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Alumni and Area Employers Recruiting at SUNY Canton, Oct. 5

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Generally speaking, the best applicants arrive early and dress professionally for the SUNY Canton Fall Career Fair.

Employers will be recruiting at this year’s fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Intramural Gym. The event is free and open to community and alumni job seekers, in addition to SUNY Canton students.

Career Fair

Vermont State Trooper and 2009 SUNY Canton graduate Ashley A. Farmer speaks with students at last year’s career fair.

According to David Norenberg, director of career services, students should treat a Career Fair as an introductory interview with every prospective employer they meet.

“Students who have been most successful at starting a career will use their first meetings with employers as a chance to demonstrate their unique talents and motivation,” he said. “In many cases our students already have the hands-on experience that employers are looking for in their next round of hires.”

The College’s faculty members have developed working relationships with key companies and consistently tailor the College’s hands-on education to mirror industry standard practices.

“Our alumni network reaches throughout the North Country and beyond,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We’ve consistently seen companies recruit our future graduates despite economic downturns and uncertain futures. Their loyalty speaks to the effectiveness of a SUNY Canton education.”

Among the companies and organizations represented at this year’s Career Fair are:

  • Ansen Corporation
  • C & S Companies
  • Canton-Potsdam Hospital
  • Cazenovia Equipment Company, Inc.
  • Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital
  • Clarkson University
  • Crouse Hospital
  • Eagle’s Nest Veterinary Hospital
  • Fastenal
  • International Brother of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • IBM
  • Massena Memorial Hospital
  • New York State Department of Transportation
  • Northern Federal Credit Union
  • Novelis
  • Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc.
  • SeaComm Federal Credit Union
  • Siemens Industries, Inc.
  • St. Lawrence County One Stop Career Center
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Tecta America Corp
  • TRC Power Delivery
  • Vermont State Police

Last year, the College interviewed several employers at the SUNY Canton Spring Career Fair.

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

 

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Gift to SUNY Canton Honors Two-Time Alumna

Friday, August 19th, 2011

A recent gift made to SUNY Canton recognizes the significant impact a two-time alumna has had on both the College and local communities.

Barbara Theobald Rich Wilder, class of 1953 and 1970, will be honored at the dedication of ‘The Barbara Rich Wilder Nursing/PTA Study Suite’ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 20. The ceremony will take place in the suite, which features a lounge area for nursing students as well as a computer and study room.

The Wilders and Dr. Kennedy

Barbara Rich Wilder (third from left) will be honored at the dedication of ‘The Barbara Rich Wilder Nursing/PTA Study Suite’ on Saturday, August 20. She is pictured with (from left) her husband, Frederick, SUNY Canton Board of Directors Chair Bernie Regan, and President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“We’re thankful for Barbara’s constant efforts to help SUNY Canton and our students succeed,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Having her name on the suite will remind our students of the kind of professional and person they should aspire to be. We appreciate her leadership and guidance as a donor, volunteer and advocate.”

Wilder, who has served as a director on the Canton College Foundation since 2009, was unaware of the gift being made by her husband Frederick who wanted to surprise her. The gift was unveiled at a recent Canton College Foundation Board meeting.

“SUNY Canton has been great for the North Country as so many students have been able to obtain a sound education for a successful future. We feel very strongly that it is more important now to invest in SUNY Canton,” Wilder said. “Both Frederick and I hope this room will be a place for nursing and physical therapy assistant students to meet, reflect, plan, and study so they will be prepared to be among the best in all graduating health professionals.”

Wilder attended the College in 1953 and later returned as a non-traditional student in the nursing program and graduated in 1970. She then became a registered nurse and worked in the field.

Wilder has served in a number of volunteer roles throughout the community. She has served as a former trustee of the Benton Library Board and the Canton Methodist Church and was also a former board of director for St. Lawrence County Cooperative Extension, 4-H Division, and the Canton Garden Club. She has been an active volunteer for the American Red Cross, Well Child Clinics, and the Canton Rescue Squad.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Announces Inaugural Hall of Fame

Friday, June 10th, 2011

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton’s upcoming Alumni Weekend celebration will include the induction of the first 25 members to the College’s newly created Hall of Fame.

The college-wide Hall of Fame, designed to honor people who have made significant contributions to the College, will conduct its first induction ceremony at a special dinner on Friday, June 10 in Chaney Dining Center. The Alumni Weekend will also include alumni games in SUNY Canton’s new Roos House athletic center on Saturday, June 11.

Those eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame include, but are not limited to, alumni, founders, community members, and retired faculty and staff members. The first class also includes past presidents, athletes and coaches.

“Our inductees have made SUNY Canton a priority in their lives,” said Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy, SUNY Canton president. “We honor them for their involvement with our community, their personal successes, and the impact they’ve made on SUNY Canton. These are the people our students will look up to, appreciate and aspire to be.”

The class is just the first installment of the Hall of Fame’s Century Club, which will include the College’s first 100 inductees. The College will induct three more groups of 25 in the next 18 months.

“So many people have impacted our College in significant ways, but we could not induct them all at once,” Kennedy noted. “We wanted to make sure we took the time to honor each individual in the way they deserve to be honored and recognized. In the coming year and a half, we will induct the other members of the Century Club and from there, continue with annual inductions.”

The inaugural Hall of Fame inductees include:

  • Leon E. Bagley, class of 1948, graduated with an engineering technology degree and worked at GE for 35 years. He was a World War II veteran and enrolled at Canton ATI under the GI Bill. He was passionate about education and the North Country. The Bagleys have had three generations attend the College: his son Timothy graduated in 1985 and his grandson Alexander graduated in 2005. Bagley was instrumental in creating his sister-in-law Alice Bagley’s scholarship in 1997. At the time, it was the largest scholarship in the history of the College. He and his wife established the Leon and Rachael Bagley Endowed Scholarship in 2002. General Electric matched the funds in excess of $220,000 with an additional $150,000 given at the time of his death;
  • William Brown, class of 1961, who was one of the finest basketball players in the history of the College and went on to become one of the original members of the Harlem Globetrotters. Following his career at Canton ATC, he played Division I basketball at Texas Western and has enjoyed an extremely successful business career. He currently works as a director at UBS Financial Services in Weehawken, N.J. Brown’s Northmen had a record of 34-5 in his two years in Canton;
  • Barbara A. Burnham, class of 1946, who is a long time generous donor and has supported scholarships for students at SUNY Canton. She was a teacher for many years and also enjoyed a successful real estate career. She made the College a priority in her philanthropic efforts, establishing an endowed scholarship in her name. She gave a large gift during the troubled economic times because of her commitment to making higher education possible for SUNY Canton students. She has been an active member of the Alumni Association since graduation and published a poem about the College titled, ‘Dear Aggie;’
  • Alden C. Chadwick, who devoted 28 years of service to the College Association as a member of the Board of Directors. He served as the assistant dean of students and was the College’s first director of financial aid. One of his most prominent roles was serving as director of athletics, where he helped expand women’s sport offerings. A scholarship was established in his name in 1993 that honors a senior student who has demonstrated academic success while participating in an intercollegiate athletic program. He was also a Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee (1988) and high school and college basketball referee;
  • Elaine Claxton Pidgeon, class of 1939, who ultimately became director of home economics and food services in the North Syracuse Central School District and served as president of the New York State School Food Service Association. She donated one of the largest gifts to the College to help support outstanding students pursue their scholarly goals. During her years at Canton, Pidgeon was one of the winners of Payson Lecture, a highly competitive speech competition dating back to that time period. After leaving Canton, she became very well known for her extraordinary philanthropic efforts throughout central and northern New York;
  • Stanley W. Cohen, who worked at the College for 39 years and eventually became SUNY Canton’s Athletic Director and served in that capacity until 1972. He began his Canton career as basketball coach and as an accounting instructor. He led some of the most successful basketball teams in the history of the College and coached fellow Hall of Famers William Brown and Robert C. Rogers. During his tenure, he expanded the sport offerings by adding hockey, wrestling, cross country, and baseball. Under his leadership, the Canton Aggies became the Northmen. He was an integral part of the athletic department over a span of five decades until his departure in 1996;
  • Evan M. Dana, class of 1931, who contributed 40 years of service to SUNY Canton. He was a faculty member and chairman of the Division of Agriculture, coach of several athletic teams and was instrumental in the early history of the Alumni Association, serving as president from 1935 to 1939. He was named the College’s Distinguished Citizen in 1977 and the College’s former athletic facility, Dana Hall, was named in honor of his many contributions;
  • John L. Halford, Sr., class of 1949 and World War II veteran, who is one of SUNY Canton’s biggest supporters. He established two scholarships and his gifts have led to several naming opportunities around campus, including the Halford Lobby in the Faculty Office Building and the John L. Halford Alumni Suite in the College’s new Roos House athletic center. In 1999, he became the College’s first member of the Legacy Society by establishing a $50,000 charitable remainder trust and in 2010 he received the College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He serves on the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors;
  • Herman W. Kalberer, who was a professor in chemistry for 37 years and played a critical role in establishing the Honors Convocation Luncheon. He was a favorite among students because he challenged them in the classroom so they could be successful in their careers. The chemistry labs in Cook Hall are dedicated to him and his many efforts, including his generous gifts to the College that have assisted non-traditional students complete their studies. He was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry in 2003;
  • Harry E. King, class of 1940, who worked at the College for 37 years and started the heating, ventilation and air conditioning program in 1946. One of the most profound ways King influenced SUNY Canton was teaching, developing a wonderfully crafted air conditioning program that prepared students for successful careers in the field. He was the recipient of several awards and is a former Alumni Association president.  In 2008, more than 200 alumni, family and friends of King came together early in the year and raised $150,000 to name the new air conditioning laboratory after him to honor the impact he had on their lives;
  • Terry L. Martin, who 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. 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;
  • Virginia M. McAllister, who was the first director of the College’s nursing program. She spent 42 years in the nursing profession, including her last 14 years with the College. Today, the nursing program is one of the most popular and successful programs at SUNY Canton. The Virginia McAllister Award for Excellence in Nursing was established in 1979;
  • Richard W. Miller, who dedicated 65 years to SUNY Canton and was a distinguished professor of electrical engineering technology for 37 years. In 1976, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The prior year, he was named an Outstanding Educator in America. In 1982, he received the SUNY Canton College Council’s Distinguished Faculty Award. Miller is an esteemed advisor to the Alpha chapter of the Theta Gamma Fraternity, a post he has held since 1948. He remains an active member of the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors and the Alumni Association Board of Directors. The Richard W. Miller Campus Center is named in honor of his generous gifts to the College;
  • Peter Nevaldine, who introduced the industrial chemistry and technical electricity programs to the College in 1937. In 1946, he developed and introduced the mechanical, air conditioning, and production supervision curricula. His guidance direction ushered in the automotive technology, construction and civil technology, engineering science, and industrial technology programs. Under Nevaldine’s leadership, the engineering technology division became the first publicly supported school among AAS-granting institutions to receive accreditation from the Engineering Council for Professional Development. In 1988, the SUNY Board of Trustees resolved that the College’s engineering technology building be renamed Peter Nevaldine Hall on the 15th anniversary of his retirement. His students are among the most successful to graduate from the College;
  • Ronald J. O’Brien, who was the first hockey coach at the College. His efforts and determination were critical in the success of the program, as O’Brien captured the College’s first two national junior college championships. He also won seven regional titles and compiled an impressive record of 133-27 in his tenure;
  • Jean M. Parker, who began her 15-year career at SUNY Canton as associate dean of students and dean of women. She became the College’s first female vice president when she took the role of vice president of student affairs and dean of students on July 1, 1976. She nurtured the development of the student affairs division during the College’s rapidly growing student enrollment period of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Parker established an endowment that provides students the opportunity to further their leadership potential;
  • Robert C. Rogers, class of 1960, who was a member of one of the most successful basketball teams in the College’s history both years he attended the College. He enjoyed a successful career for 41 years in the elevator industry and recently made a gift to the College honoring Coach Stanley Cohen that will provide SUNY Canton students with scholarships to help them achieve their educational goals. Rogers’ Northmen had a record of 34-6 in his two years at Canton. He went on to play Division I basketball at New Mexico State;
  • Emma D. Rose, who is considered by many as the biggest supporter of SUNY Canton Athletics in the history of the College. She was a favorite among coaches, players and other fans, traveling the world with the hockey team and housing a number of players until the late 1980s. She committed herself to the athletic programs for multiple generations. Her commitment to the hockey program earned her the right to drop the first puck at the junior college national tournament when it was held in Canton. Rose worked in a number of capacities at the College while supporting the Northmen; she worked as a stenographer in the Division of Arts and Sciences from 1966 until her retirement in 1979. She continued working at the College on a temporary basis until 1986, working in several departments on the campus, including the President’s office;
  • Louis H. Saban, who helped launch the SUNY Canton football program in 1995 and coached the team for six years, the longest stint of his career. Saban spent 16 seasons coaching professional football with the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and the Denver Broncos. He compiled a 34-16 record during his career at SUNY Canton, including a 7-0 high mark during his first season at the helm of the program. The College’s football field was proudly named in his honor in the late 90′s. He also spent time as president of the New York Yankees working closely with famed owner George Steinbrenner;
  • Lottie E. Southworth, who joined the College’s staff after teaching at local public schools and served as an assistant to an instructor in domestic arts. She helped shape the College as one of the most influential early instructors. She worked primarily with the women and provided them with the experience needed to be successful in domestic professions. Southworth  supervised the Practice House, located near campus, where students learned to cook, clean and entertain and host guests. She was a favorite among her students and commanded the respect of everyone on campus. Each year, she hosted a tea for everyone at the College at her home in the village. After retiring in 1945, the Southworth Library was named in her honor;
  • Wesley L. Stitt, who has assisted countless North Country high school students in taking the next steps in their education. He chaired the College Council from 1996-2008 and has served in a variety of roles at SUNY Canton since 1964. He was the superintendent of the Ogdensburg City School District until his retirement in 1990. Stitt was the recipient of the President’s Meritorious Service Award in 2010 and was the College’s Distinguished Citizen in 2008. He was at the helm of the College Council during a period where SUNY Canton experienced dramatic growth both in enrollment numbers and four-year degree programs. Stitt was instrumental in securing funds for the Newell Veterinary Technology Center, the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, and the College’s new Roos House athletic center.  He is a consistent proponent of SUNY Canton’s award-winning Steel Bridge Team and the University Police Department;
  • Margaret P. Vining, who worked at the college for 28 years and retired in 1996 as associate dean of the school of health and medical technology. She began work at SUNY Canton in 1968 as an instructional support associate in the nursing lab and later was named director of the nursing program. Under her leadership, the nursing program thrived and the College was able to establish the bachelor’s degree in health services management. A favorite among students, she was one of only 407 nurses statewide to receive the Nurse of Distinction designation in 1991, which is based upon significant contributions to the field of nursing;
  • Erich L. vonSchiller, who served the College for 32 years as an instructor and a coach for four sports teams and is professor emeritus of physical education. He came to the campus as a physical education instructor in 1967 and started the College’s soccer team, which became one of the top programs in the nation after only two years. He was the assistant basketball coach until 1973 when he took over the program. He also coached baseball and lacrosse for one year. VonSchiller’s teams were highly successful, competing in regional and national tournaments, while several of his players were named All-Americans. He retired with more than 1,000 total wins across his collegiate coaching career; and
  • John H. Wells, class of 1951, who established the College’s one-year heating and plumbing service program after owning his own heating and plumbing business for 17 years. He taught at the College for 23 years until his retirement in 1991. His wife Shirley established an endowment scholarship in his honor to recognize his wonderful teaching contributions; his students are among the College’s most successful alumni.
  • Earl W. and Joyce A. MacArthur, who have positively influenced the college for more than 35 years. The SUNY Canton Foundation was created through their vision and foresight. It continues to thrive with their continuing input and guidance. MacArthur served as the College’s President from 1972 to 1993 and ensured a brighter future for SUNY Canton despite the difficult challenges it faced. The College honored him for his leadership in 2005 by naming him the recipient of the annual Distinguished Citizen award;

For those interested in registering, attending the induction ceremony, or for a schedule of alumni weekend events, visit http://www.canton.edu/alumni/reunion_reservation.html. For questions, contact the SUNY Canton Alumni Office at 1-800-811-6727 or by email at alumni@canton.edu.

 

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Former SUNY Canton Coach Honored by Alumnus’ Gift

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

CohenFuture SUNY Canton students will benefit from the generosity of an alumnus who wanted to recognize the accomplishments of his former basketball coach, mentor and friend.

Robert C. Rogers, class of 1960, recently made a $100,000 gift to honor Stanley Cohen, who served as an instructor, a coach, and an athletic director throughout his 39-year tenure with the College.

“Student-athletes spend just as much time practicing as they do in the classroom, so it’s no surprise when they reflect on their collegiate careers and realize their coaches are the ones who encouraged them to go on to do great things,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Stan Cohen is a great example of this as he served as a mentor to his athletes, colleagues and community members. We thank Bob for his gift to the College, which illustrates Stan’s influence on SUNY Canton.”

The Stanley Cohen Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to scholar-athletes who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement and financial need and are United States citizens.

Cohen, a graduate of Hobart College and a dual-sport athlete for the Statesmen, came to SUNY Canton in 1957 and started out as the basketball coach and an accounting instructor. He eventually became the College’s athletic director and served in that capacity until 1972. He expanded the sport offerings by adding hockey, wrestling, cross country, and baseball.

Under his leadership, the Canton Aggies became the Northmen as a way of differentiating themselves from the other agricultural and technical schools. He retired in 1996 from the physical education department.

“Stan not only had a profound impact on his players, but on the College as well,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “He was able to garner support and build the foundation for SUNY Canton athletics. The growth of our athletic program over the last several decades is because of the work Stan put in to creating it.”

For Rogers, honoring Cohen through an endowed scholarship was the perfect tribute to his coach, who emphasized the importance of students achieving both their athletic and educational goals.

“Stan instilled a work ethic in each of us that we knew we needed to be successful,” he said. “He had a steadying effect on the squad and was a dynamic and energetic coach who helped us grow and develop as players and people.”

Rogers majored in electrical technology and was an integral part of the basketball squad’s success thanks to his impressive rebounding and defensive skills. He helped guide the team to a 34-6 overall record in his two years on the squad.

Following his career with the Northmen, the Watertown native played basketball for New Mexico State. Rogers worked in the elevator industry for 41 years, which included an 11-year stint with Otis Elevator Company before he joined the Miami Elevator Company, where he worked for 30 years. He now resides in Cape Coral, Fla., with his wife, Margaret.

 

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SUNY Canton Invites Alumni to Compete in New Roos House

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

SUNY Canton’s annual alumni weekend will be highlighted by games in the brand-new Roos House Athletic Center and an inaugural College-wide Hall of Fame induction.

Alumni weekend will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, June 10, with events lasting through Sunday, June 12, at venues around campus and the Canton community.

The College’s Alumni Office made special invitation to former student-athletes, coaches and fans to help celebrate the completion of the $42-million athletic facility.

Hockey

“The idea for this year’s alumni weekend is based on the incredibly successful hockey reunion we held in 2006,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’ve extended an invitation to former athletes and coaches from all sports, but we hope that all alumni come take part in this important moment in the College’s history.”

At the previous hockey reunion, nearly 200 players returned to their alma mater. Select guests were chosen to ceremonially break the ice for the new building, which included plans to bring a rink to the college’s campus for the first time.

“With the opening of the Roos House, SUNY Canton will enjoy ‘home ice’ for the first time ever,” noted Terry Martin, who served as the College’s head men’s ice hockey coach for 25 years and compiled a record of 527-211-29 that also included 12 national championship titles. 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.

“I’ve been to athletic centers across the country and this is among the best that I’ve seen,” he said.

The College’s inaugural Hall of Fame induction will also take place during the weekend. The dinner will celebrate 25 alumni, retired faculty, staff, and college founders who have made significant contributions to the history of SUNY Canton and the surrounding community.

Alumni Weekend

“Our alumni and friends have accomplished so much throughout their lifetime and we are proud to honor them in this way,” said Julie Parkman, associate director of development. “The Hall of Fame and its members tell SUNY Canton’s story through their examples of dedication and service.”

Over the next two years, the College will celebrate 100 inductees who will be known as the Hall of Fame Century Club. Annual inductions will take place once the Century Club is in place.

For a schedule of alumni weekend events or to register, visit http://www.canton.edu/alumni/reunion_reservation.html. For questions, contact the SUNY Canton Alumni Office at 1-800-811-6727 or by email at alumni@canton.edu.

 

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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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