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Scholarship Endowment
Education opens doors and enables
people to realize their dreams—of personal fulfillment, of the
career they want, of being able to support a family. Learning
should not be only for those with resources, and Marist strives
to provide as much support as possible to academically qualified
students of need. Gifts to scholarship endowments continue
to be critically important and deeply appreciated by student
At Marist, students can collaborate with faculty
and student colleagues on research projects across a variety of
disciplines. Support for student research will make an impact on
many levels. These opportunities enable students to experience
the wonder of discovery, to enrich their knowledge, to contribute
to their area of study, and to stand out among the competition
when applying for graduate school or a job.
Centers of Excellence
The College is widely noted for the
Marist Institute for Public Opinion, the highly respected survey
organization now in its 34th year, and the Hudson River Valley
Institute, which is dedicated to promoting awareness of the rich
history and culture of the Hudson River Valley. More recently,
new centers are earning recognition. In 2009, the Raymond A.
Rich Institute for Leadership Development was established. In
2011, Marist launched the Center for Sports Communication,
and the Student Investment Center opened its doors. Each offers
unique learning opportunities through an exciting synergy
of students, faculty, and professionals. Benefactors can play a
huge role in the creation of new centers dedicated to an area of
interest they share with the College.
Community Service and Civic Engagement
It comes as no
surprise to anyone associated with Marist that community
service is a high priority among not only students but faculty
and staff. Whether carried out in the form of volunteer work
during free time or as part of course work, such pursuits have
been a fundamental part of education here since the days of the
founding Marist Brothers. Support for these activities will help
the College fulfill its mission of developing the whole person in
a way that will prepare graduates for an enlightened, sensitive,
and productive life in the global community of the 21st century.
Campus Improvements
Known for its location on the Hudson
River and its beautiful campus, Marist is constantly improving
its physical plant. Premier facilities are crucial in providing
students with a first-rate collegiate experience as well as in
attracting students. With support from alumni, parents, faculty,
staff, and friends, Marist strives to meet the ongoing challenge
of containing costs while offering students the best in both
academic and recreational resources. Immediate projects are
construction of a music building and renovations to the dining
hall and other key areas of the Student Center.
Marist musical ensembles perform throughout the school year
on and off campus, in the surrounding community, across the coun-
try, and around the globe. In April 1999 the Marist Singers sang at
the canonization of Saint Marcellin Champagnat in Rome. Marist
musical ensembles have also performed in Canada, Massachusetts,
Hawaii, Florida, New Jersey, Arizona, California, Washington, DC,
and Puerto Rico.
The more than 200-member Marist Singers group, with its seven
ensembles, has roots in the College’s earliest days. Throughout the
years, student Brothers were involved in the preparation of Gregorian
chants and harmony vocalizing several times a week, singing at
Masses and campus concerts. Special choirs sang the more difficult
pieces and also performed in the community. The choral tradition was
revived and expanded with the arrival of President Murray in 1979.
Marist’s band was formed in 1986 by Himmelberger, who was a
United States Army percussionist and member of the senior leader-
ship team of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point.
In 2001, he retired from the Army and joined Marist full time as
director of the Music Department.
The 130-member symphonic band performs in concert halls,
befitting its primary mission to master symphonic band repertoire
that provides higher levels of technical and aesthetic difficulty so
student members can grow as musicians and perform acclaimed
concert literature. These same musicians perform at football games
as the Marist Marching Band. Additionally, these same students,
separated into two squads, perform as the Marist Basketball
Pep Band.
The Marist String Orchestra was formed in 1997 and continues
to grow. Currently, it has 35 members who play string and orchestral
literature from the classical, romantic, and 20th-century music
periods. The orchestra, along with the symphonic band and choral
group, annually fills the 933-seat historic Bardavon 1869 Opera House
in downtown Poughkeepsie for two spring concerts.
The newmusic building is expected to open in fall 2013, and the
line of dedicated student musicians eager for a new home is already
forming. Renovations to the Student Center will also be completed
in fall 2013.
Expansion of the dining hall will feature an atrium.
Renderings: Jeff Stikeman for Robert A.
M. Stern Architects, LLP
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