Archive for October, 2007

SUNY Canton Foundation Assets Rise Nearly 40 Percent in 2007

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
Rachael Bagley laughs with Kareen Bedford.

MAKING CONNECTIONS – (l to r) Longtime SUNY Canton Donor Rachael Bagley laughs with Kareen Bedford, a Nursing student from Ogdensburg, who received the Leon and Rachael Bagley Endowed Scholarship.

A remarkable increase in assets of nearly 40 percent has enabled the SUNY Canton Foundation to award a record number of scholarships this year. Foundation assets have surpassed $14 million, an increase of nearly $4 million from last year’s total.

The increase was most evident last week, when approximately 200 scholarship recipients attended the Foundation’s Scholarship Luncheon with scholarship donors and college officials. Nearly $300,000 in scholarship assistance was represented at the luncheon. This year’s event saw not only the largest number of scholarships, but also the largest total dollar amount awarded in college history.

Rebecca Trythall, a Veterinary Science Technology Student from East Syracuse, enjoys her lunchtime conversation with Professor Emeritus Varick Chittenden.

MEETING DONORS – (l to r) Rebecca Trythall, a Veterinary Science Technology Student from East Syracuse, enjoys her lunchtime conversation with Professor Emeritus Varick Chittenden. Chittenden, who is also a SUNY Canton Distinguished Faculty Member, established the Chittenden Book Scholarship.

“We are extremely fortunate to have so many wonderful alumni and friends who believe in the ongoing success of our students,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Their investment in our college benefits our students, the college, and the entire North Country. Many of these bright scholars would not otherwise be able to afford a college education.”

Students from almost every curricula at the college received a scholarship this year. “The Scholarship Luncheon is a special event where scholarship recipients are able to meet the donors who have so dramatically impacted their lives,” Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach said. “It’s often an emotional experience for both the recipients and the donors and it reinforces why we work so hard to make these scholarships possible.”

Jacob Neely speaks to the audience.

HEARTFELT GRATITUDE – Jacob Neely, a SUNY Canton Air Conditioning Engineering Technology student from Baldwinsville expresses his heartfelt thanks to SUNY Canton Patron and Alumnus Joel Canino for creating the scholarship that will pay for his entire college education. Neely said, “You’ve changed my life.”

The Foundation’s total assets have grown by more than $9 million, or more than 280 percent since 2001. The growth in assets is a result of an increase in giving as well as investment growth and interest. The Foundation supports a variety of endeavors.

“Scholarships are just one of the outlets of Foundation expenditures,” Gerlach said. “The College Foundation also supports continuing education for faculty and staff members in addition to funding research and campus enhancement initiatives. The benefits are far-reaching and dramatic.”

The Foundation primarily uses donations to help defray the continually-increasing cost of higher education. Over the last several years, the Foundation has re-invested $7 million to fund college programs and initiatives. Many of the new highly-visible initiatives come in the form of scholarships, assistantships, or in a variety of ways that positively effect students’ overall college experience.

Students and Job Seekers Invited to Career Fair at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Area high school students and North Country job seekers are invited to attend SUNY Canton’s Career Fair 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center Intramural Gym.

Over 30 companies will be recruiting this year, according to Director of Career Services David Norenberg. Many of the businesses recruit yearly, including highly successful alumni-run companies.

“The fair can be the first face-to-face interview for job seekers,” Norenberg said. “It all can serve as an excellent opportunity for current and future students to speak with professionals in their field of interest. We’ve extended an invitation to area high school students to show the value of a SUNY Canton education and to highlight how companies specifically seek our graduates.”

At least three health care organizations will be recruiting at the fair, looking to fill the ever-growing need for qualified health professionals. “Our students graduate with the skills needed to step into employment in a variety settings,” Norenberg pointed out.

Among the current employers attending the fair are:

  • Adirondack Medical Center
  • Akwesasne Mohawk Casino
  • Atlantic Testing Laboratories, Limited
  • Barrett Paving Materials Inc.
  • BreconRidge Manufacturing Solutions
  • Bricklayers Local 2
  • Building Controls & Services, Inc.
  • Cannon Design
  • CME Associates, Inc.
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dow Electric, Inc.
  • Eastview Veterinary Clinic
  • Fastenal Company
  • Fused Solutions, Inc.
  • Massena Memorial Hospital
  • National Grid
  • New York Air Brake
  • Northern Area Health Education Center
  • Northern New York Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association
  • Novelis Corporation
  • Penski, Inc. Staffing
  • RL Kistler, Inc.
  • RobsonWoese Inc
  • Schlumberger
  • Shaker Veterinary Hospital, P.C.
  • Stearns & Wheeler, LLC
  • The Thomas Group
  • Time Warner Cable
  • US Army Health Care Recruiting
  • Vermont State Police

The Career Fair is held each semester as a direct employment outreach initiative for the SUNY Canton Office of Career Services, with support from the SUNY Canton Foundation. The college also extends an invitation to students from the other area colleges.