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October 27, 2011

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

Chancellor Zimpher introduces Senator Stewart-Cousins and President Alan Davis at the Mid-Hudson Regional Showcase Chancellor Zimpher introduces state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and President Davis.

(PURCHASE, N.Y., Oct. 18, 2011) – State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, representing the 35th senate District, college alumnus and 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.

Alumnus and Assemblyman Robert Castelli and President Davis at the Mid-Hudson Regional Showcase backstage

College alumnus and member of the New York State Assembly, Robert Castelli, meets with 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 the governor’s designated councils is competing for a portion of $1 billion available for economic development funding.

President Davis Dean Gary Lacy SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher at the Mid-Hudson Regional Showcase

President Alan Davis introduces Dean Gary Lacy to Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

Showcase days support the governor’s economic development initiative; highlight SUNY’s economic development capabilities; advance the universitie’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.

 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.

Alan Davis at the Podium during the Mid-Hudson Regional Showcase Chancellor Zimpher looks on

President Alan Davis addresses participants and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher looks on.

 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 and 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.

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.

Hudson Valley Center faculty Michael Parson at the Mid-Hudson Showcase sustainability booth

Hudson Valley Center’s Michael Parsons staffs the college’s sustainability display.

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.

Linda Frank Brian Goodale and Janice Hopkins at the Mid-Hudson Regional Showcase Day

Linda Frank, Brian Goodale and Janice Hopkins staff the Mid-Hudson showcase day for the college.

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 through enrolling with the college.

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

President Davis and Sen Stewart-Cousins at the Mid-Hudson Regional Showcase

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins and President Alan Davis meet at the college’s display.