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SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center Reopens Following Major Renovations

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

The remodeled building stands among the college’s greatest recent physical improvements, dramatically augmenting the student experience.

The newly renovated Chaney Dining Center at SUNY Canton has reopened to welcome students with an expanded menu and a completely redesigned dining area.

Chaney Dining Center - Lower Level toward kitchen

SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center has undergone a complete transformation. Pictured is the redesigned serving area and some of the new seating arrangements. The college changed the entire interior layout of the historic building.

“I had the pleasure of seeing the completed renovations for the first time when I went over to eat lunch on Friday” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Both floors are truly beautiful. I love the open concept for the serving and dining areas, the gorgeous woodwork, the fantastic views and the great new facilities. I’m so proud of everyone associated with this project and with our food service. I’m looking forward to seeing all of our students enjoying this wonderful new space.”

Chaney is the largest eatery on campus, with numerous cooked-to-order meal selections available on its lower level. The building’s interior has been completely remodeled to create an immersive experience, with new seating arrangements, serving areas and wall treatments.

Kimberly L. Wise, Geniveve L. Hopkins-Betters and Gokul Pisharody eat lunch together at Chaney.

Kimberly L. Wise, Geniveve L. Hopkins-Betters and Gokul Pisharody eat lunch together on the first day Chaney Dining Center opened. The renovated space has become a campus favorite instantaneously.

“We designed the space to help bring the beauty of our campus and its wonderful natural surroundings into the building,” said College Association Director of Dining Services Susan D. Law. “You’ll see granite stonework incorporated in some of our newest additions and trees are a predominant theme.”

Although the radical construction efforts updated nearly every facet of the building’s interior, the college maintained the historic laminated wood beams and wooden ceiling. Chaney was among the first buildings constructed more than 50 years ago on the hill campus.

A New Menu with Old Favorites

A brand-new food service area welcomes students as they descend into the main dining room. The very first station will serve an expanded breakfast menu featuring cooked-to-order dishes, including eggs and omelets, available through lunchtime. The same station will be used to sauté meals with student-selected ingredients at dinner.

Chaney Dining Center - Upper level entrance

Chaney Dining Center – Upper Level Entrance

Chaney Dining Center staff created a popular waffle bar option while the operation was temporarily housed in Dana Hall’s Alumni Gymnasium during the fall semester. They continue that offering in the new dining center.

There is an area dedicated to special menu options, which will include international meals. Students can continue to suggest recipes to the college’s executive cooking staff.

The college installed two new open brick pizza ovens, where students can watch as staff prepare their flame-cooked pies.

In addition to an enlarged salad bar, the college is expanding its vegan and vegetarian options, with a dedicated cooking station. “We plan to add stuffed Portobello mushrooms and other dishes to our weekly menu,” Law said.

A staff member holds fresh pizza on a peel.

College Association Dining Leader Garret J. Burr pulls a freshly cooked pizza from one of SUNY Canton’s two new brick pizza ovens. The college added a special late-night eatery to the top level of Chaney Dining Center.

The split-level building will be home to a completely new restaurant. The Corner, located near the front entrance in the Pi Nu Epsilon Atrium on the top floor, will offer a smaller selection of food offerings including pizza made in a brick oven and gourmet coffee. It is scheduled to go online in early February.

“We asked students for input on the project,” Law said. “They said they’d like options for later in the evening. The Corner will be open from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.”

Students began eating at the college’s premiere dining days ahead of the semester to accommodate for early arrivals. A grand opening celebration will be held in the future.

 

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. 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 placed first in 14 categories in a SUNY-Wide Student Opinion Survey, most notably in career services, tutoring, library resources, and classroom facilities. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

Chaney Dining Center Hosts Canton Jamaican Restaurant ‘Da Kitchen’

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center recently presented students with a full menu of Jamaican cuisine.

Dining center staff invited guest cook Jody A. Pitt from Da Kitchen in downtown Canton to cook her specialties. Pitt is a former student who saw the opportunity to share her cooking alongside the dinner service at Chaney.

Jody A. Pitt owner of Da Kitchen Jamaican Restaurant in Downtown Canton makes rice and mixed vegetables in SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center Kitchen.

Jody A. Pitt owner of Da Kitchen Jamaican Restaurant in Downtown Canton makes rice and mixed vegetables in SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center Kitchen.

“Chaney provided the ingredients and I provided my recipes,” Pitt said, as she stirred a large pot of rice in Chaney’s kitchen. “I’m so happy to see students come out. I love to see people enjoying our food.”

She prepared ox tail, curry chicken, rice and peas and jerk pork.

Students lined up for the specialty fares. Tracy T. Miller, a Sports Management Major from Brooklyn, was already a regular customer at Da Kitchen. Miller said he loved the convenience of having the food at the dining center. “I wish they had this all the time,” he added.

Brandon M. Burrell, a SUNY Canton Homeland Security major from the Bronx picks out Jamaican entrees prepared by Da Kitchen in Chaney Dining Center.

Brandon M. Burrell, a SUNY Canton Homeland Security major from the Bronx picks out Jamaican entrees prepared by Da Kitchen in Chaney Dining Center.

Susan D. Law, director of dining services, said having guest cooks from local restaurants fits in with the overall mission to tie food services with local vendors and growers. “We like to tie our operations with local businesses whenever we can,” she said. “In this case it gives students new options while helping Jody market her business.”

Steven W. Maiocco, assistant director of dining and executive chef said, “Our students love to try new things and are very appreciative of the expanded selection.”

The Dining Center also hosts local vendor and grower exhibitions each semester to highlight its ties with local businesses.

 

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.

SUNY Canton Implements New Textbook Rental Program

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

SUNY Canton is implementing a new innovative textbook rental program in order to help students minimize the costs of attending college.

Pictured is Chelsie Paro, a SUNY Canton Criminal Justice major from Ogdensburg getting her books with her friends Brittaney Williams, a Criminal Justice major from Mexico, N.Y., and Crystal Redmond, a Nursing Major from Ogdensburg.

Pictured is Chelsie Paro, a SUNY Canton Criminal Justice major from Ogdensburg getting her books with her friends Brittaney Williams, a Criminal Justice major from Mexico, N.Y., and Crystal Redmond, a Nursing Major from Ogdensburg.

“This is a latest in a series of cost-saving strategies to help students save money and make college more affordable,” said College President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ll continue to work hard to provide the highest quality education at the most affordable price.”

Textbooks often cost more than $100 apiece and represent one of students’ biggest expenses after tuition and room and board. Many students attempt to save by buying used books or ordering books from other vendors.

Eight SUNY Canton classes will participate in the trial run of the program. Their students will have the opportunity to rent their texts rather than purchase them outright. The College Association has purchased the textbooks and students will pay approximately 45 to 65 percent of the cover price of the book for a one-semester rental. A $100 book could cost as little as $45, which is even less than buying a used book.

“This is a two-year pilot program to create more affordable options for students,” College Association Operations Director Sue Law said. “I can see this becoming a major initiative as more students express interest and enjoy the savings.”

Other colleges are implementing textbook rental programs through publishers as a way to adapt and grow in an increasingly on-line on-demand marketplace. SUNY Canton staff specifically created their model to reduce the expenditures by students.

“We are giving students the option of eliminating all of the hassle of buying and reselling textbooks,” said SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble. “I can see it making a big difference in a number of our students’ lives.”

Students will be responsible for the texts through the course of the semester and have the option to purchase the book outright at the end of their classes.

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. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.