As the largest, most comprehensive university system in the United States, the State University of New York has the unique opportunity to enrich some of the most influential people across all industries. As the Tony Award nominations are revealed this week, the world is reminded how talented SUNY alumni are in Theatre.
It was recently announced that University at Albany alumna Carolee Carmello has been nominated for her role in the Broadway musical “Scandalous“. Ms. Carmello, who has appeared in a dozen Broadway musicals and four national tours, is up for a Tony Award for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical” joining industry colleagues, Patina Miller in Pippin, Valisia LeKae in Motown The Musical, Stephanie J. Block in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Laura Osnes in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Last year, Judy Kaye won the award for her part in Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Ms. Carmello joins SUNY Purchase College alumnus Kenneth Posner, who was nominated for three Tony Awards for “Best Lighting Design of a Musical” for Kinky Boots, Pippin, and Cinderella. This would be Posner’s second Tony; he won in 2007 for Best Lighting Design in a Play for The Coast of Utopia, for which he also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design in a Play that same year. He’s been nominated for numerous Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards since 1991.
SUNY Mascot Madness is all about SUNY engagement; students, fans, alumni, and community members rally together to boost their favorite SUNY mascot up. But what’s the reasoning behind two hundred thousand votes cast in 2013?
As we approach the end of this year’s competition (which you still have some time to vote in if you haven’t already), we compiled the best mascot quotes from their profiles to explore the differences in personalities between the mascots. After all, who would have otherwise known that some North Country mascots have a longing to meet? Or how each of the 30 mascots joined their SUNY campus? Just like SUNY students, our mascots are diverse, energetic, and passionate!
Ten SUNY campuses’ graduate programs are named among the nation’s top graduate programs for 2014, according to U.S. World and News Report. The rankings, released in March, highlight over 75 tracks at the ten campuses in each subject’s top 100; many other SUNY schools are recognized in the full report.
According to U.S. News, the rankings are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. The data come from surveys of administrators at more than 1,250 programs and more than 13,000 academics and professionals conducted during the fall of 2012 and early 2013.
“We are thrilled to see SUNY colleges and universities once again ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report,” said State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The SUNY campuses to make the 2014 Best Graduate Schools list are consistently recognized for the top quality and top value that they offer students, and rightly so. Congratulations to our many campuses and their respective presidents and educators on this much deserved recognition.”
See the list of schools ranked by graduate program below. View the full rankings report at USNews.com.
Seven SUNY campuses have been namedBest Value Public Colleges for 2013 by The Princeton Review. The schools, listed below, include Binghamton University, which is also listed among the nation’s Top 10 Best Value Public Universities.
The seven SUNY schools (unranked above) were selected from 650 colleges at which The Princeton Review conducted institutional and student surveys for in 2011-12. The rankings’ methodology examined more than 30 data points covering academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid.
Critics are giving author and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel rave reviews for her latest graphic memoir, Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama, just released. Hailed as “magnificent,” “inventive,” and “satisfying,” her follow-up to the 2006 Fun Home—which dealt with the death of her father—traces her troubled relationship with her still-living mother.
“I haven’t encountered a book about being an artist, or about the punishing entanglements of mothers and daughters, as engaging, profound or original as this one in a long time. In fact the book made such a deep impression on me that after reading it, I walked around for days seeing little bits and snatches of my life as Alison Bechdel drawings,” reports Katie Roiphe in the New York Times.
Purchase College welcomes Bechdel to campus as the Royal & Shirley Durst Distinguished Lecturer on October 17, 2012.
“The Durst Lectures are an exciting extension of the wide range of offerings at Purchase College that involve writers and writing,” said Louise Yelin, chair of the School of Humanities and a literature professor here. “They complement our extensive curriculum in creative writing, dramatic writing, and journalism. Over the years, they have brought us such distinguished writers as Art Spiegelman, Tony Kushner, and Sharon Olds.”