Posts Tagged ‘William Fassinger’

Students Build a Spring Break for Habitat for Humanity

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

About a dozen SUNY Canton students are taking on extra work during their spring break.

On Saturday, April 6, members of the Habitat for Humanity student club will be traveling to Lexington, KY. They will spend five days helping with demolition of old structures, or building and/or restoring houses with the end goal of providing new homes for families who do not have access to affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity

Pictured are (l to r) Precious Cummings, Club Secretary Melissa Cummins, Club President Mark Phillips, Alexis Wiland, Ashley Dixon, Club Advisor and Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger, Ashley Chapin-Senator, Sarah Carver, Jordan Edwards, Club Treasurer Alyssa Baker, Nevada Schoonover, and Trish Poette. Photo by William Fassinger.

“I admire our students’ dedication,” said William Fassinger, president of the Raquette Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliate and a professor in the Criminal Investigation program. “They will learn new skills while helping others. I’m certain they will remember this experience for the rest of their lives.”

When they come back, the students will begin building components for an upcoming house in Norwood.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Students Help Defend a K-9 Deputy

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

SUNY Canton students outfitted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer with new gear that could save his life.

A chocolate Labrador retriever named Hershey now wears dog-fitted body armor that almost completely matches the bulletproof protection worn by his partner, Deputy Andrew J. Ashley.

Hershey with students

Undersheriff Scott F. Bono noted Hershey faces danger every day alongside his human companion.

“Three student-run organizations pooled resources to purchase body armor for Hershey,” said Professor William J. Fassinger, who teaches in the Criminal Investigation program. “The American Criminal Justice Association, the Criminal Justice Student Association, and the Veterinary Technology Club all pitched in to purchase the Kevlar vest.”

Fassinger explained that Eli Max, a Criminal Investigation major and a cadet in the St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, spearheaded fundraising efforts. Max ran raffles, and assisted his club with t-shirt sales, and sold flowers. “The vest cost about $1,000 and we spent about four months raising money,” he said.

Hershey 2013 Photo 2

The generosity of the student organizations gained the attention of Congressman Bill Owens. In a letter, Owens complemented the excellent work the clubs had done to equip Hershey with the new armor. “K-9 units substantially augment law enforcement capabilities in rural communities, and your efforts are greatly appreciated,” he wrote.

The clubs are prepared to donate a second vest, and hope to make more K-9 body armor donations in the future. For further information on the SUNY Canton K-9 Armor project, contact Fassinger at fassinger@canton.edu, or call (315) 386-7917.

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SUNY Canton Named ‘Military-Friendly’ for Second Straight Year

Monday, September 12th, 2011

SUNY Canton was recently recognized as a military-friendly campus for the second year in a row.

The College was among only 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools throughout the country to be recognized as a 2012 Military Friendly School, announced by G.I. Jobs on Monday. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

Military Friendly

“This is further proof that the hard work of many on our campus to assure the college continued with this designation has paid off,” 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. We are honored to know that others recognize our commitment to serving those that serve and their families.”

In support of the educational goals of the military community, SUNY Canton has had a Veterans Study Lounge on campus for several years. The College’s counseling staff receives regular Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training and a Veteran’s Day ceremony is hosted on campus each year.

SUNY Canton also recently started a fast-paced powersports performance and repair course to recently deployed U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Drum. The course is convenient for soldiers as it’s held on base.

Robert L. Edwards, who serves as the director of service member learning opportunities, and Associate Professor of Criminal Investigation William J. Fassinger, retired Army 1st Sergeant in the Military Police Corps, organized the SUNY Canton Veterans Association.

“The organization of the students was the basis to bring the other efforts of the campus into focus and has resulted in a solid support peer support network,” Fassinger said. “It has also raised the profile of the military community on campus. Students from the Association have presented the colors at the last three commencements, a tradition the College will continue. They also have organized a Veterans Day ceremony that has grown from a handful of participants to more than 500 students, faculty, staff, and friends.”

Edwards noted that receiving this designation for the second straight year confirms the dedication and efforts from every corner of the College community. “It is much different from my experience in college where no one talked about their service and preferred that it was not known,” he said. “More than 150 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. In the coming weeks the college will enhance the commitment by hiring a Military and Veterans Service Coordinator followed by two work study students supporting that office.”

In 2008, SUNY Canton demonstrated 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  is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business. The 2012 list was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time to assist in its evaluation of institutions.

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SUNY Canton Wins Red Cross Award for Pints and Participation

Friday, November 20th, 2009
MORE BLOOD DONATIONS – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton students Kayla DiGiacomo, Caitlyn Hill, Jenifer Coon, Danielle Soule, Julie Feuerherm, Anne Conant, and Ryan Strate holding the American Red Cross Trophy for the highest percentage growth among four-year SUNY colleges.

MORE BLOOD DONATIONS – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton students Kayla DiGiacomo, Caitlyn Hill, Jenifer Coon, Danielle Soule, Julie Feuerherm, Anne Conant, and Ryan Strate holding the American Red Cross Trophy for the highest percentage growth among four-year SUNY colleges.

Several SUNY Canton student organizations were awarded by the American Red Cross for the highest percentage of growth in volunteer blood donations among four-year colleges in the SUNY System.

The College collected 253 units of blood during four blood drives held over the 2008-2009 academic year, which is over a 100 percent increase from the previous year. Students from Kappa Xi Omega sorority, and the Criminal Justice Association helped orchestrate the on-campus blood drives.

“The students did a fantastic job organizing, raising awareness and recruiting donors for SUNY Canton’s 3-day blood drive,” said Criminal Justice Club advisor and Associate Professor William J. Fassinger. “Their efforts helped provide much-needed lifesaving donations during local and national shortages.”

Collections at all State University of New York four-year colleges were up 19 percent in 2008-09, with a total of 14,898 units collected. In addition to SUNY Canton, four other SUNY schools were awarded for the highest gains. Red Cross representatives presented SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and student representatives with a trophy honoring the achievement.

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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SUNY Canton Holds Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

CANTON – A memorial ceremony in honor of the victims and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, will be held at 8:45 a.m. Thursday in front of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

“We hold our 9/11 ceremony to help our campus and the North Country community remember the tragic events and ensuing heroism that the nation witnessed seven years ago,” said William J. Fassinger, Associate Professor of Criminal Investigations. “Our area firefighters, police officers, emergency medical personnel, soldiers and veterans stand with us in honor of everyone who lost their lives that tragic day.”

Sept 11

The ceremony is free and open to the public. Firefighters and emergency personnel are asked to wear their Class A uniforms.

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 85 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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