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SUNY Canton Business Major Rhymes His Way to L.A.

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Don MykelA SUNY Canton business administration major is launching his professional rap career.

Michael I. Wallace of Harlem was recently invited to participate in the second round of the TeamBackpack’s 2015 Cypher auditions, which brings together up-and-coming and professional hip-hop artists. Wallace, who performs under the name Don Mykel, is planning on participating during early May in Los Angeles, Calif.

“I’m going to use some of my best verses for the auditions,” he said. “This can help me break into the industry before I graduate.”

TeamBackpack brings together talented and diverse musicians with the goal of creating and promoting a positive environment to connect individual artists to their fans without major labels. Although the Cypher events are not competitions, they are highly competitive.

Wallace gained notoriety on campus last year when he opened for A$AP Ferg at the college’s spring concert. He’s recorded two mixtapes titled “The Lone Pharaoh” and “The Infinite” and filmed YouTube music videos in New York City and in Canton. In addition to his musical aspirations, he cofounded the underground label, Empire the Nation Records, with his roommate Danesha S. Williams.

Don Mykel

“Balancing college, a rap career and a label on a student income is not easy,” he said.

Wallace is now looking to secure funding to participate in the auditions. He’s launched a GoFundMe page, http://www.gofundme.com/donmykel and is asking his friends, family and supporters for help.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Students Celebrate King’s Legacy with Day of Service

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

For the second year, SUNY Canton students celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of community service.

The Student Affairs Division invited more than 50 children from the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club to campus to play basketball, volleyball, kickball and ice skate with students.

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service

“It’s great that SUNY Canton again hosted the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club, said Tom Luckie Jr. “Our kids really love coming over here.”

Other events included a presentation by SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran about King’s role in Albany, Ga., movement and the desegregation of Georgia’s Universities.

The Day of Service was previewed by the Watertown Daily Times and featured by WWNYTV 7 News.

Students skating

SUNY Canton Students Lend a Hand at ‘Phantoms in the Park’

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
SUNY Canton sorority and fraternity members volunteered at the annual “Phantoms in the Park” event in Canton Oct. 25. 
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Students helped with activities for kids, which included pumpkin coloring and a costume contest. The event is sponsored by the Canton Chamber of Commerce.

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Roody made an appearance at the event and had some fun with the kids.

SUNY Canton Veterans Association and Alum Team Up to Create Scholarship

Friday, October 17th, 2014

The SUNY Canton Student Veterans Association and a college alumnus have joined together to establish an endowed scholarship to benefit a SUNY Canton veteran student or a spouse or family member of a former service member.

Student Veterans Association and John Halford

The association raised the funds for the scholarship over the past two years by selling t-shirts and challenge coins and holding raffles on campus. After raising a significant amount of their goal, John L. Halford Sr., a SUNY Canton alumnus and longstanding supporter of the college, donated the rest of the funds to endow the scholarship. Halford is a World War II United States Marine Corps veteran, a charter member of the Gouverneur Veterans of Foreign Wars and a lifelong member of the Masons.

“The members of the Student Veterans Association have worked incredibly hard to raise the funds for this scholarship,” said SUNY Canton’s Vice President for Advancement and Canton College Foundation Executive Director David M. Gerlach. “Their dedication, along with John’s financial support, is a wonderful way to give back to those who have sacrificed so much for our nation.”

The Student Veterans Association is made up of veterans and current service members, as well as spouses, family and friends of those who served our country. Their mission is to promote and advocate for the needs of veterans both on campus and within the community. They strive to support the educational goals of veterans and their families.

The scholarship is just one facet of the college’s military-friendly culture. SUNY Canton has been recognized several times by G.I. Jobs Magazine and Military Advanced Magazine for being among the top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. The college was chosen specifically for its robust military support services, dedicated study lounge and flexible online learning options.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding 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 as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton ‘Zombie Run’ Set for Oct. 18

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

SUNY Canton will host a “Zombie Run” at 1 p.m., Oct. 18, at the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, also known as Roos House.

Participants will evade “zombies” that will be stationed along the 5K course. Registration begins at noon in the Roos House field house. Entry fees are $10 for SUNY Canton faculty, students and staff and $15 for community members. Racers will receive a backpack, t-shirt and race bracelet. Funds raised will benefit SUNY Canton’s Intramural program.

For more information, contact SUNY Canton Intramural Coordinator David LaBaff at (315) 386-7101.

 

Zombie Run

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding 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 as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Roos Jump to Final Year of NCAA Membership Process

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council has announced that SUNY Canton has been approved to enter its fourth and final year of provisional membership, effective Sept. 1. The decision affirms a June vote by the Division III Membership Committee recommending the College’s advancement toward full membership.

SUNY Canton recently completed its second year of provisional status, and is just one year away from becoming an active NCAA Division III member. Schools typically must go through four years of provisional status before they are recommended for active membership. However, SUNY Canton applied for and was granted a waiver to consolidate year three and year four of the process. SUNY Canton - NCAA Division III “We are honored and ecstatic with the NCAA’s decision to waive our third year of provisional membership allowing us to take this huge step forward,” said SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “Our coaches, student-athletes, staff, faculty, administration, College Council and numerous departments campus-wide should be credited with their commitment toward making this transition. Their work and dedication is making it possible for us to successfully advance in this process.”

SUNY Canton recently added five new sports in a three-year span to their athletics program offerings. The athletics department has seen tremendous growth during this time, doubling the number of female student-athletes, and increasing its total number of student-athletes from fewer than 150 to nearly 300. The college sponsors intercollegiate teams in men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse.

Men's Basketball

“This is a tribute to the hard work the SUNY Canton Athletics staff have done to make sure that our programs meet and exceed the expectations of the NCAA”, said President Zvi Szafran. “Our student-athletes consistently demonstrate their outstanding dedication in their sport and their studies.”

Sieminski added the membership process encompasses nearly every area of the college, and the Athletic Department greatly appreciates the efforts of colleagues and professionals campus-wide.

“I’d also like to thank all the outstanding people we work with from the NCAA, especially Director of Division III Louise McCleary, Assistant Director of Academic and Membership Affairs Jean Orr and our NCAA Mentor Joe Walsh from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference,” added Sieminski. “They’ve been extraordinarily helpful and welcoming in guiding us through this process.”

All of SUNY Canton’s athletic programs have competitive schedules against top Division III programs such as nearby St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, and SUNY Potsdam, as well as Elmira College, SUNYIT, Morrisville State College, SUNY Cobleskill, Nazareth College, RIT, Keuka College, Alfred University, Utica College, Bard College, Johnson State College, Cazenovia College, SUNY Geneseo, Wells College, Lyndon State College and numerous others.

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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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding 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 as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

SUNY Canton Wins Advertising and Writing Awards

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The SUNY Canton Roo Express Shuttle Bus design earned the college’s Public Relations office a top award for outdoor advertising and a media specialist won two awards for excellence in writing.

Publications Coordinator Matthew J. Mulkin received the best of category award for Outdoor Advertising from the SUNY Council for University Advancement Divisions (SUNYCUAD). Mulkin transformed a white 15-passenger bus into a mobile billboard. The college received his award, and two additional awards, at the annual SUNYCUAD conference held recently in Lake Placid.

Roo Shuttle Bus

Mulkin used his own portrayal of the college’s Kangaroo mascot, Roody Roo, and its Leaf and Parallelogram emblem to promote SUNY Canton’s overall brand. He used a combination of hand drawings and computer renderings to create the finished product.

“It was a derivation from the original trademarked Kangaroo logo created to fit on 15-passenger bus,” Mulkin said. “It definitely makes people look twice.”

The customized vehicle displays two different versions of the mascot. He is shown bounding forward on either side and again clinging to the back of the bus. Mulkin used the college’s signature blue, green and gold throughout the design.

“Students identify with Roody,” Mulkin said. “We used the Kangaroo in the design so students would know that the bus is specifically for them.”

Mulkin is a 2011 graduate of SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program.

Media Relations Manager Gregory E. Kie won best of category in Excellence in Writing-Research and Other Technical Writing for a news release titled “New SUNY Canton Grant-Funded Research May Help Offset High Home Heating Costs.” After receiving attention locally, the story was picked up by Biomass Magazine and published on their website.

“Many north country residents want to save money and keep their homes warm,” Kie said. “It was interesting to see the research gain notice nationally.”

The release led to a Time Warner Cable News interview with Professor Emeritus Arthur G. Hurlbut and Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. The two principle researchers are working with Cornell Cooperative extension to install and monitor high-efficiency wood-pellet boilers. The article was also published by North Country Now in an online format.

Kie’s release announcing a World War II veterans living history celebration received the judge’s citation for Excellence in Writing-General News Writing.

Combined, SUNY Canton has won six awards for advertising, marketing and writing from SUNYCUAD, including a 2012 best of category award for it’s television commercials.

SUNYCUAD is an organization representing professionals employed in institutional advancement areas, such as public relations, alumni and development and marketing, at every SUNY campus.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding 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 as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Staff Member Receives Northstar Award

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The SUNY Canton student body has recognized SUNY Canton’s grants coordinator for her contributions to the College and the community.

JoAnne M. Fassinger is the recipient of the 2014 Northstar Award, an honor that is given by the students annually to a faculty or staff member who makes the College a better place. Fassinger was among the honorees and award recipients that were recognized during SUNY Canton’s Commencement May 10.

President of the SUNY Canton Student Government Association Ornella T. Parker, class of 2014, presents the Northstar Award to JoAnne M. Fassinger at the College's 106th Commencement ceremony.

President of the SUNY Canton Student Government Association Ornella T. Parker, class of 2014, presents the Northstar Award to JoAnne M. Fassinger at the College’s 106th Commencement ceremony.

“I love being part of our campus community,” Fassinger said. “Through my work, I am able to assist faculty and staff with securing funding for new and improved tools for student learning, to develop new programs and curriculum, and most importantly, to help students be successful with reaching their academic and personal goals.”

As grants coordinator, she is responsible for matching faculty requirements with resources available from private foundations and government agencies. The grant funding she has acquired has enriched the educational experience for countless SUNY Canton students, as well as college-bound high school students in the North Country.

As the SUNY Canton Habitat for Humanity campus chapter adviser, she has led alternative spring break trips to construct and renovate homes for low-income families throughout the East Coast.

“Many students look up to Mrs. Fassinger as a role model,” said Miss Melissa Cummins, Habitat for Humanity campus chapter president and Veterinary Technology major. “She is incredibly encouraging and brings out the best in all of us.”

Fassinger is an active contributor to campus life through her volunteer work at orientation and leadership of recycling initiatives. Her dedication to SUNY Canton earned her the 2012 Excellence in College Service award.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

 

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 Names Reverend Mother Evette Austin as 2014 Distinguished Citizen

Friday, May 9th, 2014
Pictured are Acting SUNY Canton President Joseph C. Hoffman with Reverend Mother Evette Austin of Grace Episcopal Church, Canton. Austin received SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

Pictured are Acting SUNY Canton President Joseph C. Hoffman with Reverend Mother Evette Austin of Grace Episcopal Church, Canton. Austin received SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Citizen Award.

SUNY Canton presented the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Award to a spiritual leader who has enriched the lives of those in the Canton community.

The Rev. Mother Evette Austin of Grace Episcopal Church in Canton was recognized for her leadership in bringing the community together and helping those in need.

Austin began working to raise funds to renovate the Grace Episcopal kitchen in 2011 to begin serving a weekly free meal to those less fortunate. The event provides food for approximately 250 people and has brought volunteers from all corners of the community to help cook and serve the meals, including students from SUNY Canton.

“This experience has both rewarded and enriched our students,” said Courtney Battista Bish, SUNY Canton dean of students. “Many have said that working in the soup kitchen and with Mother Evette has truly changed their lives.”

In her role as SUNY Canton campus minister, Austin provides spiritual guidance to students and organizes a “Blessing of the Brains” event where she, along with other campus ministers, assist students by giving out small gift bags with food and prayer just before final exams. She has also spearheaded a Thanksgiving Service, held each year before Thanksgiving break, for students, faculty and staff.

“Mother Evette is one of the most selfless people I know, never tiring of sharing her time and talents with both the SUNY Canton and Village of Canton communities,” said Janet E. Livingston, SUNY Canton secretary for the Division of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies. “She loves the students and loves to interact with them.”

After learning about community members’ need for basic necessities, Austin also created a food pantry and emergency closet for anyone who requires food or supplies.

“Mother Evette is truly a ‘giver’ in every sense of the word and has been a role model to all of us,” said Bish. “She provides hope to the to the economically and spiritually depressed, and she is certainly a beacon of light at SUNY Canton.”

Beyond campus, Austin has promoted the ecumenical community in Canton by holding monthly clergy meetings, supporting an ecumenical summer Bible school and organizing an annual Palm Sunday parade in Canton. She is also a member of the Rotary Club and the village Planning Board.

Austin was born and raised in Barbados. She completed her seminary education at the General Theological Seminary in New York City and previously served as a deacon in Connecticut. She was ordained at Grace Episcopal Church in 2006.

 

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.

 

Rap Artist ASAP Ferg to Headline Spring Concert at SUNY Canton

Monday, April 7th, 2014

A Harlem rapper who received the “Rookie of the Year” honor at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards will headline SUNY Canton’s spring concert this month.

ASAP Ferg will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 23 in the Dana Hall Gym. Tickets are $10 for SUNY Canton students $15 for the public. They can be purchased at the SUNY Canton Activities Office in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center or at Northern Music and Video in Potsdam. Fellow rap artist and SUNY Canton student Don Cypha will be the opening act.

ASAP Ferg

ASAP Ferg is part of the popular hip-hop collective ASAP Mob. His debut solo single “Work” earned more than two million online views and was named as one of the “50 Best Songs of 2012” by Complex Magazine. His debut album, “Trap Lord,” which was released last year, received positive reviews from critics.

ASAP Ferg is just the latest in a string of popular musical acts that the Student Activities Office has brought to the College. SUNY Canton previously hosted nationally known artists such as Buckcherry, Breaking Benjamin, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Gym Class Heroes.

Don Cypha

“We are always on the lookout for talented musical acts who are rising stars,” said Director of Student Activities Priscilla Leggette. “ASAP Ferg just announced he will be performing tour dates with major recording artist M.I.A., so there is a lot of buzz surrounding his music.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at (315) 386-7315.

 

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.