SUNY Orange Opens Kaplan Hall
SUNY Orange reached a significant milestone in the robust expansion of its Newburgh campus in January 2011 as Kaplan Hall, the College’s new 87,000-square-foot building at the intersection of Grand and First streets, welcomed its first students for classes. It’s first brand new classroom building to open at the college since the late 1970s.
Most of the building’s general-purpose classrooms are located on the second floor. All are equipped with Smartboards and projectors. The third floor houses an array of laboratories for such courses as biology, chemistry, laboratory technology, and anatomy and physiology. The crown jewel of the third floor is a nursing wing that will assure that graduates from the College’s renowned nursing program--SUNY Orange was the first community college in the nation to offer a two-year nursing degree and is still a fertile training ground for nurses in the Hudson Valley--continue to receive a top-flight education.
The nursing wing features two nursing simulation laboratories sandwiched around a fully outfitted control room from which professors can challenge students through the use of high-fidelity simulation manikins. The nursing suite also includes two large classroom-laboratories for teaching and demonstrating; a replica of a hospital room with two beds, compressed air and a full handicapped-accessible bathroom; and a conference room.
The first floor holds the main section of a two-story library, home to an expanding book collection and 64 computers where students can access the internet, software programs and research databases. The library’s second floor houses the College’s tutorial services area, as well as labs for reading, writing and math instruction.