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.
After Canton www.canton.edu SUNY Canton Alumni Association & College Foundation Publication Fall 2008 Dreams Come True When fire ripped through his family’s home earlier this year, Johmarr Ogletree feared his dreams of attending college might have also gone up in flames. The Corcoran High School graduate was an exemplary student and community mem- ber. He was the vice president of his class, active in his church, won a youth achieve- ment award, and even enrolled in advanced classes at Syracuse University. Johmarr had started a college fund with money earned from waiting tables, and he had saved enough to attend SUNY Canton this fall. That changed after the fire. The Ogletree family was forced to move in with Johmarr’s grand- mother. Shortly thereafter, that house was broken into and several possessions were stolen. And when his father was forced to stop working because of a heart defect, the family was beginning to wonder about their future. Johmarr withdrew $1,000 from his col- lege fund and gave it to his family, which includes his father, three brothers, and his mother Felicia, who works as a technician at Upstate Medical University. Johmarr’s actions inspired a school official to draw attention to his situation, and in continued on page 2 “Johmarr Ogletree is a kid with a dream ” Class of ’43 Celebrates Commencement Greatest Graduates,” Kennedy said after the ceremony. “It was special to have them here to be honored with the graduation ceremony they weren’t able to enjoy so many years ago.” Technical Electricity major Cal Hansen spoke eloquently on behalf of his 1943 class- mates and expressed gratitude toward the college. He also quoted Professor Emeritus Peter Nevaldine when he told the graduat- ing class of 2008, “You don’t get smart while you’re sleeping.” Hansen travelled all the way from South Dakota to accept his degree. This year’s Commencement saw the first graduates in SUNY Canton’s four-year Alter- native and Renewable Energy Applications and Law Enforcement Leadership programs, and in the two-year-old Dental Hygiene program. The top three most popular bachelor’s degree programs for the class of 2008 were: Criminal Investigation, Technology Manage- ment, and Information Technology. The top three most popular associate degree programs for the class of 2008 were: Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies, and Nursing. Anne Merrill Glenn D. Hastings to attend seven decades earlier. Sixty-five years ago, twenty-seven students were called into service just weeks before their commencement and left campus to serve the country in World War II. In a heartfelt, touching ceremony during Com- mencement, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy presented four members of the class and a spouse of a deceased veteran with honorary certificates in their respective programs. “They are known as the Greatest Gen- eration, and perhaps for us they are our SUNY Canton’s 100 th Commencement Ceremony was also one of its most emo- tional. There was a standing ovation and many tears in the crowd as the members of the Class of 1943 celebrated the graduation they were unable Douglas N. Kunz Clarence A. Hansen Harold E. Ayers A Foundation for Success. Pages 8 & 9 ➠