March 30, 2016


Volume 10, Issue 20–March 31, 2016



Happy Easter!


I hope everyone had a nice Easter.  The weather last Sunday was very nice, with the temperature going above 60°.  My family and I took a ride out to Waddington and then to Wilson Hill and Massena.  Something odd that I noticed was that at various bridges along the route, the rivers were totally frozen on one side, and totally melted on the other.  This was true on the causeway to Wilson Hill as well, and on the frozen side, there were some people who were brave (or foolish) enough to have walked out onto the ice to do some fishing!  Fortunately, at least while I was there, they didn’t fall through the ice.

Anyway, as many people are aware, there are actually two Easters—the one celebrated by most western Christian denominations, and Orthodox Easter—the one celebrated by Eastern Orthodox Christian denominations, which comes later.  I was aware of one reason for the difference—the Eastern Orthodox use the Julian calendar to determine the date of Easter, which is 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar that the western denominations use.  Thus, in most years, Orthodox Easter comes 13 days later than “western” Easter.

A friend of mine back in Georgia who is Greek Orthodox (Hi Nikki Palamiotis!) posted an article on Facebook that explained how it’s more complicated than that.  The rule is actually that Orthodox Easter is to be celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox, and it must come after the Jewish holiday of Passover.  Their rationale is to keep things in the right historical order: the Last Supper (which was a Passover meal) came before the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, and consequently, Passover must come before Easter.

Because of this, if Passover (whose date is set by the lunar calendar) comes after the first full moon following the vernal equinox, Orthodox Easter has to wait until the Sunday after Passover.  As a result, Orthodox Easter can come as much as five weeks after “western” Easter, and this year is one of those years.  Passover comes late this year—it starts at sundown on April 22, and ends at sundown on April 30, which is a Saturday.  The Sunday after Passover is May 1, which is therefore the date for Orthodox Easter, while “western” Easter was way back on March 27.  In short, calculating the dates for Easter requires three different calendars drawn from two different religions.  I’m sure it’s all crystal clear to you now.



Royal Registration at the Ready Center!

Each year, the Advising Center staff dress up in a wild way to get our students’ attention so that they will register for the next semester’s courses.  On Tuesday of this week, I rode the elevator up to the sixth floor of MacArthur Hall, and when the doors opened, I was confronted with the sight of Queen Marie Antoinette or Empress Genevieve!  Of course I had to get my picture taken with them.


Our two queens were on campus on Tuesday to remind students that it is time to make plans for fall semester, and you can help too.  Please let our students know that the schedule for Fall 2016 is available on UCanWeb and that students should seek out their faculty advisors to create their class schedule.  Registration for fall semester begins on April 11, with priority by class standing (Seniors and Juniors get first choice, followed by Sophomores and then Freshmen).  Students were sent registration instructions by the Registrar’s office that included the specific dates.  All current students should register for classes at their first opportunity to ensure the best possible schedule.  Empress Genevieve promises not to shout “off with their head!” if they register on time, and I’ve heard rumors that Queen Marie Antoinette may even give them a piece of cake.

By the way, speaking of the Ready Center and cake, I hope everyone had a chance to come by on Monday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony officially inaugurating the Center.  It was a cool event, with good punch and excellent cake.  Roody was even there to cut the ribbon!

Ready Center Ribbon

Me, Roody and international students Poornima Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara, Mohammed Tasdikul Hoque and Lakeesha Watuthanthrige Perera

Please encourage students to take advantage of the many services the Ready Center offers—advising, career counseling, information on international programs, and much much more, and to meet the great folks that work there.

Ready Center Staff

Career Services Counselor Kathryn Kennedy; Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin and Sharon Tavernier from the Advising Center;  Shelly L. Thompson and Kathleen Ba from the International Initiatives Office, and Teresa L. Clemmo and Julie Parkman from the Career Services Office.   



Great News From GMMD


In case you haven’t heard, there are lots of great things going on in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Program.  Kathleen Mahoney will be leading off the Design Educator Dialogues Symposium at SUNY Oswego’s Metro Center in Syracuse on April 8, giving a talk on “Design as Engineering Technology”, discussing the similarities between skillsets needed in interactive design and engineering.

Next up, GMMD’s graduating seniors will be exhibiting their artwork in the Roos House starting on April 14. The work comes from Christopher Sweeney’s Multimedia Product Design 2 course, along with a faculty exhibition.  Last term’s exhibition was so good, one of the pieces of artwork is hanging in my office!

Kamal Turner and Kathleen Mahoney will be taking 11 students members of AIGA (the professional association for design) to Syracuse the week after commencement for Create Upstate, a very cool design conference, to experience a celebration of design and community, and to meet and mingle with industry professionals.

Finally, on the international front, Matt Burnett will be on sabbatical in Germany next year at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, exhibiting his artwork and teaching.  Moving in the opposite direction, Caroline McCaw, a professor from Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, New Zealand, will be joining the program next year as a visiting Fulbright Scholar.

Congratulations to all on their accomplishments!




Roody Eliminated in Final Four

Roody got farther than ever in SUNY’s Mascot Madness, making the final four, before being eliminated by Stony Brook’s Wolfie.  By a funny coincidence, a few weeks earlier when all the mascots were in Albany to meet the legislature, Roody and Wolfie met each other and became fast friends.  So, at least we lost to a friend.  The ultimate vote was 52%-48%, so we were very close, losing to a college six times our size.

All in all, Roody did great, and I appreciate all the students, faculty, staff, and friends who voted to support him.  I had a lot of fun with the “get out the vote” effort, and solicited the assistance of friends in New Hampshire, Georgia, Florida, not to mention my sister in Texas who solicited all of her friends to vote for Roody.  We even had other College of Technology presidents and folks down at SUNY Central voting for him.

Special thanks go to all the folks in our Public Relations Office.  Morgan Elliot and Greg Kie did great work in sending out messages on Facebook and Twitter, and in generating several very funny videos starring Roody.  These are listed below:

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


To see Roody’s pep talk video (done during Round 4), see below:






Spring may be here, but the rivers are still mighty cold.  This didn’t stop several of our students, however.  Members of the SUNY Canton Adventurers Club decided to take a dip into the St. Lawrence River on September 20 as part of the 10th Annual Polar Bear Plunge.  The Ogdensburg volunteer rescue squad was there to put a harness on each diver for safety purposes.  Tanner Chaubin, a member of the Adventurers Club, said “I think it’s a lot safer just because you’re running out there and you have to run back in…They have you as a safety net.”  The Plunge raised more than $4,000 for the Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce.

A video about the plunge can be found by clicking here.




Last Week’s Trivia Contest

Last week’s contest dealt with Disney movies.  Our fastest responder was Rebecca Blackmon, with others getting all five right including Natasha Flanagan, Nancy Rowledge, Kathleen Mahoney, Amanda Rowley, Greg Kie, Jesse Clark-Stone, and Colleen Sheridan.  Just come to my office on the 6th floor of MacArthur Hall to get your prizes—a duplicate CD from the vast Szafran repository. Here are the correct answers:

  1. She’s helped by the seven dwarves. Snow White.
  2. Movie about a flying elephant. Dumbo
  3. Movie co-starring Tinkerbell that also has a crocodile in it that swallowed a clock. Peter Pan.
  4. Set in France, Belle ultimately falls for a rather unusual suitor. Beauty and the Beast.
  5. Movie starring a native-American princess. Pocahontas.




This Week’s Trivia Challenge

This week’s challenge is about cities in New York.  Everyone with all five correct wins a duplicate CD from the vast Szafran repository, or whatever else I’ve dredged up as a 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. According to the song, “It’s a hell of a town. The Bronx is up, and the Battery’s down.  The people ride in a hole in the ground.”
  2. Nearby village named after a city in Germany.
  3. According to the song, “off we’re gonna shuffle, shuffle off to” this city.
  4. Also known as Salt City, now in the final four.
  5. The only U.S. seaport on the St. Lawrence Seaway, and the only city in St. Lawrence County.


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