Agrees to Provide Nearly $89,000 to Enhance Academic Experiences and Services for Students

PHOTO: Traeger explains machine to Herschel, WebberMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- The SUNY Orange Foundation has committed $88,600 to enhance a series of academic experiences and services for students at the College, including support for students to participate in academic and leadership conferences, the creation of two faculty academies, and expansion of admissions outreach initiatives.

The Foundation agreed once again to support the participation of SUNY Orange students in the Eleanor Roosevelt Community College Emerging Leaders (ECCEL) Program, a yearlong leadership development program for students at Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Ulster and Sullivan community colleges. Additionally, the Foundation will offer partial sponsorship of two research-based conferences for SUNY Orange students in the coming year: the local SUNY Orange Achievements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) Conference in March and the annual Beacon Conference in June. The Beacon Conference is a prestigious research conference for community college students in the northeast, and will celebrate its 25th year next summer when it will be hosted by SUNY Orange.

“We appreciate the SUNY Orange Foundation’s continued support of the College,” said Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president. “The Foundation’s commitment to increasing its scholarship endowment has greatly and positively impacted our students, and its willingness to provide financial support for our academic programs and student services is a tremendous asset for our students.”

The proposed faculty academies will unite groups of faculty members from different disciplines. One academy group will be tasked with developing materials for accelerated academic courses to be ready for the 2017-18 academic year. The second group will tackle the development of academic certificate proposals to be submitted for approval to SUNY, and subsequently the New York State Education Department, by the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

Monies provided by the Foundation will assist the College’s student recruitment efforts as well. The College will be developing a visitation program for high school students, with the Foundation covering transportation costs to assist high schools in getting students to the SUNY Orange campuses. The Foundation is also providing financial support to help the College translate selected admissions and financial aid materials from English to Spanish.

Additional projects included among the Foundation’s approved funding are:
• Online job seeking skill development software
• Stipends for the Student Ambassador program as part of the Admissions Department
• Student and chaperone travel for educational trips and conferences

The SUNY Orange Foundation was established as a non-profit corporation in 1987. The mission of the Foundation is to generate funds and build resources to enhance learning opportunities for students and the community. During the 2015-16 academic year, the Foundation awarded more than $350,000 in scholarships to deserving SUNY Orange students.

For information on the Foundation, contact Vinnie Cazzetta, executive director, at (845) 341-4726.

Photo caption:

Dr. Frank Traeger (right), chair of the SUNY Orange Biology Department, explains how new DNA equipment that was acquired with funding from the SUNY Orange Foundation will help advance the learning environment for the College's biology and health professions students. Learning more about the new machine are SUNY Orange alumni Chris Herschel '86 (left) and Kathi Webber '86. Webber is a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors. The Foundation recently agreed to commit nearly $89,000 in support of academic programs and student services at the College.

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