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SUNY Canton to Host Student Leadership Conference

Friday, November 8th, 2013

#4CoSUNY Canton will host a professional conference for student leaders from Clarkson, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Nov. 9.

Now in its third year, the Associated Colleges Student Leadership Conference, known as #4Co, brings students from a variety of campus organizations together to learn leadership and communication skills.

“SUNY Canton is thrilled to have the opportunity to host the #4Co Associated Colleges Student Leadership Conference this year,” said SUNY Canton Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “I am so proud of all the planning and hard work our Student Activities staff and our student leaders have put into making this year’s conference a success.”

More than 100 students are expected to attend the all-day event. Discussion topics will range from understanding and interpreting nonverbal communication to creating an inclusive and engaging organization.


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Potsdam & SUNY Canton Hold First Simultaneous Civility Sit-In Two Campuses Stand Up for Civility through Joint CARE & BEAR Projects

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam are joining together for a unique show of solidarity—the first-ever simultaneous Civility Sit-In. Students, faculty and staff from both campuses will sit down to demonstrate their commitment to civility, by protesting intolerance, ignorance and disrespect. Then, participants at both colleges will stand up together, in a display of common cause and purpose.

The joint event is sponsored by two initiatives with the same goals on both campuses: SUNY Canton’s CARES Committee, and the BEAR @ Potsdam Project.


The SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton college mascots, Max C. Bear and Roody Roo, show that they won’t stand for incivility, either.

CARES stands for Character, Acts of Kindness, Respect, Environment and Spirituality. BEAR @ Potsdam is short for Be Ethical And Responsible at SUNY Potsdam. Both organizations support efforts to create campus environments rich in courtesy and respect for others.

The simultaneous Civility Sit-Ins are scheduled for noon on Thursday, Oct. 18, on both campuses. At SUNY Canton, the event will be held at the Roselle Academic Plaza. At SUNY Potsdam, the event will be held at Minerva Plaza.

There will be campus speakers at both events, and students will decorate T-shirts proclaiming what they “won’t stand for” at their college.

“SUNY Potsdam is one community, bound together by respect and integrity. We are dedicated to upholding the values in our Potsdam Pledge, and encouraging our students to help lead the way for all concerning civility. This unique event will offer an opportunity for the SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton communities to show our neighbors in the North Country what we stand for,” said Dean of Students Chip Morris.

SUNY Canton’s Dean of Students, Courtney B. Bish said, “The Civility Sit-In will

showcase theimportance of respect and tolerance within our campus community and will be the first of many events sponsored through our CARES Project. We are proud to co-host this event with SUNY Potsdam through their BEAR @ Potsdam initiative, and are looking forward to the student support at the event and future collaborations with the other area colleges.”

To end the sit-ins, the colleges’ two mascots—Max C. Bear and Roody Roo—will encourage everyone to rise at once, to show that they stand for civility.

“It is so exciting to be promoting the concept of civility with SUNY Canton. This Sit-In shows the North Country community that we are institutions dedicated to making the communities both on- and off-campus the best they can be,” said Annette Robbins, director of student conduct and community standards at SUNY Potsdam.


From left, Roody Roo, Molly A. Mott, Chip Morris, Lashawanda Ingram, Annette Robbins, Gena Nelson, Courtney B. Bish and Max C. Bear. For the full caption with titles, see the attached release.

To mark their commitment to the project, faculty and staff from SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton gathered recently along with the college mascots. As seen in the accompanying photo, the officials included: (from left) SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott, SUNY Potsdam Dean of Students Chip Morris, SUNY Canton Director of Diversity Lashawanda Ingram, SUNY Potsdam Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards Annette Robbins, SUNY Potsdam Counseling Center Director Gena Nelson and SUNY Canton Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish.

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

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SUNY Canton Named One of the Top Pet-Friendly Colleges

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

SUNY Canton students are not the only ones who think the College is the cat’s meow. recently named SUNY Canton to its 2011 Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges list because of its dedication to small animals and well-known Pet Wing housing option for students.

Pet Wing

“We have some of the most well-known veterinary programs in the state and with that comes passionate students who can’t bear to think about leaving their pet at home while they’re at college,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy. “Having the Pet Wing on campus makes SUNY Canton feel even more like a community than we already do. It not only benefits the students but also the faculty and staff.”

The College was featured on’s website with the accolade, noting the nice environment and the opportunity for “pet lovers to live together and bond and forge friendships over the animal companions that become the conversation-starters between new students.”

“The Pet Wing is absolutely one of the most popular choices among students,” said Director of Residence Life Courtney B. Bish. “It gives them the chance to bring a small piece of home with them and also helps ward against homesickness.”

The College has offered the Pet Wing as a housing option since 1997. While students are not allowed to bring dogs, snakes or birds, they are permitted to bring small, caged pets from home with prior approval from Residence Life.

“We’ve had many cats, bunnies and other four-legged friends live in the Pet Wing,” Bish noted. “I think the most unique animal we’ve had was a duck by the name of Mr. Peeps. He wore a diaper and was a Pet Wing favorite.”

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

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On-Campus Housing Full at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

On-campus residence halls at SUNY Canton have filled to capacity for this fall, prompting campus officials to seek information on available off-campus student housing opportunities in the Canton area.

Landlords who expect to have vacancies or homeowners interested in renting rooms in their homes may contact the Residence Life office at (315) 386-7513 or email their information to

The tight housing situation is due to continued growth in enrollment, according to Courtney B. Bish, SUNY Canton’s Director of Residence Life. The College anticipates a third consecutive year of record-breaking enrollment. Last year, 3,300 students attended in the fall semester.

“Our extraordinary enrollment growth has created an incredible demand for on-campus housing,” said Assistant Vice President for Advancement Randy B. Sieminski, who oversees the College’s admissions offices. “With the upcoming opening of our new athletic complex and the addition of even more new bachelor’s degrees, it’s a truly exciting time for our College.”

Applications to SUNY Canton have increased nearly 20 percent in each of the past four years, and the college expects to set an all-time record for applications this year, surpassing the old mark of 5,331 set in 1977.

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

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SUNY Canton Students Reduce, Reuse, and “Roo-cycle”

Monday, April 19th, 2010

A recent competition challenged SUNY Canton students to “Roo-cycle” by donating their used belongings in addition to sorting out their waste.

Faculty and staff from the Green Campus Committee set up collections at each of the four residence halls for used clothing, electronics, and the traditional cardboard and mixed recyclables.

“Several members of our committee designed the competition as a way to increase awareness about recycling at the student level,” said Matthew J. Burnett, an assistant professor in the graphic and multimedia design program and Green Campus Committee chair. “We’re creating a culture of sustainability. Certainly it helps us as a college to be more eco-minded, but we want our students to continue these practices after they graduate.”

The recently completed “Roo-cycle” competition collected about 2,900 redeemable recyclables, raising a total of $145 for the student-run Habitat for Humanity club. It also drew together about 580 clothing and shoe donations and more than 40 books.

Amidst bags of clear and green tinted bottles stood a box with a photograph of two children wearing plastic bags on their feet taped to the side. Marquise Paillere, a Liberal Studies major, snapped the photo just after the earthquakes hit her home in Haiti. Paillere was stranded in Port-au-Prince at the beginning of the semester and has championed a local portion of the international drive to help people in her home country by collecting used shoes.

“Once students found out the clothing was going to St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the shoes were going to Haiti, they became even more inspired to pitch in,” said Joanne Fassinger, the College’s grants coordinator. “They began using the competition as a way to donate rather than just discard.”

Volunteers tabulated the total recycled by each residence and eager students looked on waiting to see who won the good-natured challenge. Heritage residence hall won the total competition by using word of mouth communication, according to Courtney B. Bish, Director of Residence life.

“Students stood by the front doors of their residences to tell everyone coming and going about the competition,” Bish said. “They even went door-to-door. Students became more involved because their pride was on the line. They wanted to win the challenge.”

The students in Heritage will be treated to a pizza party for their enthusiastic recycling efforts. The Kangaroo, nicknamed the Roo, presented representatives from the residence with the award at a student activities event. Plans are underway for another “Roo-cycle” competition.

SUNY Canton also participated in RecycleMania, an international competition for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities on their campus communities. Last year, the College reduced its total waste by approximately 21 percent.

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

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Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” at SUNY Canton, April 1

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

SUNY Shakespeare

SUNY Canton Director of Residence Life Courtney B. Bish is making a special guest appearance in an upcoming Shakespearean comedic play.

Curtain time for the New England Shakespeare Festival’s presentation of “Taming of the Shrew,” and Bish’s debut, will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

“Taming of the Shrew” is a love story crafted in a comedy. The young and demure Bianca can marry any man she wants, but not until her elder sister Kate has found a husband. Unfortunately for Bianca, Kate is so obnoxious that no man wants anything to do with her. Kate’s generous dowry tempts the blustering suitor Petruchio, who is certain he can “tame” the wild Kate. Sparks fly as marriage and mayhem take center stage in the classic play.

“From what I’ve seen of this production company, they tend to make everything really fun and approachable,” Bish explains. “It’s very much Shakespeare for everyone, rather than just targeting an elite audience.”

New England Shakespeare, a touring company based in Deerfield, N.H., is dedicated to telling Shakespeare’s stories by staging his plays in the original Elizabethan style. “Taming of the Shrew” features a cast of veteran Shakespeare performers. The production is directed by Demitra Papadinis, New England Shakespeare’s founder and Artistic Director.

“What I enjoy most about this show is that it’s just good fun,” Papadinis said. “It’s easy to get hung up on the Chauvinism, but I think the story is not only extremely funny but also very touching. We’re excited to stage ‘Shrew’ as what it is: a light-hearted comedy about two people setting aside their differences and coming together.”

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

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Vacancies Dwindling at SUNY Canton Residence Halls

Friday, August 1st, 2008

CANTON – As residence halls approach capacity, SUNY Canton officials are turning toward local landlords to assist in providing additional student housing options for the upcoming semester. Director of Residence Life Courtney Battista is asking Canton landlords interested in renting to students to contact her at 386-7513 or email their information to

“This has been the highest demand for housing in recent memory,” Battista said. “We are annually at or near capacity, but this year has been exceptional.”

SUNY Canton’s four residence halls house approximately 1000 students. Battista sites a large incoming class of first-year students as well as a higher than usual number of transfer and continuing students.

“As our four-year programs continue to grow, our demand for housing has similarly increased,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students are living on campus longer and our incoming first-year students want the experience of college life on campus.”

Popular residence hall options include the Grasse River Community, which allows students to bring small-caged animals with them to the dorms, and the new Go-Green Community, which is reserved for students who are looking for ways to improve the environment.

Students will begin moving into residence halls on Saturday, August 23. Convocation will be held on Monday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. Classes begin at SUNY Canton on Tuesday, August 26.

SUNY Canton offers rolling admissions in many programs, so students continue to apply and become accepted for the upcoming semester. Prospective students interested in enrolling for the Fall Semester should contact the admissions office at, 386-7123 or 800-388-7123.

Increases in first-year applications, transfers, continuing students and returning students are likely to generate the largest enrollment in the history of SUNY Canton this fall.

The school recorded its highest enrollment in 32 years last year and the second highest in school history. SUNY Canton’s all-time highest enrollment was 2,833 during the 1975-76 academic year. That number is likely to be surpassed this fall.

Last fall, 2,776 students enrolled for the 2007-08 academic year, an increase of 158 students from the 2006-07 academic year. College officials are anticipating even more growth with the possibility of reaching 3,000 students in 2008-09 for the first time ever.

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

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