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Young Entrepreneurs Compete to Help Area Business

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Students in the four-year Management program recently participated in an entrepreneurial competition to redesign the Raquette River Gift Company’s website and provide recommendations for future expansion. Senior Andrew M. Lang of the Bronx was selected as the best speaker. He joined the best students to represent SUNY Canton at the recent Free Enterprise Marathon at SUNY Plattsburgh. All winning teams received gift cards redeemable at the Campus Center Store and the college’s eateries.

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International Summer Program at SUNY Canton Teaches Entrepreneurism and Business Leadership

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Students from Kazan and Moscow, Russia, are learning how to become entrepreneurs at SUNY Canton’s International Summer program.

“We help students augment their education to become entrepreneurs,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Many of these students will graduate and become business leaders or create their own start-ups.”

This is the second year that the College has invited students from Kazan Federal University and Moscow State University to attend the business-focused seminar.

International Classroom

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Charles R. Fenner (pictured far right) presents a special class for students in the College’s International Summer program.

The International Summer Program is co-hosted by the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton, an agency that helps provide technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

A representative from the SBDC works with students to create marketing plans, learn budget financing and overall business management. “By the end of the three-week session, students will present a complete business plan,” Fiacco said.

As part of their learning experience, the students visit area businesses such as the St. Lawrence Brewing Company and St. Lawrence Valley Roasters, among others.

Several of the students are enrolled in dual-degree programs at the College and take courses online throughout the year with SUNY Canton faculty and their visit gives them the ability to meet their professors face-to-face. Management program faculty members also presented coursework during the session.


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.

SUNY Canton Secretary Recognized for Customer Service and Positive Attitude

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Renee Campbell, an administrative assistant in the School of Business and Liberal Arts, was selected as the recipient of the SUNY Canton College Council’s 2013 Employee Recognition Award.

“I am in awe of the work, time and dedication put forth by Renee,” said Interim School of Business and Liberal Arts Dean Maureen P. Maiocco. “She is collegial, empathetic and friendly. Students often tell me how helpful she is when assisting with scheduling, explaining policies or just listening.”


Renee L. Campbell, a secretary for the School of Business and Liberal Arts received the 2013 SUNY Canton Employee Recognition Award. She is pictured with her supervisor, Kathy A. Limoges.

Maiocco recalled when Renee set aside her day-to-day work to assist a non-traditional student in need of a schedule. The student was very nervous about returning to college. “We were short staffed that day,” Maiocco recalled. “Despite how absolutely busy Renee was, she took time to put this student at ease.”

She is widely known on campus for her compassion and concern for students, faculty and staff members. One of her co-employees described her as a unique and classy person who brings out the best in people.

“Renee is a breath of fresh air in our office,” said Kathy A. Limoges, a secretary who works alongside Campbell. “She is a great source of wisdom for implementing change and constantly improving our service to the students and faculty in our school.”

Campbell started at SUNY Canton in 2002 as an agency service representative in the Student Service Center. In 2005, she was hired in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. She was promoted to secretary 1 in 2008. She won the Women of the Year Award from the student-run Women’s Concerns Club in 2004.

Campbell is also a member of the Affirmative Action Committee at the College. She helps ensure that the College maintains its record of hiring a diverse and gender-balanced workforce.

“She has a commendable devotion to duty and her friendly attitude makes working at SUNY Canton more enjoyable,” said Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., a professor teaching Business Management, who works closely with Campbell. “I can’t think of a more deserving person for this award.”

Renee is married to Tim Campbell. She has one son, Andrew; two stepdaughters, Kristen and Katelyn; and one stepson, Matthew.

About The Employee Recognition Award

The SUNY Canton College Council selects the Employee Recognition Award after reviewing nominations. The award is given to a SUNY Canton civil service employee annually at the College’s Recognition Day Ceremony.

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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Bosnian University Celebrates Dual Commencement with SUNY Canton

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Nearly two dozen students attending American University in Bosnia Herzegovina (AUBiH) graduate this week with a degree from their home university and one from SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and Chief of Staff Ryan P. Deuel are attending AUBiH’s commencement on Wednesday, June 9. The two are already in Bosnia to discuss the progression and growth of the dual-degree program.

Live video feed from American University in Bosnia during the 2010 Commencement ceremony.

“Our two colleges have developed a strong bond through our shared students,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We were honored that they could participate in our on-campus commencement ceremony via live video feed. We are dually privileged to attend their graduation, and we’re looking forward to even more students from AUBIH enrolled at SUNY Canton in the future.”

The students are the first from their University to earn a SUNY Canton bachelor’s degree in finance and a degree from their home university. Most of the students graduating spent last summer at the SUNY Canton campus taking face-to-face classes with Associate Professor Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., who oversees the management program.

Dubravko Martinović, one of the top students at AUBIH, addressed his classmates, local and abroad, at SUNY Canton’s Commencement. “To be the first at something gives one great satisfaction, and we are proud to be the first generation of graduates from AUBIH,” he said. “I want to thank you for four memorable years, and an unforgettable semester spent at SUNY (Canton). For us, it was never just an education, it was a life experience.”

Students at AUBiH had the chance to meet with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, during a recent visit.

“Your task is to help your country on its journey towards the better future and economic prosperity, and you are its hope,” Steinberg said. “Your destiny is to be a part of European Union and NATO, to belong to a great community of the world, but that demands time, hard work and dedication on the part of all of you.”

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International and High School Students Arrive at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Approximately 20 Bosnian students met their SUNY Canton professors in person for the first time when they started their on-campus classes on Monday, June 29.

Assistant Professor Charles Fenner, PhD., during a lecture in his finance class with students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Assistant Professor Charles Fenner, PhD., during a lecture in his finance class with students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Our international program with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) has sent a group of students to our campus to participate in our international summer program,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This is the latest expansion of our international online partnership that allows students from several different countries to obtain SUNY Canton degrees in Finance and Information Technology.”

After a round of face-to-face introductions, the students got down to business in their classes with Assistant Professor Charles Fenner, PhD., the lead faculty member in the Finance program.

“The students started taking Human Resources Management and Business Ethics courses two weeks ago through video-delivered distance learning courses,” Fenner said. “The courses continue seamlessly now that they are here on campus.”

During their stay, the students will be immersed in special trips and activities including a July 4th barbeque and visits to Niagara Falls and New York City.

In addition to the students from AUBiH, more than 80 area high school students are moving into the College’s Residences to get their first glimpse at college life. The Upward Bound program started their unique summer classes designed to introduce first-generation college students to higher education.

“Students augment their high school studies with traditional courses ranging from English and science to art and fitness,” said Upward Bound Director Daun A. Martin. “Some junior and senior-level students even have the chance to take college courses through SUNY Canton OnLine before they graduate.”

Both groups will be joined by a group of 45 students from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia on Friday, July 3. Kennedy will be officially welcoming all of the international students at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 5, in Chaney Dining Center.

“We will also be hosting 19 Chinese Faculty members starting on July 17,” said Marela Fiacco, the College’s Coordinator of International Initiatives. “They will be learning about the College’s Early Childhood program and studying English as a second language.”

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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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SUNY Canton Winterterm Expands and Evolves

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Online courses are expanding to offer topics of study including sports management and the films of an underground icon during SUNY Canton’s 2007 Winterterm semester.

Winterterm begins on Dec. 20 and students can register now. The complete listing of courses and online registration are both available at

Specialty courses are among the 34 courses offered this Winterterm, allowing students to catch up or get ahead in their academic studies.

This is the third Winterterm that the college has held completely online through SUNY Canton OnLine. The college has seen a dramatic rise in enrollment through its online classes. Last year, the college saw 313 students enroll during Winterterm, which was a 96 percent increase from the 160 students enrolled in 2005-06. According to Pauline Graveline, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, this year’s Winterterm will follow the trend of record-breaking enrollments.

Charles Fenner, Assistant Professor of Business and Public Administration said the upcoming Winterterm semester will be the first time that the three credit course Foundations of Sports Management will be offered online.

“The course includes a historical perspective of American sports,”Fenner said. “Students will be studying sports branding and sports marketing in the realms of collegiate and professional athletic teams.”

Students will learn about dealing with other aspects of sports management including tourism, public relations, as well as fiscal management. “Essentially, this course is developed for students who have an interest in sports and want to learn the business behind running or managing the business side of a sports organization.”

This course was developed with assistance from Diane Para, the college’s Director of Athletics and Assistant Dean of Students.

Christopher Sweeney, Assistant Professor of Humanities, is offering a film course on auteur David Lynch. Lynch is most known as the filmmaker who brought The Elephant Man to the big screen.

“An auteur is a filmmaker whose individual style and complete control over all elements of production give a film its personal and unique stamp,”noted Sweeney, whose passion for film has previously spurred a special topics film course on the horror genre.

Lynch also filmed Dune 1984, made episodes of the breakout hit television show Twin Peaks in 1990, in addition to films Lost Highway in 1997, and Mulholland Dr. in 2001.

Film classes succeed the best within the college’s online format. “Students use online resources to chronicle and track the filmmaker’s entire catalog of work and can engage in intelligent dialogue about the films they are viewing on discussion boards,”he said.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Student Service Center at 315-386-7616 or email


SUNY Canton Student Entrepreneur Wins National Leadership Award

Monday, March 12th, 2007
Karl Ortmeyer

Karl Ortmeyer, National Republican Campaign Committee Business Advisory Council member and SUNY Canton Business Administration student

Between studying business administration at SUNY Canton and running his own business, Karl Ortmeyer is accustomed to using his time productively.

The Potsdam native recently won a national leadership award through the National Republican Campaign Committee’s Business Advisory Council (BAC). As a result, he will be invited to participate in periodic strategy sessions and provide input on the economic and tax issues.

“Karl is a no-nonsense SUNY Canton student intent on making the most of his business courses,” according to Associate Professor of Accounting Janice Robinson. “He loves real world experience and prefers to work with motivated self-starters,” she said.

While studying for his degree, Karl has already begun his own computer consulting business, Liberty Information Resource Management. Ortmeyer said business is growing faster than normal start-ups. “We’re not making a killing, but I’m 21 years old and I have my own office.”

Ortmeyer will share his own experiences with the BAC to hopefully benefit all small business. “Small businesses are essential to the continued development of the American ideal of competitiveness and free trade,” Ortmeyer pointed out. “American small businesses have always driven the new ideas of this country.”

“Karl is utilizing his education to augment his business savvy,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Technology Management Charles Fenner. “He instantly grasps academic concepts and directly applies them to his business.”

Fenner went on to say that Ortmeyer does what he sets his mind to and will make an excellent politically active business advocate in both his pre- and post graduate careers.

Ortmeyer is an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and was on the President’s List for outstanding academics during the Fall 2006 semester.


SUNY Canton Assistant Prof’s Findings to be Presented at International Symposium

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Charles FennerA SUNY Canton assistant professor’s new findings about U.S. employees working in foreign embassies will be presented this May at the International Workshop on Human Resource Management in Jerez De La Frontera, Spain.

Assistant Professor of Technology Management Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., and co-author Jan Selmer, Ph.D., of the Aarhus School of Business, created The Work Situation of Public Sector Expatriates. Fenner served as an expatriate, or somebody who works outside their own country, during his 20-year career as a military officer.

“Most cross-cultural adjustment studies are based on many different types of jobs in one location,” Fenner said. “Our research turns previous studies on their head. We studied the cross-cultural adjustment of U.S. employees in the same position from across the world.”

He said their findings, based on his doctorate dissertation, demonstrate the importance of role clarity in the adjustment of the expatriate to their position. More specifically, when the expatriate clearly understands his or her role and function in the foreign environment, the expatriate’s adjustment to their work is greatly enhanced. “It’s important for the local leadership to enforce and enhance the vision of the multinational corporation overseas,” he said.

Fenner collected the information online for his dissertation while he was stationed in Moscow, Russia. He based his research on U.S. Department of Defense administrators stationed in embassies worldwide. “I saw responses everywhere as far as Ulan-Bator, Mongolia, to Santiago, Chile,” he said.

While living in Moscow, Fenner was in a comparable role to his studies. He said his personal adaptation appeared to be remarkable, but he was only interacting with counterparts who spoke English in the embassy. “My family had a harder time adjusting to their surroundings, because they were immersed in a foreign language,” Fenner noted. “Language can cause barriers to adjustment.”

Fenner is the lead faculty member for the Technology Management four-year program. He has run the office operations at embassies in Hanoi, Vietnam; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Moscow, Russia and Bucharest, Romania. Technology Management is offered as an online program through SUNY Canton OnLine, allowing students from around the world to earn their SUNY Canton Bachelor of Business Administration degree.