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Articles Prior to Issue 36

2011 A.L.L. Offers Four-week Study Group on “Green Living”

By Marcia Greenson

The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs will offer a four-week study group on “Green Living” focused on adapting a lifestyle that creates a more balanced, healthy and sustainable life. The study group will be led by Karen Totino, owner of Green Conscience Home & Garden, who has a history of caring about environmental issues starting with her own family and neighborhood. ... MORE

2011 A.L.L. Spring Schedule of Speakers Features SUNY Empire State College Faculty and Staff

By Marcia Greenson

The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs is offering an eight-week spring speaker series featuring faculty and staff from the SUNY Empire State College community. The schedule begins April 4, 2011 and registration is being accepted now. ... MORE

2011 A.L.L. Annual Storyteller Series

By Susan McFadden

The Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) at Saratoga Springs invites you to its third annual Storytellers Series. This popular free, five-week brown bag lunch and learn series began January 5, 2011. A different A.L.L. professional storyteller will entertain the audience each Wednesday from noon to 1:00 PM in Empire State College room 126 (the Rotunda) at 2 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs. The schedule is: ... MORE

21 International Students Graduate in Panama City; Dean Tom Mackey Confers Degrees; Panama VP Rodriguez Makes Remarks

By Francesca Cichello, director of student services, Center for International Programs

Panama City was the setting on Dec. 15, 2011 for the newest group of SUNY Empire State College graduates. Center for Distance Learning Dean Thomas Mackey represented the college in conferring baccalaureate degrees in the area of business, management and economics to 21 International Program students with degree concentrations in marketing, international business and business management. ... MORE

2011 Student Academic Conference: Student Art Competition

By Vickie Moller, student, Long Island Center–Hauppauge Unit and 2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

Amid the remarkable display of distinctive and creative works exhibited at the student art competition at this year’s Student Academic Conference, Ivy Stevens-Gupta’s acrylic painting, “Field of Flowers,” took first prize. Colorful poster replications of her delightful profusion of flowers blanketing a hillside could be seen everywhere. ... MORE

2011 Student Academic Conference: Two Students from Center for International Programs, Humeyra Bostan and Altina Besimi

By Vickie Moller, student, Long Island Center–Hauppauge Unit and 2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

I am certain that all in attendance at the 2011 Student Academic Conference will have taken away with them many memorable and treasured moments. For me, two of those moments are represented by the time I was privileged to sit in conversation with Humeyra Bostan and Altina Besimi (right, in photo), two international students whose stories have deeply inspired and motivated me. ... MORE

2011 Brings the 3rd Annual Student Art Competition; Submissions Due by May 6

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center - Saratoga Unit

It’s time for SUNY Empire State College’s 3rd Annual Student Art Competition. Students are encouraged to submit art work online to be reviewed by a committee of judges across the state. Any type/medium of art is accepted for judging, but it must be submitted as a two-dimensional electronic image and be appropriate in content in order to represent the college. ... MORE

10 SUNY Empire State College Student-Artists to Show in Competitive SUNY 2011 Student Art Exhibition at Albany Gallery

By Helen Edelman, Manager, Exchange

Ten Metropolitan Center students’ work have been selected to be displayed in the State University of New York 2011 Fall Student Art Exhibition, at the SUNY central-administration gallery in Albany. Their pieces were among numerous submissions from students across the SUNY system. ... MORE

2011 Women's Studies Residency Workshops and Presentations Open to SUNY Empire State College Community

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center – Saratoga Unit

The 2011 Women's Studies Residency is set for March 10 – 12 at 2 Union Ave. (room 126) in Saratoga Springs. Events are open to all SUNY Empire State College students, faculty, professional employees, support staff, alums and Academy for Lifelong Learners who want to attend. Course credit is available only to students who incorporated this residency into their January term registration. ... MORE

2012 Women's Studies Residency March 31-April 1, 2012 in NYC to Explore Women's

By AmyRuth Tobol, associate dean, Long Island Center

Women’s studies as an interdisciplinary academic field has emerged in the last 40 years across a broad range of topics, including economics, historical studies, literature, math, psychology, science and sociology. ... MORE

Members of the Community Welcome to Attend College's Second Urban Environmental Studies Residency March 24

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

Members of the community are welcome to attend SUNY Empire State College’s second Urban Environmental Studies Residency on March 24 as a noncredit participant. Participants will have the opportunity to attend three workshops on topics related to urban environments and attend a luncheon presentation featuring local meteorologist, David Eichorn ’10. The event will be held at 6333 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY ... MORE

3rd Annual Student Art Competition; Submissions Due by May 6

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center - Saratoga Unit

It’s time for SUNY Empire State College’s 3rd Annual Student Art Competition. Students are encouraged to submit art work online to be reviewed by a committee of judges across the state. ... MORE

2012 Brings the 4th Annual Student Art Competition; Submissions Due by May 4

By Danielle Benedict, student service specialist

It’s time for SUNY Empire State College’s 4thAnnual Student Art Competition. Students are encouraged to begin thinking about what they would like to submit this year. Last year we were blown away by the volume of submissions received and the talent they demonstrated. ... MORE

Academic Support at SUNY Empire State College: What’s Up with All That?

By Linda Hamel

Here’s what’s up: many of our students find themselves in need of academic support during their college career. This is not unusual, given that a number of our students are returning adult learners who have been away from the academic environment for a while and some are in college for the first time. Can you say, “Rusty skills, thesis statement or—gulp—research paper?” Yes, you can—and you will. ... MORE

Center for Distance Learning Mentor Sheila Aird Feted for Altes Prize for Community Service for Dedicated Advocacy Work

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer

Center for Distance Learning mentor Sheila Aird, Ph.D., was recognized on Tuesday, Dec. 13, as the recipient of the 2011 Jane W. Altes Prize for Community Service. The ceremony took place in Saratoga Springs, where CDL is based. Aird works at the college's Niagara Frontier Center in Buffalo. ... MORE

Northeast Center Mentor Tom Akstens Participates in Indian Lake Concert to Raise Funds for Flood Relief

By Michael Mancini, assistant to the dean, Central New York Center

Acoustic musicians from the Adirondacks and beyond gathered to stage a benefit concert at the Indian Lake Theater this past November. The concert, at right, raised $4,300 from ticket sales and donations. All of the proceeds have gone directly to help people affected by the Hurricane Irene floods in Jay, Keene and elsewhere in the Adirondacks. ... MORE

Annual Safety and Security Report and Procedures Now Available to the Community Online

By Helen Edelman, Manager, Exchange

The Annual Safety and Security Report and Procedures is available to the community, according to Thomas Vumbaco, director of safety and security at the college and organizer of the report. ... MORE

Appreciating the Impact of Discussions: a CDL Student Perspective

By Julie Ogiba, student, Center for Distance Learning

The Discussion Forum is an integral part in online learning at SUNY Empire State College. These discussions are generally required of all students for each online course. Posting discussions and responding to them counts as part of the student’s participation grade ... MORE

April is Autism Awareness Month

By Janice K. Wright (aka JK Wrights 2U), student, Center for Distance Learning

It’s Autism Awareness Month and an excellent time to learn more about this condition, which is increasing in our population as a public health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. People with ASDs handle information in their brain differently than other people.” ... MORE

Alumni Morton Bahr, President Emeritus of Communications Workers of America, and Bob Herbert, Journalist, Recognized

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer

The Presidential Medal of Honor and the Citizen Laureate awards have been bestowed on two prominent SUNY Empire State College alumni. Morton Bahr, president emeritus of the Communications Workers of America, received the Citizen Laureate award, and while Bob Herbert, journalist and distinguished senior fellow at Demos, and a contributing editor with American Prospect magazine, became the first recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor during the college’s 40th Anniversary Gala in New York City on Oct. 20. ... MORE

Jazz Great Kenny Barron '78 and President Alan Davis Interviewed for WBGO FM; Link to Broadcast Here

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer

President Alan Davis and alumnus Kenny Barron ’78, at left, a renowned jazz pianist who has been described as “one of the top jazz pianist in the world” by the Los Angeles Times, were interviewed during an hour-long segment on WBGO FM (Jazz88.3 FM) (click to listen) by host Joshua Jackson on his music magazine program “The Checkout,” which airs every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. ... MORE

Play Directed by Northeast Center Mentor Cindy Bates at Curtain Call Theater

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

“Lend Me A Tenor,” by Ken Ludwig, a comedy directed by Northeast Center mentor Cindy Bates, at left, opened on Friday, Feb. 24, and will run through March 31 at the Curtain Call Theater, 210 Old Loudon Rd., Latham. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. ... MORE

SUNY ESC Named a Top Online College and "Best Buy" for Business Degree

By Hope Ferguson, Senior Writer

State University of New York Empire State College has been named a top online college and a “Best Buy” in the online-education sector by GetEducated, a consumer group that publishes online university rankings, for its affordable online bachelor’s degree in business. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Bookstore

By Dan Rabideau, Coordinator of Bookstore and Central Services

The SUNY Empire State College Bookstore provides educational materials services for students. With our students living throughout the United States and the world, the bookstore is organized to serve students effectively wherever they may be located. ... MORE

Mentor Dee Britton, CDL Academic Area Coordinator, Publishes Book Chapter Exploring "Dark Elegy"

By Dee Britton, academic area coordinator, social theory, social structure and change, Center for Distance Learning

Dee Britton, at left, assistant professor and academic area coordinator at the Center for Distance Learning, published a chapter, “Dark Elegy: The Embodiment of Terrorism in the American Memorial Landscape,” in the newly released book, "Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form: Sighting Memory," published by Routledge Studies in Rheotric and Communication, Anne Teresa Demo and Bradford Vivian, editors (October 24, 2011). ... MORE

Long Island Center, Central New York Center and Genesee Valley Center Offer Sustainability Lectures

By Sadie Ross, director of environmental sustainability, Office of the President

The college will offer three public lectures featuring the topic of environmental sustainability this winter. Each lecture is co-sponsored by a regional community group and will begin with a networking reception. The lectures will be held at the Old Westbury Unit, Syracuse Center and Genesee Valley Center at Rochester. ... MORE

40 Central New York Center Alumni and Students Profiled in Images and Words to Celebrate College's 40th Anniversary

By Michael Mancini, Assistant to the Dean, Central New York Center

Forty Central New York Center students and alumni who exemplify the “SUNY Empire State College spirit” are being featured in photo and text as part of the ongoing celebration of the college’s 40th anniversary year. The images and accompanying profile will be hung next month in a show at the college’s Central Arts Gallery, 6333 Route 298, East Syracuse, and are being tweeted and posted on Facebook. The opening will take place during CNYC’s fourth annual open house. The show opens Oct. 27 and will be on display through January. ... MORE

Central New York Center Hosts Native American Cultural Night; Strengthens Relations with Onondaga Nation

By Michael Mancini, assistant to the dean, Central New York Center

The Central New York Center, in keeping with its more than two-year commitment to connecting with the Onondaga Nation, hosted a Native American Cultural Night on Dec. 12. More than 70 people were in attendance to engage in a night of learning, music and fun. ... MORE

The New York Times Knowledge Network and SUNY Empire State College Announce Collaborative Agreement

By David Henahan, director of communications

The New York Times Knowledge Network welcomed SUNY Empire State College to the ranks of institutions collaborating to advance educational opportunities for adults on Monday, Feb. 6. The agreement establishes a collaboration in which SUNY Empire State College degree program offerings will be included in the New York Times Knowledge Network offerings, and Knowledge Network offerings will be included in the college’s program offerings. ... MORE

Going Mobile: Students in New Online Course Can Participate Via Smart Phone

By Lisa Snyder, coordinator of curriculum and instructional design, Center for Distance Learning

Students in the college’s first fully mobile-friendly course will be exploring and sharing music that is quintessentially American while they help the college understand the value of “mobile” as an emerging technology for teaching and learning. ... MORE

Meet Dawoud Bey

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

Dawoud Bey ’90 graduated with a B.A. in the Arts from the Metropolitan Center and went on for an MFA at the Yale University School of Art. He has been teaching for more than 30 years and is currently an associate professor of art at Columbia College in Chicago. ... MORE

Annual Alumni Day at the Races at Saratoga Race Course

By David Henahan, Director of Communications

More than 200 college alumni joined SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and college President Alan R. Davis for the 17th annual alumni day at the races at the Saratoga Race Course. ... MORE

Kevin Dean Featured on Blog Discussing Challenges Facing Military Students in Online Learning Environment

By Elana Michelson, lead developer, Master of Arts in Adult Learning and mentor, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, School for Graduate Studies

Kevin K. Dean, an assessment specialist for the Center for Distance Learning and adjunct faculty member of the college's graduate certificate in veterans services, is featured in the "Voices" blog at the Institute for Veterans And Military Families at Syracuse University, a nationally focused Institute for Veterans and Military Families. ... MORE

Dr. Anant Desphande Publishes Paper on Workplace Spirituality in International Journal of Business and Management

By Janet Shideler, associate dean, Center for Distance Learning

Dr. Anant Deshpande’s paper, "Workplace spirituality, organizational learning capabilities and mass customization: an integrated framework," has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Business and Management. ... MORE

"Shine the Light" on Domestic Violence during October; Wear Purple Oct. 19

By Helen Edelman, Manager, Exchange

October has been designated Domestic Violence Awareness Month by the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. ... MORE

Dr. Penny Jennings '03, '06 to Keynote at 7th Annual Student Academic Conference in October

By Michael Mancini, assistant to the dean, Central New York Center

October 3, 2011

photo of Dr. Penny Jennings, Empire State College alumna '03 and '06The Student Academic Conference planning committee has selected Dr. Penny Jennings '03, '06, at left, to be the event's 2011 luncheon keynote speaker. StAC, now in it seventh year, will be hosted again by the Hudson ValleyCenter at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains, Oct. 14-15. Jennings will speak at the luncheon on Oct. 15.

Jennings was the recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award from the New York State Senate in 2008 and the Distinguished Service Award from Rockland County in 2007. She is the founder and executive director of A.C.T., Inc. (Adults Caring for Teens) and a newspaper columnist.

She received her A.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Rockland Community College, her B.S. and M.A. in Social Policy from SUNY Empire State College and her doctoral degree in Law and Policy from Northeastern University. She serves on the Rockland Community College Board of Trustees as well as the Dean's Advisory Board for the School of Graduate Studies at SUNY Empire State College.

"We are so excited to have Dr. Jennings as our keynote speaker," noted Linda Guyette Hamell and Michael Mancini, co-conveners of this year's conference. "This will once again highlight the amazing achievements of our alumni, who have steadily impressed us without interruption."

Jennings is the founder and CEO of Adults Caring for Teens (ACT). She has won numerous awards and has been profiled in such publications as the Journal News.

"It's especially significant when alumni speak directly to students," said Maureen Winney, director of Alumni and Student Relations, which sponsors an alumni reception at StAC on the evening of Oct. 14. Winney continued, "They know first hand what the students go through trying to balance their life and their academic work. Alumni can offer sage advice and students always seem receptive to speaking with someone with whom they share this common experience."

For more information about the Student Academic Conference, visit www.esc.edu/StudentAcademicConference.

Student Registration for the conference is open until Oct. 7.

Rhett Dugstad of Metro Publishes Review of Helene Brandt Exhibition

By Betty Wilde-Biasiny, mentor, Metropolitan Center

Rhett Dugstad of the Metropolitan Center has published a review of the current Metro Gallery show of Helene Brandt's work in The Slant. ... MORE

"Play and the Role of Observation, Documentation and Assessment" Is Theme of Early Childhood Residency

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

“Play and the Role of Observation, Documentation and Assessment” is the theme of an early childhood residency set for Saturday, April 14, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the National Museum of Play at the Strong, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. ... MORE

Eat Right: Acclaimed Chef Mike Russo '10 Presents Healthy Recipes for the New Year at the Plaza; View Event, Get Recipes Here

By Susan LeClair, recruitment specialist, Empire State Plaza Office

The SUNY Empire State College Plaza Office in downtown Albany was transformed into a cooking show recently as Mike Russo ’10 whipped up a variety of healthy and tasty recipes to serve at Super Bowl parties this year. Part of the Plaza workshop series for state workers, Russo’s cooking demonstration featured quick-and-easy recipes for fruit salsas, wild mushroom paté, vegetarian chili and an assortment of personal-pan pita pizzas. ... MORE

Exploring Your Family History

By Janice K. Wright (JK Wrights 2U), alumna, Center for Distance Learning

What’s in a surname? Where did your family’s last name derive from? Who were your ancestors? Who are you? Are you and your family members in a good place, with solid bonds? Have you ever wondered about or wanted to investigate your family’s diaspora? ... MORE

Fall 2011 Academic Support Workshops

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center – Saratoga Unit

SUNY Empire State College Northeast Center is pleased to offer students a wide range of FREE academic support workshops, covering a range of topics, such as time management, writing strategies, library research skills and math and science learning strategies. Each workshop is designed to help students maximize his or her academic success through instruction in effective study strategies and access to academic support resources. ... MORE

February is Heart Month

By Janice K. Wright (aka JK Wrights 2U), student, Center for Distance Learning

There are numerous ways individuals can take positive action to diminish their risks associated with heart conditions and strokes. According to the American Heart Association, “Effective patient education can increase a patient’s confidence in making changes to improve and maintain his or her health.” ... MORE

First Annual Open Mic Event Set for Student Academic Conference

By Danielle Benedict, student service specialist

October 3, 2011

For the first time, the Student Academic Conference will be hosting an Open Mic Night. The event is set for Friday, Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m., in ballrooms A and B.

Whether you’re interested in performing, supporting a friend or colleague or just looking to mingle with fellow SUNY Empire State College students, the Open Mic Night is for you.

If you want to be heard, bring your poetry and/or short stories, perform your spoken word, play your music or tell some jokes. It's your voice, it's your story and it's your Open Mic Night.

If you are interested in performing and want to reserve a five or 10-minute slot, or if you have any questions, email Danielle.Benedict@esc.edu or call 518-587-2100, ext. 2255.

This year's Master of Ceremonies will be alumna Deborah Falco. While attending Empire State College Deb founded the sorority/fraternity club Epsilon Sigma Chi, was involved in numerous Long Island Center events and benefits and still serves on the Student Academic Conference Planning Committee.

OVME Director Linda Frank Featured in Military Advance Education: Journal of Higher Learning for Today's Servicemember

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

Office of Veteran and Military Education (OVME) Director Linda Frank, at left, is the subject of an extensive interview in the current issue of Military Advance Education: Journal of Higher Learning for Today’s Servicemember. She is also featured on the cover. Frank has been serving as president of the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME) Executive Board for 2011-2012. ... MORE

Metro Mentor David Fullard Has Photo in Library of Congress Show

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer

The Library of Congress will open its exhibition, “Politics and the Dancing Body,” on Feb. 16, 2012, to be on view through July 28, 2012. ... MORE

Metro Center Black History Month: "Breaking Boundaries," Mixed-Media Exhibition, at Livingston Gallery until March 30

By April Simmons, student, Metropolitan Center-Brooklyn Unit

“Breaking Boundaries,” a mixed-media exhibition, will be on display at the college’s Livingston Gallery, 177 Livingston St., sixth floor, in Brooklyn until March 30, with a special reception set for Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. ... MORE

"Approaches and Disclosures," Photos by Herman, Orrell and Stankiewicz, Showing in Syracuse

By Helen Edelman

Approaches and Disclosures, a collection of photographic work by Lee Herman, mentor at the Auburn Unit; Sue Orrell, director of academic support at Central New York Center; and Alan Stankiewicz, mentor at the Central New York Center, will be on view at the Central Arts Gallery. ... MORE

SUBMISSIONS WELCOME: Holiday Card Photograph Sought; Students Welcome to Submit

By Lorraine Klembczyk, Assistant Designer, Office of Community and Government Relations

A photograph is sought for the SUNY Empire State College 2011 holiday card. ... MORE

Rochester Broadway Theater: 'In the Heights'

By Susan McFadden

Join us for a reception and performance in celebration of Hispanic Culture Night and part of Celebration of Diversity Month at the Genesee Valley Center on Thursday, Jan. 27. ... MORE

Assistant Professor Jacob Remes Speaks Out about Human Rights, International Development and Labor in Light of Occupy Wall St

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

As Occupy Wall Street has changed protest dynamics, vibrant groups like United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) are back in the forefront. ... MORE

Meet Josh Martin

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center - Saratoga Unit

Josh Martin graduated from SUNY Empire State College in December ‘06 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Community and Human Services, and now, he can’t say enough about the positive experiences he had while attending. On top of his list is the opportunity for credit by evaluation, through which he received 4 credits towards his degree for previous work experience ... MORE

Learning Contracts and Course Evaluations at SUNY Empire State College Are Going Green

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center – Saratoga Unit

SUNY Empire State College is changing the method used to inform students of Course Evaluations (CE), Learning Contracts (LC) and Learning Contract Outcomes (LCO). These documents will no longer be mailed; instead they will be available online, which is more efficient and “green.” As of May 29, all SUNY Empire State College students will be able to view all past CEs, LCs and LCOs via the ‘My Academic Documents’ website. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Library

By Heather Shalhoub, Information Resources Coordinator

The library blog is a great way to keep up to date on what the SUNY Empire State College Library has to offer. “Library News and Tips” is available to let you know about new additions to the library collection as well as any changes to library resources. Blog posts will give you an idea of the kinds of materials you can find on the online library and help you be more efficient and effective in your research. ... MORE

Office of Veteran and Military Education Director Linda Frank Participates in Women Veterans Symposium

By Desiree Drindak, military academic development coordinator, Office of Veteran and Military Education

Linda Frank, director of the Office of Veteran and Military Education, was part of a panel at the Women Veterans Symposium on Oct. 17. The program was designed to identify the needs of women veterans and available services in Saratoga County. ... MORE

March Awareness

By Janice K. Wright (aka J K Wrights 2 U), student, Center for Distance Learning

March is Women's History Month. The women's movement in the United States began in a flourishing feminist era in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Women lobbying and working for equality commenced with a public appeal for women’s legal rights, such as the right to vote and hold public office. ... MORE

Admission Advisor Marilyn McCabe Publishes Book of Poetry

By Marilyn McCabe, Admissions Advisor

Admission advisor Marilyn McCabe’s book of poetry, “Perpetual Motion,” was chosen to be published by The Word Works press in Washington, D.C. as part of the Hilary Tham Capital Collection. ... MORE

James Maurino Edits and Contributes Chapters to Two Volumes on Men's Studies and Death and Dying

By Jane Cudmore, assistant to the dean, Niagara Frontier Center

Niagara Frontier Center mentor Dr. James Maurino is co-editor of "Men, Masculinities and the Common Good in an Era of Economic Uncertainty," a book being published by Men's Studies Press. The book includes a chapter by Maurino entitled, "The Intersection of Masculinity and Unemployment: Does Being Unemployed Affect Masculine Senses of Self?" ... MORE

Center for Distance Learning Mentor Menoukha Case Shows in "Uncle Remus Redux" at Greene County Council on the Arts

By Menoukha Case, mentor, Center for Distance Learning

Center for Distance Learning mentor Menoukha Case has two visual poem/quilts in “Uncle Remus Redux: Contemporary Visions of How Time Goes by Turns,” on display at the Greene County Council on the Arts Catskill Gallery until Feb. 25. ... MORE

SUNY ESC Named "Military Friendly" for Third Year by G.I. Jobs Magazine

By David Henahan, Director of Communications

G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded SUNY Empire State College the designation of Military Friendly School. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. ... MORE

Niagara Frontier Center Mentor Nancy Niagara Frontier Center Mentor Nancy Mingus Helping to Preserve Western Western New York

By Jane Cudmore, assistant to the dean, Niagara Frontier Center

When a record number of attendees descended on Buffalo for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference, it was in large part due to the efforts of NFC mentor, Nancy Mingus, at left. ... MORE

Associate Professor MaryNell Morgan to Perform at National Museum of Dance Black History Month Event

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

A Black History Month celebration at the National Museum of Dance, South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2-4 p.m., will spotlight the music, dance, literature and visual art that often have reflected the turbulent lives of African Americans throughout history. Associate Professor MaryNell Morgan, at left, will sing during the afternoon. ... MORE

Robert Moses Residency; Alumni Reception Mark 40th Anniversary of LIC

By AmyRuth Tobol, associate dean, Long Island Center

In celebration of the Long Island Center's 40th anniversary, and the 40th anniversary of the completion of the Long Island Expressway, the center will host a Robert Moses Residency on March 2-3, 2012. The Friday, March 2 evening keynote speech and following alumni-recognition event will be open to the public and alumni. ... MORE

Networking Event at the Northeast Center

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center – Saratoga Unit

The Northeast Center is hosting its annual networking event, ConNECtions 2011, on Friday, April 8 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.. This event, held at 21 British American Blvd in Latham, will sharpen your networking skills and build your contact lists. ... MORE

College Adds New Degree Program in Public Affairs in Response to Climbing Demand for Experts in Crisis Management

By David Henahan, director of communications

Degree Offers Police, Firefighters, Government, Public Sector Workers and Others More Opportunities to Earn a College Degree ... MORE

Community and Human Services Residency at Niagara Frontier Center Draws More than 60

By Jane Cudmore, assistant to the dean, Niagara Frontier Center

More than 60 attendees participated in the Niagara Frontier Center's (NFC) community and human services residency "A Kaleidoscope of Human Services" on Oct. 22. ... MORE

Northeast Center's New Peer Coaching Program

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center–Saratoga Unit and 2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

The Northeast Center has launched a new peer coaching program for students having difficulty balancing work, home and classes; understanding course materials; who want to improve their study skills and learning strategies; or who find it confusing to navigate SUNY Empire State College’s resources, such as MyESC or the library. ... MORE

FIT Summer Housing Available in NYC for SUNY Interns

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center – Saratoga Unit

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) offers summer housing to students interning and taking a summer class in New York City. The newly renovated residence hall, located on 31st Street and 9th Avenue, features loft style apartments in a 15 story high rise building with wireless internet, air conditioning, full kitchens, 24-hour security, fitness center and 24-hour Cyber lounge, work areas and laundry facilities ... MORE

CDL Mentor Phil Ortiz Was Judge of Minority Students’ Presentations at Biomedical Research Conferenc

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

CDL faculty mentor and area coordinator in science, mathematics and technology Dr. Phil Ortiz, at left, served as a judge of student presentations at the 2011 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). ... MORE

Part I: The Importance of Balance for the Adult Student: a CDL Student Perspective

By Kristen Yard, student, Center for Distance Learning

As an adult student who has children and a few serious health issues, I have learned that balance is everything. Still, I am by no means an expert, and I have plenty of days when I want to rip my hair out. In this two-part article I’d like to share some tips that have helped me keep said “hair” in its follicles. ... MORE

Part II: The Importance of Balance for the Adult Student: a CDL Student Perspective

By Kristen Yard, student, Center for Distance Learning

As an adult student who has children and a few serious health issues, I have learned that balance is everything. Still, I am by no means an expert, and I have plenty of days when I want to rip my hair out. I’d like to conclude this two-part article by sharing some more tips that have helped me keep said “hair” in its follicles. ... MORE

From Marine to Fire Marshal to Student: Another Beginning for Peter Meade '12; "Life Gives the Test Before the Lesson"

By Diana Hawkins, academic advisor, Center for Distance Learning

At age 68, Peter Meade '12, (at left, with son Brian), understands there’s no time like the present. He survived Marine Corps boot camp, 45 years of active fire fighting service, parenthood, prostate and bladder cancer, and most recently, final coursework to complete his bachelor’s degree through SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning. ... MORE

"Approaches and Disclosures," Photos by Herman, Orrell and Stankiewicz

By Helen Edelman

?Approaches and Disclosures, a collection of photographic work by Lee Herman, mentor at the Auburn Unit; Sue Orrell, director of academic support at Central New York Center; and Alan Stankiewicz, mentor at the Central New York Center, will be on view at the Central Arts Gallery, 6333 Route 298, East Syracuse, NY, through June 10. There will be an opening reception for the show on April 26, 5-7 p.m. ... MORE

"Righteous within Circumstance," Show by Student Rashida Anan Yelenik

By Dareth McKenna, Secretary, Office of Collegewide Academic Review

“Righteous within Circumstance,” an exhibit by graphic design student Rashida Anan Yelenik, has opened in the Teaching Gallery at 111 West Ave., Saratoga Springs, and will be on display through Dec. 14. ... MORE

CDL Assistant Professor of Labor Studies Jason Russell Publishes Book about Union Local with Athabasca University Press

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

“Our Union: UAW/CAW Local 27 from 1950 to 1990,” by CDL Assistant Professor of Labor Studies Jason Russell, at left, has been published by Athabasca University Press. Russell coordinates the undergraduate and graduate labor studies program at SUNY Empire State College. His research focuses on work and organized labor in the U.S. and Canada post WWII. Most of the classes Russell teaches are online. He received his doctorate in history at York University, his master's degree in labor and policy studies at SUNY Empire State College and his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Western Ontario. ... MORE

Seventh Annual Student Academic Conference: a Student Reflection

By Vickie Moller, student, Long Island Center–Hauppauge Unit and 2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

With the greater part of my experience as a student at SUNY Empire State College limited to the Long Island Center’s three units, the two intense days at the Seventh Annual Student Academic Conference in White Plains increased my understanding of how expansive, professional and innovative this institution of higher learning is. ... MORE

Safe and Simple Recycling of Electronics

By Sadie Ross, director of environmental sustainability, Office of the President

The new New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act makes getting rid of computers, televisions, cathode ray tubes, small scale servers, computer peripherals, monitors, electronic keyboards, electronic mice, facsimile machines, document scanners and printers easy and safe. ... MORE

Saratoga Reads! Winning Book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer

SUNY Empire State College will host an introduction to the Saratoga Reads! winning book on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Center for Distance Learning, 113 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. The winning book is "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," by award-winning journalist Rebecca Skloot. ... MORE

Seneca Cayuga Tom Huff Named Artist-in-Residence at CNYC

By Michael Mancini

Sculptor Tom Huff, a Seneca Cayuga, pictured, has been named artist-in-residence at the Central New York Center in Syracuse for the 2011/2012 academic year. ... MORE

9/11 Remembered

By Janice K. Wright (aka JK Wrights 2U), student, Center for Distance Learning

In Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, N.Y., inside the Bill Brown Bedford Park located on Avenue X and Bedford Avenue, sits a memorial mural which pays tribute to the victims slain in the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The work of local artist Ray “Rockin’ Ray” Fiore will be forever attached to the stone wall, which doubles as a hand ball court. ... MORE

September is National Preparedness Month

By Janice K.Wright (aka JK Wrights 2U), student, Center for Distance Learning

“Being prepared today can save lives tomorrow.” – Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter CEO Renee Cardwell Hughes ... MORE

Service-Learning Opportunity: Community Garden Project for Somali Bantu in Utica

By Michael Mancini, Assistant to the Dean, Central New York Center

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Reed Coughlan, a mentor at Central New York Center, Utica, has been instrumental in the creation of a partnership that aids Somali Bantu refugees to become more self-sufficient. ... MORE

Seventh Annual SUNY ESC Student Academic Conference Sets Attendance Record

By David Henahan, director of communications

For two days in the fall, a conference center in White Plains, N.Y. becomes the campus for SUNY Empire State College. The annual Student Academic Conference combines elements of homecoming, convocation and academic symposium. ... MORE

Important Notice About the Smarthinking Online Tutoring Service

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center – Saratoga Unit

SUNY Empire State College has a contract for tutoring services through Smarthinking.com. Note that this is Smarthinking with only one "t". ... MORE

Associate Professor Deb Smith Publishes "A Taste of Iceland" in Atlantica Magazine

By Miriam Russell, assistant area coordinator, Center for Distance Learning

“A Taste of Iceland" by Deb Smith, at left, associate professor at CDL-international programs, was recently published in the August-September issue of Atlantica Travel magazine, the English-language visitor's magazine of Iceland. ... MORE

Associate Professor Margaret Souza Presents Paper at Death, Dying and Disposal 10 Conference in the Netherlands

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

Associate Professor Margaret Souza, left, a mentor located at the Staten Island Unit of the Metropolitan Center, attended the Death, Dying and Disposal 10 conference in Nijmegen, Netherlands. She presented a paper entitled “The Embodied Experience of Dying” that included her present research that focuses on the experiences of individuals with a life-threatening or serious illness. In the paper she also included data from prior research she has done with individuals who were dying. ... MORE

Spring 2012 Academic Support Workshops

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center-Saratoga Unit and 2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

SUNY Empire State College’s Northeast Center is pleased to offer students a wide range of FREE academic support workshops, covering a range of topics, such as time management, writing strategies, library research skills and math and science learning strategies. ... MORE

Steps toward a Controlled Life: A Student Perspective

By April Simmons, student, Metropolitan Center–Brooklyn Unit

Sometimes life can get it in the way. There are things that can happen within our daily lives that make us feel “imbalanced.” By imbalanced, I am referring to feeling “out of whack” and unable to focus and concentrate, and having scattered thoughts and feelings. ... MORE

Assistant Professor Kim Stote Publishes in Public Health Nutrition and The Journal of Nutrition

By Janet Shideler, associate dean, Center for Distance Learning

Dr. Kim Stote, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., at left, assistant professor and academic area coordinator in health services at the Center for Distance Learning, recently published, “ ... MORE

Student Academic Conference (StAC)

By Michael Mancini

The Student Academic Conference is gearing up for its seventh year. This year’s event will be hosted again by the Hudson Valley Center (HVC) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains on Oct. 14 and 15. This wonderful gathering brings together students, alumni, faculty and staff from across the college. ... MORE

Student Academic Conference (StAC) Gears Up for October Event in White Plains

By Michael Mancini, Assistant to the Dean, Central New York Center

The Student Academic Conference is gearing up for its seventh year. This year’s event will be hosted again by the Hudson Valley Center (HVC) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains on Oct. 14 and 15. This wonderful gathering brings together students, alumni, faculty and staff from across the college to interact with and learn from each other. ... MORE

Student Academic Conference: Poster Presentation

By Deborah Falco, alum, Long Island Center – Hauppauge Unit

When I received an email about the opportunity to submit a proposal to be a presenter at SUNY Empire State College’s Annual Student Academic Conference, my first instinct was to delete it, thinking that no part of my work as a student would be of interest to anyone other than me or my mentors. ... MORE

Student Activity Fee Referendum Approved; ESC is Lowest, Best Value in SUNY

By Maureen Winney

The recent Student Activity Fee (SAF) referendum has been approved. According to the policy of the SUNY Board of Trustees, a referendum must be held every two years to determine if the Student Activity Fee shall be a mandatory or voluntary fee. ... MORE

*Reminder* 2012 Brings the 4th Annual Student Art Competition; Submissions Due by May 4

By Danielle Benedict, student service specialist

SUNY Empire State College’s 4thAnnual Student Art Competition is now underway. Last year we were blown away by the volume and talent of submissions received and we hope we can say the same this year. ... MORE

Student Art Exhibition to Open in Saratoga Springs on Jan. 21

By Dareth McKenna

The SUNY Empire State College February Student Art Exhibition opens Friday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at 111 West Avenue, room 104, in Saratoga Springs. ... MORE

Student Caitlin Lecker Connects with HVC Mentor Parsons to Perform Research

By Michael Parsons, mentor, Hudson Valley Center

Hudson Valley Center mentor and scientist Michael Parsons knew he had encountered a special student after reviewing a few animal behavior assignments from Caitlin Lecker. ... MORE

Student Entries Sought for 2011 Scharps Legal Essay Competition

By Danielle Benedict

Junior and senior-level students who are interested in legal issues or in pursuing careers in the legal field are invited to participate in the 2011 Scharps Legal Essay Competition. ... MORE

Student Poster Submissions Sought

By Danielle Benedict, Student Service Specialist

The State University of New York Faculty Senate is sponsoring a poster presentation in Albany, N.Y.. Students are encouraged to participate by creating and presenting a poster that describes their scholarly or creative work. ... MORE

Students and Alumni Build Their Resumes Online

By Patricia Myers

Over one thousand students and alumni are taking advantage of the new online resume service. The online version of a career services center was first offered to alumni and then expanded to students. The career management platform helps students who are developing their resumes and showcasing their credentials. ... MORE

Summer Internship Program Accepting Applications from Candidates Until May 18

By Jeffrey Nastke

SUNY Empire State College is offering paid summer internships to provide qualified candidates the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally at a SUNY institution while working alongside respected members of the college community. ... MORE

SUNY and the Peace Corps Join to Create Master's Degree; Program First in Nation

By Helen Edelman, Manager, Exchange

The State University of New York and the Peace Corps have created a graduate program that provides academic credit in a program that includes traditional service overseas by volunteers. ... MORE

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

By David Henahan

Five State University of New York Empire State College adult learners were among those honored by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, who presented them with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence at a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza on Tuesday, April 5. ... MORE

SUNY ESC and Monroe C.C. Establish Transfer Agreement for Fire Service Students

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer

SUNY Empire State College and Monroe Community College (MCC) have signed a Pathways Transfer Agreement specifically focused on fire service administration. The agreement is designed to support transfer students during their transition to SUNY Empire State College. ... MORE

SUNY ESC and St. Elizabeth School of Radiology Partner to Ease Transfers

By Michael Mancini, assistant to the dean, Central New York Center

SUNY Empire State College and the St. Elizabeth School of Radiologic Technology program have entered into a partnership that allows for easy transfer into academic-degree programs at the college. Using the college’s generic evaluation for radiological technology, students are able to gain college credit for their training at St. Elizabeth. ... MORE

SUNY ESC Announces New Graduate Certificate in Veterans' Services

By David Henahan, Director of Communications

SUNY Empire State College now offers an online advanced graduate certificate in veterans' services. ... MORE

SUNY ESC Celebrates 40th Anniversary with New Space at 325 Hudson St. in NYC

By David Henahan, Director of Communications

The State University of New York Empire State College officially opened new space in Manhattan through the addition of 22,000 square feet, the entire third floor, at 325 Hudson St. ... MORE

SUNY ESC Celebrates Earth Week and Arbor Day at Centers Across the State

By Sadie Ross

Central New York Center (CNYC) in East Syracuse hosted its second annual Bring Your Child to Work Day on April 21 with a celebration of Earth Week. Children, faculty and staff were treated to a reading of “Compost Stew” by mentor Yvonne Murphy. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Employees Help Franklin Community Center Food Pantry

By Catherine Hoff

SUNY Empire State College employees at 111 and 113 West Ave. in Saratoga Springs gathered for a luncheon to benefit the Franklin Community Center (FCC) food pantry. Employees paid $5 or donated three nonperishable items. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Graduates More Than 3,000 across New York State

By David Henahan

More than 3,000 SUNY Empire State College graduates received diplomas this spring. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Has Career Resources

By Danielle Benedict

SUNY Empire State College offers several useful career resources for students. The first is at http://subjectguides.esc.edu/careers, with reliable information on the entire career process including writing a resume, taking assessments and looking into graduate school. This site also offers tips on preparing for a job interview or negotiating a salary. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Hosts Exhibit of Sculpture by Sonja Allen

By Dareth McKenna

The work of Maine sculptor Sonja Allen is being featured at a show hosted by SUNY Empire State College in the gallery at 111 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. The exhibit opened Friday, Feb. 25 and will remain on display through March 15. ... MORE

SUNY ESC in New Army-Funded College Education Program for Privates & Specialists

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

SUNY Empire State College is participating in a recently launched Army-funded college education program that will allow junior enlisted soldiers of the combat arms to earn an associate degree during their first term of service. ... MORE

SUNY ESC Multimedia Fall Promotional Campaign Underway Across the State

By Helen Edelman, Manager, Exchange

The SUNY Empire State College fall promotional campaign is underway, according to Director of Marketing Renelle Shampeny. ... MORE

SUNY ESC Offers Scholarships in Haiti Through CDL to Help Rebuild Nation

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer

SUNY Empire State College is offering 20 scholarships to Haitian college students through the Emergency Scholarship Program for Haiti offered by the Organization of American States (OAS). The scholarships will allow Haitian college students to select from five courses offered by SUNY Empire State College for the January term. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Shines at Mid-Hudson SUNY Showcase Day

By David Henahan, Director of Communications

State Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, representing the 35th Senate District, college alumnus, state Assemblyman Robert J. Castelli of the 89th District and Assemblyman Steve Katz of the 99th District joined State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis, and several other SUNY institutions for the Mid-Hudson SUNY Regional Showcase Day held recently at Purchase College. ... MORE

SUNY ESC Student Photographer Nicole Velez Spotlighted on SUNY Facebook Page

By Helen Edelman

SUNY Empire State College student Nicole Velez was featured on the State University of New York Facebook page on Tuesday, March 29. She recently exhibited photos in the All SUNY show in Albany, where her work earned the attention that resulted in the spotlight. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Students Cited in The Chronicle of Higher Education

By Helen Edelman

Two SUNY Empire State College students are featured in a 2010 article about prior-learning assessment in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The article explores the rising importance and popularity of the process, as well as what kinds of work and life experiences are evaluated for college-level credit, and how. ... MORE

SUNY ESC to Accept Service Members' Defense Threat Reduction University Credits

By Helen Edelman

SUNY Empire State College's Office of Veteran and Military Education is coordinating a Memorandum of Agreement with the Defense Threat Reduction University (DTRU) in order to accept American Council on Education credits from 10 DTRU courses. ... MORE

Syracuse Mentor Peggy Lynn '05 Works with Women Veterans in Writing and Songs

By Helen Edelman, Manager, Exchange

Syracuse mentor Peggy Lynn ‘05, led song-writing workshops for women veterans at a recent retreat designed to help them deal with issues that made serving in the military difficult for females, at the Wiakwaka Holiday House in Lake George. ... MORE

Taking an Online Language Class: a CDL Student Perspective

By Julie Ogiba, student, Center for Distance Learning

One option for students attending SUNY Empire State College is to engage in learning a foreign language. There are many ways to get credit for foreign language which include passing a Regent’s-level exam or taking a foreign language equivalency test. The Center for Distance Learning also offers foreign language studies online. ... MORE

Talk One-2-One Program Celebrates May as National Mental Health Awareness Month

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center – Saratoga Unit

Did you know that in any given year approximately one in four adults meet the criteria for one or more mental health challenges? Did you also know that only 36 percent of individuals suffering from a mental health challenge are receiving treatment at any given time? ... MORE

Talk One-2-One Student Counseling Services

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center – Saratoga Unit

This counseling program is a free resource for confidential, convenient and 24/7 support for a number of problems that may be challenging your health or well-being. No issue is too small! Just call this number: 1-800-756-3124 and you will be able to talk to one of the counselors. ... MORE

“Talk One2One” Counseling Service for SUNY Empire State College Students

By Patricia Myers

This counseling program is a free resource for confidential, convenient, and 24/7 support for a number of problems that may be challenging your health or well-being. No issue is too small! You can call the service for a wide range of issues, such as dealing with stress, anxiety, family problems, job issues or challenges with going back to college. ... MORE

The Rumors are Silenced: iPhone Comes to Verizon (Student Editorial)

By Theresa Ragonese, student, Center for Distance Learning

Finally, after almost four years, iPhone fans will be able to choose their service carrier. This means that the iPhone will no longer be exclusive to AT&T. As of Feb. 10, the iPhone 4 became available on the Verizon Wireless network. ... MORE

The Student Academic Conference: Gateway to an Empirical Adventure

By Sylvia Carter, student, School for Graduate Studies

Imagine a SUNY Empire State College event that showcases the talents of our diverse student body of thinkers, entertainers, artists and scholars. In March 2004, the Student Affairs Committee, one of five standing committees of the SUNY Empire State College Senate, decided to go forward with what it thought would be an exciting event proposal. ... MORE

The Student Affairs Committee at SUNY Empire State College

By Amy Costantino, Coordinator of Student Services, Center for Distance Learning and 2011-2012 Co-chair, Student Affairs Committee

The Student Affairs Committee, commonly referred to as SAC, is one of five standing committees of the SUNY Empire State College Senate. SAC comprises one staff representative (faculty or professional) from each center and one student representative from each center. ... MORE

The Student Affairs Committee Recognizes Student Services

By Amy McQuigge, staff assistant for student services, School for Graduate Studies and 2011-2012 staff representative, Student Affairs Committee

The fall Student Affairs Committee meeting at the Student Academic Conference in White Plains, N.Y. was a unique opportunity to bring together many of the student services professionals from across the college’s centers. ... MORE

Third Annual Student Art Competition

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center–Saratoga Unit and 2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

The third annual student art competition was a resounding success and we hope to attract even more students to the 2012 competition! ... MORE

Thomas P. Mackey Named Dean of CDL; "An Exciting Time for Online Education"

By Hope Ferguson, senior writer

Thomas P. Mackey Ph.D., of Albany, has been named dean of the Center for Distance Learning. Mackey has served as interim dean for the past year and a half. ... MORE

Three Student Artists from Metro to Participate in Best of SUNY Show this Spring

By Betty Wilde-Biasiny, mentor, Metropolitan Center

Three Metropolitan Center students -- Cordell Price, Melissa Stanley and Steven P. Harris -- have been selected to exhibit their work in the Best of SUNY Show slated for the Albany State Museum this spring, a biannual event organized by Professor Joe Hildreth, SUNY Potsdam. ... MORE

Three SUNY Empire Students Awarded Richard Porter Leach Fellowships

By Kelly Williams, secretary, Office of Collegewide Student Services and student, School for Graduate Studies

SUNY Empire State College presents this year’s recipients of the Richard Porter Leach Fellowship for the Arts to Michael Freeman, Suzanne Goldman and Carmen Nicole Smith. While all three began their professional careers as dancers, they are pursuing very different goals as they work towards their baccalaureate degrees. ... MORE

Meet Timothy P. Minahan

By Amy Costantino, coordinator of student services, Center for Distance Learning and 2011-2012 staff co-chair, Student Affairs Committee

Timothy P. Minahan, a current student with SUNY Empire State College's School for Graduate Studies, is the 2011-2012 student co-chair for the Student Affairs Committee. ... MORE

"The Fisherman's Wife," Felting by Dr. Nan Travers, Featured in Feltmakers Guild Show

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

Dr. Nan Travers, director of the Office of Collegewide Academic Review, has three pieces in the Northeast Feltmakers Guild show “Creation Myths,” a fine art exhibition at Lapham Gallery in the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Center, 7 Lapham Pl., Glens Falls, NY, through Feb. 17. ... MORE

U.S.D.A. Grants College $95,000 for STEM Studies; Students Investigate Beetles

By Sadie Ross, director of environmental sustainability, Office of the President

In the fall of 2010, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology prepared a report which emphasized the concern that the number of students entering and graduating from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines falls alarmingly short of the nation’s requirement for maintaining global competitiveness in science and technology fields. SUNY schools are not an exception. A recent report states only 12 percent of SUNY degrees last year were awarded to students in STEM fields. ... MORE

UA Plumbers Local No. 1; IBEW Local No. 3 Graduate Classes from SUNY Empire

By David Henahan

34 apprentices from the United Association of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union No. 1 graduated from SUNY Empire State College’s Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies with Associate of Science degrees. They joined 226 apprentices from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No.3, who graduated their 38th consecutive class. ... MORE

UPDATE: War Stories Submissions Sought from Students; Deadline Extended to 2/25

By Elaine Handley

Northeast Center mentors Claudia Hough, Cindy Bates and Elaine Handley are seeking stories, thoughts and reflections on all aspects and perspectives about war. These submissions will be woven together into a dramatic program to be performed by Capital Region actors in honor of Veterans Day 2011. ... MORE

Urban Environmental Studies Residency 2012: Registration Reopens for March Term

By Michael Mancini, assistant to the dean, Central New York Center

Registration for the 2012 Urban Environmental Studies Residency will be reopened for certain studies, listed below, so that students interested in participating, but who were unable to register in the January term, can do so in March. ... MORE

Utica Unit’s Crystal Scriber Gallery Holds Senior Art Exhibit for Dawn H. Farrar

By Michael Mancini, assistant to the dean, Central New York Center

The Crystal Scriber Art Gallery at the Utica Unit was the venue for the opening reception for Dawn H. Farrar’s senior exhibition last month. More than 30 people attended. Farrar graduated with a B.A. in fine art. In her artist statement, she credits her formal studies with teaching her the value of incorporating the figure, objects and landscapes into her work. ... MORE

LIC Professional Employees Midred VanBergen and Viktoria Popova-Gonci Present at Inaugural Conference

By Yvonne Murphy, mentor, Central New York Center

Long Island Center professional employees Mildred VanBergen, director of academic services, and Viktoria Popova-Gonci, assessment specialist, jointly presented a talk at the inaugural conference at the new Museum of Motherhood in Manhattan themed, "Motherhood and Creativity." VanBergen and Popova-Gonci's presentation, "The Transformed Path of Motherhood: Finding Her Own Way from Experience to College-Level Learning," was well received and may lead to further collaboration with the museum. ... MORE

Optimize Your Impression: Visit OptimalResume.com

By Vickie Moller, student, Long Island Center-Hauppauge Unit and 2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

During the May 2011 term, at the behest of my writing professor, Mindy Kronenberg, I set out to secure an internship position. Although I always had believed that I would be hired from within an organization through interning and was thrilled at the prospect, the thought of marketing my professional and educational credentials after 17 years was daunting. ... MORE

"Visualizing Ecosystems," Photos of Environment, to Be Exhibited in Marcellus

By Michael Mancini

“Visualizing Ecosystems,” the second annual exhibit of photographs taken by SUNY Empire State College students enrolled in an interdisciplinary course investigating ecosystems from artistic and environmental perspectives is being held at the Weeks Art Gallery, Baltimore Wood Headquarters, 4007 Bishop Hill Rd., Marcellus. ... MORE

Viva America!: Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Culture Month Exhibit Opens at Metro Featuring Student, Alumni and Guest Art

By Hope Ferguson, Senior Writer

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, SUNY Empire State College’s Metropolitan Center will host “Viva America!,” an exhibition by current students, alumni and guest artists. ... MORE

War Stories Submissions Sought from Students, Faculty and Staff

By Elaine Handley

Northeast Center mentors Claudia Hough, Cindy Bates and Elaine Handley are seeking stories, thoughts and reflections on all aspects and perspectives about war. These submissions will be woven together into a dramatic program to be performed by Capital Region actors in honor of Veterans Day 2011. ... MORE

“Weather Alert” Added to College Home Page

By Danielle Benedict

With the cold weather months now upon us, hazardous weather and road conditions are inevitably in our future. ‘Weather Alert’ has been added to the college’s home page to inform the college community when a center is closed or operations are suspended because of inclement weather. ... MORE

Weight-Loss Surgery, Work, Life and Continuing Education: a CDL Student Journey

By Sandra Barkevich, student, Center for Distance Learning and 2012-2014 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

I am a wife, a parent of two young kids, a full-time employee and a student. This is what one would call “having a full plate.” Three and a half years ago, the idea of going back to school wasn’t even a blip on my radar. So, what changed? My outlook on life. My husband and I embarked on a journey to find our health. ... MORE

Welcome from the Editor

By Sandra Barkevich, student, Center for Distance Learning and 2012-2014 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new student editor of The Student Connection. My name is Sandra Barkevich and I am studying business management and economics with the Center for Distance Learning at SUNY Empire State College. I plan on earning my Bachelor of Science by 2015. ... MORE

Welcome from the Editor

By Danielle Clum, student, Northeast Center - Saratoga Unit

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Danielle Clum and I am an English major in my junior year at the Northeast Center of SUNY Empire State College. My career goal after I graduate is to work in the editorial field. So, as the new -- or should I say, the first -- editor of the college’s newsletter, The Student Connection, I am committed to making this a productive learning experience. ... MORE

Winter Photo Sought for 2011 Holiday Card; Community Encouraged to Participate

By Helen Edelman

Beautiful winter images are being sought now for the college’s official 2011 holiday card, according to Vice President for Communications and Government Relations Mary Caroline Powers. The college’s print shop will start production on the cards in the fall in time for December mailing. ... MORE

Residency Highlights 40 Years of Women's Accomplishments and Next Steps

By Lori McCaffrey

A group of 50 students, faculty, alumni and staff from the Northeast Center, Central New York Center, Hudson Valley Center and Metropolitan Center participated in the recent Women’s Study Residency at SUNY Empire State College. ... MORE

Women Undergrads Invited to Center for Women in Government Leadership Program

By Danielle Benedict

New Leadership New York (NLNY) is a week-long residential summer undergraduate leadership development institute for women designed to instill in them knowledge, skills and abilities for effective political engagement and community organizing. The session is set for the evening of June 5–June 11 on the SUNY Albany campus. ... MORE

Women's Studies Residency 2012: Registration Reopening for March Term; Studies are Diverse

By AmyRuth Tobol, associate dean, Long Island Center

Registration for the 2012 Women's Studies Residency will be reopened, so that students interested in participating, but who were unable to register in the January term, can do so in March. ... MORE

Wondering How to Pay for Your Studies at SUNY Empire State College?

By Kristina Delbridge

All students planning to continue on beyond the January or March semesters should complete the 2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) now available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. This application will allow the Financial Aid office to determine your eligibility for federal grants and loans as well as the federal work study program. ... MORE

"Would You Still Love Me?": Residency in Theater Explores HIV; Community Health

By Lucy Winner, mentor, Metropolitan Center

"Would You Still Love Me if You Knew?”, a weekend residency in applied theater, is set for March 9-12, 2012 at the Metropolitan Center 325 Hudson St., New York City. The residency will explore the relationship between theater, HIV and community health. ... MORE

Podcast of Central New York Center Associate Professor and Poet Yvonne Murphy Available to Listeners

By Michael Mancini, assistant to the dean, Central New York Center

A podcast of Central New York Center Associate Professor Yvonne Murphy’s interview on “Arts Talk,” a program on WCNY Classic FM/ReadOut radio, has been posted. Murphy talks to show host Marie Lamb about what the college offers nontraditional students in the arts, her work as an arts mentor and her poetry. ... MORE