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Alumni Weekend Celebrates Graduates and Distinguished Guests

Monday, July 7th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend will feature two dedication ceremonies and seven new Hall of Fame inductees July 18 to 20.

“This year’s celebration is of great importance to the college,” said Director of Alumni Affairs Peggy S. Levato. “We will recognize a great alumnus, our Greek organizations and many people who have made substantial contributions to the north country community.”

Alumni Weekend 2013

The Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies Building will be renamed in honor of one of the college’s most generous patrons at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 18. John L. Halford Sr., a 1949 graduate, has made a series of donations to the college. He most recently contributed funding for an equipment endowment in the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program. Halford is a member of the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

The college’s oldest sorority has raised more than $31,000 to rename the atrium of SUNY Canton’s dining hall as part of their centennial anniversary. Pi Nu Epsilon will dedicate the space at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, in Chaney Dining Center. The building is named for Mary Adele Chaney, a former professor of domestic science who was instrumental in starting Pi Nu Epsilon.

Brothers from Alpha Theta Gamma, the college’s oldest fraternity, will join their sisters from Pi Nu Epsilon. The Delta Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Delta Sigma Tau sorority will be celebrating their 35th anniversaries during the weekend celebration.

The annual Hall of Fame ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Miller Campus Center, Woodcock Conference Suites. The 2014 inductees are:

Thomas W. Duda taught business at SUNY Canton for 28 years. He received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 1992 and emeritus status in 2008. After retirement, he continued to teach as an adjunct until his death in 2012. Dr. Duda was very respected by his students and colleagues and he made countless educational contributions and helped many students during his tenure.

Betty J. Evans is an avid supporter of education, health care, her church and the community in the North Country. She created an endowed scholarship in 2011 to honor the memory of her son, Perry Evans. She taught 5th through 12th grade students with disabilities for 18 years.

Linda L. Fay dedicated 30 years to teaching, academic duties and administrative functions for the Nursing program. She received SUNY’s Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in teaching and SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Faculty award. Mrs. Fay served as a role model for faculty throughout the college.

John T. Henderson, class of 1952, graduated from ATI with a degree in Drafting. He was responsible for an addition to the science building, expansion of athletic facilities, and creation of facilities master plan at Jefferson Community College. Mr. Henderson continues to support SUNY Canton.

Aaron J. and Doris H. Lasher were owners and operators of Aaron J. Lasher Plumbing and Heating in Heuvelton, New York. Mrs. Lasher established the Aaron J. Lasher Scholarship in memory of her husband. Mr. Lasher served as a volunteer firefighter, church trustee, member and chairman of various Heuvelton and Oswegatchie Boards and the scoutmaster of Heuvelton’s Boy Scout Troop nine for 23 years.

Jean M. Poticher, class of 1944, worked at Canton College for 28 years. In 1961 she served as Assistant Food Service Manager before becoming Dining Hall Manager in 1971. She was promoted to Food Service Director in 1983. She was a dedicated worker who provided outstanding service to the college.

T. Urling and Mabel B. Walker are generous contributors to the Canton College Foundation. Mrs. Walker has been active in the healthcare field and helped start Hospice in Jefferson County. Mr. Walker was one of the founding members of the Jefferson Community College Foundation in 1979. He served as mayor of Watertown from 1983 to 1991. They are well known throughout Northern New York for their philanthropic efforts.

For more information on the weekend’s events, or to register, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 315-386-7127or 800-811-6727.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Three SUNY Canton Staff Members Receive College Awards for Exceptional Service

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

A recent retiree was the surprise recipient of SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman’s Meritorious Service Award.

Sandy J. Livernois, the former assistant to the provost, received her award at the College’s annual recognition day ceremony, designed to acknowledge the College’s faculty and staff for exemplary service and milestone anniversaries.

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman presents Sandra J. Livernois with the President’s Meritorious Service Award. Livernois recently retired from her position as the assistant to the provost.

SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman presents Sandra J. Livernois with the President’s Meritorious Service Award. Livernois recently retired from her position as the assistant to the provost.

“No one on the campus was left untouched by the generous, dedicated service that Sandy selflessly gave to the College,” Hoffman said. “She has been the epitome of professionalism and kindness, not to mention fun, in all of the capacities that she has served.”

Livernois worked at the College for 34 years. She previously won the Employee Recognition Award in 2003.

Additionally, Heather C. Lauzon, a secretary in the Accommodative and Disability Services Office received the Employee Recognition Award, and Peggy S. Levato, director of alumni and development, received the Excellence in College Service Award. Both awards are bestowed annually by the SUNY Canton College Council to recognize professional staff for their outstanding work.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Heather C. Lauzon, a secretary in the Accommodative and Disability Services Office and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. Lauzon received the Employee Recognition Award.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Heather C. Lauzon, a secretary in the Accommodative and Disability Services Office and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. Lauzon received the Employee Recognition Award.

Depending on individual needs, some students need to take their tests outside of the classroom. Lauzon schedules more than 1,000 exams each semester. She works with faculty and staff members to coordinate special accommodations to help level the playing field for students with disabilities. Her co-employees and supervisor said she exhibits grace and professionalism and goes above and beyond her assigned duties.

“Heather possesses a superior work ethic,” said Veigh Mehan Lee, director of Accommodative and Disability Services and Lauzon’s supervisor. “She keeps the office operating in an organized manner.”

As one of the college’s premier fundraisers, Levato developed a relationship that led to the first $1 million donation in the College’s history. She also assisted with the College’s Centennial campaign, which exceeded its $10 million goal a year early. She substantially increased alumni participation in donations and attendance at college events. The donations she works to secure benefits the entire college, primarily in the form of student scholarships.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. Levato recently received the Excellence in College Service Award.

Pictured are SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman, Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato and College Council Chair Ronald M. O’Neill. Levato recently received the Excellence in College Service Award.

“Peggy has been a phenomenal fundraiser and energetic supporter of SUNY Canton,” said David M. Gerlach, vice president for advancement. “She has played a significant role in transforming many alumni relationships. Beyond being a representative of the College, she is a friend to our many esteemed alumni.”

The College prepares video interviews with the award recipients that are played as an introduction at the recognition day ceremony.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Welcomes Back Graduates for Alumni Weekend

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Hundreds of SUNY Canton graduates will return to campus July 19 to 21 for the College’s Alumni Weekend.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, July 19, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The weekend’s activities will include a half-century luncheon honoring the class of 1963, campus tours and special reunions for Nursing and Automotive Technology graduates. Milestone celebrations will be held for Alpha Chi Omicron sorority’s 90th anniversary and Kappa Xi Omega sorority’s 10th anniversary.

Alumni Weekend Photo

“Alumni Weekend offers a special opportunity for former students to catch up with old friends, hear what’s happening on campus and have a lot of fun,” said Peggy S. Levato, director of alumni affairs.

A Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will add 25 new members to the Century Club, will take place at 5 p.m. Friday in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House. Members of the Hall of Fame include alumni, founders, athletes, community members, and retired faculty and staff members.

“The Hall of Fame honors those who have made lasting contributions to SUNY Canton,” Levato said. “We are grateful for the energy the inductees have invested into making the College a better place for our students.”

The weekend will cap off with a barbeque and reception on the Campus plaza Saturday evening.

For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.canton.edu/alumni/reunion_reservation.html or contact the SUNY Canton Alumni Office at (800) 811-6727
or alumni@canton.edu.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

 

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SUNY Canton Names 2013 Distinguished Alumnus

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
Pictured are (l to r) Karrie A. Mooney, a second-year Nursing student from Ogdensburg, Robert M. Thompson, SUNY Canton¹s 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, and Ruth T. McWilliams, Thompson-Weatherup Foundation President. Mooney is a recipient of the family foundation¹s scholarship.

Pictured are (l to r) Karrie A. Mooney, a second-year Nursing
student from Ogdensburg, Robert M. Thompson, SUNY Canton’s 2013
Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, and Ruth T. McWilliams,
Thompson-Weatherup Foundation President. Mooney is a recipient of the
family foundation’s scholarship.

SUNY Canton will present the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award to a graduate who has made a lifetime of contributions to the North Country and the field of agriculture.

Robert M. Thompson Jr., class of 1942, will be given the award during the College’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony July 19.

“Mr. Thompson is an inspiration to our students and the entire SUNY Canton community,” said Peggy S. Levato, SUNY Canton’s director of alumni affairs. “He is a wonderful example of what can be achieved through hard work and perseverance.”

After graduating with a degree in Agriculture and taking over his family’s dairy farm in Flackville, he and his wife, Esther (Weatherup), purchased a farm in Lisbon in 1954. Thompson traveled the country to develop a prize-winning herd of Holstein cattle. He also was active in St. Lawrence County and New York state Holstein associations.

“His professional skills throughout his many years as a dairyman set a standard of excellence realized by only an elite few in Northern New York throughout the 1970s and 1980s,” said Douglas H. Ort, vice chair of the Lewis County Community Service Board. “He demonstrated excellence, not only with his own family farm, but in investing his knowledge for the benefit of neighbor family farms and for the dairy industry as a whole in New York State.”

In addition to being a successful dairy farmer, he has given generously to the community through his participation in 4H, the Cornell Cooperative Extension and other agricultural organizations.

As an advocate for a quality education, Thompson served on the Lisbon School Board and was appointed to the SUNY Canton College Council in 1954. He was also a member of the first St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators and was recognized as a leader during his tenure.

Thompson’s family has strong ties to the College. His wife is a 1943 SUNY Canton alumna, and their children established the Thompson-Weatherup Family foundation in their parents’ honor, which, among other charitable endeavors, supports a SUNY Canton nursing scholarship. Thompson’s father, Robert Sr., graduated in 1910 as part of the second class of the Agricultural and Technical Institute at Canton, now known as SUNY Canton.

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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Alumni Weekend Draws College Legends and Reunions

Monday, July 16th, 2012

More than 300 attendees are expected to attend SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend, including upcoming Hall of Fame inductees and a pair of fraternity reunions.

Registration for the annual gathering of graduates will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, July 20, at the Richard W. Miller campus center. Weekend events include the third College-wide Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and two major Greek celebrations during the weekend celebration.

“Brothers from Alpha Theta Gamma and Delta Kappa Sigma are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year,” noted David M. Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement. “We look forward to rekindling relationships with our graduates in addition to hearing the many stories of their successes following their SUNY Canton education.”

Alumni Weekend

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be adding 25 new members to its Century Club. Those eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame include, but are not limited to, alumni, founders, athletes, community members, and retired faculty and staff members.

“We’ve inducted 50 legendary and influential college greats over the past year,” said Peggy S. Levato, Director of Alumni Affairs. “Recent inductees include past presidents, distinguished faculty members, and numerous individuals who have impacted SUNY Canton and the North Country.”

Other highlights of the weekend include: the Half-Century Luncheon Honoring the Class of 1962; Campus Tours; a party and reception at the Roselle Academic Plaza; in addition to many musical performances throughout the weekend.

For a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.canton.edu/alumni/reunion_reservation.html.  For more information, please contact the SUNY Canton Alumni Office by phone, 315-386-7127 or
800-811-6727, or by email alumni@canton.edu.

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SUNY Canton Foundation Seeks Alumni Feedback

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The SUNY Canton Alumni and Foundation offices are seeking information from the College’s more than 36,000 active graduates.

“We want our alumni to know that we are here to help them remain engaged and connected with their alma mater,” said SUNY Canton Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato. “We’ve created a survey to help us tailor our current programs and help our alumni stay linked with current events on campus.”

The short 12-question survey can be completed online at http://www.canton.edu/alumni/survey.html. The same survey was included in the Fall 2010 edition of After Canton Alumni Magazine.

The alumni and foundation offices host events and activities including the annual alumni weekend on campus, receptions across the country and game-day celebrations in conjunction with the College’s athletic department.

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


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SUNY Canton Alumni House Dedicated to Devoted Benefactor Blanche K. Woodcock

Monday, September 1st, 2008
Blanche Woodcock

ALUMNI HOUSE NAMED - Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy congratulating Blanche K. Woodcock after a dedication ceremony unveiling the newly-renamed Blanche K. Woodcock Alumni House.

CANTON – The SUNY Canton Alumni House has been named after an honorary alumna who helped guide the residence’s transformation.

The SUNY Canton Foundation recently announced that the College’s Alumni House has been renamed the Blanche K. Woodcock Alumni House.

Blanche, and her husband Ronald L. Woodcock (class of 1959) have played an integral role in involving alumni and businesses in the development and fundraising efforts of the college’s Advancement Division. Blanche oversaw the renovations at the College’s Alumni House located at 8 Stillman Drive, Canton. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy helped Blanche unveil a permanently affixed plaque to denote the name change during a ceremonial dedication this week.

“Blanche selected the furniture, interior color schemes, carpets, and even helped plan the landscape upgrades,” Kennedy said. “Numerous guests have complemented the new décor. We’ve renamed the house to recognize her commitment to the college and to highlight her work making this house a home.”

The Stillman Drive residence became available after Kennedy opted to purchase his own house instead of forcing the college to make costly state-mandated renovations to the building. The move allowed the college to adapt the building as a much needed respite for alumni and other distinguished guests. The house has now been utilized by visiting Russian faculty members from Moscow State University, high-level college foundation donors, faculty and staff retreats, and other College functions.

“The beautiful and welcoming home became a reality through Blanche’s vision and it is a tremendous asset for all who use it,” said Director of Alumni Affairs Peggy S. Levato. “It’s hard to put into words our gratitude toward the Woodcocks for their incredible dedication. They have volunteered an extraordinary number of hours working on this project.”

Ron and Blanche were both recently honored during SUNY Canton’s alumni weekend when the college unveiled the Woodcock Conference Suite, denoting the hard work and dedication of the husband and wife team. They have co-chaired the Centennial Campaign which has exceeded its $10 million by 2010 goal. Blanche is also the 2006 recipient of the college’s prestigious Honorary Alumna award. Blanche grew up in Ogdensburg and the couple now resides in Morristown.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. 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 85 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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

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