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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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SUNY Canton’s Nafeesa A. Johnson Elected to SUNY Student Assembly

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Nafeesa A. Johnson, a SUNY Canton Law Enforcement Leadership student from Brooklyn, was elected as a representative for SUNY agricultural and technical colleges.

An outgoing and respected student leader at SUNY Canton has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the SUNY Student Assembly.

Nafeesa A. Johnson, a Law Enforcement Leadership student from Brooklyn, will be a representative for the agricultural and technical Colleges within SUNY.

“Nafeesa is the first student from SUNY Canton to be elected to this position that we know about,” said Michael J. Perry, the executive director of the SUNY Canton College Association. “She’s done a wonderful job as president of the College Activities Board and I’m certain that she will lend her charisma and enthusiasm to her post with the SUNY student governing body.”

The SUNY Student Assembly is purported to be the only statewide student government organization, and works on behalf of the over 435,000 students that attend school at one of the sixty-four SUNY Campuses. Students are elected by their peers to work on issues that concern the entire SUNY system including tuition, budgets, textbook affordability, and transfer and articulation policies.

“I’ve wanted to be on the executive committee since I found out about it,” Johnson said. “I have a feeling that I can help students from other campuses. I’m hoping we can inspire the more open lines of communication between students and administration, much like the ones we have with SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy.”

Johnson is an active member of SUNY Canton. She’s rallied students at home sporting events and participated in discussions with faculty and administration members on joint projects. “My philosophy is simple – gain respect by giving it,” Johnson said.

She explained that her appointment was a great professional stepping stone in the path toward her future career. “I can see myself working in a community development role in the future,” she said.

SUNY Canton Student Government Association president Jennifer P. Bernadotte, a management major from Brooklyn who graduated in May, nominated Johnson for the position.

 

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SUNY Canton Counseling Director Awarded for Excellence in College Service

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

SUNY Canton’s College Council has presented Director of Counseling Melinda Miller with the 2011 Excellence in College Service Award, recognizing her dedication to the College’s students and the campus community.

“In times of personal need and crisis, our students know they can rely on and trust Melinda,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Day in and day out, she takes an active interest in all of our students, both those who live on-campus and our commuter students as well. She is the type of person every college and university dreams of having in their counseling office.”

Miller came to the College in October 1996 as the coordinator for substance abuse and prevention and was named a senior counselor in August 1998. She was promoted to interim director in August 2006 before permanently becoming director the following March.

In addition to providing students with personal counseling around the clock, her office works to promote a safe and positive atmosphere on campus. They handle crisis intervention, present educational programs, workshops and activities that contribute to overall student development, and offer training for staff members and students serving as resident assistants.

“Her willingness to go above and beyond what her job expectations define has allowed her to make effective changes in the Counseling Center to meet the needs of SUNY Canton’s every changing population,” said Michael Herzog, a counselor at the College. “Besides effectively completing the responsibilities associated with her leadership position she also makes the time to be involved in just about every other aspect of campus life.”

Melinda Miller & Ron O'Neill

Miller serves as the advisor for the Peer Educators and the Commuter Club on campus. She also teaches two sections of Alcohol and Drugs in Society. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American College Counseling Association.

Her helpful demeanor can be felt throughout the local community. “Melinda has worked with many local agencies, trying to improve student access to mental health care which is so limited to the North Country,” said Patricia A. Todd, director of health services at the College’s Davis Health Center. “She is always ready to serve students, even in the middle of the night when there is a crisis. Her personal contact with students is the most outstanding quality of her professional character.”

Faculty and staff across campus have noted Miller’s enthusiasm when working with students. “She is one of those few professionals whom I could always look to for support and to count on for assistance,” said Michael J. Perry, executive director of SUNY Canton’s College Association. “Melinda is a student advocate and will do whatever necessary to support the needs and success of the students of our college.”

Prior to SUNY Canton, Miller worked as a parent enrichment coordinator and counselor at the St. Lawrence/Lewis Counties BOCES branch. She was also a mental health rehabilitation counselor for the Seaway House in Ogdensburg.

Miller received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam in 1991 and her Master’s of Education in Counseling and Human Development from St. Lawrence University in 1993. In 2005, she completed her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Counseling and Development from St. Lawrence.

She resides in Ogdensburg with her husband, Eric, and children, Jordan and Madison.

The Excellence in College Service Award is awarded annually to a member of the non-teaching professional staff who demonstrates effectiveness in performance and university service, professional ability and mastery in their specialization. She was recognized at the College’s Recognition Day ceremony on Thursday, May 26.

 

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Inaugural ‘5K with Dr. K’ a Huge Success

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Nearly 120 runners and walkers joined SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy on Thursday, May 12  and took part in the College’s first ever President’s 5K Run/Walk Challenge.

Participants competed on SUNY Canton’s scenic 3.1-mile women’s cross country race course which is comprised of trails behind the campus and along the Grasse River, an uphill battle near the new apartment-style residence halls, and a finish down near the soccer fields and new athletic complex.

“I was thrilled with the turnout and seeing so many familiar faces from the College as well as the community,” Kennedy said. “The weather fully cooperated with us and every participant was smiling as they crossed the finish line. It was a great way to show people that exercise can be fun and I am already looking forward to doing this again next year.”

Kennedy was the top finisher in his age group. SUNY Canton men’s cross country runner Justin Richardson, class of 2013, finished first overall with a time of 18:40. The top women’s finisher was Kristin Shumway (23:02).

The race was one of many events taking place at the College this semester as part of the campus-wide Wellness Initiative, sponsored by the Student Affairs division. Kennedy, an avid runner, was an integral part of starting the Initiative, which has been put in place for students, faculty and staff to help encourage healthy habits that allow the mind, body and spirit to perform at their highest level.

Race Results (includes top-three finishers in each age group):

MEN: 19 & Under

  1. Scott Jeffers
  2. Brennan Dellanore
  3. Harrison DeRuggiero McGuiness

MEN: Ages 20-29

  1. Justin Richardson
  2. Michael Zelyez
  3. Daniel Romlein

MEN: Ages 30-39

  1. John Kennedy
  2. Kenneth Burd
  3. Brandon DaVock

MEN: Ages 40-49

  1. Will Glass
  2. Scott Toth
  3. Randy Sieminski

MEN: Ages 50-59

  1. Jeff Weeks
  2. Rick Bucalo

MEN: Ages 60+

  1. Joseph Kennedy
  2. Toby Irven

WOMEN: 19 & Under

  1. Maria Ricalton
  2. Melinda Whitty
  3. 3. Erin Conklin

WOMEN: Ages 20-29

  1. Kristin Shumway
  2. Jacqueline Danis
  3. Katie Kennedy

WOMEN: Ages 30-39

  1. Lorenda Prier
  2. Mary Beth Sieminski
  3. Jennifer Flint

WOMEN: Ages 40-49

  1. Heather MacKinnon
  2. Louise Parks
  3. Jennifer McDonald

WOMEN: Ages 50-59

  1. Nadia Marano
  2. Valerie Sestir
  3. Susan Law

WOMEN: Ages 60+

  1. Patricia Cassara

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SUNY Canton President to Host Inaugural President’s 5K Challenge

Monday, May 9th, 2011

SUNY Canton and local community members are invited to challenge the College’s president in a 3.1-mile race.

Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy, president of the College, is hosting the first ever ‘President’s 5K Run/Walk Challenge on Thursday, May 12 on the SUNY Canton campus. Runners will begin the race near the seating at the soccer field at 4:00 p.m. Those planning to walk will have a 4:05 p.m. start. The course will include a combination of grass and wooded trails throughout the campus.

President's 5K

“I have many responsibilities to the campus and broader community and one of them is to emphasize healthier ways to live,” Kennedy said. “There’s no better way to educate people on the importance of exercise than to actually run along with them. My hope is to get as many students, faculty and staff involved as possible and make this an annual race that everyone looks forward to participating in.”

The race is one of many events taking place at the College as part of the campus-wide Wellness Initiative, sponsored by the Student Affairs division. Kennedy, an avid runner, was an integral part of starting the Initiative, which has been put in place for students, faculty and staff to help encourage healthy habits that allow the mind, body and spirit to perform at their highest level.

The race is free and registration is encouraged but not required. The first 25 registrants will receive a free t-shirt. To register for the race, visit http://www.canton.edu/challenge/.

For more information, contact Lisa E. Colbert, senior staff associate, at 315-386-7327 or colbertl@canton.edu.

 

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