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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 Library, 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 Student Account'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.


October 2013

Herkimer County Community College holds its second induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2013 class includes: Jeanne Galvin, associate professor emeritus and field hockey, basketball, volleyball and softball coach; Cynthia Wetmore ’80, field hockey, basketball and softball; Todd Allen ’07 baseball; Eileen Coyle ’07 women’s soccer; John Fornino, contributor; and the 1987 Field Hockey Team, Herkimer’s first ever national championship team.

Herkimer County Community College announces new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree programs in Mobile Applications Development (A.A.S.); Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics (A.S.); Quality Assurance-Business (A.S.); and Computer Science (A.S.).

A new transfer articulation agreement in Business: Fashion Buying & Merchandising (A.A.S.) with LIM College of New York is established. Degree graduates of Herkimer will enter LIM College with full junior status and be guaranteed acceptance into the B.B.A. provided they graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.


November 2013

For the third consecutive year, the men’s soccer team wins the NJCAA national championship. This is the program’s tenth national championship.

President Ann Marie Murray announces her retirement after serving as the College’s third president for five and a half years.

A new transfer articulation agreement with Sage College of Albany for graduates in Herkimer’s Criminal Justice A.S. program is established. Students successfully completing the Herkimer program will be accepted into the Bachelor of Science degree in Law and Society. Sage College agrees to accept and transfer into the B.S. program up to 66 credit hours earned by students who have completed Herkimer’s A.S. in Criminal Justice. Courses of C- or better will transfer.


December 2013

Vice President for Administration and Finance Nicholas F. Laino is appointed Officer in Charge upon the departure of retiring President Ann Marie Murray.


January 2014

William M. Gregory of Frankfort is appointed by the Herkimer County Legislature to the Herkimer County Community Board of Trustees.

Herkimer County Community College receives approval from the State Education Department to offer an Engineering Science program. The associate in science degree will prepare students for transfer to a four-year engineering program in mechanical, civil, electrical or environmental engineering.

Herkimer County Community College unveils results of a brand development initiative. The new college logo includes the words “The State University of New York” and features the traditional college seal. A new Herkimer Generals logo is also revealed. New websites for the college and athletics are launched with optimal user navigation as a priority and the goal of two clicks or less to get to any information.


February 2014

The Aspen Institute names Herkimer County Community College as one of Top 150 community colleges in the Country. The Aspen Institute identified the top 150 community colleges through an assessment of institutional performance, improvement, and equity on student retention and completion measures.

March 2014 Herkimer College opens a new Commuter Student Resource Center, located in the Robert McLaughlin College Center, room 223. The purpose of the Commuter Center is to help commuter and off-campus students feel connected to others and to provide relevant information to aid in balancing home, social and academic responsibilities.

Herkimer County Community College announces three honorees to receive the 2014 Torchbearer Awards: Dean Emeritus Robert Campo (Ilion), Associate Dean Emeritus David Champoux (Bluffton, SC) and Professor Emeritus Thomas LaPuma (Frankfort). A ceremony is planned for fall 2014.

A new transfer articulation agreement with the University of Albany for graduates of Herkimer’s Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics program is established. The maximum number of transfer credits will be applied to the Mathematics degree program at the University at Albany.

Herkimer College recognizes 23 students selected for the Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.


April 2014

Herkimer College seniors Kathryn M. Dolly (Herkimer), Kayla Guidi (Herkimer) and Avery McLemore (Poughkeepsie) are selected for the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Herkimer College students Jonathan M. Knickerbocker and Lauren E. Robinson are among 68 SUNY & CUNY students named to the Phi Theta Kappa All New York Academic Team.

New transfer articulation agreements for students in Music Industry with SUNY Oneonta and SUNY College at Oswego are established. Herkimer College students who have or will graduate with an A.S. degree in Communication Arts: Music Industry-Marketing concentration or Performance concentration will be admitted to the B.A. in Music Industry program at SUNY Oneonta with junior status. Herkimer College students who will graduate with an A.S. in Communication Arts: Music Industry-Performance concentration can transfer into SUNY College of Oswego B.A. in Music.

The Board of Trustees selects search consultants, CollegeCEOs, Inc. to conduct the presidential search.


May 2014

Short stories, poems, and artwork of Herkimer College students, alumni, emeritus, and staff are showcased in the relaunch of the College’s literary magazine, Phaethon.

Two Herkimer College student athletes receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award for 2014. Wendall Williams from Syracuse, majoring in Business: Sports & Recreation Management and a member of the men’s track & field and basketball teams and Delaney Buckley of Utica, majoring in Business: Sports & Recreation Management and a member of the softball team.

Two individual national championships were won by track and field freshman Victoria Campanian who posted an 11:22.94 in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase and a 40:30.69 in the 10,000-meter Run. Four national championships were won by sophomore Wendall Williams who won in the 100-meter dash (10.57), 200-meter dash (21.33), long jump (7.66m) and 4x100-meter relay (42.35). Combining with Williams in the 4x100 was Mich Brutus, Thomas Gibbs IV and Joseph Shinn. Shinn, also won a national championship in the 110-meter hurdles with 14.52. The season’s sixth national championship for the men was won by Jack Minasi who jumped his farthest distance of the season, leaping 14.11 meters.

Head Baseball Coach Jason Rathbun won his 300th game on May 18, 2014 against Erie Community College in the Region III Final Four.


June 2014

Jeff Roche, of Middleville, NY, is appointed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to the Board of Trustees, effective June 3, 2014. His term expires June 30, 2020.

Vice President for Administration and Finance and Officer in Charge, Nicholas F. Laino, is appointed Interim President by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Herkimer College places first in the 2013-2014 National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup competition, ranking the college first in the nation among two-year non-scholarship athletic programs. Herkimer has placed in the top five of the competition since the award’s inception in 2004.


 

August 2014 

The Herkimer County Legislature approves a $200,000 appropriation in support of the College Now program. High school students enrolled in participating schools may enroll tuition-free in Herkimer College's concurrent enrollment program, College Now, providing them the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses taught by college-approved high school teachers at no cost.

The Herkimer Community Museum, featuring exhibits of replicated artifacts on Paleozoic fossils, dinosaurs, and ancient Egypt and located in the village of Herkimer, closes upon completion of its grant funding cycle.


September 2014

Herkimer College Head Men's Soccer Coach Pepe Aragon wins his 300th game on Thursday, September 4, 2014 in a 5-1 victory over Onondaga Community College at Wehrum Stadium bringing his record to 300-27-14. Aragon is on a short list of Herkimer College coaches to have accomplished this feat. Herkimer has been led by Aragon for the last 17 seasons, accumulating seven national championships during that time.

Herkimer County Community College Board of Trustees Chair Isabella S. Crandall receives the Marvin A. Rapp Award for Distinguished Trustee Service. Given by New York Community College Trustees (NYCCT), the award recognizes community college trustees with dedicated and effective service over an extended period of time.


October 2014

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher announces that two Herkimer College degree programs, Paralegal (A.A.S.) and Quality Assurance-Business (A.S.), have been added to Open SUNY+, the university system’s signature online learning initiative. An additional 54 degrees and certificates at 16 other SUNY schools have also been added to Open SUNY+. While all of SUNY’s online offerings, including more than 400 degree programs and 12,000 course sections, are a part of Open SUNY, those powered by “Open SUNY+” feature additional support services for students and faculty.

Herkimer College inducts Carolyn Bergeron '03 and Jeffrey S. Carpenter '87 into the Alumni Hall of Honor.

Herkimer College honors Dr. Robert Campo, David Champoux, and Thomas LaPuma with the 2015 Torchbearer Award. All three honorees are emeriti of the College. They join 19 previous Torchbearer Award recipients who have made substantial contributions to the College’s development, particularly those made during the first 20 years of the College’s history.

Herkimer College enters into a new transfer agreement with SUNY Potsdam. Herkimer graduates with an A.A. or A.S. degree will be provided a seamless transfer into SUNY Potsdam.

Herkimer College enters into a new transfer agreement with Morrisville State College. The agreement will facilitate credit transfer and provide a smooth transition for Herkimer College students in the Mobile Applications Development program into the Bachelor of Technology/Information Technology Degree programs at Morrisville State College.


November 2014

The Herkimer County Community College Board of Trustees announces four finalists for the position of president. Campus forums with each of the candidates are to be held in December 2014.

St. John Fisher College and Herkimer College announce a 2+2 partnership agreement, ensuring a seamless transition for Herkimer students looking to complete their baccalaureate degree. The program will require students enrolled at Herkimer to complete two years of prescribed coursework for an associate's degree, and then continue their coursework at Fisher, where they can earn a bachelor's degree from most programs in just two years.

Cross country runner Victoria Campanian (Glenfield) earns an individual NJCAA DIII National Championship at Finger Lakes Community College with a time of 20:05.7 earning the first individual national championship for the program since 1996.


December 2014

Herkimer College Board of Trustees passed a resolution granting emeritus status to four retirees. Ronald Carvin, of Waterville, NY was appointed professor emeritus. Sally Durkee, of Herkimer, NY, was appointed associate professor emeritus. James Bruce Schwabach, of Ilion, NY was appointed associate professor emeritus. Henry Testa, of Ilion, NY, was appointed associate dean emeritus.

Herkimer College enters into a transfer agreement with Upstate Medical University. The agreement will facilitate the transition of qualified students from Herkimer College's Liberal Arts & Sciences: Science program into a Bachelor of Science at Upstate Medical University in one of the following upper division programs: Medical Imaging Radiography (X-ray), Medical Imaging Sciences/Ultrasound, Medical Technology, Medical Biotechnology, Radiation Therapy, and Respiratory Therapy.


January 2015

The State University of New York Board of Trustees approves a resolution to appoint Dr. Cathleen C. McColgin as the fourth president of Herkimer County Community College. Dr. McColgin has served as provost and senior vice president of Onondaga Community College since 2008. She will begin her tenure on or around June 1, 2015.

Herkimer College hosts National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup Night on January 28, 2015 during the men’s basketball game vs. Mohawk Valley Community College. A special presentation recognizing the 2013-2014 NATYCAA Cup award takes place during halftime. 


February 2015

Herkimer College enters into a new transfer agreement with SUNY Fredonia. The agreement will guarantee Herkimer students who complete an Associate in Science (A.S.) in Communications Arts: Music Industry transfer into the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration with a concentration in Music Industry at SUNY Fredonia.


March 2015

"HCTV News" returns to the air after a brief hiatus to install a new studio set donated by local TV station WKTV.

Dean of Academic Affairs Michael Oriolo is named Provost.


April 2015

Herkimer College seniors Korey Bunal (Rome) and Rhiannon Steele (Little Falls) are selected for the 2015 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.


May 2015

"HCTV News" is nominated by the Associated Press New York State Broadcasters Awards for outstanding student produced news coverage. "HCTV News" is nominated in two categories, "Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast" and "Best News Story."

Professor Janice Jenny is awarded emeritus status. Jenny was instrumental in the development of the College’s Fashion Buying and Merchandising program, the establishment of the vintage clothing collection for the program, and the design of the fashion classroom. She retired in 2014 after more than 26 years of teaching.

Controller Jackie Woudenberg is honored with the 2015 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Woudenberg is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of all details of the finances of the college and for the oversight of the offices of Student Accounts, Payroll, Purchasing and Finance.

Herkimer College now offers an associate in applied science degree program in Laboratory Technology. The program is the latest of several new STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs introduced at Herkimer College.

The Herkimer County College Foundation held the Green and Gold Event to raise funds for the recently established athletic endowment. The event featured former New York Mets legend Mookie Wilson and former Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner, as well as mentalist and speed painter Robert Channing.

Upon completing a temporary appointment as Interim President, Nicholas F. Laino is named Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance.


June 2015

Dr. Cathleen McColgin officially begins her tenure as the fourth president of Herkimer College on June 1, 2015.

For the second consecutive year, Herkimer is ranked first in the nation among NJCAA non-scholarship athletic programs by the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA), based on athletic success in championship competition.


July 2015

Herkimer College ranks second best community college in New York State by the website, www.schools.com, based on the following 2013-14 metrics: student-to-faculty ratio, distance education participation, affordability of tuition, flexibility, graduation rates, retention rates and transfer rates. Schools.com ranked 39 community colleges in New York State, each of which is administrated by the City University of New York (CUNY) or State University of New York (SUNY) system.


August 2015

Governor Andrew Cuomo appoints Mark M. Ainsworth OD, of Herkimer, NY, to the Board of Trustees with a term to expire June 20, 2022. Governor Cuomo also appoints Joan Prymas, of Ilion, NY, to the Board of Trustees with a term to expire June 30, 2018. Both appointments are effective August 11, 2015.


October 2015

The College inducts its third class into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The selections are: Pepe Aragon ’89, P.J. Henriques ’88, Charlie LaQuay, Technical Assistant, Athletics, Sarah Lazarus ’05; Paul Wehrum, Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach 1980-2003; and the 1988 men’s lacrosse team.


October 2015

The Community College Humanities Association awards the ‘Phaethon’ second place among small colleges in the eastern division in its 2015 Literary Magazine Competition. Individually, Zach Vercz (Mohawk, NY) places first in the short stories category for his work “Poppy Seeds and Prince Harry”; Shunyu Yao (Herkimer, NY) places first in the artwork category for his work “Untitled”; and Xavier Goins (Lacona, NY) places third in the artwork category for his work “Untitled”.


October 2015

The Herkimer County Legislature reappoints Alfred A. Barbato of Schulyer, NY to the Herkimer County Community College Board of Trustees. His term expires in 2021.


November 2015

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accepts Herkimer College’s Periodic Review Report to reaffirm reaccreditation and requests a progress report, due April 1, 2017, documenting further evidence of a systematic and sustained process for institutional assessment and evidence that results are used in planning, resource allocation and renewal and to gain improvements in the total range of programs and services (Standards 2, 3 and 7).


December 2015

Head Men’s Basketball Coach Matt Lee wins his 300th career game.


December 2015

Herkimer College Associate Professor of English Lisa Elwood Farber publishes an article called “Mothering, Mothers and the Historical Representations of Black Motherhood in Fiction: Barbara Chase-Riboud’s Sally Hemings” in the anthology Black Motherhood: Contours, Contexts, and Considerations for Demeter Press edited by Karen T. Craddock.


February 2016

Herkimer College enters into a new transfer agreement with Charter Oak State College. Students completing an associate degree in Criminal Justice: Cybersecurity will be able to transfer up to 87 credits into a bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity at Charter Oak State College.


February 2016

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program names Herkimer County Community College as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds.


February 2016

Herkimer College ranks among the most affordable accredited online colleges in the nation for two associate degree programs and one certificate program by OnlineU. Herkimer was 8th for Medical Billing and Coding, 16th for Accounting and 17th for Criminal Justice. Rankings are based on annual out-of-state tuition rates for 2015-2016 across the most popular online degree subjects.


March 2016

Herkimer College enters into new transfer agreements with SUNY Canton. The agreements guarantee Herkimer students a smooth transition upon completion of the following degree programs: A.S. in Computer Science into Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology, A.A.S. in Criminal Justice: Crime and Intelligence Analysis into Bachelor of Technology in Criminal Investigation, A.A.S. in Criminal Justice: Crime and Intelligence Analysis into Bachelor of Technology in Homeland Security, A.S. in Engineering Science into Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.A.S. in Human Services into Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology, A.A. in Liberal Arts & Sciences: General Studies into Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology, A.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies into Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management, A.S. in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Mathematics into Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.S. in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Science into Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Technology Management.


March 2016

Students Rhiannon Steele and Jayre Reynoso-Alcantara are two of only 77 students from across New York State to be honored with the Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Scholar Award.


April 2016

Cathleen C. McColgin, Ph.D., is inaugurated as the fourth president of Herkimer County Community College.


April 2016

Herkimer County Community College Assistant Professor of Human Services Christina Bobesky publishes an article with Matthew Mulvaney in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies for the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, titled Ukrainian and American identities as predictors of marital and parenting attitudes within the acculturating Ukrainian-American community.


April 2016

Herkimer County Community College seniors Timothy McKenzie of Central Islip, NY and Lindsey Parese of Herkimer, NY receive the 2016 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.


May 2016

The Internet Academy is the recipient of the 2016 State University of New York Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching and Technology (SUNY FACTT) Award for Instructional Support.


May 2016

A new transfer agreement with Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) will guarantee Herkimer College students a smooth transition upon completion of the A.A.S. Business: Fashion Buying and Merchandising degree program with a grade point average of 3.0 into the following degree programs at Fashion Institute of Technology: B.S. Direct and Interactive Marketing, B.S. Entrepreneurship for the Fashion and Design Industries, B. S. Home Products Development, B.S. International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries, B.S. Production Management.


May 2016

Herkimer County Community College announces a new associate in science degree program in Recreational Leadership. The college is accepting students into the program starting with the fall 2016 semester.


May 2016

Herkimer College student-athletes Nicole Doolen and Patrick Dorrian receive the 2016 SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award recognizing a combination of outstanding academic excellence and superior athletic achievement. They are among only 78 recipients from 42 campuses statewide to receive the award.


May 2016

Tabitha Carter, Coordinator for the Internet Academy, is awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service, and Assistant Professor of English Andrew Devitt receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. They are recognized at an employee recognition ceremony and during the Commencement ceremony.


June 2016

The Children’s Center, along with child care staff Kathleen Netti and Toni Montana are awarded the ‘Friend of Children Award’ by the Child Care Council of Cornell Cooperative Extension. The Children’s Center is recognized for its family-friendly services and demonstrated leadership in establishing family-friendly policies which allow Herkimer College employees, students and community parents the ability to balance work, school and family. Netti and Montana were recognized individually for their direct influence in providing excellent care and education to children.


June 2016

In partnership with four other NYS community colleges, Herkimer College receives an Achieving the Dream (ATD) grant to create new degree programs using high quality open educational resources (OER) in new degree programs. The initiative, which involves 38 community colleges in 13 states, is designed to help remove financial roadblocks that can derail students’ progress and spur improvements that will increase the likelihood of degree and certificate completion. Herkimer College will begin converting two online degree programs, Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies and Business: Health Services Management Technology, to what are called “Z-degrees.” All required and elective courses will move from publisher copyrighted textbooks to Open Educational Resources.


July 2016

Erin B. Craig is appointed as Dean of Enrollment Management and will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing student recruitment and retention initiatives, supervising the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid, and providing leadership for the College’s Enrollment Management and Marketing Committee.


July 2016

The Board of Trustees approve emeritus status for two retired faculty members: Associate Professor of Science Lorraine Siniscarco and Professor of Human Services/Social Science Mary Greene.


July 2016

Professor Maryann Wrinn has a mixed media piece accepted and awarded into the 81st Annual Cooperstown Art Association National Juried Art Exhibition. Professor Wrinn receives the Elsie M. Burch Memorial Prize for her mixed media collage ‘Liar’. It is one of 116 works of art selected from over 400 entries.


August 2016

Alison Eyre Albright, of Old Forge, New York, is appointed by the Herkimer County Legislature to the Herkimer County Community College Board of Trustees for a term to expire on June 30, 2023. She will fill the seat formerly held by Robert Brenchley, whose term expired on June 30, 2016 after serving on the Board for five years.


August 2016

Herkimer County Community College is ranked second best community college in New York State for the 2016-2017 academic year by EDsmart.org.


August 2016

Herkimer County Community College kicks off its 50th anniversary year with an event for employees, board members, dignitaries, at which a time capsule is filled, as well as a student celebration at Wehrum Stadium.


September 2016

Assistant Professor of English Christian Avis releases his second novel entitled Upshot: An Inquisitor Damulis Novel with cover illustration by 2016 alum Xanthian Moon Lincoln.


September 2016

Herkimer County Community College inducts Donald J. Snyder ’04 of West Winfield, NY and Dartray Belk ’06 of New York, NY to the Alumni Hall of Honor. The event is attended by 11 former inductees and a new Alumni Wall of Honor is unveiled in the Robert McLaughlin College Center lobby. In recognition of the College’s 50th anniversary, the event is followed by a fireworks display.


October 2016

Herkimer County Community College’s Internet Academy is the recipient of the 2016 Institutional Achievement Award presented by the National University Technology Network (NUTN). The award recognizes effective use of technology in teaching and learning and/or organizational administration that is exemplary, demonstrating leadership and commitment, but also advancing the field as an institutional model.


December 2016

Herkimer College men’s soccer coach Pepe Aragon is named 2016 Region III Coach of the Year, for the fifth time in his career.


January 2017

The Herkimer Generals women’s soccer team is awarded the 2015-2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom with an earned team grade point average of 3.16.


April 2017

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence is awarded to Herkimer College students Justin Harley, of Central Islip, NY, and Milnalis Diese, of Bronx, NY.


April 2017

Herkimer County Community College is ranked eighth by Schools.com on their 2017 list of best community colleges in New York State.


April 2017

Herkimer College baseball coach Jason Rathbun earns his 400th win.


April 2017

The Herkimer County Board of Trustees passes a resolution conferring the following emeriti: Alan Cronauer, Associate Dean Emeritus; Dr. Catherine Delorme, Professor Emeritus; Dr. Timothy McLean, Professor Emeritus; Guy Devitt, Associate Professor Emeritus and Debra Sutton, Associate Professor Emeritus.


May 2017

Herkimer College student-athletes Justin Harley, from Central Islip, NY, and Chyanna Bernier, from Ilion, NY, receive the 2017 SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award recognizing a combination of outstanding academic excellence and superior athletic achievement.


May 2017

Herkimer College enters into new articulation agreements with SUNY Cortland (Recreation Leadership) and SUNY Cobleskill (Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing and Sports and Recreation Management).


May 2017

A hand-crafted ceremonial mace is gifted to the College by President Cathleen C. McColgin and her husband Robert McColgin, in recognition of Herkimer County Community College’s 50th anniversary. Crafted from American black cherry wood harvested from the campus property near the nature trail and designed and crafted by George and Theresa Olsen of Richmondville, NY, the mace features the official college seal cast in bronze on each of the four sides. A cage-type finial showcases a beautiful Herkimer Diamond donated by Gems Along the Mohawk. The College’s 49th Commencement on May 19, 2017 marks the first academic ceremony at which the mace is carried. The first macebearer is Mr. William Pelz, professor and instructional designer for online learning. Mr. Pelz was appointed to the faculty in 1968 and is the longest tenured faculty member in the history of Herkimer College.


May 2017

Lisa Lamanna-Johnson is awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service, Wendy Marchese is awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, Associate Professor of Paralegal Dr. Mark Polkosnik is awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and Professor of History/Social Science Jeffrey Steele is awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. They are recognized at an employee recognition ceremony and at the Commencement ceremony.


June 2017

Herkimer College wins the 2016-2017 National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup, ranking the Herkimer Generals first in the nation among two-year non-scholarship athletic programs. This is the third time in four years that the Herkimer Generals have achieved this award.


June 2017

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education grants Herkimer College continued full accreditation, following approval of the Progress Report submitted on April 1, 2017. The College remains accredited without any additional follow up reporting.


June 2017

Herkimer College is named a 2017 Gem of Distinction by the Genesis Group at the 2017 Gems of Distinction Six County Regional Showcase held at Gems Along the Mohawk. Criteria for the honor includes being future oriented, creating unique sustainable efforts, developing team creativity and collaboration, displaying unusual leadership modeling, advancing regional commitment and serving as an economic generator. Gems of Distinction Class of 2017 include Herkimer College, Observer Dispatch, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, Erie Canal, New York State Police and Remington Arms.