SAC Minutes March 2012

Student Affairs Committee
March 28, 2012

In attendance: Sandra Barkevich, Fredericka Connor, Tim Minahan, Danny Ferreyra, Vickie Moller-Pepe, Katelyn Jorgensen, Danielle Clum, Julio Hernandez, Pat Myers, Kate Colberg, Kameylah Hakim, Kevin Woo, Tom Brady, Jim McMahon, Amy McQuigge, Margaret Sithole, Amy Costantino, Danielle Benedict, Audrey Lynch, Joe Boudreau

Excused: Alison Damon, Shirley Ferraro

Approval of minutes from Feb. 6, 2012 conference call.

Announcement by Amy Costantino inviting al SAC members to attend the Senate meeting.

Subcommittee Updates

Student Engagement - Kate Colberg

  • Coordination and logistics for the collegewide election event have been taking place throughout the year via monthly conference calls. Call schedule has been set for the year.
  • It has been determined that there will be one host center (likely GVC), with all other centers participating via video-conferencing equipment.
  • The committee has decided that there will be four speakers (20-30 mins each)
  • The committee has narrowed the program to four major topics:
    • Voter behavior
    • Why vote?
    • Suffrage
    • Media influence.
  • Pat Myers announced that she will request funds for each center to host event through SAF (funds to be used for refreshments, etc.).
  • Pat Myers and her crew have put together an event publicity timeline to encourage students to register to vote and to inform them of the election event. This timeline illustrates the objectives of the event, the time and method of delivery of information.
  • Danny Ferreyra (HVAD student representative) announced a similar event that will be taking place at Harry Van Arsdale that he helped to coordinate. Danny will send us the link to the stream of the event.

The Student Connection Newsletter — Danielle Clum

  • CDL student SAC representative Sandra Barkevich is now the student editor for the Student Connection Newsletter. Danielle Clum is now serving as the assistant editor.
  • The College is now contracting with students so that students can be paid for their articles. We currently have four committed student writers and a number of students showing interest. LIC student SAC representative Vickie Pepe is one of the committed student writers. Committed writers will have their bios on the Newsletter homepage and are expected to write two journalistic articles and one profile, per month, per the contract.
  • Currently an “Article Submission Guideline” document is being drafted. This will be included on the website.
  • The committee is brainstorming about different ways to organize archives.
  • The committee is discussing the possibility of using pod casts in future editions of the newsletter.
  • Vickie Moller-Pepe shared an idea about creating templates for profile articles. This is an idea that the committee will discuss in more detail going forward.

Financial Literacy — Audrey Lynch and Tim Minahan

  • The committee has been discussing the idea of partnering with local companies that offer financial literacy programs.
  • The committee recently met with Kristina Delbridge to talk about topics for financial literacy based articles and pod casts for the newsletter. Some topics they have decided to focus on include credit scores, financial lingo, etc.
  • The committee also discussed the importance of creating a template for articles or article guidelines document. Danielle Clum reminded the committee that the newsletter committee has already created an “Article Submission Guideline” document that they are free to use it.
  • The committee also discussed the idea of creating a financial literacy mentoring program for students.
  • Pat Myers reminded the group that financial coaching will be available to students through the new Health and Wellness program. Information about this can be found at the new Student Service website (

Update on Earth Week Clothing Drive — Audrey Lynch

  • Audrey Lynch announced that she is heading the Earth Week Clothing Drive for GVC and has chosen Big Brother and Big Sisters as her charity.
  • The sponsoring organization is SUSTAINU. SUSTAINU is a clothing company focused on changing the way clothes are made (by creating 100% recycled apparel) to improve the environment.
  • Audrey has received T-shirts from SUSTAINU. She will be sending two T-shirts to each participating center. The T-shirts can be given out to the student and employee who donate the most lbs of clothing.
  • Audrey will be sending flyers to each participating center – flyers should be available next week.
  • Audrey announced another green initiate called “A Million Acts of Green.” The purpose of this initiative is to encourage people to vote, as an act of green. More information to come.

Update on the 4th Annual Student Art Competition — Danielle Benedict

  • The 4th Annual Student Art Competition kicked off on Feb. 1, 2012.
  • Students are encouraged to submit a PDF of their artwork through May 4, 2012.
  • Any type/medium of art is accepted for judging. There is a one-submission limit per student.
  • Students can submit their work at On the website, students should click “New Main Topic” and complete the poster submission form.
  • Questions should be directed to Danielle Benedict, student service specialist for the Office of Collegewide Student Affairs.

2012 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence — Pat Myers

  • Five recipients have been chosen from Empire State College.
  • The recipients will be honored by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher on Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2012 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, N.Y.
  • This year’s recipients are Anita Brown (CDL), Vicki Haas (NFC), Kevin Lawson (GVC), Carolyn Polikarpus (NEC) and Ryan Smithson (NEC).

Health Insurance Update — Pat Myers

  • As of Mar. 28, 2012, 20 students have enrolled in health insurance program.
  • Information about the health insurance plan is available at the new Student Services website (

Health and Wellness Update — Pat Myers

  • Pat announced that information about the health and wellness program can be found on the new Office of Student Services website. The website is informational and interactive.
  • Some of the services that are available to students through the health and wellness plan include the availability of health insurance for our students through USI Affinity Collegiate Insurance Resources, Talk One-2-One Counseling Service, various health and wellness related workshops (information about these workshops will be distributed when it becomes available), financial counseling, legal counseling and more.
  • Communication about the health and wellness program is available on the website but will also be sent to student via emails blasts and will be featured in the newsletter.

College wide Student Services Website — Pat Myers

  • Pat announced that the Collegewide Student Services website has gone live.
  • The website can be accessed at
  • The website contains the following information:
    • disability services
    • student life policies and procedures
    • health and wellness
    • Student Engagement
    • The Student Connection
    • SAC
    • StAC
    • Awards and Fellowships
    • Safety and Security
    • Student Consumer Information

Update 8th Annual Student Academic Conference

  • Colleen Reedy and Jane Cudmore, co-chairs of the 8th Annual StAC Planning Committee joined our meeting.
  • Colleen and Jane reminded the committee that the conference will be held on Oct. 12–13, 2012 at Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Presentation proposals are due by Aug.15 (June 30 for international students). Proposals are to be submitted online.
  • Students may request and are encouraged to request funds for travel and lodging. These funds are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. Requests for funding need to be submitted online. The final deadline to request funds is Sept.15, if there are still funds available by that time.
  • Art Show submissions are due by Sept. 1 (June 30 for international students). Art Show submissions also need to be submitted online.
  • Registration for the conference is open at the time. The deadline to register for the conference is Sept. 30. Everyone who plans to attend the conference needs to register, including faculty and staff. Registration needs to be submitted online.

Announcements, questions, comments, concerns

  • Amy announced that she will send out a scheduling poll for a full committee conference call in April.

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