Archive for October, 2017

SUNY Canton Steps Up to Support Puerto Rico

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Students and staff delivered a truckload of emergency supplies to Syracuse on Monday in support of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico. Organizers said it was one of the largest donations from a single organization thus far.

Kangaroos Love Puerto Rico

Student carries a box of supplies to the loading dock.

In total, the campus drive collected:

190 flashlights
180 AA batteries
173 packages of baby wipes
136 hygiene products
98 AAA batteries
82 cases of water
71 boxes of diapers
36 D batteries
30 C batteries
11 gallons of water
4 9V batteries
1 camping lantern

The drive was led by Student Ambassador Maurizio M. Paniconi-Pagan from San Juan, in conjunction with the SUNY Canton International Programs Office. Many offices and student organizations contributed to the drive, including Brother 2 Brother, the men’s hockey team, Sigma Omega Epsilon sorority, the Greek Council and the One Hop Shop. Organizers said items are scheduled to ship to Puerto Rico Oct. 31.

Students unload a truck with supplies intended for Puerto Rico.

“On behalf of the International Programs Office, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed and collected supplies for the donation drive,” said SUNY Canton Director of International Student Initiatives Erin E. Lassial. “And congratulations to Maurizio, who worked side-by-side with our other students from Puerto Rico, to spearhead this wonderful effort.”

SUNY Canton Names Veterans Lounge to Honor Alumnus and Donor Raymond G. Modell

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Ray Modell

SUNY Canton has named its Veterans Lounge for a 1962 graduate and U.S. Air Force veteran.

College President Zvi Szafran announced that the space would be named after Raymond G. Modell of Syracuse in a small ceremony held Thursday, Oct. 5, in Cook Hall. Modell made a significant gift to name the lounge and enhance the college’s efforts to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for veterans.

“We chose to name the lounge after Mr. Modell in recognition of his generous support and dedication to helping others,” Szafran said. “He embodies our mission and is an inspiration to future students.”

Modell was the first of his family to attend and graduate from college. He enrolled at SUNY Canton in 1960 on the GI Bill after receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force. After college, he had successful careers with General Electric and Niagara Mohawk.

“I think this lounge is a great resource for student veterans,” Modell said after unveiling a plaque outside of the space. “I know first-hand the problems of coming back to college after being away for a while. This lounge would have been a great benefit to me, and I’m sure it will be to future servicemen and women.”

President Szafran and Ray Modell unveil the new plaque in front of the Veterans Lounge.

Modell has made gifts to the Canton College Foundation every year since 1982. In 2000, he established the Modell Family Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. He is a member of the Payson-Martin Society and has included a gift to the college in his estate. Modell was inducted in the college-wide Hall of Fame in 2012.

“There isn’t a better person to recognize with the naming of the Veterans Lounge than Mr. Modell,” said Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley. “With this dedication, we honor the contributions and sacrifices made by our alumnus and friend.”

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 Celebrates Grand Reopening of the Cyber Café

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Cyber Café in the Southworth Library celebrated a grand reopening with a new look, more dining options and expanded hours.

New seating and soft lighting help establish a fresh atmosphere for the college’s premier coffee shop.

Roody Roo, President Zvi Szafran, student Jamie Johnson, and Vicki Lavoie prepare to cut the ribbon at the newly renovated Cyber Café.

CYBER REOPENS – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Mascot Roody Roo, college President Zvi Szafran, student Jamie N. Johnson of Brooklyn, and College Association Retail Food Associate Vicki Lavoie as they prepare to cut the ribbon at the newly renovated Cyber Café.

“We wanted to create a better space for students to eat and study in, and we wanted it to be open at night,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “In the future, we see this as a space where we can hold concerts and diversity events.”

Szafran said that State Senator Patricia A. “Patty” Ritchie helped the college secure a grant to pay for some of the upgrades.

The Cyber Café is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Cyber @Night is open 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

In addition to offering Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages, the eatery now has a build-your-own panini sandwich station. The location also serves soup, quiche and signature salads made with fresh, locally-grown produce. The evening menu spotlights some street vendor favorites, including walking tacos, hot dog explosions, nachos and macaroni and cheese. Dessert and pastry options are available at any hour.

Student purchases a cup of coffee from the Cyber Café .

COFFEE CROWD – The Cyber Café boasts an expanded menu and new hours, and remains as the only location on campus to proudly serve Starbucks coffee.

“The library is such a vibrant and active place,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “This new space helps solidify it as one of the central locations for students on campus.”

The Cyber Café originally opened in 2004. It has primarily been staffed by Vicki Lavoie, a retail food associate with the College Association. Lavoie won the Employee Recognition award in 2010 for her welcoming demeanor and helpful attitude.

 

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 Hop to Health Fair Shows Community Resources

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The SUNY Canton Davis Health Center has invited more than 25 area agencies and organizations to campus to highlight health-related resources.

The fall “Hop to Health Fair” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center room 212. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees can get their blood pressure checked, participate in a cancer screening, or have their body fat percentage and body mass index calculated. There will also be information about Alzheimer’s awareness and support, organ donation, breast cancer prevention, nutrition, financial health, addiction and relapse prevention and treatment, traffic safety and hearing preservation.

In addition, the Mobile Veterans Center, which is used to serve geographically remote communities, will be on hand to provide counseling services and information for military veterans and their families.

For more information, contact SUNY Canton Health Educator and Wellness Coordinator Farren C. Lobdell at (315) 386-7958 or email to davisf@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 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 Collects Bras to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Davis Health Center is holding an undergarment drive and fundraiser to raise awareness about women’s health.

The college will be collecting new or gently used bras for a “Bras Across Campus” event scheduled for 10 a.m., Oct. 26 in the Southworth Library Learning Commons. All of the donations will be hung up to remind viewers about breast cancer prevention.

Students hang bras in the library.

BRAS ACROSS CANTON – Pictured are SUNY Canton students Samuel C. Benzing of Greig (front) and Tekyra S. Le’Gare of the Bronx (back) hanging up some of the bras donated for the Bras Across Campus fundraiser in the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

“The distinctive display will be used as a visual aid to emphasize the importance of self-breast exams,” said Health Educator and Wellness Coordinator Farren C. Lobdell. “SUNY Canton is one of only 25 colleges to participate in the campaign.”

Student helps Farren Lobdell prepare donations for display.

DONATIONS WELCOME – Kayla M. Goldman of East Patchogue helps Health Educator and Wellness Coordinator Farren C. Lobdell prepare some of the donations for display. The college is collecting new or gently used bras to help raise awareness about breast cancer.

Approximately 120 bras have already been collected during the drive. All donations will be distributed locally. Drop-off locations include the Wellness Promotions office in Campus Center room 134 near Rendezvous, and at the Southworth Library. There will also be an informational table for the project during the college’s Oct. 24 Health Fair.

Lobdell also mentioned a fundraising component for this campaign. Students, faculty and community members can donate to the Feel Your Boobies Foundation, which provides the college’s breast cancer prevention educational materials. The campus-wide goal is $500, with prizes at three giving levels.

 

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 Stands With Puerto Rico

Monday, October 16th, 2017

SUNY Canton students and staff are leading several fundraising initiatives and donation drives to assist Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

SUNY Canton senior Maurizio M. Paniconi-Pagan from San Juan is partnering with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort to organize a donation drive on campus to collect supplies.

“My family was very lucky in comparison to many others,” he said. “I know people who have lost everything.”

Five students hold a Puerto Rican flag in front of the SUNY Canton digital sign.

After learning about the devastation, Paniconi-Pagan said he felt helpless being so far away from home.

“I wanted to get on a plane and be with my family, but that wasn’t possible. So, I began working on this fundraiser as a way to help.”

Donations are welcome from the community, and drop-off locations will be available until Oct. 27. At this time, only the following items are being accepted:

  • Batteries, flashlights and portable lanterns
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Cases of bottled water
  • Feminine hygiene products

All items must be unopened and in their original packaging. Drop-off locations are located at Chaney Dining Hall, Miller Campus Center Room 134, Roos House (Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center), and French Hall Room 100. Financial donations to purchase supplies will also be accepted in Miller Campus Center Room 224. For more information, call (315) 386-7608.

Online students who would like to donate can contact Coakley’s Ace Hardware in Canton by phone at (315) 386-8161 and receive 15 percent off orders for portable lanterns, batteries, flashlights or cases of water. The items will be set aside and picked up by volunteers.

SUNY Canton’s Sigma Omega Epsilon sorority, Student Greek Council, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee are supporting the drive through financial donations and collection efforts.

The SUNY Canton men’s baseball team is also organizing a t-shirt fundraiser to benefit the Clemente Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports a host of charities, including hurricane relief aid groups. Three members of the team hail from Puerto Rico and, in 2016, two players traveled with the Roos to the island in 2016 to compete in the inaugural Clemente Cup competition. To purchase a commemorative Clemente Cup shirt ($30 each), contact Men’s Baseball Head Coach Joe Carbone at carbonej@canton.edu or (315) 386-7396.

In addition, SUNY Canton Admissions Director Melissa Evans is organizing a fundraiser to aid in equine care on the island in coordination with American Association of Equine Practitioners. The organization has established a disaster relief fund to help horses and their owners recover from storm damage with feed and vet supplies. Contact Evans for more information at evansm@canton.edu or (518) 495-7669.

 

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 to Unveil State-of-the-Art Game Design Lab

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology invites the community to explore the future of video game design at the college’s new design lab in Nevaldine Hall.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting and open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in Nevaldine North Room 119. The event is free and open to all ages, and parking is available in Lot 1.

Guests can play video games, watch demonstrations, and enter for a chance to win gift cards to Gamer Craze in Canton and Tactics in Potsdam.

Student playing a virtual reality game

The lab, which was designed for the college’s bachelor’s degree in Game Design and Development,  officially opened at the beginning of the fall semester.

“Months of planning went into developing this state-of-the-art classroom, and we can’t wait to showcase it to the public, especially to those who may want to pursue a career in game design,” said Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown,. “It will enable students to learn, collaborate and transform their ideas into a finished product.”

He noted that the lab will also be utilized by students in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program and the recently announced four-year Technological Communications program, which begins next fall.

During the open house, guests can test out the Vive virtual reality system or play video games on one of 26 high-speed computers, each of which are equipped with two ultra-high-definition 4K monitors. The room also features an interactive smart board and five 55-inch flat-screen monitors that are connected to each workstation.

Student developing a 3D model.

“This is a great opportunity for prospective students to get a close-up look at the latest industry software and equipment used to create 3D, virtual reality, and interactive games,” Newtown said.

Faculty will also offer a glimpse into the concepts students will learn in the classroom.

“In addition to showing some student-produced augmented reality games, I will be demonstrating narrative video games that my classes play in order to identify strong storytelling devices, such as “Gone Home,” “This War of Mine,” “PeaceMaker,” and “Revolution 1979,” said Assistant Professor Laini Kavaloski, Ph.D.

The new lab will primarily serve as a training center for the next generation of video game designers, who will be entering a growing field. A 2014 economic impact study conducted by Economists Incorporated showed that the video game industry increased in size by more than nine percent, or four times the growth rate of the U.S. economy, between 2009 and 2012.

 

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 Career Fair Set for Tuesday, Oct. 17

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Nearly 40 will be participating in SUNY Canton’s Fall Career Fair held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at two locations on campus. The event is free and open to job seekers from the campus and from the community.

Employers seeking to recruit for positions in the engineering technology fields will be set up in Nevaldine Hall’s Automotive Laboratory. All other employers will be located in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center room 212.

Kevin LaJuett and Jeffrey Carpenter speak with Barandy Nurdinova at the college’s career fair.

(l to r) Kevin J. LaJuett, a 1988 alumnus, and Jeffrey P. Carpenter from the New York State Department of Transportation speak with Barandyk Nurdinova, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Canton at the college’s career fair.

“Our career fair often serves as a first interview for our students seeking to gain employment after college or a professional internship while they complete their education,” said Julie A. Parkman, the college’s director of career services. “We encourage our students and visitors to come prepared with their resumes even if they are not seeking immediate employment. Networking with employers is a smart way to approach a future career.”

The Career Services Office has prepared a brochure listing all of the employers attending the fair, which is available online.

The October career fair comes just after the college’s first virtual career fair. The event drew approximately 300 students from SUNY Canton and surrounding colleges who met with more than 20 employers.

 

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 President Offers 25K Challenge to Encourage New Alumni Donors

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

President Zvi SzafranSUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran is challenging more alumni to give to the Canton College Foundation.

Any alumnus making a gift of $25 or more before June 30, 2018, who hasn’t been a donor previously, will have his or her gift matched by the president and his wife, Jill.

“Alumni contributions have never been more important,” said Szafran. “I’ve pledged $25,000 in hopes that it will inspire alumni to collectively match our gift.”

SUNY Canton is in a period of growth with expanding online degree programs and several recently approved majors, such as Game Design and Development, Agribusiness and Technological Communications.

The college is also celebrating 50 years on its current campus. The class of 1968 was the first to graduate from the new campus, and in honor of that class and the anniversary, the Canton College Foundation is seeking 1,968 donors.

“We had a 12 percent increase in alumni donors last year,” said Vice President for Advancement Anne Sibley, “That was very exciting to see and shows our graduates’ confidence in the college. We’d like to see many more alumni helping Canton provide opportunities and scholarships to students.”

The Canton College Foundation awards approximately $400,000 in scholarships each year to students, in addition to funding academic projects, equipment, faculty development, guest speakers, and other activities.

Gifts to the Canton College Foundation can be made at www.canton.edu/gift or by calling 800-811-6727.

 

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.