Monday, April 03, 2006
Colgate Rochester to Share Space with Physical Therapy Students (No, This is Not an April Fool's Posting)
Earlier this year, we reported on the "down-sizing" of Central Seminary. Looks like it's not the only ABC related seminary on the ropes. From upstate NY, we read...
Divinity school gets tenant
Ithaca College's physical therapy center is leaving UR
Matthew DanemanStaff writer
(April 3, 2006) — For nearly 80 years, the divinity school on a South Goodman Street hilltop
has housed students seeking answers to the unanswerable. Now it will house numerous physical therapy students, as well.
The Ithaca College School of Health Sciences and Human Performance Rochester Center, its seven full-time faculty members and roughly 100 students will relocate to Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School this summer.
The Ithaca College center has been housed in a University of Rochester facility on East River Road since the early 1990s.But when UR indicated it needed the space, it referred the Ithaca center to Colgate, said Steve Siconolfi, dean of the Ithaca school.
The new tenants come as Colgate has struggled financially in recent years, deciding in 2004 to move most of its 300,000-volume library to UR as a cost-saving effort.
The agreement with Ithaca — a 10-year lease with two options to renew for another 10 years each — "fulfills part of our strategic plan to be better stewards of the property we have and recognize some income from the unutilized portions of our campus," said Colgate President Eugene C. Bay.
Renovations are under way to accommodate the Ithaca center, Bay said. It will occupy 16,000 square feet at Colgate and share another 10,000 with the divinity school. The renovations will create some laboratory space, as well as put in the wiring and technology needed for some instruction, Siconolfi said.
While a divinity school might not seem a likely home for physical therapists, occupational therapists and health educators, "we think this program has a lot of compatibility with the values of the divinity school, and we're anticipating there will be collaborative efforts academically with that program," Bay said.
[I'd say! Based on the theological pedigree of Colgate Rochester, they'll all be dealing with lame ideas!]
Added Siconolfi, "We've discussed what are some things we can work together on. I see that as a definite move in the future."
Bay said Colgate is not pursuing any new space-sharing arrangements with other organizations, although it is in negotiations with the American Baptist Historical Society regarding a new lease for the American Baptist-Samuel Colgate Historical Library, the world's largest repository of Baptist-related research materials.