The College has developed a reputation for academic excellence. SUNY Orange routinely sends graduates to four-year schools, including a variety of prestigious academic institutions.
- Last spring, three SUNY Orange students earned sizeable transfer scholarships to pursue bachelor’s degrees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Clarkson University. Engineering student Diana Duvall received three scholarships totaling $60,000 from RPI while Steven Lyon, a SUNY Orange mathematics student, received $56,000 in scholarships from RPI. Robert Howell earned $78,000 in academic scholarships from Clarkson University to study mathematics.
- Next week (May 9-11), engineering student Jake Kalish (left) will visit the Johnson Space Center for three days as part of NASA’s National Community College Aerospace Scholars Program. He will be one of 92 students in the program. Two years ago, Jake’s older brother Tony, along with classmate Nilda Oyola, became the first SUNY Orange students to participate in the program.
Affordability and Value
SUNY Orange remains a remarkably affordable academic choice.
- The modest monetary investment required for an associate’s degree at SUNY Orange ($4,100 in tuition, plus fees and expenses, per academic year for full-time students) will yield significant dividends. Studies show a community college graduate will earn approximately $400,000 more in his or her earnings lifetime compared to a high school graduate. That translates to a return on investment of more than 3,000 percent.
- It is important to remind the community that “affordable” does not necessarily mean “cheap,” and that a SUNY Orange degree will stand the test of time and prepare graduates for a brighter future.
Top Notch Faculty
SUNY Orange professors bring two critical elements to the classroom: teaching excellence and practical experience. Many faculty members are subject matter experts thanks to successful careers in the private sector. And many of our faculty members have been cited for their work on the local, regional, national and international levels.
- Lucinda Fleming, assistant chair of the Business department, was a regional winner of the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award presented annually by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
- Engineering professor John Wolbeck garnered international recognition, earning an award presented by the World Meteorological Organization, for his contributions toward a research paper that examined relationships between climate and the carbon exchange of land-based ecosystems to predict future levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. John will be traveling to Geneva, Switzerland, this July to accept his award.
When students enroll at SUNY Orange, they immediately join a supportive community of faculty and administrators who are committed to their success. Students have access to a full range of academic, assistive, career and counseling programs designed to provide them with the support, tools, confidence and ability to prosper.
- Every new student participates in a “hands on” orientation program (New Start) before they register for classes. The program, which acclimates the students to the College and offers them a way to become more comfortable with what they will encounter once they enroll, has improved SUNY Orange’s retention of new students by 7 percent over the past two years.
- The College has initiated a “ReStart” orientation program for all returning students (those who have been away from the classroom for at least two semesters) who were placed on academic probation during their last stint at SUNY Orange. This program re-orients the students to those available academic and support services that are available to them and arms them with methods for accessing and utilizing those services. This program is in its infancy, meaning significant data regarding retention is not yet available.
An Investment in SUNY Orange is an Investment in Our Community
More than 80 percent of SUNY Orange students come from Orange County, and a sizeable number of our graduates live and work in the Hudson Valley. Our graduates contribute to the vitality of the county, and the College delivers a sizeable economic, social and cultural impact upon the region (estimated at $301.5 million during the 2010-11 academic year).
With costs rising and state funding dwindling, support from the private sector allows the College to maintain a margin of excellence in its programming without pushing an extensive financial burden upon its students.
- A gift from the F.E. Devitt Family allowed SUNY Orange to renovate one its two existing greenhouses on the Middletown campus, turning the facility into a classroom and laboratory to support students in the biology department. The Devitt Center for Botany and Horticulture was dedicated this past April. An adjacent “cold frame” will be renovated thanks to the generosity of the Middletown Garden Lovers and the Fusco family.
- Construction is also nearing completion on a childcare facility on the Middletown campus that will be christened “The Morrison Family Lab School.” This facility will allow the College to partner with the Middletown school district for pre-K programming while also providing a first-class “learning laboratory” for students in the College’s education and teacher preparation programs. Kindercollege will also return to the Newburgh campus’ Tower Building this August.
Making a Case for Three Critical Needs
The College has the opportunity to make the move “from great to greater” and we need our friends and partners in the community to help us get there. This is the time where we can truly establish the type of “Defining Moments” that will invigorate SUNY Orange for years to come.
Double the SUNY Orange scholarship endowment
The SUNY Orange Foundation awards approximately $150,000 per year in scholarships. That amount must at least double in the coming years. In times of declining public revenue, tuition is unavoidably rising. We must concentrate on keeping SUNY Orange affordable and accessible for students in this region, and one way to accomplish that is by fortifying our endowment.
- Provide resources that help the College and its students excel in the sciences and technologies
A new Center for Science and Engineering on the Middletown campus (set for a Summer 2014 completion) will enable students in the sciences, engineering and architecture to learn in a state-of-the-art setting. Equipping additional SUNY Orange programs to meet the technological and workplace demands of the 21st Century will be a financial challenge. A robust technology fund is equally vital to promoting innovative teaching and learning, and supporting the College’s technology needs across two campuses.
- Prepare to address unanticipated needs
In a rapidly changing world, the College is continually challenged to keep pace with new demands. One way for the SUNY Orange Foundation to assist the College and its students, is to have at least $1 million, or more, in unrestricted funds ready to respond to the unanticipated needs of the College.
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