SUNY Potsdam student ChaRon Brabham has been named the first place winner in the national “Oscar Experience Talent Search,” sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and mtvU. Subsequently, she was among five winners to hand Oscar trophies to winners in Sunday night’s ceremony along with being featured on stage during the live broadcast to an estimated one billion viewers.
The aspiring SUNY Potsdam filmmaker from Brooklyn, N.Y., won top honors for her video entry. Entrants had to submit a 30-second video answering the question, “How will you contribute to the future of movies?”
To Learn. To Search. To Serve. There is, perhaps, no better way to envision the ideals etched in the SUNY seal than to discuss the vibrant citizenship of SUNY students, faculty, and staff. Civic engagement suggests an intentional focus on one’s social and political responsibilities stemming from a deep understanding of how citizens convene using democratic principles to imagine a fairer, smarter, and better world. Many SUNY campuses house centers or programs for civic engagement, and an increased civic pride, self-efficacy, and deeper interest in learning have all been cited as positive outcomes of service-learning and community service student experiences. Here are a few guidelines to get you started on your way to becoming a responsible and engaged citizen this semester!
Tracy Leonard is a community member, professional, and scholar. As a graduate of both Jefferson Community College (’06) and SUNY Oswego (’08), where she received her Bachelors in Human Development, Leonard is also a legacy alumna continuing a tradition held by both of her parents as well as two of her four sisters.
She is currently the Regional Recruitment Program Manager at Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, where she initially served as the Pipeline Outreach Coordinator.
As the nation’s largest higher education system, the State University of New York not only sets an example for its 64 campuses to follow, but sets the standard of higher education operations. Last year, New York Governor Cuomo touted SUNY as New York’s “economic driver” and in his 2013 State of the State Address, named education and jobs as “New York’s one-two punch”.
SUNY is now more able than ever before to deliver on the high standards set for it by diversifying its student body to record levels to increase access.
The State University of New York will again co-sponsor the Annual New York State Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance on Monday, Jan. 21, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, N.Y.
“SUNY is proud to sponsor and participate in New York’s annual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. – an insightful leader who has inspired generations to reach their potential,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
As a co-sponsor of the event, SUNY will help provide technical support for the live satellite broadcast that allows millions of citizens throughout New York and neighboring states to view the observance. SUNY will have a recruitment booth at the event, and the Buffalo State College Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Dr. Victoria Furby, will perform.