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SUNY Canton Students Advocate for Equal Opportunity Program in Albany

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Eight SUNY Canton Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students traveled to Albany recently to share their concerns about state budget cuts with lawmakers.

The EOP Advocacy Day is a statewide event that allows constituents to discuss higher education issues with their representatives. In all, 15 SUNY schools participated.

Pictured are SUNY Canton EOP Counselor Scott Quinell, student Ivanna M. Thompson from Brooklyn, student Crystal D. Hall from Brooklyn, Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, student Bimenyimana Onesime from Syracuse and student Richard M. McCants from Brooklyn.

Pictured are SUNY Canton EOP Counselor Scott Quinell, student Ivanna M. Thompson from Brooklyn, student Crystal D. Hall from Brooklyn, Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, student Bimenyimana Onesime from Syracuse and student Richard M. McCants from Brooklyn.

The State University of New York’s EOP provides access, academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college but who may not have otherwise been offered admission. Available primarily to full-time, matriculated students, the program supports students throughout their college careers within the University.

SUNY Canton students met with New York State Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell and State Sens. Tony Avella, Betty Little and Velmanette Montgomery. They encouraged lawmakers to restore a $632,000 cut to EOP in the state budget.

“It was a good experience for us because we were able to speak with Ms. Russell and others about EOP,” said Crystal D. Hall, a Criminal Investigations major from Brooklyn. “We shared our stories and explained why the program is so important.”

“It was a great learning experience for our students to be able to share their stories with lawmakers,” said EOP Counselor Scott Quinell. “I think they did a fine job addressing their concerns with the legislators and their staffs. It was all of the students’ first time visiting the State Capitol building in addition to speaking with elected officials.”

 

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 to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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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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Great-Grandmother Earns Degree with Great-Grandchildren

Friday, October 19th, 2012

An 83-year-old student demonstrated that age should never be a hindrance to higher education. Myrtle Butterfield of Canton is taking courses alongside her two great grandchildren, 65 years after graduating from high school.

Myrtle Butterfield

One of the senior-most nontraditional students in SUNY Canton, Myrtle Butterfield, 83, of Canton studies between classes. Butterfield is a liberal arts major scheduled to graduate in December.

“I went to the Office of Admissions with my granddaughter-in-law,” Myrtle recalled. “I met (Admissions Counselor) Brandon Davock and when I walked out, I was enrolled in the Liberal Arts program.”

Her great-grandson, Carter K. Cutway, was a Business Management student during the Spring 2012 Semester, and Myrtle’s great-granddaughter, Jamie L. Butterfield, is in the Criminal Justice program. “Who else can say they went to College with their great-grandmother?” Cutway said.

Myrtle Butterfield

Myrtle Butterfield, 83, with her great-granddaughter Jamie L. Butterfield (right) and Carter K. Cutway (Left). All three attended SUNY Canton at the same time.

“There’s a lot of my family connected with this College,” Myrtle said. “I watched both of my great-grandchildren grow up, and now I get to go to College with them.”

Adjusting to college life did not come easy to Myrtle. “I almost quit during my first week,” she recalled, “but the Accommodative Services Office has been amazing! Everyone is so supportive. What more can you ask for?”

During time at the college and after developing a new routine, Myrtle has developed a new love of learning. She’s been on the President’s list and inducted into two honor societies, and her GPA was in the top 10 percent of her class.

Myrtle often offers advice to her younger classmates. “I went straight from high school to marriage,” Myrtle recalled. “We didn’t have the resources then that we have today. I always regretted not coming to college, but work and family always came first. I tell all of the young, beautiful and wonderful students here not to waste this opportunity.”

Myrtle has also discovered she has a talent for writing prose and poetry. She is scheduled to earn her associate degree in December 2012 and plans to work toward her four-year degree and continue writing.

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

 

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Academic Support Services Receives Grant Funding

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

SUNY Canton’s Academic Support Services department recently received a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The funding will be used for the Student Support Services (SSS) program, a federally-funded TRiO program that works with over 200 SUNY Canton students annually.

“The program contributes in a major way to the retention efforts of SUNY Canton,” said Patricia M. Cassara, director of academic support services and the TRiO SSS program. “Students within the program are followed throughout their college career. We help students overcome obstacles and reach their educational goals, we provide academic support, and we encourage them to be the best student they can be.”

The SSS program provides a number of services including:

  • information and resources to enhance collegiate success;
  • professional tutoring;
  • academic counseling; and
  • scholarship opportunities.

In addition, the TRiO SSS Program offers the opportunity to belong to Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Unveils Southworth Library Version 2.0, March 16

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Students are more likely to check out a laptop than a book from SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library.

During most of the year, the library loans out its laptop computers nearly 500 times a week, according to Molly A. Mott, Dean of Academic Services and Retention, who supervises the library and it’s evolution.

“The expansion of digital communication methods has spurred growth and innovation in the way our library operates,” Mott said. “The library has grown into an interactive learning environment with more opportunities for research and student engagement than ever before. It’s not just a location to store printed materials, but a place to create and share ideas.”

SUNY Canton will be holding an open house to highlight some of the most recent upgrades beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, in Southworth Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Recently, the library integrated the college’s learning support centers, including the math, writing, and technology tutoring labs, and a dedicated “Silent Zone” area for students. Southworth is also home to a new “Connection Room” which was designed as an innovative teaching and learning space for students and faculty. “Graphic and Multimedia Design students will be using this new space to videotape living histories of our emeriti faculty and distinguished guests,” Mott said.

The circulation desk also holds reserve copies of textbooks for many courses and on-demand video technology rooms give students the convenience to view class-required videos. The library is also home to the Information Services Help Desk, which provides computer support. The Writing Center and Math Lab are also housed at Southworth.

“Many of our most recent upgrades stemmed from student suggestions,” noted Library Chairperson Andrew R. Urbanek. “We have more laptops to lend at the circulation desk and we’ve extended our hours to become more flexible and convenient. If a student needs help after hours, they can use our ‘24/7’ on-line library support.”

Approximately two years ago, the College began the physical renovations of the library building. Upgrades are part of the overall master plan to enhance the entire campus in line with the growth and expansion in enrollment and degrees offered. The library has been totally repainted using a dynamic color palette and new vibrant furniture and carpeting adorns the public spaces.

The open house will begin with an address by SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and will feature the College’s Gospel Choir and Sassy Steppers. Student artwork is also on display throughout the library. There will be drawings for Amazon Kindles at the event.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Offers Largest Winterterm Selection

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

SUNY Canton will be offering its largest and most comprehensive Winterterm to date. Registration is now available online. Courses will begin on December 21 and conclude on January 17.

Winterterm

“Historically, we’ve had one of the largest Winterterm online offerings available,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Students from all over the state enroll in our courses.”

SUNY Canton OnLine Director Kyle Brown noted that approximately 80 percent of the 550 enrollments during the 2008-2009 Winterterm were not full-time SUNY Canton students, but rather students from other colleges who needed to catch up or get ahead on their general education requirements.

“Right now we’re offering 60 courses for Winterterm,” he said. “The classes that tend to be most popular are the General Education Courses, which are also referred to as Gen Ed Requirements or Gen Ed  Foundations. Those are the key courses that allow students to get ahead or catch up with the requirements within their majors.”

Brown mentioned that the four-week semester is an attractive fiscal option for students who are looking to save money on their education. “Students don’t have to travel, or set up residencies to participate in online courses,” he pointed out.

The college began offering a completely online Winterterm in 2005-06 with 18 classes and 160 enrollments. Annually, the program has grown with more courses and more students. During the 2007-08 session there were more than 350 enrollments in 34 courses, and the previously noted 550 enrollments in 48 courses in 2008-09.

The growth in popularity of these courses has led the College to open enrollment early, and Brown suggests that students register early through www.canton.edu/winterterm/.

SUNY Canton currently offers several completely online programs, including an associate degree in Criminal Justice, and bachelor’s degrees in Management, Finance, and Legal Studies, through its web-based branch, SUNY Canton OnLine. Several other programs, like Nursing, Veterinary Technology Management,  and Dental Hygiene have optional online junior and senior years that can allow students to get their four-year degree after joining their profession.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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Southworth Library Extends Hours

Friday, October 30th, 2009

The SUNY Canton Southworth Library has extended its weekday hours in response to students’ requests. The library is now open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight. Weekend hours remain the same.

SUNY Canton Graphic and Multi Media Design student Adam Gardam designed a poster promoting the Southworth Library’s Silent Zone, loosely based on the television classic “The Twilight Zone.”

SUNY Canton Graphic and Multi Media Design student Adam Gardam designed a poster promoting the Southworth Library’s Silent Zone, loosely based on the television classic “The Twilight Zone.”

Students are now also utilizing the new “Silent Zone,” located in the Math Lab from 4 p.m. to midnight during normal library hours. The space was designed for students who prefer intensely quiet surroundings for their studies.

The newly implemented extended hours and the Silent Zone are only two of the many changes and improvements that Southworth Library staff members have implemented to help students. In the past year, the library has upgraded signage, technology, and furniture. It has also expanded its laptop program and archive section.

Staff members have been responsive to suggestions received by students through the SUNY Canton Customer Service Committee and an online suggestion box. Further ideas for improvements and changes can be made through the online suggestion box at www.canton.edu/library.

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SUNY Canton Academic Advising Drop-In Center Grand Opening, Feb 9

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

 

The SUNY Canton Academic Advising Drop-In Center will celebrate its grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 09, in Campus Center Room 222.

Sharon Tavernier works with two students in the new Academic Advising Center.

Sharon Tavernier works with two students in the new Academic Advising Center.

“The Academic Advising Drop-In Center was created as a supplement to faculty advising,” noted SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Diane Muehl, who is overseeing the center. “Students can stop by to ask questions about the programs and services available on campus and learn about the tools available to make the best use of their time at the college.”

The Advising Center was created by SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble and is currently staffed by Muehl and Sharon Tavernier, a representative of the Academic Services and Retention Division. Trumble is scheduled to speak at the ceremony at 1:30 p.m.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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Math Lab Coordinator Receives College Council Award

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
Linda Crowner

AWARDED FOR SERVICE – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton College Council Chairman Wesley Stitt, President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Math Lab Coordinator Linda Crowner. Crowner received the 2007 Excellence in College Service Award.

Math Lab Coordinator Linda Crowner’s ability to respond to the evolving needs of students led her to be recognized with the SUNY Canton College Council’s 2007 Excellence in College Service award.

“Linda clearly contributes to the continuing success of the college,” said College Council Chairman Wesley Stitt. “It is with great pleasure that I present her with this award on behalf of the SUNY Canton College Council.”

Crowner tailors her tutoring approach to fit each student’s learning style and again adjusts her teaching tactics for each faculty member at the college. Hundreds of students have personally thanked her for her assistance, some of whom even said they wouldn’t have made it through college without her.

Crowner is highly involved in campus activities including Faculty Assembly, and was a member of the Academic Standards Committee. She has also served as a member of the Learning Resources Group for the Middle States Assessment, received three Who’s Who Among American Teacher’s Awards, through nominations from students, and received a character development award.

 

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