Archive for 2019

SUNY Canton University Police Adopt Body Cameras

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

SUNY Canton University Police officers will begin wearing body cameras during their campus patrols this semester. 

As part of a trial deployment, the department recently purchased two Watchguard Vista cameras capable of recording both audio and video. The eventual goal is to purchase six units, allowing each officer to employ the new technology, according to Alan P. Mulkin, Chief of University Police. 

Officer Tyler Thomas activates his body camera before a patrol.
Officers Equipped – SUNY Canton University Police Officer Tyler Thomas activates his Watchguard Vista body-worn camera as he begins an afternoon patrol.

 “We consulted with students and decided the time was right to implement body-worn cameras,” Mulkin said. “They will be an important tool for both our officers and the community we serve. This will help us create overall transparency and aid in community relations.” 

Each officer will begin their shift by checking out one of the cameras and will use them to record contacts with the public while performing their official duties. At the end of their shifts, the cameras will be returned and securely downloaded to a central server. 

Officers will complete a training program on the use and operation of the devices. SUNY Canton is home of the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity and the David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy. Mulkin said body cameras will also be used to train future cadets. 

Close-up of a body camera
New Body Cameras – The SUNY Canton University Police Department has implemented a new body-worn camera strategy.

“This technology is increasingly becoming a standard piece of police equipment,” he said. “There are many benefits of body-worn cameras. Footage from the cameras is used in documenting police involvement, can provide corroborating evidence and lead to increased civility between citizens and police.” 

Some students have already added their support for the new strategy.  Jasmine J. Dickson of Brooklyn, president of the college’s Black Student Union, met with University Police to discuss implementation. 

“As a student leader, I see body cameras as a huge accomplishment for SUNY Canton,” Dickson said. “I believe they will increase respect, trust and safety for both students and police. I am extremely excited to see this growth within SUNY Canton.”

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Holds “After the Fire” Presentation with Residence Hall Blaze Survivors

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Two survivors of the Jan. 19, 2000 fire at Seton Hall University will be visiting SUNY Canton to discuss their perseverance, hope, inspiration, courage and friendship.  

Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons will be screening the acclaimed documentary “After the Fire” and discussing their New York Times Best-Selling book at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Roos House Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center Field House. 

After the Fire movie poster

Simons and Llanos will share their story of survival after their freshmen residence hall was set on fire as a fraternity prank gone wrong. Students can expect to learn fire safety tips as the speakers aim to inspire and motivate the audience. 

The two speakers talk about their ordeal of being college burn survivors nationally at many colleges and high schools across the country. They also speak at conferences as well as at fire safety training seminars. Their motive is to be advocates for fire safety and prevention so that no other students will have to endure the pain that they suffered. Also, they strive to be the voice of many burn survivors across the country who may feel “trapped in their new skin.” 

This is the second time that the highly acclaimed speakers have visited the campus. Their first presentation several years ago was so well received, both the Office of Residence Life and the Student Government Association decided to bring them back for a repeat engagement. 

The event is free and open to all SUNY Canton students. Due to the popularity of this presentation, non-student visitors and community members are asked to RSVP with the SUNY Canton Office of Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership, 315-386-7315 or emailing ellis111@canton.edu

SUNY Canton’s College Council Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

The SUNY Canton College Council is seeking nominations for its annual Distinguished Citizen Award.

SUNY Canton

Since 1976, the council has given this prestigious award in recognition of distinguished service to SUNY Canton and/or to the community.

Members of the community are invited to submit nominations for the award. Nomination packets must include: a nomination letter from the nominator(s); name and position of the nominee; a description of the distinguished services, recognitions, facts, or characteristics that is pertinent or informative; a brief biography of the nominee; and at least three supporting letters from non-family members. Optionally, additional supporting documentation can also be included. 

Nominations, which are due on or before January 1, 2020, should be addressed to the Chairman of the College Council, Office of the President, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617 or electronically to youngm@canton.edu. 

The SUNY Canton College Council will act on the nominations at their spring award meeting. The recipient will be honored at the Faculty and Community Awards Dinner in May, and their name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

For more information, contact Michaela Young, executive assistant to the president, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at youngm@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton and NCPR Collaborate for Fall Living Writers Series

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

This fall, SUNY Canton will host three noted authors for its popular Living Writers Series and will feature NCPR’s Station Manager Mitch Teich as the guest moderator.

The first writer will be Chanelle Benz, who will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Chanelle Benz

Benz will read from her new novel, “The Gone Dead,” which was highlighted on NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” The story follows a female protagonist, Billie James, who stumbles upon a mystery surrounding her father’s suspicious death thirty years prior.

“This novel keeps readers on the edge of their seats during Billie’s quest to discover the truth about her father and herself,” said Living Writers Series creator and Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche. “We invite everyone to join us for this exciting event.”

Following the reading, Teich will facilitate a question-and-answer session with the audience. 

“Mitch has more than a decade of experience interviewing prominent authors as executive producer and co-host of Milwaukee Public Radio’s program, ‘Lake Effect,’” said LaMarche. “We are happy to welcome him back to our community and to SUNY Canton.” 

Teich was a reporter for NCPR from 1996 to 1998 prior to joining Milwaukee Public Radio. He assumed his duties as NCPR station manager in July.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this series that brings remarkable writers to the North Country,” Teich said. “There’s really no better way to make a book come alive than by getting to hear from and speak to the people who write them.”

In October, the college will welcome back author Chris Fink at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. His most recent short story collection, “Add This to the List of Things That You Are,” will be released later this month. 

In November, SUNY Canton will host another Living Writers Series alum, Santee Frazier. He will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. His new book of poems, “Aurum,” will be published this fall.All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Living Writers webpage.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

SUNY Canton Advances Three Spots in U.S. News Best College Rankings

Monday, September 9th, 2019

SUNY Canton moved up three spots to tie for 23rdposition in “Regional Colleges North” in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. The college was previously listed 26thin 2019.

US News Rankings

SUNY Canton also tied for a 13thplace spot on the 2020 “Top Public Schools” ranking category and was similarly tied for 13thamong “Best Colleges for Veterans.” It also picked up a 14thposition in “Best Value Schools” and was ranked 33rdin “Top Performers on Social Mobility.” All of the rankings were established in comparison to similar colleges within the Regional Colleges North division.

“Our strong U.S. News rankings are a point of pride for the entire college community,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “At the heart of our success are the progressive applied academic programs we offer to prepare students for tomorrow’s careers.”

This year’s rankings were released Monday, Sept. 9, and are based on graduation and retention rates, assessment of academic standing, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rates, alumni giving, and other statistics.

Students walk outside Kennedy Hall

Supporting the move, the college has maintained enrollment goals in the face of a state-wide decline in high school graduates. Additionally, graduation rates and placement rates have increased in the past year. With increased popularity in programs, the college has significantly improved its selectivity while maintaining its mission as an accessible, affordable institution. Friends and alumni donated more than $2 million in the last year, which represents a 67% increase from the previous year. 

SUNY Canton also was ranked within the top 100 in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Programs for 2019. The college has 18 fully online majors and about 31 percent of its student population is completely online. 

Much of the college’s recent success is outlined in the online version of the 2018-19 SUNY Canton Annual Report prepared for SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Commercial Truck Training Program Open House Sept, 19

Friday, September 6th, 2019

The Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center will be holding an Open house for its new commercial driver’s license training program from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in Halford Hall. 

The event is free and open to the public and is designed for community members who are interested in starting a lucrative driving career by earning a CDL-A license. 

CREST student driver commercial truck with Pepsi wrap on the trailer.

“There is a high need for drivers locally and nationwide,” said Arthur S. Garno, CREST Center Director. “We’ve developed a local certificate training program to help prepare individuals for this stable, well-paying career.” 

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the college’s training truck and learn about the many benefits of local or long-distance driving. 

Those interested in joining the CDL-A training program can also contact the SUNY Canton CREST Center by phone, 315-386-7197, or email crest@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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

SUNY Canton Announces Faculty and Staff Promotions

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

SUNY Canton recognizes 30 employees who received promotions over the past year. 

“SUNY Canton achieves its excellent reputation because of its phenomenal faculty and staff,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “I join with all of the college’s administration to recognize all of the talent and drive of the personnel who make this such a great place to learn and work.”

President Szafran, Dean Neisser, Patrick LaPierre, Marela Fiacco, and Melissa Lee
President Szafran, Dean of the School of Business Phil Neisser, Professor Patrick LaPierre, Assistant Professor Marela Fiacco, and Associate Professor Melissa Lee

The following individuals received promotions between Sept. 1, 2018 and Aug. 27, 2019: 

  • Anthony A. Ange was promoted to Janitor for the college’s Physical Plant.
  • Christopher T. Bradford was promoted to campus safety specialist in the Environmental, Health and Safety Office. 
  • Elizabeth A. Brown, Ph.D., was promoted to professor in the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice. Brown oversees the new Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity and won the President’s Meritorious Service Award in 2016. 
  • Matthew J. Burnett was promoted to professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Burnett teaches in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program. 
  • Taylor N. Charles was promoted to Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Counselor and Advisor. Charles previously worked in the college’s Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership office. 
  • Lucas Craig, Ph.D., was promoted to associate professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Craig teaches Mechanical Engineering Technology. 
  • Michelle Currier, Ph.D., was promoted to instructor in the School of Science Health and Criminal Justice. Currier teaches in the college’s Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation programs. She was recently recognized by the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence for her contributions to distance learning. 
  • Ryan Dean was promoted to janitor for the college’s Physical Plant
  • Amanda L. Deckert was promoted to personnel associate in the college’s Human Resources Office. Deckert is also the Title IX Coordinator. 
Melissa Evans, Molly Mott, Chad Delosh, and President Szafran
Director of Admissions Melissa Evans, Associate Provost/Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly Mott, Assistant Director of Admissions Chad Delosh, and President Szafran
  • Chad M. Delosh was promoted to assistant director in the Admissions Office. 
  • Marela M. Fiacco, Ph.D. was promoted to assistant professor in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. Fiacco is curriculum coordinator for the Healthcare Management program and director of the Business Department. She was also recognized by the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence for her contributions to distance learning. 
  • Alicia Flynn was promoted to senior staff assistant in the college’s One Hop Shop Student Service Center. 
  • Clifford Harvey was promoted to janitor for the Physical Plant. 
  • John J. Jodice was promoted to full time help desk technician in the Information Services Department. 
  • Kathryn Kennedy was promoted to assistant director of Career Services, part of the team housed in the Ready Center. 
  • Tatsuhito Koya, Ph.D., was promoted to associate professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Koya teaches in the Information Technology program. 
  • Nicholas E. Ladd was promoted to lecturer in the School of Science Health and Criminal Justice. Ladd teaches in the Veterinary Science Technology program.
  • Patrick K. LaPierre, Ph.D., was promoted to professor in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. LaPierre teaches History.  
  • Melissa E. Lee, Ph.D., was promoted to associate professor in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. Lee teaches English courses. 
  • Christina Lesyk was promoted to assistant professor in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. Lesyk teaches in the Applied Psychology program and was recently elected as secretary to the board of directors of the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
  • Jiayuan Lin, Ph.D., was promoted to professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Lin teaches Mathematics. 
  • Kevin M. McAdoo was promoted to lecturer in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. McAdoo teaches Mathematics and has been involved with the Solar Ready Vets program.
Janet Parcell-Mitchell, Elizabeth Brown, and President Szafran
Associate Professor Janet Parcell-Mitchell, Professor Elizabeth Brown, and President Szafran
  • Janet Parcell-Mitchell, D.P.T., was promoted to associate professor in the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice. Parcell-Mitchell teaches in the Health and Fitness Promotion program. She is the medical provider, specializing in sports medicine and performance, for the U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics Team and recently traveled to Russia with competitive athletes.
  • Jennifer L. Polniak was promoted to associate counselor in the Personal Counseling Center.
  • Frederick W. Saburro was promoted to lecturer in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Saburro teaches Mathematics and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Adjunct Teaching in 2016.
  • Paul E. Todd was promoted to lecturer in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Todd teaches in the HVAC program.
  • Jennifer Whittaker was promoted to senior assistant librarian in the Southworth Library Learning Commons.
  • Cori Wilhelm was promoted to library director in the Southworth Library Learning Commons.
  • Ali S. Zaidi, Ph.D., was promoted to professor in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. Zaidi teaches French and Spanish.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

A New Academic Year Begins at SUNY Canton

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Approximately 1,100 new students began their SUNY Canton education on Thursday, August 22. The college opened with newly renovated buildings and expanded academic offerings for the Fall 2019 semester. 

The college’s new student enrollment is consistent with the previous year, according to the Office of Admissions. Overall enrollment is currently up about 100 students from 2018, with a total of 3,370 students taking classes. Officials indicated there was a slight uptick in the number of returning students. 

Students walking between classes
Students walk between classes at SUNY Canton. The college welcomed approximately 1,100 new students for the Fall 2019 semester.

“We are in the ideal position to provide our students with our high-tech high demand degree programs, all of which lead to great jobs,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Our residence halls are nearing at capacity, the classrooms are full, and we are ready for another tremendous year. It’s great to see so many new faces and be a part of the tremendous energy surrounding a new semester.”  

The college’s most popular four-year programs this year were the online Healthcare Management program, the signature Criminal Investigation program, the dual degree Nursing program, Veterinary Science Technology, and Management.  Game Design and Development is also a rapidly growing new program, with more than 100 new students. 

Library Learning Commons Expands

The Southworth Library Learning Commons underwent extensive ground-floor renovations over the summer. It reopened with a brand-new combined circulation, reference and tutoring services desk to better serve its patrons. 

“We’ve created a combined single service point which allows students to access nearly everything we offer in one location,” said Library Director Cori Wilhelm. “We’ve revamped the library classroom, and the tutoring center received a complete makeover.” 

Newly renovated Southworth Library services desk
SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons underwent extensive renovations over the summer. Pictured are staff helping patrons at the new circulation, reference and tutoring services desk.

Additional upgrades include energy efficient LED lighting, new furniture and an open floorplan. 

The Library Learning Commons serves as the student-focused center of campus and houses the Information Services department and the Cyber Café. It also has a thriving textbook loan program offering Open Educational Resources. 

Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity

Fall 2019 is the first semester for the college’s new Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity, which combines six degrees into one overall academic organization. The center includes the college’s computer-focused Cybersecurity program and the fully online Emergency Management program to expand its educational scope. Exciting new programs and expanded collaborations with other colleges are also on the horizon.

Several brand-new facilities, including a Criminal Investigation Laboratory, a crime-scene staging room and a $500,000 state-of-the-art Cybersecurity-specific computer classroom in Nevaldine Hall will be completed over the next year. The official home for the center will be in Dana Hall, which is currently under renovation. These enhancements will increase the applied learning opportunities for students by creating real-world laboratories found in professional settings and industry.

By aligning related degree offerings, the center will also be better positioned to expand relationships with state-wide law enforcement and corrections agencies. SUNY Canton is currently home to the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy and the brand-new SUNY Canton Corrections Academy, offering students a continuous path from education to career.

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

Classes Start on August 22 – Follow Monday-Tuesday Schedule

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Welcome Back – Classes begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Students are to follow their Monday schedule on the first day, and a Tuesday schedule on Friday, Aug. 23. The normal weekly schedule goes into effect the following week.

Two students sit in Adirondack chairs in front of Kennedy Hall

New Students – Don’t forget there will be a Roos Rising event at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Roos House. Online students can participate virtually on Roo Life. Tweet using the hashtag #roosrising during the event for a chance to be highlighted by the college.

Students carry bags as they move into the residence halls.

SUNY Canton Names New Vice President for Advancement

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Tracey L. Thompson has been selected to serve as SUNY Canton’s new vice president for advancement.

Tracey Thompson

She will be responsible for leading advancement and alumni affairs activities and personnel, as well as developing fundraising strategies to support the college’s mission. Her appointment began August 12, 2019.

Thompson comes to SUNY Canton from Centenary University in Hackettstown, New Jersey, where she led a fundraising effort in 2018 that nearly doubled the previous year’s total. Prior to that, she served as executive director of Kutztown University’s Foundation and Alumni Relations Office raising $14.4 million over four years.

“Tracey has extensive leadership and fundraising experience in higher education, as well as an excellent record of forming robust business partnerships and building a culture of philanthropy,” said President Zvi Szafran. “We look forward to working with her to further the college’s mission to provide an accessible, affordable, hands-on education.”

Thompson also has extensive experience in nonprofit development and has held senior-level positions with the National Kidney Foundation, Easter Seals, the American Diabetes Association, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In addition to her professional experience, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Performing Arts from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in Management from Cambridge College.

“I am very excited to be joining the Advancement team at SUNY Canton and working with our students, faculty, staff and volunteers to fulfill the University’s mission and goals,” Thompson said. “I look forward to meeting the amazing alumni, donors and friends whose efforts and generous philanthropy have made such a difference here at SUNY Canton. We will continue to partner on new initiatives that will benefit today’s students as well as future generations.”

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.