The Office of the Education Pipeline is excited to move forward with the implementation of a recent $2.95 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant allows SUNY to bring the New York Academy of Sciences’ (the Academy) afterschool Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) mentoring program for middle school students to scale statewide through a partnership between SUNY campuses and the Academy. Three SUNY campuses will implement the program in year one of the grant period – SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, the University at Albany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in the Capital District, and SUNYIT in Utica and Rome. SUNY and the Academy will select additional sites for implementation through a Request for Proposals process in the second year of the grant.
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.
This past week I had the honor to speak with the leadership of The Research Foundation for the State University of New York.
I have known and worked with SUNY RF in my past life with WMHT, but this was my first opportunity to share stories in this capacity. As I was speaking, I was thinking about what Our Ability’s Educational Department SUNY RF, and SUNY can accomplish together. Our Ability’s most ambitious goal is to educate people about inclusion and disability. I can’t think of better partners than SUNY and the RF to work with.
The chance to speak on this day came from a neighbor who works at the RF. Laurel McAdoo lives in the same town. I heard Laurel was asking around about how to get in contact with me. Laurel introduced me to the group by saying she stalked me! If the opportunity to speak to so many wonderful people who make the difference in many live takes a little stalking, then so be it!
I caught up with Peter Taubkin after our meeting. Peter and I originally met each other during my WMHT days (Peter with Time Warner), and we reminisced. More importantly, we spoke of our children’s hockey exploits!
Our personal connections are a wonderful bonus, but the opportunity to share stories with people who care remains my favorite part of speaking. That plus the chance to learn. I learned more about how SUNY research makes a difference in the lives of New Yorkers and people all around the world. Thank you Bonny Boice, Laurel McAdoo, Peter Taubkin and all SUNY RF for having me!