The newly-formed SUNY Canton Veterans Association has helped bring a new ceremonial flagpole to the college.
“The flagpole was a natural project for the association,” said Robert L. Edwards, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Veterans Association advisor. “We worked with the David Sullivan St Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, the SUNY Canton Criminal Justice Association, and the SUNY Canton Foundation to place this monument at the side entrance of Payson Hall.”
The ceremonial flagpole was built to serve a variety of purposes at the college. Cadets in the Law Enforcement Academy will present and retire the colors as part of their training. On other days, students in the Criminal Justice Association or the Veterans Association will perform the duty.
“I am proud that the academy was part of this project,” University Police Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. “During their careers our cadets and students will participate in many functions where they need to know the proper way to honor our national colors.”
The flagpole is located next to a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial garden which is maintained by Criminal Justice students. It will be used as a staging point during SUNY Canton’s future Sept. 11, 2001 remembrance ceremonies.
“This will become the place to honor Canton alumni on their passing and a place for our military veterans to have ceremonies,” said William Fassinger, Assistant Professor of Criminal Investigation and Veterans Association Advisor. “The flagpole project will become a good place for the campus community to be reminded of how many members of military families are on campus.”
The SUNY Canton’s Veterans Association was formed to connect students and alumni who serve or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The organization has filed their originating documents with the national organization of college veterans. Their group association is open to veterans from all generations and branches of service. “We openly invite community members to join,” Edwards said.
Edwards serves as the representative to the Service Members Opportunity Colleges, a national consortium that assists military members and their dependents in their educational programs.
For more information about the SUNY Canton Veterans Association, contact Edwards at 386-7666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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