Onondaga Community College President Casey Crabill welcomed local lawmakers and their staffs to campus to show off the latest capital projects and thank them for their support in making a difference in the lives of students.
The presentation began in Sidney B. Coulter Hall. The building which houses Coulter Library underwent a year-and-a-half long renovation. Library Chair Professor Pauline Shostack showed lawmakers striking before and after pictures. The new and improved library has more computers, study rooms and technology than before along with new cell phone charging lockers. Library use has increased 30% since the renovation.
“The amazing renovations here convey to students a very clear message about what you think of them,” Crabill told local lawmakers. “When we say to our students, ‘We want you to be well educated and have what you need so you can stay here and help us improve Central New York,’ they get that message from us. They didn’t get that from the old building.”
After receiving guided tours of Coulter by library staff, lawmakers were treated to brunch in the new student-run restaurant, “Stonewalls” in the Gordon Student Center. Chefs James Taylor and Deb Schneider, who are professors in the Hospitality Management major, spoke briefly about the great work students are doing and thanked officials for their support. The Hospitality Management major has also seen a significant upgrade in its facilities including a new retail space, bakery kitchen, demo kitchen, student study area, locker room updates and a new faculty office suite.
“We have made academic leaps and bounds and we want to thank you,” said Crabill. “We know none of this could have happened without the incredible support we get from our partners with the State, the County and the Town of Onondaga.”