Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Binghamton University

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Senate Resolution No. 1232

BY: Senator AKSHAR

COMMEMORATING the 75th Anniversary of Binghamton

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend those institutions of true purpose and high achievement whose
exemplary programs and accomplishments clearly demonstrate an enduring
pursuit of excellence in higher education for the youth of this noble
Empire State; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to
commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Binghamton University; and

WHEREAS, Binghamton University was originally launched on June 6,
1946, as the two-year school called Triple Cities College of Syracuse
University, and was located at Colonial Hall in Endicott, New York; and

WHEREAS, The first convocation was held on September 28, 1946, and
two days later, students attended classes for the first time; and

WHEREAS, In 1950, the University joined the State University of New
York (SUNY) system and changed its name to Harpur College; and

WHEREAS, During the 1960s, the University completed its move to the
current Vestal campus, was named one of four SUNY University Centers,
and the School of Nursing opened; two decades later, it was renamed the
Decker School of Nursing, and in 2019, it became Decker College of
Nursing and Health Sciences with the addition of programs in physical
therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology; and

WHEREAS, In 1970, the School of Management was established and in
1979, the School of General Studies and Professional Education was
formed through the merger of programs; after changing its name to the
School of Education and Human Development in 1987, it again underwent a
reorganization and name change in 2006, becoming the College of
Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) and the Graduate School of
Education; and

WHEREAS, In 2007, CCPA moved into its new facility, the Binghamton
University Downtown Center, and 10 years later, the Graduate School of
Education was incorporated into CCPA as the Department of Teaching,
Learning and Educational Leadership; and

WHEREAS, The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied
Science arose from the School of Advanced Technology in 1983, and became
the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science in 2020;

WHEREAS, The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences was
launched in 2017, and the next year, it moved from the main Vestal
campus to the new Health Sciences Campus in Johnson City, New York; and

WHEREAS, In 2019, Binghamton University earned R1 status, joining an
elite group of only 131 institutions of higher education nationwide to
earn that designation by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of
Higher Education; and

WHEREAS, From its humble beginnings, Binghamton University has grown
from its first class of 876 students, mostly GIs returning from the war,
to more than 18,000 students, now including bachelor's, master's and
doctoral students; and

WHEREAS, The University of Binghamton has developed a strong
footprint in downtown Binghamton with the Innovative Technologies
Complex which houses the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and
Applied Science as well as the Center of Excellence, the University
Downtown Center in Binghamton which houses the College of Community and
Public Affairs, and the Health Sciences Center in Johnson City which
houses the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as
the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences; the buildings and
areas of the University now comprise close to 970 acres; and

WHEREAS, Under the visionary guidance of President Harvey Stenger,
the University of Binghamton has a total impact of $1.27 billion on the
Binghamton MSA regional economy, supporting more than 12,500 jobs by its
spending activities, and total impact of $1.64 billion on the New York
State economy, supporting more than 15,000 jobs throughout the state;

WHEREAS, Known as the "Public Ivy" and as a premier public
University in the Northeast, Binghamton University stands proud and
prominent, always looking to the future and the needs of those it
serves; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Binghamton University, noting the
propriety of its goals, the constancy of its commitment and the
significance of its accomplishments in preparing the youth of today and
leaders of tomorrow; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Harvey Stenger, President, Binghamton University.


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