Archive for July, 2012

Creative Minds Make Discoveries at SUNY Canton’s Camp Invention

Monday, July 30th, 2012

SUNY Canton’s first week of Camp Invention had students building model cities out of recycled materials.

Students pose around their finished projects at Camp Invention

ALL SMILES – Nadia L. Cheng of Potsdam, Nicolas C. Kelson of Potsdam, Douglas G. Welsh of Canton, and Noah G. Bohl of Potsdam grin after completing the living quarters of the city.

Each group of four or five students was given a piece of cardboard to design a portion of a city. When they were complete, the cardboard, Styrofoam and duct tape creations were interlocked to create an entire metropolis. Students augmented their creations with magnets, and electric components.

Elyse M. Tavernier connects a battery and a small light bulb.

LIGHT IT UP – Elyse M. Tavernier of Canton connects a battery and a small light bulb to one of her group’s buildings.

Other activities included an indoor hockey match using all homemade equipment.

Camp Invention runs until Friday August 3 in the Miller Campus Center.

Solar Energy Training at SUNY Canton, July 30

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Builders and contractors can expand their knowledge of alternative heating techniques through a new SUNY Canton seminar.

The College’s Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST) will be hosting the five-day solar thermal training beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, July 30, in SUNY Canton’s Nevaldine Technology Center South, Room 133. Registration runs through Friday, July 27.

Students installing solar panels on a roof

“We’ve specifically designed the 40-hour training to prepare participants for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) entry-level examination,” said Matthew D. Bullwinkel, the instructor for the program and an associate professor at the College. “Builders will be able to install, use and maintain a solar thermal system for residential applications.”

SUNY Canton created CREST to extend renewable technologies to area builders. The Center works hand-in-hand with the alternative and renewable energy program.

For more information about this seminar and future trainings, visit To register, contact CREST Site Representative Arthur S. Garno by phone, (315)-386-7197, or by email


Respected SUNY Canton Business Professor Passes

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Tom Duda A much-loved SUNY Canton Distinguished Professor Emeritus has passed away.

Thomas W. Duda, a retired professor who taught in the School of Business and Liberal Arts, died on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, July 18, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg.

“Dr. Duda was very respected by his students and colleagues,” noted Provost Carli C. Schiffner, who will become Interim President on Sept. 1, following current President Joseph L. Kennedy’s retirement. “He will be extremely missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife Virginia and all of his family. We are forever indebted to him for all of the educational contributions and the students he helped during his tenure with the College.”

Numerous friends of the SUNY Canton Community posted their remembrances and condolences on the College’s Facebook page. Cathy McCabe Beyette wrote, “He was an amazing teacher. I’d even giggle at his sense of humor he’d throw in on an on-line test… had to stop laughing because it was timed. SUNY [Canton] lost a wonderful man! Prayers and thoughts are with his family.”

To view the post and comments, visit,

Mr. Duda was born in Springfield, Mass., on December 31, 1943. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut in 1965 and his Master’s degree from Syracuse University in 1967. He received his Doctorate from the University of Sarasota Florida in 1981.

He first went to work at Penn State, and later at Penn State’s DuBois Campus. He first joined SUNY Canton (then known as Canton ATC) in 1984. During his time at the College, he served as the presiding Officer of the Faculty Affairs Committee and served on the president’s commission on planning and budgeting. He chaired the steering committee for the 1991 Middle States reaccreditation process, and served on numerous other committees. He also designed the College’s “Principles of Management” course.

The College Council awarded him with the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1992. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy awarded him emeritus status in 2008, and Mr. Duda continued to serve the College in an adjunct capacity after his retirement.

He was also a hobby farmer and mechanic. He was active in St. Mary’s Cathedral. He played Polka Music and belonged to the Tom Duda Orchestra.

Alumni Weekend Draws College Legends and Reunions

Monday, July 16th, 2012

More than 300 attendees are expected to attend SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend, including upcoming Hall of Fame inductees and a pair of fraternity reunions.

Registration for the annual gathering of graduates will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, July 20, at the Richard W. Miller campus center. Weekend events include the third College-wide Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and two major Greek celebrations during the weekend celebration.

“Brothers from Alpha Theta Gamma and Delta Kappa Sigma are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year,” noted David M. Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement. “We look forward to rekindling relationships with our graduates in addition to hearing the many stories of their successes following their SUNY Canton education.”

Alumni Weekend

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be adding 25 new members to its Century Club. Those eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame include, but are not limited to, alumni, founders, athletes, community members, and retired faculty and staff members.

“We’ve inducted 50 legendary and influential college greats over the past year,” said Peggy S. Levato, Director of Alumni Affairs. “Recent inductees include past presidents, distinguished faculty members, and numerous individuals who have impacted SUNY Canton and the North Country.”

Other highlights of the weekend include: the Half-Century Luncheon Honoring the Class of 1962; Campus Tours; a party and reception at the Roselle Academic Plaza; in addition to many musical performances throughout the weekend.

For a complete schedule of events, visit  For more information, please contact the SUNY Canton Alumni Office by phone, 315-386-7127 or
800-811-6727, or by email

SUNY Canton’s Camp Invention Near Capacity

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Camp Invention logoSUNY Canton’s popular Camp Invention program is filling up fast. Only a small number of spots remain for students from grades one to six.

The registration for the first weeklong science and math-based day-camp program is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 23, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center The second section will begin at the same time the following Monday, July 30.

“Camp Invention really makes students think and engages their creativity,” Ronald Tavernier a SUNY Canton biology instructor and camp organizer. “From an educator’s standpoint, I see it as a way to make learning science fun.”

This is the second year that SUNY Canton has hosted the science and math-based learning camp, presented by Invent Now.

The cost of Camp Invention is $200 a week per student. Participants can sign up for both weeks.

Parents should enroll their children as soon as possible to ensure that they can participate. There are three ways to register: on-line at, or by calling 1-800-968-4332. The application form is also available by emailing Tavernier at

SUNY Canton Seeks Additional Housing Options for Students

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The College is looking to area landlords and researching additional housing for students to accommodate its massive enrollment growth.

The on-campus residence halls at SUNY Canton are near capacity for the Fall 2012 Semester, prompting the College to seek assistance from area landlords to accommodate the influx of students.

“We have a large incoming first-year class and more returning students than ever before,” noted Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner, who will be the Interim SUNY Canton President as of Sept. 1. “We are considering several options to help the College and the community continue to grow. Our first step is to ask the public if any additional housing options exist off-campus.”

Grasse River Suites

Families in the area who want to rent an unused room, or landlords who expect to have vacancies should contact the College’s Residence Life Office at (315) 386-7513 or email their contact information to

Last fall, the College added more than 300 new on-campus rooms with the opening of Grasse River Suites Residence Hall, which features individual rooms in suite settings. The newest residence hall houses primarily upperclassmen and returning students.

“We’ll need to add even more housing as we continue our incredible growth,” noted SUNY Canton Director of Residence Life John M. Kennedy. “Our record enrollment growth has created a demand for more residential space, and it has combined with more students than ever wanting to live on campus.”

The College has broken its all-time record for applications for the third straight year and has received more than 6,500 applications for the first time in school history. As a result, College officials are anticipating a fifth straight year of record-breaking enrollment.

“The influx of students is great for the local economy,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “These students and their families shop downtown, eat at area restaurants, stay at local hotels, and use the services of North Country businesses. Our newest majors and new athletic offerings are helping to attract the best academic incoming class in the College’s history. We’re working hard to accommodate their housing needs.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.