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Goal 5
Financial and operational strength

Momentum: The Strategic Plan for Adelphi University, 2015–2021

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Growing stronger means growing smart by incrementally improving existing resources and operations, while integrating new and complementary ones, to form a seamlessly high-functioning, highly regarded enterprise.

Here is a sample of our key initiatives. / See some of our progress.

Bolster University Advancement

Conduct All Business in a Streamlined, Transparent Manner

Transform Human Resources Into a Strategic Collaborative Partner

Enhance Operations and Facilities Management

See some of our progress:

University Center Renovation Plans Continue
Final details are being hammered out, with renovation work for the Ruth S. Harley University Center beginning soon after May 2019 graduation. We have accepted generous offers by Garden City High School and the Garden City Senior Center to provide meeting spaces to temporarily replace the ones unavailable during the project. And the provost’s office is collecting suggestions from the faculty on ways to use the third-floor space recently made available by the decision not to relocate the Health Services Center to the renovated building.

› See What’s New With the University Center

Giving Day Makes History, Raising More Than $150,000
Giving Day had lofty aspirations this year, hoping to raise $150,000 in 24 hours—twice the amount donated in the inaugural event in 2017. When all the gifts were counted, it turned out that donations exceeded the hoped-for amount by almost $4,000. Once again, Giving Day benefited more than 30 worthy campus causes—the Honors College, the Adelphi Fund, the Athletics Department and the Bridges to Adelphi program attracted the most support—and demonstrated the power of crowdsourcing as a development tool. We thank the 929 donors who helped make this year’s event a huge success.

› See More on Giving Day’s Success

Panther Pantry Develops Innovative “Virtual Menu” to Address Food Insecurity
Food insecurity can be found anywhere—even on our campus. Since it opened in Residence Hall A in fall 2018, Adelphi’s Panther Pantry has been helping members of our community who are facing hardship. Now, with the help of the University’s Office of Information Technology staff, it has developed one of the most unique online ordering systems offered by any university food pantry, one that offers privacy as well as convenience. The system allows community members to select items anonymously online, then pick up their orders—which are packaged in boxes identified only by number—in the mail room in Post Hall. This distribution method is proving to be extremely successful: 97 percent of Panther Pantry orders are now handled this way. Other food pantries on Long Island see it as a model and are looking to replicate this innovative approach to serving those in need with respect and dignity.

› See How Panther Pantry Is Making a Difference

Adelphi Earns State Grant to Create New Lab for Computer Science
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the winners of the Regional Economic Development Council grants in late 2018 — and Adelphi was granted $100,000 for computer science learning. This much-needed grant will be used to create a new lab and informatics center in Garden City to help us train the rapidly increasing number of our students and community members interested in careers in computer science, applied math, data analytics and health information.

› Explore Computer Science at Adelphi

Adelphi Makes Athletics Upgrade
Motamed Field, the home of men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse, as well as field hockey, is undergoing renovation with the installation of a state-of-the-art turf system. Similar to surfaces at Vanderbilt University and Louisiana State University, the new hybrid synthetic turf will provide a very durable surface that is safer for players. The project is expected to be completed for the beginning of the spring sports season in January.

› Check Out Adelphi’s Athletics Facilities

Student Interest in Adelphi Continues On Upward Path
Applications to the University have grown again this academic year, topping the number received last fall as Adelphi built its largest-ever first-year class. As of December 10, we had received 7,923 applications for the Class of 2023, representing a 4 percent rise over last year. The numbers at our Fall Open Houses in October and November grew as well, attracting 1,053 prospective undergraduate students to campus. The Office of University Admissions will shift into high gear this spring to capitalize on this high interest by bringing in another record class.

› Learn More About Admissions at Adelphi

Three Alumni Join Board of Trustees
With the election of three new members in October 2018, Adelphi added significant government, legal and financial expertise to its board of trustees. The University welcomed Michael A.L. Balboni ’81, J.D., president and managing director of Redland Strategies, former state legislator and current member of the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees; Carmen M. Ortiz ’78, J.D., ’12 (Hon.), counsel at Anderson & Kreiger LLP and former U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, who directed the prosecution of the Boston Marathon bomber; and Michael J. Tiedemann ’89, managing director at Wells Fargo Securities in New York City, where he focuses on equity origination for companies in the energy, financial and healthcare sectors globally.

› More About the Board of Trustees

Planning for University Center Renovation Enters Final Stages
With the transformation of the Ruth S. Harley University Center expected to begin soon, Adelphi is making final preparations for the temporary relocation of offices and services that are currently housed in the building. Most important for students and staff members, dining options will be spread across campus and bolstered by the arrival of a number of food trucks. Plans for relocations were presented to the Adelphi community in various venues during Fall 2018. The renovation project will double the building’s dining space, improve meeting spaces, bring much more food variety and create a vibrant center for the campus.

› Follow the University Center Project

Nexus Building Receives LEED Silver Rating
The success of Adelphi’s commitment to sustainability received confirmation in November 2018 when the United States Green Building Council certified a LEED Silver rating for the University’s Nexus Building, which opened in the fall of 2016. LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is the world’s most widely recognized rating system; its ratings reflect the green features of buildings, including energy use, air quality and use of sustainable materials.

› Learn More About LEED Certification of Nexus

Planning for University Center Project Continues With Input From Adelphi Community
Transforming the Ruth S. Harley University Center into a vibrant, modern space that meets the needs of our growing enrollment is an important initiative that involves all members of our community. We’ve received great feedback from Faculty Advisory Panels, Student Advisory Panels, and individual faculty members, students and staff, which led to fine-tuning of original plans—like a 50 percent increase in the size of the art gallery, a single state-of-the-art health services center, added meeting rooms, an amphitheater, and a number of green initiatives. The work will begin after Commencement 2019.

› Stay Updated on the UC Project

Adelphi Upgrades Campus Security
In response to concerns raised about school shootings, Adelphi has taken new measures to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff. Over summer 2018, the University installed new hardware on all classroom doors, accompanied by easy-to-read instructions on how to operate the new locking systems. Posters about lockdown procedures have also been added to all classrooms. The University has also produced a video familiarizing members of the campus community with the new measures and demonstrating operation of the locks.

› See How Public Safety Makes Campus Safer

Adelphi Is Investing in New Labs for a Strong Future
Around the University, we’re investing in new labs that will transform students’ experiences. We’re making updates to our Home Health Lab, turning it into a cutting-edge facility for Adelphi’s health informatics students and an even better resource for nursing students. We’re converting an outdated science lab into a new powerhouse facility for anatomy and physiology courses, and we’re adding state-of-the-art capabilities to new math and game design labs.

› Learn More About Adelphi’s New Labs

Adelphi University Dean Becomes the 21st Member of the University’s Million Dollar Round Table
With another generous commitment to Adelphi University, Richard K. Garner, PhD, dean of Adelphi’s Honors College, has become the 21st member of the University’s Million Dollar Round Table and the first Adelphi employee to join the elite giving society. Dr. Garner’s contribution will support endowed scholarship funds for students in the Honors College, which he created in 2004 with an initial commitment and has continued to support through fundraising and ongoing donations.

› Welcome, Dean Garner to the Million Dollar Round Table

Bridges to Adelphi Uses Grants to Help Students on the Autism Spectrum Get Involved and Get Hired
With grants from the Adelphi University Women’s Giving Circle, we are helping students on the autism spectrum gain experience with volunteering on campus and landing jobs and internships. This award-winning program was created in 2007 to address the unique needs of students with ASD, partnering them one-on-one with Adelphi graduate students to provide social, academic and vocational support. “For the first few years, our goal was just retention—keeping the students in school,” said Mitchell Nagler, MA ’06, director of the Bridges to Adelphi program. “But over time we realized the goal needs to move toward how we help these students get ready for life after they graduate.”

› Learn How the Bridges Program Meets Students’ Needs

Knowledge Is Power: Adelphi Boosts Career Development With Free Access to
Adelphi students, faculty and staff now have access to an extensive online library of instructional videos on all types of software and business career skills, including Adobe Creative Suite, HTML coding and more. Any student can learn, observe and research a myriad of career paths and new business-critical skills through—yet another way to transform the lives of our students.

› See How Lets Adelphi Keep Learning

Currently Pacing Ahead in Gifts Over Last Year
Fundraising results are pacing ahead of last year by $253,434, or about 16 percent. Alumni Marc Strachan ’81 has created the Adelphi Multicultural Scholarship, to be announced at the 17th Annual President’s Gala. In addition, a scholarship match program has been launched. 

Contracting With Baker Tilly to Review Policies and Develop New and More Streamlined Procedures
A broad-based review will help the University create a new central policy library and improve its record keeping and financial positions going forward.

Advocating for Fairer Distribution of Scholarship Funds for All New York State College Students
Working in collaboration with the Commission on Independent College and Universities (CICU), President Riordan and the University have strongly advocated for fair Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) distribution between both public and private university students. She has taken a leadership role in creating a fairer playing field and a more equitable solution for Adelphi students, who may be financially disadvantaged by this initiative.