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Cora P. Maloney College celebrates new name, programs

A portrait of Cora P. Maloney was unveiled at the rededication ceremony. Photo: Nancy J. Parisi

By MARCENE ROBINSON

Published October 3, 2013

“We like to think of Cora P. Maloney College as Buffalo’s college within the university.”
Henry Durand, executive director
Cora P. Maloney College

UB’s Cora P. Maloney College (CPMC) last week celebrated with Buffalo community leaders the rededication of the college, the legacy of Cora P. Maloney and an expansion of the college’s services.

Formerly known as the Center for Academic Development Services, CPMC remains one of UB’s primary connections to the Buffalo community. The college focuses on a range of educational issues, including academic achievement and enhancement, social justice and cross-cultural awareness.

“We like to think of Cora P. Maloney College as Buffalo’s college within the university,” Henry Durand, senior associate vice provost of undergraduate education and executive director of CPMC, told those gathered for a rededication ceremony on Sept. 27 in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts. “The two are symbiotic. There is a great deal of talent out there that is untapped, and UB is the place to provide the training for that talent.”

Durand, a UB administrator for 23 years, will step down as executive director of CPMC next year to take a full-time appointment as an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education. A scholarship to provide financial support to CPMC students who might otherwise be unable to obtain their degree at UB has been established in Durand’s honor.

Cora P. Maloney rededication

Henry Durand, executive director of Cora P. Maloney College, speaks at the ceremony, which included a surprise announcement of a new scholarship established in Durand's honor. Photo: Nancy J. Parisi

“At the time I founded this program in the late 1960s and early 1970s, federal TRIO programs (federal outreach and student services programs for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds) were treated as the stepchild of universities,” said Durand, who first joined UB as the director of the Educational Opportunity Program. “But when I recognized the support that existed for the programs here at the UB, I was swayed.”

Named after Maloney, an African-American pharmacist and prominent political and social activist in Buffalo, CPMC was founded in 1976 as one UB’s living and learning communities that combined residential and academic programs focused on specific theme areas of interest and concern to UB students. Since that time, the college has expanded in programs and size, but has preserved its focus on the study and improvement of Buffalo’s communities.

Local community leaders attending the rededication included state Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes; Ellen Grant, Buffalo deputy mayor; Barbara Seals Nevergold, president of the Buffalo School Board; Peggy Brooks Bertram, co-founder and president of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women Inc.; state Sen. Mark Grisanti; SUNY Trustee Eunice A. Lewin; and Nathan Hare, executive director of the Community Action Organization.

“UB is a huge economic arm of the Western New York community. Look almost anywhere across the city and you will see the footprint of UB,” Peoples-Stokes said in her remarks. “Cora P. Maloney College becomes even more important because we want to make sure that the footprint includes all ethnicities, shapes, sizes and genders.”

CPMC is the home of several state and federal programs designed to increase the diversity of students on college campuses. Among them:

  • UB’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (UB STEM) programs
  • Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
  • Daniel Acker Scholars Program
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program

The college also offers community focused college-credit courses and a tutoring center that serves more than 3,000 students

Details of the Dr. Henry J. Durand, Jr. Scholarship will be formally announced at a later date. Those wishing to support the scholarship fund should contact Brandi Moses, EOP office manager, at bmmoses@buffalo.edu or (716) 645-5583.