Archive for 2007

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.

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.