February 26, 2015


Volume 1, Issue 15 – February 26, 2015


Speak Your Mind!

At SUNY Canton, we’re always interested in having our students’ voices heard on campus. I’d like to remind you of some of the ways you can make your opinion heard:

  • Participate in surveys such as the Student Opinion Survey  (given online, students rate their level of satisfaction with our academics, services, facilities and environment). A new Student Opinion Survey will be launching soon—so be on the lookout for it.
  • And, of course, you can always contact me about any issue that’s on your mind by writing something in the “Leave a Reply” box at the end of this blog. Your comment (and a follow-up response) will be printed, but your name will be kept confidential.

We care what you think, so let us hear your voice.



Student Issues

And speaking of making your voice heard, a student wrote in to this blog with some questions regarding the Chaney Dining Center’s recent menu. He said that it has been showing the pasta bar being open, but for three weeks now it has not been open. As one of the only two, healthier, hot-food options for lunch, he misses having meatballs or sausage, and the option of having marina sauce to put on other meals. He also notes that on certain days there are no options for lunch that are healthy and hot meals, especially when stir-fry is closed half the week.

I contacted Susan Law, Director of Dining Services in Chaney, who replies:

The Pasta & Pizza Station has been temporarily closed due to an electrical issue regarding the pizza warmer. As pizza is more popular with our students, we elected to move it to the Ancho area so availability could continue. The electrical problem has since been repaired and some new items are being incorporated into the Pasta Station and will reopen as soon as possible.

There are also some new and healthy food options at Ancho Grill. We now make our own Black Bean and Pinto Bean recipes. We use low-sodium beans in both recipes which also include fresh ingredients such as jalapeno, red onion, lime juice, and cilantro. For example, a bowl of rice with the beans, corn salsa, cucumber salsa, fresh pico de gallo and roasted tomato & garlic sauce makes a nutritious, healthy meal. While not hot, the salad bar in Chaney has some new healthy additions such as, dried fruits, edamame, kidney beans, chicken, red pepper hummus, fresh fruit and a variety of fresh vegetables.

Steve Maiocco, our Executive Chef, is here each weekday (and some weekends) from 5AM to 5PM and would be happy to answer questions regarding our menu and to hear any ideas that you may have to make the dining experience a more pleasant one.

I¹m also available weekdays or by email, if students have questions or concerns. We will also post a notice to students on what¹s upcoming in this area.


Contest Coming Up!

It’s obvious that SUNY Canton is the greatest, but we need to capture the story and prove it to ourselves and to the rest of the world. I’m sure you’ve seen multiple examples of this—a great student project. A transcendent moment in the classroom. A beautiful spot on campus. A great on-campus event. A winning moment in athletics. Cool students, faculty, and staff. Something funny or touching that captures the SUNY Canton spirit.

We’re working out the details of a contest we’re going to run, called “Why SUNY Canton is the greatest place on Earth”. Basically, how it’s going to work is we’ll invite members of our campus community (faculty, staff, students, alumni, everybody) to send in a picture (or short video clip) that illustrates some aspect of what makes us great along with a caption of a few words. We’ll post the good ones and award prizes for the very best ones. Obviously, the more people who participate and the more pictures that are sent in, the better the outcome and the more prizes will be awarded.

So, start thinking about what makes us great and how you can capture the story in a picture or short video clip. Start capturing the story. We’ll be sending out information on how to submit them and what the prizes will be in the next few weeks.



Canton Idol!

After the alumni visit to Massena, we had to rush back to Canton so I could pick up wife Jill and son Mark to go to the Canton Idol Finals Competition. We got there just in time! Just like American Idol on TV (though ours was better!), the four top contestants competed in two rounds of finals, judged by a panel of faculty, staff, and student judges. The two emcees (Amanda DaCosta and Devine Pearson) were great, and the judges (Mike McGilligan, Katie Kennedy, Nikki Zeitmann, and Danesha Williams) offered good advice and encouragement.


The four finalists were quite excellent, with the winner slated to go head to head with SUNY Potsdam’s winner in the near future.


The four finalists were:

Grand Prize Winner: Noelle Murray (3rd from left)

2nd Place Winner: Moriah Cody (left)

3rd Place Winner: Kasey Cunningham (2nd from left)

4th Place Winner: Daniel Neuroth (right)



More SUNY Canton Shout-Outs

There have been lots of good things happening involving SUNY Canton faculty, staff, and students. Here are just some of them:

Student Athletes Get Great Grades

At the Faculty Meeting last Thursday, our Director of Athletics, Randy Sieminski, announced that our student athletes had an average GPA of 2.99, which is quite excellent. The men’s team with the highest GPA was Ice Hockey, with an impressive 3.181.


The highest women’s team was also Ice Hockey, with an unbelievable 3.350.


Congratulations to the students on both teams, and to all our student athletes for their fine academic performance.


Engineers Week

This week is Engineers Week and to celebrate, our engineering and physics faculty held a series of events showcasing what they do, in the various labs in Neveldine Hall on Tuesday, February 24. The events began at noon, with a CEO Panel Discussion, followed by a Career Fair from 1 to 5 PM. At 5, the Open House began, open to the entire community. The Panel Discussion drew an enthusiastic crowd of 75 students, and the Open House drew well over 100 participants, who got to see very cool demonstrations that included our award winning steel bridge team, Lego Mindstorm robots, 3D topographical mapping, a massive wood splitter, smashing concrete cylinders, digital wrenches, using strobes to measure rotational speeds, laser communicators, and many other great things. As a chemist, I have to give a nod to the excellent water chemistry lab demonstrations that were done by CET students, though the Van de Graaf accelerator and various power-sport vehicles were definitely cool as well. Our mascot, Rudy ‘Roo, was there adding to the fun.

Engineers Day 2015-5

Our cool Power Sports lab

The big event for the Open House was a competition to see who could build the tallest free-standing structure out of spaghetti and tape, with a marshmallow at the top. There were some 20 teams with kids from 5-17 years old competing. The highest structure was a 28” tall, winning a $500 scholarship to Canton for everyone on the team. There were lots of other prizes, and all participants got a T-shirt and a water bottle.

Engineers Day 2015-10

This was a great event, and congratulations go to Dean Mike Newtown, our engineering and physics faculty, and the many student volunteers who staffed the exhibits, registered the visitors, and even helped watch the youngest children.


Last Week’s Trivia Contest

Last week’s trivia contest had to do with famous people named Fred. Our winner was Josh Centrella, who wins a gift card. Just come up to the office at Room 616 in the FOB to get your prize, Josh. Other people getting all the answers right were Concetta Smythe, Justin Stancevic-Bedosky, Francesco Palumbo, Jason Matice, Holly Grant, and Jbith Bonilla. Here are the correct answers.


  1. Famous resident of Bedrock, his wife’s name is Wilma and his daughter is named Pebbles. Fred Flintstone.
  2. Main fictional character in “Nightmare on Elm Street”. Freddy Kreuger.
  3. Lead singer of Limp Bizkit. Fred Durst.
  4. He played Kevin Arnold in the TV show “The Wonder Years”. Fred Savage.



This Week’s Trivia Challenge

This Trivia Challenge has every answer being a famous person named Jennifer. The first reply with the most answers right takes the prize.  No looking up the answers now!  SEND ALL ENTRIES BY EMAIL TO answers@canton.edu since if you put them as a response on the BLOG, everyone will be able to see them!

  1. Famous R&B singer, her divorce from Marc Anthony was her third.
  2. One of the stars of the TV show “Friends”.
  3. She plays Katniss Everdeen in the “Hunger Games” movies.
  4. She starred in “Dreamgirls”, “The Secret Life of Bees”, and “Winnie Mandela”, and had hit songs “Spotlight” and “Where You At”.
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