Archive for April, 2015

SUNY Canton Inaugurates Szafran as College’s Fourth President

Friday, April 10th, 2015

An investiture ceremony held at SUNY Canton April 10 officially inaugurated Zvi Szafran, Ph.D., as SUNY Canton’s fourth president.

Newly-inaugurated SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran motions to calm a standing ovation before addressing the collected students, faculty, staff, guests and dignitaries at his inauguration.

Newly-inaugurated SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran motions to calm a standing ovation before addressing the collected students, faculty, staff, guests and dignitaries at his inauguration.

More than 300 guests gathered in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to celebrate a new era in the college’s more than 100-year history. Distinguished Alumnus and Chairman of the SUNY Canton College Council Ronald M. O’Neill provided the welcome address and thanked those who have played an important role in the college’s past, as well as those who are leading the college in its next chapter. He congratulated Szafran on his appointment, noting, “We look forward to his long and successful tenure, and to the indelible mark he will leave on this campus.”

The inauguration week’s theme of “always moving forward” was woven throughout the event. Two student representatives — Rachel N. Zeitzmann, a freshman in the Health Science Career Studies certificate program and Pierre Nzuah, a senior in the Electrical Technology bachelor’s degree program — discussed how they incorporate the theme into their own lives.

SUNY Canton’s fourth President, Zvi Szafran, conveys his plans for the future of the college.

SUNY Canton’s fourth President, Zvi Szafran, conveys his plans for the future of the college.

Special messages were also delivered on behalf of the faculty, alumni and the College Foundation. Guest speaker Theodore Long, Ph.D., president emeritus of Elizabethtown College and longtime colleague of Dr. Szafran, told the audience, “Dr. Szafran’s commitment to SUNY Canton and his pride in its character run deep; you could have no stronger advocate.”

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher discussed the college’s role as the economic engine of the revitalization of New York State, the importance of increasing access to higher education for every resident and praised SUNY Canton as a leader in the technology field. “SUNY Canton is the Power of SUNY,” she said.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher prepares to place the SUNY Canton presidential medallion on Zvi Szafran at the inauguration of the college’s fourth president.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher prepares to place the SUNY Canton presidential medallion on Zvi Szafran at the inauguration of the college’s fourth president.

Following her remarks, she officially conferred Szafran with the SUNY Canton presidential medallion, which a Graphic and Multimedia Design student Austin Rdzanek of Saranac Lake helped design for the ceremony.

Following a standing ovation from the collected faculty, staff, students, guests and dignitaries, Szafran echoed the importance of higher education access and the college’s role in the economic growth of the North Country region.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher stands with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran at his inauguration ceremony.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher stands with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran at his inauguration ceremony.

“SUNY Canton will be the shining example to all of how a college can make a critical difference in its community and nation,” he said. “Our students will thrive in our supportive environment, enjoying an education that prepares them to create and innovate, and learn how to apply that innovation in entrepreneurial ways for our region’s needs.”

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.

‘Amazing Chemistry Race’ Comes to SUNY Canton

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

The Amazing Chemistry RaceLocal high school and college students who are interested in chemistry can test their knowledge at an upcoming event at SUNY Canton.

The Amazing Chemistry Race will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is designed to stimulate interest in the field of chemistry through fun activities, such as a trivia contest and demonstrations. The day’s main event will be a team competition where students will be asked to uncover clues and solve chemistry problems by completing a series of challenges, which will range from performing experiments to completing team-building exercises.

“This event is the perfect opportunity for students to show off their knowledge by competing with peers in a fun and educational way,” said organizer and SUNY Canton Chemistry Professor Nicole A. Heldt, Ph.D. “We also want to inspire attendees to pursue a career in the chemical sciences.”

The Amazing Chemistry Race is sponsored by the Northern New York Section of the American Chemical Society. Area students who would like to register for the event should contact Heldt at (315) 386-7983 or send an email to heldtn@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.

Community Health Organizations to Promote Wellness at SUNY Canton April 15

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

SUNY CantonThe SUNY Canton Davis Health Center has invited more than 25 area agencies to help promote a healthy lifestyle for the college and community.

Each agency will be providing health screenings or education at the college’s Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Dana Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be information about disaster preparedness, lung cancer screenings, weight loss, grief support, blood pressure and diabetes testing, tobacco cessation, caring for Alzheimer’s disease patients, health care plans and more. There will also be a distracted driving simulator that will allow participants to see how easily it is to get in an accident when driving while distracted.

Representatives from the following organizations will be in attendance:

  • Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York
  • American Red Cross
  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital
  • Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • Community Health Center of the North Country
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley
  • Reachout of St. Lawrence County
  • Renewal House
  • Seaway Valley Prevention Council
  • Lawrence County Traffic Safety Stop
  • SUNY Employee Assistance Program
  • United Healthcare Community Plan
  • Watertown Veteran Center

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Davis Health Center at 386-7333 or send an email to cruickshankj@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.

Environmental Activist Bill McKibben Talks Global Warming at SUNY Canton

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Renowned climate change expert Bill McKibben brought a message about the dangers of continued reliance on fossil fuels to SUNY Canton.

More than 700 students, faculty and community members from throughout the North Country region packed the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to hear McKibben discuss the alarming rate at which global warming is progressing.

McKibben

“We’ve already raised the earth’s temperature one degree Celsius, which is the heat equivalent of 400,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs – enough to melt the Arctic,” he said. “It’s enough heat that the world’s hydrological cycles are completely chaotic.”

According to McKibben, the increase is responsible for historic drought in areas like California, as well as extreme weather events, most notably in the Pacific Ocean, where there have been three consecutive super typhoons that have destroyed more than 80 percent of housing in Micronesia.

He quickly pointed out that some of the poorest areas in the world are hit hardest by violent weather patterns and sea level rise. And although scientists agree the earth’s temperature will increase even more, the fossil fuel industry continues to seek access to more coal, gas and oil.

McKibben’s grassroots environmental organization 350.org has become a voice of resistance to the fossil fuel industry. The group, which he founded with seven Middlebury College students in 2007, most notably led the charge against the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

This campaign, along with an initiative to encourage colleges and universities to divest their shares in fossil fuel companies, are ways 350.org is taking an offensive, rather than defensive, stance against the opposition.

It is with this strategy in mind that McKibben reminded attendees about the importance of cooperation across nations and generations to curb the progression of global warming.

McKibben crowd

He urged the entire audience to get involved and engaged in the movement, noting, “Young people are leading the fight against climate change.” He also made an appeal to his own generation, stressing the importance of their duty as elders to set a positive example in their communities.

“This crisis makes it clear we are all connected,” he said. “We’re all in this together, and I look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with all of you.”

 

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.

Professor, Survivor and Activist to Speak During Sexual Assault Awareness Month at SUNY Canton

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

A noted author, English professor and a sexual assault survivor is sharing her story of trauma and recovery at SUNY Canton.

Laura Gray-Rosendale, Ph.D., will be speaking at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The presentation will be free and open to the public.

Laura Gray-Rosendale

“Sexual violence is among the most crucial issues of our day on university campuses across the United States,” Gray-Rosendale said. “Now is the time to work together against a rampant rape culture, to put in place policies and practices that will better aid survivors as well as foster more community and harmony at all of our universities.”

Gray-Rosendale is the author of “College Girl: A Memoir,” published by the State University of New York Press. The book details her brutal rape while she was a student at Syracuse University. Although it offers insight into her personal devastation, it also tells the story of her friendships and hope. She has spoken frequently about the need to bring the worlds of survivors and academia together in the hopes of a better future for both.

“It is important that we as a college community listen to Dr. Gray-Rosendale’s message,” said Courtney B. Bish, vice president for student affairs. “Although it is not an easy topic to discuss, rape and assault must not be overlooked.”

The author’s presentation is one of the ways that SUNY Canton is recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness month. Representatives from the college, including President Zvi Szafran, have joined with the Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence County to advocate for awareness for an upcoming special edition of “Public Eye” on WPBS.

 

About Dr. Laura Gray-Rosendale

Laura Gray-Rosendale is a professor of English at Northern Arizona University and a President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow. She has published numerous articles and several books in addition to her award-winning memoir. Gray-Rosendale has spoken with students and faculty at campuses around the country about issues related to sexual violence, consulted with administrators on issues related to Title IX compliance, and published articles about sexual violence in The Chronicle of Higher Education as well as Thought & Action.

 

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.