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SUNY Canton Names Veterans Lounge to Honor Alumnus and Donor Raymond G. Modell

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Ray Modell

SUNY Canton has named its Veterans Lounge for a 1962 graduate and U.S. Air Force veteran.

College President Zvi Szafran announced that the space would be named after Raymond G. Modell of Syracuse in a small ceremony held Thursday, Oct. 5, in Cook Hall. Modell made a significant gift to name the lounge and enhance the college’s efforts to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for veterans.

“We chose to name the lounge after Mr. Modell in recognition of his generous support and dedication to helping others,” Szafran said. “He embodies our mission and is an inspiration to future students.”

Modell was the first of his family to attend and graduate from college. He enrolled at SUNY Canton in 1960 on the GI Bill after receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force. After college, he had successful careers with General Electric and Niagara Mohawk.

“I think this lounge is a great resource for student veterans,” Modell said after unveiling a plaque outside of the space. “I know first-hand the problems of coming back to college after being away for a while. This lounge would have been a great benefit to me, and I’m sure it will be to future servicemen and women.”

President Szafran and Ray Modell unveil the new plaque in front of the Veterans Lounge.

Modell has made gifts to the Canton College Foundation every year since 1982. In 2000, he established the Modell Family Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. He is a member of the Payson-Martin Society and has included a gift to the college in his estate. Modell was inducted in the college-wide Hall of Fame in 2012.

“There isn’t a better person to recognize with the naming of the Veterans Lounge than Mr. Modell,” said Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley. “With this dedication, we honor the contributions and sacrifices made by our alumnus and friend.”

About SUNY Canton

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

SUNY Canton Collects Bras to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Davis Health Center is holding an undergarment drive and fundraiser to raise awareness about women’s health.

The college will be collecting new or gently used bras for a “Bras Across Campus” event scheduled for 10 a.m., Oct. 26 in the Southworth Library Learning Commons. All of the donations will be hung up to remind viewers about breast cancer prevention.

Students hang bras in the library.

BRAS ACROSS CANTON – Pictured are SUNY Canton students Samuel C. Benzing of Greig (front) and Tekyra S. Le’Gare of the Bronx (back) hanging up some of the bras donated for the Bras Across Campus fundraiser in the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

“The distinctive display will be used as a visual aid to emphasize the importance of self-breast exams,” said Health Educator and Wellness Coordinator Farren C. Lobdell. “SUNY Canton is one of only 25 colleges to participate in the campaign.”

Student helps Farren Lobdell prepare donations for display.

DONATIONS WELCOME – Kayla M. Goldman of East Patchogue helps Health Educator and Wellness Coordinator Farren C. Lobdell prepare some of the donations for display. The college is collecting new or gently used bras to help raise awareness about breast cancer.

Approximately 120 bras have already been collected during the drive. All donations will be distributed locally. Drop-off locations include the Wellness Promotions office in Campus Center room 134 near Rendezvous, and at the Southworth Library. There will also be an informational table for the project during the college’s Oct. 24 Health Fair.

Lobdell also mentioned a fundraising component for this campaign. Students, faculty and community members can donate to the Feel Your Boobies Foundation, which provides the college’s breast cancer prevention educational materials. The campus-wide goal is $500, with prizes at three giving levels.

 

About SUNY Canton 

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

SUNY Canton Stands With Puerto Rico

Monday, October 16th, 2017

SUNY Canton students and staff are leading several fundraising initiatives and donation drives to assist Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

SUNY Canton senior Maurizio M. Paniconi-Pagan from San Juan is partnering with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort to organize a donation drive on campus to collect supplies.

“My family was very lucky in comparison to many others,” he said. “I know people who have lost everything.”

Five students hold a Puerto Rican flag in front of the SUNY Canton digital sign.

After learning about the devastation, Paniconi-Pagan said he felt helpless being so far away from home.

“I wanted to get on a plane and be with my family, but that wasn’t possible. So, I began working on this fundraiser as a way to help.”

Donations are welcome from the community, and drop-off locations will be available until Oct. 27. At this time, only the following items are being accepted:

  • Batteries, flashlights and portable lanterns
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Cases of bottled water
  • Feminine hygiene products

All items must be unopened and in their original packaging. Drop-off locations are located at Chaney Dining Hall, Miller Campus Center Room 134, Roos House (Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center), and French Hall Room 100. Financial donations to purchase supplies will also be accepted in Miller Campus Center Room 224. For more information, call (315) 386-7608.

Online students who would like to donate can contact Coakley’s Ace Hardware in Canton by phone at (315) 386-8161 and receive 15 percent off orders for portable lanterns, batteries, flashlights or cases of water. The items will be set aside and picked up by volunteers.

SUNY Canton’s Sigma Omega Epsilon sorority, Student Greek Council, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee are supporting the drive through financial donations and collection efforts.

The SUNY Canton men’s baseball team is also organizing a t-shirt fundraiser to benefit the Clemente Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports a host of charities, including hurricane relief aid groups. Three members of the team hail from Puerto Rico and, in 2016, two players traveled with the Roos to the island in 2016 to compete in the inaugural Clemente Cup competition. To purchase a commemorative Clemente Cup shirt ($30 each), contact Men’s Baseball Head Coach Joe Carbone at carbonej@canton.edu or (315) 386-7396.

In addition, SUNY Canton Admissions Director Melissa Evans is organizing a fundraiser to aid in equine care on the island in coordination with American Association of Equine Practitioners. The organization has established a disaster relief fund to help horses and their owners recover from storm damage with feed and vet supplies. Contact Evans for more information at evansm@canton.edu or (518) 495-7669.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

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.

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.

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 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.

SUNY’s Got Your Back in Canton

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
Tajahre N. Gray, a SUNY Canton Health Care Management major from Syracuse, helps prepare comfort bags for the Renewal House in Canton.

Tajahre N. Gray, a SUNY Canton Health Care Management major from Syracuse, helps prepare comfort bags for the Renewal House in Canton.

SUNY Canton joined a State University of New York-wide effort to assemble and distribute comfort kits for survivors of sexual assault and interpersonal violence. Earlier this week Amanda D. Rowley, Title IX coordinator, Farren C. Lobdell, health educator and wellness coordinator, and Amanda L. Deckert, director of Greek life, helped students assemble 25 backpacks for children utilizing St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House services in Canton. Each bag contained coloring books, toys, toiletries, stuffed animals and snacks.

“We reached out to the campus community for donations, and we received much more than what we needed to fill the bags,” Rowley said. “We gave the remainder of the toys and any cash we received to Renewal House to supplement the backpacks.”

The college has a relationship with Renewal House, and holds fundraisers on campus, including Denim Day, a day in April  when faculty and staff contribute donations for the privilege of wearing jeans to work.

Amanda L. Deckert, director of Greek life; Christopher E. Simms, a Veterinary Services Management major from Rochester; Jobany Calderone, a Homeland Security major from New Windsor; Amanda D. Rowley, Title IX coordinator, Ryan DeRosa, a Criminal Investigation major from Canton; Tajahre N. Gray, a SUNY Canton Health Care Management major from Syracuse; and Farren C. Lobdell, health educator and wellness coordinator

A group of dedicated SUNY Canton volunteers helped package donations into backpacks and deliver them to Renewal House in Canton as part of “SUNY’s Got Your Back.” Pictured are (l to r): Amanda L. Deckert, director of Greek life; Christopher E. Simms, a Veterinary Services Management major from Rochester; Jobany Calderone, a Homeland Security major from New Windsor; Amanda D. Rowley, Title IX coordinator, Ryan DeRosa, a Criminal Investigation major from Canton; Tajahre N. Gray, a SUNY Canton Health Care Management major from Syracuse; and Farren C. Lobdell, health educator and wellness coordinator.

Area Agencies Help Promote Healthy Lifestyles at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

SUNY CantonArea agencies and campus resources will be showcased at SUNY Canton’s Fall Health Fair.

The Health Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Room 212. The event is free and open to the public. The first 100 students at the event will receive a free backpack.

“Our Green Dot program and our on-campus EMS squad will both have a table at this year’s health fair,” said Health Educator and Wellness Coordinator Farren C. Lobdell. “Both new programs will display alongside more than 30 area organizations, businesses and community resources that emphasize or encourage health or healthy lifestyle choices.”

The college adopted Green Dot, which trains students, faculty and staff how to stop sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking by intervening before a situation gets out of hand. The college’s student EMS program is new this year and provides basic support for on-campus medical emergencies.

Among the exhibitors at this year’s SUNY Canton Health Fair are:

  • ACR Health
  • Acupuncture by Design
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Body Shop Fitness and Salon
  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital
  • Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • Community Health Center of the North Country
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health Initiative
  • Healthy Way
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley
  • Kinney Drugs
  • Le-Vel
  • Mary Kay
  • North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council
  • Paula Youmell, RN
  • Planned Parenthood of the North Country, New York
  • Potsdam Food Co-op
  • Reachout Crisis and Information Hotline
  • Renewal House
  • Rose Hill Treatment Center
  • Seaway Parkinson’s Coalition
  • Seaway Valley Prevention Council
  • Lawrence County Traffic Safety Program
  • Lawrence County Public Health Department
  • Lawrence County Office for the Aging
  • State Hearing & Audiology, PC
  • Syracuse VA Medical Center
  • United Health Care
  • Watertown Vet Center’s Mobile Veteran’s Unit
  • Young Living Essential Oils

Additionally, students from the college’s Health and Fitness Promotion program will be providing health screenings and students from the Physical Therapist Assistant program will be offering free mini-massages.

For more information, email davisf@canton.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 nine exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Joins ‘Green Dot’ to Prevent Acts of Violence on Campus

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Green DotThe program’s inaugural campus-wide event will be held during the women’s volleyball game vs. SUNY Potsdam at 4 p.m. Today (Friday, Sept. 2) at Roos House Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center.

SUNY Canton is implementing the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training to make additional strides toward a safer campus.

The Green Dot slogan is “No one has to do everything, everyone has to do something.” The strategy gives students and other bystanders the means to intervene, interrupt or distract individuals before a problem erupts, according to Farren C. Lobdell, SUNY Canton’s health educator and wellness coordinator.

“We want students to be able to recognize the potential dangers of a situation before it gets out of hand,” Lobdell said. “If someone sees the possibility for harm here on campus – or anywhere – we want them to be responsive by stepping up and saying something.”

Green Dot is an organization built on the premise that everyone can help measurably reduce power-based violence, or more specifically, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Green Dots are used to counteract red dots, which typically demark an instance of personal violence on a map. A Green Dot is any behavior‚ choice‚ word‚ or attitude that promotes safety and communicates intolerance for violence.

“This strategy focuses on the actions we can all take on a daily basis to let everyone know that violence is not tolerated,” said Courtney B. Bish, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. “Everyone can take a role in making our campus and our communities safer places.”

The college began a series of Green Dot trainings last semester and has already taught nearly 300 members of the college community about violence prevention.

The next Green Dot bystander intervention training will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at SUNY Canton. The event is open to students, but preregistration is required. For more information, email greendot@canton.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.

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 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.