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SUNY Canton Receives U.S. News Best Colleges and Other Rankings

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

SUNY Canton has earned a spot in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges publication.

The college was ranked 26thamong its peer institutions in the “Regional Colleges – North” Division for 2019. The ranking was released Monday, Sept. 10 and is based on graduation and retention rates, assessment of academic standing, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, alumni giving, and other statistics.

“We are proud of our continued growth at SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt. “In addition to our outstanding career driven programs, we’ve been making concerted efforts to increase our retention and graduation rates, and we’re exceeding expectations in those indicators of college success.”

Students sit in and walk through the Roselle Plaza.

Scheidt indicated that faculty engagement with students and additional resources, including the college’s textbook loan program and unique coursework options, have helped students continue their education. The college also boasts an impressive placement rate with nearly 90 percent of graduates continuing their education or starting a career in their chosen field, according to graduate survey results.

Over the past year, the college added several four-year degrees that will allow graduates to enter expanding, high-paying fields, including programs in Cybersecurity, Technological Communications, and Mechatronics Technology. These areas are in perfect alignment with an economy that demands a work force equipped with robust STEM skills. SUNY Canton also unveiled a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Care and Management, to help address the need for high-quality early childhood education options in New York.

In addition to adding educational options, the college is also emphasizing cocurricular skills in leadership and cultural competency, which will help students earn distinctions outside of their traditional coursework.

Earlier this year, SUNY Canton received a U.S. News ranking recognizing its online programs. The college was tied for the number 88 position with five other colleges out of more than 350 institutions from across the united states. About 25 percent of the college’s enrollment is entirely online and almost every single student takes an online class over the course of their education. There are currently 16 fully online academic programs available and off-term Summer and Winterterm courses.

In addition to U.S. News and World Report, the college has recently received the following rankings:

The organizations use formulas that evaluate program accreditation status, in-state tuition and fees, financial aid statistics, student-to-teacher ratio and other statistics to determine individual scores.

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.

SUNY Canton Unveils New ‘eSports Arena’

Friday, August 24th, 2018

The college has partnered with Extreme Networks and Alienware to outfit a competitive gaming space.

SUNY Canton has opened the first collegiate esports arena in the State University of New York system. It is one of the largest dedicated gaming installations in the Northeast.

The 1,800 square-foot gaming room went online with the start of classes as the home for the college’s growing esports program. There will be a grand opening for the “eSports Arena” featuring competitive gameplay in October.

eSports athletes start gaming in the new eSports Arena

“Our arena is modeled after a professional gaming environment,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “The atmosphere and technology provide an overall immersive experience. It will give our students a competitive edge as they face off against rival college teams.”

“This space is one of a kind in SUNY,” said Kyle Brown, assistant vice president of information technology. “We’ve partnered with industry leader Extreme Networks to provide high-speed networking for the room and Alienware to equip the space with high-end Area 51 computers.”

Extreme’s Smart OmniEdge and Automated Campus solutions deliver high-speed WiFi, management and analytics capabilities so SUNY Canton can optimize network resources and troubleshoot on the fly, ensuring optimal performance.

A student plays League of Legends on a new Alienware Area 51 machine.

“Every millisecond counts during an esports game, and a robust network is a prerequisite when it comes to preventing potential performance issues, such as connectivity glitches or slow Internet connection,” said Bob Nilsson, director of vertical solutions at Extreme Networks. “By deploying our high-density, low-latency network solutions that are used by professional sports venues across the nation, SUNY Canton can ensure a seamless, stable connection whether practicing or in the heat of competition.”

With 25 high-end gaming rigs, SUNY Canton now has the largest installation of Alienware machines in New York state, according to company representatives.

Three students gather around an Alienware gaming computer in the new eSports Arena.

Each station is equipped with ergonomic gaming chairs, multicolored LED backlit mechanical keyboards and mice. The room itself has been retooled with indirect lighting, lockers for the students and a team meeting space that will double as a streaming station for live broadcasts. In addition to the high-end gaming computers, the college added stations with both Sony PS4 Pro and Microsoft Xbox One X consoles to add future gameplay options.

The room was funded through the SUNY Canton Provost’s Office to facilitate further growth in the programs closely related to esports. In addition to Game Design and Development, the college offers Cybersecurity, Graphic and Multimedia Design and Technological Communications.

League of Legends is played by a new eSports athlete.

“Academically speaking, the addition of esports enriches the student experience,” said Douglas M. Scheidt, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It also adds more opportunities for our online students, who account for more than 25 percent of our overall population.”

SUNY Canton became the first SUNY College to offer varsity esports in December 2018. Teams play as members of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming. The college also orchestrates matches through the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association (ECAC), in addition to University League of Legends (ULOL).

A student plays a game on the new PS4 Pro console.

“The new Roos eSports Arena is one of the top college competition spaces in the nation,” said Randy B. Sieminski, director of athletics. “By adding this space, SUNY Canton has shown its strong commitment toward our esports future. As a result, we will continue to see an increase in student recruitment, engagement and retention, mirroring our traditional athletic offerings.”

The college recently added both FIFA and Fortnite to its fall lineup. Other teams include Overwatch, League of Legends and Hearthstone.

To learn more about SUNY Canton’s eSports, please visit the eSports website.

 

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 15 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Selects New Dean of Business and Liberal Arts

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Phil Neisser
SUNY Canton has named Philip T. Neisser, Ph.D., as its new dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Neisser comes to SUNY Canton from SUNY Potsdam, where he was the coordinator of professional development and chairperson of the Politics and Economics departments. He is also a previous associate dean of SUNY Potsdam’s School of Arts and Sciences.

He will assume his new position July 12, 2018, and succeeds Interim Dean Christa K. Kelson, Ph.D., who has served in the role since January.

“We look forward to welcoming Dr. Neisser to SUNY Canton and are grateful to Dr. Kelson for her leadership over the past six months,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt. “Both are talented professionals who understand our commitment to providing an accessible, affordable, hands-on education that enables students in the North Country and beyond to achieve their highest potential.”

Neisser received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from SUNY Potsdam in 1979 and went on to attend Georgetown University, where he earned a master’s degree in Political Science. He received a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His fields of specialty include western political thought, democratic theory and social welfare policy.

“I’m excited about joining the SUNY Canton community, and I’m very much looking forward to serving the students, faculty and staff of the School of Business and Liberal Arts, as well as those of the college as a whole,” Neisser said.

Neisser, who has more than 28 years’ experience as a faculty member, is the author of scholarly work on many subjects, including welfare policy, the use of narrative in politics, and political polarization. His recent work examines ways in which civil discourse might be used to bridge divisions that are created by religion, identity and world view. He is the author of the 2008 book “United We Fall” and co-author of the 2012 book “You’re not as Crazy as I Thought But You’re Still Wrong: Conversations between a Die-Hard Liberal and a Devoted Conservative.” He has also written numerous essays, book chapters and opinion pieces.

Neisser has presented at numerous regional and national conferences, appeared on National Public Radio’s “This American Life,” and been featured on Huffington Post Live. In 2015 the Essential Partners organization named Neisser as a co-recipient of their Founders’ Award in honor of his work to support healthy political dialogue.

 

About the School of Business and Liberal Arts 

The School of Business and Liberal Arts features bachelor’s degrees in programs ranging from Applied Psychology to Legal Studies and houses two new four-year degrees launching in fall 2018: Technological Communicationsand Early Childhood Care and Management.The school also offers associate degrees in accounting, business administration, early childhood education and liberal arts.

 

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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Recognizes Students for Academic Success at Honors Convocation

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

SUNY Canton students will be receiving academic awards for achieving the highest GPA in their majors at the college’s Dr. William J. Fassinger Honors Convocation celebration.

Provost Scheidt speaks at Honors Convocation

The awards ceremony will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The college recently published an article about Fassinger and the ceremony.

Provost Scheidt shakes Jessica Fischer's hand at last year's Honors Convocation.

“Congratulations to all of the students who have top marks in their fields of study,” said Douglas M. Scheidt, SUNY Canton provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Their achievement indicates that they are making the best of all the opportunities available at SUNY Canton and their academic success will help prepare them for their careers.”

Students who will be receiving awards include:

  • Nicholas Abbott, a junior in the Alternative & Renewable Energy Systems Bachelor of Technology
  • Johnathan N. Andre, a sophomore in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Brendan Arthur, a freshman in the Electrical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Ryan Auger, a freshman in the Game Design and Development Bachelor of Technology
  • Dylan T. Aumell, a freshman in the Sports Management Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Seth D. Bly, a freshman in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Daniel Bonilla, a senior in the Emergency Management Bachelor of Science
  • Juliana R. Boothby, a junior in the Funeral Services Administration Bachelor of Technology
  • Wesley Bortnick, a sophomore in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Tyler Bowman, a sophomore in the Criminal Investigation Bachelor of Technology
  • Heath J. Boyea, a junior in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Timothy W. Buckley, a sophomore in the Individual Studies – Nursing Associate in Applied Science
  • Miranda Bulriss, a sophomore in the Applied Psychology Bachelor of Science
  • Courtney Burgess, a sophomore in the Health Care Management Bachelor of Science
  • Nicholas Burnett, a freshman in the Electrical Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Christopher Calamia, a sophomore in the Finance Bachelor of Business Administration
  • James J. Canevari, a junior in the Law Enforcement Leadership Bachelor of Technology
  • Jamie L. Carey, a freshman in the Liberal Arts-General Studies Associate of Science
  • Marni B. Cartelli, a senior in the Health Care Management Bachelor of Science
  • Erica A. Castrina, a senior in the Finance Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Samanthe A. Caza, a senior in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Bachelor of Science
  • Isaiah Cechnicki, a freshman in the Funeral Services Administration Bachelor of Technology
  • Christopher D. Cerosaletti, a sophomore in the Funeral Services Administration Bachelor of Technology
  • Andrew Chapin, a junior in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Ashley Chapin, a senior in the Funeral Services Administration Bachelor of Technology
  • Dante S. Coco, a sophomore in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • McKayla Coller, a freshman in the Criminal Justice Associate in Applied Science
  • Kimberly Collins, a sophomore in the Engineering Science Associate of Science
  • Alexandra G. Corradi, a senior in the Legal Studies Bachelor of Science
  • Abbey D’Agostino, a sophomore in the Sports Management Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Amanda M. Dahl, a junior in the Veterinary Technology Bachelor of Science
  • Demeishia E. Day, a freshman in the Practical Nursing Certificate
  • Elizabeth E. Dexter, a freshman in the Management Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Tristan M. Dibble, a freshman in the Homeland Security Bachelor of Technology
  • Jeffrey Dollinger, a freshman in the Accounting Associate in Applied Science
  • Levi S. Edwards, a senior in the Electrical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Krista Eggleston, a sophomore in the Veterinary Science Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Sierra Erwin, a freshman in the undeclared Bachelor of Science
  • Jacob Facey, a sophomore in the Health & Fitness Promotion Bachelor of Technology
  • Johanna Falkenham, a sophomore in the Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Applied Science
  • Garrett Fields, a sophomore in the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Jessica L. Fischer, a senior in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Andrew P. Fitch, a freshman in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Cassandra Foster, a sophomore in the Liberal Arts-General Studies Associate of Science
  • Ashlee N. Fowler, a junior in the Applied Psychology Bachelor of Science
  • Michael A. Francis III, a sophomore in the Computer Information Systems Associate in Applied Science
  • James A. Gibson, a freshman in the Criminal Investigation Bachelor of Technology
  • Alexander J. Green, a junior in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Alexis E. Grotto, a freshman in the Veterinary Technology Bachelor of Science
  • Thomas Guilfoil, a freshman in the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Jordan T. Guyer, a freshman in the Applied Psychology Bachelor of Science
  • Matthew Hamilton, a freshman in the Automotive Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Jeffrey B. Hance, a freshman in the Law Enforcement Leadership Bachelor of Technology
  • Johanna H. Hanchar, a sophomore in the Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Applied Science
  • Loretta L. Harris, a sophomore in the Business Administration Associate of Science
  • Leigha S. Haskins, a sophomore in the Homeland Security Bachelor of Technology
  • Grant M. Heath, a sophomore in the Civil Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Thomas L. Heath, a junior in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Bachelor of Science
  • Stephanie Hernandez, a sophomore in the Business Administration Associate of Science
  • Madeline F. Hewitt, a junior in the Legal Studies Bachelor of Technology
  • John C. Holt, a junior in the Emergency Management Bachelor of Science
  • Charlotte Huether, a freshman in the Legal Studies Bachelor of Science
  • Cassandra Hughes, a senior in the Homeland Security Bachelor of Technology
  • Ryan Hurlbert, a freshman in the Heating & Plumbing Service Certificate
  • Billy Hyde II, a freshman in the Powersports Perform & Repair Certificate
  • Briannah Isaac, a freshman in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Bachelor of Science
  • Ederly Jimenez Dominguez, a senior in the Health & Fitness Promotion Bachelor of Technology
  • Daniel H. Johnson, a freshman in the Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Applied Science
  • Jesse K. Jordan, a sophomore in the Electrical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Jerome E. Joseph, a freshman in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Alexander King, a sophomore in the Individual Studies Associate in Applied Science
  • Kody Kocsis, a junior in the Electrical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Vili-Jesper V. Koivula, a sophomore in the Business Administration Associate in Applied Science
  • Austin Lanning, a sophomore in the Engineering Science Associate of Science
  • Brandy L. LaPorte, a freshman in the Computer Information Systems Associate in Applied Science
  • Elizabeth LaSalle, a freshman in the Dental Hygiene Associate in Applied Science
  • Samuel D. Lawrence, a sophomore in the Law Enforcement Leadership Bachelor of Technology
  • Hailie Lehman, a senior in the Law Enforcement Leadership Bachelor of Technology
  • Eric J. Leroux, a freshman in the Homeland Security Bachelor of Technology
  • Samantha Levitz, a senior in the Legal Studies Bachelor of Science
  • Wes A. Lincoln, a senior in the Industrial Technology Management Bachelor of Technology
  • Tanya Logan, a junior in the Criminal Investigation Bachelor of Technology
  • Sharon L. Luce, a senior in the Emergency Management Bachelor of Science
  • Jonathan A. Luse, a freshman in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Mason R. Maitland, a senior in the Management Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Amber Makuch, a freshman in the Individual Studies – Veterinary Science Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Erica J. Mallette, a freshman in the Nursing Associate in Applied Science
  • Alexander J. Marshall, a sophomore in the Alternative & Renewable Energy Systems Bachelor of Technology
  • Reanna M. Martin, a senior in the Legal Studies Bachelor of Science
  • Lillianna N. Matthews, a freshman in the Individual Studies – Nursing Associate in Applied Science
  • Tina M. McCallus, a freshman in the Individual Studies – Nursing Associate in Applied Science
  • Jacob McDonald, a sophomore in the Construction Technology: Management Associate in Applied Science
  • Maddison McIntosh, a sophomore in the Information Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Reily R. McIntosh, a freshman in the Business Administration Associate in Applied Science
  • Mitchell L. Mclean, a senior in the Sports Management Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Cole J. McMahon, a freshman in the Construction Technology: Management Associate in Applied Science
  • Melissa M. Mello, a sophomore in the Veterinary Technology Bachelor of Science
  • Devon R. Meunier, a junior in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Jasmine Michitsch, a senior in the Veterinary Service Administration Bachelor of Business Administration
  • James Middlemiss, a freshman in the undeclared Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Jennifer C. Mikulski, a senior in the Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Technology
  • Paige Monacelli, a freshman in the Early Childhood Associate of Science
  • Lindsey A. Morgan, a sophomore in the Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Applied Science
  • Kayla M. Myers, a junior in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Bachelor of Science
  • Lane A. Netto, a senior in the Information Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Noelle M. Niemiec, a junior in the Health & Fitness Promotion Bachelor of Technology
  • Shaynah Novak, a senior in the Veterinary Technology Bachelor of Science
  • Emily Oeser, a freshman in the Game Design and Development Bachelor of Science
  • Christopher P. Oley, a sophomore in the Automotive Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Grace L. Page, a junior in the Sports Management Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Rachel M. Paugh, a freshman in the Veterinary Science Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Justin C. Peebles, a freshman in the General Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Joseph Peppe, a sophomore in the Industrial Technology Management Bachelor of Technology
  • Misael M. Perez, a sophomore in the Emergency Management Bachelor of Science
  • Erik D. Perry, a sophomore in the Management Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Jennifer Petricca, a freshman in the Agribusiness Management Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Nicole K. Pond, a sophomore in the Dental Hygiene Associate in Applied Science
  • Carrie A. Raines, a sophomore in the Early Childhood Associate of Science
  • Amanda M. Raymer, a freshman in the Legal Studies Bachelor of Technology
  • Liam Rice, a junior in the Finance Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Susannah Ripley, a junior in the Health Care Management Bachelor of Science
  • Peyton Robinson, a junior in the Criminal Investigation Bachelor of Technology
  • Dylan J. Rosen, a senior in the Finance Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Jacob A. Satterley, a sophomore in the Criminal Justice Associate in Applied Science
  • Shawn Savard, a freshman in the Individual Studies Associate in Applied Science
  • Jacob C. Scaggs, a senior in the Information Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Tristan Scelzi, a junior in the Game Design and Development Bachelor of Science
  • Samantha A. Schramp, a senior in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Ryan Schubert, a junior in the Criminal Investigation Bachelor of Technology
  • Orly Schwartz, a senior in the Criminal Investigation Bachelor of Technology
  • Kevin A. Segit, a senior in the Alternative & Renewable Energy Systems Bachelor of Technology
  • Kelly A. Shelton, a freshman in the Alternative & Renewable Energy Systems Bachelor of Technology
  • Matthew P. Snodgrass, a sophomore in the Nursing Associate in Applied Science
  • Isabela Spelta, a freshman in the Civil Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Morgan Stinson, a senior in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Bachelor of Technology
  • Tyler Studer, a senior in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Connor D. Sullivan, a sophomore in the Electrical Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Alyssa Suzuki, a freshman in the Criminal Justice Associate in Applied Science
  • Aubree Swart, a freshman in the Air Conditioning Maintenance & Repair Certificate
  • Tia M. Tassava, a junior in the Management Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Brian Thomas, a sophomore in the Electrical Construction & Maintenance Certificate
  • Collin Trathen, a freshman in the Engineering Science Associate of Science
  • Jacob Vierno, a junior in the Homeland Security Bachelor of Technology
  • Joseph M. Vocino, a senior in the Applied Psychology Bachelor of Science
  • Forrest C. Vorolieff, a sophomore in the Graphic and Multimedia Design Bachelor of Science
  • Adeline F. Wagner, a freshman in the Health & Fitness Promotion Bachelor of Technology
  • Margaret J. Walker, a freshman in the Engineering Science Associate of Science
  • Natalia Wallace, a freshman in the Individual Studies – Veterinary Science Technology Associate in Applied Science
  • Mary Wallace, a senior in the Finance Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Robert Wallace, a senior in the Finance Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Chris K. Wentzel, a junior in the Information Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Joseph M. Werner, a freshman in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology Bachelor of Technology
  • Janeen M. West, a senior in the Legal Studies Bachelor of Science
  • Kambree L. White, a sophomore in the Accounting Associate in Applied Science
  • Daniel S. Whitton, a freshman in the Engineering Science Associate of Science
  • Kain Wilder, a sophomore in the Sports Management Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Christopher R. Wolfe-Mcguire, a sophomore in the Game Design and Development Bachelor of Science
  • Andrew Woodard, a freshman in the one-plus-one with SUNY ESF Associate in Applied Science

Students have been notified via SUNY Canton email about their awards. The college has also issued a Merit Achievement, which includes a news release for their hometown newspapers, for each student listed above. Students who have requested confidentiality are excluded from all published lists. For corrections or questions, please email pr@canton.edu, or call 315-386-7300.

SUNY Canton Library Doubles Textbook Loan Program

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

SUNY Canton is doubling its textbook loan program in an effort to offset the cost of attending college.

“Our Southworth Library Learning Commons has an extensive collection of textbooks held on reserve for students who cannot afford to purchase them,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt. “This year I’ve doubled their budget, from $6,000 to $12,000, to help further reduce financial barriers to education.”

A student gathers books from the textbook reserve section of the library.

Desire A. Manning, a SUNY Canton Southworth Library Learning Commons student employee from Stony Point, taking out materials from the college’s vast textbook reserve collection.

 

The cost of textbooks has risen by 73 percent over the past decade, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Almost a third of students reported that they had used their financial aid to pay for textbooks, which can lead to financial insecurity during their education. “Economic hardship is one of the reasons students withdraw from college,” Scheidt said.

The current collection includes textbooks for almost every single major, and almost all the textbooks for general education courses. The provost said 71 percent of courses have a text on reserve at the library. The library loaned items from its reserve text collection more than 12,000 times during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Students study at various tables in Southworth Library.

The Southworth Library Learning Commons recently underwent a major renovation that created more student study space overlooking the campus.

“We try to purchase the books that will have the greatest potential financial impact,” said Southworth Library Director Cori Wilhelm. “We purchase books for high-enrollment courses with the most expensive texts. We also try to purchase as many eBooks as we can.”

Some, but not all, courses may require ownership of a text. Many students have been able to check out one of the reserve copies for a couple of hours and complete their studies. Other students check out the texts and then go on to purchase or rent them from the school bookstore.

The library also loans cameras for use in the Criminal Investigation and Graphic and Multimedia Design program. Students can also check out computers, iPads, phone chargers and calculators from the circulation desk.

Wilhelm and former college Librarian Rachel Koenig authored a chapter in the book “Textbooks in Academic Libraries: Selection, Circulation, and Assessment” titled Basically Everything I Need, I Know the Library Has it: A Case Study of SUNY Canton’s Textbook Program.

The textbook loan program and innovative technology offerings are among the reasons the Southworth Library earned number one rankings in the 2015 SUNY Student Opinion Survey, which compares student satisfaction at 27 state-operated colleges and university centers.

The textbook loan program began more than 10 years ago at the Library. It has received funding from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant and the Canton College Foundation. Library employees and college faculty members have also purchased and donated books for the 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 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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Adds Cybersecurity to its List of Tech-Focused Four-Year Programs

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

SUNY Canton continues its career-driven academic expansion by creating a new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity.

“Our newest program leverages our strength in Information Technology,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “The field of Cybersecurity continues to grow as we continually adopt an omnipresent digital lifestyle and become more aware of digital security concerns. SUNY Canton will now be the college to train new students for placement in these much-needed areas.”

A student works at a desktop computer.

The increased demand for professionals who are able to prevent or overcome cyber-attacks follows the rise of cyber threats in both private organizations and to national security. Such threats are a major concern for financial institutions, medical services providers, and government agencies.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook through 2026 is about 28 percent, or much faster than average for all occupations. The median pay for an information security analyst, a position obtainable with a bachelor’s degree, is $92,600.

“We saw a need for qualified professionals who can help combat cybercrime, and we made a program to fill that need,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “In addition to providing another career path for incoming students, Cybersecurity will enhance the college’s reputation and educational capabilities in computing technologies.”

A student types code into a desktop computer.

SUNY Canton’s program prepares students to assess security needs within computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices. The program will be taught by qualified faculty from the Canino School of Engineering Technology, including Associate Professor Yu Chin “Eric” Cheng and Lecturer Minhua Wang. Wang is the college’s authority on cybercrime and teaches a course on ethical hacking.

“To create an effective defense, we need to understand how people could exploit security weaknesses,” Wang said. “Hackers try to find all of the holes in a security system. We try to block those holes.”

The program runs parallel to the college’s Information Technology curriculum, and works well with SUNY Canton’s established Criminal Justice, Health Care Management, Homeland Security and Legal Studies offerings, among others.

Cybersecurity is the college’s 26th bachelor’s degree and one of nine available bachelor of science programs. Both the State University of New York and the New York State Education Department have approved the four-year offering. The program will be available for both freshmen and transfer students for the Fall 2018 semester.

The college’s other newest four-year programs include Technological Communications, Game Design and Development and Agribusiness Management. To apply for admission into any of these programs, contact the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions by phone at 315-386-7123 or email admissions@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton Four-Year Online Majors Ranked, Listed and Recognized

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

SUNY Canton OnlineSeveral of SUNY Canton’s online programs were ranked among the best in the nation.

“Online programs allow the college to expand and offer its newest majors to a larger audience,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “Our faculty members have created high quality courses that continue to keep the college academically competitive.”

Of the 15 online degree offerings available at the college, the following were recognized by a variety of web-based ranking organizations:

  • The Bachelor of Technology in Homeland Security and the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management led SUNY Canton to a 17th place ranking out of 50 similar online colleges according to ValueColleges.
  • The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing was ranked 8th of 11 similar programs by Affordable Colleges Online. The program was noted again by MedCareer News, who listed it as the best online nursing program in the state.
  • Affordable Colleges Online also ranked the four-year Legal Studies program highly among other similar online programs.
  • The Veterinary Services Management Bachelor of Business Administration Degree made the Accredited Online Schools Best Veterinary Programs List.
  • The same organization rated the college 6th out of 45 for the best criminal justice bachelor’s degree in the nation for its popular online Law Enforcement Leadership program.
  • Affordable Colleges.com named the four-year Finance program as one of the best values in the nation.
  • The four-year Health Care Management program was also named a best value by Affordable Colleges.com

The organizations use formulas that evaluate program accreditation status, in-state tuition and fees, financial aid statistics, student-to-teacher ratio and other statistics to determine each ranking.

The college offers its online programs through its virtual campus, SUNY Canton OnLine. It recently became an institutional participant with the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). The move aims to simplify how colleges and universities are authorized to offer distance education. Approximately 50 percent of SUNY Canton’s online Winterterm and Summer Session students enroll from outside of New York.

“We are one of the first SUNY colleges to move ahead and receive authorization,” said Associate Provost Molly A. Mott. “As a member of SARA, we are making it easier for students in other states to take our fully online degrees.”

SUNY Canton Online was also named among the top 10 disability-friendly online schools in the nation, according to SR Education Group.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

SUNY Canton’s Creative Advising Program Recognized for Reaching Students

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Two staff members from SUNY Canton’s Advising and First Year Programs office come to work dressed in colorful costumes during the tenth week of classes every semester. They roam around campus dressed as gnomes, aliens, superheroes or other characters with the specific goal of getting students to register early for their next semester classes.

“We started doing this as a fun way to get students’ attention,” said Sharon Tavernier, director of the Advising office. “Then we realized that we were talking directly to about 500 students on that day. We also use the pictures of us in costume as a way to get the word out on social media, casting that influence even wider.”

SUNY Canton Director of Advising and First Year Programs Sharon Tavernier and Retention Specialist Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin dressed as Katniss Everdeen and Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games.

Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton Director of Advising and First Year Programs Sharon Tavernier and Retention Specialist Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin dressed as Katniss Everdeen and Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games. The duo wear extravagant costumes and interact with students to promote early registration at the college.

Since Tavernier and her colleague Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin, the college’s retention specialist, began wearing costumes, about 20 percent more students have started registering earlier than in years past.

The two employees presented their innovative ways to connect with students and their overall successes at a recent National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference in Verona. Their conference session was so popular that they’ve been asked to present it again at the national NACADA conference held Oct. 14 in St. Louis, Mo.

“Sharon and Marianne’s advocacy helps students sign up earlier, which further helps us anticipate the number of course sections needed each semester,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “It is also really fun to see them dressed up.”

The Advising and First Year Programs office works with new and continuing students to help them understand their degree progress.  They also administer the college’s First Year Experience and provide college success tips.  They provide workshop opportunities for faculty advisors and orchestrate the Stellar Advisor Award, a chance for students to nominate their faculty advisors.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

SUNY Canton’s Pauline A. Graveline Honors Convocation Set for April 26

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Pauline GravelineSUNY Canton’s annual student award ceremony will recognize a retired provost and faculty member who helped expand the college’s global presence.

“I’m pleased to announce that the 2017 Honors Convocation will be named for Associate Provost Emerita Pauline A. Graveline,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt. “As a faculty member, Pauline helped numerous students launch their careers. As an administrator, she helped broaden the reach of SUNY Canton’s academic offerings domestically and overseas.”

Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. More than 150 students will receive awards for academic accomplishments at the event.

Honors Convocation is named annually to recognize a faculty member who has served and continue to serve SUNY Canton, its students, and the local community.

Among numerous accomplishments, Graveline played an integral part of SUNY Canton’s expansion. She helped to develop the college’s international programs and online learning, which became fully staffed and flourishing departments through her leadership. She traveled extensively to expand the reach of the college through the creation of new articulation agreements. The partnerships offered the college’s academic programs to students in Russia, Ukraine, China and Japan, among others overseas and domestically. Her outreach efforts inspired the college’s SUNY Canton OnLine and Planet Canton marketing efforts.

Graveline coordinated the college’s involvement with the SUNY China 150 program. The unique partnership allowed six students from the earthquake-ravaged city of Chengdu in the Sichuan Province of western China to study at SUNY Canton.

“I am particularly proud of all the fantastic faculty and staff that I helped hire and place during my time at the college,” Graveline said. “Many of those individuals have continued their careers and become thriving members of the campus community.”

Graveline started as a part-time Assistant Professor in the Math Department in 1980. She moved to a full-time position in 1981, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988, and Professor in 1998. She served as chair of the Faculty Assembly and was an active member of the local and statewide United University Professions union.

She served as the dean of the School of Liberal Studies and Support Services and later as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Graveline received the prestigious Excellence in College Service Award in 2006 based on numerous nominations from the faculty and staff she oversaw and her peers. She retired in 2009 and continued on a part-time basis as associate provost for the remainder of the year. She was inducted into the college-wide Hall of Fame in 2016. She is also a generous Canton College Foundation donor.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

SUNY Canton Announces New Four-Year Game Design Program

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran has announced that the college has received approval to offer a new four-year Game Design and Development program.

“We are offering a comprehensive program focusing on the design and production of modern video games,” Szafran said. “This new area of study is a solid and logical development for our college.”

Gaming students

The new Bachelor of Science degree is the first of several new academic offerings created by the college’s professional faculty members to continue the college’s growth and expansion. It stands alongside 22 other career-driven four-year programs.

“Students will learn the most recent technologies, and programming skills to create video games on multiple platforms and devices,” said Canino School of Engineering Technology Dean Michael J. Newtown. “In addition to theoretical learning, students will have plenty of hands-on experience creating video games.”

Approximately half of men and a comparable number of women say they play video games on a computer, TV, game console, or mobile device according to Pew Research Center data. Two-thirds of young adults, or those of traditional college age, said they play video games.

Beyond popularity, the college looked at potential employment opportunities for students after graduation while assembling the proposal for the new program. A 2014 economic impact study conducted by Economists Incorporated showed that the video game industry increased in size by more than nine percent, or four times the growth rate of the U.S. economy, between 2009 and 2012.

Students gaming on laptops

“We are joining a multi-billion dollar industry,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “The students in the Game Design program will gain marketable high-tech knowledge and skills that will be beneficial to their careers and entrepreneurial endeavors.”

The program has been approved by SUNY and the New York State Department of Education. It will complement the Graphic and Multimedia Design and Information Technology programs, as well as existing courses taught in multiple disciplines.

Students can begin in the Game Design and Development program (www.canton.edu/csoet/game/) at the start of the Fall 2017 semester. The SUNY Canton Office of Admissions will begin accepting applications for the much-anticipated program immediately. To apply, visit www.canton.edu/apply. For more information about applying, call 1-800-388-7123 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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.