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SUNY Canton Alumnus and Powersports Instructor Invents Chainsaw Improvements

Monday, August 24th, 2015

A SUNY Canton instructional support associate has invented a new and more reliable way to oil the bar and chain on commercial chainsaws.

Neil A. Haney of Chase Mills came up with an idea for improvements while building a homebuilt firewood-processing machine. The college and the SUNY Research Foundation assisted him with filing a provisional application through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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“Neil is one of the very first SUNY Canton faculty members to work toward patenting an invention through the Research Foundation,” said SUNY Canton president Zvi Szafran. “His vision and innovation is exactly what we encourage at the college. He’s set a wonderful example for our students as future inventors.”

Haney said there are currently two other ways of delivering oil to the chainsaw blade, but conventional methods require more maintenance than his solution. “The strength of this design is that you can adjust it to the flow you need and it should be bulletproof for years to come.”

His invention utilizes a positive displacement pump or generated rotor, commonly known as a gerotor, to provide the oil necessary to reduce friction and extend the life of the saw’s cutting parts.

Haney, who is an alumnus of the Automotive Technology program, has worked with the Powersports Performance and Repair program for 10 years. He devised the gerotor as a solution based on his extensive experience with oil pumps used in all-terrain vehicles.

Gerotor

Many of the parts for his chainsaw and the prototype pump were manufactured in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology lab. Several students have assisted him with the project.

“Neil challenged students to design a bigger and better wood processor,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Neil had all the concepts and the students really helped him take it to the next level.”

The entire firewood-processing machine is operated via a hydraulic system powered by an up-cycled six-cylinder, 90 horsepower diesel engine. It will advance a tree trunk, cut a 16-inch section and then split it into fire-ready logs.

The provisional application establishes a filing date for the invention with the USPTO. Haney now has one year to file a patent application. He will be working with the college to partner with interested entrepreneurs and other industry representatives to produce and market the new technology. Interested parties are encouraged to contact SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger by phone, (315) 386-7951, or email fassingerj@canton.edu.

 

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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Successful Entrepreneur Named as SUNY Canton 2015 Distinguished Alumnus

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Kevin FearA local business leader who has given back to SUNY Canton and the community was selected to receive the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Kevin Fear, class of 1987, was presented with the award during the college’s recent Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

After earning his associate degree in Banking, Insurance and Real Estate, Fear opened AA&J Insurance in Watertown in 1990. By 2000 the company had six offices throughout Central and Northern New York. Fear sold his share of the business and began Universe Cellular & Dish, which became one of the most successful Verizon agents in New York State. In 2009 he opened Mattress Express, which has locations in Watertown, Fort Drum and Pulaski.

Throughout his career, Fear has spearheaded countless philanthropic efforts, which range from organizing drop-off locations for Toys for Tots to matching donations for food drives. He has also given back to SUNY Canton by serving on the College Foundation Board of Directors since 2006 and establishing an endowed scholarship that has benefitted students with learning disabilities.

Fear also hosts alumni events and is a strong supporter of his fraternal organization Alpha Theta Gamma. In 2008 he donated $1,000 toward a scholarship for a Syracuse student whose family’s home was burglarized after a fire.

“Kevin is an incredibly successful businessman who has given generously of his time and talents to SUNY Canton and the community,” said SUNY Canton Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato. “His dedication to helping others serves as an inspiration to our students.”

Fear is a Syracuse native and currently resides in Brewerton with his wife, Kim.

 

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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Two SUNY Canton Buildings Named for Former College Leaders

Monday, June 8th, 2015

SUNY Canton has renamed two buildings in honor its former presidents during its Alumni Weekend celebration. The Faculty Office Building was renamed for President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur, and the Grasse River Suites was named after retired President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Kennedy, Szafran, MacArthur

Retired President Joseph L. Kennedy, current President Zvi Szafran and President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur pose in front of the newly named MacArthur Hall, formerly known as the Faculty Office Building.

MacArthur Hall and Kennedy Hall will stand alongside Wicks Hall, Nevaldine Hall, Payson Hall and Cook Hall, which were all named after the most famous educators and administrators in the college’s history.

“Dr. MacArthur implemented the first set of formal building dedications on this campus,” SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said. “We are continuing his legacy of naming buildings after key individuals.”

Joyce MacArthur and President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur pose in front of a new plaque signifying the MacArthur Hall milestone.

Joyce and President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur pose in front of a new plaque honoring their twenty years of service to the College.

MacArthur was president from 1972 to 1992. During his time at the college, he established the Canton College Foundation, which helps provide scholarships for students and financial support for faculty initiatives. He set new enrollment records when the college added nearly 1,000 students during his first four years as President. He was an advocate for the Educational Opportunity Program, which helped SUNY Canton continue its mission of access for all students. He also championed computer literacy and created one of the very first academic computing and word processing centers in the SUNY system.

“Whatever I achieved was because of the team that I worked with,” MacArthur humbly said. “I worked with a great group of administrators and outstanding faculty.”

He received the college’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 2005 and received an honorary doctorate from Clarkson University. He and his wife Joyce were inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2011 for the continuing contributions to the college and community.

Retired President Joseph L. Kennedy poses with family in front of the newly named Kennedy Hall.

Retired President Joseph L. Kennedy poses with family in front of the newly named Kennedy Hall.

Kennedy was President from 1993 to 2013. He also grew the college’s student enrollment, which doubled during his tenure. Among his numerous accomplishments, he added four-year programs to the college’s strong selection of two-year and certificate offerings. In fact, all of SUNY Canton’s bachelor’s degrees were created through his leadership. Kennedy orchestrated and endorsed online academic offerings, and the college became one of the largest online programs in the SUNY System.

“Among his other accomplishments, Dr. Kennedy helped bring college courses to high school students,” Szafran added. “First face-to-face and then online.”

Kennedy also helped fuel growth in the college’s athletic program, which expanded from a two-year to a four-year conference, became a provisional member of the NCAA and added five new sports. Alongside the growth, the college adopted the Kangaroo as its athletic name and mascot.

“It was an honor for me to serve as the president of SUNY Canton,” Kennedy said. “It was exciting, always challenging and almost always fun.”

three-presidents

Current President Zvi Szafran, Retired President Joseph L. Kennedy, and President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur

Kennedy worked with the SUNY Canton foundation and alumni association to construct the suite-style living complex, which opened in 2011. The former president also oversaw the completion of the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center that same year.

 

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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Graduates to Reunite for Alumni Weekend

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Special events include dedication ceremonies, Hall of Fame inductions, and ‘Bands, Brews & BBQs

SUNY Canton will welcome back graduates to reconnect with classmates, celebrate the contributions of two past presidents and honor those who have made a lasting impact on the college during Alumni Weekend June 5-7.

Alumni Weekend

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday, June 5, with a dedication ceremony to rename the Faculty Office Building in honor Earl W. MacArthur, Ph.D., who served as president from 1972 to 1992. His many accomplishments include creating the Canton College Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Research.

Earl & Joyce MacArthur

“Dr. MacArthur achieved record-setting enrollment during his tenure and ensured a bright future for SUNY Canton,” said Vice President for Advancement and Canton College Foundation Executive Director David M. Gerlach. “It’s fitting that we recognize his achievements by naming one of the most prominent buildings on our campus after him.”
At 3 p.m. Friday the college will host a second ceremony to rename the Grasse River Suites in honor of Joseph L. Kennedy, Ph.D., who was president from 1993 to 2012. He oversaw the construction of several new buildings on campus during his presidency, including Grasse River Suites, which was completed in 2011.

Joseph & Dine Kennedy

“Dr. Kennedy completely transformed the college’s landscape and moved SUNY Canton from a two-year to a four-year baccalaureate-granting institution,” Gerlach added. “His innovative leadership will have a lasting impact on our students, their families and our community.”

Five individuals who have made significant contributions to the college will be inducted into SUNY Canton’s Hall of Fame at 5 p.m. Friday in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites. The 2015 inductees are:

Marti King MacArthur, class of 1974 and 1978, served as committee chair for the SUNY Canton Centennial Gala Auction fundraiser in 2006 and raised $40,000 for an unrestricted endowment. Marti was also a member of the SUNY Canton Alumni Board from 2003 until 2014 and has been a member of the Canton College Foundation Board since 2009.

Sylvia M. Kingston, class of 1978, is the proprietor of both Josie’s Little Pizzeria and Sylvia’s Lounge and Eatery in Canton. She established The Lloyd J. and Josephine F. Kingston Scholarship as a tribute to her parents in 1997, and has been a member of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors since 2000.

Glenn C. Werlau, class of 1957, is the founder and president of Werlatone Inc. A longtime supporter of the college, he has shared his knowledge of the radio frequency component industry with SUNY Canton students and has funded several electrical engineering field trips for those majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology.

New York State Senator Patty A. Ritchie was elected to the State Senate in 2010 and serves as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. In 2015 she was named deputy majority leader for Senate and Assembly Relations, a position that strengthens her ability to represent her Central and Northern New York constituents, as well as lead on issues that are important to all New Yorkers. Patty is a strong advocate for SUNY Canton and has assisted the college with a number of achievements during the past several years.

Michael M. Peebles, class of 1964, retired from SUNY Canton in 2010 after serving as a faculty member in the Science Department for 42 years. In 1997 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award, SUNY Canton’s highest honor for teaching professionals. His contributions to the community include serving as a sanitarian for the New York State Association of Milk and Food, as well as a member of the Canton Club and the Canton Pee Wee Association.

Alumni Weekend Guests

Among the events open to the public during the weekend is AlumFest’s “Bands, Brews & BBQs,” which will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. Tickets are $40 per person, and the event will feature live music; food, beer, craft and wine vendors; and fireworks.

For more information about the weekend’s events, visit www.canton.edu/alumni or contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (315) 386-7127 or (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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Patron Challenges Benefactors with Donation

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

John L. Halford, Sr., ’49, continues a legacy of giving with a gift in support of the college’s fourth president.

A longtime and dedicated SUNY Canton patron has decided to continue his legacy of generosity by making a significant donation to the college, and challenging other alumni and friends to do the same.

SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus John L. Halford stands with President Zvi Szafran after the patron made a large donation in honor of the new president.

SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus John L. Halford stands with President Zvi Szafran after the patron made a large donation in honor of the new president.

Gouverneur’s John L. Halford, Sr., contributed an undisclosed amount to the SUNY Canton College Foundation in honor of President Zvi Szafran’s recent inauguration. Halford is a 1949 alumnus who has developed a friendship with the college’s new president and his family.

“Mr. Halford has really been a magnificent benefactor to SUNY Canton,” said Szafran. “His donation comes at such an exciting time for the college. To have people like him supporting us makes our growth and evolution especially meaningful.”

Before presenting his latest gift, Halford encouraged his friends and fellow donors to raise further funding for the college. He has promised to match all new gifts from up to 200 donors.

“I wanted to show my support for Dr. Szafran as he continues SUNY Canton’s growth,” Halford said. “I hope that others who share the same connection that I do will come forward to contribute to the college.”

Halford also visited the college to accept an award from students in the SUNY Canton Veteran’s Association. In October 2015, he made a donation to help the students create an endowed scholarship benefiting either a veteran or their spouse as they attend college. Halford is a proud World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

By continually donating to the college, Halford has the most physical places named after him on campus. The Halford Lobby sits at the base of the college’s Faculty Office Building, the Halford Alumni Suite overlooks the ice arena and Halford Hall houses the college’s Career Ready Education and Success Training Center. Almost all of his donations are specifically designated to help students make the most out of their time at SUNY Canton.

 

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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain Visits SUNY Canton Alum’s ‘Gear Factory’ For New Web Series

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Television personality, author and famed chef Anthony Bourdain traveled to Syracuse in December to film a metal artisan company working in a studio owned by SUNY Canton alumnus Rick Destito for a web series titled “Raw Craft.”

Bourdain and his crew spent a day filming Destito’s tenants, John Truex and Liz Seru, who are the owners of Borough Furnace, a small cast-iron skillet manufacturing business. The skillets are handmade by Truex in a 2,000-square-foot studio in Destito’s building, named the Gear Factory.

“Raw Craft” is a project Bourdain has embarked upon with Scottish whiskey distillers The Balvenie and focuses on highlighting craftsmanship in a multitude of art forms. Borough Furnace is the first episode in the series.

Destito, who graduated from SUNY Canton in 1998, purchased the Gear Factory (located in the city’s Near West Side) in 2005 and began renting spaces out to local artists. He said he now has 20 tenants, which include musicians, painters, sculptors and graphic designers. Truex and Seru have been working in the building since 2012.

“John and Liz have been wonderful to work with and are dedicated to constantly growing and improving their business,” Destito said. “My philosophy when purchasing the building was to create a space for people to feel comfortable so they can be successful.”

Rick Destito

Destito returned to SUNY Canton in 2013 and 2014 to speak to students about his vision to sustainably renovate the Gear Factory and the lessons he learned during the ambitious project. He said he hopes his efforts will inspire others to invest in the future of downtown Syracuse.

To learn more about the Gear Factory, visit http://thegearfactorysyr.com.

 

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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

Top 10 News Stories of 2014

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Happy New Year! In case you missed it, here are the top 10 SUNY Canton stories from 2014.

10. SUNY Canton Welcomes New Executive Chef

SUNY Canton’s new executive chef will bring the best food the North Country has to offer to the campus’ community table. Steven W. Maiocco assumed his duties as assistant director of dining and executive chef in December. The guiding principle of his culinary approach is to serve fresh, local food. » NCN

9. NY Times Bestselling Author George Saunders Visits SUNY Canton

An American writer who has been hailed by Time magazine as one the most influential people in the world will visit SUNY Canton for the final installment of the College’s spring Living Writers Series. George Saunders, author of the New York Times bestselling book “Tenth of December,”spoke at SUNY Canton on May 1. » NCN

8. Biomass Magazine features SUNY Canton’s Wood Pellet Boiler Research

Rural residents in upstate New York may be able to offset the high cost of fossil fuels by implementing new wood pellet boilers with large-capacity feeding capabilities. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced a $163,000 grant from NYSERDA for SUNY Canton to measure the efficiency of automatic-feeding wood pellet boilers. » Biomass Magazine

7. SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Association Raises Funds to protect K-9 Officers

SUNY Canton students will help keep local K-9 officers safe in the line of duty by presenting Kevlar vests to three dogs that work side-by-side with police during the College’s Law Enforcement Day March 19.  » Channel 7 News

6. SUNY Canton Earns Top Honors from US News and World Report, Military Advanced Education Magazine and SR Education Group

U.S. News and World Report today announced that SUNY Canton has earned a spot in the 30th edition of its “Best Colleges” publication. The college was ranked among the top 61 schools in the “Regional Colleges—North” division.  » Courier-Observer  | » MAE  | » SR Education Group

5. Alumnus John Halford Supports SUNY Canton

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. » WDT  | » SUNY Canton News

4. More than 1,000 Students Graduate from SUNY Canton

More than 1,000 students completed their respective programs of study and became SUNY Canton alumni at the College’s 106th Commencement Ceremony, held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. Dr. David J. Dupree, the keynote speaker for the event, joined the class of 2014 and received an Associate of Applied Science degree that he started 23 years prior. » Channel 7 News

3. Roos Jump to Final Year of NCAA Membership Process

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Management Council has announced that SUNY Canton has been approved to enter its fourth and final year of provisional membership, effective Sept. 1. The decision affirms a June vote by the Division III Membership Committee recommending the College’s advancement toward full membership. » SUNY Canton News

2. Zach Meade Wins USCAA National Championship

SUNY Canton junior golfer Zach Meade came back to the North Country as a National Champion. Meade shot a round of 2-under par 70 in the final round to finish three strokes better than any other competitor in the 130 golfer field at the 2014 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championships on Tuesday at the Penn State Blue Course. » Roo Athletics

1. SUNY Chancellor recommends Dr. Zvi Szafran as next SUNY Canton President

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher has announced her recommendation of Zvi Szafran as SUNY Canton’s next president. The SUNY board of trustees will hold a special meeting April 3 to consider appointing Mr. Szafran, who is vice president for academic affairs at Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia. » WDT

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.

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.

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.