Press Releases, 2024

First cohort of SUNY Empire’s Applied Behavior Analysis Program graduates

Posted May 23, 2024

The first cohort of Empire State University’s Master of Science in applied behavior analysis program has graduated. ... MORE

Meet Julianna Merendino: Criminal Justice graduate at Empire State University

Posted May 21, 2024

Recent Empire State University graduate Julianna Merendino is an active member of the United States Navy, inspired by her family who are mostly members of the Navy and Marine Corps. ... MORE

Empire State University President Lisa Vollendorf Featured on EdUp Xcelerated Excellence Podcast

Posted May 21, 2024

President Lisa Vollendorf spoke as a guest on the EdUp Xcelerated Excellence podcast. ... MORE

Empire State University honors class of 2024 in Manhattan Ceremony

Posted May 18, 2024

Empire State University celebrated the Class of 2024 on Friday, May 17 at the New York City Center at 6:00 p.m. 400 graduates crossed the stage at the university’s third statewide commencement. ... MORE

A Dedication to Public Service: Rhon Glasgow's Journey At Empire State University

Posted May 16, 2024

Rhon Glasgow, like many Empire State University students, was seeking a change of direction and looking for a school that would provide him flexibility while he worked long hours in restaurants and retail. ... MORE

“Sometimes later is greater:” Jawana Carter-Richardson’s Decade of “Mastery”

Posted May 16, 2024

When Jawana Carter-Richardson first decided to go back to school later in life, she was concerned her age would be a deterrent. She saw Empire State University’s flexible learning environment, tailored for adult students, as a way for her to achieve her goals. ... MORE

In the News: Dean of School of Labor Studies featured in Non Profit Quarterly

Posted May 15, 2024

Maria Figueroa, dean of the Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies, was featured in a recent article by Non Profit Quarterly titled “Are Advertising and Marketing on the Brink of a Union Wave?” ... MORE

Meet the Spring 2024 Manhattan Commencement Platform Party

Posted May 15, 2024

Empire State University’s Manhattan commencement ceremony is just a few days away. Meet this year’s platform party who will be celebrating and honoring our graduates! ... MORE

Empire State University graduate recognized at Best of SUNY Art Exhibition

Posted May 15, 2024

(NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15, 2024) Darlene White was recognized as an honorary mention in the “Best of SUNY Art Exhibition” for her work titled “Jazzy Belle.” White is a historian and multidisciplinary artist -- she earned her bachelor’s degree in historical studies at Empire State University and will walk in the university’s Manhattan Commencement ceremony on May 17, 2024. ... MORE

CAARES hosting virtual webinars: "Neurodivergent in College: Navigating the Transition from High School"

Posted May 14, 2024

Empire State University's Center for Autism Advocacy, Research, Education, and Supports is hosting workshops in collaboration with the Saratoga Springs Public Library titled "Neurodivergent in College: Navigating the Transition from High School." ... MORE

Director of Center for Leadership in Credentialing Learning featured on higher ed podcast

Posted May 14, 2024

Dr. Nan Travers, director of the Center for Leadership in Credentialing Learning, was featured on EdUp Experience in their recent podcast episode: “Redesigning Higher Ed for the Future - with Dr. Nan Travers, & Dr. Holly Zanville, Co-Leads, Credential as You Go.” ... MORE

NYC Corrections Captain Graduates While Continuing to Serve and Inspire

Posted May 14, 2024

Helping others is at the center of the work Timothy Johnson does in his professional and academic life. ... MORE

Taking experience to heart: Ashley Simms' SUNY Empire story

Posted May 13, 2024

Balancing a family, multiple jobs, and working toward a degree is no easy feat, but it’s one Ashley Simms meets with a smile on her face at Empire State University. ... MORE

Empire State University honors class of 2024 in Rochester Ceremony

Posted May 10, 2024

Empire State University celebrated the Class of 2024 on Thursday, May 9 at the Kodak Center at 6:00 p.m. ... MORE

Students from Dominican Republic to graduate in Manhattan

Posted May 10, 2024

Eight students from the Dominican Republic are graduating together in Empire State University’s Manhattan ceremony on May 17, 2024. The cohort is part of SUNY Empire’s program in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in coordination with Universidad APEC. ... MORE

Meet the Spring 2024 Rochester Commencement Platform Party

Posted May 7, 2024

(ROCHESTER, NY – MAY 7, 2024) Empire State University’s Rochester commencement ceremony is just a few days away. Meet this year’s platform party who will be celebrating and honoring our graduates! ... MORE

Following in her footsteps: Mace bearer and alumna to lead the way as daughter crosses the stage

Posted May 7, 2024

Graduations are often a family affair, but for Kara Lockwood and her mother, Joanne Knapp-Elvidge, commencement takes on a deeper meaning this year. ... MORE

"You don't need sight to take flight:" Turning adversity into opportunity at Empire State University

Posted May 6, 2024

“You don’t need sight to take flight” are the words Chrystal Jones lives by each day. Despite losing her sight at 31 years old, she’s let nothing stop her from achieving her goals, including working full time and studying for her bachelor’s degree. ... MORE

Empire State University Honors Class of 2024 in Albany Ceremony

Posted May 3, 2024

(ALBANY, NY – MAY 3, 2024) Empire State University celebrated the Class of 2024 on Friday, May 3 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. ... MORE

Meet Melissa Massari: Firefighter, EMT, and graduate at Empire State University

Posted May 2, 2024

Not all heroes wear capes -- some are also working to earn their degrees in their spare time, like Melissa Massari, who pursued an education centered on helping others. ... MORE

Meet the Spring 2024 Albany Commencement Platform Party

Posted April 30, 2024

Empire State University’s Albany commencement ceremony is on May 1, 2024. Meet this year’s platform party who will be celebrating and honoring our graduates! ... MORE

In the News: Veteran and Military Resource Center featured on CBS6

Posted April 30, 2024

Empire State University’s Veteran and Military Resource Center, located in Saratoga Springs, NY, was featured on CBS6 on April 27, 2024. ... MORE

Understanding Arab American Heritage Month: A Q&A with Heather Shalhoub

Posted April 29, 2024

April is Arab American Heritage Month, inviting us to honor and celebrate the cultural diversity and contributions of Arab Americans. Empire State University has a list of resources and educational opportunities available to view on the library and Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion websites. We spoke with Heather Shalhoub, the library’s coordinator for Web Services, User Experience, and Systems to share her perspectives. ... MORE

Abrams, Mackey, and Tally to Share Latest Books at NYC Event

Posted April 28, 2024

Empire State University will hold an event celebrating the latest books by Professor Sabrina Fuchs Abrams, Professor Tom Mackey, and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Margaret (Peggy) Tally on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at its 4 Park Avenue location in Manhattan. The event will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person. ... MORE

Inaugural Empire State University student awarded Norman R. McConney Jr. Award

Posted April 26, 2024

A student at Empire State University has been awarded the prestigious Norman R. McConney, Jr. Award. Congratulations to Jo Young, the first student at SUNY Empire to receive this award. ... MORE

Empire State University's Neurodiversity Club expanding to include teen group

Posted April 22, 2024

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – APRIL 22, 2024) Empire State University’s Neurodiversity Club is expanding with the launch of a teen group on April 23, 2024. The Teen Neurodiversity Club will be held at the Saratoga Springs Public Library and include activities geared toward the interests of older attendees in grades 7-12 who are neurodivergent, along with their friends and families. ... MORE

Ask5: Opening career paths and changing the conversation

Posted April 19, 2024

Starting a career, searching for a job, and navigating all the decisions that come with it can be an overbearing challenge. It’s one Anita DeCianni Brown, director of career and experiential learning services, is trying to make easier for students at Empire State University. ... MORE

SUNY Empire Alumnus killed in weekend shooting near Syracuse

Posted April 18, 2024

Lt. Michael Hoosock ’16, ’17, a long-time deputy with the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department, was killed in a shooting on Sunday, April 14, in the suburbs of Syracuse. ... MORE

Veteran and Military Resource Center hosts eclipse viewing and presentation

Posted April 15, 2024

Empire State University’s Veteran and Military Resource Center (VMRC) held a solar eclipse viewing and presentation April 8, 2024. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni came together to view the once-in-a-lifetime event in Saratoga Springs, New York, which experienced 98 percent totality. ... MORE

Empire State University holds Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society induction

Posted April 12, 2024

Empire State University is part of the Omega Tau chapter and over 400 students were inducted in a ceremony on April 11, 2024. ... MORE

Empire State University has highest number of military-affiliated students

Posted April 9, 2024

Empire State University has more military-affiliated students than any other State University of New York institution. The university currently supports over 1,000 military-affiliated students throughout their academic journeys, according to data from the most recently completed academic year. ... MORE

Four Empire State University students awarded Bluebird Award

Posted April 4, 2024

The Bluebird Award is a semi-annual award presented by the Student Government Association and honors students who demonstrate outstanding service to the university or the community ... MORE

Raising Hope: supporting children with autism through BluePath

Posted April 1, 2024

Raising a puppy is no easy task, especially when that puppy is a future support animal for someone in need. Catherine Hoff, a program aide in the School of Nursing and Allied Health, is taking that challenge to heart and raising a dog for BluePath. ... MORE

Empire State University Hires Hitesh Rai Kathuria as Provost

Posted March 28, 2024

Hitesh Rai Kathuria, Ph.D. will join Empire State University as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on Monday, April 15, 2024. ... MORE

In the News: Dr. Bridget Nettleton Memorial Scholarship featured on News10 ABC

Posted March 29, 2024

Empire State University’s new, transformative Dr. Bridget Nettleton Memorial Scholarship was featured on News10 ABC March 28, 2024. ... MORE

Four Empire State University students receive prestigious SUNY Chancellor's Award

Posted March 25, 2024

Four Empire State University students have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Joseph Juntunen, Anton Ruesing, Em Wasserman, and Elizabeth O’Brien all received this prestigious honor and will be recognized at a ceremony in April. ... MORE

SUNY Empire raises $121,000 for Day of Giving

Posted March 22, 2024

The goal of this 24-hour challenge is to bring the university community together and increase opportunities for current and future students. ... MORE

Empire State University Kicks off Annual Giving Day, Go Higher for Empire

Posted March 21, 2024

Day of Giving starts NOW! It’s your turn to Go Higher for Empire! ... MORE

SUNY Empire announces Dr. Bridget Nettleton Memorial Scholarship

Posted March 20, 2024

The scholarship honors Dr. Nettleton’s work in the field of nursing, bridging the gap between healthcare and academia by supporting nursing education, building a pipeline for new nurses, and promoting nurse retention and advancement in the field. ... MORE

Blue needs YOU to vote in #MascotMadness

Posted March 11, 2024

SUNY's Mascot Madness is back! The 11th annual competition brings SUNY mascots head-to-head to find out who fans love most. It's time to vote for everyone's favorite bluebird, Blue! ... MORE

Empire State University Hosts 47th Blood Drive with the American Red Cross

Posted February 20, 2024

Last week, SUNY Empire hosted its 47th blood drive at its 111 West location in Saratoga Springs. The drive, hosted in collaboration with the American Red Cross, collected 35 donations -- unlocking the potential to help 105 patients in need. ... MORE

Empire State University Announces Day of Giving, Go Higher for Empire, on March 21

Posted February 20, 2024

Join us on Thursday, March 21 as the Empire State University community comes together for a great cause – our students! Alumni, employees and friends are invited to participate in our 24-hour Day of Giving. ... MORE

Empire State University Launches Innovative Virtual Food Pantry

Posted February 15, 2024

When SUNY funding was provided to address food insecurity among students by establishing on-campus food pantries, Empire State University faced a unique challenge. ... MORE

SUNY Empire's Xiomara Giordano Named to National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education

Posted February 9, 2024

Xiomara Giordano, Empire State University's assistant vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE). ... MORE

Chancellor King Discusses SUNY, Touts SUNY Empire's Success in Capitol Pressroom Interview

Posted February 1, 2024

SUNY Chancellor John King recently spoke with Capitol Pressroom about the financial shape of New York's public colleges and universities, outlined steps needed to maintain a strong SUNY system, and discussed SUNY Empire's enrollment increase.  ... MORE

SUNY Empire's 3rd Annual Partners in Applied Behavior Analysis Virtual Conference to be Held March 1

Posted January 29, 2024

Empire State University’s Center for Autism Advocacy: Research, Education, and Supports (CAARES) and Anderson Center for Autism will host their third annual Partners in Applied Behavior Analysis Conference on March 1, 2024. ... MORE

Empire State University Awards Dancer and Actor Prestigious Richard Porter Leach Fellowships

Posted January 29, 2024

A long-time dancer for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Company and a stage and film actor have been selected to receive Richard Porter Leach Fellowships to attend Empire State University. ... MORE

SUNY Empire Reports Significant Enrollment Increase for 2024 Spring Term

Posted January 24, 2024

Empire State University, SUNY’s leading online university, saw a 25.3 percent increase in new student enrollment for its 2024 Spring 1 Term.   ... MORE

Bessie Walker Celebrates 50 Years at Empire State University

Posted January 17, 2024

Of the 53 years that SUNY Empire has been serving students, Bessie Walker has been present for 50 of them. ... MORE

Long Island Business Institute (LIBI) to Cease Operations; Empire State University to Offer Teach-Out Pathway

Posted January 16, 2024

Due to the impending closure of Long Island Business Institute (LIBI), current LIBI students will be offered enrollment at Empire State University for the Spring 2024 academic term and subsequent terms. LIBI will cease operating its educational programs effective January 22, 2024. ... MORE