March 5, 2015


Volume 9, Issue 29– March 5, 2015



Receiver, RIP

So what happened to the Onkyo receiver that had water drip on it from our ice dam (see last week’s BLAB for details)? Despite heroic attempts by our EET faculty and staff to revive it, was too far gone. Two circuit boards needed replacement and there was no guarantee that it would work even then. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I get to buy a new receiver, which will no doubt have all kinds of new things I can’t live without.


Say Ni Hao to Sugar

Sheng Tang, a visiting scholar from Guangdong Women’s Polytechnic College in Guangzhou, China, is here at SUNY Canton, co-teaching courses in the business communications area in our School of Business and Liberal Arts. Sugar (as she likes to be called) is also doing all kinds of interesting kinds of outreach to the community, including sharing Chinese traditions with two 3rd grade classes up in Norwood and Norfolk. You can read an article about it here. She will soon be presenting at the Canton Rotary Club, as well as at the Canton Free Library.

On our own campus, Sugar will be giving a cultural presentation called “Mysterious China” on March 17, from 12-1 PM in the Campus Center, Room 218. Light refreshments will be served. When you see Sugar on campus, be sure to say “Ni Hao” and “Huan Ying” to her—that’s “hello” and “welcome” in Chinese.

Sheng Hong-Tang_ 


The SUNY Canton Shout-Outs Continue!

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


Cool Donation

SUNY Canton graduate Gil White (Class of ’68) donated a 1956 Lincoln Premiere 2-door coupe to our Automotive Technology program last week. Peggy Sue Lovato, Keith Rosser and Brandon Baldwin went to Gils’s house to get it, and a cool car it is. I love the black color and art deco look, not to mention the white sidewall tires. Gil is a strong supporter of the college. I had the pleasure of visiting his house a few months back and quite a house it is, with its own movie viewing studio, not to mention a room that replicates a ‘50’s style soda shop. Gil and I share a taste for various types of music, so we’ll be getting together at some point soon to enjoy some vintage tunes.

What’s going to happen to the car? We’ll probably auction it off for the benefit of the Automotive Technology program, so get your money ready because you know you want it! Thanks Gil, you’re the coolest.


l-r: Keith Rosser, Gil White, Brandon Baldwin


Criminal Caught, Cow Identified

I’m pretty sure you won’t read this story anywhere else. Criminal Justice students at SUNY Canton do a lot of interesting things in their degree program. For example, every so often, you’ll see yellow tape around a “crime scene” on campus, with our CJ students clustered around it trying to analyze what happened and solve a murder.

OK—students in lots of CJ programs probably do that. Well here’s a different one. Not only do students in JUST 301, Latent Prints and Impressions learn to take fingerprints and the like under all kinds of situations, but they also learn to take muzzle-prints of cows. You see, just like no two persons’ fingerprints are identical, no two cows muzzle-prints are identical either. Who knew that? Anyway, the real point is to show that there are lots of different ways to use physical evidence to identify either a perpetrator or (if you’re a farmer or rancher) your property . So, if you’re ever suspicious that a cow may have been behind a crime, or if your cow has been stolen and you want to identify it, you know what to do. Congratulations to Liz Erickson (the prof in this course), Mary Loomis (for letting us use her space) and Julie Parkman (for bringing the calf to campus).



Rotary Vocational Award Winner

At the Rotary Club meeting on Monday, I had the pleasure of joining with the Club to give a vocational award to Serena Cline, a high school sophomore. Serena is currently taking and enjoying courses in culinary science, and is interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. I didn’t fail to mention that she could find several excellent examples of such programs at SUNY Canton. Congratulations Serena!


l-r: Lance Rudiger (President, Rotary), William Gregory (Canton Central School Superintendant), Diane Guyette (grandmother), Tessa Guyette (mother), Serena Cline, Janet Favro (Vocational Comm. Chair), me, and Suzanne Creurer (Vocational Teacher).


Last Week’s Trivia Contest

Last week’s trivia contest dealt with the word “sun”. Our winner was John Jodice. Others getting all five right included Andre Lynch, Christina Lesyk, Kerrie Cooper, my sister Drorit Szafran, and Brett Furnia. Here are the correct answers:

  1. According to the saying, there’s nothing new there. Under the Sun.
  2. Huge song hit for the Animals, about a place in New Orleans that’s been the ruin of many a poor boy. House of the Rising Sun.
  3. Film festival started by Robert Redford, located in Utah. Sundance Film Festival.
  4. Major petroleum company, headquartered in Philadelphia.  Sunoco.
  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. Under the Tuscan Sun.


This Week’s Trivia Challenge

This week’s challenge deals with capitals (or words that sound similar). As usual, the first with the most takes the prize.  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. Albany.
  2. Building in Washington DC that the Senate and House of Representatives are in.
  3. Founded by Johnny Mercer, it’s stars included Nat King Cole, the Beatles, and Katy Perry.
  4. If you make a profit on selling a stock or other asset, you have to pay this on your taxes.
  5. Book written by Karl Marx, laying the foundation for communism.
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One Response to March 5, 2015

  1. sugarsht says:

    Thank our dear President, Dr. Szafran. You are paying attention to every detail on campus. You are caring for every faculty or staff, including me– a regular visiting faculty. This is very encouraging for me.

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