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February 1, 2018
>>Today marks 100 days until Commencement! The Class of 2018 is expected to attend the Senior Forum on Tuesday, February 6, in the Seymour College Union, Ballroom. Doors open at 9 pm. The program will begin at 9:15 and will last no more than 30 minutes. Celebratory pizza will be provided at the end.
At the Forum, you will learn about:
- Commencement and senior year events
- Resources available to you for furthering your education or finding a job
- What it means to be a Brockport graduate
- The 2018 Make Your Mark Senior Class Giving Campaign (and how to receive your senior T-shirt)
If you are unable to make the event on February 6, another Senior Forum will be held on February 7 at noon in the Seymour College Union, Ballroom.
>>Are you ready for the Jobs & Internships Fair on March 7, noon – 4 pm, in the Special Events Recreation Center (SERC)? Career Services can help. Before the fair, be sure to:
- Update your résumé.
- Research employers attending by downloading Brockport Career Fair Plus on the App Store and Google Play Store.
- Practice your interviewing skills.
- Prepare questions to ask employers.
- Plan appropriate attire.
- Prepare a 30-second introduction.
Career Express drop-in hours are available this semester from:
- Monday – Friday, noon – 3 pm, Rakov Center for Student Services, Room 101
- Tuesdays, 4 – 7 pm, Drake Memorial Library
Bring any career–related questions about job searching, internships, career resources, or your résumé and/or cover letter.
>>The 11th annual Student Leadership Conference, planned by capstone students in the Leadership Development Program, is February 25 from 11 am to 4 pm in the Seymour College Union. RSVP online to learn about "Empowering Ourselves to Empower Others." The Office of Community Development, which hosts the event in collaboration with Student Union and Activities, the Office of Alumni Engagement, and Brockport Student Government, welcomes the attendance of all interested students.
>>A new fraternity on campus, Lambda Sigma Upsilon, is the first Latino organization in College history to colonize. Assistant Director of Student Union and Activities Ryan Giglia was the founding member of the last colonized fraternity, Phi Kappa Pi, 25 years ago. The fraternity colonization process takes 18 months and requires a minimum number of members, a minimum GPA, and a connection to a national chapter.
December 7, 2017
>>The Brockport Buddies Mentoring Program, an opportunity for students at The College at Brockport to mentor students at A.D. Oliver Middle School in the Brockport Central School District, is now recruiting volunteers. This flexible program provides college students a chance to build relationships with younger mentees, to network with professionals in the field of education, to foster leadership and responsibility, and to help build community. Mentors are paired with a teacher and choose their weekly hours. Interested students may register for the program online.
>>For the third consecutive year, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be utilizing current students to enroll the next class of Golden Eagles through the Brockport Peer Recruitment Program. Peer recruiters are current students who have a passion for Brockport and volunteer to return to their high schools over winter break to share their college experiences with prospective students. This year’s group of approximately 65 peer recruiters will spend about an hour visiting their previous high schools to talk to juniors and seniors, who are most interested in hearing from current students about campus life and the transition to college.
November 2, 2017
>>Applications for Brockport Foundation scholarships, which open November 15 and close February 15, are easier than ever before to complete. Student applicants are required to submit a résumé, an organized paragraph on their choice of three out of five topics, and one reference. Check out the scholarship website to learn more, view a list of scholarships, and — come November 15 — apply online. With questions, contact the scholarship office: (585) 395-5105 or email@example.com.
>>The Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities is hosting the 35th Annual Resident Assistant Conference on November 4, which will continue the long-standing tradition of creating a platform for professional development, partnerships, and continued growth for RAs. The theme, “Friends: We’ll Be There for You” is meant to challenge conference participants to generate better relationships with themselves, residents, coworkers, community members, and the world as a whole. More than 40 presentations will address topics that fall under five categories: the RA role, community building and programming, wellness, social justice and diversity, and the professional track. More than 300 attendees from across the country are expected.
October 5, 2017
>>Prevention and Outreach Services is hosting Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout October. Several awareness and advocacy events will educate the campus community about the many forms domestic violence can take and the way it affects individuals. These events provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to volunteer, serve as advocates, and empower victims and survivors. A variety of support is available on campus for individuals coping with domestic violence. For information about domestic violence and how to get involved in October's events, stop by the Center for Select Respect in the Seymour College Union, Room B124.
>>October is Graduate and Professional School Month, co-sponsored by Career Services and the Center for Graduate Studies. The following events are ideal for juniors and graduating seniors:
- Grad School 101 (Part One) Workshop: Tuesday, October 10, from 5 to 7 pm in the New York Room, Cooper Hall
- Grad School 101 (Part Two) Workshop: Thursday, October 12, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Seymour College Union, Room 220
- Graduate School Fair: Wednesday, October 18, from 4 to 6 pm in the Seymour College Union, Ballroom
- Grad School Interviewing Workshop: Tuesday, October 24, from 3 to 4 pm in the Seymour College Union, Room 220
- Grad School Test Prep-Kaplan Workshop: Wednesday, October 25, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Seymour College Union, Room 114
- Grad School 101 (Part One) Workshop (Repeat): Thursday, October 26, from 2 to 3 pm in the Seymour College Union, Room 220.
>>The College will participate in National Transfer Student Week from October 9 through 13 in an effort to bring attention to transfer student accomplishments while raising the group's visibility on campus. Tabling in the Union, activities, and events to assist in connecting transfer students with resources will occur throughout the week. Shirt pins with encouraging phrases will be available for faculty and staff members to show their support for transfers.
>>The College's partnership with IIE Generation Study Abroad makes Brockport students eligible to apply for a $2,000 travel grant to study internationally. The scholarship program is intended to diversify and encourage study abroad experiences. The deadline to apply is October 17.
September 7, 2017
>>Welcome Week 2017, August 24 to 31, brought 2,325 new students to campus. New this year, the Sunday session 'Building YOUR Best Brockport' invited students to consider the journey, pathways, and experiences that will shape their best selves at Brockport and beyond. The workshop was led by Brockport graduate Shawn Brown '99, a lead youth coordinator at the Center for Teen Empowerment, and his team.
>>Recently launched by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the College’s online custom guidebook offers prospective students a personalized glimpse into what their future at Brockport could look like. Those amidst a college search have the option to select specific academic majors, cocurricular activities, living options, and more to instantly produce a custom guide to Brockport tailored to their needs and interests.
>>As of the first day of classes, early alert communication tool EagleSUCCESS is live. The brand new, community-based platform empowers students to take charge of their learning development by tracking their progress. Instructors can use EagleSUCCESS to raise concerns, offer praise, address potential success barriers, and ultimately refer a student to support resources. Feedback will be shared with both the student and the student’s advisor. Find EagleSUCCESS in Quicklinks to get started today.
May 4, 2017
>>Congrats, graduating seniors of the Class of 2017! Celebrate during Senior Week: Sunday, March 7, through Commencement Day. Check out the schedule of events, some of which require registration (brunch on Sunday and Senior BBQ on Friday). Don’t forget to submit photos via email of your favorite Brockport memories, or share them on social media using #bport2017, to be featured in the senior slideshow during Senior Night on May 11 in the Union Ballroom. All who submit photos will be entered into a raffle to win Brockport alumni gear. As your undergraduate journey comes to an end, give back by supporting an area on campus that has impacted you through the 2017 Make Your Mark Senior Class Giving Campaign — ending soon!
>>Construction of a new, $21 million, 256-bed residence hall between the Allen Administration Building and the Student Townhomes is scheduled to begin this month. Under the design-build method, both design and construction services are provided through a single contract to help expedite projects and provide savings. The state-of-the-art, hotel-style housing facility will be designed to LEED-Silver standards. Available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the hall will accommodate two occupants per room, with a private bath in each. A smart classroom, multi-purpose room, and more unique features will foster student learning and collaborative study. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2018. Read more.
>>The Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosted 457 prospective students and their families at two Accepted Student Days this spring. Despite less than ideal weather conditions, the attendance rate was the highest it has been in recent history. Events like these are critical to the success of meeting enrollment goals, as students who attend any yield event in the spring are 70% more likely to choose Brockport over students who don’t. Enrollment is up for incoming students who hail from the Syracuse, Catskills, Mid-Hudson, and Long Island regions. This can be attributed to Admissions having a greater presence in these recruitment regions, particularly those downstate. Through hundreds of high school visits, college fairs, instant decision days, Coffee and Conversation events, and more, Admissions has been working diligently to establish Brockport as a brand name in the downstate and New York City metro areas, and these efforts are reflected in the enrollment numbers for those areas.
>>Six Freshman Orientation sessions will host incoming students between July 6 and 25. The overnight program provides students joining us in the fall a chance to get to know each other; comfortably ask questions to which student orientation leaders have the answers; form relationships with faculty, staff, and students; learn about campus services, resources, clubs, and organizations; retrieve their fall course schedules; become acquainted with the campus and local community alongside their family members; experience what it is like to sleep in a residence hall; and have fun!
April 6, 2017
>>Career Services invites students to learn tips and tricks to boost their networking skills by attending this year’s Mocktails on Wednesday, April 19, from 6 to 8 pm at Alumni House. Mocktails is a no-pressure, interactive event during which students will be able to practice networking with employers and Brockport alumni while receiving feedback on how to improve. Attendees will be trained on how to create and master an elevator pitch, learn how to start and leave a professional conversation, and find out the most appropriate way to ask someone for their business card. Students will leave the event with the confidence and preparation to take on a professional networking event. Those interested must register to attend on Eagle Connect.
>>So far, more than 230 graduating seniors have left a lasting legacy at Brockport by supporting the 2017 Make Your Mark Senior Class Giving Campaign. This annual initiative invites students to make their mark on their soon-to-be alma mater by supporting an area on campus that's meaningful to them. These include academic departments, scholarships, sports teams, clubs, experiential learning programs, and more. Undesignated gifts support the area of greatest need on campus. Those who give $20.17 in honor of their class year receive a commemorative champagne flute and Class of 2017 t-shirt. This year’s senior giving campaign has been one of the most successful in recent history. Seniors are invited to give online at alumni.brockport.edu/makeyourmark or in person at any senior event. Visit alumni.brockport.edu/bport2017 for an overview of senior information, events, activities, and programs.
>>The Professional Clothes Closet, started by Career Services, is helping students dress for success. The closet offers Brockport students access to the attire needed to make great first impressions at career fairs, professional conferences, interviews, networking opportunities, internships, and more. Since its opening in spring 2015, the closet has provided new and gently used business professional attire free of cost to more than 400 students. The closet also serves to provide examples of appropriate attire for professional activities, helping prepare students for their future careers. The closet requires donations from alumni and community members in order to grow and continue to provide for students who may not have the resources to attain these items themselves. If you are interesting in donating, please contact Adam Standish in Career Services.
March 2, 2017
>>Student Union and Activities invites all members of the campus community to take a walk through the Tunnel of Oppression in the Seymour College Union Ballroom on March 7 from 11 am to 2 pm, March 7 from 4 pm to 7 pm, or March 8 from 11 am to 3 pm. The Tunnel is designed to examine the intersection of identity, culture, and community while educating event participants about the oppression and marginalization of various groups in society and on campus. Explore a series of scenes that will challenge you to think more deeply about the importance of inclusivity and the societal effects of oppression, power, and privilege.
>>Career Services is hosting its annual Etiquette Dinner on Thursday, March 30, from 6 to 8 pm in the New York Room, Cooper Hall. Students will have an opportunity to master the finer points of basic dining etiquette while enjoying a delicious, five course meal. Skills learned at this informative program may be applied at job interviews, business meetings, networking events, and other formal occasions at which food is often served. Students must register to attend, at the cost of $10, by March 28.
>>Rural & Migrant Ministry (RMM), a community partner of the Office of Community Development, is hosting its annual Alternative Spring Break program from March 13 to 17. The multi-faith, nonprofit organization hosts programs of education and empowerment alongside rural residents and agricultural workers of New York State. The group seeks to “overcome the prejudices and poverty that degrade and debilitate all members of our society by building communities that celebrate diversity, achieve true mutuality, and offer dignity and opportunity to all.” Students from The College at Brockport will join students from other area colleges in supporting justice by taking an in-depth look at the many facets of farmworker life. Participants will learn more about the agribusiness system and the labor protections from which farmworkers are excluded. Engaging in conversation with both farmworkers and advocates and examining potential ways to correct the unjust policies that impact farmworkers will be key components of the experience.
>>Community ambassadors, students who regularly host programs about a variety of topics, recently received a national grant from the American Association of University Women to organize a campus action project. The team will administer a month-long series of leadership and gender equality workshops as part of a campaign called ‘Be The Revolution.’ This programming aims to educate and engage members of the campus community while providing them a chance to navigate facets of the gender leadership gap. Weekly themes are ‘United We Lead’ (March 5 – 11), ‘Rights, Policy & Service’ (March 19 – 25), ‘Promoting Yourself & Knowing Your Network’ (March 26 – 30), and ‘Celebration of Self!’ (March 31). Follow-up events will be held in April.
>>Save the date for the 38th Annual Honors and Recognition Banquet in celebration of the College’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). This year’s ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 8, from 6 to 9 pm in the Seymour College Union Ballroom. Hear from Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jim Haynes while enjoying food, entertainment, and an awards ceremony honoring academic success. Tickets are $18.50. For more information, to register, or to sponsor a student’s attendance, please contact Graduate Counselor Domonique Sak.
February 2, 2017
>>The Office of Alumni Engagement, Student Union and Activities, and the Golden Eagle Senior Council will host the College’s fifth annual Senior Forum on February 15 at 9:30 pm in the Seymour College Union Ballroom. All graduating students are expected to attend to learn about Commencement and senior year events, resources available to them for furthering their education or finding a job, what it means to be an alumnus of Brockport, and the 2017 Senior Class Gift. For students who are unable to attend, a make-up forum will be held the next day at noon in the Ballroom.
>>Brockport Student Government (BSG) has implemented Green and Gold Fridays as part of the #BrockportBOLD initiative. In an effort to connect the student body and foster a sense of inclusivity on campus, BSG is asking the Brockport community to participate in the movement by wearing green and gold spiritwear every Friday throughout the semester. BSG President Devin Bonner ’17 hopes the efforts associated with the initiative will boost campus pride and create campus traditions. Check out more displays of our campus community going #BrockportBOLD on Twitter and Instagram.
>>Career Services invites all students and alumni to discover their next steps at the Jobs & Internships Fair on March 1 from noon to 4 pm in the Special Events Recreation Center (SERC). Recruiters from 100+ companies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies will be in attendance to meet with Brockport students and alumni from all majors and concentrations who are searching for employment or internship opportunities. A complete company listing, interactive floor map, event details, and tips on how to prepare can be accessed by downloading “Brockport Career Fair Plus” on the App Store or Google Play Store. The Fair is free of charge and open to all Brockport students and alumni, and no prior registration is required. Attendees are asked to dress professionally.
>>The annual Student Leadership Conference, planned entirely by Capstone Leadership Students in their fourth year of the Leadership Development Program, will take place on February 19 in the Seymour College Union. This year’s conference theme is “Changing Conversation to Change the World.” Rabbi Josh Feigelson of Ask Big Questions will deliver a keynote speech prompting student attendees to consider a simple concept: asking a question instead of making a statement. More than 20 alumni will return to campus to volunteer at the conference by leading interactive breakout sessions that will be offered to the more than 300 students expected to attend. Community Development, which hosts the event in collaboration with Student Union and Activities, the Office of Alumni Engagement, and Brockport Student Government, welcomes the attendance of all interested students.
>>The College at Brockport is one of only 150 colleges and universities across the country to be recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly University. The distinction was achieved in part thanks to a committee made up of a representative from the Brockport community, from Brockport Student Government, and from Campus Recreation. Director for Campus Recreation Scott Haines hopes the College will continue to facilitate bike riding on campus for those who choose that method of travel to class or work, as well as promote the Eagle Share Bike Program that gives the campus community access to 40 rentable bikes provided by Campus Recreation. The bike share program has grown in popularity amongst students, to whom it is free, since its launch two years ago. University Police has also begun to offer a registration service that prevents occurrences of lost or stolen personal bikes. Several bike registration events are held annually.
December 1, 2016
>>More than 45 regional employers participated in recruiting SUNY students through the SUNY Virtual Career Fair on November 15. The cyber event provided students a chance to search for jobs and internship opportunities in a number of fields from their laptops and mobile devices, as well as network with organization representatives via online chat sessions. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, GEICO, Cellular Sales, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Villa of Hope were among the organizations that engaged in the day-long event, which was free for both students and recruiters.
November 3, 2016
>>The Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities hosted The College at Brockport’s 34th Annual Resident Assistant Conference on November 5. For more than three decades, the College has provided an opportunity for forward-thinking and knowledgeable individuals who work both on and off the Brockport campus to share their experiences in student affairs. This year’s conference set out to continue the long-standing tradition of creating a platform for professional development, partnerships, and continued growth for RAs. The theme, “To Leadership, and Beyond!” challenged conference participants to pursue continuously higher achievement. More than 40 presentations addressed topics that fell under five categories: the RA role, community building and program, wellness, social justice and diversity, and the professional track.
October 6, 2016
>>The vision of Student Union and Activities is to create an inclusive community that heightens spirit and tradition on campus, with the aim of building a culture of Brockport pride. Students, faculty, staff, and the community are encouraged to get involved in this semester’s programming and actively engage in our campus community.
>>The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is expecting approximately 350 prospective students and 875 total guests at this year’s Fall Open Houses on Saturday, October 22, and Saturday, November 12. The agenda for this semester’s events will include an academic fair highlighting each department, a presentation on Brockport’s intercollegiate athletics, departmental and campus tours, and other engaging programming.
>>The Leadership Development Program hosted its annual kickoff event on Friday, September 30, in the Union Ballroom, at which more than 175 students were in attendance to engage in conversation and exploration of leadership. This year, more than 289 students; 122 faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers; and a historically high 20 Capstone students – students who have been in the program for the past 4 years and will now be taking on significant roles – will be participating. Alumni are encouraged to watch for a call for programs in late October, and interested volunteers may fill out a Volunteer Registration Form.