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University Police Schedule Shelter in Place Drill March 24 at SUNY Canton

Monday, March 14th, 2016

The college will test its new Rave alert system alongside college-wide lockdown scenario.

SUNY Canton University Police will be staging an exercise to help the campus community understand the procedures and precautions necessary during a lockdown situation.

The 30-minute shelter in place drill will commence at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 24, at the main campus, located at 34 Cornell Drive. Everyone on campus will be encouraged to stay inside, or go inside the nearest building and wait for the completion of the test.

“We want everyone to go into an interior room, close and lock the door if possible and stay away from the windows,” University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin elaborated. “Although this is just a test, similar to a fire drill, we want everyone to follow our directions as if this were an actual emergency.”

Mulkin has invited area police agencies to participate in the exercise and to help the officers increase their familiarity with the campus. The officers will conduct a building-by-building search of the campus to observe the effectiveness of the lockdown.

“There will be a sizable police presence on campus during this time,” Mulkin said. “We don’t want anyone to be alarmed by their presence. Their sole purpose will be to help us conduct the shelter in place drill.”

All campus activities and classes will be active during the test and the entire procedure should not affect regularly scheduled college activities.

SUNY Canton Adopts New Emergency Notification System

Rave Mobile SecurityCollege officials will signal the beginning and ending of the shelter in place exercise by using its new Canton Rave Alert system.

“Everyone with a campus email address should receive notification of the drill,” said Kyle A. Brown, the chief information officer for both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam. “Many of the subscribers will also receive text and voice messages as well. The new Rave system completely integrates with Facebook and Twitter and will create a single, unified message delivered across all platforms.”

The college formerly used New York Alert (NY-Alert) in a similar capacity, but found Rave to be a more viable long-term solution for addressing campus emergencies, notifications and weather related cancellations. Earlier in the semester, the college encouraged that faculty, staff and students enroll in the NY-Alert. Brown said those who enrolled previously have been loaded into the new system. During a series of campus communications, college officials will ask the on-campus community to update their information in anticipation of the practice lockdown.

SUNY Potsdam is also planning to roll out its own Potsdam Rave Alert system within weeks of SUNY Canton’s drill. The two colleges purchased the service together through shared services personnel in the Administrative Affairs division. The efficient strategies used to levy shared procurement were implemented by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. Combined purchasing allows both colleges to adopt new technologies with significant savings to both campuses.

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 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III. To learn more, visit

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Announce Shared Information Technology Position

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Kyle A. Brown to Oversee both SUNY Canton’s Information Services and SUNY Potsdam’s Computing & Technology Services

Kyle Brown

Kyle A. Brown has been appointed the Chief Information Officer for both SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

The latest of a series of shared positions between St. Lawrence County’s two State University of New York campuses will help solidify infrastructure and back-end operations.

Kyle A. Brown, a 2003 SUNY Potsdam graduate and the former director of Information Services at SUNY Canton, has been appointed the Chief Information Officer for both campuses. In the new role, Brown will also oversee the Computing and Technology Services department at SUNY Potsdam.

“It is an excellent move for both campuses to have one director who will combine our strengths,” said Shared Vice President for Business Affairs and Administration Natalie L. Higley. “The newly-created position will help us, as we look to expand the  technological infrastructure on both campuses.”

The two colleges are investigating the creation of a shared services center, which would create opportunities to benefit other North Country SUNY institutions by sharing expertise, providing efficiency and expanding service offerings for other campuses.

Brown, a 2003 graduate of SUNY Potsdam’s computer science program, previously served as the director of information services and director of SUNY Canton OnLine. He will dedicate half of his time to both colleges, and will report to Higley. Brown is a member of the SUNY Information Technology Transformation Team, as well as the Chancellor’s Online Learning Advisory Group.

Following Brown’s appointment, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will now seek to hire a shared Chief Technology Officer, a new position that would benefit both campuses.

“We are entering an exciting time in SUNY,” Brown said. “We have an opportunity to develop university-wide and regional initiatives that will transform the way our campuses do business, and expand quality support services for our students and faculty.”

In addition to his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam, Brown earned his Master of Science Degree from Clarkson University, Potsdam.

In addition to Brown, the campuses share the following administrators: Vice President Higley, Compliance Training Officer Stacey Basford, Interlibrary Loan Specialist Glen Bogardus, Life Safety Systems Manager Tony Caracciolo, Human Resources Director Mary Dolan, Chief of Police John Kaplan, Veteran’s Affairs Officer Patrick Massaro and Environmental Health & Safety Director Calvin Smith.

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. For more information, visit

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SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Hire Joint Veterans Affairs Officer

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Patrick MassaroPatrick Massaro, veteran and alumnus of both institutions is set to serve two campuses.

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam are pleased to announce the appointment of the first employee who will serve both institutions. Patrick Massaro is a unique fit for the newly created position of veterans and military services coordinator, a joint position that will serve students on both campuses.

Massaro will be the primary point of contact for the military families and serve as an advisor to the veteran’s organizations on each campus.

“This is a great opportunity for me to give back to both colleges and to those that have served and to the families of those that have served,” he said.

The veterans affairs position will enhance the student experience for veterans at both institutions and is the first joint hire to result from the ongoing shared services discussions between SUNY Potsdam’s and SUNY Canton’s Campus Alliance Network.

“Filling this position was a significant step in the goal of greater shared services for our colleges. We learned a lot about the search process and what we need to do in the next years to more efficiently use our resources,” SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy said.

“First and foremost, this hiring will positively impact the lives of service members and veterans working toward their higher education goals at the two colleges,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller. “Both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will benefit and learn from the experience of filling our first joint position, as Patrick navigates the unique learning environments at both campuses.”

Patrick Massaro is uniquely qualified to tackle the job, given his military background and the fact that he is an alumnus of both colleges. In 2003, he graduated from SUNY Canton and in 2005 from SUNY Potsdam. The Massena Central High School graduate then served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2006 to 2010, including one tour of duty in Iraq. He now holds the rank of Captain in the U.S. Marine Reserves. Most recently, Massaro completed his Master of Science degree in sports administration while working as the director of hockey operations at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

A member of the search committee, SUNY Canton Associate Professor William Fassinger, a retired Military Police First Sergeant, said, “If we could have built a person for this job, it would look like Patrick. He is a graduate of both institutions, with recent military service, and in the past two years having dealt with the Veteran’s Administration for his own education.”

“He will inherit the work done by others at Canton and bring those ideas to Potsdam, and then in turn assess how the things we do well at SUNY Potsdam might benefit Canton,” said SUNY Potsdam Director of Extended Education Thomas Fuhr, who co-chaired the search with SUNY Canton Professor Robert Edwards.

Both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton have been named military-friendly colleges for their dedication to serving service members, veterans and their families.

About SUNY Canton:

The State University of New York at Canton offers 22 career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 190 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. The College is home to a brand-new athletic facility, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites, offering students single rooms in apartment-style settings while they live on campus.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

SUNY Canton Responds to SUNY Board of Trustees Resolution

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Taskforce created to initiate SUNY’s shared services efforts

SUNY CantonResponding to a Nov. 22 State University of New York Board of Trustees resolution, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy has initiated a proactive plan attempting to create new ways to share services with SUNY Potsdam and potentially other SUNY schools.

The resolution establishes a timeline and directs the presidents of SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to submit results of a joint report on shared services by July 15, 2012. To initiate these efforts, Kennedy has created a special taskforce and assigned his senior leadership team to investigate possibilities for the two colleges to share services and create a sustainable plan for continued growth and prosperity.

“It’s an opportunity, not a challenge,” Kennedy said. “Our goal is to ultimately improve the students’ experience, reduce costs, and direct an even higher percentage of our budget toward academics. There are opportunities for innovation and efficiency, and those are two traits our College takes great pride in.”

Members of the taskforce include two faculty members, two students, one community member, one College Council member, one Alumni Association representative, and one representative from each of the College’s labor unions (United University Professions and the Civil Service Employees Association). Kennedy said he expects many new concepts for shared services to emerge from the discussions. He has even suggested the possibility of sharing some services with other additional SUNY colleges and universities.

“We share in SUNY’s vision to provide the absolute best educational and career opportunities for our students, and we will continue to do everything we can to maximize their experience and our budget,” the president said. “Through an open environment and community input, we will establish clear guidelines and fiscally measurable outcomes for as many shared services as feasibly possible. We want constructive input toward our efforts college- and SUNY-wide. I’m confident by working together we can achieve significant cost reduction, and I’m hopeful some of our ideas may also be helpful to other colleges and universities within the system.”

The SUNY Board of Trustees resolved to maintain the presidencies at both SUNY Canton and Potsdam respectively while each of the campuses work together promptly, diligently, and cooperatively to explore and implement shared services where appropriate. Savings from the efforts will be redirected to academics and student support services, in accordance with SUNY’s ongoing directives.

Current plans include creating new revenue-generating opportunities – similar to the way the College has capitalized upon its online programming and supplementary semester offerings. Kennedy wants to see both colleges increase enrollments and work to strengthen each other’s academic offerings. “We can start by offering common start dates and expanding cross-registration opportunities,” the president suggested. “We can offer each other support for new degree programs and offer joint minor options. These are simple ways to further our collaborative efforts and add academic options for our collective student bodies.”

“We’ve already begun the process of sharing services with SUNY Potsdam,” noted SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner. “We currently have two joint searches underway for a Chief Financial Officer and a Military and Veteran Student Services Coordinator. These two positions will oversee their respective areas at both colleges.”

The searches came about following a series of discussions between Kennedy and SUNY Potsdam President John F. Schwaller and ongoing planning between the two college’s leadership teams to combine some administrative operations. The colleges are studying shared services within the purchasing, accounts payable, human resources, information technology, institutional research, continuing education, and research programs, among others. SUNY Canton officials have also reached out to SUNY Plattsburgh to discuss possible shared services.

SUNY Canton officials recently calculated that more than 52 percent of its expenditures are currently spent on academics. To view the expenditure breakdown, visit The College will be updating the page with the latest news and resources about shared services. “Even though we’ve already exceed the Board of Trustees goal of 52 percent of expenditures geared toward academics, we are going to work hard toward increasing that percentage even more,” Kennedy said. “Our newly created Shared Services Taskforce will have the opportunity to assist in guiding those efforts and executing the directives of the Trustees and Chancellor.”

SUNY Provost David K. Lavallee has reassured both colleges and the Board of Trustees that shared or jointly appointed positions between the colleges would happen through attrition rather than the elimination of current faculty and staff members. “I’m truly proud that Provost Lavallee and Chancellor (Nancy L.) Zimpher have taken this stance and reaffirmed a commitment to maintaining jobs in St. Lawrence County,” said David F. Butler, SUNY Canton’s UUP President. “If our plans are effective, it will enable both colleges to hire more faculty members and further enhance our service to students.”

The concept for shared services was created to benefit students, according to SUNY Administration. “Our students are the very core of SUNY Canton,” Kennedy said. “We have been and will remain committed to providing them with every opportunity possible to ensure their success both academically and in their future careers. They deserve to be included in whatever decisions we make while moving forward with our plans.”

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