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SUNY Canton Schedules Public Forum on Proposed Wind Turbine Project, April 16

Monday, April 1st, 2013

SUNY Canton will host the first of three public informational sessions discussing a proposed wind turbine on the College campus beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural Gym.

The College openly invites the public, and refreshments will be served.

wind turbineThe College, in consultation with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Sustainable Energy Developments (SED), is considering the construction of a wind turbine that would provide electricity to the campus and provide support for academic programming, including Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems and Electrical Engineering Technology.

Representatives from SUNY Canton departments of Facilities and Planning and Public Relations will join Northland Associates, NYPA and SED to answer questions about the scope, purpose and outcomes of the proposed project. Additionally, Michael J. Newtown, Interim Dean of the School of Engineering Technology will speak about the educational benefits of having a wind turbine on campus.

From 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, two balloons will be floated at the proposed wind turbine location on campus to show its scale. The balloons will be representing the maximum height of the structure at the tip of a blade extending vertically, the other representing the position of the center of the blades. If weather conditions prohibit the balloon float on the 16th, the balloons will be floated at another time, according to SED.

Parking will be available in Lots 1 and 13. For directions, please refer to the campus maps http://www.canton.edu/map/.

For further information, please contact the SUNY Canton office of Public Relations at 315-386-7300 or email pr@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton Students Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

A SUNY Canton student club is holding a series of activities to protest the injustice of human trafficking, including a silent march and a presentation by a former child soldier and Lost Boy of Sudan.

The College’s International Student Activist Organization (ISAO) will be holding a 27-minute march from at Noon on Tuesday, April 2, beginning at the post office in Downtown Canton. The March will conclude at SUNY Canton. Students said the 27-timeframe represented the estimated 27 million individuals illegally trafficked annually.

ISAO

Members of SUNY Canton’s Student International Student Activist Organization during a recent trip to New York City.

The organization is also bringing Gabriel Bol Deng, the founder of HOPE for Ariang, a not-for-profit foundation, to the College. There will be a screening of Deng’s documentary “Rebuilding Hope” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in SUNY Canton’s Kingston Theater, followed by a presentation by the former child soldier.

“The ISAO was founded last year as a student club,” said Sabel Bong, the club’s advisor and an EOP counselor at the College. “The club members invited Gabriel because child soldiers are another form of human trafficking. He delivers a very positive message about overcoming all odds.”

Deng was 10 years old when a North Sudanese Murahileen militia led an attack on his village of Ariang in South Sudan in 1987. He embarked on a dangerous four-month long journey, crossing the Nile River, and untold miles of desert. He survived famine and disease during his perilous journey to a refugee camp in Ethiopia.

Deng moved to Syracuse in 2001 as part of the Refugee Resettlement Program and attended Onondaga Community College and Lemoyne College. Upon returning to Africa, he founded the HOPE for Ariang Foundation as a vehicle to help rebuild Ariang after years of devastating conflict.

All events during the Human Trafficking Awareness week are free and open to the public.

Events listed for Human Trafficking Awareness Week 

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Caption Gabriel Bol Deng

Presentations on Monday, April 1:

  • Human trafficking in Canada at 6 p.m.
  • Criminal enterprises and human trafficking at 7 p.m. with Dr. David Bugg from SUNY Potsdam
  • Stopping human trafficking through fair trade products 7:30 p.m. with Sister Bethany Fitzgerald
  • Dr. Peter Ladd from St. Lawrence University will discuss severe trauma counseling at 8:00p.m.
  • Human trafficking prevention through awareness and education 8:30 p.m. with Sabel Bong.

All presentations will be held in the Kingston Theater.

Events for Tuesday, April 2:

  • A 27-minute march from the post office in Downtown Canton to SUNY Canton. Twenty-seven minutes represents the 27 million individuals trafficked globally.
  • Human Trafficking Identification Strategies at 6 p.m. with Dr. Brian Harte of SUNY Canton.
  • Law enforcement training and trafficking in the North Country with Sgt. William Hall of Fort Drum at 7 p.m. in the Kingston Theater.
  • A report from the ISAO on their recent trip to the United Nations in New York City at 8 p.m. in the Kingston Theater.

Presentations on Thursday, April 4:

  • The Student written and directed play “Dehumanized” at 5:30 p.m.
  • Songs by the SUNY Canton Gospel Choir at 6:30
  • Spoken word by Eli Rinchere at 6:45
  • Poetry by Takeya Campbell, Kenny’s Lawson, and others at 7 p.m.

All events will be held in the Kingston Theater.

SUNY Canton Earns Top Honors in Student Opinion Survey

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

SUNY Canton was recently rated best in several categories when compared with its peer colleges, according to SUNY’s 2012 Student Opinion Survey.

Every three years, all SUNY colleges and universities administer the survey to assess the quality of student life on each campus and use the results as a barometer to grow and adapt.

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Cierra Wells uses a loaned iPad at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library, which was rated highly in a student survey for its resources and services.

“The results of the survey reflect the tremendous job our faculty and staff do to help students reach their educational goals,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “It is to their credit that we were rated first in these categories.”

When compared against other SUNY technology sector colleges, SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons scored highest for providing resources and services. The library has recently undergone major student-centered renovations, including expanding its laptop loan program, creating an iPad loan program, and adding new furniture.

“Much of the content students are expected to read for their education is available digitally,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott. “What has traditionally been a storehouse for books has become a hub of technological innovation.”

The College’s computer network was also top among its peer colleges, according to the survey. Most of the College’s Information Services Operations are housed in the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

The College was also first among tech sector colleges in the areas of:

  • General academic advising
  • Financial aid services
  • Availability of courses within a given major

Additionally, the College’s new athletic facilities received high praise from students. SUNY Canton’s new Roos House athletic center was listed first among similar SUNY colleges. Other areas that ranked high in the survey were student health services and personal counseling.

The information is gathered from a sampling of undergraduate students and gauges their satisfaction with services, facilities, environment and more. SUNY Canton’s rankings were calculated when compared against seven other colleges of technology within the SUNY System.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

SUNY Canton Goes Mobile with New Website

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Responding to the increase in mobile web traffic, SUNY Canton has developed a web site specifically for the modern smartphone user.

Mobile Web Site

SUNY Canton’s new mobile website displayed on a smartphone. Users can also navigate to the original website.

The new site makes it easier and faster for anyone with a web-capable cellphone to access information about academics, admissions, athletics, and directions to the College.

“We identified the top reasons users are visiting our website and used that data to create a slimmer, faster web experience for our viewers,” said the College’s Web Designer Travis G. Smith. “Our overall website displays well on hand-held devices, but our new mobile website is far more streamlined and easily viewed on a small screen.”

During 2012, the College’s website had more than 2.2 million hits. Mobile traffic accounted approximately 200,000 visits, or roughly 10 percent of overall traffic and usage was up approximately 6 percent from 2011.

Following trends and the overall availability and versatility of mobile devices, like Apple’s iPhone or iPad and related Droid-operated devices, Smith decided to create the reorganized version of the web page.

Mobile Web Site

The SUNY Canton website displays flawlessly on tablet devices. The mobile version is intended to add ease of use on smartphones.

“Our current webpage already looks great and functions well on most tablets. Our next step will be to develop a universal web site that provides the same experience on both traditional PCs and mobile devices,” Smith said. “This is known as a ‘responsive’ design which will automatically adapt to whatever device someone may be using.”

The College’s website has gone through several major redesigns in the past 10 years, each one made it more efficient, attractive, and user friendly. A major advantage, past its overall ease of navigation, is its complete faculty and staff directory. The mobile site includes efficient rendition of the faculty and staff directory, making it easier for users to contact faculty and staff.

Users can still opt to access the full page from their mobile devices. For more information, or to view the mobile site, visit www.canton.edu from a smartphone.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

SUNY Canton Unveils New Television Commercials

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

SUNY Canton is debuting two new television advertisements, which highlight what’s new at the College.

“Our new commercials help get the word out about the tremendous growth that has been occurring at SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “But they also reinforce what remains unchanged — our commitment to providing a career-focused education.”

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The new advertisements feature current students and employers promoting new four-year degree programs, including applied psychology, homeland security, and civil and environmental technology. The commercials’ backdrop consists of scenic campus settings, such as the newly constructed footbridges, which connect the campus to downtown Canton, as well as the new athletic center and Grasse River Housing Suites.

The spots also emphasize unique aspects of the campus, including the pet-friendly residence hall wing and the College’s proximity to the Grasse River, which allows students to enjoy canoeing and kayaking.

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton received a best of category award for their 2011-12 television advertising campaign from the SUNY Council on University Advancement. In 2011, the College received a judges’ citation for its previous 30-second spots in the same category.

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“We’ve stuck with our award-winning formula, but made key changes to the commercials,” noted SUNY Canton Director of Public Relations Randy B. Sieminski. “We’ve changed the music, the settings, and the footage while maintaining our branding and reputation.”

The College contracts the Plattsburgh-based production company Media Central to film and edit the commercials. They will appear throughout the state and on local North Country channels. The videos are also posted to the College’s YouTube channel and are available at: http://www.canton.edu/public_relations/video.html

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

SUNY Canton Serves More Than 6,000 Students in 2011

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

More students and a fresh new look made 2011 a banner year of growth and innovation at SUNY Canton.

Approximately 6,092 students enrolled at SUNY Canton during the combined terms in 2011, according to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, including a record fall enrollment of nearly 4,000 students.

The 2011 total unduplicated headcount figure represents a 20 percent increase in the past two calendar years. In 2009, the College had a total combined enrollment of 5,103.

SUNY Canton

“We’ve grown our enrollment annually by offering in-demand majors taught by experienced and professional faculty who prepare students for their chosen careers.” Kennedy said. “Our supplementary semesters and online enrollments are growing rapidly alongside our traditional course offerings. We are reaching more students than ever before with our competitive hands-on programs and online courses.”

Among the semesters with the greatest growth were:

  • Winterterm 2010-2011 had approximately 1,170 enrollments, up 46 percent from the previous year.
  • Summer Session 2011 had approximately 1,430 enrollments, up 16 percent from the previous year.
  • Fall 2011 semester had approximately 3,825 students, up almost 50 percent from Fall 2006, and up 75 percent from Fall 2000, breaking the College’s all-time enrollment high.

In addition to the new enrollment highpoints, the College grew in almost every way. The following are some the highlights from the 2011 calendar year.

New Majors

SUNY Canton added bachelor’s degrees in veterinary technology and health and fitness promotion. The veterinary technology degree gives students in the two-year program more advanced options and has become one of the most popular new majors for incoming freshmen. Health and fitness promotion is an extension of the physical therapist assistant program and allows continuing study options for the program’s two-year graduates.

The new programs are continuing into 2012 and the College recently announced that it would be adding a Bachelor of Science in applied psychology for the Fall 2012 Semester.

SUNY Canton Campus Aerial

New Buildings                                 

SUNY Canton celebrated the completion of the new Grasse River Suites and the new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House, during the fall 2011 semester. The College’s two newest buildings have dramatically enhanced the overall atmosphere of the campus and significantly aided the College’s overall growth.

  • The $45 million Roos House added a new field house, ice rink, pool, fitness center, and office space for athletic and coaching staff. Between home games and student recreation, the building has become a hub of activity on campus.
  • The $26 million Grasse River Suites offers upperclassmen an independent apartment-style living option on campus and is helping the College house more students than ever before. The newest residence hall was built without funding from New York State or its taxpayers.

The College is currently planning two additional residence halls to continue its overall physical expansion.

A New Look for canton.edu

SUNY Canton made significant design changes to its website, allowing for larger images and easier user navigation. In 2011, the website received more than 2.2 million visits and more than 5 million individual page views.

The largest growth in visits came from mobile devices. The college had more than 29,000 mobile visits in 2010, and more than 89,000 mobile visits in 2011.

Additionally, the website received visits from 191 countries, including Canada, Russia, China, India, England, South Korea, Germany and Japan.

SUNY Canton Website

Updated Commercials

To highlight the ongoing growth, the college updated its television commercials. Students highlight the most relevant additions and changes at the College, including new majors, new sports, and new buildings. The two new 30-second spots can be viewed on the College’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cantonpr/.

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Kangaroos Move Forward

The SUNY Canton Kangaroos began its NCAA exploratory year, the first step in a process the College hopes will eventually lead to provisional and full-fledged Division III membership, The College began offering women’s volleyball and men’s golf in the past year, and new varsity teams in men’s and women’s lacrosse will begin play this spring.

College starts in High School

SUNY Canton received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Education Department in order to start the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program on campus. The College also received a $200,000 grant from the State Education Department enabling them to work with Ogdensburg Free Academy, Massena High School and St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School program.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

Roody Roo Hops Down to Local Newspaper Office

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Following a Watertown Daily Times and St. Lawrence Plaindealer editorial entitled, SUNY Central’s Trickle-Dumb Economics, SUNY Canton’s mascot Roody the Kangaroo was feeling a little unloved. So, he hopped down to the newspaper offices on Friday to seek out Editor Jeffrey A. Savitskie (JAS) to communicate his hurt feelings.

Roody Roo

The newspaper newsroom erupted with laughter at the sight of the seven footer’s attempts to correspond.
Roody Roo
Once invited inside, Roody met with Mr. Savitskie, who explained he meant no slight of either Roody or the Roos nickname. He said he was merely hypothesizing on whether SUNY officials were fond of the moniker. And then, in a remarkable moment full of furry emotion, the editor expressed his true fondness for the marsupial.

Roody with JAS

Roody’s ride to and from downtown also created quite a stir. He was seated in a car with his ears sticking out of the sun roof, which is a must for animals with his type of build.

(Special thanks to the staff at the Watertown Daily Times and Northern New York Newspapers, and especially Editor Jeffrey A. Savitskie for their open-minded attitude about meeting with a kangaroo and for the fun that ensued).

SUNY Canton Airs New Television Commercials

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

SUNY Canton’s latest television commercials feature the College’s students and highlight the school’s recent growth.

Bruce Carlin and Paul Frederick from Media Central film Roxanne Brown, a veterinary technology student, in SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library while Mohammed Doumbouya operates the boom microphone.

“Our commercials represent our most recent developments and changes on campus,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “They also reflect our commitment to providing an affordable, career driven hands-on education.”

The two television spots mention the College’s new degrees and the new buildings currently under construction on campus. In 2011, SUNY Canton will complete its new Roos House athletic center and the new Grasse River Housing Suites.

Nafeesa Johnson, a criminal investigation major from Brooklyn and College Activities Board president, was featured in each commercial. Johnson said the recent Southworth Library renovations were her favorite recent campus upgrades.

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“The school has grown a lot since I came here,” she said. “I really liked the way the new commercials emphasize motion and everything is moving. In my part, they had me walk through the library as I talked to them.”

The College contracts the Plattsburgh–based production company Media Central to film and edit the commercials. Bruce Carlin, the production director, hired Mohammed Doumbouya, a recent graduate of the SUNY Canton management program from Harlem, to record audio for the spots.

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“We place special emphasis on the areas that define us as a unique learning environment,” noted Assistant Vice President for Advancement Randy B. Sieminski, who created the original scripts for the commercials. “Our students did a fantastic job highlighting our strengths.”

Media Central captured approximately 94 clips or 25 gigabytes of footage in one day. They primarily used digital single-lens reflex cameras, similar to those used by serious photographers, to create the two 30 second clips. Their technique was in line with popular trends on television and online video to maximize shallow depth of field and deemphasize the digital feel of the media.

Flights of commercials will run throughout the state and on local North Country channels. The videos are also posted to the College’s YouTube channel and are available at www.canton.edu.

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


SUNY Canton Website Tops Two Million Hits in 2010

Monday, December 13th, 2010

SUNY Canton’s website had more than two million hits during 2010 and attracted more visitors from more locations than ever before. It marks the first time in the College’s history that more than two million users visited the website in a calendar year.

With a couple of weeks left until New Years, overall website traffic is up significantly from 2009’s year-end total of slightly more than 1.9 million visits. The website received a total of more than 4.6 million page views during 2010 and frequently surpassed 10,000 visitors a day during the academic year.

“The website is a gauge to measure our overall growth and popularity to prospective students,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve had record enrollments for the past three years, with 3,686 students enrolled this fall. The web traffic and our enrollments signify that we are growing in two incredibly important areas – current students and prospective students.”

Traffic was up among international visitors. The country with the most visits outside the United States was Bosnia. The College is well known for its international partnerships with the American University in Bosnia Herzegovina among others. Other top-referring countries included Canada, Russia, China, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea, and Japan. “We are seeing more global interest in our College as we increase our international presence through SUNY Canton OnLine,” Kennedy said. “Students from around the world and locally can earn a SUNY Canton degree without traveling from their homes.”

More than 57 percent of the webpage hits were generated by direct traffic, or when users typed in the College’s address into their browser’s address bar. Among the top referring sites, or sites that include links to canton.edu were Google, Facebook, North Country Now, and the SUNY Learning Network (which highlights the College’s online courses).

“In addition to incrementally redesigning the site, we’ve added more vibrant content and delivered our updates to users through social media sites including Facebook and Twitter,” said Assistant Vice President for Advancement Randy B. Sieminski, who oversees the College’s public relations department and athletics. “Whether it’s information on our growing academic offerings or connecting with the alumni office, it is easier than ever to find exactly what you are looking for on our site. Our Web Designer Travis Smith has done a wonderful job integrating the latest technologies to facilitate the latest web resources and organizing the College’s online assets.”

Top referring cities within the state included New York, Watertown, Syracuse, Rochester, Plattsburgh, Utica, and Albany. The cities with the most visitors in the entire United States included Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, and Orlando. The number of pages visited and the time spent on the site also increased during the year.

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


Aubertine, SUNY Canton Launch North Country Grant Search

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

State Senator Darrel J. Aubertine and SUNY Canton today launched the North Country Grant Search Web site, a working database of public and private grants designed to provide broad access to available funding for nonprofits, municipalities and economic developers.

“This new Web site is a new and powerful tool for local governments and nonprofits,” Sen. Aubertine said. “Now more than ever our Central and Northern New York municipalities and nonprofits need the best tools at their disposal to take advantage of whatever state, federal and private funding is available. This site is a one- stop shop bringing together on one site the contact information for hundreds of foundations and agencies. The work SUNY Canton has done to make this site easy to use and accessible will go a long way toward ensuring that key projects and initiatives in our region have the funding they need to move forward.”

Senator Darrel Aubertine launched a new Grant Search Web site at the Best Western in Watertown. (Pictured from left to right: Mike Mortimer, Community Liaison for New York State Senator Darrel Aubertine’s office, David Gerlach, SUNY Canton V.P. For Advancement, Ryan Deuel, SUNY Canton Chief of Staff, Joanne Fassinger, SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator, New York State Senator Darrel Aubertine, Travis Smith, SUNY Canton Web Designer, Erica Heintz, Executive Director for the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, Kathy Finucane, Projects Coordinator for Sen. Aubertine, Jan Isberner, Constituent Liaison for Sen. Aubertine.)

“SUNY Canton is extremely excited to be working directly with Senator Aubertine and his office on the North Country Grant Search Web site,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “It is extremely important, especially during these difficult times, that everyone has access to the tools and resources available to locate additional funding sources. The website presents that opportunity.”

The Senator, his staff and officials from SUNY Canton held a tutorial from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Best Western Carriage House Inn, Watertown, where more than 100 representatives from various non-profit organizations and municipalities, along with development experts and the general public observed demonstrations and engaged in a question and answer period to help maximize their use of this new Web site.

The web-based grant locator was designed and developed by SUNY Canton Web Designer Travis Smith. The grant-data was collected and researched with assistance from the college’s Grant Coordinator Joanne Fassinger and Chief of Staff Ryan Deuel, who oversaw the project.

The Web site was made possible through a $50,000 grant secured by Sen. Aubertine in 2006 while a member of the Assembly.

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