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Morrisville State College to Hold Mock Dorm Room Burn During Welcome Weekend Festivities

MORRISVILLE, NY— A mock dorm room constructed outdoors on the Morrisville State College Campus will provide an important lesson in fire safety.

The small-scale model will be the scene of a live burn on Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. on the administrative quad in front of the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities (STUAC) to illustrate how quickly fire spreads in a dorm room. It is one of many activities planned during Welcome Weekend at Morrisville State College.

This is the second year the simulation, conducted by the Residence Life and the Physical Plant departments with assistance from the New York Safety Fire Marshal’s Office and the Morrisville Fire Department, will be held on the Morrisville State College campus.

The diorama, constructed by members of the Physical Plant Department, will be filled with typical items found in a residence hall such as a desk, chair and books and other items to be determined based on donations, Mandy King, director of residence life, said.

The presentation will provide valuable general fire safety to spectators who will also learn how hot the fire is getting at certain points, King said.

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 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 business, computer technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice, and human services to Chenango County area residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.