SUNY Canton has chosen David A. Frary, class of 1970 and 1972, as the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. A Massena native, Frary received degrees in Banking, Insurance and Real Estate, as well as Mortuary Science. As a licensed funeral director, owner and manager of Phillips Memorial Home, he is an advocate of quality end-of-life care for community members through his volunteer work with the St. Lawrence Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. He also uses his skills as a funeral director to reach out to grieving families and provide comfort at difficult times.
SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend will feature two dedication ceremonies and seven new Hall of Fame inductees July 18 to 20. The Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies Building will be renamed in honor of one of the college’s most generous patrons at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 18. John L. Halford Sr., a 1949 graduate, has made a series of donations to the college. He most recently contributed funding for an equipment endowment in the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program. Halford is a member of the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
Students are being recognized for their outstanding achievement at SUNY Canton during the spring 2014 semester. “The college’s Provost, deans, faculty members and I take great pride in your fantastic work ethic,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “We are certain that your enthusiasm for learning will serve you well in your future professional careers.” To receive President’s List honors, full-time students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. For Dean’s List, full-time students must earn at least a 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Part-Time honors are awarded to students who earned at least a 3.25 GPA in 6 to 11 credits of course work.
The SUNY Canton Roo Express Shuttle Bus design earned the college’s Public Relations office a top award for outdoor advertising and a media specialist won two awards for excellence in writing. Publications Coordinator Matthew J. Mulkin received the best of category award for Outdoor Advertising from the SUNY Council for University Advancement Divisions (SUNYCUAD). Mulkin transformed a white 15-passenger bus into a mobile billboard. The college received his award, and two additional awards, at the annual SUNYCUAD conference held recently in Lake Placid.
One of SUNY Canton’s most dedicated supporters has made a donation to assist students working toward careers in his major. Gouverneur’s John L. Halford Sr. recently established an endowment to purchase modern equipment in SUNY Canton’s Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program. Halford is a 1949 graduate who launched his own successful career based on his education.
SUNY Canton received approval to begin reviewing applications from businesses interested in partnering with the College in the Start-Up NY initiative. Start-Up NY was developed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to transform SUNY campuses and other university communities across the state into tax-free communities for new and expanding businesses. Eligible businesses that partner with SUNY Canton will be able to operate state tax-free for 10 years, including property, income, sales and corporate tax.