Annual Report 2016-17

Promote Academic Excellence

Students working collaboratively with laptops and tablets.

The College continues to provide the resources, skills, and faculty expertise students can utilize to think critically, lead others, and innovate.

The College strives to provide an environment where students can think critically, innovate, and become leaders.

The addition of four new degree programs will position graduates to enter fast-growing job fields. The College will begin offering a Bachelor of Business Administration in Agribusiness Management, a Bachelor of Science in Game Design and Development, and a Nursing Dual Degree program (A.A.S/B.S.) in Fall 2017. SUNY Canton will be announcing its new Technological Communications Bachelor’s Degree in early September to begin in Fall 2018.

Students from SUNY Canton’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Chapter finished in a strong seventh place at the National Student Steel Bridge Competition at Oregon State University. SUNY Canton was the only college from New York to compete at the national level.

Members of the steel bridge team practice assembling their competition bridge.

Throughout the past year, SUNY Canton’s faculty members’ research has spanned a diverse range of topics and areas of expertise. Their work not only serves to further students’ knowledge but also develops industry relationships to strengthen the College’s reputation and create opportunities for graduates.

The College’s Scholarly Activities Celebration kicked off with a presentation by famed scientific illustrator David Allen Sibley, author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling book, “The Sibley Guide to Birds.” Throughout the week, students presented on topics such as campus sustainability efforts, wind energy generation in Peru, and the possibilities of using marine sponges to prevent cancer cell growth.

Campus strategic planning, including enrollment, retention, graduation, and placement, is a theme across all of our institutional goals. A SUNY education is the ticket of entry into a professional career. We want to have all of the conditions and resources in place to make certain that our students are successful.

- Douglas M. Scheidt, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Faculty Excellence

Throughout the past year, SUNY Canton’s faculty members’ research has spanned a diverse range of topics and areas of expertise. Their work not only serves to further students’ knowledge but also develops industry relationships to strengthen the College’s reputation and create opportunities for graduates.

  • Assistant Professor Kathleen Mahoney and Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence Caroline McCaw, Ph.D., (pictured above) presented their findings from an interactive Graphic and Multimedia Design student project at the Converge Conference in Los Angeles and the Cumulus REDO Conference in Kolding, Denmark.
  • Kaitlin J. French, a 2017 SUNY Canton graduate, had her short story “The Seek” selected for publication by the website Everydayfiction. com. French was recently hired as an Admissions Counselor at the College.
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Erica Sharpe

Assistant Professor Erica M. Sharpe, Ph.D., is studying the effects of yoga on anxiety, mood, mindfulness, body awareness, and overall mental health. Sharpe has also begun studying the antioxidant properties of mushrooms.

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Kamal Turner

Instructional Support Associate Kamal A. Turner, who works with the College’s Graphic and Multimedia Design program, received a scriptwriting award from the Broadcast Education Association for his short film in production, “One Awkward Ride.”

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Emily Hamilton-Honey

Professor Emily Hamilton-Honey, Ph.D., presented her research paper, “For Love and Country: Gender Roles, Masculine Space, and Wartime Propaganda in the Ruth Fielding Series” at the Berkshire Conference on History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities.

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Adrienne C. Rygel

Associate Professor Adrienne Rygel, Ph.D., took three students to the Northeast/North-Central Joint Sectional Geological Society of America Meeting and Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. Each student presented on the erosion potential, sediment loading, and nutrient loading of the Grasse River Watershed.

Proud to Be a Roo Coins (white, green, blue, and gold)

SUNY Canton gives out challenge coins to inspire student success during each year of their education. Starting in the Fall 2014 semester, freshman and transfer students who complete their first semester with a GPA of 2.0 or better and in good standing are presented with a challenge coin. Additional color-coded coins are earned after students’ third, fifth and seventh semesters and require increasingly high GPAs. The final gold coins will be presented for the first time in 2018. President Zvi Szafran devised this incentive based on a concept from the College’s Veteran’s Association to help encourage retention and completion.

I wanted to present students with something they could hold and want to keep. Beyond grades, honors, and awards, the coins serve as a reminder that we are proud of their accomplishments and that we are dedicated to seeing them through their entire education.

- Zvi Szafran, Ph.D., SUNY Canton President