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Twin Toyota Donations Help Fuel SUNY Canton Students

Monday, October 24th, 2011

A prominent area business owner and Toyota Motor Corporation recently made matching gifts to the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

Ed Cloce, President of TJ Toyota in Potsdam and a1959 automotive technology alumnus, recently presented SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy with a check following a donation to the College by his parent company.

Kennedy and Cloce

MATCHING GIFTS - SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy receives a donation from the President of TJ Toyota and 1959 alumnus Ed Cloce.

“Mr. Cloce has been an active and supportive alumnus who cares deeply about the success and continued growth of the College,” Kennedy said. “He’s demonstrated his ongoing commitment to our College at many levels by helping develop our students’ learning experiences and by hiring many of our graduates.”

TJ Toyota recently expanded their business and completed a major facility upgrade. In recognition of the achievement, the New York regional offices of Toyota Motor Sales USA made a donation on behalf of Cloce to the SUNY Canton College Foundation to benefit the College’s automotive program. Cloce then matched the gift with an unrestricted donation to the SUNY Canton Foundation in honor of Kennedy.

“Together with his previous donations, Mr. Cloce has donated approximately $50,000 in assets and funding to the SUNY Canton College Foundation,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We can’t thank him enough for his support of our programs and our administration.”

Cloce previously donated a Toyota Prius during the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign in addition to establishing the Ed and Clara Cloce Scholarship in 1989. The family’s scholarship provides annual funding for one student enrolled in the College’s Canino School of Engineering Technology. Combined, the donations totaled approximately $3,000.

A portion of the funding will be used to purchase new equipment for servicing late model and hybrid vehicles in the college’s state-of-the-art automotive laboratories.

“We made this donation because of the extraordinary accomplishments the college has achieved under the guidance of President Kennedy,” Cloce said. “It is my hope that my donations help SUNY Canton students remember and value their education.”

Cloce is a member of the SUNY Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the automotive program’s advisory board. He received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award at the College’s 101st Commencement Ceremony in 2009.

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SUNY Canton Going Tobacco-Free in 2013

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Hop the HabitSUNY Canton will soon join the growing list of U.S. colleges and universities to adopt a tobacco-free campus policy as the College continues its efforts to provide a healthy environment for its students and employees.

Becoming a tobacco-free campus will have a positive impact in many ways and will enhance community life, improve productivity through better health and possibly decrease health care costs,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “Smoking has been prohibited in buildings and entryways for many years on our campus, so extending the ban to campus grounds and including all tobacco and smoking products is a natural progression for the College.”

Over the next three semesters, the College will implement an informational campaign to educate the community on the policy, which will be implemented in phases with full enforcement to begin in the Spring 2013 semester.

“This initiative was an idea brought forward by both students and employees,” Kennedy noted. “Most people understand the health advantages of implementing such a policy and I also hope to see less campus litter related to tobacco products.”

Kennedy appointed a committee to determine the College’s readiness to adopt a tobacco-free policy and to gauge public opinion. Committee members met to discuss the current SUNY Canton tobacco policies and potential changes during this planning and assessment period. Earlier this year, an internal campus survey was completed to garner further information from the campus community.

Kennedy is hopeful other colleges and universities will follow in the College’s footsteps. “SUNY Canton is among the first colleges within the SUNY system to implement this policy. We hope to lead by example and have other schools take similar actions on their campuses as it provides a healthier learning and work environment for everyone. It’s very similar to the tobacco policies already in place in public school districts,” he said.

The College will establish a series of programs to assist those who wish to break tobacco addictions between now and the implementation date. In Spring 2013, full compliance will be expected of all students and employees, according to Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Academic Services Molly Mott.

“The Roos House and surrounding athletic fields have already become tobacco-free areas,” Mott said. “Members of our campus community who use tobacco products are encouraged to begin taking steps to break those addictions so they will be able to comfortably comply with the policy when it goes into effect. Those who find compliance to be difficult should reach out and ask for help — either through the Health Services Center or the Division of Student Affairs.”

The Health Services staff will be on hand to assist anyone interested in making the decision to quit their use of tobacco products.

“Research tells us over 70% of tobacco users want to quit,” says SUNY Canton Health Services Nurse Julie A. Cruickshank. “We will provide all possible assistance as we move through the next three semesters and beyond. The development of effective support networks is critical in maximizing the potential of this policy. The great thing about this is everyone on campus will benefit greatly from its implementation.”

According to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF), there are smoke-free colleges and universities in virtually every state. Arkansas and Iowa have instituted statewide bans at all their public colleges and universities. Other examples include the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Michigan, the University of Florida, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University and the University of North Dakota. Well over 300 colleges and universities across the country have adopted tobacco-free policies.

Additionally, the American College Health Association (ACHA) issued a September 2009 “no tobacco policy” position statement encouraging colleges and universities nationwide “to be diligent in their efforts to achieve a 100 percent indoor and outdoor campus-wide tobacco-free environment.”

More information about SUNY Canton’s policy will be available in the coming months and will include background on issues related to tobacco use, links to useful resources and a Frequently Asked Questions section. The information will be found on the College’s website, www.canton.edu.

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Roos House Celebrates Grand Opening

Monday, October 3rd, 2011
Ribbon Cutting

Pictured are (l to r) Dine D. Kennedy, Margaret S. Aubertine (a 1975 SUNY Canton graduate) Darrel J. Aubertine, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, Robert J. Liggio, a senior forward from the men's hockey team, Roody the Roo, SUNY Canton College Council Chair Ronald M. O'Neill, SUNY Canton College Foundation Board Chairman Bernard C. Regan, and SUNY Canton Athletic and Public Relations Director Randy B. Sieminski cutting the ceremonial ribbon at Roos House.

Rob Liggio

SUNY Canton men's ice hockey forward Robert J. Liggio of Canton addresses the audience at the Roos House grand opening celebration. Liggio said, "Whether you were an Aggie, a Northman, or a Northstar – we now are all a part of the Roos House and we look forward to participating or watching our teams create future successes."

President Kennedy

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy addresses guests at the SUNY Canton Roos House grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration. Kennedy said that the new athletic center would benefit both the community and the college, and thanked all of the individuals who had worked on creating the building.

Roos House Opening

More than 150 people attended the official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at SUNY Canton's new Roos House athletic center, which features an ice rink, a field house, a four-lane lap pool, student access areas, and the College's fitness center and athletic offices.

Hockey Win

The SUNY Canton Kangaroos men's ice hockey team celebrates a goal against Lebanon Valley College in front of a full house of fans. The Roos' inaugural game ended in an 8-0 shutout.

 

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SUNY Canton to Celebrate Newest Residence Hall

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Grasse River SuitesSUNY Canton will be sweetening the grand opening of the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall with an ice cream social.

The SUNY Canton Foundation and the Grasse River, LLC, will be holding a ribbon cutting celebration for its newest residence hall at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at the Grasse River Suites. Free ice cream will be available after the ceremony.

The residence hall opened to students at the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester, adding much needed on-campus housing at the College. Guided tours of the facility will be available.

“There has been a great deal of interest and excitement surrounding our newest buildings,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to showcase the beautiful new building and successful work of our foundation staff and our partnership with the Grasse River, LLC.”

Grasse River Suites

The apartment-style complex has 304 beds grouped into 83 independent living suites and is adjacent to the Cooper Service Complex. The residence hall is designed primarily for upper class students and includes a mini-store, multi-purpose classroom, and an open courtyard for recreation and outdoor activities.

The $26 million project was financed through bonds secured by a partnership created with the Town of Canton and the Canton Capital Resource Corporation. The Grasse River Suites were constructed without any state funding or taxpayer resources.

“The College and greater Canton community both benefit from our newest residence hall,” noted Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “The building adds to the appeal of our campus and expands its four-year housing options, which will attract more students to the area. Each of those students will spend more time locally and our businesses and communities will continue to grow and thrive. And because these 305 students benefit from having kitchens in their suites and are only on partial meal plans, they will be shopping at local grocery stores and eating at local restaurants even more than most students.”

Northland Associates of Liverpool was the general contractor for the LEED Silver Certified building. Many area subcontractors were hired to help complete the project.

The ribbon cutting ceremony is the latest in a string of grand opening celebrations across SUNY Canton. The College recently celebrated a Taco Bell and KFC Express located next to the existing Jreck’s Subs in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. Staff members are currently planning a grand opening for the Roos House Athletic Center.

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SUNY Canton Named a 2012 U.S. News Best College

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Roselle Academic PlazaSUNY Canton has been ranked among the Top Regional Colleges in the 2012 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report.

The College earned a ranking of 43rd on the ‘Regional Colleges-North’ list. Selection in the category is based on colleges that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal art disciplines. The North division includes colleges located in the Northeastern United States.

“As far as I know, this is the first time SUNY Canton has been included in these prestigious rankings, and we are extremely happy and proud to be among the select colleges honored,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This recognition reflects the perennial dedication of our faculty and staff members who provide outstanding opportunities for all of our students. We’ve seen our successes play out in our classrooms, in our student groups and organizations, and on our athletic fields. It’s encouraging to know those successes are being acknowledged by others, too.”

College officials believe SUNY Canton’s growing reputation and ranking is the result of many strategic initiatives and programs over the last several years. The College now offers 21 in-demand bachelor’s degrees that incorporate hands-on experience and internship opportunities that provide students with the real-world background they need to be successful in the workforce. Signature programs such as nursing, veterinary technology and criminal justice continue to attract high-caliber students while the College’s new majors, including sports management and graphic and multimedia design, have proven to wildly popular among prospective students.

US News RankingsSUNY Canton also offers one of the largest online course offerings in New York State in an effort to bring an affordable and accessible education to both traditional and non-traditional students. Since 2009, online course enrollments have grown more than 33 percent.

The 2012 rankings include fewer than half of all colleges in the country. U.S. News & World Report has been compiling rankings and publishing them for 28 years, grouping schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Colleges are compared against their peer institutions on a variety of factors including graduation and retention rates, class size, and selectivity.

The rankings will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting September 20. More information on the rankings is available now at www.usnews.com/colleges.

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SUNY Canton Named ‘Military-Friendly’ for Second Straight Year

Monday, September 12th, 2011

SUNY Canton was recently recognized as a military-friendly campus for the second year in a row.

The College was among only 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools throughout the country to be recognized as a 2012 Military Friendly School, announced by G.I. Jobs on Monday. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

Military Friendly

“This is further proof that the hard work of many on our campus to assure the college continued with this designation has paid off,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We have known for a long time that we are a military friendly campus that serves the needs of those within that community. We are honored to know that others recognize our commitment to serving those that serve and their families.”

In support of the educational goals of the military community, SUNY Canton has had a Veterans Study Lounge on campus for several years. The College’s counseling staff receives regular Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) training and a Veteran’s Day ceremony is hosted on campus each year.

SUNY Canton also recently started a fast-paced powersports performance and repair course to recently deployed U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Drum. The course is convenient for soldiers as it’s held on base.

Robert L. Edwards, who serves as the director of service member learning opportunities, and Associate Professor of Criminal Investigation William J. Fassinger, retired Army 1st Sergeant in the Military Police Corps, organized the SUNY Canton Veterans Association.

“The organization of the students was the basis to bring the other efforts of the campus into focus and has resulted in a solid support peer support network,” Fassinger said. “It has also raised the profile of the military community on campus. Students from the Association have presented the colors at the last three commencements, a tradition the College will continue. They also have organized a Veterans Day ceremony that has grown from a handful of participants to more than 500 students, faculty, staff, and friends.”

Edwards noted that receiving this designation for the second straight year confirms the dedication and efforts from every corner of the College community. “It is much different from my experience in college where no one talked about their service and preferred that it was not known,” he said. “More than 150 active duty service members, veterans, as well as their spouses and children were enrolled at the College last year. We have become a place that is trusted to serve our military and their families. In the coming weeks the college will enhance the commitment by hiring a Military and Veterans Service Coordinator followed by two work study students supporting that office.”

In 2008, SUNY Canton demonstrated the importance of the College’s veterans to its graduating class. In 1943, twenty-seven students were called into service just weeks before their commencement. The veterans, who have come to be known as SUNY Canton’s Greatest Graduates, left to serve the country in World War II. In a heartfelt and emotional ceremony, President Kennedy presented four members of the class and a spouse of a deceased veteran with honorary certificates in their respective programs. Those veterans who could not attend the ceremony were honored for their sacrifice, some of them posthumously.

G.I. Jobs  is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business. The 2012 list was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time to assist in its evaluation of institutions.

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SUNY Canton Powersports Class Starts at Fort Drum

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

SUNY Canton is starting a fast-paced powersports performance and repair course to recently deployed U.S. Army soldiers at Fort Drum.

“This program is part of our outreach with the SUNY North Country Consortium,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “As a premiere college for soldiers, veterans, and their families, we seek to offer our in-demand academic programs where they will be utilized the best. In this case, we’ll bring our class to Fort Drum, rather then having the soldiers come to us.”

Powersports

SUNY Canton powersports performance and repair student Stephen A. Weston of Potsdam helps Instructor Mark R. Hill load Polaris snowmobiles, motorcycles, and four-wheelers destined for Fort Drum.

The three-credit seven-week powersports service course (MSPT101) began at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Outdoor and Recreation Facility on the post. Mark R. Hill, the Powersports program instructor, said it was offered in a condensed version to minimize the time commitment for soldiers.

“We’ll be bringing approximately $50,000 worth of snowmobiles, motorcycles, and all-terrain vehicles – all donated by Polaris Industries – to Fort Drum for our newest students to work with during the course,” Hill said. “This is one of the first courses that we offer in the one-year program. Students find it very personally and professionally rewarding.”

Students working on snowmobile

SUNY Canton partners Polaris to provide certification training at the main campus, allowing students access to the latest Polaris line to complete their course requirements. Students diagnose, troubleshoot, repair and even rebuild the recreational vehicles during the one-year program.

At SUNY Canton, powersports performance and repair is a career-driven one-year certificate program. The program is part of the College’s ladder curriculum, allowing students to transfer into associate degree programs, including automotive technology, or a bachelor’s degree program that best fits each individual student’s interest.

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SUNY Canton to Host 9/11 Memorial

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

SUNY Canton students and faculty are organizing a memorial in remembrance of September 11th that will feature a speaker who spent time in New York City and assisted in the recovery efforts for nearly a year.

The College’s Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) will present the ceremony in honor of the 10th anniversary beginning at 8 a.m. on September 12 at the Roselle Plaza, adjacent to the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The event is free and open to the community. Parking will be available in Parking Lot 13.

“It’s critical we take this opportunity to remember those who lost their lives, including the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in an effort to help others,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Ten years later, we are still grappling to further understand what happened on that tragic day. I applaud our Criminal Justice students for taking the initiative to host this event and several faculty members for playing a critical role in organizing it.”

September 11th Memorial

The memorial’s theme will be patriotism and recovery. The keynote speaker will be New York State Trooper Robert M. Parcell, who was assigned to ground zero as a dog handler and spent a year in New York City assisting with recovery efforts.

Senior William R. Francis of Albion was one of the CSJA students who played an important role in this year’s ceremony.

“We should never forget 9/11 because it has forged the country we now live in,” he said. “Like Pearl Harbor, it will forever be a day that lives in infamy. It marked a turning point for my generation.”

Among the other distinguished guests will be Assemblymember Addie J. Russell and Canton Mayor Charlotte Ramsay. Russell will address the crowd, as will President Kennedy. All fire stations and EMS personnel in St. Lawrence County have also been invited to the event and the Canton and Potsdam fire departments will provide ladder trucks from which a huge American flag will fly.

Several SUNY Canton faculty members and employees will be taking part in the service. The Color Guard will feature SUNY Canton University Police Officers Brian J. Perry and Byron Davis. Susan E. Buckley, department chair of the criminal justice, law enforcement leadership and criminal investigation programs, and Robert L. Edwards, professor of criminal investigation, will lay the wreath. William J. Fassinger, associate professor of criminal investigation, also played an integral role in the organization of the ceremony.

While the SUNY Canton did not lose any alumni in the attacks that they are aware of, several took part in the recovery efforts including Brigadier General Fergal Foley, a 1980 alumnus. He served as the Department of Defense Chief of Staff and Acting Commander for the Joint Task Force “Operation World Trade Center” from Sept. 11 through Sept. 29, 2001.

The College has hosted a memorial for September 11th each of the last nine years.

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SUNY Canton Named One of the Top Pet-Friendly Colleges

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

SUNY Canton students are not the only ones who think the College is the cat’s meow.

Petside.com recently named SUNY Canton to its 2011 Top 10 Pet Friendly Colleges list because of its dedication to small animals and well-known Pet Wing housing option for students.

Pet Wing

“We have some of the most well-known veterinary programs in the state and with that comes passionate students who can’t bear to think about leaving their pet at home while they’re at college,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy. “Having the Pet Wing on campus makes SUNY Canton feel even more like a community than we already do. It not only benefits the students but also the faculty and staff.”

The College was featured on Petside.com’s website with the accolade, noting the nice environment and the opportunity for “pet lovers to live together and bond and forge friendships over the animal companions that become the conversation-starters between new students.”

“The Pet Wing is absolutely one of the most popular choices among students,” said Director of Residence Life Courtney B. Bish. “It gives them the chance to bring a small piece of home with them and also helps ward against homesickness.”

The College has offered the Pet Wing as a housing option since 1997. While students are not allowed to bring dogs, snakes or birds, they are permitted to bring small, caged pets from home with prior approval from Residence Life.

“We’ve had many cats, bunnies and other four-legged friends live in the Pet Wing,” Bish noted. “I think the most unique animal we’ve had was a duck by the name of Mr. Peeps. He wore a diaper and was a Pet Wing favorite.”

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Gift to SUNY Canton Honors Two-Time Alumna

Friday, August 19th, 2011

A recent gift made to SUNY Canton recognizes the significant impact a two-time alumna has had on both the College and local communities.

Barbara Theobald Rich Wilder, class of 1953 and 1970, will be honored at the dedication of ‘The Barbara Rich Wilder Nursing/PTA Study Suite’ at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 20. The ceremony will take place in the suite, which features a lounge area for nursing students as well as a computer and study room.

The Wilders and Dr. Kennedy

Barbara Rich Wilder (third from left) will be honored at the dedication of ‘The Barbara Rich Wilder Nursing/PTA Study Suite’ on Saturday, August 20. She is pictured with (from left) her husband, Frederick, SUNY Canton Board of Directors Chair Bernie Regan, and President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“We’re thankful for Barbara’s constant efforts to help SUNY Canton and our students succeed,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Having her name on the suite will remind our students of the kind of professional and person they should aspire to be. We appreciate her leadership and guidance as a donor, volunteer and advocate.”

Wilder, who has served as a director on the Canton College Foundation since 2009, was unaware of the gift being made by her husband Frederick who wanted to surprise her. The gift was unveiled at a recent Canton College Foundation Board meeting.

“SUNY Canton has been great for the North Country as so many students have been able to obtain a sound education for a successful future. We feel very strongly that it is more important now to invest in SUNY Canton,” Wilder said. “Both Frederick and I hope this room will be a place for nursing and physical therapy assistant students to meet, reflect, plan, and study so they will be prepared to be among the best in all graduating health professionals.”

Wilder attended the College in 1953 and later returned as a non-traditional student in the nursing program and graduated in 1970. She then became a registered nurse and worked in the field.

Wilder has served in a number of volunteer roles throughout the community. She has served as a former trustee of the Benton Library Board and the Canton Methodist Church and was also a former board of director for St. Lawrence County Cooperative Extension, 4-H Division, and the Canton Garden Club. She has been an active volunteer for the American Red Cross, Well Child Clinics, and the Canton Rescue Squad.

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