Archive for November, 2010

SUNY Canton Foundation Seeks Alumni Feedback

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The SUNY Canton Alumni and Foundation offices are seeking information from the College’s more than 36,000 active graduates.

“We want our alumni to know that we are here to help them remain engaged and connected with their alma mater,” said SUNY Canton Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato. “We’ve created a survey to help us tailor our current programs and help our alumni stay linked with current events on campus.”

The short 12-question survey can be completed online at The same survey was included in the Fall 2010 edition of After Canton Alumni Magazine.

The alumni and foundation offices host events and activities including the annual alumni weekend on campus, receptions across the country and game-day celebrations in conjunction with the College’s athletic department.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Director Recognized for Outstanding Service

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

SUNY Canton’s director of financial aid was recently honored for her commitment and outstanding efforts in area high schools.

Kerrie L. Cooper, Madrid, was awarded the New York State Financial Aid Administrators’ Association (NYSFAAA) Region 8 Service Award at their annual conference banquet on Oct. 20 in Buffalo, NY.

Kerrie Cooper receives an award.

Kerrie L. Cooper, center, receives the NYSFAAA Region 8 Service Award. Pictured from left are Curt Gaume, director of financial aid at Canisius College and past president of the Association, and current president Dan Tramuta, associate vice president for enrollment at SUNY at Fredonia.

“Kerrie has done so much for our financial aid office,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “During the busier times of the year, Kerrie is in her office late at night making sure e-mails are responded to and questions are answered. We are extremely lucky to have her as a member of our campus community.”

Cooper has contributed many years of regional service to Region 8, and at one point served as an executive council representative and as the regional chair. “Kerrie presents numerous financial aid night programs for many North Country high schools every year and always helps out with the annual guidance counselor training event,” the nominating committee said. “She is always willing to help a student with an aid issue or to offer guidance to a colleague with a regulation question. Her high level of professionalism and dedication are a tribute to Region 8.”

Cooper said it’s been a group effort in developing opportunities for financial aid nights for local high schools through the use of Distance Learning classrooms, arranged through BOCES.

“Our collaborative efforts have enabled me to present to 10 high schools in two nights,” she said, explaining they are able to do so through teleconferencing. “It’s allowed us to make sure the smaller schools also get financial aid updates each year. We are the only region in the state using this technology and it’s been highly successful. We are very proud of that.”

Cooper’s financial aid career began as a work-study student. While a graduate student at the University of Albany, Cooper continued to assist in the financial aid office. She became a financial aid counselor at Monroe Community College before arriving at SUNY Canton in 1992 in her present role.

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SUNY Canton Students Giving Back this Holiday Season

Friday, November 19th, 2010

SUNY CantonSeveral SUNY Canton clubs and organizations are inviting members of the local community to help fill local food pantries for the upcoming holiday season.

“SUNY Canton Gives Back” will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 in the College’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Woodcock Conference Suite. Country radio station 95.3 The Wolf – WLFK, one of the event’s sponsors, will be broadcasting live.

Community members are encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to the event. Photos with Santa Claus and the SUNY Canton Roo will be available for free with a donation of canned goods. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be provided.

Drop boxes have been placed throughout the College’s campus for those unable to attend or for additional donations. The food donated will be collected and brought to the Community Development Program for distribution to local pantries following the event.

Parking will be available in the Miller Campus Parking Lot #13.

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SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Students Win Regional Honors

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

While most criminal investigation and criminal justice students collect evidence, eight SUNY Canton students recently collected trophies.

The students, members of the Beta Psi Delta club, the chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association – Lambda Alpha Epsilon at SUNY Canton, competed in the Association’s Region 4 Conference October 21-23 at West Virginia State University. After two days of written exams and rigorous competition, the students walked away with 12 wins, picking up more than half of the academic trophies awarded.

Andrew C. Wood, Katelyn A. Horton, Elizabeth A. Ayers, Michael P. Genyuk, Katherine L. Busch, Thomas J. Stafford, William R. Francis, Kenneth A. Farrell, Brian K. Harte

Andrew C. Wood, Katelyn A. Horton, Elizabeth A. Ayers, Michael P. Genyuk, Katherine L. Busch, Thomas J. Stafford, William R. Francis, Kenneth A. Farrell, Brian K. Harte, assistant professor for criminal justice.

One of the most notable accomplishments was the trophy Elizabeth S. Ayers came away with. She was the top overall individual competitor and earned “Top Knowledge” honors, earning a first place finish in the juvenile Justice competition, second in corrections and third in police management.

The students competed in seven categories at the conference with several students earning top-three finishes, including T.J. Stafford, who also earned first place in corrections. The University of Connecticut, University of Pittsburgh, University of New Haven, West Virginia State University, James Madison University and Radford University were among the dozen schools in attendance.

“We spend so much of our time studying and preparing for these tests, so it was exciting to do so well,” said Andrew C. Wood, president of the club. “We are really lucky to have the experienced faculty and professors that we do. Because of the hands-on work they have us do in the classroom and the experience in the field we’re required to complete, we already have a leg up in terms of preparation.”

“The conference is a great opportunity for our students to network and engage with other students, faculty and professionals from across the region,” said Brian K. Harte, assistant professor of criminal justice and the club’s advisor. “It builds upon the notion that in this field, it’s often about camaraderie and being able to work together as a unit.”

One of the additional benefits of attending the regional conference was the Criminal Justice Job Fair, held before competition began. “It’s beneficial for our seniors looking for employment, but also for juniors who are getting a head start on looking for internships,” Wood said, who noted that the FBI, DEA and State Police were among the many organizations represented.

After their success at the regional event, the students are eager to find a way to attend the Association’s national conference, slated for March 20-25, 2011 in Memphis, Tenn. Their attendance will depend on raising funds for the club to travel and compete there.

“We’re seeking support from anyone willing to help us get to Memphis,” Wood said. “We are in the process of speaking with local businesses who are interested in helping us and we will be doing a number of fundraisers on campus throughout the next few months.”

The Student Cooperative Alliance on campus has financially assisted the club over the last few years to help them get to Regionals. “We’re so grateful to them for their consistent support,” Wood said. “We told them we would need a big box to bring back all the trophies from Regionals, and we filled that box. I know if we go to Memphis, we’d fill an even bigger box. We want the chance to prove we’re more than ready to compete at the national level.”

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Multimedia Artist Bennett Morris to Display and Present at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Multimedia artist Bennett Morris will be presenting his vision of congested atmospheres and savage ruins at SUNY Canton.

The Maine-based artist will be hosting a public lecture “Mixing Technology and Process” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in SUNY Canton’s Payson Hall Room 205.

Dystopic Ornament

“Dystopic Ornament,” by Bennett Morris, currently on display in the Wicks Hall stairway.

Morris uses technology to augment and create his work, which is routed in the physical tangible world. His eerie and seemingly post-apocalyptic landscapes are all created from photographs, and other mixed or multimedia creations. He integrates bright colors and multiple layers to create depth in his compositions.

During his visit, he will also be holding a special workshop on evolving digital patterns for Graphic and Multimedia Design (GMMD) students beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Wicks Hall 211.

“Bennett is an accomplished photographer, videographer and designer,” said GMMD Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett. “Our students can learn from his technical ability in conjunction with his uniquely defined voice in the visual arts.”

Morris’ work from his series “Dystopic Ornament” will be on display in a space set aside for large-scale artwork in the stairway connecting the Faculty Office Building and Wicks Hall.

“My studio practice is informed by the effects of our technological pursuits in relation to surveillance, romanticism and the ideas of ruin,” Morris said. “These ideas are expressed through a variety of media.”

Morris currently teaches printmaking, photography and design at St. Joseph’s College and the Maine College of Art. His presentation is part of an ongoing visiting artist initiative sponsored by SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Offers Largest Winterterm Selection

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Winterterm 2010-11Registration is open for SUNY Canton’s 2010-11 Winterterm, the largest and most comprehensive winter session in the College’s history and across all SUNY schools. Classes begin on Dec. 20, and conclude on Jan. 16, 2011.

More than 100 online courses will be offered, and the College anticipates more than 1100 enrollments from across the country.

“SUNY Canton is now the college that students turn to between semesters to catch up or get ahead,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students are attracted by our diverse course offerings and the fact that we are oftentimes more affordable than their home institution. The quality of our courses and professors, coupled with the convenience of taking courses online, makes our Winterterm and summer sessions among the most accessible programs out there.”

In 2009-10, the College had 800 enrollments in more than 60 courses for the winter session, a 45 percent increase from 2008-09. Nearly 80 percent of the students enrolled came from colleges and universities other than SUNY Canton, according to Kyle Brown, director of online learning.

“Last year’s Winterterm saw a large influx of students from notable private colleges and universities such as Syracuse University, the University of Albany, and Siena College,” he said. “This trend has continued during the first few weeks of this year’s registration.”

Brown noted that this year’s Winterterm offers a comprehensive list of General Education courses, which are also referred to as Gen Ed Requirements or Gen Ed Foundations. “The general education courses are always very popular because they satisfy so many requirements in many SUNY degree programs,” he said. “We have also expanded our offering of elective courses that appeal to a wider range of students. Courses from business, finance, nursing, computer science, criminal justice, social science, history, and a variety of other disciplines are being offered for the convenience of our students.”

In addition to the convenience and affordability of taking classes through Winterterm, Brown believes it’s the quality of the courses and faculty that have built the session’s reputation. “Our online courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on our campus to our full time students. They are experts in the field and bring years of professional, hand-on experiences to their online courses.”

SUNY Canton began offering a completely online Winterterm in 2005-06 with 18 classes and 160 enrollments. Annually, the program has grown with more courses and more students. During the 2007-08 session there were more than 350 enrollments in 34 courses, and 550 enrollments in 48 courses in 2008-09.

The growth in popularity of these courses has led the College to open enrollment and Brown suggests that students register as early as possible through

SUNY Canton Offers Final Fall Open House Nov. 13

Students interested in attending SUNY Canton next fall are encouraged to register for the College’s final fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Prospective students and their families will enjoy a tour of campus, meet current students, speak with faculty, and speak with Admissions and Financial Aid staff.

The Admissions staff will also be offering Instant Admission on Saturday. Students interested in receiving their decision at Open House should bring an official copy of their high school transcript and a completed application.

To register for Open House, visit or contact the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions at 315-386-7123 or 800-388-7123.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

Terry Martin Pride’s Corner Tournament Nov. 20-21 at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

An action-packed weekend awaits SUNY Canton alumni, parents, friends and hockey fans.

The third annual Terry Martin Pride’s Corner Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21, with tours of the College’s new athletic facility, a pre-game reception, and the men’s ice hockey tournament highlighting the weekend’s events.

Before the first puck drops, attendees are invited to:

  • Noon – 2 p.m.: A tour of the new Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House, including the new ice arena. The tour will leave from French Hall on SUNY Canton’s campus.
  • 2 – 4 p.m.: A pregame reception at Sergi’s Banquet Hall, 31 Main Street, Canton.

The schedule for tournament (all games held at the Canton Pavilion, located on Lincoln Street):

  • Saturday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m.: SUNY Canton vs. SUNY Oswego
  • Saturday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m.: John Carroll University vs. Cornell University
  • Sunday, Nov. 21, Noon: Consolation game
  • Sunday, Nov. 21, 3 p.m.: Championship game

In 2008, SUNY Canton won the inaugural tournament with a final-second overtime goal to prevail over the University of New England, 5-4. The Roos will look to reclaim that title after being edged by John Carroll University 4-3 in the first game of last year’s tournament. They went on to win the consolation game over Norwich 8-1 the following day.

Martin, the tournament’s namesake, served as the College’s head men’s ice hockey coach from 1974-1999, compiling a record of 527-211-29, including a 102-11-8 mark in his final four seasons. His team won 12 national championship titles throughout his career. Martin also served as men’s athletic director, women’s soccer coach, men’s lacrosse coach and taught in the physical education department at various points while at SUNY Canton.

He was the 2009 recipient of the American Hockey Coaches Association’s prestigious John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award, recognizing the effect Martin had on the collegiate sport.

The tournament was established in 2008 by Roos’ Head Men’s Ice Hockey Coach Eric McCambly. “I started the tournament to honor Terry for his extraordinary accomplishments and remarkable pride the program had during his leadership,” said McCambly. “That pride still exists today with his former players, which is why we include pride in the tournament’s name. Terry guided the program to new heights in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s and did so for pure love of the game. Along the way, he and his players brought incredible respect and prominence to the College with 12 national titles.”

To RSVP, contact the SUNY Canton Alumni Office at 1-800-811-6727 or at by Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Students “Roo-cycle” for America Recycles Day

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Volunteers will collect recyclables from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the residence halls.

Students will be rewarded for recycling at SUNY Canton.

For the second year, the College’s Office of Residence Life and the Green Campus Committee (GCC) are holding a “Roo-cycle Contest,” beginning at 4 p.m. Nov. 15 with recycling collection points outside each of the College’s four residence halls. The College orchestrated the two-day event to coincide with America Recycles Day.

Students recycling paper

The challenge encourages students to collect and donate redeemable bottles and cans, lightly worn clothing, electronics, books, and all other recyclable items. The students who collect the most recyclables will win a pizza party for their entire residence hall.

“We hold the Roo-cycle Contest as a fun way to promote life-long sustainability and recycling practices,” said Graphic and Multimedia Design Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett, who serves as Green Campus Committee (GCC) chair. “We are holding the competition in conjunction with the nationally-recognized America Recycles Day to help increase overall awareness about our efforts to be a greener College.”

Last semester’s competition collected about 2,900 redeemable recyclables, raising a total of $145 for the student-run Habitat for Humanity club. It also gathered about 580 clothing donations and more than 40 books.

The clothing collected this year will be donated to the Church and Community Program Center Thrift Shop in Canton and the books will be redistributed locally and international by the upstate New York-based company Textbook Recycle.

“Students were eager to participate when they realized their efforts were going toward a worthy cause,” said Christa Kelson, an assistant professor of accounting and GCC board member. “One student disassembled a sculpture made entirely of soda cans and donated them for the competition.”

America Recycles Day began in 1997. In 2009, the dedicated day featured 750 registered organizations conducting 2,375 events that involved 7,700 participating groups. The motto for the 2010 celebration is “I Recycle.”

The GCC works with the College’s Sustainability Taskforce to continue the culture of sustainability at SUNY Canton. SUNY Canton also participates in RecycleMania, an international competition for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities on their campus communities.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

Nationally Known Chef, TV Personality Coming to SUNY Canton

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

The Food Dude,” Kevin T. RobertsSUNY Canton students will get a taste of how to maintain healthy eating habits from chef and television personality “The Food Dude,” Kevin T. Roberts.

The host of TLC’s “BBQ PitMasters” will speak at the College at 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Roberts is most recognized because of his top-ten finalist finish on “The Next Food Network Star.” He has been on more than 100 national and local television shows, including “The Today Show,” CBS’ “The Early Show” and is a regular on “Better TV.”

One of his two cookbooks, “Munchies,” is geared towards college-aged students, young professionals and people looking for quick, simple and tasty alternatives to fast food. His recipes prove there is more to cooking than complex recipes and expensive ingredients. His second cookbook, “Kissing in the Kitchen,” teaches a novice cook how to prepare a romantic dinner.

Roberts is owner and executive chef at San Diego’s award-winning East Village Tavern and Bowl, one of the city’s hottest new downtown urban sports bars. He owns three other sports bars in San Diego.

He tours colleges and universities across the country every year, talking about healthy eating habits, how to keep the ‘Freshman Fifteen’ off, what foods provide the most brain power during those late-night cram sessions, and how to make the best food for a party or event.

The event is sponsored by the College’s College Activities Board and the Student Government Association. It is free and open to the public.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Garners Another Military Honor

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

For the second time in just a few months, SUNY Canton was recognized for their military friendliness.

The College has been selected as a “Top Military Friendly Colleges and Universities” honoree by Military Advanced Education magazine. The list will be published in the upcoming December 2010 issue.

Military student in Southworth Library

“This recognition reaffirms SUNY Canton’s outstanding efforts to be a welcoming and accommodating campus for the military community,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “It’s gratifying to stand out in comparison to other colleges and universities across the country.”

Over the last several years, the College’s Military Friendly Committee has assessed all programs on campus and their responsiveness to the needs of the military community. The College now features a Veterans Lounge, a specific individual within the Admissions office to work with military personnel, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training for the College’s counseling staff, and an on-campus Veteran’s Day ceremony.

In 2008, SUNY Canton illustrated 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 also honored for their sacrifice, some of them posthumously.

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton was among only 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools throughout the country to be recognized as a 2011 Military Friendly School by the magazine G.I. Jobs.

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