Dear SUNYIT Community,
The end of the fall semester is fast approaching, and the holiday season won’t be far behind! I hope that your Thanksgiving break was an enjoyable time spent with family and friends. Now, with just a few weeks of 2012 left, it's a busy time for all of us.
We ended November—and we begin December—with a flurry of exciting events and activities:
* On Wednesday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo visited campus. I was pleased to brief him on the progress that’s been made with regard to the construction of the Computer Chip Commercialization Center, and the Governor was able to meet with other elected officials, industry executives and the media.
* The Governor’s visit coincided with the review of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council proposals, which took place in the Student Center. Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy presided, and we look forward with optimism to the conclusion of the second REDC process with positive news, we hope, for SUNYIT.
* As featured in today's editions of the Observer-Dispatch, the premiere event of the "Refugees Starting Over in Utica, NY" project drew a large crowd to campus last night. A gallery show curated by faculty member Kathryn Stam was followed by world music and folk dancing, a documentary film, and a storytelling program. This remarkable effort by Kathryn and others involved certainly connected SUNYIT with the community in a meaningful way.
* Today, in the Wildcat Field House, middle and high school students from all over our region are taking part in the 2012 Senior Solutions FLL@SUNYIT regional Championship Tournament. Elizabeth Rossi and a host of faculty, staff and student volunteers are to be commended for the amazing growth we’ve seen with Lego robotics on our campus.
Good luck with finals and all other end-of-semester tasks! Enjoy the holiday season—and as always, feel free to send me your thoughts, concerns and feedback: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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