Archive for November, 2017

SUNY Canton Students Help Build the North Country Children’s Museum

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Students in SUNY Canton’s Wood Structures lab gained valuable real-world experience by helping the North Country Children’s Museum renovate their new Potsdam location.

Led by experienced faculty, the students have helped with several projects at the museum’s building behind The Tile Co. at 10 Raymond Street. Most recently, the students leveled the floors and framed walls in the building’s classroom space.

A student cuts lumber with a circular saw.

“Students are able to apply and expand on what they have learned in the classroom setting,” said professional contractor and SUNY Canton Lecturer Andrew L. Reiter. “They are better able to learn processes when they can have their hands on the work in a real situation.”

The hands-on experience involved in the project allows students to gain confidence with their problem-solving abilities and apply their theoretical knowledge.

In the past, students in the Construction Technology Management program have built residential and public structures in Canton.

The North Country Children’s Museum is expected to open their new location in 2018.

Construction Management students pose for a group photo.

NoCo Children’s Museum 2017 – Abaigeal Stoddard holds a board while Amery J. Jarrett cuts it lengthwise inside the new North Country Children’s Museum location, 10 Raymond Street in Potsdam. Both are students from SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology.

NoCo Children’s Museum 2017-2 Pictured are SUNY Canton students (l to r) in the back row, Zackary Kanaly, Cole J. McMahon, Austin J. Menard, and Zachary Kenny. In the front row are Aaron W. Bush, Kyle Drake, Amery J. Jarrett, and Abaigeal Stoddard with SUNY Canton Lecturer Andrew L. Reiter. The hands-on lab volunteered to work at the North Country Children’s museum in Potsdam.

SUNY Canton Adds Cybersecurity to its List of Tech-Focused Four-Year Programs

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

SUNY Canton continues its career-driven academic expansion by creating a new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity.

“Our newest program leverages our strength in Information Technology,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “The field of Cybersecurity continues to grow as we continually adopt an omnipresent digital lifestyle and become more aware of digital security concerns. SUNY Canton will now be the college to train new students for placement in these much-needed areas.”

A student works at a desktop computer.

The increased demand for professionals who are able to prevent or overcome cyber-attacks follows the rise of cyber threats in both private organizations and to national security. Such threats are a major concern for financial institutions, medical services providers, and government agencies.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook through 2026 is about 28 percent, or much faster than average for all occupations. The median pay for an information security analyst, a position obtainable with a bachelor’s degree, is $92,600.

“We saw a need for qualified professionals who can help combat cybercrime, and we made a program to fill that need,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “In addition to providing another career path for incoming students, Cybersecurity will enhance the college’s reputation and educational capabilities in computing technologies.”

A student types code into a desktop computer.

SUNY Canton’s program prepares students to assess security needs within computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices. The program will be taught by qualified faculty from the Canino School of Engineering Technology, including Associate Professor Yu Chin “Eric” Cheng and Lecturer Minhua Wang. Wang is the college’s authority on cybercrime and teaches a course on ethical hacking.

“To create an effective defense, we need to understand how people could exploit security weaknesses,” Wang said. “Hackers try to find all of the holes in a security system. We try to block those holes.”

The program runs parallel to the college’s Information Technology curriculum, and works well with SUNY Canton’s established Criminal Justice, Health Care Management, Homeland Security and Legal Studies offerings, among others.

Cybersecurity is the college’s 26th bachelor’s degree and one of nine available bachelor of science programs. Both the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department have approved the four-year offering. The program will be available for both freshmen and transfer students for the Fall 2018 semester.

The college’s other newest four-year programs include Technological Communications, Game Design and Development and Agribusiness Management. To apply for admission into any of these programs, contact the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions by phone at 315-386-7123 or email admissions@canton.edu.

Students Help Local Farm Stay Green

Friday, November 10th, 2017

SUNY Canton students are helping Birdsfoot Farm in Canton remain an environmentally-friendly community.

Kibria K. Roman, an instructor in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program, said that his students will be augmenting their classroom instruction this semester by volunteering their time to troubleshoot and make repairs to the farm’s solar units.

Student Nicholas J. Abbott, student Kevin A. Segit, Training Coordinator Paul E. Todd and Instructor Kibria K. Roman speak with Birdsfoot community member Patricia Endres about the farm’s solar energy system.

From left to right: Student Nicholas J. Abbott, student Kevin A. Segit, Training Coordinator Paul E. Todd and Instructor Kibria K. Roman speak with Birdsfoot community member Patricia Endres about the farm’s solar energy system.

Birdsfoot, which was founded in 1972, is a proponent of sustainable living and grows organic vegetables, flowers and herbs.

Roman explained that the students are building a system to test the main residence’s heat exchanger. They will work in collaboration with a local solar energy installation company, Proven Energy Systems, to make the necessary repairs, as well as learn how to fix a solar charging station.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to apply the skills they are learning to solve a real-world problem, while also work alongside experts in the industry,” Roman said.

Paul E. Todd inspects a solar panel unit with Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems students Nicholas J. Abbott and Kevin A. Segit.

From left to right: SUNY Canton Training Coordinator Paul E. Todd inspects a solar panel unit with Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems students Nicholas J. Abbott and Kevin A. Segit.

The partnership with Proven Energy Systems was established by one of the program’s students, Michael J. Tuper, who is working part time for the company while taking classes full time.

“This collaboration also has the potential of creating opportunities for students who want to complete internships with Proven Energy Systems in the future,” Roman said.

Battle Buddy Center Gives Veterans a Home at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

SUNY Canton senior Randyl S. Chase said he didn’t know if he’d be able to attend college without the support and camaraderie he found in the Raymond G. Modell ’62 Veterans Lounge.

After being deployed twice, and sustaining a career-changing back injury, the Lyons native decided to continue his education to become a social worker.

Randyl Chase

U.S. Army Veteran and SUNY Canton student Randyl S. Chase in the college’s Veterans Lounge and Battle Buddy Center.

“I retired from the Army in November 2015, and started school in January 2016,” Chase said. “I didn’t have much time for a personal transition.”

Like many other student veterans, Chase describes himself as an atypical learner. In addition to taking classes full time, he is married, has a family, and works at Transitional Living Services. While this is not uncommon for the college to see non-traditional students, Chase said he found it difficult to connect with students who were fresh out of high school until he found solace among his peers who had served.

“I immediately made connections with the other veterans on campus and in the community,” Chase said. “Once I joined the Veterans Association, I found it a lot easier to make friends at college.”

In April 2016, New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) gave the college $10,000 to help make the Veterans Lounge a Battle Buddies Center. This funding allowed for the purchase of new furniture and six computer terminals where students could complete their work in a quiet environment. “It’s a really nice setup,” Chase said.

He is able to complete the majority of his work in the Veterans Lounge, without it cutting into his home or work life. The space, which is reserved for veterans and dependents of veterans, sees about a dozen people daily. “There are four of us now that are all in Applied psychology and we all work together,” he said.

NYSID’s 14 Battle Buddy Centers have collectively hosted more than 70,000 visits by veterans since September 2011. Battle Buddy Centers are made possible through grant funding and support from member agencies. “Based upon the current veteran population and the anticipated growth of veterans’ programs and services, NYSID is pleased to continue its partnership with SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence NYSARC in support of the college’s Battle Buddy Center,” said Ronald P. Romano, NYSID President and CEO.

Chase is the current president of the Veterans Association. He and his colleagues are preparing to celebrate Veterans Day with their respective communities. He’s actively involved in the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1231. The student veterans will also be participating in an on-campus luminary vigil scheduled for at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, on the turf field or inside the Roos House Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center.

The college recently renamed its Veterans Lounge to honor Raymond G. Modell of Syracuse,  a 1962 graduate and U.S. Air Force veteran.

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.

Grocery Entrepreneur Speaks at SUNY Canton, Nov. 15

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Jeffrey Proulx stands in front of some Save-A-Lot products.The president and owner of 10 area Save-A-Lot Food Stores will be speaking at SUNY Canton as part of the Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Jeffrey L. Proulx, a 1984 graduate of the college’s Business Administration program, will be speaking at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center room 212. The event is free and open to the public.

After college and a brief successful career with Sherwin-Williams in Boston, Mass., Proulx entered into his family’s business and ran the IGA grocery store in Canton. In 2000, he joined with the Save-A-Lot Foods chain. He now owns 10 Save-A-Lot stores and has expanded his operation to include the UPS Store in Potsdam.

He was the 2015 recipient of the Canton Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year award, the recipient of a Small Business Administration Award and was featured in the national magazine, “Grocery Entrepreneur.”

Proulx is also a former student athlete who played hockey during his time at SUNY Canton. He’s active with area youth sports. He started the Canton Pee-Wee Football program in 1989 and has spent time as a minor-league hockey coach.

The Save-A-Lot chain prides itself on using a highly-efficient supply chain, which enables locations to sell at prices below other retailers. The stores are smaller with wider aisles are wider, making it easier for customers to shop quicker than in large supermarkets and big-box retailers.

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.

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 Professor Helps Present Award-Winning Economic Research

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Charles FennerMentorship can help create continual economic growth in impoverished communities.

A SUNY Canton professor looks at mentoring young entrepreneurs to help stimulate the economy in Haiti and other countries facing economic difficulties.

Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., who is the curriculum coordinator for the Management program, presented research titled “A Phenomenological Examination of Nongovernmental Organizations in Mentoring Entrepreneurship in Haiti,” with Pierreline Mwanza, Ph.D., of Northcentral University in San Diego. Their research was selected as best paper by the Academy of Business Research at a fall conference in Atlantic City, N.J.

Mwanza“Mentors can teach young entrepreneurs strategies to sharpen their analytic and problem-solving skills,” Fenner said. “Whether it’s in Haiti or right here in the North Country, mentorship is always beneficial to the success of a business venture.”

Haiti has been struggling to promote economic development for over 30 years, according to the research. Nongovernmental organizations have been commissioned to help the situation, but those organizations do not yet widely mentor future business owners. Mwanza spoke with employees from those organizations to see how they could overcome the barriers to business ownership and looked at ways that the nation can make lasting economic improvements.

“The ten participants of the study view mentoring entrepreneurship as a major component in an ongoing plan to achieve economic stability,” Mwanza said. “Leaders at the educational level should implement networking to help every novice entrepreneur grow professionally and create an enriching relationship.”

By introducing a mentorship scenario, young business owners can successfully use their previous knowledge and education to create a lasting enterprise. New entrepreneurs who receive the influential support from their mentors to build their self-confidence, increase their motivation level and create insight can then pass what they’ve learned on to others in the future.

Fenner has previously presented for the Academy of Business Research with SUNY Canton alumnus and Adjunct Instructor Douglas G. Zeif, who runs a multimillion-dollar hospitality consulting firm. Fenner also received a past award for his research analyzing college administration and leadership types.

SUNY Canton’s Management program integrates many of the same concepts relayed in the presentation. Fenner has mentored students who wish to start their own business after college. The popular bachelor’s degree program recently earned the college a 2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges ranking from SR Education Group.

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 Luminary Vigil, Nov. 10

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

SUNY Canton will be holding a luminary vigil to help honor departed friends and loved ones at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, on the college’s turf field.

Those interested are invited to submit commemorative notes to accompany each light.

“We originally designed this event to correspond with Veterans Day,” said Director of Major Gifts Peggy S. Levato. “We received significant interest in making it an overall remembrance ceremony. The college has designated lights for the victims of the Oct. 31 attack in New York City and the recent Las Vegas shooting.”

The memorial is free and open to the extended community who wish to remember veterans, alumni, faculty, staff, students, family or friends who have passed away. To leave a note, contact Levato by email, levatop@canton.edu, or Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Elizabeth F. Gravlin, irvine10@canton.edu by Wednesday, Nov. 8. For more information, contact the college’s Alumni and Foundation office by phone at 315-386-7082.

The SUNY Canton Alumni Association partnered with the college’s Alumni Board, Greek organizations, the Student Veteran Association and the Student Activities Office to hold the ceremony. The college openly welcomes community participation. The event will be moved into the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center if the weather prohibits the outdoor observance.

 

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.