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Two SUNY Canton Buildings Named for Former College Leaders

Monday, June 8th, 2015

SUNY Canton has renamed two buildings in honor its former presidents during its Alumni Weekend celebration. The Faculty Office Building was renamed for President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur, and the Grasse River Suites was named after retired President Joseph L. Kennedy.

Kennedy, Szafran, MacArthur

Retired President Joseph L. Kennedy, current President Zvi Szafran and President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur pose in front of the newly named MacArthur Hall, formerly known as the Faculty Office Building.

MacArthur Hall and Kennedy Hall will stand alongside Wicks Hall, Nevaldine Hall, Payson Hall and Cook Hall, which were all named after the most famous educators and administrators in the college’s history.

“Dr. MacArthur implemented the first set of formal building dedications on this campus,” SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said. “We are continuing his legacy of naming buildings after key individuals.”

Joyce MacArthur and President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur pose in front of a new plaque signifying the MacArthur Hall milestone.

Joyce and President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur pose in front of a new plaque honoring their twenty years of service to the College.

MacArthur was president from 1972 to 1992. During his time at the college, he established the Canton College Foundation, which helps provide scholarships for students and financial support for faculty initiatives. He set new enrollment records when the college added nearly 1,000 students during his first four years as President. He was an advocate for the Educational Opportunity Program, which helped SUNY Canton continue its mission of access for all students. He also championed computer literacy and created one of the very first academic computing and word processing centers in the SUNY system.

“Whatever I achieved was because of the team that I worked with,” MacArthur humbly said. “I worked with a great group of administrators and outstanding faculty.”

He received the college’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 2005 and received an honorary doctorate from Clarkson University. He and his wife Joyce were inducted into the SUNY Canton Hall of Fame in 2011 for the continuing contributions to the college and community.

Retired President Joseph L. Kennedy poses with family in front of the newly named Kennedy Hall.

Retired President Joseph L. Kennedy poses with family in front of the newly named Kennedy Hall.

Kennedy was President from 1993 to 2013. He also grew the college’s student enrollment, which doubled during his tenure. Among his numerous accomplishments, he added four-year programs to the college’s strong selection of two-year and certificate offerings. In fact, all of SUNY Canton’s bachelor’s degrees were created through his leadership. Kennedy orchestrated and endorsed online academic offerings, and the college became one of the largest online programs in the SUNY System.

“Among his other accomplishments, Dr. Kennedy helped bring college courses to high school students,” Szafran added. “First face-to-face and then online.”

Kennedy also helped fuel growth in the college’s athletic program, which expanded from a two-year to a four-year conference, became a provisional member of the NCAA and added five new sports. Alongside the growth, the college adopted the Kangaroo as its athletic name and mascot.

“It was an honor for me to serve as the president of SUNY Canton,” Kennedy said. “It was exciting, always challenging and almost always fun.”

three-presidents

Current President Zvi Szafran, Retired President Joseph L. Kennedy, and President Emeritus Earl W. MacArthur

Kennedy worked with the SUNY Canton foundation and alumni association to construct the suite-style living complex, which opened in 2011. The former president also oversaw the completion of the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center that same year.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Graduates to Reunite for Alumni Weekend

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Special events include dedication ceremonies, Hall of Fame inductions, and ‘Bands, Brews & BBQs

SUNY Canton will welcome back graduates to reconnect with classmates, celebrate the contributions of two past presidents and honor those who have made a lasting impact on the college during Alumni Weekend June 5-7.

Alumni Weekend

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday, June 5, with a dedication ceremony to rename the Faculty Office Building in honor Earl W. MacArthur, Ph.D., who served as president from 1972 to 1992. His many accomplishments include creating the Canton College Foundation and the Office of Sponsored Research.

Earl & Joyce MacArthur

“Dr. MacArthur achieved record-setting enrollment during his tenure and ensured a bright future for SUNY Canton,” said Vice President for Advancement and Canton College Foundation Executive Director David M. Gerlach. “It’s fitting that we recognize his achievements by naming one of the most prominent buildings on our campus after him.”
At 3 p.m. Friday the college will host a second ceremony to rename the Grasse River Suites in honor of Joseph L. Kennedy, Ph.D., who was president from 1993 to 2012. He oversaw the construction of several new buildings on campus during his presidency, including Grasse River Suites, which was completed in 2011.

Joseph & Dine Kennedy

“Dr. Kennedy completely transformed the college’s landscape and moved SUNY Canton from a two-year to a four-year baccalaureate-granting institution,” Gerlach added. “His innovative leadership will have a lasting impact on our students, their families and our community.”

Five individuals who have made significant contributions to the college will be inducted into SUNY Canton’s Hall of Fame at 5 p.m. Friday in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites. The 2015 inductees are:

Marti King MacArthur, class of 1974 and 1978, served as committee chair for the SUNY Canton Centennial Gala Auction fundraiser in 2006 and raised $40,000 for an unrestricted endowment. Marti was also a member of the SUNY Canton Alumni Board from 2003 until 2014 and has been a member of the Canton College Foundation Board since 2009.

Sylvia M. Kingston, class of 1978, is the proprietor of both Josie’s Little Pizzeria and Sylvia’s Lounge and Eatery in Canton. She established The Lloyd J. and Josephine F. Kingston Scholarship as a tribute to her parents in 1997, and has been a member of the Canton College Foundation Board of Directors since 2000.

Glenn C. Werlau, class of 1957, is the founder and president of Werlatone Inc. A longtime supporter of the college, he has shared his knowledge of the radio frequency component industry with SUNY Canton students and has funded several electrical engineering field trips for those majoring in Electrical Engineering Technology.

New York State Senator Patty A. Ritchie was elected to the State Senate in 2010 and serves as chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. In 2015 she was named deputy majority leader for Senate and Assembly Relations, a position that strengthens her ability to represent her Central and Northern New York constituents, as well as lead on issues that are important to all New Yorkers. Patty is a strong advocate for SUNY Canton and has assisted the college with a number of achievements during the past several years.

Michael M. Peebles, class of 1964, retired from SUNY Canton in 2010 after serving as a faculty member in the Science Department for 42 years. In 1997 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award, SUNY Canton’s highest honor for teaching professionals. His contributions to the community include serving as a sanitarian for the New York State Association of Milk and Food, as well as a member of the Canton Club and the Canton Pee Wee Association.

Alumni Weekend Guests

Among the events open to the public during the weekend is AlumFest’s “Bands, Brews & BBQs,” which will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. Tickets are $40 per person, and the event will feature live music; food, beer, craft and wine vendors; and fireworks.

For more information about the weekend’s events, visit www.canton.edu/alumni or contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (315) 386-7127 or (800) 811-6727.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. 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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.