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SUNY Canton Staff Member Receives Northstar Award

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The SUNY Canton student body has recognized SUNY Canton’s grants coordinator for her contributions to the College and the community.

JoAnne M. Fassinger is the recipient of the 2014 Northstar Award, an honor that is given by the students annually to a faculty or staff member who makes the College a better place. Fassinger was among the honorees and award recipients that were recognized during SUNY Canton’s Commencement May 10.

President of the SUNY Canton Student Government Association Ornella T. Parker, class of 2014, presents the Northstar Award to JoAnne M. Fassinger at the College's 106th Commencement ceremony.

President of the SUNY Canton Student Government Association Ornella T. Parker, class of 2014, presents the Northstar Award to JoAnne M. Fassinger at the College’s 106th Commencement ceremony.

“I love being part of our campus community,” Fassinger said. “Through my work, I am able to assist faculty and staff with securing funding for new and improved tools for student learning, to develop new programs and curriculum, and most importantly, to help students be successful with reaching their academic and personal goals.”

As grants coordinator, she is responsible for matching faculty requirements with resources available from private foundations and government agencies. The grant funding she has acquired has enriched the educational experience for countless SUNY Canton students, as well as college-bound high school students in the North Country.

As the SUNY Canton Habitat for Humanity campus chapter adviser, she has led alternative spring break trips to construct and renovate homes for low-income families throughout the East Coast.

“Many students look up to Mrs. Fassinger as a role model,” said Miss Melissa Cummins, Habitat for Humanity campus chapter president and Veterinary Technology major. “She is incredibly encouraging and brings out the best in all of us.”

Fassinger is an active contributor to campus life through her volunteer work at orientation and leadership of recycling initiatives. Her dedication to SUNY Canton earned her the 2012 Excellence in College Service award.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.


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.

New Grant Funding at SUNY Canton Increases Learning Opportunities for High School and College students

Monday, September 16th, 2013
Perkins Grant

Pictured is Toni-Ann Manzi, a SUNY Canton Powersports Performance and Repair student from Staten Island, working with one of the College’s rapid-prototype printer kits.

Students in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program are building rapid prototype machines for area high schools. The kits to build the sophisticated three-dimensional printers were purchased through the most recent Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant.

“We were awarded approximately $178,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year to be used on six projects,” said SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger. “Part of this project will be to reach out to area high schools to spark interest, especially among female students, in the engineering fields by providing them access to three-dimensional printers.”

Students at the College will assemble and calibrate some of the machines, which students can use to print complicated projects in plastic. Then they will be distributed to area high schools. “Canton Central [Hugh C. Williams] High School will be receiving our first machine,” said Assistant Professor Daniel J. Miller, the Mechanical Engineering Technology program director.

Other grant funded purchases at the College include: new equipment in the Electrical, Mechanical and General Engineering Technology programs; new welding equipment for the Automotive Technology Program; new computer servers for the Information Technology computer laboratory; and new equipment for the Dental Hygiene program.

Additionally, the College used a portion of the funding to create an Engineering Tutoring lab in Nevaldine Technology Center. Students can go to this specific lab to receive individual attention outside of class.


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.

$245,000 Perkins Grant Provides More Resources for SUNY Canton Students

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

The most recent Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant will assist with SUNY Canton’s textbook loan program and fund a host of other initiatives to benefit students.


Areiba T. Edwards of Brooklyn pulls one of the reserve textbooks for a student at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons.

“Perkins Grant funding allows students who cannot pay for high-cost books to borrow them instead,” said Jennifer Whittaker, SUNY Canton assistant librarian. “If they have access to textbooks, they can prepare for class, which leads to higher retention rates and increased academic success.”

The textbook loan program has been ongoing for almost a decade. Students also have access to learning models specific to their curricula, and other resources at the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

Early Childhood Learning Lab

SUNY Canton students Leanne M. Greene of Fine and Alexandra M. Levine of Canton check out new supplies from the early childhood student teaching center.

The total grant awarded was approximately $245,000. The money is also being used to purchase equipment in many SUNY Canton laboratories and classrooms, including:

  • New equipment and models for the veterinary science program;
  • Additional manikins for the nursing program;
  • New tools for the Snap-on diagnostic center in the automotive technology program;
  • Refrigerant equipment for the air conditioning engineering technology program;
  • Database and web applications for the computer information systems program;
  • Additional equipment for the electronics and communications lab;
  • Early childhood student teaching center resources, among others.

Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger helped the College apply for the Perkins grant. Fassinger won the 2012 Excellence in College Service Award for helping her peers file for competitive funding.

Electrical Technology

Robert M. Gleason of Vestal and Andrew S. Conlan of Canton work together with new grant funded diagnostic equipment in SUNY Canton’s electrical engineering technology labs.

The grant is awarded from the U.S. Government to states, which is then allocated to various schools and colleges within New York based on the programs offered and the number of students in career and technical curricula.

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


High School Students Start College at SUNY Canton on Friday

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

North Country students will be attending classes as part of the grant-funded Early College High School Smart Scholars program.

Early College High SchoolApproximately 40 freshmen and sophomores from Massena Central High School and Ogdensburg Free Academy will officially become college students this Friday as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School program at SUNY Canton.

Early College High School was established through a $200,000 grant from the New York State Education Department. Teachers from participating high schools offer college-level instruction supplemented by exploratory learning opportunities at SUNY Canton.

“Our program is part of National Early College Awareness Week,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, an assistant professor in the civil and environmental technology program and Early College High School program coordinator “Our goal is to have students earn a minimum of 20 college credit hours before they graduate from High School.”

Their day-long visit, including a tour of the brand-new Roos House Athletic Center and Grasse River Suites residence hall, will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, March 30, at SUNY Canton.

Instruction begins at 12:15 p.m. and includes a crime-scene investigation, a computer building class, concrete experiments, and three-dimensional computer modeling presentation, among other glimpses into SUNY Canton’s signature career-driven programs.

The Early College High School ‘dual enrollment’ program serves to increase high school graduation and college completion rates among those historically left in the gap, while reducing college tuition costs as a result of the more than 20 college credits earned in high school. The initiative fits well within the SUNY-wide plan to create a seamless educational pipeline to prepare students for college at an earlier age.

More on the Early College High School Program is available in the article “SUNY Canton Partners with Local High Schools.”

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

SUNY Canton Partners with Local High Schools

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Area high school students will have the opportunity to earn college credits through a new partnership with SUNY Canton.

The College recently received a $200,000 grant from the New York 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 (ECHS) program.

Smart Scholars“Students who earn college credits in high school are more likely to graduate and successfully attend college,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This program allows us to provide quality, career-oriented educational opportunities to local high school students while preparing them for future success at the college level. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

The Smart Scholars ECHS program is a newly implemented program designed to give students the opportunity to accelerate the completion of high school studies while earning college credits at the same time, according to a recent press release from the New York State Education Department.

Students receive additional academic support from school and college partnerships to ensure they are at grade level and ready to participate in rigorous collegiate courses. This ‘dual enrollment’ program serves to increase high school graduation and college completion rates among those historically left in the gap, while reducing college tuition costs as a result of the more than 20 college credits earned in high school.

“I am thrilled with this award and the opportunities it will provide high school students in the North Country,” said JoAnne M. Fassinger, grants coordinator at SUNY Canton. “In the program’s first year, 90 total rising freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be eligible to participate. We want the younger students to see the success achieved by the older students obtaining dual enrollment credit.”

The entering ninth graders will attend the program at Massena Central and Ogdensburg Free Academy High Schools beginning during the 2011-2012 academic year. Teachers from participating high schools will teach the college-level credit bearing courses. Students will learn in a variety of formats in addition to the traditional face-to-face classroom experience, including online, video-conferencing, and distance learning. Students will be invited to participate in a variety of activities at SUNY Canton.

“When they graduate high school and arrive for the first day of college, we do not want the experience to be a foreign one to them,” said Adrienne C. Rygel, assistant professor in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology and the College’s program coordinator. “This allows us to better acclimate these students by providing them with a seamless transition between high school and college.”

Students in the program will have access to many of the opportunities as a college student, including e their own SUNY Canton identification cards, access to tutoring, the library, and events being held on the campus.

SUNY Canton received one of the 16 grants announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Education Commissioner David M. Steiner in May. Previously, eleven Smart Scholars ECHS partnerships were initiated in December 2009 with private funding, in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to this year’s $5.5 million in program grants, $500,000 was funded to provide technical assistance for all 27 ECHS projects.

Since the initial $6 million grant in 2009, the Smart Scholars ECHS program has supported 2,570 minority or low-income students. More than 2,600 students are expected to benefit from the additional funding provided this year.


SUNY Canton Students Reduce, Reuse, and “Roo-cycle”

Monday, April 19th, 2010

A recent competition challenged SUNY Canton students to “Roo-cycle” by donating their used belongings in addition to sorting out their waste.

Faculty and staff from the Green Campus Committee set up collections at each of the four residence halls for used clothing, electronics, and the traditional cardboard and mixed recyclables.

“Several members of our committee designed the competition as a way to increase awareness about recycling at the student level,” said Matthew J. Burnett, an assistant professor in the graphic and multimedia design program and Green Campus Committee chair. “We’re creating a culture of sustainability. Certainly it helps us as a college to be more eco-minded, but we want our students to continue these practices after they graduate.”

The recently completed “Roo-cycle” competition collected about 2,900 redeemable recyclables, raising a total of $145 for the student-run Habitat for Humanity club. It also drew together about 580 clothing and shoe donations and more than 40 books.

Amidst bags of clear and green tinted bottles stood a box with a photograph of two children wearing plastic bags on their feet taped to the side. Marquise Paillere, a Liberal Studies major, snapped the photo just after the earthquakes hit her home in Haiti. Paillere was stranded in Port-au-Prince at the beginning of the semester and has championed a local portion of the international drive to help people in her home country by collecting used shoes.

“Once students found out the clothing was going to St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the shoes were going to Haiti, they became even more inspired to pitch in,” said Joanne Fassinger, the College’s grants coordinator. “They began using the competition as a way to donate rather than just discard.”

Volunteers tabulated the total recycled by each residence and eager students looked on waiting to see who won the good-natured challenge. Heritage residence hall won the total competition by using word of mouth communication, according to Courtney B. Bish, Director of Residence life.

“Students stood by the front doors of their residences to tell everyone coming and going about the competition,” Bish said. “They even went door-to-door. Students became more involved because their pride was on the line. They wanted to win the challenge.”

The students in Heritage will be treated to a pizza party for their enthusiastic recycling efforts. The Kangaroo, nicknamed the Roo, presented representatives from the residence with the award at a student activities event. Plans are underway for another “Roo-cycle” competition.

SUNY Canton also participated in RecycleMania, an international competition for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities on their campus communities. Last year, the College reduced its total waste by approximately 21 percent.

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.

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