Wayne and Sylvia Manor
PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College gave Wayne and Sylvia Manor their start.
The couple resides in Texas today and is involved with various companies.
But they have not forgotten Clinton Community College and recently provided the school with $200,000, which will go toward the Clearly Clinton campaign.
That is the single largest donation by a Clinton alumnus in college history.
“We are grateful to Wayne and Sylvia for their generous contribution to the Clearly Clinton campaign,” said CCC President John Jablonski. “They are setting the pace for a growing list of supporters who are helping to make our 21st Century Learning Commons a reality.”
With the recent donation, the Manors, who reside in Richardson, Texas, may help fundraising efforts for the Clearly Clinton campaign surpass $1 million in its first year.
The Clearly Clinton campaign launched this past January and is a five-year, $7.5 million fundraising effort to help build a 21st Century Learning Commons on campus. The project is estimated to cost $15 million, with the State University of New York matching the $7.5 million the Clearly Clinton campaign raises.
CCC’s 2007 facilities master plan revealed that the existing library is significantly undersized and poorly configured for a college of its size. The plan further contained a recommendation that the school construct a new state-of-the-art student learning center.
Those findings were confirmed in 2011 by JMZ Architects and Planners, which found the college and its students needed a modern facility that includes traditional library functions, electronic research tools, areas for group study and quiet study, tutoring services and accommodations for students with disabilities.
“The plan is to incorporate all of these academic functions into a single 21st Century learning commons,” Jablonski said. “By raising funds through private donors, we plan to avoid asking the county for capital construction funds for this project.”
The Manors will serve as honorary chairs of the Clearly Clinton Alumni Campaign.
The couple challenged other Clinton alums to consider a gift to the campaign.
“We are excited about this project and see the immense benefit the 21st Century learning commons will bring to the campus,” Mr. Manor said. “Sylvia and I wanted to give back to the place that allowed us to get our start. We are big supporters of the college and see the good it has done in the community.”
Larry and Judy Jeffords of Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company are the officials co-chairs of the Clearly Clinton Campaign. They have deep ties to the North Country and own a multi-million dollar engineering and manufacturing business that has been in operation since 1985.
Judy is also a member of Clinton’s first graduating class in 1971.
“I cannot think of a better gift or a bigger impact for every student on this campus than building a state-of-the-art learning commons,” said Steven Frederick, associate vice president of institutional advancement. “This is a gift that will continue to give for years to come.”
The Clearly Clinton Campaign will wrap up on June 31, 2016, or when the campaign goal has been reached.