Archive for October, 2015

SUNY Canton’s Upcoming Health Fair Emphasizes Nutrition, Fitness

Monday, October 26th, 2015

SUNY CantonThe SUNY Canton Davis Health Center has invited more than 25 area agencies to campus to help educate students, faculty, staff and the community about healthy lifestyles.

The fall Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees can undergo screenings for bone density, blood pressure and body mass index. There will also be information about organ and blood donation, caring for Alzheimer’s patients, health care plans, safe driving, health and fitness strategies, hospice services, adoption services, and more. Physical Therapist Assistant program students will also administer mini-massages from 10 a.m. to noon.

In addition, the Mobile Veterans Center, which is used to serve geographically remote communities, will be on hand to provide counseling services and information for military veterans and their families.

Representatives from the following organizations will be in attendance:

  • ACR Health
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Central NY
  • American Red Cross of Northern New York
  • Canton Potsdam Hospital
  • Community Health Center of the North Country
  • Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • Fidelis Care
  • Friends in Adoption
  • Health and Fitness Promotions
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • I Love NY Water
  • Kinney Drug
  • Le-Vel
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Potsdam Food Co-op
  • Finger Lakes Organ Donor Recovery
  • Lawrence County Stop DWI/Traffic Safety Program
  • Lawrence County Public Health Programming
  • SUNY Canton College Association
  • SUNY Canton Counseling Center
  • SUNY Canton Davis Health Center
  • The Body Shop Fitness and Salon
  • Trillium Center for Yoga and Health
  • United Health Care
  • Watertown Veterans Center
  • William A. Graber, MD, PC

For more information, contact SUNY Canton Health Educator and Wellness Coordinator Farren C. Lobdell at (315) 386-7958 or send an email to davisf@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 members of the NCAA Division III.

Why Gambling With Retirement Investments Isn’t A Good Bet

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Long-term mutual fund investments can weather economic uncertainty when planning for retirement, according to two SUNY Canton faculty members’ latest research.

“You might win big by dropping a mutual fund and reinvesting, but you also might lose everything,” said Professor Brian K. Harte, Ph.D. “Long term investments or lifecycle funds aren’t as much of a gamble.”

Harte & Kumar

SUNY Canton Professor Brian K. Harte and Assistant Professor Umesh Kumar recently won an award for a paper highlighting their research into long-term lifecycle or mutual fund investments.

Harte and Assistant Professor Umesh Kumar recently received Best Paper in Accounting and Economics at the Academy of Business Research Fall Conference. Their jointly authored paper, “Analyzing Mutual Funds of Various Target Dates for Retirement,” analyzes the performances of long-term investments based on more than 1,000 target date mutual funds from 2010 to 2060.

“Many people plan for retirement based on a specific date,” Harte said. “Our research indicates that individuals stand to earn more by leaving their money in mutual funds until that date rather than trying to reinvest as a means to manage economic downturns.”

Some may see their mutual fund value fall during a recession, but should still leave their investment alone, according to the researchers.

“Funds invested through financial institutions tend to perform better than other riskier ventures,” Kumar said. “Investments are moved to more conservative assets as the funds mature, removing more uncertainty than other schemes.”

Harte teaches in the college’s Criminal Justice program and Kumar teaches in the Finance program. Together, they have now won four awards for their business-related research and publications. Three of their awards have been from the Academy of Business Research, an international society of scholars and practitioners who exchange ideas and collaborate in a conference setting.

 

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 members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Receives High Marks and Number One Rankings in Student Opinion Survey

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

According to the 2015 SUNY Student Opinion Survey, SUNY Canton is excelling in student service-, academic- and facility-related areas.

The survey, which evaluates the 27 state-operated SUNY colleges and university centers, is conducted every three years and assesses student satisfaction in more than 50 areas. SUNY Canton earned number one rankings in three categories: library resources, library services and tutoring services.

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“We’re extremely gratified that our students highly value our exceptional resources,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We’re committed to ensuring their success, and these results—evaluated by the students themselves—prove it.”

The Southworth Library Learning Commons has most recently enhanced the laptop and iPad loan program; integrated Quick Response Codes, video and podcasts to meet patron needs; and expanded hours during exam periods.

“The Southworth Library Learning Commons is a focal point of engagement for the campus community,” said SUNY Canton Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott. “It is rich in academic resources, including our Tutoring Center, which offers both professional and peer tutors who support our students’ academic needs.”

The survey also measured SUNY Canton against six peer technology-sector institutions: Alfred State, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY Delhi, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Farmingdale, SUNY Maritime. SUNY Canton took the top spot in 13 areas, one of which was the quality of the college’s laboratory facilities.

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“The college’s state-of-the-art nursing, veterinary technology, engineering technology labs, as well as the newly constructed Business Learning Center, are just a few examples of facilities that support hands-on, applied learning, which is a hallmark of SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt, Ph.D.

Another area that students ranked first among technology-sector schools was SUNY Canton’s Office of Career Services, which offers a number of resume writing, interview and networking workshops, as well as individualized coaching for those who are entering the work force. In addition, during the 2014-2015 academic year, the office brought nearly 100 local and regional employers to campus to recruit students for job opportunities.

“We like to begin working with first-year students in developing their resumes and creating a plan,” said SUNY Canton Director of Career Services Julie A. Parkman. “They continue to use our services throughout their academic career to obtain summer jobs or internships that enhance their educational knowledge. All these experiences prepare our students to begin their professional careers.”

Career Fair

Within the academic arena, students praised the availability of online courses, ranking the college first in the technology sector. Over the past several years, SUNY Canton has enjoyed increased growth in online course enrollments, due in large part to expanded course offerings. This year the college’s online programs were ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

“SUNY Canton’s online courses offer the same high-quality instruction as a traditional classroom setting,” added Mott. “In addition, our Summer Session and Winterterm courses help students finish in four years, which supports SUNY System-wide goals for access and completion.”

Additional areas that earned the top spot in the survey when compared to technology-sector schools included athletic and recreational facilities, health and wellness programs, religious and spiritual programs and social media presence.

 

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 members of the NCAA Division III.

Gouverneur Hospital Donates Medical-Surgical Bed to SUNY Canton’s Nursing Program

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Gouverneur Hospital has made a donation that will help SUNY Canton’s Nursing students prepare for their future careers.

Representatives recently gave a Hill-Rom CareAssist ES Medical Surgical Bed to augment the college’s simulated hospital laboratory.

Nursing students Brooke A. Knight of Waddington, Timothy J. McIntyre of Hannawa Falls and Kyle D. Weems of Norwood practice with a bed donated by Gouverneur Hospital in SUNY Canton’s simulated hospital laboratory.

Nursing students Brooke A. Knight of Waddington, Timothy J. McIntyre of Hannawa Falls and Kyle D. Weems of Norwood practice with a bed donated by Gouverneur Hospital in SUNY Canton’s simulated hospital laboratory.

“We were delighted to receive this special tool for training our students,” said Nursing Professor Debra M. Backus, who noted that similar units cost approximately $10,000. “It’s the only bed in the lab that has an exit monitoring system that will alert staff if the patient moves.”

Gouverneur Hospital CEO Marlinda L. LaValley added, “This is mutually beneficial and we’re delighted to be able to support workforce development in our region, particularly of the nursing workforce.”

The bed is already being used as a resting place for one of the college’s practice mannequins, used to simulate hospital care scenarios. While the college’s plastic patients won’t fully appreciate the capabilities of the bed, the advanced features help students become more adept with the tools and resources available at the healthcare facilities where they will work after graduation.

Other features that will assist students include an integrated bed scale, sophisticated steering for moving the patient and a one-button dining chair position.

 

About Gouverneur Hospital

Gouverneur Hospital was opened in January of 2014 as a critical access hospital. It is part of the St. Lawrence Health System and affiliated with Canton-Potsdam Hospital. The hospital serves a regional community of approximately 18,000 people in southern St. Lawrence and northern Jefferson counties. The organization prides itself on employing providers and staff who are committed to providing patients of all ages with high-quality, compassionate care as close to home as possible.

 

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 members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton SBDC Links Small Businesses with Government, College and Industry at Matchmaker Event

Monday, October 19th, 2015

rp_sbdc_logo.jpgSmall business owners can expand their customer base and learn how to sell their goods and services to local governments, colleges, large businesses and industries at the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) St. Lawrence County Contracting Matchmaker event.

The Matchmaker will run from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 26, in the Richard W. Miller Woodcock Conference Suites.

Matchmaking is like speed dating. Businesses sign up for 10-minute meetings with purchasing officers and have that short time to network and share marketing materials and to find out about the products and services available and needed. When time is up, the business moves to the next agency.

“Our goal is to educate agencies about what is available locally and help businesses secure a contract to sell to public and private entities,” said SBDC Director Dale A. Rice. “Previous Matchmaker events have resulted in many successful connections.”

About a dozen agencies will be participating this year, including:

  • Clarkson University
  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital
  • Potsdam Specialty Paper Inc.
  • Lawrence University
  • SUNY Canton
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • SeaComm Federal Credit Union
  • United Helpers

The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce will be cohosting the Matchmaker with sponsorship from Workforce Development Institute, Development Authority of the North Country (DANC), North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency. The hosting agencies will also be participating in the match sessions.

The event costs $10 for small businesses and preregistered participants will be given priority scheduling. The Matchmaker is free for purchasing officers who preregister.

For more information about the Matchmaker, call the SBDC at (315) 386-7312, email sbdc@canton.edu, or visit www.canton.edu/sbdc.

 

About the Small Business Development Center

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

 

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 members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series Hosts Author Rahul Mehta Oct. 21

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Rahul MehtaAn author who explores the complexities of being gay and Indian-American will visit SUNY Canton as part of the popular Living Writers Series.

Rahul Mehta will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Mehta will discuss his debut short-story collection, “Quarantine,” which won
a Lambda Literary Award and the Asian American Literary Award for fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in the Kenyon Review, the Sun, New Stories from the South, the New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune and Elle India. Mehta lives in Philadelphia and teaches at the University of the Arts.

“Mehta’s stories are beautiful, insightful and timely,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “His work traverses the themes of cultural, sexual and gender identity, while providing insight on the experience of immigration and the challenges of living between two worlds. I welcome the community to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month by joining us for this event.”

LaMarche created the Living Writers Series in 2012 to coincide with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the college.

The final guest of the Living Writers Series’ fall installment will be poet Jennifer Foerster, who will appear at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

For more information about the Living Writers Series, 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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Friday, October 16th, 2015

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton is seeking nominations for the annual College Council Distinguished Citizen Award.

Since 1976 the College has given this prestigious award in recognition of exceptional and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the state, or to the nation.

Members of the community are invited to submit nominations for the award. Nomination packets must include: a nomination letter; the name and position of the nominee; a description of the distinguished services, recognitions, facts or characteristics that is pertinent or informative; a brief biography of the nominee; and at least three supporting letters from non-family members. Additional supporting documentation can also be included.

Nominations, which are due on or before Feb. 1, 2016, should be addressed to SUNY Canton President Dr. Zvi Szafran or SUNY Canton College Council Chairman Mr. Ronald M. O’Neill, Office of the President, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY, 13617. Nominations can also be sent by email to youngm@canton.edu.

The award will be presented at the Faculty and Community Awards Dinner in May 2016, and the recipient’s name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Last year’s recipient of the prestigious award was Banford Elementary School Counselor Kelley F. Glasgow.

For more information, contact Michaela Young, Assistant to the President, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at youngm@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 members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Welcomes Prospective Students, Families at Open House

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton hosted one of its largest open house events last weekend.

Approximately 400 total visitors, including prospective students and their families, came to view the campus and learn about the college’s academic programs. It was the most well attended admissions event in the last three years, according to SUNY Canton Director of Admissions Melissa Evans.

“We had students visiting from nearly every corner of the state and we had an extremely strong showing from St. Lawrence County,” Evans said. “We also had several registrations from Vermont, Massachusetts and Canada. We are looking forward to welcoming a large and academically prepared incoming class.”

Open houses are designed to showcase the campus, programs, services, and talents to prospective students and their families. Faculty members highlight their respective academic programs and the college’s focus on applied learning. Attendants had the opportunity to visit the college’s business trading room, technology-driven laboratories in the engineering sciences and learning facilities in allied health fields. They also have the chance to visit the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center and Kennedy Hall, the college’s newest student residence.

As part of a new tradition, a band comprised of SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Associate Professor Daniel J. Gagliardi, and Executive Director for University Relations Lenore VanderZee welcomed families to the day’s events.

SUNY Canton will host two more Open House events on Friday, Oct. 23 and Friday, Nov. 13.  To register, contact the office of Admissions at 1-800-388-7123, emailing admissions@canton.edu or by visiting the college’s webpage www.canton.edu.

Employers Seek Students, Graduates and Community Members at SUNY Canton Career Fair

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

More than 40 employers will be participating in SUNY Canton’s Fall Career Fair.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at two locations on campus. Companies and organizations seeking applicants with technology-based skills will be located in Nevaldine Hall. All other recruiters, including those seeking to fill positions in the health, business and criminal justice fields, will be stationed in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center rooms 212 and 214. Both locations are free and open to alumni and job seekers from the community.

Career Fair

Julie A. Parkman, the college’s director of career services, said she was delighted with the size and scope of this year’s career fair and that the recruiters match the college’s goals and program offerings.

“We have a tremendous number of companies seeking to hire students from the Canino School of Engineering Technology,” she said. “Other opportunities include careers with hospitals and health agencies, police departments as well as with area businesses and organizations.”

SUNY Canton’s Career Fairs often serve as the first interview for full-time positions, but also present opportunities for part-time jobs and internships. Attendants are encouraged to bring their resumes.

Career Fair

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

SUNY Canton Hosts First Fall Open House Oct. 10

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton will hold the first of three fall open houses from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

Prospective college students and their families can spend a day touring campus, visiting academic departments and speaking with faculty and current students.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., which will be followed by an Academic and Student Services Fair where representatives from financial aid, tutoring, career services, admissions, athletics and student clubs and organizations will be on hand to speak with attendees.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about academic programs, participate in a financial aid workshop, meet one-on-one with an admissions counselor and submit an application.

For those who cannot attend the Oct. 10 event, the college will also host open houses Friday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Nov. 13.

Prospective students who are interested in attending any of the open houses are asked to register at https://www.canton.edu/admissions/open_house_contact.html.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions at (315) 386-7123 or send an email to admissions@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 members of the NCAA Division III.