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Oliver Riley '12, '20

Posted July 23, 2020

Growing up on a sheep farm in Canandaigua, New York, Oliver wasn’t exactly sure where his career would take him. ... MORE


The 20-Year Bachelor’s Degree: Blain Smith ’20

Posted June 1, 2020

Blain Smith’s educational journey was one of stops and starts. Sometimes, the time was right, but the place was wrong. Other times, the place was right, but the time was wrong. Then he found SUNY Empire, and things … just clicked. This year, Blain, 38, graduates with his bachelor’s degree in computer science – an achievement 20 years in the making. ... MORE


5 Questions with Barry Eisenberg, Associate Professor in the School for Graduate Studies

Posted May 27, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we sat down with Barry to discuss his work within the MBA in Healthcare Leadership program, how the program is addressing today's healthcare environment and advice for prospective students interested in healthcare administration. ... MORE


A Love for Nursing Inspires a Lifetime of Learning

Posted May 13, 2020

When Dianne White was in eighth grade, her brother was admitted to the hospital for surgery. Every day, White went to the hospital to visit him and was immediately drawn to the hustle and bustle of nurses attending to him around the clock. ... MORE


5 Questions with Kevin Woo, Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences

Posted April 22, 2020

On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we sat down with Kevin to discuss his research, his favorite thing about SUNY Empire and advice for prospective students with interest in the natural sciences. ... MORE


Putting the Ability in Sustainability

Posted April 20, 2020

To Mark Abendroth, associate professor of education in SUNY Empire’s School for Graduate Studies, “sustainability” is more than a buzzword. To him, it’s a necessary path forward, a concerted effort to create social awareness, a way to right environmental, economic, and social wrongs. ... MORE


Making Masks Can Make a Difference

Posted April 8, 2020

The nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired many do-it-yourselfers to take matters into their own hands. Sonja Thomson, an instructional designer at SUNY Empire, is one of them. ... MORE


A Listening Ear in Times of Crisis

Posted April 6, 2020

Terri Maher, a nurse, licensed master social worker, and SUNY Empire adjunct instructor, spends her weekends supporting the COVID-19 relief effort using nothing more than her phone and her compassion. But to those who rely on her, those simple tools are invaluable. ... MORE


Lifelong service. Lifelong learning. Veteran Doug "Brian" Sherman spans both.

Posted March 2, 2020

Doug "Brian" Sherman, New York Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3, completed his college degree 38 years after joining the military. In 2017, Sherman graduated from SUNY Empire State College with a bachelor’s degree in business management and economics at age 56, earning a 3.96 grade point average. ... MORE