President Obama is this week embarking on a bus tour to spread his message of “A Better Bargain for the Middle Class.” SUNY’s own University at Buffalo and Binghamton University will be among several stops he makes across New York and Pennsylvania. His decision to bring a message of economic revitalization and academic excellence to New York is a perfect fit given the recent achievements and ongoing commitments that SUNY has made in partnership with our State.
SUNY has a rich history with United States Presidents. By Friday, President Obama will have visited four SUNY campuses during his two terms in office, the most of any public university system in the nation. This speaks volumes. It tells the world that President Obama’s vision for the function of academia and industry is realized in New York State’s successful model, which helps strengthen the middle class through a valuable education and innovative economy.
SUNY’s Office of the Education Pipeline is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for SUNY campuses to participate in a collaborative project designed to strengthen the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education pipeline in New York State. In September 2012, SUNY was awarded a $2.95 million grant from the National Science Foundation, in collaboration with the New York Academy of Sciences and SUNY Empire State College, to bring to scale a successful afterschool program in which SUNY graduate students and postdoctoral fellows studying in the STEM disciplines serve as mentors to students in high-need middle schools.
Supporting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s leadership in expanding educational opportunities that enhance New York’s innovation-enabled economy, SUNY is a major sponsor of the 2013 New York Business Plan Competition, which features a major statewide expansion of more than 300 teams competing for $500,000 in total prizes. The final round of competition takes place today at CNSE.
The collegiate competition is presented by CNSE in partnership with the University at Albany School of Business and Syracuse University. SUNY, SEFCU, and higher education community partners from around the state have put more than $500,000 in prizes up for grabs—more than triple the amount awarded at the 2012 event—with national venture capitalists, angel investors, investment bankers, and seasoned entrepreneurs to serve as judges.