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de Cordova Hall Dedication Draws a Crowd

Turnout was high for the dedication of de Cordova Hall, a building lauded by Colleges’ President Mark Gearan as a place “designed to maximize the student experience and level of community engagement.”

Art de Cordova ’56 was on hand to cut the ribbon officially opening the new state-of-the-art residence hall. Gearan drew parallels between the dorms of de Cordova’s era and the new building. “De Cordova shared a corner room with two roommates,” Gearan said. “They had access to only five square feet of community and study space per bed. De Cordova Hall, by contrast, has 59 square feet for each student.”

Rayza Santiago ’09, a future resident of de Cordova Hall, told the audience about the importance of first-rate living space. “Your dorm is the world that you reside in during your college years,” she said. “Your most prominent college memories are made in your dorms. Memories that all of the returning alumnae and alumni, I’m sure, still recall with joy and happiness. It is a wonderful gift that the de Cordova family has given the students at the Colleges.”

De Cordova, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, graduated from Hobart College with a degree in psychology. He soon became a well-known face on Wall Street with the firm de Cordova, Cooper and Co., an early pioneer in IBM and other top stocks. De Cordova retired as senior partner of his firm in 1990, after 29 years of industry experience.

The new residence halls, originally monikered North and South, respectively, are models of 21st century living space at an institution of higher education. The newly dedicated de Cordova Hall, formerly South Hall, houses 88 students in a mixture of singles, doubles and quads. The residence halls features study rooms on each floor with wireless Internet access. The ground floor is a lounge area with a large-screen television, wireless Internet access, an exercise room and a café serving Starbucks coffee, the only such establishment in Geneva, N.Y.

De Cordova Hall has already garnered a great deal of national press attention, including coverage in The New York Times. The buildings opened to rave reviews from students, and next academic year the newly dedicated de Cordova hall will welcome students to one of the top residential living spaces in the nation.