Archive for 2010

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.

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

SUNY Canton Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

SUNY Canton is seeking nominations for its annual College Council Distinguished Citizen Award, to be presented at Commencement on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

The College bestows the prestigious award in recognition of exceptional, unusual, and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the State, or to the nation. The award was first given in 1976.

Members of the community are invited to submit written nominations for the award. To nominate someone, please include the name; position/title; a description; and a brief biography. At least three letters of support from non-family members should accompany the nomination. Nominations, which are due February 1, 2011, should be submitted to Mr. Ronald O’Neill, College Council Chairman, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive – FOB 616, Canton, NY, 13617.

The SUNY Canton College Council will select the recipient at its March 29, 2011 meeting. The recipient’s name will be displayed on plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

For more information, contact Mrs. Stacey Basford, Executive Assistant to the President, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at

SUNY Canton Foundation Awards Inaugural Margaret D. Sovie Nursing Scholarship

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The SUNY Canton Foundation recently awarded a brand-new nursing scholarship to a devoted and deserving North Country student.

Margaret A. McDonnell of Rensselaer Falls was the inaugural recipient of a $5,000 award named in honor of the late Margaret D. Sovie, PhD. The scholarship was created by her husband, Alfred L. Sovie of Ogdensburg, a graduate of the class of 1958. McDonnell had the chance to meet and thank her benefactors at the College’s recent Scholarship Luncheon.

William Doe, Margaret McDonnell, and Alfred L. Sovie.

Pictured are 1959 graduate William J. Doe, Margaret A. McDonnell, the inaugural recipient of the Margaret D. Sovie Nursing Scholarship, and 1958 graduate Alfred L. Sovie.

“We are very proud of the donors who step forward to remove the barriers between a student and their education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “In a time of overwhelming decreases in state funding, foundation scholarships have become more important than ever. In many cases scholarships are the only way a student can afford to access a high-quality education.”

McDonnell and her family have been involved in Haitian relief efforts before and during last year’s catastrophic earthquakes. She has assisted as a translator with a medical team and has been involved with the mission organization, Family Life Outreach. The nursing student was assisting with chiropractic clinics in Cap-Haitien a week before the earthquakes hit.

“Ms. McDonnell was honored to receive this scholarship created in the name of such a highly-regarded healthcare professional,” SUNY Canton’s Director of the Nursing Program John F. Conklin said. “Scholarships for future nurses are an investment in the overall quality of the health of our community.”

The Margaret D. Sovie Scholarship will be awarded annually to a second year nursing student who demonstrates compassion and an eagerness to become a Registered Nurse, as McDonnell has, Conklin said.

Margaret was an internationally recognized scholar, researcher, educator, and nursing administrator as well as a prolific author. Her studies have impacted clinical and practical nursing protocol throughout the United States and other countries. She was known for her fearlessness, outspoken manner, and her strong commitment to mentoring and patient care services.

Her name is associated with other prestigious awards, including the Margaret D. Sovie Writer’s Award, given by the Nursing Economic$ [sic] editorial board. In addition, the University of Rochester Medical Center created the Margaret D. Sovie Lecture Series, and Strong Memorial Hospital created the Margaret D. Sovie Center for Advanced Practice.

Over 300 students at SUNY Canton received either a foundation or state scholarship this year and scholarships awarded this year totaled more than $300,000. The Margaret D. Sovie Scholarship was one of 11 new awards to be created for the 2010-2011 academic year.

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

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist to Speak at SUNY Canton

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Eugene RobinsonIssues surrounding race and Black America have often influenced the work of Eugene H. Robinson.

The Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and associate editor of The Washington Post is coming to SUNY Canton, and will be speaking at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Robinson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focused on the election of the first African-American president and showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.

After receiving the award, he said he never wrestled with being a black journalist covering a black presidential candidate. “The great thing about a column is that you have a license to feel,” Robinson said. “I tried to allow myself to go with those feelings at times when it was appropriate.”

Prior to his 25-year tenure at The Washington Post, Robinson began his journalism career at the San Francisco Chronicle. When he arrived in Washington, he started as a city hall reporter and was eventually promoted to city editor. He served as South America correspondent, London bureau chief, foreign editor, and the assistant managing editor. In 2005, he began writing a column for the Op-Ed page of the Post. His column now appears on Tuesdays and Fridays

Robinson is the author of three books: “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” (2010), “Last Dance in Havana” (2004), and “Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race” (1999).

In addition to his written work, Robinson is a prominent political analyst for MSNBC and frequents shows such as “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” “Morning Joe,” “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”

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

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

Academic Support Services Receives Grant Funding

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

SUNY Canton’s Academic Support Services department recently received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The funding will be used for the Student Support Services (SSS) program, a federally-funded TRiO program that works with over 200 SUNY Canton students annually.

“The program contributes in a major way to the retention efforts of SUNY Canton,” said Patricia M. Cassara, director of academic support services and the TRiO SSS program. “Students within the program are followed throughout their college career. We help students overcome obstacles and reach their educational goals, we provide academic support, and we encourage them to be the best student they can be.”

The SSS program provides a number of services including:

  • information and resources to enhance collegiate success;
  • professional tutoring;
  • academic counseling; and
  • scholarship opportunities.

In addition, the TRiO SSS Program offers the opportunity to belong to Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society.

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

SUNY Canton Students Make Alumni House Greener

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

SUNY Canton alternative and renewable energy systems students have made hot water cheaper and greener at the College’s Blanche K. Woodcock Alumni House.

A class of solar utilization students installed two rooftop heat collectors to learn about solar thermal systems and to benefit the home.

Students installing solar panels on the Alumni House

“This is a great example of the innovative ways our faculty implement our signature hands-on education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “These students’ efforts embody our mission to remain dedicated to sustainability and environmental conservation.”

Students were involved in the process from start to finish, gaining experience in discussing the benefits of renewable energy, technical training in determining material needs, costs, scheduling and layout. They made two presentations to the College Foundation and facilities personnel to garner support for the project.

The students then installed the two solar collectors on the roof of the house and made plumbing connections to the existing hot water system. The roof-mounted collectors utilize solar energy to warm antifreeze, which in turn warms water for showers, cooking, laundry, and other uses throughout the house. Much like conventional hot water heating, the newly installed system stores the water in a tank for later use.

“A solar thermal system is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce fossil fuel energy consumption for residential applications,” said Matthew D. Bullwinkel, associate professor of engineering technology who taught the course.  “The students did an excellent job adapting the new technology to the existing structure.”

Throughout the summer months, the system produced storage tank temperatures well over 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the minimum recommended temperature setting for hot water tanks.

“The system performed well,” Bullwinkel noted. “Many people don’t think there is enough sun in Northern New York to use the solar collectors. We actually have enough sunlight to produce more hot water than is currently used at the house.”

SUNY Canton students will continue to maintain the system and use it as learning tool. The system will also be used for research into solar hot water performance in the area.

“Being able to collect data from an actual residential setting versus what we would get from simulating one in a lab has been great,” Bullwinkel added. “We’re appreciative of the overwhelming support we received from Dr. Kennedy, the College Foundation, the Canino School of Engineering Technology, and our facilities department.”

The College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology is involved in solar thermal curriculum training programs through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

The SUNY Canton Alumni House is located at 8 Stillman Drive in Canton, just outside of the College’s 555 acre campus. It was named in 2008 to honor 2006 Honorary Alumna Blanche K. Woodcock.

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

SUNY Canton Records Third Year of Record Enrollment

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton has broken total enrollment records for the third consecutive year.

The College has 3,686 students this year. The total contains an incoming class of 941 first-time, full-time students and 241 new full-time transfer students. In 2008, the College had 3,056 enrollments and 3,343 in 2009. The 2010 enrollment figure reflects a second straight year of more than 10 percent growth.

“We’re consistently growing in all the right areas,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We continually increase our selectivity in order to strategically grow our College’s student population while adding new career-driven four-year programs. The College is a completely different place from when I first came here. More students are making SUNY Canton their first choice when starting and continuing their higher education.”

The College has grown 73 percent in just the past ten years, up from 2,126 students in 2000, and it’s nearly doubled in size since enrolling 1,880 students in 1970.

SUNY Canton 10-Year Growth Bar Graph

“This growth has helped us avoid the layoffs and reduction of staff that we’ve seen in many other colleges around the state,” Kennedy said. “It’s also a big benefit to our local economy and area businesses to bring in additional students. We recognize our responsibility to the people of the North Country to continue to help energize and revitalize the economy.”

The College broke a 33-year-old record for the most applications in the school’s history with more than 5,500 applicants this year. The previous record was set in 1977 when 5,331 students applied. The College has increased applications nearly 20 percent for four consecutive years, up 77 percent overall from 2006.

Several key developments have led to the College’s explosive growth, including virtually no turnover in admissions counselors and support staff, a clear, concise marketing message, and the addition of more new bachelor’s degrees. Most recently, the College added degrees in sports management, civil and environmental technology, and electrical technology.

“We’ve grown in nearly every way and we anticipate another strong class next year,” noted Assistant Vice President for Advancement Randy B. Sieminski, who oversaw the admissions office through this year’s record enrollments. “The spring opening of our new athletic facility and our new residence hall opening next summer will make 2011 one of the most exciting years in SUNY Canton history.”

The College began construction on the Grasse River Housing Suites, a 305-room apartment-style living complex. Each suite contains single occupancy bedrooms surrounding a common living area. The new residence is designed for upper-class students and is expected to open in August 2011.

The new residence hall comes in addition to the College’s new Roos House, otherwise known as the Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, which is expected to open during the Spring 2011 semester.

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