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News from Around the College, 2015

Julie Gedro

Professor Julie Gedro New President-elect of AHRD

Posted December 30, 2015

Julie Gedro, a professor of business, management and economics based at the college’s East Syracuse location, has been elected president-elect of the Academy of Human Resource Development. ... MORE

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Holiday Hours of Operation

Posted December 22, 2015

Please accept the good wishes of the entire SUNY Empire State College community for a happy holiday season and a healthy new year. ... MORE

Kim Russell, one of the college's visually impaired students, talks about overcoming obstacles to learning at the 2015 SUNY FACT2 Symposium on Disabilities.

New MOOC Available for Educators – Teaching and Course Design Address Students with Disabilities

Posted December 16, 2015

Participants gain a better understanding of accessibility as a civil rights issue and develop the knowledge and skills needed to design learning experiences that promote inclusive learning environments for all students, including those with disabilities. ... MORE

Layla Abdullah-Poulos, president of the college's Minority Students in Action club, with Deputy Inspector Mark Magrone, commander of the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force, left, and Sergeant Kevin Lonergan, right, at the college's recent forum on hate crime.

Hate Crime Forum a Success

Posted December 15, 2015

“You are targeted for who you are, for your identity,” explained Deputy Inspector Mark Magrone, commanding officer of the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force. ... MORE

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Season's Greetings

Posted December 9, 2015

To the many faces of the college community who ignite inspiration in the classroom, infuse our communities with light, we wish you peace in the new year. ... MORE

New Editor and Assistant Editor Named to The Student Connection

Posted December 8, 2015

Sandra Barkevich ’13, the long-time editor of The Student Connection, announced the appointments of Suzanne Lazar and Eric Norcross as the new editor and assistant editor of the publication. ... MORE

SEFA co-chairs Alison Brust, left, and Roopa Kunapuram,right, flank SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher at the 2015 SEFA Campaign Kickoff, held earlier this fall, at SUNY System Administration, Albany. Photo/SUNY

More than $31,000 Raised During the 2015 SEFA Campaign

Posted December 7, 2015

Thanks to the flexibility provided to all state employees by the annual SEFA campaign, members of the SUNY Empire community were able to give to local charities and organizations surrounding the 35 locations the college serves throughout the state. ... MORE

Kim and Paul Tucci

Farewell Paul Tucci

Posted December 1, 2015

The college bid farewell to Paul Tucci, retiring vice president for administration, at small gathering held Monday afternoon, Nov. 30, at 2 Union Ave. ... MORE

Gerald Lorentz, dean of the college's Northeast region

Event Cancelled: Gerald Lorentz to Talk About History of NYS Brewing Industry

Posted December 1, 2015

The following event, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4, has been cancelled: “Beer and Candles: Explorations in New York State Brewing History,” with a focus on the chapter “Beer and Candles: Nineteenth-Century ‘Microbreweries’ in an Expanding Industry.” ... MORE

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Students in Labor and International Programs Hold Live, Virtual Study Group

Posted November 18, 2015

Undergraduate students learning through the college’s partnerships with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3, participated in a live international video conference with four of the college’s international students from the program in Prague, Czech Republic. ... MORE

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Posted November 25, 2015

On Friday, Nov. 27, the college’s online library and IT service desk will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EST. The student information center also will be open during those hours on Friday, but with limited staffing. ... MORE

International student Kristina Borovkova and college Provost Alfred Ntoko at the 2015 Student Academic Conference.

Student from SUNY Empire's Czech Program Presents Research at Student Academic Conference

Posted November 24, 2015

Kristina Borovkova flew all the way from the Czech Republic in October to present research at the 11th annual Student Academic Conference in Albany. ... MORE

Lisa D’Adamo-Weinstein, a director of academic support and assistant professor with SUNY Empire State College

Assistant Prof. Lisa D’Adamo-Weinstein Named One of Six Expert Reviewers for Council for the Advancement of Standards Learning Assistance Program

Posted November 18, 2015

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, founded in 1979, writes the standards of practice for 44 areas within the academy. ... MORE

Emmanuel Tabones ’13 and Professor Justin Giordano were awarded Best Overall Paper at the 2015 Northeastern Business and Economics Association conference. Photo/provided by Tabones

Emmanuel Tabones ‘13, Professor Justin Giordano Win Best Overall Paper

Posted November 18, 2015

The results of a study on the minimum wage by Justin Giordano, a professor of business and law at SUNY Empire State College, and Emmanuel Tabones ‘13, was awarded Best Overall Paper by the Northeastern Business and Economics Association at its 42nd annual meeting. ... MORE

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Prof. David Starr-Glass Contributes to Open Educational Resource for Service Marketing and Management

Posted November 18, 2015

Starr-Glass, a mentor with International Programs (Prague), has participated in the creation of a significant open educational resource (OER), which has been developed by the Hanken School of Economics, one of the oldest and most prestigious business schools in Scandinavia. ... MORE

In the summer of 2015, a group of students learning with the Lebanon program traveled to Larnaca, Cyprus, to attend their summer residency. Photo/Empire State College

International Students Webcast Live from Larnaca, Cyprus

Posted November 16, 2015

In the summer of 2015, a group of students learning with the Lebanon program traveled to Larnaca, Cyprus to attend their summer residency. ... MORE

Letitia James, public advocate for New York City will join the faculty this fall and teach at the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies.

Student Club Sponsors Forum on Hate Crime

Posted November 13, 2015

What should someone do if he or she experiences or witnesses a hate crime? This question will be explored at an upcoming SUNY Empire State College forum on hate crimes, which begins at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, at the college’s Manhattan location, 3rd floor, 325 Hudson St., New York City. ... MORE

Dianne Ramdeholl

Dialogues at Noon: Professor Dianne Ramdeholl Discusses Doctoral Education as a Practice of Adult Education

Posted November 12, 2015

She will discuss the contents of the book as part of the college’s series “Dialogues at Noon,” with Robert Carey, a mentor and professor in Historical Studies and Michael Merrill, dean of the college’s Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies. ... MORE

Miyashita, who teaches Japanese at LaGuardia as a part-time member of the faculty, demonstrated shodo, Japanese calligraphy, by writing Mrs. Biden’s name and giving it to her as a souvenir of the open house.

Graduate Student Hiroko Miyashita Meets Jill Biden

Posted November 11, 2015

Hiroko Miyashita, a graduate student in SUNY Empire State College’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, recently met Second Lady Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden. ... MORE

Alicejeanne Mould and her daughter Lori Mould '14 at the 2014 SUNY ACT scholarship awards program.

SUNY Honors former Student Trustee Lori Mould ‘14

Posted November 9, 2015

Lori Mould ’14, a current graduate student with the college, was presented with a special commendation by the SUNY Board of Trustees and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher at the regularly scheduled meeting of the board, held Nov. 5 at the SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St., New York City. ... MORE

Mentor and Professor of Adult Learning and Mentoring Alan Mandell

Faculty Workshop on Forgiveness at Academic Conference

Posted November 5, 2015

Faculty took a 360-degree look at forgiveness in light of the racially motivated shootings at a Charleston, S.C. church and other instances of people of color who have lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement and others due to presumed racial bias: Eric Garner in Staten Island, Walter Scott in Charleston and Freddie Gray in Baltimore. ... MORE

Rhianna Rogers, assistant professor of cultural studies and mentor, SUNY Empire State College.

Faculty Introduced to Learnscape, an Open Educational Resource, at Academic Conference

Posted November 4, 2015

Rhianna Rogers, assistant professor of Cultural Studies, and Nathan Whitley-Grassi, educational technologist, shared with colleagues at the Academic Conference, held Oct. 28-30, a new resource the college is offering for faculty: Learnscape. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire, IAM Partnership Moves Forward

Posted November 5, 2015

The new partnership between SUNY Empire State College and the International Association of Aerospace Workers (IAM) continues to move forward. Earlier this fall, the first group of IAM members enrolled in the program. ... MORE

Operations Director Rick Reimann, standing at left, and Sadie Ross, director of environmental sustainability, look on as employees of Grasshopper Gardens, Inc. plant a white oak on the lawn of 2 Union Ave., as part of the college’s donation to Sustainable Saratoga’s centennial trees program.

Large Trees Planted for Sustainable Saratoga’s Centennial Trees 2015 Program

Posted November 4, 2015

Two white oaks, a red oak and a basswood tree have been added to SUNY Empire State College’s locations at 2 and 3 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, N.Y., as the college’s donation to Sustainable Saratoga’s Centennial Trees 2015 Program. ... MORE

Student Kim Russell, left, attended the 2014 Albany commencement, with her friend and current graduate student Lori Mould ’14, seen in her regalia as the former SUNY student trustee.

SUNY FACT2 2015 Symposium, "Accessibility: Designing Access for All Learners," Available Online

Posted November 4, 2015

All sessions will be streamed live via the Internet Friday and links will be available from both the FACT2 and SUNY Center for Professional Development websites. ... MORE

Alumni event at Culinary Institute of America

SUNY Empire Hosts Alumni Event at Culinary Institute of America

Posted November 2, 2015

Signature Event in Hudson Valley Draws Alumni, Faculty ... MORE

Joel Pierre-Louis, secretary of the university, swears in Lori Mould as the 2014-15 student trustee as Chancellor Zimpher looks on.

Chancellor Zimpher Names Students Lori Mould and Jennifer Pettis SUNYCON Fellows

Posted November 2, 2015

Lori Mould ’15 and Jennifer Pettis ’12, current graduate students who also earned their undergraduate degrees from SUNY Empire State College, have been named to the 2015 class of SUNYCON fellows by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. ... MORE

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League of Women Voters State Unified Court Systems Guides Available Online

Posted November 2, 2015

Both guides are designed to help voters make better-informed choices when they enter the ballot box Tuesday. ... MORE

Left to right: Sandra Barkevich, Pat Myers, Layla Abdullah-Poulos and President Merodie Hancock

Graduate Student and Alumna Layla Abdullah-Poulos ’10 Named a 2015 Capital District Leadership Council on Inclusion Award Recipient

Posted October 29, 2015

She is pursuing a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and Advance Graduate Certificates in Women’s and Gender Studies and American Studies. ... MORE

Student Academic Conference New York

Posted October 28, 2015

About 420 students and alumni took part in the 11th annual Student Academic Conference (StAC) in Albany, Oct. 23-24. ... MORE

President Merodie A. Hancock and student Patricia Sifuentes Cazorla at the 2015 Student Academic Conference

Students Recognized for Artistic Excellence at the Annual Student Academic Conference

Posted October 26, 2015

Winners of the annual, collegewide Student Art Competition were recognized during a reception and student art show. ... MORE

Colonel Bryan Laske, garrison commander at Fort Drum, cuts the cake emblazoned with “A tradition of excellence in education,” the event celebratory theme, as Nikki Shrimpton, dean of undergraduate studies for SUNY Empire, looks on.

SUNY Empire State College Celebrates 25 Years of Service at Fort Drum

Posted October 26, 2015

“A tradition of excellence in education,” was the theme of a recent celebratory event, held on the base Oct. 22, in recognition of SUNY’s service to the women and men of Fort Drum and the greater Watertown-area community. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Participates in National Alternative Credit Project

Posted October 22, 2015

SUNY Empire State College students have another avenue of access to degree completion, thanks to the college’s participation in the American Council on Education’s Alternative Credit Project. ... MORE

Angela Henry, Chairman McCall President Hancock

Chairman McCall Keynotes SUNY ACT Meeting

Posted October 18, 2015

Current ACT President G. Angela Henry, who also is a member of the Empire State College Council, introduced the chairman to the audience, which included many ACT members, campus and SUNY system senior staff and several campus presidents. ... MORE

Mayor Joanne Yepsin Proclaims Oct. 15, 2015 Lifelong Learning Day

Mayor Yepsen Proclaims Oct. 15 Lifelong Learning Day in Saratoga Springs

Posted October 16, 2015

The mayor was joined by Academy for Lifelong Learning Executive Director Jeff Shinaman, SUNY Empire State College President Merodie A. Hancock and many A.L.L. members at the college’s location at 113 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. ... MORE

Paul Tick '75 and Agnes Zellin ‘82. Photo/Provided by Paul Tick

Alumni Spotlight: Paul Tick '75 and Agnes Zellin '82; Photography Students Meet, Marry - Decades Later, Their Joint Show Finally on Exhibit in Troy

Posted October 14, 2015

Two idealistic photography students, who met while studying at SUNY Empire State College’s Manhattan location nearly four decades ago, planned a show that didn’t materialize, then fell in love and married. ... MORE

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Collecting 2,500 Pounds of Pet Food is the Community Service Goal for the 2015 Student Academic Conference

Posted October 13, 2015

“Keeping people with pets and pets with people” is the theme of this year’s community service opportunity associated with the college’s 2015 Student Academic Conference. ... MORE

Self Portrait: digitally altered photograph of clay, wire, paint, embroidery thread, and ink on paper.  ©2014 Marika McCoola

Graphic Novel by CDL Instructor Marika McCoola Debuts as No. 3 on NY Times Bestseller List

Posted October 13, 2015

The novel follows the story of Masha, a young teen. After the death of her grandmother, Masha doesn't know what to do with her life. Her father is absent, more involved with his fiancée than his daughter. ... MORE

Statewide Events Honor Veterans and Veterans Day

Posted October 2, 2015

The SUNY Empire State College community will be participating in events honoring veterans throughout October and November. ... MORE

Nicholas Coppola was selected as a student speaker for the 2015 commencement ceremony held on Long Island.

Nicholas Coppola '90, '15 to Attend White House Reception for Pope Francis

Posted September 18, 2015

Coppola is president of the SUNY Empire State LGBTQA Student Alumni Club, the college’s first club to represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students and alumni and community allies. ... MORE

Members of the SUNY Empire State College community participating in America’s Parade 2015, an annual event held on Veteran’s Day in New York City.

SUNY Empire Invites Community to Participate in "America's Parade"

Posted September 4, 2015

Join the SUNY Empire State College community for "America's Parade" ... MORE

SUNY Achieves Nation’s Most Comprehensive Transfer Guarantee as Chancellor Aims to Boost Completion

Posted August 27, 2015

Update: A prospective student walked into the Rochester location after reading about the new transfer policy. Students are guaranteed seamless transfer of credits to and from all SUNY Campuses as 2015-16 Academic Year Begins. ... MORE

Edward Shevlin III, seen here with his wife Mary Ellen, was selected as a student speaker for the college's 2015 commencement ceremony held on Long Island

Edward Shevlin III Earned a Bachelor of Arts in Historical Studies, with a Concentration in Irish and Irish American Studies

Posted July 23, 2015

Shevlin is a 2015 recipient of The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, SUNY's most prestigious student honor. ... MORE

Michael Fletcher Tester, seen here receiving his academic hood for completing his master's, was a student speaker for the 2015 commencement ceremony held on Long Island.

Michael Fletcher Tester Earns a Master's

Posted July 23, 2015

Tester was selected as a speaker for the college’s 2015 commencement ceremony held on Long Island. His master’s thesis combines theater with public history. ... MORE

Nicholas Coppola was selected as a student speaker for the 2015 commencement ceremony held on Long Island.

Nicholas Coppola Earns Bachelor of Arts in Community and Human Services

Posted July 23, 2015

Coppola was selected as a student speaker for the 2015 commencement ceremony held on Long Island. ... MORE

Video: Statewide Celebratory Events Mark SUNY Empire State College’s 43rd Commencement

Posted July 8, 2015

Speakers inspire and celebrate graduates. ... MORE

Student Anita Sillery, at left, stands under “Untitled-A” with her daughter Isabella, 14, and fellow student-artist Claudia Rocha-Van Holt, who traveled to Albany with the Sillerys. Photo/Empire State College

Student Artwork Among SUNY's Best

Posted June 11, 2015

Sillery traveled from New York City to the event with her daughter, Isabella, 14, and fellow art student Claudia Rocha-Van Holt. ... MORE

Eleven SUNY Empire State College Students Recognized with Service Awards

Posted May 15, 2015

Eleven SUNY Empire State College Student Service Awards were presented at the college’s 2015 Wellness Retreat held last month in Albany. The award was created to recognize the college’s students who have dedicated themselves to improving the college community and the communities where they live and work. ... MORE

Anita Sillery Watercolor

Student Anita Sillery Has Watercolor in Best of SUNY Exhibit June 9

Posted May 13, 2015

Student Anita L. Sillery will have a recent watercolor included in the upcoming Best of SUNY exhibit at the New York State Museum, opening at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. ... MORE

Faculty Mentor David Fullard, honoree Melba Tolliver ’98, President Merodie Hancock and honoree Robert Roach Jr. ’96 at the college’s 2015 Black History Celebration and Alumni Award Event. Photo/Empire State College

Hundreds Attend Black History and Alumni Award Celebratory Event

Posted May 11, 2015

Robert Roach Jr. ’96, the general secretary-treasurer of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and Melba Tolliver ’98, the first black person ever to anchor a network news program, were recipients of the 2015 SUNY Empire State College Distinguished Alumni Award. ... MORE

Shawn Johnson, U.S. Olympian, "Dancing with the Stars" Winner, Shares Secrets of Success at Student Wellness Retreat

Posted April 29, 2015

Shawn Johnson, a member of the winning 2008 U.S. women’s senior gymnastics team, brought a message of perseverance and trusting one’s heart to the 2015 Student Wellness Retreat in Albany in April. ... MORE

Students stand up and stretch at the 2015 Student Wellness Retreat

Student Wellness Retreat Draws More Than 500

Posted April 28, 2015

Students had the opportunity to hear two motivational speakers: 2008 Olympics gold medalist Shawn Johnson, who competed on the senior women’s gymnastics team for the United States, and Jerome Love, the author of a best-selling book, “Get Up, Get Out and Get Motivated.” ... MORE

Herb Trimpe '97, Legendary Comic Book Artist and College Alumnus Has Died

Posted April 22, 2015

Herb Trimpe ’97, the legendary comic book illustrator with Marvel Comics, who drew “The Incredible Hulk” and the “Fantastic Four,” and was first to draw the Wolverine for publication, passed away on Monday, April 13, his cousin, Glen Baisley, announced on Facebook. ... MORE

Todd Myles, assistant director for cloud computing in the college's Office of Information Technology Services conducts a tour of the UAlbany data facility, which houses college's hybrid cloud data storage infrastructure.

Data Governance Group Meets with UAlbany and Tours State-of-the-Art Data Center

Posted March 27, 2015

Construction of the college’s new “hybrid cloud” data storage infrastructure is well underway at the University at Albany. ... MORE

Left to right: Roxana Toma, Josh Horn, Tai Arnold and John Vellenga at the 2015 Graduate Research Symposium.

Graduate Student Research Showcased at New York State Capital

Posted March 3, 2015

Graduate student John Vellenga and alumnus Josh Horn ‘14 were selected to present their research at the biennial graduate research symposium, which is sponsored by the faculty senates of both the State University of New York and the City University of New York and held in the state capital. ... MORE

Graduate Sandra Barkevich '14 takes a

Access Completion and Success, the 2015 State of the University Address

Posted January 26, 2015

SUNY Empire State College students were center stage at the address. ... MORE

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