Today, Chancellor Zimpher and the Corning Community College (CCC) community inaugurate Dr. Katherine P. Douglas as the college’s sixth president. Dr. Douglas is the first woman to hold the Office of the President at CCC.
The Installation Ceremony includes a procession of members of the College community, delegates from other academic institutions, and representatives of the State University of New York. Mr. Thomas Blumer, Chairperson of the Regional Board of Trustees, serves as the Master of Ceremonies.
Dr. Douglas has a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Community College Leadership from the Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her Master’s degree is in Staff Development with a concentration in Higher Education from the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Douglas’ Bachelor’s of Science degree is in Leisure Studies and Services/Outdoor Education with a concentration in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Today, the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering at the University at Albany, UAlbany’s School of Business, the Lally School of Management & Technology at Rensselaer, and Syracuse University will host the third annual New York State Business Plan Competition at the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering in Albany.
The 2012 New York State Business Plan Competition will feature the hottest emerging student-led startups from around the state where they will compete for more than $150,000 in prizes to a judging panel of over 30 regional and national venture capitalists, angel investors, investment bankers, other sophisticated private and public investors, and seasoned entrepreneurs.
The New York State Business Plan Competition is a venture creation and innovation competition that was established in 2009 to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and startup activity throughout New York State’s colleges and universities.
The competition encourages students to fully engage in their research and allows them to gain valuable experience through pitching their business plan to potential investors and industry executives. The teams with the top elevator pitches will be selected by an external panel of investor judges to present in the final round of the competition and compete for over $150,000 in prizes, making it one of the largest collegiate business competitions in the country.
This year, one of the lead sponsors of the competition is the State University of New York. SUNY Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, Brian G. Hutzley is proud of the unique sponsorship. “This is another great example of the Power of SUNY and the impact of partnering with other universities, agencies and private institutions.”
For more information about the New York State Business Plan Competition, click here.
The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition, released yesterday, recognized 10 SUNY colleges and universities for their commitment to sustainability.
SUNY campuses to make this year’s guide are: University at Albany, Binghamton University, SUNY Brockport, SUNY ESF, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Potsdam, Purchase College and Stony Brook University.
The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The Princeton Review, well known for its education and test-prep services, first created this one-of-a-kind resource for college-bound students in 2010 in collaboration with USGBC, which is best-known for developing the LEED green building rating system.
The 232-page book can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.
Today, too few college students are completing their college degrees and those that do complete their college degrees are graduating with the concern that their degrees aren’t relevant in the current job market. SUNY is currently working to ensure that our students are earning degrees that are relevant in today’s economy.
This year SUNY is working on two new initiatives – Strategic Enrollment Management and SUNY Works – to help achieve this goal. SUNY will begin using Strategic Enrollment Management to determine workforce demand by region and adjust our program offerings and enrollment patterns at campuses to directly meet those needs. In addition, the SUNY Works initiative is bringing co-operative education to scale by helping students across the SUNY system obtain paid internships and hands-on work experience with local businesses in their field of study. Together these initiatives will help ensure SUNY students have the relevant education and skills needed for today’s job market.
This past Saturday Chancellor Zimpher and two Farmingdale State College students appeared on CNN’s Your Bottom Line program to discuss how SUNY schools are helping students prepare for the workforce.
Dr. Donald P. Christian
Today, the SUNY New Paltz community and SUNY officials will celebrate the inauguration of President Donald P. Christian, the eighth president in the college’s 184-year history. The celebration will include the inauguration ceremony and several other special events throughout the weekend.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will preside over the Ceremony of Investiture, where Dr. Christian will be presented with the President’s chain. He will then deliver his inauguration speech focusing on the future of the college and its mission as a leading, liberal arts college, focused on teaching and learning, and a vital partner within the community.
Dr. Christian earned his B. S. in Wildlife Biology, and M. S. and Ph.D. in Zoology from Michigan State University. He has held several positions in higher education including professor of Biology, associate dean and dean at colleges and universities throughout the country. Since his arrival at New Paltz, Dr. Christian has served as a professor in the Biology Department, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Interim President.
A webcast of the ceremony will be held in Lecture Center 100 at SUNY New Paltz and is open to the public. For more information, click here.