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SUNY Canton Creates New Botanical Nursery for College Alumnus and Area Farmer

Friday, December 14th, 2018

SUNY Canton has created a new garden area in honor of a stalwart and pragmatic area farmer who graduated from the college in 1954.

The Canton College Foundation recently announced that an area adjacent to the college’s Peace Garden had been retooled to house the Kenneth Theobald Botanical Nursery, following donations from the namesake’s family and friends. The area will be used to cultivate seedlings that will be transplanted to become part of the verdant campus landscape.

Rajiv Narula and Barbara Rich Wilder pose in front of the Theobald memorial rock.

The effort was spearheaded by Barbara Theobald Rich Wilder, a graduate of the class of 1953 and 1970, who serves on the College Foundation’s board of directors. She said she wanted to make a contribution in her brother’s memory and her family, 15 of whom graduated from SUNY Canton, rallied to support the effort.

“Ken was a modest man, a quiet man, but he had a vision and was always looking forward,” Rich Wilder said at an event unveiling the new area. “This is not just a nursery, but an outdoor classroom for students. It is a living memorial. Seedlings planted here will grow to replace the aging trees on campus and the effort will connect with environmental studies at the college.”

After graduating with an agricultural degree, Theobald operated a farm on the Rich Road in Canton for more than 50 years. At the age of 74, he purchased a hobby orchard in Vermont and changed his focus from cattle to growing fruit-bearing trees. He was a noted conservationist with a sense of wonder about the natural world. Theobald passed away in 2016 at the age of 81.

His daughter, Carol, said Ken was an eminently humble man and a life-long learner.

A large group of family and friends gathered for the Kenneth Theobald Botanical Nursery dedication ceremony.

A large group of family and friends gathered for the Kenneth Theobald Botanical Nursery dedication ceremony. Theobald was a 1954 graduate with many ties to the college and the community.

“This project is an obvious match between a man and his mission, because it exemplifies two qualities that were central to Ken’s Life,” she said. “The first quality is education and experiential learning. The second is stewardship, rooted in a moral responsibility to build a vibrant sustainable community.”

Representatives from the Canton College Foundation were overjoyed to help facilitate the creation of the new nursery, which helps fit in with the college’s sustainability and ecological goals in addition to beautifying the campus.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 15 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Hosts Broker and Owner of Blue Heron Realty for Leadership Lecture Series Event

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

SUNY Canton has announced the first guest for the fall semester’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Jennifer Stevenson, the broker/owner of Blue Heron Realty in Ogdensburg, will speak at noon, Tuesday Oct. 16, in Cook Hall, Room 201. The event is free and open to the public.

Jenn Stevenson stands in front of her Blue Heron Realty sign.

A member of the SUNY Canton class of 1988, Stevenson’s interest in real estate began while earning her associate degree in Accounting. Shortly after graduation, she obtained her real estate broker’s license and began working for a national agency.

In 1999, Stevenson opened Blue Heron. In addition to being a successful small business owner, she generously donates her time and talent to a wide range of community organizations. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Committee, which aims to improve rental and home ownership options for low-income individuals and families. She is also the secretary-treasurer for the New York State Association of Realtors and serves on the State and Local Issues Policy committee for the National Association of Realtors.

The Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series connects working professionals who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The events are are funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the Canton College Foundation and the SUNY Canton President’s Office.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 16 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference.

SUNY Canton Alumni Association Recognizes Two Former Advancement Employees

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

SUNY Canton’s Alumni Association will be bestowing its annual Distinguished Alumni award on two employees whose legacy has made a lasting mark on the advancement of the college.

David M. Gerlach, the college’s former vice president for advancement and a 1983 graduate, and Anne Coloton Williams, former assistant to the vice president for advancement and a 1978 graduate, will both be formally recognized at SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend Celebration. Both will be guests of honor at the 50 Years on the Hill College and Community Gala, which will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, June 1 at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

David Gerlach and Anne Williams

“Typically, we only give one award each year, but this was a special occasion,” said Kelly C. Obermayer, SUNY Canton alumni association president and a 1979 alumna. “Dave and Anne’s careers were so closely intertwined that it made sense to recognize them both. Together, they’ve helped many alumni reconnect with their alma mater and have helped build a tradition and culture of philanthropy. Both have established scholarships that will support generations of future students.”

Gerlach and Williams worked side-by-side in both the Office of Admissions and then later in the Advancement Division, which oversaw several fast-growing and innovative departments. The Gerlach-Williams team managed the largest fundraising campaign in the college’s history.

In his humble beginnings, Gerlach started his 30-year career at SUNY Canton as a student worker in Chaney Dining Center. He became a resident assistant as a student, and then was hired as a residence hall director, and then director of residence life. He later became the dean of enrollment management, which is now equivalent to the director of admissions, and then secured his final position of vice president for advancement.

“Dave and I were fortunate to work at the college during a period of growth, both in enrollment and in physical expansion,” Williams said. “I loved working with him both when we were in Admissions and in the Office of Advancement. He was always very supportive of the college and its staff. He’s always treated me like I was part of his family.”

Gerlach is now the President of Lincoln College, a private liberal arts institution with locations in Lincoln and Normal, Ill.

Williams began her 38-year career in the Word Processing Center. She earned a second degree while working at the college. She became a program aide in admissions where she first began working with Gerlach. In 2004, she continued working alongside Gerlach as the assistant to the vice president for advancement.

“It is not surprising to me that Anne was selected as the distinguished alumna for 2018,” Gerlach said. “She has dedicated her entire professional life to furthering the success of SUNY Canton and was instrumental in many of the numerous accomplishments during her tenure. You would often see Anne off to the side engaging alumni in deep discussions as they reminisced together of their time attending our alma mater. I am so proud of my colleague and good friend.”

Williams recently retired from her duties at the college.

For more information about the 50 Years on the Hill Gala and to view a complete schedule of events for alumni weekend, please visit SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend Website. For registration and participation information, please email alumni@canton.eduor call 1-800-811-6727.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.

 

SUNY Canton Alumni Weekend Features College and Community Gala

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

SUNY Canton will be closing the 50 Years on the Hill campaign with a gala reception during its Alumni Weekend Celebration. The event kicks off with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center with a formal dinner to follow.

“We are opening this special event to the community in an effort to highlight the important connection we share with the surrounding area,” said SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley. “Our history is very intertwined with growth and development of the town and village. The day we broke ground on land donated by Edson Martin cemented our place in Canton’s history, and we will remain an active part of the region for many years to come.”

Old and new campus gradient

The event will feature keynote addresses by past Presidents Earl W. MacArthur and Joseph L. Kennedy.

Over the course of the past year, the college connected with many of the individuals responsible for building the new campus and relocating the college from a small cluster of buildings adjoining St. Lawrence University. Guests include: Robert R. Burns, a former facilities project coordinator who oversaw the campus’ new construction; William E. Fisher, a former assistant facilities program coordinator and a 1965 graduate; John A. Goetze, who also worked in both academics and for the college’s facilities department; Rosella M. Todd Valentine, a graduate of the class of 1968, who was one of the first students to live on the new campus; and Guilford “Gil” D. White, a graduate of the class of 1968 who helped in the construction efforts while he took classes.

“I’m really looking forward to connecting with my past colleagues,” Goetze said, who will be traveling from his residence in Florida for the event. “I also have several contributions for the college’s new time capsule.”

A special 50-year commemorative time capsule will be officially sealed as part of the weekend activities. The contents represent SUNY Canton during its 50thyear at its current location, and includes a special edition After Canton Alumni Magazine, among other historically-significant items.

Students, faculty, and staff form a 50 on the lawn in front of French Hall.

The college will also celebrate the class of 1968 during a half-century luncheon on Saturday June 2. Additional activities include live music, a presentation on the past and present of the college in addition to numerous social gatherings and plenty of parties.

For more information about the 50 Years on the Hill Gala and to view a complete schedule of events for alumni weekend, please visit SUNY Canton’s Alumni Weekend Website. For registration and participation information, please email alumni@canton.eduor call 1-800-811-6727.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Alum to Speak at SUNY Canton Commencement

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

John Maines III holding a newspaper.A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who began his journalism career in the North Country will deliver the keynote speech at SUNY Canton’s 110th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.

John G. Maines III, who attended SUNY Canton from 1976 to 1977, earned the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper its first Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2013 for a groundbreaking investigative report about speeding by Florida off-duty police officers. Maines and colleague Sally Kestin authored a three-part series titled “Above the Law,” and their findings led to sweeping reform and disciplinary action by police departments across the state.

“John is one of the most esteemed members of our alumni family, and we’re pleased to welcome him back to campus,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “John’s life’s work is an example of journalism’s value as a government watchdog and ally of public safety.”

A reporter for more than 40 years, he began his career writing for SUNY Canton’s student newspaper, the Insight, until he was recruited to work full-time for the Massena Observer. He subsequently went on to work for the Ithaca Journal and the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., before becoming a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. In the late 1980s, he became interested in computer-assisted reporting, or CAR, a technique that reporters use to gather and organize data for articles.

Upon joining the Sun Sentinel in 1993, he used his CAR background to assist the research team on a number of high-profile investigations, including voting irregularities in the 2000 presidential election, Florida’s connections to the Sept. 11 terrorists, and widespread FEMA fraud after Hurricane Frances in 2004.

He is the recipient of numerous journalism honors, including the Associated Press Managing Editors Public Service and First Amendment awards, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and the Roy W. Howard Award in Public Service Reporting from the Scripps Howard Foundation. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2006 for the FEMA series.

Maines attended SUNY Canton to study Agricultural Engineering and attributes his success in CAR to his interest in and aptitude for technology.

“I’ve been really lucky,” he said. “I took a sharp turn from engineering into journalism, but many of the skills I learned at SUNY Canton have stayed with me throughout my career.”

He was inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2016 and will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of his accomplishments.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

Grocery Entrepreneur Speaks at SUNY Canton, Nov. 15

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Jeffrey Proulx stands in front of some Save-A-Lot products.The president and owner of 10 area Save-A-Lot Food Stores will be speaking at SUNY Canton as part of the Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Jeffrey L. Proulx, a 1984 graduate of the college’s Business Administration program, will be speaking at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center room 212. The event is free and open to the public.

After college and a brief successful career with Sherwin-Williams in Boston, Mass., Proulx entered into his family’s business and ran the IGA grocery store in Canton. In 2000, he joined with the Save-A-Lot Foods chain. He now owns 10 Save-A-Lot stores and has expanded his operation to include the UPS Store in Potsdam.

He was the 2015 recipient of the Canton Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year award, the recipient of a Small Business Administration Award and was featured in the national magazine, “Grocery Entrepreneur.”

Proulx is also a former student athlete who played hockey during his time at SUNY Canton. He’s active with area youth sports. He started the Canton Pee-Wee Football program in 1989 and has spent time as a minor-league hockey coach.

The Save-A-Lot chain prides itself on using a highly-efficient supply chain, which enables locations to sell at prices below other retailers. The stores are smaller with wider aisles are wider, making it easier for customers to shop quicker than in large supermarkets and big-box retailers.

The Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series connects working professional alumni who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The program is funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the College Foundation and the SUNY Canton President’s Office.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Holds Luminary Vigil, Nov. 10

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

SUNY Canton will be holding a luminary vigil to help honor departed friends and loved ones at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, on the college’s turf field.

Those interested are invited to submit commemorative notes to accompany each light.

“We originally designed this event to correspond with Veterans Day,” said Director of Major Gifts Peggy S. Levato. “We received significant interest in making it an overall remembrance ceremony. The college has designated lights for the victims of the Oct. 31 attack in New York City and the recent Las Vegas shooting.”

The memorial is free and open to the extended community who wish to remember veterans, alumni, faculty, staff, students, family or friends who have passed away. To leave a note, contact Levato by email, levatop@canton.edu, or Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Elizabeth F. Gravlin, irvine10@canton.edu by Wednesday, Nov. 8. For more information, contact the college’s Alumni and Foundation office by phone at 315-386-7082.

The SUNY Canton Alumni Association partnered with the college’s Alumni Board, Greek organizations, the Student Veteran Association and the Student Activities Office to hold the ceremony. The college openly welcomes community participation. The event will be moved into the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center if the weather prohibits the outdoor observance.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Career Fair Set for Tuesday, Oct. 17

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Nearly 40 will be participating in SUNY Canton’s Fall Career Fair held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at two locations on campus. The event is free and open to job seekers from the campus and from the community.

Employers seeking to recruit for positions in the engineering technology fields will be set up in Nevaldine Hall’s Automotive Laboratory. All other employers will be located in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center room 212.

Kevin LaJuett and Jeffrey Carpenter speak with Barandy Nurdinova at the college’s career fair.

(l to r) Kevin J. LaJuett, a 1988 alumnus, and Jeffrey P. Carpenter from the New York State Department of Transportation speak with Barandyk Nurdinova, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Canton at the college’s career fair.

“Our career fair often serves as a first interview for our students seeking to gain employment after college or a professional internship while they complete their education,” said Julie A. Parkman, the college’s director of career services. “We encourage our students and visitors to come prepared with their resumes even if they are not seeking immediate employment. Networking with employers is a smart way to approach a future career.”

The Career Services Office has prepared a brochure listing all of the employers attending the fair, which is available online.

The October career fair comes just after the college’s first virtual career fair. The event drew approximately 300 students from SUNY Canton and surrounding colleges who met with more than 20 employers.

 

About SUNY Canton 

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton President Offers 25K Challenge to Encourage New Alumni Donors

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

President Zvi SzafranSUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran is challenging more alumni to give to the Canton College Foundation.

Any alumnus making a gift of $25 or more before June 30, 2018, who hasn’t been a donor previously, will have his or her gift matched by the president and his wife, Jill.

“Alumni contributions have never been more important,” said Szafran. “I’ve pledged $25,000 in hopes that it will inspire alumni to collectively match our gift.”

SUNY Canton is in a period of growth with expanding online degree programs and several recently approved majors, such as Game Design and Development, Agribusiness and Technological Communications.

The college is also celebrating 50 years on its current campus. The class of 1968 was the first to graduate from the new campus, and in honor of that class and the anniversary, the Canton College Foundation is seeking 1,968 donors.

“We had a 12 percent increase in alumni donors last year,” said Vice President for Advancement Anne Sibley, “That was very exciting to see and shows our graduates’ confidence in the college. We’d like to see many more alumni helping Canton provide opportunities and scholarships to students.”

The Canton College Foundation awards approximately $400,000 in scholarships each year to students, in addition to funding academic projects, equipment, faculty development, guest speakers, and other activities.

Gifts to the Canton College Foundation can be made at www.canton.edu/gift or by calling 800-811-6727.

 

About SUNY Canton 

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Announces Upcoming Leadership Lecture Series Presentations

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Myrna Thomas

The SUNY Canton College Foundation will be hosting two alumni speakers who focus on the medical and health professions during the month of September.

  • Myrna Thomas, a 1979 graduate and the vice president for quality assurance and regulatory affairs at Accupac Inc. will be presenting at noon, Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 214. Accupac fills and packages a wide range of over-the-counter and prescription products for the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Prior to her current position, Thomas held senior management positions at Merck as managing director of worldwide clinical data management and vice president of global quality operations at Isolagen, among other positions.

 

  • Jeffrey PlaceJeffrey Place, a 1980 graduate and the vice president of centralized nursing services at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, will be presenting at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept 18, in Wicks Hall Room 102. After graduating with a degree in Nursing, Place moved to Texas to begin his career in a neurological intensive care unit, and later served as nursing supervisor and clinical manager of the intensive care and critical care units. He then took a position with Baylor University Medical Center as the administrative supervisor, and completed his bachelor’s and two master’s degrees. Place has served as a mentor to various students seeking leadership roles in nursing.

The Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series connects working professional alumni who are experts in their fields with current SUNY Canton students. The program is funded by Corning Incorporated Foundation and presented by the College Foundation and the SUNY Canton President’s Office. These events are free and open to the public.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.