SUNY Canton Community Engagement

SUNY Canton Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at SUNY Canton

Roos Hop to Help

The SUNY Canton Athletics department works with Canton area churches and other community outreach organizations to identify people who need assistance with chores or projects. A day is designated each spring for students, coaches, and staff to work to assist local families and individuals in the community. Projects completed include painting fences, splitting and piling wood, raking and bagging leaves, washing windows, clearing gutters, and many other small jobs around homes and yards.

Campus contact: Randy Sieminski, Director of Athletics, (315) 386-7335

Canton Soup Kitchen

SUNY Canton students, staff, and faculty are afforded the opportunity on a weekly basis to work at a local soup kitchen located at the Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Canton. Volunteers assist with preparing food, serving food, working with local community members, and cleaning up after the soup kitchen. For the past three years, SUNY Canton has hosted each Friday night throughout the academic year.

Campus contact: Courtney Battista Bish, Dean of Students, (315) 386-7120

SUNY Canton Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter

Twenty active club participants engaged in Collegiate Challenge through Habitat for Humanity International, as an Alternative Spring Break trip, with the Bulloch County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity in Statesboro, GA.  The week was spent taking the shell of the next partner family house to where it was wrapped, sided, windows and doors installed, front porch built and painted, and entire house roofed along with completing the roofing and siding on one utility shed and starting another.  Students worked closely with the partner family, members of Georgia Southern University and site supervisors. In addition, this same group has been working with the Raquette Valley Habitat for Humanity affiliate in St. Lawrence County on the local build site in Norwood, NY. Multiple fundraisers were done throughout the academic year to cover travel costs to Georgia. 

Campus contact: JoAnne M. Fassinger,

Special Olympics

The SUNY Canton Athletics department and division of Student Affairs have developed a tremendous relationship in the community through an ongoing connection with the Special Olympics in the North Country. In 2013, the Roos hosted the New York State North Country Region Special Olympics Summer Games for the first time in the school’s history. SUNY Canton will once again host the event in 2014 with plans to make this a long term annual event. Events include basketball practices hosted by basketball teams, five-hour day of time trials, full day of NYS North Country Regional Special Olympics Summer Games, and a Gold Medal Ceremony.

Campus contacts:
Courtney Battista Bish, Dean of Students, 315 386-7120

Randy Sieminski, Director of Athletics, 315 386-7335

SUNY Canton

34 Cornell Drive
French Hall
Canton, NY 13617