Archive for December, 2015

SUNY Canton Sets New Enrollment Record for Winterterm Session

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

SUNY Canton’s popular online Winterterm session has broken an enrollment record for the second year in a row.

Total enrollment for 2015 is 1,434, which surpasses the 2014 record of 1,322. The session began Dec. 16 and continues through Jan. 14.

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According to Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies, the upward trend is due to a number of factors, including the college’s reputation for excellence in online learning, its student-centered policies and the expansion of course offerings.

“This year more than 100 courses were available in an array of disciplines, including business, finance, criminal justice and social science,” she said. “The variety appeals to students from not only the SUNY system, but from private colleges in New York state and across the country. They can earn credits that are transferrable to their home institution.”

SUNY Canton has been offering online courses during the Winterterm break since 2005, which originally consisted of 160 enrollments and 18 courses. Throughout the past 10 years, the college has seen a dramatic increase in demand for online courses and has attracted a large contingent of students from schools such as Syracuse University, Stony Brook University, SUNY Albany and SUNY Binghamton.

The college’s virtual classroom format allows students to catch up or get ahead on credits between the fall and spring semesters, which directly supports SUNY system-wide goals for access and completion. Another advantage of the online session, Mott said, is that the college guarantees every course that is advertised will be offered.

The successful Winterterm session follows on the heels of a record-breaking 2015 online Summer Session, which has seen a significant increase in enrollments during the past three years.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 Students Keep Holiday Spirit Year Round

Monday, December 14th, 2015

SUNY Canton students have the “spirit of the season” all year long through their volunteer efforts on campus, in the local community and across the country. The following are just a few of the projects students have participated in during 2015.

Student Government Association

Student Government Association Budget Director Fatizjah Burnett, an industrial technology major from Brooklyn, helps SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran with nearly 100 gifts collected through the college’s Giving Tree. The gifts will be distributed to area youth by the Canton Church and Community Program.

Giving Tree

Outdoor Adventures Club (OAC)

This year OAC members pitched in to help clean and maintain trails at Stone Valley Trail in Colton, as well as re-route a section of trail to provide a more scenic hike alongside the Racquette River. They also worked in conjunction with the Grasse River Heritage organization to make upgrades to Heritage Park in Canton.

In March the group took an alternative spring break trip to Staunton River State Park in Virginia where they spent their vacation helping to care for one of original parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

In addition to hands-on work, members raised funds for the American Cancer Society through participation in “No Shave November” and Relay for Life.

Outdoor Adventures Club

OAC members at Stone Valley Trail in Colton (left) and Downerville State Forest in Russell (right).

Outdoor Adventures Club

OAC members on their alternative spring break trip to Staunton River State Park in Virginia.

 

Habitat for Humanity

Fourteen SUNY Canton student members of the Habitat for Humanity club worked on two homes in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, Fla., during an alternative spring break trip in March. Students worked alongside the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and the future homeowners to paint exterior siding and install drywall.

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.

 

Greek Organizations

In October Delta Sigma Tau sorority members attended the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Walk in Syracuse to support breast cancer awareness. In November they held a silent march on campus in support of the students and staff of the University of Missouri.

Sigma Omega Epsilon

Sigma Omega Epsilon sorority sisters recently helped run a bone marrow registration in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Phantoms in the Park

SUNY Canton’s sororities and fraternities (and Roody) participated in the annual “Phantoms in the Park” event in Canton where they helped children make crafts and organized a costume contest.

Omega Chi

On October 24 the brothers of Alpha Omega Chi helped collect trash throughout the Village of Canton during “Make a Difference Day,” as well as helped with cleanup at St. Mary’s Church.

The brothers of Delta Omega Epsilon recently completed a toy drive to benefit the Children’s Home of Jefferson County.

Environmental Change Organization
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During the fall semester, students hosted four campus cleanups, as well as several leaf pickups to contribute to the College’s composting initiative. They also educated the campus about the value of reusable water bottles to decrease plastic waste.

 

Student-Athletes

More than 100 student-athletes volunteered at the New York State North Country Region Special Olympic Summer Games in May, where they helped encourage the competitors and assisted with event organization.

Special Olympics

The SUNY Canton women’s hockey team delivered 300 food items to the Canton Neighborhood Center in December. The Roos asked fans to bring canned food items to the team’s home game versus Salem State University.

Women's Hockey

Jessica Pele, Kat McNeilly, Mariah McCue and Amanda Ballestero of the women’s hockey team deliver canned goods to the Canton Neighborhood Center.

 

Veterinary Technician Association

Student members volunteered their time throughout the year at the Malone and Potsdam Humane Societies where they helped with grooming and administering medication for the animals. They also raised money for both shelters through various fundraisers to cover the cost of heartworm treatments.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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.

University Police Officer Honored for Life-Saving Tactics

Monday, December 14th, 2015

filiatrault_sethThe Police Benevolent Association of New York State Law Enforcement (PBA of NYS) has commended the work of SUNY Canton University Police Officer Seth A. Filiatrault following his life-saving intervention at an off-campus residence on November 30.

Filiatrault administered a presumably life-saving dose of Naxolone (also known as Narcan) to an unresponsive victim. Narcan is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The patient responded to the treatment, which allowed time for medical crews to arrive and provide transport to the hospital.

“Officer Filiatrault and his law enforcement colleagues are to be commended for their professionalism and rapid response, and for reversing a potentially tragic situation,” said PBA of NYS President Peter Barry, who is also the university police officers director.

The PBA of NYS executive director Dan De Federicis added, “State University Police officers were among the first to be trained and equipped with Narcan in New York. The PBA of NYS is proud to represent such professional and well-trained police officers.”

Among the other officers and agencies to assist with the intervention were St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies, Canton Village Police Department and Canton Fire and Rescue.

SUNY Canton University police were among the very first officers trained to use Narcan in St. Lawrence County. University Police Officer John Hudson trained many of the officers from other area agencies on its use.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Living Writers Series

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

SUNY Canton Lecture SeriesThe National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced it will award SUNY Canton $10,000 to support the college’s popular Living Writers Series.

The series, which began in 2012, has hosted 15 prominent literary guest speakers from across the country. All events are free and open to the public. According to SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche, the award funding will be used specifically to bring globally recognized authors to campus in conjunction with African American and Native American History months.

“I’d like to thank the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting the Living Writers Series,” said LaMarche, who created and directs the series. “This award will help foster discussions of diversity on campus at a time when they are greatly needed across our country.”

Throughout the past several years, the series has grown in popularity and guests have included renowned writers such as bestselling authors Mary Karr, William Rhoden and George Saunders. This year leading environmental activist and climate change pioneer Bill McKibben drew a crowd of more than 700 attendees from throughout the North Country region.

McKibben, Saunders, Karr

“The Living Writers Series has proven to be a valuable asset to SUNY Canton and the community,” LaMarche said. “We have brought a diverse list of creative artists and intellectual minds to our campus to engage with our students and the greater community.”

The award is part of the NEA’s “Challenge America” program, which aims to support projects that benefit populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability.

Phil A. LaMarche poses for a photo with Award-winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author William Rhoden.

Phil K. LaMarche poses for a photo with Award-winning New York Times columnist and bestselling author William Rhoden.

“The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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 Faculty Member Researches the Economics of Climate Change

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Developing countries should be offered incentives to help address global environmental concerns, according to SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Umesh Kumar, Ph.D.

Kumar recently released the paper “Market Based Incentives in Developing Countries: Geographical Dispersion, Antecedents and Implications of the Clean Development Mechanism,” co-authored with Dr. John Fay, co-founder of the Social and Ecological Management Fund. Their research was selected for publication in Climate and Development, an international peer-reviewed journal.

Umesh Kumar

Their research uses the Human Development Index (HDI), a statistic that helps rank countries by combining life expectancy, education and individual income levels.

“We’ve found that the HDI is a crucial factor for a country to take advantage of the financial incentives to reduce greenhouse gases offered by developed nations,” Kumar said. “The findings of this article suggest that countries that have not achieved a minimum service level of basic needs, or have a low HDI, are unlikely to commit the resources for reducing emissions, even with economic incentives.”

Funding through the Clean Development Mechanism for emission reduction project should be targeted toward developing countries, including Sub-Saharan Africa, to best inspire results on a global scale, according to the research.

Kumar teaches in the Finance program and has previously won four awards through the Academy of Business Research for his economic studies with SUNY Canton Professor Brian K. Harte, Ph.D.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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.

Tavernier Promoted to Associate Professor at SUNY Canton

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Ronald TavernierRonald J. Tavernier Jr., Ph.D., has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of biology in the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice at SUNY Canton.

He is currently the chair of the Science Department and has been a faculty member since 2007. Tavernier received his bachelor of science degree in wildlife management and a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1997 and 2007, respectively.

His research focuses on circadian rhythms and selective breeding. He has also authored numerous journal articles and conference papers and has presented at multiple conferences across the country.

Among his many honors are a National Center for Academic Transformation grant and several graduate and undergraduate scholarships. He is also the recipient of eight Golden Apple Awards from SUNY Canton’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society students.

Tavernier is an active member of the community, most notably as the director of Camp Invention, a summer science and engineering camp at SUNY Canton. Since 2011 the camp has allowed local children in grades first through sixth the opportunity to explore the connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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.

Quinn Promoted to Professor at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Pamela QuinnPamela P. Quinn has been promoted to professor at SUNY Canton. She is the curriculum coordinator for the associate degree program in Dental Hygiene, located at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Rome, N.Y.

Quinn has been a licensed dental hygienist since 1975. She was one of the founding faculty members of the program and led the American Dental Association accreditation site visits in 2007 and 2014.

Her professional honors include a 2015 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the campus, SUNY, the community or professional organizations.

Quinn was selected primarily for her coordination of outreach initiatives that provide free dental care and education to local youth. The projects have earned four American Dental Hygienists Association Student Member Community Service Awards.

In addition to serving as a peer reviewer of textbooks and journals, she is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Dental Hygiene Association and the Dental Hygiene Association of the State of New York.

Quinn earned a bachelor of science as well as a master of science degree in Health Education from the State University of New York at Cortland.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s 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.