CHANCELLOR VISITS SUNY ORANGE

8/7/2009

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Discusses Vision for SUNY, Touches on National Education Issues, Tours Campus

PHOTO: Dr. Zimpher with Trustees Calderon and MurphyMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – At the end of a dizzying day (Aug. 6) that saw her visit Dutchess County Community College in the morning and address the Orange County Chamber of Commerce membership at lunch, new State University of New York Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher spent several hours at SUNY Orange in the afternoon.

The Chancellor's visit to the Middletown campus marked her 46th stop on an ambitious summer tour of SUNY's 64 institutions. At SUNY Orange, President Dr. William Richards provided a guided tour of the College grounds, which included stops at the new Educational Gardens and soon-to-be-renovated greenhouses, along with a stroll through majestic Morrison Hall, the century old mansion that is the College's most recongizable landmark.

Zimpher also viewed the College's video teleconferencing room, which facilitiates SUNY Orange's participation in the Hudsvon Valley Educational Consortium. She was joined on the tour by College Trustees Roberto Calderon, Sister Peggy Murphy and Dr. Arthur Anthonisen (current chairman of the Board of the Association of Community College Trustees).

Zimpher then spent roughly 60 minutes in a town hall meeting with faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni, foundation members, and community members. She addressed a myriad of issues, including her vision for SUNY, the need to creatively solve problems, thoughts on reducing the amount of students in developmental classes, methods for boosting "student mobility" and ways to improve students' "experiential learning" via internships and partnerships.

As she embarked upon the next leg of her voyage, she departed with a strong sense of the College's commitment to collaboration, having learned about SUNY Orange's partnerships with Frontier Communications and Cornell Cooperative Extension, as well as Franklin University, the HVEC and most of the local school districts.

She also gained a stronger sense of the College's expansion in Newburgh, as well as SUNY Orange's vision for a rejuvenated Middletown campus that includes the new Gilman Center for International Education, a planned Science, Engineering and Technology Center and a new KinderCollege building.

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