Archive for August, 2018

Students Give SUNY Canton Number One Rankings in Statewide Satisfaction Survey

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

SUNY Student Opinion SurveyResults from a 2018 SUNY Student Opinion Survey have placed SUNY Canton first in a host of categories related to academics, advising, career services, health services and facilities.

The survey is administered every three years to students at 27 state-operated colleges and university centers. It assesses satisfaction in more than 60 areas, and the college took the top spot in 14 SUNY-wide categories. The survey also compiled results from students in the seven technology-sector institutions, and SUNY Canton placed first in an additional 26 areas.

SUNY Canton’s number one rankings among the 27 state-operated colleges and university centers are:

  • Academic advising in a students’ major
  • Availability of faculty outside class
  • Career services
  • Assistance with finding employment during school
  • Study areas
  • Classroom facilities
  • Course-related laboratories
  • Tutoring services
  • Class size
  • Access to computers and related technology
  • Library resources
  • Library services
  • Health services
  • Counseling services

Students tell the camera that SUNY Canton is number 1!

The college’s additional number-one rankings among its peer tech-sector schools are:

  • General academic advising
  • Non-teaching staff respect for students
  • Faculty/instructor respect for students
  • Residence hall services and programs
  • Campus center/student union
  • General condition of buildings and grounds
  • Athletic and recreational facilities
  • Financial aid services
  • Quality of instruction
  • Availability of general education courses
  • Course registration process
  • Availability of online courses
  • Computing support services
  • College computer network
  • Intercollegiate athletic programs
  • Student government
  • Recreation and intramural programs
  • Guest speakers outside class
  • Educational programs regarding alcohol and substance abuse
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Student input in college policies
  • Your social support network on campus
  • Services to support off-campus and commuter students
  • Services to support transfer students
  • Intra-campus transportation
  • College bookstore services

“This year, SUNY Canton received more number-one rankings than ever before, and I am incredibly proud of the effort our entire campus has put forth to earn these scores,” said President Zvi Szafran. “Student feedback is the most important measure of our success, so it’s gratifying to see we’re continuing to excel in areas that we traditionally have held first-place rankings in, such as library services and tutoring, while also earning top scores in new areas, such as academic advising in a major, availability of faculty outside of class, course-related laboratories, and access to computers and related technology.”

Fred Saburro tutors a student in the Mathematics lab.

Many of the college’s recent initiatives align with the categories in which SUNY Canton received the highest rankings, notably classroom and lab facilities.

“We debuted a state of the art Digital Studio/Game Design Lab last fall, which is an environment unlike any other on campus. It’s a high-tech space where students from diverse programs—Game Design and Development, Graphic and Multimedia Design, and Technological Communications—can come together to learn, innovate, and bring their ideas to life.”

Other facility enhancements include a “flex classroom” where lectures are broadcast live and recorded for later viewing. Students have the option of attending class in person or online, which is particularly important for non-traditional and commuter students who may have family and career obligations.

Students studying in Southworth Library

Study Time at Southworth – Students study on the top floor of SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons during finals week.

“The Student Opinion Survey results reflect the college’s mission to help students achieve their full potential both personally and professionally,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott. “These scores show our strong commitment to their success.”

In the wellness area, the Davis Health Center and the Counseling Center both received SUNY-wide first-place rankings.

“Our counseling and health services departments provide exceptional care to students without them having to step foot off campus,” said Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “Both areas are staffed with professionals poised to meet the needs of our students during their most trying times.”

A first-place tech-sector ranking (and second-place ranking SUNY-wide) in the off-campus and commuter support services category intersects with an effort to provide new opportunities for students to participate in activities virtually. More than 60 campus events were live-streamed last year for those unable to attend in person, and a new varsity esports team allows online students to compete remotely. The Office of Career Services, which placed first SUNY-wide, held online professional clothing and job fairs.

“We have found that enhancing offerings for online students actually benefits all students,” said Bish. “From streaming and capturing events to hosting interactive programming, we have provided opportunities for everyone to engage with campus life at times that are convenient for them.”

A first-place tech-sector ranking in financial aid services coincides with the college’s successful implementation of the Excelsior Scholarship program, which benefitted more than 150 students last year.

SUNY Canton Unveils New ‘eSports Arena’

Friday, August 24th, 2018

The college has partnered with Extreme Networks and Alienware to outfit a competitive gaming space.

SUNY Canton has opened the first collegiate esports arena in the State University of New York system. It is one of the largest dedicated gaming installations in the Northeast.

The 1,800 square-foot gaming room went online with the start of classes as the home for the college’s growing esports program. There will be a grand opening for the “eSports Arena” featuring competitive gameplay in October.

eSports athletes start gaming in the new eSports Arena

“Our arena is modeled after a professional gaming environment,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “The atmosphere and technology provide an overall immersive experience. It will give our students a competitive edge as they face off against rival college teams.”

“This space is one of a kind in SUNY,” said Kyle Brown, assistant vice president of information technology. “We’ve partnered with industry leader Extreme Networks to provide high-speed networking for the room and Alienware to equip the space with high-end Area 51 computers.”

Extreme’s Smart OmniEdge and Automated Campus solutions deliver high-speed WiFi, management and analytics capabilities so SUNY Canton can optimize network resources and troubleshoot on the fly, ensuring optimal performance.

A student plays League of Legends on a new Alienware Area 51 machine.

“Every millisecond counts during an esports game, and a robust network is a prerequisite when it comes to preventing potential performance issues, such as connectivity glitches or slow Internet connection,” said Bob Nilsson, director of vertical solutions at Extreme Networks. “By deploying our high-density, low-latency network solutions that are used by professional sports venues across the nation, SUNY Canton can ensure a seamless, stable connection whether practicing or in the heat of competition.”

With 25 high-end gaming rigs, SUNY Canton now has the largest installation of Alienware machines in New York state, according to company representatives.

Three students gather around an Alienware gaming computer in the new eSports Arena.

Each station is equipped with ergonomic gaming chairs, multicolored LED backlit mechanical keyboards and mice. The room itself has been retooled with indirect lighting, lockers for the students and a team meeting space that will double as a streaming station for live broadcasts. In addition to the high-end gaming computers, the college added stations with both Sony PS4 Pro and Microsoft Xbox One X consoles to add future gameplay options.

The room was funded through the SUNY Canton Provost’s Office to facilitate further growth in the programs closely related to esports. In addition to Game Design and Development, the college offers Cybersecurity, Graphic and Multimedia Design and Technological Communications.

League of Legends is played by a new eSports athlete.

“Academically speaking, the addition of esports enriches the student experience,” said Douglas M. Scheidt, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It also adds more opportunities for our online students, who account for more than 25 percent of our overall population.”

SUNY Canton became the first SUNY College to offer varsity esports in December 2018. Teams play as members of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming. The college also orchestrates matches through the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC), in addition to University League of Legends (ULOL).

A student plays a game on the new PS4 Pro console.

“The new Roos eSports Arena is one of the top college competition spaces in the nation,” said Randy B. Sieminski, director of athletics. “By adding this space, SUNY Canton has shown its strong commitment toward our esports future. As a result, we will continue to see an increase in student recruitment, engagement and retention, mirroring our traditional athletic offerings.”

The college recently added both FIFA and Fortnite to its fall lineup. Other teams include Overwatch, League of Legends and Hearthstone.

To learn more about SUNY Canton’s eSports, please visit the eSports website.

 

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 15 online degree programs. 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 Adds Fortnite and FIFA Esports Teams

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

SUNY Canton will add Epic Games’ wildly popular Fortnite Battle Royale and EA Sports’ FIFA to its growing lineup of varsity esports. The announcement follows the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s (ECAC) announcement formally sponsoring intercollegiate competition in both games.

The addition continues SUNY Canton’s string of firsts in the emerging field of esports as it becomes one of the very first schools with both Fortnite and FIFA collegiate teams.

SUNY Canton eSports Logo

“We’re proud to be among the nation’s first colleges to offer both Fortnite and FIFA,” said Randy B. Sieminski, SUNY Canton director of athletics. “We plan to begin competition this fall as we continue to grow our esports program and we’re happy to work closely with the ECAC the National Association of Collegiate Esports  (NACE) for competitions and tournaments.”

Fortnite is an extremely popular online game where players are dropped on an island and battle to be the last person standing. In collegiate competition, gamers play in teams and get points for the number of enemies they defeat and how long they survive.

Robert J. Snow, head coach for the college’s esports teams, said there will be open tryouts for the new team at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 in SUNY Canton’s new eSports Arena. SUNY Canton Online students are encouraged to participate from wherever they are enrolled and should contact Snow for tryout information.

Fortnite

“Fortnite has been the most asked about game among prospective students,” Snow said. “We will see a high level of competition right away to make the team, and we look forward to competing against other schools around the nation.”

FIFA is a two-versus-two soccer (football) simulation game with widespread appeal. It will be played on one of the console systems in the college’s new $500,000 gaming space in Nevaldine Hall. The eSports Arena features 24 competition-ready Alienware Area 51 computers and high-end peripherals. The college has partnered with Extreme Networks for high-speed connections to give its teams a competitive edge.

FIFA tryouts will be announced at a later date.

FIFA 19 Logo

Other teams play Blizzard’s Overwatch and Hearthstone, and Riot Games’ League of Legends. The college also has an all-women’s Overwatch team.

“SUNY Canton eSports offers many benefits similar to traditional athletics: teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, school pride, competition and much more,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “At SUNY Canton, it also has a strong connection to several of our academic majors, such as Game Design and Development, Graphic and Multimedia Design, Technological Communications and Sports Management.”

SUNY Canton became the first SUNY college to offer varsity esports in December 2017. Teams play as members of the NACE, the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming. The college also orchestrates matches through the ECAC in addition to University League of Legends.

 

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 online degree programs. 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 Preps for Fall Semester with a New Academic Calendar

Monday, August 6th, 2018

SUNY CantonThe 2018-2019 academic year will have an earlier start at SUNY Canton.

Classes for the fall 2018 semester will start Thursday, Aug. 23 to allow for two extended breaks for students. As a result, opening week classes will follow a Monday-Tuesday schedule: Thursday, Aug. 23 will follow a Monday schedule; and Friday, Aug. 24 will follow a Tuesday schedule. Students will then resume a traditional schedule Monday, Aug. 27.

This change will allow students to have a two-day fall break for Columbus Weekend (Monday, Oct. 8 and Tuesday, Oct. 9) and a week-long break for Thanksgiving.

Other changes for the fall 2018 semester include:

  • Chaney Dining Center will be offline for the fall semester. The college will be serving meals from the newly-renovated Dana Hall. Upgrades to Chaney include the addition of pizza ovens, a new coffee and breakfast location and a completely redesigned dining space for sit-down meals. Chaney is scheduled to reopen during the spring 2019 semester.
  • The Air Conditioning Engineering Technology associate degree program has been renamed and is now Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Engineering Technology. Many of the college’s most successful alumni got their start in the historic career-driven program.
  • The Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems bachelor’s degree has been renamed Sustainable Energy Technology to mirror the latest trends in the field. The program is designed to meet the ever-growing demand for global sustainable energy solutions.
  • New additions include an arena for the college’s eSports programs. The $500,000 competitive gaming space is scheduled to go online at the beginning of the fall semester, with a grand opening celebration to follow.

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 online degree programs. 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.