College Presents Board of Trustees Resolutions and NYCCT Award; Thanks Benefactor for Commitment to College

PHOTO: William Kaplan and Joan WolfeMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange held a luncheon at its Newburgh Extension Center Wednesday (June 4) to present William Kaplan with his recently announced 2008 New York Community College Trustees “Friend of the Community College” Award and to once again publicly thank Kaplan (shown at right with Joan Wolfe, chair, SUNY Orange Board of Trustees) for his longtime commitment to the College and for his recent efforts to spearhead approval of its planned Newburgh Branch Campus.

In addition to formally delivering the NYCCT award, SUNY Orange also gave Kaplan framed copies of two resolutions recently passed by the College’s Board of Trustees: one that approved naming the lone new building on the upcoming branch campus “Kaplan Hall” and another that adopted the wording that will appear on a plaque—that will hang in the new building upon completion—the appropriately commemorates the efforts of the Kaplan family in contributing to the College and its branch campus.

The inscription on the commemorative Kaplan Hall plaque will read, “Kaplan Hall: Dedicated to the Kaplan family in recognition of their steadfast support of the City of Newburgh, Orange County and Orange County Community College, and for their loving generosity, dedication and commitment to providing educational opportunities for generations¬ of Orange County Community College students.” The resolution was approved by the trustees on April 14, 2008.

Among the list of dignitaries who briefly appeared at the podium Wednesday to thank Kaplan for his longtime efforts on behalf of the College, the City of Newburgh and Orange County were: Joan Wolfe, chair, SUNY Orange Board of Trustees; Ed Diana, Orange County executive; Bill Leahy, chair, Orange County Legislature; Jean-Anne McGrane, Newburgh city manager; and Dave Mathis, NYCCT president. SUNY Orange President Dr. William Richards presided over the event.

Kaplan was to have received his NYCCT award at an April luncheon in Saratoga, but was unable to attend, so Mathis, a trustee at Mohawk Valley Community College, offered to represent the NYCCT and present Kaplan’s award in person.

Kaplan Hall will be constructed at the intersection of Grand and First streets and will anchor the northwest corner of the new branch campus. In addition to fronting both Grand and First streets, the campus side of the large “L-shaped” building will face a beautifully landscaped plaza.

PHOTO: Kaplan Hall luncheonThe 85,000-square-foot, three-story building will house the campus library; many of the student services offices; classrooms; and state-of-the-art laboratories to support the nursing, biology and science programs. Office space, conference rooms, tutorial labs and a small art gallery will fill out much of the remaining indoor space.


Photo caption: Attendees at Wednesday's luncheon included (left to right): Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president; Bill Leahy, chair, Orange County Legislature; Joan Wolfe, chair, SUNY Orange Board of Trustees; William Kaplan; Ed Diana, Orange County executive. The group is standing next to a rendering of Kaplan Hall, which will be built on the College's planned branch campus in Newburgh.

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