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Plumbing and Heating majors learned about the effectsof pressure and friction as part of an annual Golf Ball Cannon Championship. Aspart of the competition, Assistant Professor Jack Burgess and Instructor ChrisJones instruct students on how to construct cannons made of PVC pipe to shootgolf balls at a flag over 200 yards away. They have been conducting thechampionship as part of their Plumbing Theory course for the past six years.

To make the cannons, students learned how to cut andjoin PVC pipe and PVC to steel pipe. They also learned how to create wadding tomake a cannon ball (golf ball) fly out of the pipe. Students were required to calculatethe amount of pressure to launch the wadding material and the cannon’s degreeof elevation.  
The winning cannon was hung in the Plumbing andHeating Lab while the losing canons were cut apart so students could learn howto reclaim and reuse fittings.

The team pictured (above) with their winning cannon are PierceFlynn, Brendan Sheeler, Erik Minerosa, Safari Johnson (holding the cannon),Greg Shulze and Douglas Dicairano. Pictured (below) shooting a cannon are AlejandroSanchez, Cory Wyble, Paul Britton, Christopher Feldman, Patrick Connolly,Nicholas Staten, Jack O’Flynn, Javaun Lee and Brian Meszaros.

Veterinary Science Technology students Sydney Pollizi, Rebecca Purdy and Josephine De Santo received the Sam Martin Upstate NY Branch Scholarship Award at the September meeting of the Upstate New York Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). These students have proven to have the technical ability, drive and conscientious nature that will make them outstanding laboratory animal science professionals. The award was presented by Jose Espinal of LabDiet, a Delhi vet tech alumnus. Assistant Professor Jessica Schiavo ‘09 was also honored at the meeting. She was awarded Bio-Serv Award for Enhancement or Improvement of Animal Welfare and was nominated by Associate Professor and alumnus Ken Pyle ‘69.
Graduates of SUNY Delhi’s Veterinary Science Technology program who took the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) for the first time during Summer 2016 achieved a 90 percent pass rate, compared to the national average of 74 percent.
The Architecture Club recently traveled to Washington, D.C., a combined trip with Delhi’s Construction Management majors. The group visited a construction site, the Capitol Building and the African American Museum of History and Culture, which opened in September. The group also toured the National Mall, visiting the monuments and memorials along the way. The club members ended the day with a bike tour through Washington, D.C.'s popular areas. Photos by Simba Mafundikwa.
Applied Technologies hosted a group of 8th graders from Sidney Central School last Friday.Toni DiNoto and Matt House introduced the college's Integrated Energy program; Jack Burgess and Chris Jones showed the students the plumbing and heating lab; and Mark Schoff and Peter Ryan showed the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning lab. Following the tours, Alan Smith talked to the group about studying Residential Construction.
Congratulations to May grad Rachel Mikrut who is a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga. She said “Delhi vet tech professors are on top of the trends, and they did a great job of informing us of what we needed to know.” Mikrut was recently hired as a night/weekend technician in Rood and Riddle’s ICU barn, and is currently being trained as a surgery technician.
ALUMNI: Please join us for a special reception in New York City At Vermilion, 480 Lexington Avenue Monday, November 11, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Alumni $20 each; Young Alumni (2000–2016) $10 each. Sponsored by the SUNY Delhi Alumni Association. For more details, visit
President Laliberte welcomes the campus community to join him on his listening tour. He would like to meet students, faculty and staff and hear their concerns and goals for the college. This week’s dates for the Laliberte Listening Tour are: Wednesday, October 19 – Murphy Hall Main Lounge, 8 p.m.
Congratulations to alumnus Michael Lanzafame for his selection as Best Local Chef by Syracuse's New Times. He owns Sicilian Tradizione Inc. in Liverpool and serves as head chef.
Golf and Sports Turf Management majors connected with industry leaders and tested the latest in turf equipment at the college’s golf course, which serves as a learning laboratory for students. Industry representatives demonstrated state-of-the-art equipment, giving students first-hand knowledge on how the latest technology is used to improve efficiency, reduce environmental impact and meet the newest EPA standards. Pictured are (top) Rob Palulus, sales representative for MTE of Rochester and (bottom) Chris Pogge, sales representative for Grassland Equipment and Irrigation of Latham demonstrating to Assistant Professor Marvin Seaman and students.
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