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SUNY Canton Employees Elected to Local AAUW Chapter

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Two SUNY Canton employees were recently elected to the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), which promotes equity and education for women and girls.

Executive Director for Community Programs Betty Connolly was elected as president and Travel Coordinator Tina Flanagan was elected as vice president. They were installed by 116th Assemblywoman Addie Russell, a member of the Jefferson County Branch.

Connolly, Jenne-Russell, Flanagan

Flanagan became a member last year, and Connolly has been member of AAUW for 10 years. She previously served as vice president and received the association’s 2013 Emerging Leader Award. Both have been involved in AAUW events, including the annual professional clothing fair held at SUNY Canton, which helps students acquire business attire for internships and interviews.

AAUW and the SUNY Canton Foundation also co-sponsor an annual scholarship for a female SUNY Canton student from St. Lawrence County who is interested in pursing a degree in one of the science, technology, engineering or mathematic fields.

 

About AAUW

AAUW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW has more than 150,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners. Membership is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW, regardless of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.

 

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 Canton and AAUW Host Professional Clothing Fair

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Students and community members who are searching for business attire are invited to SUNY Canton’s annual Professional Clothing Fair March 25 – 27 in the Dana Hall gymnasium.

The fair is co-sponsored by SUNY Canton and the St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Student perusing professional clothing.

The event will start with a special student-only day from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 25.

All guests can browse men’s and women’s gently used clothing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 27. All clothing is free and available to the public.

“This event is a great opportunity for our students and community members to get ready for interviews and internships with the right outfit,” said SUNY Canton Executive Director for Community Programs Elizabeth Connolly. “We have a dedicated committee of faculty and staff who volunteer their time to put this event together, and it’s all worth the effort when we see a student dressed for success.”

Those interested in donating clothing items for the fair are asked to drop them off at Dana Hall from March 21 – March 25. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Elizabeth Connolly at (315) 386-7013 or via email at connolly@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 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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AAUW Scholarship Honors Late SUNY Canton Librarian

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The St. Lawrence County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is giving its annual scholarship in remembrance of SUNY Canton Librarian Mary L. Bucher.

Bucher was a 34-year employee of the College who passed away last spring. She was much revered for her wisdom and helpful nature. She was also the presidentially appointed College Archivist. Bucher was an active and dedicated member of the St. Lawrence County Branch of AAUW, and was the chair of the committee for the chapter’s scholarship.

Mary BucherThe scholarship is awarded to a female SUNY Canton student from St. Lawrence County through the SUNY Canton Foundation. Criteria for the scholarship include the submission of a 500 to 700-word essay, explaining the applicant’s future educational goals, career ambitions, and outlining their service to the community. The recipient must be planning to transfer into a four-year academic program. Preference will be given to non-traditional women who show leadership and community service potential who plan to pursue a degree in one of the science, technology, engineering or mathematic (STEM) fields.

Applications must be sent Betty Connolly, Assistant Vice President for Administration and Affirmative Action Officer for SUNY Canton, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, N.Y., 13617. The deadline for receiving applications is 4 p.m. on May 3.

The scholarship will be awarded on June 13. For more information, email connolly@canton.edu.

AAUW Scholarship Application Form – (pdf)

 

 

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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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Clothing Fair Project Receives Award from AAUW

Friday, May 29th, 2009

David Norenberg and ?? trying on ties at the 2009 Clothing Fair.

This year’s fair included a “Dress for Success” fashion show with examples of what to wear (and what not to wear) to a job interview and in a professional work environment.

SUNY Canton has received an award from the St. Lawrence County branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for the 2009 Professional Clothing Fair.

The AAUW announced that the college had won a second place award in the Community program division at recent statewide Convention in Bolton Landing.

The SUNY Canton office of Human Resources, the Office of Career Services, and the St. Lawrence County One-Stop career center collaborate to host an annual clothing drive and fair for individuals who are preparing to join or rejoin the workforce. More than 250 people benefitted from the fair, according to Betty Connolly, SUNY Canton Director of Human Resources and AAUW member.

“We have individuals donate gently used clothing and distribute it to jobseekers from the community,” she said. “It’s been a well-received event. This year, our services were especially appreciated due to the sluggish economy.”

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.

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