Archive for November, 2019

SUNY Canton Welcomes Back Native American Poet Santee Frazier for Living Writers Series

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

The SUNY Canton Living Writers Series is honoring Native American Heritage Month with a guest speaker whose poetry deals with the marginalization of Native people. 

Santee Frazier will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. 

Santee Frazier

Frazier, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, will read from his recently released poetry collection, “Aurum,” which, according to the publisher, captures the vibrantly original language in Frazier’s first collection, “Dark Thirty,” while taking on a completely new voice and rhythm.

“Santee’s poetry creates indelible images in the mind that linger long after the words have disappeared,” said Living Writers Series creator and SUNY Canton Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche. 

Following the reading, North Country Public Radio’s Station Manager Mitch Teich will lead a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Frazier previously visited the college in 2013 to read from his first collection. Many of the themes and characters from “Dark Thirty” are continued in “Aurum.” 

Frazier is the director of the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Residency MFA Program in Santa Fe. His poems have appeared in Ontario Review, American Poet, and Prairie Schooner, among others.

Frazier’s appearance is the final Living Writers Series event of the fall semester. The series resumes Wednesday, March 30, with author Danny Ramadan. For more information about past or upcoming guests, visit the Living Writers Series webpage.

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 18 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 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

SUNY Canton Mechatronics Research Takes Second at MIT Scientific Conference

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

A SUNY Canton Mechatronics major is designing a revolutionary knee brace that may help about 20 percent of the population walk easier. 

Maelea M. Mercado of Jefferson recently took second place for her research presentation on her invention at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Undergraduate Research Technology Conference held Oct. 11 to 13 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

Maelea Mercado stands in front of a 3D printer
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH – Maelea M. Mercado of Jefferson recently took second place at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Undergraduate Research Technology Conference held Oct. 11 to 13 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Mechatronics student is designing a knee brace for people who suffer from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

“Maelea’s research project is a fantastic representation of the Mechatronics program,” said J. Miles Canino, Ph.D., who serves as Mercado’s research advisor. “She’s identified a problem and is utilizing advanced robotic principles to address this significant medical disability. Her studies stand as some of the most innovative in the nation.” 

Mercado is developing an active-damping knee orthosis for people with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). The disease causes hypermobility issues. “People with EDS are too flexible,” Mercado said. “One of their biggest complaints is hyperextension, especially in their knees. This hyperextension can happen every time a person takes a step.” 

The only option for treatment thus far has been long-term physical therapy. Traditional orthotics rely on taking strain off the joint which can cause the surrounding muscles to atrophy, further diminishing the knee’s stability. “We’re creating a non-supportive knee brace that limits the range of motion,” Mercado said. 

Early models resemble traditional supports but include magnetorheological dampers, which look similar to small shock absorbers, on either side of the brace. The dampers provide fluid resistance to keep the knee joint from flexing too far forward. The device generates an electrical current, which allows the dampers to automatically adjust to an individual’s walking pattern during every step. 

“If you crank your knee forward, more current runs through the system, allowing the damper to intelligently limit your range of motion based on that current,” Mercado said.  

Mercado and Canino have identified several people who currently suffer from EDS at SUNY Canton. The next step in their research will begin as early as the spring semester when those individuals and control subjects try the brace during a series of trials. The new orthotic will be studied further to determine how it can help other chronic knee problems. “We’d also like to adapt the technology to assist other joints,” Mercado said. 

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 18 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 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

Military Times Magazine: SUNY Canton is a ‘Best for Vets’ College

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Military Times magazine has identified SUNY Canton as a top school for veterans, service members and military families in its annual “Best for Vets” issue.

Military Times 2020

The college was ranked 14th in the nation as part of their Career and Technical College category, advancing one slot from 15th in 2018. SUNY Canton officials noted that the ranking reflects the outstanding support services the college offers.

Patrick S. Massaro serves as the college’s director of Military and Veterans Student Services and helps students navigate their entrance to SUNY Canton.

“We have a faculty member dedicated to helping students translate their military service into college credits based on American Council on Education guidelines,” Massaro said. “Others help oversee the SUNY Canton Veterans Association, which helps provide a quality experience for our students when they begin their education.”

The Raymond G. Modell Veterans Lounge and Battle Buddy Center offers a space on campus where veterans and active duty members can socialize and build camaraderie. Modell, a 1962 graduate of the college, enrolled through the GI Bill after his Air Force service.

The college also became the first four-year SUNY institution to implement an application fee waiver policy for all active-duty, National Guard, reserve and veteran students. In addition, the SUNY Canton Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center has partnered with Fort Drum to help service members who are transitioning out of the military develop the skills needed to work in the solar energy industry. The program, called “Solar Ready Vets,” launched in 2016 and has trained more than 100 soldiers.

In recognition of Veterans Day, a luncheon will be held on campus Nov. 7 for all SUNY Canton faculty, staff and students who have served the nation.

SUNY Canton also earned a 2019-2020 Military Friendly School designation by G.I. Jobs Magazine following a survey by VIQTORY, a veteran-owned business that measures organizations’ commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community.

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 18 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 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

SUNY Canton Receives Prestigious Award for Online Student Engagement Program

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

SUNY Canton has been recognized for improving the online student experience.

The SUNY Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers (CCSAO) selected SUNY Canton to receive the 2019 Outstanding Student Affairs award for a new program that seeks to engage online students in all aspects of campus life.

Bish and Thayer hold their Student Affairs award

Over the past two years, the college has expanded the availability of college resources and activities virtually. Online students can now watch live-stream videos of guest speakers and events; compete in varsity esports; attend career, study abroad and professional clothing fairs; present research alongside their on-campus peers; and work with an online career counselor. They are also able to participate in real-time with their professors and classmates during lectures delivered through the college’s flex class model.

SUNY Canton Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott said the project was developed in collaboration with Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish.

“Our goal was to elevate the entire experience of our online students and to explore ways to create community and connectedness in a virtual environment,” said Mott.

In addition to supporting new opportunities to engage in campus life, a SUNY Performance Improvement Fund grant allowed the college to appoint an online student engagement coordinator, Richard J. Thayer. It also assisted the campus in acquiring the technology to automate business processes, provide flex class lectures and improve accessibility on Blackboard, the college’s online learning system.

“Whatever we do on campus, our first question is, what does this mean to our students at a distance, and can it provide value for them?” Bish said. “Through this program, each department has been mobilized to think in terms of our fully online students.”

Bish and Thayer accepted the CCSAO award at the organization’s fall conference in Rochester.

“As one of only a few colleges in the nation working on a project of this scale, it’s gratifying to be recognized by our peers with this prestigious award,” Bish said. “We hope our SUNY counterparts can use this as a model to improve student success.”

Mott and Bish have also presented the online engagement program at national educational meetings, including the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Conference and the 35th annual Distance Teaching and Learning Conference.

Their work will also published in “Rethinking Student Affairs for Online Learners,” a book about best practices for educational professionals, and the journal  “Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning.”

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 18 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 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton CDL Training Sets Second Program for Dec. 3

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

With a successful class underway, SUNY Canton prepares a second Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training session slated to begin Dec. 3.

The college’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center will be holding an open house for those interested in joining the second CDL Class A program from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Halford Hall. The open house is free and open to the community. The program has also been approved to allow veterans the option to use their GI Bill benefits to cover the tuition.

CREST tractor trailer with Pepsi wrap on the trailer.

“Students practice driving every day,” Garno said. “Each section of the class is limited to eight students, allowing those enrolled to gain the proficiency needed to become skilled professional drivers.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028. The median income for these jobs is more than $43,000 a year. Recent reports have estimated there was a shortage of 60,800 truck drivers last year.

The college has received praise for offering training opportunities in this high-needs field.

In addition to attending the open house event, those interested in joining the CDL-A training program can also 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 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 18 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 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.