Cal Chase '71 to be Honored at June 3 Citizens Board Gala

May 27, 2011

Hartwick College is pleased to announce that Calvin W. Chase '71, a long-time friend of the College and the Oneonta community, has been named the Hartwick College Citizens Board Outstanding Citizen of the Year. Chase will be honored during the Board's seventh annual benefit celebration, "Hartwick in Harmony: A Fine Arts Gala," on June 3, 2011.

"There are few individuals who rival Cal Chase in their steadfast devotion to Hartwick College," said College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich. "His loyalty to the College is surpassed only by his singular commitment to the Hartwick College soccer program. He has mentored countless young scholar-athletes into adulthood during their time at Hartwick. Anyone would be fortunate to have the level of energy and passion and generosity that defines Cal. He is a perfect choice for this recognition, a recognition that gives us yet another opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate all that he has given to Hartwick and the Oneonta community."

"Cal Chase is an ideal choice for the 2011 Hartwick College Citizens Board Citizen of the Year," said Neal Miller '72, President of Hartwick's Alumni Association Board of Directors. "Cal's involvement with Hartwick College for more than four decades has shown his dedication to the school, its academic programs, its financial success, and especially its athletic programs. Cal's work on numerous Homecoming &Reunion committees, including the Alumni Board, the Citizens Board, and the 'Reignite the Wick' committee, has shown his commitment to the College and the greater Oneonta community."

Chase, a 1971 graduate of Hartwick College, has made his career in local banking, having served in a wide variety of roles from 1971 to 1996 with National Commercial Bank & Trust/Key Bank. He worked his way from a teller position to Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, before taking a position as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer with NBT Bank for the final 10 years of his career, retiring in 2006.

"Cal Chase is an individual with boundless energy and an incredibly strong sense of community. These qualities made Cal a great banker and motivated NBT Bank to ensure that he was on our team when we expanded into the Oneonta market over a decade ago. Cal also has combined his energy and sense of community with a great passion for Hartwick College that has had a powerful impact," said Martin Dietrich, President and CEO of NBT Bank.

Chase--husband to Kathryn and father of Christopher, Jeffrey, and Kelly--has long dedicated a substantial amount of his considerable energy to ensuring the continued vibrancy of Hartwick College. Among his important contributions, Chase served as the team captain of the College's inaugural alumni phonathon, as the local co-chair of the Reignite the Wick campaign, two separate terms on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Wick Athletic Association Board of Directors, and as a team captain for the Hartwick College Capital Campaign in 1982-83. He has received the Alumni Association Meritorious Service Award (2009) and has twice been given the Millecan Award (1985 and 2004).

"Cal Chase is a glowing example of what is right and good about our community," said Citizens Board Chair Laurie Zimniewicz. "He leads with integrity and heart; the energy he gives to his commitments is legendary. And he gets the job done. His selection as Hartwick College Citizen of the Year is well deserved."

Off campus, Chase served as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties, and in 1998 as the chair of its Industry and Commerce Division. He dedicated his time to the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital Board of Directors for two stints, from 1989-1995 and again from 1998-2008. During that time he served as Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the board, and served on countless committees. He is an honorary trustee of that institution, and a member of the Board of Directors of Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center.

"As a lifelong resident of Otsego County, Cal has always been an active community member," Miller said. "His undying energy and commitment to his projects has helped make Oneonta and surrounding communities a place for 'Life Enjoyed.'"

Founded in 1954, the Hartwick College Citizens Board is a group of area businesspeople and community members. The Board established the Citizen of the Year award in 1980 to recognize an area resident who exemplifies the mission of the Board: to act as an advocate for Hartwick and to affirm the mutually beneficial relationship between the College and the greater Oneonta community. Susan R. Hughson was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 2010, with Madolyn Palmer achieving the recognition in 2009. Brian and Josie Wright and Geoff and Linda Smith received the honor in 2008 and 2007, respectively. Jim and Karen Elting received the award in 2006.

Hartwick College has benefited from the financial support and involvement of the community for more than 75 years. The Hartwick Fund provides the strength and flexibility necessary for maintaining the programs and services that make the College so special. Gifts to the Hartwick Fund support financial aid and scholarships, study-abroad opportunities, attracting and retaining first-rate faculty, student-faculty research, Pine Lake Environmental Campus, student services and activities, library and research materials, athletics, academic and internship programs, and more.

"Hartwick in Harmony: A Fine Arts Gala," will be held from 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center on Market Street in Oneonta. Students from Hartwick's departments of Theatre Arts, Music, and Creative Writing will perform, and a silent auction will be held. Tickets are $150, and may be purchased by contacting the Office of Donor Relations at 607- 431-4021. Corporate sponsorships are available. For additional information, contact Hartwick College Director of Donor Relations Alicia Fish at 607-431-4021 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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