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April 10, 2008

Farmingdale State College to Benefit from $54.5 M Secured by State Legislators

Funding is Topped by $28.9 M for New Building for School of Business

Calling it "A critical part of the overall transformation of the institution," Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen today praised state lawmakers for securing $54.5 million in funding to support academic programs, provide new construction, and to improve the physical infrastructure of the 380-acre campus.

Chief among the funding allocations for the College is $28.9 million for a new building for the College's growing School of Business . Other major allocations are $1 million for a Center for Applied Mathematics, $1 million for an Information Commons that will integrate library and other informational technology services for students, and $7.5 million for a new Child Care Center serving the College's staff, students, and the public.

"I want to thank State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr . and the Long Island legislative delegation for all their support," Dr. Keen said. "It is gratifying that our legislators from the Senate and the Assembly recognize the value that Farmingdale State College provides to its students and to the regional business community. The rapid progress that the College is making would not have been possible without the belief and investment in us by our legislators, particularly Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney."

"I am very pleased to secure state funding in the budget to support much-needed critical modernization projects for Farmingdale State College," Sen. Fuschillo said. "The state funding will benefit the students and faculty for many years to come. These capital projects will enhance the college's ability to continue to provide a first-class educational environment."

The announcement of the funding comes at a time when Farmingdale's enrollment is 6,500--103 per cent of its enrollment target for the academic year--the average incoming freshman has a high school GPA of 85, new academic courses are being introduced, and the College is embarking on plans to build a new $25 million Student Center. Dr. Keen attributed the growth of the campus to the support of key projects by Sen. Fuschillo, Assemblyman Sweeney, and State Senator Ken LaValle, who heads the Senate's Committee on Higher Education.

Other funds allocated for Farmingdale in the State's overall $122 billion budget include $10 million for the Broad Hollow Bioscience Park on campus, $750,000 to enhance access for the physically challenged, and $175,000 for a practice facility for the College's baseball team.

Since Dr. Keen was named President in January 2007, Farmingdale was awarded its first grant ever from the National Institutes of Health--one of the most prestigious federal grants of its kind--two patents were awarded to a Farmingdale faculty member for research conducted in alternate energy technology, and the College has launched efforts to develop "green" technologies to power residential homes and businesses.