Mohawk College

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Mohawk College

Was slated to open in 1946 on the site of Rhoades General Hospital.

(Utica Daily Press via AP, Feb 22, 1947) – “Albany Gets Assurance 9 Rhoads Buildings Earmarked for Institute – Assurance that nine buildings formerly part of Rhoads Hospital, Utica, have been earmarked for use of the Utica Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences was received here yesterday.
The assurance removes the principal bottleneck in the proposed expansion of the Utica school, which now plans to go ahead as quickly as machinery can be obtained in setting up mechanical, electrical and textile courses for a maximum of 200 students.
Meanwhile the retail training branch in the former Utica Country Day School will increase its enrollment toward a maximum of 300.
It was also indicated by Harold (editor’s note: his first name was actually Lawrence) Jarvie, director of the statewide program, that the school may waive its priority to the Rhoades structures in favor of Mohawk College if facilities for the technical training can be found in downtown Utica.
In that event, Mohawk College would take over nine buildings – five connected wards that were never used for that purpose, and four separate warehouses – and expand its own student body accordingly.
State Housing Commissioner Herman T. Stichman said last night he had obtained an agreement whereby the Associated Colleges would be permitted to take a rent-free, five-year lease on three upstate properties scheduled to be sold or leased by the War Assets Administration.
The properties, at Plattsburg, Sampson and the former Rhoads Hospital, used by the Associated Colleges of New York under the veteran’s emergency educational program….”

(Excerpt of New York Herald editorial, reprinted on April 30, 1947 in the Utica Daily Press) – “…Mohawk College, one of the Associated Colleges of Upper New York.
Although it came into being only last fall, Mohawk is a going concern today. Because it took over the huge one-storied plan of a well organized 3,000-bed military hospital, it suffered something less than its share of the inevitable headaches of construction, although the attendant makeshifts and disappointments loomed large enough to those on the ground. The student body, half of whom came from the metropolitan area, are already creating some of the intangible values which make a college more than a set of classrooms. Their great concern is to be assured of eventual transfer to degree-granting colleges.
To citizens of Utica, Mohawk represents unusual possibilities because it offers the first two years of a four year course. Some of them think that this should be combined with the state institute and extended…..”

(Utica Daily Press, May 26, 1947, excerpt from an “About Town” column) – “…The position of Mohawk College in the local educational pattern was discussed by Cardamone,
‘Mohawk College, occupying the premises formerly utilized by Rhoads General Hospital, is one of the Associated Colleges of Upper New York. Its present student body number 1,814, an increase of 537 students since the college opened its doors on October 16, 1946, with an initial enrollment of 1,288,’ he said.
Cardamone pointed out that three courses of study are available at the state-sponsored school. They are liberal arts, business administration and pre-engineering. These fields offer a two-year course leading to transfer to an accredited degree-granting college or university.
He added that though the college is being run to lessen the pressure on permanently established schools, it is open to veterans and non-veterans and has an extensive extra-curricular program of athletics, debating, dramatics, etc.”

Mohawk College Dean (Dr.) Robert (G.) Dawes was part of the platform party at the first NYSIAAS graduation in July 1948.