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SUNY Canton Supports Scouts, Contributes Cookies

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Girl scouts hand out boxes of cookies at Chaney Dining Center.

SUNY Canton students recently got a free box of Girl Scout cookies when they went to dinner at Chaney Dining Center. The College Association, which oversees retail and dining operations at SUNY Canton, has worked with young women from Troop 50328 to purchase and distribute cookies to students with a meal plan for the past four years. The scouts come to campus March 1 to hand deliver the delectables. Pictured are (l to r) back row, troop co-leaders Amanda Rowley and Bridget White. Front row are scouts Madelyn Rowley, Macy White, Annabell Butler, Lily Lottie, Mallory Robinson, and Rylee Typhair. Not pictured are Hannah Butler, Karly Gollinger, Hannah Royce, and Cheyenne Stamper.

SUNY Canton Seeks Donations for Online Clothing Fair

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

SUNY Canton is accepting gently used professional attire for their annual clothing fair, which, for the the first time, will be held online.

“We are expanding the fair to service our entire student body–both on-campus and online–and members of the local community via the internet,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services, Molly A. Mott. “We are also providing student volunteers with real-world skills and retail experience by allowing them to run an online storefront.”

Student perusing professional clothing.

Community members may drop off donations at 49 Main Street in Canton during the following days and times:

  • March 19 and 26 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • March 22 and 29 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • March 24 and 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers request that donors use the 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
  • Blouses
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Dress shoes; no sneakers or athletic shoes
  • 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 16-21. Community members will be able to browse clothing from April 23-28. All items are free of charge.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton 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 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’s Engineers Week Open House Features Scholarships, Prizes

Friday, February 16th, 2018

SUNY Canton welcomes students of all ages and their families to explore the fun side of technology at the fourth annual Engineers Week Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Nevaldine Hall.

Participants can take part in 15 exciting hands-on activities that offer a unique look into the college’s engineering technology and design programs. Guests can learn about renewable energy; check out ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles in the Powersports Lab; experiment with 3-D printing; play password games; and more.

Engineers Week Robotics

New this year are activities related to the college’s degree in Game Design and Development, which was launched last fall.

“Our new Digital Studio Lab is a must-see at this event,” said Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown. “Not only will we have state-of-the art design technology on display, students can also get a glimpse into the future of gaming by trying our virtual reality equipment.”

The evening’s highlight will be a student competition where teams of two will put their engineering skills to the test to build the fastest maglev sailboat using materials provided by Doyle Sails Lake Champlain.

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.

Contestants prepare to launch their hand-built zip line racers in the annual engineering challenge in 2017.

Contestants prepare to launch their hand-built zip line racers in the annual engineering challenge in 2017.

First-, second- and third-place prizes in the 3rd to 8th grade category include Lego Mindstorms and sail kits, as well as remote control sailboats.

In addition to the Open House, a roundtable discussion presented by Corning Incorporated Foundation will be held at noon Feb. 27, and a career fair for current SUNY Canton students who are looking to connect with employers and graduates is scheduled to follow from 1 to 4 p.m.

Dakota Way and Brittany LaForty hold their prizes at the end of the bridge building competition during SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

Dakota Way and Brittany LaForty hold their prizes at the end of the bridge building competition during SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House in 2016.

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

The Open House is free and open to the public. 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 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 and Area Agencies Offer Free Tax Assistance

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

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

The college’s program is overseen by Accounting Professor Ran Li and Legal Studies Professor Jondavid S. DeLong, who are committed to helping individuals and families file their 2017 tax returns. This is the first year that the college has joined with outside agencies in an effort to offer the valuable assistance to a broader audience.

For more than 13 years, the VITA program at SUNY Canton has allowed students to help individuals correctly prepare their taxes while under the supervision of tax certified professionals.

At SUNY Canton, the free tax assistance will be available by appointment between Feb. 3 and April 17 in SUNY Canton’s Accounting, Business and Finance Center in Cook Hall Room 100. The free service is offered to SUNY Canton students and income-qualified community members.

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

For more information visit SUNY Canton’s VITA Webpage. To schedule an appointment at SUNY Canton, contact the School of Business and Liberal Arts by phone at (315) 386-7328.

AARP Tax-Aide and other VITA sites are being run by the AARP Foundation, the Potsdam Neighborhood Center and SeaComm Federal Credit Union at locations throughout the area, including:

  • Assistance from AARP Tax-Aide will be available in Canton, Massena, Potsdam and Ogdensburg. For more information, contact Sheryl Campbell at 315-212-0450.
  • SeaComm Federal Credit Union will be providing tax help on Saturdays by appointment in Canton, Malone, Massena, Ogdensburg, Plattsburgh and Potsdam. Contact Jerry Manor 315-764-0566, ext. 546, for scheduling information.
  • Appointments through the Potsdam Neighborhood Center at 2 Park Street can be made by contacting Kristal Hayes 315-265-3920 or Nicole Duve 315-569-2634.

 

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 Police Academy Emphasizes De-Escalation Tactics

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy begins its 23rd session with an emphasis on de-escalation tactics.

More than a dozen future law enforcement professionals began their training on Monday, Jan. 8, representing agencies from across the North Country.

academy cadets Gregory J. Anderson, a future St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputy, and Joshua Belile

Pictured from left are SUNY Canton police academy cadets Gregory J. Anderson, a future St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputy, and Joshua Belile, a Homeland Security major enrolled in the pre-employment portion of the academy.

According to Academy Director Joseph Brown, a SUNY Canton alumnus and a retired Massena Police Department investigator, this year’s class will learn new ways to defuse potentially dangerous situations without the use of force.

“Our cadets study of police responses,” Brown said. “In cases that end in violence, we evaluate the situation to see what could be done to de-escalate the situation verbally to bring a mutually successful end to the encounter.”

Potsdam Village Police Officer First Class Matthew A. Seymour teaches the first section of the SUNY Canton David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

Potsdam Village Police Officer First Class Matthew A. Seymour teaches the first section of the SUNY Canton David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

The academy also includes a special emphasis on community police practices, including fair and impartial policing. Brown explained that communication is key in any dealings with the public. The cadets are trained in a variety of ways to successfully bring a situation a situation of potential conflict to a positive resolution. “Body language, attention and empathy are all crucial,” he said.

New courses implemented by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services include professional communications, procedural justice and decision making. These courses further support the academy’s current focus.

Cadets are also trained in opioid intervention and the administration of the life-saving drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan, during the first-responder section of the academy.

Tewasherake Barnes, a future St. Regis Tribal Police officer, putting a tourniquet on Anthony Mossow, a future Norfolk Town Police officer.

SUNY Canton David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy cadets learn life-saving techniques during the EMS section of the semester-long training. Pictured is Tewasherake Barnes, a future St. Regis Tribal Police officer, putting a tourniquet on Anthony Mossow, a future Norfolk Town Police officer.

“We equip our cadets with an advanced skillset they will need for their careers,” said SUNY Canton University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin. “The majority of our courses are taught by active law enforcement officers. The men and women enrolled in our academy learn from the professionals they will be serving with when they graduate.”

SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Academy Training is offered in two phases. Phase one offers pre-employment training and encompasses the majority of skills necessary to become a police officer. Cadets are then eligible to complete phase two upon becoming a sworn police officer. Phase two includes, firearms, and counter terrorism training, advanced police arrest techniques, among other topics.

SUNY Canton is one of a select few academies in New York State to offer this comprehensive two-part training, which greatly benefits North Country agencies.

Students in law enforcement related programs can opt to take phase one of the training to meet their academic requirements. Those students are often recruited to fill vacancies at area police agencies, which then qualifies them to complete the academy and begin employment immediately after graduation.

 

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.

Giving Tree Wraps Up a Heartwarming Semester at SUNY Canton

Monday, December 18th, 2017

The extended SUNY Canton community provided more than 100 gifts for north country families this holiday season.

In an effort led by the President’s Office, the college displayed a tree in the Halford Lobby in MacArthur Hall decorated with tags requesting donations for Canton’s Church and Community Program. The decorations didn’t stay on the tree very long. Students, faculty and staff quickly selected the tags asking for toys for children, donations for a holiday meal and warm winter coats.

President Szafran and Megan Griffin stand with all of the gifts donated from the annual giving tree drive.

Holliday Collection – SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran and Megan J. Griffin, an Applied Psychology major from Norfolk, stand with all of the gifts donated from the annual giving tree drive. All of the items collected will be distributed locally by the Canton Church and Community Center.

Megan J. Griffin, an Applied Psychology major from Norfolk, helped orchestrate and decorate the tree this year. She said they had 50 tags asking for clothes and 49 for toys. The college inspired other cash donations made directly to the Church and Community Center.

“What I found amazing is that people who took a clothes tag still bought toys for the children,” Griffin said. “We have very generous people on campus.”

When an email explaining the initiative was issued to the campus community, one student immediately took action without ever seeing the tree.

Lee O. Meggison of Sleepy Hollow, who studies Health Care Management online, replied to the email saying he’d purchased a gift online.

“Regarding the Giving Tree, I am having a package sent to you with a delivery date of Nov. 28,” Meggison wrote. “The package is a Lego set and two children’s books. I would say appropriate for a 6-year-old boy or girl. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas!”

Meggison said he has purchased toys each year he’s been in college to remember his late mother, Marjorie L. Meggison, who was an elementary school teacher. “It’s a way to keep my mom alive in my heart,” he said.

While the college’s giving tree symbolizes Christmas, the spirit of giving and generosity is universal across all holiday traditions, according to SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, who celebrates Hanukkah with his family.

“The response from faculty, staff and students was heartwarming,” Szafran said. “I loved to see all of the donations come pouring in, and I’m proud to be a part of this community.”

The giving tree is just one of the college’s 50 Acts of Kindness campaign coinciding with SUNY Canton’s 50th Anniversary on the Hill campus. At the initiative’s half-way point, charitable acts include multiple efforts to raise funding for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico; classes volunteering for both Habitat for Humanity and the North Country Children’s museum; and several food, bottle and donation drives for area charities. A comprehensive list of the accomplishments to date accompanied the college’s digital holiday card. SUNY Canton will continue the movement into 2018.

 

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 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.