Archive for May, 2007

SUNY Canton Grounds Supervisor Lauded by College Council

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
Stanley Wilson

RECOGNIZED – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph Kennedy and Grounds Supervisor Stan Wilson. Wilson received the 2007 Employee Recognition Award.

Grounds Supervisor Stanley Wilson received the 2007 Employee Recognition Award presented by the SUNY Canton College Council.

Wilson is a “hands-on” leader who takes pride in his job and the appearance of SUNY Canton.

Wilson oversees the mowing, cuts, pruning, planting, trimming, plowing, and sanding on campus. Under his supervision, the college is not only kept safe, but also beautiful.

“Stan is quick to point out that his staff deserves credit for the campus’ appearance,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “He isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and work hard right along with them.”

Wilson started in 1984 as a cleaner and was promoted to janitor in 1988, transferred to grounds in 1990, was a highway equipment operator in 1994, and senior grounds worker in 2000, and has been in his current position in 2002.

He recently played a key role in ensuring the success of events such as the Regan Flag Station dedication and the college’s outdoor commencement ceremony.


Math Lab Coordinator Receives College Council Award

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
Linda Crowner

AWARDED FOR SERVICE – Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton College Council Chairman Wesley Stitt, President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Math Lab Coordinator Linda Crowner. Crowner received the 2007 Excellence in College Service Award.

Math Lab Coordinator Linda Crowner’s ability to respond to the evolving needs of students led her to be recognized with the SUNY Canton College Council’s 2007 Excellence in College Service award.

“Linda clearly contributes to the continuing success of the college,” said College Council Chairman Wesley Stitt. “It is with great pleasure that I present her with this award on behalf of the SUNY Canton College Council.”

Crowner tailors her tutoring approach to fit each student’s learning style and again adjusts her teaching tactics for each faculty member at the college. Hundreds of students have personally thanked her for her assistance, some of whom even said they wouldn’t have made it through college without her.

Crowner is highly involved in campus activities including Faculty Assembly, and was a member of the Academic Standards Committee. She has also served as a member of the Learning Resources Group for the Middle States Assessment, received three Who’s Who Among American Teacher’s Awards, through nominations from students, and received a character development award.


SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Finishes 7th in Nation

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

A year’s worth of hard work, diligence, and practice have led a group of SUNY Canton students to another top ten finish in the national Civil Engineers/American Institute of Steel Construction (ASCE/AISC) Steel Bridge competition.

Bridge Team

BRIDGE TEAM —Pictured are (l to r) Paul Robbins, Austin Schwencke, Zach Wojciechowski, Beynan Ransom, Fred Bach, Mike Warren, front row, Craig Robert, William Walldroff, Jeremiah Hazelton, William Stacey, and Mike Gebler.

Last weekend, 15 students from the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge team and their faculty advisors traveled to California State University at Northridge with their hand-constructed bridge. The team performed admirably taking seventh place among all of the competing colleges, according to Instructional Support Associate Paul Hitchman, who serves as one of the Steel Bridge Team Faculty advisors.

“The team competed against 43 teams from across the nation for top honors,” said Hitchman. “The competition was extremely close this year with very little separating the top 20 schools.”

In order to win, the team accumulates points in several categories of competition. SUNY Canton placed third overall in lightness category, fifth in construction speed, eighth in efficiency, 13th in economy, and 25th in stiffness.

Bridge Team

KANGAROOS — The Steel Bridge Team proudly wore uniforms showing SUNY Canton's new athletic logo at the 2007 national championships. The team ran into students from another college sporting the same unique name. Pictured are (l to r) Jeremiah Hazelton and a member of the University of Missouri at Kansas City team, the only other Roos at the competition.

The top ten teams in the nation in order of their finish were: North Dakota State University; University of California at Davis; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada; Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.; University of Texas at Austin; SUNY Canton, Virginia Tech; University of California at Berkeley; Clemson University, S.C.

“As we close out another year of bridge building, the SUNY Canton team would like to thank the individuals and businesses that contributed toward another successful year,” Hitchman said. “I can’t tell you enough what this experience means to our students and how many opportunities it presents for their futures.”

The Bridge Team is sponsored by Jeffords Steel and Engineering of Potsdam, and corporate sponsors including Hilti power tools, The Copy Shop in Potsdam, FCL Management in Baldwinsville, Bach and Company of Clayton, Waldroff Farm Equipment in Canton, Stone Bridge Iron and Steel in Gansevoort, Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, Cianbro of Pittsfield, Maine, COP Construction in Utah, and Cives Steel Company in Gouverneur. The team also receives support from the SUNY Canton Foundation, the Student Cooperative Alliance, the College Association, and many faculty, staff, and friends of the college.


SUNY Canton Salutes Law Enforcement Academy Graduates

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Among those scheduled to be honored are:

Conrad D. Benedict

Conrad D. Benedict of Hogansburg, who will be join the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department.


John C. Benson

John C. Benson of Gouverneur, who will be joining the Antwerp Police Department. He is a 2006 graduate of SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.


Sloan J. Bolster

Sloan J. Bolster of Tupper Lake, who will be joining the Tupper Lake Police Department.


Kim M. Craig

Kim M. Craig of Potsdam, who will be joining the Potsdam Village Police Department


Matt J. Crowl

Matt J. Crowl of Cornwall, Ontario, who will be joining the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department.


Justin A. Dowdle

Justin A. Dowdle of Canton, who will be joining the Norwood Village Police Department. He will also be graduating with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.


Mike G. Johnston

Mike G. Johnston of Canton completed his pre-employment police basic training. He will also be graduating with a SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation degree.


Jennifer A. King

Jennifer A. King of Malone, who will be joining the Tupper Lake Village Police Department.


James E. Nichols

James E. Nichols of Canton completed his pre-employment police basic training. He will also be graduating with his Criminal Justice degree.


Christopher M. Olson

Christopher M. Olson of Massena, who will be joining the Norfolk Town Police.


Justin D. Perryman

Justin D. Perryman of Potsdam, who will be joining the Tupper Lake Police Department. He has an associate degree in Criminal Justice from North Country Community College.


James D. Smith

James D. Smith of Watertown, who will be joining the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.


Spencer J. Warner

Spencer J. Warner of Norwood, who will be joining the Norwood Police Department. He has an associate degree in Criminal Justice degree from SUNY Canton.


Not pictured are :

  • Matthew W. Chase of Massena, who will be joining the Norfolk Town Police Department.
  • Douglas K. Crews, Sr., of Phoenix, N.Y. who will be joining the Phoenix Village Police Department.
  • Kevin L. Edmonds of Glenfield, who will be joining the Lowville Village Police Department.
  • Nathan J. Hamblin of Harrisville, who will be joining the Sackets Harbor Village Police Department.

SUNY Canton Celebrates Commencement

Friday, May 18th, 2007

More than 700 students are eligible to participate in SUNY Canton’s 99th Commencement Ceremonies beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, on the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields. The event will be held outdoors for the first time in recent memory and perhaps in college history.

The Graduates:

Criminal Justice was the most popular major among graduates with 108 students receiving their associate degree in that field. Seventy-five graduates received associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies, making it the second most popular major, followed by Nursing with 69 students and Business Administration with 62 graduates. The most bachelor’s degrees were awarded in Criminal Investigation. It was the fifth most popular major overall with 60 graduates. The certificate program with the highest number of graduates was the Health Science Career Studies major with 55 students. It was also the sixth largest major overall.

The Chancellor:

SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan will be the keynote speaker. SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy has praised Ryan for his extraordinary leadership and accomplishments as well as his tremendous support of SUNY Canton. Ryan has accepted a position as president and CEO of the Center for Creative Leadership, headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., and will be stepping down as chancellor at the end of this month.

The Tent:

Graduation ceremonies will be conducted in an enormous tent that has been erected on the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields. The tent is 100 feet wide and 220 feet long. The tent was rented from Hurlbut Tent Rental of Massena. College officials moved the event outdoors after it was discovered that Alumni Gymnasium in the Dana Athletic Complex was in need of repair.


Students and their families will gather with faculty, staff and friends for a post-graduation reception following the formal ceremonies. The weekend also featured 18 students graduating from the St. Lawrence David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy and a special Pinning Ceremony honoring the 2007 Nursing graduates.


Sweetgrass Foundation Founders Honored by SUNY Canton

Friday, May 18th, 2007

The co-founders of the Sweetgrass Foundation, a private charitable institution dedicated to the enrichment of life in the North Country, will be awarded the SUNY Canton College Council’s 2007 Distinguished Citizen Award.

Catherine B. Newell and Allan P. Newell will be honored at the college’s 99th Commencement Ceremony held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, outdoors on the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields.

Catherine Barnett Newell represents the fifth generation of her family to make her home in St. Lawrence County. She is well known for her commitment to the area, as evidenced by her volunteerism and extraordinary personal efforts to make things happen throughout the North Country, not the least of which includes SUNY Canton’s very own Newell Veterinary Technology Center.

Catherine is a former elementary school teacher, and founding member of the environmental organization Save the River, North Country Citizens for Responsible Land Use, and the Hammond History and Folk Art Museum. She is also a former board member of the St. Lawrence Aquarium and Ecological Center, Ogdensburg Command Performances, and North Country Public Radio’s Community Advisory Board.

Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Frederic Remington Art Museum, United Helpers Organization, North Country Center for Yoga and Health, Grasse River Heritage Development Corporation, and Canton Free Library.

In 1992, Catherine co-founded the Sweetgrass Foundation, a private charitable institution which provides financial support to local non-profit organizations, with an ultimate mission to improve the quality of life in our region. Since its inception, she has served as the Foundation’s Vice President and Secretary.

Allan P. Newell represents the fifth generation of his family to reside in St. Lawrence County. His philanthropic and altruistic spirit have benefited many worthwhile endeavors resulting in a better North Country.

Allan served in the U.S. Navy for four years and on the Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Board of Directors for the past 24 years. He has served on many boards in the North Country, including SUNY Potsdam College Foundation, Frederic Remington Art Museum, St. Lawrence County Historical Association, Save the River, Thousand Island Land Trust, and the North Country Savings Bank.

His current community commitments include being a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Lawrence University, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY), The Antique Boat Museum, and The Remington Art Museum’s International Advisory Board.

As founder of the Sweetgrass Foundation, Allan has served as its President and Treasurer for the past fifteen years. To date, over 250 grants have been awarded to numerous regional organizations, including the private funding required to secure the matching state funds for the construction of SUNY Canton’s Newell Veterinary Technology Center. At the time, this gift was the largest in SUNY Canton’s history. Many North Country students also continue to benefit from the Allan P. and Catherine B. Newell Endowed Scholarship established by them with a personal gift in 2003 at SUNY Canton.


Maresca Family Issues Challenge and Donates $100,000 to SUNY Canton’s Nursing Program

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

The Maresca'sCanton-Potsdam Hospital’s Chief of Radiology and Chief of Staff announced a $100,000 donation to the SUNY Canton Nursing program today and challenged other alumni and friends to join them in further supporting the educational needs of future nursing students at the college.

The Maresca Family Challenge is designed to create a circle of giving and inspire others to do the same. The Marescas committed to making a minimum gift of $100,000 to establish the Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca Family Endowment for Nursing Education.

They have also challenged SUNY Canton’s Advancement Division, the Development Office, alumni, and friends to raise a matching $100,000 for the nursing program. The Maresca Family Challenge is part of the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign, and it is hoped to raise a total of $400,000 in support of the Nursing program.

“The generosity of the Maresca family is truly inspiring,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “This donation and challenge will not only dramatically affect the quality of education we’re able to provide our nursing students, it will also have a long-term positive effect on the quality of healthcare throughout the North Country.”

In addition to their endowment, the Maresca Family is donating four $1,000 scholarships to nursing students for the 2007-2008 academic year.

“We understand the importance of nurses and are dedicated to investing in students who desire an education,” said Dr. Maresca. “We believe that a nursing career has a tremendous impact on the students, their families, and the overall health of our own community, thus creating a full circle of giving and receiving.”

Dr. Maresca grew up in Elkton, Md., and attended West Virginia University and then the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. He continued his studies for Diagnostic Radiology at SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse.

Dr. Maresca is also affiliated with the following New York hospitals: Massena Memorial Hospital, E.J. Noble Hospital, Clifton-Fine Hospital, Cortland Memorial Hospital, Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic, Olean General Hospital, and the Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He is also owner of Watertown Breast Imaging.

Dr. Maresca met his wife Barbara while in medical school in Maryland and moved to Potsdam in 1991. He and Barbara do many “behind the scenes” things for numerous community organizations. They are well known for their generosity.

“The Maresca Family Endowment will enable worthy students to attend regardless of their financial background, and it will also assist us in meeting the growing technology needs of our nursing education.” said John Conklin, the Director of SUNY Canton’s Nursing program. ”

Dr. Maresca was introduced at the event by former New York State Assemblywoman and SUNY Canton College Council member Chloe Ann O’Neil. O’Neil, who also serves as a member of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign’s Major Gift Committee, was credited with introducing the SUNY Canton Advancement Team to the Maresca family.

Several nursing students and community members were also on hand for the announcement, including two students that will receive the inaugural Maresca scholarships next year.

“Thank you for helping these students make their dreams a reality,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “Your support is a tremendous endorsement of our program and its influence on our community.”

SUNY Canton Commencement Moves Outdoors

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

For the first time in recent memory and perhaps in college history, SUNY Canton will conduct its Commencement outdoors.

The College’s 99th Commencement Ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. under a tent on the Edson A. Martin Athletic Fields on Saturday, May 19. SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan will be the keynote speaker at the event.

College officials moved the event outdoors after it was discovered that Alumni Gymnasium in the Dana Athletic Complex was in need of repair.

“It will be a memorable day in the history of SUNY Canton,” said Director of Public Relations Randy Sieminski. “If it’s as enjoyable as we envision it, we may consider conducting the ceremonies outdoors in future years.”


Dr. Jeremy D. Brown Selected President of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

SUNY Canton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jeremy D. Brown has been selected to serve as the next president of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s (PASSHE) Board of Governors made the selection this week at the conclusion of a national search. Dr. Brown will begin his tenure at Edinboro on July 1. He will replace Dr. Frank G. Pogue, who has served as the University’s president since July 1996. Dr. Pogue plans to retire June 30.

Dr. Brown was named provost at SUNY Canton in 2003. Previously, he served for three years as rector of Florida State University Panama. He began his academic career as an assistant professor in the Physics Department at Princeton University in 1984.

Dr. Brown has helped SUNY Canton significantly expand its academic curriculum. During his tenure, the college has grown from offering seven bachelor’s degrees to 13, with three others awaiting state approval. The college has also reached all-time record highs in summer and winter term enrollments in each of the last two years.

“Jeremy’s accomplishments at SUNY Canton have been truly extraordinary and we will benefit from his efforts for many years,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “It’s not a surprise that other colleges and universities recognize our successes and identify the outstanding individuals behind those accomplishments. We’re going to miss Jeremy both professionally and personally, but we are happy for him and his family.”

SUNY Canton’s recent growth in distance learning recently prompted the college to unveil SUNY Canton OL, or SUNY Canton OnLine. Over the last few years, articulation agreements have been formed with numerous other colleges and universities, including Moscow State University, Yamagata University in Japan, American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Wyoming Community College District, Kherson State University in Ukraine, and Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts. That collective group of colleges has been referred to as “Planet Canton.”

“It’s been a remarkably rewarding and satisfying experience to have been part of SUNY Canton’s growth over the past several years,” Brown said. “Our progress has been amazing and it’s a true testimony to the outstanding dedication of the faculty and staff. While I’ll miss my colleagues here, the opportunity to become the president at Edinboro University is one that I cannot pass by.”

“Dr. Brown will bring to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania a distinguished record as both an educator and administrator,” said Edinboro Board of Governors Chairman Kenneth M. Jarin. “He is an excellent choice to lead Edinboro into the future.”

Harold Shields, chairman of the University’s Presidential Search Committee and secretary of the Council of Trustees, also said he is pleased with the Board of Governor’s decision.

“The committee and the council submitted to the Chancellor and Board of Governors the strongest three-candidate slate possible,” Shields said, adding that the selection process began six months ago with 50 potential candidates. Over the months, the 50 were narrowed to the final three. Shields said the committee’s single objective was “to find the president who will be the best fit for Edinboro University.”

Founded in 1857, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania enrolls approximately 7,700 students, including about 1,100 graduate students. It offers 78 undergraduate and 18 graduate degree programs and employs about 400 full- and part-time faculty.


SUNY Canton Associate Professor Lauded by Chancellor

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Mary Jane DoelgerSUNY Canton Associate Professor of Nursing Mary Jane Doelger has been honored with the esteemed Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, an accolade presented for her unique, engaging, and captivating learning methods.

SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan will be personally presenting Doelger with her award at SUNY Canton’s 99th Commencement Ceremony held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19.

Mrs. Doelger is a 1982 alumna of SUNY Canton, with an associate degree in Nursing. She went on for her bachelor’s in Nursing from SUNYIT. In the 1990s, while working at St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg and raising a family, she simultaneously completed two master’s degrees: one in Nursing with a concentration in Psychiatry from Syracuse University; and a Public Administration degree with a concentration in Health and Human Services from Russell Sage University.

As a direct result of the high standards she has for her students and her drive to see them become successful, she is held in high regard by nursing administrators and staff members throughout the North Country. Furthermore, she is committed to innovation and using alternative teaching and learning strategies so her students enjoy their class experience.

“Mary Jane has an almost uncanny ability to ‘read’ students and is able to adapt her teaching method to fit their learning needs and styles,” Nursing Program Director John Conklin said. “She always holds the interest of the students whether in the laboratory, classroom, or clinical setting.”

Mrs. Doelger’s students said her instructional methods incorporate theatrical concepts and even games infused with intelligence. She has also continually demonstrated kindness, humor, fairness, and dedication to all of her students.

She and her husband, Peter, reside in Waddington. They have three grown and married children: Eric and his wife, Kerri; Austin and his wife, Pam; and Heather and her husband, Michael Vincelette. She has four granddaughters Andrea, Emily, Cimone, and Madelin. She attributes much of her success at the college to the unwavering support and love of her family.