Finger Lakes Independent Higher Education Forum on October 14

News Date: 10/3/2014

Finger Lakes private, not-for-profit colleges and universities, in conjunction with the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York,  and the Greater Rochester Enterprise will host the “Finger Lakes Independent Higher Education Forum: Brainpower, Partnerships and Resources for Our Region.”

More than 40,000 students enroll each year at independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities in the Finger Lakes. These campuses directly employ 18,100 individuals and contribute $4.9 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 Finger Lakes:  Finger Lakes Health College of NursingHobart and William Smith CollegesKeuka CollegeMedaille College - Rochester CampusNazareth CollegeNew York Chiropractic CollegeRoberts Wesleyan CollegeRochester Institute of TechnologyUniversity of RochesterSt. John Fisher College

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Location & Directions: Campus Location: Shewan Recital Hall in the Cultural Life Center, Roberts Wesleyan College, 2301 Westside Dr., Rochester, NY 14624

To register:

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

9:00 a.m. – Networking Breakfast
Join participating Finger Lakes private, not-for-profit colleges and university representatives for conversations about campus-community partnerships.
9:30 a.m. – Welcome & Remarks

Welcome by Deana Porterfield, President, Roberts Wesleyan College and remarks by Laura L. Anglin, president, CICU and Finger Lakes presidents: Daan Braveman, Nazareth College, William Destler, Rochester Institute of Technology, Gerard Rooney, Executive Vice President, St. John Fisher College, and Joel Seligman, University of Rochester
10:15 a.m. – Think Globally, Hire Locally: 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: Vincent Esposito, Finger Lakes Regional Director, Empire State Development
·       Todd Baxter, Executive Director, Veterans Outreach Center, Inc.
·       Mark Peterson, President and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise 
·       Steve Terrigino, Partner, The Bonadio Group
·       Sharon Varalli, Industry Marketing Manager for Higher Education, Xerox
11:25 a.m. – Closing remarks