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Local Business Leader Named as SUNY Canton 2014 Distinguished Alumnus

Monday, July 7th, 2014

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.

Joseph Hoffman, David Frary, David Gerlach

His support of the college has included serving on the SUNY Canton College Foundation board of directors since 1990. He is also a member of the Mortuary Science Advisory Committee and is a scholarship sponsor.

“Mr. Frary has been extremely generous to SUNY Canton and the entire North Country community with his time, talents and financial contributions over the years,” said David M. Gerlach, SUNY Canton’s vice president for advancement. “He is a wonderful ambassador for our college and is an inspiration to our students.”

In 2012 the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce awarded Frary with the Distinguished Business Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding commitment to employees, dedication to customer service and service to the community.

“David has always been involved in the Massena Community through his many volunteer efforts,” said Michael Gleason, executive director of the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce. “It is not only his financial generosity to the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce events that he excels at – it is the time commitment that makes David an outstanding citizen.”

Frary will receive the award during SUNY Canton’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The event is part of the college’s Alumni Weekend celebration.


About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Names 2013 Distinguished Alumnus

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Pictured are (l to r) Karrie A. Mooney, a second-year Nursing student from Ogdensburg, Robert M. Thompson, SUNY Canton¹s 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, and Ruth T. McWilliams, Thompson-Weatherup Foundation President. Mooney is a recipient of the family foundation¹s scholarship.

Pictured are (l to r) Karrie A. Mooney, a second-year Nursing
student from Ogdensburg, Robert M. Thompson, SUNY Canton’s 2013
Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, and Ruth T. McWilliams,
Thompson-Weatherup Foundation President. Mooney is a recipient of the
family foundation’s scholarship.

SUNY Canton will present the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award to a graduate who has made a lifetime of contributions to the North Country and the field of agriculture.

Robert M. Thompson Jr., class of 1942, will be given the award during the College’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony July 19.

“Mr. Thompson is an inspiration to our students and the entire SUNY Canton community,” said Peggy S. Levato, SUNY Canton’s director of alumni affairs. “He is a wonderful example of what can be achieved through hard work and perseverance.”

After graduating with a degree in Agriculture and taking over his family’s dairy farm in Flackville, he and his wife, Esther (Weatherup), purchased a farm in Lisbon in 1954. Thompson traveled the country to develop a prize-winning herd of Holstein cattle. He also was active in St. Lawrence County and New York state Holstein associations.

“His professional skills throughout his many years as a dairyman set a standard of excellence realized by only an elite few in Northern New York throughout the 1970s and 1980s,” said Douglas H. Ort, vice chair of the Lewis County Community Service Board. “He demonstrated excellence, not only with his own family farm, but in investing his knowledge for the benefit of neighbor family farms and for the dairy industry as a whole in New York State.”

In addition to being a successful dairy farmer, he has given generously to the community through his participation in 4H, the Cornell Cooperative Extension and other agricultural organizations.

As an advocate for a quality education, Thompson served on the Lisbon School Board and was appointed to the SUNY Canton College Council in 1954. He was also a member of the first St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators and was recognized as a leader during his tenure.

Thompson’s family has strong ties to the College. His wife is a 1943 SUNY Canton alumna, and their children established the Thompson-Weatherup Family foundation in their parents’ honor, which, among other charitable endeavors, supports a SUNY Canton nursing scholarship. Thompson’s father, Robert Sr., graduated in 1910 as part of the second class of the Agricultural and Technical Institute at Canton, now known as SUNY Canton.

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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Award-Winning Alumnus and North Country Icon Addresses 2012 Scholarship Recipients at SUNY Canton

Monday, October 1st, 2012

A retired St. Lawrence Central teacher inspired community service and generosity for a new generation of students at SUNY Canton’s annual Scholarship Luncheon.

William D. Demo, a graduate of the class of 1957, and the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award and Hall of Fame inductee said that scholarship sponsors believe deeply in the quality of a SUNY Canton education.

Bil Demo

Pictured are (l to r) Carissa L. Durant, a SUNY Canton nursing major from Brasher Falls, William D. Demo, a graduate of the class of 1957, recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award and Hall of Fame inductee, Luke A. Thompson, a nursing major from Winthrop, and Kathleen Demo. The Demos sponsor two scholarships annually for students from St. Lawrence Central.

“I too was the recipient of a scholarship while I was studying here,” Demo recalled. “I deeply appreciated that scholarship then, and I hope that you cherish yours today.”

Demo is a member of the SUNY Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and created the Bill and Kathleen Demo Scholarship, awarded to two students from St. Lawrence Central School.

Pictured are (l to r) Jolene M. Truax, a SUNY Canton nursing major from Massena, Judy Chase, Board President of the E. J. Noble Guild of the Canton Potsdam Hospital, and Samantha J. LaBarge, a nursing student from Rensselaer Falls. The E.J. Noble Guild doubled their scholarship, which is given annually to two non-traditional students from St. Lawrence County.

Nearly 350 students received scholarships or awards at SUNY Canton this year. The College Foundation awards nearly $450,000 annually for student support.

“Your sponsors and I believe in you and the future you represent,” Demo said to the collected students at the luncheon. “You are our investment in SUNY Canton, the area, and world. Your commitment to others will make our world and our College a better place. I hope you will follow in the footsteps of your sponsors and will want to help future students accomplish their goals.”

Pictured are (l to r) Thompson-Weatherup Family Charitable Foundation Endowed Scholarship recipient Kerrie A. Mooney, a SUNY Canton nursing major from Ogdensburg, Robert Thompson, a graduate of the class of 1941, and Ruth McWilliams. McWilliams is the President, and Thompson is one of the two namesakes of the family’s foundation.

SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner complimented the Demo family’s commitment to education. “Mr. and Mrs. Demo have dedicated their lives to the success of North Country scholars, through their scholarship and their teaching careers,” she said. “On behalf of SUNY Canton, I thank you for your support.”

Demo won the Brasher-Winthrop firefighter of the year award in 1994. He was the first town of Brasher Parade Marshall to in 2004, recognizing his community service. In 2008 received the Quad-Town Lion’s Club first-ever Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the highest form of recognition given to acknowledge his dedication to humanitarian services, an award presented through the Lion’s Club’s International Foundation. He was also named Quad Town Lion of the year for his community service in 2009

Among his other accolades, he was named the St. Lawrence County Senior Citizen of the year at the St. Lawrence County Council of Senior Citizens Annual Festival in 2005. He is a life-long member of St. Patrick’s Church and Parish in Brasher Falls has served on the Parish Council, and has chaired numerous fundraising efforts. He was the co-recipient of the 2011 Betsey Kaplan Award for his years of dedicated service as a Town of Brasher councilmember.

Demo, who is now retired, owned and operated an auctioneering and appraisal service.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

SUNY Canton Alumnus and World Renowned Cattle Breeder Passes Away

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

A SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus who used his education to make his dreams a reality and helped current students pursue their own has passed away.

Dr. R. Peter Heffering, a graduate of the class of 1951, died on Saturday, March 3, 2012 in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 80 years old.

Heffering and President Kennedy

Pictured are SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus R. Peter Heffering and SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy at Heffering's induction into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.

“Peter’s contributions to the agricultural industry made him a true master at his profession,” Kennedy said. “He showed our students and the entire campus community that a SUNY Canton education can help you exceed your dreams and accomplish anything you desire. We thank him for the students he’s helped and the significant advancements he’s made to our College and its rich history.”

Heffering received two of the College’s most prestigious awards. He was named Distinguished Alumnus in 2003 and awarded the first-ever honorary doctorate in Animal Science at SUNY Canton’s 2004 Commencement. He was also a member of both the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame.

Heffering with Bridge to Success scholarship recipients.

He earned his degree in animal husbandry and worked as a herdsman at the former Beacon Milling Company Research Farm in central New York. He later established his own farm, Hanover Hill. Hanover Hill Holsteins produced 140 proven sires including the legendary Hanover Hill Starbuck, who died in 1998 and left behind 200,000 registered offspring on five continents. His Hanover Hill Holstein herd was one of the most famous in the world for many years.

In 1989, Heffering made his entrance into harness racing and enjoyed great success. His champions won the most coveted races in the sport, including the Little Brown Jug, North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, Canadian Trotting Classic, Kentucky Futurity, Breeders Crown and numerous Ontario Sires Stakes events.

Heffering with his wife Apryll.

In 1998, Heffering sold his Hanover Hill herd and focused his attention on a new passion, Standardbred Horses. He and his son, David, opened Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, Ontario, which has become one of North America’s premier Standardbred breeding operations, and they have made a huge impact in the racing industry. In 2012, 11 stallions stand in their state-of-the art stallion barn. Heffering bred a number of elite Standardbreds, including 2001 U.S. Horse of the Year Bunny Lake.

He returned to campus in 2003 to accept his Distinguished Alumnus award and serve as a Commencement speaker. He used his own success story to illustrate how his SUNY Canton education and his own initiative gave him the tools he needed to follow through on his boyhood dreams. At the end of his speech, the graduates sprung to their feet and gave Heffering a standing ovation.

He provided the financial support to create SUNY Canton’s Bridge to Success scholarships through the College’s Foundation. The scholarships are designed to help students who have no other monetary options attend college and pursue their own dreams. He frequently visited his scholarship recipients and fondly referred to them as “his other children.”

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to the Bridge to Success Scholarship at SUNY Canton or the Hospice by the Sea, 531 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486.


Local Entrepreneur Named SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

A successful entrepreneur who has had a profound impact on the Akwesasne-St. Regis Mohawk Reservation and SUNY Canton is the recipient of the College’s 2011 Distinguished Alumnus award.

Guilford ‘Gil’ White, class of 1968, will receive the prestigious honor at SUNY Canton’s President’s Gala on Thursday, May 19.

“Gil’s leadership has benefited both the Akwesasne-St. Regis Mohawk Reservation and the SUNY Canton community,” College President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “He had the foresight to see the potential for education and economic growth on the Reservation and took the necessary steps to ensure a higher quality of life in his community. We are proud to honor him with this award as a small token of our appreciation for his continued work on the Reservation and with the College.”

White graduated from Massena Central High School in 1956 and was an ironworker on the St. Lawrence Seaway as well as Washington, D.C. and Boston. In 1966, he came to SUNY Canton where he pursued a degree in Construction Technology. While attending the College, he worked during vacations and helped build what is today’s campus.

After graduating from SUNY Canton, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Utica College of Syracuse University in Construction Management and went on to work with the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Ironworkers Union in Washington, D.C. White was chosen to create and administer a new program assisting local unions and contractors across the United States in the implementation of Equal Employment Opportunity programs.

He returned to the Akwesasne-St. Regis Mohawk Reservation in 1983 after realizing the significant economic potential high stakes bingo could have on the community. He and his partners operated the Mohawk Bingo Palace until 1995 when he diversified his business to real property and development holdings and construction projects. His efforts helped bring Class 3 Casino Gaming to the Reservation.

In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Mr. White and his family published a nationally-recognized Native People’s newspaper called the People’s Voice.

“Gil White is a true leader in his community and SUNY Canton’s community,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “He joined the Foundation Board of Directors in 2010 and he is most deserving of our Distinguished Alumnus Award.”

After joining the Board, White established a scholarship in memory of Professor Ross C. Hudson, who inspired him to continue his education and prepare him for a successful career.

White is known for his devotion to causes which he is passionate about and serves the greater community as a member of the Massena Rotary Club. “Gil is a believer in the Rotary’s motto, ‘Service Above Self,’ said John A. Murray, a fellow member. “He is generous in sharing his time, talent and treasures with others and has always been supportive of community and international projects. He is an exemplary community member and SUNY Canton alumnus.”

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


World War II Veteran Receiving Honors at SUNY Canton Commencement

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

A World War II Veteran who stepped forward as the first donor for SUNY Canton’s new athletic and convocation facility is slated to receive the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus award.

John L. Halford (class of 1949) will receive the prestigious honor at the 102nd Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 22, in an outdoor ceremony adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

“John has been an extraordinary supporter of SUNY Canton and his hometown of Gouverneur,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “His commitment and dedication to our country and this College makes us proud in so many ways. His support and generosity toward his alma mater have been remarkable. We are proud to honor him with this award as a small token of our appreciation for his wonderful and productive involvement with us and his lifetime of exceptional achievements.”

Halford and his wife Nelta recently made a donation in support of the Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, which has been nicknamed Roos House. His donation secured the naming rights to an elevated seating and viewing area overlooking the new rink. Through their pledge, the exclusive area will be forever named the “Halford Alumni Suite.”

The Roos House seating area will be the second location on campus honored with the Halford name. In 2005, they pledged further support to the College Foundation, which led to the creation of the Halford Lobby on the entry level of the Faculty Office Building. They have also created an equipment endowment for the air conditioning technology programs and sponsor nine students annually through two scholarships.

“John has been a devoted SUNY Canton Alumnus for decades,” said Marti King MacArthur of the class of 1974 and 1978 and the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Alumna award. “He has diligently supported and encouraged students and is committed to the value of a SUNY Canton education. He’s also an active community member.”

Through his endowments, Halford strives to help students realize their dreams and create chances where none previously existed. “College is all about opportunities in life,” he said. “I hope that through my scholarships I can help students see all the possibilities that lay ahead.”

At the age of 17, Halford entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Gouverneur, finished high school, and went on to SUNY Canton (then called the Agricultural and Technical Institute) to study air conditioning technology. He then moved to Long Island and worked for Brookhaven National Laboratory as a technology specialist. He later became Suffolk County maintenance supervisor of buildings and grounds.

“John is one of the most impressive individuals I have ever met,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “He fought for our country in World War II. He achieved tremendous success in his professional life. And throughout his entire life and even now, he is a complete gentleman who assists others whenever possible, particularly the young people of Gouverneur and Northern New York.”

He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Gouverneur and a Mason of more than 50 years. He is a supporter of the E.J. Noble Hospital, Hermon-DeKalb Senior Citizens Center, and the Gouverneur Senior Citizens Center. He also volunteers for the Richville Library.

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

Potsdam Businessman Receives SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Alumni Award

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Ed Cloce

D. Edgar Cloce 2009 will be presented with the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award at SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony May 16.

A 1959 SUNY Canton Automotive Technology alumnus who owns one of the most successful North Country automotive dealerships will be honored by his alma mater.

D. Edgar Cloce, President of TJ Toyota in Potsdam, is the 2009 Recipient of the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The award will be presented at SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outdoors across from French Hall.

“Ed has been an exceptional advocate for the College and has employed many of our graduates,” said Dennis Tuper, an Automotive Technology Instructor and 2002 alumnus. “TJ Toyota is a business leader in St. Lawrence County and the company has been recognized for its continued outstanding service, customer satisfaction, and community involvement at the corporate level.”

Professor Emeritus Walter R. Kingston was among the individuals to nominate Cloce for the award. Kingston referred to Cloce’s outstanding commitment to the North Country community. “It makes me proud to see one of my former students become such a superb example of the success that can be achieved at SUNY Canton,” Kingston said. “He is an ambassador for the college and role model for students and alumni alike.”

During the college’s recent Centennial Celebration, Cloce donated a Toyota Prius to the SUNY Canton Foundation. The brand-new, fuel-saving hybrid vehicle was raffled to raise proceeds for an Automotive Technology scholarship. Ed and his wife, Clara, have also endowed a family scholarship that further aids students in the program.

When asked about what he would like to share with future graduates of the college, Ed replied: “You will always remember your time here at SUNY Canton. Your education and experiences will serve you well throughout your career and your life, as it did in mine.”

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 100 courses online each semester. The College offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to 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.

Rome’s Dale D. Major Named SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Dale MajorThe SUNY Canton Alumni Association has announced that Dale D. Major, graduate of the class of 1970, has been selected as the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus.

Major will be among the award recipients selected to speak to the 2008 graduating class at SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, outdoors across from SUNY Canton’s French Hall.

“This quiet, intelligent, hard-working individual is well deserving of the recognition associated with the Distinguished Alumnus award,” said William F. Peters, SUNY Canton Alumni Association Board Member (class of 1959). “Dale and his wife Sharon are highly active in the college’s continuing growth and development.”

Several of Major’s numerous qualities were continually highlighted in his letters of recommendation for this esteemed accolade. Among his traits were his unassuming character, his steadfast dedication, and his continuing volunteerism. “Many times a neighbor needs help, either with a small job or big one, and Dale is there,” noted Major’s neighbor, Sandy Reader. “He volunteers his time and energies whenever needed with no regard to the time required. He never complains or hesitates. He puts all he has into the tasks put forth and makes things happen.”

As a youth, he went through the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America earning the coveted Eagle Scout title. “I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful scoutmaster when I was in the scouts,” Major recalled. “As an adult I wanted to give back a little bit.”

Throughout his life, he has remained involved with the Boy Scouts. He earned the Silver Beaver Award in 2006, the highest honor bestowed upon an adult scout. “Dale has been an active registered Scouter for the last 22 years,” said Nathan Boguhn, Mohawk Cayuga District Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “He has served in the leadership position of Assistant Scoutmaster and received The District Award of Merit in 2002.”

Major is a retired healthcare professional, who worked for 33 years with the Central New York Disabilities Service Office. He won the W.T. Wheeler Award in 1991 for his outstanding professionalism. “He always showed a great deal of concern and respect for everyone that he worked with,” noted Sharon A. Hosey, Major’s former supervisor. “Dale is known for the many different ideas and approaches he employed to provide the best services to those within our care.”

Fred C. Liebi, 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, who graduated in 1966, said that he was highly pleased that Major will be receiving this award. He too mentioned Major’s unstoppable work ethic and quiet power, noting that Major never complains no matter what task he is assigned. “Dale is always the first one to ask what he can do to help you and the last to ask for any help himself,” Liebi said.

Major and his wife reside in Rome. They are both active in the McConnellsville Community Church. They actively attend alumni gatherings and are frequent guests at SUNY Canton’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration.

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.

Canton’s Marti King MacArthur Wins SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Alumna Award

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Marti MacArthurSUNY Canton will recognize an alumna’s years of loyalty and dedication with the Distinguished Alumna Award at the college’s upcoming 99th Commencement Ceremony held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Alumni Gymnasium at Dana Athletic Center.

Marti King MacArthur’s volunteerism both on campus and throughout the North Country has dramatically and positively influenced a countless number of individuals.

MacArthur currently serves on the United Helpers Board of Directors and has used her leadership abilities to help the organization move forward with a major capital campaign. She is active with the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Guild, St. Mary’s Church and the Hugh C. Williams Parent Teacher Association.

“Marti has immersed herself in the community of Canton and is a marvelous representation of the college,” said Assistant Director of Development Julie Parkman.

She has shown a continued commitment to her family in addition to her astonishing record of community service. MacArthur left her career at Kodak in Rochester to support her husband, Peter, during his 20-year military career with the U.S. Air Force. She helped support the families of enlisted personnel and coordinated several benevolent events. During this time she also began fundraising and orchestrating large benefits for Air Force functions, a skill that she has honed to near perfect status after 24 years of volunteering.

MacArthur was the driving force behind the SUNY Canton Centennial Gala, which raised more than $43,000 for student scholarships. She spent countless hours of her own time planning, organizing, and marketing the college’s most successful celebratory fundraiser. Her efforts led the college to create an unrestricted scholarship endowment, which will allow more students to receive funding for their education.

MacArthur was one of the first two women to graduate from the heating and air conditioning program in 1978, which followed a 1974 degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

This year, she began working as an employee of SUNY Canton in the Alumni and Advancement Office and has served on the Alumni Board since 2002.

Marti and her husband reside in Canton. They have two children: Samantha, who is a senior at SUNY Oswego; and Shane, who is a sophomore at Hugh C. Williams High School in Canton.