Annual Report 2016-17

SUNY and the World

Jessica Fischer showcasing a wind turbine.

SUNY will nurture a culturally fluent, cross-national mindset and put it to work improving New York’s global competitiveness.

Real-world environments offer abundant learning opportunities for students at SUNY Canton.

Jessica L. Fischer (pictured above),who just completed her junior year in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. She was selected to join 12 other students from around the world for a four-week volunteer project to construct a wind turbine in the village of Playa Blanca in Peru. The trip was organized by the nonprofit organization WindAid.

“While pursuing my degree, I had the opportunity to take courses that focus on alternative energy,” she said. “This project will take my education one step further and allow me to see first-hand how providing access to environmentally friendly power can transform someone’s life.”

International students continue to excel at SUNY Canton. Poornima Rathika Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara was selected as one of this year’s Chancellor’s Award Recipients.

Nanayakkara came to New York through an educational agreement with the International Institute for Health Sciences in Sri Lanka, having previously earned a Computer Technology diploma in her home country. She earned an associate degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program and then joined the College’s four-year Health and Fitness Promotion program.

The College hosted two esteemed international guest speakers over the past year: Gheewhan Kim, Consul General for the Republic of Korea, spoke at the College about United States and Korean economic partnerships; and Brita Wagener, Consul General for Germany, discussed recent developments in transatlantic relations during an open lecture.