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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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Middle States Commission on Higher Education Reaccredits SUNY Canton and Notes Exceptional Educational Offerings, Growth and Innovation

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

SUNY Canton LogoSUNY Canton recently completed a two-year long institution-wide self-study and peer review process resulting in the College’s reaccreditation. The positive reaccreditation report from Middle States peer reviewers included commendations for many recent educational accomplishments at the College.

“I am extremely proud of the efforts the entire SUNY Canton community put into the College’s reaccreditation,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “The process and the Middle States report demonstrates how strong the College is, and highlights the quality of the education and services we provide to our students.”

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education recently completed its ten-year review of the College, with the peer review report summarizing how SUNY Canton meets its goals and objectives while guided by an established mission and core set of values. The College-wide mission is to provide a progression of accessible, affordable, high-quality applied programs that enable students in the North Country, New York State and beyond to achieve their highest potential both personally and professionally.

“More than 100 faculty, staff and students were involved in the multi-year process that led to our successful reaccreditation,” said Jondavid S. DeLong, dean of the school of business and liberal arts and the self-study steering committee chair. “The College met or exceeded all 14 characteristics of excellence in higher education established by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for institutional reaccreditation.”

The self-study and peer review process confirmed that the College continues its tradition of providing an excellent educational experience for students, according to DeLong.

Among the departments praised by the Middle States peer evaluation team was Student Affairs, which was noted for maintaining a high level of student service and promoting significant student engagement. Included in the division is the Southworth Library Learning Commons, which houses Information Services and the majority of the College’s tutoring services. The library was lauded for offering extensive and innovative services that support and enhance educational offerings and academic programming.

The team of reviewers commended the development of credit and non-credit programs directly tied to community needs. The Middle States reviewers also praised the College’s signature Summer and Winterterm sessions, which have experienced dramatic growth in recent years by switching to a primarily online format.

The College received commendation for the creative financing that allowed the Alumni Association and the SUNY Canton College Foundation to construct the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. It was also lauded for creating an institutional scorecard, which ties together the goals, plans, objectives and budgets of each College department.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement. The self-study process is ongoing and linked to overall planning. The College will submit a progress report in 2015 and will undergo its next periodic review in 2018.

 

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Commits $25,000 Scholarship For Claxton-Hepburn Employees

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Claxton HepburnIn support of Claxton-Hepburn’s next capital campaign, the SUNY Canton College Foundation has generously committed $25,000 in scholarship support to assist Claxton-Hepburn employees seeking a SUNY Canton Nursing or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This scholarship was established to encourage CHMC employees to continue their education and pursue higher levels of training in order to provide the highest level of care to the community.

Each fall for five years, five Claxton-Hepburn employees will be selected through an application process for a $1,000 scholarship to help them with tuition and other applicable educational expenses while pursuing a two- or four-year nursing degree. David Ferris, Chief Nursing Officer at Claxton-Hepburn, who received his Nursing degree at SUNY Canton in 1984 and teaches in the program today, commented “We are fortunate to have SUNY Canton’s nursing programs in our community. This scholarship program is a wonderful opportunity for our staff and we are excited to work with SUNY Canton.”

Since 1902 when the A. Barton Hepburn Nursing School was founded, and later through work with SUNY Canton, Claxton-Hepburn has been committed throughout its history to high-quality local nursing education. Claxton-Hepburn provides clinical experiences for SUNY Canton nursing students, and later employs many of them. The medical center also has a tuition reimbursement program for employees who return to seek higher degrees while employed. Claxton-Hepburn’s long connection with the SUNY Canton Nursing program also includes the service of Linda Fay, Professor Emeriti of Nursing at SUNY Canton (1972-2005), who is on the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and the Claxton-Hepburn Health System boards.

Pictured above are (from left to right) David Ferris, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer; Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman, Acting President, SUNY Canton; Mark Webster, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center President and CEO; Cindy Clusen, Executive Director, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation; Linda Fay, member of the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and Claxton-Hepburn Health System boards and Co-Chair of Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation’s upcoming campaign; and David Gerlach, Vice President of Advancement, SUNY Canton.

Pictured above are (from left to right) David Ferris, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer; Dr. Joseph C. Hoffman, Acting President, SUNY Canton; Mark Webster, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center President and CEO; Cindy Clusen, Executive Director, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation; Linda Fay, member of the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center and Claxton-Hepburn Health System boards and Co-Chair of Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center Foundation’s upcoming campaign; and David Gerlach, Vice President of Advancement, SUNY Canton.

Originally issued by Claxton Hepburn Medical Center.

 

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

 

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Canton College Foundation Establishes Scholarship for Hospital

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

In response to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation’s “Constructing Healthier Communities” campaign, the Canton College Foundation has established a $25,000 scholarship fund to assist graduate nurses employed at the Hospital.  The fund will provide scholarships for the next five years, to Hospital employees who already have their two-year RN degree, and are pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

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Shown here, front row left to right: Tammy Sykes, RN; Carli Schiffner, Interim President, SUNY Canton; David Acker, Hospital President and CEO; and TerriAnn Crump, RN.
Back row left to right: Adam Bullock, RN,BSN, MSN; and David Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement at SUNY Canton.

“We have many excellent nurses on staff who are graduates of SUNY Canton’s RN program,” noted Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker.  “As the nursing profession has advanced, new standards of care require advanced training.  SUNY Canton’s online graduate nursing program is a perfect fit for our staff, enabling them to pursue their degree while working.”

The first two scholarship recipients are Tammy Sykes, Nurse Manager in the Hospital’s Emergency Department; and TerriAnn Crump, nurse in inpatient Chemical Dependency Rehab. Both nurses received their RN training at SUNY Canton.

With the Canton College Foundation’s commitment, gifts, grants and pledges to the Hospital Foundation’s “Constructing Healthier Communities” campaign have topped $3 million.  “We are gratified that we found such meaningful way to be a part of the Hospital’s campaign,” noted SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David Gerlach.  “This is just one more example of how our two institutions can partner creatively.”

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

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SUNY Canton Foundation Awards $30,000 for Campus Enhancements

Friday, December 21st, 2012
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Mary Karr, author of award-winning memoirs, was one of the previous guest speakers at SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series. The series will be funded through the College Foundation this spring.

The SUNY Canton College Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 7th annual Campus Enhancement Awards.

“These projects are made possible through unrestricted donations, which are an important resource the College utilizes to fund creative and innovative projects that benefit our community,” said Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the SUNY Canton College Foundation David M. Gerlach. “We are extremely grateful to all of the donors who have supported the Foundation.”

Some unrestricted donations come directly from SUNY Canton faculty and staff members. Last year, more than 230 employees donated approximately $60,000 to the Foundation via payroll deductions.

Among this year’s Campus Enhancement Awards are:

  • The Living Writers lecture series during the spring semester.
  • Instructional software for nursing students.
  • A professional practice field trip for students in the graphic and multimedia design program.
  • Healthy lifestyle training programs.
  • A student field trip to the United Nations building in New York City.
  • Funds for students to attend the 2013 Regional Steel Bridge Competition.
  • New equipment and other upgrades to the student resource library.
  • Problem-solving software for engineering students.

In addition to the annual Campus Enhancement Awards, the College Foundation also funds student scholarships, professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and unique learning and research fellowships.

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Award-Winning Alumnus and North Country Icon Addresses 2012 Scholarship Recipients at SUNY Canton

Monday, October 1st, 2012

A retired St. Lawrence Central teacher inspired community service and generosity for a new generation of students at SUNY Canton’s annual Scholarship Luncheon.

William D. Demo, a graduate of the class of 1957, and the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award and Hall of Fame inductee said that scholarship sponsors believe deeply in the quality of a SUNY Canton education.

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Pictured are (l to r) Carissa L. Durant, a SUNY Canton nursing major from Brasher Falls, William D. Demo, a graduate of the class of 1957, recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award and Hall of Fame inductee, Luke A. Thompson, a nursing major from Winthrop, and Kathleen Demo. The Demos sponsor two scholarships annually for students from St. Lawrence Central.

“I too was the recipient of a scholarship while I was studying here,” Demo recalled. “I deeply appreciated that scholarship then, and I hope that you cherish yours today.”

Demo is a member of the SUNY Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and created the Bill and Kathleen Demo Scholarship, awarded to two students from St. Lawrence Central School.

Pictured are (l to r) Jolene M. Truax, a SUNY Canton nursing major from Massena, Judy Chase, Board President of the E. J. Noble Guild of the Canton Potsdam Hospital, and Samantha J. LaBarge, a nursing student from Rensselaer Falls. The E.J. Noble Guild doubled their scholarship, which is given annually to two non-traditional students from St. Lawrence County.

Nearly 350 students received scholarships or awards at SUNY Canton this year. The College Foundation awards nearly $450,000 annually for student support.

“Your sponsors and I believe in you and the future you represent,” Demo said to the collected students at the luncheon. “You are our investment in SUNY Canton, the area, and world. Your commitment to others will make our world and our College a better place. I hope you will follow in the footsteps of your sponsors and will want to help future students accomplish their goals.”

Pictured are (l to r) Thompson-Weatherup Family Charitable Foundation Endowed Scholarship recipient Kerrie A. Mooney, a SUNY Canton nursing major from Ogdensburg, Robert Thompson, a graduate of the class of 1941, and Ruth McWilliams. McWilliams is the President, and Thompson is one of the two namesakes of the family’s foundation.

SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner complimented the Demo family’s commitment to education. “Mr. and Mrs. Demo have dedicated their lives to the success of North Country scholars, through their scholarship and their teaching careers,” she said. “On behalf of SUNY Canton, I thank you for your support.”

Demo won the Brasher-Winthrop firefighter of the year award in 1994. He was the first town of Brasher Parade Marshall to in 2004, recognizing his community service. In 2008 received the Quad-Town Lion’s Club first-ever Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the highest form of recognition given to acknowledge his dedication to humanitarian services, an award presented through the Lion’s Club’s International Foundation. He was also named Quad Town Lion of the year for his community service in 2009

Among his other accolades, he was named the St. Lawrence County Senior Citizen of the year at the St. Lawrence County Council of Senior Citizens Annual Festival in 2005. He is a life-long member of St. Patrick’s Church and Parish in Brasher Falls has served on the Parish Council, and has chaired numerous fundraising efforts. He was the co-recipient of the 2011 Betsey Kaplan Award for his years of dedicated service as a Town of Brasher councilmember.

Demo, who is now retired, owned and operated an auctioneering and appraisal service.

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

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SUNY Canton Partners with Subaru in a Public – Private Partnership

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Subaru Distributors Corporation has made SUNY Canton its newest corporate training center.

The announcement was made today (Thursday, August 23) at an open house celebration. Subaru and area dealers will be contributing approximately $500,000 in tools, diagnostic equipment, and brand new cars to the College over the next five years to facilitate the partnership.

Barry Wells

Barry A. Wells, executive vice president of Subaru Distributors Corp., discusses the advantages of partnering with SUNY Canton to create a corporate training center. Wells is a 1975 and 2010 graduate of the College.

“SUNY Canton exemplifies the ‘Power of SUNY’ and how we can work with distinguished private sector partners like Subaru to boost economic opportunities across the state,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher in a letter to the College. “I commend Subaru Distributors Corp. and North Country Subaru Dealers for recognizing the strength of the SUNY system and SUNY Canton’s state-of-the-art and newly renovated Automotive Laboratory.”

Through the new partnership, automotive technology students can become certified to work with Subaru. Additionally, a third of the Subaru dealers in New York can send their technicians for training at SUNY Canton, saving the company money on travel to more distant training centers.

Brandon Baldwin

Assistant Professor Brandon J. Baldwin describes the unique partnership between Subaru Distributors Corp., area dealers and SUNY Canton.

“The SUNY Canton Subaru Training Center will be an inspiration for our automotive technology students and will be an example of the value of our partnerships for other corporations,” said Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “The training center will significantly impact our students’ educational opportunities, as well as increase the prestige of our automotive technology program.”

The partnership was first formed when Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the automotive program was introduced to Barry A. Wells, executive vice president of Subaru Distributors Corp. Wells graduated from SUNY Canton in 1975, and earned a second degree from the College in 2010.

According to Baldwin, students who complete the training will be exposed to the latest in automotive technology. “Subaru will give them an added edge as they begin their career search,” he said.

Wells pointed out that the collaboration is a great investment from Subaru’s perspective, because students who complete the training and go on to work for the company will already have the specific skills needed, saving dealerships thousands of dollars.

Subaru Group

The surprise announcement of the new public-private partnership in SUNY Canton’s Automotive Laboratories drew more than 50 guests. The labs were packed with the latest model Subaru vehicles.

“This is also another outstanding partnership between alumni and SUNY Canton,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The power of our successful alumni reaching out to assist our community and our current and future students is profound and deeply appreciated.”

Dealerships in attendance included, Barstow Subaru in Potsdam, Fuccillo Subaru in Watertown, and Bill McBride Subaru in Plattsburgh.

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s Letter to Campus

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

 

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Major Automotive Partnership to Begin August 23 at SUNY Canton

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

SUNY Canton will be partnering with a major car manufacturer to provide advanced training and certification opportunities for automotive technology students.

The College will announce the details of the new public-private partnership at 10 a.m. Thursday (August 23) in the Automotive Technology lab (room 124) in Nevaldine Technology Center. The event is free and open to the public.

 

A birds-eye view of the Automotive Technology Lab, in SUNY Canton’s Nevaldine Technology Center South Room 124.

 

“The partnership will give our students an additional edge as they seek employment after graduating from SUNY Canton’s program,” noted Interim SUNY Canton President Carli C. Schiffner. “We certainly want to thank the manufacturer and the dealers who have made a fantastic opportunity available to our students.”

In addition to certification, students will also have access to three brand-new cars and specialized tools, according to Brandon J. Baldwin, an assistant professor in the automotive technology program. Baldwin sought out this partnership alongside the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

“We provide our students with the latest tools and diagnostic equipment available,” Baldwin said. “Our new partnership takes their education to an even higher level with specialized industry-specific certification.”

The automotive program also recently became a Snap-On Tools Diagnostic Training Center. It is the only designated training center in New York, and one of only about 20 in the United States.

Previously, students in the motorsports performance program have benefitted from a similar partnership with Polaris Industries Inc. Students learn their profession with some of the latest vehicles made by Polaris, and the company hosts specialty training sessions at the College.

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

 

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SUNY Canton Scholarship Honors Joseph and Dine Kennedy’s Service

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The College Foundation has received approximately $100,000 in initial donations from SUNY Canton students, faculty, staff and community members.

President Joseph and Dine Kennedy

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and his wife Dine at the College's 104th Commencement Ceremony.y members.

A new scholarship endowment has been established to honor the commitment and dedication of SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy and his wife Dine.

“There is no better way to pay tribute to the commitment of the Kennedys than to establish this endowment,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “I’m not alone in this feeling. So far, we’ve raised close to $100,000 in gifts and pledges.”

Kennedy served the College for almost two decades and will be retiring August 31.

The Joseph L. and Dine Kennedy Endowed Scholarship waspublicly announced at the College’s 104th Commencement Ceremony by Student Government Association President Daynelle Richards, a 2012 graduate of the health services management program.

“For the past 19 years, students have benefitted from the advocacy from Dr. and Mrs. Kennedy,” Richards said. “The Student Government Association (SGA) contributed funds to help create this new endowment. Thisscholarship keeps with the spirit the Kennedys have always shown during their time at the college, and will benefit students who demonstrate high academic achievement for years to come.”

Prior to the public announcement, the Canton College Foundation had received support from SUNY Canton Faculty and Staff, who wanted to continue the Kennedys’ legacy. Financially, the SGA donated $20,000 to the new endowment and the College Association donated $30,000. Faculty and staff and alumni have contributed an additional $46,000 to create the scholarship.

“Dr. Kennedy has made a difference in students’ lives and in the overall life of SUNY Canton and the Northern New York community,” College Council Chairman Ronald M. O’Neill said. “It is a fitting tribute that the Kennedy family is honored through a scholarship that will continue their legacy beyond their time.”

Kennedy began rebranding the College when he started his career in 1994. Under his leadership, the College has moved from a primarily two-year school to a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution ofhigher learning. The College now offers 23 career-driven bachelor degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. Kennedy initiated the creation of SUNY Canton OnLine featuring 190 courses each semester and 8 fully online bachelor’s degree programs.

“It is difficult to put into words all of Dr. and Mrs. Kennedy’s accomplishments without overlooking something,” Gerlach said. “The campus we have today, the feeling of family this College offers to our students, their parents, and to our faculty and staff, all stem from Dr. and Mrs. Kennedy’s deep commitment to making SUNY Canton the best educational experience for all. They have transformed the College and over the past several years we have likely become the fastest growing college in New York State.”

The entire physical space of the campus has been changed under his presidency.  New building additions include the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, the Newell Veterinary Technology Center, the AthleticFacility, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites, an apartment-style residence hall.

The College’s enrollment has grown from below 2,000 students in 1993 to nearly 4,000 students today. The focus of providing the highest quality career-driven education for the most economical price has always been Kennedy’s top priority. He said, “A SUNY Canton education changes the lives of our students, their families, and our community because we provide the training for successful careers.”

Under his guidance, the assets of the Canton College Foundation have grown from $1 million to over $40 million today. The College awards nearly $500,000 annually in scholarship support to students in need.  As a result of Kennedy’s innovative leadership, the Foundation has received million dollar gifts from professors Richard W. Miller and Herman Kalberer as well as alumnus Joel Canino, Class of 1959, Elaine Claxton Pidgeon, and an anonymous donor.

“The College’s accomplishments under Dr. Kennedy’s leadership are extraordinary,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Carli C. Schiffner, who will serve as Interim President upon Kennedy’s departure. “The entire faculty and staff look forward to continuing the successes and momentum he has created. I feel honored to be among the donors for this scholarship and all that it stands for.”

Dine Kennedy is a dedicated community volunteer who has worked with the Traditional Arts of Upstate New York (TAUNY) Evergreen Campaign, has served as a Board member for Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley, and represents St. Lawrence Valley Educational Television Council, Inc. on the National Leadership Council for Advancing Public Service Media in America. She served 10 years on the Benton Board of the Canton Free Library, including serving as Treasurer and President, served on the North Country Public Radio Community Advisory Board; served 11 years as a Board member, vice-chair, and chair for WPBS, and served 8 years on the Board of Trustees for Canton-Potsdam Hospital. St. Lawrence University recognized her volunteer efforts in 2010 by awarding her their North Country Citizen Citation.

To make a donation to the Joseph and Dine Kennedy Scholarship endowment, contact the SUNY Canton College Foundation, 315-386-7527, 800-811-6727, or email foundation@canton.edu

 

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SUNY Canton Alumnus and World Renowned Cattle Breeder Passes Away

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

A SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus who used his education to make his dreams a reality and helped current students pursue their own has passed away.

Dr. R. Peter Heffering, a graduate of the class of 1951, died on Saturday, March 3, 2012 in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 80 years old.

Heffering and President Kennedy

Pictured are SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus R. Peter Heffering and SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy at Heffering's induction into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.

“Peter’s contributions to the agricultural industry made him a true master at his profession,” Kennedy said. “He showed our students and the entire campus community that a SUNY Canton education can help you exceed your dreams and accomplish anything you desire. We thank him for the students he’s helped and the significant advancements he’s made to our College and its rich history.”

Heffering received two of the College’s most prestigious awards. He was named Distinguished Alumnus in 2003 and awarded the first-ever honorary doctorate in Animal Science at SUNY Canton’s 2004 Commencement. He was also a member of both the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Heffering with Bridge to Success scholarship recipients.

He earned his degree in animal husbandry and worked as a herdsman at the former Beacon Milling Company Research Farm in central New York. He later established his own farm, Hanover Hill. Hanover Hill Holsteins produced 140 proven sires including the legendary Hanover Hill Starbuck, who died in 1998 and left behind 200,000 registered offspring on five continents. His Hanover Hill Holstein herd was one of the most famous in the world for many years.

In 1989, Heffering made his entrance into harness racing and enjoyed great success. His champions won the most coveted races in the sport, including the Little Brown Jug, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Canadian Trotting Classic, Kentucky Futurity, Breeders Crown and numerous Ontario Sires Stakes events.

Heffering with his wife Apryll.

In 1998, Heffering sold his Hanover Hill herd and focused his attention on a new passion, Standardbred Horses. He and his son, David, opened Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, Ontario, which has become one of North America’s premier Standardbred breeding operations, and they have made a huge impact in the racing industry. In 2012, 11 stallions stand in their state-of-the art stallion barn. Heffering bred a number of elite Standardbreds, including 2001 U.S. Horse of the Year Bunny Lake.

He returned to campus in 2003 to accept his Distinguished Alumnus award and serve as a Commencement speaker. He used his own success story to illustrate how his SUNY Canton education and his own initiative gave him the tools he needed to follow through on his boyhood dreams. At the end of his speech, the graduates sprung to their feet and gave Heffering a standing ovation.

He provided the financial support to create SUNY Canton’s Bridge to Success scholarships through the College’s Foundation. The scholarships are designed to help students who have no other monetary options attend college and pursue their own dreams. He frequently visited his scholarship recipients and fondly referred to them as “his other children.”

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to the Bridge to Success Scholarship at SUNY Canton or the Hospice by the Sea, 531 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486.

 

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