Annual Report
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Foreword From President Zvi Szafran

Our pursuit of upholding our legacy as a premier college of technology continued this year as we prepared for two significant milestones: the submission of our Middle States Accreditation Self-Study Report, and the Middle States’ Review Team’s site visit in April. Preparing the Self-Study Report required collaborative, inclusive, and incisive discussions across all departments and constituencies about whether and how well we are living up to our mission, vision, and values, while being guided by our Strategic Plan goals. 

The collective work of our Middle States Co-Chairs, Steering Committee members, and campus community resulted in an exceptional Middle States Review Team assessment. Our comprehensive Self-Study report details where we stand as a College and provides a road map for our future.

Students working on laptops outside Dana Hall.

Incorporated into this road map are significant multi-year projects that have recently begun to come into focus. In October 2022, Governor Hochul announced the College will receive $2.3 million for a new on-campus childcare center. This facility will be invaluable to our students, faculty, staff, and community, and we will be working on securing the remaining funds needed to bring this project to fruition. Similarly, we have made progress on a new Entrepreneurship Center in the Village of Canton, receiving more than $2.6 million in federal funding thanks to Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senator Gillibrand.

The many achievements in this report, along with the findings from our Self-Study and the Review Team, reflect our commitment to student success and provide the foundation that will keep SUNY Canton moving forward.

Zvi Szafran
SUNY Canton President

President Szafran presents Maureen Maiocco with the SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professorship.

President Szafran awards Dr. Maureen Maiocco with the SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the 2023 Commencement Ceremony.

SUNY Canton Seal

Gracyn Emmerton gives the Roo hand gesture at Commencement 2023.

Strong Foundations

Strategic Plan Goal 1: Promote Academic Excellence

The cornerstone of SUNY Canton’s strategic plan is to provide the resources, environment, and faculty expertise students need to think critically and excel academically.

Center of Academic Excellence

Cyber Smart

This Spring, the National Security Agency designated the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity as a “National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.” This prestigious endorsement signifies that students are receiving the most current training in the Cybersecurity bachelor’s degree, which has enjoyed more than a 1,400% increase in enrollment since its start in 2018.

Transparency Matters

Associate Professor Dr. Phillip James published the article “Does Corporate Governance Score Affect Stock Price? Evidence from a Developing Country” in the International Journal of Business and Social Research. His research sheds light on the importance of effective governance structures in mitigating costs and promoting transparency and accountability in companies listed on the Jamaican Stock Exchange.

Dr. Phillip James


The Nursing Department acquired a medication administration and charting training system, called Sim2Grow, which teaches safe medication dispensing in a simulated environment. Other simulated training methods are being incorporated into the curriculum as the College prepares to implement New York State guidelines regarding the use of simulation as part of clinical experience.

Students work in the Nursing Simulation Lab

College to Career

The second year of the Presidential Internship Program placed more than 30 students in 14 positions on campus to strengthen the core competencies of critical thinking, problem solving, professionalism, collaboration, and communication skills. These paid positions add value to the College’s hands-on curriculum and prepare graduates for the work force.

Erin Stickney

Social Media Savvy

A Technological Communications program student, Erin Stickney, scripted and starred in the College’s annual Mascot Madness video as part of a SUNY-wide competition. She also photographed the spring concert featuring Grammy-nominated recording artist Flo Rida.

Shifting Gears

Eric Armstrong, an Army veteran and Automotive Technology major, was an intern in the College’s Automotive Lab assisting with maintaining, organizing, and arranging the shop’s equipment. His goal is to open his own repair shop in the North Country.

Eric Armstrong

Game On

Five Game Design and Development program students worked with College librarians to design an interactive game that teaches information literacy by challenging players to identify and sort news articles into reliable and unreliable sources.

A student develops a game in the Game Design Lab.

AI + Online

Professor Dr. Eunjyu Yu published “Intelligent Enough? Artificial Intelligence for Online Learners” in the January 2023 edition of the Journal of Educators Online. The article discusses the increasing use of AI in education, particularly in providing feedback for student writing in online learning environments.

Dr. Eunjyu Yu

Dr. Aksel Seitllari

Road Test

Assistant Professor Dr. Aksel Seitllari is implementing a new procedure to help paved surfaces withstand the tortures of traffic. He has developed a cyclic three-point bending test to measure the material properties of asphalt and predetermine how the pavement will react before it is used to surface roadways. Seitllari, who teaches in the Canino School of Engineering Technology, has received $130,000 in funding from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s “Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis” to aid in the research.

Students sit in the campus center on a fall day.

Streamline & Simplify

Strategic Plan Goal 2: Improve Operational Effectiveness

Examining processes and procedures across campus to identify efficiency opportunities, while aligning the budget with strategic initiatives and seeking out external funding sources, will increase our effectiveness, keep us competitive, and improve the student experience.

Live the Single Life

To increase revenue and optimize residence hall occupancy, the Office of Residence Life has begun offering a single room housing option to first-year and continuing students for the 2023-2024 academic year. This new model has the potential to generate up to $500,000 annually.

A student celebrates having a single room in Kennedy Hall.

Open Access

Faculty continue to seek out opportunities to expand access to open educational resources (OERs). This year alone, OER adoptions saved students nearly $370,000.


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Career Ready

With financial support from the Canton College Foundation, the Career Services Office has purchased an AI software platform, Quinncia, which assists students with interview skills and resume-building. This service dramatically increases the Career Services team’s productivity, allowing them to reach up to an additional 400 students annually.

Smart Path

NYPA officials are joined by local officials to celebrate the Smart Path project completion with a ribbon cutting.

The completion of the New York Power Authority’s Smart Path clean energy transmission infrastructure project included the re-routing of power lines away from the Roos House Athletic Center grounds, allowing for a more efficient configuration of the area.

A student assists another student with leg stretches while an instructor looks on in the Physical Therapist Assistant lab.

Growth Opportunities

Strategic Plan Goal 3: Optimize Enrollment

Ensuring a SUNY Canton education remains accessible to the broadest range of learners — from traditional college-age students to working professionals — is accomplished by developing and refining innovative, in-demand, and flexible programs. Focusing on the best practices that attract and retain successful students of all backgrounds and life stages keeps the College competitive.

Skill Sets

The College has expanded its microcredential offerings this year to 15 programs, which are designed to add value to an existing traditional degree or used alone to increase skills in a convenient, short-term learning option. Topics are developed to meet job market requirements and industry standards.

Summer Start

The full implementation of an online Summer semester start policy for the Healthcare Management bache- lor’s degree is underway in 2023. In addition to providing more financial aid opportunities for students, this convenient alternative to a traditional Spring or Fall start offers maximum flexibility for non-traditional learn- ers and allows continuous enrollment for military-connected students. This model will serve as a blueprint as the College expands this policy to addi- tional programs.

New wind turbines installed near French Hall will assist with powering the building.

Clearing the Air

Strategic Plan Goal 4: Focus on Sustainability

Incorporating energy-efficient systems into campus operations, as well as prioritizing sustainability in our curriculum, aim to reduce our environmental footprint and prepare students to be eco-friendly citizens.

Clean and Green

The transition to geothermal energy is underway in French Hall, which will replace natural gas as a heating source. When the project is complete, estimates indicate French Hall will use approximately 50,000 less kilowatt hours annually.

Brandon Baldwin

Green Machines

Associate Professor Brandon J. Baldwin created an Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicles course for students and professionals interested in learning more about the future of clean energy. It meets the increasing demand for knowledgeable, high-quality technicians who can service these new vehicles.

Power Up

EDF Renewables, an independent power production company, has pledged $68,000 to fund four annual scholarships and main- tenance costs related to the Solar Mock Roof Training Simulator. Beginning in 2024, selected students enrolled in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance program will each receive $3,500 each to offset their educa- tional costs.


Waste Not

The College Association (CA) prioritizes in implementing environmentally-friendly practices into their operations. During the 2022-23 academic year, CA:

  • Prevented 8,300 lbs of food waste from going to the landfill through dehydration
  • Reduced single-use plastics and eliminated plastic straw usage
  • Utilized food recovery initiatives in menu design and planning

Solar School

In partnership with the Adirondack North Country Association and funding support from NYSERDA, the College’s CREST Center hosted a free Solar Training course in September open to anyone looking to learn more about alternative energy. Students learned the fundamentals of photovoltaic systems and how to safely handle and install them in a hands-on environment.

A group of students stands on peak of a mock solar roof.

Smiling students study together outside Dana Hall.

Everyone is Welcome Here

Strategic Plan Goal 5: Enhance Diversity & Welcome

Every member of the College community is responsible for upholding the campus ethos, “Everyone is Welcome Here.” An ongoing commitment to diverse programming, coupled with implementing more inclusive policies and supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds, helps create and maintain an environment where everyone can succeed.

Everyone Is Welcome Here

Safe Spaces

In an effort to enhance diversity and expand already established gender-in-clusive housing, the Office of Residence Life has begun offering a designated LGBTQIA+ living option that can accommodate up to 24 residents. It will feature programming and supportive resources to affirm student belonging and provide opportunities to empower critical thinking.

Celebrating Diverse Voices

The College’s Center for Diversities and Inclusion, the Early Childhood program, and the Southworth Library teamed up to add 145 new book titles with a specific focus on diversity. From children’s books to the latest award-winning adult fiction and non-fiction novels, the growing collection amplifies and celebrates diverse voices in literature.

DEI Collection

International Flavor

Chaney Dining Center offered more than 10 meals this year that featured traditional foods from around the globe to promote inclusion and honor various cultures. Muslim students observing Ramadan were offered late-night and pre-order meal service that accommodated their fasting schedule.

Rice, chicken and grilled zucchini

Silhouette of a child at the Flo Rida concert.

A Vibrant Campus

Strategic Plan Goal 6: Create a Robust, Active, and Enriching Campus Life

We are committed to creating the best student-life experience possible by investing in our infrastructure and continuing to enhance relationship- and community-building opportunities that make SUNY Canton feel like home.

Game Changer

The men’s hockey program has been selected to join SUNYAC as an associate member beginning in the 2024-2025 season. Women's hockey has transitioned to the SUNYAC for the 2023-2024 season.

Men's and Women's Hockey teams celebrate + SUNYAC logo

Star Power

The College continued its tradition of bringing internationally renowned recording artists to campus this year when Grammy-nominated musician Flo Rida performed in the Roos House in April. More than 1,000 fans attended to watch the acclaimed singer perform hits from his extensive catalogue, including his 2007 breakout single “Low,” as well as “My House,” “Good Feeling,” and “Wild Ones.”

Flo-Rida performs at SUNY Canton.

Great Outdoors

The transformation of Roselle Plaza into a modern space that capitalizes on its location in the heart of campus is underway. The addition of an amphitheater, outdoor dining, and recreation areas offer unlimited opportunities for student gatherings and entertainment.

The plaza outside French Hall has been dramatically reconstructed to feature an amphitheater and more accessible walkways.

NAC Champs

For the third time since 2019, women’s lacrosse brought home a North Atlantic Conference Championship with a win over Husson University in 2023, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

NAC Champs - SUNY Canton Women's Lacrosse

Seriously Fun

The Student Activities, Involvement, and Leadership Office hosted more than 350 meetings, gatherings, and activities to engage students and enhance the student experience. Signature events such as the Welcome Weekend “Splash” event, ComiCon, and Family and Community Weekend created opportunities for students to bond and make lasting memories.

SUNY Canton Comic Con 2023Students have fun at a campus foam party.

SUNY Canton student athletes carry the FISU torch outside the Miller Campus Center.

Out Front

Strategic Plan Goal 7: Build Greater Awareness of SUNY Canton

Telling the SUNY Canton story through proactive media engagement and creative marketing initiatives strengthens our reputation as a premier college of technology. Developing mutually beneficial strategic partnerships with civic and private organizations expands our visibility and provides value to the local economy.

Cyber Reel

SUNYCUAD - William Young films video.

A new commercial to promote the Cybersecurity program’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense was produced by the College’s Public Relations Department. It is the most watched SUNY Canton video to date with nearly 600,000 YouTube views, and it received a “Best of Category” honor from the SUNY Council for University Advancement.

Golden Opportunity

The College welcomed some of the most talented collegiate athletes in the world to campus for the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World Winter University Games in January. Preliminary rounds of the men’s hockey competition were held at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. Teams from around the world competed for a spot in the coveted gold-medal game in Lake Placid. Media coverage included national outlets such as NHL.com and ESPN.

Sports Management Students

FISU Torch Ceremony

FISU Hockey

Think Local, Buy Local

The College Association (CA) strives to support the local and regional business community by purchasing and doing business with area companies whenever possible. In 2022-2023, CA spent $962,530 within a 25-mile radius and another $627,927 within a 200-mile radius. Overall, $2,896,063 is spent within NYS.

College Association food purchases within New York.

Next-Gen STEM

Two hands-on events at the Canino School of Engineering Technology allowed elementary through high school students to explore the wonders of STEM. The Engineer’s Week Open House and Women in Engineering Day hosted more than 300 guests who hacked passwords, built remote-control cars, developed video game characters, launched rockets, and more.

Students launch orange balls at Women in Engineering Day.

Team Work

A new workforce training partnership with several local agencies aims to address the critical child- care shortage in the North Country. The SUNY Canton Small Business Development Center and the Early Childhood program have partnered with the St. Lawrence County Child Care Council and others to invest $200,000 of American Rescue Plan Act grant funding toward free training and resources for those who want to develop in-home childcare businesses.

Rebecca Peck holds an award in her daycare center.

After the first phase of the St. Lawrence County Family Childcare Training Program, 92 new childcare slots have been created by eight new licensed providers in Canton, Colton, Gouverneur, Heuvelton, Lisbon, Ogdensburg, and Russell.

SBDC’s Economic Impact in FY 2022

Infographic: 63 Jobs Created, 47 Jobs Saved, $10 million in economic impact

A student working the Cyber WiFi Hacking Lab.

By the Numbers

Total Operating Budget: $27.6 million


  • Enrollment Revenue (Tuition & Fees) 74%
  • State Support 26%


  • Personnel Services (PSR) 76%
  • Temporary Services (TS) 8%
  • Utilities 5%
  • Other Than Personnel Services (OTPS) 6%
  • Reserves 5%

Enrollment Demographics

Enrollment by Degree Type - 2022-23 - Bachelor's 73%, Associate 20%, Certificate 1%, Non-Degree 6%

Diversity Stats

Fall 2012

  • White 66%
  • Black 12%
  • Hispanic 7%
  • Asian 1%
  • Other 14%*
  • *Includes American Indian or Native Alaskan, International and Unknown

Fall 2022

  • White 68%
  • Black 11%
  • Hispanic 10%
  • Asian 3%
  • Other 8%*
  • *Includes American Indian or Native Alaskan, International and Unknown