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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.

Scholarships and Prizes to be Awarded at SUNY Canton Engineers Week Open House

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

SUNY Canton aims to inspire students to pursue STEM careers at the fifth annual Engineers Week Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Nevaldine Hall.

The event, sponsored by Corning Incorporated Foundation, is free and open to kids of all ages and their families. There will be more than 15 hands-on activities that offer a glimpse into the college’s tech-focused programs.

Engineers Week Open House - Student using VR goggles while other students look on.

“We have some really exciting activities and presentations planned, including a virtual reality game experience and an opportunity to watch our “League of Legends” eSports team compete in the new arena,” said Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown. “Attendees also won’t want to miss a behind-the-scenes look at one of our newest bachelor degree programs, Mechatronics Technology.”

Guests can also learn about robotics, examine global water issues, meet the college’s award-winning steel bridge team, test out virtual reality equipment and more.

The evening’s main event will be a student competition where teams of two will put their engineering skills to the test to build the fastest racer.

Contestants from the winning team in the 9th to 12th grade category will each receive a $1,200 SUNY Canton scholarship. The second-place team will each win a $500 scholarship, and the third-place team will be awarded $100 SUNY Canton gift cards.

First-, second- and third-place prizes in the 3rd to 8th grade category include Lego “Mindstorms” kits and remote-control cars.

In addition to an Open House, the college will host a career fair from noon to 3 p.m. and an alumni panel discussion from 4 to 5 p.m.

All events are being held to commemorate National Engineers Week, which is dedicated to increasing understanding of, and interest in, engineering and technology careers.

To register or learn more about the competition, visit www.canton.edu/engineers or contact SUNY Canton’s Career Services Office at (315) 386-7119.

 

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 Requests Donations for Online Clothing Fair

Monday, January 14th, 2019

SUNY Canton is accepting gently used professional attire from the community for their annual clothing fair, which, for the second year in a row, will be held online.

“The website allows all students—online and on campus—and members of the local community who are in need of business wear to browse clothing at their convenience via the internet,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott. “We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the new online format last year, and we expect to fulfill even more orders this year.”

A student packages up professional clothing to send to an online student.

Community members may drop off donations at 49 Main Street in Canton during the following days and times or at the SUNY Canton Ready Center (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.):

  • Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. 3 p.m.
  • March 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers request that donors use the public parking lot to the right of Hodskin Street and utilize the back entrance. The following items are being requested:

  • Men’s and women’s professional suits
  • Collared shirts
  • Accessories
  • Blouses
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Dress shoes; no sneakers or athletic shoes
  • Professional scrubs
  • Dress pants
  • Blazers and dress jackets
  • Sweaters
  • Ties
  • Scarves
  • Dress socks, nylons and tights in original packaging

The website, sunycantonclothingfair.org, will be available exclusively to SUNY Canton students from April 10-19. Community members will be able to browse clothing from April 20-28. All items are free of charge.

The fair is sponsored by a SUNY Investment Fund grant, which helps support the needs of online learners. For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Career Services Office at (315) 386-7119.

SUNY Canton Starts New Corrections Academy for Summer 2019

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

SUNY Canton is launching a brand-new corrections academy as part of its full lineup of Criminal Justice-related academic programs.

The college has entered into an agreement with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, and the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to create the SUNY Canton Corrections Academy, which will both prepare current and future corrections officers for their careers.

SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office badge, and NYS DCJS logo

“We are looking forward to this partnership with SUNY Canton as we endeavor to establish a basic academy that produces the most capable and professional officers entering our facilities,” said St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells.

It is the second corrections academy linked with a college in New York State, but is the first to expand its traditional academic offerings to encompass this employment field.

“What sets our academy apart is that our students can enroll for college credit,” said Elizabeth A. Brown, Ph.D., a professor in the college’s Criminal Investigation program. “We will offer a four-credit culminating experience course in corrections which will be open to students who want to become corrections officers. Half of the available seats will be reserved for SUNY students.”

A student could enroll in the corrections academy and also potentially enroll in the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy as part of their SUNY Canton education.  The arrangement could lead to a four-year degree with pre-certifications as both a corrections officer and police officer, Brown said.

Currently, corrections officers attend the basic academy on site at the St. Lawrence County Corrections facility, according to Rodney Votra, programs director and training coordinator for the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

“The most important benefit of working with SUNY Canton is that we can now place corrections officers in a professional classroom setting,” Votra said. “Similar to the college’s established law enforcement academy, this new offering will instill the pride, structure and discipline necessary to be successful in the corrections profession.”

The inaugural academy will run from June 3 to July 3, 2019, coinciding with SUNY Canton’s second Summerterm session. The college will also be offering two upper-level online corrections management courses allowing students to earn as many as 10 credits. Cadets can opt to live in Kennedy Hall Suites during the academy.

 

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 15 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.

SUNY Canton to Host Second Annual Luminary Vigil in Canton

Monday, November 5th, 2018

SUNY Canton’s Student Alumni Association is partnering with North Country residents to host the second annual Luminary Vigil in Canton’s Village Park to honor and celebrate the lives of veterans, alumni, faculty, friends and community members who have passed.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the corner of Main and Park streets. The rain location will be in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church located at 17 Park Street.

Lanterns of light adorn the lobby of SUNY Canton's Roos House Athletic Center.

Lanterns of light adorn the lobby of SUNY Canton’s Roos House Athletic Center in the first Luminary Vigil in 2017.

“This is a great way for the community and the campus to come together and memorialize those we have lost,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley. “We had more than 60 luminaries during our first event, and we hope to have many more this year.”

She added that the Canton College Foundation will be also dedicating a lantern to each victim of the recent Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

The event is free and open to the public; however, donations are gratefully accepted and will be used to offset application fees for military veterans who apply to SUNY Canton. Donations of non-perishable food items are also appreciated and will be given to the college’s food pantry.

To submit a loved one’s name to be written on a lantern, send an email to Jordan Walker, SUNY Canton assistant director of individual giving, at walkerj@canton.edu. You can make a gift online visit the Luminary Vigil giving page or by calling (800) 811-6727.

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’s College Council Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

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 Jan. 1, 2019, 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 in May, 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 Paul Mitchell, editor of the St. Lawrence Plaindealer.

For more information, contact Michaela Young, executive assistant to the president, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at youngm@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 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 Assumes Operations of Plattsburgh Small Business Development Center

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

SBDCThe Clinton County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has relocated to Clinton Community College.

There will be an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Ronald B. Stafford Center atrium, followed by tours of the SBDC offices in the Pines Cottage.

The SBDC is now operated and managed by SUNY Canton, who has hosted the St. Lawrence County center for 20 years. Canton’s Dale Rice is the director of both SBDC locations, which will serve the greater Northern New York area.

The new location and partnership will present opportunities for SBDC staff and clients according to Angela Smith, assistant director for the Clinton County branch.

“We are excited about our new joint venture with SUNY Canton and Clinton Community College,” she said. “Both of these institutions have strong commitment to community and workforce development. With our shared vision of community engagement, this is a great fit.”

Clinton Community College President Ray DiPasquale said, “We are honored to be a part of this partnership with SUNY Canton and the SBDC. Having their office as a resource right here on our campus helps expand our position as a hub for economic development in the community and provide future opportunities for our students.”

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said, “The unification of the centers in St. Lawrence and Clinton Counties provides more opportunity for expanded entrepreneurship. It will also increase opportunities to showcase existing small businesses across the North Country region and allow for market expansion.”

About the SBDC

The New York SBDC, with its network of 22 regional centers provides professional business advisement, education, network resources and advocates for small business and entrepreneurs. As a funded organization through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York and host campuses, SBDC counseling services are provided at no-cost to clients and are confidential.Since inception in 1984, the SBDC in Plattsburgh has worked directly with 8,567 businesses, helping them to invest $102,374,027 in the area’s economy, resulting in 3,231 jobs being created or saved. The SUNY Canton SBDC was established in 1998 and has worked with 3,694 businesses, helping to invest $103,390,707 and creating or saving 2,156 jobs. For more information, visit us online at www.nysbdc.org.

About Clinton Community College

Clinton Community College is a member of the State University of New York system and home of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing. Clinton offers 23 associate degree programs, six certificates, transfer pathways and advisement options, multiple non-credit professional credentials, and many flexible learning options including online and evening courses. As part of the SUNY system, Clinton credits transfer seamlessly. For more information, visit us online at www.clinton.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 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.

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 Programming
  • 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.