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SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Wins Prestigious Shubert Award

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons has been recognized for their innovative programs with the 2013 Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award.

Student using iPad

Corrine C. Kimble, a SUNY Canton Liberal Arts student from DeKalb Junction uses one of Southworth Library Learning Commons’ iPads.

The award is given annually by the New York State Regents Advisory Council to recognize the achievements of libraries and library consortia in New York State. Named after the late Joseph F. Shubert, former state librarian, the award honors organizations that have taken significant steps to improve the quality of library service to users.

“We are very pleased and humbled to receive the 2013 Shubert Award,” said Library Director Michelle L. Currier. “I believe it is a significant testament to the creativity, energy and commitment of the Southworth Library Learning Commons staff, and especially the strong team effort toward transforming our services and spaces over the past few years.”

Students gathered around laptop.

Rita Okeke, a SUNY Canton Liberal Arts student from the Bronx, and Abigail Ofori, a practical Nursing student from the Bronx, work together on one of the laptops available for loan at the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

The library has spearheaded multiple initiatives recently to enhance the College’s academic environment, including expanding hours and employing cutting-edge technology.

“It was great to learn how nimble and responsive an academic library can be,” said the awards committee in a statement. “[Southworth] library was able to expand its hours to 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., as well as staying open 24/7 during exam periods. The library department combined with the tutoring department to become one, library-based learning center for all students on campus.”

Southworth has also incorporated innovative technology to meet patron needs, such as supplementing their laptop loan program with an iPad loan program and utilizing Quick Response (QR) codes to help students access online periodicals, databases or e-books.

Student using augmented reality technology.

Nash W. Bessette, a SUNY Canton Liberal Arts student from Canton, checks out augmented reality posters on display around the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

The award, which will be presented in September, includes a gift of $1,000 supplied by the Friends of the New York State Library. Past winners have included the New York Public Library, the New York City School Library System and the Albany Public Library.

The Shubert Award comes on the heels of a 2012 opinion survey where students ranked the Southworth Library Learning Commons highest for providing resources and services when compared against other SUNY technology sector colleges.

 

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.

 

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SUNY Canton Welcomes Incoming and Returning Students

Monday, August 26th, 2013

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and the College’s administration, faculty and staff extend a welcome to some of the most academically prepared students in the College’s history.

Alyssa Lawrence

Alyssa Lawrence, an undeclared major form Illion in a Monday morning psychology class at SUNY Canton.

Classes officially begin today (Monday, Aug. 26), at SUNY Canton. An estimated 3,400 students are attending at the start of the Fall semester, meeting the overall institutional goals for the semester.

Approximately 850 first-time full-time freshmen are starting at the College this year and about 250 students transferred into the College’s real-world academic programs.

“It’s exciting to welcome these students to the SUNY Canton community,” said Hoffman. “We’re working hard to ensure that we have optimum enrollment, with well-prepared students and programs that prepare our graduates for successful careers.”

A Monday morning anatomy and physiology class at SUNY Canton.

A Monday morning anatomy and physiology class at SUNY Canton.

Strategic enrollment management allows the College’s administration to plan new growth and academic program development. It focuses on enrolling the right students in the right programs and will help bolster graduation and two- and four-year retention rates.

“We offer an affordable, accessible education that helps students transform their lives, helps employers find well-prepared employees, and strengthens the economy,” said Director of Admissions Bruce L. Smith. “Over the next year, we will continue to attract first-time students, and we will increase our emphasis on recruiting transfer students and those studying engineering technology.”

Teeanna M. Stiff,  a business administration major from Brooklyn, in an accounting class at SUNY Canton.

Teeanna M. Stiff, a business administration major from Brooklyn, in an accounting class at SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton has been increasingly raising the grade point average (GPA) of its incoming students. The average GPA of incoming students for Fall 2013 is estimated to be 82.5, compared to 80.6 in 2009.

The incremental increase in incoming students’ grades allows the College to determine optimal enrollments for its size and the size of the community of Canton. It also assists the college in providing advanced career counseling and placement, as well as overall student development.

 

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.

 

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SUNY Canton Fall 2013 Application Deadline Approaches

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Freshmen and transfer students who wish to apply for the Fall 2013 semester at SUNY Canton must submit their applications by Monday, Aug. 12.

In addition, Friday, Aug. 23, will be the deadline for submission of missing admissions items for applications received by the Aug. 12 deadline. Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 26.

“We encourage all students who are interested in applying for the Fall semester to submit their application as soon as possible,” said Director of Admissions Bruce L. Smith. “Students who wish to apply can visit http://www.canton.edu/admissions/ and click the “Apply Now” link.”

Smith added that former SUNY Canton students seeking readmission are exempt from the Aug. 12 deadline.

Questions can be directed to the Office of Admissions by calling (800) 388-7123 or by sending an e-mail at admissions@canton.edu.

 

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.

 

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