Posts Tagged ‘Early Childhood’

Halloween Reading and Chemistry Magic Show, Oct. 30

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood program will be holding a Halloween Read Aloud from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

The program partners with the national Read Aloud 15 Minutes initiative, which promotes reading to children from birth. Early Childhood Program Director Maureen. P. Maiocco, Ed.D., will be reading the interactive book “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams.

Maiocco is an animated and gifted storyteller with the ability to excite and engage young children. She and her students host many early childhood events on campus and within the community, including the President’s Annual Holiday party for children and families.

Following the reading, SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran will be presenting his own chemistry magic show for the young spectators. Both the reading and the magic show are free and open to the public, but are especially designed for children ages 4 to 10.

The Early Childhood program partnered with Read Aloud 15 Minutes last year and holds events and trainings to integrate its themes in-class and in continuing education environments.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding 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 as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton is Among the First SUNY Colleges to Join ‘Read Aloud 15 Minutes’ Program

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Students majoring in SUNY Canton’s Early Childhood program are advocating the educational advantages of reading to children beginning at birth. The two-year program recently partnered with Read Aloud 15 Minutes, a non-profit organization committed to making its namesake the new standard for parenting and improving children’s school readiness.

Read Aloud 15 Minutes

“We are proud to join SUNY in this system-wide effort and national campaign promoting and supporting the Read Aloud 15 Minutes mission,” said Maureen P. Maiocco, SUNY Canton professor and Early Childhood program director. “The Early Childhood curriculum stresses the importance of early encounters and engagement with books, reading to young children, and how this enhances language development and literacy skills.”

The premise of Read Aloud 15 Minutes is every child should be read to every day, for at least 15 minutes from birth. Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s school readiness. Reading aloud has lasting effects; children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school, according to the organization’s website.

Pictured are Michael D. Carbone, a SUNY Canton Sports Management student from Raymondville, and Kristy L. Monroe, a student in the Early Childhood program reading to their 21-month-old daughter, Annabella G. Carbone.

Pictured are Michael D. Carbone, a SUNY Canton Sports Management student from Raymondville, and Kristy L. Monroe, a student in the Early Childhood program reading to their 21-month-old daughter, Annabella G. Carbone.

In September, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced that the University System would be partnering with Read Aloud 15 Minutes. “SUNY’s partnership with Read Aloud will complement our work to mend New York’s education pipeline and ensure that more of today’s youth are on the right path for success throughout school, and ultimately in college and career,” Zimpher said in a press release.

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood program plans to adopt several Read Aloud specific events, beginning with the annual Early Childhood Conference, which provides continuing education opportunities and workshops for early childhood educators, family and group child care providers and parents. The conference will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at SUNY Canton.

Other initiatives include students offering Read Aloud family story time events throughout the year and creating informational displays to increase awareness and parent participation in the program. The Early Childhood student club is currently planning a book drive campaign to collect high-quality children’s literature. Maiocco said her faculty and students will be working with the Southworth Library Learning Commons to feature favorite children’s books selected by SUNY Canton faculty and staff.

As a partner of Read Aloud 15 Minutes, SUNY Canton will be eligible to display a badge on its website denoting its partnership with the organization.

For more information about the Early Childhood Conference contact Maiocco at maiocco@canton.edu. To become involved with the Read Aloud 15 Minutes Partnership and Campaign, visit www.readaloud.org

 

About SUNY Canton:

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 150 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 of the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center nicknamed Roos House is nearing completion, while the new apartment-style residence hall, featuring 305 single-occupancy rooms, is under construction and will open in August 2011.

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Early Childhood Professor Selected as SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Maureen P. Maiocco, Ed.D., loves to teach students of all ages.

Maiocco began her career doing exactly what she loves, working with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-age children. She’s carried her enthusiasm over into the realm of higher education as a professor and early childhood program director at SUNY Canton, and her zeal has led her to be selected as the College’s 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient.

Maureen Maiocco

2011 SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient Professor Maureen P. Maiocco grading student projects in the College’s Early Childhood Lab.

She will be recognized at SUNY Canton’s 103rd Commencement Ceremony to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the College’s new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.

“Maureen is a model educator,” said Kyle Brown, Director of SUNY Canton OnLine. “During her seven years at SUNY Canton, she has grown the Early Childhood program into a thriving, popular major for SUNY Canton students.”

Outside of her interactive classroom, Maiocco schedules activities for the children of the campus community at nearly every single major College function. Most recently, she orchestrated and held a campus-wide children’s Christmas party on behalf of SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“She’s the perfect model for teachers and aspiring teachers,” said Christina Martin, Maiocco’s colleague and an adjunct instructor at SUNY Canton. “She’s provided me with outstanding mentorship.”

Faculty and staff members from across the College have benefitted from serving with Maiocco, including Feng Hong, an associate professor of physics and 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient. Maiocco and Hong worked together with a delegation of Chinese faculty members from Xi’an City, China, who were interested in the American methods of pre-kindergarten education.

“Dr. Maiocco’s exceptional organizational skills and tireless efforts during the 2009 Early Childhood Summer Institute made the event a success,” Hong said. “The event was not only a showcase of the early childhood program, but also a showcase for the College and for all of Canton.”

As a result of the Summer Institute, Maiocco was invited to teach in Xi’an, China in 2010. While there, she made the international television news for her positive work with Chinese children and faculty members.

Maiocco was also recently featured on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Academic Minute. She delivered a compelling argument against the practice of “time out” in a group educational setting, and even offered several alternatives in the allotted one minute 40 second timeframe.

Many of her students credit her with their educational success at the College, and 16 students have recognized her outstanding work through the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

“All of Dr. Maiocco’s classes were a healthy combination of hands-on activities and lecture,” said Tiffany Daily-Faulkner, a 2007 early childhood graduate. “She understood that everyone learns differently. There was never a dull moment in her classes. Her humor and creativity kept us all engaged and interested in the lesson at hand.”

Maiocco earned her doctorate of education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, with a specialization in child and youth studies and curriculum development. She earned her master of science in teacher leadership from Wheelock College in Boston, and her bachelor of arts in education from Curry College in Milton, Mass.

She lives in Potsdam with her husband Steven.

 

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SUNY Canton Early Childhood Major Recognized for Academic Achievement

Friday, May 6th, 2011

An early childhood major who worked with local students has been honored by SUNY Canton for his outstanding academic achievements and dedication to his intended profession.

Michael J. Jason of Crown Point is the College’s 2011 recipient of the annual Outstanding Associate Graduate Award at the Associate level.  He was presented with the award at SUNY Canton’s Arthur G. Hurlbut Honors Convocation held on May 4 and will be among other honorees and award recipients recognized during the College’s Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21. The indoor ceremony will be held in SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

 

Michael Jason

Michael J. Jason of Crown Point is awarded the College’s annual Outstanding Associate Graduate Award at the Associate level by President Joseph L. Kennedy.

The award recognizes students enrolled in two-year programs who have excelled in their academics and other areas of campus life. Each semester, Jason has been on both the Dean’s List and President’s Honors list each of his four semesters at the College. The President’s List is the College’s highest level of achievement for one semester that honors full-time students who earn a semester grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. He also received a Certificate of Academic Achievement from the Office of Opportunity Programs.

“Michael has an outstanding character, is an exceptional student, puts every ounce of energy he has into all of his course work and projects, and volunteers in many campus events with a kind and giving attitude,” said Maureen Maiocco, professor and director of the Early Childhood degree program. “I can’t think of a better role model for young children to have. I know he will inspire his future students in the most important life lessons: to always believe in yourself despite life’s challenges, and to treat others with care and kindness.”

A member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Societies, Jason was elected Student Senate and Treasurer for the Early Childhood Club. During his senior year, he took on a leadership role in PTK and served as Vice President of Scholarship.  He also volunteered at the St. Lawrence Early Childhood Conference and student-taught at a local Head Start and at St. Mary’s in Canton.

Jason completed the New York State Office of Children and Family Services requirements for identifying and reporting child abuse, maltreatment and neglect. He attended and completed training dealing with topics such as helping children cope with grief and loss and early childhood science literacy.

In addition to his commitments related to his major, Jason was a member of the College’s gaming club and served as Vice President of the Outdoor Adventures Club his freshman year.

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


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Holiday Party at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Christmas Party

Rylan Powell, 2, the son of Johanna and Rick Powell of Rensselaer Falls, sits on Santa’s lap while he reads to a group of children at the College. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and his wife Dine host the annual Holiday party for families and friends of the College. Students from the Early Childhood program provided Holiday themed activities and volunteered as elves.

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.

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Early Childhood Club President and Student Activities Staff Member Receive Awards

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates MacKenzie O. Belden of Hammond for receiving the 2009  David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates MacKenzie O. Belden of Hammond for receiving the 2009 David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

A SUNY Canton Early Childhood student and a Student Activities Office Secretary are being awarded for their involvement at the college.

MacKenzie O. Belden of Hammond has been selected to receive the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award and Student Activities Secretary Jennifer Kelsey has been selected to receive the Northstar Award. Both will be among the honorees at SUNY Canton’s 101st Ceremony to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outside across from French Hall.

Belden and the Early Childhood Club were involved with several key activities this year, including a winter clothing drive for economically disadvantaged children and families, and an “adopt a soldier” program. She and her peers helped ensure both projects were a complete success.

Jennifer Kelsey

Jennifer Kelsey will receive the Northstar Award at the 101st Commencement Ceremony on May 16.

“There is no doubt the recognition given to the club was in large part due to the leadership, dedication, and volunteer efforts of MacKenzie,” said Early Childhood Education Program Director and Associate Professor Maureen Maiocco. “She has put in a lot of time and effort into promoting the club. She ensures that members are engaged and that the club is on task.”

Belden will be earning her second SUNY Canton degree this year, having previously earned a degree in Liberal Studies in 2007. She has consistently been on both the President’s and Dean’s list for her academic achievements. She was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in the Fall of 2008 and currently serves as the organization’s vice president.

Kelsey, a 2003 SUNY Canton graduate, has consistently gone above and beyond her job duties, according to her colleagues and students. She’s one of the driving forces that makes the office a fun, vibrant place, and she is the first contact point for students.

This year, Kelsey served as a volunteer staff mentor, advisor, and supervisor of the student yearbook “The Paysonian.” She’s the go-to person for members of the Student Cooperative Alliance, the College Union Board, as well as all student-run clubs and organizations.

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. The Northstar award is hand selected by students and is given annually to a faculty or staff member who makes the college a better place.

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 offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. 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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Local Student Receives SUNY Canton Outstanding Associate Level Graduate Award

Friday, May 8th, 2009
Kristina Kaiser, an Early Childhood major from Colton, receives her Outstanding Graduate Medallion from SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Kristina Kaiser, an Early Childhood major from Colton, receives her Outstanding Graduate Medallion from SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

A SUNY Canton Early Childhood student’s enthusiasm for teaching and dedicated volunteerism led her to be recognized as the college’s Outstanding Graduate at the Associate Level.

Kristina Kaiser of Colton received the accolade at the recent Harriet A. Beggs Honors Convocation. She was presented with a ceremonial plaque and a medallion to accompany her academic regalia for SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outside across from French Hall.

“Kristina has enthusiastically demonstrated professionalism, leadership, and overall excellence when teaching children,” said Early Childhood Program Director and Associate Professor Maureen Maiocco.

The Early Childhood Program Director mentioned that Kaiser has been working at Building Blocks Day Care in Potsdam, as the school-age program director. She works with young children before and after their typical school day. “Kristina not only gives to the college and her peers, but also to the community,” Maiocco pointed out. “She even donated nine inches of her hair to an organization that makes wigs for children stricken with cancer.”

Kaiser is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Vice President of the Early Childhood club, and has been on either the President’s or Dean’s list throughout her time at the college.

She has volunteered and assisted in many school-wide activities offered through the college’s office of Student Activities and is a volunteer firefighter with the Hopkinton-Fort Jackson Fire Department.

“Kristina is always the first to take charge when given a group project,” said Ashley Chevier, another Early Childhood student. “She is quick to encourage everyone and anyone to join in activities.”

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 offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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Early Childhood Students Bring Their Classroom to the Community

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Emily, Ashley, Ace & Children

Emily Ramos and Ashley Chevier worked with Lawrence Avenue Elementary Students at Evans & White Ace Hardware.

Two SUNY Canton students brought area youth to an educational and hands-on learning exercise at Evans and White Ace Hardware in Potsdam.

More than 50 children from two classes at Lawrence Avenue Elementary School took a field trip with Early Childhood students Ashley Chevier and Emily Ramos.

The two student teachers planned a scavenger hunt with the classes of Jen Herrick and Brenda Martin as an educational lesson used to enhance cognitive skills and memorization techniques, according to Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco.

“I encourage all of the students to use their environments as a way to augment their day-to-day lessons,” Maiocco said. “Ashley and Emily really utilized their connections with the community to go above and beyond all expectations.”

The children were given clues about items in the store like, “I am green or black, and you use me to water flowers, or wash your parents car. What am I? Come find me!”

The children thought about the challenge and then searched the store’s inventory until they located a garden hose, among the cheers and encouragement of their instructors.

“This was a fun and creative way to share where I work with the children,” said Chevier, who works at the hardware store while attending SUNY Canton. “Through this exercise I learned how to adapt my lesson plans to get the children out of the classroom while maintaining the overall learning experience.”

The students were given a theme for the week, and it was up to Chevier and Ramos to create the lesson plan.

Children at Ace Hardware

“The theme was community helpers,” Ramos said. “Our scavenger hunt at Evans and White’s tied into that theme. I learned that the children get so much more out of lessons when they are up and involved in the process.”

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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SUNY Canton Announces the Maria Sergi Early Childhood Teacher Center

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
Sergi Family

THE SERGI FAMILY – Pictured are (l to r) Pat Sergi, Sam, Lisa, Mike, and Frank. The family owns Sergi’s Pizza in Canton and pledged $100,000 to name the Maria Sergi Early Childhood Teacher Center.

SUNY Canton is honoring a well-known community member whose four children all attended the College. President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that the College will name the Early Childhood Teacher Center in Cook Hall in memory of Maria Sergi, who passed away in 2006.

“She would like this,” Sam Sergi said. “For our family, and for Maria, this is the right thing to do.”

The Sergi family has made an initial gift commitment of $100,000 to honor Maria, forever linking her name to the place where students learn to become Early Childhood professionals. The Sergi family gift will be used to help purchase equipment and resources that will greatly benefit the Early Childhood program.

“We viewed this as a way to honor my mother and support the college in their efforts to educate and train the people that would be taking care of children,” said Lisa (Sergi) Vecchio `87.

SUNY Canton has always played a big role in the life of the Sergi family. All four of Maria and Sam’s children attended the College: Pat graduated in 1986, Frank and Lisa in 1987, and Mike in 2000. “It’s not only where we went to school, it’s also been a big part of the success of our family business and the community we love,” said Pat Sergi.

The Sergi family has always been active in the North Country, and they openheartedly devote their time, support community groups, and often provide pizza for fundraising efforts. “This is a nice way to have our mother’s name and our family’s name on campus,” Mike Sergi said.

“The Sergi’s gift is extremely generous and will greatly impact our Early Childhood program and its students,” said Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco. “This is a wonderful tribute to Mrs. Sergi.” Community members and alumni can help the Sergi Family reach their $100,000 goal. The second annual Maria Sergi Walk/Run is slated for July 26 in Canton and there are other upcoming opportunities to get involved. For more information contact the Canton College Foundation at 386-7127 or www.canton.edu/alumni.

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

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SUNY Canton Student to be Published for Monkey Lesson

Friday, March 28th, 2008
Jessica Limoges

SUNY Canton Early Childhood student Jessica Limoges of Ogdensburg is slated to be published for her original game "Find the Monkey."

A SUNY Canton Early Childhood student’s monkey business will be highlighted in a national early childhood educator’s publication.

Editors of The Mailbox recently informed Jessica Limoges of Ogdensburg that they will be featuring her unique learning game “Find the Monkey.”

“I start by taking a photograph of a toy monkey hidden in the classroom,” Limoges explained. “Then I cut up the photo into four pieces and write questions about monkeys on the back of each piece.”

Preschool students are then asked monkey related questions. If they get them right, they win the puzzle piece. “I ask questions like ‘What’s a monkey’s favorite food?’ and ‘Where do monkeys live?’” Limoges said.

When they have all of the pieces of the puzzle, they embark upon a search to find the hidden toy using the photo as a clue as to its location.

Limoges developed the game as part of her Curriculum Development class and submitted it for inclusion in The Mailbox after a suggestion by Maureen Maiocco, Early Childhood Program Director.

“I am really amazed at the adaptability of this game,” Maiocco said. “It teaches children how to use problem solving skills and interact with their peers to work towards the common goal of finding the monkey.”

Educators often utilize The Mailbox to develop their curricula and class lessons. The publication is highly selective, and receives a vast number of contributions for each issue.

Limoges also developed a song about monkeys to go along with the game. Children and adults who have participated all seem to enjoy monkeying around.

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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