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KeyBank Donates to SUNY Canton Foundation

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Key Bank

KeyBank of Canton recently made a $1,500 donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation. The funding supports two St. Lawrence County students who enroll in business programs each year. Pictured are SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach and KeyCenter Manager Randy L. Burke.

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SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign Draws to a Close

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

College adds Courtyard Clock to Honor Campaign Co-Chairs

Ronald & Blanche Woodcock pose in front of the newly dedicated Woodcock Centennial Clock.

Ronald & Blanche Woodcock pose in front of the newest addition to the Roselle Academic Plaza: The Woodcock Centennial Clock.

The largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in SUNY Canton’s 100-year history was successfully concluded at the recent Scholarship Luncheon celebration.

“We’ve reached a high-water mark in the history of the College,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Every donation from $2 to $2 million has helped us reach this point and has made a difference in the lives of our students.”

The SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign was launched in 2003 with the goal of raising $10 million by 2010. Campaign Co-Chairs Ronald L. (class of ’59) and Blanche K. (honorary alumna, class of ‘06) Woodcock announced the campaign’s ended after raising a grand total of just over $11.3 million. The College’s previous campaign raised about $1 million.

“Much of our fundraising efforts will be used for scholarships,” Ronald said. “When people give to SUNY Canton, they give to help students get the best education possible in order to start a career. Education is a worthy investment because it supports students and their families while benefitting the North Country as a whole.”

Ronald Woodcock received a scholarship in 1957 while he was enrolled in the College’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning program, which has since become the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program. Recognizing the importance of scholarships, and seeing the benefit to the students at the Scholarship Luncheon, he and his wife endowed their own scholarship to help students in the engineering technology fields.  Their leadership and generosity have led the College to name the Alumni House and a wing of conference suites in their honor.

“We had a series of key donations that helped us reach our goal ahead of schedule,” Blanche noted. “The $1 million donation made by Professor Emeritus Richard W. Miller, and the two donations totaling $3 million from Ronald’s classmate Joel Canino (class of ’59) really set the campaign in motion.”

The late Professor Emeritus Herman W. Kalberer also helped the campaign’s early momentum with an $803,000 estate gift. The College’s Foundation also received substantial gifts, each of about $1 million, from the estate of the late Alumna Elaine Claxton Pidgeon (class of ’39), and from an anonymous donor.

“The SUNY Canton Foundation helps ensure that each donor’s life and legacy is remembered and cherished for all times,” Blanche said. “In a very real way, our deceased benefactors will live forever through our memories and their scholarships.”

Bernard Creighton Regan (class of ‘65) donated the funding to create a flag station at the college’s entrance on State Route 68, in addition to financing four scholarships for students from Massena Central High School. John L. Halford (class of ’49) and his wife Nelta, provide similar scholarships for college students from Governeur.

The six-year fundraising project was punctuated by several influential College events that brought sponsors and donors in touch with the college. “With the help of Marti King MacArthur (class of ’74 and ’78), the Centennial Gala and Auction raised more than $40,000,” Blanche recalled.

Ron said, “Another highlight was Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca’s challenge to raise more $100,000 for SUNY Canton Nursing students. He matched the total donations, creating more opportunities for students to enter into the high-demand field of nursing.”

In honor of the Woodcock’s dedication to SUNY Canton and their inspirational leadership during the Centennial Campaign, the College’s Alumni and Foundation Boards of Directors procured a decorative courtyard clock to adorn Roselle Academic Plaza. As a surprise, the Woodcocks were asked to unveil the clock and a ceremonial plaque denoting their continued commitment to SUNY Canton.

While the majority of the donations from the campaign will be used to broaden student access to a SUNY Canton Education, a small portion of the endowment will be used for campus beautification projects and faculty and staff development awards.

“We want to thank all of the donors to the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “Whether their gifts were large or small, each individual has helped make a difference in the lives of our students.”

The College Foundation awarded almost $420,000 in scholarships, and will be awarding almost $45,000 in faculty, staff, and enhancement awards this year.

  • View videos displayed at the ceremony here.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. 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 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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

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Harry E. King Dedication Planned for SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Harry KingThe SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory will be renamed to honor the program’s founder and 1940 graduate, Harry E. King of Canton.

The naming ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14, in Nevaldine Technology Center South Room 101 during a reunion for graduates from the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program.

Over 160 donors came forward to contribute the $100,000 necessary to name the room in honor of King. President Joseph L. Kennedy suggested that the naming was a gift bestowed by King’s students, family, friends, and the SUNY Canton community.

“We’ve received tremendous support for the campaign to honor Harry,” Kennedy said. “It is extremely appropriate for the college to name the lab after the program’s founder and fitting that we forever attach his name to the program. It is a grand recognition of his dedication and devotion to teaching.”

King created the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program in 1946 in the corner of an old barn with only a few tools and helped orchestrate its tremendous growth until his retirement in 1983. King’s foresight has produced countless successful graduates. Nearly 100 percent of Air Conditioning Engineering Technology alumni secure successful careers immediately following graduation.

King has been decorated with Distinguished Faculty and Distinguished Alumni awards and is a former Alumni Association president. Both a SUNY Canton Foundation scholarship and an American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers scholarship have been named in his honor.

All of the donors will be recognized on a plaque permanently mounted in the Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory. “The sheer volume of contributors further demonstrates how much Harry has positively influenced his former students and friends,” said David M. Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement. “The campaign to honor Harry has been so successful because of his wonderful dedication to the college and its students.”

King humbly said that he was honored to have his name associated with the program. “I certainly want to thank everyone who made this possible,” he said.

King lives on Pleasant Street with his wife, Wilda. They have three daughters, JoAnne Danehy, Barbara King, and Martha MacArthur (a graduate of the class of 1974 and 1978).

The naming ceremony is just one of the many events slated for SUNY Canton’s annual Alumni Weekend Celebration, which begins on Friday, June 13. This year’s celebration has special reunions for Automotive Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Nursing, in addition to Air Conditioning Engineering Technology graduates.

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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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 Awards Students in First RooTube Contest

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

The SUNY Canton RooTube video competition yielded a narrative students’ view of campus and original footage of students paddling a canoe across a parking lot.

The campus-wide video competition elicited numerous student videographers attempting to capture the elements of college life at SUNY Canton.

DOWNHILL KAYAKING – Russell Martin, a SUNY Canton student from Newton Falls, films his fellow Outing Club members for the RooTube competition. The outing club won first place in the campus life category.

“Our inaugural year of the RooTube competition inspired some fun and interesting visions of college life,” said Vice President of Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The competition culminated with an Academy Award-style gala, allowing the students to show their videos to the campus community.”

Gerlach thought of the RooTube contest idea earlier in the semester after viewing videos on the highly popular “YouTube” website. Students received trophies and prizes for their efforts during the recent Golden Roo Awards ceremony.

The results included films about the SUNY Canton Outing club finding adventures in ordinary places. Outing club students were captured on their video saying, “At SUNY Canton, we don’t need water,” as they paddled a canoe across the parking lot of French Hall with help from a not-so cleverly disguised tow rope attached to a moving car.

The outing club students also found adventure scaling the stairs of the college’s six floor Faculty Office Building in snow shoes, repelling from the 20-foot retaining walls, and skiing inside of the residence halls. Their video won first place in the Student Life category.

The overall best film, as decided by RooTube committee members was “What Students Think about SUNY Canton,” a light-hearted documentary-style video by Francesca Goyette, a Physical Therapist Assistant major from Scotia. Goyette interviewed students about what they liked best about the college, their majors, living options on campus, and the squirrels. The common consensus of students featured in the video was that the college’s squirrel population is crazy.

Other competition winners in the general category were:

  • Samantha Zbytek’s “Do Your Thing” video won second place.
  • Jonathan Turner’s “SUNY Canton website” video won third place.

Other competition winners in the Student Life category were:

  • Okeyere Twumasi’s “That’s My SUNY Canton” video won second place.
  • Ryan Madigan and Mike Wilbur’s “Sunday Afternoon” video won third place.

Other awards included:

  • David Hartman won a special best collaboration with a national celebrity award.
  • University Police Lieutenant Brian Kurish won best faculty staff cameo award.

The college’s website will be featuring some of the videos in the future. Plans are already underway for future RooTube competitions.


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SUNY Canton Foundation Announces $30,000 in Campus Enhancement Awards

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The SUNY Canton Foundation recently awarded $30,000 to faculty, staff, and student campus enhancement projects.

The annual grants distributed increased by $10,000 over the inaugural Campus Enhancement Awards last year, according to Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach.

“The Campus Enhancement Awards serve as a means to reinvest assets that will continue the development and advancement of unique college initiatives,” Gerlach said. “All members of the campus community are invited to submit proposals for unique projects that benefit the overall learning experience at the college.”

The awards come in addition to the $30,000 in Faculty and Staff Awards and $10,000 in employee tuition assistance that the foundation provides annually. “Any donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation directly helps continue the advancement of the programs and initiatives of the college,” Gerlach said.

The Campus Enhancement Awards committee reviewed 27 individual and group proposals. This year’s funding includes:

  • A $3,501 award to purchase new equipment for media classrooms as part of the college’s upcoming four-year Multimedia and Graphic Design program.
  • A $2,000 award to research and implement a vodcast (video podcast) learning program in the Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation programs.
  • A $3,000 award for the college’s Solar Boat project.
  • A $2,000 award for Science tutoring and learning center enhancements.
  • A $1,200 award to construct a ceremonial flag station outside of Payson Hall.
  • A $200 award for the Educational Opportunity Program recognition ceremony.
  • A $199 award for software for the Automotive Technology program.
  • A $2,250 award to fund an Automotive Club trip to Detroit, Mich.
  • A $1,000 award for a fun bucks auction dorm function.
  • A $2,500 award to fund expenses for the 2008 Regional Steel Bridge Competition.
  • A $1,750 award to help fund e-portfolio software for students and faculty.
  • A $1,750 to fund a driving under the influence educational program.
  • A $750 award to fund an entry to the 2008 New York State Association of Veterinary Technicians seminar.
  • A $1,000 to purchase new choir robes for the SUNY Canton Gospel Choir.
  • A $ 1,000 award for the Southworth Library textbook loan initiative.
  • A $1,000 award for video and digital film editing equipment.
  • A $1,250 award to purchase an energy management system for the Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications program.
  • A $2,400 award to fund diversity and Black History Month programming.
  • A $250 award for the University Police Department’s project blue light initiative.
  • A $1,000 award to support the First Year Program’s theatrical productions.


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SUNY Canton in The Wall Street Journal

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Inspired by the powerful impact their donations have made on SUNY Canton, a trio of college donors have placed a message in The Wall Street Journal encouraging others to consider giving to the SUNY Canton Foundation.

Alumnus Joel M. Canino ’59, classmate Ronald L. Woodcock ’59, and benefactor Rachael Bagley were also prompted by a pair of recent articles in The Wall Street Journal and the Chronicle of Higher Education about how donations to rich schools with huge endowments have almost no tangible effects. They mentioned, “Your donation will have little impact at a college that has stockpiled hundreds of millions or even billions.”

Having experienced the results their own gifts have brought to SUNY Canton, they decided to encourage others, including non-alumni, to do the same. The first advertisement ran in The Wall Street Journal last Wednesday. The same advertisement will run again on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

“When you make a donation at SUNY Canton, you make a direct effect and you can see it on a firsthand basis, rather than dumping into a billion-dollar pool,” Canino said in a recent interview.

Canino has given more than $3 million in the past three years and is the college’s top donor. He indicated that the SUNY Canton Foundation, alumni, and benefactors work hard on behalf of the college and its students to generate more gifts that directly benefit scholarships, upgrades, and grants.

“We’d like to thank Joel, Rachael and Ron for their continued leadership and support of the College and the Foundation,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We hope that this latest gift, the donation of an advertisement, will inspire people outside of our immediate circle of donors to consider an investment in our college.”

The advertisement can be viewed at The web site notes the generous contributions of numerous donors including Professor Emeritus Richard W. Miller, John L. Halford ’49, Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca, Professor Emeritus Herman W. Kalberer, Bernard C. Reagan ’65 and many others.


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SUNY Canton Foundation Assets Rise Nearly 40 Percent in 2007

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

MAKING CONNECTIONS - (l to r) Longtime SUNY Canton Donor Rachael Bagley laughs with Kareen Bedford, a Nursing student from Ogdensburg, who received the Leon and Rachael Bagley Endowed Scholarship.

A remarkable increase in assets of nearly 40 percent has enabled the SUNY Canton Foundation to award a record number of scholarships this year. Foundation assets have surpassed $14 million, an increase of nearly $4 million from last year’s total.

The increase was most evident last week, when approximately 200 scholarship recipients attended the Foundation’s Scholarship Luncheon with scholarship donors and college officials. Nearly $300,000 in scholarship assistance was represented at the luncheon. This year’s event saw not only the largest number of scholarships, but also the largest total dollar amount awarded in college history.

MEETING DONORS - (l to r) Rebecca Trythall, a Veterinary Science Technology Student from East Syracuse, enjoys her lunchtime conversation with Professor Emeritus Varick Chittenden. Chittenden, who is also a SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Member, established the Chittenden Book Scholarship.

“We are extremely fortunate to have so many wonderful alumni and friends who believe in the ongoing success of our students,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Their investment in our college benefits our students, the college, and the entire North Country. Many of these bright scholars would not otherwise be able to afford a college education.”

Students from almost every curricula at the college received a scholarship this year. “The Scholarship Luncheon is a special event where scholarship recipients are able to meet the donors who have so dramatically impacted their lives,” Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach said. “It’s often an emotional experience for both the recipients and the donors and it reinforces why we work so hard to make these scholarships possible.”

HEARTFELT GRATITUDE - Jacob Neely, a SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology student from Baldwinsville expresses his heartfelt thanks to SUNY Canton Patron and Alumnus Joel Canino for creating the scholarship that will pay for his entire college education. Neely said, "You've changed my life."

The Foundation’s total assets have grown by more than $9 million, or more than 280 percent since 2001. The growth in assets is a result of an increase in giving as well as investment growth and interest. The Foundation supports a variety of endeavors.

“Scholarships are just one of the outlets of Foundation expenditures,” Gerlach said. “The College Foundation also supports continuing education for faculty and staff members in addition to funding research and campus enhancement initiatives. The benefits are far-reaching and dramatic.”

The Foundation primarily uses donations to help defray the continually-increasing cost of higher education. Over the last several years, the Foundation has re-invested $7 million to fund college programs and initiatives. Many of the new highly-visible initiatives come in the form of scholarships, assistantships, or in a variety of ways that positively effect students’ overall college experience.


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Massena’s Bernie Regan Becomes a Hometown Hero

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

A gift benefiting students from Massena Central High School and SUNY Canton has prompted college officials to create a program called “Hometown Heroes.”

Long-time SUNY Canton benefactors Bernard C. and Jane Regan have added to their already established Bernard C. Regan Family Endowed Scholarship and turned its focus toward Bernie’s high school alma mater in Massena. The total endowment of the Regans’ scholarship now exceeds $62,000.

The Bernard Creighton Regan Family Scholarship will be awarded annually to a freshman or returning student in SUNY Canton’s Electrical or Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program who has financial need and strong academic potential. First preference shall be accorded to students from Massena Central High School, with second preference to students from St. Lawrence County. The college is now encouraging alumni from other areas to establish similar scholarships for their hometown high schools.

“The scholarship established by Bernie has inspired us to create Hometown Heroes,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “It’s a program that allows alumni to help students from their hometown by awarding them a scholarship to attend SUNY Canton. In doing so, these alumni truly do become Hometown Heroes.”

Bernie Regan graduated from SUNY Canton’s Electrical Technology program in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1971 and later worked for United Parcel Service (UPS) in the company’s corporate domestic and international engineering group. In addition to establishing the Bernard C. Regan Family Endowed Scholarship, the Regan’s also donated the funding for the Regan Flag Station, which graces the entrance to the college.

The Regan’s gift follows a similarly designed scholarship created by Joel M. Canino for Baldwinsville’s C.W. Baker High School students.

Bernie Regan is a native of Massena. The Regans now reside in Sarasota, Florida.

“I was so fortunate to attend both Massena High School and SUNY Canton,” Bernie said. “I’ve benefited immensely from my experiences and education at both schools and wanted to honor them simultaneously with this scholarship. For me, it connects the two schools that so positively influenced my life and now it allows future students to take advantage of the same opportunity.”

The Regans latest gift will become part of the college’s Centennial Campaign which has set a goal to raise $10 million by 2010.

“Bernie and Jane’s generosity will enable students from Massena to attend SUNY Canton and receive a career-oriented, hands-on education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Hometown Heroes is a wonderful program that we hope many alumni help us to expand to their high schools and assist students from their hometowns.”

Massena Central School Superintendent Douglas Huntley said, “On behalf of the current and future students at Massena High School, I’d like to thank Bernie and Jane Regan for thinking of us while establishing this scholarship. The Regan Family Scholarship will enable and empower students to continue with their education and have a dramatic impact on the rest of their lives. They really are Hometown Heroes.”


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SUNY Canton Receives Scholarship Gift of Nearly $1 Million

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

For the second time in less than three years, SUNY Canton Alumnus Joel M. Canino has given his alma mater one of its largest donations in college history. Recent Baldwinsville C.W. Baker High School graduate Jacob M. Neely will be the first to benefit from Canino’s gift. Neely will receive $25,000 in scholarship assistance over the next two years, as a student in SUNY Canton’s Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program.

Pictured are Jacob M. Neely of Baldwinsville and SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. Neely will receive $25,000 in scholarship assistance established by SUNY Canton Alumnus Joel M. Canino and his friend, George F. Dennison.

Canino, who gave the college a $2 million gift in December of 2004, and his former high school classmate George F. “Fred” Dennison have donated nearly $1 million to create the Baldwinsville High School Class of 1957 Endowed Scholarship. The donation will provide scholarships to incoming SUNY Canton students from Charles W. Baker High School near Syracuse, formerly known as Baldwinsville High School where Canino and Dennison attended.

“This is an extraordinary gift that will result in about $50,000 in scholarships on an annual basis,” said Vice President for Advancement Dave Gerlach. “It’s a wonderful and innovative way for Joel and Fred to honor their friendship, recognize their high school, and support the SUNY Canton curriculum that laid the foundation for Joel’s business success.”

Two students from C.W. Baker High School will each be awarded approximately $12,500 annually to attend SUNY Canton and enroll in its renowned Air Conditioning Engineering Technology associate degree program. Canino is a 1959 graduate of that program.


Joel Canino

“Fred and I wanted to express our gratitude and commitment to the schools and communities in Baldwinsville and Canton,” said Canino. “We’re grateful that Baldwinsville High School and SUNY Canton helped to prepare us so well for our careers, and we wanted to further reinforce our belief in the importance of a hands-on education and the careers available to those who graduate from them.”

Neely graduated from C.W. Baker High School this past spring. He was a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a varsity lacrosse player. He will begin his studies at SUNY Canton this fall.

“I am in complete awe of this experience,” said Neely. “I really appreciate not having to go into debt for college. I hope to give every penny back to SUNY Canton someday.”

Neely researched the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program prior to applying for the scholarship assistance, and was surprised by the number of students who receive multiple job offers while they are still taking courses. “I’d heard of the near 100 percent job placement upon graduation, and I would really like to do the same thing that Mr. Canino did.”

In a particular year that may only have one eligible student entering the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program from C.W. Baker High School, the second scholarship offered will be a $5,000 award given to a C.W. Baker student enrolling in any SUNY Canton curriculum.

“Joel used his SUNY Canton degree to reach the top of his industry, and he’s now helping others do the same,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “He’s an ideal alumnus because he helps us in so many ways, including his time, advice, and expertise.”

Canino shares his professional expertise as a member of the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Advisory Committee and as Chair of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors.

After graduating from college, Canino worked as an industrial purchasing agent for Inland Supply Company in Syracuse. He was soon noticed and just a year later he was offered a position at the Syracuse construction contracting firm of H.H. and F.E. Bean, Inc., where he eventually became executive vice president. In 1973, he moved to Orlando, Florida to work for the Pittsburgh-based mechanical contracting firm of Sauer Industries, where he served as president of various subsidiaries. In 1984, he became president of C.N.F. Industries in Meridan, Connecticut.

Canino and his partner began Gemma Power Systems in 1997. Gemma Power Systems has become the largest design/construct powerplant builder in New England and one of the top in the nation. The firm manages the engineering, procurement, and construction of multi-million dollar power projects. Canino sold Gemma in 2006.


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