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SUNY Canton Named Among Most Pet-Friendly Colleges in U.S.

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The website LendEDU.com recently announced SUNY Canton has earned a spot on their list of the top 25 most pet-friendly colleges in the country.

SUNY Canton placed 13th and was chosen largely because of the college’s well-known pet-friendly housing option that began in 1997. Students are able to bring a variety of pets with them to live on campus, including cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

Cat chewing on rope

 

“SUNY Canton was a pioneer in pet-friendly housing,” said Director of Residence Life John M. Kennedy. “Our mission has always been to enhance the community-like atmosphere that we are known for, and the Pet Wing plays an important role in achieving that.”

The unique housing option is a favorite choice among students who are pursuing an associate degree in Veterinary Science Technology or a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Service Administration or Veterinary Technology. This past fall, the college doubled the size of the Pet Wing due to increased demand.

“Prior to this academic year, we could accommodate approximately 70 students who wanted to live with their pets,” Kennedy said. “We’ve since added another 70 beds, which brings our total number of pet-friendly accommodations to 140.”

In addition to the expansion, Kennedy said, the residence hall organizes activities for students and their pets, most recently “cat yoga” classes, where students can participate in the ancient practice alongside their feline companion.

Student studying with cat on bed.

SUNY Canton’s animal-friendly campus culture extends beyond the Pet Wing. Students raise funds to outfit police dogs with lifesaving Kevlar vests and to purchase supplies and food for local animal shelters. The college also sponsors pet-therapy sessions for students to relax and de-stress during finals week.

In addition to the LendEDU list, the college has been twice named to Petside.com’s Top 10 Pet-Friendly Colleges list, and Great Value Colleges.net also chose SUNY Canton as one of the best schools in the U.S. for animal lovers. The entire LendEDU list can be found here.

 

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 as members of the NCAA Division III.

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 Expands Pet-Friendly Housing

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

In response to increased requests for pet-friendly lodging this fall, the college’s Office of Residence Life has doubled the size of its popular Pet Wing in Mohawk Hall.

“Prior to this academic year, we had 70 beds in the Pet Wing,” said SUNY Canton’s Director of Residence Life John M. Kennedy. “Growing demand led us to make the decision to add an additional 70 beds, which brings our total number of pet-friendly accommodations to 140 beds.”

Student petting her cat in the Pet Wing

Kennedy added that students can request to bring a variety of pets with them to live on campus, including cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

This unique housing option, which began in 1997, has helped earn the college several awards. SUNY Canton was twice named to Petside.com’s Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges list, and Great Value Colleges.net named the college as one of the best in the U.S. for animal lovers.

“SUNY Canton was a pioneer in pet-friendly housing,” said Kennedy. “Our mission has always been to enhance the community-like atmosphere that we are known for, and the Pet Wing plays an important role in achieving that.”

 

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 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.

SUNY Canton Ranked Among the Top 10 Best Colleges for Animal Lovers

Monday, November 9th, 2015

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. Students are able to bring a variety of pets with them to live on campus, including cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

Heather M. Federow, a SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology major from Burlington Flats, sits in her room with her cat. Federow lives in the Pet Wing of Mohawk Hall.

Heather M. Federow, a SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology major from Burlington Flats, sits in her room with her cat. Federow lives in the Pet Wing of Mohawk Hall.

“SUNY Canton was a pioneer in pet-friendly housing,” said John M. Kennedy, SUNY Canton director of residence life. “Our mission has always been to enhance the community-like atmosphere that we are known for, and the Pet Wing plays an important role in achieving that.”

The unique housing option is a favorite choice among students who are pursuing an associate degree in Veterinary Science Technology or a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Service Administration or Veterinary Technology.

“There are two reasons why I chose to attend SUNY Canton: for the Veterinary Technology program and the Pet Wing,” said student Alexandria E. Kirkwood from Salisbury, N.C. “I learned about SUNY Canton while researching pet-friendly schools.”

Claudia Parr, a SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology major from Brasher Falls, plays with a cat in her room in SUNY Canton’s Mohawk Hall Pet Wing.

Claudia Parr, a SUNY Canton Veterinary Technology major from Brasher Falls, plays with a cat in her room in SUNY Canton’s Mohawk Hall Pet Wing.

The website also praised the campus’ pet-friendly environment and animal-related clubs and organizations. Most recently, students have raised funds to outfit local police dogs with lifesaving Kevlar vests, as well as provide supplies to local animal rescue organizations. The college also sponsors pet therapy sessions for students to relax and de-stress during finals week.

Great Value Colleges.net offers resources to help students find the best degree offerings, career options for graduates and more. The organization’s mission is to help students get the best possible education for their money through “high-quality, research-based articles and rankings covering a broad number of angles to help the most students possible.” The entire list can be found at www.greatvaluecolleges.net/25-great-small-colleges-for-animal-lovers/.

The accolade is the latest in a string of awards SUNY Canton has received for its animal-friendly environment. The college has twice been named to Petside.com’s Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges list.

 

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.

SUNY Canton Recognized for Remodeling Student Residence Halls

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The magazine Learning By Design recently recognized SUNY Canton with a 2015 Outstanding Project award for its residence hall renovation project.

The college was commended for its adaptive reuse of its existing facilities. The roofs, walls and exterior doors of 4 dormitories were completely replaced, but the structures retained their overall design. The entryways were remodeled to match the nearby academic buildings.

A high dynamic range image showing some of the renovations to the exterior of SUNY Canton’s Heritage Hall. The entryways were revamped and the roof and roof tiles were replaced on all four of the college’s original residence halls.

A high dynamic range image showing some of the renovations to the exterior of SUNY Canton’s Heritage Hall. The entryways were revamped and the roof and roof tiles were replaced on all four of the college’s original residence halls.

The architectural team at C&S Engineers, Inc. chose multicolored synthetic slate shingles made by DaVinci Roofscapes to replace the residences’ drab cement-tile roofs. The application was so successful that DaVinci featured SUNY Canton’s residence halls on their website to showcase their product.

Built in 1968, the four residence halls accommodate approximately 850 students. Each building is approximately 600,000 square feet and separated into three wings that vary between three and four stories in height.

SUNY Canton was recognized for renovating its residences while maintaining the original unique structure of the buildings. Pictured is the rear side of Smith Hall, shot using high dynamic range imaging to highlight the new roof tiles.

SUNY Canton was recognized for renovating its residences while maintaining the original unique structure of the buildings. Pictured is the rear side of Smith Hall, shot using high dynamic range imaging to highlight the new roof tiles.

The college completed its newest residence hall, Grasse River Suites, in 2011. It was recently renamed Kennedy Hall, and offers students single occupancy rooms in an apartment-style setting. Combined, the buildings offer several options to best-fit students’ housing needs.

In 2013, Learning By Design named SUNY Canton a recipient of an Honorable Mention award for its footbridges. The two timber-framed covered walkways serve as safe, short paths between campus and downtown Canton. Originally installed in the 1960s, the iconic bridges are specific to SUNY Canton and resemble the college’s connection with the community.

An aerial shot of the campus shows two of the SUNY Canton residence halls that underwent extensive renovations.

An aerial shot of the campus shows two of the SUNY Canton residence halls that underwent extensive renovations.

Learning By Design recognizes the nation’s most distinguished architectural organizations twice a year. The award-winning magazine showcases companies that exhibit innovation excellence and facilitate optimal learning environments.

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.

SUNY Canton Named a Top Pet-Friendly College

Friday, September 28th, 2012

NBC Universal’s Petside.com recently named SUNY Canton as a 2012 Top Ten Pet-Friendly College.

SUNY Canton earned the spot for its well-known Pet Wing housing option, which began in 1997.

“Students who live in the Pet Wing are able to bring a little piece of home with them, which can make the transition to college life easier,” said Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “Like-minded students who love their pets are able to bond with one another and develop friendships over their animal companions.”

Student holding a cat

Sara N. Grazianoa, a veterinary science technology major from Utica, plays with a cat in Mohawk Residence Hall’s Pet Wing.

Students bring a variety of pets with them including cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

This is the second year in a row the College has appeared on the list.

“We’re always looking for ways to enhance the community-like atmosphere that we are known for, and the Pet Wing plays a role in achieving that,” said John M. Kennedy, the College’s Director of Residence Life.

The Pet Wing contains a large number of students pursuing an associate’s degree in veterinary science technology or a bachelor’s degree in veterinary services management or veterinary technology. SUNY Canton is one of only 20 colleges in the nation to offer a four-year veterinary technology program.

Other schools that made the list were Washington & Jefferson College, University of Illinois, and Lehigh University.

Petside.com is a website dedicated to informing pet owners about animal health, behavior, lifestyle and trends. They provide current, topical content from around the pet care world.

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


SUNY Canton Seeks Additional Housing Options for Students

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The College is looking to area landlords and researching additional housing for students to accommodate its massive enrollment growth.

The on-campus residence halls at SUNY Canton are near capacity for the Fall 2012 Semester, prompting the College to seek assistance from area landlords to accommodate the influx of students.

“We have a large incoming first-year class and more returning students than ever before,” noted Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner, who will be the Interim SUNY Canton President as of Sept. 1. “We are considering several options to help the College and the community continue to grow. Our first step is to ask the public if any additional housing options exist off-campus.”

Grasse River Suites

Families in the area who want to rent an unused room, or landlords who expect to have vacancies should contact the College’s Residence Life Office at (315) 386-7513 or email their contact information to reslife@canton.edu.

Last fall, the College added more than 300 new on-campus rooms with the opening of Grasse River Suites Residence Hall, which features individual rooms in suite settings. The newest residence hall houses primarily upperclassmen and returning students.

“We’ll need to add even more housing as we continue our incredible growth,” noted SUNY Canton Director of Residence Life John M. Kennedy. “Our record enrollment growth has created a demand for more residential space, and it has combined with more students than ever wanting to live on campus.”

The College has broken its all-time record for applications for the third straight year and has received more than 6,500 applications for the first time in school history. As a result, College officials are anticipating a fifth straight year of record-breaking enrollment.

“The influx of students is great for the local economy,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “These students and their families shop downtown, eat at area restaurants, stay at local hotels, and use the services of North Country businesses. Our newest majors and new athletic offerings are helping to attract the best academic incoming class in the College’s history. We’re working hard to accommodate their housing needs.”

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

 

SUNY Canton Serves More Than 6,000 Students in 2011

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

More students and a fresh new look made 2011 a banner year of growth and innovation at SUNY Canton.

Approximately 6,092 students enrolled at SUNY Canton during the combined terms in 2011, according to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, including a record fall enrollment of nearly 4,000 students.

The 2011 total unduplicated headcount figure represents a 20 percent increase in the past two calendar years. In 2009, the College had a total combined enrollment of 5,103.

SUNY Canton

“We’ve grown our enrollment annually by offering in-demand majors taught by experienced and professional faculty who prepare students for their chosen careers.” Kennedy said. “Our supplementary semesters and online enrollments are growing rapidly alongside our traditional course offerings. We are reaching more students than ever before with our competitive hands-on programs and online courses.”

Among the semesters with the greatest growth were:

  • Winterterm 2010-2011 had approximately 1,170 enrollments, up 46 percent from the previous year.
  • Summer Session 2011 had approximately 1,430 enrollments, up 16 percent from the previous year.
  • Fall 2011 semester had approximately 3,825 students, up almost 50 percent from Fall 2006, and up 75 percent from Fall 2000, breaking the College’s all-time enrollment high.

In addition to the new enrollment highpoints, the College grew in almost every way. The following are some the highlights from the 2011 calendar year.

New Majors

SUNY Canton added bachelor’s degrees in veterinary technology and health and fitness promotion. The veterinary technology degree gives students in the two-year program more advanced options and has become one of the most popular new majors for incoming freshmen. Health and fitness promotion is an extension of the physical therapist assistant program and allows continuing study options for the program’s two-year graduates.

The new programs are continuing into 2012 and the College recently announced that it would be adding a Bachelor of Science in applied psychology for the Fall 2012 Semester.

SUNY Canton Campus Aerial

New Buildings                                 

SUNY Canton celebrated the completion of the new Grasse River Suites and the new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House, during the fall 2011 semester. The College’s two newest buildings have dramatically enhanced the overall atmosphere of the campus and significantly aided the College’s overall growth.

  • The $45 million Roos House added a new field house, ice rink, pool, fitness center, and office space for athletic and coaching staff. Between home games and student recreation, the building has become a hub of activity on campus.
  • The $26 million Grasse River Suites offers upperclassmen an independent apartment-style living option on campus and is helping the College house more students than ever before. The newest residence hall was built without funding from New York State or its taxpayers.

The College is currently planning two additional residence halls to continue its overall physical expansion.

A New Look for canton.edu

SUNY Canton made significant design changes to its website, allowing for larger images and easier user navigation. In 2011, the website received more than 2.2 million visits and more than 5 million individual page views.

The largest growth in visits came from mobile devices. The college had more than 29,000 mobile visits in 2010, and more than 89,000 mobile visits in 2011.

Additionally, the website received visits from 191 countries, including Canada, Russia, China, India, England, South Korea, Germany and Japan.

SUNY Canton Website

Updated Commercials

To highlight the ongoing growth, the college updated its television commercials. Students highlight the most relevant additions and changes at the College, including new majors, new sports, and new buildings. The two new 30-second spots can be viewed on the College’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cantonpr/.

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Kangaroos Move Forward

The SUNY Canton Kangaroos began its NCAA exploratory year, the first step in a process the College hopes will eventually lead to provisional and full-fledged Division III membership, The College began offering women’s volleyball and men’s golf in the past year, and new varsity teams in men’s and women’s lacrosse will begin play this spring.

College starts in High School

SUNY Canton received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Education Department in order to start the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program on campus. The College also received a $200,000 grant from the State Education Department enabling them to work with Ogdensburg Free Academy, Massena High School and St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School program.

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

 

SUNY Canton to Celebrate Newest Residence Hall

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Grasse River SuitesSUNY Canton will be sweetening the grand opening of the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall with an ice cream social.

The SUNY Canton Foundation and the Grasse River, LLC, will be holding a ribbon cutting celebration for its newest residence hall at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Grasse River Suites. Free ice cream will be available after the ceremony.

The residence hall opened to students at the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester, adding much needed on-campus housing at the College. Guided tours of the facility will be available.

“There has been a great deal of interest and excitement surrounding our newest buildings,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to showcase the beautiful new building and successful work of our foundation staff and our partnership with the Grasse River, LLC.”

Grasse River Suites

The apartment-style complex has 304 beds grouped into 83 independent living suites and is adjacent to the Cooper Service Complex. The residence hall is designed primarily for upper class students and includes a mini-store, multi-purpose classroom, and an open courtyard for recreation and outdoor activities.

The $26 million project was financed through bonds secured by a partnership created with the Town of Canton and the Canton Capital Resource Corporation. The Grasse River Suites were constructed without any state funding or taxpayer resources.

“The College and greater Canton community both benefit from our newest residence hall,” noted Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The building adds to the appeal of our campus and expands its four-year housing options, which will attract more students to the area. Each of those students will spend more time locally and our businesses and communities will continue to grow and thrive. And because these 305 students benefit from having kitchens in their suites and are only on partial meal plans, they will be shopping at local grocery stores and eating at local restaurants even more than most students.”

Northland Associates of Liverpool was the general contractor for the LEED Silver Certified building. Many area subcontractors were hired to help complete the project.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is the latest in a string of grand opening celebrations across SUNY Canton. The College recently celebrated a Taco Bell and KFC Express located next to the existing Jreck’s Subs in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Staff members are currently planning a grand opening for the Roos House Athletic Center.

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