Archive for April, 2016

SUNY Canton Students Collaborate with Local Entrepreneur to Boost Business

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

SUNY Canton students in the School of Business and Liberal Arts were recently challenged to develop innovative ideas to help a local business increase foot traffic and sales.

Eleven competitors presented their proposals to Hailey Hodge, the owner of Luna Boutique in Canton.

Entrepreneur Project

“Luna not only served as the focal point of the competition, but Hailey is a great role model to the students,” said Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., a faculty member who teaches in the Management program. “She encouraged them to start their own businesses even though they are in their early 20s.”

Seniors Illisa B. Barney, a Management major, and Alex L. Davison, a Finance major, earned the first-place prize. During the awards ceremony, Hodge praised the students’ winning ideas, which included a plan to expand Luna’s intern program and establish relationships with clubs and organizations at each of the local colleges.

Hodge also shared the story of her journey to becoming a young business owner. Her dream to be an entrepreneur began while attending Drexel University. Hodge said that although her professors were dismissive of the idea, she was determined to open her own store. The perks of being her own boss, she said, “Beats working for someone else any day.”

Fenner noted that competitions such as this one serve as a practical application of marketing theory and meet SUNY’s goal of ensuring every student has access to an applied learning opportunity.

 

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 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Jennifer McDonald Receives SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty Award

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Jennifer McDonaldA professor who teaches in SUNY Canton’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program has been recognized with one of the college’s highest faculty honors.

Jennifer S. McDonald was nominated for the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award by her peers for her innovative and enthusiastic teaching style. She received her award at the recent Sheldon Katz Honors Convocation.

“Jennifer is an accomplished educator whose professionalism, passion, and commitment make her a role model for both students and faculty alike,” said Kenneth M. Erickson, interim dean of the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice. “She contributes in important ways to the campus on a daily basis, and has done so since the day she arrived.”

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, McDonald oversees the clinical education aspect of the program, which is composed of more than 60 professional sites. Her leadership was instrumental in earning the PTA program a ten-year reaccreditation.

During her address at Honors Convocation, McDonald said it was a gift to be part of SUNY Canton students’, especially PTA students’, educations.

SUNY Canton Professor Jennifer S. McDonald addresses the audience at the college's recent Honors Convocation ceremony. McDonald teaches in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

SUNY Canton Professor Jennifer S. McDonald addresses the audience at the college’s recent Honors Convocation ceremony. McDonald teaches in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

“You come from many different places, with many different stories, and often face a multitude of challenges along the way to graduation,” she said, addressing the collected students in the audience. “Your perseverance, your grit, your determination to meet your goals inspires me. I’ve learned as much from you as you have from me; and I thank you for that.”

She is highly respected by her colleagues for her expertise in women’s health and is one of only 43 advanced credentialed clinical trainers in the nation recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy also recently inducted her into the Academy of Advanced Item Writers.

Her service to the college includes membership on the Online Learning Advisory Committee, the Institutional Review Board, the Applied Learning Committee and the Roo Club board. She is also a faculty athletic liaison for the men’s ice hockey team.

McDonald earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College, a Master of Science in Basic Sciences from Clarkson University, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont.

 

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 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) to Dedicate Battle Buddy Center at SUNY Canton on April 28

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Event will celebrate education, employment opportunities for student veterans, in collaboration with St. Lawrence NYSARC

New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) will dedicate its newest Battle Buddy Center at noon on Thursday, April 28 at SUNY Canton, in collaboration with St. Lawrence NYSARC.

Military Friendly

The event will take place in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, Theater on the SUNY Canton campus, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617. Members of the media are invited to attend.

Among those scheduled to participate in the Battle Buddy Center dedication ceremony:

  • Paul Quirini, NYSID outreach & communications specialist, on behalf of Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO
  • Dr. Zvi Szafran, SUNY Canton president
  • Dr. Douglas Scheidt, SUNY Canton provost/vice president for academic affairs
  • Daphne Pickert, St. Lawrence NYSARC CEO/executive director
  • Student veterans from SUNY Canton

Battle Buddy Centers are safe havens for veterans to socialize with their fellow veterans and receive services they need. Based on the military concept of a “Battle Buddy,” which partners soldiers to assist each other both in and out of combat, Battle Buddy Centers offer activities to encourage camaraderie and foster veterans to give and receive mutual support.

Military Friendly

Pictured is Scott L. Palmer, a Mechanical Technology major from Morristown. Palmer served in the U.S. Army and is current reserve member. He is also a member of Clarkson University’s ROTC Golden Knights Battalion.

Through this Battle Buddy Center, NYSID, St. Lawrence NYSARC and SUNY Canton provide a space for more than 120 veteran students, National Guard/Reserve Students, active duty students and their dependents to study, socialize with one another, and receive services they need.

The College’s Military & Veterans Services Office is adjacent to the Battle Buddy Center, increasing the office’s visibility and enabling students to utilize the services provided.

Military Friendly

With an active Student Veterans Association, a full-time Military & Veterans Student Services Coordinator, and two VA funded work-study students, this Battle Buddy Center provides a much-needed space for student veterans to call their own, while remaining an integral component of the student population on campus.

Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO, said: “NYSID recognizes that creating educational and employment opportunities for service-disabled veterans and other New Yorkers who face barriers to employment is not only the right thing to do, it also improves our state’s economy and strengthens our communities. We provide livelihoods for a diverse group of New Yorkers with disabilities through our member agencies and assist with veterans’ support programs, promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce. NYSID supports SUNY Canton and its Military & Veterans Services Office in assisting veterans achieve success personally, academically and professionally. Based upon the current veteran population and the anticipated growth of veterans’ programs and services, NYSID is pleased to partner with SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence NYSARC in this Battle Buddy Center.”

SUNY Canton President Dr. Zvi Szafran said: “Veterans have played an important part in the history of SUNY Canton, and we pride ourselves in offering educational opportunities for individuals who serve, or have served, in the armed forces. The ability to enhance our center for support will help us to better meet our standing mission to aid veterans and their families with a successful transition from active duty, through education, and into their chosen civilian career.”

Daphne Pickert, St. Lawrence NYSARC CEO/executive director, said: “As a Preferred Source partner of NYSID, St. Lawrence NYSARC is proud to collaborate with SUNY Canton in the dedication of this Battle Buddy Center. We look forward to helping local veterans with disabilities gain successful employment through our Career Opportunities program. We also want our veterans to know that St. Lawrence NYSARC provides a diverse support system for children, young adults, and adults with disabilities.”

NYSID now has participated in the opening of Battle Buddy Centers at 11 locations, including:

  • SUNY Canton in Canton
  • SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury
  • Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango
  • The College of Saint Rose in Albany
  • Hudson Valley Community College in Troy
  • Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson
  • LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City
  • Westchester Community College in Valhalla
  • Rockland Community College in Suffern
  • SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge

NYSID’s Battle Buddy Centers have collectively hosted more than 50,000 visits by student veterans since September 2011. Battle Buddy Centers are made possible through grant funding from NYSID and support from NYSID member agencies.

About NYSID (http://www.nysid.org)

Established in 1975, NYSID is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which creates employment opportunities for more than 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities annually. NYSID supports job creation efforts for a diverse group of New Yorkers with disabilities through a statewide network of 121 community rehabilitation agencies and 43 private sector business partners and assists with veterans’ support programs, promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce.

About SUNY Canton (http://www.canton.edu)

As one of the premier military friendly colleges in New York State, SUNY Canton offers many excellent opportunities for soldiers, veterans, and their families. Military Times has named SUNY Canton as one of the best technical colleges in the nation for veterans, and G.I. Jobs magazine has also selected the college for its 2016 list of military-friendly schools.

About St. Lawrence NYSARC (http://www.slnysarc.org)

St. Lawrence NYSARC offers individuals with disabilities and their families an opportunity to achieve self-determined goals. All services strive to promote choices intended to meet each person’s therapeutic, residential, and employment needs and interests. Seaway Industries, a division of St. Lawrence NYSARC, provides employment for people with disabilities through contracts, generating more than $2 million in sales annually.

Students and Faculty Showcase Scholarly Activities at SUNY Canton, April 26

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

SUNY Canton will be highlighting unique and innovative research from its talented students and professional faculty at the annual Scholarly Activities Celebration.

The event will include poster presentations displayed from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Southworth Library learning Commons. Nearly a dozen Early Childhood students will also be displaying their cumulative projects during the afternoon.

Scholarly Activities Presentation

A special session for oral presentations will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in Payson Hall Room 219 on the same day.

More than 30 projects will be showcased during the Scholarly Activities Celebration this year, including the design and plans for a shared garden for students at all four area colleges. Other presentations detail automotive aerodynamics, explore the effects of World War II on the evolution of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia and investigate the criminalization of mentally ill populations.

For more information, visit www.canton.edu/scholarly.

 

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 Compete in Free Enterprise Marathon at SUNY Plattsburgh

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Four students in SUNY Canton’s Management program recently participated in the fourth annual Free Enterprise Marathon at SUNY Plattsburgh.

This year’s Creativity and Innovation Challenge required teams to develop a new menu item for McDonald’s. Students from 11 colleges and five North Country high schools vied for the first-place trophy and $800 award.

Pictured are Charles R. Fenner, a SUNY Canton faculty member who teaches in the Management program, Devine A. Pearson, a student from Far Rockaway, and Provost Douglas M. Scheidt.

Pictured are Charles R. Fenner, a SUNY Canton faculty member who teaches in the Management program, Devine A. Pearson, a student from Far Rockaway, and Provost Douglas M. Scheidt.

Teams were judged in areas such as product design, marketing strategy and quality of presentation. SUNY Canton’s team proposed a grilled “McMahi” sandwich, which would be a healthier alternative to the chain’s Filet-O-Fish. SUNY Adirondack took home first prize for their sweet potato hash brown proposal.

“The competition allowed us to practice everything we have learned in our management courses, such as finance, marketing, strategic research, and the ability to present and explain our product,” said SUNY Canton student Khaina Solomon. “Although we didn’t win, it was a valuable learning experience for all of us.”

The event also consisted of a Social Entrepreneurship Speak-Off competition, where SUNY Canton Management major Devine Pearson took home a $100 prize for his speech about higher education.

“This competition meets SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s goal to ensure every SUNY student has access to an applied learning opportunity,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor and faculty adviser Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D.

This is SUNY Canton’s third year participating in this competition and allows Management students to augment classroom learning by utilizing practical skills in business, marketing, leadership, ethics and planning.

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 Engineering Technology Students Take Third in Steel Bridge Competition

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter placed third in the Upstate Regional Steel Bridge Competition held Friday, April 15, at the University of Buffalo.

The competition, which is sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and ASCE, challenged students from 12 colleges and universities to design and fabricate a one-tenth-scale model bridge. Students rapidly assemble the bridges under simulated conditions and judges test them for weight and strength.

Steel-Bridge-2016

“We placed third in economy, lightness, efficiency and speed, leading us to our overall third-place win,” noted Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty advisor for the ASCE Student Chapter. “It was a learning experience for our team, and the competition will help our students gain a competitive advantage for future challenges.”

The ASCE Student Chapter is a point of pride at the college, and many faculty, staff and students look forward to the annual competition.

“The steel bridge provides a fantastic practical application of the theory and skills we teach our students,” noted SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “I am proud of the students and the faculty advisors who have made SUNY Canton a solid contender in the competition for so many years. Our students fared well against much larger engineering universities like Cornell, RIT, Syracuse, and even our close friends at Clarkson.”

University of Buffalo and ETS of Montreal, Canada, were the only two colleges to top SUNY Canton’s entry, according to Codi D. McKee ASCE Student Chapter President. McKee hails from Barker and will graduate from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program in May.

“We calculate and analyze every facet of our bridge,” he said. “It’s constructed by students and faculty members right here on campus, which maximizes the learning outcomes of the project. I really can’t thank Mr. Hitchman and Mr. [Dennis E.] Tuper enough for their guidance and support.”

The team has won the regional competition 15 times and finished in the top three in the last two years. SUNY Canton won the national competition in 2009.

Due to a competition technicality, the SUNY Canton ASCE Chapter will not be advancing to the national steel bridge competition this year. For three teams to advance, a minimum of 13 teams must compete in the regional competition. Only a dozen colleges entered this year.

In addition to McKee, the SUNY Canton ASCE Student Chapter includes:

  • Kristoff J. Adderley, an Electrical Engineering Technology major from the Bahamas.
  • Joseph M. Butera, a Civil Engineering Technology major from Auburn.
  • Michael Crowner, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Gouverneur.
  • Justin Donaldson, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Newburgh.
  • John Drews IV, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Sound Beach.
  • Justin J. Fuschino, a Mechanical Technology major from Schenectady.
  • Tara Huggins, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Gouverneur.
  • Robert Lambert, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Glens Falls.
  • Erdous LeBron, an Industrial Technology major from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Jenna M. LePage, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Massena.
  • Steven M. Martz, an Industrial Technology major from Hopewell Junction.
  • Sarah N. Nuss, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Wynantskill.
  • Daniel Olin, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Canton.
  • Bromlen E. Steinburg, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Madrid.
  • Alex D. Sterling, a Mechanical Technology major from Champlain.
  • Andrew C. Walker, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Camden.

Numerous faculty and staff members assist the team, including:

  • Dennis E. Tuper, an instructional support associate for the Automotive Technology program.
  • Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate for the Powersports Performance and Repair program.
  • Daniel J. Miller, an assistant professor who teaches in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

The ASCE Student Chapter is partially funded by the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

 

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 Honors National Poetry Month With Guest Erica Dawson

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Erica DawsonSUNY Canton will celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month in April by hosting a rising poetry star as part of the Living Writers Series.

Erica Dawson will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Her most recent book, “The Small Blades Hurt,” has earned critical praise, and fellow poet Richie Hofmann described it as “Rhythmic, musical, unforgettable … a wild and exhilarating testament of self-love against the backdrop of America — its history, its literature, its popular culture and its bizarre dramatis personae.”

According to the publisher, “The Small Blades Hurt” picks up where her debut poetry collection, “Big-Eyed Afraid,” leaves off. She explores themes such as lust and love, past and present, accidents, and self-reflection.

“Big-Eyed Afraid” won the 2006 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and her poems have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Unsplendid, Blackbird, Barrow Street and others. Dawson is currently an assistant professor at The University of Tampa, where she teaches for the undergraduate English and Writing program and the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing.

“With a sharp wit and flashes of humor, Erica Dawson explores the complexities of contemporary American life,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and Living Writers Series creator Phil K. LaMarche. “We invite the community to help us celebrate National Poetry Month with a performance from a talented literary voice.”

Founded in 1996, National Poetry Month was created to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. It is organized by the Academy of American Poets and has become the largest literary celebration in the world.

Dawson is the final guest of the spring installment of the Living Writers Series. For more information about her work or past speakers, 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.

Honors Convocation Named for Retired SUNY Canton Professor Sheldon Katz

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Sheldon KatzSUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt has announced that the college’s 2016 Honors Convocation has been named in honor of Professor Emeritus Sheldon Katz.

“Professor Katz is one of the premiere examples of an extraordinary SUNY Canton educator,” Scheidt said. “He used his professional experience as a professional engineer to enhance his students learning opportunities. He embodies the hands-on spirit we infuse in our courses.”

More than 150 students will receive academic awards at Honors Convocation this year. The event will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Katz began his 28-year career at SUNY Canton in 1969 as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Technology. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1972, and Professor in 1975. He retired from SUNY Canton in 1997.

Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology was one of Katz’s students.

Sheldon Katz“Sheldon demanded high standards from his students without ever saying a single word about why we should strive for success,” Newtown said. “His lessons made me successful throughout my life. I try to instill the same sense of responsibility in my students.”

During his time at the College, Katz was chair of the Mechanical Engineering Technology department and was the advisor to the Delta Kappa Sigma fraternity from 1981 to 1992. He participated in the faculty exchange program with Norwich City College in England in 1995. He was an actor for Music Theatre North and a regular participant and board member of the Grasse River Players.

After retirement, Katz moved to Maryland with his wife, Barbara. He briefly tutored at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md. He is a member of North Country Public Radio, the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society, the Dover, Del., English Country Dancers and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. He participates in the Acoustic Jam in Laurel, Md.

“This was certainly an unexpected honor,” Katz said. “I loved my time at SUNY Canton and I loved working with the students. It’s always a pleasure to come back and I’m looking forward to sharing a day with the top students at the college.”

Prior to his celebrated career at SUNY Canton, Katz served in the US Army, active duty, from 1955 to 1957, and in reserve duty from 1957 to 1963. He graduated with his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from City College of New York in 1963, and his Masters in Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1970. In college, he was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, and president of Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honor society.

Katz was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers with professional experience as a Senior Engineer at General Dynamics in the Electronics Division and as a Project Engineer at Esso Research and Engineering Co.

 

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 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Upgrade Student Internet Services

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Students at SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam can now upload, download and stream faster than ever before.

The colleges recently completed upgrades and began offering Apogee’s ResNet for free Wi-Fi in all of the residence halls on both campuses. The company is the largest provider of residential Internet solutions in higher education.

Pictured is Hannah Christensen with her suitemates in SUNY Canton’s Kennedy Hall. Students can connect several devices wirelessly with Apogee’s ResNet Wi-Fi.

Pictured is Hannah Christensen with her suitemates in SUNY Canton’s Kennedy Hall. Students can connect several devices wirelessly with Apogee’s ResNet Wi-Fi.

The new connection is faster and more stable than previous years, according to Kyle A. Brown, Chief Information Officer at both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

“The upgrade helps us stay ahead technologically as we seek to recruit new students who may be accustomed to faster Internet speeds,” Brown said. “It also allows us to maintain our attractiveness as a housing option for returning students.”

Students at both colleges now have access to:

  • High-speed networks with greater mobility, unrestricted access and bandwidth.
  • Wall-to-wall wireless access that extends to more common areas, including laundry and lounge rooms.
  • Around-the-clock network support for all student devices including desktops, laptops, PDAs and DVRs.
  • A dedicated full-time Apogee coordinator to provide on-site student support.

Brown said both colleges entered the agreement together and were able to leverage a shared contract. As an added benefit, students no longer need to purchase any equipment to broadcast or connect to Wi-Fi services in their buildings.

“We wanted this upgrade to improve the virtual resources available to our students,” said Molly A. Mott, SUNY Canton dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. “Better, more reliable connection speeds help students access their learning materials from the residence halls.”

Pictured are Stanley Martinez and Nathan Carr at a SUNY Potsdam residence hall. Students can connect to Wi-Fi without a modems or router through Apogee’s service.

Pictured are Stanley Martinez and Nathan Carr at a SUNY Potsdam’s Bowman Hall. Students can connect to Wi-Fi without a modem or router through Apogee’s service.

SUNY Potsdam is also offering online classes and many instructors use online supplements to their classroom-based courses.

“SUNY Potsdam is proud to partner with our neighboring campus, SUNY Canton, to offer Apogee in the residence halls for our students. Students have told us that high-speed networks and wireless access are among the most important resources that we can offer to help them be successful in their academic pursuits,” said Director of Residence Life Eric Duchscherer.

“It’s 100 percent better than last year,” said Matthew J. Spencer, a SUNY Canton Sports Management major from Gouverneur who lives in Kennedy Hall. “There are fewer issues connecting and staying connected and there is no lag time for online games.”

Apogee provides residential Internet services for several SUNY Institutions. In addition to SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam, the company began partnerships with SUNY Delhi and SUNY Cobleskill this fall.

“We are honored to welcome the addition of these prestigious schools amongst our established SUNY partnerships,” said Chuck Brady, chief executive officer of Apogee in a press release. “We believe that our latest clients, like their SUNY peers, will come to rely on Apogee’s commitment to technological excellence to lay the foundation for their students’ academic success and quality of life.”

 

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. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Potsdam

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. As the College marks its bicentennial in 2016, SUNY Potsdam will celebrate a 200-year legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and leadership in the arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community is nearing the completion of Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which has already raised $32 million for scholarships and programs. For more information, visit www.potsdam.edu.

 

About Apogee

Apogee is the largest provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) & video solutions in higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT, Business and Housing Officers to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university. More about Apogee at apogee.us.

Veterinary Technology Student Earns Chancellor’s Award at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Rebecca BurnsA student who is earning both a two and four-year degree from SUNY Canton received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence during a special awards ceremony held April 5 in Albany.

Rebecca A. Burns of Pine City, who is graduating in May with her Associate Degree in Veterinary Science Technology, was among the student honored for academics and civic involvement.

“This award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to stand-out SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and SUNY’s world-class faculty and staff,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

Following a lifelong fondness of animals, Burns decided to attend college for the sole purpose of learning to be a veterinary technician.

“We’ve had a goat farm since I was about 10 years old,” Burns said. “I’ve always been interested in animals.”

She is a member of the SUNY Canton honors program and presented research twice during the college’s Scholarly Activities Celebration. She is a member of Tau Phi Zeta honor society and the SUNY Canton Veterinary Technician Association.

Burns received President’s List honors for two consecutive years. She received the Community Foundation Scholarship, Lawrence German Endowed Scholarship, Betsy B. Kaplan Memorial Endowed Scholarship, and Marie Simmons Scholarship. She is a student leader and student assistant in SUNY Canton Math and Science Tutoring Center, and works as a peer tutor through the Office of Accommodative Services. She volunteers at Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm, Pray Road Stables and the Potsdam Humane Society.

Burns will be returning to SUNY Canton next year to finish up her four-year degree in Veterinary Technology.

She is a member of the St. Therese Chapel Polyphonic Choir and Potsdam Community Chorus. Her twin sister studies music education at SUNY Potsdam.

 

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 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.