SUNY Farmingdale student represents the State University of New York as 2013 Alumni Ambassador.
“Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed. We are reminded that we’re joined together by our pursuit of a life that’s productive and purposeful, and when that happens mistrust begins to fade and our smaller differences no longer overshadow the things that we share. And that’s where progress begins.”
-President Barack Obama
When President Obama spoke to a group of Fulbright Scholars in Turkey in 2009, he remarked at the purposefulness of the honorable achievement–being named a Fulbright Scholar–and tasked the students to continue a legacy that has existed for longer than six decades. And receiving this message is dozens of SUNY Fulbright Scholars who, throughout this time, have used the education and ideals from their college or university to help advance mutual understanding.
Welcome to Round II of SUNY Music Madness 2013! Voters have chosen the top 5 entries from the original 13 entries of Round I. A close first round has set the stage for an exciting Semifinal and lays the foundation for a energetic Final in two weeks.
Of the 5 contestants, three will continue on to Round III. Each voter is able to vote for one of their favorite entries this round; as always, we encourage you to sit back and sample them all so that you can let us know who you feel is the best! Oh, and play nice. Here’s our Social Media Policy. And the other terms are found here.
This round, the Semifinal (Round II), will accept votes from Tuesday, November 26 at noon to Friday, December 6 at 11 p.m. And then the Final (Round III) will run from Tuesday, December 10 at noon to Wednesday, December 18 at noon.
Timothy Wentworth (top row, center) with the first cohort of Wentworth Family Scholars.
A $2.25 million gift to the Monroe Community College Foundation from alumni Robin ’80 and Timothy ’80 Wentworth (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) will provide full scholarships to 40 MCC students each year. The gift is the largest in the college’s history.
The gift establishes the Wentworth Family Scholarship program at MCC, an endowed fund that gives students opportunities to start their college education. The first cohort of Wentworth Family Scholars—aspiring computer scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and health care professionals from across our community—was present at the November 14 gift announcement.
“Tim and I hope this scholarship empowers students who can someday help others in a similar fashion,” said Robin Wentworth who earned an associate degree from MCC.
Matt LaLonde (center), Coordinator of Veterans Affairs, greets students, faculty and staff who served on a panel for the college’s Veterans Day presentation in The Okun Theatre November 11.
There is good reason why SUNY Delhi has earned “military-friendly” status for a second consecutive year. The college continues to expand its initiatives to support student veterans.
“The G.I Bill is better than it’s ever been, so many veterans are taking advantage of it and going to college,” says Matt LaLonde, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs. “And we have many student veterans on the Delhi campus who receive VA educational entitlements, which is why it is so important that the college is prepared to offer the unique support veterans require.”
LaLonde fully understands the challenges as a veteran who served eight years in the Navy. That is why he is uniquely qualified to create programming and initiatives for SUNY Delhi that will enhance the student veteran experience on campus.
LaLonde is most proud of establishing a more robust web presence specialized for veterans. A one-stop shop of electronic resources, the site walks student veterans though the steps they need to take to apply for college. “From transcripts to financial aid, it breaks down the process for them,” says LaLonde.
The Kenzie program, a Buffalo State College scholarship opportunity, started with four students in 1998. Fifteen years later, it has grown to fund 26 high-achieving, underrepresented minority undergraduate students, emphasizing academic achievement, leadership development, mentoring, and community service, and close interaction between students and mentors. The scholarship includes a $2,400 award renewable each year provided that the student maintains a 3.0 GPA, and also offers a cash bonus of $520 each semester if the scholar makes the dean’s list.
“Mr. Kenzie allows his scholars to reach their educational potential through his generosity and wise guidance,” said Janine Diaz, a Kenzie scholar who graduated in May 2012. Ms. Diaz graduated with a degree in Fashion/Textile Technology and is currently working as an Assistant Designer at Aidan Mattox, an eveningwear line. Several department stores will carry her line of clothing this winter.
Ms. Diaz is one of many Kenzie success stories as the Ross B. Kenzie Family Presidential Scholarship program celebrates its 15 year anniversary. The scholarship program was created and endowed by Mr. Ross B. Kenzie, former Buffalo State Council Chair from 1982 to 1998.