Mohawk Valley Independent Higher Education Forum: Brainpower, Partnerships and Resources for Our Region, Tuesday, October 16

News Date: 10/8/2012

For immediate release, October 8, 2012

Contact: Jennifer Miller (; 518-436-4781) or Terri Standish-Kuon (

WHEN: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Economic Crime and Justice Studies Building, Utica College, 1600 Burrstone Road, Utica, NY

WHAT: Hamilton College, Hartwick College, Pratt MWP, St. Elizabeth College of Nursing, and Utica College, in conjunction with the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, will host the \"Mohawk Valley Independent Higher Education Forum: Brainpower, Partnerships and Resources for Our Region.\" The forum will showcase 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.


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Networking Breakfast & Community Partner Fair with displays showcasing campus partnerships with community, including service learning, community service, and civic engagement.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Welcome and Regional Economic Impact Announcement
Remarks by Laura L. Anglin, president of CICU; Margaret L. Drugovich, president of Hartwick College; Todd Hutton, president of Utica College; Marian Kovatchitch, president of St. Elizabeth College of Nursing.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Think Globally, Hire Locally: A Dialogue About Working with Campuses to Attract and Retain Talent
Moderator: Lawrence T. Gilroy, President, Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy, Inc. and co-chair of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council
Panelists: Frank Behlmer, Chief Operating Officer for Global Operations, Bank of New York Mellon; Steve DiMeo, President, Mohawk Valley EDGE; Mary McLean Evans, Executive Director, Career Center, Hamilton College; Peggy O\'Shea, President/CEO, Community Foundation of Oneida and Herkimer Counties; Varinya Sheppard, Chief Nursing Officer at St. Elizabeth Medical Center; and William Streck, CEO of Bassett Health Care.


BACKGROUND: Nearly 1.3 million students enroll annually at colleges and universities in New York State with the largest percentage attending private, not-for-profit institutions. The Independent Sector of higher education is a vibrant contributor to the economy and community. Annually, the sector contributes $54 billion to the state\'s economy providing 174,000 direct jobs and a payroll that exceeds $10.7 billion. Along with the role of anchor tenants, campuses are also talent magnets, workforce and innovation catalysts, and community partners.

About Hamilton College: Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy and rechartered in 1812 as the third oldest college in New York State, Hamilton occupies a 1,350-acre hilltop campus in Clinton, N.Y. The College provides its 1,820 students with an environment where they can find their voice. As a national leader for teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves, Hamilton produces graduates who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make their own voices heard on issues of importance to them and their communities.

About Hartwick College: Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick\'s expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor\'s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

About Pratt MWP: PrattMWP, is an alliance between Pratt Institute and Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. PrattMWP is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Middle States Association, and New York State Education Department. PrattMWP students spend the first two years of their bachelor of fine arts degree program at the campus in Central New York before they complete their studies at Pratt\'s main campus in Brooklyn.

About St. Elizabeth College of Nursing: St. Elizabeth College of Nursing, located in Utica, NY, is a private, two-year associate degree nursing program. Founded on Franciscan values and beliefs, we are a single-purpose institution, offering both weekday and evening/weekend programs which provide a strong foundation of nursing theory and practice. The College is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

About Utica College: Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private, comprehensive college of approximately 3,700 students that offers the wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs and diversity of a large university while at the same time providing students with the individual attention of a small college. A combination of liberal arts and professional studies gives students opportunities to gain broad-based exposure to major areas of knowledge while at the same time developing career-specific skills designed to ensure success in the workforce. The College\'s 128-acre campus is situated in a predominantly residential section of Utica, NY, a small city in upstate New York.

About the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU): CICU is a statewide association representing the public policy interests of the chief executives of more than 100 independent colleges and universities in New York State. Founded in 1956 by a small group of private, not-for-profit college and university presidents, the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) now represents 100+ independent campuses across New York State. CICU is an educational corporation formed under the New York State Regents. Its mission is to develop consensus among a diverse membership and to advance higher education public policy. For more information, visit and Follow us on Twitter: