September 15, 2014


Volume 1, Issue 2 – September 15, 2014


Compliments and Complaints

Thanks for the nice comments about the first issue of From The Pouch. The issue had 385 different people reading it which is a lot, but since there are more than 3,000 students at SUNY Canton, that’s really not that many. Please tell your friends about it and encourage them to take a look. As I mentioned last time, this is one way that I can speak directly to our students and hear what’s on their minds.

I did receive one comment that was a complaint about a particular area on campus. Just so everyone is aware, I am happy to have you tell me anything you’re having a problem with on campus. If you do, you’ll get a personal follow-up from me to try to help you solve the problem. In these cases, you won’t see your comment posted onto the blog, since I’m following up in a different way. If you want the personal follow-up from me, be sure to have your name and a way I can reach you in your comment. You don’t have to worry, since only I can see it.


 Cool New Facilities

By now, most of you will have noticed that Cook Hall has now reopened for business after being closed for a year due to a fire. The renovation of Cook didn’t only include bringing it back to its former state—we’ve added several new facilities, including a Funeral Services Administration chapel and student workspace, and a new Business Learning Center.

tradingroomThe Business Learning Center was funded by a $20,000 pledge from Alesco Advisors, an investment advisory firm. It features touch-screen displays as well as a big LED stock ticker, and will serve both business and finance classes as well as the College’s Investment Club.


Accreditation—We Got It

We’ve gotten some very good news lately that makes a big difference in the value of a SUNY Canton degree. Our 4-year degree programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology have just been accredited by ABET, which is the top engineering accrediation body in the world. Furthermore, our B.S. in Nursing just earned accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and our Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S. degree was reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Many other programs at SUNY Canton also have accreditation, including Air Conditioning Engineering Technology, our two-year programs in CET, EET, and MET, Veterinary Science, the AAS in Nursing, the AAS in Dental Hygiene, and Automotive Technology.


As a student, why should you care about this? What is program accreditation anyway?

Program accreditation means that an independent, unbiased, outside professional agency has reviewed our program and found it to be of high quality. In the case of ABET, the faculty in the program have to submit a report describing the program and answering a large number of questions. These questions deal with the courses, the quality of the classrooms and laboratory facilities, the budget, how well students are mastering the material, how the program deals with any problems that may turn up, and so on. A visiting team made up of appropriate experts (in this case, engineers) reviews the report and then comes onto campus to see for themselves. They inspect the files, look over the facilities, talk to students, interview the faculty and administration, all trying to see if everything is as it should be. If anything isn’t right, they will issue report containing a concern, a warning, or a deficiency, depending on how big the problem is. If there are any deficiencies, you won’t be accredited (if you are already accredited, you’ll lose your accreditation). ABET reviews programs every six years or less. While each accrediting body has its own rules, they all operate more or less in this way. [Not all majors have program accrediting bodies—my own, chemistry, doesn’t, for example. In those cases, you don’t need to worry about program accreditation.]

There’s another kind of accreditation, known as regional accreditation. This is the kind of accreditation that evaluates the WHOLE college, including ALL of its programs. The best colleges in New York (and SUNY Canton is one of them) are accredited by the Middle States Commision on Higher Education. Regional accreditation happens every 10 years (though some regions are now doing a smaller review at the 5 year mark) and involves the whole college in preparing for it. If a college doesn’t have regional accreditation, you really don’t want to go there, since if you try to transfer your credits or get credit for your degree, the chances are that another college won’t accept them. SUNY Canton was most recently reaccredited by the Middle State Commission on Higher Education in June 2013.  If you are interested learning about the rigorous evaluation process the college went through to be reaccredited, or the positive report we received from our evaluators, please click here.

Accreditation adds value to your degree, because professionals know that the program was carefully reviewed and found to be of high quality, and because having an accredited degree opens doors to more (and better) jobs.


Report from the Report

Speaking of things that add value to your diplomas, SUNY Canton was just listed in US News & World Report’s list of Best Regional Colleges in the Northeast. This is the 4th year in a row we have been listed there.



The Foosball Challenge

On September 17, at 7:00 PM, in Heritage Hall, I’m issuing a foosball challenge. The Residence Life Staff and I will take on the winners of student team qualifying rounds in a challenge. Every student team that beats us will win a prize. Every student team that loses will have the humiliation of knowing they were beaten by someone who is 59 years old! No spinning of the rods! Hope to see you there!



Sports News

SUNY Canton has some great athletic teams, and all students, faculty, and staff should make every effort to go to the home games to support them. I’ve been to lots of the games so far, and have enjoyed every one of them.


The good news continued for the men’s soccer team, at least for a while. Last Friday at 4:00 PM, I was there to watch them beat Sage College by a 1-0 score. While Sage put up a good fight, SUNY Canton dominated most of the game. Jose Menendez scored the winning goal in the 28th minute, deflecting in an excellent free kick by Nick Escalante. Austin Lamay got his second clean sheet (no goals scored) as goalie. A fun aspect to the game was the participation of large numbers of pee-wee soccer players from the local area who came out hand-in-hand with the varsity players at the beginning of the game, and who played their own mini-game at half-time.

On Saturday at 2:00, I saw a great game with SUNY Canton playing Skidmore. Skidmore had come loaded for bear (sorry, couldn’t resist), defeating SUNY Potsdam 4-1 the previous day. Skidmore was predicted to be #2 in the Liberty League in the pre-season coach’s poll, behind only St. Lawrence, and ahead of Union, Hobart, RPI, Vassar, RIT, Clarkson, and Bard.

I had gotten to the game a bit early and the weather seemed dubious—it had been raining on and off all day. Fortunately, the rain stopped and the weather cleared a bit at 1:45, and stayed clear throughout the game.

In a wonderful surprise, just before the game started, I was called onto the field and was awarded a framed jersey to welcome me to the community and as a strong soccer supporter. The jersey was personalized with my name and with the number 11, which was significant to me for two reasons: my favorite professional soccer player is the great Didier Drogba (who plays for Chelsea) and whose jersey number is 11; and in graduate school, my research was on nuclear magnetic resonance of Boron-11. You can see the award video below.

The first half of the game was very hard fought, with both teams being roughly equal, though Skidmore dominated the number of shots. The half ended in a deserved 0-0 tie.

Early in the second half, Hunter Mowery tore down the left hand side of the pitch and cut in sharply. He passed the ball perfectly to Randy Mayer who was cutting from the other side, who put it nicely in the left corner, scoring his first collegiate goal.

Skidmore tried hard to tie it up but to no avail—the game ended 1-0, giving goalie Austin Lamay (who had 7 stops) his third clean sheet in a row.

Unfortunately, the winning streak ended on Wednesday, with a 4-0 loss to Potsdam. I wasn’t able to be there, since I was in Albany at a meeting with my fellow SUNY presidents. In fact, I found out about the results of the game from Potsdam’s president, Kristin Esterberg, who is also a big soccer fan. I told her we’ll get ‘em next time.

On Saturday, we lost a close one to Houghton College, 3-2. The weather was miserable and I have to admit I wimped out and watched the game from the relative comfort of the Athletics Conference Room in the CARC. We took a 2-0 lead in the middle of the first period, only to see Houghton tie it up, scoring two goals in close proximity. The first half ended 2-2. In the second half, Jared Toth scored the game winner for Houghton in the 60th minute. Our own Nick Escalante scored both Canton goals.

Our women had a mixed week in soccer. On Wednesday, they defeated Green Mountain College 4-3 in overtime. Canton’s Fran Trombley scored the only goal of the first half, giving us the 1-0 lead. The second half started badly for us, with Green Mountain scoring three unanswered goals in the first 12 minutes. We hung tough though, and in the 73rd minute, Karyss Terrance scored on a nice pass by Karleigh Foran. Terrance then scored again from a set piece, tying the game up. In overtime, in the 8th minute, Terrance delivered a beautiful corner kick to the box, and Foran redirected it to the corner for the game winner. You can see the highlights below.

The results weren’t so good against D’Youville College on Saturday, with the ‘Roos losing 8-1. The sole Canton goal was scored by Karyss Terrance. The first half was fairly even, with D’Youville going into the break with a 1-0 lead. Things fell apart in the second half, with D’Youville scoring three quick goals early, and adding four more later.


The ‘Roos continued their winning ways in volleyball, blanking Utica College 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-14) and blanking Johnson State College 3-0 as well (25-13, 25-6, 25-5). The two wins were the 100th and 101st for our coach, Carol LaMarche. Congratulations Carol!

In the Utica game, Morgan Bills led the scoring with 13 kills, followed by Caitlin Grimshaw with 10 and 5 digs. Robyn Carroll had 7 digs, and Mackenzie Mynter and Kiana Archer had 25 and 10 assists, respectively. Against Johnson State, Caitlin Grimshaw had 12 kills, with Jessica Reynolds having 10 putdowns, and Mackenzie Mynter having 30 assists. The Utica highlights are below.


 Last Week’s Trivia Contest

Last week’s trivia contest had to do with the word “fair”. The first person getting all four correct was Christopher Doyal. Others getting all four right included Christina Romanoski, Francesco Palumbo, Kathryn Daley, Carter Brock, Kim Kurdziel, Michelle Ofori, Laci Conklin, Mackeba Campbell, Mollie Mayette, and Diana Norman. Chris wins a copy of the Archive Collection CD of “Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney. Just come by my office (6th floor of FOB) to get your prize, Chris. Here are the correct answers:

  1. Snow White, Rapunzel, and Hansel and Gretel. FAIRy Tales
  2. ________ in love and war. All’s FAIR
  3. Concert tour with female soloists and female-led bands. Lillith FAIR
  4. Someone who deserts you when the going gets rough. A FAIR Weather Friend


This Week’s Trivia Challenge

Fall is upon us, so the answers to today’s challenge contain the word “fall”.  The first reply with the most answers right takes the prize.  No looking up the answers now!  SEND ALL ENTRIES BY EMAIL TO since if you put them as a response on the BLOG, everyone will be able to see them!

  1. What you should do before midnight on weeknights.
  2. Rock group whose song Dance, Dance won several teen choice awards.
  3. The person you blame everything on, also a 1981-1986 TV show.
  4. A person who was previously sober who starts drinking again has done this.
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2 Responses to September 15, 2014

  1. I think its pretty awesome how involved you are on campus!! you seem to be a really great president.


  2. Dear Students,

    Please feel free to post any comments on the blog or any concerns here. If you are writing to tell me about a problem you’re having, here’s how I’ll handle it. Rather than seeing it appear here, you’ll get a personal reply from me. Then, next issue, I’ll put the issue in the blog (without your name–I’ll keep you anonymous) and say what we’ve been able to do to address the issue.


    Dr. Zvi Szafran, President, SUNY Canton


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