Aug 312010
 Posted by on August 31, 2010

Michael Such heads back to the classroom full-time this week after serving as the CET Faculty Liaison on a reduced load for the past three years. Michael was the first faculty member to take on the position when it changed from a full to a partial reduced load and he was instrumental in shaping the faculty liaison role into what it is today.

Michael was very successful in reaching out to campus departments to identify programming needs and increasing the marketing efforts and communication about CET programs through the Campus Chronicle. He was the impetus behind the New Faculty Organization in Blackboard and was also responsible for setting up a variety of trainings and workshops for the college community.

Michael’s years as the CET Faculty Liaison were significant in many ways and I would like to say a great big ‘tHANK YOU’ to him for all his efforts to provide programming and services for our campus community. Michael will continue his connection with the CET in the role of faculty mentor beginning this fall.

Aug 312010
 Posted by on August 31, 2010

When the building alarm sounds:

–Evacuate the building immediately

–Instructors will oversee the evacuation of their students

–Don’t assume it is a fire drill or false alarm!

–Take your personal belongings; if it is a real emergency, you won’t get back in for some time

–Leave by the nearest exit

–Close all doors behind you

If you observe smoke or fire:

–Go to the nearest fire alarm pull station (located in all hallways) and pull the handle

–The building alarm will sound; evacuate the building

–Once safely outside, report what you observed to Public Safety

–If you smell burning and you think it is coming from the light ballast, turn off the light and call Physical Plant at ext. 7356

Other fire emergency & evacuation information:

–The closest exit may not be the one you are accustomed to using. Look for the exit signs for other ways out.

–Go into an adjoining building to exit. All buildings have structural fire separation. This may be especially helpful to persons who have mobility impairment; elevators in adjoining buildings will be operational and can be used.

–On your way out, turn off coffee pots and other heating elements, re-cap chemical containers, shut down machinery and close the door.

–If you observe anything important related to the emergency, report this to a Public Safety Officer or the Fire Department as soon as you get outside the building

–Fire extinguishers, located in many areas of the buildings, may be used for small fires, if it is safe to do so and you know how to operate an extinguisher. Never use more than one extinguisher on a fire.

To review your building evacuation plan and other Emergency Information, go to:


Aug 312010
 Posted by on August 31, 2010

Hannah Ewing, daughter of Sue Grayson, will be traveling to Liberia in September in order to work in conjunction with the Strongheart Fellowship ( conducting art therapy work with refugee children, as well as developing a Holocaust education curriculum to be implemented in post-conflict regions.

Currently working as a research assistant for the Center of Advanced Holocaust Study at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, Hannah received a BA in European History from Connecticut College in May 2009 and an MA in Human Rights from Columbia University in May 2010, where she wrote her thesis on the use of children’s wartime artwork as historical evidence and legal testimony.

If you would like to help Hannah fund her work, please visit

From Hannah:

When writing my MA thesis “Documenting Systemic Violence: Children’s Artwork as Witness,” I became personally invested in the plight of children whose lives have been affected by conflict. In looking for different avenues with which to put my research to use, I came across the Strongheart Fellowship, an organization that works to provide education, guidance and empowerment to underpriviledged, often war-affected youth in Robertsport, Liberia.

The people at Strongheart agreed to take me on as a Learning Circle guide and allow me to conduct my own research (along the same lines as my thesis work) while implementing the skills I’ve gained through my background in European history and employment at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Since Fulbright will not provide funding for work in Liberia and the Strongheart Group is tight on funds, as well, I am left to finance my own work, travel, and supplies.

I know that the economy hasn’t exactly been kind to most people, but I can promise you that your contributions will be put to amazing use – I will have the research, photos, and resulting autobiographies to prove it.

Thank you,

Hannah Ewing

Aug 302010
 Posted by on August 30, 2010

If you’d like a copy of the College’s 2010-2011 Fiscal Year Operating Budget, please contact Pat Colongione at ext. 7989.

Aug 302010
 Posted by on August 30, 2010

Sports Complex Recreation Schedule

Fall 2010

September 7 – December 17

PLEASE NOTE: The McDonough Sports Complex, McDonough Fitness Room and Racquetball Courts have a mandatory registration procedure that must be completed prior to utilization of these facilities. Registration will take place in the Fitness Room.

Picture ID is required for access to all recreational facilities.

The Fitness Room and Racquetball Courts will be closed Aug. 30 – Sept. 3.

McDonough Fitness Room

Monday – Friday, 6-8 a.m.

Monday, 2-5 p.m.

Tuesday, 3-7 p.m.

Wednesday, 2-5 p.m.

Thursday, 3-5 p.m.

Friday, 4-7 p.m.

Racquetball Courts

Monday – Friday, 6-8 a.m.

Monday, 2-5 p.m.

Tuesday, 4-7 p.m.

Wednesday, 3-7 p.m.

Thursday, 4-5 p.m.

Friday, 2-7 p.m.

Individuals utilizing the Racquetball Courts MUST supply their own equipment. Protective eyewear is mandatory.

Aug 302010
 Posted by on August 30, 2010

This interesting article from Inside Higher Ed talks about how some smaller community colleges are missing out on funding for student success and retention efforts. The article also talks about the Catch 22 of student success, in which schools lose revenue if they graduate students at a higher rate.

Aug 302010
 Posted by on August 30, 2010


Michele Chavers of Albany, joined the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center staff in June as the Associate Director and Coordinator for Administrative & Business Services. Michele assumed the position previously held by Sherri Mackey.

Michele holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the College of St. Rose and an MBA in management and finance from Sage Graduate School. Her employment history includes positions as a fiscal analyst and assistant to the Deputy Comptroller for the City of Albany, a financial project manager for the New York State Credit Union League, a financial analyst for Capital Communications Federal Credit Union, a project manager for the Ayco Company, L.P., and numerous years in the banking field.

Michele’s professional experiences provide her with a diverse set of skills that range from non-profit to government accounting and financial reporting, budgeting, and business management. She is an energetic and experienced professional who will bring her own unique style to the EOC and the center’s business services department.

Please join me in welcoming Michele to the EOC family. She can be reached at 273-1900 ext. 2213.