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SUNY Canton Students Help Build the North Country Children’s Museum

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Students in SUNY Canton’s Wood Structures lab gained valuable real-world experience by helping the North Country Children’s Museum renovate their new Potsdam location.

Led by experienced faculty, the students have helped with several projects at the museum’s building behind The Tile Co. at 10 Raymond Street. Most recently, the students leveled the floors and framed walls in the building’s classroom space.

A student cuts lumber with a circular saw.

“Students are able to apply and expand on what they have learned in the classroom setting,” said professional contractor and SUNY Canton Lecturer Andrew L. Reiter. “They are better able to learn processes when they can have their hands on the work in a real situation.”

The hands-on experience involved in the project allows students to gain confidence with their problem-solving abilities and apply their theoretical knowledge.

In the past, students in the Construction Technology Management program have built residential and public structures in Canton.

The North Country Children’s Museum is expected to open their new location in 2018.

Construction Management students pose for a group photo.

NoCo Children’s Museum 2017 – Abaigeal Stoddard holds a board while Amery J. Jarrett cuts it lengthwise inside the new North Country Children’s Museum location, 10 Raymond Street in Potsdam. Both are students from SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology.

NoCo Children’s Museum 2017-2 Pictured are SUNY Canton students (l to r) in the back row, Zackary Kanaly, Cole J. McMahon, Austin J. Menard, and Zachary Kenny. In the front row are Aaron W. Bush, Kyle Drake, Amery J. Jarrett, and Abaigeal Stoddard with SUNY Canton Lecturer Andrew L. Reiter. The hands-on lab volunteered to work at the North Country Children’s museum in Potsdam.

Students Help Local Farm Stay Green

Friday, November 10th, 2017

SUNY Canton students are helping Birdsfoot Farm in Canton remain an environmentally-friendly community.

Kibria K. Roman, an instructor in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program, said that his students will be augmenting their classroom instruction this semester by volunteering their time to troubleshoot and make repairs to the farm’s solar units.

Student Nicholas J. Abbott, student Kevin A. Segit, Training Coordinator Paul E. Todd and Instructor Kibria K. Roman speak with Birdsfoot community member Patricia Endres about the farm’s solar energy system.

From left to right: Student Nicholas J. Abbott, student Kevin A. Segit, Training Coordinator Paul E. Todd and Instructor Kibria K. Roman speak with Birdsfoot community member Patricia Endres about the farm’s solar energy system.

Birdsfoot, which was founded in 1972, is a proponent of sustainable living and grows organic vegetables, flowers and herbs.

Roman explained that the students are building a system to test the main residence’s heat exchanger. They will work in collaboration with a local solar energy installation company, Proven Energy Systems, to make the necessary repairs, as well as learn how to fix a solar charging station.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to apply the skills they are learning to solve a real-world problem, while also work alongside experts in the industry,” Roman said.

Paul E. Todd inspects a solar panel unit with Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems students Nicholas J. Abbott and Kevin A. Segit.

From left to right: SUNY Canton Training Coordinator Paul E. Todd inspects a solar panel unit with Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems students Nicholas J. Abbott and Kevin A. Segit.

The partnership with Proven Energy Systems was established by one of the program’s students, Michael J. Tuper, who is working part time for the company while taking classes full time.

“This collaboration also has the potential of creating opportunities for students who want to complete internships with Proven Energy Systems in the future,” Roman said.

SUNY Canton Hop to Health Fair Shows Community Resources

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The SUNY Canton Davis Health Center has invited more than 25 area agencies and organizations to campus to highlight health-related resources.

The fall “Hop to Health Fair” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center room 212. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees can get their blood pressure checked, participate in a cancer screening, or have their body fat percentage and body mass index calculated. There will also be information about Alzheimer’s awareness and support, organ donation, breast cancer prevention, nutrition, financial health, addiction and relapse prevention and treatment, traffic safety and hearing preservation.

In addition, the Mobile Veterans Center, which is used to serve geographically remote communities, will be on hand to provide counseling services and information for military veterans and their families.

For more information, contact SUNY Canton Health Educator and Wellness Coordinator Farren C. Lobdell at (315) 386-7958 or email to davisf@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 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 Collects Bras to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Davis Health Center is holding an undergarment drive and fundraiser to raise awareness about women’s health.

The college will be collecting new or gently used bras for a “Bras Across Campus” event scheduled for 10 a.m., Oct. 26 in the Southworth Library Learning Commons. All of the donations will be hung up to remind viewers about breast cancer prevention.

Students hang bras in the library.

BRAS ACROSS CANTON – Pictured are SUNY Canton students Samuel C. Benzing of Greig (front) and Tekyra S. Le’Gare of the Bronx (back) hanging up some of the bras donated for the Bras Across Campus fundraiser in the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

“The distinctive display will be used as a visual aid to emphasize the importance of self-breast exams,” said Health Educator and Wellness Coordinator Farren C. Lobdell. “SUNY Canton is one of only 25 colleges to participate in the campaign.”

Student helps Farren Lobdell prepare donations for display.

DONATIONS WELCOME – Kayla M. Goldman of East Patchogue helps Health Educator and Wellness Coordinator Farren C. Lobdell prepare some of the donations for display. The college is collecting new or gently used bras to help raise awareness about breast cancer.

Approximately 120 bras have already been collected during the drive. All donations will be distributed locally. Drop-off locations include the Wellness Promotions office in Campus Center room 134 near Rendezvous, and at the Southworth Library. There will also be an informational table for the project during the college’s Oct. 24 Health Fair.

Lobdell also mentioned a fundraising component for this campaign. Students, faculty and community members can donate to the Feel Your Boobies Foundation, which provides the college’s breast cancer prevention educational materials. The campus-wide goal is $500, with prizes at three giving levels.

 

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 Stands With Puerto Rico

Monday, October 16th, 2017

SUNY Canton students and staff are leading several fundraising initiatives and donation drives to assist Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

SUNY Canton senior Maurizio M. Paniconi-Pagan from San Juan is partnering with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort to organize a donation drive on campus to collect supplies.

“My family was very lucky in comparison to many others,” he said. “I know people who have lost everything.”

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

After learning about the devastation, Paniconi-Pagan said he felt helpless being so far away from home.

“I wanted to get on a plane and be with my family, but that wasn’t possible. So, I began working on this fundraiser as a way to help.”

Donations are welcome from the community, and drop-off locations will be available until Oct. 27. At this time, only the following items are being accepted:

  • Batteries, flashlights and portable lanterns
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Cases of bottled water
  • Feminine hygiene products

All items must be unopened and in their original packaging. Drop-off locations are located at Chaney Dining Hall, Miller Campus Center Room 134, Roos House (Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center), and French Hall Room 100. Financial donations to purchase supplies will also be accepted in Miller Campus Center Room 224. For more information, call (315) 386-7608.

Online students who would like to donate can contact Coakley’s Ace Hardware in Canton by phone at (315) 386-8161 and receive 15 percent off orders for portable lanterns, batteries, flashlights or cases of water. The items will be set aside and picked up by volunteers.

SUNY Canton’s Sigma Omega Epsilon sorority, Student Greek Council, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee are supporting the drive through financial donations and collection efforts.

The SUNY Canton men’s baseball team is also organizing a t-shirt fundraiser to benefit the Clemente Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports a host of charities, including hurricane relief aid groups. Three members of the team hail from Puerto Rico and, in 2016, two players traveled with the Roos to the island in 2016 to compete in the inaugural Clemente Cup competition. To purchase a commemorative Clemente Cup shirt ($30 each), contact Men’s Baseball Head Coach Joe Carbone at carbonej@canton.edu or (315) 386-7396.

In addition, SUNY Canton Admissions Director Melissa Evans is organizing a fundraiser to aid in equine care on the island in coordination with American Association of Equine Practitioners. The organization has established a disaster relief fund to help horses and their owners recover from storm damage with feed and vet supplies. Contact Evans for more information at evansm@canton.edu or (518) 495-7669.

 

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.

Art Display to Light Up Grasse River

Friday, September 29th, 2017

The public is invited to attend a temporary art event that merges nature and technology on the Grasse River adjacent to the SUNY Canton campus.

The concept, according to artist and SUNY Canton Associate Professor Matthew J. Burnett, is to bring together the campus and surrounding community to watch the launch of 100 LED lighted miniature vessels on the river at approximately 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. The display, titled “Convergence,” will cap off the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley’s Sustainability Day, held at SUNY Canton.

Sustainability Day

“Seeing so much polarity and division in contemporary society, not solely in environmental issues, but more specifically the politics of sustainability, national politics, social class, etc., I conceived this event as a means for people to come together,” Burnett said. “By holding it at the conclusion of the second annual Sustainability Day, I want to celebrate the continuing efforts and hard work of those participating in the furthering of sustainable culture.”

Burnett asks that observers gather at the pedestrian footbridge that connects the campus to the Grasse River island. The vessels are designed and fabricated by the artist and contain LED lights powered by an arduino processor, similar to the technology used in drones and remote control electronics. After the launch, they will be collected downstream.

“We’ve been culturally conditioned to separate “nature” from “technology,” but in a way of thinking, nature is the best example of technology,” Burnett added. “Any biological process that we observe represents 3.8 billion years of R&D.”

Burnett teaches in SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program and has previously created several environmental installations in Germany, New York, Maine and Nova Scotia.

The event is sponsored by the Associated Colleges, SUNY Canton’s Offices of the President and Provost, Clarkson University’s Office of Student Life and Engagement, and the University of Munich Applied Sciences.

 

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 and Fort Drum’s Solar Ready Vets Program Brings Power to Norwood Fountain

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Fort Drum soldiers enrolled in SUNY Canton’s Solar Ready Vets program will be installing photovoltaic panels to power Norwood’s landmark fountain.

The class will be working from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the fountain’s site on Prospect Street. This is the latest in a series of restorations initiated through the Save the Fountain campaign and fundraising effort, according to committee co-chair and SUNY Canton employee Teresa L. Sharlow Clemmo.

Norwood Fountain

Clemmo said that Kevin McAdoo, a SUNY Canton faculty member and Solar Ready Vets Program Coordinator offered to help with the project.

“We couldn’t have been more grateful for his guidance,” she said. “We are so honored and thankful to the veterans who first served our country and are now giving back to our community by assisting with this project.”

McAdoo runs the Solar Ready Vets program with the assistance of personnel from Fort Drum, SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development, and industry professionals. Solar Ready Vets trains soldiers in the growing industry of solar energy, and SUNY Canton’s program was one of the first and most successful of these efforts.

Solar Ready Vets installing solar panels on a roof.

The Save the Fountain project came about in May 2016 and has garnered the support of the greater Norwood community. Many area donors have contributed to the project, according to Clemmo. She said they’d also received support from the Village of Norwood, and its Department of Public Works, Clarkson University Engineer Michael Tremper, and help from many Norwood residents. “It has truly been a community effort,” she said.

 

About Solar Ready Vets

Solar Ready Vets at Fort Drum was the U.S. Department of Energy’s first program in New York State. It was created through collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). SUNY Canton’s CREST Center helps teach five-week classes focusing on solar photovoltaic systems and installation through hands-on labs. The program boasts the best pass rate on industry-specific examinations and has the highest placement rate, with more than 300 employers nationwide.

 

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’s College Council Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Monday, September 18th, 2017

SUNY CantonThe SUNY Canton College Council is seeking nominations for its annual Distinguished Citizen Award.

Since 1976, the council has given this prestigious award in recognition of distinguished service to SUNY Canton and/or to the community.

Members of the community are invited to submit nominations for the award. Nomination packets must include: a nomination letter from the nominator(s); name and position of the nominee; a description of the distinguished services, recognitions, facts, or characteristics that is pertinent or informative; a brief biography of the nominee; and at least three supporting letters from non-family members. Optionally, additional supporting documentation can also be included.

Nominations, which are due on or before November 1, 2017, should be addressed to the Chairman of the College Council, Office of the President, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617 or electronically to youngm@canton.edu.

The SUNY Canton College Council will act on the nominations at their spring award meeting. The recipient will be honored at the Faculty and Community Awards Dinner (formerly the President’s Gala), prior to Commencement 2017, and their name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Last year’s recipient of the prestigious award was WWNY Sportscaster Melvin J. Busler Jr.

For more information, contact Michaela Young, executive assistant to the president, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at youngm@canton.edu.

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.

Ramped Up for STEM – High School Students Build Remote Control Cars During Summer Camp

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Andrew M. Ranger (left) launches a remote control car outside of SUNY Canton’s Nevaldine Hall. Ranger and Lucas J. Stiles (right) built the car as part of a high school summer STEM program sponsored by grants from the New York State Education Department and the Department of Defense Activity. Ranger attends Immaculate Heart Central High School in Watertown and Stiles attends Carthage High School. The two joined 13 other students for the weeklong summer camp. The activities conclude tomorrow (Friday, July 21) with several races and challenges to test each team’s car.

Students driving a remote control car

Camp Invention Comes Back to SUNY Canton

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

SUNY Canton will be hosting the popular Camp Invention summer science, technology, engineering and math immersion program beginning during the third week of July. Space is still available on a limited basis for elementary school-age students.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for two sessions during the weeks of July 17 to 21 and July 24 to 28 in the college’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Students working on a computer motherboard.

“Students who enjoy science, math and engineering are more likely to find career success throughout their lives,” said Camp Invention Director Rhonda Rodriguez. “Camp Invention helps today’s youth see that science is not just a textbook, that math is not just a question to answer on a state test. Science is messy. It’s about asking questions and digging for the answers.”

During the first session, titled Launch, students in grades K-6 will learn critical STEM skills through hands-on experiments, teamwork and games, including:

  • Duct Tape Millionaire, where students can unleash their inner entrepreneurs by creating a new invention from Duct Tape, developing a business plan and marketing their product.
  • Have a Blast will allow students to build bubble blasters, air cannons and water rockets.
  • Mission Space Makers will challenge students to work together to make a new planet safe for habitation.
  • Operation Keep Out will task campers to transform an everyday household gadget into a secret alarm box to guard their treasures.

Two students work on an old cell phone.

During the July 24-28 week of camp, students will delve into environmental challenges, including:

  • Problem Solving on Planet ZAK, where students will find themselves stranded on a strange planet and will have to rebuild their spaceship, find shelter, clothing and food.
  • In Saving Sludge City, campers will attempt to bring back a city ruined by pollution and find ways to make it safe.
  • During Imagination Point, students will learn the laws of motion by creating their own amusement park ride.
  • Maker Studio will demonstrate 3-D printing, circuits and general invention.

All camp instructors are all certified classroom teachers. Tuition for each week is $225. Parents can register by visiting the website at www.campinvention.org or calling the toll-free registration line at 800-968-4332.

Camp Invention is a national program presented by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, with a mission of honoring inventors, inspiring creativity and challenging the next generation. SUNY Canton Associate Professor Ronald Tavernier discovered Camp Invention and helped bring it to the college in 2011.

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. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.