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May 3, 2018

>>Commencement 2018 promises to be an exciting celebration of student accomplishments on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12. The graduate and undergraduate ceremonies will recognize graduating students while highlighting tradition, college pride, and community spirit. The celebrations will be streamed live on the College's website, so family and friends can join them from anywhere in the world. Follow the Commencement buzz through the social media hashtag #bport2018. Graduating students, there's also a Class of 2018 Facebook group for you. Find details on all ceremonies at brockport.edu/academics/commencement. Questions? Email commencement@brockport.edu.

>>More volunteers are urgently needed to make the undergraduate Commencement ceremonies a success. Visit the Commencement volunteer page to learn more about the roles needed and sign up by Friday, May 4. The ceremonies will take place Saturday, May 12 at 9:30 am (School of Education, Health, and Human Services) and 2 pm (School of Arts and Sciences and School of Business and Management) in the SERC Field House. As a thank-you, a buffet-style lunch will be available on Commencement day from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Tuttle South Gymnasium. This is your opportunity to be part of the most exciting time of year for our graduating students and their families.

>>May marks the release of the final Port e-newsletter of the 2017-18 academic year. The website will continue to be updated throughout the summer, but more sporadically, so be sure to keep some important summer and fall dates on your radar:

  • Thursday, July 26: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performance in the SERC
  • Saturday, August 25: Saturday of Service
  • Monday, August 27: First day of classes
  • Thursday, September 6: The release of the next Port e-newsletter
  • Thursday, September 13, to Saturday, September 15: Homecoming & Family Weekend (a complete schedule of events and registration details will be available at brockport.edu/life/homecoming during the summer)

Summer is a great time to visit campus for a tour and information session.

Check out the 2018-19 academic calendar for more key dates.


April 5, 2018

>>This Wednesday, April 11, is Scholars Day 2018. This annual celebration of scholarship and creative activity features undergraduate and graduate student presentations and involves faculty and staff from across the College. A signature campus event, Scholars Day provides students intellectual enrichment and an opportunity for professional development while illustrating the academic excellence at the heart of the Brockport experience. The event enables students, as well as faculty and staff, to present scholarly and creative work, practice disciplinary techniques of public presentation, learn from fellow scholars and artists across disciplines, engage with members of the College community in educationally meaningful events, and support a campus culture of intellectual initiative and academic excellence. Browse the Scholars Day schedule.

>>Since 1982, the Honors and Awards Ceremony has recognized thousands of extraordinary students in all areas of the College for their outstanding academic achievement. The annual ceremony will take place this year on Friday, April 20, at 3:30 pm in the Seymour College Union, Ballroom. Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Skye Paine will deliver the faculty address. Meet this year's award recipients.

>>Commencement is our opportunity to celebrate student success. Each year, dedicated volunteers team up to make this important occasion a success. Join the team to make a significant contribution, give students a personal sendoff, and meet or reconnect with members of the campus community. The Graduate Commencement is Friday, May 11, at 5 pm in the SERC Field House. The Undergraduate Commencements are Saturday, May 12, at 9:30 am and 2 pm in the SERC Field House. A variety of important jobs need to be filled by volunteers from the College community. Whether you like to work inside, outside, with students or with their guests, there's a match for you. Browse job descriptions and sign up for one or more shifts by Friday, May 4. A buffet-style thank-you lunch will be provided to all who participate in the excitement on Saturday.

>>April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Help bring awareness to campus in one or both of these ways:

  • Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to share their sexual assault stories at "Bringing Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment To Light" on April 12 from 6 to 8 pm in Cooper Hall, New York Room. Those who do not feel comfortable sharing are welcome to submit a narrative (optionally anonymous) that can be read by someone else. Narrative submissions are due today. If you are interested in participating, please contact (315) 399-2897 or pcbrockport@gmail.com. Anyone is welcome to attend the event and join the discussion about promoting safety, acceptance, and health on campus.

  • The Center for Select Respect and RESTORE Sexual Assault Services are collecting "Letters of Hope" to be displayed during the month on campus. Consider sharing a few words of hope and support to those who have experienced sexual assault. To submit a letter, you can:
    • Send it via email to cholcomb@brockport.edu. (Your contact information will not be disclosed without your consent.)
    • Drop off or fill out a letter at the Center for Select Respect (Seymour College Union, Room B124) and place it in the "Letters of Hope" mailbox.
    • Stop by Center for Select Respect tabling events.


>>The annual Trash-to-Treasure initiative, a collaboration between the Office of Community Development, Facilities and Planning, and the Office of Residential Life, will be taking place May 1 through May 25 on campus. Students will again have an opportunity to donate their unwanted used and new clothing, household items, food, and toiletries before leaving campus for the summer. Every item collected is donated to local non-profit organizations and agencies. Last year, 17,621 items were collected and donated to more than 30 non-profits. Volunteers are needed to help make the event a success, so please consider volunteering to collect items from the residence halls or sort the donations once they have been collected.  Sign up online to volunteer.


March 1, 2018

>>Bport Gives Back is in its final countdown! Support the College's 24-hour challenge before noon EST by giving in honor of someone who has changed your life. The Golden Eagle family has one more challenge to crush in order for our Hollywood alumni — William Fichtner '78, Jesse Goins '74, Jim Goldthwait '82, Stu Krieger '73, and Larry Slade '85 — to collectively contribute an extra $4,000 for our students. Time is running out, so please show your Brockport pride by giving online or calling (585) 395-7777!

>>Student Union and Activities invites all members of the campus community to take a walk through the Tunnel of Oppression in the Seymour College Union Ballroom on March 6 or 7 from 11 am – 7 pm or March 8 from 11 am – 3 pm. The Tunnel is designed to examine the intersection of identity, culture, and community while educating event participants about the oppression and marginalization of various groups in society and on campus. Explore a series of scenes that will challenge you to think more deeply about the importance of inclusivity and the societal effects of oppression, power, and privilege. Interested in volunteering on March 5, 6, or 8 to assist with setup, day-of operation, or cleanup? Register to volunteer online.


February 1, 2018

>>Tilly is on Twitter! Since early December, President Macpherson's pup has tweeted about adventures with Mom, the Macpherson vacation to Florida, fun in the snow, and more — with no shortage of selfies. Follow Brockport'sFirstDog @BrockportTilly.

>>Bport Gives Back, the College's third 24-hour giving challenge, kicks off on February 28. Once the countdown begins at noon, you have 24 hours to visit alumni.brockport.edu/give and support the College in honor of someone or something important to you. Faculty and staff donors will receive a Bport Gives Back pin to wear during the challenge, and all donors will be entered into a raffle for Brockport spiritwear. To give in person, stop by the 24-hour challenge table in the Union Main Lounge, where you can grab coffee and a cupcake.


December 7, 2017

>>Each of the Lakeside Beikirch Nursing Home residents in Brockport will receive a gift this holiday season courtesy of Brockport Auxiliary Service Corporation (BASC) team members. This program, called “Presents for Residents,” is now in its fifth year and organized by Executive Administrative Assistant Jean Gilman, who works closely with the Beikirch staff to identify gift ideas for each nursing home resident. Gifts range from blankets to puzzles to note card sets and more. This year, BASC team members also decorated picture frames for each of the residents to include with their gifts, which will be delivered December 15.


November 2, 2017

>>Help support the College's Veteran Student Scholarship by participating in the 6th annual Veterans 5K Walk, Run or Roll on Saturday, November 4. Veterans, students, faculty, staff, and alumni receive discounted tickets, and T-shirts will be provided to the first 150 paid registrants. The race starts at 8 am behind the SERC and includes a free Fun Run for Kids. Register online or by mail.

>>The North Campus Revitalization Project, which began in May 2016, is ahead of schedule and nearly complete. The $12-million campus renovation initiative has added green space, improved signage and accessibility, developed needed infrastructure, created new gathering spaces, will add 200 new trees, and more. The North Campus Opening Celebration was held Friday, October 20, during Homecoming & Family Weekend, to celebrate the newly renovated mall between Edwards Hall and the Seymour College Union. Progress has been documented since summer 2016 through photos and drone footage.


October 5, 2017

>>The College will hold its 17th annual Diversity Conference today, October 5. The all-day conference will feature two keynote addresses and host panels, performances, workshops, and speakers that address "Intersectionality in Justice and Equity." Sister Grace Miller of the House of Mercy, known for her activism and dedication to social justice, will deliver the morning keynote address at 9:15 am in the Seymour College Union, Ballroom. The evening keynote by Chief Executive Officer of Robin Hood, veteran, and acclaimed author Wes Moore is at 7 pm in the Special Events Recreation Center. Walk-in registration is welcome throughout the day.

>>Eagles Unite is on. Three unique campus priorities need support throughout the month. Give to the Costa Rica Service Learning Trip, the Brockport Athletics Travel Fund, or the Professional Clothes Closet to help reach the $25,000 goal before October 31.

>>What's in your attic? The Friends of Drake Memorial Library will host an Antique Appraisers Roadshow on Saturday, October 14, from 9 am to 6 pm in the Seymour College Union, Ballroom. Have your heirlooms, collectibles, and other treasures appraised by leading antique experts, including alumnus Robert Meringolo '73. All appraisals are $5 per item, with a flat fee of $25 for five items or more. With questions, contact Jamie Beers-Wilson.

>>Student Union and Activities, Brockport Student Government, and the Office of Alumni Engagement collaboratively hosted a "Brockport Day" at the Rochester Public Market on Saturday, September 23. More than 50 students, alumni, and staff congregated at a green and gold gathering spot to connect and take photos with Ellsworth. The director of the market Jim Farr '96 addressed the group with the inspiring story of his journey.

>>The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is partnering with State University of New York College Admissions Professionals (SUNYCAP) and SUNY System Administration to host Operation Inform (OpInform) on Monday, October 16, in the Seymour College Union. Each fall, OpInform serves as a professional development opportunity for school counselors with a series of programs across New York State. The program at Brockport will feature a variety of workshops and a chance for counseling colleagues to converse and explore current topics in higher education. More than 200 counselors from across western New York and 40 SUNY college representatives will be in attendance.


September 7, 2017

>>Career Services will offer 'Lunch with a Career' sessions on September 18 and October 9 from 12:15 to 1:15 pm in the Rakov Center for Student Services, Career Services Workshop Room 101. Enjoy a free lunch in an informal setting while connecting with mentors who have found success in their chosen fields. Please register online.

  • September 18: Agathi Georgiou is owner and operator of full-service event planning company Agathi & Co. and the Rochester event space Arbor Loft. Georgiou will share her insight with students who are interested in becoming event planners, working in the wedding industry, or owning a business.
  • October 9: Brockport alumnus Zachary Ferrara '13 is an athletic director, coach, and NCAA Division III pole vault national champion. Those interested in pursuing a career in athletics are welcome to join him for lunch.

>>Next month, help send Brockport students soaring by supporting #EaglesUnite. Throughout October, three unique campus priorities will need united support. Learn about them now, and in October, don't forget to show your support for the one that speaks to you most:

  1. Send nursing students to Costa Rica for an unforgettable, international Service Learning Experience.

  2. Send Golden Eagle athletes into fields of competition regionally and nationally through the Brockport Athletics Travel Fund.

  3. Send soon-to-be Brockport graduates into the work force, outfitting them for job interviews by contributing to the Professional Clothes Closet.


May 4, 2017

>>Commencement 2017 promises to be an exciting celebration of student accomplishments on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13. The graduate and undergraduate ceremonies will recognize graduating students while highlighting tradition, college pride, and community spirit. More than 5,000 guests are expected to attend. The celebrations will be streamed live on the College's website, so family and friends can join them from anywhere in the world. Stay up-to-date on Commencement news through the event page on Facebook or by following the Twitter hashtag #bport2017. Graduating students, there's also a Class of 2017 Facebook group for you. Find details on all ceremonies at brockport.edu/academics/commencement, and sign up to volunteer today for any or all of them. Questions? Email commencement@brockport.edu.

>>May marks the release of the final Port e-newsletter of the 2016-17 academic year. The website will continue to be updated throughout the summer, but more sporadically, so be sure to keep some important summer and fall dates on your radar:

  • Tuesday, May 16: Transfer Information Day
  • Saturday, August 26: Saturday of Service
  • Monday, August 28: First day of classes
  • Thursday, September 7: The release of the next Port e-newsletter
  • Friday, October 20, to Sunday, October 22: Homecoming Weekend (a complete schedule of events and registration details will be available at alumni.brockport.edu/homecoming during the summer)

Summer is a great time to visit campus for a tour and information session.

Check out the 2017-18 academic calendar for more key dates.


April 6, 2017

>>Scholars Day 2017 will take place Wednesday, April 12. This annual celebration of scholarship and creative activity features undergraduate and graduate student presentations and involves faculty and staff from across the College. A signature campus event, Scholars Day provides students intellectual enrichment and an opportunity for professional development while illustrating the academic excellence at the heart of the Brockport experience. The event enables students, as well as faculty and staff, to present scholarly and creative work, practice disciplinary techniques of public presentation, learn from fellow scholars and artists across disciplines, engage with members of the College community in educationally meaningful events, and support a campus culture of intellectual initiative and academic excellence. Browse the Scholars Day 2017 schedule.

>>Renovation of the Albert W. Brown Building, which will house a self-contained Academic Success Center for students at its north wing, has recently begun. Scheduled to be completed in fall 2018, the 13,200 square-foot center will provide integrated student support services in a centralized campus hub, bringing together offices that had previously been housed in four separate locations: The Office of Academic Advisement, the Student Learning Center, the Office of Student Retention, and the Office for Students with Disabilities. The center will offer assessment and testing services, tutoring, retention services, advising, support for students with disabilities, and major exploration resources. Student success, student retention, and graduation rates are expected to be positively impacted once the new center is active.

>>A four-event series called Celebrating Entrepreneurship will take place on campus from April 12 through April 26, kicking off with the fourth annual Pettis Family Business Plan Competition on Scholars Day from 2:10 to 3:30 pm and 3:40 to 5 pm in 221 Hartwell Hall. Student teams will present business plans in front of a panel of judges for a chance to compete in a statewide business plan competition and win a $2,000 cash prize. The next day, Brockport alumni Lizzie Clapp ’06 and Ronnie McClive ’06, co-owners of Rochester’s Le Petit Poutine, will serve lunch from their food truck and speak about their entrepreneurial career journey from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the Alumni House parking lot. On April 20, Jan Pisanczyn of the Small Business Development Center will present a workshop in 114 Seymour College Union from 3:30 to 5 pm on essential steps for business start-ups, covering the business planning process and an overview of typical financing options and requirements. The series will culminate on April 26 with a Q&A and book signing with Cupcake Wars winner, Shark Tank contestant, Amazing best-selling author, and alumna Heather Saffer ’10 from 6 to 7 pm in the Seymour College Union Ballroom.

>>An undocumented status can immobilize a student’s access to higher education. ADELANTE (“go ahead” in Spanish) Student Voices provides rising sophomore, junior, and senior undocumented high school students in the Lake Ontario region an opportunity to attend a summer program that equips them with the skills needed to navigate their college application process. The College at Brockport hopes to bring 16 undocumented students to campus for a 10-day stay this summer. The total estimated cost per person for double occupancy lodging and meals is $548. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please visit the ADELANTE Student Voices website.

>>The Office of Community Development is striving to collect a minimum of 300 books with diverse representation for kindergartners through sixth graders during its I S.E.E ME (Strengthen, Empower, Encourage) book drive, underway until April 21. Books will be donated to Discover Charter School in Rochester, New York. All are welcome to drop off new or gently used books at 203 Seymour College Union. With questions, contact senior Keara Knight.


March 2, 2017

>>On Sunday, February 12, Brockport had a strong presence in the Rochester Polar Plunge at Ontario Beach Park. This annual event, held across the country during the winter, raises money for charitable organizations. Brockport students, faculty, and staff bravely went into the semi-frozen lake to raise donations for the Special Olympics. Organizations involved were: Brockport’s Magic The Gathering, EuroSim, Club Gymnastics, Brockport Student Government, the Physical Education Club, and Inter Greek Council. Offices involved were: Advancement, Residential Life/Learning Communities, and Student Union and Activities. As a whole, they raised $5,300 for the cause, placing in the top 10 teams.


February 2, 2017

>>The College community is deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Yu, who served as president of The College at Brockport from 1997 to 2004. Yu is known for having raised the academic profile of the College during his tenure, introducing and guiding mission review and strategic planning initiatives. His efforts gave rise to the Extraordinary Academic Scholarship program that proved instrumental in attracting top students to apply to the College. Yu's lasting impact on our institution will not be forgotten, thanks especially to the establishment of a scholarship in his name. If you want to help perpetuate Yu’s legacy of achieving new levels of excellence at the College, please visit alumni.brockport.edu/give to support his scholarship with an amount of your choosing. Be sure to enter “Dr. Paul Yu Extraordinary Academic Scholarship Fund” in the designation box. You also have the option to submit a check made payable to the Brockport Foundation, including the scholarship name. Your generosity will support an incoming freshman who demonstrates academic excellence.


October 6, 2016

>>Renowned fiction writer, poet, and essayist Margaret Atwood visited Brockport September 28 as part of the 50th season of the Writers Forum. She spoke with a small group of creative writing students in the afternoon and gave a reading to a crowd of approximately 1,100 in the SERC Field House that evening. President Heidi Macpherson and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Earl Ingersoll, both Atwood scholars, interviewed the author on stage after her reading, including questions of their own along with those previously curated from freshmen, who read Atwood’s classic The Handmaid’s Tale as their Summer Reading Program book. Browse the photo gallery from Atwood’s visit.

>>The College held its 16th annual Diversity Conference on October 6. Its theme was “Building Community through Diversity: A Global Lens.” Will Dillard-Jackson, a senior double majoring in dance and communication, produced a special video that was shown during the conference. Take a look.


Last Updated 5/3/18

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