SUNY Canton Foundation Announces $30,000 in Campus Enhancement Awards

The SUNY Canton Foundation recently awarded $30,000 to faculty, staff, and student campus enhancement projects.

The annual grants distributed increased by $10,000 over the inaugural Campus Enhancement Awards last year, according to Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach.

“The Campus Enhancement Awards serve as a means to reinvest assets that will continue the development and advancement of unique college initiatives,” Gerlach said. “All members of the campus community are invited to submit proposals for unique projects that benefit the overall learning experience at the college.”

The awards come in addition to the $30,000 in Faculty and Staff Awards and $10,000 in employee tuition assistance that the foundation provides annually. “Any donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation directly helps continue the advancement of the programs and initiatives of the college,” Gerlach said.

The Campus Enhancement Awards committee reviewed 27 individual and group proposals. This year’s funding includes:

  • A $3,501 award to purchase new equipment for media classrooms as part of the college’s upcoming four-year Multimedia and Graphic Design program.
  • A $2,000 award to research and implement a vodcast (video podcast) learning program in the Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation programs.
  • A $3,000 award for the college’s Solar Boat project.
  • A $2,000 award for Science tutoring and learning center enhancements.
  • A $1,200 award to construct a ceremonial flag station outside of Payson Hall.
  • A $200 award for the Educational Opportunity Program recognition ceremony.
  • A $199 award for software for the Automotive Technology program.
  • A $2,250 award to fund an Automotive Club trip to Detroit, Mich.
  • A $1,000 award for a fun bucks auction dorm function.
  • A $2,500 award to fund expenses for the 2008 Regional Steel Bridge Competition.
  • A $1,750 award to help fund e-portfolio software for students and faculty.
  • A $1,750 to fund a driving under the influence educational program.
  • A $750 award to fund an entry to the 2008 New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians seminar.
  • A $1,000 to purchase new choir robes for the SUNY Canton Gospel Choir.
  • A $ 1,000 award for the Southworth Library textbook loan initiative.
  • A $1,000 award for video and digital film editing equipment.
  • A $1,250 award to purchase an energy management system for the Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications program.
  • A $2,400 award to fund diversity and Black History Month programming.
  • A $250 award for the University Police Department’s project blue light initiative.
  • A $1,000 award to support the First Year Program’s theatrical productions.


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