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SUNY Canton Announces Timeline to Re-open Buildings to Students and Faculty

Friday, February 17th, 2012

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced today the re-opening timeline for nearly all campus buildings that were closed as a precaution following last Friday’s fire in Cook Hall.

The New York State Department of Health has released air, swipe and field test results on the buildings that confirm they are safe to re-occupy. Cook Hall is the only building that will not re-open next week.

“Throughout this process, we have been exceedingly cautious in order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” said President Kennedy. “Although there was only one building that actually sustained fire damage, we wanted to make sure the others did not sustain any smoke damage or have any air quality concerns. There has been a barrage of tests to confirm that there are no health concerns, problems or safety concerns in any of those buildings.”

Students will be allowed to return to campus on Sunday (Feb. 19) and all classes will resume Monday (Feb. 20). Individual courses may be subject to time and location changes, particularly the science labs normally conducted in Cook Hall that have been relocated to St. Lawrence University.

The following buildings will re-open at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19:

  • Heritage Residence Hall
  • Rushton Residence Hall

The following buildings will re-open at 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20:

  • Payson Hall
  • Wicks Hall
  • Faculty Office Building (FOB)
  • Richard W. Miller Campus Center

“Each of these buildings is safe and secure,” confirmed Kennedy. “Students will be allowed access to their rooms and belongings when the return on Sunday. With the exception of the Cook Hall offices, faculty and staff will be allowed access to their offices as well.”

Cook Hall will remain unavailable. A time for allowing access to the building has not yet been determined. Faculty members with offices in Cook Hall have been relocated. Classes scheduled in Cook Hall have also been relocated.

“There are an incredible number of people we would like to thank for assisting us in getting back on our feet so quickly,” said Kennedy. “Without their outstanding efforts and dedication, we would not be announcing the re-opening of our campus today. There are many individuals who have not seen their families for a week, and we can’t thank them enough.”

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SUNY Canton Campus Ministry Founder Passes Away

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Father Harry GirouxThe priest who brought Campus Ministry to SUNY Canton has passed away.

Father Harry E. Giroux died Monday, February 13, 2012 at the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg. He was 61 years old.

“Father Harry was truly a friend of the students,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “He saw his mission as working directly with students and was the main force behind establishing a campus ministry at SUNY Canton. We’re grateful for the years he served our campus and the impact he had on our community.”

Giroux arrived in Canton in June 1985 as the Pastor of St. Thomas More Campus Parish. In addition to his work at the College, he also served St. Lawrence University students. During his tenure, he taught college courses, facilitated the Big Brother Big Sisters Program, helped establish local ‘Make A Difference’ days as well as other fall and spring clean ups, served as the advisor to several fraternities and assisted with a variety of programs on both campuses.

Giroux was born on April 14, 1950 in Massena, a twin son of the late Harry E. Sr. and Patricia Munson Giroux. Following high school, Giroux graduated from Wadhams Hall Seminary-College in 1972. He soon began theological studies and seminary formation at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was awarded a Master of Divinity degree in 1976.

That same year, Giroux was ordained a Catholic priest, alongside twin brother Father Garry B. Giroux by Bishop Stanislaus J. Brzana at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg. Before beginning his work at SUNY Canton, he was assigned to Our Lady of Victory Church in Plattsburgh, Holy Family Church in Watertown where he also served as the Campus Ministry chaplain at Jefferson Community College, and St. Alexander’s Church in Morrisonville. During his time in Morrisonville, he pursued and received his master’s degree in psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Giroux was transferred from his work in Canton to St. Joseph’s Church in West Chazy in 2000, where he served until illness forced him to resign his pastorate in 2006. He spent the remaining years of his life alongside his brother and sister before entering St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in 2009.

He served as the Diocesan Director of Campus Ministry and the Diocesan Director of Young Adult Ministry. Giroux was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he was currently a member of the Watertown Assembly #259 and the 4th Degree Knights, Plattsburgh Assembly #706.

Information regarding calling hours and mass can be found in Giroux’s obituary: http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20120215/OBIT01/702159981/0/FRONTPAGE.

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SUNY Canton Announces New Hires and Promotions

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy and the senior leadership team announced several key hires and recent promotions that will aid in the ongoing growth of the College.

“Please join me in welcoming new faculty and staff members and congratulating employees who recently received promotions or reclassifications,” said Kennedy. “Our dedicated faculty and staff help drive the success of SUNY Canton and its continuing growth.”

Among the most recent full and part-time additions at SUNY Canton are:

  • David Bradman was hired as the new women’s lacrosse coach. Both women’s and men’s lacrosse will start this spring as varsity sports.
  • Michael Budler was hired as a campus worker in grounds. He’s assisting with snow removal on campus and other projects at the College.
  • Renee M. Butterfield was hired as the assistant director of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP). CSTEP is the College’s newest grant-funded scholars program designed to prepare minority and economically disadvantaged students for specific careers.
  • Daniel V. Callahan was hired as a University Police officer. He is also enrolled in the St. Lawrence County/David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Amanda L. Deckert was hired as an admissions counselor. She formerly worked in the Student Service Center and has taken an active role in the College’s social media outreach efforts to connect with incoming students.
  • Chad M. Delosh was hired as a paid intern in Admissions. He began as an Admissions intern from the management program with the guidance of Associate Professor Charles R. Fenner.
  • Bryan Ingalls was hired as the new women’s softball coach. He comes to SUNY Canton from SUNY Cortland and has more than seven years of coaching experience.
  • Brooke E. James was hired as a business advisor in the Small Business Development Center. Brook has helped orchestrate two on-campus workshops to help area small businesses save energy and secure government contracts.
  • Gudrun B. Johnson was hired as an agency service representative in the Student Service Center. She works on student accounts and will be assisting parents and students with financial aid and billing.
  • Priscilla Leggette was hired as associate director of student activities. She assists with preparing campus events and has been well very received by the students.
  • Tyler Moulton was hired as a University Police officer. Tyler is enrolled in the St. Lawrence County/David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy.
  • Janet Parcell-Mitchell was hired as an additional athletic trainer to assist Chris Scuderi with the growing number of student-athletes and new sports teams at the College. We’ve added four new sports this year.
  • David R. Penepent was hired as an assistant professor and program director of the funeral services administration program. He is the former manager of Herson Funeral Home in Montrose, Pa., and is currently studying for his doctorate in applied management and decision science from Walden University.
  • Sheila S. Peo was hired as the interim director of accommodative services earlier this fall. She was hired to fill in for Veigh Mehan Lee during a temporary leave of absence.
  • Michael J. Smith was hired as an agency service representative in the Student Service Center. He will be providing phone support and helping to implement portions of the Banner Document Management System.
  • Andres J. Sovero was hired as an admissions counselor. He recruits in the New York City area, which has seen a demonstrated increase in applicants.
  • Heather Tate was hired as an instructional designer for SUNY Canton OnLine. She has been offering innovative professional development programming for faculty members.
  • Jennifer Whittaker was hired as an assistant librarian at Southworth Library. She interned for a semester with Library staff and is overseeing Southworth’s digital initiatives.

Recent promotions and reclassifications include:

  • Courtney B. Bish was recently promoted to dean of students. Courtney will be replacing Daniel J. Sweeney, who will continue his bridge to retirement as the assistant dean of students and Greek life coordinator.
  • Kyle Brown was promoted to director of information services and SUNY Canton OnLine. Kyle was also recently named to the Information Technology Transformation Team and will be making recommendations for SUNY-wide IT initiatives.
  • Julie A. Cruickshank was promoted to staff associate in the Davis Health Center. She is the primary assistant to Patricia A. Todd, director of health services and oversees tobacco cessation initiatives on campus.
  • Michelle Currier was promoted to director of Library Services. She previously was the Interim Director of Library Services and will be helping with SUNY-wide shared library initiatives.
  • Kismet Hampton (formerly Crump) was promoted to admissions advisor. She has taken over coordination of the admissions for the highly selective nursing program.
  • John M. Kennedy was promoted to director of Residence Life. John has been the associate director of residence life for the past year. He is also the men’s cross-country coach and works with the Drop-in Advising Center to coordinate new student orientation.
  • Erin Lassial was promoted to admissions advisor. She oversees the College’s tour guide program and developed a comprehensive training program to enhance visiting students’ overall experience.
  • Mathew C. Nichols was promoted to Instructional Support Associate in the SUNY Canton OnLine offices. He provides faculty with ANGEL technical support.
  • John Stebbins was promoted to Supervising Janitor. He’s in charge of the night custodial staff in all the academic buildings.
  • Cori L. Wilhelm was promoted to Assistant Director of Admissions. She’s acted as interim Assistant Director for two years and has provided a constant form of support for new and seasoned counselors.

 

All new hires and promotions, including temporary and permanent appointments, were announced after the start of the Fall 2011 semester. Promotions prior were noted in the fall Human Resources Newsletter. Photos of promotions are routinely updated on the Employee Recognition page. Both are available on the Human Resources webpage.

 

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SUNY Canton Serves More Than 6,000 Students in 2011

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

More students and a fresh new look made 2011 a banner year of growth and innovation at SUNY Canton.

Approximately 6,092 students enrolled at SUNY Canton during the combined terms in 2011, according to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, including a record fall enrollment of nearly 4,000 students.

The 2011 total unduplicated headcount figure represents a 20 percent increase in the past two calendar years. In 2009, the College had a total combined enrollment of 5,103.

SUNY Canton

“We’ve grown our enrollment annually by offering in-demand majors taught by experienced and professional faculty who prepare students for their chosen careers.” Kennedy said. “Our supplementary semesters and online enrollments are growing rapidly alongside our traditional course offerings. We are reaching more students than ever before with our competitive hands-on programs and online courses.”

Among the semesters with the greatest growth were:

  • Winterterm 2010-2011 had approximately 1,170 enrollments, up 46 percent from the previous year.
  • Summer Session 2011 had approximately 1,430 enrollments, up 16 percent from the previous year.
  • Fall 2011 semester had approximately 3,825 students, up almost 50 percent from Fall 2006, and up 75 percent from Fall 2000, breaking the College’s all-time enrollment high.

In addition to the new enrollment highpoints, the College grew in almost every way. The following are some the highlights from the 2011 calendar year.

New Majors

SUNY Canton added bachelor’s degrees in veterinary technology and health and fitness promotion. The veterinary technology degree gives students in the two-year program more advanced options and has become one of the most popular new majors for incoming freshmen. Health and fitness promotion is an extension of the physical therapist assistant program and allows continuing study options for the program’s two-year graduates.

The new programs are continuing into 2012 and the College recently announced that it would be adding a Bachelor of Science in applied psychology for the Fall 2012 Semester.

SUNY Canton Campus Aerial

New Buildings                                 

SUNY Canton celebrated the completion of the new Grasse River Suites and the new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House, during the fall 2011 semester. The College’s two newest buildings have dramatically enhanced the overall atmosphere of the campus and significantly aided the College’s overall growth.

  • The $45 million Roos House added a new field house, ice rink, pool, fitness center, and office space for athletic and coaching staff. Between home games and student recreation, the building has become a hub of activity on campus.
  • The $26 million Grasse River Suites offers upperclassmen an independent apartment-style living option on campus and is helping the College house more students than ever before. The newest residence hall was built without funding from New York State or its taxpayers.

The College is currently planning two additional residence halls to continue its overall physical expansion.

A New Look for canton.edu

SUNY Canton made significant design changes to its website, allowing for larger images and easier user navigation. In 2011, the website received more than 2.2 million visits and more than 5 million individual page views.

The largest growth in visits came from mobile devices. The college had more than 29,000 mobile visits in 2010, and more than 89,000 mobile visits in 2011.

Additionally, the website received visits from 191 countries, including Canada, Russia, China, India, England, South Korea, Germany and Japan.

SUNY Canton Website

Updated Commercials

To highlight the ongoing growth, the college updated its television commercials. Students highlight the most relevant additions and changes at the College, including new majors, new sports, and new buildings. The two new 30-second spots can be viewed on the College’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cantonpr/.

Kangaroos Move Forward

The SUNY Canton Kangaroos began its NCAA exploratory year, the first step in a process the College hopes will eventually lead to provisional and full-fledged Division III membership, The College began offering women’s volleyball and men’s golf in the past year, and new varsity teams in men’s and women’s lacrosse will begin play this spring.

College starts in High School

SUNY Canton received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Education Department in order to start the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program on campus. The College also received a $200,000 grant from the State Education Department enabling them to work with Ogdensburg Free Academy, Massena High School and St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School program.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Unveils New Four-Year Applied Psychology Degree

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

The new program will begin for the Fall 2012 semester and students can apply for admission immediately.

SUNY Canton’s newest Bachelor of Science degree will prepare students for direct employment in human services fields and will address the shortage of well-trained professional applicants for area organizations.

The College recently received approval from the State University of New York and the State Education Department to begin offering a new applied psychology program for the Fall 2012 semester.

“Psychology is one of the most popular majors for entering freshmen,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve created our own version of the popular program by designing a degree that allows students to graduate and immediately start their chosen careers. Adapting career-driven educational strategies are really what we do best at SUNY Canton.”

The addition of this program will have an impact locally, concurrent with SUNY’s system wide plans to target growth most needed most in regional economies and by providing a strong workforce.

“I thank both SUNY Administration and Senator Patty Ritchie for backing this program,” Kennedy added. “Their wisdom will help us supply a new contingent of professionals to address the shortage of qualified employees at our area agencies.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics employment is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, and about 54 percent of jobs are in healthcare and social assistance industries.

The College has received letters of support expressing interest in hiring graduates from the program from area agencies including St. Lawrence NYSARC; United Helpers, Inc.; Cerebral Palsy of Northern New York; and area autism advocacy groups.

“We need employees with a solid educational background in applied behavioral analysis,” said Daphne A. Pickert, the CEO and executive director of St. Lawrence NYSARC. “We are very grateful SUNY Canton will be able to provide graduates with those qualities.”

Pickert was involved in developing the program with both Kennedy and SUNY Canton faculty members to ensure students would graduate with the most employable skills.

“Applied psychology will be the first degree with a technological application of the social sciences at SUNY Canton,” said Carli C. Schiffner, SUNY Canton provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It will readily augment our current courses in law enforcement leadership, business, criminal investigation, nursing, and health services management, among other programs.”

Students entering the program should have an interest in learning about how to work with people, including in special needs settings, according to Professor Emeritus John T. Nixon, Ph.D., the lead faculty member in the applied psychology program.

“We will emphasize the ability to understand the needs of clients and consumers in a variety of human services fields,” Nixon said. “In these settings, employees need counseling skills and need to recognize intervention and adaptive strategies.”

Courses in the program include developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, intervention strategies in human services, and professional ethics courses. “We are going to get students out into the field as quickly as possible through internships and in-class placements,” Nixon said.

Internships with area social service agencies will be especially beneficial for students looking to gain employment locally. The College has seen numerous students hired through their credit-bearing internships with partnering agencies and companies in other four-year degree programs.

The program consists primarily of face-to-face courses, but students can fulfill some of their general education requirements through SUNY Canton OnLine.

Applied psychology joins the College’s newest four-year programs including veterinary technology, sports management, health and fitness promotion, and several new offerings in the engineering technology curricula. The program is the sixth bachelor’s degree available through the College’s School of Business and Liberal Arts and the second Bachelor of Science degree at SUNY Canton.

More information about the new major is available at: http://www.canton.edu/business/psyc/

To apply for the program, contact SUNY Canton Admissions by phone, 315-386-7123 (800-388-7123), or email admissions@canton.edu.

 

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SUNY Canton Applications up 40 Percent

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Future students should apply early to gain placement in the College’s most popular programs.

Students continue to flock to SUNY Canton.

Applications for Fall 2012 are up nearly 40 percent over last year’s record-breaking totals and the College is anticipating another year of all-time enrollment highs.

“We are continuing the SUNY Canton tradition of breaking enrollment records,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.  “We’ve accepted approximately 1,400 students to date for Fall 2012, compared to 991 at this time last year. Having such a large increase at this point in the admissions process allows us to increase our selectivity to create an academically stronger incoming class.”

To date, the College has received approximately 3,600 applications, compared to 2,600 applications at the beginning of 2011.

SUNY Canton Applications By Year

SUNY Canton has had record-breaking enrollment for the past four years. The Fall 2011 semester had approximately 3,825 students, up almost 50 percent from Fall 2006 and up an incredible 75 percent from Fall 2000.

Contributing factors to the College’s growth include new bachelor’s degrees added during the previous few years. The College has received approximately 140 applications for the completely new four-year veterinary technology program, making it among the most popular bachelor’s degree programs added in the past year. The College’s new sports management program has received approximately 126 applications already.

“With popular standing majors like criminal investigation, nursing, and the engineering technology curricula, these new options are attracting a wider selection of applicants who are interested in our four year degrees,” said Nicole Campbell, the College’s director of admissions. “Because we have such a high volume of applications, students should apply early for the Fall 2012 semester to secure a spot in their chosen major.”

There has been a 30 percent increase in students applying for admission into the graphic and multimedia design program, a 20 percent increase for nursing, and criminal investigation applications are up approximately 15 percent. Overall applications to the combined engineering technology curricula are up almost 90 percent.

“Last year we received approximately 5,800 applications for the fall semester,” added Campbell. “We appear to be well on our way to hitting a new all-time high this year, and maybe even topping the 6,000 mark for the first time in the College’s history. The people in our admissions office have been working hard to keep up with such a fantastic increase. I applaud them for their dedication to serving our prospective students and their families.”

Early this year, the College opened the new Grasse River Suites residence hall to accommodate its expanding student population. The apartment style living complex is designed primarily to offer greater independent on-campus housing for upperclassmen. SUNY Canton also recently celebrated the completion of its new athletic and convocation center, nicknamed Roos House.

For more information on how to apply, visit www.canton.edu/admissions, contact 315-386-7123 or 800-288-7123, or email admissions@canton.edu.

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SUNY Canton President Responds to SUNY Chancellor’s Nancy L. Zimpher’s Address

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy applauded SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher’s plan to create a disciplined system of success during her annual State of the University Address.

Kennedy said that SUNY Canton best fits within the overall plans to create more online courses for all SUNY students, share services, and to extend outreach to pre-college educational programs.

“Chancellor Zimpher has marked a path for the success of our current and future generations of students,” Kennedy said. “We are no strangers to growth, adaptation, and innovation. We’ve established a clear model for successful online learning through SUNY Canton OnLine, and hope to expand our offerings to more students from more places.”

The President explained that the college is currently exploring new ways to share resources among colleges, including nearby SUNY Potsdam and researching ways to extend shared services with SUNY Plattsburgh. Earlier this semester, Kennedy created a dedicated taskforce to initiate discussions with other colleges about shared administrative services to better accommodate students.

“A critical component in the overall transformation the Chancellor pointed out has already begun locally,” Kennedy said. “Earlier this semester, we hosted senior leaders from SUNY’s Information Technology team. We’ve fared very well in their overall expectations and our systems fit well within the broader scope of the SUNY System. We look forward to working with SUNY further to expand collaborations among colleges.”

Additionally, the College has extended its high school outreach, offering college-level courses in nearby high schools including Ogdensburg Free Academy and Massena Central through a New York State Department of Education grant. The new program allows high school students to begin accumulating college-level credits prior to graduation. Additionally, the College has a special project with Heuvelton Central High School allowing more than 40 senior-level students to earn six college credits in English, and ongoing distance learning initiatives at area high schools.

“Students who earn college credits in high school are more likely to graduate and successfully attend college,” Kennedy noted. “It helps students create a realistic expectation of college-level courses. We are offering courses that will help them when they enter SUNY Canton or almost any other SUNY college.”

SUNY Canton offers almost 200 online courses each semester, and more than 4,000 students are scheduled to enroll in at least one course each semester. The college also has eight completely online bachelor’s degrees, which increases accessibility to community college and two-year students.

SUNY Canton additionally offers high-needs majors that help students graduate from college and step directly into a career. “By targeting the careers with the highest growth and need, we are offering our students a competitive advantage for future success within today’s economy,” he said.

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U.S. News and World Report: SUNY Canton Among Top-Ranked Online Colleges in the Nation

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

US News RankingsSUNY Canton’s online courses and degree programs are among the best in the nation according to recently released rankings by U.S.News & World Report.

SUNY Canton was the highest ranked college or university in New York State in Student Services and Technology in the publications’ first ever Top Online Education Program Rankings, announced Tuesday.

“We have stayed ahead of the curve when it comes to online learning for several years and we are proud to see our time and energy recognized when compared to colleges from across the country,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Our consistent online enrollment growth has shown us that people trust SUNY Canton when it comes to an affordable and easily accessible online education and this honor reaffirms the reasons for that trust.”

SUNY Canton ranked 34th nationally in Student Services and Technology, finishing ahead of all other schools in New York including Marist College, SUNY Delhi, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Utica College. The College was also ranked 114th in the nation in Teaching Practices and Student Engagement.

The College’s online efforts reinforce SUNY’s system-wide efforts to become a worldwide leader in online education, as noted by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher in her recent State of the University Address. Her remarks noted that SUNY has the potential to be the nation’s most extensive distance learning environment, connecting students with faculty and peers from across the state and throughout the world and giving them the access to the best in open educational resources.

“We were pleased to hear the Chancellor’s plans for SUNY’s future, particularly the ‘get down to business’ approach toward online education, lowering costs and enhancing productivity,” said President Kennedy. “We will continue to strive to reach and surpass the goals she has set for us. It’s an exciting time of great opportunity to progress forward for both SUNY Canton and the SUNY system.”

SUNY Canton’s online course offerings have become wildly popular over the last several years. Eleven years ago, the College offered four online classes and had 99 enrollments. To meet the demands of students today, the number of online courses offered is close to 200 and more than 4,000 students are scheduled to be enrolled in at least one course this year.

In addition to its online offerings during the academic year, SUNY Canton offers one of the largest winter and summer class sessions in the state. Close to 75 percent of students who take classes during either session each year are from other institutions from across New York and the country.

“Winterterm and Summer Session are so popular because they don’t require students to travel to campus or give up employment opportunities over their breaks,” said Director of Information Services and Online Learning Kyle Brown. “Online courses provide students with the flexibility and accessibility to educational opportunities they might not have otherwise been able to do.”

The College’s reputation in online learning is aided by the faculty’s extensive experience in providing a sophisticated online education. “The faculty members embrace online education and value the flexibility of learning online,” Brown said. “Teaching online courses isn’t for everyone. We select our faculty based on their ability to engage students in the online learning environment. They do incredible work.”

More information on the rankings is available now at www.usnews.com/online-education.

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SUNY Canton Responds to SUNY Board of Trustees Resolution

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Taskforce created to initiate SUNY’s shared services efforts

SUNY CantonResponding to a Nov. 22 State University of New York Board of Trustees resolution, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy has initiated a proactive plan attempting to create new ways to share services with SUNY Potsdam and potentially other SUNY schools.

The resolution establishes a timeline and directs the presidents of SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to submit results of a joint report on shared services by July 15, 2012. To initiate these efforts, Kennedy has created a special taskforce and assigned his senior leadership team to investigate possibilities for the two colleges to share services and create a sustainable plan for continued growth and prosperity.

“It’s an opportunity, not a challenge,” Kennedy said. “Our goal is to ultimately improve the students’ experience, reduce costs, and direct an even higher percentage of our budget toward academics. There are opportunities for innovation and efficiency, and those are two traits our College takes great pride in.”

Members of the taskforce include two faculty members, two students, one community member, one College Council member, one Alumni Association representative, and one representative from each of the College’s labor unions (United University Professions and the Civil Service Employees Association). Kennedy said he expects many new concepts for shared services to emerge from the discussions. He has even suggested the possibility of sharing some services with other additional SUNY colleges and universities.

“We share in SUNY’s vision to provide the absolute best educational and career opportunities for our students, and we will continue to do everything we can to maximize their experience and our budget,” the president said. “Through an open environment and community input, we will establish clear guidelines and fiscally measurable outcomes for as many shared services as feasibly possible. We want constructive input toward our efforts college- and SUNY-wide. I’m confident by working together we can achieve significant cost reduction, and I’m hopeful some of our ideas may also be helpful to other colleges and universities within the system.”

The SUNY Board of Trustees resolved to maintain the presidencies at both SUNY Canton and Potsdam respectively while each of the campuses work together promptly, diligently, and cooperatively to explore and implement shared services where appropriate. Savings from the efforts will be redirected to academics and student support services, in accordance with SUNY’s ongoing directives.

Current plans include creating new revenue-generating opportunities – similar to the way the College has capitalized upon its online programming and supplementary semester offerings. Kennedy wants to see both colleges increase enrollments and work to strengthen each other’s academic offerings. “We can start by offering common start dates and expanding cross-registration opportunities,” the president suggested. “We can offer each other support for new degree programs and offer joint minor options. These are simple ways to further our collaborative efforts and add academic options for our collective student bodies.”

“We’ve already begun the process of sharing services with SUNY Potsdam,” noted SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner. “We currently have two joint searches underway for a Chief Financial Officer and a Military and Veteran Student Services Coordinator. These two positions will oversee their respective areas at both colleges.”

The searches came about following a series of discussions between Kennedy and SUNY Potsdam President John F. Schwaller and ongoing planning between the two college’s leadership teams to combine some administrative operations. The colleges are studying shared services within the purchasing, accounts payable, human resources, information technology, institutional research, continuing education, and research programs, among others. SUNY Canton officials have also reached out to SUNY Plattsburgh to discuss possible shared services.

SUNY Canton officials recently calculated that more than 52 percent of its expenditures are currently spent on academics. To view the expenditure breakdown, visit www.canton.edu/shared. The College will be updating the page with the latest news and resources about shared services. “Even though we’ve already exceed the Board of Trustees goal of 52 percent of expenditures geared toward academics, we are going to work hard toward increasing that percentage even more,” Kennedy said. “Our newly created Shared Services Taskforce will have the opportunity to assist in guiding those efforts and executing the directives of the Trustees and Chancellor.”

SUNY Provost David K. Lavallee has reassured both colleges and the Board of Trustees that shared or jointly appointed positions between the colleges would happen through attrition rather than the elimination of current faculty and staff members. “I’m truly proud that Provost Lavallee and Chancellor (Nancy L.) Zimpher have taken this stance and reaffirmed a commitment to maintaining jobs in St. Lawrence County,” said David F. Butler, SUNY Canton’s UUP President. “If our plans are effective, it will enable both colleges to hire more faculty members and further enhance our service to students.”

The concept for shared services was created to benefit students, according to SUNY Administration. “Our students are the very core of SUNY Canton,” Kennedy said. “We have been and will remain committed to providing them with every opportunity possible to ensure their success both academically and in their future careers. They deserve to be included in whatever decisions we make while moving forward with our plans.”

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SUNY Canton Welcomes CSTEP Program

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

CSTEPSUNY Canton has received a grant that will greatly impact students interested in pursuing science, math, technology and health-related fields.

The $150,000 grant from the New York State Education Department was awarded to the College in order to start the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) on campus. SUNY Canton joins 48 other colleges and universities throughout New York State that have the program as an additional resource for students.

“CSTEP’s success has been proven since its inception 25 years ago as students involved with the program have gone on to be highly successful in their career paths of choice,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We look forward to seeing our students continue to excel in the classroom while increasing their networking and career-advancement opportunities through this program.”

CSTEP is a scholars program designed to prepare minority and economically-disadvantaged students for careers in scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical, health-related and licenses professions. The program emphasizes academic preparation and achievement as well as career awareness. Eligible students must be in good academic standing, enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at the College, and a New York State resident.

The program is free for students since costs are covered by the Education Department and SUNY Canton. Students in the program must maintain a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above, meet with a CSTEP administrative member monthly, and attend and participate in at least one CSTEP or related event per semester.

“Having CSTEP will not only allow these students to be more successful, but it will also make SUNY Canton more successful,” said Stacia R. Dutton, program director. “When we invite speakers and presenters to campus, other students not involved with the program will be able to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Dutton is in the process of meeting with interested students who will begin their work with CSTEP at the beginning of the Spring 2012 semester. The program only has 75 slots available.

“There are so many benefits to being a part of this program and I think we’ll have a lot of students interesting in working with us,” she said. “The grant helps us fund trips for students to do tours of businesses, attend conferences across the state, hold and host workshops, use money to buy laptops, eBooks and textbooks. We’ll be able to offer stipends for internships and research opportunities as well as hire them as tutors here on campus.”

The grant will also cover the costs of licensing fees, graduate school exam preparation costs and admission application fees.

Dutton noted another goal is to build a community among the students through a variety of social activities.

“We’ll be taking part in a symposium in February that includes all CSTEP students from the Associated Colleges, and that will be a great way for our students to continue to network,” she said.

For more information, contact Dutton at 315-379-3804 or cstep@canton.edu. Letters of interest can also be sent to Stacia R. Dutton, CSTEP Director, 34 Cornell Dr., Nevaldine North 105, Canton, N.Y. 13617.

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

 

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