Archive for September, 2007

Alumnus John Halford Honored as SUNY Canton Hometown Hero

Friday, September 28th, 2007

John L. Halford of Gouverneur, has joined the growing group of SUNY Canton Alumni to be honored as a Hometown Hero.

Halford joins the prestigious list of Hometown Heroes by setting up a program to award SUNY Canton scholarships to students from his high school alma mater.

The John L. Halford Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to two graduating Gouverneur Central School seniors planning to pursue a four-year degree at SUNY Canton. He has established a charitable remainder trust and donates annually to fund the scholarships. All of the proceeds of his trust will ultimately and permanently fund this effort.

“John has been an extraordinary benefactor of both SUNY Canton and Gouverneur Central High School throughout his life,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “John’s commitment to students serves as an inspiration to high school seniors from Gouverneur and to many other alumni and friends of SUNY Canton who want to create opportunities for the youth of their hometowns.”

John Halford created this scholarship to remember and honor the wartime service of his family. At the young age of 17, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater. After more than 4 years of service, he returned to Gouverneur to complete high school. The abrupt end to his carefree youth taught him to appreciate and enjoy every day and the pleasures and opportunities life presents. His hope is that this scholarship will inspire young people from his hometown to continue their education and strive for their highest dreams.

Each recipient of the Halford Memorial Scholarship will be selected based on academic achievement, involvement in extra-curricular activities, and financial need, as determined by the Gouverneur Central School Scholarship Committee. The scholarships will be announced at graduation and students will be eligible to receive the scholarship until they complete their four-year degree.

“The best thing about this gift is not the gift itself,” Halford pointed out. “More important are the opportunities it will create by enabling these students to attend college. I hope that each student takes this opportunity to live life to the fullest, enjoy learning, and be successful. Gouverneur High School and SUNY Canton helped make that possible for me.”

Halford is the third alumnus to be honored as a “Hometown Hero” at SUNY Canton. He joins Joel M. Canino, who created a scholarship for Baldwinsville area students, and Bernard C. Regan, who targeted his endowment for Massena area students.

In 2005, Halford was honored for his record of service to the college by having a lobby named after him, at the crossroads of three major buildings.

He graduated from the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program in 1949. From 1952 to 1970, he worked for Associated Universities on Long Island in research and nuclear reactor development at Brookhaven Lab. From 1973 until his retirement in 1987, he was the building maintenance manager for Suffolk County. He and his wife, Nelta, live in Gouverneur.


SUNY Canton University Police Officer Awarded for Saving Life

Monday, September 24th, 2007
Tim Ashley

LIFESAVER – University Police Officer Timothy M. Ashley, II, received a New York State University Police Meritorious Service Commendation for saving the life of a fellow officer. Ashley added the red and blue Meritorious Service bar to his uniform denoting his valuable police service.

SUNY Canton University Police Officer Timothy M. Ashley II received the New York State University Police Meritorious Service Commendation for saving the life of a fellow officer.

Ashley rescued University Police Lieutenant Brian E. Kurish at a luncheon with SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy last semester.

“We were still wondering what was going on when Officer Ashley sprang into action,” recalled Kennedy.

While the rest of the guests only began to realize that Kurish was in distress, Ashley performed the Heimlich Maneuver on his coworker and dislodged a piece of food just as Kurish was about to lose consciousness.

“Officer Ashley’s quick response prevented me from becoming unconscious and cleared the obstruction from my throat,” Kurish recalled upon presenting Ashley with his award. “Had he not acted as quickly as he did, I feel that the situation could have been very dire. I am certain that he saved my life that day”

Ashley can both perform and teach life saving techniques and is a certified CPR and automatic external defibrillator (AED) instructor. He leads classes on using AEDs and CPR at the college. He is also a 1993 SUNY Canton Alumnus.

Early Childhood Conference at SUNY Canton, Oct. 13

Monday, September 24th, 2007

The SUNY Canton Early Childhood Program will be hosting their annual Early Childhood Conference from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

This event is designed for childcare professionals, early childhood educators, parents and students according to Early Childhood Program Director Maureen Maiocco. “Workshops at the conference fulfill mandated professional development requirements through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services,” Maiocco pointed out.

The hands-on interactive workshops include topics on working with children with special needs in the child care setting, literacy through child care programming, and engaging parent to professional collaboration.

The conference is held in collaboration with the St. Lawrence Child Care Council and the Northern New York Early Childhood Direction. The organizations have banded together with the SUNY Canton Early Childhood Program to create “Partners in Early Childhood Educational Services” otherwise known as PIECES.


Law Enforcement Career Day at SUNY Canton, Oct. 3

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

The first SUNY Canton Law Enforcement Career Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gym.

The event was designed by the Office of Career Services in conjunction with the University Police Department. The event is free and open to the public. SUNY Canton will also be holding its annual Fall Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October 16.

“The Law Enforcement Career Day is designed to connect law enforcement professionals with students and community members interested in careers in criminal justice,” said SUNY Canton Director of Career Services David Norenberg.

Area law enforcement professionals will be distributing applications for the Nov. 17 civil service examination. Representatives from SUNY Canton University Police, David Sullivan/St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, Park Police, Environmental Conservation Police, Forest Rangers, State Troopers, Ogdensburg City Police, Vermont State Police, and sheriff’s departments from several counties will be recruiting at the event.

For more information, contact the SUNY Canton Career Services Office at 386-7119, or email


Massena’s Bernie Regan Becomes a Hometown Hero

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Bernie and Jane Regan standing next to flagpoles.A gift benefiting students from Massena Central High School and SUNY Canton has prompted college officials to create a program called “Hometown Heroes.”

Long-time SUNY Canton benefactors Bernard C. and Jane Regan have added to their already established Bernard C. Regan Family Endowed Scholarship and turned its focus toward Bernie’s high school alma mater in Massena. The total endowment of the Regans’ scholarship now exceeds $62,000.

The Bernard Creighton Regan Family Scholarship will be awarded annually to a freshman or returning student in SUNY Canton’s Electrical or Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program who has financial need and strong academic potential. First preference shall be accorded to students from Massena Central High School, with second preference to students from St. Lawrence County. The college is now encouraging alumni from other areas to establish similar scholarships for their hometown high schools.

“The scholarship established by Bernie has inspired us to create Hometown Heroes,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “It’s a program that allows alumni to help students from their hometown by awarding them a scholarship to attend SUNY Canton. In doing so, these alumni truly do become Hometown Heroes.”

Bernie Regan graduated from SUNY Canton’s Electrical Technology program in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1971 and later worked for United Parcel Service (UPS) in the company’s corporate domestic and international engineering group. In addition to establishing the Bernard C. Regan Family Endowed Scholarship, the Regan’s also donated the funding for the Regan Flag Station, which graces the entrance to the college.

The Regan’s gift follows a similarly designed scholarship created by Joel M. Canino for Baldwinsville’s C.W. Baker High School students.

Bernie Regan is a native of Massena. The Regans now reside in Sarasota, Florida.

“I was so fortunate to attend both Massena High School and SUNY Canton,” Bernie said. “I’ve benefited immensely from my experiences and education at both schools and wanted to honor them simultaneously with this scholarship. For me, it connects the two schools that so positively influenced my life and now it allows future students to take advantage of the same opportunity.”

The Regans latest gift will become part of the college’s Centennial Campaign which has set a goal to raise $10 million by 2010.

“Bernie and Jane’s generosity will enable students from Massena to attend SUNY Canton and receive a career-oriented, hands-on education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Hometown Heroes is a wonderful program that we hope many alumni help us to expand to their high schools and assist students from their hometowns.”

Massena Central School Superintendent Douglas Huntley said, “On behalf of the current and future students at Massena High School, I’d like to thank Bernie and Jane Regan for thinking of us while establishing this scholarship. The Regan Family Scholarship will enable and empower students to continue with their education and have a dramatic impact on the rest of their lives. They really are Hometown Heroes.”

SUNY Canton’s Enrollment Second Highest in College History

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

SUNY Canton’s Fall 2007 enrollment is the highest in 32 years and the second highest in school history, topped only by its 1975-76 headcount highpoint.

To date, 2,776 students have enrolled which is an increase of 158 students from last year’s total of 2,618, which was the fourth highest enrollment figure in the college’s history.

“The growth in our enrollment not only reflects well on the college, but it’s also a tremendous boost to our local economy and businesses,” President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “By offering more bachelor’s degrees, we’re seeing a large increase in the number of transfer, continuing and returning students. Students are transferring here from other two- and four-year schools, and current students are staying here to earn their bachelor’s degrees.”

SUNY Canton now offers 14 bachelor’s degree programs, five of which can be completed totally online.

“Our bachelor’s degree students are often older and more financially independent than traditional two-year students,” Kennedy added. “These students make a significant impact on the area’s economy.”

SUNY Canton’s all-time highest enrollment was 2,833 during the 1975-76 academic year. The only other time the college had surpassed 2,700 students was in the Fall of 1981-82 academic year with 2,704 students. This year’s enrollment growth includes 1,254 first-time SUNY Canton students, including 404 transfer students.

SUNY Canton OnLine, also known as SUNY Canton OL, continues to experience dramatic growth as well. The college is offering 84 online courses this semester, which is a 40 percent increase from a year ago. There are a total of 1,880 online course enrollments, which reflects a 29 percent increase from last Fall.

“The number of online classes and online students has grown every semester since we began offering them in 1998,” Kennedy said.

SUNY Canton OL has 210 online only students this semester, a 52 percent increase from last Fall’s total of 138.

According to Director of Admissions Jonathan Kent, “It’s been exciting to see almost 1,300 new students enroll at SUNY Canton, including students from Bosnia, Ukraine, and Russia. It is also exciting to know that our Fall enrollment numbers will continue to grow as we accept applications for our Late Start Program, which offers classes that begin in mid-September and mid-October.”


SUNY Canton Commemorates Heroes and Honors Lives Lost Sept. 11, 2001

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

REMEMBERING — Members of the campus community gather for the sixth anniversary memorial ceremony of Sept. 11, 2001. The event was coordinated by the students from the SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation and Criminal Justice program. Volunteer firefighters from area departments, including Canton, Potsdam, and Norfolk joined University Police and New York State Troopers for the ceremony.

Crowd gathered outside Payson Hall for 9/11 Memorial.
REFLECTING — SUNY Canton students, faculty members, and collected college professionals joined listened in rapt attention while college President Joseph L. Kennedy reflected on the concept of America, and the events that changed the country forever 6 years ago.

Students and staff gathered around the American flag.

SUNY Canton to Remember Victims of Sept. 11

Monday, September 10th, 2007

A memorial ceremony in honor of the victims and heroes of Sept. 11 will be held at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday outside of SUNY Canton’s Payson Hall facing Dana Athletic Center. Students from SUNY Canton’s Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation programs will be hosting the event.

“The ceremony offers all of us the chance to remember and reflect on the fateful events of that sad day,” said Assistant Professor of Criminal Investigation William J. Fassinger. “We’d like to especially invite our area firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical personnel.”

Firefighters attending are asked to wear their dress, or Class A uniforms.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.


Massena Memorial Hospital Commits $25k to Maresca Challenge

Monday, September 10th, 2007

The Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation has added $25,000 to the growing pool of donations assisting nursing students at SUNY Canton. The gift is part of the Maresca Family Challenge, a scholarship endowment established by Dr. Michael Maresca and his wife Barbara, which has now raised more than $170,000 in donations.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, Massena Memorial Hospital CEO Charles F. Fahd, II, Barbara and Dr. Michael Maresca, Foundation Board Member Helen Murray, and Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation Board President John A. Murray.

JOINING THE MARESCA CHALLENGE —The Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation generously donated $25,000 to the Maresca Family Challenge created by Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca for SUNY Canton Nursing Students. Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, Massena Memorial Hospital CEO Charles F. Fahd, II, Barbara and Dr. Michael Maresca, Foundation Board Member Helen Murray, and Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation Board President John A. Murray.

Charles F. Fahd, II, Chief Executive Officer of Massena Memorial Hospital, presented SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy with a ceremonial check from the hospital foundation on Sunday at a reception at the Maresca’s home in Hannawa Falls.

The Mareseca's speaking at a podium“The majority of our nurses are SUNY Canton graduates, and we just hired six more in June after graduation.” Fahd said. “As part of the Maresca Family Challenge, this gift is designed not only to assist nursing students, but to improve the quality of health care in the North Country.”

Approximately 100 people attended the reception this weekend. The Maresca Family Challenge also received several private donations at the reception, increasing the money raised to continue building the Maresca Family Endowed Scholarship for Nursing students. That total includes the Maresca’s original pledge of more than $100,000 and a pledge of $25,000 from Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Also, 48th District Senator James Wright spoke at the reception and pledged $5,000 on behalf of New York State to help address the growing national shortage of nurses.

“I congratulate and commend the Maresca Family for their outstanding initiative, leadership, and commitment in making a difference in the quality of health care in the North Country and the lives of nursing students,” Senator Wright said. “This scholarship will help us in seeking a solution to the nursing shortage that we are experiencing locally and throughout our state.”

Dr. Maresca speaks with President Kennedy and Senator Wright

SCHOLARSHIP PARTNERS — Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, Dr. Michael Maresca, and 48th District Senator James Wright at a reception announcing Massena Memorial Hospital’s $25,000 donation and Wright’s $5,000 state pledge to the Maresca Family Endowed Scholarship for Nursing students.

When the Marescas announced their gift in May, they challenged college alumni, local businesses, community members, and friends to join them in supporting the educational needs of future nursing students at the college.

“Nurses are one of the most critically important people in modern health care,” Dr. Maresca said. “When I work with a patient they seldom remember me, but they always remember how well the nurses treated them.”

Several current SUNY Canton Nursing Students attended the event, including two of this year’s scholarship recipients. All of the students personally thanked the Marescas for initiating the challenge. Their gift, along with securing the matching donations, will help ensure that future students receive a top-quality SUNY Canton education in the most economically feasible way possible.

Rev. Timothy G. Canaan Named University Police Chaplain

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

The 12 members of the SUNY Canton University Police department have put their faith in someone of phenomenal conviction.

The Rev. Timothy G. Canaan of Canton was recently named University Police Chaplain.

University Police Chief William F. Mason, Canaan, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Lieutenant Brian E. Kurish

NEW CHAPLIN HONORED – The Rev. Timothy G. Canaan of Canton was recently named University Police Chaplain at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r) University Police Chief William F. Mason, Canaan, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and Lieutenant Brian E. Kurish.

“Father Timothy is one of the best people I know,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy at a recent University Police Department meeting. “I believe in his tremendous belief in all people and I recognize that those beliefs stem from his tremendous faith.”

Kennedy presented Canaan with an official certificate of his new title and Chief of University Police William F. Mason presented him with a badge denoting his new affiliation.

“I am honored to have one of the only University Police Chaplains in the entire SUNY System,” said Mason. “By naming him University Police Chaplain, we are formally recognizing all of his service to our college and to the department.”

Canaan has been Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Church in Canton since 2002. He completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md., and was ordained in 1993. He serves as a minister for the SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence University, St. Mary’s School, and the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

He is well known at the college for his joviality and enthusiasm.