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November 14, 2012

SUNY Empire State College Provides $50,000 to Students for Hurricane Sandy Emergency Education Grants

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Nov. 14, 2012) – The SUNY Empire State College Foundation and the college’s Student Activity Fee Committee are providing a total of $50,000 dollars for a new grant program to assist students who wish to continue their education as they manage the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Grants of up to $500 per student can be applied to replace study materials, computers, tablets, books and other losses and to needs directly related to students in the affected areas being able to continue their studies.

“Even though many of our students have been without the basic necessities of heat, light, power and some have even lost their homes, they still want to stay in school and pursue their education,” said Meg Benke, acting president of the college. “In the face of devastating losses, every little bit helps. Providing assistance focused on education not only helps students to continue their education, it relieves financial pressure in other areas of their lives. The resilience and resourcefulness demonstrated by students, faculty and staff have earned the admiration of the entire Empire State College community.”

Benke praised the college’s deans, faculty and student services staff in making appropriate and necessary accommodations to enable students to meet their education requirements as they manage the aftermath of the hurricane.

About Hurricane Sandy Emergency Education Grants

Funds will be administered by the deans in consultation with professors, student services professionals and other college staff.

Students from the college’s Hudson Valley Region, Long Island Region, Metropolitan New York Region, the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, as well as students from the college’s Center for Distance Learning, nursing program and School for Graduate Studies who live in the affected regions, are eligible to receive grants.

Applications are due not later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012.

Students must be enrolled in the college’s September or November 2012 study terms.

Awards of up to $500 per student will be made after receiving all grant applications.

Grants are available for education needs, such as the replacement of computers and tablets, books and other study materials damaged or destroyed as a direct result of the hurricane and not for general disaster relief or personal tragedies.

Students interested in applying should contact the following student services professionals where they study. The college’s students may apply for the grant online.

Hudson Valley

Joan Altman, assistant to the dean
email: joan.altman@esc.edu
phone: 914-948-6206, ext. 3588
fax: 914-761-8541
website: Hudson Valley Region

Empire State College
200 North Central Ave.
Hartsdale, NY  10530

Long Island

Samantha James, coordinator of student services
email:samantha.james@esc.edu
phone: 516-876-4861
fax: 516-997-4942
website: Long Island Region

Empire State College
Trainor House
223 Store Hill Road
P.O. Box 130
Old Westbury, NY  11568

Metropolitan New York

Carl Burkart, coordinator of student services
email: student.metro@esc.edu
phone: 646-230-1253
fax: 212-206-1831
website: Metropolitan New York Region

Empire State College
325 Hudson St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY  10013

Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies

James McMahon, coordinator of student services
email: VanArsdaleStudent@esc.edu

phone: 646-230-1253
fax: 212-206-1831
website: Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies

Empire State College
325 Hudson St., 6th Floor
New York, NY  10013

Center for Distance Learning

David Caso, director of student and academic services
email: cdlstudent@esc.edu
phone: 800-847-3000, ext. 2300
fax: 518-587-2660
website: Center for Distance Learning

Empire State College
113 West Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

Nursing Program

Erin White, coordinator of student services
email: erin.white@esc.edu
phone: 800-847-3000, ext. 2812
fax: 518-587-5126
website: Nursing Program

Empire State College
113 West Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY  12866

School for Graduate Studies

Patricia Ryan, director of graduate student and academic services
email: grad.services@esc.edu
phone: 800-847-3000, ext. 2267
fax: 518-587-9760
website: School for Graduate Studies

Empire State College
111 West Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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Media contact:

David Henahan, director of communications

SUNY Empire State College

518-587-2100, ext. 2918

518-321-7038, cell

David.Henahan@esc.edu