Archive for February, 2007

"It's the Little Things" Author to Speak at SUNY Canton

Monday, February 26th, 2007

There are an abundance of everyday misunderstandings between Americans of different ethnicities that agitate race relations, according to SUNY Canton guest speaker Lena Williams of The New York Times.

Williams will be presenting her theories on race division at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Kingston Theater. A book signing for her book on the same topic, “It’s the Little Things” will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

She has based her premise of “It’s the Little Things” on both her own personal experiences and the experiences of focus groups from across the country. Her findings can help everyone understand and even eliminate the commonplace annoyances and misunderstandings that divide individuals of different races.

Williams is a 28 year veteran of The New York Times and her book received The New York Times Notable Book of the Year award. She is also the chairperson of the Newspaper Guild at The New York Times. Her article, “It’s the Little Things,” won the National Association of Black Journalists award for feature writing. She has received numerous other honors including the 2001 Ebony Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications Award and the prestigious Penney-Missouri and the New York Times Publisher’s Awards.


Movie and Lecture with 1980 Gold Medalist

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Team USA hockey great Mark Wells will be visiting SUNY Canton to tell the true tale of what has been called one of the greatest sporting events of the twentieth century.

Wells and the U.S. Hockey Team triumphed over the favored Soviet Union team in Lake Placid. Wells will watch the movie “Miracle” and share his memories of the 1980 Winter Olympics with guests at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30 in the SUNY Canton Kingston Theater. This event is free and open to the public.

Wells was inducted into both the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. He was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of Year in 1980. He is also a member of the Bowling Green University Athletic Hall of Fame.


St. Lawrence County Ranks 6th in Nation

Monday, February 19th, 2007

St. Lawrence County has been ranked as one of the best places to live in the country. Editors from Progressive Farmer magazine recently rated the area as the sixth best rural area nationwide.

The magazine recently scoured rural America to find the 10 best counties to live out the American dream. Among the statistical criteria for ranking were household income, household spending, home and land prices, crime rates, air quality, education, and access to health care.

Some of the highpoints of the area, as noted by Progressive Farmer Managing Editor Joe Link include:

  • A Recreation Paradise – The proximity to the Adirondack Mountains and the more than 200 rivers and ponds makes St. Lawrence County ideal for hiking, hunting, boating, fishing, camping, and everyday sightseeing.
  • Frederic Remington’s Home – Remington’s action-laden sculpture and unique painting style have captivated generations of art enthusiasts and North Country residents alike. The Frederic Remington Art Museum is dedicated to his work and to advancing art appreciation is located in Ogdensburg.
  • The TAUNY Tradition – Just down the road from SUNY Canton is a cozy museum embodying the very spirit of North Country Art. Traditional Arts of Upstate New York (TAUNY) is a not-for-profit organization that celebrates basket weavers, woodworkers, rug makers, folk musicians, and other traditional artists.

It would be nearly impossible to see all of the attractions of St. Lawrence County in just one day, like all of the unique vendors in downtown Canton, the Dairy Princess Pageant Parade, or families selling their home-grown foods at the Farmer’s Market. Perhaps the best part is the people who call the county their home.

The complete Progressive Farmer article is available


SUNY Canton Volunteers Ready to Help with Taxes

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

SUNY Canton student volunteers are set to help prepare taxes for their peers and low- to moderate-income North Country residents.

For the third year, students from the School of Business and Public service will be assisting with tax preparation through the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The IRS created VITA to help taxpayers and their families who earn less than $39,000 complete their annual tax forms free of charge.

“:The VITA program has allowed us to offer our services to those who need it the most,”: said Peggy Jenkins, assistant professor of accounting and VITA program director. “:Our students also gain real-world tax preparation and valuable customer relation skills.”:

Volunteers will begin taking appointments beginning Thursday, Feb 8. Walk-ins will also be welcome from 9 to 11 a.m. each Thursday until taxes are due in Payson Room 203. The SUNY Canton Massena Education Center will also host walk-in slots from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at the St. Lawrence Centre Mall. For more information or to schedule an appointment, the School of Business and Public Service at 315-386-7328 or email

The following information should be brought to an appointment:

  • This year’s tax package with all forms (W-2’s, 1099’s, etc).
  • Information for other income (taxable scholarships and grants).
  • Information for all deductions and credits (student loan interest, education credits).
  • A copy of last year’s tax return and a social security card.


SUNY Canton Salutes Students Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Monday, February 5th, 2007

SUNY Canton students have been recognized for their academic excellence through their induction into Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Phi Theta Kappa

“When a student is inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, they are receiving an extraordinary scholarly recognition,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “It is both a top-mark of academic and civic success.”

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence since 1918 and has become the largest and the most prestigious honor society serving associate-level students around the world.

As members, students must maintain a high grade point average and stay involved with the community through service-oriented projects.

Students who joined SUNY Canton’s Lambda Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa during the Fall 2006 Semester include:

  • Luke Barber, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Tupper Lake.
  • Jason Bellinger, an Electrical Engineering Technology major from Canton.
  • Matthew Bovay, a Business Administration Major from Hermon.
  • Carrie Burnor, a Nursing major from Massena.
  • Kyle Couperus, a Nursing major from Heuvelton.
  • Leslie Dardaris, a Nursing major from Potsdam.
  • Chastity Davis, a Nursing major from Richville.
  • Mbaye Diop, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Brooklyn.
  • Anthony Friot, a Computer Information Systems major from Rensselaer Falls.
  • Lori Gilbert, a Mortuary Science major from Gouverneur.
  • Krista Hess, a Nursing major from Lisbon.
  • Carrie Jesmer, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Gouverneur.
  • Jessica Jones, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Chaumont.
  • Sarah Kelley, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Gouverneur.
  • Garrett Mastic, an Automotive Technology major from Peru.
  • Sheena McBroom, a Criminal Justice major from Rensselaer Falls.
  • Laurie Miranda, a Health Science Career Studies major from Antwerp.
  • Kyle Moulton, a Criminal Justice Major from Winthrop.
  • Brandon Murray, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Raymondville.
  • Andrew Newtown, a Construction Engineering Technology major from Winthrop
  • Melissa O’Neil, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Fort Drum.
  • Corey Olmstead, an Engineering Science major from Russell.
  • Karl Ortmeyer, a Technology Management major from Potsdam.
  • Donna Peterson, a Criminal Justice major from Canton.
  • Colleen Pichette, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Vestal.
  • Cassandra Portolese, a Electrical Construction and Maintenance major from Massena.
  • Lisa Reno, a Nursing major from Rensselaer.
  • Tinisha Selvy, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Gouverneur.
  • Mariam Shabbir, a Nursing major from Miami, Fla.
  • Carrie Shaffer, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Fairport.
  • Emma Siaw, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Bronx.
  • Dennis Snell, a Computer Information Systems major from Potsdam.
  • Kimberley Sorrell, a Nursing major from Massena.
  • Jeanne Tatro, a Health Science Career Studies major from Gouverneur.
  • Brittany Terrance, a Liberal Arts and Science: General Studies major from Norfolk.
  • Daniel Thomson, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Endicott.
  • Okyere Twumasi, a Nursing major from Canton.
  • Jamie White, an Early Childhood major from Russell.
  • Stephanie Williamson, a Health Science Career Studies major from Vernon Center.
  • Leslie Wilson, a Nursing major from DeKalb Junction.
  • Zachary Wojciechowski, a Civil Engineering Technology major from Webster.

The Honorary Inductee for the Fall 2006 Semester was Michaela M. Young, Secretary 1 in the President’s Office. Young was nominated for her continuing support of the honor societies endeavors.


SUNY Canton Assistant Prof’s Findings to be Presented at International Symposium

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Charles FennerA SUNY Canton assistant professor’s new findings about U.S. employees working in foreign embassies will be presented this May at the International Workshop on Human Resource Management in Jerez De La Frontera, Spain.

Assistant Professor of Technology Management Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., and co-author Jan Selmer, Ph.D., of the Aarhus School of Business, created The Work Situation of Public Sector Expatriates. Fenner served as an expatriate, or somebody who works outside their own country, during his 20-year career as a military officer.

“Most cross-cultural adjustment studies are based on many different types of jobs in one location,” Fenner said. “Our research turns previous studies on their head. We studied the cross-cultural adjustment of U.S. employees in the same position from across the world.”

He said their findings, based on his doctorate dissertation, demonstrate the importance of role clarity in the adjustment of the expatriate to their position. More specifically, when the expatriate clearly understands his or her role and function in the foreign environment, the expatriate’s adjustment to their work is greatly enhanced. “It’s important for the local leadership to enforce and enhance the vision of the multinational corporation overseas,” he said.

Fenner collected the information online for his dissertation while he was stationed in Moscow, Russia. He based his research on U.S. Department of Defense administrators stationed in embassies worldwide. “I saw responses everywhere as far as Ulan-Bator, Mongolia, to Santiago, Chile,” he said.

While living in Moscow, Fenner was in a comparable role to his studies. He said his personal adaptation appeared to be remarkable, but he was only interacting with counterparts who spoke English in the embassy. “My family had a harder time adjusting to their surroundings, because they were immersed in a foreign language,” Fenner noted. “Language can cause barriers to adjustment.”

Fenner is the lead faculty member for the Technology Management four-year program. He has run the office operations at embassies in Hanoi, Vietnam; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Moscow, Russia and Bucharest, Romania. Technology Management is offered as an online program through SUNY Canton OnLine, allowing students from around the world to earn their SUNY Canton Bachelor of Business Administration degree.