Archive for August, 2019

A New Academic Year Begins at SUNY Canton

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Approximately 1,100 new students began their SUNY Canton education on Thursday, August 22. The college opened with newly renovated buildings and expanded academic offerings for the Fall 2019 semester. 

The college’s new student enrollment is consistent with the previous year, according to the Office of Admissions. Overall enrollment is currently up about 100 students from 2018, with a total of 3,370 students taking classes. Officials indicated there was a slight uptick in the number of returning students. 

Students walking between classes
Students walk between classes at SUNY Canton. The college welcomed approximately 1,100 new students for the Fall 2019 semester.

“We are in the ideal position to provide our students with our high-tech high demand degree programs, all of which lead to great jobs,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Our residence halls are nearing at capacity, the classrooms are full, and we are ready for another tremendous year. It’s great to see so many new faces and be a part of the tremendous energy surrounding a new semester.”  

The college’s most popular four-year programs this year were the online Healthcare Management program, the signature Criminal Investigation program, the dual degree Nursing program, Veterinary Science Technology, and Management.  Game Design and Development is also a rapidly growing new program, with more than 100 new students. 

Library Learning Commons Expands

The Southworth Library Learning Commons underwent extensive ground-floor renovations over the summer. It reopened with a brand-new combined circulation, reference and tutoring services desk to better serve its patrons. 

“We’ve created a combined single service point which allows students to access nearly everything we offer in one location,” said Library Director Cori Wilhelm. “We’ve revamped the library classroom, and the tutoring center received a complete makeover.” 

Newly renovated Southworth Library services desk
SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons underwent extensive renovations over the summer. Pictured are staff helping patrons at the new circulation, reference and tutoring services desk.

Additional upgrades include energy efficient LED lighting, new furniture and an open floorplan. 

The Library Learning Commons serves as the student-focused center of campus and houses the Information Services department and the Cyber Café. It also has a thriving textbook loan program offering Open Educational Resources. 

Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity

Fall 2019 is the first semester for the college’s new Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity, which combines six degrees into one overall academic organization. The center includes the college’s computer-focused Cybersecurity program and the fully online Emergency Management program to expand its educational scope. Exciting new programs and expanded collaborations with other colleges are also on the horizon.

Several brand-new facilities, including a Criminal Investigation Laboratory, a crime-scene staging room and a $500,000 state-of-the-art Cybersecurity-specific computer classroom in Nevaldine Hall will be completed over the next year. The official home for the center will be in Dana Hall, which is currently under renovation. These enhancements will increase the applied learning opportunities for students by creating real-world laboratories found in professional settings and industry.

By aligning related degree offerings, the center will also be better positioned to expand relationships with state-wide law enforcement and corrections agencies. SUNY Canton is currently home to the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy and the brand-new SUNY Canton Corrections Academy, offering students a continuous path from education to career.

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 18 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 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

Classes Start on August 22 – Follow Monday-Tuesday Schedule

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Welcome Back – Classes begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Students are to follow their Monday schedule on the first day, and a Tuesday schedule on Friday, Aug. 23. The normal weekly schedule goes into effect the following week.

Two students sit in Adirondack chairs in front of Kennedy Hall

New Students – Don’t forget there will be a Roos Rising event at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Roos House. Online students can participate virtually on Roo Life. Tweet using the hashtag #roosrising during the event for a chance to be highlighted by the college.

Students carry bags as they move into the residence halls.

SUNY Canton Names New Vice President for Advancement

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Tracey L. Thompson has been selected to serve as SUNY Canton’s new vice president for advancement.

Tracey Thompson

She will be responsible for leading advancement and alumni affairs activities and personnel, as well as developing fundraising strategies to support the college’s mission. Her appointment began August 12, 2019.

Thompson comes to SUNY Canton from Centenary University in Hackettstown, New Jersey, where she led a fundraising effort in 2018 that nearly doubled the previous year’s total. Prior to that, she served as executive director of Kutztown University’s Foundation and Alumni Relations Office raising $14.4 million over four years.

“Tracey has extensive leadership and fundraising experience in higher education, as well as an excellent record of forming robust business partnerships and building a culture of philanthropy,” said President Zvi Szafran. “We look forward to working with her to further the college’s mission to provide an accessible, affordable, hands-on education.”

Thompson also has extensive experience in nonprofit development and has held senior-level positions with the National Kidney Foundation, Easter Seals, the American Diabetes Association, and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In addition to her professional experience, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Performing Arts from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in Management from Cambridge College.

“I am very excited to be joining the Advancement team at SUNY Canton and working with our students, faculty, staff and volunteers to fulfill the University’s mission and goals,” Thompson said. “I look forward to meeting the amazing alumni, donors and friends whose efforts and generous philanthropy have made such a difference here at SUNY Canton. We will continue to partner on new initiatives that will benefit today’s students as well as future generations.”

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 18 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 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton’s Business and Management Programs Gain Accreditation

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

The Board of Commissioners of the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) has announced that SUNY Canton was granted first-time accreditation for all of the business and management programs offered through its School of Business and Liberal Arts. 

Programs to receive initial accreditation include the college’s four-year Finance, Management and Healthcare Management programs, in addition to the two-year Business: Accounting and Business Administration programs. 

IACBE logo

“IACBE Accreditation is evidence of the quality of SUNY Canton’s business programs,” said Philip T. Neisser, Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts. “Our faculty pride themselves on providing quality programs that prepare our students for career and entrepreneurial success.” 

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that the education provided by SUNY Canton maintains exceptional levels of quality as a premiere educational institution.  Members of the college’s faculty, staff and administration use accreditation as a way to measure the success of programs and evaluate the overall quality of each major. 

“Under the guidance of SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, we selected this accrediting agency because it best fits our mission,” said SUNY Canton Professor Charles R. Fenner. “It focuses on the assessment of our program and the evaluation of the best business education practices in the industry.” 

The four-year programs have helped several local entrepreneurs launch or grow their businesses. Kevin B. Kingsbury, who graduated from both the Finance and Management programs, is the owner of the Gouverneur-based Marble City Heating and Plumbing. Kingsbury was able to secure a contract that led to $9,500 a week in new revenue directly from his senior project. 

Management graduates Ashley A. Martin and Logan W. Jones used their senior-level assignment to track expenditures related to sales at Martin’s Marina in Cape Vincent. Following statistical analysis, they were able to identify new opportunities leading to an additional $1,000 a week in new revenue. 

Each year, the college partners with local businesses so that its students get a real-world professional experience through its annual Roopreneur competition. Students work directly with area entrepreneurs to expand marketing plans and explore new sales opportunities. 

Additionally, Healthcare Management has become the most popular major at the college, with more than 250 students enrolled in the Spring 2019 semester. The majority of those students are working professionals who are seeking to advance their career by getting a bachelor’s degree.

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 18 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 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Esports Adds ‘Rainbow Six Siege’ and ‘Rocket League’ for Fall 2019

Monday, August 5th, 2019

The college anticipates 70 new esports students competing in eight games during the next semester.

SUNY Canton will be adding two new teams to its esports lineup for the Fall 2019 semester.

Esports Coordinator Charles Murray said the college received significant student interest for developing squads in “Rocket League” by Psyonix and “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege” by Ubisoft.

A student plays in the new eSports Arena

“Rocket League is a wildly popular soccer-style game played with rocket-powered cars,” Murray said. “Rainbow Six Siege is a more tactical first-person shooter video game that relies heavily on teamwork and solid communication. Both games are tremendously fun.”

Rocket League

Students will play Rocket League as part of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) which has more than 50 member schools. The Rainbow Six Siege team will play in the Collegiate R6 conference.

SUNY Canton esports launched in Spring 2018 with approximately 17 students actively playing in three games: “Overwatch” and “Hearthstone” by Blizzard; and “League of Legends” by Riot Games. The following semester, esports adopted “Fortnite” by Epic Games and “FIFA” by EA Games. In Spring 2019, the program added “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” by Nintendo.

Rainbow Six Siege

Approximately 50 students participated in esports last semester.

“We’re anticipating about 100 new gamers in Fall 2019,” Murray said. “We will be expanding team sections to accommodate the influx of students.”

Game Design and Development continues to grow alongside of eSports and has become the fastest growing major at the college. In 2018, 78 full-time students enrolled in the program. This year, 114 new students have made a deposit to secure their spot and are anticipated to start in fall.

“SUNY Canton has established itself as a leader in esports,” said Director of Athletics Randy B. Sieminski. “In addition to adding new games, our next steps will include adding more all-women’s teams, and creating new academic programs to prepare students for the competitive video gaming industry.”

Open tryouts for students will be held at the beginning of the fall semester. Online students should contact Murray at murrayc@canton.edu for participation information.

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 18 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 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.

SUNY Canton Dining Services Team Receives College Council Award

Monday, August 5th, 2019

The SUNY Canton College Council has selected the entire staff of the campus’ newly renovated Chaney Dining Center to receive a prestigious award.

Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill presented the Employee Recognition Award to several   representatives at the annual Recognition Day luncheon in May.

Chairman O'Neill presents the award to Chaney staff
SUNY Canton College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill presented the 2019 Employee Recognition Award to representatives of College Association’s Chaney Dining Center staff. Pictured (l to r) are: SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Dining Associate Kira L. Locy, Facilities Associate Robert M. Horton, Catering Associate Nichole M. Fullerton, and O’Neill.

More than 60 full-time College Association employees and several part-time student workers were recognized for their ability to provide outstanding customer service during Chaney Dining Center’s renovation last year.

During the fall 2018 semester, while construction was ongoing, the team operated out of a temporary kitchen and dining room in Dana Hall. During winter recess, they orchestrated a seamless transition back to Chaney to minimize service disruption.

In his nomination letter to the council, College Association Board President and Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown said, “I cannot be more grateful for what the entire staff has accomplished in just a few short months. Everyone—from the executive chef to the student workers—went above and beyond what was required to serve our students.”

Chaney staff
Chaney Dining Center staff pose at the 2019 Recognition Day Ceremony.

Other supporters commended the team’s ability to quickly adapt to a new kitchen facility and serving stations. Culinary staff also learned how to operate new equipment, including two brick pizza ovens. Enhanced menu options, including vegan and vegetarian dishes, required the development and refinement of recipes.

According to College Association Director of Dining Services Susan D. Law, the team’s innovative  spirit was an important component during the transition. 

“They created a smoothie bar and waffle station while operating in the temporary space, which were very popular with students,” she said. “It’s those special touches that are most recognized and appreciated.”

The Employee Recognition Award is given annually to members of SUNY Canton’s classified staff, which includes College Association employees. Award winners receive a plaque and gift from 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 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 18 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 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also offers varsity esports and cheerleading.