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SUNY Canton Honors Area Business at Classroom Dedication

Monday, October 20th, 2014

SUNY Canton has named one of its newest classrooms in honor of Canton’s Coakley family.

 

William J. (Bill) and Carol M. Coakley, Carol J. and Ronald J. Spadaccini, and Thomas F. (Tom) and Nellie E. Coakley, the owners of Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, previously made a donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation for the college’s Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The family’s gift secured the right to name the Coakley Family Student-Athlete Study and Classroom.

Pictured are Carol J. Spadaccini, Thomas F. and William J. Coakley, co-owners of Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, sitting in the classroom that is named after their family.

Pictured are Carol J. Spadaccini, Thomas F. and William J. Coakley, co-owners of Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, sitting in the classroom that is named after their family.

“The Coakleys understand the connection between athletic and academic success,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “Athletics build teamwork and leadership skills. The continuous practice and focus that students need for athletic success mirrors the set of skills that they need for academic success.”

 

New steel signage has been added to the exterior of the room and a ceremonial plaque with a photo of the family has been hung to denote their charitable contribution.

 

“The relationship between athletics and academics has been absolutely crucial to the success of our family,” Tom Coakley said. “For us, it was a natural fit to add our family name to a room that contributes to the academic success of student-athletes at SUNY Canton.”

Pictured are Thomas F. Coakley, Carol J. Spadaccini and William J. Coakley with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran at the Coakley Classroom unveiling.

Pictured are Thomas F. Coakley, Carol J. Spadaccini and William J. Coakley with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran at the Coakley Classroom unveiling.

 

The Coakleys’ ties to the College span over several decades. Tom, Bill and Carol’s father, Robert J. Coakley filled in as a construction instructor in SUNY Canton’s earlier days. Bill assisted the men’s ice hockey team for 15 years alongside Head Coach Terry Martin, during which time the team won numerous NJCAA Championships. Tom has been a member of the College Foundation Board of Directors since 1981, is a member of the Finance and Investment Committee, and serves with his wife, Nellie, on the Service Members Advisory Board.

 

“The college’s commitment to the community of Canton is evident through its continual push for growth,” Bill Coakley said. “The growth of the college brings new opportunities and revenue to the North Country.”

 

The family was the recipient of the Canton College Foundation’s Community Leadership Award in 2008, honoring their leadership and commitment to the North Country community. The Coakleys won both the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Syracuse District Family Owned Business of the Year award in 2011. Bill Coakley was inducted into SUNY Canton’s college-wide hall of fame in 2013.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

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SUNY Canton ‘Zombie Run’ Set for Oct. 18

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

SUNY Canton will host a “Zombie Run” at 1 p.m., Oct. 18, at the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, also known as Roos House.

Participants will evade “zombies” that will be stationed along the 5K course. Registration begins at noon in the Roos House field house. Entry fees are $10 for SUNY Canton faculty, students and staff and $15 for community members. Racers will receive a backpack, t-shirt and race bracelet. Funds raised will benefit SUNY Canton’s Intramural program.

For more information, contact SUNY Canton Intramural Coordinator David LaBaff at (315) 386-7101.

 

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About SUNY Canton

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

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Roos Jump to Final Year of NCAA Membership Process

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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

SUNY Canton recently completed its second year of provisional status, and is just one year away from becoming an active NCAA Division III member. Schools typically must go through four years of provisional status before they are recommended for active membership. However, SUNY Canton applied for and was granted a waiver to consolidate year three and year four of the process. SUNY Canton - NCAA Division III “We are honored and ecstatic with the NCAA’s decision to waive our third year of provisional membership allowing us to take this huge step forward,” said SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “Our coaches, student-athletes, staff, faculty, administration, College Council and numerous departments campus-wide should be credited with their commitment toward making this transition. Their work and dedication is making it possible for us to successfully advance in this process.”

SUNY Canton recently added five new sports in a three-year span to their athletics program offerings. The athletics department has seen tremendous growth during this time, doubling the number of female student-athletes, and increasing its total number of student-athletes from fewer than 150 to nearly 300. The college sponsors intercollegiate teams in men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse.

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“This is a tribute to the hard work the SUNY Canton Athletics staff have done to make sure that our programs meet and exceed the expectations of the NCAA”, said President Zvi Szafran. “Our student-athletes consistently demonstrate their outstanding dedication in their sport and their studies.”

Sieminski added the membership process encompasses nearly every area of the college, and the Athletic Department greatly appreciates the efforts of colleagues and professionals campus-wide.

“I’d also like to thank all the outstanding people we work with from the NCAA, especially Director of Division III Louise McCleary, Assistant Director of Academic and Membership Affairs Jean Orr and our NCAA Mentor Joe Walsh from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference,” added Sieminski. “They’ve been extraordinarily helpful and welcoming in guiding us through this process.”

All of SUNY Canton’s athletic programs have competitive schedules against top Division III programs such as nearby St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, and SUNY Potsdam, as well as Elmira College, SUNYIT, Morrisville State College, SUNY Cobleskill, Nazareth College, RIT, Keuka College, Alfred University, Utica College, Bard College, Johnson State College, Cazenovia College, SUNY Geneseo, Wells College, Lyndon State College and numerous others.

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About SUNY Canton

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

 

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SUNY Canton Hosts Wounded Warrior Project’s Sled Hockey Tournament

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The Wounded Warrior Project will be holding a Sled Hockey Tournament starting on Friday at SUNY Canton. It will be the second time that the organization has used the College’s facilities.

The matches will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Convocation Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House. Games will follow at 6 and 8 p.m. and will continue throughout the day on Saturday, March 15. A championship match will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 16.

Photo by Chris Lenney

Photo by Chris Lenney

Instead of traditional skates, players use a specially made sled, or sledge, to sit on and glide across the ice. They propel themselves using two small hockey sticks. The extra equipment allows veterans who are missing limbs, or are otherwise disabled, to compete.

The tournament is sponsored by the Society for American Military Engineers and the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1231.

Donations will be accepted at the door and there will also be a 50/50 raffle and chuck-a-puck. Memorabilia from the National Hockey League will be raffled off and sold during a silent auction.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

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SUNY Canton’s Megan Mydosh Receives Prestigious Ronald LaValle Leadership Award

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

SUNY Canton junior Megan M. Mydosh of Warwick is the first woman to receive the Ronald LaValle Leadership Award, a SUNY system-wide accolade.

Mydosh was chosen out of thousands of eligible SUNY student-athletes due to her numerous accomplishments in leadership, sportsmanship, as well as her role as an ambassador for the campus and SUNY.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski, Ron LaValle Leadership Award winner and Management major Megan M. Mydosh, Head Women’s Cross Country Coach Kathryn Kennedy and Head Men’s Cross Country Coach John M. Kennedy shortly after Mydosh received her award at SUNY Canton’s Faculty Assembly.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski, Ron LaValle Leadership Award winner and Management major Megan M. Mydosh, Head Women’s Cross Country Coach Kathryn Kennedy and Head Men’s Cross Country Coach John M. Kennedy shortly after Mydosh received her award at SUNY Canton’s Faculty Assembly.

Mydosh has been the captain of her cross-country team at SUNY Canton for three years. Her athletic achievements include a host of top-ten finishes, a first-place finish at Southern Vermont College in 2012 and numerous top-20 finishes in national competition for three consecutive years. Mydosh was also the first in SUNY Canton Athletics history to earn the Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Week Honors.

“Megan is an extraordinary person in so many ways,” said Women’s Cross Country Coach Katie Kennedy. “She is an exceptional runner, student, volunteer, teammate, worker and leader. She is truly one of the most accomplished and well-rounded students in SUNY Canton history.”

Aside from her role as an athletics leader, she works part time in the SUNY Canton Admissions and Public Relations offices and has maintained a 3.96 GPA. Mydosh is also actively involved in volunteering in community events and fundraisers, including the Roos Hop to Help Day, the Special Olympics, the annual Lake-to-Lake Relay and the annual Nicole Fleury Run.

In May 2013 Mydosh received SUNY Canton’s Outstanding Associate Graduate Award when she received her degree in Business Administration. She is continuing her studies to earn a bachelor’s degree in Management and will be eligible to graduate early in December 2014.

“I owe a lot of my success to the support I have received from the entire campus — it’s such a nice feeling to be welcomed to SUNY Canton by my coaches, teammates, faculty and staff,” Mydosh said. “It really keeps me motivated to do the best I can and makes me want to encourage others as well.”

Ronald LaValle was active in leadership development of student-athletes at Stony Brook University, and by extension, all of SUNY. LaValle placed great emphasis on mentoring and supporting all students, especially student-athletes. He was heralded as being an outstanding administrator and coach.

“This is one of the most prestigious awards ever won by a SUNY Canton student-athlete,” said Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “There were finalists for this award from NCAA Division I programs as well as Division III powerhouses. We’re extremely proud of Megan and all of her accomplishments during her time here at SUNY Canton. It’s been an honor to have her represent her team, her academic program, our athletic department and our school.”

 

About SUNY Canton

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

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Longtime Hockey Coach Terry Martin Honored with Statue

Monday, November 18th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Clemente Family Visits SUNY Canton

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The family of National Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente visited SUNY Canton Wednesday.

Clemente’s widow, Vera, and their son, Roberto Clemente Jr., made the trip to the U.S. from Puerto Rico to visit Roberto Jr.’s son, Roberto Clemente III, who is a freshmen at SUNY Canton and will play baseball for the College next semester.

Vera Clemente, Sports Information Director Nate Hart, and Roberto Clemente, Jr.

Vera Clemente, Sports Information Director Nate Hart, and Roberto Clemente, Jr.

The visit marked Vera’s first visit to the North Country. She said she loves the people and will return to watch her grandson play baseball in the spring. Vera and Roberto Jr. are also planning to take part in a book signing in Watertown Saturday, Nov. 16.

During the visit, the two also met with the Athletic department’s staff and discussed SUNY Canton and Puerto Rican culture.

The SUNY Canton Athletic Department with the Clementes.

The SUNY Canton Athletic Department with the Clementes.

The legendary Roberto Clemente Sr. was born in Puerto Rico and played right field for 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 after his death in 1972. Widely known for his humanitarian work, Clemente died while on a flight that was delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Roberto Clemente III said he has learned a lot from his grandfather’s legacy and wants to carry on his traits of being a man of character.

 

About SUNY Canton

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

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SUNY Canton Announces New and More Efficient Administrative Structure

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner today announced several departments and offices were realigned within the College’s organizational structure to better support priorities including student retention, strategic enrollment management and efficient shared services.

Some of the major changes under the new organizational structure include Athletics moving back to Student Affairs, Information Services and University Police shifting to College Administration, and Online Learning and Admissions moving under Academics.

“Canton has been a leader in SUNY’s system-wide shared service initiatives, and today’s realignment by President Schiffner mirrors our broader efforts to streamline administrative overhead so our resources can support student services and institutional priorities,” said Brian Hutzley, vice chancellor for financial services and chief financial officer for SUNY.

“These changes will result in a more effective organizational structure that will allow SUNY Canton to better address its issues and priorities moving forward,” President Schiffner said. “The restructuring of these areas will allow us to focus on student success and better align us with the model of both our SUNY counterparts and colleges and universities around the nation. This is part of the evolution of Canton as we look to continue our remarkable progress.”

Schiffner mentioned the College’s increased focus on academics and student completion as well as future opportunities to continue saving money through shared services. Last month SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam announced more than $1 million in shared services savings, and Vice President for Administration Natalie Higley expects those efforts to continue to benefit both schools.

“SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam have worked hard together to consolidate administrative services, become more efficient, and direct a larger percentage of funds toward the education of our students,” said Higley, who works for both colleges and is an example of the new shared services model. “We’ve already seen progress in areas such as payroll services and information services, and we look forward to continuing to standardize our processes and procedures for future savings.”

 

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NCAA Division III Membership Committee Recommends SUNY Canton for Provisional Status

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

NCAAThe NCAA Division III Membership Committee has recommended SUNY Canton for first year provisional status beginning this fall. The recommendation comes following SUNY Canton conducting its NCAA exploratory year in 2011-12 and formally applying for provisional status in May.

“This is incredibly fantastic news for our athletic program as well as our entire College,” said Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. “It’s a reflection of the tremendous efforts from everyone on campus and the remarkable progress and growth our school has experienced. The NCAA is the premier college athletic association in the world, and we’re excited about this important step forward in the membership process.”

SUNY Canton Women's Lacrosse Team

The SUNY Canton Women’s Lacrosse Team celebrates their first win in the team’s home locker room. They beat SUNYIT 14-9 on March 28.

SUNY Canton added four new varsity sports teams during the 2011-12 academic year: women’s volleyball, men’s golf, men’s lacrosse and women’s lacrosse. The College has more than doubled the number of female student-athletes in the past two years from 45 to 91. Overall, the College has increased its total number of student-athletes from 127 to 251 in the past two years. Women’s ice hockey will be added this coming year and bring the total number of sports teams to 14 – seven for both men and women.

“The progress in athletics mirrors the outstanding growth we’ve seen everywhere on campus, but particularly in areas such as academics, student life and enrollment,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We’ve doubled the number of bachelor’s degrees in the past several years, opened a new residence hall and a new athletic facility, and we’ve set new records in enrollment for four straight years.”

SUNY Canton began offering bachelor’s degrees in 1997. The College now has 23 career-driven bachelor’s degrees. The school’s athletic teams previously competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) until 2007, and then in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) prior to joining the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) this past year.

“It’s an honor to receive this recommendation from the NCAA and become associated with more than 1,200 other NCAA colleges and universities, including approximately 440 Division III schools” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “While we’ve competed with numerous NCAA teams over the past several years, it will be great to formalize our relationship and eventually become a full member institution. This recommendation is the culmination of a tremendous amount of work and dedication for more than a decade.”

Prior to SUNY Canton joining the NAIA in 2007, former SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan encouraged the College to progress toward NCAA membership. In a letter to President Kennedy, Chancellor Ryan wrote, “As you add additional students and strengthen your athletic program, I encourage you to consider membership in the NCAA.”

“The future of our athletics is very exciting,” said Provost Carli C. Schiffner, who will serve as Interim President upon Kennedy’s departure. “Our provisional status with the NCAA will be helpful in scheduling more games against New York State schools and other northeast opponents. In doing so, we’ll be able to cut down on travel costs, reduce the number of hours students are away from campus and the classroom, and further strengthen our shared services goals and objectives with other SUNY schools.”

SUNY Canton’s sports schedules for next year already include prestigious schools such as nearby St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University, as well as SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNYIT, SUNY Morrisville, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Maritime, Cazenovia College, Wells College, Alfred University, Paul Smith’s College, Nazareth College, Union College, Utica College, Keuka College, Medaille College, Bard College, Johnson State College (Vermont), Green Mountain College (Vermont), Lyndon State College (Vermont) and numerous others.

If approved by the Division III Management Council, SUNY Canton will begin its first year of provisional status this fall.

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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.

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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.”

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