Posts Tagged ‘Peace Garden’

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.

Campus Abuzz this Summer with Bee and Butterfly Garden

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Thanks to a Campus Enhancement Award from the SUNY Canton College Foundation, the Peace Garden has been adorned with native perennial wildflowers and other late-blooming plants that provide an ideal food source and environment for pollinators.

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Jamie L. Sovie (center), an instructional support technician in the school of Science, Health and Criminal Justice; Kelly Carter (right), SUNY Canton sustainability coordinator; and James L. Hamilton (left), an instructional support technician in the school of Science, Health and Criminal Justice, plant flowers and shrubs in the new Bee and Butterfly Garden, which is located adjacent to French Hall.

“European Honeybees, North American bees and Monarch Butterflies are declining in number, primarily due to habitat loss and pesticides,” said Rajiv Narula, Ph.D., an assistant professor who teaches an introductory course in environmental science in the School of Science, Health and Criminal Justice. “But we can help our buzzing friends in a number of ways, including working to create homes for them.”

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Jamie L. Sovie plants flowers in the new Bee and Butterfly Garden.

Students in Narula’s course will be responsible for upkeep of the garden, along with members of the Environmental Change Organization Club.

“This is a great applied learning opportunity for students that augments lessons about environmental degradation and habitat loss,” he added.

The project is one facet of the college’s overall commitment to sustainability and enhances the health, biodiversity and aesthetics of the campus’ landscape. The garden also supports a New York State executive order to reduce pesticide use and adopt sound practices to protect pollinators. For more information about the project, or to get involved, contact Sustainability Coordinator Kelly Carter at carterkelly@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton’s Student Government Association Reveals New Campus Memorial

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The college’s Student Government Association (SGA) revealed a new monument Feb. 2, called the Memorial Rock, located in the campus Peace Garden. The association has established the memorial as a place of reflection, remembrance, and celebration of life. The plaque on the rock says, “Forever Remembered, Forever Missed.”

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Taylor N. Charles, SUNY Canton Student Activities Marketing and Media Coordinator, photographs Student Government Association Executive Officers Devine Pearson, Khaina A. Solomon, Rachel “Nikki” Zeitzmann, Fatizjah Burnett and Lorraine Honeyghan after the unveiling of a new memorial at SUNY Canton.

“Student Elliot Mullings passed away days after the spring 2014 semester was over, so we began a new academic year with the loss still heavily lingering in everyone’s mind. We felt we needed to a place to grieve or celebrate the lives of those who have passed,” said SGA President Khaina A. Solomon.

Mullings, who was a junior in the Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership program was very active and well known on campus. He passed away in May 2014.

“We wanted to give something back to the campus,” Solomon added. “The association has been working on the memorial project for about two years, and with the help of many campus staff members and Northeastern Sign Corporation in Colton, it has come to life.”

The ceremony included a poem from Mariama Cisse, a junior majoring in Applied Psychology; a song by Rebecca Jean-Baptiste, a junior majoring in Liberal Arts; and speeches by SGA executive officers Fatizjah Burnett and Rachel “Nikki” Zeitzmann.

Students plan to use the rock for Sept. 11 ceremonies and as a possible practice area for Funeral Services Administration students.

 

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 ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

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 www.canton.edu/wellness.

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.

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