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Utica College (or UC) is a private university located in Uticamarker, New Yorkmarker. The history of the college dates back to the 1930s when Syracuse Universitymarker began offering extension courses in the Utica area. Syracuse University established Utica College as a four-year institution in 1946, and in 1995, UC became a financially and legally independent institution. Utica College continues to offer the Syracuse University degree to undergraduates through a unique arrangement with that institution. UC is officially mentioned in Syracuse's Charter, Article 1, Section 3: "Utica College shall be represented by the President, appointed ex officio, and by the dean of the college, and another representative selected by the college."


Utica College was originally located in downtown Utica, NY in what is now called Oneida Square. In 1961 the school moved to its current campus, located in the western area of the city. Close to its borders are the towns of Whitestownmarker and New Hartford. The campus can be accessed from both Burrstone Road and Champlin Avenue.

When first completed, the current campus consisted of Hubbard Hall (academic classrooms), Addison Miller White Hall (administration), Gordon Science Center, DePerno Hall (faculty offices), and the Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library. Gannett Library is located on the Champlin Avenue side of the campus and provides students with access to over 200,000 volumes.

The original dormitories of North and South Hall are still in use as is Alumni Hall, an apartment-style dormitory. The Ralph F. Strebel Center is the student center which houses the Pioneer Cafe, the college radio station WPNR, the Utica College bookstore, and the school newspaper The Tangerine. Increased enrollment at the turn of the millennium prompted the administration to expand. Recent construction projects include an addition to the main academic building in 2002, and three dormitories of New Hall and Conference Center, Tower Hall, and Bell Hall. Construction is now complete on the new F. Eugene Romano Hall, Phase I of UC's new Science and Technology Center, which will be of classrooms, laboratories, clinical space, and technological upgrades. Fundraising and pursuit of grants is currently underway for another planned phase of the expansion project.

In Fall 2008, the college enrolled 2,505 undergraduate students and 599 graduate students. There are nearly 20,000 Utica College alumni.

In Winter 2009 the college opened up a new building called the Economic Crime and Criminal Justice Studies building.


Utica College offers around 40 majors, 24 minors, several Master's degree programs, and a number of pre-professional and special programs. The chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society. Utica College also offers programs in teacher education which lead to certification.

Utica College is well-known for its health science education. It is one of the leading colleges in both occupational therapy and physical therapy. One of its strongest social science programs is in child life psychology The college has also received national attention for its economic crime programs. In fact, Utica College was the first institution in the world to offer a Master's degree in Economic Crime Management.

For the Class of 2013, the average high school GPA was a 3.42. The current freshman class is also the largest in the college's history with over 600 students.


The Utica College chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) represents the college's more than 100 faculty, librarians, and HEOP counselors in collective bargaining.

Karl Wernert, a History professor and instructor of German and Citizenship, called the first meeting of the AAUP chapter at Utica College on April 8, 1949, during which John A. Tallmadge, professor of English, was elected first president.

The AAUP-UC became a collective bargaining unit in response to the decision by Syracuse University to sell the college to the State University of New York. The proposed sale had "spread fear and anxiety at UC, particularly among the faculty," and although the deal quickly fell through, the faculty unionized "in order to present a united front on college affairs, particularly in terms of employment." In September 1975, 85 members of the faculty requested that the collective bargaining rights of the AAUP-UC be recognized by the college. In February of the following year, Dr. Robert W. Millet, a professor of English who would serve as president of AAUP-UC from 1975-1977, announced that “84 of the college’s 94 full-time faculty voted to certify the AAUP as the bargaining agent .” Only six voted against.

A first tentative contract agreement was announced in February, 1977, after ten months of difficult negotiations between Syracuse University, Utica College, faculty, librarians, HEOP counselors, and the AAUP . Dr. Virgil Crisafulli, a “leader in [the unionization] movement in 1975 through his retirement in 1978," had served as the AAUP’s chief negotiator .

More recent past presidents include Dr. Gary Gordon (Criminal Justice), Dr. William H. Gotwald, Jr. (Biology), and Dr. Steven M. Specht (Psychology). The current president is Dr. James Scannell (English).

The AAUP-UC has been working without a contract since May 31, 2008, creating an atmosphere of increasing frustration, bitterness, and mistrust. Many faculty, librarians, and counselors have taken to wearing red t-shirts on campus that read, "Working Without a Contract," displaying posters on their office doors that read, "High Praise, Low Raise," and "Working Without a Contract... Again," and bringing much of the college's business to a halt by adjourning meetings of the Faculty Senate and many of the campus committees (i.e. Curriculum Committee), as well as those of the college's three Schools.

In October 2008, a large number of faculty and other members of the bargaining unit picketed a dinner held on campus to mark President Todd Hutton's tenth year at the college. In November 2008, the AAUP-UC voted to approve a one-day sick-out to protest their lack of a contract, but chose not to follow through on the threat. The two sides have recently entered into federal mediation.

Notable alumni

  • John M. McHugh, B.A 1970, congressman from January 1993 to 2009;Secretary of the Army 2009 -

  • Michael McKeon, B.A. 1985, Partner of Mercury Public Affairs, Director of Communications and chief spokesman for Governor George Pataki, New York City newspaper reporter

  • Andy Rubin, B.S. 1986, Technology pioneer, co-founder and former CEO of both Danger Inc. and Android. He is the current Director of Mobile Platforms at Google,


UC offers 21 Division III intercollegiate sports affiliated with the NCAA, Empire 8 Conference and the ECAC. UC student athletes engage in spirited competition throughout the entire academic year and are well supported by members of the College community and the greater Utica area alike.

Teams are known as the Pioneers and compete in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference along with Elmiramarker, Alfredmarker, Hartwick, Ithacamarker, Nazareth, RITmarker and St. John Fisher. The men's and women's hockey teams compete in the ECAC West athletic conference. The women's water polo team competes in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Northern Division. The school's mascot is a moose named Trax.

Intramural activities are also an extremely important aspect of the success of the UC Athletic Department. Almost 70% of the student population engages in intramural activities.

Facility use is at an all-time high as UC students, faculty, and staff pursue a healthy array of recreational opportunities in the Harold T. Clark Athletic Center. Recent renovation to the fitness center offers the UC community one of the best nautilus and free weight exercise experiences in the area.

For more information on UC Athletics Facilities: UC Athletic Facilities

The student body's overall interest in athletics was significantly bolstered by the addition of football and ice hockey teams in 2001. The football, field hockey, soccer and lacrosse teams play in Charles A. Gaetano Stadium. The 1,200 seat venue was completed in 2001 and boasts a modern field turf playing surface. The ice hockey teams compete at the Utica Memorial Auditoriummarker. The Aud, as it is commonly called, was built in 1959 and provides seating for over 4,000 fans. The men's hockey team led the nation in Division III home attendance in the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons. The basketball teams play on campus at the Harold Thomas Clark Jr. Athletic Center, which also has a pool and racquetball courts.

In November 2007 the Utica College football team set an NCAA record in their 72-70 loss to Hartwick College in four overtimes. The record for highest combined score in NCAA football since statistics have been kept. Also, Utica holds the NCAA record for most points scored in a loss.

For more information visit the official home of the Utica College Pioneers:


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  2. Utica College AAUP contract 2003-2008
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  4. "Anti-Nazi Minister to Speak At St. Paul's Lutheran, YW," Utica [NY] Observer-Dispatch, March 9, 1954 [2]
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  6. "General Information: About Us" [3]
  7. "UC History... A Timeline: 1940s [4]
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  9. Crisafulli, Virgil C. (2000), Reflections: The Early Years of Utica College, pg. 163
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  11. "Obituary Listings:: Individual: Millett, Robert W. PhD" [5]
  12. Behrens, John (1977), Pioneering Generations: The Utica College Story, 1946-1996, pg. 77
  13. Behrens, John (1977), Pioneering Generations: The Utica College Story, 1946-1996, pg. 133
  14. Behrens, John (1977), Pioneering Generations: The Utica College Story, 1946-1996, pg. 77
  15. Crisafulli, Virgil C. (2000), Reflections: The Early Years of Utica College, pg. 163
  16. Behrens, John (1977), Pioneering Generations: The Utica College Story, 1946-1996, pg. 77
  17. ‘Frustration mounting’ for UC professors without contract, [Utica, NY] Observer-Dispatch, May 26, 2009[6]
  18. UC Professors Working Without Contract, [Utica College] Tangerine, October 2, 2008 [7]
  19. UC professors back off on 'sick-out' plan, [Utica, NY] Observer-Dispatch, November 22, 2008 [8]

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