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SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Pens Book on Forensic Investigation

Monday, March 25th, 2013

A new textbook written by SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Elizabeth A. Erickson guides readers through a mock crime scene investigation and gives them the tools they need to solve a homicide based on forensic evidence.

Elizabeth Erickson

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Elizabeth A. Erickson holds her new text book titled “Criminalistics Laboratory Manual: The Basics of Forensic Investigation”.

Erickson said the concept for the book, titled “Criminalistics Laboratory Manual: The Basics of Forensic Investigation,” was based on questions from many students in her Introduction to Forensic Investigation course.

“They were interested in how the crime scene evidence was gathered, used in the trial, and how it all tied together,” she said. “The book is geared toward students who have little to no prior knowledge of forensic science. The manual starts with an original crime scene narrative, setting up the crime that students are to solve.”

The book, which is Erickson’s first, can be purchased on Amazon in paperback or electronically for Kindle.

Erickson was formerly a latent print examiner for the Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences before joining SUNY Canton. She also worked as a forensic scientist for the Indiana State Police Forensic Laboratory. Erickson holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Sciences from George Washington University.

 

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SUNY Canton Students Help Defend a K-9 Deputy

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

SUNY Canton students outfitted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer with new gear that could save his life.

A chocolate Labrador retriever named Hershey now wears dog-fitted body armor that almost completely matches the bulletproof protection worn by his partner, Deputy Andrew J. Ashley.

Hershey with students

Undersheriff Scott F. Bono noted Hershey faces danger every day alongside his human companion.

“Three student-run organizations pooled resources to purchase body armor for Hershey,” said Professor William J. Fassinger, who teaches in the Criminal Investigation program. “The American Criminal Justice Association, the Criminal Justice Student Association, and the Veterinary Technology Club all pitched in to purchase the Kevlar vest.”

Fassinger explained that Eli Max, a Criminal Investigation major and a cadet in the St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, spearheaded fundraising efforts. Max ran raffles, and assisted his club with t-shirt sales, and sold flowers. “The vest cost about $1,000 and we spent about four months raising money,” he said.

Hershey 2013 Photo 2

The generosity of the student organizations gained the attention of Congressman Bill Owens. In a letter, Owens complemented the excellent work the clubs had done to equip Hershey with the new armor. “K-9 units substantially augment law enforcement capabilities in rural communities, and your efforts are greatly appreciated,” he wrote.

The clubs are prepared to donate a second vest, and hope to make more K-9 body armor donations in the future. For further information on the SUNY Canton K-9 Armor project, contact Fassinger at fassinger@canton.edu, or call (315) 386-7917.

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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.

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Great-Grandmother Earns Degree with Great-Grandchildren

Friday, October 19th, 2012

An 83-year-old student demonstrated that age should never be a hindrance to higher education. Myrtle Butterfield of Canton is taking courses alongside her two great grandchildren, 65 years after graduating from high school.

Myrtle Butterfield

One of the senior-most nontraditional students in SUNY Canton, Myrtle Butterfield, 83, of Canton studies between classes. Butterfield is a liberal arts major scheduled to graduate in December.

“I went to the Office of Admissions with my granddaughter-in-law,” Myrtle recalled. “I met (Admissions Counselor) Brandon Davock and when I walked out, I was enrolled in the Liberal Arts program.”

Her great-grandson, Carter K. Cutway, was a Business Management student during the Spring 2012 Semester, and Myrtle’s great-granddaughter, Jamie L. Butterfield, is in the Criminal Justice program. “Who else can say they went to College with their great-grandmother?” Cutway said.

Myrtle Butterfield

Myrtle Butterfield, 83, with her great-granddaughter Jamie L. Butterfield (right) and Carter K. Cutway (Left). All three attended SUNY Canton at the same time.

“There’s a lot of my family connected with this College,” Myrtle said. “I watched both of my great-grandchildren grow up, and now I get to go to College with them.”

Adjusting to college life did not come easy to Myrtle. “I almost quit during my first week,” she recalled, “but the Accommodative Services Office has been amazing! Everyone is so supportive. What more can you ask for?”

During time at the college and after developing a new routine, Myrtle has developed a new love of learning. She’s been on the President’s list and inducted into two honor societies, and her GPA was in the top 10 percent of her class.

Myrtle often offers advice to her younger classmates. “I went straight from high school to marriage,” Myrtle recalled. “We didn’t have the resources then that we have today. I always regretted not coming to college, but work and family always came first. I tell all of the young, beautiful and wonderful students here not to waste this opportunity.”

Myrtle has also discovered she has a talent for writing prose and poetry. She is scheduled to earn her associate degree in December 2012 and plans to work toward her four-year degree and continue writing.

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SUNY Canton to Co-Sponsor Veterinary Workshop

Friday, October 19th, 2012

SUNY Canton’s student-led Veterinary Technician Association and the North Country nonprofit organization Spay/Neuter/Now, Ltd., will co-host a workshop on animal homelessness for area veterinarians, veterinary technicians, shelters, rescue groups and others involved in animal welfare.

The workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, in SUNY Canton’s Newell Veterinary Technology Center, Room 109. Registration will begin at 6 p.m.

Vet Tech

SUNY Canton is one of only 20 colleges in the nation to offer a Bachelor's in Veterinary Technology.

Kathleen Makolinski from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) will talk about animal identification methods, feral cat research, client education, and shelter and veterinarian-related issues.

“This important event is aimed at improving the health and welfare of animals in the North Country,” said Sophia Theodore, an Associate Professor in the veterinary science technology program. “Our students and area professionals can learn side-by-side about the latest research in the veterinary field.”

Registration for the event is free and attendees are encouraged to preregister before Oct. 31 by contacting Kevin Mace at Spay/Neuter/Now at (315) 486-0094. Completion of this workshop will allow attendees to earn New York State continuing education credits.

“There is a great need for public education to dispel the myths concerning spaying and neutering,” said Kevin Mace, general manager for Spay/Neuter/Now.  “We hope that this workshop will spread awareness of our area’s current situation and inform veterinary professionals, shelter and animal welfare workers on ways to cooperate to prevent pet overpopulation and educate the public on animal-related issues.”

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Criminal Investigation Student Wins Award From SUNY Police Chiefs

Friday, June 29th, 2012

A volunteer firefighter and EMT who responded to the SUNY Canton Fire in Cook Hall was awarded for his dedicated volunteerism and work ethic.

Criminal Investigation Student Eli Max Receiving an Award

University Police Lieutenant Brian E. Kurish, University Police Chief Lisa E. Colbert, Criminal Investigation major Eli Max, Criminal Investigation Associate Professor Susan Buckley, and Criminal Investigation Instructor Elizabeth A. Erickson presenting Max with the Dr. McBride Criminal Justice Student Achievement Award from the SUNY University Police Chiefs Association.

Eli Max, a criminal investigation major from Freeport who currently resides in Canton, recently received the $500 Dr. McBride Criminal Justice Student Achievement Award presented by the SUNY University Police Chiefs Association.

“Eli represents the attributes we look for and foster in our students,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner, who will become the College’s Interim President on Sept. 1 following President Joseph L. Kennedy’s retirement. “He’s enthusiastic about his education and has all of the qualities of an exceptional leader. These qualities will serve him well in his future law enforcement career.”

Max is a student dispatcher for the SUNY Canton University Police, a volunteer firefighter and EMT with both the Freeport Fire Department and the Canton Volunteer Fire Department. After graduation, he’s hoping to become a detective with the New York City Police Department. Max is also the secretary for the Criminal Justice Student Organization. He was one of the inaugural members of the “Be Proud” program which is designed around the criminal justice certificate program and offers block scheduled courses mirroring a professional work environment.

“Eli was one of the first firefighters on the scene of our Feb. 10 fire in Cook Hall,” noted Elizabeth A. Erickson. “He’s demonstrated a commitment to his course work and excellent time management skills. He has maintained excellent grades on top of working long nights and weekends.”

The Dr. McBride Criminal Justice Student Achievement Award is given annually in recognition of Dr. Bruce McBride, who was instrumental in the evolution of the University Police agency and is heralded as establishing the respected professional requirements for University Police officers.

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SUNY Canton Announces New Homeland Security Degree

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

SUNY Canton has added to its number of in-demand, career-oriented majors with the announcement of a new homeland security bachelor of technology degree.

“The Homeland Security Program is the perfect complement to both the criminal investigation and the law enforcement leadership programs,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner. “Regardless of their major, students will be able to take advantage of course offerings in any of these programs to individualize their approach to their future careers in criminal justice.”

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The State University of New York and the State Department of Education have both granted approval for the new program. Students can apply immediately for enrollment for the Fall 2012 semester.

“We created this program to add another specialized area of education to our options available in the overall criminal justice field,” said Susan Buckley, an associate professor and the criminal investigation department chair. “The homeland security major will prepare students to deter motivated attacks on private and public assets. They will learn how to protect people, property and infrastructures.”

Buckley explained graduates of the program would potentially be eligible to work in a private security firm, private industry, or a federal, state, or local criminal justice agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (the investigative branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security), the International Criminal Police Organization, the FBI, and the Transportation Security Administration, among others.

“Where it differs from our current programs is homeland security students will be able to identify a wide range of threats, both foreign and domestic, and be appropriately prepared to respond to those threats,” said Paul R. Bowdre, an assistant professor and a lead faculty member in the new program.

Among key changes in the scope of learning is the integration of technology to monitor and respond to terrorist threats, including fiscal, human resource, and technological concerns.

SUNY Canton is renowned for its course offerings and esteemed faculty in its criminal justice curricula. Criminal investigation was the College’s first four-year degree and began in 1998.

To view the full program webpage, visit http://www.canton.edu/sci_health/home/.

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SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation Graduate Earns Outstanding Recognition

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

A motivated leader with career aspirations of becoming a New York State Trooper has been selected as the Outstanding Graduate at the Baccalaureate Level.

Matthew J. Wissman of Forestburgh, who is graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal investigation, recently received his award at the recent Faye White Honors Convocation.

Wissman

“He’s the student that I can always count on to step up and help out,” said Elizabeth A. Erickson, an assistant professor in the criminal investigation program. “He’s really outgoing and happy to be a leader; I hate to see him leave us.”

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy presented him with a ceremonial medallion to adorn his academic regalia for SUNY Canton’s 104th Commencement Ceremony to be held 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in the field house portion of the Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, (nicknamed Roos House). Nearly 900 students are eligible to participate in Commencement.

Wissman is Senior Resident Assistant at the brand-new Grasse River Suites residence hall. He has demonstrated impeccable maturity and responsibility, according to Kristen B. Roberts, associate director of residence life and the 2012 Northstar Award Recipient.

“Matthew treats everyone with fairness and respect, and encourages others to do the same,” Roberts said. “He’s always one step ahead and proactively addresses issues before they arise.”

He’s been an active volunteer at events on campus and in the community; he worked with children in an after school program at Ogdensburg Free Academy, and participated in a career day at Gouverneur Central High School.

Mr. Wissman is the Vice President for the Criminal Justice Student Association and Secretary for the SUNY Canton chapter of the American Criminal Justice Honor Society. He is an active runner and a member of the men’s cross-country team. Wissman recently volunteered with the President’s 5K Run/Walk challenge, and previously helped out with the annual Nicole Fleury 5K race. He’s been on both the President’s and Deans’ Lists for his outstanding academic achievement and is a member of the College’s chapter of the Golden Key Honor Society.

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SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Students, Professor Shine at Regional Competition

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Five SUNY Canton criminal justice students and their professor recently brought home three trophies they earned at a regional competition in October.

Junior Don Milos of Poestenkill, sophomore Dacia S. Arokium of Brooklyn, and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Brian K. Harte were among the top finishers from the College’s American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) Chapter, Beta Psi Delta, at the ACJA’s Lambda Alpha Epsilon Region IV conference.

ACJA

Sophomore Gilberto J. Gonzalez (left), freshman Emily R. Murphy, Junior Donald Milos, freshman Katie E. Hornbeck, and sophomore Dacia S. Arokium recently competed at the American Criminal Justice Association’s Lambda Alpha Epsilon Region IV conference with Milos and Arokium earning individual honors.

Three other students joined them at the competition, held at the University of New Haven in New Haven, CT, where they competed against other colleges and universities throughout the Northeast.

“Year after year, our criminal justice students continue to impress with their vast knowledge and skill sets they have acquired through their work with our top-notch professors,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Their many hours of hard work and determination to represent the College well truly paid off and I’m proud to have had these students represent us at this year’s regional competition.”

Arokium earned a first place trophy in the Lower Division: Police Management and Operations category while Milos earned third place in the Upper Division of the same category.

“Everyone takes the same exam,” Milos, who is the chapter’s president, explained. “The only difference between the divisions is age and year in school. The Lower Division is for freshmen and sophomores, while the Upper Division is for juniors and seniors.”

The conference included exams, agility tests, and crime scene competitions. In addition to police management and operations, the other four categories included criminal law, juvenile justice, corrections and knowledge of Lambda Alpha Epsilon.

“SUNY Canton’s criminal justice and criminal investigation students have a long standing reputation for being fierce academic competitors,” Harte said. “The criminal justice department promotes a culture of academic excellence and our students’ ability to continue to be competitive at both the regional and national levels is evidence of that. I appreciate our department’s hard work, but especially want to thank two of my colleagues, Shani Y. Curry and Paul Bowdre, who both helped with the students’ preparation for the competition.”

Harte, who is the chapter’s advisor, placed first in the Over 36 Physical Agility category, where he competed against professors as well as law enforcement officials.

In addition to Milos and Arokium, freshmen Emily R. Murphy of Colonie and Katie E. Hornbeck of Geneva, as well as sophomore Gilberto J. Gonzalez of Brooklyn, competed.

“I was proud of each member of our team, but especially our younger teammates who really stepped up to compete,” Milos, who is president of Beta Psi Delta, said. “They read through textbooks that would normally take an entire semester and learned the material in about a month. Most of the classes the exams cover are upper level and taken late during sophomore or junior year.”

Milos noted their efforts extended beyond cramming a semester’s worth of information into such a short amount of time. “My teammates learned how to process a crime scene in a month, something we don’t even begin to do until senior year. I feel nothing but pride for them and their ability to take on the commitment to compete at this level. Not only does it show their dedication to their future profession, but also their enthusiasm.”

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Criminal Investigation Student Receives SUNY Canton’s Top Academic Honor

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Katelyn Anthony

Katelyn D. Anthony of Spencerport was the recipient of SUNY Canton’s 2011 recipient of the annual Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award at the College’s Honors Convocation on May 4.

A criminal investigation student has been honored by SUNY Canton for her outstanding academic achievements and leadership capabilities.

Katelyn D. Anthony of Spencerport is the College’s 2011 recipient of the annual Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award at the Bachelor’s level. She was presented with the award at SUNY Canton’s Arthur G. Hurlbut Honors Convocation held on May 4 and will be among other honorees and award recipients recognized during the College’s Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The indoor ceremony will be held in SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

The award recognizes students enrolled in two-year degree programs who have excelled in their academics and other areas of campus life. Each semester, Anthony has been named to the President’s List, the College’s highest level of achievement for one semester that honors full-time students who earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. She was also the recipient of the Canino Prize of Academic Excellence and the Public Safety Scholarship. She is a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) Criminal Justice National Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Anthony has been a member of SUNY Canton’s women’s cross country team and was voted Outstanding Scholar Athlete for the Sunrise Conference and also received the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete Award.

“Katelyn’s athletic commitments, coupled with everything else she does on campus, have never impeded her ability to maintain the highest quality of work in her studies,” said Elizabeth A. Erickson, assistant professor of criminal investigation. “Her ability to keep other students organized and get them excited to stay involved with projects and other tasks demonstrates a strong leader who will succeed in any career she chooses to pursue.”

Anthony has stepped into several leadership roles both in and out of the classroom. She was voted team leader in many of her major’s core classes and was named captain of the cross country team. This spring, Anthony was elected as vice president of APS. In addition to juggling both academic and athletic commitments, she played an integral role in setting up and running the College’s annual Nicole Fleury run each of the last two years.

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