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Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2003-2005

Nontraditional Programs
Delta College/Honors Program/Clam

Chapter V

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Delta College

H-1 Cooper Hall
(585) 395-2291
Director: Sandra Holinbaugh

The Program

Unique in the SUNY system, Delta College is an innovative undergraduate program that attracts adventuresome students ­ those who demonstrate personal motivation, confidence in their scholastic abilities, and a keen interest in experiential learning through internships. Considering these criteria, we limit enrollment in the program, but once accepted, students take an active part in their collaborative environment. The Delta philosophy fosters a learner-focused education, with an engaged faculty who act as mentors as well as instructors. The curriculum consists of eight interdisciplinary and internationally focused liberal arts courses, which put a strong emphasis on writing, presenting, critical thinking and creative expression. While Delta College recruits "high parameter" students, the program also exercises considerable latitude when it comes to high school averages and SAT/ACT results. Consequently, Delta College gives the same weight to co-curricular activities as it does with standardized test scores.

Students complete the Delta College experience along with any SUNY Brockport major. As an alternative to the traditional General Education requirements, Delta courses allow faculty to lecture less and make intensive use of interactive learning techniques and projects, while encouraging students to become independent thinkers and effective team members. Therefore, group work mirrors the working world, where cooperation and consensus matter as much as individual achievement. To achieve this, students report to faculty mentors who assist with career preparation, such as résumé and professional portfolio building, networking, and supervision of the field and international experiences. Delta is unique SUNY-wide in that it requires three successive internships at the local, national and international levels. Experiential learning not only jumpstarts a future career ­ acting as a mechanism to transform theory into application ­ but also provides the chance to spend a semester abroad (or the "National Service to America" option), an exhilarating way to complete an undergraduate degree.

Finally, Delta College is also unique in the SUNY system with its time-shortened degree option that allows students with 36-credit majors to graduate in three years. Majors with more than 36-credits can also lend themselves to time-variable degrees. Many students opt to stay for the traditional fourth year to pursue a second major, undertake an additional field experience, or pursue additional "pleasure electives." (Note: By its very nature, teaching certification does not allow for a time-shortened degree, as it involves student teaching).

As a Delta College student, you have a choice of completing two options. In both options, students are required to demonstrate computer, statistics, and foreign language competencies. In Option I (time- and credit-variable) students complete the Delta Core, the Integrative Learning Experiences, and a SUNY Brockport major or contractual liberal arts (CLAM) major. In Option II (time- and credit-shortened), students complete the Delta Core, the Integrative Experiences, and the Global Studies Track in the International Studies major.

The mentoring tutorial is an orientation course that focuses on both adjusting to college and writing skills.

The interdisciplinary core courses are equivalent to interdisciplinary humanities, social science, fine and performing arts, and science and science/lab courses.

The Integrative Learning Seminars (DCC 225, 345, and 410) serve as the foundation for the mentoring component of Delta College. A component of each of the seminars is developing and finalizing contracts for each of the integrative learning experiences. The seminars also provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to address local, national, and world problems, and to meet the computer competencies.

Required Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE-DCC 235, 355, and 420) provide students an opportunity to experience firsthand what they have been learning about in their course work. On a continuum of experiential learning, students are exposed to local, regional, national and global issues. In the first two ILEs (summers), students work or volunteer at local, regional and/or national sites. In the third ILE (semester) students will work, volunteer, and/or study in a foreign country. Students may receive remuneration (e.g. stipends) for these experiences.

Option I:
Delta College Program and a SUNY Brockport Academic Major or Contractual Liberal Arts Major

This option is for students participating in the Delta College program who choose any SUNY Brockport major or contractual liberal arts major. This is a time- and credit-variable option. Variability will be based on total credits for a major and/or prerequisites required for the major. With this option, students must complete the Delta College program and any SUNY Brockport major.

Delta Core Courses (DCC): (36 credits)
Credits
DCC 100 Educational Mentor Tutorial
2
DCC 210 Human Heritage and Experience I
3
DCC 310 Human Heritage and Experience II
3
DCC 215 Society and Culture I
3
DCC 315 Society and Culture II
3
DCC 220 Aesthetic Experience I
3
DCC 320 Aesthetic Experience II
3
DCC 230 Scientific Exploration I
3
DCC 330 Scientific Exploration II
4
DCC 400 Technology, Civilization and Human Values
3
DCC 225 Integrative Learning Seminar I (local/regional)
2
DCC 345 Integrative Learning Seminar II (regional/national)
2
DCC 410 Integrative Learning Seminar III (international)
2

Integrative Learning Experiences (ILEs): (17-20 credits)
Delta College students are expected to experience firsthand social, cultural, and global issues discussed throughout the course of their study. This experience is gained through a first-year, two-credit (summer) local or regional field experience (DCC 235), a second-year, three-credit (summer) regional or national field experience (DCC 355), and a third-year, 12­15 credit (spring semester) international experience (DCC 420). Students may receive remuneration for these experiences. The summer experiences require a minimum of 120 clock hours, which may be completed over a three- to 12-week period. The international experience requires a minimum of 600 clock hours which will be completed over a 12­15 week period. Course requirements are met off campus/on site. Written assignments are sent to mentors by postal or electronic mail. (A "National Service to America" semester can substitute for the international requirement, provided it has cross-cultural content.)

Competency Requirements: Delta College students must demonstrate foreign language (intermediate level or two languages at beginner, including American Sign Language), and computer, and statistics competencies. Computer competencies are met by completing assignments in the mentoring course and the Integrative Learning Seminars. Foreign language competencies are met by exam. Statistics competencies are met by successfully completing one of the following courses for three credits: ECN 204, MTH 243, PLS 300, PSH 202, or SOC 200.

Academic Major: Students may choose any SUNY Brockport major.

Credits/Time: Depending upon the major chosen, students may complete their degrees with as few as 99 credits and in as little as three years.

Option II: Delta Global Studies Track of International Studies Major
This is a three-year degree program option. With this option, students must complete the Delta College program and the Global Studies Track in the International Studies major.

Delta Core Courses (DCC): (36 credits)

SAME AS OPTION I

Integrative Learning Experiences (ILE): (17-;20 credits)
SAME AS OPTION I

Competency Requirements:
SAME AS OPTION I

Global Studies Core (GSC): (18 credits)
This core entails general interdisciplinary exposure to global issues. Students will choose from identified alternatives from existing SUNY Brockport courses. No more than two courses may be taken from the same discipline.

Global Studies Specialization (GSS): (18 credits)
Students may select either a geographic area or disciplinary focus.

Areas of Specialization:

  1. Geographic Areas (18 credits in one of the following):
    Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, or Latin America
  2. Disciplinary Focus (18 credits in a discipline in which student has an interest)

Total Credits = 99**
**Total credits may increase for students not meeting computer, statistics, and foreign language competencies who take courses to satisfy these requirements. Prerequisite requirements may impact completion of the program in six semesters.

Delta College Courses

DCC 100 Educational Mentor Tutorial (A). Helps prepare students for a successful college experience. Mentors act as advisors and assist with academic decision-making and adjustment to college. Focuses on (a) general academic advisement, (b) orientation to college with emphasis on formal and informal learning opportunities, (c) investigation of each student's learning potential and process, and (d) writing skills development. 2 Cr. Fall

DCC 210 Human Heritage and Experience I (A). Provides students with exposure to and interaction with other cultures and perspectives as a self-defining experience. Allows students to investigate human thought and action by studying written works and other forms of expression. Is based on the premise that learning how others have lived and live helps us realize our shared heritage, and to appreciate that we are accountable for our actions. Learning about other cultures helps students learn about themselves. Through discussions and experiences, provides students with an opportunity to develop a sense of purpose and meaning. In examining global issues and human values, encourages students to celebrate diversity while at the same time appreciating the uniqueness of each of us. 3 Cr. Fall

DCC 215 Society and Culture I (A). Introduces students to various modes of social inquiry. Explores the global impact and importance of social events and analyzes these events from an integrated, interdisciplinary perspective. Allows students to learn how a person's actions and interactions with others influence and are influenced by individuals, societies and cultures. 3 Cr. Fall

DCC 220 Aesthetic Experience I (A). Prerequisite: Second-year status or instructor's permission. Introduces a wide spectrum of art forms with the purpose of developing an understanding of, an appreciation for, and interest in human experiences expressed through arts. Distinguishes those genuine arts which truthfully portray the artist's vision of human life. Through interdisciplinary methodology, allows students to examine shared values and mutual influences between arts, global issues, and other disciplines. 3 Cr. Fall

DCC 225 Integrative Learning Seminar I (A). Allows students in collaboration with their mentors and peers to identify current local and regional issues/problems of personal interest. Requires students to demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills, and propose solutions to selected problems/issues. Also requires students to complete the necessary steps in confirming the site at which they will complete the first integrative learning experience (ILE I). Requires students to formulate and finalize a contract for their ILE I experience, as part of the course requirements, and in consultation with their mentors. 2 Cr. Spring

DCC 230 Scientific Exploration I (A). Prerequisite: Second-year status or instructor's permission. Introduces students to science and the scientific method, and what science can and can't do. Explores commonality and differences between the various scientific disciplines. Highlights global implications and impacts of science to everyday life. Presents science not as a specific discipline, but rather as a form of problem solving integrated with other life experiences. 3 Cr. Fall

DCC 235 First-year Integrative Learning Experience: (local/regional) (A). Prerequisite: Integrative Learning Seminar I. Requires students to complete a volunteer or work experience in a local or regional setting where they are exposed to, and are able to learn about local or regional/cultural issues. Requires mentors to approve sites, and students to complete a minimum of 120 clock hours at the site. Students may choose the three- to four-week Delta College alternative. Requires students to complete pre-determined contractual course assignments and responsibilities on site, and to send written assignments to mentors by postal or electronic mail. 2 Cr. Summer

DCC 250 LeadershipAn Introduction (A,W). Cross-listed as WMS 270. Based on the Gettysburg Leadership Model, consists of 12 interactive leadership modules, and an experiential learning component emphasizing goal setting and team building. Places specific emphasis on gender and other co-cultural differences impacting leadership. 3 Cr. Spring

DCC 310 Human Heritage and Experience II (A). Prerequisite: Human Heritage and Experience I or instructor's permission. Allows students to explore the questions, Who am I, What is the nature of this reality in which I participate, and How can I change it for the better? Studies in greater depth global issues and the inter-relationship of thought and action. Allows students to further develop and utilize critical and creative thinking skills in addressing issues that impact the human condition. Through a collaborative and interactive learning environment, allows students to realize the reciprocal relationship between individual and collective consciousness. 3 Cr. Spring

DCC 311 Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Western Women (A,I,W). Cross-listed as GEP 350 and WMS 350. Examines and explores Western women's experience from a myriad of perspectives (historical, economic, professional, political, social, familial, and legal). Covers the time period from ancient Greece to the present, and examines women (prominent and everyday) involved in social and political movements/issues. 3 Cr. Summer

DCC 315 Society and Culture II (A). Prerequisite: Society and Culture I or instructor's permission. Instills a greater understanding of individual and social behavior. Requires students to apply various modes of social inquiry in analyzing and interpreting current social events. Provides these outcomes: knowledge of and an appreciation for the reciprocal relationship between individuals and societies. 3 Cr. Spring

DCC 320 Aesthetic Experience II Prerequisite: Aesthetic Experience I or instructor's permission (A). Studies aesthetics, artistic perspectives, and shared values of diverse cultures; examines the interrelationship between arts and technology. Through creative projects and a learner-focused interactive environment, allows students to refine their creative and critical faculties as they explore artistic avenues for meeting 21st-century challenges. 3 Cr. Spring

DCC 330 Scientific Exploration II (A). Prerequisite: Scientific Exploration I or instructor's permission. Provides a hands-on experience that emphasizes learning by doing and problem solving. Requires students to identify and explore fundamental scientific principles as individuals and/or in small groups. Includes seminars, field trips and laboratory experiences as integral to the course. Permits students to be involved in the design of experiments, including formulation of hypotheses and interpretation of results. Requires students who conduct a specific experiment to lead an interactive discussion with peers on the applications of their findings in the "real world.". 4 Cr. Spring

DCC 345 Integrative Learning Seminar II (A). Prerequisite: Integrative Learning Seminar I. Allows students in collaboration with their mentors and peers to identify current regional and national issues/problems of personal inter est. Requires students to demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills, and propose solutions to selected problems/issues. Also requires students to complete the necessary steps in confirming the site at which they will complete the second integrative learning experience (ILE II). Requires students to formulate and finalize a contract for their ILE II experience, as part of the course requirements, and in consultation with their mentors. Allows students to begin the process of exploring possible sites for their international experience (ILE III). 2 Cr. Spring

DCC 355 Second-year Integrative Learning Experience: (regional/national) (A). Prerequisites: Integrative Learning Seminar II and the First-year Integrative Learning Experience. Requires students to complete a volunteer or work experience in a regional or national setting where they are exposed to, and are able to learn about regional or national social/cultural issues. Requires mentors to approve sites, and students to complete a minimum of 145 clock hours at the site. Students may choose the three- to four-week Delta College alternative. Requires students to complete pre-determined contractual course assignments and responsibilities on site, and to send written assignments to mentors by postal or electronic mail. 3 Cr. Summer

DCC 400 Technology, Civilization, and Humanity (A). Prerequisite: Third-year status or instructor's permission. Under the instructor's guidance, allows students as individuals and in small groups to examine the evolution and application of technologies. Explores the impacts that human values have on technology, and how technological advances force humankind to evaluate and reconsider our value. Integrates all aspects of the Delta Experience as students gain an understanding and appreciation for the reciprocal impacts between science, civilization, and humankind. 3 Cr. Fall

DCC 410 Integrative Learning Seminar III (A). Prerequisite: Integrative Learning Seminar II. Allows students in collaboration with their mentors and peers to identify current global issues/problems of personal interest. Requires students to demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills, and propose solutions to selected problems/issues. Requires students to formulate and finalize a contract for their ILE III experience, as part of the course requirements, and in consultation with their mentors. 2 Cr. Fall

DCC 420 Third Year Integrative Learning Experience: (international) (A). Prerequisites: Integrative Learning Seminar III and the Second-year Integrative Learning Experience. Requires students to complete a volunteer, work, or study experience in a foreign country where they are exposed to, and are able to learn about the social/cultural issues of the country they are in. Requires mentors to approve sites, and students to complete a minimum of 600 clock hours at the site if the student has chosen a volunteer or work experience. Requires students who choose the study experience to complete the equivalent of 1215 credits of course work at SUNY Brockport/Delta College. Requires students to complete pre-determined contractual course assignments and responsibilities on site, and to send written assignments to mentors by postal or electronic mail. Upon completion of the experience, requires students to return to campus to complete a seminar with their mentors. 12-15 Cr. Spring

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The Honors Program

219 Holmes Hall
(585) 395-5400
FAX (585) 395-5046
honors@brockport.edu
Interim Director: Dr. Kenneth O'Brien
Associate Director: Dr. Donna Kowal

Brockport's Honors Program offers two unique programs, the College Honors Program and the Senior Honors Program, for students with excellent academic records. These Honors programs allow students to enrich their college experience by taking courses designed to deepen their academic study. Honors Students select courses from the college's wide variety of course offerings and also undertake in-depth research in a specific area of their college major. Both programs allow students to fulfill the College's General Education requirements by enrolling in special sections offered only for Honors Program students. Students in the Senior Honors Program will complete an Honors Thesis or Project in their major under the direction of a faculty member. Although students may be admitted into the Honors Program at any time during their first three years of college, students are strongly advised to begin as early as possible.

The College Honors Program is designed for entering freshmen. Students in the College Honors program complete the college's General Education requirements with a mixture of Honors courses and conventional courses. Unlike Honors Programs at other colleges, which often require all students to take a fixed sequence of core courses, Brockport's College Honors Program gives students great flexibility and personal choice in selecting their courses. In their first two years at SUNY-Brockport, students in College Honors take four Honors courses , roughly one course per semester, beginning with HON 112 Introduction to Honors in their first semester. Because of this flexibility, students can select both Honors courses and traditional courses according to their academic strengths, personal interests, college majors or minors, etc. As an added benefit, many courses taken in College Honors also satisfy the requirements in various majors. During their last two years students complete the requirements for the Senior Honors Program: an Honors Contemporary Issues course; HON 395 Honors Colloquium (or an approved research course in their major); and HON 490 Honors Thesis .

The Senior Honors Program is our upper division program, designed for new transfer students and SUNY Brockport students who have achieved distinction in their first two years of college and join the program for their last two years. While the Senior Honors program allows college juniors and seniors to focus on courses in their majors, it facilitates greater depth and more individualized work with faculty members. Students in this program complete a minimum of three upper division (courses at the300 and 400 level) courses: an Honors Contemporary Issues; HON 395 Honors Colloquium , a one credit-hour introduction to research for the thesis (or an approved research course in their major); and HON 490 Honors Thesis . Most students easily fit these requirements into their last three or four semesters of college.

Honors Program Admissions and Graduation Requirements.

Students must apply and be accepted into both the College Honors and Senior Honors program. Entering freshmen should have a high school grade-point-average of 91.0 and a SAT total of at least 1150 (or the equivalent ACT score). The most recent Honors freshmen averaged 94.6, with a mean SAT score of 1234. Transfer students and current SUNY Brockport students should have a college grade-point-average of at least 3.5, with the most recent entering class averaging 3.7. All students in the Honors program need to maintain a college G.P.A of at least 3.25 to remain in good standing and graduate with either College Honors or Senior Honors.

Unique Features of Brockport's Honors Program

Flexibility and personal choice in the selection of courses . Honors Students select their courses from the complete range of college courses. The Honors Program tries to maintain a productive balance between the intimacy and challenge of small Honors courses and the diversity and flexibility of the college's total course offerings. Moreover, Honors courses change every semester; new seminars are continually introduced, and students even have the opportunity to design their own Honors courses. Honors Students are able to take those courses (both traditional courses and Honors courses) that best fit their personal interests, academic abilities, or professional goals.

Small Honors courses. The Honors courses are designed to promote an informal atmosphere, personalized learning, and active student participation and are the heart of the Honors Program. They can be either a special section of a conventional course offered by a department or an entirely new course, designed especially for Honors students. All Honors courses have an enrollment limit of 20 students, but most enroll between 11 to 17 students.

Distinguished College Faculty. Distinguished and dedicated faculty make the Honors courses such rewarding experiences. Honors faculty are specially selected for the program, and many have received prestigious awards for their teaching, scholarship or artistic productions.

Student-centered learning. In Honors courses lecturing is rare, and informal discussions with faculty about their research and creative work are an invaluable part of Honors study. The Honors Thesis, in which the student works directly under the personal supervision of a faculty member in their major department, is the culmination of these close faculty-student relationships.

A closely knit cadre of Honors Students within the larger college community. The Honors Program encourages personal relationships among students with similar interests and priorities, sponsors special social and cultural events, and even connects local students to Honors students at other colleges across country through Honors conferences.

Honors Courses and Honors Program completed will be prominently indicated on a student's college transcript and diploma . Such recognition is widely seen as an indication of both a student's superior academic achievement and the willingness to undertake a challenging course of study.

Honors Program Courses

HON 112 Composition and Literature, with Academic Planning Seminar Component. This course or its equivalent is required of all entering students. Fulfills the General Education requirements of a course in composition and an academic planning seminar; as a Breadth Component course, fulfills one-half of the requirement of Humanities courses. Also offers students an introduction to studies in Honors. 4 Cr. Fall

HON 395 Junior Colloquium (A). Required in the second semester of the junior year to prepare students to conduct research in the Honors Thesis Project by choosing a topic, selecting an advisor, and drafting a thesis proposal. 1 Cr. Spring

HON 400 Honors Thesis Project. Introduces students to the ideals and standards of excellence in scholarship and other creative endeavors by providing opportunities to engage in such activities with faculty members. Provides an individual investigation that extends current understanding of a problem and may summarize existing knowledge, generate new knowledge, or create new works. 3 Cr. Fall

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Contractual Liberal Arts Major (CLAM)

The Contractual Liberal Arts Major is an option that permits the student to design an individualized academic major drawn from the total academic offerings of SUNY Brockport. This option is intended to accommodate the interests of students whose academic goals would not be met by an existing academic major, a double major, or a major-minor combination, nor by an existing academic major plus a carefully planned sequence of electives. The CLAM must be related to an existing disciplinary major.

The CLAM option is open to all students in good academic standing at SUNY Brockport. Students wishing to exercise this option should seek appropriate faculty advisement. Once the program proposed by the student and faculty advisors has been approved by both the CLAM committee and the dean of the appropriate school or the Delta College director, it becomes a contract between the student and SUNY Brockport. Revision may be accomplished through the same procedure used in seeking initial approval.

The title of the CLAM, which must be distinct from that of any established major, is the title that will identify the student's major on the student's final transcript.

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Special Programs and Internships

Alcohol & Substance Abuse Studies Program
See Department of Health Science, Chapter VII.

Athletic Training Concentration
See Department of Physical Education and Sport, Chapter VII.

Bilingual-Multicultural Concentration
See Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Chapter VII.

Coaching Athletics Concentration
See Department of Physical Education and Sport, Chapter VII.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
See Admissions and Finances, Chapter II.

Exercise Physiology/Adult Fitness Concentration
See Department of Physical Education and Sport, Chapter VII.

Information on the following four programs is available through the Office of Career Services, (585)395-2468.

The Albany Semester Program is a full-semester experience allowing interns to work in one of the capital's government offices as student project directors or administrative assistants. Students earn 16 credits in political science through internship and seminar courses, and receive a stipend for the semester. The program is open to juniors and seniors from all academic majors, and operates during the fall, spring, and summer. Deadlines are October 18 for the spring semester, April 1 for the summer session, and July 15 for the fall semester.

The Assembly Intern Program is a full-time, Albany-based program enabling students to learn the state legislative process through involvement with the New York State Assembly. During the spring semester, students work within the Assembly while researching data for legislation, analyzing proposed projects, and attending committee meetings and hearings. Students earn 15 credits in political science for internship and seminar course work, and receive a stipend. The program is open to juniors and seniors from all academic majors, and operates from January through May when the Assembly is in session. Applications are due November 1 for the following January session.

The NYS Senate Session Assistants Program provides students from New York state colleges and universities with full-time opportunities to work in Albany with state senators and participate on special committees. Policy issues such as agriculture, education, casino gambling and chemical wastes are researched, discussed and analyzed during each session. The program selects students with a strong orientation to public service who have demonstrated outstanding research and communication skills. Students earn 15 credits in political science, combining internship and seminar credit, and receive a stipend. The program is open to juniors and seniors from all academic majors, and operates from January through May when the Senate is in session. Applications are due October 25 for the following January.

The Brockport Career Exploration Course (BCEC) is a one-semester, variable (1­6)-credit elective course that encourages sophomores, juniors, and seniors to investigate a specific career area under the guidance of a faculty sponsor and the Office of Career Services. BCEC credit can be earned by working 40­250 (depending on credit) hours in a human service, education or local/county government or business placement.

Departmental Internships are available through many individual academic departments for career exploration and confirmation in addition to the experiential programs listed. Options exist in the Departments of Anthropology, Business Administration, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Health Science, Political Science, Recreation and Leisure Studies, and Physical Education and Sport. In some majors, field experience internships are mandatory as part of a certification process. Professional programs or majors in nursing, recreation therapy, social work and teacher education require a specified number of hours in actual preprofessional work. Students are encouraged to refer to specific major listings in this catalog for details on internship courses and their prerequisites.

The information in this publication was current as of December 2002 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.