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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.


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.”


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.


Maresca Family Issues Challenge and Donates $100,000 to SUNY Canton’s Nursing Program

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Chief of Radiology and Chief of Staff announced a $100,000 donation to the SUNY Canton Nursing program today and challenged other alumni and friends to join them in further supporting the educational needs of future nursing students at the college.

The Maresca Family Challenge is designed to create a circle of giving and inspire others to do the same. The Marescas committed to making a minimum gift of $100,000 to establish the Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca Family Endowment for Nursing Education.

They have also challenged SUNY Canton’s Advancement Division, the Development Office, alumni, and friends to raise a matching $100,000 for the nursing program. The Maresca Family Challenge is part of the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign, and it is hoped to raise a total of $400,000 in support of the Nursing program.

“The generosity of the Maresca family is truly inspiring,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This donation and challenge will not only dramatically affect the quality of education we’re able to provide our nursing students, it will also have a long-term positive effect on the quality of healthcare throughout the North Country.”

In addition to their endowment, the Maresca Family is donating four $1,000 scholarships to nursing students for the 2007-2008 academic year.

“We understand the importance of nurses and are dedicated to investing in students who desire an education,” said Dr. Maresca. “We believe that a nursing career has a tremendous impact on the students, their families, and the overall health of our own community, thus creating a full circle of giving and receiving.”

Dr. Maresca grew up in Elkton, Md., and attended West Virginia University and then the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He continued his studies for Diagnostic Radiology at SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse.

Dr. Maresca is also affiliated with the following New York hospitals: Massena Memorial Hospital, E.J. Noble Hospital, Clifton-Fine Hospital, Cortland Memorial Hospital, Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic, Olean General Hospital, and the Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He is also owner of Watertown Breast Imaging.

Dr. Maresca met his wife Barbara while in medical school in Maryland and moved to Potsdam in 1991. He and Barbara do many “behind the scenes” things for numerous community organizations. They are well known for their generosity.

“The Maresca Family Endowment will enable worthy students to attend regardless of their financial background, and it will also assist us in meeting the growing technology needs of our nursing education.” said John Conklin, the Director of SUNY Canton’s Nursing program. ”

Dr. Maresca was introduced at the event by former New York State Assemblywoman and SUNY Canton College Council member Chloe Ann O’Neil. O’Neil, who also serves as a member of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign’s Major Gift Committee, was credited with introducing the SUNY Canton Advancement Team to the Maresca family.

Several nursing students and community members were also on hand for the announcement, including two students that will receive the inaugural Maresca scholarships next year.

“Thank you for helping these students make their dreams a reality,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “Your support is a tremendous endorsement of our program and its influence on our community.”