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SUNY Canton Student Organization Hosts Panel Discussion on Poverty

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A discussion on February 5th will address the core problem of numerous social ills.

The International Student Activist Organization (ISAO) will be holding a poverty awareness campaign beginning Feb. 3 at SUNY Canton.

The week is dedicated to informing students and the public about the overall problem of poverty and its related impediments on society, according to Sabel Bong, an advisor for the ISAO and an Educational Opportunity Program counselor at the College.

“Poverty is the underlying cause of many other issues, such as social injustice, malnutrition, and many other social ills,” Bong said. “By addressing the issue, we can find meaningful solutions to reduce and eliminate many other problems. We are part of a global community and hope to address poverty at the local, statewide, national and international level.”

Among the week of events is a discussion panel beginning at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Panelists for the discussion include:

  • Amani M. Awwad, PhD, and associate professor and chair of the social sciences department at SUNY Canton.
  • Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley
  • Thomas R. Burns, superintendent of St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES.
  • Christopher Rediehs, St. Lawrence County commissioner of social services.
  • Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell.
  • Steven J. Todd, assistant superintendent of St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES.

ISAO Panel

Donna Seymour, a member of the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Public Policy Vice President for AAUW-NYS, helped organize the panel discussion and will serve as the moderator. AAUW-St. Lawrence County is a co-sponsor of the panel. “Poverty is a critical issue facing women and their families at every level and is something that AAUW works to address through our advocacy,” said Seymour.

Maleek C. McKenzie, ISAO president and an electrical engineering technology student at SUNY Canton, wants to discuss the prevalence of poverty in the greater North Country area and internationally. He said there are many misconceptions of what poverty looks like.

“As tomorrow’s leaders, it is important that we are aware and educated on issues plaguing our society so that we can change them in the future,” said McKenzie.

Last year, the organization presented a week of activism to raise awareness about human trafficking. The student-run organization also provides community assistance by sponsoring local food drives.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Bestselling Author to Speak at CSTEP Symposium at SUNY Canton

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Daniel SeddiquiDaniel Seddiqui, author of the bestselling book “50 Jobs in 50 States,” will speak to area college students at Northern New York’s annual career symposium for the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at SUNY Canton Feb. 1.

Seddiqui is widely known as the “world’s most ambitious job seeker,” yet has been named by USA Today as the “most rejected person in the world. After failing more than 40 consecutive job interviews and sending out thousands of emails seeking a job after college graduation, he set out on a quest of finding and working 50 jobs in 50 states. His book chronicles his journey, and he has appeared on CNN, Fox News, “World News Tonight” and the “Today” show.

More than 80 students from the Associated Colleges are expected to attend the all-day event, where they will have the opportunity to network and hear from local experts in law, health care, science and engineering.

The goal of CSTEP is to increase the number of students from under-represented groups who are pursuing professional licensure and careers in mathematics, science, technology and health-related fields. The program is sponsored by the New York State Education Department’s Bureau of Professional Career Opportunity Programs.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Author Chris Fink to Speak at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Chris FinkSUNY Canton will host writer Chris Fink as the final installment of the College’s Fall 2013 Living Writers Series.

Fink will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

He will discuss his 2013 debut novel, “Farmer’s Almanac: A Work of Fiction,” which is set in a rural Midwestern county. Fink drew inspiration for the book from his upbringing on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and his work as an agricultural journalist.

The book is described as a new Midwestern Gothic and is a dark imaginary handbook for rural living. According to the publisher, American’s rural core is cracked open to reveal moments of stark beauty and cruelty.

Fink is a professor at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he teaches literature, writing and journalism. He is also the editor of the Beloit Fiction Journal.

Now in its second year, the Living Writers Series was created by Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College. For more information, 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 to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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Critically Acclaimed Writer to Visit SUNY Canton

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Melissa FebosAuthor Melissa Febos will discuss her memoir “Whip Smart” as part of SUNY Canton’s popular Living Writers Series.

Febos will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Since publishing her memoir, Febos has appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” CNN’s “Dr. Drew” and “Anderson Cooper Live.” Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Marie Claire and others. She has taught at SUNY Purchase, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, The New School, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University and Utica College.

“On one level, “Whip Smart” is a page-turning romp through the gritty world of professional S&M and drug addiction, while on another it is a much more universal tale of a young woman’s search for identity, comfort and power,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche.  “Written with striking honesty, impressive prose and intense emotional acuity, this book not only sheds light on some of the darker corners of our world, but on hidden parts of ourselves that so often go unexplored.”

Now in its second year, the series was created by LaMarche to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College.

Febos’ visit is the second of a three-part series this fall. The final guest, writer Chris Fink, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. For more information, visit http://www.canton.edu/writers/.

 

About SUNY Canton

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.

 

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Native American Poet Kicks Off SUNY Canton’s Fall Living Writers Series

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

A nationally-known poet will discuss the complexity of Native American life in Cherokee country as part of SUNY Canton’s Fall 2013 Living Writers Series.

Santee Frazier will speak at 6:30 p.mSantee Frazier. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Frazier will read from his collection of poetry “Dark Thirty,” which is loosely based on his experiences, offering a portrait of Native people surviving in contemporary America.

“Frazier’s work captures the lives and voices of those we so often tend to (or try to) overlook: ‘huffers and drankers and plank-floor seductresses, car-part rippers, cane choppers, and root-juice healers,’” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “He tells us the stories of their lives as they are, without romance, pity or judgment, showing us in the process that they are just as worthy of poetry as anyone.”

Now in its second year, the series was created by LaMarche to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the College.

“By bringing professional, award-winning writers to our campus, it is my hope that the Living Writers Series exposes our students and community to a diverse chorus of voices who reinvigorate our relationship to literature, while also encouraging us to increase the depth and complexity of our understanding of the world in which we live,” LaMarche added.

Frazier’s visit is the first of a three-part series this fall. Melissa Febos, author of the memoir “Whip Smart,” will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, and writer Chris Fink will discuss his debut book, “Farmer’s Almanac: A Work of Fiction,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. All guest writers will be available for book signings at the events.

For additional information go to: http://www.canton.edu/writers/

 

About SUNY Canton

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.

 

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Law Enforcement Day Brings Nationally Known Criminal Investigation Expert to SUNY Canton

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Retired New York State Police Crime Scene Investigator and Court TV expert guest analyst Tom Martin will be the keynote speaker at SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Day.

Martin, who has investigated thousands of forensic cases throughout his career, has appeared on the Court TV series “Trace Evidence,” “Forensic Files,” and “On the Case with Paula Zahn.” He has also appeared on the HBO series “Autopsy” and has written several books.

Martin will discuss blood spatter analysis as part of the daylong event that begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. Martin’s presentation will begin at 1 p.m. Other scheduled speakers and topics are:

  • Stephanie Schuckers, Ph.D., associate professor at Clarkson University, will discuss fingerprint recognition software at 9 a.m.
  • Dr. Robert Stoppacher, medical examiner for Onondaga County, will discuss death investigations at 10 a.m.
  • Dwayne Wisbey, forensic document examiner for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department and adjunct instructor at SUNY Canton, will discuss document analysis at 11 a.m.

“Law Enforcement Day gives our students and community members the chance to hear from seasoned criminal investigation experts,” said Susan E. Buckley, department chair of the SUNY Canton Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Leadership and Criminal Investigation programs. “The guest presenters will be discussing the most modern tools used to solve crimes.”

The annual event, sponsored by the College’s student chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Buckley at buckleys@canton.edu.

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Author Siobhan Fallon to Visit SUNY Canton April 24

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Siobhan Fallon, winner of the 2012 Pen Center Literary Fiction Award, will discuss her celebrated collection of short stories, “You Know When The Men Are Gone,” at SUNY Canton.

Fallon’s visit, which will be the final installment of the Spring 2013 Living Writers Series, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

fallonPraised by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal, “You Know When The Men Are Gone” offers a glimpse into the lives of military families living in Fort Hood, Texas. Described as “gripping,” “fascinating” and “extraordinary,” Fallon’s debut book explores the challenges that service members and their families must face on the battlefield and the home front.

Fallon found inspiration for the book from her personal experience as an Army wife living in Fort Hood and the difficulties she encountered during her husband’s multiple deployments to the Middle East.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Philip K. LaMarche created the series and arranges guest lectures to correspond with his Living Writers Course curriculum so that students can read the books by authors scheduled to visit the College.

“Siobhan Fallon gives us the Odyssey of our times, telling stories about the long road home from the front lines, about the soldiers and families fighting the wars we as a country seem so quick to forget,” LaMarche said.

Fallon’s stories and essays have appeared in Publishers’ Weekly, Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She is currently working on a novel and writes a monthly fiction series for Military Spouse Magazine.

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SUNY Canton Event to Examine Female Social, Political Activism in the North Country

Friday, March 15th, 2013

In celebration of Women’s History Month, an upcoming panel discussion will bring together a unique group of community leaders who have been at the forefront of the political and social activism movement in northern New York for the past several decades.

panel speakersPanelists will share their personal stories about the impact of the women’s movement on the North Country at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library. Speakers will include: Ellen Rocco, station manager for North Country Public Radio; Karen St. Hilaire, St. Lawrence County administrator; and Veigh Mehan Lee, director of accommodative services at SUNY Canton.

“In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the social and political rhythms of the women’s movement were alive and well in the North Country, said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “The activism and drive of these women led to many of the hallmarks of our community — Birdsfoot Farm, the Little River School, ReachOut and Renewal House. The synergy from these activists has forever left its influence on our community in northern New York, and many of these community leaders remain active.”

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SUNY Canton Living Writers Series Brings Award-Winning Poet

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Iain PollockA noted poet will share his vivid memories of the complicated issues surrounding identity and race as part of SUNY Canton’s Spring 2013 Living Writers Series.

Iain Haley Pollock will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Pollock’s collection of poetry, “Spit Back a Boy,” won the prestigious Cave Canem Poetry Prize, which recognizes exceptional first books by African-American poets.

His childhood experiences of growing up the son of an African-American mother and white father influenced his work, and the title of his book.

Pollock’s work has also appeared in the Poetry Society of America’s “In Their Own Words” feature and publications, including AGNI, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, Drunken Boat and Indiana Review. He will discuss his personal connection to the larger world of poetry as well as read some of his own works.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Philip K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series, said “Pollock’s poetry nimbly weaves between the worlds of blues and jazz, love and loss, black and white, all with a stunning dexterity, sincerity and beauty.”

This is the second semester of the Living Writers Series. LaMarche said he arranges guest lectures to correspond with his Living Writers Course curriculum so that students enrolled in the class can read the books by authors scheduled to visit the College.

The last installment of this semester’s series will be Siobhan Fallon, author of the much-heralded book “You Know When the Men Are Gone,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

 

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Acclaimed Sports Columnist, Author to Kick off SUNY Canton Spring Living Writers Series

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

SUNY Canton will continue its popular Living Writers Series next month with New York Times sports columnist and bestselling author William C. Rhoden.

Rhoden will be discussing his work at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center nicknamed Roos House. The event is free and open to the public.

William Rhoden

William Rhoden, author of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves,” will answer questions about his writing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Roos House.

“Focusing on the juggernaut of professional sports, Rhoden forces us to examine and question some of the fundamental ideas our culture has to offer about race, power, and history,” said Assistant Professor of English Phil LaMarche, who created the series to allow students enrolled in his Living Writers Course to meet and hear from the authors whose books they are required to read in class.

Rhoden is perhaps best known for his book “Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete,” which deals with the challenging issue of the status of the black athlete in contemporary America. Using the pervasive metaphor of the plantation, Rhoden describes a modern sports industry defined by white ownership and black labor.

During a journalism career that has spanned more than three decades, Rhoden has tackled complex issues in the sports world. He has written “The Sports of the Times” column since 1990, and his work has been included in a number of anthologies including “The Best American Sports Writing 2007.” Rhoden is also a frequent guest on ESPN’s long-running Sunday morning show, “The Sports Reporters.”

Rhoden’s accolades include a Peabody Award for his writing on the HBO documentary “Journey of the African American Athlete.” Most recently, he wrote the HBO documentary “Breaking the Huddle,” about the integration of College Football, which won a 2009 Emmy for outstanding Documentary Film. He is also author of the critically acclaimed book, “Third and A Mile: The Trials and Triumphs of The Black Quarterback.”

Rhoden will answer questions and be available for book signings after the event. Copies of “Forty Million Dollar Slaves” will be available for purchase.

Upcoming presenters will include Iain Haley Pollock, author of “Spit Back a Boy,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, and Siobhan Fallon, author of “You Know When the Men Are Gone,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. Both events will be held in the College’s Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public.

 

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

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