September 4, 2015


Volume 2, Issue 2 – September 3, 2015

Did You See Last Week’s Issue?

Now that FROM THE POUCH is being distributed in the college’s Daily Update (emailed to you each day at about 8:00 am), some students missed the first issue since they aren’t used to getting updates in this way.  You can find all the back issues (including those from last year, if you’ve got nothing better to do) by clicking here.  Keep watching the Daily Update to find out when the latest issue has come out, as well as for all the great events we’ve got planned for the year.



Safety On and Off Campus

It’s always great when the new semester begins and the students return to campus.  I hope all of you are now plugging away at your studies, and are taking the time to get involved in both on-campus and off-campus events.  It’s really important to study hard, and it’s also important to have a good time, once you’ve finished your studying.  Just as SUNY Canton is totally committed to your academic success, we’re also committed to your having a safe time while you’re with us, so I’d like to spend a little time talking about campus safety.


As president, I’m informed about any incidents taking place involving our students, both on and off campus.  There have already been a small number of things that worry me.  First, I’ve heard that some students, both going into town and coming back from parties in town, are walking down the middle of the road instead of on the sidewalks.  I’m sure you know how dangerous this is—even though Canton is a small town, a car can come out of nowhere, especially in the dark.  If the driver doesn’t see you and doesn’t slow down, a terrible accident can result.  At the very least, you can get a ticket.  At the worst, it can cost you your life.  So, walk on the sidewalks.  And if you’re walking in town after dark—keep the noise down.  You wouldn’t want someone to wake you up when you’re asleep, right?  Be a good neighbor.

I’ve also heard of a few incidents taking place involving a student harassing another student.  SUNY Canton is a place where everyone is welcome, and everyone should be treated well.  If you ever see anyone being harassed or attacked, don’t just ignore it.  IF IT’S SAFE TO DO SO, do something. Call other people to come by and help.  Take a picture of the aggressor.  Go up and say “stop it”.  If you think it’s NOT SAFE TO DO SOMETHING, call someone.  It can be our campus police, a faculty member, a staff member, or me. In brief, if you see something, say something.

Canton is a great place to live and attend college.  Together, we can make it even greater.



Annual Report

I hope everyone knows what a fine public relations staff we have—they’ve done great videos about our academic programs and students, there’s excellent photography of all manner of events and people, and the write-ups that go to the press and that appear on the college website are all first-class.  The latest product from our team is the SUNY Canton Annual Report, which went down to Albany on Tuesday.  Each SUNY campus is required to prepare an annual report each year, detailing highlights of what occurred on campus the previous year.  The online version of our report is available by clicking here, and it’s a thing of beauty.  Starting with a sensational photo from last year’s graduation, filled with information, featuring a lot of active graphics, the Annual Report is a wonderful encapsulation of so much of what makes SUNY Canton great.  The online version and the print version have some differences, so to get the whole picture, you have to look at both.  Maybe you’ll even see your picture in it!

Congratulations to Travis Smith, Greg Kie, Lorette Murray, Matt Mulkin, and Morgan Elliot for their excellent work making us all look so good.



NCAA—Day One!

September 1 was SUNY Canton’s opening day as a member of NCAA Division III, and a fine day it was.



It began with the men’s cross country race, with Jacob Erdman winning for powerhouse Clarkson. Top SUNY Canton finisher was Shawn Diebel (20th overall), followed close behind by Ryan Teal (21st overall)

SUNY Canton’s first Division III win came in the women’s cross country, with freshman Aine McMorrow winning in 20:56:78.  Great job Aine—even more unbelievable when you realize she had never run a cross country race in her life before this one!  Aine was quoted by the Watertown Daily Times as saying “I wouldn’t have been here today if it wasn’t for my teammates. I didn’t really realize how big of a race it would have been. All the work and practice really pays off. I love everyone here. Everyone is so welcoming. They are always so interested that I’m from Ireland. I love teaching them about the culture back home and stuff.”  Finishing second and third for the roos were Samantha Smith and Keara Byrne.


Aine McMorrow taking first place in cross-country

It didn’t take long for SUNY Canton to get its second Division III win, defeating St. Lawrence University 3:1 in women’s volleyball, with the sets going 25-19, 17-25, 25-18, and 25-18.  Coach Carol LaMarche said: “The way they bounced back after the second set shows a lot of mental strength. Half the team is new or don’t have as much court experience. It was the cross-town rival St. Lawrence. It’s just nice to start off the season with a win.”  Morgan Bills got 28 kills, with Rachel Lowther adding another 27.  Robyn Carroll led the defense with 20 digs.


Morgan Bills for the kill

Closing out the day, SUNY Canton’s men’s soccer team lost 2-1 against Potsdam, despite taking a 1-0 halftime lead on a goal by Nick Escalante.  It was a tough loss, with even Potsdam’s coach saying “To be honest they were much more dynamic and we were just kind of lucky to get the two goals in the second half.”  Goalie Austin Lamay blocked 5 Potsdam attempts.

In an away game, our women’s soccer team got our third Division III win by beating Wells College 3-2 in their season opener.  Kristina DiNardo scored twice for the roos, including the winning goal.  Also scoring was Caitlin Grimshaw.  Our goalie, Kelsi Gilbert, played a fantastic defensive game, stopping 13 shots.


Kristina DiNardo’s fancy footwork

Great opening day, and congratulations to all our fine athletes.


Last Week’s Trivia Contest

Last week’s trivia contest was about songs from the 2000’s.  The first person with all four right was Nikki Zeitzmann.  Your prize is a $10 gift card, which you can pick up from my office in MacArthur Hall, room 606.

Here are the correct answers:

  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.”  Poker Face.
  2. They had two big hits in 2009—“Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling”. The Black Eyed Peas.
  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.” Single Ladies.
  4. Top song of the 2000’s, it was by Mariah Carey. We Belong Together.


This Week’s Trivia Challenge

This Trivia Challenge is all about superheroes.  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. He lives in Central City and is the fastest man alive.
  2. Raised on Paradise Island, her secret identity is Diana Prince and she likes to play ‘bullets and bracelets’.
  3. The original ones were the Hulk, Giant-man, the Wasp, and Iron Man; Captain America joined later.
  4. His two girlfriends were Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacey.
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