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SUNY Canton Expands Ties with Clarkson University Through New MBA Track

Monday, April 15th, 2019

The addition of a new Healthcare Management agreement is the third major connecting the two colleges.  

SUNY Canton’s most popular bachelor’s degree is now connected with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Clarkson University, Potsdam. 

Health Care Management student working with professor

Faculty members from the School of Business and Liberal Arts have linked the college’s online Healthcare Management program with Clarkson’s Healthcare Management MBA program. Students enrolled in SUNY Canton’s undergraduate program will be able to apply some of their coursework to the MBA program. 

“Our students could potentially finish their MBA at Clarkson in less than a year,” said Assistant Professor Marela M. Fiacco, who serves as the curriculum coordinator for the Healthcare Management program. “We’ve had many students express interest in this new agreement and two have already applied.”

Healthcare Management is the college’s largest four-year degree program with more than 250 students. The majority of those who enroll in the program are working professionals who are seeking to advance their career by earning a bachelor’s degree. “It is tremendously advantageous for our students to continue their education in a nationally-recognized program,” Fiacco said. 

Earn a Bachelor's and a Master's 4+1 at SUNY Canton and Clarkson University

“The Clarkson Healthcare MBA agreement with SUNY Canton also provides students an accelerated admissions process and exclusive scholarship opportunities,” said Philip T. Neisser, dean of the SUNY Canton School of Business and Liberal Arts. “The collaboration will help guide students through the undergraduate courses that will best serve as a foundation for their graduate work.” 

The majority of SUNY Canton’s coursework is offered online, with some content available through Flex Classes, which are available on campus and online at the same time. Clarkson mirrors the college’s flexibility by offering their program on-campus or online. 

Two Plus Two Engineering Science 

SUNY Canton also has an engineering track link with Clarkson University. Students accepted into the college’s two-year Engineering Science program can continue their corresponding bachelor’s degree in just four additional semesters. The dual admission program allows students to apply just one time for a degree from both colleges. 

“Students who are admitted into the Engineering Science program and complete its requirements are able to seamlessly continue their education at Clarkson,” said Melissa Evans, SUNY Canton’s director of admissions. “The majority of our students are eligible for scholarships as they make the transition.” 

The program is the formalization of a long-standing unofficial arrangement between the two colleges. Many students have begun their education in the Engineering Science Program and have completed an engineering degree at the nationally recognized research university. 

Earn an Associates and a Bachelor's at SUNY Canton and Clarkson University

“The SUNY Canton experience is the perfect staging for a four-year electrical engineering degree at Clarkson,” said Associate Professor Rashid Aidun, who teaches in the program. “We are renowned for our small class sizes and student-to-faculty ratio. The quality and relative economy of this collaboration is unparalleled.” 

Four Plus One MBA

In 2016, SUNY Canton first connected with the Potsdam college linking its Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with Clarkson’s one-year MBA. The arrangement is very similar to the Healthcare Management offering, with accelerated learning opportunities and scholarships available for applicants. 

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

About Clarkson University

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, 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 innovation with enterprise.

SUNY Canton Faculty Members Named 2019 Online Ambassadors

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

Two SUNY Canton professors have been recognized by the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE) for their contributions to distance learning.   

Michelle L. Currier, Ph.D., who is an instructor in the Criminal Justice Department, and Assistant Professor Marela M. Fiacco, Ph.D., who teaches in the Healthcare Management program, have been named as 2019 Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassadors. 

Marela Fiacco and Michelle Currier stand in front of a projected SUNY Canton OnLine Website.
Assistant Professor Marela M. Fiacco, Ph.D., (left) who teaches in the Healthcare Management program, and Instructor Michelle L. Currier, Ph.D., who teaches in the Criminal Justice Department, were recently named Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassadors for their accomplishments in distance learning.

According to Open SUNY, Teaching Ambassadors must be “exemplary online SUNY educators, who are enthusiastic and effective in online teaching, and who can be positive and strong advocates for online teaching in our SUNY community.” 

They were nominated by Christina M. Smith, an instructional technologist in SUNY Canton’s Online Learning Department.

“We are proud to have both Michelle and Marela as part of our online teaching faculty,” Smith said. “They are both excellent examples of educators who are willing to implement new and exciting pedagogies to enhance the student experience.”

In addition to being an experienced online instructor and course developer, Currier has presented and published research on a variety of student retention and relationship-building efforts and is the chair of SUNY Canton’s Student Online Learning Advisory Committee.

“In my research, which has centered around teaching and learning in a 21stcentury education environment, I have found that cultivating relationships between students and their institutions is of critical importance in building student satisfaction, success, and retention,” Currier said.

Fiacco has also developed numerous online courses and oversees the four-year Healthcare Management degree, which can be completed entirely online and is the college’s most popular program. She was part of a select group of professors who piloted SUNY Canton’s Flex Class program, an initiative that allows online learners the option to virtually attend and participate in on-campus lectures in real-time.

“To me, student engagement is the most important aspect of online learning,” Fiacco said. “Flex classes allow an online student to have a similar classroom experience as an on-campus student, which includes interaction with their classmates and professor.”

Both received their awards at the Open SUNY Summit March 7 in Syracuse. The conference brings together educators from across the state to discuss best practices. A student panel during the event included SUNY Canton student Sharon Wager, a senior in the online Legal Studies program, and SUNY Canton alumna Vanessa Trotter, a graduate of the online Management program. Both discussed how course design, support services, and faculty engagement impacted their learning.

“I enjoyed meeting the other panelists, and the faculty who attended found our session insightful,” said Trotter. “They were receptive to using the information to better serve their own students.”   

SUNY Canton is a pioneer in distance learning and currently has 18 online programs in areas such as finance, law, business, nursing, criminal justice, and homeland security. In addition to numerous national accolades for teaching with technology, the College recently received recognition from COTE for outstanding student support services.

“This award speaks to our efforts to create a vibrant experience for online students that encompasses academics, student life, support services and athletic opportunities,” said SUNY Canton Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott.  

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity eSports and cheerleading. 

SUNY Canton Creates ‘Flex Classes’ for Traditional and Online Students

Friday, February 16th, 2018

SUNY Canton is developing new course options that adapt to the needs of modern learners.

Until last semester, courses have been offered in two formats: through traditional on-campus classes; or by participating in online lectures and discussion boards through SUNY Canton OnLine. Last semester, the college began offering Flex Classes, which allows a student to attend a lecture one day and participate online the next.

Umesh Kumar teaches a Flex Class

Pictured is SUNY Canton Associate Professor Umesh Kumar, who teaches Finance, presenting a Flex Class. Kumar is wearing a video camera tracking device and a headset microphone to record and broadcast his lecture as he is teaching it.

“Flex Classes help promote student retention and completion rates,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services, Molly A. Mott “They remove barriers to education and fit into the busy and complicated lives of our students, especially those who are continuing their education. We see this as the future of higher education.”

The class is broadcast live during and the video is integrated with the college’s online learning software. Students participating from off of campus can ask questions as part of the class, and all students can watch the online recorded lecture.

Marela M. Fiacco, an instructor who oversees the college’s Healthcare Management program, volunteered to be the first faculty member to pilot the program for her Intro to Health Services Management course. She taught in a special classroom equipped with digital video cameras that follow her as she presents the course material.

“I told my face-to-face students that attendance is flexible,” Fiacco said. “This was especially important for our non-traditional and commuter students who have families and career obligations.”

Out of the 30 students who were enrolled, about nine opted to come to the twice-weekly class.

The instructor assigned group assignments that paired students participating from both on and off of campus.

Healthcare Management recently became the most popular major at the college, with more than 200 students enrolled in the fall 2017 semester. The majority of those students are working professionals who are seeking to advance their career by getting a bachelor’s degree.

SUNY Canton is expanding its Flex Classes through a Performance Improvement Fund grant from SUNY. A portion of that funding is also used to increase engagement with the college’s substantial online student population by offering expanded college resources. “We want to establish a better connection with our online students,” Fiacco said.

Two Flex Classes are currently in session during the spring 2018 semester and the college plans to continue research into, and development of, its newest educational delivery method. Students have been enthusiastic about the new mode of course delivery. “It’s a neat experience and I look forward to the future of the class and more like it,” said Michael B. Smithers, a Heathcare Management Student from Heuvelton.

 

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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

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.

International Programs Hosts Russian and Chinese Students

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

International Students

Olga Shaldymova of Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute in Russia and Zhong Dongjing of Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College in China participate in a team building exercise in the SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center as part of the College’s International Summer Program.

Twenty-five international students have traveled to the North Country this summer to immerse themselves in American culture and take part in SUNY Canton’s international summer program.

The students arrived on Sunday, July 11 and will be on campus for almost a month. They are visiting from Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute and Lomonsov Moscow State University, both in Russia, as well as Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College in China.

“Each summer, our international summer program allows students to experience both our culture and our higher education system,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The campus and local communities greatly benefit from the interactions with the students while we provide them with an educational opportunity most international students never have.”

Students will study English as a Second Language and Global Finance, Economics and Culture. The students will earn participation certificates for completing their respective courses at the program’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, July 28.

Director of International Programs Marela Fiacco noted it is the first time students from Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College will step foot on campus and take courses.

“Guangdong’s participation in our summer program will further SUNY Canton’s relationship with the institution, which we have been developing since 2009,” Fiacco said. “We have hosted two short-term scholars here who have observed classes and we hope as the partnership grows we are able to host another who will teach Chinese at the College.”

International Students

Fiacco said the next steps in collaborating with Guangdong include accepting students into SUNY Canton’s programs and having Assistant Professor of Business and Public Administration William T. Jones lead students in a visit to China where they will study at the institution in Summer 2012. Jones will propose to teach a course in international business communication while visiting overseas, according to Fiacco.

The students’ visit to the United States will be highlighted by visits to Niagara Falls, Lake Placid, the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks. Students will also have the chance to experience many local businesses and events including visits to the Canton Farmer’s Market, North Country Public Radio, the Frederick Remington Art Museum, and the annual Potsdam Festival.

In addition to off-campus excursions, students will enjoy the College’s new Roos House athletic facility, movies, campus barbecues and bonfires among other activities. Students will also take part in two American Family Nights, where families around the North Country welcome the visiting students to their homes for dinner, take them out for ice cream, and introduce them to American customs and traditions.

Following the end of the program, the students will spend their final four days in the United States in New York City.

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

 

SUNY Canton Welcomes New Study Abroad Program

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

AUBiH LogoA new study abroad experience in the Balkans will immerse SUNY Canton students in a part of the world famous for its traditional religious diversity and long and rich history.

The College’s School of Business and Liberal Arts, as well as the Canino School of Engineering Technology, have implemented a study abroad program with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) beginning in the 2011-12 academic year.

“Through conversations I’ve had with students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I’ve learned how much they’ve valued their experience and how much they’ve learned about better serving the global community,” President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “We are now able to offer our students this same opportunity and the chance to work with the wonderful faculty and staff members at the university. As our two institutions continue to build upon the relationship we have with each other, the biggest benefactors will be our students.”

Students can spend a summer, a semester or an entire year abroad at AUBiH’s Sarajevo campus. Because of the College’s dual degree program with AUBiH, students studying legal studies, finance or information technology will be encouraged to take part because of the ease of course selection. Those interested in science, humanities, history and other related disciplines should also consider participation in the study abroad program. Students who are eligible to apply for the program are sophomores with a 2.7 GPA or higher.

Bosnia

Students from other SUNY institutions as well as private colleges and universities can also participate in the program. SUNY Canton is the only school in the SUNY system to offer a study abroad program in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Many of our students have expressed a sincere interest in this program,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Becoming immersed in another culture, no matter how long, can be a life-changing experience. It gives students a different perspective on global business and politics, as well as the global economy. Employers love to see students who embrace opportunities such as this because they understand how invaluable the experience is.”

The institutions’ relationship dates back to 2006, when discussions began about SUNY Canton offering AUBiH students a summer abroad program. Since, the College has developed a dual degree program with AUBiH that allows students to remain in Bosnia and Herzegovina while taking SUNY Canton courses, delivered in an asynchronous online format, in order to earn degrees from both the College and AUBiH.

AUBiH students can earn bachelor’s degrees from the College in finance, information technology, and legal studies. President Kennedy recently traveled to AUBiH to graduate SUNY Canton’s second class of students earning dual degrees from both institutions. The number of students in the program has more than tripled in its second year with close to 70 students graduating in 2011, compared to 21 in 2010.

Students interested in the program should visit www.canton.edu/international/study_abroad.html or contact Fiacco at 315-386-7608 or fiaccom@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton Students Inducted into Golden Key Honour Society

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Marela Fiacco congratulates a Golden Key inductee.

The Golden Key International Honour Society recently inducted SUNY Canton’s top four-year students.

“I congratulate each of our Golden Key Honor Society students for their success and commitment to their SUNY Canton Education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I further encourage them to take the knowledge that they have acquired here and use it to create a plan to fulfill their dreams.”

The top 15 percent of third and fourth-year students in each of the College’s bachelor’s degree programs were invited to join the Honour Society during SUNY Canton’s inaugural induction ceremony.

Among the students inducted were:

  • Katelyn D. Anthony, a Criminal Investigation major from Spencerport, N.Y. Anthony is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Ryan P. Barry, an Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Canton, N.Y. Barry is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Adam M. Benedict, a Legal Studies major from Norfolk, N.Y. Benedict is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Rebecca R. Blackmer, a Finance major from Colton, N.Y. Blackmer is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Jamie L. Blauvelt, a Criminal Investigation major from Berkshire, N.Y. Blauvelt is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Dawn M. Bogdan, a Management major from Cortland, N.Y. Bogdan is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Daniel P. Bovay, an Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Massena, N.Y. Bovay is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Joshua T. Burgert, a Criminal Investigation major from Middlesex, N.Y. Burgert is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Kenneth A. Burwell, a four-year Nursing major from Gouverneur, N.Y. Burwell is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Emily E. Bush, a Sports Management major from Ogdensburg, N.Y. Bush is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Erick Cox, an Energy Management major from Buffalo, N.Y. Cox is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Brianna L. Daniels, a Finance major from Philadelphia, N.Y. Daniels is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Alicia M. Fefee, a Criminal Investigation major from Norwood, N.Y. Fefee is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Jenessa M. Fenton, a Health Care Management major from Ogdensburg, N.Y. Fenton is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Matthew J. Foote, an Energy Management major from Norfolk, N.Y. Foote is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • William R. Francis, a Criminal Investigation major from Albion, N.Y. Francis is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Loretta L. House, a Legal Studies major from Canton, N.Y. House is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Evan Johnson, an Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Cooperstown, N.Y. Johnson is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Melissa M. Keller, and Health Care Management major from Tonawanda, N.Y. Keller is scheduled to graduate in December 2011.
  • Jenean A. Love, a Legal Studies major from Groveland, N.Y. Love is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Sally E. MacDonald, a Management major from Richville, N.Y. MacDonald is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Bradley W. Marmon, an Energy Management major from Forestport, N.Y. Marmon is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Krista M. Marshall, a Criminal Investigation major from Canton, N.Y. Marshall is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Justin C. Martin, a Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Lowville, N.Y. Martin is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Matthew D. Merritt, a Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Remsen, N.Y. Merritt is scheduled to graduate in December 2011.
  • John S. Nemeth, a Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Glenfield, N.Y. Nemeth is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Jessica L. Noble, a Management major from Granville, N.Y. Noble is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Diana R. Norman, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from Canton, N.Y. Norman is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Lee J. Numbers, a Management major from Galway, N.Y. Numbers is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Jana L. Pasquarella, a Dental Hygiene major from Schenectady, N.Y. Pasquarella is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Kasey L. Penoyer, a Dental Hygiene major from Fabius, N.Y. Penoyer is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Nathaniel R. Pietropaolo, a Criminal Investigation major from Rochester, N.Y. Pietropaolo is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Heather E. Reszka Miller, a Funeral Services Management major from Longmont, Colo. Reszka Miller is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Michael D. Rittberg, a Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Laguna Hills, Calif. Rittberg is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Sean M. Robinson is an Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Redwood, N.Y. Robinson is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Ashley M. Savino is a Criminal Investigation major from Auburn, N.Y. Savino is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Chris D. Trombley is an Energy Management major from Champlain, N.Y. Trombley is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Barry A. Wells is a Legal Studies major from Riverton, NJ. Wells is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.
  • Michael J. Wilson is a Management major from Kinderhook, N.Y. Wilson is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Matthew J. Wissman is a Criminal Investigation major from Forestburgh, N.Y. Wissman is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
  • Christopher A. Yates is a Finance major from Gloversville, N.Y. Yates is scheduled to graduate in May 2011.

 

Golden Key International Honour Society was founded in 1977. There are approximately 375 chapters worldwide. In New York, there are Golden Key Chapters at Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, the University at Buffalo, United States Military Academy at West Point, Columbia University, among many other State University of New York and private colleges.

 

SUNY Canton Partners with the International Institute for Health Sciences

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

SUNY Canton’s newest partnership will have an international impact on the healthcare profession.

Students from the International Institute for Health Sciences (IIHS) in Sri Lanka will be coming to Northern New York to earn degrees in the physical therapist assistant program at the College.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently signed the memorandum of cooperation linking the two universities.

“Our latest expansion into international learning programs fits with our mission and the State University of New York’s plan to increase international educational opportunities,” said Kennedy. “The demands of this field include providing the global healthcare profession with students who have gained international perspective and experience.”

Students enrolled in the program will attend IIHS for two years before traveling to the United States to complete an additional year at SUNY Canton, which will include a semester of clinical instruction. The students will graduate with an associate degree. The first graduating class is scheduled to take part in SUNY Canton’s commencement exercises in May 2013.

Deborah Molnar, assistant professor and physical therapist assistant program director, noted the collaboration between the two institutions was set in motion more than a year and a half ago. “Our students and theirs will mutually benefit from working with each other,” she said. “Student’s knowledge of the science and practice of the program will expand, aiding the professional practice both locally and internationally.”

President Joseph L. Kennedy signing the IIHC agreement with Marela Fiacco, and Deborah Molnar.

Pictured is SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy signing the IIHC agreement with Marela Fiacco, director of international programs, and Deborah Molnar, PTA program director.

The College has partnered with several international universities in recent years, but the agreement with IIHS is the first of its kind for SUNY Canton. The College’s other international partnerships offer online bachelor’s degree programs that give students the opportunity to earn dual degrees from SUNY Canton and their home institution.

“The new partnership will bring even more international students to our area,” said Marela Fiacco, director of international programs. “Each time we partner with other colleges overseas, we increase the diverse learning experiences available to our students.”

The International Institute for Health Sciences is a healthcare training organization whose mission is to bring innovation to healthcare training, infuse the traditional values of professionalism, while adhering to international training standards to improve the quality of lives of healthcare professionals. The Institute partnered with SUNY Canton and other international organizations to provide solutions to the global need of well-educated professionals working in healthcare.

This cooperation came about through SUNY Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs Mitch Leventhal and his contact Priyanthi Dissanayake, a guidance counselor and foreign university placement adviser. Dissanayake works with institutions in Sri Lanka to bring them together with Colleges in the United States.

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

Study Abroad Fair at SUNY Canton, Sept. 22

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

The SUNY Canton Office of International Programs at SUNY Canton will be holding a Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 on the first floor of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Representatives from six SUNY colleges and universities offering study abroad programs will be available to share the opportunities to take courses overseas.

For more information, please contact the SUNY Canton Office of International Programs at 386-7608 or email fiaccom@canton.edu

SUNY currently offers more than 400 overseas study programs in more than 50 countries: in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Programs range from 2 to 3 week intensive courses to a semester or academic year abroad.

International Students Arrive at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

More than 50 international students have begun their American education at SUNY Canton.

Students and faculty members from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBIH), Dnipropetrovs’k State University in Internal Affairs in Ukraine, Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute in Russia, and Lomonsov Moscow State University in Russia arrived in Canton on Sunday, July 11.

Moscow State student works with Edouard Mafoua after class.

Hoon Suk Choi, an international student from Moscow State University works with SUNY Canton associate professor of economics Edouard K. Mafoua after class. Choi originally hails from South Korea.

“We provide a rewarding educational experience for these students that allows them to remain with their peers while they are immersed in a new culture and environment,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “We have developed outstanding international educational relationships with these students, faculty members and colleges. Our partnerships with institutions around the world are strengthened by the experiences these students have while on campus and in our community.”

Students from AUBIH have already begun their work for the summer program, taking part in SUNY Canton’s dual degree program with their institution. Students took two hybrid courses, risk management and ethics, via videoconferencing for the three weeks prior to coming to the College. They will finish their coursework while at SUNY Canton and are scheduled to graduate in 2011. They will be the second class from AUBIH to graduate from SUNY Canton, with the first class receiving their diplomas this past May.

Kazan State students take look at items at the Farmer's Market.

Kazan State Finance and Economic Institute students Liubov Mironova, Ruslan Tukhvatullin, Raili Nuretdinova, and their chaperone Dina Urazmetova look at handmade gifts by Caroline Leakey at the Canton Farmers Market.

Both Russian institutions will have students taking part in two programs: Global Finance, Economics and Culture, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) and Culture. The Global Finance program was developed in conjunction with Moscow State University and will feature lectures focusing on financial management and global economics topics followed by workshops examining case studies and business application.

It’s the first time SUNY Canton has partnered with Dnipropetrovs’k State University in Internal Affairs in Ukraine. The students from Ukraine will take part in the American Legal and Criminal Justice System Program, which will reviews the American legal system, the foundation of American law as well as the criminal justice system and the role it plays in the American legal system. The lectures will be integrated with the visits to courts and other local authorities for practical portion of the program.

The students from Russia and Ukraine will earn certificates for completions of their respective courses at the summer program’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, July 29.

Students from each of the programs will also have the chance to immerse themselves in the North Country and the American way of life. In addition to the daily excursions for their respective programs, students will visit local businesses and farmers markets, the Remington Art Museum, the 1000 Islands, and The Wild Center in the Adirondacks. The students will also travel to Niagara Falls and Lake Placid and will conclude their experience with a four day trip to New York City.

Another part of the cultural experience is American Family Night, where families around the North Country welcome the visiting students to their homes for dinner, take them out for ice cream, and introduce them to American customs and traditions.

“These summer programs are rare on college campuses because of the time commitment, but we’re lucky to have some wonderful faculty and staff who spend so much of their time off working to make this such a great opportunity for both SUNY Canton and the students,” Fiacco said. “We are grateful for the people in this community who understand the value of this program, because it’s their passion that has kept it a successful one for the last several years.”

The international summer programs began in 2006 with an inaugural group of students from Moscow State University. Since, Fiacco said the number of programs offered has increased, as have the number of institutions who participate each year.

“One of the best parts is seeing all the students come together,” Fiacco said. “Last year, students from each country would have their own barbecues, and then they began inviting each other to them. They set up soccer and basketball games, pitting one country against another, and had so much fun. It was inspiring to watch them grow as a group together and knowing it was because of their experience here at SUNY Canton.”

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