Results of the Fall 2015 Environment for Living , Learning & Working Survey

The Climate Study Working group would like to invite all members of the campus community to join us in learning more about the results of the Environment for Living, Learning and Working surve ythat was implemented in the fall of 2015.  We already know that more than 1500 community members (faculty, staff and students) participated in the activity, and we hope you will come to find out what we learned.  Dr. Sue Rankin, of Rankin and Associates, specializes in assisting educational institutions in assessing campus climate and will be on hand to deliver the results and lead two community forums.

The dates and locations of the forums are listed below, for more information please contact Terrence Mitchell at or by calling x2830.  Hope to see you there!

  • Community Forum #1 – Tuesday April 19th, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, Otsego Grill, Morris Conference Center
  • Community Forum #2 – Tuesday April 19, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center

Notice Regarding Ban on Travel to North Carolina and Mississippi

Governor Cuomo has issued Executive Orders #155 and #156 banning state-funded or state-sponsored non-essential travel to the states of North Carolina and Mississippi based on laws in those states that create the grounds for discriminatory practices.  These travel bans are in effect until lifted by the Governor’s Office.  To comply with the Executive Orders, travel may not be scheduled nor expenses incurred for College-related travel to these areas.  Exceptions to the ban include travel to enforce a NY State law, to meet prior contractual obligations, or for the protection of public safety, welfare and security.  Prior approval for travel under an exception must be obtained from the Vice President of Finance and Administration before travel can be authorized; requests should be submitted to Betty Tirado, Director of Business Services.  Travel booked to these states without prior approval may not be reimbursed and is at the risk of the purchaser.

The Executive Orders may be viewed here:  #155#156.

Similar legislation pending in other states could result in additional travel bans.  If further restrictions are placed, the campus community will be notified.

Please share this announcement with others in your area, as appropriate.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Attention: From Information Technology Services

Windows 10 and Office 2016 – Classroom upgrades

ITS will be upgrading the Campus Computer Labs and Classrooms to the newest Windows Operating System, Windows 10, for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. Some software packages are requiring this new version of Windows.  Follow this link for the full article.…ms-summer-2016/

Smart Notebook Software Discontinued

SMART Notebook is annotation software that came with our SMART Boards. The software was free. The current version of the software is no longer compatible with the latest version of Mac OS.  Follow this link for the full article  .

Changes to Turning Point Software

The Current version of Turning Point, version 5, will no longer be supported by Turning Technologies as of June 2016.  IT will be upgrading to the new version called Turning Point Cloud starting May 16. Follow this link for the full article.

Barbara Vokatis presents at 2016 AERA Annual Meeting

Barbara Vokatis from the Department of Elementary Education and Reading presented a paper in a symposium at the  2016 AERA  (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting, in Washington DC, on April 11 and published the paper in the conference proceedings.  The title of the presentation was:   “Don’t Talk to It!”: Problematizing Apprenticeship into Dialogic Reading with IPad Ebooks in Parent-Child Interactions. The title of the symposium was: IPad Apps in Early Literacy Development.