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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.

Air Conditioning Students Benefit from ASHRAE Grant

Friday, February 9th, 2018

SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students Zackary T. Flanagan, Brendan J. Jerkowski and Garrett J. Fields measure a feedback signal on a newly constructed training board for air handler devices located in the college’s Harry King Air Conditioning laboratory. The training board was assembled with components and measurement equipment purchased through an undergraduate program equipment grant from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Flanagan is an ASHRAE student member from Madrid, Jerkowski hails from Tillson and Fields is from Dexter.

SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology students Zackary T. Flanagan, Brendan J. Jerkowski and Garrett J. Fields measure a feedback signal on a newly constructed training board for air handler devices located in the college’s Harry King Air Conditioning laboratory.

 

Corning Incorporated Foundation Supports SUNY Canton

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Corning Incorporated Foundation is continuing its generous support of SUNY Canton through two recent donations.

Anne Sibley and Bart Tuttle hold a check from Corning Incorporated Foundation.

Corning Canton Plant Manager Bart R. Tuttle presents a check to SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley.

A gift to the Canton College Foundation will help fund the Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series program, which brings alumni and regional business leaders to campus to share their perspectives and insights into their career field. This spring, the series will welcome leaders in engineering, funeral services, and emergency management and homeland security.

Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown; Assistant Professor Lucas Craig, Ph.D.; Corning Canton Plant Engineering Manager Brian Bush; and SUNY Canton Engineering Lab Coordinator Paul E. Todd.

Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown; Assistant Professor Lucas Craig, Ph.D.; Corning Canton Plant Engineering Manager Brian Bush; and SUNY Canton Engineering Lab Coordinator Paul E. Todd.

Corning Incorporated Foundation is also promoting STEM learning through a donation to the Engineer’s Week celebration roundtable discussion, which will be held Feb. 27 from noon to 1 p.m. as part of a day-long event, which includes a career fair and open house.

ESPN Highlights SUNY Canton’s Holistic Approach to eSports

Monday, December 18th, 2017

SUNY Canton was featured in an ESPN article for launching varsity eSports.

In early December, the college announced it would begin competing in League of Legends, Hearthstone and Overwatch nationally for the spring 2018 semester. SUNY Canton is the first college in New York to join the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) and plans to compete with about 40 other colleges and universities.

The #esports program at #SUNY Canton is a "full-campus press."

Following several mentions in the regional media, including the Watertown Daily Times and WWNYTV 7 News, the college was contacted by Sean P. Morrison, associate editor from ESPN eSports to discuss the budding program.

“From a residence hall that caters to eSports enthusiasts to a competitive space on campus and including its online students in potential rosters, SUNY Canton plans to take a holistic approach to incorporating gaming into the university,” Morrison wrote after conversations with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, eSports Coach Robert J. Snow and Overwatch Team Captain Emily A. Oeser.

“We want our online students to be totally integrated into the life of the college,” Szafran said during his interview. “eSports, in one sense, is a way of giving an applied thing to some of our academic programs. eSports is one way we’re going to move toward a plan of having athletics available to everybody, and eSports is a way we’re going to integrate online students into campus life.”

Many thanks for the first @NACeSports member from New York, @SUNYCantonNews, and its administration and team for speaking to me about their plans.

Snow explained that the teams would be ready to compete in the spring, with tryouts beginning early in the 2018 semester. The college is also building a new eSports room equipped with state-of-the-art computers. “The leadership at this school, the president, the vice presidents, are behind it 110 percent,” Snow said.

The article also featured a photo of Oeser, who is one of more than a dozen students to champion eSports on campus.

“The Canajoharie, New York, native came to SUNY Canton and was a [Liberal Arts] general studies major,” Morrison wrote. “Then, the eSports opportunity came up, and with it several new majors at SUNY Canton that complement the program well, including majors in Cybersecurity, Technological Communications and Graphic and Multimedia design. Oeser expressed her interest in eSports and took a shot on another one of the new majors: Game Design and Development.”

Coinciding with the interview, the State University of New York also featured the college’s new Game Design and Development program, which is the academic program that most closely related to competitive gaming.

Morrison’s complete article is available on ESPN’s esports page.

SUNY Canton Announces Varsity eSports Program

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

SUNY Canton announced today the college will begin competing nationally in eSports this spring. The college will become the first New York State eSports team to join the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming.

SUNY Canton eSports Logo

“Similar to traditional athletics, eSports will provide our students with new and enhanced opportunities for competitive excellence, academic achievement, and commitment to community and service,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Membership on a varsity collegiate sports team is an extremely rewarding experience, so being able to expand those opportunities, including to online students, combined with the type of high achievers we will attract, makes this a fantastic addition to our college.”

Plans for the eSports team include specialized computer stations for practice and competition located in a newly designed gaming area in Nevaldine Hall. Additionally, the college plans to develop an eSports wing in a residence hall with a gaming computer area adjacent to student’s rooms. The eSports wing would be similar to the college’s current Pet Friendly wing where academic interests and lifestyles intersect with themed residential living.

A student sits behind dual computer screens.

SUNY Canton Game Design and Development major and eSports athlete Emily A. Oeser of Canajoharie in the college’s Digital Studio and Game Lab.

“The timing of our eSports program corresponds perfectly with our newly announced majors in Game Design and Development, Technological Communication, Cybersecurity and Graphic and Multimedia Design,” said Michael J. Newtown, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Being able to offer opportunities in eSports will undoubtedly assist in recruiting efforts to attract top students to a wide variety of majors. We are also looking forward to extending these opportunities to online students, so they can become more involved in eSports and athletics.”

As a spectator event, eSports is experiencing unparalleled growth in popularity.  According to Newzoo, a market research firm specializing in digital gaming, 22 percent of American male millennials watch eSports, which is essentially on par with viewership numbers for baseball and hockey. Women are also increasingly becoming interested in gaming: statistics indicate 38 percent of eSports fans are female.

President Szafran envisions three types of competitive teams at SUNY Canton: traditional varsity athletics, eSports and A-Sports. A-Sports stands for Academic Sports and would include teams like the school’s Steel Bridge Team, which competes in bridge building competitions regionally and nationally each year.

“Students on teams generally experience more academic success, are more likely to graduate and have more satisfying college experiences,” said Szafran, who points out current student-athlete grade point averages tend to be higher than non-student-athletes. “We continue to look for more and more opportunities like this to promote the education and development of our students, build school pride, and develop leadership, sportsmanship and character-building.”

eSports teams are already forming on campus to compete in games such as “League of Legends,” “HearthStone” and “Overwatch.” Those three games are organized and supported by NACE. SUNY Canton is also among a sizable group of colleges and universities working with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) to form leagues and competitions in competitive games such as EA Sports titles “FIFA” and “Madden NFL.” ECAC competition may also begin as soon as this spring.

“Prior to any official announcement, we already had more than 40 students on campus express interest in joining the eSports program,” said eSports Head Coach Robert J. Snow, who is an Instructional Support Assistant in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “I’ve also met numerous prospective students at admissions open houses who are ready to commit to SUNY Canton because of our new eSports program.”

First-year student Emily A. Oeser from Canajoharie has decided to pursue a degree in Game Design and Development while joining the eSports team. She has helped organize current students and looks forward to competing at the varsity level.

“After originally considering a musical career, I’ve decided instead to enroll in the Game Design and Development major,” said Oeser. “Being able to represent SUNY Canton and compete against other schools will be a fantastic experience. I can’t wait.”

Current and prospective students who are interested in learning more about joining SUNY Canton’s eSports program should contact eSports Head Coach Rob Snow (snow117@canton.edu, 315-742-7806.)

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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 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.

SUNY Canton Adds Cybersecurity to its List of Tech-Focused Four-Year Programs

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

SUNY Canton continues its career-driven academic expansion by creating a new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity.

“Our newest program leverages our strength in Information Technology,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “The field of Cybersecurity continues to grow as we continually adopt an omnipresent digital lifestyle and become more aware of digital security concerns. SUNY Canton will now be the college to train new students for placement in these much-needed areas.”

A student works at a desktop computer.

The increased demand for professionals who are able to prevent or overcome cyber-attacks follows the rise of cyber threats in both private organizations and to national security. Such threats are a major concern for financial institutions, medical services providers, and government agencies.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook through 2026 is about 28 percent, or much faster than average for all occupations. The median pay for an information security analyst, a position obtainable with a bachelor’s degree, is $92,600.

“We saw a need for qualified professionals who can help combat cybercrime, and we made a program to fill that need,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “In addition to providing another career path for incoming students, Cybersecurity will enhance the college’s reputation and educational capabilities in computing technologies.”

A student types code into a desktop computer.

SUNY Canton’s program prepares students to assess security needs within computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices. The program will be taught by qualified faculty from the Canino School of Engineering Technology, including Associate Professor Yu Chin “Eric” Cheng and Lecturer Minhua Wang. Wang is the college’s authority on cybercrime and teaches a course on ethical hacking.

“To create an effective defense, we need to understand how people could exploit security weaknesses,” Wang said. “Hackers try to find all of the holes in a security system. We try to block those holes.”

The program runs parallel to the college’s Information Technology curriculum, and works well with SUNY Canton’s established Criminal Justice, Health Care Management, Homeland Security and Legal Studies offerings, among others.

Cybersecurity is the college’s 26th bachelor’s degree and one of nine available bachelor of science programs. Both the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department have approved the four-year offering. The program will be available for both freshmen and transfer students for the Fall 2018 semester.

The college’s other newest four-year programs include Technological Communications, Game Design and Development and Agribusiness Management. To apply for admission into any of these programs, contact the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions by phone at 315-386-7123 or email admissions@canton.edu.

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 to Unveil State-of-the-Art Game Design Lab

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology invites the community to explore the future of video game design at the college’s new design lab in Nevaldine Hall.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting and open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in Nevaldine North Room 119. The event is free and open to all ages, and parking is available in Lot 1.

Guests can play video games, watch demonstrations, and enter for a chance to win gift cards to Gamer Craze in Canton and Tactics in Potsdam.

Student playing a virtual reality game

The lab, which was designed for the college’s bachelor’s degree in Game Design and Development,  officially opened at the beginning of the fall semester.

“Months of planning went into developing this state-of-the-art classroom, and we can’t wait to showcase it to the public, especially to those who may want to pursue a career in game design,” said Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown,. “It will enable students to learn, collaborate and transform their ideas into a finished product.”

He noted that the lab will also be utilized by students in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program and the recently announced four-year Technological Communications program, which begins next fall.

During the open house, guests can test out the Vive virtual reality system or play video games on one of 26 high-speed computers, each of which are equipped with two ultra-high-definition 4K monitors. The room also features an interactive smart board and five 55-inch flat-screen monitors that are connected to each workstation.

Student developing a 3D model.

“This is a great opportunity for prospective students to get a close-up look at the latest industry software and equipment used to create 3D, virtual reality, and interactive games,” Newtown said.

Faculty will also offer a glimpse into the concepts students will learn in the classroom.

“In addition to showing some student-produced augmented reality games, I will be demonstrating narrative video games that my classes play in order to identify strong storytelling devices, such as “Gone Home,” “This War of Mine,” “PeaceMaker,” and “Revolution 1979,” said Assistant Professor Laini Kavaloski, Ph.D.

The new lab will primarily serve as a training center for the next generation of video game designers, who will be entering a growing field. A 2014 economic impact study conducted by Economists Incorporated showed that the video game industry increased in size by more than nine percent, or four times the growth rate of the U.S. economy, between 2009 and 2012.

 

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.