Annual Report 2014-15

SUNY and the Vibrant Community
Create a Robust, Active, and Enriching Campus Life


SUNY Canton hosts hundreds of events, such as concerts, guest lectures, and performances that engage students and the surrounding community.

Throughout the past year, SUNY Canton has worked to strengthen intellectual and social connections between the College and the surrounding community through volunteer service endeavors, educational events, guest lectures, and performances.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council announced in June that SUNY Canton will become full-time members of the NCAA Division III September 1, 2015. SUNY Canton completed its provisional status in just three years.


For the second year, SUNY Canton students celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of community service. The Student Affairs Division invited more than 50 children from the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club to campus to play basketball, volleyball, and kickball and ice skate with students.

During 2014-15 students completed more than

volunteer community service hours.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) aided

community members prepare their tax returns.

Students and faculty members from the Accounting program helped 64 community members prepare and file their tax returns as part of the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The International Programs Office and the Office of Diversity Affairs worked to promote a more diverse and inclusive campus community by hosting events such as visiting scholar and international student lectures, African and Native American dance and drum performances, and sexuality and gender-identity awareness workshops.

Volleyball team

SUNY Canton was the host of the 2014 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Volleyball Championships, as well as the New York State High School Cross Country Championships, which attracted 850 runners and nearly 4,000 spectators.

Students from the SUNY Canton Dental Hygiene program received the American Dental Hygienist Association’s Student Member Community Service award for the fourth time since the program began in 2006. The program works extensively with the community through its location at the Veteran’s Administration Outpatient Medical Facility in Rome, N.Y. Students provide free dental care for former members of the U.S. armed forces and provide volunteer services for youth and elderly populations.

Criminal Justice Club promoting the Save a K-9 campaign.

During Dr. Szafran’s inauguration week celebration, students participated in a “Pay it Forward” day where they helped clean up local parks and recreation facilities. Members of the Criminal Justice Student Association also donated a Kevlar vest to a Lewis County Sheriff’s Department K-9 officer.

Carol LaMarche

LaMarche wins Coach of the Year

Women’s Volleyball Coach Carol LaMarche was awarded the 2014 USCAA Coach of the Year.

Zach Meade

Meade wins National Title

Golfer Zachary J. Mead captured the 2014 United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship at Penn State in October.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics

For the third year in a row, SUNY Canton hosted the New York State North Country Region Special Olympics. Nearly 200 Special Olympians competed in more than 10 events, and approximately 200 student-athletes, coaches, faculty, and administrators volunteered.

Jennifer Finney Boylan

Living Writers Series

Notable authors who visited the College throughout the year as part of the popular Living Writers Series included critically acclaimed author Daniel Torday, writer and performance poet Arthur Flowers, bestselling novelist and LGBT activist JenniferFinney Boylan and award-winning poet Patrick Lawler.

SUNY Canton won the NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll. "The Story of Trudy Davis at SUNY Canton's Special Olympics" won the poll with 64 percent of the vote. View the video below.