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SUNY Canton Earns Military Honors

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

SUNY Canton is considered one of the top colleges in the nation for members of the military community.

The College was among only 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools throughout the country to be recognized as a 2011 Military Friendly School, announced by G.I. Jobs earlier this week.

A military student and his classmates work on homework.

“The hard work of so many on our campus has earned us this distinction,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We have known for a long time that we are a military friendly campus that serves the needs of those within that community. This recognition confirms that others are aware of all we do as well.”

Over the last several years, Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning Kathryn M. Del Guidice organized SUNY Canton’s Military Friendly Committee. She worked with Robert L. Edwards, professor of criminal investigation, to assess all programs on campus and their responsiveness to the needs of the military community, which includes veterans, spouses and children of active duty service members, those in the National Guard and Reserves, and the ‘Wounded Warriors’ who are attending college as part of their transition from active duty.

Through their efforts, SUNY Canton now features a Veterans Lounge, a specific individual within the Admissions office to work with incoming military students, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training of the College’s counseling staff, and a Veteran’s Day ceremony.

Edwards, who also serves as director of service members learning opportunities, and William Fassinger, associate professor of criminal investigation, organized the SUNY Canton Veterans Association.  Students from the Association have presented the colors at the last two commencements, a tradition the College will continue.

“This recognition hits home for many within our campus community,” Edwards said. “A number of our faculty and staff are veterans, including Dr. Kennedy. More than 135 active duty service members, veterans, as well as their spouses and children were enrolled at the College last year. We have become a place that is trusted to serve our military and their families. This could not have been accomplished without the collaboration between the registrar, financial aid, admissions, the veterans on campus and the faculty and staff at the College.”

In 2008, SUNY Canton illustrated the importance of the College’s veterans to its graduating class. In 1943, twenty-seven students were called into service just weeks before their commencement. The veterans, who have come to be known as SUNY Canton’s Greatest Graduates, left to serve the country in World War II. In a heartfelt and emotional ceremony, President Kennedy presented four members of the class and a spouse of a deceased veteran with honorary certificates in their respective programs. Those veterans who could not attend the ceremony were honored for their sacrifice, some of them posthumously.

G.I. Jobs’ list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which they polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide, according to their press release. Criteria for making the list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting those students, and academic accreditations.

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

International Students Fill SUNY Canton Summer Program

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

International Summer ProgramSome students have traveled more than 4,500 miles to take classes at SUNY Canton this summer.

Thirty-six students, including two doctoral candidates, in addition to two faculty members have traveled from their home universities to take multi-disciplinary courses with an emphasis on finance and business.

“We have three times as many students visiting SUNY Canton than when we initiated the program last year,” said SUNY Canton Associate Provost Pauline A. Graveline. “Students have come from their home universities at Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia, Kazan State Financial and Economic Institute in Tatarstan, and Kherson State University in Ukraine to learn from our expert faculty. Many of the students have never been to the North Country or the United States before. They are all very excited to learn about U.S. culture and experience as much of it as they can.”

During their three-week stay, students take English as a Second Language and seminars targeted toward their individual career interests, according to Kathryn Del Guidice, Director of Extended Studies at SUNY Canton.

“Our students are interested in becoming investment bankers, entrepreneurs, business owners, and one is interested in developing his own energy company,” she said. “We are emphasizing that they find ways to bring the world to them, rather than leaving their homes in search of opportunities.”

Most recently, students have toured businesses including ALCOA in Massena and the Partridge Cafe in Canton to learn first-hand how area businesses operate. The program also enlists the college’s expert faculty to present special sessions on Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems and Financial Services, and Health Care Management among other SUNY Canton signature programs.

The students are joined by Alla Bobyelva, chair of the Department of Financial Management for the School of Public Administration at Moscow State University, and Olga Zinovieva, a State University of New York representative at Moscow State University. During her stay, Olga is developing an online class in Art History through SUNY Canton OnLine.

In addition to their studies, the students have many opportunities to experience the attractions available locally and in greater New York State. They will be touring Lake Placid, Niagara Falls, and plan to visit New York City before making the journey home. Most recently, the students visited Potsdam’s Summer Festival.

This is the second international student exchange built from SUNY Canton’s partnerships with foreign colleges. In the future, the College plans to send its on-campus students to its partner universities so that travel abroad can be an integrated part of their education.

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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