State University of New York
L. Zimpher last month unveiled the strategic plan for the university system.
"The Power of SUNY," which will serve as a roadmap for the state
system's 64 campuses over the next five years and guide their development for a
decade, focuses on economic
development and improving quality of life in New York.
The strategic plan is organized around
six "big ideas," with chapter titles linking SUNY to the “Entrepreneurial
Century,” “Seamless Educational Pipeline,” a “Healthier New York,” an “Energy-Smart
New York,” “Vibrant Community” and the “World.”
Each big idea
includes three initiatives with measurable results. "The call for
accountability has never been louder. We must deliver results in a more
meaningful and measurable way to show New Yorkers that we mean what we
say," said Zimpher. The plan also shows how each big idea advances the
university's commitment to diversity.
Oswego has long adhered to an economic prosperity model," said President
Deborah F. Stanley, in welcoming the new plan. "As the leading employer in
we employ 1,754 people and bring more than $345 million annually in added wealth
to the seven-county Central New York
SUNY Oswego injected nearly $428 million into New York state’s economy — an exceptionally
good return on the state’s net appropriation of $55 million dollars, according
to Prospering Together, the college's
most recent report of its economic impact, released in February.
Since 1998, the
college's physical improvements have resulted in more than $400 million in
capital and construction spending, adding 450 new jobs to the region. Stanley estimated that
planned capital improvements would amount to $300 million in spending and 350
new jobs over the next five years.
SUNY Oswego builds the foundation of sustained economic
growth and ensures a long-term regional competitive advantage by preparing more
than 8,300 students each year for higher value-added work and increased
added. She pointed out that the earnings of the college's graduates create
economic gains that compound year after year as demand for highly skilled labor
grows exponentially in today's knowledge economy.
"We take seriously the fact that SUNY Oswego plays an important leadership
role in job creation and economic development in Central New York and welcome
the responsibility to improve the overall quality of life in our community
through the quality programs and services we provide," Stanley said.
Stanley was one
of 17 members of the chancellor's steering committee for the new plan, and
several members of the Oswego community served on the "Group of 200,"
who helped with the debate and exchange of ideas leading up to the plan's
launch and will serve as messengers and thought leaders for the finished plan.
They include Vice President of Finance and Budget Nicholas A. Lyons, faculty
members Shashi Kanbur and Marcia Burrell, and students Keith Edelman '10, Kate Haefele '09 and Stefen Short '10.
welcomed Chancellor Zimpher to Oswego
last July as the new leader made a tour of all 64 campuses in the SUNY system
and held "town hall" meetings to gather information for the planning
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Who doesn’t want to save the world? Michael Kite ’02 does that for a living through World Wildlife
As marketing specialist for one of the world’s leading conservation
organizations, Kite and his team of three work to raise more than $5 million each
year. The majority of that money comes from licensing partnerships and promotions
with the likes of Barnes & Noble, Gap, Hewlett-Packard, Dial and Coinstar.
Retail partnerships help WWF spread its message to the
general public and raise funds for its conservation work around the globe. For
example, Bank of America contributes $100 for every special Visa account opened
and Nabisco is supporting WWF’s “Year
of the Tiger” initiative with special packaging and a $100,000 donation.
The new CVS Green
Bag Tag program rewards reusable bag-toting customers, and generates five
cents for WWF for each tag sold.
All support WWF’s mission of protecting the future of nature,
down to the finest details, Kite said.
“We like to see that the product is made from recycled
material and is recyclable itself, and somehow ties into our mission,” Kite
said. The Green Bag Tag, for instance, is made from a corn-based material and
features a 100 percent recycled silicone lanyard.
As a broadcasting major at Oswego, Kite got involved with WRVO-FM and WNYO-FM.
“I think it gave me a lot more confidence in talking to
people,” he said. It was an important part of his early career in broadcast
sales and remains an important piece in the message he “sells” today.
“The best part of my job is seeing a product in the store
with the WWF logo after months of working with a company to launch it,” said
Kite, who joined the organization in 2006. “It’s rewarding to give people a
fun, unique way to protect our planet.”
— Shane M. Liebler
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