SAC Annual Report 2013-2014

Annual Report
Student Affairs Committee

The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) is an integral force in the governance group. During the course of the 2013 – 2014 school year, the committee has scheduled three conference calls and two face to face meetings. The first face to face meeting was held on Oct. 18, 2013 at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel in Queens, N.Y. The meeting preceded the Student Academic Conference which was hosted by the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies. The full committee has scheduled their last face to face meeting for April 10, 2014 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, N.Y. Following the meeting, the committee attended the second collegewide Health and Wellness Retreat.

During the June, 2013 governance retreat, the committee identified the following initiatives to focus on for the coming academic year. Below is the SAC 2013-2014 year in review:

Student Engagement

The subcommittee, chaired by Kameylah Hakim, sponsored a three-part series of interactive forums across the college touching on the topic of social responsibility. These presentations were staged at the Van Arsdale Center in New York City and were streamed live via ESCTV. The use of the Tandberg system allowed for an interactive collegewide event.

The events were:

  • Nov. 13, 2013 - How You Get There is Where You’ll Arrive : Moving Sustainable Thoughts Into Action
  • Jan. 28, 2014 - Getting By With a Little Help From Our Friends: Volunteerism
  • March 19, 2014 - Reading Is Fundamental: Literacy in Our Schools and Around the Globe

Student Connection Newsletter

Sandra Barkevich, editor of The Student Connection and a student with the School for Graduate Studies, announced that the traffic on the newsletter website routinely reaches over 5,000 students in a two-month period based on diagnostics run monthly.

Fifth Annual Student Art Competition

The Annual Art Awards were presented at the Student Academic Conference Reception and Art Show. Dr. Merodie Hancock presented the winners with a cash award and certificate.

    • The first place winner was Stephen O’Donnell Sr., with his painting “Pleasure.” Mr. O’Donnell is from the Hudson Valley Center. Posters of his work are available from the Office of Collegewide Student Services.
    • Richard Labonte from the Genesee Valley Center took second place with his photograph “Hurricane Sandy from Canada.”
    • In third place was Yasmin Arif from our Center for Distance Learning with her digital piece titled "Let’s Protect the Rainbow of Life 'The Wildlife’."
    • There were three honorable mentions: Briana Horn (Center for Distance Learning) for her painting, "Impasto Fantatico," Elizabeth Mago (Center for Distance Learing) for her digital piece, "Planets Complete" and Amy Edwards Morgan (Hudson Valley Center, Newburgh Unit) for her photograph, "Fire in the Cribs."

Sixth Annual Student Art Competition

Submissions were accepted through May 9, 2014. Students could submit any type/medium of art, but it had to be submitted as a two-dimensional electronic image and be appropriate in content in order to represent the college. Art submissions were limited to three per student.

The winning piece will be announced and the winner recognized at the annual Student Academic Conference this fall. The first place winner’s work will be printed in poster form and displayed throughout the college.

First, second and third prize winners will receive a monetary award. In addition some travel assistance may be available for the top three finishers so they can attend the Student Academic Conference and showcase their winning pieces at the Art Show in October.

Ninth Annual Student Academic Conference

The ninth annual Student Academic Conference was hosted by the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies. Co-chairs were Sophia Mvrogiannis and Jim MacMahon.

Approximately 65 students presented academically-focused workshops or posters at the conference. Dr. Merodie Hancock moderated a student panel exploring how past Chancellor Award for Student Excellence recipients combined their academic life with service, leadership and employment.

Cheryl Farrell ’92, ’09 was the opening plenary speaker and Marian Conway ’01, ’04 was the keynote speaker.

Over 250 participants from every regional center, CDL and several International Program locations attended over the two-day period. More than 15 offices, centers and units donated theme baskets for the student raffle.

The conference was a great success and enjoyed by all!

Tenth Annual Student Academic Conference

The tenth anniversary of the Student Academic Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn on Wolf Road, Albany, N.Y. on Oct. 24 - 25, 2014. The Center for Distance Learning is the conference host.

Respectfully submitted,

Bore Mould, student co-chair
Jim McMahon, faculty/staff co-chair

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