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Acclaimed Hospitality Consultant and Entrepreneur Speaks at SUNY Canton, Sept. 11

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Doug ZeifA non-traditional SUNY Canton graduate who turned his lifetime of experience in the food and beverage industry into a multimillion-dollar consulting firm will be sharing his entrepreneurial success strategies during a college presentation.

Douglas Zeif, the principal of Next! Hospitality Advisors and founder and president of The Concept Gurus, will be the first Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series speaker of the fall semester. He will be presenting at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the college’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212. The event is free and open to the public.

“Doug has experience throughout all levels of management,” said Professor Dr. Charles R. Fenner, who teaches business at the college. “His knowledge focuses on fixing problems within the hospitality industry and making companies more efficient. His presentation will be especially useful for our entrepreneurial students and can benefit north country business owners.”

Zeif is a true American success story and began his food service career as a grill cook at the age of 14. He held restaurant jobs throughout high school and his first years of college, and left his education to choose a career in restaurant management. He’s traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and The Americas honing his skills in the hospitality business and building a solid foundation on operations management.

His extensive resume includes serving as senior vice president for the Cheesecake Factory. He was partially responsible for developing the restaurant’s universal appeal and was responsible for overseeing the company’s explosive growth and development of the its product line.

Zeif returned to college at SUNY Canton and completed his bachelor’s degree in the Management program in 2013. He now works as an adjunct instructor at the college.

Next! Hospitality advisors provide profit improvement and concept development for hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars. The Concept Gurus is a highly successful global food and beverage agency specializing in bringing all genres of restaurants, bars and lounges to life by blending design with a sense of consumer behavior.

The SUNY Canton Excellence in Leadership Lecture series is presented by the SUNY Canton College Foundation. Upcoming presentations will include alumni from Accupac, Inc., and Baylor University.

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 degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Business Students Advise Local Business Owner

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Students from the SUNY Canton School of Business and Liberal Arts recently entered in a competition to help boost business at Gamer Craze in downtown Canton.

“I always like to see our students applying their education for the greater good of the community,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “These experiences and extra achievements will be invaluable when they graduate and look to start their careers.”

Students holding medallions

Four teams consisting of one to four students submitted marketing ideas to Aaron M. Reardon, the owner of the area’s premiere game store, as part of an annual entrepreneurial challenge. Professor Charles R. Fenner, who teaches in the Management program, orchestrates the competition through the SUNY Canton College Foundation and issued the challenge to students in Nicholas C. Kocher’s marketing class.

“Gamer Craze is an exceptionally popular store frequented by many of our students,” said Fenner. “College students know how to best market to their peers. Each team submitted ideas to advertise and drive engagement with the shop.”

Three classmates who play for the women’s hockey team provided the winning suggestions. Noelle M. Niemiec of Staten Island, Grace L. Page of Hamburg and Amanda L. Ballestero of Gumee, Ill., said the small business owner should integrate video, launch an Instagram and Twitter campaign to reach a wider audience of customers.

Other suggestions included a marketing campaign redesign, integrating email marketing and live streaming content on Twitch, a large video platform designed for the gaming community.

Fenner noted that competitions such as this one serve as a practical application of marketing theory and meet SUNY’s goal of ensuring every student has access to an applied learning opportunity.

Other students in the class to participate in the entrepreneurial challenge, include:

  • Akinola T. Ajayi of the Bronx
  • Jeffery Bonbrake of Star Lake
  • Michael A. Collins of Potsdam
  • Connor Campbell of East Kilbride, Scotland
  • Liam Rice of Potsdam
  • Keanu J. Sterling of Laurelton
  • Elizabeth A. Stowe of Ogdensburg

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.

SUNY Canton Students Collaborate with Local Entrepreneur to Boost Business

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

SUNY Canton students in the School of Business and Liberal Arts were recently challenged to develop innovative ideas to help a local business increase foot traffic and sales.

Eleven competitors presented their proposals to Hailey Hodge, the owner of Luna Boutique in Canton.

Entrepreneur Project

“Luna not only served as the focal point of the competition, but Hailey is a great role model to the students,” said Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., a faculty member who teaches in the Management program. “She encouraged them to start their own businesses even though they are in their early 20s.”

Seniors Illisa B. Barney, a Management major, and Alex L. Davison, a Finance major, earned the first-place prize. During the awards ceremony, Hodge praised the students’ winning ideas, which included a plan to expand Luna’s intern program and establish relationships with clubs and organizations at each of the local colleges.

Hodge also shared the story of her journey to becoming a young business owner. Her dream to be an entrepreneur began while attending Drexel University. Hodge said that although her professors were dismissive of the idea, she was determined to open her own store. The perks of being her own boss, she said, “Beats working for someone else any day.”

Fenner noted that competitions such as this one serve as a practical application of marketing theory and meet SUNY’s goal of ensuring every student has access to an applied learning opportunity.

 

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 Compete in Free Enterprise Marathon at SUNY Plattsburgh

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Four students in SUNY Canton’s Management program recently participated in the fourth annual Free Enterprise Marathon at SUNY Plattsburgh.

This year’s Creativity and Innovation Challenge required teams to develop a new menu item for McDonald’s. Students from 11 colleges and five North Country high schools vied for the first-place trophy and $800 award.

Pictured are Charles R. Fenner, a SUNY Canton faculty member who teaches in the Management program, Devine A. Pearson, a student from Far Rockaway, and Provost Douglas M. Scheidt.

Pictured are Charles R. Fenner, a SUNY Canton faculty member who teaches in the Management program, Devine A. Pearson, a student from Far Rockaway, and Provost Douglas M. Scheidt.

Teams were judged in areas such as product design, marketing strategy and quality of presentation. SUNY Canton’s team proposed a grilled “McMahi” sandwich, which would be a healthier alternative to the chain’s Filet-O-Fish. SUNY Adirondack took home first prize for their sweet potato hash brown proposal.

“The competition allowed us to practice everything we have learned in our management courses, such as finance, marketing, strategic research, and the ability to present and explain our product,” said SUNY Canton student Khaina Solomon. “Although we didn’t win, it was a valuable learning experience for all of us.”

The event also consisted of a Social Entrepreneurship Speak-Off competition, where SUNY Canton Management major Devine Pearson took home a $100 prize for his speech about higher education.

“This competition meets SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s goal to ensure every SUNY student has access to an applied learning opportunity,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor and faculty adviser Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D.

This is SUNY Canton’s third year participating in this competition and allows Management students to augment classroom learning by utilizing practical skills in business, marketing, leadership, ethics and planning.

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 & Clarkson University Announce Five-Year MBA Plan

Monday, January 11th, 2016

SUNY CantonA Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management at SUNY Canton now leads directly into the one-year Master of Business Administration program at Clarkson University, Potsdam.

“Our new agreement will help us attract students who want to complete their advanced degrees within a year of graduating from SUNY Canton,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the SUNY Canton School of Business and Liberal Arts. “It will be advantageous to the community, as it will help us keep today’s scholars and tomorrow’s
entrepreneurs here in the North Country.”Clarkson University

SUNY Canton students can elect to take nine classes during their undergraduate education that will prepare them for Clarkson’s MBA program. Clarkson will be awarding a 4+1 Fellowship, consisting of a $10,000 tuition scholarship, a $4,000 travel scholarship and a $3,000 graduate assistant position to those students who enroll in the one-year graduate degree.

According to SUNY Canton Associate Professor Janice Robinson, there could be as many as a dozen students at the college who are poised to take advantage of the new opportunity.

“Clarkson has always been extremely supportive of our students,” she said. “Our competitive undergraduate program is comprehensive and skills-based and its popularity and recognition have been growing. This agreement will help our most successful students obtain a nationally-recognized graduate degree locally.”

Students may begin in Clarkson’s accelerated MBA program as early as August 2016, Robinson said.

“4+1 Fellowship students from SUNY Canton will be able to take advantage our network of successful professionals who can give them experienced perspectives on their future career,” said Clarkson School of Business Dean Dayle Smith. “And with the merger of Union Graduate College into Clarkson University, students now have access to a global alumni network of 40,000 and even more electives and course delivery choices.”

For information about enrolling in SUNY Canton’s Management program, or its new relationship with Clarkson University’s MBA program, please contact SUNY Canton Admissions, (315) 386-7123 or email admissions@canton.edu.

 

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.

 

About Clarkson University

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Young Entrepreneurs Compete to Help Area Business

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Students in the four-year Management program recently participated in an entrepreneurial competition to redesign the Raquette River Gift Company’s website and provide recommendations for future expansion. Senior Andrew M. Lang of the Bronx was selected as the best speaker. He joined the best students to represent SUNY Canton at the recent Free Enterprise Marathon at SUNY Plattsburgh. All winning teams received gift cards redeemable at the Campus Center Store and the college’s eateries.

Entrepreneur Project

International Summer Program at SUNY Canton Teaches Entrepreneurism and Business Leadership

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Students from Kazan and Moscow, Russia, are learning how to become entrepreneurs at SUNY Canton’s International Summer program.

“We help students augment their education to become entrepreneurs,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Many of these students will graduate and become business leaders or create their own start-ups.”

This is the second year that the College has invited students from Kazan Federal University and Moscow State University to attend the business-focused seminar.

International Classroom

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Charles R. Fenner (pictured far right) presents a special class for students in the College’s International Summer program.

The International Summer Program is co-hosted by the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton, an agency that helps provide technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

A representative from the SBDC works with students to create marketing plans, learn budget financing and overall business management. “By the end of the three-week session, students will present a complete business plan,” Fiacco said.

As part of their learning experience, the students visit area businesses such as the St. Lawrence Brewing Company and St. Lawrence Valley Roasters, among others.

Several of the students are enrolled in dual-degree programs at the College and take courses online throughout the year with SUNY Canton faculty and their visit gives them the ability to meet their professors face-to-face. Management program faculty members also presented coursework during the session.

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.

SUNY Canton Heads West to Welcome Wyoming

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Soon, a Wyoming resident will travel to SUNY Canton to celebrate their graduation ceremony, and yet it might be the first time they ever step foot in the Empire State.

A recent agreement between college officials from SUNY Canton and Gillette College makes it possible for Wyoming students to obtain bachelor’s degrees without having to leave their home state or even their hometown. Several SUNY Canton officials are in Gillette for a formal announcement on Thursday March 8.

“We are ready to start offering our four-year degrees to Gillette College students in Law Enforcement Leadership and Management, and Technology Management for the Fall 2007 Semester,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We believe our colleagues at Gillette College share the same educational values as we do and are ready to move into a new age of education.”

The agreement will allow two-year students enrolled at Gillette College the ability to obtain baccalaureate degrees via SUNY Canton OnLine (SUNY Canton OL), through distance learning video technologies, from Gillette Campus faculty, or through a combination of the three methods. SUNY Canton currently has 13 bachelor’s degree programs, most of which are available online. The college’s continued growth and online expansion prompted the college to form SUNY Canton OL to exclusively serve students who wish to obtain a degree via the Internet.

“Recent additions and upgrades to SUNY Canton’s video distance learning technologies and Internet upgrades have made it possible for seamless in-class participation, despite geographic differences,” said SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy D. Brown. “With these additions we have been able to build on our extremely successful online and distance learning programs.”

Brown is in Gillette, Wyo., this week with Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David Wells, School of Business and Public Service Interim Dean Karen Spellacy, Admissions Counselor Rebecca Armstrong, and Director of Public Relations Randy Sieminski. SUNY Canton has similar agreements with colleges in Russia, Japan, Massachusetts, and a number of other colleges in New York.

Gillette College is operated by Sheridan College through the Northern Wyoming Community College District and offers outreach programs in several counties. Gillette College offers associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of applied science degrees, certificate programs, and program tracks that prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university. Gillette College is run by Dean Paul Young, who will be joining his SUNY Canton counterparts for the official announcement.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to work with people from locations around the world,” Young said in a past interview. “You can go to Princeton and not get that type of experience, and we’ll have it right here in Gillette.”

 

SUNY Canton Assistant Prof’s Findings to be Presented at International Symposium

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Charles FennerA SUNY Canton assistant professor’s new findings about U.S. employees working in foreign embassies will be presented this May at the International Workshop on Human Resource Management in Jerez De La Frontera, Spain.

Assistant Professor of Technology Management Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., and co-author Jan Selmer, Ph.D., of the Aarhus School of Business, created The Work Situation of Public Sector Expatriates. Fenner served as an expatriate, or somebody who works outside their own country, during his 20-year career as a military officer.

“Most cross-cultural adjustment studies are based on many different types of jobs in one location,” Fenner said. “Our research turns previous studies on their head. We studied the cross-cultural adjustment of U.S. employees in the same position from across the world.”

He said their findings, based on his doctorate dissertation, demonstrate the importance of role clarity in the adjustment of the expatriate to their position. More specifically, when the expatriate clearly understands his or her role and function in the foreign environment, the expatriate’s adjustment to their work is greatly enhanced. “It’s important for the local leadership to enforce and enhance the vision of the multinational corporation overseas,” he said.

Fenner collected the information online for his dissertation while he was stationed in Moscow, Russia. He based his research on U.S. Department of Defense administrators stationed in embassies worldwide. “I saw responses everywhere as far as Ulan-Bator, Mongolia, to Santiago, Chile,” he said.

While living in Moscow, Fenner was in a comparable role to his studies. He said his personal adaptation appeared to be remarkable, but he was only interacting with counterparts who spoke English in the embassy. “My family had a harder time adjusting to their surroundings, because they were immersed in a foreign language,” Fenner noted. “Language can cause barriers to adjustment.”

Fenner is the lead faculty member for the Technology Management four-year program. He has run the office operations at embassies in Hanoi, Vietnam; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Moscow, Russia and Bucharest, Romania. Technology Management is offered as an online program through SUNY Canton OnLine, allowing students from around the world to earn their SUNY Canton Bachelor of Business Administration degree.