Joseph E. Robach's posts related to Higher Education

Nazareth Opens Peckham Hall

On Thursday afternoon, I had the privilege to attend the grand opening ceremony for Peckham Hall on the campus of Nazareth College in Pittsford. Peckham Hall will serve as the Integrated Center for Math and Science. The $30 million dollar building features classroom and lab lecture rooms with modern technology and 20 labs to serve science, math, and computing areas of studies.

Latino Student College Fair

On Friday morning, I had the privilege to speak at the 2nd Annual Latino Student College Fair, which was held at City Hall. The fair offered students from the City of Rochester School District to meet with officials from local colleges and business organizations. Great job by Albert Algarin, Jr. and your entire committee on this wonderful event! Here I photographer with Alondra Ramos, who was the recipient of the Dr. Emeterio M. Otero Academic Excellence Award.

R.I.T. College of Applied Science & Technology Celebrates 40 Years

Earlier this afternoon, I was privileged to join my colleagues from New York State, and the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the College of Applied Science and Technology at R.I.T. for their 40th Anniversary Celebration. The College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) at RIT has a long-standing reputation of excellence and innovation. Established in 1972, it is one of the Institute’s largest colleges enrolling approximately one-fifth of all the students at RIT. The college offers a myriad of dynamic programs—ranging from hospitality, nutrition and service management, health systems administration, human resource development, packaging science, environmental management and safety, engineering technology, and the Army and Air Force ROTC.

RIT Announces Center for Urban Entrepreneurship

Earlier today, I had the privilege to attend a press conference where RIT. announced that will open a new Center for Urban Entrepreneurship in Downtown Rochester. RIT received the building at 40 Franklin Street, the former Rochester Savings Bank, through a donation from Rochester Historic Ventures. The university estimates it will cost about $1.2 million in capital improvements to refurbish parts of the building. Another $2-$4 million will be needed to prepare the building for programmatic needs. The anticipated opening of the center is fall 2013.

Local Student Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

On Wednesday afternoon, Changing the Community (CTC) held a ceremony to honor six local high school football players, who were a part of the organization's football camp, as they signed their letters of intent to play college football. The students honored were: Alex Officer of Eastridge High School who is heading to University of Pittsburgh; Chauncey Scissum of Rush-Henrietta High School heading to Syracuse University; Cullen Casey of McQuaid Jesuit High School heading to Old Dominion University; Qwaheem Marshall who played for Wilson Magnet and is heading to Gannon; Rod Stevens of Webster Thomas High School who is heading to Grambling; and Dan Leonard of Bath who is heading to West Liberty.

Senator Robach Announces College Scholarships

Senator Robach announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded June 10th  at their Annual Legislative Conference Day. Scholarship winners must be present to receive their awards.


“As hard working families struggle to afford higher education, this scholarship will go a long way in allowing a student to further their education,” said Senator Robach. “For our high school graduates, every little bit will help them afford their dream of getting a degree.”



Rochester Credit Unions Award Scholarships

Last night, I had the privilege to present a proclamation to Melis Schildkraut of Brighton. She was awarded a scholarship by The Credit Union Association of New York's Rochester Credit Unions. The Rochester Chapter Scholarship Awards Program, solely funded by the annual Rochester Chapter Scholarship Golf Tournament, awards scholarships annually to High School seniors who are members of participating Rochester area Credit Unions. Scholarship applications are distributed to participating Credit Unions in November each year with entries being due in late January. Applicants are judged on their academic and essay writing skills, as well as their extra-curricular activities by a panel of volunteer judges.

Sustainability Institute Hall Dedication at R.I.T.

The 84,000-square-foot “living lab” represents RIT’s commitment to the environment through research and academic programs. GIS plans to host an open house for the RIT community later this spring. The building will also be showcased during Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival on Saturday, May 4.

University of Rochester Breaks Ground on College Town

Earlier today, I had the privilege to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Rochester's College Town. College Town will be located on the corner of Mt. Hope and Elmwood, and will offer 500,000 square feet for retail, a hotel, a parking garage with 1,500 spaces, restaurants, and housing on a 14-acre development. The project received a $4 million grant from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council.

SJFC Breaks Ground on Integrated Sciences Building

I joined officials from St. John Fisher College to break ground on the new Integrated Science and Health Science building on campus. This new building will provide a state of the art learning facility for future nurses, pharmacists and other clinical professionals, giving them hands-on learning experience for life after college.