College to be Honored at 12th Annual Averell Harriman International Trade Awards Dinner May 22

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – By virtue of its pending construction of the Gilman Center for International Education and the overall expansion of its international studies program, SUNY Orange has been named “Trade Partner of the Year” by the Averell Harriman International Trade Awards selection committee and will be recognized at the organization’s 12th annual awards dinner May 22 at the Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown.

During the dinner, hosted by the World Trade Council of Westchester, 10 organizations will be honored, in nine different categories, for their international business achievements and contributions to the economic vitality of the Hudson Valley. The “Trade Partner of the Year” distinction is bestowed upon an educational, governmental or not-for-profit agency that enhances the growth of international trade through its activities and programs. To be eligible, organizations must be active in one of the following counties: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester.

The College was nominated by John D’Ambrosio, president of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

“SUNY Orange has a dynamic and growing degree program in international studies. Since its inception in 1995, the program has had a significant number of accomplishments, including: establishing the Gilman Center for International Education; hosting international trips for students, staff and members of the community; working with other organizations to enhance its International Studies offerings; and generally increasing awareness about the importance of global economics,” D’Ambrosio said.

“It is an exceptional honor for the College to have been selected for this award,” added Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “Many faculty and staff members at the College have worked diligently to develop a thoughtful, challenging and well-rounded international studies curriculum. This award is a tribute to their dedication and commitment to our students. I’m also pleased that folks like John D’Ambrosio recognize and appreciate the impact of international education within our community, from both an educational and economic viewpoint.”

SUNY Orange offers an associate in arts degree in international studies. The program includes a broad range of courses with international themes in the humanities and social sciences, and it requires students to take classes in foreign languages, international relations, world history and international literature. Most graduates of SUNY Orange’s international studies program transfer to four-year colleges or universities prior to gaining employment in any of a number of professions, including language interpreter, international business, international law, government or diplomatic relations, import-export business, or high school teacher.

The College will break ground this summer on the Gilman Center, which will be carved from the College’s current Library and will house papers, memorabilia and other items from Congressman Ben Gilman’s more than 30 years in Washington. Classrooms and offices will complete the facility, which will serve as the new home of the College’s burgeoning international studies program. International studies and global understanding will be a cornerstone of the mission of The Gilman Center.

SUNY Orange has also recently introduced “Global Initiative: Latin America,” a yearlong focus on Latin American culture, heritage, geography, art, music, language and much more. This debut Global Initiative project is designed to integrate all elements of Latin American culture into the College’s curriculum while also involving students, faculty, staff and community members in discussions, lectures, workshops and other special events.

For more information about the Trade Awards or the recognition dinner, contact the World Trade Center of Westchester at (914) 948-6740 or visit

12th Annual Averell Harriman International Trade Award Winners

Exporter of the Year with Sales Under $10 million: Lorex Industries, Dutchess County
Exporter of the Year with Sales Over $10 million: SP Industries, Ulster County; and J&J Long and Lumber Corp., Dutchess County
Importer of the Year: Cross Island Trading Co., Inc., Westchester County
New to International: Symbio Technologies, Westchester County
Trade Partner of the Year: SUNY Orange, Orange County
Foreign Direct Investment Company of the Year: Nokia, Westchester County
International Company of the Year: Nice-Pak Products, Inc., Rockland County
Special Recognition, Corporation: Konica-Minolta, Orange County
Special Recognition, Small Business: Bartizan Corporation, Westchester County

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Mike Albright
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