SBU Hosts Alumni-Admissions Ambassador Workshop
In collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosted the first Annual Alumni-Admissions Ambassador Workshop and Dinner Reception at the Hilton Garden Inn on campus in October. This initiative targeted Alumni Ambassadors from across the nation to educate, inspire and engage their involvement in our recruitment activities.
We received an overwhelming response and interest on behalf of these Alumni Ambassadors who eagerly expressed interest in participating in college fairs, student receptions, and alumni-student interviews. We look forward to making this event an annual tradition to increase our recruitment outreach and further engagement of enthusiastic alumni.
ERM Introduces Slate to Stony Brook
The Undergraduate Admissions Office recently acquired licensing to install Slate, a comprehensive CRM (customer relationship management system) used widely across higher education. Implementation began in June 2018, with the support of the Project Management Office and DoIT's Enterprise Applications & Integrations staff, and a new application portal for Stony Brook's Accelerated College Education (ACE) program was launched just three months later.
Other Slate modules have gone live since, including new prospect inquiry forms and a campus visit portal. By fall 2019, Slate will support all undergraduate application reading by counselors, prospect communications, and event management. In addition, the Health Scienes Office of Student Services plans to install Slate for the 2020 admissions cycle.
Tracking Progress, Enabling Success
This academic year, our student service units have worked hard to ensure that every student is supported with clear information about their degree progress and financial aid standing. Technology has been at the forefront of these efforts, with Registrar staff introducing more student-friendly features in Degree Works, new online enrollment/degree verification tools, and, in collaboration with Financial Aid staff, TAP and Excelsior Scholarship certification pages in SOLAR.
Our Health Sciences Office of Student Services also created a new secure process to accept financial aid documents online, reducing service time while working within federal and state regulations.
PROMOTING SOCIAL MOBILITY
Stony Brook's success with social mobility — providing students the ability to rise from a low-income background to a financially secure future — has been well-recognized. Indeed, our ability to offer an affordable education, while supporting students from low-income households through enrichment programs and many other initiatives are a testiment to our University's dedication and strength.
Many efforts to reach and guide potential students from low-income regions begin years before they apply for college admission. Under the direction of Judith Berhannan, Dean of Admissions, our offices bring dozens of bus groups of students from school districts in low socioeconomic areas for information sessions, campus tours, and often an opportunity to meet SBU currents from their districts. Plans are in place to host more than one thousand students in the spring 2019 semester.
A new ERM initiative includes a partnership with the YouVisit Foundation. In the fall semester, our staff visited three New York City high schools — M.S. 223 in the South Bronx, the Gotham Professional Arts Academy in Brooklyn, and Far Rockaway High School in Queens — hosting workshops on on the importance of post-secondary education, and ways students can use the web to search colleges.MORE
Rodney Morrison, Associate Provost for Enrollment and Retention Management, with students at the Gotham Professional Arts Academy
Gabriella Zappala and Bianca Franza
The Program in Public Health is excited to be sending two current MPH students to this year's New York State Public Health Association's annual meeting, at which they will be presenting a poster on their research project. Bianca Franza and Gabriella Zappala, under the supervision of Program Director, Dr. Lisa Benz Scott, have spent the last year looking at how public libraries respond to the mental health needs in their community. They worked on coding libraries into different categories based on the type of programming they offer. They then took this research to look into specific types of programming related to substance use and abuse, as well and how libraries are responding to the opioid epidemic.
Jack Lupfer is a current third-year dental student of Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine (SDM) expected to graduate in May 2020 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree. In addition to pursuing his DDS degree, Jack is enrolled in a dual master's degree program, taking night classes to obtain his Master of Business Administration and Public Health degree, which he plans to complete concurrently with dental school. While applying to dental school, Jack was awarded a scholarship through the Health Professions Scholarship Program offered through the United States Navy. After graduating from SDM, he will commission as a Lieutenant and have a minimum 4-year commitment to serve as a dental officer in the US Navy. More