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.
The holidays remind us this is the season of giving. All members of SUNY make a concerted effort to volunteer and contribute to their respective campuses and local communities. The 30 Days of Giving campaign highlights students and faculty across all of our 64 campuses who participate in volunteerism and give back to those in need. With over 467,000 students and three million alumni, we want to celebrate the impact the SUNY community has made in all of their unique community service projects. As we learned last year, the byproduct of taking volunteerism to scale is not only building character in our students themselves as they join our over three million alumni, but also to set an example of impact as the nation’s largest university system.
Entertainment reaches us in many mediums, but the television and movie industries are major contributors. Unsurprisingly, our publicly-educated graduates are all over the small and silver screens! From acting programs to production programs, SUNY schools offer a variety of performing arts opportunities. To highlight the extensive impact that SUNY has in this sector, here are 8 actors and actresses to look for next time you head to the movie theater or look up to the television at the gym!
The Smart Scholars program will receive a HESC College Tour Initiative grant that will allow 100 students to visit SUNY colleges this summer for an immersive college experience. The initiative provides low-income New York State high school students with the opportunity to experience college first-hand by eliminating the financial burden and costs associated with college campus visits.
Seven SUNY campuses’ return on investment (“ROI”) have been named among the top in the nation, according to ranking agency PayScale in its 2013 College Return on Investment (ROI) Report. The seven SUNY institutions, among the top 400 ranked, are some of the two dozen SUNY campuses named in the list. SUNY Maritime College ranks fifth over all, beating out every Ivy League school and both Maritime College and Stony Brook University have projected returns on investment of over a million dollars.
The results are based on an analysis of PayScale‘s 40 million career profiles; the report examines the return on investment at 1060 public and private colleges and universities in the United States and then ranks them in a comparison to investing money in other ways, like interest with a bank.
The seven SUNY campuses that are among the top 400, in reference to in-state tuition, are: