A meeting of the Presidents and staff of the “New York Six” colleges met at Hobart and William Smith Colleges last month to discuss their current efforts and initiatives. The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium is a cooperative venture of six upstate New York liberal arts institutions: HWS, Colgate University, Hamilton College, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University and Union College. At the Presidents’ meeting, which took place on May 31, presentations were made regarding the group’s pilot projects and research in the areas of digital media, technology purchasing, prescription drug coverage and insurance.
Participants also discussed the Upstate New York Academic Symposium to take place this fall, tentatively set for November. The New York Six Upstate New York Symposium will explore the region from the perspective of a full range of academic disciplines including the arts, humanities and sciences. The conference will provide faculty and students the opportunity to discuss their work with peers from across the New York Six member institutions and to identify future opportunities for cross-institution collaboration. Among the topics that will be addressed are why Upstate issues matters and campus and community collaboration.
It was also announced that Fred Damiano, chief information officer at HWS, will join three other New York Six representatives in a panel presentation about the formation of the New York Six and its current technology-related projects at the annual Consortium of Liberal Arts Colleges conference. The event takes place on June 15, at Kalamazoo College, Michigan.
Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Consortium facilitates collaboration among its member institutions in fulfilling their educational missions and serving the public good. Through the sharing of expertise and resources, the Consortium enhances opportunities for students, faculty, and staff, while reducing colleges’ individual and collective operating and capital costs.