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SUNY Canton Receives National Recognition for Environmental Program

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

SUNY Canton joins Stanford, Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth as most environmentally friendly in U.S. 

SUNY Canton has been ranked among the top 50 colleges in the nation that are committed to saving the planet, according to a list published by The Online College Database website.

The list highlights schools that offer innovative academic programs aimed at preparing students for future environmental challenges. SUNY Canton’s four-year Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program within the Canino School of Engineering Technology was specifically recognized for its appeal to technical students who are interested in pursuing a career in clean energy.

Students installing a solar panel.

Pictured are Paul E. Todd of Canton and Molly K. MacNeill of Potsdam installing solar panels for a class in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program at SUNY Canton.

“The Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program was launched in 2006 and focuses on imparting skills that allow students to respond to the dynamic needs of the alternative energy market,” said Interim Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown. “Students learn about the best way to employ wind, solar, geothermal and other emerging sources of energy.”

SUNY Canton was ranked 26thon the list and joins an elite group of schools, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Penn State University, Harvard University, Yale University and Dartmouth College.

“Tons of colleges have environmental science courses and programs,” said Wes Ricketts, vice president and general manager of The College Database. “However, those on our list stand out not only for unique concentration and scopeOnline College Database, but also for going beyond the classroom, turning lessons learned into long-term, life-changing results.”

The campus has pursued other ways to become more environmentally friendly through energy conservation and recycling efforts. The Grasse River Suites residence hall, the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, and the renovated Nevaldine Technology Center South received LEED Silver certification, and the College is developing a plan to build a wind turbine that would provide electricity to the campus.

“The College has been focusing on sustainability for several years, and it is gratifying to be recognized for our efforts,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “With the construction of a wind turbine in the works, we are hoping to continue to be the sustainability leaders in the SUNY System and beyond.”

The entire list of colleges can be found at http://www.onlinecollegesdatabase.org/50-colleges-saving-the-planet.

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SUNY Canton Welcomes Incoming and Returning Students

Monday, August 26th, 2013

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and the College’s administration, faculty and staff extend a welcome to some of the most academically prepared students in the College’s history.

Alyssa Lawrence

Alyssa Lawrence, an undeclared major form Illion in a Monday morning psychology class at SUNY Canton.

Classes officially begin today (Monday, Aug. 26), at SUNY Canton. An estimated 3,400 students are attending at the start of the Fall semester, meeting the overall institutional goals for the semester.

Approximately 850 first-time full-time freshmen are starting at the College this year and about 250 students transferred into the College’s real-world academic programs.

“It’s exciting to welcome these students to the SUNY Canton community,” said Hoffman. “We’re working hard to ensure that we have optimum enrollment, with well-prepared students and programs that prepare our graduates for successful careers.”

A Monday morning anatomy and physiology class at SUNY Canton.

A Monday morning anatomy and physiology class at SUNY Canton.

Strategic enrollment management allows the College’s administration to plan new growth and academic program development. It focuses on enrolling the right students in the right programs and will help bolster graduation and two- and four-year retention rates.

“We offer an affordable, accessible education that helps students transform their lives, helps employers find well-prepared employees, and strengthens the economy,” said Director of Admissions Bruce L. Smith. “Over the next year, we will continue to attract first-time students, and we will increase our emphasis on recruiting transfer students and those studying engineering technology.”

Teeanna M. Stiff,  a business administration major from Brooklyn, in an accounting class at SUNY Canton.

Teeanna M. Stiff, a business administration major from Brooklyn, in an accounting class at SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton has been increasingly raising the grade point average (GPA) of its incoming students. The average GPA of incoming students for Fall 2013 is estimated to be 82.5, compared to 80.6 in 2009.

The incremental increase in incoming students’ grades allows the College to determine optimal enrollments for its size and the size of the community of Canton. It also assists the college in providing advanced career counseling and placement, as well as overall student development.

 

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.

 

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SUNY Canton’s Southworth Learning Commons Librarians Integrate Innovative Technology

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Library faculty are using QR codes, augmented reality, video and podcasts to expand resources and engagement.

Posters can speak to SUNY Canton Southworth Library Learning Commons users through a mobile device.

Librarians have hung up placards around the library that automatically link to videos recommending reading suggestions. Visitors hold their mobile phone or other device in front of the displays to automatically link to the presentations.

Librarians with iPad

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman recently recognized Southworth Library Learning Commons faculty for integrating mobile technology. Pictured are Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan, Hoffman and Assistant Librarian Jennifer Whittaker.

Additionally, the librarians have integrated Quick Response (QR) codes in sections of the library to help patrons access online periodicals, research databases or an e-book service.

“Our exceptional librarians have been instrumental in enhancing the academic environment on this Campus,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “Innovative projects such as this one are at the cutting edge of scholarly development incorporating the use of the latest technologies.”

The librarians are using iPads for mobile access, allowing them to bring the library’s resources into the classroom and locations around campus. They can access various databases to aid in research and demonstrate what the library has to offer.

“Our library faculty are helping more students from more locations,” said Molly A. Mott, dean of academic support services and instructional technologies, who oversees the library.

Within the past few years, the College has supplemented their laptop loan program with an iPad loan program. Students can check out an iPad the same way they would a book to use within the building. “We’ve been able to expand on our iPad loan program in ways I never thought possible,” said Michelle Currier, director of library services. “Fasten your seat belts, there is more to come.”

Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan has used available technology and software such as Apple’s Garage Band, iMovie and the online resource SoundCloud to help students present their own scholarly work. He used this software to record student poetry during National Poetry Month.

Magilligan and Assistant Librarian Jennifer Whittaker recently presented their projects at the SUNY Librarians Association annual conference in June. Together, they taught attendants how to accomplish the mobile innovations. By the end of their presentation, the librarians at the conference  session could make their own videos and podcasts using available, and in most cases, free software and web services. Their presentation was well received and other Libraries may look to SUNY Canton as a model for innovation.

“Our hope is that other SUNY Colleges and Universities can adopt similar strategies and enjoy similar successes,” Magilligan noted.

In a recent Student Opinion Survey, SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons scored highest for providing resources and services when compared against other SUNY technology sector colleges. The success was attributed to many of the student-centered innovations adopted within the past few years.

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

 

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.

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SUNY Potsdam & SUNY Canton Sign Memorandum of Understanding on Shared Services Between the Two Campuses

Monday, July 1st, 2013

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner Enact Agreement in Campus Ceremony

The SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton campuses today outlined a roadmap to ensure continued success in shared services over the next two years.

SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner and SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman signed a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions in their first public engagement together, at a ceremony held on the Potsdam campus. Employees who are currently in shared positions, or whose departments are actively sharing services, were invited, as were the College Councils, local government officials and other members of the Associated Colleges and academic community.

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner traded papers as they signed the MOU, accompanied by area officials. For full caption, see release.

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner traded papers as they signed the MOU, accompanied by area officials. For full caption, see release.

“SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton are committed to finding collaborative ways to maximize efficiency in back office operations and joint purchasing, as well as developing academic programming that complements the strengths of our two distinct missions. This agreement sets guideposts for success that will assist us in better serving the educational, cultural and economic development needs of the North Country,” said SUNY Potsdam Acting President Dennis L. Hefner.

“Today we formally reaffirm the individual identities and missions of our two institutions while creating a plan to collaboratively share resources. Working together, both colleges can share in the successes these efforts will bring,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “The specific strategies of shared services described in this memorandum of understanding offer opportunities for growth at SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam, building upon an innovative, award-winning initiative.”

The agreement provides a framework for collaboration between the two campuses through 2015, with a goal of providing high-quality services, while conserving valuable resources and preserving the integrity of the two institutions’ distinct missions and brands.

The MOU calls for Potsdam and Canton to work together on back office administrative functions, as well as services that the campuses would have difficulty offering separately. In addition, the institutions will pursue shared purchasing, to get the best price possible for virtually every investment.

SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton will also explore the creation of collaborative minors and programs, which would incorporate the academic strengths of both campuses, through the SUNY Institute for Arts, Sciences, and Technology.

State Senator Joseph A. Griffo, a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee said, “A continued identification of regional and statewide efficiency opportunities that result in cost savings while maintaining or enhancing student access and achievement is essential for the health of the SUNY system. Other schools in the SUNY network should be replicating what these two North Country institutions are announcing today.”

State Senator Patty Ritchie, who is also a member of the Higher Education Committee, said, “I fought to protect the independence and integrity of both SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton, two of the North Country’s major job creating engines. I argued that if we worked together, we could find ways to share services and cut administrative costs, without sacrificing the identities or educational missions of these two very different universities. Today, our two colleges are being recognized for their leadership in developing a model that SUNY campuses across New York can learn from and follow.”

“As we look at shared services, this memorandum of understanding also gives the ‘two H’s’-Hefner and Hoffman-the opportunity to really work on some very innovative academic programs between the two campuses, that have the potential to inspire the entire SUNY system, starting here in the North Country,” Assemblymember Addie Jenne Russell said.

The presidents recognized the tremendous progress made so far by the colleges’ shared employees, as well as the divisions undertaking shared services. The National Association of College and University Business Officers awarded the 2013 Innovation Award to the campuses, in honor of achievements under the leadership of shared Vice President for Business and Administration Natalie Higley.

The two campuses will work toward creating the following shared offices in 2013-14: purchasing, budget, accounts payable, travel and information technology. They also hope to complete the transition to a single purchasing office this academic year, obtain joint approval for the SUNY Institute of Arts, Sciences, and Technology, and aim to complete a joint minor program proposal to submit to SUNY System Administration.

SUNY Canton & SUNY Potsdam

In 2014-15, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam have set the goal of implementing shared offices for energy management and capital project management. The campuses will propose at least one more joint academic minor or degree program as well.

The memorandum of understanding establishes a mechanism for reviewing future shared services proposals, with a focus on transparency and collaboration. The agreement also ensures that measurable indicators of success will be in place to guarantee ongoing evaluation of service quality and impact on each campus.

“This memorandum of understanding today is special,” said Potsdam Town Supervisor Marie Regan, who is also a member of the SUNY Canton College Council. “This will let the campuses continue to work together to produce some of the best academic programs in the North Country. Today is a great day.”

“We have great leadership at our two institutions, and I think that this agreement strengthens their work,” Canton Town Supervisor David Button said. “The communities of Canton and Potsdam are committed to helping these two institutions work hard to improve even upon what they are doing now in a very credible and competent way. We are here to make sure they are strengthened to an even greater degree.”

To read the memorandum of understanding on shared services, visit www.canton.edu/shared.

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. For more information about SUNY Canton, 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 4,350 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 the State University of New York:

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating approximately 468,000 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, SUNY Potsdam Presidents Draw Shared Services Roadmap for Future Success

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Two Presidents to Sign Agreement Detailing Efforts to Use Common Resources to Increase Efficiency

SUNY Canton LogoSUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and SUNY Potsdam Interim President Dennis L. Hefner will sign a memorandum of understanding on shared services between the two campuses at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, July 1, on the 8th Floor of SUNY Potsdam’s Raymond Hall.

The signing and following reception are open to members of the media, and time will be allotted for questions.

At the signing, both presidents plan to recognize the work of the many people who have begun collaborative efforts between the two institutions.

The agreement highlights current shared positions and defines the scope of future shared services, with a focus on back-office operations. The goal of these collaborations is to provide high-quality services to the students, faculty and staff of both colleges, while conserving resources and preserving the individual character and mission of each campus.

All employees who are currently in shared positions, or whose departments are actively sharing services, are invited to this event. In addition, the College Councils, local government officials and other members of the Associated Colleges and academic community have also been invited.

 

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. For more information about SUNY Canton, 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 4,350 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 the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating approximately 468,000 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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