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Molloy, Hofstra, NYIT to get state funds for projects

The new Barbara H. Hagan Center for Nursing

The new Barbara H. Hagan Center for Nursing at Molloy College in Rockville Centre is seen on Feb. 2, 2016. Credit: Molloy College

Three Long Island colleges are being awarded state funds for campus capital projects — sharing in $35 million in construction grants to 29 private, nonprofit institutions statewide, the governor’s office announced Monday.

Molloy College in Rockville Centre will receive $2.5 million to help construct a new nursing school building; Hofstra University will get $1 million toward renovating the interior of a widely used community theater; and New York Institute of Technology will get $842,633 to renovate a technology center inside the engineering school.

“New York’s colleges and universities are among the best in the nation — and with this funding, we are helping them make big investments that will benefit students in both the near- and long-term future,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement released Monday.

The funding is from the Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program, which provides matching grants to private colleges and universities for the construction, rehabilitation or repair of classrooms, laboratories and other facilities.

The program requires the colleges to match $3 for every dollar provided by the grant.

The money gives a boost to New York’s private colleges at a time when they are competing intensely with each other and with institutions nationally for a finite number of students. About half of the Island’s college-bound seniors choose to enroll in a local college, admissions experts have said.

“We are grateful to the state for recognizing the excellence of our top-rated nursing program through their support of our new, world-class Barbara H. Hagan Center for Nursing,” Molloy College president Drew Bogner said. The nursing school building, named after a former nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Flower Hill, opened this semester and features simulation laboratories and virtual learning classrooms.

The grant to Hofstra will help to update and renovate the John Cranford Adams Playhouse, which was built in 1958 and named after the university’s second president, a Shakespearean scholar.

The playhouse is undergoing a $4.36 million renovation that includes updating mechanical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, replacing the seating and carpeting, painting the interior and reconstructing the stage, college officials said.

“The renovation of this historic building will allow Hofstra to continue to offer the kind of programming that enriches the lives of our students and the entire community,” president Stuart Rabinowitz said.

At NYIT, the money is one of several grants to build an Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center on the Old Westbury campus.

The 8,000-square-foot space underwent a $3 million renovation and now hosts conferences, laboratories and space for virtual education. The project has received additional funding from the Empire State Development Corp., as well as a $1.2 million federal grant. The center opened in March and features a business incubator for startups in cyber security, medical devices and clean energy technology, said Nada Marie Anid, dean of the engineering and computing sciences school.

“These colleges and universities are major employers that help drive the New York State economy and provide critical education to the next generation,” said Gerrard P. Bushell, president and CEO of the state Dormitory Authority, which administers the program.


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