Archive for March, 2018

SUNY Canton Honors Convocation Named for Retired Criminal Justice Faculty Member

Friday, March 30th, 2018

William FassingerSUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt recently announced that the college’s annual Honors Convocation celebration has been named to honor a retired faculty member who taught in the Criminal Investigation and Criminal Justice programs.

“I’m pleased that the 2018 Honors Convocation will be named for Professor Emeritus William J. Fassinger, Ph.D.,” Scheidt said. “Dr. Fassinger will be the guest of honor as we celebrate our best and brightest students, and their academic achievements, for the past year.”

Honors convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Fassinger began his career as an instructor at SUNY Canton in 2003, following military police service in the U.S. Army, and successful teaching careers at both the secondary and college levels. He was promoted to assistant professor in 2005, associate professor in 2008, and was promoted to full professor in 2013.

SUNY Canton Professor Emeritus William J. Fassinger teaches a student how to take crime scene photographs for the college’s Criminal Investigation program.

SUNY Canton Professor Emeritus William J. Fassinger teaches a student how to take crime scene photographs for the college’s Criminal Investigation program. Fassinger is the namesake of the 2018 Honors Convocation Celebration.

“Thank you for giving me the humbling opportunity to share a day with the SUNY Canton students who have reached the pinnacle of their educational journey,” Fassinger said. “It is evident that our honor students have sacrificed much in order to achieve greatness. As they pass through the portals of life, they will continue to be great achievers in all that they set forth to accomplish.”

Fassinger was the primary advisor to the Criminal Justice Student Association and helped orchestrate the Save a K9 project, which provided bulletproof vests for eight area police dogs. Students held fundraisers to purchase the body armor, which is designed specifically for each animal and costs upwards of $1,000. Many area departments would not have been able to purchase this equipment without help from SUNY Canton.

As the inaugural faculty liaison for the Veterans Association at SUNY Canton, he devoted numerous hours to help establish the College’s award-wining program. He both helped student veterans start their education and helped them succeed during their academic career. SUNY Canton has been frequently recognized as a military- and veteran-friendly institution.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator JoAnne M. Fassinger and her husband, Professor Emeritus William J. Fassinger, at a Veterans Association memorial tree planting ceremony.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator JoAnne M. Fassinger and her husband, Professor Emeritus William J. Fassinger, at a Veterans Association memorial tree planting ceremony.

“We’ve all heard that actions speak louder than words,” said Professor Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., one of the faculty members who nominated Fassinger for the award. “When it comes to Dr. Fassinger’s love of people, his actions speak volumes.”

Will and his wife, JoAnne, were the lead faculty and staff representatives for the Habitat for Humanity student club. Since his retirement, he continues to work with the local Habitat Chapter and is leading the renovation of a local home with SUNY Canton Professor Emeritus Brian Washburn.

Additionally, he was a College Association board member and served as the board President in 2014 to 2015. He received the college’s Northstar award in 2008, two awards from the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and a Dean of Students Specialty Award in 2014. He also helped organize the annual 9/11 Commemorative Ceremony for six years.

 

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 Law Enforcement Day to Feature Officers, Investigators Involved in Dannemora Fugitive Manhunt

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Relentless PursuitFour New York State Police officers and an official with the New York State Office of Special Investigations who were involved in the 2015 high-profile pursuit of Dannemora prison escapees Richard Matt and David Sweat will speak at SUNY Canton as part of the college’s annual Law Enforcement Day Wednesday, March 28.

Retired New York State Police Maj. Charles E. Guess, who was the incident commander during the 23-day manhunt, will speak at 9 a.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. He is the author of the 2017 book “Relentless Pursuit,” a first-hand account of the largest search in state history.

“I can certainly claim an insider’s point of view … as to what I saw, what I experienced and how we did things both strategically and tactically during those 23 days with all of our federal, state and local partners,” Guess told WAMC Radio in an interview last year.

Guess’ colleagues Sgt. Jay Cook, Sgt. Ronald Pena and Sgt. Christopher Giovazzino will also discuss their involvement in the operation, which ended with Matt being shot and killed by a U.S. Border Patrol SWAT team, and Sweat being shot and wounded by a state trooper.

At 1:30 p.m., Office of Special Investigations Deputy Commissioner Steven J. Maher will screen a short film detailing the escape and subsequent Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s investigation.

All events will be held in the Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public; parking is available in Lots 1, 6, 7 and 13. Guess will be available for book signings following the discussion.

This is the college’s eighth annual Law Enforcement Day. It is designed to give students an opportunity to meet with and hear from experts in the field. Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation and related two- and four-year programs are among the most popular degrees offered at the college.

SUNY Canton is also home to the state-certified David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, which trains the majority of the North Country’s police force.

 

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 Management Courses Bolster Area Businesses

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

SUNY Canton’s Management program is helping four area businesses identify ways to become more profitable.

“Students are able to apply what they learned in class to real world business problems,” said Professor Charles R. Fenner, who teaches business classes in the Management program.  “It’s this application of theory to practice that is at the heart of SUNY technology sector education while preparing the students to follow their entrepreneurial dreams.”

Three students currently enrolled in the program have direct ties to area businesses and are using the course’s objectives to grow their enterprises.

Kevin B. Kingsbury of the Gouverneur-based Marble City Heating and Plumbing, who is working on his second major at SUNY Canton, is using his coursework to determine his operational capacity and create a plan for future growth.

“I’m trying to gear the whole project to grow our business into a medium-sized operation with 15-20 employees,” Kingsbury said.

Professor Charles R. Fenner, Kingsbury and Szafran

Kevin B. Kingsbury a Management student and owner of the Gouverneur-based Marble City Heating and Plumbing recently met with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran to discuss his company’s growth. Pictured are (l to r) Professor Charles R. Fenner, Kingsbury and Szafran.

Kingsbury hires graduates of SUNY Canton’s Heating and Plumbing program to work at his company.

Maria L. Vecchio of Sergi’s Italian Restaurant in Canton, used her senior project to create a survey to help her learn more about their loyal customer base. As part of the survey, she had SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran hold a drawing for pizza rolls, one of the local restaurant’s signature servings.

President Zvi Szafran draws cards as Provost Douglas Scheidt, Charles Fenner and Maria Vecchio pose for the photo.

Pictured are (l to R) Professor Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt and Maria L. Vecchio, a Management student from Canton. Vecchio created a survey to poll customers at Sergi’s Italian Restaurant and asked Szafran to aid in a drawing for pizza rolls.

Other students are using the class as means of tracking revenues and expenditures for a family business. Ashley A. Martin and Logan W. Jones used their senior-level assignment to track expenditures related to sales at Martin’s Marina in Cape Vincent.

Fenner's class poses with Rick Gilchrist.

Rick Gilchrist, owner of Perry’s Market in Norwood, met with Management Professor Charles R. Fenner’s Strategic Policies and Issues class to develop a new business plan.

Additionally, students in Fenner’s Strategic Policies and Issues class helped Rick Gilchrist IV develop a plan to build upon his successful business, Perry’s Market in Norwood.

“It started as a brainstorming session about ways I could expand into other areas,” Gilchrist said about his time with the class. “The students created the beginnings of a solid plan, and I was able to finish it.”

Previously, students in this curriculum have partnered with the owners of Gamer Craze and Luna Boutique in Canton to develop new business strategies.

SUNY Canton Brings Solar Ready Vets Program to the Capital District

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

SUNY Canton is expanding one of its premiere workforce development initiatives to help veterans and retiring soldiers in the greater Albany area.

The college’s Solar Ready Vets program will run from June 25 to July 27 through a collaboration with Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART extension campus in Malta, Saratoga County. The deadline for application will be May 25.

Solar Ready Vets - students install solar panels on a practice roof.

The five-week course is offered through SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development. Classes focus on solar photovoltaic systems and installation through hands-on labs. In addition, the program will facilitate job placement with New York-based and national solar companies.

“We’ve had great success offering Solar Ready Vets locally through a partnership with Fort Drum,” noted Arthur S. Garno, CREST director. “Now our master instructors will be expanding this valuable training to veterans in other regions. There are careers ready for our graduates.”

The course is reserved for veterans or retiring military personnel. Attendants can use their GI Bill benefits to cover the $2,850 course fee. Prerequisites for the course include a high school diploma or equivalent, a completed application and a working resume.

The college first began offering this program with the U.S. Department of Energy and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in 2016. The most recent class of veterans helped bring solar power to the newly-renovated community fountain in Norwood.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton CREST Center, 315-386-7229, or email crest@canton.edu. For GI Bill funding, contact Patrick S. Massaro, director of military & veterans student services, 315-386-7073, or email massarop@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 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 Honors Renowned Nurse and Educator With Naming

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

A dedication ceremony was held March 1 to celebrate the naming of SUNY Canton’s School of Nursing for the late Margaret D. Sovie, Ph.D., a pioneer in health care.

The naming was in recognition of a generous gift from Margaret’s husband, Alfred L. Sovie, in honor of her accomplished career. Alfred, a 1958 SUNY Canton graduate, passed away in 2016 and wished to keep his wife’s legacy alive in the North Country.

William and Carol Doe, and Sovie family friends Mary and Deborah Polniak and William Barr pose in front of the new signage outside the nursing labs.

Friends and family celebrated the Margaret D. Sovie School of Nursing naming at SUNY Canton. Pictured from left to right are Margaret’s brother and sister-in-law William and Carol Doe, and Sovie family friends Mary and Deborah Polniak and William Barr.

“Al Sovie gave us an incredible gift—with this naming, he reminds us all to remember those who paved the way before us,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran at the ceremony. “Margaret Sovie was a leader and innovator in the field of nursing.”

The Sovies were originally from Ogdensburg and married in 1954. Alfred graduated from the George Hall Trade School in Ogdensburg and continued his education at SUNY Canton and Syracuse University in civil engineering. Margaret graduated from the St. Lawrence State Hospital School of Nursing and earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Syracuse University.

Margaret’s professional career in nursing administration consisted of positions as chief nursing officer at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is perhaps most remembered for her landmark study for the 1983 American Academy of Nursing’s Task Force on Nursing Practice in Hospitals. She and her colleagues identified the characteristics of facilities that attracted and retained the best and brightest nurses, as well as established the framework for a program of nursing excellence. From this study evolved the Magnet Recognition Program, which is considered the highest recognition for nursing excellence and is used by the American Nurses Credentialing Center today.

Deborah Polniak, Peggy Levato, William Doe, and President Zvi Szafran pose in front of a display featuring Al and Margaret Sovie.

Pictured from left to right are family friend Deborah Polniak, Director of Major Gifts Peggy Levato, Margaret’s brother William Doe, and President Zvi Szafran.

A pioneer in combining the values of higher education, research and publication with nursing practice, she received national recognition for her study of the interrelationship of nursing acuity, diagnosis related groups, and the economic delivery of health care.

“As an internationally recognized scholar, researcher, educator and author, Margaret’s studies have impacted clinical and practical nursing protocol throughout the United States and other countries,” Szafran said. “She was known for her fearlessness, outspoken manner and strong commitment to mentoring and patient care services.”

Debra Backus, James Akins, Linda Fay, Anne Ryan, Christine Brassard, Joan Fregoe, John Conklin, Paula Jacques, and Kimberly Davies

Nursing Faculty/Staff Past and Present – Pictured from left to right are Debra Backus, James Akins, Linda Fay, Anne Ryan, Christine Brassard, Joan Fregoe, John Conklin, Paula Jacques, and Kimberly Davies.

Following her death in 2002, the University of Rochester created the Margaret D. Sovie Lecture Series, and Alfred endowed the Margaret D. Sovie Center for Advanced Practice in 2006, the first of its kind in the country.

He also established the Margaret D. Sovie Endowed Scholarship at SUNY Canton, which provides awards annually to three students studying nursing or health care. More than 400 students are currently enrolled in the college’s nursing programs, which are traditionally among the most competitive and popular degrees.

Last year, the school unveiled a state-of-the-art nursing simulation laboratory that replicates a hospital’s intensive care unit to assist students with problem solving and patient assessment.

“Our work in the simulation laboratory, paired with knowledgeable and experienced faculty members, establishes a solid foundation to excel in our professional careers,” said senior nursing student Joshua Cartmill, a Sovie scholarship recipient. “I hope to one day step back through the doors of the Margaret D. Sovie School of Nursing and offer the same support and enthusiasm as Al and Margaret have given us.”

The ceremony concluded with a plaque unveiling by President Szafran and Deborah Polniak, a longtime friend of Alfred’s.

“Each time we see Margaret’s name, we are reminded of her strength, drive and intelligence,” said Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley. “We are sincerely grateful to Al for his generosity, and to Debbie Polniak, who helped make all of this possible.”

 

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 Supports Scouts, Contributes Cookies

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Girl scouts hand out boxes of cookies at Chaney Dining Center.

SUNY Canton students recently got a free box of Girl Scout cookies when they went to dinner at Chaney Dining Center. The College Association, which oversees retail and dining operations at SUNY Canton, has worked with young women from Troop 50328 to purchase and distribute cookies to students with a meal plan for the past four years. The scouts come to campus March 1 to hand deliver the delectables. Pictured are (l to r) back row, troop co-leaders Amanda Rowley and Bridget White. Front row are scouts Madelyn Rowley, Macy White, Annabell Butler, Lily Lottie, Mallory Robinson, and Rylee Typhair. Not pictured are Hannah Butler, Karly Gollinger, Hannah Royce, and Cheyenne Stamper.

SUNY Canton Seeks Donations for Online Clothing Fair

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

SUNY Canton is accepting gently used professional attire for their annual clothing fair, which, for the the first time, will be held online.

“We are expanding the fair to service our entire student body–both on-campus and online–and members of the local community via the internet,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services, Molly A. Mott. “We are also providing student volunteers with real-world skills and retail experience by allowing them to run an online storefront.”

Student perusing professional clothing.

Community members may drop off donations at 49 Main Street in Canton during the following days and times:

  • March 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • March 22 and 29 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • March 24 and 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers request that donors use the parking lot to the right of Hodskin Street and utilize the back entrance. The following items are being requested:

  • Men’s and women’s professional suits
  • Collared shirts
  • Blouses
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Dress shoes; no sneakers or athletic shoes
  • Scrubs
  • Dress pants
  • Blazers and dress jackets
  • Sweaters
  • Ties
  • Scarves
  • Dress socks, nylons and tights in original packaging

The website, sunycantonclothingfair.org, will be available exclusively to SUNY Canton students from April 16-21. Community members will be able to browse clothing from April 23-28. All items are free of charge.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton 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.