This year’s class of graduate researchers were recognized in a symposium taken place on February 26 in Albany at the Legislative Office Building.
On Tuesday, February 26, SUNY and CUNY joined together for Boosting the Power of SUNY and CUNY: A Celebration of Graduate Research. The SUNY Faculty Senate sponsored the event.
At the symposium, participants got to hear from several distinguished speakers including Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy – himself a Monroe Community alumnus, Board of Trustees Chairman Carl McCall, Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Vice Chancellor for Research & President of the Research Foundation Timothy Killeen, and Faculty Senate President Ken O’Brien about the strength and skill of SUNY graduate student research.
Chancellor Zimpher said, “This annual event in which our graduate students showcase their newest discoveries and innovation in New York’s capital city is a fantastic opportunity not just for our students and the faculty who mentor their research but for all who attend.”
As we enter the new year, we thought we’d share some of the SUNY news you may have missed during 2012.
In March, the SUNY Board of Trustees approved the creation of the SUNY Distinguished Academy. The Academy is comprised of all active faculty at SUNY’s 64 statewide campuses who hold a distinguished rank.
The Academy is positioned to recognize professional achievements by faculty who ultimately receive this honor as directed by the Board of Trustees and use those faculty members to mentor young faculty, refine their focus on the community, and ultimately help enhance the profession.
“The SUNY Board of Trustees has proudly honored more than 900 extraordinary faculty with appointment to various distinguished faculty rank since 1963, and establishment of the academy will take this time-honored tradition to a new and much deserved level,” said Board Chairman H. Carl McCall.
Chancellor Nancy Zimpher with Distinguished Academy Honorary Inductee, Author William Kennedy, and UAlbany President George Philip
The SUNY Distinguished Academy held its inaugural meeting on May 22 in Albany where, for the first time, every new and previous SUNY Distinguished Faculty honoree was brought together in a single forum to share and discuss ideas on collaboration and innovation.
The meeting began with a town hall session, led by Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. Afterward, sessions were held with respective Distinguished Faculty groups. During these “breakout sessions” faculty members brainstormed and discussed ideas to foster collaboration and mentorship of Distinguished Faculty within the SUNY community going forward. Individuals were also elected to serve in an advisory capacity to the Chancellor on the ideas discussed.
“Dr. King’s dream lives here at SUNY Downstate,” SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall told an audience at the academic medical center in downtown Brooklyn.
He had just received the first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award from SUNY Downstate – and the story he was about to tell made the gesture all the more appropriate.
On July 23, 1963, McCall appeared on the cover of the New York Times after being one of over 200 picketers arrested during a sit-in beside the very same school he was speaking at today. He believed civil rights was not only a problem in the south, but also in the north – even in Brooklyn.
After working as a community organizer for only three weeks – he had found his first issue.
Watch for yourself to find out what it was:
SUNY Maritime was the first college of its kind in the nation, so it’s no wonder that Wärtsilä, a marine solutions company based in Helsinki with offices in Houston, has decided to donate an engine to their engineering program.
To celebrate, SUNY Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden joined Maritime cadets, faculty, and administrators in ringing the closing bell for the NASDAQ.
According to the company, the Wärtsilä 6L26 Medium Speed Diesel Engine is the latest in marine engine technology, with “fewer parts, less maintenance requirements, low fuel consumption, reduced emission levels, and the ability to run reliably on a variety of fuels.”
Worth approximately one million dollars, the donation is the first step in an exciting new public-private partnership.