Archive for 2019

Funeral Services Administration Professor Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Friday, May 24th, 2019

The SUNY Canton College Council has selected a highly respected expert in the funeral services field as the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Faculty Award.

Professor Emeritus Barry W. Walch was recognized at the college’s William J. Mein Honors Convocation Ceremony April 24.

Barry Walch speaks at Honors Convocation 2019

Walch’s career at SUNY Canton has spanned 30 years, during which time he played a key role in developing two academic programs: an associate degree in Mortuary Science, and a bachelor’s degree in Funeral Services Administration. His ongoing work to revise and update the four-year program’s curriculum has resulted in improved student test scores on the National Board Exam. His university service also includes 16 years as chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Many of Walch’s current and former students supported his nomination, saying he was an influential mentor and professor. The Phi Theta Kappa honor society has presented him with six Golden Apple Awards, which honors outstanding faculty members. 

“Barry’s teaching style exemplifies quality education at a collegiate level,” said Walch’s former student Steven L. Johnson, class of 2005 and 2016, a licensed funeral director and an adjunct instructor in SUNY Canton’s Funeral Services Administration program. “His ability to take complicated concepts and make them understandable by providing real-life examples and interesting anecdotes is what makes him unique.”

Walch’s colleagues also praised his skill in developing the right learning environment necessary to promote success.

Barry Walch receives his award from Brayden White and President Szafran

“Barry is a skilled educator who is passionate about teaching. His ability to engage and involve students in obtaining knowledge of subject matter is exemplary,” said SUNY Canton Professor Maureen P. Maiocco, Ed.D., director of the Early Childhood and Early Childhood Care and Management degree programs. “Students and colleagues appreciate his friendly demeanor, humor and collaborative nature.”

Walch’s position as a leader in his field was also a contributing factor to his selection. He is the former director of the New York State Funeral Directors Association and a founding director of the Tribute Foundation, the association’s philanthropic arm. The foundation seeks to stimulate research, improve and support professional education, increase public outreach, and sponsor forums to foster policy dialogue on end-of-life issues.

His commitment to education extends beyond campus, and he frequently leads continuing education seminars for licensed embalmers and funeral directors, as well as for hospice volunteers.  

Upon receiving his award, Walch spoke to the audience about the importance of college’s mission as an applied learning institution.

“We equip students with the skills and competencies to be on the front lines of socially significant fields like law enforcement, disaster mitigation and emergency health care,” he said. “You take care of our pets and farm animals; our young children and our computers. Our graduates serve the community, and I feel great about that.”

Walch holds an Associate of Applied Science in Mortuary Science from the New England Institute of Anatomy, Sanitary Science and Embalming; a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Colby College; and a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire.

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 Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees

Friday, May 24th, 2019

SUNY Canton has selected seven individuals to be added to the illustrious college-wide Hall of Fame. 

SUNY Canton Hall of Fame Trophy

“With each Hall of Fame induction, we are reminded of the impressive accomplishments of SUNY Canton alumni and friends,” said Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley. “This year we will celebrate alumni who have built substantial businesses, professors who helped start the college’s first four-year program, and an engineer who worked on all of the Apollo space missions.”

The college will honor its 2019 inductees during a dinner celebration to be held at 5 p.m. Friday, June 7, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The event is part of the college’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration and will be open to the public, but preregistration is required. Contact the Canton College Foundation and Alumni Offices for more information at 315-386-7127 or email alumni@canton.edu

The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees are:

Edward W. Bedell is a 1969 graduate and the president and CEO of COP Construction based in Salt Lake City, Utah. COP is a general contracting company that specializes in bridges, dams and other concrete structures. Bedell serves on the Civil Engineering Technology program’s curriculum advisory board and sponsors SUNY Canton interns at COP. 

Francis A. “Ike” Cook was a 1993 graduate and cofounded the Watertown-based Blue Line Engineering in 2015 with his close friend and 1996 alumnus Jeffrey J. Tubolino. He served on the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and was a lifelong friend of the college. Cook passed away in Sept. 2018. 

Janet E. Felosky is a 1970 graduate and the president and CEO of Monroe Tractor in central and western New York. She became CEO of the 11-outlet family-run agriculture and construction equipment company in 2013. Monroe Tractor was recently named one of the “Top Workplaces” among small businesses. 

Professor Emeritus David V. Guccione and his colleague, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Theodore E. Marlowe, played a key role in establishing a strong Criminal Justice presence at SUNY Canton. The two professors started the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy in 1996 and launched the college’s first four-year degree, Criminal Investigation, in 1997. David has continued to teach during his retirement and volunteers with many local organizations.

Camille Howland Mariani was a 1976 graduate who established her career as a journalist and lifelong writer. Mariani was the editor of Canton’s St. Lawrence Plaindealer prior to serving as assistant to the president for public affairs at SUNY Canton. She also wrote the history of the college titled “70 Years of Change.” After she retired, she wrote suspense novels and published 11 books before her passing in 2017.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Theodore E. Marlowe helped establish SUNY Canton as a leader in the Criminal Justice field. As noted, Marlow and Guccione launched the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy in 1996 and helped create the college’s first four-year degree, Criminal Investigation, in 1997. After retiring, he established the Criminal Justice Alumni Award to assist students with internship expenses.

Robert M. Mucica is a 1956 graduate who worked on all of the Apollo space missions. After graduating, he went to work for Rocketdyne, a division of North American Aviation, later acquired by Rockwell International and finally by Boeing. He retired as the company’s manager of power systems. He’s been a strong supporter of the Canton College Foundation. 

In addition to inducting the newest members of the Hall of Fame, the college will also celebrate its newest Distinguished Alumni award recipients, Elizabeth B. and Walter J. Haig, who are graduates of the classes of 1988 and 1989, respectively. The couple credit their successful careers to the start they got at SUNY Canton. Elizabeth is a registered nurse who works as a manager with Eddy Visiting Nurse and Rehab Association. Walter is Vice President of Bentley Systems. They have been strong organizers as alumni, maintaining connections among classmates and their fraternity and sorority fellows. Elizabeth is on the Board of Directors of Hannah’s Hope Fund, a charity in Rexford, and Walter serves on the Board of Directors of the Canton College Foundation. They established a scholarship endowment at SUNY Canton to assist students with financial need.

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 Graduates Nearly 900 Students at 111th Commencement

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

SUNY Canton celebrated the class of 2019 at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony held Saturday, May 11, at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

SUNY Canton College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill, class of 1963, opened the ceremony by asking the graduates to reflect on the memories and lifelong friendships they have made.

Dan Miller opens the 111th Commencement
Dan Miller ’83 opens the 111th Commencement Ceremony.

“I hope that as you move forward in your lives and careers, you will not only remember this day, but remember all those remarkable people who helped you along the way,” he said.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran noted this year’s class comprises nearly 900 graduates who range in age from 18 to 63 years old and represent 22 U.S. states and 6 foreign countries, including Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

President Szafran, Andrew Fitch, and Courtney Bish
Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Outstanding Graduate Andrew P. Fitch and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish during the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony held May 11.

He then introduced two graduates who earned outstanding graduate awards: Andrew P. Fitch, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Australia, and Tia M. Tassava, a Management major from Chubbuck, Idaho. Ashley J. Livingston, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Lisbon, was also recognized as the winner of the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

Student Government Association President Brayden S. White gave the senior class address, noting the college’s commitment to its motto “everyone is welcome here.”

Ashley Livingston stands up to be honored for her David R. Maynard Student Activities Award
SUNY Canton graduate Ashley Livingston of Lisbon was recognized as the college’s David R. Maynard Student Activities Award winner during the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion are not just buzzwords; they are woven into the fabric of campus life, and because of that our education is holistically complete, which prepares us to go out and make a difference,” he said.

The keynote address was delivered by alumnus and retired Major General Fergal I. Foley, class of 1980. 

Foley, who earned an associate degree in Business Management and was commissioned as a second lieutenant from the ROTC program, said he owed much of his success to the college.

“SUNY Canton was a solid foundation for me, and my degree has been instrumental throughout my career. My experience was certainly a factor in building my confidence to take risks.”

Retired Major General Fergal Foley applauds graduates at the 111th Commencement Ceremony
Retired Major General Fergal I. Foley, class of 1980, applauds graduates at SUNY Canton’s 111th Commencement Ceremony. Foley was the keynote speaker and received an honorary doctorate at the event.

He served in the New York Army National Guard from 1982 until 2006, during which time his assignments included deputy commander and chief of staff for Joint Task Force “Operation World Trade Center” after 9/11. He has returned to campus several times to talk to students about his experiences.

Foley told the audience that graduation should signify a new chapter in their relationship with the college.

“When you cross the stage, it’s not the end—it’s a transition. You are part of this SUNY Canton family for life. I recommend remaining connected with alumni affairs to take advantage of all the great services and keeping in touch with your classmates. And if I can ever be of service to help you, I will. We’re all family now, and that’s what families do—we take care of each other.”

Upon presenting Foley with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, Szafran noted his “outstanding service to the nation, state and SUNY Canton.”

Fergal Foley awards a graduate with a medal.
Retired Major General Fergal I. Foley ’80 presents a graduate with a special medallion.

As the degrees were conferred, Foley and the President of the Alumni Board of Directors Kelly C. Obermayer, class of 1979, welcomed each graduate into the alumni family by presenting them with a special medallion.

The top five bachelor’s degrees awarded, in order of popularity, were Health Care Management, Criminal Investigation, Management, Nursing and Homeland Security.

The top five associate degrees awarded, in order of popularity, were Nursing, Criminal Justice, Veterinary Science Technology, Individual Studies and Liberal Arts.

Additionally, graduates from the college’s one and two-year Nursing programs were recognized at special pinning ceremonies held earlier in the week.

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 Two-Sport Athlete Receives Outstanding Graduate Award

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

A Management major who played hockey and golf for the SUNY Canton Kangaroos will be receiving one of the college’s top awards.

Tia Tassava

Tia M. Tassava of Chubbuck, Idaho, will receive the Outstanding Graduate Award at the bachelor’s degree level at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. 

Tassava, who has lived and worked in Canton for the last four years, is earning her bachelor’s degree in Management with minors in both Marketing and Graphic and Multimedia Design. She’s been noted as an exceptionally quick learner who adapts to new situations easily. 

“Tia was tasked with a leadership role within her student ambassador position in SUNY Canton’s Admissions office,” said SUNY Canton Senior Admissions Counselor Jacob M. Yaeger. “She communicates well, often gives positive feedback to her peers, and always looks for ways to improve herself.”

She’s consistently held the highest GPA in her academic program and received President’s List honors during her entire four years at the college. She also won a Student Ambassador of the Year award for her hard work and exceptional dedication.

As part of an internship, Tassava ran the Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts for the Actions for Change Food and Music Festival. The event was the grand finale of a weeklong series of concerts across the U.S. held with the goal of providing love, hope and healing in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland, Fla.

Tia Tassava hits a chip shot onto the green.

“Tia was chosen for this exclusive responsibility for her adept management and social skills,” said SUNY Canton Professor Charles R. Fenner, who teaches in the Management program. “Her organizational skills and attention to detail led her to perform above and beyond expectations.”

She originally came to SUNY Canton to play hockey but suffered a major injury in 2017. After recovering, she picked up women’s golf, where she tied for first place in the SUNY Canton Invitational and had four top-ten finishes in her final season. She was also named to the Colonial Hockey Conference All-Academic Team.

Following graduation, Tassava will work as a Client Advocate for Day & Nite All Service, a commercial refrigeration, kitchen equipment, HVAC, and plumbing company headquartered in Long Island.  

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.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Student and Basketball Standout Wins SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate Award

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

A standout basketball player and Mechanical Engineering Technology graduate is being recognized for his humble manner and goal-driven attitude.

Andrew Fitch

Andrew P. Fitch will receive the Outstanding Graduate Award for the associate degree level at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. 

Fitch was born in Manitoba, Canada, and came to SUNY Canton from Melbourne, Australia. He has earned President’s List honors, has achieved the highest GPA in his program for two years in a row, and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor society for his academic performance. 

“Andrew is a leader in the classroom,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Daniel J. Miller, who teaches in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. “His peers seek his help on group problems and respect his knowledge.” 

He’s become an active member of the campus community, serving as a resident assistant and as a student representative on the College Association Board of Directors.

Fitch’s true passion is basketball. He began his athletic career as an exceptional freshman for the SUNY Canton Kangaroos, when he broke the school record for single season blocks. He earned the American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) All-Second Team honors, three Eastern College Athletic Conference-North Rookie of the Week awards and an ACAA Player of the Week honor.

Andrew Fitch rises up for a two handed dunk.

“Andrew is one of the most well-rounded young men that I have ever had the pleasure of coaching,” said SUNY Canton Men’s Basketball Coach Benjamin P. Thompson. “He has done so many things for our program and this community behind the scenes and is always willing to lend a helping hand.” 

In his second season, the seven-foot-tall athlete broke his own record for blocks, placing him in the top five of all divisions in the NCAA. He has a career record of 170 blocks and counting. Most recently, Fitch has earned North Atlantic Conference (NAC) All-Second Team honors, NAC Defensive Player of the year, and was included on the NAC Sportsmanship Team.

Fitch plans to further his education in SUNY Canton’s four-year Mechanical Engineering Technology program, while continuing his basketball career at the college.

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.

Two SUNY Canton Graduates Receive Prestigious Chancellor’s Award

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Two SUNY Canton seniors have been selected by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to receive the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Hughes M. Ntwari from Burundi and Ryan Schubert from Centereach were recognized at a special ceremony held April 24 in Albany. They will wear a medallion denoting their accomplishment at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 11.

“This year’s award recipients emerged from their campuses as the top scholars, athletes, performers, and achievers, as well as a tremendous source of inspiration,” said Johnson. “The students being recognized made the choice to be leaders on their campuses, prioritize their studies, and serve their communities.”

As a member of the Order of the Sword and Shield, Alpha Phi Sigma, and Golden Key honor societies, Schubert has completed a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation in three years, in addition to earning a Forensic Science and Economics double minor.

Vice President Courtney Bish, Ryan Schubert, and Chancellor Johnson
Student Ryan Schubert ’19, center, receives the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence from SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, right, at a ceremony in Albany April 24. Also pictured is SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish.

“Ryan has continually demonstrated her intelligence, competence, and willingness to work hard to achieve her goals,” said SUNY Canton Visiting Associate Professor Susan E. Buckley, who teaches in the Criminal Investigation program. “She is a tremendous example of everything that we would love for our SUNY students to achieve.”

A standout athlete, Schubert is described as a leader and role model to her soccer teammates. In 2018, she was the second student in SUNY Canton’s history to be named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-District Women’s Soccer Team, which recognizes the top students in the U.S. and Canada. She was also chosen for the American Collegiate Athletic Association and United States Collegiate Association all-athletic teams.

She has volunteered at numerous community and campus events, including the Special Olympics, the “Hop to Help” Day, and youth soccer clinics.

Ntwari, who is receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management, has provided outstanding support to his peers through his extensive work as a tutor for the Equal Opportunity Program and in the college’s Business Tutoring Lab, where he specializes in accounting, business law, and finance. 

Vice President Courtney Bish, Hughes Ntwari, and Chancellor Johnson
Student Hughes M. Ntwari ’19, center, receives the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence from SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, right, at a ceremony in Albany April 24. Also pictured is SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish.

Fluent in five languages, Ntwari was selected to serve as a volunteer translator for the 2019 International Children’s Winter Games in Lake Placid, where he was assigned to the French delegation.

As the college’s varsity esports “FIFA” team captain, he led the squad to their first Eastern College Athletic Conference championship title in 2018. Ntwari has also displayed outstanding leadership abilities and conflict resolution skills as a Resident Assistant in Kennedy Hall and a Student Ambassador in the college’s Admissions Office.

“Hughes approaches his role as a student with professionalism—he is reliable, enthusiastic, and easy to work with,” said SUNY Canton Director of International Programs Erin E. Lassial. “SUNY Canton is honored to call him our graduate.”

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the chancellor to become recipients of the award. This year, 210 students across the state received the honor.

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.

Local Women Share ‘Secrets of Success’ at SBDC Women’s Business Bootcamp

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
SBDC

The Women’s Business Bootcamp, hosted by the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will provide an opportunity to hear about the successes of area woman business owners. “Secrets of My Success – and Mistakes I’ve Made Along the Way” will be a panel discussion where woman entrepreneurs will share their experiences. 

The Women’s Business Bootcamp will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the BOCES Education Services Center, 40 West Main St., Canton. The day will begin with the mini-marketplace where attendees showcase and sell their products and services. A speed networking session will help participants make one-on-one connections and a luncheon buffet will be catered by Big Spoon Kitchen in Potsdam. 

The centerpiece of the day will be the panel discussion featuring: Shelby Connelly of Five Elements Living in Colton; Tracy Charleson of Commercial Press in Canton; Donna Lawrence of Lawrence Manor in Gouverneur; Nicole Ouellette of Anchorspace and Breaking Even, Inc. in Potsdam; and Randi Barreiro of Barreiro Communications in Akwesasne. Each of the panelists will share strategies they have used to grow their businesses as well as some “oops” moments and the lessons they have learned. 

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon is held semi-annually by the SBDC and is sponsored by SeaComm Federal Credit Union in cooperation with SBDC resource partners and SUNY Canton. The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, administered by the State University of New York. 

Cost is $35 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or sbdc@canton.edu. Mini-Marketplace displays are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

SUNY Canton Places Second in 2019 Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Students from SUNY Canton designed and built a better bridge than six other colleges in the 2019 American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Upstate New York Regional Competition. The event was held April 18 through 20 at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). 

The college’s Steel Bridge Team was only topped by the University of Buffalo, securing a strong second place win for SUNY Canton and seeding the team to compete at the AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition National Finals beginning May 31 at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

2019 Steel Bridge Team poses with their bridge at RIT.

The team finished ahead of Clarkson University, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cornell University, RIT, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

“Our students were presented with a challenging life-like scenario that allowed them to implement what they’ve learned in their studies,” said Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty adviser for the student-run team. “In the initial phases, students must weigh the value of each criteria to design the strongest, most-economical structure.”

SUNY Canton scored first place in stiffness, which is calculated by placing 2,500 pounds on the bridge and measuring how much the rigid structure deflects. The team placed second in construction speed, second in economy, second in efficiency, third in lightness and fourth in aesthetics. 

In addition to building a bridge, each team is required to explain why they chose their individual design. Presentations are performed before a panel of judges consisting of civil engineers, instructors and an audience of approximately 100 students from competing universities.

Students on the 2019 Steel Bridge Team are: 

  • Chase D. Boyer, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Alex Bay.
  • Alexis M. Carreau, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Hoosick Falls.
  • Andrew Chapin, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Norwood.
  • Kimberly Collins, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Saranac Lake.
  • John C. Drews IV, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Sound Beach.
  • Daniel C. Gagnon, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Rensselaer Falls.
  • Josh Glosenger, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Endicott.
  • Dale R. Harris, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Dundee.
  • Forest B. Hathaway, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Newton Falls.
  • Jake LeVea, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Fulton.
  • Kyle Lorey, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Corning.
  • Sara M. O’Duffy, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Lakeville.
  • Daniel Olin, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Canton.
  • Jocelyn Racette, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Port Kent.
  • Stephen J. Schermerhorn, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Cicero.
  • Bromlen E. Steinburg, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Madrid.
  • Benjamin York, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Auburn.

The Steel Bridge Team is a point of pride at SUNY Canton and garners support from many faculty and staff members. Hitchman is joined by faculty members Joseph Reilly, Andrew Reiter and Yilei Shi as advisers for the successful student group. Dennis Tuper, an instructional support associate in the Automotive Technology program, is a precision welder. “Dennis is instrumental in guiding the students through the fabrication of their design,” Hitchman said. 

The team received a substantial donation from 1991 alumnus Michael J. Janssen, who is a professional engineer and the Las Vegas director of public works. The Canton College Foundation and the SUNY Canton’s President’s Office also support the Steel Bridge Team. 

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. 

Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology Major Receives SUNY Canton Student Activities Award

Friday, April 19th, 2019
Ashley Livingston

An outstanding student leader from the SUNY Canton Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program has been selected to receive the college’s David R. Maynard Student Activities Award. 

Ashley J. Livingston of Lisbon will be recognized at the college’s 111th Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Livingston is a founding member of the college’s Society of Women Engineers, and currently serves as the organization’s outgoing President. As an avid volunteer, she’s represented the thriving student-run club at numerous events both on- and off-campus. 

“Ashley is simply an amazing member of our community,” said Paul E. Todd, a faculty member in the Canino School of Engineering Technology who nominated her for the award. “Her work with the Society of Women Engineers brings new events to our campus that would otherwise not exist. I cannot think of a student more deserving of this award.”

Livingston started college with the goal of becoming an architect and focused on the structural side of her academic program. Her interests matured as she continued her education, and she’s developed a keen interest in the environmental side of her major. She’s particularly interested in soil and water analysis and remediation, as well as the design of water treatment facilities. 

She has been a public health inspector for the Department of Health and a transportation construction inspector for the Department of Transportation, in addition to serving as a certified peer tutor, family farm laborer and self-employed childcare provider. She has been affiliated with many clubs and organizations including the Commuter Club, College Activities Board and the Canton Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

She currently has a continuing internship opportunity with the New York Power Authority and career prospects in fields related to her major. 

The David R. Maynard Student Activities Award is given annually to a student who demonstrates superior citizenship, outstanding leadership, and who has generously given time to extracurricular activities.

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. 

Accomplished Military Veteran to Address SUNY Canton Class of 2019

Friday, April 19th, 2019
Major General Fergal Foley

An alumnus and veteran who helped lead rescue and recovery efforts in New York City following the 9/11 attacks will be the keynote speaker at SUNY Canton’s 2019 Commencement Ceremony.

Retired Major General Fergal I. Foley, class of 1980, will address nearly 900 graduates at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of his accomplishments.

“Major General Foley’s distinguished career epitomizes the level of excellence our graduates can achieve with the foundation that a SUNY Canton education provides, and we’re pleased to be able to present him with this honor,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. 

Foley earned an associate degree in Business Management from SUNY Canton and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College, and a Master of Science degree from the U.S. Army War College.

He served in the New York Army National Guard from 1982 until 2006, during which time his assignments included Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff for Joint Task Force “Operation World Trade Center” after 9/11. He is currently the Senior Property Manager for the U.S. General Services Administration.

Foley not only has a history of service to his country, but also of giving back to SUNY Canton. He is a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, a scholarship donor, and has visited campus on several occasions to discuss his experiences following 9/11. 

“I am truly honored to be invited to speak at this year’s ceremony,” Foley said. “SUNY Canton has always been a special place for me as a student and now as an alumnus. I look forward to addressing the graduates on this special occasion.” 

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.