February 2024

Hello Alumni!

We hope you'll check out our latest newsletter. As always, we welcome your feedback.

Email us at: [email protected].

Meet Our Alumni

Rhoda Overstreet-Wilson '06: Twice a First in Central New York

It’s fitting that Rhoda Overstreet-Wilson ’06 is making history in Auburn, NY, the city that abolitionist Harriet Tubman made her home after freeing slaves on the Underground Railroad.

This year, Overstreet-Wilson became the first African-American woman elected to the 175-year old Auburn City Council. Before that, she was the first African-American woman to serve on the school board for the Auburn Enlarged City School District.

Read more.

Mark Spawn '06: Doing Detective Work with a True Crime Podcast

When Mark Spawn ’06 worked as a detective in the 1990s, he brandished a badge, a gun, and a fingerprint kit.

Today, as the co-creator and host of “APB Cold Case,” a new true crime podcast, Spawn is doing detective work using a microphone, a script, and a website

Read more.


For 24 hours on March 21, your gift to Empire State University will make a big difference. When alumni, employees and friends around the world join together to go higher for Empire, all gifts add up fast.


Beginning at midnight on March 21, all gifts of any size count toward the challenge – but remember, we only have 24 hours to make this happen. 

Go to www.sunyempire.edu/gohigher to make your gift any time on March 21.

Activities, challenges, and giveaways will take place throughout the day, and we will share it all on the university’s social media platforms. Once you’ve made your gift, be sure to tune in and follow along as we go higher for Empire!



Need a Duplicate Diploma?

Good news: If you need another diploma, you can order it online

The cost of a duplicate diploma is $25. Students will have the option of shipping methods with standard delivery in the U.S. at no additional cost. There will be additional cost for overnight shipping in the U.S. and to ship to international destinations.

Instructions are available at "How to Order a Duplicate Diploma."

Ask5: Learn How to Navigate Our New CareerHub 

Watch as Joshua Boardman, director of Student Engagement, interviews Anita DeCianni-Brown ’12, '15, coordinator of Career Services in this video:

Navigating the CareerHub with Anita DeCianni-Brown, ’12, '15


Ask5 is a weekly series of interviews with DeCianni-Brown as she asks alumni, faculty, and employers five key questions about a particular field or aspect of careers.

View the CareerHub

Mark Your Calendars!

Save the dates for these upcoming events:

A Special Community Conversation for International Women’s Day

"Leadership: One Woman’s Journey with Valbona Cucuri ’04

Friday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST. 

This event is virtual. To register, email: [email protected].

Jim Porter: The Women of NASA and the 2024 Solar Eclipse 

Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 11 a.m. to noon

This event is virtual. To register, email: [email protected].

Veteran and Military Families Resource Fair

March 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Malta YMCA

10 Medical Park Dr., Ballston Spa

Email: [email protected] for more information.

How Eclipses Have Shaped History & Observing a Solar Eclipse

Monday, April 8, 2024, 11 a.m. to noon

This virtual talk will be followed by in-person solar eclipse activities at specific locations.

To register, email: AdvancementEvents@sunyempire.edu.

Cultivating Conversations: an Alumni-Student Mixer at the Buffalo Botanical Garden

Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 5:30 p.m.

For information on any of these events, or a link to virtual events, contact [email protected], or 518-587-2100, ext. 2344.

To see more upcoming events visit: sunyempire.edu/alumni/get-involved/events/

Celebrating Black History Month

The Black Male Initiative commemorated Black History Month with "Malcolm - Mayhem, Murder & the Masking of Truth," a multimedia presentation on the life of Minister Malcolm X. The presentation explored the philosophy and teachings of Malcolm X, as well as his assassination and its aftermath. The presentation was led by Larry Johnson '21, '23, president of the BMI.

Happy Lunar New Year!

Alumni and friends gathered at the Bamboo House in Rochester in February to celebrate the Lunar Year and the start of the year of the dragon.


Among the attendees was Margaret Corbin ’72, SUNY Empire’s first Rochester graduate and Bill Moehle, the town supervisor of Brighton. Jasmine Tang ’96 did a presentation on the significance of the holiday.

A DIY Gathering

Capital Region alumni and students gathered in early February at Board and Brush in Latham for an evening of woodworking, painting, and refreshments.

Please let us know if you have ideas for future alumni gatherings in your area.

Email us at [email protected].


To purchase Empire State University gear, visit the official online store. 20% off select headwear through February!

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