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Elmira College

Elmira College in New York state is an historic U.S. college, sharing a place in American educational history with Harvard, Dartmouth and Cornell. In May 2009 the cornerstone was laid for a new student dormitory building on the campus at Elmira College. The new building is to be named in honour of the current President of Elmira College, Dr. Thomas Keith Meier. To mark the symbolic cornerstone-laying ceremony, commemorative trowels were presented to the Board of Trustees. These silver-plated trowels were supplied and engraved by Uppermost. The engraving included the logo of Elmira College as well as details of the event.

Director of Public Relations and Assistant to the President Mike Rogers (Left) accepts his ceremonial trowel for Elmira College’s 2009 Cornerstone Ceremony of Meier Hall from Dr. Thomas K. Meier, President of Elmira College
Director of Public Relations and Assistant to the President Mike Rogers (Left) accepts his ceremonial trowel for Elmira College’s 2009 Cornerstone Ceremony of Meier Hall from Dr. Thomas K. Meier, President of Elmira College. The engraved silver trowel was supplied by Uppermost.

Close-up view of the silver plated commemorative trowel and presentation case given to Dr. Meier at the cornerstone-laying ceremony in May 2009
Close-up view of the silver plated commemorative trowel and case presented at the cornerstone-laying ceremony for Meier Hall in May 2009

Dr. Thomas K. Meier, President of Elmira College proudly displays the ceremonial trowel given at the 2009 Cornerstone Ceremony of Meier Hall.
Dr. Thomas K. Meier, President of Elmira College proudly displays the ceremonial trowel given at the 2009 Cornerstone Ceremony of Meier Hall.

About Dr. Meier
Dr. Thomas Keith Meier is the 12th President of Elmira College and the second-longest serving president, having held the honour since 1987. He holds a Ph.D in English Literature from Columbia University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In addition to writing more than six dozen scholarly articles on English and American Literature, he has also written a book on Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe. Dr. Meier has received a Medal of Merit from the Alumni Association at Elmira and was Named Administrator of the Year by Elmira College student body. Together with his wife Dr. Mila Meier, he takes a very active role in campus life, attending almost all performing art events and athletic contests as well as being visible at many other student activities. He encourages all administrators to actively contribute to student clubs as advisors, and he himself is co-advisor of the College Ski Club.

About Elmira College
Elmira College holds an important place in history as one of the four “Pillars of Access” to American Higher Education, along with Harvard, Dartmouth, and Cornell. While Harvard (1636) and Dartmouth (1769) were the first to open their doors to white and Native American men, Elmira (1855) was the first college in the world founded to offer college education and university degrees to women. The fourth pillar, Cornell (1865), was the first college to drop the race barrier completely at its founding. Co-educational since 1969, the College remains steadfastly rooted in the best tradition of the liberal arts and sciences.

From Dr. Meier's welcoming statement:
"At Elmira College, students are more than a number. Small class sizes with individual attention in and out of the classroom create a learning environment in which students achieve their personal and professional goals. Our distinctive academic calendar and first-year experience offer students the chance to learn and grow on campus and abroad in ways uncommon at other institutions. Elmira College students are afforded wonderful extracurricular opportunities in athletics and student organizations. By the time students commence from Elmira College, they have an education that will serve them the rest of their lives."