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Oliver Riley '12, '20

Posted July 23, 2020

Growing up on a sheep farm in Canandaigua, New York, Oliver wasn’t exactly sure where his career would take him. ... MORE


The 20-Year Bachelor’s Degree: Blain Smith ’20

Posted June 1, 2020

Blain Smith’s educational journey was one of stops and starts. Sometimes, the time was right, but the place was wrong. Other times, the place was right, but the time was wrong. Then he found SUNY Empire, and things … just clicked. This year, Blain, 38, graduates with his bachelor’s degree in computer science – an achievement 20 years in the making. ... MORE


5 Questions with Barry Eisenberg, Associate Professor in the School for Graduate Studies

Posted May 27, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we sat down with Barry to discuss his work within the MBA in Healthcare Leadership program, how the program is addressing today's healthcare environment and advice for prospective students interested in healthcare administration. ... MORE


A Love for Nursing Inspires a Lifetime of Learning

Posted May 13, 2020

When Dianne White was in eighth grade, her brother was admitted to the hospital for surgery. Every day, White went to the hospital to visit him and was immediately drawn to the hustle and bustle of nurses attending to him around the clock. ... MORE


5 Questions with Kevin Woo, Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences

Posted April 22, 2020

On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we sat down with Kevin to discuss his research, his favorite thing about SUNY Empire and advice for prospective students with interest in the natural sciences. ... MORE


Putting the Ability in Sustainability

Posted April 20, 2020

To Mark Abendroth, associate professor of education in SUNY Empire’s School for Graduate Studies, “sustainability” is more than a buzzword. To him, it’s a necessary path forward, a concerted effort to create social awareness, a way to right environmental, economic, and social wrongs. ... MORE


Making Masks Can Make a Difference

Posted April 8, 2020

The nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired many do-it-yourselfers to take matters into their own hands. Sonja Thomson, an instructional designer at SUNY Empire, is one of them. ... MORE


A Listening Ear in Times of Crisis

Posted April 6, 2020

Terri Maher, a nurse, licensed master social worker, and SUNY Empire adjunct instructor, spends her weekends supporting the COVID-19 relief effort using nothing more than her phone and her compassion. But to those who rely on her, those simple tools are invaluable. ... MORE


Lifelong service. Lifelong learning. Veteran Doug "Brian" Sherman spans both.

Posted March 2, 2020

Doug "Brian" Sherman, New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3, completed his college degree 38 years after joining the military. In 2017, Sherman graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a bachelor’s degree in business management and economics at age 56, earning a 3.96 grade point average. ... MORE

Associate Professor Audeliz Matias, left, and Associate Professor and Interim Director of European Academic Programs Sheila Marie Aird stand in front of a destroyed building in Puerto Rico.

Grant-funded Oral History Project on Hurricanes Irma and Maria Field Work Underway

Posted September 25, 2019

Interviews with survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Maria are now underway as part of “An Oral History of Hurricane Irma and Maria: A Social, Cultural, and Environmental Crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S.V.I,” a grant-funded project, awarded to SUNY Empire State College Department of Natural Sciences Associate Professor Audeliz Matias and Associate Professor and Interim Director of European Academic Programs Sheila Marie Aird, by the Oral History Association Awards’ Emerging Crisis Oral History Research Fund. ... MORE

Saratoga Springs City School District Assistant Superintendent of Information Technology David L’Hommedieu and Educational Technology Specialist Kendra Astemborski, presented AV/VR Impacting General and Special Education Classrooms.

Technology in the Classroom, What Works and Why

Posted July 25, 2019

As technology in the classroom continues to play a growing role in primary and secondary education, SUNY Empire State College’s School for Graduate Studies and the Saratoga Springs City School District continue to collaborate to better understand what work best for students. ... MORE

Online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Leadership for Sustainable Development Available this Fall

Posted July 3, 2019

Graduate and prospective graduate students looking for learning opportunities in sustainability have the opportunity to earn a 15-credit, online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Leadership for Sustainable Development this fall. ... MORE

Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers, left, shakes hands with student Larry Johnson, BMI president. With them is alumnus Carl Hall ’17, a BMI member who assisted in planning and running the event.

USAF Major General Alfred K. Flowers Speaks at SUNY Empire Black Male Initiative Event

Posted July 2, 2019

A standing-room-only crowd greeted retired USAF Maj. Gen. Alfred K. Flowers, whose remarks, “Diversity and Leadership - Overcoming the Obstacles,” generated a standing ovation. ... MORE


Teresa Smith Receives Empire State College Foundation Award

Posted April 29, 2019

The award recognizes a faculty member “who has distinguished himself or herself as a full-time mentor. Recipients are noted for their superb performance as a mentor, mastery of teaching methods, an ability to work with students from a variety of backgrounds and high standards in helping students attain academic excellence.” ... MORE

Alan Mandell, college professor of adult learning and mentoring, and Shantih Clemans, director of the Center for Mentoring, Learning and Academic Innovation, join Karen LaBarge, center, holding her award.

Karen LaBarge and Peter Pociluyko Receive Empire State College Foundation Awards

Posted April 29, 2019

Criteria for the award include “superbly fulfills the responsibilities of the position, demonstrates initiative and strong leadership skills and provides excellence in decision-making, as well as problem solving.” ... MORE

Foundation Award Winner past and present: Heather Gaebel and Rose Stevens, Bessie Walker and Robin Oliver.

Empire State College Foundation Awards go to Heather Gaebel and Robin Oliver

Posted April 19, 2019

The Empire State College Foundation Award for Excellence in Support Service was awarded to two employees on March 21 at the college’s All College gathering in Saratoga Springs. ... MORE

Nathan Gonyea, dean of the School for Graduate Studies, at the 2018 commencement event at Albany.

Nathan Gonyea Named Dean of Graduate Studies

Posted April 17, 2019

Gonyea will have primary responsibility for administration of the college’s graduate programs and will work closely with academic administration, deans, associate deans, staff and faculty to develop and implement a shared vision for the School for Graduate Studies. ... MORE

Temple University Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab

Paying the Price: The Costs of a College Education and the Realities of Broken Dreams

Posted April 2, 2019

Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of Higher Education Policy at Temple University, Philadelphia, Penn., and the founder of the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice in Philadelphia, will make the presentation. ... MORE

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Alumna and Associate Professor Susan McConnaughy ’77 Named a Fulbright Scholar

Posted April 1, 2019

McConnaughy will teach “Social Work in School Settings” to undergraduate social work students and collaborate with Dalat University faculty to develop and teach their own social work courses, a new area of practice in the emerging social work profession in Vietnam. ... MORE

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More Than $700,000 in Student Scholarships to be Distributed for 2019-20

Posted March 27, 2019

At ESCFAST, the Empire State College Foundation Application for Scholarships Tool, students complete a general application, which filters from among all scholarships and presents students with the most suitable options. ... MORE

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