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Robert H. Wood Great Artists Series Presents a Free Performance by Dreamers’ Circus

March 25, 2019

The Robert H. Wood Great Artists Series will present Dreamers’ Circus on Friday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Herkimer College’s Sarkus-Busch Theater. The performance is open to the public and free of charge.
A new driving force in Nordic world music is the young Danish trio, Dreamers’ Circus. Contemporary and endlessly innovative in their approach, they draw inspiration from the deep traditions of folk music in the region and reshape them into something bright, shiny and new. Dreamers’ Circus display inventiveness and talent in their approach to performances that include music from Denmark and Sweden as well as Iceland and the far reaches of the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The ensemble has won five prestigious Danish Music Awards and toured throughout Europe and beyond, with performances in Japan and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

The Robert H. Wood Great Artists Series is a result of a generous endowment made to the Herkimer County College Foundation by the late Robert H. Wood, a long-time resident of Ilion, NY. For more information, visit www.herkimer.edu/greatartists or call the Herkimer County College Foundation Office at (315)-574-4015.

 

DREAMERS CIRCUS

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Herkimer Lacrosse opens 2019 season with convincing win over Sussex CC

March 25, 2019

Newton, NJ – Zach St. Hilaire (Brasher Falls, NY) scored 7 goals in his college debut as the Herkimer Generals opened the 2019 campaign with a 16-2 win over Sussex CC (NJ) on Sunday afternoon in Newton, New Jersey. The Generals took a 7-2 lead into halftime and then shut down the Skylanders in the second half, outscoring them 9-0 to secure the win.

Sophomore Jace Babka (Draper, Utah) added 5 goals in the win and Ethan Babowicz (Marcy, NY) added two goals in the win. Dylan Utter (Forsyth, Georgia) and Ryan O’ Hara (North Syracuse, NY) added one goal apiece for the final total of 16 on the afternoon. Goalie Jack Babka (Draper, Utah) had a strong performance in goal, making 11 saves on 13 Sussex shots. 

Coach Jamie Ireland’s squad now look forward to their home opener on Saturday, March 30, as they will host the Jefferson CC Cannoneers at Wehrum Stadium. Game time is set for 1:00 PM. 

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Herkimer College’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Achieves Top Honor and Names Two Students to PTK All-State Academic Teams

March 21, 2019

Herkimer College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Upsilon Epsilon, has received a five-star designation for the second consecutive year. Five stars is the highest level of chapter recognition by Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges.

“Our students have achieved a high level of achievement in scholarly excellence and community involvement,” said chapter co-advisor, Blake Pitcher. “We’re extremely proud of them.”
Phi Theta Kappa chapters have five levels of engagement that progress from local, campus involvement to regional involvement and international involvement. The New York region has 59 participating chapters.

It’s been a notable year for Herkimer College’s chapter. Caleb Sanfino (Herkimer, NY) and Shaun McGraw (Dolgeville, NY), were named to the Phi Theta Kappa All New York Academic first and third team, respectively. Students from the 38 participating states nominated to the All-USA Academic Team are named to the All-State Academic Teams. Ranking on the All-State Academic Teams is generally determined by the student’s score in the national competition. All-State Academic Team members receive special recognition including medallions and certificates and may include scholarships.

The Herkimer College chapter is co-advised by Vicki Brown, Stephanie Conley, Blake Pitcher and Joshua Belisle. PTK is an international honor society and the purpose is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two year students. Membership is extended to those who have achieved a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA and have accumulated at least 12 credit hours.

 

Caleb Sanfino
Sanfino

 

Shaun McGraw
McGraw

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Herkimer College Receives Truth Initiative Grant and Pledges to go Tobacco Free

March 20, 2019

Herkimer County Community College was one of 48 colleges and universities to be awarded a grant from Truth Initiative® to adopt a 100 percent tobacco or smoke-free campus policy. The effort is part of a national movement among students, faculty and administrators to address smoking and tobacco use at college campuses throughout the U.S.

“We are truly excited to make Herkimer College a safe and healthy environment,” said Herkimer College President Cathleen McColgin. “The health benefits of reducing secondhand smoke exposure are invaluable and could also help students prepare for the workforce where smoke-free policies are already the norm.”

Ninety-nine percent of all smokers start smoking before the age of 26, making college campuses a critical part in the fight against youth tobacco use. Since 2015, the Truth Initiative Tobacco-Free College Program, in partnership with CVS Health, has awarded more than $1.8 million in funding to 154 colleges and universities to prevent young adults from starting tobacco use, help tobacco smokers quit and reduce everyone’s exposure to secondhand smoke.

“Our goal is to make campus environments healthier places to live, work and learn,” said Robin Koval, CEO and president of Truth Initiative. “We are proud to continue to build relationships and provide grants to minority-serving institutions, HBCUs, women’s colleges and community colleges to give them the tools to go tobacco free and be the generation that ends smoking.”

Herkimer’s efforts are part of a growing trend to clean the air on campuses. Currently, more than 2,342 higher education institutions in the United States have gone smoke- or tobacco-free.
Besides helping to reduce smoking rates, smoke- and tobacco-free policies also change attitudes toward tobacco products and address emerging products such as e-cigarettes. E-cigarette use has surged over the last year, especially among young people. Nearly seven percent of college students ages 19 to 28 reported having used an e-cigarette that contains nicotine in the past 30 days and one study showed that 66 percent of college students are in favor of policies prohibiting e-cigarette use on campus. The spread of e-cigarettes risks a reversal of the progress made in reducing smoking over the last two decades given that young people who vape are four times more likely to begin smoking cigarettes in the future. Instead of fueling adults to quit, e-cigarettes may be turning back the clock on progress in the fight against tobacco and addicting a new generation to nicotine.

These latest data show, 38 million Americans ages 18 and above still smoke, and tobacco use remains the number one cause of preventable death in this country. Research also shows that there are dire health consequences for nonsmokers too. Secondhand smoke exposure causes cancer and cardiovascular disease among other secondhand smoke diseases, which are responsible for more than 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults in the U.S.

Of the roughly 20 million college and university students in the U.S., more than 1 million have been projected to die prematurely from cigarette smoking and its effects. Over the next 16 months, Herkimer will form a campus task force that will assess tobacco use behaviors and attitudes, identify a treatment plan for current smokers and develop a smoke- or tobacco-free policy. Two student leaders will also develop and lead educational efforts to build a movement to become a tobacco-free campus. After participation in the program, the institutions are poised to join a growing movement that will protect more than 1.3 million students and 285,000 employees in over 39 states.

“The grant from Truth Initiative has set us up for success and I’m positive we can achieve our goals,” said Laura Jacquays, College Prevention Coordinator. “We are going to hit the ground running with our plan so that we can finally take a breath of fresh air on campus.”

Background:

A 100 percent tobacco-free policy prohibits the use of any tobacco product, such as cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, small cigars, pipes, hookah, smokeless tobacco (otherwise known as dip, chew, snuff, spit and snus) and other smokeless products and e-cigarettes. A comprehensive tobacco-free policy could also address tobacco sales, marketing, sponsorship and investments at colleges. A 100 percent smoke-free policy is one that prohibits the use of smoke-producing tobacco, such as cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, small cigars, pipes and hookah, as well as e-cigarettes. Both policies apply to anyone on campus and on any campus property. For more information on model campus policies, visit the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.

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NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

March 16, 2019

Rochester, MN – The Herkimer Generals are National Champions.

Down 37-31 at the half and 54-53 with 6 minutes to go, the Generals ended the game on a 19-6 run to win the 2019 NJCAA Division III National Championship over Rock Valley College (IL) by a score of 72-60 on Saturday night in Rochester, Minnesota. Herkimer ends the season at 31-1 and won their last 28 games in route to the title.

Please check back as this story will be updated with further information. 

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Notice of Board of Trustees Meetings

March 15, 2019The Herkimer County Community College Board of Trustees will hold a regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the Robert McLaughlin College Center, room 282/283.
The Executive Committee of the Boar…

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Herkimer eases past Sandhills, moves on to National Semifinal

March 15, 2019

Rochester, MN – For the second time in three years, the Herkimer Generals will play in the National Semifinals. 

The #2 seeded Generals shot out to an 18 point halftime lead and cruised home to defeat # 7 seed Sandhills CC (NC) by a score of 76-64 on Thursday afternoon in the NJCAA Division III Men’s Basketball National Championships in Rochester, Minnesota. The win raises Herkimer’s record to 29-1 on the year and was the Generals 26th win in a row. 

Once again it was a balanced scoring attack as Derrick Felder (Yonkers, NY), Arnold Agard (Brooklyn, NY) and Musa Pough (Brooklyn, NY) each scored 14 points apiece while Keshaun Howard (Brooklyn, NY) added 13 points in the win. Felder’s stat line included 8 rebounds and 7 assists while Pough led the Generals with 9 rebounds. 9 of Agard’s 14 points came on 3-5 shooting from 3 point range. 

Herkimer’s opponent in Friday’s National Semifinal will be the # 3 seed Richland College from Dallas, Texas. The winner of that game will be play the winner of # 5 Rock Valley (IL) and # 8 Central Lakes (MN) in the National Championship game on Saturday night. Game time for tonight’s game vs Richland is 6:00 PM EDT (5:00 PM CDT). 

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Generals hold off Richland, advance to National Title Game

March 15, 2019

Rochester, MN – For the first time since 1991, the Herkimer Generals will play for the National Championship.

Coach Matt Lee’s squad held off a furious rally by the Richland College Thunderducks and advanced to the National Title Game with a 63-59 win on Friday evening in a NJCAA Division III National Semifinal Game in Rochester, Minnesota. The win, the 27th in a row for the Generals, improves their record to 30-1 heading into Saturday’s night National Championship Game. 

After taking a 27-21 lead into the locker room at halftime, the Generals controlled much of the second half and held a 14 point lead with just under 5 minutes to go at 52-38. But Richland stormed back and cut the Herkimer lead to 4 at 59-55 with just under one minute remaining. Richland had 2 possessions with a chance to cut the deficit even more but Herkimer’s defense came up with big stops to hold the lead and get the win. 

Derrick Felder (Yonkers, NY) once again led the way with 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. He also went 8-12 from the free throw line, including hitting 4 in the last minute to help hold off the Richland rally. Musa Pough (Brooklyn, NY) added 13 points and 9 rebounds and Keshaun Howard ( Brooklyn, NY) had 12 points and 7 rebounds. The Generals excelled on the defensive end, holding the Thunderducks to 39% shooting and the 59 points scored by Richland was their lowest of the season. 

The Generals, the 2 seed in the tournament, will take on # 5 seed Rock Valley College (IL) in Saturday night’s Championship Game. The Eagles come into Saturday’s game with a record of 25-6 and came back from a 9 point halftime deficit to defeat # 8 Central Lakes by a score of 68-62 in Friday’s other National Semifinal. Herkimer and Rock Valley will tip off at 8:00 EDT (7:00 CDT) to determine the 2019 Division III National Champion. 

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Herkimer College to Host Annual Career Fair

March 12, 2019

Herkimer College will host its annual Career Fair on Wednesday, March 27th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Robert McLaughlin College Center.

Meet with representatives from a variety of companies recruiting for full and part-time opportunities, summer employment and internships.

Participants are encouraged to wear business attire and bring resumes.

For more information and a list of participating employers, please visit www.herkimer.edu/career or contact Herkimer College’s Career Services at (315)-574-4031.

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Mascia, Dang reach personal bests at NJCAA Swimming National Championships

March 11, 2019

Buffalo, NY – Amanda Mascia (Matoaca, VA) and Hong Dang (Mohawk, NY) turned in outstanding performances and achieved personal bests for the Herkimer Generals Women’s Swimming and Diving team at the 2019 NJCAA National Championships in Buffalo, NY. It was a fitting end of a great season for both swimmers.

Mascia’s weekend included a 12th place finish in the 50 Freestyle, a 14th place finish in the 200 Freestyle, which was a new school record, and another 14th place in the 100 Freestyle. She also set a school record by placing 13th in the 100 Backstroke. 

Dang’s strong showing included a 16th place finish in the 50 Freestyle and a 16th place in the 200 Backstroke. She also set a personal best in the 100 Individual Medley. 

Overall, the Generals closed the season with an 11th place finish as a women’s team. 

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