GENESEO — SUNY Geneseo’s Doty Hall’s Grand Reopening ceremony was a grand success!
In 1974 this former high school was dedicated to Judge Lockwood Doty. Now, after 8 years of renovations, the old building is having its ribbon cutting and reopening. The building will house the Small Business Development Center, the Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Development, the admissions office, and administration from many departments. The new facility hosts many areas that would enhance learning for students including high tech conference rooms and a new recital hall. The ribbon cutting ceremony was a time to rededicate the building and invite the community, faculty, and students to a symbolic step in the future of the college.
“What a transformation, what a beautiful asset,” said the event’s guest speaker, New York State Senator Catharine Young. “Congratulations on a job well done.”
During the ceremony, Drs. Arnold Matlin and Margaret Matlin, Distinguished Teaching Professors of Psychology Emerita, donated a clay sculpture. Carl Shanahan, the artist of the sculpture and former professor at SUNY Geneseo, spoke at the ceremony. While he expressed his support of SUNY Geneseo, he also brought a somber note to the afternoon when he reminded all those present about upcoming curriculum changes at the college. “At the end of this semester,” he said, “the art program at SUNY Geneseo will come to an end. I am sad and disappointed this will happen.” Although it is a disappointing cut from the Geneseo curriculum, it emphasized the ending of one chapter and beginning of another.
Other notable speakers included Interim College President Long; Bruce Teall, who is the great-grandson of Judge Doty; and Molly McHuen, who donated a complete set of “History of the Genesee County,” the 1925 master work of regional history by Lockwood Doty.
After the ribbon was cut, individuals were able to take a tour of the newly renovated building, and enjoy a talent-filled concert in the new Doty Recital Hall. The concert featured performances by both staff and students of SUNY Geneseo.