Archive for March, 2015

SUNY Canton and AAUW Team Up for Professional Clothing Fair

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Students and community members who are searching for business attire are invited to SUNY Canton’s annual Professional Clothing Fair being held March 17 to 19 in the Dana Hall gymnasium.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), begins with a special student-only day from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

clothing fair

All guests are welcome to browse men’s and women’s gently used clothing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19. All clothing is free and available to the public.

“We want to make sure students and community members are ‘dressed for success,’ whether they are completing an internship, entering the workforce after graduation or changing careers,” said SUNY Canton Associate Director of Human Resources Nancy A. Rowledge.

Those interested in donating gently used professional clothing items are asked to drop them off at Dana Hall anytime between March 13 to March 17. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Rowledge at (315) 386-7010 or Tina M. Flanagan at (315) 386-7868.

 

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 Business Major Rhymes His Way to L.A.

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Don MykelA SUNY Canton business administration major is launching his professional rap career.

Michael I. Wallace of Harlem was recently invited to participate in the second round of the TeamBackpack’s 2015 Cypher auditions, which brings together up-and-coming and professional hip-hop artists. Wallace, who performs under the name Don Mykel, is planning on participating during early May in Los Angeles, Calif.

“I’m going to use some of my best verses for the auditions,” he said. “This can help me break into the industry before I graduate.”

TeamBackpack brings together talented and diverse musicians with the goal of creating and promoting a positive environment to connect individual artists to their fans without major labels. Although the Cypher events are not competitions, they are highly competitive.

Wallace gained notoriety on campus last year when he opened for A$AP Ferg at the college’s spring concert. He’s recorded two mixtapes titled “The Lone Pharaoh” and “The Infinite” and filmed YouTube music videos in New York City and in Canton. In addition to his musical aspirations, he cofounded the underground label, Empire the Nation Records, with his roommate Danesha S. Williams.

Don Mykel

“Balancing college, a rap career and a label on a student income is not easy,” he said.

 

 

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 Campus Presidents Ask State Legislature to Invest in SUNY

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Jefferson Community College (JCC) President Carole A. McCoy and SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran today called on local elected officials to continue their leadership in supporting New York’s public higher education sector by creating a new Investment Fund and extending NYSUNY 2020 — including the broadly successful rational tuition policy — in the 2015-16 New York State Budget.

During a press briefing at East Hall on JCC’s campus, the two presidents advocated for all 64 SUNY campuses.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Jefferson Community College President Carole A. McCoy and David J. Zembiec, deputy CEO of the Jefferson County Economic Development Agency at a press conference encouraging elected officials to continue investing in SUNY.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Jefferson Community College President Carole A. McCoy and David J. Zembiec, deputy CEO of the Jefferson County Economic Development Agency at a press conference encouraging elected officials to continue investing in SUNY.

“Community colleges are integral to Chancellor Zimpher’s goal to increase the number of SUNY graduates from 93,000 to 150,000 annually. Thirty of SUNY’s 64 campuses are community colleges and together we enroll nearly 250,000 students statewide, providing job training and a pathway to baccalaureate degrees,” said Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College. “Our ability to provide access to quality higher education and services to help our students complete their degrees is dependent upon a strong partnership between SUNY and New York State. An investment in SUNY is an investment in Jefferson Community College and every community college within the system and an investment in the vitality of New York State. Support of the rational funding plan, capital funding and SUNY’s investment fund will allow community colleges like Jefferson to invest more resources into programs, facilities and services that help our students be successful.”

SUNY Canton President Dr. Zvi Szafran (left) talks about the economic impact of the SUNY in Northern New York. Approximately 37 percent of residents are SUNY students, employees or alumni. Jefferson Community College President Carole A. McCoy (right) relays how an investment in SUNY will allow the 64 campuses to increase its graduates to 150,000 by 2020.

SUNY Canton President Dr. Zvi Szafran (left) talks about the economic impact of SUNY in Northern New York. Approximately 37 percent of residents are SUNY students, employees or alumni. Jefferson Community College President Carole A. McCoy (right) relays how an investment in SUNY will allow the 64 campuses to increase its graduates to 150,000 by 2020.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said, “The State University of New York has been creating unparalleled opportunities for personal success and sustained economic growth for generations. With increased investment from the state, we can do even more. SUNY is committed to tripling the number of college graduates by 2020, and at SUNY Canton, more students will graduate from our career-based majors and enter the workforce ready to hit the ground running, adding value to their companies from day one. Our ability to continue to grow and give our students the very best education depends on additional state investment. We will offer new, innovative, hands-on programs that build on the strengths of our region. We will provide students from all backgrounds the tools they need to progress from the first day of class to graduation, careers and beyond.”

Two other SUNY presidents, who were unable to attend the event, also voiced support for SUNY’s endeavors.

“I can’t think of a more critical investment than in the future leaders of New York State. SUNY Potsdam is proud to offer the Potsdam Promise, our guarantee that students can ‘finish in four’ — but we can’t stop there,” said SUNY Potsdam President Kristin G. Esterberg. “We are embarking on a new program that will ensure that every single SUNY Potsdam graduate has the opportunity to complete one or more high-impact learning experiences, like internships, research, service learning or study abroad. We have to make sure that students from all backgrounds can benefit from an affordable SUNY education, through EOP and student support services. An investment in SUNY can ensure that both our programs and our facilities are state-of-the-art, and that our campuses remain economic drivers for the North Country and beyond.”

Said SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley, “As we’ve found with our well-established Oswego Guarantee — our ‘finish in four’ model — students and their families appreciate having full information to plan out four years of college, including the expense. Renewing NYSUNY 2020 will continue to give them this stability. Students and their families realize the value of a SUNY education, thanks to past investments the state has made. We need to match their commitment by continuing to deliver a high-quality education: by investing in innovative experiential learning opportunities like Oswego’s distinctive Global Laboratory, new degree programs that prepare our next-generation workforce, and new equipment and facilities. SUNY’s proposed Investment Fund will allow more New Yorkers than ever to earn degrees and contribute to our state’s vibrant future.”

Invest in SUNY

Since NYSUNY 2020 was first enacted, SUNY campuses have used additional revenue generated by rational tuition to grow and expand student services, including the hiring of 520 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. Additionally, SUNY continues to be a huge economic driver for the state, serving 3 million New Yorkers every year — including students, faculty and staff, and more — and an economic powerhouse that generates $21 billion annually for New York.

The key component of SUNY’s budget request is an Investment Fund that will enable SUNY to graduate 150,000 students annually by 2020 through the system-wide scale up of evidence-based programs known to support student success, including Finish in Four completion promises, applied learning, Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP), and expanded advisement services. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher outlined this objective in her recent State of the University Address.

David J. Zembiec, deputy CEO of the Jefferson County Economic Development Agency, also attended the news conference to speak in support of SUNY.

“Workforce development is one of our greatest challenges in economic development, and JCC and SUNY Canton — because of their flexibility and responsiveness — are key partners in addressing workforce needs,” Zembiec said. “We can also utilize college programs to create the workforce pipeline necessary to attract new business or grow our existing businesses through Start-Up NY.”

 

About Jefferson Community College

One of 30 community colleges supervised by the State University of New York, Jefferson was chartered in 1961 and is accredited by the Middle States Association. Jefferson is the community’s leading resource for leading better lives, offering Associate degrees for career preparation or for transfer to a 4-year college, certificate programs; online learning; lifelong learning through personal enrichment workshops; business and industry training; and cultural enrichment opportunities for the entire Watertown/Fort Drum region. It currently serves approximately 4,000 full- and part-time students from Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties, including a significant number of service members and their families from nearby Fort Drum.

 

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 Hosts Wounded Warrior Sled Hockey Tournament March 6-8

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Wounded Warrior Project will be holding a Sled Hockey Tournament starting at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, at SUNY Canton’s Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center.

There will be a total of 15 tournament-style games on Friday and Saturday, culminating in the consolation and championship games Sunday morning. The tournament champion will be decided at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 8. The team from Fort Drum features U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalists Adam Page and Paul Schaus.

Wounded Warrior
Instead of traditional skates, players use a specially made sled to glide across the ice. They propel themselves using two small hockey sticks. The extra equipment allows veterans who are missing limbs, or are otherwise disabled, to compete.

The tournament is sponsored by the Society for American Military Engineers, the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1231 and Canton Knights of Columbus, Sarto Council 1059.

Wounded Warrior

The event is free and open to the public; however, donations will be accepted at the door and there will also be a 50/50 raffle and chuck-a-puck fundraisers. Memorabilia from the National Hockey League will be raffled off and sold during a silent auction.
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.