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.
More than 500 students and volunteers from Alfred State, Alfred University, and Houghton College joined forces for a national day of service this October. Photos by Lucas Bayus.
Now in its second year, the Celebrate Service Celebrate Allegany event, held this October in Allegany County as part of the national Make a Difference Day, attracted more than 500 students and volunteers from Alfred State, Alfred University, and Houghton College.
Groups spread out across Allegany County to lend a hand raking leaves, winterizing buildings, and performing other needed community service projects. “This day is about providing meaningful assistance to our Allegany County neighbors, helping to meet community needs and build relationships,” said Jonathan Hilsher, director of civic engagement at Alfred State.
The SUNY commitment to strengthen the education pipeline has led to a new partnership that hopes to end chronic absenteeism. Through the Every Student Present campaign, launched this fall, SUNY is joining forces with a statewide collaborative to address chronic absenteeism in our State’s schools and help to improve student attendance.
The best teachers and the most supportive schools cannot do anything for a student that is not in class. When a student misses 10 percent of the school year, this is considered chronic absenteeism. Chronic absenteeism is related to lower test scores and higher dropout rates for students at all income levels and is one of the largest red flags when it comes to student achievement. According to Attendance Works, an initiative that promotes awareness of the important role that school attendance plays in achieving academic success, approximately one in ten U.S. students miss ten percent or more school days each year.
SUNY is a national leader of higher education systems. From pioneering the federal Know Before You Owe financial awareness program through SUNY Smart Track to setting the standard for higher education systemness, the Empire State’s diverse organization of 64 campuses is complex and powerfully interesting while delivering results for thousands of students every year.
But our educational experience doesn’t stop at the end of the semester, the receipt of a diploma, or our first job offer. It continues as a legacy through this exceptional university system. And having been around since 1816, SUNY has grown to accumulate many distinctions that make it really stand out.
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New York’s Master Teacher Program seeks to identify, reward, and support outstanding public school teachers throughout New York State. It is inspired by and modeled after Math for America, which is a supplementary education program for teachers that has flourished in New York City and since expanded nationwide. Master Teachers are chosen because they have proven content expertise, effective pedagogical skill and a deep understanding of their students and their communities. Once selected, Master Teachers will engage in activities to even further develop their talents in those three areas.
This fall, Governor Cuomo announced the first cohort of over 100 Master Teachers from the Central New York, Western New York, North Country and Mid-Hudson regions. The group has just completed their first regional cohort meetings and is poised to mentor peer and pre-service teachers, further develop their own expertise, and enhance the overall learning experience of our students for years to come.