How Do White Collar Criminals Justify Their Actions? Join us for Presentation in Saratoga or Live Via Web!

Please join us on Wednesday at 1pm at 113 West Ave (room 143) or live online (link below) for Scholar Across the College Nazik Roufaiel’s interactive presentation, “Corporate Governance and Occupational Fraud”.
Roufaiel will present real cases about white-collar crimes in various industries, including health care. Video of crime perpetrators rationalizing their wrongdoing will be shown during this multimedia presentation.
Click here to view the event live via webcast. The URL is also noted at the end f this post if you’d like to cut and paste.  
In addition to her work in academia, Roufaiel is a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, certified management accountant and certified fraud examiner who serves many business clients as a private consultant. In the past, she has worked as an auditor and securities analyst on Wall Street at Manufacturer Hanover Trust Company and CitiCorp. In Ithaca-Cortland, she was the first chapter president of the Institute of Management Accountants to be asked to serve for two terms, moving the chapter from a national ranking of 55th to third in the nation, and received an award for that achievement.

Digital Photo Exhibit: A Celebration of Community

People. Places. Things. Diversity.

Four categories of photo exhibits and a perfect way to describe today’s inaugural Digital Photography Exhibit, which transformed the Center for Distance Learning’s 113 West Avenue meeting room into a hub of activity, friendship and creativity from all areas of the college.

Committee Members (L to R) Sally DeForest, John Beckem, Audi Matias

“The purpose of the event was to use art as a way to bring people together to celebrate creativity and the many ‘snapshots’ of life,” said event Chairperson Dr. John Beckem, Area Coordinator for Business, Management and Economics. Beckem and Center Development Committee members Audeliz Matias and Sally DeForest worked together to display over 200 digital photos, coordinate speaker and group discussions, and host over 150 guests throughout the day.

Secretary to the Dean of Nursing, Cathy Hoff, submitted a series of nature photos (including the image on left) in the “THINGS” category, taken recreationally with her point-and-shoot camera.  “I enjoyed sharing a few of the images from my personal album and then seeing other photos from so many creative and talented people I work with. What a great way to spend my lunch hour…chatting with friends and sharing ideas. I hope we do this event again next year,” she said.

Participants at other locations of the college “attended” the event via Eluminate from Manhattan to Central New York, at the Niagara-Frontier Center, and many locations in between. Over 10 groups and locations were connected to the event via laptop.

The Committee would like to recognize Mary Caroline Powers, Susan McFadden, Helen Edelman, John Hughes, Jim Merola, Deb Zanet and Chris Duffney for their support of the event.

Click here to view all exhibit photos and the event scrapbook!

Mamma Mia! Empire State College Alumnus Lisa BresciaÔÇÖs New Role!

Headshot Lisa BresciaAlumnus Lisa Brescia landed the role of character mom Donna Sheridan in the Broadway hit “Mamma Mia”, playing at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York, NY.

In 2008, Brescia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree through the Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning, with a concentration in Theatre Arts.

This is not her first Broadway appearance, as Brescia has also played in theatre productions of Wicked, Aida, The Times They Are A-Changin’, and more.

Congratulations Lisa from your friends at CDL!

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Have You Registered for March Term?

Check out these featured courses recommended by area coordinators, highlighted for interesting course design and content. You can also browse the full roster of course offerings in the March Term Guide. Registraion is open through March 18.

LAB-263704  United States Labor History
This course is an overview of America labor and working-class history from the late 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century.  It meets the SUNY Gen Ed requirement in American History, and it is upper level and liberal. (4 credits, upper level)

SMT-273524   Plant Ecology   
Plant ecology is the scientific study of interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of plants within the environment. This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles and concepts of plant ecology through an examination of plants within the environment. ( 4 credits, upper level, meets general education in natural science)

HDV- 283154 Child Development
In this advanced level study, students will become familiar with the current knowledge of child development. Students will explore the theories and research findings that seek to explain developmental shifts from conception through adolescence. (4 credits, upper level)

HDV – 284354  Play, Fantasy, Reality
This four credit advanced level course will cover the complexity and beauty of children’s play and its extension into adult worlds. Students in Human Development, Educational Studies, and Community and Human/ Health Services are likely to find this course addresses both professional and personal interests in the constraints upon, limits to, and manifestations, uses and potential of play in its myriad forms in both childhood and across the life cycle. Distinctions among play, fantasy and reality will be drawn using themes both connecting and discriminating child and adult play. An understanding of play will be shown to be central to pragmatic issues such as learning, developmental assessment, curriculum development, and treatment of a diversity of problems. (4 credits, upper level)

Talk to your mentor and register at Classes begin on March 21 and end on July 8th.