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Introduction

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Introduction

All histories are selective by definition, involving subjective choices by the author or editor as to what is actually of historical importance. This history of Mohawk Valley Community College may include errors and certainly has omitted some items which might have been included.

This history has not been written, but rather has been compiled from existing materials, and reproduced, in many cases verbatim, without interpretation of analysis. It covers the College’s first 60 years, 1946-2006. (Work on this document ended in May, 2006.) The information it contains has been drawn from college documents, correspondence, meeting minutes, publications, news articles and news releases and other sources found in the files of the Public Information Office; no other resources in the community have been consulted, and might add significantly to this history. Because College news releases and resulting newspaper articles form the primary basis for this partial history, there is emphasis on new appointments and announcements, and much less on departures and program endings. Some sources, especially external ones, include unrecognized errors or generalizations, and those are likely repeated in this document.

Some matters, such as the College’s negative relationship with Oneida County Executive William Bryant in the mid 1970’s over fiscal and facilities issues, the complexities and inadequacies of State aid and sponsor support from Oneida County, contract negotiations and associated problems in the College’s relationships with its unions – substantial at times - and unpleasant departures by employees at all levels, including Presidents, have not been included in this partial history – unless they were made a substantial part of the public record at the time.

Intercollegiate sports, in particularly, is inadequately covered. The MVCC Hawks have a long and remarkable history built over the years by dedicated coaches and extraordinarily talented and hardworking student-athletes.

For those who are interested, most information not included in his history may be researched elsewhere. They are generally part of the public record.

This history includes flaws and omissions, as it was compiled quickly rather than thoroughly. Among its flaws is a focus on major events to the exclusion of smaller everyday activities that truly provide the College’s foundation, and represent its service to the community on a human scale. Regrettably, countless individual employees who made a difference are not mentioned because they did not draw attention to themselves, and so were not included significantly in the Public Information Office files. At best, this document provides a general sense of the College’s history, and is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate or complete. It is a start, and it is hoped that others will continue the work and improve the product.

R. Lacell, May 2006