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The Telegram
  • Words of wisdom for HCCC students

  • Days before the official first day of classes, first-year students at Herkimer County Community College received advice from deans, professors and the head of their student government.

    Michael Oriolo, HCCC dean of academic affairs, gave several points of wisdom for the new students, including getting themselves to class, to connect with their professors and to pursue their passions.

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  • Days before the official first day of classes, first-year students at Herkimer County Community College received advice from deans, professors and the head of their student government.
    Michael Oriolo, HCCC dean of academic affairs, gave several points of wisdom for the new students, including getting themselves to class, to connect with their professors and to pursue their passions.
    One point he also made, in the day and age of YouTube and Twitter, was for students to “adjust your attention span.” He said this is because students may find themselves in classes that last about 60 to 80 minutes. “It will seem very, very long to you. Suck it up,” he said, to laughter and applause.
    Several professors also took the microphone to advise the new students about their first year in college. Pepe Aragon, HCCC assistant professor of physical education, told students to be on time, never miss class and to “take advantage of that one or two hours you have to get ahead.”
    Donald Snyder, chairman of the HCCC board of trustees, also encouraged the students to achieve their best. “You must prepare today for these dreams ... it’s not just wishing on a star. It’s working hard every day,” he said.
    Terrell Silvera, SGA president and student ambassador, encouraged his classmates to get involved by either participating in a sports team, a club or just getting to know their other classmates.
    “Employers want to see more than a 4.0,” he said.
    HCCC President Ann Marie Murray read during the convocation some notes made by freshman seminar students about what they want to do in their life. One of the notes said, “I don’t know what I want to do. I do know I want to do something good.”
    Murray said the college will be there “to help you make the right decisions to become what you want to be and make a difference.”
    “Motivation and persistence — these two variables will define your success,” said Matthew Hawes, HCCC dean of students. Near the end of the program, Hawes had students make a verbal pledge to be the best students they can be.
    New students moved onto campus on Thursday, as part of the first day of new student orientation. Student ambassadors gave tours of the campus to the students and a program for parents also took place on Thursday.
    Academic advisement sessions took place immediately after the convocation on Friday. The General’s Block Party also took place on the college lawn.
    HCCC officials said the average high school grade point average for incoming freshmen is 80.52, up from 79.72 from last year.
    “It is the highest average on record for the college,” said Rebecca Ruffing, HCCC director of public relations in an email. “The increase is attributed to the college’s out-of-county admissions requirement (implemented in spring 2011) and conditional acceptance policy for applicants who fall into an academically at-risk category.”
    Page 2 of 2 - New students were informed of events going on this weekend during the convocation, including the Herkimer Superhero Sprint, to take place on Main Street in Herkimer today at noon; the Coliseum Soccer Club Tournament at Wehrum Stadium, with games starting at noon and 2:30 p.m. today and Sunday, and a shuttle bus to Sangertown Square Mall in New Hartford.

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