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SUNY Canton Gets $80,000 in Grant Funding for Course Innovation

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Two SUNY Canton faculty members will be receiving $40,000 grants for course development from the State University of New York Course Redesign Initiative.

Both will be using the funding to augment entry-level classes with ground-breaking improvements and learning enhancements.

“We received two of the 10 grants issued statewide,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “These are highly competitive grants, and I applaud our English and Biology faculty members for developing unique and innovative plans for their courses.”

Christopher Sweeney, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Graphic and Multimedia Design Program Director, explained that he submitted a plan to enhance student learning outcomes by integrating technology. “We’ve redesigned Expository Writing and Oral and Written Expression to integrate more online components,” Sweeney said.

Both courses will be divided into online lessons that allow students to fully grasp course objectives through self-paced online lessons, while maintaining face-to-face class time as necessary. “It will be similar to some of our hybrid courses we’ve previously designed with SUNY Canton OnLine,” Sweeney said.

Entry-level biology courses taught by Instructor Ronald Tavernier will undergo innovative changes as well and will utilize an additional faculty position. The added faculty member will provide extended office hours and respond to students’ discussions and questions via SUNY Canton OnLine, further improving the faculty to student ratio in these two courses.

The Humanities and Biology courses are among the most popular entry-level courses at the college. The redesigned courses aim to help more students excel in each curriculum and enhance their overall college experience. Pilot programs of each redesigned course are scheduled to be offered in Spring 2009.

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined 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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SUNY Canton Adds Graphic and Multimedia Design Degree

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Student with cameraSUNY Canton’s newest bachelor’s degree focuses on new and emerging media and the ever-changing methods of communication.

Graphic and Multimedia Design has been approved by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department. Students can apply immediately for the four-year program which will begin next fall.

“The goal of this program is to produce work-ready graduates who know how to utilize the newest digital and interactive delivery methods,” said Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pauline Graveline.

The new program will further promote college-wide expansion into fine, performance, and digital arts according to Program Director and Assistant Professor Christopher Sweeney.

Sweeney and several other humanities instructors have already been offering specific courses for the major, including photography, film, theater, literature, and design classes. “This program is designed for students who want to be creative and who want to maximize their marketability after graduation,” said Sweeney.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that multimedia design careers will grow by approximately 15 to 30 percent by 2012.

The assistant professor pointed out several cutting-edge forms of communication, including podcasts, blogs, and sophisticated content driven websites. “We were barely beginning to have access to this technology ten years ago,” he said. “Twenty years ago, most were unheard of or even undreamed of. Through this program, students will use the current forms of communication and also prepare for the next ground-breaking advances within the digital realm.”

Program instructors also mentioned that the Graphic and Multimedia Design curriculum is designed for those who have an interest in journalism, public relations, marketing, publishing, web design, video game design and production, and the fine arts. “By integrating many facets of communications careers, we will create well-rounded graduates ready to integrate into tomorrow’s high-tech creative positions,” Sweeney said.

Some of the program specific program courses include:

  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Web Publishing
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Documentary Video
  • Video Games and Virtual Worlds
  • Journalism

Similar to the college’s other four-year programs, the Graphic and Multimedia Design major integrates a senior-level internship within a related field at an established business. Internships have given graduates a leg-up on their post-graduate careers and have often directly led to full time employment. Students can also opt to present their own individual or team multimedia products to launch as a cumulative focus of their studies.

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

 

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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 www.canton.edu/winterterm.

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 finaid@canton.edu.

 

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