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SUNY Potsdam & SUNY Canton Host Regional ‘Harnessing Systemness’ Conference

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will host colleagues from State University of New York campuses across Northern New York tomorrow, for “Harnessing Systemness: Regional Discussions on Efficiency and Excellence.” This event is an opportunity for regional campuses to learn from neighboring institutions and foster greater collaboration.

Shared Services

SUNY Vice Chancellor for Financial Services Brian Hutzley will attend the conference and speak about the nationally recognized success of shared services between SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

“By sharing services with other campuses in the region, every SUNY college and university in New York has put itself in a better position to do more for its students,” said Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “From sharing online tutoring programs and clinical training facilities to collaborating on purchases and course offerings, SUNY campuses have embraced this initiative with commendable action.”

Tomorrow’s regional discussion will include campus-specific examples, as well as breakout sessions covering strategic areas, so peers from an array of institutions can discuss ideas to successfully share services.

The conference will be offered at SUNY Potsdam, and will be held in the Barrington Student Union Multi-Purpose Room from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will move to Kellas Hall from 1 to 4 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 9 to 10 a.m.: “From Roots to Results: The Canton-Potsdam Story,” keynote presented by shared Vice President for Finance and Administration Natalie Higley.
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Presentations on shared services at SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam, featuring employees from the business affairs group for both campuses.
  • 1 to 1:30 p.m.: Welcome and introductions with CFO Hutzley and SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner.
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Breakout sessions
  • 2:45 to 3:15 p.m.: Discussion on breakout session outcomes
  • 3:30 to 4 p.m.: Closing remarks

SUNY’s shared services initiative is an opportunity to provide greater efficiencies and improved services to our students. Through a series of strategic priorities and projects SUNY’s will enhance the core academic and student services missions of our campuses by redirecting resources to them from administrative and non-instructional functions, thereby allowing campuses to devote resources toward achieving the goals of student access, completion and success.

“Harnessing Systemness: Regional Discussions of Efficiency and Excellence” are events are designed to bring together campuses from the same geographic regions to in order to provide them better understanding of the shared services initiative, celebrate progress, share best practices, discussion challenges, and foster a collaborative culture across SUNY. The goal is to provide campuses with basic information about the initiative, and through the use of facilitated breakout discussions, provide participating campuses with an opportunity to learn from each other.

The immediate measurable goal of SUNY’s shared services initiative is the savings and reinvestment of $100 million over three years. To date, SUNY has identified more than $20 million in redirected savings, including new faculty hires, financial aid programs, scholarships, tutoring and academic advisement.

SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton are sharing services in areas such as purchasing, budgeting, accounts payable, travel and information technology. They also share a chief information officer, chief of police, assistant vice president for human resources, environmental health and safety director, veteran’s affairs officer, interlibrary loan specialist, upholsterer and other positions.

 

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 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.

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 Potsdam & SUNY Canton Making Strides On Shared Services

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Colleges Work Together on Payroll, HR, Budget, Environmental Health & Safety and Sustainability

SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam

As the fall semester draws to a close, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton are continuing to make great strides toward shared services offerings to streamline and bolster services on both campuses. The campus alliance work is advancing in several important areas.

“Shared services is paying off in a number of ways for us at SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “It has allowed both schools to collaborate on best practices so that we can streamline operations and improve services for our students. Faculty and staff at both schools deserve a lot of credit for their accomplishments and innovative approaches.”

“This has been a remarkable semester of conversation and collaboration. SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton staff and faculty have been reaching out to colleagues at the other campus to discuss ideas, with a renewed respect for the important role both campuses play in the region,” said SUNY Potsdam President Dr. John F. Schwaller. “The strides we have made in administrative areas will allow both campuses to harness the power of systemness to redirect resources toward the unique academic experiences both colleges offer.”

Budget

With the onset of the new SUNY budget resource allocation model, both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton have realized the benefit of updating the campus budgeting process. Both colleges are now searching for a shared executive director of budgets. This position will be responsible for assisting in the design and rollout of a standardized budget process, which would allow Potsdam and Canton to share knowledge and resources. The SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton budget offices are working closely together on a new budget policies and procedures manual. This is especially beneficial, in light of both campuses needing to learn the details of a new budget model. Both campus budgets will continue to remain independent, with no mingling of funds.

Payroll

The two colleges identified the payroll function as an area for possible cooperation in January 2012. It was quickly understood that there was a need for change to reduce redundancy, gain efficiency, integrate solutions, standardize processes and procedures where possible, and lower costs. To accomplish this, it was necessary to move from two separate transactional entities to a shared dynamic, innovative operation. The two campuses completed an analysis, designed a phased approach for integrated payroll and identified short-term needs, starting with student payroll. Full implementation of the payroll project will be complete in March 2013. This will result in the payroll function being processed completely as one unit for both campuses.

Human Resources

In addition to payroll, the area of human resources has made significant headway toward sharing services. Mary K. Dolan, who was formerly the director of human resources at SUNY Potsdam, has been named the assistant vice president for human resources for both campuses. Her new role is a shared position overseeing one Office of Human Resources for both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton.

“Human resources is a critical function, and in this time of budget constraint, we must be innovative and willing to change the way we do things. My team has stepped up to the challenge, and is already beginning to reap the benefits of efficiencies,” Dolan said.

Betty Connolly, the former director of human resources at SUNY Canton, has accepted a position there as the assistant vice president for administration.

A new human resources generalist search is underway to assist on the Canton campus. This will create a structure of three generalist roles that will focus on talent acquisition, workplace relations and practices and HR operations. The shared office is tackling tasks such as implementing an online applicant system that will be the same at both campuses. A cost savings is expected, as well as critical efficiencies.

Environmental Health & Safety

The Office of Environmental Health & Safety is also charging forward with the shared services initiative. Calvin Smith, the director at SUNY Potsdam, has accepted the position of director of environmental health and safety for both campuses. This means that his time and responsibilities will be split, and his salary will be shared. He reports to Vice President for Business Affairs and Administrative Services Natalie Higley.

“The focus on protecting our students, faculty, staff, visitors, contractors and our environment is something both campuses have always shared. I look forward to building stronger environmental health and safety programs at both campuses, and blending our efforts whenever possible,” Smith said.

SUNY Canton did not previously have an EH&S department on campus, and in order to expedite its formation, a private occupational health, safety and environmental consulting firm will conduct a compliance analysis of all campus programs. This third-party assessment process is a private sector model, one that Smith used to enhance and expand the existing EH&S department at SUNY Potsdam when he joined the campus six years ago. The Colden Corporation, which also led the Potsdam analysis, is conducting the Canton assessment. Smith’s team at Potsdam now includes one EH&S professional, two inspection/testing technicians, a fire inspection manager and one support staff member.

Following the third-party assessment, the analysis will be used as the compliance framework and guide for the new EH&S program at SUNY Canton. It will also serve as a tool during the selection process for a new EH&S professional who will be hired specifically to fill Canton’s needs. Additionally, the campus may hire inspection/testing technicians, depending on the results of the analysis. Colden Corp. anticipates that this analysis will be complete in Spring 2013.

Sustainability

In addition to the efforts in the area of environmental health and safety, both campuses are working together to make both campuses more “green.” SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton are currently seeking a joint sustainability coordinator, to oversee efforts to reduce the carbon footprint at both colleges. This will replace the part-time sustainability position that SUNY Potsdam used to have, and will add a part-time professional to work toward these important goals on the Canton campus.

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.

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SUNY Canton Announces New Hires and Promotions

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy and the senior leadership team announced several key hires and recent promotions that will aid in the ongoing growth of the College.

“Please join me in welcoming new faculty and staff members and congratulating employees who recently received promotions or reclassifications,” said Kennedy. “Our dedicated faculty and staff help drive the success of SUNY Canton and its continuing growth.”

Among the most recent full and part-time additions at SUNY Canton are:

  • David Bradman was hired as the new women’s lacrosse coach. Both women’s and men’s lacrosse will start this spring as varsity sports.
  • Michael Budler was hired as a campus worker in grounds. He’s assisting with snow removal on campus and other projects at the College.
  • Renee M. Butterfield was hired as the assistant director of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP). CSTEP is the College’s newest grant-funded scholars program designed to prepare minority and economically disadvantaged students for specific careers.
  • Daniel V. Callahan was hired as a University Police officer. He is also enrolled in the St. Lawrence County/David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Amanda L. Deckert was hired as an admissions counselor. She formerly worked in the Student Service Center and has taken an active role in the College’s social media outreach efforts to connect with incoming students.
  • Chad M. Delosh was hired as a paid intern in Admissions. He began as an Admissions intern from the management program with the guidance of Associate Professor Charles R. Fenner.
  • Bryan Ingalls was hired as the new women’s softball coach. He comes to SUNY Canton from SUNY Cortland and has more than seven years of coaching experience.
  • Brooke E. James was hired as a business advisor in the Small Business Development Center. Brook has helped orchestrate two on-campus workshops to help area small businesses save energy and secure government contracts.
  • Gudrun B. Johnson was hired as an agency service representative in the Student Service Center. She works on student accounts and will be assisting parents and students with financial aid and billing.
  • Priscilla Leggette was hired as associate director of student activities. She assists with preparing campus events and has been well very received by the students.
  • Tyler Moulton was hired as a University Police officer. Tyler is enrolled in the St. Lawrence County/David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Janet Parcell-Mitchell was hired as an additional athletic trainer to assist Chris Scuderi with the growing number of student-athletes and new sports teams at the College. We’ve added four new sports this year.
  • David R. Penepent was hired as an assistant professor and program director of the funeral services administration program. He is the former manager of Herson Funeral Home in Montrose, Pa., and is currently studying for his doctorate in applied management and decision science from Walden University.
  • Sheila S. Peo was hired as the interim director of accommodative services earlier this fall. She was hired to fill in for Veigh Mehan Lee during a temporary leave of absence.
  • Michael J. Smith was hired as an agency service representative in the Student Service Center. He will be providing phone support and helping to implement portions of the Banner Document Management System.
  • Andres J. Sovero was hired as an admissions counselor. He recruits in the New York City area, which has seen a demonstrated increase in applicants.
  • Heather Tate was hired as an instructional designer for SUNY Canton OnLine. She has been offering innovative professional development programming for faculty members.
  • Jennifer Whittaker was hired as an assistant librarian at Southworth Library. She interned for a semester with Library staff and is overseeing Southworth’s digital initiatives.

Recent promotions and reclassifications include:

  • Courtney B. Bish was recently promoted to dean of students. Courtney will be replacing Daniel J. Sweeney, who will continue his bridge to retirement as the assistant dean of students and Greek life coordinator.
  • Kyle Brown was promoted to director of information services and SUNY Canton OnLine. Kyle was also recently named to the Information Technology Transformation Team and will be making recommendations for SUNY-wide IT initiatives.
  • Julie A. Cruickshank was promoted to staff associate in the Davis Health Center. She is the primary assistant to Patricia A. Todd, director of health services and oversees tobacco cessation initiatives on campus.
  • Michelle Currier was promoted to director of Library Services. She previously was the Interim Director of Library Services and will be helping with SUNY-wide shared library initiatives.
  • Kismet Hampton (formerly Crump) was promoted to admissions advisor. She has taken over coordination of the admissions for the highly selective nursing program.
  • John M. Kennedy was promoted to director of Residence Life. John has been the associate director of residence life for the past year. He is also the men’s cross-country coach and works with the Drop-in Advising Center to coordinate new student orientation.
  • Erin Lassial was promoted to admissions advisor. She oversees the College’s tour guide program and developed a comprehensive training program to enhance visiting students’ overall experience.
  • Mathew C. Nichols was promoted to Instructional Support Associate in the SUNY Canton OnLine offices. He provides faculty with ANGEL technical support.
  • John Stebbins was promoted to Supervising Janitor. He’s in charge of the night custodial staff in all the academic buildings.
  • Cori L. Wilhelm was promoted to Assistant Director of Admissions. She’s acted as interim Assistant Director for two years and has provided a constant form of support for new and seasoned counselors.

 

All new hires and promotions, including temporary and permanent appointments, were announced after the start of the Fall 2011 semester. Promotions prior were noted in the fall Human Resources Newsletter. Photos of promotions are routinely updated on the Employee Recognition page. Both are available on the Human Resources webpage.

 

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Promotions and New Hires Announced at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently announced several administrative promotions for the Fall 2010 semester and welcomed all new employees to the College.

“One of the key reasons that we’ve been able to maintain our level of growth is by placing the right people in the right careers at the College,” said Kennedy. “Through key promotions and new hires, we will be able to continue our trend and continue to move forward.”

Among the employees to receive recent promotions at SUNY Canton:

  • Linda D. Pellett will be starting her first full semester as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Pellett previously served as the dean of the School of Science, Health, and Criminal Justice.
  • Molly A. Mott was promoted to vice president for student affairs to replace retiring Vice President Daniel J. Sweeney. Sweeney will continue working as the dean of students until his retirement. Mott was previously the dean of academic services and retention.
  • Kenneth A. Erickson was promoted to dean of the school of Science, Health and Criminal Justice to fill the position left vacant when Pellett moved into the provost position. Erickson was previously a professor and chair of the science department, served as an interim dean of the School of Business and Liberal Arts, and is the former faculty assembly chair at the College.
  • Randy B. Sieminski was promoted to assistant vice president for advancement/athletic director. He will assume the duties of athletic director and continue to oversee aspects of the advancement division, including the office of public relations.
  • Diane Para, Ph.D. was promoted to professor and program director for the College’s new sports management bachelor’s degree. Para previously served as athletic director.
  • David F. Norenberg was promoted to director of the office of admissions. Norenberg was previously the director of the career services office.

For a complete listing of all of the College’s promotions, visit www.canton.edu/human_resources/recognition

New hires include:

  • Bruce F. Alexander was hired as the associate facilities program coordinator. He was previously the director of operation at Millrock Technology Park in Holladay, Utah. Alexander is a certified director of facilities and has accreditations from several industry specific organizations. He received his bachelor’s degree in facility management from Brigham Young University in 2007.
  • Megan S. Bernier was hired as public relations coordinator. She was previously an assistant dean of undergraduate admissions at Clarkson University. Bernier received her master’s degree in educational leadership at St. Lawrence University in 2009.
  • Michelle Currier was hired as an assistant librarian at Southworth Library. She has been an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Canton for the past year and a librarian for Potsdam Central School District, and a teacher at several North Country school districts. She earned her Masters in Library Science from Florida State University in 2006 and is currently pursuing a second master’s in Creative Writing from National University.
  • Shani Y. Curry was hired as an assistant professor in the criminal justice department. She was previously a paralegal instructor from Atlanta Technical College. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law in 1998.
  • Pamela E. Enser was hired as the assistant registrar. She will take over when the College’s current registrar, Barbara N. Porter retires later this fall. Enser was previously the coordinator of the office of student services in the College of Education at SUNY Fredonia. She is currently working on post-master’s graduate studies through the University of Buffalo.
  • Mark D. Howlett was hired as the Kangaroos men’s soccer coach. He was previously the men’s assistant soccer coach at Nazareth College in Rochester. Howlett received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Judson University in Elgin, Ill., in 2008.
  • Troy D. Lassial was hired as a residence hall director in Rushton Hall and intramural and free recreation director. He was previously the running back coach for the St. Lawrence University men’s football team. Lassial earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from St. Lawrence University in May.
  • Brandy L. Lawrence was hired as a residence director in Smith Hall. She worked the past three summers as an Upward Bound counselor coordinator, tutor, counselor, and residence staff member at SUNY Canton. Lawrence received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Cortland in May.
  • Mathew C. Nichols was hired as an online Learning Technician for SUNY Canton OnLine. He was previously a Tier 2 Technical Support Representative at Fused Solutions in Potsdam and was formerly a combat engineer in the United States Army Reserve. Nichols earned his bachelor’s degree in information systems and business processes from Clarkson University in 2008.

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Clothing Fair Project Receives Award from AAUW

Friday, May 29th, 2009

David Norenberg and ?? trying on ties at the 2009 Clothing Fair.

This year’s fair included a “Dress for Success” fashion show with examples of what to wear (and what not to wear) to a job interview and in a professional work environment.

SUNY Canton has received an award from the St. Lawrence County branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for the 2009 Professional Clothing Fair.

The AAUW announced that the college had won a second place award in the Community program division at recent statewide Convention in Bolton Landing.

The SUNY Canton office of Human Resources, the Office of Career Services, and the St. Lawrence County One-Stop career center collaborate to host an annual clothing drive and fair for individuals who are preparing to join or rejoin the workforce. More than 250 people benefitted from the fair, according to Betty Connolly, SUNY Canton Director of Human Resources and AAUW member.

“We have individuals donate gently used clothing and distribute it to jobseekers from the community,” she said. “It’s been a well-received event. This year, our services were especially appreciated due to the sluggish economy.”

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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SUNY Canton to Host Passport Day, March 22

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

SUNY Canton and the United States Post Office in Canton will offering the chance to get a passport from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center rooms 212-214.

Members of the Office of Human Resources coordinated the event to assist individuals acquiring their passports and adhering to new federal and international guidelines. Members of the U.S. Postal Service will be processing passport applications taking photographs.

The cost for this service is $97 for individuals 16 and older, and $82 for individuals 15 and under. The photo will cost $15. Each person applying for a passport must bring Proof of U.S. citizenship, Proof of Identity, and cash or check payment.

This event is open to the public. For more information, or to obtain an application, contact the Office of Human Resources at 386-7325.

 

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