A Guide to the

Michael A. Cappeto Letters, 1967, 2011

SC 0053

Compiled by: Tiffany Cole, August 2017

 

Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: Michael A. Cappeto Letters, 1967, 2011

Collection No.: SC 0053
Creator: Michael A. Cappeto

Extent: 1 folder; .06 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The Michael A. Cappeto Letters, 1967, 2011, are comprised of two documents – a request from Madison College to prospective student Michael Cappeto for an on-campus interview with William J. DeLong, Director of Admissions and Student Aid and Michael Cappeto’s personal reflection on that interaction.

 

Administrative Information

 

Access Restrictions: Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], [box #, folder #], Michael A. Cappeto Letters, 1967, 2011, SC 0053, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: Michael Cappeto sent both documents to Steve Smith, Associate Vice President of Constituent Relations in June 2011. Smith then forwarded them to Special Collections.
Processing Information: The donor and his wife Beverlee Johnson Cappeto met with Special Collections staff on June 12, 2017 to describe their experience at Madison College and the conditions under which Michael Cappeto applied.

Bio/Historical Note:
A native of Union, New Jersey, Michael Arnold Cappeto transferred to Madison College from New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce College in 1967. While at Madison, Cappeto was an active member of the student body, serving as feature editor of The Breeze, SGO president, and Sigma Phi Epsilon president. In 1970, he was recognized as Man of the Year, the male counterpart to Miss Madison. Cappeto graduated from Madison College in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and in 1971 with his Master of Science in Education degree. He earned his doctoral degree from Virginia Tech. Cappeto went on to have a successful career in higher education. Between 1992 and 2003, he served as vice president and dean of the College at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. From 2005 and 2010, Cappeto served as vice president for assessment, research, and test development at CPS Placement. Additionally, he has held various faculty and administrative positions at Marymount Manhattan College, Harvey Mudd College, and Washington and Lee University.

Scope and Content:
The Michael A. Cappeto Letters, 1967, 2011, are comprised of two documents – a request from Madison College to prospective student Michael Cappeto for an on-campus interview with William J. DeLong, Director of Admissions and Student Aid and Michael Cappeto’s personal reflection on that interaction.

In the letter to Michael Cappeto dated June 12, 1967, William J. DeLong, Director of Admissions and Student Aid requests that Cappeto come to campus for a personal interview sometime after June 19, 1967 before the Admissions Committee can take further action on his application. Cappeto describes his interactions with DeLong in a letter dated June 30, 2011 to Steve Smith, Associate Vice President of Constituent Relations. Of his interview with DeLong, Cappeto, who was transferring from a self-described hippie college, recounted the director’s words – Madison College “doesn’t need anyone coming from the north to tell us how to run things in Virginia,” particularly in reference to African Americans. Cappeto was active in student government at his former college, Franklin Pierce College, and his perception was that the administration assumed that as a student leader, he would attempt to impose his progressive ideals onto Madison College.

Arrangement:
The documents are arranged chronologically and housed in one folder.

Bibliography:
Bluestone, 1968. Harrisonburg (Va.): Madison College.

Bluestone, 1970. Harrisonburg (Va.): Madison College.

Program for the Sixty-First Annual Commencement Exercises, Madison College, June 7, 1970.

Program for the Sixty-Second Annual Commencement Exercises, Madison College, June 6, 1971.

Contents:

Folder Title Folder
Michael A. Cappeto Letters, 1967, 2011 1