SAC Standing Committee Report September 2004

Student Affairs Committee
Report to Senate
September 17,  2004

The Student Affairs Committee will be co-chaired by Lorelei (Lore) Westcott and Amy Tweedy for the 2004-2005 governance year.

Student All College Conference
November 4-5, 2005
Saratoga Springs

We have been approved for funding to sponsor a Student All College Conference. Our goal is 50 students. Additional information is attached. The current planning committee includes: Kathleen Egan, Pat Ryan, Lore Westcott, Dori Sapienza-Palma, Janet Aiello, Amy Tweedy, Joyce Howland, Uriel Salazar, and Chris Ghezzi.

Students Assisting Students

The goals of this initiative is to investigate ways for SAC reps to be able to communicate quickly and directly with all students and provide a clear and accessible way for students to ask for help and give feedback on policy proposals that affect them. The subcommittee consists of Marlene Weiler, Eileen Hart, Lore Westcott, Mary Refermat, Rich Gohl, Karin Dedrick, Debbie Reczek. They have had their first conference call in August.

Term Calendar

We had an extensive conversation at the governance retreat concerning the academic calendar proposal and will continue this conversation. For specifics, please see the posted SAC governance minutes.

SAC Newsletter

The deadline for the fall edition of the newsletter has passed. The issue will include articles on the history of the narrative evaluation, student ambassador program, scholarships, all college conference, academic progress issues for students, an introduction from the student co-chair.

Respectfully submitted,

Amy Tweedy and Lore Westcott

Empire State College
Student All-College Conference
November 4-5, 2005
Saratoga Springs

Submitted by: Student Affairs Committee (SAC)

History: Our "Field of Dreams"

The opportunity to create moments of community and avenues for shared academic experiences has been on SAC’s agenda for many years. For the 2003-2004 governance year, SAC committed itself to exploring a more structured tri-center regional event that focused on these goals. The committee recognized that such opportunities currently exist in many of the centers, unit and programs and applaud those efforts. During the planning of the tri-center event, we began to recognize the value and possibilities that could occur with bringing students together under the umbrella of one college.

One of Empire State College’s strengths has always been the value placed on shared scholarship in a dispersed environment. The annual All College conference has provided such an opportunity for the faculty, professional staff and more recently, support staff. The Student Affairs Committee is proposing expanding upon this value by hosting an annual conference at Empire State College specifically for students beginning in the fall of 2005.

Our inspiration for this endeavor comes from one of our own students.

“As a student I wholly support this endeavor. Rarely are students able to participate in this type of community building and involvement. In an adult learning environment it is all too easy for students to limit their interactions to sharing the problems involved in academic life (financial aid issues, balancing work, family, school, etc.). I think it would be highly beneficial if ESC were to provide students with a forum in which to share the creativity and inspiration they bring to their college studies.”

While we recognize that there are concerns and hesitations committing both time and money to such a large endeavor, we are acting on possibilities such an event could bring. The bottom line is that this type of event has never come to fruition. We also believe there exists a segment of students who could/would benefit from this type of involvement.


  • To provide an arena for developing community among Empire State College students.
  • To foster the value of Empire State College as a learning community.
  • To immerse students in academic culture.
  • To provide student development programming to assist students in being more successful.
  • To provide an opportunity for faculty and students to interact in a different forum.
  • To provide a forum for presenting creative and inspiring accomplishments of academic nature.
  • To create an open dialogue between students and administration through a series of informal conversations.

Format: "If you build it, they will come."

SAC is proposing this event as a two-day conference to provide students with a variety of unique activities, opportunities for presenting, and valuable, skill-building workshops. The conference will embrace a multi-faceted approach in its offerings.

Along with providing opportunities for growth and learning, the conference seeks to facilitate an open forum between and among students and administration in order to foster an ongoing dialogue so that the college may further serve in meeting the needs of its students. We foresee this conference as an important opportunity for students to let their voices be heard.

Of course, there is another, perhaps more obvious benefit to this conference. This event will, in essence, create a unique academic campus setting for two days; a setting in which all members of the college community can gather and explore together the potentials of academic and professional life. Here is the chance to meet the person behind the e-mails, to muse on shared college experiences and to create connections for future studies!

Attendance and Travel: "Go the Distance"

Our goal for the first year of this annual conference is participation by 50 students. Faculty and staff of Empire State College will be encouraged to attend to support their students and/or present with students.

In order to facilitate travel, we are proposing two buses; one departing from New York City, stopping in Hartsdale, then to Saratoga Springs. The other departing from Buffalo, stopping in Rochester, stopping in Syracuse, then to Saratoga Springs.

Draft Schedule
Student All-College Conference
Holiday Inn
Saratoga Springs
November 4-5, 2005

Friday, November 4

10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.      Pre-Conference Tour of Collegebr /> 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Welcome and alumni keynote
3:00 p.m.-3:15.p.m.     Break
3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.     Session I
                                        (all sessions would include a menu of concurrent workshops and presentations from which students can choose)
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.     Session II
5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.     Student Art Show and reception
                                         Dinner on own (in organized groups)
8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.   Laughter at Empire State College: comedy social

Saturday, November 5

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.   Poster Sessions
                                        (students will be able to present their academic and creative accomplishments in a poster series format)
10:10 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Session III
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Closing Session/Speaker
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.   Lunch

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