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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


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 Foundation Creates Haitian Student Relief Fund

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Proceeds to benefit students who were affected by the devastating earthquakes

The SUNY Canton Foundation has begun a campaign to help SUNY Canton students from the devastated nation of Haiti.

“We’ve seen both immediate and long-term needs that we can help address through our own SUNY Canton Haitian Student Relief Fund,” said SUNY Canton Librarian and Haitian Fund Chair Kathleen Horton. “We’ll be reaching out to raise the money necessary to provide our own specialized relief efforts, which are intended to benefit students who are attending the College. As with any initiative, our first priority is the health and well being of our students.”

Marquise Paillere and Xiaoli Zhang

STUDENTS HELPING STUDENTS – SUNY Canton Individual Studies Student Marquise Paillere (left) was left stranded in Port of Prince Haiti after the earthquakes. Her roommate, Management student Xiaoli Zhang, who goes by “Lilly” raised $200 to help Paillere get a bus to the Dominican Republic, and asked SUNY Canton to help fly her home. The SUNY Canton Foundation provided the airfare to get Paillere home and the two were reunited a day after classes began.

Some immediate needs will include purchasing textbooks and funding tuition for students whose families have been affected by the earthquake. Future and tentative goals potentially include sending the SUNY Canton Chapter of Habitat for Humanity to Haiti to aid in the rebuilding efforts. Several faculty and staff members at the College have already come forward to donate to the cause.

“We were initially asked to help a student return to her studies when she was left stranded in Haiti during the winter break,” noted Daniel J. Sweeney, Vice President of Student Affairs. “Through the Foundation, we were able to secure her a plane ticket back and she was able to rejoin her classes.”

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy contributes to the SUNY Canton Haitian Relief Fund in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy contributes to the SUNY Canton Haitian Relief Fund in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center.

To launch the campaign, and to aid in the creation of the SUNY Canton Haitian Relief Fund, students have begun collecting donations, according to the College’s Diversity and Orientation Director Lashawanda Ingram.

“Upon returning to SUNY Canton, students immediately began looking for ways to help,” she said. “The SUNY Canton Haitian Students Fund gives them the perfect opportunity to help their fellow students. We have already set up several collection points on campus and people have been wonderful in supporting our initial efforts.”

Ingram said that the students plan to set up donation points from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Kinney Drugs and Tops Market (formerly P&C Foods) in Canton.

The SUNY Canton College Association created ways for students to donate by using their Roo Express accounts, the College’s payment option linked to College identification cards. Students can swipe their cards at the Campus Center Store, or purchase a meal for victims while getting one themselves in Chaney Dining Center.

“Right now, we have about a dozen students that we know of with roots in Haiti,” noted SUNY Canton Director of Public Relations Randy B. Sieminski. “We are working to ease their transition back to College and looking to determine how we can best help them.”

For more information or to make a donation, contact the SUNY Canton Foundation at 315.386.7127, or email

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

Peace Garden Dedication and Wellness Program Kick-Off This Friday

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Healthy HopsSUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy will formally dedicate the Peace Garden and kick off the Wellness Program at noon on Friday, Sept. 25, at the Peace Garden’s location next to French Hall.

After unveiling the College’s wellness campaign, Kennedy will lead a walk around the major loop of Cornell Drive around SUNY Canton. The first 100 people to complete the walk will receive a free commemorative t-shirt.

“The walk was developed as a way to give people an incentive to get out and be more active,” noted Vice President of Student Affairs Daniel J. Sweeney. “We plan to have a campus walk every Wednesday starting at noon. Each week, a different campus celebrity will lead a walk around campus beginning at the Peace Garden.”

The College is also running a version of NBC’s hit weight loss show “The Biggest Loser,” with its own “The Biggest Rooser,” a weight reduction program with cash prizes. Other upcoming fitness opportunities include the Nicole Fleury Walk/Run this weekend

There are also several upcoming spiritual wellness programs during the month of October. For more information, and for more ways to get or stay fit and live well, visit

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. 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 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Fourth in College Blood Drives

Monday, December 17th, 2007

The SUNY Canton Criminal Justice club was awarded for saving lives by the pint.

The college’s club, populated by numerous Criminal Justice and Criminal Investigation students, recently received accolades from SUNY and the American Red Cross for coming in fourth for collections.

Dan Sweeney presents the Criminal Justice club an award.

The SUNY Canton Criminal Justice club was recently awarded by SUNY and the American Red Cross for record blood collections. Pictured are (l to r) back row, Amanda Wynne of Canton, Ryan Strate of Canton, Craig Lane of Hilton, Andrew Cooper of Syracuse, Sindy Afriat of Chase Mills, front row, Criminal Justice Club President Christopher Hill, Vice President of Student Affairs Daniel Sweeney, April All of Sharon Springs, Elizabeth Ayers of Brooktondale.

“It’s quite an achievement to come in fourth among all 64 of the SUNY colleges and universities,” said SUNY Canton Vice President of Student Affairs Daniel Sweeney. “I am extremely proud of your involvement and dedication to the blood drives. Hopefully you have all created a lifelong tradition of donating blood.”

Sweeney presented the club members with a plaque denoting their achievement at a recent club meeting.

The Criminal Justice club has worked with the Syracuse Chapter of the American Red Cross to hold blood Drives for five years. During that time, the SUNY Canton community has donated 510 pints of blood which is approximately 108 percent of the club’s collection goals.


"The Last Town on Earth" Author to Visit SUNY Canton

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Epidemic sickness is on many minds following the reports of outbreaks of the bird flu and other widespread illnesses, even here in the North Country.

Isolation may seem like the key to keeping family and communities healthy during outbreaks. However, an unfortunate series of events made isolation tactics appear futile in Thomas Mullen’s historical novel “The Last Town on Earth.”

Mullen will be addressing SUNY Canton at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the Kingston Theater located in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center. The reading and ensuing book signing is free and open to the public.

“Members of the campus community read this novel as part of the Character Development Reading program,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Daniel J. Sweeney. “This book was selected for both its significance in current society and the opportunities it presented to discuss the moral dilemmas the characters faced.”

“The Last Town on Earth” was inspired by a previously little-known historical footnote regarding towns that quarantined themselves during the 1918 epidemic. While World War I ravages the majority of western civilization, the small town of Commonwealth decides to close its doors to the outside world in attempt to keep the flu at bay.

The main characters are faced with the ethical impact of defending the townspeople’s decisions while facing all of the ramifications that total isolation brings to light. Many history-shaping events influence the occupants of commonwealth, including the unionization of workers in the Industrial Workers of the World.