Stephen L. Green and Hartwick College Students

Stephen L. Green ‘59 to Sponsor Hartwick Student Paper Competition

September 5, 2012

What do you get when you cross a leading New York City Real Estate mogul who has a passion for the political process with student ideas on health care reform? You get the opportunity for breakthrough thinking with The Stephen L. Green American Governance Paper Competition, that's what.

For the second time in three years, all Hartwick College students are invited to participate in the competition, with prizes totaling $5,000. All interested current students should submit a proposal before 5 p.m. on September 24, 2012. Additional details for submission are listed below. After proposals are reviewed, selected student participants will be invited to New York City to meet the award sponsor - Hartwick alumnus and real estate entrepreneur Stephen L. Green '59 - and compete for substantial awards.

Green is founder and Chairman of the Board of SL Green Realty Corp., a publically traded real estate investment trust that is New York's largest commercial landlord.

"Stephen Green understands that a vibrant democracy requires an informed and thoughtful citizenry," said Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich, Hartwick College President. "This competition provides a perfect incentive for Hartwick students to research, think about, and write about the most critical issues of our time. Steve's support of this competition catalyzes growth in our students, and helps to prepare them for the public policy challenges they will face in the decades to come."

This year, the student-submitted research papers will address the following problem statement: There is a fundamental question facing every industrialized, modern country - what role should the government play in providing health care to its citizens? Most provide universal health care as a matter of right while others look more to the private marketplace. President Obama's "Affordable Health Care Act" is designed to expand health care coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently without it. What is the best approach to health care coverage economically, politically and/or morally, and how well does so-called Obamacare approximate this approach? Feel free to compare the U.S. to how other nations provide health care or insurance for their citizens.

The author of the top paper will be given a $2,000 cash prize named the "Stephen L. Green American Governance Award." Second and third runners-up will each be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, and fourth and fifth runners-up will each be awarded a $500 cash prize.

"This essay competition presents a great incentive for Hartwick students, from a wide range of majors, to think deeply and critically about one of the most pressing issues facing our society today - health care policy," said Hartwick College Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Laurel Elder. "This competition challenges our students to not only strive for the best academically, but also to become more informed and engaged citizens in our democracy."

Competition timeline and details:

- All interested, current students should submit a proposal via email and hard copy to Professor Laurel Elder before 5 p.m. on September 24, 2012.
- The proposal should include your name, class year, and one to two paragraphs articulating your initial thoughts on health care policy in the United States.
- Along with your proposal, please submit a resume or include your Hartwick GPA if available and any relevant activities (e.g. club president, double major or minor etc.) on your proposal form.
- A faculty panel will select the next round of participants based on the quality of their proposals and their record of academic commitment and achievement. Once selected, these participants will begin to draft 12-15 double-spaced page papers based on their proposals.
- Selected participants will travel to New York City for a meeting with Green and others on Tuesday, October 23, 2012.
- Final papers from these selected participants will be due by February 22, 2013 to Dr. Elder.
- Faculty will review, rate and recommend winners from these submissions.
- Green will make the final selections and will present awards to the winners in May, 2013.

For additional information, contact Elder at 607-431-4887 or

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