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Rep. Elise Stefanik Visits SUNY Canton

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik visited the SUNY Canton campus today as part of her St. Lawrence County higher education tour.

Stefanik and college representatives spoke about the importance of a hands-on education, particularly in the science, technology, engineering and math fields; the cost of higher education; and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

Pictured are Lenore VanderZee, SUNY Canton executive director of university relations, Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Kenneth Erickson, interim dean of the School of Science Health and Criminal Justice, and Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the School of Business and Liberal arts.

Pictured are Lenore VanderZee, SUNY Canton executive director of university relations, Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Kenneth Erickson, interim dean of the School of Science Health and Criminal Justice, and Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the School of Business and Liberal arts.

“We need to have a discussion at the national level about college affordability,” Stefanik said. “Fortunately, we have some great institutions in Northern New York that are cost effective, and SUNY Canton is one of them.”

Her visit included a discussion with students who are enrolled in the college’s Early Childhood program, as well as a tour of the program’s lab facility. Stefanik asked students about their career goals and noted the importance of job creation in the North Country to allow graduates who want to stay in the area the opportunity to do so.

SUNY Canton Professor Maureen P. Maiocco shows Congresswoman Elise Stefanik resources in the Early Childhood program labs. Stefanik toured the college and met with school deans on Friday, Jan 30.

SUNY Canton Professor Maureen P. Maiocco shows Congresswoman Elise Stefanik resources in the Early Childhood program labs. Stefanik toured the college and met with school deans on Friday, Jan 30.

She also stopped at SUNY Canton’s Small Business Development Center and met with the owners of Adirondack Operations LLC, Mary Anne and Craig M. Kaputa, who will be working in conjunction with the college under the state’s Start-Up NY program. The partnership between Adirondack Operations and SUNY Canton, which was announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this week, aims to create jobs to keep qualified students in the area.



“It was an honor to host congresswoman Stefanik and speak with her about issues important to higher education in the North Country and showcase our hands-on programs,” said SUNY Canton Executive Director for University Relations Lenore VanderZee. “We know she will be a great advocate for us in Congress, and we look forward to continue working with the congresswoman and her outstanding team.”

 

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 10 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’s Funeral Services Administration Program Receives Initial Accreditation

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The funeral services administration program at SUNY Canton recently received its initial accreditation from the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE).

“By meeting stringent demands of the accrediting agency, we further highlight the strengths of one of our most intensely career-driven programs,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “This accreditation is the result of months of work and the cumulative efforts of Program Director David R. Penepent and Interim Dean Kenneth Erickson, with help from many departments and individuals.”

David Penepent and Carli Schiffner

Funeral Services Administration Director David R. Penepent presents SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner with the certificate of accreditation for his program.

The College’s funeral services administration program is one of the very few four-year mortuary science majors in the United States. It is also one of the only programs of its kind within the SUNY System.

“The funeral services administration program has been designed to place a greater emphasis on the skills and knowledge needed to equip graduates with practical information that can be used in the rapidly changing funeral profession,” Penepent said. “Students in the program have an opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom in their practicum and internship experience in a funeral home of their choosing.”

Currently, the funeral services administration program has approximately 40 students. The program is designed for first-time first-year students and working professionals.

Student pouring embalming fluid

Marissa L. Caskinette of Norfolk, James A. (Andrew) Podeszedlik of Highland, and Justise R. DelFosse of Norwood prepare embalming fluid during a funeral services administration lab.

One of the program’s many advantages is that funeral directors who are currently licensed and working in the profession have an opportunity to complete their degree online and complete their bachelor degree at their own pace, Penepent said. The program grants licensed funeral directors life experience credits for their skills and knowledge in the profession.

“I wish a program like this existed when I was going to mortuary school because I would have had an opportunity to see how mortuary theory was applied in a real-life setting before graduation,” the program director said.

Future plans for the program include new classrooms, a restorative art lab, and a new multi-purpose chapel to be used for mock funeral services.

The ABFSE serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education. The U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation recognize it as the sole accrediting agency for academic programs that prepare funeral service professionals. Receiving programmatic accreditation ensures that the program has been evaluated and meets, or exceeds, set standards of quality determined by the ABFSE.

The four-year program was unveiled in 2010 and replaced the College’s two-year mortuary science program. Previously it was a candidate for accreditation through the same agency.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Scholars Join Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Monday, November 5th, 2007

More than 25 students were inducted into the SUNY Canton Lambda Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Dr. Kenneth Erickson, Interim Dean of the school Liberal Studies, was the keynote speaker at the college’s recent induction ceremony. He explained his pride in the honor society’s new members by highlighting their ability to reason and their aptitude to think coherently and logically.

“The world needs people like you,” he said. “The world needs people who are emboldened by reason who will speak truth to power. When I look at all of you I feel pride. But, more importantly when I look at you, I see hope.”

He further challenged the students to take the high road even though it may not be easy.

Among the students who joined Phi Theta Kappa during the Fall 2007 were:

  • Michael Adamitey, a Computer Information Systems major from Staten Island.
  • Christine Belgarde, an Office Technology major from Potsdam.
  • Cortney Brunet, an Office Technology major from Hermon.
  • Aidan Charbonneau, a Business Administration major from Manchester Center, VT.
  • Angela Craig, an Occupational Therapy Assistant major from Rensselaer Falls.
  • Sapphire Isaac, a Criminal Justice major from Brooklyn.
  • Alissa Jatsenti, an Accounting major from Estonia.
  • Gina Kearns, an Accounting major from Massena.
  • Craig Kirkpatrick, an Automotive Technology major from Russell.
  • Christine Langtry, a Nursing major from Chippewa Bay.
  • Brenea Moroney, an Early Childhood major from Lacona.
  • Nicole Noble, a Nursing major from Ogdensburg.
  • Jennifer Pirie, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Russell.
  • Holly Rogers, an Accounting major from Walworth.
  • Lillian Roy, a Business Administration major from Norfolk.
  • Christopher Sarsfield, a Nursing major from Canton.
  • Heather Smith, a Nursing major from Potsdam.
  • Mark Talamo, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Oswego.
  • Trey Theobald, an Engineering Science major from Victor.
  • Shanna-Kay Townsend, a Health Science Career Studies major from Bronx.
  • Michael Trefry, an Accounting major from Redwood.
  • Sarah Turner, an Engineering Science major from Oswego.
  • Julie VanderWiel, a Criminal Justice major from Malone.
  • Emberstar Wakefield, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Potsdam.
  • Henry Wason, an Engineering Science major from Ogdensburg.
  • Britney Wilkins, an Early Childhood major from Brasher Falls.
  • Crystal Wroblewski, a Health Science Career Studies major from Grand Island.

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence since 1918 and has become the largest and the most prestigious honor society serving associate-level students around the world. As members, students must maintain a high grade point average and stay involved with the community through service-oriented projects.

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