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Alumni and Friends Fun Run 5K on July 19

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Former SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and his family will be hosting an Alumni and Friends Fun Run as part of SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend celebration. The 5K will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

The course is on the college’s scenic cross-country trails bordering the Grasse River and is open to runners and walkers of all ages. Raffle drawings will be held at the event.

Alumni Weekend also includes two dedication ceremonies, a Half-Century Luncheon and a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The college will also be welcoming brothers and sisters from two fraternities and sororities.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Alumni office at 386-7127 or email alumni@canton.edu.

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Local Business Leader Named as SUNY Canton 2014 Distinguished Alumnus

Monday, July 7th, 2014

SUNY Canton has chosen David A. Frary, class of 1970 and 1972, as the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

A Massena native, Frary received degrees in Banking, Insurance and Real Estate, as well as Mortuary Science. As a licensed funeral director, owner and manager of Phillips Memorial Home, he is an advocate of quality end-of-life care for community members through his volunteer work with the St. Lawrence Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. He also uses his skills as a funeral director to reach out to grieving families and provide comfort at difficult times.

Joseph Hoffman, David Frary, David Gerlach

His support of the college has included serving on the SUNY Canton College Foundation board of directors since 1990. He is also a member of the Mortuary Science Advisory Committee and is a scholarship sponsor.

“Mr. Frary has been extremely generous to SUNY Canton and the entire North Country community with his time, talents and financial contributions over the years,” said David M. Gerlach, SUNY Canton’s vice president for advancement. “He is a wonderful ambassador for our college and is an inspiration to our students.”

In 2012 the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce awarded Frary with the Distinguished Business Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding commitment to employees, dedication to customer service and service to the community.

“David has always been involved in the Massena Community through his many volunteer efforts,” said Michael Gleason, executive director of the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce. “It is not only his financial generosity to the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce events that he excels at – it is the time commitment that makes David an outstanding citizen.”

Frary will receive the award during SUNY Canton’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The event is part of the college’s Alumni Weekend celebration.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Alumni Weekend Celebrates Graduates and Distinguished Guests

Monday, July 7th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend will feature two dedication ceremonies and seven new Hall of Fame inductees July 18 to 20.

“This year’s celebration is of great importance to the college,” said Director of Alumni Affairs Peggy S. Levato. “We will recognize a great alumnus, our Greek organizations and many people who have made substantial contributions to the north country community.”

Alumni Weekend 2013

The Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies Building will be renamed in honor of one of the college’s most generous patrons at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 18. John L. Halford Sr., a 1949 graduate, has made a series of donations to the college. He most recently contributed funding for an equipment endowment in the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program. Halford is a member of the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

The college’s oldest sorority has raised more than $31,000 to rename the atrium of SUNY Canton’s dining hall as part of their centennial anniversary. Pi Nu Epsilon will dedicate the space at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, in Chaney Dining Center. The building is named for Mary Adele Chaney, a former professor of domestic science who was instrumental in starting Pi Nu Epsilon.

Brothers from Alpha Theta Gamma, the college’s oldest fraternity, will join their sisters from Pi Nu Epsilon. The Delta Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Delta Sigma Tau sorority will be celebrating their 35th anniversaries during the weekend celebration.

The annual Hall of Fame ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Miller Campus Center, Woodcock Conference Suites. The 2014 inductees are:

Thomas W. Duda taught business at SUNY Canton for 28 years. He received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1992 and emeritus status in 2008. After retirement, he continued to teach as an adjunct until his death in 2012. Dr. Duda was very respected by his students and colleagues and he made countless educational contributions and helped many students during his tenure.

Betty J. Evans is an avid supporter of education, health care, her church and the community in the North Country. She created an endowed scholarship in 2011 to honor the memory of her son, Perry Evans. She taught 5th through 12th grade students with disabilities for 18 years.

Linda L. Fay dedicated 30 years to teaching, academic duties and administrative functions for the Nursing program. She received SUNY’s Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in teaching and SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty award. Mrs. Fay served as a role model for faculty throughout the college.

John T. Henderson, class of 1952, graduated from ATI with a degree in Drafting. He was responsible for an addition to the science building, expansion of athletic facilities, and creation of facilities master plan at Jefferson Community College. Mr. Henderson continues to support SUNY Canton.

Aaron J. and Doris H. Lasher were owners and operators of Aaron J. Lasher Plumbing and Heating in Heuvelton, New York. Mrs. Lasher established the Aaron J. Lasher Scholarship in memory of her husband. Mr. Lasher served as a volunteer firefighter, church trustee, member and chairman of various Heuvelton and Oswegatchie Boards and the scoutmaster of Heuvelton’s Boy Scout Troop nine for 23 years.

Jean M. Poticher, class of 1944, worked at Canton College for 28 years. In 1961 she served as Assistant Food Service Manager before becoming Dining Hall Manager in 1971. She was promoted to Food Service Director in 1983. She was a dedicated worker who provided outstanding service to the college.

T. Urling and Mabel B. Walker are generous contributors to the Canton College Foundation. Mrs. Walker has been active in the healthcare field and helped start Hospice in Jefferson County. Mr. Walker was one of the founding members of the Jefferson Community College Foundation in 1979. He served as mayor of Watertown from 1983 to 1991. They are well known throughout Northern New York for their philanthropic efforts.

For more information on the weekend’s events, or to register, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 315-386-7127or 800-811-6727.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Patron Helps Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Students

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

A World War II New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame inductee continues a tradition of donating to the college.

One of SUNY Canton’s most dedicated supporters has made a donation to assist students working toward careers in his major.

Gouverneur’s John L. Halford Sr. recently established an endowment to purchase modern equipment in SUNY Canton’s Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program. Halford is a 1949 graduate who launched his own successful career based on his education.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton alumnus John L. Halford Sr., his wife, Nelta, SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton alumnus John L. Halford Sr., his wife, Nelta, SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman and Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

“Careers in environmental systems continue to grow,” Halford said. “I wanted to help support students who are looking into the field.”

His contribution will be used annually to provide new tools and resources for students in the hands-on program. During the inaugural year, his contribution paid for approximately $25,000 in new technology. In subsequent years, the endowment will pay between $3,000 and $4,000 annually.

“We are genuinely proud of Mr. Halford and his commitment to the college and in the surrounding community,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “He has established a tradition of giving that has spanned more than 20 years. Most importantly, he truly wants to help area students to receive the best education possible.”

While he was visiting the college, students from the SUNY Canton Veterans Association thanked Halford for his generosity by planting a tree at the main intersection on campus. Halford is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II.

Shortly following the tree dedication ceremony, State Senator Patricia A. Ritchie announced that Halford would be inducted into the area’s Veterans Hall of Fame. He was recognized at a special ceremony held May 15 at Fort Drum. He was then inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on May 20 at the State Capitol.

State Senator Patricia A. Ritchie escorts SUNY Canton patron and 1949 alumnus John L. Halford Sr. at the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

State Senator Patricia A. Ritchie escorts SUNY Canton patron and 1949 alumnus John L. Halford Sr. at the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Ritchie noted Halford’s commitment to improving the lives of north country residents, especially through his work as a member of the SUNY Canton College Foundation Board of Directors. “I never expected this honor,” he humbly said.

Halford is distinctly proud of his military service. He served in the Raider Battalion that was part of the raid on Makin Island in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After his time overseas, he returned to Gouverneur, finished high school and went on to SUNY Canton, then known as the Agricultural and Technical Institute. The numerous plaques denoting his generosity at the college are inscribed with the U.S. Marine Corps seal.

In the past year, the generous benefactor sponsored two scholarships that provide 15 students with annual awards. Approximately five of those students are from Halford’s hometown.

“I hope students enjoy their time at the College and use their experience to shape their lives,” he said. “We have many good students in Gouverneur and I’d like to see them all go on to college.”

Halford holds the distinction of having the most places on SUNY Canton’s campus named in his honor. The college is home to the Halford Lobby, located at the entrance of the Faculty Office Building, the Halford Alumni Suite in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center ice rink, and the Halford Classroom in the Grasse River Suites residence hall. Another building will be named in his honor during the college’s Alumni Weekend Celebration on July 18.

He is also a member of the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame and was selected as the college’s distinguished alumnus in 2011.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

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Three SUNY Canton Staff Members Receive College Awards for Exceptional Service

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

A recent retiree was the surprise recipient of SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman’s Meritorious Service Award.

Sandy J. Livernois, the former assistant to the provost, received her award at the College’s annual recognition day ceremony, designed to acknowledge the College’s faculty and staff for exemplary service and milestone anniversaries.

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman presents Sandra J. Livernois with the President’s Meritorious Service Award. Livernois recently retired from her position as the assistant to the provost.

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman presents Sandra J. Livernois with the President’s Meritorious Service Award. Livernois recently retired from her position as the assistant to the provost.

“No one on the campus was left untouched by the generous, dedicated service that Sandy selflessly gave to the College,” Hoffman said. “She has been the epitome of professionalism and kindness, not to mention fun, in all of the capacities that she has served.”

Livernois worked at the College for 34 years. She previously won the Employee Recognition Award in 2003.

Additionally, Heather C. Lauzon, a secretary in the Accommodative and Disability Services Office received the Employee Recognition Award, and Peggy S. Levato, director of alumni and development, received the Excellence in College Service Award. Both awards are bestowed annually by the SUNY Canton College Council to recognize professional staff for their outstanding work.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Heather C. Lauzon, a secretary in the Accommodative and Disability Services Office and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. Lauzon received the Employee Recognition Award.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Heather C. Lauzon, a secretary in the Accommodative and Disability Services Office and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. Lauzon received the Employee Recognition Award.

Depending on individual needs, some students need to take their tests outside of the classroom. Lauzon schedules more than 1,000 exams each semester. She works with faculty and staff members to coordinate special accommodations to help level the playing field for students with disabilities. Her co-employees and supervisor said she exhibits grace and professionalism and goes above and beyond her assigned duties.

“Heather possesses a superior work ethic,” said Veigh Mehan Lee, director of Accommodative and Disability Services and Lauzon’s supervisor. “She keeps the office operating in an organized manner.”

As one of the college’s premier fundraisers, Levato developed a relationship that led to the first $1 million donation in the College’s history. She also assisted with the College’s Centennial campaign, which exceeded its $10 million goal a year early. She substantially increased alumni participation in donations and attendance at college events. The donations she works to secure benefits the entire college, primarily in the form of student scholarships.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. Levato recently received the Excellence in College Service Award.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. Levato recently received the Excellence in College Service Award.

“Peggy has been a phenomenal fundraiser and energetic supporter of SUNY Canton,” said David M. Gerlach, vice president for advancement. “She has played a significant role in transforming many alumni relationships. Beyond being a representative of the College, she is a friend to our many esteemed alumni.”

The College prepares video interviews with the award recipients that are played as an introduction at the recognition day ceremony.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Graduate to Discuss Urban Renewal During Sustainability Lecture Series

Monday, April 14th, 2014

SUNY Canton graduate Richard A. Destito will speak about how he has taken his skills and used them to improve one of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse as part of the College’s Sustainability Lecture Series.

Destito will speak at 6 p.m. April 16 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Rick Destito

In 2005 Destito purchased an abandoned manufacturing building in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse and named it The Gear Factory. His dream was to refurbish the property and rent the spaces to artists and musicians.

Through hard work, dedication and perseverance, Destito has been able to sustainably rehabilitate portions of the building, most notably adding a green roof. His free-flowing spaces encourage interaction and are leased to musicians, screen printers, painters, sculptors, and graphic designers.

Along with his success at The Gear Factory, Destito is leading the crusade to revitalize one of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse. He purchased a rundown house for a dollar and has completely remodeled it using the skills he learned while earning his associate degree in Construction Tech: Management at SUNY Canton.

Rick Destito

Destito’s efforts are not going unnoticed. They have caught the attention of many local legislators and the media. The New York Times ran a feature story applauding his dreams, and New York State awarded him $680,000 in grants for more improvements to The Gear Factory.

During his lecture, Destito will explain his entrepreneurial strategies and how the local economy is involved in the process. His story of never giving up, even when faced with tough challenges, is how he hopes to inspire others.

“The things we care about have to become more important than the things we’re afraid of,” he said.

The Sustainability Lecture Series was designed to accelerate awareness of environmental, economic and social concerns through presentations and interactive demonstrations. The series will continue with other environmental experts throughout the spring. For additional information, visit: http://www.canton.edu/sustainability/lecture.html

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Chaney Dining Center Hosts Canton Jamaican Restaurant ‘Da Kitchen’

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center recently presented students with a full menu of Jamaican cuisine.

Dining center staff invited guest cook Jody A. Pitt from Da Kitchen in downtown Canton to cook her specialties. Pitt is a former student who saw the opportunity to share her cooking alongside the dinner service at Chaney.

Jody A. Pitt owner of Da Kitchen Jamaican Restaurant in Downtown Canton makes rice and mixed vegetables in SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center Kitchen.

Jody A. Pitt owner of Da Kitchen Jamaican Restaurant in Downtown Canton makes rice and mixed vegetables in SUNY Canton’s Chaney Dining Center Kitchen.

“Chaney provided the ingredients and I provided my recipes,” Pitt said, as she stirred a large pot of rice in Chaney’s kitchen. “I’m so happy to see students come out. I love to see people enjoying our food.”

She prepared ox tail, curry chicken, rice and peas and jerk pork.

Students lined up for the specialty fares. Tracy T. Miller, a Sports Management Major from Brooklyn, was already a regular customer at Da Kitchen. Miller said he loved the convenience of having the food at the dining center. “I wish they had this all the time,” he added.

Brandon M. Burrell, a SUNY Canton Homeland Security major from the Bronx picks out Jamaican entrees prepared by Da Kitchen in Chaney Dining Center.

Brandon M. Burrell, a SUNY Canton Homeland Security major from the Bronx picks out Jamaican entrees prepared by Da Kitchen in Chaney Dining Center.

Susan D. Law, director of dining services, said having guest cooks from local restaurants fits in with the overall mission to tie food services with local vendors and growers. “We like to tie our operations with local businesses whenever we can,” she said. “In this case it gives students new options while helping Jody market her business.”

Steven W. Maiocco, assistant director of dining and executive chef said, “Our students love to try new things and are very appreciative of the expanded selection.”

The Dining Center also hosts local vendor and grower exhibitions each semester to highlight its ties with local businesses.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Longtime Hockey Coach Terry Martin Honored with Statue

Monday, November 18th, 2013

SUNY Canton celebrated a phenomenal coach and a distinguished gentleman with a life-size bronze statue.

Terry L. Martin, head coach of the SUNY Canton men’s hockey program for 25 years, was honored on Saturday with the unveiling of the College’s new monument at the entryway of the college’s athletic facilities. The ceremony took place outside the doors to the ice arena of the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center (CARC), also known as the Roos House.

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Richard Layo ’76 and Terry Martin pose with Coach Martin’s new statue.

“What a humbling experience,” Martin said at the event. “But what a great day for my family, for my hockey family, my lacrosse family, my soccer family and all the faculty and staff here when I taught and coached. Seeing you all here today, former players and their families, it makes my heart feel good.”

Martin was at the helm for the Northmen and later the Northstars from 1974 to 1999, compiling a record of 527-211-29, including a 102-11-8 mark in his final four seasons. His teams won 12 national championship titles throughout his Canton College coaching career. Martin also served as men’s athletic director, women’s soccer coach, men’s lacrosse coach, and taught in the physical education department.

The statue came to fruition through the vision and generosity of alumnus Richard F. Layo, who played for the Northmen from 1974-76. He has remained active since he graduated from SUNY Canton, attending alumni events and maintaining correspondence with the Office of Alumni Affairs.

“You always hear ‘Terry Martin, what a great coach!’” Layo said. “Terry Martin is a great man. I think that’s something that speaks louder than just a great coach. His level of dedication was humbling to me as a freshman. His passion for the game is like no one else I’ve ever seen. He continually builds character in every hockey player he works with.”

Former SUNY Canton teammates and two-time national champions Jon Shellington and Richard Layo, class of 1976, unveil the bronze statue of long-time Men’s Hockey Coach Terry Martin as Martin and his wife Jill look on. The statue is located at the main entrance of the Roos House ice arena.

Former SUNY Canton teammates and two-time national champions Jon Shellington and Richard Layo, class of 1976, unveil the bronze statue of long-time Men’s Hockey Coach Terry Martin as Martin and his wife Jill look on. The statue is located at the main entrance of the Roos House ice arena.

Layo owns and operates Dynamic International located in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. Founded in 1986, Dynamic International has grown from its native Wisconsin and Michigan roots to become a national sales enterprise comprising a network of distributorships and a multi-million dollar international corporate entity. They provide state-of-the-art die/mold machine solutions for a broad base of North American companies.

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph Hoffman also spoke at the event along with Canton Town Supervisor Dave Button and long-time Professor and Canton Town Board Member Dan Fay. Button and Fay presented a Town Board resolution honoring Martin’s extraordinary accomplishments and service to the college and community.

The SUNY Canton Foundation and Alumni Offices welcomed more than 100 alumni, friends and guests to campus this weekend for ‘Terry Martin Weekend,’ including Northmen Night during Friday’s hockey game.

“It was a great weekend honoring Terry,” said Vice President for Advancement Dave Gerlach. “He deserves this type of recognition. And his former players showed how much he means to them by traveling from all over North America to be in attendance at the unveiling.”
About SUNY Canton
SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton to Honor WWII Veterans at Nov. 8 Living History Celebration

Monday, November 4th, 2013
Otis Van Horne

Otis E. Van Horne, Canton, a 1942 graduate and former SUNY Canton instructor holds up his military portrait from 1945. Van Horne was one of approximately 30 World War II Veterans to provide oral histories for the College’s Living History project.

The storied bravery and valor of North Country World War II veterans will be retold at SUNY Canton in honor of Veterans Day.

The College will be holding a Veterans’ Living History Ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. It will be highlighting the recorded accounts of soldiers who served in all branches of the military in many notable battles. The Ceremony is free and open to the public and there will be a reception following the presentation.

“It’s our honor to recognize the brave soldiers who served during the war that permanently changed the world, and influenced our entire culture,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “These men stormed the beaches of Normandy and witnessed the horrors of Nazi concentration camps. They struggled against German occupation in France and beyond. Then, they came home and went about their lives in Northern New York.”

The event was created as a way to celebrate Veterans Day at the College and to spread the word about an ongoing project to collect oral histories from area veterans through the Southworth Library Learning Commons, according to Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan.

“The project started when I was talking to a co-employee who has an 87-year-old neighbor who dropped out of high school to join the military,” Magilligan said. “I ended up interviewing 33 veterans from around the North Country. I feel as though I’ve captured the true experience of American servicemen during the Second World War.”

Many of the veterans Magilligan interviewed will be attending the event. Selections from their interviews, and photos they shared will be shown in a multi-media presentation assembled by the assistant librarian.

Each of the interviews will be housed on a database at SUNY Canton to provide future generations with a comprehensive understanding of World War II and how it

impacted the home front. The recordings will also submitted to the Library of Congress and the New York State Veterans’ History Museum in Saratoga.

Kenneth D. Kirkey, Massena, who was a radio operator and a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army selected for a secret mission, relayed his experience for the project. Kirkey was the last one out of his plane as it was shot down. “We were sent into Normandy two days before D-Day [June 6, 1944],” Kirkey recounted to Magilligan. “We had carrier pigeons and radios half the size of a table.”

Mike Magilligan and Otis Van Horne

SUNY Canton Assistant Librarian Michael Magilligan interviews Otis E. Van Horne, Canton, a 1942 graduate and former SUNY Canton instructor about his experiences serving during World War II.

In another account, Charles H. Alexander of Canton, who served in the U.S. Navy relayed his experience ferrying soldiers to and from the beaches of Normandy on Landing Ship, Tank (LST) vessels. “It’s scary at first, the first day or two, the first two or three trips. There’s a lot of combat going on,” he said. “But it kind of moves away. You get used it. You get calloused.”

Arnold Newkofsky, Canton, was a gunner on an LST for the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. Newkofsky said that when he heard the alerts he’d rush to his weapon and point it at the sun, waiting for Japanese planes to descend upon them. “Everyday was D-Day,” he said.

Magilligan has recorded many other accounts portraying many vivid and intensely personal remembrances from numerous fronts and battles, including those by SUNY Canton Alumni Frank J. White, Canton, (class of 1938) and Otis E. Van Horne, Canton (class of 1942). Van Horne also taught in the Electrical Construction program at the College.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Middle States Commission on Higher Education Reaccredits SUNY Canton and Notes Exceptional Educational Offerings, Growth and Innovation

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

SUNY Canton LogoSUNY Canton recently completed a two-year long institution-wide self-study and peer review process resulting in the College’s reaccreditation. The positive reaccreditation report from Middle States peer reviewers included commendations for many recent educational accomplishments at the College.

“I am extremely proud of the efforts the entire SUNY Canton community put into the College’s reaccreditation,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “The process and the Middle States report demonstrates how strong the College is, and highlights the quality of the education and services we provide to our students.”

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education recently completed its ten-year review of the College, with the peer review report summarizing how SUNY Canton meets its goals and objectives while guided by an established mission and core set of values. The College-wide mission is to provide a progression of accessible, affordable, high-quality applied programs that enable students in the North Country, New York State and beyond to achieve their highest potential both personally and professionally.

“More than 100 faculty, staff and students were involved in the multi-year process that led to our successful reaccreditation,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the school of business and liberal arts and the self-study steering committee chair. “The College met or exceeded all 14 characteristics of excellence in higher education established by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for institutional reaccreditation.”

The self-study and peer review process confirmed that the College continues its tradition of providing an excellent educational experience for students, according to DeLong.

Among the departments praised by the Middle States peer evaluation team was Student Affairs, which was noted for maintaining a high level of student service and promoting significant student engagement. Included in the division is the Southworth Library Learning Commons, which houses Information Services and the majority of the College’s tutoring services. The library was lauded for offering extensive and innovative services that support and enhance educational offerings and academic programming.

The team of reviewers commended the development of credit and non-credit programs directly tied to community needs. The Middle States reviewers also praised the College’s signature Summer and Winterterm sessions, which have experienced dramatic growth in recent years by switching to a primarily online format.

The College received commendation for the creative financing that allowed the Alumni Association and the SUNY Canton College Foundation to construct the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. It was also lauded for creating an institutional scorecard, which ties together the goals, plans, objectives and budgets of each College department.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement. The self-study process is ongoing and linked to overall planning. The College will submit a progress report in 2015 and will undergo its next periodic review in 2018.

 

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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