Archive for February, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Online Programs Make U.S. News and World Report’s ‘Best Bachelor’s Degrees’ List

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton’s online baccalaureate programs have been named among the best in the country for a third time by U.S. News and World Report.

The college was one of only three SUNY schools to earn a spot in this year’s rankings. Programs were scored on various categories including student engagement, faculty credentials and training, student services, admissions selectivity, and peer reputation.

“This recognition is a reflection of the time and resources SUNY Canton has invested into the quality of our online classes and programs throughout the past 15 years,” said President Zvi Szafran. “This award, along with our consistent online enrollment growth, is a direct result of that investment.”

The college was ranked 76th out of the more than 1,200 programs surveyed by U.S. News. Only regionally accredited institutions whose programs were offered in an online format were evaluated.

SUNY Canton currently offers 13 online degree programs and recently announced the launch of a Bachelor of Business Administration in Agribusiness Management, which can also be earned online. The program is designed to prepare students for skilled careers in agriculture.

“It’s important that we offer the option for students to earn their degree entirely online,” Szafran added. “Professionals who want to continue their education while working full time will benefit from the flexibility of our programs.”

In addition to new degree programs, the college has seen an increase in enrollments for its winter and summer off-term online sessions. In January, enrollment for the Winterterm session reached an all-time record for the third consecutive year. Students from both public and private colleges in New York and throughout the country utilize the sessions to fulfill requirements at their home institutions.

“Our off-term sessions deliver the same quality instruction SUNY Canton is known for to anyone, anywhere in an accelerated format,” said Molly A. Mott, associate provost and dean of academic support services and instructional technologies, “The abbreviated course schedule allows students to catch up or get ahead between traditional fall and spring semesters.”

The U.S. News online rankings for 2017 are available on their website.

 

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

SUNY Canton Distinguished Automotive Alumnus Presents Monday, Feb. 27

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Mark BondoniOne of SUNY Canton’s most successful Automotive Technology graduates will be a featured speaker in the college’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Mark Bondoni, a 1982 alumnus and global remanufacturing and core supply manager for Ford Motor Company, will be presenting “Driving Your Future” at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in Nevaldine Hall Room 102. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Mark is a fantastic example for students and alumni alike,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology. “He embodies the college’s slogan ‘Great majors that lead to great careers.’ He demonstrates what can be done by linking enthusiasm for a subject with the ambition to succeed.”

Bondoni has held numerous positions during his 32-year career with Ford. One of his many notable successes came when he was parts and service manager at Ford’s Caribbean and Latin America District. He developed and launched a parts shipment initiative that slashed delivery time to Puerto Rico from 23 to 4 days.

He also served as the company’s NASCAR motorsports manager. He helped link his alma mater with Elliott Sadler, who raced a Ford at the time. Early SUNY Canton commercials featured the famous driver prominently and a hood from one of the cars is on display in the college’s automotive labs.

The SUNY Canton Alumni Association named Bondoni as Distinguished Alumnus at the college’s 2004 Commencement.

 

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

SUNY Canton to Award Scholarships, Prizes at Engineering Open House

Monday, February 20th, 2017

SUNY Canton invites the community to explore the fun side of technology at the annual Engineers Week Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 in Nevaldine Hall.

Children in grades K-12 and their families are invited to take a tour, meet with faculty and participate in 20 exciting hands-on demonstrations that offer a unique glimpse into the college’s engineering technology programs. Guests will be able to experiment with lasers, learn about 3-D software, test out a thermal camera and more.

This is the third year the college has hosted the event, which draws students from all over the North Country.

Engineers Week Robotics

“The public’s interest in this event has grown tremendously within the past two years,” said Michael Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Last year more than 200 students attended, and we anticipate being able to showcase our career-focused degrees to even more visitors this year.”

Newtown added that the Open House serves to introduce younger students to STEM fields and helps them discover their technical ability and creativity.

This year’s theme is “Launch Your Future,” and the evening’s highlight will be a student competition where teams of two will face off to build the fastest zip-line racer. Contestants of the winning team in the 9th to 12th grade group will each receive a $1,300 SUNY Canton scholarship. The second-place team will each win a $500 SUNY Canton scholarship, and the third-place team will be awarded $100 gift cards.

First-, second- and third-place prizes in the 3rd to 8th grade category include Lego Mindstorms kits, remote-control cars and model rocket kits.

In addition to the Open House, a career fair and alumni panel will be held for current SUNY Canton students who are looking to connect with employers and graduates. All events are being held to celebrate National Engineers Week, which is dedicated to increasing understanding of, and interest in, engineering and technology careers.

The event is sponsored by Corning Incorporated Foundation and is free and open to the public. To register or learn more about the competition, visit www.canton.edu/engineers or contact SUNY Canton’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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Named Among Most Pet-Friendly Colleges in U.S.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The website LendEDU.com recently announced SUNY Canton has earned a spot on their list of the top 25 most pet-friendly colleges in the country.

SUNY Canton placed 13th and was chosen largely because of the college’s well-known pet-friendly housing option that began in 1997. Students are able to bring a variety of pets with them to live on campus, including cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

Cat chewing on rope

 

“SUNY Canton was a pioneer in pet-friendly housing,” said Director of Residence Life John M. 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.”

The unique housing option is a favorite choice among students who are pursuing an associate degree in Veterinary Science Technology or a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Service Administration or Veterinary Technology. This past fall, the college doubled the size of the Pet Wing due to increased demand.

“Prior to this academic year, we could accommodate approximately 70 students who wanted to live with their pets,” Kennedy said. “We’ve since added another 70 beds, which brings our total number of pet-friendly accommodations to 140.”

In addition to the expansion, Kennedy said, the residence hall organizes activities for students and their pets, most recently “cat yoga” classes, where students can participate in the ancient practice alongside their feline companion.

Student studying with cat on bed.

SUNY Canton’s animal-friendly campus culture extends beyond the Pet Wing. Students raise funds to outfit police dogs with lifesaving Kevlar vests and to purchase supplies and food for local animal shelters. The college also sponsors pet-therapy sessions for students to relax and de-stress during finals week.

In addition to the LendEDU list, the college has been twice named to Petside.com’s Top 10 Pet-Friendly Colleges list, and Great Value Colleges.net also chose SUNY Canton as one of the best schools in the U.S. for animal lovers. The entire LendEDU list can be found here.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Faculty Member Wins Prestigous Media Arts Award

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Kamal TurnerKamal A. Turner, an instructional support assistant and adjunct faculty member who teaches in SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design Program, has received a scriptwriting award from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).

Turner submitted his short-film script titled “One Awkward Ride” to BEA’s annual Festival Of Media Arts competition, which recognizes faculty and student creative excellence. The contest is open to all BEA members, and categories range from sports and news broadcasting to documentary video production. More than 175 colleges and universities submitted entries this year.

Turner’s script earned a Best of Competition award in the short subject/TV half-hour category. The story’s main characters are students who, through a series of misfortunate events, are forced into uncomfortable situations.

“The story is very loosely based on my experiences in college,” Turner said. “We’ve all been in socially awkward situations, and I wanted this script to explore that.”

Turner has written scripts in the past, and he previously acted in and served as an assistant director for the movie “Dissection of an Olive,” which was written and directed by SUNY Canton Adjunct Instructor Summer Dorr. Most recently, he served as a production assistant for the television show pilot episode for “ZBURG,” which was co-created by TV and film actor Mark Valley and Ethan Henry.

The BEA awards are presented during their annual convention in April. To see a list of all this year’s award winners, click here.

 

About BEA 

The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide. Membership is free for college students. Visit www.beaweb.org for more information.

 

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

SUNY Canton Lands New Four-Year Agribusiness Program

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

SUNY Canton reconnects with its roots as the North Country’s agricultural college with a new four-year degree program.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran has announced the college received final approval to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Agribusiness Management. The program will begin at the start of the Fall 2017 semester and can optionally be earned in an online format.

“Many of our successful alumni in St. Lawrence County and beyond trace their roots back to our agricultural programs, so I’m glad we’re offering programs in this area once again” said Szafran. “Our faculty members have developed a new degree mirroring the advances in the industry and focusing on the management side of modern farming.”

Students in the Agribusiness Management programs will learn the principles of accounting, finance, marketing, strategy, operations, human resources, economics, ethics and communications. The program will provide the management skills needed to make effective decisions and develop markets for their products in both small operations and large enterprises.

“There are numerous opportunities for skilled careers in agriculture,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the SUNY Canton School of Business and Liberal Arts. “Crop management, production and distribution are going to be critical as the world’s population continues to grow. Our new degree responds to the growing interest in ownership of agricultural enterprises in communities that have historically benefitted from farming.”

Graduates will be prepared to bring together and apply their knowledge from previous agribusiness and production agriculture courses, as well as from their internship experience.

“An important component of this program will be the upper-level internship requirement,” noted Assistant Professor and Business Department Director Alexander Lesyk, who will be overseeing the program. “We look forward to partnering with local agricultural enterprises to offer our students the first-hand experience necessary to become effective managers and business leaders.”

Pictured is Blake P. Gendebien, co-owner of Twin Mills Farms in Lisbon being interviewed by SUNY Canton Videographer Morgan D. Elliott. Gendebien has already expressed interest in the college’s new Agribusiness program.

According to a 2015 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, there will be approximately 57,900 average annual employment opportunities for bachelor’s degree graduates who have expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources or the environment. SUNY Canton faculty members designed the program for both entrepreneurial students and those seeking established careers in related fields.

The North Country has long been a farming hub with agriculture as a core industry. Currently there are over 4000 farms in the region, with more than 1 million acres of land used for farming according to supporting research used to establish the Agribusiness program. Agriculture is a driving force in the North Country’s economy. According to the USDA, New York ranks third nationwide in milk production; 20 percent of this milk originates in the North Country.

Several notable alumni have expressed interest in the new program and are already looking to work with future students.

“We are one of the biggest agricultural areas in the entire country,” said David B. Elliott, a quality control membership manager for Agri-Mark Dairy Farm Cooperative and a 1980 alumnus. “Having a local Agribusiness program is going to fit the educational needs of a lot of young people in our area.”

Agribusiness Management is SUNY Canton’s second new program announcement of 2017. Previously, the college announced it would begin offering a Game Design and Development program. The college’s faculty members from the School of Business and Liberal Arts and the Canino School of Engineering Technology have submitted several more four-year programs for approval by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department.

 

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

SUNY Canton Student’s Short Story Published on Literary Website

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Kaitlin J. French, a SUNY Canton senior from Governeur, recently had her short story “The Seek” selected for publication by the website Everydayfiction.com.

A Psychology major, French penned the story for a creative writing class taught by Assistant Professor Kirk K. Jones, who encouraged her to submit it for publication.

“Professor Jones’ class is unique in that he allows his students to take their work into their own hands,” she said. “There are very few restrictions, which encourages creativity.”

French said she enjoys writing poems and stories that have a dark undertone, and “The Seek” leans toward the horror genre, with a plot twist.

“The story is told from the point of view of a 5-year-old boy whose sister has gone missing,” she said.

Everydayfiction features works that are commonly referred to as “flash fiction” – brief stories that are typically 1,000 words or less. The website publishes one story per day, and “The Seek” is scheduled to appear Feb. 22.

Although there is no monetary compensation, French said it is an honor to be selected and has given her the confidence to keep writing. She recently submitted a second story for publication and is awaiting a decision.

“Kaitlin came into class a solid writer and speaker, with a balance of passion and humility that is often contagious in the classroom,” Jones said. “I have recommended a publisher in Australia review her work and look forward to hearing about her continued success as she moves forward.”

 

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

SUNY Canton Partners with Yamaha Marine

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program has partnered with another internationally acclaimed company in the recreational vehicle industry.

The college recently entered a partnership with Yamaha Marine Group and is expanding its professional technical training to include the company’s outboard boat motors.

Students running diagnostics on Yamaha engine.

“We are now set up with a dealership account so we have access to all of Yamaha’s technical information, ” said Christopher Mayville, the lead instructor in the college’s Powersports program. “This will help our students greatly and allow them to become more familiar with the products they will be working with in their careers.”

In a letter acknowledging the new partnership, a Yamaha marine training manager said, “Yamaha Motor Corporation is pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to expand our relationship with you and to work together towards building the future of the Marine Industry.”

Christopher Mayville, the lead faculty member in SUNY Canton’s Powersports Performance and Repair program, shows students how to run diagnostics on a 250-horsepower Yamaha outboard boat motor. Pictured are (l to r) Connor J. Grinnell of Camden, Mayville and Omadweyaashk K. Silver of Hogansburg.

The SUNY Canton Powersports program has a long-standing partnership with Polaris Industries Inc. and runs a certified professional training center in the college’s laboratories. The partnership allows students to have access to the latest snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and personal watercraft.

The program and its related partnerships recently caught the eye of a writer at PowerSports Business, an industry specific publication. David Wells wrote, “The State University of New York at Canton is meeting the increasing demand for skilled powersports service technicians with a specialized program that is firmly grounded in real-world experience.”

The one-year certificate program attracts approximately 15 students annually and provides a rigorous education comprised of theory and hands-on experience. Virtually all of the graduates step directly into the powersports industry or into a related technical field. Some students have used the program to launch their SUNY Canton education, moving from Powersports to Automotive Technology and then on to a four-year business or engineering technology program.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Home Energy Performance Presentation Friday, Feb. 10, at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

SUNY Canton will be holding a free Home Energy Performance presentation at noon, Friday (Feb. 10) in Halford Hall.

Jerry K. Loch, outreach coordinator for the Watertown-based Green Jobs, Green New York program, will be describing the best questions to ask when considering updates.

“Houses work as a system,” Loch said. “When you make a home more efficient, you can also positively change its safety and comfort levels.”

The presentation is sponsored by the SUNY Canton Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development and the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), an independent Contractor for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Participants can also receive a comprehensive home energy assessment.

To RSVP, email crest@canton.edu, or call (315) 386-7686. Attendees are invited to bring their lunches.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Free Income Tax Assistance Available at SUNY Canton

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

SUNY CantonStudents and faculty from SUNY Canton’s Accounting and Business programs will be helping individuals and families file their tax returns through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The college’s Financial Literacy Center and the School of Business and Liberal Arts sponsor the program as a service to those who cannot afford to visit an accountant or are unable to prepare their taxes on their own. The free tax assistance will be available by appointment between Feb. 1 and April 14 in SUNY Canton’s Accounting, Business and Finance Center in Cook Hall Room 100.

The VITA program allows trained student volunteers, under the supervision of tax certified faculty members, to apply their tax preparation skills and to help teach individuals how to correctly prepare their own taxes. Students can help those who have trouble filing their taxes, have not filed taxes before, or simply have tax-related questions. The free service is offered to both SUNY Canton students and income-qualified community members.

For more information please visit the SUNY Canton VITA webpage. To schedule an appointment, contact the School of Business and Liberal Arts by phone at (315) 386-7328.

SUNY Canton has participated in the VITA program for more than 10 years.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.