Archive for April, 2013

Law Enforcement Day Brings Nationally Known Criminal Investigation Expert to SUNY Canton

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Retired New York State Police Crime Scene Investigator and Court TV expert guest analyst Tom Martin will be the keynote speaker at SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Day.

Martin, who has investigated thousands of forensic cases throughout his career, has appeared on the Court TV series “Trace Evidence,” “Forensic Files,” and “On the Case with Paula Zahn.” He has also appeared on the HBO series “Autopsy” and has written several books.

Martin will discuss blood spatter analysis as part of the daylong event that begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. Martin’s presentation will begin at 1 p.m. Other scheduled speakers and topics are:

  • Stephanie Schuckers, Ph.D., associate professor at Clarkson University, will discuss fingerprint recognition software at 9 a.m.
  • Dr. Robert Stoppacher, medical examiner for Onondaga County, will discuss death investigations at 10 a.m.
  • Dwayne Wisbey, forensic document examiner for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department and adjunct instructor at SUNY Canton, will discuss document analysis at 11 a.m.

“Law Enforcement Day gives our students and community members the chance to hear from seasoned criminal investigation experts,” said Susan E. Buckley, department chair of the SUNY Canton Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Leadership and Criminal Investigation programs. “The guest presenters will be discussing the most modern tools used to solve crimes.”

The annual event, sponsored by the College’s student chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Buckley at

SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Continues Win Streak

Friday, April 26th, 2013

The SUNY Canton student steel bridge team once again earned a first-place finish at the 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference Championships held at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

This is the 14th time in 17 years that SUNY Canton’s ASCE student chapter has captured the regional title, and their win earns them a spot in the national intercollegiate contest to be held next month at the University of Washington in Seattle, where they will compete against some of the most prestigious schools in the country.


SUNY Canton steel bridge team members Alyssa M. Baker of Boonville, Nathan A. Archer of Canton and William W. Corbine III of Potsdam during a practice session.

“The entire SUNY Canton community is extremely proud of the steel bridge team’s achievement at the regional competition,” said Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “These talented students are outstanding ambassadors for our school, and we are thrilled that they will be representing SUNY Canton in Seattle next month.”

Co-sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the contest challenges future engineers to display their skills in design, fabrication and teamwork by building a one-tenth scale model bridge to meet certain criteria, such as construction speed, lightness and economy. The team completed the construction in 5 minutes and 15 seconds and earned first place in the regional event’s speed subcategory. The team also placed in three other categories:

  • Second place in lightness
  • Second place in construction economy
  • Third place in structural efficiency

Michael J. Verstraete of Marion works on the middle section of SUNY Canton’s steel bridge while Nathan A. Archer of Canton and William W. Corbine III of Potsdam complete their side.

“This year’s bridge is built with speed in mind,” said bridge designer and Civil and Environmental Technology major William W. Corbine III from Potsdam. “Our success relies on an efficient design and a cooperative team.”

In addition to Corbine, the 2013 steel bridge team members are:

  • Nathan A. Archer, an Industrial Technology major from Canton.
  • Alyssa M. Baker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Boonville.
  • Briana K. Fosher, an Industrial Technology major from Rouses Point.
  • Laura Pratt, an Engineering Science major from Binghamton.
  • Michael J. Verstraete, a Mechanical Technology major from Marion.
  • Andrew Walker, a Mechanical Technology major from Camden.
  • Dusten S. Wells, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Mexico, N.Y.
  • Teofilo R. Yerdon, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from Gouverneur.

Pictured are Dusten S. Wells of Mexico, N.Y. and Andrew Walker of Camden finishing the final portion of SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

The students began working on the bridge in February and have dedicated countless hours to fine-tuning their skills.

“The students gave up their spring break to prepare for competition,” said Paul D. Hitchman, an instructional support associate and faculty adviser for the team.

Hitchman and co-adviser Dennis E. Tuper help to raise the necessary funds needed to cover the travel and lodging expenses for the team, which are significantly higher than in year’s past due to the national competition’s location. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the team may contact the SUNY Canton College Foundation at 315-386-7127, 800-811-6727, or email

SUNY Canton Opens Registration for 2013 Summer Session

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Registration is now open for SUNY Canton’s popular Summer Session, which begins June 3.

More than 100 online courses and several on-campus classes will be offered throughout three sessions: June 3 to July 28, June 3 to July 7 and July 8 to Aug. 11. Courses are accessible via computer anywhere in the world, offering local students and distance-learners the flexibility of earning college credit via the Internet.

summer 2013

“Our online courses offer the same high-quality education that SUNY Canton is known for, but in a flexible learning environment,” said SUNY Canton’s Director of Information Services and OnLine Learning Kyle Brown. “Students from SUNY Canton and across the country continue to utilize our Summer Session course offerings year after year.”

Although courses are available in a number of disciplines, General Education classes have traditionally been in the highest demand over the past several years, especially from students at other colleges and universities.

“Due to the fact that these courses are most easily transferable to a student’s home institution, we anticipate that they will fill up quickly,” Brown added.

Because taking online courses can help satisfy a number of degree requirements at other SUNY schools, they help support SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher’s commitment to ensuring student success by allowing a seamless transfer of credits across campuses.

Summer courses also help students get ahead and graduate early, or stay on track and graduate on time, which also supports SUNY’s strategic plan.

To register or to view the entire course listing, visit

SUNY Canton Professor Receives Distinguished Faculty Award

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The SUNY Canton College Council has awarded a faculty member who has invested deeply in making the College a better place to work, learn and be successful.

The College Council selected Professor Raymond G. Krisciunas as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award. Krisciunas teaches History in the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Ray Krisciunas

SUNY Canton History Professor Raymond G. Krisciunas is the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award.

He will receive his award and be a guest of honor at the Nancy R. Auster Honors Convocation at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the SUNY Canton Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

Many of his peer faculty members endorsed or nominated him for the award. He’s enriched students’ experiences by providing an evolving awareness of world events, according to Associate Professor Patrick K. LaPierre, who also teaches history.

“Ray’s knowledge ranges widely,” LaPierre said. “His broad focus stems from a genuine interest and concern about the human community.”

Krisciunas is consistently changing his courses to meet current academic trends and adapt to the needs of his students. Numerous students commented that his courses are always interesting and informative.

For several semesters, he helped develop and present at the Liberal Arts Academic Film Festival. Students could participate in film showings that included topical themes encouraging rhetoric. Subjects included “Coming of Age” and “Resistance.”

Krisciunas has received numerous awards and has traveled the world to present and gather topics for his research. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Award on the topic of “Rethinking Europe/Rethinking World History,” which later became the foundation to develop a World History course at SUNY Canton.

He spent time in Argentina, Brazil and Chile on a State University of New York grant presenting on “Learning about the Americas.”

He served two 3-year terms as a senator in SUNY’s Faculty Assembly, served twice on the SUNY Faculty Senate Executive Committee representing SUNY Colleges of Technology chaired the SUNY Faculty Senate Student Life Committee and served on several standing committees for SUNY’s governing body for faculty. He has also served as the vice president for academics in SUNY Canton’s chapter of the United University Professions union.

At SUNY Canton, Krisciunas served on the Faculty Affairs Committee, Liberal Arts Committee and the Library Committee. He has been the department chair for History, Political Science and Economics and the Chair for Social Sciences. Krisciunas received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and continued with his doctoral studies in History at Indiana University. He also spent four years in a research position at the University of Kiel (German, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel).

Ray and his wife Diana have two sons, Gintas and Linas. He said his family played a critical role in his successful career.

SUNY Canton Selects a Pioneer Female Faculty Member as its 2013 Honors Convocation Namesake

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Distinguished Professor Emerita Nancy R. Auster of Canton has been selected as the namesake of SUNY Canton’s 2013 Honors Convocation.

Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in the SUNY Canton Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House. Students and faculty members will be receiving awards denoting their various successes during their respective careers at SUNY Canton

Nancy Auster

SUNY Canton Distinguished Professor Emerita Nancy R. Auster

“I am very pleased that Professor Auster was recommended unanimously by the recognition and awards committee,” said Karen M. Spellacy, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Professor Auster was a pioneer for women in the entire SUNY System throughout her career. She was also an outstanding educator of the highest integrity.”

The 2013 Honors Convocation namesake was the first faculty member at SUNY Canton to win the Distinguished Faculty Award. She also helped another faculty member, Distinguished Professor Emeritus John R. Pope, create the College’s system of governance now known as Faculty Assembly. She was then elected as a Senator in the statewide SUNY Faculty Senate, the governing body that oversees the entire SUNY System.

Two years later, Auster was elected as the first woman and the first faculty member from a two-year college to become the President of the SUNY Faculty Senate.

Auster taught Economics in the Social Science Department for more than 25 years. She served in numerous leadership positions, including department chair for Social Sciences. She was also on the Affirmative Action Committee and active with United University Professions, the union representing members of SUNY Canton’s faculty and professional staff.

Among her numerous accolades, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Professorship award form the SUNY Board of Trustees and was honored with the United University Professions Excellence Award. Most recently, Auster was inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame.

Beyond her academic achievements, Auster, who is 86, is known in St. Lawrence County as a triathlete, duathlete and avid runner. She has completed more than 500 races and won U.S. Track and Field Women’s 5K titles for women in the age ranges of 80-85 and 85-90.

She is a 1948 Alumnus of Barnard University with a bachelor’s in American Studies. She was one of the first women to receive a Master’s of Business Administration from Indiana University in 1954. She moved to Canton in 1957 and taught at St. Lawrence University in addition to her career at SUNY Canton.

Auster resides in Canton with her husband, Donald R., who kept her company while she ran for many years. They have two daughters, Carol, who lives in Lancaster, Pa., and Ellen who lives in Toronto, Ont. Both followed in their parents’ footsteps and are professors. The couple has four granddaughters, Lauren, Lisa, Lindsey and Shannon.

About Honors Convocation

Honors Convocation is an annual formal ceremony recognizing students’ academic, civic, and overall achievement. More than 100 students receive awards and are presented scholarships at the event. The College’s distinguished faculty award is bestowed, as are the Outstanding Graduate awards for the year. Each year the ceremony is named after the most dedicated and revered faculty members of the College’s history.

Indoor Car Show at SUNY Canton on Saturday

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

SUNY Canton will be holding the second annual Canton Area Regional Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

The event draws many unique, classic, new, and custom motor vehicles. Organizer and SUNY Canton Automotive Technology Assistant Professor Brandon J. Baldwin said the event is one of the only indoor car shows in the area.


“We’ve invited local and national vendors to the event,” Baldwin said. “Attendants can buy tools, custom car accessories or just browse the wonderful cars on display in the field house.”

Entry fees are $3 for adults and $1 for children.

Individuals wishing to display a car must preregister and be on-sight before 10 a.m. For more information, or to register, please contact the SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center at (315) 386-7051.

Veterans Create SUNY Canton Challenge Coins

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Following in Military traditions dating back to World War I, the SUNY Canton Veterans Association has issued a challenge coin to help boost College pride.

“The coins are a unique fundraiser for the student-run club,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “They use the proceeds for their charitable work here on campus and in the community.”

challenge coin

Challenge coins are typical given in the military to prove membership, award special achievement and enhance moral. Each challenge coin is molded and enameled with an image of both the SUNY Canton seal and the Kangaroo on reverse sides. Each coin costs $6 and the proceeds will be used to fund the Veterans Association’s various projects.

In the past academic year, the Veterans Association sponsored a hole at a charity golf tournament, donated more than 170 pounds of food to the Canton Church and Community Program and assisted with the Wounded Warrior Project’s sled hockey games.


Members of the group will also be planting a tree at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 25, on the south side of Nevaldine Technology Center, the day before Arbor Day.

The SUNY Canton’s Veterans Association was formed to connect students and alumni who serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Their group association is open to veterans from all generations and branches of service.

SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons Gives the Gift of Reading

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Staff members from SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam libraries will be giving away their favorite books.

The Southworth Library Learning Commons is participating in World Book Night U.S. and serving as a distribution point for volunteer book givers.

books2“I revel in the idea of sharing my favorite book with people who haven’t read it,” said Library Customer Service Specialist Loreen B. Murphy. “This is a great way for me to share what means the most to me with people who aren’t active readers.”

World Book Night an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across America on one day. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going out into their communities and sharing free copies of the books they love. The mission of World Book Night is to share literature with those who do not have the means or access to printed books. The event is slated for April 23 with distribution points around the United States.

Area World Book Night U.S. volunteers in the community will be picking up their books at Southworth Library and sharing them in locations such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, food pantries, and more.

Murphy and Assistant Librarian Cori Wilhelm have chosen respectively “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood and “Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris. They plan to circulate on campus to find people who don’t read for pleasure.

SUNY Potsdam volunteers involved with the project include librarians Elizabeth C. Andrews, Abby L. Smith and Marianne Hebert, who will run a World Book Night U.S. table from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Barrington Student Union. They will be giving away 60 free books: 20 each of “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Jester, “The Girl with the Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier, and “Me Talk Pretty One Day.”

For more information about the World Book Night national event, visit:

The Southworth Library is involved in several other innovative projects, including one in celebration of Poem in Your Pocket day. SUNY Canton faculty and students digitally recorded their own poetry and distributed it via a podcast and other downloadable digital formats. For more information, visit

Author Siobhan Fallon to Visit SUNY Canton April 24

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Siobhan Fallon, winner of the 2012 Pen Center Literary Fiction Award, will discuss her celebrated collection of short stories, “You Know When The Men Are Gone,” at SUNY Canton.

Fallon’s visit, which will be the final installment of the Spring 2013 Living Writers Series, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in the Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

fallonPraised by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal, “You Know When The Men Are Gone” offers a glimpse into the lives of military families living in Fort Hood, Texas. Described as “gripping,” “fascinating” and “extraordinary,” Fallon’s debut book explores the challenges that service members and their families must face on the battlefield and the home front.

Fallon found inspiration for the book from her personal experience as an Army wife living in Fort Hood and the difficulties she encountered during her husband’s multiple deployments to the Middle East.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of English Philip K. LaMarche created the series and arranges guest lectures to correspond with his Living Writers Course curriculum so that students can read the books by authors scheduled to visit the College.

“Siobhan Fallon gives us the Odyssey of our times, telling stories about the long road home from the front lines, about the soldiers and families fighting the wars we as a country seem so quick to forget,” LaMarche said.

Fallon’s stories and essays have appeared in Publishers’ Weekly, Women’s Day, Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She is currently working on a novel and writes a monthly fiction series for Military Spouse Magazine.

SUNY Canton Automotive Students Receive Professional-Level Training and Certification

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Professional mechanics work side by side with SUNY Canton students to learn the latest technology in the automotive industry.

autoThe Automotive Technology department hosts a series of trainings for the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) and Snap-On tools, according to Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the program. He said the very first class of students recently completed the training and received professional-level certification.

“We offer the NAPA and Snap-On diagnostic trainings for area mechanics,” Baldwin said. “Our relationship with NAPA has expanded, and we are now able to include our students at no cost. This added training outside of their day-to-day classes helps them become more competitive when they graduate. This opportunity is really exclusive to our program.”

The NAPA training program consists of five training sessions on a variety of vehicle makes and models. For many mechanics, Canton is the closest option to participate in the six training sessions. For students, the hands-on trainings augment their in-class assignments.

Baldwin also facilitates training sessions with Snap-On’s VERUS [sic] Diagnostic and Information System. “The new tool rivals some of the most sophisticated hand-held mobile computers and is used to diagnose vehicle problems and track customer information from one location,” Baldwin said. “It has wireless Internet capabilities and can be used to access specific diagnostic resources as a mechanic is working on the vehicle. It even puts wiring diagrams at the mechanic’s fingertips.”


The assistant professor said students and mechanics have access to 6 of the tools, which cost almost $10,000 each. The computerized devices were purchased as part of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant. Last year, the Grant provided $245,000 in educational resources for SUNY Canton students.