SUNY Briefs 10/21/2011


SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and the SUNY Student Assembly praised State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli for his efforts on Oct. 24 to inform prospective college students in New York about financial options for education.

DiNapoli recently published a newsletter to help students and their parents understand the financial process of applying to college, and provided information on financial aid, student loans and textbook costs. Student Assembly President Kaitlyn Beachner said the Assembly was grateful for the comptroller’s efforts, and that informing students and parents is a crucial step in the college process.

The Assembly also said they look forward to working with the comptroller to further educate students about the SUNY system.


New Paltz

SUNY New Paltz has completed renovations to their campus for the fall semester and will plan further renovations for the spring.

Although renovations on the Crispell Hall were completed before the beginning of the semester, the school will renovate their library as well as remodel their science building and build a new residence hall.



SUNY Canton president Joseph Kennedy received a donation from a Toyota dealership in Potsdam on Wednesday.

Ed Cloce, the owner of TJ Toyota and an alumnus of Canton, and the Toyota Corporation itself gave the SUNY Canton College Foundation an undisclosed donation that will benefit the school’s automotive program. TJ Toyota had recently undergone a major renovation and expansion.

Croce has given Canton over $50,000 in funding and assets altogether with his past donations.

New York Congressman Bill Owens will hold a community forum at SUNY Canton on Saturday.

Owens will use the forum to discuss issues such as job creation and economic development. He will also answer questions from those attending.

Owens said he is holding this forum because he believes having an open forum to discuss issues is the best way to find solutions.



In response to rising power bills and energy usage, SUNY Cortland has created the new position of energy manager. Former power plant manager Douglas Roll filled it on Oct. 17.

Cortland is the first SUNY school to have this position. Roll was hired due to his knowledge in budget oversight and renewable energy.

Roll’s main job will be reducing the amount of energy consumed by Cortland, making sure all new construction projects meet “green” standards, and monitoring how much the school is spending on energy. Also, he will work to find ways to reduce those costs by implementing the use of alternative energy resources.

According to Cortland, energy costs make up about 10 percent of the school’s budget.

On Oct. 30, SUNY Cortland will hold their seventh annual Breast Cancer Walk, sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Women of Color.

The walk is held every year to raise money to fight the disease, and to increase knowledge and awareness of breast cancer among the student body.

After the two-mile walk around the campus, an open mic program featuring the school’s a cappella singing group will be held, as well as a forum where cancer survivors can share stories and recite poetry.

All of the proceeds from these events will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.



Dr. Suzanne Zwingel, an associate professor in international relations and women and gender studies at SUNY Potsdam, received an award from the American Association (AAUW) of University Women on Tuesday.

Zwingel received the AAUW Research Award for her academic work in the fields of human rights, global governance, transnationalism and conflict dynamics, in particular her “feminist perspective” on these subjects. Zwingel is currently working on a textbook dealing with international women’s rights in a more domestic context. She is also preparing a book about gender politics in international governance.

On Monday, SUNY Potsdam held the Food Day Youth Summit, as part of National Food Day.

The summit was created to let community high schoolers have a forum to discuss food-related issues. Nearly 250 students from 30 different districts attended the summit, discussing issues such as environmental concerns, hunger, nutrition, small-scale agriculture and community-based food systems. The topics were discussed through a series of presentations and workshops throughout the day.

The summit was funded by grants from the Alcoa Foundation, the Adirondack Community Trust and Northern New York Community Foundation.

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