Posts Tagged ‘budget’

SUNY Canton Students Advocate for Equal Opportunity Program in Albany

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Eight SUNY Canton Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students traveled to Albany recently to share their concerns about state budget cuts with lawmakers.

The EOP Advocacy Day is a statewide event that allows constituents to discuss higher education issues with their representatives. In all, 15 SUNY schools participated.

Pictured are SUNY Canton EOP Counselor Scott Quinell, student Ivanna M. Thompson from Brooklyn, student Crystal D. Hall from Brooklyn, Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, student Bimenyimana Onesime from Syracuse and student Richard M. McCants from Brooklyn.

Pictured are SUNY Canton EOP Counselor Scott Quinell, student Ivanna M. Thompson from Brooklyn, student Crystal D. Hall from Brooklyn, Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, student Bimenyimana Onesime from Syracuse and student Richard M. McCants from Brooklyn.

The State University of New York’s EOP provides access, academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college but who may not have otherwise been offered admission. Available primarily to full-time, matriculated students, the program supports students throughout their college careers within the University.

SUNY Canton students met with New York State Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell and State Sens. Tony Avella, Betty Little and Velmanette Montgomery. They encouraged lawmakers to restore a $632,000 cut to EOP in the state budget.

“It was a good experience for us because we were able to speak with Ms. Russell and others about EOP,” said Crystal D. Hall, a Criminal Investigations major from Brooklyn. “We shared our stories and explained why the program is so important.”

“It was a great learning experience for our students to be able to share their stories with lawmakers,” said EOP Counselor Scott Quinell. “I think they did a fine job addressing their concerns with the legislators and their staffs. It was all of the students’ first time visiting the State Capitol building in addition to speaking with elected officials.”


About SUNY Canton

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


SUNY Canton Supports New SUNY Budget Model

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Following a statewide SUNY conference call and a joint leadership meeting with SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner expressed support for SUNY’s proposed budget allocation model and the future of the colleges’ shared services efforts.

“SUNY Canton’s incredible growth over the past several years would be extremely beneficial under the new proposed budget allocation model,” President Schiffner said. “Under the new guidelines, we would benefit from that growth and be funded more appropriately for a college with an enrollment that has grown to approximately 3,800 students.”

Shared Services

President Schiffner also noted her optimism overall when the new budget model is combined with the savings the College anticipates through continued shared services efforts with SUNY Potsdam.

“Our Chief Financial Officer Natalie L. Higley has done a masterful job in recognizing and creating opportunities to save money through shared services efforts and sound business practices,” said Schiffner. “The recent praise she received at our latest College Council meeting from SUNY Central CFO Brian Hutzley highlighted many of those accomplishments. We anticipate both colleges will continue to take advantage of these savings as Natalie and the respective leadership teams continue to initiate shared resources. ”

President Schiffner pointed out that in addition to SUNY Canton’s enrollment growth benefits, the College will target future growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Those areas were identified in SUNY’s proposed budget allocation model and correspond well with the College’s engineering and technology programs.

“The new budget model is ideal for the growth of programs within our Canino School of Engineering Technology,” said Schiffner. “In the past few years, we’ve added several new bachelor’s degrees in these areas, so we are effectively aligned to benefit from this model.”


SUNY Canton President Plans Continued Growth Despite State Budget Cuts

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Joseph KennedySUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy called for innovation and thoughtful planning in order to overcome the state’s budget cuts to the SUNY System and SUNY Canton during a Faculty Assembly meeting on Tuesday.

Kennedy said the College’s extraordinary growth and previous long term planning will help SUNY Canton continue to thrive despite inevitable decreases in state support. Enrollment at the college is at an all-time high with more than 3,000 students this semester.

“By expanding to four-year degrees, increasing our online abilities, and increasing our overall attendance, we’ve significantly decreased the pain that these cuts would have otherwise inflicted on us,” Kennedy said. “We’ll be able to use some of our current cash balances over the next couple of years to ease into a transition on the way we conduct business. We recognize the state’s current financial situation and we’re working to adjust to the new budget reality that exists statewide.”

Kennedy stated that his two highest priorities regarding the budgets were to not decrease the overall quality of students’ education and to not layoff any college employees. He has been meeting with groups of employees over the past few weeks and listening to suggestions on how to work smarter, more efficiently, and more environmentally proficient.

He mentioned that the solution will be found through a variety of adjustments. Small changes will include things such as mowing less grass, plowing less snow, and resetting computer systems to maximize energy efficiency. Potential larger solutions may include shifting to a four-day class schedule as early as next semester, which would reduce energy costs and create personal savings for students and employees.

“This is not a crisis, it’s a challenge,” said Kennedy. “We’ll have many solutions and they’ll come in all different sizes, but we are positioned to manage this situation successfully and should treat this as an opportunity to once again show why SUNY Canton is a leader in higher education.”

SUNY Canton currently has more than 500 employees. Kennedy said that number will decrease over the next two years to adjust to the new budget reality, but it will likely happen through natural attrition such as retirements and relocations.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

State Budget Includes SUNY Canton CARC Project

Monday, April 7th, 2008

The 2008-09 New York State budget included $21.2 million for SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center (CARC) Project, announced President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“This funding will not only help SUNY Canton build a new athletic center,” Kennedy said, “It will dramatically transform our entire campus and help bring additional funding and jobs to the area.”

Athletic Center

In 2006, the College received $18 million to construct an ice rink and convocation center. The scope of the initial project changed dramatically because of a need for a new athletic facility. The new project is estimated to exceed $40 million, and will include a gymnasium, field house, fitness center, locker rooms, staff offices, pool and an ice rink.

Last October, the athletic department unveiled a $1.8 million all-weather lighted synthetic turf field, which is currently being utilized by both SUNY Canton’s athletic teams and several area High School and College teams.

The College has already begun planning and design phases of the construction project utilizing M/E Engineering of Plattsburgh and Architectural Resources of Buffalo, for site sampling, surveying, and blueprints. An official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for later this spring, with a projected completion date of January 2010.

“The State University Construction Fund and the architects have worked closely with us to scope out the immediate and future needs of the campus,” Kennedy said. “We still may not have all the funding for equipping the entire building, but we are certainly moving in a very positive direction.”

SUNY Canton worked closely with both former Governor Eliot Spitzer’s and Governor David A. Paterson’s administrations, state senators Darrel J. Aubertine and Joseph A. Griffo, former State Senator James W. Wright, assembly members Dede Scozzafava and Janet L. Duprey, and several other members of the New York State Legislature, and local community.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.