Archive for March, 2017

SUNY Canton ‘Financial Planning for College’ Seminar, April 24

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

It’s never too early to begin planning for a child’s college education.

The SUNY Canton Financial Literacy Center will be presenting a college planning seminar at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, in SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212.

Financial Literacy CenterKerrie L. Cooper, the college’s director of financial aid, and Jon Eng, a retail banking specialist from North Country Savings Bank, will explain government assistance, private funding sources and savings options. Cooper said the seminar is offered to help families who are planning for their young children’s college education.

The event is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. For more information, or to register for the event, contact the Financial Literacy Center at (315) 386-7328 or email FLC@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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Construction Executive Speaks at SUNY Canton March 29

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Ed BedellThe president and CEO of COP Construction will be presenting at SUNY Canton as part of the college’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Edward Bedell is a 1969 alumnus who has established a successful career in construction project management. He is scheduled to speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Nevaldine Hall Room 102. Leadership Lecture Series presentations are free and open to the public.

“We are very fortunate that we are able to bring in established, professional, alumni who demonstrate the strengths of the applied education offered at SUNY Canton,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Mr. Bedell is a perfect example of how a student can start here and go anywhere.”

Newtown said Bedell’s lecture would be of interest to students in a variety of the college’s engineering technology or STEM related fields and will also appeal to management students from the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Bedell took ownership of COP Construction after working as the company’s Vice President of Operations. COP specializes in bridges, dams, concrete structures, water, sanitary sewer and storm drain utilities, water and sanitary sewer treatment plants, containment ponds, subdivisions, general site work, and recreational facilities.

He oversees operations in Montana, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. The company employs between 200 and 350 full-time personnel and is widely recognized as a leading construction company in its region.

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 at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Hosts Disability Awareness Training April 3

Monday, March 27th, 2017

SUNY Canton will be hosting a nationally recognized training for those who may encounter emergencies involving individuals with autism or other disabilities.

Niagara University’s Law Enforcement Disability Awareness Training will be available for two sessions on April 3 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

  • The first session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and is specifically for college faculty, staff and community members
  • The second session will run from 1 to 5 p.m. and is designed for law enforcement personnel.

“Autism Spectrum Disorder affects one in 68 children,” noted SUNY Canton University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin. “The need to ensure accurate and appropriate response is critical for police and educators alike.”

The chief noted that this training is part of the Basic Course for Police Officers, or the first section of SUNY Canton’s police academy training.

This training is sponsored by the SUNY Canton Center for Diversity and Inclusion, St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House and the David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

 

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 at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Natural Medicine Symposium Saturday at SUNY Canton

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Northern New York Chapter of the American Chemical Society will be holding a symposium on natural medicines beginning at 10:20 a.m. Saturday (March 25) in SUNY Canton’s Cook Hall rooms 200 and 201. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium, titled “Bridging the Gap: Nature and Chemistry,” will feature presentations by noted experts from the Ithaca Free Clinic and Paul Smiths College. Session topics include botanical medicine and medicinal mushrooms.

For more information contact SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Erica M. Sharpe, Ph.D., sharpe@canton.edu, or SUNY Potsdam Associate Professor Fadi Bou-Abdallah, Ph.D., bouadf@potsdam.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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Investigative Perceptions Explored at SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Day

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

SUNY Canton’s seventh annual Law Enforcement Day will feature new crime scene investigation methodology and will show the limited-distribution documentary by a north country native filmmaker.

Dr. Laura PettlerLaw Enforcement Day 2017 is titled “Investigative Perceptions” and will begin at 9 a.m. Monday (March 27) in the college’s Kingston Theater. It is held by the college’s Criminal Investigation and Criminal Justice departments to highlight the latest trends and developments in the law enforcement industry. All sessions are free and open to the public, but are specifically designed for current and future police officers.

Feature presentations include:

  • A Victim Centered Death Investigations session will run from 9 to 11 a.m. with Laura G. Pettler, Ph.D., a noted authority on physical and behavioral evidence. Pettler is an expert on crime scene staging, or the manipulation of evidence to misdirect an investigation. The presentation will offer a step-by-step demonstration on how to identify, analyze, and evaluate homicide cases while preventing a case from going cold.
  • The keynote presentation will start at 1 p.m. and will include a screening of “Officer Involved,” an unreleased film exploring perspectives in contemporary American policing. The film’s director and Ogdensburg native Patrick Shaver will provide the introduction and will lead a conversation at the conclusion of the movie. Shaver documented the detailed perspectives of American police officers involved in shootings. Officer Involved was an official selection of the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival.

Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation and related two- and four-year programs are among the most popular degrees offered at the college. SUNY Canton is also home to the state-certified David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, which trains the majority of the North Country’s police force.

 

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 at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Celebrates Inaugural SBDC Day

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

America's SBDC - New YorkThe SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will join its peer centers across the state and nation to recognize the inaugural SBDC Day, celebrated today, (Wednesday, March 22).

SBDC Day is a national recognition movement to share the small business success stories and notable impact SBDCs have fostered in their respective communities.

“We are pleased to be able to work side by side with our region’s existing and aspiring entrepreneurs,” said SUNY Canton SBDC Director Dale A. Rice. “Their hard work and commitment keep the local, regional and national economy growing every day.”

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 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 business consulting and training to more than a million small businesses each year.

SBDC Bootcamp booth display

SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. In 2016, America’s SBDCs provided 1.3 million hours of consulting to 192,205 client businesses, resulting in 100,233 jobs created; $6.9 billion in sales growth; $4.6 billion in capital investments; and helped launch 17,864 new businesses.

“We are thrilled to see SBDCs around the country working together to celebrate their clients and showcase the work they do for America’s small businesses,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, America’s SBDC President and chief executive officer. “SBDC clients see an average job growth of 15.5 percent versus the national job growth average of just 1.9 percent. There is no denying the impact SBDCs have on the success of the small businesses in their communities and their local economies.”

Small Business Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Pictured from left to right are Sarah Purdy, City Manager; Michael Brashaw, Chamber Past President; Jen Stevenson, City Councilmember; Wayne Izzo, Chamber Board Member; Michael Thayer, Chamber Board Member; Dale Rice, Director and Certified Business Advisor; Lenore VanderZee, Executive Director of University Relations at SUNY Canton; Melissa Lalonde, Chamber Board Member; John Wade, Owner of Sherman Inn and Chamber Board Member; Timothy Davis, City Councilmember; Laura Pearson, Executive Director of the Ogdensburg Chamber and James Reagen, Public Affairs Director for Senator Ritchie’s office. Missing from the photo: Carlos Lopez, Owner of Sherman Inn and John Pinkerton, Chamber Board Member.

Since 1984, the New York Small Business Development Center has provided small business assistance to New York small businesses. The NY SBDC has helped more than 430,000 New York entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow and expand their business and local economies by investing $5.9 billion, creating and preserving more than 190,000 jobs.

The SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, New York State, local communities and host campuses.

 

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 at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Yoga May Help SUNY Canton Students Deal with Stress

Monday, March 13th, 2017

A new study has been set to determine the effects of mind and body exercises in a higher education setting.

A SUNY Canton faculty member aims to prove yoga can help students battle the stresses of college life.

Assistant Professor Erica M. Sharpe, Ph.D., is seeking student volunteers for a new four-week study to determine the effects of yoga on anxiety, mood, mindfulness, body awareness and overall mental health.

Erica Sharpe in a yoga pose

Pictured is SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Erica M. Sharpe, Ph.D., leading a yoga class in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. Sharpe will be conducting a new study on the effects of yoga in college students.

“Previous studies have shown that people are calmer after practicing yoga,” Sharpe said. “What makes this study unique is that we are attempting to measure the lasting effects of yoga in the context of academic life.”

Sharpe, who teaches chemistry at SUNY Canton, is the principal investigator for the Yoga for Mental Health in Academia Study Team. Her co-principal investigator is Laura Carim Todd, Ph.D., from Oregon Health and Science University, who has run previous studies on yoga and exercise as methods to increase self-control for smokers who want to quit.

“We hypothesize that the calming effects of a yoga practice actually continue on past the hours immediately following a class, and that these effects may help students become more focused and productive throughout the entire week,” Sharpe said.

Erica Sharpe leading yoga class.

Students will take surveys before and after a weekly yoga session, held 7 p.m. each Tuesday in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. Sharpe will also administer surveys before and after stressful academic classes to monitor the lasting effects of yoga throughout the school week.

A control group of student volunteers will also be asked to respond to the experiment questionnaires without participating in yoga classes. She hypothesizes that students in the yoga group will show less of a stress response to their academic classes than students in the non-yoga group.

As a secondary way of accumulating relevant data, Sharpe will be surveying faculty members teaching the participants’ classes to further track the students’ stress levels, mood and academic performance.

“I’m hoping to prove that yoga can affect students’ lives positively and help them handle the stresses of college in a better and more constructive way,” Sharpe said.

She hopes to conduct future versions of this study to measure cortisol levels of the participants. Cortisol is the steroid hormone that the human body releases when they are stressed.

Students in a sitting yoga pose.

Yoga students

“As the study evolves, we’d like to look at student grades and conduct simulated test-taking situations to see how students respond to stress with and without meditative exercise” Sharpe said.

The study corresponds with SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt’s initiative to promote new faculty research. “By linking professional practice with academic research we can create new opportunities to enhance and promote SUNY Canton’s mission,” Scheidt said.

The first trial is scheduled to begin April 11. Students interested in participating in the study should email YMHA@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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Roody Roo Enters in SUNY’s Mascot Madness Competition

Monday, March 13th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Mascot, Roody Roo, will be competing in the fifth annual SUNY-Wide Mascot Madness tournament.

Approximately 40 mascots from SUNY Colleges across the state enter in the running. The competition is determined by online voting through the SUNY Big Ideas Blog. The most popular characters advance through a NCAA March Madness inspired bracket.

Voting is set to kick off at noon Tuesday, March 14. Roody is matched against Stinger the Hornet from SUNY Broome Community College in the first round.

Round 1: March 14 (noon) – March 16 (4 p.m.)
Round 2: March 20 (noon) – March 22 (4 p.m.)
Round 3: March 24 (noon) – March 27 (4 p.m.)
Round 4: March 29 (noon) – March 31 (4 p.m.)
Round 5: April 3 (noon) – April 5 (4 p.m.)

Last year, the kangaroo from Canton made it to the final four but was taken out by Wolfie Seawolf from Stony Brook University.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran enthusiastically supports this friendly competition, and even appeared in a new college video documenting Roody’s efforts to prepare for Mascot Madness. The college’s Videographer, Morgan D. Elliott, created a training montage set to the theme of the original Rocky movie.

Vote for Roody

“Mascot Madness helps promote SUNY Canton spirit,” noted Szafran. “I may be biased, but I think we’ve got a strong shot at the title this year.”

Roody has appeared in eight of the college’s videos which are used for both on and off campus promotion.

SUNY Canton to Host Care Coordination Certificate Program

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

CREST LogoSUNY Canton, in partnership with the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization and the North Country Initiative, is offering a Care Coordination Certificate Program beginning May 23.

The curriculum increases students’ knowledge of “care transition,” which refers to the movement patients make between healthcare practitioners and settings as their condition and needs change. The class is designed for both new students who are interested in the care management field, as well as existing coordination professionals from hospitals, behavioral health facilities or community-based organizations.

Classes will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday from May 23 to Aug. 15 at SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training Center (Halford Hall). Tuition cost is $365, and students who are employed by a North Country Intitiave partner are eligible for full tuition reimbursement upon successful completion of the course.

An additional program will be held on the Jefferson Community College campus from 5:30 p.m. to  8:30 p.m. May 1 to Aug. 7.

Space is limited, and applications must be received by March 31 in order to be considered for either location. Students must have at least a high school diploma in order to be eligible for selection.

To sign up, visit http://www.canton.edu/crest/health.html. For more information, contact Art Garno, CREST Center director, at (315) 386-7197 or via email at garnoa@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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Associated Colleges to Host College Fair at SUNY Canton March 8

Monday, March 6th, 2017

The Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley invites the community to attend a college fair at SUNY Canton from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Associated Colleges

Guests can speak with representatives from the following colleges and ROTC programs:

  • SUNY Canton
  • Clarkson University
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Air Force ROTC
  • Army ROTC
  • Johnson State College (Vermont)
  • Paul Smith’s College
  • SUNY Clinton Community College
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
  • SUNY Jefferson Community College
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • SUNY Mohawk Valley Community College
  • SUNY North Country Community College
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • St. Elizabeth College of Nursing

There will also be a student panel discussion from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and an admissions panel discussion from 11 to 11:30 a.m. where visitors can learn and ask questions about the admissions and enrollment process, as well as get a sense of what it’s like to be a college student.

Walk-ins are welcome, and guests can register in the lower-level lobby of the Miller Campus Center. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Tricia M. Storie, SUNY Canton senior admissions counselor, at (315) 386-7123.

 

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 at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.