SUNY and the World
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.
The College has continued its connection to the Roberto Clemente family. This year, Luis Clemente, son of the late baseball Hall of Famer and noted humanitarian, was a Living Writers Series guest speaker. He discussed the life of his famous father, which is chronicled in his book “Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero.”
Luis’ son, Bobby, plays infield for the SUNY Canton men’s baseball team. In 2016, The Clemente Foundation partnered with SUNY Canton to host the first Clemente Cup, an NCAA Division III baseball tournament held in Puerto Rico where 10 collegiate teams from across the U.S. competed for the title. Between games, the SUNY Canton team held clinics for Puerto Rican youth. Plans are under way for a second Clemente Cup in 2018.