Nazareth College President Daan Braveman was joined today by Board of Trustees Chair Judy Wilmot Linehan, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and many federal, state and local lawmakers to ceremoniously break ground for Nazareth's Integrated Center for Math and Science. The $31 million center, that received a major boost today with new gifts totaling more than $3.5 million dollars, will play an instrumental role in leading the way for Nazareth students to receive the very best in math and science education, while also fueling the Rochester region's economy with health and human services professionals and teachers who remain in the area to work after graduation.
"This facility will have a long term impact on the College and the community. It will allow us to expand the number of students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, and math as well as health and human services and K-12 teaching of these subjects," said Nazareth President Daan Braveman. "And, it will have an economic effect on the region as close to three-quarters of students in the health and human services field and an equally large number of our students in education programs remain in the area to work after graduation."
Nazareth College has raised nearly 50-percent of the total $31 million cost of the building to date, including the more than $3.5 million in new gifts from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tom and Colleen Wilmot, John "Dutch" Summers, Louise Woerner and Don Kollmorgen, and RG&E. The remainder of funding for the Integrated Center for Math and Science will come from a partnership of private donors, business and government funds.
"Excellus is investing in the regional healthcare workforce of the future," said Zeke Duda, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. "We are a major employer in upstate New York, and as the state's largest non-profit health insurer, we must work with colleges like Nazareth to ensure that the health care needs for Rochester and beyond are being met with a new generation of highly capable graduates in math and science."
"RG&E and NYSEG are committed to upstate New York, now and far into the future," said Mark Lynch, president of NYSEG and RG&E. "We are investing in Nazareth's Integrated Center for Math and Science to create jobs and train the next generation of New Yorkers to fill those jobs - that's why our economic development programs exist."
When the Nazareth College Integrated Center for Math and Science opens in the fall of 2012, the new building will provide training opportunities for Rochester's future teachers, health care workers, and scientists.
New building highlights include: