18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
Medaille College celebrated the grand opening of its new $3.4 million Student Success Center today with faculty, trustees, staff, students and alumni. The Student Success Center embodies the College’s mission of balancing the highest possible standards of achievement with “support for every individual student and a concern that each one succeed.”
The 20,000-square-foot Student Success Center, which doubles the size of Huber Hall, will now be home to Medaille’s student services offices including the college’s Advisement Center, Office of Disability Services, Academic Support Center and Career Planning Services. The building also offers a flexible learning environment with learning labs, a technology lounge, classrooms and a faculty/staff technology-training room.
"Medaille strives to be an ideal institution, which to us means that the institution understands that teaching and learning must be high-touch, high-impact, high-intentionality and high-integration,” said Richard T. Jurasek, Ph.D., president of Medaille College. “We are committed to doing everything possible to help our students graduate and then begin a rich and rewarding life that sustains them and their communities.”
In addition to Dr. Jurasek's comments, Charles E. Moran, Jr., chair of the board of trustees and president & COO of Delaware North Companies, introduced the space. Shelley Drake of the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation, and students Nancy Brown and Brad Davies also gave remarks about what the Student Success Center means for Medaille College.
The Center will further Medaille’s commitment to what the American Association of Colleges and Universities has promoted as “high-impact educational practices.” These are learner-centered strategies that educational research suggests increase student engagement and therefore improve student persistence to graduation, especially among underachieving students.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on November 16, 2010 to begin construction of the Center as part of an expansion project totaling $12 million. The financing package approved by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency has allowed Medaille to invest in new construction projects.
Since February 2010, Medaille College has secured approximately $4 million in federal and private foundation funds to enhance undergraduate education, including programs housed in the Student Success Center.
For more information on the Student Success Center please visit www.medaille.edu/ssc.
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