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July 2010

Herkimer College places second in the 2009-2010 National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup competition. Herkimer College has placed in the top five of the competition since its inception in 2004.


August 2010

Herkimer College and the Village of Frankfort Fire Department enter into an agreement to offer a housing option for students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic program. The partnership allows approved students to stay in housing provided by the FFD in exchange for 25-hours duty time or on-call hours of service per week.

The Academic Support Center is awarded Level Two Advanced Tutor Certification and is recertified for a five-year term at Level One by the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Certification Program.

Herkimer College partners with Economic Modeling Specialists Inc. (EMSI), to conduct a study of the economic contributions of the College. According to EMSI, Herkimer College’s total impact amounts to an estimated $75 million in added income in Herkimer County each year, equal to approximately 6.3% of the total Herkimer County economy.


September 2010

Alyssa Sanders of Amsterdam was named a recipient of the 2010 Phi Theta Kappa Leaders of Promise Scholarship. Sanders was one of 30 Phi Theta Kappa members from 20 states to receive this award.


November 2010

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education notifies the College of its reaccreditation for a period of 10 years.

A ribbon cutting is held for the new Center for Global Learning located in the lower level of the Library building. The Center brings the Office of International Programs and the ESL faculty offices and classrooms together in one area. By providing engaging and inviting educational programs, the Center will be an important resource in meeting the College’s vision of helping to prepare all students to become productive citizens engaged in a global society.

Michael S. Testa, Frankfort, is appointed by New York State Governor David A. Paterson to the Herkimer College Board of Trustees. Testa’s appointment is for a term of seven years to expire in 2017. He replaces David S. Armstrong Jr. of Little Falls, who served on the Board since 2001.

The Office of International Programs is recognized by the Genesis Group as an “Outstanding Program.”


December 2010

Baseball coach Jason Rathbun is named the Diamond Sports ABCA Regional Coach of the Year for NJCAA Division III.


January 2011

Jean Foster Akin, Schaghticoke, NY a Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities major has a short story published in the 2010 edition of Phi Theta Kappa’s Nota Bene.

Men’s soccer coach, Pepe Aragon is named vice president of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Soccer Coaches Association.


February 2011

Herkimer College and State University of New York Empire State sign a Pathways Transfer Program agreement which broadens access and opportunity for Herkimer College students seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree.


March 2011

The men’s baseball team is honored at the American Red Cross Great Heroes Breakfast. The team received the 2011 Youth Leadership Award.

The Board of Trustees approves emeritus status for Associate Professor Thomas Barthel, Professor Peter Clarke and Professor Lynn Martin.


April 2011

Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Gary Luther is recognized with the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee Service.

Mary Katherine Maneen of Frankfort and Gusavo Pereira of West Yarmouth MA are among 249 students from SUNY campuses throughout the State to receive the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.


May 2011

A new academic program in Criminal Justice: Crime and Intelligence Analysis (A.A.S.) is approved by the State Education Department and will enroll students starting in the fall of 2011.

The Foundation sponsors a Midnight Breakfast for students during finals week. Approximately 400 students are served by several administrators, faculty and staff.

A new transfer agreement with SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill is announced. Graduates of Herkimer’s Business Administration A.S. degree with a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average will be guaranteed admission into the Agricultural Business Management Bachelor of Technology degree.

Assistant Professor Steven Thomas Mezik is awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Director of Financial Aid Susan K. Tripp is awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.

The College graduates the largest class in the history of the College with 608 students certified with associate degrees and certificates. This brings the total number of alumni to 19,351.

A CyberSecurity Research Center is created to enable students in the discipline to learn from real-world experience.


June 2011

The Athletic Department wins second place in the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup.

The College announces the new Athletic Hall of Fame with inductions to be held during the Fall Fest & Alumni Weekend.


August 2011

Robert E. Brenchley, Herkimer, is appointed by the Herkimer County Legislature to the Herkimer College Board of Trustees on July 27, 2011. His term expires June 30, 2016.

A new transfer agreement with Sage College of Albany (SCA) is established. Graduates of Herkimer’s Liberal Arts & Sciences: Science A.S. program can transfer into Sage College of Albany’s B.S. in Applied Biology-DPT-Physical Therapy preparation program.


September 2011

Herkimer College holds its first ever Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Five individuals are honored who made extraordinary contributions to the College through intercollegiate athletics. The 2011 inaugural class includes: Thomas LaPuma, professor emeritus and former athletic director; John W. (Jack) Alofs, retired men’s basketball coach (posthumously awarded); Dwight Barnett ‘06, men’s soccer; Sharon Gleasman-Howell ‘79, multi-sport athlete; and Dr. Frederick Douglass Opie ‘87, men’s lacrosse.

The annual Fall Fest is renamed Fall Fest & Alumni Weekend, and special alumni activities, such as an Alumni BBQ, are included in the events schedule.


November 2011

Herkimer College Professor of Social Science William Pelz is selected as a team leader in the University of South Africa’s (UNISA) signature course project. The project goal is to design and implement six signature courses, one for each of the six UNISA colleges, for online distance learning. Pelz is leading the team for the College of Human Sciences.

Herkimer College men’s basketball team is ranked number one among Division III teams in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association. This is the first time in the history of the basketball program that Herkimer has ranked first in the national poll.

The men’s soccer team wins its eighth NJCAA national championship.


December 2011

A transfer articulation agreement with SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT) is established. This articulation agreement provides graduates of the Liberal Arts & Sciences: Communication Arts: New Media (A.S.) program with a transfer path to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication and Information Design at SUNYIT.


January 2012

Men’s soccer coach Pepe Aragon is named National Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). This is the fifth time Aragon has received national honors and Aragon is second only to legendary Indiana University men’s coach Jerry Yeagley, who won the award six times. Aragon also was named Regional Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for Division III North.


February 2012

A transfer articulation agreement is established in numerous programs with Morrisville State College. This agreement facilitates credit transfer and provides a smooth transition for students in Herkimer’s Business: Accounting A.S. and Business: Business Administration A.S. into the Bachelor of Business Administration. This agreement also facilitates credit transfer for students in Business: Accounting A.S. and A.A.S., Business: Business Administration A.S. and A.A.S., Business: Human Resource Management A.A.S., Business: International Business A.S., Business: Marketing A.A.S., Computer Network Technician A.A.S., Computer Support Specialist A.A.S., Business: Small Business Management A.A.S. and Travel and Tourism: Hospitality and Events Management A.A.S. into the Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. It also facilitates transfer for students in the Business: Accounting A.S. and A.A.S., Business: Business Administration A.S. and A.A.S., Business: Human Resource Management A.A.S., Business: International Business A.S., and Business: Marketing A.A.S. into the Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management.

The 2.8 million dollar Elements Campaign, an effort to raise funds for the renovation of the science wing and replacement of the Johnson Hall Roof, is completed. Fifty percent of the campaign’s 2.8 million dollar goal was raised through the Herkimer College Foundation and the other half secured through matching funds from New York State. The science wing will be named the Edward Manning Gaynor and Shirley Augar Gaynor Science Wing in recognition of a gift of $300,000 from the Gaynor Trust.


March 2012

The Herkimer Community Museum, located contiguous to the Frank J. Basloe Library
in Herkimer, opens for educational groups and the public. The initiative began with the College entering into a two-year agreement with The International Museum Institute of New York (IMINY) for the use of its replicated artifacts and associated paintings and prints. Collaboration between the College, the Village of Herkimer, the Frank J. Basloe Libarary, Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES, and Herkimer Now, a local revitalization group, resulted in a home for the artifacts in village-owned space.

Educators from the University of South Africa (UNISA) visit Herkimer College as part of the University’s signature course project. A public panel discussion on “South Africa in Transition: The Potential Impact of Higher Education on Cultural and Economic Prosperity” is moderated by Dr. Sabine O’Hara. The discussion provides a forum for the South African team to express their thoughts on the Signature Curriculum Initiative, and allows the Herkimer College community to learn about the UNISA system and South African in general.


April 2012

Herkimer College honors two alumni at the Alumni Hall of Honor. This year’s recipients are Thomas Lake, Class of 1999 and Dr. Ronald Miers, Class of 1980 & 1994 (posthumously awarded). Thomas Lake of Atlanta, Georgia is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated Magazine. Dr. Ronald Miers was a Professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.

Matthew Marrotta of Frankfort and Michael Elleman of New Hartford are among 257 students from the SUNY campuses throughout the state to receive the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

A new transfer agreement with Bellevue University for online study has been established. Students successfully completing any associate degree at Herkimer College will receive full recognition of that degree by Bellevue University toward the completion of the B.A., B.F.A., or B.S. degree programs.

Herkimer College announces that graduates and faculty will be wearing caps and gowns made of 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles at the College’s commencement. The fabric is spun from molten plastic pellets, and on average takes 23 bottles to make each gown. The caps and gowns are made in Virginia.


May 2012

Andrew Gregg, Homer NY becomes the first-ever Herkimer male athlete to become a track and field national champion. The track team earned seventh place in the 20-team meet giving their best performance at a national meet.

Sara Edenhofer, a freshman from Hilton NY, is one of 279 students from 64 SUNY campuses to be honored with the 2011-2012 SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award. The award recognizes outstanding academic excellence and athletic achievement. Earlier in the semester, Sara won an individual national championship for Bowling.

Associate Professor Janemarie Verri receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Senior Account Clerk Diane Palmieri receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.


June 2012

The women’s bowling team is named the 2011-2012 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year for the highest team GPA (3.47) among all the women’s bowling teams. Additionally, five Herkimer College teams were named recipients of 2011-2012 NJCAA All-Academic Team Awards: men’s cross country, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and women’s softball.

A Computer Science (AS) degree is approved by SUNY and the State Education Department, and students are being enrolled for Fall 2012.
Renovations begin on the science laboratories and Johnson Hall roof.

Herkimer College pitcher Willie Gabay of Mahopac, NY becomes the first Herkimer player ever selected in the Major League Baseball draft. He is chosen by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 15th round of the draft. Hassan Evans of Brooklyn is selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 38th round.

CNNMoney reports that Herkimer College is ranked among the top 100 community colleges in the nation for ‘student success,’ based on federally-reported graduation and transfer rates.

A Computer Science (AS) degree is approved by SUNY and the State Education Department, and students are being enrolled for Fall 2012.


July 2012

The National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) announces Herkimer’s third place finish among Division III non-scholarship schools in its annual competition for the overall best athletic programs in the nation. Herkimer College has placed in the top five of the competition annually since the award was established in 2004.


August 2012

Herkimer College enters into a new transfer agreement with SUNY Institute of Technology for graduates of Herkimer College’s Associate in Science degree in Computer Science. Students will receive 64 hours of transfer credit toward the 124 hours required for the B.S. degree.


October 2012

Board of Trustees Chairman Donald Snyder is honored with the Anne M. Bushnell Memorial Award for Special Achievement. Given by the New York Community College Trustees, Inc. (NYCCT). The award recognizes Snyder’s extraordinary leadership and achievement throughout his term of service. Additionally, the Board of Trustees approves a resolution, at the recommendation of the Executive Council and HCC Foundation, to name the corridor connecting the Library to Johnson Hall for Mr. Donald Snyder.

A transfer articulation agreement is established with the College of Saint Rose. The agreement will facilitate the transfer of Herkimer graduates with an associate in science degree in Criminal Justice into the College of Saint Rose bachelor’s degree program in Criminal Justice, Behavior and Law.

Dr. Theodore Wind, Little Falls is appointed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to the College Board of Trustees for a term of seven years.

A transfer articulation agreement is established with Burlington College. This articulation agreement is intended to facilitate the transfer of graduates from Herkimer’s associate in arts degree program in Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies into Burlington College’s Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts programs.

Herkimer College launches a new partnership with Cazenovia College. Herkimer College students, who earn an associate degree in Criminal Justice or 60+ credits with prerequisites, will have transfer status into a Cazenovia College baccalaureate program in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Studies, to be offered on the Herkimer College campus in Herkimer.


November 2012

The College holds a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the Edward Manning and Shirley Augar Gaynor Science Center. The 2.8 million dollar project includes five new state-of-the-art science laboratories, a greenhouse and preparation room, as well as a new heating and cooling system and roof for Johnson Hall.

The men’s soccer team wins its ninth NJCAA national championship.

Herkimer College enters into a new transfer agreement with SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill. Graduates of Herkimer’s Associate in Science degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Science who achieve a 2.25 minimum cumulative grade point average, will be guaranteed admission into the Bachelor of Science Biotechnology degree program and SUNY Cobleskill with full junior status.

The College unveils an updated Herkimer County Veteran’s Wall of Honor in the lower level of the Robert McLaughlin College Center. The wall now includes campaign ribbons for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


December 2012

Men’s soccer midfielder Korab Syla is named the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Junior College National Player of the Year. Midfielder Raphael Carvalho has been named to the first ever NSCAA Junior College Men’s Soccer Scholar All-America team.


March 2013

The College establishes a transfer articulation agreement in Business Administration with the College of Saint Rose.

Senior Sarah Foley of Rome is crowned All-Events National Champion, earning her Tournament MVP, National Player of the Year and 1st Team All-American in women’s bowling.


April 2013

Seniors Abby Black of Turin and Shane Delameter of Arkville are among 243 students from SUNY campuses to receive the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

The Herkimer Community Museum hosts a one-year anniversary. The museum has had over 1,000 visitors.


May 2013

Senior Stephanie Siriano, Sherrill, a softball player, receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award for 2012-2013.

The College Now program is reaccredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

Sharon Gleasman-Howell, Professor of Physical Education receives the 2013 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Associate Dean of Continuing Education Linda Contino Lamb receives the 2013 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Bonnie Wezalis, Office Assistant II, receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service.

The women’s softball team wins the program’s first national championship at the World Series in Rochester, Minnesota. Tina Karaqi, Thornwood, is named the National Tournament MVP and Outstanding Offensive Player.

With the Class of 2013, Herkimer College officially has graduated more than 20,000 students since its inception.

The Herkimer County Legislature issues a proclamation declaring Tuesday, May 21, 2013 a “Day of Reflection and Recognition” in Herkimer County to recognize the members of first responder and public safety agencies for their brave service in reacting to the tragic shootings in the Villages of Mohawk and Herkimer on March 13, 2013. To mark the occasion, remember the victims, and honor the members of these agencies, the County, in conjunction with the College, concluded the day with a “Reflection and Recognition” event at the College.


June 2013

The College announces its second class to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the Fall Fest & Alumni Weekend to be held in October 2013. The selections are: Jeanne Galvin, associate professor emeritus and field hockey coach; Todd Allen ‘07 baseball; Eileen Coyle ‘07 women’s soccer; Cynthia Wetmore ‘80 multi-sport athlete; John Fornino, contributor; and the 1987 Field Hockey Team, Herkimer’s first ever national championship team.


July 2013

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Donald Snyder is honored with the dedication of the Donald J. Snyder Corridor (also known as “Don’s Way) connecting the Library to Johnson Hall. The naming of this corridor recognizes Mr. Snyder for his love of the College and his many years of committed service.

In an effort to streamline enrollment services for incoming and continuing students, a new consolidated student service center is established in the College Center. The initiative involves locating the Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar’s and Bursar’s offices together, as well as the Advisement and Counseling offices together.

An approximately $1 million renovation to the cafeteria/kitchen takes place. The renovated facilities will allow the college to accommodate increased usage by students, create easier access to the cafeteria by allowing a better flow of traffic and provide for the installation of air conditioning to the area.

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