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Herkimer in the 2000's

January 2000

Four new transfer agreements are established with SUNY Plattsburgh, bringing Herkimer College’s total number of transfer agreements to 23.


March 2000

Herkimer College’s Alumni Association holds its Inaugural Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony in Alumni Hall to honor eight alumni who have distinguished themselves among their peers in the pursuit of excellence in areas of personal achievement, professional accomplishment or community service. The first group of alumni honored is: Theodore R. Adams, Rose Marie Battisti-Bruce, Daniel J. Burling, Randolph J. Collins, Harrison J. Hummel III, Leigh Keno, Leslie Keno and James A. W. McLeod.


April 2000

SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence are given to Herkimer College students Doreen Ashabranner-Perez, Meghan Dillon, and Barbara Roberts.

HCTV begins airing the Herkimer County Legislature meetings for
community residents.

James Marsh is re-elected as chairman of the Board of Trustees.

The College holds a high school poetry contest with entries judged by the English and Humanities faculty. The contest, held for the first time in 15 years at Herkimer College, draws 76 contestants who are later honored at a reception at Herkimer College.

Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team awards are received by Herkimer College students Meghan Dillon and Barbara Roberts.

At the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention, Orlando, FL, student Amy Flagler receives the George Bierkoe Distinguished Member award (10 awarded out of membership exceeding 75,000). Herkimer also earns the Journey Challenge 2000 Award for a significant increase in the chapter’s membership.


May 2000

The men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams are named NJCAA National Academic Teams of the Year (1999-00) for the second straight year.

John W. Campagna receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Thomas W. Lenahan received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Martin Babinec receives the Alumnus of the Year award.


August 2000

Professor William Pelz, a leader in online teaching, publishes three articles on distance learning in the Journal of Educational Computing Research and Online Education.

Professor David Piwinski has three articles accepted for publication in scholarly journals for literary criticism.

Herkimer College's Art Gallery is dedicated as Cogar Gallery, in memory of George and Ann Cogar, as a result of the Cogar Foundation’s contribution to the Generals Campaign.

The Internet Academy adds six new degree programs (Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities (AA), Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Science (AA), Business: Accounting (AAS), Business: Human Resource Management (AAS), Criminal Justice: Security (AAS), Criminal Justice: Economic Crime (AS) and two certificate programs (Small Business Management and Corrections).


September 2000

The Radio-TV program launches a five-year campaign to transition the technology to a more modern digital format to provide students with a learning atmosphere that is consistent with today’s workplace.

Herkimer College reaches record enrollment of 2,669 full-time students (9.1% increase over 1999) and 710 part-time students (17.2% increase over 1999).


October 2000

Herkimer College Trustee Georgette Drake receives the 1999 Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Service at the 47th Annual Fall Conference of the New York Community College Trustees.


November 2000

Herkimer College hosts the NJCAA national men’s soccer tournament; Herkimer wins the championship.


January 2001

Herkimer College alters the academic calendar to help area businesses with summer manpower needs. Classes will start Sept 5, 2001 (after Labor Day).


April 2001

John D. Bullis is appointed Dean of Institutional Advancement.

Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team awards are distributed in Albany to Herkimer College students Brent Ruge and Catherine Wilson.

At the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention, Denver, CO, Leanne Jardine is recognized with the Continued Excellence Award for Advisors, and student Amy Flagler is named Distinguished Regional Officer (10 awarded out of approximately 125 regional officers).

SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence are given to Herkimer College student Catherine Winston.


May 2001

Herkimer College wins a NJCAA national championship in track & field - women’s pole vault. Track & field coach Sharon Howell is named NJCAA Coach of the Year.

The women’s swimming & diving team is named NJCAA National Academic Team of the Year (2000-01) for the third consecutive year.

Thomas F. LaPuma receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Andrew J. Kaiser receives the Alumnus of the Year award.


June 2001

Herkimer College and Niagara Mohawk Inc. offer an e-government Digital Towpath training to Herkimer County municipalities.

The Empire State Games are held at Herkimer College, one of several locations in the Central New York area to host the games. In addition to hosting competitions on campus, the College helped organize community involvement and promotion of the area to visitors.


July 2001

The tuition rate for the off-site program decreases from $80 to $30 per credit hour. The College officially names this program the College Now program. Enrollment increases 276 percent, from 72 in fall 2000 to 271 in fall 2001.

Phi Theta Kappa is named All New York Academic Team.

Herkimer College begins using a new electronic field production vehicle purchased with help from Senators Raymond Meier and James Seward and Assemblyman Marc Butler. It is part of a digital upgrade and will be used to train students in the Radio-Television Broadcasting curriculum.


August 2001

Herkimer College conducts a continuing education needs assessment of North Country residents.

John Ganio is appointed Dean of Academic Affairs.

A video project “Little Falls, A Living Legacy,” produced by Mike Giudice and Richard Friedrich in 2000, is sent to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

The Internet Academy adds an additional degree program—Human Services (AAS).


September 2001

David S. Armstrong is appointed to the Herkimer College Board of Trustees to replace Georgette Drake, whose term expired.

The HHerkimer College Foundation holds its first World Cuisine Festival, an evening of international cuisine, selected wine, entertainment, auctions.


October 2001

The Village of Ilion and Herkimer College sponsor a Communities 2000 town meeting to encourage local citizens to actively participate in public life.


November 2001

Fall enrollment is at a record level with 1,994 full-time and 882 part-time students. Total enrollment is up by 10.9 percent over the previous record set in 2000.


December 2001

The Board of Trustees passes a resolution to build additional student housing.


January 2002

Professor Faye Eichholzer receives an award for online teaching by the Learning Resources Network.


March 2002

An Alumni Hall of Honor Ceremony takes place. Inductees are Martin Babinec, Anne Dorrance, John Coveleski and Dr. Mark Sillman.


April 2002

The Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team award is received by Herkimer College student Amy Flagler.

Herkimer College students Ryan Hallenbeck and Elizabeth Losty receive SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence.

At the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention, Nashville TN, Leanne Jardine receives the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of her leadership and contributions to the alumni program, honors program, and special projects. Herkimer College student Michael Hensel is named George Bierkoe Distinguished Member (10 awarded out of membership exceeding 75,000).


May 2002

Herkimer College wins the NJCAA national championship in track & field - women’s pole vault (second consecutive year).

The College’s “EdVentures” program offers trips and tours including the Allentown Art Festival, Bicycling in the Finger Lakes, Hyde Park, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Annette M. Yauney receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Mark C. Cochi receives the Alumnus of the Year award.


June 2002

Alfred A. Barbato, Schuyler, is appointed to the Board of Trustees.


July 2002

The Internet Academy launches a pilot program with the New York City Fire Department.


August 2002

The College of St. Rose teaches graduate courses to area residents at Herkimer College.

The Internet Academy adds two degree programs, Business: Health Services Management Technology (AAS) and Small Business Management (AAS).


Fall 2002

In 2002, five additional high schools become partners in Herkimer College’s College Now program, bringing the total number of schools to nine.


September 2002

Patrick E. Russell, Old Forge, is appointed by the County Legislature to the Herkimer College Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees approves a resolution to purchase and implement new administrative management software (Banner).

The Board of Trustees approves a resolution to lease/transfer property to the Herkimer College Foundation for the purpose of constructing and managing a new student housing complex.


October 2002

The Board of Trustees passes a resolution to replace the Library building’s roof.

The men’s soccer team defeats Alfred State College to win a total of 114 home games in 10 years.

The first annual “Take Back the Night” march, rally & speak out against domestic violence is held at Herkimer College (sponsored by the YMCA of the Mohawk Valley and Catholic Charities of Herkimer).


November 2002

The College’s radio station, WVHC 91.5 FM, adds nationally syndicated jazz programming to its weekend lineup.


January 2003

The College announces an articulation agreement with SUNY Albany bringing the number of articulation agreements to 29.


February 2003

Herkimer College and the Herkimer Police Department sponsor Terrorism Threat Response Seminars for police, emergency management, fire and other public safety officers.

Judy L. Hummel, Mohawk, is appointed to the College Board of Trustees to fill the vacancy of Robert Jones.


April 2003

Herkimer College opens its state-of-the-art computer technology and high speed internet services to the community in support of students deployed in the military and their families during the Gulf War.

The Board of Trustees approves a resolution to improve the track facilities and add new office space in the College Center.

Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team awards were given in Albany to Herkimer College students Francesca Magro and Michael Hensel.

At the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention, Los Angeles CA, Herkimer College’s chapter advisor Leanne Jardine receives the Continued Excellence Award for Advisors.


May 2003

The men’s lacrosse team wins the NJCAA National Championship, its eighth in the last 15 years. They also have won 20 straight Region III championships.

The College announces that a women’s lacrosse program will begin in 2003-2004. Paul Wehrum is appointed women’s head coach, and Scott Barnard is named head coach for men’s lacrosse.

The women’s swimming & diving team is named NJCAA National Academic Team of the Year (2002-03).

Alan B. Cronauer receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Sean P. O’Brien, LCDR, Ch.C, USNR, receives the Alumnus of the Year award.


July 2003

John J. Quinn is reappointed to the Board of Trustees.


August 2003

The College unveils the Chancellor’s Wall of Honor to recognize recipients of the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence since the College’s inception (38 years). The Wall of Honor gives recognition and visibility to the excellence in teaching and support services provided by the College.

The Internet Academy adds two degree programs, Business: Marketing and Paralegal. The Criminal Justice: Security program is deactivated.

Herkimer College hosts a debate between the six candidates for Herkimer County Sheriff.

Herkimer College cuts the ribbon on Reservoir Run and dedicates the buildings to Dean of Institutional Advancement John Bullis, Dean of Students James Hayes, and Dean of Administration and Vice President Robert Kane. Herkimer College becomes the largest residential community college in New York State.


September 2003

Herkimer College and Franklin University announce a partnership to offer 10 online bachelor’s degrees to Herkimer College students.


October 2003

Professor William Pelz receives 2003 Sloan-C Award for excellence in online teaching.


November 2003

A new degree program, Criminal Justice: Cybersecurity (AS) is approved by SUNY and the State Education Department. It is one of the first initiatives resulting from a partnership with other local colleges and the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, NY. The goal is to have a local degree path in Cybersecurity, from associate level through doctoral level of study.

Herkimer College wins a Telly Award, a national competition honoring outstanding non-network television commercials and programs and non-broadcast video and film productions, for broadcasting of the Empire State Games. The Videographer Award of Distinction was also received for each of two programs.


December 2003

Herkimer College is granted MSA Accreditation through 2008.

Herkimer College soccer player Chris Charles competes for the Olympics in a CONCACAF qualifying game in Granada.

Herkimer College employees donate $6,686 with 40 percent of the employees contributing to the Valley United Way, the largest contribution from Herkimer College to the annual campaign to date.


January 2004

Herkimer College hosts the state’s community colleges at a groundbreaking Peace Officer Legislation Conference. Herkimer College has played a key role in making this peace officer legislation a law over the past 10 years.

Phi Theta Kappa announces that Herkimer College’s Upsilon Epsilon Chapter has achieved the Pinnacle Scholarship Chapter level in the 2003 Pinnacle Scholarship Award Program.


March 2004

Total enrollment for spring 2004 is over 3,000 students with 71 percent from outside Herkimer County, and 120 students representing 45 countries from around the world.

The men’s soccer team is named NJCAA National Academic Team of the Year (2003-04) with a 3.01 overall team grade point average.


April 2004

Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team awards were distributed in Albany to Herkimer College students Kelsey Schwabach and Denise Finch-Frederick

SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence are given to Herkimer College students Denise Finch-Frederick and Kellie Gervais.

The Herkimer College Alumni Association holds its third Alumni Hall of Honor Induction ceremony. New inductees are Margaret Beck (‘69) and William Plante (‘71).


May 2004

The women’s lacrosse team is named NJCAA National Academic Team of the Year (2003-04).

Track & field coach Sharon Howell is named NJCAA Coach of the Year. Howell also received the Coach of the Year award in 2001.

Herkimer College’s Upsilon Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is presented with a Certificate of Outstanding Participation in the PTK International Community Initiative to fight against hunger and illiteracy.

The Board of Trustees approves a resolution for Physical Education Building bleachers and repairs.

Angela Semo receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Rebecca Ward receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

James C. Roller receives the Alumnus of the Year award.

The Board of Trustees passes a resolution to convert the Radio-TV studio’s infrastructure and equipment from analog to digital technology. Funding will come from the State’s allocation for community college campus technology infrastructure projects, and the balance from the College’s capital fund.


June 2004

Dr. Matthew R Hawes is appointed Dean of Students.


July 2004

Herkimer College receives the SUNY/CUAD Best of Category Award for Student Recruitment Publications: Individual Viewbooks and Prospectuses, for its viewbook - Rock Solid Education.

Due to growth in enrollment, a new admission requirement is implemented. All non-Herkimer County residents are required to have a high school diploma and a cumulative high school GPA of at least 70 to be admitted. Applicants not meeting the criteria are to be placed on a waiting list.


August 2004

The Board of Trustees passes resolutions to recognize the past, present and future accomplishments of President Ronald F. Williams and the administration, faculty and staff.

Director of Campus Safety Frank Lawrence and Paul LaPuma are the first Herkimer College Safety Officers to be appointed Peace Officers.


September 2004

Total enrollment has increased by 36 percent since fall 2000 (from 2,591 in fall 2000 to 3,526 students in fall 2004). Over 28 percent of Herkimer College’s students earn their degrees entirely over the internet. The College Now program accounts for 29 percent of the total part-time enrollment for fall 2004 with 10 high schools participating.


October 2004

Turf is laid for Herkimer College’s new multi-million dollar athletic facility. Herkimer College will be the first community college in New York State with a synthetic grass stadium facility. The synthetic grass playing surface is similar to fields used by the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

New institutional and athletic logos are unveiled.

Six individuals receive the 2004 Torchbearer Awards in recognition of time and resources generously given to provide the residents of Herkimer County with an affordable and quality community college. They are: Mr. Robert Boyle, Dr. Joseph DeLorenzo, Colonel James Hill, Mr. Frank Menapace, Miss Jean Stapleton, and Dr. H. David Trautlein. Plaques to honor these individuals are placed in the Robert McLaughlin College Center.

Herkimer College students participate in “Make a Difference Day” by cleaning the Herkimer Mini Park and distributing information to neighbors on curbing park vandalism.


November 2004

The Board of Trustees approves a resolution to expand and renovate the Library building.

Community groups make plans for the establishment of a Herkimer County Veteran’s Memorial Park to be located at Herkimer College.

Gary C. Luther, Dolgeville, is reappointed to the Board of Trustees.


January 2005

Herkimer College Library receives a grant from the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, with the support of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission to purchase audio-visual materials that will introduce Herkimer College students to Japan and its culture.

The Internet Academy adds two degree programs, Business: Accounting (AS) and Business: Health Services Management Technology (AS).


February 2005

Community organizations meet a $36,000 fundraising goal for the establishment of a Veterans Memorial Park at Herkimer College.

President Williams announces that Herkimer College’s Internet Academy has proven incredibly successful. Since its inception in 1999 it has grown to include 18 two-year degree programs and three one-year certificate programs. Thirty percent of Herkimer College’s courses are offered online and 28% of the student body takes all of their courses through the Internet Academy. Herkimer College has the largest number of online degree programs of any community college in New York State. The college has also been recognized for providing outstanding online support services.


March 2005

Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team awards are given to Herkimer College students Hannah Mahoney and Theresa Vogel. Advisor Leanne Jardine is selected Advisor of the Year.


April 2005

At the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention, Grapevine, TX, Herkimer College student Nathan McDonald is presented with the 2005 Freeman Science Award (only one awarded; last one ever to be given out) and an international Phi Theta Kappa Hallmark Award for his study on embryonic stem cell research.

SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence are given to  students Cassandra Estey, Sam Grande, and Theresa Vogel.

Herkimer College Social Issues Week, open to students and the public, provides a series of activities to heighten awareness of timely social issues important to college students and young adults.Herkimer College

Herkimer College student athletes Amie Chase, Same Grande, Brandi Ostrander, and Nancy Tremblay are honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student-Athlete Excellence.


May 2005

The women’s lacrosse team finishes the season third in the nation in its second year with an impressive 12-1 record with 10 student athletes named Academic All-Americans. The team is also named NJCAA National Academic Team of the Year (2004-05).

The men’s lacrosse team wins their ninth NJCAA National Championship title beating Essex 10-5, despite coming in second in the Region III finals. It was the first championship under second-year head coach Scott Barnard.

Herkimer College’s track & field runner Nancy Tremblay wins a NJCAA national championship in the women’s 100 meter.

Herkimer College holds its 37th annual commencement exercises with a class of 559, the largest in school history.

Mary E. House receives the Alumnus of the Year award at commencement.


June 2005

Herkimer College Public Relations Office wins the Gold Paragon Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for its viewbook, which is themed “Rock Solid Education.”

The Board of Trustees passes a resolution to name the College’s new athletic stadium for Paul Wehrum.


July 2005

More Herkimer College student athletes earned Academic All-Region awards than any other community college in New York State. These awards are given to student athletes who have earned at least 45 credit hours and a GPA of 3.5 or better.


August 2005

Herkimer College campus safety officers Orzolek, Manley, and Carlesimo receive Peace Officer status following the inaugural class of the CNY Campus Peace Officer Academy after new state Peace Officer legislation for community colleges was passed in 2003. Theirs was the first group to graduate from the Academy.

Herkimer College’s women’s lacrosse team is named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Team of the Year with a 3.16 GPA (2004-2005).

Herkimer College celebrates with the Herkimer County Legislature 40 years since the former Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in August 16, 1965 supporting the formation of a community college in Herkimer County.

Herkimer College’s Child Care Center earns accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

The Herkimer County Legislature approves a $6.8 million expansion and renovation of the College’s Library building. The project will require no funding from the county or local taxpayers.

Dean Nicholas F. Laino is appointed Dean of Administration following the retirement of Robert Kane.


September 2005

The College’s office in Old Forge closes after serving as an administrative and learning center for the College in the Town of Webb and surrounding communities for the past decade. The decision to close the office is primarily based on the College’s ability to provide high quality distance learning opportunities through Herkimer College’s very successful Internet Academy. Herkimer College will continue to offer non-credit courses in the Town of Webb.

The College partners with the Sloan Foundation and other colleges and universities throughout the country to provide free online courses for students enrolled at institutions affected by Hurricane Katrina.


October 2005

A dedication ceremony is held for the Herkimer County Veterans Memorial Park and Wall of Honor, located on the Herkimer College campus at the entrance to the new athletic stadium.

The College dedicates its new athletic stadium to lacrosse coach and Professor Paul Wehrum. The dedication is the result of a successful fundraising campaign to name the stadium in recognition of the storied head coach of the Herkimer College men’s lacrosse team from 1979 to 2003. As of this date, Wehrum’s impressive record includes 20 consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region III Championships and eight NJCAA National Championships (1988-89, ‘92-96, 2003). He holds the collegiate record of 59 straight wins, and has been named NJCAA Coach of the Year six times. He was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1999, the only junior college coach to ever receive this honor. The stadium is the first at a community college in New York State to have a synthetic turf field.

Herkimer College hosts the NJCAA Division III, Region III men’s and women’s soccer tournament at Herkimer College. Herkimer’s men’s and women’s teams both compete in the tournament and win Region III championship titles. Men’s head soccer coach, Pepe Aragon, is named Region III Coach of the Year.

Herkimer College sets a fall enrollment record, welcoming 997 new full-time students. Total enrollment is 3,556 students on campus, online in Internet Academy courses, and in College Now offerings at area high schools.


November 2005

Herkimer College hosts the NJCAA Division III men’s and women’s soccer final four tournaments in the same weekend. Herkimer College’s men’s team won their sixth national championship title, and the women’s team tied for third place. The new Wehrum Stadium features artificial turf, a new scoreboard, press box area, team locker room/officials building, bleachers for 750 spectators, and a concession stand.


February 2006

U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert launches the annual Artistic Discovery competition for high school students. Herkimer County students’ artwork is submitted to and judged at Herkimer College.


March 2006

President Williams is honored with the Great Heroes award from the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross for both his and the College’s support of the Red Cross. A breakfast and ceremony honoring Dr. Williams and other award recipients is held at the College.


April 2006

The State legislative budget includes $3.4 million for the expansion and renovation of the Library building.

Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team award is awarded to Herkimer College student James Luckner.

At the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention, Corning, NY, Herkimer College Science instructor William Lints receives the Horizon Award.

Herkimer College students Brandon Davis, Kaylynn Iglesias, and James Luckner receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence.


May 2006

President Williams is the May 2006 commencement speaker at SUNY Institute of Technology.

Herkimer College holds its 38th annual commencement with a record 592 graduates. This year’s ceremony was available for the first time online through streaming video on the College’s home page.

The Alumni Association honors Officer Joseph D. Corr (‘95) as the 2006 Alumnus of the Year posthumously after dying in the line of duty earlier in the year. A video tribute is presented at the commencement exercises.

Dr. Timothy McLean, Professor, Social Science receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. William Pelz, Professor, Social Science receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship & Creative Activities. Tom Stock, Director of Facilities Operations receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

A Memorial Day ceremony is held for the first time at the new Veterans Memorial Park.


June 2006

Herkimer College marks its 40th anniversary year through a series of celebrations, including an ice cream social in the Admissions Department to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first student approved for admission to the college, Keith D. Edwards of Ilion, in February 1967.


July 2006

The annual Community Independence Day Celebration featuring music, food and fireworks is held on the Herkimer College campus, sponsored by various community organizations. The 2006 event has the largest estimated attendance to date in the history of the 14-year event.

The College celebrates its 40th anniversary with the community at the Community Independence Day Celebration.

President Williams celebrates his 20th anniversary as the College’s President.


August 2006

Herkimer College launches the Generals Cash Card, a new digital photo ID card issued to all students, faculty and staff which will be used for access to campus facilities and events, and for cashless payments with the Herkimer Cash Card Account at the bookstore, food service locations and off-campus businesses. The service is offered through CardSmith, LLC.


September 2006

The following Herkimer College faculty and staff are awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence: Dr. Timothy McLean for Excellence in Teaching; William Pelz for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities; and Tom Stock for Excellence in Professional Service.


October 2006

Governor George C. Pataki reappoints James D. Accattato, Frankfort, to the Herkimer College Board of Trustees for a term expiring June 30, 2013. He was initially appointed to the Board in October 1997.

Herkimer College hosts a nine-person delegation, including professors and program directors, from Yamagata University, Japan. The group met with administrators to discuss a possible transfer agreement.


November 2006

Herkimer College athletic department received the Pepsi/National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) award for its third place national finish among non-scholarship Division III community college athletic programs for the 2005-06 year.

The General Herkimer mascot, funded by the Alumni Association, makes its debut at the NJCAA Soccer Championship Tournament at Wehrum Stadium.


December 2006

The College receives approval for a new A.S. degree program in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Communication Arts: New Media and begins recruiting students for the fall 2007 semester.


January 2007

A renovation and expansion of the Library Building is underway. The $6.85 million project will provide a state-of-the-art educational facility with expanded and modernized Library, Learning Center and Bookstore. Completion is expected in spring 2008.


April 2007

Dr. Daniel J. Murphy, Barneveld, is appointed Dean of Academic Affairs.

Three Herkimer College seniors receive the 2007 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. They are Ryan Doyle, Vernon Center, Joelle Holk, Mohawk, and Ashley Saxe, Endicott.

The Herkimer College Board of Trustees passes a resolution conferring John Bullis with the title of Dean Emeritus (effective June 1, 2007), following his retirement in 2006 after a 26-year career with the college. The Board of Trustees also passes resolutions this month conferring the following emeriti titles: Leanne Jardine as Professor Emeritus; Barbara (Bouchard) Townsend as Registrar Emeritus; and Paul Wehrum as Professor Emeritus.


May 2007

The Robert H. Wood Great Artists Series is announced. The series is a result of an endowment by the late Robert H. Wood, a long-time Ilion resident, to support classical music in the local community, including special transportation for Ilion High School students. The Robert H. Wood Great Artists Series will sponsor at least two annual classical music performances at the College or other community location.

Herkimer College Biology Assistant Professor Jennifer Herzog, Verona, publishes two articles titled “Journal Watch-Winter 2007” and “Journal Watch - Spring 2007” available in MicrobeLibrary’s spring and winter issues of Focus on Microbiology Education.

Associate Professor of Business Guy P. Devitt receives the 2007 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Matthew Lee, Technical Assistant in the Physical Education Department, receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.


June 2007

Herkimer College forms a partnership with SUNY Empire State College to offer an online degree program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching. The agreement allows students to earn an associate degree online at Herkimer College and transfer to Empire State College for a bachelor’s degree. Graduates can then apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program at Empire State College.

The National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) announces that Herkimer College will receive the Pepsi Cup award for its third place national finish among non-scholarship Division III community college athletic programs for 2006-2007. This is the second consecutive year that Herkimer has achieved a ranking of third place in the nation.


July 2007

Alfred A. Barbato, Schuyler, is reappointed to the Herkimer College Board of Trustees by the Herkimer County Legislature. Barbato’s appointment continues through June 30, 2014.


August 2007

Herkimer College’s women’s lacrosse and swimming teams are named 2007 Academic Teams of the Year with overall GPA’s for team members of 3.22 and 3.4, respectively.


September 2007

Herkimer College was recognized nationally for excellence in publications by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, receiving the gold award in the sports brochure category for its athletic viewbook entitled, “Herkimer Athletics-It’s About Success.”

The Herkimer College Board of Trustees passes a resolution conferring Thomas Lenahan with the title of Professor Emeritus.


October 2007

The Kronos Quartet performs the inaugural concert of the Robert H. Wood Great Artists Series at Herkimer College’s Sarkus-Busch Theater.

President Ronald F. Williams announces plans to retire during the spring 2008 semester.


November 2007

A new Medical Coding/Transcriptionist one-year certificate program to be offered completely online is approved.

The Herkimer College Board of Trustees passes a resolution approving selection of a screening committee to begin the process of hiring the next president of the college. The screening committee is comprised of 15 faculty and staff members.


January 2008

A national search for the third president of Herkimer College is launched.

The Board of Trustees unanimously approves a resolution to name the Library Building in honor of retiring President Ronald F. Williams. The official naming is to take place as part of the planned building dedication ceremony in the spring.

The Herkimer College Board of Trustees passes a resolution to formally request that the HCC Foundation Executive Board work with the president of the college to develop a major capital fundraising plan to raise $1.5 million to support the renovation of four science labs in Johnson Hall. A $1.1 million commitment of matching funds from New York State is secured through the support of Senator James Seward. Congressman Michael Arcuri helps secure $99,000 in funding through the federal government.

The Herkimer College Board of Trustees passes a resolution conferring Dr. Ronald F. Williams with the title President Emeritus to be made effective upon his retirement date later in the year.


February 2008

A new degree program in Music Industry (A.S.) is approved by the State University of New York and New York State Education Department.


April 2008

Students Beau Babcock, Earlville; Stacey Pagano, Seneca Falls; and Rebecca Sasenbury, Canastota receive the 2008 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at a ceremony held at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, along with 272 other students from SUNY colleges and universities.

Assistant Professor of Biology Steven Mezik receives one of New York State United Teacher’s most prestigious statewide awards, “Higher Education Member of the Year,” at the statewide union’s annual convention.

The Board of Trustees narrows the search for a new president to three candidates. Open forums are held on campus for each. The candidates are Dr. Ann Marie Murray, Dr. Daniel Murphy and Dr. Taras Herbowy.


May 2008

Isabella Crandall, Herkimer, and Timothy F. Dunn, Mohawk, are appointed to the Board of Trustees by the Herkimer County Legislature.

A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony are held for the renovated and expanded Library Complex. The dedication includes the naming of the Library after outgoing President Ronald F. Williams.

The Board of Trustees selects Dr. Ann Marie Murray as its nominee for the third president of Herkimer College. The Board forwards its nomination to the State University of New York Chancellor’s Office for appointment by the SUNY Board of Trustees. Dr. Murray is currently the vice president of academic affairs at Broome Community College.

Dr. Karen Jones, instructor in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, is awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Pepe Aragon, instructor of Physical Education and men’s soccer coach, is awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.


June 2008

The Admissions Office holds the first of a series of Instant Admission Days, a new marketing initiative in which future students can apply and get admitted to the College in the same day

Dr. Williams officially retires on June 18, 2008 after 22 years as president of Herkimer College. Vice President for Administration and Finance Nicholas F. Laino serves as Officer in Charge.

The College announces reductions in staffing due to a difficult budget for 2008-09. Major factors affecting the budget include the following: no increase in support from the state; a minimal increase in enrollment; a state-imposed limit on tuition increases; and an increase in operating costs, particularly in health insurance and retirement health benefits.

The State University of New York Board of Trustees approves a resolution to appoint Dr. Ann Marie Murray of Binghamton as the third president of Herkimer College.

Herkimer College receives the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup award for its second place national finish among non-scholarship Division III community college athletic programs for 2007-08. It is the third consecutive year that Herkimer has won a NATYCAA Cup, and the first time in college history to finish second.

Two athletic teams earn the distinction of being named National Academic Team of the Year for 2007-08 the women’s swim team and the women’s bowling team.


August 2008

Herkimer College is selected to participate in the SUNY China 150 program. Eleven students from Sichuan Province, China will study for two semesters, beginning in the fall 2008 semester, as full-time students at Herkimer College.

To improve student academic success, the Enrollment Management Office pilots a retention initiative through the Perkins Grant. This initiative includes the establishment of a Retention Office, development of necessary reports, and initiation of an early warning system.

Dr. Ann Marie Murray officially begins work as the third president of Herkimer College.


September 2008

The Herkimer College Child Care Center expands its services to include children ages 18 to 36 months. The Center previously serviced only preschoolers. The expansion is expected to help meet the demand for toddler care in the local area, and to help support recruitment of non-traditional students.

Herkimer College expands its environmental conservation and waste reduction program to include several new initiatives. One initiative implemented is the first food composting program on a college campus in the two-county region.

Herkimer College Athletic Director Donald Dutcher is named National Junior College Athletic Association Region III Athletic Director of the Year.


October 2008

Herkimer College participates in the “Remember Our Fallen Stars” tribute. A mural with 208 stars, each including the name, rank and hometown of a veteran killed in Iraq or Afghanistan was displayed.


November 2008

President Murray announces an amended campus safety and security plan at a press conference. The plan includes the training, testing and authorization of campus peace officers to carry firearms, as well as updated crisis response procedures, safety and crisis response training for students, front line customer service personnel and classroom faculty, and campus safety and security upgrades. President Murray’s decision to authorize arming of peace officers comes after a very thorough collection of data and input from a variety of sources including several open forums, surveys, personal interviews with numerous faculty, community leaders, trustees, SUNY Central officials and colleagues from throughout the state, meetings with local law enforcement agencies, a review of campus safety policies from similarly situated campuses and campus crime statistics, and an analysis of the cost of arming and funding streams.


January 2009

Herkimer College’s men’s soccer coach Pepe Aragon is named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas Junior College National Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career.


February 2009

Assistant Professor of Biology Jennifer Herzog publishes two articles “ASMCUE 2009” and “Journal Watch” in Focus on Microbiology Education (FOME).

In recognition of Herkimer College’s distinguished record of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship titles, the Town of Herkimer is now officially named “TitleTown NJCAA.” Town of Herkimer Supervisor Dominic Frank presents a proclamation to Herkimer College President Ann Marie Murray and Athletic Director Donald Dutcher at an event held at the College. The proclamation recognizes the athletic and academic excellence of the program including 31 national championships, 72 regional championship teams and 27 National Academic Team of the Year awards.


March 2009

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education conducted a three-day visit to assess a comprehensive self-study completed by the College. In the team’s report to the Commission, the MSA team commended the institution on its committed and dedicated faculty, staff and administration, the strong and appropriately focused board participation and the appropriate emphasis on collaboration and participatory management brought about under the leadership of the new president, Dr. Ann Marie Murray. The report found compliance with most of the 14 standards, but cited additional work needed on a forthcoming strategic plan and expansion of its ongoing assessment activities across all units of the campus including student learning outcomes for courses and programs. The College’s self-study was completed by a steering committee made up of 10 faculty and staff and chaired by Professor Mary Jo Kelley.

The Board of Trustees approve a resolution requiring all out of county new matriculated applicants, to have a high school GPA of 65 or above, or a GED score of 2400 to gain immediate admission to Herkimer College. Those out of county students failing to meet this criteria will be placed on a “wait list.” This new policy is effective with the Spring 2010 semester. This initiative is expected to improve academic success, retention, and graduation rates of students.


April 2009

Dr. Ann Marie Murray is inaugurated as the third President of Herkimer College. An inauguration ceremony, held in the Sarkus-Busch Theater, was attended by hundreds of college and community members. An inaugural gala followed that evening in the RMCC lobby with proceeds to benefit the HCC Foundation.


May 2009

Associate Professor of English Thomas Barthel publishes Baseball’s Peerless Semipros: The Brooklyn Bushwicks of Dexter Park.

Kelcy Newman of Newport, NY is among 238 students from 63 SUNY campuses to receive the 2009 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Associate Professor of English Cynthia Gabriel is awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award for Excellence in Faculty Service was presented to Professor of Social Science Mary Jo Kelley. Admissions Assistant Clare Burth received the award for Excellence in Professional Service.


June 2009

The College receives a Statement of Accreditation Status from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education with a warning citing a lack of evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and institutional renewal), Standard 7 (Institutional Effectiveness) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning).

Timothy F. Dunn of Mohawk is reappointed to a seven year term by the Herkimer County Legislature as a member of the Board of Trustees of Herkimer College.


July 2009

Herkimer College’s women’s swim team is named 2008-2009 National Academic Team of the Year with an overall GPA of 3.52.


August 2009

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher visits Herkimer College as part of a summer tour of the 64 SUNY campuses in which she is meeting with and learning from students, faculty, administrators, community leaders and other stakeholders on the future of New York’s public higher education system. The summer tour is Zimpher’s first step in a collaborative process to create a strategic plan for the SUNY system.

In year two of the retention initiative, the College reaches its highest fall to spring retention rate in its history of 84.1%. Efforts include the establishment of an emeriti faculty call center, utilization of technology for early alerts and development of specialized interventions.


September 2009

Associate Professor of English Thomas Barthel publishes an article on General Abner Doubleday in Memories and Dreams.


November 2009

The Torchbearer Award is presented to Dr. Robert Dorrance (Herkimer), Mrs. Grace McLaughlin (Herkimer), Mr. John H. Thayer (Rome) and Mr. Robert E. VanDusen (Frankfort).


January 2010

Herkimer College offers two new associate degree programs, Digital Filmmaking (A.S) and Gender Studies (A.A.). Both programs have been approved by the State University of New York and the State Education Department.


February 2010

Herkimer College and SUNYIT sign a joint international articulation agreement with China West Normal University (CWNU) in Sichuan, China. The program allows CWNU students, after completing their first year of study in China, to transfer to Herkimer College for the second year in one of several business programs. Upon completion of the associate degree, students will be able to transfer to SUNYIT to complete the bachelor’s degree in designated majors. This is the first international articulation agreement Herkimer College has entered into.


March 2010

Herkimer College Board of Trustees Chairman Donald Snyder (West Winfield) is awarded the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee Service, given by the New York Community College Trustees, Inc.


April 2010

Herkimer College Bursar Debra Sutliff is named a “Campus Angel” by OnPoint for College.

Robert E. Baber ‘74 (Utica) and James N. Walczak ‘72 (Herkimer) are inducted into the Alumni Hall of Honor.

The Herkimer County College Foundation hosts the second annual President’s Gala on-campus with proceeds to benefit the work of the Foundation. Catered by the Waterfront Grille, the event includes hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dinner/dessert stations, silent auction and entertainment by Frankie Michaels.

Brittany Varin (Ellenburg Depot) is named to the All-New York Academic Team for the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society as one of 59 students from SUNY and CUNY campuses.

Bayla Akulin (Oneonta) and Brittany Varin (Ellenburg Depot) are among 288 students from 63 SUNY campuses who receive the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Herkimer College enters into several new online transfer articulation agreements with Charter Oak State College, an online only college located in New Britain, CT.


May 2010

Melissa Tundo (Watertown) receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award.

Women’s track & field wins the NJCAA National Championship, their second national title in three years.

Christopher Barkley (Cape Town, South Africa) is selected as the Alumnus of the Year.

Herkimer College’s Upsilon Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society receives special commendation for fulfilling all requirements to be named a One Star Chapter.

An honorary SUNY Doctor of Humane Letters degree is conferred on President Emeritus Robert McLaughlin at the College’s 42nd annual commencement ceremony. This is the first honorary degree conferred in the College’s history. Another highlight of the 2010 Commencement ceremony is an unexpected visit from U.S. Senator Charles Schumer who delivers an address to the graduates.


June 2010

Herkimer College places second in the NATYCAA Cup competition, the sixth consecutive year placing in the top five.

Herkimer College’s Child Care Center earns accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

A new scoreboard and decorative walk lights are added to the women’s softball field.

The Board of Trustees approves a strategic plan for the College titled “Mapping Our Future: Herkimer College Strategic Plan 2010-2015.” The new plan includes a new mission statement, vision statement, core values, strategic goals, objectives and action items.

Herkimer College and the Frankfort Fire Department enter into an agreement to offer a housing option for students enrolled in the EMT/Paramedic program at Herkimer College. Approved students will stay in housing provided by the Frankfort Fire Department in exchange for 25-duty time or on-call hours of service per week.


July 2010

Assistant Professor of English Lisa Elwood-Farber publishes an article “Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig: A Look at the Historical Significance of a Novel that Exposes a Century’s Worth of Hypocritical Ideology” in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Six faculty members travel to China to teach high school students through the Bright Vision Education Group.


August 2010

Dr. Michael McCaskey, of Richfield Springs, begins his tenure as Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs. McCaskey brings 23 years of experience as an educator and administrator. He has served as dean for the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill since 2006.


September 2010

The Board of Trustees approve a resolution to increase the required high school GPA for out-of-county new matriculated applicants from 65 to 68 (alternatives to this requirement for 500 or higher SAT score on the English and Math sections, a 21 or higher composite score on the ACT score, six or more credits earned with a 2.0 GPA or higher for transfer students). The change is effective with the spring 2011 semester and is expected to continue to improve the academic success, retention and graduation rates of students.

The Middle States Review team visits the campus to evaluate progress on institutional planning consisting of the Strategic Plan, Mapping our Future 2010-2015, the Institutional Effectiveness Plan and the Assessment Plan. The MSCHE team delivers a very positive report at the conclusion of their visit. A final decision by the Middle States Commission is expected in November.

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