The SUNY Canton Athletic Department will be hosting an alumni gathering and game for former members of the men’s soccer team beginning at noon, Saturday, April 28, at the College’s Roos House Athletic Center.
Men’s Head Soccer Coach Mark D. Howlett is coordinating the event. Interested SUNY Canton alumni should RSVP to Howlett by phone, (315) 386-7422, or by email email@example.com.
“We are looking forward to having our soccer alumni back on campus to meet the current team and share their love of the game,” Howlett said. “There have been many exciting changes at SUNY Canton in the last five years. I’m certain former players will be amazed by the new athletic center and fields.”
SUNY Canton students will have home turf advantage while trying to build their bridge better and faster than their regional competition.
SUNY Canton and Clarkson University are cohosting the three-day American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference, featuring the Upstate Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition.
SUNY Canton ASCE Chapter members Briana K. Fosher of Rouses Point, Mike J. Muller, Jr., of Canton, and William W. Corbine of Potsdam, assemble their team's steel bridge during a practice run.
SUNY Canton’s ASCE student chapter has traditionally dominated the competition by annually planning, designing, and building a bridge that is stronger and more efficient than all of the other colleges and universities in the Northeast. The steel bridge portion of the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, at SUNY Canton’s Roos House Athletic Center Ice Rink.
“This is the first time we’ve ever hosted an ASCE conference at SUNY Canton,” said Paul D. Hitchman, one of the faculty advisors for the student steel bridge club. “Our new Roos House building will provide a great venue for the event.”
The competition portions of the conference are free and open to the public, and the bridge team anticipates many fans and onlookers at the event.
“This year’s challenge is to build a cantilever bridge from a man-made dam,” said SUNY Canton ASCE student chapter president Daniel R. Jones of Canton. “Our bridge is very different and more complicated than in previous years, but we’ve been practicing extensively.”
The SUNY Canton steel bridge team has won the regional championships a remarkable 12 times in 16 years and accrued a national championship title in 2009. Other colleges and universities competing include the University at Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Hudson Valley Community College, and Clarkson University.
“We begin designing and planning for this competition on the first day of the fall semester, or almost eight months in advance,” said ASCE student chapter vice president and bridge designer William W. Corbine of Potsdam. “I like to think we have an advantage over other larger schools in the competition because we build our bridge on-site and then practice until we can build it fast and efficiently.”
Corbine and Jones are both seniors in SUNY Canton’s civil and environmental technology program.
The SUNY Canton Alumni office is hosting a reception for former team members and other graduates who want to be involved with the regional conference. The special RSVP only event will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, April 20, in the mezzanine area overlooking the ice rink.
The mission of the Student Steel Bridge Competition is to supplement the education of students in the technology and engineering fields, with a student-driven project. Students oversee all aspects of the fabrication, assembly, and testing of their one-tenth scale model bridge to maximize performance and economy as a way to best apply their comprehensive engineering aptitude.
More students and a fresh new look made 2011 a banner year of growth and innovation at SUNY Canton.
Approximately 6,092 students enrolled at SUNY Canton during the combined terms in 2011, according to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, including a record fall enrollment of nearly 4,000 students.
The 2011 total unduplicated headcount figure represents a 20 percent increase in the past two calendar years. In 2009, the College had a total combined enrollment of 5,103.
“We’ve grown our enrollment annually by offering in-demand majors taught by experienced and professional faculty who prepare students for their chosen careers.” Kennedy said. “Our supplementary semesters and online enrollments are growing rapidly alongside our traditional course offerings. We are reaching more students than ever before with our competitive hands-on programs and online courses.”
Among the semesters with the greatest growth were:
Winterterm 2010-2011 had approximately 1,170 enrollments, up 46 percent from the previous year.
Summer Session 2011 had approximately 1,430 enrollments, up 16 percent from the previous year.
Fall 2011 semester had approximately 3,825 students, up almost 50 percent from Fall 2006, and up 75 percent from Fall 2000, breaking the College’s all-time enrollment high.
In addition to the new enrollment highpoints, the College grew in almost every way. The following are some the highlights from the 2011 calendar year.
SUNY Canton added bachelor’s degrees in veterinary technology and health and fitness promotion. The veterinary technology degree gives students in the two-year program more advanced options and has become one of the most popular new majors for incoming freshmen. Health and fitness promotion is an extension of the physical therapist assistant program and allows continuing study options for the program’s two-year graduates.
The new programs are continuing into 2012 and the College recently announced that it would be adding a Bachelor of Science in applied psychology for the Fall 2012 Semester.
SUNY Canton celebrated the completion of the new Grasse River Suites and the new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed Roos House, during the fall 2011 semester. The College’s two newest buildings have dramatically enhanced the overall atmosphere of the campus and significantly aided the College’s overall growth.
The $45 million Roos House added a new field house, ice rink, pool, fitness center, and office space for athletic and coaching staff. Between home games and student recreation, the building has become a hub of activity on campus.
The $26 million Grasse River Suites offers upperclassmen an independent apartment-style living option on campus and is helping the College house more students than ever before. The newest residence hall was built without funding from New York State or its taxpayers.
The College is currently planning two additional residence halls to continue its overall physical expansion.
A New Look for canton.edu
SUNY Canton made significant design changes to its website, allowing for larger images and easier user navigation. In 2011, the website received more than 2.2 million visits and more than 5 million individual page views.
The largest growth in visits came from mobile devices. The college had more than 29,000 mobile visits in 2010, and more than 89,000 mobile visits in 2011.
Additionally, the website received visits from 191 countries, including Canada, Russia, China, India, England, South Korea, Germany and Japan.
To highlight the ongoing growth, the college updated its television commercials. Students highlight the most relevant additions and changes at the College, including new majors, new sports, and new buildings. The two new 30-second spots can be viewed on the College’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cantonpr/.
Kangaroos Move Forward
The SUNY Canton Kangaroos began its NCAA exploratory year, the first step in a process the College hopes will eventually lead to provisional and full-fledged Division III membership, The College began offering women’s volleyball and men’s golf in the past year, and new varsity teams in men’s and women’s lacrosse will begin play this spring.
College starts in High School
SUNY Canton received a $150,000 grant from the New York State Education Department in order to start the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program on campus. The College also received a $200,000 grant from the State Education Department enabling them to work with Ogdensburg Free Academy, Massena High School and St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES as part of the Smart Scholars Early College High School program.
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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
SUNY Canton invites community members to celebrate the grand opening of the new Roos House Athletic Center this upcoming weekend with food, fun and a one-time fitness center membership discount.
The event kicks off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon on Saturday, Oct. 1. The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in Lot 3, and a shuttle service will be escorting visitors to the facility.
“There is an energy that can be felt throughout our campus community that I believe stems from having these new facilities open,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Our athletic center, our new residence hall, our new eateries and our other renovations in recent years have transformed this campus and made it an even more welcoming place for students, employees and members of the community.”
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception, attendees are invited to take part in a variety of activities throughout the afternoon, including guided tours of the facility. The Roos have four teams playing at home on Saturday, including volleyball and women’s soccer at 1 p.m., men’s ice hockey at 2 p.m., men’s soccer at 3 p.m., and women’s volleyball again at 6 p.m. Each game will feature t-shirt and prize giveaways. In addition to the games and prizes, guests can enjoy face-painting, food at Joey’s, the new eatery in the athletic center, and a visit with Roody the Roo.
The College is offering a 15 percent discount on one-year single and family memberships to those who attend Saturday’s festivities. The membership must be purchased between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday only. The offer is not available to SUNY Canton faculty and staff members.
The $45-million athletic center features a fitness center with brand-new equipment, a lap pool, a field house that includes basketball, volleyball and tennis courts as well as a track, an ice arena, locker room facilities, athletic department office space and a new eatery.
“We have enjoyed the many immediate benefits of having such an outstanding facility on our campus,” said Randy B. Sieminski, assistant vice president for advancement and athletic director. “Our athletic teams have been highly successful at a critical time in the College’s history as we move towards becoming a member of the NCAA at the Division III level. But the excitement extends far beyond our student-athletes and coaches as we see more students, faculty, staff and members of the community enjoying the facility every day.”
Northland Associates of Liverpool was the general contractor for the LEED Silver Certified building. Many area subcontractors were hired to help complete the project. Northland was also the general contractor for the College’s brand-new residence hall, which also opened this fall.
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 and the grand opening for the Grasse River Suites residence hall was held last week.
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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Several SUNY Canton students were the stars of a media event promoting the DVD release of the movie Max Payne. Students and faculty from the Criminal Investigation staged a murder mystery scenario in New York City that stumped international television, magazine, and web-based journalists. » More
9. Roos House Breaks Ground
Many have been enthusiastically watching the rapid progress of the College’s new Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The “Roos House” is going up in leaps and bounds, alongside a complete renovation of Nevaldine Technology Center. The College also plans to add a new residence hall on campus in the near future. » More
8. Strong Awards
Assistant Professor Robert Strong, PhD., won a competitive William Randolph Hearst Foundation Research Fellowship and the Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities for his book-in-progress “Bright Advent.” The award-winning author and poet penned a lyric history of King Phillip’s War including key events that led to the creation of America. » More
7. Nursing Options
Over the past year, SUNY Canton added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a one-year Practical Nursing program. These programs were created to help meet the demand for more advanced trained nurses amidst a nation-wide professional health care shortage, and have built a full ladder curriculum for students to spend one, two, or four-years learning what they love. » More
6. Winterterm Becomes a Hot Item
Approximately 800 students took courses during the 2009-2010 Winterterm session. Enrollment increased nearly 60 percent from last year and is now five times as large as the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session four years ago. The semester between semesters has become a convenient and effective way for students to catch up or get ahead. » More
5. Coach Martin Keeps Winning
The American Hockey Coaches Association announced that former Hockey Coach Terry Martin was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award. Martin was the college’s head coach for 24 seasons (1974-1999), compiling a record of 527-211-29, including a 102-11-8 mark in his final four seasons. His teams won 12 national championship titles and were runner-ups five times. » More
4. SUNY Chancellor Visits
State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher visited SUNY Canton in July as part of her summer-long tour of the 64 colleges and universities within the SUNY System. After being met at the College’s entrance by our Roo mascot, the Chancellor was introduced to the evolution and extraordinary growth that has distinguished the College among its peer universities. » More
3. Best Bridge Builders in the Nation
The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team hit it big in Vegas on Labor Day weekend by building a better bridge than any other college in the nation. The team won the 2009 National Student Steel Bridge Competition by practicing strenuously and beat the odds that favored larger universities with bigger names (and higher tuition.) » More
2. Centennial Campaign Clocks in at $11 Million
The largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in SUNY Canton’s 100-year history was successfully concluded after raising $11 million for scholarships and overall college enhancements. To honor Centennial Campaign Co-Chairs Ronald L. ’59 and Blanche K. ‘06 Woodcock, the alumni and foundation boards procured a landmark clock which now adorns the Roselle Academic Courtyard. » More
1. Enrollment Tops the Charts
SUNY Canton smashed its all-time high enrollment record during the Fall 2009 Semester with more than 3,300 students. There was a 20 percent increase in first-year, full-time students, and a 10 percent increase in overall enrollment from the previous year. The expansion has led to increased selectivity in the College’s signature career-driven programs. » More
Northland Associates of Liverpool continues to make excellent progress towards the construction of SUNY Canton’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center, nicknamed “The Roos House.” Construction workers have begun pouring the foundation main portion of the complex, which will feature locker rooms and athletic staff offices. They will soon begin shaping the ice rink and field house for the 140,000 square foot building. Construction is scheduled to be completed by January 2011.
The project, coupled with the College’s other cross-campus renovations and projects, will dramatically change the overall atmosphere of the College, according to SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.
Pictured are (l to r) Northland Associates Employees Tyler Richards and Dennis Baron surveying the construction of a new foundation wall.
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 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.
Construction for SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center will officially begin with a ceremonial groundbreaking at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, adjacent to the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields.
The building has been nicknamed “Roos House.” The project is a celebratory point of pride for the College, its students, and alumni.
“There are a number of individuals and groups responsible for making this project a reality,” Kennedy said. “We will be formally thanking them by inviting those public representatives and community members to the ceremony.
The groundbreaking ceremony is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in Lot 4, and a shuttle service will be escorting visitors to the site.
Northland Associates of Liverpool will begin construction on the project this spring. Northland Associates recently constructed the Johnson Hall of Science at St. Lawrence University and is currently working on overhauling Nevaldine Technology Center at SUNY Canton.
“We’ve been anxious to get this project underway for a long time,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The new building will continue the transformation of our campus, and the facilities will benefit both the College and the community. We expect it to dramatically impact the regional economy.”
The Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center will provide ample space for indoor athletics, including basketball courts, a lap pool, and a field house. It will also house SUNY Canton’s fitness center and provide increased space for activities such as concerts, graduation ceremonies, trade shows, and other events. Additionally, it will provide the local community with further options to host larger events for entertainment, high school playoffs, and local sports tournaments.
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 100 courses online each semester. The College offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to 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.