Archive for October, 2019

SUNY Canton Sports Management Program Awarded Accreditation by COSMA

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

SUNY Canton’s Sports Management bachelor’s degree has recently received a prestigious accreditation by the leading organization that recognizes sports management educational excellence.

COSMA Accredited Institution

The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) Board of Commissioners granted the status after a multi-step process that included the completion of a candidacy application, a self-study and a site visit by the accreditation team. 

“Our top priority has always been to provide students with a quality education using a hands-on approach to enhance learning and skill development, and recognition and accreditation through COSMA affirms our high standards,” said Sports Management Program Director Diane J. Para, Ph.D.  “Our faculty are committed teaching practitioners with years of professional experience in the field which enhances the quality of education. Earning COSMA’s accreditation was a long and fruitful process that will help ensure our continued commitment to this goal.”

SUNY Canton joins an elite group of 53 colleges in the nation that are approved by COSMA, and it is the only SUNY school currently accredited by the organization. 

Para said students learn skills that will prepare them for a variety of career options. Course topics include sports event coordination, operations and facilities management, marketing, public relations, legal issues, and sales and finance.

Patrick Murray and Kyle Dora ´stand outside the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida during the 2018 NHL All-Star game.
Patrick Murray ´17 and Kyle Dora ´17 stand outside the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida during the 2018 NHL All-Star game.

Since the college launched the degree in 2010, graduates have gone on to work at prominent professional and collegiate athletic organizations such as the Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins, Ontario Reign, Syracuse Crunch, St. Lawrence University, and Penn State University. Other alumni have elected to pursue advanced degrees at prestigious institutions such as Georgetown University, St. John’s University, Boston College, Arizona State University, Clarkson University and the University of Tennessee. 

Sports Management graduate and Assistant Director of Sports Information at George Fox University Jenea Shoemaker, class of 2017, credits the faculty with providing a solid foundation to begin her career.

“I could not have asked for a better learning environment with more dedicated professors who combine passion with years of industry involvement,” she said. “They prepare students with a curriculum full of real-world experiences and help each individual achieve their goals.”

During their final semester, seniors can elect to complete an internship to gain additional hands-on experience and build a strong professional network. Many students have completed their final requirements at prominent organizations such as the Baltimore Orioles, Charlotte Speedway, USA Luge, Special Olympics, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Manchester Monarchs, and Syracuse University Athletics.

View more information about COSMA and its member institutions.

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 Students Join Tau Phi Zeta Honor Society

Friday, October 25th, 2019

The Alpha Chapter of Tau Phi Zeta Honor Society at SUNY Canton welcomed 20 new members. 

Students in the Veterinary Technology and Veterinary Science Technology programs were inducted into the honor society Oct. 17, coinciding with National Veterinary Technician week. 

Tau Phi Zeta pin

SUNY Canton’s veterinary technology programs are among the oldest in the state. Graduates become licensed veterinary technicians who work as part of a care team providing medical assistance to all types of animals. Students are trained in anesthesiology, radiology, medical and surgical nursing, laboratory procedures, pharmacology, among other skills.

The programs work with area animal shelters to provide spaying and neutering services and vaccinations for dogs and cats. During the 2018-2019 academic year, college veterinarians spayed or neutered more than 130 animals.

The new TPZ members pose for a group photo

Tau Phi Zeta was founded at SUNY Canton as the first national veterinary technology honor society. It is designed to provide recognition for high scholarship standards. Membership is offered to those students who exemplify outstanding scholastic achievement, leadership, a demonstrated love of animals, outstanding work ethic, professional behavior, and exemplary character.

Students inducted include: 

  • Debora Bartosova
  • Rebecca Bernier
  • Dallas Blair
  • Jacqueline Brouty
  • Bridget Carta
  • Dharma Chevalier
  • Schuyler Claes
  • Sierra Erwin
  • Kyra Flynn
  • Kimberly George
  • Alexis Grotto
  • Dan Holsopple
  • Kyann Jemmott
  • Aubrey Kidder
  • Jessica Knapp
  • Chelsea Major
  • Lynsey Marcella
  • Saige Papariello
  • Abigail Savage
  • Claire Turcotte

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 Author Chris Fink for Living Writers Series

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

A Wisconsin-based author who just released a book of short stories about ordinary antiheros and the moments that define them will visit campus this month as part of the popular Living Writers Series.

Chris Fink holds his latest novel, "Add this to the List of Things That You Are."

Chris Fink will read from his new book, “Add This to the List of Things That You Are,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

“Chris Fink’s work tackles all the beauty and tragedy that rural America has to offer,” said Living Writers Series creator and Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche. “His stories will be both shocking and familiar to residents of the North Country, and his writing is both timeless and entirely relevant to our current cultural moment. Please join us to hear stories from Wisconsin that are right at home here in St. Lawrence County.”    

Fink was recently profiled by the National Book Review, where he talks about growing up in Wisconsin and the small towns that inspired his writing.

“I had an intensely rural childhood and adolescence … this was the place that I knew about with the kind of intimacy you need to write fiction,” Fink said. “Also, the fact that the Midwest is overlooked, is a flyover place, a kind of nowhere place, etc. That appeals to my oppositional nature. The rural Midwest might be undesirable in popular culture, but it’s not exactly ‘terra incognita.’”

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

“Having recently moved here from Wisconsin, I’m eager to explore what Chris sees as the commonalities in the rural experience in America, no matter what the zip code,” said Teich.

Fink previously visited the college in 2013 to promote his first short story collection, “Farmer’s Almanac: A Work of Fiction.” He is a professor of English and Environmental Studies at Beloit College and editor in chief of the Beloit Fiction Journal. He is also a regular contributor to Northern Public Radio, where he produces monthly essays about the intersection of the self and the natural world. 

In November, SUNY Canton will welcome back another Living Writers Series alum, Santee Frazier, who will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. His new book of poems, “Aurum,” will be published this fall.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information check out the Living Writers website.

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 Faculty Member Named in $2.47 Million Grant

Friday, October 18th, 2019

One of SUNY Canton’s newest faculty members helped land a $2.47 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to increase patient safety and efficient care in Level I trauma rooms. 

Kambiz Ghazinour

Assistant Professor Kambiz Ghazinour, Ph.D., was hired to teach and perform research in the college’s Cybersecurity program at the start of the fall semester. During his time at his previous institution, Kent State University, Ohio, he was named as a co-investigator on the now funded proposal “Towards a Model of Safety and Care for Trauma Room Design.” That position has now followed him to Canton, and he will continue to provide his expertise to the exploratory research. 

“Approximately 9% of trauma room deaths are due to preventable errors,” Ghazinour said, citing the grant proposal. “We will be studying the entire physical environment of the trauma room to see if we can make it more efficient and improve patient safety.”

Ghazinour’s background ties into the computer science portions of the project. He will be implementing software that will track and learn individuals’ movements within an emergency trauma room setting while protecting the anonymity of both the patients and medical staff. 

He demonstrated the software using footage from a closed-circuit video camera. “Basically, the computer detects peoples’ heads and joints and draws stick figures over them in real time,” he said. “Each part of the body is color coded, so we can observe how the person moves while hiding personal identifying information.” 

Kambiz Ghazinour teaches a class

The new faculty member explained this application could be used by law enforcement while evaluating or reviewing public surveillance footage, as it shows what a person is doing without showing who the person is. The method would alleviate some surveillance concerns and protect anonymity. 

“There are numerous applications for this form of non-intrusive observation,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “The research can benefit our nursing program, can help with multiple areas related to safety, and also ties in with our new Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. I offer my sincere congratulations to Kambiz and his colleagues on their innovative proposal.”  

Much of the research will be conducted at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, the premiere hospital in the Akron, Ohio, metropolitan area. Ghazinour is also the founder and director of the Advanced Information Security and Privacy Lab, which will soon be housed at SUNY Canton.

In addition to Ghazinour, other investigators on the grant include: 

  • Sara Bayramzadeh, Ph.D., PI, coordinator and Elliot professor in the Healthcare Design program, Kent State University.
  • Mary K. Anthony, Ph.D., co-investigator, R.N., professor and associate dean for research, Kent State University.
  • Douglas Delahanty, Ph.D., co-investigator, Professor and Associate Vice President for Research, Faculty Development, Kent State University.
  • Ali F. Mallat, M.D., co-investigator, general and critical care surgeon, Cleveland Clinic Akron General.

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.

Massena Graduates Aid their Hometown by Helping Future Generations Attend SUNY Canton

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Several Massena Central alumni have banded together to help create a new future for recent graduates of their high school. With the very first recipient of the Massena Alumni Scholarship selected at SUNY Canton, the founding donors are now looking for further endowment support.

“Massena is an example of a great community that has lost its industrial base, leaving many students without funds to attend college,” said Alex Sabo, a scholarship patron.

Gil White, President Szafran, Alex Sabo, Raymond Boushie
Scholarship Donors: Pictured (l to r) are Guilford ‘Gil’ White (SUNY Canton class of 1968), SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, with donors Alex Sabo and Raymond Boushie. White, Sabo and Boushie have created the Massena Alumni Scholarship for recent graduates of Massena Central High School to attend SUNY Canton.

While searching for a way to help his hometown, Sabo was encouraged by Canton College Foundation Board Member, alumnus and longstanding patron and fellow Massena Central alumnus Guilford ‘Gil’ White (SUNY Canton class of 1968) to create a scholarship. “We selected SUNY Canton because of its close proximity to Massena and also because it offers both two-year and four-year degree programs that meet the needs of more students,” Sabo said.

He was then joined in his effort by fellow classmate Raymond Boushie. In addition to individually funding scholarships, the group of donors has raised about a third of a $100,000 endowment.

“So far, we’ve all been Massena graduates from the 1950s,” Sabo said. “We’re trying to reach a wider group of people to support this endeavor, or even consider making a scholarship of their own. We think more Massena High School graduates will be inclined to attend college if financial support is available to them.”

The three donors’ initial efforts have generated an inaugural scholarship for Fall 2019. Frederick Dashnaw, enrolled in the Construction Technology Management program, received funding assistance for his freshman year. Dashnaw is a second-generation SUNY Canton student who aspires to become a building inspector.

 “This helped me achieve my plan to attend SUNY Canton,” he said. “I’d like to thank the donors who made this possible. I would definitely give back to this endowment after I’m out of college.”

For more information about the Massena Alumni Scholarship endeavor, please contact the SUNY Canton College Foundation and Alumni Association at 315-386-7082 or email foundation@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.

SUNY Canton Draws Area Agencies to Oct. 22 Health Fair

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

SUNY Canton’s Fall Health Fair will showcase the area’s many health-related resources.

SUNY Canton

Nearly 30 organizations have joined the college for the fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites. The event is free and open to the public and is offered through the college’s Davis Health Center.

There will be a variety of health topics covered, including addiction treatment, mental health, SNAP, WIC, herbal nutrition, domestic violence and sexual assault services, preventative care, long term care, yoga, child safety, health insurance enrollment, in addition to grief and stress relief strategies. Screenings include iridology, family planning benefit program eligibility, posture screening, blood pressure, Body Mass Index, and Diabetes risk assessment. 

Participants in the Fall 2019 Health Fair include: 

  • ACR Health 
  • Child Advocacy Center of Northern New York
  • Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • Community Health Center of the North Country
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health Way
  • Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley
  • Kinney Drugs
  • Maximizing Independent Living Choices
  • North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council, Inc. 
  • Northern Area Health Education Center
  • Planned Parenthood of the North Country
  • Reachout of St. Lawrence County
  • Renewal House
  • Seaway Parkinson’s Coalition 
  • Seaway Valley Prevention Council 
  • St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers
  • St. Lawrence County Community Services 
  • St. Lawrence Health System 
  • St. Lawrence County Public Health 
  • State Hearing and Audiology
  • SUNY Canton College Association Inc. 
  • SUNY Canton Counseling Center
  • SUNY Canton EMS
  • SUNY Canton Nursing Student Association 
  • SUNY Canton Advising and First Year Experience Office
  • SUNY Canton Health and Fitness Promotion program
  • SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant program
  • Yoga Loft

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.

North Country Native and Serial Entrepreneur to Speak at Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Canton native Nicole Thew Samolis, founder and president of three successful Syracuse companies, will share her entrepreneurial journey at the Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon, hosted by the SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center on Wednesday, October 16. 

Nicole Thew Samolis

Samolis will present “From Accidental Entrepreneur to Serial Entrepreneur: A Woman’s Journey” detailing her business development from leaving a career with a weekly paycheck to becoming a solopreneur and then finally becoming the serial entrepreneur she is today.

Sponsored by NBT Bank, the Women’s Business Bootcamp will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16 at the BOCES Education Services Center, 40 West Main St., Canton. The day will begin with the Mini-Marketplace where attendees showcase and sell their products and services. A fun networking activity will help participants make one-on-one connections and a luncheon buffet will be catered by Soul Waffle of Potsdam.

After nine years in retail management Samolis began her entrepreneurial journey in 1996 when she founded The Events Company, an event planning firm headquartered in Syracuse. Over the years her ability to see opportunities led her to pursue new markets. Samolis along with her husband and business partner developed and opened SKY Armory in 2014, an event venue operating with a next generation mindset. Ever the entrepreneur, her latest venture is Epicuse, an epicurean market and café.

In the past 20 years, the growth rate for women-owned business has dwarfed the national average – increasing by a staggering 141% compared to 44% for all businesses. Recent research suggests that women are as successful as their male counterparts despite not always being on a level playing field.

When making the decision to start a venture – whether full time or as a side hustle – women aren’t only considering the viability of their idea, turning it into a business plan and securing clients. They’re also considering how it will impact their lifestyle and that of their families. They consider factors like who will take care of their kids and aging parents and a myriad of other concerns and challenges. This can be so overwhelming that the dream of entrepreneurship merely stays a dream.

A native of Canton, Samolis has experienced the challenges and doubts that every woman entrepreneur faces. She will share what she believes has led to her continued love of the challenge.

The Women’s Business Bootcamp Luncheon is held semi-annually by the SUNY Canton SBDC and is sponsored by NBT 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 everyone.

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. Please note that Mini-Marketplace display tables are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the SBDC

The New York SBDC, with its network of 22 regional centers provides professional business advisement, education, network resources and advocates for small business and entrepreneurs. As a funded organization through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of New York and host campuses, SBDC counseling services are provided at no-cost to clients and are confidential. The SUNY Canton SBDC was established in 1998 and has worked with 3,694 businesses, helping to invest $103,390,707 and creating or saving 2,156 jobs. It also oversees the Clinton County SBDC, which since inception in 1984, has worked directly with 8,567 businesses, helping them to invest $102,374,027 in the area’s economy, resulting in 3,231 jobs being created or saved.

SUNY Canton to host ‘Trunk or Treat’ Event

Monday, October 7th, 2019

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood Studies program will be hosting a “Trunk or Treat” event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 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 Halloween.”

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 or shine.