Archive for March, 2015

Employers to Recruit Job Seekers at SUNY Canton Career Fair

Monday, March 30th, 2015

More than 20 businesses and government organizations will take part in SUNY Canton’s spring Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“Our career fairs are crucial in connecting students with organizations that are looking for highly skilled employees or interns,” said Julie A. Parkman, SUNY Canton director of career services. “Businesses continue to recruit on campus year after year because they know the value our graduates can add to their organizations.”

Job hunters will be able to network with representatives from a number of local and regional employers, including:

  • Army ROTC
  • Atlantic Testing Laboratories, Limited
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Canton Potsdam Hospital
  • Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital
  • Clarkson University
  • Gemma Power Systems
  • Honeywell
  • Horsefeathers Haunts
  • Lowe’s Home Centers
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • New York City Police Department
  • Penski Inc. Staffing
  • Lawrence County Youth Advocate Program
  • Lawrence Psychiatric Center
  • Lawrence-Lewis BOCES
  • SUNY Potsdam Center for Graduate Studies
  • S. Customs and Border Protection
  • S. Navy
  • Van-Ernst Refrigeration Inc.
  • Veterinary Medical Center of CNY
  • Watertown Veteran Center
  • Woodcock and Armani Mechanical Contractors

For more information, contact SUNY Canton’s Office of Career Services by calling (315) 386-7119 or sending an email to careers@canton.edu.

 

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 ten 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 Students Spend Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Fourteen SUNY Canton students used their spring break to help build homes for Florida families who do not have access to affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity

Members of SUNY Canton’s Habitat for Humanity student club spent their spring break in Florida helping to build homes for families in need.

 

Members of the Habitat for Humanity student club worked on two homes in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, Fla., from March 6-13. Students worked alongside the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and the future homeowners to paint exterior siding and install drywall.

The club raised money for the trip by holding fundraisers throughout the year. SUNY Canton alumni Anthony Javarone and Richard and Marilyn Rausch also made contributions to the club.

In addition, the following area businesses supported the trip by donating funds or raffle items:

  • Adirondack Fragrance and Flavor Farm, Parishville
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Watertown
  • Glow Spa, Canton
  • The Knights of Columbus, Ogdensburg
  • Nature’s Storehouse, Canton
  • Thai Cuisine, Potsdam
  • WTC Surveyors, Canton

Florida sponsors included Sweet Tomatoes in Coral Springs, Fla., and Park Avenue BBQ & Grille in Boca Raton, Fla.

To donate to the Habitat for Humanity student club, contact the SUNY Canton College Foundation at (315) 386-7127 or alumni@canton.edu. Bessette’s Liquor and Wine in Canton is also accepting bottle return donations for the club.

 

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 ten 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 to Hold Presidential Inauguration April 10

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

SUNY Canton invites the community to attend the inauguration of the college’s fourth president, Zvi Szafran, Ph.D., at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

President Szafran

The campus community, alumni, academic delegates, friends and area representatives will join SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher to officially install Szafran as president. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a “Canton Roo” Festival at 4 p.m. in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, which is also open to the public.

The inauguration ceremony and festival are the culmination of a weeklong campus celebration that honors SUNY Canton’s heritage and marks the next era in the college’s more than 100-year history. Events throughout the week will include historical displays, walking tours and volunteer service activities. The Village of Canton also invites the community to a reception in honor of Szafran at the TAUNY Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.

“We welcome the community to join us in celebrating the inauguration of Dr. Szafran,” said Ronald M. O’Neill, SUNY Canton College Council chair and chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “His background and experience are perfectly suited to lead the college as we embark upon this new chapter together.”

About President Szafran

Szafran began his duties as president of SUNY Canton last July. He previously served as the vice president for academic affairs and professor of chemistry at Southern Polytechnic State University in the University System of Georgia. From 1998-2005, he was the vice president for academic affairs at New England College in New Hampshire.

He has also held several positions at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, including dean of science and engineering, chairman of the chemistry department, assistant to the dean of arts and sciences, and professor. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree, also in chemistry, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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 ten 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 Concludes 2015 High School Mock Trial Tournament

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

After a hard-won battle against Hammond Central School, Potsdam High School emerged as the county winner of the 2015 Mock Trial Tournament hosted by SUNY Canton.

The Potsdam team will now represent St. Lawrence County in the regional Mock Trial Competition to be held on April 25 in Albany, New York. If successful, the team will then compete in the state-wide competition.

“It took a strong collaborative effort to host a 2-week Mock Trial Tournament,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, J.D., dean of SUNY Canton’s School of Business and Liberal Arts. “We thank all of the attorneys and judges who devoted countless hours in preparation and coaching the teams this year.”

Both Hammond Central School and Potsdam High School have been past county winners who have progressed to the regionals.

Marcia R. Thompson, teacher-coach for the Hammond Central School team, noted that she was exceptionally proud of her students for making it to the county finals. “The students are well-rounded individuals at the top of their classes, and active in sports, music, and science club as well as in Mock Trial,” Thompson said. “We will be back next year.”

The St. Lawrence County Mock Trial program is co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, the St. Lawrence County Bar Association, the New York Bar Foundation and the Law, Youth, and Citizenship Program.

The attorneys and judges represented included: Family Court Judge Cecily L. Morris, Surrogate’s Court Judge John F. Richey, St. Lawrence County Bar Association President Marcia L. LeMay, Surrogate’s Court Attorney Michelle H. Ladouceur, Jefferson County Family Court Attorney Lisa A. Proven, Chief Assistant District Attorney David A. Haggard, Assistant District Attorney A. Michael Gebo, Assistant District Attorney Otis Simon, Public Defenders James T. Farrell, James M. McGahan, and Frederick J. Petersen, Mental Hygiene Legal Services attorney Matthew Bliss, and private attorneys Diane J. Exoo and Thomas J. Snider.

For information about how to participate in the 2016 Mock Trial Tournament, please contact SUNY Canton Legal Studies Assistant Professor and County Coordinator Alexander Lesyk, J.D. at lesyka@canton.edu or (315) 386-7517.

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 10 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 Joins U.S. Coast Guard’s Auxiliary University Program

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Coast-Guard-AuxiliaryStudents now have the option of adding free training from the U.S. Coast Guard to their SUNY Canton education.

The college was recently selected for the Auxiliary University Program (AUP), which allows students to gain nautical education, operational training experiences, aviation studies training and homeland security training. SUNY Canton is the 20th AUP in the nation and among the first in New York, according to Professor Brian K. Harte, Ph.D. Harte is the faculty member responsible for establishing the new partnership.

“Students who participate in this free program will have the ability to establish internships and apply for officer candidate school opportunities,” Harte said. “Those who successfully complete the program will receive the distinction of being recognized as Auxiliary University Program graduates.”

The Massena Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be holding a formal ceremony to recognize the new partnership with SUNY Canton at 6 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites Room 212.

 

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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Leading Environmental Activist Bill McKibben to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Bestselling author and climate change pioneer Bill McKibben will discuss the consequences of global warming at 6:30 p.m., April 1, in SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public.

McKibben has been on the forefront of environmental activism since the 1980s when his book “The End of Nature” brought the issue of global warming to the forefront of America’s consciousness. Since then, the book has been translated into 24 languages and has earned McKibben a place as a foremost authority on climate change.

Bill McKibben

The event is cosponsored by the SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series and the SUNY Canton Living Writers Series.

“Bill McKibben is one of the most persistent voices regarding greenhouse gases and climate change; his efforts at raising social awareness and political action go back thirty years,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Matthew J. Burnett, who created the Sustainability Lecture Series. “His dedication to international well-being is a model for us all.”

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series, added, “We are pleased to welcome Bill McKibben to SUNY Canton. His message on the pressing issue of climate change is one we all need to hear.”

Hailed by the Boston Globe as “probably the nation’s most important environmentalist,” McKibben is the founder of a massive grassroots climate change initiative, 350.org, which most notably led the charge against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. This campaign culminated in one of the largest U.S. acts of civil disobedience in thirty years with a protest against the pipeline in front of the White House.

McKibben is a recipient of the Gandhi Prize and Thomas Merton Award and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. He has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “The Colbert Report.”

He has authored more than a dozen books and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones and Rolling Stone, among others.

McKibben resides in Vermont and is a Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College. His most recent book, “Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist,” is a memoir about his personal crusade to build and preserve a sustainable planet.

For more information about the event, visit http://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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Young Entrepreneurs Compete to Help Area Business

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Students in the four-year Management program recently participated in an entrepreneurial competition to redesign the Raquette River Gift Company’s website and provide recommendations for future expansion. Senior Andrew M. Lang of the Bronx was selected as the best speaker. He joined the best students to represent SUNY Canton at the recent Free Enterprise Marathon at SUNY Plattsburgh. All winning teams received gift cards redeemable at the Campus Center Store and the college’s eateries.

Entrepreneur Project

SUNY Board of Trustees, Presidents Ask State Legislature to “Invest in SUNY”

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

State-Operated Campus Presidents Request Extension of NYSUNY 2020 in Open Letter

Albany – State University of New York Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, chair of the Board’s Communications and External Affairs Committee, today led a delegation of SUNY trustees and leaders at an Albany press conference calling for increased state investment in SUNY.

SUNY campus presidents in every region of the state have called on the Legislature to “Invest in SUNY” at press events in recent weeks as the system campaigns for the establishment of a SUNY Investment Fund and extension NYSUNY 2020 legislation in the 2015-16 New York State Budget. The system has also established an Invest in SUNY website, outlining the details of its request and providing a vehicle for New Yorkers to lend their support.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher stands beside Board Chairman H. Carl McCall as he leads the Trustee Delegation at the Albany press conference.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher stands beside Board Chairman H. Carl McCall as he leads the Trustee Delegation at the Albany press conference.

“SUNY has a knowledge and expertise in what works and we know that, given the right amount of state investment, we can lead our students to higher degrees of access, completion, and success,” said Chairman McCall. “Chancellor Zimpher and campus presidents in every region have brought the ‘Invest in SUNY’ campaign to communities across New York State in recent weeks. The Board wholeheartedly agrees with this critical message. It’s time to increase invest in SUNY.”

“I have watched with great enthusiasm and anticipation in recent years as Chancellor Zimpher has united our stakeholders around a common vision and created a significant buzz around what it means to support SUNY,” said Ambassador Spielvogel. “Investing in SUNY will have a significant impact not only for our students, but for New York’s local and state economies. As SUNY works to increase the number of annual graduates from 93,000 to 150,000, state support through a SUNY Investment Fund is essential.”

The key component of SUNY’s budget request is an Investment Fund that will enable SUNY to bring to scale evidence-based programs known to support student success, including Finish in Four completion promises, applied learning, Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP), and expanded advisement services. These programs – proven to work at one or more SUNY campuses already – would be expanded system-wide.

SUNY is also asking the Legislature to extend NYSUNY 2020 and continue the legislation’s rational tuition policy, which adds predictability to the cost of a SUNY education through incremental annual tuition increases. Since NYSUNY 2020 was first enacted, SUNY campuses have used additional revenue generated by rational tuition to grow and expand student services, including hiring 520 net new instructional staff, 270 of whom are full-time faculty, and the implementation of 100 new degree programs reflecting high-demand areas in New York’s workforce.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran represented the Technology College sector at the Albany Press Conference.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran represented the Technology College sector at the Albany media event.

The presidents of SUNY’s state-operated campuses presented an open letter to legislative leaders today, supporting the system request and requesting an extension of the legislation through its indicated end – 2020. The presidents’ letter was presented at today’s event by UAlbany President Robert J. Jones and Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz, who both spoke at the event. A copy is available online.

Several student organizations throughout SUNY have already voiced support for its extension as well, including those at Stony Brook University, University at Buffalo, SUNY Maritime College, and SUNY Oneonta.

“We cannot plan the future of our State University on yesterday’s dollars,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature have said they want education to be a priority. By supporting our request in its entirety – establishing a SUNY Investment Fund and extending NYSUNY 2020 – New York can give SUNY the tools it needs to educate more of its residents and prepare them for success in college and career.”

Invest in SUNY

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 460,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 college and university campuses, and online through Open SUNY. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.

SUNY Canton Sophomore Receives Silver Spoon Scholarship

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Thalia Navedo A SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation major from the Bronx has been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Silver Spoon Foundation’s Successful Transitions scholar program.

Thalia I. Navedo was chosen from hundreds of applicants to attend a professional leadership conference paid for by the foundation. Navedo has selected to attend the Women in Strategy Summit being held March 19-20 in New York City.

“I will have the opportunity to hear from amazing women in the corporate world discuss their successes,” Navedo said of the conference. “I plan on becoming a homicide detective for the NYPD, and the knowledge I will gain from attending this conference will contribute to reaching my career goals.”

Navedo is the president of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society. She has received both President’s and Dean’s List honors and is a member of the Criminal Justice Student Association.

“I have learned so much from my advisers and professors while attending SUNY Canton,” she said. “I have been presented with many wonderful opportunities, and I am nothing short of thankful for all the support I’ve received.”

The Successful Transitions scholar program is designed to allow underprivileged students access to a professional network associated with their industry of study while still in school.

 

About the Silver Spoon Foundation

The Silver Spoon Foundation is a nonprofit organization that empowers supporters of the young and driven to invest in an innovative career development pipeline that supplements traditional post-secondary education.

 

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 ten 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 Instructor Receives Prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Jill MartinA SUNY Canton English adjunct instructor is being recognized for her dedication to her students, colleagues and community.

Jill L. Martin has been selected as a recipient of the 2014-15 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. It honors consistent superior professional achievement and encourages the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

Martin began teaching at SUNY Canton in 2000 and has had many notable successes, particularly an initiative to incorporate volunteer service components into her courses, giving students the opportunity to learn through community engagement.

“Jill works hard to connect course material to current events and life experiences her students have outside of the classroom, keeping them engaged,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “It’s wonderful to see faculty sending our exemplary students into the community to offer much-needed help to nonprofit organizations.”

Her 34 years of teaching experience at the high school level before joining SUNY Canton has allowed her to understand the unique needs of students who are transitioning from high school to college.

“Jill makes every student feel welcome and helps them build the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in future courses,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts. “She is always there to instruct, assist and support students, while maintaining high standards.”

Martin also serves as a trusted adviser to her peers. She created an Adjunct Mentorship Program and authored the college’s first adjunct faculty handbook to acclimate new part-time instructors to the campus.

“When I first came to SUNY Canton in the fall of 2012, Jill helped me every step of the way by sharing her experiences and teaching techniques, as well as walking me through administrative procedures I wasn’t familiar with,” said colleague Emily Hamilton-Honey, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and Humanities. “She is an incredible friend and mentor, and I continue to seek her advice when I am faced with challenges in the classroom.”

Martin earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from SUNY Potsdam and holds a New York State Permanent teaching certification. She began her secondary education teaching career in 1965 and retired in 1999.

 

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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.