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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 Media Relations Manager Receives Chancellor’s Award

Monday, July 1st, 2019

A member of the award-winning SUNY Canton Public Relations team has been selected by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson to receive the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

Gregory E. Kie, senior media relations manager and college photographer, was nominated by his peers for the system-wide honor. It is bestowed in recognition of consistently superior professional achievement to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. He received a medal denoting his success at the college’s Faculty and Community Awards Dinner held May 9.

Greg Kie stands with his camera outside Payson Hall

“Greg has helped improve the college’s image through his outstanding photography and news writing abilities,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “He’s contributed to every major college publication during his 15-year career and helped develop positive working relationships with the local media. His work has helped tell the ‘SUNY Canton story’ and elevated the college’s profile and prestige.”

Kie began as a temporary part-time writer and photographer in 2004, after a brief career as a correspondent reporter for the Massena-Potsdam Courier Observer. The year following, he was granted a full-time position under the direction of Randy B. Sieminski, who is now the college’s athletic director. He received his current title in 2014 while working for the college’s current Director of Public Relations, Travis G. Smith.

“Greg embodies the spirit of SUNY Canton through his unique skill set, work ethic and welcoming demeanor,” Smith said. “Throughout his tenure, he has juggled his media relations and photography responsibilities with great skill, professionalism and collegiality.”

As an adjunct instructor in the college’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program, Kie has helped several students start careers in photography. He was described as a focal point for mentorships and recognized for helping to foster an entrepreneurial spirit for students by Professor Charles R. Fenner, who teaches in the Management program.

Kie also volunteered as a Riot Games’ “League of Legends” coach in the college’s thriving esports program during the past year. He also supports the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team by helping students paint their bridge in preparation for their annual competitions.

SUNY Canton’s entire Public Relations Department received the Excellence in College Service Award in 2017. Kie contributed three of the department’s 12 State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) awards during his career, picking up two Excellence in Writing citations and a Judge’s Citation for news releases.

“I’m so very proud that my colleagues chose to nominate me for this career-defining achievement,” Kie said. “I’ve been exceptionally lucky to be a part of a continually innovating and evolving college that has allowed me to grow within my position. I look forward to everything that will happen next.”

Kie is a Plattsburgh native who graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Studio Arts in 1998.

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 19 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 Public Relations Wins Four SUNYCUAD Awards for Excellence

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The State University of New York Council for Advancement (SUNYCUAD) presented the SUNY Canton Public Relations Department with four first-place awards for video production, advertising and community relations at the council’s annual conference June 12-14 in Saratoga.

Greg Kie, Travis Smith, and Lorette Murray showcase the College's SUNYCUAD awards.
Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton Senior Media Relations Manager Gregory E. Kie, Director of Public Relations Travis G. Smith and Public Relations Manager Lorette Murray holding the department’s four State University of New York Council for Advancement awards.

The department earned the top spot in the “Excellence in Digital Marketing” and “Communications on a Budget” video categories for their 2019 esports promotional video. They also captured a win in the “Excellence in Advertising Campaigns” and “Excellence in Community Relations Campaigns” categories for the“It’s Your Time” and “50 Acts of Kindness” projects, respectively.

“Earning four first-place SUNYCUAD awards in one year is unprecedented for our department, and it’s a reflection of the depth of talent we have on our team,” said Public Relations Director Travis G. Smith. “We’re competing against some of the most creative professionals in higher education, so it’s quite an achievement to be recognized in this way.”

SUNYCUAD is an organization representing public relations, alumni and development, and marketing specialists at every SUNY campus. The annual awards competition recognizes excellence in more than 40 categories.

The winning esports video, created by Videographer Morgan D. Elliott, documents the college’s efforts to become a leader in the field of collegiate competitive video gaming. It features the college’s new state-of-the-art esports arena, which is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Northeast. It also includes testimonials from SUNY Canton varsity esports team members and incorporates footage from their matches and tournaments.

“Morgan did an outstanding job of capturing the excitement our entire campus feels about esports,” Smith said. “Viewers come away with an understanding of what the college has accomplished in a short period of time, and they get a sense of the program’s potential to grow exponentially.”

SUNY Canton It's Your Time logo

The first-place “It’s Your Time” campaign is a series of video and digital advertisements that promote SUNY Canton’s wide variety of in-demand online degrees. They were seen across several online mediums in 14 cities throughout the East Coast, as well as Southeastern Canada.

“The slogan and visual elements effectively convey the convenience and flexibility of our distance-learning options, particularly for those who may already be working full-time and want to continue their education simultaneously,” Smith said.

50 Acts of Kindness website screenshot

SUNYCUAD judges also gave a top prize to the “50 Acts of Kindness” community relations campaign, which promoted a volunteer challenge in conjunction with SUNY Canton’s “50 Years on the Hill” celebration.

“Our goal was to increase awareness about the positive impact that our students have on the surrounding community,” Smith said. “The project also represents SUNY Canton’s commitment to citizenship and commitment to strengthening our relationships with our North Country neighbors.”

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 19 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.

Notice to Persons with Disabilities

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Pursuant to the State University of New York policy, SUNY Canton is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.  Employees, students, applicants, or other members of the campus community (including, but not limited to, vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Inquiries regarding the application of laws, regulations, and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to Co-Affirmative Action Officers, William Jones at (315) 386-7063/joneswt@canton.edu or Lashawanda Ingram at (315)386-7128/ingraml@canton.edu.  Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Amanda Deckert, at (315) 386-7688/wood121@canton.edu. Inquiries may also be directed to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, 32 Old Slip 26th Floor, New York, NY 10005-2500; Tel. (646) 428-3800; email OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

Should a user encounter inaccessible content or functionality on the SUNY Canton website, please contact the Web Designer, Travis Smith at (315) 3867417/smitht@canton.edu. View SUNY Canton’s Accessibility Statement for more detail on web accessibility.

If you would like to file a formal complaint regarding accessibility of SUNY Canton’s website, please contact Title IX Coordinator, Amanda Deckert, at (315) 3867688/wood121@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton Public Relations Wins SUNY Design Award

Friday, June 29th, 2018

The SUNY Canton Public Relations Department recently received a State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD) excellence in design award for a recruitment publication that introduces prospective students to the college.

Publications Coordinator Matthew J. Mulkin received a Judges’ Citation for an origami-style brochure that allows users to fold various panels to discover facts about SUNY Canton, such as student-to-faculty ratio, athletic and academic degree offerings, student life and more. The compact, easy-to-carry reference brochure was utilized by the Admissions Office during visits to college fairs and high schools. Mulkin designed the piece using a proprietary template by ProForma Infinity Printing.

Discover - SUNY Canton

“Most colleges’ print materials tend to be passive. Students flip through a pamphlet or catalog looking at photos and reading the content. Our piece, on the other hand, is interactive,” said Mulkin, who is a 2011 graduate of SUNY Canton’s Graphic and Multimedia Design Program. “Each section folds differently, revealing more information, infographics, photos and content. It’s the kind of brochure that people can’t put down.”

The piece was popular among high school students, many of them noting that the infinity flip design was more engaging than other recruitment publications they had received. It was described by admissions counselors as “game changing.”

Director of Public Relations Travis G. Smith accepted the award at the annual SUNYCUAD Conference held recently in Syracuse.

“Matt did an excellent job customizing the template to showcase the college in a unique, interesting way,” he said. “We continually strive to find innovative techniques that introduce prospective students to SUNY Canton and leave a lasting impression, so we’re grateful to be recognized with this award.”

SUNYCUAD is an organization representing professionals employed in institutional advancement areas, such as public relations, alumni and development, and marketing at every SUNY campus. The annual awards competition recognizes creative excellence in more than 40 categories, such as fundraising, internal communications, special events, media relations and photography.

This is the second SUNYCUAD award Mulkin has received. In 2014, he won a Best of Category award in outdoor advertising for the college’s bus shuttle design. The Public Relations Department has also won SUNYCUAD awards for website design, advertising, marketing, video production and writing.

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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Begins ‘50 Years on the Hill’ Celebration

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

SUNY Canton - 50 Years on the HillSUNY Canton officially began celebrating the golden jubilee anniversary of the hill campus.

College President Zvi Szafran announced the “50 Years on the Hill” campaign today, (Wednesday, Aug. 23) during his state of the campus address. Additionally, the college unveiled a special new logo to be used through 2018, marking its official anniversary.

“SUNY Canton’s modern identity has been defined by our growth and development during our 50 years on top of this hill,” Szafran said. “In 1967 we offered a handful of two-year programs for around 1,500 students. Today, we have 25 bachelor’s degrees, 21 associate degrees, and 5 certificate programs for more than 3,200 students. We are so proud to look at how far we’ve come, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.”

To announce the celebration, the college has released a new video incorporating found footage and images from the college’s history. The minute-and-a-half film features two of SUNY Canton’s past presidents, and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presenting Szafran with his ceremonial medallion. The video is live on the college’s YouTube channel and is accessible by visiting the college’s webpage, or its Facebook page.

“SUNY Canton has such a strong presence in the community and continues to make great strides in growing its academic offerings to help students get jobs,” Zimpher said. “My congratulations to the SUNY Canton community. There is truly much to celebrate.”

The college purchased new commemorative flags for display in downtown Canton. Travis G. Smith, director of public relations and web designer, created a responsive website detailing key moments in the college’s history and describing the new logo.

The college is orchestrating a special 50-year aerial photo and video at noon on Friday, Aug. 25, in front of French Hall.

Other upcoming events will include special athletic games, an expanded homecoming weekend celebration, an Alumni Weekend celebrating the class of 1968, and a campaign to recruit 1,968 donors in the next year. The college will also be highlighting fun facts from its half-century on the hill.

The college was originally chartered in 1906 as New York’s first State School of Agriculture at St. Lawrence University. It began to move to its current location and created its own identity in 1966 with the new name of Canton Agricultural and Technical College. Administrators held a grand opening ceremony on the new campus in September 1968.

 

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 degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Staff Members Honored by College Council at Recognition Day

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

The SUNY Canton College Council honored several employees for outstanding performance as part of the annual Recognition Day event Friday, May 19.

General Mechanic Stanley P. Robert received the 2017 College Council Employee Recognition Award, which is presented annually to a classified staff member.

Robert began his career as a cleaner and was promoted to janitor, maintenance assistant and, finally, to general mechanic. He retired in December after 29 years of service.

Colleagues describe Robert as a master craftsman who has extensive knowledge of the carpentry, plumbing and electrical trades. His outstanding customer-service skills, work ethic and keen attention to detail made him one of the college’s most valued employees.

President Szafran, Stan Robert, Thomas Sauter

A recently retired general mechanic received the SUNY Canton College Council’s Employee Recognition Award. Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Stanley P. Robert, and College Council Member Thomas R. Sauter.

“There are very few people on campus who are known as the ‘go-to guy’ by staff as widely as Stan is,” wrote Physical Plant Director Patrick G. Hanss in his nomination letter. “He has been a true asset to the Skilled Trades department, and I can think of no one more deserving of this honor.”

The council also selected Registrar Memorie L. Shampine and the Public Relations Department to receive the 2017 Excellence in College Award, which is presented annually to non-teaching professional staff.

Shampine was chosen for her outstanding leadership and support of student success. During her 15 years with the college, she has worked in every position within the department, giving her expert knowledge about processes and procedures.

President Szafran, Memorie Shampine, Thomas Sauter

Registrar Memorie L. Shampine received the SUNY Canton College Council’s Excellence in College Service Award. Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Shampine, and College Council Member Thomas R. Sauter.

“Memorie works tirelessly for SUNY Canton to assure that course schedules meet the needs of students, faculty and staff, and that the Registrar’s Office provides mission-critical services in a timely manner,” wrote Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts, in his letter of support. “Although this is often a thankless task, she effectively balances the needs of all constituencies each term and maintains a high level of professionalism.”

The Public Relations Department was selected for their collective contributions to promote the college’s brand, mission and vision. The scope of their duties include media relations, website and graphic design, social media management, advertising and marketing, and video production.

The office’s six employees are Director and Web Designer Travis G. Smith, Senior Media Relations Manager Gregory E. Kie, Public Relations Manager Lorette A. Murray, Publications Project Coordinator Matthew J. Mulkin, Videographer Morgan D. Elliott, and Office Assistant 2 Ellen M. Prashaw.

Public Relations Office holds their award plaques.

The SUNY Canton Public Relations Department received the College Council’s Excellence in College Service Award. Pictured are (L to R) Public Relations Manager Lorette A. Murray, Publications Project Coordinator Matthew J. Mulkin, Director and Web Designer Travis G. Smith, Senior Media Relations Manager Gregory E. Kie, and Videographer Morgan D. Elliott. Not pictured is Office Assistant 2 Ellen M. Prashaw.

“The Public Relations Department’s service can be measured through their incredible performance of individual tasks on a daily basis and their superb teamwork on larger projects,” wrote Executive Director for University Relations Lenore VanderZee in her nomination letter. “Their unique skill sets and professionalism make it seem easy for them to provide the highest-quality service to SUNY Canton. But there is nothing easy about what they do and the extraordinary manner in which they do it.”

All recipients received a plaque and gift from the College Council in recognition of their achievements.

 

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 at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Launches Responsive Website for the New Year

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

SUNY Canton has unveiled a new website to increase usability for both traditional and mobile browsing.

Director of Public Relations Travis G. Smith serves as the college’s web designer. After almost a year’s worth of work and testing, he released the entire site over the winter break in anticipation of the spring 2017 semester.

“Our newest updates allow us to combine our mobile and established websites into one responsive design,” Smith said. “The site is faster and more efficient. We’ve coupled our upgrades with larger photos and a front-page listing of our newest videos, while continuing elements of overall look and feel of the SUNY Canton brand.”SUNY Canton Homepage

During 2016, the college’s website exceeded 4 million hits. Mobile traffic accounted for more than a million, or about 27 percent, of those visits.

Smith developed web interfaces for mobile and PC based browsing to respond to the increase in mobile-based traffic in 2013. At that time, mobile traffic accounted for only 13 percent of the overall traffic.

The college’s website has gone through several major redesigns in the past 15 years, each one made it more efficient, attractive, and user friendly. A single designer and web editor accomplished all of these updates in house, saving the college money on costly contracts and consultants.

 

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 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

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 www.canton.edu.

SUNY Canton Receives High Marks and Number One Rankings in Student Opinion Survey

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

According to the 2015 SUNY Student Opinion Survey, SUNY Canton is excelling in student service-, academic- and facility-related areas.

The survey, which evaluates the 27 state-operated SUNY colleges and university centers, is conducted every three years and assesses student satisfaction in more than 50 areas. SUNY Canton earned number one rankings in three categories: library resources, library services and tutoring services.

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“We’re extremely gratified that our students highly value our exceptional resources,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We’re committed to ensuring their success, and these results—evaluated by the students themselves—prove it.”

The Southworth Library Learning Commons has most recently enhanced the laptop and iPad loan program; integrated Quick Response Codes, video and podcasts to meet patron needs; and expanded hours during exam periods.

“The Southworth Library Learning Commons is a focal point of engagement for the campus community,” said SUNY Canton Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott. “It is rich in academic resources, including our Tutoring Center, which offers both professional and peer tutors who support our students’ academic needs.”

The survey also measured SUNY Canton against six peer technology-sector institutions: Alfred State, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY Delhi, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Farmingdale, SUNY Maritime. SUNY Canton took the top spot in 13 areas, one of which was the quality of the college’s laboratory facilities.

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“The college’s state-of-the-art nursing, veterinary technology, engineering technology labs, as well as the newly constructed Business Learning Center, are just a few examples of facilities that support hands-on, applied learning, which is a hallmark of SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Douglas M. Scheidt, Ph.D.

Another area that students ranked first among technology-sector schools was SUNY Canton’s Office of Career Services, which offers a number of resume writing, interview and networking workshops, as well as individualized coaching for those who are entering the work force. In addition, during the 2014-2015 academic year, the office brought nearly 100 local and regional employers to campus to recruit students for job opportunities.

“We like to begin working with first-year students in developing their resumes and creating a plan,” said SUNY Canton Director of Career Services Julie A. Parkman. “They continue to use our services throughout their academic career to obtain summer jobs or internships that enhance their educational knowledge. All these experiences prepare our students to begin their professional careers.”

Career Fair

Within the academic arena, students praised the availability of online courses, ranking the college first in the technology sector. Over the past several years, SUNY Canton has enjoyed increased growth in online course enrollments, due in large part to expanded course offerings. This year the college’s online programs were ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

“SUNY Canton’s online courses offer the same high-quality instruction as a traditional classroom setting,” added Mott. “In addition, our Summer Session and Winterterm courses help students finish in four years, which supports SUNY System-wide goals for access and completion.”

Additional areas that earned the top spot in the survey when compared to technology-sector schools included athletic and recreational facilities, health and wellness programs, religious and spiritual programs and social media presence.

 

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. 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.