SUNY Potsdam investing over $11 million for upgrades, renovation projects at two buildings
Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 5:43 am

POTSDAM – As students arrive for a new year at SUNY Potsdam, the college is pointing to plans for upgrades at two buildings and new academic programs.

A large renovation project is underway at the Barrington Student Union, which began in July and will continue through the coming year. An $8.6 million capital project will completely overhaul the building's heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, making the union more energy-efficient and quieter when the project is complete. In addition, the entrances to Barrington and its lobby will be refurbished, improving one of the college's most highly-trafficked spaces for the campus community and for other community groups who use the building throughout the year.

During construction, temporary alternate entrances to the College Store, Student Mailroom and Student Union Dining Court will be provided. All major campus events that are typically held in the Barrington Student Union will be relocated to other venues this year.

SUNY Potsdam will also break ground on a major expansion and renovation of Bishop Hall at The Crane School of Music at the beginning of the spring 2020 semester. Preparatory work is already underway for the $3 million project. The project will create an entrance to the Crane complex, and include much-needed renovations to the school's major rehearsal rooms for band and orchestra, plus the addition of one large new rehearsal space and new offices. There will be improvements to the HVAC system and the replacement of fire alarms and corridor ceilings. from the construction area.

An expanded list of academic programs to choose from this year include two new graduate programs and one new undergraduate minor.

A new master of science management degree program aims to prepare students to be leaders in a broad range of careers and industries, with core coursework in policy, ethics, data management, financial oversight, organizational development, leadership principles and research techniques. Depending on their career interests, students can choose from three in-demand tracks, information technology, organizational leadership, or training and human capital development.

SUNY Potsdam also now offers a fully online post-master's certificate program. The Certificate of Advanced Study program in college teaching is for faculty, graduate teaching assistants, doctoral or post-doctoral students who want to bolster their instruction skills. Designed with the working professional in mind, the four-course curriculum can be completed in one academic year, in one summer, or one course at a time.

The college also has a new minor course of study for undergraduates in applied mathematics for students who want to strengthen their mathematical skills for use in other disciplines, introducing them to tools for scientific analysis, through calculus, statistics, probability and linear algebra.

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