Education

FUTURE LEADERS
12:10 am
Sat August 9, 2014

College Interns Prove Themselves as Leaders, Learn Valuable Skills Through Intense Program

The 2014 Synergy graduates pose for a photo. The college interns made their final presentations Friday and received their certificates.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Four weeks of intense teamwork by 50 Central New York college interns on community service projects culminated Friday in a graduation and awards ceremony at SUNY Upstate.  Five groups of ten students in this year’s Synergy program were given a topic of focus, did research, put on an event, and made final presentations.  

Each team and project was judged.  The "purple" team won best team, and was headed by Ryann Crofoot who will be a junior at SUNY Oswego.  

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CAMPUS SAFETY
12:58 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Sen. Gillibrand Co-sponsors Legislation Aimed at Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY), center, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-Mo), right, at a Capitol press conference announcing the Campus Accountability and Safety Act.
Credit bbc.com

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is one of eight co-sponsors of a bipartisan bill aimed at bringing sexual assault on college campuses out of the shadows.  The Campus Accountability and Safety Act aims to create accountability and transparency on campuses by giving aggressively penalizing colleges and universities that don’t properly investigate sexual assaults.  

 Gillibrand says the survivors who come forward to tell their stories are the definition of courage.

Sen. Gillibrand says even in the polarized political environment, she believes Congress will put aside partisan politics on this issue and actually get something done.

Fines for under-reporting include up to 1% of an institution’s operating budget, which could amount to millions of dollars. 

Gillibrand says the confidential advisors can play a key role in getting survivors the services they need and assisting the investigation.

"She is able to know what her options are, what it would like if she did a college campus review, what it would look like if she went through the criminal justice system, and she can have complete control of her case.  Having that first entry point be someone who's well trained, which is not the case on college campuses today, so they actually ask the right questions in the right order so they save information that's needed later and give comfort to that  survivor, that will result in more reporting and more ultimate prosecutions."

The measure also requires a memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement so it’s clear who will take the lead on the investigation.  Gillibrand expects support for the legislation to grow in time, and hopes for floor time in September to make the case.  She’s optimistic the measure will pass this year. 

VERA HOUSE REACTS

The Education Director of Vera House thinks the new legislation is a positive step forward. Loren Cunningham says while one piece of legislation can't address all aspects of the issue, it is important that colleges and universities will be held more accountable. 

Vera House's Loren Cunningham says they work with nearly all colleges and universities in the region on preventing sexual assault.
   Cunningham says some of the local colleges and universities in Syracuse are more receptive than others to training and prevention activities, but adds Vera House has a good working relationship with most of them.
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Veterans Tuition
9:05 am
Tue July 22, 2014

SUNY Students Back Bill to Help Out-of-State Vets go to SUNY Colleges

Credit Clinton.edu

  A bill sits on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk that could make it easier for veterans to afford to go to college here in New York.  The Student Assembly of the State University of New York is lobbying for the measure.  Communications Director Juliann Schindler explains it would open SUNY campuses to out-of-state vets.

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OCC's COLLEGE FOR KIDS
11:34 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

It's Really "Rocket Science" for These CNY Grade School Students

Kelsie Bottari with her rocket
Scott Willis WAER News

The term “rocket science” actually means something to the 3rd through 8th graders enrolled in Aerospace Engineering Camp at OCC's College for Kids…like, what goes up must come down, but not always where you expect.

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STEM Jobs
3:58 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Jobs in Science and Technology Fields Best Path to Employment: Brookings Inst Study

New study shows STEM jobs (science, technology, engineering and math) are harder to fill, indicating an opportunity for job seekers or students seeking a major.

  Syracuse-area school officials and the business community have been touting the advantage of studying the so-called STEM skills for years now.  Anyone from high school to college to a worker who's retraining has  been urged to get into Science, Technology, Engineering or Math fields to help them get a job.  

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