SUNY Briefs 11/18/2011


Twenty-one SUNY schools across New York state participated in an online event called College Week Live on Tuesday.

College Week Live is a virtual college fair designed to help international students seek an education in the United States. The fair was held as part of International Education Week, which was officially pronounced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week.

There are over 75,000 international students in New York state, and more than 20,000 of them attend SUNY schools, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher said.



To celebrate the opening of the school’s new Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, SUNY Ulster held two events as part of the nationwide Global Entrepreneurship program.

The program, held in concert with 1,400 other American organizations, focuses on informing people on the benefits of being an entrepreneur, and help young entrepreneurs establish their businesses. On Monday, Ulster held a talk by a local food entrepreneur and on Wednesday there was Stand Up Ulster!, a series of workshops and discussions to help young entrepreneurs.

Global Entrepreneurship is currently operating in over 100 countries.



SUNY Binghamton announced last week that they will be closing parts of the Old and New University Unions for renovations.

The school plans to completely renovate sections of these unions starting next fall and finishing in the spring of 2014. The plans will cost $9 million, with the funds drawn from SUNY’s Capital Plan, a fund allotted to schools by the state for major maintenance projects.



The American Cancer Society (ALS) honored SUNY Cortland and its initiative to ban tobacco from the campus Wednesday.

The ACS held an event encourages students to participate in the Great American Smokeout initiative, where students will sign no-smoking pledges and receive “quit kits” to assist those attempting to quit smoking. The school will also receive a plaque from the ACS and the Tobacco Free Cortland group to recognize them as “Partners in Excellence.”

The quit kits and other materials were provided by Target, and Cortland will officially become tobacco-free in January 2013.



Buffalo State

Buffalo State announced Wednesday it will be opening an Academic Support Center to help the city’s urban youths and growing refugee community.

The center will be built in a storefront in the West Side neighborhood, which is only two blocks from the Buffalo State campus, and will be funded by a $500,000 grant from Buffalo State alumnus Eleanore Wood Beals and her husband.

Services provided by the Academic Support Center will include tutoring, literacy coaching, after-school art classes and English-as-a-second-language courses.


Stony Brook

On Nov. 8 and 9, SUNY Stony Brook held a tutorial sponsored by Apple Inc. where the company showed off its newest products.

The tutorial and demonstrations were hosted by Bob Trikakis, an education development executive for Apple. The tutorial was held in order to show Stony Brook students how Apple products can be helpful in several fields of academic study.

Students were also shown a new document format called EPUB, or Electronic Publication, which enables students to edit a publication in numerous ways immediately after downloading it.

Students were also loaned iPads for these demonstrations, to help them learn how to use all of its features.


A professor at SUNY Stony Brook, along with a team of foreign scientists, announced last week that they have discovered a link between herbal remedies and kidney failure.

Arthur Grollman, a professor of Pharmacological Studies at the Stony Brook School of Medicine, along with several other experts in the field, made the discovery that wheat in local fields may be carrying birthwort, a rare toxin used in herbal treatments, may cause kidney disease and upper urninary tract cancer in those exposed to it.

The discovery was the result of a hypothesis Grollman and his team came up with in 2005, and Grollman warns that any medicines made from Aristolochia herbs may be carrying birthwort.

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