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Area Agencies Participate in SUNY Canton Health Fair, Oct. 23

Friday, October 19th, 2018

SUNY Canton aims to make it easier to learn about the many health-related resources available in the North Country.
SUNY Canton

The college will be hosting about 30 organizations to participate in its fall Health Fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference suites. The event is free and open to the public and is offered through the college’s Davis Health Center.

Health screenings at the fair include body mass index, blood pressure and diabetes risk assessment. Clara Fargo, a licensed massage therapist, will offer mini massage sessions. Guests can register at 10 a.m. with appointments available from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Other participants include:

  • ACR Health
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York
  • Canton Potsdam Hospital
  • Child Advocacy Center of Northern New York
  • Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • Community Health Center of the North Country
  • GardenShare
  • Healthy Way
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Kinney’s Drugs
  • LEVEL
  • North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council
  • North Country Prevention Council
  • Reachout of St. Lawrence County
  • Renewal House
  • Seaway Parkinson’s Coalition
  • Joe’s Addiction Treatment Recovery Centers
  • Lawrence County Traffic Safety Program
  • State Hearing & Audiology
  • Lawrence County Community Services
  • Lawrence County Public Health Programing
  • United Helpers
  • Watertown Vet Center

The SUNY Canton Health and Fitness Promotion program, the college’s EMS program, the College Association, Inc., and the Student Nursing Association will also be joining the event. Representatives from the college’s Green Dot violence prevention program will also be on-hand to promote its bystander intervention strategies.

SUNY Canton University Police Holds Community Active Shooter Training, Oct. 16

Monday, October 15th, 2018

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton will be offering Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training to the extended campus community at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the college’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Instruction will be led by University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin, who has spearheaded preparedness training on campus. Mulkin emphasizes the tactics avoid, deny and defend during the engaging 2-hour presentation.

“Many active shooter events are over before law enforcement arrives,” Mulkin said. “Civilians must be prepared to take immediate action. We provide effective preplanned response options that can help save lives.”

Mulkin is the former Village of Canton police chief and became a certified CRASE trainer shortly after he transitioned into his role in higher education. He’s previously offered the training for faculty, staff and students on campus and opened it to the public after hearing significant interest from community members.

 

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 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.

SBDC Women’s Business Bootcamp Focuses on Management, Leadership and Delegation

Friday, October 5th, 2018

SBDCThe SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer leadership solutions and managerial strategies for area entrepreneurs at their Women’s Business Bootcamp.

“If you’re a business owner, you have likely struggled with finding the help you need to keep your business running smoothly,” said SBDC Director Dale A. Rice. “Whether you have employees, work with family members or enlist interns, honing your leadership skills can help assure that you’re getting the best value from your work and from those who work with you.”

The Bootcamp will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the BOCES Education Services Center, 40 West Main St., Canton. Abrahm DiMarco, of DiMarco Consulting Group, will be the keynote speaker presenting “Balancing Management and Leadership: How to Delegate Effectively.”

“Due to intense competition for the best workers, small business owners often have to grow their own employees,” DiMarco explained. “Although these owners have excellent management and production skills, they now find themselves in leadership situations for which they are not prepared.”

To help with that struggle, DiMarco will explore the difference between leadership and management and why entrepreneurs have to find a balance. Attendees will be able to practice techniques for developing employees by giving intent and delegating responsibility.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon is held semi-annually by the SUNY Canton SBDC. The event features a speed networking session where participants make one-on-one connections and a Mini Marketplace where attendees showcase and sell their products or services. The luncheon is sponsored by OneGroup and Community Bank in cooperation with SBDC resource partners SUNY Canton and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA, administered by the State University of New York. SBDC programs are nondiscriminatory and available to individuals with disabilities.

Cost is $35 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or sbdc@canton.edu.

About the SBDC

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

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 Hosts 116th District Assembly Debate

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Candidates running for the 116thDistrict seat in the New York State Assembly will be participating in a debate at SUNY Canton.

Incumbent Addie Jenne (D-Theresa) and challenger Mark Walczyk (R-Watertown) have agreed to discuss their platforms and answer questions to help voters make informed decisions for the Nov. 6 general elections.

Jenne and Walczyk

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the debate is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 in the college’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP by emailing pr@canton.eduto help plan for audio and visual needs.

A panel of area journalists will be moderating the debate. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to submit written questions for each candidate.

For more information, please contact Executive Director for University Relations Lenore VanderZee by email, vanderzeel@canton.eduor call 315-386-7109.

SUNY Canton to Celebrate Constitution Day Sept. 17

Monday, September 10th, 2018

SUNY Canton will commemorate Constitution Day Monday, Sept. 17, with a discussion about the U.S. Supreme Court and a voter registration drive.

Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts Philip T. Neisser and Professor Jondavid S. DeLong, who teaches in the Legal Studies program, will lead a conversation about “The Supreme Court in Principle and Practice” at 4 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites. The event is free and open to the public.

Constitution Day 2017

“Professor DeLong and I will explain how the rule of law undergirds the U.S. Constitution, and the role the Supreme Court needs to play to make the rule of law into reality,” said Neisser.

The college will also hold a voter registration drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Southworth Library Learning Commons, the Halford Lobby in MacArthur Hall and the Miller Campus Center.

“We are continuing our longstanding practice of honoring Constitution Day by giving students the opportunity to learn about our democracy and encouraging them to become engaged citizens,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

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.

Commercial Trucking Career Fair at SUNY Canton, Sept. 12

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

CREST LogoSUNY Canton is seeking community members who are interested in earning a commercial driver’s license and are looking to start a driving career.

The Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center will be holding a career fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Halford Hall. The event will allow participants to register for upcoming training and learn about available job opportunities.

“There is a high need for drivers locally and nationwide,” said Arthur S. Garno, CREST Center Director. “We will be putting together a local certificate training program which will be offered at SUNY Canton to help train individuals for this stable, well-paying career.”

Garno said the career fair will help the college gauge interest and develop the curriculum, which is slated to begin later this fall.

Career Fair partners include the New York State Department of Labor, St. Lawrence County Economic Development Advisory Board Small Business Working Group, One Stop Shop in Canton, the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Authority, Workforce Development Institute, St. Lawrence – Lewis BOCES and several trucking firms.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton CREST Center by phone, 315-386-7197, or email crest@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 15 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. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.

 

Area Police Officers Graduate from SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Academy

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Most of the area’s newest police officers started their careers at SUNY Canton’s St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy.

The academy recently celebrated its 23rd graduation ceremony, recognizing its 2018 class of 13 cadets.

Deputy Greg Anderson salutes Undersheriff Brooks Bigwarfe

Pictured is St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputy Gregory Anderson saluting St. Lawrence County Undersheriff Brooks Bigwarfe after receiving his badge at the St. Lawrence County David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy Graduation.

“It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to work with these individuals over the last several months,” noted Academy Director Joseph W. Brown. “Always remember to serve your communities with dignity and respect. You will represent your agencies with integrity and dedication.”

Brown also challenged the graduates to continue their training at every opportunity. “The job is always changing, and you must evolve with it,” he said.

Director Joe Brown presents an award to Officer Katherine Burnham

Pictured is St. Lawrence County David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy Director Joseph Brown presenting Massena Police Officer Katherine Burnham with an award for overall effort at the Academy’s graduation ceremony.

SUNY Canton’s law enforcement training includes two phases. The first phase provides pre-employment training that encompasses the skills required to become a police officer. Cadets complete courses in emergency medical services, emergency vehicle operation and defensive tactics. Upon being sworn in as a police officer, cadets then complete phase two. Topics covered include police arrest techniques, firearms and counterterrorism training.

2018 Class of Cadets

The 2018 class of St. Lawrence County David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy Cadets.

At the graduation ceremony, cadets are either sworn in as officers of their associated sponsoring agency or are acknowledged for their completion of pre-employment training. The officers and graduates of this year’s ceremony were:

  • Gregory J. Anderson, who began a career as a St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputy. Anderson won a defensive tactics award, a firearms award and an emergency vehicle operations award.
  • Clifford S. Barnes, who began a career as a St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police officer.
  • Tewasherake Barnes, who began a career as a St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police officer.
  • Joshua Belile, who completed pre-employment training. Belile received an award for earning the highest GPA in the academy and graduated from the college’s Homeland Security program.
  • Joshua L. Burke, who began a career as a Norwood Village Police officer.
  • Katherine Burnham, who began a career as a Norfolk Village Police officer. Burnham won the academy director’s award for overall effort and also graduated from the college’s Criminal Investigation program.
  • Jenna L. Kiskiel, who completed pre-employment training and was then hired by the Rome Police Department. Kiskiel graduated from the college’s Criminal Investigation program.
  • Alex M. Lambiaso, who completed pre-employment training. Lambiaso graduated from the college’s Criminal Investigation program.
  • Matthew T. Merria, who began a career as a St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputy. Merria won a physical fitness award.
  • Anthony M. Montgomery, who began a career as a Norwood Village Police officer.
  • Tylor G. Reynolds, who began a career as a Norwood Village Police officer. Reynolds served as the class vice president.
  • Tylar J. Thomas, who began a career as a St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police officer.
  • Johnathan M. Ward, who began a career as a Norwood Village Police officer. Ward served as the class President and received the David Sullivan Best Overall Cadet award.

 

About the SUNY Canton Police Academy

The St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy is the only educational option for sworn law enforcement officers in St. Lawrence County. The college has offered the New York State Basic Course for Police Officers since 1996. The academy is accredited by the New York State Bureau for Municipal Police and is one of six in the state to be approved by the Department of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Public Safety. It is named in honor of the late Canton Village Chief of Police, David Sullivan. Students in the college’s Criminal Justice programs can complete their education by enrolling in the academy during their senior year.

 

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.

SUNY Canton Plants Tree in Memory of Campus Construction Worker

Monday, June 18th, 2018

SUNY Canton has planted a tree in remembrance of an area worker who lost his life during the construction of the new hill campus more than 50 years ago.

“During the course of our research into our history corresponding with our milestone ‘50 Years on the Hill’ anniversary, we learned that Merlin L. Rafter was involved in a tragic accident,” said Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley. “We are remembering this historically significant event to recognize the devoted worker who spent his final days building SUNY Canton.”

Merlin’s sister Sandra Mattice, his brother Randy Rafter, his daughter Judy Hargrave, his other daughter Linda Dixson, his widow Geraldine Gale, his son Terry Rafter, and Terry’s daughter, Sherry Rafter

The family of Merlin L. Rafter, a construction worker who lost his life during the initial construction of SUNY Canton, attended a memorial tree planting ceremony on campus. Pictured are (l to r) Merlin’s sister Sandra Mattice, his brother Randy Rafter, his daughter Judy Hargrave, his other daughter Linda Dixson, his widow Geraldine Gale, his son Terry Rafter, and Terry’s daughter, Sherry Rafter. The family is from Madrid.

On Oct. 10, 1966, Rafter was killed while the campus was beginning to take shape, according to John A. Goetze, who served as both a faculty member and the facilities project coordinator at the college. Rafter and two other workmen descended into a trench to help lay a section of pipe. Without warning, the trench suddenly collapsed on them. Two other workers involved with the accident escaped injury, according to the Oct. 11, 1966 edition of the St. Lawrence Plaindealer. Rafter was a resident of Norwood and hailed from Madrid.

Merlin Rafter

A portrait of Merlin L. Rafter provided by his family. Rafter lost his life during a construction accident at SUNY Canton in 1966.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran encouraged the college to plant an Ivory Lilac (syringa reticula) tree overlooking the campus to celebrate Rafter and his family.

“Planting a tree lets us reflect on the longtime friends of the college,” said Szafran. “As it blooms each spring, we’ll be reminded that Merlin gave everything as part of the effort to help us build this great college. Students, faculty and staff will all enjoy this beautiful addition to the campus for many years to come.”

Terry Rafter, Judy Hargrave, Linda Dixson, and Geraldine Gale helping to plant a tree in memory of Merlin L. Rafter

Pictured are (l to r) Terry Rafter, Judy Hargrave, Linda Dixson, and Geraldine Gale helping to plant a tree in memory of Merlin L. Rafter, who died in 1966 during the construction of the SUNY Canton hill campus.

Rafter’s family attended the tree planting ceremony held during the college’s alumni weekend celebration (Saturday, June 2). The tree and a memorial plaque were purchased by the Canton College Foundation and Szafran.

“It’s impossible to know what Merlin was thinking about on that day he came to work in 1966,” Szafran said. “Perhaps he was thinking about his upcoming plans to hunt or fish here in St. Lawrence County. He may have been thinking about his family, including his wife, Geraldine, and their sons and daughters. We’d like to speculate he was thinking about all of those things in addition to feeling the pride and accomplishment in creating a place where future generations would come to learn and better their lives.”

SUNY Canton Promotes Community Engagement with ‘50 Acts of Kindness’ Challenge

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

SUNY Canton has exceeded its goal to carry out 50 acts of kindness in commemoration of the college’s “50 Years on the Hill” celebration.

Students, faculty and staff completed more than 1,600 volunteer hours throughout the past eight months on more than 50 projects, which ranged from fundraising to community service.

Students carry a log down a path at the Grasse River Heritage Park.

“It’s incredible that nearly every person on campus contributed to reaching this goal,” said President Zvi Szafran. “This endeavor represents our commitment to citizenship, which is at the heart of our Campus Creed, and, more importantly, strengthens our bond with those who share this community with us.”

Five students hold a Puerto Rican flag in front of the SUNY Canton digital sign.

Notable projects included a student-led effort last fall to collect supplies for Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The drive was in support of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort, and the governor’s office said SUNY Canton’s donation was one of the largest they had received thus far.

The Men's Basketball team poses in front of a bag of leaves.

In addition to earning praise from community and state leaders, the 50 acts project also received accolades from SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson.

“Congratulations to the entire SUNY Canton community on reaching the ‘50 Acts of Kindness’ goal in honor of a historic milestone,” said Johnson. “SUNY campuses are known as hubs for knowledge and economic development in their communities, but they are also forces for positive community action and service. Your effort is a perfect example of SUNY Generosity at work. It’s remarkable that through this project, your collective impact was felt as close as Canton and as far away as Puerto Rico. Thank you for being a positive force in your community and outstanding ambassadors for SUNY.”

Construction Technology students cut lumber for the North Country Children's Museum

Students made an impact locally through a number of volunteer efforts, including sewing blankets for patients in area hospitals, raising funds for area animal shelters, renovating the North Country Children’s Museum in Potsdam and helping elderly residents with lawn maintenance in Canton. One of the culminating projects was a clean-up day at Grasse River Heritage Park in Canton.

“Our sincere thanks to students, faculty and staff who volunteered their time to repair our walking trails and boardwalk for the upcoming season,” said Grasse River Heritage Area Development Corporation’s Board of Directors Vice President Peter Wyckoff. “This was definitely the largest group we’ve hosted at a Grasse River Heritage work session in many years, if not for the life of the park.”

 

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.