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December 6, 2018

>>The accounting graduate program, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, is a unique 30-credit program designed for students pursuing careers in public accounting, management accounting, and government accounting, as well as students pursuing careers in the dynamic and growing field of forensic accounting and fraud examination. All in-person courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening, beginning at 5 pm or later. The program also offers courses in an online or hybrid format to accommodate both full-time and part-time study. Learn more.

>>The Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education recently hosted a lecture on sport philosophy called "What's Wrong with Football?" The lecture, by Pam R. Sailors, professor and associate dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs at Missouri State University, brought in 230 attendees.

>>Celia Watt hosted the 2018 Fall Seminar for the New York State City/County Managers Association at the Brockport Downtown campus. Approximately 40 city and county managers from across the state, some of whom are Master's of Public Administration (MPA) alumni of the College, and about 10 MPA students aspiring toward careers in this area, attended.

>>Keith Baker, associate professor in the Department of Public Administration was awarded (as co-investigator) a Russell Sage foundation grant to study how claims of racial prejudice affect voting preferences. This is a timely subject given current political trends. The project, managed by Chris Stout (principal investigator) at Oregon State University, is entitled "How Accusations of Racism Influence Partisanship and Voting Behavior in 21st Century America." 

>>Dr. Alisa James was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She delivered the Feingold Lecture at its conference.

>>BJ Scanlon and Kayleigh Stampflern, two MPA alumni from the College, were recognized in this year's Rochester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list.


November 1, 2018

>>Assistant Professor Stevie Oakes of the Department of Dance has received the Dance Educator Award of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS). This annual award recognizes dance educators who integrates principals of dance science into their classroom. Oakes' was recognized for her research into the anatomical approaches and pedagogical practices of educators and her ongoing interest in creating more awareness of anatomically-sound and scientifically-based dance education.

>>Jennifer Ramsay of the Department of Anthropology has received the 2019 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Archaeological Institute of America's (AIA). The AIA is North America's oldest and largest organization dedicated to the field of archaeology. Dr. Ramsay is receiving the award for her invaluable service toward the archaeological community as an educator.

>>First year graduate students of the Adapted Physical Education (MS) program Rachel Sherman and Matt Farwell coordinated and directed a brand new Camp Abilities in Spencer, NY. There were eight other students from the College who helped run the program.

>>Our Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is a 30-credit, multidisciplinary program that focuses on contemporary issues from various perspectives, including the humanities, social and natural sciences, and the fine arts. The program allows students the opportunity to develop an individualized Plan of Study tailored to their own personal and/or professional goals.

>>Students, a recent alumna, and faculty members of the Department of Sociology recently presented at the New York State Sociological Association held at Nazareth College. Paul Roger '19 presented a sole-authored paper "The Hyper-Criminalization of Space: An Investigation of 'Drug Free Zone' Laws Using GIS."

Roger was also part of a presentation with classmates Alysha Rios '20 and Kalani Morris, co-authored alongside Deanna Hutchison '19 and alumnus Fred Brown' 18, entitled "Intersectional Identity and Academic Engagement: A Focus-Group Study."

Three faculty members from the department also presented at the event. Dr. Paul Durlak "Law and the De/Medicalization of Disability," Amy Guptill "The Ketchup Trail in Northwest New York in the Early 20th Century", and Kyle Green on a new work examining the potential NBA as a progressive space, given that sport-spaces are considered "apolitical" and "sacred" in American society.

>>Department of Kinesiology faculty members Bob Schneider and Lauren Lieberman are presenting in Ghana at the International Conference on Physical Activity and Sport for Health and Development in Africa.


 October 4, 2018

>>The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosted a diverse group of 12 students working on research projects this summer. Working under the guidance of faculty Josh Blose, Bob LeSuer, Mark Heitz, Markus Hoffmann, Carly Reed, and Jessica Smith were eight Brockport undergraduates — four funded through departmental research fellowships and four funded through Brockport’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (including two freshmen!); two CSTEP-McNair students from Monroe Community College; a local high school student funded through Project SEED (an American Chemical Society summer research program for high school students from low-income families); and a German college student on a research exchange program. The students worked with the faculty mentors on a variety of projects, including 3D printing devices suitable for electrochemical and other chemical applications; measuring properties of a specific ionic liquid system for battery applications; synthesizing porous molecular organic frameworks using microwave irradiation and novel environmentally benign solvents; studying the effect of large molecules (crowding agents) on the structure of biomolecules mimicking actual biological cell conditions; and synthesizing bioorganic compounds that may lead to novel medicines.

>>The Institute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments, co-directed by Distinguished Service Professor Lauren Lieberman and Professor Pamela Haibach-Beach in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education, continues to expand its series of instructional videos, designed to assist teachers, coaches, and parents. The collection now includes videos focusing on inclusive basketball, soccer, cross country, track and field, and swimming. The team also includes Senior Instructional Design Specialist Ann Giralico Pearlman, Assistant Professor Melanie Perreault, Department Chair Cathy Houston-Wilson, Associate Professor of Theatre and Music Studies Ruth Childs, and students Dustin Hinckley, Lindsay Ball, and John Demy.

>>The College is proud to announce the only AACSB-accredited online business administration program in SUNY. This program is aimed at qualified transfer students who are otherwise unable to join our face-to-face program. The ideal student has an associate’s degree (or is close to completing one) and is constrained by time and/or location. The business administration program prepares students to assume entry-level positions in an organization and offers a firm grounding in all of the functional areas of business. The application and more details will be posted on the College’s website soon. In the meantime, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (585) 395-2751 with any questions.

>>The Department of Public Health and Health Education offers a Master of Science in Education in Community Health Education. The 42-credit program is designed for students wishing to work in the field of public health as health educators, is offered 100% online, and includes a 3-credit internship in the field.

Learn advanced program planning, evaluation, health communication, and community organizing skills from nationally recognized faculty. The program prepares students to sit for the National Health Education Specialist exam to earn the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation or the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), depending on professional experience.

Whether you are new to public health or already have an established career in the field, this interactive, experience-rich program will allow you to build on the skills you already have while learning new strategies and approaches to positively impact the health of the communities you serve.


September 6, 2018

>>The winners of the second annual Presidential Teaching Excellence Award (PTEA), an opportunity for Brockport students to recognize and celebrate stellar teaching, were announced at the College’s Commencement ceremonies in May and recognized again at Faculty/Staff Convocation on August 21. The president’s office received nearly 600 nominations — twice as many as last year. Congratulations to the winners:

  • Jennifer Chesebro, instructor, Department of Nursing
  • Ashley Fico, assistant professor, Department of Public Health and Health Education
  • Steven Jurek, associate professor and chair, Department of Political Science and International Studies
  • John Keiser, associate professor, Department of Business Administration
  • Kari Smoker, associate professor and chair, Department of Mathematics

Each winner received a plaque and a $500 stipend towards professional development for the 2018–19 academic year.

>>Students in Associate Professor of Sociology Amy Guptill’s Advanced Research Methods class wrapped up their spring semester with presentations about how identity guides academic engagement. They planned and conducted five focus groups with students and learned that students bring complex and changing identities to campus, and their relationships to their academic work is shaped by social ties, access to resources, and a sense of safety and belonging. The students are sharing their work at both the College’s Diversity Conference September 20 and the annual conference of the New York State Sociological Association in October.

>>Students in Associate Professor Jie Zhang’s Assessments for Special Education course this spring worked closely with families who have children with disabilities, in partnership with Starbridge. In this semester-long project, the students wrote introductory letters to the families; interviewed the parents and children to gain the family’s perspectives about how best to collaborate and about the process and impact of disabilities, assessments, diagnosis, and services; and conducted research based on the families’ wants and needs. They then presented their research-based practice suggestions to the families and to their peers. The project was sponsored by a Curriculum Development Grant for Service Learning Opportunities. “It provided students a great opportunity to make meaningful connections between academic content and community service,” said Zhang, “and to help deepen their learning on the influence of collaboration among teachers, professionals, and families, especially for children with special needs.”

>>The Department of Public Administration is proud to share a flurry of student success stories. MPA student Sidnee McDonald was awarded the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Equity and Inclusion Student Fellowship and will attend APPAM in Washington, DC, next month. In addition, she was accepted into the 2019 NYS Assembly Graduate Scholar Intern Program, which she will begin in January. Jenn (Ashworth) Beideman ’14 and Professor and Chair Celia Watt published a paper in the Journal of Aging & Social Policy entitled, “Legislation governing tobacco use in Ontario’s retirement homes” that they worked on together while Beideman was a student. And MPA student Hafiz Akram recently completed a prestigious fellowship with CGR, one of the Northeast’s premier public sector management consulting organizations.

>>Brockport offers a variety of education programs that prepare effective leaders in the PK-12 classroom or as school district leaders. Curriculum satisfies the requirement for New York State teacher or district certifications.

The Bilingual Education program prepares bilingual educators across a variety of language and cultural backgrounds. Students will learn to use language and pedagogical skills to help bilingual PK-12 students meet rigorous New York State learning standards.

Our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program provides the tools teachers need to help English learners meet challenging content standards. Pursue a career as an inclusive educator, an ESOL specialist within schools or districts, or an English teacher worldwide.

Our Educational Administration programs offer teachers and other school district professionals an opportunity to pursue advanced degrees that lead to leadership roles within a school district. Students learn the foundations of educational leadership, effective supervision, and management skills.

Contact the Center for Graduate Studies at (585) 395-2525 for more information.


May 3, 2018

>>Twenty-seven Brockport students presented at the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Central Oklahoma in April. The students and their mentors are listed below. They were accompanied by Tammy Carrasco from the Department of Dance and Markus Hoffmann from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

  • Art/Design: Erik Edelman (Mitchell Christensen)
  • Biology: Peter Giangrasso (Rongkun Shen)
  • Business Administration/Management: Ashley Hurrell and Joshua Johannes (both John Keiser)
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry: Tylor Taras (Carly Reed) and Justin Galardi (Brandy Sreenilayam)
  • Computer Sciences: James Finn and Samuel Cherwonik (both Ning Yu)
  • Dance: Emily Conn, Jasmine Esquilin, Jenna Kelly, Isaiah Harris (all Tammy Carrasco), Mia Martelli, Emilia Bunich, Ebony Vasquez (all Julia Burrer)
  • English: Kiara Alfonseca, Kimberly Miller, Emily Tabor (all Megan Norcia)
  • Environmental Science and Biology: Christopher Maier (Jacques Rinchard)
  • Kinesiology, Sports Studies and Physical Education: Lauren Bates (Brooke Starkoff), Rahul Bathija, and Alexander Olczak (both Christopher Williams)
  • Modern Languages and Cultures: Brendan Bialy (Ismael Souto-Rumbo)
  • Nursing: Merelyn Aragon (Susan Lowey) and Paige Frarey (Paula Barbel)
  • Public Health and Health Education: Shannon Miller (Joshua Fegley)

>>The former Women and Gender Studies Program has been formally renamed as the Department of Women and Gender Studies. Women and gender studies (WMS) has been offered as a major and a minor at Brockport since 2001. A 12-credit graduate certificate will be available in the next academic year. “Teaching in and around social and gender justice fills a vital need now, and as societies become more diverse and complex, this need is certain to grow in the years ahead,” said WMS Director Barbara LeSavoy. “The stability of WMS as a department means that we can continue to serve the College, gender education, faculty, students, and the world in important and enduring ways.”

>>Advance your career in a program designed for you — and offered online. Our 30-credit Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is a multidisciplinary program focusing on contemporary issues from various perspectives, including the humanities, social and natural sciences, and the fine arts. The program allows each individual the opportunity to develop an individualized plan of study tailored to his or her own personal and/or professional goals. It provides an integrative educational experience that promotes a deeper understanding of self, nature, and society and offers opportunities to sharpen critical thinking and communication skills.

>>In March, Associate Professor of Music Natalie Sarrazin organized and presented at two conferences on music education in India, one in Kochi, Kerala, and the other in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She was accompanied by Brigette Meskell, a senior majoring in theatre and English and minoring in music business, who presented on music theory. “I presented on harmonic progression using the song ‘Creep’ by Radiohead as an example,” said Meskell. “Like any intense experience, it definitely lent me helpful insight regarding my desires and goals for the future.” The conferences were part of the Western Music Education Association, which Sarrazin co-founded, and drew attendance from nearly 150 music educators.

>>Associate Professor of Accounting Kari Smoker was recently quoted in The New York Times and featured on the podcast The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt, speaking on how Major League Baseball is affected by the new federal tax law, which makes professional sports players’ contracts subject to capital gains tax. Smoker has experience consulting in legal matters of sports taxation for the players’ associations of the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League.

>>The Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education was well represented and recognized at the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America National Convention held in Nashville in March:

  • Professor Alisa James received the Teacher Education Honor Award.
  • Justin Haegele ’07/’09, now an assistant professor of human movement sciences at Old Dominion University, received the Mabel Lee Award for Young Professionals.
  • Nick Faulds ’17, currently a master’s student at the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, received the Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship Award.
  • Seniors Matt Farrell and Alyssa Trad were named Physical Education Teacher Education Majors of the Year.
  • The national professional fraternity Phi Epsilon Kappa recognized Brockport’s Beta Pi Chapter with the Chapter Development Award; senior Melanie Bernocco with the R.R. Schreiber Distinguished Service Award; and Professor Cathy Houston-Wilson with the Distinguished Advisor Award.

>>The School of Business and Management welcomes one and all to save the date for a celebration honoring Associate Professor of Public Administration Faith Prather upon her retirement. The event will be held Friday, June 15, at 6 pm at the MetroCenter, 55 St. Paul Street, Rochester. Contributions to the new Dr. Faith Prather Scholarship will be gratefully accepted.


April 5, 2018

>>Earth sciences students Kiera McGrath, Kathleen Irwin, Andrew Hamelink, Jodian Chin, Ryan Biel, and Victoria Kaptein accompanied Professor Mark Noll on a spring break trip to study the biogeochemistry of eight watershed in and around the El Yunque National Forest in eastern Puerto Rico, which is the area where Hurricane Maria made landfall. The research is connected with the Luquillo Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) in one of the fastest weathering environments in the world, where the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere interact. The National Science Foundation–supported CZO project allowed the group to collect water and sediment samples and bring them back to Brockport to be analyzed. This was Noll’s third trip to the CZO in which he has brought students along. “These types of studies are usually predominantly made up of faculty and doctoral students,” said Noll. “I'm happy to continue to increase the undergraduate presence.” The group also traveled to Old San Juan and Arecibo, and they spent a day helping with repairs to classrooms at the Escuela Intermedia Santiago Torres in Las Piedras, which continues to recover slowly from Hurricane Maria damage. See photos and more details on the department’s Facebook page.

>>The School of Business and Management continues to bring dynamic speakers to campus:

  • On Monday, April 9, Aaron Wicks, vice president for planning and evaluation at Action for a Better Community in Rochester, presents “Poverty: NO, we are not in it together,” 5:30–6:15 pm in the Grand Hallway of the MetroCenter, 55 St. Paul Street. A Q&A and reception with light appetizers will follow. RSVP here.
  • On Tuesday, April 10, Kevin Stickles, senior vice president of human resources for Wegmans, will be speaking on Wegmans’ HR practices, 11 am – 12:15 pm, in the New York Room in Cooper Hall. Due to limited space, RSVP is required by emailing the Network Club.
  • On Wednesday, April 18, Tom Kane, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Constellation Brands, presents “Charting Your Own Career,” 1:25–2:15 pm. While the in-person event is limited to select classes, there will be a livestream available in the Seymour College Union Ballroom, open to all.

>>The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares future community leaders and managers with an understanding of public service values. Applying theory and practice, the program focuses on preparing students for work in state and municipal management, health care management, public safety, nonprofit management, and agencies addressing poverty alleviation. The program currently serves as the Secretariat organization for the New York State City County Managers Association and provides consulting and service projects that impact the greater Rochester community.

>>Join Rho Phi Lambda National Honor Fraternity and the Student Recreation Club in a volunteer work day on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 10 am, to celebrate the life of former Brockport student Lindsay Kyle. In 2003, Lindsay was a senior studying therapeutic recreation in Brockport’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies when she was tragically killed by a drunk driver. To honor Lindsay and all other innocent DWI victims, Lindsay’s parents, Sarah Palermo and Lee Kyle, donated and built a garden outside Hartwell Hall. Every spring, students and faculty from the department, Rho Phi Lambda, and the Rec Club join Lindsay’s family and friends in waking up the garden for another beautiful Brockport summer. They hope to see many of you there! For more information, contact Assistant Professor Joel Agate by email or at (585) 395-5914.

>>After over 20 years in Holmes Hall, the Honors College will be moving to the ground floor of the Albert W. Brown Building, adjacent to the new Academic Success Center. Join them for an informal reception on Friday, April 27, 3:30–5:30 pm, on the second floor of Holmes, Rooms 218–219. The celebration will include exhibits about the Honors College’s history, undergraduate thesis research, and alumni accomplishments. Light refreshments will be served.

>>The Department of Theatre and Music Studies and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are excited to welcome alumni to campus for 50th-anniversary celebrations on Saturday, April 28. Get event details here.


March 1, 2018

>>Fourteen students traveled to Brussels, Belgium, January 2–5 to compete against 10 European and 10 American universities in EuroSim, an international, intercollegiate simulation of the European Union, founded at Brockport. The group also took a cultural side trip to Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia. “I can't imagine any other activity that challenges students academically, professionally, politically, and culturally like this experience does,” said Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies Steven Jurek, the group’s faculty advisor. The club is open to all majors and is actively recruiting for next year. Contact sjurek@brockport.edu for information.

>>While teacher education programs, both public and private, have seen significant declines in enrollment over the last few years — one report, for instance, estimated a 40% decline statewide — Brockport’s teacher certification programs saw a 149% increase in 2016–17. “I think there are a few reasons why we’ve been able to attract more students,” said Dawn Jones, associate professor in the Department of Education and Human Development. “First, we have many 100%-online graduate programs. Second, all of our students get dual certification; they are certified in special education in addition to their first certification area.” The department is continuing its efforts to increase enrollment in order to continue to prepare the next generation of teachers.

>>The Department of Public Administration is pleased to announce the first two events in its 2018 MPA Speakers Series, which is open to the public. On Wednesday, March 7, Stephanie Robusto will speak on the topic of media relations. She is an Emmy Award–winning multimedia journalist, currently working with News10NBC. And on Tuesday, March 20, Carlos Baía, deputy city manager for development for the City of Concord, NH, will speak on “Diversity in City/County Management.” All events are 5:30–6:15 pm in the Grand Hallway of the MetroCenter, 55 St. Paul Street. RSVP here.

>>The School of Business and Management is also thrilled to host Lauren Dixon, CEO of Dixon Schwabl, for a talk and Q&A on Wednesday, April 4, 12:20–1:10 pm in the Seymour College Union, Room 119.

>>Develop advanced skills in school counseling, including diagnosis, consultation, and family systems counseling. Our online, 12-credit School Counselor, CAS program is designed specifically for professionals who already hold a master's degree in school counseling. The program provides the additional credit hours that school counselors need to apply for permanent certification in New York State.

The Mental Health Counselor, MS 60-credit program helps students study the efficacy of individual and group counseling approaches and programs designed to support clients’ holistic growth. Students master skills in counseling theory, diagnostic and other assessment procedures, treatment planning, inter-professional collaboration, crisis intervention, client advocacy, education and training, and case management.

Our Counselor Education programs hold national accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, CACREP.

Learn more about graduate education by attending the Graduate Information Session and Open House on Tuesday, March 6, or by contacting the Center for Graduate Studies at (585) 395-2525.


February 1, 2018

>>The Brockport International Film Festival presents films under the theme of Identity in Conflicting Cultural Contexts. Screenings are Monday nights at 6:30 pm in the Liberal Arts Building, McCue Auditorium, and are free and open to the public. For more information, email Ismael Souto Rumbo, Barb LeSavoy, or Donna Wilkerson-Barker.

  • February 5: The Wound (South Africa)
  • February 12: The Salesman (Iran)
  • February 26: Truman (Spain)
  • March 5: Nise: The Heart of Madness (Brazil)
  • March 19: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (France/US)
  • April 9: District 9 (New Zealand)
  • April 23: Han Gong-ju (South Korea)

>>The College was recently approved by NY State Education Department to offer a Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner, a Master of Science in Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and an advanced certificate in TESOL, all beginning in fall 2018. Additional information and applications regarding these programs will be posted soon.

>>Our Master of Science in Accounting, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), is a unique 30-credit program designed for students pursuing careers in public accounting, management accounting, and government accounting, as well as those students pursuing careers in the dynamic and growing field of forensic accounting and fraud examination. All courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening, beginning at or after 5 pm, or in an online or hybrid format, to accommodate both traditional full-time and part-time study.

>>In the last five years, many RN-to-BSN students have gone above and beyond curricular expectations and opted to complete an assignment that involves writing an article for publication. Professor Elizabeth Heavey offered this option to the RN-to-BSN students in NUR 472: Community Based Epidemiology. More than 25 have successfully published articles in professional clinical journals with international readership. Heavey provides mentorship to these first-time authors, many of whom have extensive professional experience but have never tried to write and publish a manuscript. All of the articles go through the peer review process, and students continue to work with Heavey to revise their work based on the peer review feedback, many even after the course is completed. “The nursing department is very proud of all of our new nurse authors and the contribution they have made to the nursing profession!” said Heavey.

>>Students in the MPA program are benefitting from strong ties with the New York State City/County Management Association (NYSCMA). Professor and Chair Celia Watt, Secretariat for the NYSCMA, says, “Student involvement in the state and international organization is paramount to the vibrancy of future communities.” MPA students Lindsey Luft and Cara Farrell were sponsored by two local municipalities (City of Batavia and Village of Fairport, respectively) to attend the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA)’s annual conference in San Antonio, TX, in October. The Department of Public Administration was able to sponsor 11 students to attend the NYSCMA’s fall training seminar in Oneonta, NY. The value of getting trained alongside city and county managers from across the state on a variety of topics that managers currently face is not only instructive but a wonderful networking opportunity for students, Watt says. MPA students will continue to foster these connections through their recent founding of a student chapter of the ICMA on campus.


December 7, 2017

>>Want to pursue graduate study? As a leader in educating the teachers of tomorrow, Brockport offers several online Master of Science in Education programs.

Our adolescence education programs, accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, prepare students to earn professional certification online, and in as little as 15 months. The adolescence inclusive generalist programs prepare students to earn initial and professional certification in the traditional classroom. We offer study in the following content areas: biology, chemistry, earth sciences, English, mathematics, physics, and social studies. Students interested in earning additional certification can choose from literacy and bilingual education.

The online physical education/teacher education MSEd program is available to students who have completed an undergraduate degree in physical education and are eligible for NYS initial certification in physical education. Students get the tools they need to read, understand, critique, and conduct research in physical education. This program can also be completed in as little as 15 months.

Learn more about these programs.

>>Vasil Denchev ’06, chief quantum software architect in the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at Google, recently received the prestigious John Atanasoff Award from the president of Bulgaria in recognition of his overall contributions to the field of computing sciences. Denchev earned bachelor’s degrees in math and computing sciences at Brockport and is a graduate of the Delta College. He then went on to earn a PhD in quantum computing from Purdue University. The award is named after the creator of the first electronic computer, who was of Bulgarian descent. Among the John Atanasoff laureates are leaders in world renowned research institutes and corporations.

>>The School of Business and Management recently held a highly successful alumni event at Constellation Brands’ headquarters in Victor, NY. Approximately 70 people attended the event on October 26, including alumni in the accounting and finance fields along with current faculty and staff. Alissa Barney ’08, who works at Constellation Brands, and Kymberly Bailey, adjunct faculty, assisted in planning the event. Attendees heard from Samantha Tassone, president of GrowthFuel, to discuss conversational intelligence in the workplace. The School is looking forward to hosting additional alumni events in the near future.

>>Joan Schockow, lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education, and Susan Hoffman, associate director of athletics, are featured in a documentary about the 1980 Cortland women’s soccer team’s historic win of the first-ever collegiate national championship held in Colorado Springs, CO. “We beat UCLA in the finals 5-1, and we were the only team not to fly to Colorado; we took two old, red vans and drove straight through, both ways,” said Schockow. After being in development for four years, the film premiered in July during Cortland’s alumni weekend, to high praise. It will be aired at the United Soccer Coaches convention in January. 


November 2, 2017

>>Senior journalism and broadcasting major Kiara Alfonseca has been named an Emerging Reporter by ProPublica, a nonprofit, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalism website. Alfonseca is one of five honorees nationwide, out of 275 applicants.

>>Students in select math and biology classes are benefiting from new methods of assistance offered through the Student Learning Center (SLC). Funded by a grant secured through the Academic Success Center, instructors Melissa Browne (MTH 111), Barry Jones (MTH 122), and Stephanie Wisnowski (MTH 201) hold Supplemental Instruction sessions on class material, pre-requisite material, and learning strategies to help students better grasp course concepts and develop study skills needed to be successful in the class. Students from all course sections have been encouraged to attend, and initial feedback is showing a positive impact on student grades. The SLC is also facilitating peer-led Supplemental Instruction for BIO 321, led by senior Sabrina Terwilliger, under the guidance of Assistant Professor Bernardo Ortega. As a late addition, Lecturer John Bateman has been brought on board to lead engaging Review Sessions for BIO 111. Moreover, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Carly Reed is currently doing valuable preliminary work this semester in an effort to launch an additional Supplemental Instruction series for students taking CHM 206 in the spring. SLC Director Michael Dentino says these initiatives aim “to get the students talking about the content, using the correct vocabulary, and engaging in the material in a hands-on way.”

>>The Department of Nursing will hold its annual Poverty Simulation on November 15, from noon to 2 pm in the Seymour College Union Ballroom. The department has conducted these simulations the past two years, with more than 80 student participants each time. “This simulation is helping our nursing students become more compassionate and focused on social issues and public health,” said Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing Jennifer Chesebro. After the simulation, Cassandra Scott, a lecturer in the department and a family nurse practitioner, will talk with the students about how to help mothers who are raising their children in poverty.


October 5, 2017

>>Preparations for the College’s newly announced MBA program are well underway. Jack Cook, associate professor of business administration, has been named graduate director for the program. Classes will begin in fall 2018. Learn more at brockport.edu/mba.

>>The Department of Public Health and Health Education is pleased to announce the launch of a Master of Science in Education in Community Health Education, with classes starting in fall 2018. The program will provide versatile training for students who wish to work in the field of public health. Learn more online or by emailing Darson Rhodes, assistant professor and graduate director.

>>The greater Brockport community — including Sweden, Hamlin, and Clarkson — will soon have a new source for great stories at its fingertips. Canalside Chronicles will be the community’s first hyperlocal news site, with stories researched and written by students in Professor Kim Young’s Writing for Social Media class (CMC 324), in collaboration with Associate Professor Marsha Ducey. The site is expected to launch later this month.

>>Hanan Sokol ’12, an alumnus of the athletic training program and the Golden Eagles football team, traveled this summer from his home in South Carolina, where he works as an athletic trainer at Charleston Southern University, to Kenya on a missionary trip. One of the eye-opening connections he made there was with a 7-year-old girl who walked three miles to him each day for treatment for a snake bite. Read about his inspiring journey at Athletic Training Today.


September 7, 2017

>>The new advanced graduate certificate program in aging studies provides a foundation of interdisciplinary education for graduate students seeking a specialization in aging and for those currently working with older adults who seek to enhance their knowledge and experience with additional academic credentials. Certification requires the completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours of graduate courses, many of which are available online. The new graduate certificate builds upon the College’s longstanding 18-credit undergraduate aging studies minor. For more information about either program, email Jason Dauenhauer.

>>An annual $1,500 scholarship has been instituted in memory of Vishal Anand, associate professor of computing sciences, who passed away in December 2015. The scholarship is funded by contributions from five alumni: Vasil Denchev '06, Martin Georgiev '11, Srinivas Krishnan '05, Momchil Kyurkchiev '07, and Tsevtomira Radeva '10. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence as judged by the Department of Computing Sciences through participation in research, contribution to scholarly papers, or presentation at conferences. The inaugural winner of the scholarship (2016-17) was Cheryl Limer, a double major in psychology and computer science. Alumni wishing to contribute to the funding should contact Barbara Power in the Division of Advancement at (585) 395-5105 or by email.

>>Effective July 1, the College’s former five Schools have been restructured into three:

  • School of Arts and Sciences, led by Dean Jose Maliekal
  • School of Business and Management, led by Dean Joy Bhadury
  • School of Education, Health and Human Services, led by Dean Thomas Hernandez

Unsure where your department lies? Learn more here.

>>The winners of the inaugural Presidential Teaching Excellence Award (PTEA), an opportunity for Brockport students to recognize and celebrate stellar teaching, were announced at the College’s Commencement ceremonies in May and recognized again at Faculty/Staff Convocation on August 22. Congratulations to the winners:

  • Joshua Fegley, assistant professor, Department of Public Health and Health Education
  • Barbara LeSavoy, director, Women and Gender Studies Program
  • Skye Paine, associate professor, Department of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Dan Rogers, lecturer, Department of Computing Sciences
  • Kari Smoker, associate professor, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance

Each winner received a plaque and a $500 stipend towards professional development for the 2017-18 academic year.


May 4, 2017

>>Twenty Brockport students presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at The University of Memphis, Tennessee, April 6-8. The students and their mentors are listed below. They were accompanied by Carly Reed and Markus Hoffmann, both from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

  • Biology: Clayton Brady (Adam Rich) and Evan Spencer (Michael Pelletier)
  • Business Administration: Kelley Valente (Jack Cook)
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry: Samantha Klietz (Carly Reed) and Autumn Smith (Brandy Sreenilayam)
  • Dance: Chloe London and Mia Martelli (both Tammy Carrasco)
  • Education and Human Development: Kelsey Rising (Christian Wilkens)
  • English: Samantha Swan, Ashley Farley (both Megan Norcia), and Rachel Campbell (Milo Obourn; Rachel's travel was supported by the McNair Program)
  • Environmental Science and Biology: Holly Jackson (Katie Amatangelo) and Nicholas Farese (Jacques Rinchard)
  • History: Meredith Hutchings (Angela Thompsell)
  • Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education: Randi Snopkowski (Brooke Starkoff and Elizabeth Lenz)
  • Mathematics: Christine Izyk (Gabriel Prajitura)
  • Modern Languages and Cultures: Rashana Lydner (Andrea Parada and Ewelina Barski-Moskal)
  • Nursing: Bridget Murphy (Elizabeth Heavey)
  • Psychology: Jamie Tombari and Sarah Farnett (both Melissa Brown)

>>Students and faculty in the exercise science major in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education offer a couple of innovative programs to help the College and local community stay healthy. The B-Fit Lab is a community fitness lab allowing community members and College at Brockport employees and students to assess their personal fitness and body composition. All testing is performed by exercise physiologists in the exercise science lab located in Tuttle South.

Following the assessment, employees are then encouraged to participate in the Employee Fitness Program on campus. This free program provides current and retired employees and their spouses or significant others, as well as Brockport alumni, with their own place to exercise. The program runs during the fall and spring semesters and is located in the Tuttle North Gym, across from the ice hockey rink. The fitness center is open before classes, during lunch, and in the evenings. Exercise science majors enrolled in PEP 455: Practicum for Exercise Programming help facilitate the program.

>>Two student teams were able to travel to and be a part of the Programming Contest at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, on April 7, held as part of the Annual Conference organized by the Consortium of Computing Sciences in Colleges - North East (CCSCNE), thanks to the generous support of the recent alumni who generously donated to the Computing Sciences Student Travel Fund. Department faculty have great hopes from the sophomore team who went, and hope that they will be able to participate again in next year's competition, to be held at the University of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH. In addition, the generous support from the alumni enabled senior Spencer Linsner to travel to the conference and present a poster on his Honors thesis work. This poster was part of the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition organized by the conference, where it was judged ninth among 57 posters presented at the conference.

>>Associate Professor of English Meg Norcia was recognized at a ceremony in Syracuse in March as one of SUNY’s “exemplary online educators…who are both enthusiastic and effective in online teaching.” As an Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador, Norcia will lead discussions about online teaching SUNY-wide in the coming year.


April 6, 2017

>>The Center for Student Success, housed in Hartwell Hall and managed by the School of Business Administration and Economics, is a one-stop shop for business students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its staff offers academic and career advising, résumé assistance, interviewing skills, professional development workshops, guest speakers, employer outreach, student club collaboration, and a weekly e-newsletter. They work closely with each of the 900 student visitors they see each year to help make connections between their individual academic and professional goals and ensure their success. For more information, email Director Pamela O’Keefe or call her at (585) 395-2992.

>>The Teacher Immersion Fellows Program is a collaboration among The College at Brockport, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, Brockport Central Schools and the Hilton Central School District. The program addresses the shortage of substitute teachers while enhancing educational and employment opportunities for College at Brockport undergraduate and graduate students, who are paid for their participation. Candidates must be enrolled in the College, be available to work 1–5 days a week during a typical school day, and complete an application to determine eligibility. More information is available here or by contacting Shannon Alvarado by email  or at (585) 617-2664.

>>The School of Education, Health, & Human Services has recognized three finalists for its second annual Teacher of the Year Award, identified by a group of student leaders as worthy of recognition for their outstanding contributions to teaching, based on input from current students and alumni. Congratulations to Ms. Melissa Pierce (KSSPE), who was chosen as the winner, and to finalists Ms. Janie Dennis (Nursing) and Dr. Brooke Starkoff (KSSPE).

>>On March 31 and April 1, WBSU 89.1 The Point broadcasted from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, for the 20th year in a row. The broadcast included commentary on the 2017 induction of Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Journey, Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, and Joan Baez. The broadcast was live on air on 89.1 and through livestream at 891thepoint.com.

>>The School of Science and Mathematics will recognize its top students at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 19. Among them are:

  • Ouail Kitouni, math and physics: Physics Undergraduate Summer Research Award, Bailey Scholarship, Harvard House Award, and Interdisciplinary Award
  • Mayuka Sasaki, physics: R.V. Mancuso Summer Undergraduate Research Award, Bailey Scholarship, and Sigma Pi Sigma: The Physics Honor Society
  • Christopher Wahl, physics: Sigma Pi Sigma: The Physics Honor Society
  • Michele Piwonski, math: Charles Baden Award
  • Gregory Toms, math: Edward Stephany Award
  • Adam Krause, math: M Chen Geometry Award
  • Trevor Jarvis, math: M Chen Geometry Award
  • Sabrina Bentley, math:  Math Departmental Award
  • Christine Izyk, math: Robert Hall Award
  • Matthew Fritschi, computing sciences: Computing Sciences Departmental Award
  • Cheryl Limer, computing sciences: Vishal Anand Scholarship
  • Spencer Linsner, computing sciences: Undergraduate Research Award
  • Erica Kingdollar, environmental science: Kenneth Daman Aquatic Ecology Research Award
  • Stewart Negron, earth sciences: Hubbard Broadcasting Award
  • Amanda Dragonette, biology: Francis Claffey Award
  • Allison Gardella, biology: Cloutier Scholarship
  • Christopher Haller, biology: Henry Gould Award
  • Victoria Robyck, biology: Charles S. Thomas Award
  • Rebecca Gerling, chemistry: Kronthaler Prize, AIC Award
  • Nathan Leisenring, chemistry: Rochester ACS Award
  • Tyler Taras, chemistry: Analytical Chemistry Award, Inorganic Chemistry Award
  • Justin Galardi, chemistry: Organic Chemistry Award
  • Samuel VanScoter, chemistry: Freshman Chemistry Award   

 In addition, two of the five Brockport seniors honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence are from this School: biology and math major Clayton Brady and biology major Melissa Stoj. They and the School’s 10 departmental scholars will be recognized at the College’s Honors and Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 21.


 March 2, 2017

>>Alumni and friends of the College’s mathematics and physics programs are invited to join in a 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 8, beginning at 3:30 pm. The schedule will include planetarium shows, tours of recently renovated Smith Hall, an integration bee with current students, and a dinner with keynote speakers Momchil Kyurkchiev ’07 (Co-Founder and CEO of Leanplum, Inc.), Bob Baden ’79 (President of Rochester Software Associates, Inc.), and K. Sooriakumar “Soori” ’86 (CEO at IR Sensor & 4SSensors Systems Pte. Ltd.). RSVP by March 25.

>>On Friday, April 14, the Department of Education and Human Development and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will partner to host a conference, Blend Until Smooth: Recipes for Hybrid Teaching & Learning. Sponsored by a SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines Grant, the conference explores the disciplinary challenges in the age of hybrid/blended courses, through presentations and panel discussions. Dr. Kelvin Thompson from the University of Central Florida will give the keynote address, “Finding Your Voice in the Noise: Conversations About Blended Learning.” The event runs 8:15 am to 3:15 pm in the New York Room in Cooper Hall. Register here. Off-campus participants, please also complete this form. For more information, email Jie Zhang, associate professor of education.

>>Distinguished Service Professor Lauren Lieberman, KSSPE, director of Camp Abilities, and her graduate assistant, Alexandra Stribing ’13/’19, were both recently honored by SHAPE America, the Society of Health and Physical Educators. Lieberman received the R. Tait McKenzie Award, given annually in recognition of distinguished service by members, which takes place outside the framework of SHAPE America but which reflects prestige, honor, and dignity on the association. Stribing, who completed a bachelor’s degree in physical education teacher certification and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Education in adapted physical education, received the Adapted PE/Activity Graduate Student of the Year Award, which is given to one master’s-level student each year who excels in the field. Stribing and Lieberman will be honored at the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Boston later this month.

>>On sabbatical this semester, Frank Kuhn, professor of theatre, has been directing a play, Leah, the Forsaken, in an Actors Equity Association showcase production in New York City. Two Brockport alumni are along for the journey: Teresa Campbell ’14 is assistant director, and Matt DeLuca ’16 is in the cast, playing the role of Jacob. The production opened February 17 and runs through March 12 at the Metropolitan Playhouse in New York. “One of the great pleasures for me as a teacher is watching the trajectory of my former students’ lives and careers, and lending a hand when I can,” says Kuhn.


 February 2, 2017

>>Nicholas Newcomb ’18, a journalism and broadcasting major, is building his writing résumé both on and off campus. A former editor for The Stylus, he works part time at the Democrat and Chronicle as a sports outfielder. He recently received the “unsung hero award” at the quarterly newsroom awards for his diverse involvement, from pitching story ideas to helping shoot video. He has enjoyed interviewing a variety of athletes, including several Buffalo Bills, members of the “Miracle on Ice” hockey team, local golfer Dominic Bozzelli, and many high school athletes and coaches. “I wouldn’t have had this opportunity if not for the department’s connections with local media outlets and their ability to prepare students for jobs outside of school,” says Newcomb.

>>The William F. Stier Sport Management Scholarship is now endowed in perpetuity after reaching the $25,000 mark, raised in large part by student-led projects over the past five semesters. The “Stier Scholarship” was established by Brockport’s current undergraduate sport management program director, Robert Schneider, in memory of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Bill Stier, longtime faculty member and former program director, who passed away in September 2014. Each year, a senior sport management student will receive this scholarship to fund their capstone internship, working for a sports organization off campus. Schneider calls this “a scholarship for the students, by the students.”

>>Disability Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conversation is a one-day conference being held Thursday, February 9, in the New York Room in Cooper Hall. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, professor of English and bioethics at Emory University, will give the keynote address, “Who We Are Now: Thoughts on How We Shape Human Communities.” The conference will also feature panel presentations from seven SUNY disability studies scholars, as well as lunch and a closing reception. Participants may attend for the entire day or for individual sessions; the event is free and open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Sponsored in part by SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines and Promoting Excellence in Diversity grants, along with generous support from the American Democracy Project and many departments and offices, the conference is being organized by Jennifer Ashton, Barbara LeSavoy, Megan Obourn, Sue Robb, and Jessica Sniatecki. Register at the link above.


 December 1, 2016

>>Rosemary Catlin ’85, who teaches at Brockport High School, has been named the 2016 Outstanding Biology Teacher for New York by the National Association of Biology Teachers. She earned her Master of Science in Education from the College, concentrating in secondary biology. In a recent article in the Democrat and Chronicle, Catlin credits Professor Emeritus Walter Brautigan ’63 for encouraging her to stick with her dream of teaching.

>>The Computing Sciences Student Travel Program is a new initiative which will assist students in the department with expenses for conferences, poster sessions, competitions, hack-a-thons, and other opportunities that enhance their education. Anyone wishing to support this program may do so by visiting alumni.brockport.edu/give and designating their gift to Computing Sciences Student Travel. You will help the next generation of Golden Eagles put their knowledge to hands-on use, develop confidence in their skills, and gain exposure to the networks and resources that will lead to success.

>>Michael Herman ’05 (English and theatre) and Rachael Yoder ’11 (theatre) co-direct the Outer Loop Theater Experience, founded by Herman and based in New York City. This past summer, the pair traveled to Tanzania, East Africa, and were inspired to create a play, Ubinadamu (which means “humanity”), about the lack of quality labor clinics in the area. They have since started The Humanity Project to help build a labor clinic in Tanzania. Read more about their story in an alumni spotlight written by intern Andrew Zimmer ’17.


 November 3, 2016

>>Graduate students enrolled in the professional certification MSEd in Adolescence Education programs now have the option of pursuing their degree requirements fully online, if they so choose. The programs that now have an online completion option are as follows: Adolescence Biology, Adolescence Chemistry, Adolescence Earth Science, Adolescence English, Adolescence Math, Adolescence Physics, and Adolescence Social Studies. Students interested in pursuing this option may contact Anne Walton, graduate coordinator, at awalton@brockport.edu or (585) 395-2326.

>>Associate Professor of History Joe Torre has secured a $158,000 grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for summer 2017. This will be the fifth time Torre has secured an NEH grant for the Rochester Reform Trail, which brings 72 school teachers from all over the country for two one-week programs focusing on Rochester’s iconic 19th-century technological, economic, and reform landmarks. The program provides important experiential opportunities (and income) for history department students who work as assistants. The project’s 2016 website contains information and links to YouTube lectures and other resources.

>>The Professional Education Unit is proud to partner with Education Queensland through SUNY Cortland to offer student-teaching opportunities in 11 schools on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. Through this highly selective program, students can gain an international experience within their specialty area. The nine-week placement fulfills one of the education program’s student-teaching requirements and provides a rich study of both pedagogy and culture. Students interested in the program for summer 2017 are encouraged to contact Tracy Peterson, director of partnership development and field experience, at tpeterso@brockport.edu or (585) 395-2596.

>>On Saturday, November 5, the Department of Public Health and Health Education and the Department of Sociology are taking 38 students on an inaugural Public Health Bus Tour, visiting public health and social justice organizations throughout the city of Rochester. Sponsored by a Promoting Excellence in Diversity Grant, the event will give students insight into the problems Rochester is currently facing and the organizations committed to helping. Discussions throughout the trip will cover an array of topics including gun control, poverty, homelessness, education, and opportunities for students to get involved in social justice work.

>>Regional Director Jan Pisanczyn and the Brockport Small Business Development Center (SBDC) team are proud to have received reaccreditation by America’s Small Business Development Center and to have received accreditation for technology services for the first time. The SBDC helps businesses get started (developing marketing plans, discovering sources of funding, complying with regulations, etc.) — all free of charge. The SBDC at Brockport serves small- and medium-sized enterprises in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, and Wayne Counties, with seven offices in the area. Since its start in 1987, the SBDC has worked directly with 19,596 businesses, helping them to invest over $189 million in the area’s economy and to create or save more than 7,300 jobs.


 October 6, 2016

>>In partnership with the American Democracy Project, Dr. Nilay Saiya, assistant professor and director of international studies, is coordinating the Muslim Voices Speaker Series, which runs throughout the fall semester. The project brings five Muslim scholars and community leaders to campus to share their experiences of what it is like to be Muslim in the United States, amidst the clamor of stereotypes and media caricatures.

>>Professor Gabriel Prajitura and Associate Professor Ruhan Zhao of the Department of Mathematics are coordinating Brockport’s hosting of the Northeastern Analysis Meeting October 14-16. This international math conference will bring approximately 90 professors from 10 countries to campus, most of whom will present new math discovered within the last year that is not yet available in print. This is the first time in 38 years that the National Science Foundation has awarded a grant for such an endeavor to a non-PhD state school in the United States.

>>Dr. Lerong He, associate professor and chair in the Department of Business Administration, received a three-year Innovation and Entrepreneurship Grant from the Fujian Provincial Government in China. The grant work includes close collaboration with Fuzhou University in Fujian: teaching summer classes and conducting research with faculty there, as well as bringing faculty members from Fuzhou to Brockport to learn the American style of business education. Dr. He aims to develop exchange-student programs and joint-degree programs with Fuzhou University.

>>The New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance has honored two physical education majors. Seniors Nick Faulds and Madison Hornung are the recipients of the 2016 Jay B. Nash Outstanding Major Award, which annually honors one male and one female student for outstanding performance relevant to their preparation for their future profession. Faulds, who is from Mount Morris, is currently involved with the Outreach Service Program at the Perkins School for the Blind and is actively involved with Camp Abilities. Hornung, who is from Orchard Park, is a volunteer coach for the Rochester Rookies ambulatory sports program and is president of the Brockport chapter for Phi Epsilon Kappa.


Last Updated 12/5/18

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