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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’s Upward Bound Program Impacts Local Students

Monday, July 11th, 2011
Amber Arquette paints outside during Upward Bound's summer program.

Amber T. Arquette from Massena Central High School takes part in an art course during Upward Bound’s summer program.

Nearly 80 area high school students will spend five weeks of their summer vacation in SUNY Canton’s Upward Bound program. For two returning participants, the program has changed their lives.

Upward Bound, a federally-funded TRiO program, is designed to help first generation, low-income or at-risk high school students obtain the skills needed to earn a college degree. The five-week experience allows participants a chance to experience and acclimate to college life by taking classes, engaging in various educational extracurricular activities and living on-campus in the residence halls.

Kaleb D. Morrow-Simmons, Huevelton, and April A. VanOrman, Gouverneur, are spending their third and fourth summers, respectively, with Upward Bound at SUNY Canton. Both credit the program with providing them the guidance, direction and faith needed to become successful students and people.

“Upward Bound helped me realize my potential and aspire to become something great,” VanOrman said. “It has been a gateway for my future. It has been my savior.”

A music lover, VanOrman dreams of one day being an editor of a newspaper, magazine or publishing company. She is a music enthusiast and is a section leader in Gouverneur’s marching band, participates in jazz band and helps elementary school band members.

When Morrow-Simmons first attended Upward Bound, he admittedly was disinterested in school and learning. Upward Bound helped him mature and understand it was up to him to make the most of his education. When he isn’t studying, he volunteers at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, is a member of the Seaway Valley Screaming Eagles rocket team that competed at nationals this year, and tutors fifth graders during study halls.

“I always knew I wanted to go to college and that it would take a lot of hard work, but I didn’t know how to get myself there until I came to Upward Bound,” he said.

Students paint during Upward Bound's summer program.

The rising junior can’t decide between pursuing a career in the medical field or embracing his entrepreneurial side. Students in this year’s program will get a chance to hear about his business ideas in a seminar he is teaching with Upward Bound Instructional Director Hillary E. Wolfe.

“Each summer, I have the privilege of working with 80 students like Kaleb and April and witness a transformation within each of them,” Wolfe said. “It’s amazing how much they learn about themselves and their own abilities. By the end of the program, they understand that a successful future is both possible and inevitable because they are capable of achieving their dreams.”

High school students from Massena, Salmon River, Ogdensburg Free Academy, Gouverneur, Huevelton, Clifton-Fine, Parishville-Hopkinton, Canton, and Norwood-Norfolk take part in the program. Wolfe noted the program’s popularity has skyrocketed recently with a growing number of students placed on the waiting list each year.

VanOrman, Morrow-Simmons, and the other students will attend math, science, language, history and art-related classes each day. Special topic seminars such as ‘Life Skills Financial Tricks,’ environmental sustainability, people who have changed the world, learning to argue with style, social media, Business 101 for Entrepreneurs, social and professional networking and dining etiquette and elective classes will also be offered. All courses are taught by a number of SUNY Canton faculty and staff members as well as a few local educators.

Participants also enjoy a variety hour which includes watching foreign films, completing art projects, playing sports, visiting the public library, and volunteering. Other highlights include a social dance that was held on Thursday, July 7, the Wacky Olympics on Friday, July 15, an open house and family barbecue on Wednesday, July 27 and an awards dinner on Tuesday, August 2.

The program will conclude Friday, August 5 following a three-day trip to Boston for a whale watch excursion.


SUNY Canton to Host Camp Invention this Summer

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Camp Invention logoCreative children who enjoy inventing and hands-on projects will have a chance to showcase their talents this summer at SUNY Canton.

The College will be hosting Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, July 18-22 in the College’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The day camp program is for elementary students entering grades one through six.

“This program allows SUNY Canton to extend our reach beyond college-aged and non-traditional students and help young minds become forward thinkers,” said Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy, SUNY Canton president. “These children are the ones who will be researching, inventing and problem-solving in our classrooms and communities in the upcoming years. Providing Camp Invention to the area will give children a chance to see that science, math and technology can be, and is, fun.”

Camp Invention participants will have a unique opportunity to help cultivate the ideas critical to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by encouraging exploration and curiosity through exciting hands-on activities.

The camp includes five days filled with themed modules where participants will work in teams and explore, discover and create solutions to problems faced. Children will have a chance to present their findings and inventions to family and friends at the Inventors’ Showcase. Cost of the program is approximately $200 per child.

Ronald Tavernier, assistant professor of biology at SUNY Canton, and Mary Graham, a local parent, are coordinating the program site. Both are working with local business owners to raise funding that will assist those who may not be able to pay the entire cost of the program.

“Our goal is to get every child in the area who is interested in the program enrolled, regardless of cost,” Tavernier said. “We’re hopeful that we’ll raise enough funding and support from local community members to ensure everyone who is interested has a chance to participate.”

Local certified teachers and educators also have the opportunity to engage in the program. Tavernier and Graham are currently accepting applications for the director of the program as well as instructors. Young adults and college students looking to get involved can apply for a counselor position. Those interested in any position should apply no later than Friday, April 1.

Camper registration is now open and there are three ways to register: on-line at, by fax or mail, or by telephone at 1-800-968-4332. The registration fee is discounted by $25 until March 30. Space is limited.

For more information regarding applying for a position or making a contribution, please contact Tavernier at (315) 386-7986 or by e-mail at


International and High School Students Arrive at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Approximately 20 Bosnian students met their SUNY Canton professors in person for the first time when they started their on-campus classes on Monday, June 29.

Assistant Professor Charles Fenner, PhD., during a lecture in his finance class with students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Assistant Professor Charles Fenner, PhD., during a lecture in his finance class with students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“Our international program with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) has sent a group of students to our campus to participate in our international summer program,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This is the latest expansion of our international online partnership that allows students from several different countries to obtain SUNY Canton degrees in Finance and Information Technology.”

After a round of face-to-face introductions, the students got down to business in their classes with Assistant Professor Charles Fenner, PhD., the lead faculty member in the Finance program.

“The students started taking Human Resources Management and Business Ethics courses two weeks ago through video-delivered distance learning courses,” Fenner said. “The courses continue seamlessly now that they are here on campus.”

During their stay, the students will be immersed in special trips and activities including a July 4th barbeque and visits to Niagara Falls and New York City.

In addition to the students from AUBiH, more than 80 area high school students are moving into the College’s Residences to get their first glimpse at college life. The Upward Bound program started their unique summer classes designed to introduce first-generation college students to higher education.

“Students augment their high school studies with traditional courses ranging from English and science to art and fitness,” said Upward Bound Director Daun A. Martin. “Some junior and senior-level students even have the chance to take college courses through SUNY Canton OnLine before they graduate.”

Both groups will be joined by a group of 45 students from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia on Friday, July 3. Kennedy will be officially welcoming all of the international students at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 5, in Chaney Dining Center.

“We will also be hosting 19 Chinese Faculty members starting on July 17,” said Marela Fiacco, the College’s Coordinator of International Initiatives. “They will be learning about the College’s Early Childhood program and studying English as a second language.”

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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

International Students Visiting SUNY Canton This Summer

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Students from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia and Kherson State University in Ukraine will be coming to SUNY Canton and the college is looking for North Country families to host the international visitors on the weekends.

Approximately 15 students will be traveling from Russia and Ukraine to take summer classes from July 9 to August 17. During the week, the students will be living in the college’s residences.

“We are hoping that these students will be able to spend some weekends with families who have college-age children or high school seniors living at home,” said Jodi L. Revill, Special Assistant to the Provost. “By spending a few days with families from the community, these students will be totally immersed in our culture and learn even more from their experience here in the North Country.”

Specifically, the college is looking for host families for the weekends of July 27-29, August 3-5, and August 10-12.

This is the first international exchange built from SUNY Canton’s partnerships with Moscow State University and Kherson State University, according to Interim Provost Pauline A. Graveline.

“The students who are visiting the campus will potentially be future full-time SUNY Canton students,” Graveline said. “They will most likely take the dual-degree program from their home country, but they also have the option of attending SUNY Canton as on-campus students.”

Next year, the college plans to send students to Moscow State University so that on campus students from places including Syracuse, Massena, Potsdam, and New York City can travel abroad as part of their four year studies at SUNY Canton.

Families interested in hosting a summer student should contact Revill by email at, or by phone at 386-7303.