Issue 36, April 18, 2012

War Stories: A SUNY Empire State College Community Performance

By Vickie Moller, student, Long Island Center-Hauppauge Unit and 2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

On March 28, 2012 at 6:45 p.m., many of us in attendance at the All College Conference in Saratoga Springs assembled for “War Stories”, a 75-minute performance created by three mentors from the Northeast Center—Elaine Handley, Claudia Hough and Cindy Bates—based on the collective stories and musings of SUNY Empire State College students, faculty and staff about the realities of war. ... MORE

Sharpening Your “Axe” Through Academic Support Services

By Vickie Moller, student, Long Island Center-Hauppauge Unit and 2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

For nearly a century and a half since he first spoke it, Abraham Lincoln’s adage, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe,” has probably been more often marveled at and quoted than it has been applied. And we, as students, if we are honest, will have to admit that often we do not submit ourselves to the wisdom of this crucial precept. We pursue our studies without pursuing essential preparation to effectively complete those studies. ... MORE

Less than One Month Left to Submit to the 4th Annual Student Art Competition

By Danielle Benedict, student service specialist

SUNY Empire State College’s 4th Annual Student Art Competition is now underway. Last year we were blown away by the volume and talent of submissions received and we hope we can say the same this year. ... MORE

Stewart’s Shops Pledges $60,000 for SUNY Empire State College Scholarships; College Foundation to Match Gift

By David Henahan, director of communications

Stewart’s Shops has pledged $60,000 over three years to SUNY Empire State College to support graduates of community colleges as they continue their education at SUNY Empire State College. The Empire State College Foundation will match this gift, enabling the program to now provide $40,000 annually to community-college alumni who live or work in the Stewart’s Shop service area throughout eastern New York state. ... MORE

Professor Justin Giordano, Expert in Law and Public Policy, Serves as Judge for Two Law-Student Competitions

By Justin Giordano, mentor, Metropolitan Center

Professor Justin Giordano served as the judge for two law school competitions earlier this month. He judged the American Bar Association Law School Division 2011-12 National Appellate Advocacy Competition, March 1-3. This competition features law student teams from across the country. The regional segment was held at the United States District Court, Appellate Division, in Manhattan. ... MORE

Library Launches New Copyright Information Website

By Sarah Morehouse, information resources coordinator, Academic Technologies

The library's new copyright information website provides clear explanations of fair use, educational use, the DMCA, public domain, the creative Commons, getting a license to use copyrighted materials and managing the copyright of personal works. The information is available as both a basic overview and a more in-depth analysis. The site features a FAQ page, podcasts, screencast demonstrations and links to useful tools to help make informed copyright decisions. ... MORE

Dr. Kim Stote Awarded Fulbright Scholar Grant to Research Health Benefits of Bioactive Components of Berries at Prince Edward

By Janet Shideler, associate dean, Center for Distance Learning

Assistant Professor Kim Stote, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., at left, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada during the 2012-2013 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. ... MORE

"War Stories" to Be Performed at Proctor's April 24

By Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

“Nobody loves peace more than the soldier who has to fight for it.” -- from “War Stories” “War Stories,” a compelling multi-vocal performance of staged readings recounting the effects of war, is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady. The piece comprises original stories, poems and essays read by members of the college community – including one alumnus Ryan Smithson, a veteran, who is also the author of “Ghost Stories” -- and professional actors. The idea for “War Stories” grew out of a class of the same name taught by mentors Claudia Hough and Elaine Handley at the Northeast Center (NEC). ... MORE

SUNY Empire State College to Host Landmark Regional Folk and Traditional Arts Meeting

By Mark Miyake, mentor, Hudson Valley Center

SUNY Empire State College will host “Sustaining Culture: A Regional Conversation,” a joint meeting of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Folklore Society and Folklorists in New England on May 22 and 23. ... MORE

YNN: Study: Fewer Women Taking STEM Classes at Community Colleges

YNN: Study: Fewer Women Taking STEM Classes at Community Colleges

Upstate New York is having a boom in science, technology, engineering and math jobs. But according to a study, fewer women are training for them at community colleges. Jeannine Acevedo has always had an interest in science and math. Now she's back in school, making a second career of it. ... MORE

Metro Center Hudson Gallery Show Presents Artists of 2012 with Opening Reception on April 26

By Betty Wilde-Biasiny, mentor, Metropolitan Center

The opening of the annual art exhibit featuring students graduating from the Metropolitan Center is set for April 26, 6-8 p.m., at 325 Hudson St., third floor, New York City. The Hudson Gallery show, which represents the graduating class of 2012, signifies how far the student body has come to achieving goals of pursuing academic degrees and artistic endeavors. This exhibition shows students and alumni what talent is drawn forth in the different mediums of photography, painting and printmaking. ... MORE

Niagara Frontier Center Mentor Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers' Book on Maya Research Published by Archaeopress/British Archaeological

By Rhianna Rogers, mentor, cultural studies, Niagara Frontier Center

Dr. Rhianna Rogers' (at left) ongoing research at the Maya site of Tihoo, Merida continues with the publication of her book From Ichcanzihoo to Mérida:Documenting Cultural Transition Through Contact Archaeology in Tihoo, Mérida, Yucatan (Oxford: ArchaeoPress/British Archaeological Reports, 2011). Rogers is a mentor at the Niagara Frontier Center. ... MORE

Scholarship Opportunity to Study Information Security in Russia Open to Upper-Level Undergrads and Graduate Students

By Tom Mackey, dean, Center for Distance Learning

A scholarship opportunity to spend the summer at Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) is open to all SUNY students, including upper-level undergraduates who may be completing their last two years of study (comparable to junior and senior year). This scholarship would cover travel expenses for undergraduate or graduate students to travel to Russia to take two courses in information security. Tuition is not covered and students would need to register for the two required courses at the University at Albany. ... MORE

School for Graduate Studies to Offer Limited Courses in May B Term

By Pat Ryan, director, Graduate Student Services, School for Graduate Studies

This year, the School for Graduate Studies will offer four courses in the May B term, a departure from offering summer courses only in the May A term. The four courses available from the advanced certificate in veterans’ services for the B term include: ... MORE

Workshop at the Empire State Plaza: "Superstar Perennials by Season"

By Susan LeClair, recruitment specialist, Empire State Plaza

“Superstar Perennials by Season” will be presented at noon on Wednesday, April 25 at the college’s Empire State Plaza location, on the concourse level (next to SEFCU). There is no charge to attend but space is limited and registration is required at 518- 473-4034 or plaza@esc.edu. ... MORE

Seventh Annual Student Academic Conference: a Student Reflection

By Vickie Moller-Pepe, student, Long Island Center–Hauppauge Unit and 2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

With the greater part of my experience as a student at SUNY Empire State College limited to the Long Island Center’s three units, the two intense days at the Seventh Annual Student Academic Conference in White Plains increased my understanding of how expansive, professional and innovative this institution of higher learning is. ... MORE

Other News

Niagara Frontier Center Mentor Dr. Rhianna C. Rogers' Book on Maya Research Published by Archaeopress/British Archaeological Reports by Rhianna Rogers, mentor, cultural studies, Niagara Frontier Center

Scholarship Opportunity to Study Information Security in Russia Open to Upper-Level Undergrads and Graduate Students by Tom Mackey, dean, Center for Distance Learning

School for Graduate Studies to Offer Limited Courses in May B Term by Pat Ryan, director, Graduate Student Services, School for Graduate Studies

Workshop at the Empire State Plaza: "Superstar Perennials by Season" by Susan LeClair, recruitment specialist, Empire State Plaza

SAC Corner

Seventh Annual Student Academic Conference: An Interview with Diane Cosh, Student Art Presenter by Vickie Moller, student, Long Island Center-Hauppauge Unit; 2011-2012 student representative, Student Affairs Committee

Student/Alumni Profile

Meet Carol Dwyer, by Helen Edelman, manager, Exchange

Did You Know...

Students can submit proposals for presentations to be given during the 2012 Student Academic Conference in Buffalo, NY this October.

Article Contributors
  • Danielle Benedict
  • Helen Edelman
  • Justin Giordano
  • David Henahan
  • Susan LeClair
  • Tom Mackey
  • Mark Miyake
  • Vickie Moller
  • Sarah Morehouse
  • Rhianna Rogers
  • Pat Ryan
  • Jandet Shideler
  • Betty Wilde-Biasiny