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Archive for March, 2011

In A Union? Scholarship Support Available!

Posted by Diana Hawkins on 31st March 2011

Empire State College is now accepting applications for the Morton Bahr Online Learning Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. This scholarship honors the far-seeing vision and commitment to educational opportunity of Morton Bahr, Communications Workers of America president emeritus and Empire State College alumnus.

Union workers, family members and/or domestic partners interested in registering for degree studies with Empire State College may apply. Currently, the awards are only for undergraduate study at Empire State College. Since its inception in 2001, the Bahr scholarship has helped 35 students continue their education through distance learning.

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2011, and award decisions will be announced by the end of June for fall enrollment. Scholarship awards fully cover tuition, fees and special services for part-time study. New Bahr Scholar candidates are responsible for the cost of course materials.

To submit an application online or to download the form, visit To have an application mailed, candidates should contact e-mail or call 800 847-3000 ext 2492.

Students in the program will be eligible for scholarship funding as long as they maintain satisfactory academic progress and enroll in four to eight credits in at least two terms per year. Once enrolled as a Bahr scholar, students also must apply for other federal, state, corporate or union financial aid for which they may be eligible.

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Video Guidance: Dr. Al Lawrence Offers Tips for Student Success

Posted by Diana Hawkins on 31st March 2011

Meet Dr. Al Lawrence, faculty member and faculty chairperson at the Center for Distance Learning at Empire State College. In this 3-minute video, Dr. Lawrence will clarify the instructor role and offer helpful resources and tips for student participation in online courses. “Your success is my goal,” he said.

Use the link provided here or paste this address below directly into your web browser:
Best of luck with your courses!

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Tech Tutorial: Improve Your Skills

Posted by Diana Hawkins on 18th March 2011

Have you done the Tech Tutorial? It’s great way to refresh skills or learn more about Angel course navigation. Visit, and go to SPECIAL LINKS AND INFORMATION on the right side of the ANGEL home page. New and existing students can improve their technology skills using this valuable rsource!

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Learning: It Begins With You

Posted by Diana Hawkins on 18th March 2011

Succeed in your courses by understanding more about your learning style.  The college provides access to the SmarterMeasure Assessment Tool to assist students in determining their readiness in an online learning environment. Take the survery today to learn more about your preferences and abilities. Better apply your skills and impact your success at Empire State College!

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Free Tutoring Help @

Posted by Diana Hawkins on 17th March 2011

Look for the logo!


Empire State College provides free tutoring services for enrolled students at Bookmark this site! A competitive fee-based product launched at (notice the two Ts in the address) requires a credit card for access. No go without logo!

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Quick References. Handy Information…At Your Fingertips!

Posted by Diana Hawkins on 14th March 2011

Don’t you love a good shortcut? Please note below, two well-trafficked web pages have been recently updated to better assist students with degree planning and registration.  

Now available in separate .PDF chapter files!

Just taking one course? Know someone who needs a quick-registration option for general education? This page provides information and instructions for non-matriculated study at Empire State College.

If there are pages you find handy and want to share, feel free to post your shortcuts here!

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Who is Brando? “The MVP of the Doggie World…”

Posted by Diana Hawkins on 1st March 2011


Brando (pictured at left) is the main character in CDL student writer Catherine Bozzone’s essay, “Brando’s Story” recently published in The Student Connection newsletter.

Read Catherine’s story and more student works from all areas of the College in this student-managed e-publication. If you are a writer and want to get involved with this initiative, contact the editor today!

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