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Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Joint Center President Went to His First Markle Rework America Task Force Meeting

Published Oct 26, 2018

From October 23-24, Joint Center President Spencer Overton attended his first Markle's Rework America Task meeting in New York City.


The task force brings together a diverse group of leaders to provide ideas and solutions for workers in the wake of automation and other changes in the 21st-century digital economy.


This includes The Boeing Company's Senior Vice President of Human Resources Heidi Capozzi, Former DIrector of the National Security Agency and Chief of the Central Security Service Admiral Michael Rogers, State University of New York Chancellor Kristina Johnson, Former White House Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto, and Microsoft Philanthropies' Corporate Vice President Mary Snapp.

 

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U.S. News & World Report

University at Albany Targets Emergency Response

Published Oct 26, 2018 by Susan Milligan

Call it Disaster U: The University at Albany, a State University of New York institution, has developed its own sort of emergency response to the infrastructure, environmental and national security problems in the age of terror threats and climate change.


In the capital of a state hit by both the 9/11 attacks and 2012's Hurricane Sandy, the College of Emergency Management, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity is the first of its kind in the nation. At the college, students learn how to handle emergencies, including prevention, immediate response and dealing with the aftermath.


The college's dean, Robert Griffin, has spent more than two decades in the field. In 2001, he led the Loudoun County, Virginia, Emergency Operations Center's response to the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, as well as the anthrax attack on the Dulles, Virginia, postal facility.

Newsday

Former dean to donate $1M to Stony Brook

Published Oct 27, 2018

When Frances Brisbane arrived for a job interview at Stony Brook University nearly 50 years ago, she was met by a custodian who took her aside and next to a slop sink told her all the ins and outs of the School of Social Welfare.


That encounter led to a lifelong friendship and recently a $1 million pledge from Brisbane to the university — designated to benefit the custodial staff. Brisbane, who later became dean of the School of Social Welfare, wanted to honor her friend, Elsie Owens, a longtime custodial employee and prominent Coram activist who died at age 77 in 2005.


Brisbane, who retired as dean in 2016 after 24 years, now serves as the university's vice president for Health Sciences Workforce Diversity.

Newsday

$18M cancer center to open by mid-2019

Published Oct 29, 2018

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip said it plans to open a cancer center at the hospital by mid-2019.


The facility will be adjacent to the north side of Good Samaritan's Our Lady of Consolation Nursing Home, which is located behind the hospital on Montauk Highway. The hospital said construction of the center will cost about $14 million.


"The cancer center will bring better convenience and collaboration, which has proven to lead to a better experience and higher quality care for patients," said Joseph Loiacono, senior vice president of planning and business development at Good Samaritan, part of Catholic Health Services of Long Island.

The Buffalo News

UB police officer named president of state police union

Published Oct 27, 2018 by Sandra Tan

University at Buffalo Police Lieutenant Scott Marciszewski has been elected to serve as president of the New York State Police Benevolent Association, a police union presenting 1,250 members who serve with the New York State University Police, the Environmental Conservation Police, State Park Police and New York State Forest Rangers.


Marciszewski is the third president in the union’s history. He has been active in the PBA since 2011, the year it was founded. He has worked as a UB police officer for the last 19 years.


“It is an honor to represent the men and women of the PBA and provide a voice that speaks to protecting the membership, the well-being of those who rely upon them, and the safety of the public we serve," said Marciszewski in a statement.

The Buffalo News

In battle to find melanoma cure, Roswell Park oncologist is on the front lines

Published Oct 26, 2018 by Scott Scanlon

Listen to Dr. Igor Puzanov and you hear the excitement that comes with helping to bring new, improved cancer drugs to patients.


Forgive the Prague native if he can't slow down. Promising new cancer therapies have been all around him during the last dozen years, first in his work at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and since 2016 in his role as director of the Early Phase Clinical Trials Program and chief of melanoma at the Buffalo cancer hospital.

  • Zelboraf, an oral drug that blocks the action of an abnormal protein that signals cancer cells to multiply.
  • Keytruda, an immunotherapy that prevents cancer cells from growing undetected by the immune system, which, as a result, sends what are called T cells from the immune system on a search and destroy mission. (Opdivo works in a similar way.)
  • T-VEC, a weakened form of the herpes virus that replicates inside a cancer tumor to start an immune response.

“These were my three biggest projects, but I was involved in others over the years, too, including combination drug therapies," said Puzanov, who is also a professor of oncology at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Jamestown Post-Journal

JCC Will Do More To Prepare Workforce

Published Oct 28, 2018

From Sept. 1, 2017, through Oct. 31, 2018, Jamestown Community College (JCC) trained 2,719 individuals who were employees of 76 public and private sector organizations.


In partnership with Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, JCC delivered all mandated New York State professional training for health and human services and social services staff.


In partnership with the University at Buffalo Center for Industrial Effectiveness, JCC delivered contract training in such areas as lean principles, root cause analysis and corrective action, Certified Production Technician, and Certified Logistics Technician.

Jamestown Post-Journal

JCC Interns Extend Student Learning In Elementary Classrooms

Published Oct 28, 2018

“I am learning a lot about how to run a classroom through my internship,” said Jamestown Community College early childhood education student Hannah Ekstrom, who plans to become a kindergarten teacher. “It gives you an opportunity to see if being a teacher is really what you want to do. You can’t really know unless you actually work with kids hands-on, which the internship provides to me.”


Hannah is one of five JCC interns at Fletcher Elementary School this semester. There are 18 JCC students interning in classrooms across Jamestown schools. Depending on the placement, internship requirements are anywhere between 20 to 100 hours over the course of the semester and cooperating teachers provide feedback on the interns throughout the semester.


Students are required to engage in hands-on experiences, not just observation, and some courses require students to develop and teach lessons in their assigned classroom.

www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com

NCCC prepares to formalize president search

Published Oct 27, 2018 by Staff Writer

North Country Community College is preparing to formally launch the search for its next president.


Current President Steve Tyrell announced in July he will step down after this school year.


“I had really great information from all of the meetings,” Jesse Thompson, senior consultant at R.H. Perry, the executive search firm hired by NCCC, said at Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting. “Everyone, I think, understands the importance of this process.”


On Wednesday, Thompson met with faculty, staff, students and other relevant groups at NCCC’s Saranac Lake campus to collect data for a coming executive search profile for NCCC. The college also offers classes in Malone and Ticonderoga.

CNN

Teen's body 'bending by the hour'

Published Oct 26, 2018 by Roni Selig and Arman Azad, CNN

John Sarcona was at a baseball game when his mother Joanne found the bloodied T-shirts in his laundry hamper. His bedding was bloody too, and she knew something had gone terribly wrong.


John, now 19, had been diagnosed at age 5 with what would become an extreme case of scoliosis and kyphosis. He'd already had 16 surgeries, with doctors placing metal implants along his spine to support his back as he grew.


John is now seven inches taller and regularly plays basketball and golf, activities that were unthinkable before his surgery. He's learning how to drive, too, and is currently a student at Nassau Community College on Long Island.


He isn't sure exactly what he wants to do when he graduates, but John dreams of being a doctor.

ABC News

Teen anxiety and depression more likely in kids who don't trust or communicate with parents

Published Oct 28, 2018 by Dr. Tambetta Ojong

When children are small, their faces light up at the sight of mom and dad. But fast forward a few years, and the same parents eventually get eye-rolls.


Adolescence is a time to navigate self-identity and peer pressure from every angle, but what causes some teens to thrive while others struggle with anxiety and depression?


While previous reports have credited environmental risk factors, such as poverty and racism, for anxiety and depression in teens, a new study adds another one: a fracture in the parent-child bond.


As teen participants of the study moved through adolescence, their attachment to their parents changed significantly, with the largest drop occurring in middle school.


Attachment levels stabilized by the end of high school, but the more a teen felt alienated during their adolescence, the less likely they were to trust and communicate with their parents.


Dr. Tambetta Ojong is a family medicine resident at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.

The New York Times

Jerome Robbins's 'Watermill,' Put in a New Light

Published Oct 25, 2018 by Alastair Macaulay

Jerome Robbins was so much a master of entertainment in ballet and on Broadway that many of his admirers were disappointed when he showed a need to experiment.


Especially in the years 1969 to 1972, as he recommitted himself to ballet after 25 years of Broadway success, he made new efforts at seriousness and extended structures.


For some, this showed a new maturity that made him seem, during a shining era for dance, the most marvelous choreographer of the moment. Others found this later Robbins to be grandiose and pretentious.


Instead of City Ballet dancers, here it’s performed by students from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY.

The Wall Street Journal

Are Companies’ Price Increases Painting Them Into a Corner?

Published Oct 26, 2018 by John D. Stoll

For nearly a decade, Americans have enjoyed an era where price cuts were more common than increases. Charles Lindsey, a professor at the University at Buffalo School of Management, said companies are prudent to raise prices while unemployment is low, the economy is fairly strong and confidence is high.


“Companies realize there may be more inflationary pressure in the next few years, and maybe consumers will react favorably right now,” he said. But “customers are always on a budget and will always feel pressure.”

Newsday

LI mattress recycler aims to make a better Earth

Published Oct 28, 2018

Christine Kiourtsis got the first bit of inspiration for her mattress recycling business when walking through her East Rockaway neighborhood. On a bright spring day, soiled mattresses and box springs strewn over an open field marred her view of Bay Park.


Five years later, Kiourtsis, 46, saves hundreds of mattresses annually from ending up in landfills with the help of a six-member crew. The Lynbrook native owns and operates Renewable Recycling Inc., a recycling company and waste transfer station that helps towns, hotels and other companies unload mattresses.


In June, the company hauled away nearly 1,000 twin-size mattresses from Stony Brook University as the school spruced up some of its dorms.


In July, the company donated 100 of the mattresses from Stony Brook University that were in good condition to Open Door Exchange, a Setauket nonprofit that offers free furniture for those in need.

Press-Republican

Big effort gives rebirth to business assistance org.

Published Oct 27, 2018 by Mckenzie Delisle Press-Republican

The local Small Business Development Center has risen from the ashes with the help of two colleges working together.


The center, once located on U.S. Oval, has moved to a Clinton Community College cottage at 100 Clinton Point Drive and will be funded by SUNY Canton.


SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran said small businesses are the heart of the American economy and, as such, the State University of New York is committed to Small Business Development Centers.


“Of course, they offer support to new businesses that are just starting out, but it’s also important to support existing businesses so that they can expand and so that they can transfer their knowledge to the next generation,” he said.

Press-Republican

New Schuyler Falls detox center 'a beacon of light'

Published Oct 27, 2018 by ANDREA VANVALKENBURG Press-Republican

The region’s first inpatient detox facility is being hailed as a beacon of hope for those taking their first steps on the road to addiction recovery.


With a growing heroin and opioid epidemic devastating families across the North Country, officials hope the new 18-bed detox facility will help those struggling with addiction find successful paths to recovery.


The center also operates a satellite office in Hawkins Hall on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus one day a week.

New York Daily Star

Halloween celebrations are changing with the times

Published Oct 26, 2018 by Allison Collins Contributing Writer

Tuesday night at SUNY Oneonta, the annual “Halloween in the Halls” and accompanying Halloween carnival will bring an opportunity for college students and community members to connect.


“It’s really fun,” Angie Eichler, associate director of student life, said. “It’s good for our students and they have a good time, but it’s also good for the community. (People) love it, because it’s warm, you don’t have to go outside, it’s safe and it’s a great way to build a relationship between the college and the community.”


The event, Eichler said, has been a tradition at SUNY Oneonta for more than 20 years.

pressconnects

BUZZ ABOUT YOU: Historic 1913 suffrage convention re-enacted in downtown Binghamton

Published Oct 28, 2018 by Maggie Gilroy

Binghamton University debate team makes elimination round at National Debate Tournament: Binghamton University's debate team made it to the elimination rounds at the University of Kentucky's national debate tournament in September. This is only the second time in history Binghamton qualified to make elimination rounds there and the first time in five years.

Press-Republican

Regional unemployment rates shrink

Published Oct 28, 2018 by McKENZIE DELISLE Press-Republican

ETS CEO Deb Cleary said the staffing agency saw an uptick in job placements during the past year.


Cleary said employers are also willing to invest in their employees.


"What I am seeing is that more companies are willing to do some training on their own," she said.


"Several of our clients are doing training up at IAM (Clinton Community College's Institute for Advanced Manufacturing).


"I think companies are investing more in their employees as they compete for talent."

Star-Gazette

Spectrum: Cable revenues up, customers down

Published Oct 26, 2018 by Jeff Platsky

Subimal Chatterjee, marketing professor at Binghamton University's School of Management, discusses brand loyalty issues facing the cable provider.

Observer Today

SUNY Fredonia helps with Feeding Fredonia Challenge

Published Oct 27, 2018

Once again, the SUNY Fredonia students came through to help the Feeding Fredonia Challenge.


On Oct. 19, the SUNY Fredonia Office of Volunteer and Community Services, under the leadership of Joyce Smith, arranged to have SUNY students at the Fredonia Central School to pick up the generous donation of food organized by the Fredonia Central School.

www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com

First 32 students graduate from prison education program

Published Oct 26, 2018

More than 30 students from correctional facilities across the region are the first class of graduates from North Country Community College’s Second Chance Pell program.


The Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative, launched by the U.S. Department of Education in 2015, provides need-based Pell grants to people in state and federal prisons through partnerships with 65 colleges in 27 states.


NCCC is the only two-year college in the State University of New York system to offer Second Chance Pell, which allows non-violent inmates with less than five years left on their sentences to earn an associate’s degree.

Observer Today

SUNY Fredonia Computer and Information Systems Team places at regional competition

Published Oct 28, 2018

Two teams of students from the Computer and Information Systems Department at SUNY Fredonia recently traveled to Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. to compete in the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest. The students were led by their mentor and coach, Dr. Ziya Arnavut, Chairman of the Department of Computer Science.


The International Collegiate Programming Contest is an algorithmic programming contest for college students. Teams of three, representing their university, work to solve the most real-world problems, fostering collaboration, creativity, innovation, and the ability to perform under pressure. Through training and competition, teams challenge each other to solve a series of computer programming problems.

Observer Today

Area artists donate work to support Fredonia study abroad mission to Honduras

Published Oct 28, 2018

A raffle, featuring items by well-known Fredonia area artists, will be held to raise money to support a State University of New York at Fredonia student study abroad mission to Honduras.


Students enrolled in the 2019 J-term course, Honduras Health Care, taught by Dr. Ted Lee of the Department of Biology, will conduct medical brigades and do service work at day-long clinics set up in schools or community centers in small rural communities. They will provide medicine, vitamins and dental supplies to clinic visitors who will be seen by a physician. There will be no cost to users of the clinics.


Money raised from the raffle will be used to obtain medicine and health supplies. Money raised over and above those expenses will help cover some student travel costs.

Oswego Daily News

SUNY Honors Oswego For Offering Express Buses From NYC For 1st-Year Orientation

Published Oct 26, 2018

SUNY Oswego recently earned a State University-wide award for providing express shuttle service for incoming students from the New York City metro area to attend New Student Orientation sessions at the college this summer.


The SUNY Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers and the Office of University Life announced the award for Oswego in the category of “enrollment management, financial aid, orientation, parents, first-year, other-year and related.”


SUNY Oswego’s Jerri Howland, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management (interim) and dean of students, said this award is gratifying.

Oswego Daily News

SUNY Oswego Recognized in 2018 Guide to Green Colleges

Published Oct 29, 2018

The Princeton Review education services company again has ranked SUNY Oswego among the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges.


The company recognized Oswego in the ninth edition of its publication, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 399 Green Colleges.”


“SUNY Oswego is one college absolutely overflowing with sustainability,” the guide reports. “An ACUPCC (American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment) signatory, the upstate New York green stronghold combines a rich institutional commitment to the environment with a thriving student enthusiasm toward sustainable endeavors.”

 

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