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St. Lawrence International Film Festival to Offer Filmmaker Workshop (Free to College Students!) on Sunday

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

‘Here Alone’ Filmmakers Discuss How to Make a ‘Champagne Movie on a Beer Budget’ in Workshop at SUNY Canton on Sept. 4

The St. Lawrence International Film Festival will offer a workshop featuring the up-and-coming filmmakers behind “Here Alone” Sunday, Sept. 4, hosted by festival signature sponsor SUNY Canton.

Titled “A Writer, a Producer and a Director Walk into a Bar: How to Make a Champagne Movie on a Beer Budget,” the filmmaker workshop will offer an in-depth look at the process—from script to screen—that led to the production of the award-winning thriller, “Here Alone.”

Director/Producer Rod Blackhurst poses with “Here Alone” stars Gina Piersanti (left) and Lucy Walters (right) during filming. He and his fellow filmmakers will host a workshop at SUNY Canton on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m., presented by the St. Lawrence International Film Festival.

Director/Producer Rod Blackhurst poses with “Here Alone” stars Gina Piersanti (left) and Lucy Walters (right) during filming. He and his fellow filmmakers will host a workshop at SUNY Canton on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m., presented by the St. Lawrence International Film Festival.

Join director Rod Blackhurst (who also directed the upcoming Netflix documentary “Amanda Knox”), writer David Ebeltoft and producer Noah Lang as they reveal all that it took to bring their vision to life—filming entirely in and around Corning, N.Y.

The workshop will begin at 2 p.m. in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater. General admission tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. To reserve tickets, visit stlawrencefilm.com/ticketing.

Students enrolled at one of the four Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley can attend the workshop for free. For college students, there will be an educational screening of the film immediately preceding the open workshop. The screening will begin at noon in the Kingston Theater.

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After premiering at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, “Here Alone” won the coveted Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. The dramatic horror film follows Ann, a woman in her late twenties struggling to exist alone in the woods, after a mysterious epidemic decimates society. The bleak and convention-defying genre film tells the story of survival and emotional redemption, set in a post-apocalyptic landscape. “Here Alone” stars Lucy Walters, Adam David Thompson, Gina Piersanti and Shane West.

Just months after its award-winning Tribeca premiere, “Here Alone” was picked up by Vertical Entertainment, and is set for a worldwide release in 2017. North Country audiences will get a chance to view the post-apocalyptic thriller months before its general release. To learn more, visit herealonefilm.com.

The filmmaker workshop will cap off an exciting weekend for the St. Lawrence International Film Festival. The organization will host a gala fundraiser the night before, on Saturday, Sept. 3, at SUNY Potsdam’s Performing Arts Center. Hosted by film and television star Mark Valley (“CSI”), the gala fundraiser will kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, with the exclusive screening of “Here Alone” and an audience Q&A with the filmmakers, followed by a reception featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Gala fundraiser tickets are $50 each, available online now at stlawrencefilm.com/ticketing. SLIFF is also currently running a double-date discount, with four-packs of tickets going for $40 each, so bring your friends and enjoy a night out while supporting the arts!

The SLIFF gala fundraiser and filmmaker workshop wouldn’t be possible without the support of the signature sponsors, SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University.

Additional sponsors include: A Wholesome Glow, Clarkson University, Community Bank, N.A., Elks Lodge of Potsdam, Guide Boat Realty, Northern Lights Energy, SeaComm Federal Credit Union, St. Lawrence Health System and the Village of Canton.

Mountain Lake PBS is an official media sponsor of the St. Lawrence International Film Festival.

 

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. To learn more, visit canton.edu.

 

About the St. Lawrence International Film Festival:

Founded in 2015 to celebrate the best films and filmmakers in the world, while attracting new visitors to the beauty of the St. Lawrence River Valley region in the U.S. and Canada, the St. Lawrence International Film Festival continues to contribute to the cultural and economic development of this very special place. This year’s exclusive gala will support the festival’s ambitious goal of creating a year-round institution that feeds the annual festival—one that educates and inspires filmmakers of all stripes, and enriches the community in which it resides. For more information, visit stlawrencefilm.com.

Welcome and Welcome Back! Here’s What’s New at SUNY Canton

Monday, August 29th, 2016

A new sign, a renovated residence hall wing and two new dining options awaited students on the first day of class at SUNY Canton.

 

Students Moving In

Classes began for approximately 3,100 students at 8 a.m. Monday (Aug. 29) at the college. About 675 of those students are first-time freshmen. Nearly 1,300 students are living on campus.

 

New signage

The college also completed several major improvement projects over the summer. One of the most visible additions is the new LED sign stationed on Cornell Drive, which will be used to relay information about on-campus events, directory information and other important announcements.

 

French Hall

The campus also received two newly refinished parking lots, approximately eighty new streetlights and renovated gas lines as part of its $2 million site-improvement projects over the summer. Many of the improvements are designed to help the college become more energy efficient and make utilities easier to track and manage.

 

Student in Heritage Hall room

One wing in Heritage Hall has been completely renovated. The student rooms received a fresh coat of paint, new furniture, new LED lighting and new heating and ventilation units. The wing will be an example for future improvements at all four original residence halls.

 

Roos Court Dining Center

The college just opened Roos Court, a brand new eatery in MacArthur Hall, offering made-to-order salads and oven-toasted sandwiches in addition to its signature traditional homemade soups. Hours of operation are set for 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Rendezvous, located in the heart of the Richard W. Miller campus center, now features custom hamburger meals with fries, pizza and hot or cold hero sandwiches. There will also be a pizza and soup station and a fresh fruit and salad options. The expanded eatery will be open for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and will serve meals until 7 p.m. on weekdays. Rendezvous is also open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

 

Pet Wing

Nearly twice as many students have pets on campus this year. Growing demand led Residence Life staff to add an additional wing to the popular housing option in Mohawk Hall. Approximately 140 students can live with their cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

SUNY Canton Expands Pet-Friendly Housing

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

In response to increased requests for pet-friendly lodging this fall, the college’s Office of Residence Life has doubled the size of its popular Pet Wing in Mohawk Hall.

“Prior to this academic year, we had 70 beds in the Pet Wing,” said SUNY Canton’s Director of Residence Life John M. Kennedy. “Growing demand led us to make the decision to add an additional 70 beds, which brings our total number of pet-friendly accommodations to 140 beds.”

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Kennedy added that students can request to bring a variety of pets with them to live on campus, including cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

This unique housing option, which began in 1997, has helped earn the college several awards. SUNY Canton was twice named to Petside.com’s Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges list, and Great Value Colleges.net named the college as one of the best in the U.S. for animal lovers.

“SUNY Canton was a pioneer in pet-friendly housing,” said Kennedy. “Our mission has always been to enhance the community-like atmosphere that we are known for, and the Pet Wing plays an important role in achieving that.”

 

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 SBDC Receives Alcoa Foundation Grant

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

rp_sbdc_logo.jpgSUNY Canton’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has received a $45,000 grant to help existing small businesses expand their marketing reach through ecommerce.

Through a series of targeted workshops and one-on-one counseling to help business owners improve their websites and utilize social media tools, the goal of the program is to help existing small- and medium-size businesses thrive and grow.

“Many small business owners do not have the time or resources to conduct sales electronically, nor do they have the know-how to succeed in ecommerce,” said SBDC Director Dale A. Rice. “This program will deliver them both training and individual consulting with experts in ecommerce and social media marketing.”

The effort aligns with one of the key initiatives outlined in the St. Lawrence County Economic Development Study, Expand Small Business, which calls for a comprehensive support program for entrepreneurs and business owners who want to grow their companies.

“This grant is a small step forward in the implementation of key initiatives contained in the St. Lawrence County Economic Development Study,” said Laurie Marr, Alcoa communications and public affairs manager and a member of the study’s advisory board. “We worked with the SBDC to identify an opportunity that will provide real value to business owners, while at the same time helping to advance some of the concepts contained in the study.”

Existing business owners will be invited by the SBDC to group sessions, which will be held throughout the county and at Akwesasne. The sessions will be focused on ecommerce and social media marketing and through these sessions business owners will be identified for participation in the one-on-one counseling portion of the program.

 

About the Small Business Development Center

The SUNY Canton SBDC, located in French Hall Room 201, 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 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Campus Abuzz this Summer with Bee and Butterfly Garden

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Thanks to a Campus Enhancement Award from the SUNY Canton College Foundation, the Peace Garden has been adorned with native perennial wildflowers and other late-blooming plants that provide an ideal food source and environment for pollinators.

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Jamie L. Sovie (center), an instructional support technician in the school of Science, Health and Criminal Justice; Kelly Carter (right), SUNY Canton sustainability coordinator; and James L. Hamilton (left), an instructional support technician in the school of Science, Health and Criminal Justice, plant flowers and shrubs in the new Bee and Butterfly Garden, which is located adjacent to French Hall.

“European Honeybees, North American bees and Monarch Butterflies are declining in number, primarily due to habitat loss and pesticides,” said Rajiv Narula, Ph.D., an assistant professor who teaches an introductory course in environmental science in the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice. “But we can help our buzzing friends in a number of ways, including working to create homes for them.”

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Jamie L. Sovie plants flowers in the new Bee and Butterfly Garden.

Students in Narula’s course will be responsible for upkeep of the garden, along with members of the Environmental Change Organization Club.

“This is a great applied learning opportunity for students that augments lessons about environmental degradation and habitat loss,” he added.

The project is one facet of the college’s overall commitment to sustainability and enhances the health, biodiversity and aesthetics of the campus’ landscape. The garden also supports a New York State executive order to reduce pesticide use and adopt sound practices to protect pollinators. For more information about the project, or to get involved, contact Sustainability Coordinator Kelly Carter at carterkelly@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton Adds Two co-Chief Diversity Officers

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Lashawanda-Ingram2 William-JonesJoining the State University of New York system-wide initiative, SUNY Canton has appointed one faculty and one staff member to help lead efforts to foster diversity on its campus.

“Our unique and diverse student population is by far one of our greatest assets,” SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said. “I strongly believe that our two newest executive-level positions will expand on our strengths and reinforce our campus mantra ‘Everyone is Welcome Here’.”

Lashawanda Ingram, the college’s director of diversity and new student orientation, and Professor William T. Jones, who teaches in the Business Administration and Legal Studies programs, have both been selected to serve as the college’s co-chief diversity officers.

“Lashawanda has a well-established connection with our students,” Szafran said. “She has played a lead role in providing resources on issues related to cultural diversity and mentoring students on advocacy, sensitivity and leadership.”

Ingram has been with the college for approximately 10 years working directly with the Residence Life and Student Activities offices to schedule diverse programs, events and guest presentations.

Jones has established himself as one of the college’s top advocates for Native American students. He helped orchestrate the first-ever statewide round table discussion with members of the Six Nations tribes last year and is the faculty advisor for the newly formed Native American Student Association.

“He has played a key role in establishing and developing the College’s relationship with the Mohawk Nation, and in supporting Native American students,” Szafran said.

In their role as co-chief diversity officers, both Ingram and Jones will report directly to Szafran while maintaining their positions on campus. They will meet regularly with the president’s steering committee on diversity, which includes many of the college’s top administrators, and will be involved with the Student Government Association.

In addition to adding the two new positions, the college continues to expand its support for students from diverse backgrounds.  Among these initiatives, a new diversity center for students is slated to open later during the fall 2016 semester. The Admissions Office has also made it easier for non-native English speaking families to file relevant information by providing Spanish translations of pertinent admissions forms.

 

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 Student EMS Squad Starts at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

EMS-LogoThe service allows students to respond to on-campus calls, supporting both University Police and Canton Fire and Rescue.

SUNY Canton students will be on call to help their peers with medical emergencies this fall.

The college recently received approval from the New York State Department of Health to launch its own Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Squad, an officially designated Basic Life Support First Response Agency that provides support for medical emergencies at the college’s main campus.

Student volunteers will respond and perform an initial patient assessment, which will save time and resources for area first responders. SUNY Canton EMS members can administer oxygen, bandage wounds, perform CPR and rescue breathing, and stabilize patients. More complex situations, and emergencies requiring transportation will continue to be handled by Canton Fire and Rescue.

“Many of our students already volunteer with area rescue squads,” noted SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We also offer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training on campus, and are home to several related academic programs. This is a perfect opportunity for our students to gain real-world emergency experience.”

More than 40 volunteers have already signed up to become first responders as part of the new student-run program, according to EMT Program Coordinator Richard J. “R.J.” Mattimore.

“University Police will alert us when a student on campus has a medical issue,” Mattimore said. “Our responders will be able to provide emergency care for the entire campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week when classes are in session.”

The Squad will provide other services including CPR training for the college community and standby support for sports and special events.

Late last semester, members of the newly-founded organization elected Anthony C. Romano, a Homeland Security major from Amsterdam, as the director and Cory Rolince, a Criminal Investigation major from Syracuse, as the assistant director. The entire group of students will work closely with the Davis Health Center and the Counseling Office, among several other student-focused departments.

 

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.