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The Hancock Center
Makes Its Debut
ou would be hard-pressed to fnd a student
who is not enjoying our newest addition
to the campus. Students love the new building
and the assets it brings to Marist for a wide vari-
ety of reasons; from the stunning student lounge
and coffee shop to the truly remarkable views
of the campus and the Hudson River Valley, the
Hancock Center adds many features to Marist
that were previously thought unimaginable.
“The Hancock Center is a refection of the
evolution of the campus, demonstrating that
the College has its eye towards the future,” says
April Bourlier ’12, executive vice president of
the Student Government Association.
The Hancock Center continues the Marist
vision of constructing a campus that encour-
ages the use of technology across all disciplines
to prepare students for the future. All students
will utilize technology in whatever feld they
enter after graduation: business majors can get
hands-on learning in the new investment room,
computer science and information technology
majors can take advantage of the state-of-
the-art computing facilities that the Hancock
Center offers, and communication, political
science, and other majors can conduct surveys
for the Marist Poll that will headline the news
of today and tomorrow. There are also numer-
ous spaces throughout the building to facilitate
collaboration among students and faculty to
conduct research and develop presentations
that will bring Marist to new heights. And,
perhaps most important, it’s all encased in one
of the most exquisite buildings on any college
campus, worldwide.
The Hancock Center also fits into the
heritage of the College by supporting excel-
lence in education, one of the ideals the Marist
Brothers brought to the Hudson River Valley
over a century ago. I personally can only antici-
pate what the future holds for Marist because
of the Hancock Center, but I have faith that it
will help transform our school into one of the
premier academic institutions in America, if
not the world.
Andrew Paulsen ’12 is student body president.
AndrewPaulsen ’12, student body president for
2011-12, speaks at the building dedication.
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Beauty and Brains: The Hancock Center
The frst alumnus to support the project
was the late Anthony J. Kondysar ’69, who was
inspired by the center’s vision and the impact
it would have on Marist. His wife, Mary Ellen,
made an additional contribution in memory
of her husband, a prominent local business-
man who attended Marist as an adult student.
Suresh Kothapalli ’91M, Rajesh Kothapalli
’92M, and Vinod Kottapalli ’94M are gradu-
ates of Marist’s M.S. in Computer Science
Software Development program, and their
generous gift supports the Student Research
and Collaboration Room, which at their request
is dedicated to their parents, Rangaraju and
Suseela Kothapalli.
Also supporting special rooms in the center
are Dean of Computer Science Roger Norton
and his wife, Cheryl, and Joshua ’00 and
Carolyn Matheus ’02; Dr. Carolyn Matheus is a
member of Marist’s computer science faculty.
Students gather at the café beyond the student lounge.
Designed to be sensitive to the environment, the center has energy-efficient lighting and was constructed using sustainable building materials.