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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.

SUNY Canton Begins ‘50 Years on the Hill’ Celebration

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

SUNY Canton - 50 Years on the HillSUNY Canton officially began celebrating the golden jubilee anniversary of the hill campus.

College President Zvi Szafran announced the “50 Years on the Hill” campaign today, (Wednesday, Aug. 23) during his state of the campus address. Additionally, the college unveiled a special new logo to be used through 2018, marking its official anniversary.

“SUNY Canton’s modern identity has been defined by our growth and development during our 50 years on top of this hill,” Szafran said. “In 1967 we offered a handful of two-year programs for around 1,500 students. Today, we have 25 bachelor’s degrees, 21 associate degrees, and 5 certificate programs for more than 3,200 students. We are so proud to look at how far we’ve come, and we can’t wait to see what happens next.”

To announce the celebration, the college has released a new video incorporating found footage and images from the college’s history. The minute-and-a-half film features two of SUNY Canton’s past presidents, and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presenting Szafran with his ceremonial medallion. The video is live on the college’s YouTube channel and is accessible by visiting the college’s webpage, or its Facebook page.

“SUNY Canton has such a strong presence in the community and continues to make great strides in growing its academic offerings to help students get jobs,” Zimpher said. “My congratulations to the SUNY Canton community. There is truly much to celebrate.”

The college purchased new commemorative flags for display in downtown Canton. Travis G. Smith, director of public relations and web designer, created a responsive website detailing key moments in the college’s history and describing the new logo.

The college is orchestrating a special 50-year aerial photo and video at noon on Friday, Aug. 25, in front of French Hall.

Other upcoming events will include special athletic games, an expanded homecoming weekend celebration, an Alumni Weekend celebrating the class of 1968, and a campaign to recruit 1,968 donors in the next year. The college will also be highlighting fun facts from its half-century on the hill.

The college was originally chartered in 1906 as New York’s first State School of Agriculture at St. Lawrence University. It began to move to its current location and created its own identity in 1966 with the new name of Canton Agricultural and Technical College. Administrators held a grand opening ceremony on the new campus in September 1968.

 

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 Selects Longtime College Supporter as Distinguished Alumna

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Kelly ObermayerKelly C. Obermayer, class of 1979, has been chosen as SUNY Canton’s 2017 Distinguished Alumna. She was presented with the award during the college’s Alumni Weekend celebration.

Obermayer was selected for her volunteer leadership and her efforts to strengthen the bond between alumni and SUNY Canton. She is the current chair of the Alumni Association Board and also served as an advisor and board member for Pi Nu Epsilon, the college’s oldest sorority. During the sorority’s centennial year, she led a successful fundraising campaign to name the Chaney Dining Center atrium after Pi Nu Epsilon.

“Kelly’s love of SUNY Canton makes her one our most esteemed ambassadors,” said Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley. “Not only is she highly respected by the college and her fellow alumni, but she inspires recent graduates to follow in her footsteps and give back to their alma mater.”

Obermayer’s volunteer work includes serving on the boards of the South Glens Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Christine Nicole Perry Fund. Most recently, she was selected as the chair of the Adirondack Nonprofit Business Council. Professionally, she has held leadership positions with several nonprofits and is currently the development director for the Moreau Community Center.

She received an associate degree in Criminal Justice and was active in her sorority Pi Nu Epsilon during her time at SUNY Canton. Upon receiving her award, Obermayer thanked the nomination committee and reflected on her meaningful relationship with the college.

“In 1977, when I stepped on this campus as an 18-year-old student, I never imagined the impact this institution would have then, and now, on my life,” she said. “Because of my connection to SUNY Canton, I have made friends who I could not picture my life without. I hope they realize how much their love and support truly means to me.”

 

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 to Induct Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

SUNY Canton Hall of FameCeremony to be held during Alumni Weekend celebration, June 2-4

SUNY Canton will welcome several alumni, friends and former leaders into the college’s Hall of Fame during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 2 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

The Hall of Fame was created in 2011 to celebrate the past, present and future of the college by recognizing those who have made significant contributions to their field, their communities and to the storied history of SUNY Canton. The 2017 inductees are:

  • Preston C. Carlisle is the founding attorney of The Carlisle Law Firm, P.C., in Ogdensburg. He has generously supported scholarships and athletics at SUNY Canton for many years, as well as many other organizations in the North Country. He has served on the Canton College Foundation Board.
  • Edward N. Coombs, class of 1986, has held senior financial positions with a number of companies, and as a member and officer of the Canton College Foundation Board, has helped the organization maintain financial stability. He and his wife, Christine (Howard) Coombs, class of 1985, established the Coombs-Muscarella Endowed Scholarship in 2013 to benefit a student active in extracurricular activities and with prominent leadership skills.
  • Former SUNY Canton President Joseph L. and Dine Kennedy brought transformative change to SUNY Canton for two decades during Kennedy’s presidency. Under his innovative leadership, enrollment doubled and he added four-year programs to the college’s strong selection of two-year and certificate offerings. Mrs. Kennedy is a dedicated community volunteer who has worked with a number of organizations in the North Country. They both remain connected to SUNY Canton and the Canton College Foundation through their membership in the Payson-Martin Society and scholarship support.

Joseph and Dine Kennedy

  • Richard F. Layo, class of 1976, is a successful businessman who played hockey for SUNY Canton from 1974 to 1976. As captain, he led the team to claim their third and fourth consecutive national championship titles. Thanks to his generosity, SUNY Canton erected a statue of Coach Terry Martin in 2013, which is located at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center.
  • David R. Nichols, class of 1963, is a world-renowned guitar maker who has crafted instruments for famous musicians such as Johnny Cash, B.B. King and ZZ Top. He gives back to the community by generously teaching his craft out of his shop in Malone, which has become a mecca for visitors from all over the world.
  • The O’Neill Family/A.W. Collins, Corporation have been supporters of SUNY Canton for more than 30 years. A.W. Collins is an amusement and vending company serving all of St. Lawrence County. The O’Neill family were lead donors for the college’s athletic turf field lighting and contribute their time and assistance to Canton youth sports, among other community projects.
Richard Layo, David Nichols, Rosella Todd Valentine

From left to right: 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees Richard F. Layo ’76, David R. Nichols ’63, Rosella Todd Valentine ’68

  • Daniel J. Sweeney, class of 1975, worked in many capacities at SUNY Canton during his career, including vice president of student affairs and dean of students. In all of his roles, he was a mentor to young adults. A longtime advisor to the Delta Kappa Sigma Fraternity, two alumni created a scholarship in his name: The Daniel J. Sweeney ’75 Delta Kappa Sigma Fraternity Leadership Endowment.
  • Rosella Todd Valentine, class of 1968, worked for 31 years as an Office Technology Teacher for BOCES Northwest Technical Education Center in Ogdensburg and also served as the state’s first Teacher Ambassador for occupational education. A dedicated volunteer for many organizations, she joined the Canton College Foundation board in 1977, is a past president of the Alumni Association and is currently a member of the Payson-Martin Society.

The induction ceremony is just one of the special events scheduled for Alumni Weekend. The college will also host academic tours, special fraternity gatherings, a hiking excursion, a half-century luncheon for the class of 1967 and a “CantonFest” barbeque. For more information or to register, visit www.canton.edu/alumni/reunion.html.

 

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.

Construction Executive Speaks at SUNY Canton March 29

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Ed BedellThe president and CEO of COP Construction will be presenting at SUNY Canton as part of the college’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Edward Bedell is a 1969 alumnus who has established a successful career in construction project management. He is scheduled to speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Nevaldine Hall Room 102. Leadership Lecture Series presentations are free and open to the public.

“We are very fortunate that we are able to bring in established, professional, alumni who demonstrate the strengths of the applied education offered at SUNY Canton,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “Mr. Bedell is a perfect example of how a student can start here and go anywhere.”

Newtown said Bedell’s lecture would be of interest to students in a variety of the college’s engineering technology or STEM related fields and will also appeal to management students from the School of Business and Liberal Arts.

Bedell took ownership of COP Construction after working as the company’s Vice President of Operations. COP specializes in bridges, dams, concrete structures, water, sanitary sewer and storm drain utilities, water and sanitary sewer treatment plants, containment ponds, subdivisions, general site work, and recreational facilities.

He oversees operations in Montana, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. The company employs between 200 and 350 full-time personnel and is widely recognized as a leading construction company in its region.

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 bachelor’s 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 Distinguished Automotive Alumnus Presents Monday, Feb. 27

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Mark BondoniOne of SUNY Canton’s most successful Automotive Technology graduates will be a featured speaker in the college’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture Series.

Mark Bondoni, a 1982 alumnus and global remanufacturing and core supply manager for Ford Motor Company, will be presenting “Driving Your Future” at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in Nevaldine Hall Room 102. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“Mark is a fantastic example for students and alumni alike,” said Michael J. Newtown, dean of the SUNY Canton Canino School of Engineering Technology. “He embodies the college’s slogan ‘Great majors that lead to great careers.’ He demonstrates what can be done by linking enthusiasm for a subject with the ambition to succeed.”

Bondoni has held numerous positions during his 32-year career with Ford. One of his many notable successes came when he was parts and service manager at Ford’s Caribbean and Latin America District. He developed and launched a parts shipment initiative that slashed delivery time to Puerto Rico from 23 to 4 days.

He also served as the company’s NASCAR motorsports manager. He helped link his alma mater with Elliott Sadler, who raced a Ford at the time. Early SUNY Canton commercials featured the famous driver prominently and a hood from one of the cars is on display in the college’s automotive labs.

The SUNY Canton Alumni Association named Bondoni as Distinguished Alumnus at the college’s 2004 Commencement.

 

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 bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.