Utica College stays true to its tagline ‘Never stand still’

Published Feb 23, 2018 at 12:00pm

In 2017, Utica College added bachelor’s degrees in nutrition and criminal intelligence analysis as well as a master’s degree in data science. The college continues to grow its offerings in accordance with student interest and market demand.

The nutrition program will prepare students for a career in the field of nutrition by introducing active learning through courses and experiential learning throughout the curriculum. Students will gain proficiency in scientific knowledge of nutrition, clinical and customer services, practice management, and medical nutrition therapy upon completion.

The criminal intelligence analysis program at UC is one of the first in the country to offer the specialized online intelligence degree, which combines advanced knowledge of criminal behavior with skills in criminal data analysis. This program allows students to become expert criminal analysts, which is an in-demand position in law enforcement and crime analysis centers across the country.

The new major complements the college’s suite of criminal justice programs, which include cybersecurity, and fraud and financial crime investigation.

The online data science master’s program will teach students how to analyze and leverage big data to gain valuable insights that can lead to innovative ideas and solutions in a variety of fields. The school’s program offers a distinct focus on social data, which allows students to understand the impact of their analysis within an organization and societal context.

Students were excited to return to campus in August, enjoying meals in a newly renovated Dining Commons, featuring separate stations for pizza and pasta, grill, entrees, salad/deli selections, breakfast, bakery and allergy-free options. The ribbon was cut on the multi-million dollar renovation on Aug. 28.

Looking ahead to 2018, the college recently announced plans to build new student housing. Pending approval, the proposed apartments would have 144 beds, arranged in suites. Each suite would have four single bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher, living area and washer and dryer. Funded through a public-private partnership, the buildings would be built in conjunction with the Utica Municipal Housing Authority and BBL Construction of Albany. The hope is to break ground later this year, with occupancy beginning in August 2019.

The college announced another construction project, a stand-alone academic building for construction management, on the heels of an announcement that the project would receive $700,000 in state economic development funding. The 15,000-square foot building, set to be built adjacent to Hubbard Hall, will be a modern, two-story facility that will incorporate smart classrooms, instructional spaces and labs, and a multi-use auditorium, all with a modular design that would allow for further expansion. Construction management is one of the college’s fastest growing majors; since 2008, 100 percent of construction management grads have secured a job before they graduate.

George Nehme, vice president for advancement at Utica College, said the total cost of the new facility is expected to be $4.1 million. While much of that money has been pledged, construction is contingent upon the balance of the money being raised, Nehme said.

Campus community members also looked forward to the reopening of the Todd and Jen Hutton Sports and Recreation Center. The “Dome,” as it is commonly referred to, collapsed last March during a major snowstorm.

The new dome, officials said, has additional safeguards to prevent that from happening again, including a steeper pitch, a cross-cable system, and warming layers to help snow melt. 

The new dome stands at 95 feet tall, which is 15 feet higher than the original one. On the inside, it features an eight-lane, 200-meter track and four basketball courts in the middle of that track.