Archive for April, 2018

Chancellor Selects SUNY Canton Students to Receive Prestigious Award

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Two SUNY Canton students were selected by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to receive the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Senior Jessica L. Fischer, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major, and senior Kaitlyn N. Tibbetts, a Criminal Investigation major, were recognized at a special ceremony held April 10 in Albany. They will wear a medallion denoting their accomplishments at the college’s 110thCommencement Ceremony Saturday, May 12.

Kaitlyn Tibbetts and Jessica Fischer

Kaitlyn N. Tibbetts (left) and Jessica L. Fischer (right) were selected to receive the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

“I am immensely proud of these students, who have demonstrated academic excellence and dedication to enriching their campuses and communities,” said Johnson. “From research publications in industry journals to volunteering in hospitals and local clinics to holding leadership roles at their institutions, I am inspired by each student we recognize today. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

Fischer is the founder and president of SUNY Canton’s Environmental Change Organization, which is dedicated to achieving a more eco-friendly campus. In this capacity, she has spearheaded efforts to coordinate clean-up days, establish a pollinator garden and organize recycling initiatives. She also obtained a grant to establish a campus food composting operation that has diverted tons of waste from landfills.

A champion of green energy, Fischer was selected by the WindAid Institute in 2016 to build a wind turbine in the rural community of Playa Blanca, Peru. She worked with a team of 12 fellow volunteer engineers to complete the four-week project.

“During my tenure at SUNY Canton, I have not seen any other student accomplish as much as Jessica has,” said Assistant Professor Lucas Craig, Ph.D., who teaches in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. “Her extracurricular activities throughout her academic career mirror that of a humanitarian, and she has made the entire campus proud.”

Fischer has maintained a 4.0 GPA every semester and is a member of Tau Alpha Pi Honor Society. A highly regarded peer mentor, she has shared her knowledge and experience by serving as a tutor, a guest speaker in the college’s first-year experience course for freshman, and an ambassador for the Mechanical Engineering Program at open houses and admitted student days.

Tibbetts is a founding member of the SUNY Canton Emergency Medical Service Squad and a volunteer with the St. Lawrence County Canton Fire and Rescue organization, where she provided patient care and transport to local hospitals. Her outstanding efforts in support of law enforcement earned her the New York State University Police Chief’s Dr. McBride Criminal Justice Student Achievement Award.

She also received SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Associate Graduate Award in 2016 upon earning a degree in Criminal Justice and is a member of the national criminal justice honor society, Alpha Phi Sigma. She will graduate with a double minor in Homeland Security and Forensic Science and also earned an associate degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2017.

Tibbetts was hired by the U.S. Secret Service last fall to complete an extended pathway internship in Knoxville, Tenn. Her duties include supporting criminal investigations and handling counterfeit currency.

“Having been in higher education for 17 years, and law enforcement prior to that, I recognize that Kaitlyn is the ideal person to have a career in law enforcement,” said SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Lecturer Lisa E. Colbert. “She is professional, serious about any task she is given, mature, personable and has great communication skills. No matter if it is academic, organizational or community-oriented, Kaitlyn takes what she does seriously and with pride.”

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

 

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.

Symposium on Natural Medicine Arrives April 28 at SUNY Canton

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

SUNY Canton and the Northern New York Chapter of the American Chemical Society will present the second annual Symposium on Natural Medicines from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (April 28) in Payson Hall Room 219.

Presentations include two sessions with natural medicine experts. Community Health Educator Paula Youmell, a registered nurse from Wise Woman Nurse and a 1985 SUNY Canton graduate, will be presenting on the rejuvenating and disease preventing properties of whole foods and common herbs. Aswini Pai, Ph.D., an ethnobotanist and plant ecologist from St. Lawrence University, will be taking a look at the exchange of traditional and new age herbal medicine.

Erica Sharpe prepares an experiment in the chemistry lab

SUNY Canton Instructor Erica M. Sharpe, Ph.D., prepares an experiment to test the antioxidant properties of mushrooms in the college’s chemistry labs. Sharpe helps orchestrate the Symposium on Natural Medicine each year.

There will also be an herbal medicine trivia game and activities to accompany each lecture.

Nature’s Storehouse has cosponsored the symposium. The Canton business donated herbs for one of the presentations and prizes for the trivia challenge.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact SUNY Canton Instructor Erica M. Sharpe by email, sharpe@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 Scholarly Activities Celebration Features Research, Art and Music

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

A week dedicated to showcasing student and faculty research and art will be held this month at SUNY Canton.

The annual Scholarly Activities Celebration will kick off at 4 p.m. Monday, April 16, with a special musical performance by Canadian vocalist Aviva Chernick and guitarist Joel Schwartz in the Southworth Library Learning Commons Cyber Café.

Aviva Chernick

Chernick is the lead singer of the Juno Award-nominated group, Jaffa Road. She has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival. A multilingual artist, Chernick performs an original combination of world music sung in Hebrew, Ladino, English and French.

Glenn Greenberg

Following the performance, Glen Greenberg, president of the Long Island-based company Elmont Glass, will speak in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater at 5:30 p.m. Greenberg is a 1977 SUNY Canton alumnus and has overseen installation projects for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and JFK International Airport. Elmont Glass clients also include Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, Lockheed Martin and NBC.

Kyle Matsumoto presents on road salt contamination in the Southworth Library.

Kyle Matsumoto presents “Contamination from Road Salt” at the 2017 Scholarly Activities Celebration.

Students and faculty will display their research projects from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in Southworth Library, followed by oral presentations from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cook Hall, Rooms 200 and 201. Research topics include water inaccessibility on Native American Tribal Lands, techniques used to solve serial murder cases and biomimicry.

Jessen Swider and Courtney Cotter showcase their research on stray felines in the Southworth Library.

Scholarly Activities 2017: Jessen Swider and Courtney Cotter display their research on “Free-roaming Felines.”

The Environmental Change Organization student club will hold a dedication ceremony for the campus pollinator garden at noon Thursday, April 19, adjacent to French Hall (rain date is 2 p.m. April 20). The garden, which was made possible by a campus grant from the Canton College Foundation, provides a habitat for bees, butterflies and other pollinators. It is maintained by students and staff and is a centerpiece of the college’s commitment to sustainability.

To cap off the week, the Graphic and Multimedia Design program will host a student art exhibition from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Southworth Library. Included works will represent a variety of media including photography, illustration, graphic design, and graphic novels.

All events are free and open to the public.

 

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.