Archive for the ‘International Programs’ Category

SUNY Canton Steps Up to Support Puerto Rico

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Students and staff delivered a truckload of emergency supplies to Syracuse on Monday in support of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico. Organizers said it was one of the largest donations from a single organization thus far.

Kangaroos Love Puerto Rico

Student carries a box of supplies to the loading dock.

In total, the campus drive collected:

190 flashlights
180 AA batteries
173 packages of baby wipes
136 hygiene products
98 AAA batteries
82 cases of water
71 boxes of diapers
36 D batteries
30 C batteries
11 gallons of water
4 9V batteries
1 camping lantern

The drive was led by Student Ambassador Maurizio M. Paniconi-Pagan from San Juan, in conjunction with the SUNY Canton International Programs Office. Many offices and student organizations contributed to the drive, including Brother 2 Brother, the men’s hockey team, Sigma Omega Epsilon sorority, the Greek Council and the One Hop Shop. Organizers said items are scheduled to ship to Puerto Rico Oct. 31.

Students unload a truck with supplies intended for Puerto Rico.

“On behalf of the International Programs Office, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed and collected supplies for the donation drive,” said SUNY Canton Director of International Student Initiatives Erin E. Lassial. “And congratulations to Maurizio, who worked side-by-side with our other students from Puerto Rico, to spearhead this wonderful effort.”

SUNY Canton to Host African Studies Conference

Monday, March 21st, 2016

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton is partnering with Boston University’s African Studies Center to sponsor a conference called “Integrating African Studies Across the Curriculum.”

The program, which is open to all faculty and professional staff from colleges and universities across the state, will be held on SUNY Canton’s campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, March 25, in the Newell Center, Room 109.

“This conference will allow participants to broaden their knowledge of integrating the study of African history and culture into their curricula,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Building curricula that address global issues is more and more crucial for the success of our students in an increasingly globalized society.”

Boston UniversityThree African study experts from the more than 50-year-old African Studies Center at Boston University, Drs. Diana Wylie, Zoliswa Mali and Barbara Brown, will serve as consultants to the program. The range of topics will include an examination of African language, literature and film; “Afropolitans,” a term used to describe a new generation of Africans and people of African descent; and ways to move forward with the integration of these concepts across disciplines.

The purpose of the conference is to provide professional development opportunities and enable participants to help students and community members overcome stereotypical images about Africa.  Those attending the conference will be able to leverage their learning experiences to increase the knowledge, understanding and awareness of students to adapt and function effectively in a global economy.

For more information, contact Raj Sashti, conference director and SUNY Canton advisor for international education and economic development, at


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.

International Summer Program at SUNY Canton Teaches Entrepreneurism and Business Leadership

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Students from Kazan and Moscow, Russia, are learning how to become entrepreneurs at SUNY Canton’s International Summer program.

“We help students augment their education to become entrepreneurs,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Many of these students will graduate and become business leaders or create their own start-ups.”

This is the second year that the College has invited students from Kazan Federal University and Moscow State University to attend the business-focused seminar.

International Classroom

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Charles R. Fenner (pictured far right) presents a special class for students in the College’s International Summer program.

The International Summer Program is co-hosted by the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton, an agency that helps provide technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

A representative from the SBDC works with students to create marketing plans, learn budget financing and overall business management. “By the end of the three-week session, students will present a complete business plan,” Fiacco said.

As part of their learning experience, the students visit area businesses such as the St. Lawrence Brewing Company and St. Lawrence Valley Roasters, among others.

Several of the students are enrolled in dual-degree programs at the College and take courses online throughout the year with SUNY Canton faculty and their visit gives them the ability to meet their professors face-to-face. Management program faculty members also presented coursework during the session.

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

SUNY Canton’s Summer Study Abroad Still Accepting Applications

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

The International Programs office at SUNY Canton is accepting applications for two unique summer study abroad opportunities in Croatia and China.

Students from SUNY Canton and other area colleges are eligible for the programs. Students must have a 2.75 GPA or better and must have completed their first full year of college.

Dragon Statue

The first of the two study abroad opportunities this summer will take place in Guangdong, China from May 26 through June 17. Students will spend two and a half weeks in Guangdong and the last three days in Beijing, China. Lectures will be supplemented by presentations and communication workshops by faculty from Guangdong College. Students will also have an opportunity to attend numerous cultural events and day trips and be joined by Guangdong students during lectures and cultural visits.


Students accepted into the study abroad program in Dubrovnik, Croatia, will study international and ethnic conflict from July 11 through Aug. 1. Students can expect to gain an insight into major conflicts of the 20th century involving the Balkan Region.

Students can also participate in cultural trips during the afternoons and weekends giving them a unique opportunity for experiential learning. Michael J. Popovic, a faculty member from the College’s School of Business and Liberal Arts, offers courses for this program in English.

For general questions or to learn more about study abroad opportunities, contact the International Programs office at or (315) 386-7608.


International Programs Hosts Russian and Chinese Students

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
International Students

Olga Shaldymova of Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute in Russia and Zhong Dongjing of Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College in China participate in a team building exercise in the SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center as part of the College’s International Summer Program.

Twenty-five international students have traveled to the North Country this summer to immerse themselves in American culture and take part in SUNY Canton’s international summer program.

The students arrived on Sunday, July 11 and will be on campus for almost a month. They are visiting from Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute and Lomonsov Moscow State University, both in Russia, as well as Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College in China.

“Each summer, our international summer program allows students to experience both our culture and our higher education system,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The campus and local communities greatly benefit from the interactions with the students while we provide them with an educational opportunity most international students never have.”

Students will study English as a Second Language and Global Finance, Economics and Culture. The students will earn participation certificates for completing their respective courses at the program’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, July 28.

Director of International Programs Marela Fiacco noted it is the first time students from Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College will step foot on campus and take courses.

“Guangdong’s participation in our summer program will further SUNY Canton’s relationship with the institution, which we have been developing since 2009,” Fiacco said. “We have hosted two short-term scholars here who have observed classes and we hope as the partnership grows we are able to host another who will teach Chinese at the College.”

International Students

Fiacco said the next steps in collaborating with Guangdong include accepting students into SUNY Canton’s programs and having Assistant Professor of Business and Public Administration William T. Jones lead students in a visit to China where they will study at the institution in Summer 2012. Jones will propose to teach a course in international business communication while visiting overseas, according to Fiacco.

The students’ visit to the United States will be highlighted by visits to Niagara Falls, Lake Placid, the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks. Students will also have the chance to experience many local businesses and events including visits to the Canton Farmer’s Market, North Country Public Radio, the Frederick Remington Art Museum, and the annual Potsdam Festival.

In addition to off-campus excursions, students will enjoy the College’s new Roos House athletic facility, movies, campus barbecues and bonfires among other activities. Students will also take part in two American Family Nights, where families around the North Country welcome the visiting students to their homes for dinner, take them out for ice cream, and introduce them to American customs and traditions.

Following the end of the program, the students will spend their final four days in the United States in New York City.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


SUNY Canton Welcomes New Study Abroad Program

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

AUBiH LogoA new study abroad experience in the Balkans will immerse SUNY Canton students in a part of the world famous for its traditional religious diversity and long and rich history.

The College’s School of Business and Liberal Arts, as well as the Canino School of Engineering Technology, have implemented a study abroad program with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) beginning in the 2011-12 academic year.

“Through conversations I’ve had with students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I’ve learned how much they’ve valued their experience and how much they’ve learned about better serving the global community,” President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “We are now able to offer our students this same opportunity and the chance to work with the wonderful faculty and staff members at the university. As our two institutions continue to build upon the relationship we have with each other, the biggest benefactors will be our students.”

Students can spend a summer, a semester or an entire year abroad at AUBiH’s Sarajevo campus. Because of the College’s dual degree program with AUBiH, students studying legal studies, finance or information technology will be encouraged to take part because of the ease of course selection. Those interested in science, humanities, history and other related disciplines should also consider participation in the study abroad program. Students who are eligible to apply for the program are sophomores with a 2.7 GPA or higher.


Students from other SUNY institutions as well as private colleges and universities can also participate in the program. SUNY Canton is the only school in the SUNY system to offer a study abroad program in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Many of our students have expressed a sincere interest in this program,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Becoming immersed in another culture, no matter how long, can be a life-changing experience. It gives students a different perspective on global business and politics, as well as the global economy. Employers love to see students who embrace opportunities such as this because they understand how invaluable the experience is.”

The institutions’ relationship dates back to 2006, when discussions began about SUNY Canton offering AUBiH students a summer abroad program. Since, the College has developed a dual degree program with AUBiH that allows students to remain in Bosnia and Herzegovina while taking SUNY Canton courses, delivered in an asynchronous online format, in order to earn degrees from both the College and AUBiH.

AUBiH students can earn bachelor’s degrees from the College in finance, information technology, and legal studies. President Kennedy recently traveled to AUBiH to graduate SUNY Canton’s second class of students earning dual degrees from both institutions. The number of students in the program has more than tripled in its second year with close to 70 students graduating in 2011, compared to 21 in 2010.

Students interested in the program should visit or contact Fiacco at 315-386-7608 or

SUNY Canton Partners with the International Institute for Health Sciences

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

SUNY Canton’s newest partnership will have an international impact on the healthcare profession.

Students from the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka will be coming to Northern New York to earn degrees in the physical therapist assistant program at the College.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently signed the memorandum of cooperation linking the two universities.

“Our latest expansion into international learning programs fits with our mission and the State University of New York’s plan to increase international educational opportunities,” said Kennedy. “The demands of this field include providing the global healthcare profession with students who have gained international perspective and experience.”

Students enrolled in the program will attend IIHS for two years before traveling to the United States to complete an additional year at SUNY Canton, which will include a semester of clinical instruction. The students will graduate with an associate degree. The first graduating class is scheduled to take part in SUNY Canton’s commencement exercises in May 2013.

Deborah Molnar, assistant professor and physical therapist assistant program director, noted the collaboration between the two institutions was set in motion more than a year and a half ago. “Our students and theirs will mutually benefit from working with each other,” she said. “Student’s knowledge of the science and practice of the program will expand, aiding the professional practice both locally and internationally.”

President Joseph L. Kennedy signing the IIHC agreement with Marela Fiacco, and Deborah Molnar.

Pictured is SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy signing the IIHC agreement with Marela Fiacco, director of international programs, and Deborah Molnar, PTA program director.

The College has partnered with several international universities in recent years, but the agreement with IIHS is the first of its kind for SUNY Canton. The College’s other international partnerships offer online bachelor’s degree programs that give students the opportunity to earn dual degrees from SUNY Canton and their home institution.

“The new partnership will bring even more international students to our area,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Each time we partner with other colleges overseas, we increase the diverse learning experiences available to our students.”

The International Institute for Health Sciences is a healthcare training organization whose mission is to bring innovation to healthcare training, infuse the traditional values of professionalism, while adhering to international training standards to improve the quality of lives of healthcare professionals. The Institute partnered with SUNY Canton and other international organizations to provide solutions to the global need of well-educated professionals working in healthcare.

This cooperation came about through SUNY Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs Mitch Leventhal and his contact Priyanthi Dissanayake, a guidance counselor and foreign university placement adviser. Dissanayake works with institutions in Sri Lanka to bring them together with Colleges in the United States.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Professor Appointed Dean at the American University in the Emirates

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Robert EdwardsA SUNY Canton professor will spend 2011 in Dubai coordinating the dual degree program agreement with the American University in the Emirates (AUE).

Robert L. Edwards, professor of criminal investigation, has been appointed Dean of the General Studies department where he will serve as a special adviser to the AUE President. He will also teach diplomacy in the university’s graduate program.

“Professor Edwards has been an integral part of SUNY Canton establishing a dual degree program with AUE,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “He is uniquely prepared to be our ambassador and help build a strong relationship and partnership between our institutions.”

Edwards is a graduate of Golden Gate University. He served with the International Police Task Force in 1996 and with the Independent Judicial Commission in Bosnia in 2001.

SUNY Canton plans to offer its Finance bachelor-degree program to students at AUE starting in Fall 2011 and is working to establish other programs in Sports Management, Management, and Graphic and Multimedia Design.

SUNY Canton currently has more than 400 international dual-degree students enrolled at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lomonosov-Moscow State University, Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute in Russia, and Yalta University of Management in Ukraine. All classes are delivered either online or by videoconferencing. SUNY Canton also runs an international summer program, attracting more than 50 students from Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and China. Students spend three or more weeks at SUNY Canton and take courses in English as a Second Language, Global Finance and Economics, or courses that can be applied toward their dual-degree program.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

Study Abroad Fair at SUNY Canton, Sept. 22

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The SUNY Canton Office of International Programs at SUNY Canton will be holding a Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 on the first floor of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Representatives from six SUNY colleges and universities offering study abroad programs will be available to share the opportunities to take courses overseas.

For more information, please contact the SUNY Canton Office of International Programs at 386-7608 or email

SUNY currently offers more than 400 overseas study programs in more than 50 countries: in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Programs range from 2 to 3 week intensive courses to a semester or academic year abroad.

SUNY Canton’s College in Bosnia Recognized by President Clinton

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

In June 2010, the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated their inaugural graduating class of 18 students who received SUNY Canton degrees.

“As all of you surely know, Bosnia Herzegovina is dear to my heart.” Former President Bill Clinton said in a video address to the 2010 AUBiH graduating class. “Although I couldn’t be there to wish you well in person, I’m honored to be able to send this special message to the 2010 graduates, the first ever generation of students who studied at the American university of Bosnia Herzegovina to receive an American diploma. This remarkable achievement is something that you can be proud of. I congratulate the founders of this university and their partners at the State University of New York for this profoundly important initiative.”

The former president levied a challenge to graduates, telling them that they were the generation that will lead Bosnia and Herzegovina into Europe and help to make dreams of their compatriots come true.

The southeastern European nation has struggled economically since the Bosnian War. Top officials are partially looking toward higher education as means to create a contingent of entrepreneurs and other leaders who will help continue to rebuild the nation.

The students earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from SUNY Canton and a degree from their home university. They accomplished some of their course requirements through live video relayed classes and online courses broadcast and maintained by SUNY Canton faculty members under the guidance of College President Joseph L. Kennedy. Kennedy and top-level college staff attended AUBiH’s first commencement ceremony to recognize the College’s alumni.

“What makes our relationship with the American University in Bosnia Herzegovina so unique is they quite literally would not exist without SUNY Canton,” Kennedy said. “This is a completely new College that has become extension of us and all that we do well. We offer a career driven education where it’s needed most to those who will use it the best.”

Students take about 70 percent of their courses from professors at AUBiH and 30 percent from SUNY Canton faculty members. “Every course is our course, every student is our student,” Kennedy said. “The entire curriculum was developed at SUNY Canton.”

College officials from both universities have noted that the relationship is innovative because the European students have access to an American education from their home university. Students can also opt to attend a five-week summer program and be immersed in American culture in Canton. Currently, the 2011 class is attending their summer semester at the College.

Associate Professor Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D. is one of the lead faculty members to work with the classes from Bosnia. He said the students gain exposure to multiple viewpoints on business and finance issues, with examples of intellectual property and business management concepts. “The Bosnian students debate topical contemporary American issues as they pertain to their studies,” Fenner said. “They’ll discuss current events and discuss subjects including steroid use in sports, confidentiality issues, and whether health care should be universal or private.”

Dubravko Martinović, one of the top graduates at AUBIH, addressed his classmates, via live video feed at SUNY Canton’s Commencement. “To be the first at something gives one great satisfaction, and we are proud to be the first generation of graduates from AUBIH,” he said. “I want to thank you for four memorable years, and an unforgettable semester spent at SUNY (Canton). For us, it was never just an education, it was a life experience.”

SUNY Canton has articulation agreements allowing dual degrees with a half-dozen universities overseas, and several colleges in the United States. It was the first SUNY College to link with Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia. Most recently, College officials began creating a dual-degree program with the American University in the Emirates.

To view Clinton’s entire address to the AUBiH graduates, visit

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.