SUNY Orange Capital Campaign, Begun in 2007, Raised More Than $25 Million; Party Set for Nov. 24

PHOTO: Rowley Center for Science and EngineeringMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- A branch campus in Newburgh, new buildings on the Middletown campus, an expanded scholarship endowment and a revitalized College-wide teaching and learning environment are among the hallmarks of SUNY Orange’s Defining Moments capital campaign that has generated more than $25 million for the College over the past six years.

SUNY Orange will celebrate the conclusion of the Defining Moments campaign from Noon to 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 24, in Morrison Hall on the Middletown campus. In addition to feting the campaign’s closing, the College will also recognize a selection of businesses, organizations, groups and individuals who have contributed significantly to the campaign’s total fundraising tally of $25,065,000.

At the Board of Trustees’ Nov. 12 meeting, the Board unanimously approved a resolution naming 23 College spaces (buildings, classrooms, laboratories and other venues) in honor of those donors who had achieved certain selected giving levels during the campaign. Those naming approvals follow three additional spaces--Kaplan Hall, Devitt Center for Botany and Horticulture, and Morrison Lab School--that were named in honor of donors at earlier points during the campaign.

PHOTO: Walden Savings Bank sponsors Global Initiative: Africa“The College is blessed to have so many supportive friends within the community,” says Dr William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “If not for the generosity of many individuals, groups and companies, we would not have been able to successfully complete this campaign, and we are grateful for the support we have received from many sectors of the community throughout the campaign, and over many years.”

“When we began this campaign with a target of $25 million, our broad goals were to enhance the Middletown campus and expand the Newburgh campus. We also hoped to develop or expand our community partnerships in ways that would benefit our students and our community, while also preparing our graduates to become vital contributors to Orange County and the greater Hudson Valley region,” Richards adds. “I feel confident that we’ve met and exceeded those goals.”

Since the onset of the campaign, the College has been able to increase its scholarship endowment by 207 percent, to more than $2.4 million, allowing it to issue a new high of more than $250,000 in assistance this past academic year. In addition, it is anticipated that the residual value of an anonymous $2.4 million charitable remainder unit trust gift will lead to significant growth of scholarships in the future.

The campaign generated more than $14 million in capital support, including a significant jumpstart thanks to a generous $10 million gift from the Kaplan Family Charitable Foundations that paved the way for construction of Kaplan Hall and the expansion of the Newburgh campus early in the campaign. In all, the campaign’s capital donations also helped partially underwrite construction of the Morrison Lab School, Devitt Center and the upcoming Rowley Center for Science and Engineering on the Middletown campus.

Campaign donations supported a host of additional projects or improvements, including: scholarships for daycare, development of new academic programming, technological upgrades to classrooms, the Global Initiative: Africa program, expanded wireless internet access on the Middletown campus, attendance by Honors Program students at regional conferences, a SUNY Orange student research competition, the archival process for materials in the Ben Gilman Collection, and renovation to the Shepard Student Center for a one-stop services hub.

PHOTO: Frontier Communication Board RoomThe most prominent of newly named spaces approved by the Board of Trustees earlier this month was the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering, the new 107,000-square-foot science center currently under construction on the Middletown campus. When completed next summer, the new facility, situated on the site of the former Sarah Wells Building, will house the College’s biology, science, engineering and architecture programs.

The center (shown at top in rendering) will carry the Rowley family name in tribute to the personal, professional and philanthropic contributions made to the campaign by Rich and Marianne Murray Rowley. Rich Rowley is presently the chairman of the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Directors and served as chair of the Defining Moments campaign.

Some of the newly named spaces already exist while others will be located within the new Rowley Center for Science and Engineering. The complete list is as follows:

Rowley Center for Science and Engineering (new science center), named in honor of the Rowley family
Eugene and Jean Morrison Tutoring Center (Tutoring Center in RCSE)
Sandra and Alan Gerry Forum (Forum in RCSE)
Orange County Trust Company Great Room (Room 101 in Kaplan Hall)
Frontier Communications Board Room (Board Room in Tower Building)
Christopher Schmid Gymnasium (Gymnasium in Physical Education Building)
The Dyson Foundation Simulation & Clinical Learning Center (Kaplan Hall Nursing Simulation wing)
James H. Ottaway, Jr. Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL in RCSE)
Walden Savings Bank Information Commons (Information Commons in Middletown campus Library)
Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley Fitness Center (Newburgh campus Fitness Center in Tower Building)
Frommer–Spagnoli Lecture Hall (Room 110 in RCSE), named in honor of Frommer and Spagnoli families
TD Charitable Foundation Classroom (Room 201 in Kaplan Hall)
Fusco Engineering Mechanical Lab (Room 208 in RCSE)
Orange and Rockland Utilities Electrical Lab (Room 204 in RCSE)
Judelson, Giordano & Siegel Conference Room (Room 211 in RCSE)
First Federal Savings of Middletown Classroom (Room 308 in RCSE)
JMZ Architects Studio (Room 301 in RCSE)
Key Bank Meeting Room (Room 500 in Tower Building)
Kim M. Boylan ’79 Classroom (Room 203 in Kaplan Hall)
Staff and Chair Association Classroom (Room 116 in RCSE)
Faculty Association Classroom (Room 216 in RCSE)
Williams Family Classroom (Room 205 in Kaplan Hall), named in honor of Kim Williams and her family

For more information on the campaign or the SUNY Orange Foundation, contact Vinnie Cazzetta, the College’s vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the Foundation, at (8945) 341-4726.


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