On October 26, 2012, SUNY Sullivan will be hosting the area's high school guidance counseling community at an event called Operation Inform. Presented in conjunction with SUNYCAP – State University of New York College Admissions Professionals – the day-long schedule will feature a series of lectures, workshops and social events designed to showcase the excellent opportunities that the SUNY system has to offer. This Operation Inform event is one of several sponsored in collaboration with the Office of Enrollment Services at SUNY System Administration, and will highlight presentations by SUNY officials as well as SUNY Sullivan faculty.
This Operation Inform event will give SUNY and SUNY Sullivan Admissions Professionals the chance to meet one-on-one with local and regional high school counselors, independent educational consultants, academic advisors and community based agency representatives. It will provide valuable information via lectures and workshops, as well as a segment called a "Professional Exchange." These are all part of a schedule designed to provide counselors with up-to-date information on admissions, academic programs, application process and campus information.
From the Operation Inform website:
"Operation Inform programs stress the quality and diversity of freshman and transfer opportunities available throughout SUNY, as well as allow individual campuses to highlight faculty, student outcomes and specific programs. The events also provide the most current information regarding admissions, college costs and financial aid, the application process and emerging opportunities for students."
The October 26th event will be divided into segments – from a Welcome Breakfast to break-out Workshops – and is intended as a professional forum for discussion of admission policies and procedures with the guidance community. This year's schedule is designed to facilitate dialogue between attendees and presenters on what's new and different, and the current issues and concerns in and around the SUNY system, and is as follows:
7:30 am – 8:00 am
8:00 am – 8:30 am
Welcome Breakfast / Opening Remarks (E-Lobby)
8:30 am – 9:00 am
- Welcome Message: Dr. William Murabito, President, SUNY Sullivan (Seelig Theater)
- SUNY Update: Cheryl Perrillo, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services,
SUNY System Administration
9:05 am – 10:00 am
Session One Workshops (see below for workshop descriptions & presenters)
1) The Educational Opportunity Program – Eligibility & Access (Room F120)
2) The Changing Face of SUNY's Community Colleges (Room F119)
3) Learning Communities Workshop (Room F118)
10:05 am – 11:00 am
Session Two Workshops (see below for workshop descriptions & presenters)
1) Focus On Transfers – Student Mobility Within SUNY (Room F120)
2) How Professional Judgment Plays A Role In Financial Aid (Room F119)
3) Sustainability (Room F118)
11:05 am – 12:00 pm
Application Processing: How Can We Help (Seelig Theater)
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
Professional Exchange (E-Lobby)
SUNY Sullivan Campus Tour
Operation Inform aims to "develop and maintain a system of professional communication and dialogue among admissions professionals, with the guidance community."To that end, SUNY Sullivan's Office of Admissions has invited secondary school counselors and independent counselors from the Hudson Valley & Catskills region to this upcoming event. The goal is to have these guidance professionals leave the event well informed on admissions practices, admissions criteria, and application processes, as well as the special degree and other programs at SUNY Sullivan and SUNY schools statewide that are available to graduating seniors.
For more information on this event, please contact Sari Rosenheck, SUNY Sullivan Director of Admissions, at (845) 434-5750, extension 4200.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS & PRESENTERS
The Educational Opportunity Program – Eligibility & Access
Presenter: Hank Shurford, Associate Director, University at Albany
The Educational Opportunity Program has provided college access for economically disadvantaged and academically unprepared New York state residents for more than four decades. Candidates for the program include New York state residents who are unable to enter a State University campus through the standard admissions process. Applicants must meet the academic requirements and fall within the annually established income guidelines. Qualified individuals must also evidence the potential and commitment to succeed in a college program. Educational Opportunity Program students receive tutoring, counseling, advisement and modest financial support. In addition, most first-time students are required to participate in a residential pre-freshman summer program. This workshop is designed to provide a deeper understanding of the requirements for EOP admission by offering case studies of the typical and not-so-typical EOP candidate.
The Changing Face of SUNY's Community Colleges
Presenters: Shaughn Clancy, SUNY Adirondack, Asst. Director of Admissions; Martie Hewitt, Clinton Community College, Admissions Advisor; Jenae Norris, Broome, Director of Admissions
Academic, transfer, and career counseling are just a few of the many support services that have traditionally been available to students attending community colleges. However, with enrollments on the rise, increased residential opportunities and growing student needs, support service offerings are much more comprehensive than they used to be. Join us for conversation on how SUNY's community colleges are responding to the ever increasing demands of today's community college-bound students.
Learning Communities Workshop
Presenters: Dr. Cindy Linden, SUNY Sullivan, Associate Professor/Honors Coordinator; Dr. Cynthia V. Marcello, SUNY Sullivan, Associate Professor
Highlighting SUNY Sullivan's Honors Program and its new Simulation and Game Development AAS Program as examples of learning communities in practice, this workshop will address the roles served by community-building practices for creating enhanced educational opportunities and shaping global citizens of the future. In addition to discussing the educational benefits of varied learning communities—as determined through direct and indirect observations—this workshop will address some of the projects and activities utilized for fostering collaboration across the following communities: classroom; program; college; regional; and global. Implications of these practices and observations for the implementation of additional learning communities on campus will be emphasized.
Focus On Transfers
Presenters: Maureen Pio, Purchase College, Associate Director of Admissions; Michael Roe, SUNY Dutchess, Director of Admissions
This session will offer insight into the SUNY transfer initiative and discuss transfer credit policies, procedures and pathways for student transfer within the system. Presenters will introduce DegreeWorks, provide information on SUNY General Education requirements and share data on student transfer behaviors.
How Professional Judgement Plays A Role In Financial Aid
The FAFSA does not provide families an opportunity to explain special circumstances affecting their ability to pay for education. Financial aid administrators have the authority to compensate for these conditions on a case-by-case basis with adequate documentation. The Higher Education Act identifies specific examples of when professional judgment can be used. After attending this session, you will have a better understanding of the rules and regulations that guide financial aid professionals in the use of professional judgment, as well as recent changes to financial aid for the 2012-13 aid year.
Presenter: Helena LaRoux, SUNY Sullivan, Associate Professor
This workshop will introduce participants to the key concepts of sustainability, with a focus on sustainable campus operations and transformational sustainability education. Various aspects of SUNY Sullivan's sustainability strategy will be discussed, including energy efficiency and renewable energy (geothermal, PV, and wind), waste reduction and diversion, and sustainable purchasing. Curricular and co-curricular initiatives will also be discussed, including SUNY Sullivan's A.A.S. degrees in Green Building Maintenance & Management, and Wind Turbine Technology. Topics such as place-based learning, campuses as living laboratories, and green job opportunities will be included.
Application Processing: How Can We Help?
Presenter: Anna Valinoti, SUNY Oneonta, Assistant Director of Admissions
Uploads, downloads, paper, paperless, SOAR, Common Application, SUNY Application, Counselor Connect, Docufide, Naviance...OVERLOAD! Join us for a discussion of how all of the pieces come together for application review. We will discuss a variety of options available to students and school counselors to submit documents and track progress. Review SOAR and discuss the similarities and differences between campus processes. We hope to provide you with a better understanding of how admissions offices are managing applications and communicating with students.