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Roos Complete NCAA DIII Membership Process

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council announced that SUNY Canton has officially completed its provisional membership process and will become full-time members of NCAA Division III, effective Sept. 1st.

“This is a tribute to the hard work the SUNY Canton Athletics staff have done to make sure that our programs meet and exceed the expectations of the NCAA,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Zvi Szafran. “Our student-athletes consistently demonstrate their outstanding dedication in their sport and their studies.”

SUNY Canton - NCAA Division III

SUNY Canton completed its provisional status in just three years. Colleges typically must go through four years of provisional status along with an exploratory year before they are recommended for active membership. SUNY Canton applied for and was granted a waiver to consolidate years three and four of the process.

“We are thrilled with the NCAA’s decision to accept us as full members of NCAA Division III,” said SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “It has been a group effort from our coaches, student-athletes, staff, faculty, administration, College Council and numerous departments campus-wide. This is a huge step for our student-athletes and teams as we now become eligible for NCAA postseason competition during the 2015-16 academic year.”

In the past four years, SUNY Canton has added five new sports to their athletics program offerings. The athletics department has seen tremendous growth during this time, doubling the number of female student-athletes, and increasing its total number of student-athletes from approximately 150 to nearly 300. The college sponsors intercollegiate teams in men’s and women’s soccer; men’s and women’s cross country; women’s volleyball; men’s golf; men’s and women’s ice hockey; men’s and women’s basketball; men’s baseball; women’s softball; and men’s and women’s lacrosse.

Sieminski added the membership process encompasses nearly every area of the college, and the Athletic Department greatly appreciates the efforts of colleagues, administrators and professionals campus-wide.

“I’d also like to thank all the outstanding people we work with from the NCAA, especially Director of Division III Louise McCleary, Assistant Director of Academic and Membership Affairs Jean Orr and our NCAA Mentor Joe Walsh from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference,” added Sieminski. “They’ve been extraordinarily helpful and welcoming in guiding us through this process. It’s been an outstanding and rewarding process.”

Sieminski also expressed his appreciation for the SUNY Canton leaders who helped to start the transition to the NCAA, including College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill, Dean of Academic Support Services Molly A. Mott, Vice President of Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish, former President Joseph L. Kennedy, former Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach, former Vice President for Student Affairs Daniel J. Sweeney and former Athletic Director Diane J. Para.

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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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Recognized for Remodeling Student Residence Halls

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The magazine Learning By Design recently recognized SUNY Canton with a 2015 Outstanding Project award for its residence hall renovation project.

The college was commended for its adaptive reuse of its existing facilities. The roofs, walls and exterior doors of 4 dormitories were completely replaced, but the structures retained their overall design. The entryways were remodeled to match the nearby academic buildings.

A high dynamic range image showing some of the renovations to the exterior of SUNY Canton’s Heritage Hall. The entryways were revamped and the roof and roof tiles were replaced on all four of the college’s original residence halls.

A high dynamic range image showing some of the renovations to the exterior of SUNY Canton’s Heritage Hall. The entryways were revamped and the roof and roof tiles were replaced on all four of the college’s original residence halls.

The architectural team at C&S Engineers, Inc. chose multicolored synthetic slate shingles made by DaVinci Roofscapes to replace the residences’ drab cement-tile roofs. The application was so successful that DaVinci featured SUNY Canton’s residence halls on their website to showcase their product.

Built in 1968, the four residence halls accommodate approximately 850 students. Each building is approximately 600,000 square feet and separated into three wings that vary between three and four stories in height.

SUNY Canton was recognized for renovating its residences while maintaining the original unique structure of the buildings. Pictured is the rear side of Smith Hall, shot using high dynamic range imaging to highlight the new roof tiles.

SUNY Canton was recognized for renovating its residences while maintaining the original unique structure of the buildings. Pictured is the rear side of Smith Hall, shot using high dynamic range imaging to highlight the new roof tiles.

The college completed its newest residence hall, Grasse River Suites, in 2011. It was recently renamed Kennedy Hall, and offers students single occupancy rooms in an apartment-style setting. Combined, the buildings offer several options to best-fit students’ housing needs.

In 2013, Learning By Design named SUNY Canton a recipient of an Honorable Mention award for its footbridges. The two timber-framed covered walkways serve as safe, short paths between campus and downtown Canton. Originally installed in the 1960s, the iconic bridges are specific to SUNY Canton and resemble the college’s connection with the community.

An aerial shot of the campus shows two of the SUNY Canton residence halls that underwent extensive renovations.

An aerial shot of the campus shows two of the SUNY Canton residence halls that underwent extensive renovations.

Learning By Design recognizes the nation’s most distinguished architectural organizations twice a year. The award-winning magazine showcases companies that exhibit innovation excellence and facilitate optimal learning environments.

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Denim and Paint Help SUNY Canton Support Renewal House

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

SUNY Canton recently raised more than $1,000 to benefit St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House in Canton.

The college held a Denim Day event encouraging faculty, staff and administration to make a donation and wear jeans to work on April 29. The nationally recognized Denim Day is a symbolic gesture of how a community can help change perceptions about violence against women, men and children.

In addition, residence assistants and resident directors from SUNY Canton’s five residence halls volunteered to let students douse them with paint and glitter for an innovative and messy fundraiser.

Pictured are (l to r): back row - Ilene J. Burke, executive director of St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House; Alison M. Wells, advocate counselor for Renewal House; Sarah L. Chamberlain, SUNY Canton assistant director of Residence Life; middle row -Valarie L. Dana, child advocate and educator for Renewal House; Shari L Fawcett, program director for Renewal House; Amanda L. Deckert, SUNY Canton Greek life and community relations coordinator; front row - Catlin P. Hill, legal advocate for Renewal House, receiving a check from Amanda D. Rowley, SUNY Canton Title IX coordinator.

Pictured are (l to r): back row – Ilene J. Burke, executive director of St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House; Alison M. Wells, advocate counselor for Renewal House; Sarah L. Chamberlain, SUNY Canton assistant director of Residence Life; middle row -Valarie L. Dana, child advocate and educator for Renewal House; Shari L Fawcett, program director for Renewal House; Amanda L. Deckert, SUNY Canton Greek life and community relations coordinator; front row – Catlin P. Hill, legal advocate for Renewal House, receiving a check from Amanda D. Rowley, SUNY Canton Title IX coordinator.

 

About St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House

Renewal House is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing support and shelter to victims of domestic violence and their families. It is a client-centered service emphasizing self-help and empowerment headquartered in downtown Canton.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Holds Free Roo Run 5K April 30

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Roo RunThe SUNY Canton President’s office will be holding the annual Roo Run 5K at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Edson A. Martin Athletic fields adjacent to the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The event is free and open to runners or walkers of all ages.

The first 25 registrants will receive a free t-shirt. Those interested can preregister online at www.canton.edu/challenge.

The event was designed to promote student wellness. It typically draws numerous community members and participants from other colleges in St. Lawrence County.

For more information, contact Christina Snell, (315) 386-7314 or email snellc@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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton College Association Supports North Country Girl Scouts

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The SUNY Canton College Association recently surprised more than 1,000 college students with a free box of Girl Scout cookies. Young women from Troop 328 in Russell visited Chaney Dining Center to distribute dessert to diners with a campus meal plan.

“Our students were very appreciative and very supportive of the scouts,” said Susan D. Law, director of dining services. “Michael J. Perry [executive director of the SUNY Canton College Association] came up with the idea, and we both thought it would be nice to provide great cookies from a great organization.”

Girl Scout Troop 328 recently served cookies during the evening service at Chaney Dining Center at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r), back row, Troop Leader Amanda D. Rowley, Mallory L. Robinson, Kayleigh M. Allen, Emma L. Baker, Cadey G. Wheat, Troop Co-Leader Bridget L. White, front row, Hannah J. Butler, Madelyn E. Rowley, Faith L. Weaver, Annabell R. Butler, Harley R. Charleson, Macy L. White, and Rylee C. Typhair. Lily C. Lottie was not pictured, but attended the event.

Girl Scout Troop 328 recently served cookies during the evening service at Chaney Dining Center at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r), back row, Troop Leader Amanda D. Rowley, Mallory L. Robinson, Kayleigh M. Allen, Emma L. Baker, Cadey G. Wheat, Troop Co-Leader Bridget L. White, front row, Hannah J. Butler, Madelyn E. Rowley, Faith L. Weaver, Annabell R. Butler, Harley R. Charleson, Macy L. White, and Rylee C. Typhair. Lily C. Lottie was not pictured, but attended the event.

Students were happy with the addition to their dinners and the unexpected guests. Some former scouts shared valuable advice with the troop, and others stopped eating to take photos with the girls.

Proceeds from the cookie sales support the area troop and can help the scouts donate items or food to community members in need, according to Troop Leader Amanda D. Rowley, who is the assistant to the vice president for administration at SUNY Canton.

WPBS Presents One-Hour Public Eye Special Edition: Title IX: Sexual Harassment in Colleges

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

WPBSWPBS, the two-nation public broadcasting station will air a special one-hour broadcast, Public Eye Special Edition with Jeff Cole: TITLE IX: Sexual Harassment in Colleges on Monday, April 13, at 10 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 19, at 8 a.m. Viewers will also have the opportunity to watch this Special Edition of Public Eye online at watch.wpbstv.org after the broadcast.

Host Jeff Cole will take an in-depth look at the issues of sexual assault on college and university campuses as well as the new state rules and federal Title IX regulations that are changing the way higher educational institutions handle sexual assault cases, including those at the four Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley: Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

Viewers will first hear from college faculty and administrators about the steps they are taking to prevent sexual assaults on their campuses in the first place and what they are doing to handle cases of sexual assault once they are brought forward by a victim. The discussion will help viewers understand how victims are in charge of the investigation process, why sexual assault cases don’t immediately go to the local police, and what steps colleges and universities must take under the law to process sexual assault cases and mitigate the potential for contact between the victim and the accused.

Viewers will also hear from a panel of representatives that will dissect the issue even further and respond directly to questions about the topic of sexual assault in a college setting.

Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg is the new president of SUNY Potsdam. While she is a relative newcomer to the North Country, and new to SUNY, she was appointed last fall by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to SUNY’s Sexual Assault Prevention Workgroup, which led to the adoption of a comprehensive system-wide uniform sexual assault policy for all 64 SUNY campuses.

With more than 18 years of experience as a campus safety officer, Pat Gagnon is St. Lawrence University’s director for Safety and Security. As head of the department, he has the responsibility of aiding and assisting campus investigations as well as working closely with local law enforcement agencies to help prevent crime on campus. As a result, Gagnon has had to investigate a number of sexual assault reports, all of which, he says, can have their own unique challenges.

Finally, Caitlin Hill is a legal advocate for the St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House, a local organization based in St. Lawrence County that responds to the needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Renewal House staff and volunteers who receive regular sexual training often work with the Associated Colleges member campuses to provide resources to victims of sexual violence and sexual assault.

This Special Edition of Public Eye with Jeff Cole is sponsored in part by AAUW, District 7.

About Clarkson University

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

About St. Lawrence

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students located in Canton, New York. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global. Visit www.stlawu.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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.

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 4,300 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. Find out more at www.potsdam.edu.

About WPBS-DT

WPBS-TV is a non-profit public television station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario. WPBS-TV’s mission is to educate, entertain and inform our two-nation audience through superior local and national content and media engagement in order to enhance the lives of those it serves. More information about WPBS is available at www.wpbstv.org, or by following WPBS on Twitter and Facebook.

Community Health Organizations to Promote Wellness at SUNY Canton April 15

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

SUNY CantonThe SUNY Canton Davis Health Center has invited more than 25 area agencies to help promote a healthy lifestyle for the college and community.

Each agency will be providing health screenings or education at the college’s Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in Dana Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be information about disaster preparedness, lung cancer screenings, weight loss, grief support, blood pressure and diabetes testing, tobacco cessation, caring for Alzheimer’s disease patients, health care plans and more. There will also be a distracted driving simulator that will allow participants to see how easily it is to get in an accident when driving while distracted.

Representatives from the following organizations will be in attendance:

  • Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York
  • American Red Cross
  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital
  • Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • Community Health Center of the North Country
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley
  • Reachout of St. Lawrence County
  • Renewal House
  • Seaway Valley Prevention Council
  • Lawrence County Traffic Safety Stop
  • SUNY Employee Assistance Program
  • United Healthcare Community Plan
  • Watertown Veteran Center

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Davis Health Center at 386-7333 or send an email to cruickshankj@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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Professor, Survivor and Activist to Speak During Sexual Assault Awareness Month at SUNY Canton

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

A noted author, English professor and a sexual assault survivor is sharing her story of trauma and recovery at SUNY Canton.

Laura Gray-Rosendale, Ph.D., will be speaking at 6 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The presentation will be free and open to the public.

Laura Gray-Rosendale

“Sexual violence is among the most crucial issues of our day on university campuses across the United States,” Gray-Rosendale said. “Now is the time to work together against a rampant rape culture, to put in place policies and practices that will better aid survivors as well as foster more community and harmony at all of our universities.”

Gray-Rosendale is the author of “College Girl: A Memoir,” published by the State University of New York Press. The book details her brutal rape while she was a student at Syracuse University. Although it offers insight into her personal devastation, it also tells the story of her friendships and hope. She has spoken frequently about the need to bring the worlds of survivors and academia together in the hopes of a better future for both.

“It is important that we as a college community listen to Dr. Gray-Rosendale’s message,” said Courtney B. Bish, vice president for student affairs. “Although it is not an easy topic to discuss, rape and assault must not be overlooked.”

The author’s presentation is one of the ways that SUNY Canton is recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness month. Representatives from the college, including President Zvi Szafran, have joined with the Associated Colleges of St. Lawrence County to advocate for awareness for an upcoming special edition of “Public Eye” on WPBS.

 

About Dr. Laura Gray-Rosendale

Laura Gray-Rosendale is a professor of English at Northern Arizona University and a President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow. She has published numerous articles and several books in addition to her award-winning memoir. Gray-Rosendale has spoken with students and faculty at campuses around the country about issues related to sexual violence, consulted with administrators on issues related to Title IX compliance, and published articles about sexual violence in The Chronicle of Higher Education as well as Thought & Action.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Students Spend Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Fourteen SUNY Canton students used their spring break to help build homes for Florida families who do not have access to affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity

Members of SUNY Canton’s Habitat for Humanity student club spent their spring break in Florida helping to build homes for families in need.

 

Members of the Habitat for Humanity student club worked on two homes in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, Fla., from March 6-13. Students worked alongside the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and the future homeowners to paint exterior siding and install drywall.

The club raised money for the trip by holding fundraisers throughout the year. SUNY Canton alumni Anthony Javarone and Richard and Marilyn Rausch also made contributions to the club.

In addition, the following area businesses supported the trip by donating funds or raffle items:

  • Adirondack Fragrance and Flavor Farm, Parishville
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Watertown
  • Glow Spa, Canton
  • The Knights of Columbus, Ogdensburg
  • Nature’s Storehouse, Canton
  • Thai Cuisine, Potsdam
  • WTC Surveyors, Canton

Florida sponsors included Sweet Tomatoes in Coral Springs, Fla., and Park Avenue BBQ & Grille in Boca Raton, Fla.

To donate to the Habitat for Humanity student club, contact the SUNY Canton College Foundation at (315) 386-7127 or alumni@canton.edu. Bessette’s Liquor and Wine in Canton is also accepting bottle return donations for the club.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton and AAUW Team Up for Professional Clothing Fair

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Students and community members who are searching for business attire are invited to SUNY Canton’s annual Professional Clothing Fair being held March 17 to 19 in the Dana Hall gymnasium.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), begins with a special student-only day from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.

clothing fair

All guests are welcome to browse men’s and women’s gently used clothing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19. All clothing is free and available to the public.

“We want to make sure students and community members are ‘dressed for success,’ whether they are completing an internship, entering the workforce after graduation or changing careers,” said SUNY Canton Associate Director of Human Resources Nancy A. Rowledge.

Those interested in donating gently used professional clothing items are asked to drop them off at Dana Hall anytime between March 13 to March 17. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Rowledge at (315) 386-7010 or Tina M. Flanagan at (315) 386-7868.

 

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. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.