SUNY Delhi celebrates centennial

By Perry Russom

May 3, 2013 Updated May 3, 2013 at 6:24 PM EST

Delhi, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In 1913, the first prize was stuffed inside a crackerjack box, William Taft handed over the presidency to Woodrow Wilson and SUNY Delhi was founded.

The end of the spring semester marks the end of SUNY Delhi's 100th year celebration.

"The focus of the year has really been raising money for student scholarships," said SUNY Delhi Provost John Nader. "We are very proud to report that, at this point, we are approaching the $3 million mark."

SUNY Delhi has had many changes over its 100 years.

It was founded as an agriculture and domestic science school.

The university has since added majors such as nursing, veterinary science technology and culinary arts.

Of the 31 SUNY schools, it's the ninth smallest with a little more than 3,000 students.

"Physically, the campus has become just the most beautiful campus, I think, in the SUNY system," said SUNY Delhi Library Director Pam Peters. "We've had great leadership on campus. We've really expanded programs. You can see the buildings have been totally improved."

Even the oldest building on campus is being retrofitted. Thurston Hall will be transformed into a boutique hotel that will be run by the students.

The university also touts an 18-hole golf course run by students.

Students said attending Delhi has allowed them to become closer to nature and the surrounding communities.

"It's a really strong community of people. Our faculty and staff work very well together," Peters said. "It's very supportive, you know, I wouldn't be here for 15 years if I didn't love it."

Click here for SUNY Delhi's centennial website