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SUNY Canton Students Giving Back this Holiday Season

Friday, November 19th, 2010

SUNY CantonSeveral SUNY Canton clubs and organizations are inviting members of the local community to help fill local food pantries for the upcoming holiday season.

“SUNY Canton Gives Back” will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 in the College’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Woodcock Conference Suite. Country radio station 95.3 The Wolf – WLFK, one of the event’s sponsors, will be broadcasting live.

Community members are encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to the event. Photos with Santa Claus and the SUNY Canton Roo will be available for free with a donation of canned goods. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be provided.

Drop boxes have been placed throughout the College’s campus for those unable to attend or for additional donations. The food donated will be collected and brought to the Community Development Program for distribution to local pantries following the event.

Parking will be available in the Miller Campus Parking Lot #13.

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


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SUNY Canton Foundation Creates Haitian Student Relief Fund

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Proceeds to benefit students who were affected by the devastating earthquakes

The SUNY Canton Foundation has begun a campaign to help SUNY Canton students from the devastated nation of Haiti.

“We’ve seen both immediate and long-term needs that we can help address through our own SUNY Canton Haitian Student Relief Fund,” said SUNY Canton Librarian and Haitian Fund Chair Kathleen Horton. “We’ll be reaching out to raise the money necessary to provide our own specialized relief efforts, which are intended to benefit students who are attending the College. As with any initiative, our first priority is the health and well being of our students.”

STUDENTS HELPING STUDENTS – SUNY Canton Individual Studies Student Marquise Paillere (left) was left stranded in Port of Prince Haiti after the earthquakes. Her roommate, Management student Xiaoli Zhang, who goes by “Lilly” raised $200 to help Paillere get a bus to the Dominican Republic, and asked SUNY Canton to help fly her home. The SUNY Canton Foundation provided the airfare to get Paillere home and the two were reunited a day after classes began.

Some immediate needs will include purchasing textbooks and funding tuition for students whose families have been affected by the earthquake. Future and tentative goals potentially include sending the SUNY Canton Chapter of Habitat for Humanity to Haiti to aid in the rebuilding efforts. Several faculty and staff members at the College have already come forward to donate to the cause.

“We were initially asked to help a student return to her studies when she was left stranded in Haiti during the winter break,” noted Daniel J. Sweeney, Vice President of Student Affairs. “Through the Foundation, we were able to secure her a plane ticket back and she was able to rejoin her classes.”

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy contributes to the SUNY Canton Haitian Relief Fund in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

To launch the campaign, and to aid in the creation of the SUNY Canton Haitian Relief Fund, students have begun collecting donations, according to the College’s Diversity and Orientation Director Lashawanda Ingram.

“Upon returning to SUNY Canton, students immediately began looking for ways to help,” she said. “The SUNY Canton Haitian Students Fund gives them the perfect opportunity to help their fellow students. We have already set up several collection points on campus and people have been wonderful in supporting our initial efforts.”

Ingram said that the students plan to set up donation points from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Kinney Drugs and Tops Market (formerly P&C Foods) in Canton.

The SUNY Canton College Association created ways for students to donate by using their Roo Express accounts, the College’s payment option linked to College identification cards. Students can swipe their cards at the Campus Center Store, or purchase a meal for victims while getting one themselves in Chaney Dining Center.

“Right now, we have about a dozen students that we know of with roots in Haiti,” noted SUNY Canton Director of Public Relations Randy B. Sieminski. “We are working to ease their transition back to College and looking to determine how we can best help them.”

For more information or to make a donation, contact the SUNY Canton Foundation at 315.386.7127, or email foundation@canton.edu.

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


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SUNY Canton Wins Red Cross Award for Pints and Participation

Friday, November 20th, 2009
MORE BLOOD DONATIONS – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton students Kayla DiGiacomo, Caitlyn Hill, Jenifer Coon, Danielle Soule, Julie Feuerherm, Anne Conant, and Ryan Strate holding the American Red Cross Trophy for the highest percentage growth among four-year SUNY colleges.

MORE BLOOD DONATIONS – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton students Kayla DiGiacomo, Caitlyn Hill, Jenifer Coon, Danielle Soule, Julie Feuerherm, Anne Conant, and Ryan Strate holding the American Red Cross Trophy for the highest percentage growth among four-year SUNY colleges.

Several SUNY Canton student organizations were awarded by the American Red Cross for the highest percentage of growth in volunteer blood donations among four-year colleges in the SUNY System.

The College collected 253 units of blood during four blood drives held over the 2008-2009 academic year, which is over a 100 percent increase from the previous year. Students from Kappa Xi Omega sorority, and the Criminal Justice Association helped orchestrate the on-campus blood drives.

“The students did a fantastic job organizing, raising awareness and recruiting donors for SUNY Canton’s 3-day blood drive,” said Criminal Justice Club advisor and Associate Professor William J. Fassinger. “Their efforts helped provide much-needed lifesaving donations during local and national shortages.”

Collections at all State University of New York four-year colleges were up 19 percent in 2008-09, with a total of 14,898 units collected. In addition to SUNY Canton, four other SUNY schools were awarded for the highest gains. Red Cross representatives presented SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy and student representatives with a trophy honoring the achievement.

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.


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