Archive for February, 2018

SUNY Canton Joins Area Colleges for TRiO Celebration

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

St. Lawrence County’s four associated colleges are coming together to celebrate TRiO Student Support Services Week with a book drive and a reading by New York State Assemblymember Addie Jenne.

“It is fitting that TRIO is supporting another fantastic educational program, Head Start, as part of its 50th anniversary celebration,” Jenne said. “These programs are fantastic and help so many working families help their children attain the American dream. I’m excited to help raise awareness and support their continued success.”

A group of SUNY Canton TRiO student support services ran a "Cans for Cupcakes" drive to support the college's food pantry.

A group of SUNY Canton TRiO student support services ran a “Cans for Cupcakes” drive to support the college’s food pantry. Pictured in the back row are (l to r) Micaela G. Hargrave of Madrid, Calli J. Thomas of Colton, June M. Mosher of Fort Plain, and Sentara B. Phillips of the Bronx. In the front row are (l to r) Sydney Wood of Canton, and Jamie L. Carey of West Stockholm.

Jenne will be attending TRiO’s Family Fun Party, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (March 3) at the Presbyterian Church, 42 Elm Street in Potsdam. The event is open to the public, and students will be collecting donations to benefit area head start programs. Items requested include books for ages 1- 5, crayons, beginner pencils, washable markers, construction paper, puzzles and educational toys.

“We wanted to come together across the four colleges to highlight our programs and give back to the community,” said Brenda L. Miller, SUNY Canton TRiO director. “It’s a way for our current students to support future generations.”

Federal TRiO programs exist through the Higher Education Act and assist eligible students in beginning and completing a post-secondary education. SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University all have TRiO programs to assist their student populations. Each campus is participating in collections for the event.

The Federal TRiO program is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Since 1968, the TRIO programs have been expanded to provide a wide range of services. Today, nine TRIO programs are included under the TRIO umbrella, seven of which provide direct services to students.

In further celebration of this historic milestone, SUNY Canton TRiO held a “Cans for Cupcakes” drive to collect food donations for the college’s food pantry, which helps alleviate food insecurity for students on campus.

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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and recently joined the North Atlantic Conference. The college is home to a new eSports program with teams playing competitive intercollegiate video games.

SUNY Canton eSports Selected to Participate in ECAC Exhibition at 2018 MAAC Fan Fest

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Six athletes make travel plans to compete in the college’s first eSports away game.

One of SUNY Canton’s eSports teams will be competing in the inaugural Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) eSports Invitational on Thursday, March 1, at the Albany Capital Center. The event will be held as part of the 2018 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Basketball Championships Fan Fest.

“SUNY Canton is thrilled to be participating in the ECAC’s first major eSports event,” said SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “This will be a great experience for our students to be involved in a first-class competition at a phenomenal venue surrounded by the added excitement of the NCAA Division I basketball conference playoffs. We can’t wait.”

Group photo of eSports League of Legends team

SUNY Canton eSports League of Legends Team – Six students will be representing the SUNY Canton eSports program during an ECAC exhibition match in Albany. Pictured are standing (l to r) Thomas J. Nagle of Rochester, Jaden J. Batista of New York and Juan-Arturo Nunez of Brooklyn. Seated are (l to r) Ryan J. Lee of Cape Charles, Va., Joe M. Canton of the Bronx, Devon D. Balasubramaniam of Goshen.

The exhibition is a day-long event designed to educate college sports and recreation administrators about the rapidly expanding intercollegiate eSports opportunities for their institutions. It will feature a series of panel discussions followed by a four-team eSports tournament on Riot Games’ League of Legends featuring ECAC and MAAC member schools.

SUNY Canton’s brand-new eSports program has a six-member League of Legends team, who recently recorded the Kangaroo’s first intercollegiate win in a videogame matchup. The Roos beat the University of Maine Farmington in a one-sided sweep.

“The biggest obstacle our students have overcome is working together as a team,” said SUNY Canton eSports Coach Robert J. Snow. “We have strong players. They’ve worked exceptionally hard on their communications and established a new group dynamic.”

The team has been playing in Riot Games’ University League of Legends competition and has posted two wins and four losses. Thursday’s match will kick off the ECAC season of League of Legends. The final lineup has yet to be determined, but the college may match-up against Canisius College, Siena College, or both.

“This team has really come together in the relatively short time we’ve been playing together, and I am confident we will make a strong showing Thursday,” said Joe M. Canton, the captain of the League of Legends Team who hails from the Bronx. “It’s a very exciting time to be a part of SUNY Canton’s new eSports program.”

SUNY Canton eSports Logo

 

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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and recently joined the North Atlantic Conference. The college is home to a new eSports program with teams playing competitive intercollegiate video games.

SUNY Canton Offers Free Application for Military Members, Veterans

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

SUNY Canton is continuing its tradition as a military-friendly college by waiving application fees for active-duty military, National Guard members, reservists, and veterans.

The college is currently the only four-year SUNY institution that has the military waiver policy. The $50 fee will be paid for by generous donations from alumni and friends to the Canton College Foundation.

A veteran student types on a laptop.

“Making college an affordable option for our military students is a priority for us, and we’re proud to be a leader in this area,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “This initiative, along with scholarship opportunities and other support services, are aimed to ease the financial burden for those who are serving, or have served, our country.”

In addition to the free application, the college employs a Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator to help students navigate the programs and services that can assist them in reaching their educational goals. And to help acclimate military students to college life, the Raymond G. Modell ’62 Veterans Lounge and Battle Buddy Center is a designated area where veterans and active duty members can socialize and build camaraderie. The college’s online degrees also provide flexible learning options for those located overseas or those who need to relocate due to frequent permanent change of station requirements.

Military award badges

SUNY Canton’s military-friendly environment has earned endorsements from several armed forces trade publications. This year, G.I. Jobs, Military Times, and Military Advanced Education & Transition magazines have all selected the college for their respective 2018 “best of” guides.

For more information about the fee waiver, contact SUNY Canton Director of Military and Veterans Student Services Patrick S. Massaro at (315) 386-7073 or massarop@canton.edu or submit a Fee Waiver.

Those who wish to contribute to the fund for military and veterans fee waivers can visit give.evertrue.com/sunycanton/veterans or contact the Canton College Foundation at (800) 811-6727 or foundation@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton eSports Preps for Livestream Hearthstone Match

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

SUNY Canton’s new eSports Hearthstone team will be participating in its first live broadcast match-up against the University of Utah at 9 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 20) on the PlayHearthstone channel on twitch.tv. To watch the match, visit www.twitch.tv/playhearthstone.

The channel has more than 89 million views. Similar college eSports matchups have drawn about 8,000 viewers, according to Robert J. Snow, SUNY Canton eSports coach.

A student playing Hearthstone

“Tonight’s match is going to be fantastic,” Snow said. “This is our first National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) event. We’re honored to be one of the teams selected for this exposure. Streaming is going to be an important part of our program.”

The college’s three-member team has been preparing for an entire month and previously matched against the University of California-Berkeley during a non-streamed competition. Hearthstone is a strategy-based game involving an element of chance. The Kangaroos drew several cards in a less-than-probable scenario that led to their first loss.

“UC Berkeley used a transform card that had a one-in-twenty chance of being effective,” said Team Captain Brian A. Venard, a Sports Management major from East Setauket. “It worked.”

Venard said they’ve changed a class in their lineup and are excited to compete in tonight’s game. “The first-match jitters are over,” he said. “We’ve gotten a lot better at working together and communicating as a team.”

SUNY Canton Roos eSports are run through the college’s Athletic Department. The Hearthstone team competes through NACE, the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming. The college also has a League of Legends team and an Overwatch team.

The match will be broadcast by Tespa, a network that promotes gaming culture and hosts college eSports events and competitions.

 

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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House Features Scholarships, Prizes

Friday, February 16th, 2018

SUNY Canton welcomes students of all ages and their families to explore the fun side of technology at the fourth annual Engineers Week Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Nevaldine Hall.

Participants can take part in 15 exciting hands-on activities that offer a unique look into the college’s engineering technology and design programs. Guests can learn about renewable energy; check out ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles in the Powersports Lab; experiment with 3-D printing; play password games; and more.

Engineers Week Robotics

New this year are activities related to the college’s degree in Game Design and Development, which was launched last fall.

“Our new Digital Studio Lab is a must-see at this event,” said Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown. “Not only will we have state-of-the art design technology on display, students can also get a glimpse into the future of gaming by trying our virtual reality equipment.”

The evening’s highlight will be a student competition where teams of two will put their engineering skills to the test to build the fastest maglev sailboat using materials provided by Doyle Sails Lake Champlain.

Contestants from the winning team in the 9th to 12th grade category will each receive a $1,200 SUNY Canton scholarship. The second-place team will each win a $500 scholarship, and the third-place team will be awarded $100 SUNY Canton gift cards.

Contestants prepare to launch their hand-built zip line racers in the annual engineering challenge in 2017.

Contestants prepare to launch their hand-built zip line racers in the annual engineering challenge in 2017.

First-, second- and third-place prizes in the 3rd to 8th grade category include Lego Mindstorms and sail kits, as well as remote control sailboats.

In addition to the Open House, a roundtable discussion presented by Corning Incorporated Foundation will be held at noon Feb. 27, and a career fair for current SUNY Canton students who are looking to connect with employers and graduates is scheduled to follow from 1 to 4 p.m.

Dakota Way and Brittany LaForty hold their prizes at the end of the bridge building competition during SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

Dakota Way and Brittany LaForty hold their prizes at the end of the bridge building competition during SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House in 2016.

All events are being held to commemorate National Engineers Week, which is dedicated to increasing understanding of, and interest in, engineering and technology careers.

The Open House is free and open to the public. To register or learn more about the competition, visit www.canton.edu/engineers or contact SUNY Canton’s Career Services Office at (315) 386-7119.

  

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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Creates ‘Flex Classes’ for Traditional and Online Students

Friday, February 16th, 2018

SUNY Canton is developing new course options that adapt to the needs of modern learners.

Until last semester, courses have been offered in two formats: through traditional on-campus classes; or by participating in online lectures and discussion boards through SUNY Canton OnLine. Last semester, the college began offering Flex Classes, which allows a student to attend a lecture one day and participate online the next.

Umesh Kumar teaches a Flex Class

Pictured is SUNY Canton Associate Professor Umesh Kumar, who teaches Finance, presenting a Flex Class. Kumar is wearing a video camera tracking device and a headset microphone to record and broadcast his lecture as he is teaching it.

“Flex Classes help promote student retention and completion rates,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services, Molly A. Mott “They remove barriers to education and fit into the busy and complicated lives of our students, especially those who are continuing their education. We see this as the future of higher education.”

The class is broadcast live during and the video is integrated with the college’s online learning software. Students participating from off of campus can ask questions as part of the class, and all students can watch the online recorded lecture.

Marela M. Fiacco, an instructor who oversees the college’s Healthcare Management program, volunteered to be the first faculty member to pilot the program for her Intro to Health Services Management course. She taught in a special classroom equipped with digital video cameras that follow her as she presents the course material.

“I told my face-to-face students that attendance is flexible,” Fiacco said. “This was especially important for our non-traditional and commuter students who have families and career obligations.”

Out of the 30 students who were enrolled, about nine opted to come to the twice-weekly class.

The instructor assigned group assignments that paired students participating from both on and off of campus.

Healthcare Management recently became the most popular major at the college, with more than 200 students enrolled in the fall 2017 semester. The majority of those students are working professionals who are seeking to advance their career by getting a bachelor’s degree.

SUNY Canton is expanding its Flex Classes through a Performance Improvement Fund grant from SUNY. A portion of that funding is also used to increase engagement with the college’s substantial online student population by offering expanded college resources. “We want to establish a better connection with our online students,” Fiacco said.

Two Flex Classes are currently in session during the spring 2018 semester and the college plans to continue research into, and development of, its newest educational delivery method. Students have been enthusiastic about the new mode of course delivery. “It’s a neat experience and I look forward to the future of the class and more like it,” said Michael B. Smithers, a Heathcare Management Student from Heuvelton.

 

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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

Two SUNY Canton University Police Officers Receive Advanced Training Awards

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

SUNY Canton University Police Lieutenants Brian E. Kurish and Brian J. Perry recently received the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (LEEDA) Trilogy Award.

The two ranking officers were decorated after successfully completing advanced law enforcement training courses through the FBI-LEEDA Supervisor Institute, Command Leadership Institute and Executive Leadership institute. Kurish and Perry completed the three trainings within one year.

Chief Al Mulkin, Lt. Brian Perry, and Lt. Brian Kurish

TRILOGY AWARD – Pictured are (L to R) are SUNY Canton University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin congratulating Lieutenants Brian J. Perry and Brian E. Kurish for their recent FBI- Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Trilogy Awards.

“I’m exceptionally proud of our two lieutenants,” said University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin. “They’ve enrolled in programs that strengthen their leadership qualities and studied to keep up-to-date on emerging challenges within the law enforcement profession.”

Topics covered include leadership case studies, performance and risk management, command discipline and liability, bias and diversity, social and emotional intelligence, and public trust.

Each of the three courses are four-and-a-half day immersive programs designed for police supervisors.

Both Kurish and Perry have worked at SUNY Canton’s University Police Department for nearly 20 years.

The mission of FBI-LEEDA is advance the science and art of law enforcement leadership and promote the exchange of information to improve law enforcement management practices through training, education and networking among police professionals.

 

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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

Air Conditioning Students Benefit from ASHRAE Grant

Friday, February 9th, 2018

SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students Zackary T. Flanagan, Brendan J. Jerkowski and Garrett J. Fields measure a feedback signal on a newly constructed training board for air handler devices located in the college’s Harry King Air Conditioning laboratory. The training board was assembled with components and measurement equipment purchased through an undergraduate program equipment grant from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Flanagan is an ASHRAE student member from Madrid, Jerkowski hails from Tillson and Fields is from Dexter.

SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students Zackary T. Flanagan, Brendan J. Jerkowski and Garrett J. Fields measure a feedback signal on a newly constructed training board for air handler devices located in the college’s Harry King Air Conditioning laboratory.

 

Corning Incorporated Foundation Supports SUNY Canton

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Corning Incorporated Foundation is continuing its generous support of SUNY Canton through two recent donations.

Anne Sibley and Bart Tuttle hold a check from Corning Incorporated Foundation.

Corning Canton Plant Manager Bart R. Tuttle presents a check to SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley.

A gift to the Canton College Foundation will help fund the Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series program, which brings alumni and regional business leaders to campus to share their perspectives and insights into their career field. This spring, the series will welcome leaders in engineering, funeral services, and emergency management and homeland security.

Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown; Assistant Professor Lucas Craig, Ph.D.; Corning Canton Plant Engineering Manager Brian Bush; and SUNY Canton Engineering Lab Coordinator Paul E. Todd.

Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown; Assistant Professor Lucas Craig, Ph.D.; Corning Canton Plant Engineering Manager Brian Bush; and SUNY Canton Engineering Lab Coordinator Paul E. Todd.

Corning Incorporated Foundation is also promoting STEM learning through a donation to the Engineer’s Week celebration roundtable discussion, which will be held Feb. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. as part of a day-long event, which includes a career fair and open house.