Archive for October, 2007

SUNY Canton Calls for Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

SUNY Canton is seeking nominations for the highly-revered Distinguished Citizen Award.

The award is decided upon by the College Council at their March 2008 meeting. The award will be presented to the deserving recipient (or recipients) at the college’s 100th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17, 2008.

The college gives this prestigious award in recognition of exceptional and distinguished service to the College, to the community, to the State, or to the nation. Past recipients include: philanthropists Allan P. and Catherine B. Newell; Edward S. Mucenski of Pinto, Mucenski and Watson P.C. in Potsdam; President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur; and former state assemblywoman Chloe Ann O’Neil. Every recipient’s name is proudly displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Written nominations must be submitted no later than February 1, 2008. Minimally, the nominations should include the name, position or title, a description, and a brief biography of the nominee. At least three letters of support from non-family members should accompany the nomination. Please submit all nominations to Wesley L. Stitt, College Council Chairman, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617.

For more information, contact Stacey L. Basford, Assistant to the President, at (315) 386-7204 or email


SUNY Canton in The Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Inspired by the powerful impact their donations have made on SUNY Canton, a trio of college donors have placed a message in The Wall Street Journal encouraging others to consider giving to the SUNY Canton Foundation.

Alumnus Joel M. Canino ’59, classmate Ronald L. Woodcock ’59, and benefactor Rachael Bagley were also prompted by a pair of recent articles in The Wall Street Journal and the Chronicle of Higher Education about how donations to rich schools with huge endowments have almost no tangible effects. They mentioned, “Your donation will have little impact at a college that has stockpiled hundreds of millions or even billions.”

Having experienced the results their own gifts have brought to SUNY Canton, they decided to encourage others, including non-alumni, to do the same. The first advertisement ran in The Wall Street Journal last Wednesday. The same advertisement will run again on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

“When you make a donation at SUNY Canton, you make a direct effect and you can see it on a firsthand basis, rather than dumping into a billion-dollar pool,” Canino said in a recent interview.

Canino has given more than $3 million in the past three years and is the college’s top donor. He indicated that the SUNY Canton Foundation, alumni, and benefactors work hard on behalf of the college and its students to generate more gifts that directly benefit scholarships, upgrades, and grants.

“We’d like to thank Joel, Rachael and Ron for their continued leadership and support of the College and the Foundation,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We hope that this latest gift, the donation of an advertisement, will inspire people outside of our immediate circle of donors to consider an investment in our college.”

The advertisement can be viewed at The web site notes the generous contributions of numerous donors including Professor Emeritus Richard W. Miller, John L. Halford ’49, Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca, Professor Emeritus Herman W. Kalberer, Bernard C. Reagan ’65 and many others.


Last Comic Standing Comedian Joey Gay at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Last Comic Standing finalist Joey Gay is coming back to SUNY Canton for a one night show at 8 pm, Saturday, October 27th in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Gay is a comedian and actor from Brooklyn who attended SUNY Canton in 1989. His comedy draws upon his experiences growing up in Brooklyn as a younger brother to 5 sisters. While attending SUNY Canton he had his own WATC campus radio show.

“Comedy comes naturally to me,” said Gay. When asked what is funny is he replied, “The absolute truth or the biggest lie and nothing in between.”

Now, he is a regular at New York comedy hotspots such as Caroline’s on Broadway, Comedy Village, Laugh Factory, and Catch a Rising Star. As an actor, he has appeared on NBC’s “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Deadline”. He has also appeared in the films “Close Strangers”, “Exit 8A”, “Times Modem”, “The Vibe”, and “The Play”.

He is making a documentary about the historic comedy clubs in New York City, which will feature interviews with Richard Lewis, Bret Butler, and Woody Allen.

More information about Gay can be obtained on his website


"Buy In Or Get Out!" Presentation at SUNY Canton October, 23

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

David Stollman, an active consultant for Greek organizations and overall student life, will be presenting “Buy In or Get Out!” to the SUNY Canton Community at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

There will also be a following program specifically for SUNY Canton’s fraternities and sororities at 8:30 p.m.

Stollman has been consulting with fraternity chapters, national organizations, and campus Greek Councils for nearly ten years on the subject of recruitment. He has spoken on more than 400 campuses and served on the faculty of numerous university and fraternity leadership conferences nationwide. He is also an active volunteer for his chapter, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and has served in the roles of chapter counselor, District Governor, Balanced Man Project Steward, and Member of the Educational Foundations Board of Governors.

Fraternity and sorority leaders often face the challenge of battling cliques, apathy, fighting, and poor appreciation for ritual. Members who belong to any organization for the wrong reasons are all obstacles on the road to achieving success.

Stollman uses a mix of honesty, humor, and interaction to challenge students to eliminate those who would drag their chapters or organizations down. Members who care about the core values of their organizations- friendship, leadership, scholarship, and service- are challenged to pursue the very best and get rid of the rest.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities at extension 7315 or email


Women in Construction Day at SUNY Canton, Nov. 10

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

A day at SUNY Canton specifically for women aims to eliminate the stereotype that construction is exclusively a man’s career choice and will present future training and employment options.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Nov. 10 in Nevaldine Technology Center, instructors from the Canino School of Engineering Technology will be presenting Women in Construction Day.

“We will be offering hands-on projects that will highlight several of our key programs in the building and construction trades,” said David Wells, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “We hope to attract more non-traditional workers to the construction fields with the hopes of showing what options are available upon re-entering the workforce or when seeking new careers.”

The day is comprised of four separate classes that guests are invited to choose from, according to Colleen Stone, Electromechanical Technologies Instructional Support Associate.

Each attendant can pick one of the following classes:

  • Make your own extension cord, as taught by Stone.
  • Surveying instruction with Paul Hitchman, Civil Engineering Technology Instructional Support Associate.
  • Pipe soldering and copper pipe art with Marty Clark-Stone, Associate Professor of Electrical Construction.
  • Design a house with Robert Boak, Building Construction Instructor.

“Each guest gets to build a project that is theirs to keep,” Stone said. “And everyone will get a small set of tools free of charge.”

This event is free and open to women of all ages, but space is limited to 15 people per class. Please pre-register with Stone by calling 386-7378, or emailing Childcare will be available courtesy of the Early Childhood program, and lunch will be provided free of charge.

The Women in Construction Day is funded through a Community College Workforce Development Training grant that supports programs at several colleges in addition to SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton also offers the annual Women in Engineering Day specifically designed to encourage high school and college aged women to consider careers in engineering and technology. Women in Engineering will be held again in spring 2008.


SUNY Canton Career Fair Attracts Students, Alumni, and Community Members

Friday, October 19th, 2007

High School students, community members and SUNY Canton Students met with prospective employers at SUNY Canton’s Career Fair.

The Office of Career Services offers the fair each semester as an opportunity for current students, alumni, and community members to meet with recruiters and potentially find a new career. This was the first year that the college invited high school students to the fair, to demonstrate what careers can come following a SUNY Canton education, according to Director of Career Services David Norenberg.

Electrical Engineering Technology students Nathan Turnbull of Hermon and Nicholas Winchester of Hammond talk with Novelis Human Resources Representative Katie Schlagter at SUNY Canton's Career Fair.

MAKING CONNECTIONS — (l to r) Electrical Engineering Technology students Nathan Turnbull of Hermon and Nicholas Winchester of Hammond talk with Novelis Human Resources Representative Katie Schlagter at SUNY Canton’s Career Fair.

“The response was overwhelmingly positive,” Norenberg said, as he watched a throng of high school seniors move from employer to employer. “Many of the employers said that they were excited by the turnout, especially recruiters in the health fields.”

Over 50 employers attended the career fair to recruit students in SUNY Canton’s career-driven programs. Companies who continually recruit from the college, including the high-tech Novelis aluminum manufacturing company in Oswego and Cives Steel in Gouverneur were joined by relative newcomers including Shaker Veterinary Hospital in Latham, and Cannon Design in Grand Island.

“I think students can really benefit from the career and internship options available through the fair,” said Emily Volckmann, a Veterinary Technician at Shaker Veterinary Hospital and 2005 SUNY Canton Graduate.

Volckmann got her job after her senior-level internship with Shaker Veterinary.

Canton Director of Economic Development Linda McQuinn was also available to speak with students about starting their own businesses straight out of college. She is following up with a business plan and financial planning workshop for students and community members who spoke with her at the fair.


SUNY Canton SBDC Has Record Impact on Local Economy

Friday, October 19th, 2007

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at SUNY Canton has had the best year ever, according to Director Dale Rice.

“The economic impact of the businesses that received our assistance in the past year has almost equaled the total economic impact for our past seven years of operation,” Rice said.

From Jan. 1, 2006 through September 30, the Canton SBDC’s clients recorded more than $24 million in economic impact as compared to the more than $25 million of economic impact reported from 1998 to 2005. The economic impact figure is tabulated by combining investments by entrepreneurs, financial institutions, and economic development agencies which resulted in the opening or expansion of a business.

In addition to economic impact, the SBDC also tracks the creation and retention of jobs by new and existing businesses. These figures show marked improvement with 752 jobs recorded from October 1998 to December 2005, and 284 jobs being created in the past 21 months.

“A key factor contributing to this increased investment by SBDC-assisted businesses is our effort to strengthen our strategic partnerships with local lenders and economic developers,” Rice said. “We have worked closely with several agencies to increase client funding, but Raymond Fountain (St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency Director of Economic Development) and Patrick Kelly (Deputy Director) have been particularly supportive of our center’s efforts to assist the business community.”

Rice also said Senator James Wright and SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph Kennedy contributed continuing support to the SBDC program. “Senator Wright and Dr. Kennedy worked diligently to have the SBDC at SUNY Canton,” Rice said. “If it weren’t for them we wouldn’t be here to offer our assistance to the area’s small businesses.”

The New York State SBDC recently underwent a state-wide accreditation review and was recertified without limitations or restrictions for the next four years. Accreditation without conditions is a level only attained by about 10 percent of all programs nationally.

The SBDC has been helping start-up and existing small businesses through all phases of growth for over 20 years. Advisors also provide free individual counseling on business planning, tax requirements, financial analysis, government procurement, compliance issues, and record keeping in addition to periodic training sessions on a variety of business related topics. To schedule an appointment with the SUNY Canton SBDC, call 315-386-7312.


Alumnus Helps Fuel a Greener SUNY Canton

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007
 Todd Flanagan stands with Shaun Jones on a red lawnmower.

GREENER MACHINES — SUNY Canton Senior Grounds Worker Todd Flanagan stands with Shaun Jones, an Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications student who helped produce 500 gallons of B20 biodiesel fuel for the college’s lawnmowers.

SUNY Canton is getting a bit greener with help from Alfred R. Place, a graduate of the class of 1949.

Place funds a scholarship that helps students research biodiesel solutions within the Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications (AREA) program. This year Place’s scholarship was given to Shaun Jones who provided 500 gallons of biodiesel for the college’s Maintenance and Ground crews to use in their lawn mowers. Jones created the biodiesel solution with waste cooking oil garnered from Chaney Dining Center.

“By running biodiesel, the college helped combat the rising price gasoline while decreasing our impact on the environment,” Jones said.

Alternative and Renewable Energy Application Assistant Professor Matthew Bullwinkel said that the real world application of biodiesel also helped test the fuel’s reliability. “Workers were asked to observe any changes in the mechanical operations of the equipment while they were using the B20 solution,” Bullwinkel said.

The only notable effect of using the alternative fuel source was the new scent of the exhaust. Evidently area pigeons and seagulls found the scent of French fries irresistible.

Ongoing biodiesel research is just one of many ways that the AREA program is seeking to create a greener campus. Students will soon be installing photovoltaic cells on top of Nevaldine Technology center to power the lighting in their classroom and placing a solar hot water heater for research. “When someone flips on the lights in Nevaldine (Room) 110 they will be using energy collected from solar panels on the roof,” said AREA Program Director Michael J. Newtown.

Newtown explained that the new installations will provide hands-on applications of the same renewable energy systems that the students are studying.

Outside of the AREA program, Physical Plant staff members have been implementing greener cleaning agents to combat unnecessary pollution and waste. Almost all of the college’s cleaning products now meet the highest New York State green standards.

“Every year I look for new products that we can use that are safer and more earth-friendly,” said Head Janitor Walter Holmes.

Holmes said many of the cleaning machines and devices that they employ are also becoming more environmentally friendly by utilizing components manufactured from recycled parts that introduce advanced filtration and water saving technologies.


SUNY Canton Welcomes Governor Spitzer

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and his wife, Dine, extended a warm welcome to Governor Eliot L. Spitzer on Tuesday. Spitzer was on campus for the St. Lawrence County Democratic Dinner. He highlighted the political strength of St. Lawrence County and thanked SUNY Canton for hosting the event.

The Kennedys with Governor Eliot Spitzer

Global Cooling…A Call for Positive Change, Tonight

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Guruji Sri Vast, an internationally known advocate for environmental issues, will be presenting “Global Cooling… A Call for Positive Change” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

This event was orchestrated by the SUNY Canton Student Environmental Awareness Society, and is free and open to the public.

Sri Vast touts the spiritual connection between humans and nature. He is currently engaged in a campaign to encourage everyone to create ecologically sustainable societies. His teachings are said to be applicable to almost everybody’s daily life. More information about Sri Vast is available at