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SUNY Canton College Foundation Helps Criminal Investigation Students Gain Real-World Experience

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The SUNY Canton College Foundation helped 20 students learn how to crack cold cases and unravel the mysteries of complex crimes.

The College Foundation recently contributed nearly $6,000, or about 75 percent of the cost for each student to participate in a two-day symposium with Laura G. Pettler, Ph.D., a noted authority on physical and behavioral evidence. Pettler is an expert on crime scene staging, or the manipulation of evidence to misdirect an investigation, according to Elizabeth A. Brown, Ph.D., an associate professor who teaches in the Criminal Investigation program.

Students and faculty from the SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation program stand with Laura Pettler, Ph.D., during a recent crime scene staging symposium. The advanced learning opportunity was partially paid for by the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

Students and faculty from the SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation program stand with Laura Pettler, Ph.D., during a recent crime scene staging symposium. The advanced learning opportunity was partially paid for by the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

The training was previously reserved for law enforcement professionals. It was offered to a college-level audience for the first time at SUNY Canton. “Students would not have been able to access this professional-level training without assistance from the College Foundation,” Brown said.

Pettler’s approach is geared toward modern police investigation and interview techniques and employs the scientific method to focus on examining crime and the offenders who commit the acts.

Crime Scene Staging Laser Analysis“When our students analyze crime scenes, either in class or in real life, they can never discount the idea that the evidence has been altered,” said Brown. “Dr. Pettler illustrated examples where the evidence had been moved to suggest something else had happened. Such manipulation could point to the wrong suspect or even make the case unsolvable.”

Students said that the symposium used actual police files to help them establish the nature of a crime. “We actually got to solve a case and determine whether it was staged or not,” said Marissa O. Woodworth of Malone. “This is exactly what I want to do when I graduate.”

SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley said funding the seminar was one of the many ways that the College Foundation supports students and the college as a whole.

“We were glad to be able to facilitate this real-world experience and career preparation for Criminal Justice students,” said Anne M. Sibley, vice president for advancement. ““Facilitating seminars, offering scholarships, faculty and staff development and campus enhancement awards are all ways that donor support helps advance the college’s mission.”

 

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.

Two SUNY Canton Faculty Members Win Meritorious Service Awards

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran selected two faculty members as the recipients of the 2016 Meritorious Service Award.

Elizabeth A. Brown, an associate professor who teaches in the Criminal Investigation program, and Janet Parcell-Mitchell, an assistant professor who teaches in the Health and Fitness Promotion program, both received their awards at the college’s recent Recognition Day Ceremony.

Pictured are SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran and Associate Professor Elizabeth A. Brown. Brown was one of the recipient’s of the President’s Meritorious Service Award this year.

Pictured are SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran and Associate Professor Elizabeth A. Brown. Brown was one of the recipient’s of the President’s Meritorious Service Award this year.

Brown was selected for her commitment to enriching the academic experience for students. She is the curriculum coordinator for the Criminal Investigation program, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and the faculty athletic representative at the college. She also is the outgoing presiding officer of the faculty assembly, or the governing body for SUNY Canton academics.

“Liz has been invaluable to the college, and is someone who is highly respected for their diplomacy and willingness to make sure every voice is heard,” Szafran said. “In addition to her service, teaching requirements, and advising duties, she has completed her doctorate and published a book, which has become a popular teaching aid in her field.”

Parcell-Mitchell was recognized for the growth in the Health and Fitness Promotion program, which has more than tripled in size since she began her faculty appointment. Szafran also noted that she has helped employees and the community become healthier through the college’s Roo Watcher’s weight loss program and student-led exercise sessions.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Janet Parcell-Mitchell receives her Meritorious Service Award from College President Zvi Szafran.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Janet Parcell-Mitchell receives her Meritorious Service Award from College President Zvi Szafran.

“Janet volunteers to do whatever it takes to improve this campus for students, faculty and staff,” Szafran said. “She is truly an unsung hero on our campus as she takes on additional duties and works to provide the best education and service possible.”

The President’s Meritorious Service award is bestowed annually to members of the college’s faculty or staff who have performed significantly above and beyond normal job expectations. It is given at the discretion of the president and is widely considered one of the top honors at SUNY Canton.

 

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 Students to Honor K-9 Officers with Kevlar Vest Donations at Law Enforcement Day

Friday, March 14th, 2014

SUNY Canton students will help keep local K-9 officers safe in the line of duty by presenting Kevlar vests to three dogs that work side-by-side with police during the College’s Law Enforcement Day March 19.

Three student-run organizations raised the funds to outfit dogs working for the Massena Police Department, Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. The ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

The bulletproof vests are custom-made for each dog and cost approximately $1,000 each. The groups previously donated a vest to a K-9 officer working in the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

In 2013, SUNY Canton students outfitted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer, Hershey, with new gear that could save his life.

In 2013, SUNY Canton students outfitted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 officer, Hershey, with new gear that could save his life.

In addition to the ceremony, experts from across New York State and the country will share current criminal investigation and emergency response techniques. All presentations will be held in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater and are free and open to the public. Scheduled speakers and topics are:

  • David E. Chong, White Plains Department of Public Safety commissioner, will discuss law enforcement response since 9/11 at 9 a.m.
  • Scott Schmidt, funeral director, will discuss death scene investigations at 11 a.m.
  • James Wesley, forensic chemist with the Monroe County Crime Laboratory, will discuss emerging drug trends at 1 p.m.
  • Amy Mulnix, professor of biology at Earlham College, will discuss cadaver dog training and usage at 2:30 p.m.

“Law Enforcement Day is an opportunity for our criminal justice students – and the entire student body – to hear from experts in the field,” said Elizabeth A. Erickson, SUNY Canton assistant professor of criminal justice. “Our speakers will be discussing the latest methods and procedures that are being used to solve crimes.”

The day-long event, sponsored by the College’s Criminal Justice Department, is free and open to the public.

 

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 to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Pens Book on Forensic Investigation

Monday, March 25th, 2013

A new textbook written by SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Elizabeth A. Erickson guides readers through a mock crime scene investigation and gives them the tools they need to solve a homicide based on forensic evidence.

Elizabeth Erickson

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Elizabeth A. Erickson holds her new text book titled “Criminalistics Laboratory Manual: The Basics of Forensic Investigation”.

Erickson said the concept for the book, titled “Criminalistics Laboratory Manual: The Basics of Forensic Investigation,” was based on questions from many students in her Introduction to Forensic Investigation course.

“They were interested in how the crime scene evidence was gathered, used in the trial, and how it all tied together,” she said. “The book is geared toward students who have little to no prior knowledge of forensic science. The manual starts with an original crime scene narrative, setting up the crime that students are to solve.”

The book, which is Erickson’s first, can be purchased on Amazon in paperback or electronically for Kindle.

Erickson was formerly a latent print examiner for the Onondaga County Center for Forensic Sciences before joining SUNY Canton. She also worked as a forensic scientist for the Indiana State Police Forensic Laboratory. Erickson holds a Master’s degree in Forensic Sciences from George Washington University.

 

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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.

SUNY Canton’s Summer Session Breaks Enrollment Records

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Summer Session 2012SUNY Canton’s Summer Session has broken enrollment records for the fifth consecutive year.

“We are very proud of our Summer Session growth and the faculty who continue to make our summer terms successful,” noted Carli C. Schiffner, the College’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our expansion and outreach allow us to help students get ahead or catch up to their graduation timeline goals.”

To date, almost 1,800 students have enrolled this summer, and one more session is about to begin. Currently, total enrollment is up more than 20 percent from Summer Session 2011, which broke the previous year’s records with 1,400 enrollments.

“Almost 150 of our 170 Summer Session courses are being offered through SUNY Canton OnLine, allowing students to enroll from anywhere,” said Kyle Brown, SUNY Canton’s director of online learning and information services. “We’ve seen a surge of students enroll from other colleges around the country and even internationally.”

Much of the growth is attributed to the course selection, which includes many core courses or general education credits applicable to many popular majors at all SUNY colleges and most private universities, according to Brown. Students and faculty members have explained that the abbreviated but intensive online format lends fits well into the summer months, leaving time open for vacations, family obligations and work schedules.

There are also several unique and advanced course offerings during Summer Session including a course on serial killers and their victims taught online by Criminal Investigation Assistant Professor Elizabeth A. Erickson, and a traditional classroom based section of digital photography, taught by Graphic and Multimedia Design Instructor Jason E. Hubbard.

The final term of Summer Session begins on July 9. For more information, visit http://www.canton.edu/courses/summer.html.

SUNY Canton has also set new enrollment records for six consecutive years in overall college enrollment and for five straight years in Winterterm enrollment. The College recently broke its all-time application record for the fourth straight year and has received more than 6,400 applications for the Fall 2012 Semester.

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Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation Students Win at Conference

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

SUNY Canton’s future law enforcement professionals received high marks at the American Criminal Justice Association northeast regional conference.

Members of Beta Psi Delta, the SUNY Canton chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, took home a handful of awards in competitions against students from 17 other colleges.

SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation students Andrew C. Wood of Ogdensburg, Elizabeth S. Ayers of Brooktondale, and Anthony M. Puretti of Canton with their American Criminal Justice Association conference awards.

SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation students Andrew C. Wood of Ogdensburg, Elizabeth S. Ayers of Brooktondale, and Anthony M. Puretti of Canton with their American Criminal Justice Association conference awards.

“This was the first time we competed at an American Criminal Justice Association conference,” noted Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Brian K. Harte, who advises the Beta Psi Delta chapter. “We hope to compete annually as a way to promote our excellent students and our career-driven programs.”

Harte and Criminal Justice Instructor Professor Elizabeth A. Erickson traveled with the students to the conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

Among the Criminal Investigation students who placed at the conference were:

  • Elizabeth S. Ayers of Brooktondale took first place in the upper division criminal law examination.
  • Andrew C. Wood of Ogdensburg took second place in the upper divisions of the criminal law examination and the police administration examination.
  • Anthony M. Puretti of Canton took second place in the upper division of the firearms competition.

The American Criminal Justice Association and its SUNY Canton Chapter emphasizes continuing excellence within the Criminal Justice fields and promotes academic excellence and leadership among students.

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.

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Criminal Investigation Major Receives 2009 Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Heather Biamonte, a Criminal Investigation major from Marcy, on her Outstanding Graduate award.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulates Heather Biamonte, a Criminal Investigation major from Marcy, on her Outstanding Graduate award.

A SUNY Canton student who is working toward a law enforcement career is the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Graduate award at the bachelor’s degree level.

Heather Biamonte, a Criminal Investigation Major from Marcy, received the recognition at the recent Harriett Beggs Honors Convocation. She was presented with a ceremonial plaque and a medallion to accompany her academic regalia for SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outside across from French Hall.

“Heather is a very reliable, mature student both in a professional and academic environment,” said Criminal Justice Instructor Liz Erickson. “I commend her for her hard work and preparations in and out of the classroom.”

Biamonte has been involved in many activities during her four years at the college. She was the editor of the school paper, The Tribune, the secretary for Alpha Phi Sigma High Honor Society, and a member of the Criminal Justice Honor Society.

She received a John L. Halford Sr. Scholarship through the SUNY Canton Foundation for her first two years at SUNY Canton and the Flora Bertram Geller Scholarship in 2008.

“Heather is one of the most organized people I know,” said Sindy Afriat, a fellow Criminal Investigation student. “She has always proven herself as a valuable team member in all of our group projects.”

She volunteered at the College’s Girl Scout Investigation program (nicknamed GSI), which helps teach young women the aspects of Criminal Investigation. She has also participated in several community outreach programs through her honor society.

Currently, the award-winning Criminal Investigation major is completing her senior level internship in her hometown.

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 offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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