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SUNY Canton Recognizes Student Chancellor’s Award Winners

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Two students will be receiving special recognition for outstanding academic and community achievement at SUNY Canton’s 109th Commencement Ceremony held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

Poornima Rathika Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara, a Health and Fitness Promotion student from Sri Lanka, and Sarah N. Nuss, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Wynantskill both earned the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. They recently received their awards at a special ceremony in Albany and will wear special medals denoting their accomplishment at commencement.

“It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of students who have surpassed SUNY’s highest standards of academic excellence and leadership both on and off campus,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Every student we recognize today has demonstrated a strong commitment to their degree program, home campus, greater community, and much more. Congratulations to all of the students receiving this year’s award.”

Chancellor Zimpher, Poornima Rathika Balasubramaniam Nanayakkara, President Szafran

Nanayakkara came to SUNY Canton through an educational agreement with the International Institute for Health Sciences in Sri Lanka, having previously earned a Computer Technology Diploma in her home country. She earned an Associate Degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program and then joined the college’s four-year Health and Fitness Promotion program.

She’s been on the President’s List every semester of her college career. She won the award for the highest GPA in her program and is a member of both the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program. Nanayakkara has also been a Resident Assistant on campus for the past year and has been both a volunteer and professional tutor in the college’s Math and Science Tutoring Center.

Chancellor Zimpher, Sarah Nuss, President Szafran

Nuss is the vice president of the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter and led the design team for this year’s steel bridge. She helped the team earn second place in a recent regional competition.

She has been a frontrunner and active member of six clubs and societies on campus, including serving as president of the Outdoor Adventure Club and a senator for the Environmental Change Organization. She is the cofounder of the new Society of Women Engineers and has been a role model for young women looking into entering the science, engineering and technology fields.

Nuss has been extensively involved with undergraduate research and has coauthored three publications in the Geological Society of America Conference Abstracts Bulletin related to water quality, erosion prediction, and sediment loading of the Grasse River in Canton.

 

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 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 Moves Up and is Recognized for Diversity in U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

US News RankingsSUNY Canton has moved up 21 spots and received a new mention for its student diversity in this year’s U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings.

The college jumped from 44 to 23 on the list of Regional Colleges North rankings and was ranked 13 in Top Public Schools. It is noted among its peer universities and is one of only six SUNY colleges in the category.

“It’s tremendously gratifying to see the progress we make year-to-year in the U.S. News rankings,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We are a diverse campus with a focus on applied learning and technology. It’s exciting to see more people become aware of our great academic programs and excellent learning environment.”

Miller Campus Center

 

New this year, the college was noted for its diverse student body. Approximately 28 percent of students at SUNY Canton identify as belonging to an ethnic minority group and 25 percent identify as an under-represented minority.

“Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths,” noted Co-Chief Diversity Officer Lashawanda Ingram. “When you think about it, there is no better way for students to learn about different people than from others who share the same goals in higher education and in life.”

The college is planning on opening a diversity center later this year under the supervision of its two newly appointed co-chief diversity officers. Ingram, and Professor William T. Jones are overseeing the initiative.

U.S. News rankings are established using data provided by SUNY Canton. Eligible schools are ranked on key measures including graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, alumni giving, and other statistics.

“The U.S. News & World Report rankings are a testament to the excellent programs and services provided by faculty and staff across SUNY, and a reminder to our current and future students that SUNY is dedicated to providing them with a highly valuable degree that will serve them well long after graduation,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to SUNY Canton on this much-deserved recognition.”

Some of the college’s other new designations are available in the U.S. News’ “College Compass” which includes subscription only content.

SUNY Canton has previously been recognized by the publication, having earned a mention on the 2016 “Best Online Programs” list.  The college offers nine fully online bachelor’s degree programs in a number of disciplines, including finance, management, nursing and healthcare.

 

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.

Veterinary Technology Student Earns Chancellor’s Award at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Rebecca BurnsA student who is earning both a two and four-year degree from SUNY Canton received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence during a special awards ceremony held April 5 in Albany.

Rebecca A. Burns of Pine City, who is graduating in May with her Associate Degree in Veterinary Science Technology, was among the student honored for academics and civic involvement.

“This award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to stand-out SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and SUNY’s world-class faculty and staff,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

Following a lifelong fondness of animals, Burns decided to attend college for the sole purpose of learning to be a veterinary technician.

“We’ve had a goat farm since I was about 10 years old,” Burns said. “I’ve always been interested in animals.”

She is a member of the SUNY Canton honors program and presented research twice during the college’s Scholarly Activities Celebration. She is a member of Tau Phi Zeta honor society and the SUNY Canton Veterinary Technician Association.

Burns received President’s List honors for two consecutive years. She received the Community Foundation Scholarship, Lawrence German Endowed Scholarship, Betsy B. Kaplan Memorial Endowed Scholarship, and Marie Simmons Scholarship. She is a student leader and student assistant in SUNY Canton Math and Science Tutoring Center, and works as a peer tutor through the Office of Accommodative Services. She volunteers at Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm, Pray Road Stables and the Potsdam Humane Society.

Burns will be returning to SUNY Canton next year to finish up her four-year degree in Veterinary Technology.

She is a member of the St. Therese Chapel Polyphonic Choir and Potsdam Community Chorus. Her twin sister studies music education at SUNY Potsdam.

 

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.

ASCE Student Chapter President Receives Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

An aspiring engineer and president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter at SUNY Canton received a Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Codi D. McKee, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Barker, received his citation from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher at a special awards ceremony held Tuesday, April 5, in Albany. He will be recognized again at SUNY Canton’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony.

Codi McKee

“This award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to stand-out SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and SUNY’s world-class faculty and staff,” Zimpher said.

McKee is one of the most active students at the college and in the School of Engineering Technology. He is the Engineering Club president, and helped design the ASCE chapter’s competition-ready steel bridge. He’s also the Student Government Association sergeant-at-arms and has been a resident assistant. He helped construct an outdoor remote-control car racetrack on campus, initiated the ASCE Student Chapter’s Adopt-A-Highway Program and received the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club Helping Hands Award.

“When you are at school, you aren’t only learning from your classes,” McKee said. “You learn from other people and the experiences you have.”

He received the SUNY Canton Academic award for the highest grade-point average (GPA) in his discipline three times. He also received the Richard W. Miller Excellence Award, Canino Prize for Academic Excellence, and is a National Science Foundation S-STEM Scholar. He has been on the President’s List for his entire SUNY Canton career and has received multiple scholarships. He is a member of the Tau Alpha Phi National Honor Society and the Golden Key International Honor Society.

McKee is a member of the St Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, SUNY Potsdam Campus Community Band section leader, Jack Kelley’s Little Big Band, and even directed a small jazz ensemble at SUNY Potsdam.

After graduation, McKee is planning to attend graduate school and then earn his professional engineer’s license.

 

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.

University Police Schedule Shelter in Place Drill March 24 at SUNY Canton

Monday, March 14th, 2016

The college will test its new Rave alert system alongside college-wide lockdown scenario. 
SUNY Canton University Police will be staging an exercise to help the campus community understand the procedures and precautions necessary during a lockdown situation.

The 30-minute shelter in place drill will commence at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at the main campus, located at 34 Cornell Drive. Everyone on campus will be encouraged to stay inside, or go inside the nearest building and wait for the completion of the test.

“We want everyone to go into an interior room, close and lock the door if possible and stay away from the windows,” University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin elaborated. “Although this is just a test, similar to a fire drill, we want everyone to follow our directions as if this were an actual emergency.”

Mulkin has invited area police agencies to participate in the exercise and to help the officers increase their familiarity with the campus. The officers will conduct a building-by-building search of the campus to observe the effectiveness of the lockdown.

“There will be a sizable police presence on campus during this time,” Mulkin said. “We don’t want anyone to be alarmed by their presence. Their sole purpose will be to help us conduct the shelter in place drill.”

All campus activities and classes will be active during the test and the entire procedure should not affect regularly scheduled college activities.

SUNY Canton Adopts New Emergency Notification System

Rave Mobile SecurityCollege officials will signal the beginning and ending of the shelter in place exercise by using its new Canton Rave Alert system.

“Everyone with a campus email address should receive notification of the drill,” said Kyle A. Brown, the chief information officer for both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam. “Many of the subscribers will also receive text and voice messages as well. The new Rave system completely integrates with Facebook and Twitter and will create a single, unified message delivered across all platforms.”

The college formerly used New York Alert (NY-Alert) in a similar capacity, but found Rave to be a more viable long-term solution for addressing campus emergencies, notifications and weather related cancellations. Earlier in the semester, the college encouraged that faculty, staff and students enroll in the NY-Alert. Brown said those who enrolled previously have been loaded into the new system. During a series of campus communications, college officials will ask the on-campus community to update their information in anticipation of the practice lockdown.

SUNY Potsdam is also planning to roll out its own Potsdam Rave Alert system within weeks of SUNY Canton’s drill. The two colleges purchased the service together through shared services personnel in the Administrative Affairs division. The efficient strategies used to levy shared procurement were implemented by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. Combined purchasing allows both colleges to adopt new technologies with significant savings to both campuses.

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. To learn more, visit www.canton.edu.

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.

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.

SUNY Canton Moves to Top Tier of U.S. News & World Report Regional Rankings

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

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SUNY Canton has been ranked among the best colleges in the northern region, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 “Best Colleges” edition.

The college moved up several spots to 44th this year, which puts SUNY Canton in the top tier of the rankings. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence. Outcome-related measures, such as graduation and retention rates, are the most heavily weighted factors in the methodology.

The North division includes colleges specifically located in the Northeastern United States, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

“U.S. News & World Report is one of the top evaluators of college programs, and we’re very pleased by their listing us among the top colleges of the Northeast,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran.  “The significant increase in our ranking is reflective of the many innovations implemented by our faculty and staff to further enhance the education and support that our students benefit from.”

SUNY Canton Aerial

The rankings include data on nearly 1,800 schools nationwide to help parents and students evaluate their options. This is the fifth year in a row that SUNY Canton has been included in the top Regional Colleges-North division.

“The State University of New York has historically offered students an affordable, accessible higher education that is second to none,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “As we work to bring the benefits of a SUNY education to even more students through our Completion Agenda, we are proud to see so many of our colleges and universities, including SUNY Canton, recognized by U.S. News & World Report again this year.”

The rankings will be published in the “Best Colleges 2016” guidebook, which will go on sale Sept. 29. More information about the rankings is available now at http://www.usnews.com/colleges.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

SUNY Canton Receives $20,000 Instruction Technology Grant

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Engineering course among 27 proposals chosen as part of innovation project 

craigA SUNY Canton project that will attract engineering technology students has been selected to receive $20,000 as part of the State University of New York’s 2015 Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG) Program.

The funding will be used to develop a general elective engineering technology course that will be open to current SUNY Canton students and local high school students. The curriculum will include an introduction to several areas of engineering technology, such as electrical, mechanical, civil and environmental.

Students will utilize a 3-D projector system and a gesture-controlled armband, called the Myo, which will also be purchased with the grant funding. The projector system allows students to view items in a three-dimensional space, and the Myo analyzes muscle movement by the users’ arm to control technology such as computers, smartphones and robots.

“This project is designed to excite students about science, technology, engineering and math,” said SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Mechanical Technology Lucas Craig, Ph.D., who submitted the proposal and will help oversee its implementation. “They will have the opportunity to utilize innovative technology to solve problems and present concepts.”

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Lucas Craig works with a student during a Mechanical Engineering Technology lab. Craig recently received a $20,000 Innovative Instruction Technology Grant.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Lucas Craig works with a student during a Mechanical Engineering Technology lab. Craig recently received a $20,000 Innovative Instruction Technology Grant.

This is the first time SUNY Canton has received a grant through the IITG program, which was established in 2012.

“IITG is an opportunity for faculty to take their most innovative teaching and learning techniques to the next level, not only fostering their ideas on their home campus but teaming with colleagues across SUNY to implement them elsewhere within our system,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “We look forward to bringing these outstanding programs to even more of our students, faculty and staff as a result of this year’s grants.”

In total, more than $600,000 was awarded for 27 projects throughout the state. The entire list of funded projects is available online.

 

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About SUNY Canton

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