FROM THE POUCH
Volume 2, Issue 6 – October 28, 2015
Advising Period is Here!
The Advising Period for Winter and Spring semesters is going on now. Course registration begins on November 9 with Seniors and Juniors getting first priority. You need to meet with an advisor every semester to plan their courses for next semester and obtain a registration code. When registration opens for you, log in to UCanWeb and schedule your classes!
You can find out who your advisor is by logging into UCanWeb and looking at the Student Menu. You can locate your advisor using the directory (https://banweb.canton.edu/pls/ prod/canton_misc.P_Campus_Dir).
This information can be found in your SUNY Canton email:
- Instructions from the Registrar’s office on the course scheduling process was sent on October 23, and
- Your advisor may have sent you information on how to go about scheduling an appointment. Some advisors will just put a sign-up sheet on their office door and assume that you will come by and sign up, others will use some type of web-based calendar to show you when they are available.
You should be familiar with your degree checklist (http://www.canton.edu/advising_center/Degreechecklists.html) BEFORE meeting with your advisor. Make a list of the courses that you are thinking of taking next semester, including ideas for electives or General Education Requirements (GER’s). Every degree has a little bit of room for courses that can help tailor your degree to YOUR specific career or life goals, so if there is a class that you think would enhance your overall degree, ASK your advisor is there is a way to fit it in. Also, take a look at your DegreeWorks audit (find it under “Degree Evaluation” in UCanWeb). This will automatically update each semester and lets you and your advisor make sure that you are on the right track to graduation!
Your advisor is a great resource, but if you need additional assistance with any questions related to advising, course scheduling, or even changing majors, you can also check in with your dean’s office or you can send an email to Advising & First Year Programs (mailto:email@example.com).
There’s been a lot going on. On Tuesday, October 13, we had the Fall Career Fair on our campus. As usual, it was so large, it needed two spaces to hold it—in the Campus Center, and in the Automotive Lab in Neveldine. I dropped in at both locations, and the businesses visiting were all happy to be there and all wanted to hire our graduates. It’s always great to hear from companies that have hired our students because that’s the true mark of success—have the students been well prepared for their chosen avocations? The universal answer I get when I talk to our visitors is “Yes—your graduates are great. You need to produce more of them, because we ant to hire more.” I hope everyone had a chance to check out the Career Fair. Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make the Fair happen.
Speaking of graduates, that evening, I had dinner with Ken Stanton (Class of ’97). Ken graduated with a degree in Engineering Science and went on to Clarkson for his B.S. in Engineering and to Virginia Polytechnic Institute for his Ph.D. in Engineering Education. He has helped design some cool engines, taught at Colorado State, and now runs his own business out there. When I asked Ken what he attributed his success to, he answered “the foundation I got at SUNY Canton”—a response I hear all the time from our alumni.
On October 14, I went home to get my wife Jill and son Mark and we came back to campus to participate in the Diverse Discussion “Integration & Culture Shock”. It was a pleasure to talk with many of our international students and to hear how well they were reacting to our American ways, and if they felt welcomed on campus. They all commented on how friendly they found our campus environment to be, and how this friendliness (in some cases) contradicted the stereotype they had back home that Americans were standoffish. We talked about what they missed from home and what they liked over here, and told stories about strange occurrences we had all encountered when traveling. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and are looking to more opportunities to interact with our international students.
On Tuesday the 20th, we had a meeting with architects on the first stage of redoing Dana Hall. This stage will consist of changing the building envelope, i.e., the walls, windows, and entryways. The architects proposed several possible types of materials and some schematics. We told them which ones we preferred, and asked that they lay out three potential designs, so that we can share them and get some input from the campus community.
On Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of attending the latest installment of our Living Writers Series, featuring Rahul Mehta. Rahul read a portion of a short story from his book Quarantine, which is a book of stories exploring the emotions and conflicts associated with being an Indian-American gay man—having cosmopolitan views and trying to reconcile them with a conservative culture. The reading was engaging, as were his responses to the various questions raised by the audience. Phil LaMarche does a great job with this series. If you haven’t attended one yet, you’ve been missing out.
Great Athletics, Too!
Men’s Golf Records Program Best Third Place Finish at USCAA Nationals
The Roos golf team shot the lowest team score of any squad on the second day of the USCAA National Championships to move up two spots and finish third out of the 18-team field. Juniors Nolan Reid and Alex Folts were both named All-Americans as the duo finished in the Top 8 out of more than 100 golfers. Meanwhile, Reid was named the USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Academic Team! Check out the full story HERE.
Roos Sports Media Highlight & Interview Videos
A recently formed student group called Roos Sports Media continues to create and edit some very cool videos highlighting our student-athletes. Check out their videos below!
Awards Continue to Roll in for Roos
SUNY Canton student-athletes have had tremendous performances over the last month earning 16 different weekly awards to up their total this academic year to 23. Hannah Christiansen was honored as the best women’s soccer player in NCAA D-III over the last week earning the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) National Player of the Week honor. To view the full list of awards click HERE.
The Big Event—St. Lawrence International Film Festival
The big event for the past few days has been the inaugural year of the St. Lawrence International Film Festival. SUNY Canton is one of the cosponsors of the Festival, with many from the college volunteering their time, presenting talks, submitting films, and lots of other such things.
The Festival began Thursday afternoon, with Canton folks meeting at Josie’s for a pizza buffet and to get on buses to Ottawa, Canada, where the opening gala was being held. It’s less than a two-hour ride, including crossing the border, and having left at about 3PM, we were in Ottawa a little after 5PM. The gala was being held at the Canadian Museum of History, a beautiful location with great views of Ottawa’s Parliament Hill.
After a little time for drinks and hors d’oeuvres, in came special guest celebrity Dan Aykroyd, who was interviewed, posed for pictures, and mingled with the guests.
We then went into a larger social room for more drinks and mingling, and then into the theatre for a screening of the 35th anniversary cut of the movie “The Blues Brothers”. The movie was preceded by an interview with Aykroyd, which was very interesting. Among lots of other things, he revealed that his favorite character to play was the father in the Coneheads. I hadn’t seen the movie in about 10 years, so I’d forgotten some parts of it, and got to enjoy them as if it were the first time.
The audience had a great time, and after the movie, we were all invited to another location in the museum for some snacks and a blues concert. Dan Aykroyd sat in on a few numbers, proving he still has his chops. The party broke up at about 11:45, and after boarding our buses home, we got back to Canton at about 2:00 AM.
I had to wake up early on Friday, because I was giving the welcome at the open house. We had an excellent crowd of prospective students (especially for a Friday). Our admissions folks did their usual excellent job in welcoming the parents and students, as did the many faculty and student participants. After doing some paperwork, I joined Doug Scheidt to get some lunch from Curry-Q, a NYC based West-Indian cooking company, whose owner’s son is a member of our Delta Omega Epsilon fraternity, who were sponsoring the lunch as a fund-raiser. The food was excellent and I hope they saved me any left-overs! I then went down to the American Theatre to catch Prof. Sean O’Brien’s talk on James Bond and Empire, which was very enlightening.
That evening, SUNY Canton hosted the Film Festival’s Block Party, which lasted from 6PM to about 10PM. The party was held at TAUNY’s (the Traditional Arts of Upstate New York) location on Main Street, and the food, music, and fun were all fabulous. The main entertainment was provided by uprooted, a bluegrass band made up of Lenore VanderZee, Rosemary Phillips (both from SUNY Canton), Camilla Ammirati, and C.J. Jahnke, who started with cool versions of both Canada’s and the US’s national anthems, and finished with a nice range of bluegrass music.
After excellent performances by several SUNY Canton students, including Kasandra Cunningham (Vet Tech major from Saranac Lake) and Rebecca Jean-Baptiste (Nursing major, from Yonkers).
The food, provided by SUNY Canton’s food service, earned raves from everyone—excellent sausage and peppers, pulled chicken, chili, and macaroni, not to mention a wide range of deserts including fabulous maple flavored cannoli! Everything was just about perfect, with about 300 people coming by and having a good time.
As a film festival, there were lots of cool movie premieres and showings each day. Saturday also featured the annual Canton Phantoms in the Park Halloween parade and party. It was lots of fun seeing just about every child in Canton dressed up in a cute Halloween costume and marching through town collecting candy.
Sunday began with the Film Festival’s awards brunch at the Best Western Hotel. We got there a little late and every seat was taken, but the folks were nice enough to bring us a few extra chairs to sit in the back and enjoy the food and proceedings. In the afternoon, we headed over to SUNY Potsdam for the short film “For the Love of Mambo”, followed by a live performance by Mambo Legends Orchestra leaders John ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez, Mitch Frohman and Jose Madera, each who spent over 25 years working with Tito Puente.
The music was absolutely great! The Festival concluded with a great closing night party sponsored by SUNY Potsdam.
The St. Lawrence International Film Festival was just great, and I can’t say enough good things about Adam Paul, who organized the Festival and did so many things to pull it together. I’m really looking forward to next year’s edition. If you didn’t come, you missed plenty—make plans now to attend the 2nd Annual Festival next year.
Last Week’s Trivia Contest
Last week’s challenge dealt with College Team Nicknames. No one won—what happened to everyone? Here are the correct answers:
- SUNY Canton
- Syracuse University
- University of Alabama Crimson Tide.
- Duke University Blue Devils.
- Yale University Elis or Bulldogs.
This Week’s Trivia Challenge
This week’s challenge will be about songs with colors in their title. The winner gets a $10 gift card, good anywhere on campus. As usual, the first with the most takes the prize. No looking up the answers now! SEND ALL ENTRIES BY EMAIL TO firstname.lastname@example.org since if you put them as a response on the BLOG, everyone will be able to see them.
- Beatles song about an underwater vehicle.
- Song about Elvis’ footwear.
- Prince song about precipitation.
- Rolling Stones song about something you might add to sweeten your coffee.