SUNY Briefs – 3/30/2012


For the first time in the history of both schools, SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam’s governing councils had a joint meeting on Monday, to vote against a resolution that proposed that both schools would share a single Chief Financial Officer.

The schools, which merged several governing positions, including school president, at the end of last year, wanted to affirm which governing positions would be shared by both schools, thus saving them money. But both Canton and Potsdam wanted their own CFO, and the resolution was voted down as a result.

Canton and Potsdam plan on having another joint meeting this fall.



On March 20, SUNY Albany was named to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS) 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, for their excellence in providing community service.

The school was acknowledged for three nationally recognized programs in the field of community service: a healthy- living program, a peer-assistance counseling service and an urban-planning program. All of these programs were recognized for their stimulation of community involvement and engaging many student volunteers from the school.

For the 2010-11 school year, an estimated 7,400 SUNY Albany students participated in community service through volunteering, classes and internships.



SUNY Cortland was awarded a silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Tuesday for its on-campus efforts to make the school more environmentally sustainable.

The rating was created through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and Cortland president Erik Bitterbaum said the school was recognized because of its concentrated effort to reduce their carbon footprint, using all available resources and raising environmental awareness in the community.

Only 32 schools nationwide have received the silver rating, and only 19 schools have received a gold rating from STARS.


A SUNY Cortland professor will moderate a community roundtable focusing on emotional intelligence on Thursday, April 5.

Lesley Teitelbaum, a psychologist and member of the Psychology Department at the school, will present “Emotional Intelligence: The Role of Mindfulness,” at 8 a.m., which will focus on how unexpressed anger and/or other emotions can have a drastic effect on one’s cardiovascular health.

Teitelbaum plans to go over a simple form of meditation that can help people deal with emotional intelligence as well as discuss the five facets of “EI,” comprising self-awareness, empathy, emotional regulation, self-motivation and relationships.



Earlier this month, SUNY Purchase installed two electric vehicle recharging stations on its campus.

The stations, which are open to the public, will allow anyone with an electric vehicle to recharge it for $3.99 per hour, with an average charge time of four hours, according to the school’s director of sustainability, Joe Tripodi.

The school installed these chargers after receiving a $15,000 federal grant, and Tripodi said he is proud that SUNY Purchase is “ahead of the curve” on electric vehicles when compared to other schools.

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