Maria College welcomes President-elect Lynn Ortale, PhD to campus

On June 15, the Maria College community gathered to officially welcome Lynn Ortale, PhD to campus as its 6th President. She will begin her role on July 1, 2022. Dr. Ortale and her family were welcomed by Maria College faculty, staff, students, Board trustees, and special guests Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy, Assemblymember John T. McDonald III, and City of Albany Treasurer Darius Shahinfar.

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Maria College Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) receives full accreditation

Maria College recently received full accreditation status of its Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The College may now officially award the Master of Science degree and graduating students can sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, students will hold the title: Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) and can then apply for licensure in the United States.

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Center for Disability Services presents major gift to Maria College

On Tuesday, May 31, the Center for Disability Services presented Maria College with a check for $50,000 to endow a scholarship to be named after the late Eunice Antonucci. The scholarship will be used to support healthcare education at the College.

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Maria College announces Dr. Lynn Ortale as its next president

Maria College and its Board of Trustees proudly announce the appointment of Lynn Ortale, Ph.D. as its sixth president to begin her role on July 1, 2022.

Dr. Ortale comes to Maria College with more than three decades of experience in higher education administration in the context of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. For the past 13 years, she has served as Vice President for Student Life at Chestnut Hill College in Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph.  She is also an adjunct faculty in DeSales University’s higher education administration graduate program in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

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Maria College receives $140K grant for accessibility and counseling services

Maria College was recently awarded a $140,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to support and enhance its Accessibility Services Office which serves students with disabilities and learning differences. This news comes as the nation prepares to celebrate Disability Awareness month in March.

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Maria College receives “Community Partner Award” for high school program

Maria College has been named a 2021-22 Catholic School Liturgy Awardee by the Catholic School Office and the Albany Diocesan School Board. The “Albany Diocesan School Board Community Partner Award” was bestowed upon Maria College for its “College in High School Experience” program with Bishop Maginn High School and Catholic Central High School.

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Maria College launches nationwide search for next president

Maria College has officially launched the search for its next president following the retirement announcement of current President Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., whose tenure at the College spanned six years. The College is working with national search firm, Academic Search, to find its next leader.

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Maria College receives top rankings in healthcare education during time of highest need

On January 5, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced during her first-ever State of the State address that New York would provide $10 billion to support the healthcare industry, including $4 billion to support wages and bonuses for workers in a health care sector. This news comes at a time when Maria College, long-known for its excellence in healthcare and nursing education in the Capital Region and beyond, has been ranked amongst the top schools by multiple national third-party sources.

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Maria College professor helps develop national goal on Alzheimer’s risk reduction

Maria College Associate Professor for Ethics and Health Policy Dr. David Hoffman helped to develop a new national goal: to reduce the risks of Americans getting Alzheimer’s disease.

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Maria College Vice President, MGA Task Force submit climate change position paper to UN

Victoria Battell, Maria College Senior Vice President and Chief Mission, Strategic Planning, and Advancement Officer, served as one of the United States representatives on the international Mercy Global Action Task Force on Climate and Water, and helped to create their position paper for the UN ahead of COP26 – the Climate Change Conference of the Parties.

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