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Elmira College Recognizes $80K Gift from Kennedy Valve, McWane Foundation

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At noon on Friday, August 1, 2014, a dedication ceremony took place in the main lobby of the Gannett-Tripp Library in Elmira, New York. Elmira College unveiled how they made use of the $80,000 gift from Kennedy Valve Company in Elmira, and the McWane Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama – through the renovation of two now state-of-the-art classrooms.

After the arrival of college President Ronald O. Champagne two years ago, he realized that classroom upgrades needed to be set forth after college trustees were shown photographs of classrooms taken recently and in the 1920s and trustees could not tell the difference.

“Times change. We are preparing students now for jobs that don’t even exist and that is why we need these classrooms,” Champagne said.

Some of the features included in the classroom renovations are lecterns with multimedia control panel, “idea” boards, ceiling conference microphones and amplifiers, and multimedia cabling and data ports – all of which Champagne noted were nonexistent when he attended college in 1964.

On hand to represent Kennedy Valve was Vice President and General Manager Arne Feyling, and newly-appointed Assistant General Manger Jack McPike.

“It is important for us to have a strong and vibrant city. It makes it easier to attract good people and operate in the community. That is why we believe in having partnerships like this,” Feyling said. “We don’t just want to be a factory at the edge of town, we want to be a good neighbor, good business, employer of choice and an integral part of the community.”

Though manufacturing is a major part of the company, Kennedy Valve is about so much more. We are very proud to see them making such a great impact on Elmira College and the surrounding community!

For the full article, please see the Star-Gazette’s article.