SUNY Canton will recognize an alumna’s years of loyalty and dedication with the Distinguished Alumna Award at the college’s upcoming 99th Commencement Ceremony held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Alumni Gymnasium at Dana Athletic Center.
Marti King MacArthur’s volunteerism both on campus and throughout the North Country has dramatically and positively influenced a countless number of individuals.
MacArthur currently serves on the United Helpers Board of Directors and has used her leadership abilities to help the organization move forward with a major capital campaign. She is active with the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Guild, St. Mary’s Church and the Hugh C. Williams Parent Teacher Association.
“Marti has immersed herself in the community of Canton and is a marvelous representation of the college,” said Assistant Director of Development Julie Parkman.
She has shown a continued commitment to her family in addition to her astonishing record of community service. MacArthur left her career at Kodak in Rochester to support her husband, Peter, during his 20-year military career with the U.S. Air Force. She helped support the families of enlisted personnel and coordinated several benevolent events. During this time she also began fundraising and orchestrating large benefits for Air Force functions, a skill that she has honed to near perfect status after 24 years of volunteering.
MacArthur was the driving force behind the SUNY Canton Centennial Gala, which raised more than $43,000 for student scholarships. She spent countless hours of her own time planning, organizing, and marketing the college’s most successful celebratory fundraiser. Her efforts led the college to create an unrestricted scholarship endowment, which will allow more students to receive funding for their education.
MacArthur was one of the first two women to graduate from the heating and air conditioning program in 1978, which followed a 1974 degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences.
This year, she began working as an employee of SUNY Canton in the Alumni and Advancement Office and has served on the Alumni Board since 2002.
Marti and her husband reside in Canton. They have two children: Samantha, who is a senior at SUNY Oswego; and Shane, who is a sophomore at Hugh C. Williams High School in Canton.