The Student Connection

...a student-run newsletter

Student Academic Conference (StAC)

By Michael Mancini

October 3, 2011

“The Student Academic Conference brings together students from all geographic and academic areas of the college to share and learn from each other. The Student Academic Conference seeks to provide an arena for developing community among our students; to provide a forum for presenting creative and inspiring accomplishments of an academic nature; to foster the value of SUNY Empire State College as a learning community and to immerse students in an academic culture.” – from the Mission Statement, Student Academic Conference

The Student Academic Conference is gearing up for its seventh year. This year’s event will be hosted again by the Hudson Valley Center (HVC) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains on Oct. 14 and 15. This wonderful gathering brings together students, alumni, faculty and staff from across the college. With more than 150 students attending last year – the largest response ever – it is clear that this conference continues to be a huge success.

While numbers may be climbing, the purpose of the conference is unwavering: to bring together students to share and interact. Amy Tweedy, current director of academic review at the Central New York Center (CNYC), is credited with shepherding StAC (originally called Student All College) through the administrative processes that brought it to fruition. The idea originated within the Student Affairs Committee, while Tweedy was co-chair; the committee was looking for ways to showcase student academic and creative work. Over time, the conference has grown in both size and stature within the college community.

Besides Saratoga Springs and HVC, CNYC in Syracuse hosted StAC for two years, with a then-record-breaking attendance of more than 100 students. In addition to student presentations, attendees also hear college faculty and staff discuss topics such as navigating the online library, public speaking and resume writing.

Beyond attending the conference, students can get involved by submitting a proposal to present their academic or creative work, or serve on the Conference Planning Committee. For more information about past conferences, visit the website (which will be updated soon with this 2011’s registration deadline and information about submitting a program proposal) at www.esc.edu/studentacademicconference. Please e-mail questions to StudentAcademicConference@esc.edu.