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Leading Environmental Activist Bill McKibben to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Bestselling author and climate change pioneer Bill McKibben will discuss the consequences of global warming at 6:30 p.m., April 1, in SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public.

McKibben has been on the forefront of environmental activism since the 1980s when his book “The End of Nature” brought the issue of global warming to the forefront of America’s consciousness. Since then, the book has been translated into 24 languages and has earned McKibben a place as a foremost authority on climate change.

Bill McKibben

The event is cosponsored by the SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series and the SUNY Canton Living Writers Series.

“Bill McKibben is one of the most persistent voices regarding greenhouse gases and climate change; his efforts at raising social awareness and political action go back thirty years,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Matthew J. Burnett, who created the Sustainability Lecture Series. “His dedication to international well-being is a model for us all.”

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series, added, “We are pleased to welcome Bill McKibben to SUNY Canton. His message on the pressing issue of climate change is one we all need to hear.”

Hailed by the Boston Globe as “probably the nation’s most important environmentalist,” McKibben is the founder of a massive grassroots climate change initiative,, which most notably led the charge against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. This campaign culminated in one of the largest U.S. acts of civil disobedience in thirty years with a protest against the pipeline in front of the White House.

McKibben is a recipient of the Gandhi Prize and Thomas Merton Award and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. He has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “The Colbert Report.”

He has authored more than a dozen books and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones and Rolling Stone, among others.

McKibben resides in Vermont and is a Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College. His most recent book, “Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist,” is a memoir about his personal crusade to build and preserve a sustainable planet.

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

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.

Sustainability Lecture Series Brings Environmental Experts to SUNY Canton

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Curtis StagerA renowned science journalist and paleoclimatologist will kick off the spring 2014 installment of the popular Sustainability Lecture Series at SUNY Canton.

Curt Stager, Ph.D., a professor of Natural Science at Paul Smith’s College, will discuss climate change at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Stager is the acclaimed author of several books, including “Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth,” and the co-host of NCPR’s “Natural Selections.” He was recently honored as New York State’s Professor of the Year, an award conferred by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

“Speakers this semester will address a multitude of topics ranging from renewable energy technologies and climate education to sustainable agriculture and invasive species,” said series creator Matthew J. Burnett, assistant professor of Graphic and Multimedia Design at SUNY Canton. “In an effort to bring awareness to the breadth and complexity of various sustainability issues, our speakers include professors, experts and thought leaders from across the public, private and corporate sectors.”

In a coordinated effort, experts will also appear at SUNY Potsdam and Paul Smith’s College throughout the semester to discuss environmental, economic and social challenges and solutions.

The series will culminate with collaborative discussions among students, faculty and staff at SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam and Paul Smith’s College. The round-table events will allow students to channel their knowledge, awareness and dialogue into sustainable action on campuses and in the North Country community. For more information about the series, contact Kelly Carter, sustainability coordinator for SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam, at (315) 386-7566 or


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.

Celebrated Sustainability and Environmental Advocates to Speak at SUNY Canton

Friday, January 18th, 2013

logo-lectureAn alumnus­ who has been featured in the New York Times will be returning to campus as part of SUNY Canton’s annual Sustainability Lecture series.


Richard A. Destito, a 1998 graduate of SUNY Canton and real estate investor and entrepreneur, will talk about changing the way people think and feel about urban living March 6. Destito has received local and national media attention for his creative approach to revitalizing one of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse.

“We use this series to raise campus and community awareness about environmental and sustainability issues and how they touch each and every one of us in our careers and lives,” said Matthew J. Burnett, assistant professor of Graphic and Multimedia Design at SUNY Canton, who created the series. “This year, the speaker lineup includes a SUNY Canton alumnus with a fresh take on community development in urban centers, and a new star in LEED architecture who works in the Adirondacks.”

Jesse Schwartzberg, founder of the Saranac Lake-based green design and consulting firm Black Mountain Design Build, will discuss “Making the Home That You Want with Maximum Energy Efficiency” March 20. Schwartzberg was a consultant on the first LEED-platinum status home in the Adirondacks.

All lectures will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in Nevaldine North, Room 102. Each event in the series is free and open to the public. Other guest presenters are:

  • Michael J. O’Connor, Ph.D., associate professor of Emergency Management at SUNY Canton, will discuss sustainability when rebuilding after a disaster Jan. 23.
  • Robin McClellan, an instructor in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program at SUNY Canton, will discuss “Sustainability as a Process, Not a Product” Jan. 30.
  • Jon Rosales, Ph.D., an associate professor of Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence University, will present a case study in sustainability science called “Can We Afford to Drill for Oil in the Melting Arctic?” Feb. 6.
  • Jerry J. Bartlett, learning systems manager at SUNY Canton, will offer a light-hearted examination of America’s eating habits and question whether expert diet recommendations are “sustainable” Feb. 13.
  • Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., associate professor of Business and Public Administration at SUNY Canton, will discuss sustainability lessons from Alexis de Tocqueville Feb. 20.
  • Matthew J. Burnett, an assistant professor in the Graphics and Multimedia Design program at SUNY Canton, will discuss the “Bureaucracy of Nature” March 13.
  • Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the Automotive program at SUNY Canton, will discuss advances in automotive technology that increase efficiency March 27.
  • Rich Douglass is the owner of Sow’s Ear Farm, a 160-acre nonelectric horse-powered subsistence farm in Hermon. He will talk about low-tech solutions for a post-carbon world April 3.
  • Richard Burns from National Grid will be speaking about reducing oil dependency April 17.
  • Nicholas C. Kocher, an assistant professor for Business and Public Administration at SUNY Canton, will discuss marketing sustainability April 24.

For more information about the events, contact Burnett at 386-7212 or


SUNY Canton Faculty Member Presents “E-Fraction” Art Exhibition at SUNY Potsdam

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

E-FractionTwo artists with ties to SUNY Canton will be using lights and snow as their paint and canvas at SUNY Potsdam.

Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett, who teaches in the graphic and multimedia design (GMMD) program, and Scott Fuller, a GMMD advisory board member and an associate professor at St. Joseph’s College of Maine, are presenting a new outdoor display as part of their collaborative “E-Fraction” exhibition.

The two artists are currently displaying their paintings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed media installations at SUNY Potsdam’s Gibson Gallery and will begin molding sculptural forms in snow on Monday, Jan. 30. SUNY Potsdam will host an artists’ reception to highlight the indoor and outdoor portions of the show at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Gibson Gallery. Their outdoor work will be illuminated nightly through Feb. 7 in the SUNY Potsdam Academic Quad. Both displays are free and open to the public.

“We have plenty of winter, plenty of snow and plenty of ice in our region,” Burnett said. “I love the idea of celebrating what is unusual and beautiful about winter rather than complaining about it. There is so much complexity and power in the way ice and snow form and dominate our environment.”

Last year, Burnett and Fuller used large snow sculptures as a canvas for moving projected images of their work at a large-scale St. Lawrence University installation. Their efforts were highlighted in the March 13, 2011 Boston Globe article, “Rethinking Snow.”

The pair first collaborated in 2006 to create a kinetic sculpture exhibition in Mt. Desert Island, Maine, and then again in 2008 at Saranac Lake’s winter carnival to create a large-scale interactive illuminated spiral ice structure. In addition to the St. Lawrence University exhibition, they presented their light and snow creations last year in Long Lake using old black-and-white photographs projected on their snow creations. Both artists have shown their work regionally and internationally.

Fuller said the exhibitions take a massive amount of coordination, cooperation, and direction from both artists. He and Burnett will be relying on students and faculty members from SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to help create the massive outdoor snow sculptures.

“Although we’ve worked collaboratively on large environmental exhibitions, we’ve only had one traditional indoor show together,” said Fuller. “We have lots of drawings, paintings and photographs that have been developed around these installations. Our gallery exhibition showcases over five years of working together.”

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


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.

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Two Artists Display Dueling Exhibitions at SUNY Canton

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Artists Jessica Jeffrey and Eric Ackerson have installed dueling exhibitions at SUNY Canton.

Jeffrey and Ackerson have hung their works as part of a “Double Spectrum” exhibition in the Wicks Hall stairway gallery space and in the Southworth Library as part of the SUNY Canton Visiting Artist series. Both artists will speak about their work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Wicks Hall Room 102. They will also offer a demonstration of their techniques from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Lab (Wicks Hall Room 213).

“We hold displays as part of our rapidly developing graphic and multimedia program,” said Assistant Professor Matthew Burnett, “Our students gain exposure to professional level art and design as a key part of their education.”

Jeffrey’s work relies a variety of traditional and mixed media printmaking processes. Her large works on paper explore images designed around the concept of the Tarot. Ackerson’s illustrations utilize the layering and appropriation of pop culture imagery to create humorous and disturbing compositions. Both artists utilize several photographic transfer processes in their work, reflecting a mixed-media approach combining traditional and contemporary processes.

The exhibitions will be on display through the summer.

Multimedia Artist Bennett Morris to Display and Present at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Multimedia artist Bennett Morris will be presenting his vision of congested atmospheres and savage ruins at SUNY Canton.

The Maine-based artist will be hosting a public lecture “Mixing Technology and Process” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in SUNY Canton’s Payson Hall Room 205.

“Dystopic Ornament,” by Bennett Morris, currently on display in the Wicks Hall stairway.

Morris uses technology to augment and create his work, which is routed in the physical tangible world. His eerie and seemingly post-apocalyptic landscapes are all created from photographs, and other mixed or multimedia creations. He integrates bright colors and multiple layers to create depth in his compositions.

During his visit, he will also be holding a special workshop on evolving digital patterns for Graphic and Multimedia Design (GMMD) students beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Wicks Hall 211.

“Bennett is an accomplished photographer, videographer and designer,” said GMMD Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett. “Our students can learn from his technical ability in conjunction with his uniquely defined voice in the visual arts.”

Morris’ work from his series “Dystopic Ornament” will be on display in a space set aside for large-scale artwork in the stairway connecting the Faculty Office Building and Wicks Hall.

“My studio practice is informed by the effects of our technological pursuits in relation to surveillance, romanticism and the ideas of ruin,” Morris said. “These ideas are expressed through a variety of media.”

Morris currently teaches printmaking, photography and design at St. Joseph’s College and the Maine College of Art. His presentation is part of an ongoing visiting artist initiative sponsored by SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

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

SUNY Canton Students “Roo-cycle” for America Recycles Day

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Volunteers will collect recyclables from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the residence halls.

Students will be rewarded for recycling at SUNY Canton.

For the second year, the College’s Office of Residence Life and the Green Campus Committee (GCC) are holding a “Roo-cycle Contest,” beginning at 4 p.m. Nov. 15 with recycling collection points outside each of the College’s four residence halls. The College orchestrated the two-day event to coincide with America Recycles Day.

The challenge encourages students to collect and donate redeemable bottles and cans, lightly worn clothing, electronics, books, and all other recyclable items. The students who collect the most recyclables will win a pizza party for their entire residence hall.

“We hold the Roo-cycle Contest as a fun way to promote life-long sustainability and recycling practices,” said Graphic and Multimedia Design Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett, who serves as Green Campus Committee (GCC) chair. “We are holding the competition in conjunction with the nationally-recognized America Recycles Day to help increase overall awareness about our efforts to be a greener College.”

Last semester’s competition collected about 2,900 redeemable recyclables, raising a total of $145 for the student-run Habitat for Humanity club. It also gathered about 580 clothing donations and more than 40 books.

The clothing collected this year will be donated to the Church and Community Program Center Thrift Shop in Canton and the books will be redistributed locally and international by the upstate New York-based company Textbook Recycle.

“Students were eager to participate when they realized their efforts were going toward a worthy cause,” said Christa Kelson, an assistant professor of accounting and GCC board member. “One student disassembled a sculpture made entirely of soda cans and donated them for the competition.”

America Recycles Day began in 1997. In 2009, the dedicated day featured 750 registered organizations conducting 2,375 events that involved 7,700 participating groups. The motto for the 2010 celebration is “I Recycle.”

The GCC works with the College’s Sustainability Taskforce to continue the culture of sustainability at SUNY Canton. SUNY Canton also participates in RecycleMania, an international competition for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities on their campus communities.

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

SUNY Canton Artist Exhibits at Saranac Lake Gallery

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

A SUNY Canton Faculty Member’s new work blends layers of natural chaos with artistic design.

Matthew J. Burnett, an Assistant Professor in the College’s graphic and multimedia design program, is currently displaying his most recent collaborative painting project “Clusterphobic” through July 26, at the 7444 Gallery in Saranac Lake.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Matthew J. Burnett puts the finishing touches on a one of his collaborative paintings currently on display in the 7444 Gallery in Saranac Lake.

His most recent work is about layers. Burnett and his colleague Scott Fuller have created a series of large-scale mixed media panel paintings inspired by the layering of beautiful or compelling patterns he’s observed during time spent in the Adirondacks. Fuller is department chair of the Visual Arts program at St. Joseph’s College in Maine and is an advisory committee member for SUNY Canton’s GMMD program.

“We are constantly trying new ways to push the mediums we work with to new levels,” Burnett said. “This body of work lends itself to innovation by its very nature. A natural occurring phenomenon like a pile of sticks, or the textures of a tree, can influence one of these pieces.”

Fuller prepares the base layer by silk-screening repeating patterns to a large panel. On a separate panel, Burnett paints his own compositions and physically cuts away areas to create negative space. The two panels are attached together to create an overall unified composition of the two artists’ work.

“We do not make matter, we collect and reassemble it,” Burnett said in a description of the show. “We do not materialize new relationships, we enable new expressions of what we have experienced.”

Also featured at the 7444 gallery is a community minded effort by Burnett and gallery director Todd Smith. The pair refurbished a vintage cigarette machine to dispense small pieces of artwork created by more than 20 regional artists. Each piece costs $1. The machine, loosely dubbed “Smokin’ Art,” is part of the burgeoning Saranac Lake Arts scene, and will be featured at various public locations during the “Third Thursday” celebrations.  “Saranac Lake is becoming a hub of contemporary and traditional artists, and I’m proud to be a part of it,” Burnett said.

One of the small works of art dispensed by a refurbished cigarette vending machine at the 7444 Gallery where Burnett is displaying.

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