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SUNY Canton Implements New Textbook Rental Program

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

SUNY Canton is implementing a new innovative textbook rental program in order to help students minimize the costs of attending college.

Pictured is Chelsie Paro, a SUNY Canton Criminal Justice major from Ogdensburg getting her books with her friends Brittaney Williams, a Criminal Justice major from Mexico, N.Y., and Crystal Redmond, a Nursing Major from Ogdensburg.

Pictured is Chelsie Paro, a SUNY Canton Criminal Justice major from Ogdensburg getting her books with her friends Brittaney Williams, a Criminal Justice major from Mexico, N.Y., and Crystal Redmond, a Nursing Major from Ogdensburg.

“This is a latest in a series of cost-saving strategies to help students save money and make college more affordable,” said College President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ll continue to work hard to provide the highest quality education at the most affordable price.”

Textbooks often cost more than $100 apiece and represent one of students’ biggest expenses after tuition and room and board. Many students attempt to save by buying used books or ordering books from other vendors.

Eight SUNY Canton classes will participate in the trial run of the program. Their students will have the opportunity to rent their texts rather than purchase them outright. The College Association has purchased the textbooks and students will pay approximately 45 to 65 percent of the cover price of the book for a one-semester rental. A $100 book could cost as little as $45, which is even less than buying a used book.

“This is a two-year pilot program to create more affordable options for students,” College Association Operations Director Sue Law said. “I can see this becoming a major initiative as more students express interest and enjoy the savings.”

Other colleges are implementing textbook rental programs through publishers as a way to adapt and grow in an increasingly on-line on-demand marketplace. SUNY Canton staff specifically created their model to reduce the expenditures by students.

“We are giving students the option of eliminating all of the hassle of buying and reselling textbooks,” said SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble. “I can see it making a big difference in a number of our students’ lives.”

Students will be responsible for the texts through the course of the semester and have the option to purchase the book outright at the end of their classes.

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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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SUNY Canton and S.L.U. Math Profs Write Student-Friendly Textbook

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Two North Country college professors adopted a student-oriented, conversational writing style and integrated real world applications when they wrote their newly-published book on Linear Algebra.

 

McGraw Hill recently published “Introduction to Linear Algebra with Applications” by Daniel J. Gagliardi, assistant professor of mathematics at SUNY Canton and James DeFranza, professor of mathematics, computer science, and statistics at St. Lawrence University. Their motivation was to create an engaging text that students could read on their own to learn the fundamental ideas of linear algebra.

James DeFranza & Daniel Gagliardi

James DeFranza & Daniel Gagliardi


“Jim and I took a student-centered approach when we were writing this book,” Gagliardi said. “Our aim was to strike a balance between a rigorous development of linear algebra and building intuition.”

The two number-crunchers put their heads together to create their book that would be a perfect fit to the learning curve of college students who take the course, according to DeFranza. “We imagined ourselves in class with our students where we use accessible examples to motivate abstract concepts,” he said. “Teaching at Saint Lawrence University has given me the opportunity to work closely with mathematics students. This experience has helped in shaping this book and other texts I have written.”

“Linear algebra is one of the first courses in the mathematics curriculum where students are exposed to abstraction at a much higher level,” Gagliardi said. “They are required to write proofs of theorems and solve problems in higher dimensional spaces. Our book provides a gentle introduction where students can develop the necessary skills needed to achieve a greater understanding of the subject matter and its numerous applications.”

Over the last few decades the applications of linear algebra have mushroomed, according to the authors. Recent advances have allowed for the development of high powered search engines to scan and rank web pages at lightning speed. Linear algebra is also used extensively to manipulate graphical information in fields as diverse as aeronautical engineering, medical imaging, and even video game development. In their textbook, professors Defranza and Gagliardi show how linear algebra can be used to solve problems in Chemistry, Engineering, Economics, Telecommunications, Urban Planning and Nutrition.

Dr. Gagliardi joined the faculty of SUNY Canton in 2006. He began his technical career at IBM as a software engineer and received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in pure mathematics. His principle area of research is lie algebra and symmetric spaces. He also does work in graph theory and has collaboratively authored multiple scholarly articles in these fields.

Dr. DeFranza conducts research in functional analysis, sequence spaces, and classical summability theory. This is the fourth textbook he has authored. He is a 25-year St. Lawrence University faculty member and earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Kent State University. He is a frequent mentor and advisor to St. Lawrence students conducting independent research.

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.

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SUNY Canton Student Redistributes and Recycles Discarded Texts

Thursday, April 17th, 2008
Alysia Smith

SAVING BOOKS – Alysia M. Smith, a SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology major from Glens Falls holds up a book she recovered from a recycling bin at SUNY Canton.

Outdated books can be problematic in an academic setting.

A SUNY Canton student dedicated to environmental awareness is helping solve the textbook problem at Southworth Library by redistributing and recycling a number of books, video tapes, and magazines.

Alysia Smith, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Glens Falls and the President of Student Environmental Awareness Society (SEAS) found out that the library was disposing of outdated materials and sprang into action. She rallied other members SEAS and the college’s Green Campus Committee (GCC) to salvage the ill-fated texts.

The college was in the process of having the books sent to a recycling center through Casella Waste Systems, Inc. Smith, thinking that the books were headed to the landfill, said she originally thought to find homes for the texts. “I will be taking some of the more recent editions to professors, hoping that they could use them,” she said. “Some of the more out-of-date ones I asked Matt Burnett (Assistant Professor of Humanities) to take for his students to use in art projects.”

As fortune or fate would have it, a representative was on campus from the American Cancer Society text book drive. “He immediately took half of the books we had collected and a third of the books discarded.” Burnett said. “I think this reflects strongly on the dedication of our students and their willingness to work towards new solutions for contemporary issues.”

Smith has been combing the discarded books daily. She sorts them into categories for people she knows who can use them and is looking for other outlets to redistribute them. “I’m still driving around with a car full of books,” she said.

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.

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