For Immediate Release— Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Media Advisory

Governor Eliot Spitzer Visits Geneseo March 5

Who:              SUNY Geneseo

What:             Governor Eliot Spitzer will visit the Geneseo campus, tour the $53 million Integrated Science Center (ISC), and deliver remarks on his bold plan to create a $4 billion endowment to support higher education institutions in the State and City University Systems (SUNY and CUNY).

When:            Wednesday, March 5, 2008 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Where:           10:30 a.m. – tour of the Integrated Science Center
                        11 a.m. – remarks at the MacVittie College Union Ballroom
                        Governor Spitzer will be available to address media inquiries
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Why:              After touring the ISC, Governor Spitzer will discuss his proposal to create a $4 billion endowment to support SUNY and CUNY systems. Earnings from the endowment would help fund the hiring of 2,000 full-time faculty and 250 eminent scholars as recommended by the Commission on Higher Education to enhance higher education in New York state and remain competitive in the innovation economy. Spitzer will also discuss upstate economic development.

Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl will also deliver remarks, and Governor Spitzer will moderate a six-member panel of speakers representing business and community leaders, Geneseo faculty and students and a student representative from Monroe Community College.

According to Dahl, Spitzer is the first governor since Nelson Rockefeller to visit the Geneseo campus. "We're honored and delighted to host Governor Spitzer and learn more about his innovative proposal to strengthen SUNY and CUNY institutions."  

Contact:         Tony Hoppa, (585) 245-5516, 585-831-0629 (cell) or thoppa@geneseo.edu.

                        Please call Natalie Welch in the Office of Communications and Publications at (585) 245-5516 to confirm attendance.

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This advisory was written by Dan Skahen, a junior communication major from Newburgh, N.Y. serving as an intern in the Office of Communications and Publications.

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