SUNY Canton Releases ‘Best Year Ever’ Commercial
SUNY Canton has released a new minute-long video highlighting the college’s plans to make 2021-2022 the “Best Year Ever.” The video can be viewed on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and the college’s website. It will also appear on broadcast television throughout Central and Northern New York during the Tokyo Olympics coverage on NBC and other affiliate stations, and during WWNYTV’s evening news.
SUNY Canton Students Saved More Than $1 Million with Open Educational Resources
SUNY Canton faculty members have helped students save an estimated $1,072,840 in three years by using open educational resources (OER) with the Southworth Library. The free-use learning materials are becoming more prevalent as traditional college textbooks continue to rise in price, according to Library Director Cori Wilhelm.
SUNY Canton Author Receives SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
An author and director of the SUNY Canton Living Writers Series has been recognized for sharing his love of the written word. Phil K. LaMarche, an associate professor who teaches English in the School of Business and Liberal Arts, received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. LaMarche’s colleagues said he is a gifted author with boundless creativity who has influenced future generations of aspiring writers.
SUNY Canton Earns High Marks for Affordability and Quality
A number of college ranking websites have chosen SUNY Canton degrees as the best in the state and country for academic quality and value. RNtoMSN.org has named the college’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing as the most affordable program of its kind in the state. The website noted it was also an excellent value for out-of-state students, due to its fully online option.
SUNY Canton Public Relations Earns SUNYCUAD Recognition
The SUNY Canton Public Relations Department has received two awards from the State University of New York Council for University Advancement (SUNYCUAD). The department earned judges’ citations in the “Excellence in Print and Design” category for the digital edition of the 2019-2020 annual report, as well as the “Excellence on a Budget” group for the Spring 2020 issue of the college’s alumni publication, “After Canton.”
SUNY Canton Celebrates 2021 Graduates
Nearly 800 students have graduated from SUNY Canton as part of the college’s class of 2021. President Zvi Szafran urged graduates to use their knowledge to help their communities rebound after the COVID-19 pandemic at the college's in-person Commencement Ceremony held May 15.
SUNY Canton Employees Earn Meritorious Recognition for COVID Testing and Response
SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recognized three employees for coordinating the college’s massive COVID-19 testing program. “After a tremendously challenging year, I decided it was fitting to give a special Meritorious Service Award to a team of three whose work deserves the collective gratitude of the entire campus,” Szafran said.
SUNY Canton President Selects Faculty and Staff Meritorious Service Award Recipients
SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently selected a faculty and a staff member for special recognition. Associate Professor Marela Fiacco, Ph.D., and Fitness Center Director Bryan D. Parker were the 2021 recipients of the President’s Meritorious Service Award. Szafran made the announcement in a video address to the entire campus community.
Military Times Magazine Ranks SUNY Canton Third in Nation for Veterans
Military Times magazine has given SUNY Canton its highest ranking ever in the publication’s annual “Best for Vets” issue. The college was ranked third in the nation in the Career and Technical College category, advancing 11 spots from 14th in 2020. SUNY Canton was the only institution in New York to make the list.
SUNY Canton Celebrates Class of 2021 at In-Person Ceremony
SUNY Canton held a socially-distanced 113th Commencement Ceremony for the class of 2021 Saturday, May 15. Only graduates and college representatives were present at the event, which followed New York State guidelines on capacity, mask-wearing and COVID testing. The ceremony was live-streamed on the SUNY Canton website for families and friends to watch online.
SUNY Canton Dean of Students Presents Specialty Awards
A group of outstanding students has been recognized by SUNY Canton Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs Courtney B. Bish. The Student Specialty Awards are presented annually to those who have defied the odds, overcome challenges, persevered through hardships, showed tremendous leadership, engaged in philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, and inspired their peers.
SUNY Canton Celebrates Class of 2020 at In-Person Ceremony
SUNY Canton welcomed members of the class of 2020 back to campus Saturday, May 8, for its 112th Commencement Ceremony. Only graduates and college officials were present at the event, which followed New York State guidelines on capacity, mask-wearing and COVID testing. The ceremony was live-streamed on the SUNY Canton website for families and friends to watch online.
SUNY Canton Seniors Replicate NASA Findings in Wind Tunnel Experiments
The answer to two SUNY Canton students’ senior project is blowing in the wind. Jerome Joseph and Andrew P. Fitch collaboratively rebuilt the control mechanism and testing equipment for aerodynamic experiments in the college’s wind tunnel.
SUNY Canton Living Writers Series to Feature Poet Chase Berggrun
The Virtual Living Writers Series final Spring guest will be poet Chase Berggrun, author of “RED,” a collection of erasure poems that reinvent and reinterpret Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” She will appear at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, to read from the book and participate in a Q&A.
Chancellor Malatras and NYS SBDC Interim Director Tammy Morrow Joint Statement on Ward Lumber Transitioning Ownership to Employees with Help of SUNY Canton
Ward Lumber has been a North Country community staple for more than a century. We are immensely proud that our SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center pinpointed a problem and then worked closely with Ward Lumber to secure down payment capital to transition ownership to employees, save more than 50 jobs, and ensure that a 130-year-old business would remain intact.
Payroll Examiner Promoted, Fondly Recalls SUNY Canton Memories
Amber Riordan has established her career through two separate positions at SUNY Canton. Riordan is a Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) employee and came to SUNY Canton as an Agency Service Representative in 2008 and worked in the college’s Student Service Center until 2011. She then left the college for another state agency for a payroll assistant position.
SUNY Canton Honors Top Scholars at Professor Emeritus Brian Washburn Honors Convocation
SUNY Canton honored more than 200 students at its 2021 Honors Convocation celebration. The annual ceremony celebrates students who have the highest GPA for their class year in their major. Held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, college administrators recognized students’ accomplishments via a series of video addresses.
SUNY Canton Extends Virtual Law Enforcement Series to Discuss Cyberbullying
SUNY Canton will be adding a special panel presentation on cyberbullying following the tragic death of Potsdam teenager Riley Basford. Two of the college’s cybersecurity education experts, Associate Professor Kambiz Ghazinour and Lecturer Minhua Wang, decided to create the presentation titled “Cyberbullying and Social Media Use: Strategies for Prevention and Intervention” after learning Basford had been a victim of a sexploitation scam.
SUNY Canton Takes Second in Regional Steel Bridge Competition
SUNY Canton earned a spot in the 2021 American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) National Student Steel Bridge Competition following a second-place regional finish. The group of students on the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team came in second to the University at Buffalo in the Upstate New York Regional competition.
SUNY Canton Resets Deposit Deadline for In-Person Fall 2021 Semester
The deposit deadline for new SUNY Canton students has been extended until June 1 as SUNY Canton prepares for an in-person fall semester. SUNY Canton’s Admissions Office extended the deadline by a full month from the previous May 1 date. The college will be continuing its traditional rolling admissions policy and will be reviewing applications throughout the summer months. The semester is scheduled to begin Monday, August 31.
SUNY Canton Revises Commencement Plans, Combines May 15 Ceremonies
SUNY Canton will now be holding one student-only commencement ceremony at 10:30 a.m. May 15 in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. Due to current New York State regulations on capacity, guests will not be allowed to attend in person. The ceremony will be live streamed for families to watch via the SUNY Canton website.
Two SUNY Canton Students Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Awards
SUNY Canton students from the Canino School of Engineering Technology have received SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras’ Awards for Student Excellence. Mechanical Engineering Technology majors and student athletes Andrew P. Fitch and Sarah O’Duffy were honored at a virtual ceremony held April 14.
Limited Space Remains in SUNY Canton’s CDL Classes
Due to increased popularity, limited space remains in SUNY Canton’s commercial driver’s license (CDL) training program. The Career Ready Education and Success Training (CREST) Center is encouraging applicants to sign up early for upcoming classes.
Forward Thinking, Student-Focused Innovation: SUNY Canton Celebrates Molly Mott
A dedicated educator, administrator and student advocate will be retiring from SUNY Canton following a 32-year career. Molly A. Mott, Ph.D., who is currently the college’s Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Support Services, announced her retirement beginning April 1. She will continue working on a part-time basis as part of a bridge for the next year.
SUNY Canton Sorority Hosts Spring Blood Drive April 20, 21
SUNY Canton will be trying to top its blood donation goals again at a two-day spring drive. The college’s Beta Sigma Zeta Sorority, Inc., will be hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 and 21 in Dana Hall. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment prior to the dates available by visiting the Red Cross’ website for available times.
Professor Emeritus Brian Washburn to be Honored at 2021 SUNY Canton Honors Convocation
A retired chemistry faculty member who championed sustainability at SUNY Canton will be recognized during the college’s annual Honors Convocation Celebration. “I’m pleased to announce the Professor Emeritus Brian Washburn Honors Convocation will be held April 28,” said SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Peggy A. De Cooke.
SUNY Canton Esports Head to Playoffs in Overwatch, Posts Record Seasons in League of Legends
As of March 31, the Roos Esports teams have a combined 125 wins during the spring 2021 semester. SUNY Canton esports teams will be entering the playoffs in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and SUNY Esports League.
Corrections Academy Will Start Alongside SUNY Canton Summer Sessions
SUNY Canton’s Corrections Academy is now accepting applications for its two upcoming summer classes. The academy classes will be held beginning June 1 and July 12 in Dana Hall, corresponding with the college’s Summer Sessions.
SUNY Canton Living Writers Series Welcomes New York Times Bestselling Author
SUNY Canton will continue the Virtual Living Writers Series this month with an author whose debut novel has just been named to The New York Times Bestseller list. Mateo Askaripour will read from his novel, “Black Buck,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, via Zoom.
SUNY Canton Faculty Member Releases Video Game
A SUNY Canton Game Design and Development faculty member is set to release a sequel to his most popular video game title. In addition to being an assistant professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology, Ryan S. Hewer is the CEO of Little Red Dog Games. The company is prepared to release Rogue State: Revolution on Thursday, March 18.
SUNY Canton Esports Hosts First League of Legends Invitational for SUNY Colleges
An online competition will be held exclusively for State University of New York students in April. SUNY Canton Esports will be hosting the first community invitational for the most popular esports title in the world.
Recently Promoted SUNY Canton Cybersecurity Faculty Member Champions Online Privacy
One of SUNY Canton’s most prolific researchers is championing children’s online privacy by seeking to educate parents. “Evidence exists that a considerable number of users are either unaware of the side-effects of sharing personal information online or lack adequate knowledge about their rights or means concerning protecting their privacy,” said Associate Professor Kambiz Ghazinour.
SUNY Canton School of Business and Liberal Arts Recognizes Administrative Assistant
On a daily basis, Christina Brocious skillfully provides professional assistance to the faculty and students in SUNY Canton’s School of Business and Liberal Arts. Brocious, who resides in Ogdensburg, was recently promoted to administrative assistant 1 in the school dean’s office. She is one of two Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) staff members who serve the entire school and has worked at the college for a little more than a year.
Two More Employees Move Forward in SUNY Canton’s One-Hop Shop Student Service Center
Dedicated employees from SUNY Canton’s One-Hop Shop Student Service Center have advanced their careers. Heather Adner was recently hired for the director of financial aid position following a vacancy left by Kerrie L. Cooper who retired after a 28-year career with SUNY Canton.
From Cameroon to Canton, Students Discover College in Northern New York
SUNY Canton’s connection with Cameroon has become seven students stronger. The college is continuing an educational agreement with PKFokam Institute of Excellence in Yaoundé, Cameroon that began in 2015. Students take their first three years at their home college and then complete their degree at SUNY Canton. This year’s class contains six students staying on campus and one additional student taking classes online from his home in West Africa.
SUNY Canton Associate Professor Inspires Student Invention
Christopher M. Mayville started his career at SUNY Canton while he was enrolled in the college’s Automotive Technology program. “When I was a student, I had a work study position in the Southworth Library in my freshman year and the Automotive Lab in my senior year,” the faculty member said.
St. Lawrence County River Valley Redevelopment Agency and IDA Secure Semi-Truck for SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton has added a red semi-tractor-trailer truck to the college’s fleet of vehicles. The 2013 Freightliner Cascadia 125 will be used for the commercial driver’s license (CDL) training program. Students will learn to drive the big rig, which sports a 410 horsepower Detroit diesel engine and a 10-speed manual transmission, through the surrounding communities in preparation for new career opportunities.
SUNY Canton’s Newest Associate Professor of Chemistry Reflects on Education, Gardening
Education is like gardening, according to a SUNY Canton chemistry faculty member. Rajiv Narula, Ph.D., who was recently promoted to associate professor within the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice, quoted an adage identifying gardening and teaching as labors of love where each plant or student is individually cultivated to thrive.
SUNY Canton Named a 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School
SUNY Canton has established a decade-long tradition of being a Military Friendly® School. “We are honored to be selected for this designation,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “In addition to providing educational options that will lead directly to a career, SUNY Canton has unparalleled services for its students, with support tailored for our service members, veterans and their families.”
SUNY Canton Set for First Annual Athletics Giving Week: April 12-16
The SUNY Canton Athletics department is hosting its first annual Athletics Giving Week from April 12th to 16th, 2021. We have set a goal of 250 donations. Every gift large or small makes a big difference in supporting our student-athletes and department as we move forward. While our Athletics Giving Week officially starts April 12th, any gift given from now until April 16th will be included in our goal. Please consider making a gift today!
SUNY Canton Virtual Law Enforcement Series Features Human Trafficking Victim Advocates
SUNY Canton is continuing its Law Enforcement Day tradition by hosting four special-topic virtual discussions throughout the semester. The series, hosted by the college’s Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity, is free and open to the public. The first event will be held at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18 and will feature representatives from human trafficking victims advocate organizations and state agencies.
SUNY Canton Recognized for Top Degree Programs
Multiple higher education resource guides list SUNY Canton as having the best programs for 2021. SUNY Canton has been awarded top ranking status in four degrees by Intelligent.com, with two of those programs housed in the college’s new Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity (CJIC).
SUNY Canton Career Services Expands Employment Help for Alumni
Graduates from any year can now receive free career counseling and resume assistance from SUNY Canton’s Career Services office. Parkman and her staff decided to expand services to help those who are seeking new career opportunities for alumni of all ages - from recent graduates looking to start their first post-college job, to those who have retired and are looking to re-enter the workforce.
Nursing Faculty Member Promoted at SUNY Canton
One of the faculty members responsible for integrating advanced technology in the SUNY Canton Nursing program has been promoted. Dawne M. Barkley recently became an associate professor in the college’s School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice.
SUNY Canton Maintenance Supervisor Reflects on College’s Essential Physical Plant Workers
Derek J. Bateman credits the good people he works with at SUNY Canton for helping the college weather the pandemic.Bateman was recently promoted to Maintenance Supervisor 3 in the college’s Cooper Services Complex. He oversees 17 individuals in the HVAC, plumbing, trades and electrical departments.
SUNY Canton Finance Faculty Member Publishes Power Outages Paper
A SUNY Canton associate professor from the Finance program is studying blackouts to help keep companies out of the red. In “Electric Power Grid Disruptions: A Time Series Examination” Kumar teamed up with his colleague and former SUNY Canton faculty member Brian K. Harte to explore the causes and effects of power failures. The paper was recently published in the Journal of Critical Infrastructure Policy.
SUNY Canton Celebrates New Assistant Director of Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership
Robert M. Bruce has defined his career by working with student leaders and encouraging growth within SUNY Canton’s clubs and organizations. He is best known for his behind-the-scenes efforts to help ensure concerts and student events run smoothly and sound perfect. The college is recognizing Bruce following his promotion to assistant director of Student Activities, Involvement and Leadership (SAIL).
SUNY Canton Latest Lead Campus to Join SUNY’s Free Online Training Center
State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras today announced the addition of SUNY Canton as a lead campus for SUNY’s free Online Training Center. With a campaign that launched earlier this month, the Online Training Center will provide a direct pathway to a new career or SUNY’s 30 community colleges, SUNY Empire State College, and now SUNY Canton for those who complete a certificate and have a high school diploma or equivalency.
Chancellor Malatras Visits SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam Pre-Semester Testing as Campuses Reopen
State University Chancellor Jim Malatras made his first visits today to SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam to meet with President Zvi Szafran and President Kristin Esterberg, as pre-semester testing takes place on their respective campuses for all students. Both SUNY campuses have moved to weekly testing of all students, faculty, and staff in alignment with SUNY policy to do so during the spring semester.
SUNY Canton Listed in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
While continuing to excel in online education, the college makes marks with four-year Business degrees and bachelor’s programs for veterans. SUNY Canton was listed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and other online-specific categories.
SUNY Canton Funeral Services Administration Director Continues Helping with COVID Relief Following Promotion
David R. Penepent, Ph.D., is elevating SUNY Canton’s Funeral Services Administration program by helping funeral homes across the state deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Penepent, who recently received a promotion to associate professor in the School of Science Health and Criminal Justice, is currently assisting a funeral home in Batavia as they deal with an influx of services.
Recently Promoted SUNY Canton Faculty Member Champions Student Mental Health
Overall mental health and wellbeing of today’s college students is a growing concern for the SUNY Canton Applied Psychology program’s lead faculty member. Barat Wolfe, Ph.D., who was recently promoted to associate professor in the college’s School of Business and Liberal Arts, said the ongoing pandemic is adding to anxiety and depression.
SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies Program Receives Top Online Bachelor’s Degree Listing
SUNY Canton’s Legal Studies program was included in a top 10 best value list for online bachelor’s degrees in paralegal studies. The Online Paralegal Degree Center created the ranking using out-of-state tuition, 20-year return on investment, and graduation rate. SUNY Canton has the lowest tuition of the colleges to make the list.
Newly Promoted Assistant Professor Builds Up CAD Courses at SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton’s expert in computer-aided drafting (CAD) is helping students build their futures. Robert F. Burnett was recently promoted to Assistant Professor in the college’s Canino School of Engineering Technology. Burnett teaches construction drafting, blueprint reading and is the resident authority on building information modeling (BIM). Technological advancements have presented new ways for students to learn the software necessary to create