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SUNY Canton Esports Set to Play Historic All-Women’s Match

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

SUNY Canton has scheduled the very first all-female collegiate esports match against Stephens College, a women’s college in Columbia, Missouri.

The two colleges will face off in Blizzard’s Overwatch at 7 p.m. (Eastern Time), Thursday Dec. 6, with Canton’s team playing from the college’s Esports Arena in Nevaldine Hall. The event will be livestreamed at www.twitch.tv/sunycanton.

Emily Oeser plays Overwatch in the eSports Arena.

SUNY Canton is among the first colleges in the nation to recruit an all-women’s varsity esports team.

“Nationally and in the college ranks, the majority of eSports participants are young men,” said Head Esports Coach Robert J. Snow. “We’ve been fortunate to have the strong leadership of team captain Emily A. Oeser, who jumped at the chance to assemble an all-women’s team and ensure we were including our female competitors who wanted to compete in varsity esports.”

Upon creation of the team, Oeser and Snow began looking for other all-women’s collegiate teams to compete against. They discovered the Stephens College team and reached out to their head coach, Ernest Utterback to orchestrate a match. Stephens has played a successful season against more than a dozen traditional mixed-gender teams.

“The beautiful thing about esports is that women and men can compete equally against each other whether its coed or single gender teams,” Utterback said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to compete against SUNY Canton as they seek to expand their offerings to more women.”

SUNY Canton’s Overwatch coed team, which includes members of the all-women’s team, recently won the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship after completing an undefeated season during conference play.

“Esports skills are based on teamwork, sound decision making, mental acuity, skills and reflexes,” said SUNY Canton Director of Athletics Randy B. Sieminski. “We are tremendously proud of all the success that our teams have had since their inception, and we’re pleased to be participating in this historic event featuring two all-women’s teams.”

All online matches are powered by Extreme Networks, the college’s partner in competitive gaming.

SUNY Canton Esports Wins ECAC Championships in FIFA and Overwatch

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

The SUNY Canton Kangaroos have won two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship titles in esports following games in both EA Sports’ FIFA and Blizzard’s Overwatch on Thursday, Nov. 29.

“These were terrific wins for our teams, and it was extraordinary to capture our first ECAC championships,” said SUNY Canton Director of Athletics Randy B. Sieminski. “Our esports programs have come a long way in just over a year, and there is a lot to be proud of. We feel we’re growing a great reputation for ourselves in the eSports college landscape.”

Students compete in the inaugural ECAC FIFA finals.

The college’s FIFA team includes four players from the school’s traditional men’s soccer team. The squad won four of five matches against Texas Wesleyan University, as a group of onlookers cheered on the team in the college’s Esports Arena. FIFA is played one-on-one in a soccer simulation where each player picks a professional team to play. Wins are determined by goals scored. SUNY Canton’s five match scores were 2-6, 2-1, 4-1, 3-1 and 1-0.

“One of the reasons we created our esports program was to give more students, including online students, the opportunity to compete and represent SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Our FIFA and Overwatch teams are perfect examples of this effort. They’ve exhibited championship caliber teamwork and skills.”

A students plays FIFA 19 while teammates and reporters look on.

Both the FIFA and Overwatch teams were undefeated during the ECAC season. The college’s Hearthstone and Fortnite teams are currently waiting to be seeded for post-season play. The college is also planning an all-women’s Overwatch exhibition match against Stephen’s College and recently held an Epic Games’ Fortnite tournament for its substantial population of online students.

The Overwatch match against esports rival Marist College was broadcast on the college’s Twitch Channel (www.twitch.tv/sunycanton) and attracted its own crowd of spectators. Overwatch is played with six team members working together in first-person action-based scenario. The team works as a collective to capture points that the other team is defending. The total points at the end of a match determine victory. Each match is played on a different map in a best-of-five match scenario.

A students plays Overwatch with his team in the eSports Arena.

SUNY Canton’s team was led by captain Emily A. Oeser, a Game Design and Development Major from Canajoharie. The six-person coed squad closed out a tied match on the first map with a victory and then easily swept the second map. Shane R. Girard, a Veterinary Technology student from Phoenix, earned the “Play of the Game” during the second match when he launched his character’s ultimate ability in midair, helping to eliminate an attack from Marist.

Marist rallied to overtake SUNY Canton on the third map, pushing it to a four-match game. In a hard-fought win, SUNY Canton secured the final points necessary to win the championship during the fourth match.

The SUNY Canton Overwatch team poses for a photo after their ECAC championship win.

“The extraordinary win is the result of long hours of dedicated practice,” said Head Esports Coach Robert J. Snow. “Our success in the ECAC was determined by strong student leadership and exceptional teamwork. Our students were able to coordinate their strategies and work together as a team to earn their exceptional win.”

All SUNY Canton esports matches are played on state-of-the-art computers in the college’s new Esports Arena. The high-speed networking infrastructure is provided by Extreme Networks, the college’s partner in competitive gaming.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

Two SUNY Canton Esports Teams Prep for ECAC Championships

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

SUNY Canton’s FIFA and Overwatch esports teams have advanced to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) finals, with matches scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29.

Both teams will be looking to continue their undefeated ECAC season record and earn the college’s first championship titles in esports.

The FIFA team, comprised of students from the Kangaroos men’s soccer team and other enthusiasts, is scheduled to play Texas Wesleyan University at 5 p.m., Thursday. FIFA was announced as a new esports offering at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester. The team is mentored by volunteer coach Morgan Elliott, the college’s videographer.

Overwatch players compete in the new eSports Arena.

My V. Dang, a competitive gamer with SUNY Canton’s esports program from Syracuse, practices with the Overwatch team in preparation for an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship match. The team was undefeated during the ECAC regular season.

“It’s been a great first season,” Elliott said. “The students have been a pleasure to work with and they truly shine in the game. We love to see the integration and comradery between traditional student athletes and gamers.”

Overwatch will take on the college’s noted esports rival, Marist College, at 9 p.m., Thursday. Overwatch is one of the original three games the college adopted a year ago when beginning its venture into collegiate esports.

“Our season has really showed me what we are collectively capable of achieving,” said Emily J. Oeser, Overwatch team captain and a Game Design and Development major. “The team has been dedicated to their practice and discipline. This season has showcased our growth as players, teammates and friends.”

The 12-member coed team is overseen by Head Esports Coach Robert J. Snow, who is also an instructional support associate in the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

“I’m extremely happy that two of our teams made it to the finals in the ECAC’s inaugural season in competitive video gaming,” Snow said. “It has been a joy watching strangers come together through their love of the game and work as a team to succeed in competition.”

The college will be live streaming both final matches on its Twitch channel: www.twitch.tv/sunycanton.

The college’s Hearthstone team also had a successful season and currently has a 5-1 record. The team will be playing their final regular season match against Marist College at 9 p.m. Wednesday, which will seed them in for their championship matches. The League of Legends team posted a 3-2 ECAC record and Fortnite also finished with at 3-2 record to close out the semester.

All esports matches are played in the college’s brand-new eSports Arena equipped with 25 high-end Alienware computers, competition-ready peripherals and high-speed network connections provided by Extreme Networks. Online students also participate in matches from off campus.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

Students Get Excited about STEM at SUNY Canton’s Women in Engineering Day

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology hosted more than 200 middle and high schoolers for its annual Women in Engineering Day held Wednesday, May 16.

Students from Canton, Hammond, St. Regis Falls, Gouverneur, Tupper Lake, Ogdensburg, Madrid-Waddington, Potsdam and others took part in interactive activities and conversations related to STEM.

“We are thrilled that 241 students from the surrounding area came to spend the day learning about engineering technology fields, hearing from a leader in solar energy research and experiencing SUNY Canton’s hands-on, applied learning philosophy,” said Women in Engineering Day Committee Chair and SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Kathleen Mahoney, who teaches in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program.

A student launches a bottle rocket outside of Nevaldine Hall

A student launches a bottle rocket during the 2018 Women in Engineering Day.

The guest speaker was Deidra R. Hodges, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. She previously worked on NASA’s Space Shuttle program in Avionics while with IBM’s Federal Systems Division, and later joined Martin Marietta Manned Space Systems where she conducted independent research in support of NASA’s Unmanned Shuttle C proposal.

Students gather around Adrienne Rygel as she teaches about water filtration.

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Adrienne Rygel teaches a group of students about clean drinking water and filtration techniques.

“Dr. Hodges has experienced a lot of adversity throughout her life, particularly when she and her family had to relocate from Louisiana after their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina,” said Lisa M. Beldock, a living environment science teacher at Ogdensburg Free Academy high school. “I think it was important for students to hear from someone who has persevered despite major setbacks, as well as the added obstacles she faced as a woman in a male-dominated field.”

There were several new workshops offered this year, two of which aligned with the college’s recently added four-year Game Design and Development program and varsity eSports team. A “Women in Gaming” presentation was led by student and Game Design major Emily A. Oeser, who is the captain of the college’s all-female and co-ed “Overwatch” eSports teams.

Brandon Baldwin uses a touch screen to instruct a small group of students.

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Brandon Baldwin showcases the technology in the Automotive Technology Lab.

Other highlights included demonstrations about cutting-edge research in the field of artificially intelligent prosthetics and how virtual reality is used in the architecture and construction industries. Students also had the chance to learn about aerodynamics by launching homemade water rockets.

Arconic Inc. was the lead sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors were the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women, the North Country Young Women’s Leadership Institute, and New York State’s Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program. Funding support for the keynote speaker was provided by a Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant.

 

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.

ESPN Highlights SUNY Canton’s Holistic Approach to eSports

Monday, December 18th, 2017

SUNY Canton was featured in an ESPN article for launching varsity eSports.

In early December, the college announced it would begin competing in League of Legends, Hearthstone and Overwatch nationally for the spring 2018 semester. SUNY Canton is the first college in New York to join the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE) and plans to compete with about 40 other colleges and universities.

The #esports program at #SUNY Canton is a "full-campus press."

Following several mentions in the regional media, including the Watertown Daily Times and WWNYTV 7 News, the college was contacted by Sean P. Morrison, associate editor from ESPN eSports to discuss the budding program.

“From a residence hall that caters to eSports enthusiasts to a competitive space on campus and including its online students in potential rosters, SUNY Canton plans to take a holistic approach to incorporating gaming into the university,” Morrison wrote after conversations with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, eSports Coach Robert J. Snow and Overwatch Team Captain Emily A. Oeser.

“We want our online students to be totally integrated into the life of the college,” Szafran said during his interview. “eSports, in one sense, is a way of giving an applied thing to some of our academic programs. eSports is one way we’re going to move toward a plan of having athletics available to everybody, and eSports is a way we’re going to integrate online students into campus life.”

Many thanks for the first @NACeSports member from New York, @SUNYCantonNews, and its administration and team for speaking to me about their plans.

Snow explained that the teams would be ready to compete in the spring, with tryouts beginning early in the 2018 semester. The college is also building a new eSports room equipped with state-of-the-art computers. “The leadership at this school, the president, the vice presidents, are behind it 110 percent,” Snow said.

The article also featured a photo of Oeser, who is one of more than a dozen students to champion eSports on campus.

“The Canajoharie, New York, native came to SUNY Canton and was a [Liberal Arts] general studies major,” Morrison wrote. “Then, the eSports opportunity came up, and with it several new majors at SUNY Canton that complement the program well, including majors in Cybersecurity, Technological Communications and Graphic and Multimedia design. Oeser expressed her interest in eSports and took a shot on another one of the new majors: Game Design and Development.”

Coinciding with the interview, the State University of New York also featured the college’s new Game Design and Development program, which is the academic program that most closely related to competitive gaming.

Morrison’s complete article is available on ESPN’s esports page.