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Dean’s talk highlights Downtown Center

Patricia Wallace Ingraham, dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs, speaks to members of the Harpur Forum during a special session held Jan. 15 in the University Downtown Center.

Patricia Wallace Ingraham, dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs, welcomed members of the Harpur Forum to the University Downtown Center for a Jan. 15 presentation. Her talk was followed by tours of the $29 million facility, which opened last August.

Ingraham drew parallels between the founding of what is now Binghamton University and the founding of CCPA. Triple Cities College, the precursor to Harpur College, began with about 800 students, a similar number to CCPA’s enrollment.

The college includes the Department of Human Development, the Department of Public Administration and the Department of Social Work. Pending state approval, the Student Affairs Administration Program will also be part of the college.

Ingraham spoke about the school’s unusual focus on local government. “If local government does not work, government does not work,” she said. “This is the foundation.”

She also emphasized the University’s contributions to Greater Binghamton’s economy. “Binghamton University is a major economic force,” she said.

The dean said it may be 18 to 24 months before the UDC’s true impact can be gauged. In the meantime, though, the facility is already drawing 1,200 students a week, as many as 500 in a day. About 1,000 community members came through the building in its first four months. 

Ingraham shared her excitement about the school’s future, noting there’s room for growth in CCPA’s academic programs. A doctoral program in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in social work would be logical next steps, she said.

Harpur Forum meets March 28

The Harpur Forum’s next meeting will be a March 28 breakfast program featuring James R. Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund of New York.

Tallon, a former state assemblyman, will speak about health care at 8 a.m. at The Binghamton Club; breakfast begins at 7:30.

To RSVP or for more information, call the Harpur Forum at 777-4390 or e-mail


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Last Updated: 10/14/08