Issue 37, May 18, 2012

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

By Jennifer Ward, student, School for Graduate Studies, Metropolitan Center-Manhattan Unit

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Now that we’re quickly approaching warmer weather, it is a good time to consider getting a free screening and learn more about how you can prevent this disease. According to the American Cancer Society, “Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. More than 2 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are found in this country each year. ... MORE

Seventh Annual Student Academic Conference: An Interview with Diane Cosh, Student Art Presenter

By Vickie Moller-Pepe, student, Long Island Center-Hauppauge Unit; 2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

Diane Cosh, a recent SUNY Empire State College graduate from the Hudson Valley Center, presented four beautiful and creative works of art at the 7th Annual Student Academic Conference (StAC) in White Plains last October. Cosh enrolled in the college in September 2008 after 25 years of helping her husband run the family dairy and crop farm and raising two children. ... MORE

Would you support the college's multi-year plan to maintain and enhance technology based services?

By Rick Barthelmas, assistant vice president, Administration

We constantly strive to bring more direct technology services and support to our students. Given the nature of our institution and our reliance upon technology, it is critical the college maintain exemplary teaching and learning tools, support services and access to educational resources which assure student success. The student technology fee currently supports our online learning management system (ANGEL), ... MORE

Mindy Kronenberg to Present to Long Island Photography Center

By AmyRuth Tobol, associate dean, Long Island Center

Mindy Kronenberg, SUNY Empire State College – Long Island Center cultural studies mentor, will present a session on writing and photography on May 23 as part of an ongoing series offered by the Long Island Photography Center. The presentation will take place at the Manhasset Public Library, 80 Onderdonk Ave., Manhasset, Long Island. For more information, call 718-343-6797. ... MORE

Office of Communications and Government Relations Calling for Photo Entries for College Calendar 2012-13

By Lorraine Klembczyk, assistant designer, Office of Communications and Government Relations

The Office of Communications and College Relations is calling for entries of photographs suitable for the next four-color college calendar, 2012-2013, which will be distributed in August. There is no theme for the publication, and all students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate. The deadline for submissions is June 13. ... MORE

Three Empire State College Students Selected for Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

By Anita Paley, assistant to the dean, Graduate Studies

A faculty group from the School for Graduate Studies selected students whose research-based work made them eligible to attend the inaugural Master's Level Graduate Research Conference at SUNY Brockport this past April. This group also reviewed work submitted via faculty endorsement and determined who would be eligible to receive the dean's medals for 2012, to be announced later this year. ... MORE

Office of Communications and Government Relations Launches ESC-TV with First Live Webcast of “War Stories”

By David Henahan, director of communications

The Office of Communications and Government Relations launched ESC-TV, a new service, April 24, 2012 at 7 p.m. with a live webcast of “War Stories.” The college’s live webcasts, as is the case with “War Stories,” are often multi-camera shoots utilizing a video switcher to achieve high-quality production values. ... MORE

Art Exhibit at 111 West Avenue Features Work by Aaron Northrup '10; Bridges Gap Between Reality and Imagination

By Dareth McKenna, secretary, Office of Collegewide Academic Review

An exhibition of recent works by Aaron Northrup '10 is on display at the teaching gallery at 111 West Ave., Saratoga Springs, through June 2. The artist is a graduate of the Hudson Valley Center who is taking classes with David Wheeler. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ... MORE

We Got Klout! Social Media Plays Important Role in Alumni and Student Engagement

By David White, coordinator of alumni services

The Office of Alumni and Student Relations reports continued success in alumni and student engagement via social media pages. Social media has become an important tool for the college, enabling alumni and students to easily connect and network with each other as well as promote official college information such as the latest events, student achievements and news. The office recently achieved a 40 Klout score. (Klout is a social media metric that measures influence throughout social media networks). ... MORE

Inside Higher Ed: How Student Debt Became a Focus of the Presidential Campaign

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

In the de facto first week of the general election campaign, Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney sparred not over health care reform or foreign affairs, but the interest rate on federally subsidized student loans. ... MORE

College to Host Adult Education Research Conference May 31-June 3; Boyer Lecture Set for June 1

By Jill Buban, assistant to the provost, Academic Affairs

SUNY Empire State College will host the Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) May 31-June 3. Thursday, May 31, comprises four preconferences: African Diaspora; Graduate; Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Allies; and Adult Literacy Education. On Thursday evening, the conference will officially begin with an opening plenary and reception. ... MORE

"Obscure Elegy," Black and White Images by Mentor Dr. David Fullard, Donated to College

By Helen Edelman, Manager, Exchange

“Obscure Elegy,” a suite of five black and white images, has been donated to the college by photographer Dr. David Fullard, at the Metropolitan Center. The photographs have been hung in the Coordinating Center rotunda, 2 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. ... MORE

Niagara Frontier Center Mentor Nancy Mingus Helping to Preserve Western New York

By Jane Cudmore, assistant to the dean, Niagara Frontier Center

When a record number of attendees descended on Buffalo for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference, it was in large part due to the efforts of Niagara Frontier Center mentor, Nancy Mingus. ... MORE

Dr. Mark Soderstrom Co-Edits Duke University Press "Radical History Review"

By Michael Mancini, assistant to the dean, Central New York Center

School for Graduate Studies faculty member Dr. Mark Soderstrom, chair of the liberal studies program, has co-edited the Radical History Review, Duke University Press, with Jason Stahl of Belmont University. ... MORE

Kelly Williams, SUNY Empire State College Student and Secretary in Collegewide Services, Publishes Historical Thriller

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

Kelly Williams, at left, secretary to the director of collegewide student services and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies student at SUNY Empire State College studying film, writing and history, has published “Op-Dec: Operation Deceit,” a fiction thriller that she says, “takes readers on a living history journey into the secret exploits of World War II with all the explosions of a Hollywood blockbuster.” ... MORE

Student/Alumni Profile

Meet Alida Karakushi, by Eric Zencey, part-time mentor, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, School for Graduate Studies

Did You Know...

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Article Contributors
  • Rick Barthelmas
  • Jill Buban
  • Jane Cudmore
  • Helen Edelman
  • David Henahan
  • Lorraine Klembczyk
  • Michael Mancini
  • Dareth McKenna
  • Vickie Moller
  • Anita Paley
  • Lynn Rohling
  • AmyRuth Tobol
  • Jennifer Ward
  • David White
  • Eric Zencey