SUNY Canton Winterterm Expands and Evolves

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


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