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SUNY Canton Living Writers Series to Host Widely Acclaimed 
Author Daniel Torday April 30

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Daniel TordayAn author who is generating literary buzz with his recently published book will visit SUNY Canton for the final installment of the spring semester’s Living Writers Series.

Daniel Torday will read excerpts from “The Last Flight of Poxl West” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Last Flight of Poxl West” quickly garnered critical acclaim upon its release in March, and Torday recently appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. The book continues to earn glowing reviews, including Amazon’s designation as one of the 10 best books of March, as well as a prestigious spot on the cover of The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

The novel tells the story of Poxl West, a supposed World War II hero, and his nephew, Eli Goldstein. When Eli begins to delve into his uncle’s memoires, he discovers Poxl may not be the man he once thought him to be.

Torday’s literary peers have praised the novel, including award-winning author George Saunders, who called it “a wonderful accomplishment of storytelling verve: tender, lyrical, surprising, full of beautifully rendered details.”

“‘The Last Flight of Poxl West’ beautifully explores Jewish identity of past and present, the pitfalls of contemporary heroism and celebrity, and the nature of storytelling,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and series creator Phil K. LaMarche. “We are lucky to have Mr. Torday on our campus, and this event is not to be missed.”

This is Torday’s second Living Writers Series appearance. He previously visited the college in 2012 after his novella, “The Sensualist,” was published. His stories and essays have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Glimmer Train, Harper Perennial’s Fifty-Two Stories, the Harvard Review and the Kenyon Review. Torday is currently the director of creative writing at Bryn Mawr College.

For more information about the Living Writers Series, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Hosts CIA Analyst for Law Enforcement Day, April 20

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

SUNY Canton’s Criminal Justice Department has chosen “Emerging Issues in Homeland Security” as the theme for the fifth annual Law Enforcement Day.

All presentations will be held April 20 in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater. A variety of experts in the field are invited to speak at the event.

storerThe day’s keynote address will be made by Cynthia Storer, who was a member of the sisterhood of CIA intelligence analysts whose work was crucial to the U.S. effort against Osama bin Laden. Their work led to locating bin Laden in a safe house in Pakistan. Her work with the CIA is featured in the HBO documentary “Manhunt: The Search for bin Laden.” Storer is an internationally recognized expert on radical Islam and terrorism. She continues to provide analysis training and education to federal, state and local agencies and teaches at the university level. She is also a consultant with the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.

The schedule for Law Enforcement Day is:

  • A Coast Guard Investigative Service presentation at 9:30 a.m.
  • A U.S. Customs and Border Protection presentation at 11 a.m.
  • A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement presentation at 1 p.m.
  • Storer’s keynote presentation at 3 p.m., followed by a meet-and-greet with the speaker.

Law Enforcement Day is held as an extra-learning opportunity for students in the criminal justice programs. Other interested parties, including other students, members of the law enforcement community and members of the public, are also encouraged to attend the free presentations.

SUNY Canton offers a bachelor of technology program in Homeland Security that provides students with the theory and practical skills necessary to understand challenges faced by the homeland security enterprise. This is offered in addition to the college’s Criminal Investigation and Law Enforcement Leadership programs.

For more information about Law Enforcement Day, contact Visiting Associate Professor Susan Buckley at (315) 386-7135 or email buckleys@canton.edu.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Environmental Activist Bill McKibben Talks Global Warming at SUNY Canton

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Renowned climate change expert Bill McKibben brought a message about the dangers of continued reliance on fossil fuels to SUNY Canton.

More than 700 students, faculty and community members from throughout the North Country region packed the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to hear McKibben discuss the alarming rate at which global warming is progressing.

McKibben

“We’ve already raised the earth’s temperature one degree Celsius, which is the heat equivalent of 400,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs – enough to melt the Arctic,” he said. “It’s enough heat that the world’s hydrological cycles are completely chaotic.”

According to McKibben, the increase is responsible for historic drought in areas like California, as well as extreme weather events, most notably in the Pacific Ocean, where there have been three consecutive super typhoons that have destroyed more than 80 percent of housing in Micronesia.

He quickly pointed out that some of the poorest areas in the world are hit hardest by violent weather patterns and sea level rise. And although scientists agree the earth’s temperature will increase even more, the fossil fuel industry continues to seek access to more coal, gas and oil.

McKibben’s grassroots environmental organization 350.org has become a voice of resistance to the fossil fuel industry. The group, which he founded with seven Middlebury College students in 2007, most notably led the charge against the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

This campaign, along with an initiative to encourage colleges and universities to divest their shares in fossil fuel companies, are ways 350.org is taking an offensive, rather than defensive, stance against the opposition.

It is with this strategy in mind that McKibben reminded attendees about the importance of cooperation across nations and generations to curb the progression of global warming.

McKibben crowd

He urged the entire audience to get involved and engaged in the movement, noting, “Young people are leading the fight against climate change.” He also made an appeal to his own generation, stressing the importance of their duty as elders to set a positive example in their communities.

“This crisis makes it clear we are all connected,” he said. “We’re all in this together, and I look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with all of you.”

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Professor, Survivor and Activist to Speak During Sexual Assault Awareness Month at SUNY Canton

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

A noted author, English professor and a sexual assault survivor is sharing her story of trauma and recovery at SUNY Canton.

Laura Gray-Rosendale, Ph.D., will be speaking at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The presentation will be free and open to the public.

Laura Gray-Rosendale

“Sexual violence is among the most crucial issues of our day on university campuses across the United States,” Gray-Rosendale said. “Now is the time to work together against a rampant rape culture, to put in place policies and practices that will better aid survivors as well as foster more community and harmony at all of our universities.”

Gray-Rosendale is the author of “College Girl: A Memoir,” published by the State University of New York Press. The book details her brutal rape while she was a student at Syracuse University. Although it offers insight into her personal devastation, it also tells the story of her friendships and hope. She has spoken frequently about the need to bring the worlds of survivors and academia together in the hopes of a better future for both.

“It is important that we as a college community listen to Dr. Gray-Rosendale’s message,” said Courtney B. Bish, vice president for student affairs. “Although it is not an easy topic to discuss, rape and assault must not be overlooked.”

The author’s presentation is one of the ways that SUNY Canton is recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness month. Representatives from the college, including President Zvi Szafran, have joined with the Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence County to advocate for awareness for an upcoming special edition of “Public Eye” on WPBS.

 

About Dr. Laura Gray-Rosendale

Laura Gray-Rosendale is a professor of English at Northern Arizona University and a President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow. She has published numerous articles and several books in addition to her award-winning memoir. Gray-Rosendale has spoken with students and faculty at campuses around the country about issues related to sexual violence, consulted with administrators on issues related to Title IX compliance, and published articles about sexual violence in The Chronicle of Higher Education as well as Thought & Action.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Leading Environmental Activist Bill McKibben to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Bestselling author and climate change pioneer Bill McKibben will discuss the consequences of global warming at 6:30 p.m., April 1, in SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public.

McKibben has been on the forefront of environmental activism since the 1980s when his book “The End of Nature” brought the issue of global warming to the forefront of America’s consciousness. Since then, the book has been translated into 24 languages and has earned McKibben a place as a foremost authority on climate change.

Bill McKibben

The event is cosponsored by the SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series and the SUNY Canton Living Writers Series.

“Bill McKibben is one of the most persistent voices regarding greenhouse gases and climate change; his efforts at raising social awareness and political action go back thirty years,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Matthew J. Burnett, who created the Sustainability Lecture Series. “His dedication to international well-being is a model for us all.”

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series, added, “We are pleased to welcome Bill McKibben to SUNY Canton. His message on the pressing issue of climate change is one we all need to hear.”

Hailed by the Boston Globe as “probably the nation’s most important environmentalist,” McKibben is the founder of a massive grassroots climate change initiative, 350.org, which most notably led the charge against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. This campaign culminated in one of the largest U.S. acts of civil disobedience in thirty years with a protest against the pipeline in front of the White House.

McKibben is a recipient of the Gandhi Prize and Thomas Merton Award and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. He has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “The Colbert Report.”

He has authored more than a dozen books and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones and Rolling Stone, among others.

McKibben resides in Vermont and is a Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College. His most recent book, “Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist,” is a memoir about his personal crusade to build and preserve a sustainable planet.

For more information about the event, visit http://www.canton.edu/writers/.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Top 10 News Stories of 2014

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Happy New Year! In case you missed it, here are the top 10 SUNY Canton stories from 2014.

10. SUNY Canton Welcomes New Executive Chef

SUNY Canton’s new executive chef will bring the best food the North Country has to offer to the campus’ community table. Steven W. Maiocco assumed his duties as assistant director of dining and executive chef in December. The guiding principle of his culinary approach is to serve fresh, local food. » NCN

9. NY Times Bestselling Author George Saunders Visits SUNY Canton

An American writer who has been hailed by Time magazine as one the most influential people in the world will visit SUNY Canton for the final installment of the College’s spring Living Writers Series. George Saunders, author of the New York Times bestselling book “Tenth of December,”spoke at SUNY Canton on May 1. » NCN

8. Biomass Magazine features SUNY Canton’s Wood Pellet Boiler Research

Rural residents in upstate New York may be able to offset the high cost of fossil fuels by implementing new wood pellet boilers with large-capacity feeding capabilities. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a $163,000 grant from NYSERDA for SUNY Canton to measure the efficiency of automatic-feeding wood pellet boilers. » Biomass Magazine

7. SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Association Raises Funds to protect K-9 Officers

SUNY Canton students will help keep local K-9 officers safe in the line of duty by presenting Kevlar vests to three dogs that work side-by-side with police during the College’s Law Enforcement Day March 19.  » Channel 7 News

6. SUNY Canton Earns Top Honors from US News and World Report, Military Advanced Education Magazine and SR Education Group

U.S. News and World Report today announced that SUNY Canton has earned a spot in the 30th edition of its “Best Colleges” publication. The college was ranked among the top 61 schools in the “Regional Colleges—North” division.  » Courier-Observer  | » MAE  | » SR Education Group

5. Alumnus John Halford Supports SUNY Canton

John L. Halford Sr., a 1949 graduate, has made a series of donations to the college. He most recently contributed funding for an equipment endowment in the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program. Halford is a member of the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. » WDT  | » SUNY Canton News

4. More than 1,000 Students Graduate from SUNY Canton

More than 1,000 students completed their respective programs of study and became SUNY Canton alumni at the College’s 106th Commencement Ceremony, held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. Dr. David J. Dupree, the keynote speaker for the event, joined the class of 2014 and received an Associate of Applied Science degree that he started 23 years prior. » Channel 7 News

3. Roos Jump to Final Year of NCAA Membership Process

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council has announced that SUNY Canton has been approved to enter its fourth and final year of provisional membership, effective Sept. 1. The decision affirms a June vote by the Division III Membership Committee recommending the College’s advancement toward full membership. » SUNY Canton News

2. Zach Meade Wins USCAA National Championship

SUNY Canton junior golfer Zach Meade came back to the North Country as a National Champion. Meade shot a round of 2-under par 70 in the final round to finish three strokes better than any other competitor in the 130 golfer field at the 2014 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championships on Tuesday at the Penn State Blue Course. » Roo Athletics

1. SUNY Chancellor recommends Dr. Zvi Szafran as next SUNY Canton President

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has announced her recommendation of Zvi Szafran as SUNY Canton’s next president. The SUNY board of trustees will hold a special meeting April 3 to consider appointing Mr. Szafran, who is vice president for academic affairs at Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia. » WDT

Nationally Known Poet to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Patrick LawlerA writer known for his award-winning poetry collections will cap off the fall semester installment of SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series.

Patrick Lawler will speak at 3:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

He has published three collections of poetry: “A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough,” “reading a burning book” and “Feeding the Fear of the Earth,” winner of the Many Mountains Moving poetry book competition in 2006. He has received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, two grants from the New York State Foundation for the Arts and an award from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.

“Lawler’s fiction always falls in that sweet spot between poetry and prose with an eye for the quirky details that make the most interesting characters and families come alive on the page,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “His performances are inspiring and hilarious, and I encourage everyone to come out for a great night of storytelling.”

His latest work, “The Meaning of If,” is a short-story collection that was published earlier this year.

An associate professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Lawler is the former director of the ESF Writing Program where he teaches environmental writing and nature literature courses. He is also a writer in residence at LeMoyne College.

LaMarche created the Living Writers Series in 2012 to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the college. The series will continue in the spring with author Ellen Litman Feb. 25. For more information, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding 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 as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Pioneering Author Jennifer Finney Boylan to Speak at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Jennifer Finney BoylanBestselling novelist and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist Jennifer Finney Boylan will discuss her groundbreaking memoir about transitioning from male to female as part of SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series.

Boylan will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Richard W. Miller Kingston Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Her memoir, “She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders,” is one of the first bestselling works by a transgender American. Until 2001 she published under the name James Boylan. Today, she is an activist for LGBT people through her writing and her involvement on the Board of Directors of GLAAD and the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

Boylan has been a frequent guest on a number of national television and radio programs, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “The Today Show,” and is a regular contributor to the op-ed page of the New York Times. She has been a member of the English Department at Colby College for 25 years.

“SUNY Canton is honored to host Jennifer Finney Boylan, one of the most esteemed civil rights activists of our time,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Humanities and LGBTQA student club adviser Melissa E. Lee. “Her visit constitutes a nod to our area’s diversity, and as such, acts as another step in the evolution of Northern New York into a place more openly accepting of differences.”

Boylan is the author of thirteen books. Her latest published work is “Stuck in the Middle with You: Parenthood in Three Genders,” a memoir about the differences between fatherhood and motherhood.

“Having a father who became a mother has helped my sons, in turn, become better men,” Boylan said about the book.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche created the Living Writers Series in 2012 correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. Short-story author Patrick Lawler will speak Nov. 19.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding 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 as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker to Speak at SUNY Canton

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Bess O'BrienBess O’Brien, director of the internationally acclaimed documentary “The Hungry Heart,” will discuss drug addiction and recovery at SUNY Canton.

O’Brien will speak at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

O’Brien released “The Hungry Heart” last year, providing an in-depth look at the world of prescription drug addiction through the eyes of Vermont pediatrician Dr. Fred Holmes, who prescribes suboxone to his patients struggling with prescription drug addiction. Much like methadone, suboxone helps many addicts in their recovery process – for some taking suboxone is a crucial stepping stone to long term recovery, for others it is a crutch. Throughout the film, the viewer sees Dr. Holmes struggling with these challenges and trying to make sense and keep the faith in the midst of many contradictions.

The Hungry HeartThe documentary has received international praise for starting a conversation about opiate abuse and has been highlighted on CBS Evening News, Al Jazeera, the New York Times and ABC.

O’Brien is the winner of the 2014 Walter Cerf Award for Excellence in the Arts; the 2012 Labor of Love Award from Vermont Works for Women; the 2011 Voices For Vermont’s Children Youth Advocacy Award in recognition of O’Brien’s creative and artistic advocacy on behalf of Vermont children; the 2010 National Education Association Human and Civil Rights Award for Shout it Out for empowering youth voice; and other awards.

 

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding 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 as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Writer, Performance Poet Arthur Flowers to Kick off SUNY Canton Fall Living Writers Series

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Arthur FlowersSUNY Canton will begin the fall semester installment of the popular Living Writers Series when African-American author Arthur Flowers performs at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24 in the Richard W. Miller Kingston Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Flowers utilizes African instruments in his unique style of storytelling. He considers himself a modern-day “griot,” a person who maintains a tradition of oral history, most notably in West Africa.

“There are those of us in African-American literature who feel that we are heirs to two literary traditions: the western written tradition and the African oral one, and try in the fusion to contribute something to the evolution of both,” Flowers said.

He is the author of the books “I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” “Mojo Rising: Confessions of a 21st Century Conjureman,” “Another Good Loving Blues” and “De Mojo Blues.”

“Flowers is a novelist and a bluesman, a storyteller and a sage,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “His performances defy literary convention, incorporating song, prayer, humor and heart. He is a man of wisdom and power and he is not to be missed.”

LaMarche created the series to in 2012 correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. Upcoming presenters this semester are acclaimed author Jennifer Finney Boylan Oct. 16 and novelist and short-story writer Patrick Lawler Nov. 19.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding 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 as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.