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SUNY Canton Faculty Member Wins Prestigous Media Arts Award

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Kamal TurnerKamal A. Turner, an instructional support assistant and adjunct faculty member who teaches in SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design Program, has received a scriptwriting award from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).

Turner submitted his short-film script titled “One Awkward Ride” to BEA’s annual Festival Of Media Arts competition, which recognizes faculty and student creative excellence. The contest is open to all BEA members, and categories range from sports and news broadcasting to documentary video production. More than 175 colleges and universities submitted entries this year.

Turner’s script earned a Best of Competition award in the short subject/TV half-hour category. The story’s main characters are students who, through a series of misfortunate events, are forced into uncomfortable situations.

“The story is very loosely based on my experiences in college,” Turner said. “We’ve all been in socially awkward situations, and I wanted this script to explore that.”

Turner has written scripts in the past, and he previously acted in and served as an assistant director for the movie “Dissection of an Olive,” which was written and directed by SUNY Canton Adjunct Instructor Summer Dorr. Most recently, he served as a production assistant for the television show pilot episode for “ZBURG,” which was co-created by TV and film actor Mark Valley and Ethan Henry.

The BEA awards are presented during their annual convention in April. To see a list of all this year’s award winners, click here.

 

About BEA 

The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals. There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide. Membership is free for college students. Visit www.beaweb.org for more information.

 

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 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Students Create Video Games for Class at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Alainya Kavaloski’s students don’t get in trouble for playing video games during class. In fact, she’s found a new way to tap into their obsession with gaming.

Her Media Writing and Digital Graphic Storytelling students used augmented reality platforms to develop first-person digital adventures this semester.

Game designers in Assistant Professor Alainya Kavaloski’s class test their applications on mobile devices and laptops. Pictured are in the foreground (l to r) Tyrone C. Jamison, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from the Bronx, Kavaloski, and Devin M. Breckenridge, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from Gouverneur.

“Our students analyze videos, animations and interactive fiction for inspiration for this project,” Kavaloski said. “Today is game test day, but the groups had to role-play as design teams. They had to create marketing materials to support their proposals.”

A group of students huddled over their iPads, laptops and mobile phones with GPS photographs of the campus. Detailed objectives popped up as they navigated characters through virtual maps.

“Our game is based on hacking,” said Devin M. Breckenridge, a Graphic and Multimedia Design student from Gouverneur. “It starts when the character has their identity is stolen, which leads them to take on adventures to determine who hacked their accounts.”

Four students gaming

The protagonist in the game becomes a hacker-activist as the adventure leads to uncovering secrets and hidden mysteries.

Another group re-imagined the Steam game “This War of Mine” where a group of civilians try to survive in a besieged city. In addition to redesigning the game objectives and missions, the students create a team website, an illustrated proposal and a video trailer to outline their project.

Kavaloski’s two courses are offered through the college’s two-year Liberal Arts program, but are very popular with students from four-year programs. Previously, she’s orchestrated a game jam event that challenged students to design a game alongside other players from around the world.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Welcomes Fulbright Scholar from New Zealand

Friday, September 9th, 2016

A respected academic leader from New Zealand has embarked upon an American educational adventure at SUNY Canton.

Caroline McCaw, Ph.D., who taught communication design at Otago Polytechnic, won a prestigious Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Award to teach in the college’s Graphic and Multimedia Design (GMMD) program. McCaw is currently living in Hermon with her two sons.

Caroline McCaw


Caroline McCaw, Ph.D., received a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Award to teach in SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program during the 2016-17 academic year.

SUNY Canton helped facilitate the Fulbright position, which will pay for McCaw’s 10-month stay. McCaw visited the college during the fall 2015 semester and presented as part of the visiting lecture series.

Her area of specialty includes examining the value of local art and design.

“A large part of New Zealand’s design identity relies on picturing ourselves in landscapes,” she explained. “I’m interested in the idea of design engaging more socially with landscapes.”

She is currently teaching an Arts of Oceania course and other graphic-design related classes.

SUNY Canton faculty members noted that McCaw’s research coincides with the North Country culture. “Much of what we create locally is based on envisioning ourselves amongst the beautiful and majestic scenery exclusive to our locale,” said Christopher Sweeney, associate professor and curriculum coordinator for the GMMD program. “Our students will benefit from her experience and unique vision.”

McCaw will be supplementing the program during Associate Professor Matthew Burnett’s sabbatical. Burnett has accepted a teaching fellowship at the Munich University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

 

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 Joins Global Game Jam Jan. 29-31

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Global Game JamFaculty from the SUNY Canton Graphic and Multimedia Design (GMMD) program are inviting anyone with an interest in developing games to a Global Game Jam 48-hour event beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in Nevaldine North Room 112.

The Global Game Jam is purported to be the largest game creation and game development event taking place at coinciding times and multiple locations. SUNY Canton students and other participants will join gamers from around the world to create games based on a shared theme, according to Christopher Sweeney, an associate professor who teaches in the GMMD program.

“One of our founding advisory board members in the program is the founder and president of the Global Game Jam,” Sweeney said. “Susan Gold, a professor at Northeastern University, created this record-breaking game-making event, which is now hosted in nearly 80 countries. Some of our most creative students are eager to design, develop and make their own new games within the set timeframe.”

Participants can either create video or board games at the SUNY Canton event and then will have the chance to share their creations with other participants. During last January’s event, 500 locations created more than 5,400 games in just one weekend.

The event is free and open to game enthusiasts, but contributors should preregister at http://globalgamejam.org/2016/jam-sites/gmmd-media-lab. Computers, printers and the necessary software will be provided. For more information, contact Sweeney by phone at 315-386-7424 or sweeneyc@canton.edu.

The event is continuing a tradition that began last semester when SUNY Canton participated in a 15-hour game jam event led by Alainya Kavaloski, an assistant professor who teaches Humanities at the college. Students designed and built mobile games in a GPS-based mobile media game platform.

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.

SUNY Canton Faculty Display Artwork at Associated Colleges Invitational

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Three faculty members from SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program are displaying artwork at a faculty exhibition.

Associate Professor Matthew J. Burnett, Assistant Professor Kathleen Mahoney and Assistant Professor Christopher Sweeney collaborated on a multimedia installation integrating components of their individual work for the “North of the Blue Line” invitational presented by the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley. Burnett also contributed a modular Adirondack-inspired painting.

North of Blue Line Installation

There will be an artist reception beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University. The event is free and open to the public and the show will run to Feb. 21.

The SUNY Canton faculty are among 25 artists displaying at the show who live and work in the St. Lawrence Valley, north of the Adirondack Park “Blue Line.”

Matt Burnett Adirondack Paintings

 

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 eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Senior SUNY Canton Students Launch Multimedia Exhibition April 25

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Students graduating from SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design (GMMD) program will be showing their work at the Senior Multimedia Exhibition. The opening for the show will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, in Nevaldine Technology Center North, Room 102.

Video and multimedia projects will be shown at the opening. Visual works will be on display in Nevaldine and in the Southworth Library Learning Commons through May 9.

Gary M. Dunkelberg of Potsdam works with his large-scale sound activated lighted painting in preparation for the Senior Multimedia Exhibition at SUNY Canton. Photo by Hailey E. Swinyer of Canton.

Gary M. Dunkelberg of Potsdam works with his large-scale sound activated lighted painting in preparation for the Senior Multimedia Exhibition at SUNY Canton. Photo by Hailey E. Swinyer of Canton.

“I have seen the students grow as artists and designers through the design development and production of their senior exhibition,” said Kathleen Mahoney an Instructor in the GMMD program. “Their talent and dedication is inspirational.”

Lydia C. Dale of Norwood, 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award Recipient, will be showing her movie to an audience for the first time at the exhibition. She worked with many of her peers to create a 30-minute digital video for her senior project.

“I have always had a vision to create a film based on one of the stories I have written,” Dale said. “The project has helped me to realize that it is something I want to pursue and I hope to find a career involving film and media production after graduation.”

Other displaying seniors are:

  • Casey L. Bastian of Seneca Falls
  • Gary M. Dunkelberg of Potsdam
  • Jontai Q. McClain of the Bronx
  • Francesca M. Popple of Canastota
  • Colby W. Prinsen of Keeseville
  • Laurie L. Thompson of Rooseveltown
  • Hailey E. Swinyer of Canton

 

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 Screens Local Movie “Dissection of an Olive” on March 27

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The locally produced movie “Dissection of an Olive” will be airing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the SUNY Canton Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

The showing will be free and open to the public and will be the first time the movie has been shown locally since it played at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam as part of the Cinema 10 series last fall.

Several SUNY Canton students and faculty members contributed their talents to the movie, which was written and directed by former Potsdam resident Summer Dorr.

Kamal A. Turner, an instructional support assistant in the College’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program served as the assistant director and acted in the evolving story.

“I saw my parts in the movie as a way to be involved with a really large creative project right here in the North Country,” Turner said. “I contacted all of the students I knew who were interested in making movies so they could take advantage of the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a real production.”

SUNY Canton Graphic and Multimedia Design Instructional Support Assistant Kamal A. Turner and GMMD Student Daniel H. Grant (both far left) operate the boom microphone during a scene of “Dissection of an Olive.”

Additionally, Jesse L. Clark-Stone, a mathematics faculty member, served as the executive producer for the production. Graphic and Multimedia Design students Daniel H. Grant of Miller Place and Towfiq Akhtar of Queens both played roles in making the movie.

For more about the production and the official movie trailer, visit: http://www.dissectionofanolive.com/.

 

SUNY Canton Artist Featured in The Boston Globe

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

SUNY Canton assistant professor capitalized on the abundance of snow in Upstate New York as a medium for his latest artwork.

Mathew J. Burnett, an assistant professor in SUNY Canton’s humanities department who teaches in the graphic and multimedia design program, was recently mentioned in the Boston Globe for his large-scale snow sculpture installation “E-Luminations.” Burnett and fellow artist Scott Fuller, assistant professor of fine art at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, transformed St. Lawrence University’s quad into a large-scale public art gallery using snow and several customized slide projectors in February.

“We’re used to seeing small-scale bursts of creativity in the snowmen and forts that people craft in parks and backyards,” wrote Courtney Humphries for The Boston Globe article entitled Rethinking Snow. “Yet when faced with so much excess, why not apply those impulses on a grander scale? Around the world, innovative artists, architects, and planners in cold climates have used snow as a design material, transforming it into giant pieces of public art, architecture, and landscaping.”

Enlisting the help of SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence students, Burnett and Fuller carved giant snowballs to use as canvases for projections of their abstracted paintings. Each night for a week, they used LCD and slide projectors to light up the 8-foot orbs with a colorful rotating selection of artwork.

“In our previous installation, we used old local photographs,” Burnett said. “At St. Lawrence we used images and videos of ice, water, and fire, and abstract paintings we made to enhance the visual effect of the sculptures.”

St. Lawrence University Photographer Tara Freeman captured one of the most telling images of the installation within its overall environment. It was published on the cover of the Spring 2011 St. Lawrence University Magazine and reproduced with permission for this release.

To read The Boston Globe article, visit: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2011/03/13/rethinking_snow/

 

SUNY Canton GMMD Major Displays Work at St. Lawrence County Arts Council

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Nicholas Finger, a senior SUNY Canton graphic and multimedia design student from the Albany area, is displaying his digital photography, paintings, and multimedia illustrations at the St. Lawrence County Art Council.

Nick Finger

“The overall theme of my work deals with nature,” Finger said. “I had the chance to display my work as part of my graphic and multimedia design internship with the council.”

The exhibit opening will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the arts council gallery, 51 Main Street in Potsdam. The opening is free and open to the public, and the exhibit will run through April 9.

Finger’s online portfolio can be viewed at http://nickfinger.weebly.com/.

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


Olympic Television Producer and SUNY Canton Alumnus Presents March 11

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Bob HughesSUNY Canton Alumnus Robert M. Hughes knows the right camera angles to film Olympic luge, bobsled, and skeleton racers speeding over 80-miles per hour down a complex track.

The 1975 graduate is co-owner of Carr-Hughes Production in Saratoga Springs, a respected sports TV production company with a long history handling international television coverage for sports like luge, bobsled and skeleton.

Hughes will be coming back to SUNY Canton to talk about filming and production at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be of particular interest to the College’s graphic and multimedia design students.

“I was responsible for managing the production process at the luge, bobsled and skeleton venue during Vancouver,” Hughes said. “The production was massive with 54 cameras and a crew of about 100 people from around the world.”

Hughes has worked with NBC and Universal Sports and produced programming for ESPN, Speed Channel and many other networks. He and his company filmed the World Equestrian Games and are the host broadcaster for all the major Track and Field meets in the U.S. If it’s moving fast or flying through the snow, he can find a way to film it and rebroadcast it to major networks around the world.

“I’m going to enlighten students about the uniquely democratic world of mobile television production,” Hughes said. “Motivated students who have interest and ability in any aspect of production (sound, editing, filming, or direction) can launch their career straight out of college.”

Carr-Hughes Productions is renowned for their global sporting events and home to world-class post-production facilities. They offer site production, post-production, and live televised event programming.

“We’re in the process of establishing an educational relationship with Mr. Hughes with the hopes of establishing internship possibilities for our fourth-year students in the graphic and multimedia design program,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “His insights will provide our students an inside look at a competitive and lucrative career option. Students who are interested in the possibility of an internship or career in television production should plan on attending the presentation.”

Guests at the program will be able to screen some of Hughes’ recent work, including a track meet recently filmed for ESPN. He said each broadcast presents its own unique decisions that need to be made and major production decisions need to be made rapidly without any hesitation. “In this business, you need to be a self-starter with the ability to learn and do things on the fly,” Hughes said.

Hughes was a competitive luge athlete after graduating from SUNY Canton. He went on to coach the 1984 U.S. Olympic luge team in Sarajevo before moving to television production. Examples of some of his work can be viewed at www.carr-hughes.com.

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