Archive for 2007

Massena’s Bernie Regan Becomes a Hometown Hero

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

A gift benefiting students from Massena Central High School and SUNY Canton has prompted college officials to create a program called “Hometown Heroes.”

Long-time SUNY Canton benefactors Bernard C. and Jane Regan have added to their already established Bernard C. Regan Family Endowed Scholarship and turned its focus toward Bernie’s high school alma mater in Massena. The total endowment of the Regans’ scholarship now exceeds $62,000.

The Bernard Creighton Regan Family Scholarship will be awarded annually to a freshman or returning student in SUNY Canton’s Electrical or Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program who has financial need and strong academic potential. First preference shall be accorded to students from Massena Central High School, with second preference to students from St. Lawrence County. The college is now encouraging alumni from other areas to establish similar scholarships for their hometown high schools.

“The scholarship established by Bernie has inspired us to create Hometown Heroes,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “It’s a program that allows alumni to help students from their hometown by awarding them a scholarship to attend SUNY Canton. In doing so, these alumni truly do become Hometown Heroes.”

Bernie Regan graduated from SUNY Canton’s Electrical Technology program in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1971 and later worked for United Parcel Service (UPS) in the company’s corporate domestic and international engineering group. In addition to establishing the Bernard C. Regan Family Endowed Scholarship, the Regan’s also donated the funding for the Regan Flag Station, which graces the entrance to the college.

The Regan’s gift follows a similarly designed scholarship created by Joel M. Canino for Baldwinsville’s C.W. Baker High School students.

Bernie Regan is a native of Massena. The Regans now reside in Sarasota, Florida.

“I was so fortunate to attend both Massena High School and SUNY Canton,” Bernie said. “I’ve benefited immensely from my experiences and education at both schools and wanted to honor them simultaneously with this scholarship. For me, it connects the two schools that so positively influenced my life and now it allows future students to take advantage of the same opportunity.”

The Regans latest gift will become part of the college’s Centennial Campaign which has set a goal to raise $10 million by 2010.

“Bernie and Jane’s generosity will enable students from Massena to attend SUNY Canton and receive a career-oriented, hands-on education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Hometown Heroes is a wonderful program that we hope many alumni help us to expand to their high schools and assist students from their hometowns.”

Massena Central School Superintendent Douglas Huntley said, “On behalf of the current and future students at Massena High School, I’d like to thank Bernie and Jane Regan for thinking of us while establishing this scholarship. The Regan Family Scholarship will enable and empower students to continue with their education and have a dramatic impact on the rest of their lives. They really are Hometown Heroes.”


SUNY Canton’s Enrollment Second Highest in College History

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

SUNY Canton’s Fall 2007 enrollment is the highest in 32 years and the second highest in school history, topped only by its 1975-76 headcount highpoint.

To date, 2,776 students have enrolled which is an increase of 158 students from last year’s total of 2,618, which was the fourth highest enrollment figure in the college’s history.

“The growth in our enrollment not only reflects well on the college, but it’s also a tremendous boost to our local economy and businesses,” President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “By offering more bachelor’s degrees, we’re seeing a large increase in the number of transfer, continuing and returning students. Students are transferring here from other two- and four-year schools, and current students are staying here to earn their bachelor’s degrees.”

SUNY Canton now offers 14 bachelor’s degree programs, five of which can be completed totally online.

“Our bachelor’s degree students are often older and more financially independent than traditional two-year students,” Kennedy added. “These students make a significant impact on the area’s economy.”

SUNY Canton’s all-time highest enrollment was 2,833 during the 1975-76 academic year. The only other time the college had surpassed 2,700 students was in the Fall of 1981-82 academic year with 2,704 students. This year’s enrollment growth includes 1,254 first-time SUNY Canton students, including 404 transfer students.

SUNY Canton OnLine, also known as SUNY Canton OL, continues to experience dramatic growth as well. The college is offering 84 online courses this semester, which is a 40 percent increase from a year ago. There are a total of 1,880 online course enrollments, which reflects a 29 percent increase from last Fall.

“The number of online classes and online students has grown every semester since we began offering them in 1998,” Kennedy said.

SUNY Canton OL has 210 online only students this semester, a 52 percent increase from last Fall’s total of 138.

According to Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent, “It’s been exciting to see almost 1,300 new students enroll at SUNY Canton, including students from Bosnia, Ukraine, and Russia. It is also exciting to know that our Fall enrollment numbers will continue to grow as we accept applications for our Late Start Program, which offers classes that begin in mid-September and mid-October.”


SUNY Canton Commemorates Heroes and Honors Lives Lost Sept. 11, 2001

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

REMEMBERING — Members of the campus community gather for the sixth anniversary memorial ceremony of Sept. 11, 2001. The event was coordinated by the students from the SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation and Criminal Justice program. Volunteer firefighters from area departments, including Canton, Potsdam, and Norfolk joined University Police and New York State Troopers for the ceremony.

REFLECTING — SUNY Canton students, faculty members, and collected college professionals joined listened in rapt attention while college President Joseph L. Kennedy reflected on the concept of America, and the events that changed the country forever 6 years ago.

SUNY Canton to Remember Victims of Sept. 11

Monday, September 10th, 2007

A memorial ceremony in honor of the victims and heroes of Sept. 11 will be held at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday outside of SUNY Canton’s Payson Hall facing Dana Athletic Center. Students from SUNY Canton’s Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation programs will be hosting the event.

“The ceremony offers all of us the chance to remember and reflect on the fateful events of that sad day,” said Assistant Professor of Criminal Investigation William J. Fassinger. “We’d like to especially invite our area firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical personnel.”

Firefighters attending are asked to wear their dress, or Class A uniforms.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.


Massena Memorial Hospital Commits $25k to Maresca Challenge

Monday, September 10th, 2007

The Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation has added $25,000 to the growing pool of donations assisting nursing students at SUNY Canton. The gift is part of the Maresca Family Challenge, a scholarship endowment established by Dr. Michael Maresca and his wife Barbara, which has now raised more than $170,000 in donations.

JOINING THE MARESCA CHALLENGE —The Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation generously donated $25,000 to the Maresca Family Challenge created by Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca for SUNY Canton Nursing Students. Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, Massena Memorial Hospital CEO Charles F. Fahd, II, Barbara and Dr. Michael Maresca, Foundation Board Member Helen Murray, and Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation Board President John A. Murray.

Charles F. Fahd, II, Chief Executive Officer of Massena Memorial Hospital, presented SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy with a ceremonial check from the hospital foundation on Sunday at a reception at the Maresca’s home in Hannawa Falls.

“The majority of our nurses are SUNY Canton graduates, and we just hired six more in June after graduation.” Fahd said. “As part of the Maresca Family Challenge, this gift is designed not only to assist nursing students, but to improve the quality of health care in the North Country.”

Approximately 100 people attended the reception this weekend. The Maresca Family Challenge also received several private donations at the reception, increasing the money raised to continue building the Maresca Family Endowed Scholarship for Nursing students. That total includes the Maresca’s original pledge of more than $100,000 and a pledge of $25,000 from Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Also, 48th District Senator James Wright spoke at the reception and pledged $5,000 on behalf of New York State to help address the growing national shortage of nurses.

“I congratulate and commend the Maresca Family for their outstanding initiative, leadership, and commitment in making a difference in the quality of health care in the North Country and the lives of nursing students,” Senator Wright said. “This scholarship will help us in seeking a solution to the nursing shortage that we are experiencing locally and throughout our state.”

SCHOLARSHIP PARTNERS — Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, Dr. Michael Maresca, and 48th District Senator James Wright at a reception announcing Massena Memorial Hospital's $25,000 donation and Wright's $5,000 state pledge to the Maresca Family Endowed Scholarship for Nursing students.

When the Marescas announced their gift in May, they challenged college alumni, local businesses, community members, and friends to join them in supporting the educational needs of future nursing students at the college.

“Nurses are one of the most critically important people in modern health care,” Dr. Maresca said. “When I work with a patient they seldom remember me, but they always remember how well the nurses treated them.”

Several current SUNY Canton Nursing Students attended the event, including two of this year’s scholarship recipients. All of the students personally thanked the Marescas for initiating the challenge. Their gift, along with securing the matching donations, will help ensure that future students receive a top-quality SUNY Canton education in the most economically feasible way possible.


Rev. Timothy G. Canaan Named University Police Chaplain

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

The 12 members of the SUNY Canton University Police department have put their faith in someone of phenomenal conviction.

The Rev. Timothy G. Canaan of Canton was recently named University Police Chaplain.

NEW CHAPLIN HONORED – The Rev. Timothy G. Canaan of Canton was recently named University Police Chaplain at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r) University Police Chief William F. Mason, Canaan, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Lieutenant Brian E. Kurish.

“Father Timothy is one of the best people I know,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy at a recent University Police Department meeting. “I believe in his tremendous belief in all people and I recognize that those beliefs stem from his tremendous faith.”

Kennedy presented Canaan with an official certificate of his new title and Chief of University Police William F. Mason presented him with a badge denoting his new affiliation.

“I am honored to have one of the only University Police Chaplains in the entire SUNY System,” said Mason. “By naming him University Police Chaplain, we are formally recognizing all of his service to our college and to the department.”

Canaan has been Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Church in Canton since 2002. He completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md., and was ordained in 1993. He serves as a minister for the SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence University, St. Mary’s School, and the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

He is well known at the college for his joviality and enthusiasm.


Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Purchases Scoreboards for SUNY Canton’s New Fields

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg, Inc. has purchased two custom-made outdoor scoreboards for SUNY Canton’s new all-weather, lighted synthetic turf soccer field and new baseball field.

Construction on the new fields and the installation of the scoreboards are expected to be completed early this fall.

“The scoreboards will be one of the most prominent additions to our new fields,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We certainly can’t thank Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg enough for their generosity and commitment to our college and athletic teams.”

The Baseball Scoreboard will be approximately 18 feet long by 6 feet high with 14 and 18 inch light emitting diode (LED) displays and the soccer scoreboard is 18 feet by 9 feet with similar highly-visible red LED digits. Each scoreboard will include panels featuring Pepsi-Cola, or Pepsi products.

“The scoreboards will be the latest addition to our growing athletic department,” said Diane Para, Director of Athletics and Assistant Dean of Students. “During the past year, we have begun upgrading our athletic fields, adopted the Kangaroos as our team name, added men’s and women’s cross-country teams and switched to a four-year athletic conference.”

The college will also soon be constructing an $18 million Athletic and Convocation Center.

“Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg has been a long-time supporter of SUNY Canton,” said Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato. “We appreciate their contributions toward the scoreboards and the Centennial Campaign. Current and future athletes, students, and fans will benefit from the generosity of Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg.”


Cross Country Teams Running in Historical Event

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

History will unfold this Saturday when the SUNY Canton men’s and women’s cross country teams compete at the SUNYIT Invitational in Utica. The competition will mark the first four-year athletic event in the college’s storied history.

The Kangaroos completed the transition from a two-year athletic program to a four-year athletic program this past year when they joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). SUNY Canton will compete in the Sunrise Conference which includes teams from New York, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.

This weekend’s invitational will also mark the first meet for the men’s and women’s cross country teams who are in their first year of competition.

“This is a very exciting time for all of us,” said Cross Country Head Coach Chris Marquart. “It’s quite an honor to be the first SUNY Canton team to compete at the four-year level. Both teams have been working extremely hard during the past few weeks and we can’t wait to go out and race this weekend.”

Women’s and men’s soccer will begin their season on Sept. 8 when they host SUNY Potsdam and Paul Smith’s College respectively and women’s volleyball has their first match on September 16 against Vermont Technical College.

A new all-weather, lighted synthetic turf field for soccer is scheduled for completion this fall. The college also did extensive renovations on the cross country trails that run behind the campus through the wood along the Grasse River. In addition, a new on-campus baseball field was built and SUNY Canton will soon begin construction on a new $18 million athletic and convocation center.


SUNY Canton Welcomes 13 New Faculty Members

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

SUNY Canton Welcomes 13 New Faculty Members SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy welcomed 13 new faculty members to the college during his annual state-of-the-campus address.

NEW FACULTY – Pictured are some of SUNY Canton's new faculty members beginning this semester (l to r) Ali Zaidi, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Lawretta Ononye, Assistant Professor of Physics, Patrick LaPierre, American History Instructor, Brenda Armstrong, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Susan Willette, Dental Hygiene Instructor, Christa Kelson, Accounting Instructor, Ronald Tavernier, Biology Instructor, Patricia Shinn, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Robert Boak, Building Construction Instructor, Rashid Aidun, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering.

“Each new employee will help the college expand and grow,” Kennedy said. “I am looking forward to working with all of the faculty and staff at the college to create another year of evolution.”

Among the new faculty members are:

  • Rashid Aidun joined SUNY Canton as an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. He holds a doctorate from Clarkson University in Experimental Solid State Physics.
  • Brenda Armstrong joined the college as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. She earned her master’s degree in Nursing from Murray State University in Kentucky.
  • Robert Boak joined SUNY Canton as a Building Construction Instructor. He is a 1998 SUNY Canton alumnus.
  • Christa Kelson joined the college as an Accounting Instructor. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
  • Patrick LaPierre joins the college as an American History Instructor. He earned his master’s degree in History from Concordia University in Montreal.
  • Jiayvan “Jerry” Lin joined the college as an assistant professor of Mathematics. He holds a doctorate in Mathematics from the University of California Santa Barbara.
  • Lawretta Ononye joined the college as an Assistant Professor of Physics. She earned her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee.
  • Raghuraman Ramanathan joined the college as an Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications Instructor. He earned his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.
  • Joanne Rozanski joined the college as an Instructional Support Assistant in the Dental Hygiene program, and will be working at SUNY Canton’s satellite site in Rome, N.Y.
  • Patricia Shinn joined SUNY Canton as an Assistant Professor of Nursing. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from Russell Sage University in Troy.
  • Ronald Tavernier joined SUNY Canton as a Biology Instructor. He holds a doctorate in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • Susan Willette joins the college as a Dental Hygiene instructor. She holds a doctorate in Higher Education from East Tennessee State University.
  • Ali Zaidi joined the college as an Assistant Professor of Spanish. Zaidi holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester.


Study Abroad Fair at SUNY Canton, September 11

Monday, August 27th, 2007

The State University of New York (SUNY) Study Abroad program will be holding a Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. September 11 on the first floor of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center at SUNY Canton.

Representatives from colleges or universities offering study abroad programs will be available to share the opportunities to take college courses overseas.

SUNY Canton will also be unveiling plans to send students to China for a three-week study abroad program next summer.

“We are encouraging our students and college professionals to stop by and see the international education opportunities available,” said Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Pauline A. Graveline. “In addition to China, we are planning to offer study abroad programs with Moscow State University and other partner colleges and universities overseas.”

For more information, please contact Coordinator of International Initiatives, John Sheltra, or 315-386-7331.

SUNY currently offers more than 400 overseas study programs in more than 50 countries: in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Programs range from 2 to 3 week intensive courses to a semester or academic year abroad.