Archive for March, 2013

SUNY Canton Students Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

A SUNY Canton student club is holding a series of activities to protest the injustice of human trafficking, including a silent march and a presentation by a former child soldier and Lost Boy of Sudan.

The College’s International Student Activist Organization (ISAO) will be holding a 27-minute march from at Noon on Tuesday, April 2, beginning at the post office in Downtown Canton. The March will conclude at SUNY Canton. Students said the 27-timeframe represented the estimated 27 million individuals illegally trafficked annually.


Members of SUNY Canton’s Student International Student Activist Organization during a recent trip to New York City.

The organization is also bringing Gabriel Bol Deng, the founder of HOPE for Ariang, a not-for-profit foundation, to the College. There will be a screening of Deng’s documentary “Rebuilding Hope” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater, followed by a presentation by the former child soldier.

“The ISAO was founded last year as a student club,” said Sabel Bong, the club’s advisor and an EOP counselor at the College. “The club members invited Gabriel because child soldiers are another form of human trafficking. He delivers a very positive message about overcoming all odds.”

Deng was 10 years old when a North Sudanese Murahileen militia led an attack on his village of Ariang in South Sudan in 1987. He embarked on a dangerous four-month long journey, crossing the Nile River, and untold miles of desert. He survived famine and disease during his perilous journey to a refugee camp in Ethiopia.

Deng moved to Syracuse in 2001 as part of the Refugee Resettlement Program and attended Onondaga Community College and Lemoyne College. Upon returning to Africa, he founded the HOPE for Ariang Foundation as a vehicle to help rebuild Ariang after years of devastating conflict.

All events during the Human Trafficking Awareness week are free and open to the public.

Events listed for Human Trafficking Awareness Week

Bol Deng

Caption Gabriel Bol Deng

Presentations on Monday, April 1:

  • Human trafficking in Canada at 6 p.m.
  • Criminal enterprises and human trafficking at 7 p.m. with Dr. David Bugg from SUNY Potsdam
  • Stopping human trafficking through fair trade products 7:30 p.m. with Sister Bethany Fitzgerald
  • Dr. Peter Ladd from St. Lawrence University will discuss severe trauma counseling at 8:00p.m.
  • Human trafficking prevention through awareness and education 8:30 p.m. with Sabel Bong.

All presentations will be held in the Kingston Theater.

Events for Tuesday, April 2:

  • A 27-minute march from the post office in Downtown Canton to SUNY Canton. Twenty-seven minutes represents the 27 million individuals trafficked globally.
  • Human Trafficking Identification Strategies at 6 p.m. with Dr. Brian Harte of SUNY Canton.
  • Law enforcement training and trafficking in the North Country with Sgt. William Hall of Fort Drum at 7 p.m. in the Kingston Theater.
  • A report from the ISAO on their recent trip to the United Nations in New York City at 8 p.m. in the Kingston Theater.

Presentations on Thursday, April 4:

  • The Student written and directed play “Dehumanized” at 5:30 p.m.
  • Songs by the SUNY Canton Gospel Choir at 6:30
  • Spoken word by Eli Rinchere at 6:45
  • Poetry by Takeya Campbell, Kenny’s Lawson, and others at 7 p.m.

All events will be held in the Kingston Theater.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Pens Book on Forensic Investigation

Monday, March 25th, 2013

A new textbook written by SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Elizabeth A. Erickson guides readers through a mock crime scene investigation and gives them the tools they need to solve a homicide based on forensic evidence.

Elizabeth Erickson

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Elizabeth A. Erickson holds her new text book titled “Criminalistics Laboratory Manual: The Basics of Forensic Investigation”.

Erickson said the concept for the book, titled “Criminalistics Laboratory Manual: The Basics of Forensic Investigation,” was based on questions from many students in her Introduction to Forensic Investigation course.

“They were interested in how the crime scene evidence was gathered, used in the trial, and how it all tied together,” she said. “The book is geared toward students who have little to no prior knowledge of forensic science. The manual starts with an original crime scene narrative, setting up the crime that students are to solve.”

The book, which is Erickson’s first, can be purchased on Amazon in paperback or electronically for Kindle.

Erickson was formerly a latent print examiner for the Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences before joining SUNY Canton. She also worked as a forensic scientist for the Indiana State Police Forensic Laboratory. Erickson holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Sciences from George Washington University.


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SBDC Women’s Business Bootcamp Focuses on Marketing

Monday, March 18th, 2013

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center will be giving female entrepreneurs a marketing advantage at the Women’s Business Bootcamp.

The semi-annual event and luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suite.SBDC Bootcamp

“Our Women’s Business Bootcamps have always given women business owners the opportunity to network and market among themselves,” said SBDC Director Dale Rice. “This spring’s panel will provide a forum for the women entrepreneurs in our area to share strategies and ideas for improving the effectiveness of their own marketing.”

The SBDC has invited a panel of area women operating successful businesses for a discussion on successful marketing and will be sharing their best and worst marketing strategies. Panelists include:

  • Elizabeth A. Halpen of Ms. Liz Artist Representative in Ogdensburg.
  • Robin L. Barkley of The Ole Smokehouse in Madrid.
  • Tania J. Sterling of TLC Real Estate in Gouverneur.
  • Carmen Gendebien of Glow Day Skincare and Spa in Canton.
  • Beverly J. Lazore of First Class Seconds in Akwesasne.
  • Carol J. Spadaccini of Coakley’s Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton.

The panel will be followed by a Q&A session and the chance for participants to share their own experiences. There will also be a luncheon and a Mini Marketplace display area where attendees can sell their products or showcase their businesses.

Registration is $30 for the panel discussion, a half table at the Mini Marketplace, and the luncheon. For more information or to register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at 315-386-7312 or email

SUNY Canton Event to Examine Female Social, Political Activism in the North Country

Friday, March 15th, 2013

In celebration of Women’s History Month, an upcoming panel discussion will bring together a unique group of community leaders who have been at the forefront of the political and social activism movement in northern New York for the past several decades.

panel speakersPanelists will share their personal stories about the impact of the women’s movement on the North Country at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library. Speakers will include: Ellen Rocco, station manager for North Country Public Radio; Karen St. Hilaire, St. Lawrence County administrator; and Veigh Mehan Lee, director of accommodative services at SUNY Canton.

“In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the social and political rhythms of the women’s movement were alive and well in the North Country, said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “The activism and drive of these women led to many of the hallmarks of our community — Birdsfoot Farm, the Little River School, ReachOut and Renewal House. The synergy from these activists has forever left its influence on our community in northern New York, and many of these community leaders remain active.”

SUNY Canton Living Writers Series Brings Award-Winning Poet

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Iain PollockA noted poet will share his vivid memories of the complicated issues surrounding identity and race as part of SUNY Canton’s Spring 2013 Living Writers Series.

Iain Haley Pollock will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Pollock’s collection of poetry, “Spit Back a Boy,” won the prestigious Cave Canem Poetry Prize, which recognizes exceptional first books by African-American poets.

His childhood experiences of growing up the son of an African-American mother and white father influenced his work, and the title of his book.

Pollock’s work has also appeared in the Poetry Society of America’s “In Their Own Words” feature and publications, including AGNI, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, Drunken Boat and Indiana Review. He will discuss his personal connection to the larger world of poetry as well as read some of his own works.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Philip K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series, said “Pollock’s poetry nimbly weaves between the worlds of blues and jazz, love and loss, black and white, all with a stunning dexterity, sincerity and beauty.”

This is the second semester of the Living Writers Series. LaMarche said he arranges guest lectures to correspond with his Living Writers Course curriculum so that students enrolled in the class can read the books by authors scheduled to visit the College.

The last installment of this semester’s series will be Siobhan Fallon, author of the much-heralded book “You Know When the Men Are Gone,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Kingston Theater. The event 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 Students Help Defend a K-9 Deputy

Thursday, March 7th, 2013


SUNY Canton students outfitted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer with new gear that could save his life.

A chocolate Labrador retriever named Hershey now wears dog-fitted body armor that almost completely matches the bulletproof protection worn by his partner, Deputy Andrew J. Ashley.

Hershey with students

Undersheriff Scott F. Bono noted Hershey faces danger every day alongside his human companion.

“Three student-run organizations pooled resources to purchase body armor for Hershey,” said Professor William J. Fassinger, who teaches in the Criminal Investigation program. “The American Criminal Justice Association, the Criminal Justice Student Association, and the Veterinary Technology Club all pitched in to purchase the Kevlar vest.”

Fassinger explained that Eli Max, a Criminal Investigation major and a cadet in the St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, spearheaded fundraising efforts. Max ran raffles, and assisted his club with t-shirt sales, and sold flowers. “The vest cost about $1,000 and we spent about four months raising money,” he said.

Hershey 2013 Photo 2

The generosity of the student organizations gained the attention of Congressman Bill Owens. In a letter, Owens complemented the excellent work the clubs had done to equip Hershey with the new armor. “K-9 units substantially augment law enforcement capabilities in rural communities, and your efforts are greatly appreciated,” he wrote.

The clubs are prepared to donate a second vest, and hope to make more K-9 body armor donations in the future. For further information on the SUNY Canton K-9 Armor project, contact Fassinger at, or call (315) 386-7917.

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SUNY Canton SBDC to Host Workshop for Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses

Monday, March 4th, 2013

In support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s goal of increasing minority- and women-owned business participation in state contracting, the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a workshop for local entrepreneurs that will focus on government contracting and certification.

All prospective and current minority- and women-owned businesses are invited to the event, which will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in SUNY Canton’s Wicks Hall (Room 006). A guest panel of representatives from state and regional entities will be available to advise attendees on matters related to funding, purchasing and processing. A workshop portion will include hands-on instruction and assistance to business owners with the initial steps of becoming certified.

“We meet with many minority and women entrepreneurs, but they do not completely understand the opportunity that continues to broaden for them. Government contracting can expand their market, increase revenue and ultimately create jobs in the North Country,” noted SUNY Canton SBDC Procurement Advisor Brooke E. James. “By providing assistance in understanding and completing the minority- and women-owned business certification process, our clients can continue to grow.”

The program is being held in cooperation with North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center. The event is free, however preregistration is required as space is limited. To register, contact the SBDC at (315) 386-7312.

For more information about Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order to help remove barriers for minority- and women-owned businesses in regard to the state government procurement process, visit

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