Archive for April, 2007

Breaking Benjamin Concert at SUNY Canton, May 9

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Breaking BenjaminThe progressive rock band Breaking Benjamin with special guests Shelflyfe will be performing at SUNY Canton.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in Dana Athletic Center Alumni Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for SUNY Canton students, $15 for the public. To purchase tickets in advance, contact the SUNY Canton Campus Center Store at 315-386-7319. All tickets will be $15 at the door as well.

The Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania-based quartet Breaking Benjamin has been established as a new voice in modern rock, according to the band’s biography. They have enjoyed several hits, including “Polyamorous,” and “Breath.” The band has toured with 3 Doors Down, Saliva, and Godsmack, among others.

ShelflyfeThis event is sponsored by the College Union Board. For more information about the concert, please contact the Student Activities office at 315-386-7316.


Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society Welcomes New Members

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society recently inducted 26 SUNY Canton students for their academic performance, announced President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Chi Alpha Theta

SUNY Canton’s Chi Alpha Epsilon chapter recognizes the academic achievements of students in the College’s Educational Opportunity Program and those being served by the College’s Student Support Services. Its purposes are to promote continued high academic standards, to foster increased communication among its members, and to honor academic excellence achieved by those students.

Tifani Bartwitz

HONOR STUDENTS - Tifani Bartwitz, a SUNY Canton Computer Information Systems student from Fort Edward stands with her peers at the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society induction Ceremony.

The honor society’s motto is “The tassel is worth the hassle.”

  • Amma Amponsah, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from the Bronx. Amponsah is a 2005 graduate of Dodge Vocational High School.
  • Anna Atchie, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Canton. Atchie is a 1996 graduate of Harrisville Central School.
  • Brenda Bacon, an Information Technology major from Dekalb Junction. Bacon is a 1992 graduate of Hugh C. Williams Sr. High School.
  • Tifani Bartwitz, a Computer Information Systems major from Fort Edward. Bartwitz is a 2005 graduate of South Glens Falls Central High School.
  • Crystal Collins, a Criminal Justice major from Brooklyn. Collins is a 2005 graduate of Boys and Girls High School.
  • Chastity Davis, a Nursing major from Richville. Davis is a 1997 graduate of Gouverneur High School.
  • Charlene Edmonds, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from New York City. Edmonds is a 2005 graduate of Frederick Douglass Academy.
  • Kimberly Ellison, a Health Science Career Studies major from Ogdensburg. Ellison is a 1993 graduate of Forest City Regional High School.
  • Lisa Farr, an Office Technology major from Hailesboro. Farr is a 1984 graduate of Beaver River Central School.
  • Zachary Fitzgerald, an Electrical Engineering major from St. Regis Falls. Fitzgerald is a 2005 graduate of Saint Regis Falls Central School.
  • Chantal Guild, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Ogdensburg. Guild is a 2004 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy High School.
  • Juan Hernandez, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Canton. Hernandez is a 1985 graduate of Carey High School.
  • Javon Joslyn, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Bronx. Joslyn is a 2004 graduate of Foreign Lang Academy of Global Street.
  • Jason Lajoie, an Electrical Construction & Maintenance major from Heuvelton. Lajoie is a 2004 graduate of Lisbon Central School.
  • Dale Martin II, a Civil Engineering Technology major from Canton. Martin is a 1999 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy High School.
  • William Mensah, a Technology Management major from Bronx. Mensah is a 2005 graduate of Evander Childs High School.
  • Brenda Merrifield, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Canton.
  • Donna Peterson, a Criminal Justice major from Canton.
  • Jennifer Pirie, a Liberal Studies major from Russell. Pirie is a 2005 graduate of Hugh C Williams Sr. High School.
  • Kristina Schober, an Early Childhood major from Dekalb Junction. Schober is a 2004 graduate of Hermon-DeKalb Central School.
  • Emma Siaw, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Bronx. Siaw is a 2004 graduate of Park East High School.
  • Jeanne Tatro, a Health Science Career Studies major from Gouverneur. Tatro is a 1980 graduate of Taconic High School.
  • Charitie Thornhill, a Criminal Justice major from Ogdensburg. Thornhill is a 2001 graduate of Taconic High School.
  • Henry Wason, an Engineering Science major from Ogdensburg.
  • Stephanie Williamson, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Vernon Center. Williamson is a 2003 graduate of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Senior High Schools.

Honorary Inductees were:

  • Vice President of Student Affairs Daniel Sweeney.
  • Assistant Professor of Academic Development John Ohst.


"The Last Town on Earth" Author to Visit SUNY Canton

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Epidemic sickness is on many minds following the reports of outbreaks of the bird flu and other widespread illnesses, even here in the North Country.

Isolation may seem like the key to keeping family and communities healthy during outbreaks. However, an unfortunate series of events made isolation tactics appear futile in Thomas Mullen’s historical novel “The Last Town on Earth.”

Mullen will be addressing SUNY Canton at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the Kingston Theater located in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The reading and ensuing book signing is free and open to the public.

“Members of the campus community read this novel as part of the Character Development Reading program,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Daniel J. Sweeney. “This book was selected for both its significance in current society and the opportunities it presented to discuss the moral dilemmas the characters faced.”

“The Last Town on Earth” was inspired by a previously little-known historical footnote regarding towns that quarantined themselves during the 1918 epidemic. While World War I ravages the majority of western civilization, the small town of Commonwealth decides to close its doors to the outside world in attempt to keep the flu at bay.

The main characters are faced with the ethical impact of defending the townspeople’s decisions while facing all of the ramifications that total isolation brings to light. Many history-shaping events influence the occupants of commonwealth, including the unionization of workers in the Industrial Workers of the World.


Professional Clothing Fair at SUNY Canton May 9

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

College students, members of the community, and new professionals in need of business attire are invited to SUNY Canton’s Professional Clothing Fair 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the Miller Campus Center Room 212.

The Professional Clothing Fair is a joint effort of the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Department of Labor’s One Stop Career Center, and SUNY Canton. This event is free and open to students and the general public.

The college and sponsoring organizations will also be accepting men’s and women’s clothing donations for the clothing fair. Drop off gently used business attire from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, May 7, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212.

For more information, or to volunteer at the fair, contact Betty Connelly (315) 386-7325, email


Two More SUNY Canton Faculty Earn Doctoral Degrees

Saturday, April 21st, 2007

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently lauded two School of Health, Science, and Professional Studies faculty members for completing their doctoral degrees.

Science Instructor Beth Acton earned her Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Toronto and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biology Nicole Heldt earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Clarkson University.

Kennedy and Provost Jeremy D. Brown presented Acton and Heldt with their ceremonial hoods which will adorn their academic regalia during the upcoming Honors Convocation and Commencement ceremonies.

“Beth and Nicole made it a priority to continue their professional development,” said Kennedy. “They both deserve suitable honors for achieving the highest level of education. I commend their success and dedication to furthering their education and careers.”

The college currently has 18 faculty members working on their Ph.D.s, Kennedy pointed out. When they earn those degrees, more than 75 percent of the SUNY Canton faculty will possess their doctorates.

The union representing faculty and professional staff at SUNY Canton, United University Professions (UUP), offers a Retraining Fellowship comprised of funding from UUP and the State of New York. Currently, over $200,000 have been made available to SUNY Canton faculty for retraining.

There is also approximately $10,000 available in the UUP Individual Development Awards program for faculty and staff members employed both full- and part-time. These funds, which are supplemented by the SUNY Canton Foundation, are used for professional academic development and may include attending conferences or seminars, taking courses, and funding academic research or publication expenses.


Applications on the Rise at SUNY Canton

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Applications to attend SUNY Canton this fall are up nearly 20 percent from last year and almost 30 percent from five years ago. Acceptances to the College are up by similar percentages.

“We’re on a pace right now to receive the largest number of applications in the college’s history,” said Vice President for Advancement Dave Gerlach. “Combined with a large number of continuing students, we’re projecting one of the highest enrollment years in the history of the college this fall.”

SUNY Canton began the 2006-07 academic year with just over 2,600 students, the fourth largest number in the college’s 100-year history and the highest since 1990-91.

More than 2,300 applications have been received to date, up by more than 350 from last year and an increase of more than 500 from five years ago. SUNY Canton has surpassed 3,300 applications just twice in college history.

Final Spring Open House is April 21

SUNY Canton will offer this academic year’s final Open House for prospective students and their families on Saturday, April 21.

Although the Open House is free, reservations are required through the Admissions Office at 1-800-388-7123 or 315-386-7123. Online reservations can also be made at

Following a 9 a.m. registration, participants will learn about the financial aid and admissions process and take a tour of campus. Later, students meet with faculty about SUNY Canton’s academic programs.

Participants will also have lunch, free of charge, in Chaney Dining Center, which serves the students that live in SUNY Canton’s residence halls.

Prospective students that are unable to attend Saturday’s Open House should call or email the Admissions Office for an individual appointment.


SUNY Canton Set for North Country Sustainable Energy Fair

Friday, April 20th, 2007

A number of SUNY Canton students and faculty from the Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications (AREA) program are taking a hands-on approach to tackle the growing energy crisis. At the North Country Energy Fair on April 27 to 29, those students and faculty will be joined by members of the North Country community who take an active role in changing how energy is harnessed and used.

The Energy Fair, which is managed by Community Energy Services, begins on Friday, April 27. Events, seminars, and displays continue through the day Saturday, April 28, at locations in and around the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. There will also be a home tour of energy efficient and off grid homes during the day on Sunday, April 29, at locations across the North Country.

Among the professionals and renewable energy authorities who will be presenting during the weekend are:

  • Assistant Professor Michael Newtown will be presenting “Energy for Everybody” an introduction to renewable energy at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Miller Campus Center. Newtown is the AREA program director and advises the college’s student solar boat team.
  • On-Line Learning Technician Jerry Bartlett will be sharing and explaining his unique gift for revamping in a session entitled “Creative Retrofits for Off-Grid Living” at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Miller Campus Center. Bartlett has created a diesel motorcycle capable of achieving more than 100 miles per gallon and uses solar panels and wind turbines to power his home. Bartlett’s off-grid home is also a feature on the home tour.
  • Jim Merkel, Sustainability Director at Dartmouth College, will be presenting “Creating a Sustainable College Campus” at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Miller Campus Center. Merkel authored “Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth” and transformed his life into a model of economic sustainability. He created a personal economy that allowed him to live on just $5,000 per year, which is very close to the global average income.
  • Assistant Professor Matthew Bullwinkel, an AREA Program Faculty Member will be presenting an informational and instructional session on solar hot water systems at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Miller Campus Center. Bullwinkel supervises the college’s biodiesel research and also works with the solar boat team.
  • SUNY Canton Alumnus Daniel Haas, managing director of Noble Environmental Systems, will be presenting “Wind Energy in New York State” at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Kingston Theater. Haas oversees the design and construction of Noble’s wind energy facilities. He has been personally responsible for the design and construction of power facilities, including the installation of more than 1,000 wind turbines in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, India, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

All events are free and open to the public. For a complete listing of events and seminars at the North Country Sustainable Energy Fair,


SUNY Canton Hosts Domestic Violence Awareness Play "The Yellow Dress"

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

SUNY Canton will be hosting the play “The Yellow Dress” as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Kingston Theater in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Admittance is free and the event is open to the public.

The Yellow Dress is a one-woman educational show portraying the lives of five victims of sexual violence.

The play entertains as it demonstrates signs of abusive relationships and models healthy behaviors on how to avoid, intervene in, or leave abusive relationships. Many of the components help its viewers to understand several main points dealing with dating violence ranging from warning signs of abuse, understanding the cycle of abuse, and how to get help.

The Yellow Dress is a national production produced and directed by Deana’s Fund, a non-profit organization based in Stoneham, Mass., dedicated to promoting healthy relationships. The organization was established after the death of Deana Brisbois, a young woman who was a victim of dating violence.

Following the performance the actor leads the audience in a post show discussion about the educational points contained in the play.

The play is cosponsored by Renewal House, the Sweetgrass Foundation, Catholic Charities, members of the SUNY Canton Women’s Studies faculty, and St. Lawrence University Student Advocates Program.


SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Continues Regional Dominance

Monday, April 16th, 2007

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers/American Institute of Steel Construction (ASCE/AISC) Steel Bridge Team took first place in the Upstate New York regional competition on Saturday.

Bridge Team

REGIONAL CHAMPS - SUNY Canton students Will Stacey of Massena and Fred Bach of Clayton practice assembling the bridge.

The overall order of finish among the 10 competing teams was as follows: SUNY Canton, The University of Quebec Ecole de Technologie Superieure in Montreal, Clarkson University, Hudson Valley Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNYIT, Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Bridge Team

FINISHING TOUCHES - Jeremiah Hazelton, a Civil Engineering Technology student from Norfolk paints the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge in preparation for the regional competition.

The college’s student team has won the annual regional competition a remarkable 11 times in 14 years. The team will now continue preparing for the 2007 National Student Steel Bridge Competition scheduled for May 25-26 at California State University, Northridge.

This year, a student from the team was required to write a paper for the competition on “Eminent Domain and the Engineer’s Ethical Responsibilities” Zach Wojciechowski of Webster deserves credit for an admirable presentation to a panel of judges consisting of civil engineers and a standing room only classroom full of faculty advisors, instructors, and upperclassmen.

This year’s competition was based on replacing a century-old bridge that spans a river to locations that serve as the economic base for a rural region, according to ASCE/AISC rules and regulations. A quick replacement is necessary because no other crossing is available for miles.

The SUNY Canton Student Bridge team is comprised of Paul Robbins of Ticonderoga, Matt Turner of Oswego, Jeremiah Hazelton of Norfolk, Craig Robert of Russell, William Walldroff of Lafargeville, Mike DeShay of Endicott, Wojciechowski, Austin Schwencke of Malone, Beynan Ransom of Rooseveltown, William Billings of Potsdam, Mike Gebler of Orchard Park, William Stacey of Massena, Fred Bach of Clayton, Norm Gagnon of Potsdam, Mike Warren of Brier Hill. The team is advised by Civil and Construction Engineering Technology Instructor Bob Blickwedehl, Automotive Instructional Support Associate Dennis Tuper, and Civil and Construction Engineering Technology Instructional Support Associate Paul Hitchman.

The team now begins the difficult task of raising the necessary funding to pay for travel to the national competition. The SUNY Canton Bridge Team is primarily sponsored by Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company of Potsdam. The Team has also received support from the SUNY Canton Foundation, and numerous individual alumni and friends from the extended community.


Chancellor John R. Ryan to Address 2007 SUNY Canton Graduates

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Chancellor John RyanSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy has announced that SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan will be the keynote speaker at the college’s 99th Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, in the Alumni Gymnasium in Dana Athletic Center.

“Chancellor Ryan has been a tremendous leader not only for the State University of New York system, but throughout his career,” said Kennedy. “SUNY Canton has benefited from his guidance and dedication. Our graduating students will benefit immensely from listening to such an accomplished professional.”

Recently, Ryan addressed the SUNY Canton College Foundation Board of Directors at a meeting in Naples, Fla., which was simultaneously broadcast at SUNY Canton. He highlighted the remarkable growth in the Foundation’s assets which grew from $1 million in 1993, to $5 million in 2004, to over $12 million in 2006. Since 2000, the SUNY Canton College Foundation has provided over $6 million in scholarships and other support.

Prior to becoming Chancellor, Ryan served as the president of the State University of New York Maritime College, the interim president of SUNY Albany, and was the former superintendent (president) of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

As president of SUNY Maritime, Ryan nearly doubled the number of students in just three years, resulting in the highest enrollment in Maritime’s 131-year history. He created the National Institute for Leadership & Ethics, which includes a summer institute for high school juniors and seniors, as well as undergraduate leadership training for Maritime students, and he established the President’s Circle Scholarship Fund, which includes numerous donors who have pledged $10,000 over four years for a named scholarship.

He is also a former U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and was decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit (with two gold stars), Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (with two gold stars), and other numerous service awards.

After designation as a naval aviator and assignments in several operational squadrons, Ryan’s naval career included numerous leadership positions in squadrons, wings, and forces that took him to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Ryan has accepted a position as president and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., and will be stepping down as chancellor at the end of May.

Ryan is married to the former Diane L. Ackerman of Bangor, Pa. They have three adult daughters: Tricia, Kelly, and Julie, and four grandchildren.