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SUNY Canton’s Creative Advising Program Recognized for Reaching Students

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Two staff members from SUNY Canton’s Advising and First Year Programs office come to work dressed in colorful costumes during the tenth week of classes every semester. They roam around campus dressed as gnomes, aliens, superheroes or other characters with the specific goal of getting students to register early for their next semester classes.

“We started doing this as a fun way to get students’ attention,” said Sharon Tavernier, director of the Advising office. “Then we realized that we were talking directly to about 500 students on that day. We also use the pictures of us in costume as a way to get the word out on social media, casting that influence even wider.”

Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton Director of Advising and First Year Programs Sharon Tavernier and Retention Specialist Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin dressed as Katniss Everdeen and Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games. The duo wear extravagant costumes and interact with students to promote early registration at the college.

Since Tavernier and her colleague Marianne P. DiMarco-Temkin, the college’s retention specialist, began wearing costumes, about 20 percent more students have started registering earlier than in years past.

The two employees presented their innovative ways to connect with students and their overall successes at a recent National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference in Verona. Their conference session was so popular that they’ve been asked to present it again at the national NACADA conference held Oct. 14 in St. Louis, Mo.

“Sharon and Marianne’s advocacy helps students sign up earlier, which further helps us anticipate the number of course sections needed each semester,” said SUNY Canton Provost Douglas M. Scheidt. “It is also really fun to see them dressed up.”

The Advising and First Year Programs office works with new and continuing students to help them understand their degree progress.  They also administer the college’s First Year Experience and provide college success tips.  They provide workshop opportunities for faculty advisors and orchestrate the Stellar Advisor Award, a chance for students to nominate their faculty advisors.


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 Knows About Superheroes Running a University (Chronicle of Higher Education Editorial, Dr. Zvi Szafran)

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

President Szafran recently wrote into The Chronicle of Higher Education to tell them about SUNY Canton’s superheroes. Read the full letter to the editor, here.



President Szafran is pictured here with Advising Center Wonder Twins, Marianne DiMarco-Temkin and Sharon Tavernier. SUNY Canton staff dressed-up like superheroes on November 3rd to promote Academic Advising Week.

SUNY Canton Academic Advising Drop-In Center Grand Opening, Feb 9

Monday, February 2nd, 2009


The SUNY Canton Academic Advising Drop-In Center will celebrate its grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 09, in Campus Center Room 222.

Sharon Tavernier works with two students in the new Academic Advising Center.

Sharon Tavernier works with two students in the new Academic Advising Center.

“The Academic Advising Drop-In Center was created as a supplement to faculty advising,” noted SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Diane Muehl, who is overseeing the center. “Students can stop by to ask questions about the programs and services available on campus and learn about the tools available to make the best use of their time at the college.”

The Advising Center was created by SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble and is currently staffed by Muehl and Sharon Tavernier, a representative of the Academic Services and Retention Division. Trumble is scheduled to speak at the ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

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 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.