Archive for 2016

Accreditors Seek Public Feedback on SUNY Canton’s Practical Nursing Program

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

The Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) will be holding a public forum seeking feedback about SUNY Canton’s Practical Nursing Program from 3 to 4 p.m. January 31 in Cook Hall Room 121.

The college’s practical nursing certificate degree program is undergoing a site review. During this review, the accreditors wish to hear comments and suggestions from the public to help measure the program’s effectiveness.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by SUNY Canton meets acceptable levels of quality as a premiere educational institution. Members of the college’s faculty, staff and administration use accreditation as another way to measure the success of programs and evaluate the quality of each career-driven major.

The practical nursing program was established in 2009 and is noted for providing a highly respected nursing workforce for physicians’ offices, clinics, nursing homes, hospice and hospitals.

Written comments are welcome and should be submitted by January 30, 2017 to Marsal P. Stoll, Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, or by email, mstoll@acenursing.org.

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Makes 10,000 Smiles

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
Wanda K. King receives a special gift from Felicity P. Runge of Carthage.

Pictured are (l to r) Wanda K. King of Utica received a special gift for being the 10,000th patient at SUNY Canton’s Dental Hygiene Clinic in Rome, N.Y. her student hygienist, Felicity P. Runge of Carthage.

The SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Clinic recently saw its 10,000th patient.

“The SUNY Canton students enrolled in dental hygiene provide preventive care to volunteers from the community,” noted Professor Pamela P. Quinn, who oversees the clinic. “Our 10,000th patient to receive care at the clinic was Wanda K. King of Utica. We were very proud to achieve this milestone as we prepare to celebrate our 10-year anniversary.”

King was given a celebratory gift provided by Crest and Oral B by her student-hygienist, Felicity P. Runge of Carthage.

The clinic, which is operated at the VA Outpatient Medical Facility in Rome, N.Y., celebrated its grand opening in 2006 and its first class of students graduated in 2008.

The Dental Hygiene program has received multiple awards for service within the Rome community, including the prestigious American Dental Hygienists Association Student Member Community Service Award and a $5,000 grant from the Wrigley Company Foundation to offer children preventative dental services.

SUNY Canton students provide care for children (age 5 and older) and adults. Services include screening exams, cavity checks, periodontal screenings and cleanings, exposure of x-rays, application of fluoride, and placement of sealants. Services are offered for qualifying patients at a discounted fee of $10.00 for children and $15.00 for adults. Veterans receive care free of charge. To make an appointment, please call the clinic 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 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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Students Create Video Games for Class at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Alainya Kavaloski’s students don’t get in trouble for playing video games during class. In fact, she’s found a new way to tap into their obsession with gaming.

Her Media Writing and Digital Graphic Storytelling students used augmented reality platforms to develop first-person digital adventures this semester.

A student tests an app while a professor looks on.

Game designers in Assistant Professor Alainya Kavaloski’s class test their applications on mobile devices and laptops. Pictured are in the foreground (l to r) Tyrone C. Jamison, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from the Bronx, Kavaloski, and Devin M. Breckenridge, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from Gouverneur.

“Our students analyze videos, animations and interactive fiction for inspiration for this project,” Kavaloski said. “Today is game test day, but the groups had to role-play as design teams. They had to create marketing materials to support their proposals.”

A group of students huddled over their iPads, laptops and mobile phones with GPS photographs of the campus. Detailed objectives popped up as they navigated characters through virtual maps.

“Our game is based on hacking,” said Devin M. Breckenridge, a Graphic and Multimedia Design student from Gouverneur. “It starts when the character has their identity is stolen, which leads them to take on adventures to determine who hacked their accounts.”

Four students gaming

The protagonist in the game becomes a hacker-activist as the adventure leads to uncovering secrets and hidden mysteries.

Another group re-imagined the Steam game “This War of Mine” where a group of civilians try to survive in a besieged city. In addition to redesigning the game objectives and missions, the students create a team website, an illustrated proposal and a video trailer to outline their project.

Kavaloski’s two courses are offered through the college’s two-year Liberal Arts program, but are very popular with students from four-year programs. Previously, she’s orchestrated a game jam event that challenged students to design a game alongside other players from around the world.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY’s Got Your Back in Canton

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Tajahre N. Gray, a SUNY Canton Health Care Management major from Syracuse, helps prepare comfort bags for the Renewal House in Canton.

SUNY Canton joined a State University of New York-wide effort to assemble and distribute comfort kits for survivors of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. Earlier this week Amanda D. Rowley, Title IX coordinator, Farren C. Lobdell, health educator and wellness coordinator, and Amanda L. Deckert, director of Greek life, helped students assemble 25 backpacks for children utilizing St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House services in Canton. Each bag contained coloring books, toys, toiletries, stuffed animals and snacks.

“We reached out to the campus community for donations, and we received much more than what we needed to fill the bags,” Rowley said. “We gave the remainder of the toys and any cash we received to Renewal House to supplement the backpacks.”

The college has a relationship with Renewal House, and holds fundraisers on campus, including Denim Day, a day in April  when faculty and staff contribute donations for the privilege of wearing jeans to work.

A group of dedicated SUNY Canton volunteers helped package donations into backpacks and deliver them to Renewal House in Canton as part of “SUNY’s Got Your Back.” Pictured are (l to r): Amanda L. Deckert, director of Greek life; Christopher E. Simms, a Veterinary Services Management major from Rochester; Jobany Calderone, a Homeland Security major from New Windsor; Amanda D. Rowley, Title IX coordinator, Ryan DeRosa, a Criminal Investigation major from Canton; Tajahre N. Gray, a SUNY Canton Health Care Management major from Syracuse; and Farren C. Lobdell, health educator and wellness coordinator.

SUNY Canton Celebrates Promotions in the Canino School of Engineering Technology

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently recognized promotions and new appointments in the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Among those recognized was Michael J. Newtown, who was recently hired as the school’s dean after serving the college in an interim capacity for the same position. Previously, he was an associate professor who helped create the college’s Alternative and Renewable Energy program. He has conducted grant-funded research into pellet combustion in collaboration with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and Clarkson University. Newtown was recognized for his outstanding service to the college with the President’s Meritorious Service Award in 2009.

Provost Doug Scheidt, Dean Michael Newtown, and President Zvi Szafran

Newtown is currently working on his Doctorate in Fluids Mechanics and Heat Transfer at Clarkson University. He previously earned his Master of Science in Engineering and Global Operation Management from Clarkson, his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and his Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from SUNY Canton.

Additionally, Daniel J. Gagliardi was promoted to professor, which is the highest position available for teaching professionals at the college. He was instrumental in creating the college’s mathematics minor and developed several new courses within the program. He has published numerous research articles and routinely guest lectures at mathematics conferences. He received the college’s Distinguished Faculty award in 2015.

Dan Gagliardi teaches a class.

Gagliardi earned his Doctorate in Mathematics from North Carolina State University, his Master of Science in Mathematics from New Mexico State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from SUNY Purchase.

Promotions from the college’s School of Business and Liberal Arts and the School of Science Health and Criminal Justice will be announced at a later date.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Engineering Technology Student to Bring Sustainable Energy to Peru

Monday, December 12th, 2016

A junior in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program will travel to South America this winter to manufacture and install a wind turbine that will provide green energy to the rural Peruvian community of Playa Blanca.

Jessica L. Fischer was selected to join 12 other students from around the world for the four-week volunteer project, which is organized by the WindAid Institute, an organization that builds and installs low-cost, residential-scale wind turbines in developing communities.

Jessica Fischer works on a wind turbine.

SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology student Jessica L. Fischer will travel to Peru this winter to help construct a wind turbine for the village of Playa Blanca.

Fischer, a native of Buffalo, said a passion for wind power is what prompted her to look into working with the nonprofit.

“While pursuing my degree, I had the opportunity to take courses that focus on alternative energy,” she said. “This project will take my education one step further and allow me to see first-hand how providing access to environmentally friendly power can transform someone’s life.”

Since the turbines are manufactured from scratch by volunteers, Fischer said the skills she has gained in the classroom will help her during the fabrication and installation process.

Jessica Fischer showcases a model turbine.“Every lab and lecture at SUNY Canton included real-world applications for the engineering concepts I was learning,” she added. “I have also completed a course that specifically focused on the design and technology of wind turbines, so I am very prepared for this project.”

Her duties will include constructing the blades, which are a mixture of carbon fiber and resin, and building the base, which is made from recycled stainless steel and fiberglass.

“This opportunity is most fitting for Jessica; she is a dynamic, hardworking and detail-oriented student,” said Daniel J. Miller an assistant professor who teaches in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. “The entire campus is very proud of the work she will be doing in Peru, and we look forward to learning about her experience when she returns.”

Approximately 37 percent of the Peruvian population lacks grid connectivity; however, according to the institute, the rural landscape of the country’s mountains and coastline offers the ideal climate for wind power, which is a preferable alternative to expensive diesel generators that emit carcinogens and other pollutants.

The turbine produces approximately 870 kilowatt-hours of energy annually, which is enough to power a television, laptop or 36 LED lightbulbs for the entire year.

Since the WindAid Institute began 2006, their engineers and technicians have led more than 50 installation projects in Peru. The cost of the materials is covered by the contributions from the volunteers, and maintenance costs are paid for by the recipient community.

Fischer’s trip was funded by donations from the Canton College Foundation, SUNY Canton’s offices of the President and the Provost, and alumnus Thomas P. Woodside, class of 1966.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who supported my efforts to become the first student from SUNY Canton to serve as a WindAid Institute ambassador,” Fischer said.

 

About WindAid Institute

We serve as an educational institute whose projects provide electricity to developing communities utilizing wind energy to provide a clean and reliable source of electricity in locations where traditional electricity is not available. Students and professionals come from all over the world to work together designing, building and installing wind generators. Each project contributes to the evolution of the design, or reinforces the solidity of the design concepts encouraging an environment of education and innovation. To learn more, visit www.windaid.org.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Remembers Distinguished Alumnus John L. Halford, Sr. (1925-2016)

Friday, December 9th, 2016

“I hope students enjoy their time at the college and use their experience to shape their lives.”

One of SUNY Canton’s most dedicated patrons has passed away.

John L. Halford, Sr., of Gouverneur, died December 7, 2016, at Maplewood Nursing Home in Canton. He was 91. A memorial service will be held in the spring.

The Halfords stand in front of the Roos House ice arena.

“John Halford did a tremendous amount of good in this world,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “He served America in World War II, and served the communities that he lived in when he returned. He always wanted to help others, through his church, his town, and through funding scholarships and supporting his college. He will be sorely missed.”

Mr. Halford was born Jan. 24, 1925 in Gouverneur. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and served in the South Pacific attached to the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion and the 3rd Marine Division. He received an honorary discharge in 1946 and returned to graduate from Gouverneur High School in 1947.

John Halford and President Zvi Szafran

SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus John L. Halford stands with President Zvi Szafran after the patron made a large donation in honor of the new president.

He then went on to graduate from the Agricultural and Technical College at Canton in 1949 with a degree in Air Conditioning Engineering Technology. Mr. Halford also took courses at St. Lawrence University, Hofstra University and Suffolk Community College.

Mr. Halford worked for the Gouverneur Hospital from 1951 to 1953. He was employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory from 1953 to 1970 as a technical specialist whose primary responsibilities were in the development of liquid containment materials for nuclear reactors. He then worked as maintenance supervisor for Suffolk County in the Buildings and Grounds Department from 1972 until his retirement in 1988.

The Halfords

 

A lifetime of commitment to SUNY Canton

The Halfords stand in the Halford LobbyMr. Halford was a dedicated believer in helping students to achieve their potential. In 1989 he established an endowed scholarship at SUNY Canton that is given annually to five students who are in need of financial assistance. In 1999, Mr. Halford established a memorial scholarship to honor the wartime service of the six Halford brothers – all of whom served in World War II. This scholarship is awarded to two Gouverneur High School seniors who are planning to attend one of the four-year programs at SUNY Canton.

In a 2005 article for the After Canton alumni magazine, Mr. Halford said, “College is all about opportunities in life. A lot of young people don’t see a future, but I hope that with these scholarships I can help them see all of the possibilities that lie ahead for them.”

Mr. Halford had the distinct honor of being the alum with the most locations named for him on SUNY Canton’s campus. The college dedicated the John L. Halford, Sr. Lobby in 2005, Halford Suite in the Roos House in 2011, Halford Classroom in 2012, a Veterans Tree in 2014 and Halford Hall, which houses the CREST Center, in 2014. Mr. Halford also served on the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors since 2004.

John L. Halford Sr., his wife, Nelta, SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and Dean Michael J. Newtown

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton alumnus John L. Halford Sr., his wife, Nelta, SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

He received the college’s prestigious Distinguished Alumnus award at SUNY Canton’s 2010 Commencement Ceremony, was inducted into the college-wide Hall of Fame in 2011 and was inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame by State Senator Patty Ritchie in 2014.

Most recently, Mr. Halford gave a generous donation in honor of Dr. Szafran’s installment at SUNY Canton. The president’s father, Daniel Szafran, and the late patron became fast friends after their initial introduction.

Donations in Mr. Halford’s memory can be made to the Canton College Foundation.

SUNY Canton Faculty Member Wins AAUW Research Award

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Emily Hamilton-HoneyA SUNY Canton assistant professor recently won the St. Lawrence County Chapter of the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) Research Award for her in-depth study of young women’s serial novels.

Emily Hamilton-Honey, Ph.D., who teaches English at the college, received her citation from the St. Lawrence County Branch of AAUW at a fall membership meeting.

“AAUW is a wonderful organization that advocates tirelessly forfemale faculty and professionals all over the country,” Hamilton-Honey said. “Our local St. Lawrence County branch does a tremendous amount to encourage education and leadership among women and girls in our community. It made me very happy that they felt my work was worthy of recognition.”

 

The Assistant Professor serves as the college’s gender studies curriculum coordinator. She is the author of the book in progress titled “Girls to the Rescue: Mixed Messages From American Girls’ Series Fiction in World War I.” Her research is based on books including The Red Cross Girls, The Khaki Girls and the Ruth Fielding novels. The book is slated to be published next year.

hamilton-honey

Last year, she received the Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave Program award through United University Professions, the union representing faculty and professional staff at the college.

Hamilton-Honey recently had an article accepted for the December publication in the Journal of American Culture based on Louisa May Alcott’s first novel. She is also on the steering committee for the Associated Colleges’ Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference, which will be held Feb. 10-11, 2018, at SUNY Potsdam.

 

About AAUW

Founded in 1881, the American Association of University Women promotes equity and education for women and girls. The organization has 170,000 members, 1,000 local branches and partners with 800 colleges and universities. The St. Lawrence County Chapter of AAUW sponsors an annual scholarship at SUNY Canton.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Health Care Management Degree Selected as a Top Online Program

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

SUNY Canton’s online bachelor’s degree program in Health Care Management has earned high marks for affordability, flexibility and earning potential in Best Degree Programs.org’s 2016 guide.

The website praised the degree, saying “SUNY Canton rivals even the most accommodating online colleges with its B.S. in Health Care Management, which allows students to select any combination of online, hybrid and face-to-face courses.”Best Degree Programs - Most Affordable 2016

The guide’s purpose is two-fold: to determine the 10 most in-demand degree types that offer the greatest salary outlook, as well as identify the five most cost-effective online programs within those categories.

According to the site, those who pursue a career in Health Care Management can look forward to entering a healthy job market filled with opportunity. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 17 percent growth in positions until 2024, which equates to 56,000 new jobs.

“To us, the data indicate that a degree in this discipline could be a ticket to a reliable future with a high return on investment and room to grow,” the website said.

SUNY Canton Instructor and Health Care Management Curriculum Coordinator Marela Fiacco agreed with the organization’s job outlook assessment. “While medical personnel such a doctors, nurses and other frontline staff continue to be in demand, health care administrators are also needed to offer behind-the-scenes support that will improve the quality and efficiency of health care,” she said. “Our graduates possess a broad knowledge of health sciences, business law, healthcare ethics, communications and management, as well as practical skills necessary for a fulfilling career in the health care field.”

Health Care Management student working with professor

For more information about Health Care Management, visit SUNY Canton’s program website. The entire Best Degree Program rankings can be found here.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton to Host Lead Renovation Certification Classes

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

SUNY Canton CRESTThe SUNY Canton Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development and the Occupational Health Clinical Center of the North Country are sponsoring two lead renovation safety certification classes Dec. 1 and Dec. 16.

This eight-hour course is required for any renovators or painters to become a certified lead-safe contractor, which is necessary to work on pre-1978 housing, schools or child-occupied facilities.

The training is also recommended for landlords, property managers or homeowners who are completing renovations.

The training will be held at the CREST Center on the SUNY Canton campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be taught by Environmental Education Associates, an EPA-accredited organization. Lunch will be provided.

Registration is free if completed by Nov. 28 by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lead-renovator-training-tickets-29485828908 or by contacting Relani Prudhomme, outreach and education coordinator for the Occupational Health Clinical Center, at (315) 744-0651 or prudhomr@upstate.edu.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.