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SUNY Canton Names Retired Nurse Practitioner as 2016 Distinguished Alumna

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Kathy WyckoffKatherine M. Wyckoff, class of 1977, has been chosen to receive SUNY Canton’s 2016 Distinguished Alumna Award. She will be presented with the award during the college’s upcoming Alumni Weekend Celebration.

She was chosen for her contributions to the quality of women’s healthcare in the North Country through her work with Planned Parenthood, in addition to many years of service to the community.

“Kathy has built a life of deep involvement and commitment to the North Country, quietly making a positive difference for our region,” said Vice President for Advancement Anne Sibley. “Kathy also understands the hard work and determination required by so many SUNY Canton students to earn a degree, having followed that road herself to a successful career.”

Wyckoff and her husband, Peter, have been generous supporters and volunteers with many local nonprofit organizations, including Grasse River Heritage and Garden Share.

“At a time when funding was critical, Kathy and Peter were generous of their time and financial support to ensure these two organizations would survive and give back to the community,” said Anneke Larrance, executive board member of Grasse River Heritage.

Over the years, the Wyckoffs have donated funds to purchase laboratory equipment for SUNY Canton’s Nursing program and have endowed a scholarship that is awarded to either an entering or continuing non-traditional Nursing student.

Wyckoff is also a board member of the Northern New York Community Foundation, which assists local charitable organizations and provides scholarship funds for students in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

 

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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Alum, Retired Dick’s Sporting Goods Exec John Duken to Deliver Commencement Keynote Address

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

John DukenA former Dick’s Sporting Goods top executive will be the keynote speaker at SUNY Canton’s 108th Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m. in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

John G. Duken, class of 1981, retired from his position as executive vice president of global merchandising for Dick’s Sporting Goods in 2014 after 15 years of service. He helped lead the $6.8 billion Fortune 500 Corporation during a remarkable period of growth. Prior to working for Dick’s, Duken spent several years working in leadership positions for electronic retail chains Circuit City and The Good Guys.

“We are pleased to welcome John back to campus as our keynote speaker this year. His professional success, volunteer endeavors and contributions to SUNY Canton serve as an inspiration to our graduates,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

A native of Plattsburgh, Duken is a graduate of Mount Assumption Institute high school. After receiving an Associate Degree in Accounting from SUNY Canton, he went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1984.

Since his retirement, Duken works as an independent consultant and travels extensively for his duties as a board member of several companies. His community service includes volunteer work for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

In 2014 John and his wife, Colleen, established the Duken Family Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a SUNY Canton student from Clinton County who demonstrates a strong interest and passion for business.

“Being able to support other people’s dreams and help them accomplish their goals is what life is all about,” Duken said.

He resides in the Pittsburgh area with his wife and two daughters.

 

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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Corning Incorporated Foundation Promotes STEM Learning and Tutoring at SUNY Canton

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Corning Incorporated Foundation is helping SUNY Canton promote its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs by contributing to the college’s annual Engineers Week and sponsoring a new student position at the college.

Corning Incorporated Foundation donation

The Corning Incorporated Foundation recently donated funding for SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week celebration and sponsored a tutor to help students with STEM related fields. Pictured are: SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Lucas Craig, Director of Tutoring Services Johanna M. Lee, Corning Inc. Processing Engineering Supervisor and 1997 Alumnus Kevin D. Logan, and SUNY Canton Director of Admissions Melissa Evans.

“We will be holding our second engineers week celebration in late February,” said Assistant Professor Lucas Craig Ph.D., who teaches in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology. “One of the highlights of the event will be a engineering challenge designed for children grades 1 to 12. Corning has graciously sponsored the competition’s first place team with two $1,300 SUNY Canton scholarship.”

The entire event is designed to highlight programs in the college’s Canino School of Engineering Technology.

In an ongoing effort in support of STEM Scholars, Corning Incorporated Foundation also contributed the funding to create the college’s very first sponsored tutor position. The tutor is available to help students develop their career-building skills and provide academic assistance, according Johanna M. Lee, SUNY Canton’s director of Tutoring Services.

Daniel B. Geisenhof

Daniel B. Geisenhof, a SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Newark Valley works with a Fanuc robotic arm in one of the college’s technology-focused labs. Geisenhof was recently hired as a STEM tutor with funding provided by the Corning Inc. Foundation.

“This is the first partnership we’ve ever had to promote tutoring on campus,” Lee added. “Our tutor will work closely with a Corning Inc. representative to develop a list of skills that are directly related to employment after college, which helps us continue our career-driven mission.”

The college has already appointed Daniel B. Geisenhof, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Newark Valley, as its first Corning STEM tutor. Geisonhof helps students in any of the engineering technology programs. He was also one of the students who assisted SUNY Canton Instructor Neil M. Haney with the design and fabrication of a lumber-processing machine, which later led to the faculty member seeking a provisional patent application.

For more information about SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week events, visit http://www.canton.edu/engineers/.

 

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 engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton’s Top 10 News Stories from 2015

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

As we celebrate a new year, let’s take a look back at the 10 biggest SUNY Canton headlines of 2015.

haney-thumb10. SUNY Canton Alumnus and Powersports Instructor Invents Chainsaw Improvements

A SUNY Canton instructional support associate has invented a new and more reliable way to oil the bar and chain on commercial chainsaws. Neil A. Haney of Chase Mills came up with an idea for improvements while building a homebuilt firewood-processing machine. » WDT

sos-thumb9. SUNY Canton Receives High Marks and Number One Rankings in Student Opinion Survey

According to the 2015 SUNY Student Opinion Survey, SUNY Canton is excelling in student service-, academic- and facility-related areas. The college earned number one rankings in three categories: library resources, library services and tutoring services. » SUNY Canton News

pet-thumb8. SUNY Canton Ranked Among the Top 10 Best Colleges for Animal Lovers

SUNY Canton has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the nation for animal lovers, according to Great Value Colleges.net. The college placed ninth out of 25 schools and was chosen in large part for its well-known Pet Wing housing option that began in 1997. » Time Warner Cable News

adk-thumb7. SUNY Canton Launches New Start-Up NY Partnership with Adirondack Operations, LLC

SUNY Canton has received approval to begin its first Start-Up NY partnership. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Adirondack Operations LLC, has been approved to begin working with the college. The business will receive tax incentives as it expands its operations in Canton.  » WDT | NCPR

mcmorrow-thumb6. Àine McMorrow Wins USCAA National Championship

SUNY Canton freshman Àine McMorrow closed out her phenomenal rookie season in thrilling fashion as she finished in first place at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championships.  » Roo Athletics

 

usnews-thumb5. SUNY Canton Moves to Top Tier of U.S. News & World Report Regional Rankings

SUNY Canton has been ranked among the best colleges in the northern region, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “Best Colleges” edition. The college moved up several spots to 44th this year, which puts SUNY Canton in the top tier of the rankings. » SUNY Canton News

white-thumb4. Student Speaks with President Obama During Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C.

SUNY Canton student and Akwesasne St. Regis Mohawk Nation (Bear Clan) member Brayden S. White had a special opportunity to serve as a youth delegate at the seventh annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 5. » WDT

mckibben-thumb3. Environmental Activist Bill McKibben Talks Global Warming at SUNY Canton

More than 700 students, faculty and community members from throughout the North Country region packed the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to hear McKibben discuss the alarming rate at which global warming is progressing. » WDT

roos-thumb2. Roos Complete NCAA DIII Membership Process

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council announced that SUNY Canton has officially completed its provisional membership process and will become full-time members of NCAA Division III, effective Sept. 1st. » WDT

 

1. SUNY Canton Inaugurates Szafran as College’s Fourth President

An investiture ceremony held at SUNY Canton April 10 officially inaugurated Zvi Szafran, Ph.D., as SUNY Canton’s fourth president. More than 300 guests gathered in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to celebrate a new era in the college’s more than 100-year history . » WDT | » Channel 7 News

SUNY Canton Welcomes a Subaru Executive and a Mohawk Nation Clan Mother

Monday, November 9th, 2015

A Subaru Distributers Corp. executive will be discussing career paths after college and a Native American clan mother will help students learn about cultural identity during the second week of November at SUNY Canton.

Barry A. Wells, executive vice president of parts, service and logistics for Subaru Distributors Corp., will be speaking to students about their career path at 2 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 11) in Richard W. Miller Campus Center room 218. Wells graduated from SUNY Canton with an associate degree in 1975 and returned for his Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies in 2010. He went on to receive a doctorate from the New York Law School while continuing his career with Subaru. Wells has also been a Subaru Dealer and an Ogdensburg City Police officer.

Wells & Herne

Tewakierahkwa Louise McDonald Herne, a condoled Bear Clan mother for the Mohawk Nation Council, will be speaking at 2 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 12) in Richard W. Miller Campus Center room 212. Herne will be presenting on Haudenosaunee (otherwise known as Iroquois) women and their influence on early feminism. As a founding member of a Mohawk council of women, she works to continue the historical and traditional strength of Native Americans through education and empowerment. She has worked with hundreds of families and helped them embrace Haudenosaunee culture through instruction and ceremony.

The two speakers are the latest in the semester’s lineup of student-focused presentations on campus, which have included local business leaders from Corning Inc. and SeaComm Federal Credit Union, as well as dignitaries representing North Korea and educators from South Africa.

Both events are free and open to the public.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Names New Vice President for Advancement

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Anne SibleyAnne M. Sibley was recently appointed as vice president for advancement and executive director of the Canton College Foundation at SUNY Canton.

She will be responsible for leading advancement and alumni affairs activities and personnel, as well as developing fundraising strategies to support the college’s mission and priorities.

Since 2007 she has served as director of planned giving for St. Lawrence University, managing a broad program that included soliciting donors, stewarding the legacy society and producing marketing materials to promote planned giving opportunities.

Sibley was also St. Lawrence University’s associate director of major gifts from 2003 to 2007. In addition she served on several university strategic planning committees. She will be starting her new position at SUNY Canton Nov. 30.

“I’m looking forward to the skills and drive Anne will be bringing to the Advancement Office and our college,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “This year the college awarded more than $302,000 in student scholarships and will be funding numerous faculty- and staff-led initiatives. Our hope is to expand the foundation’s reach even farther in upcoming years.”

Sibley is returning to SUNY Canton after serving in several leadership roles from 1987 to 2000, including director of public relations, senior assistant to the president, and director of sponsored research and programs.

“Securing funding for scholarships and program enhancements is important for the continued growth of SUNY Canton,” Sibley said. “I look forward to working with the great team in the Advancement Office and getting to know the alumni.”

She is active in the community and is currently the chair of the Grasse River Heritage Area Development Corporation’s fundraising committee.

Sibley earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration and bachelor’s degrees in Biology and English Literature from St. Lawrence University. She resides in Colton with her husband, Chip Jenkins, and their three children.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Employers Seek Students, Graduates and Community Members at SUNY Canton Career Fair

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

More than 40 employers will be participating in SUNY Canton’s Fall Career Fair.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at two locations on campus. Companies and organizations seeking applicants with technology-based skills will be located in Nevaldine Hall. All other recruiters, including those seeking to fill positions in the health, business and criminal justice fields, will be stationed in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center rooms 212 and 214. Both locations are free and open to alumni and job seekers from the community.

Career Fair

Julie A. Parkman, the college’s director of career services, said she was delighted with the size and scope of this year’s career fair and that the recruiters match the college’s goals and program offerings.

“We have a tremendous number of companies seeking to hire students from the Canino School of Engineering Technology,” she said. “Other opportunities include careers with hospitals and health agencies, police departments as well as with area businesses and organizations.”

SUNY Canton’s Career Fairs often serve as the first interview for full-time positions, but also present opportunities for part-time jobs and internships. Attendants are encouraged to bring their resumes.

Career Fair

For more information, contact SUNY Canton’s Office of Career Services by calling (315) 386-7119 or sending an email to careers@canton.edu.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service.  Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Alumnus and Powersports Instructor Invents Chainsaw Improvements

Monday, August 24th, 2015

A SUNY Canton instructional support associate has invented a new and more reliable way to oil the bar and chain on commercial chainsaws.

Neil A. Haney of Chase Mills came up with an idea for improvements while building a homebuilt firewood-processing machine. The college and the SUNY Research Foundation assisted him with filing a provisional application through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

haney

“Neil is one of the very first SUNY Canton faculty members to work toward patenting an invention through the Research Foundation,” said SUNY Canton president Zvi Szafran. “His vision and innovation is exactly what we encourage at the college. He’s set a wonderful example for our students as future inventors.”

Haney said there are currently two other ways of delivering oil to the chainsaw blade, but conventional methods require more maintenance than his solution. “The strength of this design is that you can adjust it to the flow you need and it should be bulletproof for years to come.”

His invention utilizes a positive displacement pump or generated rotor, commonly known as a gerotor, to provide the oil necessary to reduce friction and extend the life of the saw’s cutting parts.

Haney, who is an alumnus of the Automotive Technology program, has worked with the Powersports Performance and Repair program for 10 years. He devised the gerotor as a solution based on his extensive experience with oil pumps used in all-terrain vehicles.

Gerotor

Many of the parts for his chainsaw and the prototype pump were manufactured in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology lab. Several students have assisted him with the project.

“Neil challenged students to design a bigger and better wood processor,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Neil had all the concepts and the students really helped him take it to the next level.”

The entire firewood-processing machine is operated via a hydraulic system powered by an up-cycled six-cylinder, 90 horsepower diesel engine. It will advance a tree trunk, cut a 16-inch section and then split it into fire-ready logs.

The provisional application establishes a filing date for the invention with the USPTO. Haney now has one year to file a patent application. He will be working with the college to partner with interested entrepreneurs and other industry representatives to produce and market the new technology. Interested parties are encouraged to contact SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger by phone, (315) 386-7951, or email fassingerj@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Successful Entrepreneur Named as SUNY Canton 2015 Distinguished Alumnus

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Kevin FearA local business leader who has given back to SUNY Canton and the community was selected to receive the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Kevin Fear, class of 1987, was presented with the award during the college’s recent Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

After earning his associate degree in Banking, Insurance and Real Estate, Fear opened AA&J Insurance in Watertown in 1990. By 2000 the company had six offices throughout Central and Northern New York. Fear sold his share of the business and began Universe Cellular & Dish, which became one of the most successful Verizon agents in New York State. In 2009 he opened Mattress Express, which has locations in Watertown, Fort Drum and Pulaski.

Throughout his career, Fear has spearheaded countless philanthropic efforts, which range from organizing drop-off locations for Toys for Tots to matching donations for food drives. He has also given back to SUNY Canton by serving on the College Foundation Board of Directors since 2006 and establishing an endowed scholarship that has benefitted students with learning disabilities.

Fear also hosts alumni events and is a strong supporter of his fraternal organization Alpha Theta Gamma. In 2008 he donated $1,000 toward a scholarship for a Syracuse student whose family’s home was burglarized after a fire.

“Kevin is an incredibly successful businessman who has given generously of his time and talents to SUNY Canton and the community,” said SUNY Canton Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato. “His dedication to helping others serves as an inspiration to our students.”

Fear is a Syracuse native and currently resides in Brewerton with his wife, Kim.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Two SUNY Canton Buildings Named for Former College Leaders

Monday, June 8th, 2015

SUNY Canton has renamed two buildings in honor its former presidents during its Alumni Weekend celebration. The Faculty Office Building was renamed for President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur, and the Grasse River Suites was named after retired President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Kennedy, Szafran, MacArthur

Retired President Joseph L. Kennedy, current President Zvi Szafran and President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur pose in front of the newly named MacArthur Hall, formerly known as the Faculty Office Building.

MacArthur Hall and Kennedy Hall will stand alongside Wicks Hall, Nevaldine Hall, Payson Hall and Cook Hall, which were all named after the most famous educators and administrators in the college’s history.

“Dr. MacArthur implemented the first set of formal building dedications on this campus,” SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said. “We are continuing his legacy of naming buildings after key individuals.”

Joyce MacArthur and President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur pose in front of a new plaque signifying the MacArthur Hall milestone.

Joyce and President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur pose in front of a new plaque honoring their twenty years of service to the College.

MacArthur was president from 1972 to 1992. During his time at the college, he established the Canton College Foundation, which helps provide scholarships for students and financial support for faculty initiatives. He set new enrollment records when the college added nearly 1,000 students during his first four years as President. He was an advocate for the Educational Opportunity Program, which helped SUNY Canton continue its mission of access for all students. He also championed computer literacy and created one of the very first academic computing and word processing centers in the SUNY system.

“Whatever I achieved was because of the team that I worked with,” MacArthur humbly said. “I worked with a great group of administrators and outstanding faculty.”

He received the college’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 2005 and received an honorary doctorate from Clarkson University. He and his wife Joyce were inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2011 for the continuing contributions to the college and community.

Retired President Joseph L. Kennedy poses with family in front of the newly named Kennedy Hall.

Retired President Joseph L. Kennedy poses with family in front of the newly named Kennedy Hall.

Kennedy was President from 1993 to 2013. He also grew the college’s student enrollment, which doubled during his tenure. Among his numerous accomplishments, he added four-year programs to the college’s strong selection of two-year and certificate offerings. In fact, all of SUNY Canton’s bachelor’s degrees were created through his leadership. Kennedy orchestrated and endorsed online academic offerings, and the college became one of the largest online programs in the SUNY System.

“Among his other accomplishments, Dr. Kennedy helped bring college courses to high school students,” Szafran added. “First face-to-face and then online.”

Kennedy also helped fuel growth in the college’s athletic program, which expanded from a two-year to a four-year conference, became a provisional member of the NCAA and added five new sports. Alongside the growth, the college adopted the Kangaroo as its athletic name and mascot.

“It was an honor for me to serve as the president of SUNY Canton,” Kennedy said. “It was exciting, always challenging and almost always fun.”

three-presidents

Current President Zvi Szafran, Retired President Joseph L. Kennedy, and President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur

Kennedy worked with the SUNY Canton foundation and alumni association to construct the suite-style living complex, which opened in 2011. The former president also oversaw the completion of the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center that same year.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.