Matt LaLonde (center), Coordinator of Veterans Affairs, greets students, faculty and staff who served on a panel for the college’s Veterans Day presentation in The Okun Theatre November 11.
There is good reason why SUNY Delhi has earned “military-friendly” status for a second consecutive year. The college continues to expand its initiatives to support student veterans.
“The G.I Bill is better than it’s ever been, so many veterans are taking advantage of it and going to college,” says Matt LaLonde, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs. “And we have many student veterans on the Delhi campus who receive VA educational entitlements, which is why it is so important that the college is prepared to offer the unique support veterans require.”
LaLonde fully understands the challenges as a veteran who served eight years in the Navy. That is why he is uniquely qualified to create programming and initiatives for SUNY Delhi that will enhance the student veteran experience on campus.
LaLonde is most proud of establishing a more robust web presence specialized for veterans. A one-stop shop of electronic resources, the site walks student veterans though the steps they need to take to apply for college. “From transcripts to financial aid, it breaks down the process for them,” says LaLonde.
This month brought the first freeze across much of New York State and with it, snow. The end of the fall semester and beginning of the spring semester on SUNY campuses sees a lot of beautifully cold weather (AKA, activities). Since SUNY has campuses on Long Island, in New York City, the Adirondack Mountains, on a Great Lake, near the Canadian Border, and close to Niagara Falls, the weather itself varies but climate is very similar: cold, cold, cold!
If you’re anything like me, you always look for reasons to stay indoors and rationalize “guilty pleasures” like a few extra calories in a day or adventurous up-takings. So, in the spirit of Arctic-like temperatures, here are 5 Things That The Cold Weather Gives You Excuses To Do:
The Beekman Boys from the Cooking Channel and the Amazing Race pose for a picture with SUNY Delhi students
When Dr. David Brower, Hospitality Management Department Chair at SUNY Delhi, asked the Fabulous Beekman Boys of Cooking Channel and The Amazing Race fame to impart their entrepreneurial wisdom to Delhi students, they quickly said yes.
Dr. Brower whipped off an email on a Sunday night inviting Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge (The Beekman Boys) to the Delhi campus. He thought, “it couldn’t hurt,” and within the hour the Beekman Boys accepted the invitation.
SUNY Chancellor Zimpher announced this month that 13 SUNY campuses have been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities who achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve throughout the nation and show a clear commitment to community service and service learning.
Beginning Monday, November 26, SUNY will be pinning stories of giving, service, and kindness originating from each of our 64 campuses and the communities that these schools are a part of.
With over 467,000 students, SUNY consistently takes advantage of the opportunity it has to be a significant impact in communities across New York State. The 30 Days of Giving campaign is a great way to recognize students and community partners involved in the many projects that happen all year round at each SUNY campus and their surrounding communities. 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. Continue reading →