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SUNY Canton Opens Winterterm Registration

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Registration is now open for SUNY Canton’s popular Winterterm online session, which begins Dec. 18 and concludes Jan. 16, 2014.

More than 80 courses are being offered in a number of disciplines, including business, economics, history and English.

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The session is tailored for students who want to catch up on degree requirements or get ahead and graduate early. Since the courses are entirely online, they can be accessed via computer from anywhere in the world.

“SUNY Canton’s Winterterm session offers an affordable, accessible, flexible online learning experience,” said Dean of Academic Support Services and Instructional Technologies Molly A. Mott. “Students from across New York and the entire country take advantage of the opportunity to earn credits during Winter break.”

Many of the courses offered during Winterterm are general education courses that help students fulfill graduation requirements; thus making it easier for students graduate on time or early.

To register or view the entire course listing, visit


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’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 Canton Earns Top Honors in Student Opinion Survey

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

SUNY Canton was recently rated best in several categories when compared with its peer colleges, according to SUNY’s 2012 Student Opinion Survey.

Every three years, all SUNY colleges and universities administer the survey to assess the quality of student life on each campus and use the results as a barometer to grow and adapt.

Cierra Wells

Cierra Wells uses a loaned iPad at SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library, which was rated highly in a student survey for its resources and services.

“The results of the survey reflect the tremendous job our faculty and staff do to help students reach their educational goals,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “It is to their credit that we were rated first in these categories.”

When compared against other SUNY technology sector colleges, SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library Learning Commons scored highest for providing resources and services. The library has recently undergone major student-centered renovations, including expanding its laptop loan program, creating an iPad loan program, and adding new furniture.

“Much of the content students are expected to read for their education is available digitally,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott. “What has traditionally been a storehouse for books has become a hub of technological innovation.”

The College’s computer network was also top among its peer colleges, according to the survey. Most of the College’s Information Services Operations are housed in the Southworth Library Learning Commons.

The College was also first among tech sector colleges in the areas of:

  • General academic advising
  • Financial aid services
  • Availability of courses within a given major

Additionally, the College’s new athletic facilities received high praise from students. SUNY Canton’s new Roos House athletic center was listed first among similar SUNY colleges. Other areas that ranked high in the survey were student health services and personal counseling.

The information is gathered from a sampling of undergraduate students and gauges their satisfaction with services, facilities, environment and more. SUNY Canton’s rankings were calculated when compared against seven other colleges of technology within the SUNY System.

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

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Two SUNY Canton Students Earn Recognition from SUNY Chancellor

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

A member of the SUNY Canton College Activities Board and a dedicated student worker were both selected as recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

Britney G. Livingston, a liberal arts major from Lisbon and Kenneth A. Burwell, a bachelor of science – nursing major, from Canton both recently received this award in person from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

“The students we honor today have taken full advantage of the academic and extracurricular programs that SUNY provides both in the classroom and in the community,” said Zimpher.

Livingston was recognized for her ongoing commitment to the College and extensive support of the Student Activities Offices programs. She is the vice president for the SUNY Canton chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a recipient of two scholarships created by Distinguished Alumnus John L. Halford of Gouverneur and a recipient of the Perry Family Scholarship.

“Britney is an excellent student,” said Patrick LaPierre, an associate professor of history, who has worked with Livingston in the past. “She takes her work seriously and she displays traits that bode well for her future success. She is an active steward of her educational future. She represents the Chancellor’s Award with distinction.”

Additionally, she is a representative for the Student Government Association, a member of SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy’s Student Ambassador committee, a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Board, and has been an orientation leader. She’s made both the deans’ and president’s list for her academic success.

Burwell was recognized for his academic excellence and his work with several departments and offices on campus. He is a member of SUNY Canton’s chapter of the Golden Key Honor Society for four-year students, has worked with the College’s Upward Bound program, and is a student assistant in the Davis Health Center.

Kenny Burwell

“Kenny has proven his dedication by spending many hours organizing, arranging, and assisting with our education outreach programs,” said Patricia Todd, director of the Davis Health Center. “The students love it! He does whatever it takes to make the programs a success.”

He is also a member of the St. Lawrence Area Poets and a red belt in Tang So Do, a Korean martial arts program. He has made the president’s list for his outstanding academic success.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence acknowledges students who have successfully demonstrated integrating academic excellence with leadership, campus involvement, community service, the arts, athletics, and career achievement.

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


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SUNY Canton Going Tobacco-Free in 2013

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Hop the HabitSUNY Canton will soon join the growing list of U.S. colleges and universities to adopt a tobacco-free campus policy as the College continues its efforts to provide a healthy environment for its students and employees.

Becoming a tobacco-free campus will have a positive impact in many ways and will enhance community life, improve productivity through better health and possibly decrease health care costs,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Smoking has been prohibited in buildings and entryways for many years on our campus, so extending the ban to campus grounds and including all tobacco and smoking products is a natural progression for the College.”

Over the next three semesters, the College will implement an informational campaign to educate the community on the policy, which will be implemented in phases with full enforcement to begin in the Spring 2013 semester.

“This initiative was an idea brought forward by both students and employees,” Kennedy noted. “Most people understand the health advantages of implementing such a policy and I also hope to see less campus litter related to tobacco products.”

Kennedy appointed a committee to determine the College’s readiness to adopt a tobacco-free policy and to gauge public opinion. Committee members met to discuss the current SUNY Canton tobacco policies and potential changes during this planning and assessment period. Earlier this year, an internal campus survey was completed to garner further information from the campus community.

Kennedy is hopeful other colleges and universities will follow in the College’s footsteps. “SUNY Canton is among the first colleges within the SUNY system to implement this policy. We hope to lead by example and have other schools take similar actions on their campuses as it provides a healthier learning and work environment for everyone. It’s very similar to the tobacco policies already in place in public school districts,” he said.

The College will establish a series of programs to assist those who wish to break tobacco addictions between now and the implementation date. In Spring 2013, full compliance will be expected of all students and employees, according to Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Academic Services Molly Mott.

“The Roos House and surrounding athletic fields have already become tobacco-free areas,” Mott said. “Members of our campus community who use tobacco products are encouraged to begin taking steps to break those addictions so they will be able to comfortably comply with the policy when it goes into effect. Those who find compliance to be difficult should reach out and ask for help — either through the Health Services Center or the Division of Student Affairs.”

The Health Services staff will be on hand to assist anyone interested in making the decision to quit their use of tobacco products.

“Research tells us over 70% of tobacco users want to quit,” says SUNY Canton Health Services Nurse Julie A. Cruickshank. “We will provide all possible assistance as we move through the next three semesters and beyond. The development of effective support networks is critical in maximizing the potential of this policy. The great thing about this is everyone on campus will benefit greatly from its implementation.”

According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF), there are smoke-free colleges and universities in virtually every state. Arkansas and Iowa have instituted statewide bans at all their public colleges and universities. Other examples include the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Michigan, the University of Florida, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University and the University of North Dakota. Well over 300 colleges and universities across the country have adopted tobacco-free policies.

Additionally, the American College Health Association (ACHA) issued a September 2009 “no tobacco policy” position statement encouraging colleges and universities nationwide “to be diligent in their efforts to achieve a 100 percent indoor and outdoor campus-wide tobacco-free environment.”

More information about SUNY Canton’s policy will be available in the coming months and will include background on issues related to tobacco use, links to useful resources and a Frequently Asked Questions section. The information will be found on the College’s website,

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

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Two SUNY Canton Students from Lowville Earn Chancellor’s Awards

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Two SUNY Canton soccer team captains from Lowville won Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recognized Justin C. Martin, an alternative and renewable energy systems student, and Angeline D. Waryasz, a veterinary science technology student, for their outstanding academic achievement and involvement at the College

Angeline Waryasz

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Women’s Soccer Captain Angeline D. Waryasz of Lowville, and Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott.

“These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants, and much more,” Zimpher said. “They represent the future of our state and are perfect examples of The Power of SUNY. I congratulate all of the students receiving recognition and thank them for the positive impact each of them has had on SUNY and the communities we serve.”

Martin has been a math tutor for three years, a member of the alternative and renewable energy club, served on the College’s Intercollegiate Athletic Board and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He was recognized as a Daktronics-NAIA scholar athlete, and an NAIA honorable mention All-American, and was the outstanding scholar athlete in men’s soccer this year.

Justin Martin

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Canton Men’s Soccer Captain Justin C. Martin of Lowville, and Vice President for Student Affairs Molly A. Mott.

“Justin is upbeat and friendly,” said Daniel J. Gagliardi, associate professor of mathematics. “He is also well organized and has a tremendous work ethic. He is generous with his knowledge and is always willing to help his peers.”

In soccer, he played 61 games and had one goal and one assist. Martin was part of the team’s strong defensive line that only allowed 2.4 goals per game during his career.

Waryasz has been recognized as a member of the All-Sunrise Conference women’s soccer team during both of her years at the College and this year was named the outstanding scholar athlete in women’s soccer by the conference. She’s worked as a peer tutor and has volunteered to help Canton community members clean their homes and lawns each spring. She’s made the president’s list for her outstanding grades for three consecutive semesters, and received an honorable mention acknowledgement during the College’s annual Scholarly Activities Celebration.

“Angie is a fantastic student, a great player, and a wonderful teammate,” said Kate Thomas-Moody, head women’s soccer coach. “She works as tirelessly in the classroom as she does on the soccer field. She has a great work ethic and I’m certain that she is going to be very successful after SUNY Canton.”

She scored 19 goals and had 13 assists and played 35 games during her two years at the College.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence is awarded annually to both a bachelor’s and associate degree student from SUNY Canton.

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


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SUNY Canton Honors Two with President’s Meritorious Service Award

Friday, June 25th, 2010

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy recently awarded two people who have been vital to the College’s recent explosive growth.

Molly A. Mott, dean of academic services and retention, and Wesley “Wes” L. Stitt, who chaired the College Council from 1996 until 2008, were named the 2010 President’s Meritorious Service Award winners at SUNY Canton’s recent Employee Recognition Day on May 28.


Mott began her work at the College in 1989 as an instructor of veterinary science technology and was promoted numerous times as a faculty member before becoming director of the College’s OnLine program. She has most recently served as the dean of academic services and retention, and will begin her tenure as vice president of student affairs on July 1.

“Molly has helped to transform our library into a state-of-the-art, modern study area that reflects our efforts to keep up with the way students now study and research,” said President Kennedy in his address. “She has also led the way in the remarkable growth of SUNY Canton OnLine. Our summer and winter terms have grown dramatically each and every year since we implemented them and it is a direct result of her work and those she works closely with.”

Stitt was at the helm of the College Council during a period where SUNY Canton experienced dramatic growth both in enrollment numbers and four-year degree programs. He was instrumental in securing funds for the Newell Veterinary Technology Center, the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, and the College’s new athletic facility, the Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center (CARC), nicknamed Roos House, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2011.  He is a consistent proponent of SUNY Canton’s award-winning Steel Bridge Team and the University Police Department.

“Wes has been a tireless supporter of the College, the North Country and education at all levels for decades,” noted President Kennedy. “He often helps students throughout the college search process and assists many of our graduates locate employment. Wes is a passionate advocate for everything that he loves, and we are all very fortunate that he loves the North Country and SUNY Canton.”

Both Mott and Stitt have been recognized for their work before. Mott was the recipient of SUNY Canton’s Excellence in College Service Award in 2003 and Stitt earned the College’s Distinguished Citizen Award five years later.

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

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SUNY Canton Unveils Southworth Library Version 2.0, March 16

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Students are more likely to check out a laptop than a book from SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library.

During most of the year, the library loans out its laptop computers nearly 500 times a week, according to Molly A. Mott, Dean of Academic Services and Retention, who supervises the library and it’s evolution.

“The expansion of digital communication methods has spurred growth and innovation in the way our library operates,” Mott said. “The library has grown into an interactive learning environment with more opportunities for research and student engagement than ever before. It’s not just a location to store printed materials, but a place to create and share ideas.”

SUNY Canton will be holding an open house to highlight some of the most recent upgrades beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, in Southworth Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Recently, the library integrated the college’s learning support centers, including the math, writing, and technology tutoring labs, and a dedicated “Silent Zone” area for students. Southworth is also home to a new “Connection Room” which was designed as an innovative teaching and learning space for students and faculty. “Graphic and Multimedia Design students will be using this new space to videotape living histories of our emeriti faculty and distinguished guests,” Mott said.

The circulation desk also holds reserve copies of textbooks for many courses and on-demand video technology rooms give students the convenience to view class-required videos. The library is also home to the Information Services Help Desk, which provides computer support. The Writing Center and Math Lab are also housed at Southworth.

“Many of our most recent upgrades stemmed from student suggestions,” noted Library Chairperson Andrew R. Urbanek. “We have more laptops to lend at the circulation desk and we’ve extended our hours to become more flexible and convenient. If a student needs help after hours, they can use our ‘24/7’ on-line library support.”

Approximately two years ago, the College began the physical renovations of the library building. Upgrades are part of the overall master plan to enhance the entire campus in line with the growth and expansion in enrollment and degrees offered. The library has been totally repainted using a dynamic color palette and new vibrant furniture and carpeting adorns the public spaces.

The open house will begin with an address by SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and will feature the College’s Gospel Choir and Sassy Steppers. Student artwork is also on display throughout the library. There will be drawings for Amazon Kindles at the event.

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

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Winterterm Enrollment Grows 60 Percent

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

The SUNY Canton Winterterm session saw exactly 800 students start courses on Monday, making it the College’s largest online Winterterm ever.

Winterterm enrollment increased nearly 60 percent from last year and is now five times as large as the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session four years ago in 2005-2006.

Winterterm enrollment mirrors the overall growth of the College. SUNY Canton has experienced all-time highs in enrollment for the past two years, including 3,300 students at the beginning of the Fall 2009 Semester.

“Our back-to-back record-setting enrollment, along with incredible Winterterm and Summerterm growth demonstrates how well students and community members are recognizing the excellent academic programs that we offer,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve broadened the access to a quality career-driven higher education through affordable tuition, and the flexibility of our class scheduling and online courses.”

Winterterm offers several economic, academic, and timesaving benefits for students and faculty members. The entirely online courses can be accessed via computer from anywhere, reducing travel expenses and winter commuting difficulties.

“Winterterm is a great way for students to catch up or get ahead. It’s an effective way to utilize time between semesters and on the weekends during the holiday break,” said Dean of Academic Services and Retention Molly A. Mott. “It’s also interesting to note that for the second straight year, nearly 60 percent of Winterterm students are coming to us from other colleges. It’s nice that we are able to accommodate them with our expanded course selection.”

The College’s Director of Admissions, Jonathan Kent credits the career-driven educational focus for much of the expansion. “Whether we’re talking about our specialty Winterterm or Summerterm sessions, or our traditional semester, we are without a doubt the fastest growing college in the North Country,” he said. “There are a number of our programs that are recession-proof, meaning that regardless of the economy, students will probably have a career waiting for them when they graduate.”

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

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SUNY Canton Summer Enrollment Hits Record High

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

SUNY Canton has hit an all-time summer enrollment high already and the college is continuing to accept students for two more sessions slated to begin on June 25 and July 30.

“We’ve had 715 students enroll in classes so far,” noted SUNY Canton Interim Provost Pauline A. Graveline. “Nearly 75 percent of students (more than 530 students) are joining the college through SUNY Canton Online.”

Last year’s Summer Session saw 469 students with 363 enrolled in online courses. Summer Session 2005 totaled 385 students with 205 taking online courses.

The next on-campus and online classes begin Monday, June 25, and the final summer session begins Monday, July 30. For a complete listing of classes and other information, visit

The tremendous growth in SUNY Canton OnLine, or SUNY Canton OL, has been remarkable. “Each semester we are seeing more and more students enroll in online classes from all over the world,” said Director of OnLine Education Molly A. Mott. “Much of this growth can be attributed to wonderful faculty members who are presenting interesting courses with in-demand topics in a cutting-edge format.”

Register online for classes online at or by calling the SUNY Canton Student Service Center at 315-386-7616.


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