Archive for December, 2007

SUNY Canton Awards Students in First RooTube Contest

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

The SUNY Canton RooTube video competition yielded a narrative students’ view of campus and original footage of students paddling a canoe across a parking lot.

The campus-wide video competition elicited numerous student videographers attempting to capture the elements of college life at SUNY Canton.

Student films students kayaking down a hill.

DOWNHILL KAYAKING – Russell Martin, a SUNY Canton student from Newton Falls, films his fellow Outing Club members for the RooTube competition. The outing club won first place in the campus life category.

“Our inaugural year of the RooTube competition inspired some fun and interesting visions of college life,” said Vice President of Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The competition culminated with an Academy Award-style gala, allowing the students to show their videos to the campus community.”

Gerlach thought of the RooTube contest idea earlier in the semester after viewing videos on the highly popular “YouTube” website. Students received trophies and prizes for their efforts during the recent Golden Roo Awards ceremony.

The results included films about the SUNY Canton Outing club finding adventures in ordinary places. Outing club students were captured on their video saying, “At SUNY Canton, we don’t need water,” as they paddled a canoe across the parking lot of French Hall with help from a not-so cleverly disguised tow rope attached to a moving car.

The outing club students also found adventure scaling the stairs of the college’s six floor Faculty Office Building in snow shoes, repelling from the 20-foot retaining walls, and skiing inside of the residence halls. Their video won first place in the Student Life category.

The overall best film, as decided by RooTube committee members was “What Students Think about SUNY Canton,” a light-hearted documentary-style video by Francesca Goyette, a Physical Therapist Assistant major from Scotia. Goyette interviewed students about what they liked best about the college, their majors, living options on campus, and the squirrels. The common consensus of students featured in the video was that the college’s squirrel population is crazy.

Other competition winners in the general category were:

  • Samantha Zbytek’s “Do Your Thing” video won second place.
  • Jonathan Turner’s “SUNY Canton website” video won third place.

Other competition winners in the Student Life category were:

  • Okeyere Twumasi’s “That’s My SUNY Canton” video won second place.
  • Ryan Madigan and Mike Wilbur’s “Sunday Afternoon” video won third place.

Other awards included:

  • David Hartman won a special best collaboration with a national celebrity award.
  • University Police Lieutenant Brian Kurish won best faculty staff cameo award.

The college’s website will be featuring some of the videos in the future. Plans are already underway for future RooTube competitions.


SUNY Canton Fourth in College Blood Drives

Monday, December 17th, 2007

The SUNY Canton Criminal Justice club was awarded for saving lives by the pint.

The college’s club, populated by numerous Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation students, recently received accolades from SUNY and the American Red Cross for coming in fourth for collections.

Dan Sweeney presents the Criminal Justice club an award.

The SUNY Canton Criminal Justice club was recently awarded by SUNY and the American Red Cross for record blood collections. Pictured are (l to r) back row, Amanda Wynne of Canton, Ryan Strate of Canton, Craig Lane of Hilton, Andrew Cooper of Syracuse, Sindy Afriat of Chase Mills, front row, Criminal Justice Club President Christopher Hill, Vice President of Student Affairs Daniel Sweeney, April All of Sharon Springs, Elizabeth Ayers of Brooktondale.

“It’s quite an achievement to come in fourth among all 64 of the SUNY colleges and universities,” said SUNY Canton Vice President of Student Affairs Daniel Sweeney. “I am extremely proud of your involvement and dedication to the blood drives. Hopefully you have all created a lifelong tradition of donating blood.”

Sweeney presented the club members with a plaque denoting their achievement at a recent club meeting.

The Criminal Justice club has worked with the Syracuse Chapter of the American Red Cross to hold blood Drives for five years. During that time, the SUNY Canton community has donated 510 pints of blood which is approximately 108 percent of the club’s collection goals.


SUNY Canton Offers New Dental Hygiene Bachelor's Degree

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Dental hygienists looking to advance their careers can now turn to SUNY Canton’s newest bachelor’s degree.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced the approval and immediate start of a Bachelor of Technology in the Dental Hygiene program. The new four-year Dental Hygiene degree builds upon the college’s highly successful two-year program. Program specific courses are slated to begin on January 21, 2008, coinciding with college’s spring semester.

“The new Dental Hygiene bachelor’s degree will enable students and professionals to further progress their careers in a multitude of ways,” said Kennedy. “It will open doors to opportunities in areas such as administration, education, pharmaceutical sales, marketing, management, research, public health, and many others.”

Future SUNY Canton students, recent graduates, and transfer students can apply for admission into the four-year degree immediately. The final two years of the bachelor’s program are offered exclusively online.

“After two years of intensive clinical study, dental hygienists are qualified to enter the work force and begin their careers,” said Kennedy. “This program allows them to continue as a working professional and also earn a bachelor’s degree. We’re confident this major will attract students from all over New York State.”

Dental hygiene is a rewarding and flexible career. It is a progressive profession that allows those who are balancing a family and a career the luxury of choosing either part-time or full-time employment. The average annual salary for a full-time hygienist nationwide is $56,700; with an average annual salary of $48,000 to $52,000 in the Syracuse and Utica areas. The addition of a bachelor’s degree will assist in creating even more opportunities.

“Our current two-year program has been an extraordinary success and this new offering will undoubtedly be viewed as among the best in the industry,” said Program Director Susan Willette. “It will provide hygienists with significant career flexibility and leadership growth opportunities.”

Some of the courses offered in the program include: Contemporary Dental Hygiene Issues, Grant Writing Strategies, Contemporary Periodontics, Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care, Dental Hygiene Research, Practice Management/Conflict Resolution, as well as the Dental Hygiene Internship and Senior Seminar.

Dental Hygiene is the College’s fourteenth bachelor’s degree program. Other bachelor’s degree programs pending state approval include Graphic and Multimedia Design, Applied Psychology, Forensic Science Technology, Management Information Systems, and four-year Nursing.

For more information regarding SUNY Canton’s new Dental Hygiene bachelor’s degree, contact the admissions office at 386-7123, (800) 388-7123,, or stop by the Admissions Offices.


UNH Dean Becomes SUNY Canton’s New Provost

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Bill TrumbleSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that a Dean from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) has been selected as SUNY Canton’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. William R. Trumble, Ph.D., of Madbury, N.H., will begin his full-time appointment in March 2008.

“Dr. Trumble joins us with an extensive research and administrative background,” Kennedy said. “His duties as SUNY Canton Provost will include continuing the college’s mission to offer more four-year degrees, the expansion of SUNY Canton OnLine, growth in international programs, and supporting the academic excellence of our students and faculty.”

Trumble comes to Canton from his most recent post as Dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH and Director of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. He is also an instructing Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

“I am extremely honored to be the incoming Provost,” Trumble said. “I think I’ll bring an interesting set of experiences to SUNY Canton, including working with both two- and four-year programs, industrial interactions, technology-assisted and ‘paperless’ work environments, in addition to advocacy for students, faculty, and staff. I’m anxious to arrive in Canton on a full-time basis to get to know everyone and learn what the hopes and goals and aspirations are for the campus.”

During his tenure as Dean, he increased undergraduate enrollment and retention rates and made efforts to better understand the students’ point of view. “I lived with the students in a freshman dorm for a week to learn about problems from a student prospective,” Trumble said.

Trumble will augment SUNY Canton’s growth and development initiatives, according to Kennedy. Trumble previously facilitated the development of UNH’s strategic plan and reorganized the systems so that the college had unified and shared communications. He quintupled the college’s external research portfolio and increased the credit hours taught.

“SUNY Canton is poised to grow in the areas of new bachelor’s degrees, online learning opportunities, international interactions, and the ability for students to differentiate themselves through the educational process to ensure successful employment,” Trumble pointed out.

Trumble worked closely with the Foundation at UNH and created the largest “pipeline” of major donors at the college.

“He has outstanding credentials and has demonstrated an impressive dedication to scholarship and to faculty members,” Kennedy said.

Trumble has earned numerous awards and accolades throughout his career in higher education, including: the University of Idaho Academic Advising Award; a research award through the University of Idaho’s honorary agriculture society; and an Outstanding Faculty Award for the fields of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry.

Trumble also was selected as an “Outstanding International Student Advisor” by Who’s Who among International Students in American Universities and Colleges in 1990.

He has served on the board of directors for the American Heart Association in several different regions and won the second place Excellence of Research Award from the organization in the National Student Research Forum.

Trumble’s research in the fields of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry has been published in numerous academic articles and books. He has served on the board of Scientific Advisors at Lark Technologies, Inc., and at Suma Biological, Inc., both based in Houston, Texas.

Trumble served in the U.S. Navy in the Nuclear Submarine Service. He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., and completed his graduate work at the University of Texas Health Center at Dallas, Texas.

The position of SUNY Canton Provost previously was held by Jeremy D. Brown, who accepted a college Presidency at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in July. Pauline A. Graveline, Dean of the School of Liberal Studies and Support Services, will continue serving as an Interim Provost until Trumble joins the college full time.

Trumble said that he and his wife, Mayme, and their son Jon, are fans of the winter weather. They will be looking forward to all of the opportunities for skiing, hiking, and fishing that the North Country has to offer. “Canton offers a quality of life that is very inviting,” Trumble said. “The people at SUNY Canton have won us over with their friendliness and dedication to the school.”


SUNY Canton Foundation Announces $30,000 in Campus Enhancement Awards

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The SUNY Canton Foundation recently awarded $30,000 to faculty, staff, and student campus enhancement projects.

The annual grants distributed increased by $10,000 over the inaugural Campus Enhancement Awards last year, according to Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach.

“The Campus Enhancement Awards serve as a means to reinvest assets that will continue the development and advancement of unique college initiatives,” Gerlach said. “All members of the campus community are invited to submit proposals for unique projects that benefit the overall learning experience at the college.”

The awards come in addition to the $30,000 in Faculty and Staff Awards and $10,000 in employee tuition assistance that the foundation provides annually. “Any donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation directly helps continue the advancement of the programs and initiatives of the college,” Gerlach said.

The Campus Enhancement Awards committee reviewed 27 individual and group proposals. This year’s funding includes:

  • A $3,501 award to purchase new equipment for media classrooms as part of the college’s upcoming four-year Multimedia and Graphic Design program.
  • A $2,000 award to research and implement a vodcast (video podcast) learning program in the Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation programs.
  • A $3,000 award for the college’s Solar Boat project.
  • A $2,000 award for Science tutoring and learning center enhancements.
  • A $1,200 award to construct a ceremonial flag station outside of Payson Hall.
  • A $200 award for the Educational Opportunity Program recognition ceremony.
  • A $199 award for software for the Automotive Technology program.
  • A $2,250 award to fund an Automotive Club trip to Detroit, Mich.
  • A $1,000 award for a fun bucks auction dorm function.
  • A $2,500 award to fund expenses for the 2008 Regional Steel Bridge Competition.
  • A $1,750 award to help fund e-portfolio software for students and faculty.
  • A $1,750 to fund a driving under the influence educational program.
  • A $750 award to fund an entry to the 2008 New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians seminar.
  • A $1,000 to purchase new choir robes for the SUNY Canton Gospel Choir.
  • A $ 1,000 award for the Southworth Library textbook loan initiative.
  • A $1,000 award for video and digital film editing equipment.
  • A $1,250 award to purchase an energy management system for the Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications program.
  • A $2,400 award to fund diversity and Black History Month programming.
  • A $250 award for the University Police Department’s project blue light initiative.
  • A $1,000 award to support the First Year Program’s theatrical productions.