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Cazenovia College officially names new ‘Jephson Campus’ on Albany Street

Cazenovia College President Mark Tierno., left, officially named the new Jephson Campus at a ceremony on Sept. 28. Jephson Education Trusts Trustee Bob Taisey, right, thanked the college for the recognition.

Cazenovia College President Mark Tierno., left, officially named the new Jephson Campus at a ceremony on Sept. 28. Jephson Education Trusts Trustee Bob Taisey, right, thanked the college for the recognition. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— The new Jephson Campus was chosen as one of the college’s six funding priorities in its five-year, $10 million project — officially called “Building Futures One at a Time: The Campaign for Cazenovia College” — because the institution’s division of art and design needs more space, said Prof. Betsey Moore, chair of the art and design division. “We are so thankful” for this donation, because it will give the program “the benefit of modern, bright facilities,” she said.

Approximately one-third of the college’s students are in the art and design program.

Carol Satchwell, vice president for institutional advancement, said the Jephson Campus improvement project is currently only in the early planning stages, but the vision is to build a new building in between the two current existing buildings — called Building A and Building B — and to upgrade Building A.

The goal of the college’s five-year fundraising campaign is to raise $10 million by June 2015. No work on the Jephson Campus will begin before the campaign ends, and in the time between now and then the college will “figure out” and finalize exactly what the Jephson Campus project will entail, Satchwell said.

“Clearly the Trusts’ gift gives us a launch pad in that direction,” she said.

The Jephson Educational Trusts’ gift is the largest commitment so far toward the overall $10 million goal in the college’s fundraising campaign. To date, the campaign has raised $7,070,581.

While the campus improvements will not occur for years, one new addition to the campus will be seen in the near future, Tierno said. Two new bronze medallions designating the campus as “Jephson Campus” have been approved by the village and will be affixed to the stone pillars fronting the campus on Albany Street, he said.

Mayor Kurt Wheeler, who attended the ceremony, said the village is “delighted” by the planned campus upgrade “because a strong college makes for a more vibrant and successful community.”

“This is a mutually beneficial situation and we’re appreciative of their continued investment in our community,” Wheeler said.

For more information about the Building Futures One at a Time campaign and its priorities, visit Cazenovia.edu/campaign.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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