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SUNY Canton Announces Varsity eSports Program

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

SUNY Canton eSports LogoSUNY Canton announced today the college will begin competing nationally in eSports this spring. The college will become the first New York State eSports team to join the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming.

“Similar to traditional athletics, eSports will provide our students with new and enhanced opportunities for competitive excellence, academic achievement, and commitment to community and service,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Membership on a varsity collegiate sports team is an extremely rewarding experience, so being able to expand those opportunities, including to online students, combined with the type of high achievers we will attract, makes this a fantastic addition to our college.”

Plans for the eSports team include specialized computer stations for practice and competition located in a newly designed gaming area in Nevaldine Hall. Additionally, the college plans to develop an eSports wing in a residence hall with a gaming computer area adjacent to student’s rooms. The eSports wing would be similar to the college’s current Pet Friendly wing where academic interests and lifestyles intersect with themed residential living.

A student sits behind dual computer screens.

SUNY Canton Game Design and Development major and eSports athlete Emily A. Oeser of Canajoharie in the college’s Digital Studio and Game Lab.

“The timing of our eSports program corresponds perfectly with our newly announced majors in Game Design and Development, Technological Communication, Cybersecurity and Graphic and Multimedia Design,” said Michael J. Newtown, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Being able to offer opportunities in eSports will undoubtedly assist in recruiting efforts to attract top students to a wide variety of majors. We are also looking forward to extending these opportunities to online students, so they can become more involved in eSports and athletics.”

As a spectator event, eSports is experiencing unparalleled growth in popularity.  According to Newzoo, a market research firm specializing in digital gaming, 22 percent of American male millennials watch eSports, which is essentially on par with viewership numbers for baseball and hockey. Women are also increasingly becoming interested in gaming: statistics indicate 38 percent of eSports fans are female.

President Szafran envisions three types of competitive teams at SUNY Canton: traditional varsity athletics, eSports and A-Sports. A-Sports stands for Academic Sports and would include teams like the school’s Steel Bridge Team, which competes in bridge building competitions regionally and nationally each year.

“Students on teams generally experience more academic success, are more likely to graduate and have more satisfying college experiences,” said Szafran, who points out current student-athlete grade point averages tend to be higher than non-student-athletes. “We continue to look for more and more opportunities like this to promote the education and development of our students, build school pride, and develop leadership, sportsmanship and character-building.”

eSports teams are already forming on campus to compete in games such as “League of Legends,” “HearthStone” and “Overwatch.” Those three games are organized and supported by NACE. SUNY Canton is also among a sizable group of colleges and universities working with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) to form leagues and competitions in competitive games such as EA Sports titles “FIFA” and “Madden NFL.” ECAC competition may also begin as soon as this spring.

“Prior to any official announcement, we already had more than 40 students on campus express interest in joining the eSports program,” said eSports Head Coach Robert J. Snow, who is an Instructional Support Assistant in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “I’ve also met numerous prospective students at admissions open houses who are ready to commit to SUNY Canton because of our new eSports program.”

First-year student Emily A. Oeser from Canajoharie has decided to pursue a degree in Game Design and Development while joining the eSports team. She has helped organize current students and looks forward to competing at the varsity level.

“After originally considering a musical career, I’ve decided instead to enroll in the Game Design and Development major,” said Oeser. “Being able to represent SUNY Canton and compete against other schools will be a fantastic experience. I can’t wait.”

Current and prospective students who are interested in learning more about joining SUNY Canton’s eSports program should contact eSports Head Coach Rob Snow (snow117@canton.edu, 315-742-7806.)

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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 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 joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

Construction Executive Speaks at SUNY Canton March 29

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Ed BedellThe president and CEO of COP Construction will be presenting at SUNY Canton as part of the college’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Edward Bedell is a 1969 alumnus who has established a successful career in construction project management. He is scheduled to speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Nevaldine Hall Room 102. Leadership Lecture Series presentations are free and open to the public.

“We are very fortunate that we are able to bring in established, professional, alumni who demonstrate the strengths of the applied education offered at SUNY Canton,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Mr. Bedell is a perfect example of how a student can start here and go anywhere.”

Newtown said Bedell’s lecture would be of interest to students in a variety of the college’s engineering technology or STEM related fields and will also appeal to management students from the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Bedell took ownership of COP Construction after working as the company’s Vice President of Operations. COP specializes in bridges, dams, concrete structures, water, sanitary sewer and storm drain utilities, water and sanitary sewer treatment plants, containment ponds, subdivisions, general site work, and recreational facilities.

He oversees operations in Montana, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. The company employs between 200 and 350 full-time personnel and is widely recognized as a leading construction company in its region.

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 at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Canino School of Engineering Technology Open House Draws Future Students

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

More than 200 guests attended SUNY Canton’s third Engineering Open House, held Tuesday evening in Nevaldine Hall.

Faculty and students from the Canino School of Engineering Technology prepared more than 20 hands-on demonstrations. Guests could drive robots, take thermal images, learn to solder and crack computer passwords, among other activities.

Teams of two work to build their vehicles for the engineering challenge. Each team was given an assortment of supplies and craft items to build a vehicle capable of racing down a zip line.

Teams of two work to build their vehicles for the engineering challenge. Each team was given an assortment of supplies and craft items to build a vehicle capable of racing down a zip line.

“Our students are very proud of what they do here,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “They love showing the world what they’ve learned and how they learned it.”

Contestants prepare to launch their hand-built zip line racers in the annual engineering challenge.

Contestants prepare to launch their hand-built zip line racers in the annual engineering challenge.

The annual engineering competition challenged students from area schools to build the fastest zip-line vehicle using an assortment of objects. Participants in two age groups quickly assembled their racers in about 20 minutes. The thirty duos then raced to the finish line for prizes, ranging from model rocket kits to $1,300 scholarships to SUNY Canton.

Otis J. Edwards, a SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology major from Peru, demonstrates soldering.

Otis J. Edwards, a SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology major from Peru, demonstrates soldering.

Coinciding with the open house, the college held a career fair which brought in representatives from about 25 different companies. Students from all levels of education came prepared with resumes looking for internships and employment.

Kevin J. LaJuett, a 1988 alumnus, and Jeffrey P. Carpenter from the New York State Department of Transportation speak with Barandyk Nurdinova, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Canton at the college’s career fair.

(l to r) Kevin J. LaJuett, a 1988 alumnus, and Jeffrey P. Carpenter from the New York State Department of Transportation speak with Barandyk Nurdinova, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Canton at the college’s career fair.

The Engineering Open House event serves to introduce younger students to STEM fields and helps them discover their technical ability and creativity. The college receives support from Corning Incorporated Foundation to hold the event.

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 at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Announces New Four-Year Game Design Program

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran has announced that the college has received approval to offer a new four-year Game Design and Development program.

“We are offering a comprehensive program focusing on the design and production of modern video games,” Szafran said. “This new area of study is a solid and logical development for our college.”

Gaming students

The new Bachelor of Science degree is the first of several new academic offerings created by the college’s professional faculty members to continue the college’s growth and expansion. It stands alongside 22 other career-driven four-year programs.

“Students will learn the most recent technologies, and programming skills to create video games on multiple platforms and devices,” said Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean Michael J. Newtown. “In addition to theoretical learning, students will have plenty of hands-on experience creating video games.”

Approximately half of men and a comparable number of women say they play video games on a computer, TV, game console, or mobile device according to Pew Research Center data. Two-thirds of young adults, or those of traditional college age, said they play video games.

Beyond popularity, the college looked at potential employment opportunities for students after graduation while assembling the proposal for the new program. A 2014 economic impact study conducted by Economists Incorporated showed that the video game industry increased in size by more than nine percent, or four times the growth rate of the U.S. economy, between 2009 and 2012.

Students gaming on laptops

“We are joining a multi-billion dollar industry,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “The students in the Game Design program will gain marketable high-tech knowledge and skills that will be beneficial to their careers and entrepreneurial endeavors.”

The program has been approved by SUNY and the New York State Department of Education. It will complement the Graphic and Multimedia Design and Information Technology programs, as well as existing courses taught in multiple disciplines.

Students can begin in the Game Design and Development program (www.canton.edu/csoet/game/) at the start of the Fall 2017 semester. The SUNY Canton Office of Admissions will begin accepting applications for the much-anticipated program immediately. To apply, visit www.canton.edu/apply. For more information about applying, call 1-800-388-7123 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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Honors Convocation Named for Retired SUNY Canton Professor Sheldon Katz

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Sheldon KatzSUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt has announced that the college’s 2016 Honors Convocation has been named in honor of Professor Emeritus Sheldon Katz.

“Professor Katz is one of the premiere examples of an extraordinary SUNY Canton educator,” Scheidt said. “He used his professional experience as a professional engineer to enhance his students learning opportunities. He embodies the hands-on spirit we infuse in our courses.”

More than 150 students will receive academic awards at Honors Convocation this year. The event will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Katz began his 28-year career at SUNY Canton in 1969 as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Technology. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1972, and Professor in 1975. He retired from SUNY Canton in 1997.

Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology was one of Katz’s students.

Sheldon Katz“Sheldon demanded high standards from his students without ever saying a single word about why we should strive for success,” Newtown said. “His lessons made me successful throughout my life. I try to instill the same sense of responsibility in my students.”

During his time at the College, Katz was chair of the Mechanical Engineering Technology department and was the advisor to the Delta Kappa Sigma fraternity from 1981 to 1992. He participated in the faculty exchange program with Norwich City College in England in 1995. He was an actor for Music Theatre North and a regular participant and board member of the Grasse River Players.

After retirement, Katz moved to Maryland with his wife, Barbara. He briefly tutored at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md. He is a member of North Country Public Radio, the Annapolis Traditional Dance Society, the Dover, Del., English Country Dancers and the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. He participates in the Acoustic Jam in Laurel, Md.

“This was certainly an unexpected honor,” Katz said. “I loved my time at SUNY Canton and I loved working with the students. It’s always a pleasure to come back and I’m looking forward to sharing a day with the top students at the college.”

Prior to his celebrated career at SUNY Canton, Katz served in the US Army, active duty, from 1955 to 1957, and in reserve duty from 1957 to 1963. He graduated with his Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from City College of New York in 1963, and his Masters in Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1970. In college, he was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, and president of Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honor society.

Katz was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers with professional experience as a Senior Engineer at General Dynamics in the Electronics Division and as a Project Engineer at Esso Research and Engineering Co.

 

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.

CEO of C&S Companies Speaks at SUNY Canton, March 21

Monday, March 14th, 2016

trimbleJohn Trimble, the President and CEO of C&S Companies in Syracuse, will be the next featured speaker in SUNY Canton’s Leadership Lecture Series.

Trimble will be presenting at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, in Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 218. All of the Leadership Lecture Series presentations are free and open to the public.

SUNY Canton has a well-established connection with Trimble and C&S Companies. The engineering, architecture, planning and construction service provider was responsible for consulting and other services for the college’s new footbridges, the renovation of the college’s four original residence halls, as well as the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

“In addition to being active advisors for several of our programs, C&S has hired many of our alumni,” said Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Mr. Trimble is sure to start a great conversation on how to start and advance a career in the engineering technology fields.”

Trimble began his career with C&S in 1990. He is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s design and construction projects and staff. He has also served as the company’s vice president, managed the industrial facilities design group, worked as a general manager for the construction management group, and was a design engineer in the transportation design group, among other positions.

He’s a professional engineer and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (commonly known as LEED) accredited professional.

About C&S Companies

Founded in 1968, C&S Companies has an annual revenue exceeding $100 million and employs more than 450 professional staff. The company’s main service areas are centered on facilities, aviation, surface transportation, environmental, site development, technology solutions, land use and market strategies, construction & program management, and construction services. C&S primarily serves local, state, and federal governments; industry and manufacturing; and private businesses.

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 Math Instructor Receives Chancellor’s Award for Adjunct Teaching

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Fred SaburroA passionate and creative math instructor from SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology will be receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching for the 2015-16 academic year.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced Frederick W. Saburro was one of the recipients of the annual award, which recognizes consistently superior teaching. Saburro will receive his ceremonial medallion and faculty recognition at SUNY Canton’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony, held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in the SUNY Canton Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

“Adjunct faculty are a critical component as SUNY seeks to ensure access, completion, and success for all students, and those honored with this year’s award are the best of the best,” Zimpher said. “Congratulations to all of the faculty receiving this award, which recognizes continued excellence in providing SUNY students with effective, motivational instruction that prepares them for success in college and career.”

Saburro has taught mathematics for almost twelve years and he’s also been tutoring in the Math and Science Lab for the last two years. Despite having already completed his Master of Science degree in secondary mathematics, he has participated in several classes at SUNY Canton to become a better teacher and tutor.

“Mr. Saburro is a dedicated teacher who spends nearly all of his time and energy teaching and tutoring,” President Zvi Szafran said. “He is single-minded on the success of all students.”

The adjunct instructor recently secured a SUNY Canton College Foundation Campus Enhancement Award to help fund peer tutors. He has also won two awards from students involved with Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society.

“Teaching is a collaboration between teachers, students, administration and staff, Saburro said. “That’s what makes it so much fun and exciting.”

According to Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology, Saburro has been a model adjunct instructor. “His passion for teaching allows students to see the exciting side of mathematics,” he said.

Saburro is also the faculty liaison for the men’s baseball team. He will be travelling with the players to Puerto Rico for the Clemente Cup Thursday, March 3.

Prior to teaching at SUNY Canton, Saburro taught middle and high school mathematics for the Schenectady City School District and taught college preparatory math in Jamaica.

He resides in Colton with his wife Hyacinth.

 

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 Open House Welcomes Future Engineering Students of All Ages

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

The college meets future students, and employers seek college graduates during the second-annual Engineers Week celebration.

Aaron Clark traveled to SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House from Saranac Lake with one goal in mind – to win the Corning Incorporated Foundation  sponsored scholarship at the bridge building contest.

He and his partner, Jacy Thompson, accomplished that objective and both walked away with the coveted $1,300 scholarship to the college. Clark and Thompson assembled pipe cleaners, Popsicle sticks, straws and plastic lacing to span a clear plastic bin. Judges then loaded two kilograms of weight onto the bridge and measured how much the laden bridge deflected, or bowed, under the strain.

Across the crowded classroom of about 60 young students, Naomi Crowell of Canton and Grace Sawyko of Pierrepont were skeptical about the appearance of their bridge, but their colorful creation earned the top spot in their section of the competition. The two excited 12-year-olds walked away with matching Lego Mindstorms kits they can use to build and program their own robots.

Aaron Clark and Jacy Thompson construct their winning bridge during the competition at SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

Aaron Clark and Jacy Thompson construct their winning bridge during the competition at SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

“We really want the public to bridge the future with us at SUNY Canton,” said Michael Newtown, Interim Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “We love to open the doors to our great facility to show people what we do. It’s very important that we reach out to students at a younger age so they can discover their technical ability and their creativity.”

Right next to the bridge competition, members of the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Chapter (commonly known as the Steel Bridge Team) practiced with their much larger model bridge. The college’s bridge will also be measured for deflection, among other criteria, when the team faces off against other colleges and universities at the upcoming annual competition.

Dakota Way and Brittany LaForty hold their prizes at the end of the bridge building competition during SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

Dakota Way and Brittany LaForty hold their prizes at the end of the bridge building competition during SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

Both faculty and students from the engineering technology curricula assisted Newtown with the event. Guests could see a faculty member’s custom-built industrial lumber processor, experiment with 3D technologies, participate in water-quality testing, and witness many of the resources available at the college.

Now in its second year, Engineers Week, and the Engineering Open House exposes the public to the fun side of the Canino School of Engineering Technology and offers current SUNY Canton students the chance to meet up with employers recruiting from their fields of study.

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A group of onlookers watch a student-run Lego Mindstorms robotics demonstration at SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

“Seventy percent of our technicians come from SUNY Canton,” said Kyle R. Hartford, of Novelis, an Oswego-based rolled aluminum manufacturer. “If you graduate from Mechanical [Engineering Technology] or Electrical [Engineering Technology] you are pretty much guaranteed a job.”

About 20 different employers attended and spoke with students about their plans after graduation. New this year, representatives from General Electric (GE) in Schenectady attended the Engineers Week Career fair. “There are degree programs here that do apply directly to what we are looking for,” said Vernon Estes, a senior manufacturing engineer for GE.

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Vernon Estes, a Senior Manufacturing Engineer from General Electric speaks with Riley P. Taylor, a SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Major from Port Kent.

Other companies and organizations in attendance included New York State Electric and Gas, with representatives looking for students from the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program, among others, and the New York State Department of Transportation, with personnel seeking applicants from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program, among others.

 

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 to Award Scholarships, Prizes at Engineering Open House

Monday, February 15th, 2016

SUNY Canton will award two $1,300 scholarships and other prizes during a community open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Engineers Day 2016

The event, sponsored by the Corning Inc. Foundation, is free and open to students of all ages and their parents. Activities will include a construction competition where teams of two will put their engineering skills to the test to build the sturdiest bridge. The first place team in the 9th to 12th grade category will each win a $1,300 scholarship. The second place team will receive waived tuition deposits, and the third place team will each win a $25 campus gift card.

Prizes for the 5th to 8th grade and kindergarten to 4th grade groups will include Lego Mindstorms and Technic kits, a Miposaur robot, and K’NEX construction sets.

There will also be more than 15 fun, hands-on demonstrations that will provide a unique glimpse into the college’s engineering technology programs. Guests will be able to construct and program Lego robots, communicate with lasers, experiment with a 3-D projector and more.

“This event is designed to bridge SUNY Canton to the community by allowing everyone to experience the fun of being an engineer,” explained Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “We encourage everyone to join us and explore the high-tech resources we have on campus.”

Newtown added that students from the college’s award-winning steel bridge team will showcase past and future designs. Since 1995 the team has garnered 15 regional titles and one national title.

The college is also sponsoring a dinner for high school technology teachers from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Activities will include tours, a guest lecture and demonstrations.

Both events are being held in conjunction with National Engineers Week Feb. 21-27, which is dedicated to increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.

To register for either event, visit www.canton.edu/engineers/ or contact the college’s Career Services Office at (315) 386-7119.

 

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.

Career-Driven Bachelor Degree Programs Gain Initial Accreditation at SUNY Canton

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s most recent bachelor’s degree programs received initial accreditation by ABET, the premiere engineering and engineering technology accrediting body.

Civil and Environmental Technology, Electrical Technology and Mechanical Technology all underwent a full site review by ABET accreditors last fall. The accreditation is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2012.

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Pictured are (l to r) Garrett R. Richards of Potsdam, Civil and Environmental Technology program director Adrienne C. Rygel and Codi D. McKee of Barker collecting water samples from the Grasse River on the SUNY Canton campus.

“Accreditation really helps establish the quality and value of these programs,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “It is further evidence that our programs have met the standards necessary to produce well-qualified graduates who are prepared to enter their chosen careers.”

All three programs began in 2010 and boast a 100 percent placement rate for graduates. Most new hires within these fields are earning salaries of more than $50,000 annually.

“The four-year educational tracks were developed to build upon SUNY Canton’s strong, ABET accredited, associate degree programs,” said Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Students have advanced career mobility through our four-year programs.”

Civil and Environmental Technology

The four-year program builds upon the existing two-year Civil Engineering Technology program with more advanced structural design courses, practical industry skills and technology, and add an entirely new environmental component to the program according to Program Director and Associate Professor Adrienne C. Rygel, Ph.D. “Students build upon their classes in the natural sciences to tackle real-life problems,” she said. “They study water and soil pollution and determine responses to remediate contamination.”

Some students are studying the environmental impact of mining in Pyrates. They take field samples to test the water quality and then draft an environmental site impact statement. Other students are surveying a site and creating a plan for residential development in the area, including the design for the homes.

The career outlook in the area of civil engineering technology is expected to remain constant through 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The career outlook for environmental technology and related careers is projected to grow approximately 18 percent, or faster than the average for all occupations, according to the BLS.

Electrical Technology

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Jordan Edwards of Brooklyn completes a circuit board for a radio in SUNY Canton’s Electrical Technology labs.

One of the benefits of ABET accreditation in the Electrical Engineering Technology program is students will be able to take the Fundamentals of Engineers examination toward their professional engineer license immediately after graduation, according to Program Director and Professor Stephen E. Frempong, Ph.D. “The program provides the opportunity for students to minor in mathematics, which helps when applying to graduate school or preparing to become a design engineer,” he said.

Students in the program are currently working on a radio frequency identification system that could be applied to a classroom setting as an attendance system, and a power generation method where waste heat is converted into usable electricity.

Electrical and electronics engineering technologists work closely with electrical engineers. They work primarily in manufacturing settings, research and development laboratories, and the utilities industry, according the BLS. The median annual wage for these positions is almost $58,000.

Mechanical Technology

Assistant Professor and Department Chairperson Director Daniel J. Miller noted that companies including Boeing, Corning Inc., Schneider Packaging and others have hired graduates from the four-year Mechanical Technology program. “Several students are continuing their education in doctorate programs studying biomedical engineering research fields,” he said. “Our program is unique in that students have several pathways to direct their career.”

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Elizabeth K. Brennan of Ogdensburg measures a piece of aluminum for a project in the four-year Mechanical Technology program at SUNY Canton.

Notably, students can study mechanical design, manufacturing robotics and building environmental controls. The program recently incorporated three-dimensional printers. Students have built several of these devices and have used the technology to print their own projects. Currently, students in the Engineering Club are designing a Baja off-road vehicle.

Mechanical engineering technologists assist with manufacturing processes or with development phases in research and development labs. Careers in the field are expected to grow through 2022, according to the BLS. There will be opportunities for students who can master new software and technology. The median annual wage for graduates is greater than $51,000.

About Accreditation

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by SUNY Canton meets high levels of quality. Members of the faculty, staff, and administration use the accreditation as a means to measure the effectiveness of programs and evaluate the quality of each major. The college first received ABET accreditation in 1950. Many of the two-year programs within the SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology were reaccredited by ABET in 2009.

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.