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UC to Host "MV Independent Higher Education Forum" Tuesday

CICU, Hamilton, Hartwick, St. ELizabeth College of Nursing, Pratt MWP to Participate

Written By CICU

Forum to showcase partnerships, allow for exchange of ideas, networking


Utica, NY (10/15/2012)

Hamilton College, Hartwick College, Pratt MWP, St. Elizabeth College of Nursing, and Utica College, in conjunction with the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York, will host the “Mohawk Valley Independent Higher Education Forum: Brainpower, Partnerships and Resources for Our Region” on Tuesday, October 16, 2012.

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.

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.

Mohawk Valley Independent Higher Education Forum
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Utica College, 1600 Burrstone Road, Utica, NY
For a detailed agenda and to register:


There is no cost to attend; however, please RSVP by October 10, 2012.






Campus Location: Economic Crime and Justice Studies Building




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




10:00 am – 10:45 am – 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, as well as elected officials.




11:00 am – 12:00 pm - "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: Larry Gilroy, co-chair of the Regional Economic Development Council
Steve DiMeo, President, Mohawk Valley EDGE;
Frank Behlmer, Chief Operating Officer for Global Operations, Bank of New York Mellon;
William Streck, CEO of Bassett Health Care;
Varinya Sheppard, Chief Nursing Officer at St. Elizabeth Medical Center; and
Mary McLean Evans, Executive Director, Career Center, Hamilton College.


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



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