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November 9, 2013

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The State University College of Agriculture and Technology is further promoting support and recognition of veterans — with a dinner Monday and also through a scholarship program.

Thomas Cronin, associate professor in the department of natural sciences and mathematics, has established an endowment with an initial donation of $10,000 in memory of his father, Thomas J. Cronin Jr.

The gift will support the Thomas J. Cronin Jr. Memorial Scholarship, which will benefit a returning male veteran of the military who has not completed his education. Cronin’s father attended Tufts University after serving in the Army as an air traffic controller during World War II and was motivated to excel at college after his time in the military, a release from the college said.

The scholarship recipient will be highly motivated as a result of his military and life experiences and understand the importance of academic achievement, according to the release. Candidates pursuing degrees in biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, geology, astronomy or mathematics will be given preference, particularly those in the biotechnology programs or someone who has expressed interest in pursuing a professional or teaching career in chemistry.

On Monday, veterans are invited to dinner on Veterans Day at SUNY Cobleskill in the Bouck Ballroom on campus from 5 to 7 p.m.

Veterans may dine free of charge, and the cost of the buffet-style pasta dinner for others will be $5. Proceeds will be donated to Wounded Warrior, a notice from the college said.

The event is made possible through the efforts of the SUNY Cobleskill Culinary Program, Student Veterans Association and the Community Service Club and is to express appreciation to veterans for their service to the country, organizers said.

Denise Richardson, staff writer, may be reached at (607) 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext., 213.

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