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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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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.”


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DaimlerChrysler Donates PT Cruiser to SUNY Canton

Friday, March 23rd, 2007
PT Cruiser

IN KIND AUTO DONATION – Shown are (l to r) DaimlerChrysler Training Center Supervisor Dean Magnuson of Henrietta and Automotive Technology Instructional Support Associate Dennis Tuper with the newly donated PT Cruiser.

SUNY Canton Automotive Technology students now have a PT Cruiser to hone their skills, courtesy of DaimlerChrysler.

Automotive Technology Instructional Support Associate Dennis Tuper worked with DaimlerChrysler Training Center Supervisor Dean Magnuson of Henrietta to arrange the donation of the 2003 vehicle. Tuper recently designed a transmission holder to use during trainings by the automobile company.

“We designed and constructed 26 transmission holding fixtures for all of the DaimlerChrysler training centers in the United States,” Tuper said. “As a thank you, Dean gave us the PT Cruiser as an in-kind donation.”

Tuper said students helped him create the transmission fixtures as part of their classwork. “I had some help from local businesses to make the transmission mounts,” Tuper said. “The Materials were provided by Jeffords Steel and Engineering of Potsdam and Fockler Industries of Norfolk. I also relied on the Mechanical Engineering Technology department for their high-tech machine tools.”

The automobile will be used as a learning tool. Faculty members will use the test vehicle to create problem-solving exercises, which the students will have to diagnose and repair. Most often, students will be looking for electrical problems with the car.

Magnuson also presented Tuper with a Mopar coat and two framed letters of appreciation for creating the transmission parts. “Dennis really went the extra mile,” Magnuson said.

In the past, DaimlerChrysler has donated a High Output Cummins Turbo Diesel engine. “DaimlerChrysler also donated motor oils, lubricants, cleaners, and solvents eliminating the expense of purchasing frequently used products,” Tuper said.

DaimlerChrysler often works with the college to offer professional training sessions for North Country car dealerships and technicians.


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Nursing Students Gain Life-Saving Donation from 1981 Alumnus

Monday, March 19th, 2007

One of SUNY Canton’s patient training simulators will live another day thanks to defibrillators donated by 1981 Alumnus Russell (R.B.) Lawrence III, and his wife, Sharon.

Nursing Students

SHOCKING DONATION – SUNY Canton alumnus Russell B. (R.B.) Lawrence III and his wife, Sharon, recently donated two Hewitt Packard Monitor defibrillators to the colleges. Pictured are (l to r) back row, Rod Cota Operations Supervisor for RB Lawrence Ambulance Service, Kyle Thurston of Lawrence's, Deb Skogen of Theresa, and Lawrence's Office Manager Georgine Scott, front row are Patricia Oppong from the Bronx, Douglas Duprey of Lisbon, Leslie Dardaris of Potsdam, and Michelle Mann of Hammond.

The Lawrences, who own and operate RB Lawrence Ambulance Service in Canton, had previously loaned the two Hewitt Packard Monitor defibrillators so the class could practice their life-saving techniques, according to Assistant Professor of Nursing Mary Ann Caswell. “The defibrillators are extremely effective learning tools in class,” she said.

Caswell’s second-year Nursing students have already employed the devices during a training session, utilizing one of the college’s state-of-the-art Laerdal SimMan Universal Patient Simulators. A typical training session is as close to real medical practice as possible, without working with a human patient. Among other features, the computer-controlled animatronic SimMan can talk, breath, and replicate a full-scale heart attack.

“These simulations teach our students the life-saving abilities they will need when they join the workforce,” Caswell said. “They forget they fact that they are working on a robot and focus on saving its life as though it was a real patient.”

Douglas Duprey of Lisbon faced a heart attack scenario during the training session. He was speaking with the SimMan, who was complaining of the worst pain ever, when all of the sudden the life-sized rubber-molded man stopped breathing. Duprey looked for a pulse and immediately called for his classmates’ assistance. Under Caswell’s supervision, Duprey released the paddles from their holders and prepared to shock the mannequin back to life.

“Now make certain that no one is touching the bed or the mannequin,” Caswell said.

Duprey responded by telling each of his classmates to stand clear as he set the paddles on the mannequin. Then the defibrillator beeped as he pressed the buttons that sent a shock to the non-responsive SimMan. As the SimMan began to regain his vital signs, Duprey’s classmates performed a series of tests and procedures to ensure that their patient simulator would remain “alive.”

Lawrence’s donation was arranged through the SUNY Canton College Foundation, which frequently helps students’ experience with scholarships, monetary donations to academic endeavors, or by securing in-kind educational donations.

The SimMan mannequins were purchased last year through federal grants and are designed to be sick with a variety of ailments or die on demand for instructional purposes.


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SUNY Canton Honor Society Donates to CAVA

Monday, January 29th, 2007

CAVA CHECK PRESENTATION — The SUNY Canton Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (PTK) recently presented a $100 donation to Citizens Against Violent Acts, Inc., (CAVA) in Canton. Pictured are (l to r) CAVA Program Manager Carrie Tracy and Director Carrie Whalen receiving a check from PTK President Adam Serra. Serra is a Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies student from Potsdam.


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SUNY Canton Police Academy Receives $1,000 for Ethics Training

Monday, January 29th, 2007

The David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton recently received $1,000 from the Institute for Ethical Behavior, Inc.

The donation will be used to purchase learning materials related to the study of ethics for cadets enrolled in the academy as well as SUNY Canton’s four-year Criminal Investigation and two-year Criminal Justice programs, according to Academy Director Steven L. Livernois.

The Canton-based 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.

The Academy provides training in physical fitness, firearms, arrest techniques, defensive tactics, radar, breath analysis, emergency medical services and emergency vehicle operation. Cadets receive their training from more than 70 full-time police officers from around the North Country and surrounding communities. The typical Police Academy cadet’s day begins at 7 a.m. with an hour of strenuous physical training followed by a full day of classroom studies and hands-on scenario-based trainings.


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