Archive for 2016

Companies to Recruit Job Seekers at SUNY Canton Career Fair

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

SUNY Canton will hold its annual fall Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The event will host more than 45 local, regional and national employers at two locations on campus. Companies seeking applicants with technology-based skills will be located in Nevaldine Hall. All other recruiters, including those seeking to fill positions in the health, business and criminal justice fields, will be stationed in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, Rooms 212 and 214. Both locations are free and open to the public.

Career-Fair

“This is the perfect opportunity for our students, alumni and community members to talk to multiple employers in one day,” said SUNY Canton Director of Career Services Julie A. Parkman. “Not only does the fair often serve as a ‘first interview’ for full-time positions, but it also presents opportunities for part-time jobs and internships.”

Parkman encourages attendees to bring their resumes and dress for success. Job hunters will be able to network with a number of employers, including Alcoa Inc., Car-Freshner Corp., the New York State Police and Department of Corrections, Great Lakes Cheese, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and local-area hospitals and veterinary businesses.

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For more information, contact SUNY Canton’s Office of Career Services at (315) 386-7119 or by sending an email to careers@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 nine exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Artist and Architect Jay Waronker Exhibits at SUNY Canton, Oct. 17

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Jay WaronkerWatercolorist and architect Jay A. Waronker will be displaying his vibrant depictions of synagogues in sub-Saharan Africa during an upcoming exhibit at SUNY Canton.

A reception with the artist will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17 in the college’s Southworth Library Learning Commons. The event is free and open to the public.

Waronker, who is a professor of architecture at Kennesaw State University, Ga., has created a portfolio of work by documenting dozens of functioning or former synagogues in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Namibia, Mauritius,  Eritrea, Zambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. He uses loose freehand drawing and watercolor techniques to create accurate architectural renderings of the historic locations.

“It may come as a surprise that there are countless active yet relatively unknown, or even unaccounted for, Jewish communities scattered around the globe in places away from the more commonly-associated and mainstream population centers,” Waronker said. “To people who often link Jewish life with certain identifiable places, these less familiar or even unknown enclaves may on the surface seem extraordinary and exotic, but in fact they represent places where Jews simply and freely settled and, in the diasporic tradition, organized and built synagogues.”

Synagogue in Africa

Waronker received his education at Cornell, Harvard, and the University of Michigan.  In 1990, he began the documentation and study of India’s forty synagogues, which led to various publications of his work.  Waronker has also extensively exhibited his watercolors throughout the United States and abroad, including Smithsonian’s International Museum of Art and Design in Atlanta, Skirball Museum in Los Angeles and the Graham Foundation Gallery in Chicago.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, who worked with Waronker at his previous post at Southern Polytechnic State University, said he would like to start an Art Exhibit series at SUNY Canton.

Synagogue in Africa

“I’ve always been attracted to the way that Jay uses color to describe the wonderful buildings in his paintings,” Szafran said. “This will be a great start to a series of exhibitions where we can feature artists including our own faculty, staff and students.”

A similar exhibit and talk on Synagogues in India will be presented at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Congregation Beth El in 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 nine exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Explore Digital Marketing Trends at the Women’s Business Bootcamp

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

rp_sbdc_logo.jpgWomen entrepreneurs will have the chance to learn about the latest digital technologies for business at the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) Fall Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon.

The Bootcamp will run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the SUNY Canton Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites.

John Lepore, a digital marketing professional from Ottawa, Ont., is scheduled as the event’s keynote speaker. Lepore will be focusing on the technology changes that permeate all aspects of business. Among other topics, he will help attendants explore latest trends and some simple ideas taking advantage of them, including:

  • Digital marketing and how it can no longer be ignored.
  • Content marketing.
  • Targeting and segmentation for Personalization.
  • Mobile experience and advertising.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon will also feature the popular Mini Marketplace where attendees can showcase and sell their products or services.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp is sponsored by Workforce Development Institute (WDI) and the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship in cooperation with resource partners SUNY Canton, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Cost is $35 per person and pre-registration is required. The fee includes admission for the luncheon and keynote speaker, a table for the Mini Marketplace (on a space-available basis). To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or email sbdc@canton.edu.

 

About the SBDC

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

SUNY Canton Welcomes Diversity Expert

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Rev. Jamie WashingtonThe president and a founder of the Social Justice Training Institute will visit SUNY Canton to discuss the challenges and opportunities for higher education related to diversity and inclusion.

The Rev. Jamie Washington, Ph.D., will speak at 6 p.m., Oct. 13, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

“Dr. Washington is a dynamic speaker and renowned expert in his field. He has worked with more than 300 clients during his 30-year career, and we are pleased to welcome him to SUNY Canton,” said Co-Chief Diversity Officer Lashawanda Ingram.

Washington is also the president of the Washington Consulting Group, a multicultural organizational development firm based in Baltimore founded in 1992. The firm provides workshops, coaching, consulting and keynote talks on a variety of topics including organizational and culture change management, effective leadership and team building, diversity and inclusion development, conflict resolution, diversity strategic planning, and more.

Washington is also a visiting assistant professor of religion and social ethics at Winston Salem State University.

 

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

Financial Aid Help Available at SUNY Canton, Oct. 15

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

SUNY CantonFinancial Aid professionals from SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam will be available to help students and their families with their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in SUNY Canton’s Nevaldine Hall South Rooms 117 and 119.

Both area State University of New York colleges cohost the free event for all prospective students and their families as part of the SUNY Statewide Financial Aid Day.

Students may now complete the FAFSA as early as October. In previous years, students had to wait to Jan. 1. Attendants should be prepared to provide their 2015 income and tax information.

Students and parents are encouraged to register for the event in advance at SUNY’s Financial Aid Day Website or by calling 1-800-342-3811. Walk-ins will also be welcome.

For more information on Financial Aid Day, contact SUNY Canton’s Student Service Center in the One-Hop Shop at (315) 386-7616, or email finaid@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 nine exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton’s Emergency Management Degree Ranked First in Nation

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Emergency Management - Best Online Degree ProgramsSUNY Canton’s online bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management was ranked as the best program of its kind in the country by the Emergency Management Degree Program Guide.

The program jumped from eighth place in 2014 to the top spot this year, primarily due to high graduation rates and affordable tuition.

The website praised the program, saying, “armed with a rare set of resources, from connections with local government agencies to state-of-the-art technologies like a Virtual Emergency Operations Center and Graphical Information System software, this program has the curious ability to make long-distance learning feel three-dimensional.”

“We are incredibly proud to be ranked number one in the country for our online Emergency Management program,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Our faculty are focused on ensuring that our students gain both the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience that prepares them for immediate employment in the field.”

The Emergency Management degree is one of SUNY Canton’s signature online programs. Students are able to participate in exercises and complete internships with local, state and federal agencies. Career opportunities for graduates include positions at public and private emergency and disaster management entities, as well as hospitals and public health agencies.

“SUNY Canton’s Emergency Management program uses cutting-edge incident management and emergency operating center technology to prepare students for success,” said Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts Jondavid S. DeLong. “We are pleased that the program has been recognized both for its quality and affordability.”

For more information about the program, visit http://www.canton.edu/business/eadm/ or contact Curriculum Coordinator Michael J. O’Connor, Ph.D. at 315-379-3948 or
oconnorm@canton.edu.

The site’s rankings can be found at http://www.emergency-management-degree.org/best/emergency-management-bachelors-degrees-online/.

 

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

SUNY Canton Lecturer Makes a Case for Better Customer Service

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Christina LesykCustomer service is the key factor that will make or break businesses in the hospitality industry.

Christina Lesyk, a lecturer in the SUNY Canton School of Business and Liberal Arts, has co-authored “Where Did Our Server Go? A Case of Service Failure in a College Hotel Restaurant,” to be published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Cases.

“The article is meant to present professional dilemmas, innovative ideas, best practices, and lessons learned from a hospitality and tourism standpoint,” Lesyk said. “The organizations most renowned for exemplary customer service plan for service failure and recovery. In hospitality, service is the product and today’s travelers are more experienced and demanding than ever.”

Lesyk is first author of the case study and collaborated with Eric A. Brown, Ph.D., her doctoral advisor at Iowa State University. Lesyk anticipates completing her Ph.D. in Hospitality Management in 2017.

The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Cases is published by the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education.

Over the summer, Lesyk also developed and taught a series of Frontline Hospitality Promotion workshops to increase regional tourism and repeat visitation.

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 Announces Newest Faculty Hires

Friday, September 30th, 2016

SUNY Canton welcomes more than a dozen new faculty members for the fall 2016 semester.

SUNY Canton’s newest faculty members at an orientation workshop. Pictured are (L to R) in the back row: Michelle Currier, lecturer, Criminal Justice; Kebbyn Giffin, adjunct instructor, Heating and Plumbing Service; Prabhjot Singh, adjunct instructor, Science; William A. Myers, assistant professor, Business Administration; Charles M. Russo, lecturer, Criminal Justice; and Martin J. Wimmer, adjunct instructor, humanities. In the front row are: Marcy L. Blackmer, instructor, Nursing; Ann E. Petroccione, instructor, Nursing; Summer Dorr, adjunct instructor, humanities; Holly A. Young, instructor, Nursing; Jenna R. Stutzman, lecturer, Nursing; Cynthia A. Eyler, adjunct instructor, Legal Studies; Ran Li, Assistant Professor, Accounting.

SUNY Canton’s newest faculty members at an orientation workshop. Pictured are (L to R) in the back row: Michelle Currier, lecturer, Criminal Justice; Kebbyn Giffin, adjunct instructor, Heating and Plumbing Service; Prabhjot Singh, adjunct instructor, Science; William A. Myers, assistant professor, Business Administration; Charles M. Russo, lecturer, Criminal Justice; and Martin J. Wimmer, adjunct instructor, humanities. In the front row are: Marcy L. Blackmer, instructor, Nursing; Ann E. Petroccione, instructor, Nursing; Summer Dorr, adjunct instructor, humanities; Holly A. Young, instructor, Nursing; Jenna R. Stutzman, lecturer, Nursing; Cynthia A. Eyler, adjunct instructor, Legal Studies; Ran Li, Assistant Professor, Accounting.

The college’s most recent appointments include:

  • Marcy L. Blackmer of Cranberry Lake was hired as an instructor in the Nursing Department.
  • David Button of Canton was appointed as a lecturer in the Business Department. Button previously served as an adjunct instructor at the college.
  • Michelle Currier of Massena was appointed as a lecturer in the Criminal Justice Department. Currier was formerly the director of library services at the college.
  • Jennie H. Flanagan of Hermon was appointed as a lecturer in the Business Department. Flanagan previously served as an adjunct instructor for the college’s Health Services Management program.
  • Christina Lesyk of Norwood was appointed as a lecturer in the Social Sciences Department, which includes the popular Applied Psychology program. Lesyk has been an adjunct instructor and has helped create courses related to hospitality.
  • Ran Li of Potsdam joins the college as an assistant professor and will be teaching in the Accounting program.
  • William A. Myers, Ph.D., of Marion was hired as an assistant professor and will be teaching in the Business Department.
  • Ann E. Petroccione of Canton was hired as an instructor for the college’s Nursing program.
  • Kibria K. Roman of Urbana, Ill., was hired as an instructor in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program.
  • Charles M. Russo of Stafford, Va., was hired as an instructor in the Criminal Justice program. Russo previously worked for the FBI.
  • Shuting Wang of Potsdam was hired as an instructor in the Business Department.
  • Barat Wolfe, Ph.D., of Canton was hired as an Assistant Professor and will be teaching in the Applied Psychology program.
  • Holly A. Young of Lisbon was hired as an instructor in the Nursing program.

The college also recently hired approximately 30 new professional or classified staff members and secured 11 new adjunct faculty positions.

 

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

SUNY Canton Unveils Financial Literacy Center

Monday, September 19th, 2016

SUNY Canton held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 15 to celebrate the establishment of the college’s Financial Literacy Center.

In operation for nearly a year, the center is located in Cook Hall and has been the site of numerous no-cost financial seminars and counseling services for community members, as well as high school and college students.

After a grand opening ceremony in SUNY Canton’s new Financial Literacy Center, President Zvi Szafran invited all the donors who made the project possible for a photograph. Pictured are (l to r) Jonathan Eng, North Country Savings Bank retail banking specialist; Todd R. Mashaw, a 1988 SUNY Canton alumnus and St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union president and CEO; Todd D. Green, Alesco Advisors chief investment officer; Elizabeth A. Pier, St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union business and development manager; Linda L. Fay, SUNY Canton professor emeritus; Szafran; and Scott A. Wilson, SeaComm president and CEO.

After a grand opening ceremony in SUNY Canton’s new Financial Literacy Center, President Zvi Szafran invited all the donors who made the project possible for a photograph. Pictured are (l to r) Jonathan Eng, North Country Savings Bank retail banking specialist; Todd R. Mashaw, a 1988 SUNY Canton alumnus and St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union president and CEO; Todd D. Green, Alesco Advisors chief investment officer; Elizabeth A. Pier, St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union business and development manager; Linda L. Fay, SUNY Canton professor emeritus; Szafran; and Scott A. Wilson, SeaComm president and CEO.

“This center fills a critical need, given the economic challenges of our region,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We now have a place where business leaders, educators and professionals can come together to provide a resource that serves the people of St. Lawrence County.”

Szafran also acknowledged the significant contributions from the center’s financial sponsors: Alesco Advisors, Daniel G. and Linda L. Fay, North Country Savings Bank, SeaComm Federal Credit Union, St. Lawrence Federal Credit Union, and the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

“Their incredible support has made the Financial Literacy Center and Trading Lab possible,” he said.

Financial Literacy Center

Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts Jondavid S. DeLong highlighted the programs the center has hosted during the past year, including free tax-preparation assistance and money management guidance for low-income community members; a financial literacy presentation for high school students in conjunction with BOCES; retirement seminars; and loan repayment advice for college students.

To date, the programs have served more than 120 community members, 500 high school students and 100 college students.

Another unique benefit of the center, DeLong added, is its value to augment classroom learning for SUNY Canton students. Those who have completed a tax preparation course in the fall semester assist community members with filing their income taxes in the spring.

“Our students will gain the practical experience they’ll need to get a job after they’ve graduated,” he said. “And at the same time help the community.”

Upcoming Financial Literacy Center programs include a “Mad City Money” experience in April 2017, where every high school student in St. Lawrence County will converge on SUNY Canton’s campus to participate in an education simulation game that gives them the opportunity to make adult financial decisions based on fictitious scenarios.

 

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 Trains Fourth Solar Ready Vets Class

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Twenty-three Army personnel stationed at Fort Drum graduated from the fourth U.S. Department of Energy’s national Solar Ready Vets training program Aug. 30.

Since the program began in January, 83 students have successfully completed the five-week course, which is taught by SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development. The program aims to offer hands-on training to military personnel who are transitioning from active duty to civilian professions.

Axel Rodriguez, left, and Matthew Ells install solar panels during a Solar Ready Vets training exercise.

Axel Rodriguez, left, and Matthew Ells install solar panels during a Solar Ready Vets training exercise.

Graduates have a 20-percentage point higher pass rate on the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Photovoltaic entry-level exam, compared to the national average. Veterans are now working in the field as installers, sales representative and project managers for national and regional companies such as Solar City, SunPower, High Peaks Solar and Level Solar.

“Solar Ready Vets has opened a career opportunity that I had no prior knowledge of,” said Army veteran and program graduate William Harvey. “The excellent education I received from SUNY Canton’s instructors led to several employment offers in different areas of the solar field.”

The program is a collaboration among the U.S. Department of Energy, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Fort Drum, SUNY Canton and solar installation companies. NYSERDA provided support for the program startup costs, including curriculum development and training for the first five cohorts. There is no cost for Fort Drum personnel to participate in the first five classes.

The Solar Ready Vets program is nationally administered by the Solar Foundation. To learn more, visit www.canton.edu/crest, www.solarreadyveterans.org or contact Kevin McAdoo, Solar Ready Vets program coordinator, at mcado101@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 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.