Archive for May, 2008

SUNY Canton Gets $80,000 in Grant Funding for Course Innovation

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Two SUNY Canton faculty members will be receiving $40,000 grants for course development from the State University of New York Course Redesign Initiative.

Both will be using the funding to augment entry-level classes with ground-breaking improvements and learning enhancements.

“We received two of the 10 grants issued statewide,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “These are highly competitive grants, and I applaud our English and Biology faculty members for developing unique and innovative plans for their courses.”

Christopher Sweeney, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Graphic and Multimedia Design Program Director, explained that he submitted a plan to enhance student learning outcomes by integrating technology. “We’ve redesigned Expository Writing and Oral and Written Expression to integrate more online components,” Sweeney said.

Both courses will be divided into online lessons that allow students to fully grasp course objectives through self-paced online lessons, while maintaining face-to-face class time as necessary. “It will be similar to some of our hybrid courses we’ve previously designed with SUNY Canton OnLine,” Sweeney said.

Entry-level biology courses taught by Instructor Ronald Tavernier will undergo innovative changes as well and will utilize an additional faculty position. The added faculty member will provide extended office hours and respond to students’ discussions and questions via SUNY Canton OnLine, further improving the faculty to student ratio in these two courses.

The Humanities and Biology courses are among the most popular entry-level courses at the college. The redesigned courses aim to help more students excel in each curriculum and enhance their overall college experience. Pilot programs of each redesigned course are scheduled to be offered in Spring 2009.

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.

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SUNY Canton’s ASCE Steel Bridge Team Takes 5th at National Competition

Thursday, May 29th, 2008
Steel Bridge Team

BRIDGING THE GAP – Daniel Fredendall, a SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology student from Holley, rapidly assembles the steel bridge with his teammates during a practice session at SUNY Canton. The ASCE Steel Bridge Team took fifth place at the recent national competition.

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team won fifth place out of the more than 40 colleges and universities at the 2008 National Student Steel Bridge Competition, held May 23 and 24 at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

“The SUNY Canton team performed admirably and left many larger universities wondering what hit them,” noted Paul D. Hitchman, an ASCE Steel Bridge Team Advisor and a SUNY Canton faculty member. “They didn’t make any mistakes and didn’t pick up any penalties.”

The students took first place in construction speed category with a total build speed of 3 minutes 23 seconds. Each of the top five universities assembled their bridges in less than 5 minutes. “Speed is critical at this level,” Hitchman said. “Berkley would have won on time, but they picked up a 15 second penalty for dropping a bolt.”

Before the national competition, SUNY Canton took home the conference title at the Upstate New York ASCE Student Conference. Regionally, SUNY Canton has been the team to beat and has swept up 12 wins in 14 years.

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The top five colleges in order of finish were: University of California, Berkley, University of Florida, University of California, Davis, North Dakota State University, and SUNY Canton.

The SUNY Canton Team also nabbed first place in economy, meaning their bridge was the most inexpensive solution to the highly-complex challenge issued by the ASCE and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The team also placed 15th in efficiency, 18th in lightness, and 23rd in attractiveness.

Students prepare for the annual competition for two semesters. They create new bridge designs and computer-generated renderings each Fall in preparation for the spring competitions. This year’s bridge had to satisfy extensive rules outlined by the AISC and the ASCE and was designed as a replacement bridge over a rural river. Students compute and analyze the structural integrity and engineer the bridge to be erected as fast as possible.

The ASCE Student Steel Bridge Team receives financial support from a variety of individual sponsors and the SUNY Canton Foundation. The team’s uniforms and the steel for the bridge are provided by Jeffords Steel and Engineering in Potsdam. “We’d like thank all of our alumni and corporate supporters and all of the people at the college and in the community who contribute to our success,” Hitchman said.

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.

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SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony Honors Students and Veterans

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

More than 600 degrees were awarded at SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremonies, which included an honorary presentation of certificates for the College’s World War II veterans.

WWII Veterans

HONORING WWII VETERANS – Five honorary certificates were awarded to members of the class of 1943 at SUNY Canton's 100th Commencement Ceremony. Pictured are (l to r) Anne Merrill who accepted a certificate on behalf of her husband John M. Merrill of Canton, Glenn D. Hastings of Morley, Douglas N. Kunz of Whitesboro, Clarence "Cal" Hansen of Madison, South Dakota, and Harold E. Ayers of Gouverneur. Veterans of the class of 1943 who did not graduate with their class due to the war efforts, were also awarded honorary certificates (some posthumously) in their respective programs of study.

Sixty-five years ago, twenty-seven students were called into service just weeks before their commencement in 1943. The veterans, who have come to be known as SUNY Canton’s Greatest Graduates, left to serve the country in World War II. In a heartfelt and emotional ceremony, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy presented four members of the class and a spouse of a deceased veteran with honorary certificates in their respective programs. Those veterans who could not attend the ceremony will also be awarded for their sacrifice, some of them posthumously.

The honorary ceremony was a first in a day of phenomenal firsts for the College. The centennial graduating class also saw the first graduates in SUNY Canton’s four-year Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications and Law Enforcement Leadership programs, and in the two-year-old Dental Hygiene program.

The top three most popular bachelor’s degree programs for the class of 2008 were: Criminal Investigation, Technology Management, and Information Technology.

The top three most popular associate degree programs for the class of 2008 were: Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies, and Nursing.

Many graduates in SUNY Canton’s four-year programs and career-driven associate degrees have already secured employment. SUNY Canton’s hands-on programs help prepare graduates to immediately start their employment and the College’s internships often lead to careers prior to commencement.

Photo Gallery of 2008 Commencement

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SUNY Canton Baccalaureate-Level Outstanding Graduate Follows Mother’s Lead

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
Erica Zaluski

OUTSTANDING – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy presenting Health Care Management student Erica L. Zaluski with the 2008 Outstanding Graduate Award.

Following in her mother’s footsteps was no small task for future doctor Erica L. Zaluski of Fine. Her mother, Heidi L. Zuhlsdorf of Oswegatchie, won SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Graduate award in 1995. Now, 13 years later, both mother and daughter have reached the same level of excellence.

“Erica’s commitment to academics and the community have been exemplary, and we have no doubt that she will be returning to visit SUNY Canton in the near future as Dr. Zaluski,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy.

When she wasn’t working on her Health Care Management degree, she was taking care of her grandfather full-time and working weekends and holidays at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center or Samaritan Medical Center.

“Erica is a dynamic student,” said Dr. Anthony Signorelli, Health Care Management Program Director. “She has a strong sense of responsibility and receives glowing recommendations from faculty members and internship supervisors alike.”

She is planning to obtain her doctorate in Physical Therapy with the eventual goal of opening a practice in St. Lawrence County.

During her college career she has worked with several area schools in children’s fitness programs. She also is a certified clinical educator who collaborated with the Canton ARC on a six-week patient fitness program.

Zaluski won the Canino Award for Academic Excellence in 2007 and has received a partial tuition assistantship from Clarkson University, where she plans to continue her education.

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.

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Glens Falls Native Receives SUNY Canton’s Associate Level Outstanding Graduate Award

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Alysia SmithA dedicated student activist is the recipient of SUNY Canton’s 2008 Associate Level Outstanding Graduate Award.

Alysia M. Smith of Glens Falls is passionate about children, animals, the environment, and her education. She has committed herself to promoting environmental education and activism while maintaining a perfect grade point average in the Veterinary Science Technology program.

Smith will be among the approximately 500 students at the College’s 100th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, outdoors across from SUNY Canton’s French Hall.

Smith was a co-founder of the Student Environmental Awareness Society (SEAS) and worked with faculty and staff on the Green Campus Committee to improve recycling on campus.

On Earth day, Smith helped plant 100 trees and helped create unique sculptures out of recyclable materials to promote environmental awareness. She also recovered and found homes for recycled textbooks and helped the library sort items for recycling.

She was also a member of the college’s Habitat for Humanity club, the Outing Club and held a work-study position in the SUNY Canton Office of Public Relations.

She has worked as an equine assistant and barn manager at the Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch, a camp for critically ill children in Lake Luzerne. She witnessed the therapeutic effects of the interaction between children with disabilities and the animals. “The experience made me a more compassionate, patient, understanding, and loving person,” Miss Smith said. “I want to continue to be a part of programs such as these that not only benefit children, but animals as well.”

Smith is planning on a career in wildlife rehabilitation medicine and animal assisted therapy.

She has been recognized on the President’s List and received Part-Time Honors for academic excellence and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She received the Hahn-Kalberer Endowed Scholarship, the Anderson-Andre Endowed Scholarship, and the Zonta Club Scholarship.

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.

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SUNY Canton Announces the Maria Sergi Early Childhood Teacher Center

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
Sergi Family

THE SERGI FAMILY – Pictured are (l to r) Pat Sergi, Sam, Lisa, Mike, and Frank. The family owns Sergi’s Pizza in Canton and pledged $100,000 to name the Maria Sergi Early Childhood Teacher Center.

SUNY Canton is honoring a well-known community member whose four children all attended the College. President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that the College will name the Early Childhood Teacher Center in Cook Hall in memory of Maria Sergi, who passed away in 2006.

“She would like this,” Sam Sergi said. “For our family, and for Maria, this is the right thing to do.”

The Sergi family has made an initial gift commitment of $100,000 to honor Maria, forever linking her name to the place where students learn to become Early Childhood professionals. The Sergi family gift will be used to help purchase equipment and resources that will greatly benefit the Early Childhood program.

“We viewed this as a way to honor my mother and support the college in their efforts to educate and train the people that would be taking care of children,” said Lisa (Sergi) Vecchio `87.

SUNY Canton has always played a big role in the life of the Sergi family. All four of Maria and Sam’s children attended the College: Pat graduated in 1986, Frank and Lisa in 1987, and Mike in 2000. “It’s not only where we went to school, it’s also been a big part of the success of our family business and the community we love,” said Pat Sergi.

The Sergi family has always been active in the North Country, and they openheartedly devote their time, support community groups, and often provide pizza for fundraising efforts. “This is a nice way to have our mother’s name and our family’s name on campus,” Mike Sergi said.

“The Sergi’s gift is extremely generous and will greatly impact our Early Childhood program and its students,” said Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco. “This is a wonderful tribute to Mrs. Sergi.” Community members and alumni can help the Sergi Family reach their $100,000 goal. The second annual Maria Sergi Walk/Run is slated for July 26 in Canton and there are other upcoming opportunities to get involved. For more information contact the Canton College Foundation at 386-7127 or www.canton.edu/alumni.

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Rome’s Dale D. Major Named SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Dale MajorThe SUNY Canton Alumni Association has announced that Dale D. Major, graduate of the class of 1970, has been selected as the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus.

Major will be among the award recipients selected to speak to the 2008 graduating class at SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, outdoors across from SUNY Canton’s French Hall.

“This quiet, intelligent, hard-working individual is well deserving of the recognition associated with the Distinguished Alumnus award,” said William F. Peters, SUNY Canton Alumni Association Board Member (class of 1959). “Dale and his wife Sharon are highly active in the college’s continuing growth and development.”

Several of Major’s numerous qualities were continually highlighted in his letters of recommendation for this esteemed accolade. Among his traits were his unassuming character, his steadfast dedication, and his continuing volunteerism. “Many times a neighbor needs help, either with a small job or big one, and Dale is there,” noted Major’s neighbor, Sandy Reader. “He volunteers his time and energies whenever needed with no regard to the time required. He never complains or hesitates. He puts all he has into the tasks put forth and makes things happen.”

As a youth, he went through the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America earning the coveted Eagle Scout title. “I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful scoutmaster when I was in the scouts,” Major recalled. “As an adult I wanted to give back a little bit.”

Throughout his life, he has remained involved with the Boy Scouts. He earned the Silver Beaver Award in 2006, the highest honor bestowed upon an adult scout. “Dale has been an active registered Scouter for the last 22 years,” said Nathan Boguhn, Mohawk Cayuga District Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “He has served in the leadership position of Assistant Scoutmaster and received The District Award of Merit in 2002.”

Major is a retired healthcare professional, who worked for 33 years with the Central New York Disabilities Service Office. He won the W.T. Wheeler Award in 1991 for his outstanding professionalism. “He always showed a great deal of concern and respect for everyone that he worked with,” noted Sharon A. Hosey, Major’s former supervisor. “Dale is known for the many different ideas and approaches he employed to provide the best services to those within our care.”

Fred C. Liebi, 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, who graduated in 1966, said that he was highly pleased that Major will be receiving this award. He too mentioned Major’s unstoppable work ethic and quiet power, noting that Major never complains no matter what task he is assigned. “Dale is always the first one to ask what he can do to help you and the last to ask for any help himself,” Liebi said.

Major and his wife reside in Rome. They are both active in the McConnellsville Community Church. They actively attend alumni gatherings and are frequent guests at SUNY Canton’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration.

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.

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Well-known Heuvelton Resident Receives Distinguished Citizen Award

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Wesley StittSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that Wesley L. Stitt, outgoing SUNY Canton College Council Chair, will be the recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Citizen Award.

Stitt will be recognized at SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, outdoors across from SUNY Canton’s French Hall.

“Wes has been an extraordinary advocate for the College,” said Kennedy. “His contributions to SUNY Canton and his tireless support for public higher education have been an integral part of the College’s success over the past several years.”

Kennedy secretly recommended Stitt to the other members of College Council, who in turn secured the nominations necessary to bestow the award. Much to Stitt’s surprise, the board voted unanimously to grant him the honor during his final year as SUNY Canton College Council Chairman.

Many faculty and staff members at SUNY Canton have acknowledged Stitt for his strong work ethic, relentless dedication, and visionary leadership skills. “Wes shows unbridled support of our American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team,” said Robert R. Blickwedehl, ASCE Steel Bridge team advisor and SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology faculty member. “He is one of the finest people I have dealt with in my 45-year career.”

Stitt has been involved with education for more than 50 years. He started as a History, English, Sociology, and Psychology teacher at Heuvelton Central School in 1957 and became the school’s Vice Principal and Guidance Counselor in 1964. He later became the Superintendent of Ogdensburg City School District until his retirement in 1990.

Stitt began his association with SUNY Canton in 1964. He recruited college professors to teach credit-bearing courses to high school students, which was a precursor to the modern distance learning and online courses available through the college. “I would describe Wes as the perfect ambassador for SUNY Canton,” said Daniel J. Miller, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Stitt serves on a variety of boards and gives his time freely to a number of charitable organizations. He is the Vice President of the Augsbury Institute and the Director of the Institute on Ethical Behavior. He serves on the Heuvelton Development Corporation Board of Directors, the Heuvelton Senior Citizens Board of Directors, the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility Advisory Board, and is a member of the Elks Lodge No. 772 and the Canadian Legion Branch No. 48. He is also an Honorary Trustee of the Frederic Remington Art Museum.

“Wes has been involved with the Remington Museum as a trustee, volunteer and advisor for over 27 years, through thick and thin,” said Edward LaVarnway, Executive Director of the museum. “Whether advancing the museum’s agenda in the political arena or simply rolling up his sleeves to help with various projects, Wes has been a great and true friend of our institution.”

Stitt has received numerous other awards and accolades through his years of involvement, including St. Lawrence University’s North Country Citation, a U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, an I Love New York Tourism Award, a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, Ont., and an Elks Public Service Award.

Stitt earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science with honors in 1957 and his Masters in Education in 1959 from St. Lawrence University. He also earned a 6th Year professional Certificate in Guidance in 1963 from the University of Bridgeport.

Stitt and his wife Janet are well known for their involvement in their home community of Heuvelton and in the greater North Country region. Their daughter, Jennifer MacDonald, is a Physical Therapist and teaches at SUNY Canton. Their son Douglas is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.

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.

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Ronald O’Neill Appointed as Next Chair of SUNY Canton College Council

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Ron O'NeillNew York State Governor David A. Paterson has appointed Ronald M. O’Neill, graduate of the class of 1963, as the next SUNY Canton College Council Chair.

“I’m really happy that I’ll be able to aid the College through this position again,” O’Neill said. “I’ve missed being a part of all of the wonderful development and expansion at the College.”

O’Neill began serving on the College Council in 1984 and was appointed as chair in 1992 by former Governor Mario M. Cuomo. In 1996, Wesley L. Stitt took over the position as Chair under the direction of Governor George E. Pataki, and O’Neill continued to serve as a board member until 1999.

“Ron has an illustrious record with the College,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I look forward to resuming our working relationship for the continued betterment of the College.”

The incoming College Council Chair retired from the Social Security Administration in 1999. He was named to the State University of New York’s Alumni Honor Roll in 2000, based on his extensive contributions to the community and to SUNY Canton. That same year, he received the SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus Award.

O’Neill was the youngest Democratic Chairman for the Town of Canton, was a Morley Library Trustee and was a member of the Morley Volunteer Fire Company. While working for the Social Security Administration, he was also an alternate and on-site union representative for the American Federation of Government Employees.

O’Neill lives in Canton with his wife, June F. O’Neill, who is the Chair of the New York State Democratic Party. Their daughter Victoria O. Hayes is a Curriculum and Development Instructor in the Education Program at SUNY Potsdam.

“I’m pleased that Ron is coming back to work with the College Council,” Stitt said. “His experience and knowledge will be vital in the college’s continuing advancement. It’s been rewarding to be a part of the extraordinary success of the college over the past 12 years.”

Stitt will be serving as College Council Chair for SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony and will serve out his appointment as a College Council member until his term ends in June 2009.

“Wes has been an extraordinary advocate for the College,” said Kennedy. “His contributions to SUNY Canton and his tireless support for public higher education have been an integral part of the College’s success over the past several years. It will be extremely beneficial to have Ron and Wes working together to ensure a smooth transition over the next few months.”

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.

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World War II Veterans to Return for Commencement

Monday, May 12th, 2008

American FlagSixty-five years ago, Clarence “Cal” Hansen was required to leave college just weeks before his graduation to go fight in World War II. Next weekend, he is returning to Canton from South Dakota to attend the Commencement he was forced to miss in 1943.

At its upcoming Commencement, SUNY Canton will be honoring all of its World War II veterans that left College to serve their country and didn’t get the opportunity to experience their graduation. The College will be bestowing honorary certificates to the brave men who left school to defend our country, including those veterans unable to attend and those who have passed away.

“This is likely the most special group of students in the College’s illustrious history,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “They’ve been appropriately called ‘The Greatest Generation’ because of what they did for our country and the world. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call them our greatest graduates.”

Veterans and their families are encouraged to call 888-388-7123 or 386-7528 or email alumni@canton.edu. SUNY Canton will be celebrating its 100th Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on May 17 outdoors across from French Hall. Nearly 500 graduates are expected to participate, including several veterans and their spouses.

“Clarence Hansen recently sent our alumni offices an email describing how a large number of students from his Class of 1943 were required to leave school on April 1,” said Vice President of Advancement David M. Gerlach. “As a result, they missed their graduation ceremony by just a few weeks. As we looked into it further, there were students from other years with similar experiences.”

The College has had difficulty finding all of its veterans to invite them to this year’s ceremonies.

“We’re asking the public for help in finding all of our World War II veterans or their surviving family members to let them know that we’d like them to join us on May 17,” said Gerlach. “Although some of our veterans have passed away, we’re hoping that their spouses or children will contact us. And for those that are unable to attend, we’d still like to send them their honorary certificate.”

“We want to thank Cal for telling us their story and for traveling all the way from South Dakota to join us,” said Kennedy. “This will be one of the most memorable experiences for me as the College’s President. We congratulate all of our veterans and welcome them and their families to the graduation ceremonies they so deeply deserve.”

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.

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