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SUNY Canton Students Respond to Trayvon Martin Tragedy

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The racially charged case that has gripped headlines and conversations led Kevin L. Alexander, a student in one of SUNY Canton’s photography classes who currently resides in Potsdam, to submit a powerful self-portrait to CNN’s iReport.

SUNY Canton student Kevin L. Alexander of Potsdam published a self portrait with CNN's iReport in response to the Trayvon Martin tragedy.

“Incredible depth of field and very powerful image!” A CNN iReport staff member commented on Alexander’s post. “You’ve got the whole iReport desk clicking in admiration.”

Alexander submitted the photo as part of his photojournalism assignment for digital photography (GMMD201), taught by Adjunct Instructor Jason E. Hubbard.

“The case hit me hard and I felt compelled to make this image,” Alexander said. “I have three young sons who all wear hoodies. I don’t want this to happen to them.”

The photo and comments can be viewed online at http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-767024.

The College’s International Student Activist Organization is additionally planning to participate in the ongoing “Million Hoodie March” at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Canton Village Park.

“We invite students from the other Colleges and community members to join us in our peaceful gathering to show support for Trayvon’s family,” said International Student Activist Organization President Roberta A. Young a liberal arts major from the Bronx. “An unarmed teenager was shot and killed because of who he was and what he was wearing. Justice needs to happen.”

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

 

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Gym Class Heroes to Rock SUNY Canton’s Roos House May 4

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

SUNY Canton will welcome Gym Class Heroes later this spring for one of the North Country’s largest musical performances of the year.

Amp Entertainment and the SUNY Canton Student Activities Office will be presenting the concert, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Field House area of the College’s new Athletic Center. It will be the first large concert to be held in the Roos House. The building was opened in 2011.

Gym Class Heroes

“Amp Entertainment has done a wonderful job providing the bands our students want to see,” said Michael J. Perry, SUNY Canton College Association executive director who oversees the Student Activities Office. “Last semester they helped us bring the nationally known band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and local favorites Tyrade to campus for a full evening of non-stop rock. This semester they’re working with us to bring Gym Class Heroes to our largest venue.”

Gym Class Heroes began performing in Geneva, N.Y., in 1997 and is noted for combining elements of rap, rock, R&B, and funk. The quartet uses live instruments rather than looped samples. MC Travis “Schleprok” McCoy and drummer Matt McGinley became friends during high school gym class, leading to the band’s name. McCoy has said previously their popular music was hard to pin down to one style or genre. “Musically, it’s just all over the place,” he said.

The band has recorded three albums with Fueled by Ramen and Decaydance Records. Some of their hit songs include Cookie Jar, Cupid’s Chokehold, Stereo Hearts and The Queen and I. Cupid’s Chokehold hit number four on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and received many plays on the radio and MTV in 2007.

Previously the band has played at the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW), Bamboozle, Warped Tour festivals, and the pregame show of the NBA All-Star Game. They’ve worked with other musical artists including Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes and Daryl Hall.

Tickets are $25 for SUNY Canton students and $35 for the public and are available in advance at the College’s Student Activities Office in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, at Josie’s Pizzeria in downtown Canton and at Northern Music and Video in downtown Potsdam. For more information about the concert, please contact 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 Campus Ministry Founder Passes Away

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Father Harry GirouxThe priest who brought Campus Ministry to SUNY Canton has passed away.

Father Harry E. Giroux died Monday, February 13, 2012 at the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. He was 61 years old.

“Father Harry was truly a friend of the students,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “He saw his mission as working directly with students and was the main force behind establishing a campus ministry at SUNY Canton. We’re grateful for the years he served our campus and the impact he had on our community.”

Giroux arrived in Canton in June 1985 as the Pastor of St. Thomas More Campus Parish. In addition to his work at the College, he also served St. Lawrence University students. During his tenure, he taught college courses, facilitated the Big Brother Big Sisters Program, helped establish local ‘Make A Difference’ days as well as other fall and spring clean ups, served as the advisor to several fraternities and assisted with a variety of programs on both campuses.

Giroux was born on April 14, 1950 in Massena, a twin son of the late Harry E. Sr. and Patricia Munson Giroux. Following high school, Giroux graduated from Wadhams Hall Seminary-College in 1972. He soon began theological studies and seminary formation at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was awarded a Master of Divinity degree in 1976.

That same year, Giroux was ordained a Catholic priest, alongside twin brother Father Garry B. Giroux by Bishop Stanislaus J. Brzana at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg. Before beginning his work at SUNY Canton, he was assigned to Our Lady of Victory Church in Plattsburgh, Holy Family Church in Watertown where he also served as the Campus Ministry chaplain at Jefferson Community College, and St. Alexander’s Church in Morrisonville. During his time in Morrisonville, he pursued and received his master’s degree in psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Giroux was transferred from his work in Canton to St. Joseph’s Church in West Chazy in 2000, where he served until illness forced him to resign his pastorate in 2006. He spent the remaining years of his life alongside his brother and sister before entering St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in 2009.

He served as the Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry and the Diocesan Director of Young Adult Ministry. Giroux was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he was currently a member of the Watertown Assembly #259 and the 4th Degree Knights, Plattsburgh Assembly #706.

Information regarding calling hours and mass can be found in Giroux’s obituary: http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20120215/OBIT01/702159981/0/FRONTPAGE.

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

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information on the rankings is available now at www.usnews.com/online-education.

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

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SUNY Canton Going Tobacco-Free in 2013

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Hop the HabitSUNY Canton will soon join the growing list of U.S. colleges and universities to adopt a tobacco-free campus policy as the College continues its efforts to provide a healthy environment for its students and employees.

Becoming a tobacco-free campus will have a positive impact in many ways and will enhance community life, improve productivity through better health and possibly decrease health care costs,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Smoking has been prohibited in buildings and entryways for many years on our campus, so extending the ban to campus grounds and including all tobacco and smoking products is a natural progression for the College.”

Over the next three semesters, the College will implement an informational campaign to educate the community on the policy, which will be implemented in phases with full enforcement to begin in the Spring 2013 semester.

“This initiative was an idea brought forward by both students and employees,” Kennedy noted. “Most people understand the health advantages of implementing such a policy and I also hope to see less campus litter related to tobacco products.”

Kennedy appointed a committee to determine the College’s readiness to adopt a tobacco-free policy and to gauge public opinion. Committee members met to discuss the current SUNY Canton tobacco policies and potential changes during this planning and assessment period. Earlier this year, an internal campus survey was completed to garner further information from the campus community.

Kennedy is hopeful other colleges and universities will follow in the College’s footsteps. “SUNY Canton is among the first colleges within the SUNY system to implement this policy. We hope to lead by example and have other schools take similar actions on their campuses as it provides a healthier learning and work environment for everyone. It’s very similar to the tobacco policies already in place in public school districts,” he said.

The College will establish a series of programs to assist those who wish to break tobacco addictions between now and the implementation date. In Spring 2013, full compliance will be expected of all students and employees, according to Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Academic Services Molly Mott.

“The Roos House and surrounding athletic fields have already become tobacco-free areas,” Mott said. “Members of our campus community who use tobacco products are encouraged to begin taking steps to break those addictions so they will be able to comfortably comply with the policy when it goes into effect. Those who find compliance to be difficult should reach out and ask for help — either through the Health Services Center or the Division of Student Affairs.”

The Health Services staff will be on hand to assist anyone interested in making the decision to quit their use of tobacco products.

“Research tells us over 70% of tobacco users want to quit,” says SUNY Canton Health Services Nurse Julie A. Cruickshank. “We will provide all possible assistance as we move through the next three semesters and beyond. The development of effective support networks is critical in maximizing the potential of this policy. The great thing about this is everyone on campus will benefit greatly from its implementation.”

According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF), there are smoke-free colleges and universities in virtually every state. Arkansas and Iowa have instituted statewide bans at all their public colleges and universities. Other examples include the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Michigan, the University of Florida, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University and the University of North Dakota. Well over 300 colleges and universities across the country have adopted tobacco-free policies.

Additionally, the American College Health Association (ACHA) issued a September 2009 “no tobacco policy” position statement encouraging colleges and universities nationwide “to be diligent in their efforts to achieve a 100 percent indoor and outdoor campus-wide tobacco-free environment.”

More information about SUNY Canton’s policy will be available in the coming months and will include background on issues related to tobacco use, links to useful resources and a Frequently Asked Questions section. The information will be found on the College’s website, www.canton.edu.

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

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Two Student Artists Display in Southworth Library

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Two SUNY Canton students are displaying their artwork at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library. The exhibit was planned by Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett, as an ongoing effort to help students gain exhibition experience before graduation.

Dan Grant

Daniel R. Grant, a junior graphic and multimedia design student from Norwood hangs his work.

 

Tim Riley

Timothy Riley, a second-semester liberal arts general studies student from Dekalb Junction, helps design the exhibition.

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SUNY Canton to Celebrate Newest Residence Hall

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Grasse River SuitesSUNY Canton will be sweetening the grand opening of the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall with an ice cream social.

The SUNY Canton Foundation and the Grasse River, LLC, will be holding a ribbon cutting celebration for its newest residence hall at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Grasse River Suites. Free ice cream will be available after the ceremony.

The residence hall opened to students at the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester, adding much needed on-campus housing at the College. Guided tours of the facility will be available.

“There has been a great deal of interest and excitement surrounding our newest buildings,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to showcase the beautiful new building and successful work of our foundation staff and our partnership with the Grasse River, LLC.”

Grasse River Suites

The apartment-style complex has 304 beds grouped into 83 independent living suites and is adjacent to the Cooper Service Complex. The residence hall is designed primarily for upper class students and includes a mini-store, multi-purpose classroom, and an open courtyard for recreation and outdoor activities.

The $26 million project was financed through bonds secured by a partnership created with the Town of Canton and the Canton Capital Resource Corporation. The Grasse River Suites were constructed without any state funding or taxpayer resources.

“The College and greater Canton community both benefit from our newest residence hall,” noted Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The building adds to the appeal of our campus and expands its four-year housing options, which will attract more students to the area. Each of those students will spend more time locally and our businesses and communities will continue to grow and thrive. And because these 305 students benefit from having kitchens in their suites and are only on partial meal plans, they will be shopping at local grocery stores and eating at local restaurants even more than most students.”

Northland Associates of Liverpool was the general contractor for the LEED Silver Certified building. Many area subcontractors were hired to help complete the project.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is the latest in a string of grand opening celebrations across SUNY Canton. The College recently celebrated a Taco Bell and KFC Express located next to the existing Jreck’s Subs in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Staff members are currently planning a grand opening for the Roos House Athletic Center.

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

 

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9/11 Memorial Ceremony – Photo Gallery

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
911 Flags

SUNY Canton University Police Officer Brian J. Perry and criminal investigation student William R. Francis of Albion "posted the colors" for the College's 10th anniversary 9/11 remembrance ceremony.

Bagpiper

Frank N. Colbert played the bagpipes at the beginning and end of the ceremony.

State Trooper Parcell

New York State Trooper Robert M. Parcell, a 1995 SUNY Canton Alumnus, gave the keynote address at the remembrance ceremony. Parcell was assigned to Ground Zero as a dog handler.

Miller Campus Center

Students, faculty and staff gathered at on Monday at SUNY Canton's Roselle Academic Plaza for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony orchestrated by the College’s Criminal Justice Student Association. The college comes together annually to remember the lives and loved ones lost in the attacks 10 years ago.

President Kennedy

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy talked about the resilience of the American spirit when it has been placed under attack.

Addie Russell

New York State Assemblymember Addie J. Russell was among the elected officials to speak at the event.

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SUNY Canton Named One of the Top Pet-Friendly Colleges

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

SUNY Canton students are not the only ones who think the College is the cat’s meow.

Petside.com recently named SUNY Canton to its 2011 Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges list because of its dedication to small animals and well-known Pet Wing housing option for students.

Pet Wing

“We have some of the most well-known veterinary programs in the state and with that comes passionate students who can’t bear to think about leaving their pet at home while they’re at college,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy. “Having the Pet Wing on campus makes SUNY Canton feel even more like a community than we already do. It not only benefits the students but also the faculty and staff.”

The College was featured on Petside.com’s website with the accolade, noting the nice environment and the opportunity for “pet lovers to live together and bond and forge friendships over the animal companions that become the conversation-starters between new students.”

“The Pet Wing is absolutely one of the most popular choices among students,” said Director of Residence Life Courtney B. Bish. “It gives them the chance to bring a small piece of home with them and also helps ward against homesickness.”

The College has offered the Pet Wing as a housing option since 1997. While students are not allowed to bring dogs, snakes or birds, they are permitted to bring small, caged pets from home with prior approval from Residence Life.

“We’ve had many cats, bunnies and other four-legged friends live in the Pet Wing,” Bish noted. “I think the most unique animal we’ve had was a duck by the name of Mr. Peeps. He wore a diaper and was a Pet Wing favorite.”

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


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SUNY Canton Students Move In

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Classes begin at 8 a.m. Monday, August 22, at SUNY Canton.

More than 1,300 students have moved into SUNY Canton's residence halls for the Fall 2011 semester. Shown are students and their families moving belongings to one of the College's five residence halls.

Eric J. Cline, an air conditioning engineering technology major from Long Island sets up his single room in SUNY Canton's brand new Grasse River Suites. Cline plays soccer with the Kangaroos men's soccer team.

Cassandra Gray
Andrew M. Gray helps his daughter Cassandra A. Gray, a second-year veterinary technology student from Watertown, move into SUNY Canton’s brand new Grasse River Suites. Cassandra plays volleyball at the College, and was one of approximately 90 student athletes to move into recently completed building on Sunday, August 14.

Stefany D. Ibarra, a first-year health and fitness promotion student from Queens, puts her belongings away in SUNY Canton's brand new Grasse River Suites. Ibarra plays soccer with the Kangaroos women's soccer team and was one of the first student athletes allowed to move into the new residence hall.

Samuel J. Johnson, a third-year business administration student from Syracuse, sets up his room in SUNY Canton's new Grasse River Suites. Johnson is an orientation leader at the college, and one of the first students back on campus for the Fall 2011 semester.

Michael P. Romano, a first-year mechanical engineering technology major from Baldwinsville moves his belongings into SUNY Canton's Heritage Residence Hall. New this year, students are allowed to have one microwave per room in addition to the traditional small refrigerator.

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