Archive for September, 2019

SUNY Canton Joins Extreme Networks Esports & Education Summit, Oct. 3

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

An upcoming Syracuse-based seminar promotes success with school esports programs.

SUNY Canton officials will be among the experts to present at Extreme Network’s Esports and Education Summit held from 9 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel. 

The day-long seminar is designed for educators who want to learn about the numerous benefits an esports program can bring to a college or high school setting. The event is free, but registration is required by signing up at Extreme’s website

SUNY Canton esports athletes participate in Extreme Connect 2019 conference.

SUNY Canton unveiled its esports program in Spring 2018 with 14 students playing on three teams. As of Fall 2019, it attracted more than 100 students playing in eight games. The program inspired the creation of a tournament style esports arena, with high-speed low-latency internet connections provided by Extreme Networks.

“We’re committed to using emerging technologies to deliver next-generation education and entertainment experiences to engage our student body,” said Kyle Brown, assistant vice president and chief Information officer. “We were the first SUNY college to offer varsity esports in 2018 and have built one of the largest, dedicated digital esports arenas in the northeast. Extreme has been a great partner in our esports journey.” 

The college also partnered with Alienware to secure high-end Area 51 gaming machines to equip the space. It has since joined with Mountain Dew Game Fuel for an additional partnership. Representatives from both companies will be attending the seminar alongside management from the Eastern College Athletic Association (ECAC), which is the pre-eminent governing body in college athletics offering intercollegiate videogame competition.  

“SUNY Canton has established itself as a leader in esports,” said Randy B. Sieminski, director of athletics and seminar presenter. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without the full support of our administration and the SUNY Canton community coupled with the buy in from our professional partners.” 

According to a recent global esports survey, 71% of schools are considering or might consider adding an esports program in the future. These programs are network-intensive, requiring high performance gaming workstations, audio communication among teammates, video capture and connection to broadcast sites such as Twitch and YouTube. In a competition setting, every millisecond counts so networks must deliver high performance connections to ensure the best, most competitive game environment.  

“Esports is gaining mainstream popularity, and schools are increasingly searching for and investing in digital programs that will attract and retain the next generation of students,” said Bob Nilsson, Extreme Networks director of vertical solutions marketing. “This creates an explosive market with an entirely new ecosystem of producers, sponsors, suppliers, players, audiences, and venues.”

In addition to highlighting the technology driving esports, discussions will include getting an esports program off of the ground; how esports enhances educational options; blending on-campus and online student life; and the overall benefits of a program in an academic setting. Much of the funding used to launch the program was provided by a SUNY Performance Investment Fund Grant. 

“Esports supports and naturally connects with so many of our academic majors such as Game Design and Development, Cybersecurity, Graphic and Multimedia Design, Technological Communications and many others, including our engineering and STEM offerings,” said Molly A. Mott, SUNY Canton associate provost and dean of academic support services. “It’s also been shown that engaged students are more successful with higher retention and graduation rates. Esports helps us improve on those goals in addition to offering opportunities for our large percentage of online students to participate in a collegiate athletic program.”

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 University Police Adopt Body Cameras

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

SUNY Canton University Police officers will begin wearing body cameras during their campus patrols this semester. 

As part of a trial deployment, the department recently purchased two Watchguard Vista cameras capable of recording both audio and video. The eventual goal is to purchase six units, allowing each officer to employ the new technology, according to Alan P. Mulkin, Chief of University Police. 

Officer Tyler Thomas activates his body camera before a patrol.
Officers Equipped – SUNY Canton University Police Officer Tyler Thomas activates his Watchguard Vista body-worn camera as he begins an afternoon patrol.

 “We consulted with students and decided the time was right to implement body-worn cameras,” Mulkin said. “They will be an important tool for both our officers and the community we serve. This will help us create overall transparency and aid in community relations.” 

Each officer will begin their shift by checking out one of the cameras and will use them to record contacts with the public while performing their official duties. At the end of their shifts, the cameras will be returned and securely downloaded to a central server. 

Officers will complete a training program on the use and operation of the devices. SUNY Canton is home of the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity and the David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy. Mulkin said body cameras will also be used to train future cadets. 

Close-up of a body camera
New Body Cameras – The SUNY Canton University Police Department has implemented a new body-worn camera strategy.

“This technology is increasingly becoming a standard piece of police equipment,” he said. “There are many benefits of body-worn cameras. Footage from the cameras is used in documenting police involvement, can provide corroborating evidence and lead to increased civility between citizens and police.” 

Some students have already added their support for the new strategy.  Jasmine J. Dickson of Brooklyn, president of the college’s Black Student Union, met with University Police to discuss implementation. 

“As a student leader, I see body cameras as a huge accomplishment for SUNY Canton,” Dickson said. “I believe they will increase respect, trust and safety for both students and police. I am extremely excited to see this growth within SUNY Canton.”

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 Holds “After the Fire” Presentation with Residence Hall Blaze Survivors

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Two survivors of the Jan. 19, 2000 fire at Seton Hall University will be visiting SUNY Canton to discuss their perseverance, hope, inspiration, courage and friendship.  

Alvaro Llanos and Shawn Simons will be screening the acclaimed documentary “After the Fire” and discussing their New York Times Best-Selling book at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Roos House Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center Field House. 

After the Fire movie poster

Simons and Llanos will share their story of survival after their freshmen residence hall was set on fire as a fraternity prank gone wrong. Students can expect to learn fire safety tips as the speakers aim to inspire and motivate the audience. 

The two speakers talk about their ordeal of being college burn survivors nationally at many colleges and high schools across the country. They also speak at conferences as well as at fire safety training seminars. Their motive is to be advocates for fire safety and prevention so that no other students will have to endure the pain that they suffered. Also, they strive to be the voice of many burn survivors across the country who may feel “trapped in their new skin.” 

This is the second time that the highly acclaimed speakers have visited the campus. Their first presentation several years ago was so well received, both the Office of Residence Life and the Student Government Association decided to bring them back for a repeat engagement. 

The event is free and open to all SUNY Canton students. Due to the popularity of this presentation, non-student visitors and community members are asked to RSVP with the SUNY Canton Office of Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership, 315-386-7315 or emailing ellis111@canton.edu

SUNY Canton’s College Council Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

The SUNY Canton College Council is seeking nominations for its annual Distinguished Citizen Award.

SUNY Canton

Since 1976, the council has given this prestigious award in recognition of distinguished service to SUNY Canton and/or to the community.

Members of the community are invited to submit nominations for the award. Nomination packets must include: a nomination letter from the nominator(s); name and position of the nominee; a description of the distinguished services, recognitions, facts, or characteristics that is pertinent or informative; a brief biography of the nominee; and at least three supporting letters from non-family members. Optionally, additional supporting documentation can also be included. 

Nominations, which are due on or before January 1, 2020, should be addressed to the Chairman of the College Council, Office of the President, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617 or electronically to youngm@canton.edu. 

The SUNY Canton College Council will act on the nominations at their spring award meeting. The recipient will be honored at the Faculty and Community Awards Dinner in May, and their name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

For more information, contact Michaela Young, executive assistant to the president, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at youngm@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton and NCPR Collaborate for Fall Living Writers Series

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

This fall, SUNY Canton will host three noted authors for its popular Living Writers Series and will feature NCPR’s Station Manager Mitch Teich as the guest moderator.

The first writer will be Chanelle Benz, who will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Chanelle Benz

Benz will read from her new novel, “The Gone Dead,” which was highlighted on NPR’s “Weekend Edition.” The story follows a female protagonist, Billie James, who stumbles upon a mystery surrounding her father’s suspicious death thirty years prior.

“This novel keeps readers on the edge of their seats during Billie’s quest to discover the truth about her father and herself,” said Living Writers Series creator and Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche. “We invite everyone to join us for this exciting event.”

Following the reading, Teich will facilitate a question-and-answer session with the audience. 

“Mitch has more than a decade of experience interviewing prominent authors as executive producer and co-host of Milwaukee Public Radio’s program, ‘Lake Effect,’” said LaMarche. “We are happy to welcome him back to our community and to SUNY Canton.” 

Teich was a reporter for NCPR from 1996 to 1998 prior to joining Milwaukee Public Radio. He assumed his duties as NCPR station manager in July.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this series that brings remarkable writers to the North Country,” Teich said. “There’s really no better way to make a book come alive than by getting to hear from and speak to the people who write them.”

In October, the college will welcome back author Chris Fink at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. His most recent short story collection, “Add This to the List of Things That You Are,” will be released later this month. 

In November, SUNY Canton will host another Living Writers Series alum, Santee Frazier. He will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. His new book of poems, “Aurum,” will be published this fall.All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Living Writers webpage.

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 Advances Three Spots in U.S. News Best College Rankings

Monday, September 9th, 2019

SUNY Canton moved up three spots to tie for 23rdposition in “Regional Colleges North” in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. The college was previously listed 26thin 2019.

US News Rankings

SUNY Canton also tied for a 13thplace spot on the 2020 “Top Public Schools” ranking category and was similarly tied for 13thamong “Best Colleges for Veterans.” It also picked up a 14thposition in “Best Value Schools” and was ranked 33rdin “Top Performers on Social Mobility.” All of the rankings were established in comparison to similar colleges within the Regional Colleges North division.

“Our strong U.S. News rankings are a point of pride for the entire college community,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “At the heart of our success are the progressive applied academic programs we offer to prepare students for tomorrow’s careers.”

This year’s rankings were released Monday, Sept. 9, and are based on graduation and retention rates, assessment of academic standing, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rates, alumni giving, and other statistics.

Students walk outside Kennedy Hall

Supporting the move, the college has maintained enrollment goals in the face of a state-wide decline in high school graduates. Additionally, graduation rates and placement rates have increased in the past year. With increased popularity in programs, the college has significantly improved its selectivity while maintaining its mission as an accessible, affordable institution. Friends and alumni donated more than $2 million in the last year, which represents a 67% increase from the previous year. 

SUNY Canton also was ranked within the top 100 in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Programs for 2019. The college has 18 fully online majors and about 31 percent of its student population is completely online. 

Much of the college’s recent success is outlined in the online version of the 2018-19 SUNY Canton Annual Report prepared for SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson.

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 Commercial Truck Training Program Open House Sept, 19

Friday, September 6th, 2019

The Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center will be holding an Open house for its new commercial driver’s license training program from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 in Halford Hall. 

The event is free and open to the public and is designed for community members who are interested in starting a lucrative driving career by earning a CDL-A license. 

CREST student driver commercial truck with Pepsi wrap on the trailer.

“There is a high need for drivers locally and nationwide,” said Arthur S. Garno, CREST Center Director. “We’ve developed a local certificate training program to help prepare individuals for this stable, well-paying career.” 

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the college’s training truck and learn about the many benefits of local or long-distance driving. 

Those interested in joining the CDL-A training program can also contact the SUNY Canton CREST Center by phone, 315-386-7197, or email crest@canton.edu.

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 Announces Faculty and Staff Promotions

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

SUNY Canton recognizes 30 employees who received promotions over the past year. 

“SUNY Canton achieves its excellent reputation because of its phenomenal faculty and staff,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “I join with all of the college’s administration to recognize all of the talent and drive of the personnel who make this such a great place to learn and work.”

President Szafran, Dean Neisser, Patrick LaPierre, Marela Fiacco, and Melissa Lee
President Szafran, Dean of the School of Business Phil Neisser, Professor Patrick LaPierre, Assistant Professor Marela Fiacco, and Associate Professor Melissa Lee

The following individuals received promotions between Sept. 1, 2018 and Aug. 27, 2019: 

  • Anthony A. Ange was promoted to Janitor for the college’s Physical Plant.
  • Christopher T. Bradford was promoted to campus safety specialist in the Environmental, Health and Safety Office. 
  • Elizabeth A. Brown, Ph.D., was promoted to professor in the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice. Brown oversees the new Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity and won the President’s Meritorious Service Award in 2016. 
  • Matthew J. Burnett was promoted to professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Burnett teaches in the Graphic and Multimedia Design program. 
  • Taylor N. Charles was promoted to Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Counselor and Advisor. Charles previously worked in the college’s Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership office. 
  • Lucas Craig, Ph.D., was promoted to associate professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Craig teaches Mechanical Engineering Technology. 
  • Michelle Currier, Ph.D., was promoted to instructor in the School of Science Health and Criminal Justice. Currier teaches in the college’s Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation programs. She was recently recognized by the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence for her contributions to distance learning. 
  • Ryan Dean was promoted to janitor for the college’s Physical Plant
  • Amanda L. Deckert was promoted to personnel associate in the college’s Human Resources Office. Deckert is also the Title IX Coordinator. 
Melissa Evans, Molly Mott, Chad Delosh, and President Szafran
Director of Admissions Melissa Evans, Associate Provost/Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly Mott, Assistant Director of Admissions Chad Delosh, and President Szafran
  • Chad M. Delosh was promoted to assistant director in the Admissions Office. 
  • Marela M. Fiacco, Ph.D. was promoted to assistant professor in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. Fiacco is curriculum coordinator for the Healthcare Management program and director of the Business Department. She was also recognized by the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence for her contributions to distance learning. 
  • Alicia Flynn was promoted to senior staff assistant in the college’s One Hop Shop Student Service Center. 
  • Clifford Harvey was promoted to janitor for the Physical Plant. 
  • John J. Jodice was promoted to full time help desk technician in the Information Services Department. 
  • Kathryn Kennedy was promoted to assistant director of Career Services, part of the team housed in the Ready Center. 
  • Tatsuhito Koya, Ph.D., was promoted to associate professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Koya teaches in the Information Technology program. 
  • Nicholas E. Ladd was promoted to lecturer in the School of Science Health and Criminal Justice. Ladd teaches in the Veterinary Science Technology program.
  • Patrick K. LaPierre, Ph.D., was promoted to professor in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. LaPierre teaches History.  
  • Melissa E. Lee, Ph.D., was promoted to associate professor in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. Lee teaches English courses. 
  • Christina Lesyk was promoted to assistant professor in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. Lesyk teaches in the Applied Psychology program and was recently elected as secretary to the board of directors of the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
  • Jiayuan Lin, Ph.D., was promoted to professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Lin teaches Mathematics. 
  • Kevin M. McAdoo was promoted to lecturer in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. McAdoo teaches Mathematics and has been involved with the Solar Ready Vets program.
Janet Parcell-Mitchell, Elizabeth Brown, and President Szafran
Associate Professor Janet Parcell-Mitchell, Professor Elizabeth Brown, and President Szafran
  • Janet Parcell-Mitchell, D.P.T., was promoted to associate professor in the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice. Parcell-Mitchell teaches in the Health and Fitness Promotion program. She is the medical provider, specializing in sports medicine and performance, for the U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics Team and recently traveled to Russia with competitive athletes.
  • Jennifer L. Polniak was promoted to associate counselor in the Personal Counseling Center.
  • Frederick W. Saburro was promoted to lecturer in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Saburro teaches Mathematics and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Adjunct Teaching in 2016.
  • Paul E. Todd was promoted to lecturer in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. Todd teaches in the HVAC program.
  • Jennifer Whittaker was promoted to senior assistant librarian in the Southworth Library Learning Commons.
  • Cori Wilhelm was promoted to library director in the Southworth Library Learning Commons.
  • Ali S. Zaidi, Ph.D., was promoted to professor in the School of Business and Liberal Arts. Zaidi teaches French and Spanish.

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.