Archive for 2018

SUNY Canton Remembers Chloe Anne O’Neil

Friday, November 16th, 2018

Chloe Ann O'NeilSUNY Canton mourns the loss of an ardent and outspoken college supporter. 

College Council and College Foundation Board Member Chloe Ann O’Neil died yesterday morning (Thursday, Nov. 15) in a car accident. 

“We’ve lost a loyal friend of the college,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “She gave her time freely in so many different ways and she will be missed dearly.”

O’Neil earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Potsdam and taught at Lowville Central School, Hermon-DeKalb, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton, and as a reading teacher at Parishville-Hopkinton. She was a longtime active member of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) helping to ensure that local students would receive a quality education while advocating for teachers’ rights.

Mrs. O’Neil, 75, served in the state’s 112th Assembly District from 1993 until her retirement in 1998. She surprised many when she ran for, and secured, the Assembly seat held by her late husband John G.A. O’Neil.

O’Neil was an amateur painter and an active patron and supporter of North Country artists and tourism. She earned the title of “Woman of Distinction” from the New York State Senate in 1999 and was inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2012. 

More on Mrs. O’Neil and her noted community service can be found in area news media posts, including the Watertown Daily Times and WWNY TV 7 News websites. 

Military Times Magazine Names SUNY Canton a ‘Best for Vets’ College

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Best for Vets Colleges 2019 badge
Military Times magazine has once again named SUNY Canton as a top school for veterans, services members and military families in its annual “Best for Vets” issue.

The college was ranked among the top 20 career and technical schools in the nation that demonstrate “a record of steadfast service and dedication to those who have served,” according to Military Times Editor George Altman.

“Fewer than half of the roughly 500 colleges and universities that competed for the recognition earned the right to call themselves Best for Vets in 2019. Their efforts should be commended,” he added.

This is the fourth year in a row SUNY Canton has been named to the list, primarily due to the outstanding support services the college offers veterans and service members. A dedicated Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator helps students navigate the programs and services needed to attain their educational goals, and the Raymond G. Modell ’62 Veterans Lounge and Battle Buddy Center offers a space on campus where veterans and active duty members can socialize and build camaraderie. 

“Without the services SUNY Canton has provided, I would not have been able to make it this far in a traditional college setting,” said senior Nursing student and Army veteran Melissa G. Thomas. “The support of staff and faculty, along with the ability to connect with my fellow veterans, have allowed me to be successful.”

The college also became the first four-year SUNY institution to implement an application fee waiver policy for all active-duty, National Guard, reserve and veteran students. 

In addition, the SUNY Canton Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development has partnered with Fort Drum to help service members who are transitioning out of the military develop the skills needed to work in the solar energy industry. The program, called “Solar Ready Vets,” launched in 2016 and has trained more than 100 soldiers.

In recognition of Veterans Day, a luncheon will be held on campus Nov. 14 for all SUNY Canton faculty, staff and students who have served the nation.

View he 2019 Military Times rankings. 

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. 

Campus-Wide Efforts Restock SUNY Canton Food Pantry

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

The greater campus community is helping to make sure that no one goes hungry at SUNY Canton.

A recent food drive helped completely restock the SUNY Canton Food Pantry, which has helped combat student food insecurity for the past 15 years.

Students Amelia Hellijas and Alyssa Fowler stand with a portion of the donations collected for the SUNY Canton Food Pantry. The two students orchestrated a campus-wide food drive for their First-Year Experience Program class.

Students Amelia Hellijas and Alyssa Fowler stand with a portion of the donations collected for the SUNY Canton Food Pantry. The two students orchestrated a campus-wide food drive for their First-Year Experience Program class.

“I’m very appreciative of the efforts to restock our pantry especially as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish. “It is very admirable to see the campus come together to support students through these donations.”

Two students helped lead the charge by setting up tables and collecting donations around campus. Amelia H. Hellijas of Malone and Alyssa R. Fowler of Harrisville learned about the college’s food pantry while enrolled in the First Year Experience Program and created a food drive when they learned stores were running low. The students chose to take on the time-intensive community service project as an alternative to preparing a short presentation in their class.

Amelia Hellijas and Alyssa Fowler stack a shelf in the SUNY Canton food pantry.

In all, about 16 full boxes were donated to the counseling center, which oversees the collection and distribution of food.

“There are still donations trickling in,” said Counseling Center Secretary 1 Tammy Harradine. “These contributions will help many students.”

The college’s Physical Plant staff also participated in the drive, adding another 160 individual non-perishable items and a monetary donation. Physical Plant Director Patrick G. Hanss held a raffle for the donors to help incentivize the collection efforts. Plant Superintendent Martin J. Avery won the raffle, but then donated the proceeds to the SUNY Canton College Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund.

“Many of the Physical Plant staff develop friendships with students, particularly the Building Services staff assigned to our residence halls,” Hanss said.

Physical Plant Director Patrick Hanss and Physical Plant Secretary Tammy Carr stand with the donations collected in Cooper Service Center for the food drive.

Physical Plant Director Patrick Hanss and Physical Plant Secretary Tammy Carr stand with the donations collected in Cooper Service Center for the food drive.

Earlier in the semester, the College Association Inc., which oversees all food and retail operations on campus, made a substantial donation to the food pantry as part of a team-building exercise. The organization contributed more than $600 in food to kick off the semester.

The SUNY Canton Food Pantry provides free confidential services for students who are in need of food or other supplies.

 

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton to Host Second Annual Luminary Vigil in Canton

Monday, November 5th, 2018

SUNY Canton’s Student Alumni Association is partnering with North Country residents to host the second annual Luminary Vigil in Canton’s Village Park to honor and celebrate the lives of veterans, alumni, faculty, friends and community members who have passed.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the corner of Main and Park streets. The rain location will be in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church located at 17 Park Street.

Lanterns of light adorn the lobby of SUNY Canton's Roos House Athletic Center.

Lanterns of light adorn the lobby of SUNY Canton’s Roos House Athletic Center in the first Luminary Vigil in 2017.

“This is a great way for the community and the campus to come together and memorialize those we have lost,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley. “We had more than 60 luminaries during our first event, and we hope to have many more this year.”

She added that the Canton College Foundation will be also dedicating a lantern to each victim of the recent Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

The event is free and open to the public; however, donations are gratefully accepted and will be used to offset application fees for military veterans who apply to SUNY Canton. Donations of non-perishable food items are also appreciated and will be given to the college’s food pantry.

To submit a loved one’s name to be written on a lantern, send an email to Jordan Walker, SUNY Canton assistant director of individual giving, at walkerj@canton.edu. You can make a gift online visit the Luminary Vigil giving page 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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Admissions Office Offers Extended Hours During ‘Drop-In Days’

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

The SUNY Canton Admissions Office is extending their office hours for those who may be interested in applying for the spring semester.

The event, called “Drop-In Days,” will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., November 13 and 14 in French Hall, Room 123. Walk-in visitors are welcome and no prior registration is needed.

Admissions Drop-In Days Nov 13 and 14

“We encourage anyone who may be thinking about taking classes, submitting an application or learning more about our programs to join us during our Admissions Drop-In Days,” said SUNY Canton Director of Admissions Melissa Evans. “Our goal is to make the process as simple as possible, and our extended hours are designed to accommodate those who are working full time and are unable to come to campus during traditional business hours.”

Evans noted that admissions counselors will be on hand to discuss academic program options, including the college’s newest degrees in Early Childhood Care and Management, Cybersecurity, Technological Communications, Game Design & Development, Mechatronics Technology, and Agribusiness Management.

Financial aid specialists will also be available to help prospective students navigate the necessary steps.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Admissions Office at (800) 388-7123 or send an email to admissions@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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to Visit SUNY Canton on Election Day, Nov. 6

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

SUNY Canton will welcome Kristina M. Johnson, the 13thChancellor of the State University of New York, during an afternoon tour on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The occasion will mark her first visit to SUNY Canton.

At the beginning of her visit, Chancellor Johnson will be the guest of honor at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the college’s new eSports Arena. The event is scheduled for 1:50 p.m. in Nevaldine South Room 133, with media interview opportunities immediately following.

Chancellor Kristina Johnson

The 1,800 square-foot gaming room went online with the start of the semester as the home for the college’s growing esports program. It features 25 high-end Alienware computers, Sony PS4 Pro and Microsoft Xbox One X consoles dedicated for collegiate competitive gameplay. High-speed networking for the room is provided by Extreme Networks.

The arena is one of a kind in SUNY and in New York State. SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran thought it would be apt to have the Chancellor ceremonially open the space.

Chancellor Johnson is also scheduled to tour the hands-on classrooms and labs in the Canino School of Engineering technology before meeting with SUNY Canton’s faculty, staff, students and senior administration. Student representatives, including Student Government Association President Brayden White, are looking forward to the opportunity to meet with the Chancellor. White, a known diversity advocate, will be among his peers – including representatives from athletics, online and veteran populations – during the dedicated student time with the educational leader.

“The SGA is overjoyed to welcome Chancellor Johnson to SUNY Canton and to our corner of the North Country,” White said.

Prior to her tour of SUNY Canton, the Chancellor is scheduled to visit SUNY Potsdam and will be participating in another public event.

For more information about Chancellor Johnson, visit https://www.suny.edu/about/leadership/chancellor/.

 

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton’s College Council Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

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 Jan. 1, 2019, 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 in May, 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 Paul Mitchell, editor of the St. Lawrence Plaindealer.

For more information, contact Michaela Young, executive assistant to the president, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at youngm@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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Announces Fall Leadership Lecture Series Event

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Bart TuttleSUNY Canton has announced the final guest speaker for the fall semester’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Bart Tuttle, Corning Canton plant manager, will speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Nevaldine Hall, Room 102 (North). The event is free and open to the public.

Tuttle is a native of Russell and a graduate of Arizona State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

He joined the Corning Canton Plant in 1997 as an equipment engineer and held numerous production and engineering supervisor positions. He was recognized as a senior engineering associate in 2010 and that same year, became the plant engineering manager. In 2015, he added plant operations manager to his resume, and in 2017, he was named plant manager.

The Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series connects working professionals who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The events are funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the Canton 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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

Celebrated Author Mary Karr Returns to SUNY Canton for Living Writers Series Event

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Mary KarrAcclaimed memoirist, poet and bestselling author Mary Karr will visit SUNY Canton this month to discuss her recently published poetry collection “Tropic of Squalor” as part of the college’s Living Writers Series.

She will appear at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

Karr is most widely known for her genre-defining memoirs, including “The Liars’ Club,” “Lit” and “Cherry,” but regards herself primarily as a poet.

“Tropic of Squalor” was released in May and is her fifth book of poetry. She tackles serious themes of violence and suicide, but also incorporates flashes of comedy and joy. According to the publisher, Karr’s “brazen verse calls us out of our psychic swamplands and into that hard-won awareness of the divine hiding in the small moments that make us human.”

“In Mary Karr’s most recent collection of poems, she explores among other things, the passing of three close friends,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series. “The poems probe the intricacies of grief and faith with an unfaltering focus on the small glistening moments found in both life and loss.”

After enduring a traumatic childhood in a small town in East Texas, a period which she writes about in her New York Times bestseller “The Liars’ Club,” Karr struggled with alcoholism from an early age, eventually getting sober and joining the Catholic Church. She describes writing as a spiritual experience, and her work in “Tropic of Squalor” is influenced by her faith.

“I felt like there was a story that needed to be told about my escape from Texas, which was like hell, to my current situation in New York City, where I see Christ all the time in the faces of bike messengers and doorway sleepers,” said Karr in an interview with Syracuse University’s Division of Marketing and Communications earlier this year. “There is such grace in the street life of the city. My goal is to capture a moment, so that it lasts forever.”

Karr is a Guggenheim Fellow and has won Pushcart prizes for both her poetry and her essays. Her poems have appeared in major literary magazines such The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly. She is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University.

Karr’s colleague and fellow New York Times bestselling author George Saunders, who visited the college in 2014 as part of the Living Writers Series, said of her work, “Mary uses poetry to investigate critical moral questions, such as ‘How can we be better people, without sugarcoating our difficulties?’ She is a beautifully frank and funny poet, and her work always is situated on something simple, essential and universal.”

This is Karr’s second appearance at SUNY Canton; she previously discussed her award-winning memoir “Lit” in 2012.

The final guest for the fall semester’s installment of the Living Writers Series will be Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenya, who has just been selected by the National Book Foundation to receive the prestigious “5 Under 35” honor. His debut novel, “Friday Black,” was released Oct. 23. He will appear at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 28, in the Kingston Theater.

Learn more about the Living Writers Series at www.canton.edu/writers.

SUNY Canton Assumes Operations of Plattsburgh Small Business Development Center

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

SBDCThe Clinton County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has relocated to Clinton Community College.

There will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Ronald B. Stafford Center atrium, followed by tours of the SBDC offices in the Pines Cottage.

The SBDC is now operated and managed by SUNY Canton, who has hosted the St. Lawrence County center for 20 years. Canton’s Dale Rice is the director of both SBDC locations, which will serve the greater Northern New York area.

The new location and partnership will present opportunities for SBDC staff and clients according to Angela Smith, assistant director for the Clinton County branch.

“We are excited about our new joint venture with SUNY Canton and Clinton Community College,” she said. “Both of these institutions have strong commitment to community and workforce development. With our shared vision of community engagement, this is a great fit.”

Clinton Community College President Ray DiPasquale said, “We are honored to be a part of this partnership with SUNY Canton and the SBDC. Having their office as a resource right here on our campus helps expand our position as a hub for economic development in the community and provide future opportunities for our students.”

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said, “The unification of the centers in St. Lawrence and Clinton Counties provides more opportunity for expanded entrepreneurship. It will also increase opportunities to showcase existing small businesses across the North Country region and allow for market expansion.”

About the SBDC

The New York SBDC, with its network of 22 regional centers provides professional business advisement, education, network resources and advocates for small business and entrepreneurs. As a funded organization through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York and host campuses, SBDC counseling services are provided at no-cost to clients and are confidential.Since inception in 1984, the SBDC in Plattsburgh has worked directly with 8,567 businesses, helping them to invest $102,374,027 in the area’s economy, resulting in 3,231 jobsbeing created or saved.The SUNY Canton SBDC was established in 1998 and has worked with 3,694 businesses, helping to invest $103,390,707 and creating or saving 2,156 jobs.  For more information, visit us online at www.nysbdc.org.

About Clinton Community College

Clinton Community College is a member of the State University of New York system and home of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing. Clinton offers 23 associate degree programs, six certificates, transfer pathways and advisement options, multiple non-credit professional credentials, and many flexible learning options including online and evening courses. As part of the SUNY system, Clinton credits transfer seamlessly. For more information, visit us online at www.clinton.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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.