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SUNY Canton Shares Semester with German Fulbright Scholar, Ergonomics Expert

Friday, December 21st, 2018

An international faculty member shared his professional industry experience with SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design and Engineering Technology programs during the Fall semester.

Johannes Brombach, Ph.D., a professor for work science and ergonomics from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany, split his time teaching and conducting research at SUNY Canton and Clarkson University during the fall semester. Brombach came to the U.S. through a highly-prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

Fulbright scholar Johannes Brombach stands in front of Nevaldine Hall

SUNY Canton Visiting Scholar Johannes Brombach, Ph.D., a professor for work science and ergonomics from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany, taught ergonomics, biomechanics and project management at SUNY Canton and Clarkson University through a Fulbright Scholarship.

“What I like the most is the variety and diversity of the SUNY Canton’s student population,” He said. “No matter where you are from, when you are at Canton, you are at home. I felt like I was welcome here from the very first day.”

At SUNY Canton, Brombach taught the college’s multimedia project design course, where he encouraged the students to look at their overall assigned project as a series of planned and actionable smaller tasks. He also taught a course in ergonomics, where he drew upon his background in workplace efficiency and risk assessment to help plan for further expansions in the college’s 3D printing workshop.

“I was exposed to many years of project management in industry,” Brombach said. “I encouraged students to set obtainable goals, and to follow through on all of the steps involved in reaching those goals.”

Student projects included marketing the college’s Roo Life student portal, which allows access to student activities events and important announcements, in addition to working with the college’s Diversity Center.

At Clarkson, Brombach taught biomechanics and ergonomics. He conducted scientific research into risk analysis for spinal injuries with Laurel Kuxhaus, Ph.D, Clarkson’s Associate Professor for the Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering department. Previously, he’s studied lighting conditions in industry as well as conducting an evaluation of motion and posture with an ergonomics risk assessment in automotive manufacturing settings.

Matthew J. Burnett, a professor who teaches in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program, participated in a similar exchange program in Munich last year, where he conducted research into artistic and technological applications of 3D printing, Biomimicry and Sustainability.


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 acadfulbrightemic 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.

Celebrated Sustainability and Environmental Advocates to Speak at SUNY Canton

Friday, January 18th, 2013

logo-lectureAn alumnus­ who has been featured in the New York Times will be returning to campus as part of SUNY Canton’s annual Sustainability Lecture series.


Richard A. Destito, a 1998 graduate of SUNY Canton and real estate investor and entrepreneur, will talk about changing the way people think and feel about urban living March 6. Destito has received local and national media attention for his creative approach to revitalizing one of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse.

“We use this series to raise campus and community awareness about environmental and sustainability issues and how they touch each and every one of us in our careers and lives,” said Matthew J. Burnett, assistant professor of Graphic and Multimedia Design at SUNY Canton, who created the series. “This year, the speaker lineup includes a SUNY Canton alumnus with a fresh take on community development in urban centers, and a new star in LEED architecture who works in the Adirondacks.”

Jesse Schwartzberg, founder of the Saranac Lake-based green design and consulting firm Black Mountain Design Build, will discuss “Making the Home That You Want with Maximum Energy Efficiency” March 20. Schwartzberg was a consultant on the first LEED-platinum status home in the Adirondacks.

All lectures will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in Nevaldine North, Room 102. Each event in the series is free and open to the public. Other guest presenters are:

  • Michael J. O’Connor, Ph.D., associate professor of Emergency Management at SUNY Canton, will discuss sustainability when rebuilding after a disaster Jan. 23.
  • Robin McClellan, an instructor in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program at SUNY Canton, will discuss “Sustainability as a Process, Not a Product” Jan. 30.
  • Jon Rosales, Ph.D., an associate professor of Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence University, will present a case study in sustainability science called “Can We Afford to Drill for Oil in the Melting Arctic?” Feb. 6.
  • Jerry J. Bartlett, learning systems manager at SUNY Canton, will offer a light-hearted examination of America’s eating habits and question whether expert diet recommendations are “sustainable” Feb. 13.
  • Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., associate professor of Business and Public Administration at SUNY Canton, will discuss sustainability lessons from Alexis de Tocqueville Feb. 20.
  • Matthew J. Burnett, an assistant professor in the Graphics and Multimedia Design program at SUNY Canton, will discuss the “Bureaucracy of Nature” March 13.
  • Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the Automotive program at SUNY Canton, will discuss advances in automotive technology that increase efficiency March 27.
  • Rich Douglass is the owner of Sow’s Ear Farm, a 160-acre nonelectric horse-powered subsistence farm in Hermon. He will talk about low-tech solutions for a post-carbon world April 3.
  • Richard Burns from National Grid will be speaking about reducing oil dependency April 17.
  • Nicholas C. Kocher, an assistant professor for Business and Public Administration at SUNY Canton, will discuss marketing sustainability April 24.

For more information about the events, contact Burnett at 386-7212 or


SUNY Canton Foundation Awards $30,000 for Campus Enhancements

Friday, December 21st, 2012
Mary Karr

Mary Karr, author of award-winning memoirs, was one of the previous guest speakers at SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series. The series will be funded through the College Foundation this spring.

The SUNY Canton College Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 7th annual Campus Enhancement Awards.

“These projects are made possible through unrestricted donations, which are an important resource the College utilizes to fund creative and innovative projects that benefit our community,” said Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the SUNY Canton College Foundation David M. Gerlach. “We are extremely grateful to all of the donors who have supported the Foundation.”

Some unrestricted donations come directly from SUNY Canton faculty and staff members. Last year, more than 230 employees donated approximately $60,000 to the Foundation via payroll deductions.

Among this year’s Campus Enhancement Awards are:

  • The Living Writers lecture series during the spring semester.
  • Instructional software for nursing students.
  • A professional practice field trip for students in the graphic and multimedia design program.
  • Healthy lifestyle training programs.
  • A student field trip to the United Nations building in New York City.
  • Funds for students to attend the 2013 Regional Steel Bridge Competition.
  • New equipment and other upgrades to the student resource library.
  • Problem-solving software for engineering students.

In addition to the annual Campus Enhancement Awards, the College Foundation also funds student scholarships, professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and unique learning and research fellowships.

Two Artists Display Dueling Exhibitions at SUNY Canton

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Artists Jessica Jeffrey and Eric Ackerson have installed dueling exhibitions at SUNY Canton.

Eric Ackerson puts the finishing touches on his "Double Spectrum" project.
Jeffrey and Ackerson have hung their works as part of a “Double Spectrum” exhibition in the Wicks Hall stairway gallery space and in the Southworth Library as part of the SUNY Canton Visiting Artist series. Both artists will speak about their work at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Wicks Hall Room 102. They will also offer a demonstration of their techniques from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Lab (Wicks Hall Room 213).

“We hold displays as part of our rapidly developing graphic and multimedia program,” said Assistant Professor Matthew Burnett, “Our students gain exposure to professional level art and design as a key part of their education.”

Jeffrey’s work relies a variety of traditional and mixed media printmaking processes. Her large works on paper explore images designed around the concept of the Tarot. Ackerson’s illustrations utilize the layering and appropriation of pop culture imagery to create humorous and disturbing compositions. Both artists utilize several photographic transfer processes in their work, reflecting a mixed-media approach combining traditional and contemporary processes.

The exhibitions will be on display through the summer.

SUNY Canton Adds Graphic and Multimedia Design Degree

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Student with cameraSUNY Canton’s newest bachelor’s degree focuses on new and emerging media and the ever-changing methods of communication.

Graphic and Multimedia Design has been approved by the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department. Students can apply immediately for the four-year program which will begin next fall.

“The goal of this program is to produce work-ready graduates who know how to utilize the newest digital and interactive delivery methods,” said Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pauline Graveline.

The new program will further promote college-wide expansion into fine, performance, and digital arts according to Program Director and Assistant Professor Christopher Sweeney.

Sweeney and several other humanities instructors have already been offering specific courses for the major, including photography, film, theater, literature, and design classes. “This program is designed for students who want to be creative and who want to maximize their marketability after graduation,” said Sweeney.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that multimedia design careers will grow by approximately 15 to 30 percent by 2012.

The assistant professor pointed out several cutting-edge forms of communication, including podcasts, blogs, and sophisticated content driven websites. “We were barely beginning to have access to this technology ten years ago,” he said. “Twenty years ago, most were unheard of or even undreamed of. Through this program, students will use the current forms of communication and also prepare for the next ground-breaking advances within the digital realm.”

Program instructors also mentioned that the Graphic and Multimedia Design curriculum is designed for those who have an interest in journalism, public relations, marketing, publishing, web design, video game design and production, and the fine arts. “By integrating many facets of communications careers, we will create well-rounded graduates ready to integrate into tomorrow’s high-tech creative positions,” Sweeney said.

Some of the program specific program courses include:

  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Web Publishing
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Documentary Video
  • Video Games and Virtual Worlds
  • Journalism

Similar to the college’s other four-year programs, the Graphic and Multimedia Design major integrates a senior-level internship within a related field at an established business. Internships have given graduates a leg-up on their post-graduate careers and have often directly led to full time employment. Students can also opt to present their own individual or team multimedia products to launch as a cumulative focus of their studies.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.