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State and Local Politicians to Lead SUNY Canton Constitution Day Celebration

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Three female trailblazers in New York state politics will participate in a panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities for women in public service as part of SUNY Canton’s Constitution Day celebration.

State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), former Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley and Waddington Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada will speak at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The panel will be moderated by SUNY Canton Adjunct Instructor and former St. Lawrence County Manager Karen St. Hilaire.

Senator Betty Little, Mary Ann Ashley, Janet Otto-Cassada

The event is co-sponsored by the St. Lawrence County Attorney’s office.

In addition to Constitution Day, which commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, New York has also reached the centennial anniversary of signing women’s suffrage into state law in 1917, three years before the United States passed the 19th Amendment.

“The origins of the women’s suffrage movement in the U.S. can be traced back to our neighbors in Central New York,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “So as we celebrate Constitution Day, it’s also a fitting occasion to recognize this important voting rights anniversary that was the result of a lengthy and difficult struggle by our state’s foremothers.”

There will be other events to observe the milestone, including a visit by Lt. Gov. Kathy C. Hochul Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, Room 212.

In addition, a collection of memorabilia related to the suffrage movement will be on display at the Southworth Library Learning Commons from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22.

The college will also hold a voter registration drive from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at several locations on campus.

“One of the best ways to honor Constitution Day and New York’s women’s suffrage centennial is to encourage young people to get involved in our democracy, partularly by registering to vote,” Szafran added.

All events are free and open to the public.

 

About State Sen. Betty Little

Little is serving her sixth term representing the residents of the 45th Senate District, which comprises Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren and parts of St. Lawrence and Washington Counties. Prior to first winning election to the State Senate in November 2002, Sen. Little served in the New York State Assembly for seven years.

About Former Canton Mayor Mary Ann Ashley

Ashley served as the Mayor of Canton from 2014 to 2016. She also served three years as a village trustee and is a past member of the Canton Central School Board. She retired in 2016 from her job as a counselor for St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

About Waddington Mayor Janet Otto-Cassada

Otto-Cassada has served as the Mayor of Waddington for more than 10 years. She also previously worked for the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and currently works for the St. Lawrence County Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2013 Otto-Cassada was selected as “Woman of the Year” by the St. Lawrence County Chapter of New York State Women, Inc.

 

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 Announces Upcoming Leadership Lecture Series Presentations

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Myrna Thomas

The SUNY Canton College Foundation will be hosting two alumni speakers who focus on the medical and health professions during the month of September.

  • Myrna Thomas, a 1979 graduate and the vice president for quality assurance and regulatory affairs at Accupac Inc. will be presenting at noon, Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 214. Accupac fills and packages a wide range of over-the-counter and prescription products for the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Prior to her current position, Thomas held senior management positions at Merck as managing director of worldwide clinical data management and vice president of global quality operations at Isolagen, among other positions.

 

  • Jeffrey Place, a 1980 graduate and the vice president of centralized nursing services at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, will be presenting at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept 18, in Wicks Hall Room 102. After graduating with a degree in Nursing, Place moved to Texas to begin his career in a neurological intensive care unit, and later served as nursing supervisor and clinical manager of the intensive care and critical care units. He then took a position with Baylor University Medical Center as the administrative supervisor, and completed his bachelor’s and two master’s degrees. Place has served as a mentor to various students seeking leadership roles in nursing.

The Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series connects working professional alumni who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The program is funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the College Foundation and the SUNY Canton President’s Office. These events are free and open to the public.

 

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.

Lt. Gov. Hochul to Speak at SUNY Canton

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Lt. Gov. HochulNew York Lt. Gov. Kathy C. Hochul will visit SUNY Canton as part of a statewide celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York state.

Hochul will discuss the role of women in politics and the voting rights movement at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, Room 212.

She is the chair of the New York State Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission, whose mission is to educate the public about this transformative moment in American history.

“As New Yorkers, we have so much to be proud of,” said Hochul in a statement on the commission’s website. “We are living in one of the most progressive states in the nation, and we are living out the legacy of leaders who started the women’s rights movement in Seneca Falls.”

The state celebration began early this year and will continue throughout 2020, which marks a century after the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

“We are pleased to welcome Lt. Gov. Hochul to campus to help us celebrate this milestone as well as the accomplisments of women and their contributions to our history,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “As a leader and advocate for women and families across the state, Lt. Gov. Hochul can inspire the next generation of young women to get involved in politics and achieve great things.”

SUNY Canton will also welcome three other female trailblazers in New York state politics as part of its Constitution Day celebration. State Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), Assemblywoman Addie A.E. Jenne (D-Theresa) and Waddington Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada will speak at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Both events are free and open to the public.

 

About Lt. Gov. Kathy C. Hochul

A native of Buffalo, Hochul is the the 77th and current Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York. She served previously as U.S. Representative for New York’s 26th congressional district from June 1, 2011 to January 3, 2013.

 

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.

Acclaimed Hospitality Consultant and Entrepreneur Speaks at SUNY Canton, Sept. 11

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Doug ZeifA non-traditional SUNY Canton graduate who turned his lifetime of experience in the food and beverage industry into a multimillion-dollar consulting firm will be sharing his entrepreneurial success strategies during a college presentation.

Douglas Zeif, the principal of Next! Hospitality Advisors and founder and president of The Concept Gurus, will be the first Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series speaker of the fall semester. He will be presenting at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the college’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212. The event is free and open to the public.

“Doug has experience throughout all levels of management,” said Professor Dr. Charles R. Fenner, who teaches business at the college. “His knowledge focuses on fixing problems within the hospitality industry and making companies more efficient. His presentation will be especially useful for our entrepreneurial students and can benefit north country business owners.”

Zeif is a true American success story and began his food service career as a grill cook at the age of 14. He held restaurant jobs throughout high school and his first years of college, and left his education to choose a career in restaurant management. He’s traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and The Americas honing his skills in the hospitality business and building a solid foundation on operations management.

His extensive resume includes serving as senior vice president for the Cheesecake Factory. He was partially responsible for developing the restaurant’s universal appeal and was responsible for overseeing the company’s explosive growth and development of the its product line.

Zeif returned to college at SUNY Canton and completed his bachelor’s degree in the Management program in 2013. He now works as an adjunct instructor at the college.

Next! Hospitality advisors provide profit improvement and concept development for hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars. The Concept Gurus is a highly successful global food and beverage agency specializing in bringing all genres of restaurants, bars and lounges to life by blending design with a sense of consumer behavior.

The SUNY Canton Excellence in Leadership Lecture series is presented by the SUNY Canton College Foundation. Upcoming presentations will include alumni from Accupac, Inc., and Baylor University.

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.

SUNY Canton Opens Center for Diversities and Inclusion

Friday, April 21st, 2017

SUNY Canton held a grand opening for its Center for Diversities and Inclusion April 20.

The center will serve as a home for an array of services and programs, such as diversity events, sensitivity training, student leadership development, mediation, tutoring, advising and advocacy.

 Representatives from the college, SUNY and the community attended the grand opening of the Center for Diversities and Inclusion.

“At SUNY Canton, our motto is ‘Everyone is Welcome Here,’ and the establishment of this center exemplifies our commitment to that philosophy,” said President Zvi Szafran. “We’re determined to be the place where everyone knows about and celebrates the diversity within our community, our state, our country and our world.”

After a blessing by spiritual leader and member of the Mohawk Bear Clan Thomas R. Porter, college and SUNY representatives spoke about the importance of a space that ensures inclusivity and celebrates different ethnicities and cultures.

SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Carlos N. Medina was on hand for the event and congratulated the entire community on the achievement.

SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Carlos N. Medina speaks at the ceremony.

“As our national discourse becomes increasingly polarized, some groups may feel under attack and isolated,” said Medina. “With the creation of this center, the campus can assist diverse populations by creating safe spaces – and what I also like to call ‘brave spaces’ – that educate through compassionate behavioral modeling.”

Funding for the center was provided in part by Sen. Patty A. Ritchie.

“We’re grateful for Senator Ritchie’s continued support of SUNY Canton and, specifically, this center,” said Szafran.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in 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 bachelor’s 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.

Condoled Bear Clan Matron to Deliver SUNY Canton Commencement Keynote Address

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Wa'kerakats:te Louise McDonald HerneA matriarch of the Mohawk Nation will be the keynote speaker at SUNY Canton’s 109th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

As a Condoled Bear Clan Matron of the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs, Wa’kerakats:te Louise McDonald Herne has worked for more than a decade to continue the historical and traditional strength of the Haudenosaunee through education and empowerment initiatives. During the ceremony, she will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of her contributions.

“Like her ancestors who built stable and bountiful communities, Ms. Herne is making the same efforts by developing and cultivating rich opportunities for her people,” said President Zvi Szafran. “We’re honored to celebrate her untiring work to preserve her culture, as well as to improve the overall health and economic standing of the Mohawk Nation.”

One of her most influential societal contributions is her work to revive the Oheró:kon Rites of Passage ceremony, which helps youth make their transition into adulthood. She said renewing the ancient ritual was intended to combat social ills, such as drug abuse and suicide, and reconnect youth with their identity as Indigenous people. She also secured grant funding to expand the rites of passage to other Haudenosaunee communities across Ontario, and as a result, the program earned the 2015 Harvard Kennedy School’s prestigious “Honoring Nations” award for exemplary tribal governance.

She is also a founding member of the Konon:kwe Council, a grassroots organization that develops and advances policies to end domestic violence. Through this work, she has mentored and empowered young women to use their voice and stand in their rightful place of honor within their communities.

Herne visited SUNY Canton in 2015 to discuss ESPN’s documentary “Keepers of the Game,” which chronicles the trials of the Salmon River High School girls’ lacrosse team as they broke down barriers in a sport that Native American culture traditionally reserves for men. She and her daughter, Tsiotenhariio, one of the team members, were central figures in the film. Tsiotenhariio went on to play for SUNY Canton’s women’s lacrosse team during the 2016 season.

In addition to Bear Clan Matron, Herne also serves as Indigenous Knowledge Keeper and Haudenosaunee Knowledge Guardian, helping to preserve traditional culture, traditions and language for future generations. Her professional area of research is the Haudenosaunee women and their influence on early feminism, and in 2016 she was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar in Indigenous Studies by the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She is the first Indigenous woman to receive this honor.

“Ms. Herne is ever mindful of the importance to record and recognize the past and balance it with the needs of the future, and most importantly, provide opportunities for our youth,” Szafran added.

Growing up, Herne said there was a lack of emphasis on formal education; however, the concepts she learned from her mother were something that could not be measured in the form of a degree.

“She was an oracle of knowledge who gave me an appreciation for informed ideas and the value of intelligent discussion and argument, with a respect for both sides,” Herne said. “The oratory skill with which she shared our history and culture taught me about the land where our people came from, their ideals and morals, as well as what they held as important.”

She advocates for an education system that allows for individual prosperity and places value on students’ uniqueness and ancestral history.

Herne resides on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation with her husband, six children and seven grandchildren.

 

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 bachelor’s 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.

Roberto Clemente’s Son to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Luis Clemente, son of the late baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, will speak at SUNY Canton this month as part of the college’s popular Living Writers Series.

He will discuss the life of his famous father, which is chronicled in the book “Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Written by the Clemente family, the biography features exclusive, never-before-released photos of the baseball legend, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 to 1972. Luis, along with his mother, Vera, and two brothers, Ricky and Roberto Jr., share personal stories, and anecdotes from Clemente’s closest friends are also woven throughout the book.

“It’s a great opportunity for the Living Writers Series to host Luis Clemente, and we hope that many from the campus and community will join us for this special event,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche, who created the series. “Roberto Clemente’s contribution to the sport of baseball and our culture as a whole continues to provide a powerful message.”

Clemente Cover

Renowned for his charitable endeavors, Roberto Clemente Sr.’s life was tragically cut short when he was killed in a plane crash while attempting to deliver aid to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua.

In addition to the book, the family is continuing his legacy through their work with the Clemente Foundation, which helps at-risk youth. Vera Clemente is also an official Goodwill Ambassador for Major League Baseball.

The Clemente family has ties to SUNY Canton. Luis’ son, Bobby, plays infield for the SUNY Canton men’s baseball team. In 2016 The Clemente Foundation partnered with SUNY Canton to host the first Clemente Cup, an NCAA Division III baseball tournament held in Puerto Rico where 10 collegiate teams from across the U.S. competed for the title. Between games, the SUNY Canton team held clinics for Puerto Rican youth, and tournament concessions were donated to local little league organizations. Plans are under way for a second Clemente Cup in 2018.

“I am extremely proud of all that was accomplished in the first Clemente Cup,” Luis said. “The economic impact, cultural exchange, competition level, recruitment opportunities, clinics and charity donations are proof that this event can benefit everyone involved – from collegiate teams to local Puerto Rican communities and organizations.”

For more information about the Living Writers Series, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

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 bachelor’s 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.

Construction Executive Speaks at SUNY Canton March 29

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Ed BedellThe president and CEO of COP Construction will be presenting at SUNY Canton as part of the college’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Edward Bedell is a 1969 alumnus who has established a successful career in construction project management. He is scheduled to speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Nevaldine Hall Room 102. Leadership Lecture Series presentations are free and open to the public.

“We are very fortunate that we are able to bring in established, professional, alumni who demonstrate the strengths of the applied education offered at SUNY Canton,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Mr. Bedell is a perfect example of how a student can start here and go anywhere.”

Newtown said Bedell’s lecture would be of interest to students in a variety of the college’s engineering technology or STEM related fields and will also appeal to management students from the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Bedell took ownership of COP Construction after working as the company’s Vice President of Operations. COP specializes in bridges, dams, concrete structures, water, sanitary sewer and storm drain utilities, water and sanitary sewer treatment plants, containment ponds, subdivisions, general site work, and recreational facilities.

He oversees operations in Montana, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. The company employs between 200 and 350 full-time personnel and is widely recognized as a leading construction company in its region.

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 bachelor’s 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 Distinguished Automotive Alumnus Presents Monday, Feb. 27

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Mark BondoniOne of SUNY Canton’s most successful Automotive Technology graduates will be a featured speaker in the college’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Mark Bondoni, a 1982 alumnus and global remanufacturing and core supply manager for Ford Motor Company, will be presenting “Driving Your Future” at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in Nevaldine Hall Room 102. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Mark is a fantastic example for students and alumni alike,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology. “He embodies the college’s slogan ‘Great majors that lead to great careers.’ He demonstrates what can be done by linking enthusiasm for a subject with the ambition to succeed.”

Bondoni has held numerous positions during his 32-year career with Ford. One of his many notable successes came when he was parts and service manager at Ford’s Caribbean and Latin America District. He developed and launched a parts shipment initiative that slashed delivery time to Puerto Rico from 23 to 4 days.

He also served as the company’s NASCAR motorsports manager. He helped link his alma mater with Elliott Sadler, who raced a Ford at the time. Early SUNY Canton commercials featured the famous driver prominently and a hood from one of the cars is on display in the college’s automotive labs.

The SUNY Canton Alumni Association named Bondoni as Distinguished Alumnus at the college’s 2004 Commencement.

 

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 bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet to Speak at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Tracy K. SmithAs part of the college’s African-American History Month celebration, SUNY Canton will welcome a Pulitzer Prize-winning author to campus for its popular Living Writers Series.

Director of Creative Writing at Princeton University Tracy K. Smith, who won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection “Life on Mars,” will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

“Life on Mars” has been hailed by critics and was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. It was also named a Notable Book of 2011 by the New York Times and an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review.

The publisher describes “Life on Mars” as a portrait of a sci-fi future will illusions to David Bowie and interplanetary travel. Smith imagines a soundtrack for the universe to accompany the discoveries, failures and oddities of human existence.

In addition to a reading from “Life on Mars,” Smith will also discuss her memoir “Ordinary Light,” published in 2015. “Ordinary Light” delves into her relationship with her mother and her journey as an artist.

Life on Mars Cover Art“Ms. Smith’s works in both poetry and prose have earned her some of the highest accolades in American literature,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche, who created the series. “Please join us for the event and help us kick off African-American History month on our campus.”

Born in Massachusetts and raised in northern California, Smith earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Columbia University. From 1997 to 1999 she was a Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. She taught at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University before joining the faculty at Princeton as a creative writing professor in 2005.

Smith’s visit is made possible thanks to grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

“The Living Writers Series has proven to be a valuable asset to SUNY Canton and the community,” LaMarche said. “The NEA grant will help continue our mission of bringing a diverse group of creative artists and intellectual minds to our campus.”

For information about the Living Writers Series, visit www.canton.edu/writers.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.