Resolution J1014-2013

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Sullivan County Community College



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 26, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the 50th Anniversary of Sullivan
County Community College

WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  to  recognize  and
commend  those  institutions  of  commitment  and high achievement whose
purpose and endeavors fully demonstrate a dedication to the  pursuit  of
excellence in education and service to the community; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to  such  concerns,  and fully in accord with its
long-standing traditions, this  Legislative  Body  is  justly  proud  to
commemorate  the  50th Anniversary of Sullivan County Community College;
  WHEREAS, Sullivan County Community College  (SUNY  Sullivan)  welcomed
its  first  freshman  class  on  September  23, 1963; it was established
largely due to the  joint  efforts  of  local  citizens,  who  conducted
surveys and advocated the creation of a college, and the Sullivan County
Board  of Supervisors, who saw the desirability and need for a community
college in Sullivan County; and
  WHEREAS, Over the course of the last 50 years, SUNY Sullivan has grown
from a faculty of nine and a  student  body  of  72  enrolled  in  three
programs in its first year of operation, to a full and part-time enroll-
ment  of  more  than  1,700  students in 32 degree and eight certificate
programs in 2012; and
  WHEREAS, SUNY Sullivan is committed to maintaining  a  strong  liberal
arts  core  curriculum  and  equipping  students with the tools for 21st
Century   careers;   available   areas   of   study   include   computer
graphics/graphic  design,  which  is taught in the new graphics art lab,
culinary arts, nursing, criminal justice, and Green Building Maintenance
and Management; and
  WHEREAS, SUNY Sullivan faculty and staff have earned  numerous  awards
and  citations  for excellence in education, including more than 20 SUNY
Chancellor's Awards; and
  WHEREAS, Some of SUNY Sullivan's notable alumni include: Gene Simmons,
co-founder, bassist, singer and songwriter of the rock band KISS; Rafael
"Dose" Vargas, rapper in the Dominican hip hop group 2 In  A  Room,  now
known  as  Fulanito; and Joey Altman, American chef, restaurateur and TV
host on the Food Network and winner of the James Beard  Award  in  2000,
2001, and 2006; and
  WHEREAS, SUNY Sullivan is situated on 405 acres of land and its campus
features  nine interconnected buildings, the Paul Gerry Field house, the
Lazarus Levine Residence Hall and the EcoGreen Townhouses; a geo-thermal
system provides heat and air conditioning for the  campus,  underscoring
the College's commitment to environmental and social responsibility; and
  WHEREAS,  In  February  2012, Dr. Karin M. Hilgersom began her term as
SUNY Sullivan's sixth president, helming the College as  it  focuses  on
the  future  by continuing to adopt more sustainable practices, creating
new and exciting curriculums and continuing to  foster  strong,  lasting
bonds within and outside of the community; and
  WHEREAS, Facing the rapid change and ever-increasing challenges of the
21st Century, Sullivan County Community College stands prepared to reach
out,  in  earnest  and enthusiastic quest of its mission, to promote the
maximum growth of every student,  establishing  standards  and  building
skills  which  will carry its students and the citizens of its community
into the future; and
  WHEREAS, It is the practice of this  Legislative  Body  that  when  an
educational  institution  of  such  noble  aims  and  accomplishments is
brought to our attention, it should be recognized and applauded  by  all
the citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Sullivan County  Community  College;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to Dr. Karin M. Hilgersom, President, Sullivan County Community


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