August 27, 2015


Volume 2, Issue 1 – August 27, 2015



Welcome or Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a great summer and that you’re all eager to get started with your studies and have a great time on campus this semester.  I know that the faculty and staff are all happy to see you back, and that lots of great events are planned for the next several months.

This is the second year I’m writing this blog to SUNY Canton students as a way for us to be able to talk directly to each other.  I’ll be talking about some things that I think are important for you to know, listening to and answering any suggestions or concerns you might have, and letting you know what I’m up to.  At the end of each issue, there’s even a trivia quiz, with a prize (a $10 gift card, good anywhere on campus) as the prize for the first person to get all the questions right.

I hope you like the blog, but if you don’t, all you have to do is hit the delete key.  Your comments, suggestions, and concerns are always welcome, and you can submit them in two ways:

  • You can put them in the “Leave a Reply” box at the end of the blog, or:
  • You can send them to me by email at

If you send in a concern, I promise I won’t use (or share) your name, unless you want me to.  I will, however, send you a personal reply, and address the concern in a general way in the next issue of FROM THE POUCH.

I’ll do my best to make this blog a weekly thing, but there will be times when I get very busy and it will come out somewhat less often.


 Yellow Warning Sign - Rough Road Ahead - Isolated 

Early Warning About Early Warning

I wrote about this last year and at orientation this year, but it bears repeating.  We absolutely know that students who get off to a good start during the first three weeks of the semester get much higher final grades, and are much more likely to graduate.  Those that don’t start off well have lots of ground to make up, and generally find there to be a rough road ahead.

To find out who’s made a good start, at the end of week three of the semester (September 11), our faculty will be submitting a set of Engagement Grades to let us know how you are doing.  The grades are:

  1. Engaged—This means you are coming to class, participating in discussions, getting decent grades on whatever homework/quiz/whatever has been assigned, and so on.
  2. Not Engaged—This means you’re not participating in discussions, not turning in homework, getting low grades on whatever has been assigned, etc.
  3. Never Attended—This means you’re not showing up for class at all.

If we hear that you’re Not Engaged in any of your courses, you’ll hear from us, offering some help.  Help is available from lots of places on campus–from your professor, from any of our tutoring centers, from our counseling center, or even from my office.  You definitely don’t want to be on the Not Present list, since you could lose your financial aid if you’re not attending class!

Here’s some data:  Students last fall who were Engaged in all their classes had an average grade point average of 3.0, which is a “B”.  Students who had one or more “Not Engaged” grades had an average GPA of 1.5, which is a “D+”.  That’s a huge difference.  A good early start means a good finish.

Remember–we’re doing this because we want you to be successful and a good early start leads to a good finish.  Talk to your faculty, see what they’re going to grade you on for the Engagement Grades, and make sure you do well.  Keep it up all semester, and you’ll be amazed at how well you’ve done.


New! Daily Update!

You have probably already noticed that we’re sending out an email at 7:00 AM each morning, listing upcoming events on campus, giving you alerts to some things you may need to do, and sharing pictures, videos, and articles about our College.  Each new issue of FROM THE POUCH will be announced there too.  We hope you’ll check it out each morning and take part in our many great academic, student life, and athletic events.  There’s always a lot to do, and almost all of it is free.  Be sure to check your SUNY Canton email each day for it.


Great Upcoming Event of the Week:


On Tuesday, September 1, at 2:00 PM in Miller Campus Center 212-214, SUNY Canton will be hosting a talk by Ms. Margaret A. DiFabio, the Division Manufacturing Director at Corning Inc.—one of the leading glass, ceramics, and advanced materials companies in America.  This is part of our Leadership Series, where we bring in executives from some of the largest companies in the state to talk about how they established their careers and got ahead, and offering advice on how you can do it too.  There will be time for questions and to personally meet Ms. DiFabio, and there will be a reception afterwards with pizza and refreshments.  If you’re interested in becoming a professional and starting to build your career, you’ll want to attend.



This Week’s Trivia Challenge

This Trivia Challenge is all about songs from the 2000’s.  The first reply with the most answers right takes the prize–a $10 gift card good anywhere on campus.  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. Lady Gaga song that includes the line “I wanna hold ‘em like they do in Texas, please. Fold ‘em, let ‘em, hit me, raise it, baby stay with me.”
  2. They had two big hits in 2009—“Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling”.
  3. Beyonce song that says “Don’t pay him any attention, cause you had your turn, and now you gonna learn, what it really feels like to miss me.”
  4. Top song of the 2000’s, it was by Mariah Carey.




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