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Samuel S. Conn has been named chief information officer and vice president of integrated technologies at SUNY Empire State College. Photo/ Provided by Conn

Samuel S. Conn Named Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Integrated Technologies

Posted April 16, 2014

Conn possesses experience educating nontraditional students, in online learning, technology, public higher education and in the private sector. ... MORE

Correction Officers in County Facilities Can Earn 14 College Credits at No Cost

Posted April 11, 2014

Correction officers serving county facilities will be awarded 14 college credits upon completion of the MPTC basic course for correction officers and enrollment at the college. ... MORE

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First-ever, One-day Fundraising Challenge Surpasses Donor Goal by 225 Percent

Posted April 10, 2014

The goal and purpose of the challenge was to bring the college community together for one day, increase participation in giving to the college and reconnect with many of the college’s 70,000 alumni in order to expand the college’s mission of education and degree completion for nontraditional students. ... MORE

Nadine Fernandez Receives Turben Award for Scholarship

Posted April 16, 2014

Nadine Fernandez, of Syracuse, was named the recipient of the Susan H. Turben Award for Excellence in Scholarship. She was recognized at an All College conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. at the end of March. Fernandez is an associate professor and mentor at the college’s location in Syracuse. ... MORE

Hudson Valley Center Ambassadors for Community Engagement spring lecture series with Mike Bennett, Walter Dean Myers '84 and Miriam Tatzel

Critically Acclaimed Author and Alumnus Walter Dean Myers ’84 to Speak at Hartsdale

Posted April 14, 2014

Urban teenagers, and young, economically disadvantaged African-Americans, in particular, are frequent subjects of Walter Dean Myers '84, a New York Times best-selling writer of more than 100 books for children and young people. ... MORE

Empire State College President Merodie Hancock, third from right, joins the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recipients Sandra Barkevich, far left, Elizabeth Hughes, Danny Ferrerya, Lori Mould and Mark Rider at this year’s ceremony in honor of the recipients. Photo/Empire State College

Six SUNY Empire State College Students Receive Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Posted April 7, 2014

A former construction worker and president-elect of the SUNY Student Assembly, a two-time U.S. Olympian, a union electrician, a “40 under 40 Rising Star,” a teacher’s assistant and an assistant director of a seven-time, state-championship-winning marching band are the 2014 SUNY Empire State College recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, SUNY’s most prestigious student honor. ... MORE

Ashley Caldwell '14 tweeted the college a selfie with fellow alumna Erin Hamlin '11 on their way to the White House as members of the U.S. Olympic Team

SUNY Empire State College Alumni Visit the White House

Posted April 3, 2014

President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Inaugurates Merodie A. Hancock as its Fourth President

Posted March 26, 2014

The celebration marking the inauguration of Merodie A. Hancock culminated today when she received college’s official medallion from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and formally became the fourth president of Empire State College. ... MORE

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United Way Worldwide CEO and President Brian Gallagher Delivers 2014 Boyer Lecture

Posted March 26, 2014

Gallagher will deliver the 2014 Boyer lecture from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 27, at Saratoga City Center, in Meeting Room 1, as part of the inauguration of Merodie A. Hancock as president of SUNY Empire State College. ... MORE

Hudson Valley Center Ambassadors for Community Engagement spring lecture series with Mike Bennett, Walter Dean Myers '84 and Miriam Tatzel

SUNY Empire State College Announces Ambassadors for Community Engagement Lecture Series

Posted March 17, 2014

The upcoming lectures serve to highlight the college as a regional resource that will partner with local organizations to provide community programming, while sharing with participants the value of an Empire State College education. ... MORE

Bests for Vets: Business Schools 2014

MBA Program Again Named Best for Vets by Military Times

Posted March 17, 2014

A publication of Gannett Government Media, this year's survey emphasized veteran culture and curriculum. ... MORE

Tai Arnold is the dean of the college's School for Graduate Studies. Photo/Empire State College

Tai Arnold Named Dean, School for Graduate Studies, SUNY Empire State College

Posted March 13, 2014

Arnold has been serving as acting dean since 2013, and was selected for the permanent position following a rigorous national search. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Celebrates Women’s History Month

Posted March 10, 2014

Activities associated with the celebratory events will include fine arts appreciation, history and culture. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College to Inaugurate Merodie A. Hancock as Fourth President

Posted March 5, 2014

The inauguration events begin with three open, online discussions, “Three Voices That Shape Our Vision: An Inauguration Celebration Webinar Series.” ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Celebrates Black History Month with “The Legacy and The Dream,” a Mixed Media Exhibition

Posted February 21, 2014

The event is one in a series celebrating Black History Month that Empire State College is hosting throughout February at locations across the state. ... MORE

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SUNY Empire State College’s Ashley Caldwell Finishes 10th at Sochi

Posted February 19, 2014

Caldwell completed her requirements for the B.S. in business, management and economics, with a concentration in finance, online through the college’s Center for Distance Learning. The SUNY Board of Trustees will confer her degree at graduation this spring. ... MORE

Erin Hamlin '11 surrounded by her parents, brothers and friend. Her coach, two-time Olympic medalist and USA Luge program director Mark Grimmett, kneels in front.

Erin Hamlin ’11 Wins Bronze at Sochi, Makes U.S. Olympic History

Posted February 12, 2014

The 27-year-old of Remsen N.Y., the first U.S. singles luger ever to win a medal in Olympic competition, earned her degree online through the college's Center for Distance Learning. ... MORE

Meet the Authors: “African American Women’s Life Issues Today: Vital Health and Social Matters”

Posted February 11, 2014

Editor Catherine Collins, a professor and faculty mentor with the college’s Niagara Frontier Center, will join contributors Lorraine Peeler '88, Altes Prize recipient, adjunct with the center, and Mattie Rhodes, RN and faculty at UB's School of Nursing. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College alumna Erin M. Hamlin ’11, will compete in her third consecutive Winter Olympic Games in luge, women’s singles.

Erin Hamlin ’11 Competes in Luge at XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi

Posted February 6, 2014

Hamlin Joins Student Ashley Caldwell on the 2014 U.S. Team and Tony Benshoof ’08 as a three-time Olympian. ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College Honors Black History Month with Events Statewide

SUNY Empire State College Honors Black History Month with Events Statewide

Posted February 4, 2014

The college will observe Black History Month at locations across the state and online. The Hudson Valley, Long Island, Metropolitan New York and Niagara Frontier centers and the Center for Distance Learning will host, sponsor and support events throughout the month. ... MORE

Ashley Caldwell Photo/U.S. Freestyle Ski Team

SUNY Empire State College Student Ashley Caldwell Named to US Olympic Freestyle Skiing Team for Second Time

Posted January 27, 2014

Caldwell will compete in women’s aerials Friday, Feb. 14. ... MORE

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Military Times Names SUNY Empire State College Among “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014”

Posted January 17, 2014

The college is highlighted in the online and nontraditional category. ... MORE

President Hancock and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher are all smiles after the announcement of Open SUNY and Open SUNY+.

SUNY Empire State College One of Six SUNY Colleges To Debut Open SUNY

Posted January 14, 2014

Across New York, 6.9 million adults have a high school degree, but no college degree. Many want to pursue a degree, but life commitments such as jobs, children, aging parents, financial limitations and community ties limit their access to higher education. Open SUNY aims to reach these nontraditional students as well. ... MORE

These members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers were among the thousands of unionists who worked to during and after Hurricane Sandy. (Photo/IBEW Local 2032)

“Sandy Stories, Organized Labor Rebuilds New York” Returns to SUNY Empire State College

Posted January 7, 2014

Presented by the New York State AFL-CIO and the Workforce Development Institute, the exhibit honors workers and their efforts and sacrifice during and after Hurricane Sandy. ... MORE