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Mount Saint Vincent Hosts Dedication of Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research

10/14/2015

Riverdale, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent will host the dedication of the Fishlinger Center for Public Policy Research on Saturday, October 17 at 11 a.m., during Reunion/Homecoming and Family Weekend.

The dedication will take place in the newly-renovated Center in Founders Hall, where two former classrooms have been remodeled—one providing laboratory space comprised of 25 computer work stations, and the other with a focus group setting, fully equipped with audio and video recording, projection, and both wired and wireless Internet access. The Center, which focuses on public opinion and key public policy concerns through independent and objective research, serves as a forum for constructive dialog leading to meaningful action.

In addition to launching two new interdisciplinary programs in Public Policy and Market Data Analytics earlier this year, the Center recently completed its first public policy survey project on a range of social issues. Following the dedication, there will be a presentation on the results of the landmark study, featuring James Donius, Ph.D., the Director of the Center. Dr. Donius will be joined in discussion by student leaders and activists who are engaged in anti-trafficking efforts.

Saturday’s dedication will follow a reception honoring William and Joan Fishlinger, who generously donated $1 million to the College to underwrite startup costs for a center devoted to public opinion and responsible debate. The Fishlinger family is deeply rooted in philanthropy and community activism, and the couple have continuously shared with their children and their colleagues their desire to broaden students’ opportunities.

The Center will continue to conduct deep and broad studies of public opinion on key public policy concerns through independent and objective research conducted by students, faculty, and other members of the academic community. For more information on the Fishlinger Center for Public Policy research, click here.

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for lives of achievement, professional accomplishment and leadership in the 21st century.