Rural residents in upstate New York may be able to offset the high cost of fossil fuels by implementing new wood pellet boilers with large-capacity feeding capabilities. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a $163,000 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for SUNY Canton to measure the efficiency of automatic-feeding wood pellet boilers.
A poet who challenges and investigates language, history and race will kick off the spring installment of SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series. Tyrone Williams will speak at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.
SUNY Canton’s Outdoor Adventure Club participated in the annual Polar Bear Plunge in Ogdensburg Feb. 15. Students Andrew S. Conlan, Melissa Cummins, Tyler Hawley, Tanner Chauvin, and well as club adviser Jim L. Sheppard braved the icy St. Lawrence River to raise more than $300 for the Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce and the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue.
SUNY Canton’s Online Learning Systems Manager Jerry J. Bartlett will discuss the risks people take when they eat in his public lecture “Going Against the Grain.” Bartlett is a presenter in the SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series and will speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. Admission is free and the community is openly invited.
SUNY Canton accounting students will volunteer their time to help qualifying individuals and families file their taxes for free. Students from the College work with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to increase their tax preparation skills and teach community members how to correctly file their own personal taxes in the future. The Internal Revenue Service sponsors the VITA program. Although this service is free to students, and open to the public, the qualifying income bracket for participants is a gross income below $49,000, according to the IRS.
SUNY Canton will be hosting the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for a site review of its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program as it seeks initial accreditation. The program was created in 2009 by creating an additional two years of coursework for the College’s signature two-year Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree. Students who graduate from the two-year program are able to secure employment and complete their bachelor’s degree.
The International Student Activist Organization (ISAO) will be holding a poverty awareness campaign beginning Feb. 3 at SUNY Canton. The week is dedicated to informing students and the public about the overall problem of poverty and its related impediments on society, according to Sabel Bong, an advisor for the ISAO and an Educational Opportunity Program counselor at the College.