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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Purchases Scoreboards for SUNY Canton’s New Fields

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg, Inc. has purchased two custom-made outdoor scoreboards for SUNY Canton’s new all-weather, lighted synthetic turf soccer field and new baseball field.

Construction on the new fields and the installation of the scoreboards are expected to be completed early this fall.

“The scoreboards will be one of the most prominent additions to our new fields,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We certainly can’t thank Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg enough for their generosity and commitment to our college and athletic teams.”

The Baseball Scoreboard will be approximately 18 feet long by 6 feet high with 14 and 18 inch light emitting diode (LED) displays and the soccer scoreboard is 18 feet by 9 feet with similar highly-visible red LED digits. Each scoreboard will include panels featuring Pepsi-Cola, or Pepsi products.

“The scoreboards will be the latest addition to our growing athletic department,” said Diane Para, Director of Athletics and Assistant Dean of Students. “During the past year, we have begun upgrading our athletic fields, adopted the Kangaroos as our team name, added men’s and women’s cross-country teams and switched to a four-year athletic conference.”

The college will also soon be constructing an $18 million Athletic and Convocation Center.

“Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg has been a long-time supporter of SUNY Canton,” said Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato. “We appreciate their contributions toward the scoreboards and the Centennial Campaign. Current and future athletes, students, and fans will benefit from the generosity of Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg.”

 

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Cross Country Teams Running in Historical Event

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

History will unfold this Saturday when the SUNY Canton men’s and women’s cross country teams compete at the SUNYIT Invitational in Utica. The competition will mark the first four-year athletic event in the college’s storied history.

The Kangaroos completed the transition from a two-year athletic program to a four-year athletic program this past year when they joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). SUNY Canton will compete in the Sunrise Conference which includes teams from New York, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.

This weekend’s invitational will also mark the first meet for the men’s and women’s cross country teams who are in their first year of competition.

“This is a very exciting time for all of us,” said Cross Country Head Coach Chris Marquart. “It’s quite an honor to be the first SUNY Canton team to compete at the four-year level. Both teams have been working extremely hard during the past few weeks and we can’t wait to go out and race this weekend.”

Women’s and men’s soccer will begin their season on Sept. 8 when they host SUNY Potsdam and Paul Smith’s College respectively and women’s volleyball has their first match on September 16 against Vermont Technical College.

A new all-weather, lighted synthetic turf field for soccer is scheduled for completion this fall. The college also did extensive renovations on the cross country trails that run behind the campus through the wood along the Grasse River. In addition, a new on-campus baseball field was built and SUNY Canton will soon begin construction on a new $18 million athletic and convocation center.

 

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Lights, Kangaroos, Action!

Friday, August 17th, 2007

NEW LIGHTING – Contractors are installing the lights as part of the $1.8 million dollar project that will put the first synthetic turf field on campus. The college will also soon begin construction on an $18 million Athletic and Convocation Center.

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Newly Painted Kangaroos Bound Across SUNY Canton

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

A NEW KANGAROO – Members of the Athletic Department, assisted by University Police, added a new Kangaroo to the SUNY Canton entryway. The three-color logo was painted by (l to r) Diane Para, Director of Athletics and Assistant Dean of Students, Tim Mickle, Men’s Baseball Coach, Teresa Minckler, Women’s Soccer Coach, and Craig Woods, Men’s Basketball Coach.

BIG FEET – Teresa Minckler, SUNY Canton Women’s Soccer Coach, puts the finishing touches on a pair of Kangaroo feet on the road to SUNY Canton. Several sets of large feet will mark the path from the entrance to SUNY Canton’s Athletic Building.

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