ESCORT Staff: Key Presentations at National Migrant Education Meeting

ESCORT staff presented at the 2016 National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education meeting in San Diego, CA April 24-27, attended by over 1500 migrant education professionals from across the United States. Staff presentations included:

Jorge Echegaray (Sr. Education Specialist-Tampa, FL) and Guadalupe Ginn (Recruitment Specialist-Tampa, FL)– Mapping & Online Tools to Enhance Recruitment Efforts. This presentation detailed the benefits of using technology to enhance and monitor recruitment efforts.

Margarita Di Salvo, (Education Specialist-Washington, DC) with Mirna Rivera-Topke (Hillsborough FL County Public Schools)Out-of-School Youth [OSY]-Academic Support to Excel Through GED and Beyond, which emphasized strategies to effectively identify and recruit OSY who are pursuing a GED with goals of increasing academic gains or helping OSY become ready for a career.

Amelia Lyons (Field Services Leader-Portland, ME) and Guadalupe Ginn–Female Recruiters’ Perspectives: How to Support Yourself and Your Female Colleagues in the Field. This session included discussion on how gender has shaped recruitment experiences, and shared tips and tools to help manage safety, respect and careers as recruiters.

Ian Yaffe (Sr. Education Specialist-Portland, ME) with David Fisk (Director, Maine Migrant Education Program)Aqane, Bienvenidos, Byenveni, Pjila’si, Welcome! Services and Recruitment in Multicultural Programs. This session informed about Maine’s Migrant Education Program Blueberry Harvest School that provides high impact summer services for diverse populations using a Project-Based Learning curriculum aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.

Rob Hillman (Information Systems Assistant-Oneonta) with Will Messier (Director, NYS Identification & Recruitment Program) and Julio Rodriguez (U.S. Office of Migrant Education) –I thought it would never happen to me!-How to Safeguard the Privacy of Migrant Children and Your Own. Given the push for data collection and new technology, concerns have increased about the way in which personal identifiable information (PII) is stored, used and shared. This workshop explored ways to increase cyber security and privacy awareness.

ESCORT is a national educational training, technical assistance and resource organization affiliated with SUNY Oneonta since 1984 with work focused on enabling state and local education agencies to provide educational services for migrant and other at-risk populations. For more information, contact Kim Muller, Director, at ( ).

UUPers Invited to Participate in NAACP Rally for Tolerance – May 15

UUPers are invited to participate in a rally for tolerance at Islamberg, near Hancock, New York, on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Motorcyclists from outside the region have made unfounded claims that Islamberg is a breeding ground for terrorism, and plan a ride of intimidation around the Islamberg Muslim community on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

The NAACP bus will leave for Hancock at 9: 20 AM on Sunday, May 15th from the Birney Bus terminal at 108 Silas Lane in Oneonta The cost of the bus ride is $12, check or cash only. To reserve a place on the bus, call either 432-5850 or 432-6988 and leave your name on the voice mail.

In Solidarity.

Thank You from Janet Frankl

Many thanks to all those who made my retirement celebration so special!  Thank you for all the good wishes, the fun conversations, and the chance to tell you all how important you have been in my life.  I WILL be back, at least for a little while.  And a special message to Cindy – I STILL have lots & lots of old emails that I can forward to you if you need evidence that we had a basis for requiring those essential purchasing backup documents.  I also have purchase orders back to when Norm G was here unless someone has the good sense to toss them one of these days!  I will miss you all!

The newly retired Janet Frankl

William Starna is Award Recipient

William A. Starna, Emeritus Anthropology, has received the Alice P. Kenney Award of the New Netherland Institute (Albany). Named after an early scholar of the Dutch-American experience, this award of $5,000 is given for significant contributions to colonial Dutch studies and understanding of the Dutch colonial period. The award will be presented at the 21 May annual meeting of the New Netherland Institute in Rensselaer.

Congratulations to Recent Psi Chi Inductees

Please join Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Julia Blau (faculty co-advisors) in congratulating the recent inductees of Psi Chi – an international honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of individual members in the field of psychology and to advance psychological science. The mission of Psi Chi is to produce a well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible member committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology, and to society in general.

The following students were inducted into Psi Chi at SUNY Oneonta’s 37th annual induction ceremony on May 1st 2016:

Brittany BennetMargaret CalkinsJenna CarusoNicholas CostoMelissa Donovan, Julie Dubinsky,Kaleigh EngertEmily GrayAlexandra HaysAdriana JimenezJohn KwonTaylor MackinVictoria MacriDaniel MatishekDaniel MayerKatelyn Miller, Alexandra NastasiCassandra OdellAmanda PentakDestiny PlatzFrank PomesCarina RossSpriha SanjayNicole SchmidtJessica ShultzJamie ShayRachael ShineAshley SeymourAmber SmithPaige Taylor, and Kellyann Turner.

To view the photo of the new inductees:  Psi Chi Inductees