The Student Affairs Committee (SAC) is an integral force in the governance group. During the course of the 2012 – 2013 school year, the committee has scheduled three conference calls and two face to face meetings. The first face to face meeting was held on Oct. 12, 2012 at the Adams Mark Hotel in Buffalo, N.Y. The meeting preceded the Student Academic Conference which was hosted by the Niagara Frontier Center. The full committee has scheduled their last face to face meeting for May at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, N.Y. Following the meeting, the committee will attend the first collegewide Health and Wellness Retreat.
During the initial conference call in September of 2012, the committee identified the following initiatives to focus on for the coming academic year. Below is the SAC 2012-2013 governance year in review:
The Student Connection recently published its forty seventh issue in February. CDL student SAC representative Sandra Barkevich is the current editor. The Northeast Center student SAC representative Danielle Clum is serving as the assistant editor. Over the course of the last year the staff of the Student Connection has managed to come up with some outstanding innovations in design, format and content. In the words of Ms. Barkevich, here is what they have been doing.
The Financial Literacy subcommittee was formed to stress the importance of financial literacy to the college community. The subcommittee has done significant research into the current availability of college-sponsored financial resources. From this research, the subcommittee is hoping to identify areas that would benefit from additional resources such as workshops or FAQ. The subcommittee plans to write articles that focus on financial literacy for the Student Connection Newsletter and is looking at ways to partner with local businesses that already offer such resources.
The subcommittee has submitted planning links to be included in the Student Connection Newsletter. The subcommittee has enlisted the services of Ronald Sigeti, from the Niagara Frontier Center, to do a possible collegewide presentation about finances, credit ratings, etc. Mr. Sigeti made a similar presentation at the Student Academic Conference in Buffalo.
Audrey Lynch and Lori Mould have been tackling the merits of an Honors Program at Empire State College. Their work is its initial stage and when concluded will be reported to the Senate in detail. Below is a snap shot of their work.
Reasons for pursuing recognition of student academic excellence:
There are several avenues that we can pursue to recognize student academic achievement at Empire State College - these are just a few ideas:
Concerns raised by CUSP during the most recent undertaking of an honors/student recognition effort:
There are other issues as well that will need to be addressed such as how to integrate CUSP into any new proposal and who would be responsible for designing and implementing an honors recognition program for our students.
The Health and Wellness Retreat is being planned by Andy Binder from the Office of Student Services. An extensive program has been established for the event. Travel grants will be provided to cover most travel costs for the first 100 students to register.
Highlights of the retreat:
The winners of the Fourth Annual Student Art Competition were announced at the 2012 Student Academic Conference in Buffalo. The first place award went to Jenn Crissey for her work entitled, “The Beauty of Vision.”
The Fifth Annual Student Art Competition kicked-off in early February. Students were encouraged to submit a PDF of their art work through May 3, 2013. Any type medium of art is accepted for judging. There is a limit of three submissions per student. Students should submit their work to www.esc.edu/StudentArt. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Danielle Benedict in the Office of Collegewide Student Services at email@example.com.
The eighth annual Student Academic Conference was held Oct. 12–13, 2012 at the Adam Mark Hotel in Buffalo. The event was hosted by the Niagara Frontier Center. The event was a huge success and was attended by more than two hundred ESC students, faculty, alumni and staff from around the state. Over thirty five students presented their research, creative and scholarly work.
The keynote address was given by Althea Luehrsen, the Executive Director of Leadership Buffalo. Ms. Luehrsen received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from SUNY Empire State College.
The Ninth Annual Student Academic Conference will be in October of this year in New York City. The event will be hosted by the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies and will be organized by Sophia Mavrogiannis and Jim McMahon.
Timothy Minahan, student co-chair Jim McMahon, faculty/staff co-chair