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October 20, 2011

SUNY Empire State College Celebrates its 40th Anniversary with the Grand Opening of the Third Floor at 325 Hudson St. in Manhattan

The college’s Metropolitan Center and The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies welcome faculty from the college’s Center for Distance Learning and School for Graduate Studies.

Empire State College

(NEW YORK CITY - Oct. 20, 2011) – The State University of New York Empire State College officially opened new space in Manhattan through the addition of 22,000 square feet, the entire third floor, at 325 Hudson St.

Students, faculty, alumni, staff and friends of the college attend the opening of the third floor

Students, faculty, alumni, staff and friends of the college attend the opening of the third floor

“The third floor of 325 Hudson is much more than a physical space,” said college President Alan R. Davis. “The expansion is the manifestation of the intellectual collaboration of various college sectors, which will increase the college’s prominence, enhance student services and advance learning networks in New York City.  Having education needs and goals drive the design and use of space is very much in keeping with the tradition of innovation begun with the founding of the college 40 years ago.”

Davis made his remarks last night at an event marking the opening of the new floor and the college’s 40th anniversary. The additional space was designed to meet growing enrollment and the demand by students for both online and face-to-face education, which is characterized in higher education as blended learning.

Left to right: Labor Center Dean Mike Merrill, President Alan Davis, Metro Dean Cynthia Ward, School for Graduate Studies Policy Studies Chair Daniel Katz, Center for Distance Learning Coordinator of Criminal Justice Al Lawrence.

Left to right: Labor Center Dean Mike Merrill, President Alan Davis, Metro Dean Cynthia Ward, School for Graduate Studies Policy Studies Chair Daniel Katz, Center for Distance Learning Coordinator of Criminal Justice and Faculty Chair Al Lawrence.

The space advances teaching and learning by providing flexibility for multiple uses and modes of learning, state-of-the-art technology and was designed to accommodate faculty and students from the college’s Metropolitan Center, The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, the School for Graduate Studies and the Center for Distance Learning.

The space will better support instruction and graduate and undergraduate learning.

Features of the new space include:

  • A new student center,
  • Added instructional space including classrooms and digital laboratories,
  • Office space for all centers in new configurations to support collaboration,
  • Top-quality conference space, including one large multi-purpose room, and
  • Additional conference rooms and classrooms with videoconferencing and presentation capability.
Metro Center Dean Cynthia Ward with former Dean Nancy Bunch at 325 Hudson third floor opening

Metro Center Dean Cynthia Ward with former Dean Nancy Bunch

It will be collaboratively overseen by Cynthia Ward, dean of the Metropolitan Center; Michael Merrill, dean of The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies; Robert Clougherty, dean of the School for Graduate Studies and Tom Mackey, dean of the Center for Distance Learning.

With the addition of the third floor, the college now leases 55,663 square feet of space on Hudson Street.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. More information about the college’s 40th anniversary is available on the college’s 40th anniversary web page.