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Ogdensburg Attorney Donates $5,000 to SUNY Canton

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Peggy S. Levato, SUNY Canton Director of Alumni and Development, receives a scholarship donation from Ogdensburg attorney Preston C. Carlisle.

Peggy S. Levato, SUNY Canton Director of Alumni and Development, receives a scholarship donation from Ogdensburg attorney Preston C. Carlisle.

A longtime SUNY Canton supporter and prominent Ogdensburg attorney has contributed $5,000 toward his scholarship.

Preston C. Carlisle, who has been practicing law for more than 45 years, made his generous donation despite downturns in the economy, noted Peggy S. Levato, Director of Alumni and Development.

“Preston has provided continual support of the college, its students, and its mission.” Levato said. “We are extremely grateful for his support over the years and particularly for this timely gift.”

Carlisle has established a pool of funds with the foundation to award scholarships that support St. Lawrence County students attending SUNY Canton. The attorney has supported the SUNY Canton foundation through unrestricted donations in addition to financing his annual scholarship.

“Contributing to students’ education is always the right thing to do,” Carlisle said. “In the face of the current economic climate and rising state-wide barriers to higher education, scholarships like mine are a critical component in a student’s education.”

This academic year, Carlisle’s scholarship was awarded to Jaclyn Maynard, a Health Care Management Major from Brasher Falls, and Sara McDonell a Nursing Major from Ogdensburg.

The SUNY Canton Foundation awards both annual and endowed scholarships. Scholarships can honor an individual or provide assistance for specific curriculums or geographic regions, like Carlisle’s. Numerous alumni and friends of the college make gifts either adding to existing endowments or create new funds. Annual scholarships are awarded each year as a result of an annual gift from the scholarship sponsor, and an endowed scholarship uses the earnings generated from a donation to fund an annual award. 

Carlisle has maintained a thriving law practice in Ogdensburg since 1961. He was the first Assistant District Attorney for St. Lawrence County and was formerly Corporation Counsel for the City of Ogdensburg, counsel for Lisbon School District and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He was selected as one of the top 100 trial lawyers of 2007 in New York.

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’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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SUNY Canton Alumna Donates More Than $100,000

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Alumna Barbara “Bobbi” Butler Burnham, class of 1946, is hoping that her recent gift to the SUNY Canton Foundation helps to show others the importance of giving during a troubled economy.

Burnham has made a donation of more than $100,000 to the Foundation to directly help current and future students defray the costs of attending college.

“When the economy spirals downward, students are among those that are impacted the most,” said Burnham. “That’s why it’s so important to give now and make sure that qualified, hard-working students are able to pursue their dreams and aspirations.”

The rising costs of education combined with massive SUNY budget cuts from New York State have magnified the problem dramatically for colleges around the nation. More and more banks are also shutting down their student loan divisions.

Nationwide, student loan requests are up 16 percent from last year, but fewer loans are available. It’s the latest example of how the Wall Street crisis is hurting many of those who are the farthest removed from New York’s financial district.

“Instead of giving my money to the government in taxes and letting them decide where to invest it, I’ve decided where to invest it myself,” said Burnham. “The future and the well-being of our country depends on the education of our young people. And it’s even more rewarding and personal when you get the opportunity to directly meet the people you’re helping.”

Burnham is a native of Watertown. She graduated from ATI (Agricultural and Technical Institute at Canton) in 1946 and was a Home Economics and Food major. She is a Pi Nu Epsilon sister and was Vice President during her senior year. She met her husband Bob Burnham while she was attending ATI.

She is a retired teacher and realtor. Since retiring she has split her time between homes in Massena and Sun City, Arizona. Her husband passed away in 1988. Through the years, the Burnhams assisted several students with their college education demonstrating their personal commitment to higher education.

Burnham’s longtime companion Richard Randol assisted with the establishment of the Bobbi Butler Burnham endowed scholarship. Mr. Randol shares Mrs. Burnham’s commitment to making higher education possible for SUNY Canton students.

In establishing her scholarship, Mrs. Burnham recalled her appreciation for her education and remembers fondly her time at the “Aggie School”.

“Bobbi and Richard continue to dramatically impact the lives of current and future students,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach ‘83. “This gift is very timely given the nature of the economy and the need for increased support for scholarships.”

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’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.

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SUNY Canton Honor Society Supports Renewal House

Friday, October 31st, 2008

 

RENEWAL HOUSE DONATION – SUNY Canton’s Lambda Eta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society members recently made a donation to the St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House as part of their Project Graduation. Through Project Graduation, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapters all over the United States and Canada collect donations of canned goods and children’s books for area service organizations during their commencement activities. Pictured are (l to r) back row, Jacob Neely, PTK President and an air conditioning engineering technology major from Syracuse; Kelly Forsyth, counselor and women’s group facilitator at Renewal House; Amy Robinson, legal advocate at Renewal House; Ilene Burke, director of Renewal House; Brad VanPatten, PTK senator and an air conditioning engineering technology major from Madrid; Brandon Baldwin, PTK advisor and assistant professor of automotive technology; front row, Michaela Young, PTK advisor and secretary in the president’s office; Linda Akatsu, PTK secretary and veterinary science technology major from Brooklyn; and Cassandra Hamilton, PTK vice president for leadership and a veterinary science technology major from Hannawa Falls.

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’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.

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SUNY Canton Students Raise over $4,800 for Canton Fire Department

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

CHECK PRESENTATION – The SUNY Canton First Year Experience (FYE) program raised more than $4,800 for the Canton Volunteer Fire Department during their eight-hour relay on Sept. 27. The college has hosted the student-staffed relay fundraiser for four years and has annually contributed all donations to charitable life-saving organizations. Pictured are Chris Marquart, Men’s Cross Country Coach and Assistant Director of Residence Life presenting a check from donations received from the event to Canton Volunteer Firefighter Michael Morgan while First Year Experience students applaud.

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’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.

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SUNY Canton Announces the Maria Sergi Early Childhood Teacher Center

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
Sergi Family

THE SERGI FAMILY – Pictured are (l to r) Pat Sergi, Sam, Lisa, Mike, and Frank. The family owns Sergi’s Pizza in Canton and pledged $100,000 to name the Maria Sergi Early Childhood Teacher Center.

SUNY Canton is honoring a well-known community member whose four children all attended the College. President Joseph L. Kennedy announced that the College will name the Early Childhood Teacher Center in Cook Hall in memory of Maria Sergi, who passed away in 2006.

“She would like this,” Sam Sergi said. “For our family, and for Maria, this is the right thing to do.”

The Sergi family has made an initial gift commitment of $100,000 to honor Maria, forever linking her name to the place where students learn to become Early Childhood professionals. The Sergi family gift will be used to help purchase equipment and resources that will greatly benefit the Early Childhood program.

“We viewed this as a way to honor my mother and support the college in their efforts to educate and train the people that would be taking care of children,” said Lisa (Sergi) Vecchio `87.

SUNY Canton has always played a big role in the life of the Sergi family. All four of Maria and Sam’s children attended the College: Pat graduated in 1986, Frank and Lisa in 1987, and Mike in 2000. “It’s not only where we went to school, it’s also been a big part of the success of our family business and the community we love,” said Pat Sergi.

The Sergi family has always been active in the North Country, and they openheartedly devote their time, support community groups, and often provide pizza for fundraising efforts. “This is a nice way to have our mother’s name and our family’s name on campus,” Mike Sergi said.

“The Sergi’s gift is extremely generous and will greatly impact our Early Childhood program and its students,” said Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco. “This is a wonderful tribute to Mrs. Sergi.” Community members and alumni can help the Sergi Family reach their $100,000 goal. The second annual Maria Sergi Walk/Run is slated for July 26 in Canton and there are other upcoming opportunities to get involved. For more information contact the Canton College Foundation at 386-7127 or www.canton.edu/alumni.

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

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Blevins Family Creates SUNY Canton Scholarship

Thursday, April 17th, 2008
Blevins Family

BLEVINS DONATION – The Blevins family has created a $25,000 scholarship endowment at SUNY Canton in honor of Leland Blevins. Pictured are (l to r) Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Elizabeth Irvine, Mike Blevins, Dave Blevins, Alumni and Development Associate John Wilson Jr., and Lynn Blevins.

A successful family of highly-respected North Country car dealers have created a scholarship that will honor their father and help generations of SUNY Canton Automotive Technology students.

“We are dually honored because the Blevins are a true North- Country family and are closely intertwined with the college,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

The Blevins family donated $25,000 for the Leland Blevins Scholarship Endowment. Each year an incoming automotive student will be awarded a scholarship in Leland’s name.

“Dad gave us our start in the automotive business, so it made sense for us to honor him by presenting others with an opportunity to enter the industry,” said Dave Blevins, who is a 1972 graduate of SUNY Canton.

Dave, and his brothers, Paul, Duanne, Lynn (class of 1979); three sisters, Sherry, Connie, and Beth; decided that the endowment would be a wonderful tribute to their father, who passed away last spring.

“I know Mom (Rita Blevins) is pleased that we’ve created this scholarship in Dad’s name,” Lynn said. “Over the years our businesses have benefited greatly from the hands-on training the college has provided our employees. I know all of the dealerships in the area appreciate the fact that it’s done here locally.”

Leland started the first Blevins dealership in Potsdam in 1969. He sold it to sons Paul and Duane in 1980. Dave and Lynn started the Ogdensburg Blevins Brothers in 1983. Blevins Ford in Gouverneur was added in 1990, and Team Blevins of Gouverneur was unveiled in 2006. The Potsdam dealership is run by Paul’s son, John.

Leland’s grandson Mike also graduated from SUNY Canton in 1999. Like his father Dave, he was an Engineering Technology major. He is now the sales manager for Team Blevins in Gouverneur.

Lynn’s daughter Leanne is a Nursing major at SUNY Canton and is expected to graduate in 2009.

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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Enbridge Donates to SUNY Canton Solar Project

Friday, November 30th, 2007

WARMING DONATION - Pictured are Matthew Flynn, AREA Instructional Support Associate, and Greg LaPoint, Rental Program Manager for Enbridge Services in Massena.

Enbridge Services recently donated two hot water heaters to the Alternative and Renewable Energy Applications (AREA) program. Students will be using the two hot water heaters to design, install, and research a system that uses solar preheating as a way to decrease energy usage. Adding a solar thermal system to a conventional gas or electric hot water heater is one of the most cost effective renewable energy measures that a homeowner can utilize, according to Michael Newtown, AREA Program Director. AREA is one of the largest Bachelor’s degree programs at the college and is the largest in the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

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Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Purchases Scoreboards for SUNY Canton’s New Fields

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg, Inc. has purchased two custom-made outdoor scoreboards for SUNY Canton’s new all-weather, lighted synthetic turf soccer field and new baseball field.

Construction on the new fields and the installation of the scoreboards are expected to be completed early this fall.

“The scoreboards will be one of the most prominent additions to our new fields,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We certainly can’t thank Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg enough for their generosity and commitment to our college and athletic teams.”

The Baseball Scoreboard will be approximately 18 feet long by 6 feet high with 14 and 18 inch light emitting diode (LED) displays and the soccer scoreboard is 18 feet by 9 feet with similar highly-visible red LED digits. Each scoreboard will include panels featuring Pepsi-Cola, or Pepsi products.

“The scoreboards will be the latest addition to our growing athletic department,” said Diane Para, Director of Athletics and Assistant Dean of Students. “During the past year, we have begun upgrading our athletic fields, adopted the Kangaroos as our team name, added men’s and women’s cross-country teams and switched to a four-year athletic conference.”

The college will also soon be constructing an $18 million Athletic and Convocation Center.

“Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg has been a long-time supporter of SUNY Canton,” said Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato. “We appreciate their contributions toward the scoreboards and the Centennial Campaign. Current and future athletes, students, and fans will benefit from the generosity of Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg.”

 

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Canton-Potsdam Hospital Donates $25,000 to SUNY Canton’s Maresca Family Challenge

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Canton-Potsdam Hospital has donated $25,000 towards the SUNY Canton Nursing program as part of the Maresca Family Challenge. The announcement was made at a press conference on Friday, July 20, at the hospital.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital's Chief of Staff and Chief of Radiology Dr. Michael Maresca, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Canton Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker hold a $25,000 hospital donation check to the SUNY Canton Foundation as part of the Maresca Challenge.

“We are here for a much larger purpose than a check presentation,” said Canton-Potsdam Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker. “We are brought together by a common concern regarding the critical shortage of nurses in this country and our community. Canton-Potsdam Hospital wants to be an exception in America and have a steady pool of local nurses.”

The Maresca Family Challenge was announced on May 14 by Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Chief of Staff and Chief of Radiology, Dr. Michael Maresca, and his wife Barbara. The Marescas committed to making a minimum gift of $100,000 to SUNY Canton Foundation to establish the Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca Family Endowment for Nursing Education.

The Maresca Challenge is designed to create a circle of giving and inspire others to do the same. When Dr. and Mrs. Maresca announced their gift in May, they challenged college alumni, local businesses, community members, and friends to join them in further supporting the educational needs of future nursing students at the college.

“Canton-Potsdam Hospital is the first group to step up and respond to the Maresca Family Challenge,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy. “We are deeply grateful for the leadership role they have taken, and I’d like to thank them on behalf of all of our current and future nursing students.”

The Maresca Family Challenge is part of the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign with hopes to raise a total of $400,000 in support of the Nursing program. In addition to their endowment, the Maresca Family has donated 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.”

According to Acker, more than half of Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s nurses are SUNY Canton alumni.

Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca:

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.

The Marescas moved to Potsdam in 1991. They have two children, Margaret and Michael.

“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.

 

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Law Enforcement Academy Receives Ethics Training Donation

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

Police officers from the North Country and beyond recently benefited from a donation provided by the Institute for Ethical Behavior, Inc.

The David Sullivan/St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy hosted an ethics instructors training course to law enforcement officers. Among the course topics were the historical and philosophical significance of ethics coupled with the modern consequences for officers.

“The Ethics course was made possible by a $1,000 donation from the Institute for Ethical Behavior,” said University Police Deputy Chief and academy director Steven L. Livernois. “Their funding helps the academy bring in guest instructors for police officers who will benefit from their expertise.”

Livernois explained that each officer will, in turn, be headed back to their home police agency to teach similar courses on ethics.

The Institute for Ethical Behavior also created an endowed scholarship in 2000 as a memorial tribute to its founder, Harold K. Hughes. The scholarship is awarded annually to a Criminal Justice student who will promote awareness of the importance of individual character and ethical behavior.

 

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