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SUNY Canton Online Staff Member Hits 200 mpg in Toyota Green Grand Prix

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Colton resident hand builds a car that appeared in “Total Recall” to tie for the top award in a national competition.

A February 1982 copy of “Mechanix Illustrated” inspired Jerry J. Bartlett to construct a futuristic coupe capable of reaching 200 miles per gallon.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

Bartlett is a learning systems manager for SUNY Canton OnLine and a 2004 alumnus who loves to make modern technology more efficient. He tied for the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award in the Toyota Green Grand Prix Doris Bovee Memorial Road Rally, held April 11 at the Watkins Glen International racetrack. He entered with his modified Urba Centurion, which was originally designed by Robert Q. Riley.

“The Centurion is built on a 1966 Triumph Spitfire frame with a custom body made with fiberglass over foam,” Bartlett said. “It runs on a three-cylinder Kubota diesel engine and can hit 65 mph. Attention to detail enabled the Centurion to rightfully earn its name on one of the most prestigious racetracks at the most unique green car and driver event on the planet.”

Bartlett recently won the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award at the Toyota Green Grand Prix. His ultra-efficient vehicle is approximately 41 inches tall.

Bartlett recently won the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award at the Toyota Green Grand Prix. His ultra-efficient vehicle is approximately 41 inches tall.

During the first stage of the challenge, he and a passenger drove on the racetrack for over 100 miles against more than 40 other contestants. The award was determined by calculating time, distance and fuel economy of each car. He ultimately tied with a completely electric vehicle. “The competition is a challenge of your technology, your ability as a driver and your car,” Bartlett said.

While building the Centurion, Bartlett modified the retro wedge-shaped design to be more aerodynamic, which gave him an advantage at the Green Grand Prix. The entire car is approximately 41 inches tall and the driver’s seat is about four inches above the road. He said the car performed better than taller, heavier, commercially produced vehicles during the rally because of its design.

The magazine article that inspired Bartlett 30 years ago now hangs on the wall above his desk. Early testing of the car began with hopes of meeting the 128 mpg touted in the article. The small displacement engine coupled with the low weight and custom gearing make it a desirable alternative to larger cars, especially when diesel fuel costs more than $4 a gallon.

His custom creation is powered by a 17 horsepower three-cylinder diesel engine and can achieve 65 mph.

His custom creation is powered by a 17 horsepower three-cylinder diesel engine and can achieve 65 mph.

His award came with a $1,000 prize. Bartlett donated all of his winnings back to the Green Grand Prix, which is a non-profit corporation. Robert Gillespie, Chairman of the Green Grand Prix said the mission of the event is educational and is used to promote sustainable transportation technologies. “This event is truly something I can stand behind,” Bartlett said.

The fuel-efficient Centurion had a big-screen debut. A version of it appears briefly throughout the 1990 movie “Total Recall” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“As far as I know there are only three of these vehicles in existence,” Bartlett said. “One is the car used in the movie and it is in California. Another is in the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, [Tenn.], and the other is the one that I built.”

Bartlett acquired the original wheels used on the “Total Recall” car for his own vehicle, but didn’t use them for the race due to their excessive weight. He also prepared for the race by dressing in a lightweight jogging suit and using a two-gallon fuel tank to reduce the weight of both the driver and vehicle. “Every pound matters when you are working with a 17 horsepower engine,” he said.

An avid do-it-yourselfer, Bartlett previously built a diesel motorcycle which averages 115 mpg. He also made a hybrid-electric trike that combines human and battery power. He lives off-grid in Colton and powers his home with solar panels and wind turbines. “The whole thing is one big science experiment,” he said. “Once you start, you can’t stop.”

The Centurion is one of Bartlett’s daily-use vehicles and can often be seen in SUNY Canton’s Parking Lot 5.

SUNY Canton Opens Winterterm Registration

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Registration is now open for SUNY Canton’s popular Winterterm online session, which begins Dec. 18 and concludes Jan. 16, 2014.

More than 80 courses are being offered in a number of disciplines, including business, economics, history and English.

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The session is tailored for students who want to catch up on degree requirements or get ahead and graduate early. Since the courses are entirely online, they can be accessed via computer from anywhere in the world.

“SUNY Canton’s Winterterm session offers an affordable, accessible, flexible online learning experience,” said Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly A. Mott. “Students from across New York and the entire country take advantage of the opportunity to earn credits during Winter break.”

Many of the courses offered during Winterterm are general education courses that help students fulfill graduation requirements; thus making it easier for students graduate on time or early.

To register or view the entire course listing, visit


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.


SUNY Canton Nursing Program Ranked Among Most Affordable in the U.S.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

2014 Most Affordable Online Nursing DegreesA university research company, SR Education Group, has recognized SUNY Canton’s four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree as one of the most economical online programs in the nation.

The results for 2014 were released on the company’s website, To be considered for inclusion, colleges are required to offer programs that are entirely online.

“We have long been innovators in online education,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman. “This recognition highlights SUNY Canton’s commitment to providing quality education and meeting industry employment demands, while ensuring that the program remains accessible and affordable.”

The four-year Nursing program, which was launched in 2009, was ranked 13th on the list. According to a statement released by the company, their mission is to highlight colleges’ affordability and quality and making access to online college information more transparent.

“Our main objective is to shift the discussion around higher education from prestige and selectivity to quality and affordability while empowering students to become better-informed consumers,” said Sung Rhee, chief executive officer of SR Education Group. “Skyrocketing college costs combined with the rising burden of student debt are compelling many American families to look for more affordable college education options.”


In addition to the four-year program, SUNY Canton also offers a one-year Practical Nursing certificate and a two-year associate degree in Nursing.

The ranking is the latest in a number of recent accolades for the College. Earlier this year, SUNY Canton earned a military-friendly school designation by G.I. Jobs Magazine and was chosen as one of the top 50 colleges in the country committed to saving the planet by the Online College Database. SUNY Canton also earned a spot in U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 list of best colleges in the Northeast.


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.

SUNY Canton Opens Registration for 2013 Summer Session

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Registration is now open for SUNY Canton’s popular Summer Session, which begins June 3.

More than 100 online courses and several on-campus classes will be offered throughout three sessions: June 3 to July 28, June 3 to July 7 and July 8 to Aug. 11. Courses are accessible via computer anywhere in the world, offering local students and distance-learners the flexibility of earning college credit via the Internet.

summer 2013

“Our online courses offer the same high-quality education that SUNY Canton is known for, but in a flexible learning environment,” said SUNY Canton’s Director of Information Services and OnLine Learning Kyle Brown. “Students from SUNY Canton and across the country continue to utilize our Summer Session course offerings year after year.”

Although courses are available in a number of disciplines, General Education classes have traditionally been in the highest demand over the past several years, especially from students at other colleges and universities.

“Due to the fact that these courses are most easily transferable to a student’s home institution, we anticipate that they will fill up quickly,” Brown added.

Because taking online courses can help satisfy a number of degree requirements at other SUNY schools, they help support SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher’s commitment to ensuring student success by allowing a seamless transfer of credits across campuses.

Summer courses also help students get ahead and graduate early, or stay on track and graduate on time, which also supports SUNY’s strategic plan.

To register or to view the entire course listing, visit

SUNY Canton’s Funeral Services Administration Program Receives Initial Accreditation

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The funeral services administration program at SUNY Canton recently received its initial accreditation from the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).

“By meeting stringent demands of the accrediting agency, we further highlight the strengths of one of our most intensely career-driven programs,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “This accreditation is the result of months of work and the cumulative efforts of Program Director David R. Penepent and Interim Dean Kenneth Erickson, with help from many departments and individuals.”

David Penepent and Carli Schiffner

Funeral Services Administration Director David R. Penepent presents SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner with the certificate of accreditation for his program.

The College’s funeral services administration program is one of the very few four-year mortuary science majors in the United States. It is also one of the only programs of its kind within the SUNY System.

“The funeral services administration program has been designed to place a greater emphasis on the skills and knowledge needed to equip graduates with practical information that can be used in the rapidly changing funeral profession,” Penepent said. “Students in the program have an opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom in their practicum and internship experience in a funeral home of their choosing.”

Currently, the funeral services administration program has approximately 40 students. The program is designed for first-time first-year students and working professionals.

Student pouring embalming fluid

Marissa L. Caskinette of Norfolk, James A. (Andrew) Podeszedlik of Highland, and Justise R. DelFosse of Norwood prepare embalming fluid during a funeral services administration lab.

One of the program’s many advantages is that funeral directors who are currently licensed and working in the profession have an opportunity to complete their degree online and complete their bachelor degree at their own pace, Penepent said. The program grants licensed funeral directors life experience credits for their skills and knowledge in the profession.

“I wish a program like this existed when I was going to mortuary school because I would have had an opportunity to see how mortuary theory was applied in a real-life setting before graduation,” the program director said.

Future plans for the program include new classrooms, a restorative art lab, and a new multi-purpose chapel to be used for mock funeral services.

The ABFSE serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation recognize it as the sole accrediting agency for academic programs that prepare funeral service professionals. Receiving programmatic accreditation ensures that the program has been evaluated and meets, or exceeds, set standards of quality determined by the ABFSE.

The four-year program was unveiled in 2010 and replaced the College’s two-year mortuary science program. Previously it was a candidate for accreditation through the same agency.

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


SUNY Canton Announces New and More Efficient Administrative Structure

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner today announced several departments and offices were realigned within the College’s organizational structure to better support priorities including student retention, strategic enrollment management and efficient shared services.

Some of the major changes under the new organizational structure include Athletics moving back to Student Affairs, Information Services and University Police shifting to College Administration, and Online Learning and Admissions moving under Academics.

“Canton has been a leader in SUNY’s system-wide shared service initiatives, and today’s realignment by President Schiffner mirrors our broader efforts to streamline administrative overhead so our resources can support student services and institutional priorities,” said Brian Hutzley, vice chancellor for financial services and chief financial officer for SUNY.

“These changes will result in a more effective organizational structure that will allow SUNY Canton to better address its issues and priorities moving forward,” President Schiffner said. “The restructuring of these areas will allow us to focus on student success and better align us with the model of both our SUNY counterparts and colleges and universities around the nation. This is part of the evolution of Canton as we look to continue our remarkable progress.”

Schiffner mentioned the College’s increased focus on academics and student completion as well as future opportunities to continue saving money through shared services. Last month SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam announced more than $1 million in shared services savings, and Vice President for Administration Natalie Higley expects those efforts to continue to benefit both schools.

“SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam have worked hard together to consolidate administrative services, become more efficient, and direct a larger percentage of funds toward the education of our students,” said Higley, who works for both colleges and is an example of the new shared services model. “We’ve already seen progress in areas such as payroll services and information services, and we look forward to continuing to standardize our processes and procedures for future savings.”


Registration Opens for SUNY Canton’s 2012-13 Winterterm

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Registration is now open for SUNY Canton’s extremely popular Winterterm online session, which begins Dec. 19 and concludes Jan. 15, 2013.

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The classes are accessible via computer anywhere, which is convenient for local students and distance-learners alike.

“SUNY Canton has a reputation for providing quality courses, and our online offerings are no exception,” said Kyle Brown, SUNY Canton’s director of information services and online learning. “Our faculty members are extremely experienced in teaching online, and the thousands of students who have completed classes during Winterterm and Summerterm can speak to the quality of instruction they have received.”

Courses are not only open to SUNY Canton students, but those from other colleges as well. Brown said the college’s course offerings have become tremendously popular. “SUNY Canton has seen an approximate 20 percent enrollment growth each year, and we anticipate that trend to continue,” he said.

Courses in business, finance, criminal justice, social science and other disciplines will be offered. The entire course listing can be found at

SUNY Canton’s Summer Session Breaks Enrollment Records

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Summer Session 2012SUNY Canton’s Summer Session has broken enrollment records for the fifth consecutive year.

“We are very proud of our Summer Session growth and the faculty who continue to make our summer terms successful,” noted Carli C. Schiffner, the College’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our expansion and outreach allow us to help students get ahead or catch up to their graduation timeline goals.”

To date, almost 1,800 students have enrolled this summer, and one more session is about to begin. Currently, total enrollment is up more than 20 percent from Summer Session 2011, which broke the previous year’s records with 1,400 enrollments.

“Almost 150 of our 170 Summer Session courses are being offered through SUNY Canton OnLine, allowing students to enroll from anywhere,” said Kyle Brown, SUNY Canton’s director of online learning and information services. “We’ve seen a surge of students enroll from other colleges around the country and even internationally.”

Much of the growth is attributed to the course selection, which includes many core courses or general education credits applicable to many popular majors at all SUNY colleges and most private universities, according to Brown. Students and faculty members have explained that the abbreviated but intensive online format lends fits well into the summer months, leaving time open for vacations, family obligations and work schedules.

There are also several unique and advanced course offerings during Summer Session including a course on serial killers and their victims taught online by Criminal Investigation Assistant Professor Elizabeth A. Erickson, and a traditional classroom based section of digital photography, taught by Graphic and Multimedia Design Instructor Jason E. Hubbard.

The final term of Summer Session begins on July 9. For more information, visit

SUNY Canton has also set new enrollment records for six consecutive years in overall college enrollment and for five straight years in Winterterm enrollment. The College recently broke its all-time application record for the fourth straight year and has received more than 6,400 applications for the Fall 2012 Semester.

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


SUNY Canton Serves More Than 6,000 Students in 2011

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

More students and a fresh new look made 2011 a banner year of growth and innovation at SUNY Canton.

Approximately 6,092 students enrolled at SUNY Canton during the combined terms in 2011, according to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, including a record fall enrollment of nearly 4,000 students.

The 2011 total unduplicated headcount figure represents a 20 percent increase in the past two calendar years. In 2009, the College had a total combined enrollment of 5,103.

SUNY Canton

“We’ve grown our enrollment annually by offering in-demand majors taught by experienced and professional faculty who prepare students for their chosen careers.” Kennedy said. “Our supplementary semesters and online enrollments are growing rapidly alongside our traditional course offerings. We are reaching more students than ever before with our competitive hands-on programs and online courses.”

Among the semesters with the greatest growth were:

  • Winterterm 2010-2011 had approximately 1,170 enrollments, up 46 percent from the previous year.
  • Summer Session 2011 had approximately 1,430 enrollments, up 16 percent from the previous year.
  • Fall 2011 semester had approximately 3,825 students, up almost 50 percent from Fall 2006, and up 75 percent from Fall 2000, breaking the College’s all-time enrollment high.

In addition to the new enrollment highpoints, the College grew in almost every way. The following are some the highlights from the 2011 calendar year.

New Majors

SUNY Canton added bachelor’s degrees in veterinary technology and health and fitness promotion. The veterinary technology degree gives students in the two-year program more advanced options and has become one of the most popular new majors for incoming freshmen. Health and fitness promotion is an extension of the physical therapist assistant program and allows continuing study options for the program’s two-year graduates.

The new programs are continuing into 2012 and the College recently announced that it would be adding a Bachelor of Science in applied psychology for the Fall 2012 Semester.

SUNY Canton Campus Aerial

New Buildings                                 

SUNY Canton celebrated the completion of the new Grasse River Suites and the new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House, during the fall 2011 semester. The College’s two newest buildings have dramatically enhanced the overall atmosphere of the campus and significantly aided the College’s overall growth.

  • The $45 million Roos House added a new field house, ice rink, pool, fitness center, and office space for athletic and coaching staff. Between home games and student recreation, the building has become a hub of activity on campus.
  • The $26 million Grasse River Suites offers upperclassmen an independent apartment-style living option on campus and is helping the College house more students than ever before. The newest residence hall was built without funding from New York State or its taxpayers.

The College is currently planning two additional residence halls to continue its overall physical expansion.

A New Look for

SUNY Canton made significant design changes to its website, allowing for larger images and easier user navigation. In 2011, the website received more than 2.2 million visits and more than 5 million individual page views.

The largest growth in visits came from mobile devices. The college had more than 29,000 mobile visits in 2010, and more than 89,000 mobile visits in 2011.

Additionally, the website received visits from 191 countries, including Canada, Russia, China, India, England, South Korea, Germany and Japan.

SUNY Canton Website

Updated Commercials

To highlight the ongoing growth, the college updated its television commercials. Students highlight the most relevant additions and changes at the College, including new majors, new sports, and new buildings. The two new 30-second spots can be viewed on the College’s YouTube Channel:

Kangaroos Move Forward

The SUNY Canton Kangaroos began its NCAA exploratory year, the first step in a process the College hopes will eventually lead to provisional and full-fledged Division III membership, The College began offering women’s volleyball and men’s golf in the past year, and new varsity teams in men’s and women’s lacrosse will begin play this spring.

College starts in High School

SUNY Canton received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Education Department in order to start the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program on campus. The College also received a $200,000 grant from the State Education Department enabling them to work with Ogdensburg Free Academy, Massena High School and St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School program.

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


U.S. News and World Report: SUNY Canton Among Top-Ranked Online Colleges in the Nation

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

US News RankingsSUNY Canton’s online courses and degree programs are among the best in the nation according to recently released rankings by U.S.News & World Report.

SUNY Canton was the highest ranked college or university in New York State in Student Services and Technology in the publications’ first ever Top Online Education Program Rankings, announced Tuesday.

“We have stayed ahead of the curve when it comes to online learning for several years and we are proud to see our time and energy recognized when compared to colleges from across the country,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Our consistent online enrollment growth has shown us that people trust SUNY Canton when it comes to an affordable and easily accessible online education and this honor reaffirms the reasons for that trust.”

SUNY Canton ranked 34th nationally in Student Services and Technology, finishing ahead of all other schools in New York including Marist College, SUNY Delhi, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Utica College. The College was also ranked 114th in the nation in Teaching Practices and Student Engagement.

The College’s online efforts reinforce SUNY’s system-wide efforts to become a worldwide leader in online education, as noted by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher in her recent State of the University Address. Her remarks noted that SUNY has the potential to be the nation’s most extensive distance learning environment, connecting students with faculty and peers from across the state and throughout the world and giving them the access to the best in open educational resources.

“We were pleased to hear the Chancellor’s plans for SUNY’s future, particularly the ‘get down to business’ approach toward online education, lowering costs and enhancing productivity,” said President Kennedy. “We will continue to strive to reach and surpass the goals she has set for us. It’s an exciting time of great opportunity to progress forward for both SUNY Canton and the SUNY system.”

SUNY Canton’s online course offerings have become wildly popular over the last several years. Eleven years ago, the College offered four online classes and had 99 enrollments. To meet the demands of students today, the number of online courses offered is close to 200 and more than 4,000 students are scheduled to be enrolled in at least one course this year.

In addition to its online offerings during the academic year, SUNY Canton offers one of the largest winter and summer class sessions in the state. Close to 75 percent of students who take classes during either session each year are from other institutions from across New York and the country.

“Winterterm and Summer Session are so popular because they don’t require students to travel to campus or give up employment opportunities over their breaks,” said Director of Information Services and Online Learning Kyle Brown. “Online courses provide students with the flexibility and accessibility to educational opportunities they might not have otherwise been able to do.”

The College’s reputation in online learning is aided by the faculty’s extensive experience in providing a sophisticated online education. “The faculty members embrace online education and value the flexibility of learning online,” Brown said. “Teaching online courses isn’t for everyone. We select our faculty based on their ability to engage students in the online learning environment. They do incredible work.”

More information on the rankings is available now at

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