Annual Report 2015-16
Awarding a Medallion to Graduate
Helping Students
Achieve Their Highest Potential

Foreword From President Zvi Szafran

As I write this introduction, the world’s best athletes are demonstrating sporting excellence at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. We’re all inspired by the determination, sacrifice, and passion that it took to reach this high point in their athletic careers.

At SUNY Canton, we believe that it’s our mission to provide an environment where our students can harness their own determination and passion and achieve their own personal bests. What’s our version of the Olympic gold medal? That’s an easy one – creating a smooth pathway for our students to earn a college degree that leads to a great career and a purposeful life.

Throughout the past year, we have implemented policies to increase retention and graduation rates, developed new learning opportunities within and outside the classroom, obtained grants and funded scholarships, enhanced our campus infrastructure, and made our campus more sustainable and environmentally friendly. It’s this type of commitment to improving that will enable our students to thrive.

This report highlights the victories during 2015-2016 that specifically align with our Strategic Plan and SUNY’s Six Big Ideas. Several accomplishments that deserve special recognition include:

  • Earning number-one rankings in library resources, library services, and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey.
  • Inclusion in U.S. News and World Report’s list of the top 50 online programs in the nation.
  • Opening a campus Ready Center providing student support with Advising, Career Services, and International Programs.
  • Receiving successful accreditations for our programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Funeral Services Management, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Nursing (A.A.S.).
  • Achieving full membership in the NCAA Division III, and three of our teams made the playoffs and one student athlete earned a national championship.
  • Appointing Co-Chief Diversity Officers who will help ensure a supportive, welcoming environment for everyone. Plans to open a Center for Diversities and Inclusion in October are under way.
  • Implementing an innovative “It’s On Us” sexual assault awareness campaign, a Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training program, and a Fair and Impartial Policing course.
  • Being selected for four national awards for military friendliness from Military Times, Military Advanced Education, G.I. Jobs, and Military Spouse magazines, as well as grants to offer a Solar-Ready Veterans Program and construct a Battle Buddy Center.
  • Earning a STEM Jobs Approved College designation from STEM Jobs magazine for the second consecutive year.

I am tremendously proud of all we have achieved and am confident that our efforts will yield even more gold-medal moments in the years to come.


Zvi Szafran
SUNY Canton President

President Zvi Szafran

SUNY Canton’s “Gold Medal”

Each member of the Class of 2016 received a specially commissioned medal from the SUNY Canton alumni family. The medallions were made possible thanks to a donation by Bernard C. Regan ’65, which was part of an overall campaign that raised $11,427 from 123 donors. The Alumni Association plans to make the medallion presentation an annual tradition.