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Michael Kalkbrenner (’14) wins coveted Distinguished Scholar Award
This year’s Distinguished Scholar, Michael Kalkbrenner, graduated (May 2014) from The College at Brockport with a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling. An alumni of Monroe Community College and SUNY Geneseo, Michael was a sociotherapist at Hillside Crestwood Children’s Center in Rochester, NY before starting his Counselor Education program at Brockport. Michael has built on this professional foundation and developed his counseling techniques through a semester-long practicum in the campus health center and a year-long mental health counseling internship at the Canandaigua Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center. His strong academic record at Brockport culminated in his thesis,The Effectiveness of Aftercare at Preventing Relapse of Recently Discharged Veterans, which provides the VA with valuable quantitative assessments of aftercare pertaining to Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) among recently discharged veterans. An additional research project yielded a co-authored article with another student and two program faculty members in the peer-reviewed CSPA-NYS Journal of Student Affairs. Having passed the National Counselor Exam, Michael will soon be a National Certified Counselor. He is starting a Ph.D. program in Counselor Education in the fall at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia with the intention of becoming a college professor in the field.
Senior Associate Director
Emily Carpenter '01, as the Senior Associate Director for the University of Rochester's Career Center, works primarily with undergraduate students in one-to-one counseling appointments and plans large and small scale events, programs, and workshops. Her role is to assiststudents as they form and implement their career goals. Emily states that sheloves her position because college students are so energizing - they are eager to take on the world and herjob helps them to develop their potential. Emily states that the Counselor Education program at Brockport gave her the necessary tools to truly hear what her students are saying, to be able to connect with them, and to work with them through the many times that they feel stuck and unsure. Determining your future path and making the transition from college to the real world is wrought with anxiety, resistance, and trepidation. Emily reflects thatas a counselor from the College atBrockport she is comfortable working with students on these issues and really enjoys the process and loves watching the outcomes.