II and eventually led to his career in electrical construction. After he retired, he left $250,000 to the College but wanted no attention surrounding the gift until after he passed away.
William D. Demo ’57 – William D. Demo owned the Demo Auctioneering and Appraisal Service and retired from the St. Lawrence Central School after teaching for 27 years. Mr. Demo is a member of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and has been a volunteer fireman for 58 years and town councilman for 51 years. He has been a generous benefactor to the College Foundation creating the Bill and Kathleen Demo and Family Endowed Scholarship. Mr. Demo is a leader in St. Lawrence County and is a behind the scenes supporter for many significant projects at the College.
Dr. Robert Fraser – Dr. Robert Fraser served as vice president of academic affairs at the College. He arrived at Canton in 1973 as dean of instruction and was appointed to his vice presidential role in 1976, which he served until retiring in 1991. Dr. Fraser also served as the interim president between Dr. Earl W. MacArthur and Dr. Kennedy. During his 18-year tenure, he was a member of the New York State Association of Junior Colleges and the SUNY Association of Two-Year College Academic Officers, and took part in several local organizations.
Dr. Albert E. French – Dr. Albert E. French became the sixth director and the first President of the College in April 1948. Along with his arrival came the name change of the College for the third time, it became the State University of New York Agricultural and Technical Institute. During his 24 years of service, Dr. French was involved with two major building projects, including the College’s move across the village of Canton. French Hall was the administrative building during the years that Dr. French and Dr. MacArthur served as president. The Albert E. French Scholarship was established in 1972 by the Canton Alumni Association and was endowed and enlarged in 1989 by alumni and the French family in honor of, and in tribute to, Dr. French.
Walter Kingston – Walter Kingston taught at the College from 1946 through 1979. After graduating high school, he served as Chief in the Canadian Navy prior to teaching at SUNY Canton. He subsequently obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees after more than 20 years of summer school and night school. Mr. Kingston began teaching industrial technology in 1946 and started the automotive technology department in 1949 and served as director until 1977. An endowment was established in his honor by his son Dr. William Kingston and his wife, Dr. Anne Moss. The scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming freshman who has been accepted into the automotive technology program.
Ernest C. Krag – Ernest C. Krag was a beloved professor of sociology and founder of the College’s Native American Club. He was a member of the Board of Directors of College Association, Inc. and played a critical role in the advising of the Pi Nu Epsilon sorority at SUNY Canton. He was appointed to the faculty at the College in 1965 and became a full professor in 1972. Mr. Krag was the recipient of the College’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 1980. He dedicated his professional and personal life to the College and was known for his high standards of honesty and unselfish service to students, the College and the community. The Ernest C. Krag Scholarship was established in 1991 on the occasion of his retirement as a tribute to him and the impact he had on students, faculty, staff and the College.
Edson A. Martin – Edson A. Martin donated the land that SUNY Canton was built upon. When talks surfaced of the possibility of moving the College out of Canton, Martin gave the farm property in the northwest edge of the village to ensure the College didn’t leave the community. His gift provided the space for the campus to evolve into a leading college in the North Country and assured its future. He was one of the original members of the College Council, which came together for the first time in 1954. Mr. Martin was the recipient of SUNY Canton’s first ever Distinguished Citizen Award in 1976 and he was recognized again in 1991 when the College named the athletic fields in his honor.
Catherine Newell – Catherine Barnett Newell represents the fifth generation of her family to make her home in St. Lawrence County. She was an elementary school teacher and founding member of the environmental organization Save the River, North Country Citizens for Responsible Land Use, and the Hammond History and Folk Art Museum. She is also a former board member of the St. Lawrence Aquarium and Ecological Center, Ogdensburg Command Performances, and North Country Public Radio’s Community Advisory Board. She has also served in various other leadership roles throughout the North Country. Ms. Newell co-founded the Sweetgrass Foundation, a private charitable institution which provides financial support to local non-profit organizations, with an ultimate mission to improve the quality of life in Northern New York. Her efforts resulted in the College’s Newell Veterinary Technology Center, a much-needed space on campus as the veterinary technology programs have grown significantly in recent years.
Allan Newell – Allan Newell represents the fifth generation of his family to reside in St. Lawrence County. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years and on the Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Board of Directors. As co-founder of the Sweetgrass Foundation, Mr. Newell has served as its President and Treasurer. Hundreds of grants have been awarded to numerous regional organizations, including the private funding required to secure the matching state funds for the construction of SUNY Canton’s Newell Veterinary Technology Center. At the time, the gift was the largest in SUNY Canton’s history. Many North Country students also continue to benefit from the Allan P. and Catherine B. Newell Endowed Scholarship established by them with a personal gift to the College in 2003. Catherine Newell and Allan Newell were awarded the College’s Distinguished Citizen award in 2007.
John P. Ouderkirk – A Malone native, Mr. Ouderkirk graduated from SUNY Canton in 1952 and from St. Lawrence University in 1958. He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955. Mr. Ouderkirk taught Physics at SUNY Canton from 1958 until his death in 1987. A truly outstanding teacher, he was known on campus and throughout SUNY for his contributions to the field. Mr. Ouderkirk was a gifted lecturer, a wise mentor, a caring counselor, and a quietly inspiring taskmaster. The prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award particularly recognized his skills for Excellence in Teaching in 1975. While he insisted on high standards, he gave unselfishly of his time to anyone who needed it; he gave students opportunities to develop their full potentials; and he always gave students the benefit of the doubt.
Ronald M. O’Neill ’63 – Ronald O’Neill, class of 1963, began serving on the College Council in 1984 and was appointed as chair in 1992 by former New York State Governor Mario M. Cuomo. Mr. O’Neill continued to serve as a board member until 1999 and was reappointed as Chair of the SUNY Canton College Council by former Governor David A. Paterson in 2008 and is currently serving in that role. He was named to the State University of New York’s Alumni Honor Roll in 2000 because of his extensive contributions to the community and SUNY Canton. That same year, he received the SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus Award. O’Neill was the youngest Democratic Chairman for the Town of Canton, was a Morley Library Trustee and was a member of the Morley Volunteer Fire Company. While working for the Social Security Administration, he was also an alternate and on-site union representative for the American Federation of Government Employees.
James M. Payson – Dr. James Payson served the College for 22 years and was one of the most beloved figures from the School of Agriculture. Many referred to him as a “founding father,” prolific educator, and an amicable friend. He documented the early years of the School of Agriculture in a typescript work entitled, “A Brief History of the State School of Agriculture.” For over two decades of conscientious work, Dr. Payson shaped many lives and was a strong advocate for the school he took pride great in, as he was dedicated to providing a promising future to his students and the College.
Gerald Roselle – A dedicated educator and benefactor of the College for over 24 years, Gerald Roselle was a member of the English department where he served as chair from 1977 until 1982. In 1992, he established a significant bequest to the Foundation that funds scholarships and paid assistantships. One of the scholarships is presented annually to a freshman humanities student. The College’s academic plaza is named in his honor and is located between Cook Hall and Southworth Library and marked by a plaque.
Dr. Edwin Smith – Dr. Edwin Smith created the veterinary science technology curriculum at SUNY Canton and was named the College’s 2003 Distinguished Citizen. He was known for his enthusiasm and professionalism while serving as a faculty member and his colleagues were impressed with his ability to educate as well as motivate and support students. He invented lab facilities and equipment that helped students learn the necessary techniques required in the field. The veterinary science technology program has evolved into one of the most successful in the state, with the addition of bachelor’s degrees and the Newell Veterinary Technology Center. Dr. Smith had his own veterinary practice in Canton that served many community members and was an outstanding addition to the North Country.
William Stalder – Former College Council Chair and member and former chairman of the Canton College Council since 1962, William Stalder was a charter member and past chairman of the Association of College Trustees (ACT). He is one of the few College Council chairmen to have been appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors of New York State. He retired in 1991 as the managing partner of Witherbee and Whalen, Inc.
Jay F. Stone ’62 – Jay Stone graduated from the Air Conditioning program in 1962 and owns Hyde-Stone Mechanical Contractors, Inc., which has one of two offices in Potsdam. Mr. Stone has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Canton College Foundation, Inc. since 1989, and is a member of the college’s Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Curricular Advisory Committee. The Jay F. Stone Scholarship was established in 1996 by his wife and children to honor his dedication and service. The scholarship is awarded annually to an entering freshman student who enrolls in the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology curriculum.
Josephine P. Swift – Josephine P. Swift was the first recipient of Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy’s President’s Meritorious Award, one of the most coveted awards presented to a faculty or staff member each year at the College’s Recognition Day. She worked at the College for more than 25 years and was the coordinator of conference services and director of continuing education and community service before becoming assistant to the president. She was the founder of many of the College’s institutional traditions, and chaired committees of major events such as the Honor’s Convocation, the President’s Gala, Commencement and Recognition Day, among others. She authored a book, “Academic Protocol: Doing it Right,” that assisted the College in its future coordination of events following her departure. She played a key role in keeping the College open in the 1990s through reaching out to community members and political personnel that she had gotten to know through her involvement with the Republican Party.
Dr. Rollo E. Wicks – Wicks Hall was named after Dr. Rollo E. Wicks, who led the general education department for many years. Dr. Wicks was a graduate of Syracuse University with a Ph.D. from Cornell. He had a long experience as a secondary school teacher and administrator before joining the College’s faculty. As chairman of the Division of General Education, he helped significantly expand and broaden the liberal arts offerings of the College. He served as the College’s representative in State and National Junior College organizations. Dr. Wicks also authored a textbook and was on several committees on campus that worked to ensure the College’s accreditation.
Ronald L. ’59 & Blanche K. ’06 Woodcock – Ronald L. Woodcock is a benefactor from the class of 1959. In 1990, the Woodcocks established the Woodcock Family Scholarship Endowment. Mr. and Mrs. Woodcock co-chaired the Canton College Foundation’s Centennial Campaign alongside his wife, Blanche. A group of rooms in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center are named in honor of him and his wife. Mr. Woodcock was recognized by SUNY Canton as the 1989 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient and in 1990 was the recipient of the New York State Alumni Confederation Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Mrs. Woodcock oversaw the renovations at the College’s Alumni House located at 8 Stillman Drive, Canton, and the home is named in her honor. She was also the 2006 recipient of the College’s prestigious Honorary Alumna award.
Glenn E. Wright – A North Country native, Glenn E. Wright joined the College faculty as an instructor of social science and part-time administrative officer and eventually became a professor in 1948. As the College grew, Mr. Wright’s role moved from out of the classroom and served in a more administrative role, including serving as acting director in Dr. Albert E. French’s eighteen month absence from the College. During that period, Mr. Wright secured the gift from fellow inductee Edson A. Martin that moved the College to its current location. Mr. Wright and Dr. French worked closely together, as Wright served as acting director and president several more times during French’s 24-year tenure. He also served as vice president for student affairs and was a vice president during part of Dr. Earl W. MacArthur’s presidency. He resigned in 1976 after 28 years of service that included administrative duties that dealt with student affairs and admissions, among others.
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The College is seeking nominations for future classes of the college-wide Hall of Fame. Information on criteria for induction and the nomination form can be found at http://www.canton.edu/hof/nomination.html.
New solutions to global warming will occur through 50 years of advancement in behaviorism, according to a SUNY Canton faculty member.
Professor Stephen F. Ledoux, Ph.D., recently had an article published in the centenary edition of American Scientist, the journal of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Ledoux’s work, “Behaviorism at 100,” was featured in the January-February 2012 issue alongside a republished article from famous academic scholar B.F. Skinner, who was among the first to recognize behaviorism as its own natural science 50 years ago.
SUNY Canton Professor Stephen F. Ledoux recently had an article published in the centenary edition of American Scientist, the journal of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.
Ledoux noted the editor of the magazine waited to publish his work so it could be included in the 100th volume of the publication and provide a historical context for new readers.
“My article describes some aspects of Skinner’s behaviorism but also touches on the gradual emergence of the independent natural science of behavior, now called behaviorology,” Ledoux said. “In 1987, behaviorology became a recognized independent discipline in the natural sciences. The work I’ve done chronicles some progress made since Skinner’s “Behaviorism at 50” article appeared in 1963 as well as a range of benefits that come from these developments.”
Behaviorism influences many natural science fields, including environmental issues.
“Natural scientists are working to solve problems like global warming within the limited time frame available before we must experience its worst effects,” Ledoux said. “In that process, scientists note that solutions require changes in human behavior, yet they have lacked definitive access to a natural science of behavior. We now have that, which will be increasingly valuable for solving local and global problems.”
Ledoux is in his 30th year teaching at SUNY Canton. He has taught behaviorology in Australia, China and at the College. Although Ledoux’s research and published article concern another discipline, he is a member of the team teaching in the brand new applied psychology major, which is now accepting applicants for the 2012 semester.
He has authored several books and edited various behaviorism texts, including Lawrence Fraley’s General Behaviorology: The Natural Science of Human Behavior. Ledoux was elected to membership in the Clarkson University chapter of Sigma Xi in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in the experimental analysis of behavior from Western Michigan University in 1982 and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, Sacramento.
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Two artists with ties to SUNY Canton will be using lights and snow as their paint and canvas at SUNY Potsdam.
Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett, who teaches in the graphic and multimedia design (GMMD) program, and Scott Fuller, a GMMD advisory board member and an associate professor at St. Joseph’s College of Maine, are presenting a new outdoor display as part of their collaborative “E-Fraction” exhibition.
The two artists are currently displaying their paintings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed media installations at SUNY Potsdam’s Gibson Gallery and will begin molding sculptural forms in snow on Monday, Jan. 30. SUNY Potsdam will host an artists’ reception to highlight the indoor and outdoor portions of the show at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Gibson Gallery. Their outdoor work will be illuminated nightly through Feb. 7 in the SUNY Potsdam Academic Quad. Both displays are free and open to the public.
“We have plenty of winter, plenty of snow and plenty of ice in our region,” Burnett said. “I love the idea of celebrating what is unusual and beautiful about winter rather than complaining about it. There is so much complexity and power in the way ice and snow form and dominate our environment.”
Last year, Burnett and Fuller used large snow sculptures as a canvas for moving projected images of their work at a large-scale St. Lawrence University installation. Their efforts were highlighted in the March 13, 2011Boston Globe article, “Rethinking Snow.”
The pair first collaborated in 2006 to create a kinetic sculpture exhibition in Mt. Desert Island, Maine, and then again in 2008 at Saranac Lake’s winter carnival to create a large-scale interactive illuminated spiral ice structure. In addition to the St. Lawrence University exhibition, they presented their light and snow creations last year in Long Lake using old black-and-white photographs projected on their snow creations. Both artists have shown their work regionally and internationally.
Fuller said the exhibitions take a massive amount of coordination, cooperation, and direction from both artists. He and Burnett will be relying on students and faculty members from SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to help create the massive outdoor snow sculptures.
“Although we’ve worked collaboratively on large environmental exhibitions, we’ve only had one traditional indoor show together,” said Fuller. “We have lots of drawings, paintings and photographs that have been developed around these installations. Our gallery exhibition showcases over five years of working together.”
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Prominent patron’s legacy lives on through memories of his generosity, dedication, and charisma.
One of the most well-respected and generous SUNY Canton faculty members in College history has passed away.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus and longstanding Foundation Board Member Richard W. Miller died earlier this morning (Friday, January 6, 2012) at his West Main Street home in Canton. He was 93 years old.
“Dick’s passing saddens me greatly,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “In addition to being one of the most respected individuals at the College, he and his wife Irene were personal friends of my family. I’m certain many would join me in saying that their lives have been enriched through his friendship and ongoing dedication to the College and greater Canton Community.”
Mr. Miller began teaching at SUNY Canton (then known as the Agricultural and Technical Institute) on June 7, 1946. He was a professor and Department Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Technology Department. In 1975, he was named an Outstanding Educator in America and the year following he won the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1982, he received the SUNY Canton College Council’s Distinguished Faculty Award, and in 1990 the Council presented him with the Distinguished Citizen Award. He organized the SUNY Canton chapter of Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society for Engineering Technology and was an esteemed advisor to the Alpha chapter of the Theta Gamma Fraternity. He retired in 1983.
“Dick was one of the most influential faculty members to ever teach at SUNY Canton,” Kennedy said. “He assisted countless generations of successful graduates during his career. After he retired, he created scholarships to benefit incoming students. His legacy will live on across the campus.”
In 2003, Mr. Miller became the first donor in College history to make a million dollar donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation. His unrestricted donation led the college to name the then newly constructed campus center in his honor.
“I have had three loves of my life: The first, my wife Irene; the second, my family; and the third, this College,” Mr. Miller said at the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
He followed his donation with an additional $50,000 gift to the College in honor of his longstanding friendship with the Kennedys in 2010. Combined with his annual scholarship, Mr. Miller donated more than $1.6 million to SUNY Canton.
“Mr. Miller’s profound impact on SUNY Canton can be seen from anywhere on campus,” said Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato. “His generosity allowed us to make immeasurable progress at the College. He gave his time and heart to this college and for that, we will forever be indebted to him.”
Many alumni and current students knew Mr. Miller through his frequent involvement in campus following his retirement. In the past year he was a guest of honor at the College’s Kingston Fireplace Dedication, Holiday Luncheon, Scholarship Luncheon, and Alumni Weekend Celebration, among others. He attended his 65th consecutive commencement ceremony in 2011.
Update (Monday, Jan 9): Calling hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, January 12, at Lawrence Funeral Home, 21 Park St., Canton, with a service at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 13 at the First Presbyterian Church, 17 Park St., and a reception to follow at the Richard W. Miller Campus Center at SUNY Canton. A Masonic service will be held on Thursday 5:45 p.m. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Richard’s name to the Canton Neighborhood Center, 5 West St., Canton Methodist Church Food Kitchen, or the Richard W. Miller Scholarship at SUNY Canton. Condolences may be sent to www.lawrencefuneralhome.org.
A complete obituary submitted my Mr. Miller’s family can be viewed at http://www.canton.edu/news/index.php/miller-obituary/
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Update (Saturday Jan. 7): SUNY Canton College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill’s Statement on the Passing of Richard W. Miller
“Yesterday, SUNY Canton lost a great friend. Today, on behalf of the entire College Council, we mourn Dick’s passing and celebrate his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and many friends.”
“Dick was truly one of a kind. His contributions to SUNY Canton and the community cannot be measured in mere dollars. Teacher, mentor, friend, supporter, Dick was all these and much more. For more than six decades, Dick gave of his time, energy and money to ensuring SUNY Canton would continue to grow and flourish.”
“His dedication and fierce loyalty set a shining example for our campus and the greater North Country. While we will miss his presence at events, and his wise counsel and wit, we know that his legacy at SUNY Canton is enduring, which is just the way he planned it.”
Investors today are more likely to put their money and trust in companies that demonstrate corporate social responsibility, according to two SUNY Canton professors.
A research paper written by Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Brian K. Harte, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Finance Umesh Kumar was recently awarded “Southern Journal of Business and Economics Best Paper in Economics.” Their paper titled, “Corporate Social Responsibility and Investor Response in the Post-SOX Era.” was recognized at the Academy of Business Research Fall International Conference in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.
The paper examines Corporate Socially Responsible (CSR) behavior within convicted Fortune 500 companies and how it has become a cornerstone in corporate America, particularly in the post Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act era. CSR policy encourages companies to take responsibility for their actions and have a positive impact on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and beyond.
“Corporate Social Responsibility became increasingly important for investors after companies such as Enron came under fire,” Harte said. “The SOX Act was enacted to try and create transparency for investors and curb unethical corporate behavior by providing severe punishments for both criminal offenders and the firms they represent. Before it was enacted, responsibility did not fall on single individuals within companies, but rather on the Boards within those companies. Now, many CEOs and CFOs have taken on the individual responsibilities if something goes wrong so there is a tangible person to assign blame to if need be.”
“Our research shows that companies who demonstrate social responsibility are being rewarded by investors,” Kumar noted. “Convicted firms adopting high levels of CSR behavior, garner more positive investor response in the Post-Sox era.”
The paper has not been published in its entirety yet.
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SUNY Canton Accounting Professor and 2011 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service recipient Daniel G. Fay at the College's recent Honors Convocation celebration.
A faculty member with more than four decades of service to SUNY Canton and numerous ties to the Town and Village of Canton will receive one of the highest recognitions possible from the State University of New York.
Accounting Professor Daniel G. Fay will be recognized as a recipient of Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service at SUNY Canton’s 103rd Commencement Ceremony to be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the College’s brand-new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.
“Professor Fay has an indelible love for accounting and business education,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Within the SUNY Canton Community, he’s embraced and helped shape our College as it stands today, and his commitment will be recognized for years to come. I’m proud SUNY has chosen to bestow this award for his unwavering support and service to our College.”
As a faculty member, Fay has influenced generations of students who have become among the most prominent alumni at the College. He is well known and highly regarded as an outstanding educator and community leader. According to letters of support from faculty members and students, he strives to provide every opportunity to increase scholarship, diversity and positive relationships. His unwavering dedication has been described as “amazing” and “unsurpassed.”
“Professor Fay offers a high level of excellence in his professional knowledge and in the high standards he maintains in his teaching,” said Assistant Professor of Finance Umesh Kumar, Fay’s professional colleague. “He is simply an outstanding individual. I especially appreciate his ability to be a caring, proactive and effective educator.”
Fay has been an active board member of the SUNY Canton College Foundation for more than 20 years. He has helped create student scholarships through the Eileen and George Fay Endowment and the Linda Fay Endowment. Additionally, he’s helped create the SUNY Canton Investment Club, which analyzes and recommends investments for the College Foundation.
“We can learn a lot from Dan beyond his keen business sense and accounting abilities,” said Julie A. Parkman, Associate Director for Advancement. “He teaches his students and peers alike that they can accomplish anything by working hard, being confident and courteous, while remembering to help others.”
Fay is a Town of Canton Councilman, an area business owner, and an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He’s served as a St. Lawrence County Legislator and a member of the Canton Highway, Audit, and Recreation Committees.
Sports have played a large role in his life. Included in Fay’s athletic accomplishments are his intercollegiate wrestling career and his participation on the U.S. Bobsled team during the 1971 Winter Games. He has coached lacrosse for second-grade students and was an assistant varsity lacrosse coach at Canton’s Hugh C. Williams High School for numerous years. His excellent record has led him to be inducted into Clarkson University’s Hall of Fame and Massena Central High School’s Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Hugh C. Williams High School Hall of Fame as an outstanding supporter of local athletics.
After the recent retirement of Biology Professor Michael M. Peebles, Fay became the senior-most faculty member at the College. Peebles passed on his duties to Fay at SUNY Canton’s Honors Convocation, which included carrying the College’s ceremonial mace at formal events. Fay will lead the procession of faculty for the first time at this year’s Commencement – the very same day he will receive public recognition for this prestigious award.
Dan is married to SUNY Canton Distinguished Professor Emeritus Linda L. Fay, who was recognized last year when the College chose to name Honors Convocation in her honor. They have three children, Mrs. Steven (Kelley) Glasgow, Edward, and John, and two grandchildren, Garret and Paige.
He is also closely associated with Anywar Ricky Richard, a former childhood soldier and the founder of Friends of Orphans, an organization that supports former child soldiers in Uganda, Africa. The Fays brought Richard to SUNY Canton as a guest speaker. His speech is widely remembered as one of the most poignant and informative lectures at the College.
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An assistant professor of accounting who encourages student volunteerism will be receiving the top student-given award at SUNY Canton.
Peggy J. Jenkins will be recognized with SUNY Canton’s Northstar Award at the College’s 103rd Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the College’s new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.
Jenkins annually orchestrates the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at the College, which helps low- to moderate-income individuals and families prepare their taxes. Through her involvement, student participation in the program has tripled, and the group prepared more than 150 returns for the 2010 tax period.
“Beyond providing a valuable service to individuals who might not be able to pay to have their taxes prepared, the VITA program provides students with hands-on real-world experience,” said Linda A. Heilman, Dean of the College’s School of Business and Liberal Arts.
Among the student recommendations for the Northstar Award were numerous mentions of Jenkin’s ability to provide exceptional real-world examples of accounting policies and procedures. One student said that Jenkins consistently goes above and beyond to help all of her students achieve their full potential.
“Whenever I bring up her name or her unique teaching style to a fellow student, they agree with my opinion that Mrs. Jenkins is one of the most remarkable faculty members at the College,” wrote a student in a letter of recommendation for the award. “She is very deserving of this award.”
SUNY Canton Assistant Professor and 2011 Northstar Award Recipient Peggy J. Jenkins teaching an accounting class.
Eight students have recognized her outstanding involvement and presented her with awards through the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
Jenkins is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania who received her Master of Business Administration from Penn State University, and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bridgewater College in Virginia. In addition to her courses at SUNY Canton, she’s lectured internationally at the University of Wales, Bangor, U.K.
Jenkins lives in Canton with her family. She has a son Colin, and a daughter Lucy.
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SUNY Canton assistant professor capitalized on the abundance of snow in Upstate New York as a medium for his latest artwork.
Mathew J. Burnett, an assistant professor in SUNY Canton’s humanities department who teaches in the graphic and multimedia design program, was recently mentioned in the Boston Globe for his large-scale snow sculpture installation “E-Luminations.” Burnett and fellow artist Scott Fuller, assistant professor of fine art at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, transformed St. Lawrence University’s quad into a large-scale public art gallery using snow and several customized slide projectors in February.
“We’re used to seeing small-scale bursts of creativity in the snowmen and forts that people craft in parks and backyards,” wrote Courtney Humphries for TheBoston Globe article entitled Rethinking Snow. “Yet when faced with so much excess, why not apply those impulses on a grander scale? Around the world, innovative artists, architects, and planners in cold climates have used snow as a design material, transforming it into giant pieces of public art, architecture, and landscaping.”
Enlisting the help of SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence students, Burnett and Fuller carved giant snowballs to use as canvases for projections of their abstracted paintings. Each night for a week, they used LCD and slide projectors to light up the 8-foot orbs with a colorful rotating selection of artwork.
“In our previous installation, we used old local photographs,” Burnett said. “At St. Lawrence we used images and videos of ice, water, and fire, and abstract paintings we made to enhance the visual effect of the sculptures.”
St. Lawrence University Photographer Tara Freeman captured one of the most telling images of the installation within its overall environment. It was published on the cover of the Spring 2011 St. Lawrence University Magazine and reproduced with permission for this release.
Businesses that are engaged with the community and are focused on sustainability may be less likely to be involved in white-collar crime, according to a SUNY Canton assistant professor’s research.
Brian K. Harte, who teaches criminal justice, criminal investigation, and business courses at the College, will be receiving the Overall Best Applied Paper Award from the International Academy of Management and Business (IAMB) for his studies on the impact of federal regulations on corporate-level crime.
He said his topic of study was timely because the general public has shown outrage against unscrupulous companies, and demanded greater transparency of corporate behaviors.
“The lack of strong corporate ethics and fiscally responsible behaviors within corporations over the last decade has created the need for more external governmental controls,” Harte said. “I analyzed the behaviors and environments of Fortune 500 Companies to statistically find correlation between practices and conviction.”
Using statistical analysis, Harte was able to lend support to his hypothesis that businesses with greater access to resources are less likely to engage in corporate criminal activity. Additionally, businesses with a high level of corporate social responsibility are also less likely to be charged with corporate business felonies. “Examples of corporate social responsibility are far-ranging, and can include green initiatives, community involvement, and corporate stewardship,” he said.
He studied notable companies that had been investigated for fraudulent activities, including Enron, Worldcom, and Healthsouth.
“There were substantial differences in the corporate social responsibility reports of companies that had been indicted and those that hadn’t,” Harte said. “It supports the theory that businesses with a commitment to social responsibility are more apt to operate within the law.”
Financial measures and overall company size were not a clear indicator of illegal corporate activity, but instability, and market position may influence decisions to break business laws. Prior to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which was developed in reaction to several high-profile corporate and accounting scandals, it was commonly believed that larger companies were more likely to engage in illegal corporate behavior. Harte found after the regulatory measures were passed, smaller companies were more likely to be convicted of crimes. “One possible explanation is larger firms have more resources, and have the ability to avoid detection of illegal acts more than smaller, financially transparent firms,” he said.
Another area of Harte’s research evaluates the effectiveness of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, sometimes referred to as Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act. He’s trying to determine what, if any impact the act had – or if it is just business as usual in corporate America.
“The bottom line impacts all corporate decisions and the end goal is to generate revenue,” he said. “More and more I’m finding that businesses that can do that while giving back to their communities or support sustainable growth are the ones that operate within ethical boundaries. If a firm can do both then it is really a win-win scenario.”
Harte will receive his award and present his research Jan. 18 at a ceremony in Orlando, Fla., at an international conference of academic scholars from 20 countries. The IAMB is a professional association dedicated to advancing the research, teaching and practice of management and business worldwide through both academic publications and conferences.
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