Archive for March, 2007

SUNY Canton Student Entrepreneur Wins National Leadership Award

Monday, March 12th, 2007
Karl Ortmeyer

Karl Ortmeyer, National Republican Campaign Committee Business Advisory Council member and SUNY Canton Business Administration student

Between studying business administration at SUNY Canton and running his own business, Karl Ortmeyer is accustomed to using his time productively.

The Potsdam native recently won a national leadership award through the National Republican Campaign Committee’s Business Advisory Council (BAC). As a result, he will be invited to participate in periodic strategy sessions and provide input on the economic and tax issues.

“Karl is a no-nonsense SUNY Canton student intent on making the most of his business courses,” according to Associate Professor of Accounting Janice Robinson. “He loves real world experience and prefers to work with motivated self-starters,” she said.

While studying for his degree, Karl has already begun his own computer consulting business, Liberty Information Resource Management. Ortmeyer said business is growing faster than normal start-ups. “We’re not making a killing, but I’m 21 years old and I have my own office.”

Ortmeyer will share his own experiences with the BAC to hopefully benefit all small business. “Small businesses are essential to the continued development of the American ideal of competitiveness and free trade,” Ortmeyer pointed out. “American small businesses have always driven the new ideas of this country.”

“Karl is utilizing his education to augment his business savvy,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Technology Management Charles Fenner. “He instantly grasps academic concepts and directly applies them to his business.”

Fenner went on to say that Ortmeyer does what he sets his mind to and will make an excellent politically active business advocate in both his pre- and post graduate careers.

Ortmeyer is an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and was on the President’s List for outstanding academics during the Fall 2006 semester.


SUNY Canton Heads West to Welcome Wyoming

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Soon, a Wyoming resident will travel to SUNY Canton to celebrate their graduation ceremony, and yet it might be the first time they ever step foot in the Empire State.

A recent agreement between college officials from SUNY Canton and Gillette College makes it possible for Wyoming students to obtain bachelor’s degrees without having to leave their home state or even their hometown. Several SUNY Canton officials are in Gillette for a formal announcement on Thursday March 8.

“We are ready to start offering our four-year degrees to Gillette College students in Law Enforcement Leadership and Management, and Technology Management for the Fall 2007 Semester,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We believe our colleagues at Gillette College share the same educational values as we do and are ready to move into a new age of education.”

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.

“Recent additions and upgrades to SUNY Canton’s video distance learning technologies and Internet upgrades have made it possible for seamless in-class participation, despite geographic differences,” said SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy D. Brown. “With these additions we have been able to build on our extremely successful online and distance learning programs.”

Brown is in Gillette, Wyo., this week with 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 operated by Sheridan College through 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.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to work with people from locations around the world,” Young said in a past interview. “You can go to Princeton and not get that type of experience, and we’ll have it right here in Gillette.”


Canadian Rock Musicians to Invade SUNY Canton, April 20

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

SUNY Canton is scheduled to be invaded by Canadian bands The Failyears and Panoutnow in an event for students from all four Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence Valley.

The Canadian Invasion Tour is scheduled to make a stop at SUNY Canton beginning at 9:30 p.m. April 20 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gym. There will also be free food and other activities during the invasion. The Invasion Tour is free and open to the public.

“We’ve actually hosted, or been invaded by, Panoutnow in the past,” said SUNY Canton Director of Student Activities Scott Quinell. “Both bands will surely rock the Campus Center. We are really looking forward to be being invaded again this year.”

The Failyears are a rock trio from St. Catherine’s, Ontario, who are gaining a steady following of fans through their live performances. The band describes themselves as “conjuring visions of Nirvana being possessed by the spirit of David Bowie in a Tim Burton movie.”

Panoutnow is a four piece band from Toronto featuring both male and female vocalists performing their recombinant rock style. Their music is similar to that of Evanescence, A Perfect Circle, and Queens of The Stone Age.

Samples of music from both bands can be heard on


Spring Semester Career Fair Thursday, March 8

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Building off of the overwhelming success of the Fall Career Fair and continuing demand for qualified SUNY Canton students and alumni, the Office of Career Services will be holding a Spring Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gym.

The Spring Career Fair will take steps to encourage further entrepreneurship and business development in addition to helping employers fill key positions. Canton Director of Economic Development Linda McQuinn and Small Business Development Center Director Dale Rice will be talking to students and guests about starting their own businesses in the North Country.

“We’re finding that many of our graduates want to start their own businesses,” said Director of Career Services David Norenberg. “It is our pleasure to welcome Linda McQuinn and Dale Rice, two people who can assist entrepreneurs with their business ventures.”

The Career Fair routinely brings companies who are specifically interested in students from SUNY Canton’s career-driven programs, but the event is free and open to job seekers from throughout the community.


Area Authors to Read at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

A published SUNY Canton author will be joined by an area writer for an evening of literature.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English and Humanities Robert Strong and SUNY Potsdam Associate Professor of English Rick Henry will be reading their work at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Kingston Theater. The reading is free and open to the public.

Strong recently published his own poetry collection Puritan Spectacle with support from the SUNY Canton College Foundation. Strong was also the editor of The Autumn House Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry. Henry is the author of Lucy’s Eggs, a collection of short stories that includes a novella.

For more information about this event, contact Writing Center Coordinator Karen Gibson at 315-386-7308 or email


Paranormal Professional Hunting Ghosts at SUNY Canton

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Who are you going to call about ghosts at SUNY Canton?

Professional Ghost Hunter John Zaffis will be presenting a lecture on phantoms and phantasms at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the Kingston Theater. Following the lecture, Zaffis will lead 40 of the bravest attendants on a campus-wide ghost hunt. This event is free and open to the public.

Zaffis brings an impressive background on the paranormal to the college. He has attested to having first-hand experiences with ghosts, poltergeists, both kind and diabolical. His belief in the paranormal is based on his personal experiences with hauntings, extra-sensory perception, near death experiences, and other paranormal activities

His exhaustive research has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Scotland covering thousands of supernatural cases. Through hands-on investigating with other professionals and clergy members, he is considered one of the foremost authorities in the field today.


Jabali Afrika to Perform at SUNY Canton, March 28

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

SUNY Canton proudly presents the cultural music of Jabali Afrika, a Kenyan band that performs a mixture of African rhythms.

Jabali Afrika will take the stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Kingston Theater. The college cordially invites the community and students from neighboring colleges to this free event.

They played during 1996 H.O.R.D.E. festival alongside performers like Lenny Kravitz, Rusted Root, King Crimson, and the Dave Matthews Band. The group has also made appearances in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, Good Morning America, BET and MTV, as well as many other domestic and international television programs.

The multi-talented musicians have gained great acclaim in Africa and Europe. They were featured on a CNN when they headlined the African Heritage Festival Tour in Germany and Austria.

The band developed from five former members of the Kenya National Theatre Dance Troupe. The musicians would meet a on a large rock to discuss their future careers, hence the name Jabali, which means rock in Kenyan.


Early Childhood Ukraine Meets Early Childhood SUNY Canton

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Early Childhood students from two continents shared a lesson on literacy development at the same time through SUNY Canton OnLine.

When students in Maureen Maiocco’s Early Childhood program came in early Monday morning, they were greeted by their peer students at Kherson State University in Ukraine. By using the video conferencing technology for online classes and a very busy translator, the two classes were able to share children’s books and learning methods.

“The focus of the lesson was on language and literacy development and how active engaged storytelling promotes and enhances literacy,” said Maiocco.

Ukrainian Professor Alla Vladimirova and her students presented a musical lesson based on the notes of the musical scale.

“We are going to see much more of this kind of collaborative cross cultural, cross-language learning as we continue to tie our SUNY Canton curricula with other universities around the world,” said SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy D. Brown, who was with the Ukrainian class for the video learning session.

The students had numerous questions for their overseas counterparts about early childhood, student teaching, and their programs of study

SUNY Canton OnLine provides a collaborative convenient learning environment for students from around the world. Early Childhood is one of SUNY Canton’s signature hands-on and highly visual programs that encourages a high-level of student interaction and participation.

“It is amazing that we could connect, communicate, share teaching methods, and engage with EC students so many miles away from our classroom,” Maiocco said. “We hope to have more video exchanges in the near future.”


SBDC Brings Women Entrepreneurs to SUNY Canton

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Networking was the key topic for new business owners attending the Small Business Development Center’s Women in Entrepreneurship and Business Conference.


HELPING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS - Pictured are (l to r) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director Dale Rice, Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, Cathy Pokines of the U.S. Small Business Administration and SBDC Business Advisor Michelle Collins at the recent Women in Entrepreneurship and Business Conference at SUNY Canton.

“Many new and potential business owners spoke with their peers or other professionals who have gone through the same process of starting a business,” noted SBDC Business Advisor Michelle Collins. “Conversation between new and veteran business owners instills a sense of confidence and camaraderie that can soften the challenges and help others share in success.”

Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava was one of the keynote speakers at the conference. She emphasized the importance of building strong client relationships in business.

Scozzafava was involved in her family’s business for 37 years and noted the role of other women in her personal business education. “Every step along the way there has been a woman to help me,” she said.

Kim Otis, owner of the Black Lake-based Echoes on the Lake grocery store inspired her peers and described her own experience working with the SBDC to startup her business. SBDC business advisors helped her evaluate the costs and risks of her business ventures including the purchase of her highly-profitable pizza ovens. Otis said the business advisors were equally valuable as she negotiated with governing agencies.

SUNY Canton Chief of Staff Carli Schiffner, Ph.D. spoke about women’s role in business from a historical perspective during one of the sessions of the conference. Attorney Roger Linden of Cappello Linden and Ladouceur of Potsdam was on hand to provide legal advice to prospective entrepreneurs. Absolutely Business magazine was the major media sponsor of the conference.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy helped bring the SBDC’s Women in Entrepreneurship and Business Conference to SUNY Canton this year. The SBDC also offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Business advisors can help start-ups develop a business plan, assist existing businesses preparing to expand, and offer resources for industry-specific topics. For more information, e-mail