SUNY funding, engaging with new faculty, and regional economic development

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President’s Newsletter

Friday, February 2, 2024

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that the first week of classes has gone smoothly for you.

This week SUNY awarded us $85,000 to assist our efforts in attracting and retaining transfer students, working with our three largest partners, Monroe Community College (MCC), Genesee Community College (GCC) and Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC). I am pleased to see that SUNY recognizes our efforts in this area and supports our work. The timing of this new funding was especially helpful because it coincided with visits to MCC and FLCC. On Wednesday, Provost Abraham, Vice President Kelly and I met with the president and provost at MCC to discuss how to augment our transfer pathways, and today the three of us travelled to FLCC to meet with their senior leadership team. Both visits offered great examples of our current programs and the ways in which we can expand our partnerships.

I was also fortunate to meet with the new faculty as part of their regular CELT sessions. I was pleased to hear of their positive experiences regarding their first semester with us, particularly in relation to their own home departments and their engagement with administrative offices that have supported their transition. We also explored opportunities to continue to augment the onboarding experience, particularly around connections with others in the community and the dissemination of information about what to expect when moving to the area.

Also this week the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council held its quarterly meeting at the MCC campus, and VP Andriatch and I attended, along with Brockport Mayor Margay Blackman and Village Manager Erica Linden. We continue to support the village’s strategic plans as well as grant submissions as part of our town-gown initiatives.

As the week draws to a close, I invite you to attend First Friday at Alumni House today, starting at 4 pm, to connect with others both inside and outside the university and to spend some time building community.

Thank you for all that you to do Build a Better Brockport.

Dr. Heidi R. Macpherson, President
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