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SUNY Canton University Police Holds Community Active Shooter Training, Oct. 16

Monday, October 15th, 2018

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton will be offering Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training to the extended campus community at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the college’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Instruction will be led by University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin, who has spearheaded preparedness training on campus. Mulkin emphasizes the tactics avoid, deny and defend during the engaging 2-hour presentation.

“Many active shooter events are over before law enforcement arrives,” Mulkin said. “Civilians must be prepared to take immediate action. We provide effective preplanned response options that can help save lives.”

Mulkin is the former Village of Canton police chief and became a certified CRASE trainer shortly after he transitioned into his role in higher education. He’s previously offered the training for faculty, staff and students on campus and opened it to the public after hearing significant interest from community members.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Set for Fall Career Fair, Oct. 16

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Nearly 40 employers will be recruiting qualified applicants at SUNY Canton’s Fall Career Fair.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in both the Miller Campus Center Woodcock Conference Suite 212 and in the Nevaldine Hall South Automotive Lab. Both areas are free and open to the public, with the Nevaldine location catering primarily to engineering and technology focused career opportunities for students of the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Kevin LaJuett and Jeffrey Carpenter speak with Barandy Nurdinova at the college’s career fair.

(l to r) Kevin J. LaJuett, a 1988 alumnus, and Jeffrey P. Carpenter from the New York State Department of Transportation speak with Barandyk Nurdinova, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Canton at the college’s career fair.

“Employment opportunities exist across the state and locally,” said Julie A. Parkman, the college’s director of career services. “Our career fairs serve as the first interview for students looking for careers straight out of college. Some companies will also be recruiting for professional internship opportunities.”

Companies often send SUNY Canton alumni back to seek out new talent. Regional aluminum recycler and producer, Novelis, comes annually to recruit new college graduates. The company provides innovative solutions for the beverage can, automotive and high-end specialty markets.

The college also recently held a virtual career fair with a similar number of companies with approximately 150 job seekers participating. By offering the career fair virtually, the career services office is able to reach the college’s substantial online population and eliminate travel for employers.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Hosts Broker and Owner of Blue Heron Realty for Leadership Lecture Series Event

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

SUNY Canton has announced the first guest for the fall semester’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Jennifer Stevenson, the broker/owner of Blue Heron Realty in Ogdensburg, will speak at noon, Tuesday Oct. 16, in Cook Hall, Room 201. The event is free and open to the public.

Jenn Stevenson stands in front of her Blue Heron Realty sign.

A member of the SUNY Canton class of 1988, Stevenson’s interest in real estate began while earning her associate degree in Accounting. Shortly after graduation, she obtained her real estate broker’s license and began working for a national agency.

In 1999, Stevenson opened Blue Heron. In addition to being a successful small business owner, she generously donates her time and talent to a wide range of community organizations. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Committee, which aims to improve rental and home ownership options for low-income individuals and families. She is also the secretary-treasurer for the New York State Association of Realtors and serves on the State and Local Issues Policy committee for the National Association of Realtors.

The Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series connects working professionals who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The events are are funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the Canton College Foundation and the SUNY Canton President’s Office.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton to Host ‘Trunk or Treat’ Event

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood Studies program will be hosting a “Trunk or Treat” event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the campus’ French Hall parking lot (Lot 8).

“A ‘trunk or treat’ is similar to the traditional trick or treat that takes place on Halloween,” explained Maureen P. Maiocco, Ed.D., Early Childhood AS and BBA program coordinator. “Children wear costumes and collect candy and prizes in one safe location, as they visit vehicles decorated by SUNY Canton faculty, staff and students. It is a fun way to celebrate.”

Trunk or Treat - three car trunks open with goodies.

The event is free, and families of children aged 2-10 are welcome (parking is available in Lot 6). Rain location will be in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center’s field house.

SBDC Women’s Business Bootcamp Focuses on Management, Leadership and Delegation

Friday, October 5th, 2018

SBDCThe SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer leadership solutions and managerial strategies for area entrepreneurs at their Women’s Business Bootcamp.

“If you’re a business owner, you have likely struggled with finding the help you need to keep your business running smoothly,” said SBDC Director Dale A. Rice. “Whether you have employees, work with family members or enlist interns, honing your leadership skills can help assure that you’re getting the best value from your work and from those who work with you.”

The Bootcamp will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the BOCES Education Services Center, 40 West Main St., Canton. Abrahm DiMarco, of DiMarco Consulting Group, will be the keynote speaker presenting “Balancing Management and Leadership: How to Delegate Effectively.”

“Due to intense competition for the best workers, small business owners often have to grow their own employees,” DiMarco explained. “Although these owners have excellent management and production skills, they now find themselves in leadership situations for which they are not prepared.”

To help with that struggle, DiMarco will explore the difference between leadership and management and why entrepreneurs have to find a balance. Attendees will be able to practice techniques for developing employees by giving intent and delegating responsibility.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon is held semi-annually by the SUNY Canton SBDC. The event features a speed networking session where participants make one-on-one connections and a Mini Marketplace where attendees showcase and sell their products or services. The luncheon is sponsored by OneGroup and Community Bank in cooperation with SBDC resource partners SUNY Canton and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA, administered by the State University of New York. SBDC programs are nondiscriminatory and available to individuals with disabilities.

Cost is $35 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, contact the SUNY Canton SBDC at (315) 386-7312 or sbdc@canton.edu.

About the SBDC

The SUNY Canton SBDC offers free direct counseling and a wide range of management and technical assistance services. Small business advisors help start-up companies develop business plans, assist existing businesses prepare to expand or offer industry specific resources. Business planning services are provided free of charge. It is one of 1,000 Small Business Development Centers to provide no-cost business consulting and training to more than a million existing and startup small businesses each year, creating and retaining 156,000 jobs.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Hosts 116th District Assembly Debate

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Candidates running for the 116thDistrict seat in the New York State Assembly will be participating in a debate at SUNY Canton.

Incumbent Addie Jenne (D-Theresa) and challenger Mark Walczyk (R-Watertown) have agreed to discuss their platforms and answer questions to help voters make informed decisions for the Nov. 6 general elections.

Jenne and Walczyk

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the debate is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8 in the college’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP by emailing pr@canton.eduto help plan for audio and visual needs.

A panel of area journalists will be moderating the debate. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to submit written questions for each candidate.

For more information, please contact Executive Director for University Relations Lenore VanderZee by email, vanderzeel@canton.eduor call 315-386-7109.

SUNY Canton Student Manages Social Media for Parkland, Fla. Benefit

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

A SUNY Canton student is running the social media campaign for a festival to help heal the community following the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland, Fla.

Tia M. Tassava, a Management student from Chubbuck, Idaho, who lives and works in Canton, is in charge of the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for the inaugural “Actions for Change Food and Music Festival.” The event is the grand finale of a weeklong series of concerts across the U.S. held with the goal of providing love, hope and healing while encouraging voter registration and activism. Tassava is a multi-sport athlete who plays hockey and golf at the college and works in the SUNY Canton Admissions Office.

Tia Tassava holds up an iPad displaying the Parkland festival social media accounts.

Interning in Activism
Tia M. Tassava, a Management student from Chubbuck, Idaho, who lives and works in Canton, holds up an iPad displaying the “Actions for Change Food and Music Festival” Instagram account. Tassava has managed social media accounts for the event held in response to the Feb. 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings in Parkland, Fla.

“I never thought I’d be this involved with a festival with acclaimed acts like Michael Franti and Spearhead and Skip Marley during my time at college,” Tassava said. “The support for eliminating gun violence in the community has been overwhelming. Activist and Actress Alyssa Milano has even backed this tremendous cause, and more than 30 acclaimed chefs will be cooking for the event.”

She noted that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas “Shine” students and more than a dozen students who have co-written songs of activism, healing, hope, and sorrow will also be performing at Actions for Change. In addition to posting event-specific updates about the participating artists and chefs, Tassava is rolling out information about gun violence to help increase awareness. She will be traveling to Florida to provide event coverage.

According to Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., a professor and curriculum coordinator in the Management program, Tassava is participating in the event as part of her internship requirements for the program. She is working with festival organizer Douglas G. Zeif, who is both a SUNY Canton alumnus and an adjunct professor.

Zeif is a highly successful leader in the hospitality industry who runs a multimillion-dollar consulting firm. Both of his sons attended Stoneman Douglas High School and survived the school shooting, but lost friends and teachers during the attack.

“I felt like I just had to do something, personally do something,” Zeif said. “No matter what side of the aisle you’re on politically, no matter how you feel about the Second Amendment, nobody wants gun violence.”

Actions for Change will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Pine Trails Park in Parkland, Fla. More information can be found on the festival’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Actions4Change/and on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/actions4change/.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Student Selected to Present Research at Prestigious Scientific Conference

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

A SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology student has been chosen to discuss his cutting-edge research at one of the most prominent undergraduate research conferences in the country.

Heath J. Boyea, a native of Malone, will travel to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in October to present at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Annual Conference. The event brings together students from around the world to share their scientific work.

Miles Canino and Heath Boyea sit behind a computer.

Student Heath Boyea, right, has been selected to present his research at the 2018 IEEE Annual Conference held at MIT. The project is a collaboration with SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Joel M. “Miles” Canino, Ph.D.

“This is a huge accomplishment for Heath, particularly because of the highly selective nature of this event,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Joel M. “Miles” Canino, Ph.D., who is Boyea’s faculty advisor and oversees the research. “He will be presenting alongside students who attend some of the best schools in the U.S., such as Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, MIT, Columbia and Brown.”

Boyea’s research involves tracking the brain and muscle activity of recovering stroke patients, as well as observing how damage to the motor cortex—the part of the brain that controls voluntary movements—impacts the body. This data will provide a window into how patients “re-learn” movement after a stroke, as well as lay the foundation for Canino’s work to develop a therapeutic device that could assist millions of people who suffer from a stroke every year.

“Once we gather and analyze the results, the end goal is to use it to develop an artificial intelligence system for a robotic exoskeleton,” Boyea said.

He explained that stroke patients can experience paralysis on one side of the body, called hemiplegia, or significant one-sided weakness, called hemiparesis. An exoskeleton is a motorized device that is worn externally to assist with movement and increase strength and flexibility to impaired areas.

Canino said the information Boyea collects will ultimately be used to make the exoskeleton “smarter”—specifically, allow it to better anticipate the user’s desired movements and improve monitoring of patient progress.

Boyea explained that his involvement in this research project, along with the opportunity to present his work at MIT, will prepare him for postgraduate studies. SUNY Canton’s culture of faculty accessibility is what facilitated the partnership, according to Boyea.

“When I spoke to Dr. Canino about my intent to pursue an advanced degree, he offered me the chance to work side-by-side with him on this research. It’s truly been a collaborative endeavor.”

Canino and Boyea just received a $5,000 grant from the SUNY Canton Provost’s Office to continue their work, and if the research results are promising, Canino said, there could be an opportunity to apply for federal funding and conduct nationwide clinical trials.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Hosts Renowned Motivational Speaker David Flood Sept. 28

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

SUNY Canton’s new Leadership Badge series kicks off Friday, Sept. 28 with speaker David Flood.

Flood is a motivational speaker who has been helping teens and young adults for more than 20 years. He shares his own very personal stories about his family and his upbringing.

David Flood

He will present at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The first event is titled “Look on the Inside” and the second is called “Leadership and Making Connections.” Both events are free and open to the public, and SUNY Canton students who attend can earn credit toward a Leadership Badge on their co-curricular transcript. Students unable to make it to campus can watch via livestream, and a recording will be posted online after the presentations.

Flood previously presented at Canton High School in 2017, and a video from that event has been seen more than 35 million times on Facebook. Throughout his career, he has spoken to more than 250,000 students, inspiring them to look at the world in a different way.

About David Flood

David’s start as a youth speaker comes from personal experience: he grew up impacted by addiction in his family; he married and became a father of two children, his oldest son has special needs; he is active in his church; he is a Hospice volunteer who visits with terminally ill patients; and is on the board of KIDS Plus, a non-profit organization which helps special needs children through sports and other activities. David attends meetings and participates in activities with The Anti-Bias Consortium for Nassau County Schools. He is a member of The Northport-East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

Ford Motor Company Focuses on SUNY Canton’s Automotive Program

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Ford Motor Company has added more Focus to SUNY Canton’s Automotive Technology program.

Representatives from the prominent American car company, along with staff from Blevins Ford Inc. in Gouverneur, recently presented the college with a late-model Ford Focus. The car will be used exclusively by students to hone their mechanical skills and help them prepare for their chosen careers.

President Szafran, students, and staff surround the new Ford Focus.

“This donation gives our students hands-on access to some of the latest advancements available on the motor vehicle market,” said Assistant Professor Brandon J. Baldwin, curriculum coordinator for the program. “It is imperative for them to have access to modern vehicles to earn their professional certifications. We can’t thank Ford enough for this car.”

The Focus was donated through the Ford Automotive Career Exploration program, which promotes engagement between educational institutions, franchised dealerships and local communities. The intent of the program is to raise awareness and increase interest in career opportunities within the automotive industry.

Brandon Baldwin shows students the Ford Focus engine.

“We have a vested interest in supporting automotive students,” said Christopher Sysock, a Ford Field Service Engineer. “We want to keep quality mechanics in the pipeline to help us continue as we grow and expand our workforce.”

As the car was being delivered to its new home in the college’s Auto Lab, Steve Blevins of Blevins Ford presented a monetary donation to the College Foundation to support the Leland Blevins Family Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student entering in the Automotive Technology program.

Steve Blevins presents Beth Gravlin with a check for the Leland Blevins Family Endowed Scholarship.

“These donations mean so very much to the college,” said Anne M. Sibley, VP for Advancement. “It helps us with our mission to introduce students to the newest technology and support students’ financial needs while they are attending college.”

Vice President Anne Sibley stands with President Szafran and Ford Technician Christopher Sysock

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran noted that the college has some of the most advanced laboratory classrooms in the state. “Partnering with Ford helps us continue to make our learning environments the very best in the SUNY system,” he said.

Other vehicles in the department include a hybrid-electric SUV, sedans, trucks and a handful of other Ford Vehicles.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.