Archive for 2019

SUNY Canton Esports Offers Winter Day Camps

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

SUNY Canton will be offering esports day-camp opportunities for area youth during the winter break.

Esports day camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2 through Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 in the college’s state-of-the-art Esports Arena. Gameplay in this facility is typically reserved for varsity collegiate matches and has been opened exclusively during the winter break for the camp sessions.

“We’ve received tremendous interest in our program through our previous esports camps and open house events,” said Charles W. Murray, SUNY Canton esports coordinator and coach. “This is a great chance for our area youth to come play their favorite games as a team.”

Guests can play on one of the college’s 25 Alienware Area 51 gaming PCs or on PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo Switch consoles.

Esports camps are designed for gamers in grade six and up. Guests will need to provide their own login credentials and lunches. The cost is $25 per student per day. For more information, email Murray at murrayc@canton.edu. To register, visit http://www.canton.edu/esports/registration.html.

SUNY Canton Awarded $1.3 Million New York State Grant for Canton Midtown Plaza Revitalization

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Downtown project aims to create new residential, commercial spaces and an Entrepreneurship Center

SUNY Canton has been awarded a $1.3 million Empire State Development (ESD) grant toward a project that seeks to redevelop Canton’s Midtown Plaza at 19 Miner Street.

Midtown plaza rendering

The award is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiative, which helps drive economic development across the state. The Midtown Plaza project, which was given priority status by the North Country REDC, is a public-private partnership whose goal is to revitalize the Plaza site and create new residential and commercial space. It will also be home to a new SUNY Canton Entrepreneurship Center. 

“This funding is a big step toward realizing our vision of a facility that will bring new economic vitality and entrepreneurial activity to the heart of Canton and the entire North Country region,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Safran. “I’d like to thank the Governor, the North Country REDC, our colleagues at ESD, and the Town and Village of Canton—especially Supervisor Mary Ann Ashley and Mayor Michael Dalton—for their support of this endeavor.”

Szafran said the proposed Entrepreneurship Center will offer research and development facilities to develop prototypes, accelerate start-up companies bringing new and innovative products and ideas to market, and provide comprehensive resources for small businesses to start up and grow. A co-working space will foster collaboration between local entrepreneurs and SUNY Canton students, faculty and staff. Affordable programming will help them refine ideas, structure business plans, conduct market research and connect them with experienced mentors to help them build and grow their companies.

Working with partners Laker Development NY, LLC and Dew Ventures, LLC, the redevelopment of the Plaza is expected to include up to 15,000 square feet of commercial space and almost 50 housing units. 

“Canton is a great community with tremendous potential,” said Devin Dal Pos of Laker Development. “This is a truly transformative project that will revitalize underutilized space and bring new live-work-play options to the center of town.”

The Canton College Foundation has played a key role in this project. Earlier this year it secured a purchase option on the vacant Midtown Plaza via one of its affiliates, Roo Riverwoods, LLC. 

The Empire State Development grant is one piece of several funding opportunities being pursued by the project’s partners, which include Canton Town and Village officials. 

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. 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 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. 

SUNY Canton Alum Named Among Top Foreign Attorneys by National Jurist Magazine

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

National Jurist Magazine has selected a SUNY Canton graduate as one of the top 15 foreign attorneys practicing law in the U.S.

Ilijana Todorovic, class of 2013, was featured in the fall edition along with 14 of her peers as the most accomplished Master of Laws (LL.M.) graduates in the country.

SUNY Canton alumna Ilijana Todorovic ’13, a Legal Studies graduate, was selected as one of the top foreign attorneys practicing law in the United States by National Jurist Magazine. Photo credit to Nicholas DeLaureal.

Todorovic, who is from Bosnia and Herzegovina, earned an undergraduate degree in 

Legal Studies with a 4.0 GPA as part of a dual program agreement. 

A standout athlete, she was a basketball player for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national team and, in 2011, joined the SUNY Canton’s women’s team as an exchange student. 

“The dual degree partnership made it possible for me to study in the United States and receive a high-quality education while providing me with the experience of playing college basketball,” she said of her time in Canton.

While attending SUNY Canton, Todorovic played basketball for the Kangaroos and helped lead the team to eight straight wins.

During her five-year stay in the United States, Todorovic also earned three LL.M. degrees with highest recognitions from Saint Louis University School of Law and Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. In the course of her graduate studies, she was awarded seven Law Excellence Awards, including the Don King Family Award for superior scholastic achievement. 

Currently, Todorovic is a judicial law clerk to Judge Ellen M. Hazeur in the New Orleans Civil District Court. She is licensed in New York and Washington, D.C., and has had articles published in the Louisiana Bar Journal and in the Loyola Law Review. 

“Ilijana is one of the most accomplished graduates of our Legal Studies program, and she is most deserving of this prestigious ranking by National Jurist,” said SUNY Canton Professor and Curriculum Coordinator for the Legal Studies program Jondavid S. DeLong, J.D. “She serves as a role model for our current and future students who aspire to become among the best in their field.”

SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies degree has earned several national awards for affordability, and the college recently entered into an agreement with the University at Buffalo School of Law that allows students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in just six years.

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. 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 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Prepares to Host AISC Steel Bridge Competition, April 23-24

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Students from SUNY Canton’s American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Steel Bridge Team are making preparations to host the 2020 Upstate New York Regional Competition. 

“Our dedicated students from the Canino School of Engineering Technology are committed to making this competition a success,” said Steel Bridge Team Advisor Paul D. Hitchman, who also works as an instructional support associate for the Civil and Environmental Engineering program. “In addition to designing a competition-ready bridge, the students are handling the majority of the logistics and planning.” 

Kyle Lorey tightens a bolt on the steel bridge
Kyle Lorey, a SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Corning, tightens a bolt during a practice run building SUNY Canton’s steel bridge for the American Society of Civil Engineers Upstate Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition.

The two-day event will begin April 23 with the main competition running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24, 2020 in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. During the event, each team will rapidly assemble their steel bridge, which has to meet strict guidelines dictated by the AISC. Each bridge will then be test loaded with steel weights to determine its strength and rigidity. The end goal is to display the most economical and aesthetically pleasing entry. The competition is free and open to spectators, with a special invitation extended to alumni.

“The team is exceptionally eager to compete on our home turf,” said Kimberly Collins, a member of the team and the regional student steel bridge competition event planner. “We’ve designed a special event to showcase our campus and its unique academic programs.” 

Students from SUNY Canton’s Steel Bridge Team race to construct their bridge during a 2012 competition at the college. SUNY Canton will be hosting the American Institute of Steel Construction Upstate New York Regional Competition again on April 23 and 24, 2020.

SUNY Canton’s team historically does exceptionally well in the upstate regional meet with 15 first-place finishes in its 25-year run. Following a series of regional competitions, AISC will hold a national competition of the best entries. The college landed a first-place finish in both the regional and national competition in 2009. In 2018, the college picked up a second-place win at regionals and a ninth-place finish at nationals. 

Pre-registration for the event concluded on Nov. 15 with nine teams signed up to compete, including:

Student members of SUNY Canton’s Team include:

  • Israel Akande, an Engineering Science 2+2 major from Albany. 
  • Mark Antonik, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Auburn.
  • Jaden Caldwell, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Canton.
  • Laura Clements, a Mechatronics Technology major from Cazenovia. 
  • Kimberly Collins, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Saranac Lake. Collins serves as the team’s Vice President.
  • John Drews, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Sound Beach. Drews serves as the team’s Senator.
  • Brett Hall, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Plattsburgh.
  • Dale Harris, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Dundee. Harris serves as the team’s Vice President.
  • Forest Hathaway, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Fine. Hathaway serves as the team’s Treasurer.
  • Grant Heath, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Holsworthy.
  • Kyle Lorey, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Corning. Lorey serves as the team’s President.
  • Calvin McPheeters, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Springfield.
  • Hannah Nicholas, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Newport News.
  • Devin Nusbaum, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Albany.
  • Sara O’Duffy, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Lakeville. O’Duffy serves as the team’s Secretary.
  • Christian Ransom, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Hogansburg.
  • Zane Rauschmeier, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Endicott.
  • Eric Roach, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Mooers.
  • Stephen Schermerhorn, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Cicero. Schermerhornserves as the team’s Project Manager.
  • Kaitlyn Trusty, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Blauvelt.
  • Tanner Valcour, a Civil Engineering Technology major from Ogdensburg. 
  • Thomas Ventiquattro, an Engineering Science 2+2 major from Burke. 
  • Benjamin York, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Auburn.

The team launched a website with detailed information about the competition. Students have also issued update newsletters, or mailers, to each participating university. 

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. 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 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. 

SUNY Canton Among First in U.S. to Launch Esports Management Degree

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

SUNY Canton is launching an innovative new degree program that prepares students for an esports career. 

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran announced the college has received final approval to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Esports Management beginning next fall. The degree is one of only a few of its kind in the nation, and it is the first in the SUNY system.

Student streamer Alec K. Knowles of Parishville prepares to broadcast a live match during the Extreme Connect Conference held April in Nashville, Tenn. Knowles is currently a Graphic and Multimedia Design major who is interested in transferring into the college’s new Esports Management degree.

“Esports is unquestionably one of the fastest-growing entertainment industries in the world, and it is expected to generate close to $1.8 billion in revenue by 2022,” said Szafran. “Its popularity offers unlimited job potential for graduates who understand the technology, culture and business of the game.”

The degree, which can be earned on-campus or online, will combine components of the college’s popular Game Design and Development program with fundamental skills from the School of Business and Liberal Arts’ management programs. Students will take courses in economics, accounting, communications, marketing, finance, media studies, business law, game design, and esports event management. An internship or capstone project is also required during the final semester.

“With the addition of this program, we now offer a 360-degree view of the gaming industry, along with our four-year Game Design and Development major and esports varsity teams,” Szafran added. “Our students have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to completely immerse themselves in the field as a competitor, organizer, publicist, team leader or commentator.”

SUNY Canton student Alec Knowles, a “League of Legends” esports competitor from Parishville, is interested in joining the new program. He is one of more than 85 students who compete in eight games in the college’s 1,800 square-foot state-of-the-art competition arena, built last year. 

“As a streamer and as a player, I can see the value of enrolling in a major that focuses on the business side of the industry so I can turn my passion into a career,” he said. 

Knowles has been a live match commentator at high-profile college competitions, including an exhibition at Extreme Network’s Connect Conference in Nashville. 

“This program will give students like Alec a well-rounded understanding of the gaming world,” said Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts Philip T. Neisser. “They will be learning from experts in game design, finance, technology, marketing and sports management so they can hit the ground running after graduation.”

New York state ranked second in the top ten states with the most esports jobs in 2018, according to the employment website, Hitmarkerjobs.com. Globally, esports jobs grew 185% in the first half of 2019. 

“Several organizations have already shown interest in serving as internship placement sites to give students the on-the-job training necessary to excel in this field,” Neisser said.

This highly anticipated major is expected to mirror the popularity of the new Game Design and Development program, which has seen a 70% enrollment increase in the past year.  

The new degree will be overseen by Curriculum Coordinator Nicholas C. Kocher, and the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions will begin accepting applications for Esports Management immediately. To apply, visit www.canton.edu/apply. For more information, call 1-800-388-7123 or email admissions@canton.edu.

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. 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 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

SK Gaming Helps SUNY Canton Esports Level Up the Game

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

A Mountain Dew AMP Game Fuel student Instagram challenge brings German gamers to campus for an in-person visit.

Two professional League of Legends players and their manager from SK Gaming in Germany coached SUNY Canton’s esports students over the weekend. 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – Steven Chen (pictured middle), a professional League of Legends player from SK Gaming in Germany, plays with members of SUNY Canton’s team during a campus visit on Saturday.

Last spring, SUNY Canton students entered an Instagram challenge to promote Mountain Dew’s newest release, AMP Game Fuel. The visit from SK Gaming was the grand prize for the competition.

“The students were awe-struck after meeting some of their heroes from the professional gaming world,” said Charles Murray, the college’s esports coordinator. “I believe their lessons and their poise will have a lasting impact on our teams.” 

ESPORTS WELCOME – Pictured (l to r) are Garrit Stukemeier, Alec Knowles of Parishville, Steven Chen, and Kasey Palmer of Verona. Knowles and Palmer presented SUNY Canton Esports Jerseys to Stukemeier and Chen who both play League of Legends professionally for SK Gaming during a campus visit sponsored by Mountain Dew AMP Game Fuel.

SUNY Canton currently has about a dozen students who play League of Legends competitively on two teams. The two players, Garrit Stukemeier (Phrenic) and Steven Chen (Reeker) each played on a team to scrimmage the other. Team manager René Spanier accompanied the teammates and discussed game strategy with college coaches. The visit was orchestrated by Mountain Dew AMP Game Fuel.

“We met dedicated players and great personalities, like ToastyTG [Alec Knowles], Joe [Canton], Kasey [Palmer] and many more,” Spanier said in a tweet. “Let’s stay in touch and maybe we can come around once more.”

Knowles, who is a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from Parishville, said the experience was amazing for the team. 

ABSOLUTE FOCUS – Garrit Stukemeier, a professional League of Legends gamer from SK Gaming in Germany plays demonstrates his abilities in SUNY Canton’s Esports Arena. Also pictured are students Kal-El Key (left) and Emily Oeser (right).

“Thank you so much for taking the time to come see us,” he said. “On behalf of the League team here at SUNY Canton, it means the world to us to see such talented players and staff.” 

Stukemeier said that despite being a world-recognized professional player, his position on the team is much like any other job, but with different hours. In addition to playing video games 8 to 10 hours a day, players work out three times a week, and meet with a sports psychologist to help them improve their performance. 

Both Stukemeier and Chen were impressed with the college’s $500,000 Esports Arena, which features state-of-the art Alienware computers with high-speed, low-latency internet connections provided by Extreme Networks.

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. 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 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

SUNY Canton Holds Inaugural Women in Esports Open House, Dec. 6

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

A women-only event at the college’s Esports Arena will promote competitive video gaming.

SUNY Canton eSports Logo

SUNY Canton will be holding a Women in eSports, or WeSports, Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in the SUNY Canton Esports Arena in Nevaldine Hall South 133. The event is free and is exclusively offered to females of all ages. 

“We hope to encourage women to take part in esports by showcasing our incredible facilities,” said Courtney B. Bish, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “The demographics for competitive gaming show a large discrepancy in participation between men and women. We are offering an opportunity for both serious women gamers and beginners to come and enjoy themselves in a welcoming atmosphere.” 

Emily Oeser plays Overwatch in the eSports Arena.

SUNY Canton offers coed competition in eight games through the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), with about a dozen female students currently participating in the program. The majority of those students will be attending the event to assist beginners, offer advice and play alongside guests. 

Game Design and Development major Emily A. Oeser, the captain of the “Overwatch” team, has helped the college grow female participation in the program. She helped lead the team to an ECAC Championship title in 2018 and a second-place finish in 2019. Oeser also orchestrated the first recorded collegiate all-women’s Overwatch match against Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. 

“It’s fantastic the college is providing time in our arena exclusively for women at an event hosted by women,” she said. “We’re looking forward to introducing others to the games we love and our state-of-the-art arena.”

Oeser will be joined by other female captains, including Kasey L. Palmer who plays “League of Legends”, and Madison E. Cragle who plays “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.” Both students are enrolled in the college’s Veterinary Science Technology programs. 

A student plays in the new eSports Arena

Guests will be able to play on one of the 25 dedicated Alienware Area 51 computers, on PlayStation Pro, Xbox 1X, or Nintendo Switch consoles. Funding for the program and its equipment was provided through a SUNY Performance Investment Fund grant designed to increase opportunities for online students. 

“We’re also sending a special invitation to our female online students who may want to join us virtually,” said Molly A. Mott, associate provost and dean of academic support services. “We hope to reach an even wider group of students in support of our inclusivity mission, and we’d like to hold more WeSports events in the future. We’re looking forward to seeing community members, college staff and students, and high school and middle school students as well.” 

Parking is available adjacent to Nevaldine Hall or in Lot 1. For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at (315) 386-7526.

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. 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 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

Intelligent.com: SUNY Canton Ranks Among the Top Finance Degree Programs in the U.S.

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Investments made during college classes help create scholarships and add to the hands-on experience.

SUNY Canton has been recognized as a top ranked institution offering one of the best Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance programs by Intelligent.com. The college ranked 12th of 44 public institutions across the nation.

The comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 1,604 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. SUNY Canton’s program is offered both online and in person with some flex classes where students can choose both formats.

Pictured is Umesh Kumar, Ph.D., associate professor and curriculum coordinator for SUNY Canton’s Finance program. Finance was recently ranked 12th of 44 public institutions across the nation by intelligent.com and Kumar has authored research papers corresponding with the subjects he instructs.

Finance is recognized among the college’s career-driven business programs for helping students learn about short and long-term investments. In 2011, the Canton College foundation provided $25,000 to practice stock market trading. As a class, the students research potential investments and choose how to best invest the seed money. The original funding has almost quadrupled, and now funds a scholarship for students entering the business programs.

“The current balance exceeds $85,000 in addition the $15,000 used to fund scholarships,” said Umesh Kumar, Ph.D., associate professor and curriculum coordinator for the program. “The students take to this project exceptionally well. The students are very happy to see how well the investments perform.”

Faculty Research

Kumar was recently the co-recipient of a best paper award at the Academy of Business Research Conference for “Electric Power Interruptions and Economic Output for Individual Sectors.” The paper examines industry-wide impacts of power outages across the United States and consequent cost-benefit for specific industries. The project was a collaboration with former SUNY Canton faculty member Brian K. Harte, Ph.D.

“Our productive output is not the same when we face a two-hour outage even here in Upstate New York,” Kumar said. “We are not quantifying the disruption in a dollar amount, but rather how much of a percentage of economic impact will be affected.”

Research findings indicate that economic output suffers most due to weather related electric interruption. Sectors employing more low-income workers are vulnerable and economic losses for those areas is significant.

Kumar was also the co-recipient of a best paper award in 2018 from the same conference on “Analyzing Closed-End Funds Performance and Tax Reforms.” The paper was a collaboration with Edouard K. Mafoua, a SUNY Canton economics professor who teaches in the business programs.

The Future of Financial Education

The next big advancement in the Finance program includes micro-credentials to recognize professional learning. By completing three related classes, students can earn college certification in Financial Accounting, Financial Analysis and Personal Finance.

These skill-based qualifications are designed to provide a student or professional with specific knowledge and abilities immediately applicable in a specific area.

“A nine-credit micro-credential offers a more robust course cluster for students who want to personalize their education beyond a traditional major or minor,” Kumar said. “They also offer more value to prospective 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. 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 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

SUNY Canton Nursing Student Wins Statewide Award

Friday, November 15th, 2019

A SUNY Canton student was recently recognized with a statewide award for overcoming difficulties during his education. 

Marcos L. Martinez, a Practical Nursing major from the Bronx, received the 2019 Norman R. McConney Jr. Award, which is bestowed to recognize excellence in the SUNY Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). The award is named after one of the architects of the statewide program that provides financial assistance and support to those facing obstacles in achieving their educational and personal goals.

President Szafran, Marcos Martinez, and Walvi DeJesus
EOP AWARD – SUNY Canton student Marcos L. Martinez recently received the statewide 2019 Norman R. McConney Jr. Award, which is bestowed to recognize excellence in the SUNY Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Martinez, and EOP Director Walvi DeJesus.

“Marcos is no stranger to life’s obstacles,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran during a ceremony recognizing Martinez. “For most people, those obstacles would have stood in their way. Marcos has defied the odds and rose above both personal and educational barriers and continues to actively better himself.” 

Martinez said he began in the college’s Liberal Arts and Sciences two-year degree program but had a rough start during his freshman year. Transitioning from high school to a college environment was difficult. After some initial setbacks, he was able to build up his GPA high enough to enter the Practical Nursing program, which is one of the more competitive majors at the college. 

Marcos Martinez practices using a stethoscope on a dummy.
NURSING STUDENT RECOGNIZED – Marcos L. Martinez listens to a mannequin’s breathing during a respiratory lab. Martinez, a SUNY Canton Practical Nursing major recently received a SUNY Educational Opportunity Program award for overcoming obstacles during his college education.

“I could’ve just given up after my first semester, but I didn’t,” he said. “It wasn’t easy, but I was able to do it with the amazing support system I have and the motivation to be and do better.” 

Martinez credits his family for offering tremendous encouragement. “My mother always believed in me and keeps me motivated every day,” he said. “Both my mother and father always help push me to be successful.  I appreciate how hard they work for me and my siblings and I’m doing everything I do to make both of them proud parents.”

The soon-to-be nurse’s aspirations don’t stop with his first degree. He said he plans on entering the two-year Registered Nurse program, with his sights set on earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

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. 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 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Welcomes Back Native American Poet Santee Frazier for Living Writers Series

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

The SUNY Canton Living Writers Series is honoring Native American Heritage Month with a guest speaker whose poetry deals with the marginalization of Native people. 

Santee Frazier will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. 

Santee Frazier

Frazier, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, will read from his recently released poetry collection, “Aurum,” which, according to the publisher, captures the vibrantly original language in Frazier’s first collection, “Dark Thirty,” while taking on a completely new voice and rhythm.

“Santee’s poetry creates indelible images in the mind that linger long after the words have disappeared,” said Living Writers Series creator and SUNY Canton Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche. 

Following the reading, North Country Public Radio’s Station Manager Mitch Teich will lead a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Frazier previously visited the college in 2013 to read from his first collection. Many of the themes and characters from “Dark Thirty” are continued in “Aurum.” 

Frazier is the director of the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Residency MFA Program in Santa Fe. His poems have appeared in Ontario Review, American Poet, and Prairie Schooner, among others.

Frazier’s appearance is the final Living Writers Series event of the fall semester. The series resumes Wednesday, March 30, with author Danny Ramadan. For more information about past or upcoming guests, visit the Living Writers Series webpage.

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. 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 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.