March 22, 2015


Volume 1, Issue 17 – March 22, 2015


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CONTEST! Why SUNY Canton is the Greatest Place on Earth

We’re starting a contest called “Why SUNY Canton is the Greatest Place on Earth”. It’s obvious to all of us that SUNY Canton is the greatest, but we need to capture the story to prove it 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 or lab. 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 want you to submit a picture (or short video clip) capturing part of our story, along with a suggested caption. We’ll number and post the good ones, credited to the people who submitted them, on our new website at You can see a few samples there now to give you an idea of what we’re looking for. The very best submissions will be saved for “milestone” numbers (#50, #100, and so on) and will win big prizes. There’s no limit to the number of pictures and ideas you can submit.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there with your camera and your imagination and start submitting. Just click on “submit a photo” to learn how, and you’re ready to be a part of history.


Mike Hawthorne of New York Air Brake to Speak

Mike Hawthorne, the president of New York Air Brake, will visit SUNY Canton on Tuesday, March 24. He will be speaking from 5:45-7:15 PM in Neveldine North, room 102. All students are invited to attend. In addition to providing an overview of his company and its products and services, Mr. Hawthorne will describe his career path and the challenges and opportunities he encountered in becoming President.


Prior to becoming the President and CEO in July 2012, Mr. Hawthorne was responsible for all technical and operational functions of the company in Watertown, NY, Texas, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ontario.  He joined NYAB in 1995 as an Electronic Control System Engineer, advancing to Managing Team Leader for LEADER Products in 1996 and TDS Division Director in 2001. He was named Vice President and General Manager of NYAB in January 2012.  Aside from his 18 years at NYAB, Mr. Hawthorne has also worked as a Control System Engineer at Raytheon in Boston, where he was a Miccioli Scholar and member of the Seeker Design Team.  He is innovator with an established track record of identifying opportunities and converting concepts into profitable product offerings.  He is also the recipient of the 2012 Knorr Excellence Award.

Mr. Hawthorne received a B. S. in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University, an M.S. in Control Systems/Singal Processing from R.P.I., and the M.B.A. from Syracuse University.  He holds more than 23 patents in train control and simulation.


Faculty Member Wins Chancellor’s Award

Congratulations to our own Jill L. Martin, who has won the 2014-2015 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Prof. Martin teaches English and has been at SUNY Canton since 2000. While she has had many successes, one of the more interesting things she has done is to incorporate volunteer service components in her courses, giving students the opportunity to learn through community engagement. There is plenty of research indicating that being able to apply what one has learned through community engagement leads to deeper learning and greater engagement than classwork by itself.


Prof. Martin and husband, Terry Martin

Prior to coming to SUNY Canton, Prof. Martin taught high school for 34 years, giving her a firm understanding of the students’ high school to college transition needs. She also created an Adjunct Mentorship Program and authored the College’s first adjunct handbook to help new adjuncts acclimate to our campus.

The Chancellor’s Awards are recognition for “consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence”. Chancellor Zimpher, during the announcement ceremony, said: “Adjunct teachers across the SUNY campuses provide consistently excellent instruction and are a key component of our faculty as we seek to increase access, completion, and success among students. Those honored with this year’s award have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their students and an exceptional commitment to quality teaching.

Congratulations, Prof. Martin!


SUNY Canton Now Part of Coast Guard’s Auxiliary University Program

Students at SUNY Canton can now gain nautical education, operational training experiences, aviation studies training, leadership development opportunities, advanced maritime safety studies training, and homeland security training by participating in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Auxiliary University Program (AUP).

Coast Guard Auxiliary (2)

This non-credit bearing course of study will provide SUNY Canton students with service learning, internship, training, and Officer Candidate School opportunities with the active duty U.S. Coast Guard. Students who participate in this program will have no service obligation, but will receive free training while adhering to the U.S. Coast Guard core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. Those who successfully complete the program will be designated as Auxiliary University Program (AUP) graduates.

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Harte for helping establish this program at SUNY Canton. Want more information? Just contact Dr. Harte at


The SUNY Canton Shout-Outs Continue!

Student Wins Silver Spoon Scholarship

Congratulations to Thalia Navedo, a SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation major who has won a scholarship from the Silver Spoon Foundation’s Successful Transitions scholarship program. Thalia was chosen from hundreds of applicants to attend a professional leadership conference paid for by the foundation. She selected to attend the Women in Strategy Summit being held March 19-20 in New York City.


“I will have the opportunity to hear from amazing women in the corporate world discuss their successes,” Navedo said of the conference. “I plan on becoming a homicide detective for the NYPD, and the knowledge I will gain from attending this conference will contribute to reaching my career goals.”

Thalia is the president of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society. She has received both President’s and Dean’s List honors and is a member of the Criminal Justice Student Association.  Congratulations, Thalia!


Mock Trial

For the past two weeks (March 2-18), SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies program hosted area high school students competing in the St. Lawrence County Mock Trial Tournament. Six St. Lawrence County schools, coached by local attorneys, argued a civil case involving the alleged embezzlement of funds. Participating local high schools included Hammond Central School, Heuvelton Central School, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Morristown Central School, Ogdensburg Free Academy, and Potsdam High School.

Professors Alex and Christina Lesyk organized the event with the assistance of Professor Bill Jones. Dean J.D. DeLong judged the first night of the competition and other attorneys and judges from the local legal community served as judges for the other nights of the competition. Congratulations to everyone who was involved in this rather large effort. I can hear Sam Waterston applauding from here!

Roo-preneurship at Its Best!

Our Business Department recently hosted the 1st Annual Roo-preneur competition at SUNY Canton.  The contest, organized and facilitated by Professor Charles Fenner, drew seven teams and consisted of a redesign of the Raquette River Gift Company’s website, and recommendations for further expansion of the company.  In addition to team prizes, one student, Andrew Lang, was designated as the competition’s best speaker and will represent SUNY Canton in the individual speak-off competition at the 3rd Annual Free Enterprise Marathon at SUNY Plattsburgh on March 6th. The best students from the competition will form SUNY Canton’s team along with Andrew to the Free Enterprise Marathon Product Redesign Competition.


Last Week’s Trivia Contest

Last week’s trivia contest had to do with things that are crazy. Our winner was Rachel Reed, who wins a gift card. Just come up to the office at Room 616 in the FOB to get your prize, Rachel. Other people getting all the answers right were Desrin Mitchell and Lynette Lessley. Here are the correct answers.

  1. Batman’s arch enemy, played by Heath Ledger in a movie. The Joker.
  2. Nickname of Suzanne Warren on Orange is the New Black. She’s played by Uzo Aduba. Crazy Eyes.
  3. Beyonce song, it’s now in the movie 50 Shades of Grey. Crazy in Love.
  4. Movie from 2011, it starred Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone. Crazy Stupid Love.



This Week’s Trivia Challenge

This Trivia Challenge has every answer starting with the letter “F”. The first reply with the most answers right takes the prize.  No looking up the answers now!  SEND ALL ENTRIES BY EMAIL TO since if you put them as a response on the BLOG, everyone will be able to see them!

  1. Popular social media app.
  2. Aesop told a lot of these.
  3. Canadian singer whose hits include “I’m Like a Bird” and “Turn Off the Light”, “Promiscuous”, “Maneater” and “Say It Right”
  4. Erotic book by E.L. James, it became a movie in 2015 starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan..
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