Maritime – State University
of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today commended the swift actions of
SUNY Maritime College leadership and staff, as the campus now serves as a
staging area for hundreds of relief and recovery workers that may grow to as
many as 600 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
“SUNY Maritime has shown
outstanding leadership and an admirable sense of community in the wake of this
devastating storm,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Despite its own damage and
difficulties, the campus has become a beacon for hundreds of recovery workers
and disaster response personnel, opening its facilities on both land and sea to
provide them with food, shelter, and safety. SUNY Maritime’s actions are a
testament to the vital role our campuses play in communities across New York
and they epitomize the civic duty Admiral Carpenter instills in her cadets.”
“Thanks to the foresight and
early preparation of the SUNY Maritime community, in assistance with SUNY,
state, and national officials, we were ready and able to assist in recovery
efforts and help the local community and our neighbors cope with damage left in
Sandy’s wake,” said Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter, president of the college. “I am
deeply proud of and grateful to my colleagues, many of whom have suffered
property damage at their own homes, for making this additional sacrifice to
help the community and aid in recovery efforts.”
SUNY Maritime began providing
bed linens, food, and shelter to relief and recovery workers yesterday from as
far away as California, Texas, Missouri, and Maryland. The workers include
doctors and nurses, urban search and rescue personnel, and K9 teams.
The workers are using the
college as a staging area as recovery efforts from Sandy continue, with the
majority staying aboard the Empire
State VI, which is part of the national defense reserve fleet owned by the
U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) and operated
by SUNY Maritime.
Maritime classes and events have been cancelled for the remainder of this week,
as have athletic events through the weekend. Campus leadership continues to
closely monitor students who are on campus to ensure their safety and security.
About SUNY Maritime
The first maritime school in
the country, Maritime College prepares students for careers in the maritime
industry, government, military, and private industry. Recent graduates have
benefited from nearly 100% job placement. Equipped with hands-on experience,
students are prepared for positions of major responsibility regardless of the
career path they choose.
About the State University
of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating approximately 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and
certificate programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the
globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.