Verizon Foundation Presents $75,000 to The College of New Rochelle’s School of New Resources
06/18/2012 

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MediaLibrary#5947Students at The College of New Rochelle’s city campuses are now able to take full advantage of SMART Board® technology thanks to a significant grant of $75,000 given to the School of New Resources by the Verizon Foundation. In a ceremony held on CNR’s Main Campus in New Rochelle on June 15, 2012, Kevin Service, Northeast Area President of Verizon Communications, formally presented CNR’s President, Judith Huntington, with the first grant installment check.

In making the presentation to President Huntington, Mr. Service said, “Technological advances continue to accelerate, with new applications and services launching every day. What’s really exciting is when we can apply its power to drive advancements in education. That's where there is a clear-cut benefit for society.  We’re happy Verizon can be a part of bringing these new learning tools and capabilities to The College of New Rochelle."

Through the generosity of the Verizon Foundation, and with the help of Kevin Service, who is also a CNR Board member, the College will purchase nine SMART Boards® and will provide training for 15 instructors over the three year period at its city campuses in the South Bronx, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem and at DC-37 union headquarters, which serve the College’s adult student population.

“It is imperative that our students have the latest technology available to them,” said Dr. Dorothy Escribano, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of the College, “to enhance their learning experience and provide them with the skills necessary to advance them in their careers. These additional SMART Boards® are a significant addition to the educational environment of our city campuses.”

The new SMART Boards® augment already existing technology at the College, Emory Craig, Director of eLearning and Instructional Technologies at CNR, said. It includes complete wireless coverage at all campuses, state-of-the-art computer labs, electronic document cameras, CNR’s ANGEL learning management system and a variety of innovative technologies such as a student response system (clickers) that offers immediate feedback to instructors in the classroom. The SMART Boards®, however, are the focal point of these technology resources by using interactive visual displays to create a highly collaborative learning environment. This provides students with the skills they need to further their education and be successful in their professional careers.

The Verizon Foundation (www.verizonfoundation.org) is the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications. In 2011, the Verizon Foundation awarded $66 million to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad through grants and matched charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees.  Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees volunteered 673,000 hours of community service in 2011.

Pictured abover (l-r):Kevin Service, Northeast Area President, Verizon Communications and CNR Trustee; CNR President Judith Huntington; Patrick Lespinasse, Director of Government Affairs, Verizon Communications.