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WPBS Presents One-Hour Public Eye Special Edition: Title IX: Sexual Harassment in Colleges

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

WPBSWPBS, the two-nation public broadcasting station will air a special one-hour broadcast, Public Eye Special Edition with Jeff Cole: TITLE IX: Sexual Harassment in Colleges on Monday, April 13, at 10 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 19, at 8 a.m. Viewers will also have the opportunity to watch this Special Edition of Public Eye online at after the broadcast.

Host Jeff Cole will take an in-depth look at the issues of sexual assault on college and university campuses as well as the new state rules and federal Title IX regulations that are changing the way higher educational institutions handle sexual assault cases, including those at the four Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley: Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

Viewers will first hear from college faculty and administrators about the steps they are taking to prevent sexual assaults on their campuses in the first place and what they are doing to handle cases of sexual assault once they are brought forward by a victim. The discussion will help viewers understand how victims are in charge of the investigation process, why sexual assault cases don’t immediately go to the local police, and what steps colleges and universities must take under the law to process sexual assault cases and mitigate the potential for contact between the victim and the accused.

Viewers will also hear from a panel of representatives that will dissect the issue even further and respond directly to questions about the topic of sexual assault in a college setting.

Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg is the new president of SUNY Potsdam. While she is a relative newcomer to the North Country, and new to SUNY, she was appointed last fall by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to SUNY’s Sexual Assault Prevention Workgroup, which led to the adoption of a comprehensive system-wide uniform sexual assault policy for all 64 SUNY campuses.

With more than 18 years of experience as a campus safety officer, Pat Gagnon is St. Lawrence University’s director for Safety and Security. As head of the department, he has the responsibility of aiding and assisting campus investigations as well as working closely with local law enforcement agencies to help prevent crime on campus. As a result, Gagnon has had to investigate a number of sexual assault reports, all of which, he says, can have their own unique challenges.

Finally, Caitlin Hill is a legal advocate for the St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House, a local organization based in St. Lawrence County that responds to the needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Renewal House staff and volunteers who receive regular sexual training often work with the Associated Colleges member campuses to provide resources to victims of sexual violence and sexual assault.

This Special Edition of Public Eye with Jeff Cole is sponsored in part by AAUW, District 7.

About Clarkson University

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

About St. Lawrence

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students located in Canton, New York. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global. Visit

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA. For more information, visit

About SUNY Potsdam

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Find out more at


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SUNY Honors University Police for Heroism

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Three members of SUNY Canton’s University Police Department received the State University of New York’s Heroism Award.

Deputy Chief Alan P. Mulkin, Lt. Brian E. Kurish, and Officer Daniel V. Callahan were awarded alongside Canton Village Sgt. James Santimaw for saving a student’s life during the spring 2014 semester.

Kurish, Mulkin, McBride

Through a coordinated effort stemming from a phone call from a student in distress, the four officers helped rescue a student from hanging and potentially drowning in the Grasse River.

Former Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman previously awarded the officers for their heroism at the SUNY Canton Recognition Day ceremony.

Arrest Made In SUNY Canton Social Media Threats

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

The individual who posted the threat against SUNY Canton’s campus via the anonymous social media site, Yik Yak, has been apprehended.

The suspect, Alexis Vazquez, has been arraigned by The Honorable Gary L. Favro, U.S. Magistrate Judge, on federal charges in Plattsburgh. He is currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshall Service pending a bond hearing, scheduled for Tuesday. He was charged under 18 U.S. Code Section 875 (c), a law that prohibits the transmission of any communication containing a threat to injure any person or persons. He could face up to five years in federal prison.

Vazquez is a SUNY Canton sophomore from Brooklyn, majoring in Mechanical Technology.

Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations, Massena, are heading up the investigation in cooperation with the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, along with SUNY Canton University Police. Personnel at Yik Yak were fully cooperative and provided crucial information that led to Vazquez’s arrest.

“Words cannot express the gratitude we have for the Investigators from Homeland Security and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Along with our exceptional University Police officers, all law enforcement agencies involved acted with professionalism and utmost cooperation.”

Szafran also commended the SUNY Canton Community for their patience and resiliency during and after the campus lockdown on Thursday.

“The skills, talents, and determination of the Investigators from Homeland Security and the New York State Police are unparalleled,” said Chief of University Police John Kaplan. “All law enforcement agencies involved came together exceptionally well and operated seamlessly.”

The investigation into the Yik Yak threats is ongoing. University Police advises anyone with any involvement or information about these threats that it is in their best interest to come forward. University Police can be contacted at 386-7777 or

Two Officers with Ties to the North Country Hard at Work on Both Campuses

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

SUNY Canton has selected Alan P. Mulkin as Deputy Chief of University Police and SUNY Potsdam has chosen Timothy M. Ashley II, to work in the same capacity.

Mulkin is the former Chief of the Canton Village Police Department. Ashley has been with SUNY Potsdam’s University Police force since 2009. Both will report to Chief John Kaplan, a 1982 SUNY Potsdam graduate, who oversees the University Police departments at both institutions. The new deputy chiefs will work together to share expertise with officers at both campuses.

Al Mukin & Tim Ashley

“I’ve been fortunate to work with both Tim and Alan in many capacities in the past,” Kaplan said. “They are exceptionally reliable and dependable. They understand the unique dynamics of both colleges and the surrounding communities. They will work closely with officers from both campuses and other surrounding agencies.”

Alan P. Mulkin originally hails from Potsdam and now resides in Canton. He served at the Canton Village Police Department for 18 years, and is a former instructor in SUNY Canton’s criminal justice program. He’s also been an instructor at the David Sullivan – St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton. He is a 1985 graduate of Corning Community College, where he earned an associate of applied science in criminal justice. Mulkin is a 1996 graduate of SUNY Potsdam, and attended the FBI National Academy at the University of Virginia in Quantico.

An Ogdensburg native, Timothy M. Ashley II attended SUNY Canton, where he served as a resident assistant and interned with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, graduating in 1993 with an associate degree in criminal justice. From 1994 to 2001, Ashley worked as a corrections officer in Sing Sing, Fishkill and Riverview correctional facilities. He also attended SUNY Plattsburgh and Empire State College, earning his bachelor’s degree in human and community services in 1997.

In 2001, Ashley joined the University Police force at SUNY Canton, where he served as a field training officer and earned a Meritorious Service Award in 2007 for saving the life of a fellow officer. In 2009, he joined SUNY Potsdam’s University Police, becoming a Lieutenant a year later. He is currently a graduate student in St. Lawrence University’s educational leadership master’s program.

For more information about SUNY Canton’s University Police Department, please visit

For more information about SUNY Potsdam’s University Police Department, please visit

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.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.

Kaplan Named University Police Chief for Both Potsdam & Canton

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

John Kaplan to Serve as Chief of Police for SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam Forces 

John KaplanThe two University Police departments at SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will soon share a chief. John Kaplan will assume the position of Chief of Police for both forces beginning on Jan. 19, 2013.

SUNY Canton’s current Police Chief Lisa E. Colbert announced her intentions to return to the classroom as an Associate Professor in the College’s Department of Criminal Justice last semester.

“Chief Colbert has done an exceptional job leading our University Police over the past year, but we respect her desire to return to the classroom,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “She is an exceptional instructor, and our students will benefit greatly, learning from her experiences in University Police and outside agencies.”

“Since joining his alma mater in 2010, John Kaplan has proven himself to be a valuable asset for both campus and community. His years of service to the Village of Potsdam and now to SUNY Potsdam have prepared him well to work closely in collaboration with the force at SUNY Canton,” SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller said. “We would like to thank Chief Colbert at Canton for her hard work, as she and John discuss how both departments can work together over the coming months.”

The University Police forces will soon conduct a comprehensive assessment of both departments’ operations.

“Chief Kaplan and I will be working together to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities and services,” said Colbert. “I will miss working on a daily basis with my fellow officers in University Police, but I truly look forward to returning to the classroom, rejoining the criminal justice department staff, and preparing students for successful careers.”

“We are going to lead an in-depth analysis of what we do and how, looking at best practices at both universities as we collaborate. It is vital to get that input from the men and women on the front lines,” Kaplan said. “This would allow for us to work on joint training, to share the special skills, abilities and expertise of our officers.”

Shared Services

After a careful assessment, the UP departments will evaluate opportunities for sharing services.

As the two campuses have done in their conversations regarding shared services in areas like human resources and environmental health and safety, this study will also help identify ways that the forces can improve upon how they operate.

A member of the SUNY Potsdam Class of 1982, Kaplan served as a member of the Potsdam Village Police Department starting in 1986, going on to serve as chief for seven years, before joining SUNY Potsdam in 2010. The Potsdam Chamber of Commerce awarded him the 2011 Commitment to Community Award in recognition of his service to a number of local organizations.

“I look forward to serving both institutions, as the two University Police forces focus on their top priority—protecting the students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors at SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton,” Kaplan said.

SUNY Canton Announces New and More Efficient Administrative Structure

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner today announced several departments and offices were realigned within the College’s organizational structure to better support priorities including student retention, strategic enrollment management and efficient shared services.

Some of the major changes under the new organizational structure include Athletics moving back to Student Affairs, Information Services and University Police shifting to College Administration, and Online Learning and Admissions moving under Academics.

“Canton has been a leader in SUNY’s system-wide shared service initiatives, and today’s realignment by President Schiffner mirrors our broader efforts to streamline administrative overhead so our resources can support student services and institutional priorities,” said Brian Hutzley, vice chancellor for financial services and chief financial officer for SUNY.

“These changes will result in a more effective organizational structure that will allow SUNY Canton to better address its issues and priorities moving forward,” President Schiffner said. “The restructuring of these areas will allow us to focus on student success and better align us with the model of both our SUNY counterparts and colleges and universities around the nation. This is part of the evolution of Canton as we look to continue our remarkable progress.”

Schiffner mentioned the College’s increased focus on academics and student completion as well as future opportunities to continue saving money through shared services. Last month SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam announced more than $1 million in shared services savings, and Vice President for Administration Natalie Higley expects those efforts to continue to benefit both schools.

“SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam have worked hard together to consolidate administrative services, become more efficient, and direct a larger percentage of funds toward the education of our students,” said Higley, who works for both colleges and is an example of the new shared services model. “We’ve already seen progress in areas such as payroll services and information services, and we look forward to continuing to standardize our processes and procedures for future savings.”


Criminal Investigation Student Wins Award From SUNY Police Chiefs

Friday, June 29th, 2012

A volunteer firefighter and EMT who responded to the SUNY Canton Fire in Cook Hall was awarded for his dedicated volunteerism and work ethic.

Criminal Investigation Student Eli Max Receiving an Award

University Police Lieutenant Brian E. Kurish, University Police Chief Lisa E. Colbert, Criminal Investigation major Eli Max, Criminal Investigation Associate Professor Susan Buckley, and Criminal Investigation Instructor Elizabeth A. Erickson presenting Max with the Dr. McBride Criminal Justice Student Achievement Award from the SUNY University Police Chiefs Association.

Eli Max, a criminal investigation major from Freeport who currently resides in Canton, recently received the $500 Dr. McBride Criminal Justice Student Achievement Award presented by the SUNY University Police Chiefs Association.

“Eli represents the attributes we look for and foster in our students,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner, who will become the College’s Interim President on Sept. 1 following President Joseph L. Kennedy’s retirement. “He’s enthusiastic about his education and has all of the qualities of an exceptional leader. These qualities will serve him well in his future law enforcement career.”

Max is a student dispatcher for the SUNY Canton University Police, a volunteer firefighter and EMT with both the Freeport Fire Department and the Canton Volunteer Fire Department. After graduation, he’s hoping to become a detective with the New York City Police Department. Max is also the secretary for the Criminal Justice Student Organization. He was one of the inaugural members of the “Be Proud” program which is designed around the criminal justice certificate program and offers block scheduled courses mirroring a professional work environment.

“Eli was one of the first firefighters on the scene of our Feb. 10 fire in Cook Hall,” noted Elizabeth A. Erickson. “He’s demonstrated a commitment to his course work and excellent time management skills. He has maintained excellent grades on top of working long nights and weekends.”

The Dr. McBride Criminal Justice Student Achievement Award is given annually in recognition of Dr. Bruce McBride, who was instrumental in the evolution of the University Police agency and is heralded as establishing the respected professional requirements for University Police officers.

University Police Civil Service Exam Application Deadline set for Oct. 13

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
SUNY Canton University Police Officers Mark J. Michaud and Timothy A. Bacon with the department’s all-terrain vehicle.

SUNY Canton University Police Officers Mark J. Michaud and Timothy A. Bacon with the department’s all-terrain vehicle.

The State University of New York Police Department is looking for officers, and the closing date for applicants is rapidly approaching.

“There are several upcoming Civil Service entrance examinations for University Police Officers around the state, but those interested need to apply by Oct. 13,” said SUNY Canton University Police Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. “Applicants need to take this test as their first step toward a new and rewarding career.”

There are approximately 500 officers stationed at about 28 colleges and universities across the state. “This career allows officers to go anywhere, or work near their hometown,” Livernois said.

SUNY University Police Officers are part of the educational process at each of their respective colleges. They speak on a variety of topics related to overall safety and teach life-saving classes in first aid. They develop and maintain a positive relationship with students, faculty and staff in order to continue the overall safety and wellbeing of the each entire campus community.

SUNY Canton is also home to the David Sullivan – St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, which offers the New York State basic course and the pre-employment basic course for police “Someone from the area can start here, finish here, and stay here, if they so desire,” Livernois said.

The next Civil Service Examinations will be held on Nov. 15. More information on the upcoming test, including the minimum qualifications and job descriptions, as well as the necessary application materials are available at the SUNY Canton University Police website, For more information, contact the SUNY Canton University Police Department at 386.7777.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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

SUNY Canton University Police Officer Awarded for Saving Life

Monday, September 24th, 2007
Tim Ashley

LIFESAVER – University Police Officer Timothy M. Ashley, II, received a New York State University Police Meritorious Service Commendation for saving the life of a fellow officer. Ashley added the red and blue Meritorious Service bar to his uniform denoting his valuable police service.

SUNY Canton University Police Officer Timothy M. Ashley II received the New York State University Police Meritorious Service Commendation for saving the life of a fellow officer.

Ashley rescued University Police Lieutenant Brian E. Kurish at a luncheon with SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy last semester.

“We were still wondering what was going on when Officer Ashley sprang into action,” recalled Kennedy.

While the rest of the guests only began to realize that Kurish was in distress, Ashley performed the Heimlich Maneuver on his coworker and dislodged a piece of food just as Kurish was about to lose consciousness.

“Officer Ashley’s quick response prevented me from becoming unconscious and cleared the obstruction from my throat,” Kurish recalled upon presenting Ashley with his award. “Had he not acted as quickly as he did, I feel that the situation could have been very dire. I am certain that he saved my life that day”

Ashley can both perform and teach life saving techniques and is a certified CPR and automatic external defibrillator (AED) instructor. He leads classes on using AEDs and CPR at the college. He is also a 1993 SUNY Canton Alumnus.

Rev. Timothy G. Canaan Named University Police Chaplain

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

The 12 members of the SUNY Canton University Police department have put their faith in someone of phenomenal conviction.

The Rev. Timothy G. Canaan of Canton was recently named University Police Chaplain.

University Police Chief William F. Mason, Canaan, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Lieutenant Brian E. Kurish

NEW CHAPLIN HONORED – The Rev. Timothy G. Canaan of Canton was recently named University Police Chaplain at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r) University Police Chief William F. Mason, Canaan, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Lieutenant Brian E. Kurish.

“Father Timothy is one of the best people I know,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy at a recent University Police Department meeting. “I believe in his tremendous belief in all people and I recognize that those beliefs stem from his tremendous faith.”

Kennedy presented Canaan with an official certificate of his new title and Chief of University Police William F. Mason presented him with a badge denoting his new affiliation.

“I am honored to have one of the only University Police Chaplains in the entire SUNY System,” said Mason. “By naming him University Police Chaplain, we are formally recognizing all of his service to our college and to the department.”

Canaan has been Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Church in Canton since 2002. He completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md., and was ordained in 1993. He serves as a minister for the SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence University, St. Mary’s School, and the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

He is well known at the college for his joviality and enthusiasm.