Student Stories

Turning Rejection into Redirection

Posted December 7, 2021

After being out of college for more than 20 years, working full time while raising a family, and maintaining a home, Paula McKenna of Rochester, New York, decided it was time to do something important for herself — earn her college degree. ... MORE

SUNY Chancellor Meets Rhon Glasgow

Posted November 10, 2021

State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras met Rhon Glasgow, recipient of the Richard L. Brodsky Scholarship for Public Service at SUNY Empire State College’s Selden location to discuss Glasgow’s commitment to a career in public service upon graduation. ... MORE

It’s All About Family at SUNY Empire

Posted September 27, 2021

This fall, father, Anthony, 48; mother, Lori, 48; son, Peter, 17; and daughter Liliana, 16 enrolled at SUNY Empire. ... MORE

83-Year-Old Sheldon Friedland of Yonkers to Receive Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Empire State College

Posted June 3, 2021

Sheldon Friedland, 83, has achieved a lot over the course of his lifetime: an honorable military enlistment, a beautiful family, a thriving business, and a home of his own. And on June 5, Friedland will add earning a bachelor’s degree to his long list of accomplishments. ... MORE

Bethany Patterson, Joe Golden, and Asia Moore are setting out to make a difference in the world.

Students Use Research Project to Become Change Agents in Their Communities

Posted May 18, 2021

Bethany Patterson, Joe Golden, and Asia Moore are setting out to make a difference in the world. ... MORE

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Matthew Prescott

Posted January 6, 2021

Raised on a cattle ranch in Idaho, Matthew’s future life with the Joffrey Ballet School seemed unlikely. ... MORE

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Liza Rochelson '20

Posted November 3, 2020

After a 25-year break and two daughters in college -- it was Liza's turn. ... MORE

Empire Opportunity Programs

Empire Opportunity Program

Posted October 26, 2020

Education for All: Meet students from our first-of-its-kind program ... MORE

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Jason Russo

Posted September 15, 2020

When life throws you a curve ball: Improvise and Overcome ... MORE

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Daniela Maniscalchi '21

Posted September 8, 2020

Gaining Confidence through Cross-Cultural Learning ... MORE

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Nan Eileen Mead '15, '20

Posted September 2, 2020

Getting Involved, Staying Involved ... MORE

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Emma Kahn ’21

Posted July 15, 2020

A Traditional-Aged Student Finds Success Online ... MORE

Ukrainian Student Wants to Help Other Immigrants

Posted August 16, 2022

While starting a family, Valeriia also began exploring her educational opportunities. After getting an associate degree in accounting from Niagara County Community College in 2021, a professor suggested she consider attending SUNY Empire State. ... MORE