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SUNY Canton Professor Appointed Dean at the American University in the Emirates

Monday, December 20th, 2010

A SUNY Canton professor will spend 2011 in Dubai coordinating the dual degree program agreement with the American University in the Emirates (AUE).

Robert L. Edwards, professor of criminal investigation, has been appointed Dean of the General Studies department where he will serve as a special adviser to the AUE President. He will also teach diplomacy in the university’s graduate program.

“Professor Edwards has been an integral part of SUNY Canton establishing a dual degree program with AUE,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “He is uniquely prepared to be our ambassador and help build a strong relationship and partnership between our institutions.”

Edwards is a graduate of Golden Gate University. He served with the International Police Task Force in 1996 and with the Independent Judicial Commission in Bosnia in 2001.

SUNY Canton plans to offer its Finance bachelor-degree program to students at AUE starting in Fall 2011 and is working to establish other programs in Sports Management, Management, and Graphic and Multimedia Design.

SUNY Canton currently has more than 400 international dual-degree students enrolled at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lomonosov-Moscow State University, Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute in Russia, and Yalta University of Management in Ukraine. All classes are delivered either online or by videoconferencing. SUNY Canton also runs an international summer program, attracting more than 50 students from Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and China. Students spend three or more weeks at SUNY Canton and take courses in English as a Second Language, Global Finance and Economics, or courses that can be applied toward their dual-degree program.

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SUNY Canton Earns Military Honors

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

SUNY Canton is considered one of the top colleges in the nation for members of the military community.

The College was among only 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools throughout the country to be recognized as a 2011 Military Friendly School, announced by G.I. Jobs earlier this week.

“The hard work of so many on our campus has earned us this distinction,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We have known for a long time that we are a military friendly campus that serves the needs of those within that community. This recognition confirms that others are aware of all we do as well.”

Over the last several years, Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning Kathryn M. Del Guidice organized SUNY Canton’s Military Friendly Committee. She worked with Robert L. Edwards, professor of criminal investigation, to assess all programs on campus and their responsiveness to the needs of the military community, which includes veterans, spouses and children of active duty service members, those in the National Guard and Reserves, and the ‘Wounded Warriors’ who are attending college as part of their transition from active duty.

Through their efforts, SUNY Canton now features a Veterans Lounge, a specific individual within the Admissions office to work with incoming military students, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training of the College’s counseling staff, and a Veteran’s Day ceremony.

Edwards, who also serves as director of service members learning opportunities, and William Fassinger, associate professor of criminal investigation, organized the SUNY Canton Veterans Association.  Students from the Association have presented the colors at the last two commencements, a tradition the College will continue.

“This recognition hits home for many within our campus community,” Edwards said. “A number of our faculty and staff are veterans, including Dr. Kennedy. More than 135 active duty service members, veterans, as well as their spouses and children were enrolled at the College last year. We have become a place that is trusted to serve our military and their families. This could not have been accomplished without the collaboration between the registrar, financial aid, admissions, the veterans on campus and the faculty and staff at the College.”

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 honored for their sacrifice, some of them posthumously.

G.I. Jobs’ list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which they polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide, according to their press release. Criteria for making the list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting those students, and academic accreditations.

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Information for Veterans at SUNY Canton, March 23

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

SUNY Canton is sponsoring an informational session with the Veteran’s Administration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the Veteran’s Association Lounge, Cook Hall Room 116.

“We set up this informational session to help continue the College’s commitment to the Military community, both on campus and in the greater North Country Region,” said Robert Edwards, Professor of Criminal and faculty liaison to the SUNY Canton Veteran’s Association. “Counselors will be available to help veterans and dependents of veterans answer questions about their GI Bill eligibility and disability benefits.”

Representatives from the Syracuse VA Medical Center, St. Lawrence County Veterans Service Office, New York State Division of Veterans Affairs, and Watertown Veterans Center will be available during the day. Their goal is to provide information about benefits, programs, and services offered exclusively veterans and their families including health care, home loans, property taxes, life insurance, and more. Attendants who wish to enroll in VA Health Care are asked to bring a copy of their DD214, otherwise known as discharge papers.

The informational session is free and open to all North Country veterans. For more information, contact Edwards at edwardsr@canton.edu, or call 315.386.7666.

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SUNY Canton Alumnus Shares First-Hand Account of 9/11

Thursday, April 30th, 2009
Brigadier General Fergal Foley will be presenting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, in the Kingston Theater.

Brigadier General Fergal Foley will be presenting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, in the Kingston Theater.

Brigadier General Fergal Foley, a 1980 SUNY Canton Alumnus will be presenting a first-hand account of his 9/11 experiences at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, in the Kingston Theater.

“There is certainly a lot we can learn from such a fantastic and dedicated leader,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Robert L. Edwards. “General Foley is truly among the best of the best. I know that our veteran and active military students, and many others are looking forward to hearing him speak. ”

Edwards is an advisor for the SUNY Canton Veterans association and has set aside time with the General to meet with select student leaders in a later meeting.

General Foley served as the Department of Defense Chief of Staff and Acting Commander for the Joint Task Force “Operation World Trade Center” from Sept. 11 through Sept. 29, 2001.

General Fergal Foley (USA Ret.) has served as a Director and Chief Operating Officer for American Defense Systems, Inc. General Foley retired from the United States Army in October 2006 as a Brigadier General and will soon be pinned for his second star – Major General – by Governor David A. Patterson.

His key military assignments included serving as Executive Officer of the National Guard Regional Training Institute from 1996 to 1999.  He was later assigned as Deputy Brigade Commander from 1999 to 2003. In 2003, he was selected for Brigade Command in New York City and remained there until 2005. General Foley was later assigned as the Facility Manager for a National Guard Training Base until his retirement in October 2006.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Military Association of New York.  General Foley earned an Associate’s degree in Business Management from SUNY Canton, a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College, and a Master of Science degree from the U.S. Army War College.

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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SUNY Canton Veterans Association Announces Ceremonial Flagpole

Monday, June 2nd, 2008
Canton Flagpole

PRESENTING THE COLORS - Robert L. Edwards, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Veterans Association advisor, raises the flag for the first time on SUNY Canton’s new ceremonial flagpole.

The newly-formed SUNY Canton Veterans Association has helped bring a new ceremonial flagpole to the college.

“The flagpole was a natural project for the association,” said Robert L. Edwards, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Veterans Association advisor. “We worked with the David Sullivan St Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, the SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Association, and the SUNY Canton Foundation to place this monument at the side entrance of Payson Hall.”

The ceremonial flagpole was built to serve a variety of purposes at the college. Cadets in the Law Enforcement Academy will present and retire the colors as part of their training. On other days, students in the Criminal Justice Association or the Veterans Association will perform the duty.

“I am proud that the academy was part of this project,” University Police Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. “During their careers our cadets and students will participate in many functions where they need to know the proper way to honor our national colors.”

The flagpole is located next to a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial garden which is maintained by Criminal Justice students. It will be used as a staging point during SUNY Canton’s future Sept. 11, 2001 remembrance ceremonies.

“This will become the place to honor Canton alumni on their passing and a place for our military veterans to have ceremonies,” said William Fassinger, Assistant Professor of Criminal Investigation and Veterans Association Advisor. “The flagpole project will become a good place for the campus community to be reminded of how many members of military families are on campus.”

The SUNY Canton’s Veterans Association was formed to connect students and alumni who serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The organization has filed their originating documents with the national organization of college veterans. Their group association is open to veterans from all generations and branches of service. “We openly invite community members to join,” Edwards said.

Edwards serves as the representative to the Service Members Opportunity Colleges, a national consortium that assists military members and their dependents in their educational programs.

For more information about the SUNY Canton Veterans Association, contact Edwards at 386-7666 or email edwardsr@canton.edu.

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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