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

September 19, 2011

ESC 40th Anniversary LogoForty 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.

“A lot of hard work has gone into making this show happen,” noted Nikki Shrimpton, CNYC dean. “It will be a fitting tribute to the history, tradition and uniqueness of Empire State College.”

A committee of four selected the finalists from a pool of nominees whose names were submitted by faculty and the Office of Alumni and Student Relations. The committee included Susan Voutsinas, coordinator of student services; Alan Stankiewicz, arts mentor; Michael Mancini, assistant to the dean; and Shrimpton.

The striking portraits are the creative work of current CNYC student James Suits, an arts student in his final year. Suits previously showed his panoramic work in the Central Arts Gallery as part of his senior thesis. All 40 participants traveled to Syracuse for photo sessions, which were conducted on Saturdays and evenings.

The accompanying text, crafted by mentor Yvonne Murphy, includes the name of the graduate and his or her mentor, year of graduation for the alumni and a short biography. Part of the information that Murphy was working from was responses to questions provided to the participants.

One question -- “what benefits has your education at SUNY Empire State College had on your life and career?” -- solicited many thoughtful responses, says Mancini.

Alumna Diane Cappiello ’00, ‘01 noted, “It opened doors in a way that astounded me. I was so excited about learning and finally attaining that goal of a four-year college degree that I decided to keep studying. After being accepted into graduate school at Binghamton University on a teaching assistantship, I discovered that I loved teaching undergraduates. I received my master’s degree in American history, and, after five years at Cornell, I graduated with my Ph.D. in American history in August. “

"This has been an amazing way to showcase alumni stories which are always so inspirational not only for our current and future students, but also for all of our faculty and staff who have worked with them over the many years," says Director of Alumni and Student Relations Maureen Winney.

Photos and bios appear on the Facebook wall as they are released, and it is not necessary to have a Facebook account to see them. On Twitter, each is tagged with #40at40. After the show comes down, a print publication will commemorate the show.