CANTON – The SUNY Canton Alumni House has been named after an honorary alumna who helped guide the residence’s transformation.
The SUNY Canton Foundation recently announced that the College’s Alumni House has been renamed the Blanche K. Woodcock Alumni House.
Blanche, and her husband Ronald L. Woodcock (class of 1959) have played an integral role in involving alumni and businesses in the development and fundraising efforts of the college’s Advancement Division. Blanche oversaw the renovations at the College’s Alumni House located at 8 Stillman Drive, Canton. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy helped Blanche unveil a permanently affixed plaque to denote the name change during a ceremonial dedication this week.
“Blanche selected the furniture, interior color schemes, carpets, and even helped plan the landscape upgrades,” Kennedy said. “Numerous guests have complemented the new décor. We’ve renamed the house to recognize her commitment to the college and to highlight her work making this house a home.”
The Stillman Drive residence became available after Kennedy opted to purchase his own house instead of forcing the college to make costly state-mandated renovations to the building. The move allowed the college to adapt the building as a much needed respite for alumni and other distinguished guests. The house has now been utilized by visiting Russian faculty members from Moscow State University, high-level college foundation donors, faculty and staff retreats, and other College functions.
“The beautiful and welcoming home became a reality through Blanche’s vision and it is a tremendous asset for all who use it,” said Director of Alumni Affairs Peggy S. Levato. “It’s hard to put into words our gratitude toward the Woodcocks for their incredible dedication. They have volunteered an extraordinary number of hours working on this project.”
Ron and Blanche were both recently honored during SUNY Canton’s alumni weekend when the college unveiled the Woodcock Conference Suite, denoting the hard work and dedication of the husband and wife team. They have co-chaired the Centennial Campaign which has exceeded its $10 million by 2010 goal. Blanche is also the 2006 recipient of the college’s prestigious Honorary Alumna award. Blanche grew up in Ogdensburg and the couple now resides in Morristown.
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 85 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.
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