Archive for February, 2016

New Credit Card Processing Technology Featured at SBDC Women’s Business Bootcamp

Monday, February 29th, 2016

rp_sbdc_logo.jpgCredit card processing is a necessary part of doing business in today’s marketplace. Business owners have many options to choose from and factoring in all of the newest technologies can make navigating these options a challenge. Michael Hornung of MLS Direct Network will present “What You Need to Know About Credit Card Processing” at the spring Women’s Business Bootcamp hosted by the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9.

Hornung has 16 years experience in credit card processing and will discuss what businesses need to know to understand the technology, including the recent transition to EMV Chip cards and Apple Pay.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon will feature a luncheon and the popular Mini Marketplace where attendees can showcase and sell their products or services. The event is sponsored by SUNY Canton, the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship, the Workforce Development Institute and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Cost is $30 per person and pre-registration is required. The fee includes luncheon and keynote speaker, a table for the Mini Marketplace (on a space-available basis) and plenty of networking opportunities. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or sbdc@canton.edu.

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 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 Celebrates University Police Appreciation Day

Friday, February 26th, 2016

SUNY Canton’s staff and students thanked the college’s University Police Department for keeping the college safe. During a surprise ceremony on Wednesday (Feb. 24) each of the officers was presented with a basket filled with gift cards, stress balls, coffee cups, candy and personalized t-shirts designed by students.

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“The Student Government Association (SGA),  the Student Affairs office and the College Association all wanted to thank the officers for all they do to support its students,” said Khaina A. Solomon, a SUNY Canton Management major and SGA President. “Nearly everyone I know appreciates all the work University Police does for the campus.”

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University Police provides a safe and secure environment for the entire campus community and assists local law enforcement agencies. Most recently, an officer helped save a life by administering Naxolone (also known as Narcan) to an unresponsive overdose victim at an off-campus residence. Numerous other officers have been heralded for their life-saving efforts both locally and statewide.

 

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 Open House Welcomes Future Engineering Students of All Ages

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

The college meets future students, and employers seek college graduates during the second-annual Engineers Week celebration.

Aaron Clark traveled to SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House from Saranac Lake with one goal in mind – to win the Corning Incorporated Foundation  sponsored scholarship at the bridge building contest.

He and his partner, Jacy Thompson, accomplished that objective and both walked away with the coveted $1,300 scholarship to the college. Clark and Thompson assembled pipe cleaners, Popsicle sticks, straws and plastic lacing to span a clear plastic bin. Judges then loaded two kilograms of weight onto the bridge and measured how much the laden bridge deflected, or bowed, under the strain.

Across the crowded classroom of about 60 young students, Naomi Crowell of Canton and Grace Sawyko of Pierrepont were skeptical about the appearance of their bridge, but their colorful creation earned the top spot in their section of the competition. The two excited 12-year-olds walked away with matching Lego Mindstorms kits they can use to build and program their own robots.

Aaron Clark and Jacy Thompson construct their winning bridge during the competition at SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

Aaron Clark and Jacy Thompson construct their winning bridge during the competition at SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

“We really want the public to bridge the future with us at SUNY Canton,” said Michael Newtown, Interim Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “We love to open the doors to our great facility to show people what we do. It’s very important that we reach out to students at a younger age so they can discover their technical ability and their creativity.”

Right next to the bridge competition, members of the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Chapter (commonly known as the Steel Bridge Team) practiced with their much larger model bridge. The college’s bridge will also be measured for deflection, among other criteria, when the team faces off against other colleges and universities at the upcoming annual competition.

Dakota Way and Brittany LaForty hold their prizes at the end of the bridge building competition during SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

Dakota Way and Brittany LaForty hold their prizes at the end of the bridge building competition during SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

Both faculty and students from the engineering technology curricula assisted Newtown with the event. Guests could see a faculty member’s custom-built industrial lumber processor, experiment with 3D technologies, participate in water-quality testing, and witness many of the resources available at the college.

Now in its second year, Engineers Week, and the Engineering Open House exposes the public to the fun side of the Canino School of Engineering Technology and offers current SUNY Canton students the chance to meet up with employers recruiting from their fields of study.

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A group of onlookers watch a student-run Lego Mindstorms robotics demonstration at SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

“Seventy percent of our technicians come from SUNY Canton,” said Kyle R. Hartford, of Novelis, an Oswego-based rolled aluminum manufacturer. “If you graduate from Mechanical [Engineering Technology] or Electrical [Engineering Technology] you are pretty much guaranteed a job.”

About 20 different employers attended and spoke with students about their plans after graduation. New this year, representatives from General Electric (GE) in Schenectady attended the Engineers Week Career fair. “There are degree programs here that do apply directly to what we are looking for,” said Vernon Estes, a senior manufacturing engineer for GE.

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Vernon Estes, a Senior Manufacturing Engineer from General Electric speaks with Riley P. Taylor, a SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Major from Port Kent.

Other companies and organizations in attendance included New York State Electric and Gas, with representatives looking for students from the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program, among others, and the New York State Department of Transportation, with personnel seeking applicants from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program, among others.

 

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 Living Writing Series Kicks Off Spring Semester with Author Jeff Parker

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Jeff ParkerWidely acclaimed author Jeff Parker will be the first guest to visit SUNY Canton for the spring installment of the popular Living Writing Series.

Parker will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

His latest book, “Where Bears Roam the Streets,” has earned high critical praise, and Maclean’s magazine drew comparisons between his writing and that of the late Kurt Vonnegut.

“Jeff Parker is one of the most prolific and promising writers of his generation,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “His stories have a mind of their own and always take the reader into the humorous and sometimes uncomfortable realm of the unexpected.”

“Where Bears Roam the Streets” is a memoir of Parker’s unlikely friendship with a Perestroika-generation Russian bartender, Igor, while studying in St. Petersburg. The author tells the story of contemporary Russia though his friendship with Igor and their travels together across the country.

He is also the author of “The Taste of Penny,” a collection of short stories, and “Ovenman,” a comedic coming-of-age story.

Parker served as the director of creative writing at the University of Tampa and is a faculty member with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Master of Fine Arts program.

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 next guest speaker will be author Theresa Brown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, which is cosponsored by Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley. Poet Erica Dawson will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27.

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 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 Legal Studies Program Named Among Nation’s Best

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Best Online Colleges Paralegal 2016SUNY Canton’s online Legal Studies bachelor’s degree program was ranked third in the country for 2016 by Affordable Colleges Online.

The program is the only four-year undergraduate degree of its kind in the SUNY system and is one of the college’s signature online programs. Faculty members include current and former attorneys, which allows students to learn from professionals working in the public and private sectors.

The program prepares students for careers as paralegals, legal assistants, occupational health and safety specialists, and contract administrators. It also serves as a pre-law program for students looking to enter law school.

“Students learn a variety of skills while earning their degree,” said Assistant Professor and Legal Studies Curriculum Coordinator Alexander Lesyk. “We begin teaching them fundamental concepts of law and the structure of the legal system. Then we advance to more specialized topics, such as legal research, environmental law and Native American law.”

Online Paralegal Degree Center - Most Affordable Programs 2015Lesyk added that a unique aspect of the program is the option for students to complete a semester-long internship. “The real-world exposure helps students jump-start their careers by making job connections while still in school,” he said.

According to the United States Department of Labor, the job outlook for paralegals and legal assistants is expected to increase 8 percent from 2014 to 2024. The average median pay for those in the legal assistant field in 2014 was $48,350.

The Legal Studies degree was also recently recognized as one of the most affordable programs in the country by the Online Paralegal Degree Center. It was one of only two New York schools to make the list.

Both rankings can be found at http://www.online-paralegal-degree.org/affordable-online-paralegal-degree-programs/ and http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/paralegal-programs/.

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.

CEO of Nicholville Telephone Co. Speaks at Feb. 25 Lecture Series

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

DzwonczykThe latest installment of SUNY Canton’s Leadership Lecture Series highlights an entrepreneur who transitioned from Silicon Valley to St. Lawrence County.

Mark Dzwonczyk, the President and CEO of Nicholville Telephone Company, will be speaking about his experiences at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Similar to the classic start-up story of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the legendary creators of Apple, Dzwonczyk built his first start-up company in a garage. He expanded the company into a leading VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) product design business with operations in both the U.S. and China.

Dzwonczyk moved to the North County to join the Board of Nicholville Telephone Company in 2011, and became its CEO later that year. His leadership brought a cultural change to the business that enabled an increase in subscriptions and recognition as a leading regional broadband company.

Nicholville Telephone Company is the parent company of Slic Network Solutions. The company has been heralded for providing high-speed Internet access to rural communities where it previously was not available.

He has been described as a recognized expert in telecom networks and technology. He’s also a Clarkson University Trustee and wholly committed to regional economic development.

 

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 to Award Scholarships, Prizes at Engineering Open House

Monday, February 15th, 2016

SUNY Canton will award two $1,300 scholarships and other prizes during a community open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

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The event, sponsored by the Corning Inc. Foundation, is free and open to students of all ages and their parents. Activities will include a construction competition where teams of two will put their engineering skills to the test to build the sturdiest bridge. The first place team in the 9th to 12th grade category will each win a $1,300 scholarship. The second place team will receive waived tuition deposits, and the third place team will each win a $25 campus gift card.

Prizes for the 5th to 8th grade and kindergarten to 4th grade groups will include Lego Mindstorms and Technic kits, a Miposaur robot, and K’NEX construction sets.

There will also be more than 15 fun, hands-on demonstrations that will provide a unique glimpse into the college’s engineering technology programs. Guests will be able to construct and program Lego robots, communicate with lasers, experiment with a 3-D projector and more.

“This event is designed to bridge SUNY Canton to the community by allowing everyone to experience the fun of being an engineer,” explained Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “We encourage everyone to join us and explore the high-tech resources we have on campus.”

Newtown added that students from the college’s award-winning steel bridge team will showcase past and future designs. Since 1995 the team has garnered 15 regional titles and one national title.

The college is also sponsoring a dinner for high school technology teachers from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Activities will include tours, a guest lecture and demonstrations.

Both events are being held in conjunction with National Engineers Week Feb. 21-27, which is dedicated to increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.

To register for either event, visit www.canton.edu/engineers/ or contact the college’s Career Services Office at (315) 386-7119.

 

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.

Applications Up 20 Percent at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

SUNY CantonApplications for the Fall 2016 semester are at a three-year high at SUNY Canton.

The college has received nearly 3,000 freshman applications, approximately 20 percent more than in 2015, according to a recent report from SUNY. The overall growth in applications among all SUNY Colleges of Technology is about 5 percent.

“Our application percentage increase is higher than that of every other SUNY school at this point” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “This is a solid step toward our goals, and can be attributed to our excellent faculty, facilities, programs, and highly ranked academic support services. Students are looking for a hands-on, STEM oriented education and SUNY Canton is the best place for applied learning.”

The Office of Admissions has embarked on several new recruiting methods. Recently they conducted a peer recruitment program, where area high school seniors could meet with current college students to talk about the SUNY Canton experience.

The college will be welcoming students to its final Open House of the Spring semester April 2. SUNY Canton will also host Admitted Student Days March 4, April 8 and April 23. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions (315) 386-7123 or email admissions@canton.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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Corning Incorporated Foundation Promotes STEM Learning and Tutoring at SUNY Canton

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Corning Incorporated Foundation is helping SUNY Canton promote its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs by contributing to the college’s annual Engineers Week and sponsoring a new student position at the college.

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The Corning Incorporated Foundation recently donated funding for SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week celebration and sponsored a tutor to help students with STEM related fields. Pictured are: SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Lucas Craig, Director of Tutoring Services Johanna M. Lee, Corning Inc. Processing Engineering Supervisor and 1997 Alumnus Kevin D. Logan, and SUNY Canton Director of Admissions Melissa Evans.

“We will be holding our second engineers week celebration in late February,” said Assistant Professor Lucas Craig Ph.D., who teaches in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology. “One of the highlights of the event will be a engineering challenge designed for children grades 1 to 12. Corning has graciously sponsored the competition’s first place team with two $1,300 SUNY Canton scholarship.”

The entire event is designed to highlight programs in the college’s Canino School of Engineering Technology.

In an ongoing effort in support of STEM Scholars, Corning Incorporated Foundation also contributed the funding to create the college’s very first sponsored tutor position. The tutor is available to help students develop their career-building skills and provide academic assistance, according Johanna M. Lee, SUNY Canton’s director of Tutoring Services.

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Daniel B. Geisenhof, a SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Newark Valley works with a Fanuc robotic arm in one of the college’s technology-focused labs. Geisenhof was recently hired as a STEM tutor with funding provided by the Corning Inc. Foundation.

“This is the first partnership we’ve ever had to promote tutoring on campus,” Lee added. “Our tutor will work closely with a Corning Inc. representative to develop a list of skills that are directly related to employment after college, which helps us continue our career-driven mission.”

The college has already appointed Daniel B. Geisenhof, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Newark Valley, as its first Corning STEM tutor. Geisonhof helps students in any of the engineering technology programs. He was also one of the students who assisted SUNY Canton Instructor Neil M. Haney with the design and fabrication of a lumber-processing machine, which later led to the faculty member seeking a provisional patent application.

For more information about SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week events, visit http://www.canton.edu/engineers/.

 

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.

SeaComm Federal Credit Union Creates Scholarship at SUNY Canton

Friday, February 5th, 2016

One of the area’s prominent non-profit organizations has created a new scholarship designed to promote financial literacy at SUNY Canton.

SeaComm Federal Credit Union recently made a pledge of $25,000 with an initial gift of $5,000 to the SUNY Canton College Foundation and will be continuing to make donations for the next four years to create an endowed scholarship. The award will be given to a deserving student from St. Lawrence, Franklin or Clinton County who excels in their coursework and who demonstrates leadership among their peers.

SeaComm Federal Credit Union recently began an endowment to help students in the Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or Management programs. Pictured are SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley, SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, SeaComm President and CEO Scott A. Wilson and SUNY Canton Alumni and Development Associate Geoffrey VanderWoude.

SeaComm Federal Credit Union recently began an endowment to help students in the Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or Management programs. Pictured are SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley, SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, SeaComm President and CEO Scott A. Wilson and SUNY Canton Alumni and Development Associate Geoffrey VanderWoude.

“Higher education plays a critical role in not only helping to shape the minds of our neighbors, but also as a significant economic driver in the North Country,” said SeaComm President and CEO Scott A. Wilson. “SeaComm is committed to SUNY Canton’s mission and the essential work they provide in developing educated talent that we as an employer depend on to fill our human resource need. This perpetual SeaComm Financial Literacy Scholarship in partnership with SUNY Canton will ensure that resource is available for many years to come.”

The SeaComm Financial Literacy Scholarship is designed for a student who is majoring or minoring in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or Management.

“I’d like to thank SeaComm for making this contribution and continuing our ongoing partnership,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “In addition to providing this scholarship, SeaComm has hosted internships for our students and has hired our alumni. The synergy between SeaComm and SUNY Canton has been fantastic, and I hope that our collaborative relationship continues for many years to come.”

Among other criteria, the scholarship will be given to a student who demonstrates his or her ability to balance college academics with community outreach, by sharing the financial knowledge learned in classes with the greater college and local community. This may be done through participation in the college’s newly created Financial Literacy Center, or a similar endeavor.

 

About SeaComm

In 1963, ten visionary employees of Chevrolet Aluminum Foundry of GM Corporation in Massena invested $5 each to obtain a share in a newly formed organization that we know today as SeaComm Federal Credit Union. Today, SeaComm serves over 41,000 members with assets of $498 million and is open to anyone who lives, works or attends school anywhere in St. Lawrence, Franklin or Clinton counties. For more information, visit www.seacom.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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.