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Potsdam Businessman Receives SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Alumni Award

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Ed Cloce

D. Edgar Cloce 2009 will be presented with the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award at SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony May 16.

A 1959 SUNY Canton Automotive Technology alumnus who owns one of the most successful North Country automotive dealerships will be honored by his alma mater.

D. Edgar Cloce, President of TJ Toyota in Potsdam, is the 2009 Recipient of the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The award will be presented at SUNY Canton’s 101st Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, outdoors across from French Hall.

“Ed has been an exceptional advocate for the College and has employed many of our graduates,” said Dennis Tuper, an Automotive Technology Instructor and 2002 alumnus. “TJ Toyota is a business leader in St. Lawrence County and the company has been recognized for its continued outstanding service, customer satisfaction, and community involvement at the corporate level.”

Professor Emeritus Walter R. Kingston was among the individuals to nominate Cloce for the award. Kingston referred to Cloce’s outstanding commitment to the North Country community. “It makes me proud to see one of my former students become such a superb example of the success that can be achieved at SUNY Canton,” Kingston said. “He is an ambassador for the college and role model for students and alumni alike.”

During the college’s recent Centennial Celebration, Cloce donated a Toyota Prius to the SUNY Canton Foundation. The brand-new, fuel-saving hybrid vehicle was raffled to raise proceeds for an Automotive Technology scholarship. Ed and his wife, Clara, have also endowed a family scholarship that further aids students in the program.

When asked about what he would like to share with future graduates of the college, Ed replied: “You will always remember your time here at SUNY Canton. Your education and experiences will serve you well throughout your career and your life, as it did in mine.”

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 100 courses online each semester. The College offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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

Rome’s Dale D. Major Named SUNY Canton Distinguished Alumnus

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Dale MajorThe SUNY Canton Alumni Association has announced that Dale D. Major, graduate of the class of 1970, has been selected as the 2008 Distinguished Alumnus.

Major will be among the award recipients selected to speak to the 2008 graduating class at SUNY Canton’s 100th Commencement Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, outdoors across from SUNY Canton’s French Hall.

“This quiet, intelligent, hard-working individual is well deserving of the recognition associated with the Distinguished Alumnus award,” said William F. Peters, SUNY Canton Alumni Association Board Member (class of 1959). “Dale and his wife Sharon are highly active in the college’s continuing growth and development.”

Several of Major’s numerous qualities were continually highlighted in his letters of recommendation for this esteemed accolade. Among his traits were his unassuming character, his steadfast dedication, and his continuing volunteerism. “Many times a neighbor needs help, either with a small job or big one, and Dale is there,” noted Major’s neighbor, Sandy Reader. “He volunteers his time and energies whenever needed with no regard to the time required. He never complains or hesitates. He puts all he has into the tasks put forth and makes things happen.”

As a youth, he went through the ranks of the Boy Scouts of America earning the coveted Eagle Scout title. “I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful scoutmaster when I was in the scouts,” Major recalled. “As an adult I wanted to give back a little bit.”

Throughout his life, he has remained involved with the Boy Scouts. He earned the Silver Beaver Award in 2006, the highest honor bestowed upon an adult scout. “Dale has been an active registered Scouter for the last 22 years,” said Nathan Boguhn, Mohawk Cayuga District Executive of the Boy Scouts of America. “He has served in the leadership position of Assistant Scoutmaster and received The District Award of Merit in 2002.”

Major is a retired healthcare professional, who worked for 33 years with the Central New York Disabilities Service Office. He won the W.T. Wheeler Award in 1991 for his outstanding professionalism. “He always showed a great deal of concern and respect for everyone that he worked with,” noted Sharon A. Hosey, Major’s former supervisor. “Dale is known for the many different ideas and approaches he employed to provide the best services to those within our care.”

Fred C. Liebi, 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, who graduated in 1966, said that he was highly pleased that Major will be receiving this award. He too mentioned Major’s unstoppable work ethic and quiet power, noting that Major never complains no matter what task he is assigned. “Dale is always the first one to ask what he can do to help you and the last to ask for any help himself,” Liebi said.

Major and his wife reside in Rome. They are both active in the McConnellsville Community Church. They actively attend alumni gatherings and are frequent guests at SUNY Canton’s annual Alumni Weekend celebration.

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.

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

Canton’s Marti King MacArthur Wins SUNY Canton’s Distinguished Alumna Award

Monday, May 7th, 2007

Marti MacArthurSUNY Canton will recognize an alumna’s years of loyalty and dedication with the Distinguished Alumna Award at the college’s upcoming 99th Commencement Ceremony held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Alumni Gymnasium at Dana Athletic Center.

Marti King MacArthur’s volunteerism both on campus and throughout the North Country has dramatically and positively influenced a countless number of individuals.

MacArthur currently serves on the United Helpers Board of Directors and has used her leadership abilities to help the organization move forward with a major capital campaign. She is active with the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Guild, St. Mary’s Church and the Hugh C. Williams Parent Teacher Association.

“Marti has immersed herself in the community of Canton and is a marvelous representation of the college,” said Assistant Director of Development Julie Parkman.

She has shown a continued commitment to her family in addition to her astonishing record of community service. MacArthur left her career at Kodak in Rochester to support her husband, Peter, during his 20-year military career with the U.S. Air Force. She helped support the families of enlisted personnel and coordinated several benevolent events. During this time she also began fundraising and orchestrating large benefits for Air Force functions, a skill that she has honed to near perfect status after 24 years of volunteering.

MacArthur was the driving force behind the SUNY Canton Centennial Gala, which raised more than $43,000 for student scholarships. She spent countless hours of her own time planning, organizing, and marketing the college’s most successful celebratory fundraiser. Her efforts led the college to create an unrestricted scholarship endowment, which will allow more students to receive funding for their education.

MacArthur was one of the first two women to graduate from the heating and air conditioning program in 1978, which followed a 1974 degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

This year, she began working as an employee of SUNY Canton in the Alumni and Advancement Office and has served on the Alumni Board since 2002.

Marti and her husband reside in Canton. They have two children: Samantha, who is a senior at SUNY Oswego; and Shane, who is a sophomore at Hugh C. Williams High School in Canton.