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Roos House Donor Finalizes Rink Suite Naming

Friday, April 8th, 2011

SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus John L. Halford of Gouverneur will be forever associated with some of the best seats in the new Roos House.

The 1949 graduate made a generous donation to the athletic center earlier this semester, securing the right to name the John L. Halford Sr. Alumni Suite. The exclusive elevated seating area overlooks the new ice rink and will be used to host alumni receptions and important game-day functions.

Nelta M. and John L. Halford of Gouverneur recently visited the “John L. Halford Alumni Suite” in the nearly completed SUNY Canton Roos House Athletic Center.

Halford and his wife Nelta M. recently visited the nearly completed facility to talk through the final details with College Foundation, facilities and advancement officials, and even tried out the new seating.

“John and Nelta continue to demonstrate their remarkable generosity and set a wonderful example for their fellow alumni,” said David M. Gerlach vice president for advancement. “They have helped many students obtain their SUNY Canton education and they are an inspiration to others. Now the Halford name will be permanently displayed in one of the nicest and most visible areas on campus.”

His generosity previously led the College to name the Lobby at the intersection of the Faculty Office Building, Wicks Hall, and Cook Science Center in his honor.

Halford is a proud World War II veteran who completed high school and attended SUNY Canton (then called the Agricultural and Technical Institute) after his time overseas.

“I’ve asked the SUNY Canton Foundation to include the U.S. Marine Corps seal on the plaque in the Halford Alumni Suite in honor of my time in the service,” Halford said. “Whether it’s through scholarship or athletics, I hope students enjoy their time at the College and use their experience to shape their lives.”

After graduating from the air conditioning technology program, he 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.

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 and serves on the SUNY Canton Foundation Board of Directors.

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Outstanding Associate Grad Awarded with Scholarship Sponsor

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

An engineering science student will be honored with the alumnus who sponsored his scholarship at SUNY Canton’s 102nd Commencement Ceremony.

Kale C. Hitchman of Hannawa Falls is the College’s 2010 recipient of the annual Outstanding Graduate Award at the associate level. He received the John L. Halford, Sr. Endowed Scholarship in 2008, and Halford is this year’s recipient of the College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Hitchman is one of nine North Country students who have benefitted from Halford’s generosity.

Hitchman and Halford are among the honorees and award recipients who will be recognized during Commencement at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, in an outdoor ceremony adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

Described as “the single most impressive student, classmate, and person” by one of his nominees for the accolade, Hitchman has spent considerable time working with his peers. In his first year, he worked for the Office of Accommodative Services and was a note taker for two students with disabilities. He has also been a math tutor and a teaching assistant for a professor in the engineering department.

“Kale Hitchman is a hard-working, extremely motivated, and ambitious young man,” said Feng Hong, associate professor of physics and 2010 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient. “He has an outgoing personality and enthusiasm for helping others. He is a leader among his peers.”

Hitchman recently completed an advanced course in materials testing with Michael J. Newtown, an associate professor in the Canino School of Engineering Technology. He was studying the strength of materials used in construction of bridges and buildings in preparation for his future career as a civil engineer.

“Kale was able to process very advanced topics and projects independently,” Newtown said. “He is the kind of student that you want to have in class. He’s prepared with advanced questions and challenges himself to take his work to the next level.”

Hitchman, who juggled academics and a part-time job throughout his two years at the College, was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society in his first year. The same year, he joined the Institution of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and served as secretary. He served as president of IEEE as a senior.

A previous recipient of the Merriman Scholarship Award, Hitchman was also awarded the Clarkson University Leadership Award and will be attending Clarkson in the fall. He will spend the summer interning with Barrett Paving.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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Alumnus John Halford Honored as SUNY Canton Hometown Hero

Friday, September 28th, 2007

John L. Halford of Gouverneur, has joined the growing group of SUNY Canton Alumni to be honored as a Hometown Hero.

Halford joins the prestigious list of Hometown Heroes by setting up a program to award SUNY Canton scholarships to students from his high school alma mater.

The John L. Halford Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to two graduating Gouverneur Central School seniors planning to pursue a four-year degree at SUNY Canton. He has established a charitable remainder trust and donates annually to fund the scholarships. All of the proceeds of his trust will ultimately and permanently fund this effort.

“John has been an extraordinary benefactor of both SUNY Canton and Gouverneur Central High School throughout his life,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “John’s commitment to students serves as an inspiration to high school seniors from Gouverneur and to many other alumni and friends of SUNY Canton who want to create opportunities for the youth of their hometowns.”

John Halford created this scholarship to remember and honor the wartime service of his family. At the young age of 17, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater. After more than 4 years of service, he returned to Gouverneur to complete high school. The abrupt end to his carefree youth taught him to appreciate and enjoy every day and the pleasures and opportunities life presents. His hope is that this scholarship will inspire young people from his hometown to continue their education and strive for their highest dreams.

Each recipient of the Halford Memorial Scholarship will be selected based on academic achievement, involvement in extra-curricular activities, and financial need, as determined by the Gouverneur Central School Scholarship Committee. The scholarships will be announced at graduation and students will be eligible to receive the scholarship until they complete their four-year degree.

“The best thing about this gift is not the gift itself,” Halford pointed out. “More important are the opportunities it will create by enabling these students to attend college. I hope that each student takes this opportunity to live life to the fullest, enjoy learning, and be successful. Gouverneur High School and SUNY Canton helped make that possible for me.”

Halford is the third alumnus to be honored as a “Hometown Hero” at SUNY Canton. He joins Joel M. Canino, who created a scholarship for Baldwinsville area students, and Bernard C. Regan, who targeted his endowment for Massena area students.

In 2005, Halford was honored for his record of service to the college by having a lobby named after him, at the crossroads of three major buildings.

He graduated from the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program in 1949. From 1952 to 1970, he worked for Associated Universities on Long Island in research and nuclear reactor development at Brookhaven Lab. From 1973 until his retirement in 1987, he was the building maintenance manager for Suffolk County. He and his wife, Nelta, live in Gouverneur.

 

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