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For Immediate Release
April 3, 2009

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Nicholas Mascari
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President, Faculty Play Major Role in SUNY 60th Anniversary Conference

Scholars Discuss SUNY's Impact

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Brockport, NY – The College at Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD, and three members of the College faculty are participating in a conference this weekend marking the 60th anniversary of the State University of New York.

"SUNY & the Promise of Public Higher Education in America: A Scholarly Conference" will take place at the University at Albany, April 3-5.

Halstead will serve as a moderator of a panel discussing “SUNY and Its Students Across the Decades.” College at Brockport Professor of History Bruce Leslie, PhD, will discuss “Students in a 1950s State Teachers College” as part of the same panel presentation.

Leslie also will be part of a panel exploring “Telling SUNY’s Tale: Six Decades of Writing SUNY’s History.” Leslie’s portion of the presentation focuses on “The Strange Career of SUNY History: Past Attempts and Future Opportunities.” He also will be co-moderator in the closing session on “Where Does SUNY Go From Here.”

Leslie is co-chairman of the event and also served on the symposium’s planning committee along with College at Brockport’s Director of the Honors Program and Associate Professor of History Kenneth O’Brien, PhD.

“A few years ago, while chatting with Acting College President John Clark (2004-2005), Ken O’Brien and I suggested SUNY’s 60th anniversary offered an opportunity to celebrate our past, signaling our maturity and warming our place in the hearts and minds of New Yorkers, especially our 2.4 million alumni. Little did we guess that John was not only destined to become Acting Chancellor, but that he would remember that conversation and make a scholarly celebration of our 60th anniversary a priority,” said Leslie.

O’Brien also will present “Rescuing the State Teachers College from History’s Scrapheap” as part of a panel discussing “The State Teachers College Era and the Origins of SUNY’s University Colleges.” O’Brien also will moderate a panel exploring “Curriculum: E Pluribus Unum” and serve as a commentator on another panel discussing “Accessibility and Quality Education in SUNY.”

John Halsey, PhD, director of The College at Brockport’s internship program in the UK, is participating in the panel, discussing “SUNY In and Of the World: International Programs and Perspectives.” He will present “SUNY from the English Perspective.”

Organizers said the conference seeks to promote a scholarly understanding of SUNY in the context of the state's political, economic, social and cultural history, among other goals. A book that includes the presentations will be published after the conference.

More information about SUNY's 60th Anniversary Conference can be found at the SUNY Web site.

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