“I remember driving home one night after teaching in Oneonta and seeing the sky blazing with fire,” said Russell. “The students had built a bonfire on the Delhi campus that was truly frightening.”
“The students and I still got along in class,” said Russell. “If they protested it was by being absent in class.”
But year 1972 the campus was in such turmoil and madness that teachers were told to give the students a grade and let them go home two weeks early with no graduation.
“Once the war in Vietnam ended, the campus was calm,” said Russell, who then went on to witness another cultural change.
“Society had the ‘back to work’ attitude and with the advent of computers, everyone was found quietly sitting behind computer monitors.”
“The ‘80s and ‘90s typified a media obsession and materialism,” said Russell. “In 1990, a record enrollment of 2,100 students was welcomed at Delhi. By the turn of the new century, the college was making a name for itself especially in the Culinary Arts and Veterinary programs.”
Today, there stands a campus of multimillion dollar modern buildings with parking lots full of vehicles. No dairy. No pastures.
“The changes have been phenomenal,” said Russell. “It truly was a joy to write and publish a centennial account of SUNY Delhi.”
A copy of The New School Has Opened, is available at Cannon Library in Delhi.