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SUNY Canton Awarded $1.3 Million New York State Grant for Canton Midtown Plaza Revitalization

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Downtown project aims to create new residential, commercial spaces and an Entrepreneurship Center

SUNY Canton has been awarded a $1.3 million Empire State Development (ESD) grant toward a project that seeks to redevelop Canton’s Midtown Plaza at 19 Miner Street.

Midtown plaza rendering

The award is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiative, which helps drive economic development across the state. The Midtown Plaza project, which was given priority status by the North Country REDC, is a public-private partnership whose goal is to revitalize the Plaza site and create new residential and commercial space. It will also be home to a new SUNY Canton Entrepreneurship Center. 

“This funding is a big step toward realizing our vision of a facility that will bring new economic vitality and entrepreneurial activity to the heart of Canton and the entire North Country region,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Safran. “I’d like to thank the Governor, the North Country REDC, our colleagues at ESD, and the Town and Village of Canton—especially Supervisor Mary Ann Ashley and Mayor Michael Dalton—for their support of this endeavor.”

Szafran said the proposed Entrepreneurship Center will offer research and development facilities to develop prototypes, accelerate start-up companies bringing new and innovative products and ideas to market, and provide comprehensive resources for small businesses to start up and grow. A co-working space will foster collaboration between local entrepreneurs and SUNY Canton students, faculty and staff. Affordable programming will help them refine ideas, structure business plans, conduct market research and connect them with experienced mentors to help them build and grow their companies.

Working with partners Laker Development NY, LLC and Dew Ventures, LLC, the redevelopment of the Plaza is expected to include up to 15,000 square feet of commercial space and almost 50 housing units. 

“Canton is a great community with tremendous potential,” said Devin Dal Pos of Laker Development. “This is a truly transformative project that will revitalize underutilized space and bring new live-work-play options to the center of town.”

The Canton College Foundation has played a key role in this project. Earlier this year it secured a purchase option on the vacant Midtown Plaza via one of its affiliates, Roo Riverwoods, LLC. 

The Empire State Development grant is one piece of several funding opportunities being pursued by the project’s partners, which include Canton Town and Village officials. 

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 Among First in U.S. to Launch Esports Management Degree

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

SUNY Canton is launching an innovative new degree program that prepares students for an esports career. 

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran announced the college has received final approval to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration in Esports Management beginning next fall. The degree is one of only a few of its kind in the nation, and it is the first in the SUNY system.

Student streamer Alec K. Knowles of Parishville prepares to broadcast a live match during the Extreme Connect Conference held April in Nashville, Tenn. Knowles is currently a Graphic and Multimedia Design major who is interested in transferring into the college’s new Esports Management degree.

“Esports is unquestionably one of the fastest-growing entertainment industries in the world, and it is expected to generate close to $1.8 billion in revenue by 2022,” said Szafran. “Its popularity offers unlimited job potential for graduates who understand the technology, culture and business of the game.”

The degree, which can be earned on-campus or online, will combine components of the college’s popular Game Design and Development program with fundamental skills from the School of Business and Liberal Arts’ management programs. Students will take courses in economics, accounting, communications, marketing, finance, media studies, business law, game design, and esports event management. An internship or capstone project is also required during the final semester.

“With the addition of this program, we now offer a 360-degree view of the gaming industry, along with our four-year Game Design and Development major and esports varsity teams,” Szafran added. “Our students have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to completely immerse themselves in the field as a competitor, organizer, publicist, team leader or commentator.”

SUNY Canton student Alec Knowles, a “League of Legends” esports competitor from Parishville, is interested in joining the new program. He is one of more than 85 students who compete in eight games in the college’s 1,800 square-foot state-of-the-art competition arena, built last year. 

“As a streamer and as a player, I can see the value of enrolling in a major that focuses on the business side of the industry so I can turn my passion into a career,” he said. 

Knowles has been a live match commentator at high-profile college competitions, including an exhibition at Extreme Network’s Connect Conference in Nashville. 

“This program will give students like Alec a well-rounded understanding of the gaming world,” said Dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts Philip T. Neisser. “They will be learning from experts in game design, finance, technology, marketing and sports management so they can hit the ground running after graduation.”

New York state ranked second in the top ten states with the most esports jobs in 2018, according to the employment website, Hitmarkerjobs.com. Globally, esports jobs grew 185% in the first half of 2019. 

“Several organizations have already shown interest in serving as internship placement sites to give students the on-the-job training necessary to excel in this field,” Neisser said.

This highly anticipated major is expected to mirror the popularity of the new Game Design and Development program, which has seen a 70% enrollment increase in the past year.  

The new degree will be overseen by Curriculum Coordinator Nicholas C. Kocher, and the SUNY Canton Office of Admissions will begin accepting applications for Esports Management immediately. To apply, visit www.canton.edu/apply. For more information, call 1-800-388-7123 or email admissions@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 Nursing Student Wins Statewide Award

Friday, November 15th, 2019

A SUNY Canton student was recently recognized with a statewide award for overcoming difficulties during his education. 

Marcos L. Martinez, a Practical Nursing major from the Bronx, received the 2019 Norman R. McConney Jr. Award, which is bestowed to recognize excellence in the SUNY Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). The award is named after one of the architects of the statewide program that provides financial assistance and support to those facing obstacles in achieving their educational and personal goals.

President Szafran, Marcos Martinez, and Walvi DeJesus
EOP AWARD – SUNY Canton student Marcos L. Martinez recently received the statewide 2019 Norman R. McConney Jr. Award, which is bestowed to recognize excellence in the SUNY Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Pictured (l to r) are SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Martinez, and EOP Director Walvi DeJesus.

“Marcos is no stranger to life’s obstacles,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran during a ceremony recognizing Martinez. “For most people, those obstacles would have stood in their way. Marcos has defied the odds and rose above both personal and educational barriers and continues to actively better himself.” 

Martinez said he began in the college’s Liberal Arts and Sciences two-year degree program but had a rough start during his freshman year. Transitioning from high school to a college environment was difficult. After some initial setbacks, he was able to build up his GPA high enough to enter the Practical Nursing program, which is one of the more competitive majors at the college. 

Marcos Martinez practices using a stethoscope on a dummy.
NURSING STUDENT RECOGNIZED – Marcos L. Martinez listens to a mannequin’s breathing during a respiratory lab. Martinez, a SUNY Canton Practical Nursing major recently received a SUNY Educational Opportunity Program award for overcoming obstacles during his college education.

“I could’ve just given up after my first semester, but I didn’t,” he said. “It wasn’t easy, but I was able to do it with the amazing support system I have and the motivation to be and do better.” 

Martinez credits his family for offering tremendous encouragement. “My mother always believed in me and keeps me motivated every day,” he said. “Both my mother and father always help push me to be successful.  I appreciate how hard they work for me and my siblings and I’m doing everything I do to make both of them proud parents.”

The soon-to-be nurse’s aspirations don’t stop with his first degree. He said he plans on entering the two-year Registered Nurse program, with his sights set on earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

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 Faculty Member Named in $2.47 Million Grant

Friday, October 18th, 2019

One of SUNY Canton’s newest faculty members helped land a $2.47 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to increase patient safety and efficient care in Level I trauma rooms. 

Kambiz Ghazinour

Assistant Professor Kambiz Ghazinour, Ph.D., was hired to teach and perform research in the college’s Cybersecurity program at the start of the fall semester. During his time at his previous institution, Kent State University, Ohio, he was named as a co-investigator on the now funded proposal “Towards a Model of Safety and Care for Trauma Room Design.” That position has now followed him to Canton, and he will continue to provide his expertise to the exploratory research. 

“Approximately 9% of trauma room deaths are due to preventable errors,” Ghazinour said, citing the grant proposal. “We will be studying the entire physical environment of the trauma room to see if we can make it more efficient and improve patient safety.”

Ghazinour’s background ties into the computer science portions of the project. He will be implementing software that will track and learn individuals’ movements within an emergency trauma room setting while protecting the anonymity of both the patients and medical staff. 

He demonstrated the software using footage from a closed-circuit video camera. “Basically, the computer detects peoples’ heads and joints and draws stick figures over them in real time,” he said. “Each part of the body is color coded, so we can observe how the person moves while hiding personal identifying information.” 

Kambiz Ghazinour teaches a class

The new faculty member explained this application could be used by law enforcement while evaluating or reviewing public surveillance footage, as it shows what a person is doing without showing who the person is. The method would alleviate some surveillance concerns and protect anonymity. 

“There are numerous applications for this form of non-intrusive observation,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “The research can benefit our nursing program, can help with multiple areas related to safety, and also ties in with our new Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. I offer my sincere congratulations to Kambiz and his colleagues on their innovative proposal.”  

Much of the research will be conducted at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, the premiere hospital in the Akron, Ohio, metropolitan area. Ghazinour is also the founder and director of the Advanced Information Security and Privacy Lab, which will soon be housed at SUNY Canton.

In addition to Ghazinour, other investigators on the grant include: 

  • Sara Bayramzadeh, Ph.D., PI, coordinator and Elliot professor in the Healthcare Design program, Kent State University.
  • Mary K. Anthony, Ph.D., co-investigator, R.N., professor and associate dean for research, Kent State University.
  • Douglas Delahanty, Ph.D., co-investigator, Professor and Associate Vice President for Research, Faculty Development, Kent State University.
  • Ali F. Mallat, M.D., co-investigator, general and critical care surgeon, Cleveland Clinic Akron General.

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 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. 

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.

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 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.

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.