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SUNY Canton Hosts Autism Ambassador Aaron Likens, April 2

Friday, March 22nd, 2019

In line with autism awareness month, SUNY Canton will be hosting nationally-recognized “autism ambassador” Aaron Likens for a day of awareness-raising presentations.  

Likens was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was 20 years old, and has since authored “Finding Kansas,” a book about living and finding peace with this form of autism. Likens will hold three presentations on April 2:

  • A noon session for faculty, staff and students.
  • A 3 p.m. session specifically for law enforcement personnel.
  • A 6 p.m. session that is free and open to the public.  

All events will be in the SUNY Canton Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. 

Aaron Likens

There has been a growing demand in all sectors of society to learn more about autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Likens has become one of the most preeminent speakers on the issue and its impact on education, law enforcement, employment and medical care. He emphasizes the need to find ways to “celebrate, not separate” those with autism or other disabilities. 

“When we received word of Aaron’s work and the impact of his presentations on audiences, we immediately reached out to see about bringing him to SUNY Canton,” said University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin. “While it’s crucial for police officers to understand how autistic individuals behave or react, I believe he can teach everyone more about spectrum disorders.” 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates one in 59 American schoolchildren is on the autism spectrum. Almost half of children identified with ASD has average to above average intellectual ability. Autistic adults make up a large and extremely diverse minority population. 

One of the common problems for autistic people is sensory overload, according to Liken. “We in the spectrum pick up every sound, every smell, confusing lights,” he said in a previous presentation. “We don’t have the ability to filter that stuff out.”

Likens presentations are cosponsored by the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy and the SUNY Canton Student Affairs Division. 

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 Welcomes Back Renowned Poet for Living Writers Series

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

A poet who writes about the complexities of fatherhood while witnessing social injustice and inequities of race in America will return to SUNY Canton this month for the college’s Living Writers Series.

Iain Pollock

Iain Haley Pollock will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

He will read excerpts from his latest poetry collection, “Ghost, Like a Place,” which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Pollock previously visited the college in 2013 to discuss his Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winning book, “Spit Back a Boy.”

Pollock’s poems have appeared in The New York Times Magazine and American Poetry Review. He is the poetry editor at Solstice Literary Magazine, teaches English at the Rye Country Day School and is a faculty member at Pine Manor College.

The spring installment of the Living Writers Series wraps up next month with final guest Chaya Bhuvanseswar, who will discuss her award-winning short story collection, “White Dancing Elephants,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24.

Visit the Living Writers Series webpage for more information on the speakers or the series.

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. 

Groundbreaking Forensic Genealogy Detective Headlines SUNY Canton Law Enforcement Day, March 25

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

The detective who helped solve a 30-year-old child murder cold case by using a public genealogy database will be speaking at SUNY Canton as part of the college’s 9th annual Law Enforcement Day. 

Brian Martin of the Fort Wayne, Ind. police department will speak at 9 a.m. Monday, March 25, in the college’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. His “Forensic Genealogy to Solve Cold Cases” presentation, and all other Law Enforcement Day presentations, are free and open to the public. 

“Detective Martin will discuss the case facts and present on this new and invaluable tool for law enforcement,” said Professor Elizabeth A. Brown, Ph.D., who teaches in the Criminal Investigation program. “Using DNA and publicly available databases have shown new light on previously unsolvable crimes.” 

In April 1988, 8-year-old April Tinsley was abducted and killed by an unknown assailant. The case frustrated investigators, with the supposed killer leaving taunting messages about the crime and threatening to commit unspeakable acts again. The suspect remained elusive until Martin arranged for genetic DNA testing for the case. 

Police were then able to narrow down the suspects, which included John D. Miller, by comparing DNA samples found at the crime scenes and referencing them against publicly available genealogical databases. Miller confessed to the crime in July 2018, shortly after police apprehended him. 

There will also be a presentation by Scott Aubin, a post-traumatic stress disorder awareness and suicide prevention instructor from the Plattsburgh area at 1 p.m. the same day. Aubin, accompanied by his Great Dane service dog, will be on hand to discuss the symptoms of unrecognized PTSD in law enforcement, first responders and veterans. He works for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Trauma Resources and Unified Management Assistance program and has undergone traumatic experiences in his own life. Aubin was featured in an Emmy-nominated Mountain Lake PBS Documentary. 

Scott Aubin

Law Enforcement Day is designed to give students an opportunity to meet with and hear from experts in the field. Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation and related two- and four-year programs are among the most popular degrees offered at the college. 

SUNY Canton is home to the state-certified David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, which trains the majority of the North Country’s police force. It also launched anew Corrections Academy this year, with an inaugural class beginning June 3. 

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 Launches Spring Leadership Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

A SUNY Canton alumnus will share his tale of transitioning from a ski bum to a successful North Country entrepreneur during the college’s first spring installment of the Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

SUNY Canton Lecture Series

Christopher Stone, vice president of Hyde-Stone Mechanical Contractors Inc., will be presenting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in SUNY Canton’s Nevaldine North Room 102. 

Hyde-Stone is a commercial and industrial contractor specializing in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, temperature controls and refrigeration. 

“Chris represents the success of our signature HVAC Engineering Technology program,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Many of our most accomplished alumni have launched their careers through this degree.” 

Stone joined Hyde-Stone in 1986 and took classes in the college’s HVAC program while working with his family at the company. He oversees four offices in Potsdam, Watertown, Syracuse and Plattsburgh. He is responsible for seeking efficient ways to improve sales, estimating, customer relations, and integrating new technology to bolster the company’s future growth. 

Some of the company’s recent clients include Great Lakes Cheese Company Inc., Kraft Heinz, Lowville Academy, and SUNY Canton. 

The presentation will be of particular interest to students from the engineering technology programs and to students who plan on becoming an entrepreneur. All Leadership Lecture Series events are free and open to the public. 

Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series events connect working professionals who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The events are funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the Canton College Foundation and the SUNY Canton President’s Office. Other spring speakers include Paul Travers, founder, president and CEO of Vuzix, and Tamara Montalvo, senior vice president of finance and operations at VOZ Advisors. 

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. 

Rising Literary Star Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah to Speak at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

SUNY Canton will welcome the author of the recently released New York Times bestselling book “Friday Black” to cap off the fall installment of the popular Living Writers Series.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase and signing.Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

“Friday Black,” his highly anticipated collection of short stories, was released Oct. 23 and quickly jumped to number 13 on the New York Times bestseller list. Critics have compared his writing to that of literary masters like Isaac Babel, Ralph Ellison and Anton Chekhov.

“Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is a bold new voice in American literature. His work is both timely and timeless, and the wild success of Friday Black speaks to its necessity,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series. “Please join us to take part in the launch of an exciting new author who we are sure to hear much more from in the future.”

Adjei-Brenyah’s visit to SUNY Canton closely coincides with “Black Friday”—an event that informs the book’s title story. He writes about a retail associate who witnesses a horrifying incident at a department store the day after Thanksgiving. According to the publisher, Adjei-Brenyah’s debut book places ordinary characters in extraordinary situations and “reveals the violence, injustice and painful absurdities that black men and women contend with every day in this country.”

Born in Queens and raised in Rockland County, Adjei-Brenyah received his MFA at Syracuse University and is now a professor of writing at his alma mater. He studied under novelist Lynne Tillman and George Saunders, who also visited the college in 2014 as part of the Living Writers Series.

“This is a person who’s using fiction to ask and answer big, urgent questions,” Saunders said of Adjei-Brenyah’s writing in a recent interview with the New York Times. “That’s why the stories feel new, because they’re compressed tools for moral exploration.”

His work has appeared in numerous publications, and he was recently selected by the National Book Foundation to receive the prestigious “5 Under 35” honor. He has appeared on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and was profiled by the New York Times.

Learn more about the Living Writers Series.

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 Announces Fall Leadership Lecture Series Event

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Bart TuttleSUNY Canton has announced the final guest speaker for the fall semester’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Bart Tuttle, Corning Canton plant manager, will speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Nevaldine Hall, Room 102 (North). The event is free and open to the public.

Tuttle is a native of Russell and a graduate of Arizona State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

He joined the Corning Canton Plant in 1997 as an equipment engineer and held numerous production and engineering supervisor positions. He was recognized as a senior engineering associate in 2010 and that same year, became the plant engineering manager. In 2015, he added plant operations manager to his resume, and in 2017, he was named plant manager.

The Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series connects working professionals who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The events are funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the Canton College Foundation and the SUNY Canton President’s Office.

 

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.

Celebrated Author Mary Karr Returns to SUNY Canton for Living Writers Series Event

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Mary KarrAcclaimed memoirist, poet and bestselling author Mary Karr will visit SUNY Canton this month to discuss her recently published poetry collection “Tropic of Squalor” as part of the college’s Living Writers Series.

She will appear at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

Karr is most widely known for her genre-defining memoirs, including “The Liars’ Club,” “Lit” and “Cherry,” but regards herself primarily as a poet.

“Tropic of Squalor” was released in May and is her fifth book of poetry. She tackles serious themes of violence and suicide, but also incorporates flashes of comedy and joy. According to the publisher, Karr’s “brazen verse calls us out of our psychic swamplands and into that hard-won awareness of the divine hiding in the small moments that make us human.”

“In Mary Karr’s most recent collection of poems, she explores among other things, the passing of three close friends,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series. “The poems probe the intricacies of grief and faith with an unfaltering focus on the small glistening moments found in both life and loss.”

After enduring a traumatic childhood in a small town in East Texas, a period which she writes about in her New York Times bestseller “The Liars’ Club,” Karr struggled with alcoholism from an early age, eventually getting sober and joining the Catholic Church. She describes writing as a spiritual experience, and her work in “Tropic of Squalor” is influenced by her faith.

“I felt like there was a story that needed to be told about my escape from Texas, which was like hell, to my current situation in New York City, where I see Christ all the time in the faces of bike messengers and doorway sleepers,” said Karr in an interview with Syracuse University’s Division of Marketing and Communications earlier this year. “There is such grace in the street life of the city. My goal is to capture a moment, so that it lasts forever.”

Karr is a Guggenheim Fellow and has won Pushcart prizes for both her poetry and her essays. Her poems have appeared in major literary magazines such The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly. She is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University.

Karr’s colleague and fellow New York Times bestselling author George Saunders, who visited the college in 2014 as part of the Living Writers Series, said of her work, “Mary uses poetry to investigate critical moral questions, such as ‘How can we be better people, without sugarcoating our difficulties?’ She is a beautifully frank and funny poet, and her work always is situated on something simple, essential and universal.”

This is Karr’s second appearance at SUNY Canton; she previously discussed her award-winning memoir “Lit” in 2012.

The final guest for the fall semester’s installment of the Living Writers Series will be Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenya, who has just been selected by the National Book Foundation to receive the prestigious “5 Under 35” honor. His debut novel, “Friday Black,” was released Oct. 23. He will appear at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 28, in the Kingston Theater.

Learn more about the Living Writers Series at www.canton.edu/writers.

SUNY Canton Hosts Broker and Owner of Blue Heron Realty for Leadership Lecture Series Event

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

SUNY Canton has announced the first guest for the fall semester’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Jennifer Stevenson, the broker/owner of Blue Heron Realty in Ogdensburg, will speak at noon, Tuesday Oct. 16, in Cook Hall, Room 201. The event is free and open to the public.

Jenn Stevenson stands in front of her Blue Heron Realty sign.

A member of the SUNY Canton class of 1988, Stevenson’s interest in real estate began while earning her associate degree in Accounting. Shortly after graduation, she obtained her real estate broker’s license and began working for a national agency.

In 1999, Stevenson opened Blue Heron. In addition to being a successful small business owner, she generously donates her time and talent to a wide range of community organizations. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Committee, which aims to improve rental and home ownership options for low-income individuals and families. She is also the secretary-treasurer for the New York State Association of Realtors and serves on the State and Local Issues Policy committee for the National Association of Realtors.

The Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series connects working professionals who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The events are are funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the Canton College Foundation and the SUNY Canton President’s Office.

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 Living Writers Series Hosts Keely Hutton Sept. 25

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

An author who has written a critically acclaimed novel about the Ugandan civil war will visit SUNY Canton this month as part of the popular Living Writers Series.

Keely Hutton will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Keely Hutton

She is the author of the 2017 book “Soldier Boy,” which is based on the life of Ricky Richard Anywar, who at age fourteen was forced to fight in the guerilla army of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. Years after escaping, Ricky founded the charity Friends of Orphans and has dedicated his life to assisting in the rehabilitation of other child soldiers.

“Keely Hutton has written a tremendously powerful novel about Ricky’s experience as a child soldier,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the series. “In the midst of a wartime nightmare, we see young men and women struggling to maintain the faintest shreds of kindness, compassion and dignity. The book is simultaneously horrifying and heartwarming as it shows both the best and worst of human behavior. It is also an insightful lesson on how we can help individuals recover from tragedy and trauma.”

Hutton, a Canton native, is a former eighth grade English teacher and recipient of the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop scholarship at Chautauqua. Since 2012, she has been working closely with Ricky to tell his story. “Soldier Boy” is a 2017 Booklist “Editors’ Choice” and was selected by the International Literacy Association as a “Notable Fiction of 2017.”

Ricky is a recipient of the Harriet Tubman Freedom Award and previously visited SUNY Canton in 2008 to tell his story of childhood slavery and discuss his charity work.

Hutton is the first of three guest speakers who will visit the college this fall. Bestselling author Mary Karr will appear Oct. 30 and writer Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah will be the final speaker Nov. 28. For more details, 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 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.

Students Get Excited about STEM at SUNY Canton’s Women in Engineering Day

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology hosted more than 200 middle and high schoolers for its annual Women in Engineering Day held Wednesday, May 16.

Students from Canton, Hammond, St. Regis Falls, Gouverneur, Tupper Lake, Ogdensburg, Madrid-Waddington, Potsdam and others took part in interactive activities and conversations related to STEM.

“We are thrilled that 241 students from the surrounding area came to spend the day learning about engineering technology fields, hearing from a leader in solar energy research and experiencing SUNY Canton’s hands-on, applied learning philosophy,” said Women in Engineering Day Committee Chair and SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Kathleen Mahoney, who teaches in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program.

A student launches a bottle rocket outside of Nevaldine Hall

A student launches a bottle rocket during the 2018 Women in Engineering Day.

The guest speaker was Deidra R. Hodges, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. She previously worked on NASA’s Space Shuttle program in Avionics while with IBM’s Federal Systems Division, and later joined Martin Marietta Manned Space Systems where she conducted independent research in support of NASA’s Unmanned Shuttle C proposal.

Students gather around Adrienne Rygel as she teaches about water filtration.

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Adrienne Rygel teaches a group of students about clean drinking water and filtration techniques.

“Dr. Hodges has experienced a lot of adversity throughout her life, particularly when she and her family had to relocate from Louisiana after their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina,” said Lisa M. Beldock, a living environment science teacher at Ogdensburg Free Academy high school. “I think it was important for students to hear from someone who has persevered despite major setbacks, as well as the added obstacles she faced as a woman in a male-dominated field.”

There were several new workshops offered this year, two of which aligned with the college’s recently added four-year Game Design and Development program and varsity eSports team. A “Women in Gaming” presentation was led by student and Game Design major Emily A. Oeser, who is the captain of the college’s all-female and co-ed “Overwatch” eSports teams.

Brandon Baldwin uses a touch screen to instruct a small group of students.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Brandon Baldwin showcases the technology in the Automotive Technology Lab.

Other highlights included demonstrations about cutting-edge research in the field of artificially intelligent prosthetics and how virtual reality is used in the architecture and construction industries. Students also had the chance to learn about aerodynamics by launching homemade water rockets.

Arconic Inc. was the lead sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors were the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women, the North Country Young Women’s Leadership Institute, and New York State’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program. Funding support for the keynote speaker was provided by a Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant.

 

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.