Archive for September, 2017

Art Display to Light Up Grasse River

Friday, September 29th, 2017

The public is invited to attend a temporary art event that merges nature and technology on the Grasse River adjacent to the SUNY Canton campus.

The concept, according to artist and SUNY Canton Associate Professor Matthew J. Burnett, is to bring together the campus and surrounding community to watch the launch of 100 LED lighted miniature vessels on the river at approximately 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. The display, titled “Convergence,” will cap off the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley’s Sustainability Day, held at SUNY Canton.

Sustainability Day

“Seeing so much polarity and division in contemporary society, not solely in environmental issues, but more specifically the politics of sustainability, national politics, social class, etc., I conceived this event as a means for people to come together,” Burnett said. “By holding it at the conclusion of the second annual Sustainability Day, I want to celebrate the continuing efforts and hard work of those participating in the furthering of sustainable culture.”

Burnett asks that observers gather at the pedestrian footbridge that connects the campus to the Grasse River island. The vessels are designed and fabricated by the artist and contain LED lights powered by an arduino processor, similar to the technology used in drones and remote control electronics. After the launch, they will be collected downstream.

“We’ve been culturally conditioned to separate “nature” from “technology,” but in a way of thinking, nature is the best example of technology,” Burnett added. “Any biological process that we observe represents 3.8 billion years of R&D.”

Burnett teaches in SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program and has previously created several environmental installations in Germany, New York, Maine and Nova Scotia.

The event is sponsored by the Associated Colleges, SUNY Canton’s Offices of the President and Provost, Clarkson University’s Office of Student Life and Engagement, and the University of Munich Applied Sciences.

 

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 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 and Fort Drum’s Solar Ready Vets Program Brings Power to Norwood Fountain

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Fort Drum soldiers enrolled in SUNY Canton’s Solar Ready Vets program will be installing photovoltaic panels to power Norwood’s landmark fountain.

The class will be working from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the fountain’s site on Prospect Street. This is the latest in a series of restorations initiated through the Save the Fountain campaign and fundraising effort, according to committee co-chair and SUNY Canton employee Teresa L. Sharlow Clemmo.

Norwood Fountain

Clemmo said that Kevin McAdoo, a SUNY Canton faculty member and Solar Ready Vets Program Coordinator offered to help with the project.

“We couldn’t have been more grateful for his guidance,” she said. “We are so honored and thankful to the veterans who first served our country and are now giving back to our community by assisting with this project.”

McAdoo runs the Solar Ready Vets program with the assistance of personnel from Fort Drum, SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development, and industry professionals. Solar Ready Vets trains soldiers in the growing industry of solar energy, and SUNY Canton’s program was one of the first and most successful of these efforts.

Solar Ready Vets installing solar panels on a roof.

The Save the Fountain project came about in May 2016 and has garnered the support of the greater Norwood community. Many area donors have contributed to the project, according to Clemmo. She said they’d also received support from the Village of Norwood, and its Department of Public Works, Clarkson University Engineer Michael Tremper, and help from many Norwood residents. “It has truly been a community effort,” she said.

 

About Solar Ready Vets

Solar Ready Vets at Fort Drum was the U.S. Department of Energy’s first program in New York State. It was created through collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). SUNY Canton’s CREST Center helps teach five-week classes focusing on solar photovoltaic systems and installation through hands-on labs. The program boasts the best pass rate on industry-specific examinations and has the highest placement rate, with more than 300 employers nationwide.

 

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 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 Holds Virtual Career Fair Sept. 28

Monday, September 25th, 2017

SUNY Canton students and alumni are invited to participate in a virtual career fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.

More than 20 employers will be seeking interns, full- and part-time employees and summer employees. Participating companies include:

  • Amica Mutual Insurance Company
  • Atlantic Testing Laboratories
  • Black Horse Group General Contractors
  • Boys & Girls Club Massena
  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital
  • DentServ
  • Northern Credit Union
  • Novelis
  • Pathfinder Engineers & Architects
  • Pritchett Controls, Inc.
  • Schepp Family Funeral Homes
  • Skye Farm Camp and Retreat
  • Spectrum
  • Structural Wood Corp.
  • United Helpers
  • Upstate Veterinary Specialists
  • US Customs and Border Protection
  • VCA Shaker Animal Hospital
  • Walmart
  • Work for Progress
  • Yellowstone National Park Lodges

SUNY Canton Virtual Career Fair - September 28, 2017

The SUNY Canton Career Services office has contracted with CareerEco to present the virtual fair. Those interested must preregister to participate through the CareerEco webpage. Students who register will be also be entered in a drawing for a $100 gas card. For more information, email careers@canton.edu or call 315-386-7119.

The college will also hold a face-to-face career fair for students, alumni and the community from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 on campus.

SUNY Canton Announces 26th Bachelor’s Degree Program: Technological Communications

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

SUNY Canton will begin offering a new Technological Communications Bachelor of Science Degree program for the Fall 2018 semester.

“We are building upon the proven strength of our technology-driven programs to offer students new opportunities,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “The Technological Communications program will produce skilled content specialists who are able to meet the emerging needs of a tech-focused global workforce.”

Students work in the new Digital Studio

Students work in the new Digital Studio, one of the SUNY Canton classrooms that will be used by the new Technological Communications program.

The college has received approval from the State University of New York and the State Education Department to begin its newest program, which will be offered through face-to-face classes. It is the 26th bachelor’s degree and the third new four-year program announced in 2017. Other new programs include Game Design and Development and Agribusiness Management.

The newest major was designed by several faculty members from the college’s English and Humanities Department, according to School of Business and Liberal Arts Dean Jondavid S. DeLong.

“One of our most popular associate degrees is our two-year Liberal Arts program,” the dean said. “Technological Communications will give graduates of that program, and others interested in communicating their ideas in a new media world, the opportunity to use technology to reach a broad audience with innovative and compelling content.”

DeLong also explained that the new program would fit in well with the Graphic and Multimedia Design and Game Design and Development programs offered in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. At the beginning of the semester, the college invested more than $250,000 in a new Digital Studio with state of the art technology for all three programs to use.

“We looked at a traditional liberal arts degree and decided that students would benefit from using the latest technology to create, augment and share their ideas.” said Associate Professor Sean T. O’Brien who teaches English courses in the new program. “We built our program around the past, present, and future of technology so that students leave with enduring communications skills to help them meet 21st-century challenges.”

Technological Communications includes courses in podcasting, composition, gender in media, social identity, digital graphic storytelling, online media and popular culture, in addition to advanced-level internship opportunities.

“As English faculty, our strength is addressing the ways that print forms are moving into emerging media genres,” said Assistant Professor Alainya Kavaloski, a member of the English and Humanities Department. “Students can expect to learn the skills necessary to design and create digital games, interactive stories and web-based narratives in line with contemporary modes of communication.”

Students can apply for admission into the program through the SUNY online application available at www.canton.edu/apply/ or by contacting the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions by email at admissions@canton.edu or by calling (315) 386-7123.

For more information, visit the Technological Communications webpage.

 

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 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 Sustainability Day at SUNY Canton Sept. 29

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley will hold its annual Sustainability Day at SUNY Canton Friday, Sept. 29.

The event, which is free and open to the public, aims to create a culture of sustainability at the four colleges – Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam – in partnership with surrounding communities.

Sustainability Day

Sustainability Day will begin at 1 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater with a welcome address by SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. There will also be a performance by Maia Weiss, a student at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

Breakout sessions beginning at 2 p.m. will cover a variety of environmental topics, including campus ecological design, invasive species eradication in Norwood Lake, composting, sustainability in theater production, Alaskan indigenous communities and climate change, water quality analysis of the Grasse River, a tree-planting event, and a laughter yoga workshop.

The keynote address, titled “The Real Human Being and Challenges to Our Survival in Today’s World,” will be delivered by Ilarion Merculieff from the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways at 3:30 p.m. in the Kingston Theater. Merculieff has served as an advocate for a sustainable planet and his people, the Aleuts of the Pribilof Islands, for nearly four decades.

Ilarion Merculieff

Following the address, a reception and Sustainability Fair will feature local food and community organizations, including Local Living Venture, Nature Up North, St. Lawrence Land Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension, St. Lawrence County Planning Office/Environmental Management Council, North Country Faith and Ecology Group, and Algonquin to Adirondack (A2A) Collaborative.

Finally, an art installation on the Grasse River adjacent to campus will conclude the event at approximately 6:15 p.m. The display, titled “Convergence,” is an interactive exhibit featuring more than 100 lights designed by Associate Professor Matthew J. Burnett, who teaches in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Program at SUNY Canton.

North Country Public Radio is Sustainability Day’s media sponsor. Visit the Associated Colleges Sustainability Web page for a full list of events, or contact Heather Sullivan-Catlin, chair of SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Environmental Studies, at (315) 267-2570.

 

About the Associated Colleges

Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1970, the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley is an independent not-for-profit educational consortium with four members: Clarkson University, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University.

The consortium was created as a regional multipurpose organization to expand the number and variety of educational opportunities for students, faculty and the community, to share resources, to avoid needless duplication and to innovate through joint action.

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 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 Once Again Named a ‘STEM Jobs Approved College’

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

STEMJobs Approved Colleges 2016-17For the third straight year, SUNY Canton has earned a “STEM Jobs Approved College” designation by Victory Media, publishers of STEM Jobs magazine.

The 2016-17 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges list honors the top U.S. universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools that are connecting students with high-demand STEM occupations.

Schools were scored on their ability to provide opportunities for students to explore STEM subjects, promote partnerships that foster STEM literacy, ensure coursework and activities have a focus on careers, and promote STEM programs to under-represented populations.

“We take great pride in our continued recognition as a STEM Jobs Approved College,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “In addition to the more than 30 STEM-related degrees we currently offer, the launch of the four-year Game Design and Development program opens up even more opportunities for students who want to pursue careers in growing high-tech fields.”

SUNY Canton offers the majority of its STEM-related degree programs via the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Students can pursue degrees in Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems, Graphic and Multimedia Design, Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Information Technology, and more.

Other STEM-related degrees include Nursing, Finance, Accounting and Veterinary Technology.

The college was also recognized for its efforts to encourage middle and high school students to pursue careers in science and technology by hosting annual events such as Women in Engineering Day and Engineers Day.

“With our STEM Jobs Approved awards, we’re able to help educators evaluate whether they’re meeting the needs of students by employing the kinds of programs that our research shows are most effective in getting students involved in STEM,” said Ellen Pomerantz, director of Educational Partnerships and Programs for Victory Media. “We’re pleased to showcase schools like SUNY Canton as an institution leading the way in this area.”

The entire list of 2016-17 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges can be found on their web site.

 

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 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 College Council Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Monday, September 18th, 2017

SUNY CantonThe SUNY Canton College Council is seeking nominations for its annual Distinguished Citizen Award.

Since 1976, the council has given this prestigious award in recognition of distinguished service to SUNY Canton and/or to the community.

Members of the community are invited to submit nominations for the award. Nomination packets must include: a nomination letter from the nominator(s); name and position of the nominee; a description of the distinguished services, recognitions, facts, or characteristics that is pertinent or informative; a brief biography of the nominee; and at least three supporting letters from non-family members. Optionally, additional supporting documentation can also be included.

Nominations, which are due on or before November 1, 2017, should be addressed to the Chairman of the College Council, Office of the President, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617 or electronically to youngm@canton.edu.

The SUNY Canton College Council will act on the nominations at their spring award meeting. The recipient will be honored at the Faculty and Community Awards Dinner (formerly the President’s Gala), prior to Commencement 2017, and their name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Last year’s recipient of the prestigious award was WWNY Sportscaster Melvin J. Busler Jr.

For more information, contact Michaela Young, executive assistant to the president, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at youngm@canton.edu.

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 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 Named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges List

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Best Colleges - US News RankingsSUNY Canton has once again earned a spot in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” publication.

The college was ranked 25th in the “Regional Colleges—North” division. The 2018 list, released this week, is based on data such as graduation and retention rates, assessment of academic standing, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, alumni giving, and other statistics.

“Our continued recognition by U.S. News & World Report reflects the efforts by our faculty, staff and administration to maintain our outstanding reputation,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “As we continue to expand our degree offerings, such as our new four-year programs in Agribusiness Management and Game Design and Development, even more students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the applied learning environment that we’re known for.”

The list included colleges that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. The Regional Colleges—North division comprises 12 states in the Northeastern United States.

In addition to the “Best Colleges” category, U.S. News also ranked SUNY Canton 12th on its “Top Public Schools” list. The college moved up one spot from last year’s ranking.

“Each of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities help our students find their purpose and their passion. Whether it’s in research, education, outreach or engagement, our colleges and universities strive to achieve excellence in everything they do,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “We are thrilled that so many of our SUNY campuses have again received favorable rankings by U.S. News & World Report. While we appreciate that rankings are one indication of quality, it does help demonstrate that SUNY is one of the best national education systems. Congratulations to each of the SUNY campuses recognized by the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings.”

To see the 2018 “Best Colleges” list in its entirety, visit https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges. The “Top Public Schools” rankings 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 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.

State and Local Politicians to Lead SUNY Canton Constitution Day Celebration

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Three female trailblazers in New York state politics will participate in a panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities for women in public service as part of SUNY Canton’s Constitution Day celebration.

State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), former Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley and Waddington Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada will speak at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The panel will be moderated by SUNY Canton Adjunct Instructor and former St. Lawrence County Manager Karen St. Hilaire.

Senator Betty Little, Mary Ann Ashley, Janet Otto-Cassada

The event is co-sponsored by the St. Lawrence County Attorney’s office.

In addition to Constitution Day, which commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, New York has also reached the centennial anniversary of signing women’s suffrage into state law in 1917, three years before the United States passed the 19th Amendment.

“The origins of the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. can be traced back to our neighbors in Central New York,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “So as we celebrate Constitution Day, it’s also a fitting occasion to recognize this important voting rights anniversary that was the result of a lengthy and difficult struggle by our state’s foremothers.”

There will be other events to observe the milestone, including a visit by Lt. Gov. Kathy C. Hochul Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, Room 212.

In addition, a collection of memorabilia related to the suffrage movement will be on display at the Southworth Library Learning Commons from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22.

The college will also hold a voter registration drive from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at several locations on campus.

“One of the best ways to honor Constitution Day and New York’s women’s suffrage centennial is to encourage young people to get involved in our democracy, partularly by registering to vote,” Szafran added.

All events are free and open to the public.

 

About State Sen. Betty Little

Little is serving her sixth term representing the residents of the 45th Senate District, which comprises Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren and parts of St. Lawrence and Washington Counties. Prior to first winning election to the State Senate in November 2002, Sen. Little served in the New York State Assembly for seven years.

About Former Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley

Ashley served as the Mayor of Canton from 2014 to 2016. She also served three years as a village trustee and is a past member of the Canton Central School Board. She retired in 2016 from her job as a counselor for St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

About Waddington Mayor Janet Otto-Cassada

Otto-Cassada has served as the Mayor of Waddington for more than 10 years. She also previously worked for the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and currently works for the St. Lawrence County Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2013 Otto-Cassada was selected as “Woman of the Year” by the St. Lawrence County Chapter of New York State Women, Inc.

 

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 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 Announces Upcoming Leadership Lecture Series Presentations

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Myrna Thomas

The SUNY Canton College Foundation will be hosting two alumni speakers who focus on the medical and health professions during the month of September.

  • Myrna Thomas, a 1979 graduate and the vice president for quality assurance and regulatory affairs at Accupac Inc. will be presenting at noon, Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 214. Accupac fills and packages a wide range of over-the-counter and prescription products for the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Prior to her current position, Thomas held senior management positions at Merck as managing director of worldwide clinical data management and vice president of global quality operations at Isolagen, among other positions.

 

  • Jeffrey PlaceJeffrey Place, a 1980 graduate and the vice president of centralized nursing services at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, will be presenting at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept 18, in Wicks Hall Room 102. After graduating with a degree in Nursing, Place moved to Texas to begin his career in a neurological intensive care unit, and later served as nursing supervisor and clinical manager of the intensive care and critical care units. He then took a position with Baylor University Medical Center as the administrative supervisor, and completed his bachelor’s and two master’s degrees. Place has served as a mentor to various students seeking leadership roles in nursing.

The Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series connects working professional alumni who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The program is funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the College Foundation and the SUNY Canton President’s Office. These events are 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 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.