By Michelle Marasch Ouellette
SUNY Plattsburgh’s newest building now has a name.
The College Council approved resolutions in November temporarily renaming the building, while giving permanent names to a conference room and terrace.
The building — which houses the School of Business and Economics and the Department of Computer Science — is now Au Sable Hall. The structure may be named in the future should a donor make a gift in accordance with the Campus Naming Opportunities Policy of the Plattsburgh College Foundation.
The name was chosen to honor the river valley, “renowned for its rich history as a working river for early settlers,” according to the resolution. The choice reflects a campus tradition of honoring local geographic features through building names like Adirondack, Champlain, Algonquin and Saranac.
A second resolution named the terrace on the second floor of the same building the John and Mary Hopkins Terrace, in honor of the parents of Kathy Hopkins MaGaw ’72.
MaGaw has served on the Plattsburgh College Foundation Board of Trustees for more than a decade. She is treasurer and chair of its Investment Committee; was co-chair of Bright with Promise, the college’s first comprehensive campaign; and was awarded the college’s highest honor — the Distinguished Service Award.
MaGaw recently pledged $250,000 in unrestricted funds to the foundation.
Finally, the council moved to name the large, first-floor conference room in the new building in honor of Thomas ’71 and Marie ’72 Hermes.
The alumni couple has long supported SUNY Plattsburgh students through an endowed scholarship fund and has now pledged an additional $100,000 in unrestricted funds to the foundation.
The MaGaw and Hermes gifts will be used to provide funding for scholarships and enhancements to academic, student life and career networking programs on campus.
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