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SUNY Canton Receives Prestigious Award for Online Student Engagement Program

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

SUNY Canton has been recognized for improving the online student experience.

The SUNY Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers (CCSAO) selected SUNY Canton to receive the 2019 Outstanding Student Affairs award for a new program that seeks to engage online students in all aspects of campus life.

Bish and Thayer hold their Student Affairs award

Over the past two years, the college has expanded the availability of college resources and activities virtually. Online students can now watch live-stream videos of guest speakers and events; compete in varsity esports; attend career, study abroad and professional clothing fairs; present research alongside their on-campus peers; and work with an online career counselor. They are also able to participate in real-time with their professors and classmates during lectures delivered through the college’s flex class model.

SUNY Canton Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott said the project was developed in collaboration with Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish.

“Our goal was to elevate the entire experience of our online students and to explore ways to create community and connectedness in a virtual environment,” said Mott.

In addition to supporting new opportunities to engage in campus life, a SUNY Performance Improvement Fund grant allowed the college to appoint an online student engagement coordinator, Richard J. Thayer. It also assisted the campus in acquiring the technology to automate business processes, provide flex class lectures and improve accessibility on Blackboard, the college’s online learning system.

“Whatever we do on campus, our first question is, what does this mean to our students at a distance, and can it provide value for them?” Bish said. “Through this program, each department has been mobilized to think in terms of our fully online students.”

Bish and Thayer accepted the CCSAO award at the organization’s fall conference in Rochester.

“As one of only a few colleges in the nation working on a project of this scale, it’s gratifying to be recognized by our peers with this prestigious award,” Bish said. “We hope our SUNY counterparts can use this as a model to improve student success.”

Mott and Bish have also presented the online engagement program at national educational meetings, including the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Conference and the 35th annual Distance Teaching and Learning Conference.

Their work will also published in “Rethinking Student Affairs for Online Learners,” a book about best practices for educational professionals, and the journal  “Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning.”

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Draws Area Agencies to Oct. 22 Health Fair

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

SUNY Canton’s Fall Health Fair will showcase the area’s many health-related resources.

SUNY Canton

Nearly 30 organizations have joined the college for the fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites. The event is free and open to the public and is offered through the college’s Davis Health Center.

There will be a variety of health topics covered, including addiction treatment, mental health, SNAP, WIC, herbal nutrition, domestic violence and sexual assault services, preventative care, long term care, yoga, child safety, health insurance enrollment, in addition to grief and stress relief strategies. Screenings include iridology, family planning benefit program eligibility, posture screening, blood pressure, Body Mass Index, and Diabetes risk assessment. 

Participants in the Fall 2019 Health Fair include: 

  • ACR Health 
  • Child Advocacy Center of Northern New York
  • Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • Community Health Center of the North Country
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health Way
  • Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley
  • Kinney Drugs
  • Maximizing Independent Living Choices
  • North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council, Inc. 
  • Northern Area Health Education Center
  • Planned Parenthood of the North Country
  • Reachout of St. Lawrence County
  • Renewal House
  • Seaway Parkinson’s Coalition 
  • Seaway Valley Prevention Council 
  • St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers
  • St. Lawrence County Community Services 
  • St. Lawrence Health System 
  • St. Lawrence County Public Health 
  • State Hearing and Audiology
  • SUNY Canton College Association Inc. 
  • SUNY Canton Counseling Center
  • SUNY Canton EMS
  • SUNY Canton Nursing Student Association 
  • SUNY Canton Advising and First Year Experience Office
  • SUNY Canton Health and Fitness Promotion program
  • SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant program
  • Yoga Loft

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Joins Extreme Networks Esports & Education Summit, Oct. 3

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

An upcoming Syracuse-based seminar promotes success with school esports programs.

SUNY Canton officials will be among the experts to present at Extreme Network’s Esports and Education Summit held from 9 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel. 

The day-long seminar is designed for educators who want to learn about the numerous benefits an esports program can bring to a college or high school setting. The event is free, but registration is required by signing up at Extreme’s website

SUNY Canton esports athletes participate in Extreme Connect 2019 conference.

SUNY Canton unveiled its esports program in Spring 2018 with 14 students playing on three teams. As of Fall 2019, it attracted more than 100 students playing in eight games. The program inspired the creation of a tournament style esports arena, with high-speed low-latency internet connections provided by Extreme Networks.

“We’re committed to using emerging technologies to deliver next-generation education and entertainment experiences to engage our student body,” said Kyle Brown, assistant vice president and chief Information officer. “We were the first SUNY college to offer varsity esports in 2018 and have built one of the largest, dedicated digital esports arenas in the northeast. Extreme has been a great partner in our esports journey.” 

The college also partnered with Alienware to secure high-end Area 51 gaming machines to equip the space. It has since joined with Mountain Dew Game Fuel for an additional partnership. Representatives from both companies will be attending the seminar alongside management from the Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC), which is the pre-eminent governing body in college athletics offering intercollegiate videogame competition.  

“SUNY Canton has established itself as a leader in esports,” said Randy B. Sieminski, director of athletics and seminar presenter. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without the full support of our administration and the SUNY Canton community coupled with the buy in from our professional partners.” 

According to a recent global esports survey, 71% of schools are considering or might consider adding an esports program in the future. These programs are network-intensive, requiring high performance gaming workstations, audio communication among teammates, video capture and connection to broadcast sites such as Twitch and YouTube. In a competition setting, every millisecond counts so networks must deliver high performance connections to ensure the best, most competitive game environment.  

“Esports is gaining mainstream popularity, and schools are increasingly searching for and investing in digital programs that will attract and retain the next generation of students,” said Bob Nilsson, Extreme Networks director of vertical solutions marketing. “This creates an explosive market with an entirely new ecosystem of producers, sponsors, suppliers, players, audiences, and venues.”

In addition to highlighting the technology driving esports, discussions will include getting an esports program off of the ground; how esports enhances educational options; blending on-campus and online student life; and the overall benefits of a program in an academic setting. Much of the funding used to launch the program was provided by a SUNY Performance Investment Fund Grant. 

“Esports supports and naturally connects with so many of our academic majors such as Game Design and Development, Cybersecurity, Graphic and Multimedia Design, Technological Communications and many others, including our engineering and STEM offerings,” said Molly A. Mott, SUNY Canton associate provost and dean of academic support services. “It’s also been shown that engaged students are more successful with higher retention and graduation rates. Esports helps us improve on those goals in addition to offering opportunities for our large percentage of online students to participate in a collegiate athletic program.”

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading. 

SUNY Canton Holds “After the Fire” Presentation with Residence Hall Blaze Survivors

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Two survivors of the Jan. 19, 2000 fire at Seton Hall University will be visiting SUNY Canton to discuss their perseverance, hope, inspiration, courage and friendship.  

Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons will be screening the acclaimed documentary “After the Fire” and discussing their New York Times Best-Selling book at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Roos House Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center Field House. 

After the Fire movie poster

Simons and Llanos will share their story of survival after their freshmen residence hall was set on fire as a fraternity prank gone wrong. Students can expect to learn fire safety tips as the speakers aim to inspire and motivate the audience. 

The two speakers talk about their ordeal of being college burn survivors nationally at many colleges and high schools across the country. They also speak at conferences as well as at fire safety training seminars. Their motive is to be advocates for fire safety and prevention so that no other students will have to endure the pain that they suffered. Also, they strive to be the voice of many burn survivors across the country who may feel “trapped in their new skin.” 

This is the second time that the highly acclaimed speakers have visited the campus. Their first presentation several years ago was so well received, both the Office of Residence Life and the Student Government Association decided to bring them back for a repeat engagement. 

The event is free and open to all SUNY Canton students. Due to the popularity of this presentation, non-student visitors and community members are asked to RSVP with the SUNY Canton Office of Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership, 315-386-7315 or emailing ellis111@canton.edu

Classes Start on August 22 – Follow Monday-Tuesday Schedule

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Welcome Back – Classes begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Students are to follow their Monday schedule on the first day, and a Tuesday schedule on Friday, Aug. 23. The normal weekly schedule goes into effect the following week.

Two students sit in Adirondack chairs in front of Kennedy Hall

New Students – Don’t forget there will be a Roos Rising event at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Roos House. Online students can participate virtually on Roo Life. Tweet using the hashtag #roosrising during the event for a chance to be highlighted by the college.

Students carry bags as they move into the residence halls.

SUNY Canton Retail Dining Associate Receives Northstar Award

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

The SUNY Canton student body has selected a College Association retail dining associate to receive the 2019 Northstar Award.

Vicki J. Lavoie, who has worked at the college for 20 years, was presented with the honor by student representatives from the College Activities Board and the Student Government Association.

Courtney Bish, Kaitlyn Trusty, Sidei Clouden, Vicki Lavoie, and President Szafran
Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish, Student Government Association Vice President Kaitlyn Trusty, College Activities Board President Sidei Clouden, College Association Retail Dining Associate Vicki J. Lavoie, and SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.

The annual Northstar Award is given to one faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the college. Lavoie has worked as the lead dining associate at one of the most popular eateries on campus, Cyber Café, since 2004. Prior to that, she was a supervisor at Chaney Dining Center. Students praised her dedication to customer service and efforts to create a welcoming environment throughout her entire career.

“Vicki is a beloved member of the campus community because of her warm and caring personality,” said College Activities Board President Sidei Clouden, a Veterinary Services Administration major from Brooklyn. “She has made significant contributions to the overall student experience, and we believe she is one of the many people who make SUNY Canton an outstanding place.”

Lavoie said she enjoys seeing students succeed in and out of the classroom, and it’s the relationships she forms with them that make her job worthwhile.

Vicki Lavoie gives an acceptance speech behind a podium.
College Association Retail Dining Associate Vicki J. Lavoie addresses a group of college students upon winning the Northstar Award. The accolade is bestowed upon a faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the college.

“It has always been my pleasure to be a part of their journey here,” she said. “I’m very grateful to the students for selecting me to receive this prestigious award.”

Lavoie’s dedication was previously recognized by the SUNY Canton College Council, who presented her with the annual Employee Recognition Award in 2010.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 18 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Brings Gunna, City Girls & Eddie Cito for North Country Hip Hop Show, April 28

Monday, March 25th, 2019
Gunna

SUNY Canton students have selected a three-act rap and R&B lineup to perform for the college’s spring concert. 

The concert will be headlined by Georgia-based rapper Gunna, along with performances by City Girls and North Country artist Eddie Cito. Doors open at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. Tickets cost $20 for SUNY Canton students, $40 for general admission advanced tickets with $50 tickets available at the door for cash only.

Tickets are currently available for purchase in person through the Student Activities Office in the SUNY Canton Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Tickets are also available online at http://www.canton.edu/tix/. For more information, call 315-386-7315 or email studentactivities@canton.edu

City Girls

“The Student Government Association and College Activities Board reached out to students to create an impressive Hip-Hop lineup,” said Sidei S. Clouden, a Veterinary Services Administration student and College Activities Board president. “We are delighted that the college was able to bring in two of our favorite popular recording artists and were thrilled to connect with local favorite Eddie Cito.” 

Eddie Cito - Hold On Album Cover

In addition to the impressive lineup of popular artists, the college will select one student to open for the acts. The winner of the Canton Idol talent show will be invited to perform ahead of the concert. Canton Idol will run March 29-30 at SUNY Canton. Both current and prospective students are invited to participate. Cito is scheduled to be a guest of honor during the talent show.  

About the artists:

Gunna became interested in music as a hobby in his early teens and became serious about the possibility of a career in hip-hop around 2016, when he was introduced to Atlanta’s MC Young Thug. Before long Gunna was in the studio hopping on Young Thug’s track “Floyd Mayweather,” where he lent a verse alongside rap superstars Gucci Mane and Travis Scott. That feature was enough to jettison Gunna into relative fame, and he became affiliated with Young Thug’s “YSL.” He previously toured with Playboi Carti and Travis Scott. Gunna earned himself the top debut project on the Billboard 200 with Drip or Drown 2, which came in third overall. Gunna has previously peaked second on the ranking with his previous project, Drip Harder, a collaboration with Lil Baby. 

Miami female rap duo City Girls released their debut album Period via Quality Control Music / Motown Records / Capitol Records in May 2018. The groups artists, known as JT and Yung Miami, have been heralded as honorable descendants in the lineage of Miami’s legendary music culture and are the latest in a long history of powerful women in the rap genre. They were featured in the documentary “Point Blank Period” following the City Girls as they break into an industry predominantly controlled by men. They have previously recorded tracks with, and have toured with Cardi B. They are currently touring with Lil Baby. 

Eddie Alberto Colon Jurado, or Eddie Cito, is an American singer and songwriter originally from Fajardo, Puerto Rico. He joined the Army at age seventeen and eventually landed in Upstate New York. After his military service he remained in the Watertown area. Cito’s debut single “Hold On” has received extensive radio play and he previously opened for Chris Daughtry during the Disabled Persons Action Organization’s Summer Concert Series. 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Requests Donations for Online Clothing Fair

Monday, January 14th, 2019

SUNY Canton is accepting gently used professional attire from the community for their annual clothing fair, which, for the second year in a row, will be held online.“The website allows all students—online and on campus—and members of the local community who are in need of business wear to browse clothing at their convenience via the internet,” said Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott. “We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the new online format last year, and we expect to fulfill even more orders this year.”

A student packages up professional clothing to send to an online student.

Community members may drop off donations at 49 Main Street in Canton during the following days and times or at the SUNY Canton Ready Center (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.):

  • Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. 3 p.m.
  • March 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Organizers request that donors use the public parking lot to the right of Hodskin Street and utilize the back entrance. The following items are being requested:

  • Men’s and women’s professional suits
  • Collared shirts
  • Accessories
  • Blouses
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Dress shoes; no sneakers or athletic shoes
  • Professional scrubs
  • Dress pants
  • Blazers and dress jackets
  • Sweaters
  • Ties
  • Scarves
  • Dress socks, nylons and tights in original packaging

The website, sunycantonclothingfair.org, will be available exclusively to SUNY Canton students from April 10-19. Community members will be able to browse clothing from April 20-28. All items are free of charge.

The fair is sponsored by a SUNY Investment Fund grant, which helps support the needs of online learners. For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Career Services Office at (315) 386-7119.

Notice to Persons with Disabilities

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Pursuant to the State University of New York policy, SUNY Canton is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.  Employees, students, applicants, or other members of the campus community (including, but not limited to, vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Inquiries regarding the application of laws, regulations, and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Co-Affirmative Action Officers, William Jones at (315) 386-7063/joneswt@canton.edu or Lashawanda Ingram at (315)386-7128/ingraml@canton.edu.  Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Amanda Deckert, at (315) 386-7688/wood121@canton.edu. Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. (646) 428-3800; email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

Should a user encounter inaccessible content or functionality on the SUNY Canton website, please contact the Web Designer, Travis Smith at (315) 3867417/smitht@canton.edu. View SUNY Canton’s Accessibility Statement for more detail on web accessibility.

If you would like to file a formal complaint regarding accessibility of SUNY Canton’s website, please contact Title IX Coordinator, Amanda Deckert, at (315) 3867688/wood121@canton.edu.

Military Times Magazine Names SUNY Canton a ‘Best for Vets’ College

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Best for Vets Colleges 2019 badge
Military Times magazine has once again named SUNY Canton as a top school for veterans, services members and military families in its annual “Best for Vets” issue.

The college was ranked among the top 20 career and technical schools in the nation that demonstrate “a record of steadfast service and dedication to those who have served,” according to Military Times Editor George Altman.

“Fewer than half of the roughly 500 colleges and universities that competed for the recognition earned the right to call themselves Best for Vets in 2019. Their efforts should be commended,” he added.

This is the fourth year in a row SUNY Canton has been named to the list, primarily due to the outstanding support services the college offers veterans and service members. A dedicated Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator helps students navigate the programs and services needed to attain their educational goals, and the Raymond G. Modell ’62 Veterans Lounge and Battle Buddy Center offers a space on campus where veterans and active duty members can socialize and build camaraderie. 

“Without the services SUNY Canton has provided, I would not have been able to make it this far in a traditional college setting,” said senior Nursing student and Army veteran Melissa G. Thomas. “The support of staff and faculty, along with the ability to connect with my fellow veterans, have allowed me to be successful.”

The college also became the first four-year SUNY institution to implement an application fee waiver policy for all active-duty, National Guard, reserve and veteran students. 

In addition, the SUNY Canton Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center for Workforce Development has partnered with Fort Drum to help service members who are transitioning out of the military develop the skills needed to work in the solar energy industry. The program, called “Solar Ready Vets,” launched in 2016 and has trained more than 100 soldiers.

In recognition of Veterans Day, a luncheon will be held on campus Nov. 14 for all SUNY Canton faculty, staff and students who have served the nation.

View he 2019 Military Times rankings. 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.