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SUNY Canton Business Students Advise Local Business Owner

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Students from the SUNY Canton School of Business and Liberal Arts recently entered in a competition to help boost business at Gamer Craze in downtown Canton.

“I always like to see our students applying their education for the greater good of the community,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “These experiences and extra achievements will be invaluable when they graduate and look to start their careers.”

Students holding medallions

Four teams consisting of one to four students submitted marketing ideas to Aaron M. Reardon, the owner of the area’s premiere game store, as part of an annual entrepreneurial challenge. Professor Charles R. Fenner, who teaches in the Management program, orchestrates the competition through the SUNY Canton College Foundation and issued the challenge to students in Nicholas C. Kocher’s marketing class.

“Gamer Craze is an exceptionally popular store frequented by many of our students,” said Fenner. “College students know how to best market to their peers. Each team submitted ideas to advertise and drive engagement with the shop.”

Three classmates who play for the women’s hockey team provided the winning suggestions. Noelle M. Niemiec of Staten Island, Grace L. Page of Hamburg and Amanda L. Ballestero of Gumee, Ill., said the small business owner should integrate video, launch an Instagram and Twitter campaign to reach a wider audience of customers.

Other suggestions included a marketing campaign redesign, integrating email marketing and live streaming content on Twitch, a large video platform designed for the gaming community.

Fenner noted that competitions such as this one serve as a practical application of marketing theory and meet SUNY’s goal of ensuring every student has access to an applied learning opportunity.

Other students in the class to participate in the entrepreneurial challenge, include:

  • Akinola T. Ajayi of the Bronx
  • Jeffery Bonbrake of Star Lake
  • Michael A. Collins of Potsdam
  • Connor Campbell of East Kilbride, Scotland
  • Liam Rice of Potsdam
  • Keanu J. Sterling of Laurelton
  • Elizabeth A. Stowe of Ogdensburg

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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Lands New Four-Year Agribusiness Program

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

SUNY Canton reconnects with its roots as the North Country’s agricultural college with a new four-year degree program.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran has announced the college received final approval to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Agribusiness Management. The program will begin at the start of the Fall 2017 semester and can optionally be earned in an online format.

“Many of our successful alumni in St. Lawrence County and beyond trace their roots back to our agricultural programs, so I’m glad we’re offering programs in this area once again” said Szafran. “Our faculty members have developed a new degree mirroring the advances in the industry and focusing on the management side of modern farming.”

Students in the Agribusiness Management programs will learn the principles of accounting, finance, marketing, strategy, operations, human resources, economics, ethics and communications. The program will provide the management skills needed to make effective decisions and develop markets for their products in both small operations and large enterprises.

“There are numerous opportunities for skilled careers in agriculture,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the SUNY Canton School of Business and Liberal Arts. “Crop management, production and distribution are going to be critical as the world’s population continues to grow. Our new degree responds to the growing interest in ownership of agricultural enterprises in communities that have historically benefitted from farming.”

Graduates will be prepared to bring together and apply their knowledge from previous agribusiness and production agriculture courses, as well as from their internship experience.

“An important component of this program will be the upper-level internship requirement,” noted Assistant Professor and Business Department Director Alexander Lesyk, who will be overseeing the program. “We look forward to partnering with local agricultural enterprises to offer our students the first-hand experience necessary to become effective managers and business leaders.”

Pictured is Blake P. Gendebien, co-owner of Twin Mills Farms in Lisbon being interviewed by SUNY Canton Videographer Morgan D. Elliott. Gendebien has already expressed interest in the college’s new Agribusiness program.

According to a 2015 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, there will be approximately 57,900 average annual employment opportunities for bachelor’s degree graduates who have expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources or the environment. SUNY Canton faculty members designed the program for both entrepreneurial students and those seeking established careers in related fields.

The North Country has long been a farming hub with agriculture as a core industry. Currently there are over 4000 farms in the region, with more than 1 million acres of land used for farming according to supporting research used to establish the Agribusiness program. Agriculture is a driving force in the North Country’s economy. According to the USDA, New York ranks third nationwide in milk production; 20 percent of this milk originates in the North Country.

Several notable alumni have expressed interest in the new program and are already looking to work with future students.

“We are one of the biggest agricultural areas in the entire country,” said David B. Elliott, a quality control membership manager for Agri-Mark Dairy Farm Cooperative and a 1980 alumnus. “Having a local Agribusiness program is going to fit the educational needs of a lot of young people in our area.”

Agribusiness Management is SUNY Canton’s second new program announcement of 2017. Previously, the college announced it would begin offering a Game Design and Development program. The college’s faculty members from the School of Business and Liberal Arts and the Canino School of Engineering Technology have submitted several more four-year programs for approval by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department.

 

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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Student’s Short Story Published on Literary Website

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Kaitlin J. French, a SUNY Canton senior from Governeur, recently had her short story “The Seek” selected for publication by the website Everydayfiction.com.

A Psychology major, French penned the story for a creative writing class taught by Assistant Professor Kirk K. Jones, who encouraged her to submit it for publication.

“Professor Jones’ class is unique in that he allows his students to take their work into their own hands,” she said. “There are very few restrictions, which encourages creativity.”

French said she enjoys writing poems and stories that have a dark undertone, and “The Seek” leans toward the horror genre, with a plot twist.

“The story is told from the point of view of a 5-year-old boy whose sister has gone missing,” she said.

Everydayfiction features works that are commonly referred to as “flash fiction” – brief stories that are typically 1,000 words or less. The website publishes one story per day, and “The Seek” is scheduled to appear Feb. 22.

Although there is no monetary compensation, French said it is an honor to be selected and has given her the confidence to keep writing. She recently submitted a second story for publication and is awaiting a decision.

“Kaitlin came into class a solid writer and speaker, with a balance of passion and humility that is often contagious in the classroom,” Jones said. “I have recommended a publisher in Australia review her work and look forward to hearing about her continued success as she moves forward.”

 

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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Free Income Tax Assistance Available at SUNY Canton

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

SUNY CantonStudents and faculty from SUNY Canton’s Accounting and Business programs will be helping individuals and families file their tax returns through the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The college’s Financial Literacy Center and the School of Business and Liberal Arts sponsor the program as a service to those who cannot afford to visit an accountant or are unable to prepare their taxes on their own. The free tax assistance will be available by appointment between Feb. 1 and April 14 in SUNY Canton’s Accounting, Business and Finance Center in Cook Hall Room 100.

The VITA program allows trained student volunteers, under the supervision of tax certified faculty members, to apply their tax preparation skills and to help teach individuals how to correctly prepare their own taxes. Students can help those who have trouble filing their taxes, have not filed taxes before, or simply have tax-related questions. The free service is offered to both SUNY Canton students and income-qualified community members.

For more information please visit the SUNY Canton VITA webpage. To schedule an appointment, contact the School of Business and Liberal Arts by phone at (315) 386-7328.

SUNY Canton has participated in the VITA program for more than 10 years.

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Identifies Barriers, Opportunities for ‘Generation 1.5’ College Students

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Eunjyu YuA SUNY Canton faculty member’s research examines the strategies employed by a non-native-English-speaking college student to become a successful multilingual writer in a college composition class.

Eunjyu Yu, Ph.D., who teaches in the School of Business and Liberal Arts, authored a research paper titled “Crossing Borders: Generation 1.5’s Journey from Alien to Master” for the journal “Research and Teaching in Developmental Education.” The term “generation 1.5” refers to those who immigrate to the U.S. as children and adolescents.

In her paper, she presents a case study of a 19-year-old Chinese-American student and his experiences in a college composition class.

“Due to the strong influence of their mother tongue on their second language acquisition, generation 1.5 often struggle to create a social and academic presence in a mainstream college composition classroom,” Yu explained. “However, the success story of this student provides a blueprint for struggling ESL students and higher education institutions.”

The case study details strategies employed by the student to successfully construct his academic and social presence in college, such as utilizing translation applications and consulting with his English-speaking classmates.

“My findings support the value in fostering a culturally-inclusive environment, promoting the importance of linguistic and cultural diversity, and sustaining solid ESL support services to help these students be successful,” she said. “It can also help higher education institutions more effectively serve the growing college ESL population.”

The journal “Research and Teaching in Developmental Education” is sponsored by the New York College Learning Skills Association.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet to Speak at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Tracy K. SmithAs part of the college’s African-American History Month celebration, SUNY Canton will welcome a Pulitzer Prize-winning author to campus for its popular Living Writers Series.

Director of Creative Writing at Princeton University Tracy K. Smith, who won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection “Life on Mars,” will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

“Life on Mars” has been hailed by critics and was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. It was also named a Notable Book of 2011 by the New York Times and an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review.

The publisher describes “Life on Mars” as a portrait of a sci-fi future will illusions to David Bowie and interplanetary travel. Smith imagines a soundtrack for the universe to accompany the discoveries, failures and oddities of human existence.

In addition to a reading from “Life on Mars,” Smith will also discuss her memoir “Ordinary Light,” published in 2015. “Ordinary Light” delves into her relationship with her mother and her journey as an artist.

Life on Mars Cover Art“Ms. Smith’s works in both poetry and prose have earned her some of the highest accolades in American literature,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche, who created the series. “Please join us for the event and help us kick off African-American History month on our campus.”

Born in Massachusetts and raised in northern California, Smith earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Columbia University. From 1997 to 1999 she was a Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. She taught at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University before joining the faculty at Princeton as a creative writing professor in 2005.

Smith’s visit is made possible thanks to grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

“The Living Writers Series has proven to be a valuable asset to SUNY Canton and the community,” LaMarche said. “The NEA grant will help continue our mission of bringing a diverse group of creative artists and intellectual minds to our campus.”

For information about the Living Writers Series, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Students Create Video Games for Class at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Alainya Kavaloski’s students don’t get in trouble for playing video games during class. In fact, she’s found a new way to tap into their obsession with gaming.

Her Media Writing and Digital Graphic Storytelling students used augmented reality platforms to develop first-person digital adventures this semester.

Game designers in Assistant Professor Alainya Kavaloski’s class test their applications on mobile devices and laptops. Pictured are in the foreground (l to r) Tyrone C. Jamison, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from the Bronx, Kavaloski, and Devin M. Breckenridge, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from Gouverneur.

“Our students analyze videos, animations and interactive fiction for inspiration for this project,” Kavaloski said. “Today is game test day, but the groups had to role-play as design teams. They had to create marketing materials to support their proposals.”

A group of students huddled over their iPads, laptops and mobile phones with GPS photographs of the campus. Detailed objectives popped up as they navigated characters through virtual maps.

“Our game is based on hacking,” said Devin M. Breckenridge, a Graphic and Multimedia Design student from Gouverneur. “It starts when the character has their identity is stolen, which leads them to take on adventures to determine who hacked their accounts.”

Four students gaming

The protagonist in the game becomes a hacker-activist as the adventure leads to uncovering secrets and hidden mysteries.

Another group re-imagined the Steam game “This War of Mine” where a group of civilians try to survive in a besieged city. In addition to redesigning the game objectives and missions, the students create a team website, an illustrated proposal and a video trailer to outline their project.

Kavaloski’s two courses are offered through the college’s two-year Liberal Arts program, but are very popular with students from four-year programs. Previously, she’s orchestrated a game jam event that challenged students to design a game alongside other players from around the world.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Health Care Management Degree Selected as a Top Online Program

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

SUNY Canton’s online bachelor’s degree program in Health Care Management has earned high marks for affordability, flexibility and earning potential in Best Degree Programs.org’s 2016 guide.

The website praised the degree, saying “SUNY Canton rivals even the most accommodating online colleges with its B.S. in Health Care Management, which allows students to select any combination of online, hybrid and face-to-face courses.”Best Degree Programs - Most Affordable 2016

The guide’s purpose is two-fold: to determine the 10 most in-demand degree types that offer the greatest salary outlook, as well as identify the five most cost-effective online programs within those categories.

According to the site, those who pursue a career in Health Care Management can look forward to entering a healthy job market filled with opportunity. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 17 percent growth in positions until 2024, which equates to 56,000 new jobs.

“To us, the data indicate that a degree in this discipline could be a ticket to a reliable future with a high return on investment and room to grow,” the website said.

SUNY Canton Instructor and Health Care Management Curriculum Coordinator Marela Fiacco agreed with the organization’s job outlook assessment. “While medical personnel such a doctors, nurses and other frontline staff continue to be in demand, health care administrators are also needed to offer behind-the-scenes support that will improve the quality and efficiency of health care,” she said. “Our graduates possess a broad knowledge of health sciences, business law, healthcare ethics, communications and management, as well as practical skills necessary for a fulfilling career in the health care field.”

Health Care Management student working with professor

For more information about Health Care Management, visit SUNY Canton’s program website. The entire Best Degree Program rankings can be found here.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Celebrated Native American Author to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

David Treuer

A professor and Ojibwe tribal member who has written extensively about the Native American experience will speak at SUNY Canton in November as part of the college’s Living Writers Series.

David Treuer, whose work has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire and The Washington Post, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

In his nonfiction book, “Rez Life,” published in 2012, Treuer examines Native American reservation life, past and present through research into issues like sovereignty, treaty rights and natural-resource conservation.

“David Treuer’s words in ‘Rez Life’ provide a beacon of light much like the North Star that references a navigational point for native and non-native people to traverse the perils that exist in Indian country today,” said Professor William T. Jones, SUNY Canton’s co-chief diversity officer.

The son of Robert Treuer, a holocaust survivor, and Margaret Seely Treuer, an Ojibwe tribal court judge, David is a 1992 graduate of Princeton University, where his thesis advisor was Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. He has appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” and PBS’s “The Tavis Smiley Show.”

“David Treuer is an internationally acclaimed voice in Native American literature and we are grateful to host him on the SUNY Canton campus,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and Living Writers Series creator Phil K. LaMarche. “Please join us for the event to commemorate Native American Heritage Month.”

Treuer’s visit is co-sponsored by SUNY Canton’s Center of Diversity and Inclusion and made possible thanks to grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

“The Living Writers Series has proven to be a valuable asset to SUNY Canton and the community,” LaMarche said. “The NEA grant will help continue our mission of bringing a diverse group of creative artists and intellectual minds to our campus.”

The next Living Writers Series speaker will be Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy K. Smith, who will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1.

For more information about the Living Writers Series, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton’s Finance Degree Named Among Most Affordable in the Country

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Best Online Colleges - FinanceSUNY Canton’s online bachelor’s degree in Finance was named one of the most economical degrees in its peer group by Best Colleges.com and Affordable Colleges Online.org.

Ranked 15th by Best Colleges.com, the degree was the only program of its kind from a New York state college or university to make the list. Affordable Colleges Online.org placed the program at 11th in the nation.

“We are committed to bringing the same academic excellence our students experience on campus to our online programs, while keeping the cost of education low,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt. “It’s gratifying to receive recognition for the hard work our administration, faculty and staff put forth to ensure our graduates are prepared to enter their chosen career fields.”

The program’s coursework allows students to gain knowledge about banking, financial markets, insurance, and financial panning and forecasting. Seniors can elect to complete an internship to obtain hands-on experience and establish industry connections.

Most Affordable Online Bachelor's in Finance“Our Finance graduates possess the practical knowledge that is sought out by employers right here in the North Country and beyond,” said Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts Jondavid S. DeLong. “Our alumni are employed with organizations such as SeaComm Federal Credit Union, North Country Savings Bank, Community Bank and MetLife.”

According to a 2015 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, those who graduate with a degree in finance can expect an average starting salary of $53,143.

For more information about the Finance program, visit http://www.canton.edu/business/fsma/.

The entire rankings can be found at Affordable Colleges Online.org and Best Colleges.com.

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.