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SUNY Canton College Council Honors Canton Newspaper Editor

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The SUNY Canton College Council has selected the editor of the St. Lawrence Plaindealer as the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award.

Paul D. Mitchell was selected for this prestigious award for his career-long commitment to highlighting all things Canton, in addition his community involvement and civic engagement, according to College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill.

“Paul has helped build the community of Canton through the Plaindealer and his personal volunteerism,” said O’Neill. “He’s continued the publication’s history of highlighting SUNY Canton as a pioneering and prominent part of that community.”

Paul Mitchell

Prior to his more than 30-year career as editor, Mitchell was a reporter for the Ogdensburg Journal who published articles with most of the area’s prominent newspapers.

“Paul is the consummate community newspaper editor,” said Thomas T. Graser, the St. Lawrence County Editor for Northern New York Newspapers. “He reports the news as it is, but also wants to paint a picture of his community that demonstrates the pride we all feel in our hometowns.”

In addition to being largely responsible for one of the most successful newspapers in the county, Mr. Mitchell is personally active in the community. He recently spearheaded the Canton Park and Fountain campaign, which has currently raised more than $115,000toward the restoration of the historic park fountain and the beautification of its surroundings. He assisted with the Canton Fire Department Capital Campaign, which helped raise approximately $1 million for the construction of the Riverside Drive fire station.

Paul Mitchell and Ronald O'Neill

“As a Canton resident, I have been continuously impressed with Paul’s work ethic, solid reporting and community involvement,” said Canton Town Supervisor Mary Ann Ashley. “His volunteer efforts and his leadership speak to his sense of giving back to his beloved community.”

The St. Lawrence Plaindealer is intertwined with the history of SUNY Canton. In fact, the original photo of Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller breaking ground at the hill campus was staged for the benefit of the newspaper. Mitchell supported the college’s efforts to celebrate its 50-year anniversary of its move from a small cluster of buildings adjacent to St. Lawrence University to its current location.

“His efforts help document and maintain our proud history and help carry Canton through numerous positive and timely transitions,” said Linda A. Casserly, Canton village historian. “His efforts have helped Canton continue to thrive and its citizens continue to maintain their sense of accomplishment.”

Mitchell earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in journalism, from SUNY Cortland. During college, he worked with the Cortland Athletic Department and the Ogdensburg Recreation Department. He’s a long-time member of the Canton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He and his wife, Dawn, reside on Bird St. in Canton, neighboring SUNY Canton.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” said Mitchell. “When I was named editor of The Plaindealer, it didn’t take me long to realize the importance of being active in the community. “It’s been a rewarding career thanks, in part, to my interaction with the public. To be recognized for these efforts is humbling to say the least. Over the years I have been very fortunate to co-exist with the people who make Canton what it is.”

 

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.

WWNYTV-7 News Sportscaster Honored by the SUNY Canton College Council

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Melvin J. Busler, Jr., the longtime sports personality of WWNY-TV 7 News, has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the SUNY Canton College Council’s Distinguished Citizen award.

“Mel has become the face and voice of televised sports in the North Country,” said College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. “He’s generous with his time, and he takes great pride in the North Country.”

Mel Busler

Busler was nominated for the award after volunteering extensively with area charitable organizations, including Meals on Wheels, the Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County and the Disabled Persons Action Organization (DPAO), among numerous others. He will receive his award at the annual Faculty and Community Awards Dinner held Thursday, May 11, at SUNY Canton.

“Every disabled person who has met Mel comes away with the feeling that they have just met a long-lost friend,” said DPAO Respite Coordinator Terri A. Fulmer. “One individual told me ‘his smile always seems to make things right’.”

A Watertown native, Busler graduated from Immaculate Heart Central in 1977 and attended Jefferson Community College. He began his broadcast career with WATN radio in 1978 and joined WWNY-TV four years later. He became the full-time sportscaster on the evening news in 1984.

“Mel continues to use his celebrity [standing] to help, support and lead many different organizations here in the North Country,” said American Cancer Society Community Executive Director Don Boshart.

WWNY-TV News Director Scott D. Atkinson said Busler’s community connection is one of the reasons the local newscast is so popular.

“Mel delivers for Meals on Wheels, hosts Relay For Life events and serves as master of ceremonies for countless charity events,” Atkinson pointed out. “People can tell when someone’s the real deal, and they know they’ve got that in Mel – and that’s before you talk about all the local athletes he reports on in sports. We’re lucky to have him.”

He has won awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association, Associated Press and the Syracuse Press Club for his area sports coverage. He’s been inducted into the Red and Black Football Hall of Fame, the American Football Association Hall of Fame and the Jefferson Community College Hall of Fame. He’s also received the Immaculate Heart Central School Gala Award for Community Service and the Macsherry United Way Community Spirit Award.

 

About the Distinguished Citizen Award

The SUNY Canton College Council bestows this citation in recognition of exceptional, unusual and distinguished service to the college, to the community, to the State, or to the nation. It is awarded annually at the sole discretion and judgment of the College Council.

 

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 bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Seeks Nominations for Distinguished Citizen Award

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

SUNY Canton invites community members to submit nominations for the 2015 College Council Distinguished Citizen Award.

The college has given this prestigious award every year since 1976 in recognition of exceptional and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the state, or to the nation.

Nominations must be submitted in writing and should include the nominee’s name, position or title, and a brief biography. At least three letters of support from non-family members should accompany the nomination.

Nominations, which are due Feb. 2, 2015, should be submitted to Mr. Ronald O’Neill, College Council Chairman, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive – FOB 616, Canton, NY 13617.

The award will be announced in May, and the recipient’s name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Last year’s recipient was Rev. Mother Evette Austin of Grace Episcopal Church in Canton.

For more information, contact the Assistant to the President Michaela J. Young at (315) 386-7049 or by email at youngm@canton.edu.

 

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 Board Appoints Dr. Zvi Szafran as SUNY Canton President

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

President Zvi Szafran

The SUNY Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Zvi Szafran as SUNY Canton’s fourth president today, Thursday, April 3.

Dr. Szafran is currently the vice president for academic affairs and professor of chemistry at Southern Polytechnic State University in the University System of Georgia, a position he has held since 2005. He will begin his duties at SUNY Canton in the beginning of July.

Dr. Szafran thanked the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Zimpher and the SUNY Canton community.

“I am thrilled to be joining SUNY Canton at such an exciting time,” he said. “With the College’s unique mission and strong strategic plan, there are great opportunities on the horizon.”

Dr. Szafran will replace Acting President Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman, who has led the College since June 2013.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Szafran to the SUNY Canton family,” said Dr. Hoffman. “His understanding of the value of SUNY Canton’s mission was evident during his campus visit, and it is clear that he is the right choice to lead the College.”

Ronald M. O’Neill, SUNY Canton College Council chair and chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said, “Dr. Szafran’s background, experience and leadership are perfectly suited to our campus. All of us at the College look forward to his arrival and to working together with him.”

Dr. Szafran also served as the vice president for academic affairs at New England College in New Hampshire from 1998-2005. Previously, he held several positions at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, including dean of science and engineering, chairman of the chemistry department, assistant to the dean of arts and sciences, and professor. Szafran earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree, also in chemistry, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

In addition to the SUNY Canton announcement, the Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg as president of SUNY Potsdam. Dr. Esterberg is currently the provost and academic vice president at Salem State University in Massachusetts.

“With new presidents at SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton, the students, faculty and staff at both campuses will have excellent leadership in place as they continue their impeccable service to New York’s North Country communities,” said SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Dr. Hefner and Dr. Hoffman for their interim leadership, and the presidential search committees at both campuses for bringing us this highly promising next generation.”

“This is an exciting and proud day for all of SUNY and New York State,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Not only do Dr. Esterberg and Dr. Szafran each bring unique experience and an impressive history of leadership to SUNY; their appointments also pave the way for continued system-wide efficiency to be achieved through shared services. I look forward to working with Dr. Esterberg and Dr. Szafran, and commend the Board for recognizing their talent.”

Dr. Szafran and his wife, Jill, have one son, Mark.

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.

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 463,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs, and more than 1.8 million NYS citizens in professional development and personal enrichment programs, on 64 college and university campuses. There are nearly 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.

Chancellor Zimpher To Recommend Dr. Zvi Szafran As President of SUNY Canton

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Dr. Zvi SzafranState University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that she will recommend Dr. Zvi Szafran to be appointed as president of SUNY Canton. Dr. Szafran is currently the vice president for academic affairs at Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia.

The SUNY Board of Trustees will consider Dr. Szafran’s appointment at its next meeting, scheduled for Thursday, April 3.

“Dr. Szafran is an ideal candidate to be SUNY Canton’s next president,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Throughout his career, Dr. Szafran has developed a keen sense for the needs of students and an ability to enhance academic programs and services to meet those needs. Having served for nearly a decade as a member of the leadership team at a technology college within a state system of higher education, Dr. Szafran’s experience and vision align well SUNY Canton’s mission as well as SUNY’s strategic priorities. I look forward to working with him.”

“I’m very excited about SUNY Canton’s future,” said Dr. Szafran. “Their career-driven, hands-on mission is critical to America’s and New York’s growth, and they have an excellent strategic plan. I look forward to helping them to achieve the success they deserve.”

Chancellor Zimpher also thanked Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman for his leadership of SUNY Canton since June of last year. The college has been without a permanent president since Joseph L. Kennedy stepped down from the post in 2012, following a 19-year tenure.

“We are so pleased that Dr. Szafran will be joining the SUNY Canton family,” said Dr. Hoffman. “We were very impressed by his experience and insight during his campus visit, and it is clear that he is the right choice to continue the College’s forward momentum.”

Ronald M. O’Neill, Chair SUNY Canton College Council and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said, “We are delighted to learn that the Chancellor will recommend the appointment of Dr. Zvi Szafran as the next president of SUNY Canton. His background, experience, and leadership are perfectly suited to our campus. All of us at the college look forward to his arrival  and to working together with Dr. Szafran.”

 

About Dr. Zvi Szafran

Dr. Szafran is currently the vice president for academic affairs and professor of chemistry at Southern Polytechnic State University in the University System of Georgia, a position he has held since 2005. From 1998-2005, he served as the vice president for academic affairs at New England College in New Hampshire. Previously, he held several positions at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, including dean of science and engineering, chairman of the chemistry department, assistant to the dean of arts and sciences, and professor.

Dr. Szafran earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree, also in chemistry, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

 

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.

 

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 463,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs, and more than 1.8 million NYS citizens in professional development and personal enrichment programs, on 64 college and university campuses. There are nearly 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.

Historic Joint Meeting of SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton College Councils Sets the Stage for Future Shared Services

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The College Councils of SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton met on Monday, March 26, in an unprecedented joint session to create new pathways toward SUNY’s challenge to increase shared services.

The joint meeting was the first of its kind in recent history between the two College Councils. Historically, College Council members have made decisions for the benefit of their home institution.

“To the best of my knowledge, today marked the first time the two College Councils have officially met together,” said SUNY Canton College Council Chairman Ronald M. O’Neill following the meeting. “We are excited to work together for the betterment of both colleges and to the overall betterment of SUNY as a whole. By being proactive, we can further SUNY’s vision of increasing efficiency by sharing services and increasing ‘SUNY Systemness.’”

Shared Services

“This extraordinary joint session was very important from the perspective of both campuses and their respective leadership,” SUNY Potsdam College Council Chairman Roger B. Linden said. “It is thanks to the vision of Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher that we have been able to find many areas for further collaboration between the campuses and all of SUNY, by embracing ‘Systemness,’ so that we can capitalize on the unique strengths of both Potsdam and Canton for the good of both the North Country and New York State.”

Both College Councils unanimously passed a resolution requesting that each campus be allowed to hire its own respective vice president for business affairs or vice president of administrative services, in recognition of the unique educational programs and organizational structures at each campus. They additionally resolved to continue consideration and discussion on other avenues for combining administrative functions.

“The two positions are vastly different at each College,” O’Neill said. “It would not be effective to combine the position without hiring additional staffing, such as assistants, beneath one single shared vice presidential position, negating any cost savings on the administrative side of our operations.”

“The joint search committee reflected at great length on the enormity of combining these two very different positions on each campus into one, and just how difficult a job that would be. They found that they could not see how the job could be performed by a single human being,” Linden said.

The two colleges offer cross-registration, and common courses for both student populations. Both colleges extend these services and transportation to and from each respective campus, and partner with St. Lawrence and Clarkson universities to further educational opportunities for students in St. Lawrence County.

During the joint search, members gained new insight and a new appreciation of the neighboring colleges’ administrative responsibilities. By getting a sense of the inner workings of each College, both groups stand better poised to make recommendations into other cost-saving strategies.

“We want to continue this type of collaborative effort,” O’Neill added. “We are planning to meet together a minimum of once a year to continue our positive dialogue. By working together, we are making steps in the right direction and look forward to making recommendations for further shared services among the two colleges, and perhaps other colleges as well.”

“Today, I had the honor of chairing this historic joint meeting, as it was held on the SUNY Potsdam campus. I told Ron I would like the opportunity to watch him chair such a meeting on his campus, so we can continue to share ideas and work together, always keeping in mind that all that we do is for the advancement of our students,” Linden said.

 

Ronald O’Neill Appointed as Next Chair of SUNY Canton College Council

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Ron O'NeillNew York State Governor David A. Paterson has appointed Ronald M. O’Neill, graduate of the class of 1963, as the next SUNY Canton College Council Chair.

“I’m really happy that I’ll be able to aid the College through this position again,” O’Neill said. “I’ve missed being a part of all of the wonderful development and expansion at the College.”

O’Neill began serving on the College Council in 1984 and was appointed as chair in 1992 by former Governor Mario M. Cuomo. In 1996, Wesley L. Stitt took over the position as Chair under the direction of Governor George E. Pataki, and O’Neill continued to serve as a board member until 1999.

“Ron has an illustrious record with the College,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I look forward to resuming our working relationship for the continued betterment of the College.”

The incoming College Council Chair retired from the Social Security Administration in 1999. He was named to the State University of New York’s Alumni Honor Roll in 2000, based on his extensive contributions to the community and to SUNY Canton. That same year, he received the SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus Award.

O’Neill was the youngest Democratic Chairman for the Town of Canton, was a Morley Library Trustee and was a member of the Morley Volunteer Fire Company. While working for the Social Security Administration, he was also an alternate and on-site union representative for the American Federation of Government Employees.

O’Neill lives in Canton with his wife, June F. O’Neill, who is the Chair of the New York State Democratic Party. Their daughter Victoria O. Hayes is a Curriculum and Development Instructor in the Education Program at SUNY Potsdam.

“I’m pleased that Ron is coming back to work with the College Council,” Stitt said. “His experience and knowledge will be vital in the college’s continuing advancement. It’s been rewarding to be a part of the extraordinary success of the college over the past 12 years.”

Stitt will be serving as College Council Chair for SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony and will serve out his appointment as a College Council member until his term ends in June 2009.

“Wes has been an extraordinary advocate for the College,” said Kennedy. “His contributions to SUNY Canton and his tireless support for public higher education have been an integral part of the College’s success over the past several years. It will be extremely beneficial to have Ron and Wes working together to ensure a smooth transition over the next few months.”

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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