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Morrisville State College Marks 100th Anniversary, Centennial Gala Sept. 8 Will Kickoff Year of Celebration

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—It was a humble beginning—two small parcels of farm land, four buildings, a handful of degrees and less than 100 students that shepherded the way.

Since then, Morrisville State College has undergone a transformation—adding building after building, expanding its degree offerings and welcoming larger student classes—to become what it is today: a highly respected educational institution, nationally known for its technology and innovative programs and drawing a student population from across the globe.

Today, the once modest campus boasts acreages of land, two campuses and more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and has earned national recognition as one of the forerunners in the technological revolution.

And while its buildings’ facades and manicured landscapes don’t reveal it, Morrisville State College is turning a century old this year.

A myriad of events will herald the college’s 100-year anniversary, kicking off with a Centennial Gala on Sept. 8.

The Centennial Gala, dubbed the “The Event of the Century,” will incorporate an art deco theme into a cocktail reception, dinner and an evening of Monte Carlo games and jazz music. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Morrisville College Foundation (MCF).

“This event is special because it celebrates not only just the college’s history, but also its future,” Jessica DeCerce, director of public relations and Gala chairperson, said. “We have a lot to be proud of at Morrisville State College, and a very bright future.”

The Morrisville State College community has come together to make this event a success. Students in the college’s gaming and casino management program will host the game tables, and the Horticulture Department and students in horticulture programs are assisting with flower design and arrangement. Food will be provided by the college’s restaurant, The Copper Turret.

During the upcoming school year, the college will incorporate the centennial anniversary theme into everything it does, DeCerce said.

Banners bearing the centennial logo and historical images displayed throughout the college will assist in setting a festive tone throughout the centennial year.

The MCF is also raising money to build a centennial fountain on the campus academic quad, centennial calendars will be sold this fall and a time capsule will be assembled.

The Centennial Gala is presented by Michael Waters (class of 1962) and the Sheila C. Johnson Foundation, with additional sponsorship by National Grid, Key Bank, Richer Feeds, the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, Syracuse Technology Garden, Oneida Savings Bank, NBT Bank, Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Cobblestone Farm Winery and Vineyard, Bev McKay, Saddleback Farms and Richie Sturgis Courier Service.

Tickets to the event are $60 per person or $500 for a table of 10. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Jessica DeCerce at 315-684-6041 or

Morrisville State College, incorporated in 1908 as an agricultural and technical college, is home to more than 3,300 students.

In 1969, the college established a branch campus 30 miles south in Norwich, N.Y., with classes offered at the Norwich High School. Today, the Norwich Campus serves 500 students and has its own state-of-the-art facility, Follett Hall.

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in business, computer technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood and human services to Chenango County area residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.