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Morrisville State College Receives $22M for Capital Projects in New York State Budget

MORRISVILLE, N.Y.Morrisville State College will receive approximately $22 million from the 2008-2009 New York state budget to fund capital projects at the college.

“I would like to thank Assemblyman Bill Magee and Senator David Valesky for their tireless efforts in support of Morrisville State College’s capital projects.” Dr. Ray Cross, Morrisville State College president, said. “We are very fortunate to have legislators who are such strong advocates.”

The college received $7 million for the construction of an Equine Physiology and Rehabilitation Center to augment Morrisville State’s comprehensive, nationally recognizedequine programs. Construction of this facility will add another learning opportunity for students and will provide an important resource and training center for the equine racing industry in New York state.

The facility will be equipped to condition horses, provide physical therapy for injured horses, and to study and research methods to improve equine conditioning and training. It will include equipment such as an aquaciser (underwater treadmill), therapy swimming pool, Eurociser (computer operated walker with variable speeds), hyperbaric chamber and physiology lab. Stabling for horses and an indoor track are also planned.

“In theory, when a horse is injured or underperforming, it would come to Morrisville State College for rehabilitation and conditioning,” Cross said.

The college will offer an Equine Physiology concentration within in its Equine Science bachelor degree, and plans to offer a bachelor degree in Equine Physiology.

The Equine Physiology and Rehabilitation Center will serve as a learning laboratory for students as well as providing a rehabilitation facility to horse owners in the Northeast.

“The academic and economic development benefits of the Equine Physiology and Rehabilitation Center will have a significant impact on the equine racing industry in New York state,” Cross said. “In addition to providing our students with the skills and training they need to become industry leaders, we can also assist horse and racetrack owners strengthen their businesses.”

Morrisville State College is one of the true gems in our SUNY system and I am honored to do what I can to help Dr. Cross and the college achieve its goals,” Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) said. "I am especially excited about the development of the equine rehabilitation center and the proposed Equine Physiology degree at the college. By supporting this educational and economic development initiative, we are tapping two of our region’s greatest assets--this great college and the historically vital horse industry.”

“These capital investments recognize the great role of Morrisville State College in the State University of New York; it has become a premier institution because of its innovative and entrepreneurial programs and hands-on learning,” Assemblyman Bill Magee (D-Nelson) said. “This is reflected in the college’s establishment of an Equine Physiology and Rehabilitation curriculum, which will provide students with an in-depth understanding of rehabilitating injured horses.”

Five million dollars was allocated for renovation of the college’s current football field to update the facility and expand its use. The existing grass field will be replaced with turf and the drainage system will be improved, creating an all-purpose, all-weather, multi-sport facility.

Game lights will be installed, increasing the number of hours the field is available and the number of games that can be played on it. The college also intends to put in new a seating structure and on-site facilities including locker room and press box.

“The new all-purpose field will bring our antiquated athletic field to a level comparable to, or even better than, what is expected by prospective student-athletes and competitors at the NCAA Division III level,” Cross said.

Within the capital budget is the first of five annual allocations ($8.7 million) for critical maintenance projects, including renovation of the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities (STUAC). Plans include renovation of the gym and fitness center, and reconfiguration of common spaces to address student, athletic and community needs. Renovation of Bailey and Charlton halls, as well as smaller maintenance and rehabilitation projects, are also planned. 

Morrisville State College also received a $1 million allocation for upgrades to the physical campus, including sidewalk replacement and repair, drainage improvement, landscaping, additional planting and on-campus traffic reconfiguration. 

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and 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 was 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.