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SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign Draws to a Close

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

College adds Courtyard Clock to Honor Campaign Co-Chairs

Ronald & Blanche Woodcock pose in front of the newly dedicated Woodcock Centennial Clock.

Ronald & Blanche Woodcock pose in front of the newest addition to the Roselle Academic Plaza: The Woodcock Centennial Clock.

The largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in SUNY Canton’s 100-year history was successfully concluded at the recent Scholarship Luncheon celebration.

“We’ve reached a high-water mark in the history of the College,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Every donation from $2 to $2 million has helped us reach this point and has made a difference in the lives of our students.”

The SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign was launched in 2003 with the goal of raising $10 million by 2010. Campaign Co-Chairs Ronald L. (class of ’59) and Blanche K. (honorary alumna, class of ‘06) Woodcock announced the campaign’s ended after raising a grand total of just over $11.3 million. The College’s previous campaign raised about $1 million.

“Much of our fundraising efforts will be used for scholarships,” Ronald said. “When people give to SUNY Canton, they give to help students get the best education possible in order to start a career. Education is a worthy investment because it supports students and their families while benefitting the North Country as a whole.”

Ronald Woodcock received a scholarship in 1957 while he was enrolled in the College’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning program, which has since become the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program. Recognizing the importance of scholarships, and seeing the benefit to the students at the Scholarship Luncheon, he and his wife endowed their own scholarship to help students in the engineering technology fields.  Their leadership and generosity have led the College to name the Alumni House and a wing of conference suites in their honor.

“We had a series of key donations that helped us reach our goal ahead of schedule,” Blanche noted. “The $1 million donation made by Professor Emeritus Richard W. Miller, and the two donations totaling $3 million from Ronald’s classmate Joel Canino (class of ’59) really set the campaign in motion.”

The late Professor Emeritus Herman W. Kalberer also helped the campaign’s early momentum with an $803,000 estate gift. The College’s Foundation also received substantial gifts, each of about $1 million, from the estate of the late Alumna Elaine Claxton Pidgeon (class of ’39), and from an anonymous donor.

“The SUNY Canton Foundation helps ensure that each donor’s life and legacy is remembered and cherished for all times,” Blanche said. “In a very real way, our deceased benefactors will live forever through our memories and their scholarships.”

Bernard Creighton Regan (class of ‘65) donated the funding to create a flag station at the college’s entrance on State Route 68, in addition to financing four scholarships for students from Massena Central High School. John L. Halford (class of ’49) and his wife Nelta, provide similar scholarships for college students from Governeur.

The six-year fundraising project was punctuated by several influential College events that brought sponsors and donors in touch with the college. “With the help of Marti King MacArthur (class of ’74 and ’78), the Centennial Gala and Auction raised more than $40,000,” Blanche recalled.

Ron said, “Another highlight was Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca’s challenge to raise more $100,000 for SUNY Canton Nursing students. He matched the total donations, creating more opportunities for students to enter into the high-demand field of nursing.”

In honor of the Woodcock’s dedication to SUNY Canton and their inspirational leadership during the Centennial Campaign, the College’s Alumni and Foundation Boards of Directors procured a decorative courtyard clock to adorn Roselle Academic Plaza. As a surprise, the Woodcocks were asked to unveil the clock and a ceremonial plaque denoting their continued commitment to SUNY Canton.

While the majority of the donations from the campaign will be used to broaden student access to a SUNY Canton Education, a small portion of the endowment will be used for campus beautification projects and faculty and staff development awards.

“We want to thank all of the donors to the SUNY Canton Centennial Campaign,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “Whether their gifts were large or small, each individual has helped make a difference in the lives of our students.”

The College Foundation awarded almost $420,000 in scholarships, and will be awarding almost $45,000 in faculty, staff, and enhancement awards this year.

About SUNY Canton

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

SUNY Canton Foundation to Increase Scholarships

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

The SUNY Canton Foundation has voted to increase the total amount of money it awards and the total number of scholarships it awards to students for the 2009-2010 academic year, despite the troubled economy.

The College’s Foundation Board recently decided to increase all existing giving levels and award a number of new scholarships to match the overall growth of the college.

“We realize it’s more important than ever to award these scholarships,” said Vice President for Advancement and SUNY Canton Foundation Executive Director David M. Gerlach (class of 1983). “Despite the economy, the decreasing state support, and the floundering stock market, we’ve decided to continue giving as much as possible to our students. It’s what our alumni and donors want us to do, it’s what many of our students need in order to enroll and be successful, and it’s the right thing to do.”

Several donors have recently given gifts to the College Foundation in an effort to offset the struggling economy, including Attorney Preston Carlisle of Ogdensburg, the St. Lawrence County Dental Society, the Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s E.J. Noble Guild, Barbara Burnham (class of 1941), the Thompson-Weatherup Foundation, Doctor Robert Saidel and his wife Rita Saidel (class of 1975), among numerous others. The decision ensures that the Foundation will increase its total scholarship awards for the 15th straight year.

“I think this is particularly significant given that other colleges have been forced to cut back,” said Gerlach. “It further accentuates the affordability and value of a SUNY Canton education.”

SUNY Canton Director of Financial Aid Kerrie Cooper noted that many students would benefit from the foundation directors’ resolve and is pleased with their commitment.

“This is good news for current and future students,” Cooper said. “It’s more important than ever that our students utilize all of the resources they have in order to pay for college, including Pell Grants, TAP (Tuition Assistance Program), Federal Loans, and Foundation scholarships. We do our best to make sure that students who want to attend SUNY Canton are able to do so regardless of their economic background.”

Cooper has been in frequent contact with the current and incoming student population to recommend upcoming scholarship opportunities both through the Foundation and external funding sources.

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’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.

Thompson-Weatherup Foundation Creates SUNY Canton Nursing Scholarship

Monday, February 9th, 2009

A local family foundation with ties to the second graduating class ever at SUNY Canton has donated funds to create a scholarship for Nursing students.

NEW NURSING SCHOLARSHIP – The Thompson-Weatherup Family Charitable Foundation recently donated the funding necessary to create a new nursing scholarship at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r) foundation president Ruth McWilliams, inaugural scholarship recipient Katherine Race, foundation treasurer Marilyn Henderson, and SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

NEW NURSING SCHOLARSHIP – The Thompson-Weatherup Family Charitable Foundation recently donated the funding necessary to create a new nursing scholarship at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r) foundation president Ruth McWilliams, inaugural scholarship recipient Katherine Race, foundation treasurer Marilyn Henderson, and SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

NEW NURSING SCHOLARSHIP – The Thompson-Weatherup Family Charitable Foundation recently donated the funding necessary to create a new nursing scholarship at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r) foundation president Ruth McWilliams, inaugural scholarship recipient Katherine Race, foundation treasurer Marilyn Henderson, and SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“This donation helps address the need for highly qualified nurses here in the North Country,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “I find it highly fitting, and I’m overjoyed, that a family so closely connected with the college’s history has taken such an active interest in the education of others. There is a tremendous need for scholarship support especially in these troubled economic times.”

In 1910, Robert Thompson graduated as part of the second class of the Agricultural and Technical Institute at Canton, now known as SUNY Canton. His son, Robert Jr., graduated in 1942 with a degree in Agriculture and met his wife Esther (Weatherup), who graduated in 1943 with a degree in Home Economics. Robert and Esther Thompson have 10 children who established a family foundation in their honor. Esther’s cousin Marjorie Rock, a nurse educator and retired Army nurse, felt that providing a nursing scholarship should be pursued and contributed to the foundation to support one at SUNY Canton. Foundation president Ruth McWilliams and treasurer Marilyn Henderson worked with Julie Parkman, Associate Director for Advancement at SUNY Canton, to create it. All inquiries about the scholarship and student eligibility must be directed to Parkman at (315) 386-7127, or email parkman@canton.edu.

“We saw the immediate benefit of this donation when we met the first recipient, Katherine Race, who is a nursing student taking classes and working full-time,” McWilliams said. Race completed a SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 1998 and is working at United Helpers nursing home.

In order to qualify for the Thompson-Weatherup Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship, applicants must be non-traditional students entering into the Nursing program in the spring semester. Recipients must have prior health care-related experience and wish to remain in St. Lawrence County upon graduation.

The Thompson-Weatherup Family Charitable Foundation is headquartered in Canton and focuses on the sustainable future of people and places in Northern New York.

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’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.

Two North Country Students Receive Inaugural E.J. Noble Guild Nursing Scholarships

Friday, October 31st, 2008
NEW SCHOLARSHIPS- Judy Chase, Treasurer of the E.J. Noble Guild at Canton -Potsdam Hospital recently met with the inaugural recipients of the Guild’s new scholarship at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r) Christina Harman of South Colton, Chase, and Megan Macauley of Ogdensburg.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS- Judy Chase, Treasurer of the E.J. Noble Guild at Canton -Potsdam Hospital recently met with the inaugural recipients of the Guild’s new scholarship at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r) Christina Harman of South Colton, Chase, and Megan Macauley of Ogdensburg.

CANTON – Canton-Potsdam Hospital’s E.J. Noble Guild recently awarded two newly-created scholarships to a pair of North Country students attending SUNY Canton.

“The E.J. Noble Guild at Canton Potsdam Hospital recognizes the importance of nursing education and the need to have well-trained nursing professionals in the North Country,” said Judy Chase, Treasurer of the E.J. Noble Hospital Guild. “To move beyond simple recognition, we have decided to make a donation to further the goals of the college and of the hospital.”

Annually, two SUNY Canton students will be awarded $1,250. The inaugural awards were received by Christina Harman of South Colton and Megan Macauley of Ogdensburg.

The scholarship was created in support of the Maresca Challenge, which was initiated by Dr. Michael and Barbara Maresca of Hannawa Falls to increase overall support of the SUNY Canton Nursing Program and its students.
“These scholarships help us in seeking to alleviate the nursing shortage that we are experiencing locally and throughout our state,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “We deeply appreciate the E. J. Noble Guild of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital and their support of the Maresca Challenge and the SUNY Canton Nursing Program,” 

The Maresca Family Challenge has now raised more than $200,000 for nursing scholarships. That total includes the Maresca’s original pledge of more than $100,000, a pledge of $25,000 from Canton-Potsdam Hospital, $25,000 from the Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation, and $5,000 pledges from the Kinney Drugs Foundation, 48th District Senator James Wright and the Development Authority of the North Country. 

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’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.

Blevins Family Creates SUNY Canton Scholarship

Thursday, April 17th, 2008
Blevins Family

BLEVINS DONATION – The Blevins family has created a $25,000 scholarship endowment at SUNY Canton in honor of Leland Blevins. Pictured are (l to r) Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Elizabeth Irvine, Mike Blevins, Dave Blevins, Alumni and Development Associate John Wilson Jr., and Lynn Blevins.

A successful family of highly-respected North Country car dealers have created a scholarship that will honor their father and help generations of SUNY Canton Automotive Technology students.

“We are dually honored because the Blevins are a true North- Country family and are closely intertwined with the college,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

The Blevins family donated $25,000 for the Leland Blevins Scholarship Endowment. Each year an incoming automotive student will be awarded a scholarship in Leland’s name.

“Dad gave us our start in the automotive business, so it made sense for us to honor him by presenting others with an opportunity to enter the industry,” said Dave Blevins, who is a 1972 graduate of SUNY Canton.

Dave, and his brothers, Paul, Duanne, Lynn (class of 1979); three sisters, Sherry, Connie, and Beth; decided that the endowment would be a wonderful tribute to their father, who passed away last spring.

“I know Mom (Rita Blevins) is pleased that we’ve created this scholarship in Dad’s name,” Lynn said. “Over the years our businesses have benefited greatly from the hands-on training the college has provided our employees. I know all of the dealerships in the area appreciate the fact that it’s done here locally.”

Leland started the first Blevins dealership in Potsdam in 1969. He sold it to sons Paul and Duane in 1980. Dave and Lynn started the Ogdensburg Blevins Brothers in 1983. Blevins Ford in Gouverneur was added in 1990, and Team Blevins of Gouverneur was unveiled in 2006. The Potsdam dealership is run by Paul’s son, John.

Leland’s grandson Mike also graduated from SUNY Canton in 1999. Like his father Dave, he was an Engineering Technology major. He is now the sales manager for Team Blevins in Gouverneur.

Lynn’s daughter Leanne is a Nursing major at SUNY Canton and is expected to graduate in 2009.

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.

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Establishes Criminal Investigation Scholarship

Thursday, March 13th, 2008
Gilbert Scholarship

Associate Professor Steven V. Gilbert, Ph.D., recently awarded the Flora Bertram Geller scholarship to Sindy Afriat, a Criminal Investigation student from Chase Mills.

Associate Professor Steven V. Gilbert, Ph.D., recently awarded a brand new scholarship for Criminal Investigation students.

Gilbert personally funds the competitive $500 Gilbert Forensic Science Scholarship, which will be awarded to the student who best researches the field of forensics. “I’ve created an annual poster presentation that will allow students to present their research using both graphics and narratives,” Gilbert said.

Criminal Investigation students were invited to submit their research in the academic poster format that Gilbert will judge. Meg Boyer of Penfield received the first of the competitive awards.

“There have been a large number of advances within this field,” Gilbert said. “Many students are already researching these advances to complement their studies.”

In addition, Gilbert recently facilitated another annual scholarship in memory of Flora Bertram Geller, which is awarded to an Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society student. The inaugural recipient was Sindy Afriat of Chase Mills.

“This scholarship was established to award a student who has demonstrated a strong background in ethics and motivation within the Omega Upsilon chapter,” Gilbert said. “Sindy is the first recipient of this $200 scholarship, which is awarded annually at the Criminal Justice Honor Society induction ceremony.”

Afriat is the president of the Criminal Justice honor society and previously received the Leon and Rachael Bagley Endowed Scholarship through the SUNY Canton Foundation.

Gilbert said that the donors of the scholarship funding wished to remain anonymous.

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.

SUNY Canton Associate Professor Establishes Scholarship

Monday, November 26th, 2007

A SUNY Canton Associate Professor has created a scholarship for students in the Criminal Investigation Program.

Each Year, Steven Gilbert will award $500 to a student based on the top investigative forensic science presentation. Specifically, students will be invited to submit presentations on “How Forensic Science Contributes to a Safer Society.”

“Many of our Criminal Investigation students are very interested in forensic science and interested in pursuing a career in crime scene investigation,” Gilbert pointed out. “The Gilbert Forensic Science Scholarship will help encourage students to continue research within this field.”

Gilbert, who has his doctorate in criminal justice, said that recent advancements within the field of DNA testing have dynamically changed investigations and forensic sciences.

The first scholarship will be awarded in Spring 2008 with following scholarships each Fall Semester. “The students’ presentations will also help inform the campus community about the changes and evolutions within our program,” Gilbert said.

Previously Gilbert has mentored students overseas who could not afford college, and was instrumental in beginning the Omega Upsilon chapter of the Criminal Justice Honor Society.

He created the scholarship through the SUNY Canton College Foundation which annually awards nearly $300,000 in scholarship assistance.

 

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.

Alumnus John Halford Honored as SUNY Canton Hometown Hero

Friday, September 28th, 2007

John L. Halford of Gouverneur, has joined the growing group of SUNY Canton Alumni to be honored as a Hometown Hero.

Halford joins the prestigious list of Hometown Heroes by setting up a program to award SUNY Canton scholarships to students from his high school alma mater.

The John L. Halford Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to two graduating Gouverneur Central School seniors planning to pursue a four-year degree at SUNY Canton. He has established a charitable remainder trust and donates annually to fund the scholarships. All of the proceeds of his trust will ultimately and permanently fund this effort.

“John has been an extraordinary benefactor of both SUNY Canton and Gouverneur Central High School throughout his life,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “John’s commitment to students serves as an inspiration to high school seniors from Gouverneur and to many other alumni and friends of SUNY Canton who want to create opportunities for the youth of their hometowns.”

John Halford created this scholarship to remember and honor the wartime service of his family. At the young age of 17, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific Theater. After more than 4 years of service, he returned to Gouverneur to complete high school. The abrupt end to his carefree youth taught him to appreciate and enjoy every day and the pleasures and opportunities life presents. His hope is that this scholarship will inspire young people from his hometown to continue their education and strive for their highest dreams.

Each recipient of the Halford Memorial Scholarship will be selected based on academic achievement, involvement in extra-curricular activities, and financial need, as determined by the Gouverneur Central School Scholarship Committee. The scholarships will be announced at graduation and students will be eligible to receive the scholarship until they complete their four-year degree.

“The best thing about this gift is not the gift itself,” Halford pointed out. “More important are the opportunities it will create by enabling these students to attend college. I hope that each student takes this opportunity to live life to the fullest, enjoy learning, and be successful. Gouverneur High School and SUNY Canton helped make that possible for me.”

Halford is the third alumnus to be honored as a “Hometown Hero” at SUNY Canton. He joins Joel M. Canino, who created a scholarship for Baldwinsville area students, and Bernard C. Regan, who targeted his endowment for Massena area students.

In 2005, Halford was honored for his record of service to the college by having a lobby named after him, at the crossroads of three major buildings.

He graduated from the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program in 1949. From 1952 to 1970, he worked for Associated Universities on Long Island in research and nuclear reactor development at Brookhaven Lab. From 1973 until his retirement in 1987, he was the building maintenance manager for Suffolk County. He and his wife, Nelta, live in Gouverneur.

 

Massena’s Bernie Regan Becomes a Hometown Hero

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Bernie and Jane Regan standing next to flagpoles.A gift benefiting students from Massena Central High School and SUNY Canton has prompted college officials to create a program called “Hometown Heroes.”

Long-time SUNY Canton benefactors Bernard C. and Jane Regan have added to their already established Bernard C. Regan Family Endowed Scholarship and turned its focus toward Bernie’s high school alma mater in Massena. The total endowment of the Regans’ scholarship now exceeds $62,000.

The Bernard Creighton Regan Family Scholarship will be awarded annually to a freshman or returning student in SUNY Canton’s Electrical or Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program who has financial need and strong academic potential. First preference shall be accorded to students from Massena Central High School, with second preference to students from St. Lawrence County. The college is now encouraging alumni from other areas to establish similar scholarships for their hometown high schools.

“The scholarship established by Bernie has inspired us to create Hometown Heroes,” said Vice President for Advancement David M. Gerlach. “It’s a program that allows alumni to help students from their hometown by awarding them a scholarship to attend SUNY Canton. In doing so, these alumni truly do become Hometown Heroes.”

Bernie Regan graduated from SUNY Canton’s Electrical Technology program in 1965. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1971 and later worked for United Parcel Service (UPS) in the company’s corporate domestic and international engineering group. In addition to establishing the Bernard C. Regan Family Endowed Scholarship, the Regan’s also donated the funding for the Regan Flag Station, which graces the entrance to the college.

The Regan’s gift follows a similarly designed scholarship created by Joel M. Canino for Baldwinsville’s C.W. Baker High School students.

Bernie Regan is a native of Massena. The Regans now reside in Sarasota, Florida.

“I was so fortunate to attend both Massena High School and SUNY Canton,” Bernie said. “I’ve benefited immensely from my experiences and education at both schools and wanted to honor them simultaneously with this scholarship. For me, it connects the two schools that so positively influenced my life and now it allows future students to take advantage of the same opportunity.”

The Regans latest gift will become part of the college’s Centennial Campaign which has set a goal to raise $10 million by 2010.

“Bernie and Jane’s generosity will enable students from Massena to attend SUNY Canton and receive a career-oriented, hands-on education,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Hometown Heroes is a wonderful program that we hope many alumni help us to expand to their high schools and assist students from their hometowns.”

Massena Central School Superintendent Douglas Huntley said, “On behalf of the current and future students at Massena High School, I’d like to thank Bernie and Jane Regan for thinking of us while establishing this scholarship. The Regan Family Scholarship will enable and empower students to continue with their education and have a dramatic impact on the rest of their lives. They really are Hometown Heroes.”