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University applauds opening of Tim Hortons

PLATTSBURGH Tim Hortons saved John C. Ettlings life. Well, sort of. The State University of New York at Plattsburgh president kicked off the ribbon-cutting for the new Tim Hortons at the Angell College Center Oct. 3 with an anecdote about his experience in Canadas Great White North. It was about 10 years ago while in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ettling recalled, that he was enjoying the Festival de Voyageur, an event thats seemingly held on the coldest weekend of the year. The temperature was about 30 degrees below Fahrenheit or about 34 degrees below Celsius though Ettling didnt really realize just how cold it was as he was admiring the festivals ice sculptures. I was out there for an hour when realized I had lost all sensation, all feeling in my ears and toes, Ettling said. I started looking around for some place to go, and the sight that met my sore eyes was the red and white sign of Tim Hortons. Since that time, Ettling said he has been to Canada frequently due to the universitys close relationship through Canadian studies, where Tim Hortons is a familiar sight in the chains native land. Now, the red and white sign, on a slightly smaller scale, hangs over the entrance to the universitys own Tim Hortons, which is a venture both Ettling and Tim Hortons chief operating officer David F. Clanachan are happy to see. I cant say the university saved my life, but I can say that what it did do for me is it gave me the credibility to be able to stand here and talk to you today, Clanachan said with a smile. Were very, very pleased to be here. Were very thankful for the welcome weve had from the university and from the students. Though there are several universities and colleges in Canada which have Tim Hortons on campus, the occasion marked only the second college within the United States to open their own Tim Hortons. The first was SUNY Plattsburghs sister institution, the University at Buffalo which opened its franchises doors in July. However, Clanachan said the corporation actually began discussions with SUNY Plattsburgh before SUNY Buffalo and it was simply that the conditions were right to open the Buffalo location first. Regardless, Clanachan said the corporation is looking for a long-standing relationship with SUNY Plattsburgh which he hopes to expand in time. The new Tim Hortons located on the second floor of center in William C. Flynt Commons currently employs 16 people through Chartwells, the colleges dining service provider. The location will be open to the public 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Its a very exciting time for SUNY Plattsburgh, as well as Tim Hortons, said Brendan C. Kinney, associate vice president of the colleges Office of Institutional Advancement. Its a great partnership and were very excited to be involved with it.

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