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SUNY Canton’s 110th Commencement Honors Class of 2018

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

SUNY Canton celebrated the accomplishments of nearly 900 graduates during the college’s 110th Commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 12, at the Roos House Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center.

President Zvi Szafran and SUNY Canton College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill, class of 1963, welcomed family and friends and congratulated the class of 2018 on their accomplishments.

President Szafran congratulates a student on stage.

President Zvi Szafran congratulates graduates as they cross the stage.

Both also took the opportunity to acknowledge a special milestone in college history. It was five decades ago that SUNY Canton moved from a small cluster of buildings adjacent to the St. Lawrence University campus to its current location, marking a new era.

“All graduations are special, but you have the added distinction of being the class who graduates during our ‘50 Years on the Hill’ commemoration,” O’Neill said.

Szafran read a congratulatory message from alumna Rosella M. Todd Valentine, who was among the first cohort to graduate from the new campus in 1968.

Francesco Palumbo – SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran embraces Francesco Palumbo, a Sports Management graduate from Canton, as he crosses the stage during commencement.

Francesco Palumbo – SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran embraces Francesco Palumbo, a Sports Management graduate from Canton, as he crosses the stage during commencement.

“The year 1968 was a tumultuous and pivotal year, and so is 2018,” she wrote. “You have much to look forward to, but also much to do. Go out, do good things, and always remember the wonderful start this college has given you.”

Szafran noted this year’s class comprises graduates who range in age from 18 to 62 years old and represent 17 different states and 7 foreign countries, including Angola, Australia, The Bahamas, Cameroon, Finland, Sweden and Canada.

He then introduced Student Government Association President and David R. Maynard Student Activities Award winner Rachel “Nikki” Zeitzmann, who delivered the senior class address. She encouraged her fellow graduates to build upon the lessons they learned while completing their degrees.

President Szafran hugs SGA President "Nikki" Zeitzman

President Szafran embraces Student Government Association President and David R. Maynard Student Activities Award winner Rachel “Nikki” Zeitzmann ’18.

“My hope is that we continue to expand what we have built as groundwork here into our future careers,” she said. “We may be separated, but we will never be divided from our SUNY Canton foundation.”

Several outstanding students received special recognition, including:

  • Criminal Justice major Michael J. Volpe of Centereach, who earned the Outstanding Associate Graduate Award.
  • Applied Psychology major Jamie L. Reed of Canton, who earned the Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award.
Outstanding Graduate Jamie Reed receives her award from President Szafran and VP Courtney Bish

Jamie Reed – Jamie L. Reed of Canton earned the Outstanding Graduate award at the bachelor’s degree level. Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Reed, and Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish.

The keynote address was delivered by Pulitzer Prize winner John G. Maines III, who attended SUNY Canton from 1976 to 1977.

Maines earned the most prestigious award in American journalism while he was working for the South Florida Sun Sentinel in 2013. He and colleague Sally Kestin authored an in-depth investigative report about speeding by Florida’s off-duty police officers that earned the paper its first Pulitzer and led to sweeping reform and disciplinary action across the state.

He recounted the story of how he began his studies at SUNY Canton with the intention of becoming an engineer, but changed course once he began writing for the student newspaper.

“I had fun; I wrote stories and editorials,” he told the audience. “Newspaper work was what I really wanted to do—it was exciting and always challenging and changing. It wasn’t until years later that I first heard the phrase ‘follow your bliss,’ but that is exactly what I had done.”

John Maines receives his doctoral hood from President Szafran

ohn Maines – John G. Maines III receives a hood denoting his honorary doctorate from SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran at the college’s 110th Commencement Ceremony. Maines is Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who got his start with the SUNY Canton student newspaper.

After nearly twenty years of working as a reporter, Maines said he switched to a new area of investigative work in the late 1990s called computer-assisted reporting, or CAR. Ironically, he was able to draw upon the skills he learned while attending SUNY Canton as he learned about this highly technical field.

“I found the discipline, logic, science, critical thinking and other things I learned at Canton to be a tremendous help in that change,” he said. “It was database work, in fact, that helped investigative reporter Sally Kestin and I win the Pulitzer.”

Szafran presented Maines with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his contributions to the field of journalism.

As the degrees were conferred, the President of the Alumni Board of Directors Kelly Obermayer, class of 1979, welcomed each graduate into the alumni family by presenting them with a special medallion.

Kelly Obermeyer awards a graduate with a medallion.

SUNY Canton Alumni Association President Kelly Obermayer presents David Russell, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from New York, N.Y., with his graduation medallion.

The top five bachelor’s degrees awarded, in order of popularity, were Criminal Investigation, Health Care Management, Nursing, Management and Veterinary Technology.

The top five associate degrees awarded, in order of popularity, were Nursing, Liberal Arts, Individual Studies, Criminal Justice and Business Administration.

Additionally, more than 90 graduates from the college’s one and two-year Nursing programs were recognized at special pinning ceremonies held earlier in the week. 

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.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Alum to Speak at SUNY Canton Commencement

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

John Maines III holding a newspaper.A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who began his journalism career in the North Country will deliver the keynote speech at SUNY Canton’s 110th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

John G. Maines III, who attended SUNY Canton from 1976 to 1977, earned the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper its first Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2013 for a groundbreaking investigative report about speeding by Florida off-duty police officers. Maines and colleague Sally Kestin authored a three-part series titled “Above the Law,” and their findings led to sweeping reform and disciplinary action by police departments across the state.

“John is one of the most esteemed members of our alumni family, and we’re pleased to welcome him back to campus,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “John’s life’s work is an example of journalism’s value as a government watchdog and ally of public safety.”

A reporter for more than 40 years, he began his career writing for SUNY Canton’s student newspaper, the Insight, until he was recruited to work full-time for the Massena Observer. He subsequently went on to work for the Ithaca Journal and the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., before becoming a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. In the late 1980s, he became interested in computer-assisted reporting, or CAR, a technique that reporters use to gather and organize data for articles.

Upon joining the Sun Sentinel in 1993, he used his CAR background to assist the research team on a number of high-profile investigations, including voting irregularities in the 2000 presidential election, Florida’s connections to the Sept. 11 terrorists, and widespread FEMA fraud after Hurricane Frances in 2004.

He is the recipient of numerous journalism honors, including the Associated Press Managing Editors Public Service and First Amendment awards, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and the Roy W. Howard Award in Public Service Reporting from the Scripps Howard Foundation. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2006 for the FEMA series.

Maines attended SUNY Canton to study Agricultural Engineering and attributes his success in CAR to his interest in and aptitude for technology.

“I’ve been really lucky,” he said. “I took a sharp turn from engineering into journalism, but many of the skills I learned at SUNY Canton have stayed with me throughout my career.”

He was inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2016 and will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of his accomplishments.

 

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 Management Courses Bolster Area Businesses

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

SUNY Canton’s Management program is helping four area businesses identify ways to become more profitable.

“Students are able to apply what they learned in class to real world business problems,” said Professor Charles R. Fenner, who teaches business classes in the Management program.  “It’s this application of theory to practice that is at the heart of SUNY technology sector education while preparing the students to follow their entrepreneurial dreams.”

Three students currently enrolled in the program have direct ties to area businesses and are using the course’s objectives to grow their enterprises.

Kevin B. Kingsbury of the Gouverneur-based Marble City Heating and Plumbing, who is working on his second major at SUNY Canton, is using his coursework to determine his operational capacity and create a plan for future growth.

“I’m trying to gear the whole project to grow our business into a medium-sized operation with 15-20 employees,” Kingsbury said.

Professor Charles R. Fenner, Kingsbury and Szafran

Kevin B. Kingsbury a Management student and owner of the Gouverneur-based Marble City Heating and Plumbing recently met with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran to discuss his company’s growth. Pictured are (l to r) Professor Charles R. Fenner, Kingsbury and Szafran.

Kingsbury hires graduates of SUNY Canton’s Heating and Plumbing program to work at his company.

Maria L. Vecchio of Sergi’s Italian Restaurant in Canton, used her senior project to create a survey to help her learn more about their loyal customer base. As part of the survey, she had SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran hold a drawing for pizza rolls, one of the local restaurant’s signature servings.

President Zvi Szafran draws cards as Provost Douglas Scheidt, Charles Fenner and Maria Vecchio pose for the photo.

Pictured are (l to R) Professor Charles R. Fenner, Ph.D., SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt and Maria L. Vecchio, a Management student from Canton. Vecchio created a survey to poll customers at Sergi’s Italian Restaurant and asked Szafran to aid in a drawing for pizza rolls.

Other students are using the class as means of tracking revenues and expenditures for a family business. Ashley A. Martin and Logan W. Jones used their senior-level assignment to track expenditures related to sales at Martin’s Marina in Cape Vincent.

Fenner's class poses with Rick Gilchrist.

Rick Gilchrist, owner of Perry’s Market in Norwood, met with Management Professor Charles R. Fenner’s Strategic Policies and Issues class to develop a new business plan.

Additionally, students in Fenner’s Strategic Policies and Issues class helped Rick Gilchrist IV develop a plan to build upon his successful business, Perry’s Market in Norwood.

“It started as a brainstorming session about ways I could expand into other areas,” Gilchrist said about his time with the class. “The students created the beginnings of a solid plan, and I was able to finish it.”

Previously, students in this curriculum have partnered with the owners of Gamer Craze and Luna Boutique in Canton to develop new business strategies.

SUNY Canton Honors Renowned Nurse and Educator With Naming

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

A dedication ceremony was held March 1 to celebrate the naming of SUNY Canton’s School of Nursing for the late Margaret D. Sovie, Ph.D., a pioneer in health care.

The naming was in recognition of a generous gift from Margaret’s husband, Alfred L. Sovie, in honor of her accomplished career. Alfred, a 1958 SUNY Canton graduate, passed away in 2016 and wished to keep his wife’s legacy alive in the North Country.

William and Carol Doe, and Sovie family friends Mary and Deborah Polniak and William Barr pose in front of the new signage outside the nursing labs.

Friends and family celebrated the Margaret D. Sovie School of Nursing naming at SUNY Canton. Pictured from left to right are Margaret’s brother and sister-in-law William and Carol Doe, and Sovie family friends Mary and Deborah Polniak and William Barr.

“Al Sovie gave us an incredible gift—with this naming, he reminds us all to remember those who paved the way before us,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran at the ceremony. “Margaret Sovie was a leader and innovator in the field of nursing.”

The Sovies were originally from Ogdensburg and married in 1954. Alfred graduated from the George Hall Trade School in Ogdensburg and continued his education at SUNY Canton and Syracuse University in civil engineering. Margaret graduated from the St. Lawrence State Hospital School of Nursing and earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Syracuse University.

Margaret’s professional career in nursing administration consisted of positions as chief nursing officer at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is perhaps most remembered for her landmark study for the 1983 American Academy of Nursing’s Task Force on Nursing Practice in Hospitals. She and her colleagues identified the characteristics of facilities that attracted and retained the best and brightest nurses, as well as established the framework for a program of nursing excellence. From this study evolved the Magnet Recognition Program, which is considered the highest recognition for nursing excellence and is used by the American Nurses Credentialing Center today.

Deborah Polniak, Peggy Levato, William Doe, and President Zvi Szafran pose in front of a display featuring Al and Margaret Sovie.

Pictured from left to right are family friend Deborah Polniak, Director of Major Gifts Peggy Levato, Margaret’s brother William Doe, and President Zvi Szafran.

A pioneer in combining the values of higher education, research and publication with nursing practice, she received national recognition for her study of the interrelationship of nursing acuity, diagnosis related groups, and the economic delivery of health care.

“As an internationally recognized scholar, researcher, educator and author, Margaret’s studies have impacted clinical and practical nursing protocol throughout the United States and other countries,” Szafran said. “She was known for her fearlessness, outspoken manner and strong commitment to mentoring and patient care services.”

Debra Backus, James Akins, Linda Fay, Anne Ryan, Christine Brassard, Joan Fregoe, John Conklin, Paula Jacques, and Kimberly Davies

Nursing Faculty/Staff Past and Present – Pictured from left to right are Debra Backus, James Akins, Linda Fay, Anne Ryan, Christine Brassard, Joan Fregoe, John Conklin, Paula Jacques, and Kimberly Davies.

Following her death in 2002, the University of Rochester created the Margaret D. Sovie Lecture Series, and Alfred endowed the Margaret D. Sovie Center for Advanced Practice in 2006, the first of its kind in the country.

He also established the Margaret D. Sovie Endowed Scholarship at SUNY Canton, which provides awards annually to three students studying nursing or health care. More than 400 students are currently enrolled in the college’s nursing programs, which are traditionally among the most competitive and popular degrees.

Last year, the school unveiled a state-of-the-art nursing simulation laboratory that replicates a hospital’s intensive care unit to assist students with problem solving and patient assessment.

“Our work in the simulation laboratory, paired with knowledgeable and experienced faculty members, establishes a solid foundation to excel in our professional careers,” said senior nursing student Joshua Cartmill, a Sovie scholarship recipient. “I hope to one day step back through the doors of the Margaret D. Sovie School of Nursing and offer the same support and enthusiasm as Al and Margaret have given us.”

The ceremony concluded with a plaque unveiling by President Szafran and Deborah Polniak, a longtime friend of Alfred’s.

“Each time we see Margaret’s name, we are reminded of her strength, drive and intelligence,” said Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley. “We are sincerely grateful to Al for his generosity, and to Debbie Polniak, who helped make all of this possible.”

 

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 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 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.

SUNY Canton eSports Logo

“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.