Student Success Newsletter September 2022

Welcome from President Vollendorf

Posted September 1, 2022

Welcome to the 2022-23 academic year! I am thrilled to be the sixth president of SUNY Empire State, and to be on a journey of listening and learning about everything that makes ours a unique – and uniquely impactful – institution. ... MORE

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

Posted September 1, 2022

Check-in here for important dates and upcoming events happening at the college. Links to these events and more can be found at SUNY Empire Connects. September 2 Brightspace Virtual Drop-in Office Hours at 11 a.m. September 5 Labor Day – College Closed September 6 First day of the Fall term and Express Term One. Access your online courses in Brightspace. September 6 IN-PERSON EVENT: Fall Student Kick-Off at 5 p.m. ... MORE

A Message from the SGA President

Posted September 1, 2022

Many changes have happened over the summer and moving into the fall 2022 academic year. I became president after the spring elections along with my running mate Matt Berge, the SGA vice president. New to the SGA is Rhon Glasgow, serving as our elected treasurer. Rhon is a recent graduate of the School of Business and is continuing his studies in graduate school in the fall. Matt Berge and I are both 2021 graduates of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Unfortunately, the SGA is without a secretary, and we are hoping to fill that position in September. ... MORE

A Letter from the Senator of the School of Graduate Studies

Posted September 1, 2022

As a part-time graduate student in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, I will be part of the SUNY Empire community until late 2024 / early 2025. I introduce myself as one of the three newly elected Student Government Association (SGA) senators for the School of Graduate Studies for the 2022-2023 academic year. ... MORE

SUNY Empire to Move from Moodle to Brightspace

Posted September 1, 2022

SUNY Empire will be moving to a new Learning Management System called Brightspace starting with the Fall 2022 Term for both online and virtual (e.g., virtual study groups, residencies, and independent studies) courses. ... MORE

Registration Now Open for the 2022 Fall Student Kick-Off!

Posted September 1, 2022

The Fall Student Kick-Off invites all students to come to a college location, meet fellow students and staff, create connections, and learn about the services, engagement opportunities, and resources available to you. ... MORE

Online Reading Strategies

Posted September 1, 2022

The start of the term is a great time to learn about effective reading strategies. Directors of Academic Support Dan McCrea and Mildred Van Bergen have created a short video that can give students those skills. With many classes offering online reading materials, students can now access this video to learn how to better understand and retain what they read online. ... MORE

Apply for Financial Aid for the Fall Term. Act now!

Posted September 1, 2022

Good news: It’s not too late to submit your 2022-23 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), your New York State TAP application (if you’re a New York resident) and your Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) application (if you’re a part-time student and a New York resident). ... MORE

Faculty Spotlight: John Lawless, Ph. D

Posted September 1, 2022

John J. Lawless, Ph.D., MPH is a professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He started at SUNY Empire State in 2006 as a mentor in Community and Human Services at the Utica location. He utilizes the Boulder model to develop a teaching and research agenda that links clinical practice, teaching pedagogy, and research. His primary focus in all three areas are on cultural competence, equity, and inclusion. ... MORE

Reminders for the Beginning of the Term from the Office of Accessibility

Posted September 1, 2022

We hope you’re ready for the Fall 2022 term to begin. Don’t forget to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services if you are interested in requesting accommodations for the upcoming term. ... MORE

9-8-8: The 9-1-1 for Mental Health Crises

Posted September 1, 2022

As many of you may know, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, and it’s just over a week away. Therefore, we at the Center for Autism Advocacy: Research, Education, and Supports or simply “CAARES” would like to share some information about mental health, the relatively new lifeline for suicide and mental health crises, 9-8-8, and some information on mental health experiences of neurodivergent individuals. ... MORE

Helpful Advice to New Students from Current Students

Posted September 1, 2022

Current students at SUNY Empire were asked the following question: What advice would you give to new students? Below are the answers we received. ... MORE

PRODiG Scholar to Present at Cybersecurity Education Conference

Posted September 1, 2022

Georgia Tyner, a SUNY Empire PRODiG Scholar, has been selected to present at the 2022 NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference later this year. ... MORE

Meet Your Student Success and Development Team!

Posted September 1, 2022

The Office of Student Success and Development is here for you from the moment you register for your first class until you receive your diploma. When you get accepted, you are paired with a coordinator who can assist you with overcoming personal barriers or just to answer your questions. We often help students with navigating SUNY Empire systems and procedures, getting connected to resources, and understanding how to work best with your mentor. We even put on workshops throughout every term, and you can learn more about those at our website. We want you to feel comfortable reaching out to our office, so each month, we will introduce you to one of us. ... MORE

Stock up on your SUNY Empire gear

Posted September 1, 2022

For the month of September, you can receive 20% off tailgating gear at the SUNY Empire gear store. ... MORE


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