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World War II Veterans to Return for Commencement

Monday, May 12th, 2008

American FlagSixty-five years ago, Clarence “Cal” Hansen was required to leave college just weeks before his graduation to go fight in World War II. Next weekend, he is returning to Canton from South Dakota to attend the Commencement he was forced to miss in 1943.

At its upcoming Commencement, SUNY Canton will be honoring all of its World War II veterans that left College to serve their country and didn’t get the opportunity to experience their graduation. The College will be bestowing honorary certificates to the brave men who left school to defend our country, including those veterans unable to attend and those who have passed away.

“This is likely the most special group of students in the College’s illustrious history,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “They’ve been appropriately called ‘The Greatest Generation’ because of what they did for our country and the world. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call them our greatest graduates.”

Veterans and their families are encouraged to call 888-388-7123 or 386-7528 or email SUNY Canton will be celebrating its 100th Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on May 17 outdoors across from French Hall. Nearly 500 graduates are expected to participate, including several veterans and their spouses.

“Clarence Hansen recently sent our alumni offices an email describing how a large number of students from his Class of 1943 were required to leave school on April 1,” said Vice President of Advancement David M. Gerlach. “As a result, they missed their graduation ceremony by just a few weeks. As we looked into it further, there were students from other years with similar experiences.”

The College has had difficulty finding all of its veterans to invite them to this year’s ceremonies.

“We’re asking the public for help in finding all of our World War II veterans or their surviving family members to let them know that we’d like them to join us on May 17,” said Gerlach. “Although some of our veterans have passed away, we’re hoping that their spouses or children will contact us. And for those that are unable to attend, we’d still like to send them their honorary certificate.”

“We want to thank Cal for telling us their story and for traveling all the way from South Dakota to join us,” said Kennedy. “This will be one of the most memorable experiences for me as the College’s President. We congratulate all of our veterans and welcome them and their families to the graduation ceremonies they so deeply deserve.”

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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SUNY Canton Celebrates Commencement

Friday, May 18th, 2007

More than 700 students are eligible to participate in SUNY Canton’s 99th Commencement Ceremonies beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, on the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields. The event will be held outdoors for the first time in recent memory and perhaps in college history.

The Graduates:

Criminal Justice was the most popular major among graduates with 108 students receiving their associate degree in that field. Seventy-five graduates received associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies, making it the second most popular major, followed by Nursing with 69 students and Business Administration with 62 graduates. The most bachelor’s degrees were awarded in Criminal Investigation. It was the fifth most popular major overall with 60 graduates. The certificate program with the highest number of graduates was the Health Science Career Studies major with 55 students. It was also the sixth largest major overall.

The Chancellor:

SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan will be the keynote speaker. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy has praised Ryan for his extraordinary leadership and accomplishments as well as his tremendous support of SUNY Canton. Ryan has accepted a position as president and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., and will be stepping down as chancellor at the end of this month.

The Tent:

Graduation ceremonies will be conducted in an enormous tent that has been erected on the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields. The tent is 100 feet wide and 220 feet long. The tent was rented from Hurlbut Tent Rental of Massena. College officials moved the event outdoors after it was discovered that Alumni Gymnasium in the Dana Athletic Complex was in need of repair.


Students and their families will gather with faculty, staff and friends for a post-graduation reception following the formal ceremonies. The weekend also featured 18 students graduating from the St. Lawrence David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy and a special Pinning Ceremony honoring the 2007 Nursing graduates.


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SUNY Canton Commencement Moves Outdoors

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

For the first time in recent memory and perhaps in college history, SUNY Canton will conduct its Commencement outdoors.

The College’s 99th Commencement Ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. under a tent on the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields on Saturday, May 19. SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan will be the keynote speaker at the event.

College officials moved the event outdoors after it was discovered that Alumni Gymnasium in the Dana Athletic Complex was in need of repair.

“It will be a memorable day in the history of SUNY Canton,” said Director of Public Relations Randy Sieminski. “If it’s as enjoyable as we envision it, we may consider conducting the ceremonies outdoors in future years.”


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Chancellor John R. Ryan to Address 2007 SUNY Canton Graduates

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Chancellor John RyanSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy has announced that SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan will be the keynote speaker at the college’s 99th Commencement Ceremony.

Commencement begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, in the Alumni Gymnasium in Dana Athletic Center.

“Chancellor Ryan has been a tremendous leader not only for the State University of New York system, but throughout his career,” said Kennedy. “SUNY Canton has benefited from his guidance and dedication. Our graduating students will benefit immensely from listening to such an accomplished professional.”

Recently, Ryan addressed the SUNY Canton College Foundation Board of Directors at a meeting in Naples, Fla., which was simultaneously broadcast at SUNY Canton. He highlighted the remarkable growth in the Foundation’s assets which grew from $1 million in 1993, to $5 million in 2004, to over $12 million in 2006. Since 2000, the SUNY Canton College Foundation has provided over $6 million in scholarships and other support.

Prior to becoming Chancellor, Ryan served as the president of the State University of New York Maritime College, the interim president of SUNY Albany, and was the former superintendent (president) of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

As president of SUNY Maritime, Ryan nearly doubled the number of students in just three years, resulting in the highest enrollment in Maritime’s 131-year history. He created the National Institute for Leadership & Ethics, which includes a summer institute for high school juniors and seniors, as well as undergraduate leadership training for Maritime students, and he established the President’s Circle Scholarship Fund, which includes numerous donors who have pledged $10,000 over four years for a named scholarship.

He is also a former U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and was decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Medal (with oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit (with two gold stars), Meritorious Service Medal (with two gold stars), Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (with two gold stars), and other numerous service awards.

After designation as a naval aviator and assignments in several operational squadrons, Ryan’s naval career included numerous leadership positions in squadrons, wings, and forces that took him to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Ryan has accepted a position as president and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., and will be stepping down as chancellor at the end of May.

Ryan is married to the former Diane L. Ackerman of Bangor, Pa. They have three adult daughters: Tricia, Kelly, and Julie, and four grandchildren.


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Honors Convocation Named for Potsdam Town Supervisor Marie C. Regan

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Marie ReganSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced the 2007 Honors Convocation has been named to honor Professor Emerita and Potsdam Town Supervisor Marie C. Regan.

Regan will be the guest of honor at Honors Convocation where 75 students will be recognized for outstanding academics and leadership at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in Alumni Gymnasium in Dana Athletic Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“Marie Regan was recommended unanimously by the Recognition and Awards committee for her years of dedication to the college and to the community,” said Kennedy. “I join with them in saluting Professor Regan’s years of outstanding service to the college. She exemplifies the drive that we instill in our current students and the leadership talent we encourage in our faculty.”

Regan retired with the highly-esteemed State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor status and the SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Award in 1996 after 24 years at SUNY Canton. As a professor of English and Humanities, she taught numerous writing and literature courses. She remains one of the most recognizable faces to faculty and staff members on campus.

“I’m really surprised, overwhelmed, and grateful for this honor,” Regan said. “I think SUNY Canton offers a wonderful opportunity for student and faculty growth. It gave me the first opportunity to begin working in governance, which helped me during my second career as a town supervisor.”

Regan will also be reading with some of her SUNY Canton colleagues at “Readings from the American Past” at 4 p.m. Monday, April 30, in the SUNY Canton Kingston Theater.

During her time at the college, she spearheaded and served on many of the committees that helped shape the college. She was the English and Humanities Department Chair, a faculty senator, a member of the State University of New York Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and even served on the hiring committee that brought SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy to the college.

Among those who nominated her for this distinguished recognition was Regan’s long-standing colleague, Sue S. Rummel. “With such an impressive list of credentials, it is incredible that Marie excelled even more in the classroom,” Rummel said. “Her enthusiasm for her subject matter is contagious. I heard one student say ‘she makes you want to get involved,’ which is the highest praise for a professor.”

Professor Emeritus and 2006 Honors Convocation namesake Kermit D. Morgan said Regan’s reputation among her colleagues and students surpassed excellence. “Her efforts are constantly aimed at helping everyone do their very best,” Morgan said.

She has been a founding board member and a teacher an administrator for the Stimulating Opportunities after Retirement, or SOAR, which offers peer learning opportunities to North Country residents of retirement age. She has served as the president of the St. Lawrence County American Association of University Women chapter and served as the chair for Potsdam’s bicentennial.

Regan earned her bachelor’s degree in 1957 from SUNY Albany with a major in American and British Literature, and a minor in Speech and Drama. She received her Master’s degree in 1977 from SUNY Potsdam with a concentration in American Literature. She also has a permanent secondary-level English certification and taught at Massena Central High School.

Regan lives in the town of Potsdam with her husband, Robert. She has five adult children: Shawn, Denise, Gavin, Bridget, and Stephanie, and 11 grandchildren.


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