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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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Woodcocks to be Honored During Alumni Weekend

Friday, June 13th, 2008

WoodcocksA pivotal group of rooms in one of SUNY Canton’s newest buildings will be named in honor of a dedicated class of 1959 graduate and a 2006 honorary alumna.

The rooms, formerly known as the Multipurpose Rooms in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center will be renamed The Woodcock Conference Suite in recognition of the continuing service of Ronald L. and Blanche K. Woodcock who have residences in Morristown, Baldwinsville, and Estero, Fla. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 13, in the Miller Campus Center during the college’s Alumni Weekend celebration.

“Ron and Blanche have served the college in countless ways,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “In 2004, they accepted leadership roles as the Centennial Campaign Co-Chairs and led the SUNY Canton College Foundation through another successful campaign. Their outstanding generosity, visionary leadership, and devotion to SUNY Canton are inspirational for our future students, alumni, and friends.”

The Woodcocks have helped lead the Centennial Campaign to a total exceeding its $10 million dollars by 2010 goal. Ron and Blanche are also avid volunteers, who gladly help out with much of the advancement of the college. Most recently, they assisted with the renovations at the SUNY Canton Alumni House.

“We certainly couldn’t ask for two more model alumni,” said Director of Alumni and Development Peggy S. Levato. “Ron and Blanche step forward to help with just about any project even before we ask for their assistance.”

Ron is a longstanding member of the College Foundation. In 1990, the Woodcocks established the Woodcock Family Scholarship Endowment. That same year, Ron was honored as the recipient of the New York State Alumni Confederation Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He has also been recognized by SUNY Canton as the 1989 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient.

Blanche received SUNY Canton’s prestigious Honorary Alumna Award for her service to the college. She was involved in the college’s first ever campaign and played an integral role in involving alumni and businesses in development and fundraising on behalf of the college.

The Woodcocks will be joining Professor Emeritus Harry E. King as an honoree of the college during Alumni Weekend. King’s name will be added to the college’s Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Laboratory on Saturday, June 14. It will among the college’s three namesake events so far this year.

This year’s alumni weekend will be highlighted by very special celebrations for the classes of 1958 and 1983, as well as for Nursing, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Automotive Technology Graduates. “We are expecting the highest number of attendees in twelve years,” Gerlach said.

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 65 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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