Archive for February, 2011

SUNY Canton SBDC to Host Women’s Business Boot Camp & Resource Expo

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

SBDC logoLocal women entrepreneurs will have the chance to learn about the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) newly launched Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract program next week.

The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host the 5th Annual Women’s Business Boot Camp from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 in the College’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The program will feature Cathy Pokines, director of marketing and communications from the SBA’s Syracuse District office, who will discuss the new federal contracting program.

“This year more than ever, it’s important for women-owned businesses to take advantage of training and networking opportunities such as the boot camp because of both the economic climate and the launch of this new program,” said Dale Rice, director of the SUNY Canton SBDC.
Women-owned businesses are one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, according to a statement released by the SBA. The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program will provide greater access to federal contracting opportunities for both WOSBs and economically-disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs) to help them take their businesses to the next level.

The day-long event will also include training sessions on credit issues and energy efficiency programs for small business throughout the morning. Following lunch and Pokines’ discussion, the event will conclude with a financing panel where lenders will share information on funding programs and requirements for funding approval.

In addition to the Boot Camp, the event will feature a Resource Expo where area businesses and organizations can showcase products and services. The Expo will be open throughout the day with special networking sessions scheduled for conference participants to explore local resources.

The SBDC received sponsorship from the Center for Entrepreneurship at Clarkson University and the SeaComm Federal Credit Union in order to bring the Boot Camp to the area this year. Last year’s conference was attended by nearly 50 women from the North Country region.

“We are pleased these sponsors are supporting the SBDC and see the benefits of bringing this valuable training to our local entrepreneurs once again,” Rice said.

The cost to attend the Boot Camp is $45 per person, while registration as an Expo exhibitor is $30 (which includes the lunch program). The cost is $65 for those wishing to attend the Boot Camp and exhibit in the Expo.

For more information or to register for the event, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312.



Coakley Family Supports Student-Athletes at SUNY Canton

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

A prominent North Country family is sharing their passion for athletics and academics in order to benefit SUNY Canton students.

William J. (Bill) and Carol M. Coakley, Carol J. and Ronald J. Spadaccini, and Thomas F. (Tom) and Nellie E. Coakley, the owners of Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, recently made a gift to the SUNY Canton Foundation for the College’s new athletic facility. The family’s donation secured the right to name the Coakley Family Student-Athlete Study and Classroom in the new athletic office suite within the brand-new Roos House.

The Coakley's

“The Coakley family is well known for their civic pride, involvement in the community, and willingness to assist others,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’re thankful for the many roles they play within the College as mentors, coaches, and advisors. Their continued efforts make a difference in the lives of our students and the greater North Country community.”

The family decided to donate after seeing the benefit of athletics in each of their own children’s educations. The dynamic relationship of sports at all levels coupled with academic studies helped mold them into successful individuals. “The relationship between athletics and academics is absolutely critical,” said Tom Coakley. “For us, it was a natural fit to put our family name on a room that will reinforce the academic and athletic success of students at SUNY Canton.”

The Coakleys’ ties to the College span over several decades. Tom, Bill and Carol’s father, Robert J., often filled in as a construction instructor in SUNY Canton’s earlier days. Bill assisted the men’s ice hockey team for 15 years alongside Head Coach Terry Martin, during which time the team won many NJCAA Championships. Tom has been a member of the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors since 1981, is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee, and serves with his wife, Nellie, on the Service Members Advisory Board.

“We’re excited and proud to be a part of the College’s growth and success,” Bill said. “SUNY Canton’s commitment to Canton is evident in this new facility and its continual push for growth, which brings with it plenty of opportunities and revenue to the North Country.”

The family was the recipient of the Canton College Foundation’s Community Leadership Award in 2008, honoring their leadership and commitment to the North Country community. Most recently, the Coakleys won both the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Syracuse District Family Owned Business of the Year award as well as the Region II award, including all of New York State, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The winner of the national award will be announced in May.

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

SUNY Canton Adds Health and Fitness Promotion Bachelor’s Degree

Monday, February 21st, 2011
SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) majors Katie Campbell of Avon, Ct., and Gary Travers of North Bangor monitor Chelsey MacDonald of Massena’s performance on the treadmill.

SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) majors Katie Campbell of Avon, Ct., and Gary Travers of North Bangor monitor Chelsey MacDonald of Massena’s performance on the treadmill. The PTA program will serve as the first two years in the College’s new health and fitness promotion four-year degree.

SUNY Canton’s newest program will lead to careers in the growing fitness industry and offers students a gateway to health-related advanced degree programs, including a doctor of physical therapy.

The College has received approval from the State University of New York and the New York State Department of Education to offer the four-year health and fitness promotion degree.

“The health industry continues to grow and we expect this program to grow quickly as well,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I can see it expanding as rapidly as our new sports management major, which already has more than 125 applicants for next year.”

The newest offering is a two plus two program that builds on the College’s existing two-year programs according to Deborah Molnar, a doctor of physical therapy and director of the College’s physical therapist assistant (PTA) program.

“One of the first questions incoming students ask about the two-year PTA program is ‘How do I become a physical therapist with this degree?’” Molnar said. “The health and fitness promotion program can close the gap between our associate degree and a doctorate of physical therapy.”

The program consists of student-selected tracks. During the first two years in an associate’s program, students can opt to take PTA specific courses, or other relevant associate degree courses with an emphasis in science and health. During the final two years, students can choose either a science or a business track depending on their personal interests. Students who wish to start a career immediately after college would typically select the business track, while those seeking to continue their education towards a doctor of physical therapy or other health-related degrees can choose the science track.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for fitness workers are expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations. There is rapid job growth in health clubs and other fitness facilities. Employment in the field is expected to grow 27 percent through 2016. Graduates of the program may pursue employment in settings that promote health and wellness including fitness centers, corporate fitness facilities, as personal trainers, with athletic teams, and community and health organizations.

“The benefits of good health and exercise have become increasingly prevalent and integrated into our society,” said Diane Para, Ph.D., an assistant professor and the director of the college’s sports management program. “Fitness is no longer reserved for elite athletes. It is equally important for all members of society as a means of disease prevention and longevity.”

The program will be a complement to the sports management program, according to Para, and will utilize shared faculty members and training resources. Students in the program will utilize the resources in the new “Roos House” Athletic Center scheduled to open later this spring, including the facility’s brand new state-of-the-art fitness center.

Similar to most of SUNY Canton’s four-year programs, courses in the health and fitness promotion program will be offered in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. For more information, or to seek admission into the program for the Fall 2011 semester, contact the SUNY Canton Admissions Office at 315-386-7123 or email

For additional information, view the curriculum Health & Fitness Promotion webpage.

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

Two Artists Display Dueling Exhibitions at SUNY Canton

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Artists Jessica Jeffrey and Eric Ackerson have installed dueling exhibitions at SUNY Canton.

Eric Ackerson puts the finishing touches on his "Double Spectrum" project.
Jeffrey and Ackerson have hung their works as part of a “Double Spectrum” exhibition in the Wicks Hall stairway gallery space and in the Southworth Library as part of the SUNY Canton Visiting Artist series. Both artists will speak about their work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Wicks Hall Room 102. They will also offer a demonstration of their techniques from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Lab (Wicks Hall Room 213).

“We hold displays as part of our rapidly developing graphic and multimedia program,” said Assistant Professor Matthew Burnett, “Our students gain exposure to professional level art and design as a key part of their education.”

Jeffrey’s work relies a variety of traditional and mixed media printmaking processes. Her large works on paper explore images designed around the concept of the Tarot. Ackerson’s illustrations utilize the layering and appropriation of pop culture imagery to create humorous and disturbing compositions. Both artists utilize several photographic transfer processes in their work, reflecting a mixed-media approach combining traditional and contemporary processes.

The exhibitions will be on display through the summer.