February 24, 2014


Happening ’17

Maybe it’s the thaw in the weather, and maybe it’s all the good stuff going on here on campus.  I’m feeling really good about things up here at SUNY Canton and in the North Country.

In the words of Paul Revere and the Raiders on their classic rock album Happening ’68 (OK–I know most of you won’t have ever heard of them, but they were cool back in the day),

People, something’s happening
Something in the air
Listen to the sound now
Come from everywhere.

You know you’ve got to hurry
You don’t want to be late
But people don’t you worry
What’s happenin’ is great.

As I mentioned in the last FROM THE POUCH, two of our new degree proposals have been approved by State Ed, and will be offered beginning this Fall.  These are the B.S. in Game Design and Development and the B.B.A. in Agribusiness. We’ve gotten good publicity and a lot of good comments about them.

We’re seeing strong legislative support for what we’re doing, and I’m hearing lots of folks in the economic development sector telling me how critical SUNY Canton is to the success of our region, and how we’re moving in the right directions.  Our alumni are increasingly engaged, and they like what they’re hearing.

You, our students, are doing well and are in high demand when you graduate.  Our Student Government is active, and a number of initiatives that they wanted to propose tie in perfectly with ideas the College’s administration had and we’re working to implement them.  Several students will be going to DC next month to advocate for higher education in general, and student empowerment in particular.  Our student athletes have done well, beating the local competition and some teams we’ve never beaten before by solid margins.

Every time I turn around, I hear about another faculty member who has won an award, is working on a book or has published a paper, or is doing something innovative in the classroom to support our students.  Our new Center for Diversities and Inclusion is planning a strong set of programs, and has started a weekly “Soup and Solidarity” series, that will feature free soup, music, and good conversations on a variety of topics.

There are lots of cool events coming up soon (including the annual Snow Ball this weekend) in the Student Life area, thanks to the hard work of our staff in those areas.  The campus has never looked better, and there are plans that will soon be implemented to take us to the next level with Dana  and Chaney Halls.

There’s still a lot to do to bring all of the above to fruition.  Like all good kangaroos, we need to keep a hop ahead and keep moving forward.  But like I said before, things are happening, and SUNY Canton just keeps getting better and better.


This Just In!  SUNY Canton Students win Chancellor’s Award!


Two SUNY Canton students have won the coveted Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, and will be presented with the award on April 5.  The winners are Poornima Rathika Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara  (B.Tech. in Health and Fitness Promotion) and Sarah Nuss (B.Tech. in Civil and Environmental Engineering).  I’ll have a full report next issue, but for now, congratulations Poornima and Sarah!



Hitting the Ground Running

Everyone knows that SUNY Canton students and graduates are always ready to hit the ground running, thanks to the strong applied-learning focus we have at the College.  I just heard an especially great example of this, and I’d like to give a shout-out to the students involved.

A few days ago, a student in a nursing class had a cardiac problem.  Two of our students, Jessica Deleel and Christine Phippen, knew exactly what to do, being graduates of our Licensed Practical Nursing program and current students in our Registered Nursing program.  Jessica and Christine called our campus EMS squad, and also got help from a nearby instructional support assistant.  They then stayed outside the lab until the EMS squad arrived to show where the student needing help was.  Christine took the student’s temperature, and had a pulse oximeter ready for the EMS team and rescue squad, so they could assess the patient and get vital details on her condition.  They stayed calm, cool, and collected like a seasoned LPN/RN student should.


The other students in the lab also helped out, bringing cool cloths and taking down a medical list for the EMS and rescue squads, and asking if they could also help.  Most importantly, after being stabilized, the student was transferred to the hospital and got the help she needed.


So, in a lesson that was a bit more hands-on than they had bargained for, our students got to see a real simulation play out before their eyes, about the cardiac topic they were discussing.  They got to see how medical personnel give an SBAR, share patient details, and do a focused assessment.  These were all concepts and assessments that the professor was planning on practicing that day in lab!


So, congratulations to Jessica and Christine for their cool-headed response, and to the rest of the class for pitching in.  For this reason, they all win a special “ROOsponding to a Crisis” Presidential Award, which will be delivered to their classroom in the next few weeks.


New Athletic Conference!


I’m happy to report that SUNY Canton is now part of an athletic conference, namely the American Collegiate Athletic Association.  We just heard this past Tuesday that the ACAA has been given conference membership in Division III of the NCAA.  SUNY Alfred is also a member of this conference.   This conference is a good step forward for our athletic programs, and will provide our students an opportunity for post-season play.


Top 100 in Online Programs Again!


SUNY Canton’s online programs are in the top 100 nationally, for the third time, according to US News and World Report.  Only three SUNY schools have this distinction!


Top in Pet-Friendliness Again!


I’m also happy to report that SUNY Canton was named as one of the 25 most pet-friendly colleges in the country, coming in at #13, and was 1st in New York, and the only SUNY on the list.


New Banners!

Our Student Government has been working closely with Priscilla Leggette, Director of Student Activities, and our various student organizations to create banners for each club.  The first batch of banners has now been hung above the mailboxes in the Student Center, with more to come, and they all look great!  An unveiling was held this past Monday.



Last Time’s Trivia Contest

Last time’s contest dealt with word that begin with the letter “R”. Our fastest responder with all five correct was Amanda DaCosta.  Just come to my office on the 6th floor of MacArthur Hall to get your prize, Amanda—a $10 gift card, good anywhere on campus.

Others getting all four right (so better luck next time!) included Savanna-Lin Boadway, Zhamal Nurdin, and Lee Meggison.

Here are the correct answers:

  1. You rent movies from it, and it’s located just outside the Price Chopper, Wal-Mart, and many other stores.  Redbox.
  2. Oakland’s football team.  Raiders.
  3. Born in Barbados, this singer’s albums include Music of the Sun, A Girl Like Me, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rated R, Unapologetic, and Anti.  Rihanna.
  4. Athletic footwear company, their products include the ventilator, zig, nano, and ZQuick TR.  Reebok.


This Time’s Trivia Challenge

Continuing our trek through the alphabet, this issue’s challenge is about words that begin with the letter “S”, which should certainly test your vocabulary! The first with all five correct 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. Smartphone manufacturer that makes the Galaxy.
  2. Satellite radio service that carries Howard Stern, College Sports Nation, Venus, and Pop2K.
  3. Singer whose album A Seat at the Table, was #1 in the United States.  Other albums included Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams and Solo Star.
  4. Scandinavian country known for its meatballs and Ikea.  Its capital is Stockholm.
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