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SUNY Canton Receives Funding to Support Environmental Technology Training

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that SUNY Canton will receive approximately $100,000 to construct a state-of-the-art teaching and research lab that will benefit the College’s environmental technology students and the North Country.

The facility, which will be located in the Nevaldine Technology Center, will be outfitted with the same leading-edge equipment that is used by professionals working in environmental engineering technology and geotechnical fields. Construction is scheduled to begin later this month and is anticipated to be complete this fall.

“The new lab will give students the opportunity to test water samples, design water and wastewater treatment system components and learn how to improve water quality,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Technology program.

In addition to providing training necessary to allow students to be more competitive in today’s job market, Rygel said the lab can also be used to conduct continuing education courses for regional water and wastewater treatment professionals and programs for secondary education students interested in the environmental field.

The funding is part of a broad effort to help meet the state’s demand for skilled workers in engineering, healthcare, renewable and clean energy, biotechnology, agriculture and information technology. Thirty-six SUNY campuses received funding to support workforce development in high-needs fields.

“The High Needs Program and others like it are helping fulfill SUNY’s original purpose: to be world class institutions that foster cutting edge innovation and train the next generation of high tech workers,” said Gov. Cuomo.

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

 

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High School Students Start College at SUNY Canton on Friday

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

North Country students will be attending classes as part of the grant-funded Early College High School Smart Scholars program.

Early College High SchoolApproximately 40 freshmen and sophomores from Massena Central High School and Ogdensburg Free Academy will officially become college students this Friday as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School program at SUNY Canton.

Early College High School was established through a $200,000 grant from the New York State Education Department. Teachers from participating high schools offer college-level instruction supplemented by exploratory learning opportunities at SUNY Canton.

“Our program is part of National Early College Awareness Week,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, an assistant professor in the civil and environmental technology program and Early College High School program coordinator “Our goal is to have students earn a minimum of 20 college credit hours before they graduate from High School.”

Their day-long visit, including a tour of the brand-new Roos House Athletic Center and Grasse River Suites residence hall, will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, March 30, at SUNY Canton.

Instruction begins at 12:15 p.m. and includes a crime-scene investigation, a computer building class, concrete experiments, and three-dimensional computer modeling presentation, among other glimpses into SUNY Canton’s signature career-driven programs.

The Early College High School ‘dual enrollment’ program serves to increase high school graduation and college completion rates among those historically left in the gap, while reducing college tuition costs as a result of the more than 20 college credits earned in high school. The initiative fits well within the SUNY-wide plan to create a seamless educational pipeline to prepare students for college at an earlier age.

More on the Early College High School Program is available in the article “SUNY Canton Partners with Local High Schools.”

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

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Girl Scouts Learn at SUNY Canton through Corning Foundation Grant – Event Rescheduled for Dec. 5th

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Solar House Prototype

SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology will be challenging 50 young women from the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council to create sustainable pet shelters this weekend.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Nevaldine Technology Center Rooms 125 and 129 the scouts will be working with faculty members from the college on a variety of learning exercises to design and setup the structures.

The pet shelter theme was motivated by the recent strong community support and interest for the rehabilitation of the Potsdam Human Society and Animal Shelter.

“The girls will be challenged with a primary goal of using active and passive solar strategies to develop pet houses that could be used as part of a housing strategy at an animal shelter,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Construction Engineering Technology programs. “We will place special emphasis on using recycled building materials in the design, green energy utilization, and energy efficient construction.”

After the weekend, teams will be responsible for decorating and maintaining their pet shelter and routinely collecting inside and outside temperatures as experimental data. The end result of these experiments will be passed on to the Humane Society to help them consider incorporating passive solar strategies in their eventual building redesign.

This event, and the solar pet shelter kits are supplied through a grant from Corning Foundation. For the past five years, Corning has annually sponsored challenges and events at the college for the Thousand Island Girl Scout Council to introduce science and technology at an early age.

The event continues a series of learning opportunities offered specifically for Girl Scouts at the College. Previously, the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program worked with Girl Scout troops to construct small houses to collect solar energy data, similar to the pet shelters. Additionally, the Criminal Investigation program has held a Girl Scout Investigation seminar, that teaches young women crime scene analysis and evidence collection techniques.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

Schedule of events:

  • 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, project explanation with Matthew D. Bullwinkel, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology and Renewable Energy Systems Program.
  • 11 a.m.  – Concrete demonstration with Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Construction Engineering Technology programs
  • 11:30 a.m. – Ventilation and air temperatures for pets with Lin Tian Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program
  • 1 p.m. – Physics and science demonstrations with Feng Hong, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Engineering Technology programs
  • 2 p.m. – Pet shelter kits will be distributed

Media members should contact SUNY Canton in advance, 315.386.7527, kie@canton.edu


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SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Receives Competitive Fellowship

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009


Adrienne C. Rygel, SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Technology, recently received a competitive American Society of Civil Engineers training fellowship.

Adrienne C. Rygel, SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Technology, recently received a competitive American Society of Civil Engineers training fellowship.

A SUNY Canton faculty member has been selected for an exclusive American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) training that will enhance the hands-on career-oriented courses in the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Adrienne C. Rygel, an assistant professor in the Civil Engineering Technology program received a competitive fellowship to the upcoming Excellence in Engineering Education program held in June at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She was selected for her commitment to excellence in education and willingness to serve as a future role model for other faculty members at the College, according the ASCE.

“As an instructor, I need to be able to take an advanced concept or problem and approach it from a number of ways for students to understand it,” Rygel said. “This fellowship will increase the creative and innovative ways that I present my material to encourage student participation and retention.”

Rygel, who is currently preparing a new curriculum for a four-year bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology, will be responsible for conveying the lessons and objectives she learns at the ASCE program to other faculty members. “In order to convey this advanced material effectively, we as instructors at SUNY Canton are consistently challenged to remain in the top competitive levels within the career-oriented scope of the program.”

The Civil Engineering Technology program provides opportunities for students to obtain real-world experience while completing their degree and is considered among the quintessential “hands-on” programs at the college. There is a high-demand for graduates of this program and jobs are highly competitive. Last year, 100 percent of the program’s graduates were either working or continuing their education at graduation.

Rygel is one of the newest faculty members at the college. She and three other faculty members draw upon their past experiences as industry professionals to aid in the specialized training for students in the program. She is a former groundwater geologist for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and Project Manager and Project Engineering at OP-TECH Environmental Services, Inc. in Massena. She has her master’s degree in Geology and her doctorate in Civil Engineering.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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

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