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SUNY Canton Retail Dining Associate Receives Northstar Award

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

The SUNY Canton student body has selected a College Association retail dining associate to receive the 2019 Northstar Award.

Vicki J. Lavoie, who has worked at the college for 20 years, was presented with the honor by student representatives from the College Activities Board and the Student Government Association.

Courtney Bish, Kaitlyn Trusty, Sidei Clouden, Vicki Lavoie, and President Szafran
Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish, Student Government Association Vice President Kaitlyn Trusty, College Activities Board President Sidei Clouden, College Association Retail Dining Associate Vicki J. Lavoie, and SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

The annual Northstar Award is given to one faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the college. Lavoie has worked as the lead dining associate at one of the most popular eateries on campus, Cyber Café, since 2004. Prior to that, she was a supervisor at Chaney Dining Center. Students praised her dedication to customer service and efforts to create a welcoming environment throughout her entire career.

“Vicki is a beloved member of the campus community because of her warm and caring personality,” said College Activities Board President Sidei Clouden, a Veterinary Services Administration major from Brooklyn. “She has made significant contributions to the overall student experience, and we believe she is one of the many people who make SUNY Canton an outstanding place.”

Lavoie said she enjoys seeing students succeed in and out of the classroom, and it’s the relationships she forms with them that make her job worthwhile.

Vicki Lavoie gives an acceptance speech behind a podium.
College Association Retail Dining Associate Vicki J. Lavoie addresses a group of college students upon winning the Northstar Award. The accolade is bestowed upon a faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the college.

“It has always been my pleasure to be a part of their journey here,” she said. “I’m very grateful to the students for selecting me to receive this prestigious award.”

Lavoie’s dedication was previously recognized by the SUNY Canton College Council, who presented her with the annual Employee Recognition Award in 2010.

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 Staff Member and Management Student Places in Enterprise Competition

Friday, March 8th, 2019

A SUNY Canton staff member asserts free enterprise is the motivator for entrepreneurs to follow their dreams in an award-winning speech.

Sean M. Conklin, the college’s catering and concessions manager and a senior in the Management program recently placed second in SUNY Plattsburgh’s seventh annual Entrepreneurship Marathon with his speech “Free Enterprise: Why it is Essential for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs.”   

Sean Conklin stands in front of Roos Court

Free enterprise offers the ability for a private business to organize and operate in a competitive economy with minimal regulatory interference. 

“Economic Freedoms, voluntary exchange, profits and competition do not accurately demonstrate the underlying incentive that motivates entrepreneurs,” Conklin said. “Their motivation is really hope. Their visions of success are what drives our economy toward the future. Those dreams do not exist without free enterprise.” 

Students in the Management program are required to present at the Entrepreneurship Marathon event as part of their advanced studies. Conklin is the first SUNY Canton student to place in the competition. 

“Through his professional career, Sean realizes that the key to entrepreneurship is treating the customer right,” said SUNY Canton Professor Charles R. Fenner, who is the curriculum coordinator for the Management program. “He applies academic theory to practice every day, which makes him a great manager.”  

Conklin is enrolled part-time to advance his career with the SUNY Canton College Association. He plans to continue his education in the Master of Business Administration program at Clarkson University. 

About SUNY CantonSUNY 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 16 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 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center Reopens Following Major Renovations

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

The remodeled building stands among the college’s greatest recent physical improvements, dramatically augmenting the student experience.

The newly renovated Chaney Dining Center at SUNY Canton has reopened to welcome students with an expanded menu and a completely redesigned dining area.

Chaney Dining Center - Lower Level toward kitchen

SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center has undergone a complete transformation. Pictured is the redesigned serving area and some of the new seating arrangements. The college changed the entire interior layout of the historic building.

“I had the pleasure of seeing the completed renovations for the first time when I went over to eat lunch on Friday” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Both floors are truly beautiful. I love the open concept for the serving and dining areas, the gorgeous woodwork, the fantastic views and the great new facilities. I’m so proud of everyone associated with this project and with our food service. I’m looking forward to seeing all of our students enjoying this wonderful new space.”

Chaney is the largest eatery on campus, with numerous cooked-to-order meal selections available on its lower level. The building’s interior has been completely remodeled to create an immersive experience, with new seating arrangements, serving areas and wall treatments.

Kimberly L. Wise, Geniveve L. Hopkins-Betters and Gokul Pisharody eat lunch together at Chaney.

Kimberly L. Wise, Geniveve L. Hopkins-Betters and Gokul Pisharody eat lunch together on the first day Chaney Dining Center opened. The renovated space has become a campus favorite instantaneously.

“We designed the space to help bring the beauty of our campus and its wonderful natural surroundings into the building,” said College Association Director of Dining Services Susan D. Law. “You’ll see granite stonework incorporated in some of our newest additions and trees are a predominant theme.”

Although the radical construction efforts updated nearly every facet of the building’s interior, the college maintained the historic laminated wood beams and wooden ceiling. Chaney was among the first buildings constructed more than 50 years ago on the hill campus.

A New Menu with Old Favorites

A brand-new food service area welcomes students as they descend into the main dining room. The very first station will serve an expanded breakfast menu featuring cooked-to-order dishes, including eggs and omelets, available through lunchtime. The same station will be used to sauté meals with student-selected ingredients at dinner.

Chaney Dining Center - Upper level entrance

Chaney Dining Center – Upper Level Entrance

Chaney Dining Center staff created a popular waffle bar option while the operation was temporarily housed in Dana Hall’s Alumni Gymnasium during the fall semester. They continue that offering in the new dining center.

There is an area dedicated to special menu options, which will include international meals. Students can continue to suggest recipes to the college’s executive cooking staff.

The college installed two new open brick pizza ovens, where students can watch as staff prepare their flame-cooked pies.

In addition to an enlarged salad bar, the college is expanding its vegan and vegetarian options, with a dedicated cooking station. “We plan to add stuffed Portobello mushrooms and other dishes to our weekly menu,” Law said.

A staff member holds fresh pizza on a peel.

College Association Dining Leader Garret J. Burr pulls a freshly cooked pizza from one of SUNY Canton’s two new brick pizza ovens. The college added a special late-night eatery to the top level of Chaney Dining Center.

The split-level building will be home to a completely new restaurant. The Corner, located near the front entrance in the Pi Nu Epsilon Atrium on the top floor, will offer a smaller selection of food offerings including pizza made in a brick oven and gourmet coffee. It is scheduled to go online in early February.

“We asked students for input on the project,” Law said. “They said they’d like options for later in the evening. The Corner will be open from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.”

Students began eating at the college’s premiere dining days ahead of the semester to accommodate for early arrivals. A grand opening celebration will be held in the future.

 

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 16 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 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

Campus-Wide Efforts Restock SUNY Canton Food Pantry

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

The greater campus community is helping to make sure that no one goes hungry at SUNY Canton.

A recent food drive helped completely restock the SUNY Canton Food Pantry, which has helped combat student food insecurity for the past 15 years.

Students Amelia Hellijas and Alyssa Fowler stand with a portion of the donations collected for the SUNY Canton Food Pantry. The two students orchestrated a campus-wide food drive for their First-Year Experience Program class.

Students Amelia Hellijas and Alyssa Fowler stand with a portion of the donations collected for the SUNY Canton Food Pantry. The two students orchestrated a campus-wide food drive for their First-Year Experience Program class.

“I’m very appreciative of the efforts to restock our pantry especially as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish. “It is very admirable to see the campus come together to support students through these donations.”

Two students helped lead the charge by setting up tables and collecting donations around campus. Amelia H. Hellijas of Malone and Alyssa R. Fowler of Harrisville learned about the college’s food pantry while enrolled in the First Year Experience Program and created a food drive when they learned stores were running low. The students chose to take on the time-intensive community service project as an alternative to preparing a short presentation in their class.

Amelia Hellijas and Alyssa Fowler stack a shelf in the SUNY Canton food pantry.

In all, about 16 full boxes were donated to the counseling center, which oversees the collection and distribution of food.

“There are still donations trickling in,” said Counseling Center Secretary 1 Tammy Harradine. “These contributions will help many students.”

The college’s Physical Plant staff also participated in the drive, adding another 160 individual non-perishable items and a monetary donation. Physical Plant Director Patrick G. Hanss held a raffle for the donors to help incentivize the collection efforts. Plant Superintendent Martin J. Avery won the raffle, but then donated the proceeds to the SUNY Canton College Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund.

“Many of the Physical Plant staff develop friendships with students, particularly the Building Services staff assigned to our residence halls,” Hanss said.

Physical Plant Director Patrick Hanss and Physical Plant Secretary Tammy Carr stand with the donations collected in Cooper Service Center for the food drive.

Physical Plant Director Patrick Hanss and Physical Plant Secretary Tammy Carr stand with the donations collected in Cooper Service Center for the food drive.

Earlier in the semester, the College Association Inc., which oversees all food and retail operations on campus, made a substantial donation to the food pantry as part of a team-building exercise. The organization contributed more than $600 in food to kick off the semester.

The SUNY Canton Food Pantry provides free confidential services for students who are in need of food or other supplies.

 

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. 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.

SUNY Canton Preps for Fall Semester with a New Academic Calendar

Monday, August 6th, 2018

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

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

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

Other changes for the fall 2018 semester include:

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

About SUNY Canton

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

SUNY Canton Supports Scouts, Contributes Cookies

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Girl scouts hand out boxes of cookies at Chaney Dining Center.

SUNY Canton students recently got a free box of Girl Scout cookies when they went to dinner at Chaney Dining Center. The College Association, which oversees retail and dining operations at SUNY Canton, has worked with young women from Troop 50328 to purchase and distribute cookies to students with a meal plan for the past four years. The scouts come to campus March 1 to hand deliver the delectables. Pictured are (l to r) back row, troop co-leaders Amanda Rowley and Bridget White. Front row are scouts Madelyn Rowley, Macy White, Annabell Butler, Lily Lottie, Mallory Robinson, and Rylee Typhair. Not pictured are Hannah Butler, Karly Gollinger, Hannah Royce, and Cheyenne Stamper.

SUNY Canton Celebrates Grand Reopening of the Cyber Café

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Cyber Café in the Southworth Library celebrated a grand reopening with a new look, more dining options and expanded hours.

New seating and soft lighting help establish a fresh atmosphere for the college’s premier coffee shop.

Roody Roo, President Zvi Szafran, student Jamie Johnson, and Vicki Lavoie prepare to cut the ribbon at the newly renovated Cyber Café.

CYBER REOPENS – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Mascot Roody Roo, college President Zvi Szafran, student Jamie N. Johnson of Brooklyn, and College Association Retail Food Associate Vicki Lavoie as they prepare to cut the ribbon at the newly renovated Cyber Café.

“We wanted to create a better space for students to eat and study in, and we wanted it to be open at night,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “In the future, we see this as a space where we can hold concerts and diversity events.”

Szafran said that State Senator Patricia A. “Patty” Ritchie helped the college secure a grant to pay for some of the upgrades.

The Cyber Café is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Cyber @Night is open 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

In addition to offering Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages, the eatery now has a build-your-own panini sandwich station. The location also serves soup, quiche and signature salads made with fresh, locally-grown produce. The evening menu spotlights some street vendor favorites, including walking tacos, hot dog explosions, nachos and macaroni and cheese. Dessert and pastry options are available at any hour.

Student purchases a cup of coffee from the Cyber Café .

COFFEE CROWD – The Cyber Café boasts an expanded menu and new hours, and remains as the only location on campus to proudly serve Starbucks coffee.

“The library is such a vibrant and active place,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “This new space helps solidify it as one of the central locations for students on campus.”

The Cyber Café originally opened in 2004. It has primarily been staffed by Vicki Lavoie, a retail food associate with the College Association. Lavoie won the Employee Recognition award in 2010 for her welcoming demeanor and helpful attitude.

 

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.

Rendezvous Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Ribbon Cutting

The SUNY Canton College Association celebrated the grand reopening of Rendezvous, the eatery located at the heart of the Richard W. Miller campus center, Tuesday (Sept. 6). The newly renovated cafe features custom hamburger meals with fries and hot or cold hero sandwiches and has already become a favorite dining destination on campus. There is also a soup station and fresh fruit and salad options. Rendezvous is open for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and serves meals until 7 p.m. on weekdays. It is also open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Pictured are Toni L. Besio, retail food service manager, SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Roody Roo, the college’s mascot and Julian S. Shaw, a Health Care Management student from Jamaica N.Y. Shaw is the student representative for the College Association Board of Directors.

Welcome and Welcome Back! Here’s What’s New at SUNY Canton

Monday, August 29th, 2016

A new sign, a renovated residence hall wing and two new dining options awaited students on the first day of class at SUNY Canton.

 

Students Moving In

Classes began for approximately 3,100 students at 8 a.m. Monday (Aug. 29) at the college. About 675 of those students are first-time freshmen. Nearly 1,300 students are living on campus.

 

New signage

The college also completed several major improvement projects over the summer. One of the most visible additions is the new LED sign stationed on Cornell Drive, which will be used to relay information about on-campus events, directory information and other important announcements.

 

French Hall

The campus also received two newly refinished parking lots, approximately eighty new streetlights and renovated gas lines as part of its $2 million site-improvement projects over the summer. Many of the improvements are designed to help the college become more energy efficient and make utilities easier to track and manage.

 

Student in Heritage Hall room

One wing in Heritage Hall has been completely renovated. The student rooms received a fresh coat of paint, new furniture, new LED lighting and new heating and ventilation units. The wing will be an example for future improvements at all four original residence halls.

 

Roos Court Dining Center

The college just opened Roos Court, a brand new eatery in MacArthur Hall, offering made-to-order salads and oven-toasted sandwiches in addition to its signature traditional homemade soups. Hours of operation are set for 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Rendezvous, located in the heart of the Richard W. Miller campus center, now features custom hamburger meals with fries, pizza and hot or cold hero sandwiches. There will also be a pizza and soup station and a fresh fruit and salad options. The expanded eatery will be open for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and will serve meals until 7 p.m. on weekdays. Rendezvous is also open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

 

Pet Wing

Nearly twice as many students have pets on campus this year. Growing demand led Residence Life staff to add an additional wing to the popular housing option in Mohawk Hall. Approximately 140 students can live with their cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

SUNY Canton College Association Treats Students and Supports Area Girl Scouts

Friday, March 18th, 2016

The SUNY Canton College Association recently gave students Girl Scout cookies as an after-dinner treat at Chaney Dining Center.

The College Association works with young women from Troop 328 in Russell to support their fund raising efforts and distribute cookies to students with a SUNY Canton meal plan. More than 400 students received a free box of cookies this year.

Pictured in the back row are (L to R) Girl Scout Troop 328 Co-Leader Bridget White, Troop Leader Amanda Rowley, Emma Baker, Jasmine Nezezon Sanders, Mallory Robinson, Cadey Wheat and SUNY Canton Director of Dining Services Susan Law. In the front row are Cheyenne Stamper, Madelyn Rowley, Hannah Butler, Annabell Buter and Macy White. An additional scout, Kayleigh Allen, participated but is not pictured.

Pictured in the back row are (L to R) Girl Scout Troop 328 Co-Leader Bridget White, Troop Leader Amanda Rowley, Emma Baker, Jasmine Nezezon Sanders, Mallory Robinson, Cadey Wheat and SUNY Canton Director of Dining Services Susan Law. In the front row are Cheyenne Stamper, Madelyn Rowley, Hannah Butler, Annabell Butler and Macy White. An additional scout, Kayleigh Allen, participated but is not pictured.

“The Girl Scouts are always very well received,” noted Susan Law, director of dining services. “Some of our students are either active or former scouts, so they enthusiastically welcome the young women. They were really excited about a free box of cookies too.”

Proceeds from the cookie drive support the area troop and can help the scouts donate items or food to community members in need, according to Troop Leader Amanda D. Rowley. “Proceeds also allow us to go on a day-trip every summer. Most recently, we went to see Matilda on stage at the Syracuse Landmark Theatre.”