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SUNY Canton Starts Online CannaBusiness Class for Fall 2019

Monday, March 4th, 2019

SUNY Canton will be offering a new course to help students understand issues related to the emerging cannabis market. 

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CannaBusiness Management (BSAD 399) will be offered in the fall 2019 semester as an online special topics course. SUNY Canton regularly offers courses on current and future business trends to complement its entrepreneurial-focused Management program.

“The regulatory changes in New York State and surrounding areas present an opportunity for SUNY Canton to be among the first colleges to develop coursework specifically related to the business of cannabis,” said Philip T. Neisser dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts. “We will be among a very few accredited colleges to provide learning opportunities on this subject matter.”

The course was developed in response to changing New York State regulations as well as the national trend towards the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana.  

“The recent legalization of cannabis and related products in several states has created employment opportunities for individuals who possess the skills to manage business practices within this highly specialized and controversial industry,” said Associate Professor Janice C. Robinson, who will be teaching the new course. “Medical and recreational marijuana use is becoming more prevalent as it becomes legalized at the state level, in Canada and in other nations worldwide.”

Robinson said the course syllabus includes themes on the current business environment, licensing and permits as well as accounting and investment. The course will also cover the controversy surrounding evolving marijuana markets.

SUNY Canton’s course will differ from courses offered at other colleges, as it will not cover topics related to growing marijuana or any horticulture-specific research.

Special topics courses are designed to address a timely subject before being offered on an ongoing basis. The college’s special topics courses vary from semester to semester and are offered through SUNY Canton Online, in addition to traditional, hybrid or flexible learning options. 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. 

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

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About TAUNY

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

 

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton and Area Agencies Offer Free Tax Assistance

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

VITA LogoStudents and faculty from SUNY Canton’s Accounting and Business programs are partnering with AARP Tax-Aide, the Potsdam Neighborhood Center, and SeaComm Federal Credit Union to offer free tax assistance at locations around the North Country.

The college’s program is overseen by Accounting Professor Ran Li and Legal Studies Professor Jondavid S. DeLong, while Site Coordinator Sheryl Campbell oversees the AARP Tax-Aide sites and the Potsdam Neighborhood Center venue is managed by Site Coordinator Nicole Duvé and Site Partner Kristal Hayes. Certified volunteer tax preparers from each of these programs join together to prepare returns during each of the several SeaComm Federal Credit Union “Super Saturdays” which are scheduled at various SeaComm locations throughout the filing season. This is the second year that the college has joined with outside agencies in an effort to offer this valuable assistance to a broader audience.

For more than 14 years, the VITA program at SUNY Canton has allowed students to help individuals correctly prepare their taxes while under the supervision of tax certified professionals.

At SUNY Canton, the free tax assistance will be available by appointment between January 30 and April 10 in SUNY Canton’s Accounting, Business and Finance Center in Cook Hall Room 100. The free service is offered to SUNY Canton students and income-qualified community members.

The College’s Financial Literacy Center and the School of Business and Liberal Arts sponsors the free tax preparation program with community partners as a service to those who cannot afford to visit an accountant or who are unable to prepare their taxes on their own.

For more information visit SUNY Canton’s VITA Webpage. To schedule an appointment at SUNY Canton, contact the School of Business and Liberal Arts by phone at (315) 386-7328. AARP Tax-Aide and other VITA sites are being run by the AARP Foundation, the Potsdam Neighborhood Center and SeaComm Federal Credit Union.

Locations include:

  • Assistance from AARP Tax-Aide will be available in Canton, Massena, Potsdam and Ogdensburg. For more information, contact Sheryl Campbell at 315-212-0450.
  • SeaComm will be providing tax help during the Super Saturday tax events by appointment only in Massena, Potsdam, Malone, Canton, Ogdensburg and Plattsburgh. Go to seacomm.org for the schedule and call 1-800-764-0566 for an appointment.
  • Appointments through the Potsdam Neighborhood Center at 2 Park Street can be made by contacting Kristal Hayes at 315-265-3920.

 

About SUNY Canton 

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Announces 3+3 Partnership with University at Buffalo School of Law

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

SUNY Canton is launching a program that will allow students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in just six years.

The new agreement with University at Buffalo School of Law is an accelerated program that requires three years of undergraduate study in either Legal Studies or Applied Psychology at SUNY Canton, and an additional three years at the UB School of Law.

“This partnership allows students to complete both degrees in six years of full-time study instead of seven, saving them an entire year’s worth of tuition,” said SUNY Canton Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts Philip T. Neisser. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our graduates to take advantage of one of the most cost-efficient ways to earn a law degree in the nation.”

Earn a Bachelor's and a UB Law Degree in 6 years with SUNY Canton and University of Buffalo School of Law

Candidates must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA, complete the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) with an LSAT score at or above the median LSAT score for the School of Law’s previous year’s enrolled class, and apply to the UB School of Law during their junior year. Upon successful completion of the first-year law school curriculum, students’ credits are transferred back to SUNY Canton to fulfill the bachelor’s degree requirements.

“With a significant number of our Legal Studies students already enrolling in law schools, the accelerated program allows them to become attorneys sooner, and at a substantially reduced cost,” said SUNY Canton Professor and Curriculum Coordinator for the Legal Studies program Jondavid S. DeLong, J.D.

Those who choose the Applied Psychology track will build a strong foundation of psychology applied to human services.

“The combination of these two degrees (Applied Psychology and Law) is an outstanding fit for anyone interested in the law as it pertains to mental health, witness and jury behavior, juveniles and family, and understanding the larger social systems and resources that help people in need,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor and Curriculum Coordinator for the Applied Psychology Program Barat Wolfe, Ph.D.

Students may begin the accelerated program as early as Fall 2019. Graduates have a number of career options, including private practice, judicial clerkships, public interest work, or leadership positions in government or business.

“As the State of New York’s law school, we are committed to providing talented students with greater access to legal education,” said UB School of Law Dean Aviva Abramovsky. “We are pleased to partner with another SUNY institution that values that commitment, and that has a reputation for educating future leaders.”

“This partnership was a natural fit, considering SUNY Canton and UB School of Law’s shared emphasis on applied, hands-on learning experiences,” said Neisser. “Our students will be prepared to easily transition to graduate study and pursue successful careers in law and policy.”

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. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

About the University at Buffalo School of Law

Since its founding in 1887, the University at Buffalo School of Law – the State University of New York system’s only law school – has established an excellent reputation and is widely regarded as a leader in legal education. Its cutting-edge curriculum provides both a strong theoretical foundation and the practical tools graduates need to succeed in a competitive marketplace, wherever they choose to practice. A special emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, public service and opportunities for hands-on clinical education makes UB School of Law unique among the nation’s premier public law schools.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB’s more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities. For more information, visit: law.buffalo.edu

Rising Literary Star Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah to Speak at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

SUNY Canton will welcome the author of the recently released New York Times bestselling book “Friday Black” to cap off the fall installment of the popular Living Writers Series.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing.Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

“Friday Black,” his highly anticipated collection of short stories, was released Oct. 23 and quickly jumped to number 13 on the New York Times bestseller list. Critics have compared his writing to that of literary masters like Isaac Babel, Ralph Ellison and Anton Chekhov.

“Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is a bold new voice in American literature. His work is both timely and timeless, and the wild success of Friday Black speaks to its necessity,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series. “Please join us to take part in the launch of an exciting new author who we are sure to hear much more from in the future.”

Adjei-Brenyah’s visit to SUNY Canton closely coincides with “Black Friday”—an event that informs the book’s title story. He writes about a retail associate who witnesses a horrifying incident at a department store the day after Thanksgiving. According to the publisher, Adjei-Brenyah’s debut book places ordinary characters in extraordinary situations and “reveals the violence, injustice and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day in this country.”

Born in Queens and raised in Rockland County, Adjei-Brenyah received his MFA at Syracuse University and is now a professor of writing at his alma mater. He studied under novelist Lynne Tillman and George Saunders, who also visited the college in 2014 as part of the Living Writers Series.

“This is a person who’s using fiction to ask and answer big, urgent questions,” Saunders said of Adjei-Brenyah’s writing in a recent interview with the New York Times. “That’s why the stories feel new, because they’re compressed tools for moral exploration.”

His work has appeared in numerous publications, and he was recently selected by the National Book Foundation to receive the prestigious “5 Under 35” honor. He has appeared on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and was profiled by the New York Times.

Learn more about the Living Writers Series.

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. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

Celebrated Author Mary Karr Returns to SUNY Canton for Living Writers Series Event

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Mary KarrAcclaimed memoirist, poet and bestselling author Mary Karr will visit SUNY Canton this month to discuss her recently published poetry collection “Tropic of Squalor” as part of the college’s Living Writers Series.

She will appear at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

Karr is most widely known for her genre-defining memoirs, including “The Liars’ Club,” “Lit” and “Cherry,” but regards herself primarily as a poet.

“Tropic of Squalor” was released in May and is her fifth book of poetry. She tackles serious themes of violence and suicide, but also incorporates flashes of comedy and joy. According to the publisher, Karr’s “brazen verse calls us out of our psychic swamplands and into that hard-won awareness of the divine hiding in the small moments that make us human.”

“In Mary Karr’s most recent collection of poems, she explores among other things, the passing of three close friends,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series. “The poems probe the intricacies of grief and faith with an unfaltering focus on the small glistening moments found in both life and loss.”

After enduring a traumatic childhood in a small town in East Texas, a period which she writes about in her New York Times bestseller “The Liars’ Club,” Karr struggled with alcoholism from an early age, eventually getting sober and joining the Catholic Church. She describes writing as a spiritual experience, and her work in “Tropic of Squalor” is influenced by her faith.

“I felt like there was a story that needed to be told about my escape from Texas, which was like hell, to my current situation in New York City, where I see Christ all the time in the faces of bike messengers and doorway sleepers,” said Karr in an interview with Syracuse University’s Division of Marketing and Communications earlier this year. “There is such grace in the street life of the city. My goal is to capture a moment, so that it lasts forever.”

Karr is a Guggenheim Fellow and has won Pushcart prizes for both her poetry and her essays. Her poems have appeared in major literary magazines such The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly. She is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University.

Karr’s colleague and fellow New York Times bestselling author George Saunders, who visited the college in 2014 as part of the Living Writers Series, said of her work, “Mary uses poetry to investigate critical moral questions, such as ‘How can we be better people, without sugarcoating our difficulties?’ She is a beautifully frank and funny poet, and her work always is situated on something simple, essential and universal.”

This is Karr’s second appearance at SUNY Canton; she previously discussed her award-winning memoir “Lit” in 2012.

The final guest for the fall semester’s installment of the Living Writers Series will be Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenya, who has just been selected by the National Book Foundation to receive the prestigious “5 Under 35” honor. His debut novel, “Friday Black,” was released Oct. 23. He will appear at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 28, in the Kingston Theater.

Learn more about the Living Writers Series at www.canton.edu/writers.

SUNY Canton to Host ‘Trunk or Treat’ Event

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood Studies program will be hosting a “Trunk or Treat” event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the campus’ French Hall parking lot (Lot 8).

“A ‘trunk or treat’ is similar to the traditional trick or treat that takes place on Halloween,” explained Maureen P. Maiocco, Ed.D., Early Childhood AS and BBA program coordinator. “Children wear costumes and collect candy and prizes in one safe location, as they visit vehicles decorated by SUNY Canton faculty, staff and students. It is a fun way to celebrate.”

Trunk or Treat - three car trunks open with goodies.

The event is free, and families of children aged 2-10 are welcome (parking is available in Lot 6). Rain location will be in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center’s field house.

SUNY Canton Student Manages Social Media for Parkland, Fla. Benefit

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

A SUNY Canton student is running the social media campaign for a festival to help heal the community following the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland, Fla.

Tia M. Tassava, a Management student from Chubbuck, Idaho, who lives and works in Canton, is in charge of the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for the inaugural “Actions for Change Food and Music Festival.” The event is the grand finale of a weeklong series of concerts across the U.S. held with the goal of providing love, hope and healing while encouraging voter registration and activism. Tassava is a multi-sport athlete who plays hockey and golf at the college and works in the SUNY Canton Admissions Office.

Tia Tassava holds up an iPad displaying the Parkland festival social media accounts.

Interning in Activism
Tia M. Tassava, a Management student from Chubbuck, Idaho, who lives and works in Canton, holds up an iPad displaying the “Actions for Change Food and Music Festival” Instagram account. Tassava has managed social media accounts for the event held in response to the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland, Fla.

“I never thought I’d be this involved with a festival with acclaimed acts like Michael Franti and Spearhead and Skip Marley during my time at college,” Tassava said. “The support for eliminating gun violence in the community has been overwhelming. Activist and Actress Alyssa Milano has even backed this tremendous cause, and more than 30 acclaimed chefs will be cooking for the event.”

She noted that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas “Shine” students and more than a dozen students who have co-written songs of activism, healing, hope, and sorrow will also be performing at Actions for Change. In addition to posting event-specific updates about the participating artists and chefs, Tassava is rolling out information about gun violence to help increase awareness. She will be traveling to Florida to provide event coverage.

According to Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., a professor and curriculum coordinator in the Management program, Tassava is participating in the event as part of her internship requirements for the program. She is working with festival organizer Douglas G. Zeif, who is both a SUNY Canton alumnus and an adjunct professor.

Zeif is a highly successful leader in the hospitality industry who runs a multimillion-dollar consulting firm. Both of his sons attended Stoneman Douglas High School and survived the school shooting, but lost friends and teachers during the attack.

“I felt like I just had to do something, personally do something,” Zeif said. “No matter what side of the aisle you’re on politically, no matter how you feel about the Second Amendment, nobody wants gun violence.”

Actions for Change will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Fla. More information can be found on the festival’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Actions4Change/and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actions4change/.

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. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Living Writers Series Hosts Keely Hutton Sept. 25

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

An author who has written a critically acclaimed novel about the Ugandan civil war will visit SUNY Canton this month as part of the popular Living Writers Series.

Keely Hutton will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Keely Hutton

She is the author of the 2017 book “Soldier Boy,” which is based on the life of Ricky Richard Anywar, who at age fourteen was forced to fight in the guerilla army of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. Years after escaping, Ricky founded the charity Friends of Orphans and has dedicated his life to assisting in the rehabilitation of other child soldiers.

“Keely Hutton has written a tremendously powerful novel about Ricky’s experience as a child soldier,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the series. “In the midst of a wartime nightmare, we see young men and women struggling to maintain the faintest shreds of kindness, compassion and dignity. The book is simultaneously horrifying and heartwarming as it shows both the best and worst of human behavior. It is also an insightful lesson on how we can help individuals recover from tragedy and trauma.”

Hutton, a Canton native, is a former eighth grade English teacher and recipient of the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop scholarship at Chautauqua. Since 2012, she has been working closely with Ricky to tell his story. “Soldier Boy” is a 2017 Booklist “Editors’ Choice” and was selected by the International Literacy Association as a “Notable Fiction of 2017.”

Ricky is a recipient of the Harriet Tubman Freedom Award and previously visited SUNY Canton in 2008 to tell his story of childhood slavery and discuss his charity work.

Hutton is the first of three guest speakers who will visit the college this fall. Bestselling author Mary Karr will appear Oct. 30 and writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah will be the final speaker Nov. 28. For more details, 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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Selects New Dean of Business and Liberal Arts

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Phil Neisser
SUNY Canton has named Philip T. Neisser, Ph.D., as its new dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Neisser comes to SUNY Canton from SUNY Potsdam, where he was the coordinator of professional development and chairperson of the Politics and Economics departments. He is also a previous associate dean of SUNY Potsdam’s School of Arts and Sciences.

He will assume his new position July 12, 2018, and succeeds Interim Dean Christa K. Kelson, Ph.D., who has served in the role since January.

“We look forward to welcoming Dr. Neisser to SUNY Canton and are grateful to Dr. Kelson for her leadership over the past six months,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt. “Both are talented professionals who understand our commitment to providing an accessible, affordable, hands-on education that enables students in the North Country and beyond to achieve their highest potential.”

Neisser received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from SUNY Potsdam in 1979 and went on to attend Georgetown University, where he earned a master’s degree in Political Science. He received a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His fields of specialty include western political thought, democratic theory and social welfare policy.

“I’m excited about joining the SUNY Canton community, and I’m very much looking forward to serving the students, faculty and staff of the School of Business and Liberal Arts, as well as those of the college as a whole,” Neisser said.

Neisser, who has more than 28 years’ experience as a faculty member, is the author of scholarly work on many subjects, including welfare policy, the use of narrative in politics, and political polarization. His recent work examines ways in which civil discourse might be used to bridge divisions that are created by religion, identity and world view. He is the author of the 2008 book “United We Fall” and co-author of the 2012 book “You’re not as Crazy as I Thought But You’re Still Wrong: Conversations between a Die-Hard Liberal and a Devoted Conservative.” He has also written numerous essays, book chapters and opinion pieces.

Neisser has presented at numerous regional and national conferences, appeared on National Public Radio’s “This American Life,” and been featured on Huffington Post Live. In 2015 the Essential Partners organization named Neisser as a co-recipient of their Founders’ Award in honor of his work to support healthy political dialogue.

 

About the School of Business and Liberal Arts 

The School of Business and Liberal Arts features bachelor’s degrees in programs ranging from Applied Psychology to Legal Studies and houses two new four-year degrees launching in fall 2018: Technological Communicationsand Early Childhood Care and Management.The school also offers associate degrees in accounting, business administration, early childhood education and liberal arts.

 

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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.