Archive for April, 2011

SUNY Canton Adds Four-Year Veterinary Technology Degree

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

SUNY Canton is now one of about 20 schools in the country to offer a Bachelor’s of Science in Veterinary Technology degree.

The College has received approval from the State University of New York and the New York State Department of Education to offer the four-year program beginning in Fall 2011.

Vet Tech Student pays with a white dog.

SUNY Canton veterinary science technology students Shamira M. Perez of Syracuse and Madelyn I. Scott of Watertown take dogs out for exercise as part of their kennel duties.

“As one of only three schools in New York State with this program, we now provide Northern New York with a level of education in the veterinary sciences field that hasn’t been offered before,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Graduates of this program will have their choice of job opportunities locally, regionally and nationally because they are in such high demand in a variety of fields.”

SUNY Canton’s veterinary science technology program has been in existence since 1978, making it one of the oldest accredited programs in the state. The new four-year degree compliments the College’s associate’s degree program but will not replace it. It is designed to offer an alternative for students seeking a bachelor’s degree.

“Our graduates from the two-year degree program consistently score very high on the Veterinary Technology National Exam (VTNE) but often want to further their education,” said Dr. Mary O’Horo Loomis, D.V.M., the program’s director. “They want more advanced technical training, are looking for supervisory or managerial roles in practices that require this level of education, or are interested in Master’s and other advanced degree programs.”

More information about the new program can be found at:

The program will expand a student’s education in veterinary science, physical sciences, public health issues and occupational safety, and will also include other electives. The program offers the potential for students to take the courses required for entrance into most veterinary colleges.

Many of the classes will be held in the College’s Newell Veterinary Technical Center, which houses the Veterinary Science Technology programs. The 12,000-square-foot building opened in 2003 and includes state-of-the-art clinics and teaching facilities, as well as conference, reception and study areas. Kennels for dogs, cats, rabbits and mice, an x-ray room, surgery facilities, labs, and classrooms are also located in the building.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment outlook for veterinary technology graduates is expected to grow 36 percent over the next decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The anticipated growth is due to the continued increase in demand for veterinary care.

In addition to private practice, veterinary technologists and technicians are also employed by government agencies who oversee public health issues, food quality assurance, and animal disease control programs. Graduates will also have the opportunity to begin careers in research laboratories, university centers and pharmaceutical companies who conduct biochemical research on animal models.

For more information or to seek admission into the program, contact the SUNY Canton Admissions Office at 315-386-7123 or email

Two SUNY Canton Students from Lowville Earn Chancellor’s Awards

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Two SUNY Canton soccer team captains from Lowville won Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recognized Justin C. Martin, an alternative and renewable energy systems student, and Angeline D. Waryasz, a veterinary science technology student, for their outstanding academic achievement and involvement at the College

Angeline Waryasz

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Women’s Soccer Captain Angeline D. Waryasz of Lowville, and Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott.

“These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants, and much more,” Zimpher said. “They represent the future of our state and are perfect examples of The Power of SUNY. I congratulate all of the students receiving recognition and thank them for the positive impact each of them has had on SUNY and the communities we serve.”

Martin has been a math tutor for three years, a member of the alternative and renewable energy club, served on the College’s Intercollegiate Athletic Board and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He was recognized as a Daktronics-NAIA scholar athlete, and an NAIA honorable mention All-American, and was the outstanding scholar athlete in men’s soccer this year.

Justin Martin

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Men’s Soccer Captain Justin C. Martin of Lowville, and Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott.

“Justin is upbeat and friendly,” said Daniel J. Gagliardi, associate professor of mathematics. “He is also well organized and has a tremendous work ethic. He is generous with his knowledge and is always willing to help his peers.”

In soccer, he played 61 games and had one goal and one assist. Martin was part of the team’s strong defensive line that only allowed 2.4 goals per game during his career.

Waryasz has been recognized as a member of the All-Sunrise Conference women’s soccer team during both of her years at the College and this year was named the outstanding scholar athlete in women’s soccer by the conference. She’s worked as a peer tutor and has volunteered to help Canton community members clean their homes and lawns each spring. She’s made the president’s list for her outstanding grades for three consecutive semesters, and received an honorable mention acknowledgement during the College’s annual Scholarly Activities Celebration.

“Angie is a fantastic student, a great player, and a wonderful teammate,” said Kate Thomas-Moody, head women’s soccer coach. “She works as tirelessly in the classroom as she does on the soccer field. She has a great work ethic and I’m certain that she is going to be very successful after SUNY Canton.”

She scored 19 goals and had 13 assists and played 35 games during her two years at the College.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence is awarded annually to both a bachelor’s and associate degree student from SUNY Canton.

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


SUNY Canton Expects Record Summer Session

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Summer Session 2011SUNY Canton will offer its largest Summer Session to date and one of the most extensive in New York beginning in May.

The College will offer more than 150 courses with most being offered online but some being offered on campus. Summer Session begins May 31 and concludes August 5 and consists of five sessions where all courses offered are 15-week courses condensed into smaller time frames. The College offers five sessions to allow students to fit in several courses throughout the summer.

“The State University of New York wants campuses to offer general education requirements year-round, something SUNY Canton has been doing for several years,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We have the experience and are well-equipped to handle another year of record-breaking Summer Session enrollments and offer a quality education, all while better serving the entire SUNY community.”

General Education courses, or Gen Ed requirements, that fulfill certain major requirements across the entire SUNY system have been in the highest demand each of the past several years.

“We work to make these courses easily transferable to a student’s home institution,” said SUNY Canton’s OnLine Director Kyle Brown. “We anticipate these core courses, as well as our other career-driven course offerings, will fill up quickly.”

In 2010, The College saw a 47 percent increase from the year before with nearly 1,300 total enrollments. Since 2007, SUNY Canton’s summer programming has grown nearly 300 percent. Part of that success stems from an increase of online courses being offered through the College.

“One of the best parts about our summer offerings is that students can take classes from anywhere,” Brown said. “Because we offer the vast majority of our courses fully online, students don’t need to change their plans or find ways to travel to campus every day. With fuel and transportation costs rising, being able to take courses from home is not only convenient and affordable, but it also keeps more money in the student’s pocket.”

Brown notes another highlight of Summer Session is that it meets the demands and needs of more than just college students. “High school graduates and high school students who meet the course’s prerequisite requirements are also taking the opportunity to prepare them for work at the college level. We also work with students from various curriculums who are transitioning into a new career and are finding it necessary to continue their education.”

Course registration will open on Monday, April 25 and conclude on the first day of classes of each session. Course topics range from general education courses to offerings in many of SUNY Canton’s career-driven academic programs. For more information or to register, visit

SUNY Canton Honors Convocation Named for Former Dean

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Art HurlbutDistinguished Professor Emeritus Arthur G. Hurlbut of Canton will be the special guest at the College’s annual award ceremony and Scholarly Activity Celebration during the first week of May.

The 2011 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation has been named for a former Canino School of Engineering Technology dean who helped instill the College’s career-driven educational values.

The Arthur G. Hurlbut Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural Gym. More than 125 students will be honored for academic success and outstanding achievement at the event. Hurlbut will also be a guest speaker at the Scholarly Activities Celebration, with presentations beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Kingston Theater, and a poster and artwork presentation beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, May 6, in the Southworth Library. All events are free and open to the public.

“Art helped students launch their careers straight out of college as both a professor and a dean in the Canino School of Engineering Technology,” noted Interim Provost Linda D. Pellett. “He assisted with or helped create several of the College’s four-year degrees, including the popular alternative and renewable energy systems program.”

Hurlbut is a 1965 Alumnus of SUNY Canton. He continued his education at Clarkson University earning his bachelor’s degree in 1969, master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1970, and his Ph.D. in engineering science in 1985. He was hired by the late Distinguished Professor Emeritus Harry E. King to work in the air conditioning engineering technology program in 1973.

Art Hurlbut operating machinery in his sugar shack.

Pictured is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and 2011 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation Namesake Arthur G. Hurlbut in his family-run sugar shack. Art and his son Andy run Hurlbut’s Maple Products in Canton.

“Art was one of the most dedicated well-liked faculty members in our school,” noted Michael J. Newtown, director of the alternative and renewable energy systems program. “He was always available to assist his students outside of class. Over the years he developed many industrial contacts to ensure excellent job placement for students after graduation.”

His educational philosophy was to make sure his students understood both the theory and the practical application of the subject matter. He emphasized open communications and teamwork while students created their professional projects. “As I was teaching, I was always learning,” Hurlbut said. “I learned a lot from my professional colleagues, the college’s administrators, and the students. I’m humbled to be recognized alongside the students at Honors Convocation.”

Hurlbut received the SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award in 2002, and the E.K. Campbell Award of Merit from American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc., (ASHRAE) in 2006.

He also advised SUNY Canton’s ASHRAE student chapter and the heating and air conditioning club. He co-advised the Beta Mu Chapter of the Tau Alpha Pi Engineering Technology National Honor Society.

Hurlbut’s community involvement matched his exemplary service to the College. He shared his expertise as a consultant with many local architects and has volunteered design work for SUNY Canton, the Canton Pavilion, Canton Central School, the Canton Library, Cooperative Extension Learning Center, and 4-H Camp Overlook. He designed and installed the air conditioning system in the College’s Alumni House on Stillman Drive.

Art lives in Canton with his wife, Diane. They have three grown children, Andrew, David, and Kimberly Trombly, and one newborn grandson, Noah Trombly. He enjoys maple sugaring, piloting his own plane, snowmobiling, hunting, and camping.

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

SUNY Canton Offering Energy Retrofit Workshop

Monday, April 18th, 2011

NYSERDALearning about emerging insulating practices for buildings and homes can help local businesses and families reduce energy bills during North Country winters.

SUNY Canton is hosting ‘Transforming North Country Housing: The Deep Retrofit Opportunity’ beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 21 in the College’s Woodcock Conference Suite 212, located in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

The training and discussion will especially appeal to energy-conscious builders and contractors, groups involved in energy and housing work, as well as local government officials curious about improving the community. The session will be the technical-detailed culmination of the training required for implementing deep energy retrofit practices and improving all aspects of the exterior parts of buildings and homes in a comprehensive module.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Gregory A. Pedrick, CEM, Buildings Research and Development Project Manager, will be providing the training and facilitating the discussion. Pedrick has over 24 years of  engineering experience in the fields of power systems and generation, distributed control system automation for manufacturing facilities, research and development with specialty in infrared analysis, transmission and distribution system design, industrial energy efficiency, and Advanced Building features.

The event is free and open to all interested individuals, and 1.25 continuing education units (CEU) are available to Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified attendees. In order to be credited for CEUs, attendees need to bring their candidate identification number from their BPI Certified Professional ID badge.

The event is being offered in partnership between NYSERDA and SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology.

For more information or to RSVP for the event, contact Art Garno, Site Coordinator for BPI recognized training given by SUNY Canton, at (315) 386-7197 or Walk-ins are also welcome to attend.

Multinational Business Leader Offers International Entrepreneurial Advice at SUNY Canton

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Yang NiUpcoming SUNY Canton guest speaker Yang Ni’s most recent international business adapts to the one-world economy by creating mobile apps for traditionally printed publications.

The cofounder and CEO of Inforgence America LLC, will give a presentation “In Pursuit of Dreams in a Curved and Flat World,” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

“Our business education and legal studies programs place a great emphasis on international entrepreneurship and relations,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Yang Ni has had phenomenal success launching and maintaining businesses that rely on international partnerships between the United States, Europe and China. There is much to be learned from his success.”

Inforgence America is a digital publishing platform technology company that provides services to deliver magazines, books, newspapers, and other traditionally printed media on mobile devices, including Apple’s iPads and iPhones. The company pushes the boundaries of the technology to integrate video and audio effects within a well-designed user interface. Ni founded the company in 2010, and has launched more than 30 unique apps in both Chinese and American marketplaces.

Ni is the founder and chairman of several other companies, including CALNY Ventures, Inc., which helps entrepreneurs capitalize on international technology opportunities. “The world economy is rapidly becoming unified,” Kennedy said. “Startups in the United States rapidly must reach overseas to succeed. Each of Yang Ni’s businesses integrates and capitalizes upon the one-world economy.”

Among the other companies that Ni is involved with are Pacific Life Sciences Co. Ltd, which provides research and development testing for multinational pharmaceutical conglomerates, including Pfizer, Inc., and Merck and Co. He’s the general manager of the clean energy solution company Qiaoyang Technology Development Co., Ltd. and was the co-founder and president of Pharmaneer Holdings, Inc. In the past, he was executive vice president of Transnational Ventures, LLC, where he worked to advise both American and Chinese clients.

He has several major publications in the areas of globalization, law, and international relations and has previously presented to the New York State Bar Association on international law, among many other business, legal, and societal topics for a variety of audiences.

Ni earned his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law and is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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

Engineering Scholarships Available at SUNY Canton

Friday, April 8th, 2011

A handful of prestigious, full tuition scholarships remain available for students planning to study in SUNY Canton’s four-year engineering technology programs.

In 2010, the College received a National Science Foundation grant to provide 18 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarships. There are several STEM scholarships left for the Fall 2011 semester. Each scholarship provides students with $7,200 a year, or $28,800 over four years. Annual tuition for bachelor’s degree programs at SUNY Canton is $4,970 for New York State residents.

Justin Seymour works on a panel.

Justin Seymour, a SUNY Canton electrical technology student and National Science Foundation scholarship recipient from Elmira.

In order to be eligible, applicants must be accepted into one of several SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology programs and be able to provide: proof of U.S. Citizenship or permanent residency; a transcript with Regents exam scores of 80 percent or higher, or a transfer GPA of 3.0; and household financial records.

Megan Sampier tests electrical connections.

Megan Sampier, a SUNY Canton engineering science student and National Science Foundation scholarship recipient from Colton.

Additionally, applicants will need two letters of recommendation and will need to author a 500-word essay. The scholarships will be awarded to qualified applicants until all remaining slots are filled. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible upon acceptance into a qualified program.

Graduates of the College’s engineering technology programs are among the most sought-after employees. The Canino School of Engineering Technology offers a low student to faculty ratio with hands-on access to advanced laboratories and learning facilities.

Terrance Davis views containers with colorful chemicals.

Terrance E. Davis, a SUNY Canton alternative and renewable energy systems major and National Science Foundation scholarship recipient from the Bronx.

For more information, visit, or contact Julie Parkman, associate director of advancement in the SUNY Canton Foundation,, 315-386-7746 or the Director of the NSF STEM Scholarship, Lawretta Ononye, associate professor of physics,, 315-386-7521.

Roos House Donor Finalizes Rink Suite Naming

Friday, April 8th, 2011

SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus John L. Halford of Gouverneur will be forever associated with some of the best seats in the new Roos House.

The 1949 graduate made a generous donation to the athletic center earlier this semester, securing the right to name the John L. Halford Sr. Alumni Suite. The exclusive elevated seating area overlooks the new ice rink and will be used to host alumni receptions and important game-day functions.

Nelta and John Halford

Nelta M. and John L. Halford of Gouverneur recently visited the “John L. Halford Alumni Suite” in the nearly completed SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center.

Halford and his wife Nelta M. recently visited the nearly completed facility to talk through the final details with College Foundation, facilities and advancement officials, and even tried out the new seating.

“John and Nelta continue to demonstrate their remarkable generosity and set a wonderful example for their fellow alumni,” said David M. Gerlach vice president for advancement. “They have helped many students obtain their SUNY Canton education and they are an inspiration to others. Now the Halford name will be permanently displayed in one of the nicest and most visible areas on campus.”

His generosity previously led the College to name the Lobby at the intersection of the Faculty Office Building, Wicks Hall, and Cook Science Center in his honor.

Halford is a proud World War II veteran who completed high school and attended SUNY Canton (then called the Agricultural and Technical Institute) after his time overseas.

“I’ve asked the SUNY Canton Foundation to include the U.S. Marine Corps seal on the plaque in the Halford Alumni Suite in honor of my time in the service,” Halford said. “Whether it’s through scholarship or athletics, I hope students enjoy their time at the College and use their experience to shape their lives.”

After graduating from the air conditioning technology program, he moved to Long Island and worked for Brookhaven National Laboratory as a technology specialist. He later became Suffolk County maintenance supervisor of buildings and grounds.

He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Gouverneur and a Mason of more than 50 years. He is a supporter of the E.J. Noble Hospital, Hermon-DeKalb Senior Citizens Center, and the Gouverneur Senior Citizens Center. He also volunteers for the Richville Library and serves on the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors.

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

Criminal Justice Students Steal Top Honors

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Eight SUNY Canton criminal investigation students have uncovered new evidence that their efforts lead to success.

The students, who are members of SUNY Canton’s Beta Psi Delta club, the College’s chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, took their first trip to the Association’s National Conference, held March 20-25 at the Memphis Marriott East Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. By the end of the event, the team had earned four top-three finishes.

Thomas J. Stafford, Armin Muheljic, Brian K. Harte, Steve A. Tuttle, Elizabeth S. Ayers, and Donald C. Milos II on Beale Street

Pictured are (l to r) Thomas J. Stafford of Malone, Armin Muheljic of Utica, Brian K. Harte, SUNY Canton assistant professor of criminal justice, Steve A. Tuttle of Cicero, Elizabeth S. Ayers of Ithaca, and Donald C. Milos II of Poestenkill.

“SUNY Canton is extremely proud of our students and how well they represented the College on the national stage,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Between earning 12 trophies at last October’s Regional competition and their successes in Memphis, they have put SUNY Canton on the map as one of the strongest criminal justice programs in the country.”

Donald C. Milos II of Poestenkill, highlighted the event for the team as he placed first in the Police Management-Lower Division exam. His efforts in the Criminal Law-Lower Division exam earned him a second place finish.

Senior Elizabeth S. Ayers of Ithaca, finished second in the Corrections-Upper Division category while classmate Thomas J. Stafford of Malone, took third place in the Juvenile Justice-Upper Division exam.

Five others competed at Nationals including Beta Psi Delta President and senior Andrew C. Wood of Hermon, classmates Josh T. Burgert of Canandaigua, and Armin Muheljic of Utica, as well as junior Matthew R. Kraeger of Port Leyden, and sophomore Steve A. Tuttle of Cicero, who were all instrumental in the team’s successes.

“We are humbled to have earned academic honors for SUNY Canton while competing against 75 of the top programs in the nation,” said Brian K. Harte, assistant professor of criminal justice and club advisor. “The criminal justice department’s faculty members strive to promote excellence and scholarship. Placing nationally at this competition is a testament to how strong our criminal justice programs truly are.”

Harte noted the time commitment and energy needed for the students to be so successful at the National level. “Our students devoted many extra hours of study time outside of classes to prepare for this competition,” he said. “They helped gather sponsorships and secure funding that made it possible for us to compete. Their commitment to the College, their team, and their respective course of study makes me even prouder of their accomplishments at both the regional and national levels.”

The Student Cooperative Alliance and the SUNY Canton College Foundation assisted financially in getting the team to Memphis. Local businesses also played a critical role in sponsoring the students, including Eben’s Hearth, SeaComm Federal Credit Union, The Tick-Tock, Computer Guys, McClelland Agronomic Services, and Sergi’s. “Without their support, this trip simply would not have been possible,” Harte said.

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