Archive for April, 2007

Online Explosion Highlights SUNY Canton Summer Course Offerings

Monday, April 16th, 2007

An extraordinary increase in the number of online courses highlights the upcoming Summer Session at SUNY Canton. Registration for courses begins this Monday, April 16.

Fifty-five online courses are being offered through SUNY Canton Online, also known as SUNY Canton OL, and 27 courses are available in classrooms on campus. Additionally, the college will be offering a Pain Management course at its Dental Hygiene facility in Rome, N.Y.

A record number of almost 500 students participated in last year’s Summer Session. SUNY Canton officials anticipate that number will be topped again this year.

“We’re simply responding to the incredible demand for our online courses,” said SUNY Canton Provost Jeremy D. Brown. “We’ve increased the number of online summer offerings from 20 in 2005, and 30 last year, to 55 this summer. We had record highs in enrollment last summer and this past Winterterm, and we anticipate another new high this summer.”

Last summer, SUNY Canton offered a total of 42 summer courses. This year, that total has nearly doubled to 83, according to Pauline A. Graveline, Dean of the School of Liberal Studies and Support Services. She added that approximately 75 percent of last summer’s students were enrolled in online courses.

“The flexibility, convenience, and accessibility of our online courses continue to attract large numbers of students,” Graveline said. “It really represents our belief that the SUNY Canton Online brand is very popular and synonymous with quality in distance learning.”

Courses being offered for the first time this summer include: Spanish I and II, Structural Mechanics, Passive Solar Building, Early Childhood’s Issues and Policies in Early Care and Education, and a number of first time special topic courses in Humanities and Criminal Justice. A course expected to generate local interest is Adirondacks: Life and Literature.

There are also a series of workshops offered as professional development and training opportunities for early care and education providers, teachers, staff, and students.

Graveline added that last summer and this winter both saw a significant increase in the number of non-SUNY Canton or non-matriculated students.

“The online environment eliminates distance constraints,” said Graveline. “Students can take SUNY Canton courses without interfering with jobs, vacations, or other summer plans.”

Information on Summer Session can be found at


SUNY Canton Gospel Choir Spring Concert, April 21

Monday, April 16th, 2007
Gospel Choir

GOSPEL CONCERT – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton students Alexis Hamlor of the Bronx and Daniel Johnson of Staten Island preparing for their spring concert.

The SUNY Canton Anointed Voices Gospel Choir will be holding a spring concert at 5:30 p.m. April 21, in the Kingston Theater, located in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

The spring concert consists of multiple choirs, with individual and group performances by the 12:30 Gospel Choir from Fort Drum, the Sweet Haven Choir from Black River, and the Praise Dancers of Brooklyn. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend the concert.

The gospel choir recently received benefited from the SUNY Canton Foundation Campus Enhancement Awards program to purchase new instruments.


Honors Convocation Named for Potsdam Town Supervisor Marie C. Regan

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Marie ReganSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced the 2007 Honors Convocation has been named to honor Professor Emerita and Potsdam Town Supervisor Marie C. Regan.

Regan will be the guest of honor at Honors Convocation where 75 students will be recognized for outstanding academics and leadership at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in Alumni Gymnasium in Dana Athletic Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“Marie Regan was recommended unanimously by the Recognition and Awards committee for her years of dedication to the college and to the community,” said Kennedy. “I join with them in saluting Professor Regan’s years of outstanding service to the college. She exemplifies the drive that we instill in our current students and the leadership talent we encourage in our faculty.”

Regan retired with the highly-esteemed State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor status and the SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award in 1996 after 24 years at SUNY Canton. As a professor of English and Humanities, she taught numerous writing and literature courses. She remains one of the most recognizable faces to faculty and staff members on campus.

“I’m really surprised, overwhelmed, and grateful for this honor,” Regan said. “I think SUNY Canton offers a wonderful opportunity for student and faculty growth. It gave me the first opportunity to begin working in governance, which helped me during my second career as a town supervisor.”

Regan will also be reading with some of her SUNY Canton colleagues at “Readings from the American Past” at 4 p.m. Monday, April 30, in the SUNY Canton Kingston Theater.

During her time at the college, she spearheaded and served on many of the committees that helped shape the college. She was the English and Humanities Department Chair, a faculty senator, a member of the State University of New York Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and even served on the hiring committee that brought SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy to the college.

Among those who nominated her for this distinguished recognition was Regan’s long-standing colleague, Sue S. Rummel. “With such an impressive list of credentials, it is incredible that Marie excelled even more in the classroom,” Rummel said. “Her enthusiasm for her subject matter is contagious. I heard one student say ‘she makes you want to get involved,’ which is the highest praise for a professor.”

Professor Emeritus and 2006 Honors Convocation namesake Kermit D. Morgan said Regan’s reputation among her colleagues and students surpassed excellence. “Her efforts are constantly aimed at helping everyone do their very best,” Morgan said.

She has been a founding board member and a teacher an administrator for the Stimulating Opportunities after Retirement, or SOAR, which offers peer learning opportunities to North Country residents of retirement age. She has served as the president of the St. Lawrence County American Association of University Women chapter and served as the chair for Potsdam’s bicentennial.

Regan earned her bachelor’s degree in 1957 from SUNY Albany with a major in American and British Literature, and a minor in Speech and Drama. She received her Master’s degree in 1977 from SUNY Potsdam with a concentration in American Literature. She also has a permanent secondary-level English certification and taught at Massena Central High School.

Regan lives in the town of Potsdam with her husband, Robert. She has five adult children: Shawn, Denise, Gavin, Bridget, and Stephanie, and 11 grandchildren.