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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.
Construction is progressing on the new all-weather, lighted, synthetic turf field for soccer and lacrosse and the new men’s baseball field at SUNY Canton. The fields are slated to be completed later this summer with anticipation of a Kangaroos home game this Fall. A new women’s softball field was previously constructed. The college has also started plans for construction of a new $18 million Athletic and Convocation Center near the Edson A. Martin athletic fields next summer. Pictured is a few of the machines to move the earth used by Fiacco and Riley Construction of Norwood to build the new fields.
Things have been hopping in the SUNY Athletic Department all year, even prior to the arrival of the Kangaroos.
SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy has awarded the 2007 President’s Meritorious Service Award to Assistant Dean of Students and Athletic Director Diane J. Para. This year included acceptance into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the change of the athletic nickname to Kangaroos, preparations to move to four-year athletics, plans to construct a new $18-million athletic and convocation facility, and the start of construction for the new outdoor, lighted synthetic turf field. The athletic program will also add men’s and women’s cross country this fall.
“It is a pleasure to present the Meritorious Service Award to someone who, to use a sports expression, bleeds SUNY Canton blue and green,” said Kennedy at a recent college-wide ceremony. “Diane, you’ve been with us for 18 years, and this may have been the craziest.”
Para began her career at SUNY Canton in 1989 as director of intramurals and recreation sports and as a technical assistant for the athletic department. She became an assistant to Athletic Director Al Chadwick and became the Athletic Director in 1993. Last year, she was named Assistant Dean of Students, and began the complete restructuring of the athletic teams, including their name, to accompany the college’s transition to a four-year college. She has served on numerous committees both on campus and in Region III of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
“Diane is a highly motivated and driven leader,” Assistant Director of Athletics Matthew G. Metcalf pointed out. “She is incredibly dedicated to the student-athletes and is committed to providing the best possible experience for them both athletically and academically.”
Para started the women’s volleyball team at SUNY Canton and coached for eight seasons. She was named the Mid-State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2003. She has also coached women’s softball at SUNY Canton and was named the Assistant Dean of Students. Para received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a minor in Sports Management from Ithaca College, and a master’s degree in athletic and recreation management from Eastern Illinois University. She is currently working towards her doctorate degree in leadership in higher education from Capella University in Minnesota.
She is quick to praise her staff and for those who have mentored her during her career, most noticeably Chadwick, Associate Professor of Humanities Sue S. Rummel and School of Liberal Arts and Support Services Dean Pauline A. Graveline.
In a campus-wide ceremony on Thursday, SUNY Canton unveiled its new logo and nickname, and also announced that the college has been formally accepted as a full member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). SUNY Canton will begin competing in four-year athletics in the fall of 2007.
SUNY Canton has adopted Kangaroos as their new logo and nickname. It will immediately replace the Northstars, which had supplanted Northmen in 1995.
“We feel the new nickname is an appropriate reflection of SUNY Canton and the college’s uncompromising progress,” President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Kangaroos can only move forwards, not backwards. It also mirrors our global approach toward education. With our tremendously successful distance learning efforts, we can be found around the world. As demonstrated by the growth of SUNY Canton Online, we are not limited by geographical boundaries. We have students in the Ukraine, Russia, and Japan. I wouldn’t be surprised if we enroll students from Australia in the near future. ”
SUNY Canton began the process of finding a new logo and nickname last fall as they were transitioning into a four-year athletic program. The college contracted with Studio Simon, a national graphic design company, to develop a new identity for SUNY Canton. The college was looking for a unique new name and following an exhaustive study and input from faculty and staff, student-athletes and administrators, Kangaroos was chosen as the final product. SUNY Canton is one of just three colleges in the country with Kangaroos as their mascot.
“This is a historic time for SUNY Canton,” said athletic director Diane Para. “This college continues to move forward with four-year athletics in an outstanding organization and many new academic programs, not just here but around the world. While many people consider Kangaroos to be cute and friendly-looking, they are actually fiercely competitive and aggressive. Our athletes identified with those characteristics.”
SUNY Canton’s application into the NAIA was accepted this past weekend at the national convention in Kansas City, Mo. The Kangaroos will join the Sunrise Conference which includes Paul Smith’s College, Fisher College in Boston, College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vt., University of Maine at Machias, University of Maine at Fort Kent, and Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center, Vt.
SUNY Canton will also be building an $18 million athletic and convocation center in the next couple of years, and a new $1.8 million all-weather, lighted synthetic turf field is scheduled to open this fall.