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Herkimer in the 1970's

January 27, 1970

The roof over office rental space on First Street, Ilion, collapses under the weight of snow. No injuries, but plenty of consternation.

May 6, 1970

The Kent State University (Ohio) riot is observed at the College with an hour of mourning arranged by President McLaughlin and the students.

April 30, 1971

State University Trustee approval of a Radio & Television Broadcasting curriculum is announced.

June 17, 1971

Following the inspection of campus buildings under construction, the SUNY facilities office writes to Mr. Victor Norman: “We were impressed….” (See pg. 50 of The First 20 Years for entire quote).

August 17, 1971

A three-week postponement in opening the new campus to classes is announced due to delays in the installation of furnishings and equipment.

September 20, 1971

Classes begin at the new campus. Full-time enrollment increases to 884 and part-time credit students exceed 200. The five-building, 7.7 million dollar complex establishes something of a record in the SUNY system by occupying its permanent campus within five years of the opening of the College.

October 17, 1971

The new campus is dedicated with ceremonies conducted by Herkimer College Board Chairman, Dr. James Anderson. Invited guests include: State Senator Ronald Stafford; Assemblyman Donald Mitchell; Chairman of the Herkimer County Legislature, David Mahoney; and Vice Chairman of SUNY Board of Trustees, James Warren.

June 30, 1972

The Herkimer Telegram carries the story of Herkimer College being granted full accreditation by the Middle States Association (MSA). The evaluation team had completed their on-campus review on March 1, and included in their report the following, “...The faculty is young, enthusiastic, dedicated, loyal and of good caliber. Its publishing propensity is commendable, almost unique…. The College is to be congratulated on the quality of its administrative staff….The President is an able and devoted leader who seems to possess unusual energy and has hurdled many of the initial obstacles that face a new college creditably…”

May 1973

Robert Dorrance is one of the initial recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Dorrance is the first of several Herkimer College faculty and administrators so honored in succeeding years.

October 1973

The Herkimer College Nature Center is dedicated on 55 acres featuring a 9/10 mile-long interpretative nature trail, a managed artificial pond and a tree plantation.

May 1974

Joseph P. DeLorenzo receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

August 1974

The first Cogar Scholarships are awarded to six selected Herkimer College graduates transferring to institutions for advanced study.

May 13, 1975

The College’s Archeology Museum opens.

November 1975

The Herkimer County Arts & Crafts Fair sponsored by HCC Foundation is initiated.

May 1976

David H. Champoux and Anne Greco each receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

October 1976

A 10th anniversary celebration of the College is held on campus in the style of Octoberfest.

September 15, 1977

The Natural History Museum opens with exhibits and displays of both plant and animal life found in the Mohawk Valley area.

March 1978

The College Writing Laboratory is opened to the public providing free service to those seeking assistance.

June 1978

The Adult Vocational Guidance Center is established to provide assistance for those who are unemployed, underemployed or desire a change in career direction.

Summer 1978

MSA reaccredits the College for 10 years.

February 1979

The Faculty Association receives certification as the official bargaining unit. Subsequently the Faculty Association votes to affiliate with NYSUT.

May 1979

Jean E. Stapleton receives the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

July 1979

The 1.5 mile 20-station exercise trail is opened.