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Meg Benke, left, is presented with the Noflett Williams Service Award by Deb Adair, executive director of Quality Matters, the 2016 award recipient. Photo provided NUTN

Professor Meg Benke Receives National University Technology Network’s Noflett Williams Service Award

Posted November 8, 2017

The award is named in honor of the late Nofflet D. Williams, a NUTN founder and pioneer in the application of telecommunications to education and the development of distance learning on state, national and international levels. ... MORE

Altes presents Gaines with Altes Prize

Donna Gaines Presented Altes Prize at the Fall Academic Conference

Posted November 6, 2017

Donna Gaines, assistant professor of Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies at the college’s Old Westbury location and a licensed social worker, was presented with the Jane and Wally Altes Prize for Exemplary Community Service at the Fall Academic Conference, held Oct. 25 through 27. ... MORE

Gayle Stever Delivers Susan H. Turben Faculty Lecture

Posted November 6, 2017

Thirty years ago, no one was researching fan behavior and “superstar mania” in the field of psychology and lifespan development. When Gayle Stever, associate professor in Social Sciences with the college’s Rochester location, looked at the literature, it was almost all coming from the communication field. ... MORE

David Pritchard to Present at Wings of the Future Forum, Moscow, Russia

Posted October 31, 2017

According to Pritchard, manufacturing processes of the next generation of aircraft – to be produced in the mid-2020s – will include advanced robotic applications, including collaborative robots (COBOTS), industrial robots on automated guide vehicles (MOBOTS), automated fiber placement, additive manufacturing, thermoplastic airframe structures and factory digitalization. ... MORE

Image of “Cover Jar," a cone 12-gas reduction clay piece, by Alan Stankiewicz.

Artwork by Mentor Alan Stankiewicz Selected for a Juried Clay Exhibition

Posted October 18, 2017

An opening reception takes place from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, at the Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave., Rochester, N.Y. ... MORE

Ira Taub, Ruth Losack (mentor), Jenny Mincin (mentor, standing), Marie Wausnock (sitting), Gennaro Bonfiglio (mentor, standing), Jennifer Taub (sitting), Gina Torino (mentor, standing) and Lisa Nuzzi, (sitting)

Staten Island Faculty and Staff Cap Student Welcome Week with Mentor/Mentee Dinner

Posted September 29, 2017

Welcome week consists of a series of events, including sessions on tips, tricks and traps to avoid on the path to academic success, student club meetings, a workshop on Moodle, the college's online learning management system and a reception followed by the mentor/mentee dinner. ... MORE

SUNY Empire student Blain Smith

Blain Smith Returns to College

Posted September 13, 2017

Blain Smith has a successful career as a computer engineer and IT systems programmer, including seven years as a programmer at Harvard University, is a married father of a four-year-old son and, with his wife, has just finished building a new home in Saratoga County, in upstate New York. ... MORE

Zeeva Bukai

Zeeva Bukai Wins Curt Johnson Prose Award

Posted August 25, 2017

Zeeva Bukai, academic support specialist at SUNY Empire State College’s Brooklyn location, has received the 2017 Curt Johnson Prose Award for fiction for her story, “The Abandoning.” ... MORE

Left to right are: Jane and her husband, John J. Corrou '94, a member of the Empire State College Foundation Board, Marian Conway ’01, ‘04, chair of the board, and Walter Williams, the college’s vice president for advancement.

Record-setting Turn Out for an Evening at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Posted August 17, 2017

The college saw a sellout crowd and a record turnout with close to 160 guests at its 13 annual Evening at SPAC. ... MORE

President Hancock with alumna Josie Quinones ’91 at Saratoga Race Course during the annual day at the races event.

90-year-old Alumna Josie Quinones ’91 Enjoys a Day at the Races

Posted August 14, 2017

She was proud to learn that she was the oldest person in attendance. ... MORE

Bassist and alumnus Marcus McLaurine ’09, and his jazz group, Native Soul, perform at the college's Juneteenth celebration in Manhattan.

Black Male Initiative Celebrates Juneteenth Freedom Day

Posted August 8, 2017

SUNY Empire State College’s Black Male Initiative (BMI), one of the college's many student/alumni clubs, welcomed a large, diverse, standing-room-only crowd to celebrate Juneteenth Freedom Day, also known as Juneteenth, Freedom Day and African-American Independence Day. ... MORE

President Hancock and member's of the college's alumni and foundation boards, present the winning trophy to jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., who rode Driving Me Crazy to victory in the fourth race at Saratoga.

23rd Annual Day at the Races – Another Winner

Posted August 4, 2017

Again this year, on Friday, July 28, SUNY Empire State College sponsored the fourth race at Saratoga Race Course. The day began with breakfast, an invitation to take a guided tour of the historic track and expert advice on handicapping the thoroughbred horse races. ... MORE

SUNY Old Westbury Assistant Professor Andrew Hashley and SUNY Empire State College Associate Professor Rhianna Rogers at the SUNY COIL workshop at AUT.

SUNY Empire Faculty Advance Innovative, Virtual International Student “Exchange” Program

Posted July 27, 2017

SUNY Empire State College faculty and professional staff participated in the recent SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (SUNY COIL)’s intensive five-day workshop at the American University in Technology (AUT), Beirut, Lebanon, one of the college’s eight international education partners. ... MORE

Professor Barbara Kantz, left, celebrates with Tanya Rice Thompson at the college's commencement event on Long Island. Thompson completed her master's this spring.

Tanya Rice Thompson Completes Master’s in Adult Learning, Her Second SUNY Empire Degree

Posted July 18, 2017

Tanya Rice Thompson '14, ‘17 first enrolled with SUNY Empire State College in 2012, after having been away from higher education for 30 years, and completed a B.S. in Community and Human services two years later. ... MORE

UWI Professor Ceceile Minott and SUNY Empire Professor Tracy Galuski at the residency.

Early Childhood Education "Residency" Enhances Student Learning

Posted July 11, 2017

SUNY Empire State College early childhood education students took advantage of an opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning residency experience at The Strong National Museum of Play, in Rochester, N.Y. Residencies are among many types of learning opportunities offered by SUNY Empire. ... MORE

Bina Ahmad speaking at the MSiA Women of Color Seminar.

Minority Students in Action Co-sponsor Women of Color Seminar “Recognizing our Experiences, Celebrating our Voices”

Posted June 28, 2017

Sponsored by Minority Students in Action (MSiA), and SUNY Empire State College, the Women of Color Seminar, “Recognizing our Experiences, Celebrating our Voices,” featured a keynote address by Vivian Nixon, a roundtable discussion on intellectual solidarity, a workshop on legal rights, breakout sessions and a discussion on diversity and inclusion. ... MORE

Student/alumni club Human Services Collaborative cap decorating event.

Student/Alumni Club Human Services Collaborative Hosts Third “Bling Your Cap” Commencement Preparation Event

Posted June 8, 2017

Hosted and supported by the college’s Human Services Collaborative student/alumni club, the third consecutive “Bling Your Cap” commencement event attracted more than 35 people, including 26 graduating students, their friends and family. ... MORE

Painting from the Caribbean Heritage Mixed Media Art Exhibit

Caribbean Heritage Mixed-media Art Exhibition Marks Caribbean Heritage Month, Year of the Caribbean

Posted June 8, 2017

The exhibit features artwork by students Natural Langdon, Anesta Bernice Stewart, Pedro Tavárez, Felix Torres, Carmen Velez and George A. Velez, as well as alumni Eugenia D’Ambrosio ’05, Cristina Guzman ’12, Alisa Irby ’16, Vanessa Moore ’14, Julia Primus ’16 and Daryl Tillman ’16. ... MORE

Arthur Moats surrounded by his wife, Shonda, two daughters, Kaylor and Ava, and son, Grey.

NFL Linebacker Arthur Moats Completes his Master’s

Posted June 5, 2017

Former Buffalo Bills and current Pittsburgh Steelers Outside Linebacker Arthur Nathan Moats III completed his Master of Arts in Community and Economic Development, with an advanced graduate certificate in social entrepreneurship, at SUNY Empire State College’s commencement event Saturday, June 3, in Buffalo, N.Y. ... MORE

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