Media contact: 
David M. Henahan, director of communications
518-587-2100, ext. 2918
David.Henahan@esc.edu

518-321-7038
(after 5 p.m. and weekends)

Dr. Alfred Ntoko Has Been Named Provost for SUNY Empire State College

Posted July 25, 2014

Alfred Ngome Ntoko, Ph.D. has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs of SUNY Empire State College, President Merodie Hancock has announced. He will assume the role on Sept. 1. ... MORE

Theresa Carter (center) is flanked by Deborah Amory, acting provost for academic affairs and Dean Gary Lacy, during the 2014 Commencement Exercises in Harsdale.

30-Year Employee Theresa Carter Wins SUNY Chancellor’s Award in Classified Service

Posted July 29, 2014

Theresa Carter, a keyboard specialist 1 with Empire State College’s assessment office in Hartsdale, was recognized with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Support Services. ... MORE

McCrea receives excellence in support services awards

Karen McCrea Wins Excellence Award for Support Services

Posted June 26, 2014

Karen McCrea, of Kenmore, N.Y., was recognized with the Empire State College Excellence Award for Support Services at an All College Conference this spring. McCrea, a front-desk receptionist, was enthusiastically endorsed by her colleagues at the college’s Cheektowaga office. ... MORE

Associate Professor Julie Gedro smiles as she stands to the left of Dean Nikki Shrimpton at the 2014 Syracuse commencement exercise. Gedro was presented with a medallion and certificate in recognition of her being selected as a 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Photo/Michael J. Okoniewski

Professor and Mentor Julie Gedro Receives SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Posted July 7, 2014

Julie Gedro, associate professor of Business, Management and Economics, is a 2014 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. ... MORE

Professor Ian Reifowitz stands between President Merodie A. Hancock and Dean Michael A. Spitzer at the college’s 2014 Long Island commencement exercise. Reifowitz was presented with a medallion and framed certificate in recognition of being named a 2014 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Professor and Mentor Ian Mentor Reifowitz Receives SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Posted July 7, 2014

Ian Reifowitz, professor of Historical Studies, is a 2014 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. ... MORE

The Adult Education Research Conference Presents Professor Dianne Ramdeholl with the Phyllis Cunningham Social Justice Award

Posted July 7, 2014

Ramdeholl’s research centered on women in an adult literacy program located in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... MORE

Mindy Boenning Receives Excellence in Professional Service Award

Posted June 24, 2014

Mindy Boenning, of Watertown, N.Y., was selected as a recipient of the Empire State College Foundation Award for Excellence in Professional Service. ... MORE

Susan McFadden poses with Merodie Hancock, excellence award

Susan McFadden Receives Excellence in Professional Service Award

Posted June 26, 2014

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - June 26, 2014)Susan McFadden, of Greenwich, N.Y., the special events coordinator in the Office of Communications and Government Relations for SUNY Empire State College, was recognized with the Excellence in Professional Service Award from the college’s foundation. McFadden started her career with the college as a representative in the Student Information Center, then went on to being a recruitment specialist, before taking the newly created position of collegewide special events coordinator. ... MORE

Student José Colón’s Print “Did You Hear” Selected for 2014 Best of SUNY Art Student Exhibition

Posted June 19, 2014

“It was an unexpected surprise and truly a great honor to be part of a select few chosen to represent the State University of New York system,” said Colón. “I want to take this opportunity to thank Empire State College, the faculty and the State University of New York. It is their generosity and unending support that made all this possible.” ... MORE

Empire State College Student Lori Mould Sworn in As SUNY Trustee

Posted June 9, 2014

Mould is the first Empire State College student to be elected president of the State University of New York Student Assembly and to sit on the board as the student trustee. ... MORE

Matching Support by Empire State College Foundation Provides $40,000 in Awards

Posted June 4, 2014

Students are awarded a $1,000 scholarship for one academic year with half the total amount awarded each semester. Eligible students are invited to apply online at www.esc.edu/stewartsshops. The application deadline for next year is 5 p.m., Monday, June 16, 2014. ... MORE

SyracuseFirst’s Chris Fowler Presented with the SUNY Empire State College Excellence in Environmental Sustainability Award

Posted May 27, 2014

SyracuseFirst is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a sustainable community by encouraging citizens, businesses, government and nonprofit organizations to “think local first.” ... MORE

Statewide Celebratory Events Mark SUNY Empire State College’s 42nd Commencement

Posted May 20, 2014

Events began this year in Buffalo on May 31 and will conclude June 14 on Long Island. Events also will be held at Albany, New York City, the Hudson Valley, Rochester, Saratoga Springs and Syracuse. ... MORE

Frances Mercer Wins Excellence in Mentoring Award

Posted May 15, 2014

Frances Mercer, of Watertown, won the Empire State College Foundation Award for Excellence in Mentoring, given during an awards dinner at the All College Conference. ... MORE

Alan Stankiewicz Receives Excellence in PT Mentoring Award

Alan Stankiewicz Wins Excellence in Part-Time Mentoring Award

Posted May 15, 2014

Alan Stankiewicz, a mentor with Empire State College’s Syracuse and Utica locations, was selected for the Empire State Foundation Excellence in Part-time Mentoring Award at a recent All College Conference. ... MORE

Ashley Caldwell '14 tweeted the college a selfie with fellow alumna Erin Hamlin '11 on their way to the White House as members of the U.S. Olympic Team

SUNY Board of Trustees Honor Empire State College Olympians Erin Hamlin ’11, and Ashley Caldwell ‘14

Posted May 8, 2014

The two college alumni were among those recognized in a formal resolution adopted by The State University of New York Board of Trustees at yesterday’s meeting. ... MORE

Desalyn De-Souza, a 2013 Altes Prize for Exemplary Community Service co-recipient, is joined at the recognition ceremony by her husband Geraldo De-Souza and daughter Clara. The prize is named for Jane Altes, a former long-time provost, who also served the college as interim president.

Prof. Desalyn De-Souza Named an Altes Prize Co-recipient for Exemplary Community Service

Posted May 5, 2014

De-Souza was honored for her many contributions in advancing the education, understanding and development of preschool children throughout Central New York. ... MORE

Susan Oaks headshot

Oaks Wins Innovation Award

Posted April 28, 2014

Susan Oaks, of Saratoga Springs, area coordinator in the humanities for Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning, was recognized with the James William and Mary Elizabeth Hall Award for Innovation at an All College conference in late March. ... MORE

Samuel S. Conn has been named chief information officer and vice president of integrated technologies at SUNY Empire State College. Photo/ Provided by Conn

Samuel S. Conn Named Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Integrated Technologies

Posted April 16, 2014

Conn possesses experience educating nontraditional students, in online learning, technology, public higher education and in the private sector. ... MORE

Nadine Fernandez Receives Turben Award for Scholarship

Posted April 16, 2014

Nadine Fernandez, of Syracuse, was named the recipient of the Susan H. Turben Award for Excellence in Scholarship. She was recognized at an All College conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. at the end of March. Fernandez is an associate professor and mentor at the college’s location in Syracuse. ... MORE

Hudson Valley Center Ambassadors for Community Engagement spring lecture series with Mike Bennett, Walter Dean Myers '84 and Miriam Tatzel

Critically Acclaimed Author and Alumnus Walter Dean Myers ’84 to Speak at Hartsdale

Posted April 14, 2014

Urban teenagers, and young, economically disadvantaged African-Americans, in particular, are frequent subjects of Walter Dean Myers '84, a New York Times best-selling writer of more than 100 books for children and young people. ... MORE

Correction Officers in County Facilities Can Earn 14 College Credits at No Cost

Posted April 11, 2014

Correction officers serving county facilities will be awarded 14 college credits upon completion of the MPTC basic course for correction officers and enrollment at the college. ... MORE

The State University of New York SUNY Empire State College unified logo

First-ever, One-day Fundraising Challenge Surpasses Donor Goal by 225 Percent

Posted April 10, 2014

The goal and purpose of the challenge was to bring the college community together for one day, increase participation in giving to the college and reconnect with many of the college’s 70,000 alumni in order to expand the college’s mission of education and degree completion for nontraditional students. ... MORE

Empire State College President Merodie Hancock, third from right, joins the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recipients Sandra Barkevich, far left, Elizabeth Hughes, Danny Ferrerya, Lori Mould and Mark Rider at this year’s ceremony in honor of the recipients. Photo/Empire State College

Six SUNY Empire State College Students Receive Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Posted April 7, 2014

A former construction worker and president-elect of the SUNY Student Assembly, a two-time U.S. Olympian, a union electrician, a “40 under 40 Rising Star,” a teacher’s assistant and an assistant director of a seven-time, state-championship-winning marching band are the 2014 SUNY Empire State College recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, SUNY’s most prestigious student honor. ... MORE

Ashley Caldwell '14 tweeted the college a selfie with fellow alumna Erin Hamlin '11 on their way to the White House as members of the U.S. Olympic Team

SUNY Empire State College Alumni Visit the White House

Posted April 3, 2014

President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Inaugurates Merodie A. Hancock as its Fourth President

Posted March 26, 2014

The celebration marking the inauguration of Merodie A. Hancock culminated today when she received college’s official medallion from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and formally became the fourth president of Empire State College. ... MORE

photo of Brian Gallagher

United Way Worldwide CEO and President Brian Gallagher Delivers 2014 Boyer Lecture

Posted March 26, 2014

Gallagher will deliver the 2014 Boyer lecture from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 27, at Saratoga City Center, in Meeting Room 1, as part of the inauguration of Merodie A. Hancock as president of SUNY Empire State College. ... MORE

Hudson Valley Center Ambassadors for Community Engagement spring lecture series with Mike Bennett, Walter Dean Myers '84 and Miriam Tatzel

SUNY Empire State College Announces Ambassadors for Community Engagement Lecture Series

Posted March 17, 2014

The upcoming lectures serve to highlight the college as a regional resource that will partner with local organizations to provide community programming, while sharing with participants the value of an Empire State College education. ... MORE

Bests for Vets: Business Schools 2014

MBA Program Again Named Best for Vets by Military Times

Posted March 17, 2014

A publication of Gannett Government Media, this year's survey emphasized veteran culture and curriculum. ... MORE

Tai Arnold is the dean of the college's School for Graduate Studies. Photo/Empire State College

Tai Arnold Named Dean, School for Graduate Studies, SUNY Empire State College

Posted March 13, 2014

Arnold has been serving as acting dean since 2013, and was selected for the permanent position following a rigorous national search. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Celebrates Women’s History Month

Posted March 10, 2014

Activities associated with the celebratory events will include fine arts appreciation, history and culture. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College to Inaugurate Merodie A. Hancock as Fourth President

Posted March 5, 2014

The inauguration events begin with three open, online discussions, “Three Voices That Shape Our Vision: An Inauguration Celebration Webinar Series.” ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Celebrates Black History Month with “The Legacy and The Dream,” a Mixed Media Exhibition

Posted February 21, 2014

The event is one in a series celebrating Black History Month that Empire State College is hosting throughout February at locations across the state. ... MORE

Ashley Caldwell Photo/U.S. Freestyle Ski Team

SUNY Empire State College’s Ashley Caldwell Finishes 10th at Sochi

Posted February 19, 2014

Caldwell completed her requirements for the B.S. in business, management and economics, with a concentration in finance, online through the college’s Center for Distance Learning. The SUNY Board of Trustees will confer her degree at graduation this spring. ... MORE

Erin Hamlin '11 surrounded by her parents, brothers and friend. Her coach, two-time Olympic medalist and USA Luge program director Mark Grimmett, kneels in front.

Erin Hamlin ’11 Wins Bronze at Sochi, Makes U.S. Olympic History

Posted February 12, 2014

The 27-year-old of Remsen N.Y., the first U.S. singles luger ever to win a medal in Olympic competition, earned her degree online through the college's Center for Distance Learning. ... MORE

Meet the Authors: “African American Women’s Life Issues Today: Vital Health and Social Matters”

Posted February 11, 2014

Editor Catherine Collins, a professor and faculty mentor with the college’s Niagara Frontier Center, will join contributors Lorraine Peeler '88, Altes Prize recipient, adjunct with the center, and Mattie Rhodes, RN and faculty at UB's School of Nursing. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College alumna Erin M. Hamlin ’11, will compete in her third consecutive Winter Olympic Games in luge, women’s singles.

Erin Hamlin ’11 Competes in Luge at XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi

Posted February 6, 2014

Hamlin Joins Student Ashley Caldwell on the 2014 U.S. Team and Tony Benshoof ’08 as a three-time Olympian. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Honors Black History Month with Events Statewide

SUNY Empire State College Honors Black History Month with Events Statewide

Posted February 4, 2014

The college will observe Black History Month at locations across the state and online. The Hudson Valley, Long Island, Metropolitan New York and Niagara Frontier centers and the Center for Distance Learning will host, sponsor and support events throughout the month. ... MORE

Ashley Caldwell Photo/U.S. Freestyle Ski Team

SUNY Empire State College Student Ashley Caldwell Named to US Olympic Freestyle Skiing Team for Second Time

Posted January 27, 2014

Caldwell will compete in women’s aerials Friday, Feb. 14. ... MORE

Logo:Best for Vets Colleges

Military Times Names SUNY Empire State College Among “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014”

Posted January 17, 2014

The college is highlighted in the online and nontraditional category. ... MORE

President Hancock and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher are all smiles after the announcement of Open SUNY and Open SUNY+.

SUNY Empire State College One of Six SUNY Colleges To Debut Open SUNY

Posted January 14, 2014

Across New York, 6.9 million adults have a high school degree, but no college degree. Many want to pursue a degree, but life commitments such as jobs, children, aging parents, financial limitations and community ties limit their access to higher education. Open SUNY aims to reach these nontraditional students as well. ... MORE

These members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers were among the thousands of unionists who worked to during and after Hurricane Sandy. (Photo/IBEW Local 2032)

“Sandy Stories, Organized Labor Rebuilds New York” Returns to SUNY Empire State College

Posted January 7, 2014

Presented by the New York State AFL-CIO and the Workforce Development Institute, the exhibit honors workers and their efforts and sacrifice during and after Hurricane Sandy. ... MORE