Annual Report 2014-15
Students celebrating at Commencement
Committed to
Student Success

Foreword From President Zvi Szafran

It’s been a great year, and we’ve accomplished so much thanks to the continuing commitment of our fantastic faculty and staff. We’re expanding our degree offerings, enhancing campus facilities, and receiving national recognition for the quality of our programs. In short, our campus is better and stronger than ever. Here are a few highlights:


  • Recently Accredited: Our four-year Civil and Environmental Technology, Electrical Technology, and Mechanical Technology degrees earned ABET accreditation, and were renamed Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology. In addition, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program earned its initial five-year accreditation from ACEN.
  • National Rankings: SUNY Canton was named as a top regional college by U.S. News & World Report, which also ranked our online programs as among the best in the nation. Our online degrees in Finance, Legal Studies and Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership were recognized as the most economical of their kind in the country. Ten online degree programs were selected to become part of Open SUNY, making them more visible to students across New York State and beyond.
  • New Senior Staff: Dr. Douglas M. Scheidt joined SUNY Canton as the new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Scheidt’s background in program development and assessment will be crucial as we continue to grow and expand our offerings.
  • Award-Winning Faculty: Three faculty members received the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Awards: Dr. Stephen E. Frempong (Scholarship & Creative Activities), Jill L. Martin (Adjunct Teaching), and Pamela P. Quinn (Faculty Service).
  • Guest Speakers: SUNY Canton hosted a number of nationally known writers, poets, and filmmakers, including Arthur Flowers, Bess O’Brien, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Patrick Lawler, Laura Gray-Rosendale, Bill McKibben, and Daniel Torday.


  • Roos Jump Forward: The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council announced in June that SUNY Canton will become a full-time member of the NCAA Division III as of September 1, 2015. The College completed its provisional status in just three years.
  • Top Athletes:  Golfer Zachary J. Mead captured the 2014 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship.
  • Winning Results:  Our campus hosted the Women’s 2014 USCAA Volleyball National Championships where the Kangaroos placed third. In addition, the SUNY Canton’s Men’s Baseball team qualified for the Empire 8 Tournament.
  • Outstanding Coaching: Women’s Head Volleyball Coach Carol M. LaMarche was named the 2014 USCAA Coach of the Year.


  • Record Enrollments: Enrollments for both our online Winterterm and Summer Sessions reached record highs during the past year.
  • Improving Retention: SUNY Canton implemented an early-engagement measurement system to aid in identifying students who need additional support.
  • Graduates: More than 1,000 degrees were awarded at the College’s 107th Commencement Ceremony.

Degrees Awarded

Degrees Awarded since 2013

Community Outreach and Awareness

  • Athletics: SUNY Canton hosted the New York State North Country Region Special Olympics for the third year and won the NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll for a documentary-style video about athlete Trudy Davis.
  • Education: More than 100 sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade girls participated in Women in Engineering Day. Several other youth-focused summer camps helped expose children to STEM fields.
  • Veterans: The College was recognized as a top school for military and veteran students by Military Advanced Education magazine and G.I. Jobs magazine. In addition, a veteran student scholarship was established, and the College hosted a Wounded Warrior Sled Hockey Tournament.
  • Safety: SUNY Canton University Police officers Acting Chief Alan P. Mulkin, Lt. Brian E. Kurish, and Officer Daniel V. Callahan received the State University of New York’s Heroism Award for saving a student’s life.
  • Prevention: SUNY Canton endorsed Governor Cuomo’s sexual assault prevention policy and joined President Obama’s “It’s On Us” public awareness campaign by holding a student selfie competition. In addition, more than $1,000 was raised to benefit the St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House, which assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.


  • Building Upgrades:  Significant facility upgrades have been made to Chaney Dining Hall, Southworth Library Learning Commons, French Hall, and Heritage Hall.
  • Athletic Upgrades: Several new athletic fields are now available, and the tennis courts have been renovated.


  • Honoring History: This summer two campus buildings were named after influential leaders in the College’s history. The Faculty Office Building was renamed MacArthur Hall for President Emeritus Dr. Earl W. MacArthur, and the Grasse River Suites was renamed Kennedy Hall in honor of retired President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy.
  • Economic Development: We are participants in Start-Up NY and have enrolled our first partner company. I am now a member of several North Country economic development boards, including the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.
  • Successful Grants: Major grants supported TRiO, the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), and instructional technology.

On a personal note, it hardly seems possible that I’ve been president of SUNY Canton for a whole year now. I’ve enjoyed getting to know our faculty, staff, students, and alumni and appreciate the warm welcome my family and I have received from everyone in the community. SUNY Canton is on the move, and I’m looking forward to a great upcoming year!


Zvi Szafran
SUNY Canton President

President Zvi Szafran