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tices and materials.
“The Hancock Center was designed to help
fulfll Marist’s goal of infusing information tech-
nology into all of our academic disciplines,” says
President Dennis J. Murray. “This world-class
structure completes Marist’s academic quadran-
gle and will take its place as one of the premier
academic buildings in America.”
The center is fully paid for, with nearly 60
percent of its cost underwritten by fund-raising
efforts and the balance provided through insti-
tutional funding. The building was supported
by a leadership gift from Ellen Hancock, chair
of Marist’s Board of Trustees, and her husband,
Jason. She has been a pioneer in the feld of
technology, rising to senior executive positions
with IBM, National Semiconductor Corp., and
Apple Computers before becoming chief exec-
utive offcer of Exodus Communications, Inc.,
and then president of Jazz Technologies, Inc.
She serves on the corporate board of Aetna,
Inc., and Colgate-Palmolive Co.
In addition to Jason and Ellen Hancock’s
lead gift, a number of other signifcant gifts
were received to advance construction of the
building. The Jeannette F. Schlobach Charitable
Trust, under the leadership of its trustee Mark
V. Dennis, C.P.A., awarded a $3 million grant
to create the state-of-the art Student Investment
Center on the building’s frst foor. The Booth
Ferris Foundation, the Louis Greenspan
Memorial Trust, and a foundation that choos-
es to be anonymous also provided generous
grants.
As a high-tech hub for applied research and
business incubation, the Hancock Center has
received major support from the State of New
York and the Empire State Development Corp.
to advance technology-based initiatives that
will economically beneft the region and the
state. This includes a $5 million grant secured
by New York State Sen. Steve Saland.
Among the Hancock Center’s features is a
1,000-square-foot datacenter that is partially
funded by a $696,931 grant from the National
Science Foundation. This gives students and
faculty a dedicated laboratory with advanced
infrastructure and computing resources while
also supporting applied-research projects with
industry and academic partners in a wide vari-
ety of areas.
Individuals contributing to the new center
include Immediate Past Chair of the Board
Robert R. Dyson, who supported the furnish-
ing of the new board room, and Vice Chair of
the Board Ross Mauri ’80, who underwrote a
computer laboratory.
The Hancock Center
Makes Its Debut
continued
The building, dedicated May 6, sits on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River.
The Hancock Center receivedmajor support from the State of NewYork and the Empire State Development Corp. to advance technology-based initiatives
that will economically benefit the region and the state.
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