“Similar to social network sites like Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn, we’ve decided to create our own SUNY Canton specific social networking sites,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This is one of the primary ways young people meet and communicate. We want to utilize the technologies that students are using to help ease their transition into college life, or help our alumni reconnect with their alma mater.”
The college constructed “Be a Roo” for admitted students who plan on attending SUNY Canton in Fall 2008 and “MyCanton” for current students and alumni. Both are user-controlled and self-modifiable networking gateways that allow users to select friends, create a photo gallery, stream music, and communicate via message board or “wall” posts. Be a Roo has an integrated live chat feature that allows students to talk directly to admissions counselors.
“Admitted students are communicating directly with each other, forming friendships, and becoming familiar with SUNY Canton,” said Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent. “If they have questions about accommodations, services and scholarships, we have people to answer in an easy access and fun format.”
Some admitted students have been finding peers with like interests and preparing for their first-year as college students. A number of integrated applications add fun to networking site. Users can add post-it notes, get concert and event information, add YouTube videos and import “widgets” for their personal pages. They have also been joining each other in groups relating to athletic teams, academic majors, and social interests.
The MyCanton network has garnered campus-wide attention. Users have the option to create their own groups within the MyCanton site, so clubs and organizations have been using it as a tool to communicate and recruit new members.
The groups on MyCanton vary from the college’s student government to a forum for New York Giants fans at SUNY Canton.
MyCanton will also help create connections between current students and alumni at the college. Alumni can mentor students, find out about current happenings on campus, lend insight into post graduate career opportunities, or even make a job offer to a qualified senior.
Admitted students who want to join Be a Roo, need to email firstname.lastname@example.org and current students or alumni email email@example.com.
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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.
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