Woodcocks to be Honored During Alumni Weekend

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.

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