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SUNY Canton to Induct Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Ceremony to be held during Alumni Weekend celebration, June 2-4

SUNY Canton will welcome several alumni, friends and former leaders into the college’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 2 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

The Hall of Fame was created in 2011 to celebrate the past, present and future of the college by recognizing those who have made significant contributions to their field, their communities and to the storied history of SUNY Canton. The 2017 inductees are:

  • Preston C. Carlisle is the founding attorney of The Carlisle Law Firm, P.C., in Ogdensburg. He has generously supported scholarships and athletics at SUNY Canton for many years, as well as many other organizations in the North Country. He has served on the Canton College Foundation Board.
  • Edward N. Coombs, class of 1986, has held senior financial positions with a number of companies, and as a member and officer of the Canton College Foundation Board, has helped the organization maintain financial stability. He and his wife, Christine (Howard) Coombs, class of 1985, established the Coombs-Muscarella Endowed Scholarship in 2013 to benefit a student active in extracurricular activities and with prominent leadership skills.
  • SUNY Canton President Emeritus Joseph L. and Dine Kennedy brought transformative change to SUNY Canton for two decades during Kennedy’s presidency. Under his innovative leadership, enrollment doubled and he added four-year programs to the college’s strong selection of two-year and certificate offerings. Mrs. Kennedy is a dedicated community volunteer who has worked with a number of organizations in the North Country. They both remain connected to SUNY Canton and the Canton College Foundation through their membership in the Payson-Martin Society and scholarship support.

  • Richard F. Layo, class of 1976, is a successful businessman who played hockey for SUNY Canton from 1974 to 1976. As captain, he led the team to claim their third and fourth consecutive national championship titles. Thanks to his generosity, SUNY Canton erected a statue of Coach Terry Martin in 2013, which is located at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.
  • David R. Nichols, class of 1963, is a world-renowned guitar maker who has crafted instruments for famous musicians such as Johnny Cash, B.B. King and ZZ Top. He gives back to the community by generously teaching his craft out of his shop in Malone, which has become a mecca for visitors from all over the world.
  • The O’Neill Family/A.W. Collins, Corporation have been supporters of SUNY Canton for more than 30 years. A.W. Collins is an amusement and vending company serving all of St. Lawrence County. The O’Neill family were lead donors for the college’s athletic turf field lighting and contribute their time and assistance to Canton youth sports, among other community projects.

From left to right: 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees Richard F. Layo ’76, David R. Nichols ’63, Rosella Todd Valentine ’68

  • Daniel J. Sweeney, class of 1975, worked in many capacities at SUNY Canton during his career, including vice president of student affairs and dean of students. In all of his roles, he was a mentor to young adults. A longtime advisor to the Delta Kappa Sigma Fraternity, two alumni created a scholarship in his name: The Daniel J. Sweeney ’75 Delta Kappa Sigma Fraternity Leadership Endowment.
  • Rosella Todd Valentine, class of 1968, worked for 31 years as an Office Technology Teacher for BOCES Northwest Technical Education Center in Ogdensburg and also served as the state’s first Teacher Ambassador for occupational education. A dedicated volunteer for many organizations, she joined the Canton College Foundation board in 1977, is a past president of the Alumni Association and is currently a member of the Payson-Martin Society.

The induction ceremony is just one of the special events scheduled for Alumni Weekend. The college will also host academic tours, special fraternity gatherings, a hiking excursion, a half-century luncheon for the class of 1967 and a “CantonFest” barbeque. For more information or to register, visit www.canton.edu/alumni/reunion.html.

 

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 degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Celebrates More than 900 Graduates at 109th Commencement

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Family, friends, faculty, professional staff and distinguished guests gathered Saturday, May 13, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to congratulate more than 900 graduates on their academic achievements.

“I am extremely proud that you have achieved this major goal in your lives,” said President Zvi Szafran. “I know that as you move forward, you’ll be able to accomplish many great things, as have the many alumni from SUNY Canton who have preceded you.”

SUNY Canton Student Government Association Vice President Fitzroy Saunders addresses his fellow graduates at the college’s 109th Commencement Ceremony.

The keynote address was delivered by Mohawk Bear Clan Matron Wa’kerakats:te Louise McDonald Herne, who received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of her work to improve the overall health and economic standing of the Haudenosaunee during the past decade.

Herne spoke about her family’s personal connection to the college, and was enthusiastic about strengthening SUNY Canton’s partnership with the Mohawk Nation.

Pictured are (L to R) Wa’kerakats:te Louise McDonald Herne, receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

“I am humbled by this honored invitation, and I would like to use this moment to rekindle our relationship upon these indigenous lands,” she said. “I hope to bring home inspiration and renewed dedication to a joint quest for self-determination, justice, freedom and peace in our traditional territories.”

Speaking directly to graduates, she encouraged them to adopt the core Native American values of a unified approach to nature and the quest for balance and equilibrium in their lives. “Above all, love and respect mother earth,” she said.

Fitzroy Saunders, the Student Government Association vice president, offered words of encouragement to his fellow graduates and several students received special recognition, including:

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology major Alex D. Sterling of Champlain, who earned the Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award.
  • Nursing major Claudette Dossou-Kitti of Brooklyn, who earned the Outstanding Associate Graduate Award.
  • Healthcare Management graduate Julian S. Shaw of Jamaica, N.Y., who was chosen to receive the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award.

Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton Alumni Association President Kelly Obermayer greets Morgan L. Johnston, a Finance graduate from Chase Mills. Obermayer bestowed ceremonial medallions to each graduate as they walked across the stage.

As students collected their diploma, the President of the Alumni Board of Directors Kelly Obermayer, class of 1979, welcomed each graduate into the alumni family by presenting them with a special medallion.

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

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

Nicholas Vasilopoulos of Montreal stands with graduates from the SUNY Canton School of Health, Science and Criminal Justice at the college’s 109th Commencement Ceremony. Vasilopoulos is a graduate of the Criminal Investigation program.

 

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 at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Dr. Tony Beane Receives SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty Award

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The SUNY Canton College Council has selected a professor who teaches in the Veterinary Science Technology program as the recipient of a prestigious award.

Dr. Tony Beane was presented with the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award at the college’s Pauline A. Graveline Honors Convocation Ceremony April 26.

During his 18-year career at SUNY Canton, he has built a reputation as an engaging and caring educator. Students say his passion for animal care and emphasis on intellectual development inspires them to reach their full potential.

Anthony Beane

“Dr. Beane is devoted to creating a learning community that fosters the academic, social and professional growth of our students,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly A. Mott, Ph.D.

Upon accepting his award, Beane thanked the students, faculty and administrators who wrote letters of support for his nomination, and he congratulated those who were being recognized at the ceremony.

“I hope that I, along with your other teachers, advisors and mentors, have been able to prepare you for your futures,” he told the audience.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is an active member of the campus community, serving on the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and the Faculty Affairs Committee. His most visible contribution to the college is a beautification project in which he personally selected, planted and maintains a variety of tree and plant species across the campus landscape.

“Not only do Dr. Beane’s activities show his commitment to the school and the community, but they also serve to make him a tremendous role model to the students,” said Veterinary Science Technology Department Chair Dr. Mary O’Horo Loomis.

He is currently the attending veterinarian on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees for St. Lawrence and Clarkson Universities and has served as the Vice President of the Potsdam Humane Society Board of Directors. Beane is also the Secretary-Treasurer for the Northern New York Veterinary Medical Society.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from SUNY Potsdam in 1984 and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 1988.

 

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 at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Staff Member Publishes Poetry Collection

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Amanda StopaAmanda E. Stopa, an assistant director for the SUNY Canton College Foundation and Office of Alumni Affairs, has published a book of poetry titled “Myths & Rituals.”

“I was inspired to write the book after I spent the summer in Rome in 2009,” Stopa said. “Thematically, the poems are about loss and healing, leaving home, and going back.”

She explained that the poems were composed over the course of eight years; some were written while earning her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Rutgers University from 2011-2013, while others were completed within the past year.

Stopa collaborated with Los Angeles-based photographer Chuck Lang, whose images are featured throughout the book.

Myths & Rituals“Chuck was gracious enough to allow his photos to be used in this way,” she said. “It’s very rare for a poetry publication to include photography because of the cost; but the publisher believed in the work enough to go forward with it.”

Stopa’s poetry has previously been featured in the “Best of Philadelphia Stories Anthology” and “Bearers of Distance Anthology.” She also won the 2016 North County Historical Writing Contest for her short story “Apricity.”

“Myths & Rituals” is available for purchase on Amazon.

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 at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Engineering Technology Student to Bring Sustainable Energy to Peru

Monday, December 12th, 2016

A junior in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program will travel to South America this winter to manufacture and install a wind turbine that will provide green energy to the rural Peruvian community of Playa Blanca.

Jessica L. Fischer was selected to join 12 other students from around the world for the four-week volunteer project, which is organized by the WindAid Institute, an organization that builds and installs low-cost, residential-scale wind turbines in developing communities.

SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology student Jessica L. Fischer will travel to Peru this winter to help construct a wind turbine for the village of Playa Blanca.

Fischer, a native of Buffalo, said a passion for wind power is what prompted her to look into working with the nonprofit.

“While pursuing my degree, I had the opportunity to take courses that focus on alternative energy,” she said. “This project will take my education one step further and allow me to see first-hand how providing access to environmentally friendly power can transform someone’s life.”

Since the turbines are manufactured from scratch by volunteers, Fischer said the skills she has gained in the classroom will help her during the fabrication and installation process.

Jessica Fischer“Every lab and lecture at SUNY Canton included real-world applications for the engineering concepts I was learning,” she added. “I have also completed a course that specifically focused on the design and technology of wind turbines, so I am very prepared for this project.”

Her duties will include constructing the blades, which are a mixture of carbon fiber and resin, and building the base, which is made from recycled stainless steel and fiberglass.

“This opportunity is most fitting for Jessica; she is a dynamic, hardworking and detail-oriented student,” said Daniel J. Miller an assistant professor who teaches in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. “The entire campus is very proud of the work she will be doing in Peru, and we look forward to learning about her experience when she returns.”

Approximately 37 percent of the Peruvian population lacks grid connectivity; however, according to the institute, the rural landscape of the country’s mountains and coastline offers the ideal climate for wind power, which is a preferable alternative to expensive diesel generators that emit carcinogens and other pollutants.

The turbine produces approximately 870 kilowatt-hours of energy annually, which is enough to power a television, laptop or 36 LED lightbulbs for the entire year.

Since the WindAid Institute began 2006, their engineers and technicians have led more than 50 installation projects in Peru. The cost of the materials is covered by the contributions from the volunteers, and maintenance costs are paid for by the recipient community.

Fischer’s trip was funded by donations from the Canton College Foundation, SUNY Canton’s offices of the President and the Provost, and alumnus Thomas P. Woodside, class of 1966.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who supported my efforts to become the first student from SUNY Canton to serve as a WindAid Institute ambassador,” Fischer said.

 

About WindAid Institute

We serve as an educational institute whose projects provide electricity to developing communities utilizing wind energy to provide a clean and reliable source of electricity in locations where traditional electricity is not available. Students and professionals come from all over the world to work together designing, building and installing wind generators. Each project contributes to the evolution of the design, or reinforces the solidity of the design concepts encouraging an environment of education and innovation. To learn more, visit www.windaid.org.

 

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 Remembers Distinguished Alumnus John L. Halford, Sr. (1925-2016)

Friday, December 9th, 2016

“I hope students enjoy their time at the college and use their experience to shape their lives.”

One of SUNY Canton’s most dedicated patrons has passed away.

John L. Halford, Sr., of Gouverneur, died December 7, 2016, at Maplewood Nursing Home in Canton. He was 91. A memorial service will be held in the spring.

“John Halford did a tremendous amount of good in this world,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “He served America in World War II, and served the communities that he lived in when he returned. He always wanted to help others, through his church, his town, and through funding scholarships and supporting his college. He will be sorely missed.”

Mr. Halford was born Jan. 24, 1925 in Gouverneur. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and served in the South Pacific attached to the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion and the 3rd Marine Division. He received an honorary discharge in 1946 and returned to graduate from Gouverneur High School in 1947.

SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus John L. Halford stands with President Zvi Szafran after the patron made a large donation in honor of the new president.

He then went on to graduate from the Agricultural and Technical College at Canton in 1949 with a degree in Air Conditioning Engineering Technology. Mr. Halford also took courses at St. Lawrence University, Hofstra University and Suffolk Community College.

Mr. Halford worked for the Gouverneur Hospital from 1951 to 1953. He was employed at Brookhaven National Laboratory from 1953 to 1970 as a technical specialist whose primary responsibilities were in the development of liquid containment materials for nuclear reactors. He then worked as maintenance supervisor for Suffolk County in the Buildings and Grounds Department from 1972 until his retirement in 1988.

 

A lifetime of commitment to SUNY Canton

Mr. Halford was a dedicated believer in helping students to achieve their potential. In 1989 he established an endowed scholarship at SUNY Canton that is given annually to five students who are in need of financial assistance. In 1999, Mr. Halford established a memorial scholarship to honor the wartime service of the six Halford brothers – all of whom served in World War II. This scholarship is awarded to two Gouverneur High School seniors who are planning to attend one of the four-year programs at SUNY Canton.

In a 2005 article for the After Canton alumni magazine, Mr. Halford said, “College is all about opportunities in life. A lot of young people don’t see a future, but I hope that with these scholarships I can help them see all of the possibilities that lie ahead for them.”

Mr. Halford had the distinct honor of being the alum with the most locations named for him on SUNY Canton’s campus. The college dedicated the John L. Halford, Sr. Lobby in 2005, Halford Suite in the Roos House in 2011, Halford Classroom in 2012, a Veterans Tree in 2014 and Halford Hall, which houses the CREST Center, in 2014. Mr. Halford also served on the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors since 2004.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton alumnus John L. Halford Sr., his wife, Nelta, SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

He received the college’s prestigious Distinguished Alumnus award at SUNY Canton’s 2010 Commencement Ceremony, was inducted into the college-wide Hall of Fame in 2011 and was inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame by State Senator Patty Ritchie in 2014.

Most recently, Mr. Halford gave a generous donation in honor of Dr. Szafran’s installment at SUNY Canton. The president’s father, Daniel Szafran, and the late patron became fast friends after their initial introduction.

Donations in Mr. Halford’s memory can be made to the Canton College Foundation.

Support SUNY Canton on Giving Tuesday

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The Canton College Foundation is joining the Giving Tuesday movement by celebrating donors and asking for new contributions to the Canton Fund.

Halford Hall

The college is adorning all of the places on campus with golden ribbons that were named for or sponsored by SUNY Canton patrons for Giving Tuesday. Pictured are Halford Hall, named in honor of 1949 Alumnus John L. Halford, Sr., and the statue of Former Men’s Hockey Coach Terry Martin outside of the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

“Thanks to past support, this year we’ve awarded more than $460,000 in scholarships to 291 students,” noted Anne M. Sibley, vice president for advancement. “Faculty, staff and students are receiving almost $50,000 for special projects and professional development. We want to thank everyone who makes this possible.”

Terry Martin StatueIn celebration of Giving Tuesday, the College Foundation will be hanging bright gold bows on buildings and areas that were named for, or substantially improved by, charitable benefactors. Faculty and staff members who donate to the college will be personally thanked throughout the day.

“The Canton Fund has a positive impact across the campus,” Sibley said. “We are encouraging everyone to join us during this national celebration of generosity.”

The Canton College Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports the educational mission of SUNY Canton. Donations to the Canton Fund directly support scholarships, campus enhancement awards, faculty and staff grants and alumni activities.

To make a gift, contact the Canton College Foundation by phone (315) 386-7127 or email foundation@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton Dedicates Court for Former Men’s Basketball Coach Stan Cohen

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

A remarkable five-decade career of coaching and commitment to students is memorialized in the college’s athletic facility. 

SUNY Canton will dedicate its main basketball court in honor of the late former men’s basketball coach Stanley W. Cohen.

“Our team today is full of bright young players,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “In fact, they are much like the dedicated, respectful alumni athletes who played for Mr. Cohen. It gives me pride to be able to make connections between our storied past and our great future. It is an outstanding tribute to a remarkable coach.”

Stan Cohen Court

The main basketball court in SUNY Canton’s Roos House has been renamed the Stan Cohen Court. The college will hold a dedication ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6.

A reception remembering Cohen will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the mezzanine area of Roos House Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center. The official naming ceremony will be held at halftime of the 7 p.m. men’s basketball game against Utica College. The college openly invites alumni, friends and the public to the event.

Pictured are former SUNY Canton men’s basketball coach Stanley W. Cohen and one of his standout athletes Robert C. Rogers. They were both inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2011.

Pictured are former SUNY Canton men’s basketball coach Stanley W. Cohen and one of his standout athletes Robert C. Rogers. They were both inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2011.

Alumni, athletes and friends of the college contributed the funding to the SUNY Canton College Foundation to secure the ability to name the court for Cohen, who is held in high esteem by former players, faculty and staff members, students, community members and peers.

Cohen led some of the most successful basketball teams in the history of the college and coached 10 players who went on to play at Division I colleges. Among those was Robert C. Rogers, who with his wife Margaret, made the generous lead gift to celebrate Cohen’s legacy.

“I had the privilege of touring our brand-new athletic complex with Stan and his former all-star student-athlete Bob Rogers,” said SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “You could see right away the remarkable bond and admiration the two men had for each other, even after all those years. Stan and his family are richly deserving of this incredible honor.”

Cohen, who was inducted as an inaugural member of the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2011, began his career at the college in 1957 as a basketball coach and accounting instructor. His teams made the NJCAA national tournament in 1965 and secured three Empire State Conference Championships.

He eventually became the Athletic Director and added several sports, including hockey, wrestling, cross country, soccer and baseball. Under his leadership, the Canton Aggies were renamed the Northmen, one of the most iconic monikers in college history. He worked at the College for 39 years and was an integral part of SUNY Canton athletics until he retired in 1996.

The College Foundation is continuing to collect donations toward the court naming. Individuals who contribute will be commemorated on a plaque inside the Cohen Court. For more information contact 1-800-811-6727 or email rosserk@canton.edu.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in 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’s Tutoring Center Named for Dedicated Educator

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Betty J. EvansBetty J. Evans, a retired teacher, was recognized Monday for her recent contribution to the SUNY Canton College Foundation at a dedication ceremony.

The Tutoring Center in the Southworth Library Learning Commons was named in her honor, reflecting her lifelong support for learning.

“I’m proud to announce the Betty J. Evans Tutoring Center,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “This warm, friendly and supportive environment brings students together around learning. The peer and professional tutors do everything they can to help students excel in their courses. That’s the same thing that Betty Evans did every day of her teaching career. She found ways to help students see their potential and succeed.”

Szafran expressed his pride in the services offered and the staff who support the tutoring center, which consistently receives top marks in the SUNY-wide Student Opinion Survey.

Former Canton educator Betty J. Evans helps SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran unveil a plaque naming the tutoring center in her honor at a ceremony in SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library. Evans was joined by her companion Ken Masters (far left).

Former Canton educator Betty J. Evans helps SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran unveil a plaque naming the tutoring center in her honor at a ceremony in SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library. Evans was joined by her companion Ken Masters (far left).

Evans said that she had special memories of when her late son Perry attended SUNY Canton, and those recollections had lead her to offer her support. In addition to her recent gift, she endowed a scholarship in Perry’s memory, which is awarded annually to a student from an agricultural background.

“I have spent most of my life helping people decide what they will do with the opportunities they have,” she said. “My hopes are that the students will make good use of what is available here, and it is very apparent that they have already started. This is a beautiful and practical place.”

Betty J. Evans and her companion Ken Masters with SUNY Canton tutor with Legal Studies major Megan D. Royce of Ogdensburg at the Tutoring Center dedication ceremony. Royce spoke to the strength of the tutoring center and thanked Evans for her donation.

Betty J. Evans and her companion Ken Masters with SUNY Canton tutor and Legal Studies major Megan D. Royce of Ogdensburg at the Tutoring Center dedication ceremony. Royce spoke to the strength of the tutoring center and thanked Evans for her donation.

Evans is well known as an ardent supporter of education, health care, her church and the community in the North Country. She taught students with disabilities for 18 years with the Canton Central School District. In 2014 she was inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame.

She said sponsoring the learning center was a good way for her to stay involved in young scholars’ lives. “I hope this is an example for others of how they can invest in the future.”

The SUNY Canton Tutoring Center is a hub of activity. It includes math, science, business and accounting tutors, and the college’s writing center. Peer and professional tutors provide help for students in a resource-rich environment designed to promote learning.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in 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 College Foundation Helps Criminal Investigation Students Gain Real-World Experience

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The SUNY Canton College Foundation helped 20 students learn how to crack cold cases and unravel the mysteries of complex crimes.

The College Foundation recently contributed nearly $6,000, or about 75 percent of the cost for each student to participate in a two-day symposium with Laura G. Pettler, Ph.D., a noted authority on physical and behavioral evidence. Pettler is an expert on crime scene staging, or the manipulation of evidence to misdirect an investigation, according to Elizabeth A. Brown, Ph.D., an associate professor who teaches in the Criminal Investigation program.

Students and faculty from the SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation program stand with Laura Pettler, Ph.D., during a recent crime scene staging symposium. The advanced learning opportunity was partially paid for by the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

Students and faculty from the SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation program stand with Laura Pettler, Ph.D., during a recent crime scene staging symposium. The advanced learning opportunity was partially paid for by the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

The training was previously reserved for law enforcement professionals. It was offered to a college-level audience for the first time at SUNY Canton. “Students would not have been able to access this professional-level training without assistance from the College Foundation,” Brown said.

Pettler’s approach is geared toward modern police investigation and interview techniques and employs the scientific method to focus on examining crime and the offenders who commit the acts.

Crime Scene Staging Laser Analysis“When our students analyze crime scenes, either in class or in real life, they can never discount the idea that the evidence has been altered,” said Brown. “Dr. Pettler illustrated examples where the evidence had been moved to suggest something else had happened. Such manipulation could point to the wrong suspect or even make the case unsolvable.”

Students said that the symposium used actual police files to help them establish the nature of a crime. “We actually got to solve a case and determine whether it was staged or not,” said Marissa O. Woodworth of Malone. “This is exactly what I want to do when I graduate.”

SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley said funding the seminar was one of the many ways that the College Foundation supports students and the college as a whole.

“We were glad to be able to facilitate this real-world experience and career preparation for Criminal Justice students,” said Anne M. Sibley, vice president for advancement. ““Facilitating seminars, offering scholarships, faculty and staff development and campus enhancement awards are all ways that donor support helps advance the college’s mission.”

 

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.