The Student Connection
...a student-run newsletter
Issue 36, April 18, 2012
By Vickie Moller, student, Long Island Center-Hauppauge Unit and 2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee
On March 28, 2012 at 6:45 p.m., many of us in attendance at the All College Conference in Saratoga Springs assembled for “War Stories”, a 75-minute performance created by three mentors from the Northeast Center—Elaine Handley, Claudia Hough and Cindy Bates—based on the collective stories and musings of SUNY Empire State College students, faculty and staff about the realities of war. ... MORE
By Vickie Moller, student, Long Island Center-Hauppauge Unit and
2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee
For nearly a century and a half since he first spoke it, Abraham Lincoln’s adage, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe,” has probably been more often marveled at and quoted than it has been applied. And we, as students, if we are honest, will have to admit that often we do not submit ourselves to the wisdom of this crucial precept. We pursue our studies without pursuing essential preparation to effectively complete those studies. ... MORE
By Danielle Benedict, student service specialist
SUNY Empire State College’s 4th Annual 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
By David Henahan, director of communications
Stewart’s Shops has pledged $60,000 over three years to SUNY Empire State College to support graduates of community colleges as they continue their education at SUNY Empire State College.
The Empire State College Foundation will match this gift, enabling the program to now provide $40,000 annually to community-college alumni who live or work in the Stewart’s Shop service area throughout eastern New York state. ... MORE
By Justin Giordano, mentor, Metropolitan Center
Professor Justin Giordano served as the judge for two law school competitions earlier this month.
He judged the American Bar Association Law School Division 2011-12 National Appellate Advocacy Competition, March 1-3. This competition features law student teams from across the country. The regional segment was held at the United States District Court, Appellate Division, in Manhattan. ... MORE
By Sarah Morehouse, information resources coordinator, Academic Technologies
The library's new copyright information website provides clear explanations of fair use, educational use, the DMCA, public domain, the creative Commons, getting a license to use copyrighted materials and managing the copyright of personal works. The information is available as both a basic overview and a more in-depth analysis. The site features a FAQ page, podcasts, screencast demonstrations and links to useful tools to help make informed copyright decisions. ... MORE
By Janet Shideler, associate dean, Center for Distance Learning
Assistant Professor Kim Stote, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., at left, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada during the 2012-2013 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. ... MORE
By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange
“Nobody loves peace more than the soldier who has to fight for it.” -- from “War Stories”
“War Stories,” a compelling multi-vocal performance of staged readings recounting the effects of war, is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady. The piece comprises original stories, poems and essays read by members of the college community – including one alumnus Ryan Smithson, a veteran, who is also the author of “Ghost Stories” -- and professional actors. The idea for “War Stories” grew out of a class of the same name taught by mentors Claudia Hough and Elaine Handley at the Northeast Center (NEC). ... MORE
By Mark Miyake, mentor, Hudson Valley Center
SUNY Empire State College will host “Sustaining Culture: A Regional Conversation,” a joint meeting of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Folklore Society and Folklorists in New England on May 22 and 23. ... MORE
YNN: Study: Fewer Women Taking STEM Classes at Community Colleges
Upstate New York is having a boom in science, technology, engineering and math jobs. But according to a study, fewer women are training for them at community colleges.
Jeannine Acevedo has always had an interest in science and math. Now she's back in school, making a second career of it. ... MORE
By Betty Wilde-Biasiny, mentor, Metropolitan Center
The opening of the annual art exhibit featuring students graduating from the Metropolitan Center is set for April 26, 6-8 p.m., at 325 Hudson St., third floor, New York City.
The Hudson Gallery show, which represents the graduating class of 2012, signifies how far the student body has come to achieving goals of pursuing academic degrees and artistic endeavors. This exhibition shows students and alumni what talent is drawn forth in the different mediums of photography, painting and printmaking. ... MORE
By Rhianna Rogers, mentor, cultural studies, Niagara Frontier Center
Dr. Rhianna Rogers' (at left) ongoing research at the Maya site of Tihoo, Merida continues with the publication of her book From Ichcanzihoo to Mérida:Documenting Cultural Transition Through Contact Archaeology in Tihoo, Mérida, Yucatan (Oxford: ArchaeoPress/British Archaeological Reports, 2011). Rogers is a mentor at the Niagara Frontier Center. ... MORE
By Tom Mackey, dean, Center for Distance Learning
A scholarship opportunity to spend the summer at Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) is open to all SUNY students, including upper-level undergraduates who may be completing their last two years of study (comparable to junior and senior year). This scholarship would cover travel expenses for undergraduate or graduate students to travel to Russia to take two courses in information security. Tuition is not covered and students would need to register for the two required courses at the University at Albany.
By Pat Ryan, director, Graduate Student Services, School for Graduate Studies
This year, the School for Graduate Studies will offer four courses in the May B term, a departure from offering summer courses only in the May A term.
The four courses available from the advanced certificate in veterans’ services for the B term include: ... MORE
By Susan LeClair, recruitment specialist, Empire State Plaza
“Superstar Perennials by Season” will be presented at noon on Wednesday, April 25 at the college’s Empire State Plaza location, on the concourse level (next to SEFCU). There is no charge to attend but space is limited and registration is required at 518- 473-4034 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ... MORE
By Vickie Moller-Pepe, 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