SUNY Delhi Celebrates its 100th Birthday

Community to Join Celebration with Special Events

DELHI, NY (09/06/2012)(readMedia)-- SUNY Delhi is celebrating 100 years of "Inspiring Minds. Changing Lives." and invites the community to join students, faculty and staff in a series of centennial presentations, concerts and other events.

"It was the community's vision that made SUNY Delhi a college one hundred years ago and we are grateful for that," said President Candace S. Vancko. "So we are extending a special invitation to the community to join us in celebrating the college's 100th birthday."

The fall semester kicks off on September 21 with the film premiere of "Mise en Place," a documentary produced by Kent Garrett Productions that chronicles the 2010 SUNY Delhi culinary team's rise to national champions. The red carpet event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Farrell Student and Community Center with a film screening at 7 p.m. A reception follows, where a meet and greet will include Director Kent Garrett and members of Delhi's culinary team. The MARK Project is the fiscal sponsor for Mise en Place with production funding provided by the O'Connor Foundation, the Roxbury Arts Group and private donors.

The October calendar will be filled with a number of 100th birthday events. A panel presentation, "SUNY Delhi: The Region and the State 100 Years Ago," will be made Thursday, October 18, 12:30 p.m. in The Okun Theatre. The presentation will offer a glimpse of the college's roots and the changing times of the area.

Families will enjoy the 100 Year Halloween Happening Haunted House Monday, October 29, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m., on the Agora at the heart of the college campus. That evening families will be mesmerized by Mission: Wolf at 7 p.m. in The Okun Theatre. The presentation will allow campus visitors to interact with live wolves and learn about their habitat and habits. John Zaffis from the Syfy Channel's Haunted Collector, will share stories from some of his firsthand experiences with ghosts and poltergeists on Halloween, October 31, 7 p.m. in The Okun Theatre.

SUNY Delhi will host the NJCAA Division III Cross Country Nationals on November 10. The race begins at 11 a.m. at the college golf course with an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Clark Field House. All veterans are encouraged to attend SUNY Delhi's Centennial Salute to Veterans Thursday, November 15, from 12:30 in The Okun Theatre.

Special 100th birthday appearances include the Harlem Globetrotters Monday, February 4, 7 p.m. and the Oak Ridge Boys in Concert Saturday, March 9, 7 p.m., both in the Clark Field House. For more information about these events, please call Student Activities at 607-746-4568.

"A Day at SUNY Delhi" on March 16 will be an opportunity for the community to experience all that the college campus has to offer. Workshops, classes and events will be presented for the community.

Delhi students will show their appreciation to the community that founded their college by volunteering locally. Students will assist various area organizations for a Community Service Day in celebration of Delhi's 100 years on October 27. Students, faculty and staff will come out in full force to participate in this year's "Milestones" Relay for Life April 26-27 on the American Legion Field in Delhi. Students will also join community-sponsored events by entering centennial-themed floats in the O'Connor Hospital Community Holiday and Delhi St. Patrick's Day parades.

SUNY Delhi will celebrate Founders Month in May when the college will host a centennial gala featuring Kevin Zraly '70, America's most famous and entertaining wine teacher, in the Farrell Center on May 4.

The 100th birthday festivities will culminate in June with Alumni Weekend, May 31-June 2 and the 20th annual Golf Education Tournament.

For more information about these activities, please contact College Relations at 607-746-4520.