Capital Region Independent Higher Education Forum on June 10

News Date: 5/30/2014

Capital Region private, not-for-profit colleges and universities, in conjunction with the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York, invite you to join us for the “Capital Region Independent Higher Education Forum: Brainpower, Partnerships and Resources for Our Region.” More than 34,000 students enroll each year at independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities in the Capital District. These campuses directly employ 11,200 individuals and contribute $3.7 billion to the New York State economy annually. Along with their role as anchor tenants, Independent Sector campuses also are talent magnets, workforce and innovation catalysts and community partners.

The forum will highlight partnerships and provide an opportunity for exchanging ideas and networking for higher education, government, business and community leaders. Discussions will focus on further harnessing independent higher education’s community and workforce contributions for the economic and social good of the region.

Independent, private, not-for-profit campuses in the Capital RegionAlbany College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesAlbany Law SchoolAlbany Medical CollegeThe Belanger School of NursingThe College of Saint RoseExcelsior CollegeMaria CollegeMemorial School of NursingRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteThe Sage CollegesSamaritan Hospital School of NursingSiena CollegeSkidmore CollegeUnion College, and Union Graduate College.

Supporting partners: Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Schenectady.

Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location & Directions: Campus Location: Russell Sage College, Buchman Pavilion (registration and breakfast); Bush Memorial Auditorium (program), 65 First Street, Troy, NY (Parking is available in nearby lots). Buchman Pavilion is located behind the Bush Auditorium, which is on the corner of First Street and Congress. Click here for a campus map (Buchman is number 29 and Bush is number 26 on the map.)

Contact: Jennifer Miller, Director of Communications, CICU at 518-436-4781 or by email at

9:00 a.m. – Registration and Networking Breakfast (Buchman Pavilion)
Join participating Capital Region private, not-for-profit colleges and university representatives for conversations about campus-community partnerships and sustainability projects.
9:30 a.m. – Welcome & Remarks (Bush Memorial Center)
Welcome by Susan Scrimshaw, president, The Sage Colleges, and remarks by Laura L. Anglin, president, CICU, and Penelope Andrews, president and dean, Albany Law School; Mary-Jane Araldi, director, Memorial Hospital School of Nursing; Susan Birkhead, director, Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing; Marcus Buckley, Chief Operating Officer, Office of the Presidency; The College of Saint Rose; and Laura Schweitzer, president, Union Graduate College.
10:15 a.m. – Think Globally, Hire Locally Panel: A Dialogue About Working with Campuses to Attract and Retain Talent
The panel discussion will highlight partnerships between the organizations that seek to hire students for internships, co-ops, or permanent placement and independent colleges and universities. Attracting and retaining talent in the region will be the overarching theme.
Moderator: Ryan Silva, Deputy Director Regional Councils, Empire State Development
·       Fred Erlich, Chief Executive Officer, Living Resources
·       Patrick Longo, Director of Talent Acquisition, Transfinder
·       F. Michael Tucker, President & CEO, Center for Economic Growth
·       Suzanne Wolff, Recruiter, Talent Acquisition Group, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

11:30 a.m. – Closing remarks