Archive for August, 2007

Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Purchases Scoreboards for SUNY Canton's New Fields

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg, Inc. has purchased two custom-made outdoor scoreboards for SUNY Canton’s new all-weather, lighted synthetic turf soccer field and new baseball field.

Construction on the new fields and the installation of the scoreboards are expected to be completed early this fall.

“The scoreboards will be one of the most prominent additions to our new fields,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We certainly can’t thank Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg enough for their generosity and commitment to our college and athletic teams.”

The Baseball Scoreboard will be approximately 18 feet long by 6 feet high with 14 and 18 inch light emitting diode (LED) displays and the soccer scoreboard is 18 feet by 9 feet with similar highly-visible red LED digits. Each scoreboard will include panels featuring Pepsi-Cola, or Pepsi products.

“The scoreboards will be the latest addition to our growing athletic department,” said Diane Para, Director of Athletics and Assistant Dean of Students. “During the past year, we have begun upgrading our athletic fields, adopted the Kangaroos as our team name, added men’s and women’s cross-country teams and switched to a four-year athletic conference.”

The college will also soon be constructing an $18 million Athletic and Convocation Center.

“Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg has been a long-time supporter of SUNY Canton,” said Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato. “We appreciate their contributions toward the scoreboards and the Centennial Campaign. Current and future athletes, students, and fans will benefit from the generosity of Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg.”


Cross Country Teams Running in Historical Event

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

History will unfold this Saturday when the SUNY Canton men’s and women’s cross country teams compete at the SUNYIT Invitational in Utica. The competition will mark the first four-year athletic event in the college’s storied history.

The Kangaroos completed the transition from a two-year athletic program to a four-year athletic program this past year when they joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). SUNY Canton will compete in the Sunrise Conference which includes teams from New York, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.

This weekend’s invitational will also mark the first meet for the men’s and women’s cross country teams who are in their first year of competition.

“This is a very exciting time for all of us,” said Cross Country Head Coach Chris Marquart. “It’s quite an honor to be the first SUNY Canton team to compete at the four-year level. Both teams have been working extremely hard during the past few weeks and we can’t wait to go out and race this weekend.”

Women’s and men’s soccer will begin their season on Sept. 8 when they host SUNY Potsdam and Paul Smith’s College respectively and women’s volleyball has their first match on September 16 against Vermont Technical College.

A new all-weather, lighted synthetic turf field for soccer is scheduled for completion this fall. The college also did extensive renovations on the cross country trails that run behind the campus through the wood along the Grasse River. In addition, a new on-campus baseball field was built and SUNY Canton will soon begin construction on a new $18 million athletic and convocation center.


SUNY Canton Welcomes 13 New Faculty Members

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

SUNY Canton Welcomes 13 New Faculty Members SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy welcomed 13 new faculty members to the college during his annual state-of-the-campus address.

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NEW FACULTY – Pictured are some of SUNY Canton’s new faculty members beginning this semester (l to r) Ali Zaidi, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Lawretta Ononye, Assistant Professor of Physics, Patrick LaPierre, American History Instructor, Brenda Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Susan Willette, Dental Hygiene Instructor, Christa Kelson, Accounting Instructor, Ronald Tavernier, Biology Instructor, Patricia Shinn, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Robert Boak, Building Construction Instructor, Rashid Aidun, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering.

“Each new employee will help the college expand and grow,” Kennedy said. “I am looking forward to working with all of the faculty and staff at the college to create another year of evolution.”

Among the new faculty members are:

  • Rashid Aidun joined SUNY Canton as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. He holds a doctorate from Clarkson University in Experimental Solid State Physics.
  • Brenda Armstrong joined the college as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. She earned her master’s degree in Nursing from Murray State University in Kentucky.
  • Robert Boak joined SUNY Canton as a Building Construction Instructor. He is a 1998 SUNY Canton alumnus.
  • Christa Kelson joined the college as an Accounting Instructor. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
  • Patrick LaPierre joins the college as an American History Instructor. He earned his master’s degree in History from Concordia University in Montreal.
  • Jiayvan “Jerry” Lin joined the college as an assistant professor of Mathematics. He holds a doctorate in Mathematics from the University of California Santa Barbara.
  • Lawretta Ononye joined the college as an Assistant Professor of Physics. She earned her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee.
  • Raghuraman Ramanathan joined the college as an Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications Instructor. He earned his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.
  • Joanne Rozanski joined the college as an Instructional Support Assistant in the Dental Hygiene program, and will be working at SUNY Canton’s satellite site in Rome, N.Y.
  • Patricia Shinn joined SUNY Canton as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from Russell Sage University in Troy.
  • Ronald Tavernier joined SUNY Canton as a Biology Instructor. He holds a doctorate in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • Susan Willette joins the college as a Dental Hygiene instructor. She holds a doctorate in Higher Education from East Tennessee State University.
  • Ali Zaidi joined the college as an Assistant Professor of Spanish. Zaidi holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester.


Study Abroad Fair at SUNY Canton, September 11

Monday, August 27th, 2007

The State University of New York (SUNY) Study Abroad program will be holding a Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. September 11 on the first floor of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center at SUNY Canton.

Representatives from colleges or universities offering study abroad programs will be available to share the opportunities to take college courses overseas.

SUNY Canton will also be unveiling plans to send students to China for a three-week study abroad program next summer.

“We are encouraging our students and college professionals to stop by and see the international education opportunities available,” said Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pauline A. Graveline. “In addition to China, we are planning to offer study abroad programs with Moscow State University and other partner colleges and universities overseas.”

For more information, please contact Coordinator of International Initiatives, John Sheltra, or 315-386-7331.

SUNY currently offers more than 400 overseas study programs in more than 50 countries: in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Programs range from 2 to 3 week intensive courses to a semester or academic year abroad.


Lights, Kangaroos, Action!

Friday, August 17th, 2007

NEW LIGHTING – Contractors are installing the lights as part of the $1.8 million dollar project that will put the first synthetic turf field on campus. The college will also soon begin construction on an $18 million Athletic and Convocation Center.

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SUNY Canton Opening Convocation to Welcome New Students

Friday, August 17th, 2007

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and the college’s academic community will be welcoming approximately 800 first-year students to SUNY Canton at the College’s Opening Convocation at 11:30 a.m. August 27 on the Roselle Academic Plaza.

“The celebration of Opening Convocation allows us to happily observe the start of the academic year with all the growth and great things that it promises,” Kennedy said. “This is the college’s 101st year of students beginning the education that will lead them to a career.”

The college also extends a warm invitation to parents, alumni, friends, and community members. At the conclusion of the ceremonies, there will be a campus-wide picnic.

If the weather is inclement the day of the event, all festivities will be held in Chaney Dining Center.

Opening Convocation is designed as an opportunity to convey to students the significance of their educational endeavor and the commitment of the university to support them in their achievement of this goal. It also serves to help students bond with the community that will be their home for the duration of their education.


Newly Painted Kangaroos Bound Across SUNY Canton

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

A NEW KANGAROO – Members of the Athletic Department, assisted by University Police, added a new Kangaroo to the SUNY Canton entryway. The three-color logo was painted by (l to r) Diane Para, Director of Athletics and Assistant Dean of Students, Tim Mickle, Men’s Baseball Coach, Teresa Minckler, Women’s Soccer Coach, and Craig Woods, Men’s Basketball Coach.

Staff members painting a kangaroo on Cornell Drive.

BIG FEET – Teresa Minckler, SUNY Canton Women’s Soccer Coach, puts the finishing touches on a pair of Kangaroo feet on the road to SUNY Canton. Several sets of large feet will mark the path from the entrance to SUNY Canton’s Athletic Building.

Staff member painting Kangaroo feet on blacktop.