Archive for August, 2015

Excellence In Leadership Lecture Series Features Corning Executive, Sept. 1

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

logo-lectureAn executive from Corning Inc. will be speaking to SUNY Canton students who want to become business leaders.

The Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series will be hosting a presentation by Margaret A. DiFabio, Corning’s Canton division manufacturing director, from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, in Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212. The event is free and open to students.

DiFabio will be discussing the challenges and opportunities that came with her career path beyond college. She received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and her Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University. She joined Corning in 1986 and has worked in a variety of positions with company.

 

CorningAbout Corning, Inc.

For more than 160 years, Corning Inc. has been one of the leading innovators in material science, specialty glass, ceramics and optical physics. Its net sales exceed $10 billion and the company employs approximately 35,000 people worldwide. In Canton, the company manufactures specialized glass products for the aerospace industry.

SUNY Canton Alumnus and Powersports Instructor Invents Chainsaw Improvements

Monday, August 24th, 2015

A SUNY Canton instructional support associate has invented a new and more reliable way to oil the bar and chain on commercial chainsaws.

Neil A. Haney of Chase Mills came up with an idea for improvements while building a homebuilt firewood-processing machine. The college and the SUNY Research Foundation assisted him with filing a provisional application through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

haney

“Neil is one of the very first SUNY Canton faculty members to work toward patenting an invention through the Research Foundation,” said SUNY Canton president Zvi Szafran. “His vision and innovation is exactly what we encourage at the college. He’s set a wonderful example for our students as future inventors.”

Haney said there are currently two other ways of delivering oil to the chainsaw blade, but conventional methods require more maintenance than his solution. “The strength of this design is that you can adjust it to the flow you need and it should be bulletproof for years to come.”

His invention utilizes a positive displacement pump or generated rotor, commonly known as a gerotor, to provide the oil necessary to reduce friction and extend the life of the saw’s cutting parts.

Haney, who is an alumnus of the Automotive Technology program, has worked with the Powersports Performance and Repair program for 10 years. He devised the gerotor as a solution based on his extensive experience with oil pumps used in all-terrain vehicles.

Gerotor

Many of the parts for his chainsaw and the prototype pump were manufactured in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology lab. Several students have assisted him with the project.

“Neil challenged students to design a bigger and better wood processor,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Neil had all the concepts and the students really helped him take it to the next level.”

The entire firewood-processing machine is operated via a hydraulic system powered by an up-cycled six-cylinder, 90 horsepower diesel engine. It will advance a tree trunk, cut a 16-inch section and then split it into fire-ready logs.

The provisional application establishes a filing date for the invention with the USPTO. Haney now has one year to file a patent application. He will be working with the college to partner with interested entrepreneurs and other industry representatives to produce and market the new technology. Interested parties are encouraged to contact SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger by phone, (315) 386-7951, or email fassingerj@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 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 Dental Hygiene Students Help Rome-Area Children

Monday, August 17th, 2015

SUNY Canton’s Dental Hygiene program recently received the American Dental Hygienists Association Student Member Community Service Award.

The program has received this distinction four times since it began in 2006 at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Rome, N.Y. Most recently, students were recognized for their community outreach project in second-grade classrooms at Bellamy Elementary School, also in Rome.

“Access to dental care is a growing concern in today’s society,” said Professor Pamela P. Quinn, who won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service earlier this year. “The Dental Hygiene students offered preventive services to a population with unmet dental needs. The children not only received free preventive care, but also became more comfortable interacting with oral health care professionals.”

Dental Hygiene

More than 100 children participated in educational activities organized by the Dental Hygiene students which included learning proper brushing and flossing techniques as well as how to make healthy food choices to achieve good oral health. Twenty-one of the children received a dental screening at SUNY Canton’s teaching clinic.

“We also placed a protective coating on their permanent molars and provided an application of fluoride varnish to reduce the risk of cavities free of charge,” Quinn said. “Dr. Terrence J. Thines, Division Chief of Dental Surgery and two of the residents from SUNY Upstate Medical University examined the children and offered their support in this collaborative project by examining the children.”

The three-month project was spearheaded by adjunct instructors Lindsay E. Argyle and Kasey L. Penoyer, according to Quinn. The project was also supported by the SUNY Canton and SUNY Cortland foundations, Dentsply, GC America, Patterson Dental and Ultradent.

 

About the Dental Hygiene Program

SUNY Canton began offering the two-year dental hygiene program in 2006 by partnering with Mohawk Valley Community College and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It has run with a full contingent of students and generated a successful four-year online program. Graduates in the program have enjoyed a 100 percent passage rate on the National Dental Hygiene Board Examination and a 100 percent employment rate. For more information on how to make an appointment for preventative care, please contact the SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Clinic at SUNY Canton’s Rome Campus, at (315) 336-3484.

 

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.

Wholesaling Workshop for Small Businesses Aug. 19 at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

America's SBDC - New YorkSmall businesses in the local area have a new opportunity to expand and grow their operations by selling their wares at wholesale to stores and retail outlets around the region.

“Strategies for a Successful Wholesale Show” will be presented by the Small Business Development Center from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19 in the SUNY Canton Campus Center. Vendors will learn how to evaluate their readiness for wholesaling, how to price and sell at wholesale, and how to create an effective trade show booth in preparation for the Fall Buyer Days wholesale trade show in October.

The Fall Buyer Days will be hosted by Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Oct. 18. The show is planned in conjunction with the Chamber’s retail Craft, Food & Wine Show Oct. 16 and 17 at Clarkson University’s Cheel Arena in Potsdam.

The Strategies for a Successful Wholesale Show workshop is open to vendors participating in the Chamber’s Craft, Food & Wine Show and the Buyer Days, but is also open to other businesses who wish to seek out wholesale contacts. The workshop is free for vendors who are registered and paid for the Craft, Food & Wine Show and the Buyer Days. The event costs $5 for members of ANCA and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce as well as SBDC clients, and $10 for all other participants.

Registration can be completed with ANCA online at: http://www.adirondack.org/civicrm/event/register?cid=0&reset=1&id=16

For further information on the Fall Buyer Days contact ANCA at (518) 891-6200 or email lrichard@adirondack.org. For information on the Craft, Food & Wine Show, contact the Chamber at (315) 386-4000. For information about the wholesale workshop, contact the SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu.

Catapult Camp at SUNY Canton August 10-14

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Edge on Science will be presenting a catapult camp for ages 10 to 14 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily from August 10 to 14 at SUNY Canton.

John Aviste, Edge on Science’s camp director, has previously offered bridge building and rocket camps on campus. He said children will work under close adult supervision to build and test a trebuchet.

Trebuchet

The day camp promotes problem-solving, teambuilding and leadership skills through the engineering challenge. Children will learn fundamental physics, mechanics and assembly techniques.

The camp costs $235 per child and is limited to 14 attendees. For more information, or to register, visit edgeonscience.com. To contact Aviste, call (315) 773-5673 or email javiste@edgeonscience.com.

 

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.