Archive for July, 2007

SUNY Canton Future Veterinarian Receives Three Scholarships

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

A SUNY Canton student who hopes to become a veterinarian has secured enough scholarships to completely finance her final year of college.

Jessica Cornell of Henderson recently received $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. She also received a $4,350 Allan P. and Catherine Barnett Newell Endowed Scholarship and a $1,000 North Country Scholarship. Combined, the three scholarships have paid for her final year in the Veterinary Science Technology program.

“Jessica is a great example of the success of the SUNY Canton Foundation,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I am quite confident that this support will benefit her far beyond her college studies.”

Cornell said it has been hard coming up with the money to attend college. The 26-year-old animal lover had already earned a four-year degree when she decided to follow her dreams. “I’m working toward my second degree and I really want to become a veterinarian,” Cornell said. “It was a good decision to go back.”

She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, lauding students for high-academic achievement while promoting leadership and community service.

The SUNY Canton Foundation recommended Cornell for the Coca-Cola scholarship, and she wrote an essay last semester during finals week. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation contributes $400,000 annually for students like Cornell, who demonstrated both academic success and participated in community service and outreach initiatives.

The SUNY Canton Foundation also linked Cornell with the Allan P. and Catherine Barnett Newell Endowed Scholarship, which is given annually to a second-year North Country student from the area who demonstrates financial need. Allan and Kate Newell were selected as dual recipients of SUNY Canton’s distinguished citizen awards at SUNY Canton’s 99th Commencement Ceremony for their noted philanthropy.

The Newells also made a significant gift to the college in 2003 through the Sweetgrass Foundation, which helped construct the Newell Veterinary Technology Center, where Cornell attends the majority of her classes.


SUNY Canton Craft Fair Offers Venue for Artisans, September 29

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

SUNY Canton will be holding its Annual Craft Fair in conjunction with Fall Festival and Family Weekend on Saturday, September 29 in the Miller Campus Center Intramural Gym. If you are a craftsperson or vendor, and would like to set up a booth to sell your unique wares, or would like more information about the event, contact the SUNY Canton Campus Activities Office at 315-386-7315.

SUNY Canton Receives Scholarship Gift of Nearly $1 Million

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

For the second time in less than three years, SUNY Canton Alumnus Joel M. Canino has given his alma mater one of its largest donations in college history. Recent Baldwinsville C.W. Baker High School graduate Jacob M. Neely will be the first to benefit from Canino’s gift. Neely will receive $25,000 in scholarship assistance over the next two years, as a student in SUNY Canton’s Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program.

Jacob Neely and David Gerlach

Pictured are Jacob M. Neely of Baldwinsville and SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. Neely will receive $25,000 in scholarship assistance established by SUNY Canton Alumnus Joel M. Canino and his friend, George F. Dennison.

Canino, who gave the college a $2 million gift in December of 2004, and his former high school classmate George F. “Fred” Dennison have donated nearly $1 million to create the Baldwinsville High School Class of 1957 Endowed Scholarship. The donation will provide scholarships to incoming SUNY Canton students from Charles W. Baker High School near Syracuse, formerly known as Baldwinsville High School where Canino and Dennison attended.

“This is an extraordinary gift that will result in about $50,000 in scholarships on an annual basis,” said Vice President for Advancement Dave Gerlach. “It’s a wonderful and innovative way for Joel and Fred to honor their friendship, recognize their high school, and support the SUNY Canton curriculum that laid the foundation for Joel’s business success.”

Two students from C.W. Baker High School will each be awarded approximately $12,500 annually to attend SUNY Canton and enroll in its renowned Air Conditioning Engineering Technology associate degree program. Canino is a 1959 graduate of that program.

Joel Canino

Joel Canino

“Fred and I wanted to express our gratitude and commitment to the schools and communities in Baldwinsville and Canton,” said Canino. “We’re grateful that Baldwinsville High School and SUNY Canton helped to prepare us so well for our careers, and we wanted to further reinforce our belief in the importance of a hands-on education and the careers available to those who graduate from them.”

Neely graduated from C.W. Baker High School this past spring. He was a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a varsity lacrosse player. He will begin his studies at SUNY Canton this fall.

“I am in complete awe of this experience,” said Neely. “I really appreciate not having to go into debt for college. I hope to give every penny back to SUNY Canton someday.”

Neely researched the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program prior to applying for the scholarship assistance, and was surprised by the number of students who receive multiple job offers while they are still taking courses. “I’d heard of the near 100 percent job placement upon graduation, and I would really like to do the same thing that Mr. Canino did.”

In a particular year that may only have one eligible student entering the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program from C.W. Baker High School, the second scholarship offered will be a $5,000 award given to a C.W. Baker student enrolling in any SUNY Canton curriculum.

“Joel used his SUNY Canton degree to reach the top of his industry, and he’s now helping others do the same,” said President Joseph L. Kennedy. “He’s an ideal alumnus because he helps us in so many ways, including his time, advice, and expertise.”

Canino shares his professional expertise as a member of the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Advisory Committee and as Chair of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors.

After graduating from college, Canino worked as an industrial purchasing agent for Inland Supply Company in Syracuse. He was soon noticed and just a year later he was offered a position at the Syracuse construction contracting firm of H.H. and F.E. Bean, Inc., where he eventually became executive vice president. In 1973, he moved to Orlando, Florida to work for the Pittsburgh-based mechanical contracting firm of Sauer Industries, where he served as president of various subsidiaries. In 1984, he became president of C.N.F. Industries in Meridan, Connecticut.

Canino and his partner began Gemma Power Systems in 1997. Gemma Power Systems has become the largest design/construct power plant builder in New England and one of the top in the nation. The firm manages the engineering, procurement, and construction of multi-million dollar power projects. Canino sold Gemma in 2006.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital Donates $25,000 to SUNY Canton’s Maresca Family Challenge

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Canton-Potsdam Hospital has donated $25,000 towards the SUNY Canton Nursing program as part of the Maresca Family Challenge. The announcement was made at a press conference on Friday, July 20, at the hospital.

Dr. Michael Maresca, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Canton Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker hold a $25,000 hospital donation check.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Chief of Staff and Chief of Radiology Dr. Michael Maresca, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Canton Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker hold a $25,000 hospital donation check to the SUNY Canton Foundation as part of the Maresca Challenge.

“We are here for a much larger purpose than a check presentation,” said Canton-Potsdam Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker. “We are brought together by a common concern regarding the critical shortage of nurses in this country and our community. Canton-Potsdam Hospital wants to be an exception in America and have a steady pool of local nurses.”

The Maresca Family Challenge was announced on May 14 by Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s Chief of Staff and Chief of Radiology, Dr. Michael Maresca, and his wife Barbara. The Marescas committed to making a minimum gift of $100,000 to SUNY Canton Foundation to establish the Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca Family Endowment for Nursing Education.

The Maresca Challenge is designed to create a circle of giving and inspire others to do the same. When Dr. and Mrs. Maresca announced their gift in May, they challenged college alumni, local businesses, community members, and friends to join them in further supporting the educational needs of future nursing students at the college.

“Canton-Potsdam Hospital is the first group to step up and respond to the Maresca Family Challenge,” said SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy. “We are deeply grateful for the leadership role they have taken, and I’d like to thank them on behalf of all of our current and future nursing students.”

The Maresca Family Challenge is part of the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign with hopes to raise a total of $400,000 in support of the Nursing program. In addition to their endowment, the Maresca Family has donated 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.”

According to Acker, more than half of Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s nurses are SUNY Canton alumni.

Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca:

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.

The Marescas moved to Potsdam in 1991. They have two children, Margaret and Michael.

“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.

Why Wait? Instant Admissions at SUNY Canton

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

It’s not too late to begin a hands-on education at SUNY Canton this Fall.

SUNY Canton’s admissions counselors are now conducting instant admissions, enabling prospective students who have not yet applied to begin college this fall.

“Instant admission sessions eliminate the processing time and waiting,” said Director of Admissions Jonathan D. Kent. “With the proper forms, we are able to make a decision within minutes of reviewing an application.”

Instant admissions are underway and will run through the first day of classes on Tuesday, August 28, at SUNY Canton.

For prospective students to fully complete the admission process, they should bring an official high school transcript or official GED test scores, a check or money order for their $40 application fee, and a completed application. If students have previously attended college, they should also bring official transcripts.

SUNY Canton financial aid counselors are also available to help students and their parents and can explain deferred tuition payment options. Potential students applying for financial aid should bring with them a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which can be completed online at

Appointments are not necessary, but strongly recommended to avoid wait time. Call 315-386-7123/ 800-388-7123 to schedule an appointment. The Admissions Office is located in French Hall and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours are available by appointment.