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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.

SUNY Canton Unveils New ‘eSports Arena’

Friday, August 24th, 2018

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

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

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

eSports athletes start gaming in the new eSports Arena

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

League of Legends is played by a new eSports athlete.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 15 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Adds Fortnite and FIFA Esports Teams

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

SUNY Canton will add Epic Games’ wildly popular Fortnite Battle Royale and EA Sports’ FIFA to its growing lineup of varsity esports. The announcement follows the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s (ECAC) announcement formally sponsoring intercollegiate competition in both games.

The addition continues SUNY Canton’s string of firsts in the emerging field of esports as it becomes one of the very first schools with both Fortnite and FIFA collegiate teams.

SUNY Canton eSports Logo

“We’re proud to be among the nation’s first colleges to offer both Fortnite and FIFA,” said Randy B. Sieminski, SUNY Canton director of athletics. “We plan to begin competition this fall as we continue to grow our esports program and we’re happy to work closely with the ECAC the National Association of Collegiate Esports  (NACE) for competitions and tournaments.”

Fortnite is an extremely popular online game where players are dropped on an island and battle to be the last person standing. In collegiate competition, gamers play in teams and get points for the number of enemies they defeat and how long they survive.

Robert J. Snow, head coach for the college’s esports teams, said there will be open tryouts for the new team at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 in SUNY Canton’s new eSports Arena. SUNY Canton Online students are encouraged to participate from wherever they are enrolled and should contact Snow for tryout information.

Fortnite

“Fortnite has been the most asked about game among prospective students,” Snow said. “We will see a high level of competition right away to make the team, and we look forward to competing against other schools around the nation.”

FIFA is a two-versus-two soccer (football) simulation game with widespread appeal. It will be played on one of the console systems in the college’s new $500,000 gaming space in Nevaldine Hall. The eSports Arena features 24 competition-ready Alienware Area 51 computers and high-end peripherals. The college has partnered with Extreme Networks for high-speed connections to give its teams a competitive edge.

FIFA tryouts will be announced at a later date.

FIFA 19 Logo

Other teams play Blizzard’s Overwatch and Hearthstone, and Riot Games’ League of Legends. The college also has an all-women’s Overwatch team.

“SUNY Canton eSports offers many benefits similar to traditional athletics: teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, school pride, competition and much more,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “At SUNY Canton, it also has a strong connection to several of our academic majors, such as Game Design and Development, Graphic and Multimedia Design, Technological Communications and Sports Management.”

SUNY Canton became the first SUNY college to offer varsity esports in December 2017. Teams play as members of the NACE, the most prominent nationally recognized organization dedicated to competitive collegiate video gaming. The college also orchestrates matches through the ECAC in addition to University League of Legends.

 

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 eSports Selected to Participate in ECAC Exhibition at 2018 MAAC Fan Fest

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Six athletes make travel plans to compete in the college’s first eSports away game.

One of SUNY Canton’s eSports teams will be competing in the inaugural Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) eSports Invitational on Thursday, March 1, at the Albany Capital Center. The event will be held as part of the 2018 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Basketball Championships Fan Fest.

“SUNY Canton is thrilled to be participating in the ECAC’s first major eSports event,” said SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “This will be a great experience for our students to be involved in a first-class competition at a phenomenal venue surrounded by the added excitement of the NCAA Division I basketball conference playoffs. We can’t wait.”

Group photo of eSports League of Legends team

SUNY Canton eSports League of Legends Team – Six students will be representing the SUNY Canton eSports program during an ECAC exhibition match in Albany. Pictured are standing (l to r) Thomas J. Nagle of Rochester, Jaden J. Batista of New York and Juan-Arturo Nunez of Brooklyn. Seated are (l to r) Ryan J. Lee of Cape Charles, Va., Joe M. Canton of the Bronx, Devon D. Balasubramaniam of Goshen.

The exhibition is a day-long event designed to educate college sports and recreation administrators about the rapidly expanding intercollegiate eSports opportunities for their institutions. It will feature a series of panel discussions followed by a four-team eSports tournament on Riot Games’ League of Legends featuring ECAC and MAAC member schools.

SUNY Canton’s brand-new eSports program has a six-member League of Legends team, who recently recorded the Kangaroo’s first intercollegiate win in a videogame matchup. The Roos beat the University of Maine Farmington in a one-sided sweep.

“The biggest obstacle our students have overcome is working together as a team,” said SUNY Canton eSports Coach Robert J. Snow. “We have strong players. They’ve worked exceptionally hard on their communications and established a new group dynamic.”

The team has been playing in Riot Games’ University League of Legends competition and has posted two wins and four losses. Thursday’s match will kick off the ECAC season of League of Legends. The final lineup has yet to be determined, but the college may match-up against Canisius College, Siena College, or both.

“This team has really come together in the relatively short time we’ve been playing together, and I am confident we will make a strong showing Thursday,” said Joe M. Canton, the captain of the League of Legends Team who hails from the Bronx. “It’s a very exciting time to be a part of SUNY Canton’s new eSports program.”

SUNY Canton 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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and recently joined the North Atlantic Conference. The college is home to a new eSports program with teams playing competitive intercollegiate video games.

SUNY Canton Dedicates Court for Former Men’s Basketball Coach Stan Cohen

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

A remarkable five-decade career of coaching and commitment to students is memorialized in the college’s athletic facility.

SUNY Canton will dedicate its main basketball court in honor of the late former men’s basketball coach Stanley W. Cohen.

“Our team today is full of bright young players,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “In fact, they are much like the dedicated, respectful alumni athletes who played for Mr. Cohen. It gives me pride to be able to make connections between our storied past and our great future. It is an outstanding tribute to a remarkable coach.”

Stan Cohen Court

The main basketball court in SUNY Canton’s Roos House has been renamed the Stan Cohen Court. The college will hold a dedication ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6.

A reception remembering Cohen will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the mezzanine area of Roos House Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center. The official naming ceremony will be held at halftime of the 7 p.m. men’s basketball game against Utica College. The college openly invites alumni, friends and the public to the event.

Pictured are former SUNY Canton men’s basketball coach Stanley W. Cohen and one of his standout athletes Robert C. Rogers. They were both inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2011.

Pictured are former SUNY Canton men’s basketball coach Stanley W. Cohen and one of his standout athletes Robert C. Rogers. They were both inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2011.

Alumni, athletes and friends of the college contributed the funding to the SUNY Canton College Foundation to secure the ability to name the court for Cohen, who is held in high esteem by former players, faculty and staff members, students, community members and peers.

Cohen led some of the most successful basketball teams in the history of the college and coached 10 players who went on to play at Division I colleges. Among those was Robert C. Rogers, who with his wife Margaret, made the generous lead gift to celebrate Cohen’s legacy.

“I had the privilege of touring our brand-new athletic complex with Stan and his former all-star student-athlete Bob Rogers,” said SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “You could see right away the remarkable bond and admiration the two men had for each other, even after all those years. Stan and his family are richly deserving of this incredible honor.”

Cohen, who was inducted as an inaugural member of the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2011, began his career at the college in 1957 as a basketball coach and accounting instructor. His teams made the NJCAA national tournament in 1965 and secured three Empire State Conference Championships.

He eventually became the Athletic Director and added several sports, including hockey, wrestling, cross country, soccer and baseball. Under his leadership, the Canton Aggies were renamed the Northmen, one of the most iconic monikers in college history. He worked at the College for 39 years and was an integral part of SUNY Canton athletics until he retired in 1996.

The College Foundation is continuing to collect donations toward the court naming. Individuals who contribute will be commemorated on a plaque inside the Cohen Court. For more information contact 1-800-811-6727 or email rosserk@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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Roos Complete NCAA DIII Membership Process

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council announced that SUNY Canton has officially completed its provisional membership process and will become full-time members of NCAA Division III, effective Sept. 1st.

“This is a tribute to the hard work the SUNY Canton Athletics staff have done to make sure that our programs meet and exceed the expectations of the NCAA,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Zvi Szafran. “Our student-athletes consistently demonstrate their outstanding dedication in their sport and their studies.”

SUNY Canton - NCAA Division III

SUNY Canton completed its provisional status in just three years. Colleges typically must go through four years of provisional status along with an exploratory year before they are recommended for active membership. SUNY Canton applied for and was granted a waiver to consolidate years three and four of the process.

“We are thrilled with the NCAA’s decision to accept us as full members of NCAA Division III,” said SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “It has been a group effort from our coaches, student-athletes, staff, faculty, administration, College Council and numerous departments campus-wide. This is a huge step for our student-athletes and teams as we now become eligible for NCAA postseason competition during the 2015-16 academic year.”

In the past four years, SUNY Canton has added five new sports to their athletics program offerings. The athletics department has seen tremendous growth during this time, doubling the number of female student-athletes, and increasing its total number of student-athletes from approximately 150 to nearly 300. The college sponsors intercollegiate teams in men’s and women’s soccer; men’s and women’s cross country; women’s volleyball; men’s golf; men’s and women’s ice hockey; men’s and women’s basketball; men’s baseball; women’s softball; and men’s and women’s lacrosse.

Sieminski added the membership process encompasses nearly every area of the college, and the Athletic Department greatly appreciates the efforts of colleagues, administrators and professionals campus-wide.

“I’d also like to thank all the outstanding people we work with from the NCAA, especially Director of Division III Louise McCleary, Assistant Director of Academic and Membership Affairs Jean Orr and our NCAA Mentor Joe Walsh from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference,” added Sieminski. “They’ve been extraordinarily helpful and welcoming in guiding us through this process. It’s been an outstanding and rewarding process.”

Sieminski also expressed his appreciation for the SUNY Canton leaders who helped to start the transition to the NCAA, including College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill, Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott, Vice President of Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish, former President Joseph L. Kennedy, former Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach, former Vice President for Student Affairs Daniel J. Sweeney and former Athletic Director Diane J. Para.

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About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Two SUNY Canton Employees Earn President’s Meritorious Service Award

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently awarded two employees with one of the college’s highest honors.

Kathy A. Limoges, a secretary in the School of Business and Liberal Arts dean’s office, and Randy B. Sieminski, director of athletics, were named the 2015 President’s Meritorious Service Award winners at SUNY Canton’s Employee Recognition Day May 15.

President Zvi Szafran & Kathy Limoges

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran congratulates Kathy A. Limoges, a secretary in the School of Business and Liberal Arts, on being chosen to receive the 2015 President’s Meritorious Service Award during the college’s Recognition Day celebration May 15.

Limoges retired this month after working at the college for 35 years. Described by her colleagues as one of the most respected professional employees on campus, she is also admired for her incredible work ethic and commitment to SUNY Canton’s students, faculty and staff. Limoges graduated from SUNY Canton in 1980 and previously earned the college’s Employee Recognition Award in 2006.

“Kathy exemplifies the true meaning of professionalism and dedication,” said Szafran. “She has given so much to our college that it’s only fitting we recognize her many accomplishments with this award.”

Sieminski began his tenure at SUNY Canton in 2005 as the college’s public relations director where he managed branding and marketing efforts that contributed to an unprecedented increase in applications and enrollment. Since his appointment to athletic director in 2010, Sieminski has guided the college through its transition to NCAA Division III status. In addition to adding five new sports teams, Sieminski and his staff have more than doubled the number of student-athletes, hosted this year’s New York State High School Cross Country Championships and have hosted the Regional Special Olympic Games and time trials for three consecutive years.

President Zvi Szafran & Randy Sieminski

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran presents the 2015 President’s Meritorious Service Award to Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski during the college’s Recognition Day celebration May 15.

“Randy has contributed to the success of SUNY Canton in innumerable ways,” said Szafran. “His outstanding leadership in both public relations and athletics has helped the college realize dramatic growth during the past 10 years.”

Sieminski is also active in the community and has served as the Canton Chamber of Commerce president the past two years and is the president of the Canton Hoopsters Youth Basketball Association. He also coaches numerous youth sports. He is a 1987 graduate of St. Lawrence University.

 

About SUNY Canton

 

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Roos Jump to Final Year of NCAA Membership Process

Monday, August 11th, 2014

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council has announced that SUNY Canton has been approved to enter its fourth and final year of provisional membership, effective Sept. 1. The decision affirms a June vote by the Division III Membership Committee recommending the College’s advancement toward full membership.

SUNY Canton recently completed its second year of provisional status, and is just one year away from becoming an active NCAA Division III member. Schools typically must go through four years of provisional status before they are recommended for active membership. However, SUNY Canton applied for and was granted a waiver to consolidate year three and year four of the process. SUNY Canton - NCAA Division III “We are honored and ecstatic with the NCAA’s decision to waive our third year of provisional membership allowing us to take this huge step forward,” said SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “Our coaches, student-athletes, staff, faculty, administration, College Council and numerous departments campus-wide should be credited with their commitment toward making this transition. Their work and dedication is making it possible for us to successfully advance in this process.”

SUNY Canton recently added five new sports in a three-year span to their athletics program offerings. The athletics department has seen tremendous growth during this time, doubling the number of female student-athletes, and increasing its total number of student-athletes from fewer than 150 to nearly 300. The college sponsors intercollegiate teams in men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse.

Men's Basketball

“This is a tribute to the hard work the SUNY Canton Athletics staff have done to make sure that our programs meet and exceed the expectations of the NCAA”, said President Zvi Szafran. “Our student-athletes consistently demonstrate their outstanding dedication in their sport and their studies.”

Sieminski added the membership process encompasses nearly every area of the college, and the Athletic Department greatly appreciates the efforts of colleagues and professionals campus-wide.

“I’d also like to thank all the outstanding people we work with from the NCAA, especially Director of Division III Louise McCleary, Assistant Director of Academic and Membership Affairs Jean Orr and our NCAA Mentor Joe Walsh from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference,” added Sieminski. “They’ve been extraordinarily helpful and welcoming in guiding us through this process.”

All of SUNY Canton’s athletic programs have competitive schedules against top Division III programs such as nearby St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, and SUNY Potsdam, as well as Elmira College, SUNYIT, Morrisville State College, SUNY Cobleskill, Nazareth College, RIT, Keuka College, Alfred University, Utica College, Bard College, Johnson State College, Cazenovia College, SUNY Geneseo, Wells College, Lyndon State College and numerous others.

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About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

SUNY Canton’s Megan Mydosh Receives Prestigious Ronald LaValle Leadership Award

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

SUNY Canton junior Megan M. Mydosh of Warwick is the first woman to receive the Ronald LaValle Leadership Award, a SUNY system-wide accolade.

Mydosh was chosen out of thousands of eligible SUNY student-athletes due to her numerous accomplishments in leadership, sportsmanship, as well as her role as an ambassador for the campus and SUNY.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski, Ron LaValle Leadership Award winner and Management major Megan M. Mydosh, Head Women’s Cross Country Coach Kathryn Kennedy and Head Men’s Cross Country Coach John M. Kennedy shortly after Mydosh received her award at SUNY Canton’s Faculty Assembly.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski, Ron LaValle Leadership Award winner and Management major Megan M. Mydosh, Head Women’s Cross Country Coach Kathryn Kennedy and Head Men’s Cross Country Coach John M. Kennedy shortly after Mydosh received her award at SUNY Canton’s Faculty Assembly.

Mydosh has been the captain of her cross-country team at SUNY Canton for three years. Her athletic achievements include a host of top-ten finishes, a first-place finish at Southern Vermont College in 2012 and numerous top-20 finishes in national competition for three consecutive years. Mydosh was also the first in SUNY Canton Athletics history to earn the Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Week Honors.

“Megan is an extraordinary person in so many ways,” said Women’s Cross Country Coach Katie Kennedy. “She is an exceptional runner, student, volunteer, teammate, worker and leader. She is truly one of the most accomplished and well-rounded students in SUNY Canton history.”

Aside from her role as an athletics leader, she works part time in the SUNY Canton Admissions and Public Relations offices and has maintained a 3.96 GPA. Mydosh is also actively involved in volunteering in community events and fundraisers, including the Roos Hop to Help Day, the Special Olympics, the annual Lake-to-Lake Relay and the annual Nicole Fleury Run.

In May 2013 Mydosh received SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Associate Graduate Award when she received her degree in Business Administration. She is continuing her studies to earn a bachelor’s degree in Management and will be eligible to graduate early in December 2014.

“I owe a lot of my success to the support I have received from the entire campus — it’s such a nice feeling to be welcomed to SUNY Canton by my coaches, teammates, faculty and staff,” Mydosh said. “It really keeps me motivated to do the best I can and makes me want to encourage others as well.”

Ronald LaValle was active in leadership development of student-athletes at Stony Brook University, and by extension, all of SUNY. LaValle placed great emphasis on mentoring and supporting all students, especially student-athletes. He was heralded as being an outstanding administrator and coach.

“This is one of the most prestigious awards ever won by a SUNY Canton student-athlete,” said Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “There were finalists for this award from NCAA Division I programs as well as Division III powerhouses. We’re extremely proud of Megan and all of her accomplishments during her time here at SUNY Canton. It’s been an honor to have her represent her team, her academic program, our athletic department and our school.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.