Student Success Newsletter January 2022


Posted January 11, 2022

It’s my honor to welcome you to SUNY Empire State College for our Spring 2022 Term. The start of a term is an exciting time, filled with the promise of new academic lessons to be learned and new people to meet. Over the last two years, we’ve strived to continue enhancing your experience as a student, with more degree options, new forms of assistance, and fresh programming ... MORE

1Stop Student Services: Important Dates and Announcements

Posted January 12, 2022

Important Dates Dec. 20 - Jan. 14 Winter Break Jan. 14 Payment Deadline for Spring Term and Express Term One Jan. 17 Registration Deadline for Spring Term and Express Term One Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Day – College Closed ... MORE

SGA President's Corner

Posted January 12, 2022

2021 The Bluebird Award Winners The Bluebird Award recognizes students who have exemplified leadership and positively impacted their communities, selflessly and passionately. The award spotlights students who are making the world better with their time, resources, and abilities. These Bluebird award winners make the world brighter for their service, especially for those in marginalized communities. It was an honor to meet and speak with the winners this fall. Again, I congratulate them all and wish them continued success and prosperity. SGA stands in solidarity and support of all they do. ... MORE

Seeking Nominations - Student Awards

Posted January 12, 2022

Seeking Nominations SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and SUNY Empire Award for Student Excellence (same form) Excellence Award nomination Form SUNY Chancellor’s Special Award Special Award nomination form Deadline: January 31, 2022 at 5 p.m. ... MORE

The Office of the Registrar Answers Your Dean’s List and Latin Honors Questions

Posted December 3, 2021

You put in the hard work during the fall semester, and SUNY Empire wants to acknowledge that success. The Office of the Registrar receives many questions about the Dean’s List and Latin Honors at the end of each term. To help put your mind at ease, we’ve gathered the top three questions we received for the Dean’s List and Latin Honors. ... MORE

Faculty Spotlight: Alan Mandell and National Mentoring Month

Posted January 12, 2022

For National Mentoring Month, we spoke with Alan Mandell, professor of adult learning and mentoring about his scholarship, teaching, and the place of mentoring in the college and broader society. Alan holds degrees from the CUNY Graduate Center, New School for Social Research and the University of Chicago. He edits the college journal, All About Mentoring and has written, with Lee Herman, From Teaching to Mentoring: Principle and Practice, Dialogue and Life in Adult Education. For more than 40 years, he has worked with students and faculty as a mentor in the social sciences. He is an administrator, the first Susan Turben Chair in Mentoring at SUNY Empire State College, and director of the college’s Mentoring Institute. ... MORE

PRODiG Student Spotlight:

Posted January 12, 2022

The goal of the SUNY Empire PRODiG Scholars Program is to support undergraduate and graduate student-scholars from historically underrepresented groups, including women in STEM disciplines, to progress into doctoral programs and faculty positions at institutions of higher learning. The 2021-22 Scholars cohort is comprised of 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate participants across fields of study and at different stages on their pursuit of a career in academia. This series will feature the students who are currently involved in the program, along with their goals and areas of academic interest. To learn more about this program, click here. ... MORE

Staying Warm During the Cold Winter Months

Posted January 12, 2022

The northeast of the U.S. has already experienced some very cold winter days. As the cold intensifies, some students face putting heating oil in their homes or food on their tables. The decision is not always easy to make to support you and your family. One month of not paying your electricity to put food on your table can have long-lasting effects. So, what options are available to help keep our homes warm this winter and help us make sure we are not falling behind on other bills while shifting resources to survive? ... MORE

Finding and Using Scholarly Sources

Posted December 3, 2021

What are scholarly sources? Those journal articles (also called academic or peer-reviewed articles: example) and books (called 'scholarly monographs': example) are written by experts whose target audience is other experts in that field. They usually contain lots of discipline-specific jargon, in-text citations, and labeled sections like Introduction, Methodology, Conclusion, etc. Many articles in the library are scholarly, which means they are often very narrow in scope, covering just a small aspect of typical student assignment topics. This means you will not likely find scholarly articles that neatly summarize your broad topic and may instead need to access multiple articles to get a fuller picture of your topic. Most scholarly articles can be hard to read and understand; this is so ... MORE

Using Financial Aid in the Express Terms

Posted December 3, 2021

Did you know that you can use financial aid for the spring express term 2? Make sure that you have the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. If not, visit our website to access the necessary applications immediately. Students who are enrolled in, or plan to enroll in, sessions that span less than 15 weeks of the standard term should take the following things into consideration in order to fully maximize their aid eligibility: ... MORE

Happy New Year from the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services!

Posted January 12, 2022

We hope you are ready for the Spring 2022 term to begin. Don’t forget about contacting the Office of Accessibility Resources & Services if you are interested in requesting accommodations for the upcoming term. Were you a student that previously received accommodations at a former school, but haven’t contacted our office yet to discuss if accommodations are appropriate for you at SUNY Empire? It is not too late to speak with us confidentially about your visible or invisible disability (temporary or chronic conditions). Speak with the office before the term begins to ensure you have any and all supports in place to have the best opportunity for success. ... MORE

Reminder to Order Your Textbooks… here’s how:

Posted January 12, 2022

If you are planning to order your textbooks from the SUNY Empire Bookstore, we suggest doing that as soon as possible! Shipping is free but could take up to two weeks for your materials to get to you. This article will show how to order your books for the spring term and provide some tips for doing so. ... MORE

Your Questions, Answered!

Posted January 12, 2022

You may have heard the saying “If you have a question, ask it! There are probably others out there with the same question.”. Well, here is your chance to ask those burning questions you have about SUNY Empire State College! Get answers to questions that you’ve been curious about that might also help your fellow students. To submit a question, email and it might be featured in an upcoming newsletter! ... MORE

January is National Crockpot Month!

Posted January 12, 2022

When classes begin again, expect your schedule to get (quite) a bit busier. Crockpots are a great tool for those busy weeknight dinners! We’ve included two dinner recipes and one dessert to help get you through the cold, busy months! If you make one of these recipes, share your pictures with us by tagging @SUNYEmpireLife. ... MORE


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