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December 27, 2013

Colleges saw year of growth, changes


In late June, a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet spoke to an audience of about 50 people at SUNY Oneonta about a program to encourage job creation, including all SUNY colleges. START-UP NY had been recently signed into law. A state official was at SUNY Delhi earlier in the month to explain the program. It's designed to stimulate upstate economies by allowing SUNY colleges and four-year college or universities to create tax incentives in partnership with prospective businesses.

In April it was announced that ESPN correspondent Sal Paolantonio had been chosen to deliver the May 18 commencement address at SUNY Oneonta, his alma mater.

The longtime broadcaster also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the SUNY Board of Trustees during the event. He presented the commencement address in 2000, but this was the first honorary degree he has received from the college.

Other graduations took place later that month. The centennial graduating class of the SUNY Delhi was greeted with music as members proceeded into the Clark Field House.

The college was founded as an agriculture and domestic science school. Since then it has added such departments as nursing, construction, veterinary science technology and culinary arts.

“You are the alumni that graduated in the centennial year,” SUNY Delhi President Candace Vancko told the students, “and are now a part of the illustrious history of this college.”

It was part of a yearlong celebration of the college for its 100th anniversary that featured several events during the year.

Dr. Deepak Chopra gave the commencement address.

“It is imperative for the future of humanity that wisdom becomes the new criterion for sustainable life on this planet,” Chopra said to the 303 graduates.

In early June, a high-tech collaboration between three regional colleges, including a state grant award for $15 million, was announced. SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Delhi will join with SUNY Morrisville to create biodigesters on their campuses.

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