Archive for March, 2010

EMS Annual Spring Fling Features State Emergency Medical Experts

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

New York State Emergency Medical Services Council Chair Robert Delagi is the keynote speaker at the SUNY Canton North Country EMS Program Agency’s 11th Annual Spring Fling conference.

Spring Fling begins with a pre conference seminar on recruiting and retaining quality volunteers in the emergency services field at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 22, at the Bonnie Castle Resort in Alexandria Bay.

Delagi will be hosting a training session highlighting the latest advancements in emergency medical quality improvement policies and procedures, according to Ann Smith, Director of the EMS Program Agency.

“This year’s program includes a variety of topics presented by local and state experts,” Smith said. “We invite all area First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency Nurses, and Physicians to join us for a fantastic weekend filled with valuable medical information.”

The three-day event provides required continuing medical education and offers plenty of networking and social opportunities, according to Smith, who also serves as the event’s master of ceremonies.

Featured presentations include a Leadership seminar and Basic EMS Education core content materials needed to fulfill New York State requirements for certification. Vendors will be exhibiting the new technology and advanced products developed to enhance patient care.

The Conference is sponsored by the North Country Regional Emergency Medical Services Council and Advisory Committee, in conjunction with North Country EMS Program Agency at SUNY Canton. The North Country EMS Region includes Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.


Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew" at SUNY Canton, April 1

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
Drawing of Shakespeare wearing a SUNY Canton sweatshirt.

SUNY Shakespeare

SUNY Canton Director of Residence Life Courtney B. Bish is making a special guest appearance in an upcoming Shakespearean comedic play.

Curtain time for the New England Shakespeare Festival’s presentation of “Taming of the Shrew,” and Bish’s debut, will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

“Taming of the Shrew” is a love story crafted in a comedy. The young and demure Bianca can marry any man she wants, but not until her elder sister Kate has found a husband. Unfortunately for Bianca, Kate is so obnoxious that no man wants anything to do with her. Kate’s generous dowry tempts the blustering suitor Petruchio, who is certain he can “tame” the wild Kate. Sparks fly as marriage and mayhem take center stage in the classic play.

“From what I’ve seen of this production company, they tend to make everything really fun and approachable,” Bish explains. “It’s very much Shakespeare for everyone, rather than just targeting an elite audience.”

New England Shakespeare, a touring company based in Deerfield, N.H., is dedicated to telling Shakespeare’s stories by staging his plays in the original Elizabethan style. “Taming of the Shrew” features a cast of veteran Shakespeare performers. The production is directed by Demitra Papadinis, New England Shakespeare’s founder and Artistic Director.

“What I enjoy most about this show is that it’s just good fun,” Papadinis said. “It’s easy to get hung up on the Chauvinism, but I think the story is not only extremely funny but also very touching. We’re excited to stage ‘Shrew’ as what it is: a light-hearted comedy about two people setting aside their differences and coming together.”

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

Information for Veterans at SUNY Canton, March 23

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

SUNY Canton is sponsoring an informational session with the Veteran’s Administration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the Veteran’s Association Lounge, Cook Hall Room 116.

“We set up this informational session to help continue the College’s commitment to the Military community, both on campus and in the greater North Country Region,” said Robert Edwards, Professor of Criminal and faculty liaison to the SUNY Canton Veteran’s Association. “Counselors will be available to help veterans and dependents of veterans answer questions about their GI Bill eligibility and disability benefits.”

Representatives from the Syracuse VA Medical Center, St. Lawrence County Veterans Service Office, New York State Division of Veterans Affairs, and Watertown Veterans Center will be available during the day. Their goal is to provide information about benefits, programs, and services offered exclusively veterans and their families including health care, home loans, property taxes, life insurance, and more. Attendants who wish to enroll in VA Health Care are asked to bring a copy of their DD214, otherwise known as discharge papers.

The informational session is free and open to all North Country veterans. For more information, contact Edwards at, or call 315.386.7666.

Scholarly Activities Celebration Abstracts Due March 22

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Due to an overwhelming response, SUNY Canton has extended the abstract deadline for the 2nd Annual Scholarly Activities Celebration until midnight Monday, March 22.

Student presents research at the Scholarly Activities Celebration

The lecture and presentation portion of the Scholarly Activities Celebration will be held Thursday, April 29, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The poster and artistic display portion of the celebration will be held Friday, April 30, in the Southworth Library.

“There is a lot of wonderful research and innovation that occurs across all of our curricula,” noted Willam R. Trumble, SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The Scholarly Activities Celebration gives us a way to bring all of the highlights from the past year together and really focus on what we’ve accomplished as students and academics. Students get the added bonus of the excitement and experience of presenting their work and have the chance to win one of several $100 prizes.”

Last year’s celebration had more than 100 student and faculty presentations, ranging from art and design projects to poster presentations detailing the latest advancements in the Engineering Technology fields.

GMMD students reviewing artwork.

“We’ve expanded the Scholarly Activities Celebration to encompass lectures and presentations,” Jeffrey H. Taylor, chair of the celebration committee and Assistant Professor of Biology. “We’ve made this addition to allow a greater range of subjects to be highlighted at the celebration.”

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

SUNY Canton Unveils Southworth Library Version 2.0, March 16

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Students are more likely to check out a laptop than a book from SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library.

During most of the year, the library loans out its laptop computers nearly 500 times a week, according to Molly A. Mott, Dean of Academic Services and Retention, who supervises the library and it’s evolution.

Student studies on a red couch.

“The expansion of digital communication methods has spurred growth and innovation in the way our library operates,” Mott said. “The library has grown into an interactive learning environment with more opportunities for research and student engagement than ever before. It’s not just a location to store printed materials, but a place to create and share ideas.”

SUNY Canton will be holding an open house to highlight some of the most recent upgrades beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, in Southworth Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Recently, the library integrated the college’s learning support centers, including the math, writing, and technology tutoring labs, and a dedicated “Silent Zone” area for students. Southworth is also home to a new “Connection Room” which was designed as an innovative teaching and learning space for students and faculty. “Graphic and Multimedia Design students will be using this new space to videotape living histories of our emeriti faculty and distinguished guests,” Mott said.

The circulation desk also holds reserve copies of textbooks for many courses and on-demand video technology rooms give students the convenience to view class-required videos. The library is also home to the Information Services Help Desk, which provides computer support. The Writing Center and Math Lab are also housed at Southworth.

“Many of our most recent upgrades stemmed from student suggestions,” noted Library Chairperson Andrew R. Urbanek. “We have more laptops to lend at the circulation desk and we’ve extended our hours to become more flexible and convenient. If a student needs help after hours, they can use our ‘24/7’ on-line library support.”

Approximately two years ago, the College began the physical renovations of the library building. Upgrades are part of the overall master plan to enhance the entire campus in line with the growth and expansion in enrollment and degrees offered. The library has been totally repainted using a dynamic color palette and new vibrant furniture and carpeting adorns the public spaces.

The open house will begin with an address by SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and will feature the College’s Gospel Choir and Sassy Steppers. Student artwork is also on display throughout the library. There will be drawings for Amazon Kindles at the event.

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

SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Student Publishes Research

Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Wanda Coleman

Wanda L. Coleman, a SUNY Canton four-year dental Hygiene student from Adrian, Ga. Coleman recently published research in a national magazine.

Healthy teeth and gums can contribute to the overall health and well-being of older populations, according to an article recently published by Wanda L. Coleman, a four-year SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene student.

Coleman’s article, “Root Caries: Increased Risk in Nursing Home Facilities,” in the Nov. 2009 edition of Access, a publication of the American Dental Hygienists Association.


“The increasing size of the geriatric population and new knowledge about the link between oral and overall health makes it more and more evident that oral health care providers will need to be more prepared to treat older patients,” Coleman said. “The primary concern in nursing home facilities is the total care of the patient, including the health of their teeth and gums.”


Her research addresses the prevalence of dental decay for elder Americans in nursing home environments. It also highlights preventative practices for dental and medical professionals can do to enhance the dental care for the aging population.

“Research has become increasingly important in advancing the practice of dental hygiene,” noted Dental Hygiene Professor Susan Willette. “Through research we develop new techniques, materials, and treatments and it impacts education, and public health policy. We place an emphasis on continuing research in the four-year Dental Hygiene program.”


Coleman has been a clinical dental hygienist for 30 years and is a dental hygiene instructor at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia, Georgia. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene entirely online through SUNY Canton OL.


Access focuses on health and practice news, professional issues, and legislative developments. It provides late-breaking news on issues that are important to dental hygienists.

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