50th Anniversary Events

Dates: April 5 through April 9, 2021

Times: Will vary based on sessions being offered

Platform(s): Teams Meetings, Teams Live Events, and Zoom

All College 2021 will include: 

  • Welcome/Opening Session
  • Boyer Lecture
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Creative Expression (Poetry/Arts/Music)
  • Faculty/PE/Staff Conferences (Caucus)
  • Foundation Service and Achievement Awards
  • Poster and Author Sessions
  • Officie of the President State of the College Address
  • Plenary Session of the Assembly

Watch our retrospective celebrating 50 years of SUNY Empire State College as we honor our traditions and look ahead to a bright future.

If you missed it, watch the Boyer Lecture and Honorary Degree bestowal here.

Please visit the All College 2021 internal website for detailed information. 

Visit our one-stop All College 2021 site for meeting invitations for both Microsoft Team or Zoom-supported sessions.

You may also submit a proposal to participate in the Creative Expression Events – share your talents with the college community.

Once again, all sessions will be accessible through the All College 2021 web site.

Questions or concerns can be directed to  allcollege.conference@esc.edu


All year long!

Stay tuned for details!

Join the Microsoft Teams Meeting (link coming soon).

April 28, All Day

The man most devotees of SUNY Empire State College point to as our founder is Ernest Boyer, who was chancellor of the State University of New York at the time the college was established. Boyer is often given credit for conceiving of such a unique place to learn and then using his enthusiasm for the idea, his engaging energy, and the power of his position to quickly move the college, as he said, from an idea to action.

In early 1971, the SUNY Board of Trustees approved an amendment of the University’s Master Plan creating Empire State College, and authorizing the chancellor to explore all steps necessary to implement the resolution on or before Sept. 1. Between January 1971 and April 1971, the wheels were in motion which authorized the establishment of a non-residential college: Empire State College.  Any one of these dates could easily be called “Founders Day.” April 28 has been chosen as the mid-point in the nine-month flurry of activity that took place to create Empire State College.  On Founder’s Day, we will commemorate that ‘flurry’ in celebration of SUNY Empire State College.

Here’s a sampling of the day’s events:

  • Stewart’s Ice Cream Renamed to Celebrate SUNY Empire State College - Stewart's will be renaming their Brew-Ha-Ha ice cream to BLUE-Ha-Ha for the summer season to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of SUNY Empire State College.  Blue will visit the Stewart’s on West Ave. in Saratoga Springs to launch the new flavor. Watch this video to learn more about it!
  • Founder’s Day Virtual 5K. Participants will have the option to walk, jog, or run.  Complete your 5K (3.1 miles) between April 28 and May 16.  You can go at your own pace and share your results with us once you’ve crossed the finish line. Register for the Virtual 5k. Prizes will be awarded!
  • Virtual tour of the Boyer Center at Messiah University, alma mater of former SUNY Chancellor Ernest Boyer, followed by “interactive engagement” with center director Dr. Cynthia Wells. Click here to watch the tour!
  • Panel Conversation with SUNY Empire’s Past Presidents:  James Hall, Joseph Moore, Alan Davis, Merodie Hancock, and Jim Malatras. Each past presiding officer will discuss the most significant actions taken during their tenure and how those actions changed the college. Click here to watch the panel presentation!
  • Founder’s Day Trivia Night. 50 years, numerous papers, hundreds of connections, countless hours of studying later...we are celebrating our Founders Day by looking back with some SUNY Empire Trivia!  Some questions will be SUNY Empire-specific, some will be decade based, and some will be just plain fun. Either way, please join us for an evening of fun, laughs, competition, and some pretty good prizes. Click here to participate!


April 28 - Fall

Participate in our poster contest, open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni, by submitting your original and celebratory posters relating to the 50th anniversary theme, “SUNY Empire Leading the Way.”

The poster contest launches April 28, 2021, and submissions will be accepted until August 16. At that point, the posters will be put to an online collegewide vote. The winning poster will be unveiled at Homecoming in the fall.

Submission Details

  • Alumni, faculty, staff, and students can each submit 1 piece of artwork.
  • Posters can be freehand or digital. If freehand, please include medium used, i.e. acrylic, watercolor, photography, collage, etc.
  • The poster must be submitted as a two-dimensional electronic image in JPG format.

Contest Timeline

  • April 28: Submission window opens
  • August 16: Submission window closes at 5 p.m. EST
  • September 1: Submissions to be narrowed down by judges
  • September 7: Collegewide voting begins
  • September 13: Collegewide voting ends
  • Fall 2021: Winning poster is unveiled at Homecoming in late October/early November

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What dimensions should the poster be?
    • 16" x 20" portrait or landscape
  • What types of work can be submitted?
    • Posters can be freehand or digital. If freehand, please include medium used, i.e. acrylic, watercolor, photography, collage, etc.
  • When are submissions due?
    • All submissions must be submitted by 5 p.m. on August 16, 2021
  • When and how will the winning poster be announced?
    • The winning poster will be announced at the 2021 Homecoming celebration this fall, and it will be shared electronically with the college community.
  • Do I have to sign over my rights to the artwork?
    • No. The artist owns the artwork. However, we do ask that the winner sign a release so we can use the image in college publications.
  • How do I submit my artwork?

We look forward to seeing all the talent that the SUNY Empire community has to share! Questions? Contact StudentLife@esc.edu.

Past Events

A Conversation with Natural Langdon '18 and Terry Boddie

Feb. 8, 1:30-3p.m.

Join alumnus Natural Langdon '18 and photographer and SUNY Empire professor Terry Boddie, for a conversation on art and mentorship. Both Terry and Natural will talk about their extraordinary work at SUNY Empire and beyond and how the role of a faculty mentor shapes more than just the student's education. Natural's award-winning action movie "Nikita," a coming-of-age story about a blind 15-year-old girl who must save her family from the criminal underworld, will be screened. Guests are encouraged to ask questions and join in the conversation.

International Women’s Day

Monday, March 8, 2021, all day

On International Women's Day, we celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women here in the United States and around the world. Yes, it’s a day for women to celebrate women, but the day does not belong to women alone. International Women’s Day is a day for all of us — regardless of gender or gender identity — to reflect on the accomplishments of courageous, determined, everyday women who have made this world a better place.

Linebacker Leading the Way: Arthur Moats ’17 Goes Beyond the Gridiron

March 25, 6 to 7 p.m. (EDT)

As we continue our yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, join us for a conversation with distinguished alumni and former NFL linebacker Arthur Moats ’17. How is his SUNY Empire master’s degree helping him continue his personal and professional goals? What advice does he have for students?

Watch the Conversation!

April 16, 7pm

Please join the Alumni Board for a guided wine tasting with certified sommelier & wine educator, Laurin Dorman, live from Old York Cellars Winery via Zoom. 

The cost is $75 per kit, and the Zoom will broadcast live from the Old York Cellars Winery.


Click here to register and for more information.