Letter from the Editor
By Suzanne Lazar, student, SUNY Empire State College; editor, The Student Connection
September 8, 2016
Welcome to the 2016 academic year. Summer has come to an end and now it’s time to get back to your studies!
Administrators, faculty and staff at SUNY Empire have been working hard to get students off to a good start for a productive and successful college experience.
Whether you’re a new student to SUNY Empire State College or nearing the end of your journey, the college has many resources to help guide you through your path to graduation and the opportunities for student success are endless.
As a student myself, I found the independent modes of study to be very beneficial to my schedule, but also saw a need to connect with other students and faculty. At SUNY Empire, there are many ways to get involved and open doors to experiences you might not otherwise have.
Your mentor is your main point of contact. He or she will guide you through designing your degree plan and offer as much help and support as possible, but there are many things you can do on your own through the many great resources online and at all the SUNY Empire locations.
As you begin to settle into your courses and get acclimated to your role as a student, take a moment to navigate through the SUNY Empire State College website for links to helpful information and events such as:
- Events Calendar: collegewide and local activities, i.e., the upcoming 2016 Student Academic Conference (StAC) Oct. 21 and 22 and the two-night Student Engagement Mixer, Sept. 27 and Sept. 28.
- the Academic Schedule: important dates
- My ESC: quick links to your student account, degree plan, courses, important college announcements and reminders, registration, financial aid and the service desk for technical issues and questions, to name a few.
- Outlook 365 for all students enrolled as of July 20, 2016.
The Student Connection is always looking for newsworthy articles, creative work (poems, art pieces, short stories) and opinion pieces. We offer several opportunities to write and get published! The newsletter is seeking on-staff writers - a paid position, which is an opportunity to submit your work and get noticed. We are also seeking an assistant editor with a background in editing and a passion for creativity. If any of these options interest you, please contact Student.Editor@esc.edu for more details.
To say the opportunities and experiences at SUNY Empire State College are endless is an understatement.
I wish you all the success in your role as a student. Good luck and enjoy your educational experience!
Suzanne Lazar, Editor