Connecting SUNY to the Community

By Matt Markham

March 14, 2012 Updated Mar 14, 2012 at 4:51 PM EST

Town of Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The SUNY system showcases off its strongest programs and innovations right here in the Southern Tier.

Its not just showing off what these six schools from Corning to Delhi have to offer, but how the greater community can take advantage of those services.

Like financial centers of Governor Cuomo's economic council zones, SUNY schools highlight innovation to build a stronger community.

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said, "We could travel to each of the ten regions of the state ... and show our stuff, show the contribution wen are making not only to our academic enterprise, but our community."

The new Binghamton Advantage program works with Broome Community College. The University accepts some BCC students after two years of early academic work.

"It's a very unique model," said BU presidenty Harvey Stenger. "I don't think it exists anywhere else. It's kind of a shared services project. We're sharing our residence halls with their students who are outside the area, they're helping us with the general education component."

Among the showcasing of these two hundred presenters, pastry chefs at work in Delhi, and talented musicians.

Christina Rex's small business is literally growing. She worked with BCC's Entrepreneurship Program for her Living Ledge Container Gardens. The business began last November.

"I definitely could not have started my business on my own," Rex said. "I wouldn't have had the tools to do so."

The blending of student and non-student staff in the BU Public Archaeology Program signs a 5-year, $20 million contract with the Department of Transportation.

"Our staff are very much relieved and thrilled to have opportunities over the next five years," said Nina Versaggi.

That program works with the DOT on environmental, pre-construction plans. Exact projects are yet to be determined.