Archive for December, 2018

Notice to Persons with Disabilities

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Pursuant to the State University of New York policy, SUNY Canton is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.  Employees, students, applicants, or other members of the campus community (including, but not limited to, vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Inquiries regarding the application of laws, regulations, and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Co-Affirmative Action Officers, William Jones at (315) 386-7063/joneswt@canton.edu or Lashawanda Ingram at (315)386-7128/ingraml@canton.edu.  Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Amanda Deckert, at (315) 386-7688/wood121@canton.edu. Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. (646) 428-3800; email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

Should a user encounter inaccessible content or functionality on the SUNY Canton website, please contact the Web Designer, Travis Smith at (315) 3867417/smitht@canton.edu. View SUNY Canton’s Accessibility Statement for more detail on web accessibility.

If you would like to file a formal complaint regarding accessibility of SUNY Canton’s website, please contact Title IX Coordinator, Amanda Deckert, at (315) 3867688/wood121@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton Shares Semester with German Fulbright Scholar, Ergonomics Expert

Friday, December 21st, 2018

An international faculty member shared his professional industry experience with SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design and Engineering Technology programs during the Fall semester.

Johannes Brombach, Ph.D., a professor for work science and ergonomics from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany, split his time teaching and conducting research at SUNY Canton and Clarkson University during the fall semester. Brombach came to the U.S. through a highly-prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

Fulbright scholar Johannes Brombach stands in front of Nevaldine Hall

SUNY Canton Visiting Scholar Johannes Brombach, Ph.D., a professor for work science and ergonomics from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany, taught ergonomics, biomechanics and project management at SUNY Canton and Clarkson University through a Fulbright Scholarship.

“What I like the most is the variety and diversity of the SUNY Canton’s student population,” He said. “No matter where you are from, when you are at Canton, you are at home. I felt like I was welcome here from the very first day.”

At SUNY Canton, Brombach taught the college’s multimedia project design course, where he encouraged the students to look at their overall assigned project as a series of planned and actionable smaller tasks. He also taught a course in ergonomics, where he drew upon his background in workplace efficiency and risk assessment to help plan for further expansions in the college’s 3D printing workshop.

“I was exposed to many years of project management in industry,” Brombach said. “I encouraged students to set obtainable goals, and to follow through on all of the steps involved in reaching those goals.”

Student projects included marketing the college’s Roo Life student portal, which allows access to student activities events and important announcements, in addition to working with the college’s Diversity Center.

At Clarkson, Brombach taught biomechanics and ergonomics. He conducted scientific research into risk analysis for spinal injuries with Laurel Kuxhaus, Ph.D, Clarkson’s Associate Professor for the Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering department. Previously, he’s studied lighting conditions in industry as well as conducting an evaluation of motion and posture with an ergonomics risk assessment in automotive manufacturing settings.

Matthew J. Burnett, a professor who teaches in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program, participated in a similar exchange program in Munich last year, where he conducted research into artistic and technological applications of 3D printing, Biomimicry and Sustainability.

 

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 acadfulbrightemic 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.

Accreditors Seek Feedback on SUNY Canton’s Registered Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Monday, December 17th, 2018

The Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing will be holding a public forum seeking feedback about SUNY Canton’s Registered Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in in Cook Hall Room 121.

The RN to BS program offers students the ability to achieve their two-year nursing degree on campus, begin working, then continue learning toward their four-year degree online. The college created it in 2016 to help address a nation-wide shortage of nurses in addition to helping its graduates advance within their field.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by SUNY Canton meets acceptable levels of quality as a premiere educational institution. Members of the college’s faculty, staff and administration use accreditation as a means to measure the success of programs and evaluate the quality of each career-driven major.

During the site review of the program, the accreditors wish to hear comments and suggestions from the public to help gauge the program’s effectiveness for continuing accreditation.

Written comments are welcome and should be submitted by January 30, 2017 to Marsal P. Stoll, Chief Executive Officer, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, or by email, mstoll@acenursing.org.

 

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 Creates New Botanical Nursery for College Alumnus and Area Farmer

Friday, December 14th, 2018

SUNY Canton has created a new garden area in honor of a stalwart and pragmatic area farmer who graduated from the college in 1954.

The Canton College Foundation recently announced that an area adjacent to the college’s Peace Garden had been retooled to house the Kenneth Theobald Botanical Nursery, following donations from the namesake’s family and friends. The area will be used to cultivate seedlings that will be transplanted to become part of the verdant campus landscape.

Rajiv Narula and Barbara Rich Wilder pose in front of the Theobald memorial rock.

The effort was spearheaded by Barbara Theobald Rich Wilder, a graduate of the class of 1953 and 1970, who serves on the College Foundation’s board of directors. She said she wanted to make a contribution in her brother’s memory and her family, 15 of whom graduated from SUNY Canton, rallied to support the effort.

“Ken was a modest man, a quiet man, but he had a vision and was always looking forward,” Rich Wilder said at an event unveiling the new area. “This is not just a nursery, but an outdoor classroom for students. It is a living memorial. Seedlings planted here will grow to replace the aging trees on campus and the effort will connect with environmental studies at the college.”

After graduating with an agricultural degree, Theobald operated a farm on the Rich Road in Canton for more than 50 years. At the age of 74, he purchased a hobby orchard in Vermont and changed his focus from cattle to growing fruit-bearing trees. He was a noted conservationist with a sense of wonder about the natural world. Theobald passed away in 2016 at the age of 81.

His daughter, Carol, said Ken was an eminently humble man and a life-long learner.

A large group of family and friends gathered for the Kenneth Theobald Botanical Nursery dedication ceremony.

A large group of family and friends gathered for the Kenneth Theobald Botanical Nursery dedication ceremony. Theobald was a 1954 graduate with many ties to the college and the community.

“This project is an obvious match between a man and his mission, because it exemplifies two qualities that were central to Ken’s Life,” she said. “The first quality is education and experiential learning. The second is stewardship, rooted in a moral responsibility to build a vibrant sustainable community.”

Representatives from the Canton College Foundation were overjoyed to help facilitate the creation of the new nursery, which helps fit in with the college’s sustainability and ecological goals in addition to beautifying the 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 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 15 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 Esports Set to Play Historic All-Women’s Match

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

SUNY Canton has scheduled the very first all-female collegiate esports match against Stephens College, a women’s college in Columbia, Missouri.

The two colleges will face off in Blizzard’s Overwatch at 7 p.m. (Eastern Time), Thursday Dec. 6, with Canton’s team playing from the college’s Esports Arena in Nevaldine Hall. The event will be live-streamed at www.twitch.tv/sunycanton.

Emily Oeser plays Overwatch in the eSports Arena.

SUNY Canton is among the first colleges in the nation to recruit an all-women’s varsity esports team.

“Nationally and in the college ranks, the majority of eSports participants are young men,” said Head Esports Coach Robert J. Snow. “We’ve been fortunate to have the strong leadership of team captain Emily A. Oeser, who jumped at the chance to assemble an all-women’s team and ensure we were including our female competitors who wanted to compete in varsity esports.”

Upon creation of the team, Oeser and Snow began looking for other all-women’s collegiate teams to compete against. They discovered the Stephens College team and reached out to their head coach, Ernest Utterback to orchestrate a match. Stephens has played a successful season against more than a dozen traditional mixed-gender teams.

“The beautiful thing about esports is that women and men can compete equally against each other whether its coed or single gender teams,” Utterback said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to compete against SUNY Canton as they seek to expand their offerings to more women.”

SUNY Canton’s Overwatch coed team, which includes members of the all-women’s team, recently won the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship after completing an undefeated season during conference play.

“Esports skills are based on teamwork, sound decision making, mental acuity, skills and reflexes,” said SUNY Canton Director of Athletics Randy B. Sieminski. “We are tremendously proud of all the success that our teams have had since their inception, and we’re pleased to be participating in this historic event featuring two all-women’s teams.”

All online matches are powered by Extreme Networks, the college’s partner in competitive gaming.

SUNY Canton Esports Wins ECAC Championships in FIFA and Overwatch

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

The SUNY Canton Kangaroos have won two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship titles in esports following games in both EA Sports’ FIFA and Blizzard’s Overwatch on Thursday, Nov. 29.

“These were terrific wins for our teams, and it was extraordinary to capture our first ECAC championships,” said SUNY Canton Director of Athletics Randy B. Sieminski. “Our esports programs have come a long way in just over a year, and there is a lot to be proud of. We feel we’re growing a great reputation for ourselves in the eSports college landscape.”

Students compete in the inaugural ECAC FIFA finals.

The college’s FIFA team includes four players from the school’s traditional men’s soccer team. The squad won four of five matches against Texas Wesleyan University, as a group of onlookers cheered on the team in the college’s Esports Arena. FIFA is played one-on-one in a soccer simulation where each player picks a professional team to play. Wins are determined by goals scored. SUNY Canton’s five match scores were 2-6, 2-1, 4-1, 3-1 and 1-0.

“One of the reasons we created our esports program was to give more students, including online students, the opportunity to compete and represent SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Our FIFA and Overwatch teams are perfect examples of this effort. They’ve exhibited championship caliber teamwork and skills.”

A students plays FIFA 19 while teammates and reporters look on.

Both the FIFA and Overwatch teams were undefeated during the ECAC season. The college’s Hearthstone and Fortnite teams are currently waiting to be seeded for post-season play. The college is also planning an all-women’s Overwatch exhibition match against Stephen’s College and recently held an Epic Games’ Fortnite tournament for its substantial population of online students.

The Overwatch match against esports rival Marist College was broadcast on the college’s Twitch Channel (www.twitch.tv/sunycanton) and attracted its own crowd of spectators. Overwatch is played with six team members working together in first-person action-based scenario. The team works as a collective to capture points that the other team is defending. The total points at the end of a match determine victory. Each match is played on a different map in a best-of-five match scenario.

A students plays Overwatch with his team in the eSports Arena.

SUNY Canton’s team was led by captain Emily A. Oeser, a Game Design and Development Major from Canajoharie. The six-person coed squad closed out a tied match on the first map with a victory and then easily swept the second map. Shane R. Girard, a Veterinary Technology student from Phoenix, earned the “Play of the Game” during the second match when he launched his character’s ultimate ability in midair, helping to eliminate an attack from Marist.

Marist rallied to overtake SUNY Canton on the third map, pushing it to a four-match game. In a hard-fought win, SUNY Canton secured the final points necessary to win the championship during the fourth match.

The SUNY Canton Overwatch team poses for a photo after their ECAC championship win.

“The extraordinary win is the result of long hours of dedicated practice,” said Head Esports Coach Robert J. Snow. “Our success in the ECAC was determined by strong student leadership and exceptional teamwork. Our students were able to coordinate their strategies and work together as a team to earn their exceptional win.”

All SUNY Canton esports matches are played on state-of-the-art computers in the college’s new Esports Arena. The high-speed networking infrastructure is provided by Extreme Networks, the college’s partner in competitive gaming.

 

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.