Archive for July, 2013

SUNY Canton Names 2013 Distinguished Alumnus

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Pictured are (l to r) Karrie A. Mooney, a second-year Nursing student from Ogdensburg, Robert M. Thompson, SUNY Canton¹s 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, and Ruth T. McWilliams, Thompson-Weatherup Foundation President. Mooney is a recipient of the family foundation¹s scholarship.

Pictured are (l to r) Karrie A. Mooney, a second-year Nursing
student from Ogdensburg, Robert M. Thompson, SUNY Canton’s 2013
Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, and Ruth T. McWilliams,
Thompson-Weatherup Foundation President. Mooney is a recipient of the
family foundation’s scholarship.

SUNY Canton will present the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award to a graduate who has made a lifetime of contributions to the North Country and the field of agriculture.

Robert M. Thompson Jr., class of 1942, will be given the award during the College’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony July 19.

“Mr. Thompson is an inspiration to our students and the entire SUNY Canton community,” said Peggy S. Levato, SUNY Canton’s director of alumni affairs. “He is a wonderful example of what can be achieved through hard work and perseverance.”

After graduating with a degree in Agriculture and taking over his family’s dairy farm in Flackville, he and his wife, Esther (Weatherup), purchased a farm in Lisbon in 1954. Thompson traveled the country to develop a prize-winning herd of Holstein cattle. He also was active in St. Lawrence County and New York state Holstein associations.

“His professional skills throughout his many years as a dairyman set a standard of excellence realized by only an elite few in Northern New York throughout the 1970s and 1980s,” said Douglas H. Ort, vice chair of the Lewis County Community Service Board. “He demonstrated excellence, not only with his own family farm, but in investing his knowledge for the benefit of neighbor family farms and for the dairy industry as a whole in New York State.”

In addition to being a successful dairy farmer, he has given generously to the community through his participation in 4H, the Cornell Cooperative Extension and other agricultural organizations.

As an advocate for a quality education, Thompson served on the Lisbon School Board and was appointed to the SUNY Canton College Council in 1954. He was also a member of the first St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators and was recognized as a leader during his tenure.

Thompson’s family has strong ties to the College. His wife is a 1943 SUNY Canton alumna, and their children established the Thompson-Weatherup Family foundation in their parents’ honor, which, among other charitable endeavors, supports a SUNY Canton nursing scholarship. Thompson’s father, Robert Sr., graduated in 1910 as part of the second class of the Agricultural and Technical Institute at Canton, now known as SUNY Canton.

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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SUNY Potsdam & SUNY Canton Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Shared Services Between the Two Campuses

Monday, July 1st, 2013

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner Enact Agreement in Campus Ceremony

The SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton campuses today outlined a roadmap to ensure continued success in shared services over the next two years.

SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner and SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman signed a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions in their first public engagement together, at a ceremony held on the Potsdam campus. Employees who are currently in shared positions, or whose departments are actively sharing services, were invited, as were the College Councils, local government officials and other members of the Associated Colleges and academic community.

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner traded papers as they signed the MOU, accompanied by area officials. For full caption, see release.

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner traded papers as they signed the MOU, accompanied by area officials. For full caption, see release.

“SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton are committed to finding collaborative ways to maximize efficiency in back office operations and joint purchasing, as well as developing academic programming that complements the strengths of our two distinct missions. This agreement sets guideposts for success that will assist us in better serving the educational, cultural and economic development needs of the North Country,” said SUNY Potsdam Acting President Dennis L. Hefner.

“Today we formally reaffirm the individual identities and missions of our two institutions while creating a plan to collaboratively share resources. Working together, both colleges can share in the successes these efforts will bring,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “The specific strategies of shared services described in this memorandum of understanding offer opportunities for growth at SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam, building upon an innovative, award-winning initiative.”

The agreement provides a framework for collaboration between the two campuses through 2015, with a goal of providing high-quality services, while conserving valuable resources and preserving the integrity of the two institutions’ distinct missions and brands.

The MOU calls for Potsdam and Canton to work together on back office administrative functions, as well as services that the campuses would have difficulty offering separately. In addition, the institutions will pursue shared purchasing, to get the best price possible for virtually every investment.

SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will also explore the creation of collaborative minors and programs, which would incorporate the academic strengths of both campuses, through the SUNY Institute for Arts, Sciences, and Technology.

State Senator Joseph A. Griffo, a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee said, “A continued identification of regional and statewide efficiency opportunities that result in cost savings while maintaining or enhancing student access and achievement is essential for the health of the SUNY system. Other schools in the SUNY network should be replicating what these two North Country institutions are announcing today.”

State Senator Patty Ritchie, who is also a member of the Higher Education Committee, said, “I fought to protect the independence and integrity of both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton, two of the North Country’s major job creating engines. I argued that if we worked together, we could find ways to share services and cut administrative costs, without sacrificing the identities or educational missions of these two very different universities. Today, our two colleges are being recognized for their leadership in developing a model that SUNY campuses across New York can learn from and follow.”

“As we look at shared services, this memorandum of understanding also gives the ‘two H’s’-Hefner and Hoffman-the opportunity to really work on some very innovative academic programs between the two campuses, that have the potential to inspire the entire SUNY system, starting here in the North Country,” Assemblymember Addie Jenne Russell said.

The presidents recognized the tremendous progress made so far by the colleges’ shared employees, as well as the divisions undertaking shared services. The National Association of College and University Business Officers awarded the 2013 Innovation Award to the campuses, in honor of achievements under the leadership of shared Vice President for Business and Administration Natalie Higley.

The two campuses will work toward creating the following shared offices in 2013-14: purchasing, budget, accounts payable, travel and information technology. They also hope to complete the transition to a single purchasing office this academic year, obtain joint approval for the SUNY Institute of Arts, Sciences, and Technology, and aim to complete a joint minor program proposal to submit to SUNY System Administration.

SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam

In 2014-15, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam have set the goal of implementing shared offices for energy management and capital project management. The campuses will propose at least one more joint academic minor or degree program as well.

The memorandum of understanding establishes a mechanism for reviewing future shared services proposals, with a focus on transparency and collaboration. The agreement also ensures that measurable indicators of success will be in place to guarantee ongoing evaluation of service quality and impact on each campus.

“This memorandum of understanding today is special,” said Potsdam Town Supervisor Marie Regan, who is also a member of the SUNY Canton College Council. “This will let the campuses continue to work together to produce some of the best academic programs in the North Country. Today is a great day.”

“We have great leadership at our two institutions, and I think that this agreement strengthens their work,” Canton Town Supervisor David Button said. “The communities of Canton and Potsdam are committed to helping these two institutions work hard to improve even upon what they are doing now in a very credible and competent way. We are here to make sure they are strengthened to an even greater degree.”

To read the memorandum of understanding on shared services, visit www.canton.edu/shared.

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA. For more information about SUNY Canton, visit www.canton.edu.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. For more information, visit www.potsdam.edu.

About the State University of New York:

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating approximately 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs, and more than 1.8 million NYS citizens in professional development and personal enrichment programs, on 64 college and university campuses. There are nearly 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.

 

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