Student Success Newsletter April 2022

Welcome!

Posted April 14, 2022

Welcome to the month of April! This month gets its name from the Latin word aperio, which means “to open,” as in budding, growing. This meaning is so appropriate to describe our work at SUNY Empire this month, as we are celebrating the official opening of our beautiful facility in Manhattan. Our new site is centrally located in midtown Manhattan and is easily accessible to communities from across the metropolitan area, as well as to visitors from out-of-state. ... MORE

1Stop Student Services: Important Dates and Announcements

Posted March 4, 2022

Important Dates and Upcoming Events 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. April 12 Fall 2022 Registration Opens April 15 Summer Financial Aid Deadline April 29 Spring Term Ends ... MORE

Attention Students! Apply for a SUNY Empire State College scholarship!

Posted April 14, 2022

Apply for a SUNY Empire State College scholarship at www.esc.edu/ESCFAST Applications are now open for scholarships for the 2022-23 year. Thanks to the college’s donors, more than $700,000 in scholarships will be distributed by the SUNY Empire State College Foundation to eligible students, beginning in the Fall 2022 term. Submit your application today to be considered for a scholarship this fall. ... MORE

Academic Support Presents: The Thesis Statement

Posted April 14, 2022

A thesis statement is a specific claim or main idea that an essay argues, supports, or explains. Simply put, it is the main idea of an essay or writing assignment. The SUNY Empire State College Thesis Generator is a resource designed to help students begin drafting a working thesis statement for their writing assignment. This tool can help students create a working thesis statement for a persuasive, research, or comparative writing assignment. ... MORE

Additional Financial Aid Requirements

Posted April 14, 2022

Now that you’ve already applied for financial aid for 2022-23 by submitting your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), your New York State TAP application if you are a N.Y. resident and your Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) application if you are a part-time student and a N.Y. resident, it’s time to make sure you have no additional financial aid requirements! ... MORE

The Most Powerful Search Technique

Posted April 14, 2022

There are a variety of search techniques that can be used when searching, whether using a library database or Google. You may have heard the term 'Boolean operator' or seen some techniques (AND, OR, NOT, double quotes, asterisk, etc.). However, the techniques that work in one search tool may not work in another. With the exception of double quotes around commonly-used exact phrases, which can be useful, you almost never need most of those advanced techniques to create an effective search. ... MORE

The Office of the Registrar: Help! I Need My Old Learning Contract

Posted April 14, 2022

Did you know you may need your learning contract after completing the course? It’s true! Both current and past SUNY Empire students frequently contact the Office of the Registrar for assistance with obtaining copies of their old learning contracts. ... MORE

SUNY Empire to Begin Using Multi-Factor Authentication

Posted April 14, 2022

At SUNY Empire State College, we take the protection of data very seriously and understand that confidentiality, integrity, and availability are vital to our college. In June, we will provide the highest level of security to protect our data with multi-factor authentication (MFA) technology. Beginning June 15, SUNY Empire State College will require faculty, staff, and students to use MFA when signing into Office 365 applications (including Outlook email). You will have the option of using text messages, an audio phone call, or the Microsoft Authenticator App to authenticate. ... MORE

Faculty Spotlight: Terry Boddie, Faculty Mentor, School of Arts & Humanities

Posted April 14, 2022

This month, we spoke with Terry Boddie a faculty mentor in the School of Arts & Humanities. Terry teaches a broad range of photography and imaging courses including Issues in Contemporary Photography, History of Photography, Black Photographers 1840-Present, Documentary Photography, and Photographic Narratives, among others. His annual photography field trip through New York City, Dusk to Dawn has become popular with both students and alumni. Boddie has exhibited his work in museums and galleries national and internationally, including the Parc La Villette in Paris, Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Art Museum of the Americas. The interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity. ... MORE

PRODiG Students Spotlight

Posted April 14, 2022

The goal of the SUNY Empire PRODiG Scholars Program is to support undergraduate and graduate student-scholars from historically underrepresented groups, including women in STEM disciplines, to progress into doctoral programs and faculty positions at institutions of higher learning. The 2021-22 Scholars cohort is comprised of 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate participants across various fields of study and at different stages of their journey toward a career in academia. This series will feature the students who are currently involved in the program, along with their goals and areas of academic interest. ... MORE

Autism Month: From Awareness to Advocacy By Dr. Noor Syed, Director of CAARES and Susan H. Turben Director of Autism Advocacy

Posted April 14, 2022

For the past 52 years, April has been designated as Autism Awareness month around the world. The first National Autism Awareness Month, held in 1970, was a historic event with an important mission of raising awareness of autism globally. It was an important building block for future work and helped to bring autism to the forefront of discussions. While a wonderful initiative, we believe it is time for our communities to strive for more than awareness and engage in action towards inclusivity and equity for autistic people, or those who identify with autism. Instead of awareness as a primary goal, we suggest reframing this month’s focus to advocacy. ... MORE

Calling All POETS for National Poetry Month

Posted April 14, 2022

April is National Poetry Month, and we want to celebrate by encouraging all the poets out there to participate in our Poetry Month Contest. Student Success and Development is partnering with Arts and Humanities assistant professor and mentor, Mindy Kronenberg to showcase our student poets. Whether you consider yourself a seasoned poet or someone who is new to this art, feel free to submit a piece of work to our contest! ... MORE

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted April 14, 2022

Sexual violence affects millions of people every year. Every 68 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. SUNY Empire State College has policies and procedures designed to support victims of sexual violence while attending the college. The college has a Title IX coordinator who is here to support all individuals through these processes and to connect individuals with campus and community resources. This month, we have partnered with the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault to provide a series of trainings to help you to learn more: ... MORE

Theater Group to Give Disabled Actors the Spotlight

Posted April 14, 2022

Recently, SUNY Empire student, Andy O’Rourke was featured on a News10 story out of Albany. Andy heads the All Abilities Productions Upstate New York company, which provides a welcoming space to others with mental and physical disabilities who want to perform, volunteer, and express themselves through the theater. ... MORE

Sustainability Committee Hosting Earth Day Celebration

Posted April 14, 2022

SUNY Empire's Sustainability Committee invites the college community to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join Officer in Charge Nathan Gonyea as he welcomes Associate Professor Kevin Woo and Army Program Coordinator Mindy Boenning. ... MORE

End of Term Tips and Reminders

Posted April 14, 2022

End of Term Tips and Reminders ...From the Student Success and Development Team As our spring term begins to wind down, we wanted to provide you with some helpful reminders... ... MORE

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