SUNY Empire Connects

Every week, SUNY Empire Connects offers a collection of live, virtual programs offering a variety of experiences for students. Topics include employment searches, academic and family-friendly study skills workshops, health and wellness activities for all ages, arts and culture explorations, opportunities for student-to-student connections, drop-in hours with departments across the college, and so much more.

SUNY Empire Connects has grown into a student engagement platform in addition to a way for students to build connections with other SUNY Empire students. The SUNY Empire Connects schedule is released every Friday, by email.. Each event is designed to support, engage, and connect with you.

Sessions are for summer and the start of the fall term, please check back often as sessions are being added constantly.

September Calendar

Monday, September 20

Office Hours with Student Success

Drop by and say hello! This repeating session is available to students, staff, and faculty for questions or concerns of all types. Thinking about withdrawing from courses? Need help finding the late registration form? Want to learn more about College Scholarships? We’re here to help!

Facilitator: Student Success and Development

Monday, September 20, 12:00-12:30pm

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Reason & Respect Speaker Series: “Our America! – ¡Nuestra America!”

Reason & Respect resumes with an interview by Rosalind October, an associate professor in the School for Undergraduate Studies, with artist Raúl Manzano ’05, an assistant professor in the School for Undergraduate Studies. Manzano will talk about the artwork in his virtual exhibit, “Our America! – ¡Nuestra America!” as it relates to Hispanic culture in America. The exhibit will run from September 20 to October 15. The events commemorate National Hispanic Heritage month, which is September 15 to October 15.

Monday, September 20, 1:00-3:00pm

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Avoiding Plagiarism: Summarizing and Paraphrasing Source Material

​Learn how to integrate source material into your papers and avoid plagiarism. We'll provide a strategy for summarizing and paraphrasing effectively with less effort.

Facilitator: Brett Sherman, Director of Academic Support

Monday, September 20, 7:00-8:00pm

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Library Workshop: Searching for Sources (pre-registration required)

This workshop focuses on search techniques, basic search tool functions and understanding publication types and the process of peer-review.

In this workshop you will learn how to,

  • Create several effective search strings in order to ensure search results are relevant and related to your information needs.
  • Articulate how to locate a variety of different kinds of sources using the Online Library.
  • Use reference mining as a supplemental means of identifying reliable sources.
  • Identify and use database results page limit options in order to effectively manipulate results and identify the most relevant sources.

Facilitator: SUNY Empire Librarians

Monday, September 20, 7:00-8:00pm

Registration Link

Connects Study Time!

You don’t have to study alone.

Join us and use this time to get your own coursework done!

Hop on this session, spend a few minutes chatting with your peers, setting goals for what you want to accomplish during the session, then turn off your camera and microphone and it is your time to get your own work done.

At the end of the session, regroup with the moderator and your peers and share your progress and thoughts.

This is a great way to get your work done and know you are in good company as we begin the semester.

A Peer Tutor moderator is available throughout the session in case you have questions or would like support.

See you there!

Facilitator: Various Students

Monday, September 20, 7:00-8:30pm

Session Link

Tuesday, September 21

Financial Accounting: Transaction Analysis

Accounting workshops provide conceptual and problem-solving support to accounting students.  One-hour sessions include demonstrations and time for questions, when students might work with staff and each other to build skills, understanding, and confidence.  Each week the topic varies, and demonstration problems are selected to address the course schedule for the online Accounting 1 course (ACCT-2005), but any accounting student might attend and ask questions.

Facilitator: Dan Holz, Academic Support

Tuesday, September 21, 11:00-12:00pm

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SUNY Empire Student Government Association (SGA) Monthly "All Hands" Meeting (open to all students)

“All Hands” meetings are full Student Government Association (SGA) meetings.  This is where all the business in the past month is reviewed, and new business matters are discussed. The “All Hands” meetings are open to the whole student body, and the last 30mins are for public comment. For those interested in the joining the SGA these meetings are an entry point into understanding the functions, roles, and norms within the organization.

SGA All-Hands Meetings will take place on third Tuesday of each month.

Facilitators: The Student Government Association

Tuesday, September 21, 7:00-8:30pm

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Wednesday, September 22

Stretch and Flex Chair Yoga

Gentle stretches in a core-aligned position that relieve tension and pain, especially between the shoulder blades and in hands, as well as that muscles.  Soothing music will be played.

Facilitator: Eileen Angelini, School for Graduate Studies, Certified Advanced Exercise Instructor 

Wednesday, September 22, 3:00-4:00pm

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9/11 Attack, 20 Years Later: New York City Emergency Personnel Reflect on the Past and Future

Join Officer in Charge Nathan Gonyea, associate professor Cathryn Thurston, and lecturer Gennaro Bonfiglio for a panel discussion on what’s changed since 9/11 and what still needs to be done to keep New Yorkers safe. Thurston is an associate professor and associate department chair of public affairs in the School for Undergraduate Studies. She also manages SUNY Empire’s online courses in emergency management, homeland security, and criminal justice. Bonfiglio is a part-time lecturer at SUNY Empire and the battalion captain of New York City's only Hazardous Materials Battalion. They will be joined by SUNY Empire faculty and students who were New York City emergency personnel on 9/11.

Facilitator: President’s Office

Wednesday, September 22, 4:00-5:00pm

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Introduction to Degree Planning

This workshop will focus on orienting students to the language, tools, and processes related to degree planning and the portfolio assessment process. Students will also learn more about DP Planner and PLA Planner.

Hosts: Lisa D'Adamo-Weinstein, Maureen Kravec, Anastasia Pratt

Wednesday, September 22, 6:00-7:00pm

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Statistics: Center and Spread

​Statistics workshops provide conceptual and problem-solving support to statistics students.  One-hour sessions include demonstrations and time for questions, when students might work with staff and each other to build skills, understanding, and confidence.  Each week the topic varies, and demonstration problems are selected to address the course schedule for the online Statistics course (MATH-1065), but any statistics student might attend and ask questions.

Facilitator: Anne McDonough, Academic Support

Wednesday, September 22, 6:00-7:00pm

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PLA Workshop

Understanding the basics of the PLA process. Once you register, you should receive a confirmation email with the link to the virtual session. All sessions will be held on MS Teams. Each session will be capped at 25 participants, so sign up early!

Facilitator: Various

Wednesday, September 22, 6:00-7:30pm

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Library Workshop: Citing Sources using APA (pre-registration required)

This workshop tackles plagiarism and citing basics, as well as citation writing techniques such as in-text citing and paraphrasing, using the APA citation style.

In this workshop you will learn how to,

  • Locate and use online resources to help you properly cite your information sources in order to avoid plagiarism and credit the ideas of others.
  • Create an effective signal phrase and in-text citation using APA style in order to more seamlessly introduce your readers to cited source material in your writing.
  • Write an acceptable paraphrase from source material in order to effectively leverage information sources to back up your arguments.

Facilitator: SUNY Empire Librarians

Wednesday, September 22, 7:00-8:00pm

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Intentional Reading

​This 45-minute workshop presents effective reading strategies that will save time and improve comprehension and retention.  At the end of the workshop students will have the option to remain online for a 15- minute question and answer session.

Facilitator: Academic Support

Wednesday, September 22, 7:15-8:15pm

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Thursday, September 23

Getting Centered with Meditation and Mindfulness  

This session will introduce participants to meditation and mindfulness. It will explore the benefits of deep breathing before sitting in for meditation. Participants will learn how to prepare and practice various meditation techniques. So, get ready to untangle your mind and relax.  

Facilitator: Bhuwan Onta, Assessment 

Thursday, September 23, 10:00-10:30 am 

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Introduction to Word

​Word Overview of the Word interface, creating a file, spell checking, text formatting, making a number list. Basic file management. (Open, Save, Save As, Exit).

Facilitator: Harold Lamson, Academic Support

Thursday, September 23, 10:00-11:00am

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Time Management: Finding a Way to Get It All Done

​Papers, required readings, discussion posts and more can seem overwhelming when you are working, raising a family and more.  Join this workshop to learn about strategies and tools to help you manage your time and complete your course assignments successfully.

Facilitator: Tiffani Lomuto, Academic Support

Thursday, September 23, 12:00-1:00pm

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Moodle/Tech Drop-In Help Hour

This is a Drop-In hour to get help from an ESC Peer Tutor for navigating and using Moodle, and using online tools like MS Office 365.

Facilitator: Kayla Porter, Peer Tutor

Thursday, September 23, 12:00-3:00pm

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Finding College Success

We have all experienced success at some point in our lives. This session is designed to help you apply what you know, and the things you already do well, to achieve success in your academics. We will provide helpful resources, strategies, and advice that you can use at any time during your educational journey with us. We also hope to provide a space for students to share their tips for finding success as a SUNY Empire student.

Facilitators: Callie Montalvo-Patel and Adrienne Sader, Student Success and Development Coordinators

Thursday, September 23, 6:00-7:00pm

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Women's Equality Program: Remembering Women: Monuments, Commemorations, and Absences

How do we remember and commemorate women? All too often women are unnamed in historical accounts, left out of the stories of major events, and remembered only by those nearest and dearest to them. Join us for a discussion of how women are and can be remembered.

Facilitator: Anastasia Pratt, Interim Dean, School for Graduate Studies

Thursday, September 23, 6:00-7:00pm

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Friday, September 24

Building a Computer

​Overview of how to build computer, price/evaluate the essential parts, review software options.

Facilitator: Harold Lamson, Academic Support

Friday, September 24, 11:00-12:00pm

Session Link

Moodle/Tech Drop-In Help Hour

This is a Drop-In hour to get help from an ESC Peer Tutor for navigating and using Moodle, and using online tools like MS Office 365.

Facilitator: Kayla Porter, Peer Tutor

Friday, September 24, 12:00-3:00pm

Session Link

Statistics: Center and Spread

​Statistics workshops provide conceptual and problem-solving support to statistics students.  One-hour sessions include demonstrations and time for questions, when students might work with staff and each other to build skills, understanding, and confidence.  Each week the topic varies, and demonstration problems are selected to address the course schedule for the online Statistics course (MATH-1065), but any statistics student might attend and ask questions.

Facilitator: Dan Holz, Academic Support

Friday, September 24, 2:00-3:00pm

Session Link

Saturday, September 25

Moodle/Tech Drop-In Help Hour

This is a Drop-In hour to get help from an ESC Peer Tutor for navigating and using Moodle, and using online tools like MS Office 365.

Saturday, September 25, 9:30-10:30am

Facilitator: Ryan Zieno

Session Link

Introduction to Degree Planning

This workshop will focus on orienting students to the language, tools, and processes related to degree planning and the portfolio assessment process. Students will also learn more about DP Planner and PLA Planner.

Hosts: Lisa D'Adamo-Weinstein, Maureen Kravec, Anastasia Pratt

Saturday, September 25, 12:30-1:30pmpm

Session Link

Connects Study Time!

You don’t have to study alone.

Join us and use this time to get your own coursework done!

Hop on this session, spend a few minutes chatting with your peers, setting goals for what you want to accomplish during the session, then turn off your camera and microphone and it is your time to get your own work done.

At the end of the session, regroup with the moderator and your peers and share your progress and thoughts.

This is a great way to get your work done and know you are in good company as we begin the semester.

A Peer Tutor moderator is available throughout the session in case you have questions or would like support.

See you there!

Facilitator: Various Students

Saturday, September 25, 1:00-3:00pm

Session Link

Sunday, September 26

Connects Study Time!

You don’t have to study alone.

Join us and use this time to get your own coursework done!

Hop on this session, spend a few minutes chatting with your peers, setting goals for what you want to accomplish during the session, then turn off your camera and microphone and it is your time to get your own work done.

At the end of the session, regroup with the moderator and your peers and share your progress and thoughts.

This is a great way to get your work done and know you are in good company as we begin the semester.

A Peer Tutor moderator is available throughout the session in case you have questions or would like support.

See you there!

Facilitator: Various Students

Sunday, September 26, 9:00-11:00am

Session Link

Monday, September 27

Office Hours with Student Success

Drop by and say hello! This repeating session is available to students, staff, and faculty for questions or concerns of all types. Thinking about withdrawing from courses? Need help finding the late registration form? Want to learn more about College Scholarships? We’re here to help!

Facilitator: Student Success and Development

Monday, September 27, 12:00-12:30pm

Session Link

Degree Discovery: School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

In this virtual workshop series, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with faculty and professionals from various academic departments to discuss academic areas of interest, concentration requirements, prior learning opportunities, and career paths students can pursue after graduating from SUNY Empire.

Facilitator: Student Success and Development

Monday, September 27, 6:00-7:00pm

Registration Link

Statistics: Center and Spread

​Statistics workshops provide conceptual and problem-solving support to statistics students.  One-hour sessions include demonstrations and time for questions, when students might work with staff and each other to build skills, understanding, and confidence.  Each week the topic varies, and demonstration problems are selected to address the course schedule for the online Statistics course (MATH-1065), but any statistics student might attend and ask questions.

Facilitator: Sue Orrell, Director of Academic Support

Monday, September 27, 6:00-7:00pm

Session Link

Connects Study Time!

You don’t have to study alone.

Join us and use this time to get your own coursework done!

Hop on this session, spend a few minutes chatting with your peers, setting goals for what you want to accomplish during the session, then turn off your camera and microphone and it is your time to get your own work done.

At the end of the session, regroup with the moderator and your peers and share your progress and thoughts.

This is a great way to get your work done and know you are in good company as we begin the semester.

A Peer Tutor moderator is available throughout the session in case you have questions or would like support.

See you there!

Facilitator: Various Students

Monday, September 27, 7:00-8:30pm

Session Link

Tuesday, September 28

Financial Accounting: Adjusting Entries

​Accounting workshops provide conceptual and problem-solving support to accounting students.  One-hour sessions include demonstrations and time for questions, when students might work with staff and each other to build skills, understanding, and confidence.  Each week the topic varies, and demonstration problems are selected to address the course schedule for the online Accounting 1 course (ACCT-2005), but any accounting student might attend and ask questions.

Facilitator: Dan Holz, Academic Support

Tuesday, September 28, 11:00-12:00pm

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Introduction to PowerPoint

​Overview of the PowerPoint interface, creating slides, transitions, numbering and bulleting, text formatting, basic file management (Open, Save, Save As, Exit)

Facilitator: Harold Lamson, Academic Support

Tuesday, September 28, 11:00-12:00pm

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Citing Sources Made Easy

​In this 30-minute workshop, learn how to incorporate research sources into your writing and format in-text citations and a reference list correctly.  At the end of this workshop students will have the option to remain online for a 15-minute question and answer session.

Facilitator: Michele Cooper, Academic Support

Tuesday, September 28, 7:00-7:30pm

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Library Workshop: Finding the Right Topic (pre-registration required)

This workshop focuses on formulating and brainstorming a manageable topic and crafting a research question from that work.

In this workshop you will learn how to,

  • Reflect on the impact of our world views and human differences of perspective within the research process in order to approach any topic or tackle any problem with a critical and open mindset.
  • Locate a background information source and identify central concepts (or keywords) related to your topic in order to develop a narrower scope of inquiry and to set up for an effective search strategy.
  • Formulate narrower lines of inquiry or subtopics based on your initial topic, in order to choose a manageable question to address in the research paper.
  • Navigate the Online Library website in order to find the best search tool(s) for your information need and get help when needed.

Facilitator: SUNY Empire Librarians

Tuesday, September 28, 7:00-8:00pm

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Wednesday, September 29

Stretch and Flex Chair Yoga

Gentle stretches in a core-aligned position that relieve tension and pain, especially between the shoulder blades and in hands, as well as that muscles.  Soothing music will be played.

Facilitator: Eileen Angelini, School for Graduate Studies, Certified Advanced Exercise Instructor 

Wednesday, September 29, 3:00-4:00pm

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Careers In Service, sponsored by the Fund for SUNY Empire

Service and giving back to the community are things people do every day, and some choose to pursue a career based on their desire to make a difference and serve.  Join SUNY Empire for our Careers in Service virtual panel highlighting seven individuals who have dedicated their career to serving others.  Hear about their career journey and advice for those interested in pursuing a similar path. 

Program is sponsored by the Fund for SUNY Empire.

The panel will be moderated by SUNY Empire alum and Executive Director of the NY Community Bank Foundation, Marian Conway '01, '04, Ph.D. 

Our panel includes:

  • Chris Burke '07, Northeast Association of the Blind, Albany
  • Casandra Deguire, NYS Attorney General's Office
  • John Kane, Deputy Chief of Fire, Special Operations & EMS Divisions at the Syracuse (NY) Fire Department
  • Brian Sherman '17, US Army and Army National Guard
  • Mark Spain, SUNY Empire
  • Sean Ward, Albany County Legislature

Wednesday, September 29, 6:00-7:30pm

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Degree Discovery: School of Science, Math, and Technology

In this virtual workshop series, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with faculty and professionals from various academic departments to discuss academic areas of interest, concentration requirements, prior learning opportunities, and career paths students can pursue after graduating from SUNY Empire.

Facilitator: Student Success and Development

Wednesday, September 29, 6:00-7:00pm

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Supercharge Your Mindset

In the last 15 years, there has been a growing body of evidence that psychological factors such as our beliefs and thoughts can have a powerful impact on academic success.  This workshop will discuss some of this exciting research and give you a chance to learn some skills needed to ensure that you are able to develop and maintain an adaptive and productive mindset that will help you get the most out of your studies, your work life, and maybe even your relationships.

Facilitator: Dan McCrea, Director of Academic Support

Wednesday, September 29, 7:00-8:00pm

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Thursday, September 30

Getting Centered with Meditation and Mindfulness  

This session will introduce participants to meditation and mindfulness. It will explore the benefits of deep breathing before sitting in for meditation. Participants will learn how to prepare and practice various meditation techniques. So, get ready to untangle your mind and relax.  

Facilitator: Bhuwan Onta, Assessment 

Thursday, September 30, 10:00-10:30 am 

Session Link

Moodle/Tech Drop-In Help Hour

This is a Drop-In hour to get help from an ESC Peer Tutor for navigating and using Moodle, and using online tools like MS Office 365.

Facilitator: Kayla Porter, Peer Tutor

Thursday, September 30, 12:00-3:00pm

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Using MS Teams (pre-registration required)

This session will introduce MS Teams, the college’s video conferencing platform that is used for live virtual class meetings. We’ll be reviewing how to download and login, how to enter your class sessions, and how to navigate within the meeting. This is a good place to prepare yourself for success when participating in virtual study groups as a student at SUNY Empire State College! 

Facilitator: Educational Technologist

Thursday, September 30, 5:00-6:00pm

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Grammar Refresh: Tips and Tools

​Sometimes the smallest things we do have the biggest impact.  This workshop will provide tips to improve sentence clarity and strategies to avoid common grammar errors.  We will have open discussion so bring your questions.  See you there, their or they're!

Facilitator: Darlene Hapka, Academic Support

Thursday, September 30, 6:00-7:00pm

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Registration and Beyond

In this live, interactive session, you will learn how to search for classes using the term guide and how to officially register for the upcoming term. In addition, we will review where to locate your Learning Contracts, and information on helping to fund your education.

Facilitator: Student Success and Development

Thursday, September 30, 6:00-7:00pm

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Library Workshop: Understanding & Evaluating Scholarly & Non-Scholarly Literature (pre-registration required)

This workshop focuses on dissecting and discussing publications; especially peer-reviewed journal articles and primary and secondary sources.

In this workshop you will learn how to,

  • describe and navigate common structures within scholarly publications
  • describe the peer-review process and what it is for
  • use the library to locate a wide variety of publication types
  • distinguish between primary, secondary and tertiary sources of information
  • provide some evaluative context to information sources by looking at some specific factors of those sources

Facilitator: SUNY Empire Librarians

Thursday, September 30, 7:00-8:00pm

Registration Link

Friday, October 1

How to Protect Yourself from Viruses and Malware

​Review of Computer Viruses, Malware, Spyware, and Ransomware. Best Practices to prevent infections and what to do if infected. Software to Block/Repair virus infections.

Facilitator: Harold Lamson, Academic Support

Friday, October 1, 11:00-12:00pm

Session Link

Moodle/Tech Drop-In Help Hour

This is a Drop-In hour to get help from an ESC Peer Tutor for navigating and using Moodle, and using online tools like MS Office 365.

Facilitator: Kayla Porter, Peer Tutor

Friday, October 1, 12:00-3:00pm

Session Link

Statistics: Center and Spread

​Statistics workshops provide conceptual and problem-solving support to statistics students.  One-hour sessions include demonstrations and time for questions, when students might work with staff and each other to build skills, understanding, and confidence.  Each week the topic varies, and demonstration problems are selected to address the course schedule for the online Statistics course (MATH-1065), but any statistics student might attend and ask questions.

Facilitator: Dan Holz, Academic Support

Friday, October 1, 2:00-3:00pm

Session Link

Saturday, October 2

Moodle/Tech Drop-In Help Hour

This is a Drop-In hour to get help from an ESC Peer Tutor for navigating and using Moodle, and using online tools like MS Office 365.

Saturday, October 2, 9:30-10:30am

Facilitator: Ryan Zieno

Session Link

Connects Study Time!

You don’t have to study alone.

Join us and use this time to get your own coursework done!

Hop on this session, spend a few minutes chatting with your peers, setting goals for what you want to accomplish during the session, then turn off your camera and microphone and it is your time to get your own work done.

At the end of the session, regroup with the moderator and your peers and share your progress and thoughts.

This is a great way to get your work done and know you are in good company as we begin the semester.

A Peer Tutor moderator is available throughout the session in case you have questions or would like support.

See you there!

Facilitator: Various Students

Saturday, October 2, 1:00-3:00pm

Session Link

Sunday, October 3

Connects Study Time!

You don’t have to study alone.

Join us and use this time to get your own coursework done!

Hop on this session, spend a few minutes chatting with your peers, setting goals for what you want to accomplish during the session, then turn off your camera and microphone and it is your time to get your own work done.

At the end of the session, regroup with the moderator and your peers and share your progress and thoughts.

This is a great way to get your work done and know you are in good company as we begin the semester.

A Peer Tutor moderator is available throughout the session in case you have questions or would like support.

See you there!

Facilitator: Various Students

Sunday, October 3, 9:00-11:00am

Session Link

October Calendar

Monday, October 4

Office Hours with Student Success

Drop by and say hello! This repeating session is available to students, staff, and faculty for questions or concerns of all types. Thinking about withdrawing from courses? Need help finding the late registration form? Want to learn more about College Scholarships? We’re here to help!

Facilitator: Student Success and Development

Monday, October 4, 12:00-12:30pm

Session Link

Careers In Virtual Panel Series: Careers in Human Resources

Whether you are exploring opportunities in human resources or working in the field and looking to advance in the field, this is the presentation for you!

Join our panel of human resource professionals who will be sharing advice on skills, experiences, challenges and advice for those interested in the human resource field.

Panelists include;

  • Sarah de Freitas, David Geffen School of Drama at Yale
  • Raquel Lowry, Mary Cariola Center, Rochester
  • Kathy Deguire, SKS Bottling • Jalisa Williams, SUNY Empire
  • Laura Dudley, Director of Administration and Personnel at the NYS Assembly

Facilitator: Anita DeCianni-Brown, Career Development Coordinator

Monday, October 4, 6:00-7:00pm

Session Link

Connects Study Time!

You don’t have to study alone.

Join us and use this time to get your own coursework done!

Hop on this session, spend a few minutes chatting with your peers, setting goals for what you want to accomplish during the session, then turn off your camera and microphone and it is your time to get your own work done.

At the end of the session, regroup with the moderator and your peers and share your progress and thoughts.

This is a great way to get your work done and know you are in good company as we begin the semester.

A Peer Tutor moderator is available throughout the session in case you have questions or would like support.

See you there!

Facilitator: Various Students

Monday, October 4, 7:00-8:30pm

Session Link

Tuesday, October 5

Intermediate Excel

​Intermediate Excel Skills including Advanced Formulas, cutting-edge formatting of data, creating and formatting complex graphs (charts), table creation and usage. Facilitator: Harold Lamson, Academic Support

Tuesday, October 5, 1:00-2:00pm

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Careers In Virtual Panel Series: Women Serving on Non-Profit Boards

Developing and building upon leadership skills and experiences can come from several different avenues. One can acquire them through their workplace, through professional organizations, or by serving in the community on a non-profit board. Though serving on a non-profit board is not as simple or easy as just showing up and indicating you would like to serve. There is a vetting process that goes through.

Join our non-profit board members to hear about their experiences, the benefits of serving on a community board, and the steps to take to become a leader in your community.

Our panelists include:

  • Neldria Staton, Cazenovia Recovery Board
  • Blakely Brodbeck, Hope's Door, Family Services of Westchester and Junior League of Northern Westchester Boards
  • Elizabeth Thorley, Community Foundation and Ronald McDonald House of Rochester Boards
  • Brielynn Bell, EPIC Board
  • Patricia Tutiven, Adelante of Suffolk Co. and Cerebral Palsy of LI Boards

Facilitator: Anita DeCianni Brown, Career Devleopment Coordinator

Tuesday, October 5, 6:00-7:00pm

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Degree Discovery: School of Human Services

In this virtual workshop series, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with faculty and professionals from various academic departments to discuss academic areas of interest, concentration requirements, prior learning opportunities, and career paths students can pursue after graduating from SUNY Empire.

Facilitator: Student Success and Development

Tuesday, October 5, 6:00-7:00pm

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Presentation Skills: Fake It Till You Feel It

Are those butterflies driving you batty? Train them to fly in formation with this workshop that will give you important tips you can use immediately as well as suggestions for the next time you have a big presentation for school or work. From your attention-grabber, to your PowerPoint, to basking in the applause, this is the workshop that will teach those butterflies to start getting their act together!

Facilitator: Karen Eichler, Academic Support

Tuesday, October 5, 6:00-7:00pm

Session Link

Library Workshop: Searching for Sources (pre-registration required)

This workshop focuses on search techniques, basic search tool functions and understanding publication types and the process of peer-review.

In this workshop you will learn how to,

  • Create several effective search strings in order to ensure search results are relevant and related to your information needs.
  • Articulate how to locate a variety of different kinds of sources using the Online Library.
  • Use reference mining as a supplemental means of identifying reliable sources.
  • Identify and use database results page limit options in order to effectively manipulate results and identify the most relevant sources.

Facilitator: SUNY Empire Librarians

Tuesday, October 5, 7:00-8:00pm

Registration Link

Statistics: Regression

​Statistics workshops provide conceptual and problem-solving support to statistics students. One-hour sessions include demonstrations and time for questions, when students might work with staff and each other to build skills, understanding, and confidence. Each week the topic varies, and demonstration problems are selected to address the course schedule for the online Statistics course (MATH-1065), but any statistics student might attend and ask questions.

Facilitator: Anne McDonough, Academic Support

Tuesday, October 5, 7:15-8:15pm

Session Link

Wednesday, October 6

Stretch and Flex Chair Yoga

Gentle stretches in a core-aligned position that relieve tension and pain, especially between the shoulder blades and in hands, as well as that muscles.  Soothing music will be played.

Facilitator: Eileen Angelini, School for Graduate Studies, Certified Advanced Exercise Instructor 

Wednesday, October 6, 3:00-4:00pm

Session Link

Degree Discovery: School of Business

In this virtual workshop series, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with faculty and professionals from various academic departments to discuss academic areas of interest, concentration requirements, prior learning opportunities, and career paths students can pursue after graduating from SUNY Empire.

Facilitator: Student Success and Development

Wednesday, October 6, 6:00-7:00pm

Session Link

Thursday, October 7

Getting Centered with Meditation and Mindfulness  

This session will introduce participants to meditation and mindfulness. It will explore the benefits of deep breathing before sitting in for meditation. Participants will learn how to prepare and practice various meditation techniques. So, get ready to untangle your mind and relax.  

Facilitator: Bhuwan Onta, Assessment 

Thursday, October 7, 10:00-10:30 am 

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Moodle/Tech Drop-In Help Hour

This is a Drop-In hour to get help from an ESC Peer Tutor for navigating and using Moodle, and using online tools like MS Office 365.

Facilitator: Kayla Porter, Peer Tutor

Thursday, October 7, 12:00-3:00pm

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Degree Discovery: School of Arts & Humanities

In this virtual workshop series, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with faculty and professionals from various academic departments to discuss academic areas of interest, concentration requirements, prior learning opportunities, and career paths students can pursue after graduating from SUNY Empire.

Facilitator: Student Success and Development

Thursday, October 7, 6:00-7:00pm

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Tips and Tricks for Lengthy Graduate Writing Assignments

A hallmark of your graduate experience will be the contribution of significant new scholarship to your field. As rewarding as this experience can be, it can also feel overwhelming. This workshop will introduce you to some practical strategies for breaking down lengthy writing assignments into manageable steps. Learn to crush writer's block and build momentum so you can stay on track.

Facilitator: Darlene Hapka, Academic Support

Thursday, October 7, 6:00-7:00pm

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Library Workshop: Citing Sources using APA (pre-registration required)

This workshop tackles plagiarism and citing basics, as well as citation writing techniques such as in-text citing and paraphrasing, using the APA citation style.

In this workshop you will learn how to,

  • Locate and use online resources to help you properly cite your information sources in order to avoid plagiarism and credit the ideas of others.
  • Create an effective signal phrase and in-text citation using APA style in order to more seamlessly introduce your readers to cited source material in your writing.
  • Write an acceptable paraphrase from source material in order to effectively leverage information sources to back up your arguments.

Facilitator: SUNY Empire Librarians

Thursday, October 7, 7:00-8:00pm

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Friday, October 8

Storing Your Data "In the Cloud":  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

An overview of data storage services using the Internet, advantages and disadvantages, security concerns, cost, vendor choices, business and personal. Describe the history of cloud-based data storage. Describe and demonstrate best practices for purchasing online data storage.

Facilitator: Harold Lamson, Academic Support

Friday, October 8, 11:00-12:00pm

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Moodle/Tech Drop-In Help Hour

This is a Drop-In hour to get help from an ESC Peer Tutor for navigating and using Moodle, and using online tools like MS Office 365.

Facilitator: Kayla Porter, Peer Tutor

Friday, October 8, 12:00-3:00pm

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Statistics: Regression

Statistics workshops provide conceptual and problem-solving support to statistics students. One-hour sessions include demonstrations and time for questions, when students might work with staff and each other to build skills, understanding, and confidence. Each week the topic varies, and demonstration problems are selected to address the course schedule for the online Statistics course (MATH-1065), but any statistics student might attend and ask questions.

Facilitator: Dan Holz, Academic Support

Friday, October 8, 2:00-3:00pm

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Saturday, October 9

Moodle/Tech Drop-In Help Hour

This is a Drop-In hour to get help from an ESC Peer Tutor for navigating and using Moodle, and using online tools like MS Office 365.

Saturday, October 9, 9:30-10:30am

Facilitator: Ryan Zieno

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Connects Study Time!

You don’t have to study alone.

Join us and use this time to get your own coursework done!

Hop on this session, spend a few minutes chatting with your peers, setting goals for what you want to accomplish during the session, then turn off your camera and microphone and it is your time to get your own work done.

At the end of the session, regroup with the moderator and your peers and share your progress and thoughts.

This is a great way to get your work done and know you are in good company as we begin the semester.

A Peer Tutor moderator is available throughout the session in case you have questions or would like support.

See you there!

Facilitator: Various Students

Saturday, October 9, 1:00-3:00pm

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Sunday, October 10

Connects Study Time!

You don’t have to study alone.

Join us and use this time to get your own coursework done!

Hop on this session, spend a few minutes chatting with your peers, setting goals for what you want to accomplish during the session, then turn off your camera and microphone and it is your time to get your own work done.

At the end of the session, regroup with the moderator and your peers and share your progress and thoughts.

This is a great way to get your work done and know you are in good company as we begin the semester.

A Peer Tutor moderator is available throughout the session in case you have questions or would like support.

See you there!

Facilitator: Various Students

Sunday, October 10, 9:00-11:00am

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