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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.


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.

Upward Bound Students Gain College Experience at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
Upward Bound

SELF EXPRESSION – Raven Lemay, an Upward Bound student from Fort Covington, works on her sculpture made from found objects during an afternoon art class. High School students take classes and sometimes college courses during their stay at SUNY Canton.

Ninety-three students from nine different high schools in three counties have the opportunity to see what its like to go to college through the Upward Bound Summer Program at SUNY Canton.

The program runs through August 2, with students living in the dorms and getting a feel for college life.

“The Summer Program gives students the chance to live at college and begin taking classes in a friendly environment,” said Upward Bound Program Director Daun A. Martin. “Many of our students are potentially first-generation college students and this program can help give them the confidence they need to take the next step.”

The Upward Bound experience is far different than an average summer school program. Every day, students take classes varying from American Sign Language to a crime-scene investigator’s science class, as well as drama, art, and fitness. Some juniors and seniors also take an online class for college credit.

Some juniors and seniors opted to take part in a work-study program to help them choose a career path. They shadow local professionals to learn more about their future careers.

There are 10 camp tutor-councilors throughout the summer and five full time staff members who work with the high school students year-round, Students are also assigned study and reading time each night. Students are assigned an academic advisor and receive career planning and college-prep guidance. “They can also opt to get a little extra help with challenging subjects,” Martin said.

At the end of the Summer Program students will be taking a field trip to Philadelphia to visit Constitution Hall.

The Upward Bound program is grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education and has been a part of SUNY Canton for the past three years.

High schools with students participating in the Upward Bound program include: Hugh C. Williams in Canton, Clifton Fine Central School, Gouverneur Central School, Harrisville Central School, Heuvelton Central School, Massena Central School, Norwood-Norfolk Central School, Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, and Salmon River Central School.

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