Top Ten Reasons to Attend the Student Academic Conference

By Patricia Myers, director of collegewide student services, SUNY Empire State College

September 24, 2015

Top 10, radiating words that read top 10 on a red background which descends to yellow and ascends to black. the lettering is teal. Empire State College students are student warriors! They focus on completing their studies, often working independently and late into the night. With the exception of an occasional study group (for some), the opportunity to meet other students is limited.

The Student Academic Conference is a place where you can meet other students, talk about your studies, interests and area of study. It is a place where you can take a moment to relax and enjoy the company of fellow Empire State College students from across the state, country and world.

Here are a few reasons (beyond the awesome student presentations) to attend the Student Academic Conference:

Network with Alumni

Our Alumni who attend the Friday Art Reception are the FRIENDLIEST people! If you approach them you could get career guidance, benefit from their experience and share your current challenges.

Network with Fellow Students

Engage and connect with students in your area of study! Connect face-to-face so you can have peer support when you need it. Find out how your fellow students are meeting the challenge of negotiating work, life and school.

Find out about Clubs and Organizations

There is a club and organization mixer Friday evening. Are you interested in human services, the entertainment industry or entrepreneurship? These are just a few of the clubs and organizations that will be present. Learn how you can become connected with students and alumni who have the same interests as you.

Share Your Thoughts with College’s Cabinet Members!

Have some thoughts about the college that you want folks to know? The president will have a town hall meeting with conference attendees. Share your good experiences and instances where you see a need that is not being met.

Leadership Workshops

New this year, we are adding five leadership workshops in addition to the student presentations. Meet the students who have accepted the challenge to take their leadership skills to the next level. These are the movers and shakers among SUNY Empire State College’s students!

Get Away for A Weekend (You can even bring a guest!)

The capital of New York state is an awesome place to visit! Easy to get around with plenty of restaurants, shopping and things to do, but most importantly, don’t you deserve a weekend away just to engage with others who have the same goals as you do?

Attend the Art Show and Be Inspired

The Friday evening Art Show is not to be missed. Fellow students exhibit their incredible award winning pieces. This is a great conversation starter with fellow students, faculty and alumni.

Have you voted for the best poster yet? ( The winner will be announced at the Friday evening reception!

Love your PET?

This year’s focus on a charity is pets! Be part of something bigger than your area of the world and help make a difference in the lives of abandoned and rescued pets. There will be information available about the right nutrition for your pet and other pet information resources. Also find out about volunteering opportunities and needs across the state.

Free Food, Prizes, Entertainment and SUPPORT!

Yes that’s right! This conference is open to all students free of charge. (Transportation and lodging not included). There are three free meals and drawings for awesome gift baskets throughout the event.

Offices from the college, such as the library, disability services, financial aid, office of military and veterans and more, will be available to answer your questions.

Find Out More about YOUR College

You are not alone. You are part of a 20,000 member student body. The annual Student Academic Conference is a place to meet with fellow students, staff and faculty who understand the journey you are on. Share in the positive energy generated by such an incredible group, and kick-start your college experience.

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Did You Know

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Layla Abdullah-Poulos

David Henahan

Suzanne Lazar

Mary Morton

Patricia Myers

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