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SUNY Board Appoints Dr. Zvi Szafran as SUNY Canton President

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

President Zvi Szafran

The SUNY Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Zvi Szafran as SUNY Canton’s fourth president today, Thursday, April 3.

Dr. Szafran is currently the vice president for academic affairs and professor of chemistry at Southern Polytechnic State University in the University System of Georgia, a position he has held since 2005. He will begin his duties at SUNY Canton in the beginning of July.

Dr. Szafran thanked the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Zimpher and the SUNY Canton community.

“I am thrilled to be joining SUNY Canton at such an exciting time,” he said. “With the College’s unique mission and strong strategic plan, there are great opportunities on the horizon.”

Dr. Szafran will replace Acting President Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman, who has led the College since June 2013.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Szafran to the SUNY Canton family,” said Dr. Hoffman. “His understanding of the value of SUNY Canton’s mission was evident during his campus visit, and it is clear that he is the right choice to lead the College.”

Ronald M. O’Neill, SUNY Canton College Council chair and chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said, “Dr. Szafran’s background, experience and leadership are perfectly suited to our campus. All of us at the College look forward to his arrival and to working together with him.”

Dr. Szafran also served as the vice president for academic affairs at New England College in New Hampshire from 1998-2005. Previously, he held several positions at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, including dean of science and engineering, chairman of the chemistry department, assistant to the dean of arts and sciences, and professor. Szafran earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree, also in chemistry, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

In addition to the SUNY Canton announcement, the Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg as president of SUNY Potsdam. Dr. Esterberg is currently the provost and academic vice president at Salem State University in Massachusetts.

“With new presidents at SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton, the students, faculty and staff at both campuses will have excellent leadership in place as they continue their impeccable service to New York’s North Country communities,” said SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Dr. Hefner and Dr. Hoffman for their interim leadership, and the presidential search committees at both campuses for bringing us this highly promising next generation.”

“This is an exciting and proud day for all of SUNY and New York State,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Not only do Dr. Esterberg and Dr. Szafran each bring unique experience and an impressive history of leadership to SUNY; their appointments also pave the way for continued system-wide efficiency to be achieved through shared services. I look forward to working with Dr. Esterberg and Dr. Szafran, and commend the Board for recognizing their talent.”

Dr. Szafran and his wife, Jill, have one son, Mark.

 

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.

 

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 463,000 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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SUNY Canton Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Monday, November 18th, 2013

SUNY Canton LogoSUNY Canton is inviting community members to submit nominations for the 2014 College Council Distinguished Citizen Award.

The College has given this prestigious award every year since 1976 in recognition of exceptional and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the state, or to the nation.

Nominations must be submitted in writing and should include the nominee’s name, position or title, and a brief biography. At least three letters of support from non-family members should accompany the nomination.

Nominations, which are due February 3, 2014, should be submitted to Mr. Ronald O’Neill, College Council Chairman, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive – FOB 616, Canton, NY 13617.

The SUNY Canton College Council will select the recipient at its March 2014 meeting. The award will be announced in May, and the recipient’s name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Last year’s recipient was John J. Gray Jr., CPA, founder and managing partner of Gray & Gray Certified Public Accountants in Canton.

For more information, contact the Assistant the President Michaela J. Young at (315) 386-7049 or by email at youngm@canton.edu.

 

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 Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton is seeking nominations for its annual College Council Distinguished Citizen Award.

Since 1976, the College has given this prestigious award in recognition of exceptional, unusual, and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the state, or to the nation.

Members of the community are invited to submit nominations for the award. Nominations, which must be submitted in writing, should include the name; position/title; a description; and a brief biography of the nominee. At least three letters of support from non-family members should accompany the nomination. Nominations, which are due Feb. 1, 2013, should be submitted to Mr. Ronald O’Neill, College Council Chairman, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive – FOB 616, Canton, NY 13617.

The SUNY Canton College Council will select the recipient at its March 2013 meeting. The award will be announced at the President’s Gala reception, just before Commencement 2013, and the recipient’s name will be prominently displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Last year’s recipient of the prestigious award was Town Supervisor David T. Button.

For more information, contact Michaela Young, secretary to the president, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at youngm@canton.edu.

 

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Historic Joint Meeting of SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton College Councils Sets the Stage for Future Shared Services

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The College Councils of SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton met on Monday, March 26, in an unprecedented joint session to create new pathways toward SUNY’s challenge to increase shared services.

The joint meeting was the first of its kind in recent history between the two College Councils. Historically, College Council members have made decisions for the benefit of their home institution.

“To the best of my knowledge, today marked the first time the two College Councils have officially met together,” said SUNY Canton College Council Chairman Ronald M. O’Neill following the meeting. “We are excited to work together for the betterment of both colleges and to the overall betterment of SUNY as a whole. By being proactive, we can further SUNY’s vision of increasing efficiency by sharing services and increasing ‘SUNY Systemness.’”

Shared Services

“This extraordinary joint session was very important from the perspective of both campuses and their respective leadership,” SUNY Potsdam College Council Chairman Roger B. Linden said. “It is thanks to the vision of Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher that we have been able to find many areas for further collaboration between the campuses and all of SUNY, by embracing ‘Systemness,’ so that we can capitalize on the unique strengths of both Potsdam and Canton for the good of both the North Country and New York State.”

Both College Councils unanimously passed a resolution requesting that each campus be allowed to hire its own respective vice president for business affairs or vice president of administrative services, in recognition of the unique educational programs and organizational structures at each campus. They additionally resolved to continue consideration and discussion on other avenues for combining administrative functions.

“The two positions are vastly different at each College,” O’Neill said. “It would not be effective to combine the position without hiring additional staffing, such as assistants, beneath one single shared vice presidential position, negating any cost savings on the administrative side of our operations.”

“The joint search committee reflected at great length on the enormity of combining these two very different positions on each campus into one, and just how difficult a job that would be. They found that they could not see how the job could be performed by a single human being,” Linden said.

The two colleges offer cross-registration, and common courses for both student populations. Both colleges extend these services and transportation to and from each respective campus, and partner with St. Lawrence and Clarkson universities to further educational opportunities for students in St. Lawrence County.

During the joint search, members gained new insight and a new appreciation of the neighboring colleges’ administrative responsibilities. By getting a sense of the inner workings of each College, both groups stand better poised to make recommendations into other cost-saving strategies.

“We want to continue this type of collaborative effort,” O’Neill added. “We are planning to meet together a minimum of once a year to continue our positive dialogue. By working together, we are making steps in the right direction and look forward to making recommendations for further shared services among the two colleges, and perhaps other colleges as well.”

“Today, I had the honor of chairing this historic joint meeting, as it was held on the SUNY Potsdam campus. I told Ron I would like the opportunity to watch him chair such a meeting on his campus, so we can continue to share ideas and work together, always keeping in mind that all that we do is for the advancement of our students,” Linden said.

 

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Marescas Named Distinguished Citizens at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

A St. Lawrence County doctor and his wife will be receiving an award for their philanthropy and civic involvement from the SUNY Canton College Council.

Dr. G. Michael and Barbara Maresca will jointly receive the Distinguished Citizen Award at the 103rd Commencement Ceremony to be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in SUNY Canton’s new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.

Dr. Micheal and Barbara Maresca

Dr. G. Michael and Barbara Maresca are the 2011 recipients of SUNY Canton's Distinguished Citizen Award.

“The Marescas care deeply about their community and believe passionately that it is a privilege to be successful,” said Chloe Ann O’Neil, a SUNY Canton College Council board member and a retired New York State Assembly member. “They believe and inspire others with their responsibility to make opportunities to share that privilege. They are the kind of people who make our area a truly unique and wonderful place to live.”

In 2007, the Marescas issued a challenge to SUNY Canton’s alumni and friends to raise $100,000 to bolster the educational needs of the nursing program and its students and pledged matching donations to help continue the support. “Their efforts have led to nearly $500,000 in additional scholarship or program support benefiting the nursing program,” former College Council Chairman Wesley L. Stitt said.

Dr. Maresca is the chief of medical staff and chief of radiology at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, and the president and founder of St. Lawrence Radiology Associates. He is a champion of pioneering imaging technology, according to David B. Acker, president and CEO of Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

“Building a foundation for this community’s future has been a hallmark of the Maresca’s charitable work and of Dr. Maresca’s medical leadership,” Acker said. “In founding a nursing scholarship at SUNY Canton, and challenging others to match it, the Marescas have served students and have helped fill a critical gap in area hospitals and healthcare providers’ needs for additional well-trained nurses.”

Beyond their support for the health of North Country residents, the Marescas are avid motocross enthusiasts. This year they’ve sponsored a round of the American Motorcycle Association’s National Hare Scrambles series in Pavilion, and sponsored AMA rider Nathan A. Kanney. Both sponsorships were created in collaboration with SUNY Canton’s powersports performance and repair program and have led to high levels of visibility for the College.

“This is an experience we have wanted to put in place for our graduates for quite a while,” Mark Hill, director of the powersports program said. “The Marescas have helped create an opportunity for our students to see what goes into a national competition from a business standpoint. I think it will open their eyes to the many different opportunities that exist in the powersports industry.”

Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca moved to the area in 1991. They have two children, Margaret and Michael. Dr. Maresca is a graduate of West Virginia University, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

Barbara graduated from the University of Maryland.

The family is well known for their involvement behind the scenes with many philanthropic and charitable endeavors.

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


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SUNY Canton Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

SUNY Canton is seeking nominations for its annual College Council Distinguished Citizen Award, to be presented at Commencement on Saturday, May 21, 2011.

The College bestows the prestigious award in recognition of exceptional, unusual, and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the State, or to the nation. The award was first given in 1976.

Members of the community are invited to submit written nominations for the award. To nominate someone, please include the name; position/title; a description; and a brief biography. At least three letters of support from non-family members should accompany the nomination. Nominations, which are due February 1, 2011, should be submitted to Mr. Ronald O’Neill, College Council Chairman, SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive – FOB 616, Canton, NY, 13617.

The SUNY Canton College Council will select the recipient at its March 29, 2011 meeting. The recipient’s name will be displayed on plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

For more information, contact Mrs. Stacey Basford, Executive Assistant to the President, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at basfords@canton.edu.

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SUNY Canton Welcomes Newest College Council Members

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

SUNY CantonThe former mayor of Waddington and the Massena police chief are among SUNY Canton’s newest appointed College Council members.

“The College Council is an excellent resource for creating new strategies and measuring the effectiveness of our programs,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “As we welcome the newest College Council members, it is important to recognize and reflect upon the service of all of our College Council members both past and present. The College would not be where it is today without their commitment and dedication.”

Wesley L. Stitt of Canton was among the retiring members of College Council. Stitt was the College Council Chair from 1996 to 2008. He won the prestigious Distinguished Citizen Award for his extraordinary advocacy and tireless support for higher education.

The newest College Council Members are:

  • Grace Y. Burke of Watertown, a doctor of optometry and director of optometric services at the Watertown Center for Sight, replaced Steven F. O’Brien on the College Council. Burke is currently completing her second term on the New York State Board of Optometry. She is a past president of the Northern New York Optometric Association. She has traveled internationally to provide humanitarian eye care and has hosted community forums locally on a variety of eye health issues.
  • Timmy J. Currier of Massena, the chief of police for the Massena Police Department, replaced Joseph L. Thesier on the College Council. Currier has been an adjunct instructor in the College’s Criminal Justice program and is also a founding board member of the St. Lawrence County – David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy. He’s a certified police instructor and a member of both New York State and international associations of Chiefs of Police. Currier is also a junior varsity basketball coach at Massena Central High School.
  • Cecily LaVigne Morris, an associate court attorney for the St. Lawrence County Supreme Court, replaced Joseph L. Baruth on the College Council. Morris is a former attorney for the firm of LaVigne, Morris, and Peets in Massena. She is a member of the New York State and St. Lawrence County bar associations, a member of the St. Lawrence County Domestic Violence Task Force, and a past member of the Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley Board of Directors.
  • Roger J. Sharlow of Waddington, the owner of RJS Consulting, a firm that provides import and export services for CSX Transportation, replaced Stitt on the College Council. He’s the former mayor of Waddington and a former town trustee. Sharlow has also served with the Madrid-Waddington Central School Board, including three years as board president. He also served as the secretary to the St. Lawrence County Local Government Task Force Executive Committee. This year, Sharlow received the Silas A. Wright Award, the Democratic Committee’s highest honor.

All campuses of the State University of New York are advised by a ten-member College Council. Nine members are appointed by the Governor to serve in varied terms. In addition, a student representative is elected annually.

The College Council is entrusted with broad powers of advice and counsel. Members are concerned with all major institutional policy decisions, setting academic standards, budget review, and all manner of decisions that impact the growth and further development of the College.

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


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SUNY Canton Seeks Distinguished Citizen Nominations

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

CANTON -SUNY Canton is seeking nominations for its annual College Council Distinguished Citizen Award, to be presented at its Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2008.

Since 1976, the College has given this prestigious award in recognition of exceptional, unusual, and distinguished service to SUNY Canton, to the community, to the state, or to the nation.

Members of the community are invited to submit written nominations for the award. All nominations must include the name; position/title; a description; a brief biography of the nominee; and at least three letters of support from non-family members. Nominations are due February 2, 2008, should be submitted to:

Mr. Ronald O’Neill
College Council Chairman
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
FOB 616
Canton, NY, 13617

Recipients of this award have the honor of having their names displayed on a plaque in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

The SUNY Canton College Council will select the recipient at its March 27, 2008 meeting. 

For more information, contact Mrs. Stacey Basford, Executive Assistant to the President, at (315) 386-7204 or by email at basfords@canton.edu.

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.

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

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Ronald O’Neill Appointed as Next Chair of SUNY Canton College Council

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Ron O'NeillNew York State Governor David A. Paterson has appointed Ronald M. O’Neill, graduate of the class of 1963, as the next SUNY Canton College Council Chair.

“I’m really happy that I’ll be able to aid the College through this position again,” O’Neill said. “I’ve missed being a part of all of the wonderful development and expansion at the College.”

O’Neill began serving on the College Council in 1984 and was appointed as chair in 1992 by former Governor Mario M. Cuomo. In 1996, Wesley L. Stitt took over the position as Chair under the direction of Governor George E. Pataki, and O’Neill continued to serve as a board member until 1999.

“Ron has an illustrious record with the College,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I look forward to resuming our working relationship for the continued betterment of the College.”

The incoming College Council Chair retired from the Social Security Administration in 1999. He was named to the State University of New York’s Alumni Honor Roll in 2000, based on his extensive contributions to the community and to SUNY Canton. That same year, he received the SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus Award.

O’Neill was the youngest Democratic Chairman for the Town of Canton, was a Morley Library Trustee and was a member of the Morley Volunteer Fire Company. While working for the Social Security Administration, he was also an alternate and on-site union representative for the American Federation of Government Employees.

O’Neill lives in Canton with his wife, June F. O’Neill, who is the Chair of the New York State Democratic Party. Their daughter Victoria O. Hayes is a Curriculum and Development Instructor in the Education Program at SUNY Potsdam.

“I’m pleased that Ron is coming back to work with the College Council,” Stitt said. “His experience and knowledge will be vital in the college’s continuing advancement. It’s been rewarding to be a part of the extraordinary success of the college over the past 12 years.”

Stitt will be serving as College Council Chair for SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony and will serve out his appointment as a College Council member until his term ends in June 2009.

“Wes has been an extraordinary advocate for the College,” said Kennedy. “His contributions to SUNY Canton and his tireless support for public higher education have been an integral part of the College’s success over the past several years. It will be extremely beneficial to have Ron and Wes working together to ensure a smooth transition over the next few months.”

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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

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Sweetgrass Foundation Founders Honored by SUNY Canton

Friday, May 18th, 2007

The co-founders of the Sweetgrass Foundation, a private charitable institution dedicated to the enrichment of life in the North Country, will be awarded the SUNY Canton College Council’s 2007 Distinguished Citizen Award.

Catherine B. Newell and Allan P. Newell will be honored at the college’s 99th Commencement Ceremony held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, outdoors on the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields.

Catherine Barnett Newell represents the fifth generation of her family to make her home in St. Lawrence County. She is well known for her commitment to the area, as evidenced by her volunteerism and extraordinary personal efforts to make things happen throughout the North Country, not the least of which includes SUNY Canton’s very own Newell Veterinary Technology Center.

Catherine is a former elementary school teacher, and founding member of the environmental organization Save the River, North Country Citizens for Responsible Land Use, and the Hammond History and Folk Art Museum. She is also a former board member of the St. Lawrence Aquarium and Ecological Center, Ogdensburg Command Performances, and North Country Public Radio’s Community Advisory Board.

Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Frederic Remington Art Museum, United Helpers Organization, North Country Center for Yoga and Health, Grasse River Heritage Development Corporation, and Canton Free Library.

In 1992, Catherine co-founded the Sweetgrass Foundation, a private charitable institution which provides financial support to local non-profit organizations, with an ultimate mission to improve the quality of life in our region. Since its inception, she has served as the Foundation’s Vice President and Secretary.

Allan P. Newell represents the fifth generation of his family to reside in St. Lawrence County. His philanthropic and altruistic spirit have benefited many worthwhile endeavors resulting in a better North Country.

Allan served in the U.S. Navy for four years and on the Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Board of Directors for the past 24 years. He has served on many boards in the North Country, including SUNY Potsdam College Foundation, Frederic Remington Art Museum, St. Lawrence County Historical Association, Save the River, Thousand Island Land Trust, and the North Country Savings Bank.

His current community commitments include being a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Lawrence University, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), The Antique Boat Museum, and The Remington Art Museum’s International Advisory Board.

As founder of the Sweetgrass Foundation, Allan has served as its President and Treasurer for the past fifteen years. To date, over 250 grants have been awarded to numerous regional organizations, including the private funding required to secure the matching state funds for the construction of SUNY Canton’s Newell Veterinary Technology Center. At the time, this gift was the largest in SUNY Canton’s history. Many North Country students also continue to benefit from the Allan P. and Catherine B. Newell Endowed Scholarship established by them with a personal gift in 2003 at SUNY Canton.

 

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