July 30, 2013

All About Mentoring - Faculty Journal at SUNY Empire State College Released

Summer Issue is Online


red and white doiley
cover of All About Mentoring Summer 2013 issue 43

Cover Image: "Red Doily" by Antonia Perez.

(SARATOGA  SPRING‌S, N.Y. - July 30, 2013) The summer issue of All About Mentoring, the journal devoted to SUNY Empire State College’s signature teaching method, has been released and is now available online.

A biannual publication, All About Mentoring publishes essays, poetry, reflections on practice, reviews and visual art from the college’s faculty and staff and from scholars across the country and around the world.

“It’s  very exciting that more than 30 ESC colleagues have contributed to this issue of All About Mentoring, and we’re also very pleased to have essays from colleagues outside of the college,” said Alan Mandell, editor of the journal. The journal’s associate editor is Karen  LaBarge.

“We continue to hope that AAM will serve as one vehicle for sharing  the scholarly and professional activities of the ESC community and for getting to know the variety and richness of work in which people around the college are engaged.”

At Empire State College, the mentor is a distinctive faculty role and one, as Mandell describes it, “that incorporates the advisor, teacher, scholar, facilitator, resource and curriculum creator and academic generalist. Because of such multifacetedness, All About Mentoring has become one means to acknowledge this broad array of activity in which mentors participate.”

Entries include essays such as one about “War Stories” a collaborative theater piece staged by faculty, students and alumni about experiences with war; teaching film studies in Cuba; the “strange career” of the word religion; and on the “servant mentor.” The issue’s cover, “Red Doily,” at first glance appears to be a traditional red and white doily, but the artist, faculty Mentor Antonia Perez, actually crocheted it out of recycled plastic bags. Her portfolio titled, “Material Shift,” includes pieces of art such as a crocheted fence and a piece called, “Antonia’s folly,” that appears to be a very large crocheted hat or  teepee.

 “We look forward to keeping the dialogue and the questions alive within and outside of the college," Mandell said. The next issue will be fall/winter.

 About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

 In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career. Students engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace they choose.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 70,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

 More information about the college is available here.