Archive for July, 2019

Two SUNY Canton Employees Recognized for Meritorious Service

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran has selected two college employees to receive the 2019 President’s Meritorious Service Award.

In addition to their exemplary job performance, Szafran said both were chosen for their efforts to strengthen the college through academic innovation, advocacy and university service.

President Szafran poses with Christina Smith

Instructional Technologist Christina Smith was recognized for her work to assist faculty with creating multidimensional, engaging educational experiences for online students. She was also instrumental in developing an interactive, versatile flex class learning space that accommodates on-campus and distance learners alike.

“Christina has supported the incredible growth of our online course offerings and programs over the past seven years,” Szafran said. “Her accomplishments have helped the college remain SUNY’s online learning leader and have laid the groundwork for our next chapter.”

Assistant Professor Barat Wolfe, Ph.D., was selected for her teaching excellence, university service and research achievements. As a result of her leadership to develop an online pathway for the four-year Applied Psychology degree, students can now choose to complete the program on-campus, online or through a combination of both.

Barat Wolfe poses with President Szafran

In 2016, she was elected by her peers to serve as SUNY Canton’s representative to the SUNY-wide Faculty Senate, and the following year was chosen to serve as the colleges of technology representative to the Senate’s Executive Committee.

Wolfe is also the lead researcher for a grant-funded study of the biopsychosocial health of collegiate esports competitors. She recently presented her initial findings at the SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology.

“Barat brings an incredible energy to every endeavor she’s involved in,” said Szafran. “She is an outstanding faculty leader who we are pleased to recognize with this award.”

Smith and Wolfe were presented with their awards at the college’s annual Recognition Day event May 17.

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 Celebrates First Corrections Academy Graduation

Monday, July 15th, 2019

SUNY Canton’s Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity hosted the inaugural graduation ceremony for its new Corrections Academy July 3.

The four-week training is designed for those who are already working in the corrections field, as well as for current SUNY students. All graduates earned a certification from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Service (DCJS), and SUNY Canton students received an additional four credit hours toward their degree.

Corrections cadets pose in front of the Miller Campus Center
Pictured is the inaugural class of SUNY Canton’s new Corrections Academy. 

“I was most impressed by the dynamic between our relatively new officers and the SUNY Canton students,” said Rodney Votra, academy director and training coordinator for the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. “The officers brought real-life experience that coincided perfectly with the knowledge students have gained while completing their degrees.”

The curriculum incorporates a combination of traditional lectures and hands-on training. Cadets learned defensive tactics, hostage-survival techniques, first aid, crime scene preservation, effective communication strategies, suicide prevention practices and other safety procedures.

Rodney Voltra shakes Jesse Walley's hand
Rodney Votra presents Jesse T. Walley with a certificate.

“From a student perspective, the academy was a valuable experience because it not only prepares us for a career in corrections, but the concepts we learned are applicable to a variety of different law enforcement professions,” said Jesse T. Walley, a SUNY Canton Law Enforcement Leadership major.

The 2019 graduates are:

  • Sarah L. Duvall, a corrections officer with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
  • Dylan M. Gonzales, a Criminal Investigation major from Theresa
  • Ryan Kirgan, a Homeland Security major from Windsor
  • Samuel D. Lawrence, a Law Enforcement Leadership major from Halfmoon
  • William C. Pharoah, a corrections officer with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
  • Teressa L. Rutkauskas, a corrections officer with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office
  • Larry K. Sanchez, a Homeland Security major from the Bronx
  • Jesse T. Walley, a Law Enforcement Leadership major from Cortland

The Corrections Academy, a collaboration between the DCJS and the St. Lawrence Country Sheriff’s Office, is one of the very few programs of its kind linked with a college in New York State and is the only option connecting traditional academic offerings directly to this in-demand employment field. Students can enroll in the corrections academy and also potentially enroll in the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy as part of their SUNY Canton education, which can lead to a four-year degree with pre-certifications as both a corrections officer and police officer.

Graduates look on as Rodney Votra speaks at the podium

The center is also currently hosting its first two-week corrections supervisor training that offers more than 60 hours of instruction for professionals working throughout the state.

The academy’s next session is scheduled for June 2020. For more information, visit http://www.canton.edu/cacademy/.

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 Media Relations Manager Receives Chancellor’s Award

Monday, July 1st, 2019

A member of the award-winning SUNY Canton Public Relations team has been selected by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to receive the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Gregory E. Kie, senior media relations manager and college photographer, was nominated by his peers for the system-wide honor. It is bestowed in recognition of consistently superior professional achievement to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. He received a medal denoting his success at the college’s Faculty and Community Awards Dinner held May 9.

Greg Kie stands with his camera outside Payson Hall

“Greg has helped improve the college’s image through his outstanding photography and news writing abilities,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “He’s contributed to every major college publication during his 15-year career and helped develop positive working relationships with the local media. His work has helped tell the ‘SUNY Canton story’ and elevated the college’s profile and prestige.”

Kie began as a temporary part-time writer and photographer in 2004, after a brief career as a correspondent reporter for the Massena-Potsdam Courier Observer. The year following, he was granted a full-time position under the direction of Randy B. Sieminski, who is now the college’s athletic director. He received his current title in 2014 while working for the college’s current Director of Public Relations, Travis G. Smith.

“Greg embodies the spirit of SUNY Canton through his unique skill set, work ethic and welcoming demeanor,” Smith said. “Throughout his tenure, he has juggled his media relations and photography responsibilities with great skill, professionalism and collegiality.”

As an adjunct instructor in the college’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program, Kie has helped several students start careers in photography. He was described as a focal point for mentorships and recognized for helping to foster an entrepreneurial spirit for students by Professor Charles R. Fenner, who teaches in the Management program.

Kie also volunteered as a Riot Games’ “League of Legends” coach in the college’s thriving esports program during the past year. He also supports the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team by helping students paint their bridge in preparation for their annual competitions.

SUNY Canton’s entire Public Relations Department received the Excellence in College Service Award in 2017. Kie contributed three of the department’s 12 State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) awards during his career, picking up two Excellence in Writing citations and a Judge’s Citation for news releases.

“I’m so very proud that my colleagues chose to nominate me for this career-defining achievement,” Kie said. “I’ve been exceptionally lucky to be a part of a continually innovating and evolving college that has allowed me to grow within my position. I look forward to everything that will happen next.”

Kie is a Plattsburgh native who graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Studio Arts in 1998.

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 19 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 Celebrates New North Country Law Enforcement Officers

Monday, July 1st, 2019

In early January, cadets joined the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy. After a semester of demanding and often intensive training, those students have now started their careers at area law enforcement agencies.

The Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton recently celebrated its 24thgraduation ceremony, recognizing a class of eight graduates.

2019 Academy graduates pose as a group in front of Miller Campus Center
Pictured is the 2019 graduating class of the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton.

“From this day forward, you will be addressed as law enforcement officers,” said Nathan Senick-Albanese, who was the class president. “Only a small portion of what you do will be enforcing the law. You will help people change flat tires by the side of the road. You will be heroes by performing those seemingly small acts benefiting the communities you serve.”

Senick-Albanese and his classmates thanked Academy Director Joseph Brown and the more than 70 law enforcement instructors who contributed to their experience. “The expert instruction provided by area agencies allowed us to grow into the professionals we are about to become,” he said.

Sheriff Wells, Senick-Albanese, and Undersheriff Brooks
Newest Deputy – Nathan Senick-Albanese became the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office newest deputy after graduating from the David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton. Pictured (l to r) are St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells, Senick-Albanese and Undersheriff Brooks J. Bigwarfe.

At the graduation ceremony, cadets were sworn in as officers of their sponsoring agency.

Officers who graduated in the 2019 class include:

  • Leah M. Alestra became an officer at Norfolk Police Department. Alestra received the Director’s 110% award. 
  • Dylan M. Johnston became a deputy for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Andrew D. Layng became an officer at the Ogdensburg Police Department.
  • Lindsey M. Landphere became an officer at the Canton Police Department. Landphere received the best overall David Sullivan Award and a fitness award. 
  • Mason M. Maitland became a deputy at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Maitland won the Defensive Tactics Award. 
  • Joshua J. Rose became an officer at the Canton Police Department. Rose received the top shot award and the emergency vehicle operations course award. 
  • Nathan B. Sheen became an officer at Gouverneur Police Department.
  • Nathan Senick-Albanese became a deputy for the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. Senick-Albanese received the overall academic award. 

SUNY Canton’s law enforcement training includes two phases. The first phase provides pre-employment training that encompasses the skills required to become a police officer. Cadets complete courses in emergency medical services, community policing and defensive tactics. Those cadets who have been hired as a police officer can then complete phase two. Topics covered include police arrest techniques, firearms and counterterrorism training.

It is one of the few academies in New York State to offer comprehensive training specifically designed for North Country agencies. Students in law enforcement related programs can opt to take phase one of the training to meet their academic requirements.

The college recently released a a David Sullivan Police Academy video highlighting some of the hands-on training cadets receive. For more information, please visit the Academy’s website.

SUNY Canton is also home to a summer corrections academy, which is currently in session.

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 19 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.