State University of New York at Canton
|State University of New York at Canton|
|Motto||"Great Majors, Great Careers"|
|Interim President||Carli C. Schiffner|
|Location||Canton, New York, USA|
|Colors||Blue and Green|
The State University of New York at Canton (SUNY Canton) is a public, coeducational, residential college located on a spacious campus along the banks of the Grasse River in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States within the Town of Canton. Its northern location places SUNY Canton close to the Adirondack Mountains, the St. Lawrence River, and major Canadian cities such as Ottawa and Montreal.
SUNY Canton is Northern New York's four- and two-year College for technology, health, management and public service. SUNY Canton offers nearly 20 majors leading to bachelor's degrees, more than 20 programs leading to associate degrees, and several one-year certificate programs. The College works with SUNYIT to offer students three master degree programs.
Originally founded in 1906 as the School of Agriculture (SOA) at St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton was the first postsecondary, two-year college in New York authorized by the Legislature. In 1941, SOA was renamed the New York State Agricultural and Technical Institute (ATI). ATI became a member college of the State University of New York in 1948. To recognize advanced technology programs added in the 1950s and '60s, the College underwent another name change in 1965, this time becoming the State University of New York Agricultural and Technical College at Canton or ATC. In 1987, the University's Board of Trustees authorized yet another name change to the College's present designation as State University of New York College of Technology at Canton.
Beginning a new era for the College, in 1997 SUNY Canton received bachelor's degree granting approval from the SUNY Trustees and the Governor of New York State. Since 1997, nearly 20 bachelor's degree programs have been approved, and several others are in development.
In 2012, a fire damaged part of the Cook Science Center.
Since SUNY Canton offers one-year certificates, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees, students in many disciplines may pursue a "ladder curriculum", allowing them to first earn a certificate and then proceed to the next level. SUNY Canton confers degrees through three academic schools the School of Business & Liberal Arts, Canino School of Engineering Technology, and School of Science, Health & Criminal Justice.
The College offers a Bachelor of Technology in alternative and renewable energy systems, civil and environmental technology, criminal investigation, criminal justice: law enforcement leadership, dental hygiene, electrical technology, emergency management, funeral services administration, graphic and multimedia design, health care management, industrial technology management, information technology, legal studies, sports management and veterinary services management. Bachelor's degrees are also offered in finance, management and nursing.
More than 20 associate degree programs leading to an AS, AA or AAS degree and more than 10 certificate programs are offered at SUNY Canton. Associate degree programs include: accounting, air conditioning engineering technology, apprentice training, automotive technology, business administration, civil engineering technology, computer information systems, construction technology: management, criminal justice, dental hygiene, general technology, early childhood, electrical engineering technology, engineering science, general studies (liberal arts), business (individual studies), mechanical engineering technology, nursing, physical therapist assistant, and veterinary science technology.
Certificate programs in air conditioning maintenance and repair, electrical construction and maintenance, health science career studies, heating and plumbing service, individual studies, powersports performance and repair, and practical nursing provide students with excellent skills for employment or for entry into an associate program.
Recently the Department of Criminal Justice began offering a minor in Homeland Security which quickly became the most successful minor program in the history of the college. A bachelor degree proposal in Homeland Security is awaiting approval from the SUNY system.
The university offers cross-registration with St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, and SUNY Potsdam as members of the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley. A two-and-two program in environmental science and forestry and a one-and-one program in Forest Technology are offered in conjunction with the College of Environmental Science and Forestry. In both programs students begin taking general education classes at SUNY Canton prior to transferring to SUNY ESF to take environmental and forestry classes and complete the degree programs. Students interested in pursuing a master's degree in accountancy (MS), health services administration (MS), and technology management (MBA) have the opportunity to do so. SUNY Canton offers this opportunity through SUNYIT's master's program.
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
- National League for Nursing
- National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation
- National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
- American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation
Cook Hall is home to the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice. The facility includes mortuary science facilities, science labs, Science Tutoring Center, and nursing facilities. In 2003 the university opened the 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) Newell Veterinary Technical Center. The building houses SUNY Canton's Veterinary Science programs and includes veterinary labs, classroom and conference space. The SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering and Technology is located inside the Nevaldine Technology Center In addition to the engineering and information technology programs the facility also includes space for SUNY's automotive, motorsports, building trades, heating and plumbing, and air conditioning programs.
The Faculty Office Building (FOB) is located near the center of campus and is connected to many of the other academic buildings on campus. The School of Business & Liberal Arts is located inside the building as well as many of the administrative offices. The building also includes one of the various on-campus dining options, a deli and coffee shop.
The Miller Campus Center is the heart of the SUNY campus. The $12 million center opened in 2002, replacing the Kingston Theatre which suffered extensive fire damage in 1997. The Miller Campus Center contains student activity offices, conference spaces study and relaxaton areas lounge space the SUNY Campus Bookstore, on-campus post office, Health Center, dining center, and a gym for student recreational and intramural activities.
Southworth Library is the academic library for SUNY Canton. It houses college archives, a coffee shop known as the Cyber Cafe, the university's print and media collections for use by students for research as well as recreation. The collection includes over 65,000 volumes, 6,000 microfilms, 300 periodical subscriptions and 1,500 video and audio recordings. Students also have access to over 25 electronic information research databases.
SUNY Canton's currently has four halls—Heritage, Mohawk, Rushton, Smith. They are located along the Grasse River in the north-central portion of the campus. Chaney Dining Center is the main dining hall on the campus, it is located near the residence halls and serves both resident and commuter students.
The College is adding an additional apartment-style residence hall for upper classmen, known as Grasse River Housing Suites. It is expected to be completed in August 2011. This residence will feature 83 suites and room for 304 residents. Features include a mini-store, multi-purpose classroom and meeting space, and a large open courtyard for recreation and outdoor activities. Additional residence halls are also being considered as enrollment continues to increase and the university grows.
SUNY Canton athletic teams are known as the SUNY Canton 'Roos. The 'Roos currently compete in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), independent of conference affiliation for most sports, men's ice hockey competes in the Eastern Collegiate Hockey League. As of the 2011-12 academic year, the university was approved to become an exploratory member of the NCAA Division III as part of the multi-year process to become a full member.
The university was previously a member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 2004-2011 after transitioning from National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as the school moved from a two-year community college to four-year comprehensive university. SUNY Canton was a member of the Sunrise Conference for most sports until the conference dissolved in 2011.
The university announced an expansion of athletics starting in the 2011-12 academic year. In 2011, SUNY Canton added men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, as well as reinstating its women's volleyball program. The university plans to add women's ice hockey for the 2012-13 academic year.
Men's ice hockey
The SUNY Canton ice hockey program began in the mid-1960s and has won 15 NJCAA National Championships in: 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1996, 1997, and 2000. The team currently competes in the Division III (NCAA) level as it was awarded independent status with eventual admittance into the SUNY conference. In its second season as a member of the ACHA, the Roos reached the 2010 ACHA Division I National Tournament before falling to Penn State 3-7 in the first round. The Roos won their second straight ECHL regular season championship and first ever conference playoff championship in 2011. The team also made a second straight appearance in the ACHA DI Championship.
The school is currently in the process of constructing a new $46 million athletic and convocation center, otherwise known as "CARC" and nicknamed "Roos House" was completed in early summer 2011.
Clubs and organizations
Students participate in several clubs and organizations under the umbrella of the student government known as the Student Cooperative Alliance (SCA) with staff support from the Student Activities office. Intramural and recreational activities are also available. SUNY Canton's club community includes:
SUNY Canton currently recognizes eleven social Greek organizations:
(APO is a co-ed community service based fraternity chartered spring 2014)
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