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Morrisville State College President, Dr. Ray Cross, Speaks at International House

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.Morrisville State College President, Dr. Ray Cross, spoke to an audience of graduate students and industry professionals at the prestigious International House in New York City on Feb. 5.

The International House is a dynamic and uniquely diverse residence and program center for graduate students, visiting scholars, interns and trainees. The community comprises 700 resident members from approximately 100 countries, including the United States, who attend any graduate program or participate in an internship program anywhere in the New York City area.

Cross spoke as part of the International House’s speaker series on the environment. His talk, entitled “Food, Fuel, Feed, Fiber and Waste: An International Imperative,” focused on the global paradigm shift that is occurring due to concerns about global warming and energy costs.

“Our strategy for the future must involve changing domestic food policy to encourage growth and consumption of local foods,” Cross said. “This will have positive effects in several ways, including using less energy and improving local economies.”

Morrisville State College’s historical strengths in agriculture and technology put it at the crossroads of this new paradigm. The college has made a strategic commitment to reducing its impact on the environment through sustainable energy initiatives and conservation, and is conducting applied research in several renewable energy applications, including anaerobic methane digestion, use of biodiesel as a home heating alternative and for locomotive fuel, and use of algae as a feedstock for biodiesel.

Cross also discussed the need for conservation and waste management.

“The United States is a consumption-oriented society,” he said. “Conservation must be part of the plan—we have to ask ourselves, ‘How do we conserve and how do we use waste effectively?’”

Morrisville State College is currently grappling with these issues. This year, the college eliminated all use of Styrofoam in its dining facilities, replacing it with biodegradable products. Morrisville is also investigating methods to compost its food waste.

In addition to providing leadership for Morrisville State College’s “green” efforts, Cross serves as co-chair of the State University of New York’s Energy Task Force, which issued a report last year with recommendations to conserve energy, produce and use green energy, perform energy research and educate the public about energy-related issues.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options with eight new degrees being offered this fall: entrepreneurship and small business management, B.B.A.; nursing, B.S.; science, technology, and society, B.S.; journalism and communication for online media, B.S.; horticulture business management, B.T.; human performance and health promotion, B.S.; criminal justice, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only); and human services, A.A.S. (Norwich Campus only).

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. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.