Hartwick College campus view of pergola on Founders' Way

Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation

The Griffiths Center vision is to be a recognized leader in engaged learning and research experiences that help define the student journey at Hartwick College.

Our mission is to promote cross-disciplinary innovation & entrepreneurship by providing high-impact community partnerships, innovation spaces and research opportunities.

Hartwick College Center for Craft Food and Beverage

Hartwick College Grain Innovation Center

Hartwick College has been working with the City of Oneonta and the County of Otsego Industrial Development Agency to incorporate the Grain Innovation Center (GIC) with a Downtown Revitalization Initiative awarded to the City through the New York State Regional Economic Development Council.

Construction has begun on a four-story, mixed-use building that will include Hartwick’s new Grain Innovation Center. With this project, Hartwick College has identified a need to develop new and better means to assess the quality of potential wheat cultivars for whole grain milling and baking. The result will provide support for grain producers, millers and bakers in the regional grain industry, while enhancing College offerings and community connections.

Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation Makerspace


The Makerspace is an open format collaborative workspace for students, faculty, and invited guests to brainstorm, create, learn, and develop ideas. Its design fosters creativity and collaboration, with whiteboards and modular furniture that give students a setting reflective of a professional and integrative work environment.

Visits from outside experts and practitioners, including distinguished alumni and off-campus leaders, are commonplace.

Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation Fab Lab


The Fabrication Lab, “Fab Lab,” is a cross-disciplinary space dedicated to providing both 2D and 3D digital technologies which allow our students to create anything from prototypes of product ideas to traditional art.
Equipment in Use by Hartwick Faculty and Students:

  • Glowforge Laser Cutter
  • X-Carve C-N-C Router
  • Three Makerbot 3D Printers
  • Large Format Ceramic 3D Printer
  • Canon Wide Format Inkjet Printer
  • American Cutter 24” Vinyl Cutter
Griffith Center for Collaboration & Innovation E-Hub activities in the Makerspace


The E-Hub is where great minds from all academic areas of study come together to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The collaborative synergy generated in the E-Hub, through creative and design thinking for idea generation and problem solving, demonstrates what Hartwick does best: hands-on, interdisciplinary learning.

The Hub:

  • provides opportunities for students from various academic disciplines to explore the process of ideation and innovation;
  • connects with and supports the larger community of entrepreneurs in the region and beyond;
  • immerses students in the lived experience of successful entrepreneurs:
  • fosters entrepreneurship across the curriculum;
  • nurtures the entrepreneurial ideas born of this process.


This immersive internship opportunity, made possible through the continued generosity of Simon Baker ‘93, allows motivated students to explore their aspirations in and around social entrepreneurship, innovation and social impact.

Students begin their experience with a one-credit course that provides an introduction to the tenants of design thinking, entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Contacts Us

Michael Walsh

Director of the Griffiths Center of Collaboration & Innovation

Harmonie Bettenhausen

Director of the Hartwick Center for Craft Food & Beverage

Griffith Center for Collaboration & Innovation

For more information about GCCI programs and services, email gcci@hartwick.edu or call 607-431-4009.


Launched in 2018 with a $1.25 million gift from Sally Griffiths Herbert ’88, H’19 and Tim Herbert, the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation (GCCI) at Hartwick College is an idea incubator for radical innovation and approaches to creative problem solving.