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Connie is key to Old Main move

C.J. Hartwell and Connie D’Alessandro (seen here in South Classroom Building Room 104) have conducted an inventory of all the items that had to be removed – either surplused or relocated – from the Old Main Building before construction begins later this month. Photo by Lee Conell

Connie D’Alessandro, Hudson Valley Writing Project administrative assistant, hadn’t foreseen the significant role she would play in organizing the move out of the Old Main Building when she was hired to inventory the building and the South Classroom Building (SCB).

"I didn’t realize the scope of the project until I got into it," said D’Alessandro, who has since earned an additional, if unofficial, title: Old Main Move Coordinator. D’Alessandro and her crew have inventoried every piece of furniture in every department in three buildings: Old Main, SCB and parts of Humanities. They have also created maps for each room so the movers will know where items should be placed, and have worked with faculty and staff to ensure the move goes as smoothly as possible.

D’Alessandro said it takes work ethic and organizational skills to see such an extensive operation of relocation through to the end. It also requires help, of which D’Alessandro said she has received plenty. That includes patient faculty and staff, student interns who assisted with the move, and Property Control Clerk C.J. Hartwell, who D’Alessandro calls instrumental in dealing with surplus items from the relocated departments.

D’Alessandro’s work has been recognized in turn by faculty and staff impressed by the ease of their move out of Old Main. "We wouldn’t have been able to do this move without her," said Anne-Marie Malone, secretary to the Dean of the School of Education. The dean’s office moved into the South Classroom Building as part of the third and final phase of departmental relocation on July 7-8. Their move coincided with that of Special Programs, Elementary Education, Educational Studies, Student Teaching and the Mid-Hudson School Study Council.

The first two phases of the departmental relocations included Secondary Education’s move at the end of May, and the Curriculum Material Center and Language Immersion Institute’s move in June. For up-to-date information about campus construction, visit the Construction Update Section on the college’s homepage at