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SUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. Kristina M. Johnson as the 13th Chancellor

Monday, April 24th, 2017

 

Chancellor Kristina JohnsonThe State University of New York Board of Trustees today announced the appointment of Dr. Kristina M. Johnson as the 13th chancellor of SUNY, the largest comprehensive system of public higher education in the United States.

“Dr. Johnson brings an incredibly impressive and broad range of skills to her new position,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Her background as a researcher, entrepreneur, educator, public servant and engineer will be an unbelievable asset to our system and our students. We look forward to working with her to build upon the successes SUNY Canton has achieved in developing new programs; championing diversity and inclusion; and fulfilling New York State’s need for graduates with applied skills, particularly in STEM disciplines.”

Dr. Johnson is the founder and chief executive officer of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, which develops hydroelectric generation facilities that provide clean energy to communities and businesses throughout the country. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as U.S. Under Secretary of Energy and served as Johns Hopkins University provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

“Throughout her distinguished career, Kristina Johnson has not only been a faculty member, administrator, and visionary in higher education but also a dedicated public servant, national energy czar, successful entrepreneur, and an acclaimed inventor,” said SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall. “We are thrilled to welcome her to SUNY, where her range of experience will enable her to leverage the incredible work of our 64 colleges and universities. On behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees and Search Committee, I want to thank Governor Cuomo, whose commitment to public higher education helped us to attract a top candidate, and Nancy Zimpher, whose leadership of SUNY over the last eight years has raised the profile of this position to an all-time high.”

“Dr. Johnson is a proven leader and innovator whose cross-sector experience and strong belief in the power of education will be a great benefit to The State University of New York,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “In academia, she has brought stakeholder groups together to create and implement strategic vision crafted at the hands of many. On the national forefront, she successfully managed and uplifted our country’s most advanced energy research. And as a former faculty member turned entrepreneur, time and again she has bridged the gap between higher education and business to create programs that prepare students for in-demand careers. The future of SUNY is indeed bright under the leadership of Dr. Johnson.”

Throughout her career, Dr. Johnson has been an advocate for women in leadership, advanced STEM and STEAM education, pioneered the creation of jobs through higher education-industry partnerships, established intensive research opportunities for students and faculty, and positioned leading institutions of higher education for greater success through the development of innovative strategic plans.

“The State University of New York is a complex, captivating system like no other in higher education, and the opportunity to serve as its chancellor is the highest honor of my career,” said Dr. Johnson. “I look forward to building on the excellent foundation for SUNY that Governor Cuomo, Chancellor Zimpher, and the Board of Trustees have developed in partnership with SUNY presidents, faculty, staff, and students as well as the communities they serve in every region.”

Dr. Johnson is an inventor and entrepreneur who holds 118 U.S. and international patents. She became a member of the National Academy of Inventors and the National Academy of Engineering in 2016 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, together with Gary Sharp, in 2015, for the development of polarization-control technologies that enabled high quality 3D movies and TV.

Chancellor Zimpher will step down from the position in June 2017 after an eight-year term during which she has positioned the university system as a national model through an unprecedented partnership with Governor Cuomo. Dr. Johnson’s appointment as chancellor is effective September 5, 2017, at an annual state salary of $560,000. Interim leadership for the period between June and September will be appointed by the SUNY Board of Trustees at its June 21, 2017, meeting.

 

About Dr. Kristina M. Johnson

Dr. Johnson received her B.S. with distinction, M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. After a NATO post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, she joined the University of Colorado-Boulder’s faculty in 1985 as an assistant professor and, later, full professor. From 1994 to 1998, Dr. Johnson directed the NSF/ERC for Optoelectronics Computing Systems Center at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.

As dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University from 1999 to 2007, Dr. Johnson created intensive student/faculty research partnerships and led a strategic planning process, “Building on Excellence,” which established new cross-disciplinary research programs while also increasing undergraduate enrollment by 20 percent, doubling the number of graduate students, tripling research expenditures, and tripling the university’s physical infrastructure through the design and construction of the world-class Fitzpatrick Center for Interdisciplinary Engineering, Medicine, and Applied Sciences.

Additionally under her leadership at Duke, endowment increased tenfold under the Campaign for Duke University, and the Blue Devil (Venture) Fund was established to support the Pratt School of Engineering. She worked closely with Pratt School of Engineering faculty and department chairs to increase the percentage of women faculty from 6 to 19 percent, hiring 55 faculty during her term, including 19 early career award winners, one elected to the National Academy of Engineering, and one nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physics.

As provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Johns Hopkins University from 2007 to 2009, Dr. Johnson was second-in-charge of the university with direct oversight of the academic operations and budget of nine schools that included leading interdisciplinary programs, academic centers, and institutes. During her term, she led a university-wide strategic planning process, “Framework for the Future,” and bolstered leadership in research, new initiatives, and graduate programs, including the creation of the Mosaic Initiative to recruit outstanding faculty, launch of the Discovery Grant Program for faculty-led initiatives, and management of the university’s ten-year accreditation review.

Named an NSF Presidential Young Investigator in 1985 and a Fulbright Faculty Scholar in 1991, Dr. Johnson’s academic awards include the Dennis Gabor Prize for creativity and innovation in modern optics (1993) and the John Fritz Medal (2008), which is widely considered the highest award in engineering, as previous recipients include Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Orville Wright.

Dr. Johnson was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame (2003) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2015. She received the Society of Women Engineers Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), the ARCS Foundation Eagle Award for science and education (2009), and the Woman of Vision Award for Leadership by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (2010). She holds 42 U.S. patents, has published 149 referenced papers and proceedings, and received honorary degrees from University of Alabama a Huntsville, Tufts University, McGill University, and Trinity College, Dublin.

Recognized for her work in technology transfer and entrepreneurship by the states of Colorado and North Carolina, she received the 2010 Milton Steward Award from the Small Business Technology Council (SBTC), and is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, International Electronics and Electrical Engineering (IEEE), the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Johnson is married to Ms. Veronica Meinhard, the Senior Executive Director of Principal Gifts and Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). Previously, Ms. Meinhard worked for 21 years at the University of Florida in various capacities in University Development and Alumni Affairs.

 

About The State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school and business in the state. In 2015-16, SUNY served nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. 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 and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree are SUNY alumni. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.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 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 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.

Roody Roo Enters in SUNY’s Mascot Madness Competition

Monday, March 13th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Mascot, Roody Roo, will be competing in the fifth annual SUNY-Wide Mascot Madness tournament.

Approximately 40 mascots from SUNY Colleges across the state enter in the running. The competition is determined by online voting through the SUNY Big Ideas Blog. The most popular characters advance through a NCAA March Madness inspired bracket.

Voting is set to kick off at noon Tuesday, March 14. Roody is matched against Stinger the Hornet from SUNY Broome Community College in the first round.

Round 1: March 14 (noon) – March 16 (4 p.m.)
Round 2: March 20 (noon) – March 22 (4 p.m.)
Round 3: March 24 (noon) – March 27 (4 p.m.)
Round 4: March 29 (noon) – March 31 (4 p.m.)
Round 5: April 3 (noon) – April 5 (4 p.m.)

Last year, the kangaroo from Canton made it to the final four but was taken out by Wolfie Seawolf from Stony Brook University.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran enthusiastically supports this friendly competition, and even appeared in a new college video documenting Roody’s efforts to prepare for Mascot Madness. The college’s Videographer, Morgan D. Elliott, created a training montage set to the theme of the original Rocky movie.

Vote for Roody

“Mascot Madness helps promote SUNY Canton spirit,” noted Szafran. “I may be biased, but I think we’ve got a strong shot at the title this year.”

Roody has appeared in eight of the college’s videos which are used for both on and off campus promotion.

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.

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.

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.

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 Hosts ‘Fair and Impartial’ Policing Course

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

New York State University PoliceSUNY Canton is employing state-of-the art methods to help its police force understand and address the issue of bias in law enforcement.

A recent training program held on campus offers a science-based approach to providing an understanding of the differences between implicit and explicit bias; the impact of biased policing on community members; and skills for fair, impartial and effective policing.

The State University of New York is the largest university system in the country to offer the training to its campuses.

“This course is considered the gold standard of its type within the law enforcement community,” said SUNY Canton University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin. “It has been adopted by hundreds of international, federal, state and local agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the California Department of Justice and the Toronto Police Service.”

Mulkin, who conducted the seminar, has already been through a rigorous anti-bias training program that was held in January. He and 23 other SUNY campus representatives were chosen to learn about this new approach and pass their knowledge on to their officers.

“This is something that SUNY has been working on for quite some time,” he said. “It’s one of the SUNY Chancellor’s and SUNY Commissioner’s top priorities.”

The course was developed by Lorie Fridell, an associate professor of criminology at the University of Florida and has been endorsed by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

The training was attended by SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam University Police Officers, as well as a representative from the St. Lawrence County Sherriff’s Office.

  

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 Staff Member Receives Prestigious Award

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

An administrative professional who has worked at the college for more than 38 years has been chosen as the recipient of the 2016 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

Janet E. Livingston, a secretary 2 in the office of the Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies, was presented with the award at the college’s annual Recognition Day ceremony May 13.

Janet-Livingston

Established in 2008, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service rewards exceptional achievements and superior performance. Livingston is the first SUNY Canton employee to receive this honor.

She began her career at SUNY Canton as a stenographer in the Word Processing Center in 1977 and was promoted several times while working for Residence Life and Student Affairs. Her responsibilities in the Office of the Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies include organizing the college’s academic recovery effort, which is critical to student retention.

“Janet understands student challenges and provides exceptional customer service to those who may be struggling academically,” said President Zvi Szafran. “She offers guidance and support to help them work through stressful situations.”

Szafran also noted that Livingston has regularly gone above and beyond the scope of her duties during the course of her career, most notably during a recent leadership transition where she supported two divisions. She is a member of the college’s Emergency Communications Team and volunteers her time to assist students with their transition from high school to college, particularly during new student orientation events.

“Above all, Janet is a strong student advocate and passionate supporter of student success,” Szafran added. “She uses her incredible knowledge about the college to help students complete whatever process they are seeking to navigate.”

 

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 Math Instructor Receives Chancellor’s Award for Adjunct Teaching

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Fred SaburroA passionate and creative math instructor from SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology will be receiving the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching for the 2015-16 academic year.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced Frederick W. Saburro was one of the recipients of the annual award, which recognizes consistently superior teaching. Saburro will receive his ceremonial medallion and faculty recognition at SUNY Canton’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony, held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in the SUNY Canton Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

“Adjunct faculty are a critical component as SUNY seeks to ensure access, completion, and success for all students, and those honored with this year’s award are the best of the best,” Zimpher said. “Congratulations to all of the faculty receiving this award, which recognizes continued excellence in providing SUNY students with effective, motivational instruction that prepares them for success in college and career.”

Saburro has taught mathematics for almost twelve years and he’s also been tutoring in the Math and Science Lab for the last two years. Despite having already completed his Master of Science degree in secondary mathematics, he has participated in several classes at SUNY Canton to become a better teacher and tutor.

“Mr. Saburro is a dedicated teacher who spends nearly all of his time and energy teaching and tutoring,” President Zvi Szafran said. “He is single-minded on the success of all students.”

The adjunct instructor recently secured a SUNY Canton College Foundation Campus Enhancement Award to help fund peer tutors. He has also won two awards from students involved with Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society.

“Teaching is a collaboration between teachers, students, administration and staff, Saburro said. “That’s what makes it so much fun and exciting.”

According to Michael J. Newtown, interim dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology, Saburro has been a model adjunct instructor. “His passion for teaching allows students to see the exciting side of mathematics,” he said.

Saburro is also the faculty liaison for the men’s baseball team. He will be travelling with the players to Puerto Rico for the Clemente Cup Thursday, March 3.

Prior to teaching at SUNY Canton, Saburro taught middle and high school mathematics for the Schenectady City School District and taught college preparatory math in Jamaica.

He resides in Colton with his wife Hyacinth.

 

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 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Applications Up 20 Percent at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

SUNY CantonApplications for the Fall 2016 semester are at a three-year high at SUNY Canton.

The college has received nearly 3,000 freshman applications, approximately 20 percent more than in 2015, according to a recent report from SUNY. The overall growth in applications among all SUNY Colleges of Technology is about 5 percent.

“Our application percentage increase is higher than that of every other SUNY school at this point” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “This is a solid step toward our goals, and can be attributed to our excellent faculty, facilities, programs, and highly ranked academic support services. Students are looking for a hands-on, STEM oriented education and SUNY Canton is the best place for applied learning.”

The Office of Admissions has embarked on several new recruiting methods. Recently they conducted a peer recruitment program, where area high school seniors could meet with current college students to talk about the SUNY Canton experience.

The college will be welcoming students to its final Open House of the Spring semester April 2. SUNY Canton will also host Admitted Student Days March 4, April 8 and April 23. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions (315) 386-7123 or email admissions@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 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Awards More Than $1 Million to SUNY Canton and Jefferson Community College

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

suny-logoState University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recently awarded SUNY Canton and Jefferson Community College more than $1 million for two initiatives aimed at increasing enrollment.

The grants are part of SUNY’s Investment and Performance Fund, which helps support the goal of boosting the number of degrees awarded annually statewide to 150,000 by 2020.

“These awards are a remarkable sample of what SUNY campuses are prepared to do in order to help more students complete their degree,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Whether it’s working with area high schools to get students ready for college, supporting students at risk of falling behind, or providing an applied learning opportunity to ensure career success, SUNY is committed to improving student outcomes at every stage.”

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton will receive $575,000 to expand “Jump Start,” a program that furthers the college’s mission of accessibility. The eight-week intensive boot camp is designed to allow more than 100 incoming freshmen students fulfill general education requirements before the start of their first semester. They will also take three credits of life-skills training, including the college’s First Year Experience class, and will have full access to the college’s outstanding tutoring and academic support services.

“The Jump Start award will allow hundreds of students the possibility of a college degree and a life-changing experience,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “It will strengthen their foundation in Math, Science, and English, and provide coaching in time management, critical thinking and public speaking.”

Jefferson Community CollegeIn addition, SUNY Canton and Jefferson Community College will be awarded $500,000 to implement an initiative called “Transitioning Veterans from Boots and Books and Beyond.” The program will provide support services exclusively for former military members who are transitioning to a college environment.

“We are simply thrilled that our veterans services proposal developed in partnership with SUNY Canton has been funded by SUNY,” said Carole A. McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College. “Research tells us that one of the biggest obstacles for degree completion among veterans is the transition from the highly structured military culture to a less structured, self-driven learning culture. This grant will allow the veterans services offices at both campuses to provide enhanced support tailored specifically for veterans.”

The colleges will work together to develop a strong advising and academic support network for veterans who begin their academic career by earning an associate degree at Jefferson Community College and transfer to SUNY Canton to complete a bachelor’s degree. Services will include academic coaching, financial literacy training, a free book loan program and specialized workshops.

“We look forward to this collaboration with Jefferson Community College in helping our nation’s veterans reach their educational goals,” Szafran added. “This program will improve retention and graduation rates among former military service members, which aligns perfectly with SUNY’s objective to increase the number of degrees by 2020.”

 

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 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

 

About Jefferson Community College

One of 30 community colleges supervised by the State University of New York, Jefferson was chartered in 1961 and is accredited by the Middle States Association. Jefferson is the community’s leading resource for leading better lives, offering Associate degrees for career preparation or for transfer to a 4-year college, certificate programs; online learning; lifelong learning through personal enrichment workshops; business and industry training; and cultural enrichment opportunities for the entire Watertown/Fort Drum region.  It currently serves approximately 4,000 full- and part-time students from Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties, including a significant number of service members and their families from nearby Fort Drum.