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Tax Preparation Assistance Available through April 4 at SUNY Canton

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton Accounting students are volunteering to help qualifying individuals and families file their taxes for free.

Several students are offering free tax preparation assistance as part of their Accounting coursework on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until April 4 in Cook Hall Room 116. Appointments are strongly encouraged.

Students from the College work with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to increase their own tax preparation skills and to 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 and open to the public, the qualifying income bracket for participants is a gross income below $49,000, according to the IRS.

For more information, contact Accounting Instructor Bei Huang at huangb@canton.edu.To schedule an appointment, call (315) 386-7979.

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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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IRS Agents to help Students Solve Accounting Mystery at SUNY Canton

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Adrian ProjectOnly an accountant could have caught noted gangster Al Capone, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Some of the best financial investigators in the world will be helping approximately 40 SUNY Canton students get a chance to solve a financial mystery. The IRS will be presenting Adrian Jr., a hands-on workshop for college students interested in accounting, business, and criminal justice career paths at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 17, in SUNY Canton’s Payson Hall Room 219.

The event was orchestrated by Accounting Instructor Christa Kelson, who said the workshop is a valuable career-building experience for her students.

“Many of my students are interested in this area of accounting,” Kelson said. “Studies have indicated that white-collar crime increases during tough economic times, so our students are involved in a hands-on workshop that is both timely and topical.”

The students are divided into groups to solve a hypothetical financial crime involving a business owner who is skimming money. Each group of students is assigned to an experienced IRS Special Agent who coaches them and provides learning points during the exercise, but it’s up to the students to follow the paper trail and expose the fraud. “Our students will be working with some of the best financial investigators in the world,” Kelson said.

Kelson is also offering a Forensic Accounting course this semester, and noted how well the Adrian Project fit in with the hands-on aspects of her class.

In a group setting, the student agents will investigate the evidence and interact with their coach, while learning what it takes to become a financial investigator. Students also may encounter an anonymous informant, a local law enforcement officer or potential witnesses, played by special agents, certified public accountants and other volunteers. At the end of the workshop, the groups join together to convince the lead instructor that they have enough evidence to pursue an undercover operation.

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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RecycleMania Hits SUNY Canton

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Students have been monitoring recycling levels and documenting the amount of cardboard, glass, and plastic recyclables collected.

SUNY Canton has joined RecycleMania, an international competition that measures the success of colleges’ recycling and waste prevention efforts.

“The RecycleMania competition establishes a baseline of data for future improvement across campus,” said Matthew Burnett, who is the Green Campus Committee (GCC) Chair and an Assistant Professor in the Graphic and a Multimedia Design program. “It is important that we make sustainability a priority on our campus and in our classrooms.”

Students have been monitoring recycling levels and documenting the amount of cardboard, glass, and plastic recyclables collected. Each week, the standings are posted online for participants to see, motivating the campus community to recycle more and decrease the overall environment footprint of the college.

The challenge has been spearheaded by Accounting Instructor Christa Kelson and students Bridget Keegan and Rachel Baker, according to Burnett.

“I saw this as a great way to get involved and help out,” said Keegan. “A lot of people stop and ask what we are doing when we calculate the recyclables. We use our efforts as a means to emphasize the importance of recycling.”

RECYCLEMANIA

The college has been expanding its overall recycling efforts with help from the GCC and other departments. During its first year, SUNY Canton will be posting college-wide results in the benchmarking division of the competition, which will allow the college to compare its results to other schools. After one year, the college will be allowed to enter the competition level and compete against itself and other colleges.

Colleges in all 50 states and six international universities are represented in the competition.

The RecycleMania competition began in 2001 as a friendly challenge between recycling coordinators at Miami University and Ohio University. The competition was meant as a way to get participants more excited about recycling.

Several publications and college indicators use RecycleMania to gauge colleges’ and universities’ collective and individual commitments to sustainability. RecycleMania has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, and The Boston Globe.

In addition to the RecycleMania competition, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has begun a fund-raising event that will keep the campus cleaner by recycling used ink jet and laser printer cartridges, and cell phones. The semester-long “Make a Difference” campaign aims to educate and engaging the campus in conservation and environmental protection. The SAAC members have set up recycling boxes around campus to collect the used cartridges and cell phones.

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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