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December 2001— Construction begins on a new residence hall. Utica-based Gaetano Construction Corp. will construct the new 25,000-square-foot Tower Hall.

November 2001— David C. Moore, professor of biology at UC, has been named the recipient for this year's Stone Laboratory Outstanding Visiting Professor Award, given annually by Ohio State University to the institution's most accomplished guest professor or lecturer during the academic year.

October 2001— Utica College's new multi-sport athletic stadium will honor and bear the name of a prominent local business leader and emeritus director of the Utica College Foundation, Charles A. Gaetano.

June 1, 2001 — Utica College surpasses its aggressive annual fund goal of
$355,000 through the generous support of alumni, friends, parents, faculty,
and community members, who collectively gave $363,600 in gifts to the

May 2001 — Daniel J. Smith '01 and Jennifer L. Bradish '01 are selected as
valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2001. Frank Deford, commentator on the nationally syndicated radio show "Morning Edition," delivers the Commencement 2001 address.

Utica College ice hockey will utilize the Utica College Memorial Auditorium as its home venue beginning in 2001-2002, as part of a 10-year agreement with the Auditorium's supervisory governing body.

Professor of Biology Ronald Lucchino recieves the Utica College Distinguished Teaching Award for the 2000-2001 academic year. Professor of French Marie-Noelle D. Little is honored with Utica College's Harold T. Clark, Jr. Award. The recipient of the year 2001 Continuing Education Distinguished Teaching Award is Anthony Garramone.

April 21, 2001 — The Raymond Simon Institute for Public Relations gives more than $12,000 in awards and scholarships to a record 17 public relations/journalism students at the annual RSI awards luncheon. Jim Leach '67 is also honored as the RSI Distinguished Public Relations/Journalism

April 11, 2001 — Utica College receives a grant in the sum of $124,831 from the US Air Force in support of the Cyber-Forensic Research Experimentation and Test Environment (CREATE) project, a component of the College's Computer Forensics Research and Development Center.

February 14, 2001 — Dr. Lawrence Aaronson, dean for arts and sciences and professor of biology, is elected to the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Biology Council of the organization's science division.

May 2000 — Professor of Sociology Jan DeAmicis is this year's awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award. Biology Professor Alan Bessette receives the Utica College Distinguished Teaching Award for the 1999-2000 academic year. Professor Theodore S. Orlin is awarded is honored with the Utica College's Harold T. Clark, Jr. Award. The recipient of the year 2000 Continuing Education Distinguished Teaching Award is Harvey S. Cramer, adjunct professor of Biology.

Phu Do and Bang Le are named valedictorian and salutatorian respectively for Proctor High School's Graduating Class of 2000. The two are among the many students who gained life and academic experiences from Young Scholars LPP.

Utica College's Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees announces the approval the addition of men's and women's varsity ice hockey intercollegiate athletic teams.

UC completes its Community Campaign, an effort to raise money to benefit Mohawk Valley students attending Utica College, surpassing the $50,000 goal.

May 14, 2000 — Jan Schlichtmann, a nationally recognized Massachusetts attorney, delivers Utica College's Commencement address at which time Utica College awarded him with a Utica College honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

April 2000 — Utica College and WetStone Technologies based in Freeville, NY, and owned by UC alumni Chet Hosmer '91, are awarded a $191,548 federal grant from the National Institute of Justice to assess the current and future needs of law enforcement to fight computer crime. Utica College is currently the only higher learning institution in the nation that offers a master degrees in economic crime management.

April 8, 2000 — Utica College's Raymond Simon Institute gives $12,000 in awards and scholarships to 13 public relations/journalism students. Professor Kim Landon '75 receives the RSI's Distinguished PR/J alumna award for service to her profession and the College's public relations/journalism program.

March 2000 — Kevin Kwiat, adjunct professor of mathematics and computer science, receives U.S. patent for his invention "Dynamically Reconfigurable FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) Apparatus and Method for Multiprocessing and Fault Tolerance."

Men's and women's lacrosse begin their first varsity seasons.

August 28, 2000— Utica College breaks ground for Athletic Stadium. The stadium will be completed by fall 2001.

January 2000 — Lawrence Aaronson, professor and coordinator of biology at Utica College, is named the new dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences.

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December 1999A New Dream, A New Era: The "2010 Plan for Utica College is approved by the Board of Trustees. The document includes seven strategic initiatives that will create essential opportunities for growth and will chart the College's major direction over the next ten years.

December 10, 1999 — Utica College announces plans to offer a new minor in human rights advocacy on the 51st anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. UC is now one of only a few colleges in the country to give students this type of opportunity.

November 1999 — The Community Foundation presents the Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program with a grant for $28,814. The grant will be used to provide additional academic support for the Utica City School District half-day, in-service days for students in the YSLPP.

November 5, 1999 — The United States Postal Service honors Utica College and two of its alumni with enlarged G.I. Bill Postage Stamps. The College was selected for this honor because it has given thousands of World War II heroes a chance to follow a dream and receive a college education. Navy veterans Frank Scalise '51 and Edward Potrzeba Sr. '67 were also recognized.

October 1999 — Utica College welcomes 12 middle managers from the Romanian Ministry of Transportation, who came to the United States to learn about the Western economy.

October 2, 1999 — During one of the college's most successful Homecoming Weekends, Utica College's new residence hall is dedicated. The recently-completed New Hall and Conference Center provides an additional 150 beds and is designed to accommodate Utica College's growing residential student body.

September 1999 — Professor Emeritus Raymond Simon is chosen as one of the top 100 most influential people in public relations for the 20th century by "PRWEEK." Simon was one of only four educators chosen for this top honor. Simon established one of the nation's first undergraduate public relations programs here at Utica College and over the past 50 years over 800 students have graduated from the program.

August 1999 — New hires including Mary Lee Seibert, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty; James S. Pula, dean of graduate and continuing education; and Mike Kemp, Utica College's first head football coach are announced. Preliminary plans for the new sports complex are announced as well.

Mjellma Toci, a student from the war torn Balkans, begins her education in America at Utica College. She is part of "Project Concern," a program which has helped place over 40 Kosovar refugees in 22 colleges around the country. Utica College is one of only two colleges in New York State that have enrolled a refugee into their academic program.

July 1999 — Utica College announces the Master of Science in Education degree program in Leadership and Instruction for Inclusive Classrooms beginning in the fall. Introduction of the new graduate program follows the approval of the New York State Board of Regents.

Summer 1999 — Professor Theodore S. Orlin, who teaches public law across the College curriculum and is a human rights attorney, spends the summer visiting the refugee camps in Albania and visiting the victims in Kosovo.

June 1999 — Utica College announces that The Campaign for Utica College, a multi-year fund-raising effort that concluded on May 31, 1999, raised $12,253,751. Considered the most ambitious and successful fund-raising effort in the College's history, proceeds will support endowment, scholarships, and College operations.

August 1, 1998Dr. Todd S. Hutton becomes the new president of Utica College.

January 1, 1998 — Dr. Thomas G. Brown, vice-president and dean of the College, takes on additional duties as interim president of Utica College.

August 1996 - May 1997 — Utica College marks the 50th anniversary of its first Convocation with the theme From Oneida Square to the World. The theme embodies UC's spirit, from a humble campus on Oneida Square — which opened its doors to serve returning World War II veterans, as well as local students, who wanted a college degree — to its current Burrstone Road campus, which enrolls students from across the country and around the world. The theme also reflects UC's contributions to the local, national, and global communities, with the achievements of its alumni and faculty being recognized and making a significant impact on all levels.

July 1, 1995 — Utica College becomes financially and legally independent from Syracuse University, while maintaining its historic academic ties, under the direction of its newly established UC Board of Trustees

June 26, 1995 — Gov. George Pataki signs charter revision declaring Utica College an independent college

January 1995 — Utica College and Syracuse University sign an agreement that continues their academic relationship but gives UC governance and autonomy as a separate institution.

Fall 1992— UC's lunch hour series is renamed the Harry F. and Mary Ruth Jackson Lunch Hour Series. For a schedule visit http://www.utica.edu/college/events.asp

December 1990— First Kwanzaa Celebration held at UC.

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January 7, 1988 — Dr. Michael K. Simpson, vice-president, becomes the sixth president of Utica College (ninth chief executive officer).

February 24, 1987 — President Baker announces that, after six years in Division I, UC will return to Division III at the end of the spring semester.

Spring 1985— The Raymond Simon Institute for Public Relations is formed.

January 17, 1983-—Alumni Hall is dedicated.

August 1982 — Dr. Lansing Baker becomes the fifth president of Utica College (eighth chief executive officer).

September 1, 1980 — UC announces that it will go NCAA Division I.

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September 16, 1977 — Dr. Thomas Sheldon becomes the fourth president of Utica College (seventh chief executive officer).

September 6, 1976 — Acting president Dr. Harold Rankin becomes the third president of Utica College (sixth chief executive officer).

March 26, 1976 — SU Chancellor Dr. Melvin Eggers states that there will be no merger or sale of UC and that the College will remain private.

January 31, 1975 — State University of New York turns down UC Foundation, and Utica College remains a private institution. UC Foundation owns 26 percent of UC assets, a key factor in the College's efforts to determine its future.

September 1973— Dr. Carol Guardo of the University of Denver becomes the first woman academic dean in UC's 27-year history.

September 1972— Coach Walter Jeff announces the formation of a UC swim team.

September 1971— UC enrollment tops 3,000 students for day and evening classes. The college has 115 faculty members.

August 1, 1970 — Ambrose J. deFlumere is appointed the second president of Utica College (fifth chief executive officer).

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May 1968 — Utica College holds its first campus Commencement. SU Chancellor Dr. William P. Tolley is the speaker.

Summer 1967- The College employs the first full time chaplain, V. James Lauducci.

Fall 1966- UC begins club football. Dean of Students, James C. Doremus, named first coach.

May 1965- Isaac Gordan, father of a UC student, offers a gift of $200,000 to help complete the first floor of the Science Center. The Science Center is named Gordon Science Center in his honor.

1964- UC hockey club is formed; Dana Babcock is the first coach.

February 3, 1963 — Dr. J. Kenneth Donahue is appointed the first president of Utica College (fourth chief executive officer).

July 19, 1963- President J. Kenneth Donahue breaks ground for the Science Building.

October 23, 1963- Groundbreaking for UC's first dormitory providing residence for 100 men and 103 women is held.

October 19, 1961 — Dedication of new campus. Utica College presents its first honorary doctorate from Syracuse University to Moses G. Hubbard, president of the UC Foundation Board.

Spring 1961 — Utica College moves from Oneida Square to Burrstone Road campus.

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July 15, 1959 — Dr. James Harrison is appointed the third dean of Utica College (third chief executive officer).

Fall 1957 — UC Foundation begins first official fund-raising drive to support development of a new campus on Burrstone Road.

Fall 1954— At the Fall Convocation, Chancellor Tolley announces that new UC campus will be ready in October 1960.

March 23, 1953 — SU Chancellor Dr. William P. Tolley announces the formation of the Utica College Foundation comprised of himself, Dean Ralph F. Strebel, Mayor Boyd Golder, Moses G. Hubbard, and Richard H. Balch.

Spring 1952—UC is among the first institutions in the country to invite senior citizens age 65 and over to attend UC classes at no cost.

1950—The Annales yearbook begins with Professor of Public Relations Raymond Simon and Accounting Professor John Williams as advisors.

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April 8, 1949— Karl Wernert calls the first meeting of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) at UC. John Tallmadge elected first president.

December 1947—The college drama group, the Gaslighters, presents the first UC play, Death Takes a Holiday, in the Village Theatre, New Hartford. Lucy Case directs the play.

November 1947—Utica College organizes an Athletic Council. Athletic Director Henry Varhely launches golf, baseball, basketball, and tennis teams.

Summer 1947 — Dr. Ralph F. Strebel becomes the second dean of Utica College (second chief executive officer).

October 7, 1946 — First evening classes at Utica College begin.

Spring 1949 — Utica College adds Syracuse University upper-level courses to its two-year academic structure.

September 16, 1946 — Syracuse University announces opening of Utica College of Syracuse University at Oneida Square. Dr. Winton Tolles serves as the first dean of Utica College (first chief executive officer).

1942 — Dr. Robert Willard of Syracuse University organizes and directs three University extension centers in Utica, Rome, and Herkimer.

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