SUNY ORANGE AWARDED $200,000 DYSON FOUNDATION GRANT

9/15/2010

Sizeable Donation Will Fund Simulation Technology for College’s Nursing Programs

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange has received a $200,000 gift from the Dyson Foundation to help expand its nursing simulation laboratory and virtual clinical learning center to the College’s Newburgh campus.

Presently, the College is working to enhance its entire simulation and virtual learning program at both campuses, and the expansion to Newburgh coincides with the January debut of SUNY Orange’s full-degree nursing program there. The Dyson Foundation gift has provided a powerful fundraising boost as SUNY Orange eyes ways to keep its nursing program on the leading edge of today’s educational technology.

The laboratory and learning center in Newburgh will be located in Kaplan Hall, the College’s new 87,000-square-foot building set to open for classes in January. At its Middletown campus, the College presently utilizes limited simulation technology but hopes to significantly upgrade its equipment and laboratory.

Simulation manikins allow faculty members to utilize pre-programmed training scenarios or create individualized routines, while students can target the key skills necessary to care for and manage a wide variety of patients and situations. Manikins are created to simulate adults, babies, pregnant women and adolescent children.

The technology associated with simulation manikins allows students to experience a variety of the in-patient situations they might later encounter, and is an ideal simulator for clinical training. Students are able to practice many procedures under the watchful eye of faculty, but without the stress of clinical situations that involve actual living patients. This type of training assures that graduates of SUNY Orange’s nursing program will be better prepared to enter the workforce.

“We are extremely appreciative of the Dyson Foundation’s generosity,” says Pat Slesinski, chair of the College’s nursing department. “This gift will allow us to continue implementing the latest in cutting-edge simulation technology into our nursing curriculum and help us create an environment where our students can safely develop sound nursing practices. In the short term, this gift greatly benefits the College and our students, but ultimately it will be the residents of Orange County who see the largest benefit because our graduates will be confident and prepared when they become registered professional nurses.”

“The Dyson Foundation supports efforts to educate and train nurses in the Hudson Valley where we are experiencing a significant shortage of qualified nurses,” said Michell Speight, director of programs at the Dyson Foundation. “We believe SUNY Orange will produce meaningful results with this investment in its nursing program.”

The Dyson Foundation gift comes as the College continues its $25 million “Defining Moments” Capital Campaign, a sweeping fundraising initiative aimed at fortifying SUNY Orange’s scholarship endowment, establishing a science and technology innovation fund and supporting development of the Newburgh campus. To date, the College has raised nearly $22 million toward its goal.

The Dyson Foundation, headquartered in Millbrook, strives to improve people’s lives through grant funding, promoting philanthropy and strengthening the capacity of nonprofit organizations. The Foundation was founded by Charles and Margaret Dyson in 1957 and has awarded grants of more than $223 million over the past five decades, including more than $15 million in grants in 2009. The Foundation funds programs nationally, but has a special interest in New York’s Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam and Ulster counties

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