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International and High School Students Arrive at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Approximately 20 Bosnian students met their SUNY Canton professors in person for the first time when they started their on-campus classes on Monday, June 29.

Assistant Professor Charles Fenner, PhD., during a lecture in his finance class with students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Assistant Professor Charles Fenner, PhD., during a lecture in his finance class with students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Our international program with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) has sent a group of students to our campus to participate in our international summer program,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This is the latest expansion of our international online partnership that allows students from several different countries to obtain SUNY Canton degrees in Finance and Information Technology.”

After a round of face-to-face introductions, the students got down to business in their classes with Assistant Professor Charles Fenner, PhD., the lead faculty member in the Finance program.

“The students started taking Human Resources Management and Business Ethics courses two weeks ago through video-delivered distance learning courses,” Fenner said. “The courses continue seamlessly now that they are here on campus.”

During their stay, the students will be immersed in special trips and activities including a July 4th barbeque and visits to Niagara Falls and New York City.

In addition to the students from AUBiH, more than 80 area high school students are moving into the College’s Residences to get their first glimpse at college life. The Upward Bound program started their unique summer classes designed to introduce first-generation college students to higher education.

“Students augment their high school studies with traditional courses ranging from English and science to art and fitness,” said Upward Bound Director Daun A. Martin. “Some junior and senior-level students even have the chance to take college courses through SUNY Canton OnLine before they graduate.”

Both groups will be joined by a group of 45 students from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia on Friday, July 3. Kennedy will be officially welcoming all of the international students at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 5, in Chaney Dining Center.

“We will also be hosting 19 Chinese Faculty members starting on July 17,” said Marela Fiacco, the College’s Coordinator of International Initiatives. “They will be learning about the College’s Early Childhood program and studying English as a second language.”

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. 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.

Upward Bound Students Gain College Experience at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
Upward Bound

SELF EXPRESSION – Raven Lemay, an Upward Bound student from Fort Covington, works on her sculpture made from found objects during an afternoon art class. High School students take classes and sometimes college courses during their stay at SUNY Canton.

Ninety-three students from nine different high schools in three counties have the opportunity to see what its like to go to college through the Upward Bound Summer Program at SUNY Canton.

The program runs through August 2, with students living in the dorms and getting a feel for college life.

“The Summer Program gives students the chance to live at college and begin taking classes in a friendly environment,” said Upward Bound Program Director Daun A. Martin. “Many of our students are potentially first-generation college students and this program can help give them the confidence they need to take the next step.”

The Upward Bound experience is far different than an average summer school program. Every day, students take classes varying from American Sign Language to a crime-scene investigator’s science class, as well as drama, art, and fitness. Some juniors and seniors also take an online class for college credit.

Some juniors and seniors opted to take part in a work-study program to help them choose a career path. They shadow local professionals to learn more about their future careers.

There are 10 camp tutor-councilors throughout the summer and five full time staff members who work with the high school students year-round, Students are also assigned study and reading time each night. Students are assigned an academic advisor and receive career planning and college-prep guidance. “They can also opt to get a little extra help with challenging subjects,” Martin said.

At the end of the Summer Program students will be taking a field trip to Philadelphia to visit Constitution Hall.

The Upward Bound program is grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education and has been a part of SUNY Canton for the past three years.

High schools with students participating in the Upward Bound program include: Hugh C. Williams in Canton, Clifton Fine Central School, Gouverneur Central School, Harrisville Central School, Heuvelton Central School, Massena Central School, Norwood-Norfolk Central School, Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, and Salmon River Central School.

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