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SUNY Canton Joins Elite Group of Military-Friendly Schools

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

SUNY Canton Joins Elite Group of Military-Friendly Schools

G.I. Jobs magazine announced this week that SUNY Canton has once again been named to their annual list of the most military-friendly schools in the nation.

The 2015 list on militaryfriendly.com honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

SUNY Canton was chosen for its support services that benefit current and former military members and their families, such as a dedicated study lounge and flexible online learning options. It is the fourth time the college has been recognized by the publication.

Military Friendly

Pictured is Scott L. Palmer, a Mechanical Technology major from Morristown. Palmer served in the U.S. Army and is current reserve member. He is also a member of Clarkson University’s ROTC Golden Knights Battalion.

“SUNY Canton has long been committed to serving those who have served our country,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We are thrilled to be recognized as a military-friendly college by G.I. Jobs magazine, and we pledge to continue providing an accessible, affordable, high-quality education to present and former military service men and women and their dependents.”

This year more than 75 veterans, National Guard members, reservists and veteran dependents are enrolled at SUNY Canton. The college’s Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator Patrick S. Massaro serves as an adviser to military students and their families, helping them navigate the programs and services that can assist them in reaching their educational goals.

Thomas M. Sanford, an Accounting major from Poughkeepsie and current Marine Corps reservist, said SUNY Canton’s military-friendly culture helped eased his transition from active duty to higher education after serving for five years in the Marines.

“Patrick made it incredibly easy for me to make the move from my military career to beginning my degree program,” Sanford said. “And SUNY Canton’s dedicated study lounge and Student Veterans Association gives military students the opportunity connect with each other and work together.”

About G.I. Jobs

G.I. Jobs is the primary resource for service members and veterans seeking education and employment opportunities. Free tools like the new Schools Matchmaker on GIJobs.com are used by hundreds of thousands of members of the military community each year.

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 Graduate Receives Officer Commission

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

A SUNY Canton graduate was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) ceremony in Potsdam Dec. 18.

Second Lt. Thomas C. Hamberger, from San Antonio, recently graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation. He will attend the military intelligence officer basic course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

“SUNY Canton professors have a wealth of knowledge and have prepared me well for my career,” Hamberger said.

Second Lt. Thomas Hamberger & Capt. Hamberger

Second Lt. Thomas C. Hamberger ’13 (right) was commissioned into the military intelligence branch of the U.S. Army Dec. 18. His brother, Capt. Christopher W. Hamberger (left), earned two degrees from SUNY Canton in 2007 and 2009.

Hamberger’s brother and mother, who attended the ceremony, are SUNY Canton alumni. Capt. Christopher W. Hamberger earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation in 2009. Ruth E. Hamberger received an associate degree in Nursing in 2005.

Second Lt. Hamberger was among five cadets who were commissioned from the Golden Knight Battalion, which trains future Army leadership from the four universities of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley.

“Our military, veteran and ROTC students are a vital part of the SUNY Canton community,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “Their work ethic and drive to succeed make them leaders in the classroom and beyond. Thomas Hamberger is no exception; we are extremely proud of all he has accomplished.”

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton was recognized as a military-friendly College by G.I. Jobs magazine and was included in Military Advanced Education’s 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges and Universities. These exclusive lists honor the top colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success.

 

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 to Honor WWII Veterans at Nov. 8 Living History Celebration

Monday, November 4th, 2013
Otis Van Horne

Otis E. Van Horne, Canton, a 1942 graduate and former SUNY Canton instructor holds up his military portrait from 1945. Van Horne was one of approximately 30 World War II Veterans to provide oral histories for the College’s Living History project.

The storied bravery and valor of North Country World War II veterans will be retold at SUNY Canton in honor of Veterans Day.

The College will be holding a Veterans’ Living History Ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. It will be highlighting the recorded accounts of soldiers who served in all branches of the military in many notable battles. The Ceremony is free and open to the public and there will be a reception following the presentation.

“It’s our honor to recognize the brave soldiers who served during the war that permanently changed the world, and influenced our entire culture,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “These men stormed the beaches of Normandy and witnessed the horrors of Nazi concentration camps. They struggled against German occupation in France and beyond. Then, they came home and went about their lives in Northern New York.”

The event was created as a way to celebrate Veterans Day at the College and to spread the word about an ongoing project to collect oral histories from area veterans through the Southworth Library Learning Commons, according to Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan.

“The project started when I was talking to a co-employee who has an 87-year-old neighbor who dropped out of high school to join the military,” Magilligan said. “I ended up interviewing 33 veterans from around the North Country. I feel as though I’ve captured the true experience of American servicemen during the Second World War.”

Many of the veterans Magilligan interviewed will be attending the event. Selections from their interviews, and photos they shared will be shown in a multi-media presentation assembled by the assistant librarian.

Each of the interviews will be housed on a database at SUNY Canton to provide future generations with a comprehensive understanding of World War II and how it

impacted the home front. The recordings will also submitted to the Library of Congress and the New York State Veterans’ History Museum in Saratoga.

Kenneth D. Kirkey, Massena, who was a radio operator and a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army selected for a secret mission, relayed his experience for the project. Kirkey was the last one out of his plane as it was shot down. “We were sent into Normandy two days before D-Day [June 6, 1944],” Kirkey recounted to Magilligan. “We had carrier pigeons and radios half the size of a table.”

Mike Magilligan and Otis Van Horne

SUNY Canton Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan interviews Otis E. Van Horne, Canton, a 1942 graduate and former SUNY Canton instructor about his experiences serving during World War II.

In another account, Charles H. Alexander of Canton, who served in the U.S. Navy relayed his experience ferrying soldiers to and from the beaches of Normandy on Landing Ship, Tank (LST) vessels. “It’s scary at first, the first day or two, the first two or three trips. There’s a lot of combat going on,” he said. “But it kind of moves away. You get used it. You get calloused.”

Arnold Newkofsky, Canton, was a gunner on an LST for the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. Newkofsky said that when he heard the alerts he’d rush to his weapon and point it at the sun, waiting for Japanese planes to descend upon them. “Everyday was D-Day,” he said.

Magilligan has recorded many other accounts portraying many vivid and intensely personal remembrances from numerous fronts and battles, including those by SUNY Canton Alumni Frank J. White, Canton, (class of 1938) and Otis E. Van Horne, Canton (class of 1942). Van Horne also taught in the Electrical Construction program at the College.

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 Earns ‘Military-Friendly’ Designation

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Military Friendly School 2014SUNY Canton was recently recognized as a 2014 “Military-Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The exclusive list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success. G.I. Jobs uses Victory Media’s survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide that are approved for Veterans Affairs tuition funding to compile the list.

Military Friendly

“We are honored to be among the top military-friendly colleges nationwide,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, led by Patrick Massaro, along with our faculty and staff, work hard to ensure that all those who have served our country, and their families, feel at home here at SUNY Canton.”

SUNY Canton was chosen for the support services and programs that benefit current and former military members and their families, such as a dedicated study lounge and flexible online learning options. The College also participated in a Department of Veterans Affairs retraining assistance program for former U.S. Armed Forces personnel.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of military-friendly schools shows SUNY Canton’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The entire list of 2014 military-friendly schools will be published in October and can be found online at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.

 

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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Program to Assist Unemployed Veterans Now Available at SUNY Canton

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Department of Veterans AffairsSome former U.S. Armed Forces personnel planning on attending SUNY Canton are now eligible for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

“We very recently received good news that SUNY Canton was among the colleges eligible to enroll veterans seeking VRAP benefits,” said Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “The program must lead toward a high-demand occupation, making SUNY Canton the ideal choice for veterans in our area.”

The program offers 12 months of financial assistance to veterans who are between 35 and 60 years of age and are unemployed. They also must have been honorably discharged, among other criteria.

“The Department of Veterans Affairs reserves portions of this program for technical education,” noted Patrick S. Massaro, the Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator. “SUNY Canton is the only College in the area to fit within the regulations for the retraining program.”

Massaro serves both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam as the primary point of contact for active military students, veterans and their families. He is one of the successful hires created through SUNY’s plan to share services between the two colleges. “Being both an alumnus of SUNY Canton and veteran, I see this as a tremendous opportunity for unemployed former military looking to reenter the workforce.”

Veterans looking to take advantage of VRAP must apply before Sept. 30. The program is limited to 45,000 participants in its first year. The program will then be enrolling 54,000 participants from Oct. 1 (2012) through March 31, 2014.

SUNY Canton is among the top “Military Friendly Colleges and Universities” according to Military Advanced Education magazine, and was among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools to be recognized as a 2012 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs.

For more information, contact Massaro at his SUNY Canton office, 386-7073, or email massarop@canton.edu.

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SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Hire Joint Veterans Affairs Officer

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Patrick Massaro, veteran and alumnus of both institutions is set to serve two campuses.

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam are pleased to announce the appointment of the first employee who will serve both institutions. Patrick Massaro is a unique fit for the newly created position of veterans and military services coordinator, a joint position that will serve students on both campuses.

Massaro will be the primary point of contact for the military families and serve as an advisor to the veteran’s organizations on each campus.

“This is a great opportunity for me to give back to both colleges and to those that have served and to the families of those that have served,” he said.

The veterans affairs position will enhance the student experience for veterans at both institutions and is the first joint hire to result from the ongoing shared services discussions between SUNY Potsdam’s and SUNY Canton’s Campus Alliance Network.

“Filling this position was a significant step in the goal of greater shared services for our colleges. We learned a lot about the search process and what we need to do in the next years to more efficiently use our resources,” SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy said.

“First and foremost, this hiring will positively impact the lives of service members and veterans working toward their higher education goals at the two colleges,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller. “Both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will benefit and learn from the experience of filling our first joint position, as Patrick navigates the unique learning environments at both campuses.”

Patrick Massaro is uniquely qualified to tackle the job, given his military background and the fact that he is an alumnus of both colleges. In 2003, he graduated from SUNY Canton and in 2005 from SUNY Potsdam. The Massena Central High School graduate then served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2006 to 2010, including one tour of duty in Iraq. He now holds the rank of Captain in the U.S. Marine Reserves. Most recently, Massaro completed his Master of Science degree in sports administration while working as the director of hockey operations at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

A member of the search committee, SUNY Canton Associate Professor William Fassinger, a retired Military Police First Sergeant, said, “If we could have built a person for this job, it would look like Patrick. He is a graduate of both institutions, with recent military service, and in the past two years having dealt with the Veteran’s Administration for his own education.”

“He will inherit the work done by others at Canton and bring those ideas to Potsdam, and then in turn assess how the things we do well at SUNY Potsdam might benefit Canton,” said SUNY Potsdam Director of Extended Education Thomas Fuhr, who co-chaired the search with SUNY Canton Professor Robert Edwards.

Both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton have been named military-friendly colleges for their dedication to serving service members, veterans and their families.

About SUNY Canton:

The State University of New York at Canton offers 22 career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 190 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. The College is home to a brand-new athletic facility, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites, offering students single rooms in apartment-style settings while they live on campus.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.

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


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SUNY Canton Expands Fort Drum Courses

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Soldiers stationed at Fort Drum can take legal studies and powersports performance and repair courses on-base beginning Monday, Jan. 23.

“Our latest courses were selected in response to the growing demand for paralegal professionals,” said Carl J. Disalvatore, an adjunct instructor and retired Judge Advocate General’s Corps Colonel. “Our ties with Fort Drum allow U.S. Army soldiers stationed locally to start taking face-to-face courses without commuting. If they chose to continue with the courses in the legal studies program, they can enroll online and earn their four-year degree from anywhere in the world with Internet access.”

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The College’s schedule of courses at Fort Drum includes seven-week three-credit SUNY Canton courses in the following:

  • American legal system (LEST101) with Disalvatore from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • Business law 1 (BSAD201) with Disalvatore from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Engine and power transmission services (MSPT 110) with Instructor Mark R. Hill from 5 to 8:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
  • A later powersports performance and repair class, marine propulsion systems (MSPT 130) with Instructor Neil A. Haney, will be held from 5 to 8:50 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning March 19.

The College began outreach originally began offering one powersports course during the fall 2011 semester.  Shortly following the new course announcement, SUNY Canton was recognized as a 2012 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for the second straight year.

For more information about SUNY Canton’s Fort Drum courses, or any SUNY Canton courses, contact SUNY Canton Admissions, 315-386-7123, or email admissions@canton.edu.

 

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SUNY Canton Powersports Class Starts at Fort Drum

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

SUNY Canton is starting a fast-paced powersports performance and repair course to recently deployed U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Drum.

“This program is part of our outreach with the SUNY North Country Consortium,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “As a premiere college for soldiers, veterans, and their families, we seek to offer our in-demand academic programs where they will be utilized the best. In this case, we’ll bring our class to Fort Drum, rather then having the soldiers come to us.”

Powersports

SUNY Canton powersports performance and repair student Stephen A. Weston of Potsdam helps Instructor Mark R. Hill load Polaris snowmobiles, motorcycles, and four-wheelers destined for Fort Drum.

The three-credit seven-week powersports service course (MSPT101) began at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Outdoor and Recreation Facility on the post. Mark R. Hill, the Powersports program instructor, said it was offered in a condensed version to minimize the time commitment for soldiers.

“We’ll be bringing approximately $50,000 worth of snowmobiles, motorcycles, and all-terrain vehicles – all donated by Polaris Industries – to Fort Drum for our newest students to work with during the course,” Hill said. “This is one of the first courses that we offer in the one-year program. Students find it very personally and professionally rewarding.”

Students working on snowmobile

SUNY Canton partners Polaris to provide certification training at the main campus, allowing students access to the latest Polaris line to complete their course requirements. Students diagnose, troubleshoot, repair and even rebuild the recreational vehicles during the one-year program.

At SUNY Canton, powersports performance and repair is a career-driven one-year certificate program. The program is part of the College’s ladder curriculum, allowing students to transfer into associate degree programs, including automotive technology, or a bachelor’s degree program that best fits each individual student’s interest.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Garners Another Military Honor

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

For the second time in just a few months, SUNY Canton was recognized for their military friendliness.

The College has been selected as a “Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities” honoree by Military Advanced Education magazine. The list will be published in the upcoming December 2010 issue.

“This recognition reaffirms SUNY Canton’s outstanding efforts to be a welcoming and accommodating campus for the military community,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “It’s gratifying to stand out in comparison to other colleges and universities across the country.”

Over the last several years, the College’s Military Friendly Committee has assessed all programs on campus and their responsiveness to the needs of the military community. The College now features a Veterans Lounge, a specific individual within the Admissions office to work with military personnel, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training for the College’s counseling staff, and an on-campus Veteran’s Day ceremony.

In 2008, SUNY Canton illustrated the importance of the College’s veterans to its graduating class. In 1943, twenty-seven students were called into service just weeks before their commencement. The veterans, who have come to be known as SUNY Canton’s Greatest Graduates, left to serve the country in World War II. In a heartfelt and emotional ceremony, President Kennedy presented four members of the class and a spouse of a deceased veteran with honorary certificates in their respective programs. Those veterans who could not attend the ceremony were also honored for their sacrifice, some of them posthumously.

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton was among only 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools throughout the country to be recognized as a 2011 Military Friendly School by the magazine G.I. Jobs.

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


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