Press Releases, 2019

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SUNY Empire State College and CVS Health Work Together to Create New Continuing Education Pilot Program for CVS’ Store Managers Across New York State

Posted November 18, 2019

CVS Health and SUNY Empire State College signed an agreement that makes CVS Health’s more than 490 store managers across New York state eligible to complete a bachelor’s degree built around their busy schedules at a reduced cost. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Will Eliminate All Fees for Spouses of Veterans

Posted November 14, 2019

Expanding upon the announcement by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Veterans Day that application fees will be waived for veterans and their spouses at all State University of New York and City University of New York Schools ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Celebrates Grand Opening of Long Island Campus in Selden

Posted November 13, 2019

SUNY Empire State College cut the ribbon on its new $14-million Long Island campus in Selden today, joined by state and local leaders. The campus offers modern learning, meeting, and working facilities for students and the community. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College and Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Partner to Help Employees of Member Organizations Earn Business Degrees

Posted November 8, 2019

SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras and Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Robert Duffy today signed an agreement to help employees of member organizations earn business degrees through targeted partnerships. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College and SUNY Broome Announce First-of-its-Kind Partnership to Help Health Care Practitioners Advance Their Careers

Posted November 7, 2019

SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras and SUNY Broome Community College President Kevin Drumm today announced a new partnership making it easier for SUNY Broome students to advance their health care careers with an online bachelor’s degree in Allied Health from SUNY Empire. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College and CREATE Community Studios to Present Multimedia Art Exhibition Exploring the Role of Caregivers

Posted November 5, 2019

SUNY Empire State College, in collaboration with CREATE Community Studios, presents “Taking Care: An Expressive Arts Celebration,” featuring more than 120 works of art and writing from veterans, teens, and people who are professional and family caregivers. The diverse collection of works explores the challenges, rewards, and importance of caregiving through a variety of media. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College and SUNY Cobleskill Partner to Streamline Graduate School Opportunities for Students

Posted November 4, 2019

SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras and SUNY Cobleskill President Marion Terenzio today signed an agreement to create five pathways to lower barriers for SUNY Cobleskill students to earn a graduate degree through SUNY Empire. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College School of Nursing and Allied Health Alumnus Named Student Nurse Practitioner of the Year

Posted October 31, 2019

Daniel Babcock, a 2017 alumnus of the School of Nursing and Allied Health at SUNY Empire State College, has received the Region 2 Student Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award for 2019 from The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (The NPA). ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Presents “Women Creating History” at the National Museum of Dance

Posted October 30, 2019

SUNY Empire State College, in collaboration with the Capital Region Dance Alliance, presents “Women Creating History,” a two-day exploration of how leading female figures influenced the history of dance, art, and theater – and how the arts, in turn, helped shape women’s history. ... MORE

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Suffolk County Executive Bellone and SUNY Empire State College Sign Educational Partnership Establishing Trail Access for Students, Community

Posted October 29, 2019

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Dr. Jim Malatras, president of SUNY Empire State College, signed an educational partnership today that will connect the county's existing trail network to the college's new 6.6-acre Long Island campus in Selden, which is scheduled to celebrate its grand opening in November. ... MORE

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Seven Scholarships Awarded to Students of SUNY Empire State College’s Successful Black Male Initiative

Posted October 28, 2019

Seven students in SUNY Empire State College’s Black Male Initiative have been awarded scholarships to help break down financial barriers to higher education and build stronger communities. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Awards Seven Degrees through Erie County Department of Social Services Workforce Initiative

Posted October 22, 2019

SUNY Empire State College awarded seven degrees this year to Erie County Department of Social Services employees as part of an ongoing workforce initiative that provides pathways to career advancement for DSS employees. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Recognizes Four with Alumni Awards

Posted October 21, 2019

The SUNY Empire State College Alumni Student Federation Board of Governors recognized four of the college's exemplary alumni on Thursday, Oct. 17. Pamela Say, Danielle Asher, Raul Rodriguez, and Christopher Feeley were spotlighted for their lasting impact on society and the college through their outstanding professional, military, philanthropic, and volunteer accomplishments. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Student Voting Jumps 20 Percent in 2018, Exceeds National Average

Posted October 16, 2019

SUNY Empire State College student participation in the 2018 elections increased by nearly 20 percent over 2014, according to the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE). ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College's Sarah Wilson-Sparrow Honored Among Capital Region YWCA Resourceful Women and Girls on a Mission

Posted October 15, 2019

Sarah Wilson-Sparrow, coordinator of partnership development at SUNY Empire State College, was named the 2019 Resourceful Woman in Education by the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Offers New Online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology to Meet Student Demand

Posted October 9, 2019

New for the spring of 2020, SUNY Empire State College will offer an online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, helping to prepare students for the high-growth field of psychology or build a foundation for further study. Registration for Spring 2020 begins Oct. 8, 2019, and closes Jan. 9, 2020. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Unveils New Logo

Posted October 4, 2019

SUNY Empire State College, the State University of New York's only statewide, distributed institution, has unveiled a new logo to represent its mission of educational opportunity for students at any stage of life. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Launches New Advanced Degree Programs to Prepare Tomorrow's Public Servants

Posted October 3, 2019

SUNY Empire State College has launched a new online Graduate Certificate in Public Administration, as well as a new Public Administration concentration in the Master's in Social and Public Policy program, to help prepare future public servants in the face of a pending wave of retirements. (there are hyperlinks within that sentence, not sure if Teasers can include hyperlinks. ... MORE

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Former New York State Governor David Paterson to Address Students at SUNY Empire State College 2019 Winter Commencement

Posted October 2, 2019

Former New York State Governor David Paterson will deliver the Commencement Address at SUNY Empire State College's 2019 Winter Commencement, to be held Sunday, December 15, at 1 p.m. in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Expands Partnership to Meet the Needs of Fort Drum Community

Posted October 2, 2019

The college has expanded its 29-year partnership with Fort Drum to increase the number of available upper-level courses and in-seat classes. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Launches Largest-Ever Campaign to Support Military-Aligned Students

Posted October 1, 2019

SUNY Empire State College has launched a $1 million fundraising campaign to enhance financial aid and degree completion support for the college’s students serving on active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans, and their families. This is the largest campaign to support military-aligned students in the college’s history. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Receives $350,000 Grant from Lumina Foundation

Posted October 1, 2019

SUNY Empire State College has been awarded a $350,000 grant from Lumina Foundation to build new pathways to degrees and other credentials for adults, especially for people of color and Native learners. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Community Walks More than One Million Steps in Recognition of National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day

Posted October 1, 2019

Relay Kicks Off College’s $1 Million Campaign to Support Military Students and Their Families ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Names Desiree Drindak Permanent Director of the Office of Veteran and Military Education

Posted September 30, 2019

Drindak will help expand education access and completion initiatives for military students and their families. More than 1,300 active-duty military and veteran students and their family members Are currently enrolled at SUNY Empire State College, the second highest enrollment in the SUNY system. ... MORE

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Community Explores Local Solutions in the Opioid Crisis at SUNY Empire State College and Rockefeller Institute of Government Forum

Posted September 27, 2019

Community leaders in Saratoga Springs and beyond explored local, evidence-based strategies for addressing the opioid epidemic at a forum hosted by SUNY Empire State College and the Rockefeller Institute of Government yesterday. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Communications Director David Henahan Retires after More than 20 Years with SUNY

Posted September 27, 2019

During his tenure at SUNY Empire, Henahan helped develop the college’s digital presence, cultivated relationships with media in the Capital Region and around the state, and brought attention to the college’s remarkable students, faculty, staff, and alumni. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Confronts Climate Change with Sustainability Programs, Green Facilities

Posted September 25, 2019

In celebration of Climate Change Week, SUNY Empire State College is actively addressing the threat of climate change with a new Advanced Graduate Certificate in Leadership for Sustainable Development, which builds on existing efforts to lead and educate for a cleaner, greener future. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Launches Contest to Choose First-Ever Mascot

Posted September 24, 2019

SUNY Empire State College has launched a competition to determine its first-ever mascot with a call for submissions by the college’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The winning mascot will be announced at the beginning of 2020. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College to Hold “One Million Steps Relay” in Recognition of National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day

Posted September 24, 2019

The SUNY Empire State College Office of Veteran and Military Education will hold a “One Million Steps Relay” at the Empire State Plaza in Albany in observance of National Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day on Sunday, Sept. 29, from 1-5 p.m. The relay will culminate with the New York State Division of Veterans’ Services observance at Lafayette Park beginning at 6 p.m. ... MORE

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SUNY and the University of the West Indies Symposium on Global Partnerships for Climate Action Spurs Partnerships Around Climate Change

Posted September 20, 2019

The State University of New York and the University of West Indies, through their jointly held Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development (CLSD), hosted a first-ever Symposium on Global Partnerships for Climate Action. The event was held Friday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SUNY Global, located at 116 East 55th St. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Announces Panelists for Upcoming Opioid Forum

Posted September 19, 2019

Local leaders in law enforcement, health care, and education will join the upcoming “Local Solutions in the Opioid Crisis” forum hosted by SUNY Empire State College and the Rockefeller Institute of Government on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 3-5 p.m. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Announces New Future of Labor Research Center at the Rockefeller Institute of Government

Posted September 18, 2019

SUNY Empire State College’s Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies and the Rockefeller Institute of Government are partnering to establish the Future of Labor Research Center to examine the changing nature of work, the future of work, workers, and worker organizations. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College and the New York Police Department Partner to Offer College Credits for Training and Experience for NYPD Employees, Retirees

Posted September 16, 2019

SUNY Empire State College and the New York Police Department have established a partnership to turn training and experience into transfer credits to allow NYPD employees and retirees to earn a degree faster at lower cost through SUNY Empire. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College to Host Public Discussions About Free Speech, Privacy, and Security in the Digital Era for Constitution Day

Posted September 13, 2019

In observance of Constitution and Citizenship Day, SUNY Empire State College is hosting “What Should Go on the Internet? Privacy, Freedom & Security Online,” from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, at six of its campuses around the state. It is open to the public free of charge. ... MORE

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New York State Department of Labor and SUNY Empire State College Announce Partnership to Help Prepare Job-Seekers for Emerging Careers

Posted September 12, 2019

Technological innovations, demographic shifts, and globalization are rapidly changing our world of work. At the same time many New York businesses are facing a shortage of qualified workers, often because of skills gaps that require some form of additional education or training. These changes and shortages create new career opportunities for New York’s workforce right now and in the future. The Empire State Career Connector will help prepare workers for the future and address workforce gaps today. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College’s Finger Lakes Campus Selected as Early Voting Site for Monroe County

Posted September 10, 2019

SUNY Empire State College’s Finger Lakes campus, located at 680 Westfall Road, Brighton, is among the seven locations selected as an early polling site for the upcoming general elections held in Monroe County. The process is part of state law adopted this year to allow for early voting nine days before an election. ... MORE

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Lexie Riley Bonitatibus Named SUNY Empire State College Director of Budget and Risk

Posted September 6, 2019

She comes to SUNY Empire from Union College, where she was the director of budgets and risk management. Immediately prior to Union, Bonitatibus worked at General Electric Company for 13 years in a variety of roles, including as a commercial finance manager, senior risk manager, global cost control leader, finance manager and analyst. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Names Associate Professor Sue Epstein as Director of Corporate and Community Partnerships

Posted September 5, 2019

Epstein’s academic accomplishments, experience in the public and private sectors, and her role as a member of the college’s faculty will help her advance the Office of Programs and Partnerships’ goal to significantly expand partnership development in the academic, corporate, and nonprofit environments. ... MORE

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Eileen Angelini Appointed Associate Dean of the School for Graduate Studies

Posted September 3, 2019

An accomplished teacher and scholar, Angelini joins the college from East Carolina University, where she was the David and Julian and Virginia Suther Whichard distinguished visiting professor in the Humanities. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Begins New Online Master of Science in Information Technology to Meet Workforce Demand in One of the Fastest Growing Industries

Posted August 28, 2019

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics there will be a 12 percent growth from 2016-2026 in employment opportunities for computer and information systems managers. This is the fastest growth than the average for all occupations. ... MORE

Two paintings: At left is Raúl Manzano’s “Field of Dreams.” To the right is “OXIGEN.” Both are oil on canvass and will be displayed as part of the upcoming exhibit “In the Eye of the Beholder.”

Manhattan Borough President Brewer to Showcase Art of SUNY Empire Professor Raúl Manzano ’05 as part of Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted August 23, 2019

SUNY Empire State College visiting professor and alumnus Raúl Manzano ’05 will present “In the Eye of the Beholder,” an exhibit of his paintings confronting contemporary issues, in the office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer this fall as part of her celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College, Rockefeller Institute to Host Forum on Finding Solutions in the Opioid Crisis

Posted August 19, 2019

SUNY Empire State College and the Rockefeller Institute of Government are hosting a forum to focus on evidence-based solutions to effectively address the opioid crisis. The forum will be held Thursday, Sept. 26, from 3-5 p.m., at SUNY Empire’s Student Center, 111 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College to Open its Dozens of Computer Labs Across the State to the Public for the 2020 Census

Posted August 14, 2019

To help ensure an accurate, complete count in the 2020 census, SUNY Empire State College will open available computer labs at the college’s more than 30 locations all across New York state. ... MORE

SUNY Empire Assistant Professor Norine Masella, at right, is presented with Tau Kappa At-Large Chapter Recognition for Excellence in Education, at the STTI Honor Society for Nursing induction ceremony.

SUNY Empire State College Nursing Students, Faculty Earn International Nursing Honors

Posted August 9, 2019

Thirty SUNY Empire State College nursing students have been inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI). ... MORE

Students will be able to complete the unique B.S. in Addiction Studies degree online, face-to-face, or through an individualized blend to fit the busy lives of working professionals. Enrollment opens in the spring of 2020.

SUNY Empire State College Launches First-of-its-Kind Bachelor’s Degree in Addiction Studies

Posted August 7, 2019

SUNY Empire State College is launching a first-of-its-kind Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies program to help address the urgent need for qualified substance use disorder treatment specialists in New York state and around the nation. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College Names Meg Benke Permanent Provost

Posted August 6, 2019

Benke first joined the college in 1991, and previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs, 2011-12, as a member of the faculty and a department chair with the college’s School for Graduate Studies. Most recently she has been serving as provost on an interim basis. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College and Nassau Community College Launch First-of-its-Kind Unified Nursing Program

Posted August 1, 2019

Starting this fall, 96 students will begin working toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing in an innovative new unified program by SUNY Empire State College and Nassau Community College that eliminates the need to transfer credits from one institution to another. ... MORE

Statement on the Death of Alumnus and CWA President Emeritus Morton Bahr ’83, ’95 from SUNY Empire State College President Jim Malatras

Posted August 1, 2019

“Morty Bahr’s death is heartbreaking news for all of us at the college. A titan among America’s organized labor leaders, he had a clear vision of the worth of working people, and his tenacity in championing their cause and success in getting them a better deal, was unsurpassed. ... MORE

SUNY Empire Nursing and Allied Health Associate Dean Kim Stote to Join Harvard Training Program

Posted July 31, 2019

Kim S. Stote, associate dean for health professions at SUNY Empire State College’s School of Nursing and Allied Health, will join Harvard University Medical School’s Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program in its 2020 cohort of clinicians and scientists. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College to Showcase Alumni Art in Saratoga Springs

Posted July 26, 2019

SUNY Empire State College will showcase 41 works by two alumnae at its new Student Center in Saratoga Springs, with an opening reception on Monday, August 5 from 6-8 p.m. The show kicks off a new series of art exhibits hosted by SUNY Empire highlighting the works of students, alumni, faculty, and the broader community. ... MORE

Back row, left to right, are Arayah Jessop, Lisa Schnitzer, Diane Owens and Carline Penal. Front row seated on bench, left to right, are: Christian Speedling, from SUNY Global, SUNY Empire’s Jim McMahon and students Ashley Vanderhall.

SUNY Empire Students Volunteer in the Rebuilding and Recovery of Puerto Rico in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Posted June 30, 2019

Again this summer, SUNY Empire State College graduate and undergraduate students have volunteered to participate with “NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative,” a collaboration of labor, nonprofit, philanthropic and academic partners, established by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. ... MORE

Associate Professor Patricia Isaac, center, was presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence by Executive Vice President Joseph Garcia and Associate Dean Nikki Shrimpton at the college’s commencement ceremony at Syracuse.

Three Receive the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence

Posted June 20, 2019

The college's 2019 recipients are: Assistant Director for Cloud Computing Adam Cross, Secretary II Kara Loy and Associate Professor Patricia Isaac. ... MORE

Four Alumni Recognized for Distinguished and Emerging Leadership, Veteran Service and Community Impact

Posted May 21, 2019

The purpose of the program is to recognize the college’s exemplary alumni who have made a lasting impact on society and SUNY Empire through outstanding professional, philanthropic or volunteer accomplishments. ... MORE

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Lynne Dodson named Associate Dean of the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies

Posted May 14, 2019

As the Labor Center’s associate dean, Dodson will collaborate with senior Office of Academic Affairs leadership to expand student success with high-quality labor studies programming that promotes innovation in teaching, mentoring and learning. A long-time labor leader and activist and an educator and advocate for worker rights, social, racial and economic justice, Dodson most recently served as secretary treasurer for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO (WSLC). ... MORE

Jim Malatras Named President of SUNY Empire State College

Posted May 8, 2019

Jim Malatras, the current president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, today was named president of Empire State College by the SUNY Board of Trustees. His appointment is effective July 15, 2019. ... MORE

Anderson Center Executive Director and CEO Patrick Paul '94, a SUNY Empire alumnus, and Officer in Charge Mitchell S. Nesler, shake hands after formalizing the partnership between the two organizations.

Anderson Center for Autism and SUNY Empire State College to Expand Opportunities for Students Entering Field of Autism

Posted May 7, 2019

Executives from Anderson Center for Autism and SUNY Empire State College held a signing ceremony at Anderson Center on Monday, May 6, to mark the launch of a cross-institutional educational collaboration that will provide paths for professional advancement for Anderson Center employees and develop a program to prepare SUNY Empire State College students to work with individuals with autism. ... MORE

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New Program for the Fall: Online Master of Science in Information

Posted April 29, 2019

The online MSIT degree is a 33 credit program designed to attract IT professionals in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields who wish to advance their career opportunities in information technology industries. ... MORE

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Four Selected for the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Posted April 24, 2019

Four SUNY Empire State College students have been selected to receive the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, the SUNY system’s most prestigious student honor. They are: Wales A. Brown ’15, ‘18, formerly of Schenectady; Lynn Ann Hinds McCoy ’16, a resident of Canastota; Tatiana C. Parker, a North Syracuse resident and Julian Wyllie ‘18, who lives in Manhattan. ... MORE

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47th Annual Commencement Dates Announced

Posted April 8, 2019

SUNY Empire State College’s 47th annual commencement ceremonies begin in Albany, Sunday, June 2, and conclude Saturday, June 15, on Long Island. As the SUNY system’s only statewide college, commencement events take place throughout the state. ... MORE

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Multi-year Plan for 1 Stop Student Services Culminates in Ribbon Cutting at 111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY

Posted February 27, 2019

As part of multi-year efforts to improve student success statewide, SUNY Empire State College 1-Stop Student Services staff are now under one roof at newly renovated 111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ... MORE

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SUNY Corning Community College and SUNY Empire State College Sign Nursing Transfer Agreement

Posted February 20, 2019

Students who receive their associate degree in nursing at SUNY CCC and meet the appropriate academic requirements will be accepted into the Bachelor of Science in nursing program at SUNY Empire State. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire Begins 2019 with New Academic Opportunities

Posted January 15, 2019

B.S. in Accounting, B.S. in Allied Health and a Human Resource Management Specialization for the Online MBA, Meet Student and Employer Demand ... MORE

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