February 26, 2015


Volume 9, Issue 28– February 26, 2015


 Officially a Northerner

On Sunday, we drove down to Watertown to do some shopping. It was a nice sunny day in Canton with a temperature of 30°. It’s amazing how quickly your mindset changes so that 30° is now warm. Anyway, we did our shopping and drove home, and when I went into the jazz music room in the house, I heard a dripping noise. I thought I had left my stereo receiver on, and when I looked to see what was causing the noise, I saw we had a leak. The room has a nice bay window, and the stereo system sits on its ledge. The leak was coming from the “ceiling” of the bay window and dripping right into the receiver and also all over the ledge and onto the floor.

We quickly got a small bucket to catch the drops and I took the receiver off the ledge and put it on the floor upside down, hoping it would drain out. I suspected that the leak was from an ice dam on the roof a story above the bay window. For you non-northerners, this is caused when the ice on the roof (formed from the heat of the house melting the bottom layer of snow) is blocked from being able to expand, and goes under the shingles. When it melts again, it now leaks into the house. I went outside with my snow rake, and knocked as much snow and ice from the roof as I could, even going into the bathroom on our second floor, taking out the screen, opening the window and leaning out, and using a hammer to get rid of as much ice as I could.

That, and perhaps the dropping temperature, caused the leak to slow down and after about an hour, stop entirely. We called a roofing company who came by this morning and went on the roof, shoveled it out and removed the ice dams. When I set the stereo up again, the receiver wouldn’t power on, so the water may have killed it. I’ll try to fix it (and may ask our EET folks to see if there’s anything they can do), but it may be dead. I hope not—I really liked that Onkyo, though this may be an opportunity to upgrade the next new thing, whatever that is.



Contest Coming Up!

It’s obvious that SUNY Canton is the greatest, but we need to capture the story and prove it to ourselves and to the rest of the world. I’m sure you’ve seen multiple examples of this—a great student project. A transcendent moment in the classroom. A beautiful spot on campus. A great on-campus event. A winning moment in athletics. Cool students, faculty, and staff. Something funny or touching that captures the SUNY Canton spirit.

We’re working out the details of a contest we’re going to run, called “Why SUNY Canton is the greatest place on Earth”. Basically, how it’s going to work is we’ll invite members of our campus community (faculty, staff, students, alumni, everybody) to send in a picture (or short video clip) that illustrates some aspect of what makes us great along with a caption of a few words. We’ll post the good ones and award prizes for the very best ones. Obviously, the more people who participate and the more pictures that are sent in, the better the outcome and the more prizes will be awarded.

So, start thinking about what makes us great and how you can capture the story in a picture or short video clip. Start capturing the story. We’ll be sending out information on how to submit them and what the prizes will be in the next few weeks.



More SUNY Canton Shout-Outs

There have been lots of good things happening involving SUNY Canton faculty, staff, and students. Here are just some of them:


Student Athletes Get Great Grades

At the Faculty Meeting last Thursday, our Director of Athletics, Randy Sieminski, announced that our student athletes had an average GPA of 2.99, which is quite excellent. The men’s team with the highest GPA was Ice Hockey, with an impressive 3.181.


The highest women’s team was also Ice Hockey, with an unbelievable 3.350.


Congratulations to the students on both teams, and to all our student athletes for their fine academic performance.


Engineers Week

This week is Engineers Week and to celebrate, our engineering and physics faculty held a series of events showcasing what they do, in the various labs in Neveldine Hall on Tuesday, February 24. The events began at noon, with a CEO Panel Discussion, followed by a Career Fair from 1 to 5 PM. At 5, the Open House began, open to the entire community. The Panel Discussion drew an enthusiastic crowd of 75 students, and the Open House drew well over 100 participants, who got to see very cool demonstrations that included our award winning steel bridge team, Lego Mindstorm robots, 3D topographical mapping, a massive wood splitter, smashing concrete cylinders, digital wrenches, using strobes to measure rotational speeds, laser communicators, and many other great things. As a chemist, I have to give a nod to the excellent water chemistry lab demonstrations that were done by CET students, though the Van de Graaf accelerator and various power-sport vehicles were definitely cool as well. Our mascot, Rudy ‘Roo, was there adding to the fun.

Engineers Day 2015-5

Our cool Power Sports lab

The big event for the Open House was a competition to see who could build the tallest free-standing structure out of spaghetti and tape, with a marshmallow at the top. There were some 20 teams with kids from 5-17 years old competing. The highest structure was a 28” tall, winning a $500 scholarship to Canton for everyone on the team. There were lots of other prizes, and all participants got a T-shirt and a water bottle.

Engineers Day 2015-10

This was a great event, and congratulations go to Dean Mike Newtown, our engineering and physics faculty, and the many student volunteers who staffed the exhibits, registered the visitors, and helped watch the youngest children.


Road Trip to Massena

OK—Massena isn’t the farthest place I’ve traveled to, but last Thursday, I went on a road trip there to be at an alumni gathering along with VP of Advancement David Gerlach and Destiny Petty, the new Advancement intern. Alumni Development Associate Joe Carbone was already there doing the setup at Coach’s Corner, a pretty cool pub where the gathering was held. I got a chance to meet a number of alums and tell them about what’s new at the college, as well as hear about their own experiences when they were students. Even though it’s only been a few days, several of the alums have already volunteered to work with the college in several ways that will be very beneficial.


Canton Idol!

After the alumni visit to Massena, we had to rush back to Canton so I could pick up wife Jill and son Mark to go to the Canton Idol Finals Competition. We got there just in time! Just like American Idol on TV (though ours was better!), the four top contestants competed in two rounds of finals, judged by a panel of faculty, staff, and student judges. The two emcees (Amanda DaCosta and Devine Pearson) were great, and the judges (Mike McGilligan, Katie Kennedy, Nikki Zeitmann, and Danesha Williams) offered good advice and encouragement.


The four finalists were quite excellent, with the winner slated to go head to head with SUNY Potsdam’s winner in the near future.


The four finalists were:

Grand Prize Winner: Noelle Murray (3d from left)

2nd Place Winner: Moriah Cody (left)

3rd Place Winner: Kasey Cunningham (2nd from left)

4th Place Winner: Daniel Neuroth (right)

Congratulations to everyone who participated and to our winners!



Last Week’s Trivia Contest

Last week’s trivia contest dealt with weather—each answer had a weather word in it. Our winner was Rosemary Phillips. Others getting all five right included Christina Lesyk, Jesse Clark-Stone, Rhonda Rodriguez, Patricia Todd, and Ron O’Neill. Lots of others got four correct, but question #3 did them in. Here are the correct answers:

  1. What you save for. A Rainy Day.
  2. Someone who only supports you when things are going well. Fair-Weather Friend.
  3. Buried by too much work. Snowed under (or snowed in).
  4. What the band plays when the President walks in. Hail to the Chief.
  5. In Carly Simon’s song “You’re so Vain”, what follows the lines: But you gave away the things you loved, and one of them was me. I had some dreams, they were . Clouds in my coffee.



This Week’s Trivia Challenge

This week’s challenge deals with the sun—each answer has the word “sun” somewhere in it. As usual, the first with the most takes the prize.  No looking up the answers now!  SEND ALL ENTRIES BY EMAIL TO president@canton.edu since if you put them as a response on the BLOG, everyone will be able to see them!

  1. According to the saying, there’s nothing new there.
  2. Huge song hit for the Animals, about a place in New Orleans that’s been the ruin of many a poor boy.
  3. Film festival started by Robert Redford, located in Utah.
  4. Major petroleum company, headquartered in Philadelphia.
  5. Romantic comedy set in Italy, it starred Diane Lane as a writer whose life takes a turn when she finds her husband has been cheating on her.
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