The individual who posted the threat against SUNY Canton’s campus via the anonymous social media site, Yik Yak, has been apprehended. The suspect, Alexis Vazquez, has been arraigned by The Honorable Gary L. Favro, U.S. Magistrate Judge, on federal charges in Plattsburgh. He is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshall Service pending a bond hearing, scheduled for Tuesday. He was charged under 18 U.S. Code Section 875 (c), a law that prohibits the transmission of any communication containing a threat to injure any person or persons. He could face up to five years in federal prison.
The SUNY Canton Early Childhood program will be holding a Halloween Read Aloud from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The program partners with the national Read Aloud 15 Minutes initiative, which promotes reading to children from birth. Early Childhood Program Director Maureen. P. Maiocco, Ed.D., will be reading the interactive book “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams.
Elroy Tatem, Ph.D., a graduate research assistant at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany will discuss the nanotechnology industry at SUNY Canton at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Nevaldine North, Room 102. Tatem will provide an overview of his research and share his experiences as a graduate student in a STEM field. The event is free and open to the public.
SUNY Canton has named one of its newest classrooms in honor of Canton’s Coakley family. William J. (Bill) and Carol M. Coakley, Carol J. and Ronald J. Spadaccini, and Thomas F. (Tom) and Nellie E. Coakley, the owners of Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, previously made a donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation for the college’s Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The family’s gift secured the right to name the Coakley Family Student-Athlete Study and Classroom.
State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recently announced that SUNY Canton will offer ten online degree programs as part of the Open SUNY+ initiative, the university system’s signature online learning program. The college is one of 17 SUNY schools that were chosen to participate. The SUNY Canton programs that were selected met a number of criteria, including student interest, accreditation and their capacity to meet current and future workforce demands throughout New York State.
SUNY Canton will host a “Zombie Run” at 1 p.m., Oct. 18, at the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, also known as Roos House. Participants will evade “zombies” that will be stationed along the 5K course. Registration begins at noon in the Roos House field house. Entry fees are $10 for SUNY Canton faculty, students and staff and $15 for community members. Racers will receive a backpack, t-shirt and race bracelet. Funds raised will benefit SUNY Canton’s Intramural program.
Bestselling novelist and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activist Jennifer Finney Boylan will discuss her groundbreaking memoir about transitioning from male to female as part of SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series. Boylan will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Richard W. Miller Kingston Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.