Archive for June, 2010

SUNY Canton’s Canino School Adds Two New Bachelor’s

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology has added two new four-year degree programs just in time for the Fall 2010 semester.

The New York State Education Department and the State University of New York have approved the new additions to the Canino School of Engineering Technology: a bachelor’s of technology degree in electrical technology as well as a bachelor’s in civil and environmental technology. Students can begin courses in the Fall 2010 semester, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced.

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“These degree programs not only meet the needs of our current and future students , but the needs of industry,” Kennedy said. “High school graduates today are more interested in affordable four-year degree programs and gaining knowledge and a deeper understanding of the management aspect of these fields.”

Both curricula stem directly from the highly successful ABET-accredited civil engineering technology and electrical engineering technology associate degree programs at the College. The new degrees will allow graduates from the current two-year programs to further their studies without having to transfer to distant or more expensive institutions.

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They will also prepare students for the in-demand, higher level technical positions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of civil and electrical engineering related jobs will be among the areas of highest demand over the course of the next ten years, while projections for environmental engineering related positions estimate significant growth as the field continues to expand.

Dr. Stephen Frempong, professor of electrical engineering technology, and Dr. Adrienne C. Rygel, assistant professor of civil/construction engineering technology, proposed the electrical and civil and environmental technology programs, respectively. Both anticipate 15-20 students to enroll in each major this upcoming fall, with enrollment growing as large as 50 for each program within five years.

“There is a strong collaboration among programs within the [Canino] School of Engineering Technology,” said Dr. David Wells, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “We strategically created these four-year programs to expand upon the strength of our existing two and four-year engineering and technology programs. We will be able to share a number of new and existing courses between the majors, which will also expand the flexibility of program selection for entering and continuing students.”

Students interested in pursuing the new bachelor’s of technology in electrical technology can look forward to classes such as engineering project analysis, project management, and control systems.

Structural analysis, water treatment, and hazardous waste remediation highlight some of the topics to be covered in the new civil and environmental technology program. Students in the four-year old alternative and renewable energy program will also benefit from the addition of the civil and environmental technology degree. They will have the chance to take new courses in water quality, water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management, and environmental law.

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SUNY Canton Honors Two with President’s Meritorious Service Award

Friday, June 25th, 2010

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently awarded two people who have been vital to the College’s recent explosive growth.

Molly A. Mott, dean of academic services and retention, and Wesley “Wes” L. Stitt, who chaired the College Council from 1996 until 2008, were named the 2010 President’s Meritorious Service Award winners at SUNY Canton’s recent Employee Recognition Day on May 28.


Mott began her work at the College in 1989 as an instructor of veterinary science technology and was promoted numerous times as a faculty member before becoming director of the College’s OnLine program. She has most recently served as the dean of academic services and retention, and will begin her tenure as vice president of student affairs on July 1.

“Molly has helped to transform our library into a state-of-the-art, modern study area that reflects our efforts to keep up with the way students now study and research,” said President Kennedy in his address. “She has also led the way in the remarkable growth of SUNY Canton OnLine. Our summer and winter terms have grown dramatically each and every year since we implemented them and it is a direct result of her work and those she works closely with.”

Stitt was at the helm of the College Council during a period where SUNY Canton experienced dramatic growth both in enrollment numbers and four-year degree programs. He was instrumental in securing funds for the Newell Veterinary Technology Center, the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, and the College’s new athletic facility, the Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center (CARC), nicknamed Roos House, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2011.  He is a consistent proponent of SUNY Canton’s award-winning Steel Bridge Team and the University Police Department.

“Wes has been a tireless supporter of the College, the North Country and education at all levels for decades,” noted President Kennedy. “He often helps students throughout the college search process and assists many of our graduates locate employment. Wes is a passionate advocate for everything that he loves, and we are all very fortunate that he loves the North Country and SUNY Canton.”

Both Mott and Stitt have been recognized for their work before. Mott was the recipient of SUNY Canton’s Excellence in College Service Award in 2003 and Stitt earned the College’s Distinguished Citizen Award five years later.

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SUNY Canton SBDC Offering Free Business Sessions in Gouverneur

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

America's SBDC New YorkSUNY Canton’s Small Business Development Center is arming local entrepreneurs and business owners with information and resources to help them succeed despite the country’s recent economic difficulties.

The Center (SBDC) has teamed up with the Gouverneur Chamber of Commerce, the Gouverneur Area Development Corporation and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce to host a series of informational breakfast sessions on a variety of business-related topics throughout June and early July.

The program is designed for current business owners and people thinking about starting a business in Gouverneur and the surrounding North Country communities.

“Gouverneur’s Chamber of Commerce approached us and wanted to find a way to help local businesses,” said Michelle Collins, the SBDC’s business advisor. “They want local business owners and entrepreneurs to be aware of the multitude of local resources we have here in the North Country, and this gives them a starting point.”

With topics such as business resources, energy, and cost saving strategies headlining the series so far, it has already attracted 25 people at the first two sessions, which were held on June 10 and June 17.

The final two sessions, which will focus on financing and funding opportunities, as well as employee relations and compliance issues, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 24 and Thursday, July 1, respectively. Both sessions will be located at the Methodist Church, 34 Grove Street, Gouverneur.

Panelists for the financial session on June 24 titled, “Show Me the Money,” include employees and business leaders from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Small Business Association, Gouverneur Area Development Corporation, Community Bank, Gouverneur Savings and Loan, Key Bank, St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, New York Business Development Corporation, and PathStone’s Enterprise Center.

On July 1, the focus will move towards handling employees, with representatives from One Stop Career Center and the New York State Department of Labor presenting, along with a local accountant and local lawyer, in the session, “Keeping out of Hot Water.”

“For our organization, this has been a great way to reach out to different communities and business leaders around the county,” Collins said. “Businesses shouldn’t have to come see us in Canton to benefit from our knowledge and services. We are accessible to businesses everywhere because we go into the communities and provide the pertinent training and resources businesses need.”

The cost of attending the sessions is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information on attending any of the remaining sessions, contact Donna Lawrence at Gouverneur’s Chamber of Commerce at (315) 287-0331.

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Record Number of Girls Attend ‘Women in Engineering Day’

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Eighteen middle schools from across the North Country sent nearly 400 girls to SUNY Canton recently to learn about exciting career opportunities available in engineering.

SUNY Canton and the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology hosted ‘Women in Engineering Day’ on Thursday, May 27, and experienced the highest attendance in the event’s five-year history.

Girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades were welcomed to campus and enjoyed various activities and conversation that exposed them to careers in engineering. Workshop topics included alternative energy, physics, civil engineering, motorsports, computer information systems, air conditioning, electrical and mechanical engineering technology, and automotive technology.

“It’s critical for young women to experience engineering through hands-on activities, and begin understanding the benefits and rewards of pursuing a degree within the field,” said Dr. Lawretta Ononye, associate professor of physics. “We want students to walk away with a sense that engineering and related fields are exciting, fun and enjoyable, but most importantly, that young women are more than capable of being successful in them.”

Several members of SUNY Canton’s engineering faculty and staff, including Ononye, were on hand for instruction, demonstrations and experiments.

The program branched off a national initiative that encourages girls to consider pursuing degrees in engineering. The Extraordinary Women Engineers Project (EWEP) coalition began its work in the early part of 2004 in hopes of increasing awareness and understanding of engineering and increase interest among young women in pursuing the field.

The initiative is led by a coalition of the country’s engineering associations and the American Association of Engineering Societies, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and WGBH Educational Foundation.

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Bosnian University Celebrates Dual Commencement with SUNY Canton

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Nearly two dozen students attending American University in Bosnia Herzegovina (AUBiH) graduate this week with a degree from their home university and one from SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and Chief of Staff Ryan P. Deuel are attending AUBiH’s commencement on Wednesday, June 9. The two are already in Bosnia to discuss the progression and growth of the dual-degree program.

Live video feed from American University in Bosnia during the 2010 Commencement ceremony.

Live video feed from American University in Bosnia during the 2010 Commencement ceremony.

“Our two colleges have developed a strong bond through our shared students,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We were honored that they could participate in our on-campus commencement ceremony via live video feed. We are dually privileged to attend their graduation, and we’re looking forward to even more students from AUBIH enrolled at SUNY Canton in the future.”

The students are the first from their University to earn a SUNY Canton bachelor’s degree in finance and a degree from their home university. Most of the students graduating spent last summer at the SUNY Canton campus taking face-to-face classes with Associate Professor Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., who oversees the management program.

Dubravko Martinović, one of the top students at AUBIH, addressed his classmates, local and abroad, at SUNY Canton’s Commencement. “To be the first at something gives one great satisfaction, and we are proud to be the first generation of graduates from AUBIH,” he said. “I want to thank you for four memorable years, and an unforgettable semester spent at SUNY (Canton). For us, it was never just an education, it was a life experience.”

Students at AUBiH had the chance to meet with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, during a recent visit.

“Your task is to help your country on its journey towards the better future and economic prosperity, and you are its hope,” Steinberg said. “Your destiny is to be a part of European Union and NATO, to belong to a great community of the world, but that demands time, hard work and dedication on the part of all of you.”

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SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Students Earn Prestigious National Award

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The American Dental Hygienists Association is recognizing SUNY Canton’s dental hygiene program for its extensive work in the community for the third consecutive year.

The College’s program, which is located at SUNY Canton’s distant campus in Rome, N.Y., will receive the 2010 American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) Student Member Community Service Award. SUNY Canton is one of just three recipients nationwide to receive the award which will be presented in Las Vegas on June 25 and 26.

Jessica Cunningham, a 2010 graduate, works on a patient at Aspen Dental.

Jessica Cunningham, a 2010 graduate, works on a patient at Aspen Dental.

The students were selected as a result of several community outreach projects over the past two semesters. They worked with the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Center and the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, both located in Rome, N.Y., as well as with Aspen Dental and Hillside Services in Onondaga County.

“Community health is the core of the dental hygiene profession,” said SUNY Canton’s Dental Hygiene Curriculum Coordinator Pamela P. Quinn. “Our faculty embraces public health and encourages activities that will instill that value in our graduates. We hope our students will continue to participate in community health projects after they graduate.”

In February, the students celebrated Dental Health Month by spending a Saturday in Syracuse exposing radiographs, providing cleanings, and applying fluoride varnish to high risk teens attending Hillside Services. For some, this was their first visit to a dental professional.

The program also spearheaded a three-month project with three preschool classrooms at the Upstate Cerebral Palsy Center and five Headstart classrooms in Rome throughout the spring.  Nearly 140 children benefited from the project, learning the importance of good oral hygiene. The students used rotary toothbrushes to reinforce good brushing habits and visited the classrooms to monitor progress over the course of several weeks.

The classroom teachers at both facilities organized a field trip to the SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene Clinic. During the visit, the children received a dental screening and an application of fluoride varnish which helps reduce the risk of long-term dental problems.

As a culmination activity, the College’s dental hygiene students developed table clinics and hosted a mini health fair at each location.

“Access to dental care is a growing concern in today’s society,” Quinn said. “Through this project, the  hygiene students offered their services to a population with unmet dental needs, and the children and teens from these agencies not only received free preventive dental care but also became more comfortable interacting with oral health care professionals. It was a win-win situation for all involved parties.”

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SUNY Canton Releases Strategic Plan for 2020

Monday, June 7th, 2010

SUNY Canton has released its Strategic Plan, “SUNY Canton 2010 – Committed to Student Success,” to continue and guide the College’s remarkable growth and progress for the next 10 years.

There are several goals and key initiatives listed in the plan, including:

  • Plans to expand academic offerings by creating more four-year and master’s degree programs that build upon associate-level offerings to meet the community’s need for career-driven educational options.
  • Initiatives by SUNY Canton OnLine and the College’s International Programs office to establish more distance learning opportunities to reach to more students worldwide.
  • Sustainability efforts to reduce spending on non-renewable energy sources and decrease the College’s overall environmental footprint.
  • Efforts to assure that the campus will become more of a hub of intellectual and social activity for both students and community members.
  • Migration of the SUNY Canton Kangaroos sports teams to the NCAA Division III.

The Strategic Plan was the result of a year-long collaboration between administration, faculty, staff, students, and the larger community, with guidance by a 16-member steering committee, and oversight by President Joseph L. Kennedy. School of Business and Liberal Arts Dean Linda A. Heilman led the planning process. Jondavid S. DeLong, assistant professor and legal studies program director, created the written portions of the plan.

“The SUNY Canton community has engaged in discussions to determine where we want the College to go in the future,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The consensus is that we must keep moving forward and the Strategic Plan is both a starting point and a road map in an ongoing process of change, adaptation, and continuous improvement.”

As part of the Strategic Plan, the College will also continue to physically expand and evolve to meet the changing needs of students. A key addition to campus will be the newly constructed Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House, which is scheduled for completion in Spring 2011. The College is also planning to construct a new residence hall to provide more housing options for the increasing population of four-year students.

The College’s mission, developed as part of the plan, is to provide a progression of accessible, affordable, high-quality applied programs that enable students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond to achieve their highest potential both personally and professionally.

The 2010 SUNY Canton Strategic Plan is intended to serve as a campus specific complement to the larger State University of New York Strategic Plan, “The Power of SUNY.”

SUNY Canton’s strategic plan can be viewed at

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SUNY Canton Online Leaders Present at Annual Conference

Friday, June 4th, 2010

SUNY Canton OnLine LogoOnline education and distance learning have become integral parts of SUNY Canton over the last several years and three members of the College’s faculty/staff gave presentations recently about its benefits, logistics, and impacts on campus.

Debra M. Backus, assistant professor of nursing, Marela Fiacco, director of international programs, and Kyle Brown, director of online learning, presented at the Conference on Instructional Technologies (CIT) 2010, hosted by SUNY Plattsburgh in late May.

CIT is SUNY’s largest and most prominent event on instructional technology in education, providing a forum for faculty, instructional support professionals, and policymakers to present, discuss, and explore innovative avenues for integrating technology into the teaching and learning environment.

Backus’ presentation, titled “SUNY and United University Professions (UUP): Partners in Online Education Phase II”, was the result of collaborative efforts with two faculty members from other SUNY institutions.

The presentation focused partly on data collected from a CIT 2009 survey regarding online education and distance learning. It also included nationwide trends in online learning as well as trends at SUNY institutions. Part of the presentation highlighted the exponential growth of SUNY Canton’s online learning and the impact it has on the faculty, staff and the College. The presentation also addressed the issues of employee workload and ownership of course content as both have come to the forefront in discussions surrounding online and distance learning.

Fiacco and Brown teamed up for “Crossing Global Boundaries”, a presentation focused on methods of distance learning and SUNY Canton’s success internationally with several partner institutions. Part of the presentation included information on how the College was able to work so closely with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2006 and graduate its first cohort in May 2010, using online delivery methods and videoconferencing.

“Course management platforms have made international programs possible today that, only a few years ago, were inconceivable,” Fiacco said. “Students with access to the internet can now participate in an international learning experience without the cost and inconvenience of international travel and gain the skills necessary to compete in the highly-specialized and increasingly globalized job market.”

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SUNY Canton Honors Career Services Director for Dedication to Students

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

SUNY Canton’s College Council has presented Director of Career Services David F. Norenberg with the 2010 Excellence in College Service Award for helping students find careers.

“David has provided valuable career guidance to students and helped them leave SUNY Canton with a career,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “He’s played an important part in helping students during their entire education by working jointly with faculty and offering his services as part of each students education.”

Ronald O'Neill and David Norenberg

Norenberg was awarded for his enthusiasm and teamwork with both students and faculty, and for his efforts in transforming the College’s Career Services office. In addition to organizing annual Career Fairs, he has coordinated Law Enforcement Career Days and gives training presentations to resident assistants and orientation leaders. Norenberg conducts workshops each year to simplify the job search process and assist students in achieving their career goals. As a result, there has been a steady climb in the percentage of employed graduates.

He has developed online surveys for graduates and alumni, tracking up-to-date graduate placement statistics. He’s developed the on-line recruiting site, “Jobs 4 Roos” and has made web-based tools available for students and alumni, such as Optimal Resume and the Vault Online Career Library.

“David’s utilization of new technology has enabled our office to be more effective and efficient in assisting our clients,” said Teresa Clemmo, secretary for the Career Services office. “On-line job postings, resume assistance and career related programs have streamlined the Career Services office and increased the number of students we’re able to serve.”

Norenberg is also often found in the classroom working with faculty and students, or meeting with employers and encouraging them to recruit SUNY Canton students for internships and job opportunities.

“David is a committed community member who has genuine concern for the well-being of students on multiple levels, which is expressed not only through his ability to help students plan for their futures, but also through his commitments to critical thinking and exploration,” said Assistant Professor of Humanities Dr. Kelly A. Concannnon-Mannise. “He is not only interested in helping students get to where they want to be, but is committed to playing a role in getting students to examine who they want to be.”

Norenberg received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1993 and earned his Master’s of Science in Education in Counseling in 1996. He worked for United Way in Schenectady from 1997-2001 before relocating to the North Country  to begin his work as Interim Assistant Director of Career Services at St. Lawrence University. Norenberg also worked in St. Lawrence’s University Communications office as the Digital Asset and On-line Data Manager from 2002 through October 2005 before joining SUNY Canton.

Norenberg is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and SUNY CDO (Career Development Organizations). He is also a member of SUNY Canton’s Council for University Strategic Planning (CUSP).

The Excellence in College Service Award is awarded annually to a member of the non-teaching professional staff who demonstrates effectiveness in performance and university service, professional ability and mastery in their specialization. He was recognized at the College’s Recognition Day ceremony on Friday, May 28.

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SUNY Canton Employee Recognized for Exemplary Service

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

From a relatively small space in the corner of the Southworth Library, Vicki LaVoie Rogers makes a big impact that reverberates all the way through the SUNY Canton campus on a daily basis. Throughout her career at the College, she has made people smile.

Rogers, a retail food associate at the College, was recognized for her exemplary service to others with the 2010 SUNY Canton Employee Recognition Award. She is well known by nearly everyone on campus for her welcoming demeanor and helpful attitude while working at the Cyber Café, the library hotspot for Starbucks coffee and friendly conversations.

Ronald O'Neill, Vicky Rogers and President Kennedy

“In a year when our College placed a big spotlight on our service to students and each other, Vicki seemed to shine the brightest,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Sometimes unknowingly, she specializes in customer service. If you’ve ever had a smile change your day, then you can relate to what Vicki brings to the life of our campus.”

Rogers has worked in food service since she began in 1999. She served as a supervisor at Chaney Dining Center and began working at the Cyber Café when it opened in 2004. In addition to her work at the Café, she does many catering events and is often one of the first people to jump in and offer to help.

“I have seen her be a confidante to our students and a booster of spirits. She lights up the Cyber Café and her personality has set the mood for the great attraction the Café has become on our campus,” said Associate Director of Advancement Julie Parkman. “I have worked with Vicki now at many events, including the Honors Convocation Celebration dinners, Scholarship Luncheons, and other major Foundation functions like Alumni weekend. Her first priority is always helping to make the event an outstanding experience for guests. “

For many, Rogers has become much more than just a friendly face to greet you in the morning. “Vicki not only provides excellent customer service to meet their needs, but also serves as a goodwill ambassador,” said Molly Mott, Dean of Academic Services and Retention. “Her role in creating a welcoming environment for all who come cannot be overstated or emphasized enough.’”

Rogers is the 15th recipient of the SUNY Canton College Council’s annual award. She received the award during the College’s Recognition Day on Friday, May 28.

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