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Author Daniel Torday to Speak at SUNY Canton Oct. 17

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Daniel TordaySUNY Canton will host author and Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College Daniel Torday as part of its Living Writers Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the College’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Torday will be reading from his latest novella, “The Sensualist,” which was published this spring. He will also answer questions about his writing and be available for book signings.

“We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Torday to SUNY Canton as part of our ongoing Living Writers Course created by Assistant Professor Phil LaMarche,” said School of Business and Liberal Arts Interim Dean Maureen P. Maiocco. “These events allow our students to meet and hear from some of the most talented writers today.”

Torday’s fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Glimmer Train, Harper Perennial’s Fifty-Two Stories, the Harvard Review and the Kenyon Review.

LaMarche described Torday’s writing as “A window into the world of his characters, but also a mirror, reflecting our own lives and the culture we inhabit.”

The Sensualist: A Novella by Daniel Torday“The Sensualist” tells the tale of 17-year-old Samuel Gerson, who is ready to rid himself of the tight-knit Jewish community in which he’s spent his whole life. But when he befriends enigmatic Dmitri Zilber, a recent Russian Jewish immigrant who is obsessed with the works of Dostoevsky, Samuel’s world begins to shift. As his life increasingly entangles with that of Dmitri and his beautiful sister Yelizaveta, it sets in motion a series of events that culminates in a disturbing act of violence.

Fall 2012 is the first semester that the Living Writers Course has been offered. Students enrolled in the class read the books by authors scheduled to visit the College. Best-selling author Mary Karr visited the College in September, and the next presenter will be Adam Levin, author of “The Instructions,” on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

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


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Best-Selling Author Coming to SUNY Canton

Monday, September 17th, 2012
Mary Karr

Mary Karr will be reading from "Lit: A Memoir" and answering questions about her writing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center¹s Kingston Theater.

SUNY Canton will be hosting New York Times Best Sellers List author Mary Karr to open its Fall 2012 Living Writers Series.

Karr, who has won multiple awards for her non-fiction work, will be reading from her book “Lit: A Memoir” and answering questions about her writing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Karr will be available for book signings at the end of her presentation.

“We are able to bring award-winning authors to SUNY Canton through our brand-new Living Writers (ENGL264) Course created within our humanities department,” said School of Business and Liberal Arts Interim Dean Maureen P. Maiocco. “Assistant Professor Phil LaMarche created the class, and invited authors to enhance our culturally rich programming.”

LaMarche described Karr as a writing rock star with relatable cathartic prose that modern students can easily identify with and learn from.

“Mary Karr’s ‘Lit’ includes a cast of characters that make modern reality-shows look like a pack of rank amateurs,” LaMarche said. “Her work is harrowing, hilarious and full of heart. Her story is no mere carnival ride, but a genuine tale of love, forgiveness and salvation.”

Karr is most widely known for her best-selling memoirs, but regards herself primarily as a poet. She’s a 2004 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, and has written four volumes of verse, including “Sinners Welcome.” Her most popular book to date is “The Liar’s Club,” which remained on the New York Times Best Seller’s List for more than a year. Her most recent book “Lit: A Memoir,” presents readers with the story of her alcoholism, recovery and conversion to Catholicism.

Future presenters include Daniel Torday, author of “The Sensualist” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, and Adam Levin, author of “The Instructions” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14. Both events are scheduled to take place in the College’s Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public.

Fall 2012 is the first semester that the ENGL264 course has been offered. Students enrolled in the class read the books by authors scheduled to visit the College. LaMarche plans to offer the Living Writers course, and the related Living Writers Series, again during the spring semester with several different authors.

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

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SUNY Canton Offering Energy Retrofit Workshop

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Learning about emerging insulating practices for buildings and homes can help local businesses and families reduce energy bills during North Country winters.

SUNY Canton is hosting ‘Transforming North Country Housing: The Deep Retrofit Opportunity’ beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 21 in the College’s Woodcock Conference Suite 212, located in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

The training and discussion will especially appeal to energy-conscious builders and contractors, groups involved in energy and housing work, as well as local government officials curious about improving the community. The session will be the technical-detailed culmination of the training required for implementing deep energy retrofit practices and improving all aspects of the exterior parts of buildings and homes in a comprehensive module.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Gregory A. Pedrick, CEM, Buildings Research and Development Project Manager, will be providing the training and facilitating the discussion. Pedrick has over 24 years of  engineering experience in the fields of power systems and generation, distributed control system automation for manufacturing facilities, research and development with specialty in infrared analysis, transmission and distribution system design, industrial energy efficiency, and Advanced Building features.

The event is free and open to all interested individuals, and 1.25 continuing education units (CEU) are available to Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified attendees. In order to be credited for CEUs, attendees need to bring their candidate identification number from their BPI Certified Professional ID badge.

The event is being offered in partnership between NYSERDA and SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology.

For more information or to RSVP for the event, contact Art Garno, Site Coordinator for BPI recognized training given by SUNY Canton, at (315) 386-7197 or Walk-ins are also welcome to attend.


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Multinational Business Leader Offers International Entrepreneurial Advice at SUNY Canton

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Upcoming SUNY Canton guest speaker Yang Ni’s most recent international business adapts to the one-world economy by creating mobile apps for traditionally printed publications.

The cofounder and CEO of Inforgence America LLC, will give a presentation “In Pursuit of Dreams in a Curved and Flat World,” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

“Our business education and legal studies programs place a great emphasis on international entrepreneurship and relations,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Yang Ni has had phenomenal success launching and maintaining businesses that rely on international partnerships between the United States, Europe and China. There is much to be learned from his success.”

Inforgence America is a digital publishing platform technology company that provides services to deliver magazines, books, newspapers, and other traditionally printed media on mobile devices, including Apple’s iPads and iPhones. The company pushes the boundaries of the technology to integrate video and audio effects within a well-designed user interface. Ni founded the company in 2010, and has launched more than 30 unique apps in both Chinese and American marketplaces.

Ni is the founder and chairman of several other companies, including CALNY Ventures, Inc., which helps entrepreneurs capitalize on international technology opportunities. “The world economy is rapidly becoming unified,” Kennedy said. “Startups in the United States rapidly must reach overseas to succeed. Each of Yang Ni’s businesses integrates and capitalizes upon the one-world economy.”

Among the other companies that Ni is involved with are Pacific Life Sciences Co. Ltd, which provides research and development testing for multinational pharmaceutical conglomerates, including Pfizer, Inc., and Merck and Co. He’s the general manager of the clean energy solution company Qiaoyang Technology Development Co., Ltd. and was the co-founder and president of Pharmaneer Holdings, Inc. In the past, he was executive vice president of Transnational Ventures, LLC, where he worked to advise both American and Chinese clients.

He has several major publications in the areas of globalization, law, and international relations and has previously presented to the New York State Bar Association on international law, among many other business, legal, and societal topics for a variety of audiences.

Ni earned his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law and is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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

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Olympic Television Producer and SUNY Canton Alumnus Presents March 11

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Bob HughesSUNY Canton Alumnus Robert M. Hughes knows the right camera angles to film Olympic luge, bobsled, and skeleton racers speeding over 80-miles per hour down a complex track.

The 1975 graduate is co-owner of Carr-Hughes Production in Saratoga Springs, a respected sports TV production company with a long history handling international television coverage for sports like luge, bobsled and skeleton.

Hughes will be coming back to SUNY Canton to talk about filming and production at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be of particular interest to the College’s graphic and multimedia design students.

“I was responsible for managing the production process at the luge, bobsled and skeleton venue during Vancouver,” Hughes said. “The production was massive with 54 cameras and a crew of about 100 people from around the world.”

Hughes has worked with NBC and Universal Sports and produced programming for ESPN, Speed Channel and many other networks. He and his company filmed the World Equestrian Games and are the host broadcaster for all the major Track and Field meets in the U.S. If it’s moving fast or flying through the snow, he can find a way to film it and rebroadcast it to major networks around the world.

“I’m going to enlighten students about the uniquely democratic world of mobile television production,” Hughes said. “Motivated students who have interest and ability in any aspect of production (sound, editing, filming, or direction) can launch their career straight out of college.”

Carr-Hughes Productions is renowned for their global sporting events and home to world-class post-production facilities. They offer site production, post-production, and live televised event programming.

“We’re in the process of establishing an educational relationship with Mr. Hughes with the hopes of establishing internship possibilities for our fourth-year students in the graphic and multimedia design program,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “His insights will provide our students an inside look at a competitive and lucrative career option. Students who are interested in the possibility of an internship or career in television production should plan on attending the presentation.”

Guests at the program will be able to screen some of Hughes’ recent work, including a track meet recently filmed for ESPN. He said each broadcast presents its own unique decisions that need to be made and major production decisions need to be made rapidly without any hesitation. “In this business, you need to be a self-starter with the ability to learn and do things on the fly,” Hughes said.

Hughes was a competitive luge athlete after graduating from SUNY Canton. He went on to coach the 1984 U.S. Olympic luge team in Sarajevo before moving to television production. Examples of some of his work can be viewed at

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

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Two Artists Display Dueling Exhibitions at SUNY Canton

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Artists Jessica Jeffrey and Eric Ackerson have installed dueling exhibitions at SUNY Canton.

Jeffrey and Ackerson have hung their works as part of a “Double Spectrum” exhibition in the Wicks Hall stairway gallery space and in the Southworth Library as part of the SUNY Canton Visiting Artist series. Both artists will speak about their work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Wicks Hall Room 102. They will also offer a demonstration of their techniques from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Lab (Wicks Hall Room 213).

“We hold displays as part of our rapidly developing graphic and multimedia program,” said Assistant Professor Matthew Burnett, “Our students gain exposure to professional level art and design as a key part of their education.”

Jeffrey’s work relies a variety of traditional and mixed media printmaking processes. Her large works on paper explore images designed around the concept of the Tarot. Ackerson’s illustrations utilize the layering and appropriation of pop culture imagery to create humorous and disturbing compositions. Both artists utilize several photographic transfer processes in their work, reflecting a mixed-media approach combining traditional and contemporary processes.

The exhibitions will be on display through the summer.

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Multimedia Artist Bennett Morris to Display and Present at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Multimedia artist Bennett Morris will be presenting his vision of congested atmospheres and savage ruins at SUNY Canton.

The Maine-based artist will be hosting a public lecture “Mixing Technology and Process” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in SUNY Canton’s Payson Hall Room 205.

“Dystopic Ornament,” by Bennett Morris, currently on display in the Wicks Hall stairway.

Morris uses technology to augment and create his work, which is routed in the physical tangible world. His eerie and seemingly post-apocalyptic landscapes are all created from photographs, and other mixed or multimedia creations. He integrates bright colors and multiple layers to create depth in his compositions.

During his visit, he will also be holding a special workshop on evolving digital patterns for Graphic and Multimedia Design (GMMD) students beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Wicks Hall 211.

“Bennett is an accomplished photographer, videographer and designer,” said GMMD Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett. “Our students can learn from his technical ability in conjunction with his uniquely defined voice in the visual arts.”

Morris’ work from his series “Dystopic Ornament” will be on display in a space set aside for large-scale artwork in the stairway connecting the Faculty Office Building and Wicks Hall.

“My studio practice is informed by the effects of our technological pursuits in relation to surveillance, romanticism and the ideas of ruin,” Morris said. “These ideas are expressed through a variety of media.”

Morris currently teaches printmaking, photography and design at St. Joseph’s College and the Maine College of Art. His presentation is part of an ongoing visiting artist initiative sponsored by SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

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

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Nationally Known Chef, TV Personality Coming to SUNY Canton

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

SUNY Canton students will get a taste of how to maintain healthy eating habits from chef and television personality “The Food Dude,” Kevin T. Roberts.

The host of TLC’s “BBQ PitMasters” will speak at the College at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Roberts is most recognized because of his top-ten finalist finish on “The Next Food Network Star.” He has been on more than 100 national and local television shows, including “The Today Show,” CBS’ “The Early Show” and is a regular on “Better TV.”

One of his two cookbooks, “Munchies,” is geared towards college-aged students, young professionals and people looking for quick, simple and tasty alternatives to fast food. His recipes prove there is more to cooking than complex recipes and expensive ingredients. His second cookbook, “Kissing in the Kitchen,” teaches a novice cook how to prepare a romantic dinner.

Roberts is owner and executive chef at San Diego’s award-winning East Village Tavern and Bowl, one of the city’s hottest new downtown urban sports bars. He owns three other sports bars in San Diego.

He tours colleges and universities across the country every year, talking about healthy eating habits, how to keep the ‘Freshman Fifteen’ off, what foods provide the most brain power during those late-night cram sessions, and how to make the best food for a party or event.

The event is sponsored by the College’s College Activities Board and the Student Government Association. It 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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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist to Speak at SUNY Canton

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Eugene RobinsonIssues surrounding race and Black America have often influenced the work of Eugene H. Robinson.

The Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and associate editor of The Washington Post is coming to SUNY Canton, and will be speaking at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Robinson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focused on the election of the first African-American president and showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.

After receiving the award, he said he never wrestled with being a black journalist covering a black presidential candidate. “The great thing about a column is that you have a license to feel,” Robinson said. “I tried to allow myself to go with those feelings at times when it was appropriate.”

Prior to his 25-year tenure at The Washington Post, Robinson began his journalism career at the San Francisco Chronicle. When he arrived in Washington, he started as a city hall reporter and was eventually promoted to city editor. He served as South America correspondent, London bureau chief, foreign editor, and the assistant managing editor. In 2005, he began writing a column for the Op-Ed page of the Post. His column now appears on Tuesdays and Fridays

Robinson is the author of three books: “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” (2010), “Last Dance in Havana” (2004), and “Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race” (1999).

In addition to his written work, Robinson is a prominent political analyst for MSNBC and frequents shows such as “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “Morning Joe,” “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”

The event is sponsored by SUNY Canton’s Student Government Association and the College Activities Board and 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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Adirondack Artist Displays “Paradox Paintings” at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 16th, 2009
Matt Burnett

NEW PAINTINGS - SUNY Canton Graphic and Multimedia Design Assistant Professor Matthew Burnett installs one of his multi-panel oil paintings in the Wicks Hall stairwell.

Presentation and Discussion, Nov. 18

SUNY Canton Graphic and Multimedia Design Assistant Professor Matthew Burnett paints paradoxes.

His large-scale, multi-panel oil paintings combining nature and man-made elements are on display in the Wicks Hall Stairway, near the entrance to the College’s Faculty Office Building.
“The paradox in these paintings emerges around the need for human definitions of non-human concepts,” Burnett said. “When we talk about nature, we are talking about a human idea of nature, in which is embedded centuries of tradition, cultural bias, and metaphysics. These paintings were developed around this paradox of human and non-human perspectives.”

To accompany the collection, Burnett will be presenting “The Idea of Wilderness” a discussion of the themes that drive his work at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Wicks Hall Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Burnett is a native of the Adirondacks and an avid outdoorsman. He has gained regional acclaim by drawing upon his experiences and his interactions with the beauty inherent in the region.

In addition to teaching in the Graphic and Multimedia design program, Burnett has climbed all 46 Adirondack peaks and works for the Department of Environmental Conservation. He received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and his master’s degree from the Maine College of Art.

Most recently, his work was featured in the winter issue of Embark, a local outdoor and recreation publication. His work is also displayed at

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

Media arrangements should be made in advance by contacting SUNY Canton Public Relations at 315-386-7300, or email

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