Archive for September, 2018

SUNY Canton Student Manages Social Media for Parkland, Fla. Benefit

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

A SUNY Canton student is running the social media campaign for a festival to help heal the community following the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland, Fla.

Tia M. Tassava, a Management student from Chubbuck, Idaho, who lives and works in Canton, is in charge of the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for the inaugural “Actions for Change Food and Music Festival.” The event is the grand finale of a weeklong series of concerts across the U.S. held with the goal of providing love, hope and healing while encouraging voter registration and activism. Tassava is a multi-sport athlete who plays hockey and golf at the college and works in the SUNY Canton Admissions Office.

Tia Tassava holds up an iPad displaying the Parkland festival social media accounts.

Interning in Activism
Tia M. Tassava, a Management student from Chubbuck, Idaho, who lives and works in Canton, holds up an iPad displaying the “Actions for Change Food and Music Festival” Instagram account. Tassava has managed social media accounts for the event held in response to the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland, Fla.

“I never thought I’d be this involved with a festival with acclaimed acts like Michael Franti and Spearhead and Skip Marley during my time at college,” Tassava said. “The support for eliminating gun violence in the community has been overwhelming. Activist and Actress Alyssa Milano has even backed this tremendous cause, and more than 30 acclaimed chefs will be cooking for the event.”

She noted that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas “Shine” students and more than a dozen students who have co-written songs of activism, healing, hope, and sorrow will also be performing at Actions for Change. In addition to posting event-specific updates about the participating artists and chefs, Tassava is rolling out information about gun violence to help increase awareness. She will be traveling to Florida to provide event coverage.

According to Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., a professor and curriculum coordinator in the Management program, Tassava is participating in the event as part of her internship requirements for the program. She is working with festival organizer Douglas G. Zeif, who is both a SUNY Canton alumnus and an adjunct professor.

Zeif is a highly successful leader in the hospitality industry who runs a multimillion-dollar consulting firm. Both of his sons attended Stoneman Douglas High School and survived the school shooting, but lost friends and teachers during the attack.

“I felt like I just had to do something, personally do something,” Zeif said. “No matter what side of the aisle you’re on politically, no matter how you feel about the Second Amendment, nobody wants gun violence.”

Actions for Change will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Fla. More information can be found on the festival’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Actions4Change/and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actions4change/.

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 Student Selected to Present Research at Prestigious Scientific Conference

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

A SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology student has been chosen to discuss his cutting-edge research at one of the most prominent undergraduate research conferences in the country.

Heath J. Boyea, a native of Malone, will travel to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in October to present at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Annual Conference. The event brings together students from around the world to share their scientific work.

Miles Canino and Heath Boyea sit behind a computer.

Student Heath Boyea, right, has been selected to present his research at the 2018 IEEE Annual Conference held at MIT. The project is a collaboration with SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Joel M. “Miles” Canino, Ph.D.

“This is a huge accomplishment for Heath, particularly because of the highly selective nature of this event,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Joel M. “Miles” Canino, Ph.D., who is Boyea’s faculty advisor and oversees the research. “He will be presenting alongside students who attend some of the best schools in the U.S., such as Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, MIT, Columbia and Brown.”

Boyea’s research involves tracking the brain and muscle activity of recovering stroke patients, as well as observing how damage to the motor cortex—the part of the brain that controls voluntary movements—impacts the body. This data will provide a window into how patients “re-learn” movement after a stroke, as well as lay the foundation for Canino’s work to develop a therapeutic device that could assist millions of people who suffer from a stroke every year.

“Once we gather and analyze the results, the end goal is to use it to develop an artificial intelligence system for a robotic exoskeleton,” Boyea said.

He explained that stroke patients can experience paralysis on one side of the body, called hemiplegia, or significant one-sided weakness, called hemiparesis. An exoskeleton is a motorized device that is worn externally to assist with movement and increase strength and flexibility to impaired areas.

Canino said the information Boyea collects will ultimately be used to make the exoskeleton “smarter”—specifically, allow it to better anticipate the user’s desired movements and improve monitoring of patient progress.

Boyea explained that his involvement in this research project, along with the opportunity to present his work at MIT, will prepare him for postgraduate studies. SUNY Canton’s culture of faculty accessibility is what facilitated the partnership, according to Boyea.

“When I spoke to Dr. Canino about my intent to pursue an advanced degree, he offered me the chance to work side-by-side with him on this research. It’s truly been a collaborative endeavor.”

Canino and Boyea just received a $5,000 grant from the SUNY Canton Provost’s Office to continue their work, and if the research results are promising, Canino said, there could be an opportunity to apply for federal funding and conduct nationwide clinical trials.

 

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 Hosts Renowned Motivational Speaker David Flood Sept. 28

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

SUNY Canton’s new Leadership Badge series kicks off Friday, Sept. 28 with speaker David Flood.

Flood is a motivational speaker who has been helping teens and young adults for more than 20 years. He shares his own very personal stories about his family and his upbringing.

David Flood

He will present at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The first event is titled “Look on the Inside” and the second is called “Leadership and Making Connections.” Both events are free and open to the public, and SUNY Canton students who attend can earn credit toward a Leadership Badge on their co-curricular transcript. Students unable to make it to campus can watch via livestream, and a recording will be posted online after the presentations.

Flood previously presented at Canton High School in 2017, and a video from that event has been seen more than 35 million times on Facebook. Throughout his career, he has spoken to more than 250,000 students, inspiring them to look at the world in a different way.

About David Flood

David’s start as a youth speaker comes from personal experience: he grew up impacted by addiction in his family; he married and became a father of two children, his oldest son has special needs; he is active in his church; he is a Hospice volunteer who visits with terminally ill patients; and is on the board of KIDS Plus, a non-profit organization which helps special needs children through sports and other activities. David attends meetings and participates in activities with The Anti-Bias Consortium for Nassau County Schools. He is a member of The Northport-East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task 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 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.

Ford Motor Company Focuses on SUNY Canton’s Automotive Program

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Ford Motor Company has added more Focus to SUNY Canton’s Automotive Technology program.

Representatives from the prominent American car company, along with staff from Blevins Ford Inc. in Gouverneur, recently presented the college with a late-model Ford Focus. The car will be used exclusively by students to hone their mechanical skills and help them prepare for their chosen careers.

President Szafran, students, and staff surround the new Ford Focus.

“This donation gives our students hands-on access to some of the latest advancements available on the motor vehicle market,” said Assistant Professor Brandon J. Baldwin, curriculum coordinator for the program. “It is imperative for them to have access to modern vehicles to earn their professional certifications. We can’t thank Ford enough for this car.”

The Focus was donated through the Ford Automotive Career Exploration program, which promotes engagement between educational institutions, franchised dealerships and local communities. The intent of the program is to raise awareness and increase interest in career opportunities within the automotive industry.

Brandon Baldwin shows students the Ford Focus engine.

“We have a vested interest in supporting automotive students,” said Christopher Sysock, a Ford Field Service Engineer. “We want to keep quality mechanics in the pipeline to help us continue as we grow and expand our workforce.”

As the car was being delivered to its new home in the college’s Auto Lab, Steve Blevins of Blevins Ford presented a monetary donation to the College Foundation to support the Leland Blevins Family Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student entering in the Automotive Technology program.

Steve Blevins presents Beth Gravlin with a check for the Leland Blevins Family Endowed Scholarship.

“These donations mean so very much to the college,” said Anne M. Sibley, VP for Advancement. “It helps us with our mission to introduce students to the newest technology and support students’ financial needs while they are attending college.”

Vice President Anne Sibley stands with President Szafran and Ford Technician Christopher Sysock

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran noted that the college has some of the most advanced laboratory classrooms in the state. “Partnering with Ford helps us continue to make our learning environments the very best in the SUNY system,” he said.

Other vehicles in the department include a hybrid-electric SUV, sedans, trucks and a handful of other Ford Vehicles.

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 Living Writers Series Hosts Keely Hutton Sept. 25

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

An author who has written a critically acclaimed novel about the Ugandan civil war will visit SUNY Canton this month as part of the popular Living Writers Series.

Keely Hutton will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Keely Hutton

She is the author of the 2017 book “Soldier Boy,” which is based on the life of Ricky Richard Anywar, who at age fourteen was forced to fight in the guerilla army of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. Years after escaping, Ricky founded the charity Friends of Orphans and has dedicated his life to assisting in the rehabilitation of other child soldiers.

“Keely Hutton has written a tremendously powerful novel about Ricky’s experience as a child soldier,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the series. “In the midst of a wartime nightmare, we see young men and women struggling to maintain the faintest shreds of kindness, compassion and dignity. The book is simultaneously horrifying and heartwarming as it shows both the best and worst of human behavior. It is also an insightful lesson on how we can help individuals recover from tragedy and trauma.”

Hutton, a Canton native, is a former eighth grade English teacher and recipient of the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop scholarship at Chautauqua. Since 2012, she has been working closely with Ricky to tell his story. “Soldier Boy” is a 2017 Booklist “Editors’ Choice” and was selected by the International Literacy Association as a “Notable Fiction of 2017.”

Ricky is a recipient of the Harriet Tubman Freedom Award and previously visited SUNY Canton in 2008 to tell his story of childhood slavery and discuss his charity work.

Hutton is the first of three guest speakers who will visit the college this fall. Bestselling author Mary Karr will appear Oct. 30 and writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah will be the final speaker Nov. 28. For more details, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

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 Receives U.S. News Best Colleges and Other Rankings

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

SUNY Canton has earned a spot in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges publication.

The college was ranked 26thamong its peer institutions in the “Regional Colleges – North” Division for 2019. The ranking was released Monday, Sept. 10 and is based on graduation and retention rates, assessment of academic standing, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, alumni giving, and other statistics.

“We are proud of our continued growth at SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt. “In addition to our outstanding career driven programs, we’ve been making concerted efforts to increase our retention and graduation rates, and we’re exceeding expectations in those indicators of college success.”

Students sit in and walk through the Roselle Plaza.

Scheidt indicated that faculty engagement with students and additional resources, including the college’s textbook loan program and unique coursework options, have helped students continue their education. The college also boasts an impressive placement rate with nearly 90 percent of graduates continuing their education or starting a career in their chosen field, according to graduate survey results.

Over the past year, the college added several four-year degrees that will allow graduates to enter expanding, high-paying fields, including programs in Cybersecurity, Technological Communications, and Mechatronics Technology. These areas are in perfect alignment with an economy that demands a work force equipped with robust STEM skills. SUNY Canton also unveiled a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Care and Management, to help address the need for high-quality early childhood education options in New York.

In addition to adding educational options, the college is also emphasizing cocurricular skills in leadership and cultural competency, which will help students earn distinctions outside of their traditional coursework.

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton received a U.S. News ranking recognizing its online programs. The college was tied for the number 88 position with five other colleges out of more than 350 institutions from across the united states. About 25 percent of the college’s enrollment is entirely online and almost every single student takes an online class over the course of their education. There are currently 16 fully online academic programs available and off-term Summer and Winterterm courses.

In addition to U.S. News and World Report, the college has recently received the following rankings:

The organizations use formulas that evaluate program accreditation status, in-state tuition and fees, financial aid statistics, student-to-teacher ratio and other statistics to determine individual scores.

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 Celebrate Constitution Day Sept. 17

Monday, September 10th, 2018

SUNY Canton will commemorate Constitution Day Monday, Sept. 17, with a discussion about the U.S. Supreme Court and a voter registration drive.

Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts Philip T. Neisser and Professor Jondavid S. DeLong, who teaches in the Legal Studies program, will lead a conversation about “The Supreme Court in Principle and Practice” at 4 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites. The event is free and open to the public.

Constitution Day 2017

“Professor DeLong and I will explain how the rule of law undergirds the U.S. Constitution, and the role the Supreme Court needs to play to make the rule of law into reality,” said Neisser.

The college will also hold a voter registration drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southworth Library Learning Commons, the Halford Lobby in MacArthur Hall and the Miller Campus Center.

“We are continuing our longstanding practice of honoring Constitution Day by giving students the opportunity to learn about our democracy and encouraging them to become engaged citizens,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

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.

Commercial Trucking Career Fair at SUNY Canton, Sept. 12

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

CREST LogoSUNY Canton is seeking community members who are interested in earning a commercial driver’s license and are looking to start a driving career.

The Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center will be holding a career fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Halford Hall. The event will allow participants to register for upcoming training and learn about available job opportunities.

“There is a high need for drivers locally and nationwide,” said Arthur S. Garno, CREST Center Director. “We will be putting together a local certificate training program which will be offered at SUNY Canton to help train individuals for this stable, well-paying career.”

Garno said the career fair will help the college gauge interest and develop the curriculum, which is slated to begin later this fall.

Career Fair partners include the New York State Department of Labor, St. Lawrence County Economic Development Advisory Board Small Business Working Group, One Stop Shop in Canton, the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Authority, Workforce Development Institute, St. Lawrence – Lewis BOCES and several trucking firms.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton CREST Center by phone, 315-386-7197, or email crest@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 15 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. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.

 

DASNY Completes $4 Million SUNY Canton Residence Hall Project

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

In Time for the Start of the Fall Semester, the College Enhances Safety Measures and Modernizes Living Spaces for Students

Gerrard P. Bushell, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY), announced today the completion of a $4 million project to improve Rushton Hall at SUNY Canton. This project is part of roughly $59 million in capital renovation projects DASNY is completing on SUNY campuses statewide.

The upgrades were financed through DASNY’s SUNY Dormitory Facilities Program, which issues low-cost, tax-exempt bonds supported by student residence hall fees.

SUNY Canton students in the newly-renovated Rushton Residence Hall lobby.

SUNY Canton students in the newly-renovated Rushton Residence Hall lobby.

Renovations to Rushton Hall included upgrades to its electrical systems, a new energy efficient hot water storage unit, as well as new sprinkler and alarm systems to increase student protections. Thirty-six student rooms and 12 bathrooms were modernized, which included new energy efficient LED lighting to create a brighter and more inviting atmosphere. Energy efficient fans were also installed as part of the upgraded heating and ventilation system.

“The improvements to Rushton Hall provide students with 21st Century residences that will enhance their learning experience,” said Dr. Bushell. “DASNY is proud to partner with SUNY Canton to deliver an energy efficient facility that will provide students the environment they need to achieve success.”

Pictured are (l to r) roommates Bryanna Clarke and Aariel Inniss in their Rushton Hall room.

Pictured are (l to r) roommates Bryanna Clarke and Aariel Inniss in their Rushton Hall room.

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said, “With 40 percent of state buildings under our ownership, SUNY has a significant footprint in New York State, and therefore a sizeable opportunity to build on energy sustainability. We are thankful for DASNY’s partnership to retrofit our facilities to be more energy efficient, while at the same time providing a safe and healthy environment for our students.”

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said, “This is the third residence hall that we’ve been able to renovate through our partnership with DASNY. These projects allow us to continually update and upgrade the student living areas in our historic buildings, leading to an overall better learning environment and enhancing the SUNY Canton experience.”

Kellen Mulvihill plays video games while Jesus Garcia watches in one of SUNY Canton’s recently-refurbished rooms in Rushton Residence Hall.

Kellen Mulvihill plays video games while Jesus Garcia watches in one of SUNY Canton’s recently-refurbished rooms in Rushton Residence Hall.

State Senator Patty Richie said, “This is an exciting time for SUNY Canton and its students. These upgrades to Rushton Hall will help create a more welcoming, safer environment for students, as well as will ensure the school can continue to attract the best and brightest students to the North Country. I look forward to seeing the impact this project has on both SUNY Canton and our region as a whole.”

State Assemblywoman Addie Jenne said, “I am thrilled not only for SUNY Canton, but for the North Country region. By continuing to invest in our students, we are investing in our future. These improvements are a testament to our commitment to providing them with the best possible living and learning environment our area has to offer.”