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

By Anita Paley, assistant to the dean, Graduate Studies

May 18, 2012

Arlene Mbonu and Cristy DwyerA 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. (At right, students Arlene Mbonu and Cristy Dwyer)

Conference presentations were open to the public and featured work by master’s-level students across the disciplines from Brockport and other universities in upstate New York and nearby southern Ontario, Canada. These students presented original research and artistic endeavors in poster sessions, panel presentations and creative performances.

Three Empire State College graduate students attended the conference, with the first two of them being funded by the School for Graduate Studies to attend.

The students included:
Cristy Dwyer, from the social policy program, presented "Unemployed Over 55: The Emerging Policy Threat of Jobless Older Workers in America." Dwyer is a course designer and teacher at the Alcoholism Council of New York where she instructs beginning students and practicing professionals in the field of alcohol and drug abuse treatment and counseling services. She also serves as New York state coordinator and legislative advocate for VOR, a national advocacy organization speaking out for people with profound and severe intellectual disabilities, to ensure they are given a voice in Congress. Earlier this month, she was appointed to serve as a board member on New York City’s Manhattan Community Board. Dwyer will graduate with her M.A. in social policy in December. Her faculty research advisor is Roxana Toma.

Arlene Lois Mbonu, from the social policy program, presented "A Stakeholder Analysis of the HPV Vaccine: How Health Policies Devoid of Social Considerations Impact Parents' Willingness to Vaccinate their Daughters." Mbonu is the departmental coordinator of epidemiology and community health sciences departments at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health. Her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in science and technology studies paved the way toward her present academic interest and goals in health-policy research. Mbonu says that community-first mindset professionals, like herself, will go a long way to shaping policies and improving the lots of the general community as a whole. Concurrently, she is working toward her certification in health care management at Empire State College, and plans on graduating in May 2013 with her M.A. in social policy. Her faculty research advisor is Roxana Toma.

Barbara Lefevre, from the liberal studies program, presented "From Manufacturing to Civil Service: The Decline of the American Worker." She graduated from Empire State College in 2009 with a B.A. in communications and political studies, Lefevre recently submitted her final project, “A Contradiction Of Terms: How Ronald Reagan’s Policies Made the Rich Richer and the Poor Poorer,” to complete her last term in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. She currently works at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa in Saratoga Springs as a night auditor, and is a member, volunteer and recorder at the Schenectady chapter of the Moose Lodge, a national fraternal and nonprofit organization. Her faculty research advisor is Joseph Angiello.

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