SUNY Briefs 03/02/2012


Eight schools will participate in SUNY’s Central New York Regional Showcase at the Comstock Ballroom in the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center on March 5.

The eight schools sending representatives, which include SUNY Cortland, Cayuga Community College, Empire State College, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Onondaga Community College, Oswego State, Tompkins Cortland Community College and SUNY Upstate Medical College, will take part in 36 planned exhibits, which will focus on student and community health, civic engagement and economic development. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will also be on hand to discuss how these eight schools represent the “Power of SUNY.”

The showcase will go from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to the public.



A SUNY Geneseo student reported an alleged sexual assault to Geneseo police on Feb. 24.

The unnamed female student was found with cuts and bruises and strangulation marks on her neck. She claimed she had been attacked by Kevin Asti, 19, a dining hall worker who the victim had been dating for two months. The police then charged Asti with third-degree assault and third-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly damaged her apartment. Asti was arraigned and subsequently charged with second-degree criminal contempt after he sent a text message to the victim, violating the court-ordered restraining order. Asti was released on bail on Feb. 28.


New Paltz

SUNY New Paltz will hold Astronomy Night on the first and third Thursdays of every month at the school’s planetarium in the Coykendall Science Building.

These bi-weekly programs, which are run by planetarium director Raj Pandya, will be divided into two parts: the planetarium shows and the observatory viewings using the school’s outdoor telescope. Pandya said each week’s events will focus on a different theme dealing with visible stars and planets. The semester’s remaining shows will be held on March 15, April 5, April 19, May 3 and May 17. Times will vary.



SUNY Canton will hold two week-long sessions of educational day-camps for children in grades one through six over the summer.

The camps, which are run by Camp Invention, will be held from July 23-27 and from July 30 to Aug. 3, and the sessions, which will have a 60-student limit, will focus on activities involving science, technology, math and engineering.



The SUNY Buffalo Law School will team up with the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and the school’s Millard Fillmore College to create an undergraduate Summer Scholars program for underrepresented minorities who wish to study law.

The program hopes to increase the diversity of law students at the school and to boost the number of minorities who study law, which has been decreasing over the years, according to the school.

The program will be offered to 20 freshmen and sophomores from different backgrounds and will have a curriculum covering writing and research skills, strategies and ethnography. The four-week program will begin on June 2 and each student will receive a $900 stipend for participating.

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