2012 State of the College - President Drugovich

President Drugovich Delivers 2012 State of the College Address

October 18, 2012

ONEONTA, NY - Today, Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich addressed hundreds of students, staff and faculty during this year's State of the College Address in Lambros Arena of the Binder Physical Education Center on the Hartwick College campus.

Throughout her presentation, Drugovich noted countless achievements over the past year of various Hartwick constituents, and shared ways in which the College will move forward by continuing to build upon its previous successes.

"The shortest path to long term financial prosperity is by increasing demand," said Drugovich. "Applications increased by 275% over the past four cycles. We look forward to continuing to meet and exceed demand by delivering on our promises."

Contributing to the growing demand for a Hartwick education is ongoing external recognition of the College overall. Drugovich cited Hartwick's recent acknowledgments by U.S. News & World Report, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, The Princeton Review and others, who pointed to the College's winning combination of a liberal arts education with experiential learning opportunities.

The President continued on to call attention to the receipt of nearly $900,000 in outside grants over the past year in support of research, academic programs and campus improvements. She also emphasized a wide-ranging list of student, faculty and staff accomplishments. Successes were shared such as unrivaled athletic feats, prestigious scholarship awards and innovative research projects, with many students being recognized for their works.

Faculty members were noted for their more-than-130 presentations, public performances, recitals, plays & exhibitions and 40-plus book and journal publications. They have received grants from the Broad Institute of Harvard Medical School, the Autism Research Institute and more.

A summer of far-reaching improvements to the campus, with an investment of more than $1.5 million, was another key point described during the Address. The 21 major projects since October 2011 included several large paving improvements, new walkways and steps, interior and exterior building upgrades, a new Men's Soccer Team room, a cold glass studio and catering kitchen in Anderson Center for the Arts, a new lab in the Johnstone Science Center, and various renovations to Wilder Hall - the largest project completed in '11-'12.

Drugovich continued to discuss changes in the economy and their impact on the College. When considering the issues facing prospective and current students and their families today, financial need and stability remain top of mind. To help manage those challenges, she said, the College is focused on competitive financial aid, allowing students to pursue and complete their passions here at Hartwick College.

Looking forward to 2013, Drugovich alluded to a number of future campus improvements and wider-ranging College plans. As the presentation concluded, the Hartwick community can look forward to celebrating the continued success and growth of Hartwick College.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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