Archive for April, 2017

SUNY Canton Students Take Second in Steel Bridge Competition

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter won second place in the Upstate New York Regional Steel Bridge Competition held Friday, April 21 at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome.

Based on their success, the SUNY Canton students have been invited to participate in the National Steel Bridge Competition held May 26 at Oregon State University.

Steel Bridge Team - Group Photo

“We were one of thirteen universities who competed,” noted Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty advisor for the ASCE Student Chapter. “In addition to building a bridge, each team gave two presentations. Our students performed admirably against much larger universities in all categories.”

The SUNY Canton team was topped by their longtime rival, ETS of Montreal, but finished ahead of Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Waterloo, Hudson Valley Community College, the United States Military Academy and Clarkson University, among others.

Steel Bridge Team constructing their bridge

The competition challenges students to design and build a bridge that can be put up faster and perform better than the other entries. Students begin planning for this competition during the fall semester. Once a design is settled, the bridge is then constructed entirely at SUNY Canton. During the competition, the students assemble it rapidly and then test it for strength among other criteria.

“We’ve learned a lot about leadership, time management, design, fabrication, communication and how to work as a team,” said ASCE Student Chapter President Alex Sterling. “Through the combined efforts of many students, faculty, and staff, SUNY Canton has created a bridge that rivals the best in the nation. We’ve been able to apply much of what we’ve learned along the way.”

Steel Bridge Team constructing their bridge

Sterling is one of 25 students involved with the Steel Bridge Team. Other members are Jonathan Abreu, Kristoff Adderley, Joseph Butera, Alexis Carreau, Kimberly Collins, Justin Donaldson, John Drews, Jessica Fischer, Daniel Gagnon, Nathanael Lalone Colin Law, Erdous Lebron, Ashley Livingston, Kyle Lorey, Sean Marciano, Steven Martz, Barandyk Nurdinova, Sarah Nuss, Tyler Odell, Dan Olin, Jocelyn Racette, Kevin Segit, Bromlen Steinburg, Alex Sterling and David Viruso.

They were assisted by Hitchman and Dennis E. Tuper, an instructional support associate in the Automotive Technology program. Numerous other faculty members in the Canino School of Engineering Technology are involved with the program. Eric S. Tessmer, owner of Riverside Iron, LLC in Gouverneur, sponsors the bridge. Tessmer is a 1991 alumnus who provided all of the steel for the build.

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 Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Kristina M. Johnson as the 13th Chancellor

Monday, April 24th, 2017

 

Chancellor Kristina JohnsonThe State University of New York Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Dr. Kristina M. Johnson as the 13th chancellor of SUNY, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States.

“Dr. Johnson brings an incredibly impressive and broad range of skills to her new position,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Her background as a researcher, entrepreneur, educator, public servant and engineer will be an unbelievable asset to our system and our students. We look forward to working with her to build upon the successes SUNY Canton has achieved in developing new programs; championing diversity and inclusion; and fulfilling New York State’s need for graduates with applied skills, particularly in STEM disciplines.”

Dr. Johnson is the founder and chief executive officer of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, which develops hydroelectric generation facilities that provide clean energy to communities and businesses throughout the country. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as U.S. Under Secretary of Energy and served as Johns Hopkins University provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

“Throughout her distinguished career, Kristina Johnson has not only been a faculty member, administrator, and visionary in higher education but also a dedicated public servant, national energy czar, successful entrepreneur, and an acclaimed inventor,” said SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall. “We are thrilled to welcome her to SUNY, where her range of experience will enable her to leverage the incredible work of our 64 colleges and universities. On behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees and Search Committee, I want to thank Governor Cuomo, whose commitment to public higher education helped us to attract a top candidate, and Nancy Zimpher, whose leadership of SUNY over the last eight years has raised the profile of this position to an all-time high.”

“Dr. Johnson is a proven leader and innovator whose cross-sector experience and strong belief in the power of education will be a great benefit to The State University of New York,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “In academia, she has brought stakeholder groups together to create and implement strategic vision crafted at the hands of many. On the national forefront, she successfully managed and uplifted our country’s most advanced energy research. And as a former faculty member turned entrepreneur, time and again she has bridged the gap between higher education and business to create programs that prepare students for in-demand careers. The future of SUNY is indeed bright under the leadership of Dr. Johnson.”

Throughout her career, Dr. Johnson has been an advocate for women in leadership, advanced STEM and STEAM education, pioneered the creation of jobs through higher education-industry partnerships, established intensive research opportunities for students and faculty, and positioned leading institutions of higher education for greater success through the development of innovative strategic plans.

“The State University of New York is a complex, captivating system like no other in higher education, and the opportunity to serve as its chancellor is the highest honor of my career,” said Dr. Johnson. “I look forward to building on the excellent foundation for SUNY that Governor Cuomo, Chancellor Zimpher, and the Board of Trustees have developed in partnership with SUNY presidents, faculty, staff, and students as well as the communities they serve in every region.”

Dr. Johnson is an inventor and entrepreneur who holds 118 U.S. and international patents. She became a member of the National Academy of Inventors and the National Academy of Engineering in 2016 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, together with Gary Sharp, in 2015, for the development of polarization-control technologies that enabled high quality 3D movies and TV.

Chancellor Zimpher will step down from the position in June 2017 after an eight-year term during which she has positioned the university system as a national model through an unprecedented partnership with Governor Cuomo. Dr. Johnson’s appointment as chancellor is effective September 5, 2017, at an annual state salary of $560,000. Interim leadership for the period between June and September will be appointed by the SUNY Board of Trustees at its June 21, 2017, meeting.

 

About Dr. Kristina M. Johnson

Dr. Johnson received her B.S. with distinction, M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. After a NATO post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, she joined the University of Colorado-Boulder’s faculty in 1985 as an assistant professor and, later, full professor. From 1994 to 1998, Dr. Johnson directed the NSF/ERC for Optoelectronics Computing Systems Center at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.

As dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University from 1999 to 2007, Dr. Johnson created intensive student/faculty research partnerships and led a strategic planning process, “Building on Excellence,” which established new cross-disciplinary research programs while also increasing undergraduate enrollment by 20 percent, doubling the number of graduate students, tripling research expenditures, and tripling the university’s physical infrastructure through the design and construction of the world-class Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine, and Applied Sciences.

Additionally under her leadership at Duke, endowment increased tenfold under the Campaign for Duke University, and the Blue Devil (Venture) Fund was established to support the Pratt School of Engineering. She worked closely with Pratt School of Engineering faculty and department chairs to increase the percentage of women faculty from 6 to 19 percent, hiring 55 faculty during her term, including 19 early career award winners, one elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and one nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physics.

As provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins University from 2007 to 2009, Dr. Johnson was second-in-charge of the university with direct oversight of the academic operations and budget of nine schools that included leading interdisciplinary programs, academic centers, and institutes. During her term, she led a university-wide strategic planning process, “Framework for the Future,” and bolstered leadership in research, new initiatives, and graduate programs, including the creation of the Mosaic Initiative to recruit outstanding faculty, launch of the Discovery Grant Program for faculty-led initiatives, and management of the university’s ten-year accreditation review.

Named an NSF Presidential Young Investigator in 1985 and a Fulbright Faculty Scholar in 1991, Dr. Johnson’s academic awards include the Dennis Gabor Prize for creativity and innovation in modern optics (1993) and the John Fritz Medal (2008), which is widely considered the highest award in engineering, as previous recipients include Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Orville Wright.

Dr. Johnson was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame (2003) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2015. She received the Society of Women Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), the ARCS Foundation Eagle Award for science and education (2009), and the Woman of Vision Award for Leadership by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (2010). She holds 42 U.S. patents, has published 149 referenced papers and proceedings, and received honorary degrees from University of Alabama a Huntsville, Tufts University, McGill University, and Trinity College, Dublin.

Recognized for her work in technology transfer and entrepreneurship by the states of Colorado and North Carolina, she received the 2010 Milton Steward Award from the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC), and is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, International Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Johnson is married to Ms. Veronica Meinhard, the Senior Executive Director of Principal Gifts and Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). Previously, Ms. Meinhard worked for 21 years at the University of Florida in various capacities in University Development and Alumni Affairs.

 

About The State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015-16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree are SUNY alumni. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.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.

SUNY Canton Opens Center for Diversities and Inclusion

Friday, April 21st, 2017

SUNY Canton held a grand opening for its Center for Diversities and Inclusion April 20.

The center will serve as a home for an array of services and programs, such as diversity events, sensitivity training, student leadership development, mediation, tutoring, advising and advocacy.

 Representatives from the college, SUNY and the community attended the grand opening of the Center for Diversities and Inclusion.

“At SUNY Canton, our motto is ‘Everyone is Welcome Here,’ and the establishment of this center exemplifies our commitment to that philosophy,” said President Zvi Szafran. “We’re determined to be the place where everyone knows about and celebrates the diversity within our community, our state, our country and our world.”

After a blessing by spiritual leader and member of the Mohawk Bear Clan Thomas R. Porter, college and SUNY representatives spoke about the importance of a space that ensures inclusivity and celebrates different ethnicities and cultures.

SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Carlos N. Medina was on hand for the event and congratulated the entire community on the achievement.

SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Carlos N. Medina speaks at the ceremony.

“As our national discourse becomes increasingly polarized, some groups may feel under attack and isolated,” said Medina. “With the creation of this center, the campus can assist diverse populations by creating safe spaces – and what I also like to call ‘brave spaces’ – that educate through compassionate behavioral modeling.”

Funding for the center was provided in part by Sen. Patty A. Ritchie.

“We’re grateful for Senator Ritchie’s continued support of SUNY Canton and, specifically, this center,” said Szafran.

 

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.

Condoled Bear Clan Matron to Deliver SUNY Canton Commencement Keynote Address

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Wa'kerakats:te Louise McDonald HerneA matriarch of the Mohawk Nation will be the keynote speaker at SUNY Canton’s 109th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

As a Condoled Bear Clan Matron of the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs, Wa’kerakats:te Louise McDonald Herne has worked for more than a decade to continue the historical and traditional strength of the Haudenosaunee through education and empowerment initiatives. During the ceremony, she will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of her contributions.

“Like her ancestors who built stable and bountiful communities, Ms. Herne is making the same efforts by developing and cultivating rich opportunities for her people,” said President Zvi Szafran. “We’re honored to celebrate her untiring work to preserve her culture, as well as to improve the overall health and economic standing of the Mohawk Nation.”

One of her most influential societal contributions is her work to revive the Oheró:kon Rites of Passage ceremony, which helps youth make their transition into adulthood. She said renewing the ancient ritual was intended to combat social ills, such as drug abuse and suicide, and reconnect youth with their identity as Indigenous people. She also secured grant funding to expand the rites of passage to other Haudenosaunee communities across Ontario, and as a result, the program earned the 2015 Harvard Kennedy School’s prestigious “Honoring Nations” award for exemplary tribal governance.

She is also a founding member of the Konon:kwe Council, a grassroots organization that develops and advances policies to end domestic violence. Through this work, she has mentored and empowered young women to use their voice and stand in their rightful place of honor within their communities.

Herne visited SUNY Canton in 2015 to discuss ESPN’s documentary “Keepers of the Game,” which chronicles the trials of the Salmon River High School girls’ lacrosse team as they broke down barriers in a sport that Native American culture traditionally reserves for men. She and her daughter, Tsiotenhariio, one of the team members, were central figures in the film. Tsiotenhariio went on to play for SUNY Canton’s women’s lacrosse team during the 2016 season.

In addition to Bear Clan Matron, Herne also serves as Indigenous Knowledge Keeper and Haudenosaunee Knowledge Guardian, helping to preserve traditional culture, traditions and language for future generations. Her professional area of research is the Haudenosaunee women and their influence on early feminism, and in 2016 she was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar in Indigenous Studies by the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She is the first Indigenous woman to receive this honor.

“Ms. Herne is ever mindful of the importance to record and recognize the past and balance it with the needs of the future, and most importantly, provide opportunities for our youth,” Szafran added.

Growing up, Herne said there was a lack of emphasis on formal education; however, the concepts she learned from her mother were something that could not be measured in the form of a degree.

“She was an oracle of knowledge who gave me an appreciation for informed ideas and the value of intelligent discussion and argument, with a respect for both sides,” Herne said. “The oratory skill with which she shared our history and culture taught me about the land where our people came from, their ideals and morals, as well as what they held as important.”

She advocates for an education system that allows for individual prosperity and places value on students’ uniqueness and ancestral history.

Herne resides on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation with her husband, six children and seven grandchildren.

 

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’s Creative Advising Program Recognized for Reaching Students

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Two staff members from SUNY Canton’s Advising and First Year Programs office come to work dressed in colorful costumes during the tenth week of classes every semester. They roam around campus dressed as gnomes, aliens, superheroes or other characters with the specific goal of getting students to register early for their next semester classes.

“We started doing this as a fun way to get students’ attention,” said Sharon Tavernier, director of the Advising office. “Then we realized that we were talking directly to about 500 students on that day. We also use the pictures of us in costume as a way to get the word out on social media, casting that influence even wider.”

Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton Director of Advising and First Year Programs Sharon Tavernier and Retention Specialist Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin dressed as Katniss Everdeen and Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games. The duo wear extravagant costumes and interact with students to promote early registration at the college.

Since Tavernier and her colleague Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin, the college’s retention specialist, began wearing costumes, about 20 percent more students have started registering earlier than in years past.

The two employees presented their innovative ways to connect with students and their overall successes at a recent National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference in Verona. Their conference session was so popular that they’ve been asked to present it again at the national NACADA conference held Oct. 14 in St. Louis, Mo.

“Sharon and Marianne’s advocacy helps students sign up earlier, which further helps us anticipate the number of course sections needed each semester,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “It is also really fun to see them dressed up.”

The Advising and First Year Programs office works with new and continuing students to help them understand their degree progress.  They also administer the college’s First Year Experience and provide college success tips.  They provide workshop opportunities for faculty advisors and orchestrate the Stellar Advisor Award, a chance for students to nominate their faculty advisors.

 

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 Host Excelsior Scholarship Information Sessions

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

SUNY Canton will be holding two information sessions about the brand-new Excelsior Scholarship, also known as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tuition-free college plan.

“The Excelsior Scholarship will be a game-changer for the State University of New York by making higher education even more affordable for many families,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “It will create more opportunities in education, and ultimately careers, for SUNY Canton students.”

SUNY Canton Excelsior ScholarshipArea students and their families are invited to learn about the groundbreaking new free tuition legislation from 5 to 7 p.m. on both Thursday, April 20, and Thursday, April 27, in the Admissions Office in French Hall. These events are free and open to the public.

“Starting this fall, undergraduate students who are New York state residents whose families earn $100,000 or less are eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship,” said Melissa Evans, the college’s director of Admissions. “Families can save more than $25,000 for a four-year degree at SUNY Canton.”

Admissions and Financial Aid representatives will be available to answer questions about Excelsior Scholarship applications and eligibility requirements. Further information will also be available at the college’s April 29 Open House.

New and transfer students can also use these sessions as a chance to apply and immediately be considered for the Fall 2017 semester. High school students will need to bring their official high school transcripts and their relevant SAT or ACT scores. Transfer students will need to bring transcripts from their previous colleges.

 

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.

Roberto Clemente’s Son to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Luis Clemente, son of the late baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, will speak at SUNY Canton this month as part of the college’s popular Living Writers Series.

He will discuss the life of his famous father, which is chronicled in the book “Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Written by the Clemente family, the biography features exclusive, never-before-released photos of the baseball legend, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 to 1972. Luis, along with his mother, Vera, and two brothers, Ricky and Roberto Jr., share personal stories, and anecdotes from Clemente’s closest friends are also woven throughout the book.

“It’s a great opportunity for the Living Writers Series to host Luis Clemente, and we hope that many from the campus and community will join us for this special event,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche, who created the series. “Roberto Clemente’s contribution to the sport of baseball and our culture as a whole continues to provide a powerful message.”

Clemente Cover

Renowned for his charitable endeavors, Roberto Clemente Sr.’s life was tragically cut short when he was killed in a plane crash while attempting to deliver aid to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua.

In addition to the book, the family is continuing his legacy through their work with the Clemente Foundation, which helps at-risk youth. Vera Clemente is also an official Goodwill Ambassador for Major League Baseball.

The Clemente family has ties to SUNY Canton. Luis’ son, Bobby, plays infield for the SUNY Canton men’s baseball team. In 2016 The Clemente Foundation partnered with SUNY Canton to host the first Clemente Cup, an NCAA Division III baseball tournament held in Puerto Rico where 10 collegiate teams from across the U.S. competed for the title. Between games, the SUNY Canton team held clinics for Puerto Rican youth, and tournament concessions were donated to local little league organizations. Plans are under way for a second Clemente Cup in 2018.

“I am extremely proud of all that was accomplished in the first Clemente Cup,” Luis said. “The economic impact, cultural exchange, competition level, recruitment opportunities, clinics and charity donations are proof that this event can benefit everyone involved – from collegiate teams to local Puerto Rican communities and organizations.”

For more information about the Living Writers Series, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 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’s Pauline A. Graveline Honors Convocation Set for April 26

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Pauline GravelineSUNY Canton’s annual student award ceremony will recognize a retired provost and faculty member who helped expand the college’s global presence.

“I’m pleased to announce that the 2017 Honors Convocation will be named for Associate Provost Emerita Pauline A. Graveline,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt. “As a faculty member, Pauline helped numerous students launch their careers. As an administrator, she helped broaden the reach of SUNY Canton’s academic offerings domestically and overseas.”

Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. More than 150 students will receive awards for academic accomplishments at the event.

Honors Convocation is named annually to recognize a faculty member who has served and continue to serve SUNY Canton, its students, and the local community.

Among numerous accomplishments, Graveline played an integral part of SUNY Canton’s expansion. She helped to develop the college’s international programs and online learning, which became fully staffed and flourishing departments through her leadership. She traveled extensively to expand the reach of the college through the creation of new articulation agreements. The partnerships offered the college’s academic programs to students in Russia, Ukraine, China and Japan, among others overseas and domestically. Her outreach efforts inspired the college’s SUNY Canton OnLine and Planet Canton marketing efforts.

Graveline coordinated the college’s involvement with the SUNY China 150 program. The unique partnership allowed six students from the earthquake-ravaged city of Chengdu in the Sichuan Province of western China to study at SUNY Canton.

“I am particularly proud of all the fantastic faculty and staff that I helped hire and place during my time at the college,” Graveline said. “Many of those individuals have continued their careers and become thriving members of the campus community.”

Graveline started as a part-time Assistant Professor in the Math Department in 1980. She moved to a full-time position in 1981, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988, and Professor in 1998. She served as chair of the Faculty Assembly and was an active member of the local and statewide United University Professions union.

She served as the dean of the School of Liberal Studies and Support Services and later as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Graveline received the prestigious Excellence in College Service Award in 2006 based on numerous nominations from the faculty and staff she oversaw and her peers. She retired in 2009 and continued on a part-time basis as associate provost for the remainder of the year. She was inducted into the college-wide Hall of Fame in 2016. She is also a generous Canton College Foundation donor.

 

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 Staff Member Publishes Poetry Collection

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Amanda StopaAmanda E. Stopa, an assistant director for the SUNY Canton College Foundation and Office of Alumni Affairs, has published a book of poetry titled “Myths & Rituals.”

“I was inspired to write the book after I spent the summer in Rome in 2009,” Stopa said. “Thematically, the poems are about loss and healing, leaving home, and going back.”

She explained that the poems were composed over the course of eight years; some were written while earning her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Rutgers University from 2011-2013, while others were completed within the past year.

Stopa collaborated with Los Angeles-based photographer Chuck Lang, whose images are featured throughout the book.

Myths & Rituals“Chuck was gracious enough to allow his photos to be used in this way,” she said. “It’s very rare for a poetry publication to include photography because of the cost; but the publisher believed in the work enough to go forward with it.”

Stopa’s poetry has previously been featured in the “Best of Philadelphia Stories Anthology” and “Bearers of Distance Anthology.” She also won the 2016 North County Historical Writing Contest for her short story “Apricity.”

“Myths & Rituals” is available for purchase on Amazon.

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 Welcomes Famed Ornithologist David Allen Sibley April 17

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

David SibleySUNY Canton will kick off its Scholarly Activities Celebration with a presentation by renowned illustrator and ornithologist David Allen Sibley at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Sibley is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling book, “The Sibley Guide to Birds,” which was published in 2000 and is widely considered as the most comprehensive guide to North American birds. A second edition of the popular field guide was released in 2014. Both editions feature thousands of beautifully detailed illustrations of hundreds of bird species.

“We’re incredibly fortunate to have David kick off our Scholarly Activities Celebration this year,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt. “He has dedicated almost his entire life to researching, documenting and studying birds, and his work will most certainly be an inspiration for our students and faculty.”

Sibley was seven years old when he began drawing birds and was inspired to create his own illustrated field guide after finding that existing guides lacked diversity in regard to images of the physical variations of each species. The final draft of his first edition took more than six years to complete.

Scholarly Activities Celebration

In addition to “The Sibley Guide to Birds,” he’s also the author of “The Birds of Cape May,” “The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior,” “The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America,” “The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America,” “Hawks in Flight,” “The Sibley Guide to Trees” and “Sibley’s Birding Basics.”

In 2002, he received the Roger Tory Peterson Award from the American Birding Association for lifetime achievement in promoting the cause of birding. In 2006, he was awarded the Linnaean Society of New York’s Eisenmann Medal.

A reception and art exhibition of his work will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suite. He will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Student presenting at Scholarly Activities Celebration

As part of the Scholarly Activities Celebration, student research and projects will be on display in the Southworth Library Learning Commons from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 (with oral presentations beginning at 4 p.m. in Cook Hall, Room 200) and in Nevaldine Hall at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 20. Both exhibitions are also free and open to the public.

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.