Posts Tagged ‘President Zvi Szafran’

SUNY Canton Offers Free Application for Military Members, Veterans

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

SUNY Canton is continuing its tradition as a military-friendly college by waiving application fees for active-duty military, National Guard members, reservists, and veterans.

The college is currently the only four-year SUNY institution that has the military waiver policy. The $50 fee will be paid for by generous donations from alumni and friends to the Canton College Foundation.

A veteran student types on a laptop.

“Making college an affordable option for our military students is a priority for us, and we’re proud to be a leader in this area,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “This initiative, along with scholarship opportunities and other support services, are aimed to ease the financial burden for those who are serving, or have served, our country.”

In addition to the free application, the college employs a Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator to help students navigate the programs and services that can assist them in reaching their educational goals. And to help acclimate military students to college life, the Raymond G. Modell ’62 Veterans Lounge and Battle Buddy Center is a designated area where veterans and active duty members can socialize and build camaraderie. The college’s online degrees also provide flexible learning options for those located overseas or those who need to relocate due to frequent permanent change of station requirements.

Military award badges

SUNY Canton’s military-friendly environment has earned endorsements from several armed forces trade publications. This year, G.I. Jobs, Military Times, and Military Advanced Education & Transition magazines have all selected the college for their respective 2018 “best of” guides.

For more information about the fee waiver, contact SUNY Canton Director of Military and Veterans Student Services Patrick S. Massaro at (315) 386-7073 or massarop@canton.edu or submit a Fee Waiver.

Those who wish to contribute to the fund for military and veterans fee waivers can visit give.evertrue.com/sunycanton/veterans or contact the Canton College Foundation at (800) 811-6727 or foundation@canton.edu.

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.

Giving Tree Wraps Up a Heartwarming Semester at SUNY Canton

Monday, December 18th, 2017

The extended SUNY Canton community provided more than 100 gifts for north country families this holiday season.

In an effort led by the President’s Office, the college displayed a tree in the Halford Lobby in MacArthur Hall decorated with tags requesting donations for Canton’s Church and Community Program. The decorations didn’t stay on the tree very long. Students, faculty and staff quickly selected the tags asking for toys for children, donations for a holiday meal and warm winter coats.

President Szafran and Megan Griffin stand with all of the gifts donated from the annual giving tree drive.

Holliday Collection – SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran and Megan J. Griffin, an Applied Psychology major from Norfolk, stand with all of the gifts donated from the annual giving tree drive. All of the items collected will be distributed locally by the Canton Church and Community Center.

Megan J. Griffin, an Applied Psychology major from Norfolk, helped orchestrate and decorate the tree this year. She said they had 50 tags asking for clothes and 49 for toys. The college inspired other cash donations made directly to the Church and Community Center.

“What I found amazing is that people who took a clothes tag still bought toys for the children,” Griffin said. “We have very generous people on campus.”

When an email explaining the initiative was issued to the campus community, one student immediately took action without ever seeing the tree.

Lee O. Meggison of Sleepy Hollow, who studies Health Care Management online, replied to the email saying he’d purchased a gift online.

“Regarding the Giving Tree, I am having a package sent to you with a delivery date of Nov. 28,” Meggison wrote. “The package is a Lego set and two children’s books. I would say appropriate for a 6-year-old boy or girl. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas!”

Meggison said he has purchased toys each year he’s been in college to remember his late mother, Marjorie L. Meggison, who was an elementary school teacher. “It’s a way to keep my mom alive in my heart,” he said.

While the college’s giving tree symbolizes Christmas, the spirit of giving and generosity is universal across all holiday traditions, according to SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, who celebrates Hanukkah with his family.

“The response from faculty, staff and students was heartwarming,” Szafran said. “I loved to see all of the donations come pouring in, and I’m proud to be a part of this community.”

The giving tree is just one of the college’s 50 Acts of Kindness campaign coinciding with SUNY Canton’s 50th Anniversary on the Hill campus. At the initiative’s half-way point, charitable acts include multiple efforts to raise funding for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico; classes volunteering for both Habitat for Humanity and the North Country Children’s museum; and several food, bottle and donation drives for area charities. A comprehensive list of the accomplishments to date accompanied the college’s digital holiday card. SUNY Canton will continue the movement into 2018.

 

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 Announces Varsity eSports Program

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

SUNY Canton eSports LogoSUNY Canton announced today the college will begin competing nationally in eSports this spring. The college will become the first New York State eSports team to join the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming.

“Similar to traditional athletics, eSports will provide our students with new and enhanced opportunities for competitive excellence, academic achievement, and commitment to community and service,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Membership on a varsity collegiate sports team is an extremely rewarding experience, so being able to expand those opportunities, including to online students, combined with the type of high achievers we will attract, makes this a fantastic addition to our college.”

Plans for the eSports team include specialized computer stations for practice and competition located in a newly designed gaming area in Nevaldine Hall. Additionally, the college plans to develop an eSports wing in a residence hall with a gaming computer area adjacent to student’s rooms. The eSports wing would be similar to the college’s current Pet Friendly wing where academic interests and lifestyles intersect with themed residential living.

A student sits behind dual computer screens.

SUNY Canton Game Design and Development major and eSports athlete Emily A. Oeser of Canajoharie in the college’s Digital Studio and Game Lab.

“The timing of our eSports program corresponds perfectly with our newly announced majors in Game Design and Development, Technological Communication, Cybersecurity and Graphic and Multimedia Design,” said Michael J. Newtown, Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Being able to offer opportunities in eSports will undoubtedly assist in recruiting efforts to attract top students to a wide variety of majors. We are also looking forward to extending these opportunities to online students, so they can become more involved in eSports and athletics.”

As a spectator event, eSports is experiencing unparalleled growth in popularity.  According to Newzoo, a market research firm specializing in digital gaming, 22 percent of American male millennials watch eSports, which is essentially on par with viewership numbers for baseball and hockey. Women are also increasingly becoming interested in gaming: statistics indicate 38 percent of eSports fans are female.

President Szafran envisions three types of competitive teams at SUNY Canton: traditional varsity athletics, eSports and A-Sports. A-Sports stands for Academic Sports and would include teams like the school’s Steel Bridge Team, which competes in bridge building competitions regionally and nationally each year.

“Students on teams generally experience more academic success, are more likely to graduate and have more satisfying college experiences,” said Szafran, who points out current student-athlete grade point averages tend to be higher than non-student-athletes. “We continue to look for more and more opportunities like this to promote the education and development of our students, build school pride, and develop leadership, sportsmanship and character-building.”

eSports teams are already forming on campus to compete in games such as “League of Legends,” “HearthStone” and “Overwatch.” Those three games are organized and supported by NACE. SUNY Canton is also among a sizable group of colleges and universities working with the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) to form leagues and competitions in competitive games such as EA Sports titles “FIFA” and “Madden NFL.” ECAC competition may also begin as soon as this spring.

“Prior to any official announcement, we already had more than 40 students on campus express interest in joining the eSports program,” said eSports Head Coach Robert J. Snow, who is an Instructional Support Assistant in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “I’ve also met numerous prospective students at admissions open houses who are ready to commit to SUNY Canton because of our new eSports program.”

First-year student Emily A. Oeser from Canajoharie has decided to pursue a degree in Game Design and Development while joining the eSports team. She has helped organize current students and looks forward to competing at the varsity level.

“After originally considering a musical career, I’ve decided instead to enroll in the Game Design and Development major,” said Oeser. “Being able to represent SUNY Canton and compete against other schools will be a fantastic experience. I can’t wait.”

Current and prospective students who are interested in learning more about joining SUNY Canton’s eSports program should contact eSports Head Coach Rob Snow (snow117@canton.edu, 315-742-7806.)

eSports Logo

 

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 joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Launches Four-Year Early Childhood Care and Management Degree

Monday, December 4th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s newest bachelor’s degree will offer advanced learning opportunities for students seeking careers in the childcare field.

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Early Childhood Care and Management builds upon the college’s popular Associate of Science in Early Childhood Studies degree. It offers courses related to child development, curriculum planning, program administration, leadership, and business management.

SUNY Canton student Alaijah Grant looks on while Fatima C. Kamara reads to Grady Boyer.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton student Alaijah Grant looks on while Fatima C. Kamara reads to Grady Boyer in the Early Childhood Literacy Center.

 

Numerous graduates and students enrolled in the associate degree program have sought a four-year option, according to Professor Maureen P. Maiocco, who is the lead faculty member for the Early Childhood Care and Management program and Social Sciences Department Chair.

“Many public and private organizations and companies are seeking applicants with a four-year degree in Early Childhood,” Maiocco said. “Positions include early childhood educators, childcare center directors and program administrators.”

The new program combines theory and practice for students seeking careers working with children from infancy to 5 years of age. It also has an emphasis on developing entrepreneurial skills.

“The recent focus on economic development and employment growth in New York will mean an increased demand for high-quality childcare options for working families,” Maiocco said. “The BBA in Early Childhood Care and Management will enhance the childcare workforce, and enrich the quality of care for young children and families.”

Alaijah Grant plays with Carson Rouse in the college’s Early Childhood classrooms.

SUNY Canton Early Childhood major Alaijah Grant plays with Carson Rouse in the college’s Early Childhood Undergraduate Teacher Center. SUNY Canton has just unveiled a new four-year degree in Early Childhood Care and Management.

The new bachelor’s degree will be offered in traditional face-to-face settings and through online courses. Enrollment will begin in Fall 2018 and include freshmen, transfer, and SUNY Canton graduates. Childcare professionals can continue their education through SUNY Canton OnLine without interrupting their established careers.

“SUNY Canton’s mission is to provide a progression of applied programs that will enable students to achieve their highest potential personally and professionally,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Our newest four-year degree program is the perfect example of our efforts. With its implementation, all of our most popular associate degree programs are complemented by related four-year degree options that will lead to good jobs and the opportunity to create their own businesses.”

The Early Childhood Care and Management program was recently approved by the New York State Education Department and the State University of New York. It is the fifth new degree approved in 2017.

Those interested can apply for admission into the four-year program immediately, with courses slated to begin for Fall 2018. For more information, or to inquire about the application process, contact the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions by phone, (315) 386-7123, 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 13 exclusively online degrees. 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 Names Veterans Lounge to Honor Alumnus and Donor Raymond G. Modell

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Ray Modell

SUNY Canton has named its Veterans Lounge for a 1962 graduate and U.S. Air Force veteran.

College President Zvi Szafran announced that the space would be named after Raymond G. Modell of Syracuse in a small ceremony held Thursday, Oct. 5, in Cook Hall. Modell made a significant gift to name the lounge and enhance the college’s efforts to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for veterans.

“We chose to name the lounge after Mr. Modell in recognition of his generous support and dedication to helping others,” Szafran said. “He embodies our mission and is an inspiration to future students.”

Modell was the first of his family to attend and graduate from college. He enrolled at SUNY Canton in 1960 on the GI Bill after receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force. After college, he had successful careers with General Electric and Niagara Mohawk.

“I think this lounge is a great resource for student veterans,” Modell said after unveiling a plaque outside of the space. “I know first-hand the problems of coming back to college after being away for a while. This lounge would have been a great benefit to me, and I’m sure it will be to future servicemen and women.”

President Szafran and Ray Modell unveil the new plaque in front of the Veterans Lounge.

Modell has made gifts to the Canton College Foundation every year since 1982. In 2000, he established the Modell Family Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student in the Electrical Engineering Technology program. He is a member of the Payson-Martin Society and has included a gift to the college in his estate. Modell was inducted in the college-wide Hall of Fame in 2012.

“There isn’t a better person to recognize with the naming of the Veterans Lounge than Mr. Modell,” said Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley. “With this dedication, we honor the contributions and sacrifices made by our alumnus and friend.”

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 Celebrates Grand Reopening of the Cyber Café

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Cyber Café in the Southworth Library celebrated a grand reopening with a new look, more dining options and expanded hours.

New seating and soft lighting help establish a fresh atmosphere for the college’s premier coffee shop.

Roody Roo, President Zvi Szafran, student Jamie Johnson, and Vicki Lavoie prepare to cut the ribbon at the newly renovated Cyber Café.

CYBER REOPENS – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Mascot Roody Roo, college President Zvi Szafran, student Jamie N. Johnson of Brooklyn, and College Association Retail Food Associate Vicki Lavoie as they prepare to cut the ribbon at the newly renovated Cyber Café.

“We wanted to create a better space for students to eat and study in, and we wanted it to be open at night,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “In the future, we see this as a space where we can hold concerts and diversity events.”

Szafran said that State Senator Patricia A. “Patty” Ritchie helped the college secure a grant to pay for some of the upgrades.

The Cyber Café is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Cyber @Night is open 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

In addition to offering Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages, the eatery now has a build-your-own panini sandwich station. The location also serves soup, quiche and signature salads made with fresh, locally-grown produce. The evening menu spotlights some street vendor favorites, including walking tacos, hot dog explosions, nachos and macaroni and cheese. Dessert and pastry options are available at any hour.

Student purchases a cup of coffee from the Cyber Café .

COFFEE CROWD – The Cyber Café boasts an expanded menu and new hours, and remains as the only location on campus to proudly serve Starbucks coffee.

“The library is such a vibrant and active place,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “This new space helps solidify it as one of the central locations for students on campus.”

The Cyber Café originally opened in 2004. It has primarily been staffed by Vicki Lavoie, a retail food associate with the College Association. Lavoie won the Employee Recognition award in 2010 for her welcoming demeanor and helpful attitude.

 

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 President Offers 25K Challenge to Encourage New Alumni Donors

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

President Zvi SzafranSUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran is challenging more alumni to give to the Canton College Foundation.

Any alumnus making a gift of $25 or more before June 30, 2018, who hasn’t been a donor previously, will have his or her gift matched by the president and his wife, Jill.

“Alumni contributions have never been more important,” said Szafran. “I’ve pledged $25,000 in hopes that it will inspire alumni to collectively match our gift.”

SUNY Canton is in a period of growth with expanding online degree programs and several recently approved majors, such as Game Design and Development, Agribusiness and Technological Communications.

The college is also celebrating 50 years on its current campus. The class of 1968 was the first to graduate from the new campus, and in honor of that class and the anniversary, the Canton College Foundation is seeking 1,968 donors.

“We had a 12 percent increase in alumni donors last year,” said Vice President for Advancement Anne Sibley, “That was very exciting to see and shows our graduates’ confidence in the college. We’d like to see many more alumni helping Canton provide opportunities and scholarships to students.”

The Canton College Foundation awards approximately $400,000 in scholarships each year to students, in addition to funding academic projects, equipment, faculty development, guest speakers, and other activities.

Gifts to the Canton College Foundation can be made at www.canton.edu/gift or by calling 800-811-6727.

 

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 Announces 26th Bachelor’s Degree Program: Technological Communications

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

SUNY Canton will begin offering a new Technological Communications Bachelor of Science Degree program for the Fall 2018 semester.

“We are building upon the proven strength of our technology-driven programs to offer students new opportunities,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “The Technological Communications program will produce skilled content specialists who are able to meet the emerging needs of a tech-focused global workforce.”

Students work in the new Digital Studio

Students work in the new Digital Studio, one of the SUNY Canton classrooms that will be used by the new Technological Communications program.

The college has received approval from the State University of New York and the State Education Department to begin its newest program, which will be offered through face-to-face classes. It is the 26th bachelor’s degree and the third new four-year program announced in 2017. Other new programs include Game Design and Development and Agribusiness Management.

The newest major was designed by several faculty members from the college’s English and Humanities Department, according to School of Business and Liberal Arts Dean Jondavid S. DeLong.

“One of our most popular associate degrees is our two-year Liberal Arts program,” the dean said. “Technological Communications will give graduates of that program, and others interested in communicating their ideas in a new media world, the opportunity to use technology to reach a broad audience with innovative and compelling content.”

DeLong also explained that the new program would fit in well with the Graphic and Multimedia Design and Game Design and Development programs offered in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. At the beginning of the semester, the college invested more than $250,000 in a new Digital Studio with state of the art technology for all three programs to use.

“We looked at a traditional liberal arts degree and decided that students would benefit from using the latest technology to create, augment and share their ideas.” said Associate Professor Sean T. O’Brien who teaches English courses in the new program. “We built our program around the past, present, and future of technology so that students leave with enduring communications skills to help them meet 21st-century challenges.”

Technological Communications includes courses in podcasting, composition, gender in media, social identity, digital graphic storytelling, online media and popular culture, in addition to advanced-level internship opportunities.

“As English faculty, our strength is addressing the ways that print forms are moving into emerging media genres,” said Assistant Professor Alainya Kavaloski, a member of the English and Humanities Department. “Students can expect to learn the skills necessary to design and create digital games, interactive stories and web-based narratives in line with contemporary modes of communication.”

Students can apply for admission into the program through the SUNY online application available at www.canton.edu/apply/ or by contacting the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions by email at admissions@canton.edu or by calling (315) 386-7123.

For more information, visit the Technological Communications webpage.

 

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.