Chancellor Zimpher Announces Green Lights at SUNY Plaza, Campuses to Honor Veterans

November 9, 2015

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that the SUNY Plaza building on Broadway in downtown Albany will be lit with green lights this week in recognition of Veterans Day, and that SUNY campuses throughout the state will also participate in Green Light A Vet.

“Among the SUNY family, we are proud to count more than 12,000 students as well as many faculty, staff, and alumni who are active and veteran members of the military,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “It is our privilege to join all Americans this week and throughout the year, as we honor the military personnel who have gone above and beyond to protect our freedoms and our country.”

A SUNY education is more accessible and affordable to veterans than ever before, with campuses throughout New York offering programs and services that are tailored to meet the needs of veterans and ease their transition back into civilian life, including for-credit prior-learning assessments of military experience, dedicated housing, mental health resources, veteran-specific websites or online tools, scholarships, peer mentoring, and more.

In addition, SUNY’s central Office of University Life coordinates university-wide programs and initiatives that build upon best practices throughout SUNY and nationally, and facilitates campus collaborations by region. Expanded online course availability for veterans is also made available through Open SUNY, which includes more than 400 degrees and 12,000 course sections and enables students to attend SUNY from virtually anywhere in the world.

In September, the SUNY Board of Trustees emphasized the importance of the veteran student population as part of a new system-wide diversity and inclusion policy, and approved the next step necessary to ensure that all veterans and their dependents can pursue a SUNY degree at the in-state tuition rate, regardless of residency.

A top-rated national military publication, G.I. Jobs Magazine, recently included 33 SUNY campuses on its annual list of “military friendly” colleges and universities.

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. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-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 are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than 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 opportunities, visit

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