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October 19, 2013

Hartwick nears fundraising goal, finishes projects

By Denise Richardson Reporter's Notebook
The Daily Star

---- — Hartwick College has raised $22.2 million in its Campaign for Hartwick Students, more than half of the $35 million goal, officials as the Oneonta campus said this week.

College President Margaret L. Drugovich addressed hundreds of students, faculty and staff at a State of the College address in Slade Theatre in Yager Hall on campus. She reviewed college achievements and recognitions, according to a media release, spoke about continued financial accessibility to a Hartwick education and re-emphasized the institution’s focus on students.

“This is why we’re here,” Drugovich, who joined Hartwick as president in 2008, said. “They are where we must continue to focus our energy every single day.”

Highlights of the past year included receipt of nearly $500,000 in grants to support research, academic programs and campus improvements. The awards came from Dewar Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Autism Research Institute, among other sources, the release said.

Drugovich also reported about 26 capital improvement projects totaling almost $650,000 to the campus during the summer and past year. The projects included paving improvements, interior and exterior painting and building upgrades, tile and carpeting, the Center for Student Success and technology projects, the release said.

Drugovich described the college’s evolving vision, which will continue to grow and shift with the times.

“It is very important that we chart our own course,” she said. “We have to have our own sustainable vision of where we want to go for our future.”

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October is Fire Prevention Month, and firefighters and safety officials are raising awareness about fire dangers, prevention and escape plans. The campaign also serves as a reminder to check residential fire alarms and change batteries.

In July, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act, which requires universities and colleges to provide written information on fire safety and sprinkler systems to students in college-owned or operated housing, according to a media release. The law is named after Kerry Rose Fitzsimons, a Marist College senior who died in an off-campus fire along with two friends in January 2012.

Previously, colleges were required to publish information about fire safety standards in an annual report filed with the federal government.

Fitzimons, a Commack, Long Island, native, was the daughter of Robert Fitzsimons, a member of Steamfitters Local 638, the release said, and the union advocated for the passage of the bill in Albany.

Pat Dolan, president of Steamfitters Local 638, said colleges and universities are part of the economic engine of the state.

“With more than one million students in New York, we should be doing more to protect them and encourage the best practices in college housing,” Dolan said in the release. “The Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act will serve as a building block as we work toward better fire safety and more fire

suppression systems in college housing.”

Staff writer Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorDenise Richardson can be reached at (607) 432-1000, ext. 213, and at drichardson@thedailystar.com