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Art Display to Light Up Grasse River

Friday, September 29th, 2017

The public is invited to attend a temporary art event that merges nature and technology on the Grasse River adjacent to the SUNY Canton campus.

The concept, according to artist and SUNY Canton Associate Professor Matthew J. Burnett, is to bring together the campus and surrounding community to watch the launch of 100 LED lighted miniature vessels on the river at approximately 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. The display, titled “Convergence,” will cap off the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley’s Sustainability Day, held at SUNY Canton.

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“Seeing so much polarity and division in contemporary society, not solely in environmental issues, but more specifically the politics of sustainability, national politics, social class, etc., I conceived this event as a means for people to come together,” Burnett said. “By holding it at the conclusion of the second annual Sustainability Day, I want to celebrate the continuing efforts and hard work of those participating in the furthering of sustainable culture.”

Burnett asks that observers gather at the pedestrian footbridge that connects the campus to the Grasse River island. The vessels are designed and fabricated by the artist and contain LED lights powered by an arduino processor, similar to the technology used in drones and remote control electronics. After the launch, they will be collected downstream.

“We’ve been culturally conditioned to separate “nature” from “technology,” but in a way of thinking, nature is the best example of technology,” Burnett added. “Any biological process that we observe represents 3.8 billion years of R&D.”

Burnett teaches in SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program and has previously created several environmental installations in Germany, New York, Maine and Nova Scotia.

The event is sponsored by the Associated Colleges, SUNY Canton’s Offices of the President and Provost, Clarkson University’s Office of Student Life and Engagement, and the University of Munich Applied Sciences.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Associated Colleges to Host Sustainability Day at SUNY Canton Sept. 29

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

The Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley will hold its annual Sustainability Day at SUNY Canton Friday, Sept. 29.

The event, which is free and open to the public, aims to create a culture of sustainability at the four colleges – Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam – in partnership with surrounding communities.

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Sustainability Day will begin at 1 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater with a welcome address by SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. There will also be a performance by Maia Weiss, a student at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

Breakout sessions beginning at 2 p.m. will cover a variety of environmental topics, including campus ecological design, invasive species eradication in Norwood Lake, composting, sustainability in theater production, Alaskan indigenous communities and climate change, water quality analysis of the Grasse River, a tree-planting event, and a laughter yoga workshop.

The keynote address, titled “The Real Human Being and Challenges to Our Survival in Today’s World,” will be delivered by Ilarion Merculieff from the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways at 3:30 p.m. in the Kingston Theater. Merculieff has served as an advocate for a sustainable planet and his people, the Aleuts of the Pribilof Islands, for nearly four decades.

Ilarion Merculieff

Following the address, a reception and Sustainability Fair will feature local food and community organizations, including Local Living Venture, Nature Up North, St. Lawrence Land Trust, Cornell Cooperative Extension, St. Lawrence County Planning Office/Environmental Management Council, North Country Faith and Ecology Group, and Algonquin to Adirondack (A2A) Collaborative.

Finally, an art installation on the Grasse River adjacent to campus will conclude the event at approximately 6:15 p.m. The display, titled “Convergence,” is an interactive exhibit featuring more than 100 lights designed by Associate Professor Matthew J. Burnett, who teaches in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Program at SUNY Canton.

North Country Public Radio is Sustainability Day’s media sponsor. Visit the Associated Colleges Sustainability Web page for a full list of events, or contact Heather Sullivan-Catlin, chair of SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Environmental Studies, at (315) 267-2570.

 

About the Associated Colleges

Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1970, the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley is an independent not-for-profit educational consortium with four members: Clarkson University, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University.

The consortium was created as a regional multipurpose organization to expand the number and variety of educational opportunities for students, faculty and the community, to share resources, to avoid needless duplication and to innovate through joint action.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.