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#SUNYSA Bringing in the Spring 2015 Semester January 2, 2015

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It’s been quite some time since I have posted anything. My first semester of grad school is pretty much under my belt. I have a couple of assignments to turn in but WOW…what an amazing journey! One very important thing that I have learned over the last 5 months is that I have to set firm boundaries and make sure that I set aside “me” time! I am a bit of an overachiever so I really need to make sure that I am taking care of myself.

Since my last post, my life has been incredibly busy with SUNY SA and college but I have been loving it! I have had the privilege of helping represent our 465,000 #SUNYStudents with a great team of dedicated student leaders! We have been working diligently with student leaders from across the great State of New York on issues such as: sexual assault, domestic violence, LGBTA+, the Federal Perkins loan, diversity, sustainability, Veteran’s and Military issues and concerns, just to name a few. Please visit our webiste at: http://www.sunysa.org/ and our FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/SUNYSA for more information.

The Spring 2015 semester is just within sight! I know that our SUNY students will bring so much to the table this year because we truly have some amazing #studentleaders within this great system! I am looking forward to the initiatives, concerns, ideas, etc. which the students will want to address during the remainder of the 2014-2015 academic school year.

Next week, many SUNY students will continue to meet with Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to discuss their take on SUNY and their education. Chancellor Zimpher has been reaching out to our students throughout the state during the last several months and will continue work towards learning what the students feel is going right and wrong within each of his/her educational journeys. On January 13th, Chancellor Zimpher will be giving the 2015 State of the University address which will bring to light what we can expect to see happening within the SUNY system and our 64 campuses during 2015.

Here’s to a great beginning of the year 2015!!

 

Striving for Perfection (The Series) July 15, 2014

It has been a challenge living in a world in which I was striving for perfection. When I entered back into academia after a 27 year gap I was pretty scared but very excited. My lifelong dream has always been to attend college and to be the first of my siblings to receive a college degree. I have stepped outside of my comfort zone and recently received my BA in Photojournalism/Documentary Production. Over three decades have passed since I graduated from high school coupled with my survival in a car crash and a traumatic brain injury that left me feeling shattered and broken as I worked through the recovery process. My doctors told me that my goal of college would most likely not be in my future and those words made me work harder than I ever imagined that I could to achieve my dream. I have been fortunate to have had dedicated staff, faculty, mentors, and tutors to set up various tools to help me work and learn at the best of my ability.

In retrospect, this was a time of reemergence or rebirth because the process has changed my prospective on life as a whole. My eyes are now wide open to the discovery of life and I plan to live it in the terms of not what I have lost but what I have gained!

More to come…

 

#SUNYSA Pretty amazing! July 14, 2014

It is hard to believe that we are nearly at the half way point in July and only a couple of weeks from our first official SUNYSA Executive Committee (EC) Meeting, UAlbany is be hosting us for the first meeting.Thank you to everyone at UAlbany!!

The EC will have a great opportunity during our first ever SUNYSA Day at SUNY System Administration on Friday, August 1, 2014. The SUNYSA Day is meant to give all of us face time with top SUNY staff who will be providing us with up-to-date information on the SUNY wide initiatives and issues that concern our students.

I am pretty excited about the new format of our monthly EC meetings. We are breaking new ground with the Friday evening Town Hall Meeting in which any students from a campus within a 50ish mile radius of the host campus are invited to attend to discuss any ideas, issues, and/or concerns with the EC.  The meeting is also open to any alumni, faculty, and staff as we try this avenue to help us to better advocate for our #SUNY students!

This forum will help us to have a better understanding of the needs which will be addressed internally, with the proper SUNY staff, and/or as we move to formulate the 2014-2015 Legislative Agenda.

Another amazing aspect of the new format is to have the host campus establish a community service project for the EC, students, alumni, etc. to be engaged in while we are visiting their campus.  This project could be anything from donating non-perishable food items, gently-used children’s books or winter clothing to a hands on project on Sunday morning before we all head back home. Giving a hand up can truly change your life!!

Here is the list of our upcoming EC meetings and the Fall Conference location and dates:

2014-2015 Meeting Dates

August 1, 2014 (SUNY System Administration/University at Albany)

September 19, 2014 (Potsdam)

October 17, 2014 [Fall Conference] (RIT Inn & Convention Center, Rochester)

November 7, 2014 (Oswego)

January (Stony Brook)

February (University of Buffalo Undergrad/Grad)

March (TBA)

April [Spring Conference] (TBA)

We are looking forward to all of campuses getting involved with the EC. We are #SUNYStrong!

 

#SUNYSA Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Center Building Dedication July 1, 2014

I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Center building dedication yesterday in Buffalo. I did not grow up in the Buffalo or WNY area or New York State for that matter so I never fully understood what Mr. Eve had accomplished in his 36 years in the State Assembly as the champion for higher education opportunities for everyone.

“This building really represents what he stood for. He stood for children, he stood for education, he stood for investing in communities and most importantly, aside from investing in communities, Arthur Eve stood for investing in people,” said Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy, D-New York.

I received an invitation to be a part of this celebration as part of my role as the SUNY Student Assembly President and a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees and I was excited to have been asked. In accepting this invitation, I did my due diligence to find out more about this man and what he stood for. Quite frankly, I was so inspired by his hard work, dedication, determination, and passion for the issues surrounding making a difference for the students, past, present, and future. If it were not for the efforts of Arthur O. Eve and the other like-minded people during his career the course of many lives would be different today. The lives of multiple thousands of young minds have been and continue to be changed through the hard, tireless work of Arthur O. Eve.

In the words of Nelson Mandela:

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

I believe that Arthur O. Eve knew that education would be the catalyst for the change in this world and he moved heaven and earth to make sure that ALL students would have that opportunity!!

 

#SUNYSA Task Force for Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence June 28, 2014

This video left me in tears (http://blog.petflow.com/this-disgusts-me-would-you-stop-to-help-this-woman/)! As a survivor of domestic violence, I am saddened by the lack of response from the individuals in this video! This is one of the reasons why #SUNYSA is implementing a Task Force on Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence this year. There needs to be more education and awareness brought to these subjects to protect all victims.

Please help us raise awareness on these very important issues! Just remember it could be your family member who has already been or could become a victim…or it could be you.

One thing to remember is that not all sexual assault/domestic violence is man on woman! According to The National Domestic Violence Hotline:

Get the Facts & Figures

*On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States — more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.
*Nearly 3 in 10 women (29%) and 1 in 10 men (10%) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by a partner and report a related impact on their functioning.
*Nearly, 15% of women (14.8%) and 4% of men have been injured as a result of intimate partner violence (IPV) that included rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
*1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
*IPV alone affects more than 12 million people each year.
*More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
*Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).
*Females ages 18 to 24 and 25 to 34 generally experienced the highest rates of IPV.
*From 1994 to 2010, about 4 in 5 victims of IPV were female.
*Most female victims of IPV were previously victimized by the same offender, including 77% of females ages 18 to 24, 76% of females ages 25 to 34, and 81% of females ages 35 to 49.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline number is 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
The National Sexual Assault Hotline – 1.800.656.HOPE or online at https://ohl.rainn.org/online/.

 

#SUNYSA My first days on the job! June 12, 2014

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams!!”

Wow, these last few weeks have been a whirlwind of excitement! All of the staff at #SUNYEmpire and #SUNY System have been amazing during the process of the Swearing In ceremony and everything else that has come up during this process. I have learned a great deal about myself and all of the the people who surround me each and every day. What an amazing group of people I have in my life!! A special thank you to Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Emeritus President Stuart Steiner from my Alma mater #SUNYGCC and President Merodie Hancock from #SUNYEmpire plus Dr. Larene Hoelcle, my family/friends, members of my #SUNYFamily, and the SUNY interns, staff, and administrators.

Some of the #SUNYSA Executive Board, our advisors, SUNY staff, the Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor Dr. Beth Bringsjord, and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher had a great conversations about our SUNYSA goals and the system wide SUNY Initiatives. We did some brainstorming on upcoming issues, concerns, and ideas surrounding our #463,000Students and the ways that we can help out each of our #64Campuses!

During the last week I have had the honor and privilege to attend SUNY Empire State Colleges Northeast Center, Center for Distance Learning, and Genesee Valley Centers (GVC) graduations! I recently (on Sunday the 8th of June) graduated with my BA in Photojournalism/Documentary Production from GVC. I am so proud to have accomplished this goal and dream! The interesting thing about my graduation is that I have been acting in my official capacity as a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees during the SUNY Empire State College’s graduation circuit. These graduations have been my first duties as a Trustee and I am pretty proud to be serving as a Board member.

Today, I am traveling to NYC to attend the graduation ceremonies of the SUNY ESC’s Metropolitan Center tonight and the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies tomorrow. On Saturday, we will be attending the Long Island Centers grad ceremony as we wrap up the all of the SUNY Empire State College’s graduations.

Life is good!!

 

It is almost a wrap! #Transitional2014 June 1, 2014

I woke up this morning reflecting on the process of this transition into the role of President of SUNYSA. There has been so much prep and time put into building a great team to represent our 465,000 #SUNY students. This process is winding down as we move into the election/confirmation stage of Transitional!  We had 12 director’s positions to be filled and I received 22 applications from some amazing students leaders who were ready, willing, able, and all very qualified to hold the positions.

The interview process was pretty intense and I have to thank so many people for their hard work and dedication as they helped me with and through this process. It is amazing how much I have grown and what I have learned over the last couple of months to get to the point that we are at this morning.  We will be heading into the election process in less than two hours.  I know that everyone is nervous and excited to get started!

I truly amazed at the caliper of students that we have within the #SUNY system and it inspires me as I have had the privilege the listen to their ideas on how we can, not only, reach out to our students but also try to learn as much as we can for those students.  Last night, we held a brainstorming session to work on our goals for this upcoming year.  Each group broke out into their own groups first to see what they thought their goals would be for the year and when we all came back together I was blown away that 90% of ALL of our goals were the same coming from each group.  I feel that this group of student leaders has a pretty good grasp on the students issues and also the SUNY initiatives as we work to do our best to advocate for our students.

Stay tuned as there is more to come!!