SUNY Briefs


The College at Brockport held a ceremonial ground breaking ceremony Aug. 21 to kick off its first new academic building since 1974. The three-story, 61,000-square-foot building will be the new home for the Departments of English, History, Modern Languages and Cultures, Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies. It will also contain offices for the school’s dean and faculty.

“The College at Brockport is committed to providing a liberal arts and professional education—at both the undergraduate and graduate level—for those who have the necessary ability and motivation to benefit from high quality public education,” Brockport President John R. Halstead, Ph.D., said during the ceremony.

University at Buffalo

University at Buffalo – On Aug. 23, 126 students took their first step toward becoming pharmacists when they participated in the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Annual “White Coat Ceremony.”

The ceremony symbolizes the passage into the profession of pharmaceutical practice. During the ceremony, each student was called to the stage in Lippes Concert Hall to receive their coats.


A new course devoted to entrepreneurship will coach students to think about innovative ways to stimulate the local economy. Students will research the local establishments to determine their business needs and interests. The long-term goals for the program include students pitching their concepts – products, services or businesses – to venture capitalists or angel investors after a second entrepreneurship course in the spring.

University at Albany

The University at Albany is expanding its commitment to locally grown and processed foods. Thirty percent of the pork and about 10,000 pounds of frozen vegetables served in the University’s dining halls will be grown and processed by local farmers. This commitment provides $60,000 per semester in local produce and 2,500 pounds of pasture-raised beef. This will benefit the local economy and feature as yet another addition to their healthy-eating initiative.

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