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February 14, 2019



This past May I announced that up to $200,000 of strategic initiative funding would be set aside each of the next five years to help further the goals and initiatives outlined in the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.  To that end, I appointed a 17-member Strategic Plan Projects Advisory Committee (SPPAC) and charged them with developing an open and inclusive process to solicit and evaluate grassroots ideas from across the campus community.

The Committee received nearly 30 applications in the inaugural funding round, and I am pleased to announce that 11 of those projects have been approved for funding this fiscal year.  They are listed here in alphabetical order under the name of the project leader(s). Several projects are team efforts that will involve other faculty, staff, and students along with the person(s) identified here.


  • Jane Ann Bean-Folkes, Understanding the “Other” through Diverse and Global Literature – A proposal to fund the purchase of materials in the James A. Cannavino Library for Marist teacher candidates and teachers to use in instruction, as well as a workshop to engage in conversation and curricular instruction about diversity and global issues.
  • Jaime Lynne Bishop, Fellowships for Marist Adjuncts: “Innovate + Beyond Your Online Course (BYOC) Certificate Track” – A proposal to fund a part-time faculty certificate program to provide hands-on training and pedagogical applications of online teaching and learning.
  • Rebecca Brown and Jodi Hartmann, Think Global Make Local – A proposal to fund a panel of industry professionals to discuss the benefits of making products in America and the impact of this work on the community.
  • Eileen Curley, Food Insecurity at Marist – A proposal to fund a research study to assess existing food insecurity needs and create future plans for a visible and robust support system for students experiencing food insecurity while enrolled at Marist.
  • Ann Davis and Jessica Boscarino, Sustainability in the College and the Community: A Model of Curriculum Integration – A proposal to fund a working group of faculty fellows who will integrate sustainability-related coursework across the Environmental Studies Pathway and minor.
  • Nicole Doyle ’19, Liana Frasca ’19, and Elizabeth Sincavage ’19, Cultural Microaggressions at Marist College – A proposal to hold student focus groups on the subject of cultural microaggressions, with the goal of developing a campus-wide training to make the College a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
  • Christina Fojas, 3D Printing Technology to Enhance Student Learning of Human Anatomy – A proposal to purchase 3D printing technology capable of producing a diverse set of anatomy models to supplement the cadaveric lab experience of graduate students in the allied health fields.
  • Christina Fields, Think Global, Act Local: Developing Social Justice Minded Youth – A proposal to fund a partnership between Marist, Global Arts Local Arts Culture Technology International Citizenship (GALACTIC), and the Newburgh Boys and Girls Club to engage students in hands-on learning activities that connect global and local in relevant ways.
  • Melissa Gaeke, Nonprofit Organization and Careers Conference – A proposal to fund an interactive retreat for students to interact with faculty from across the College, along with alumni and local nonprofit professionals.
  • Karen Schrier, Researching an Innovation Center for Marist College – A proposal to fund internal and external research to support the conceptual development of an innovation center at Marist.
  • Lisa Stephens, Pre-Health Scholars Cohort Project to Improve Success of Students from Underrepresented Populations – A proposal to fund a social support system involving extra-curricular activities for pre-health students.

I wish to congratulate these members of our campus community for the thoughtfulness that went into their proposals.  I look forward to updating you on their progress as the awardees begin to implement their programs.

I would also like to thank SPPAC Chair Moira Fitzgibbons and the members of her Committee for the care they have taken in reviewing and recommending these proposals.  I understand that the Committee is ready to announce the launch of a second round of funding, with additional details (including deadlines and application guidelines) to follow in the coming week.  

Best wishes to all for a successful spring semester.


May 2, 2018



I am writing to update the campus community on the status of the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, which was formally adopted by the Board in November 2017 and will guide our decision making for the next five years.

As you know, the plan focuses on three essential goals: Ensuring Student Success, Promoting Innovation, and Advancing the Social Good. These goals and supporting initiatives assist us in setting operational priorities and form the basis of the College’s annual planning and assessment process.  As is our standard practice, leaders of each academic school and department develop annual plans and measure progress according to these priorities.  Continuous monitoring of our performance measures, along with an ongoing review of the external environment, will continue to take place at every level of the organization. 

In addition to these ongoing efforts, I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Strategic Plan Projects Advisory Committee.  This Committee will be comprised of a select group of individuals from the Marist community who will, over the life of the Plan, help to allocate $1M of funding for grassroots ideas solicited from faculty and staff through an open and inclusive process.  Each year of the Plan, $200,000 of strategic initiative funding will be recommended by this Committee to help further the goals and initiatives outlined in the Plan. 

I have asked Dr. Moira Fitzgibbons, who served so ably as co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, to lead these efforts as chair of this new Committee.  We envision that the Committee will be comprised of approximately 15 members representing each school, key operational areas, and the student body.  Deans and vice presidents will be forwarding the names of recommended individuals from their respective operating areas to Dr. Fitzgibbons.  In the coming weeks, Dr. Fitzgibbons will communicate additional details related to the Committee’s composition and process and invite those interested to express their desire to serve on the Committee.

Best wishes for a successful conclusion of the spring semester.