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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.

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 President Selects Two Employees for Prestigious Award

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran announced the recipients of the 2017 President’s Meritorious Service Award at the college’s Recognition Day event Friday, May 19.

Janitor Brandy Bissonette and Assistant to the Provost Renee L. Campbell were both selected to receive the award, which is among the highest honors given at the college.

Bissonette, who works in Smith Hall, was nominated for her willingness to go above and beyond her job duties to ensure students have a positive experience living on campus. She has previously worked in MacArthur Hall and the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

“Brandy takes pride in what she does and is always there to lend a helping hand,” said President Zvi Szafran. “She is responsible, dedicated and an asset to the maintenance staff and the entire campus.”

Campbell was chosen for her outstanding dedication and service to SUNY Canton during her 15-year career. Her colleagues praise her professionalism and efficiency, as well as her skill at building relationships and collaborating with departments across campus.

President Zvi Szafran and Renee Campbell

Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran and Assistant to the Provost Renee L. Campbell. Campbell was one of the recipients of the President’s Meritorious Service Award. Brandy Bissonette, a janitor who works in Smith Hall also received the award.

Campbell started at SUNY Canton in 2002 as an agency service representative in the Student Service Center. In 2005, she was hired in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. She was promoted to secretary 1 in 2008. She received the SUNY Canton College Council Employee Recognition Award in 2013.

“Renee’s enthusiastic attitude, tireless work ethic and commitment to customer service make her an invaluable member of our campus community,” said Szafran. “She is a most deserving recipient of this award.”

The President’s Meritorious Service award is bestowed annually to members of the college’s faculty or staff who have consistently exceeded their normal job requirements. It is given at the discretion of the president.

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

SUNY Canton Staff Members Honored by College Council at Recognition Day

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

The SUNY Canton College Council honored several employees for outstanding performance as part of the annual Recognition Day event Friday, May 19.

General Mechanic Stanley P. Robert received the 2017 College Council Employee Recognition Award, which is presented annually to a classified staff member.

Robert began his career as a cleaner and was promoted to janitor, maintenance assistant and, finally, to general mechanic. He retired in December after 29 years of service.

Colleagues describe Robert as a master craftsman who has extensive knowledge of the carpentry, plumbing and electrical trades. His outstanding customer-service skills, work ethic and keen attention to detail made him one of the college’s most valued employees.

President Szafran, Stan Robert, Thomas Sauter

A recently retired general mechanic received the SUNY Canton College Council’s Employee Recognition Award. Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Stanley P. Robert, and College Council Member Thomas R. Sauter.

“There are very few people on campus who are known as the ‘go-to guy’ by staff as widely as Stan is,” wrote Physical Plant Director Patrick G. Hanss in his nomination letter. “He has been a true asset to the Skilled Trades department, and I can think of no one more deserving of this honor.”

The council also selected Registrar Memorie L. Shampine and the Public Relations Department to receive the 2017 Excellence in College Award, which is presented annually to non-teaching professional staff.

Shampine was chosen for her outstanding leadership and support of student success. During her 15 years with the college, she has worked in every position within the department, giving her expert knowledge about processes and procedures.

President Szafran, Memorie Shampine, Thomas Sauter

Registrar Memorie L. Shampine received the SUNY Canton College Council’s Excellence in College Service Award. Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Shampine, and College Council Member Thomas R. Sauter.

“Memorie works tirelessly for SUNY Canton to assure that course schedules meet the needs of students, faculty and staff, and that the Registrar’s Office provides mission-critical services in a timely manner,” wrote Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts, in his letter of support. “Although this is often a thankless task, she effectively balances the needs of all constituencies each term and maintains a high level of professionalism.”

The Public Relations Department was selected for their collective contributions to promote the college’s brand, mission and vision. The scope of their duties include media relations, website and graphic design, social media management, advertising and marketing, and video production.

The office’s six employees are Director and Web Designer Travis G. Smith, Senior Media Relations Manager Gregory E. Kie, Public Relations Manager Lorette A. Murray, Publications Project Coordinator Matthew J. Mulkin, Videographer Morgan D. Elliott, and Office Assistant 2 Ellen M. Prashaw.

Public Relations Office holds their award plaques.

The SUNY Canton Public Relations Department received the College Council’s Excellence in College Service Award. Pictured are (L to R) Public Relations Manager Lorette A. Murray, Publications Project Coordinator Matthew J. Mulkin, Director and Web Designer Travis G. Smith, Senior Media Relations Manager Gregory E. Kie, and Videographer Morgan D. Elliott. Not pictured is Office Assistant 2 Ellen M. Prashaw.

“The Public Relations Department’s service can be measured through their incredible performance of individual tasks on a daily basis and their superb teamwork on larger projects,” wrote Executive Director for University Relations Lenore VanderZee in her nomination letter. “Their unique skill sets and professionalism make it seem easy for them to provide the highest-quality service to SUNY Canton. But there is nothing easy about what they do and the extraordinary manner in which they do it.”

All recipients received a plaque and gift from the College Council in recognition of their achievements.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

SUNY Canton Footbridges Grand Opening Event to be Held Oct. 4

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

SUNY Canton will celebrate the completion of the newly constructed pedestrian footbridges, which span the Grasse River and connect the campus and downtown Canton, at a ribbon-cutting event at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at the bridge closest to campus behind Smith Residence Hall.

Footbridge

Replacement of the two original footbridges, which were installed in the 1960s, began this June. They have served as an identifiable landmark specific to the SUNY Canton and inspire fond memories for many alumni.

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“The beautiful new bridges symbolically and physically connect SUNY Canton with the community,” said Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “It is fitting that we celebrate the completion of one of the most unique and identifiable attributes of our campus.”

The timber-framed design was inspired by the pedestrian bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River in Golden, British Columbia.

The footbridge replacement project is one of approximately seven construction undertakings at SUNY Canton. All projects are slated to make the campus more attractive, more educationally accommodating and more energy efficient.

Murnane Building Contractors, Inc., built the bridges and C&S Engineers, Inc., provided consulting services. Both companies have worked with the College previously. The project was funded through the State University of New York Construction Fund.

SUNY Canton Footbridges Reopen

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

The footbridges connecting SUNY Canton and downtown Canton were reopened for pedestrian use at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. Some final construction will be ongoing, but students and community members have begun taking advantage of the new walkways. An official grand opening celebration will be held in early October.

 Footbridge

Footbridge

Pictured are SUNY Canton students Carlos Remigio and Skylar Miller walking back towards campus.

SUNY Canton Schedules Summer-Long Footbridge Project

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

SUNY Canton is updating its bridges with scenic timber-framed covered walkways.

The footbridges spanning the Grasse River and connecting the College to Downtown Canton will be unavailable beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 4. Pedestrian access to the area will be unavailable during the project. The estimated completion date is August 10, shortly before the start of the Fall 2012 Semester.

Students walking over the footbridge.

“The new bridges will add to the atmosphere of the walking paths and islands bordering our campus,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve selected a design similar to the pedestrian bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River in Golden, British Columbia (Canada).”

The footbridge replacement project is one of approximately seven ongoing construction undertakings currently underway at SUNY Canton. All projects are slated to make the campus more attractive, more educationally accommodating and more energy efficient.

The College’s footbridges were opened alongside the campus in the late 1960s. They have served as an identifiable landmark specific to the SUNY Canton and inspire fond memories for many alumni.

The Kicking Horse River pedestrian bridge

The Kicking Horse River pedestrian bridge in Golden, BC.

Murnane Building Contractors, Inc., will be building the bridge and C&S Engineers, Inc., provided consulting services. Both companies have worked with the College previously. Murnane is currently overseeing renovations to Wicks Hall, and C&S is currently involved with exterior renovations of Heritage and Rushton Residence Halls and was involved with the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall and the new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House.

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

SUNY Canton Facilities Director Receives President’s Meritorious Service Award

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Michael McCormickAs SUNY Canton’s new athletic facility nears completion, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy presented the College’s highest honor to a staff member who has been vital throughout the construction process of the building.

Michael R. McCormick, director of facilities, received the 2011 President’s Meritorious Service Award from SUNY Canton at the College’s Recognition Day on May 26.

“There is not a part of this campus that Mike’s hard work has not touched,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Without him, many of our larger renovations, new buildings and construction projects would not have been possible. His efforts to make this campus an even better place for students, faculty and staff have been exceptional.”

McCormick’s work with the Roos House athletic center received high praise from Kennedy at Recognition Day, which was just the second event held in the new facility. “We had the privilege of celebrating our faculty and staff members, as well as the College’s accomplishments, in the new building. That would not have been possible without the thousands of hours Mike put in to the athletic facility.”

As McCormick accepted the award, he thanked his family for their support and his staff for their work in making the athletic facility a reality. “My colleagues and the consultants and contractors responsible for the design and construction of the facility all worked together as a team,” he said. “It was everyone’s collective efforts that made this all possible.”

In his 14 years with the College, McCormick has taken on more responsibilities which include being SUNY Canton’s main interface with the State University Construction Fund and overseeing the College’s Physical Plant.

Michael McCormick standing on the new rink.

Throughout his tenure, McCormick has played a role in the many physical changes to the College’s campus. Recently, he has directed the rehabilitation of Nevaldine Hall and the first floor of Wicks Hall, as well as the repair and repurposing of Dana Hall. He also oversaw the construction of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center and the Newell Veterinary Technology Center.

In 1985, McCormick graduated from SUNY Canton with an associate degree in applied science in civil engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1988.

He lives in Canton with his wife, Amy, and their children, Andrew and Breda.

SUNY Canton Grounds Supervisor Lauded by College Council

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
Stanley Wilson

RECOGNIZED – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph Kennedy and Grounds Supervisor Stan Wilson. Wilson received the 2007 Employee Recognition Award.

Grounds Supervisor Stanley Wilson received the 2007 Employee Recognition Award presented by the SUNY Canton College Council.

Wilson is a “hands-on” leader who takes pride in his job and the appearance of SUNY Canton.

Wilson oversees the mowing, cuts, pruning, planting, trimming, plowing, and sanding on campus. Under his supervision, the college is not only kept safe, but also beautiful.

“Stan is quick to point out that his staff deserves credit for the campus’ appearance,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “He isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and work hard right along with them.”

Wilson started in 1984 as a cleaner and was promoted to janitor in 1988, transferred to grounds in 1990, was a highway equipment operator in 1994, and senior grounds worker in 2000, and has been in his current position in 2002.

He recently played a key role in ensuring the success of events such as the Regan Flag Station dedication and the college’s outdoor commencement ceremony.