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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.

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

Monday, November 4th, 2013
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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.

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.

Two Officers with Ties to the North Country Hard at Work on Both Campuses

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

SUNY Canton has selected Alan P. Mulkin as Deputy Chief of University Police and SUNY Potsdam has chosen Timothy M. Ashley II, to work in the same capacity.

Mulkin is the former Chief of the Canton Village Police Department. Ashley has been with SUNY Potsdam’s University Police force since 2009. Both will report to Chief John Kaplan, a 1982 SUNY Potsdam graduate, who oversees the University Police departments at both institutions. The new deputy chiefs will work together to share expertise with officers at both campuses.

Al Mukin & Tim Ashley

“I’ve been fortunate to work with both Tim and Alan in many capacities in the past,” Kaplan said. “They are exceptionally reliable and dependable. They understand the unique dynamics of both colleges and the surrounding communities. They will work closely with officers from both campuses and other surrounding agencies.”

Alan P. Mulkin originally hails from Potsdam and now resides in Canton. He served at the Canton Village Police Department for 18 years, and is a former instructor in SUNY Canton’s criminal justice program. He’s also been an instructor at the David Sullivan – St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton. He is a 1985 graduate of Corning Community College, where he earned an associate of applied science in criminal justice. Mulkin is a 1996 graduate of SUNY Potsdam, and attended the FBI National Academy at the University of Virginia in Quantico.

An Ogdensburg native, Timothy M. Ashley II attended SUNY Canton, where he served as a resident assistant and interned with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, graduating in 1993 with an associate degree in criminal justice. From 1994 to 2001, Ashley worked as a corrections officer in Sing Sing, Fishkill and Riverview correctional facilities. He also attended SUNY Plattsburgh and Empire State College, earning his bachelor’s degree in human and community services in 1997.

In 2001, Ashley joined the University Police force at SUNY Canton, where he served as a field training officer and earned a Meritorious Service Award in 2007 for saving the life of a fellow officer. In 2009, he joined SUNY Potsdam’s University Police, becoming a Lieutenant a year later. He is currently a graduate student in St. Lawrence University’s educational leadership master’s program.

For more information about SUNY Canton’s University Police Department, please visit http://www.canton.edu/university_police.

For more information about SUNY Potsdam’s University Police Department, please visit www.potsdam.edu/police.

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.

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.

SUNY Canton Welcomes Back Graduates for Alumni Weekend

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Hundreds of SUNY Canton graduates will return to campus July 19 to 21 for the College’s Alumni Weekend.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, July 19, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The weekend’s activities will include a half-century luncheon honoring the class of 1963, campus tours and special reunions for Nursing and Automotive Technology graduates. Milestone celebrations will be held for Alpha Chi Omicron sorority’s 90th anniversary and Kappa Xi Omega sorority’s 10th anniversary.

Alumni Weekend Photo

“Alumni Weekend offers a special opportunity for former students to catch up with old friends, hear what’s happening on campus and have a lot of fun,” said Peggy S. Levato, director of alumni affairs.

A Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will add 25 new members to the Century Club, will take place at 5 p.m. Friday in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House. Members of the Hall of Fame include alumni, founders, athletes, community members, and retired faculty and staff members.

“The Hall of Fame honors those who have made lasting contributions to SUNY Canton,” Levato said. “We are grateful for the energy the inductees have invested into making the College a better place for our students.”

The weekend will cap off with a barbeque and reception on the Campus plaza Saturday evening.

For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.canton.edu/alumni/reunion_reservation.html or contact the SUNY Canton Alumni Office at (800) 811-6727
or alumni@canton.edu.

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.

 

SUNY Canton Names 2013 Distinguished Alumnus

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Pictured are (l to r) Karrie A. Mooney, a second-year Nursing student from Ogdensburg, Robert M. Thompson, SUNY Canton¹s 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, and Ruth T. McWilliams, Thompson-Weatherup Foundation President. Mooney is a recipient of the family foundation¹s scholarship.

Pictured are (l to r) Karrie A. Mooney, a second-year Nursing
student from Ogdensburg, Robert M. Thompson, SUNY Canton’s 2013
Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, and Ruth T. McWilliams,
Thompson-Weatherup Foundation President. Mooney is a recipient of the
family foundation’s scholarship.

SUNY Canton will present the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award to a graduate who has made a lifetime of contributions to the North Country and the field of agriculture.

Robert M. Thompson Jr., class of 1942, will be given the award during the College’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony July 19.

“Mr. Thompson is an inspiration to our students and the entire SUNY Canton community,” said Peggy S. Levato, SUNY Canton’s director of alumni affairs. “He is a wonderful example of what can be achieved through hard work and perseverance.”

After graduating with a degree in Agriculture and taking over his family’s dairy farm in Flackville, he and his wife, Esther (Weatherup), purchased a farm in Lisbon in 1954. Thompson traveled the country to develop a prize-winning herd of Holstein cattle. He also was active in St. Lawrence County and New York state Holstein associations.

“His professional skills throughout his many years as a dairyman set a standard of excellence realized by only an elite few in Northern New York throughout the 1970s and 1980s,” said Douglas H. Ort, vice chair of the Lewis County Community Service Board. “He demonstrated excellence, not only with his own family farm, but in investing his knowledge for the benefit of neighbor family farms and for the dairy industry as a whole in New York State.”

In addition to being a successful dairy farmer, he has given generously to the community through his participation in 4H, the Cornell Cooperative Extension and other agricultural organizations.

As an advocate for a quality education, Thompson served on the Lisbon School Board and was appointed to the SUNY Canton College Council in 1954. He was also a member of the first St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators and was recognized as a leader during his tenure.

Thompson’s family has strong ties to the College. His wife is a 1943 SUNY Canton alumna, and their children established the Thompson-Weatherup Family foundation in their parents’ honor, which, among other charitable endeavors, supports a SUNY Canton nursing scholarship. Thompson’s father, Robert Sr., graduated in 1910 as part of the second class of the Agricultural and Technical Institute at Canton, now known as SUNY Canton.

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.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

SUNY Canton Graduate Makes Music Video Promoting Peace in Ghana

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

A 2011 SUNY Canton graduate has unveiled a new music video to encourage peace and understanding a week before elections in his home country.

Okyere “Walter” Twumasi of Brooklyn recently contacted several of his former professors to share his production. Using his own musical resources and the artistry of his friends, he composed, arranged and produced a bilingual rap/hip-hop song to encourage his belief in peace for Ghana, and in the entire world.

Okyere Twumasi

Recent SUNY Canton graduate Okyere “Walter” Twumasi from his new music video.

“On December 7, Ghana will have their election for their next president,” Twumasi said. “On that note, I have composed a song to help promote peace among the various political parties, ethnic groups and tribes.”

Twumasi, who studied healthcare management at SUNY Canton, said his homeland is one of the most beautiful, but poorest and chaotic places in the world.

Previously, Twumasi composed a song about SUNY Canton while he was taking classes on campus and was a member of the Gospel Choir. He also won second place in the 2007 RooTube video contest.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

Alumni Weekend Draws College Legends and Reunions

Monday, July 16th, 2012

More than 300 attendees are expected to attend SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend, including upcoming Hall of Fame inductees and a pair of fraternity reunions.

Registration for the annual gathering of graduates will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, July 20, at the Richard W. Miller campus center. Weekend events include the third College-wide Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and two major Greek celebrations during the weekend celebration.

“Brothers from Alpha Theta Gamma and Delta Kappa Sigma are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year,” noted David M. Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement. “We look forward to rekindling relationships with our graduates in addition to hearing the many stories of their successes following their SUNY Canton education.”

Alumni Weekend

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be adding 25 new members to its Century Club. Those eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame include, but are not limited to, alumni, founders, athletes, community members, and retired faculty and staff members.

“We’ve inducted 50 legendary and influential college greats over the past year,” said Peggy S. Levato, Director of Alumni Affairs. “Recent inductees include past presidents, distinguished faculty members, and numerous individuals who have impacted SUNY Canton and the North Country.”

Other highlights of the weekend include: the Half-Century Luncheon Honoring the Class of 1962; Campus Tours; a party and reception at the Roselle Academic Plaza; in addition to many musical performances throughout the weekend.

For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.canton.edu/alumni/reunion_reservation.html.  For more information, please contact the SUNY Canton Alumni Office by phone, 315-386-7127 or
800-811-6727, or by email alumni@canton.edu.

Men’s Alumni Soccer Day at SUNY Canton, April 28

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The SUNY Canton Athletic Department will be hosting an alumni gathering and game for former members of the men’s soccer team beginning at noon, Saturday, April 28, at the College’s Roos House Athletic Center.

SUNY Canton Soccer

Men’s Head Soccer Coach Mark D. Howlett is coordinating the event. Interested SUNY Canton alumni should RSVP to Howlett by phone, (315) 386-7422, or by email howlettm@canton.edu.

“We are looking forward to having our soccer alumni back on campus to meet the current team and share their love of the game,” Howlett said. “There have been many exciting changes at SUNY Canton in the last five years. I’m certain former players will be amazed by the new athletic center and fields.”

SUNY Canton Alumnus and World Renowned Cattle Breeder Passes Away

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

A SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus who used his education to make his dreams a reality and helped current students pursue their own has passed away.

Dr. R. Peter Heffering, a graduate of the class of 1951, died on Saturday, March 3, 2012 in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 80 years old.

Heffering and President Kennedy

Pictured are SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus R. Peter Heffering and SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy at Heffering's induction into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.

“Peter’s contributions to the agricultural industry made him a true master at his profession,” Kennedy said. “He showed our students and the entire campus community that a SUNY Canton education can help you exceed your dreams and accomplish anything you desire. We thank him for the students he’s helped and the significant advancements he’s made to our College and its rich history.”

Heffering received two of the College’s most prestigious awards. He was named Distinguished Alumnus in 2003 and awarded the first-ever honorary doctorate in Animal Science at SUNY Canton’s 2004 Commencement. He was also a member of both the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Heffering with Bridge to Success scholarship recipients.

He earned his degree in animal husbandry and worked as a herdsman at the former Beacon Milling Company Research Farm in central New York. He later established his own farm, Hanover Hill. Hanover Hill Holsteins produced 140 proven sires including the legendary Hanover Hill Starbuck, who died in 1998 and left behind 200,000 registered offspring on five continents. His Hanover Hill Holstein herd was one of the most famous in the world for many years.

In 1989, Heffering made his entrance into harness racing and enjoyed great success. His champions won the most coveted races in the sport, including the Little Brown Jug, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Canadian Trotting Classic, Kentucky Futurity, Breeders Crown and numerous Ontario Sires Stakes events.

Heffering with his wife Apryll.

In 1998, Heffering sold his Hanover Hill herd and focused his attention on a new passion, Standardbred Horses. He and his son, David, opened Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, Ontario, which has become one of North America’s premier Standardbred breeding operations, and they have made a huge impact in the racing industry. In 2012, 11 stallions stand in their state-of-the art stallion barn. Heffering bred a number of elite Standardbreds, including 2001 U.S. Horse of the Year Bunny Lake.

He returned to campus in 2003 to accept his Distinguished Alumnus award and serve as a Commencement speaker. He used his own success story to illustrate how his SUNY Canton education and his own initiative gave him the tools he needed to follow through on his boyhood dreams. At the end of his speech, the graduates sprung to their feet and gave Heffering a standing ovation.

He provided the financial support to create SUNY Canton’s Bridge to Success scholarships through the College’s Foundation. The scholarships are designed to help students who have no other monetary options attend college and pursue their own dreams. He frequently visited his scholarship recipients and fondly referred to them as “his other children.”

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to the Bridge to Success Scholarship at SUNY Canton or the Hospice by the Sea, 531 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486.