SUNY Briefs 12/2/2011


The SUNY Board of Trustees last week approved the state budget request for the next fiscal year as well as a $300 dollar increase in tuition.

The approved request for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, was for $8.15 billion, a 6 percent increase from the previous year. The tuition increase will be enforced on all SUNY undergraduates beginning next year. The increase is in concordance with the NY SUNY 2020 plan, which is set on increasing tuition by this amount every year through 2016.

SUNY’s state funding has declined by approximately $1.4 billion since the 2008-09 fiscal year.




SUNY Potsdam honored current state agriculture commissioner Darrell Aubertine with the 2011 Roger B. Linden Distinguished Service Award last week.

Aubertine, a former state assemblyman and senator, was given the award at a reception at Potsdam school president John Schwaller’s house.

Potsdam gives out this award, its highest honor, to individuals who show support for the school through leadership, advocacy, service and stewardship.




SUNY Binghamton appointed Harvey G. Stenger Jr, the interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Buffalo, as their new school president on Sunday.

Stenger is the first permanent president appointed by the school since Lois DeFleur, the school’s previous president, retired in 2010.

Stenger will take over for Binghamton’s interim president, C. Peter Magrath, on January 1.




A psychology professor at the SUNY Institute of Technology is partnering with the Lewis County Community Mental Health Clinic for a study on nonviolence.

Professor Vinod Kool, who has taught at several other schools and has written books on the subject, will conduct research with the clinic based on theories proposed in Kool’s most recent book, “The Psychology of Nonviolence and Aggression,” which deals with the effect correctional facility programs have on the nonviolent tendencies of prisoners.

The program will begin with preliminary studies of the theory, which will expand into long-term projects, according to a representative of Lewis County.


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