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SUNY Canton Opens Center for Diversities and Inclusion

Friday, April 21st, 2017

SUNY Canton held a grand opening for its Center for Diversities and Inclusion April 20.

The center will serve as a home for an array of services and programs, such as diversity events, sensitivity training, student leadership development, mediation, tutoring, advising and advocacy.

 Representatives from the college, SUNY and the community attended the grand opening of the Center for Diversities and Inclusion.

“At SUNY Canton, our motto is ‘Everyone is Welcome Here,’ and the establishment of this center exemplifies our commitment to that philosophy,” said President Zvi Szafran. “We’re determined to be the place where everyone knows about and celebrates the diversity within our community, our state, our country and our world.”

After a blessing by spiritual leader and member of the Mohawk Bear Clan Thomas R. Porter, college and SUNY representatives spoke about the importance of a space that ensures inclusivity and celebrates different ethnicities and cultures.

SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Carlos N. Medina was on hand for the event and congratulated the entire community on the achievement.

SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Carlos N. Medina speaks at the ceremony.

“As our national discourse becomes increasingly polarized, some groups may feel under attack and isolated,” said Medina. “With the creation of this center, the campus can assist diverse populations by creating safe spaces – and what I also like to call ‘brave spaces’ – that educate through compassionate behavioral modeling.”

Funding for the center was provided in part by Sen. Patty A. Ritchie.

“We’re grateful for Senator Ritchie’s continued support of SUNY Canton and, specifically, this center,” said Szafran.

 

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 Engineering Technology Student to Bring Sustainable Energy to Peru

Monday, December 12th, 2016

A junior in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program will travel to South America this winter to manufacture and install a wind turbine that will provide green energy to the rural Peruvian community of Playa Blanca.

Jessica L. Fischer was selected to join 12 other students from around the world for the four-week volunteer project, which is organized by the WindAid Institute, an organization that builds and installs low-cost, residential-scale wind turbines in developing communities.

SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology student Jessica L. Fischer will travel to Peru this winter to help construct a wind turbine for the village of Playa Blanca.

Fischer, a native of Buffalo, said a passion for wind power is what prompted her to look into working with the nonprofit.

“While pursuing my degree, I had the opportunity to take courses that focus on alternative energy,” she said. “This project will take my education one step further and allow me to see first-hand how providing access to environmentally friendly power can transform someone’s life.”

Since the turbines are manufactured from scratch by volunteers, Fischer said the skills she has gained in the classroom will help her during the fabrication and installation process.

Jessica Fischer“Every lab and lecture at SUNY Canton included real-world applications for the engineering concepts I was learning,” she added. “I have also completed a course that specifically focused on the design and technology of wind turbines, so I am very prepared for this project.”

Her duties will include constructing the blades, which are a mixture of carbon fiber and resin, and building the base, which is made from recycled stainless steel and fiberglass.

“This opportunity is most fitting for Jessica; she is a dynamic, hardworking and detail-oriented student,” said Daniel J. Miller an assistant professor who teaches in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. “The entire campus is very proud of the work she will be doing in Peru, and we look forward to learning about her experience when she returns.”

Approximately 37 percent of the Peruvian population lacks grid connectivity; however, according to the institute, the rural landscape of the country’s mountains and coastline offers the ideal climate for wind power, which is a preferable alternative to expensive diesel generators that emit carcinogens and other pollutants.

The turbine produces approximately 870 kilowatt-hours of energy annually, which is enough to power a television, laptop or 36 LED lightbulbs for the entire year.

Since the WindAid Institute began 2006, their engineers and technicians have led more than 50 installation projects in Peru. The cost of the materials is covered by the contributions from the volunteers, and maintenance costs are paid for by the recipient community.

Fischer’s trip was funded by donations from the Canton College Foundation, SUNY Canton’s offices of the President and the Provost, and alumnus Thomas P. Woodside, class of 1966.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who supported my efforts to become the first student from SUNY Canton to serve as a WindAid Institute ambassador,” Fischer said.

 

About WindAid Institute

We serve as an educational institute whose projects provide electricity to developing communities utilizing wind energy to provide a clean and reliable source of electricity in locations where traditional electricity is not available. Students and professionals come from all over the world to work together designing, building and installing wind generators. Each project contributes to the evolution of the design, or reinforces the solidity of the design concepts encouraging an environment of education and innovation. To learn more, visit www.windaid.org.

 

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

SUNY Canton Adds Two co-Chief Diversity Officers

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Lashawanda-Ingram2 William-JonesJoining the State University of New York system-wide initiative, SUNY Canton has appointed one faculty and one staff member to help lead efforts to foster diversity on its campus.

“Our unique and diverse student population is by far one of our greatest assets,” SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said. “I strongly believe that our two newest executive-level positions will expand on our strengths and reinforce our campus mantra ‘Everyone is Welcome Here’.”

Lashawanda Ingram, the college’s director of diversity and new student orientation, and Professor William T. Jones, who teaches in the Business Administration and Legal Studies programs, have both been selected to serve as the college’s co-chief diversity officers.

“Lashawanda has a well-established connection with our students,” Szafran said. “She has played a lead role in providing resources on issues related to cultural diversity and mentoring students on advocacy, sensitivity and leadership.”

Ingram has been with the college for approximately 10 years working directly with the Residence Life and Student Activities offices to schedule diverse programs, events and guest presentations.

Jones has established himself as one of the college’s top advocates for Native American students. He helped orchestrate the first-ever statewide round table discussion with members of the Six Nations tribes last year and is the faculty advisor for the newly formed Native American Student Association.

“He has played a key role in establishing and developing the College’s relationship with the Mohawk Nation, and in supporting Native American students,” Szafran said.

In their role as co-chief diversity officers, both Ingram and Jones will report directly to Szafran while maintaining their positions on campus. They will meet regularly with the president’s steering committee on diversity, which includes many of the college’s top administrators, and will be involved with the Student Government Association.

In addition to adding the two new positions, the college continues to expand its support for students from diverse backgrounds.  Among these initiatives, a new diversity center for students is slated to open later during the fall 2016 semester. The Admissions Office has also made it easier for non-native English speaking families to file relevant information by providing Spanish translations of pertinent admissions forms.

 

About SUNY Canton 

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

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran Honored for Professional Achievement

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently received the Robert H. Goddard Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement for his impressive career as a distinguished academic leader by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Alumni Association. Szafran is a 1976 graduate of WPI.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently received the Robert H. Goddard Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement from his alma mater, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently received the Robert H. Goddard Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement from his alma mater, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from WPI and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina, Szafran began his career in academia. He held several positions at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, including professor, assistant to the dean of arts and sciences, chairman of the chemistry department and ultimately dean of science and engineering. He served as vice president of academic affairs from 1998 to 2005 at New England College in New Hampshire, and in 2005 he became vice president of academic affairs and professor of chemistry at Southern Polytechnic State University in the University System of Georgia.

Szafran has been leading SUNY Canton for two years as the college’s fourth president. During that time, he was appointed to the SUNY Chancellor’s Task Force on Social Media Responsibility, has integrated a Leadership Lecture Series on campus and has helped improve the overall student experience.

At his inauguration in April 2015, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher described Szafran as a visionary with impressive ideas on making the college a leader in the 21st century. His long-time friend and guest speaker Theodore Long, former president of Elizabethtown College, credited his respect for his peers and imaginative problem-solving abilities.

The Robert H. Goddard Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement is presented by the WPI Alumni Association to WPI alumni who have become masters of their field or who have gone above and beyond the normal career path. Innovation, dedication, and creative problem solving techniques in the industrial world distinguish Goddard Award recipients. The award is named for Robert H. Goddard, the father of modern rocketry and a famous WPI alumnus.

 

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

A private technological university in the heart of New England, WPI offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. WPI graduates emerge ready to take on critical challenges in science and technology, knowing how their work can impact society and improve the quality of life. For more information, visit www.wpi.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

SUNY Canton’s Top 10 News Stories from 2015

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

As we celebrate a new year, let’s take a look back at the 10 biggest SUNY Canton headlines of 2015.

haney-thumb10. SUNY Canton Alumnus and Powersports Instructor Invents Chainsaw Improvements

A SUNY Canton instructional support associate has invented a new and more reliable way to oil the bar and chain on commercial chainsaws. Neil A. Haney of Chase Mills came up with an idea for improvements while building a homebuilt firewood-processing machine. » WDT

sos-thumb9. SUNY Canton Receives High Marks and Number One Rankings in Student Opinion Survey

According to the 2015 SUNY Student Opinion Survey, SUNY Canton is excelling in student service-, academic- and facility-related areas. The college earned number one rankings in three categories: library resources, library services and tutoring services. » SUNY Canton News

pet-thumb8. SUNY Canton Ranked Among the Top 10 Best Colleges for Animal Lovers

SUNY Canton has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the nation for animal lovers, according to Great Value Colleges.net. The college placed ninth out of 25 schools and was chosen in large part for its well-known Pet Wing housing option that began in 1997. » Time Warner Cable News

adk-thumb7. SUNY Canton Launches New Start-Up NY Partnership with Adirondack Operations, LLC

SUNY Canton has received approval to begin its first Start-Up NY partnership. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Adirondack Operations LLC, has been approved to begin working with the college. The business will receive tax incentives as it expands its operations in Canton.  » WDT | NCPR

mcmorrow-thumb6. Àine McMorrow Wins USCAA National Championship

SUNY Canton freshman Àine McMorrow closed out her phenomenal rookie season in thrilling fashion as she finished in first place at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championships.  » Roo Athletics

 

usnews-thumb5. SUNY Canton Moves to Top Tier of U.S. News & World Report Regional Rankings

SUNY Canton has been ranked among the best colleges in the northern region, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “Best Colleges” edition. The college moved up several spots to 44th this year, which puts SUNY Canton in the top tier of the rankings. » SUNY Canton News

white-thumb4. Student Speaks with President Obama During Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C.

SUNY Canton student and Akwesasne St. Regis Mohawk Nation (Bear Clan) member Brayden S. White had a special opportunity to serve as a youth delegate at the seventh annual White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 5. » WDT

mckibben-thumb3. Environmental Activist Bill McKibben Talks Global Warming at SUNY Canton

More than 700 students, faculty and community members from throughout the North Country region packed the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to hear McKibben discuss the alarming rate at which global warming is progressing. » WDT

roos-thumb2. Roos Complete NCAA DIII Membership Process

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council announced that SUNY Canton has officially completed its provisional membership process and will become full-time members of NCAA Division III, effective Sept. 1st. » WDT

 

1. SUNY Canton Inaugurates Szafran as College’s Fourth President

An investiture ceremony held at SUNY Canton April 10 officially inaugurated Zvi Szafran, Ph.D., as SUNY Canton’s fourth president. More than 300 guests gathered in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to celebrate a new era in the college’s more than 100-year history . » WDT | » Channel 7 News

SUNY Canton Patron Challenges Benefactors with Donation

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

John L. Halford, Sr., ’49, continues a legacy of giving with a gift in support of the college’s fourth president.

A longtime and dedicated SUNY Canton patron has decided to continue his legacy of generosity by making a significant donation to the college, and challenging other alumni and friends to do the same.

SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus John L. Halford stands with President Zvi Szafran after the patron made a large donation in honor of the new president.

SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus John L. Halford stands with President Zvi Szafran after the patron made a large donation in honor of the new president.

Gouverneur’s John L. Halford, Sr., contributed an undisclosed amount to the SUNY Canton College Foundation in honor of President Zvi Szafran’s recent inauguration. Halford is a 1949 alumnus who has developed a friendship with the college’s new president and his family.

“Mr. Halford has really been a magnificent benefactor to SUNY Canton,” said Szafran. “His donation comes at such an exciting time for the college. To have people like him supporting us makes our growth and evolution especially meaningful.”

Before presenting his latest gift, Halford encouraged his friends and fellow donors to raise further funding for the college. He has promised to match all new gifts from up to 200 donors.

“I wanted to show my support for Dr. Szafran as he continues SUNY Canton’s growth,” Halford said. “I hope that others who share the same connection that I do will come forward to contribute to the college.”

Halford also visited the college to accept an award from students in the SUNY Canton Veteran’s Association. In October 2015, he made a donation to help the students create an endowed scholarship benefiting either a veteran or their spouse as they attend college. Halford is a proud World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

By continually donating to the college, Halford has the most physical places named after him on campus. The Halford Lobby sits at the base of the college’s Faculty Office Building, the Halford Alumni Suite overlooks the ice arena and Halford Hall houses the college’s Career Ready Education and Success Training Center. Almost all of his donations are specifically designated to help students make the most out of their time at SUNY Canton.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Open Letter From Associated Colleges Presidents

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

As the presidents of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley, our four institutions may have very different histories, missions and strengths—but we all share a respect for humanity and a dedication to diversity. This goes to the core of each of our campuses’ values.

Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam all share an abiding commitment to upholding freedom, equality and liberty for each and every citizen. Our campuses are communities where all are welcome.

That is why the news of a recent hate crime perpetrated against a SUNY Potsdam faculty member, containing threats against the individual and family members, is so disturbing to each of us.

Our hearts go out to the professor and the professor’s family, who can count many friends on all four campuses and beyond among their supporters.

After the first hateful message was discovered, President Esterberg wrote in a letter to campus that “an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.” This message resonates beyond the SUNY Potsdam campus to our college communities as a whole.

This is not just an attack on one of our own – it is also an attack on SUNY Potsdam, Clarkson, SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence, and the communities that we call home. This cowardly act attempts to strike fear into the hearts of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors throughout St. Lawrence County and the North Country. It is no less than an attack on everything we represent as institutions of higher learning.

Now and always, we join together with one voice to say that we will not tolerate racism, homophobia, bigotry or threats of violence. We will not allow these contemptible acts to sow fear and divide our communities.

We stand together, unified in the belief that only through knowledge and understanding can we end hatred and fear.

Signed,

Anthony G. Collins, President, Clarkson University

Kristin G. Esterberg, President, SUNY Potsdam

William L. Fox, President, St. Lawrence University

Zvi Szafran, President, SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton Inaugurates Szafran as College’s Fourth President

Friday, April 10th, 2015

An investiture ceremony held at SUNY Canton April 10 officially inaugurated Zvi Szafran, Ph.D., as SUNY Canton’s fourth president.

Newly-inaugurated SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran motions to calm a standing ovation before addressing the collected students, faculty, staff, guests and dignitaries at his inauguration.

Newly-inaugurated SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran motions to calm a standing ovation before addressing the collected students, faculty, staff, guests and dignitaries at his inauguration.

More than 300 guests gathered in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to celebrate a new era in the college’s more than 100-year history. Distinguished Alumnus and Chairman of the SUNY Canton College Council Ronald M. O’Neill provided the welcome address and thanked those who have played an important role in the college’s past, as well as those who are leading the college in its next chapter. He congratulated Szafran on his appointment, noting, “We look forward to his long and successful tenure, and to the indelible mark he will leave on this campus.”

The inauguration week’s theme of “always moving forward” was woven throughout the event. Two student representatives — Rachel N. Zeitzmann, a freshman in the Health Science Career Studies certificate program and Pierre Nzuah, a senior in the Electrical Technology bachelor’s degree program — discussed how they incorporate the theme into their own lives.

SUNY Canton’s fourth President, Zvi Szafran, conveys his plans for the future of the college.

SUNY Canton’s fourth President, Zvi Szafran, conveys his plans for the future of the college.

Special messages were also delivered on behalf of the faculty, alumni and the College Foundation. Guest speaker Theodore Long, Ph.D., president emeritus of Elizabethtown College and longtime colleague of Dr. Szafran, told the audience, “Dr. Szafran’s commitment to SUNY Canton and his pride in its character run deep; you could have no stronger advocate.”

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher discussed the college’s role as the economic engine of the revitalization of New York State, the importance of increasing access to higher education for every resident and praised SUNY Canton as a leader in the technology field. “SUNY Canton is the Power of SUNY,” she said.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher prepares to place the SUNY Canton presidential medallion on Zvi Szafran at the inauguration of the college’s fourth president.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher prepares to place the SUNY Canton presidential medallion on Zvi Szafran at the inauguration of the college’s fourth president.

Following her remarks, she officially conferred Szafran with the SUNY Canton presidential medallion, which a Graphic and Multimedia Design student Austin Rdzanek of Saranac Lake helped design for the ceremony.

Following a standing ovation from the collected faculty, staff, students, guests and dignitaries, Szafran echoed the importance of higher education access and the college’s role in the economic growth of the North Country region.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher stands with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran at his inauguration ceremony.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher stands with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran at his inauguration ceremony.

“SUNY Canton will be the shining example to all of how a college can make a critical difference in its community and nation,” he said. “Our students will thrive in our supportive environment, enjoying an education that prepares them to create and innovate, and learn how to apply that innovation in entrepreneurial ways for our region’s needs.”

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 provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton to Hold Presidential Inauguration April 10

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

SUNY Canton invites the community to attend the inauguration of the college’s fourth president, Zvi Szafran, Ph.D., at 2 p.m. Friday, April 10, in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

President Szafran

The campus community, alumni, academic delegates, friends and area representatives will join SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher to officially install Szafran as president. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a “Canton Roo” Festival at 4 p.m. in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, which is also open to the public. The college asks community members to RSVP for both events on the 10th by visiting http://www.canton.edu/inauguration/.

The inauguration ceremony and festival are the culmination of a weeklong campus celebration that honors SUNY Canton’s heritage and marks the next era in the college’s more than 100-year history. Events throughout the week will include historical displays, walking tours and volunteer service activities. The Village of Canton also invites the community to a reception in honor of Szafran at the TAUNY Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.

“We welcome the community to join us in celebrating the inauguration of Dr. Szafran,” said Ronald M. O’Neill, SUNY Canton College Council chair and chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “His background and experience are perfectly suited to lead the college as we embark upon this new chapter together.”

About President Szafran

Szafran began his duties as president of SUNY Canton last July. He previously served as the vice president for academic affairs and professor of chemistry at Southern Polytechnic State University in the University System of Georgia. From 1998-2005, he was the vice president for academic affairs at New England College in New Hampshire.

He has also held several positions at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, including dean of science and engineering, chairman of the chemistry department, assistant to the dean of arts and sciences, and professor. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree, also in chemistry, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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 provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Board of Trustees, Presidents Ask State Legislature to “Invest in SUNY”

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

State-Operated Campus Presidents Request Extension of NYSUNY 2020 in Open Letter

Albany – State University of New York Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, chair of the Board’s Communications and External Affairs Committee, today led a delegation of SUNY trustees and leaders at an Albany press conference calling for increased state investment in SUNY.

SUNY campus presidents in every region of the state have called on the Legislature to “Invest in SUNY” at press events in recent weeks as the system campaigns for the establishment of a SUNY Investment Fund and extension NYSUNY 2020 legislation in the 2015-16 New York State Budget. The system has also established an Invest in SUNY website, outlining the details of its request and providing a vehicle for New Yorkers to lend their support.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher stands beside Board Chairman H. Carl McCall as he leads the Trustee Delegation at the Albany press conference.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher stands beside Board Chairman H. Carl McCall as he leads the Trustee Delegation at the Albany press conference.

“SUNY has a knowledge and expertise in what works and we know that, given the right amount of state investment, we can lead our students to higher degrees of access, completion, and success,” said Chairman McCall. “Chancellor Zimpher and campus presidents in every region have brought the ‘Invest in SUNY’ campaign to communities across New York State in recent weeks. The Board wholeheartedly agrees with this critical message. It’s time to increase invest in SUNY.”

“I have watched with great enthusiasm and anticipation in recent years as Chancellor Zimpher has united our stakeholders around a common vision and created a significant buzz around what it means to support SUNY,” said Ambassador Spielvogel. “Investing in SUNY will have a significant impact not only for our students, but for New York’s local and state economies. As SUNY works to increase the number of annual graduates from 93,000 to 150,000, state support through a SUNY Investment Fund is essential.”

The key component of SUNY’s budget request is an Investment Fund that will enable SUNY to bring to scale evidence-based programs known to support student success, including Finish in Four completion promises, applied learning, Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP), and expanded advisement services. These programs – proven to work at one or more SUNY campuses already – would be expanded system-wide.

SUNY is also asking the Legislature to extend NYSUNY 2020 and continue the legislation’s rational tuition policy, which adds predictability to the cost of a SUNY education through incremental annual tuition increases. Since NYSUNY 2020 was first enacted, SUNY campuses have used additional revenue generated by rational tuition to grow and expand student services, including hiring 520 net new instructional staff, 270 of whom are full-time faculty, and the implementation of 100 new degree programs reflecting high-demand areas in New York’s workforce.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran represented the Technology College sector at the Albany Press Conference.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran represented the Technology College sector at the Albany media event.

The presidents of SUNY’s state-operated campuses presented an open letter to legislative leaders today, supporting the system request and requesting an extension of the legislation through its indicated end – 2020. The presidents’ letter was presented at today’s event by UAlbany President Robert J. Jones and Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz, who both spoke at the event. A copy is available online.

Several student organizations throughout SUNY have already voiced support for its extension as well, including those at Stony Brook University, University at Buffalo, SUNY Maritime College, and SUNY Oneonta.

“We cannot plan the future of our State University on yesterday’s dollars,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature have said they want education to be a priority. By supporting our request in its entirety – establishing a SUNY Investment Fund and extending NYSUNY 2020 – New York can give SUNY the tools it needs to educate more of its residents and prepare them for success in college and career.”

Invest in SUNY

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 460,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs on 64 college and university campuses, and online through Open SUNY. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.