Archive for November, 2007

Traditional Dance

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Native American DancerA Native American dancer spun and danced across the stage of the Kingston Theater, mesmerizing throngs of SUNY Canton students with his flawless performance. Larry Yazzie, an international lecturer, educator, performer, and a world-champion fancy dancer recently visited SUNY Canton for an educational performance, part of the college’s fall line up of student activities. His show balanced entertainment with education and features the high-energy traditional dance. He even brought students up on stage to join in the experience.

Site Prep Begins for New Roos’ House

Friday, November 30th, 2007
Michael Blakely drills an exploratory hole at the future Athletic Center home.

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS – Pictured is Michael Blakely of SJB Services, Inc., operating an exploratory drill on the future site of SUNY Canton’s Athletic and Convocation Center.

One of the first steps in laying a solid foundation for SUNY Canton’s Athletic and Convocation Center is underway.

Workers from SJB Services, Inc., a geotechnical and environmental testing and consulting company, were drilling holes to find the bedrock in the fields adjoining the college’s new lighted all-weather synthetic turf field.

Site survey, soil investigations and the preliminary design work have all begun. Actual construction of the $36.7 million complex is set to begin in the spring. The first phase of the project is targeted for completion during the Fall 2009 Semester.


Enbridge Donates to SUNY Canton Solar Project

Friday, November 30th, 2007
Matthew Flynn and Greg LaPoint shaking hands

WARMING DONATION – Pictured are Matthew Flynn, AREA Instructional Support Associate, and Greg LaPoint, Rental Program Manager for Enbridge Services in Massena.

Enbridge Services recently donated two hot water heaters to the Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications (AREA) program. Students will be using the two hot water heaters to design, install, and research a system that uses solar preheating as a way to decrease energy usage. Adding a solar thermal system to a conventional gas or electric hot water heater is one of the most cost effective renewable energy measures that a homeowner can utilize, according to Michael Newtown, AREA Program Director. AREA is one of the largest Bachelor’s degree programs at the college and is the largest in the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Establishes Scholarship

Monday, November 26th, 2007

A SUNY Canton Associate Professor has created a scholarship for students in the Criminal Investigation Program.

Each Year, Steven Gilbert will award $500 to a student based on the top investigative forensic science presentation. Specifically, students will be invited to submit presentations on “How Forensic Science Contributes to a Safer Society.”

“Many of our Criminal Investigation students are very interested in forensic science and interested in pursuing a career in crime scene investigation,” Gilbert pointed out. “The Gilbert Forensic Science Scholarship will help encourage students to continue research within this field.”

Gilbert, who has his doctorate in criminal justice, said that recent advancements within the field of DNA testing have dynamically changed investigations and forensic sciences.

The first scholarship will be awarded in Spring 2008 with following scholarships each Fall Semester. “The students’ presentations will also help inform the campus community about the changes and evolutions within our program,” Gilbert said.

Previously Gilbert has mentored students overseas who could not afford college, and was instrumental in beginning the Omega Upsilon chapter of the Criminal Justice Honor Society.

He created the scholarship through the SUNY Canton College Foundation which annually awards nearly $300,000 in scholarship assistance.


SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Students Awarded Scholarships

Monday, November 26th, 2007
Students in the Air Conditioning Engineering program

KEEPING COOL – Students from SUNY Canton’s Air Conditioning Engineering Technology recently received scholarships from the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Pictured are (l to r) William Benoit of Deerfield, Avery Denney of Potsdam and Mike Lowe of Kingston. Not pictured is Benjamin Larose of Potsdam who also won a scholarship through ASHRAE.

Students in SUNY Canton’s highly-regarded Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program brought home four scholarships from a recent American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) conference.

The group of students recently traveled to the professional conference as one of their activities through HAC’KERS, their curriculum club.

“The students each wrote an application for the scholarships earlier this year,” said Charles A. Stead, an Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Instructor. “They were all very excited and even a little surprised when they received their scholarships.”

ASHRAE scholarship recipients included:

  • Mike Lowe from Kingston received a $3,000 national ASHRAE Scholarship, which was previously won by a SUNY Canton student in 2004.
  • William Benoit of Deerfield received a $750 Harry King scholarship through the Central New York ASHRAE Chapter. Benoit’s scholarship is named for SUNY Canton’s own Professor Emeritus and Innovative Air Conditioning Engineering leader.
  • Avery Denney of Potsdam received a $500 ASHRAE scholarship through the Central New York ASHRAE Chapter.
  • Benjamin Larose of Potsdam received a $500 ASHRAE Scholarship through the Central New York ASHRAE Chapter.

The Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program is one of the most widely respected programs in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. The program was founded by Professor Emeritus Harry King in 1946. Nearly 100 percent of the program’s graduates are hired immediately upon graduation.

Successful SUNY Canton alumni including longstanding college supporters Joel Canino, John Halford, Ronald Woodcock, and Professor Emeritus Arthur Hurlbut, all graduated from the program.

Earlier this year, Canino implemented the program’s first fully comprehensive scholarship which allows for two students from Baldwinsville High School to enroll in the program.

SUNY Canton Winterterm Expands and Evolves

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Online courses are expanding to offer topics of study including sports management and the films of an underground icon during SUNY Canton’s 2007 Winterterm semester.

Winterterm begins on Dec. 20 and students can register now. The complete listing of courses and online registration are both available at

Specialty courses are among the 34 courses offered this Winterterm, allowing students to catch up or get ahead in their academic studies.

This is the third Winterterm that the college has held completely online through SUNY Canton OnLine. The college has seen a dramatic rise in enrollment through its online classes. Last year, the college saw 313 students enroll during Winterterm, which was a 96 percent increase from the 160 students enrolled in 2005-06. According to Pauline Graveline, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, this year’s Winterterm will follow the trend of record-breaking enrollments.

Charles Fenner, Assistant Professor of Business and Public Administration said the upcoming Winterterm semester will be the first time that the three credit course Foundations of Sports Management will be offered online.

“The course includes a historical perspective of American sports,”Fenner said. “Students will be studying sports branding and sports marketing in the realms of collegiate and professional athletic teams.”

Students will learn about dealing with other aspects of sports management including tourism, public relations, as well as fiscal management. “Essentially, this course is developed for students who have an interest in sports and want to learn the business behind running or managing the business side of a sports organization.”

This course was developed with assistance from Diane Para, the college’s Director of Athletics and Assistant Dean of Students.

Christopher Sweeney, Assistant Professor of Humanities, is offering a film course on auteur David Lynch. Lynch is most known as the filmmaker who brought The Elephant Man to the big screen.

“An auteur is a filmmaker whose individual style and complete control over all elements of production give a film its personal and unique stamp,”noted Sweeney, whose passion for film has previously spurred a special topics film course on the horror genre.

Lynch also filmed Dune 1984, made episodes of the breakout hit television show Twin Peaks in 1990, in addition to films Lost Highway in 1997, and Mulholland Dr. in 2001.

Film classes succeed the best within the college’s online format. “Students use online resources to chronicle and track the filmmaker’s entire catalog of work and can engage in intelligent dialogue about the films they are viewing on discussion boards,”he said.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Student Service Center at 315-386-7616 or email


SUNY Canton Scholars Join Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Monday, November 5th, 2007

More than 25 students were inducted into the SUNY Canton Lambda Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Phi Theta Kappa 2007

Dr. Kenneth Erickson, Interim Dean of the school Liberal Studies, was the keynote speaker at the college’s recent induction ceremony. He explained his pride in the honor society’s new members by highlighting their ability to reason and their aptitude to think coherently and logically.

“The world needs people like you,” he said. “The world needs people who are emboldened by reason who will speak truth to power. When I look at all of you I feel pride. But, more importantly when I look at you, I see hope.”

Student lights candleHe further challenged the students to take the high road even though it may not be easy.

Among the students who joined Phi Theta Kappa during the Fall 2007 were:

  • Michael Adamitey, a Computer Information Systems major from Staten Island.
  • Christine Belgarde, an Office Technology major from Potsdam.
  • Cortney Brunet, an Office Technology major from Hermon.
  • Aidan Charbonneau, a Business Administration major from Manchester Center, VT.
  • Angela Craig, an Occupational Therapy Assistant major from Rensselaer Falls.
  • Sapphire Isaac, a Criminal Justice major from Brooklyn.
  • Alissa Jatsenti, an Accounting major from Estonia.
  • Gina Kearns, an Accounting major from Massena.
  • Craig Kirkpatrick, an Automotive Technology major from Russell.
  • Christine Langtry, a Nursing major from Chippewa Bay.
  • Brenea Moroney, an Early Childhood major from Lacona.
  • Nicole Noble, a Nursing major from Ogdensburg.
  • Jennifer Pirie, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Russell.
  • Holly Rogers, an Accounting major from Walworth.
  • Lillian Roy, a Business Administration major from Norfolk.
  • Christopher Sarsfield, a Nursing major from Canton.
  • Heather Smith, a Nursing major from Potsdam.
  • Mark Talamo, a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies major from Oswego.
  • Trey Theobald, an Engineering Science major from Victor.
  • Shanna-Kay Townsend, a Health Science Career Studies major from Bronx.
  • Michael Trefry, an Accounting major from Redwood.
  • Sarah Turner, an Engineering Science major from Oswego.
  • Julie VanderWiel, a Criminal Justice major from Malone.
  • Emberstar Wakefield, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Potsdam.
  • Henry Wason, an Engineering Science major from Ogdensburg.
  • Britney Wilkins, an Early Childhood major from Brasher Falls.
  • Crystal Wroblewski, a Health Science Career Studies major from Grand Island.

Phi 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.

SUNY Canton Students Visit Wind Farm

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Student pose in front of a wind turbineSUNY Canton Electrical Engineering Technology students recently visited the Noble Environmental Power Wind Farm in Chateaugay to learn more about the installation and operation of wind turbines. The students were invited by Noble’s Managing Director, Daniel Haas, who is a 1978 graduate of SUNY Canton.

Pictured are (l to r) Allison Finley, Noble’s Manager of Public Affairs, James Judware of Massena, Nathan Turnbull of Hermon, Robert Jennings, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology, Michael Reeves of Moers, Terry Brockway of S&L Electric, Eric Bush of Norwood, Jeremy Bronson of Colton, Andrew Peets of Massena, Johnathon Leashomb of Norwood, and David Peck of Colton.

SUNY Canton Announces Athletic Facility Plans

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced today that the college will be increasing the size and scope of its future Athletic and Convocation Center.

Site survey, soil investigations and the preliminary design work are underway with actual construction set to begin in the spring. The new plans are to build a $36.7 million complex.

Artistic rendering of the future athletic center.

“We have added an additional $18.7 million to our new capital plan for these facilities,” Kennedy said. “Combined with the previously approved $18 million from the state, this will enable us to include all of the modern amenities that this type of project should incorporate. It will dramatically change the atmosphere and personality of our campus.”

The new plan includes a hockey arena, gymnasium, field house, fitness center, pool, locker room facilities, and athletic department office space. Previous designs had planned to continue using the gymnasium and facilities in Dana Hall, but that is no longer a viable option.

“At this time, the renovation costs far exceed the costs of replacing Dana Hall,” Kennedy said. “Because of recently diagnosed structural problems in Dana Hall, we are in the process of vacating that facility, utilizing other on-campus temporary space, and moving forward as expeditiously as possible with our new Athletic and Convocation Center.”

SUNY Canton athletics have experienced tremendous growth recently. The college’s teams now compete against other four-year institutions in the Sunrise Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Men’s and women’s cross country teams were added this past year and the college recently adopted Kangaroos as its new athletic nickname.

“Our athletic program continues to evolve and progress at an exciting pace,” Kennedy said. “As we do so, we will continue to recognize those who have made it possible. The Dana name will be remembered and honored appropriately within the new facility.”

SUNY Canton’s new all-weather, lighted synthetic turf field was unveiled this fall. It has hosted the college’s soccer teams and has been extensively utilized for the area’s high school Section X soccer playoffs. The college also did extensive renovations on the cross country trails that run behind the campus through the woods along the Grasse River. In addition, a new on-campus baseball field will be ready for competition next fall.