SUNY Canton Dining Services Team Receives College Council Award


The SUNY Canton College Council has selected the entire staff of the campus’ newly renovated Chaney Dining Center to receive a prestigious award.

Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill presented the Employee Recognition Award to several representatives at the annual Recognition Day luncheon in May.

Food services representatives stand on stage with the College Council chair and college president.

SUNY Canton College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill presented the 2019 Employee Recognition Award to representatives of College Association’s Chaney Dining Center staff. Pictured (l to r) are: SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, Dining Associate Kira L. Locy, Facilities Associate Robert M. Horton, Catering Associate Nichole M. Fullerton, and O’Neill.

More than 60 full-time College Association employees and several part-time student workers were recognized for their ability to provide outstanding customer service during Chaney Dining Center’s renovation last year.

During the fall 2018 semester, while construction was ongoing, the team operated out of a temporary kitchen and dining room in Dana Hall. During winter recess, they orchestrated a seamless transition back to Chaney to minimize service disruption.

A group of Chaney Dining Center and food service staff members

Chaney Dining Center staff pose at the 2019 Recognition Day Ceremony.

In his nomination letter to the council, College Association Board President and Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown said, “I cannot be more grateful for what the entire staff has accomplished in just a few short months. Everyone—from the executive chef to the student workers—went above and beyond what was required to serve our students.”

Other supporters commended the team’s ability to quickly adapt to a new kitchen facility and serving stations. Culinary staff also learned how to operate new equipment, including two brick pizza ovens. Enhanced menu options, including vegan and vegetarian dishes, required the development and refinement of recipes.

According to College Association Director of Dining Services Susan D. Law, the team’s innovative  spirit was an important component during the transition. 

“They created a smoothie bar and waffle station while operating in the temporary space, which were very popular with students,” she said. “It’s those special touches that are most recognized and appreciated.”

The Employee Recognition Award is given annually to members of SUNY Canton’s classified staff, which includes College Association employees. Award winners receive a plaque and gift from the College Council.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.