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everal Hudson Valley corpora-
tions are taking advantage of Marist’s
online BA/BS in liberal studies by offering
the degree program at a reduced rate to their
employees.
Lisa Cathie, president and CEO of Ulster
Savings Bank and a 2003 Marist graduate,
wanted to give her employees the oppor-
tunity to earn Marist degrees. Cathie, who
chairs the Advisory Board of the School of
Global and Professional Programs, initiated
a partnership between Ulster Savings and
Marist that facilitates degree completion,
including tuition remission from the bank
and academic advising and orientation at a
bank site. This past spring, Ulster Savings
employees began the online program.
Rondout Savings Bank also has employees
enrolled.
“The Marist bachelor’s degree is offered
fully online in an accelerated format that
allows someone to complete the degree
in a way that is more flexible and conve-
nient,” says Dr. Lauren Mounty, dean of the
School of Global and Professional Programs.
“Students can join us without having to leave
work early and commute to campus. Adult
students may then continue their education
in one of our many online graduate degree
programs.”
Master’s programs available fully online
are the MPA, the MBA, the MA in com-
munication, and the MA in integrated
marketing communication as well as the
MS in information systems and technology
management. On-ground programs leading
to the MEd are also available.
First Scholarship for
Online Study Awarded
This year Cathie and the School of Global
and Professional Programs Advisory Board
established Marist’s first scholarships for
online degree programs. The scholarships
were funded by members of the Advisory
Board.
The scholarships cover tuition for one
online course. For academic year 2012-13,
scholarships were awarded to Gregg Jocelyn
’16 and Tonya Gardiner ’16. The scholarships
will be awarded annually.
“The Advisory Board saw the efforts that
were being made in distance education here
at the College and our various degree pro-
gram options,” says Mounty. “They wanted
to provide funds to assist adult students in
their quests to receive degrees.”
For further information, visit www.
marist.edu/gpp. Dean Lauren Mounty is
available to speak with any organization
interested in establishing a connection with
Marist for its employees.
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The School of Global and Professional Programs Advisory Board, shown with GPP staff, has
established Marist’s first scholarships for online degree programs. Left to right, back row:
Dr. John Peters, dean of international programs; Dr. Lauren Mounty, dean of the School of
Global and Professional Programs; James Hochstatter, senior VP/technology officer, Ulster
Savings Bank; scholarship recipient Gregg Jocelyn ’16, Ulster Savings Bank; Howard Goldstein,
partner and co-founder, Vedanta Capital; Bill Chess, former COO, Ogilvy PR Worldwide; and
Liz van Caloen, former managing director, Sugimoto Capital and Glenrock Funds. Front row,
left to right: Lisa Cathie ’03, president and CEO, Ulster Savings Bank; Emily Smith, former
managing director Scudder, Stevens, Clark/Scudder Investments; Toni Constantino ’00/’11MPA,
coordinator of online programs; and Jeanne Eschbach, assistant dean for the School of Global
and Professional Programs. Not pictured are Tony Nicolis ’74, Nicolis Insurance Agency, and
scholarship recipient Tonya Gardiner ’16, Rondout Savings Bank.
U.S. News
Ranks
Marist No. 8 Best
Regional University
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arist jumped five spots to No. 8
on U.S. News & World Report’s latest
rankings of the “Best Regional Universities”
for the northern United States, its highest-ever
position on the influential list.
The 2013 U.S. News rankings are based
on peer assessment, graduation and retention
rates (each accounting for 25 percent of the
total score), faculty resources (20 percent),
student selectivity (15 percent), financial
resources (10 percent), and alumni giving (5
percent).
In its small class sizes and its high selec-
tivity, both factors in the rankings, Marist is
comparable to many of the top institutions
on U.S. News’s “Best National Universities”
list. Fifty-seven percent of Marist classes have
fewer than 20 students. Marist accepted just
over 31 percent of applicants for the Class of
2016, placing it in the top 100 colleges and
universities nationwide in terms of selectivity.
The news follows other recent rankings
recognition for the College, with the Princeton
Review naming it for the 10th straight year one
of its “Best Colleges.” For the seventh year in
a row, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance included
Marist in its annual ranking of best values in
private colleges and universities.
A “Military-Friendly School”
Marist has been named by G.I. Jobs.com
as a “Military-Friendly School” in recognition
of the services and programs it provides to
support its student veterans and active-duty
military. G.I. Jobs is a source for veterans
seeking information on higher education and
civilian careers.
The survey-driven list has
been published annually since
2001. The 2013 list includes
more than 1,700 schools.
For more information on
military and veterans pro-
grams at Marist, please visit
www.marist.edu/admission/military or call
(845) 575-3800.
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