Archive for 2019

SUNY Canton Hosts Autism Ambassador Aaron Likens, April 2

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

In line with autism awareness month, SUNY Canton will be hosting nationally-recognized “autism ambassador” Aaron Likens for a day of awareness-raising presentations.  

Likens was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was 20 years old, and has since authored “Finding Kansas,” a book about living and finding peace with this form of autism. Likens will hold three presentations on April 2:

  • A noon session for faculty, staff and students.
  • A 3 p.m. session specifically for law enforcement personnel.
  • A 6 p.m. session that is free and open to the public.  

All events will be in the SUNY Canton Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. 

Aaron Likens

There has been a growing demand in all sectors of society to learn more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Likens has become one of the most preeminent speakers on the issue and its impact on education, law enforcement, employment and medical care. He emphasizes the need to find ways to “celebrate, not separate” those with autism or other disabilities. 

“When we received word of Aaron’s work and the impact of his presentations on audiences, we immediately reached out to see about bringing him to SUNY Canton,” said University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin. “While it’s crucial for police officers to understand how autistic individuals behave or react, I believe he can teach everyone more about spectrum disorders.” 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates one in 59 American schoolchildren is on the autism spectrum. Almost half of children identified with ASD has average to above average intellectual ability. Autistic adults make up a large and extremely diverse minority population. 

One of the common problems for autistic people is sensory overload, according to Liken. “We in the spectrum pick up every sound, every smell, confusing lights,” he said in a previous presentation. “We don’t have the ability to filter that stuff out.”

Likens presentations are cosponsored by the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy and the SUNY Canton Student Affairs Division. 

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. 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 placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Unveils New HVAC Trades Associate Degree

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

The Canino School of Engineering Technology at SUNY Canton has developed a new two-year degree in response to the growing demand for technicians specializing in heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) and refrigeration.  

The HVAC Associate of Occupational Studies Degree program will begin in Fall 2019. The college anticipates approximately 30 students will enroll during the first year.

Michael Berman and David Share stand in front of HVAC equipment
Representatives from Day & Nite All Service recently toured SUNY Canton’s HVAC laboratories. The company is interested in the college’s newest HVAC degree. Pictured are (l to r) Michael Berman, COO of Day and Nite All Service and David Shaer, vice president of business strategy and development.

“We found students who were enrolling in our specialized one-year certificate programs wanted to stay at the college for a two-year degree,” said Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean Michael J. Newtown. “Now we’ve created a new, well-rounded, program that targets their industrial and entrepreneurial interests.”

The dean added that climate-control systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated, necessitating the need for advanced training. “Energy efficiency and pollution reduction measures will continue to drive advancements in the industry,” he said. 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in related fields is projected to grow by 15 percent to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for HVAC and refrigeration mechanics and installers was approximately $47,000 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $75,000. 

Courses in the new major include hands-on labs specializing in the installation, troubleshooting and repair of HVAC systems, in addition to computers, motor controls, commercial refrigeration, and plumbing. It will also incorporate business and humanities courses to further prepare students for their professional careers. 

The college has partnerships with numerous employers seeking graduates with specialized skillsets. Day & Nite All Service, a globally-recognized commercial refrigeration, kitchen equipment, HVAC and plumbing installation, maintenance and repair company

serving the Eastern Seaboard region recently recruited at the college’s career fair. Michael Berman, Chief Operating Officer for Day and Nite, said the rapidly-growing company made several full-time offers to current students and was specifically interested in the new offering. 

“The new HVAC curriculum is very sophisticated,” Berman said. “The college is so far ahead of the curve by incorporating English and business courses to create a versatile program. Those skills will be crucial for the next generation of leaders in our organization.”

SUNY Canton also has a two-year HVAC Engineering Technology degree. Both majors couple with four-year programs in Sustainable Energy Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechatronics and Industrial Technology Management. 

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. 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 placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Online Student-Athlete Spearheads College-Wide Donation Drive

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

An outstanding online SUNY Canton student has made it her personal mission to support families of children with heart defects. 

Madeline F. Hewitt, a Legal Studies major, recently ran a college-wide donation drive to supply materials to create Heart Bags for the Congenital Heart Defect Coalition. Each bag is given to a family to help them through extensive hospital visits. 

Madeline Hewitt
Madeline F. Hewitt, a Legal Studies major from Potsdam, holds some of the items donated during a recent Heart Bag donation drive on campus. The items will be given to families of children with congenital heart defects.

“Heart bags provide families with games and activities while they wait through long hours of surgery,” Hewitt said. “My godson was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. For me and my family, the bags of donated supplies let us know that there are people out there supporting us.” 

The college community, including Hewitt’s teammates from the cross country team, donated more than 100 items to outfit the heart bags, which include games, coloring books, and personal care items. “These donations will help lift the spirts of families with children suffering from congenital heart defects.”

A hand grabs an elephant rattle from among the children's toys and art supplies.
The SUNY Canton college community contributed more than 100 items to support Madeline F. Hewitt’s student-run Heart Bag donation drive. Hewitt began volunteering for the Congenital Heart Defect Coalition after her godson was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Hewitt, a senior who will be graduating in May, is originally from Potsdam with family in the Syracuse area. She was named to the North Atlantic Conference Fall All-Academic Team and has received President’s List Honors for academics. 

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. 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 placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. 

SUNY Canton Welcomes Back Renowned Poet for Living Writers Series

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

A poet who writes about the complexities of fatherhood while witnessing social injustice and inequities of race in America will return to SUNY Canton this month for the college’s Living Writers Series.

Iain Pollock

Iain Haley Pollock will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

He will read excerpts from his latest poetry collection, “Ghost, Like a Place,” which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Pollock previously visited the college in 2013 to discuss his Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winning book, “Spit Back a Boy.”

Pollock’s poems have appeared in The New York Times Magazine and American Poetry Review. He is the poetry editor at Solstice Literary Magazine, teaches English at the Rye Country Day School and is a faculty member at Pine Manor College.

The spring installment of the Living Writers Series wraps up next month with final guest Chaya Bhuvanseswar, who will discuss her award-winning short story collection, “White Dancing Elephants,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24.

Visit the Living Writers Series webpage for more information on the speakers or the series.

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. 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 placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. 

Groundbreaking Forensic Genealogy Detective Headlines SUNY Canton Law Enforcement Day, March 25

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

The detective who helped solve a 30-year-old child murder cold case by using a public genealogy database will be speaking at SUNY Canton as part of the college’s 9th annual Law Enforcement Day. 

Brian Martin of the Fort Wayne, Ind. police department will speak at 9 a.m. Monday, March 25, in the college’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. His “Forensic Genealogy to Solve Cold Cases” presentation, and all other Law Enforcement Day presentations, are free and open to the public. 

“Detective Martin will discuss the case facts and present on this new and invaluable tool for law enforcement,” said Professor Elizabeth A. Brown, Ph.D., who teaches in the Criminal Investigation program. “Using DNA and publicly available databases have shown new light on previously unsolvable crimes.” 

In April 1988, 8-year-old April Tinsley was abducted and killed by an unknown assailant. The case frustrated investigators, with the supposed killer leaving taunting messages about the crime and threatening to commit unspeakable acts again. The suspect remained elusive until Martin arranged for genetic DNA testing for the case. 

Police were then able to narrow down the suspects, which included John D. Miller, by comparing DNA samples found at the crime scenes and referencing them against publicly available genealogical databases. Miller confessed to the crime in July 2018, shortly after police apprehended him. 

There will also be a presentation by Scott Aubin, a post-traumatic stress disorder awareness and suicide prevention instructor from the Plattsburgh area at 1 p.m. the same day. Aubin, accompanied by his Great Dane service dog, will be on hand to discuss the symptoms of unrecognized PTSD in law enforcement, first responders and veterans. He works for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Trauma Resources and Unified Management Assistance program and has undergone traumatic experiences in his own life. Aubin was featured in an Emmy-nominated Mountain Lake PBS Documentary. 

Scott Aubin

Law Enforcement Day 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 home to the state-certified David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, which trains the majority of the North Country’s police force. It also launched anew Corrections Academy this year, with an inaugural class beginning June 3. 

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. 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 placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. 

SUNY Canton Staff Member and Management Student Places in Enterprise Competition

Friday, March 8th, 2019

A SUNY Canton staff member asserts free enterprise is the motivator for entrepreneurs to follow their dreams in an award-winning speech.

Sean M. Conklin, the college’s catering and concessions manager and a senior in the Management program recently placed second in SUNY Plattsburgh’s seventh annual Entrepreneurship Marathon with his speech “Free Enterprise: Why it is Essential for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs.”   

Sean Conklin stands in front of Roos Court

Free enterprise offers the ability for a private business to organize and operate in a competitive economy with minimal regulatory interference. 

“Economic Freedoms, voluntary exchange, profits and competition do not accurately demonstrate the underlying incentive that motivates entrepreneurs,” Conklin said. “Their motivation is really hope. Their visions of success are what drives our economy toward the future. Those dreams do not exist without free enterprise.” 

Students in the Management program are required to present at the Entrepreneurship Marathon event as part of their advanced studies. Conklin is the first SUNY Canton student to place in the competition. 

“Through his professional career, Sean realizes that the key to entrepreneurship is treating the customer right,” said SUNY Canton Professor Charles R. Fenner, who is the curriculum coordinator for the Management program. “He applies academic theory to practice every day, which makes him a great manager.”  

Conklin is enrolled part-time to advance his career with the SUNY Canton College Association. He plans to continue his education in the Master of Business Administration program at Clarkson University. 

About SUNY CantonSUNY 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. 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 placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Starts Online CannaBusiness Class for Fall 2019

Monday, March 4th, 2019

SUNY Canton will be offering a new course to help students understand issues related to the emerging cannabis market. 

SUNY Canton

CannaBusiness Management (BSAD 399) will be offered in the fall 2019 semester as an online special topics course. SUNY Canton regularly offers courses on current and future business trends to complement its entrepreneurial-focused Management program.

“The regulatory changes in New York State and surrounding areas present an opportunity for SUNY Canton to be among the first colleges to develop coursework specifically related to the business of cannabis,” said Philip T. Neisser dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts. “We will be among a very few accredited colleges to provide learning opportunities on this subject matter.”

The course was developed in response to changing New York State regulations as well as the national trend towards the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana.  

“The recent legalization of cannabis and related products in several states has created employment opportunities for individuals who possess the skills to manage business practices within this highly specialized and controversial industry,” said Associate Professor Janice C. Robinson, who will be teaching the new course. “Medical and recreational marijuana use is becoming more prevalent as it becomes legalized at the state level, in Canada and in other nations worldwide.”

Robinson said the course syllabus includes themes on the current business environment, licensing and permits as well as accounting and investment. The course will also cover the controversy surrounding evolving marijuana markets.

SUNY Canton’s course will differ from courses offered at other colleges, as it will not cover topics related to growing marijuana or any horticulture-specific research.

Special topics courses are designed to address a timely subject before being offered on an ongoing basis. The college’s special topics courses vary from semester to semester and are offered through SUNY Canton Online, in addition to traditional, hybrid or flexible learning options. 

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. 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 placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. 

SUNY Canton Launches Spring Leadership Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

A SUNY Canton alumnus will share his tale of transitioning from a ski bum to a successful North Country entrepreneur during the college’s first spring installment of the Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

SUNY Canton Lecture Series

Christopher Stone, vice president of Hyde-Stone Mechanical Contractors Inc., will be presenting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in SUNY Canton’s Nevaldine North Room 102. 

Hyde-Stone is a commercial and industrial contractor specializing in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, temperature controls and refrigeration. 

“Chris represents the success of our signature HVAC Engineering Technology program,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Many of our most accomplished alumni have launched their careers through this degree.” 

Stone joined Hyde-Stone in 1986 and took classes in the college’s HVAC program while working with his family at the company. He oversees four offices in Potsdam, Watertown, Syracuse and Plattsburgh. He is responsible for seeking efficient ways to improve sales, estimating, customer relations, and integrating new technology to bolster the company’s future growth. 

Some of the company’s recent clients include Great Lakes Cheese Company Inc., Kraft Heinz, Lowville Academy, and SUNY Canton. 

The presentation will be of particular interest to students from the engineering technology programs and to students who plan on becoming an entrepreneur. All Leadership Lecture Series events are free and open to the public. 

Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series events connect working professionals who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The events are funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the Canton College Foundation and the SUNY Canton President’s Office. Other spring speakers include Paul Travers, founder, president and CEO of Vuzix, and Tamara Montalvo, senior vice president of finance and operations at VOZ Advisors. 

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. 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 placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. 

Associated Colleges TRIO Programs Co-Host Day of Service to Honor Veterans

Monday, February 25th, 2019

St. Lawrence County’s Associated Colleges are coming together to cohost a TRIO Student Support Services Day of Service honoring area veterans.

Patrick Rourk

The TRIO programs will be hosting a community luncheon at noon Saturday, March 2, at the Presbyterian Church Community Center, 42 Elm St. Potsdam. Retired Chief Master Sergeant Patrick R. Rourk, Co-Chair of the Fort Drum Retiree Council will be speaking about facing adversity and accomplishment at the event. There will also be live music at the luncheon.

Students will be on hand to prepare a meal of chili, corn bread, and refreshments to serve local veterans. Attendees are asked to bring a candy bar for a collection box to be shipped to active troops.

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 the event.

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. 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 placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Adds Full Time Esports Coordinator

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

SUNY Canton has hired a full-time esports coordinator to help continue its extraordinary growth in competitive video games. 

The college’s Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski announced Charles Murray III will lead the Kangaroos esports program on a full-time basis. Head Coach Robert J. Snow will also be continuing to add leadership in his part-time role. 

Charles Murray sits in SUNY Canton's eSports Arena

“Our esports program continues to grow and expand remarkably fast,” said Sieminski. “Our biggest challenge has been keeping up with the incredible popularity of the program. We now have nearly 50 esports competitors, and we’re discussing adding at least one more team this spring. We’re excited to have someone with Charles’ coaching experience and teaching background join us so SUNY Canton can continue to be a national leader in collegiate gaming.”

Murray comes to SUNY Canton from the Ellenville Central School District where he served as an esports coach at Ulster BOCES and taught in the district’s Media Center. He also taught global studies for a year in the New Paltz Central School District. He is a grandmaster ranked “Overwatch” player and now oversees the college’s team. 

Charles Murray looks on as one of his players games.

“It’s a thrill to be joining such an accomplished, successful program,” said Murray. “SUNY Canton’s entire executive leadership team, particularly President Zvi Szafran, has demonstrated such dedication and support for our gamers. Coach Rob Snow and others have made SUNY Canton’s teams top competitors. I look forward to building on our successes.”

Murray earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Potsdam. 

This fall, SUNY Canton esports captured Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships in both “Overwatch” and “FIFA.” The program also features teams competing in “League of Legends,” “Fortnite” and “Hearthstone.” Most recently, the college added Nintendo’s “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” to its lineup of ECAC games. 

The funding for Murray’s full-time position comes from a SUNY Performance Investment Fund Grant obtained by the school’s Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott.

“Esports supports and naturally connects with so many of our academic majors such as Game Design and Development, Cybersecurity, Graphic and Multimedia Design, Technological Communications and many others, including our engineering and STEM offerings,” said Mott. “It’s also been shown that engaged students are more successful with higher retention and graduation rates. Esports helps us improve on those goals in addition to offering opportunities for our large percentage of online students to participate in college athletics.”

SUNY Canton esports has been extensively featured in regional and national news media, including ESPN, the Washington Post, the Syracuse Post-Standard, the Watertown Daily Times, WWNY-TV in Watertown and television stations in Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany. 

“SUNY Canton’s students have been a powerful driving force moving the program forward,” added Murray. “Our skilled and talented competitors strive to compete and win. I can’t wait for even more success and championship titles. We will continue to recruit top students from around the nation.” 

Murray now oversees the college’s new Esports Arena, which has 25 high-end Alienware computers, Xbox One X units, Sony PlayStation Pro consoles and brand-new Nintendo Switches. 

High-speed low-latency networking for the space is provided by Extreme Networks, the college’s partner in competitive gaming. 

“Esports provides our students with nearly all the benefits of traditional athletics,” said Sieminski. “It gives our competitors opportunities to learn leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, social responsibilities and so much more. These are things that will make them more well-rounded and desirable for prospective employers after graduation.”

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. 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 placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.