A new sign, a renovated residence hall wing and two new dining options awaited students on the first day of class at SUNY Canton.
Classes began for approximately 3,100 students at 8 a.m. Monday (Aug. 29) at the college. About 675 of those students are first-time freshmen. Nearly 1,300 students are living on campus.
The college also completed several major improvement projects over the summer. One of the most visible additions is the new LED sign stationed on Cornell Drive, which will be used to relay information about on-campus events, directory information and other important announcements.
The campus also received two newly refinished parking lots, approximately eighty new streetlights and renovated gas lines as part of its $2 million site-improvement projects over the summer. Many of the improvements are designed to help the college become more energy efficient and make utilities easier to track and manage.
One wing in Heritage Hall has been completely renovated. The student rooms received a fresh coat of paint, new furniture, new LED lighting and new heating and ventilation units. The wing will be an example for future improvements at all four original residence halls.
The college just opened Roos Court, a brand new eatery in MacArthur Hall, offering made-to-order salads and oven-toasted sandwiches in addition to its signature traditional homemade soups. Hours of operation are set for 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.
Rendezvous, located in the heart of the Richard W. Miller campus center, now features custom hamburger meals with fries, pizza and hot or cold hero sandwiches. There will also be a pizza and soup station and a fresh fruit and salad options. The expanded eatery will be open for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and will serve meals until 7 p.m. on weekdays. Rendezvous is also open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Nearly twice as many students have pets on campus this year. Growing demand led Residence Life staff to add an additional wing to the popular housing option in Mohawk Hall. Approximately 140 students can live with their cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.