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Alumni News (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 1950-1994, July 01, 1969, Image 1

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PAUL SMITHS, NEW YORK Mr. Robinson delivers graduation address. Howard T. Robinson Stresses Challenges To Education In PSC Commencement Address Howard T. Robinson of the Wes­ leyan University Center for Ad­ vanced Studies and formerly with the Department of State, address­ ed 281 graduates at Paul Smith’s 22nd Annual Commencement Sun­ day, June 1, 1969. The subject of his address was Current Challenges to Education. Mr. Robinson declared the time was already here when an educat­ ed person must have not one but three or four specialities and that the institution of higher learning must meet the time’s demand. Education, he said, is an industry second only to the Defense Depart­ ment in total expenditures and is the largest employing industry in th U.S. He said “ during the next few years job and skill obsoles­ cence will continue to exceed our ability to prepare people for new employment opportunities, unless we make education relevant to em­ ployment needs at a scale far be­ yond what is contemplated today/’ Mr. Robinson believes that, al­ though the technological age has provided many luxuries, it has also made obsolete jobs in which people had felt themselves secure, too. He said that 3.7 million color­ ed people had left the south to come north between 1940 and 1966 expecting better opportunities in employment, housing, and educa­ tion but had found none of these things. He suggested urban decay and poverty were national rather than individual evils. Mr. Robinson said education could be the basis of solving these evils if educational institutions were used “in a re­ levant way to erase racism, poverty and unemployment.” Mr. Robinson said we are far from solving these problems. He used Dr. Clark Kerr’s figures that “48 per cent of all college students come from the top income quartile, 29 per cent from the second, 17 per cent from the (Continued on page 2) Dr. Buxton presenting diplomas to Class of ’69. 281 Graduate From Paul Smith’s College A graduating class of 281 re­ ceived diplomas at Paul Smith’s on June 1, 1969. The class included 134 graduates in forestry, 92 in hotel management, and 55 in liberal arts. Some members were not pre­ sent because they had completed their work in February. Graduating with High Honors were John M. Bulger of Fonda, N.Y. and Roland F. Reed of Platts­ burgh, N.Y. in forestry and Robert J. Zeigler of Olean, N.Y., in hotel management. Graduating with Honor in for­ estry were: Robert E. Basolt of Troy, Gary R. Callard of Medina, Richard P. Concotta of Greenville, John F. Felt of Chippewa Bay, Gene A. Goundry of Riverfield, Quebec, William D. Graves of Syosset, Michael J. Tracy, of Syra­ cuse, Charles A. Treadway of Ti- conderoga, and Irvin T. Ward III of Lewiston, Maine; John H. Feld- kanp of Lorain, Ohio, Kurt W. Greulich of Butler, N. J., Karl C. Laidman of Oakland, N. J., James D. LaVallee of North Syracuse, William A. Reiman of Miami Beach, Florida and Douglas P. Schwert of Belmont graduated with Honor in hotel management. Stephen Guest graduated with Honor in liberal arts. Dr. Chester L. Buxton presided over the ceremonies and presented the diplomas to the graduates. Dr. Buxton praised the comments of Mr. Robinson and urged the grad­ uates to continue their educational progress. Rabbi Auerbach gave the Invo­ cation and Reverend Paul L. La- Rocque gave the Benediction. The audience, led by Associate Professor Richard Schultz, sang “America the Beautiful.” Miss Dorothy LaBlanc, a hotel student, sang a medley including “ Ain’t Got Dames”, “ I Feel Pretty”, and “ Y ou’ll Never Walk Alone.” Miss Laurie Hutchison, ’69, sang “ Break” from the Prodigal Son and “ Much More” from the Fantastics. William Clark accompanied the singers on the piano. Thomas Dela- hant was organist.

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