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SUNY Sullivan Sheriff’s Association scholarship winner

MONTICELLO (November 26) – Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff presents the New York State Sheriff's Association Scholarship to SUNY Sullivan student Vasillios Hondromaras of Roscoe.

The $250 scholarship is given annually to a community college student who is pursuing a degree in criminal justice.

In the photo from left is Dean of Student Development Chris DePew, Sheriff Mike Schiff, Vasillios Hondromaras, and Assistant Professor Robert Eiler.


SUNY Orange to hold health professions information session in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS (November 14) - Counselors from SUNY Orange’s Admissions Office will be hosting a Health Professions Information Night from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the College’s Sarfatti Education Center at 150 Pike Street in Port Jervis.

The counselors will present information related to the application and admissions processes for the College’s highly competitive health professions programs, which include: dental hygiene, exercise studies, medical laboratory technician, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, public health and radiologic technology. These degrees, with the exception of exercise studies and public health, are selective admission programs requiring applicants to meet additional criteria in order to be selected for inclusion in the program.

The Sarfatti Center was opened this past summer and is presently used by the College during weekday evenings to offer both credit and non-credit programming, as well as High School Equivalency (formerly GED) classes.

For more information, contact the Admissions Office at (845) 341-4030, or visit


Marist adds entrepreneurship concentration option for business majors

POUGHKEEPSIE (November 14) - The Marist College School of Management has added a concentration in entrepreneurship for undergraduate business majors.

The New York State Department of Education approved the new concentration earlier this month. The new concentration will require students to take 12 credit hours in courses such as Entrepreneurial Finance and New Product Development.

“This new option is a significant addition for our students,” said School of Management Dean Lawrence Singleton. “Entrepreneurship is an important focus in today’s economy. On campus we run several programs per year related to start-up ventures and students are eager to be part of them, so I know this concentration will be of keen interest for students who wish to embark on their own business ventures.”

The new concentration formalizes Marist’s commitment to entrepreneurial exploration. Every year, Marist students participate in Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition, which allows enterprising students from colleges throughout the region to pitch their business ideas to local leaders. The Marist IDEA Center provides all Marist students with access to highly impactful and relevant co-curricular resources, experiences and opportunities to advance the pursuit of entrepreneurial initiatives. Recently, the College also hosted 3 Day Startup, an innovative, weekend-long, hands-on entrepreneurship education program.
Existing concentrations for business majors at Marist include: finance, human resource management, international business, and marketing.

For more information about the School of Management, visit


SUNY Orange expands shuttle bus service between Middletown, Newburgh

MIDDLETOWN (November 11) – In an effort to broaden students’ evening access to classes on both of its campuses, SUNY Orange will offer expanded shuttle bus service between its Middletown and Newburgh campuses for the Spring 2019 semester.

The expanded service, a pilot program for the Spring semester, will add two additional trips from each campus from Monday through Thursday to accommodate students who may wish to attend night classes or take advantage of evening events. The Friday transportation schedule will remain unchanged. The additional evening trips will depart from Newburgh at 7 and 9 p.m.; and will leave Middletown at 8 and 10 p.m.

Traditionally, the shuttle bus has departed Newburgh on each odd hour, beginning at 7 a.m. and concluding at 5 p.m., with return trips from Middletown leaving on each even hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“The College continues to examine all potential opportunities to provide greater accessibility for students, whether that means offering a new early January online intercession, adding shuttle bus trips or opening the Sarfatti Education Center in Port Jervis,” said Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president. “The shuttle bus initiative was researched and suggested by the College Governance’s Sustainability Committee.”

Registration for the Spring semester opened to current SUNY Orange students on Nov. 5, while new students to the College can begin registering for classes on Nov. 26. Students interested in applying for the Spring semester can contact the Admissions Office by phone at (845) 341-4030, via email at or may visit


“We know students are hungry for experiences
like this ..."

Vassar College partners with GCSEN Foundation, launching innovative social entrepreneurs internship program

KINGSTON (November 5) - Liberal arts institution, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, has entered into an innovative partnership with the Global Center for Social Entrepreneur Network (GCSEN Foundation), implementing GCSEN's Social Venture Internship program (SVI) for students and graduates. The Social Venture Internship program, launched during the Fall 2018 Semester, is facilitated by Vassar's Office of Community-Engaged Learning and sponsored by the Career Development Office. SVI is a three-part experience developed by GCSEN, initially designated for six Vassar students but designed to scale up based on future student demand. The SVI program is now available to all colleges, starting with a 12-hour blended learning on-line and live coaching experience, enabling students to learn the fundamentals of starting a business tied to a relevant, socially beneficial venture or social enterprise that they create.

The first phase of the SVI program results in a Principles of Social Entrepreneurship Certificate and an accredited internship endorsed by the college, along with a professional reference by GCSEN. A great resume builder, SVI includes a next-step 40-hour experience designed to assist enrollees in creating a new business pitch or prototype for potential customers and investors, resulting in a Social Venture Formulation Certificate. A final 10-hour field study experience results in SVI's Entrepreneur Ecosystem Mapping Certificate, reflecting proficiency in identifying local community, and campus assets, as well as the economic development resources necessary for each enrollee to launch a successful business and social venture.   

Students at other campuses, recent graduates, and adult learners are also eligible to purchase the program directly from GCSEN. SVI offers a life-changing experience, allowing students to intern on their own idea, at their own pace. The experience facilitates student design of a "4 P" social venture, for People, Planet, Place and Profit. Based on GCSEN's intellectually rigorous pedagogical research, SVI offers students a meaningful reality-based internship experience utilizing applied learning, within the context of their own community's business and social needs.

"We are thrilled to partner with GCSEN on the SVI initiative at a time when we are assessing student appetite and building campus support for social entrepreneurship,” said Vassar College's Director of Career Development Stacy Bingham. “We know students are hungry for experiences like this, that give them the tools, time, and support for their entrepreneurial ideas. The fact that students can receive academic credit for the experiences they create further exemplifies Vassar's support for this initiative."

Ranked 11th in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges for national Liberal Arts Colleges, Vassar, founded in 1861, is a highly selective, coeducational, private, residential college renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus in the Hudson Valley.




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