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UCCC Milestones

UCCC Milestones

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UCCC Milestones
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SUNY Ulster Milestones

1961 – Public referendum establishes Ulster County Community College. 1963 – Classes begin Sept. 23, 1963 at temporary campus in Kingston in the former Ulster Academy at 214 West Chestnut Street. 1965 – College graduates first class of 48 students. SUNY Ulster’s First President Dale B. Lake presides. 1965 – Construction begins for Stone Ridge campus. 1967 – Stone Ridge campus opens with Macdonald DeWitt Library, Burroughs, Hasbrouck and Clinton buildings. 1967 - George B. Erbstein named second president and serves until 1974. Joins SUNY Ulster from Orange County Community College. 1969 – SUNY Ulster Continuing and Professional Education started. 1970 – College receives initial accreditation by Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. 1972 – Senate Gym, Hardenbergh, Vanderlyn and Algonquin buildings added to Stone Ridge campus. 1974 – Robert T. Brown named third president, having served as Dean of Administration and Financial Officer since 1965. 1976 – Ulster Community College Foundation established with initial assets of $70,000. 1984 - Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery dedicated for Ruth Muroff Kotler, a founding faculty member, first chair of the visual arts department and the first gallery director. 1985 – College initiates hosting the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center. 1993 – Student Life Center, Hardenbergh Science Wing and Learning Center added to campus. 1995 – Business Resource Center opened in Kingston. 1997 – Barbara A. Adams named as the college’s fourth president and serves until 2000. 2000 – Construction begins adding the Ulster Savings Bank Community Conference Center in Clinton Hall, the Hasbrouck Technology Wing and the expansion of the Macdonald DeWitt Library. 2001 – Dr. Donald C. Katt inaugurated as fifth president. President Katt began his SUNY Ulster career as Director of Student Activities in 1968 and also served as Director of Institutional Advancement, Dean of Institutional Advancement, Dean of Instruction and Vice President and Dean of Faculty, among other positions.

2005 – College launches its International Studies Program. 2006 – Quimby Theater renovated. 2011 – Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies opens. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher attends dedication ceremony. 2011 – Through grants obtained from the NYS Energy Research & Development Authority renovation begins on The Kelder building – the original structure on the campus’s 165 acres -- to transform it into The Center for Building Science and Advanced Technology; set to open fall 2013. 2013 – Dedication of the Gary and Janaki Patrik Math Center on Stone Ridge Campus. 2013 – Dedication of the Battle Buddy Center for active and retired military students on campus. 2013 – College partners with SUNY Oswego to establish a permanent biological research station in Brazil.

Statistics of Note        More than 20,000 degrees have been awarded in the college’s history. The cost for tuition was $150 a semester when the college opened. Original faculty and staff was 29 in 1963 to 400 full and part-time employees today. From starting with eight degree programs, the college has expanded to offer 64 programs. 70 percent of SUNY Ulster students enroll in transfer programs. Since 1969, 800-plus non-credit courses have been offered through Continuing and Professional Education, 30 professional certificate programs offered and 250,000 students enrolled. The Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center, hosted at SUNY Ulster, has helped create/save 15,068 jobs, assisted nearly 6,000 small business owners and helped produce $ 565,603,093 in economic impact ; SBDC staff have received 22 awards for excellence in performance since 1985, including the 2013 SBA New York City District SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award. Ulster Community College Foundation awards more than $170,000 in scholarships annually; Foundation has awarded more than $3 million to more than 5,000 students since inception; assets stand at almost $7 million to date. SUNY Ulster contributes more than $84 million dollars annually to the Ulster County economy in direct and indirect spending. The College is one of Ulster County’s largest employers with a $13 million dollar payroll.

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