Utica College

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Utica College
Utica College logo.png
Established 1946
Type Private
Endowment $27.7 million (2009)[1]
President Todd S. Hutton
Dean Judith A. Kirkpatrick (Faculty)
Alane Varga (Students)
Undergraduates 2,505
Postgraduates 599
Location Utica, NY, USA
43°05′41″N 75°16′18″W / 43.094778°N 75.271754°W / 43.094778; -75.271754Coordinates: 43°05′41″N 75°16′18″W / 43.094778°N 75.271754°W / 43.094778; -75.271754
Campus Suburban
Former names Utica College of Syracuse University
Colors Navy and Orange          
Nickname Pioneers
Mascot TRAX (the moose)
Website www.utica.edu

Utica College (or UC) is a private university located in Utica, in the U.S. state of New York. The history of the college dates back to the 1930s when Syracuse University began offering extension courses in the Utica area. Syracuse University established Utica College as a four-year institution in 1946, and in 1995, UC became a financially and legally independent institution. UC is officially mentioned in Syracuse's Charter, Article 1, Section 3: "Utica College shall be represented by the President, appointed ex officio, and by the dean of the college, and another representative selected by the college."[2] Utica began offering its own graduate degrees in 1999 and its own undergraduate degrees in 2011.[3]

Campus[edit]

Utica College was originally located in downtown Utica, NY in what is now called Oneida Square. In 1961 the school moved to its current 128-acre (0.5 km2) campus, located in the western area of the city. Close to its borders are the towns of Whitestown and New Hartford. The campus can be accessed from both Burrstone Road and Champlin Avenue.

When first completed, the current campus consisted of Hubbard Hall (academic classrooms), Addison Miller White Hall (administration), Gordon Science Center, DePerno Hall (faculty offices), and the Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library. Gannett Library is located on the Champlin Avenue side of the campus and provides students with access to over 200,000 volumes.

The original residence halls of North and South Hall are still in use as is Alumni Hall, an apartment-style residence hall. The Ralph F. Strebel Center is the student center which houses the Office of Student Activities, Pioneer Cafe (dining commons), the college radio station WPNR, the Utica College bookstore, the Pioneer Pub, Career Services, Counseling and Student Development, Campus Safety and the Dean of Students office. Increased enrollment at the turn of the millennium prompted the administration to expand. Recent construction projects include an addition to the main academic building in 2002, and three dormitories of New Hall and Conference Center (now called Boehlert Hall and Conference Center), Tower Hall, and Bell Hall. Construction is now complete on the new F. Eugene Romano Hall, Phase I of UC's new Science and Technology Center, which will be 23,000 square feet (2,100 m2) of classrooms, laboratories, clinical space, and technological upgrades. Fundraising and pursuit of grants is currently underway for another planned phase of the expansion project.

In Fall 2008, the college enrolled 2,505 undergraduate students and 599 graduate students. There are nearly 20,000 Utica College alumni.[4]

In Winter 2009 the college opened up a new building called the Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity building.

Edith Langley Bartlett Art Gallery[edit]

Located on the Concourse level of the Frank E. Gannett Memorial Library, the Edith Langley Bartlett Art Gallery features five to six exhibitions per year of individual artists, regional arts groups, collections, and NYS art and history subjects. The Gallery supports an Artist in Residence program and also offers students the opportunity to learn about the day-to-day operations of a gallery. Seminars with visiting artists and gallery talks are a few of the activities that the museum offers the student body.[5]

Academics[edit]

Utica College offers 54 undergraduate majors, 29 undergraduate minors, 10 Master's and Doctoral degree programs, and a number of pre-professional and special programs.[6] The chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society. Utica College also offers programs in teacher education which lead to certification.

Utica College is well known for its health science education. It is one of the leading colleges in both occupational therapy and physical therapy.[citation needed] One of its strongest social science programs is in child life psychology The college has also received national attention for its economic crime programs.[citation needed] In fact, Utica College was the first institution in the world to offer a Master's degree in Economic Crime Management.[7]

For the Class of 2013, the average high school GPA was a 3.42. The current freshman class is also the largest in the college's history with over 600 students.

Notable alumni[edit]

Athletics[edit]

UC offers 21 Division III intercollegiate sports affiliated with the NCAA, Empire 8 Conference and the ECAC.

Teams are known as the Pioneers and compete in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference along with Elmira, Alfred, Hartwick, Ithaca, Nazareth, Stevens Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher. The men's and women's hockey teams compete in the ECAC West athletic conference. The women's water polo team competes in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Northern Division. The school's mascot is a moose named Trax. Almost 70% of the student population engages in intramural activities.

Facility use is at an all-time high as UC students, faculty, and staff pursue a healthy array of recreational opportunities in the Harold T. Clark Athletic Center. Recent renovation to the fitness center offers the UC community one of the best nautilus and free weight exercise experiences in the area.

The student body's overall interest in athletics was significantly bolstered by the addition of football and ice hockey teams in 2001. The football, field hockey, soccer and lacrosse teams play in Charles A. Gaetano Stadium. The 1,200 seat venue was completed in 2001 and has a modern field turf playing surface. The ice hockey teams compete at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The Aud, as it is commonly called, was built in 1959 and provides seating for over 4,000 fans. The men's hockey team led the nation in Division III home attendance in the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons. The basketball teams play on campus at the Harold Thomas Clark Jr. Athletic Center, which also has a pool and racquetball courts.

In November 2007, the Utica College football team set an NCAA football record, the highest combined score (142 points) by two teams, in their 72-70 loss to Hartwick College in four overtimes. In this game, Utica also set the NCAA record for most points scored (70) in a loss.[citation needed]

UC has had a strong women's basketball team in recent years. In 2008, the team won the Empire 8 Conference Championship. In 2009, they tied with Ithaca as the regular season Empire 8 champions. In 2010, they regained their Empire 8 Conference Championship title.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2008 NACUBO Endowment Study" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Membership - Bylaws - University Senate - Syracuse University". Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Independence - Utica College". Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  4. ^ Utica College Fact Book 2008
  5. ^ http://www.utica.edu/academic/as/fine_arts/gallery/about.cfm
  6. ^ http://www.utica.edu/academic/programs.cfm
  7. ^ "Master's Degree". Retrieved 2008-11-07. 
  8. ^ "Empire 8 Champions". Retrieved 2010-12-13. 

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