Attendees of the 2018 SUNY State of the University Address view a campus showcase at the Albany Capital Center.
Campus Showcases

2020 State of the University System Campus Showcases

At the 2020 State of the University System address, SUNY schools will be showcasing some of their latest work within the fields of research, student opportunity, workforce development, campus partnerships, and more. Learn about them below.

Adirondack Community College

Hands-on experience with cybersecurity:
SUNY Adirondack students experience cybersecurity through hands-on learning using state-of-the-art software such as Security Onion, Sguil, Elsa, and Wireshark. They practice in three networking labs with over 75 routers, switches, and firewall appliances with cloud access to virtual machines from Server 2016 to Android devices. They recreate network vulnerabilities, analyze threat alerts and mitigate them with the appropriate security controls and policies. Using online curriculum backed by industry academic partners, students develop critical thinking skills and pursue high-demand certifications such as the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), CompTIA Security+, and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Meet Jed Simpson, a SUNY Adirondack IT Networking graduate, an IT security professional who works in the Albany area with cyber operations focus.

University at Albany

Forecasting risk: Emergency preparedness and the role of Big Weather:
UAlbany is home to a smart weather ecosystem which leverages richer data to help government and businesses make better decisions faster when severe weather strikes. Their cross-disciplinary experts in weather, climate, artificial intelligence, and emergency preparedness and response are leading the development of innovative new tools that help keep New Yorkers safe, protect critical infrastructure, limit economic losses, ensure business continuity and build more resilient communities. These efforts, which span UAlbany’s academic enterprise, are led by the Center of Excellence in Weather & Climate Analytics and the first-of-its-kind College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity – and are powered by the New York State Mesonet, the most advanced early warning weather-detection network in the nation.

Buffalo State College

International Professional Development Schools and College Urban Teacher Academy: 
Buffalo State will feature two initiatives. The first initiative is Buffalo State’s Professional Development Schools have experienced significant cultural and linguistic changes that reflect national demographic changes. To more effectively prepare new teachers for this changing educational context, faculty in the School of Education at Buffalo State used their own native and scholarly connections around the world to short-term, faculty-led study away programs as extensions of the regular teacher education programs. IPDS now includes PK-12 school partnerships in five continents. The second initiative is the inaugural classes of the Buffalo Urban Teacher Pipeline Residency Program designed specifically for Buffalo Public Schools Teacher Aides and Assistants who seek to attain NYS teacher certification launched the program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Program participants attend night or weekend classes taught by Buffalo State faculty where project-based and site-based learning activities are incorporated into the curriculum, taking full advantage of the experiential learning of the aides and assistants, many of whom are multilingual. Accommodation for work schedules and placements will be made to allow the participants to remain at work (residency) while they attain the coursework and requirements to qualify them for initial teacher certification in childhood education.


SUNY Canton

Online since 1999: Leading innovation and change in online education across the System:
From the early days of emerging learning systems, pedagogies and processes, SUNY Canton has used innovation to spark new ways of thinking about its online efforts and service to its online students. These efforts have included launching policies and procedures that are governance-driven to ensure academic quality, providing access to robust academic support services beyond links on a webpage, and expanding its work to engage online students into the total life of the College, setting the stage for alumni development. The College offers online IDs, virtual open houses, orientations, career, study abroad, and professional clothing fairs as well as access to online career counselors on evenings and weekend -- plus much more!

SUNY Cobleskill

 SUNY Cobleskill therapy horse Fuji inside a class lab with his trainers.

Therapy and wellness with horses:
SUNY Cobleskill applies considerable and wide-ranging resources to foster relationships with those in its area communities. From our region’s youngest citizens to its most senior, initiatives branching out from the College promote wellbeing across diverse populations. Dedicated campus facilities host annual events for local students, including Agricultural High School Day and Junior Iron Chef, as well as numerous professional conferences and symposiums. Mobile equine-assisted therapy sessions, public art exhibits, and the Ag PTech Program each extend from our campus into our communities, contributing to SUNY Cobleskill’s role as a steward of place in the Mohawk Valley. The showcase will feature Fuji, a Welsh pony who visits area senior living facilities and preschools for therapeutic, equine-assisted activities.

Corning Community College

Connecting students with community health issues:
The Community and Public Health program engages students with applied learning and networking opportunities with community partners. Addressing current and emerging public and community health issues, collaborative projects and community trainings enhance understanding of the complexity of creating individual and community health and problem-solving. One of several vibrant and well-attended events was "It's Good in the Hood: Welcome to our Neighborhood." Student planning, hosting, and presenting included a community needs assessment and collaboration with over 40 community partners. Other applied learning includes training opportunities organized by students, such as a NARCAN training for the public and other students. Additionally, students in eight health education courses collaborated in the creation, design, and programming for two Collegiate Recovery Centers.

SUNY Cortland

Working together providing virtual one-on-one tutoring:
In 2007, SUNY Cortland’s Academic Support and Achievement Program (ASAP) began using a whiteboard platform to provide real-time one-on-one tutoring in a few high-demand subjects during the evening hours to its own students. In Spring of 2011, ASAP staff partnered with a handful of colleagues from other SUNY institutions who also recognized the need for online tutoring to establish the Sharing Technology & Academic Resources- New York (STAR-NY) Consortium, through which the schools could pool resources to offer more hours of online tutoring in a wider range of subjects at a lower cost than they could have on their own. As of fall 2019, STAR-NY has grown to serve students at 25 SUNY Campuses. Representatives from STAR member campuses meet once each year to make decisions about the program, informed by their work with students and by students’ responses on the survey offered at the end of each STAR tutoring session. The purpose of STAR-NY tutoring is to help each student learn how to learn more effectively; the focus of a STAR session is on how the learner thinks about the content. STAR tutors are trained in the art of Socratic questioning, facilitating students’ development as independent learners.

Dutchess County Community College

Student support services:
DCC CARES is an initiative of wrap-around services to support students whose ability to stay in school is threatened by any number of outside factors, including financial hardship and food insecurity. Hardship grants are awarded to help students meet sudden and unexpected financial emergencies that can cause a student to leave college. The program was established with the support of the Heckscher Foundation for Children, the Gerstner Family Foundation and the Dyson Foundation. DCC CARES also partners with The Pantry, an on-campus resource that stocks nutritious food and personal care items for campus community members. A friendly, no-judgment zone staffed by volunteers, The Pantry is supported by the College and various campus organizations.


SUNY ESF students stand in front of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory sign.

Top-to-bottom approach to sustainability and carbon reduction: 
The College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is showcasing examples from their integrated and comprehensive approach to sustainability and carbon reduction. Topics will include: Building energy simulations, including a winning design from a US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition, management of discarded materials toward a Zero Waste goal, including unique approaches to composting and food waste, mass timber and cross-laminated timber possibilities for NYS, Experiential learning, including student-led disaster response, and sustainable management academic programs.

Fulton Montgomery Community College

Staff speak at press conference at Proctors Theater.

Entertainment Technology:
Entertainment Technology, offered at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, is a two-year A.A.S. program that prepares and trains students to work in many of the fields of content creation. The program includes required courses in Computer Technology, Stagecraft, Photography, Video and Audio Production, Design, and Project Management. At the same time, students have the ability to, and are encouraged, to take electives that allow them to focus on particular career paths in the Entertainment Industry. Developed with input from Capital Region Arts/Entertainment employers, the program aims to fill the need for employees who have a wide variety of technology skills and who can work effectively in a multi-faceted, project-based environment. Graduates of FMCC’s program are well prepared for entry-level positions at performance venues, video production companies, game studios, and anywhere else where creative, well trained people are needed to create content. Students will also have the ability to build a portfolio of material that will allow them to freelance, moving from gig to gig in the new creative economy.

Farmingdale State College

Connecting faculty and students with potential employers:
The Nexus Center for Applied Learning & Career Development, as a centralized point of contact for employers to connect with faculty and students throughout all of our academic programs, advances the college’s mission of achieving excellence in teaching and applied learning, and strengthening industry relationships. In collaboration with key administrative offices, such as Corporate Engagement, partnerships include D3/Conex Digital LLC, benefactors of the workforce pipeline D3 Scholars Program, and Sherwin-Williams, sponsors of a SUNY-wide applied learning entrepreneurship competition. With an Applied Learning graduation requirement, as well as formally approved courses and co-curricular activities, including internships, research, entrepreneurship, civic engagement and community service, 100% of our baccalaureate graduates will have gained hands-on, practical experience.

Finger Lakes Community College

Accomplishments in partnerships and student work:
Finger Lakes will be showcasing four initiatives:

  1. $3 million private donation for the purposes of updating our Nursing Program and modernizing the facilities, and increasing our nursing program class size from 80 to up to a possibly 176, an increase of 96 RNs and the development of an LPN program with an annual capacity of 56 LPNs.
  2. In partnership with Partnership with Case Western Reserve University, and as the only community college in Case Western Reserve University’s consortium, FLCC successfully experimented with the use of Augmented Reality through the use of the product HoloAnatomy technology, to support our Anatomy and Physiology courses. First year indications are the use of the technology aids in student success in these gateway healthcare courses.
  3. FLCC student-made wines from FLCC’s Viticulture Program continue to successfully compete with winemakers throughout the state of New York.
  4. FLCC was also the recipient of a National Scientific Foundation (NSF) Grant of $1.2 million to continue efforts supporting the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative.

SUNY Fredonia

SUNY Fredonia students dressed in business attire pose for a picture.

Giving students experience in the business world:
Real-world experience was gained by Computer Science and Information Technology students who unveiled software development projects they created at a day-long visit to Paychex, a human resources, payroll, retirement and insurance provider. Students worked on projects related to Cloud Operating Systems and Cloud Infrastructure deployment, making sure industry standard up-time was achieved. Students presented capstone demos highlighting their ability to set up cloud infrastructure along with innovative applications using automation tools. Software engineering students also programmed voice assistant devices to respond to the questions related to the Fredonia academic calendar, creating skills for an Amazon Echo and a Google Home device. Paychex staff worked with students from project inception to conclusion, holding weekly meetings and advising students along the way. Students gained experience working in the corporate sector, understanding first-hand the importance of time management in such high-paced delivery environments. Managers and their teams at Paychex mentored students on how to effectively tackle real-world problems. Projects were evaluated by Fredonia faculty with feedback from project managers at Paychex, contributing to high-impact learning, innovative solutions and enhanced partnerships.

SUNY Geneseo

Sustainability online:
The Designing Open Modules on Environmental Sustainability (DOMES) project is a Geneseo-based initiative developed by Professors Karleen West (Political Science and International Relations) and Suann Yang (Biology). It is a modular online curriculum that allows faculty to incorporate sustainability themes into any class through a series of lower-stakes assignments. Introductory materials in the curriculum serve to introduce students to the principles of sustainability, specifically focused on food systems. As they move through the module, students are prompted to conduct mini-research assignments that engage with these issues through the lens of whatever discipline their specific class focuses on. As students complete assignments for the DOMES modules, they share projects through Geneseo’s OER repository, KnightScholar. These projects in turn become part of instructional materials for future classes. In this way, student research and reflection become part of the curriculum in an iterative process that promotes conversation across time between students in different classes and disciplines. Since its beginning in 2017, faculty from a range of departments, including biology, political science, international relations, English, anthropology, and mathematics have incorporated modules into their classes. More than eighty student research projects, representing the work of nearly three hundred students, are now part of the online archive. Although Geneseo hosts the DOMES project, West and Yang created the initiative as an open educational resource and invite partners from other campuses to collaborate.


Hudson Valley Community College

Preparing the Clean Energy Workforce of our Future: 
It is time to take positive action to stem the effects of a changing climate. As a leader in renewable energy workforce training, Hudson Valley Community College will do its part to prepare the clean energy workforce of the future. Come see what HVCC is doing in PV installation, home energy efficiency and more.

Jamestown Community College

Single Parents Reaching from Education to Employment (SPREE) program:
The SPREE program at JCC assists students who are single parents by helping them develop skills and earn credentials that can lead to family sustaining employment. Single parent students are engaged using a comprehensive case management approach to address barriers and empower each student to achieve sustainable, transformative change in their lives. The individualized connection to college resources enables students to complete their academic program by providing strategic support through tutoring, financial literacy guidance, career exploration services, and more. Leveraging community partnerships, the SPREE program supports students who have great capacity to achieve and succeed academically, but find that external factors such as inadequate child care, food insecurity, transportation, or housing become barriers to their college success. JCC’s SPREE initiative was made possible through the Empire State Poverty Initiative (ESPRI) and the WNY Women’s Foundation.

Jefferson Community College

Jefferson Community College students stand in front the Archives of the USA building.

Connecting Veterans’ Experiences through the Humanities:
With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, faculty at Jefferson Community College designed a course for student-veterans that would offer them the chance to build camaraderie and reflect on their military experiences through the humanities including art, music, literature, writing, film and history. The course is team taught by eight faculty with a course facilitator serving throughout the term for continuity. Fifteen students enrolled in Dialogues of Honor and Sacrifice: Soldiers’ Experiences in the Civil War and the Vietnam War in both Fall 2018 and Fall 2019 semesters and each began the course with a trip to Washington, D.C. to tour sites of military significance. Ultimately, this Dialogues program allowed student veterans to reflect upon their service both during conflict and after returning home and how their sacrifice can be understood more fully through the academic process.

Mohawk Valley Community College

Advancing Applied Learning Experiences with Community Partnerships:
Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) collaborates with a variety of community-based partners to enable its students to engage in service-learning projects that enhance regional initiatives. For example, MVCC allies with the Rescue Mission of Utica and the City of Utica on a project that concurrently trains individuals in the construction trades and expands the availability/quality of the City of Utica’s low-income housing stock. Additionally, MVCC is leveraging its technical acumen to assist the Central New York Conservancy in its pursuit to locate and recreate long-ago abandoned walking trails in the City of Utica park system that was designed by Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects.

Monroe Community College

Service learning in Mexico using solar power:
In September, Instituto Tecnológico de La Laguna Professor Maria Luisa Lopez Segura and her students traveled to Rochester where both MCC and TEC Laguna students co-presented their research and findings regarding a new business model to help rural Mexican communities overcome food poverty using solar energy. The experience was funded by a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant and supported by project leader and MCC Assistant Professor of Biology Laura Penman. The Innovation Fund is a collaborative led by the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

SUNY Morrisville

A new approach to interdisciplinary education:
SUNY Morrisville presents its two newly reorganized schools, the School of Agriculture, Business & Technology and the School of Liberal Arts, Sciences & Society. Together, these schools represent the commitment to practical, hands-on learning that allows students engaged in a variety of disciplines to demonstrate the value of work-based education to area industries and regional economies. The richness of Central New York’s economy and workforce is represented in specialized facilities and productive area partnerships in areas such as agriculture, renewable energy, computer information systems, engineering sciences and design, automotive technology, health and wellness, nursing, and business and hospitality.

Nassau Community College

 Nassau Community College non-traditional adult students pose with completion certificates from the URGENT program.

URGENT: Utility Readiness for Gaining Employment for Non-Traditionals:
URGENT (Utility Readiness for Gaining Employment for Non-Traditionals) is a SUNY-funded utility training program offered at NCC’s Center for Workforce Development in partnership with the region’s major public and private utilities including National Grid, PSEG-LI, Con Edison, NY American Water, and Suffolk County Water Authority. The program is directed to women, veterans and youth to assist them to enter the aging male-dominated utilities industry. Participants attend 142 hours of classroom instruction, on-site visits and workshops for field positions in the utility sector at no cost to them. Upon successful program completion, participants earn two industry certifications: Energy Industry Fundamentals (EIF) and OSHA 10. Graduates apply for entry level positions with our employer partners and, upon successful passing of employer pre-screening tests, they are guaranteed an interview. The program was recognized with a number of honors and awards: 2017 CEANY Business/Organization Collaboration Award, 2018 NYATEP Workforce Program Award, 2018 NCWE Exemplary Program Award.

SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego students pose outside NBC studios in NYC with alum Al Roker.

Environmentally friendly battery tech, voter engagement and learning from a famous alum:
SUNY Oswego will showcase three initiatives. The first is the development of high-performing and safe rechargeable sodium ion battery technology that takes advantage of cost-effective, earth-abundant and environmentally benign elements. The second is Vote Oswego, a campus-wide nonpartisan voter mobilization drive that reveals the technical and interdisciplinary nature of campaign work. Through their collaboration, the design and grassroots students offered Oswego’s student body an effective voter mobilization campaign and contributed to our campus voting rate in midterm elections tripling from 2014 to 2018. Finally, SUNY Oswego alumnus and NBC Today Show host Al Roker ‘76 co-taught with Assistant Professor of Broadcasting Michael Riecke and Spectrum News meteorologist Vanessa Richards ‘08 an advanced broadcasting course titled “Camera Ready: Developing Your On-Air Persona.” The course, which included broadcasting and meteorology students, explored audience preferences, storytelling strategies, personal branding, presentation styles, stress management, and on-camera appearance. Students enrolled in the course also traveled to NBC Studios in New York to observe Roker and the Today Show crew in action.

SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Plattsburgh students pose in front of classroom chalkboard.

Cuffs to Classroom: College in Prison:
States of Incarceration is a project of the Humanities Action Lab, a coalition of universities led by Rutgers University-Newark work creating traveling public projects on pressing social issues. The exhibit is generously supported by the Plattsburgh College Foundation. We are the only SUNY campus to partner on this project. The exhibit is created by over 800 people in 18 states. It explores the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities and opens a national dialogue on what should happen next. Our nation incarcerates more of its people than any country in the world — and at any point in its history. In early 2018, SUNY Plattsburgh was named one of 10 partners to receive Mellon Foundation funding to help create an addition to the national “States of Incarceration” traveling exhibit. Dr. Breea Willingham, associate professor of Criminal Justice, is an expert on the impact of incarceration on families, higher education in prison, and women in the criminal justice system. Higher education in prison was the focus of student research in her special-topics fall 2018 course. The student findings are included in this national project.

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Two high school students work with lab equipment with president Grace Wang looking on.

Innovations in health care delivery:
SUNY Poly has developed a multiple disciplinary educational and entrepreneurial ecosystem to actualize technology-based interventions for health care delivery. The initiative engages students across a number of disciplines in rigorous research, field testing, education, implementation and evaluation of technology that addresses health and rehabilitative challenges. The goal is to educate engineers and health professionals to be partners in entrepreneurial enterprises. SUNY Poly has developed academic minors and multiple disciplinary research teams to promote translational research and entrepreneurial activity in the health care area.

SUNY Purchase

Broadview Senior Living:
Purchase College is using an innovative approach to utilize one of its resources – its abundant land – in order to further the mission of the college and to generate much needed funds for student scholarships and faculty support. The development consists of a 220 unit senior living community on 40 acres of land leased from SUNY to a special not-for-profit corporation that was formed specifically to finance, construct and sponsor the community. Its residents will be actively engaged in many educational and cultural activities of the college, which will broaden the mission of the college by expanding the age cohort that it serves. Included in the extensive community spaces will be a dedicated Learning Commons with classrooms, maker spaces and social gathering areas.

Rockland Community College

A student chef from Rockland Community College in her chef hat in the kitchen.

Hudson Market on Main, a culinary collaborative
Hudson Market on Main, is a culinary collaboration that exists to support Rockland Community College’s objective in helping students to achieve workforce ready status upon graduation and to provide students with employment opportunities. The Market also supports RCC’s Hospitality & Culinary Arts Centers’ objectives to strengthen Hudson Valley agriculture, agro-tourism, and to support community initiatives for Rockland County residents.

Stony Brook University

Rethinking Electronic Fetal Monitoring During Labor:
The essential role of cardiotocogram monitoring of the fetal heart rate (FHR) and uterine activity (UA) during labor is to prevent adverse outcomes due to oxygen deficiency, but its weaknesses almost all stem from the obstetrician’s highly subjective visual interpretations of the signal patterns. The main objective of the research is to use breakthroughs in machine learning to drive the development of predictive analytics to support and improve the interpretation of FHR/UA monitoring data, especially under real world conditions where clinicians must make timely decisions about interventions to prevent adverse outcomes. It is anticipated that the research will advance current practices in predicting fetal well-being.

Sullivan County Community College

 Sign for SUNY Sullivan County Community College's Hope Farm in front of a garden.

Sustainability and Community Partnerships at SUNY Sullivan:
SUNY Sullivan works with a variety of community-based partners to promote sustainability, workforce development and community health. Our sustainability initiatives include a 600 ton geothermal heating and cooling system, a 2MW solar array, a demonstration wind turbine and solar array, and composting program. Hope Farm is a three-acre organic farm located on campus in partnership between SUNY Sullivan and New Hope Community, a neighboring organization that supports developmentally disabled adults. Healthful produce from the farm is distributed to the residents at New Hope and the College's Culinary Program, with surplus donated to local food banks. We are working to grow the local workforce through our Live, Learn and Earn program, a partnership with the Hamlet of Hurleyville, The Center for Discovery, New Hope, ARC and Crystal Run Village to provide apprenticeships in healthcare to students enrolled at SUNY Sullivan.

SUNY Ulster

Training for skills in green careers:
Through Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan's leadership, SUNY Ulster has established the first-ever Green Careers Academy in Ulster County. This Academy will include an eight-week training program that will deliver the skills and expertise needed to enter into the expanding clean technology industry. This Academy delivers on part of County Executive Ryan's vision for a Green New Deal in Ulster County. This unique public-private partnership will offer free or reduced tuition to certify eligible individuals in entry-level clean technology courses.

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Tackling tick-borne diseases:
SUNY Upstate Medical University's research into vector-borne diseases included a successful citizen science tick testing program. Residents from across NY were invited to send in ticks they found in their yards, on their pets, or while out hiking. The lab of Saravanan Thangamani, PhD, processed 1,921 ticks received from July through October; sometimes as many as 70 tick samples were received per day. After analyzing each tick, researchers found that nearly one-third of the ticks were carrying disease. Ticks and tick-borne diseases are on the rise throughout NY and all of the northeastern US. The Upstate lab is examining several possible factors linked to the increase including: human behavior; movement /migration of deer and other wild animals; and human and environmental health.