CANTON – The SUNY Canton Foundation awarded approximately $20,000 to fund student, faculty, and staff campus enhancements.
This the third year that the Foundation has sponsored the Campus Enhancement Award program, according to Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach.
“This program was created through unrestricted donations,” he said. “During a time when state budgets are under attack, we rely upon donations to fund the creative and innovative projects of our college community. We are deeply grateful for all of the donors who make these programs possible.”
This year, the College Foundation’s planning committee members reviewed more than 45 proposals, making this a competitive selection process.
“It’s nice that we can give to so many deserving programs particularly because so many faculty and staff members support the foundation through payroll deductions,” Gerlach said. “More than 150 employees currently give to the SUNY Canton foundation to benefit our students.”
Among the proposals awarded were:
· Bean bag chairs for students in the Southworth Library
· A latchkey and reading program
· Parts for the college’s solar boat
· Funding for the gospel choir’s travel and events
· Photographic equipment for the athletic department
· Frames and materials to display student artwork
· Funding to display college’s archives online
· An EMT casualty simulation kit
· Funding for the American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Team
· Travel expenses for the Auto Club to attend the Detroit auto show
· Enhancements to the Mechanical Engineering Technology classroom
· An energy management system for the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program
Also funded were various student and faculty research initiatives, campus-wide seminars, and other student-focused programming.
The awards come in addition to the $30,000 in Faculty and Staff Awards and $10,000 in employee tuition assistance that the foundation provides annually. “Any donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation directly helps continue the advancement of the programs and initiatives of the college,” Gerlach said.
SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.