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SUNY Canton Welcomes Schiffner as New Provost

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Carli Schiffner

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that Carli C. Schiffner, Ph.D., of Yakima, Washington, has been selected as the College’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced his former Chief of Staff has been selected as the College’s new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Carli C. Schiffner, Ph.D., of Yakima, Washington, will begin her full-time appointment in July 2011.

“Both Carli’s prior work with our campus community as well as the leadership experience she’s gained through her current position at Yakima Valley Community College will serve her well in this high-demand role,” Kennedy said. “The College has grown drastically in recent years, and we have placed our trust in Carli to continue that growth by creating more in-demand four-year programs and supporting our exponential increase in online offerings and international programs, all while encouraging the continued academic excellence of our students and faculty.”

Schiffner served as the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Yakima Valley Community College after leaving SUNY Canton in August 2007. She increased efficiencies with the division’s processes and procedures, led accreditation efforts for the campus, revised and restructured assessment within the division, and worked collaboratively with fellow administrators, staff, faculty, and respective unions. She has also worked diligently to mainstream the use of data when making decisions regarding curriculum, assessment, and hiring.

“I have been fortunate to have spent the past four years at a large urban community college where I have gained invaluable experience working on access and student success initiatives and am excited to take what I’ve learned into my new role as SUNY Canton’s Provost,” Schiffner said. “The College is going through a tremendous period of growth both in enrollment and its physical landscape. I look forward to using my enthusiasm, dedication, strong work ethic and sense of humor as I continue to champion academic excellence and integrity and move ahead with a successful student agenda.”

Schiffner came to SUNY Canton in 2003 as an assistant professor in the History department. In May 2005, she assumed the role as Chief of Staff for Kennedy but also maintained her faculty position at the College. She continued to work as a faculty leader in the areas of distance learning, institutional strategic planning, curriculum development, and accreditation.

Her research has focused on women’s groups in the Pacific Northwest during the Progressive Era. Since returning to the region in 2007, Schiffner has had work published in Columbia Magazine and the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, in addition to reviewing several history texts.

While at SUNY Canton, Schiffner created the U.S. Women’s History course and worked in the local archives to transcribe women’s diaries with students. “I would like to continue in some capacity to be involved in the local history of the North Country,” she said.

She is a member of the American Historical Association and has been a Humanities Washington Board of Trustees member since 2009. She is also an active parent volunteer at St. Joseph/Marquette Catholic School and a Daisy Troop Leader. While living in Canton, Schiffner was the secretary and archivist for the St. Lawrence County branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She also volunteered for Citizens Against Violent Acts (CAVA), a rape crisis center in Canton.

Schiffner received her bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., in 1996, her master’s degree in 1998 from Drew University in Madison, N.J., and her doctorate from Washington State University in 2004.

The position of SUNY Canton Provost was previously held by Linda D. Pellett, who assumed the role of Interim Provost in March 2010 and retired in December.

“I am thrilled we have Carli back in our community,” Pellett noted. “She brings with her an enormous amount of positive energy and will help continue to guide the College in the right direction despite the difficult financial situations that are ahead.”

Schiffner’s husband and daughter are looking forward to returning to the North Country. “When we previously lived in Canton, we made terrific friends that became our ‘East Coast’ family,” she said. “We are excited to reconnect with our friends and former neighbors, as well as making new relationships within the community. We are looking at this return as a homecoming and have been overwhelmed with the welcome we have already received.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Honors Convocation Named for Former Dean

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Arthur G. Hurlbut of Canton will be the special guest at the College’s annual award ceremony and Scholarly Activity Celebration during the first week of May.

The 2011 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation has been named for a former Canino School of Engineering Technology dean who helped instill the College’s career-driven educational values.

The Arthur G. Hurlbut Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural Gym. More than 125 students will be honored for academic success and outstanding achievement at the event. Hurlbut will also be a guest speaker at the Scholarly Activities Celebration, with presentations beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Kingston Theater, and a poster and artwork presentation beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, May 6, in the Southworth Library. All events are free and open to the public.

“Art helped students launch their careers straight out of college as both a professor and a dean in the Canino School of Engineering Technology,” noted Interim Provost Linda D. Pellett. “He assisted with or helped create several of the College’s four-year degrees, including the popular alternative and renewable energy systems program.”

Hurlbut is a 1965 Alumnus of SUNY Canton. He continued his education at Clarkson University earning his bachelor’s degree in 1969, master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1970, and his Ph.D. in engineering science in 1985. He was hired by the late Distinguished Professor Emeritus Harry E. King to work in the air conditioning engineering technology program in 1973.

Pictured is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and 2011 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation Namesake Arthur G. Hurlbut in his family-run sugar shack. Art and his son Andy run Hurlbut’s Maple Products in Canton.

“Art was one of the most dedicated well-liked faculty members in our school,” noted Michael J. Newtown, director of the alternative and renewable energy systems program. “He was always available to assist his students outside of class. Over the years he developed many industrial contacts to ensure excellent job placement for students after graduation.”

His educational philosophy was to make sure his students understood both the theory and the practical application of the subject matter. He emphasized open communications and teamwork while students created their professional projects. “As I was teaching, I was always learning,” Hurlbut said. “I learned a lot from my professional colleagues, the college’s administrators, and the students. I’m humbled to be recognized alongside the students at Honors Convocation.”

Hurlbut received the SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award in 2002, and the E.K. Campbell Award of Merit from American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc., (ASHRAE) in 2006.

He also advised SUNY Canton’s ASHRAE student chapter and the heating and air conditioning club. He co-advised the Beta Mu Chapter of the Tau Alpha Pi Engineering Technology National Honor Society.

Hurlbut’s community involvement matched his exemplary service to the College. He shared his expertise as a consultant with many local architects and has volunteered design work for SUNY Canton, the Canton Pavilion, Canton Central School, the Canton Library, Cooperative Extension Learning Center, and 4-H Camp Overlook. He designed and installed the air conditioning system in the College’s Alumni House on Stillman Drive.

Art lives in Canton with his wife, Diane. They have three grown children, Andrew, David, and Kimberly Trombly, and one newborn grandson, Noah Trombly. He enjoys maple sugaring, piloting his own plane, snowmobiling, hunting, and camping.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Dean Receives College Service Award

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

The SUNY Canton College Council presented Linda D. Pellett, Dean of Science, Health, and Public Service with the 2009 Excellence in College Service Award.

Pictured is Linda D. Pellett, SUNY Canton Dean of the Science, Health and Criminal Justice receiving the 2009 Excellence in College Service Award from Ronald M. O’Neil, College Council Chair.

Pictured is Linda D. Pellett, SUNY Canton Dean of the Science, Health and Criminal Justice receiving the 2009 Excellence in College Service Award from Ronald M. O’Neil, College Council Chair.

“Linda works tirelessly for the benefit of our students and the College,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “She has played an integral role in the College’s tremendous recent progress, including the expansion of bachelor’s degree programs and online courses.”

The Excellence in College Service Award is given annually to a SUNY Canton non-teaching academic employee. Pellett is responsible for the organization, direction, and supervision of the School of Science, Health, Professional Studies and Public Service. She is also current chair of the Assessment Committee.

“Linda is a dean that strives to serve her faculty and students, a dean who continuously steps up to fulfill the need of the campus administrators,” said the Dean of Academic Services and Retention Molly A. Mott. “Linda is unwavering in her commitment and always does best job possible, sacrificing much of her personal time to fulfill her many responsibilities.”

According to her nominations for this award, Pellett has continually demonstrates her vast knowledge of the College’s programs at the school. She uses those skills to accurately help the College’s programs quantifiably measure its goals and objectives to help offer the best career-driven education possible. The school she oversees has most recently added a two- and four-year Dental Hygiene program and a four-year Nursing program.

“She is very conscientious to make sure that student interests are paramount,” said School of Science, Health, and Public Service Secretary Donalee Eggleston.

Pellett started her career at SUNY Canton in 1977 as an Instructor in the Medical Laboratory Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master’s in Education from St. Lawrence University, and another master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Media Management from SUNY Potsdam.

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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