News from Around the College

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

Professor Anastasia Pratt, graduate student Kristina Kwacz and form member of the state Assembly William Parment.

Master’s Capstone Project, “In the Shadow of the Twenty,” Tells the Story of How World War II and the Cold War Kept Newlyweds Apart for 20 Years

Posted May 12, 2017

More than 35 people attended an opening reception for “In the Shadow of the Twenty,” an exhibition of family history reinterpreted through photographs and memoir, created by graduate student Kristina Kwacz. ... MORE

Professor Rebecca Bonanno.

Faculty Fellowship Supports Research and Community Event on Mental Illness

Posted May 12, 2017

Bonanno’s fellowship project focuses on increasing the mental health literacy of parents in the town of Huntington on Long Island. ... MORE

Art student Maria Rizzo with Professor Alan Stankiewicz, her faculty mentor.

Student Maria Rizzo Has Successful Opening Reception for "Velatura" Exhibition

Posted May 10, 2017

Family, friends, teachers, colleagues and community members came out on April 4 to an opening reception for "Velatura: Trees and Places with Subtle Layers of Purples, Greens and Blue.” ... MORE

Arthur Chickering, SUNY Empire State College's founding vice president of academic affairs.

Arthur Chickering Named Distinguished Alumni at Teachers College, Columbia University

Posted May 9, 2017

Chickering was among the educators and scholars chosen by then SUNY Chancellor Ernest L. Boyer to review his seminal document describing the college, “Prospectus for a new University College,” in February 1971. ... MORE

Member of Assembly Charles Barron and SUNY Empire State College Chief Diversity Officer for Institutional Equity and Inclusion Elliott Dawes.

Member of Assembly Charles Barron Meets with Student/Alumni Club The Black Male Initiative

Posted May 4, 2017

The event, “The Conditions of Our Community,” took place Wednesday evening, April 19. Nearly 50 students, alumni, faculty and staff participated. ... MORE

Steve Slagle '89

Alumni Spotlight: Steve Slagle '89

Posted April 19, 2017

Steve Slagle '89, who graduated with a B.A. in The Arts, has had his new recording, "Alto Manhattan," (Panorama Records) reach No. 4 on the jazz radio charts. ... MORE

Mark Spawn '07

Alumni Spotlight: Mark Spawn '07

Posted April 19, 2017

Mark Spawn '07, who earned a B.S. in Community and Human Services at the Central New York location, worked his way through the ranks in Fulton, N.Y., serving as the city’s chief of police for 11 years. ... MORE

Verna, guide do extraordinaire, retires.

Verna – Guide Dog Extraordinaire – Retires

Posted March 31, 2017

Special recognition for a member of the SUNY Empire State College community was bestowed during the recent All College Conference, held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ... MORE

Sir Hilary Beckles delivers the 2017 Boyer Family Lecture

Buzz About Sir Hilary Beckles’ Boyer Lecture Continues

Posted March 31, 2017

By 1660, Barbados, the island where Sir Hilary was born, became the first society in the western hemisphere where Africans comprised the majority of the population. ... MORE

Sir Hilary Beckles delivers the 2017 Boyer Family Lecture

University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles Delivers Boyer Lecture at All College Conference

Posted March 20, 2017

“Reparatory Justice and Economic Development: Critical Support for the Social Growth Paradigm in the Caribbean.” ... MORE

BMI member Tony Haywood, Chief Diversity Officer for Institutional Equity and Inclusion Elliott Dawes, and BMI member Natural Langdon. Photo/David Fullard

BMI Hosts Screening and Post-film Discussion on PBS Documentary “Birth of a Movement”

Posted March 17, 2017

The documentary features interviews with filmmaker Spike Lee, Reginald Hudlin, the director and producer of “Django Unchained,” Paul D. Miller, known as DJ Spooky, an artist, writer and musician, commissioned by Lincoln Center Festival to do a video remix titled “Rebirth of a Nation,” Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Dick Lehr, author of the book “The Birth of a Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights,” among others. ... MORE

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Empire State College Alumnus Bob Herbert Hosts Segment of PBS Documentary, “Chasing the Dream”

Posted March 9, 2017

Bob Herbert ‘88, hosted a segment of the PBS series “Chasing the Dream,” on Monday night (March 6). ... MORE

Graduate student Kristina Kwacz discusses her research at the conference. Photo/Empire State College

Graduate Students’ Work Selected for SUNY Faculty Senate Graduate and Research Conference

Posted March 9, 2017

More than 50 Students, and their faculty advisors, from 18 SUNY campuses participated in the one-day conference. ... MORE

President Merodie Hancock stands to the left of Nell Braxton Gibson '82 and Fay Wattleton. Hancock and Wattleton presented Gibson with the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award at the college's fifth annual celebration of black history. Photo/Marty Heitner '92

Nell Braxton Gibson ’82, Among ‘60s Civil Rights Pioneers Interviewed on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” for Black History Month

Posted February 17, 2017

Gibson shared advice for those not currently involved with civil rights who may not want to get outside of themselves and talk with others: “Suck it up. It’s too important not to (do). ... MORE

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