Archive for March, 2007

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Adds 53 SUNY Canton Students

Friday, March 30th, 2007

SUNY Canton students were recently recognized for their academic excellence through their induction into Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Phi Theta Kappa

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy was the keynote speaker at the Spring 2007 induction ceremony. He encouraged the students to look to the many alumni who used the knowledge and work ethic they learned at SUNY Canton to create highly successful careers.

“Confidence, competitiveness, and the willingness to take a chance are among the key factors along the road to success,” Kennedy said. “You, as new members of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, have already learned how to be successful students. I encourage you to take the next step and be successful alumni.”

Phi Theta KappaPhi Theta Kappa has recognized academic excellence since 1918 and has become the largest and the most prestigious honor society serving associate-level students around the world.

As members, students must maintain a high grade point average and stay involved with the community through service-oriented projects.

Students who joined SUNY Canton’s Lambda Eta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa during the Spring 2007 Semester include:

  • Joseph Adams IV, a Nursing major from Madrid.
  • Alison Barnard, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Oswego.
  • Catherine Beyette, a Business Administration major from Ogdensburg.
  • Brittany Blais, a Nursing major from Brasher Falls.
  • Edward Bolster, a Motorsports Performance and Repair major from Massena.
  • Julie Bradley, a Nursing major from Norfolk.
  • Katelyn Briggs, a Business Administration major from Hermon.
  • Tonya Buddie, an Engineering Science major from Cato.
  • Eric Bush, an Electrical Construction and Maintenance major from Brasher Falls.
  • Charles Calorusso, a Criminal Justice major from Potsdam.
  • Alison Campbell, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Canton.
  • Lee Case, an Electrical Engineering Technology major from Peru.
  • Jessica Cornell, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Henderson.
  • Anna Cox, a Nursing major from Gouverneur.
  • Anthony Degristina, a Mortuary Science major from Burlington Flats.
  • Jennifer Delles, a Mortuary Science major from Canton.
  • Sharifa Dewar, a Criminal Justice major from Brooklyn.
  • Jenni Durham, an Office Technology major from Fine.
  • Amanda Ellsworth, a Health Science Career Studies major from Fort Covington.
  • Obinna Erike, a Computer Information Systems major from Uniondale.
  • Daniel Fredendall, a Civil Engineering Technology major from Holley.
  • Tina Freeman, a Nursing major from South Colton.
  • Elizabeth Hancock, a Nursing major from Cobleskill.
  • Jordan Hartle, an Engineering Science major from Gouverneur.
  • Robert Herman III, a Criminal Justice major from Himrod.
  • Marshall Himes, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Mexico.
  • Maryann Howells, a Nursing major from Dekalb.
  • Andrea Johnson, a Business Administration major from Canton.
  • James Judware, an Electrical Engineering Technology major from Massena.
  • Jon LaClair, a Civil Engineering Technology major from Evans Mills.
  • Kevin McAdoo, an Engineering Science major from Hermon.
  • Danny McDermott, a Nursing major from Massena.
  • Christopher Mesick, a Motorsports Performance and Repair major from Chazy.
  • Holly Millemon, a Nursing major from Ogdensburg.
  • Brendon Miller, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Colton.
  • Amber Neal, a Business Administration major from South Otselic.
  • Christopher Perrigo, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Gouverneur.
  • Matthew Sanford, a Criminal Justice major from Tupper Lake.
  • Jessica Sawyer, a Dental Hygiene major from Raymondville.
  • Heidi Sharkey, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Oswego.
  • John Shea, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Malone.
  • Chad Sherman, a Criminal Justice major from Norfolk.
  • Alysia Smith, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Glens Falls.
  • Joni Smith, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Massena.
  • Marisa Spath, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Queensbury.
  • Adam Szeluga, a Mortuary Science major from Lockport.
  • Amy Thompson, an Office Technology major from Potsdam.
  • Jessica Todd, a Nursing major from Canton.
  • Rebecca Trythall, a Veterinary Science Technology major from East Syracuse.
  • David Tulloch, a Criminal Justice major from Canton.
  • Jillian Ward, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Lisbon.
  • Bethany Webster, a Nursing major from Ogdensburg.
  • Brittany Williams, a Mortuary Science major from Harpursville.


SUNY Canton Formalizes Gillette Agreement

Friday, March 30th, 2007
Brown & Drumm

OFFICIAL AGREEMENT – From (l to r) SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy D. Brown and Gillette College President Kevin Drumm shake hands after signing the official agreement allowing Wyoming students to obtain a SUNY Canton Bachelor’s degree. Each was wearing a hat from the other’s college.

SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy Brown and Gillette College President Kevin Drumm recently made the agreement between the two colleges official. The agreement makes it possible for Wyoming students to obtain bachelor’s degrees without having to leave their home state or even their hometown.

“We had several productive meetings in Gillette and were overwhelmed by their wonderful hospitality,” Brown said. “They’re excited about being able to offer our SUNY Canton Online programs in Law Enforcement Leadership and Management, and Technology Management for the Fall 2007 Semester.”

The agreement will allow two-year students enrolled at Gillette College the ability to obtain baccalaureate degrees via SUNY Canton OnLine (SUNY Canton OL), through distance learning video technologies, from Gillette Campus faculty, or through a combination of the three methods. SUNY Canton currently has 13 bachelor’s degree programs, most of which are available online. The college’s continued growth and online expansion prompted the college to form SUNY Canton OL to exclusively serve students who wish to obtain a degree via the Internet.


“While in Gillette we met with the city’s police department as well as the sheriff’s department,” said Brown. “The officers in both of those departments seemed very interested in enrolling online and becoming SUNY Canton students.”

Gillette College recently announced its first sports program with the formation of a rodeo team that will begin competition this fall. “We met with Rodeo Coach Will LaDuke and let him know we were looking forward to one of our future students becoming a member of his team,” Brown added.

BroncoSUNY Canton officials joining Brown in Gillette were Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean David Wells, School of Business and Public Service Interim Dean Karen Spellacy, Admissions Counselor Rebecca Armstrong, and Director of Public Relations Randy Sieminski. SUNY Canton has similar agreements with colleges in Russia, Japan, Massachusetts, and a number of other colleges in New York.

Gillette College is part of the Northern Wyoming Community College District and offers outreach programs in several counties. Gillette College offers associate of arts, associate of science, and associate of applied science degrees, certificate programs, and program tracks that prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university. Gillette College is run by Dean Paul Young, who will be joining his SUNY Canton counterparts for the official announcement.

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 65 courses online each semester. The college will be moving to a four-year athletic program in the Fall 2007 semester.


Two Alumni Bring Web Upgrades to SUNY Canton

Friday, March 30th, 2007
Trombley & Sauter

ALUMNI UPGRADES – Pictured are (l to r) Development Authority of the North Country Executive Director Tom Sauter and Westelcom Vice President of Sales and Business Development Randy Trombly. The two 1981 SUNY Canton Alumni recently helped upgrade the college’s Internet connection.

Two alumni helped make SUNY Canton’s connection to the Internet faster than ever before.

The college contracted with the Plattsburgh-based Westelcom to make the upgrades possible by utilizing high-speed fiber optic cables installed by the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC).

“Randy Trombly, Westelcom’s Vice President of Sales and Business Development, and Tom Sauter, DANC’s Deputy Executive Director, were involved in this project” said Director of Information Services Mary Holland. “Coincidentally, both graduated from SUNY Canton in 1981.”

Holland said that bandwidth has increased almost eight times what it was prior to the upgrades. “We are providing ample headroom for growth needed to support SUNY Canton’s online programs and video conferencing,” Holland said.

According to Trombly, Westelcom was formed to provide phone systems to businesses in the North Country. In 1996, the company became an Internet service provider. Shortly there after, they expanded into the networking business, offering high end network support. In 2001, they had over 30,000 internet subscribers. “We have positioned ourselves to be a one-stop shop for area homes and businesses,” noted Trombly.

Trombly, who majored in Mechanical Engineering Technology, said he didn’t cross paths with Sauter in college very often, but was excited to work with him on this project.

Sauter is a longtime supporter of the college. He has served on the SUNY Canton Foundation board and is a current College Council member.

The Development Authority of the North Country is a New York State public benefit corporation, created in 1985. It finances and operates infrastructure and community development projects in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.

“The Development Authority of the North Country operates the Open Access Telecom Network, providing wholesale circuits to a variety of voice, video, and data service providers,” Sauter said. “One of the locations we put on the network is SUNY Canton. We’re extremely pleased that Westelcom is using the Open Access Telecom Network to support SUNY Canton’s Internet upgrade.”


Spring Health Fair & Blood Drive this Week

Monday, March 26th, 2007

A Health Fair, highlighting 22 campus and community organizations, and a Blood drive are two events advocating health and well-being at SUNY Canton this week.

There will be “a time to give, ” at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center room 212. This event is sponsored by the SUNY Canton Davis Health Center and Delta Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Community donors are welcome.

Employees from the SUNY Canton Davis Health Center and the Employee Assistance Program will be sponsoring a Spring Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center room 212. This event is free and open to the public.

The Health Fair will have a number of displays and presentations by local health agencies and organizations.

There will also be presentations by on-campus groups including the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The honor society will be collecting birthday cards for a Leukemia patient attempting to break the world record on most cards received.


DaimlerChrysler Donates PT Cruiser to SUNY Canton

Friday, March 23rd, 2007
PT Cruiser

IN KIND AUTO DONATION – Shown are (l to r) DaimlerChrysler Training Center Supervisor Dean Magnuson of Henrietta and Automotive Technology Instructional Support Associate Dennis Tuper with the newly donated PT Cruiser.

SUNY Canton Automotive Technology students now have a PT Cruiser to hone their skills, courtesy of DaimlerChrysler.

Automotive Technology Instructional Support Associate Dennis Tuper worked with DaimlerChrysler Training Center Supervisor Dean Magnuson of Henrietta to arrange the donation of the 2003 vehicle. Tuper recently designed a transmission holder to use during trainings by the automobile company.

“We designed and constructed 26 transmission holding fixtures for all of the DaimlerChrysler training centers in the United States,” Tuper said. “As a thank you, Dean gave us the PT Cruiser as an in-kind donation.”

Tuper said students helped him create the transmission fixtures as part of their classwork. “I had some help from local businesses to make the transmission mounts,” Tuper said. “The Materials were provided by Jeffords Steel and Engineering of Potsdam and Fockler Industries of Norfolk. I also relied on the Mechanical Engineering Technology department for their high-tech machine tools.”

The automobile will be used as a learning tool. Faculty members will use the test vehicle to create problem-solving exercises, which the students will have to diagnose and repair. Most often, students will be looking for electrical problems with the car.

Magnuson also presented Tuper with a Mopar coat and two framed letters of appreciation for creating the transmission parts. “Dennis really went the extra mile,” Magnuson said.

In the past, DaimlerChrysler has donated a High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel engine. “DaimlerChrysler also donated motor oils, lubricants, cleaners, and solvents eliminating the expense of purchasing frequently used products,” Tuper said.

DaimlerChrysler often works with the college to offer professional training sessions for North Country car dealerships and technicians.


SUNY Canton to Host Passport Day, March 22

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

SUNY Canton and the United States Post Office in Canton will offering the chance to get a passport from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center rooms 212-214.

Members of the Office of Human Resources coordinated the event to assist individuals acquiring their passports and adhering to new federal and international guidelines. Members of the U.S. Postal Service will be processing passport applications taking photographs.

The cost for this service is $97 for individuals 16 and older, and $82 for individuals 15 and under. The photo will cost $15. Each person applying for a passport must bring Proof of U.S. citizenship, Proof of Identity, and cash or check payment.

This event is open to the public. For more information, or to obtain an application, contact the Office of Human Resources at 386-7325.


SUNY Canton Adopts Kangaroos as New Nickname

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Unveiling Ceremony Photo Gallery

In a campus-wide ceremony on Thursday, SUNY Canton unveiled its new logo and nickname, and also announced that the college has been formally accepted as a full member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). SUNY Canton will begin competing in four-year athletics in the fall of 2007.

SUNY Canton Kangaroos

SUNY Canton has adopted Kangaroos as their new logo and nickname. It will immediately replace the Northstars, which had supplanted Northmen in 1995.

“We feel the new nickname is an appropriate reflection of SUNY Canton and the college’s uncompromising progress,” President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Kangaroos can only move forwards, not backwards. It also mirrors our global approach toward education. With our tremendously successful distance learning efforts, we can be found around the world. As demonstrated by the growth of SUNY Canton Online, we are not limited by geographical boundaries. We have students in the Ukraine, Russia, and Japan. I wouldn’t be surprised if we enroll students from Australia in the near future. ”

Student Pep Rally

SUNY Canton began the process of finding a new logo and nickname last fall as they were transitioning into a four-year athletic program. The college contracted with Studio Simon, a national graphic design company, to develop a new identity for SUNY Canton. The college was looking for a unique new name and following an exhaustive study and input from faculty and staff, student-athletes and administrators, Kangaroos was chosen as the final product. SUNY Canton is one of just three colleges in the country with Kangaroos as their mascot.

“This is a historic time for SUNY Canton,” said athletic director Diane Para. “This college continues to move forward with four-year athletics in an outstanding organization and many new academic programs, not just here but around the world. While many people consider Kangaroos to be cute and friendly-looking, they are actually fiercely competitive and aggressive. Our athletes identified with those characteristics.”

SUNY Canton’s application into the NAIA was accepted this past weekend at the national convention in Kansas City, Mo. The Kangaroos will join the Sunrise Conference which includes Paul Smith’s College, Fisher College in Boston, College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vt., University of Maine at Machias, University of Maine at Fort Kent, and Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, Vt.

SUNY Canton will also be building an $18 million athletic and convocation center in the next couple of years, and a new $1.8 million all-weather, lighted synthetic turf field is scheduled to open this fall.


SUNY Canton Sled Places in Lisbon Race

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Snow Mobile Race

SUNY CANTON SLED TEAM- Students from the Motorsports Performance and Repair Club recently placed second in the open class drag races in Lisbon. Scott Sharpe ranked with the Polaris XC800 with help from his accomplished crew of SUNY Canton students Bradd Fox of Brockport, Shawn Maher of Homer, John Matheson of Depeyster, and Brandon Bixler of Mexico. The team is coached by Instructional Support Assistant Niel Haney. Pictured right is the SUNY Canton sled piloted by Sharpe.

SUNY Canton EMS Program Agency Hosts Annual Spring Fling Conference

Monday, March 19th, 2007

The SUNY Canton North Country Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Program Agency will be co-hosting the eighth annual Spring Fling Conference for Emergency Medical Personal beginning on Thursday, March 22, through Saturday, March 24, at the Bonnie Castle Resort in Alexandria Bay.

The Spring Fling offers professional development seminars for first responders, emergency medical technicians, emergency nurses, and emergency physicians.

Some of the topics slated to be covered at this year’s conference are:

  • Trooper Michael Dolan, a Medical Officer for the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, will present Medical and Safety Issues Surrounding Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories.
  • Dr. Martin Masarech, Chair of the Susquehanna Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Council, will be presenting “Geriatrics, Our Aging Population.”
  • Richard W.O. Beebe, of Bassett Health Care, Cooperstown, will speak about the perplexing topic of heart blocks, from an anatomical perspective, and emerging infectious diseases and emergency response, from a street perspective.
  • Mark Tuttle, Lewis County EMS Coordinator, will be presenting a seminar entitled: “Trauma….But I’m Just an EMT”.

As an added dynamic, attendants will have the chance to compare notes and network with their peers in emergency medicine, according to EMS Program Agency Director Ann Smith. The weekend of learning will be accompanied by dancing, cocktails, and fine dining.

The Conference is sponsored by the North Country Regional EMS Council Organization in conjunction with North Country Regional EMS Program Agency.


Nursing Students Gain Life-Saving Donation from 1981 Alumnus

Monday, March 19th, 2007

One of SUNY Canton’s patient training simulators will live another day thanks to defibrillators donated by 1981 Alumnus Russell (R.B.) Lawrence III, and his wife, Sharon.

Nursing Students

SHOCKING DONATION – SUNY Canton alumnus Russell B. (R.B.) Lawrence III and his wife, Sharon, recently donated two Hewitt Packard Monitor defibrillators to the colleges. Pictured are (l to r) back row, Rod Cota Operations Supervisor for RB Lawrence Ambulance Service, Kyle Thurston of Lawrence's, Deb Skogen of Theresa, and Lawrence's Office Manager Georgine Scott, front row are Patricia Oppong from the Bronx, Douglas Duprey of Lisbon, Leslie Dardaris of Potsdam, and Michelle Mann of Hammond.

The Lawrences, who own and operate RB Lawrence Ambulance Service in Canton, had previously loaned the two Hewitt Packard Monitor defibrillators so the class could practice their life-saving techniques, according to Assistant Professor of Nursing Mary Ann Caswell. “The defibrillators are extremely effective learning tools in class,” she said.

Caswell’s second-year Nursing students have already employed the devices during a training session, utilizing one of the college’s state-of-the-art Laerdal SimMan Universal Patient Simulators. A typical training session is as close to real medical practice as possible, without working with a human patient. Among other features, the computer-controlled animatronic SimMan can talk, breath, and replicate a full-scale heart attack.

“These simulations teach our students the life-saving abilities they will need when they join the workforce,” Caswell said. “They forget they fact that they are working on a robot and focus on saving its life as though it was a real patient.”

Douglas Duprey of Lisbon faced a heart attack scenario during the training session. He was speaking with the SimMan, who was complaining of the worst pain ever, when all of the sudden the life-sized rubber-molded man stopped breathing. Duprey looked for a pulse and immediately called for his classmates’ assistance. Under Caswell’s supervision, Duprey released the paddles from their holders and prepared to shock the mannequin back to life.

“Now make certain that no one is touching the bed or the mannequin,” Caswell said.

Duprey responded by telling each of his classmates to stand clear as he set the paddles on the mannequin. Then the defibrillator beeped as he pressed the buttons that sent a shock to the non-responsive SimMan. As the SimMan began to regain his vital signs, Duprey’s classmates performed a series of tests and procedures to ensure that their patient simulator would remain “alive.”

Lawrence’s donation was arranged through the SUNY Canton College Foundation, which frequently helps students’ experience with scholarships, monetary donations to academic endeavors, or by securing in-kind educational donations.

The SimMan mannequins were purchased last year through federal grants and are designed to be sick with a variety of ailments or die on demand for instructional purposes.