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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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Two SUNY Canton Students from Lowville Earn Chancellor’s Awards

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Two SUNY Canton soccer team captains from Lowville won Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recognized Justin C. Martin, an alternative and renewable energy systems student, and Angeline D. Waryasz, a veterinary science technology student, for their outstanding academic achievement and involvement at the College

Angeline Waryasz

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Women’s Soccer Captain Angeline D. Waryasz of Lowville, and Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott.

“These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants, and much more,” Zimpher said. “They represent the future of our state and are perfect examples of The Power of SUNY. I congratulate all of the students receiving recognition and thank them for the positive impact each of them has had on SUNY and the communities we serve.”

Martin has been a math tutor for three years, a member of the alternative and renewable energy club, served on the College’s Intercollegiate Athletic Board and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He was recognized as a Daktronics-NAIA scholar athlete, and an NAIA honorable mention All-American, and was the outstanding scholar athlete in men’s soccer this year.

Justin Martin

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Men’s Soccer Captain Justin C. Martin of Lowville, and Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott.

“Justin is upbeat and friendly,” said Daniel J. Gagliardi, associate professor of mathematics. “He is also well organized and has a tremendous work ethic. He is generous with his knowledge and is always willing to help his peers.”

In soccer, he played 61 games and had one goal and one assist. Martin was part of the team’s strong defensive line that only allowed 2.4 goals per game during his career.

Waryasz has been recognized as a member of the All-Sunrise Conference women’s soccer team during both of her years at the College and this year was named the outstanding scholar athlete in women’s soccer by the conference. She’s worked as a peer tutor and has volunteered to help Canton community members clean their homes and lawns each spring. She’s made the president’s list for her outstanding grades for three consecutive semesters, and received an honorable mention acknowledgement during the College’s annual Scholarly Activities Celebration.

“Angie is a fantastic student, a great player, and a wonderful teammate,” said Kate Thomas-Moody, head women’s soccer coach. “She works as tirelessly in the classroom as she does on the soccer field. She has a great work ethic and I’m certain that she is going to be very successful after SUNY Canton.”

She scored 19 goals and had 13 assists and played 35 games during her two years at the College.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence is awarded annually to both a bachelor’s and associate degree student from SUNY Canton.

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


 

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SUNY Canton Students Giving Back this Holiday Season

Friday, November 19th, 2010

SUNY CantonSeveral SUNY Canton clubs and organizations are inviting members of the local community to help fill local food pantries for the upcoming holiday season.

“SUNY Canton Gives Back” will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 in the College’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Woodcock Conference Suite. Country radio station 95.3 The Wolf – WLFK, one of the event’s sponsors, will be broadcasting live.

Community members are encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to the event. Photos with Santa Claus and the SUNY Canton Roo will be available for free with a donation of canned goods. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be provided.

Drop boxes have been placed throughout the College’s campus for those unable to attend or for additional donations. The food donated will be collected and brought to the Community Development Program for distribution to local pantries following the event.

Parking will be available in the Miller Campus Parking Lot #13.

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


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SUNY Canton Students “Roo-cycle” for America Recycles Day

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Volunteers will collect recyclables from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the residence halls.

Students will be rewarded for recycling at SUNY Canton.

For the second year, the College’s Office of Residence Life and the Green Campus Committee (GCC) are holding a “Roo-cycle Contest,” beginning at 4 p.m. Nov. 15 with recycling collection points outside each of the College’s four residence halls. The College orchestrated the two-day event to coincide with America Recycles Day.

The challenge encourages students to collect and donate redeemable bottles and cans, lightly worn clothing, electronics, books, and all other recyclable items. The students who collect the most recyclables will win a pizza party for their entire residence hall.

“We hold the Roo-cycle Contest as a fun way to promote life-long sustainability and recycling practices,” said Graphic and Multimedia Design Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett, who serves as Green Campus Committee (GCC) chair. “We are holding the competition in conjunction with the nationally-recognized America Recycles Day to help increase overall awareness about our efforts to be a greener College.”

Last semester’s competition collected about 2,900 redeemable recyclables, raising a total of $145 for the student-run Habitat for Humanity club. It also gathered about 580 clothing donations and more than 40 books.

The clothing collected this year will be donated to the Church and Community Program Center Thrift Shop in Canton and the books will be redistributed locally and international by the upstate New York-based company Textbook Recycle.

“Students were eager to participate when they realized their efforts were going toward a worthy cause,” said Christa Kelson, an assistant professor of accounting and GCC board member. “One student disassembled a sculpture made entirely of soda cans and donated them for the competition.”

America Recycles Day began in 1997. In 2009, the dedicated day featured 750 registered organizations conducting 2,375 events that involved 7,700 participating groups. The motto for the 2010 celebration is “I Recycle.”

The GCC works with the College’s Sustainability Taskforce to continue the culture of sustainability at SUNY Canton. SUNY Canton also participates in RecycleMania, an international competition for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities on their campus communities.

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


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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist to Speak at SUNY Canton

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Eugene RobinsonIssues surrounding race and Black America have often influenced the work of Eugene H. Robinson.

The Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and associate editor of The Washington Post is coming to SUNY Canton, and will be speaking at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Robinson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focused on the election of the first African-American president and showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.

After receiving the award, he said he never wrestled with being a black journalist covering a black presidential candidate. “The great thing about a column is that you have a license to feel,” Robinson said. “I tried to allow myself to go with those feelings at times when it was appropriate.”

Prior to his 25-year tenure at The Washington Post, Robinson began his journalism career at the San Francisco Chronicle. When he arrived in Washington, he started as a city hall reporter and was eventually promoted to city editor. He served as South America correspondent, London bureau chief, foreign editor, and the assistant managing editor. In 2005, he began writing a column for the Op-Ed page of the Post. His column now appears on Tuesdays and Fridays

Robinson is the author of three books: “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” (2010), “Last Dance in Havana” (2004), and “Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race” (1999).

In addition to his written work, Robinson is a prominent political analyst for MSNBC and frequents shows such as “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “Morning Joe,” “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”

The event is sponsored by SUNY Canton’s Student Government Association and the College Activities Board and is free and open to the public.

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


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Fireworks Wednesday at SUNY Canton’s Fall Fest

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The SUNY Canton College Activities Board has sponsored a fireworks display as part of the College’s Fall Festival, Wednesday, Sept. 15.

The first fireworks will launch at 9 p.m. from the field behind SUNY Canton’s Smith Residence Hall.

The Kangaroos men's soccer team will take on the SUNY Potsdam Bears at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The College is holding a "pack the stands" event at the game as part of Fall Fest.

Other events during the student-orchestrated festivities include:

  • A construction celebration of the College’s Grasse River Housing Suites will be held at 3 p.m. across the street from the construction site on Cornell Drive.
  • Students from each residence will be competing in a raft race for their choice of rooms in the new 305-bedroom apartment-style suites and other prizes beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday on the Grasse River.
  • Plattsburgh-based hypnotist Michael Blaine will be performing at 5 p.m.
  • The Kangaroos men’s soccer team will take on the SUNY Potsdam Bears at 7 p.m. at the turf field. The athletic department is holding a “pack the stands event” with competitions and prizes for students attending the game.
  • The much-acclaimed North Country band Double Axel will be performing classic rock sets at 3:30 and 6 p.m. and a College DJ will be performing at 4:30 and 7 p.m.

All of the above events are free and open to the public, but specifically designed for college students. Events, unless otherwise noted, will be held in the field behind Smith Hall near the volleyball court and adjacent to the Grasse River. The rain location for all events except for the fireworks and soccer match is in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

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


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Students Racing for Rooms in SUNY Canton’s New Residence Hall, Sept. 15

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

First-float, first-served.

SUNY Canton students will compete in a raft race on the Grasse River to secure their first choice of rooms in SUNY Canton’s newest residence hall as part of the College’s Suite Construction Celebration.

The event will be commemorating the construction of the Grasse River Housing Suites and will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, across the street from the construction site on Cornell Drive. The celebration is free and open to the public.

“It will be our unique way to mark the momentous project and commemorate what it will mean for our College,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Following the opening of our new athletic complex this spring, it is the next biggest thing at our College and will allow us continue our dramatic growth and progress.”

“In addition to the raft races, members of our student government will be assembling a time capsule to be built into the building,” said Michael J. Perry, executive director of the College Association and director of student activities. “We are celebrating the latest progress during our Fall Festival line-up of student events.”

 

Construction of the new 305 bed residence hall began earlier this summer with a completion date of August 2011. The residence hall will be for upper class students and current plans include a mini-store, multi-purpose classroom, meeting space, and a large open courtyard for recreation and outdoor activities.

“We’ve seen explosive growth in enrollment numbers, especially in our four-year programs, and we expect the trend to continue,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The addition of this new residence hall is critical to the growth of our college as we add degree programs and welcome more four-year students to our community.”

Total project costs are currently estimated at approximately $22 million for the LEED Silver Certified building. Northland Associates of Liverpool will be heading up the project, its third simultaneous construction project at SUNY Canton. They are currently working on the College’s Roos House, otherwise known as the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, as well as overhauling Nevaldine Technology Center.

For more information about the Suite Construction Celebration, contact the SUNY Canton Foundation, 315.386.7127 or email rowleya@canton.edu.

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