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SUNY Canton Students Receive Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence to three highly deserving SUNY Canton students.

“Students honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence truly embody the power of SUNY,” Zimpher said. “As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities across New York State.”

Lydia C. Dale, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from Norwood; Meghan P. Gibson, a Sports Management major from Canton; and Tiffany V. Moore, a Veterinary Science Technology major from Leonia, N.J., recently received their awards from the chancellor at a celebration of academic success in Albany. SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman joined them for the ceremony.

“Lydia, Meghan and Tiffany truly represent the best of SUNY Canton,” Hoffman said. “They are bright, motivated and they work incredibly hard. It was a distinct honor to join them as they were recognized by the Chancellor for their outstanding achievements.”

 

Lydia C. Dale

Dale received the SUNY Canton Academic award for the highest grade-point average (GPA) in her discipline in 2011 and 2012. She also received the Canino Prize for Academic Excellence in 2012. She is the vice president of the College’s branch of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and was a graphic design intern in the College’s Public Relations Department. Dale has been a volunteer art teacher for the Christian Fellowship Academy and has worked on set designs for theatrical productions. Dale has also received several awards for her work in the College’s juried art shows.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Graphic and Multimedia Design major Lydia C. Dale of Norwood and SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman at an academic award ceremony. Dale was one of three SUNY Canton students to receive the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Graphic and Multimedia Design major Lydia C. Dale of Norwood and SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman at an academic award ceremony. Dale was one of three SUNY Canton students to receive the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

She is a published photographer and illustrator. A photo of hers was published in “An Online Journal of Arts & Letters” and she painted illustrations for the children’s book “Ogs and the Oggie Joggie” by Joseph Weilder.

 

Meghan P. Gibson

Gibson also received academic awards for the highest GPA in her major in 2011 and made either the Presidents List or Dean’s List for her high grades during the past three years. She worked as a student supervisor during the 2013 USCAA National Volleyball Championships and worked for the SUNY Canton Athletic Department. Gibson also was a summer camp counselor for the Oswegatchie Educational Center and was a summer soccer coach at Niagara University. She completed her senior internship with SUNY Cobleskill’s Sports Information Department. She is a member of the SUNY Canton student Outdoor Adventure Club.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Sports Management major Meghan P. Gibson of Canton and SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman at academic award ceremony. Gibson was one of three SUNY Canton students to receive the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Sports Management major Meghan P. Gibson of Canton and SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman at academic award ceremony. Gibson was one of three SUNY Canton students to receive the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

“Meghan has been a leader by example and has modeled the way for current and future Sports Management students at SUNY Canton students,” said Diane J. Para, Ph.D., Sports Management program director and professor.

 

Tiffany V. Moore

Moore received an academic award for the highest GPA in her major in 2013. The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program named her an outstanding student. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and served as president of the Chi Alpha Epsilon honor society. Moore was the treasurer of the Black Student Union at SUNY Canton. She’s earned either President’s or Dean’s List honors for her grades during each semester at the College. She is a student member of the National Association for Veterinary Technicians in America.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology major Tiffany V. Moore and SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman at academic award ceremony. Moore was one of three SUNY Canton students to receive the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Veterinary Science Technology major Tiffany V. Moore and SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman at academic award ceremony. Moore was one of three SUNY Canton students to receive the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

She is also a student assistant at the SUNY Canton Davis Health Center and has volunteered at the Potsdam Humane Society. She’s been active in the Pool Enthusiasts Club and is a member of the Zen-Do Kai Martial Arts club.

 

About the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement. Recipients of the award are given a ceremonial medal to adorn their academic regalia at commencement.

 

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 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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Chancellor Zimpher To Recommend Dr. Zvi Szafran As President of SUNY Canton

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Dr. Zvi SzafranState University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that she will recommend Dr. Zvi Szafran to be appointed as president of SUNY Canton. Dr. Szafran is currently the vice president for academic affairs at Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia.

The SUNY Board of Trustees will consider Dr. Szafran’s appointment at its next meeting, scheduled for Thursday, April 3.

“Dr. Szafran is an ideal candidate to be SUNY Canton’s next president,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Throughout his career, Dr. Szafran has developed a keen sense for the needs of students and an ability to enhance academic programs and services to meet those needs. Having served for nearly a decade as a member of the leadership team at a technology college within a state system of higher education, Dr. Szafran’s experience and vision align well SUNY Canton’s mission as well as SUNY’s strategic priorities. I look forward to working with him.”

“I’m very excited about SUNY Canton’s future,” said Dr. Szafran. “Their career-driven, hands-on mission is critical to America’s and New York’s growth, and they have an excellent strategic plan. I look forward to helping them to achieve the success they deserve.”

Chancellor Zimpher also thanked Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman for his leadership of SUNY Canton since June of last year. The college has been without a permanent president since Joseph L. Kennedy stepped down from the post in 2012, following a 19-year tenure.

“We are so pleased that Dr. Szafran will be joining the SUNY Canton family,” said Dr. Hoffman. “We were very impressed by his experience and insight during his campus visit, and it is clear that he is the right choice to continue the College’s forward momentum.”

Ronald M. O’Neill, Chair SUNY Canton College Council and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said, “We are delighted to learn that the Chancellor will recommend the appointment of Dr. Zvi Szafran as the next president of SUNY Canton. His 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 Dr. Szafran.”

 

About Dr. Zvi Szafran

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. From 1998-2005, he served as the vice president for academic affairs at New England College in New Hampshire. 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.

Dr. 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.

 

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 is Among the First SUNY Colleges to Join ‘Read Aloud 15 Minutes’ Program

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Students majoring in SUNY Canton’s Early Childhood program are advocating the educational advantages of reading to children beginning at birth. The two-year program recently partnered with Read Aloud 15 Minutes, a non-profit organization committed to making its namesake the new standard for parenting and improving children’s school readiness.

Read Aloud 15 Minutes

“We are proud to join SUNY in this system-wide effort and national campaign promoting and supporting the Read Aloud 15 Minutes mission,” said Maureen P. Maiocco, SUNY Canton professor and Early Childhood program director. “The Early Childhood curriculum stresses the importance of early encounters and engagement with books, reading to young children, and how this enhances language development and literacy skills.”

The premise of Read Aloud 15 Minutes is every child should be read to every day, for at least 15 minutes from birth. Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s school readiness. Reading aloud has lasting effects; children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school, according to the organization’s website.

Pictured are Michael D. Carbone, a SUNY Canton Sports Management student from Raymondville, and Kristy L. Monroe, a student in the Early Childhood program reading to their 21-month-old daughter, Annabella G. Carbone.

Pictured are Michael D. Carbone, a SUNY Canton Sports Management student from Raymondville, and Kristy L. Monroe, a student in the Early Childhood program reading to their 21-month-old daughter, Annabella G. Carbone.

In September, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announced that the University System would be partnering with Read Aloud 15 Minutes. “SUNY’s partnership with Read Aloud will complement our work to mend New York’s education pipeline and ensure that more of today’s youth are on the right path for success throughout school, and ultimately in college and career,” Zimpher said in a press release.

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood program plans to adopt several Read Aloud specific events, beginning with the annual Early Childhood Conference, which provides continuing education opportunities and workshops for early childhood educators, family and group child care providers and parents. The conference will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at SUNY Canton.

Other initiatives include students offering Read Aloud family story time events throughout the year and creating informational displays to increase awareness and parent participation in the program. The Early Childhood student club is currently planning a book drive campaign to collect high-quality children’s literature. Maiocco said her faculty and students will be working with the Southworth Library Learning Commons to feature favorite children’s books selected by SUNY Canton faculty and staff.

As a partner of Read Aloud 15 Minutes, SUNY Canton will be eligible to display a badge on its website denoting its partnership with the organization.

For more information about the Early Childhood Conference contact Maiocco at maiocco@canton.edu. To become involved with the Read Aloud 15 Minutes Partnership and Campaign, visit www.readaloud.org

 

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 150 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction of the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center nicknamed Roos House is nearing completion, while the new apartment-style residence hall, featuring 305 single-occupancy rooms, is under construction and will open in August 2011.

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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 Appoints Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman as Acting President of SUNY Canton

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

President HoffmanThe State University of New York Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 7 appointed Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman as Acting President of SUNY Canton effective June 1.

Dr. Hoffman has worked at SUNY Maritime since 1977, serving as a mathematics and computer science professor and was named a distinguished teaching professor in 2001. He also served as the college’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2006 to 2012.

“Dr. Hoffman comes to SUNY Canton with an extensive history as a powerful and productive campus leader at SUNY Maritime College since 1997,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The students, faculty, and staff at SUNY Canton are certain to benefit from Dr. Hoffman’s experience and leadership as acting president.”

Dr. Hoffman earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from SUNY Maritime College in 1975. He went on to earn a master’s degree in mathematics from Adelphi University in 1977, and he received his doctorate in education from LaSalle University in 1998. The SUNY Board of Trustees awarded him the distinguished teaching professor title in 2001. He also served as a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve from May 1975 to August 1992.

“I am honored to be chosen as acting president of SUNY Canton,” Dr. Hoffman said. “The College has a strong reputation in many areas, and I look forward to leading the campus.”

Dr. Hoffman will replace Dr. Carli C. Schiffner, who has served as Interim President since September 2012. Dr. Schiffner will step down as interim president May 31 to become Vice President of Instruction at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington State.

“I would like to thank President Schiffner for her hard work and leadership,” Dr. Hoffman said. “I hope to build upon her efforts and continue to lead the College in a positive direction.”

Dr. Schiffner said Dr. Hoffman was an exceptional choice to lead SUNY Canton into the future.

“We’re delighted and excited to have Dr. Hoffman join the SUNY Canton community,” Dr. Schiffner said. “With his background at SUNY and his familiarity within the colleges of technology sector, Dr. Hoffman will be able to make an easy transition to SUNY Canton and will no doubt be successful.”

Dr. Hoffman, and his wife, Nancy, are both natives of Long Island. She will be joining him in his move to Canton.

“Nancy and I are looking forward to becoming members of the SUNY Canton community,” Dr. Hoffman said “And we look forward to living in the North Country.”

In his nearly 36 years at SUNY Maritime, Dr. Hoffman has chaired two Middle States Commission on Higher Education steering committees, leading to successful reaccreditation efforts. He also led the campus’ strategic planning efforts in 2011 and had participated in previous strategic planning efforts. Dr. Hoffman is a delegate on the U.N.’s International Maritime Organization, representing the International Association of Maritime Universities. He has co-authored two books, co-founded the Maritime Academic Council which consists of deans from all six State Maritime Academies. Dr. Hoffman also worked from 1980 to 2006 at Adelphi University, University College for Adults, serving as an adjunct instructor and chair for the Mathematics and Computer Information Systems Department.

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SUNY Canton to Implement Standardized Financial Aid Award Letter

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton will adopt a new, standardized Financial Aid Award Letter alongside the State University of New York this fall.

All of the SUNY system’s 64 campuses will use the letter for the 2013-2014 academic year, as part of the SUNY Smart Track™ campaign, which promotes transparency in college financing.

The new award letter will allow students and their families to see clearly the cost of attendance and financial aid offerings at each campus, including campus-specific information such as graduation rate, median borrowing and loan default rate. SUNY is the first and largest public system of higher education nationally to implement such a tool for students and families.

“Students can expect to see the new letter as early as April,” said SUNY Canton’s Director of Financial Aid Kerrie L. Cooper. “It will really help students and their families compare colleges and help them in the decision process.”

Cooper serves on the committee of financial aid directors who helped SUNY develop the standardized letter. “It is exceptionally important that the financial aid process be as open and transparent as possible,” she added.

Development of the standard financial aid award letter was first announced when SUNY launched its Smart Track™ campaign in September. With the launch, SUNY adopted the concept of transparency of financial aid and college costs and the system began offering students the most proactive, comprehensive financial aid information and services in the country.

“While college students across the country are taking on more loan debt than ever before, SUNY Smart Track™ gives our prospective students the most comprehensive and transparent financial aid information available so that they can make informed decisions about how to pay for their college education,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The standard award letter will allow prospective students and their families to easily compare colleges within SUNY and view a full outline of the financial commitment associated with their education.”

More recently, in the 2013 State of the University Address, Chancellor Zimpher announced that SUNY Smart Track™ would contribute to a wider system-wide goal of decreasing the loan default rate of SUNY students by at least five percent over the next five years.

The average indebtedness of a SUNY graduate is $22,575, well below the national average of $26,600. The vast majority of SUNY student loan borrowers repay their loans successfully.

The SUNY Smart Track™ Award Letter was developed by a committee of campus Financial Aid Directors, and others, who were tasked with adopting the intent of the federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet while creating a unique version for SUNY. Additionally, the campaign calls for an expansion of SUNY’s Student Loan Service Center, early engagement of students at risk of default, and providing new and improved online resources such as a net price calculator, chats with financial aid experts, and financial literacy materials.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Earns Top Honors in Student Opinion Survey

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

SUNY Canton was recently rated best in several categories when compared with its peer colleges, according to SUNY’s 2012 Student Opinion Survey.

Every three years, all SUNY colleges and universities administer the survey to assess the quality of student life on each campus and use the results as a barometer to grow and adapt.

Cierra Wells

Cierra Wells uses a loaned iPad at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library, which was rated highly in a student survey for its resources and services.

“The results of the survey reflect the tremendous job our faculty and staff do to help students reach their educational goals,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “It is to their credit that we were rated first in these categories.”

When compared against other SUNY technology sector colleges, SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons scored highest for providing resources and services. The library has recently undergone major student-centered renovations, including expanding its laptop loan program, creating an iPad loan program, and adding new furniture.

“Much of the content students are expected to read for their education is available digitally,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott. “What has traditionally been a storehouse for books has become a hub of technological innovation.”

The College’s computer network was also top among its peer colleges, according to the survey. Most of the College’s Information Services Operations are housed in the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

The College was also first among tech sector colleges in the areas of:

  • General academic advising
  • Financial aid services
  • Availability of courses within a given major

Additionally, the College’s new athletic facilities received high praise from students. SUNY Canton’s new Roos House athletic center was listed first among similar SUNY colleges. Other areas that ranked high in the survey were student health services and personal counseling.

The information is gathered from a sampling of undergraduate students and gauges their satisfaction with services, facilities, environment and more. SUNY Canton’s rankings were calculated when compared against seven other colleges of technology within the SUNY System.

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

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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 Supports New SUNY Budget Model

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Following a statewide SUNY conference call and a joint leadership meeting with SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner expressed support for SUNY’s proposed budget allocation model and the future of the colleges’ shared services efforts.

“SUNY Canton’s incredible growth over the past several years would be extremely beneficial under the new proposed budget allocation model,” President Schiffner said. “Under the new guidelines, we would benefit from that growth and be funded more appropriately for a college with an enrollment that has grown to approximately 3,800 students.”

Shared Services

President Schiffner also noted her optimism overall when the new budget model is combined with the savings the College anticipates through continued shared services efforts with SUNY Potsdam.

“Our Chief Financial Officer Natalie L. Higley has done a masterful job in recognizing and creating opportunities to save money through shared services efforts and sound business practices,” said Schiffner. “The recent praise she received at our latest College Council meeting from SUNY Central CFO Brian Hutzley highlighted many of those accomplishments. We anticipate both colleges will continue to take advantage of these savings as Natalie and the respective leadership teams continue to initiate shared resources. ”

President Schiffner pointed out that in addition to SUNY Canton’s enrollment growth benefits, the College will target future growth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Those areas were identified in SUNY’s proposed budget allocation model and correspond well with the College’s engineering and technology programs.

“The new budget model is ideal for the growth of programs within our Canino School of Engineering Technology,” said Schiffner. “In the past few years, we’ve added several new bachelor’s degrees in these areas, so we are effectively aligned to benefit from this model.”

 

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