March 21, 2016


Volume 2, Issue 12 – March 21, 2016



 How was Spring Break?

I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break.  What did I do?  Glad you asked.  I went on two trips—the first to Albany for Mascot Madness on Monday and Tuesday, and the second to San Francisco to visit with alumni and to attend the ACE conference from Friday to this Tuesday.  You can read about both below.  In between, there were a lot of meetings, because a lot of administration and staff (and some faculty) were still on campus working.



Roody Wins Round Two!

SUNY is having a competition to choose the best SUNY mascot, and as we all know, the only possible choice is our own Roody.  Thus far, Roody has done very well, winning Round 1 and Round 2.  We need you to vote for him in Round 3, where as of this writing, he’s losing 51% to 49% to SUNY Farmingdale’s Ram-bo.  Needless to say, we can’t have that.  Vote for Roody—you can do it from each of your email addresses, and you can vote every 12 hours.  Get out there already, and put Roody over the top so he can continue his quest to be president of the United States.  To vote for Roody, click here:

To see Roody’s campaign video (done during Round 2), just look below.


Congratulations to Morgan Elliot and Greg Kie for their great work on the video and to Travis Smith, Matt Mulkin and Lorette Murray and everyone else at SUNY Canton for working on social media to put Roody over the top.





News of the first round of Chancellor’s Awards has just come in.  The first award given is for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, and our own Mr. Fred Saburro was one of the winners!  Mr. Saburro has taught math at SUNY Canton for nearly 12 years, as well as tutoring in the Math and Science Lab.  Recently, he secured a Campus Enhancement Award from the SUNY Canton Foundation to help fund more peer tutors, and has won two awards from our Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society.  Please join me in congratulating Mr. Saburro on his wonderful achievement!




Baseball in Puerto Rico!

SUNY Canton’s baseball team recently participated in the Clemente Cup, way down in Puerto Rico.    The competition started off well, beating the University of Pittsburgh—Greensburg 9-6, and Penn State Abington 8-6.  The ‘Roos were leading in Game 3 by 4-3 in the 7th inning, but Greensburg got its revenge in the 8th and 9th, beating the ‘Roos 13-5.  We then beat SUNY Oneonta 3-2, on a three-run triple by Wilson Matos.  It was downhill from there, losing to Arcadia University 7-3, and losing a heart-breaker to Arcadia by 6-5 in the championship game.


After the championship game, two double-headers rounded out the trip vs. Arcadia, New Jersey City University, Misericordia University, and Susquehanna University.

Khalil Bratton, Travis Bigelow, and Tom Brusca were the winning pitchers for the ‘Roos, with Wilson Matos dominating at the plate, batting .452 with 19 hits, 14 RBI’s, 2 homers, 5 triples, and 3 doubles.  The baseball team’s home opener is on May 4, against Southern Vermont College.



Trip to Albany—Mascot Madness!

On Monday, Lenore Vanderzee (our Executive Director for University Relations) and I flew down to Albany for some meetings with folks at SUNY, to meet some of our legislators, and for Mascot Madness.  We flew down from Massena on Cape Air, which flies little planes that seat nine.  Normally we fly out of Ogdensburg, but the mid-day flight was sold out so we had to travel a few miles further to go from Massena.  When we landed in Albany we found out why—Professor Phil LaMarche (Dept. of Humanities), his wife Carol (coach of our Women’s Volleyball team) and their two children had just flown down from Ogdensburg, on their way to Boston!  We picked up the rental car (a Toyota Sienna—very nice) and drove down to SUNY central to see Carlos Medina (Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion—now that’s a long title!).  We had a very positive discussion about the college’s diversity efforts and some new initiatives we hope to do in the future.  I’ll be reporting to you on these as they develop.  After the meeting, we all went to dinner at one of my favorite Pakistani-Indian restaurants in Albany—Lazeez, on Central Avenue.  The food was excellent as always, and I was well stuffed afterwards.

Tuesday, it was Mascot Madness day at the Legislative Office Building (LOB).  Mascots from some 16 SUNY campuses were there, visiting various legislators, posing for pictures with everyone walking by, and generally having a good time.  Roody, of course, was the hit of the show.


Ably assisted by his “wrangler” Michael Barrios, Roody was everywhere, meeting people and making friends.  If you’ve never been to the LOB, the elevators are rather slow and there’s always a crowd of people on them.  Roody would lean against one side outside the elevator door, and when the elevator arrived and the doors opened, the crowd inside were greeted by the sight of a giant kangaroo.  The reactions were priceless—most people laughed, lots took pictures, and a few kept a straight face and pretended not to even notice!

The one bad thing on the trip is that early in the afternoon, while going down one of the big formal staircases at the LOB, I must have mis-stepped and over I went.  Fortunately, I was only two steps from the bottom, though I still hit the ground hard, landing on my hands and knees.  Several people rushed over to help me up, afraid that I had broken some bones, but I only had a few bruises—nothing too serious.  I did limp around for the next few days, and went to see the chiropractor to make sure everything was OK.

Anyway, while there, we took pictures of Roody with our local assemblywoman Addie Russell and our senator Patty Richie as well as many others, many of whom tweeted the pictures or put them on Facebook.


Roody with Assemblywoman Addie Russell


Roody with Senator Patty Ritchie

It was a lot of fun and everyone enjoyed themselves.  Then it was time to drop Roody and Michael off at the hotel (they were leaving the next day), return the car to the airport, and fly home.  We took the 6:15 PM flight back to Massena and were back in Canton by 8:00.



And Then, Off to California

The week ended with a trip to California to attend the American Council on Education (ACE) conference in San Francisco, as well as to see some of our alumni and friends of the college in the area.  I left Canton at 4:15 AM (!), driving down to Watertown to get my flight.  The first flight was from Watertown to Philadelphia, then a two-hour layover, and then from Philadelphia to Charlotte, NC, where I was scheduled to have a three-hour layover.  Due to high winds and heavy rain in San Francisco, the flight out of Charlotte was further delayed, and I wound up leaving three hours late.  The plane finally took off after 7:00 PM eastern time, and arrived in San Francisco at about 10:00 PM pacific time, thereby making the overall trip a breathtaking 21 hours!  I think I’ve flown to Tokyo from Boston in less time than that!

I was met at the airport by our own Geoffrey VanderWoude (from the Advancement Office), who was late getting in on his flight to San Francisco from Denver.  At least he didn’t have to wait too long at the airport for me, given our similar flight delays.  By the time I got to the hotel, I was exhausted and went right to sleep.

Saturday was set aside for alumni and friend of the college visits.  We had a lunch meeting with Mr. Edward Suden (’60) who is a retired patent attorney who worked for IBM for many years in Napa California; a dinner meeting with Mr. Geoffrey Co (’89) who is a photography specialist at Keebles & Shuchat Photography in Palo Alto, and then drove a few miles to meet Mr. Mark Dzwonczyk and his wife Meri-Beth for desert.  We met Mr. Dzwonczyk at a local church where a choral concert was being given by both the Air Force Academy Glee Club (which was great) and also a local high school glee club that the Dzwonczyk’s son was singing in (also great).


The ACE conference began on Sunday, with sessions for presidents on “Presidential Leadership and the Return of the Scholar Athlete” and how to convert the college’s mission into real learning for students.  Afternoon sessions covered what some colleges have had to do when state appropriations were cut, and a presentation about what ACE thinks is going to happen regarding some important pieces of federal legislation affecting higher education.  Geoffrey and I then drove to Vacaville to meet Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sweda (’76), a Senior I/T Architect and Engagement Solution Architect for IBM for dinner.

Monday was spent entirely at the ACE conference, attending several of the concurrent sessions.  One of the nice things about attending national conferences is that you get to see a lot of old friends.  I saw several presidents and provosts I knew back in Georgia, including my own previous president (at Southern Polytechnic), Dr. Lisa Rossbacher, who is now president of Humboldt State University in California.  It was great to see her again and discuss old and future times for a few minutes.  Several of the other SUNY presidents were there too, and it was nice to see them way out west instead of in Albany like I usually do.  The biggest surprise was running into Dr. Patricia Sendall, a business professor from the first college I taught at (Merrimack College), someone I haven’t seen for many years except on Facebook.

On Tuesday, I had to take a taxi at 4:30 AM to get to the airport in time for my 7:00 AM flight to Chicago.  After a two-hour layover (good, so I had enough time to get breakfast), I took a flight to Philadelphia.  Another two-hour layover gave me enough time to get an early dinner, which was followed by the flight to Watertown, arriving at about 10 PM.  It was raining lightly on my drive back to Canton, but the traffic was very light, and I finally got home at 11:45 PM.



Last Week’s Trivia Contest 

Last week’s contest dealt with comic strips.  Our winner was Margaret T. Daniel, who wins a $10 gift card good anywhere on campus.  Your prize can be picked up in my office, on the 6th floor of MacArthur Hall.  Others getting all the answers right were Kiley Null, Aylaia Banks, Molly Incitti, Kendra Wright, Miriah Mono, John Drews, Nicole O’Brien, and Beatriz Ortiz de Megna.   Here are the correct answers:

  1. Sarcastic cat who’s always fighting with Odie.  Garfield.
  2. He always longed for the little red-haired girl, but never could talk to her.  Charlie Brown (Peanuts).
  3. Hard-boiled police detective, Warren Beatty played in in the movie.  Dick Tracy.
  4. He’s 5 1/2 years old, and drives Mr. Wilson crazy.  Dennis the Menace.



This Week’s Trivia Challenge

This week’s challenge is about Disney movies.  The first winners with all the right answers wins 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.  She eats a poisoned apple and falls into a coma, until she is kissed by Prince Charming.
  2. He fights Captain Hook in Neverland.
  3. Lots of dogs with spots in this movie.
  4. Movie where Anna joins forces with Kristoff and his reindeer to find her sister, Elsa (Idina and break her spell.


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