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SUNY Canton Steps Up to Support Puerto Rico

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Students and staff delivered a truckload of emergency supplies to Syracuse on Monday in support of New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico. Organizers said it was one of the largest donations from a single organization thus far.

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Student carries a box of supplies to the loading dock.

In total, the campus drive collected:

190 flashlights
180 AA batteries
173 packages of baby wipes
136 hygiene products
98 AAA batteries
82 cases of water
71 boxes of diapers
36 D batteries
30 C batteries
11 gallons of water
4 9V batteries
1 camping lantern

The drive was led by Student Ambassador Maurizio M. Paniconi-Pagan from San Juan, in conjunction with the SUNY Canton International Programs Office. Many offices and student organizations contributed to the drive, including Brother 2 Brother, the men’s hockey team, Sigma Omega Epsilon sorority, the Greek Council and the One Hop Shop. Organizers said items are scheduled to ship to Puerto Rico Oct. 31.

Students unload a truck with supplies intended for Puerto Rico.

“On behalf of the International Programs Office, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed and collected supplies for the donation drive,” said SUNY Canton Director of International Student Initiatives Erin E. Lassial. “And congratulations to Maurizio, who worked side-by-side with our other students from Puerto Rico, to spearhead this wonderful effort.”

SUNY Canton Stands With Puerto Rico

Monday, October 16th, 2017

SUNY Canton students and staff are leading several fundraising initiatives and donation drives to assist Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

SUNY Canton senior Maurizio M. Paniconi-Pagan from San Juan is partnering with New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort to organize a donation drive on campus to collect supplies.

“My family was very lucky in comparison to many others,” he said. “I know people who have lost everything.”

Five students hold a Puerto Rican flag in front of the SUNY Canton digital sign.

After learning about the devastation, Paniconi-Pagan said he felt helpless being so far away from home.

“I wanted to get on a plane and be with my family, but that wasn’t possible. So, I began working on this fundraiser as a way to help.”

Donations are welcome from the community, and drop-off locations will be available until Oct. 27. At this time, only the following items are being accepted:

  • Batteries, flashlights and portable lanterns
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Cases of bottled water
  • Feminine hygiene products

All items must be unopened and in their original packaging. Drop-off locations are located at Chaney Dining Hall, Miller Campus Center Room 134, Roos House (Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center), and French Hall Room 100. Financial donations to purchase supplies will also be accepted in Miller Campus Center Room 224. For more information, call (315) 386-7608.

Online students who would like to donate can contact Coakley’s Ace Hardware in Canton by phone at (315) 386-8161 and receive 15 percent off orders for portable lanterns, batteries, flashlights or cases of water. The items will be set aside and picked up by volunteers.

SUNY Canton’s Sigma Omega Epsilon sorority, Student Greek Council, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee are supporting the drive through financial donations and collection efforts.

The SUNY Canton men’s baseball team is also organizing a t-shirt fundraiser to benefit the Clemente Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports a host of charities, including hurricane relief aid groups. Three members of the team hail from Puerto Rico and, in 2016, two players traveled with the Roos to the island in 2016 to compete in the inaugural Clemente Cup competition. To purchase a commemorative Clemente Cup shirt ($30 each), contact Men’s Baseball Head Coach Joe Carbone at or (315) 386-7396.

In addition, SUNY Canton Admissions Director Melissa Evans is organizing a fundraiser to aid in equine care on the island in coordination with American Association of Equine Practitioners. The organization has established a disaster relief fund to help horses and their owners recover from storm damage with feed and vet supplies. Contact Evans for more information at or (518) 495-7669.


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.