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SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Professor, Founder Passes Away

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

SUNY Canton is mourning the loss of the founder of the College’s air conditioning engineering technology program.

Professor Emeritus Harry E. King, Class of 1940, taught at SUNY Canton for 37 years and remained active with the College as part of the Alumni Board of Directors until passing away early on Monday, July 26, 2010. He was 90 years old.

“Harry King was one of the College’s biggest supporters and advocates for nearly 70 years,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’re lucky to have his legacy live on in so many of us. He touched the lives of everyone around him and we are grateful for the impression he left on our community as a student, professor, mentor and friend.”

Mr. King, who grew up in Redwood, N.Y., graduated in 1940 from the College with a degree in technical electricity. During the next six years, he worked for the George H. Hyde Plumbing and Contracting Co. in Ogdensburg and married Wilda “Willie” Barton King in 1943. Mrs. King, who also worked for a time at SUNY Canton, predeceased her husband in August 2008 just after the couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

He returned to his alma mater in 1946 and started what was then the heating, ventilation and air conditioning program (HVAC).  One of the most profound ways Mr. King influenced SUNY Canton was teaching, developing a wonderfully crafted air conditioning program that prepared students for successful careers in the field.

“After his family, I think his greatest love was teaching young people,” said Ronald L. Woodcock, who served as co-chair of SUNY Canton’s Centennial Campaign and was a 1959 graduate of Mr. King’s program. “He took trips to Syracuse with students to show us job opportunities, set up job interviews and see interesting HVAC projects.  He exposed his students to the real world of the heating and air conditioning industry, and we are thankful for his dedication in helping all of us achieve much during our lives.”

That sentiment was evident in 2008 when alumni, family and friends of Mr. King came together early in the year and raised enough funds to name the new air conditioning laboratory after him.

“The efforts of nearly 200 people coming forward and raising over $150,000 to name the laboratory after Mr. King is perhaps the greatest tribute I know that expresses how Harry influenced so many lives,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “It illustrates the impact he had on all of us and the Harry E. King Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory now serves as a constant reminder of his continued generosity and passion for SUNY Canton.”

Mr. King was honored by SUNY Canton several times throughout his life, including being named Distinguished Alumnus in 1979 and Distinguished Faculty two years later.

The year of his retirement, 1983, was commemorated by the campus and the students with the yearbook being named in his honor. Alumni also honored his retirement by establishing ‘The Harry E. King Scholarship’ that same year in recognition of his long devotion to the College and to his caring interest in the many students he taught throughout his tenure.

In 2003, SUNY Canton recognized Mr. King’s continued dedication and commitment to the College by naming the annual Honors Convocation after him.

A long time resident of Canton, Mr. King was also an active member in the local community. He served as a volunteer board member for United Helpers Nursing Home for 25 years. Earlier in July, he was awarded Emeritus status by the organization in Ogdensburg and celebrated for his outstanding commitment to its mission and vision.

His family remains in the Canton area, including his three daughters and two sons-in-law, Barbara King, JoAnne and James Danehy ’65, and Martha ’74 & ’78 and Peter MacArthur, as well as four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, at the First Presbyterian Church of Canton with Rev. Michael P. Catanzaro officiating. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Funeral Home, Canton, where a Masonic Service will be held on Wednesday evening at 7:45 p.m. Burial will be held privately in the Redwood Cemetery.

Those desiring may send memorial contributions to: Harry E. King Scholarship, SUNY Canton College Foundation, Canton, NY or to the First Presbyterian Church of Canton, 17 Park Street, Canton, NY or United Helpers Maplewood Campus, State Street, Canton, NY 13617.

Mr. King’s full obituary can be found at:

Construction Begins on New SUNY Canton Residence Hall

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Construction of a new 305 bed residence hall is now underway at SUNY Canton with a completion date set for next August.

The residence hall is the second major facility slated for completion in 2011, along with the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, known as Roos House.

“About 15 years ago, we were a college with an enrollment just over 2,000 students,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Now we have more than 3,300 students and we’re still growing at an extraordinary rate. Not only are our residence halls on campus full, but we’re maxing out the available student housing in the area as well.”

The apartment-style complex, featuring 83 suites with 305 beds, is being built adjacent to the Cooper Service Complex and the University Policy facility.  The residence hall will be for rising juniors and seniors and current plans include a mini-store, multi-purpose classroom and meeting space, and a large open courtyard for recreation and outdoor activities.

Crews began working in mid-June with a timeline of about 14 months – just in time for the incoming class in August 2011.

Total project costs are currently estimated at approximately $22 million for the LEED Silver Certified building.  Total construction costs are $ 20,500,000.  Total costs including financing are approximately $28 million.

“We’ve seen explosive growth in enrollment numbers, especially in our four-year programs, and we expect this trend will continue,” said Vice President of Advancement David M Gerlach ’83. “The addition of this new residence hall is critical as we add degree programs and welcome more four-year students to our community.”

Northland Associates of Liverpool will be heading up the project, its third simultaneous construction undertaking at SUNY Canton. They are currently working on the College’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center and finishing an overhaul of Nevaldine Technology Center.

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

SUNY Canton College Foundation Funds Campus Enhancements

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

The SUNY Canton College Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 4th Annual Campus Enhancement Awards, which aid in the College’s continuing growth and development.

“Campus Enhancement Awards, or grants, are one of the ways that we can use unrestricted donations to help the College grow,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “During a time when state budgets are under attack, we rely upon donations to fund the creative and innovative projects of our College community. We are deeply grateful for all of the donors who make these programs possible.”

SUNY Canton College Foundation Campus Enhancements will be providing funding for the Annual Scholarly Activities Celebration, to be held April 29-30. Students faculty and staff are invited to submit presentation posters about their unique research or topics of study.

Some unrestricted donations come from SUNY Canton faculty and staff members, who care deeply about the College’s continuing success. More than 150 employees, about 30 percent of all of the employees at the College, donated more than $40,000 to the College Foundation last year.

Among the Campus Enhancement Awards this year were:

  • Funding for the Annual Scholarly Activities Celebration.
  • New Video production equipment for the Graphic and Multimedia Design program.
  • Funding for the 2009 National Championship-winning ASCE/AISC Steel Bridge Team.
  • Enhancements for the Science and Tutoring Center.
  • An ice skate sharpening machine for the SUNY Canton Kangaroos hockey team.
  • Two new Juniper trees for the University Police Department’s “Blue Light Memorial Tree” project.
  • On-line writing center services offered during the College’s Winterterm session.
  • Funding for activity-based learning materials in the Physics and Engineering Science programs.
  • A Human Resources project entitled “Building an Effective Customer Services Model.”
  • A joint legal education presentation in the Legal Studies program.
  • A teaching circles project through the Dean of Academic Services and Retention’s office
  • A science and physics workshop at Salmon River Junior-Senior High School.
  • A new adaptive scanner for use in the Accommodative Support Services department.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.