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SUNY Canton Media Relations Manager Receives Chancellor’s Award

Monday, July 1st, 2019

A member of the award-winning SUNY Canton Public Relations team has been selected by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to receive the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Gregory E. Kie, senior media relations manager and college photographer, was nominated by his peers for the system-wide honor. It is bestowed in recognition of consistently superior professional achievement to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. He received a medal denoting his success at the college’s Faculty and Community Awards Dinner held May 9.

Greg Kie stands with his camera outside Payson Hall

“Greg has helped improve the college’s image through his outstanding photography and news writing abilities,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “He’s contributed to every major college publication during his 15-year career and helped develop positive working relationships with the local media. His work has helped tell the ‘SUNY Canton story’ and elevated the college’s profile and prestige.”

Kie began as a temporary part-time writer and photographer in 2004, after a brief career as a correspondent reporter for the Massena-Potsdam Courier Observer. The year following, he was granted a full-time position under the direction of Randy B. Sieminski, who is now the college’s athletic director. He received his current title in 2014 while working for the college’s current Director of Public Relations, Travis G. Smith.

“Greg embodies the spirit of SUNY Canton through his unique skill set, work ethic and welcoming demeanor,” Smith said. “Throughout his tenure, he has juggled his media relations and photography responsibilities with great skill, professionalism and collegiality.”

As an adjunct instructor in the college’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program, Kie has helped several students start careers in photography. He was described as a focal point for mentorships and recognized for helping to foster an entrepreneurial spirit for students by Professor Charles R. Fenner, who teaches in the Management program.

Kie also volunteered as a Riot Games’ “League of Legends” coach in the college’s thriving esports program during the past year. He also supports the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team by helping students paint their bridge in preparation for their annual competitions.

SUNY Canton’s entire Public Relations Department received the Excellence in College Service Award in 2017. Kie contributed three of the department’s 12 State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) awards during his career, picking up two Excellence in Writing citations and a Judge’s Citation for news releases.

“I’m so very proud that my colleagues chose to nominate me for this career-defining achievement,” Kie said. “I’ve been exceptionally lucky to be a part of a continually innovating and evolving college that has allowed me to grow within my position. I look forward to everything that will happen next.”

Kie is a Plattsburgh native who graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Studio Arts in 1998.

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 19 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.

SUNY Canton Public Relations Wins Four SUNYCUAD Awards for Excellence

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The State University of New York Council for Advancement (SUNYCUAD) presented the SUNY Canton Public Relations Department with four first-place awards for video production, advertising and community relations at the council’s annual conference June 12-14 in Saratoga.

Greg Kie, Travis Smith, and Lorette Murray showcase the College's SUNYCUAD awards.
Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton Senior Media Relations Manager Gregory E. Kie, Director of Public Relations Travis G. Smith and Public Relations Manager Lorette Murray holding the department’s four State University of New York Council for Advancement awards.

The department earned the top spot in the “Excellence in Digital Marketing” and “Communications on a Budget” video categories for their 2019 esports promotional video. They also captured a win in the “Excellence in Advertising Campaigns” and “Excellence in Community Relations Campaigns” categories for the“It’s Your Time” and “50 Acts of Kindness” projects, respectively.

“Earning four first-place SUNYCUAD awards in one year is unprecedented for our department, and it’s a reflection of the depth of talent we have on our team,” said Public Relations Director Travis G. Smith. “We’re competing against some of the most creative professionals in higher education, so it’s quite an achievement to be recognized in this way.”

SUNYCUAD is an organization representing public relations, alumni and development, and marketing specialists at every SUNY campus. The annual awards competition recognizes excellence in more than 40 categories.

The winning esports video, created by Videographer Morgan D. Elliott, documents the college’s efforts to become a leader in the field of collegiate competitive video gaming. It features the college’s new state-of-the-art esports arena, which is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Northeast. It also includes testimonials from SUNY Canton varsity esports team members and incorporates footage from their matches and tournaments.

“Morgan did an outstanding job of capturing the excitement our entire campus feels about esports,” Smith said. “Viewers come away with an understanding of what the college has accomplished in a short period of time, and they get a sense of the program’s potential to grow exponentially.”

SUNY Canton It's Your Time logo

The first-place “It’s Your Time” campaign is a series of video and digital advertisements that promote SUNY Canton’s wide variety of in-demand online degrees. They were seen across several online mediums in 14 cities throughout the East Coast, as well as Southeastern Canada.

“The slogan and visual elements effectively convey the convenience and flexibility of our distance-learning options, particularly for those who may already be working full-time and want to continue their education simultaneously,” Smith said.

50 Acts of Kindness website screenshot

SUNYCUAD judges also gave a top prize to the “50 Acts of Kindness” community relations campaign, which promoted a volunteer challenge in conjunction with SUNY Canton’s “50 Years on the Hill” celebration.

“Our goal was to increase awareness about the positive impact that our students have on the surrounding community,” Smith said. “The project also represents SUNY Canton’s commitment to citizenship and commitment to strengthening our relationships with our North Country neighbors.”

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 19 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.

SUNY Canton Public Relations Wins SUNY Design Award

Friday, June 29th, 2018

The SUNY Canton Public Relations Department recently received a State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) excellence in design award for a recruitment publication that introduces prospective students to the college.

Publications Coordinator Matthew J. Mulkin received a Judges’ Citation for an origami-style brochure that allows users to fold various panels to discover facts about SUNY Canton, such as student-to-faculty ratio, athletic and academic degree offerings, student life and more. The compact, easy-to-carry reference brochure was utilized by the Admissions Office during visits to college fairs and high schools. Mulkin designed the piece using a proprietary template by ProForma Infinity Printing.

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“Most colleges’ print materials tend to be passive. Students flip through a pamphlet or catalog looking at photos and reading the content. Our piece, on the other hand, is interactive,” said Mulkin, who is a 2011 graduate of SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design Program. “Each section folds differently, revealing more information, infographics, photos and content. It’s the kind of brochure that people can’t put down.”

The piece was popular among high school students, many of them noting that the infinity flip design was more engaging than other recruitment publications they had received. It was described by admissions counselors as “game changing.”

Director of Public Relations Travis G. Smith accepted the award at the annual SUNYCUAD Conference held recently in Syracuse.

“Matt did an excellent job customizing the template to showcase the college in a unique, interesting way,” he said. “We continually strive to find innovative techniques that introduce prospective students to SUNY Canton and leave a lasting impression, so we’re grateful to be recognized with this award.”

SUNYCUAD is an organization representing professionals employed in institutional advancement areas, such as public relations, alumni and development, and marketing at every SUNY campus. The annual awards competition recognizes creative excellence in more than 40 categories, such as fundraising, internal communications, special events, media relations and photography.

This is the second SUNYCUAD award Mulkin has received. In 2014, he won a Best of Category award in outdoor advertising for the college’s bus shuttle design. The Public Relations Department has also won SUNYCUAD awards for website design, advertising, marketing, video production and writing.

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.

SUNY Canton Begins ‘50 Years on the Hill’ Celebration

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

SUNY Canton - 50 Years on the HillSUNY Canton officially began celebrating the golden jubilee anniversary of the hill campus.

College President Zvi Szafran announced the “50 Years on the Hill” campaign today, (Wednesday, Aug. 23) during his state of the campus address. Additionally, the college unveiled a special new logo to be used through 2018, marking its official anniversary.

“SUNY Canton’s modern identity has been defined by our growth and development during our 50 years on top of this hill,” Szafran said. “In 1967 we offered a handful of two-year programs for around 1,500 students. Today, we have 25 bachelor’s degrees, 21 associate degrees, and 5 certificate programs for more than 3,200 students. We are so proud to look at how far we’ve come, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.”

To announce the celebration, the college has released a new video incorporating found footage and images from the college’s history. The minute-and-a-half film features two of SUNY Canton’s past presidents, and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presenting Szafran with his ceremonial medallion. The video is live on the college’s YouTube channel and is accessible by visiting the college’s webpage, or its Facebook page.

“SUNY Canton has such a strong presence in the community and continues to make great strides in growing its academic offerings to help students get jobs,” Zimpher said. “My congratulations to the SUNY Canton community. There is truly much to celebrate.”

The college purchased new commemorative flags for display in downtown Canton. Travis G. Smith, director of public relations and web designer, created a responsive website detailing key moments in the college’s history and describing the new logo.

The college is orchestrating a special 50-year aerial photo and video at noon on Friday, Aug. 25, in front of French Hall.

Other upcoming events will include special athletic games, an expanded homecoming weekend celebration, an Alumni Weekend celebrating the class of 1968, and a campaign to recruit 1,968 donors in the next year. The college will also be highlighting fun facts from its half-century on the hill.

The college was originally chartered in 1906 as New York’s first State School of Agriculture at St. Lawrence University. It began to move to its current location and created its own identity in 1966 with the new name of Canton Agricultural and Technical College. Administrators held a grand opening ceremony on the new campus in September 1968.

 

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.

SUNY Canton Staff Members Honored by College Council at Recognition Day

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

The SUNY Canton College Council honored several employees for outstanding performance as part of the annual Recognition Day event Friday, May 19.

General Mechanic Stanley P. Robert received the 2017 College Council Employee Recognition Award, which is presented annually to a classified staff member.

Robert began his career as a cleaner and was promoted to janitor, maintenance assistant and, finally, to general mechanic. He retired in December after 29 years of service.

Colleagues describe Robert as a master craftsman who has extensive knowledge of the carpentry, plumbing and electrical trades. His outstanding customer-service skills, work ethic and keen attention to detail made him one of the college’s most valued employees.

President Szafran, Stan Robert, Thomas Sauter

A recently retired general mechanic received the SUNY Canton College Council’s Employee Recognition Award. Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Stanley P. Robert, and College Council Member Thomas R. Sauter.

“There are very few people on campus who are known as the ‘go-to guy’ by staff as widely as Stan is,” wrote Physical Plant Director Patrick G. Hanss in his nomination letter. “He has been a true asset to the Skilled Trades department, and I can think of no one more deserving of this honor.”

The council also selected Registrar Memorie L. Shampine and the Public Relations Department to receive the 2017 Excellence in College Award, which is presented annually to non-teaching professional staff.

Shampine was chosen for her outstanding leadership and support of student success. During her 15 years with the college, she has worked in every position within the department, giving her expert knowledge about processes and procedures.

President Szafran, Memorie Shampine, Thomas Sauter

Registrar Memorie L. Shampine received the SUNY Canton College Council’s Excellence in College Service Award. Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Shampine, and College Council Member Thomas R. Sauter.

“Memorie works tirelessly for SUNY Canton to assure that course schedules meet the needs of students, faculty and staff, and that the Registrar’s Office provides mission-critical services in a timely manner,” wrote Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts, in his letter of support. “Although this is often a thankless task, she effectively balances the needs of all constituencies each term and maintains a high level of professionalism.”

The Public Relations Department was selected for their collective contributions to promote the college’s brand, mission and vision. The scope of their duties include media relations, website and graphic design, social media management, advertising and marketing, and video production.

The office’s six employees are Director and Web Designer Travis G. Smith, Senior Media Relations Manager Gregory E. Kie, Public Relations Manager Lorette A. Murray, Publications Project Coordinator Matthew J. Mulkin, Videographer Morgan D. Elliott, and Office Assistant 2 Ellen M. Prashaw.

Public Relations Office holds their award plaques.

The SUNY Canton Public Relations Department received the College Council’s Excellence in College Service Award. Pictured are (L to R) Public Relations Manager Lorette A. Murray, Publications Project Coordinator Matthew J. Mulkin, Director and Web Designer Travis G. Smith, Senior Media Relations Manager Gregory E. Kie, and Videographer Morgan D. Elliott. Not pictured is Office Assistant 2 Ellen M. Prashaw.

“The Public Relations Department’s service can be measured through their incredible performance of individual tasks on a daily basis and their superb teamwork on larger projects,” wrote Executive Director for University Relations Lenore VanderZee in her nomination letter. “Their unique skill sets and professionalism make it seem easy for them to provide the highest-quality service to SUNY Canton. But there is nothing easy about what they do and the extraordinary manner in which they do it.”

All recipients received a plaque and gift from the College Council in recognition of their achievements.

 

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 Launches Responsive Website for the New Year

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

SUNY Canton has unveiled a new website to increase usability for both traditional and mobile browsing.

Director of Public Relations Travis G. Smith serves as the college’s web designer. After almost a year’s worth of work and testing, he released the entire site over the winter break in anticipation of the spring 2017 semester.

“Our newest updates allow us to combine our mobile and established websites into one responsive design,” Smith said. “The site is faster and more efficient. We’ve coupled our upgrades with larger photos and a front-page listing of our newest videos, while continuing elements of overall look and feel of the SUNY Canton brand.”SUNY Canton Homepage

During 2016, the college’s website exceeded 4 million hits. Mobile traffic accounted for more than a million, or about 27 percent, of those visits.

Smith developed web interfaces for mobile and PC based browsing to respond to the increase in mobile-based traffic in 2013. At that time, mobile traffic accounted for only 13 percent of the overall traffic.

The college’s website has gone through several major redesigns in the past 15 years, each one made it more efficient, attractive, and user friendly. A single designer and web editor accomplished all of these updates in house, saving the college money on costly contracts and consultants.

 

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.

SUNY Canton Releases Two New Television Commercials

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

SUNY Canton is airing two new commercials emphasizing real-world educational opportunities.

“Our programs demonstrate the same techniques used in professional careers,” said SUNY Canton Acting Director of Public Relations Travis G. Smith.

Both of the commercials are designed to show a glimpse of the overall experience of participating in SUNY Canton’s signature majors. One was developed to demonstrate the hands-on technology available within engineering technology programs.

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“We are emphasizing our strong link with science, technology, engineering and math through our marketing by highlighting many of our career driven programs, such as Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems and Mechanical Technology, among others,” Smith added.

The two spots were filmed in high-definition over the course of two days. Aerial footage was obtained using a camera mounted to a remote-control drone. Almost all of the footage was obtained exclusively for the new format, and the music was selected specifically for the new 30-second spots.

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The new advertisements feature current students in typical classroom settings unique to SUNY Canton. Students also provided the voice-over messaging. Some of the commercials’ backdrops consist of its unique footbridges as well as the turf field, fitness center and the Grasse River Suites residence hall.

The College contracts the Plattsburgh-based production company Media Central to film and edit the commercials. They will appear throughout the state and on local North Country channels. The videos are also posted to the College’s YouTube channel and are available at: http://www.canton.edu/public_relations/video.html

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.

SUNY Canton Goes Mobile with New Website

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Responding to the increase in mobile web traffic, SUNY Canton has developed a web site specifically for the modern smartphone user.

Mobile Web Site

SUNY Canton’s new mobile website displayed on a smartphone. Users can also navigate to the original website.

The new site makes it easier and faster for anyone with a web-capable cellphone to access information about academics, admissions, athletics, and directions to the College.

“We identified the top reasons users are visiting our website and used that data to create a slimmer, faster web experience for our viewers,” said the College’s Web Designer Travis G. Smith. “Our overall website displays well on hand-held devices, but our new mobile website is far more streamlined and easily viewed on a small screen.”

During 2012, the College’s website had more than 2.2 million hits. Mobile traffic accounted approximately 200,000 visits, or roughly 10 percent of overall traffic and usage was up approximately 6 percent from 2011.

Following trends and the overall availability and versatility of mobile devices, like Apple’s iPhone or iPad and related Droid-operated devices, Smith decided to create the reorganized version of the web page.

Mobile Web Site

The SUNY Canton website displays flawlessly on tablet devices. The mobile version is intended to add ease of use on smartphones.

“Our current webpage already looks great and functions well on most tablets. Our next step will be to develop a universal web site that provides the same experience on both traditional PCs and mobile devices,” Smith said. “This is known as a ‘responsive’ design which will automatically adapt to whatever device someone may be using.”

The College’s website has gone through several major redesigns in the past 10 years, each one made it more efficient, attractive, and user friendly. A major advantage, past its overall ease of navigation, is its complete faculty and staff directory. The mobile site includes efficient rendition of the faculty and staff directory, making it easier for users to contact faculty and staff.

Users can still opt to access the full page from their mobile devices. For more information, or to view the mobile site, visit www.canton.edu from a smartphone.

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

SUNY Canton Website Tops Two Million Hits in 2010

Monday, December 13th, 2010

SUNY Canton’s website had more than two million hits during 2010 and attracted more visitors from more locations than ever before. It marks the first time in the College’s history that more than two million users visited the website in a calendar year.

With a couple of weeks left until New Years, overall website traffic is up significantly from 2009’s year-end total of slightly more than 1.9 million visits. The website received a total of more than 4.6 million page views during 2010 and frequently surpassed 10,000 visitors a day during the academic year.

SUNY Canton website transition

“The website is a gauge to measure our overall growth and popularity to prospective students,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve had record enrollments for the past three years, with 3,686 students enrolled this fall. The web traffic and our enrollments signify that we are growing in two incredibly important areas – current students and prospective students.”

Traffic was up among international visitors. The country with the most visits outside the United States was Bosnia. The College is well known for its international partnerships with the American University in Bosnia Herzegovina among others. Other top-referring countries included Canada, Russia, China, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea, and Japan. “We are seeing more global interest in our College as we increase our international presence through SUNY Canton OnLine,” Kennedy said. “Students from around the world and locally can earn a SUNY Canton degree without traveling from their homes.”

More than 57 percent of the webpage hits were generated by direct traffic, or when users typed in the College’s address into their browser’s address bar. Among the top referring sites, or sites that include links to canton.edu were Google, Facebook, North Country Now, and the SUNY Learning Network (which highlights the College’s online courses).

“In addition to incrementally redesigning the site, we’ve added more vibrant content and delivered our updates to users through social media sites including Facebook and Twitter,” said Assistant Vice President for Advancement Randy B. Sieminski, who oversees the College’s public relations department and athletics. “Whether it’s information on our growing academic offerings or connecting with the alumni office, it is easier than ever to find exactly what you are looking for on our site. Our Web Designer Travis Smith has done a wonderful job integrating the latest technologies to facilitate the latest web resources and organizing the College’s online assets.”

Top referring cities within the state included New York, Watertown, Syracuse, Rochester, Plattsburgh, Utica, and Albany. The cities with the most visitors in the entire United States included Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, and Orlando. The number of pages visited and the time spent on the site also increased during the year.

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

Aubertine, SUNY Canton Launch North Country Grant Search

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

State Senator Darrel J. Aubertine and SUNY Canton today launched the North Country Grant Search Web site, a working database of public and private grants designed to provide broad access to available funding for nonprofits, municipalities and economic developers.

“This new Web site is a new and powerful tool for local governments and nonprofits,” Sen. Aubertine said. “Now more than ever our Central and Northern New York municipalities and nonprofits need the best tools at their disposal to take advantage of whatever state, federal and private funding is available. This site is a one- stop shop bringing together on one site the contact information for hundreds of foundations and agencies. The work SUNY Canton has done to make this site easy to use and accessible will go a long way toward ensuring that key projects and initiatives in our region have the funding they need to move forward.”

Mike Mortimer, Community Liaison for New York State Senator Darrel Aubertine’s office, David Gerlach, SUNY Canton V.P. For Advancement, Ryan Deuel, SUNY Canton Chief of Staff, Joanne Fassinger, SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator, New York State Senator Darrel Aubertine, Travis Smith, SUNY Canton Web Designer, Erica Heintz, Executive Director for the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, Kathy Finucane, Projects Coordinator for Sen. Aubertine, Jan Isberner, Constituent Liaison for Sen. Aubertine

Senator Darrel Aubertine launched a new Grant Search Web site at the Best Western in Watertown. (Pictured from left to right: Mike Mortimer, Community Liaison for New York State Senator Darrel Aubertine’s office, David Gerlach, SUNY Canton V.P. For Advancement, Ryan Deuel, SUNY Canton Chief of Staff, Joanne Fassinger, SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator, New York State Senator Darrel Aubertine, Travis Smith, SUNY Canton Web Designer, Erica Heintz, Executive Director for the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, Kathy Finucane, Projects Coordinator for Sen. Aubertine, Jan Isberner, Constituent Liaison for Sen. Aubertine.)

“SUNY Canton is extremely excited to be working directly with Senator Aubertine and his office on the North Country Grant Search Web site,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “It is extremely important, especially during these difficult times, that everyone has access to the tools and resources available to locate additional funding sources. The website presents that opportunity.”

The Senator, his staff and officials from SUNY Canton held a tutorial from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Best Western Carriage House Inn, Watertown, where more than 100 representatives from various non-profit organizations and municipalities, along with development experts and the general public observed demonstrations and engaged in a question and answer period to help maximize their use of this new Web site.

The web-based grant locator was designed and developed by SUNY Canton Web Designer Travis Smith. The grant-data was collected and researched with assistance from the college’s Grant Coordinator Joanne Fassinger and Chief of Staff Ryan Deuel, who oversaw the project.

The Web site was made possible through a $50,000 grant secured by Sen. Aubertine in 2006 while a member of the Assembly.

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