SUNY Briefs 11/11/2011


A U.S. Army national guardsman who graduated from SUNY Cortland will speak at the school’s Veteran’s Day celebration on Friday.

Josh Bacigalupi, a kindergarden teacher who is also working toward a Certificate of Advanced Study in school-building and school-district leadership and served in Afghanistan in 2008, will speak to fellow servicemen and women at Cortland on the importance of family in military life. His wife Darci is the special events coordinator at Cortland.


SUNY Cortland will hold a teach-in and lecture on Nov. 16 to educate the public on the process of hydrofracking.

The lecture, titled “Don’t Drink The Water? Teach-In on Hydrofracking and the SGEIS,” will have project coordinators for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) and Cortland students give presentations that focus on the controversial natural gas extraction process known as hydrofracking, and the health and safety concerns that go with it.

The teach-in is co-sponsored by NYPIRG, the Environmental Justice Committee of the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies and the school’s Education Club.



SUNY Canton is expecting record enrollment numbers for their winterterm online sessions.

Between 1,300 and 1,400 students are expected to sign up for this wide-ranging online class program, which offers over 100 courses in a wide variety of fields offered by the school.

The program began in 2005, with only 18 classes and 160 enrollments, and those numbers have grown exponentially in the years since.

The program runs from December to January. Students are allowed a maximum of six Winterterm credit hours.



Representatives from SUNY Delhi’s culinary arts program will work with the U.S. Army as part of their Armed Forces Training with Industry (TWI) program.

The program, which began in 2009, has students and associate professors working with Army personnel to boost the culinary skills of soldiers participating in the annual U.S. Army Culinary Arts Competition. The Army said they picked Delhi for this year’s competition because of its reputation as a premiere culinary school.

This is the second time Delhi has participated in the TWI program, and the Army said they will look for a new school to work in the program next year.



SUNY Oneonta announce Wednesday that they will be closing its student-run public radio station.

The station, WUOW, will cease broadcasting due to cost concerns and a lessening of importance in emergency broadcasts. The school will slowly phase out the station’s operations but did not give a timetable for that plan.

The school’s other public radio station, WONY, will not be affected by the closing of WUOW.



A student environmental group at SUNY Fredonia will hold an open exposition in protest of the hydrofracking process.

The group, called Campus Climate Challenge, is putting on this exposition to inform people of the potential dangers of hydrofracking, which New York state legalized this past July.

The exposition will consist of art, music and writing presentations from Fredonia students.



SUNY Potsdam announced Thursday that they are starting a new student initiative focused on preventing drinking deaths.

The school’s Red Branch program is launching “Every Second Counts,” which will focus on educating students on the dangers that come with abundant alcohol consumption. They will be taught how to handle emergency situations and how to contact the proper authorites.

This program was adopted from SUNY Stony Brook’s Red Branch program.

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