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SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Program Receives X-Ray Unit Donation

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Sirona Dental Systems, in conjunction with Patterson Dental Supply, recently donated a digital X-ray unit to the SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program so students may learn by using the most up-to-date technology.

“Digital units are being used more frequently than their conventional film counterparts in dental offices, so this very generous donation will allow our students to familiarize themselves with equipment they will likely be using during their careers,” said Program Director and Assistant Professor Pamela P. Quinn. “Digital machines are also much more efficient and emit less radiation.”

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene student Charlotte A. Phippen, Parishville, takes a dental X-ray using the donated digital machine.

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene student Charlotte A. Phippen, Parishville, takes a dental X-ray using the donated digital machine.

Students, who work under the direct supervision of a licensed dental practitioner, provide no-cost preventive services to community members. Quinn said the facility has served more than 5,000 patients since it opened in 2006 and provided approximately $280,000 worth of free dental care this past academic year. In addition to exposing X-rays, students administer cancer screenings, cavity checks, evaluations, saliva testing, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants.

The hygiene students have spearheaded several community outreach projects to educate children and teens about the importance of good oral hygiene. The program has earned three national awards from the American Dental Hygienists Association.

The Dental Hygiene program is located at the College’s satellite campus in Rome, N.Y., and students can choose to earn either a two- or four-year degree. Quinn said graduates have had a 100 percent success rate on the national licensing exam for the past six years and the program has seen 100 percent job placement. Dental hygiene is a profession with an ongoing demand in the workforce, which is anticipated to continue through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

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 Canton Dental Hygiene Major Receives David R. Maynard Student Activities Award

Friday, May 17th, 2013

A SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene major is being honored for her volunteer work and fundraising efforts at the College’s 105th Commencement.

Ashley A. Abeling of Perth is the recipient of the annual David R. Maynard Student Activities Award and will be recognized among other award recipients and honorees at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

Abeling

Ashley A. Abeling of Perth is the recipient of the annual David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

Abeling led a fundraising initiative to cover expenses for 12 of her classmates to attend a dental hygiene seminar in Boston during winter break. She also made lodging and transportation arrangements for the group.

“In my 25 years of teaching, I have never worked with a student with so much energy who is so altruistic and dedicated to others,” said Pamela P. Quinn, curriculum coordinator for SUNY Canton’s Dental Hygiene program. “She is one of the most selfless people I have worked with.”

Abeling has also volunteered her time to mentor incoming SUNY Canton freshman. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene and a master’s degree in Public Health.

The David R. Maynard Student Activities Award is given annually to a student who demonstrates superior citizenship, outstanding leadership, and who has generously given time to extracurricular activities.

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SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Students Earn Prestigious National Award

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The American Dental Hygienists Association is recognizing SUNY Canton’s dental hygiene program for its extensive work in the community for the third consecutive year.

The College’s program, which is located at SUNY Canton’s distant campus in Rome, N.Y., will receive the 2010 American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) Student Member Community Service Award. SUNY Canton is one of just three recipients nationwide to receive the award which will be presented in Las Vegas on June 25 and 26.

Jessica Cunningham, a 2010 graduate, works on a patient at Aspen Dental.

The students were selected as a result of several community outreach projects over the past two semesters. They worked with the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Center and the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, both located in Rome, N.Y., as well as with Aspen Dental and Hillside Services in Onondaga County.

“Community health is the core of the dental hygiene profession,” said SUNY Canton’s Dental Hygiene Curriculum Coordinator Pamela P. Quinn. “Our faculty embraces public health and encourages activities that will instill that value in our graduates. We hope our students will continue to participate in community health projects after they graduate.”

In February, the students celebrated Dental Health Month by spending a Saturday in Syracuse exposing radiographs, providing cleanings, and applying fluoride varnish to high risk teens attending Hillside Services. For some, this was their first visit to a dental professional.

The program also spearheaded a three-month project with three preschool classrooms at the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Center and five Headstart classrooms in Rome throughout the spring.  Nearly 140 children benefited from the project, learning the importance of good oral hygiene. The students used rotary toothbrushes to reinforce good brushing habits and visited the classrooms to monitor progress over the course of several weeks.

The classroom teachers at both facilities organized a field trip to the SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Clinic. During the visit, the children received a dental screening and an application of fluoride varnish which helps reduce the risk of long-term dental problems.

As a culmination activity, the College’s dental hygiene students developed table clinics and hosted a mini health fair at each location.

“Access to dental care is a growing concern in today’s society,” Quinn said. “Through this project, the  hygiene students offered their services to a population with unmet dental needs, and the children and teens from these agencies not only received free preventive dental care but also became more comfortable interacting with oral health care professionals. It was a win-win situation for all involved parties.”

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


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SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Student Publishes Research

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Wanda L. Coleman, a SUNY Canton four-year dental Hygiene student from Adrian, Ga. Coleman recently published research in a national magazine.

Healthy teeth and gums can contribute to the overall health and well-being of older populations, according to an article recently published by Wanda L. Coleman, a four-year SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene student.

Coleman’s article, “Root Caries: Increased Risk in Nursing Home Facilities,” in the Nov. 2009 edition of Access, a publication of the American Dental Hygienists Association.

“The increasing size of the geriatric population and new knowledge about the link between oral and overall health makes it more and more evident that oral health care providers will need to be more prepared to treat older patients,” Coleman said. “The primary concern in nursing home facilities is the total care of the patient, including the health of their teeth and gums.”

Her research addresses the prevalence of dental decay for elder Americans in nursing home environments. It also highlights preventative practices for dental and medical professionals can do to enhance the dental care for the aging population.

“Research has become increasingly important in advancing the practice of dental hygiene,” noted Dental Hygiene Professor Susan Willette. “Through research we develop new techniques, materials, and treatments and it impacts education, and public health policy. We place an emphasis on continuing research in the four-year Dental Hygiene program.”

Coleman has been a clinical dental hygienist for 30 years and is a dental hygiene instructor at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia, Georgia. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene entirely online through SUNY Canton OL.

Access focuses on health and practice news, professional issues, and legislative developments. It provides late-breaking news on issues that are important to dental hygienists.

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


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International Delegations Arrive at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Ukrainian Academics to Present, Oct. 29

SUNY Canton officials will be meeting with two delegations from overseas schools over the next week to begin the process of expanding the college’s international programs.

Faculty from the career-driven Dental Hygiene program will be receiving a delegation of Japanese dental hygienists on Thursday, Oct. 22. A second contingent of academics from Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs in Ukraine will be on campus on Monday, Oct. 26, to review the College’s Criminal Justice curricula.

(From Left) SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble, Dr. Keita Taguchi, Dr. Takuya Okyama, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy

(From Left) SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble, Dr. Keita Taguchi, Dr. Takuya Ohyama, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy

“Our international programs began with a duel-degree program with Moscow about five years ago,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “That program allowed us to expand our courses, and our classrooms, to students from more places. The articulations add a global approach to our signature programs.”

The delegation of Ukrainian Academics became connected with SUNY Canton through Assistant Professor Tom G. Dempsey, who has taught in Ukraine. Recently, Dempsey and Provost William R. Trumble, along with other College officials visited Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs to begin the process of offering the College’s Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation, and related programs in the former Soviet Union.

“By the end of this visit, we hope to create the plans to offer our courses at their college through on-line, distance learning, or exchange and on-campus programs,” Trumble said. “We hope to design and sign a memorandum of understanding that will allow the two colleges to collaborate further.”

During their visit, the four Ukrainian guests will be holding a symposium on the global recession and its impact on the eastern European criminal justice system from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Woodcock Conference suite 212. The event is free and open to both the college community and the general public.

Director of International Initiatives Marela Fiacco said that Dental Hygiene is a rapidly growing career in Japan. “During this visit, we’ll be looking to create a three-day workshop at our state-of-the-art Dental Hygiene Clinic in Rome (N.Y),” she said. “Our Japanese visitors are very interested in our techniques and program.”

The Japanese visitors will be meeting with Dental Hygiene Professor Susan Willette. The two-year Dental Hygiene program is offered in conjunction with Mohawk Valley Community College with labs and classroom facilities at the Veteran’s Administration at Griffis Technology Complex. Willette oversees the four-year Dental Hygiene program offered online through SUNY Canton OnLine.

“Geographic boundaries are not a concern for the bachelor’s degree program,” Willette said. “In the future, we could offer the program via virtual classrooms and online course delivery to students anywhere in the world.”

During the summer months, the college hosts on-campus students from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia, and students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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.

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

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Dental Hygiene Program Wins Top Honors for a Second Year

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program has been selected as a recipient of the American Dental Hygienists Association’s prestigious Student Member Community Service Award for the second year in a row.

Students in the program were recognized for continuing a community outreach initiative that teaches youth the importance of proper oral health. This year, the future dental hygienists worked with almost 100 children from three Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency Headstart facilities in the greater Rome, N.Y. area.

Dental Hygiene Students

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene students provide exams and cleanings at the Veteran's Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, N.Y.

“Only three colleges in the United States win this prestigious award each year,” said Pamela P. Quinn, Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator for the Associate Program. “We’ve now won it twice, which further demonstrates the quality of our commitment to the communities we serve.”

Each child who participated in the project received an electric toothbrush, provided by a Health Preventive Dentistry grant. The SUNY Canton students demonstrated how to use the brushes to reinforce good home care habits. Some of the children also received a free examination.

“The project is very successful on a variety of levels,” Quinn said. “The children and young adults learn about the importance of healthy teeth and good daily habits. They also become more comfortable interacting with oral health care professionals. Our students, in turn, develop a deeper understanding of the dental needs of at-risk populations.”

To conclude the project, the Dental Hygiene students hosted a health fair for the parents at three Headstart facilities, to help further encourage healthy oral habits.

Dental Hygiene is a rewarding and flexible career. It is a progressive profession that allows those who are balancing a family and a career the luxury of choosing either part-time or full-time employment. The average annual salary for a full-time hygienist nationwide is $56,700.

SUNY Canton partners with Mohawk Valley Community College to offer this high-need associate degree program, located at the Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome. The College also offers a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene through SUNY Canton OnLine. The program is designed for working professionals and graduates who wish to further accelerate their careers.

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.

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

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SUNY Canton Picks Up National Dental Hygiene Award

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

The SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program has been selected as a recipient of the American Dental Hygienists Association’s prestigious Student Member Community Service Award.

“Only three colleges in the United States win this prestigious award each year,” said Pamela P. Quinn, Associate Professor and Dental Hygiene Program Director. “We are very honored to be one of the recipients.”

The program was recognized for its community outreach initiative with the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Center in Rome, N.Y. “It was a win-win situation for both student populations,” Quinn said. “Our hygiene students developed a deeper understanding of the dental needs of their patients while the children and young adults at that facility learned about their teeth and became more comfortable interacting with oral health care professionals.”

Each child received an electric toothbrush and the dental hygiene students utilized the brushes to reinforce good home care habits.

“This population of patients is at greater risk for cavities and periodontal disease,” Quinn explained. “During this 8-month project, the Dental Hygiene students screened each child’s teeth and applied fluoride varnish to reduce the risk of cavities. They also gave lessons on healthy snacks and other oral-health topics to the children and the staff as the year progressed.”

Some of the supplies for the project were provided through a Department of Health Preventive Dentistry Grant. The hygiene students also wrote letters seeking donations from dental product suppliers. “We have a larger class next fall so I am hoping that the project will expand,” Quinn said.

SUNY Canton partners with Mohawk Valley Community College to offer this high-need associate degree program, located at the Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Facility in the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome. The College recently began offering a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene through SUNY Canton OnLine. The program is designed for working professionals and graduates who wish to further accelerate their careers.

Dental Hygiene is a rewarding and flexible career. It is a progressive profession that allows those who are balancing a family and a career the luxury of choosing either part-time or full-time employment. The average annual salary for a full-time hygienist nationwide is $56,700; with an average annual salary of $48,000 to $52,000 in the Syracuse, Utica, and surrounding areas.

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 Offers New Dental Hygiene Bachelor’s Degree

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Dental hygienists looking to advance their careers can now turn to SUNY Canton’s newest bachelor’s degree.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced the approval and immediate start of a Bachelor of Technology in the Dental Hygiene program. The new four-year Dental Hygiene degree builds upon the college’s highly successful two-year program. Program specific courses are slated to begin on January 21, 2008, coinciding with college’s spring semester.

“The new Dental Hygiene bachelor’s degree will enable students and professionals to further progress their careers in a multitude of ways,” said Kennedy. “It will open doors to opportunities in areas such as administration, education, pharmaceutical sales, marketing, management, research, public health, and many others.”

Future SUNY Canton students, recent graduates, and transfer students can apply for admission into the four-year degree immediately. The final two years of the bachelor’s program are offered exclusively online.

“After two years of intensive clinical study, dental hygienists are qualified to enter the work force and begin their careers,” said Kennedy. “This program allows them to continue as a working professional and also earn a bachelor’s degree. We’re confident this major will attract students from all over New York State.”

Dental hygiene is a rewarding and flexible career. It is a progressive profession that allows those who are balancing a family and a career the luxury of choosing either part-time or full-time employment. The average annual salary for a full-time hygienist nationwide is $56,700; with an average annual salary of $48,000 to $52,000 in the Syracuse and Utica areas. The addition of a bachelor’s degree will assist in creating even more opportunities.

“Our current two-year program has been an extraordinary success and this new offering will undoubtedly be viewed as among the best in the industry,” said Program Director Susan Willette. “It will provide hygienists with significant career flexibility and leadership growth opportunities.”

Some of the courses offered in the program include: Contemporary Dental Hygiene Issues, Grant Writing Strategies, Contemporary Periodontics, Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care, Dental Hygiene Research, Practice Management/Conflict Resolution, as well as the Dental Hygiene Internship and Senior Seminar.

Dental Hygiene is the College’s fourteenth bachelor’s degree program. Other bachelor’s degree programs pending state approval include Graphic and Multimedia Design, Applied Psychology, Forensic Science Technology, Management Information Systems, and four-year Nursing.

For more information regarding SUNY Canton’s new Dental Hygiene bachelor’s degree, contact the admissions office at 386-7123, (800) 388-7123, admissions@canton.edu, or stop by the Admissions Offices.

 

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