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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 www.carr-hughes.com.

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
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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 www.mattburnettpaintings.com.

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 kie@canton.edu.


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Renowned Women Veterans Speaker at SUNY Canton, Nov. 19

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Military speaker and veteran Tia Christopher challenges audiences to walk a mile in a pair of women’s combat boots.

Christopher tours the United States, educating civilians and military personnel on the issues faced by women in the military. She will be presenting at 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 19 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Christopher is a disabled veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. She now works with the non-profit organization Swords to Plowshares with the title of women veteran’s coordinator.

“Swords created my position to respond to the specific needs of the fastest growing cohort of the U.S. veteran population: Women,” Christopher said in a prepared statement to U.S. Senate’s Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “My experiences have given me the passion and perseverance to do advocacy work on behalf of Swords to Plowshares. I mention this to illustrate that I am a VA consumer as well as a community avenue for my peers to seek and access care.”

Christopher will cover topics including:

  • The history of women in the military.
  • Current issues facing women veterans and women in the military.
  • Current research and pending legislation regarding women associated with the military.
  • Women veterans and military in the media.
  • Women veterans’ stories and art.

This event is co-sponsored by the SUNY Canton Veteran’s Association, which helps maintain SUNY Canton as one of the premiere military friendly colleges in the North Country.

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 kie@canton.edu.


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Pro Sports Career Seminar at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 9th, 2009

jreinsdorfChicago’s Jonathan Reinsdorf will conduct a seminar at SUNY Canton entitled, “Starting Your Pro Sports Career,” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov.10, in the Richard Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The seminar is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in professional sports.

Jonathan’s father, Jerry Reinsdorf, is the Chairman of the Chicago Bulls, which co-owns and co-operates the United Center with the Chicago Blackhawks. The United Center has played host to the NCAA and Big Ten Basketball Tournaments as well as occasional University of Illinois basketball games. Jerry Reinsdorf is also Chairman of the Chicago White Sox.

Jonathan Reinsdorf is the managing partner of Stonegate Alliance, a full-service higher education and pro sports consulting firm currently working with SUNY Canton to design the college’s new Sports Management program.  In addition, Jonathan Reinsdorf is the managing member of a real estate development company.

“Professional sports teams see colleges and universities as a feeder base for their business ranks,” said Reinsdorf. “They are increasingly involved in supporting college curricula with internships and seminars – to be followed soon by co-branding and program adoption. SUNY Canton is currently developing those relationships that will allow their students a variety of opportunities with several different teams. It’s the best way for students to get a foot in the door.”

The Sports Management major at SUNY Canton is expected to begin as early as next fall. Former NHL Florida Panthers Vice President of Communications Randy Sieminski will be joining Reinsdorf at the seminar. Sieminski spent ten years in professional sports, including five years with the Panthers. He is now the Director of Public Relations at SUNY Canton.

“This program is designed for current college and high school students, as well as prospective college students, who are considering a career in professional sports,” said Sieminski. “It’s a difficult field to break into unless you know the appropriate steps to take. This seminar will provide attendees the information needed if they wish to pursue those dreams of working in minor league and major league sports.”

The seminar is presented in conjunction with the SUNY Canton Career Services Office and the SUNY Canton Foundation.

“Like all of SUNY Canton’s majors, the sports management program will offer its students the opportunity not only to study about their career interests, but actually gain valuable experience,” said Director of Career Services David Norenberg. “This seminar will be provide invaluable insight for people interested in pursuing a career in professional sports.”

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 kie@canton.edu.


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Sustainability Artist and Entrepreneur to Speak at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

DutchtubRenowned artist and sustainability advocate Todd Smith will be visiting SUNY Canton and demonstrating a revolutionary hot tub.

Smith will be offering a day of creative design workshops with students from the college’s Graphic and Multimedia Design (GMMD) program, and then will be hosting a campus-wide presentation at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. Smith’s presentation is free and open to the public.

“Todd’s background in design strongly complements his ideas about product image and branding,” noted the GMMD program’s Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett. “He will be talking about the realities and process of product design. His knowledge shows the balance between the creative and the practical side of product marketing and design.”

His presentation will focus on the theme “from concept to client,” which outlines non-traditional, progressive, networking and brand building for unique products, including success indicators and pitfalls. Smith also highlights future growth strategies that incorporate modern thinking for unique economic situations.

Smith is involved with the American division of API Design, creators of the “Dutchtub,” a modern portable wood-fired hot tub. He will be bringing one of innovative chemical-free units to campus for display and demonstration. Dutchtubs will be commercially available by 2010.

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Smith currently lives and works in Saranac Lake and is the president of local not for profit Adirondack Sustainable Communities, Incorporated.  He has been involved with the Solar Decathlon submission of University of Texas.  He won the critical regionalism competition in 2000 with his submission for responsible growth and planning in rural communities faced with rapid growth pressures. His current artistic work is on display at the 7444 Gallery in Saranac Lake.

Smith has taught Computer Graphics and Design through the State University of New York and Architecture through Montana State University. He is an avid skier, hiker, artist, and photographer. He also is the former North Country Community College women’s hockey coach.

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


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SUNY Canton Alumnus Shares First-Hand Account of 9/11

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
Brigadier General Fergal Foley will be presenting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, in the Kingston Theater.

Brigadier General Fergal Foley will be presenting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, in the Kingston Theater.

Brigadier General Fergal Foley, a 1980 SUNY Canton Alumnus will be presenting a first-hand account of his 9/11 experiences at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, in the Kingston Theater.

“There is certainly a lot we can learn from such a fantastic and dedicated leader,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Robert L. Edwards. “General Foley is truly among the best of the best. I know that our veteran and active military students, and many others are looking forward to hearing him speak. ”

Edwards is an advisor for the SUNY Canton Veterans association and has set aside time with the General to meet with select student leaders in a later meeting.

General Foley served as the Department of Defense Chief of Staff and Acting Commander for the Joint Task Force “Operation World Trade Center” from Sept. 11 through Sept. 29, 2001.

General Fergal Foley (USA Ret.) has served as a Director and Chief Operating Officer for American Defense Systems, Inc. General Foley retired from the United States Army in October 2006 as a Brigadier General and will soon be pinned for his second star – Major General – by Governor David A. Patterson.

His key military assignments included serving as Executive Officer of the National Guard Regional Training Institute from 1996 to 1999.  He was later assigned as Deputy Brigade Commander from 1999 to 2003. In 2003, he was selected for Brigade Command in New York City and remained there until 2005. General Foley was later assigned as the Facility Manager for a National Guard Training Base until his retirement in October 2006.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Military Association of New York.  General Foley earned an Associate’s degree in Business Management from SUNY Canton, a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College, and a Master of Science degree from the U.S. Army War College.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. 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 offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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

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