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Marescas Named Distinguished Citizens at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

A St. Lawrence County doctor and his wife will be receiving an award for their philanthropy and civic involvement from the SUNY Canton College Council.

Dr. G. Michael and Barbara Maresca will jointly receive the Distinguished Citizen Award at the 103rd Commencement Ceremony to be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, in SUNY Canton’s new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House.

Dr. Micheal and Barbara Maresca

Dr. G. Michael and Barbara Maresca are the 2011 recipients of SUNY Canton's Distinguished Citizen Award.

“The Marescas care deeply about their community and believe passionately that it is a privilege to be successful,” said Chloe Ann O’Neil, a SUNY Canton College Council board member and a retired New York State Assembly member. “They believe and inspire others with their responsibility to make opportunities to share that privilege. They are the kind of people who make our area a truly unique and wonderful place to live.”

In 2007, the Marescas issued a challenge to SUNY Canton’s alumni and friends to raise $100,000 to bolster the educational needs of the nursing program and its students and pledged matching donations to help continue the support. “Their efforts have led to nearly $500,000 in additional scholarship or program support benefiting the nursing program,” former College Council Chairman Wesley L. Stitt said.

Dr. Maresca is the chief of medical staff and chief of radiology at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, and the president and founder of St. Lawrence Radiology Associates. He is a champion of pioneering imaging technology, according to David B. Acker, president and CEO of Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

“Building a foundation for this community’s future has been a hallmark of the Maresca’s charitable work and of Dr. Maresca’s medical leadership,” Acker said. “In founding a nursing scholarship at SUNY Canton, and challenging others to match it, the Marescas have served students and have helped fill a critical gap in area hospitals and healthcare providers’ needs for additional well-trained nurses.”

Beyond their support for the health of North Country residents, the Marescas are avid motocross enthusiasts. This year they’ve sponsored a round of the American Motorcycle Association’s National Hare Scrambles series in Pavilion, and sponsored AMA rider Nathan A. Kanney. Both sponsorships were created in collaboration with SUNY Canton’s powersports performance and repair program and have led to high levels of visibility for the College.

“This is an experience we have wanted to put in place for our graduates for quite a while,” Mark Hill, director of the powersports program said. “The Marescas have helped create an opportunity for our students to see what goes into a national competition from a business standpoint. I think it will open their eyes to the many different opportunities that exist in the powersports industry.”

Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca moved to the area in 1991. They have two children, Margaret and Michael. Dr. Maresca is a graduate of West Virginia University, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.

Barbara graduated from the University of Maryland.

The family is well known for their involvement behind the scenes with many philanthropic and charitable endeavors.

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


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SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign Draws to a Close

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

College adds Courtyard Clock to Honor Campaign Co-Chairs

Ronald & Blanche Woodcock pose in front of the newly dedicated Woodcock Centennial Clock.

Ronald & Blanche Woodcock pose in front of the newest addition to the Roselle Academic Plaza: The Woodcock Centennial Clock.

The largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in SUNY Canton’s 100-year history was successfully concluded at the recent Scholarship Luncheon celebration.

“We’ve reached a high-water mark in the history of the College,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Every donation from $2 to $2 million has helped us reach this point and has made a difference in the lives of our students.”

The SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign was launched in 2003 with the goal of raising $10 million by 2010. Campaign Co-Chairs Ronald L. (class of ’59) and Blanche K. (honorary alumna, class of ‘06) Woodcock announced the campaign’s ended after raising a grand total of just over $11.3 million. The College’s previous campaign raised about $1 million.

“Much of our fundraising efforts will be used for scholarships,” Ronald said. “When people give to SUNY Canton, they give to help students get the best education possible in order to start a career. Education is a worthy investment because it supports students and their families while benefitting the North Country as a whole.”

Ronald Woodcock received a scholarship in 1957 while he was enrolled in the College’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning program, which has since become the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program. Recognizing the importance of scholarships, and seeing the benefit to the students at the Scholarship Luncheon, he and his wife endowed their own scholarship to help students in the engineering technology fields.  Their leadership and generosity have led the College to name the Alumni House and a wing of conference suites in their honor.

“We had a series of key donations that helped us reach our goal ahead of schedule,” Blanche noted. “The $1 million donation made by Professor Emeritus Richard W. Miller, and the two donations totaling $3 million from Ronald’s classmate Joel Canino (class of ’59) really set the campaign in motion.”

The late Professor Emeritus Herman W. Kalberer also helped the campaign’s early momentum with an $803,000 estate gift. The College’s Foundation also received substantial gifts, each of about $1 million, from the estate of the late Alumna Elaine Claxton Pidgeon (class of ’39), and from an anonymous donor.

“The SUNY Canton Foundation helps ensure that each donor’s life and legacy is remembered and cherished for all times,” Blanche said. “In a very real way, our deceased benefactors will live forever through our memories and their scholarships.”

Bernard Creighton Regan (class of ‘65) donated the funding to create a flag station at the college’s entrance on State Route 68, in addition to financing four scholarships for students from Massena Central High School. John L. Halford (class of ’49) and his wife Nelta, provide similar scholarships for college students from Governeur.

The six-year fundraising project was punctuated by several influential College events that brought sponsors and donors in touch with the college. “With the help of Marti King MacArthur (class of ’74 and ’78), the Centennial Gala and Auction raised more than $40,000,” Blanche recalled.

Ron said, “Another highlight was Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca’s challenge to raise more $100,000 for SUNY Canton Nursing students. He matched the total donations, creating more opportunities for students to enter into the high-demand field of nursing.”

In honor of the Woodcock’s dedication to SUNY Canton and their inspirational leadership during the Centennial Campaign, the College’s Alumni and Foundation Boards of Directors procured a decorative courtyard clock to adorn Roselle Academic Plaza. As a surprise, the Woodcocks were asked to unveil the clock and a ceremonial plaque denoting their continued commitment to SUNY Canton.

While the majority of the donations from the campaign will be used to broaden student access to a SUNY Canton Education, a small portion of the endowment will be used for campus beautification projects and faculty and staff development awards.

“We want to thank all of the donors to the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “Whether their gifts were large or small, each individual has helped make a difference in the lives of our students.”

The College Foundation awarded almost $420,000 in scholarships, and will be awarding almost $45,000 in faculty, staff, and enhancement awards this year.

  • View videos displayed at the ceremony here.

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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Massena Memorial Hospital Commits $25k to Maresca Challenge

Monday, September 10th, 2007

The Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation has added $25,000 to the growing pool of donations assisting nursing students at SUNY Canton. The gift is part of the Maresca Family Challenge, a scholarship endowment established by Dr. Michael Maresca and his wife Barbara, which has now raised more than $170,000 in donations.

JOINING THE MARESCA CHALLENGE —The Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation generously donated $25,000 to the Maresca Family Challenge created by Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca for SUNY Canton Nursing Students. Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, Massena Memorial Hospital CEO Charles F. Fahd, II, Barbara and Dr. Michael Maresca, Foundation Board Member Helen Murray, and Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation Board President John A. Murray.

Charles F. Fahd, II, Chief Executive Officer of Massena Memorial Hospital, presented SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy with a ceremonial check from the hospital foundation on Sunday at a reception at the Maresca’s home in Hannawa Falls.

“The majority of our nurses are SUNY Canton graduates, and we just hired six more in June after graduation.” Fahd said. “As part of the Maresca Family Challenge, this gift is designed not only to assist nursing students, but to improve the quality of health care in the North Country.”

Approximately 100 people attended the reception this weekend. The Maresca Family Challenge also received several private donations at the reception, increasing the money raised to continue building the Maresca Family Endowed Scholarship for Nursing students. That total includes the Maresca’s original pledge of more than $100,000 and a pledge of $25,000 from Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Also, 48th District Senator James Wright spoke at the reception and pledged $5,000 on behalf of New York State to help address the growing national shortage of nurses.

“I congratulate and commend the Maresca Family for their outstanding initiative, leadership, and commitment in making a difference in the quality of health care in the North Country and the lives of nursing students,” Senator Wright said. “This scholarship will help us in seeking a solution to the nursing shortage that we are experiencing locally and throughout our state.”

SCHOLARSHIP PARTNERS — Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, Dr. Michael Maresca, and 48th District Senator James Wright at a reception announcing Massena Memorial Hospital's $25,000 donation and Wright's $5,000 state pledge to the Maresca Family Endowed Scholarship for Nursing students.

When the Marescas announced their gift in May, they challenged college alumni, local businesses, community members, and friends to join them in supporting the educational needs of future nursing students at the college.

“Nurses are one of the most critically important people in modern health care,” Dr. Maresca said. “When I work with a patient they seldom remember me, but they always remember how well the nurses treated them.”

Several current SUNY Canton Nursing Students attended the event, including two of this year’s scholarship recipients. All of the students personally thanked the Marescas for initiating the challenge. Their gift, along with securing the matching donations, will help ensure that future students receive a top-quality SUNY Canton education in the most economically feasible way possible.

 

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

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Maresca ChallengeCanton-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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