February 17, 2016


Volume 2, Issue 10 – February 17, 2016



Ice ‘n’ Snow

We don’t do it often, but last Tuesday, classes were cancelled due to inclement weather.  There was some fairly heavy snow, followed by sleet, followed by a mixture of snow and ice, followed by ice, which was finally followed by more snow.  The result was some pretty treacherous driving and lots of warnings from the National Weather Center, so we decided it would be best to cancel classes.  I hope everyone knows that such cancellations are always displayed on the SUNY Canton website’s front page, on our Facebook page, and are distributed to local radio and TV stations.  I know most of you got the message, because when I came onto campus, things were pretty empty.

I received some concerns that it was difficult walking on campus due to the ice, and wondering why we didn’t do more to try to melt it down.  It’s a simple matter of chemistry—when you add salt to ice, you lower the freezing point of the mixture, and so long as you’ve lowered the freezing point below the air temperature, the ice will melt.  Unfortunately, it was so cold that it would be impossible to lower the freezing point that far without using literally tons of salt, and that would be harmful to the environment in lots of different ways.  So, our grounds crew did what they could to clear paths, sand, and salt, but sometimes you just have to wait for things to warm up a bit before you can make much headway.

While it’s no fun to walk on, the ice sure can be pretty, especially in the trees.  In the picture below, no—the tree isn’t budding.  Those are ice crystals on a beautiful sunny day on campus.



Get Ready!

The College’s Ready Center is now open for business.  The Center is located in the former College Association space in the Miller Student Center, and looks just great.  It houses the college’s professional advisors, first year programs, the Career Center, and International programs, all in one convenient location.



While the Ready Center is open now, there will be a formal opening ceremony with refreshments and fun in the near future, so be sure to check the Daily Update in your campus email for details.



Canton Meets the Motor City

Last Wednesday, SUNY Canton hosted “Sounds of the Motor City”, a musical revue that focused on music ranging from Louis Jordan to Motown to Earth, Wind, and Fire.  A small but enthusiastic audience enjoyed the group’s performance in the Student Center Theatre.  The three main singers, if I’m remembering right, were Derrick Baker, Valencia Emanuel, and Darren Lorenzo.


The group started up with Louis Jordan’s well known song, “Let the Good Times Roll”.  Louis Jordan is one of my all time favorite musicians, one of the main influences on Rock & Roll, and was a major recording star (second in popularity only to Bing Crosby on the Decca label) who also appeared in a small number of movies.  His songs had more weeks at #1 on the R&B charts than any other musician, even up to today.  “Let the Good Times Roll” was the B-side of a 78 on which “Ain’t Nobody Here but Us Chickens” was the A-side.  Together, the two songs were #2 and #1 respectively on the 1947 Billboard R&B Chart, staying on the chart for six months.  Two of the members of the revue (Baker and Emanuel) were in the cast of Five Guys Named Moe, a West End (London) and Broadway show devoted to Jordan’s music.  I had a chance to see the show in the West End on my first sabbatical, and have been a fan of Jordan’s music ever since.


Other major hits sung by the group included “Johnny B. Goode” (Chuck Berry), “My Girl” and “Just My Imagination” (Temptations), “Soul Man” (Sam & Dave), “Stop in the Name of Love” (Supremes), “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” (Otis Redding), “Boogie Oogie Oogie” (A Taste of Honey) and “September” (Earth, Wind, and Fire), among many others.  At various points, one or another of the singers would come out into the audience and serenade a particular individual, much to their embarrassment.  That happened to me at one point too, but it was really a lot of fun.  Many thanks to our student life office for putting this one on.



Solar Ready Vets

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of going down to Watertown to Fort Drum, to see the graduation of the first cohort of SUNY Canton’s Solar Ready Vets program.  There were 19 soldiers who had completed the program graduating, and when I spoke to them, they were all very happy to have participated and thought that the teaching and hands on learning were great.  This is another example of how SUNY Canton works in the community to help economic development.


The Fort Drum program was created through collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and is the first of its kind in the state.

“Soldiers and veterans have the experience and know-how to get the job done,” Governor Cuomo said when the program was launched. “The dramatic growth of solar in New York is creating a demand for highly skilled workers. Offering these heroes valuable training and the technical skills needed to work in this rapidly growing industry, not only helps veterans succeed post service, but helps all of us create a more sustainable future.”

The program was offered through SUNY Canton’s Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development.  Among dignitaries present at the graduation center were our Assembly member Addie Russell, a representative from our Senate member Patty Ritchie’s office, Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul, and Fort Drum Commander Brig. General Paul Bontrager.


Last Week’s Trivia Contest


Last week’s challenge was about capitols–I name the capitol, you name the country. Our winner was Concetta Smythe.  Your prize, a $10 gift card good anywhere on campus, can be picked up from my office in MacArthur 616.  Here are the correct answers:

  1. Paris.  France
  2. Havana. Cuba
  3. New Delhi. India
  4. Cairo. Egypt


This Week’s Trivia Challenge

This week’s challenge is about state capitols–I name the state you name the capital.  The first with the right answer wins a $10 gift card, good anywhere on campus.  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. New York
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Texas
  4. California


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