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SUNY Canton Students Spread Holiday Cheer Through Fundraising Events

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Two SUNY Canton student clubs are spending the holiday season raising money and collecting donations for kids being cared for at local hospitals, as well as homeless animals at area shelters.

Gifts for Children

The president of SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair student club has a personal interest in giving hospitalized children a special gift during the holiday season.

“I remember how good I felt when I got a present when I was a neurology patient as a child,” said Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills. “I’ve always tried to collect toys for children in hospitals no matter where I’ve been during my life.”

Pictured are (l to r) Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program with students Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills, Marissa L. Dow of Massena, Kyle R.W. Whalen of Chase Mills and Macaulay A. Snell of Hermon, with the toys distributed to children at two area hospitals.

Pictured are (l to r) Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program with students Vernon “Chase” Thompson of Felts Mills, Marissa L. Dow of Massena, Kyle R.W. Whalen of Chase Mills and Macaulay A. Snell of Hermon, with the toys distributed to children at two area hospitals.

The Powersports club collected approximately $800 in toys and donations to purchase toys. The students delivered the stuffed animals, dolls and other new children’s toys on Tuesday (Dec. 10) to Massena Memorial Hospital and Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate in the program said that Excessive Adrenaline, a local motorcycle club made a substantial donation to their toy drive efforts. “I’d also like to especially thank Robert Morley and Steven Davis who both contributed substantially to our project,” he said.

 

Gifts for Animals

Student members of the SUNY Canton Veterinary Technician Association collected donations and supplies for the Potsdam Humane Society and the North Country Animal Shelter.

“Our students have a deep concern and love for animals,” said Robin I. Gittings, L.V.T, an instructional support technician in the Veterinary Science Technology program and the association’s adviser. “They eagerly took on the challenge to collect donations for the shelters we work with on a regular basis. These organizations are always in need of assistance due to tight budgets.”

Pictured are SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology students Katelyn D. Podwirny of Lake Luzerne, Stephanie N. Auberger of Whitney Point and Caitlin E. Reese of Waterloo.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology students Katlyn D. Podwirny of Lake Luzerne, Stephanie N. Auberger of Whitney Point and Caitlin E. Reese of Waterloo.

Organizer Katlyn D. Podwirny, a Veterinary Technology major from Lake Luzerne, said the association collected dog and cat toys, food, treats and bowls, as well as cleaning supplies and blankets. Monetary donations totaled more than $300 and will be used to purchase other items on the shelters’ wish lists.

“I am overwhelmed by the amount of donations we received,” Podwirny said. “It far exceeded my expectations.”

 

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.

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SUNY Canton to Host Student Leadership Conference

Friday, November 8th, 2013

#4CoSUNY Canton will host a professional conference for student leaders from Clarkson, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Nov. 9.

Now in its third year, the Associated Colleges Student Leadership Conference, known as #4Co, brings students from a variety of campus organizations together to learn leadership and communication skills.

“SUNY Canton is thrilled to have the opportunity to host the #4Co Associated Colleges Student Leadership Conference this year,” said SUNY Canton Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “I am so proud of all the planning and hard work our Student Activities staff and our student leaders have put into making this year’s conference a success.”

More than 100 students are expected to attend the all-day event. Discussion topics will range from understanding and interpreting nonverbal communication to creating an inclusive and engaging organization.

 

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.

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SUNY Canton Greeks Volunteer at Annual Phantoms in the Park Event

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

SUNY Canton sorority and fraternity members volunteered at the “Phantoms in the Park” event in Canton Oct. 26. Students helped with activities for kids, which included face-painting and a costume contest. The event is sponsored by the Canton Chamber of Commerce.

SUNY Canton Greeks

A SUNY Canton student preps a local child for the costume contest. Judging was provided by SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University students.

 

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Middle States Commission on Higher Education Reaccredits SUNY Canton and Notes Exceptional Educational Offerings, Growth and Innovation

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

SUNY Canton LogoSUNY Canton recently completed a two-year long institution-wide self-study and peer review process resulting in the College’s reaccreditation. The positive reaccreditation report from Middle States peer reviewers included commendations for many recent educational accomplishments at the College.

“I am extremely proud of the efforts the entire SUNY Canton community put into the College’s reaccreditation,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “The process and the Middle States report demonstrates how strong the College is, and highlights the quality of the education and services we provide to our students.”

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education recently completed its ten-year review of the College, with the peer review report summarizing how SUNY Canton meets its goals and objectives while guided by an established mission and core set of values. The College-wide mission is to provide a progression of accessible, affordable, high-quality applied programs that enable students in the North Country, New York State and beyond to achieve their highest potential both personally and professionally.

“More than 100 faculty, staff and students were involved in the multi-year process that led to our successful reaccreditation,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the school of business and liberal arts and the self-study steering committee chair. “The College met or exceeded all 14 characteristics of excellence in higher education established by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for institutional reaccreditation.”

The self-study and peer review process confirmed that the College continues its tradition of providing an excellent educational experience for students, according to DeLong.

Among the departments praised by the Middle States peer evaluation team was Student Affairs, which was noted for maintaining a high level of student service and promoting significant student engagement. Included in the division is the Southworth Library Learning Commons, which houses Information Services and the majority of the College’s tutoring services. The library was lauded for offering extensive and innovative services that support and enhance educational offerings and academic programming.

The team of reviewers commended the development of credit and non-credit programs directly tied to community needs. The Middle States reviewers also praised the College’s signature Summer and Winterterm sessions, which have experienced dramatic growth in recent years by switching to a primarily online format.

The College received commendation for the creative financing that allowed the Alumni Association and the SUNY Canton College Foundation to construct the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. It was also lauded for creating an institutional scorecard, which ties together the goals, plans, objectives and budgets of each College department.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement. The self-study process is ongoing and linked to overall planning. The College will submit a progress report in 2015 and will undergo its next periodic review in 2018.

 

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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Students Build a Spring Break for Habitat for Humanity

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

About a dozen SUNY Canton students are taking on extra work during their spring break.

On Saturday, April 6, members of the Habitat for Humanity student club will be traveling to Lexington, KY. They will spend five days helping with demolition of old structures, or building and/or restoring houses with the end goal of providing new homes for families who do not have access to affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity

Pictured are (l to r) Precious Cummings, Club Secretary Melissa Cummins, Club President Mark Phillips, Alexis Wiland, Ashley Dixon, Club Advisor and Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger, Ashley Chapin-Senator, Sarah Carver, Jordan Edwards, Club Treasurer Alyssa Baker, Nevada Schoonover, and Trish Poette. Photo by William Fassinger.

“I admire our students’ dedication,” said William Fassinger, president of the Raquette Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliate and a professor in the Criminal Investigation program. “They will learn new skills while helping others. I’m certain they will remember this experience for the rest of their lives.”

When they come back, the students will begin building components for an upcoming house in Norwood.

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

 

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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.”

 

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SUNY Potsdam & SUNY Canton Hold First Simultaneous Civility Sit-In Two Campuses Stand Up for Civility through Joint CARE & BEAR Projects

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam are joining together for a unique show of solidarity—the first-ever simultaneous Civility Sit-In. Students, faculty and staff from both campuses will sit down to demonstrate their commitment to civility, by protesting intolerance, ignorance and disrespect. Then, participants at both colleges will stand up together, in a display of common cause and purpose.

The joint event is sponsored by two initiatives with the same goals on both campuses: SUNY Canton’s CARES Committee, and the BEAR @ Potsdam Project.

CARE & BEAR

The SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton college mascots, Max C. Bear and Roody Roo, show that they won’t stand for incivility, either.

CARES stands for Character, Acts of Kindness, Respect, Environment and Spirituality. BEAR @ Potsdam is short for Be Ethical And Responsible at SUNY Potsdam. Both organizations support efforts to create campus environments rich in courtesy and respect for others.

The simultaneous Civility Sit-Ins are scheduled for noon on Thursday, Oct. 18, on both campuses. At SUNY Canton, the event will be held at the Roselle Academic Plaza. At SUNY Potsdam, the event will be held at Minerva Plaza.

There will be campus speakers at both events, and students will decorate T-shirts proclaiming what they “won’t stand for” at their college.

“SUNY Potsdam is one community, bound together by respect and integrity. We are dedicated to upholding the values in our Potsdam Pledge, and encouraging our students to help lead the way for all concerning civility. This unique event will offer an opportunity for the SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton communities to show our neighbors in the North Country what we stand for,” said Dean of Students Chip Morris.

SUNY Canton’s Dean of Students, Courtney B. Bish said, “The Civility Sit-In will

showcase theimportance of respect and tolerance within our campus community and will be the first of many events sponsored through our CARES Project. We are proud to co-host this event with SUNY Potsdam through their BEAR @ Potsdam initiative, and are looking forward to the student support at the event and future collaborations with the other area colleges.”

To end the sit-ins, the colleges’ two mascots—Max C. Bear and Roody Roo—will encourage everyone to rise at once, to show that they stand for civility.

“It is so exciting to be promoting the concept of civility with SUNY Canton. This Sit-In shows the North Country community that we are institutions dedicated to making the communities both on- and off-campus the best they can be,” said Annette Robbins, director of student conduct and community standards at SUNY Potsdam.

CARE & BEAR

From left, Roody Roo, Molly A. Mott, Chip Morris, Lashawanda Ingram, Annette Robbins, Gena Nelson, Courtney B. Bish and Max C. Bear. For the full caption with titles, see the attached release.

To mark their commitment to the project, faculty and staff from SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton gathered recently along with the college mascots. As seen in the accompanying photo, the officials included: (from left) SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott, SUNY Potsdam Dean of Students Chip Morris, SUNY Canton Director of Diversity Lashawanda Ingram, SUNY Potsdam Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards Annette Robbins, SUNY Potsdam Counseling Center Director Gena Nelson and SUNY Canton Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish.

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

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Nationally-Known Band Buckcherry Headlines SUNY Canton’s Fall Concert Oct. 14

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Los Angeles-based hard-rockers Buckcherry will headline a multi-band concert at SUNY Canton. Doors open for the concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Dana Hall Gym.

Amp Entertainment and the SUNY Canton Student Activities Office are presenting the fall concert.

Buckcherry

“This concert is the latest in a string of well-known acts that Amp Entertainment has helped bring to the College,” said Michael J. Perry, SUNY Canton College Association executive director, who oversees the Student Activities Office. “During the past year, they have secured national recording artists Gym Class Heroes and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus to perform live for our students.”

Formed in 1995, Buckcherry, who are known for hits like “Lit Up” and “Check Your Head,” have had mass appeal. Their 2006 album “15” went platinum and contained their first Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hit, “Sorry.” During their career, they have opened for artists like AC/DC and KISS. They are currently on tour in preparation for a release of their sixth album later this year.

Buckcherry

The band will be performing following Lit, Charm City Devils and local favorite Tyrade.

Lit is best known for their 1999 No. 1 hit “My Own Worst Enemy.” The California-based group has had other hits such as “Miserable,” “Zip-Lock,” “Over My Head,” “Lipstick and Bruises” and “Addicted.” They recently released their fifth album, “The View from the Bottom,” on June 19, 2012.

Charm City Devils were formed in Baltimore, Md., in 2007. They were named Best New Rock Band by iTunes for 2009, and their sophomore album, “Sins,” was released April 10, 2012. The single “Man of Constant Sorrow” from that album reached No. 20 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Tyrade is one of the most popular bands in Northern New York. It consists of Matt Farrell of Saranac Lake, Tim Anson of Canton, Thomas Arquitt of Saranac Lake, and Ronn Simser of Renesselaer Falls. Their style ranges from melodic ballads to metal anthems. Their top hits include “Outburst II” and “Scud Missile,” according to the band’s MySpace page.

Tickets are on sale through the Student Activities Office in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The show costs $15 for SUNY Canton students, and $25 for the public. For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at 315-386-7315.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Named a Top Pet-Friendly College

Friday, September 28th, 2012

NBC Universal’s Petside.com recently named SUNY Canton as a 2012 Top Ten Pet-Friendly College.

SUNY Canton earned the spot for its well-known Pet Wing housing option, which began in 1997.

“Students who live in the Pet Wing are able to bring a little piece of home with them, which can make the transition to college life easier,” said Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “Like-minded students who love their pets are able to bond with one another and develop friendships over their animal companions.”

Student holding a cat

Sara N. Grazianoa, a veterinary science technology major from Utica, plays with a cat in Mohawk Residence Hall’s Pet Wing.

Students bring a variety of pets with them including cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

This is the second year in a row the College has appeared on the list.

“We’re always looking for ways to enhance the community-like atmosphere that we are known for, and the Pet Wing plays a role in achieving that,” said John M. Kennedy, the College’s Director of Residence Life.

The Pet Wing contains a large number of students pursuing an associate’s degree in veterinary science technology or a bachelor’s degree in veterinary services management or veterinary technology. SUNY Canton is one of only 20 colleges in the nation to offer a four-year veterinary technology program.

Other schools that made the list were Washington & Jefferson College, University of Illinois, and Lehigh University.

Petside.com is a website dedicated to informing pet owners about animal health, behavior, lifestyle and trends. They provide current, topical content from around the pet care world.

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


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$245,000 Perkins Grant Provides More Resources for SUNY Canton Students

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

The most recent Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant will assist with SUNY Canton’s textbook loan program and fund a host of other initiatives to benefit students.

Library

Areiba T. Edwards of Brooklyn pulls one of the reserve textbooks for a student at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons.

“Perkins Grant funding allows students who cannot pay for high-cost books to borrow them instead,” said Jennifer Whittaker, SUNY Canton assistant librarian. “If they have access to textbooks, they can prepare for class, which leads to higher retention rates and increased academic success.”

The textbook loan program has been ongoing for almost a decade. Students also have access to learning models specific to their curricula, and other resources at the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

Early Childhood Learning Lab

SUNY Canton students Leanne M. Greene of Fine and Alexandra M. Levine of Canton check out new supplies from the early childhood student teaching center.

The total grant awarded was approximately $245,000. The money is also being used to purchase equipment in many SUNY Canton laboratories and classrooms, including:

  • New equipment and models for the veterinary science program;
  • Additional manikins for the nursing program;
  • New tools for the Snap-on diagnostic center in the automotive technology program;
  • Refrigerant equipment for the air conditioning engineering technology program;
  • Database and web applications for the computer information systems program;
  • Additional equipment for the electronics and communications lab;
  • Early childhood student teaching center resources, among others.

Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger helped the College apply for the Perkins grant. Fassinger won the 2012 Excellence in College Service Award for helping her peers file for competitive funding.

Electrical Technology

Robert M. Gleason of Vestal and Andrew S. Conlan of Canton work together with new grant funded diagnostic equipment in SUNY Canton’s electrical engineering technology labs.

The grant is awarded from the U.S. Government to states, which is then allocated to various schools and colleges within New York based on the programs offered and the number of students in career and technical curricula.

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

 

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