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Early Childhood Professor Selected as SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Maureen P. Maiocco, Ed.D., loves to teach students of all ages.

Maiocco began her career doing exactly what she loves, working with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-age children. She’s carried her enthusiasm over into the realm of higher education as a professor and early childhood program director at SUNY Canton, and her zeal has led her to be selected as the College’s 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient.

Maureen Maiocco

2011 SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award Recipient Professor Maureen P. Maiocco grading student projects in the College’s Early Childhood Lab.

She will be recognized at SUNY Canton’s 103rd Commencement Ceremony to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in the College’s new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.

“Maureen is a model educator,” said Kyle Brown, Director of SUNY Canton OnLine. “During her seven years at SUNY Canton, she has grown the Early Childhood program into a thriving, popular major for SUNY Canton students.”

Outside of her interactive classroom, Maiocco schedules activities for the children of the campus community at nearly every single major College function. Most recently, she orchestrated and held a campus-wide children’s Christmas party on behalf of SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“She’s the perfect model for teachers and aspiring teachers,” said Christina Martin, Maiocco’s colleague and an adjunct instructor at SUNY Canton. “She’s provided me with outstanding mentorship.”

Faculty and staff members from across the College have benefitted from serving with Maiocco, including Feng Hong, an associate professor of physics and 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient. Maiocco and Hong worked together with a delegation of Chinese faculty members from Xi’an City, China, who were interested in the American methods of pre-kindergarten education.

“Dr. Maiocco’s exceptional organizational skills and tireless efforts during the 2009 Early Childhood Summer Institute made the event a success,” Hong said. “The event was not only a showcase of the early childhood program, but also a showcase for the College and for all of Canton.”

As a result of the Summer Institute, Maiocco was invited to teach in Xi’an, China in 2010. While there, she made the international television news for her positive work with Chinese children and faculty members.

Maiocco was also recently featured on WAMC Northeast Public Radio’s Academic Minute. She delivered a compelling argument against the practice of “time out” in a group educational setting, and even offered several alternatives in the allotted one minute 40 second timeframe.

Many of her students credit her with their educational success at the College, and 16 students have recognized her outstanding work through the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

“All of Dr. Maiocco’s classes were a healthy combination of hands-on activities and lecture,” said Tiffany Daily-Faulkner, a 2007 early childhood graduate. “She understood that everyone learns differently. There was never a dull moment in her classes. Her humor and creativity kept us all engaged and interested in the lesson at hand.”

Maiocco earned her doctorate of education from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, with a specialization in child and youth studies and curriculum development. She earned her master of science in teacher leadership from Wheelock College in Boston, and her bachelor of arts in education from Curry College in Milton, Mass.

She lives in Potsdam with her husband Steven.


SUNY Canton Expects Record Summer Session

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Summer Session 2011SUNY Canton will offer its largest Summer Session to date and one of the most extensive in New York beginning in May.

The College will offer more than 150 courses with most being offered online but some being offered on campus. Summer Session begins May 31 and concludes August 5 and consists of five sessions where all courses offered are 15-week courses condensed into smaller time frames. The College offers five sessions to allow students to fit in several courses throughout the summer.

“The State University of New York wants campuses to offer general education requirements year-round, something SUNY Canton has been doing for several years,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We have the experience and are well-equipped to handle another year of record-breaking Summer Session enrollments and offer a quality education, all while better serving the entire SUNY community.”

General Education courses, or Gen Ed requirements, that fulfill certain major requirements across the entire SUNY system have been in the highest demand each of the past several years.

“We work to make these courses easily transferable to a student’s home institution,” said SUNY Canton’s OnLine Director Kyle Brown. “We anticipate these core courses, as well as our other career-driven course offerings, will fill up quickly.”

In 2010, The College saw a 47 percent increase from the year before with nearly 1,300 total enrollments. Since 2007, SUNY Canton’s summer programming has grown nearly 300 percent. Part of that success stems from an increase of online courses being offered through the College.

“One of the best parts about our summer offerings is that students can take classes from anywhere,” Brown said. “Because we offer the vast majority of our courses fully online, students don’t need to change their plans or find ways to travel to campus every day. With fuel and transportation costs rising, being able to take courses from home is not only convenient and affordable, but it also keeps more money in the student’s pocket.”

Brown notes another highlight of Summer Session is that it meets the demands and needs of more than just college students. “High school graduates and high school students who meet the course’s prerequisite requirements are also taking the opportunity to prepare them for work at the college level. We also work with students from various curriculums who are transitioning into a new career and are finding it necessary to continue their education.”

Course registration will open on Monday, April 25 and conclude on the first day of classes of each session. Course topics range from general education courses to offerings in many of SUNY Canton’s career-driven academic programs. For more information or to register, visit

SUNY Canton Winterterm’s Record Enrollment Grows 46 Percent

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Nearly 1200 students from 204 colleges and universities spent their winter break taking a class during SUNY Canton’s Winterterm session.

Winterterm enrollment increased more than 46 percent from 2009-2010 and was more than seven times as large as the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session five years ago. The session was the largest in the College’s history.

“Our Winterterm session has experienced exceptional growth because we offer a wide variety of courses that students need and provide them with the flexibility of offering them online,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Winterterm has a reputation for its offerings and the quality of the faculty teaching that extends well beyond the North Country and New York State.”

Winterterm 2010

Winterterm offers several economic, academic, and timesaving benefits for students and faculty members. The entirely online courses can be accessed via computer from anywhere, reducing travel expenses and winter commuting difficulties. The session’s enrollment numbers mirror the overall growth of the College. SUNY Canton has experienced all-time highs in enrollment for three consecutive years, including 3,700 students beginning this academic year.

Director of Online Learning Kyle Brown said there were several courses of the more than 100 offered that were popular with students in the session. “Many of the courses were full or near capacity,” he said. “Students turned to SUNY Canton not only to fulfill requirements, but also to take courses of interest to them.”

Brown noted that more than 75 percent of the enrollments came from institutions other than SUNY Canton.

“We had students enroll from Binghamton University, Siena College, Kettering University and the University of Maryland,” Brown said. “Because Winterterm is online, we can meet the needs of students from all parts of the country. Over the past five years, we’ve proven there are no boundaries with how far SUNY Canton’s Winterterm can reach or grow.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Offers Largest Winterterm Selection

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Winterterm 2010-11Registration is open for SUNY Canton’s 2010-11 Winterterm, the largest and most comprehensive winter session in the College’s history and across all SUNY schools. Classes begin on Dec. 20, and conclude on Jan. 16, 2011.

More than 100 online courses will be offered, and the College anticipates more than 1100 enrollments from across the country.

“SUNY Canton is now the college that students turn to between semesters to catch up or get ahead,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students are attracted by our diverse course offerings and the fact that we are oftentimes more affordable than their home institution. The quality of our courses and professors, coupled with the convenience of taking courses online, makes our Winterterm and summer sessions among the most accessible programs out there.”

In 2009-10, the College had 800 enrollments in more than 60 courses for the winter session, a 45 percent increase from 2008-09. Nearly 80 percent of the students enrolled came from colleges and universities other than SUNY Canton, according to Kyle Brown, director of online learning.

“Last year’s Winterterm saw a large influx of students from notable private colleges and universities such as Syracuse University, the University of Albany, and Siena College,” he said. “This trend has continued during the first few weeks of this year’s registration.”

Brown noted that this year’s Winterterm offers a comprehensive list of General Education courses, which are also referred to as Gen Ed Requirements or Gen Ed Foundations. “The general education courses are always very popular because they satisfy so many requirements in many SUNY degree programs,” he said. “We have also expanded our offering of elective courses that appeal to a wider range of students. Courses from business, finance, nursing, computer science, criminal justice, social science, history, and a variety of other disciplines are being offered for the convenience of our students.”

In addition to the convenience and affordability of taking classes through Winterterm, Brown believes it’s the quality of the courses and faculty that have built the session’s reputation. “Our online courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on our campus to our full time students. They are experts in the field and bring years of professional, hand-on experiences to their online courses.”

SUNY Canton began offering a completely online Winterterm in 2005-06 with 18 classes and 160 enrollments. Annually, the program has grown with more courses and more students. During the 2007-08 session there were more than 350 enrollments in 34 courses, and 550 enrollments in 48 courses in 2008-09.

The growth in popularity of these courses has led the College to open enrollment and Brown suggests that students register as early as possible through

SUNY Canton Offers Final Fall Open House Nov. 13

Students interested in attending SUNY Canton next fall are encouraged to register for the College’s final fall Open House on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Prospective students and their families will enjoy a tour of campus, meet current students, speak with faculty, and speak with Admissions and Financial Aid staff.

The Admissions staff will also be offering Instant Admission on Saturday. Students interested in receiving their decision at Open House should bring an official copy of their high school transcript and a completed application.

To register for Open House, visit or contact the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions at 315-386-7123 or 800-388-7123.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Online Leaders Present at Annual Conference

Friday, June 4th, 2010

SUNY Canton OnLine LogoOnline education and distance learning have become integral parts of SUNY Canton over the last several years and three members of the College’s faculty/staff gave presentations recently about its benefits, logistics, and impacts on campus.

Debra M. Backus, assistant professor of nursing, Marela Fiacco, director of international programs, and Kyle Brown, director of online learning, presented at the Conference on Instructional Technologies (CIT) 2010, hosted by SUNY Plattsburgh in late May.

CIT is SUNY’s largest and most prominent event on instructional technology in education, providing a forum for faculty, instructional support professionals, and policymakers to present, discuss, and explore innovative avenues for integrating technology into the teaching and learning environment.

Backus’ presentation, titled “SUNY and United University Professions (UUP): Partners in Online Education Phase II”, was the result of collaborative efforts with two faculty members from other SUNY institutions.

The presentation focused partly on data collected from a CIT 2009 survey regarding online education and distance learning. It also included nationwide trends in online learning as well as trends at SUNY institutions. Part of the presentation highlighted the exponential growth of SUNY Canton’s online learning and the impact it has on the faculty, staff and the College. The presentation also addressed the issues of employee workload and ownership of course content as both have come to the forefront in discussions surrounding online and distance learning.

Fiacco and Brown teamed up for “Crossing Global Boundaries”, a presentation focused on methods of distance learning and SUNY Canton’s success internationally with several partner institutions. Part of the presentation included information on how the College was able to work so closely with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2006 and graduate its first cohort in May 2010, using online delivery methods and videoconferencing.

“Course management platforms have made international programs possible today that, only a few years ago, were inconceivable,” Fiacco said. “Students with access to the internet can now participate in an international learning experience without the cost and inconvenience of international travel and gain the skills necessary to compete in the highly-specialized and increasingly globalized job market.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Expects Record Summer Session

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Online studentSUNY Canton has opened registration for its Summer Session and is expecting a record number of student enrollments to accompany its largest and most comprehensive list of summer offerings.

Summer Session will include 100 online courses and 20 on campus classes beginning June 1 and concluding August 20. It consists of three separate sessions, allowing students the opportunity to enroll in several courses during the three-month span.

“We’ve experienced extraordinary growth in our Summer and Winter Sessions the past few years,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students from all over New York State have realized how convenient it is to catch up or get ahead with our online courses without interfering with their summer plans.”

Last year’s Summer Session saw a 38 percent increase over 2008 with more than 1,000 total enrollments. Since 2007, SUNY Canton’s summer programming has grown more than 100 percent. Much of that success stems from a high number of enrollments from students throughout the SUNY system and private colleges. More than half of the students taking summer courses were from colleges other than SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton offered its first four online summer courses in 2002. Since, the online selections have grown consistently, reaching 65 courses during Summer Session 2009 and at least 100 this summer.

“I’d advise students to sign up early, particularly for our General Education courses. Those have a tendency to fill up quickly,” said SUNY Canton OnLine Director Kyle Brown. “We’re dedicated to bringing the same high-quality education we offer in our classrooms right to students’ fingertips.”

General Education courses, or Gen Ed requirements, fulfill numerous major requirements and are therefore highly sought after.  “These courses easily transfer to other SUNY schools,” Brown added. “We offer courses that count towards other majors and degrees, coinciding directly with what students are looking to achieve between traditional semesters.”

Course registration will remain open until either the first day of classes of each session or until courses are full. Course topics range from general education courses to offerings in many of SUNY Canton’s career-driven academic programs.  For more information, or to register, visit

SUNY Canton Offers Largest Winterterm Selection

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

SUNY Canton will be offering its largest and most comprehensive Winterterm to date. Registration is now available online. Courses will begin on December 21 and conclude on January 17.


“Historically, we’ve had one of the largest Winterterm online offerings available,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students from all over the state enroll in our courses.”

SUNY Canton OnLine Director Kyle Brown noted that approximately 80 percent of the 550 enrollments during the 2008-2009 Winterterm were not full-time SUNY Canton students, but rather students from other colleges who needed to catch up or get ahead on their general education requirements.

“Right now we’re offering 60 courses for Winterterm,” he said. “The classes that tend to be most popular are the General Education Courses, which are also referred to as Gen Ed Requirements or Gen Ed  Foundations. Those are the key courses that allow students to get ahead or catch up with the requirements within their majors.”

Brown mentioned that the four-week semester is an attractive fiscal option for students who are looking to save money on their education. “Students don’t have to travel, or set up residencies to participate in online courses,” he pointed out.

The college began offering a completely online Winterterm in 2005-06 with 18 classes and 160 enrollments. Annually, the program has grown with more courses and more students. During the 2007-08 session there were more than 350 enrollments in 34 courses, and the previously noted 550 enrollments in 48 courses in 2008-09.

The growth in popularity of these courses has led the College to open enrollment early, and Brown suggests that students register early through

SUNY Canton currently offers several completely online programs, including an associate degree in Criminal Justice, and bachelor’s degrees in Management, Finance, and Legal Studies, through its web-based branch, SUNY Canton OnLine. Several other programs, like Nursing, Veterinary Technology Management,  and Dental Hygiene have optional online junior and senior years that can allow students to get their four-year degree after joining their profession.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. 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 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.