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SUNY Canton Alum, Retired Dick’s Sporting Goods Exec John Duken to Deliver Commencement Keynote Address

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

John DukenA former Dick’s Sporting Goods top executive will be the keynote speaker at SUNY Canton’s 108th Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m. in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

John G. Duken, class of 1981, retired from his position as executive vice president of global merchandising for Dick’s Sporting Goods in 2014 after 15 years of service. He helped lead the $6.8 billion Fortune 500 Corporation during a remarkable period of growth. Prior to working for Dick’s, Duken spent several years working in leadership positions for electronic retail chains Circuit City and The Good Guys.

“We are pleased to welcome John back to campus as our keynote speaker this year. His professional success, volunteer endeavors and contributions to SUNY Canton serve as an inspiration to our graduates,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

A native of Plattsburgh, Duken is a graduate of Mount Assumption Institute high school. After receiving an Associate Degree in Accounting from SUNY Canton, he went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1984.

Since his retirement, Duken works as an independent consultant and travels extensively for his duties as a board member of several companies. His community service includes volunteer work for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

In 2014 John and his wife, Colleen, established the Duken Family Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a SUNY Canton student from Clinton County who demonstrates a strong interest and passion for business.

“Being able to support other people’s dreams and help them accomplish their goals is what life is all about,” Duken said.

He resides in the Pittsburgh area with his wife and two daughters.

 

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

SUNY Canton Honors National Poetry Month With Guest Erica Dawson

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Erica DawsonSUNY Canton will celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month in April by hosting a rising poetry star as part of the Living Writers Series.

Erica Dawson will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Her most recent book, “The Small Blades Hurt,” has earned critical praise, and fellow poet Richie Hofmann described it as “Rhythmic, musical, unforgettable … a wild and exhilarating testament of self-love against the backdrop of America — its history, its literature, its popular culture and its bizarre dramatis personae.”

According to the publisher, “The Small Blades Hurt” picks up where her debut poetry collection, “Big-Eyed Afraid,” leaves off. She explores themes such as lust and love, past and present, accidents, and self-reflection.

“Big-Eyed Afraid” won the 2006 Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and her poems have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Unsplendid, Blackbird, Barrow Street and others. Dawson is currently an assistant professor at The University of Tampa, where she teaches for the undergraduate English and Writing program and the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing.

“With a sharp wit and flashes of humor, Erica Dawson explores the complexities of contemporary American life,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and Living Writers Series creator Phil K. LaMarche. “We invite the community to help us celebrate National Poetry Month with a performance from a talented literary voice.”

Founded in 1996, National Poetry Month was created to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. It is organized by the Academy of American Poets and has become the largest literary celebration in the world.

Dawson is the final guest of the spring installment of the Living Writers Series. For more information about her work or past speakers, 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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Consul General of Germany to Visit SUNY Canton, April 12

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

WagenerGerman Consul General Brita Wagener will be discussing recent developments in transatlantic relations at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in Payson Hall Room 219 at SUNY Canton. The event is free and open to the public and a reception will follow the presentation.

“We are hosting the Honorable Brita Wagener as part of our ongoing international learning opportunities,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We extend a special invitation to our area businesses and elected officials to join us for the program.”

Before assuming her duties as the consul general in the U.S., Wagener served as German ambassador to Iraq, the consul general in Istanbul, as commissioner for German personnel in international organizations at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, among other high-ranking international positions. Prior to those posts, she held various positions for the German Federal Foreign Office. Wagener studied law at both the University of Bonn and at the University of Hamburg.

 

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

Commander of the U.S. Air Force National Guard 174th Attack Wing Speaks at SUNY Canton

Friday, April 1st, 2016

KilgoreU.S. Air Force National Guard 174th Attack Wing Group Commander Lt. Col. Michelle L. Kilgore will be presenting as part of the SUNY Canton Leadership Lecture Series on at 4 p.m. Monday, April 4, in Richard W. Miller Campus Center, Room 212. The event is free and open to the public.

Aside from being the first woman to hold her high-ranking position, Kilgore has flown combat missions in several large-scale military campaigns and logged more than 3,500 flight hours. She commands three squadrons and a detachment, 291 military personnel, more than 35 contractors, and more than 100 students annually. She also received numerous military awards.

She has a long history of service ranging from her time as the deputy branch chief of Unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance with the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., in addition to a variety of command positions held while serving with the 174th Attack Wing Group.

 

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

Ethical Policing and Body-Worn Cameras Among Topics at SUNY Canton’s Annual Law Enforcement Day, March 28

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

SUNY Canton has invited speakers to address “Ethics in Criminal Justice,” including timely conversations about body-worn cameras and interrogation techniques at the sixth annual Law Enforcement Day.

The college’s Criminal Justice department will be holding the daylong series of presentations Monday, March 28, in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater.

“Law Enforcement Day allows our students to learn from experts and experienced professionals,” said Susan E. Buckley, SUNY Canton criminal justice department chair. “In the past, we’ve highlighted many areas of criminal investigation, anti-terrorism, and law enforcement management. This year’s theme will focus on the current ethical challenges criminal justice professionals face in many aspects of their daily careers.”

The event begins at 10 a.m., with “Ethical Policing is Contagious” presented by retired Minneapolis Police Department Decorated Sergeant Michael W. Quinn. Quinn was an instructor in use of force, deadly force, firearms, chemical agents, high-risk warrants, SWAT tactics, instructor development and officer survival and is a noted expert on police ethics. He published “Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence” in 2005, and wrote a monthly column on police ethics for Officer.com from 2006 to 2008. Currently, Quinn is working with the International Ethics and Leadership Training Bureau, LLP.

At 1 p.m., SUNY Canton Instructor Justin C. Spaulding will be presenting “Law Enforcement Considerations of Body-Worn Camera Technology.” Spaulding was previously employed as a police officer for the Colorado Springs Police Department, where he was assigned to patrol, investigations, revising standard operating procedures, training development, and teaching at the Colorado Springs Police Academy. “There has been an ongoing debate about the use and deployment of body-worn cameras,” Spaulding said. “The technology itself is part of a larger ethical conversation about policing philosophy and practices.”

Presentations conclude at 2:15 p.m. with “Mechanics and Dynamics of Obtaining and Evaluating Confession and Statement Evidence” with James L. Trainum, a former cold case homicide detective and the head of the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department’s violent crime case review project. He’s a noted advocate of interrogation reform and video taping interrogations. Trainum has made a study of false confessions and strongly encourages systems to avoid wrongful convictions. He has authored several publications and has made numerous presentations on a variety of law enforcement topics.

Law Enforcement Day is held as an extra-learning opportunity for students in the criminal justice programs. Other interested parties, including students, members of the law enforcement community and members of the public, are also encouraged to attend the free presentations.

SUNY Canton offers bachelor’s degree programs in Homeland Security, Criminal Investigation, Law Enforcement Leadership, as well as an associate degree in Criminal Justice. Alongside the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, all of the college’s programs provide students with the theory and practical skills necessary to understand challenges and ethics of law enforcement.

 

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

New York State Open Government Executive Director Addresses FOIL During SUNY Canton Presentation

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Robert FreemanRobert J. Freeman, executive director of the New York State Committee on Open Government will be presenting about the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Open Meetings at 3 p.m., April 5, in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater.

Students from SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies program will have a close connection with the topical subject matter, according to Assistant Professor Alexander Lesyk.

“Awareness of the Freedom of Information Law, the Open Meetings Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law is fundamental to navigating the complex relationship between citizens and their government,” he said. “This lecture is designed to help our students and community learn to be meaningful participants and stewards alongside our elected officials.”

Shortly after FOIL was created in 1974, Freeman quickly became a known authority on the law. His office is now a definitive source for what is and isn’t public information. Members of the media, lawyers and insurance companies frequently file FOIL requests to state and local governments. However, anyone can invoke the law to request the information behind governmental decisions. In some cases, individuals have issued FOIL requests for environmental data, or resumes of elected officials and appointed administrators.

Freeman has addressed numerous government related organizations, bar associations, and media groups in addition to lecturing at colleges and universities. He has addressed open government laws and concepts throughout the United States, as well as Canada, East Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. He also taught the only course in an American law school on public access to government information.

Stephen D. Button, St. Lawrence County Attorney said, “In addition to being one of the foremost authorities on public information and the public’s right to knowledge in the State, Mr. Freeman is one of the very best presenters I’ve ever seen.”

Freeman is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Associated Press Association.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but preregistration is requested. Contact the St. Lawrence County Attorney’s Office by phone (315) 379-2269 or email mzera@stlawco.org to make reservations

SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies program and St. Lawrence County are cosponsoring Freeman’s lecture and are continuing a partnership to provide quality legal-based education in the North Country.

 

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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

New York Times Columnist and Bestselling Author Theresa Brown to Speak at SUNY Canton

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Theresa BrownTheresa Brown, RN, author of the book “The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives,” will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at SUNY Canton’s Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

The event is part of the spring installment of the college’s Living Writers Series and is cosponsored by Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley. It is free and open to the public.

The publisher describes “The Shift” as an eye-opening and riveting account of Brown’s day as a nurse in a busy teaching hospital’s oncology ward. The reader is offered an unprecedented look into the individual struggles of patients and medical professionals, which reveals larger truths about medicine in the United States.

“The Shift” is a New York Times bestseller, and Brown has been a guest on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and ABC’s “20/20.” Her column “Bedside” was published in the New York Times op-ed page, as well as on the Times’ blog “Opinionator.” In 2009 she attended a White House press conference where President Obama quoted her New York Times article about health care reform.

“We are thrilled to partner with Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley to bring such a timely and compelling literary voice from the field of medicine,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and series creator Phil K. LaMarche. “Theresa Brown’s stories from the cancer floor of her hospital are fraught with personal drama and the difficult medical issues of our time.”

Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine,” described Brown’s book as a “compelling and compassionate human drama. If you want to understand how modern medicine ticks, fasten your seat belt and spend a day in the hospital with Theresa Brown on ‘The Shift.’”

Brown received a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in English from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She has also taught writing and literature at Harvard, MIT and Tufts. Her first book, “Critical Care: A new Nurse Faces Death, Life, and Everything in Between,” is used by many schools as a nursing textbook. She currently works as a clinical nurse in Pittsburgh.

For more information about Brown and 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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

CEO of C&S Companies Speaks at SUNY Canton, March 21

Monday, March 14th, 2016

trimbleJohn Trimble, the President and CEO of C&S Companies in Syracuse, will be the next featured speaker in SUNY Canton’s Leadership Lecture Series.

Trimble will be presenting at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, in Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 218. All of the Leadership Lecture Series presentations are free and open to the public.

SUNY Canton has a well-established connection with Trimble and C&S Companies. The engineering, architecture, planning and construction service provider was responsible for consulting and other services for the college’s new footbridges, the renovation of the college’s four original residence halls, as well as the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

“In addition to being active advisors for several of our programs, C&S has hired many of our alumni,” said Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Mr. Trimble is sure to start a great conversation on how to start and advance a career in the engineering technology fields.”

Trimble began his career with C&S in 1990. He is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s design and construction projects and staff. He has also served as the company’s vice president, managed the industrial facilities design group, worked as a general manager for the construction management group, and was a design engineer in the transportation design group, among other positions.

He’s a professional engineer and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (commonly known as LEED) accredited professional.

About C&S Companies

Founded in 1968, C&S Companies has an annual revenue exceeding $100 million and employs more than 450 professional staff. The company’s main service areas are centered on facilities, aviation, surface transportation, environmental, site development, technology solutions, land use and market strategies, construction & program management, and construction services. C&S primarily serves local, state, and federal governments; industry and manufacturing; and private businesses.

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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Living Writing Series Kicks Off Spring Semester with Author Jeff Parker

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Jeff ParkerWidely acclaimed author Jeff Parker will be the first guest to visit SUNY Canton for the spring installment of the popular Living Writing Series.

Parker will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

His latest book, “Where Bears Roam the Streets,” has earned high critical praise, and Maclean’s magazine drew comparisons between his writing and that of the late Kurt Vonnegut.

“Jeff Parker is one of the most prolific and promising writers of his generation,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Phil K. LaMarche. “His stories have a mind of their own and always take the reader into the humorous and sometimes uncomfortable realm of the unexpected.”

“Where Bears Roam the Streets” is a memoir of Parker’s unlikely friendship with a Perestroika-generation Russian bartender, Igor, while studying in St. Petersburg. The author tells the story of contemporary Russia though his friendship with Igor and their travels together across the country.

He is also the author of “The Taste of Penny,” a collection of short stories, and “Ovenman,” a comedic coming-of-age story.

Parker served as the director of creative writing at the University of Tampa and is a faculty member with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Master of Fine Arts program.

LaMarche created the Living Writers Series in 2012 to coincide with his Living Writers Course. Students enrolled in the class read the books by the authors scheduled to visit the college.

The next guest speaker will be author Theresa Brown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, which is cosponsored by Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley. Poet Erica Dawson will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27.

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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

CEO of Nicholville Telephone Co. Speaks at Feb. 25 Lecture Series

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

DzwonczykThe latest installment of SUNY Canton’s Leadership Lecture Series highlights an entrepreneur who transitioned from Silicon Valley to St. Lawrence County.

Mark Dzwonczyk, the President and CEO of Nicholville Telephone Company, will be speaking about his experiences at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Similar to the classic start-up story of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the legendary creators of Apple, Dzwonczyk built his first start-up company in a garage. He expanded the company into a leading VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) product design business with operations in both the U.S. and China.

Dzwonczyk moved to the North County to join the Board of Nicholville Telephone Company in 2011, and became its CEO later that year. His leadership brought a cultural change to the business that enabled an increase in subscriptions and recognition as a leading regional broadband company.

Nicholville Telephone Company is the parent company of Slic Network Solutions. The company has been heralded for providing high-speed Internet access to rural communities where it previously was not available.

He has been described as a recognized expert in telecom networks and technology. He’s also a Clarkson University Trustee and wholly committed to regional economic development.

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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.