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Local Entrepreneur Named SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

A successful entrepreneur who has had a profound impact on the Akwesasne-St. Regis Mohawk Reservation and SUNY Canton is the recipient of the College’s 2011 Distinguished Alumnus award.

Guilford ‘Gil’ White, class of 1968, will receive the prestigious honor at SUNY Canton’s President’s Gala on Thursday, May 19.

“Gil’s leadership has benefited both the Akwesasne-St. Regis Mohawk Reservation and the SUNY Canton community,” College President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “He had the foresight to see the potential for education and economic growth on the Reservation and took the necessary steps to ensure a higher quality of life in his community. We are proud to honor him with this award as a small token of our appreciation for his continued work on the Reservation and with the College.”

White graduated from Massena Central High School in 1956 and was an ironworker on the St. Lawrence Seaway as well as Washington, D.C. and Boston. In 1966, he came to SUNY Canton where he pursued a degree in Construction Technology. While attending the College, he worked during vacations and helped build what is today’s campus.

After graduating from SUNY Canton, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Utica College of Syracuse University in Construction Management and went on to work with the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Ironworkers Union in Washington, D.C. White was chosen to create and administer a new program assisting local unions and contractors across the United States in the implementation of Equal Employment Opportunity programs.

He returned to the Akwesasne-St. Regis Mohawk Reservation in 1983 after realizing the significant economic potential high stakes bingo could have on the community. He and his partners operated the Mohawk Bingo Palace until 1995 when he diversified his business to real property and development holdings and construction projects. His efforts helped bring Class 3 Casino Gaming to the Reservation.

In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Mr. White and his family published a nationally-recognized Native People’s newspaper called the People’s Voice.

“Gil White is a true leader in his community and SUNY Canton’s community,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “He joined the Foundation Board of Directors in 2010 and he is most deserving of our Distinguished Alumnus Award.”

After joining the Board, White established a scholarship in memory of Professor Ross C. Hudson, who inspired him to continue his education and prepare him for a successful career.

White is known for his devotion to causes which he is passionate about and serves the greater community as a member of the Massena Rotary Club. “Gil is a believer in the Rotary’s motto, ‘Service Above Self,’ said John A. Murray, a fellow member. “He is generous in sharing his time, talent and treasures with others and has always been supportive of community and international projects. He is an exemplary community member and SUNY Canton alumnus.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


 

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Roos House Donor Finalizes Rink Suite Naming

Friday, April 8th, 2011

SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus John L. Halford of Gouverneur will be forever associated with some of the best seats in the new Roos House.

The 1949 graduate made a generous donation to the athletic center earlier this semester, securing the right to name the John L. Halford Sr. Alumni Suite. The exclusive elevated seating area overlooks the new ice rink and will be used to host alumni receptions and important game-day functions.

Nelta M. and John L. Halford of Gouverneur recently visited the “John L. Halford Alumni Suite” in the nearly completed SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center.

Halford and his wife Nelta M. recently visited the nearly completed facility to talk through the final details with College Foundation, facilities and advancement officials, and even tried out the new seating.

“John and Nelta continue to demonstrate their remarkable generosity and set a wonderful example for their fellow alumni,” said David M. Gerlach vice president for advancement. “They have helped many students obtain their SUNY Canton education and they are an inspiration to others. Now the Halford name will be permanently displayed in one of the nicest and most visible areas on campus.”

His generosity previously led the College to name the Lobby at the intersection of the Faculty Office Building, Wicks Hall, and Cook Science Center in his honor.

Halford is a proud World War II veteran who completed high school and attended SUNY Canton (then called the Agricultural and Technical Institute) after his time overseas.

“I’ve asked the SUNY Canton Foundation to include the U.S. Marine Corps seal on the plaque in the Halford Alumni Suite in honor of my time in the service,” Halford said. “Whether it’s through scholarship or athletics, I hope students enjoy their time at the College and use their experience to shape their lives.”

After graduating from the air conditioning technology program, he moved to Long Island and worked for Brookhaven National Laboratory as a technology specialist. He later became Suffolk County maintenance supervisor of buildings and grounds.

He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Gouverneur and a Mason of more than 50 years. He is a supporter of the E.J. Noble Hospital, Hermon-DeKalb Senior Citizens Center, and the Gouverneur Senior Citizens Center. He also volunteers for the Richville Library and serves on the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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Great Majors Lead to Great Careers at the Spring Career Fair

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Many companies routinely recruit SUNY Canton students for the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their education. Successful alumni recently returned to recruit future generations of employees at the College’s recent Career Fair.

“The engineering technology curricula were very sought after this spring,” said Daniel Miller, an assistant professor and career services coordinator. “The demand for our graduates re-emphasizes our mission to provide great majors that lead to great careers.”

In the video, alumni explain in their own words what distinguishes a SUNY Canton from other college graduates and highlight some of the recent changes at the College.

The Career Fair is a direct employment outreach initiative facilitated by Office of Career Services with support from the SUNY Canton Foundation and Alumni offices. For more information about careers available for students and graduates, visit http://www.canton.edu/career_services/login.htm.

 

 

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Kingston Honors Parents with Warm Gift to SUNY Canton

Monday, March 7th, 2011

A SUNY Canton alumna and local business owner was inspired by her parents and her involvement with the College’s Foundation to make a warm gift to the new Roos House Athletic Center.

Sylvia Kingston

Sylvia M. Kingston, proprietor of both Josie’s Little Pizzeria and Sylvia’s Lounge and Eatery in Canton, recently donated $25,000 to the SUNY Canton Foundation. Her gift secured the right to name the Lloyd J. and Josephine F. Kingston Fireplace located in the mezzanine within the brand-new building.

“Sylvia’s efforts with SUNY Canton and support of our growth have made a big difference within our community,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Her generosity has been continuous and has been in tribute to her parents. We are honored to have the Kingston family’s name permanently connected to our new athletic facility. We will be reminded of Lloyd and Josephine’s warmth and hospitality each time we congregate next to the Kingston Fireplace.”

The fireplace is set in a granite wall in the elevated area overlooking the ice rink, the basketball court and the field house portions of the new building. Kingston’s father was a stonemason, making the intricately designed area an ideal location to honor her parents.

“My parents and my father’s work literally laid some of the groundwork in North Country higher education,” Kingston said. “His masonry can be seen on each of the other college campuses in the area. Much like the granite serving as the foundation for the fireplace, my parents were my rock that I could lean on for constant support. It was only fitting to name this place in honor of them.”

Kingston and her family’s roots with SUNY Canton run long and deep. She’s a 1978 graduate of the College and has been a member of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors since 2000, and is a member of the Planning Committee. Her brother David L. Kingston graduated in 1970 and her sister Rose Marie Kingston Costanzo graduated one year later in 1971.

Kingston’s daughter, Shelley Kingston Peria, is a current student at SUNY Canton in Liberal Arts-General Studies program. She graduated early from Hugh C. Williams High School in order to attend the College during the Spring semester.

The family has also been renowned for their commitment to the North Country. In 1973, Kingston’s parents founded Josie’s Little Pizzeria on Main Street in Canton. The business has continued under Kingston’s stewardship since Josie’s retirement in 1984.

In January 1997, Kingston established The Lloyd J. and Josephine F. Kingston Scholarship at the College as a tribute to her parents. The scholarship is awarded annually to an entering freshman student from St. Lawrence County who enrolls in the business administration program with preference to graduates of the Canton Central School District.

The growth of the College over the years has impressed Kingston. “The new athletic facility accents the years of transformation that have taken place on this campus since I graduated,” she noted. “Between this new facility, the new residence hall and the new four year degree programs like sports management, SUNY Canton is answering the needs of the people in the North Country and in turn, helping our community prosper.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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Olympic Television Producer and SUNY Canton Alumnus Presents March 11

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Bob HughesSUNY Canton Alumnus Robert M. Hughes knows the right camera angles to film Olympic luge, bobsled, and skeleton racers speeding over 80-miles per hour down a complex track.

The 1975 graduate is co-owner of Carr-Hughes Production in Saratoga Springs, a respected sports TV production company with a long history handling international television coverage for sports like luge, bobsled and skeleton.

Hughes will be coming back to SUNY Canton to talk about filming and production at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public. The presentation will be of particular interest to the College’s graphic and multimedia design students.

“I was responsible for managing the production process at the luge, bobsled and skeleton venue during Vancouver,” Hughes said. “The production was massive with 54 cameras and a crew of about 100 people from around the world.”

Hughes has worked with NBC and Universal Sports and produced programming for ESPN, Speed Channel and many other networks. He and his company filmed the World Equestrian Games and are the host broadcaster for all the major Track and Field meets in the U.S. If it’s moving fast or flying through the snow, he can find a way to film it and rebroadcast it to major networks around the world.

“I’m going to enlighten students about the uniquely democratic world of mobile television production,” Hughes said. “Motivated students who have interest and ability in any aspect of production (sound, editing, filming, or direction) can launch their career straight out of college.”

Carr-Hughes Productions is renowned for their global sporting events and home to world-class post-production facilities. They offer site production, post-production, and live televised event programming.

“We’re in the process of establishing an educational relationship with Mr. Hughes with the hopes of establishing internship possibilities for our fourth-year students in the graphic and multimedia design program,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “His insights will provide our students an inside look at a competitive and lucrative career option. Students who are interested in the possibility of an internship or career in television production should plan on attending the presentation.”

Guests at the program will be able to screen some of Hughes’ recent work, including a track meet recently filmed for ESPN. He said each broadcast presents its own unique decisions that need to be made and major production decisions need to be made rapidly without any hesitation. “In this business, you need to be a self-starter with the ability to learn and do things on the fly,” Hughes said.

Hughes was a competitive luge athlete after graduating from SUNY Canton. He went on to coach the 1984 U.S. Olympic luge team in Sarajevo before moving to television production. Examples of some of his work can be viewed at www.carr-hughes.com.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Foundation Seeks Alumni Feedback

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The SUNY Canton Alumni and Foundation offices are seeking information from the College’s more than 36,000 active graduates.

“We want our alumni to know that we are here to help them remain engaged and connected with their alma mater,” said SUNY Canton Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato. “We’ve created a survey to help us tailor our current programs and help our alumni stay linked with current events on campus.”

The short 12-question survey can be completed online at http://www.canton.edu/alumni/survey.html. The same survey was included in the Fall 2010 edition of After Canton Alumni Magazine.

The alumni and foundation offices host events and activities including the annual alumni weekend on campus, receptions across the country and game-day celebrations in conjunction with the College’s athletic department.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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Terry Martin Pride’s Corner Tournament Nov. 20-21 at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

An action-packed weekend awaits SUNY Canton alumni, parents, friends and hockey fans.

The third annual Terry Martin Pride’s Corner Tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21, with tours of the College’s new athletic facility, a pre-game reception, and the men’s ice hockey tournament highlighting the weekend’s events.

Before the first puck drops, attendees are invited to:

  • Noon – 2 p.m.: A tour of the new Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House, including the new ice arena. The tour will leave from French Hall on SUNY Canton’s campus.
  • 2 – 4 p.m.: A pregame reception at Sergi’s Banquet Hall, 31 Main Street, Canton.

The schedule for tournament (all games held at the Canton Pavilion, located on Lincoln Street):

  • Saturday, Nov. 20, 5 p.m.: SUNY Canton vs. SUNY Oswego
  • Saturday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m.: John Carroll University vs. Cornell University
  • Sunday, Nov. 21, Noon: Consolation game
  • Sunday, Nov. 21, 3 p.m.: Championship game

In 2008, SUNY Canton won the inaugural tournament with a final-second overtime goal to prevail over the University of New England, 5-4. The Roos will look to reclaim that title after being edged by John Carroll University 4-3 in the first game of last year’s tournament. They went on to win the consolation game over Norwich 8-1 the following day.

Martin, the tournament’s namesake, served as the College’s head men’s ice hockey coach from 1974-1999, compiling a record of 527-211-29, including a 102-11-8 mark in his final four seasons. His team won 12 national championship titles throughout his career. Martin also served as men’s athletic director, women’s soccer coach, men’s lacrosse coach and taught in the physical education department at various points while at SUNY Canton.

He was the 2009 recipient of the American Hockey Coaches Association’s prestigious John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award, recognizing the effect Martin had on the collegiate sport.

The tournament was established in 2008 by Roos’ Head Men’s Ice Hockey Coach Eric McCambly. “I started the tournament to honor Terry for his extraordinary accomplishments and remarkable pride the program had during his leadership,” said McCambly. “That pride still exists today with his former players, which is why we include pride in the tournament’s name. Terry guided the program to new heights in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s and did so for pure love of the game. Along the way, he and his players brought incredible respect and prominence to the College with 12 national titles.”

To RSVP, contact the SUNY Canton Alumni Office at 1-800-811-6727 or at alumni@canton.edu by Wednesday, Nov. 17.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Students Make Alumni House Greener

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

SUNY Canton alternative and renewable energy systems students have made hot water cheaper and greener at the College’s Blanche K. Woodcock Alumni House.

A class of solar utilization students installed two rooftop heat collectors to learn about solar thermal systems and to benefit the home.


“This is a great example of the innovative ways our faculty implement our signature hands-on education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “These students’ efforts embody our mission to remain dedicated to sustainability and environmental conservation.”

Students were involved in the process from start to finish, gaining experience in discussing the benefits of renewable energy, technical training in determining material needs, costs, scheduling and layout. They made two presentations to the College Foundation and facilities personnel to garner support for the project.

The students then installed the two solar collectors on the roof of the house and made plumbing connections to the existing hot water system. The roof-mounted collectors utilize solar energy to warm antifreeze, which in turn warms water for showers, cooking, laundry, and other uses throughout the house. Much like conventional hot water heating, the newly installed system stores the water in a tank for later use.

“A solar thermal system is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce fossil fuel energy consumption for residential applications,” said Matthew D. Bullwinkel, associate professor of engineering technology who taught the course.  “The students did an excellent job adapting the new technology to the existing structure.”

Throughout the summer months, the system produced storage tank temperatures well over 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the minimum recommended temperature setting for hot water tanks.

“The system performed well,” Bullwinkel noted. “Many people don’t think there is enough sun in Northern New York to use the solar collectors. We actually have enough sunlight to produce more hot water than is currently used at the house.”

SUNY Canton students will continue to maintain the system and use it as learning tool. The system will also be used for research into solar hot water performance in the area.

“Being able to collect data from an actual residential setting versus what we would get from simulating one in a lab has been great,” Bullwinkel added. “We’re appreciative of the overwhelming support we received from Dr. Kennedy, the College Foundation, the Canino School of Engineering Technology, and our facilities department.”

The College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology is involved in solar thermal curriculum training programs through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

The SUNY Canton Alumni House is located at 8 Stillman Drive in Canton, just outside of the College’s 555 acre campus. It was named in 2008 to honor 2006 Honorary Alumna Blanche K. Woodcock.

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SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Professor, Founder Passes Away

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

SUNY Canton is mourning the loss of the founder of the College’s air conditioning engineering technology program.

Professor Emeritus Harry E. King, Class of 1940, taught at SUNY Canton for 37 years and remained active with the College as part of the Alumni Board of Directors until passing away early on Monday, July 26, 2010. He was 90 years old.

“Harry King was one of the College’s biggest supporters and advocates for nearly 70 years,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’re lucky to have his legacy live on in so many of us. He touched the lives of everyone around him and we are grateful for the impression he left on our community as a student, professor, mentor and friend.”

Mr. King, who grew up in Redwood, N.Y., graduated in 1940 from the College with a degree in technical electricity. During the next six years, he worked for the George H. Hyde Plumbing and Contracting Co. in Ogdensburg and married Wilda “Willie” Barton King in 1943. Mrs. King, who also worked for a time at SUNY Canton, predeceased her husband in August 2008 just after the couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

He returned to his alma mater in 1946 and started what was then the heating, ventilation and air conditioning program (HVAC).  One of the most profound ways Mr. King influenced SUNY Canton was teaching, developing a wonderfully crafted air conditioning program that prepared students for successful careers in the field.

“After his family, I think his greatest love was teaching young people,” said Ronald L. Woodcock, who served as co-chair of SUNY Canton’s Centennial Campaign and was a 1959 graduate of Mr. King’s program. “He took trips to Syracuse with students to show us job opportunities, set up job interviews and see interesting HVAC projects.  He exposed his students to the real world of the heating and air conditioning industry, and we are thankful for his dedication in helping all of us achieve much during our lives.”

That sentiment was evident in 2008 when alumni, family and friends of Mr. King came together early in the year and raised enough funds to name the new air conditioning laboratory after him.

“The efforts of nearly 200 people coming forward and raising over $150,000 to name the laboratory after Mr. King is perhaps the greatest tribute I know that expresses how Harry influenced so many lives,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “It illustrates the impact he had on all of us and the Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory now serves as a constant reminder of his continued generosity and passion for SUNY Canton.”

Mr. King was honored by SUNY Canton several times throughout his life, including being named Distinguished Alumnus in 1979 and Distinguished Faculty two years later.

The year of his retirement, 1983, was commemorated by the campus and the students with the yearbook being named in his honor. Alumni also honored his retirement by establishing ‘The Harry E. King Scholarship’ that same year in recognition of his long devotion to the College and to his caring interest in the many students he taught throughout his tenure.

In 2003, SUNY Canton recognized Mr. King’s continued dedication and commitment to the College by naming the annual Honors Convocation after him.

A long time resident of Canton, Mr. King was also an active member in the local community. He served as a volunteer board member for United Helpers Nursing Home for 25 years. Earlier in July, he was awarded Emeritus status by the organization in Ogdensburg and celebrated for his outstanding commitment to its mission and vision.

His family remains in the Canton area, including his three daughters and two sons-in-law, Barbara King, JoAnne and James Danehy ’65, and Martha ’74 & ’78 and Peter MacArthur, as well as four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton with Rev. Michael P. Catanzaro officiating. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton, where a Masonic Service will be held on Wednesday evening at 7:45 p.m. Burial will be held privately in the Redwood Cemetery.

Those desiring may send memorial contributions to: Harry E. King Scholarship, SUNY Canton College Foundation, Canton, NY or to the First Presbyterian Church of Canton, 17 Park Street, Canton, NY or United Helpers Maplewood Campus, State Street, Canton, NY 13617.

Mr. King’s full obituary can be found at: http://northcountrynow.com/obituaries/harry-e-king-90-canton.

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World War II Veteran Receiving Honors at SUNY Canton Commencement

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

A World War II Veteran who stepped forward as the first donor for SUNY Canton’s new athletic and convocation facility is slated to receive the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus award.

John L. Halford (class of 1949) will receive the prestigious honor at the 102nd Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in an outdoor ceremony adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

“John has been an extraordinary supporter of SUNY Canton and his hometown of Gouverneur,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “His commitment and dedication to our country and this College makes us proud in so many ways. His support and generosity toward his alma mater have been remarkable. We are proud to honor him with this award as a small token of our appreciation for his wonderful and productive involvement with us and his lifetime of exceptional achievements.”

Halford and his wife Nelta recently made a donation in support of the Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, which has been nicknamed Roos House. His donation secured the naming rights to an elevated seating and viewing area overlooking the new rink. Through their pledge, the exclusive area will be forever named the “Halford Alumni Suite.”

The Roos House seating area will be the second location on campus honored with the Halford name. In 2005, they pledged further support to the College Foundation, which led to the creation of the Halford Lobby on the entry level of the Faculty Office Building. They have also created an equipment endowment for the air conditioning technology programs and sponsor nine students annually through two scholarships.

“John has been a devoted SUNY Canton Alumnus for decades,” said Marti King MacArthur of the class of 1974 and 1978 and the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Alumna award. “He has diligently supported and encouraged students and is committed to the value of a SUNY Canton education. He’s also an active community member.”

Through his endowments, Halford strives to help students realize their dreams and create chances where none previously existed. “College is all about opportunities in life,” he said. “I hope that through my scholarships I can help students see all the possibilities that lay ahead.”

At the age of 17, Halford entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Gouverneur, finished high school, and went on to SUNY Canton (then called the Agricultural and Technical Institute) to study air conditioning technology. He then moved to Long Island and worked for Brookhaven National Laboratory as a technology specialist. He later became Suffolk County maintenance supervisor of buildings and grounds.

“John is one of the most impressive individuals I have ever met,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “He fought for our country in World War II. He achieved tremendous success in his professional life. And throughout his entire life and even now, he is a complete gentleman who assists others whenever possible, particularly the young people of Gouverneur and Northern New York.”

He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Gouverneur and a Mason of more than 50 years. He is a supporter of the E.J. Noble Hospital, Hermon-DeKalb Senior Citizens Center, and the Gouverneur Senior Citizens Center. He also volunteers for the Richville Library.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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