December 2023

Happy Holidays!

We're pleased to introduce our updated newsletter!

Here, you'll continue to find the latest news, events, and features about Empire State University.

We hope you enjoy the new design. We welcome your feedback.

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Wreaths Across America

On Saturday, December 16, 2023, Empire State University staff, students, and alumni will join more than two million other volunteers as they lay wreaths at locations across the U.S., at sea and abroad. 

Visit our events page to register. Email for info.

Winterfest Celebration 2023

A musical celebration featuring the Joe Locke Quartet, was held Saturday, December 2 at our Manhattan location. The event was sponsored by the Black Male Initiative and the Office of Alumni Engagement.

Meet Our Alumni

George Irlbacher '83: Playing Santa is Serious Business

It was 1996, and George Irlbacher ’83’s brother Mark was about to host his first holiday party for patrons of his new archery store in Tonawanda, NY, along with family and friends.

Mark needed someone to play Santa, and Irlbacher was happy to oblige.

Read more.

Ennis Smith '04: Telling a Big Story With a Tiny Essay

For Ennis Smith ’04, it all began with a jar of orange marmalade.

From that sugary concoction emerged a 100-word essay about love and acceptance, rejection and grief. The story was published this fall in Tiny Love, a section of The New York Times described as “Modern Love in miniature” and one of the most coveted places for essays in contemporary journalism.

Read more.

The Season of Giving

SUNY Empire is grateful to our amazing community of donors at all levels who invest regularly in the continued success of the university and our students.  

Whether your gift to the Fund for SUNY Empire is directed to student scholarships or the greatest needs of the university and our students, know that your generosity is changing lives. 

Please consider joining our community of supporters by making a gift to the Fund for SUNY Empire today. Thank you as always.

Give to Our First-Ever Crowdfunding Campaign!

This year, the Office for Advancement and our School of Science, Math, and Technology have launched our first-ever crowdfunding campaign. The campaign will provide science lab kits to students who are studying at a distance.

These kits give students the hands-on experiential learning needed to be successful. Please consider a gift to ensure lab kits are accessible for all students.  

Make your gift to the Lab Kits Fund today. 


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In Case You Missed It

The Fall 2023 issue of Connections is now online.

The magazine introduces readers to the alumni, students, faculty, and staff who make up the university’s vibrant community.

To submit a story idea, contact the editor, Winnie Yu, at

Looking for a new job? A career change? Check out SUNY Empire’s New Career Services Hub.

As alumni of Empire State University, you have access to a treasure trove of information that can help you find a new job, explore career options, and network with other alumni in your industry.


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National Hiking Day

Alumni, faculty, and staff gathered for walks across the state in honor of National Hiking Day in November. Check out some of the walkers in Manhattan, Selden, Rochester, Albany, and Saratoga Springs.

Make a gift to The Fund for SUNY Empire today!

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