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Morrisville State College's Liberty Partnerships Program at Norwich Campus Receives Funding, New Director Appointed

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—Dr. Ted Nichols, dean of Morrisville State College’s Norwich Campus, recently announced that the college’s Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) received full funding from New York state for the 2006-2007 year. He also announced the appointment of a new program director, Lee Blanchard-Excell, of Smyrna, N.Y.
Excell replaces former LPP director, Megan Dennis.

“We are delighted that Ms. Excell accepted the position of director,” Nichols said. “She not only brings the necessary organizational and leadership skills, but she is also a strong advocate for the program and cares deeply for all those involved.”

Prior to her appointment, Excell served as an LPP student/family education advocate at Unadilla Valley Central School since 1999.

LPP is a New York state initiative involving partnerships between colleges and universities and local schools to improve the abilities of at-risk youth to graduate from high school and prepare for competitive entry into postsecondary education and the workforce.

Operating under the New York State Department of Education, LPP was created in 1988 as a legislative response to New York state’s school dropout rate.

“Morrisville State College has coordinated the program locally since 1989, receiving high marks for its effectiveness from school staff, administrators, school board members, and the general public,” Nichols said.

“This funding will enable us to assist at-risk students in their efforts to achieve academic and personal excellence,” Nichols said.

Morrisville’s LPP program currently serves students at Unadilla Valley Central School, Otselic Valley, Norwich City School District, and Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District.
For more information, call the LPP Office, located in Roger W. Follett Hall, 20 Conkey Avenue, at 607.334.5144 or visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov.

The Norwich Campus has played an important role in addressing the higher education and training needs throughout Chenango County by providing affordable, quality educational opportunities for more than 35 years.

Its new academic building, Roger W. Follett Hall, adjacent to the Eaton Center in Norwich, is infused with technology including a wireless network, ThinkPad University integration and “smart classrooms” with ceiling-mounted LCD projectors, VHS, DVD and document camera interface. This allows students and faculty to project from a wide range of media to the retractable ceiling mounted screens. Video conferencing between remote sites is also available, enabling real time audio and video communication between two or more locations for distance learning, professional development and corporate meetings.

Morrisville State College offers 13 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones.

The Norwich Campus recently announced its first standalone degree in early childhood and also offers associate degree programs in business, computer and office technology, liberal arts transfer and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.

The Norwich Campus also offers a range of non-credit courses, customized training and conference services.