June 3, 2011

Nine Students Receive Dean’s Medals at SUNY Empire State College

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – June 2, 2011) – The School for Graduate Studies at SUNY Empire State College, has announced the recipients of the first-ever Dean’s Medals. The Dean’s Medal is presented to students for outstanding graduate work. Students were nominated by a faculty member, and posters explaining their research were reviewed by a faculty committee who forwarded their recommendations to the dean.

The 2011 recipients, who have earned, or are earning Master of Arts degrees, are:

  • Laura Palmer, Social Policy, Rochester, NY;
  • Meagan Nestleroad, Social Policy, Ballston Spa, N.Y.;
  • Harlan Hall, Social Policy, Ballston Lake, N.Y.;
  • Cynthia Julian, Liberal Studies, Ravena, N.Y.,
  • Charles Dyer, Social Policy, Loudenville, N.Y.;
  • Janet Verneuille, Social Policy, Sag Harbor, N.Y.;
  • Earl McCray, Teaching, Rochester, N.Y.;
  • Laura Murray, Liberal Studies, Slingerlands, NY; and
  • Erin Sullivan, Liberal Studies, Staten Island, N.Y.

“It gives me great pleasure to recognize these graduate students in this way. Graduate work is challenging and rewarding – and even more so when you are holding down a job and possibly raising a family,” said Robert Clougherty, dean of the School for Graduate Studies. “And since we all know that the job market they face is uncertain, I am truly thrilled that I have the opportunity to say to these hard-working students, job well done. I wish those who are graduating this year continued success as they launch their post-graduate careers.”

The students were selected following the submission of a poster and an abstract about their research, for consideration of presention at the legislative building in Albany March 8 as part of “ Research That Matters: An Exposition of Graduate Research in SUNY and CUNY.” Of the 61 outstanding graduate research posters from all graduate programs in SUNY and CUNY, three were chosen from students of Empire State College’s School for Graduate Studies for display at the legislative building that day. It was from the overall college entries that the Dean’s Medal recipients were selected.

Dean’s Medal recipients who are graduating this term will have their medals presented at graduation. Students who are continuing in their programs will have their medals awarded at the School for Graduate Studies Residency and 40th Anniversary celebration this fall.

For more information, contact Anita Paley (anita.paley@esc.edu).

About SUNY Empire State College

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link .


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