Archive for December, 2017

SUNY Canton Announces Varsity eSports Program

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

SUNY Canton eSports LogoSUNY Canton announced today the college will begin competing nationally in eSports this spring. The college will become the first New York State eSports team to join the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming.

“Similar to traditional athletics, eSports will provide our students with new and enhanced opportunities for competitive excellence, academic achievement, and commitment to community and service,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Membership on a varsity collegiate sports team is an extremely rewarding experience, so being able to expand those opportunities, including to online students, combined with the type of high achievers we will attract, makes this a fantastic addition to our college.”

Plans for the eSports team include specialized computer stations for practice and competition located in a newly designed gaming area in Nevaldine Hall. Additionally, the college plans to develop an eSports wing in a residence hall with a gaming computer area adjacent to student’s rooms. The eSports wing would be similar to the college’s current Pet Friendly wing where academic interests and lifestyles intersect with themed residential living.

A student sits behind dual computer screens.

SUNY Canton Game Design and Development major and eSports athlete Emily A. Oeser of Canajoharie in the college’s Digital Studio and Game Lab.

“The timing of our eSports program corresponds perfectly with our newly announced majors in Game Design and Development, Technological Communication, Cybersecurity and Graphic and Multimedia Design,” said Michael J. Newtown, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Being able to offer opportunities in eSports will undoubtedly assist in recruiting efforts to attract top students to a wide variety of majors. We are also looking forward to extending these opportunities to online students, so they can become more involved in eSports and athletics.”

As a spectator event, eSports is experiencing unparalleled growth in popularity.  According to Newzoo, a market research firm specializing in digital gaming, 22 percent of American male millennials watch eSports, which is essentially on par with viewership numbers for baseball and hockey. Women are also increasingly becoming interested in gaming: statistics indicate 38 percent of eSports fans are female.

President Szafran envisions three types of competitive teams at SUNY Canton: traditional varsity athletics, eSports and A-Sports. A-Sports stands for Academic Sports and would include teams like the school’s Steel Bridge Team, which competes in bridge building competitions regionally and nationally each year.

“Students on teams generally experience more academic success, are more likely to graduate and have more satisfying college experiences,” said Szafran, who points out current student-athlete grade point averages tend to be higher than non-student-athletes. “We continue to look for more and more opportunities like this to promote the education and development of our students, build school pride, and develop leadership, sportsmanship and character-building.”

eSports teams are already forming on campus to compete in games such as “League of Legends,” “HearthStone” and “Overwatch.” Those three games are organized and supported by NACE. SUNY Canton is also among a sizable group of colleges and universities working with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) to form leagues and competitions in competitive games such as EA Sports titles “FIFA” and “Madden NFL.” ECAC competition may also begin as soon as this spring.

“Prior to any official announcement, we already had more than 40 students on campus express interest in joining the eSports program,” said eSports Head Coach Robert J. Snow, who is an Instructional Support Assistant in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “I’ve also met numerous prospective students at admissions open houses who are ready to commit to SUNY Canton because of our new eSports program.”

First-year student Emily A. Oeser from Canajoharie has decided to pursue a degree in Game Design and Development while joining the eSports team. She has helped organize current students and looks forward to competing at the varsity level.

“After originally considering a musical career, I’ve decided instead to enroll in the Game Design and Development major,” said Oeser. “Being able to represent SUNY Canton and compete against other schools will be a fantastic experience. I can’t wait.”

Current and prospective students who are interested in learning more about joining SUNY Canton’s eSports program should contact eSports Head Coach Rob Snow (snow117@canton.edu, 315-742-7806.)

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About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Launches Four-Year Early Childhood Care and Management Degree

Monday, December 4th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s newest bachelor’s degree will offer advanced learning opportunities for students seeking careers in the childcare field.

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Early Childhood Care and Management builds upon the college’s popular Associate of Science in Early Childhood Studies degree. It offers courses related to child development, curriculum planning, program administration, leadership, and business management.

SUNY Canton student Alaijah Grant looks on while Fatima C. Kamara reads to Grady Boyer.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton student Alaijah Grant looks on while Fatima C. Kamara reads to Grady Boyer in the Early Childhood Literacy Center.

 

Numerous graduates and students enrolled in the associate degree program have sought a four-year option, according to Professor Maureen P. Maiocco, who is the lead faculty member for the Early Childhood Care and Management program and Social Sciences Department Chair.

“Many public and private organizations and companies are seeking applicants with a four-year degree in Early Childhood,” Maiocco said. “Positions include early childhood educators, childcare center directors and program administrators.”

The new program combines theory and practice for students seeking careers working with children from infancy to 5 years of age. It also has an emphasis on developing entrepreneurial skills.

“The recent focus on economic development and employment growth in New York will mean an increased demand for high-quality childcare options for working families,” Maiocco said. “The BBA in Early Childhood Care and Management will enhance the childcare workforce, and enrich the quality of care for young children and families.”

Alaijah Grant plays with Carson Rouse in the college’s Early Childhood classrooms.

SUNY Canton Early Childhood major Alaijah Grant plays with Carson Rouse in the college’s Early Childhood Undergraduate Teacher Center. SUNY Canton has just unveiled a new four-year degree in Early Childhood Care and Management.

The new bachelor’s degree will be offered in traditional face-to-face settings and through online courses. Enrollment will begin in Fall 2018 and include freshmen, transfer, and SUNY Canton graduates. Childcare professionals can continue their education through SUNY Canton OnLine without interrupting their established careers.

“SUNY Canton’s mission is to provide a progression of applied programs that will enable students to achieve their highest potential personally and professionally,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Our newest four-year degree program is the perfect example of our efforts. With its implementation, all of our most popular associate degree programs are complemented by related four-year degree options that will lead to good jobs and the opportunity to create their own businesses.”

The Early Childhood Care and Management program was recently approved by the New York State Education Department and the State University of New York. It is the fifth new degree approved in 2017.

Those interested can apply for admission into the four-year program immediately, with courses slated to begin for Fall 2018. For more information, or to inquire about the application process, contact the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions by phone, (315) 386-7123, or email admissions@canton.edu. 

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.