Thirty-five years of creating scholarships and positively impacting people’s lives is a fantastic cause for celebration at SUNY Canton.
The SUNY Canton Foundation will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary with a benefit dinner to honor several alumni and friends who have been integral forces behind the college’s success. The celebration will commence at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Chaney Dining Center with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner and a formal recognition ceremony.
According to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, “It will be wonderful to celebrate the successes of our past efforts and the promising future of our current endeavors. We’ll be honoring the support of all of our alumni, community members and friends, and 35 years of growth and giving.”
Numerous alumni and friends of the college have contributed to make this event possible and help ensure the continuing success and growth of the college. During the awards ceremony, four North Country families will be awarded for their years of extraordinary service and dedication:
- The Coakley Family of Canton will receive the Foundation’s Community Leadership Award. Carol and Ronald Spadaccini, William and Carol Coakley, and Thomas and Nellie Coakley are well known for their civic pride, involvement in the community, and willingness to assist others. They have been longtime benefactors and advisors to the college.
- The Bagley Family of Madrid will receive the Foundation’s Model Alumni Award. The late Leon E. Bagley, class of 1948, began a tradition of donating to the college along with his sister-in-law Alice Westaway Bagley. Their efforts have been continued by his wife, Rachael, son Timothy, class of 1985, grandson Alexander, class of 2005, and other family members.
- The Fay Family of Canton will receive the Foundation’s Community Education Connection Award. The Fays have provided more than 100 years of combined educational service in the North Country: Accounting Professor Dan and Professor Emerita Linda Fay; Dean of the School of Business and Public Service Emeritus Ed Fay and his wife Patricia; Professor Emeritus Maurice and Sheila Fay Harrington, both of whom taught in the School of Business; and Director of Counseling Emeritus Harry and Peggy Fay Podgurski, an Edwards-Knox teacher. They are all well-known for their personal approach to education and their strong commitment to the community.
- President Emeritus Dr. and Mrs. Earl W. MacArthur of Naples, Fla., and Morristown will receive the Canton College Foundation’s Impact Award. President Emeritus Earl MacArthur and his wife Joyce have positively influenced the college for more than 35 years. The Foundation was created through their vision and foresight. It continues to thrive with their continuing input and guidance.
“These four families are among the many friends, alumni and donors who are responsible for creating scholarships, improving the college, and dramatically impacting students’ lives,” Kennedy mentioned. “Every donation furthers our mission to offer an unparalleled educational experience. These families have been at the forefront of our efforts since the inception of the Foundation.”
The 35th Anniversary is an RSVP-only event. All proceeds will benefit a scholarship endowment for students in the Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation, Law Enforcement Leadership, and Emergency and Disaster Management programs. Donations can be made in honor of the distinguished families to the 35th Anniversary Celebration – Public Service Scholarship, SUNY Canton Foundation, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617
SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.
Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.