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February 1, 2018

>>Check out the latest Class Notes at alumni.brockport.edu/classnotes. Read about what’s happening in the Golden Eagle community — personal and professional achievements, milestones, weddings, births, and more. Class Notes submitted between now and February 28 will be published along with the next issue of The Port on March 1. To feature an entry in that edition, submit a note (and a photo, if you have one) at the above link.

>>Save the date for the third annual Winter Gala on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Hear from Brockport's best while celebrating the College's growing ties to the greater Rochester community. The event will take place at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center at 6 pm. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities will be available soon.

>>Other upcoming events:

  • February 7: Department of Counselor Education Alumni and Student Reception
  • February 15 and April 5: Lifelong Learning Community Lecture Series, featuring Associate Professor of History Morag Martin and Associate Professor of Anthropology Jennifer Ramsay
  • Tuesday mornings from February 27 through April 24: Mornings with the Professors
  • April 28: 50th Anniversary of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

>>The annual Jobs & Internships Fair, hosted by Career Services, is Wednesday, March 7, from noon to 4 pm in the Special Events Recreation Center. All alumni are invited to stop by campus to network with recruiters from 100+ companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies looking to hire. No registration is required, but remember to dress professionally.


December 7, 2017

>>Local alumni are "painting the town green." Get to know a few of them as they describe Brockport in one word. Thank you to our friends at Dixon Schwabl for the production of this video, which debuted at the Winter Gala on Saturday, December 2.

>>Check out the latest Class Notes at alumni.brockport.edu/classnotes, now including photos. Read about what’s happening in the Golden Eagle community — personal and professional achievements, milestones, weddings, births, and more. Class Notes submitted between now and January 31 will be published along with the next issue of The Port on February 1. To feature an entry in that edition, submit a note (and a photo, if you have one) at the above link.

>>Brockport takes on Mary Hardin-Baylor in the NCAA Division III Football Semifinals at 3:30 pm EST this Saturday, December 9, in Belton, TX. View the game at WatchESPN.com or on the WatchESPN app. Even better, stop by one of the College’s official watch parties, which are happening across the country. Interested in hosting a watch party in your city? Attending the game in Texas? Email alumni@brockport.edu and let us know!

>>Each year, the Brockport Alumni Association recognizes distinguished alumni and friends who have made notable contributions to the Alumni Association, the College, and/or the community. Visit the Alumni Awards page to meet last year’s 13 outstanding recipients, to learn about the five award categories, and to nominate a worthy candidate for a 2018 award. Submissions will be accepted either electronically or by mail until January 12, 2018. Award recipients will be honored during Homecoming Weekend, September 13-15, 2018.

>>After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, relax and catch up with friends at an Alumni Holiday Party at Rochester Brainery, a community classroom and event space operated by Brockport alumna Danielle Raymo ’09. Enjoy entertainment from Brockport student dancers, a cash bar, dinner, and dessert. The first 30 registrants will learn how to make a special holiday drink in a free mixology class before the event. Reserve your spot today, and read more about Raymo and Rochester Brainery in The Port.


November 2, 2017

>>Check out the latest Class Notes at alumni.brockport.edu/classnotes, now including photos. Read about what’s happening in the Golden Eagle community — personal and professional achievements, milestones, weddings, births, and more. To feature an entry in next month’s edition, submit a note (and a photo, if you have one) on or before December 6 at the above link.

>>The second annual Winter Gala is one month away. Join President Heidi Macpherson, keynote speakers Joey Jackson ’88 and Ryan Nobles ’98 of CNN, honorary gala chairs Lauren Dixon and Mike Schwabl of Dixon-Schwabl, and special guest Ginny Ryan of 13WHAM for an evening of celebration as we work to Build a Better Brockport. The event will take place on Saturday, December 2, at The Wintergarden by Monroe’s in downtown Rochester. Hear from Brockport’s best while celebrating the College’s growing ties to the greater Rochester community. All are welcome to register and learn more online.

>>Homecoming & Family Weekend 2017 brought more than 600 alumni of all ages back to campus for three days of fun, reminiscing, and celebration. Congratulations to the 50th-anniversary Class of 1976 and 10th-anniversary Class of 2007, and thanks to all who joined the fun.

  • Visit the Alumni Awards page to meet this year’s 13 outstanding recipients and to nominate an alumnus/a you know for a 2018 award (now possible electronically).
  • Revisit memories from the weekend by browsing the Homecoming photo album on Facebook (and don’t forget to tag yourself or those you recognize).
  • Save the date for Homecoming 2018: September 13-15!

>>This Black Friday and throughout the holiday season, you can support the Brockport Foundation while you shop… with no extra money out of your pocket. The Foundation is a charitable organization listed with AmazonSmile, which is the same Amazon you know with the same products and prices but allows you to donate 0.5% of the eligible cost of your purchase to an organization of your choice. Next time you shop through Amazon, log in to smile.amazon.com to effortlessly support The Fund for Brockport.


October 5, 2017

>>Check out the latest Class Notes at alumni.brockport.edu/classnotes, now including photos. Read about what’s happening in the Golden Eagle community — personal and professional achievements, milestones, weddings, births, and more. To feature an entry in next month’s edition, submit a note (and a photo, if you have one) on or before November 1 at the above link.

>>Homecoming & Family Weekend 2017 will include a full schedule of events specifically for alumni. A 50th-anniversary celebration honoring 10 academic departments, several gatherings that will reunite and honor the Class of 1967, a GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Party at the Port, a brunch for legacy families, alumni reunion games, a Class of 2007 10-year reunion event, a beer and cocktail three-course brunch at Stoneyard Breakfast Company, the Alumni Awards & Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony honoring standout alumni, a Department of Education alumni panel, an alumni tailgate before the big football game vs. Hartwick College, a post-game reception, and a Q&A with soccer champion Abby Wambach are highlights this year for alumni. Register today.

>>Three new giving opportunities:

  • Eagles Unite will run throughout October, highlighting three unique campus priorities: the Costa Rica Service Learning Trip, the Brockport Athletics Travel Fund, and the Professional Clothes Closet. Support a student need before October 31 to help reach the $25,000 goal. The countdown is on!
  • Support the "Adopt an Author" Writers Forum Digitization Project to help preserve the treasure trove of Writers Forum author interviews by sponsoring the digitization of one or more sessions. For $125 each, you can save history!
  • Celebrate 50 years of performing arts at the College by engraving a personalized nameplate with your inscription of choice on a campus theatre seat through the "Take A Seat" campaign.

>>The Office of Alumni Engagement partners with Career Services to bring career opportunities to Brockport alumni from employers in the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse regions. Check out new listings this month at alumni.brockport.edu/opportunities. Feel free to contact Betsy Standish ’00 from Alumni Engagement, Adam Standish ’98/’00 from Career Services, or the employers directly. Know of an open position at your organization in Rochester, Buffalo, or Syracuse for which you’d recommend a Brockport alumnus? Contact Adam.


September 7, 2017

>>Check out the latest Class Notes at alumni.brockport.edu/classnotes, now including photos. Read about what’s happening in the Golden Eagle community — personal and professional achievements, milestones, weddings, births, and more. To feature an entry in next month’s edition, submit a note (and a photo, if you have one) on or before October 4 at the above link.

>>Collard Green Curves – The Nurse Bowick Story, starring alumna Theresa Bowick ’09, will premiere at the Rochester Fringe Festival September 14 through 16 at the Geva Theatre Fielding Stage. Presented by the Imani Theatre Ensemble Inc. and directed by Michael Atkins Yawn, the performance chronicles “a fat girl’s journey from childhood obesity to healthy living.” Tickets are $15 and can be purchased on the Rochester Fringe Festival website. Bowick is a registered nurse and founder of Conkey Cruisers.

>>The Alumni & Friends website has been revamped. Be connected, be involved, be informed, and be generous — all on our new, more mobile-friendly platform. Find the latest alumni news, register for upcoming events and opportunities, update us on your personal and professional life, get your questions answered, find alumni benefits and services, be featured on the home page by engaging with us in fun social media campaigns, and much more.

>>Reserve your space at fall alumni events by registering online at alumni.brockport.edu/events:

  • September 21: Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLDs) at Radio Social
  • September 23: The College at Brockport at the Rochester Public Market
  • September 27: SUNY Alumni Night at Yankee Stadium
  • September 28 and October 26: Lifelong Learning Community Lecture Series
  • October 19-21: Homecoming Weekend
  • October 26: Accounting and Finance Alumni Gathering

May 4, 2017

>>The Office of Alumni Engagement has summer fun planned near and far for alumni of all ages. Stay tuned to alumni.brockport.edu/events throughout the next few months for a list of summer programming and to register for what’s happening in your area. Save the date for: Eagles Connect Live 2017 at SUNY Global Center in NYC (May 17), Bob Boozer Golden Eagle Open at Deerfield Country Club in Brockport (May 19), Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Happy Hour at The Daily Refresher in Rochester (June 1), Peace Corps event on campus (June 11), Green & Gold Open at Mill Creek Golf Club in Churchville (June 12), Newport Polo Tailgate Reception in Newport, Rhode Island (June 17), Zoo Brew at Seneca Park Zoo (June 23), Brockport Football Golf Tournament at Hickory Ridge Golf Resort in Holley (July 14), Saratoga Day at the Races (August 16), and a brewery event in Buffalo (date TBD). Visit alumni.brockport.edu/update to provide your updated contact info and ensure you receive registration information and details for these events and more at your preferred email address.

>>Marion Schrank found her life’s work while a student assistant in Brockport’s residence halls, eventually becoming coordinator of all residence programs, assistant to the vice president for student affairs, assistant vice president, and finally, in 1991, vice president — a position she held for 11 years. Throughout her career, she maintained a high level of involvement in professional and volunteer organizations and was appointed by the chancellor of SUNY to chair the University-wide Task Force of Campus Safety (1995-1997, 1999-2000). In 1981, she earned the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, the Hall of Heritage Award to Outstanding Alumni, and SUNY Potsdam's Woman of Distinction Award, among other honors throughout her career. Schrank retired in 2002. Today, the College’s highest leadership recognition that can be presented to a student — the Marion Shrank Student Leadership Award — is named in her honor.

>>Check out the latest Class Notes at alumni.brockport.edu/classnotes. Read about what’s happening in the Golden Eagle community — personal and professional achievements, milestones, weddings, births, and more. To feature news online about you or an alumnus you know, submit an entry any time at the above link. Want to view past Class Notes? Check out the archive.


April 6, 2017

>>It's your last chance to tell us your story. Give us your feedback, share your Brockport experience, fill us in on your alumni involvement, let us know what you're looking for from your alma mater, tell us more about you, and share your thoughts. Your feedback will allow us to maintain more accurate alumni records, tailor our events and communication to better suit your preferences, and continue to improve our programming. The alumni survey is closing soon. We hope to hear from you.

>>Check out the latest Class Notes at alumni.brockport.edu/classnotes. Read about what’s happening in the Golden Eagle community — personal and professional achievements, milestones, weddings, births, and more. To feature an entry in next month’s edition, submit a note on or before May 3 at the above link. Want to view past Class Notes? Check out the archive.

>>Get your access to Hollywood right on campus. Alumni who have made their mark in the entertainment industry as writers, directors, actors, and producers will make an appearance at Brockport today as part of Hollywood Comes to Brockport II. Meet film and television actor Jesse Goins ’74, television director and film producer James Goldthwait ’82, screenwriter Stuart Krieger ’73, and technical director Paul Overacker ’95 in the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage tomorrow, April 7, from 2:30 to 4 pm. All are welcome, and no registration is required. Hear these Hollywood Golden Eagles share their stories, insight, and advice; then bring your questions to a Q&A session with the stars.

>>Join faculty and alumni from the Department of Communication for a free event at Rochester’s TRATA - The Restaurant at The Armory on Monday, April 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Appetizers will be provided, along with a cash bar. RSVPs are appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. RSVP by email, call (585) 395-2068, or register online. This event is sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Department of Communication.

>>Meet alumna and entrepreneur Heather Saffer ’10 on Wednesday, April 26, at 6 pm in the Seymour College Union Ballroom. The Cupcake Wars winner, Shark Tank contestant, and Amazon best-selling cookbook author will share her sweet success story during a Q&A, which will be followed by a book signing and reception.

>>Mark your calendars for a tailgate party at Newport Polo in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, on June 17. Join us for food, cocktails, and polo as you connect with alumni and friends and watch the USA take on the French polo team. This event is kindly sponsored and hosted by alumni Joe ’79 and Nicki ’80 Trilling. Registration and event details are coming soon, but don’t forget to save the date.


March 2, 2017

>>The College is always looking for feedback from its alumni. Share your thoughts at alumni.brockport.edu/engage.

>>Check out the latest Class Notes at alumni.brockport.edu/classnotes. Read about what’s happening in the Golden Eagle community — personal and professional achievements, milestones, weddings, births, and more. To feature an entry in next month’s edition, submit a note on or before April 5 at the above link. Want to view past Class Notes? Check out the archive.

>>The Office of Alumni Engagement is hosting an alumni event at The Yale Club of New York City (50 Vanderbilt Avenue) on Thursday, March 30, from 6:30 to 9 pm. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres; connect with alumni, friends, and President Heidi Macpherson; and meet the new dean of the School of Business Administration and Economics, Joy Bhadury. This event is sponsored by Chris Moschovitis ’83, CEO of tmg-e*media, inc. and Brockport Foundation board member. If you are interested in attending, please register by March 24 online, by emailing alumni@brockport.edu, or by calling (585) 395-2068.

>>The Office of Alumni Engagement staff is pleased to welcome Brittany Lang ’11 to its team. As the new Alumni Engagement Coordinator as of March 1, Lang will be responsible for assisting with the facilitation and sustainment of an engaged relationship between the College and its 90,000 alumni through interpersonal contact, programming, and written and electronic communication; implementing a broad-based communications and social media engagement schedule; supporting campus events; and assisting in the operation of the Brockport Alumni Association, its board of directors, and its various committees. As a Brockport alumna who received a bachelor’s degree in dance with a minor in photography, Lang returns to campus to work full time with five years of experience in higher education and alumni relations, having served as program assistant for the Office of Alumni Relations and in other roles at the University of Rochester since 2012.

>>Save the date for the College’s second annual Winter Gala on Saturday, December 2, 2017! All alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the College are invited to enjoy an evening of entertainment, inspiration, philanthropy, and gourmet food and drinks at The Wintergarden by Monroe’s in downtown Rochester. Hear from Brockport’s best while celebrating the College’s growing ties to the greater Rochester community. At last year’s inaugural Gala, nearly 400 members of the Brockport family collectively contributed more than $145,000 in support of student success, including $45,300 for the Extraordinary Academic Scholarship Program in aid of 36 scholarships. The Brockport Foundation seeks to perpetuate the College’s long-standing tradition of providing a high quality, affordable education to high-achieving students in need, and we hope you will join in on our spectacular way of doing so at the end of this year. Take a look back at Brockport’s first-ever Gala, and stay tuned about this December’s occasion at alumni.brockport.edu/gala. Registration will open online later this year.

>>The Office of Alumni Engagement partners with Career Services to bring career opportunities to Brockport alumni from employers in the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse regions. Check out new listings this month at alumni.brockport.edu/opportunities. Feel free to contact Betsy Standish ’00 from Alumni Engagement, Adam Standish ’98/’00 from Career Services, or the employers directly. Know of an open position at your organization in Rochester, Buffalo, or Syracuse for which you’d recommend a Brockport alumnus? Contact Adam.


February 2, 2017

>>Check out the latest Class Notes and, new this month, a Class Notes archive at alumni.brockport.edu/classnotes. Read about what’s happening in the Golden Eagle community — personal and professional achievements, milestones, weddings, births, and more. Want to feature an entry in next month’s edition? Guarantee a spot in the March issue by submitting a note about you or an alumnus you know on or before March 1.

>>Show your alma mater the love this month! The Office of Alumni Engagement is calling all alumni to engage with Brockport throughout the month of February. Visit alumni.brockport.edu/engage to discover ways to stay connected with your alma mater and fellow alumni; tell us your story by answering a few questions; and find out how you can make a lasting impact on the College and its future generations of students by getting involved and volunteering, staying connected, sharing your good news, giving back, showing your Brockport pride, strengthening the Golden Eagle career network, and more.

As part of our month-long engagement initiative, we invite all alumni to virtually connect with us and participate in a fun social media campaign. If you haven’t already, follow us on our main social accounts: Twitter, Facebook, and Brockport Alumni Connect, then use one of those platforms to tell us your selfie story! Any day this month, tag us in a selfie and tell us what you’re up to these days using the hashtag #bportselfie. All sharers will be entered to win a fold-up Brockport blanket and Alumni Association cup filled with goodies. A winner will be randomly selected at the end of the month. Post a couple selfie on February 14 and be entered twice to win. We look forward to connecting with you!

>>The Office of Alumni Engagement partners with Career Services to bring career opportunities to Brockport alumni from employers in the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse regions. Check out new listings this month at alumni.brockport.edu/opportunities. Feel free to contact Betsy Standish ’00 from Alumni Engagement, Adam Standish ’98/’00 from Career Services, or the employers directly. Know of an open position at your organization in Rochester, Buffalo, or Syracuse for which you’d recommend a Brockport alumnus? Contact Adam.

>>The Pursue Something Greater Campaign Report and donor roll is now accessible online. Take an in-depth look at the profound and lasting impact donor support during the campaign has had on our institution, and stay tuned for the Brockport Foundation’s next big endeavor.


December 1, 2016

>>Check out the latest Class Notes at http://alumni.brockport.edu/classnotes. Read about what’s happening in the Golden Eagle community — personal and professional achievements, milestones, weddings, births, and more. Want to feature an entry in next month’s edition? Guarantee a spot in the February issue by submitting your note on or before February 1.

>>The Office of Alumni Engagement partners with Career Services to bring career opportunities to Brockport alumni from employers in the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse regions. This month, we are introducing a new online space for alumni and friends to browse or share open positions: http://alumni.brockport.edu/opportunities. The page will be updated regularly with new listings and employer contact information. Feel free to contact Betsy Standish ’00 from Alumni Engagement, Adam Standish ’98/’00 from Career Services, or the employers directly.

>>Career Services recently held a site visit to the HARBORCENTER in Buffalo, NY, providing students the chance to explore the careers of employees who work for the Buffalo Sabres enterprise. Twenty-three students majoring in athletic training, business administration, communication, computer information systems, exercise science, journalism and broadcasting, and sport management connected with Gregg Pastore ’99, director of digital and social strategy at Pegula Sports and Entertainment, while on the trip. Pastore and his colleagues provided insight into their work, as well as advice to students interested in pursuing similar fields. This was the second site visit hosted by Pastore, who has also taught students about his digital and social strategy work for the Buffalo Bills.

>>Acclaimed screenwriter and film professor Stu Krieger ’73 recently published That One Cigarette, an alternate-history novel which chronicles the journeys of four distant families and their fortuitously intertwined lives over the course of almost 50 years. It tells the story of how one character’s decision to quit smoking prevents the assassination of John F. Kennedy, initiating a wave of alterations to the course of history as we know it. Krieger spent the past seven years writing the novel, and introduced his idea to crowdfund it after his TEDx talk last year. The novel surpassed its preorder target of 250 copies by 26% on November 1. Stay up-to-date with publishing progress through the That One Cigarette Facebook page, and enjoy the first three chapters before the book is available next spring or early summer. This is Krieger’s first novel. He is best known for his more than 25 movie credits including the The Land Before Time and ten Disney Channel original movies.


November 3, 2016

>>Check out the latest Class Notes at http://alumni.brockport.edu/classnotes. Read about what’s happening in the Golden Eagle community — personal and professional achievements, milestones, weddings, births, and more. Want to feature an entry in next month’s edition? Guarantee a spot in the December issue by submitting your note on or before December 1. For inspiration, see the example note below featuring alum Momchil Kyurkchiev’s recent accomplishment.

“Momchil Kyurkchiev ’07, co-founder of mobile marketing company Leanplum, raised a $29M Series C, a third round of investment capital from outside sources. What started out as a two-man partnership has evolved into a multi-million-dollar company with more than 90 employees across four offices.”

>>The Brockport Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Alumni Awards, which recognize distinguished alumni and friends who have made notable contributions to the Alumni Association, the College, and/or the community. Visit http://alumni.brockport.edu/awards to nominate a deserving candidate, and to view video highlights of 2016 award winners. Alumni recipients will be selected for four awards, based on criteria such as community service and professional achievement. Non-graduates are, when merited, eligible for the Distinguished Service Award. The deadline to submit nominations is January 13, 2017.

>>Since the start of the academic year, the Division of Advancement has dedicated three recently planted campus trees to honorable members of the College community: Michael Cavalcanti ’64, Associate Professor Emeritus Dr. Sriram Bakshi, and Frank Sacheli ’45. Three ceremonies over the course of two months united hundreds of Brockport alumni, friends, and community members in celebration of the guests of honor. On behalf of the Village Board and set forth in a Village proclamation, Brockport Mayor Margaret B. Blackman proclaimed the day of Frank Sacheli’s dedication, October 11, 2016, as Frank Sacheli Day in the Village of Brockport. The trees, accompanied by plaques, will serve as growing reminders of the distinguished honorees’ years of dedication, service, and philanthropy toward the College and the Brockport community.


October 6, 2016

>>Class Notes have a new home! Visit http://alumni.brockport.edu/classnotes to read submissions from the past year, or to update us on your personal and professional life by creating an entry. In the future, the latest Class Notes will be posted monthly at the above link, in conjunction with new issues of The Port. Guarantee a spot for your note in the November issue by submitting one between now and November 1.

>>More than 1,100 Brockport alumni have joined Brockport Alumni Connect in its first month. Check out this all-new online tool for Brockport alumni at http://brockportalumniconnect.com. The exclusive platform allows you to re-connect with classmates and friends using your existing social media accounts, to stay up-to-date with events and volunteer opportunities, and to tap into the power of the Brockport career network.


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