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SUNY Canton Named a Top Pet-Friendly College

Friday, September 28th, 2012

NBC Universal’s Petside.com recently named SUNY Canton as a 2012 Top Ten Pet-Friendly College.

SUNY Canton earned the spot for its well-known Pet Wing housing option, which began in 1997.

“Students who live in the Pet Wing are able to bring a little piece of home with them, which can make the transition to college life easier,” said Dean of Students Courtney B. Bish. “Like-minded students who love their pets are able to bond with one another and develop friendships over their animal companions.”

Student holding a cat

Sara N. Grazianoa, a veterinary science technology major from Utica, plays with a cat in Mohawk Residence Hall’s Pet Wing.

Students bring a variety of pets with them including cats, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils and fish.

This is the second year in a row the College has appeared on the list.

“We’re always looking for ways to enhance the community-like atmosphere that we are known for, and the Pet Wing plays a role in achieving that,” said John M. Kennedy, the College’s Director of Residence Life.

The Pet Wing contains a large number of students pursuing an associate’s degree in veterinary science technology or a bachelor’s degree in veterinary services management or veterinary technology. SUNY Canton is one of only 20 colleges in the nation to offer a four-year veterinary technology program.

Other schools that made the list were Washington & Jefferson College, University of Illinois, and Lehigh University.

Petside.com is a website dedicated to informing pet owners about animal health, behavior, lifestyle and trends. They provide current, topical content from around the pet care world.

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


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SUNY Canton Seeks Additional Housing Options for Students

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The College is looking to area landlords and researching additional housing for students to accommodate its massive enrollment growth.

The on-campus residence halls at SUNY Canton are near capacity for the Fall 2012 Semester, prompting the College to seek assistance from area landlords to accommodate the influx of students.

“We have a large incoming first-year class and more returning students than ever before,” noted Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner, who will be the Interim SUNY Canton President as of Sept. 1. “We are considering several options to help the College and the community continue to grow. Our first step is to ask the public if any additional housing options exist off-campus.”

Grasse River Suites

Families in the area who want to rent an unused room, or landlords who expect to have vacancies should contact the College’s Residence Life Office at (315) 386-7513 or email their contact information to reslife@canton.edu.

Last fall, the College added more than 300 new on-campus rooms with the opening of Grasse River Suites Residence Hall, which features individual rooms in suite settings. The newest residence hall houses primarily upperclassmen and returning students.

“We’ll need to add even more housing as we continue our incredible growth,” noted SUNY Canton Director of Residence Life John M. Kennedy. “Our record enrollment growth has created a demand for more residential space, and it has combined with more students than ever wanting to live on campus.”

The College has broken its all-time record for applications for the third straight year and has received more than 6,500 applications for the first time in school history. As a result, College officials are anticipating a fifth straight year of record-breaking enrollment.

“The influx of students is great for the local economy,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “These students and their families shop downtown, eat at area restaurants, stay at local hotels, and use the services of North Country businesses. Our newest majors and new athletic offerings are helping to attract the best academic incoming class in the College’s history. We’re working hard to accommodate their housing needs.”

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

 

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SUNY Canton Serves More Than 6,000 Students in 2011

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

More students and a fresh new look made 2011 a banner year of growth and innovation at SUNY Canton.

Approximately 6,092 students enrolled at SUNY Canton during the combined terms in 2011, according to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, including a record fall enrollment of nearly 4,000 students.

The 2011 total unduplicated headcount figure represents a 20 percent increase in the past two calendar years. In 2009, the College had a total combined enrollment of 5,103.

SUNY Canton

“We’ve grown our enrollment annually by offering in-demand majors taught by experienced and professional faculty who prepare students for their chosen careers.” Kennedy said. “Our supplementary semesters and online enrollments are growing rapidly alongside our traditional course offerings. We are reaching more students than ever before with our competitive hands-on programs and online courses.”

Among the semesters with the greatest growth were:

  • Winterterm 2010-2011 had approximately 1,170 enrollments, up 46 percent from the previous year.
  • Summer Session 2011 had approximately 1,430 enrollments, up 16 percent from the previous year.
  • Fall 2011 semester had approximately 3,825 students, up almost 50 percent from Fall 2006, and up 75 percent from Fall 2000, breaking the College’s all-time enrollment high.

In addition to the new enrollment highpoints, the College grew in almost every way. The following are some the highlights from the 2011 calendar year.

New Majors

SUNY Canton added bachelor’s degrees in veterinary technology and health and fitness promotion. The veterinary technology degree gives students in the two-year program more advanced options and has become one of the most popular new majors for incoming freshmen. Health and fitness promotion is an extension of the physical therapist assistant program and allows continuing study options for the program’s two-year graduates.

The new programs are continuing into 2012 and the College recently announced that it would be adding a Bachelor of Science in applied psychology for the Fall 2012 Semester.

SUNY Canton Campus Aerial

New Buildings                                 

SUNY Canton celebrated the completion of the new Grasse River Suites and the new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House, during the fall 2011 semester. The College’s two newest buildings have dramatically enhanced the overall atmosphere of the campus and significantly aided the College’s overall growth.

  • The $45 million Roos House added a new field house, ice rink, pool, fitness center, and office space for athletic and coaching staff. Between home games and student recreation, the building has become a hub of activity on campus.
  • The $26 million Grasse River Suites offers upperclassmen an independent apartment-style living option on campus and is helping the College house more students than ever before. The newest residence hall was built without funding from New York State or its taxpayers.

The College is currently planning two additional residence halls to continue its overall physical expansion.

A New Look for canton.edu

SUNY Canton made significant design changes to its website, allowing for larger images and easier user navigation. In 2011, the website received more than 2.2 million visits and more than 5 million individual page views.

The largest growth in visits came from mobile devices. The college had more than 29,000 mobile visits in 2010, and more than 89,000 mobile visits in 2011.

Additionally, the website received visits from 191 countries, including Canada, Russia, China, India, England, South Korea, Germany and Japan.

SUNY Canton Website

Updated Commercials

To highlight the ongoing growth, the college updated its television commercials. Students highlight the most relevant additions and changes at the College, including new majors, new sports, and new buildings. The two new 30-second spots can be viewed on the College’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cantonpr/.

Kangaroos Move Forward

The SUNY Canton Kangaroos began its NCAA exploratory year, the first step in a process the College hopes will eventually lead to provisional and full-fledged Division III membership, The College began offering women’s volleyball and men’s golf in the past year, and new varsity teams in men’s and women’s lacrosse will begin play this spring.

College starts in High School

SUNY Canton received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Education Department in order to start the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program on campus. The College also received a $200,000 grant from the State Education Department enabling them to work with Ogdensburg Free Academy, Massena High School and St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School program.

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

 

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SUNY Canton to Celebrate Newest Residence Hall

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Grasse River SuitesSUNY Canton will be sweetening the grand opening of the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall with an ice cream social.

The SUNY Canton Foundation and the Grasse River, LLC, will be holding a ribbon cutting celebration for its newest residence hall at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Grasse River Suites. Free ice cream will be available after the ceremony.

The residence hall opened to students at the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester, adding much needed on-campus housing at the College. Guided tours of the facility will be available.

“There has been a great deal of interest and excitement surrounding our newest buildings,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to showcase the beautiful new building and successful work of our foundation staff and our partnership with the Grasse River, LLC.”

Grasse River Suites

The apartment-style complex has 304 beds grouped into 83 independent living suites and is adjacent to the Cooper Service Complex. The residence hall is designed primarily for upper class students and includes a mini-store, multi-purpose classroom, and an open courtyard for recreation and outdoor activities.

The $26 million project was financed through bonds secured by a partnership created with the Town of Canton and the Canton Capital Resource Corporation. The Grasse River Suites were constructed without any state funding or taxpayer resources.

“The College and greater Canton community both benefit from our newest residence hall,” noted Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The building adds to the appeal of our campus and expands its four-year housing options, which will attract more students to the area. Each of those students will spend more time locally and our businesses and communities will continue to grow and thrive. And because these 305 students benefit from having kitchens in their suites and are only on partial meal plans, they will be shopping at local grocery stores and eating at local restaurants even more than most students.”

Northland Associates of Liverpool was the general contractor for the LEED Silver Certified building. Many area subcontractors were hired to help complete the project.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is the latest in a string of grand opening celebrations across SUNY Canton. The College recently celebrated a Taco Bell and KFC Express located next to the existing Jreck’s Subs in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Staff members are currently planning a grand opening for the Roos House Athletic Center.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Named One of the Top Pet-Friendly Colleges

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

SUNY Canton students are not the only ones who think the College is the cat’s meow.

Petside.com recently named SUNY Canton to its 2011 Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges list because of its dedication to small animals and well-known Pet Wing housing option for students.

Pet Wing

“We have some of the most well-known veterinary programs in the state and with that comes passionate students who can’t bear to think about leaving their pet at home while they’re at college,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy. “Having the Pet Wing on campus makes SUNY Canton feel even more like a community than we already do. It not only benefits the students but also the faculty and staff.”

The College was featured on Petside.com’s website with the accolade, noting the nice environment and the opportunity for “pet lovers to live together and bond and forge friendships over the animal companions that become the conversation-starters between new students.”

“The Pet Wing is absolutely one of the most popular choices among students,” said Director of Residence Life Courtney B. Bish. “It gives them the chance to bring a small piece of home with them and also helps ward against homesickness.”

The College has offered the Pet Wing as a housing option since 1997. While students are not allowed to bring dogs, snakes or birds, they are permitted to bring small, caged pets from home with prior approval from Residence Life.

“We’ve had many cats, bunnies and other four-legged friends live in the Pet Wing,” Bish noted. “I think the most unique animal we’ve had was a duck by the name of Mr. Peeps. He wore a diaper and was a Pet Wing favorite.”

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


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SUNY Canton Students Move In

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Classes begin at 8 a.m. Monday, August 22, at SUNY Canton.

More than 1,300 students have moved into SUNY Canton's residence halls for the Fall 2011 semester. Shown are students and their families moving belongings to one of the College's five residence halls.

Eric J. Cline, an air conditioning engineering technology major from Long Island sets up his single room in SUNY Canton's brand new Grasse River Suites. Cline plays soccer with the Kangaroos men's soccer team.

Cassandra Gray
Andrew M. Gray helps his daughter Cassandra A. Gray, a second-year veterinary technology student from Watertown, move into SUNY Canton’s brand new Grasse River Suites. Cassandra plays volleyball at the College, and was one of approximately 90 student athletes to move into recently completed building on Sunday, August 14.

Stefany D. Ibarra, a first-year health and fitness promotion student from Queens, puts her belongings away in SUNY Canton's brand new Grasse River Suites. Ibarra plays soccer with the Kangaroos women's soccer team and was one of the first student athletes allowed to move into the new residence hall.

Samuel J. Johnson, a third-year business administration student from Syracuse, sets up his room in SUNY Canton's new Grasse River Suites. Johnson is an orientation leader at the college, and one of the first students back on campus for the Fall 2011 semester.

Michael P. Romano, a first-year mechanical engineering technology major from Baldwinsville moves his belongings into SUNY Canton's Heritage Residence Hall. New this year, students are allowed to have one microwave per room in addition to the traditional small refrigerator.

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Students Racing for Rooms in SUNY Canton’s New Residence Hall, Sept. 15

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

First-float, first-served.

SUNY Canton students will compete in a raft race on the Grasse River to secure their first choice of rooms in SUNY Canton’s newest residence hall as part of the College’s Suite Construction Celebration.

The event will be commemorating the construction of the Grasse River Housing Suites and will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, across the street from the construction site on Cornell Drive. The celebration is free and open to the public.

“It will be our unique way to mark the momentous project and commemorate what it will mean for our College,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Following the opening of our new athletic complex this spring, it is the next biggest thing at our College and will allow us continue our dramatic growth and progress.”

“In addition to the raft races, members of our student government will be assembling a time capsule to be built into the building,” said Michael J. Perry, executive director of the College Association and director of student activities. “We are celebrating the latest progress during our Fall Festival line-up of student events.”

 

Construction of the new 305 bed residence hall began earlier this summer with a completion date of August 2011. The residence hall will be for upper class students and current plans include a mini-store, multi-purpose classroom, meeting space, and a large open courtyard for recreation and outdoor activities.

“We’ve seen explosive growth in enrollment numbers, especially in our four-year programs, and we expect the trend to continue,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The addition of this new residence hall is critical to the growth of our college as we add degree programs and welcome more four-year students to our community.”

Total project costs are currently estimated at approximately $22 million for the LEED Silver Certified building. Northland Associates of Liverpool will be heading up the project, its third simultaneous construction project at SUNY Canton. They are currently working on the College’s Roos House, otherwise known as the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, as well as overhauling Nevaldine Technology Center.

For more information about the Suite Construction Celebration, contact the SUNY Canton Foundation, 315.386.7127 or email rowleya@canton.edu.

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Students Moving In at SUNY Canton

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

SUNY Canton faculty, staff, and student volunteers will be on campus throughout the weekend to assist new students as they move in for the first time.

The Fall 2010 academic semester starts at 8 a.m. Monday, August 23, at the College, making this the first busy weekend of the semester.

Welcome Incoming 2010 Students

“We’re anticipating a third consecutive year of record enrollment,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We were hard-pressed to top last year’s enrollment of 3,300 students, but our admissions office has brought in another outstanding class while increasing selectivity.”

Among the events surrounding opening weekend include:

  • Freshman and transfer students will be moving on campus beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 21 at SUNY Canton.
  • Representatives from the SUNY Canton Parent-Family Association will be staffing hospitality areas all-day Saturday.
  • Returning students are scheduled to move back in beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, August 22.
  • Games and orientation events will be held beginning at 10:45 a.m. Sunday on the College’s turf field.
  • A special welcome for all 400 first-year experience students will be held at noon Sunday on the College’s turf field.
  • A College-wide picnic will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, August 23, on the Roselle Academic Plaza.

On-campus housing is full, and courses are filling up quickly. Students are encouraged to process their bills before the start of the semester to ensure a smooth transition. Most student-centered services will be available from 8-4 on Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday. For more information call the SUNY Canton main line, 315.386.7000, or 1.800.388.7123.

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


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Construction Begins on New SUNY Canton Residence Hall

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Construction of a new 305 bed residence hall is now underway at SUNY Canton with a completion date set for next August.

The residence hall is the second major facility slated for completion in 2011, along with the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, known as Roos House.

“About 15 years ago, we were a college with an enrollment just over 2,000 students,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Now we have more than 3,300 students and we’re still growing at an extraordinary rate. Not only are our residence halls on campus full, but we’re maxing out the available student housing in the area as well.”

The apartment-style complex, featuring 83 suites with 305 beds, is being built adjacent to the Cooper Service Complex and the University Policy facility.  The residence hall will be for rising juniors and seniors and current plans include a mini-store, multi-purpose classroom and meeting space, and a large open courtyard for recreation and outdoor activities.

Crews began working in mid-June with a timeline of about 14 months – just in time for the incoming class in August 2011.

Total project costs are currently estimated at approximately $22 million for the LEED Silver Certified building.  Total construction costs are $ 20,500,000.  Total costs including financing are approximately $28 million.

“We’ve seen explosive growth in enrollment numbers, especially in our four-year programs, and we expect this trend will continue,” said Vice President of Advancement David M Gerlach ’83. “The addition of this new residence hall is critical as we add degree programs and welcome more four-year students to our community.”

Northland Associates of Liverpool will be heading up the project, its third simultaneous construction undertaking at SUNY Canton. They are currently working on the College’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center and finishing an overhaul of Nevaldine Technology Center.

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


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On-Campus Housing Full at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

On-campus residence halls at SUNY Canton have filled to capacity for this fall, prompting campus officials to seek information on available off-campus student housing opportunities in the Canton area.

Landlords who expect to have vacancies or homeowners interested in renting rooms in their homes may contact the Residence Life office at (315) 386-7513 or email their information to reslife@canton.edu.

The tight housing situation is due to continued growth in enrollment, according to Courtney B. Bish, SUNY Canton’s Director of Residence Life. The College anticipates a third consecutive year of record-breaking enrollment. Last year, 3,300 students attended in the fall semester.

“Our extraordinary enrollment growth has created an incredible demand for on-campus housing,” said Assistant Vice President for Advancement Randy B. Sieminski, who oversees the College’s admissions offices. “With the upcoming opening of our new athletic complex and the addition of even more new bachelor’s degrees, it’s a truly exciting time for our College.”

Applications to SUNY Canton have increased nearly 20 percent in each of the past four years, and the college expects to set an all-time record for applications this year, surpassing the old mark of 5,331 set in 1977.

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


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