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On May 23, 24 and 25 the Fashion Class under the direction of Miss Florence Mason conducted a fashion show, “Fantasy Fashion of ‘49” in the New Hartford (Country Day School) Auditorium. Students served as models. The show included clothing from many of Utica’s leading stores, including College Hall, Doyle-Knower (hats), Hurst, Inc., Reid & Sheldon (handbags), Roedel’s (jewelry), The Sisters Shop, Smart Toggery and Van Donalds.


On October 18th, MVCC observed International Women’s Year with a variety of events, including a debate on the proposed New York State Equal Rights Amendment, and panels on The Homemaker’s Economic Contribution, Women in Politics, Women in Diverse Careers, and Returning to School: Educational Re-entry. (October 1975)

(Utica Newspapers) “Women Highlight Workshops at MVCC – In conjunction with the world-wide IWY celebration, the State University of New York proclaimed October 18, 1975 as a day of state-wide celebration for International Women’s Year.
For women in this community, Mohawk Valley Community College will, on Saturday, present a day-long series of workshops focusing on issues of concern to women in the Mohawk Valley.
The workshops, geared with an eye toward future action, will be led by local women from all walks of life in the Mohawk Valley community.
Carol Young, assistant professor pf general education at MVCC and chairman for the IWY program at MVCC feels that the theme, “Women Getting to Know Women,” is very significant.
The workshops to be presented that day are: “The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) – a Rational Look.” A panel, including Senator James Donovan and representatives of the Oneida County Coalition for the ERA, will present different positions on the New York State ERA.
“Women in Diverse Careers,” moderated by Bertha Romanow, director of public relations, St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital Center and Ann Allen of the Voluntary Action Center, will include women in many fields discussing how they got where they are and the responsibilities, rewards and frustrations involved in their jobs.
“Educational Re-entry” will feature women who have returned to college, sharing the ways they juggle their responsibilities with academic life. Moderators for the panel will be Sarah Brooks, associate professor, mathematics and science at MVCC, and Alfreda Suskie, assistant professor, mathematics and science at MVCC.
“Women in Mental Health” will have a psychiatrist, community health nurse and supervisor of volunteers from Marcy Psychiatric Center discussing factors influencing women’s mental health.
Panel members will include Mrs. Jean Entwistle, coordinator of volunteers at Marcy, Ms. Suzanne Pawelec, community health nurse, and Dr. Indira Gotri, psychiatrist.
“The Black Woman- Myths and Reality” features Daisy Harris and Yolanda Jones of the Utica newspapers coordinating discussions to pinpoint common myths about black women as compared to reality.
“The Homemaker’s Economic Contribution” will include Emily Ferguson, Oneida County Cooperative Extension, and Kate Oser, area homemaker and community leader, who will discuss the largely unrecognized contribution of the homemaker in our economic system.
“Women in Politics – How and Why” will involve women candidates for county and city offices discussing the how and why they got into politics.
Moderator of the panel will be Maureen Casamayou, assistant professor of social sciences at MVCC.”

On December 11th, MVCC hosted the basketball team from Bayamon Regional College of Puerto Rico in an exhibition contest. Members of the local Puerto Rican community participated in a series of related events on campus, including a dinner and reception and a half-time program during the game. MVCC was the last of four SUNY community colleges visited by the Puerto Rican team.


MVCC was the site May 14th for “Fling into Spring,” a series of home economics workshops sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Agencies of Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Topics included edible wild foods, consumer fraud, clothing and the metric system. (May 1977)

May 12th was Ethnic Day at MVCC, as anthropology students present for the public the results of field work studies on the Jewish and Arabic communities of Utica, and the Oneida Nation. Visitors saw videotape presentations on each group’s problems, contributions and artifacts, and sampled food from each culture. (May 1977)

On October 13th, the College sponsored by conference entitled “College and Community: Partners in Progress,” to deal with issues of economic development. The conferences included workshops for area managers, supervisors, and owners of small and medium sized businesses and industries. The keynote speaker was Industrial Commissioner Philip Ross of the New York State Department of Labor. Topics included Health Services, Beginning in Business, Cost Management and Control, Federal Regulations, Insurance, Financial Management, Labor Agreements, Material Requirements Planning, Computers, Maintenance Management, Contracts, Supervision and Productivity, and Advertising.


More than 3,000 persons attended the First Annual Antique Arts & Crafts Flea Market and Classic Car Show, October 8th, at MVCC’s Utica Campus. Proceeds from the event are being used to establish a new Student Activities Scholarship Fund. Over 60 area artists, crafts people and antique dealers, and 30 classic car owners, participated. (October 8, 1978)


MVCC was the site for a month-long National Humanities Institute during the summer of 1981. The Institute focused on the integration of business education and the humanities within community colleges. It was sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association, under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Participants from 20 community colleges attended.


(?) May – First Mayfest

The weekend of October 31-November 1 brought thousands of central New York residents to the MVCC Utica Campus for the first annual Mohawk Valley Creative Craft Show. Sponsored jointly by the MVCC Foundation and the Voluntary Action Center of Utica, the show included 70 of the top professional crafts people from New York, New England and Pennsylvania. (November 1987)


MVCC’s Utica Campus was the site for Senior Fest on September 9th, coinciding with Grandparents Day. Hundreds of senior citizens from throughout Oneida County came to the campus for a concert, dinner and dance. The annual event was coordinated by the Oneida County Office for the Aging, and was co-sponsored by MVCC, the Utica Rotary Club, the Municipal Housing Authority of Utica and the Central New York Community Arts Council. (September 1990)


On April 12th, 1991, approximately 500 disabled individuals from Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties attended the 11th annual Very Special Arts Festival at the College’s Utica Campus. Activities include drama, instrumental and vocal music, mime, ballet, modern dance, puppet shows and poetry readings. (April 1991)

One June 1st, approximately 5,000 people attended Mayfest ’91, co-sponsored by the College and the Inter-Club Council of Utica (Jaycees, Rotary, Kiwanis, Zonta and Business & Professional Women). 75 community organizations took part. High school students competed in poetry, photography, art and sculpture contests. Utica Mayor Louis LaPolla served as honorary chairman. The event combined the Colleges’ open house with a community-wide celebration. (June 1991)


On April 3-5, 600 athletes from across New York State came to the College’s Utica Campus for the New York Special Olympics, participating in a basketball tournament and a physical fitness competition. (April 1992)

On May 6th, two students in the Hospitality Programs were married on the Rome Campus during their Banquet & Catering Management class. The bride and groom, Michelle Tuttle and Joseph Valencourt, met in the class, and with the help of faculty and administrators turned their wedding and reception into a class exercise. Other students in the class prepared and served all food and refreshments at the wedding and contributed tips to the newlyweds. Rome Mayor Joseph Griffo officiated. (May 1992)

Several thousand area residents came to the Utica Campus on May 30th for the sixth annual Mayfest celebration. Approximately 50 community organizations took part. Among the events were art and poetry competitions for high school students, an international soccer tournament, a pancake breakfast and a classic car show. Honorary chairman was Oneida County Executive Raymond Meier. (May 1992)


On September 14th, a public memorial was held to honor those who lost their lives three days before in terrorist attacks in New York City, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. The theme for the day was “We Gather in Unity.” The program began at 11:45 a.m. at flagpoles in front of the Utica Campus Academic Building. Following brief remarks, flowers, small American flags, and red, white and blue ribbons were distributed. A wreath was then placed at the memorial to Rev David Looney (see info below for Sept 11, 2002). Participants then joined hands and sang “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” and “God Bless America.”

The program for a scheduled performance, outdoors in front of Payne Hall on September 17th, by the College’s Concert band was changed to focus on patriotic music, including the National Pride March and God Bless America.

Liberal refund policies were established for students called to active duty as members of military reserve units. Students went to Wal-Mart to collect donations of money, food, clothing, blankets and other items to be taken to New York City to assist victims of the attacks.

The pilot training program then operated by the College with Keyflite Academy at the Oneida County Airport was grounded for two weeks.

The federal government put new tracking systems into place to monitor movement of foreign students.

The State created a program to guarantee a college education at SUNY or CUNY (or comparable aid to those attending private institutions) to survivors of those killed in the attacks at the World Trade Center, and to those disabled in the attacks. It was called the World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship.

Over the weeks that followed, particularly after incidents of anthrax poisoning by mail in other parts of the country, there was anxiety on campus and several times buildings were evacuated because of the discover of unidentified white powder, bringing “haz-mat” teams to the campus. No hazardous material was ever found. There were several bomb threats – all unfounded. New precautions were put in place with regard to mail, especially mail that was unexpected, addressed to someone no longer at the College, with no return address, oddly shaped, marked “personal” or “confidential,” with odors, stains or protruding wires, or no return address. Access to the mailroom was strictly limited. Many underwent special training by the Utica Fire Department and the “Haz-Mat” Team on procedures to be followed with suspicious mail. Another time, there was a brief panic created when the dust left from drilling to mount items in the snack bar was thought to be hazardous.


A series of events were held on September 11th to remember the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, and to honor both victims and heroes of that tragic day. The theme for the day’s events was “We Remember.” The observance began at 11:30 a.m., at flagpoles in front of the Academic Building, Utica Campus. While patriotic music was played, the American flag was lowered, and replaced with another U.S. flag that had been taken to ‘Ground Zero” in New York City, site of the former twin towers of the World Trade Center. (The flag had not actually been flown there.) There was a moment of silence. President Schafer read a proclamation approved by the College’s Board of Trustees*, dedicating September 11th as “American Character Day,” and encouraging acts of community service by all members of the College family. Attendees then moved a short distance for a wreath laying ceremony at a campus monument near Sherman Drive, on the south side of Payne Hall. The monument placed there by members of the Utica Fire Department, memorialized the late Rev. David G. Looney, who served as chaplain for the Fire Department, and as Newman Chaplain at MVCC before his death in 1988. (He died of cancer related to exposure to toxic substances during a fire in General Electric facilities on Broad Street. The monument was later moved to Proctor Park in Utica by the firemen.) The ceremony concluded with group singing of “God Bless America.” Elsewhere on campus, short video clips were shown throughout the day, reflecting on the September 11th attacks. Special “memorial walls” were placed in lobbies of both the Information Technology Building and Academic Building on which students and others could write messages expressing their thoughts about the events of September 11th, 2001 and developments that followed. Many wore U.S. flag lapel pins; their purchase was intended to fund new “9/11 Excellence in Community Service Scholarship.” By order of Governor Pataki, bells of the clock in the Information Technology Building were tolled at 10:29 a.m., the time the North Tower of the World Trade Center fell. An observance also took place at the Rome Campus, starting at 11:30 a.m., at a flag pole outside the Academic Building. There was a moment of silence, a reading of the Board Proclamation, the Pledge of Allegiance, playing of the National Anthem (recorded), and on-going video presentations in the Plumley Complex Auditorium.

  • Proclamation approved by Board of Trustees:

WHEREAS, September 11, 2002 will be the first anniversary of unprecedented terrorist attacks resulting in a momentous loss of life and property AND

WHEREAS, the terrorists hoped to bring Americans to their knees, but instead, they brought Americans to their feet. The terrorists hoped to demoralize and intimidate Americans and undermine their way of life. Instead, Americans became more resolute in their commitment to cherished democratic and humanitarian principles that form the moral foundation of this nation AND

WHEREAS, this anniversary of tragedy is also an anniversary of triumph, a triumph of character – courage over cowardice, kindness over cruelty, service over selfishness, responsibility over indifference, love over hate, hope over fear, and freedom over repression AND

WHEREAS, we should demonstrate our respect for the victims of this terrible day by commemorating the lives lost and damaged, but we should also honor and celebrate the countless acts of courage, compassion, loyalty, responsibility and other qualities that represent the best in human nature and the American character AND

WHEREAS, we should remember September 11th not only as a day of great misfortune, but as a reminder of the great fortune we possess in the character of our people and in living in a country where character counts AND

WHEREAS, September 11th should be a day of reflection and education that will strengthen appreciation of and dedication to the core ethical values that constitute the pillars of the American character, such as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship AND

WHEREAS, September 11th should also be a day of action devoted to community service, an element of good citizenship and an expression of good character. Community service improves neighborhoods, eases suffering and reduces injustice while enhancing the lives and strengthening the characters of those who render it AND

WHEREAS, community service is also a matter of national policy expressed in President George W. Bush’s call for all Americans to give at least 4,000 hours of service and in The Spirit of America Act seeking to assure that the lives lost on September 11th are commemorated by acts of volunteer service,

THEREFORE, be it resolved that Mohawk Valley Community College proclaims September 11, 2002 as “American Character Day” and calls upon students, faculty, staff and administrators to use this day to promote community and volunteer spirit in whatever way they so choose.

Approved by Mohawk Valley Community College Board of Trustees, August 19, 2002

A “Gala Week” (September 28-October 4) was held to celebrate opening of theater in new Information Technology/Performing Arts/Conference Center Building on the Utica Campus. Events included: September 28, 2 pm and 3 pm: (a children’s event) “Fables, Foolery and Fairytales.” Interactive storyteller theater presented by members of the Hartford Players Youth Theater. Also September 28, 6:30 pm: Gala Week Grand Opening- “Voices of the Mohawk Valley: A Celebration of the Theater.” Local performers doing Broadway music, including Dale Cruskie, Catherine Daly, John Krause, Peter Loftus, Randy Mifliaccio, Stephen A. Paparo, Leslie Reilly and Jennifer Reynolds Wratten. October 1: “Grand PianoFest.” An opportunity for anyone to play the College’s new Steinway Concert Grand Piano, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Also October 1: “An Evening of Dance.” Performed by students at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and Utica DanceWorks. October 2: MVCC Concert Band live performance. October 3: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” Presented by Hartford Players Youth Theater – 37 of Shakespeare’s plays crammed into 97 minutes. October 4: “Musical Imposters: Some Music for Violin & Piano.” Performed by Debbie Trudeau (violin) and Sar-Shalom Strong (piano).