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International Summer Program at SUNY Canton Teaches Entrepreneurism and Business Leadership

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Students from Kazan and Moscow, Russia, are learning how to become entrepreneurs at SUNY Canton’s International Summer program.

“We help students augment their education to become entrepreneurs,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Many of these students will graduate and become business leaders or create their own start-ups.”

This is the second year that the College has invited students from Kazan Federal University and Moscow State University to attend the business-focused seminar.

International Classroom

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Charles R. Fenner (pictured far right) presents a special class for students in the College’s International Summer program.

The International Summer Program is co-hosted by the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton, an agency that helps provide technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

A representative from the SBDC works with students to create marketing plans, learn budget financing and overall business management. “By the end of the three-week session, students will present a complete business plan,” Fiacco said.

As part of their learning experience, the students visit area businesses such as the St. Lawrence Brewing Company and St. Lawrence Valley Roasters, among others.

Several of the students are enrolled in dual-degree programs at the College and take courses online throughout the year with SUNY Canton faculty and their visit gives them the ability to meet their professors face-to-face. Management program faculty members also presented coursework during the session.

 

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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International Programs Hosts Russian and Chinese Students

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
International Students

Olga Shaldymova of Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute in Russia and Zhong Dongjing of Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College in China participate in a team building exercise in the SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center as part of the College’s International Summer Program.

Twenty-five international students have traveled to the North Country this summer to immerse themselves in American culture and take part in SUNY Canton’s international summer program.

The students arrived on Sunday, July 11 and will be on campus for almost a month. They are visiting from Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute and Lomonsov Moscow State University, both in Russia, as well as Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College in China.

“Each summer, our international summer program allows students to experience both our culture and our higher education system,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The campus and local communities greatly benefit from the interactions with the students while we provide them with an educational opportunity most international students never have.”

Students will study English as a Second Language and Global Finance, Economics and Culture. The students will earn participation certificates for completing their respective courses at the program’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, July 28.

Director of International Programs Marela Fiacco noted it is the first time students from Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College will step foot on campus and take courses.

“Guangdong’s participation in our summer program will further SUNY Canton’s relationship with the institution, which we have been developing since 2009,” Fiacco said. “We have hosted two short-term scholars here who have observed classes and we hope as the partnership grows we are able to host another who will teach Chinese at the College.”

International Students

Fiacco said the next steps in collaborating with Guangdong include accepting students into SUNY Canton’s programs and having Assistant Professor of Business and Public Administration William T. Jones lead students in a visit to China where they will study at the institution in Summer 2012. Jones will propose to teach a course in international business communication while visiting overseas, according to Fiacco.

The students’ visit to the United States will be highlighted by visits to Niagara Falls, Lake Placid, the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks. Students will also have the chance to experience many local businesses and events including visits to the Canton Farmer’s Market, North Country Public Radio, the Frederick Remington Art Museum, and the annual Potsdam Festival.

In addition to off-campus excursions, students will enjoy the College’s new Roos House athletic facility, movies, campus barbecues and bonfires among other activities. Students will also take part in two American Family Nights, where families around the North Country welcome the visiting students to their homes for dinner, take them out for ice cream, and introduce them to American customs and traditions.

Following the end of the program, the students will spend their final four days in the United States in New York City.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Welcomes New Study Abroad Program

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

A new study abroad experience in the Balkans will immerse SUNY Canton students in a part of the world famous for its traditional religious diversity and long and rich history.

The College’s School of Business and Liberal Arts, as well as the Canino School of Engineering Technology, have implemented a study abroad program with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) beginning in the 2011-12 academic year.

“Through conversations I’ve had with students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I’ve learned how much they’ve valued their experience and how much they’ve learned about better serving the global community,” President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “We are now able to offer our students this same opportunity and the chance to work with the wonderful faculty and staff members at the university. As our two institutions continue to build upon the relationship we have with each other, the biggest benefactors will be our students.”

Students can spend a summer, a semester or an entire year abroad at AUBiH’s Sarajevo campus. Because of the College’s dual degree program with AUBiH, students studying legal studies, finance or information technology will be encouraged to take part because of the ease of course selection. Those interested in science, humanities, history and other related disciplines should also consider participation in the study abroad program. Students who are eligible to apply for the program are sophomores with a 2.7 GPA or higher.

Bosnia

Students from other SUNY institutions as well as private colleges and universities can also participate in the program. SUNY Canton is the only school in the SUNY system to offer a study abroad program in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Many of our students have expressed a sincere interest in this program,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Becoming immersed in another culture, no matter how long, can be a life-changing experience. It gives students a different perspective on global business and politics, as well as the global economy. Employers love to see students who embrace opportunities such as this because they understand how invaluable the experience is.”

The institutions’ relationship dates back to 2006, when discussions began about SUNY Canton offering AUBiH students a summer abroad program. Since, the College has developed a dual degree program with AUBiH that allows students to remain in Bosnia and Herzegovina while taking SUNY Canton courses, delivered in an asynchronous online format, in order to earn degrees from both the College and AUBiH.

AUBiH students can earn bachelor’s degrees from the College in finance, information technology, and legal studies. President Kennedy recently traveled to AUBiH to graduate SUNY Canton’s second class of students earning dual degrees from both institutions. The number of students in the program has more than tripled in its second year with close to 70 students graduating in 2011, compared to 21 in 2010.

Students interested in the program should visit www.canton.edu/international/study_abroad.html or contact Fiacco at 315-386-7608 or fiaccom@canton.edu.

 

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SUNY Canton Students Inducted into Golden Key Honour Society

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The Golden Key International Honour Society recently inducted SUNY Canton’s top four-year students.

“I congratulate each of our Golden Key Honor Society students for their success and commitment to their SUNY Canton Education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I further encourage them to take the knowledge that they have acquired here and use it to create a plan to fulfill their dreams.”

The top 15 percent of third and fourth-year students in each of the College’s bachelor’s degree programs were invited to join the Honour Society during SUNY Canton’s inaugural induction ceremony.

Among the students inducted were:

  • Katelyn D. Anthony, a Criminal Investigation major from Spencerport, N.Y. Anthony is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Ryan P. Barry, an Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Canton, N.Y. Barry is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Adam M. Benedict, a Legal Studies major from Norfolk, N.Y. Benedict is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Rebecca R. Blackmer, a Finance major from Colton, N.Y. Blackmer is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Jamie L. Blauvelt, a Criminal Investigation major from Berkshire, N.Y. Blauvelt is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Dawn M. Bogdan, a Management major from Cortland, N.Y. Bogdan is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Daniel P. Bovay, an Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Massena, N.Y. Bovay is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Joshua T. Burgert, a Criminal Investigation major from Middlesex, N.Y. Burgert is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Kenneth A. Burwell, a four-year Nursing major from Gouverneur, N.Y. Burwell is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Emily E. Bush, a Sports Management major from Ogdensburg, N.Y. Bush is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Erick Cox, an Energy Management major from Buffalo, N.Y. Cox is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Brianna L. Daniels, a Finance major from Philadelphia, N.Y. Daniels is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Alicia M. Fefee, a Criminal Investigation major from Norwood, N.Y. Fefee is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Jenessa M. Fenton, a Health Care Management major from Ogdensburg, N.Y. Fenton is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Matthew J. Foote, an Energy Management major from Norfolk, N.Y. Foote is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • William R. Francis, a Criminal Investigation major from Albion, N.Y. Francis is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Loretta L. House, a Legal Studies major from Canton, N.Y. House is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Evan Johnson, an Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Cooperstown, N.Y. Johnson is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Melissa M. Keller, and Health Care Management major from Tonawanda, N.Y. Keller is scheduled to graduate in December 2011.
  • Jenean A. Love, a Legal Studies major from Groveland, N.Y. Love is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Sally E. MacDonald, a Management major from Richville, N.Y. MacDonald is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Bradley W. Marmon, an Energy Management major from Forestport, N.Y. Marmon is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Krista M. Marshall, a Criminal Investigation major from Canton, N.Y. Marshall is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Justin C. Martin, a Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Lowville, N.Y. Martin is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Matthew D. Merritt, a Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Remsen, N.Y. Merritt is scheduled to graduate in December 2011.
  • John S. Nemeth, a Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Glenfield, N.Y. Nemeth is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Jessica L. Noble, a Management major from Granville, N.Y. Noble is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Diana R. Norman, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from Canton, N.Y. Norman is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Lee J. Numbers, a Management major from Galway, N.Y. Numbers is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Jana L. Pasquarella, a Dental Hygiene major from Schenectady, N.Y. Pasquarella is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Kasey L. Penoyer, a Dental Hygiene major from Fabius, N.Y. Penoyer is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Nathaniel R. Pietropaolo, a Criminal Investigation major from Rochester, N.Y. Pietropaolo is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Heather E. Reszka Miller, a Funeral Services Management major from Longmont, Colo. Reszka Miller is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Michael D. Rittberg, a Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Laguna Hills, Calif. Rittberg is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Sean M. Robinson is an Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Redwood, N.Y. Robinson is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Ashley M. Savino is a Criminal Investigation major from Auburn, N.Y. Savino is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Chris D. Trombley is an Energy Management major from Champlain, N.Y. Trombley is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Barry A. Wells is a Legal Studies major from Riverton, NJ. Wells is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Michael J. Wilson is a Management major from Kinderhook, N.Y. Wilson is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Matthew J. Wissman is a Criminal Investigation major from Forestburgh, N.Y. Wissman is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Christopher A. Yates is a Finance major from Gloversville, N.Y. Yates is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.

 

Golden Key International Honour Society was founded in 1977. There are approximately 375 chapters worldwide. In New York, there are Golden Key Chapters at Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, the University at Buffalo, United States Military Academy at West Point, Columbia University, among many other State University of New York and private colleges.

 

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SUNY Canton Partners with the International Institute for Health Sciences

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

SUNY Canton’s newest partnership will have an international impact on the healthcare profession.

Students from the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka will be coming to Northern New York to earn degrees in the physical therapist assistant program at the College.



SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently signed the memorandum of cooperation linking the two universities.

“Our latest expansion into international learning programs fits with our mission and the State University of New York’s plan to increase international educational opportunities,” said Kennedy. “The demands of this field include providing the global healthcare profession with students who have gained international perspective and experience.”

Students enrolled in the program will attend IIHS for two years before traveling to the United States to complete an additional year at SUNY Canton, which will include a semester of clinical instruction. The students will graduate with an associate degree. The first graduating class is scheduled to take part in SUNY Canton’s commencement exercises in May 2013.

Deborah Molnar, assistant professor and physical therapist assistant program director, noted the collaboration between the two institutions was set in motion more than a year and a half ago. “Our students and theirs will mutually benefit from working with each other,” she said. “Student’s knowledge of the science and practice of the program will expand, aiding the professional practice both locally and internationally.”

Pictured is SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy signing the IIHC agreement with Marela Fiacco, director of international programs, and Deborah Molnar, PTA program director.

The College has partnered with several international universities in recent years, but the agreement with IIHS is the first of its kind for SUNY Canton. The College’s other international partnerships offer online bachelor’s degree programs that give students the opportunity to earn dual degrees from SUNY Canton and their home institution.

“The new partnership will bring even more international students to our area,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Each time we partner with other colleges overseas, we increase the diverse learning experiences available to our students.”

The International Institute for Health Sciences is a healthcare training organization whose mission is to bring innovation to healthcare training, infuse the traditional values of professionalism, while adhering to international training standards to improve the quality of lives of healthcare professionals. The Institute partnered with SUNY Canton and other international organizations to provide solutions to the global need of well-educated professionals working in healthcare.

This cooperation came about through SUNY Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs Mitch Leventhal and his contact Priyanthi Dissanayake, a guidance counselor and foreign university placement adviser. Dissanayake works with institutions in Sri Lanka to bring them together with Colleges in the United States.

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


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Study Abroad Fair at SUNY Canton, Sept. 22

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The SUNY Canton Office of International Programs at SUNY Canton will be holding a Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 on the first floor of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Representatives from six SUNY colleges and universities offering study abroad programs will be available to share the opportunities to take courses overseas.

For more information, please contact the SUNY Canton Office of International Programs at 386-7608 or email fiaccom@canton.edu

SUNY currently offers more than 400 overseas study programs in more than 50 countries: in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Programs range from 2 to 3 week intensive courses to a semester or academic year abroad.

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International Students Arrive at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

More than 50 international students have begun their American education at SUNY Canton.

Students and faculty members from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBIH), Dnipropetrovs’k State University in Internal Affairs in Ukraine, Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute in Russia, and Lomonsov Moscow State University in Russia arrived in Canton on Sunday, July 11.

Hoon Suk Choi, an international student from Moscow State University works with SUNY Canton associate professor of economics Edouard K. Mafoua after class. Choi originally hails from South Korea.

“We provide a rewarding educational experience for these students that allows them to remain with their peers while they are immersed in a new culture and environment,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “We have developed outstanding international educational relationships with these students, faculty members and colleges. Our partnerships with institutions around the world are strengthened by the experiences these students have while on campus and in our community.”

Students from AUBIH have already begun their work for the summer program, taking part in SUNY Canton’s dual degree program with their institution. Students took two hybrid courses, risk management and ethics, via videoconferencing for the three weeks prior to coming to the College. They will finish their coursework while at SUNY Canton and are scheduled to graduate in 2011. They will be the second class from AUBIH to graduate from SUNY Canton, with the first class receiving their diplomas this past May.

Kazan State Finance and Economic Institute students Liubov Mironova, Ruslan Tukhvatullin, Raili Nuretdinova, and their chaperone Dina Urazmetova look at handmade gifts by Caroline Leakey at the Canton Farmers Market.

Both Russian institutions will have students taking part in two programs: Global Finance, Economics and Culture, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) and Culture. The Global Finance program was developed in conjunction with Moscow State University and will feature lectures focusing on financial management and global economics topics followed by workshops examining case studies and business application.

It’s the first time SUNY Canton has partnered with Dnipropetrovs’k State University in Internal Affairs in Ukraine. The students from Ukraine will take part in the American Legal and Criminal Justice System Program, which will reviews the American legal system, the foundation of American law as well as the criminal justice system and the role it plays in the American legal system. The lectures will be integrated with the visits to courts and other local authorities for practical portion of the program.

The students from Russia and Ukraine will earn certificates for completions of their respective courses at the summer program’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, July 29.

Students from each of the programs will also have the chance to immerse themselves in the North Country and the American way of life. In addition to the daily excursions for their respective programs, students will visit local businesses and farmers markets, the Remington Art Museum, the 1000 Islands, and The Wild Center in the Adirondacks. The students will also travel to Niagara Falls and Lake Placid and will conclude their experience with a four day trip to New York City.

Another part of the cultural experience is American Family Night, where families around the North Country welcome the visiting students to their homes for dinner, take them out for ice cream, and introduce them to American customs and traditions.

“These summer programs are rare on college campuses because of the time commitment, but we’re lucky to have some wonderful faculty and staff who spend so much of their time off working to make this such a great opportunity for both SUNY Canton and the students,” Fiacco said. “We are grateful for the people in this community who understand the value of this program, because it’s their passion that has kept it a successful one for the last several years.”

The international summer programs began in 2006 with an inaugural group of students from Moscow State University. Since, Fiacco said the number of programs offered has increased, as have the number of institutions who participate each year.

“One of the best parts is seeing all the students come together,” Fiacco said. “Last year, students from each country would have their own barbecues, and then they began inviting each other to them. They set up soccer and basketball games, pitting one country against another, and had so much fun. It was inspiring to watch them grow as a group together and knowing it was because of their experience here at SUNY Canton.”

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


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SUNY Canton Online Leaders Present at Annual Conference

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Online education and distance learning have become integral parts of SUNY Canton over the last several years and three members of the College’s faculty/staff gave presentations recently about its benefits, logistics, and impacts on campus.

Debra M. Backus, assistant professor of nursing, Marela Fiacco, director of international programs, and Kyle Brown, director of online learning, presented at the Conference on Instructional Technologies (CIT) 2010, hosted by SUNY Plattsburgh in late May.

CIT is SUNY’s largest and most prominent event on instructional technology in education, providing a forum for faculty, instructional support professionals, and policymakers to present, discuss, and explore innovative avenues for integrating technology into the teaching and learning environment.

Backus’ presentation, titled “SUNY and United University Professions (UUP): Partners in Online Education Phase II”, was the result of collaborative efforts with two faculty members from other SUNY institutions.

The presentation focused partly on data collected from a CIT 2009 survey regarding online education and distance learning. It also included nationwide trends in online learning as well as trends at SUNY institutions. Part of the presentation highlighted the exponential growth of SUNY Canton’s online learning and the impact it has on the faculty, staff and the College. The presentation also addressed the issues of employee workload and ownership of course content as both have come to the forefront in discussions surrounding online and distance learning.

Fiacco and Brown teamed up for “Crossing Global Boundaries”, a presentation focused on methods of distance learning and SUNY Canton’s success internationally with several partner institutions. Part of the presentation included information on how the College was able to work so closely with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2006 and graduate its first cohort in May 2010, using online delivery methods and videoconferencing.

“Course management platforms have made international programs possible today that, only a few years ago, were inconceivable,” Fiacco said. “Students with access to the internet can now participate in an international learning experience without the cost and inconvenience of international travel and gain the skills necessary to compete in the highly-specialized and increasingly globalized job market.”

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


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SUNY Canton Links with American University in the Emirates

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

SUNY Canton has continued its international expansion by joining with the American University in the Emirates (AUE) in Dubai.

Muthanna G. Abdul Razzaq, president and CEO of AUE, and Nabeel A. Jurdi, the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, recently visited Canton to officially sign the necessary agreements that will allow their students to earn SUNY Canton degrees.

“This partnership with an internationally renowned university is especially beneficial as we continue our international growth,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’re positioning ourselves as the college with the most international programs in the entire SUNY system.”

SUNY Canton plans to offer its four-year Finance program, and AUE officials expressed interest in three other four-year programs. “They’ve expressed an interest in our graphic and multimedia design program and several others,” noted Marela Fiacco, SUNY Canton’s coordinator of international programs. “This agreement should prove to be as successful as our dual degree programs with international universities.”

SUNY Canton currently links with the American University in Bosnia Herzegovina and Lomonosov-Moscow State University. All classes are offered using an online or distance learning format. The college has also developed summer programs for each contingent of international students. Each year students travel from their home countries to visit SUNY Canton and take classes in person.

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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