SUNY Will Glow Red To Raise Awareness About Women and Heart Disease

February 2, 2017

Albany – The State University of New York’s historic building on Broadway in downtown Albany will glow red Thursday, February 2, on the eve of National Wear Red Day to build awareness about women and heart disease. National Wear Red Day is one of many events during the month of February, American Heart Month.

"SUNY is proud to support American Heart Association efforts to address the threat of heart disease, and to partner with them to increase awareness, enhance education, and advance critical research," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "It is our hope that lighting SUNY Plaza in Albany as well as buildings on our college and university campuses across the state in red will underscore the importance of this work and encourage others to get involved."

SUNY Plaza is one of 40 buildings in the Capital Region alone that will glow red in a united visual message to build awareness. SUNY students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to wear red on Friday, February 3, for National Wear Red Day.

National Wear Red Day is the American Heart Association’s movement to raise awareness about and the funds to fight heart disease in women. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in America. To learn more, visit the American Heart Association.

About SUNY Plaza

The SUNY System Administration building, formerly occupied by Delaware & Hudson Railroad, was completed between 1915 and 1917, replacing a large railroad yard, trains, and bridge with the more attractive plaza and surrounding buildings that exist today. SUNY moved into the main building in 1978 and into what is known as the Federal Building in 1980.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. As of Fall 2019, more than 415,500 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY serves throughout the year about 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide exceeded $1.7 billion in fiscal year 2019, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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