Archive for February, 2019

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. 

Writer and Performance Poet Arthur Flowers to Appear at TAUNY for SUNY Canton Living Writers Series

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Arthur FlowersSUNY Canton and Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) will host author and narrative artist Arthur Flowers as part of the college’s Living Writers Series.

Flowers will discuss and perform excerpts from his latest children’s book, “Brer Rabbit Retold,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at The TAUNY Center, 53 Main Street in Canton. The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

The Brer Rabbit figure originated in African folklore and was integrated into oral tales by slaves in the American South. In his book, which incorporates audio and video, Flowers re-tells them for children and adults, connecting the spoken and written word in surprising ways.

“Flowers is a modern sage, drawing contemporary wisdom from these timeless folktales. His performances are memorable, suitable for all ages, and not to be missed,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series. “We welcome the community to join us and celebrate African American History Month.”

As the first Living Writers Series event to be held off campus, LaMarche explained that TAUNY’s performance space was a natural fit for the event.

“We look forward to bringing our students downtown and engaging with the community,” he said.

A native of Memphis, Flowers often utilizes African instruments in his unique style of storytelling. He considers himself a modern-day “griot,” a person who maintains a tradition of oral history, most notably in West Africa.

“We’re so pleased to have the opportunity to co-host this SUNY Canton Living Writers Series event at TAUNY,” said Camilla Ammirati, TAUNY’s Director of Research and Programs. “What a great opportunity for the community not only to enjoy a presentation by such a talented, engaging, and thoughtful artist, but to see how his contemporary interpretation of the Brer Rabbit folk tales brings out the urgent, moving relevance of folklore, and more specifically of these tales and songs rooted in centuries of African-American and African experience.”

Flowers teaches African-American literature at Syracuse University and is the author of the books “I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” “Mojo Rising: Confessions of a 21st Century Conjureman,” “Another Good Loving Blues” and “De Mojo Blues.”

Flowers is a Living Writers Series alum, having previously spoken at the college in 2014.

The Living Writers Series continues next month with another returning speaker, Iain Haley Pollock, who will appear at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

 

About TAUNY

TAUNY is the only organization in New York’s North Country dedicated to showcasing the folk culture and living traditions of the region.TAUNY collects, preserves, interprets, and presents the customs and traditions of the North Country. With archives, exhibits, and programs in Canton and throughout the region, TAUNY celebrates the diversity of living traditions inherited from the past, maintained in the present, and passed on to the future.

 

 

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.

Scholarships and Prizes to be Awarded at SUNY Canton Engineers Week Open House

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

SUNY Canton aims to inspire students to pursue STEM careers at the fifth annual Engineers Week Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Nevaldine Hall.

The event, sponsored by Corning Incorporated Foundation, is free and open to kids of all ages and their families. There will be more than 15 hands-on activities that offer a glimpse into the college’s tech-focused programs.

Engineers Week Open House - Student using VR goggles while other students look on.

“We have some really exciting activities and presentations planned, including a virtual reality game experience and an opportunity to watch our “League of Legends” eSports team compete in the new arena,” said Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown. “Attendees also won’t want to miss a behind-the-scenes look at one of our newest bachelor degree programs, Mechatronics Technology.”

Guests can also learn about robotics, examine global water issues, meet the college’s award-winning steel bridge team, test out virtual reality equipment and more.

The evening’s main event will be a student competition where teams of two will put their engineering skills to the test to build the fastest racer.

Contestants from the winning team in the 9th to 12th grade category will each receive a $1,200 SUNY Canton scholarship. The second-place team will each win a $500 scholarship, and the third-place team will be awarded $100 SUNY Canton gift cards.

First-, second- and third-place prizes in the 3rd to 8th grade category include Lego “Mindstorms” kits and remote-control cars.

In addition to an Open House, the college will host a career fair from noon to 3 p.m. and an alumni panel discussion from 4 to 5 p.m.

All events are being held to commemorate National Engineers Week, which is dedicated to increasing understanding of, and interest in, engineering and technology careers.

To register or learn more about the competition, visit www.canton.edu/engineers or contact SUNY Canton’s 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 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 Professor Finds Ways for Multicultural Urban Students to Pull Ahead

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Educators should look at presenting topics in a way that is directly related to the lives of their students, according to a SUNY Canton professor’s new research.

Eunjyu Yu, who teaches English at the college, suggests relevant subject materials, and support from parents, can help urban American students advance farther in math and science. Yu recently published “The Impact of Culturally Inclusive Pedagogy on Student Achievement in a Multicultural Urban School Setting” in Urban Education, a bi-monthly peer-reviewed journal.

Eunjyu Yu sits behind a laptop in a classroom.

In addition to her professional teaching duties, SUNY Canton Professor Eunjyu Yu researches how modern students learn. Yu recently published an article in a peer-reviewed journal suggesting ways to boost math and science education among multicultural urban students.

“A culturally inclusive approach emphasizing a connection between school work and students’ real-world experiences can link in-school and out-of-school learning,” Yu said. “It is important to make a connection between school subject content and students’ home and community cultures. By doing this, we can enhance students’ self-esteem, critical thinking skills and academic achievement.”

The experienced researcher explained that math equations involving average snowfall would be appropriate in Northern New York but would not be relevant for students who have never experienced cold weather.

“International students won’t be able to relate to Halloween or other traditional American Holidays,” she said. “The best practice is to take advantage of students’ cultural backgrounds as an asset to enhance their academic achievement.”

She also indicated that parents or guardians were the most common resource for a students and tutoring help, which furthers the need for culturally-relatable subject matter.

Her research was derived from a study with 43 teachers and 175 multicultural students from urban public schools who were exposed to culturally relevant teaching methods.

Yu frequently explores and writes about how modern students from diverse backgrounds engage in learning. She is the first-place winner of the 2018 Open SUNY Effective Practice Award for her innovative teaching methods. She was awarded the Honorable Mention of the 2013 English Leadership Quarterly Best Article of the Year Award by the National Council of Teachers of English.

 

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.