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May 14, 2009  Volume 30, No. 31
2009 ISCL spring conference scheduled for May 18-19

The 11th Institute for Student-Centered Learning (ISCL) spring conference, “Learning that Lasts: Connecting Theory and Practice,” will take place from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, May 18, and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the University Downtown Center.

This year’s program for faculty members and professional staff with teaching responsibilities or interests will provide practical ideas and strategies for course planning, classroom activities, and improving student engagement while maximizing genuine learning and retention.

During this workshop participants will learn about various theories of learning and how they can make a practical difference in the classroom; develop course plans that can improve student learning and retention; and explore connections between individual classes and curricula (including Gen Ed guidelines).

Lunch is provided both days, along with refreshments during breaks.

For more information, contact Hilton Baxter at 777-6376 or

Student incubator awards funding to nonprofit groups

The University Philanthropy Incubator awarded more than $12,000 to four nonprofit agencies during a ceremony May 5 at the University Downtown Center.

Grants were awarded to:

• Catholic Charities of Broome County, for a new fan for its Portfolio Cafe.

• The Handicapped Children’s Association, based in Johnson City, for scooters and ramps for children receiving occupational or physical therapy in their programs.

• Franziska Racker Centers in Ithaca, for software to enhance the quality of life for participants with autism by improving their communication skills.

• The Huntington Family Center in Syracuse, for resealing the floor in its youth room to address the need for asbestos abatement.

The Philanthropy Incubator, which is funded by the Campus Compact and Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, is a mechanism to teach students in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs about philanthropy.

Fire alarm work to take place May 18

Work on the main fire alarm panel will take place on Monday, May 18. The work is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. and be complete by 3 p.m. Fire alarm panels will beep in all buildings until they are silenced. It is expected they will be silenced by 8:30 a.m.

Most buildings will be able to automatically report an alarm via the Honeywell system with the exception of the following buildings: Biotechnology Building (ITC), University Downtown Center, OCC Bus Garage and the Events Center concession stand.

People in these buildings should notify University Police directly in the event of a fire (911 from a campus phone or 777-2222 from any other phone).

Contact Ray Hallett with questions at or 777-2521.

Managing records retention and disposition workshop

The New York State Archives works with state agencies, including SUNY, to develop retention schedules that allow agencies to efficiently dispose of records they no longer need to keep.

This workshop, to be held from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, in LH-10, will explain how to use State Archives’ General Retention and Disposition Schedule and the SUNY schedule effectively, describe how the State Archives develops retention schedules, and examine options for disposing of records.

Visit to register for the workshop. For more information, contact Yvonne Deligato at

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Last Updated: 10/14/08