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SUNY Canton Receives U.S. News Best Colleges and Other Rankings

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

US News RankingsSUNY Canton has earned a spot in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges publication.

The college was ranked 26thamong its peer institutions in the “Regional Colleges – North” Division for 2019. The ranking was released Monday, Sept. 10 and is based on graduation and retention rates, assessment of academic standing, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, alumni giving, and other statistics.

“We are proud of our continued growth at SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt. “In addition to our outstanding career driven programs, we’ve been making concerted efforts to increase our retention and graduation rates, and we’re exceeding expectations in those indicators of college success.”

Students sit in and walk through the Roselle Plaza.

Scheidt indicated that faculty engagement with students and additional resources, including the college’s textbook loan program and unique coursework options, have helped students continue their education. The college also boasts an impressive placement rate with nearly 90 percent of graduates continuing their education or starting a career in their chosen field, according to graduate survey results.

Over the past year, the college added several four-year degrees that will allow graduates to enter expanding, high-paying fields, including programs in Cybersecurity, Technological Communications, and Mechatronics Technology. These areas are in perfect alignment with an economy that demands a work force equipped with robust STEM skills. SUNY Canton also unveiled a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Care and Management, to help address the need for high-quality early childhood education options in New York.

In addition to adding educational options, the college is also emphasizing cocurricular skills in leadership and cultural competency, which will help students earn distinctions outside of their traditional coursework.

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton received a U.S. News ranking recognizing its online programs. The college was tied for the number 88 position with five other colleges out of more than 350 institutions from across the united states. About 25 percent of the college’s enrollment is entirely online and almost every single student takes an online class over the course of their education. There are currently 16 fully online academic programs available and off-term Summer and Winterterm courses.

In addition to U.S. News and World Report, the college has recently received the following rankings:

The organizations use formulas that evaluate program accreditation status, in-state tuition and fees, financial aid statistics, student-to-teacher ratio and other statistics to determine individual scores.

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. The college’s 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 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

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 Public Relations Wins SUNY Design Award

Friday, June 29th, 2018

The SUNY Canton Public Relations Department recently received a State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) excellence in design award for a recruitment publication that introduces prospective students to the college.

Publications Coordinator Matthew J. Mulkin received a Judges’ Citation for an origami-style brochure that allows users to fold various panels to discover facts about SUNY Canton, such as student-to-faculty ratio, athletic and academic degree offerings, student life and more. The compact, easy-to-carry reference brochure was utilized by the Admissions Office during visits to college fairs and high schools. Mulkin designed the piece using a proprietary template by ProForma Infinity Printing.

Discover - SUNY Canton

“Most colleges’ print materials tend to be passive. Students flip through a pamphlet or catalog looking at photos and reading the content. Our piece, on the other hand, is interactive,” said Mulkin, who is a 2011 graduate of SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design Program. “Each section folds differently, revealing more information, infographics, photos and content. It’s the kind of brochure that people can’t put down.”

The piece was popular among high school students, many of them noting that the infinity flip design was more engaging than other recruitment publications they had received. It was described by admissions counselors as “game changing.”

Director of Public Relations Travis G. Smith accepted the award at the annual SUNYCUAD Conference held recently in Syracuse.

“Matt did an excellent job customizing the template to showcase the college in a unique, interesting way,” he said. “We continually strive to find innovative techniques that introduce prospective students to SUNY Canton and leave a lasting impression, so we’re grateful to be recognized with this award.”

SUNYCUAD is an organization representing professionals employed in institutional advancement areas, such as public relations, alumni and development, and marketing at every SUNY campus. The annual awards competition recognizes creative excellence in more than 40 categories, such as fundraising, internal communications, special events, media relations and photography.

This is the second SUNYCUAD award Mulkin has received. In 2014, he won a Best of Category award in outdoor advertising for the college’s bus shuttle design. The Public Relations Department has also won SUNYCUAD awards for website design, advertising, marketing, video production and writing.

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.

Three SUNY Canton Employees Recognized for Meritorious Service

Monday, June 11th, 2018

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently selected three employees to receive one of the college’s highest honors.

At the annual Recognition Day event, Szafran presented the 2018 President’s Meritorious Service Award to Director of Financial Aid Kerrie L. Cooper, Assistant Professor Lucas W. Craig, Ph.D., and Executive Assistant to the President Michaela J. Young.

All three have made significant contributions to the college in their respective positions.

Cooper has served as SUNY Canton’s director of financial aid since 1992. An expert in her field, she is the past president of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association and is active in several professional organizations. Throughout her career, she has helped create, support and make procedural changes to financial aid processing at the state and national levels. Most recently, she led SUNY Canton’s implementation of New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship program, which began last fall.

President Szafran and Kerrie Cooper

“Kerrie is well-known throughout New York for her student loan and financial aid expertise,” said Szafran. “She also plays a critical role in helping students and their families navigate college affordability.”

Craig teaches in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program and received the award for his efforts to inspire students to pursue STEM careers. He leads the college’s annual Engineers Week celebration, which consists of an open house where middle and high schoolers can participate in fun, hands-on activities related to academic programs. He also created several summer science camps for Carthage Central School District.

Lucas Craig hold award with President Szafran

“Dr. Craig has a gift for getting students excited about learning and is in tune with what ‘clicks’ to keep them engaged,” said Szafran. “He has made a meaningful connection with the North Country community through the development of several summer camps, making him one of the college’s most esteemed ambassadors.”

Szafran presented the final award to Young, who has provided administrative support to the President’s Office since 2005. In her role as executive assistant, she is responsible for collaborating with all areas of the college, including the various councils, committees and boards. Colleagues admire her collegiality, dedication, and contributions to maintaining high morale on campus.

Michaela Young and President Szafran

“Michaela is often the first person to arrive in the morning and the last to leave,” said Szafran. “Her job is complex, and she is involved with strategic planning and logistics for many of the key functions of the college. She is able to do all of this with grace and good humor.”

Awardees received a plaque and gift from the college at the ceremony.

 

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 College Council Honors Two Employees at Recognition Day

Friday, June 1st, 2018

SUNY Canton College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill recognized two employees for exceptional job performance at the annual Recognition Day event Friday, May 18.

Director of Career Services Julie A. Parkman received the Excellence in College Service Award, and Payroll Assistant Amber Riordan received the Employee Recognition Award.

O’Neill presented the awards to Parkman and Riordan on behalf of the entire College Council.

“The council selected Julie and Amber because of their commitment to excellence and dedication to improving the student experience,” O’Neill said. “Both are also highly regarded for their creative problem-solving abilities and willingness to work collaboratively with departments across campus.”

President Szafran and Ron O'Neill present Julie Parkman with her award.

SUNY Canton College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill (right) presents the Excellence in College Service Award to Director of Career Services Julie A. Parkman. Also pictured is SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

Parkman began working for the college in 2001 as the associate director for advancement, where she helped manage an unprecedented capital campaign fundraiser that raised more than $11 million. She also sought to develop scholarship opportunities for students by matching their interests with donors.

In her current position as director of career services, she leads a knowledgeable staff of trusted advisors who provide training and guidance to students entering the workforce. Under her leadership, the Career Services Office earned a prestigious first-place ranking among technology-sector SUNY schools and a second-place ranking in all of SUNY in the latest Student Opinion Survey.

“Julie has propelled Career Services into meeting the needs of our fully online students and has spearheaded an industry-centric approach to helping graduates seek and secure employment,” said SUNY Canton Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott.

President Szafran and Ron O'Neill present Amber Riordan with her award.

SUNY Canton College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill (right) presents the Employee Recognition Award to Payroll Assistant Amber Riordan. Also pictured is SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

Riordan received the Employee Recognition Award for her outstanding customer service skills, which she demonstrated in her former position as an agency service representative in the Financial Aid Office and her current role as a payroll assistant in Human Resources.

Most recently, she led an initiative to train the college’s classified administrative staff on new time and attendance procedures and implemented an online timecard system for student employees.

“Her job duties require excellent organizational skills and knowledge of specific processes, which Amber is able to handle flawlessly,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Administration Shawn K. Miller. “She is extremely valuable to the Human Resources team and the campus as a whole.”

The Excellence in College Service Award is given annually to SUNY Canton non-teaching professional employees, and the Employee Recognition Award is presented to members of SUNY Canton’s classified staff. Both award winners received a plaque and a gift from the College Council.

 

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 Alumni Association Recognizes Two Former Advancement Employees

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

SUNY Canton’s Alumni Association will be bestowing its annual Distinguished Alumni award on two employees whose legacy has made a lasting mark on the advancement of the college.

David M. Gerlach, the college’s former vice president for advancement and a 1983 graduate, and Anne Coloton Williams, former assistant to the vice president for advancement and a 1978 graduate, will both be formally recognized at SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend Celebration. Both will be guests of honor at the 50 Years on the Hill College and Community Gala, which will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, June 1 at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

David Gerlach and Anne Williams

“Typically, we only give one award each year, but this was a special occasion,” said Kelly C. Obermayer, SUNY Canton alumni association president and a 1979 alumna. “Dave and Anne’s careers were so closely intertwined that it made sense to recognize them both. Together, they’ve helped many alumni reconnect with their alma mater and have helped build a tradition and culture of philanthropy. Both have established scholarships that will support generations of future students.”

Gerlach and Williams worked side-by-side in both the Office of Admissions and then later in the Advancement Division, which oversaw several fast-growing and innovative departments. The Gerlach-Williams team managed the largest fundraising campaign in the college’s history.

In his humble beginnings, Gerlach started his 30-year career at SUNY Canton as a student worker in Chaney Dining Center. He became a resident assistant as a student, and then was hired as a residence hall director, and then director of residence life. He later became the dean of enrollment management, which is now equivalent to the director of admissions, and then secured his final position of vice president for advancement.

“Dave and I were fortunate to work at the college during a period of growth, both in enrollment and in physical expansion,” Williams said. “I loved working with him both when we were in Admissions and in the Office of Advancement. He was always very supportive of the college and its staff. He’s always treated me like I was part of his family.”

Gerlach is now the President of Lincoln College, a private liberal arts institution with locations in Lincoln and Normal, Ill.

Williams began her 38-year career in the Word Processing Center. She earned a second degree while working at the college. She became a program aide in admissions where she first began working with Gerlach. In 2004, she continued working alongside Gerlach as the assistant to the vice president for advancement.

“It is not surprising to me that Anne was selected as the distinguished alumna for 2018,” Gerlach said. “She has dedicated her entire professional life to furthering the success of SUNY Canton and was instrumental in many of the numerous accomplishments during her tenure. You would often see Anne off to the side engaging alumni in deep discussions as they reminisced together of their time attending our alma mater. I am so proud of my colleague and good friend.”

Williams recently retired from her duties at the college.

For more information about the 50 Years on the Hill Gala and to view a complete schedule of events for alumni weekend, please visit SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend Website. For registration and participation information, please email alumni@canton.eduor call 1-800-811-6727.

 

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. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.

 

Two SUNY Canton Staff Members Receive Prestigious Chancellor’s Award

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson selected two members of SUNY Canton’s staff to receive the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

Lashawanda T. Ingram, co-chief diversity officer and director of diversity affairs and new student orientation, was chosen to receive the Excellence in Professional Service Award, and Joette Terrance, a janitor who works in MacArthur Hall, was selected as a recipient of the Excellence in Classified Service Award.

Lashawanda Ingram and President Szafran

President Szafran presents the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service to Lashawanda Ingram.

Ingram began working at the college in 2005 as a residence hall director and was subsequently promoted to director of diversity affairs and new student orientation. Since her appointment as SUNY Canton’s co-chief diversity officer and affirmative action officer in 2016, she has worked to build a more inclusive campus culture and ensures search committee procedures are equitable.

“Lashawanda champions diversity initiatives through her close work with the administration and the president,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “She is a voice for underrepresented students, faculty and staff and has led creative and engaging events that foster a sense of community and awareness.”

Ingram was instrumental in establishing the college’s Center for Diversities and Inclusion, which opened in 2017. The center hosts sensitivity training, student leadership development events, mediation, tutoring services and more.

Ingram’s colleagues note her unique ability to create a space where everyone is encouraged to pursue thoughtful dialogue and a respectful exchange of ideas and feelings, while mentoring students to find productive ways to confront the issues of social and cultural injustice.

She was presented with her award at the college’s annual Faculty and Community Awards dinner.

President Szafran and Joette Terrance

President Szafran presents the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service to Joette Terrance.

Joette Terrance began working for the college as a temporary cleaner in 1997. She was hired as full time cleaner in 1998 and was promoted to janitor in 2010. Her colleagues praise the efficient and meticulous way in which she carries out her duties and her ability to boost morale by maintaining good relationships with her peers.

“Joette is known for her quick competency, kind words and smile for everyone,” said Assistant Professor Barat Wolfe, Ph.D., who teaches in the Applied Psychology program. “She also keeps the environment where we do our most important student engagement work spotless and positive. You will not find another person who cares more about our institution.”

Colleagues also praise Terrance’s working knowledge of the campus and ability to problem-solve with her coworkers to address issues in a timely manner. She is also relied upon to train new members of the custodial staff on providing effective customer service.

She was presented with her award at the college’s annual Recognition Day event.

 

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 Faculty Receive Chancellor’s Awards

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

The State University of New York recently announced three SUNY Canton faculty members had received chancellor’s awards.

“One of my themes for SUNY is individualized education, meaning the work we do to help our students navigate the programs and opportunities within our 64 campuses,” said SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson. “Our faculty and staff educate, inspire, and support our students to pursue their passions; they are the driving force on campus. Those we honor today are leading this effort through their commitment to their craft and their dedication to our students.”

All three award recipients are noted for providing exceptional instruction and mentoring to students.

Rashid Aidun and President Szafran

Pictured is Associate Professor Rashid Aidun of Potsdam receiving the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service from SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

Rashid Aidun, Ph.D., an associate professor who teaches in the Electrical Engineering Technology and Engineering Science programs, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. He was recognized for his 13 years of academic service and his 16 years of professional industrial experience. He holds a patent on a non-destructive coating thickness measuring device.

Aidun has made positive contributions to the Canino School of engineering technology, including developing new programs and courses, recruiting new students, helping current students secure scholarships, in addition to helping graduates continue on for their advanced degrees.

“What I most admire about Dr. Aidun is his remarkable ability to stimulate students and add personality to his course material,” said Associate Professor Feng Hong, who teaches physics at the college. “His dynamic teaching style engages students. They can feel the energy and optimism radiate from him.”

Aidun lives in Potsdam with his wife, Peggy Sue, and their daughter Savarah.

Charles Fenner and President Szafran

Professor Charles R. Fenner of Canton receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., the curriculum coordinator for the college’s management program, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. His creative approach to incorporating innovative teaching strategies encourages problem solving and critical thinking skills, giving graduates the tools they need to handle difficult situations head-on when they start their careers.

He was one of the first faculty members to embrace online learning. He has continued that forward-thinking philosophy and consistently utilizes new technology to enhance his classes.

Prior to his academic career, he served for 20 years in the Army, and takes the time to mentor both active duty and veteran learners. His students describe him as an engaged, motivational educator who deeply cares about their success. Under his guidance, four students helped north country businesses become more profitable. Many of his courses emphasize entrepreneurial strategies.

“Charles’ ability to engage students and to assist each with understanding the objectives is commendable,” said Maureen P. Maioco, Ed.D., one of the faculty members who nominated Fenner. “He uses humor to supplement his effective teaching strategies and incorporates a student-centered approach in his teaching practice. He prepares students to think on their feet, as they will need to do in a business or client meeting.”

Fenner lives in Canton with his wife, Dorothy. They have two grown daughters.

Jamie Gibson and President Szafran

Jamie L. Gibson of Edwards, a clinical instructor in SUNY Canton’s two-year Nursing program, won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Gibson is pictured with President Zvi Szafran.

Jamie L. Gibson, who is a clinical instructor in the two-year Nursing program, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. She is known for emphasizing critical thinking and reasoning skills that help students connect lecture concepts to real-life clinical scenarios.

Her students overwhelmingly described her as a dedicated professional who is kind, approachable, and supportive. In addition, her colleagues credit her with being a major contributing factor for student success during nursing certification exams.

Through her more than 10 years working as a nurse, she is able to impart the knowledge she has gained by working in a fast-paced emergency room setting, where quick thinking and sound decision-making skills save lives.

“She is committed to the college and its Nursing students,” said Debra Backus, Ph.D., a recently-retired Nursing curriculum coordinator. “She approaches each students’ education at whatever level they are at and guides them to higher levels of understanding. She provides outstanding support for their continuing intellectual growth.”

Gibson Lives in Edwards with her husband, Jonathan, their daughter, Marlow, and son, Aiden.

 

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 College Council Honors Canton Newspaper Editor

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The SUNY Canton College Council has selected the editor of the St. Lawrence Plaindealer as the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award.

Paul D. Mitchell was selected for this prestigious award for his career-long commitment to highlighting all things Canton, in addition his community involvement and civic engagement, according to College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill.

“Paul has helped build the community of Canton through the Plaindealer and his personal volunteerism,” said O’Neill. “He’s continued the publication’s history of highlighting SUNY Canton as a pioneering and prominent part of that community.”

Paul Mitchell

Prior to his more than 30-year career as editor, Mitchell was a reporter for the Ogdensburg Journal who published articles with most of the area’s prominent newspapers.

“Paul is the consummate community newspaper editor,” said Thomas T. Graser, the St. Lawrence County Editor for Northern New York Newspapers. “He reports the news as it is, but also wants to paint a picture of his community that demonstrates the pride we all feel in our hometowns.”

In addition to being largely responsible for one of the most successful newspapers in the county, Mr. Mitchell is personally active in the community. He recently spearheaded the Canton Park and Fountain campaign, which has currently raised more than $115,000toward the restoration of the historic park fountain and the beautification of its surroundings. He assisted with the Canton Fire Department Capital Campaign, which helped raise approximately $1 million for the construction of the Riverside Drive fire station.

Paul Mitchell and Ronald O'Neill

“As a Canton resident, I have been continuously impressed with Paul’s work ethic, solid reporting and community involvement,” said Canton Town Supervisor Mary Ann Ashley. “His volunteer efforts and his leadership speak to his sense of giving back to his beloved community.”

The St. Lawrence Plaindealer is intertwined with the history of SUNY Canton. In fact, the original photo of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller breaking ground at the hill campus was staged for the benefit of the newspaper. Mitchell supported the college’s efforts to celebrate its 50-year anniversary of its move from a small cluster of buildings adjacent to St. Lawrence University to its current location.

“His efforts help document and maintain our proud history and help carry Canton through numerous positive and timely transitions,” said Linda A. Casserly, Canton village historian. “His efforts have helped Canton continue to thrive and its citizens continue to maintain their sense of accomplishment.”

Mitchell earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in journalism, from SUNY Cortland. During college, he worked with the Cortland Athletic Department and the Ogdensburg Recreation Department. He’s a long-time member of the Canton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He and his wife, Dawn, reside on Bird St. in Canton, neighboring SUNY Canton.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” said Mitchell. “When I was named editor of The Plaindealer, it didn’t take me long to realize the importance of being active in the community. “It’s been a rewarding career thanks, in part, to my interaction with the public. To be recognized for these efforts is humbling to say the least. Over the years I have been very fortunate to co-exist with the people who make Canton what it is.”

 

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 Announces 2018 Outstanding Graduates

Monday, April 30th, 2018

SUNY Canton’s 2018 Outstanding Graduate recipients overcame great challenges on the path to their college degrees.

The awards are given annually at commencement to deserving senior-level students who demonstrate citizenship, scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the campus community.

Jamie ReedJamie L. Reed of Canton, who will be graduating with a degree in Applied Psychology, was selected as the Outstanding Graduate at the bachelor’s degree level. Reed is a mother of six who maintained a full-time job at the Canton Department of Social Services while completing her four-year degree. She completed her course work over her lunch breaks, between her children’s sporting events and after her family had gone to bed.

“One of the things that makes Jamie so special is the way she juggles a very full life while earning some of the best grades in the history of the Applied Psychology program,” said Assistant Professor Barat Wolfe.  “She cares so deeply about everything she undertakes, whether it is writing a paper or an exam, running events for local sports teams, fundraising, working, or parenting.”

The civic-minded Reed is a foster parent, who is known for going out of her way to help children find a home and holding fundraisers for families in need. She serves on the Canton Pee Wee Association Board of Directors and the Canton Booster Club and runs the Canton Pee Wee girl’s lacrosse program. She has also inspired other non-traditional students to continue their education at SUNY Canton. She said she could not have done it without the continued support of her husband and children.

“I’m exceptionally grateful for the support of my family and the faculty at the college,” she said. “Determination to succeed was my motivation. I hope I have instilled those same goals in my children.”

Reed plans to continue her education and get a master’s degree in social work.

Michael VolpeMichael J. Volpe of Centereach, L.I., who will be graduating from the Criminal Justice program, was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Award at the associate degree level. Volpe is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International honor society, the treasurer for Alpha Phi Sigma, the honor society for Criminal Justice students, in addition to the Order of the Sword and Shield honor society. He is a tutor who mentors students taking Biology and has maintained President’s List Honors throughout his time at the college. He volunteers to represent his program and his organizations at admissions events.

“Michael is very serious about his academics,” said Professor Brian K. Harte, who taught Volpe in the Criminal Justice program. “He is very goal oriented and strives for academic excellence in each of his classes.”

Volpe is a member of the college’s Cultural Competency Committee. As a youth with a hearing impairment, he experienced difficulties during his undergraduate education.

“I was met with open arms at this campus,” he said. “I hope to continue the supporting and welcoming environment and help new students feel the same way I do.”

He plans to continue in SUNY Canton’s four-year Criminal Investigation program with a minor in Forensic Science.

Both Reed and Volpe will be recognized at an upcoming student awards ceremony and will be among the students honored at the college’s 110thCommencement Ceremony, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 12, in the Roos House Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center.

 

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.