Archive for the ‘Athletics’ Category

Fireworks Wednesday at SUNY Canton’s Fall Fest

Monday, September 13th, 2010

The SUNY Canton College Activities Board has sponsored a fireworks display as part of the College’s Fall Festival, Wednesday, Sept. 15.

The first fireworks will launch at 9 p.m. from the field behind SUNY Canton’s Smith Residence Hall.

The Kangaroos men's soccer team will take on the SUNY Potsdam Bears at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The College is holding a "pack the stands" event at the game as part of Fall Fest.

Other events during the student-orchestrated festivities include:

  • A construction celebration of the College’s Grasse River Housing Suites will be held at 3 p.m. across the street from the construction site on Cornell Drive.
  • Students from each residence will be competing in a raft race for their choice of rooms in the new 305-bedroom apartment-style suites and other prizes beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday on the Grasse River.
  • Plattsburgh-based hypnotist Michael Blaine will be performing at 5 p.m.
  • The Kangaroos men’s soccer team will take on the SUNY Potsdam Bears at 7 p.m. at the turf field. The athletic department is holding a “pack the stands event” with competitions and prizes for students attending the game.
  • The much-acclaimed North Country band Double Axel will be performing classic rock sets at 3:30 and 6 p.m. and a College DJ will be performing at 4:30 and 7 p.m.

All of the above events are free and open to the public, but specifically designed for college students. Events, unless otherwise noted, will be held in the field behind Smith Hall near the volleyball court and adjacent to the Grasse River. The rain location for all events except for the fireworks and soccer match is in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

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


Vander Wiel and Talamo Receive Highest Honors

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Seniors Julie Vander Wiel (Malone, N.Y.) and Mark Talamo (Oswego, N.Y.) received the Nicole Fleury Memorial Leadership Award and Alden Chadwick Memorial Leadership Award respectively at the Roos’ year-end student-athlete picnic.

Julie, with mom Lee, and Mark with parents Margaret and Matt

The awards are named in honor of Nicole Fleury, a former standout basketball and soccer player who tragically lost her life in a car accident during her senior season, and Alden Chadwick, who spent 30 years at SUNY Canton, the last 15 as athletic director.  The awards are given to a female and male student-athlete each year who inspire others and who exemplify strong leadership qualities and sound character.

Vander Wiel was a four-year member of the women’s basketball team and this past fall ran on the women’s cross country team.  On the court she played in 91 career games and scored 515 points, grabbed 304 rebounds, made 48 steals and handed out 38 assists. The legal studies major has received an academic achievement award from the athletic department for four straight years.  She was a three-time Sunrise Conference scholar-athlete and an Outstanding Scholar Athlete award winner during her junior year for achieving the highest grade-point average among all women’s basketball players in the conference.    Vander Wiel earned a place on the President’s Honor List in four semesters and the Dean’s List in another and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  In 2009 she received the Make a Difference Award for her outstanding effort and commitment to all of the athletic department’s community service projects.    This year Vander Wiel received the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Excellence and a Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award from New York State.

“Without a doubt Julie has made an incredible positive stamp on our department, the women’s basketball program and the college,” said athletic director Diane Para.  “Anyone looking for the true meaning of a student-athlete and all the desirable attributes one would want associated with the term only needs to look as far as Julie.”

Talamo, who received the award for a second time, was a four-year member of the men’s ice hockey team.  During his tenure he has been a Region 3 all-star, a Region 3 Scholar-Athlete, an NJCAA Academic All-American, an ACHA Academic All-American, and an Eastern Collegiate Hockey League academic all-star.  The business administration major has made the Dean’s List in each of his past seven semesters, has received an academic achievement award from SUNY Canton for four years and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  He joined the 100-point club this season and finished his career with 40 goals and 70 assists while being whistled for just 14 total penalties during his career.  This season Talamo, and  teammate Scott Zaryski, were two of 40 players chosen to compete in the ACHA Division-1 all-star game.

“What was said about Mark when he first won the award two years ago holds true even more today,” said Para.  “He is absolutely the kind of young man that Al would have loved and bragged about time and time again.  Mark is a model of maturity and politeness and has the type of behavior we want all of our student-athletes to be known for. “

“We have been blessed to have both Julie and Mark in our athletic family for four years and we will miss them dearly,” added Para.

Former athletic staff assistant Jerry Sawyer, who went back to a management position in the physical plant, was named the Athletic Staff Member of the Year by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Senior Dominic Creazzo (Massena, N.Y.) of the baseball team and freshman Abbey Shoen (Waddington, N.Y.) of the women’s basketball team received this year’s Make a Difference Awards for their outstanding contributions to the department.

In addition, 26 student-athletes received academic achievement awards for earning a grade-point average of 3.35 or higher.

Those winners are Katelyn Anthony (Spencerport, N.Y.)Lorraine Conover (Oneida, N.Y.)and Kristie Melven (Attica, N.Y.) of women’s cross country, Byron Danis (Rensselaer Falls, N.Y.)Brad Hamilton (Salem, N.Y.)Tyler Morse (North Creek, N.Y.), and Justin Richardson (Pavilion, N.Y.) of men’s cross country, Chris Cumella (Webster, N.Y.)Nick LeBoeuf (Gansevoort, N.Y.)Justin Martin (Lowville, N.Y.)Brett Nortz (Watertown, N.Y.), and Darren Ross (New York, N.Y.)of men’s soccer, Emily Bush (Heuvelton, N.Y.)(women’s basketball), Katelyn Horton (Roscoe, N.Y.) and Angie Waryasz (Beaver Falls, N.Y.) of women’s soccer, Vander Wiel and Heather Lottie (Canton, N.Y.) (softball) of women’s basketball, Tony Valentin (Perth Amboy, N.J.) and Tony Parker (Sodus, N.Y.) of men’s basketball, Talamo, Chris Giczewski (Fountain Valley, Calif.) and John Payne(Port Moody, B.C.) of men’s ice hockey and Matt Myers (Brandon, Vt.) and Michael Zelyez (Brasher Falls, N.Y. )of baseball.

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


SUNY Canton Top 10 of ‘09

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

10. Next Stop, Hollywood

Several SUNY Canton students were the stars of a media event promoting the DVD release of the movie Max Payne. Students and faculty from the Criminal Investigation staged a murder mystery scenario in New York City that stumped international television, magazine, and web-based journalists. » More

9. Roos House Breaks Ground

Many have been enthusiastically watching the rapid progress of the College’s new Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The “Roos House” is going up in leaps and bounds, alongside a complete renovation of Nevaldine Technology Center. The College also plans to add a new residence hall on campus in the near future. » More

8. Strong Awards

Assistant Professor Robert Strong, PhD., won a competitive William Randolph Hearst Foundation Research Fellowship and the Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities for his book-in-progress “Bright Advent.” The award-winning author and poet penned a lyric history of King Phillip’s War including key events that led to the creation of America. » More

7. Nursing Options

Over the past year, SUNY Canton added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a one-year Practical Nursing program. These programs were created to help meet the demand for more advanced trained nurses amidst a nation-wide professional health care shortage, and have built a full ladder curriculum for students to spend one, two, or four-years learning what they love. » More

6. Winterterm Becomes a Hot Item

Approximately 800 students took courses during the 2009-2010 Winterterm session. Enrollment increased nearly 60 percent from last year and is now five times as large as the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session four years ago. The semester between semesters has become a convenient and effective way for students to catch up or get ahead. » More

5. Coach Martin Keeps Winning

The American Hockey Coaches Association announced that former Hockey Coach Terry Martin was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award. Martin was the college’s head coach for 24 seasons (1974-1999), 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 and were runner-ups five times. » More

4. SUNY Chancellor Visits

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher visited SUNY Canton in July as part of her summer-long tour of the 64 colleges and universities within the SUNY System. After being met at the College’s entrance by our Roo mascot, the Chancellor was introduced to the evolution and extraordinary growth that has distinguished the College among its peer universities. » More

3. Best Bridge Builders in the Nation

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team hit it big in Vegas on Labor Day weekend by building a better bridge than any other college in the nation. The team won the 2009 National Student Steel Bridge Competition by practicing strenuously and beat the odds that favored larger universities with bigger names (and higher tuition.) » More

2. Centennial Campaign Clocks in at $11 Million

The largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in SUNY Canton’s 100-year history was successfully concluded after raising $11 million for scholarships and overall college enhancements. To honor Centennial Campaign Co-Chairs Ronald L. ’59 and Blanche K. ‘06 Woodcock, the alumni and foundation boards procured a landmark clock which now adorns the Roselle Academic Courtyard. » More

1. Enrollment Tops the Charts

SUNY Canton smashed its all-time high enrollment record during the Fall 2009 Semester with more than 3,300 students. There was a 20 percent increase in first-year, full-time students, and a 10 percent increase in overall enrollment from the previous year. The expansion has led to increased selectivity in the College’s signature career-driven programs. » More

Roos House Underway at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Northland Associates of Liverpool continues to make excellent progress towards the construction of SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed “The Roos House.” Construction workers have begun pouring the foundation main portion of the complex, which will feature locker rooms and athletic staff offices. They will soon begin shaping the ice rink and field house for the 140,000 square foot building. Construction is scheduled to be completed by January 2011.

The project, coupled with the College’s other cross-campus renovations and projects, will dramatically change the overall atmosphere of the College, according to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Roos House

Pictured are (l to r) Northland Associates Employees Tyler Richards and Dennis Baron surveying the construction of a new foundation wall.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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

SUNY Canton to Break Ground for “Roos House” May 6

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Groundbreaking LogoConstruction for SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center will officially begin with a ceremonial groundbreaking at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, adjacent to the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields.

The building has been nicknamed “Roos House.” The project is a celebratory point of pride for the College, its students, and alumni.

“There are a number of individuals and groups responsible for making this project a reality,” Kennedy said. “We will be formally thanking them by inviting those public representatives and community members to the ceremony.

The groundbreaking ceremony is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in Lot 4, and a shuttle service will be escorting visitors to the site.

Northland Associates of Liverpool will begin construction on the project this spring. Northland Associates recently constructed the Johnson Hall of Science at St. Lawrence University and is currently working on overhauling Nevaldine Technology Center at SUNY Canton.

“We’ve been anxious to get this project underway for a long time,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The new building will continue the transformation of our campus, and the facilities will benefit both the College and the community. We expect it to dramatically impact the regional economy.”

The Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center will provide ample space for indoor athletics, including basketball courts, a lap pool, and a field house. It will also house SUNY Canton’s fitness center and provide increased space for activities such as concerts, graduation ceremonies, trade shows, and other events. Additionally, it will provide the local community with further options to host larger events for entertainment, high school playoffs, and local sports tournaments.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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

SUNY Canton Mourns Former Coach Lou Saban

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Inspirational football coach and mentor Lou Saban will be remembered fondly at SUNY Canton.

Saban, an 87-year-old native of Brookfield, Ill., died on Sunday (March 29, 2009) at his home in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

He helped launch the SUNY Canton football program in 1995 and coached the team for six years, the longest stint of his career.

Lou Saban

“We consider ourselves fortunate to have known and worked with Lou,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “He built the football program here from the ground up and was dedicated to SUNY Canton and our student-athletes. We had a lot of fun during our successful football seasons, and we have great memories of Lou and his teams.”

He compiled a 34-16 record during his career at SUNY Canton, including a 7-0 high mark during that inaugural 1995 season. The College’s football field was proudly named in his honor in the late 90’s.

Senior Athletic Staff Assistant Jerry Sawyer coached with Saban throughout his years at the College, and the two forged a long-lasting friendship.

“Lou brought a tremendous amount of experience to the program and was a no-nonsense coach,” Sawyer said. “My relationship with Lou allowed me to meet some people I never would have met and to do some things I never thought I would do.”

Saban spent 16 seasons coaching professional football with the Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and the Denver Broncos. He compiled a record of 95-99-7. He also coached at the University of Miami, Army, Northwestern, Western Illinois, Peru State, Chowan State, and the University of Maryland. His resume also includes time spent as president of the New York Yankees. He was also the athletic director at both the University of Miami and the University of Cincinnati.

Prior to coaching, Saban played football at Indiana University and professionally with the Browns.

SUNY Canton halted the football program following the 2003 season when the College began planning the transition to a four-year athletic program. Subsequently, the College began baseball and cross-country programs.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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

SUNY Canton Coach Receives National Award

Friday, February 13th, 2009
The American Hockey Coaches Association has announced that Martin is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award.

The American Hockey Coaches Association has announced that Martin is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award.

More than ten years after coaching his final game at SUNY Canton, former Hockey Coach Terry Martin continues to be recognized for his efforts.

The American Hockey Coaches Association has announced that Martin is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award. The award, named after the famed Boston College coach, honors those people in the coaching profession who have contributed to the overall growth and development of the sport of ice hockey in the United States.

Martin was nominated for the award and received letters of support from current SUNY Canton Head Coach Eric McCambly and numerous former players, many of whom are now coaching hockey themselves.

Martin was the college’s head coach for 24 seasons (1974-1999), 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 and were runner-ups five times.

“This is a deserving award for a coach that cared deeply about the development of his players both on and off the ice,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Our hockey alumni reiterate to us regularly that Terry’s success was highlighted by much more than just national championships. He positively influenced the lives of hundreds of players.”

Upon his retirement many of his past players honored him and spoke more on “his winning character than on his winning record.” His past players noted that he really cared about them as people and was always there for them in times of trouble.

In addition to coaching hockey he coached lacrosse and taught physical education. Some 31 players transferred to Division I schools to continue their education while playing varsity hockey. Current coaches who played for Martin include: Don Vaughan ‘81, Colgate; Paul Flanagan ‘78, Syracuse Women; Rick Gotkin ‘80, Mercyhurst; Mark Taylor ‘83, Hobart; Jim Ward ‘83, Connecticut College; Craig Chamberlain ‘85, Monroe Community College; Bob Rosen ’81, Williamsville North High School; and many others.

“I can tell you first hand that more important than all of his wins and championships was his commitment to instilling character and helping young men find the right path to success,” said Colgate Coach Don Vaughan ‘81. “He has left a positive mark on countless young men who have played for him. His teams were well prepared and driven yet always respected the game and played with sportsmanship and character. He influenced young men not only as hockey players but as people who now have the same positive impact on those around them.”

Former John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award winners include New Jersey (NHL) General Manager Lou Lamoriello, former St. Lawrence University Coach George Menard, Boston University’s Jack Kelley, and Minnesota’s John Mariucci.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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

State Budget Includes SUNY Canton CARC Project

Monday, April 7th, 2008

The 2008-09 New York State budget included $21.2 million for SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center (CARC) Project, announced President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“This funding will not only help SUNY Canton build a new athletic center,” Kennedy said, “It will dramatically transform our entire campus and help bring additional funding and jobs to the area.”

Athletic Center

In 2006, the College received $18 million to construct an ice rink and convocation center. The scope of the initial project changed dramatically because of a need for a new athletic facility. The new project is estimated to exceed $40 million, and will include a gymnasium, field house, fitness center, locker rooms, staff offices, pool and an ice rink.

Last October, the athletic department unveiled a $1.8 million all-weather lighted synthetic turf field, which is currently being utilized by both SUNY Canton’s athletic teams and several area High School and College teams.

The College has already begun planning and design phases of the construction project utilizing M/E Engineering of Plattsburgh and Architectural Resources of Buffalo, for site sampling, surveying, and blueprints. An official groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for later this spring, with a projected completion date of January 2010.

“The State University Construction Fund and the architects have worked closely with us to scope out the immediate and future needs of the campus,” Kennedy said. “We still may not have all the funding for equipping the entire building, but we are certainly moving in a very positive direction.”

SUNY Canton worked closely with both former Governor Eliot Spitzer’s and Governor David A. Paterson’s administrations, state senators Darrel J. Aubertine and Joseph A. Griffo, former State Senator James W. Wright, assembly members Dede Scozzafava and Janet L. Duprey, and several other members of the New York State Legislature, and local community.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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

Site Prep Begins for New Roos’ House

Friday, November 30th, 2007

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS - Pictured is Michael Blakely of SJB Services, Inc., operating an exploratory drill on the future site of SUNY Canton's Athletic and Convocation Center.

One of the first steps in laying a solid foundation for SUNY Canton’s Athletic and Convocation Center is underway.

Workers from SJB Services, Inc., a geotechnical and environmental testing and consulting company, were drilling holes to find the bedrock in the fields adjoining the college’s new lighted all-weather synthetic turf field.

Site survey, soil investigations and the preliminary design work have all begun. Actual construction of the $36.7 million complex is set to begin in the spring. The first phase of the project is targeted for completion during the Fall 2009 Semester.

 

SUNY Canton Announces Athletic Facility Plans

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced today that the college will be increasing the size and scope of its future Athletic and Convocation Center.

Site survey, soil investigations and the preliminary design work are underway with actual construction set to begin in the spring. The new plans are to build a $36.7 million complex.

“We have added an additional $18.7 million to our new capital plan for these facilities,” Kennedy said. “Combined with the previously approved $18 million from the state, this will enable us to include all of the modern amenities that this type of project should incorporate. It will dramatically change the atmosphere and personality of our campus.”

The new plan includes a hockey arena, gymnasium, field house, fitness center, pool, locker room facilities, and athletic department office space. Previous designs had planned to continue using the gymnasium and facilities in Dana Hall, but that is no longer a viable option.

“At this time, the renovation costs far exceed the costs of replacing Dana Hall,” Kennedy said. “Because of recently diagnosed structural problems in Dana Hall, we are in the process of vacating that facility, utilizing other on-campus temporary space, and moving forward as expeditiously as possible with our new Athletic and Convocation Center.”

SUNY Canton athletics have experienced tremendous growth recently. The college’s teams now compete against other four-year institutions in the Sunrise Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Men’s and women’s cross country teams were added this past year and the college recently adopted Kangaroos as its new athletic nickname.

“Our athletic program continues to evolve and progress at an exciting pace,” Kennedy said. “As we do so, we will continue to recognize those who have made it possible. The Dana name will be remembered and honored appropriately within the new facility.”

SUNY Canton’s new all-weather, lighted synthetic turf field was unveiled this fall. It has hosted the college’s soccer teams and has been extensively utilized for the area’s high school Section X soccer playoffs. The college also did extensive renovations on the cross country trails that run behind the campus through the woods along the Grasse River. In addition, a new on-campus baseball field will be ready for competition next fall.