Student Connections

SUNY Empire State College Shines at Mid-Hudson SUNY Showcase Day

By David Henahan, Director of Communications

December 7, 2011

Senator Andrea Stewart-CousinsState Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, representing the 35th Senate District, college alumnus, state Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli of the 89th District and Assemblyman Steve Katz of the 99th District joined State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis, and several other SUNY institutions for the Mid-Hudson SUNY Regional Showcase Day held recently at Purchase College.

(Photo at left: Chancellor Zimpher introduces state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and President Davis.)

Zimpher is convening 11 showcase days in regions across the state to highlight the various and extensive capabilities of each SUNY institution. Regions correspond with each of the Gov. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils, each of which is competing for a portion of $1 billion available for economic-development funding.

SUNY Showcase DayShowcase days support the governor’s economic development initiative; highlight SUNY’s economic development capabilities; advance the university’s strategic plan, “The Power of SUNY;” and provide the college with an avenue to further theme C of its strategic plan “Vision 2015, Telling Our Story.”

(Photo at right: President Alan Davis addresses participants and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher looks on.)

Purchase College President Thomas Schwarz welcomed all and opened the event. Zimpher then introduced the presidents of area institutions, which also include Orange County, Rockland, Ulster County and Westchester Community College, who provided an overview of their respective schools.

Robert Castelli and Alan Davis Davis discussed how the college values life and work experience, engages in mentored learning, both online and face to face, how the college students participate with faculty mentors in residencies and study groups and other modes of learning, which is how the college functions as an open institution of higher learning.

Davis also talked about the college’s displays on sustainability, partnerships, particularly those with area community colleges, the Office of Veteran and Military Education and the college’s area center and units.

(Photo at left: College alumnus and member of the New York State Assembly, Robert Castelli, meets with President Davis.)

Hudson Valley Center faculty member Michael Parsons staffed the college’s sustainability booth. Hudson Valley Center Dean Gary Lacy also was on hand to participate in the event and to reinforce the distinctive nature of the college and its benefits.

In addition, Linda Frank, director of the Office of Veteran and Military Education, Brian Goodale, director of community college partnerships and Janice Hopkins from the Office of Veteran and Military Education represented the college to elected officials, other SUNY institutions located in the region and other attendees.

As with the Long Island Regional Showcase Day, which was the first, many of the participants inquired about how they might advance their academic goals by enrolling at the college.

Clinton Community College hosts the next showcase day and the college will participate.