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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.

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

 

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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/.

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

 

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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.

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

 

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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.

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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.”

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

 

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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.

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


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Serial Killer Sleuth Speaks at SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Day, May 3

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Every Move You Make - M. William PhelpsThe arresting officer in a Watertown and Loudonville serial killer case will be presenting at SUNY Canton.

Retired New York State Police Senior Investigator Jim Horton was featured in the 2005 book “Every Move You Make” by investigative journalist M. William Phelps for solving a string of homicides and burglaries committed by Gary C. Evans in the late 80s. Horton arrested Evans for murdering Douglas J. Berry, a Watertown jewelry storeowner.

Horton will be the keynote speaker at SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Day, an annual event sponsored by the College’s student chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA). He will be speaking about the case involving Evans, who was an expert manipulator and a master of disguise, according to written accounts. Since cracking the case, Horton has become the assistant director of the New York State Office of Counterterrorism.

Law Enforcement Day will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. Presentations include a police canine demonstration, an overview of the “CSI Effect,” and bomb disposal and explosive devices. Horton’s keynote will be held at 6 p.m. on the same day and at the same location. All events held on Law Enforcement Day are free and open to the public.

“SUNY Canton students and members of the community can learn about a variety of subjects ranging from human trafficking to serial murderers,” said Susan E. Buckley, department chair of the criminal justice, law enforcement leadership and criminal investigation programs. “We will be expanding upon the most interesting and newest topics law enforcement officers face during their careers.”

For a complete schedule of events at Law Enforcement Day, contact Buckley at buckleys@canton.edu.

 

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SUNY Canton Adds Four-Year Veterinary Technology Degree

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

SUNY Canton is now one of about 20 schools in the country to offer a Bachelor’s of Science in Veterinary Technology degree.

The College has received approval from the State University of New York and the New York State Department of Education to offer the four-year program beginning in Fall 2011.

Vet Tech Student

SUNY Canton veterinary science technology students Shamira M. Perez of Syracuse and Madelyn I. Scott of Watertown take dogs out for exercise as part of their kennel duties.

“As one of only three schools in New York State with this program, we now provide Northern New York with a level of education in the veterinary sciences field that hasn’t been offered before,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Graduates of this program will have their choice of job opportunities locally, regionally and nationally because they are in such high demand in a variety of fields.”

SUNY Canton’s veterinary science technology program has been in existence since 1978, making it one of the oldest accredited programs in the state. The new four-year degree compliments the College’s associate’s degree program but will not replace it. It is designed to offer an alternative for students seeking a bachelor’s degree.

“Our graduates from the two-year degree program consistently score very high on the Veterinary Technology National Exam (VTNE) but often want to further their education,” said Dr. Mary O’Horo Loomis, D.V.M., the program’s director. “They want more advanced technical training, are looking for supervisory or managerial roles in practices that require this level of education, or are interested in Master’s and other advanced degree programs.”

More information about the new program can be found at: http://www.canton.edu/sci_health/vet/.

The program will expand a student’s education in veterinary science, physical sciences, public health issues and occupational safety, and will also include other electives. The program offers the potential for students to take the courses required for entrance into most veterinary colleges.

Many of the classes will be held in the College’s Newell Veterinary Technical Center, which houses the Veterinary Science Technology programs. The 12,000-square-foot building opened in 2003 and includes state-of-the-art clinics and teaching facilities, as well as conference, reception and study areas. Kennels for dogs, cats, rabbits and mice, an x-ray room, surgery facilities, labs, and classrooms are also located in the building.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment outlook for veterinary technology graduates is expected to grow 36 percent over the next decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The anticipated growth is due to the continued increase in demand for veterinary care.

In addition to private practice, veterinary technologists and technicians are also employed by government agencies who oversee public health issues, food quality assurance, and animal disease control programs. Graduates will also have the opportunity to begin careers in research laboratories, university centers and pharmaceutical companies who conduct biochemical research on animal models.

For more information or to seek admission into the program, contact the SUNY Canton Admissions Office at 315-386-7123 or email admissions@canton.edu.

 

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SUNY Canton Adds Health and Fitness Promotion Bachelor’s Degree

Monday, February 21st, 2011

SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) majors Katie Campbell of Avon, Ct., and Gary Travers of North Bangor monitor Chelsey MacDonald of Massena’s performance on the treadmill. The PTA program will serve as the first two years in the College’s new health and fitness promotion four-year degree.

SUNY Canton’s newest program will lead to careers in the growing fitness industry and offers students a gateway to health-related advanced degree programs, including a doctor of physical therapy.

The College has received approval from the State University of New York and the New York State Department of Education to offer the four-year health and fitness promotion degree.

“The health industry continues to grow and we expect this program to grow quickly as well,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I can see it expanding as rapidly as our new sports management major, which already has more than 125 applicants for next year.”

The newest offering is a two plus two program that builds on the College’s existing two-year programs according to Deborah Molnar, a doctor of physical therapy and director of the College’s physical therapist assistant (PTA) program.

“One of the first questions incoming students ask about the two-year PTA program is ‘How do I become a physical therapist with this degree?’” Molnar said. “The health and fitness promotion program can close the gap between our associate degree and a doctorate of physical therapy.”

The program consists of student-selected tracks. During the first two years in an associate’s program, students can opt to take PTA specific courses, or other relevant associate degree courses with an emphasis in science and health. During the final two years, students can choose either a science or a business track depending on their personal interests. Students who wish to start a career immediately after college would typically select the business track, while those seeking to continue their education towards a doctor of physical therapy or other health-related degrees can choose the science track.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for fitness workers are expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations. There is rapid job growth in health clubs and other fitness facilities. Employment in the field is expected to grow 27 percent through 2016. Graduates of the program may pursue employment in settings that promote health and wellness including fitness centers, corporate fitness facilities, as personal trainers, with athletic teams, and community and health organizations.

“The benefits of good health and exercise have become increasingly prevalent and integrated into our society,” said Diane Para, Ph.D., an assistant professor and the director of the college’s sports management program. “Fitness is no longer reserved for elite athletes. It is equally important for all members of society as a means of disease prevention and longevity.”

The program will be a complement to the sports management program, according to Para, and will utilize shared faculty members and training resources. Students in the program will utilize the resources in the new “Roos House” Athletic Center scheduled to open later this spring, including the facility’s brand new state-of-the-art fitness center.

Similar to most of SUNY Canton’s four-year programs, courses in the health and fitness promotion program will be offered in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. For more information, or to seek admission into the program for the Fall 2011 semester, contact the SUNY Canton Admissions Office at 315-386-7123 or email admissions@canton.edu.

For additional information, view the curriculum Health & Fitness Promotion webpage.

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


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