Archive for August, 2008

Alternative Rockers "The Spill Canvas" Coming to Canton

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

CANTON – SUNY Canton will be hosting popular alternative rockers The Spill Canvas on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Canton Pavilion on Lincoln Street.

The Spill CanvasDoors open for The Spill Canvas with special guests The Trapps at 6 p.m.

The Spill Canvas is a South Dakota foursome who has toured with the bands Motion City Soundtrack, Straylight Run, Mae and The Plain White T’s, and performed at venues including The Bamboozle in New Jersey and in the Vans Warped Tour.

According to the band’s biography, lead singer Nick Thomas is described as a noticeably talented, quietly charming, and extraordinarily friendly next door neighbor type who grew from his experiences of hometown success.

The band has produced four albums since 2002, the most recent of which hit the Billboard 200 charts. The Spill Canvas was named one of the Bands to Watch in 2007 according to Alternative Press. Though no longer the guy next door, they have preserved the sensibility of their humble beginnings and are highly-devoted to their fans.

The Spill CanvasThe concert is one of many of the college’s student activities lined up for the fall semester. The events are sponsored by the Student Cooperative Alliance and the College Union Board, the college’s student government organizations. Future activities include the college’s Fall Festival and Family Weekend beginning Sept 26.

Tickets are on sale at the SUNY Canton Bookstore, Northern Music & Video, or by phone at 315-386-7623. Advance tickets are $10 for SUNY Canton students, $15 for the general public, and $20 the day of the show.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Receives International Award

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Lawretta OnonyeCANTON – A SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Physics won one of the very first awards given by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD).

Lawretta C. Ononye authored “The Effect of Implantation Temperature and Ionizing Radiation on the Microstructure of Ion Implanted Sapphire” while completing her doctorate research in 2002 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

“Lawretta has received the high-level of recognition that her research deserves,” noted David M. Wells, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Our students and her peers will benefit from her expertise in this area.”

The Assistant Professor’s work was selected through a rigorous selection process consisting of the most downloaded electronic theses and dissertations, in addition to the critical and judicial review by scientific editors from Elsevier Journals, publishing associates of the NDLTD.

According to Ononye, her research can be applied in high-technology areas. “Implantation of many cation (a positively charged atom) species into sapphire often produce unique structures consisting of nanometer size metallic particles distributed in the sapphire matrix,” she said. “The production of nanostructures in sapphire can be used to make smart resistors.”

Ononye will receive $500, a custom medallion, honorable mention in future Elsevier publications, and honorary recognition on the Scirus homepage for her work.

The NDLTD is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations. Electronic Theses and Dissertation collections all around the world are regularly harvested by index publishers such as Scirus and Google Scholar.
Ononye’s dissertation and further details about her award are accessible at

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 85 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Welcomes New Dean of Business and Liberal Arts

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Linda HeilmanCANTON – SUNY Canton’s newest dean has the perfect blend of Business and Liberal Arts expertise to run a newly formed school at the college.

Recently, the college restructured its academic units, combining the School of Liberal Studies with the School of Business and Public Service to form the School of Business and Liberal Arts. Dean Linda A. Heilman, Ph.D., will be overseeing the school and ensuring that its students continue to receive a high-quality education that leads directly to career advancement.

“Linda has worked with highly successful businesses and has an acclaimed academic career that perfectly matches our strategies and programs,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “She has a magnificent track record in marketing, business development, and program management that fits in well with our college’s career-oriented mission.”

The College’s newest dean brings both a Doctorate in Late Modern European History from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

“It is very evident that the people here have a passion for the college, the community, and especially the students,” Heilman said. “I’m looking forward to working with the faculty to develop new degree options and to expand existing academic programs.”

Dr. Linda Heilman comes to SUNY Canton from Cardinal Stritch University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she served as Associate Dean in the College of Business and Management. Her previous post oversaw associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s programs on four campuses in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. She has served as Vice President of Marketing for Honeywell Federal Credit Union, Team Leader at U.S. Bancorp, Chief Operating Officer of a software business at the University of Minnesota, and Director of Marketing at Weiss Research.

Among her goals for her time at the college, Heilman plans to integrate the Business and Liberal Studies programs and to help SUNY Canton excel among peer colleges and universities. “My own experience works well within the Liberal Arts and Business academic environments,” she said. “By blending technical training, theoretical knowledge and practical application, there is the potential here to develop terrific synergy both within and across programs.”

To allow for the school mergers, some programs and departments were moved to the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology and the School of Health and Professional Studies. Karen M. Spellacy, Interim Dean of Business and Public Service, and Kenneth Erickson, Interim Dean of Liberal Studies, will both be returning to their faculty positions.

“I want to personally thank Ken and Karen for their exceptional service to the College,” Kennedy said. “They have both been instrumental in continuing the development and advancement of our programs, while ensuring the success of their students.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

Vacancies Dwindling at SUNY Canton Residence Halls

Friday, August 1st, 2008

CANTON – As residence halls approach capacity, SUNY Canton officials are turning toward local landlords to assist in providing additional student housing options for the upcoming semester. Director of Residence Life Courtney Battista is asking Canton landlords interested in renting to students to contact her at 386-7513 or email their information to

Students studying in the lobby of a residence hall.“This has been the highest demand for housing in recent memory,” Battista said. “We are annually at or near capacity, but this year has been exceptional.”

SUNY Canton’s four residence halls house approximately 1000 students. Battista sites a large incoming class of first-year students as well as a higher than usual number of transfer and continuing students.

“As our four-year programs continue to grow, our demand for housing has similarly increased,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students are living on campus longer and our incoming first-year students want the experience of college life on campus.”

Popular residence hall options include the Grasse River Community, which allows students to bring small-caged animals with them to the dorms, and the new Go-Green Community, which is reserved for students who are looking for ways to improve the environment.

Students will begin moving into residence halls on Saturday, August 23. Convocation will be held on Monday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. Classes begin at SUNY Canton on Tuesday, August 26.

SUNY Canton offers rolling admissions in many programs, so students continue to apply and become accepted for the upcoming semester. Prospective students interested in enrolling for the Fall Semester should contact the admissions office at, 386-7123 or 800-388-7123.

Increases in first-year applications, transfers, continuing students and returning students are likely to generate the largest enrollment in the history of SUNY Canton this fall.

The school recorded its highest enrollment in 32 years last year and the second highest in school history. SUNY Canton’s all-time highest enrollment was 2,833 during the 1975-76 academic year. That number is likely to be surpassed this fall.

Last fall, 2,776 students enrolled for the 2007-08 academic year, an increase of 158 students from the 2006-07 academic year. College officials are anticipating even more growth with the possibility of reaching 3,000 students in 2008-09 for the first time ever.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.