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SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Upgrade Student Internet Services

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Students at SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam can now upload, download and stream faster than ever before.

The colleges recently completed upgrades and began offering Apogee’s ResNet for free Wi-Fi in all of the residence halls on both campuses. The company is the largest provider of residential Internet solutions in higher education.

Pictured is Hannah Christensen with her suitemates in SUNY Canton’s Kennedy Hall. Students can connect several devices wirelessly with Apogee’s ResNet Wi-Fi.

Pictured is Hannah Christensen with her suitemates in SUNY Canton’s Kennedy Hall. Students can connect several devices wirelessly with Apogee’s ResNet Wi-Fi.

The new connection is faster and more stable than previous years, according to Kyle A. Brown, Chief Information Officer at both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

“The upgrade helps us stay ahead technologically as we seek to recruit new students who may be accustomed to faster Internet speeds,” Brown said. “It also allows us to maintain our attractiveness as a housing option for returning students.”

Students at both colleges now have access to:

  • High-speed networks with greater mobility, unrestricted access and bandwidth.
  • Wall-to-wall wireless access that extends to more common areas, including laundry and lounge rooms.
  • Around-the-clock network support for all student devices including desktops, laptops, PDAs and DVRs.
  • A dedicated full-time Apogee coordinator to provide on-site student support.

Brown said both colleges entered the agreement together and were able to leverage a shared contract. As an added benefit, students no longer need to purchase any equipment to broadcast or connect to Wi-Fi services in their buildings.

“We wanted this upgrade to improve the virtual resources available to our students,” said Molly A. Mott, SUNY Canton dean of academic support services and instructional technologies. “Better, more reliable connection speeds help students access their learning materials from the residence halls.”

Pictured are Stanley Martinez and Nathan Carr at a SUNY Potsdam residence hall. Students can connect to Wi-Fi without a modems or router through Apogee’s service.

Pictured are Stanley Martinez and Nathan Carr at a SUNY Potsdam’s Bowman Hall. Students can connect to Wi-Fi without a modem or router through Apogee’s service.

SUNY Potsdam is also offering online classes and many instructors use online supplements to their classroom-based courses.

“SUNY Potsdam is proud to partner with our neighboring campus, SUNY Canton, to offer Apogee in the residence halls for our students. Students have told us that high-speed networks and wireless access are among the most important resources that we can offer to help them be successful in their academic pursuits,” said Director of Residence Life Eric Duchscherer.

“It’s 100 percent better than last year,” said Matthew J. Spencer, a SUNY Canton Sports Management major from Gouverneur who lives in Kennedy Hall. “There are fewer issues connecting and staying connected and there is no lag time for online games.”

Apogee provides residential Internet services for several SUNY Institutions. In addition to SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam, the company began partnerships with SUNY Delhi and SUNY Cobleskill this fall.

“We are honored to welcome the addition of these prestigious schools amongst our established SUNY partnerships,” said Chuck Brady, chief executive officer of Apogee in a press release. “We believe that our latest clients, like their SUNY peers, will come to rely on Apogee’s commitment to technological excellence to lay the foundation for their students’ academic success and quality of life.”

 

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

 

About SUNY Potsdam

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. As the College marks its bicentennial in 2016, SUNY Potsdam will celebrate a 200-year legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and leadership in the arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community is nearing the completion of Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which has already raised $32 million for scholarships and programs. For more information, visit www.potsdam.edu.

 

About Apogee

Apogee is the largest provider of on-campus residential networks (ResNet) & video solutions in higher education. Partnering with Apogee for ResNet services allows colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT, Business and Housing Officers to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university. More about Apogee at apogee.us.

University Police Schedule Shelter in Place Drill March 24 at SUNY Canton

Monday, March 14th, 2016

The college will test its new Rave alert system alongside college-wide lockdown scenario. 
SUNY Canton University Police will be staging an exercise to help the campus community understand the procedures and precautions necessary during a lockdown situation.

The 30-minute shelter in place drill will commence at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at the main campus, located at 34 Cornell Drive. Everyone on campus will be encouraged to stay inside, or go inside the nearest building and wait for the completion of the test.

“We want everyone to go into an interior room, close and lock the door if possible and stay away from the windows,” University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin elaborated. “Although this is just a test, similar to a fire drill, we want everyone to follow our directions as if this were an actual emergency.”

Mulkin has invited area police agencies to participate in the exercise and to help the officers increase their familiarity with the campus. The officers will conduct a building-by-building search of the campus to observe the effectiveness of the lockdown.

“There will be a sizable police presence on campus during this time,” Mulkin said. “We don’t want anyone to be alarmed by their presence. Their sole purpose will be to help us conduct the shelter in place drill.”

All campus activities and classes will be active during the test and the entire procedure should not affect regularly scheduled college activities.

SUNY Canton Adopts New Emergency Notification System

Rave Mobile SecurityCollege officials will signal the beginning and ending of the shelter in place exercise by using its new Canton Rave Alert system.

“Everyone with a campus email address should receive notification of the drill,” said Kyle A. Brown, the chief information officer for both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam. “Many of the subscribers will also receive text and voice messages as well. The new Rave system completely integrates with Facebook and Twitter and will create a single, unified message delivered across all platforms.”

The college formerly used New York Alert (NY-Alert) in a similar capacity, but found Rave to be a more viable long-term solution for addressing campus emergencies, notifications and weather related cancellations. Earlier in the semester, the college encouraged that faculty, staff and students enroll in the NY-Alert. Brown said those who enrolled previously have been loaded into the new system. During a series of campus communications, college officials will ask the on-campus community to update their information in anticipation of the practice lockdown.

SUNY Potsdam is also planning to roll out its own Potsdam Rave Alert system within weeks of SUNY Canton’s drill. The two colleges purchased the service together through shared services personnel in the Administrative Affairs division. The efficient strategies used to levy shared procurement were implemented by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. Combined purchasing allows both colleges to adopt new technologies with significant savings to both campuses.

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. To learn more, visit www.canton.edu.

SUNY Potsdam & SUNY Canton Host Regional 'Harnessing Systemness' Conference

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will host colleagues from State University of New York campuses across Northern New York tomorrow, for “Harnessing Systemness: Regional Discussions on Efficiency and Excellence.” This event is an opportunity for regional campuses to learn from neighboring institutions and foster greater collaboration.

Shared Services

SUNY Vice Chancellor for Financial Services Brian Hutzley will attend the conference and speak about the nationally recognized success of shared services between SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

“By sharing services with other campuses in the region, every SUNY college and university in New York has put itself in a better position to do more for its students,” said Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “From sharing online tutoring programs and clinical training facilities to collaborating on purchases and course offerings, SUNY campuses have embraced this initiative with commendable action.”

Tomorrow’s regional discussion will include campus-specific examples, as well as breakout sessions covering strategic areas, so peers from an array of institutions can discuss ideas to successfully share services.

The conference will be offered at SUNY Potsdam, and will be held in the Barrington Student Union Multi-Purpose Room from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will move to Kellas Hall from 1 to 4 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 9 to 10 a.m.: “From Roots to Results: The Canton-Potsdam Story,” keynote presented by shared Vice President for Finance and Administration Natalie Higley.
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Presentations on shared services at SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam, featuring employees from the business affairs group for both campuses.
  • 1 to 1:30 p.m.: Welcome and introductions with CFO Hutzley and SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner.
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Breakout sessions
  • 2:45 to 3:15 p.m.: Discussion on breakout session outcomes
  • 3:30 to 4 p.m.: Closing remarks

SUNY’s shared services initiative is an opportunity to provide greater efficiencies and improved services to our students. Through a series of strategic priorities and projects SUNY’s will enhance the core academic and student services missions of our campuses by redirecting resources to them from administrative and non-instructional functions, thereby allowing campuses to devote resources toward achieving the goals of student access, completion and success.

“Harnessing Systemness: Regional Discussions of Efficiency and Excellence” are events are designed to bring together campuses from the same geographic regions to in order to provide them better understanding of the shared services initiative, celebrate progress, share best practices, discussion challenges, and foster a collaborative culture across SUNY. The goal is to provide campuses with basic information about the initiative, and through the use of facilitated breakout discussions, provide participating campuses with an opportunity to learn from each other.

The immediate measurable goal of SUNY’s shared services initiative is the savings and reinvestment of $100 million over three years. To date, SUNY has identified more than $20 million in redirected savings, including new faculty hires, financial aid programs, scholarships, tutoring and academic advisement.

SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton are sharing services in areas such as purchasing, budgeting, accounts payable, travel and information technology. They also share a chief information officer, chief of police, assistant vice president for human resources, environmental health and safety director, veteran’s affairs officer, interlibrary loan specialist, upholsterer and other positions.

 

About SUNY Potsdam

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. For more information, visit www.potsdam.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 463,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs, and more than 1.8 million NYS citizens in professional development and personal enrichment programs, on 64 college and university campuses. There are nearly 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.

 

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Announce Shared Information Technology Position

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Kyle A. Brown to Oversee both SUNY Canton’s Information Services and SUNY Potsdam’s Computing & Technology Services

Kyle Brown

Kyle A. Brown has been appointed the Chief Information Officer for both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

The latest of a series of shared positions between St. Lawrence County’s two State University of New York campuses will help solidify infrastructure and back-end operations.

Kyle A. Brown, a 2003 SUNY Potsdam graduate and the former director of Information Services at SUNY Canton, has been appointed the Chief Information Officer for both campuses. In the new role, Brown will also oversee the Computing and Technology Services department at SUNY Potsdam.

“It is an excellent move for both campuses to have one director who will combine our strengths,” said Shared Vice President for Business Affairs and Administration Natalie L. Higley. “The newly-created position will help us, as we look to expand the  technological infrastructure on both campuses.”

The two colleges are investigating the creation of a shared services center, which would create opportunities to benefit other North Country SUNY institutions by sharing expertise, providing efficiency and expanding service offerings for other campuses.

Brown, a 2003 graduate of SUNY Potsdam’s computer science program, previously served as the director of information services and director of SUNY Canton OnLine. He will dedicate half of his time to both colleges, and will report to Higley. Brown is a member of the SUNY Information Technology Transformation Team, as well as the Chancellor’s Online Learning Advisory Group.

Following Brown’s appointment, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will now seek to hire a shared Chief Technology Officer, a new position that would benefit both campuses.

“We are entering an exciting time in SUNY,” Brown said. “We have an opportunity to develop university-wide and regional initiatives that will transform the way our campuses do business, and expand quality support services for our students and faculty.”

In addition to his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam, Brown earned his Master of Science Degree from Clarkson University, Potsdam.

In addition to Brown, the campuses share the following administrators: Vice President Higley, Compliance Training Officer Stacey Basford, Interlibrary Loan Specialist Glen Bogardus, Life Safety Systems Manager Tony Caracciolo, Human Resources Director Mary Dolan, Chief of Police John Kaplan, Veteran’s Affairs Officer Patrick Massaro and Environmental Health & Safety Director Calvin Smith.

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. For more information, visit www.potsdam.edu.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

Two Alumni Bring Web Upgrades to SUNY Canton

Friday, March 30th, 2007
Trombley & Sauter

ALUMNI UPGRADES – Pictured are (l to r) Development Authority of the North Country Executive Director Tom Sauter and Westelcom Vice President of Sales and Business Development Randy Trombly. The two 1981 SUNY Canton Alumni recently helped upgrade the college’s Internet connection.

Two alumni helped make SUNY Canton’s connection to the Internet faster than ever before.

The college contracted with the Plattsburgh-based Westelcom to make the upgrades possible by utilizing high-speed fiber optic cables installed by the Development Authority of the North Country (DANC).

“Randy Trombly, Westelcom’s Vice President of Sales and Business Development, and Tom Sauter, DANC’s Deputy Executive Director, were involved in this project” said Director of Information Services Mary Holland. “Coincidentally, both graduated from SUNY Canton in 1981.”

Holland said that bandwidth has increased almost eight times what it was prior to the upgrades. “We are providing ample headroom for growth needed to support SUNY Canton’s online programs and video conferencing,” Holland said.

According to Trombly, Westelcom was formed to provide phone systems to businesses in the North Country. In 1996, the company became an Internet service provider. Shortly there after, they expanded into the networking business, offering high end network support. In 2001, they had over 30,000 internet subscribers. “We have positioned ourselves to be a one-stop shop for area homes and businesses,” noted Trombly.

Trombly, who majored in Mechanical Engineering Technology, said he didn’t cross paths with Sauter in college very often, but was excited to work with him on this project.

Sauter is a longtime supporter of the college. He has served on the SUNY Canton Foundation board and is a current College Council member.

The Development Authority of the North Country is a New York State public benefit corporation, created in 1985. It finances and operates infrastructure and community development projects in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.

“The Development Authority of the North Country operates the Open Access Telecom Network, providing wholesale circuits to a variety of voice, video, and data service providers,” Sauter said. “One of the locations we put on the network is SUNY Canton. We’re extremely pleased that Westelcom is using the Open Access Telecom Network to support SUNY Canton’s Internet upgrade.”