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SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Becomes Evolutionary Case Study

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons is the subject of a new article about evolving beyond books and collections.

Former Library Director Michelle L. Currier and current Director Cori Wilhelm recently published “Examining the Case of an Academic Library’s Student-Focused Patron-Satisfaction Approach to Organizational Transformation for Student Retention,” in the Library Leadership & Management Journal.

SUNY Canton Southworth Library Learning Commons – The college’s library has become more than just a repository for books and has become a hub of campus life, according to new research by two SUNY Canton faculty members.

The article serves as a case study and chronicles the library’s transformation into a completely student-centered space. All of the growth was inspired by listening to and then responding to student patrons’ requests.

“In the span of a few years, we saw the library change from a minimally-used resource to a hub of campus life,” Currier said. “The article examines how the quality of student relationships with libraries factor as critical variables in overall satisfaction and retention.”

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

In 2012, the Southworth Library Learning Commons earned a number one ranking among its peer technology sector institutions. In 2015, it was the highest rated library in the entire SUNY system. Both rankings were established through the SUNY system-wide Student Opinion Survey.

Wilhelm said that the library had undergone numerous overall renovations that made the building more attractive and modern during the past several years. The building’s staff also expanded hours to meet the schedules of the students.

Book Work – Glenesha Harris, a SUNY Canton Individual Studies major from the Bronx, uses one of the Southworth Library’s loaner laptops in a quite space among the book stacks.

“We’ve expanded our popular textbook loan program, which allows students access to textbooks that they may not be able to purchase,” Wilhelm said. “This past year, our Provost [Douglas M. Scheidt] provided additional support for the program, and we saw usage increase as a result.”

 

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 conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Four SUNY Canton Employees Chosen to Receive Chancellor’s Awards

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has selected four SUNY Canton faculty and professional staff members to receive the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

The following employees have demonstrated consistent superior performance to earn this prestigious honor:

  • Matthew BinkewiczMatthew P. Binkewicz received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching for his contributions to the Funeral Services Administration program. His 20 years of experience in bereavement counseling and spiritual care enriches the academic experience for his students, preparing them to be successful funeral directors. In addition to his course obligations, he regularly presents special-topic lectures on subjects that will benefit students as they prepare to enter the work force. He will be recognized at the college’s 109th Commencement Ceremony May 13.

 

  • Brenda L. Dean, a secretary 2 in the Canino School of Engineering Technology, is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service. During her 23-year career at the college, she has earned the respect the entire campus community by demonstrating outstanding professionalism and customer service. Among her many accomplishments is her work to ensure the timely completion of self-study reports that are required for academic program accreditation. She will be presented with her award at the college’s Recognition Day Ceremony May 19.

 

  • Melissa LeeAssistant Professor Melissa E. Lee was selected as a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for creating an inclusive learning environment in her classroom and on campus. She has developed new curricula about understanding gender and sexuality through literature and has been a co-advisor for SUNY Canton’s LGBT+ club for seven years. Her research has been published in a number of academic journals, and she is currently earning her Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She will be recognized at the college’s 109th Commencement Ceremony May 13.

 

  • Molly MottAssociate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly A. Mott, Ph.D., has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. During her 28-year career, she has led a number of initiatives that have had transformative effects on the college; most notably her vision to modernize the Southworth Library Learning Commons. As one of the first online instructors at SUNY Canton, she subsequently went on to oversee the Department of Online Learning, paving the way for online degree programs. She will be recognized at the college’s 109th Commencement Ceremony May 13.

 

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 bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Ranked a Top Online School for Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Top Disability Friendly Online CollegesSR Education Group, an education research publisher, has named SUNY Canton among the top 10 disability-friendly online schools in the nation.

More than 1,200 schools were evaluated for the 2017 rankings and scored on criteria such as available resources and services, distance-learning accommodations, and universal learning design training. Ranked ninth, SUNY Canton joined elite institutions such as Stanford University, the University of Connecticut and the Rochester Institute of Technology as among the schools that received the highest overall scores.

Most Affordable Online Colleges - Disability Friendly“This prestigious ranking can be attributed to the outstanding work by our Office of Accommodative Disability Services, who are committed to ensuring students with disabilities reach their educational goals no matter their location,” said Molly A. Mott, associate provost and dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. “They are fully invested in providing online students with access to the most state-of-the-art assistive technology and other resources, such as tutoring and academic counseling.”

Mott said online students with a visual disability have access to equipment that converts textbook content into audio format, and those who are struggling academically can receive help from a peer or professional tutor via Skype, email, phone or other means through the college’s Betty J. Evans Tutoring Center.

“We take great pride in our ability to provide online students with the same level of support that we offer here on campus, particularly to those who require accommodative services,” she added.

In addition, SUNY Canton received the 20th spot on SR Education Group’s companion ranking of the 25 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Students with Disabilities, which links superior accommodative services with low tuition.

“It’s even more meaningful to be recognized as a school that provides a high level of student support at an affordable price,” Mott said.

The complete rankings for both lists can be found here.

 

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 bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton’s Creative Advising Program Recognized for Reaching Students

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Two staff members from SUNY Canton’s Advising and First Year Programs office come to work dressed in colorful costumes during the tenth week of classes every semester. They roam around campus dressed as gnomes, aliens, superheroes or other characters with the specific goal of getting students to register early for their next semester classes.

“We started doing this as a fun way to get students’ attention,” said Sharon Tavernier, director of the Advising office. “Then we realized that we were talking directly to about 500 students on that day. We also use the pictures of us in costume as a way to get the word out on social media, casting that influence even wider.”

Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton Director of Advising and First Year Programs Sharon Tavernier and Retention Specialist Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin dressed as Katniss Everdeen and Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games. The duo wear extravagant costumes and interact with students to promote early registration at the college.

Since Tavernier and her colleague Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin, the college’s retention specialist, began wearing costumes, about 20 percent more students have started registering earlier than in years past.

The two employees presented their innovative ways to connect with students and their overall successes at a recent National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference in Verona. Their conference session was so popular that they’ve been asked to present it again at the national NACADA conference held Oct. 14 in St. Louis, Mo.

“Sharon and Marianne’s advocacy helps students sign up earlier, which further helps us anticipate the number of course sections needed each semester,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “It is also really fun to see them dressed up.”

The Advising and First Year Programs office works with new and continuing students to help them understand their degree progress.  They also administer the college’s First Year Experience and provide college success tips.  They provide workshop opportunities for faculty advisors and orchestrate the Stellar Advisor Award, a chance for students to nominate their faculty advisors.

 

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 bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Jump Start Program Launches July 25

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

SUNY CantonMore than 50 students will start college early this year at SUNY Canton.

The college will be holding its Jump Start residential program to help students as they transition from high school to college beginning July 25, approximately five weeks before the start of the Fall 2016 semester.

“Jump Start helps strengthen students’ English, writing and math skills and has a special segment targeting financial literacy,” said Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services. “It is designed to create a sense of belonging and community for students through a highly structured routine of morning physical activities, group meals and even study sessions.”

The program was funded through a $575,000 grant from SUNY’s Investment and Performance Fund, which helps support the goal of boosting the number of degrees awarded annually statewide to 150,000 by 2020. Other than a $105 deposit, which will be applied toward the semester’s fees, the program is offered free of charge to deserving students.

Students will begin the classes in one of the college’s more than 40 applied learning programs after successfully completing the program.

“By the end of the five week program students will be better prepared for classes, in stronger physical condition, and will have a group of friends who can help support each other throughout college,” said Melissa Evans, SUNY Canton’s director of admissions.

For more information about the program, contact the college’s 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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Staff Member Receives Prestigious Award

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

An administrative professional who has worked at the college for more than 38 years has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Janet E. Livingston, a secretary 2 in the office of the Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies, was presented with the award at the college’s annual Recognition Day ceremony May 13.

Janet-Livingston

Established in 2008, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service rewards exceptional achievements and superior performance. Livingston is the first SUNY Canton employee to receive this honor.

She began her career at SUNY Canton as a stenographer in the Word Processing Center in 1977 and was promoted several times while working for Residence Life and Student Affairs. Her responsibilities in the Office of the Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies include organizing the college’s academic recovery effort, which is critical to student retention.

“Janet understands student challenges and provides exceptional customer service to those who may be struggling academically,” said President Zvi Szafran. “She offers guidance and support to help them work through stressful situations.”

Szafran also noted that Livingston has regularly gone above and beyond the scope of her duties during the course of her career, most notably during a recent leadership transition where she supported two divisions. She is a member of the college’s Emergency Communications Team and volunteers her time to assist students with their transition from high school to college, particularly during new student orientation events.

“Above all, Janet is a strong student advocate and passionate supporter of student success,” Szafran added. “She uses her incredible knowledge about the college to help students complete whatever process they are seeking to navigate.”

 

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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

‘Ready Center’ Opens in SUNY Canton’s Campus Center

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

SUNY Canton held a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 28 to unveil the college’s new Ready Center, following a distinctive and unprecedented plan to centralize student-focused resources.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran and Roody Roo (the college’s mascot) join international students Poornima Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara, Mohammed Tasdikul Hoque and Lakeesha Watuthanthrige Perera for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the college’s new Ready Center.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran and Roody Roo (the college’s mascot) join international students Poornima Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara, Mohammed Tasdikul Hoque and Lakeesha Watuthanthrige Perera for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the college’s new Ready Center.

The Ready Center brings together three departments: Advising and First-Year Programs, Career Services, and International Programs. The new location in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center aims to assist students in reaching their academic and career goals by providing services in a “one-stop-shop” format.

“Students will visit the Ready Center during every stage of their academic career at SUNY Canton,” said President Zvi Szafran. “Our staff will guide them through their transition from high school to college; connect them with internship, employment, or post-graduate opportunities; and even help them to choose an exciting study-abroad experience.”

The brand new SUNY Canton Ready Center houses the college’s Academic Advising, Career Services and International Programs offices and staff in a large open space within the Campus Center. The student-focused offices can help students with all facets of their time at college, according to SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

The brand new SUNY Canton Ready Center houses the college’s Academic Advising, Career Services and International Programs offices and staff in a large open space within the Campus Center. The student-focused offices can help students with all facets of their time at college, according to SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

The concept for the Ready Center was modeled on the successful “One-Hop Shop” project that was completed in 2014, which combined several key administrative offices into one location. There, students have access to the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office and College Association services.

“We are constantly looking for ways in which we can help our students maximize the value and efficiency of their time on campus by putting related offices under one roof,” Szafran said. “An added benefit is that the Ready Center is just steps away from the One-Hop Shop, the Student Activities Office, campus eateries, the book store, mailroom and Davis Health Center.”

The Ready Center has been operating for nearly a month, and initial feedback from students has been positive.

Pictured are the SUNY Canton Ready Center staff (l to r): 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.

Pictured are the SUNY Canton Ready Center staff (l to r): 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.

“It is a rewarding feeling to see students leave my office feeling like they have accomplished more than expected in one visit,” said Coordinator for International Student Initiatives Erin Lassail. “I can rest assured knowing they achieved what was needed and are not leaving an appointment feeling overwhelmed.”

The Ready Center, located in Room 224 of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Receives High Marks and Number One Rankings in Student Opinion Survey

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

According to the 2015 SUNY Student Opinion Survey, SUNY Canton is excelling in student service-, academic- and facility-related areas.

The survey, which evaluates the 27 state-operated SUNY colleges and university centers, is conducted every three years and assesses student satisfaction in more than 50 areas. SUNY Canton earned number one rankings in three categories: library resources, library services and tutoring services.

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“We’re extremely gratified that our students highly value our exceptional resources,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We’re committed to ensuring their success, and these results—evaluated by the students themselves—prove it.”

The Southworth Library Learning Commons has most recently enhanced the laptop and iPad loan program; integrated Quick Response Codes, video and podcasts to meet patron needs; and expanded hours during exam periods.

“The Southworth Library Learning Commons is a focal point of engagement for the campus community,” said SUNY Canton Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott. “It is rich in academic resources, including our Tutoring Center, which offers both professional and peer tutors who support our students’ academic needs.”

The survey also measured SUNY Canton against six peer technology-sector institutions: Alfred State, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY Delhi, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Farmingdale, SUNY Maritime. SUNY Canton took the top spot in 13 areas, one of which was the quality of the college’s laboratory facilities.

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“The college’s state-of-the-art nursing, veterinary technology, engineering technology labs, as well as the newly constructed Business Learning Center, are just a few examples of facilities that support hands-on, applied learning, which is a hallmark of SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt, Ph.D.

Another area that students ranked first among technology-sector schools was SUNY Canton’s Office of Career Services, which offers a number of resume writing, interview and networking workshops, as well as individualized coaching for those who are entering the work force. In addition, during the 2014-2015 academic year, the office brought nearly 100 local and regional employers to campus to recruit students for job opportunities.

“We like to begin working with first-year students in developing their resumes and creating a plan,” said SUNY Canton Director of Career Services Julie A. Parkman. “They continue to use our services throughout their academic career to obtain summer jobs or internships that enhance their educational knowledge. All these experiences prepare our students to begin their professional careers.”

Career Fair

Within the academic arena, students praised the availability of online courses, ranking the college first in the technology sector. Over the past several years, SUNY Canton has enjoyed increased growth in online course enrollments, due in large part to expanded course offerings. This year the college’s online programs were ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

“SUNY Canton’s online courses offer the same high-quality instruction as a traditional classroom setting,” added Mott. “In addition, our Summer Session and Winterterm courses help students finish in four years, which supports SUNY System-wide goals for access and completion.”

Additional areas that earned the top spot in the survey when compared to technology-sector schools included athletic and recreational facilities, health and wellness programs, religious and spiritual programs and social media presence.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Receives Grant to Continue Exceptional Student Support Services

Monday, July 20th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education announced that SUNY Canton has been selected to receive nearly $260,000 to continue its federally funded TRiO Student Support Services program.

The funding will cover the next year of operation for the college’s TRiO programs and will likely continue for a total of five years.

“This federally-funded grant will help us ensure that students have the means not just to attend college, but to succeed,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “By removing financial and other barriers, students can truly reach their potential both in college and beyond.”

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The college’s efforts help more than 200 first-generation economically disadvantaged students access special services, including academic counseling, tutoring and other resources to enhance their college experience. The goal of the program is to increase college retention and graduation rates.

The funding was awarded following a competitive grant application process. The college demonstrated effectiveness and met federally mandated criteria with its successful student support initiatives.

Congressional Representative Elise Stefanik issued a statement Friday, July 17, applauding the U.S. Department of Education for awarding grants to colleges and universities within New York’s 21st district. She said, “As a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, ensuring that our students have an opportunity to achieve a college degree is a top priority of mine in Congress, and I know these grants will go a long way to helping students succeed.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Knows About Superheroes Running a University (Chronicle of Higher Education Editorial, Dr. Zvi Szafran)

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

President Szafran recently wrote into The Chronicle of Higher Education to tell them about SUNY Canton’s superheroes. For the full letter to the editor, please CLICK HERE.

 

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President Szafran is pictured here with Advising Center Wonder Twins, Marianne DiMarco-Temkin and Sharon Tavernier. SUNY Canton staff dressed-up like superheroes on November 3rd to promote Academic Advising Week.