Archive for November, 2014

SUNY Canton Faculty Member’s Research Could Boost North Country Tourism

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Christina LesykA SUNY Canton faculty member’s research could help area hospitality and tourism businesses.

Christina Lesyk, who currently teaches Social Sciences courses, is the primary author of three research proposals that have been accepted for presentation at the 20th Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism. The proposals have direct implications on hospitality management and tourism concerns in the Adirondack and Thousand Islands regions.

“One of the proposals uncovers the needs and preferences of female business travelers,” Lesyk said. “Women are now the fastest growing segment of business travelers in the United States and are currently involved in 85 percent of household decisions, including leisure travel. A better understanding of this demographic could help create new revenue-generating strategies.”

Lesyk also proposes to increase tourism by specifically designing and marketing tourism opportunities for travelers with disabilities, who are a significant part of the hospitality market.

“Historically, it’s been very difficult to traverse the Adirondack and Thousand Island regions,” she said. “The lack of easily accessible mass transit options has been seen as a deterrent to greater tourism to the area, but interestingly, this may not be as great a deterrent to travelers with disabilities.”

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Photo courtesy of Joseph Goliber, a SUNY Canton student taking Digital Photography (GMMD 201).

Her presentation proposals were co-authored with Eric A. Brown, Ph.D., Thomas Schrier, Ph.D., and Liang Tang, Ph.D., from Iowa State University and Nicholas J. Thomas, Ph.D., from DePaul University.

Lesyk currently teaches both online and face-to-face courses at SUNY Canton. Prior to her SUNY Canton career, she was the lead event coordinator at Clarkson University in Potsdam and has extensive experience in the hospitality field.

She began doctorate studies in Hospitality Management at Iowa State University in June. This is an elite program, which only accepts eight students per year and has been ranked 15th in the world’s top 100 hospitality and tourism programs by the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research. In October, Lesyk was inducted into Eta Sigma Delta, an international hospitality management honor society that recognizes exceptional academic achievement among hospitality and tourism scholars.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Honors University Police for Heroism

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Three members of SUNY Canton’s University Police Department received the State University of New York’s Heroism Award.

Deputy Chief Alan P. Mulkin, Lt. Brian E. Kurish, and Officer Daniel V. Callahan were awarded alongside Canton Village Sgt. James Santimaw for saving a student’s life during the spring 2014 semester.

Kurish, Mulkin, McBride

Through a coordinated effort stemming from a phone call from a student in distress, the four officers helped rescue a student from hanging and potentially drowning in the Grasse River.

Former Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman previously awarded the officers for their heroism at the SUNY Canton Recognition Day ceremony.

Nationally Known Poet to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Patrick LawlerA writer known for his award-winning poetry collections will cap off the fall semester installment of SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series.

Patrick Lawler will speak at 3:00 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

He has published three collections of poetry: “A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough,” “reading a burning book” and “Feeding the Fear of the Earth,” winner of the Many Mountains Moving poetry book competition in 2006. He has received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, two grants from the New York State Foundation for the Arts and an award from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.

“Lawler’s fiction always falls in that sweet spot between poetry and prose with an eye for the quirky details that make the most interesting characters and families come alive on the page,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “His performances are inspiring and hilarious, and I encourage everyone to come out for a great night of storytelling.”

His latest work, “The Meaning of If,” is a short-story collection that was published earlier this year.

An associate professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Lawler is the former director of the ESF Writing Program where he teaches environmental writing and nature literature courses. He is also a writer in residence at LeMoyne College.

LaMarche created the Living Writers Series in 2012 to correspond with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the college. The series will continue in the spring with author Ellen Litman Feb. 25. For more information, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Researchers Say Investors Don’t Buy Bad Business

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Corporate crime doesn’t pay for a company trying to gain or retain investors, according to two SUNY Canton faculty members’ research.

Professor Brian K. Harte, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Umesh Kumar, Ph.D., recently received a best paper in session award at the Academy of Business Research fall international conference. Their presentation, “Investor Response to Convicted Firms Within and Outside of the United States,” examines stakeholders’ reaction to firms convicted of corporate wrongdoing.

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SUNY Canton’s Umesh Kumar, Ph.D., and Brian K. Harte, Ph.D., discuss how corporate crime impacts investor confidence. They recently presented award-winning research on the topic

Corporate crimes, even those committed outside of the United States result in a loss in investors’ confidence. These crimes also result in a loss of firm value in the long-term. This effect was found to be more significant when a firm is convicted for corporate crimes within the United States.

“Corporate crimes dent investors’ confidence severely,” Harte said. “It is important from an investors’ perspective to know whether or not a firm is convicted and the associated size of monetary penalties received for firms’ both inside and outside of the United States.”

Top global firms have been prosecuted and penalized for their corporate delinquency, including antitrust, fraud, environmental, health and safety laws, among other statutes. The researchers analyzed 127 businesses from the top global firms during 2001-2010.

“Our research shows that investors punish convicted firms by lowering equity premium,” Kumar said. “The higher the penalty imposed on firms convicted for crimes outside the United States, the higher the negative response is from investors.”

The two faculty members will be publishing their research at a later date.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Knows About Superheroes Running a University (Chronicle of Higher Education Editorial, Dr. Zvi Szafran)

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

President Szafran recently wrote into The Chronicle of Higher Education to tell them about SUNY Canton’s superheroes. Read the full letter to the editor, here.

 

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President Szafran is pictured here with Advising Center Wonder Twins, Marianne DiMarco-Temkin and Sharon Tavernier. SUNY Canton staff dressed-up like superheroes on November 3rd to promote Academic Advising Week.