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Morrisville State College to Retire Jersey in Honor of Thomas Ciarrocchi, Class of 1947

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.— Morrisville State College will posthumously honor one of its most dedicated alumni supporters, Thomas Ciarrocchi, by retiring his jersey before a hockey game at the college’s IcePlex on Jan. 12.

Ciarrocchi, of West Eaton, was a longtime businessman, politician and philanthropist who passed away in July 2007. A member of the Morrisville State College class of 1947, he continued to support the college throughout his life by endowing scholarships, donating property and serving on the Morrisville College Foundation Board as vice chairman.

An avid fan of the Morrisville Mustangs hockey team, Ciarrocchi also contributed a major gift toward expansion of the college’s IcePlex, with the intent to provide increased community access to the facility. The second ice rink in the IcePlex was named in his honor.

“Tom Ciarrocchi exemplified commitment to the college, and we are proud to call him an alumnus,” Dr. Ray Cross, Morrisville State College president, said. “It is fitting that we retire a hockey jersey in his honor. I think he would have really enjoyed it.”

The college will retire a Morrisville State College Mustangs hockey jersey emblazoned with the number 47 before the Mustangs’ last home game against Fredonia State. A short ceremony will take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. This is the first time the college has retired an athletic jersey

The public is invited to attend this free event.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options with eight new degrees being offered this fall: entrepreneurship and small business management, B.B.A.; nursing, B.S.; science, technology, and society, B.S.; journalism and communication for online media, B.S.; horticulture business management, B.T.; human performance and health promotion, B.S.; criminal justice, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only); and human services, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only).

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 accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.