Posts Tagged ‘Veteran’s 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,, or Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Elizabeth F. Gravlin, 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.

Veterans Create SUNY Canton Challenge Coins

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Following in Military traditions dating back to World War I, the SUNY Canton Veterans Association has issued a challenge coin to help boost College pride.

“The coins are a unique fundraiser for the student-run club,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “They use the proceeds for their charitable work here on campus and in the community.”

challenge coin

Challenge coins are typical given in the military to prove membership, award special achievement and enhance moral. Each challenge coin is molded and enameled with an image of both the SUNY Canton seal and the Kangaroo on reverse sides. Each coin costs $6 and the proceeds will be used to fund the Veterans Association’s various projects.

In the past academic year, the Veterans Association sponsored a hole at a charity golf tournament, donated more than 170 pounds of food to the Canton Church and Community Program and assisted with the Wounded Warrior Project’s sled hockey games.


Members of the group will also be planting a tree at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 25, on the south side of Nevaldine Technology Center, the day before Arbor Day.

The SUNY Canton’s Veterans Association was formed to connect students and alumni who serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Their group association is open to veterans from all generations and branches of service.

Military Law Workshop at SUNY Canton, April 6

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

The SUNY Canton Legal Studies Department will be holding a special workshop on the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Representatives from the Fort Drum Judge Advocate General’s Office will be on campus for a Military Law Workshop at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in the Miller Campus Center. They will be joining Legal Studies faculty members to discuss the military aspects of divorce and representation of clients before the Veteran’s Administration, among other topics.

While this workshop is free and open to the public, it will be of special interest to attorneys, local magistrates, members of the SUNY Canton Veteran’s Association, students in the Legal Studies program, and area veterans. For more information, or to register, contact Colonel Carl J. Disalvatore, an Adjunct Instructor in the Legal Studies program at or 315-486-0754.

Information for Veterans at SUNY Canton, March 23

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

SUNY Canton is sponsoring an informational session with the Veteran’s Administration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the Veteran’s Association Lounge, Cook Hall Room 116.

“We set up this informational session to help continue the College’s commitment to the Military community, both on campus and in the greater North Country Region,” said Robert Edwards, Professor of Criminal and faculty liaison to the SUNY Canton Veteran’s Association. “Counselors will be available to help veterans and dependents of veterans answer questions about their GI Bill eligibility and disability benefits.”

Representatives from the Syracuse VA Medical Center, St. Lawrence County Veterans Service Office, New York State Division of Veterans Affairs, and Watertown Veterans Center will be available during the day. Their goal is to provide information about benefits, programs, and services offered exclusively veterans and their families including health care, home loans, property taxes, life insurance, and more. Attendants who wish to enroll in VA Health Care are asked to bring a copy of their DD214, otherwise known as discharge papers.

The informational session is free and open to all North Country veterans. For more information, contact Edwards at, or call 315.386.7666.

Renowned Women Veterans Speaker at SUNY Canton, Nov. 19

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Military speaker and veteran Tia Christopher challenges audiences to walk a mile in a pair of women’s combat boots.

Christopher tours the United States, educating civilians and military personnel on the issues faced by women in the military. She will be presenting at 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 19 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater.

Christopher is a disabled veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. She now works with the non-profit organization Swords to Plowshares with the title of women veteran’s coordinator.

“Swords created my position to respond to the specific needs of the fastest growing cohort of the U.S. veteran population: Women,” Christopher said in a prepared statement to U.S. Senate’s Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “My experiences have given me the passion and perseverance to do advocacy work on behalf of Swords to Plowshares. I mention this to illustrate that I am a VA consumer as well as a community avenue for my peers to seek and access care.”

Christopher will cover topics including:

  • The history of women in the military.
  • Current issues facing women veterans and women in the military.
  • Current research and pending legislation regarding women associated with the military.
  • Women veterans and military in the media.
  • Women veterans’ stories and art.

This event is co-sponsored by the SUNY Canton Veteran’s Association, which helps maintain SUNY Canton as one of the premiere military friendly colleges in the North Country.

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 arrangements should be made in advance by contacting SUNY Canton Public Relations at 315-386-7300, or email