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January 20, 2009

Colleges to celebrate with events

By Patricia Breakey

Delhi News Bureau



Celebrations of the presidential inauguration are being held at the three area SUNY campuses. The State University College of Technology at Delhi is planning a celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Farrell Hall Commons.



Joel Smith, SUNY Delhi spokesman, said the Student Senate, the Student Programming Board and the Escoffier Club are sponsoring the event.



Marty Greenfield, director of student activities, has arranged for a outdoor drive-in theater-sized movie screen on which the inauguration of Barack Obama will be televised.



Smith said there will be a red, white and blue balloon archway, an ice sculpture, sandwiches, beverages and patriotic cupcakes. The Delaware County Democratic Party is providing pizza to thank students for taking an interest in the election and voting.



“The students have been interested in the election process all year,” Smith said, “and that interest has carried over to the inauguration.”



The State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill will hold a community viewing at 11 a.m. in the Bouck Hall auditorium.



Kate Birchenough, SUNY Cobleskill assistant director for media relations, said the free event is open to the public as part of the school’s “communiversity” initiative. Refreshments will be provided. The auditorium will be open for the swearing-in at noon, followed by Obama’s inaugural address.



The State University College at Oneonta is holding events open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Multicultural Experiences, said spokeswoman Carol Blazina on Monday. Refreshments will be served.



Hartwick College spokesman Francis Borrego said the college will make the inauguration available to watch on a webcast. He said the college held several events leading up to the inauguration, including a dinner discussion Monday night hosted by the Pluralism Association League for Students.

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