Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

SUNY Canton’s Southworth Learning Commons Librarians Integrate Innovative Technology

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Library faculty are using QR codes, augmented reality, video and podcasts to expand resources and engagement.

Posters can speak to SUNY Canton Southworth Library Learning Commons users through a mobile device.

Librarians have hung up placards around the library that automatically link to videos recommending reading suggestions. Visitors hold their mobile phone or other device in front of the displays to automatically link to the presentations.

Librarians with iPad

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman recently recognized Southworth Library Learning Commons faculty for integrating mobile technology. Pictured are Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan, Hoffman and Assistant Librarian Jennifer Whittaker.

Additionally, the librarians have integrated Quick Response (QR) codes in sections of the library to help patrons access online periodicals, research databases or an e-book service.

“Our exceptional librarians have been instrumental in enhancing the academic environment on this Campus,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “Innovative projects such as this one are at the cutting edge of scholarly development incorporating the use of the latest technologies.”

The librarians are using iPads for mobile access, allowing them to bring the library’s resources into the classroom and locations around campus. They can access various databases to aid in research and demonstrate what the library has to offer.

“Our library faculty are helping more students from more locations,” said Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies, who oversees the library.

Within the past few years, the College has supplemented their laptop loan program with an iPad loan program. Students can check out an iPad the same way they would a book to use within the building. “We’ve been able to expand on our iPad loan program in ways I never thought possible,” said Michelle Currier, director of library services. “Fasten your seat belts, there is more to come.”

Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan has used available technology and software such as Apple’s Garage Band, iMovie and the online resource SoundCloud to help students present their own scholarly work. He used this software to record student poetry during National Poetry Month.

Magilligan and Assistant Librarian Jennifer Whittaker recently presented their projects at the SUNY Librarians Association annual conference in June. Together, they taught attendants how to accomplish the mobile innovations. By the end of their presentation, the librarians at the conference  session could make their own videos and podcasts using available, and in most cases, free software and web services. Their presentation was well received and other Libraries may look to SUNY Canton as a model for innovation.

“Our hope is that other SUNY Colleges and Universities can adopt similar strategies and enjoy similar successes,” Magilligan noted.

In a recent Student Opinion Survey, SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons scored highest for providing resources and services when compared against other SUNY technology sector colleges. The success was attributed to many of the student-centered innovations adopted within the past few years.

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

 

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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Prestigious Scholarships Awarded to Four SUNY Canton Students

Friday, November 21st, 2008

CANTON – Four SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students were recently awarded prestigious scholarships, including one national scholarship that will virtually cover all of a Potsdam native’s spring semester costs.

For the second year in a row, Benjamin D. LaRose has received an American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Scholarship.

LaRose applied for the competitive $3,000 national scholarship earlier this semester by turning in a written essay and several letters of recommendation. He and three of his classmates were awarded scholarships for their Air Conditioning Engineering Technology education at a recent ASHRAE conference.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS – Four SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Students Picked up scholarships at a recent American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers conference. Pictured are (l to r) Benjamin D. LaRose of Potsdam, Randy A. Brossoit of Ogdensburg, Andrew J LaFlair of Lisbon, and Brandon S. Baxter (seated) of Syracuse.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS – Four SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Students Picked up scholarships at a recent American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers conference. Pictured are (l to r) Benjamin D. LaRose of Potsdam, Randy A. Brossoit of Ogdensburg, Andrew J LaFlair of Lisbon, and Brandon S. Baxter (seated) of Syracuse.

 

 

“This scholarship pretty much covers my semester here at SUNY Canton,” LaRose said. “I really appreciate the support of the Central New York Chapter of ASHRAE. This makes a big difference in both my education and my classmates’ educations.”

Other ASHRAE scholarship recipients include:

  • Randy A. Brossoit of Ogdensburg received a $500 ASHRAE scholarship through the Central New York ASHRAE Chapter. Brossoit is working toward his second degree at SUNY Canton, having previously earned an associate degree in 2003.
  • Brandon S. Baxter of Syracuse also received a $500 ASHRAE scholarship through the Central New York ASHRAE Chapter. Baxter is in his first year of the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program, and was the 2008 recipient of the Baldwinsville class of 1957 scholarship that almost completely covers his two-year education at SUNY Canton. His scholarship was partially created by college benefactor Joel M. Canino.
  • Andrew J. LaFlair of Lisbon received a $750 Harry King scholarship through the Central New York ASHRAE Chapter. Benoit’s scholarship is named for SUNY Canton’s own Professor Emeritus and Innovative Air Conditioning Engineering leader. The Air Conditioning laboratory is also named in honor of King.

Several of the scholarship recipients mentioned that they were attracted to the program for its extremely high job placement. Nearly 100 percent of the program’s graduates are hired immediately upon graduation.

The Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program is one of the most widely respected programs in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Successful SUNY Canton alumni including longstanding college supporters Canino, John Halford, Ronald Woodcock, and Professor Emeritus Arthur Hurlbut, all graduated from the program.

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 Automotive Technology Program Receives National Certification

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

CANTON – SUNY Canton’s automotive technology program has received the highest level of national certification following an extensive review and analysis.

The program received certification by National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). It gives the already-renowned program instant credibility nationwide and will assist graduates in their career pursuits anywhere in the nation.

To achieve this coveted recognition, the school’s automotive technology program underwent rigorous evaluation and met or exceeded nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas including instruction, facilities, and equipment.

Brandon Baldwin, director of the automotive technology program noted that it had become necessary to add the ASE standards to continue the level of excellence established in the program.

“Many of our corporate contacts look for the ASE standard when they look to sponsor a program,” Baldwin said. “This will mean that our students have the latest vehicles and equipment to hone their skills and complete their education.”
Baldwin and other SUNY Canton faculty members within the Canino School of Engineering Technology worked side-by-side with the NATEF evaluators to ensure that the college met the stringent guidelines for the certification.
Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that SUNY Canton be certified by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE is a national non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to certifying automotive training programs.

“This program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders and gives even more assurance that SUNY Canton’s graduates are ready to step into a career,” said Donald Seyfer, NATEF Chair.

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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